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Entertainment Industry Conference 2018, November 15th

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Name: Entertainment Industry Conference 2018, November 15th
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

The Hollywood Chamber’s seventh annual State of the Entertainment Industry Conference presented by Variety will again take place at the Loews Hotel Hollywood on Thursday, November 15th. The half-day conference is will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed program through 1:30 p.m. Admission is $159. Register online: www.hollywoodchamber.net/events

Comedian and TV host James Corden will interview a keynote conversation with Music Industry Icons featuring Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and Irving Azoff, Chairman & CEO of Azoff Music Management. Grainge and Azoff will each be receiving the 2018 Entertainment Conference Music Icon Award.

Sir Lucian Grainge is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment. He has spent his entire career in the music industry and signed and worked with many worldwide stars, including ABBA, Elton John, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Queen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Ariana Grande, U2 and Amy Winehouse, among many others. Over the span of three decades at UMG, he not only pioneered new approaches to the signing and development of the world’s most successful recording artists and songwriters, but he has also consistently championed the development of innovative business models and partnerships with a wide range of technology and media partners. His inspiring leadership has been recognized for returning the music industry to growth after suffering more than a decade of decline.

As Chairman and CEO of Full Stop Management (FSM), Irving Azoff is an American personal manager representing artists such as Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Journey, Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Travis Scott, Steely Dan, and entertainer Chelsea Handler. He also helms a joint venture with The Madison Square Garden Company, Azoff MSG Entertainment, encompassing performance rights, facilities management and services, comedy and experiential marketing divisions, in addition to FSM. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment and Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and CEO of Front Line Management. In 2012, he topped Billboard Magazine’s Power 100, being named the most powerful person in the music industry.

The multi-talented James Corden is known around the world as a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, an Emmy-winning host, writer, and producer in several genres of television. He can currently be seen hosting The Late Late Show which premiered on CBS in March 2015 which received an Emmy and achieved its highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. Most recently, he hosted The 70th Annual Tony Awards, which garnered the highest number of viewers in 15 years. On TV, he stars in, produces, and writes the BAFTA-nominated comedy thriller The Wrong Mans. He has also performed on the big screen in Into the Woods, The Three Musketeers, Gullivers Travels and Begin Again.

A panel discussion will focus on Innovating VR/AR for All. Panelists include: Vicki Dobbs Beck, Head of Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab; Karen Dufilho, Exec Producer, Google Spotlight Stories; Ted Schilowitz, Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures; Vikash Sharma, AT&T’s OTT Media Products; Jake Zim, SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Andrew Wallenstein of Variety to moderate.
Vicki Dobbs Beck is the Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB, a new division launched in June 2015, whose mission is to create, develop and release premium, story-based Immersive Entertainment experiences for the home, theater and public venues. The division combines the storytelling and innovation talents of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound.  Vicki has more than 29 years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry.  She received her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she also completed her undergraduate studies.

Karen Dufilho is Executive Producer for Google Spotlight Stories and was instrumental in the creation of the group and its slate, which introduced immersive storytelling in mobile VR and VR at Google.  Most recently, Karen was a producer on Patrick Osborne’s Pearl and Justin Lin’s VR debut, Help.

Ted Schilowitz is the Futurist at Paramount Pictures, where he works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount/Viacom, exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.  Prior to joining Paramount, he was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science and technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. At RED Digital Cinema, he was an integral part of the product development team and a founding member and the company’s first employee.  He has presented worldwide at numerous conferences on the advancements in next generation visual experiences for the movie, TV, and interactive entertainment industries.

Vikash Sharma is Director of Product Management for AT&T’s OTT Media Products.  He works to create new features and oversees the ongoing evolution of streaming apps, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV.  Previously, he served on DIRECTV’s new platforms and applications team within the Digital Entertainment product group.  Before that, he gained corporate strategy and business development experience at NTT Docomo-Tata JV in India.  He holds an MSc. in Media Ventures (Product Management) from Boston University and received his BSc. in Economics and Finance from Quinnipiac University.

Jake Zim is the Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality, at Sony Pictures. He is tasked with building a slate of narrative virtual reality (VR) content for the studio’s motion picture group, working closely with a team of professionals from across Sony Pictures, who are dedicated to the production and distribution of VR.  Previously, Senior VP, Digital Marketing, he oversaw promotional VR initiatives for the studio, including Ghostbusters: Dimension, the fully-immersive VR experience at Madame Tussauds New York, created in collaboration between Sony Pictures and The Void.

Andrew Wallenstein is Co-Editor-in-Chief, of Variety.com and Variety magazine.  He has been with Variety since 2011, where he oversees daily and weekly coverage of the entertainment industry, with a focus on technology.  He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, and the TV Guide Channel’s Square Off, a weekly primetime series about the TV industry.   He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Business Week.  He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.  

Television producer Vin Di Bona will return in his role as emcee for the seventh consecutive year.

Writer, producer, composer Chuck Lorre who entertained us for year with such works as The Kominsky Method, The Big Bang Theory, Two and A Half Men will be honored with the 2018 Commitment to California Award.

Actress, writer, producer Issa Rae, whose body of work includes Insecure, Awkward Black Girl will be the recipient of the Chamber’s new Vanguard Award, an honor which recognizes breakout creative talent in the entertainment industry.

Amy Lemisch, the Executive Director of the California Film Commission and Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc. will offer an update on the industry with focus on the California Film Tax Credits.
Paul Audley serves as President of FilmL.A., Inc., a position he has held since 2008.  While at FilmL.A., he has initiated a public education campaign, “Film Works”, moved their office to Hollywood, raised the organization’s profile, and has overseen improvements to FilmL.A.’s online permit system.  His career path to Film L.A. included time as an attorney, chief of staff and counsel to a congressman, Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut, Mayor of Fairfield, CT; and Public Affairs Director for the City of Scottsdale.  In July 2007, Paul was recruited to become The Trust for Public Land’s first Arizona State Director.

Amy Lemisch is the Executive Director of the California Film Commission, an appointment she has held since 2004.  In that capacity, she works to support California’s vital film production industry by offering support services.  She was involved in the creation of the film and television tax incentives program and administers it.  Prior to her appointment with the Film Commission, she was a producer for Penny Marshall’s company - Parkway Productions, at Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.  She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America.

Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Christina Derenthal of Paramount Pictures are co-chairs of the 2018 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference.

A host of businesses have lined up to support and sponsor the conference. As of press time, Variety is the Presenting Sponsor of this informative conference, Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is Platinum Sponsor, and Universal Music Group is Luncheon Sponsor. Breakfast sponsors include FilmL.A., Inc., Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Vin Di Bona Productions. Gold Level sponsors include Emerson College Los Angeles, The Harman Press, Hudson Pacific Properties, Japan House, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Loews Hotel, The MBS Group, Meruelo Media, and SAG-AFTRA. Silver Level sponsors include AT&T, Belmont Village Senior Living Hollywood Hills, Capitol Music Group, City National Bank, Comcast|NBC Universal, First Entertainment Credit Union, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, The Hollywood Roosevelt, Netflix, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Serendipity Labs, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company.

For more information about the State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, contact Kaylee Kiecker at kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net.

Loews Hotel is located at 1755 N Highland Ave in Hollywood. Valet parking at Loews is $20. Self-parking at H&H is $15. Register online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events.
Cancellation must be made 24-hrs in advance for refund. There will be a service charge of 5 percent. The cost of admission in excess of $67 may be tax deductible as a business expense. Consult with your tax preparer.

About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce:
For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.
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Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood

Valet parking at Loews hotel is $20.
Self-parking at H&H is $15.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Conference will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed program through 1:30 p.m.
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Admission: $159.
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