The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Andrew Cochrane is a filmmaker currently working at Mirada Studios.  As a Digital Director and Technical Supervisor, Andrew offers a unique blend of creativity and technical savvy. He is also a leader in Mirada's exciting digital/interactive group, which focuses on combining the company’s passion for storytelling with new forms of immersion and interaction. Andrew is very involved in the growing virtual reality space, making content for the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, and GearVr platforms. He is experimenting with new techniques for storytelling using these new technologies, and recently completed the first VR app to seamlessly integrate CGI, live-action, and real-time rendering into a single experience for Google. His credits include directing numerous commercials for clients such as VIZIO, Target, LG, and Disney. He also was a director and creative technical supervisor on the iPad App "Cornelia Funke's MirrorWorld" which won a Cannes Silver Lion for "Best Visual Design/Aesthetic." Additionally, he served as a technical lead for many exciting interactive projects that used techniques such as projection mapping,  dataviz and the world 's first WebGL interactive music video ( Concurrently, he has worked on numerous independent projects. In 2002, he formed The AV Club Productions, which is a production company and  multimedia collaborative for filmmakers that focuses on live experiences and new media projects. The AV Club was featured as one of the first 100 YouTube partners, and were early innovators in the online video space.


Mark Turner, VP, Corporate Partnerships & Strategy, Technicolor: Based in Los Angeles, Mark Turner manages Technicolor’s strategic partnerships with major companies in the media, pay-tv and CE space with special focus on emerging video systems (eg. UltraHD and HDR) and virtual and augmented realities.  Prior to that Mark ran business development for Technicolor’s technology licensing portfolio including launching HDR upconversion and distribution technologies. Mark has spent 20 years in business and new product development for technology and entertainment companies. His expertise spans offerings including digital cinema; digital home delivery through cable, broadcast, and satellite; Internet television; mobile devices; and the convergence of these systems. Prior to Technicolor , Mark worked for Dolby securing content for new products including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.  Before Dolby Mark ran strategic engagements with major media aggregators (such as the studios, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube) for Microsoft’s Media & Entertainment Group where he helped launch the Xbox Video store, media apps on Xbox and Windows, second screen platform Xbox SmartGlass and innovative interactive movies with Silverlight Enhanced Movies. Mark, a British national, holds a BA degree in management studies from the University of Leeds. Nominated in 2012 and 2013 as one of OnHollywood’s Power Players in Digital Entertainment, he sits on the Digital Entertainment Group’s Member Advisory Council, and on the board of the UltraHD Alliance, the Advanced Imaging Society and The Consumer Technology Association (formerly CEA) Video Board. Michael Yang joined Comcast Ventures (CV) in 2009 and is a Managing Director based in Palo Alto.  He leads CV’s investment activities in Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, and Healthcare.  Some of his portfolio companies include CreativeLive, August, Jawbone, Accolade, and Healthline.  Prior to joining CV, Michael was a VP/GM at Yahoo!, a principal at Atlas Venture, and a member of AOL’s Business Affairs team.  Michael has an MBA from Harvard and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Joel Susal is the Director of Virtual and Augmented reality business at Dolby Laboratories, responsible for defining, leading, and executing Dolby’s VR and AR business lines.  Joel was hired into Dolby in 2011 to lead the company’s flagship products in the emerging tablet and smartphone space.  In this role, Joel’s product offering was widely publicized as best-in-class for audio with full adoption in the Amazon Kindle Fire HD lineup since 2012, among others.  Before joining Dolby, Joel was a founding member at Location Labs (recently acquired by AVG for $220MM), where he was responsible for defining, building, and deploying the company’s first mobile location tracking product line.  Joel holds dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania — a BS in Engineering (Computer Science) and a BS in Economics (Entrepreneurial Management) from the Wharton School.


Robert Nashak, COO at Survios: Robert Nashak is Chief Operating Office at Survios, Inc, a leading start-up in the Virtual Reality Gaming space. Prior to joining Survios, Robert was Executive Vice President, Digital Entertainment & Games at BBC Worldwide, COO of BringIt, a social media startup, SVP of Global Production for Electronic Arts, VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Games, and CCO at Glu Mobile. As a long-term advocate for independent game developers, he helps run IndieCade, the world’s largest independent games festival.  Robert is a long-term adjunct in the interactive media division at the USC School of Cinema and Television.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: The Guerin A, in Herscher Hall

The VR-AR ThinkTank: Top Executives From Leading Technology and Entertainment Companies Assess the Current Expansion and Likely Evolution of the Industry

Andy Cochrane, ‎‎Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada

Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia

Joel Susal, Director, VR/AR, Dolby Labs

Joel Breton, ‎Vice President VR Content, HTC Vive - ‎HTC America

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Mark Turner, VP, Corporate Partnerships & Strategy, Technicolor

Moderator - Robert Nashak, COO, Survios


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.