Unicomm LLC, and Bob Dowling, former Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, announced the expansion of the 3D Entertainment Summit(TM) which will take place at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, December 1-2, 2008. The event is the first fully dedicated forum bringing the business of 3D Entertainment into focus.
Award winning Director and Producer James Cameron will deliver a special keynote address. Joining Mr. Cameron in discussion will be Vince Pace who, together with Cameron, developed the revolutionary Fusion Camera System allowing for the re-emergence of 3D filmmaking and the advancement of entertainment.
"Stereoscopic 3D is the most exciting evolution in cinema presentation since color and widescreen," stated James Cameron, Director. "The question for film-makers is not 'why 3D?,' since the reasons are obvious, at least to audiences, and the negatives have all been removed. The question should be 'how do I make 3D a part of my art?'"
"The success of current 3D productions continues to validate that a new era in entertainment is here," stated Vince Pace, CEO, PACE. "One that redefines the ultimate experience and advances the future of entertainment across a wide spectrum of categories - everything from films to music to sports to advertising will be a part of this revolution."
In addition, Journey to the Center of the Earth Director Eric Brevig and Producer, Charlotte Huggins will be featured presenters during the Day One lunch and will be interviewed onstage by David Cohen, Associate Editor at Variety.
Cameron, Brevig and Huggins will join previously announced keynote speakers Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer and President of DreamWorks Animation Inc. and David Hill, A.M., Chairman and CEO, Fox Sports Television Group.
The 3D Entertainment Summit management also announced that DOLBY, NEC, PACE and SONY have signed on as Corporate Sponsors. These new sponsors join 3Ality, Avid and REAL D to round out a world-class event that will include educational demonstrations and networking.
"Tomorrow's new entertainment business models must include 3D," stated Bob Dowling, the event's Co-Producer. "As the premier business event for 3D Entertainment we are excited to have these incredible visionaries joining our program. Never before have so many industry experts been together at one event to discuss the coming 3D revolution in entertainment."
The Summit will assemble an estimated 300 - 400 executives from a cross-section of the entertainment industry including film, television, video gaming, content creation, production, technology and distribution.
From movies and theaters to broadcasting in the home, the 3D Entertainment Summit will be the first industry event to educate entertainment executives about content creation, production, and distribution of this exciting and revolutionary technology. Live demonstrations of never before seen content screened on both cinema and 3D television systems will be presented to showcase new production realities as well as new business opportunities.
Attendees will learn how 3D relates to business practices and will hear from a dynamic group of leading experts in 3D who will provide actionable, non-hyped, real and responsible information that will have a positive impact on the entertainment community.
The unique two-day conference format will contain a mix of general sessions and panel sessions presented by a host of industry experts and executives. The highly interactive environment will allow entertainment professionals to gain practical insight into this technology, market size, adoption rates, creative and production strategies, talent & licensing issues, gaining a better sense of how 3D relates to their future.
Additional speakers include: Michael Lewis, Chairman/CEO and Co-Founder, Real D, Joshua Greer, President and Co-Founder, Real D, Sandy Climan, CEO, 3Ality Digital, LLC, Steve Schklair, CEO, 3Ality Digital Systems, John Fithian, President and CEO, NATO, Buzz Hays, Senior Producer, Sony Pictures Imageworks,Chuck Viane, President of Distribution, Disney Pictures, Jim Tharp, President of Distribution, Paramount, Motion Picture Group, Vincent Maza, Solutions Marketing Manager, Avid Technology Inc., David Cohen, Associate Editor, Features,Variety, Charlotte Jones, Senior Analyst, Film and Cinema, Screen Digest, Jeffrey B. Logsdon, Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, BMO Capital Markets, Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Peter Cane, Publisher, Box Office Magazine, Andrew Oliver, Co-Founder & C.T.O., Blitz Games Studios Ltd., Neil Schneider, President, Meant to Be Seen Andrew Fear, Product Manager, SLI and Stereoscopic 3D Solutions, NVIDIA Corporation, Alex Ben Block, Show Business Historian, and Editor-at-Large, The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Marlowe, Digital Media Consultant, Peter Debruge, Associate Editor, Features, Variety, John Nicolard, Head of Digital Production, FotoKem Digital Film Services, Jeff McNall, Cinema Product Manager, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Andrew Stucker, Director of Sony Electronics Digital Cinema Systems
Media partners promoting the event include, Variety and The Los Angeles Times and LA 411. Supporting media sponsors include Screen Digest, Boxoffice Magazine, DC Cinema Today, Below the Line, Broadcast Equipment Guide, Digital Cinema Buyers Guide and Post Production Buyers Guide, Digital Cinema Report and PR Newswire. Additionally, iHollywoodForum, The Hollywood Post Alliance, and Meant to Be Seen (mtbs3D.com), the foremost authority group on consumer S-3D gaming and entertainment have joined as industry partners to the event.
For more information on the 3D Entertainment Summit, please visit the event website at http://www.3d-summit.com or call 203-878-2577 x106.