Production Summit 2011 Panels

October 1st, 2011 Montage Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA

The Studios' POV: Adapting to Innovation in a 24 Hour World

What do you need to know in order to keep up with the latest technology and keep your business on track? Innovative digital technology has radically changed the post and distribution channels of the studios which in turn affects the filmmakers and services providers within their sphere. Meeting these new needs requires extraordinary operational coordination and responsiveness across the studios’ global digital efforts. This reality creates a need for cooperation and conflict resolution mechanisms within and across all functions, as well as budget procedures that allow for flexibility and rapid direction changes. The very things that push creativity and efficiency can provide new obstacles.

This panel examines how studios determine a clear approach for monitoring, sharing and adapting within this globally interconnected network and the best ways to work together and maintain reasonable margins.


Annie Chang
Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology



Richard Chuang
CEO, Cloudpic Global Inc


Ted Gagliano
President Feature Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox Studios


Uday Kumar
Vice President US Operations Reliance Media Works


Sean Wimmer
VP Post Production, Warner Premiere



Success Around the Globe

Visual effects companies have expanded to multiple sites and have a true global footprint and workforce. Multi-cultural and multi-national interfacing, altered technology and pipeline shifts, social media management, IP development and partnerships are increasingly important; yet creativity, quality, service and professionalism remain the most important elements. Additionally, as companies add an IP component, they need creative employees who can develop timely, relevant, and compelling content across a variety of media.

This panel of top executives will take a look at successful visual effects business models and crossover models from around the globe -- organic growth, partnerships, acquisitions, creator-driven, niche-driven -- to examine and reveal how their companies have evolved and strategized to stay relevant and successful in the current environment. Hear from these experts on where they and the industry are headed in the near and distant future.


Chris DeFaria
Executive Vice President, Visual Effects & Animation, Warner Bros.



Dan Glass
Sr VFX Supervisor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Method Studios


Thilo Kuther
CEO & Managing Director, Pixomondo


Christian Roberton
Managing Director, MPC


Stephan Trojansky
VFX Supervisor / Co-Founder of Scanline VFX



Producing with VFX in Mind

Film producers are faced with enormous challenges daily. With the ever changing technology landscape, how do they keep current and informed? How do they adjust their budgets and projections within the global nature of the film business. Let's hear from them their concerns and experiences on international production, 3D, VFX, and the challenges and process of getting a film green lit.





Deborah Giarrantana
Producer, Machine Gun Preacher


David Nicksay
Producer,Glee! The 3D Concert Movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D



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