The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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government to promote California as a production locale. In addition to overseeing the Commission's wide range of support services, Ms. Lemisch also serves as the state's leading advocate for educating legislators, production industry decision makers and the public at large about the value of filming in California. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Lemisch was instrumental in the creation, passage and implementation of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, which was enacted in 2009 to help curb runaway production. Prior to her appointment at the Commission, Ms. Lemisch served for more than 15 years as a producer for Penny Marshall’s company - Parkway Productions. Her credits include: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, THE PREACHER’S WIFE, RENAISSANCE MAN,  AWAKENINGS, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and CALENDAR GIRL. Ms. Lemisch is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.


Kevin James, Chief Film Laison, City of Los Angeles: Kevin James was a former Mayoral candidate who spent time with more than 50 of the City's neighborhood councils as part of his campaign. That experience will be useful as he segues to the President of Board of Public Works Commission. Beginning his legal career almost 25 years ago in Los Angeles, James has worked for several firms, most recently for Lavely & Singer, where he was an entertainment litigator with a broad practice from right of publicity to accounting/profit participation cases. James also served for a time as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice, prosecuting both criminal and civil actions. He received the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys 1992 Director's Award for Superior Performance, presented by then US Attorney General Janet Reno. In parallel to his legal career, James also has worked as a broadcaster. He started as an on-air legal analyst on Court TV, but then transitioned to radio about 10 years ago, at first to provide his legal expertise. He transitioned in 2005 into the role of host of a local issues talk show that focused on City Hall. He most recently spearheaded "The Kevin James Show" on 870 KRLA (AM 870). James donates his time and legal expertise to local charities, including the AIDS Project Los Angeles, of which he was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. James also served on the boards for Operation Progress, working with LAPD to identify South LA's most promising at-risk young students and awarding them with full scholarships from second grade through college, and First-in-Fire Foundation that supports the LAFD. After growing up in Texas, James completed his accounting degree at the University of Oklahoma before pursuing his law degree at the University of Houston College of Law.


Joe Byron, Director of Student and Alumni Engagement at The Los Angeles Film School: Byron has 42 years experience working in the entertainment industry across a variety of positions from an engineer and company executive to a teacher and administrator. He also has experience in production, including camera, art, and special effects for commercials, film, and television. He has spent the past 17 years at The Los Angeles Film School, filling a variety of positions across his tenure at the school, including: technical director, associate dean, dean, director of education, film program director, director of students, and, currently, director of student and alumni engagement. He was a part of the team responsible for the design of the LAFS intensive filmmaking program as well as the technical and classroom facilities. He teaches film studies, screenwriting, cinematography, and sound. Byron received a BFA in production and design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a MA in literature and critical theory and MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. He is also a published author and poet, and an accomplished woodworker.


Kim Roberts Hedgpeth is currently the Executive Director of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF), a 501(c)(6) non-profit that collects and distributes musicians’ residual payments from films and television programs released in “supplemental” markets as defined by the American Federation of Musicians’ union contracts. The Fund also serves as a resource for the motion picture music community in addressing challenges facing the industry. During the past five years, collections by the Fund averaged over $86 Million annually. From 2005-2012, Hedpgeth led the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) as its National Executive Director, and was the first African-American to serve as chief executive staff person of a major entertainment industry union.  In 1981 Hedgpeth joined the staff of AFTRA’s New York Local and was recruited in 1987 to fill the position of Executive Director for AFTRA’s San Francisco Local and the Screen Actors Guild’s San Francisco Branch. In 1992 she was appointed as AFTRA National Assistant Executive Director/News and Broadcast, where she was responsible for overall coordination, planning and direction of collective bargaining policies and activities for AFTRA’s news and broadcast station staff negotiations. Over the course of her 31-year association with AFTRA, Hedgpeth’s responsibilities included leading negotiations of labor contracts covering local and network news, sound recordings, and entertainment programs in television and emerging media. She was a key leader in the successful merger of AFTRA with the Screen Actors Guild. She also served as Director of Labor and Employee Relations for Harvard University from 1998-2000. Following her tenure at Harvard, she served as Vice President of Human Resources of Safe Horizon, the nation's leading crime victims support and advocacy organization, before returning to AFTRA in 2001. Ms. Hedgpeth has served as a Vice President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America; Trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, and Trustee of the AFM-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. Her other board memberships have included FilmL.A., Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, SoundExchange, the Department for Professional Employees of the AFL-CIO, and as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Twelfth District Economic Advisory Council. Hedgpeth received her B.A. from Harvard University and J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to the California and New York State Bars.


Sandy Climan is the CEO and Representative Board Director of All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), a global entertainment studio with offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles that adapts, co-develops and produces the best creative properties and brands from Japan into English language, global entertainment, in partnerships with established Hollywood studios and world-class filmmakers. Mr. Climan is also the founder of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc., a company active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies pushing forward the boundaries of media and entertainment.  Mr. Climan has also been active in both motion picture and television production, most notably as Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D,” Co-Executive Producer of the CBS primetime series “Robbery Homicide Division,” and as Producer of “The Aviator,” the Howard Hughes biographical feature film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Mr. Climan has served in a number of corporate senior management positions in media and entertainment.  From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Climan served as the first CEO of 3ality Digital, a leading company in the development and commercialization of technologies which enable perfect digital 3D image capture, digital 3D broadcast and software that enables consumer applications of 3D entertainment.  Within four years, Mr. Climan took the company from no certified products to 3ality being recognized as a global leader in 3D technology. Earlier positions have included Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios from 1995 to 1997, and as a member of the senior management team at Creative Artists Agency from 1986 to 1995 and 1997 to 1999, serving as both a talent agent and as founding head of CAA’s corporate representation practice. At Universal, Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions with $1.4 billion in sales: Consumer Products, Home Video, Pay Television, New Media and Spencer Gifts.  At CAA, Mr. Climan was part of the senior management team for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and Michael Mann.  Mr. Climan also served as the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice, working with global companies including Sony Corporation on its acquisition of Columbia Pictures, Matsushita Electric on its acquisition of MCA/Universal, Coca-Cola on revitalizing its advertising, Credit Lyonnais on the restructuring of MGM, and NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Pacific Telesis on the creation of their video joint venture, Tele-TV. Prior to joining CAA, Mr. Climan held various executive positions in the entertainment industry. He served as President of Lion’s Gate Studios; President of Wescom Productions, a subsidiary of Chronicle Publishing; and Vice President of Production for The David Gerber Company, a major independent television company. He began his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, overseeing pay-television, international theatrical distribution and, later, working in feature film production. Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, The Fulfillment Fund, The Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.  He has served as member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland.



Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session I: Webcast, Guerin A, in Herscher Hall

Hollywood as the Entertainment Capital of the World: Executives from Film Studios and Television Discuss the Industry & It's Future

Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, Executive Director, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, former Ex. Director, AFTRA

Sandy Climan, CEO and Representative Board Director, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) - Former EVP, Universal Studios & founding head, CAA

Juan Camacho, Vice President of Government Affairs, Fox Entertainment Group

Joe Byron, Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, The Los Angeles Film School

Kevin James, Chief Film Laison, City of Los Angeles, Moderator


Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission: As Executive Director of the California Film Commission, Amy Lemisch oversees all of the state's efforts to facilitate motion picture, television and commercial production.  She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2004, and continues to serve for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Under her leadership, the Commission coordinates with all levels of state and local