Chamber Announces Co-chairs, Emcee of Entertainment Conference at Loews Hotel, Nov 30th

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October 20, 2017
Plans for the Chamber’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference are well under way with committee co-chairs Susanne Ault of Variety and Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures at the helm. This year’s conference will take place at the Loews Hotel Hollywood on Thursday, November 30th. Vin Di Bona will return as emcee.

The half-day conference will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed program through 1:30 p.m. Early Bird Special rate through Friday, November 17th is $129. Admission thereafter is $159.

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Co-chair Susanne Ault is the Director of Content Development at Variety. She oversees development of content and on-site execution for all Variety conferences. Ault works closely with sponsorship team to identify strategic revenue opportunities. She contributes to Variety online and print publication through weekly Data Dive column and numerous features spanning digital media, TV, home entertainment and more. “I’m very excited with this year’s lineup of participants, and I think our event will provide crucial strategies on how to drive innovation and growth in Hollywood,” said Ault.

Co-chair Kristin Cavanaugh is Vice President, Studio & Production Affairs, Government Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). She oversees initiatives and policies that impact SPE’s regional corporate strategies, production activity and studio operations in Culver City, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and environs.  In her role, Cavanaugh serves as the primary business liaison between the studio and the City of Culver City. 

Emcee Vin Di Bona will be returning in his role as emcee for the sixth consecutive year. He recently celebrated 10 years of having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the CEO of Vin Di Bona Productions and Chairman of FishBowl Worldwide Media. A four-time Emmy award-winning producer and eight-time Emmy nominee, he is the creator and executive producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos, the longest-running primetime entertainment show on ABC, now in its 27th year on the air. A pioneer in comedic reality programming and 48-year entertainment industry veteran, his diversified experience in producing and directing includes television movies, broadcast and cable series, network specials, music award shows and variety programming. Under his FishBowl banner, he currently has scripted and unscripted projects in development at ABC, Fox, Bravo, TruTV, VH1, and Adult Swim.

The conference will include exclusive conversations with top level industry leaders. The event will also include the presentation of the Commitment to California Award, which will go to an entertainment executive who has made a tremendous impact on our great state. Past honorees have included Ted Sarandos, Roy Price, Vin Di Bona, Michael Chiklis, Shawn Ryan, and Anthony E. Zuiker.

“Since this conference was first held six years ago, it has quickly grown into a major confab to discuss the future of our signature industry,” noted Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler. “Last year’s event drew widespread media attention. We expect this year to be no different.”

Sponsors of the conference include Variety as Presenting Sponsor and Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building as Platinum Sponsor. Breakfast Level sponsors includes FilmL.A., Inc., Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media. Gold Level sponsors include City National Bank, Harman Press, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media. Silver Level include AT&T, Belmont Village Hollywood Hills, California IATSE Council (CIC), Capitol Music Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Emerson College, First Entertainment Credit Union, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, The Walt Disney Company.

For more information about the State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, contact Kaylee Kiecker at
Loews Hotel is located at 1755 N Highland Ave in Hollywood.

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About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 96 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. Jeff Zarrinnam, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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