The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Elijah Allan-Blitz has amassed a handful of acting credits in indie films, a motion picture and a television role. Recently, he set off to find a new way to connect with an audience. “To me, the director is the ultimate storyteller,” Elijah shares, “and that’s where I’ve been currently focusing my efforts.” These days, he uses a powerful tech medium to tell new stories and elevate people’s consciousness––Virtual Reality. Elijah recently earned the distinction of being one of the first Virtual Reality directors for TIME magazine. His upcoming debut is a moving film about the holocaust, based on a Ken Burns documentary. Through the creative use of VR technology, the film was able to re-create historic events using archived sound clips and imagery to portray the events as they really happened, for an ultra-realistic viewer experience. He’s also worked in the world of VR with other news outlets, and has another VR project scheduled for release that shines a light on the injustice of the U.S. prison system. He also continues to keep an eye open for other new VR projects to explore.


Brandon Zamel - CEO & Co-Founder, Springbok Entertainment: Brandon Zamel has built his career blending the worlds of technology and entertainment. Zamel co-founded Springbok with the mandate that content development include the implementation of innovative tools and evolving distribution channels for storytelling. Zamel is a frequent speaker at VR conferences, entertainment expos and educational institutions. With Springbok, Zamel has produced a number of the industry's firsts, helping to define the creative discourse and VR's future. Prior to Springbok, Zamel worked for Johnny Depp's company, Infinitum Nihil, where he developed a number of feature film projects as well as pioneered the company's digital and interactive content strategy. Zamel has actively championed several non-profit organizations; including Anthony Shriver's Best Buddies®, which facilitates mentoring programs for the developmentally disabled, Fulfillment Fund, which provides college preparation and mentorship for at risk youth, and California Rural Legal Assistance, which offers free legal aid to impoverished clientele. Zamel recently produced a PSA fundraising film for AYA at USC, an adolescent and young adult cancer program.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173, Live Webcast

VR/AR as Change Agent: Social, News, Documentary and Political Media

Elijah Allan-Blitz, VR Experiences, “Ken Burns new film “Defying The Nazis,” Aloe Blac & Gina Belafonte

Lori Kozlowski, Producer, Project Empathy

Joey Caroni, Director of Digital Media, KCRW

Ian Forester, CCO, Co-Founder, VR Playhouse

Brandon Zamel, ‎Founder, CEO, Springbok Entertainment

Steven-Charles Jaffe, COO and Co-Founder, Springbok Entertainment, Moderator


Jamie Wong, Creative Director/Executive Producer, "Project Empathy": Jamie is a producer, writer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of, a digital platform for unique experiences. Jamie was a producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she helped the show win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series two years in a row and an institutional Peabody Award.  She also researched and produced for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11,  PBS  Frontline's  The Persuaders, American Experience's Kinsey, ABC News and Sundance Channel digital..  Jamie began her career working in civil rights litigation and policy as paralegal at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).  She holds a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.