VES Gets Ready for Fifth Annual Summit

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The Visual Effects Society will hold its fifth annual VES Summit, with the theme “A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution.”

The day-long interactive forum on Oct. 26 at the W Hotel in Hollywood will bring together top creators, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to open up creativity and problem-solving discussion.

As the VES states: "The VFX industry is in a state of turnaround. The Summit has traditionally looked at the broader view of the industry and this year will be no exception. The 2013 VES Summit will feature industry creatives and executives from innovative production/distribution outlets looking for new ideas and projects. We will look into opportunities for those interested in creating their own IP/content/apps and/or feature new media companies. We'll hear from top industry insiders who have carved out their own niche on being successful in content creation. An educational day on what is a new reality."

Speakers will include: Cheryl Boone Issacs, president, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Bill Kroyer, director of Digital Arts, Chapman University; and Arnon Manor, VFX production executive, Columbia Pictures. 

Nagin Cox, system engineer at NASA/JPL will be the featured speaker with the topic Mission:Possible. A panel discussion Center Square: AMPAS Presidents Exclusive will feature Academy President Issacs and former Academy Presidents Sid Ganis and Hawk Koch talk about life, leadership, and the love affair with the movies and Oscars during a time of rapid technological, creative, and economic transition. Another panel, In the Black: New Strategies for VFX Profitability, will be moderated by Carl Rosendahl, associate professor at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and former president of PDI/DreamWorks. The panel will consist of high-level studio execs, including Ed Ulbrich, producer and former head of Digital Domain. 

There will be additional speakers. The list can be found on the VES website.

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