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VES Announces 2012 Summit Schedule

The Visual Effects Society releases the schedule for its 2012 Summit, with a panel to be moderated by former AWN Senior Editor Bill Desowitz.

Los Angeles – The Visual Effects Society released the schedule for its 2012 Summit, which this year focuses on the intersection between creative content and the business bottom line – with a focus on how social media impacts decision-making on all levels. The 2012 VES Summit will be held Saturday, October 13th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, with a panel to be moderated by former AWN Senior Editor Bill Desowitz.

“This year has clearly shown how technology and social media continue to have a deep impact on how stories are being told as well as everyone’s overall bottom line,” commented VES Executive Director Eric Roth. “Visual effects now drives Hollywood tent poles, allowing VFX artists to visually show what any director can imagine – thus fueling the worldwide appetite for more and more entertainment products. The VES Summit will highlight some key leaders in the industry, like new Digital Domain CEO Ed Ulbrich and Jim Morris, GM of Pixar, who will put a spotlight on issues facing all of us. We’ll also feature more focused topics, like a presentation from Mary Ann Hughes on global tax incentives, and a roundtable discussing what television VFX bodes for the future of VFX in feature films.”

Panelists include:

  • GeorgeWhitesides (CEO, Virgin Galactic)
  • Sean Carroll (Senior ResearchAssociate in Physics, California Institute of Technology)
  • Albert Cheng (EVP &Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group)
  • Ed Ulbrich (CEODigital Domain and Mothership)
  • Scott Ross (Co-Founder, Former CEO Digital Domain)
  • Jim Morris (GM andExecutive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios)
  • Mary AnnHughes (Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The WaltDisney Company)
  • SamNicholson (CEO, VFX Supervisor, Stargate Studios)
  • AndrewOrloff (Founder, Creative Director, VFX Supervisor Zoic Studios)
  • Mat Beck, ASC (VFXSupervisor, Director, DP, President Entity FX)

Current Schedule (please check http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/ves-summit-2012 for updates):

7:30am - Registration

8:30-10:00am - Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

10:15am - Welcome

10:30am – Keynote Speaker George Whitesides, CEO and President, Virgin Galactic

11:15am – Featured Speaker Albert Cheng, EVP & Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group

12:00pm - A Discussion on The State of the Industry With... Jim Morris, GM and Executive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios; interviewed by Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter

12:30pm - Lunch

2:00pm – Keynote Speaker Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology

2:30pm - Tax Incentives Around the Globe: The Whys and Wherefores of Domestic and International Incentives with Mary Ann Hughes, Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company

3:00pm - A Conversation With... Ed Ulbrich - CEO, Digital Domain and Mothership

3:30pm - Break

3:45pm - Is Television VFX the Future of Feature Film VFX? With the constant call for 'more, better and cheaper," will the television model for visual effects become THE model industry-wide?

Mat Beck, ASC - VFX Supervisor, Director, DP, President: Entity FX Sam Nicholson, CEO, VFX Supervisor, Stargate Studios Andrew Orloff, Founder, Creative Director, VFX Supervisor Zoic Studios Steve Pugh - Executive Producer, Pixomondo Moderator: Bill Desowitz, Owner, Immersed in Movies

4:30pm - A Freewheeling Conversation With…. Scott Ross, Co-Founder, Former CEO Digital Domain

5:15pm - Cocktails & Mixer

Source: Visual Effects Society

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