Production Summit 2011 Speakers

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

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators so far...


Roundtable Moderators so far...

Beck, ASC
David S.


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....Download Full Bio

Rob Bredow - Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Rob Bredow is the chief technology officer and a visual effects supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks. As chief technology officer, Bredow brings a strong production artist perspective to decisions regarding the company's technology and innovation. In addition to refining Imageworks production infrastructure and pipeline....Download 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....Download 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....Download 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....Download 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....Download 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....Download Full Bio

Warren Franklin - CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment
Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, oversees one of North America's leading digital animation production companies. 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....Download 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....Download 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...Download 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...Download Full Bio


Dan Glass - Sr VFX Supervisor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Method Studios
Dan Glass joined Method in 2010 as Senior Creative Director overseeing both feature and commercial projects. Glass, who most recently served as Senior VFX Supervisor on Terrence Malick’s Palme D’Or Winner The Tree of Life, has a long list of film credits as Lead or Senior VFX Supervisor that includes Batman Begins...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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....Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download 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....Download 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...Download 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...Download 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...Download Full Bio 

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