VES to Present Third Annual Entertainment Industry Production Summit on October 1
September 23, 2011

VES to Present Third Annual Entertainment Industry Production Summit on October 1

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Visual Effects Society (VES) will hold its third annual Production Summit for the greater entertainment industry on October 1.

Production Summit 2011-Trending the Global Marketplace: You Are Here-will gather executives, creatives, technologists, and visionaries to discuss and examine the impact of globalization and the opportunities and challenges it presents the entertainment industry. The event will bring together the production community for a day of conversation, collaboration, and inspiration. Practitioners from all crafts are invited to join together to engage in discussion regarding the very active 24/7 global world in which we reside. The one-day event will be held at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. 
"This year's Summit will feature ongoing interaction between an international group of key industry leaders whose mandate is to adapt to the global nature of the entertainment industry by staying current with ever changing technologies, and rethinking production schedules and distribution channels. Attendees will be encouraged to think innovatively in order to find better solutions for their businesses," Eric Roth, VES executive director, states.  
Presentation speakers will include:
A Keynote Address by Bob Pisano, President and COO, Motion Picture Association of America and feature presentations by Autodesk Fellow, Tom Wujec, and leading entertainment industry analyst with Janey Montgomery Scott, Tony Wible.
Panelists and Roundtable Moderators confirmed as of this date include:

  • Rob Bredow - Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Annie Chang - Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology
  • Richard Chuang - CEO Cloudpic Global, Inc
  • Bob Coleman - President, Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA)
  • Chris deFaria - Executive Vice President, Production Digital Production for Warner Bros.
  • Warren Franklin - CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment
  • Ted Gagliano - President Feature Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox Studio
  • Dan Glass - Sr VFX Supervisor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Method Studios
  • Uday Kumar - Vice President US Operations Reliance Media Works
  • Thilo Kuther - CEO & Managing Director, Pixomondo
  • Amy Lemisch - Executive Director, California Film Commission
  • Steve Papazian - President, Worldwide Physical Production, Warner Bros
  • Christian Roberton - Managing Director, MPC Film
  • Andy Romanoff - Industry Relations / Business Development, AbelCine
  • Carl Rosendahl - Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
  • Scott Squires - Visual Effects Producer
  • Randy Starr - Visual Effects Producer
  • Stephan Trojansky - VFX Supervisor / Co-Founder of Scanline VFX

The Sessions will include:

The Studios' POV: Adapting to Innovation in a 24 Hour World
What do you need to know in order to keep up with the latest technology and keep your business on track? Innovative digital technology has radically changed the post and distribution channels of the studios which in turn affects the filmmakers and services providers within their sphere. Meeting these new needs requires extraordinary operational coordination and responsiveness across the studios' global digital efforts. This reality creates a need for cooperation and conflict resolution mechanisms within and across all functions, as well as budget procedures that allow for flexibility and rapid direction changes. The very things that push creativity and efficiency can provide new obstacles. This panel examines how studios determine a clear approach for monitoring, sharing and adapting within this globally interconnected network and the best ways to work together and maintain reasonable margins.
Success Around the Globe
Visual effects companies have expanded to multiple sites and have a true global footprint and workforce. Multi-cultural and multi-national interfacing, altered technology and pipeline shifts, social media management, IP development and partnerships are increasingly important; yet creativity, quality, service and professionalism remain the most important elements. Additionally, as companies add an IP component, they need creative employees who can develop timely, relevant, and compelling content across a variety of media. This panel of top executives will take a look at successful visual effects business models and crossover models from around the globe -- organic growth, partnerships, acquisitions, creator-driven, niche-driven -- to examine and reveal how their companies have evolved and strategized to stay relevant and successful in the current environment. Hear from these experts on where they and the industry are headed in the near and distant future.
Continental Breakfast Roundtables

To jump start the morning of the Summit, the event is introducing Breakfast Roundtable discussions. This hour long aspect of the Summit will be for those attendees who want to discuss and share information on a particular subject with their fellow attendees. Each table will have a moderator who is an expert in their topic. The objective is for everyone to join in on the discussion and glean new information. A time for attendees to do the talking.

  • Animation Trending
  • The Challenges of 3D stereo
  • The Challenges of 48-60fps
  • The Challenges of Digital Color
  • 2D to 3D conversion
  • Chasing and Taking Advantage of Tax Incentives
  • Moving to 4K: Impact on VFX Schedules, Budgets
  • Finding Financial Investors for Original IP
  • Open Source Development/Trends
  • Niche Market: How Best to Focus My Company
  • How to Build and Maintain Creative Staff
  • Canada: The Next Soho
  • Partnering with International Companies