VES Summit 2012 Speakers


Speakers and Moderators

Beck, ASC
Erika W.
Del Conte
Mary Ann
Robin Alan
Nicholson, ASC
Stump, ASC
Thomas A.

Speaker / Moderator Bios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Morris - General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios
Jim Morris is General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar, where he oversees all of the studio’s productions and operations. Morris most recently produced a live action feature for Disney, “John Carter,” with director Andrew Stanton. He has also produced Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature, “WALL•E,” for which he was awarded Producer of the Year...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

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

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

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”.

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

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

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

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



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