Past VES Summit Speakers

 

Below are ALL of the sepakers we have had since we began the VES Summit in 2009.

*Please note that the titles and bios are from the year each individual participated and does not reflect current information.

Speakers and Moderators

Victoria
Alonso (2009)
Stephanie
Allen (2012)
Eric
Barba (2009)
Jeff
Barnes (2009)
Dion
Bebee (2009)
Mat
Beck (2012)
Thad
Beier (2009)
Steve
Beres (2009)
Lee
Berger (2009)
Jim
Bissell (2009)
Gaston
Bitar (2012)
Michael
Bravin (2010)
Rob
Bredow (2010/12)
Lynwen
Brennen (2010)
Eric
Brevig (2010)
Vincent
Brisebois (2012)
Colin
Brown (2009)
Erika
Burton (2012)
Sean
Carroll (2012)
Fred
Chandler (2009)
Annie
Chang (2011)
Albert
Cheng (2012)
James
Chressanthis ('10)
Richard
Chuang (2011)
Tony
Clark (2010)
Terry
Clotiaux (2009)
David
Cohen (2009/10/11)
Bob
Coleman (2012)
Chris
del Conte (2012)
Chris
de Faria (2009/11)
Bill
Desowitz (2012)
Ansul
Doshi (2009)
Volker
Engel (2009)
Jon
Ferguy (2010)
Michael
Fink (2010)
Warren
Franklin (2010/11)
Jenny
Fulle (2010)
Ted
Gagliano (2011)
Shannon
Gans (2011)
Steve
Gaydos (2010)
Dan
Germain (2010)
Carolyn
Giardina (2010)
Deborah
Giarratana (2011)
Dan
Glass (2011)
Ben
Grossman (2009)
Catherine
Hardwicke (2009)
Dr. Eric
Haseltine (2009)
Ruth
Hauer (2012)
Buzz
Hays (2012)
Dennis
Hoffman (2009)
Richard
Hollander (2009)
Mary Ann
Hughes (2012)
Stephanie
Ito (2012)
Mark
Jaszberenyi (2010)
Ed
Jones (2010)
John
Kilkenny (2010)
Uday
Kumar (2011)
Thilo
Kuther (2011)
Rany
Lake (2009)
Amy
Lemisch (2011)
Robin Alan
Linn (2012)
Shane
Mahan (2010)
Paul
Martin Smith (2009)
Bill
Mechanic (2010)
Jeff
Miller (2010)
David
Morin (2010/12)
Stephen
Nakamura (2011)
Sam
Nicholson (2012)
David
Nicksay (2011)
Daryn
Okada (2009)
Jeffrey A.
Okun (2009)
Andrew
Orloff (2012)
Don
Parker (2010)
Richard
Pearson (2009)
Wally
Pfister (2010)
Bob
Pisano (2011)
Matt
Pleck (2010)
Cliff
Plumer (2010)
Steven
Poster (2009)
Ron
Prince (2010)
Steve
Pugh (2012)
Art
Repola (2009)
Christian
Roberton (2011)
Andy
Romanoff (2011)
Miles
Romney (2012)
Corey
Rosen (2012)
Carl
Rosendahl (2011)
Seth
Rosenthal (2010)
Scott
Ross (2012)
Willam
Sargent (2010)
Steve
Scott (2009)
Hitesh
Shah (2011)
Alan
Silvers (2009)
Scott
Squires (2011)
Randy
Starr (2011)
David
Stump (2012)
Stan
Szymanski (2012)
Olcun
Tan (2010)
Dr. Richard
Terrile (2010)
Jonas
Thaler (2010)
Stephan
Trojansky (2011)
Ed
Ulbrich (2012)
Tom
Walsh (2012)
Lee
Waterworth (2012)
Marc
Weigert (2009)
 
George
Whitesides (2012)
Tony
Wible (2011)
Sean
Wimmer (2011)
Tom
Wujec (2011)
 

Speaker / Moderator Bios

Victoria Alonso - Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production - Marvel Studios
An accomplished producer, Ms. Alonso's career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry when she served as a commercial producer at the fledgling Digital Domain. Since then, she has VFX produced numerous films, working with such directors as David Fincher, Roger Spottiswoode (The 6th Day), Andrew Adamson (Shrek), Jon Amiel (The Core), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven). She served as Co-Producer on both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreaur...Full Bio

Stephanie Allen - Senior Vice President, Visual Effects, Paramount Pictures
Stephanie Allen was named Senior Vice President of Visual Effects for Paramount Pictures in April 2012, having previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009. She is responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of visual effects for all titles under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage and Insurge Pictures banners. She previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009. As Vice President, Allen worked on...Full Bio

Eric Barba - Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital Domain
Eric Barba is the Academy Award®‐winning Visual Effects Supervisor of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has been at Digital Domain for thirteen years, and like many of the top directors he collaborates with, Eric is equally comfortable working in film or advertising. Eric started at Digital Domain as a digital artist on The Fifth Element and CG Supervisor on Supernova before rising to Visual Effects Supervisor for David Fincher’s Zodiac...Full Bio

Jeff Barnes Co-Founder & Executive Producer, CafeFX
Jeff Barnes is co-founder and CEO of the ComputerCafe Group and has broad oversight of the operations of its feature effects division, CafeFX, and its Santa Monica-based commercial visual effects and design studio. Barnes also provides management support and development input for Sententia Entertainment, the company’s feature film production division. Barnes is the driving force behind business development, sales and marketing for the Group...Full Bio

Dion Bebee, ASC - Cinematographer
Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS was born in Brisbane, Australia, but relocated with his family to Cape Town, South Africa, at the age of five. He first studied film at Pretoria Technikon and later at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Beebe holds both Australian and South African citizenship. His work has twice been recognized by the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), which presented him the Award of Distinction....Full Bio

Mat Beck, ASC - VFX Supervisor, Director, DP, President: Entity FX
Mat Beck, ASC, is a visual effects supervisor, producer, cinematographer and director known for his work on over 60 motion pictures, numerous TV shows, commercials and music videos. Beck started out shooting personal films and documentary footage, then began designing and programming digital tools for the VFX industry, including what was likely the first microcomputer motion control system. At the same time, he worked as a camera operator....Full Bio

Thad Beier - Head of CG, Digital Domain
Thad oversees production technology and long-term facility planning at Digital Domain. A twenty-five year veteran of the visual effects industry, he is credited on more than thirty feature film and television productions. In 1995 Thad co-founded Hammerhead Productions where he spent fourteen years developing the company’s visual effects production toolkit and supervising visual effects on more than a dozen features including all four Fast....Full Bio

Steve Beres - Director of Engineering for nextLAB, a division of FotoKem, Inc.
Stephen Beres is the Director of Engineering for nextLAB a division of FotoKem Inc. As one of Hollywood's most prestigious film laboratories FotoKem has worked on thousands of films over the past 46 years. NextLAB is a division dedicated to pioneering file based workflows and empowering filmmakers with the tools they need to produce exceptional work in the digital cinema age. Steve's lab is helping to integratet....Full Bio

Lee Berger - President, Film Division - Rhythm & Hues Studios
Lee Berger is the senior executive for Rhythm & Hues Films, which specializes in producing computer-generated visual effects and character animation for Hollywood motion pictures. R&H Films is one of only a few production facilities in the world with the expertise and scale to service multiple, large-scale, Hollywood studio "tentpole" films simultaneously. In addition to overseeing Rhythm & Hues’ service work, Lee also leads the...Full Bio

Jim Bissell - Production Designer
Jim Bissell began his motion picture career as production designer on Steven Spielberg’s enduring classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design for his work on that film. He later reunited with Spielberg on the films “Always” and “Twilight Zone.” Other credits have included “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “The Boy Who Could Fly,” “Harry and the Hendersons"...Full Bio

Gaston Bitar - Senior Vice President, People & Organization, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Gaston Bitar is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). He has primary responsibility for advancing SPE’s global employee engagement in support of SPE’s business objectives, by taking a deep look at the different factors that most influence employee drive, discretionary effort, and commitment at SPE. With his knowledge of SPE’s business and his extensive analysis...Full Bio

Michael Bravin - Vice President of Market Development for ARRI, Inc.
Michael is responsible for developing new markets for ARRI with focus on the new Alexa line of cameras. He works closely with cinematographers in their transition from traditional film methodologies and workflows to take full advantage of the digital tools available today and into the future. Prior to his position with ARRI Michael was CTO at Band Pro Film & Digital...Full Bio

Rob Bredow - Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Visual Effects Supervisor
Rob Bredow is Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. As CTO, Bredow is an innovator who brings a production-perspective to the role and has created Imageworks’ open source initiative—most recently releasing Alembic, Open Color I/O, and Open Shading Language to the open source community. Bredow has been...Full Bio

Lynwen Brennan - President / General Manager, ILM / Skywalker Sound
Lynwen Brennan is President and General Manager of two of the best known brands in post production; Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Her role requires oversight and leadership of all production, business operations and strategy for the companies. Lynwen has worked in the post production and entertainment fields for over 20 years. Full Bio

Eric Brevig - Director
Academy Award® winner Eric Brevig made his directorial debut on the 2008 box office hit Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D (the first live-action feature to shoot in digital 3-D), which became the world’s highest grossing fully 3D, live-action motion picture. He is currently directing the Warner Bros. live-action Christmas 2010 tentpole release Yogi Bear 3D, starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris. Full Bio

Vincent Brisebois - Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing
As Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing, Vincent Brisebois works closely with entertainment production studios on implementing solutions that facilitate new levels of creativity, productivity and worldwide collaboration. Vincent has designed technology solutions for 2D and 3D production in the visual effects, video game and design industries for over 15 years. Before joining Fusion-io...Full Bio

Colin Brown - British Film Commissioner, UK Film Council
Colin Brown took up the role of British Film Commissioner at the UK Film Council in February 2007. He is responsible for feature film inward investment into the UK and for promoting the UK as a filming hub for international filmmakers. Before taking up the role of British Film Commissioner, Colin was a Board Member of the UK Film Council, which was founded by the government in 2000... Full Bio

Erika W. Burton - Co- President, Film Division- Rhythm & Hues Studios
A veteran of the visual effects and animation arena, with a career spanning more than twenty years, Erika Burton has held leadership positions in the top tier of entertainment companies, including Disney, Industrial Light + Magic and Rhythm & Hues Studios. As co-president of Rhythm & Hues’ Film division, Erika shares leadership duties with Lee Berger, the division’s president. Together, they are responsible for...Full Bio

Sean Carroll - Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology
Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University, and has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as on the faculty at the University of Chicago. ....Full Bio

Fred Chandler - Executive VP Post Production, 20th Century Fox
At Twentieth Century Fox in the mid 90s initiated film preservation with the films Diary Of Anne Frank and The Power and The Glory. The Power and The Glory was Preston Sturges debut as a screenplay writer. Twentieth Century Fox has since established a film preservation program and department....Full Bio

Annie Chang - Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology
Annie Chang is the Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology group. Annie oversees the research and implementation of new technology into Disney’s feature visual effects, post-production and mastering pipelines. Her group focuses on improving the dailies...Full Bio

Albert Cheng - EVP of Digital Media, and Chief Product Officer, Disney-ABC Television Group
As Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group, Albert Cheng is charged with general management and strategic oversight of digital media, as well as development of ancillary revenue streams for Disney/ABC Television Group’s diverse portfolio of broadcast and cable networks, including ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Daytime, ABC Family, Disney....Full Bio

James Chressantis, ASC - Cinematographer / Director
James Chressanthis, ASC, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers is a director and cinematographer who has earned a diverse range of nearly 40 credits since the early 1990s, including feature films, documentaries, television movies and episodic series. NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY is the feature film-directing debut of James Chressanthis...Full Bio

Richard Chuang - CEO Cloudpic Global, Inc
Richard is CEO of Cloudpic, a startup looking at capturing the creativities of the next generation of talents in the new world of digital content creation and multi-channel deliveries. Additionally, Richard was Co-founder of PDI over 30 years ago, Richard pioneered the studio’s proprietary animation system...Full Bio

Tony Clark, ACS - Co-Founder / Director, Rising Sun Pictures
Tony Clark is an Emmy Award winning Cinematographer, co-founder and Director of Rising Sun Pictures [RSP]. He has several film credits as a Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor for RSP on US blockbusters including Green Lantern, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Red Planet, Queen of the Damned, The Core and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...Full Bio

Terry Clotiaux - Senior Vice President / COO, Visual Effects Worldwide for Prime Focus Group, and Senior Executive Producer for North America
A native of Nederland, Texas. From family of six children. Father deceased; welder and eventually a manager of oil pipe line facility. Mother living; retired homemaker, sales and teaching assistant. Graduated B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Theater major. Graduate work at the Dallas Theater Center. Early production experience in commercial...Full Bio

David S. Cohen- Reporter / Features Editor, Variety
David S. Cohen is a reporter and features editor for Variety, where he has covered visual effects and post-production since 1993. He spearheaded Variety's expanded technology coverage, which includes his bi-weekly Techbytes column. He also worked in showbiz for more than twenty years, on everything from Broadway casting to writing...Full Bio

Bob Coleman - President, Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA)
Bob Coleman is President and founder of Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA), the first below-the-line agency to represent the full spectrum of visual effects artisans for feature films, television and commercials. Founded in 1998, DAA is deeply connected to the entertainment industry, forging strong relationships with studios and...Full Bio

Chris del Conte - Managing Director, Prime Focus, Los Angeles
Chris Del Conte is currently at Prime Focus World as Managing Director, Los Angeles, following a successful earlier stint as a Senior Producer between 2008 and 2010. During this time he was instrumental in the "Op's Center" sequences of James Cameron's 'Avatar' and also produced the 3D conversions of 'Cats and Dogs 2' and the infamous 'Clash of the Titans'. He is now...Full Bio

Chris deFaria - Executive Vice President, Production Digital Production for Warner Bros.
Christopher deFaria produces and oversees the development and production of Visual Effects and Feature Animation for Warner Bros. Recent projects include the HARRY POTTER films, the recent BATMAN series, I AM LEGEND, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, WATCHMEN, SHERLOCK HOLMES, SWEENEY TODD...Full Bio

Bill Desowitz - Senior Editor, Animation World Magazine
Bill Oversaw editorial for premier online trade publication/portal devoted to animation and visual effects (awn.com). Assign, edit and proof nearly a dozen features a month, as well as write significant features and news.

Ansul Doshi - Global COO, Prime Focus Group
Based in London, Anshul is the Global COO for the Prime Focus group, responsible for the management of the UK and North American companies. He joined the Prime Focus group in 2004, as a finance analyst for the Indian operations, and was quickly promoted to VP Strategy & Business Development for India. In 2006, Anshul moved to London to oversee...Full Bio

Volker Engel - Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, President of Uncharted Territory, LLC
Volker Engel is an Oscar and Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor. He also produced or co-produced several films and mini series’. He is Co-Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor (with his long-time business partner Marc Weigert) of the 2009 Columbia Pictures production 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design at Germany’s acclaimed Academy of Fine Arts...Full Bio

Jon Ferguy - Co-Owner, Sohonet
As a director and co-owner of Sohonet, Jon is one of the driving forces that has led the company to become a world-leading provider of connectivity and data management services. He is well known by post-production companies worldwide as an innovator in the convergence of high-level computing and film/digital video...Full Bio

Michael Fink - President, Visual Effects Worldwide, Prime Focus Ltd.
Michael created his first miniature shot -- a still of a rocket to the moon -- in the hallway of his parents' home at the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees from California State University Northridge, San Francisco Art Institute, and California Institute of the Arts. In addition, Michael is on the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...Full Bio

Warren Franklin - CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment, Vice Chair, DigiBC
Since joining Rainmaker in 2005, Mr. Franklin has re-focused the company to take advantage of the dynamic CG animation industry by acquiring Mainframe Entertainment in 2006, and in early 2008, selling its visual effects and post businesses to industry giant Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. Currently Rainmaker is in production on its first theatrical animated feature...Full Bio

Jenny Fulle - Founder and Visual Effects Producer, The Creative-Cartel
With over 30 years experience in the visual effects and animation industry, Fulle is a leader when it comes to producing and providing high quality visual effects and production management to filmmakers and studios. Her exceptional relationships with visual effects companies, animation companies and individual artists are unparalleled and enable her to build creative teams for any size production...Full Bio

Ted Gagliano - President Feature Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox Studios
Ted Gagliano has been at Twentieth Century Fox since 1991 and was named president of feature post-production in 2001. At Fox, his responsibilities include oversight of the completion of over 30 films per year from the five film divisions. Ted is most proud to have worked with so many...Full Bio

Shannon Gans - Co-Founder and CEO, New Deal Studios
Shannon started her career with 2 projects and 2 partners straight out of the USC Entrepreneur Program in which she wrote the business plan for the studio. Shannon has carefully guided the evolution of the company over the past 15 years into a 21st. Century Studio where they develop and produce film, commercials, tv, web and mobile projects...Full Bio

Steve Gaydos - Executive Editor, Variety

Dan Germain- WW Strategic Business Dev., DVS Digital Video Inc.
Dan is an accomplished industry veteran with broad experience, having held key strategic positions in leading manufacturers across the globe with companies such as Quantel Ltd., Digital Vision AB, Eyeon Inc. and Avid Technology Inc. With its DI systems, DVS was the first company in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible...Full Bio

Carolyn Giardina - Media and Entertainment Journalist
Journalist Carolyn Giardina has spent more than 15 years covering media and entertainment, with emphasis on the impact of technology as well as the creative process. That has included coverage of global transitions toward digital cinema and DTV, as well as activity in stereoscopic 3D. Read Full Bio

Deborah Giarrantana - Producer
Deborah is currently producing, along with Robbie Brenner, THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER, starring Gerard Butler, with Marc Forster directing. It will have it’s world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. She sold the life rights to the Rev. Sam Childers story and oversaw the publishing of his book...Full Bio

Ben Grossmann- Visual Effects Supervisor, CafeFX/The Syndicate
Visual effects supervisor and director Ben Grossmann’s range of talents is as diverse as his background. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Alaska, where he attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He put himself through college as a photojournalist, stringing for the Associated Press, where he worked in large and small format film and traditional handprocessing and printing...Full Bio

Catherine Hardwicke - Writer/Director
As a storyteller, Catherine Hardwicke is drawn to emotion-driven, often edgy material. Her ability to portray the subtleties of teenage life brings realism to both her independent and commercial films. Most recently, Hardwicke directed the film TWILIGHT, based on the best selling novels by Stephenie Meyer. Set in a teenage world ripe with obsessions...Full Bio

Dr. Eric Haseltine - President and Managing Partner, Haseltine Partners LLC
Throughout his career, Eric C. Haseltine has helped organizations harvest the future by developing far-sighted technological solutions that deliver near-term value. He is an expert on managing innovation processes, with especially deep experience the defense and entertainment industries—for Hughes Aircraft, designing virtual reality technology for flight simulation; then for Disney...Full Bio

Ruth Hauer - VFX Production Executive, The Walt Disney Company
Ruth Hauer has worked at the Walt Disney Company in the Feature Film VFX department for the past ten years. She is responsible for the management of visual effects from inception through delivery on half of the feature films at The Walt Disney Studios. She feels very fortunate to work for such a prestigious brand...Full Bio

Buzz Hays - Former Senior Vice President of 3D Production, Sony Corporation
Buzz Hays is one of the leading experts in stereoscopic 3D film development, production, and post-production in the motion picture and television industry. As senior vice president of 3D production at Sony Corporation, he played a key role as the 3D expert worldwide, from film production to live broadcast events to consumer and professional electronics design. Hays founded the award winning Sony 3D Technology...Full Bio

Dennis Hoffman - Senior Vice President and General Manager - CIS Vancouver
Dennis Hoffman was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of CIS Vancouver in May, 2008. Having originally joined Rainmaker Visual Effects in 2007 as Head of Production, Hoffman was there when the company was sold and transitioned to the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in early 2008....Full Bio

Richard Hollander - Producer, Pixar Animation Studios
Richard Hollander has been a recognized leader in the effects industry for over 25 years. His film career began in 1979 with The China Syndrome, Star Trek, The Motion Picture and Blade Runner and includes Titanic, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Superman Returns and The Golden Compass....Full Bio

Mary Ann Hughes - Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company
Mary Ann Hughes is a 24 year veteran with Disney. She has held a number of positions during her tenure ranging from a Senior Tax Analyst to Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning. As a result of the growth and focus on production incentives and film finance opportunities, Mary Ann transferred from Corporate Tax to the...Full Bio

Stephanie Ito - Executive Vice President, Post Production, Paramount Pictures
As Executive Vice President of Post Production at Paramount Pictures since January 2011, Stephanie Ito oversees all aspects of the department, from budgeting to the delivery of the final print, for all theatrical releases from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Insurge Pictures and Paramount Animation. She joined Paramount’s post production department as Senior Vice President in 2005...Full Bio

Mark Jaszberenyi - Founder, Colorfront
Mark Jaszberenyi is a founder of Colorfront, Budapest, one of Europe's leading digital film post-production facilities, and a successful innovator of software and workflow tools for motion picture production. This year, along with colleagues Gyula Priskin and Tamas Perlaki, he won an Academy Award the development Autodesk’s Lustre® DI grading system...Full Bio

Ed Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Reel FX Creative Studios
Ed Jones is an award-winning industry leader, visual effects and animation expert, and pioneer in digital media whose illustrious career spans three decades and more than 200 projects. Jones joined Reel FX Creative Studios as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 from Rainmaker Entertainment. Ed has received the industry’s highest accolades including an Academy Award®. Read Full Bio

John Kilkenny - Executive VP, Twentieth Century Fox
John Kilkenny is an Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox, heading the studio’s visual effects department. His division budgets, produces and oversees all the visual effects on feature films made by the studio’s production units, TCF, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mr. Kilkenny oversaw the Academy Award®-winning effects on Avatar...Full Bio

Uday Kumar - Vice President US Operations Reliance Media Works
Uday Kumar is in charge for the US operations of Reliance Media works as Business Head - North America. His experience includes senior management roles in all segments of the media and entertainment business. He has been responsible for establishing the Big Cinemas theatre chain in the United States and...Full Bio

Thilo Kuther - CEO & Managing Director, Pixomondo
Thilo Kuther is CEO and managing director of Pixomondo, an international visual effects company. In addition to overseeing operations and technology he is continually exploring new opportunities in the world of international production. Under Kuther’s guidance and creative vision, Pixomondo has expanded from a single Frankfurt...Full Bio

Randy Lake - Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Randy Lake has been named executive vice president and general manager of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award winning visual effects and animation production studio it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Lake, who has worked with Sony Pictures Digital Productions since 2006 in a business...Full Bio

Amy Lemisch - Executive Director, California Film Commission.
As Executive Director of the California Film Commission, Amy Lemisch oversees all of the state's efforts to facilitate motion picture, television and commercial production. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2004, and continues to serve for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Under her leadership...Full Bio

Robin Alan Linn - Artist Manager / Recruiting & Academic Relations
Robin Alan Linn was born in Southern California in a house where the television was always on. Robin was not so much raised on television; but rather he was raised by the television. His earliest memories are of Saturday mornings spent, cereal bowl in hand, watching hour upon hour (upon hour) of Warner Brother’s and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. With all of his father’s attempts to engage his mind and body in anything remotely sports related...Full Bio

Shane Mahan - Co-Owner, Legacy Effects / VFX Supervisor
Within mere months of Legacy Effects opening their doors, Shane was recognized for his work on 2008’s Iron Man by receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Crediting his work to the artists who worked under him at SWS, the nomination was a true testament to the level of professional artistry that’s now housed in Legacy’s San Fernando based studio...Full Bio

Paul Martin Smith - Visual Effects Editor
Paul Martin Smith is known for his editing work with George Lucas, having worked for five years at Lucasfilm Ltd. His many film editing credits include “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (3D); Star Wars: Episode 1 –“The Phantom Menace”; Renny Harlin's “Mindhunters”, starring Val Kilmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Christian Slater, Kathryn Morris and LL Cool J...Full Bio

Bill Mechanic - Producer and CEO, Pandemonium Films
Through his company, Pandemonium Films, respected industry veteran and independent producer, Bill Mechanic continues to produce high quality films with directors such as Henry Selick (Coraline), Terence Malick, David Fincher and Walter Salles (Dark Water). He also recently co- produced the 82nd Academy Awards with Adam Shankman...Full Bio

Jeff Miller - President, Worldwide Post Production and Operations, The Walt Disney Studios
A 27 year Disney veteran, Jeff has held varied positions during his tenure including: Treasurer, Buena Vista Distribution; Vice President, Manufacturing, Walt Disney Pictures and Television; and Senior Vice President, Character Voices and International Dubbing Production... Full Bio

David Morin - Consultant, Autodesk / Chair, Joint Technology Committee on Virtual Production
David is an independent consultant representing Autodesk in the motion picture industry. He chairs the Virtual Production Committee, a joint effort of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Art Director's Guild, the Visual Effects Society, the Previsualization Society, and the Producers Guild of America. He also chairs the Autodesk Film CTO Advisory Council, a focus group composed of...Full Bio

Stephen Nakamura - Feature Colorist, Company 3.
Stephen Nakamura is among the most accomplished DI colorists in the country. One of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, Nakamura has worked alongside such directors and directors of photography as Martin Scorsese and Michael Ballhaus (“The Departed”). He graded the multiple Oscar...Full Bio

Sam Nicholson, ASC - CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios
Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Malta. As Stargate's CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his extensive expertise in film, television and visual effects to lead over 200 talented VFX supervisors, producers, CGI artists and technicians....Full Bio

David Nicksay - Producer
David Nicksay most recently was Executive Producer of GLEE! THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE, released in August by 20th Century Fox. This film immediately followed JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, the 3D concert film/documentary from Paramount Pictures, which David executive produced. Prior to that, he executive produced...Full Bio

Daryn Okada, ASC - Cinematographer
Daryn Okada, ASC (Director of Photography) has photographed every movie genre from period epics to comedy and suspense. He has of collaborated with director Mark Waters on three features, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas; “Just Like Heaven,” starring Reese Witherspoon...Full Bio

Jeffrey A. Okun - Visual Effects Supervisor / Chair - VES
JEFFREY A. OKUN is the current Chair of the Visual Effects Society and Chair of the VES Awards Committee, having spear-headed the creation of the Awards. He is a also a respected member of the executive committee of the Visual Effects Branch Steering Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of...Full Bio

Andrew Orloff - Executive CreativeDirector / VFX Supervisor, Zoic Studios
Andrew Orloff is Zoic Studios’ Creative Director and has been with Zoic Studios since its inception in 2002. Prior to Zoic, he served as a CG Animator and Supervisor at such top LA shops incuding Radium, 525 Studios, In-Sight Pix and Modern Videofilm. Recently re-located to the Vancouver office, he leads Zoic’s award-winning episodic television division and the dynamic and ever-expanding work in the videogame ...Full Bio

Don Parker - CEO / Co-Founder, Shotgun Software
Don Parker is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shotgun Software, where he leads the team designing and building a production tracking system called Shotgun that addresses the industry need to effectively manage complex projects across multiple locations. Prior to founding Shotgun, Don was the Pipeline Producer on the Disney animated film THE WILD... Full Bio

Richard Pearson - Editor
RICHARD PEARSON is currently working with co-editor Dan Lebental on “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., for director Jon Favreau. Pearson recently shared editing duties with Matt Chesse on the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”. Previous editing credits include the Steve Carell comedy “Get Smart”, and the Will Ferrell vehicle “Blades of Glory... Full Bio

Wally Pfister, ASC - Cinematographer / Director
Wally Pfister began his career as a television news cameraman in Washington, DC covering Capitol Hill, the White House and local news. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980's while working as a camera operator for Robert Altman to further a career in feature filmmaking. Pfister's ascent as a Director of Photography began when he shot Christopher Nolan's "Memento" in 1999...Full Bio

Bob Pisano - President and COO, Motion Picture Association of America
Bob Pisano has over 40 years’ experience in organizational leadership in the entertainment industry and law. Until September 2011, Bob served as President and COO of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the motion...Full Bio

Matt Plec- Product Designer, Nuke
Don Matt Plec has filled a variety of roles in the post production industry from compositing and 3D to software and pipeline development. In 2007 he joined The Foundry to head up the company's Nuke development effort during the product's transition from Digital Domain. He continues to work with the Nuke team as Product Designer...Full Bio

Cliff Plumer - CEO, Digital Domain
Cliff is responsible for Digital Domain's overall strategy and all aspects of its business. Plumer joined Digital Domain in 2006 as C.T.O., following a ten-year tenure with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm Ltd. He has more than twenty years of experience in digital entertainment and media technology and a proven track record of providing strategic vision for both technology and operations...Full Bio

Steven Poster, ASC - Director of Photography, President – International Cinematographers Guild
Steven Poster ASC has been fascinated with the art and science of capturing images since the age of ten. Beginning with still photography, Poster knew he wanted to make movies by the time he was fourteen. Poster launched his cinematography career in hometown Chicago at twenty-one, filming television commercials, cinema verite documentaries,...Full Bio

Ron Prince - Editor, British Cinematographer / Managing Director, Prince PR
Ron Prince has over 20 years experience in PR and marketing communications, working with leading companies involved in software and hardware development, manufacturing, post production, and production for the film, TV, WEB,CAD and video gaming industries...Full Bio

Steve Pugh - Executive Producer, Pixomondo
Pugh came to Pixomondo from Eden FX where he spent 10 years as a Visual Effects Producer. He oversaw work on a number of prominent television series including “Lost”, “Fringe:, ”Pushing Daisies”, “Community”, “Person of Interest” and “Pan Am”. He also worked on several feature films including “Hellboy” and “Shoot 'Em Up”.

Art Repola - Executive Vice President, Visual Effects and Production Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Art Repola is the executive vice president of Visual Effects and Production for The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of visual effects production for the Studio’s motion pictures division. Throughout his career, Repola has managed the visual effects on nearly 200 live-action films including such ground-breaking, effects-laden projects as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “The Chronicles of Narnia:...Full Bio

Christian Roberton - Managing Director, Film, MPC
Christian started his career in the traditional drawn animation business in the mid 90’s. Working for a number of London based traditional animation companies on commercial and television series production. This led to the animation production company Uli Meyer Studios where he became company manager running all aspects...Full Bio

Andy Romanoff - Industry Relations / Business Development, AbelCine
In a career spanning almost fifty years Andy Romanoff has worked as a cameraman, equipment designer, inventor and businessman. Currently he is responsible for Business Development and Industry Relations at AbelCine, the NY and LA based sales, service, rental and training company. Prior to Abel he served as Executive Vice President...Full Bio

Corey Rosen - Head of Creative Marketing, Tippett Studios
Corey Rosen is the Head of Creative Marketing at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California. Rosen began his career at Industrial Light & Magic as a visual effects artist and screenwriter for 12 years, before moving to The Orphanage, heading their creature department and serving as visual effects supervisor on commercials. After brief stints at Imagemovers Digital and XYZ Graphics, where he served as creative director...Full Bio

Carl Rosendahl - Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
Carl graduated with a BSEE from Stanford University in 1979. Seeking a way to combine his passions for filmmaking and technology, he founded Pacific Data Images in 1980. PDI became, and continues to be, one of the pioneering and most highly innovative creators of computer animation for film and television. During his 20 years...Full Bio

Scott Ross - Former CEO, Digital Domain
As one of the most notable pioneers in digital media and entertainment, Scott Ross’ career has been stellar.He founded, along with Hollywood luminaries James Cameron and Stan Winston, Digital Domain, one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries. Under Ross’ direction, Digital Domain garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, receiving...Full Bio

William Sargent - Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Framestore
The company has created digital images (visual effects, animation and filmgrading) for major Hollywood studios, UK and US broadcasters and international advertising agencies. The company has won most major creative awards internationally including the Academy Award (Oscar), British Academy (Bafta), US Television Academy (Primetime Emmy), Royal Television Society and many more...Full Bio

Steve Scott - Vice President / Creative Director, EFILM
Steve began his career in the entertainment industry when he sang and danced with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in Bing’s 1975 Christmas special on CBS. He’s had the showbiz bug ever since. During his performing career, Steve also studied painting, eventually taking up illustration full time. In 1991, he entered the then new field of digital effects in an effort to combine his love of movies, TV & painting, starting as a compositor for ‘Star Trek: TNG’....Full Bio

Hitesh Shah- Founder and CEO, BOT VFX
Hitesh is a serial entrepreneur whose passions lie at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, where he has adeptly applied his entrepreneurial and business leadership skills for over 20 years. This unique mix of skills is reflected in the unusual blend of accomplishments, which include founder of numerous companies...Full Bio

Alan Silvers - New Business Development, Lowry Digital
Alan Silvers, VP of Business Development, is a long-time motion picture professional with experience in Production, Post-production, Film Industry Management, Dcinema, DI, Restoration, high-end Digital Image Processing and 3D. Career stops include Universal Studios, Disney and Kodak before joining Lowry Digital in 2004. Alan was involved in the first Dcinema practical experience, assisting with worldwide....Full Bio

Scott Squires - Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Squires is an accomplished Visual Effects Supervisor with more than 30 years of experience in visual effects. He has worked on numerous high-profile films, including Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dragonheart, The Mask and Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace, receiving Academy...Full Bio

Randy Starr - Visual Effects Producer
Randy is currently finishing work on “Journey 2: Mysterious Island”, the sequel to the ground-breaking 3D stereo film, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Like the first film, Journey 2 was filmed in 3D stereo using six different camera packages. Prior to Journey 2, Randall produced the 2D/3D conversion...Full Bio

David Stump, ASC - Cinematographer
David Stump ASC has worked on numerous motion pictures and television productions as Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Supervisor, and as Stereographer, (including both live action work and 2D to 3D conversion work), earning an Emmy and an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement. His credits include such high profile projects as...Full Bio

Stan Szymanski - Owner/Resource Strategist, StanleyVision, Inc.
Stan is an experienced digital media production executive with a 30 year career in artist management, talent development, recruiting, facility management and resource strategy. As SVP of Creative Resources for Sony Pictures Imageworks and Head of Digital Operations for Digital Domain / Florida, he recruited and managed the careers of hundreds of creative and technical artists...Full Bio

Olcun Tan - Co-Founder / Head of R&D Gradient Effects
Olcun Tan is an award winning visual effects artist, co-founder and head of research and development at Gradient Effects. He is the architect of Gradient’s GLoW software and workflow. Developed first as an in-house tool, GLoW’s next generation meta-data toolset has matured into a commercially available service Mr. Tan was previously the lead effects developer at Dreamworks Animation...Full Bio

Dr. Rich Terrile - NASA/JPL Astronomer and Evolutionary Computation Designer
Dr. Rich Terrile is an astronomer and the Director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He uses techniques based on biological evolution and development to advance the fields of robotics and computer intelligence. Dr. Terrile has a Ph.D. in Planetary Science...Full Bio

Jonas Thaler - SrVP Post Production, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media
Jonas Thaler is a post production jack-of-all-trades with a career in film and TV starting with VFX on "Empire Strikes Back" and music on "Amadeus". As a production executive, he introduced Avid systems to low-budget features, and has been instrumental in developing post pipelines...Full Bio

Stephan Trojansky - VFX Supervisor / Co-Founder of Scanline VFX
Stephan Trojansky is a VFX Supervisor and Co-Founder of Scanline VFX, with studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Munich. His feature film credits include “Super 8”, “Hereafter”, “2012”, “Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “Ironman”, “300”, and many more. Stephan is also leading the research and development of...Full Bio

Ed Ulbrich - CEO, Digital Domain and Mothership
Ed Ulbrich has been with Digital Domain since the company's inception in 1993 and is the chief architect of its commercials business, including Mothership. Ed executive-produced the Academy award-winning visual effects for Titanic and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as for Zodiac, Adaptation, and Fight Club; music videos for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and other artists...Full Bio

Thomas A. Walsh - Production Designer & President, Art Directors Guild (Local 800)
Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh has been serving as President of the Art Directors Guild since January 1, 2003. The union was then also known as IATSE, Local 876. He succeeded Jack De Govia, who served from 1999 through 2002. Walsh previously was a member of the Guild’s Executive Board and Co-Chairman of its Film Society. In September of 2003, following a merger with Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists...Full Bio

Marc Weigert - Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, CEO of Uncharted Territory, LLC
Currently co-producer and VFX supervisor on Roland Emmerich’s “2012” for Sony/Columbia Pictures. Marc is the CEO of production company Uncharted Territory, LLC, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel (academy award winner for visual effects on “Independence Day”). Uncharted Territory produced the feature film “Coronado” in 2001 and co-produced the mini-series “Dark Kingdom” for sci-fi channel....Full Bio

George Whitesides - CEO, Virgin Galactic
George Whitesides is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico...Full Bio

Tony Wible, CFA - Director of Media & Entertainment, Janney Montgomery Scott
Tony Wible joined Janney Montgomery Scott in 2008 as a Director covering the Media and Entertainment sector after spending the previous 10 years at Citigroup Investment Research—most recently covering the Broadcasting and Entertainment Services industries. While at Citigroup...Full Bio

Sean Wimmer, VP of Post Production - Warner Premiere
Sean Wimmer is currently the VP of Post Production for Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment specializing in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Prior to this; he was the Director of Feature Post Production at the Studio with key focus on the Warner...Full Bio

Tom Wujec - Autodesk Fellow
Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, the world's leader in 2D & 3D design software. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with the Fortune 500 to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of advanced digital design tools...Full Bio 

 

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