2013 VES Summit

October 26, 2013          W Hotel           Hollywood, California

A NEW REALITY: Content Creation and its Outlets

The VFX industry is in a state of turnaround. The Summit has traditionally looked at the broader view of the industry and this year will be no exception. The 2013 VES Summit will feature industry creatives and executives from innovative production/distribution outlets looking for new ideas and projects. We will look into opportunities for those interested in creating their own IP/content/apps and/or feature new media companies. We’ll hear from top industry insiders who have carved out their own niche on being successful in content creation. An educational day on what is a new reality.

Here is some press from the day


Article on Chris Meledandri

Article on AMPAS Panel

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Here are some Photos of the Day


Keynote Speaker


Chris Meledandri
Founder, CEO, Producer, Illumination Entertainment

CHRIS MELEDANDRI is the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. In July 2010, Illumination released its first film under this agreement, Despicable Me, which starred Steve Carell and earned more than $540 million worldwide. In April 2011, Illumination released Hop, which starred Russell Brand and James Marsden and became the No. 1....Full Bio


Featured Speakers


Nagin Cox
System Engineer, NASA/JPL

Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. As a lieutenant, she was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and worked as a systems engineer in F-16 aircrew training....Full Bio

Andrew Merkin
Head of Special Projects and Transmedia, Mirada Studios

Andy Merkin is the Head of Special Projects and Transmedia at Mirada Studios. Overseeing cross-platform and nontraditional storytelling projects, Andy develops narrative for traditional and digital media and production management for the complete pipeline. Since joining Mirada in 2011...Full Bio

Max Michael
Head of Business Development, Asia - Agent, Motion Picture Literary Department, UTA

Max Michael is in charge of pursuing the agency’s ventures in China and the region. Originally from the New York City area, Michael joined UTA in 2008 after graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Public Policy and a minor in Film and Media Studies. As head of UTA’s...Full Bio





8:30-10:00 Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions


10:15 Welcome



Keynote Address
Chris Meledandri
Founder, CEO, Producer, Illumination Entertainment


Center Square: AMPAS Presidents Exclusive
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Sid Ganis, Hawk Koch
Moderator: Bill Kroyer

11:45 Break



Agency Viewpoint: New Opportunities
Max Michael
Executive, Motion Picture Literary Agent, UTA

12:30pm Lunch



Mission: Possible
Dr. Nagin Cox, Mars Curiosity Flight Team/NASA

4:45-3:00 Break



In the Black: New Strategies for VFX Profitability 
Chris de Faria, Chris Kubsch, Arnon Manor, Tim Sarnoff, Ed Ulbrich
Moderator: Carl Rosendahl


The Immersive Future   
Andrew Merkin
Head of Special Projects and Transmedia, Mirada Studios

4:45-5:15 Wrap up of the Day


5:15pm Cocktails & Mixer

Check out our Speakers page for Additional Speakers and Moderators

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