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Friday, March 13
 

3:30pm CDT

Storytelling Superheroes

Speakers
avatar for Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist, Graphic Memoirist
Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel is the creator of the long-running countercultural comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which realistically captured the lives of women in a lesbian community and garnered a devoted and diverse following. From this pioneering work emerged... Read More →
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Maria Hinojosa

Anchor & Exec Producer, Latino USA, NPR, Futuro Media Group
As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer

Filmmaker
Born in 1974, USA, Oscar®-nominated film director Joshua Oppenheimer is recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015-2019). His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012, 159 min and 117 min), was named Film of the Year in the 2013 by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

3:30pm CDT

Publishing Innovation: Next Century Reading
Reading as we know it has not changed in more than 2,000 years. Book distribution has changed enormously, but the way we read has not evolved. At the same time new entertainment expectations have evolved that include Cable TV, YouTube, Social, Gaming, & Mobile. This has lead to a problem where both kids & adults reading rates are drastically decreasing.
So how does reading engage a new audience in this modern, multimedia & sensory world we live in today?
Reading is the only main-stream entertainment medium without synchronized sound - until now!
This panel will explore different ways to engage modern audiences around reading from adding synchronized movie-style soundtracks, sterilized writing, and near real time user feedback while writing.

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Speakers
avatar for Ashleigh Gardner

Ashleigh Gardner

Head of Writer and Publisher Partnerships, Wattpad
Ashleigh helps publishers and writers seize new engagement opportunities on Wattpad, while also connecting up-and-coming Wattpad writers with publishers and exciting opportunities. Before joining Wattpad, Ashleigh was director of content management at Kobo, where she focused on expanding... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hovey

Jason Hovey

VP of Business Dev, Booktrack
Jason is a former educator with over 15 years of experience in online media. After an early career as a classroom teacher and technology coordinator, Jason has worked for both large and start up companies in senior product, marketing, and business development roles. He is a former... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:00pm CDT

Streams, Shuffles and Statutes: Congress and Music

Speakers
avatar for Greg Barnes

Greg Barnes

General Counsel, Digital Media Association
Gregory Alan Barnes currently serves as General Counsel for the Digital Media Association (“DiMA”). DiMA is a nationally recognized trade association that represents the interests of several digital music and video service providers on a wide range of issues, including matters... Read More →
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Jason Chaffetz

Congressman, US House of Representatives
Mr. Chaffetz serves on the House Judiciary Committee, responsible for all copyright law. Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Frazee

Elizabeth Frazee

Founder, TwinLogic Strategies
Elizabeth is co-founder and CEO of the all-women, technology and telecommunications lobbying shop TwinLogic Strategies. Named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper, Elizabeth's career in Washington includes high-level jobs on Capitol Hill, executive experience at leading tech... Read More →
avatar for Katie Peters

Katie Peters

Dir of Government Rels, Pandora Media Inc
Katie Peters is the head of Government Relations for Pandora Media in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Pepperdine University, MA from the Naval War College, and JD from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Katie started her career on Capitol Hill with a California... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

5:00pm CDT

Audio Drama in the 21st Century
What is it about old media that makes it so popular right now? How does it relate to new technology? In an age in which the entertainment industry seems only to be using known and popular content, how do you get original content out there? How do you even launch an indie project like this and have it penetrate the public consciousness?
Each of the panelists has made a career developing original content by exploring these very questions. If you're an indie creator looking to break out your idea using classic forms like audio drama or comic-books or if you're a fan of these forms, then this is the panel for you.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Site co-owner/Site Mgr, oneofus.net
Chris has been actively involved with entertainment since childhood but only became formally a film critic when he joined some friends on a local Austin cable access TV show called The Reel Deal, mixing comedy and critique. After developing a solid chemistry, eventually a group coalesced... Read More →
avatar for Buzz Moran

Buzz Moran

Foley Artist/Music Editor, Shamrock Records
Buzz Moran performs live, radio-style sound effects, as well as being a music editor, sound designer, voiceover performer, and recording engineer. He lives in Austin, TX.
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Jason Neulander

High Mucky-Muck, The Intergalactic Nemesis
Jason Neulander is the producer and a co-creator of The Intergalactic Nemesis, an indie transmedia project that takes the form of comic-books, audio drama, podcasts, YouTube series, and live theatrical productions that are currently touring the world.
avatar for Kc  Wayland

Kc Wayland

Writer Dir, We're Alive


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am CDT

Hyper-Reality TV and Online Video Are a Perfect Fit

Speakers
avatar for Dermot McCormack

Dermot McCormack

Pres AOL Video & Studios, AOL Inc
Dermot McCormack President of Video
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Morgan Spurlock

Award-winning filmmaker & Pres of Warrior Poets, Warrior-Poets
Morgan Spurlock is a NY-based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at Sundance in 2004 and won Best Directing honors. It won the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

9:30am CDT

Use Computer Vision to Find Nudity, Guns or Bieber
Video has remained a passive medium since its inception & it remains the last asset to become fully digital. What does this mean? A computer, tablet, smart phone or television knows how to display video pixels but has no understanding of what those pixels represent. It has no idea that those pixels make up a moving image of your friend, a celebrity or a product you’d like to buy. But with the ever-changing digital ecosystem, this medium is quickly becoming a pivotal opportunity for brands, content creators and advertisers to understand what’s going on inside the video much like they do with everything else. WIREWAX is leading the pack with a powerful computer vision platform that can automatically extract intelligent metadata from videos for image or facial recognition & to identify everything from nudity, your best friend or a bottle of Dos Equis. A byproduct of this is the ability to create interactive trailers or shoppable videos, linking anything in the video to everything online.

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Callanan

Steve Callanan

CEO, WIREWAX
Steve studied Electronic Engineering but started his career in television production. He was the youngest TV producer in the UK when he launched his first 6-part series in 2001 for the ITV network about the controversial private lives of university students. He went on to produce... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

Analog and Digital: Synching an Engagement Campaign

Speakers
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Keven McAlester

Producer, Standard Pictures
Keven McAlester is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He has directed two award-winning documentary features (You’re Gonna Miss Me, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and The Dungeon Masters, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival) and over 30 music videos, short films... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Prestileo

Lauren Prestileo

Series Producer, American Experience, American Experience — PBS
Lauren Prestileo currently serves at Series Manager for the PBS series American Experience. In that role, she oversees the marketing and digital teams for the series, and works collaboratively with WGBH’s education, outreach, and fundraising teams. She joined the American Experience... Read More →
avatar for Mark Samels

Mark Samels

Exec Producer, American Experience/WGBH
Mark Samels was named executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, PBS’ flagship history series, in 2003. Under Samels' leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

11:00am CDT

From Alien to Alien: Isolation

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bristol

Mark Bristol

Filmmaker, Static Line Productions
Mark Bristol has moved back and forth between video games and feature films for nearly twenty years. He began his career as a Storyboard Artist and has worked on over fifty feature films including Mission: Impossible 5, Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Saving Mr. Banks, The Tree of Life... Read More →
avatar for Alistair Hope

Alistair Hope

Creative Dir, http://www.creative-assembly.com
Alistair Hope is Creative Director of Alien: Isolation. He has worked at Creative Assembly, one of the UK’s most established studios since their indie days, joining the now 300+ man studio as employee No. 8 in 1996. A painting and sculpture fine art graduate he followed his first... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Austin Suite

11:00am CDT

Civic Lessons From Superheroes
People often assume the comic book movies that dominate the multiplex each summer are mindlessly escapist – but that is far from the case. The Dark Knight trilogy, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past have featured challenging political critiques and even wholesale questioning of American values and identity. These movies continue a long tradition of provocative political engagement in their comic book source material, dating back to when Captain America punched Hitler on the cover of his debut issue – months before the US entered World War II. BBC Culture deputy editor Christian Blauvelt will show how thematically rich and deeply subversive the superhero film genre can be.

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Speakers
avatar for Christian Blauvelt

Christian Blauvelt

Deputy Editor/Culture, BBC.com
Christian Blauvelt is Deputy Editor-Culture of BBC.com in New York. He commissions and edits stories related to film, TV, music, art and books, helps to manage a team of writers, and makes frequent TV appearances on BBC World News’ Talking Movies show and the CBS New York Sunday... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

Mentor Session: Don Levy
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.

This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.

That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.


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Speakers
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Donald Levy

Pres & Cultivator, Smith Brook Farm
Don Levy has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry’s digital transformation throughout his career as a senior executive in animation, visual effects, digital media, television and movies.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Boudreau

Matthew Boudreau

Producer/Sound Designer, Aural Stage Studios
Matthew is a writer, web developer and sound designer for Aural Stage Studios in Buffalo, NY. He possesses a bachelors degree in English Writing Arts and Technical Theatre with a focus in storytelling and sound design. Matt is a director of the Buffalo Academy of Visual And Performing... Read More →
avatar for Fred  Greenhalgh

Fred Greenhalgh

Producer, Finalrune Productions
Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that includes location production and cinematic sound design
avatar for Sonia James

Sonia James

Special Projects, Sound Stages Radio Network
Sonia James is an experienced writer and producer. Her broadcast tenure included on-air hosting and announcing, sound design, continuity direction, master control operations, and program management. She's worked in both the field and studio, from local talk shows to sporting events... Read More →
avatar for Sibby Wieland

Sibby Wieland

Pres, Sound Stages Radio Network
Patience “Sibby” Wieland is a writer, director, and producer, and president of the Sound Stages Radio Network. Its carriage of modern audiodrama ranges from Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, to zombie podcast "We're Alive". She recently produced 3 feature-length audiodramas, recorded live... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Austin Suite

12:30pm CDT

Trailblazers in VR Domain

Speakers
avatar for Wolfgang Bergmann

Wolfgang Bergmann

CEO, ARTE Deutschland
avatar for Amit Breuer

Amit Breuer

Pres, Amythos Media Inc
Amit Breuer is an innovative award-winning media producer based in Toronto, Canada. Her works have been presented successfully over the past 20 years on prestigious traditional and emerging media platforms. She has received prizes for her documentaries and digital projects: Purity... Read More →
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Jason Rubin

Head of Worldwide Studios, Oculus VR
avatar for Thomas Wallner

Thomas Wallner

Founder Pres, DEEP Inc


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

12:30pm CDT

GXGW: The Doctor Who Meet Up
Gallifrey by Gallifrey West (GXGW) is the Doctor Who meet up for new and old fans of our favorite Time Lord and his companions.

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Speakers
avatar for Noah Kuttler

Noah Kuttler

Mktg, IBM


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 501

12:30pm CDT

The Future Of Distributed Media
As more is consumed on mobile devices and within apps, media organizations are faced with a question of how to compete with the original content on Vine, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and other social networks. BuzzFeed has created an entire team to create original content for these networks, while others have tried aggregation, and entirely new media organizations have sprung up to answer these questions. What are their creative processes? How are they experimenting collecting data and measuring success? What are the pros and cons of publishing on a platform that you don't own or control? Summer Anne Burton will talk about how BuzzFeed thinks about these platforms and how her team there sees the future of media and distribution. This session will delve into real-life examples of what BuzzFeed is doing now on these platforms and what they have planned for 2015.

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Speakers
avatar for Summer Burton

Summer Burton

Editorial Dir BuzzFeed Distributed, BuzzFeed
Summer Anne Burton grew up in Austin. She worked at BookPeople, did freelance writing, and started a baseball art project called Every Hall of Famer before joining BuzzFeed in 2012. Since moving to New York City, she's become BuzzFeed's Managing Editorial Director and is now leading... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

2:00pm CDT

An Internet Odyssey: The Next Gen Of Webseries

Speakers
avatar for Hannah  Cheesman

Hannah Cheesman

Co-Pres, Aberrant Pictures
Hannah Cheesman is an award-winning and CSA-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker in Toronto. In 2014, Hannah was named an Irving Avrich recipient of TIFF’s Emerging Canadian Filmmakers, and was the 2015 headliner for the WIFT-Atlantic Women Making Waves conference in Halifax. She... Read More →
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Mackenzie Donaldson

Co-Pres, Aberrant Pictures
Mackenzie Donaldson is a Canadian producer, writer and digital media maker based in Toronto Canada. She is currently an Associate Producer on the BBC America smash hit series ORPHAN BLACK. She is also a new addition to Temple Street Productions’ development team while helping to... Read More →
avatar for Matt Eastman

Matt Eastman

Resident Director, Touchpoint Films
With an aesthetic shaped by both Lars Von Trier and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Matt Eastman is the resident director at Touchpoint Films in Toronto. Matt has directed campaigns for Burger King, Tiger Beer, and Skittles, and his work has been featured in Creativity, FastCoCreate, FWA Site... Read More →
avatar for Julian De Zotti

Julian De Zotti

Co-Creator/Writer/Showrunner, Whatever, Linda Productions
Julian is the co-creator, writer and showrunner of the IPF/OMDC funded WHATEVER, LINDA - a ten part digital series dramedy that has premiered at festivals across the world, picking up several awards along the way at Raindance WebFest, Miami WebFest, iTVFest, and First Glance Philadelphia... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Austin Suite

3:30pm CDT

A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon

Speakers
JN

Jeff Nichols

Dir, Roadside Attractions
avatar for Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon

Actor, Warner Bros
avatar for Michael Tully

Michael Tully

Dir, Hammer To Nail
After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 16AB

3:30pm CDT

UCB on TV: How Improv Is Changing Everything

Speakers
avatar for Matt Besser

Matt Besser

Performer, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
improv4humans with Matt Besser
avatar for Katie Dippold

Katie Dippold

Comedian, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
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Nick Kroll

Actor/Writer/Producer, ADULT BEGINNERS
avatar for Shannon O'Neill

Shannon O'Neill

Artistic Dir, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

3:30pm CDT

Zero Day: What Will Be The Weapons Of World War 3?
America’s military fought insurgents and terrorists for more than a decade yet tensions between the world’s great powers now make an unthinkable global conflict a real consideration. Take a tour of the high- and low-tech weapons of the next world war with renowned futurist and strategist Peter W. Singer and former Wall Street Journal reporter and defense analyst August Cole. Moderated by Dave Anthony, the acclaimed director of the best-selling Call of Duty games, the discussion will explore the wartime role of Silicon Valley startups, Americans as 21st Century insurgents, how a junkyard hot-rod mindset can save the Air Force and Navy from defeat, the art of zero-gravity combat and the critical role cyber warriors in and out of uniform will play in the next world war’s decisive battles. With unique perspectives informed by the highest levels of defense policy, journalism and entertainment, the panel will go inside the battlefield tech of tomorrow.

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Speakers
avatar for Dave Anthony

Dave Anthony

Dir, writer, producer, Prisoner Six Productions
Dave Anthony (born June 19th, 1973) is an English writer, director and producer, best known for his pioneering work on the blockbuster Call of Duty video game franchise. Dave moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to produce Call of Duty games on the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox consoles... Read More →
avatar for August Cole

August Cole

Writer & Analyst & Consultant, Atlantic Council
August Cole is a writer, analyst and consultant specializing in national security issues. He is a writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Jimmy Kimmel

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel

Host/Exec Producer, Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC's longest-running late-night talk show. Now in its twelfth season, “JKL” produces the most popular comedy bits in late night and features a diverse lineup of guests including actors... Read More →
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Kevin Ryder

Host, Kevin And Bean


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

5:00pm CDT

Cinema VFX & Immersive VR: Virtual Worlds Converge

Speakers
avatar for Ikrima Elhassan

Ikrima Elhassan

Virtual Reality Innovator, Ikrima Elhassan
avatar for James Madigan

James Madigan

Visual Effects Supervisor and Director, Ikrima Elhassan
avatar for Cory Strassberger

Cory Strassberger

Virtual Reality Innovator, Cory Strassberger


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

5:00pm CDT

A Clickable Feast: Pursuing The Modern Music Video
This session will discuss the creative and technical journey that led Matt Yoka to make the interactive music video for Ty Segall's Manipulator. More specifically -- how his reluctance to use interactive media actually resulted in a wildly clickable feast.
The internet is home to a movement striving to create more engaging media. With Manipulator, Yoka pushed that movement to an utter psychedelic freakout. Every object in the music video is clickable and as the user digs deeper, the imagery becomes more hallucinatory. Rolling Stone wrote that it's “a cross between a Salvador Dalí painting and a Terry Gilliam animation from Monty Python... the possibilities are endless.”
With quadrillions of variations, this interactivity is a delirious way to experience music. Speaking about living at the intersection of film, music, and interactivity, this talk will focus on technology’s potential to elevate artistic expression and the eternal desire to create stronger connections between audience and content.

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Speakers
avatar for Simon Wiscombe

Simon Wiscombe

Interactive Media Designer, Matt Yoka Media
avatar for Matt Yoka

Matt Yoka

Dir/Producer, Matt Yoka Media
Matt Yoka is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and frequent collaborator with Ty Segall. He was a Collaborative Fellow at UnionDocs, and in 2014 graduated USC's Annenberg School of Journalism's Masters program, where he received a Pulitzer scholarship. In between, he has produced work... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:30pm CDT

The Biological Power of Push and Pull
The highly anticipated follow up to SXSW14's successful and provocative "Neurological recipe for success", Biological Power of Push & Pull will explore how the body physically reacts to digital experiences.
During digital experiences our bodies switch on an emergency network of micro circuitry, the resulting surge in electrical and chemical activity feeds back in to the brain, affecting the way we think and behave. But what does that mean for the generations growing up in this new world? The brain systems involved in decision-making, planning, social understanding & risk-taking are still developing in adolescence & as we witness dramatic behaviors developing in the teenage years should we be looking at designed services with more consideration on the physiological effects they have on the audience?
Pete Trainor, Director of Human Centered Design @NexusCX, takes us on a whistle-stop journey into the physiological effects of today's digital experiences.

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Speakers
avatar for Pete Trainor

Pete Trainor

Dir of UX&D, Nexus CX
Pete Trainor is an occasional robot, fictional character, music lover, flâneur, raconteur and Founder of NEXUS in London. On a good day, they make the web more awesome. On a bad day, they just make it suck less.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am CDT

Worlds Without Boundaries: Books, Games, Films

Speakers
avatar for James Frey

James Frey

Author & Founder, Full Fathom Five LLC
avatar for John Hanke

John Hanke

VP, Niantic Labs
John founded Niantic Labs as an independent group within Google to explore new kinds of mobile game applications at the intersection of mobile, location, social, and with an eye toward an emerging class of wearable devices. The group has launched two very well received products to... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

9:30am CDT

Storytelling with the New Screens
How will 3D printers, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart objects and smart cities reinvent the future of storytelling? USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) believes the media and entertainment industry is seeing its greatest period of upheaval since Edison invented the Kinetoscope – and the AIL's Edison Project is finding the opportunities amidst the disruption. AIL technical director + research fellow Geoffrey Long, research associate Francesca Marie Smith and research affiliate Alisa Katz will share the AIL's findings from a number of the lab's transmedia storytelling experiments and prototypes (including a combination of 3d printing and augmented reality, a "smart home" entertainment experience built in the Oculus Rift, an "asymmetric multiplayer movie-watching experience" in Google Glass, and a tangible media prototype connecting a smart designer toy to a data-driven iPad storybook) and where the AIL believes the media and entertainment industry is heading next!

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Speakers
avatar for Alisa Katz

Alisa Katz

Research Affiliate, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Alisa Katz, a native New Yorker, graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and attended the Film Academy of Prague (FAMU). Katz’s film producing experience includes Edward Zwick’s Defiance, Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and Pieter Jan Brugge’s The Clearing. Katz... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Long

Geoffrey Long

Technical Dir Research Fellow, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Geoffrey Long (geoffreylong.com) is a storyteller, scholar, designer and consultant exploring emerging entertainment platforms and the future of entertainment. Having previously been the Lead Narrative Producer for Microsoft Studios (where his projects included the Xbox One, SmartGlass... Read More →
avatar for Francesca Marie Smith

Francesca Marie Smith

Research Associate, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Francesca is a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California and a research associate with the Annenberg Innovation Lab, situated at the intersection of academia, technology, and media industries.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

The Cast of Community on Moving to Digital

Speakers
DH

Dan Harmon

Writer, Yahoo
JM

Joel McHale

Actor, Yahoo
Born in Rome, Italy and raised in Seattle, Washington, Joel was a history major at the University of Washington, where he also was a member of their championship football team. In addition, Joel received his Master's of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.
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Chris Mckenna

Exec Producer, Yahoo
JR

Jim Rash

Actor, Yahoo


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

11:00am CDT

What Does An Art and Design Incubator Look Like?

Speakers
avatar for Julia Kaganskiy

Julia Kaganskiy

Dir/NEW INC, New Museum (NEW INC)
Julia Kaganskiy is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She is currently Director of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, design and technology conceived by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
avatar for Lisa Park

Lisa Park

Artist, New Museum (NEW INC)
American-born and Korean-raised, Lisa Park is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently based in New York. Her recent works explored the possibilities of self-monitoring her physical and psychological states through the use of biometric sensors (heart-rate and brainwave sensors... Read More →
avatar for Drew Seskunas

Drew Seskunas

Co-Founder, The Principals
Drew Seskunas is co-director of the experimental design studio The Principals. Raised in Baltimore, he studied architecture at The University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. Focused on the demystification of complex natural phenomena, he formed The Principals in 2011 alongside Charles... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Seymour

Sabine Seymour

Founder, CEO, Moonlab Inc
Dr. Sabine Seymour is an entrepreneur and researcher focusing on the next generation of wearables and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in our garments. She is described as being an innovator and has been involved in wearables for almost two decades. Sabine is the founder... Read More →
avatar for Allison Wood

Allison Wood

CEO, REIFY
Allison Wood is co-creator and CEO of REIFY. She studied sociology and art history at Mount Holyoke College, and interior design and digital interactive art Pratt Institute.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Next Stage

11:00am CDT

The Future of Storytelling: the Event
From the minstrels of medieval Europe to the griots of West Africa, for millennia the practice of storytelling was unidirectional. But in a networked world brimming with social tools and technologies, the relationship between the narrator and the audience is undergoing a profound transformation. This panel will explore the evolving nature of audience engagement, and the increasing desire by users to grab hold of the narrative and make it their own. Learn from leading practitioners how to develop systems and content that can drive audience participation, and ultimately empower users with true agency in the narrative.

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Speakers
avatar for Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin

Co-founder & CTO, VRSE
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies. His work takes real-world and community-generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and the systems they create. Aaron’s work is part of... Read More →
avatar for Ari Kuschnir

Ari Kuschnir

Founder/Exec Prod, m ss ng p eces
Ari Kuschnir is the Founder and Executive Producer of m ss ng p eces – an integrated production and entertainment company inspired by the limitless potential of technology, storytelling and the web.
avatar for Charles Melcher

Charles Melcher

Founder, Melcher Media/Future of StoryTelling
Charles Melcher is the founder and director of the annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) summit, an invitation-only event that gathers top executives, marketers, creatives, and technologists with the vision and influence to change how people communicate and tell stories in the digital... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

12:30pm CDT

19 Reinos - A Game of Thrones Immersive Experience

Speakers
avatar for Robert Pratten

Robert Pratten

CEO, Conducttr
Robert Pratten is CEO and Founder of Transmedia Storyteller Ltd, creators of Conducttr – the audience engagement software.
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Miguel Salvat

Dir, Canal+ Spain
Miguel Salvat is director of Canal+. He joined the corporation in the fall of 2005 as Premium Channesl director at Canal+. At Canal+, he has run production, promotion and programming departments. Later on, he participated in the launch of Canal Satelite Digital as direcot of programmes... Read More →
avatar for Belén Santa-Olalla

Belén Santa-Olalla

Sr Creative Consultant, Transmedia Storyteller LTD/Conducttr
Belén Santa- Olalla is Senior Creative Consultant at Transmedia Storyteller LTD , London . Along with Robert Pratten, she has done consulting work for various transmedia corporations in Los Angeles, Mexico , Sao Paulo , Perth, Lima , Madrid , apart from working as Conducttr Product... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Austin Suite

12:30pm CDT

A Conversation with YouTube Celebrities iJustine and Lizzie Velasquez

Speakers
avatar for Justine Ezarik

Justine Ezarik

YouTube Personality, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Justine Ezarik a.k.a. iJustine is a one-woman new media phenomenon: techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital influencer. She is one of the top female personalities on YouTube amassing over 3.3 million subscribers across her 3 channels, more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and has garnered... Read More →
avatar for Lizzie Velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez

Motivational Speaker, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Lizzie Velasquez, 25, is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist and author of three books: Lizzie Beautiful, Be Beautiful, Be You, and Choosing Happiness. In December 2013, she took the stage at TEDxAustin Women and gave a talk titled 'How Do You Define Yourself?' that... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

12:30pm CDT

#SXSW 2015 Pop Culture Meet Up
Do you write about pop culture? Podcast or v-log about it? Have you successfully tricked someone into paying you for these things? Come meet your people.
At this meet up, we'll discuss expanding (or, finding) your audience, tips for cultivating a fan base, which content creation formats work best for which areas of pop culture, the art of the television recap, honing in on your area of expertise, which pop culture writers / show hosts we love, and why they are so good at what they do.

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Speakers
avatar for Tolly Moseley

Tolly Moseley

Editor, Austin Eavesdropper
Tolly Moseley is a culture writer based in Austin TX. She is co-host of Austin American-Statesman's culture podcast "Statesman Shots," and was formerly the co-host of "Hungry In" on The Hungry Channel (a co-production between YouTube and Electus Studios). Her work focuses on arts... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 508

12:30pm CDT

YouTube Grows Up: Community and Culture
Today's superstars are clocking millions of eyeballs each week on their new content, raising and earning millions of dollars, and doing it all outside of the network and studio systems on sites like YouTube or Vine. They haven't completely replaced traditional stars (yet), but are the new famous for the under-30 crowd. The medium of digital-first video relishes in embracing direct connection, collaboration, and a seemingly low barrier to entry for fans to become creators in their own right. How can this new style of celebrity shape pop culture, change the meaning of fame and how will it interact with the establishment over time? How do the niche-famous deal with privacy, and the lure of crossing over to the mainstream? This panel explores the variety of paths the new content creators can and are taking to building their communities and creativity, and debates whether Hollywood is the be-all, end-all, or if creators have a chance to build a truly new medium that is self-sustained.

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Speakers
avatar for Corey Lubowich

Corey Lubowich

Dir/Producer, StarKid Productions/Luboworks Productions
Corey is a multi-hypenate director-producer-designer and brunch-enthusiast fascinated with the intersection of old school art and new fangled technology, and how it can be used to tell new stories. Past projects have included the weekly YouTube comedy series "Tin Can Brothers", The... Read More →
avatar for Rae Votta

Rae Votta

Reporter, SideChef
Rae Votta is obsessed with obsession. She has her Masters in the linguistics of fan communities from the University of Georgia and has applied that degree to her work in the digital and entertainment industries. She has managed some combination of social media, blogging, PR and fan... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Weichel

Sarah Weichel

Digital Talent Mgr, Talent Manager
avatar for Megan Westerby

Megan Westerby

VP of Mktg, SideChef
Megan Westerby, Vice President of Marketing for the Collective Digital Studio, is an expert in social media strategy, online branding, marketing and new media storytelling. As Social Media Senior Coordinator at The Recording Academy, she was instrumental in expanding digital reach... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

2:00pm CDT

Stand for Something

Speakers
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Emily Best

Founder & CEO, Seed&Spark Inc


Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
ACC Room 15

3:30pm CDT

A Conversation with Sally Field

Speakers
avatar for Sally Field

Sally Field

Talent, Hello My Name is Doris
avatar for Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter

Dir, Hello My Name is Doris


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 16AB

3:30pm CDT

BedPost Confessions: True Tales of Sex and Tech

Speakers
avatar for Julie Gillis

Julie Gillis

Producer, BedPost Confessions
Julie Gillis is a writer, producer, and speaker focused on social justice, civil rights, and human sexuality. She is a professional with over 15 years experience in theater production, event coordination, and organizational facilitation.
avatar for Mia Martina

Mia Martina

Producer, Bedpost Productions LLC
Mia Martina is a writer, performer, podcaster, ex-New Yorker, and co-producer of BedPost Confessions, a live storytelling show about sex and sexuality. Mia has been a panelist at various sex and tech conferences including moderating the conversation Sex on the Web - The Sabotage of... Read More →
avatar for Sadie Smythe

Sadie Smythe

Writer, BedPost Confessions
Sadie Smythe is a storyteller. As a writer, author of the memoir Open All the Way and producer of the storytelling series BedPost Confessions, she has learned that stories hold a particular type of personal power. Her own story informs many facets of her work - from consulting with... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Next Stage

3:30pm CDT

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner in Conversation w/ Dazed's Tim Noakes

Speakers
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Shia Labeouf

Artist, Dazed Group
avatar for Tim Noakes

Tim Noakes

Editor-in-Chief, www.dazeddigital.com
Editor-in-Chief of iconic British youth culture title Dazed magazine and its website, DazedDigital.com. I direct the digital and print editorial content of the brand, heading up a staff of over 30 professionals and an international network of contributors.
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Nastja Säde Rönkkö

Artist, Dazed Group
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Luke Turner

Artist, Dazed Group


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

3:30pm CDT

Are You Smarter Than Your Brain?: The Big Picture of Big Data
With the explosion of infographics and big data, maps aren’t just about geography anymore. They can tell us all kinds of things about the human experience. Join Kal Penn, host and producer of National Geographic Channel’s (NGC’s) new series “The Big Picture With Kal Penn,” and David Konschnik, executive producer, for an interactive and fast-paced panel filled with videos and experiments.

The panel, like the forthcoming show, is about finding the unexpected and sometimes surprising realities in both the world at large and our own backyard, revealed by crunching the numbers and finding new ways to visualize data. Learn about data and the people around you on topics that will range from how people spend their free time to sex to personality and character. You may even learn something surprising about yourself. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peak of the new series “The Big Picture” before it premieres on National Geographic Channel.

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Speakers
avatar for David Konschnik

David Konschnik

Exec Prod, National Geographic Television
avatar for Kal Penn

Kal Penn

TV Host, Actor, & White House Staffer, National Geographic Channel
Kal Penn is known for his starring roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, the Harold and Kumar franchise, among others. Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Pierson

Lillian Pierson

Data Scientist, Data-Mania
Lillian Pierson, P.E. is the founder of Data-Mania, a business that focuses on data science training and growth engineering services. She's also the author of Data Science For Dummies, which is scheduled for release in March 2015. Lillian is an internationally recognized influencer... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:50pm CDT

Hand-drawn Animation: Magic Between the Sheets

Speakers
avatar for Danny Madden

Danny Madden

Dir & Animator & Stuff, ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS!
Grew up in the southeast making movies with family and friends. Writes, directs, and animates the films of Ornana, which has had three animated shorts and one live-action feature play at SXSW:


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:50pm - 4:05pm CDT
ACC Room 15

5:00pm CDT

NPR and PBS: Public Media, Reaching New Publics
So called legacy organizations like NPR and PBS have made strides in trying to gain new audiences with initiatives like NPR’s Code Switch and PBS’s Black Culture Connection, which are explicitly aiming to bring in diverse viewers and listeners to public media outlets.
In another arena, PBS’s Digital Studios (home to YouTube-only programming like “PBS Idea Channel” and “It’s Okay To Be Smart”) and NPR’s Generation Listen are creating new pathways to much younger audiences to PBS and NPR. (And with content -- much of it online -- that you maybe wouldn't have associated with public media.)
Hear from representatives from PBS and NPR, who’ll cover what’s working, and what’s not when reaching out to younger and more diverse audiences for public media.

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Speakers
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Shereen Marisol Meraji

Reporter, NPR's Code Switch
Shereen Marisol Meraji tries to find the humor and humanity in reporting on race for the NPR Code Switch team.
avatar for Lauren Saks

Lauren Saks

Dir Programming PBS Digital Studios, PBS
Lauren Saks is the Direcor of Programming for PBS Digital Studios. She develops and produces web original series for PBS including the Webby Award winning PBS Idea Channel, Game/Show, It’s Okay to be Smart and Pancake Mountain. Prior to her work on Digital Studios, Lauren initiated... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:00pm CDT

Toy Meet Up
Do you love toys? Come and join other like-minded toy professionals and collectible connoisseurs for a meeting of the minds.
Meet ups are a great way to connect with other sympathetic individuals at SXSW, and further expand your network in a specific field or discipline - in this particular instance - toys and all things fun! Don't forget your business cards, and feel free to bring your favorite toy for an informal "show and tell."
In addition to making new friends and connections, you may discover a new favorite plaything!

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Speakers
avatar for Lizzy Newsome

Lizzy Newsome

Toy Curator, Kappa Toys


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 501
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am CDT

How Serialized Fiction Is Rewriting the Book

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Fan

Jerry Fan

Founder, JukePop Inc
Founder of JukePop, Jerry Fan is an engineer turned entrepreneur. His broad industry experience includes time at successful Silicon Valley start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and most recently at Motorola Mobility. He has a BS, EE from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the University of... Read More →
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Jennifer Lee

Creator, Plympton
Jennifer Lee AKA "TOKiMONSTA" is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, mNET recruited her to be part... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Managing Dir, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
As Managing Director, Ms. Miller oversees strategic planning, communications, and operations for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and leads industry-focused work. She brings more than fifteen years of experience as a leading strategist for mission-driven organizations. Michelle began her... Read More →
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Jon Nathanson

Creative Dev Dir, JukePop Inc


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

9:30am CDT

Tech My Mind: The Age of Instant Gratification

Speakers
avatar for Julie Barrios

Julie Barrios

Dir of Spiritual Formation, Reality SF
Julie has been on an ongoing journey of personal embodiment and mission to help others live life to the fullest of their human capacity. Her experience and interests are broad, from aesthetics to asceticism (twenty pieces.org), the intersection of technology and spirituality, art... Read More →
avatar for Shanice Johnson

Shanice Johnson

CEO & Dir, Malakai Creative
avatar for Ayori Selassie

Ayori Selassie

Sr Software & Solution Engineer, Salesforce.com
Ayori is an Oakland, CA native, a mother, entrepreneur and tech professional. She is a self taught software developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16 and has worked in tech sector for the last 16 years. Currently she is a Senior Solution Engineer at salesforce.com where she's... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Yee

Andrew Yee

Online Program Administrator, Biola University
Andrew Yee went from developing systems as an engineer at Intel (working directly on the first 4 generations of Itanium processor) to developing people using online platforms & methodology for spiritual growth at the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. He is passionate... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

9:30am CDT

Unlock Revenue Streams with Digital Asset Rights

Speakers
avatar for Tarek Fadel

Tarek Fadel

Founder & CEO, FADEL
As CEO, Tarek Fadel is responsible for the overall management and performance of FADEL, driving its long term strategic plan as well as overseeing the day-to-day management of the corporation. Prior to founding FADEL in 2003, Tarek was a Director of Consulting at Oracle Corporation... Read More →
avatar for Edward Klaris

Edward Klaris

Principal, Klaris IP
Ed Klaris is a recognized expert in intellectual property management, licensing, and enterprise assets. He knows the field from a legal, business and strategic point of view. He spent more than 20 years in the media and entertainment industry, leading large teams focused on monetizing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

9:30am CDT

Behind The GIF: The Future of Online Visual Culture
Communication online is increasingly visual. Whether GIFs, emoji, or image macros - the emergent culture of the web is centered around images more than text or full video. How did this happen? What are the root causes? And where is it likely to go into the future?
There are many parts to this story: part of it is generational - there have been important shifts in the communication behavior of younger and older demographics of web users. Another big part of the story is infrastructure: platforms like Imgur, Tumblr, and Giphy has propelled the accessibility and ease of sharing images at rapid speed through the communities of the web.
This panel will bring together an unprecedented conversation between the creators, platforms, and commentators of the evolving visual frontier of the web. We’ll tackle the latest developments in the space, and give a glimpse of what’s to come.

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Speakers
avatar for Alex Chung

Alex Chung

Founder & CEO, Giphy
Alex Chung is currently the founder and CEO of Giphy the world's largest gif search engine and a hacker in residence at Betaworks.
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Tim Hwang

Dir of Mktg, Imgur LLC
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Selena Larson

Journalist, The Daily Dot
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Alan Schaaf

Founder & CEO, Imgur LLC
Alan Schaaf is the founder and CEO of Imgur.com. He created the site in early 2009 while he was an undergraduate computer science student and was the sole developer for three years. During that time he independently scaled it to 1.5 billion page views and 30 billion image views per... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Taylor

Victoria Taylor

Dir of Communications, reddit
Victoria came to reddit from working in the digital department for several years of ID PR (www.id-pr.com) where she was involved with the strategic social media marketing and overall digital public relations campaigns of ID’s talent, brands, and corporate clients. At reddit she... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital Age

Speakers
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Peter Girardi

SVP, Warner Bros
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Marc Goodchild

CEO, Sync Screen
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Julian McCrea

CEO, Portal Entertainment
avatar for Jon Schnitzer

Jon Schnitzer

Co-Owner, The Brain Factory
Jon Schnitzer is the Director / Producer of HAUNTERS The Movie, a documentary about the visionaries who create the most interactive and controversial haunted houses for Halloween. HAUNTERS explores the psychology of scaring people and the rise of "full contact" extreme haunts where... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

11:00am CDT

Exploring Storytelling in the Digital Age

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Cochrane

Andrew Cochrane

Digital Director, Mirada
Andrew Cochrane is a filmmaker and creative lead at Mirada, Guillermo del Toro's independent studio. He is a Digital Director in the digital/interactive group, which focuses on combining the company’s passion for storytelling with new forms of personal user interaction. His credits... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

Forget Screens: Immersive Content Lives Everywhere

Speakers
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Bill Galusha

Sr Technical Producer, Autofuss
Bill has a unique understanding of how to combine and create technologies. He's not a coder, but enables his teams to work easier, think differently, and continues to present first-of-its-kind installations and video pieces. Bill is currently working with Autofuss, previously he worked... Read More →
avatar for Chad Hutson

Chad Hutson

Exec Producer, Leviathan
Chad Hutson is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Leviathan, a creative studio that crafts animated content and immersive installations for brands, agencies and entertainers worldwide. Before launching the company in 2010, Chad co-founded animation and interactive studio eatdrink... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

11:00am CDT

The VEEP Speaks

Speakers
avatar for Anne Fulenwider

Anne Fulenwider

Editor in Chief, Marie Claire
Anne Fulenwider was named Editor-in-Chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire in September 2012. She oversees all content for the brand’s print magazine, website, tablet editions and brand extensions, including Marie Claire @Work and the brand’s partnership with Lifetime Television’s... Read More →
avatar for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress, VEEP
Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series "Seinfeld," as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and most recently as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series "Veep... Read More →
avatar for Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson

Actor, VEEP
Sam Richardson has been honing his comedy skills since the ripe old age of 15 when he started taking classes at Second City's Detroit outpost. Raised between Ghana and Detroit, he grew up loving Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters.
avatar for Timothy Simons

Timothy Simons

Actor, VEEP
Tim can currently be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film INHERENCE VICE for Warner Brothers, as well as the Seth Rogen/Evan Golberg comedy THE INTERVIEW for Sony. Tim recently wrapped production on Joe Swanberg’s DIGGING FOR FIRE and Bob Castrone’s independent film A FLOCK OF... Read More →
avatar for Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Actor, VEEP
Chicago-born Matt Walsh is a founding member of the national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade, which has schools and venues in both New York and Los Angeles. UCB is the largest unaccredited university in the nation teaching improv performance and sketch writing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

11:00am CDT

Mentor Session: Dean Serletic
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
avatar for Dean Serletic

Dean Serletic

Head of Marketing & Licensing, Zya
Dean Serletic serves as the head of marketing and licensing at Zya, an interactive entertainment technology company dedicated to democratizing music creation and expression through imaginative games and apps. Over the course of a 20-year career in the music industry, he has held positions... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

11:00am CDT

People with Disabilities Can 'Be There' Too
There's a question that needs to be answered. That question is "“How can the digital world help people with disabilities lead more fulfilling lives?” Together Erin Rapacki of Suitable Tech and Henry Evans, a Technology Activist living with quadriplegia, will come together to discuss the ultimate answer as well as the idea that technology often aims only to improve basic needs, but not overall well-being and quality of life for the people living with disabilities.
Via the Beam Smart Presence System, Henry will talk about how beaming into museums has allowed he and others who are home-bound with disabilities to visit places which would be otherwise impossible for them to travel to.
Join Henry and Erin as they take audience on a live tour of museums, and other locations, around the world.

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Speakers
avatar for Henry Evans

Henry Evans

Evangelist, Robots for Humanity
At age 40, Henry Evans was left mute and quadriplegic after a stroke-like attack caused by a hidden birth defect. Years of therapy helped him learn to move his head and use a finger -- which allows him to use a head-tracking device to communicate with a computer using experimental... Read More →
avatar for Kavita Krishnaswarmy

Kavita Krishnaswarmy

PhD Candidate, University of Maryland
Kavita Krishnaswamy is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) working with Dr. Tim Oates. She is both a Ford Foundation Predoctoral and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has also worked at the National Science... Read More →
avatar for Erin Rapacki

Erin Rapacki

Dir of Mktg, Suitable Technologies
Erin a product storyteller with robotics experience across academia and industry, from both the Boston and Silicon Valley hotspots, with projects ranging from flexible logistics, supply chain, FDA approval, consumer products, military casualty extraction, assistive devices, Smart... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

12:30pm CDT

A Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform Hit

Speakers
avatar for Beth Hoppe

Beth Hoppe

Chief Programming Exec/GM, PBS
avatar for David Levine

David Levine

SVP/Programming, HBO
David Levine is senior vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of original drama series. He was named to this position in August 2014. He currently oversees the Emmy®-winning True Detective and Emmy® and Golden... Read More →
avatar for Pam Veasey

Pam Veasey

Exec Producer & Showrunner, Csi: Cyber
Pam Veasey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years as a writer, producer and director and is one of the few women to have held the title of Executive Producer/Showrunner in sketch comedy, half-hour comedy and episodic drama.
avatar for Sue Vertue

Sue Vertue

Producer & Board Dir, Hartswood Films Ltd
Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 with MR. BEAN. She went on to Produce Emmy Award winner THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, HOSPITAL (which was the opening night comedy for Channel 5 and a winner at Banff), and THE LAST ENGLISHMAN which was a Bafta nominated single drama starring... Read More →
avatar for David Zucker

David Zucker

Pres of Television, Scott Free Productions
David W. Zucker is President of Television for Scott Free, and Executive Producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated, Peabody-acclaimed drama, The Good Wife, now in its 6th season on CBS, as well as NUMB3RS, which ran for six successful seasons on the same network. 2014 productions... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

12:30pm CDT

Storming The Gates of the Digital Frontier

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Deptula

Anthony Deptula

Dir of Programming, Maker Studios
ANTHONY DEPTULA - Deptula produced, co-wrote, and starred in One Too Many Mornings, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the inaugural Next Section. It was the first of two films to be released on YouTube Rentals and had a day-in-date digital download release with... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Francesca

Lauren Francesca

Lauren Francesca, Lauren Francesca
With over 1 billion views online, Lauren Francesca has been described by Streaming Media as "a YouTube superstar." Lauren's videos have been featured on 20/20, Tosh.0, The O'Reilly Factor, FOX News, TruTV's Funniest Moments, Comedy Central, and more. Entertainment Weekly said Lauren's... Read More →
avatar for Todd Luoto

Todd Luoto

Producer, Fox Digital Studio
Todd Luoto is a Chapman University film school graduate, and as a result, will be in debt until at least his third marriage. After a stint in the development department at Miramax/Dimension Films, he shortly worked as a journalist, while touring the festival circuit with his own... Read More →
avatar for Derek Waters

Derek Waters

Writer/Actor/Producer, Maker Studios
Derek Waters is the creator of Drunk History on Comedy Central, which is currently in production on its third season. The show began as a series of online shorts that garnered millions of views on Funny or Die and YouTube. Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln, starring Will Ferrell and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

12:30pm CDT

Cable Cutting Enthusiasts Meet Up
Did you cut cable before cord cutting was cool? Do you know all the best TV and movie plugins? Are you a Hulu, Crackle, AND Netflix frequent user? If you love TV, movies and online content, this is the meet up for you.
The goal of this meet up is to bring together online streaming influencers and enthusiasts to have a discussion around TV and movie streaming including innovation in the industry, the future of online streaming versus cable TV and tips and tricks for finding your favorite content online.

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Speakers
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Jeff Lawrence

Pres & CEO, Mediamall Technologies


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 509

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Megan Adams
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
avatar for Megan Adams

Megan Adams

Communications Dir, Superfly
Outside of traditional media, analyst and investor relations, I've launched startups, developed branding and messaging and positioning across multiple verticals, including green tech, consumer tech, healthcare, HR and entertainment, and managed events of all shapes and sizes. I jump-started... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Nick Lippman
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
avatar for Nick Lippman

Nick Lippman

Partner, Lippman Entertainment
Nick Lippman is a Partner at Lippman Entertainment. He's focused on guiding the company's impressive artist and producer roster in today’s multi-faceted music business. His industry experience started with an internship at EMI Records at age 15. After, he enjoyed a successful stint... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Technology, Story, and the Art of Performance
Creators, storytellers and marketers can hack both human and artificial intelligence to create responsive entertainment experiences that evoke powerful emotions. Technological systems are more than a static set of rules, they can be a means of expression and dramatic extension for technologists, writers and directors, who can adjust performance for audiences much like an actor varies each stage performance. We will discuss how to leverage user testing, data analysis, voice recognition and other technologies to create systems that evolve in response to the audience, becoming more dynamic and impactful over time.
From script development to in-production changes, we will break down the ins and outs of developing systems that have the capacity to evolve with your audience. We'll discuss the relationship between human and system performance and the myriad ways you can employ technology to create adaptive story experiences. 

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Monello

Michael Monello

Chief Creative Officer, SapientNitro Campfire
Mike Monello: Co-Founder & CCO, Campfire www.campfirenyc.com
avatar for Elena Parker

Elena Parker

Creative Technologist, Campfire
Elena Parker is an award-winning interactive writer, producer and creative technologist, comitted to exploring narrative on new platforms. A graduate of New York University's Interactive telecommunications Program, she currently works at Campfire where she acts as Creative Technologist... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:30pm CDT

Love & Sex - A Provocative New Transmedia Series

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Bee

Olivia Bee

Photographer/Filmmaker, MTV World
avatar for Nusrat Durrani

Nusrat Durrani

SVP/GM, MTV World
Nusrat Durrani is a Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Network and General Manager of MTV World, an innovation team producing cutting-edge pop culture content. The division also creates bespoke advertising programs for partners including Intel, and General Motors. Nusrat is executive... Read More →
avatar for Matt Lambert

Matt Lambert

Dir, iconoclast
LA Born and Berlin/London-based, Matt Lambert is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist whose most recent work, through an exploration of identity and sexuality, looks to open a debate around the way youth perceives and presents itself in the digital space. His work is deeply... Read More →
avatar for Molly Soda

Molly Soda

Artist, MollySoda.Biz
Molly Soda is an artist working across a variety of digital platforms such as videos, GIFS, zines, and tweets. Her work invokes insight on contemporary feminism, perversion, culture, and identity. She is currently based out of Detroit, but you can always find her on the Internet... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

3:30pm CDT

Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy

Speakers
avatar for Doug Benson

Doug Benson

Comedian, Spredfast
avatar for Bill Burr

Bill Burr

Actor, Loner Productions
avatar for Chris Kerns

Chris Kerns

Dir of Analytics & Research, Spredfast
avatar for Al Madrigal

Al Madrigal

Comedian, All Things Comedy


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

3:30pm CDT

Virtual Reality: Video Reinvented

Speakers
avatar for Matt Apfel

Matt Apfel

VP Strategy and Creative Content, Samsung Media Solutions Center of America
Matt Apfel Vice President, Strategy and Creative Content, Samsung Media Solutions Center America Matt Apfel serves as vice president of strategy and creative content at Samsung Media Solutions Center America, where he leads efforts to partner with world-class IP owners and talent... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

CCO, Two Bit Circus
As a video/music director and producer, entrepreneur, executive and ball of energy, Nancy Bennett’s talents have pulsed through the heart of the media world for over 25 years. Not content to just create music projects for the likes of Tori Amos, Led Zeppelin, The Beastie Boyz, Ringo... Read More →
JM

Jeffrey Marsilio

VP Global Media Distribution, NBA
avatar for Mark McClusky

Mark McClusky

Editor, WIRED


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Next Stage

3:30pm CDT

Storytelling Engines for Smart Environments
The Information Age moved us into a Connected Economy but didn’t fully restored the relational Poetry it had conceiled. The Sensor Age is finally here. We can now fully awake the Poetic Potential of the Internet of things. The physical world is the new platform (again).
Removing the friction between the various touchpoints of a typical daily human experience to create Meaningful Immersive Experience that doesn't isolate the user has proven to be a very challenging task.
The panel will be organized to navigate the limitless possibilities of the various services, products tools and mindsets that allows any Urban Planners, any changemaker, any Retail Strategist, any Creative Director, any Storyteller, any Poet to create Experiences that seamlessly incorporate Human Behaviors, the ever-growing types of wearables & connected objects, mobile devices & their applications, environmental media systems (sounds, video, special effects) and a vast array of Sensors and Sensors Networks.

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Speakers
avatar for Meghan Athavale

Meghan Athavale

CEO, Lumo Play
Meghan Athavale grew up in Northern Canada, in the mining community of Thompson, Manitoba. She spent her childhood running through forests, fishing, swimming, and climbing trees.
avatar for Jonathan Belisle

Jonathan Belisle

Chief Experience Architect, SAGA
Jonathan Bélisle has been a Relational Artist and Web entrepreneur for close to 20 years. He is an interactive production director, dedicated UX poet, creative techie, and an inspired teacher.
avatar for Vincent Routhier

Vincent Routhier

CEO / Chief Storytelling Officer, SAGA
I am the Chief Storytelling Officer at SAGA, a wonderful living space of creativity where multidisciplinary and international teams share high knowledge and innovative approaches to foster positive social change by pioneering good narratives that engage audiences and incite them to... Read More →
avatar for Lance Weiler

Lance Weiler

Storyteller, Connected Sparks
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:00pm CDT

AR and VR: Moving Beyond the Square Screen

Speakers
AD

Allen DeBevoise

Chairman of the Board, Machinima
avatar for Gaia Dempsey

Gaia Dempsey

Co-Founder, Managing Director, DAQRI International, DAQRI
Gaia Dempsey Co-Founder, Managing Director, DAQRI International
avatar for Steven Masur

Steven Masur

Partner, CDAS Venture Law Group
Steven Masur is a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard LLP, and a principal at CDAS Venture Law Group. Steve is one of the first digital media lawyers, and has been a highly active dealmaker in the technology venture scene for over 20 years. He brings a uniquely high level... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mattana

Anthony Mattana

Founder, Hooke Audio
Behind Hooke Audio's ingenuity is professional sound designer, composer, musician, and inventor Anthony Mattana. Cited by Live Design Magazine as a “Young Designer To Watch For,” Mattana has had a life-long love affair with sound. His holy grail being the highest quality re-creation... Read More →
VR

Vivian Rosenthal

Founder & CEO, Snaps


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

5:00pm CDT

Game of Thrones: Creating Immersive Entertainment

Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Caluori

Sabrina Caluori

VP Digital & Social Media, HBO
Sabrina Caluori is vice president, Digital and Social Media, for Home Box Office, responsible for the enterprise social media practice as well as the day-to-day execution and publishing of digital and social experiences in support of HBO and Cinemax’s programming properties. An... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Eccles

Melissa Eccles

Creative Dir Immersive Ent, Elastic
Melissa is Creative Director, Immersive Entertainment at Elastic. A digital geek with an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California she has led the creative and technical crafting of complex projects from the first interactive video experience on YouTube to... Read More →
avatar for Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh

Dir/Digital & Social Media, HBO
Jim is the Director of Digital & Social Media for HBO, where he has spent the past seven years driving strategy and execution for key programs including Game of Thrones and True Detective, as well as product oversight for HBO Connect. He helped to build HBO's Digital & Social Media... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

5:00pm CDT

Infinity and Beyond: Pixar and 20 Years Since Toy Story

Speakers
avatar for Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

Pres, Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios & Disneytoon Studios, Pixar Animation Studios
Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios. Previously, Dr. Catmull was vice President of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he managed development in the areas of computer graphics... Read More →
avatar for Pete Docter

Pete Docter

Dir & VP Creative, Pixar Animation Studios
Pete Docter is the Oscar®-winning director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Up,” and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios. Docter’s latest film, Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” is scheduled to release June 19, 2015.
avatar for Jim Morris

Jim Morris

Pres, Pixar Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios
Jim Morris, President of Pixar Animation Studios, joined Pixar in 2005. Morris oversees the production of the studio’s features, shorts, DVD content and theme park activities. He additionally manages Pixar’s Studio Tools, Systems, Development and Human Resources departments. Morris... Read More →
avatar for Galyn Susman

Galyn Susman

Producer, Pixar Animation Studios
Galyn Susman joined Pixar Animation Studios in November of 1990 to work on Pixar’s television commercial production as technical director, animator, and producer. She soon came to work on Pixar’s first feature film, “Toy Story,” where she contributed as a character technical... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

5:00pm CDT

Evolving 3D Production Into Immersive Technologies
From 3D production to virtual reality, this panel addresses how virtual products, environments, and their enabling technologies will create radical shifts in media production and delivery.
3D workflows have become immensely empowering and central to the workflow of TV and film production designers, consumer product designers, 3D artists, and others. Currently, the vast majority of productions that utilize 3D technologies remain focused on creating 2 dimensional content such as images or movies.
In this panel we look at novel uses of 3D content, 3D printing and platforms for virtual experiences, including Oculus Rift. We will overview the process for capturing and displaying photorealistic environments and products. We’ll illustrate concepts for entertainment and marketing that enable consumers to engage, interact and receive content and products in far more experiential ways than ever before.

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Speakers
avatar for Alastair Green

Alastair Green

Exec Creative Dir, Team One Advertising
Alastair has over 13 years of digital advertising experience working for McCann Worldgroup in San Francisco and Ogilvy & Mather in New York and London. This includes acting as lead creative on large Web sites and advertising campaigns for companies like Microsoft, Nortel, Cisco, American... Read More →
BV

Brian Vogt

Dir of Virtual Reality, CBS Local Digital Media
Brian Vogt currently leads a team within CBS digital dedicated to exploring emerging production techniques including virtual sets and virtual reality experiences. Previously, Brian was Technical Director for the Lighting, Rendering, and Texturing departments at CBS Digital. He has... Read More →
avatar for Michael Wilken

Michael Wilken

Dir of 3D, Saatchi & Saatchi
Michael leads Saatchi and Saatchi LA's growing 3D capabilities. Michael has built a fully functional 3D capability within agency from a single role to a team of 3D artists, Producers, developers, and virtual garage specialists. (30+). Michael manages the SSLA 3D department and Virtual... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:30am CDT

3D Printing in the Movies

Speakers
CA

Chuck Alexander

Dir of Prod Mgmt, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
JL

Jason Lopes

Lead Systems Engineer, Legacy Effects


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

9:30am CDT

Beyond Live, Why the L+3 Social TV Convo Matters

Speakers
avatar for Natan Edelsburg

Natan Edelsburg

SVP Muck Rack & Shorty Awards, Social TV Writer, Shorty Awards & Muck Rack
avatar for Michael Scogin

Michael Scogin

VP, Late Night, NBC Ent Digital, NBC Universal
avatar for Sima Sistani

Sima Sistani

Dir of Media, Tumblr
avatar for Don Steele

Don Steele

SVP Multi-Platform Mktg/Fan Engagement, Comedy Central


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

9:30am CDT

Hollywood to Silicon Valley: Making a Megahit

Speakers
FG

Fred Graver

Head of TV, Twitter
PH

Paul Holland

General Partner, Foundation Capital
AS

Ann Sarnoff

COO, BBC Worldwide North America


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

9:30am CDT

Making Music Physical Again

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Brimner

Charlotte Brimner

Singer/Songwriter, Musician
Charlotte Brimner is potentially the most innovative artist in Britain. Her songwriting prowess is beyond her 17 years. Her singing voice is flawless. She raps. She beatboxes. She produces her own material and even helps to invent her own instruments. The pitch perfect Dundee songstress... Read More →
avatar for Kate Stone

Kate Stone

Founder, Novalia
I add interactivity in the form of touch and bluetooth to printed surfaces. I love developing technology to let this happen but really its all about what we use it for and the immersive interactive experiences we can create. A recent example is the interactive album cover for DJQBert... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

Astrophysics Goes Hollywood: Cinematic Science

Speakers
avatar for Donna Cox

Donna Cox

Dir, Advanced Visualization Laboratory, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, is an artist-research scientist who specializes in data visualization. She's Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Director of Illinois eDream Institute, and Professor in Art and Design, University... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hurt

Robert Hurt

Visualization Scientist, NASA’s Spitzer Science Center/JPL-Caltech
Dr. Robert Hurt is the Visualization Scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. He was awarded his Ph.D. from UCLA in astrophysics in 1993 for a study of gas dynamics in starburst galaxies, and other areas of interest include star formation and active galaxies. After completing... Read More →
avatar for Frank Summers

Frank Summers

Outreach Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Frank Summers is an outreach astrophysicist who illuminates and elucidates the awesome beauty and intricate wonders of our universe. His expertise spans a diverse range from research cosmology and high performance computing to scientific visualization, education, and public engagement... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

11:00am CDT

Data and Spoon Benders: Hacked Music and Design

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hendrix

Michael Hendrix

Partner, IDEO
Michael Hendrix, a Partner and Design Director at IDEO, is an accomplished graphic designer with over 50 awards from major U.S. design associations. He is also a musician (R.M.Hendrix) and released his first full-length album, "Urban Turks Country Jerks", for Moon Sounds Records in... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 15

11:00am CDT

Live Music Streaming as Means for Brand Engagement

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Chamberlin

Jimmy Chamberlin

Co-Founder & CEO, LiveOne Group
Grammy Award winning musician, writer, producer, and educator, Jimmy was a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins and the band’s highly acclaimed drummer for over 20 years. In 2011 Chamberlin got involved in the Chicago tech scene as an investor and advisor. In 2013 Chamberlin... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Klein

Andrew Klein

SVP, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Live
Andrew Klein is currently the SVP of Global Partnerships at AEG. His current responsibilities include the monetization of the AEG Live festivals, tours, and music clubs. These assets include but are not limited to Coachella, Jazz Fest, Firefly Festival, Stagecoach, Best Buy Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Hank Neuberger

Hank Neuberger

Pres, Springboard Productions
Founder of Springboard Productions, Grammy-winning Producer, and the Supervisor of Broadcast Audio for the annual Grammy Awards telecast. Producer of live multi-channel Music Festival Webcasts since 2005, including in 2013: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Austin... Read More →
avatar for John Petrocelli

John Petrocelli

CEO, Bulldog Digital Media
John Petrocelli is a leader in the digital media industry with a vast knowledge of the digital distribution of premium content and the digital media ecosystem. Petrocelli has been instrumental in helping major media companies establish optimal strategies to both distribute and monetize... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

11:00am CDT

Podcasters Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Espree Devora

Espree Devora

"the Girl who Gets it Done", WeAreLATech.com
Espree Devora is known as “the Girl who Gets it Done”. She is Comms VP and podcast host at WeAreLATech, ranked #2 in iTunes New & Noteworthy and the first podcast focused on LA Startups. WeAreLATech features Silicon Beach startups fueling Los Angeles to become a top destination... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 508

11:00am CDT

The New TV Star: How to Build an Audience Online

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Castillo

Michelle Castillo

Digital Media Reporter, Adweek
avatar for Kelly Day

Kelly Day

Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
Kelly Day Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
avatar for Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley

Content Creator, Pluto.TV
Tyler Oakley is YouTube gold. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, he is an A-Lister in the digital age. Oakley’s videos are hilarious, engaging, and unapologetically personal. With an undying love for all things pop culture, his quick wit, and an innate sassiness... Read More →
avatar for Max Polisar

Max Polisar

Sr VP of Sales, Big Frame
Max Polisar is Senior Vice President of Sales at Big Frame, an industry leading full-service talent management company that represents both digital and traditional talent. The company was acquired by AwesomenessTV, a subsidiary of DreamWorks Animation, in 2014. Max leads the influencer... Read More →
avatar for Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

CEO and Co-Founder, Pluto.TV
Tom Ryan is CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV, an online television platform that delivers over 100 TV channels for the Internet for free on any device. With channels spanning music, news, sports, comedy and entertainment, Pluto TV combines the best of the web with traditional television... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

11:00am CDT

Web Series Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Tim Street

Tim Street

SXSW Speaker - Web Series/Branded Ent Guy, Ape Digital Inc
Tim Street is an American writer, producer, director and host of the show TƧIWT. - A show of short films, web series and short stories that all end in a twist. Tim is one of the pioneers of using the Internet as a story telling device and has created for film and TV with studios... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 502-503

11:00am CDT

Mentor Session: Dwayne Cathey
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Dwayne Cathey

Dwayne Cathey

Owner, Dreamland Sound Design


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I

12:30pm CDT

A Conversation with Henry Rollins

Speakers
avatar for Dana Harris

Dana Harris

Editor in Chief/General Manager, Indiewire
Dana Harris is the Los Angeles-based editor-in-chief and general manager of Indiewire. Prior to joining IW, she spent nearly 11 years at Variety as a film reporter, creator of lifestyle section Variety Weekend, editor of Variety.com and in business development. has covered virtually... Read More →
avatar for Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins

Multi-Hyphenate, He Never Died


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

12:30pm CDT

The Art, Joy and Power of Creating Musical Programs

Speakers
avatar for David Koelle

David Koelle

Principal Software Engineer, Charles River Analytics
David Koelle is a Boston-area software engineer. His life was first entwined with programming when he was given his first computer at age 7. Several years later, David became enamored with the musical capabilities of his next computer, and his interest in programming music was born... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons Ballroom AB

12:30pm CDT

Who's Going To Fund Your Web Series?

Speakers
avatar for Karim Ahmad

Karim Ahmad

Sr Digital Content Content Dev Strategist, ITVS
avatar for Jay Bushman

Jay Bushman

Chief Creative Officer - The Horizon Factory, Jay Bushman
JAY BUSHMAN is an award-winning producer and writer of digital media and transmedia entertainment.  An innovator and leader in the digital media community, he pushes the boundaries of next-generation entertainment. One publication even named him “The Epic Poet of Twitter."
avatar for Amy Dotson

Amy Dotson

Deputy Dir & Head of Programming, IFP
avatar for Marc Hofstatter

Marc Hofstatter

Head of Film, Indiegogo


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Ann Greenberg
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Ann Greenberg

Ann Greenberg

Founder & CEO, Sceneplay Inc
Serial entrepreneur and inventor, Ann Greenberg, co-founded Gracenote, the leading metadata and Automatic Content Recognition service (acquired by Sony and now owned by Tribune.) Gracenote answers half a billion queries daily and is embedded in all major consumer electronic, software... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Trey Shelton
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
TS

Trey Shelton

Head of Sales, F Sharp


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Russell Brand's Revolution Will Be Televised
Russell Brand is no stranger to media attention but his newest interactions are creating a revolution! Brian Solis is no stranger to controversial conversations on the main SXSW stage. Together, they will explore how Brand’s new YouTube show Trews and his new book titled Revolution are shaking up the status quo and why. Brand is setting out to disrupt the media business space that needs the revolution most of all by creating an awareness among the very people with whom he is trying to bring about change. In fact, it's quite possible the more exposure Brand gets on mainstream media when it comes to creating change, the more likely he is to influence a broader audience. With more exposure comes more chances he has of converting the masses and not just preaching to the choir. The power of YouTube and the media is undeniable, harnessing that power to create a Revolution is brilliant. Hear more at this interview with digital anthropologist and SXSW folk hero Brian Solis.

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Speakers
avatar for Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Comedian, Altimeter Group
avatar for Brian Solis

Brian Solis

Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

2:00pm CDT

Making Art While Entertaining the Internet

Speakers
avatar for Sean Carney

Sean Carney

Founder/Dir, Social Malpractice Publishing, Social Mal Practice
Sean J Patrick Carney is a concrete comedian and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is the Founder/Director of Social Malpractice Publishing, and is a member of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU). His works and performances have been exhibited nationally... Read More →
YJ

Yung Jake

Creative Advisor/Artist, Adult Swim
WM

Whitney Mallett

Writer, Filmmaker Magazine
avatar for Jillian Mayer

Jillian Mayer

Artist & Filmmaker, Borscht Corp
avatar for Jayson Musson

Jayson Musson

Artist & Media Maker, Salon94
avatar for Molly Soda

Molly Soda

Artist, MollySoda.Biz
Molly Soda is an artist working across a variety of digital platforms such as videos, GIFS, zines, and tweets. Her work invokes insight on contemporary feminism, perversion, culture, and identity. She is currently based out of Detroit, but you can always find her on the Internet... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

2:00pm CDT

YouMake ReMake: YouTube Meets Stage

Speakers
avatar for Renana Raz

Renana Raz

Founder and Artistic Dir, YouMake ReMake


Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Next Stage

3:30pm CDT

A Conversation with the Cast of NBC's Undateable

Speakers
avatar for Chris D'Elia

Chris D'Elia

Comedian, Undateable
Chris D'Elia is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor, writer, and rapper. He is best known for the role of Alex Miller on the short-lived NBC sitcom Whitney, and the role of Danny Burton on the sitcom Undateable, which also airs on NBC.
avatar for Ron Funches

Ron Funches

Comedian, Undateable
avatar for Rick Glassman

Rick Glassman

Comedian, Undateable
BL

Bill Lawrence

Exec Producer, Undateable
avatar for Brent Morin

Brent Morin

Comedian, Undateable


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 18ABCD

3:30pm CDT

Austin Music People Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Houlihan

Jennifer Houlihan

Exec Dir, Austin Music People
Executive Director, Austin Music People (AMP) Nonprofit advocacy and research organization for Austin's music industry


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 501

3:30pm CDT

3:30pm CDT

Let's Meet Up: Collaboration for the 21st Century

Speakers
AF

Andres Faucher

Founder & CEO, Colaborator.com
Andres Faucher, Founder and CEO of Colaborator.com, is an award winning independent filmmaker. He has worked as a producer, director, writer, actor and music producer in both documentaries and narrative film. He has also worked as a development executive tasked with sourcing original... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

3:30pm CDT

Meet Up: Discuss Debugging the Gender Gap in Tech

Speakers
avatar for Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds

Dir/Producer, Finish Line Features LLC
Robin is Director and Producer of the documentary film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a feature-length film which explores the reasons why more women and people of color are not pursuing education and careers in computer science.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 509

3:30pm CDT

Music as Personalized Medicine: Experiment at SXSW

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grahn

Jessica Grahn

Asst Prof, Western University
avatar for Tristan Jehan

Tristan Jehan

Principal Scientist Audio, Spotify USA Inc
Tristan Jehan is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, recently acquired by Spotify. The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for a wide range of leading media corporations and a community of more than 30,000 independent... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Kopikis

Alexis Kopikis

CEO, The Sync Project
Alexis Kopikis is the co-founder and CEO of The Sync Project, a global collaboration exploring how music can be harnessed to improve health.
avatar for Daphne Zohar

Daphne Zohar

Founder & Managing Partner, PureTech Ventures
Daphne Zohar is the founder and CEO of PureTech, a science & technology development company applying cross-disciplinary innovation to tackle tomorrow’s biggest healthcare challenges.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

5:00pm CDT

She-Runners Hulu's Funny Women Creating Today’s TV

Speakers
avatar for Cody Heller

Cody Heller

Writer, Cody Heller
Cody Heller grew up in Los Angeles, California. Unaware that jobs outside of the entertainment industry existed, she became interested in acting at an early age. Her mother, a struggling actress herself, discouraged Cody from pursuing what she knew to be a rejection-filled, soul-crushing... Read More →
avatar for Dannah Phirman

Dannah Phirman

Writer/Producer/Star, Cody Heller
Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider are the writers, producers and stars of Hotwives of Orlando. The are currently writers on the new NBC comedy Marry Me. The two have been writing partners since 2001 when they were among the founding performers of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Schneider

Danielle Schneider

Writer/Producer/Star, Cody Heller
Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider are the writers, producers and stars of Hotwives of Orlando. The are currently writers on the new NBC comedy Marry Me. The two have been writing partners since 2001 when they were among the founding performers of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater... Read More →
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Beatrice Springborn

Head of Originals, Hulu LLC
Beatrice Springborn is Head of Originals at Hulu. Since joining the Hulu team earlier this year, Beatrice has played an integral role in greenlighting straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s growing slate of originals, including Difficult People, a comedy series produced by Amy Poehler... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Four Seasons San Jacinto