The Digital Hollywood Experience

"The Conference that Defines the Future of the Industry"

 

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

10:45 AM - Noon

Session A: Grand Ballroom (4th Floor)

The TV-Advertising-Brands-Entertainment Industries Do VR and 360 Video – Content and Advertising Strategies

Tony Mugavero, CEO, Littlstar (VR for Showtime, Esquire, Discovery)

Emma Chiu, Creative Innovation Director, J. Walter Thompson

Stephanie Riggs, CEO and Founder, Azimyth Creation Studios (VR for White House - President in Kenya)

Justin Bolognino, Founder + CEO, META: The Art of Being There

Chuck Peil, Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Reel Fx (VR for Lionsgate, JC Penny, AT&T, Samsung)

Peter Corbett, Founder & President, Click 3X

Kurt Knutsson, TV’s, CyberGuy, On-Air Broadcaster on Fox, Author, Moderator

Justin Bolognino, Founder + CEO, META: The Art of Being There: Justin Bolognino’s (the “g” is silent) endeavors are threaded by experiential, real-time design and technology focused on revealing hidden human connections. The “Synchronicity Architect” is Founder and Creative Director of The META Agency, Learned Evolution, and #FEED powered by Twitter and was Creative Director at Brooklyn Bowl from its inception. On April 1st, 2014 Bolognino and both companies were acquired by SFX Entertainment, where Justin served for over a year as Creative Director of SFX. As of May 1, 2015, Bolognino left SFX and re-gained control of

META and is currently scheming to grow it again as a fully independent company. Learned Evolution, born in 2006, was a creative digital agency that specialized in multidisciplinary design, social media marketing, and tech-savvy experiences. Learned Evolution’s signature event is  #FEED powered by Twitter. First launched in 2011 at SXSW, #FEED brings social media to life in real time with interactive art, @NIGHT parties, daytime summits, and health and wellness activities. LE is currently on ice until it finds its next evolution. The META Agency represents a growing roster of visionary artists creating momentous experiences using interactive installation art, projection and LED design, visual design, and VR, holographics, and more.  Learned Evolution was first retained by Brooklyn Bowl in 2007, where Bolognino crafted a unique marketing and design strategy that favored social media over traditional advertising—a move that, upon the venue’s opening in 2009, launched Brooklyn Bowl as a celebrated institution. In 2011, Brooklyn Bowl was the 10th most searched Google keyword in the NYC metro area, and is has grown into a national brand with Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and Brooklyn Bowl London now in full swing.  Justin made his foray into media quickly after graduating Magna Cum Laude Bachelors of Science in Rhetoric, Communications and Eastern Philosophy from Northeastern University in 2002.  His first big job was Associate Producer of the documentary film “The Wetlands Preserved,” profiling the legendary TriBeCa nightclub. Soon after in 2004, at 24, he became Production Manager for global digital film hub RESFEST.  In 2006, Bolognino was festival director for the Green Apple Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History & produced Jonathan Levine Gallery’s “Ruas de Sao Paulo” launch campaign. He also produced Tomorrow Unlimited’s “Creators Series” of interactive art, live music in early 2007.  Bolognino’s endeavors attract large clients such as Twitter, Samsung, Vimeo, Android, Lincoln Motor Co, Ralph Lauren, and more, but his business philosophy does not reflect a “bigger is better” mentality.  As small companies, Justin’s ventures pride themselves on producing complex projects while maintaining the flexibility to evolve and redefine the relationship between art, technology and culture. Bolognino currently lives in Brooklyn with wife Elizabeth, daughters Chloe and Francesca, and dog Charlotte Mingus.

 

Emma Chiu, Creative Innovation Director, J. Walter Thompson: Emma leads creative innovation at the Innovation Group. She curates all visuals and creative in our content, and also leads creative consultancy products and presents across all Innovation Group verticals. She leads creative execution of Innovation Lab products, designing and commissioning leading experts to create concepts for brands based on trends. Emma is the former Art Director of Monocle, leading the art direction and design for the international Monocle brand, including print, online, moving image and events, working with a team of international photographers, producers, stylists, models and illustrators on features for the magazine, online and external client projects. She also led project collaborations with brands including BMWi, Gap, GE, Santoni, and Switzerland Tourism Board. She was previously Visual Editor of The Future Laboratory. Emma frequently writes opinion pieces on design and trends and has also lectured at the Milan Fashion Institute and chaired an innovation panel at FashionFoward.

 

Tony Mugavero is a 4x tech and media entrepreneur and the Founder / Executive Chairman of Littlstar, a VR Cinema platform and consumer destination to discover, watch, and share the best in 360 and VR content. Littlstar has experiences from companies like Showtime, Discovery, Nat Geo, PBS, Red Bull, Volvo, Disney, and more, with distribution on Samsung Gear VR, Playstation VR, Rift, Vive, Web, and mobile VR.

 

Stephanie Riggs, CEO and Founder, Azimyth Creation Studios: A virtual reality and interactive storytelling veteran, Stephanie began working in immersive entertainment in the mid-90s with virtual worlds exhibited at SIGGRAPH and E3. She has worked with Intel, Disney Creative Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Productions, HBO, Atlas Media, and Carmike Cinemas. She is a New York Times Critic’s Pick director for her documentary “The Standbys” and produced Blair Erickson's award-winning 3D feature thriller “Banshee Chapter” with Zachary Quinto. Most recently she produced "Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition", the first feature film ever released on the Oculus Rift. Stephanie became the first person to record a US President in virtual reality when President Obama invited her to film his historic speech in Nairobi, Kenya. Her deep understanding of both storytelling and technology makes her a sought-after consultant on VR projects ranging from independent productions to multi-million dollar campaigns. She founded the next generation content studio Azimyth Creation Studio to produce story-driven virtual and immersive experiences. Stephanie holds degrees in Directing (Drama) and Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University. Stephanie is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar.

 

CHUCK PEIL, HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, Reel FXAs a founding member of Reel FX, Peil has participated in the studios significant growth over the past 22 years which now employs 315 team members in their 75,000 square foot Dallas and 17,000 square foot Santa Monica studios. Reel FX is currently working a full roster of upcoming animated theatrical films: Scooby-Doo directed by Tony Cervone and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Allison Abbate for Warner Animation Group (slated for a September 18, 2018 release); Wish Police directed by Headless (Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres, Victor Maldonado) and produced by Kirk Bodyfelt; as well as a multi-picture deal with director Jorge Gutierrez, including the Untitled Kung-Fu Space Western. Most recently Peil was attached as Executive Producer on The Book of Life, from Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Brad Booker. The film has been nominated for: The Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Imagen Awards, five Annie Awards and won Best Character Design for the Annie Awards. Peil is a respected leader and innovator in the entertainment space with over 50 projects to his credit in the theatrical, location based and VR space. Theatrical credits include: The Book of Life - 20th Century Fox/Reel FX, Free Birds – Relativity Media/Reel FX, Rise of the Guardians - DreamWorks Animation/Reel FX, Despicable Me Ride - Universal Studios/Illumination Studios, Ferrari Dark Ride - Abu Dhabi, The Simpsons Ride - Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away  - James Cameron, Tales of the Black Freighter - The Watchmen/Warner Bros., Looney Tunes CG shorts - Warner Bros. Animation, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky/20th Century FOX, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five – DreamWorks Animation. Reel FX Partial Virtual Reality/Immersive credits include: Hunger Games VR Experience - Lionsgate, Jaeger Pilot VR for Pacific Rim - Legendary Pictures, You vs. Sharapova - American Express,  It Can Wait Driving Simulation - AT&T, Porsche VR Experience – OMD, Performance Lab Activation VR - US Air Force, Shatter Reality App for Divergent Series: Insurgent - Lionsgate,  The Book of Life VR - DELL Inc./20th Century FOX, 'Twas the Flight Before Christmas Activation – JC Penney,  WWE Summer Slam VR Experience – Samsung, The Polyphonic Spree's 13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza VR Experience – Reel

 

Peter Corbett is the founder and president of Click 3X, a creative digital studio based in New York City that works with the advertising and entertainment industries. Click 3X creates engaging film, TV, web, and branded content using various disciplines across multiple platforms. Peter also oversees ClickFire Media, its digital division, Stoked, a design collective and Reason2Be, a digital marketing agency, all housed under the same roof.  Previously Peter enjoyed a remarkable career as an advertising agency creative and commercial director. In 1995, Peter founded Media Circus (later renamed IllusionFusion!) one of the first interactive companies. 1997 brought yet another innovative company to fruition when Peter co-founded Sound Lounge, a company that has since become one of the pre-eminent audio post production companies in the country. Peter's awards include several Cannes Lions, Clios and The Crystal Apple Award from the City of New York for his contributions to the film industry.

 

Kurt Knutsson is best known as "Kurt the CyberGuy" having created the largest tech lifestyle content franchise on television.  He’s is a regular tech contributor on Fox & Friends, Fox Business Channel and NBC Today Show commuting from LA to NYC each week with a 15 year track record and trusted source as a daily syndicated technology reporter earning two Emmys and a Golden Mic Award.  Kurt believes when you’ve got a grip of the latest tools and technology, you will create a better life for yourself.  Public appearance opportunities in classrooms are as much fun as being invited to speak at major events. In addition to wearing the CyberGuy hat, Kurt also oversees a private investment tech fund and enjoy mentoring start-ups and other entrepreneurs who share the same curiosity that attracts technology into his life.  Kurt's hero: Elroy Jetson who knows how to embrace technology and the thrill of life in a constant state of fun.