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August 4, 2015

2015 VES Summit
Keynote Speaker Announced
Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director

Dean Devlin


Saturday, October 17, 2015 - W Hotel Hollywood

Visualization to Virtualization: Storytelling Expands

As we move from the information age into the Visualization age where every industry uses imagery to educate, communicate, entertain and sell —  it’s creative development and its aligned businesses that will drive this developing economy. Virtualization speaks to cloud-based production, to augmented and virtual realities, to multi-platform experiences, and the broad idea of hyper-connectivity. It encompasses heightened realities, immersive experiences, presence capture, and more. This evolution is bringing about changes and expansion in Storytelling.

Exceptional Storytelling remains the ultimate goal but approaches are open to innovation. From TV taking non-time-constrained forms, to audience-driven narratives, to 360° experiences, webcasts and six second videos — all being told across multiple platforms — the creative world is in a seismic shift.

The VES Summit will delve into these exciting times and processes. Come join us!

Keynote Speaker - Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin
Founder and President, Electric Entertainment


Devlin is Founder and President of Electric Entertainment and has forged a storied career as a wildly successful screenwriter, producer and director.  His first produced screenplay was Universal Soldier, which was a worldwide hit.  He reached prominence as a writer/producer working with Roland Emmerich with whom he teamed after appearing in Emmerich’s film Moon 44.  Together they co-wrote and produced Stargate, which became the first movie to have its own website (run by Devlin himself).  Devlin co-produced (with Emmerich) sci-fi blockbusters Independence Day and Godzilla, followed by The Patriot.  Devlin also produced films including Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car? and Flyboys.  A true multi-hyphenate, he has served as writer, producer and director for the hit TV shows Leverage and The Librarians and wrote 200+ episodes of Stargate SG-1.  He is the director, as well as writer/producer of the forthcoming action sci-fi film Geostorm starring Gerard Butler and is in development with Emmerich on the hotly anticipated sequel to Independence Day  - Independence Day: Resurgence.  

Panel Discussions

Virtual Reality: 20/20 on 2020


The VES Summit will feature a special panel discussion exploring VR.  The buzz around VR is impossible to ignore as the medium marches forward. What will VR eventually encompass/look like? What are the business models? State of the technology? Storytelling challenges? A panel of experts representing key areas of the ecosystem that are driving the medium - content, technology, venture capital and academia - describe what’s happening in VR in their arena today, and their thoughts on what VR may look like in 2020.

Panelists (more to be announced):

Mark Bolas

Director, Mixed Reality Lab, ICT / Assoc. Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Mark has been exploring presence and immersive experiences for over three decades, putting forward his thoughts on the medium of virtual reality as early as 1989. His decision to open-source his seminal work and research has helped to usher in the current VR...read more

Andrew Cochrane

Interactive and New Media Director, DFX Supervisor, Mirada Studios

As a Digital Director and Technical Supervisor, Andrew offers a unique blend of creativity and technical savvy. He is also a leader in Mirada's exciting digital/interactive group, which focuses on combining the company’s passion for storytelling with new forms of...read more

Ted Schilowitz (Moderator)

Futurist, 20th Century Fox and CinemaVangelist, Barco

Ted was founding member, first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, that has made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the worlds biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital...read more

TV, OTT and Extended Content Forms


The VES Summit will also feature a special panel discussion exploring the expansion of the TV landscape into a range of platforms, opening up the possibilities for new forms of creative storytelling - from live gaming entertainment to non-time-constrained series to short-form social video. Given the plethora of platforms, just what are the creative opportunities?  The business models? The keys to audience engagement? How do the creative challenges differ from ‘traditional’ TV? How might you go about creating your own series, webisode or channel? A panel of experts representing some of the key forces driving new forms forward will discuss the ‘state of the union’ of story-driven content for an omni-channel audience.

Panelists (more to be announced):

Matthew DiPietro

Twitch | VP of Marketing

Matthew is VP of Marketing and Communications at Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Prior to Twitch, Matt launched and managed marketing for Socialcam, a stand-out social mobile video application acquired for $60 Million in July 2012. From 2007 to 2010...read more

Rachid El Guerrab

Technical Project Lead, Google/Advanced Technology and Projects

Rachid El Guerrab is a gamedev and graphics architect. Art pipelines craftsman, since the early consoles. Loves coffee and self-modifying GPU-friendly code. Technical Project Lead for Spotlight Stories to create Next Gen Cinema...read more

Andrew Wallenstein (Moderator)

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

With the publication since 2011, he oversees daily and weekly coverage of the entertainment industry, with a focus on technology. Andrew worked at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010, where he held various top posts including editor of THR.com. Andrew was also an on-air contributor for NPR’s “All Things...read more
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