Panels have long been an important part of the annual SIGGRAPH conference because they provide a forum for the community to share experiences, opinions, insights, speculation, disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction with the leading experts in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Panels are moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives.
The State of the Visual Effects Industry  panel, to be held from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom AB, explores the wide variety of business practices and issues surrounding the current state of visual effects production from several perspectives: visual effects artists, visual effects producers, and visual effects company owners and executives.
Topics include the industry's business history, current business pros and cons, and future prospects for an industry in transition.
The State of the Visual Effects Industry
Thursday, July 25
2 – 3:30 p.m., Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom AB
Visual Effects Supervisor, Indie Feature Home
Senior Visual Effects Artist
Visual Effects Supervisor
Labor Organizer, The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE
Source: SIGGRAPH 2013