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3D Entertainment Summit, Film Technology Summit and MultiScreen Summit Open Sept. 19-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood

Unicomm, a leading event management company, and The Bob Dowling Group, in Association with Variety, today announced top speakers and content for its massive confab, three shows in one location, September 19-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.

The 2012 MultiScreen SummitTM examines the battling marketplace between screens, devices, distributors and content creators, offering practical solutions to the media industry and to brands on how to engage with the connected, yet elusive consumer. MultiScreen will be headlined by top content creators, distributors, technology providers and brands including Kevin Morrow, Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Samsung Media Solutions Center America (MSCA); David Lucatch, CEO, Ortsbo, Coleman Breland, COO of Turner Network Sales, Turner Broadcasting Systems; Tim Kring, Master Storyteller, Executive Producer, "Touch;" Brian Seth Hurst, CEO of Opportunity Management Company; Michael Pachter, Research Analyst, Wedbush Securities; Chris McGurk, CEO, Cinedigm and Jordan Levin, President, Alloy Digital and CEO, Generate.

The MultiScreen conference program will explore:

  • Over The Top Content (OTT)
  • Viewer experiences
  • Monetization opportunities and strategy
  • Performance measurement
  • Marketing and advertising content across platforms
  • Branded entertainment
  • Distribution models and windows
  • Industry focus groups on gaming, music, publishing, sports and retail
  • Social engagement

Variety’s Film Technology Summit, Sept. 20, will be headlined by major studio production chiefs, creative talent and technology leaders who will identify how to succeed in filmmaking in the digital age. There will be sessions covering today’s critical issues such as the arrival of higher frame rates, 4K filmmaking, object-oriented sound; the latest in previsualization and virtual production techniques; and more. High-profile speakers include Victoria Alonso, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production Marvel Studios; Darcy Antonellis, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Warner Bros. Entertainment; Jim Beshears, Head of Post-Production, DreamWorks Animation; Andy Hendrickson, Chief Technology Officer at Walt Disney Animation; Michael K O’Brien, Effects Technical Lead at Pixar; and Ty Warren, EVP Physical Production, Legendary Pictures, and many more.

The 3D Summit, produced by Unicomm and Bob Dowling in association with Variety, is the premiere source for 3D film and TV, and will feature such speakers as Joe Letteri, Senior Visual Effects Producer, Weta Digital; Peter Lude, SVP of Engineering for Sony Electronics Professional Business/President, SMPTE; Richard Cooper, Principle Analyst, Video, IHS Screen Digest and Von Williams, Stereographic Lead at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Unlike other events, the 3D Entertainment Summit is focused on how the 3D entertainment transformation is affecting the business of entertainment. The 3D Entertainment Summit will examine emerging topics in 3D technology such as:

  • High-frame rate
  • Laser light sources
  • Glassless 3D sets
  • 3D at home market update
  • Alternative venues and applications
  • 3D re-releases
  • 3D opportunity in China and beyond

The 3D Entertainment Summit also features an array of special presentations, exclusive content and sneak peeks including:

  • Barry Sandrew, Ph.D, Founder and CCO/CTO of Legend3D, will be showing 3D “Top Gun” footage Tony Scott color timed and officially wrapped last month
  • Extensive footage from the new Sony Pictures Animation film “Hotel Transylvania” directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez (release date September 28, 2012) will be shown at The Summit, with a special introduction from the film’s 3D Stereographic Lead Von Williams.
  • Two industry visionaries joining The Summit in spectacular 3D fashion. James Cameron will appear with Vince Pace in a special 3D filmed segment to accept the second annual "3D Visionary Award" honoring Mr. Cameron for his extraordinary leadership and work in the 3D industry.
  • The recipient of the inaugural “3D Visionary Award,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation SKG (Nasdaq: DWA), will also appear via an exclusive one-on-one interview shot in 3D. Mr. Katzenberg will address the state of the 3D industry in 2012 and the road ahead.

Top sponsors for the three Summits include Ortsbo, RealD, Samsung and Ultra-D.

MultiScreen Summit®--As the business opportunity grows from enhanced consumer engagement with screens, so does the competition. The rules continue to change at a rapid pace, making business and financial models unstable. The MultiScreen Summit examines the competitive marketplace between screens, devices, distributors and content creators, offering practical solutions to the media industry and to brands on how to engage with the connected, yet elusive consumer.

Unicomm LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world class trade shows and conferences in underserved and nascent markets. Founded in 1998 in Milford, CT, Unicomm enjoys an impressive track record of dozens of successful show launches and hundreds of event productions. Unicomm’s properties include the3D Entertainment Summit™, the 3D Gaming Summit™ and the MultiScreen Summit™ all presented in association with Variety; the Travel & Adventure Show in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C. For more information: www.unicomm.org.

The Bob Dowling Group -- For 17 years through 2007, Bob Dowling was editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and president of the VNU Business Media Film and Performing Arts Group. During Dowling's tenure, The Reporter launched numerous new products, including the HollywoodReporter.com Web site, e-mail edition, weekly edition, THR East, Literary Hollywood, Festival de Cannes dailies and the Oscar Screening Guide, as well as many annual events such as the Women in Entertainment Power 100 stand-alone issue and its related breakfast event, the Next Generation ranking of prominent young executives, the Film and TV Music Conference and the reorganized Key Art Awards. Dowling recently started his own information and consulting firm, the Bob Dowling Group, to serve clients looking to navigate the converging worlds of entertainment and technology.

3D Entertainment Summit® -- Now in its fifth year, the world’s leading business event on “everything 3D” is bigger and better than ever as it explores the 3D marketplace from all angles. With an expanded international focus and additional programming on broadcast, television and alternate content -- this will be the largest and most expansive event to date. The conference covers the biggest 3D drivers including: Theatrical; Creative; Sports; Games; International, Home Entertainment and Convergence. Event Date: September 20-21, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA.

Variety - Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily VarietyDaily Variety GothamWeekly Variety and Variety.com – are all owned by Reed Business Information (RBI), the largest business publisher in the U.S. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL).

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