The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment: Phil joined IMAX Corporation in September, 2003. Based at IMAX's Santa Monica office, Groves' primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of the company's global film distribution, the development of original film content, and working with the studios' distribution teams on event films benefitting from the revolutionary IMAX DMR® process. During Groves' tenure at the Company, he has successfully brought IMAX's slate of Hollywood blockbuster event films to IMAX screens around the world, beginning with the first day and date release of an IMAX DMR title, Matrix Revolutions, up to the present. Additionally, he has increased the reach of IMAX documentaries to more multiplex and institutional IMAX screens worldwide, including NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, Deep Sea 3D (narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet), Hubble 3D (narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio), and most recently To The Arctic (narrated by Meryl Streep). Before IMAX, Groves was Vice President of Film for Loews Cineplex, spending over 20 years buying film for this national exhibition chain as well as Cineplex Odeon, and General Cinema. Prior to his executive film career, Groves earned screenwriting credits or storyboarded a number of films including the comedy classic Airplane!. Groves and his wife, Carol, have one daughter and currently live in Thousand Oaks, CA.


Robert J. Lenihan was appointed president of programming for AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) in 2009. Lenihan oversees all of AMC’s programming efforts, as well as the company’s Century City office in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, he leads the programming team, which explores new ways of enhancing the company’s leading position in movie marketing and expanded programming flexibility. Lenihan has 40 years of experience in the industry beginning as a film booker for United Artists Theatres in San Francisco. Prior to joining AMC, he served as senior vice president of film at Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas.  Previous roles have included senior vice president and head film buyer positions at Mann Theatres, Act III Theatres, Century Theatres and Sundance Cinemas. He also served as executive vice president at Loews Cineplex from 1998 to 2002, supervising film, marketing and real estate. Lenihan is a graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.


Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories: As Senior Vice President, Cinema business group, Doug Darrow is responsible for aligning Dolby's technical expertise and close relationships with content creators, studios, and exhibitors to deliver artistic and business solutions via audio and video technologies. The Cinema business group comprises all parts of Dolby's businesses that support the entertainment industry, including Dolby Atmos® products, Dolby Screen Server and Dolby Integrated Media Block (IMB) products, audio processors, the Dolby 3D cinema solution, the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor product line, and all Dolby TrueHD licensing and other high-end home theater offerings. Doug is a respected industry leader with a proven record for developing and commercializing technologies that revolutionize entertainment. Before joining Dolby, he helped start-ups and established companies such as Texas Instruments bring groundbreaking solutions to market. Doug is widely regarded as a pioneer in digital cinema, recognized by the industry for his role in the wide-scale deployment of digital cinema projectors and 3D digital cinema presentation. Since the first digital cinema release of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, more than 70,000 theatres worldwide have adopted digital cinema. Doug has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and holds an MBA degree from the University of Dallas.


Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company: After 5 years as a layout artist and character animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Chris Edwards joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm tasked with previsualizing Star Wars: Episode III from the "third floor" of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch mansion. In October 2004, Chris spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles, which has become the most prolific previs studio in the world; having contributed to hundreds of feature films, such as: Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Gravity, Maleficent, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, as well as Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Avengers franchises. For over a decade, Chris has worked to expand the art form of previs internationally, and into new markets, including: Television, Video Games and Themed Entertainment.  In 2009, Chris co-founded The Previsualization Society, a non-profit trade association for previs professionals.  And in 2012, he helped launch HYDRA Entertainment, a story development and IP management company. In early 2014, Chris joined an alliance of iconic filmmakers to found VRC: The Virtual Reality Company.  As Chief Production Officer, Chris oversees the production of VRC’s slate of innovative, story-driven VR content.


Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada, Technology, Media & Telecommunications: Duncan is the Director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada, and is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media & telecommunications trends. He presents regularly at conferences and to companies on marketing, technology, consumer trends, and the longer term TMT outlook. He also works with individual clients (across all industries) in assessing the impact of technological, demographic, and regulatory changes on their business strategies. He is a member of Deloitte’s national TMT executive team, and co-author of Deloitte Research’s annual Predictions report on trends in TMT. Duncan has 25 years of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, he has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector, and won the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in its inaugural year. In his time as an investor he deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into global TMT markets. Duncan has a high profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on technology, media and telecommunications issues. He has been a technology columnist for the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and the National Post. He is a CFA® charterholder and also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.


Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective: a husband and wife management consulting team that provides a unique blend of hands on management roles, strong educational credentials and many years of professional service work to companies all along the entertainment and entertainment technology food chain. Their backgrounds include Big 4 consulting/CPA firm experience, top 5 business graduate school with work experience at, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Lucasfilm/Industrial Light & Magic, Kodak's Cinesite and Bank of America The types of projects include business and strategic planning, operational reviews, market assessments, research & analysis and consulting on trends in the various market segments in which they are involved, with special attention paid to the anticipated impact on the professional and consumer marketplaces. These include content production and distribution, digital storage, production tax incentives, digital cinema and its transition, film and digital image acquisition, 3D stereoscopic imaging, computer animation and sophisticated software tools. Visit our website at for more information. Follow us on Twitter @MartyShindler.




Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

10:45 AM - Noon

Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

Future of Film - Studio & Indie, Global Content Business, The Changing face of the Film Industry from Imax and Alternative Content to VR and other Immersive Experiences

As new technologies come onstream for creating and distributing content, the overall experience is changing dramatically, from the cinema experience to the ways in which we enjoy the movies at home, and increasingly and more significantly, on mobile devices.  Global audiences are attracted to more immersive experiences, from the uptick that IMAX and other premium large formats have earned to massive visual effects extravaganzas, and on to the forthcoming roll out of virtual reality headsets from high profile organizations.  Production from the studios in the form of tentpole releases have and will continue to dominate the box office while independent productions continue to be created and exploited in theaters and increasingly on a wide variety of platforms, often with shorter time periods between the release windows.  Alternative content in the form of concerts, such as the Met and rock concerts, fill seats on non peak days and times as the venues seek higher occupancy. On the horizon is virtual reality a technology that promises an “in your face” immersive experience.  Lots of hype surrounds VR, but there is a lot of money chasing companies at all points on the content creation value chain as that medium develops.

Robert J. Lenihan, President, Programming, AMC Entertainment Inc.

Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment

Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company

Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada

Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator