iHollywood Forum Inc. announced its lineup of entertainment industry luminaries at "The Digital Studio," a summit and showcase focusing on digital technology and how it is transforming the film and TV industry. The third annual summit takes place as part of the American Film Market, (AFM) on Nov. 2, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Monica Laemmle Theatre, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA.
Industry headliners include:
* Tim Sarnoff, president, Sony Pictures Imageworks. Imageworks is in production on THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEWITCHED, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, CURSED, THE FORGOTTEN and THE AVIATOR.
* Stan Winston, Stan Winston Prods. The multiple Oscar winner for character design, make up and vfx, saw his new SW Digital company contribute to SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
* Karen Goulekas, visual effects supervisor on THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
, also worked on SPIDER-MAN
, GODZILLA, TITANIC, among others.
The Digital Studio brings together digital trailblazers with many industry constituents, including: studios, producers, production and post production, animators, analysts, visual effects specialists, DP's, cinematographers, software and technology manufacturers, developers, advertising and marketing professionals, etc. Topics include: visual effects, animation, high-definition filmmaking and television, acquisition, digital intermediates and mastering, audio, digital cinema, production and post-production, DVD home video, HDTV, marketing and distribution.
"We welcome the addition of the Digital Studio Summit to the AFM. The Summit will provide our attendees with a unique opportunity to explore digital technologies and how they are redefining the acquisition, development, production, delivery and distribution of motion pictures and television," said Jonathan Wolf, evp of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (formerly AFMA) and managing director of the American Film Market.
"Digital production has always been hailed as the entertainment technology of the future," said Michael Stroud, Founder of iHollywood Forum. "Now it's here, utilized in the production of films like SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW and POLAR EXPRESS. The Digital Studio Summit presents a Hollywood insider's view of the making of these and other digital films, and provides attendees with the knowledge and networking to join the digital revolution."
Sponsors include: IBM and Fotokem, and promotional partners include Animation World Network (www.awn.com
), VFXWORLD (www.vfxworld.com
), THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Rogers & Cowan, ANIMATION MAGAZINE, Final Cut Pro Users Group, Hollywood Post Alliance, Producer's Guild of America, HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE DIRECTORY and BUSINESS WIRE.
Other speakers include:
* Tom Tolls, ceo, House of Moves
* Greg Foster, president Filmed Ent., IMAX Corp.
* Mitch Singer, evp, Digital Policy Group, Sony Pictures Ent.
* Chris De Feria, producer, Warner Bros. (CATS & DOGS)
* Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor (THE AVIATOR, TITANIC)
iHollywood Forum Inc. (www.ihollywoodforum.com
), based in Los Angeles, produces roundtables and conferences for Hollywood, entrepreneurs and mobile technology professionals. Founded five years ago by business journalist Michael Stroud, the company produces the popular monthly iHollywood Forum seminars on digital entertainment; MobileTech Forum for mobile professionals in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palo Alto; and Mobile Media World (Formerly iWireless World) on wireless content and applications; and Digital Media Summit, a conference about digital media delivery and commerce.
The American Film Market (AFM) (www.americanfilmmarket.com
) is a global marketplace where more than 7,000 industry professionals converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal making, screenings, seminars, networking and hospitality. Participants come from more than 70 countries, and include leaders in motion picture and television production and distribution, directors, agents, writers, lawyers, bankers, festival directors, film commissioners and trade groups.