The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer, 20th Century FOX: Ted was founding member, first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, that has made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the worlds biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras. Ted currently spends his time in 2 blended worlds;  a major Hollywood movie studio and a major technology company in the Digital Cinema projection world.  He has a studio deal at 20th Century Fox as their “Futurist”, working directly with senior leadership at the studio on the constantly evolving art and science  of advanced motion picture creation.  He advises and creates strategy on future technology and vision of cinema for the next generation of movie entertainment.  He has a unique role at Barco, the worlds marketshare leader in Digital Cinema projection, as their “CinemaVangelist” spearheading a project that is focused on the future of the cinema experience. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products, that are implemented worldwide for professional Television and Multimedia content creation, and are the most recognized brand in the space. Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched the Macintosh products desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, that created the groundbreaking Kona Cards and IO boxes.  These products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post production at the highest levels, including some of the worlds biggest movies, TV shows and sporting events. Ted has presented on the future of technology and strategy for the media and entertainment industry in many regions of the USA, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and the Far East.  He has consulted worldwide on the technical advances of ultra high resolution digital cinematography and future of advanced next gen. visual experiences for the movie, TV, interactive and gaming industries. Schilowitz has been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro Magazine, Digital Television Magazine, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post magazine, Popular Science, LA Times and countless other trade publications and mainstream press, discussing technology advancements in his areas of passion and exploration.


Andrew McGovern: Vice President of VR/AR Productions. Digital Domain: A veteran in virtual reality production, Andrew has worked on numerous innovative projects including the launch of Google Street View in 2007, award-winning commercial campaigns including "Lloyds Torchview,” the Emmy award-winning "Taylor Swift Experience,” and a number of high-profile live events for clientele such as NBC, NHL, NBA, UFC, Universal Music and many others. As Vice President of VR/AR Productions at Digital Domain, Andrew will lead all live action, VFX and broadcasting initiatives for the company's VR & AR business, leveraging his experience in commercial and live productions, technology, and business development, and his deep understanding of the overall 360°/VR landscape. Prior to joining Digital Domain, Andrew was Vice President of the media and entertainment division Immersive Media, a well-respected, early pioneer in the 360°/VR imaging space. During his 10+ years at Immersive, Andrew focused on many aspects of the business, from leading high-profile commercial and live productions, to driving sales & business development.


Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia: Originally from Milan, Italy, Voltolina currently serves as the Head of Presence Capture at Nokia Technologies, the division that announced the OZO camera. He is a veteran in display technologies, having previously worked at Dolby, where he led the Dolby 3D / Philips joint project and developed the Dolby video strategy. Before that, Voltolina also held senior leadership and global marketing positions at Xpand, Intel Capital, Royal Philips Electronics and InFocus.


Jeff Nicholas, EVP, Strategy, Creative & Growth, and EP & Director, VEHICLEvr: Jeff Nicholas - principal of VR creative consultancy and production company CREATE+DESTROY - is an award winning Creative Producer and Director with a passion for creating compelling and engaging VR content. Since the new cycle of high-end VR and 360° content creation emerged in 2014, Jeff’s focus has been primarily on creating these experiences and pushing the boundaries of VR/360° production through original and branded content experiences. These pieces have been developed and released with partners and collaborators such as CBS, Mike Shinoda/Fort Minor, WEVR, Kenan Thompson, Ford Performance, Hoonigan Racing, Budweiser, Hulu, RAIN Agency, Live Nation, VEHICLEvr, A World At School, and a variety of others. Outside of VR content creation, he is most well-known for his work producing, directing and collaborating on a wide array of creative experiences - from music videos, commercials and original content to design, digital and experiential campaigns - for top-level agencies, brands, studios, promoters, labels and artists such as Rihanna, Dreamworks, Justin Timberlake, Bud Light Platinum, Shakira, Apple Music, Jason Mraz, Beats By Dr Dre, Linkin Park, AKQA, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sony, Foo Fighters, Nixon Watches, Beastie Boys, and many more.


Dylan Flinn is a Business Development Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Flinn works in the Los Angeles office where he focuses on the agency’s virtual reality and augmented reality efforts. Flinn began his career at Electronic Arts, later serving as Director of Investments at Rothenberg Ventures, sourcing and leading more than 50 early-stage investments. While at Rothenberg Ventures, he launched the world’s first virtual reality accelerator. He joined CAA in 2016. Flinn graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration.


Sami Ramly, VR Product & Program Lead, Wevr: Sami is the VR Product & Program Manager at Wevr, the leading LA-based Virtual Reality startup specializing in the production and distribution of high-quality award-winning VR experiences. Wevr's VR productions have received appraisal by festivals and awards ceremonies like Sundance, Tribeca and Proto Awards, and they include theBlu, Gnomes & Goblins directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Jungle Book, the Avengers, etc), Finding your True Self with Deepak Chopra, Waves with Reggie Watts, Sports Illustrated, and several other best-in-class VR titles. Sami is currently leading the product efforts for Transport, Wevr's VR network for VR creatives and their audiences, and a consumer software service enabling distribution and monetization of premium content in homes and venues around the world. Previously, Sami worked in Product on 3D Printing and 3D Scanning at Microsoft, where he shipped Microsoft's first 3D Scan app for Windows 10. Sami also held several other roles in engineering, business and product management at Silicon Valley startups and accelerators, including StartX. Sami currently sits on the Advisory Board of Rabbit Hole VR, Stanford's VR/AR maker community, featured in Business Insider as a place where “the next big thing in VR could come”.


Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy: Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in business innovation, media and technology worldwide. He has worked with  clients including The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, RTL, Telstra, Universal, Slamdance Studios, Goldman Sachs, government bodies, NGOs and a wide range of new ventures. Shapiro is an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is a Governor of the Television Academy, and sits on its Executive Committee.  Shapiro has served as a frequent Expert Witness, including before the FCC, and has been quoted in publications including The Economist, The New York Times. The LA Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, The Associated Press, PBS and The Daily Mail UK. As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, he launched over 25 services, including TiVo by DIRECTV, the world’s first major DVR platform. His book “Television: Innovation, Disruption, and the World’s Most Powerful Medium” will be released in June of 2016. Shapiro sits on the Annenberg Research Council and the Producer Guild's New Media Council. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve University.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Session I - DH9

LVCC, North Hall, Room N264

Virtual Reality Transforms Media

TV, news, sports and music are  being transformed by VR as both programming and advertising.  Add 360 Video, a first generation mobile VR that doesn’t require a headset to Google, Samsung, HTC and Oculus headsets and you have a phenomenon.

Jeff Nicholas, EP, Creative Director, CREATE+DESTROY

Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia

Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer, 20th Century FOX

Andrew McGovern, Vice President, VR/AR Production, Digital Domain

Dylan Flinn, Agent, Virtual Reality and Business Development, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Sami Ramly, VR Product & Program Lead, Wevr

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy, Moderator