2017 Agenda

2017 VRTL Media Summit Agenda

Day 1
26 Apr 2017


Guests arrive and check in. Networking in foyer and exhibit area.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

• Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures • Ned Sherman, Counsel & Director, Manatt Digital • Sunny Dhillon, Partner & Co-Founder, Signia Venture Partners
Jim Gianopulos
Ned Sherman
Sunny Dhillon

Fireside chat with Robert Stromberg, Oscar winning visual effects producer on Avatar (& more)

Robert Stromberg, Founder + Chief Creative Officer, The Virtual Reality Company, Oscar winner, visual effects, Avatar Interviewer: Janko Roetggers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent at Variety
Robert Stromberg
Janko Roettgers

Fireside Chat with Jesse Sisgold, President & COO, Skydance Media

Jesse Sisgold, President & Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media Interviewer: Seth Shapiro, Governor, Television Academy
Jesse Sisgold
Seth Shapiro

It’s In The Game: Challenges & Opportunities ahead for VR/AR gaming studios

PANELISTS • Ray Davis, ex GM of Unreal Engine, CEO, Drifter • Graeme Devine, Chief Game Wizard, Magic Leap • Chris Heatherly, EVP of Games & Digital Platforms, NBCUniversal •...
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Nick Tuosto
Graeme Devine
Jamil Moledina
Ray Davis

Virtual Hollywood: what are the major Hollywood Studios doing to embrace VR/AR?

PANELISTS • David Liu, Creative Director of Virtual Reality, Viacom NEXT • Peter Levin, President of Interactive Ventures & Games, Lionsgate • Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB •...
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Vicki Dobbs Beck
Peter Levin
Josh Austin
David Liu
Ted Schilowitz

Making it Rain: What are Silicon Valley VC’s investing in?

PANELISTS • Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners • Matt Huang, Partner, Sequoia Capital • Amit Kumar, Partner, Accel • Amitt Mahajan, Managing Partner, Presence Capital & Co-founder of...
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Matt Huang
Niko Bonatsos
Amit Kumar
Anarghya Vardhana

Fireside chat with David Alpert, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, and Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound

• David Alpert, Executive Producer, The Walking Dead • Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound Interviewer: Chris Shoff, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Chris Shoff
David Alpert
Jon Goldman

PANEL: VRcades: A Near Term Monetizable Channel in mixed reality location based entertainment

PANELISTS • Cliff Plumer, CEO, The Void • Shiraz Akmal, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, SPACES • Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus • Bruce Vaughn, CEO, Dreamscape Immersive VR •...
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Bruce Vaughn
Bei Yang
Doug Griffin
Brent Bushnell
Cliff Plumer

Cinematic VR: new avenues for storytelling

PANELISTS • Nonny de la Pena, Founder & CEO, Emblematic Group • Peter Akemann, President, Skydance Interactive • Drew Larner, COO at Within (formerly VRSE) • Gil Baron, CEO, Mindshow...
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Drew Larner
Gil Baron
Ikrima Elhassan
Nonny de la Peña
Peter Akemann

Fireside chat with Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros.

Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer & EVP, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment Interviewer: Dawn Chmielewski, Contributor, USA Today & U.S. News & World Reports  
Thomas Gewecke
Dawn Chmielewski

If You Build It, They Will Come: Content Creation Tools – What Works & What Doesn’t?

PANELISTS • Tony Parisi, Head of VR and AR, Unity Technologies • Steve Raymond, CEO, 8i • Joe Michaels, Chief Revenue Officer, AxonVR • Zvi Greenstein, General Manager at NVIDIA...
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Mark Turner
Joe Michaels
Csilla Kozma Andersen
Zvi Greenstein
Ebbe Altberg
Tony Parisi
Steve Raymond

A Word with Anders Grunnet-Jepsen, CTO & Dir. of Advanced Technology, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel.

Anders Grunnet-Jepsen, CTO & Dir. of Advanced Technology, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel Dr. Anders Grunnet-Jepsen will briefly present what Intel has been working on to provide users with new Merged...
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Anders Grunnet-Jepsen

A Word from The VR Platforms Themselves

PANELISTS • Brenda Freeman, Chief Marketing Officer, Magic Leap • Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google VR Team • Rob Lister, Chief Development Officer, IMAX Corporation • Joel Breton,...
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Aaron Luber
Joel Breton
Brenda Freeman
Taylor Freeman
Rob Lister

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Intel

Discussions will be focused on topics related to raising capital for VR developers and the technical challenges associated with creating VR content. There will be a series of intense roundtable discussions and keynotes, geared towards keeping the conversation at a deep level of expertise, with audience members listening and participating in Q&A at the end.