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Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

November 9-11, Los Angeles, CA

W HOLLYWOOD HOTEL

6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

THE HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

Innovating in a Global Landscape

The Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival (HETF) is a preeminent international event bridging the US and China, through discussions on trends in entertainment technology, cross-border opportunities, and investments. Focusing on the theme, Innovating in a Global Landscape, the event is a platform for visionaries, content creators, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Hollywood, a city synonymous with the film industry, is also home to the most innovative entertainment technology resources. China, the world’s largest consumer of entertainment, is a burgeoning market that seeks cross-border prospects with their strength in capital. In recent years, the integration of entertainment and technology has changed the landscape for opportunities. Traditional film companies such as Sony, 20th Century Fox, DMG, Warner Bros., Universal and Disney have started to venture into VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence, gaming and online publishing. On the other side, tech giants are expanding their film and television, literature and animation lines. This crossover collaboration of linking content and channels is vital to the future of these companies, and altering the industry like never before.

HETF looks to address this phenomenon in entertainment technology by bringing together industry experts, thought leaders, and investors for panel discussions, networking, and presentations curated to inform and entertain a dynamic audience.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures

Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña

Founder & CEO, Emblematic Group

Zenka

Zenka

Artist & Futurist

2017 Speakers

David E. Ryu

David E. Ryu

Los Angeles City Councilmember, LA City Council - District 4

Dale Nelson

Dale Nelson

Vice-President, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Warner Bros

Manfred Wong

Manfred Wong

Director of Hong Kong Film Awards, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Director and Actor

Hanguang Wang

Hanguang Wang

Chairman, Hanhai Holdings

BILL GRUNDFEST

BILL GRUNDFEST

Golden Globe Award-winning Writer, Producer

Seth Greenfield

Seth Greenfield

Co-Founder & CEO, imperson

Stephanie Riggs

Stephanie Riggs

Riggs Interactive, VR and AR Storytelling Expert & Author

Adam J. Bezark

Adam J. Bezark

Founder & Creative Director, The Bezark Company

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan

Lead Attorney, eSports, Nixon Peabody LLC

John P. Roberts

John P. Roberts

Chief Content Officer, Pure Imagination Studios

ROBERT MENENDEZ

ROBERT MENENDEZ

CFO & Co-Founder, Vezt

Sarah Platt

Sarah Platt

Head of Int’l Business Development, Wanda Studios

Henry Lowenfels

Henry Lowenfels

VP Business Development, SCOPELY

Nate Eckman

Nate Eckman

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Ultimate Media Ventures

Imari Oliver

Imari Oliver

Founder & CEO, Bond & Play

Chris Mann

Chris Mann

President, Ultimate Media Ventures

Guy Costantini

Guy Costantini

VP Global Interactive Marketing, Skydance

Kevin Suh

Kevin Suh

Executive Vice President, Themed Entertainment at Paramount Pictures

Seagull Haiyan Song

Seagull Haiyan Song

Law Professor, Practicing Attorney & Published Author

Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang

Founder & CEO, Firefly Games

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

CTO, Vezt

Lina Chen

Lina Chen

CEO & Founder, Nix Hydra Games

Todd Makurath

Todd Makurath

CEO, Bullitt

Hong Mei

Hong Mei

President, Greater China for Canada Global Media Investment Inc.; Committee Member, Canada International Film and Television Festival

Laurent Grill

Laurent Grill

Venture Lead & Investor, Luma Launch

Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello

Senior Director, Qualcomm

Michael Cai

Michael Cai

President, Interpret Inc.

Kevin Winston

Kevin Winston

Founder, Digital LA

Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan Pearce

Partner, SoCal IP Law Group LLP

Xiang Pu

Xiang Pu

President, Beijing IP HOUSE Network Technology Co. Ltd.; former VP, Chaoyang District People's Court IP division

Jiarui Liu

Jiarui Liu

Assistant Professor of Law, University of San Francisco - School of Law

Xu Dai

Xu Dai

President, National Culture and Technology Innovative Service League

Alex Maleki

Alex Maleki

VP Business Development, IdeaLab

Joe Simone

Joe Simone

Founder & director, SIPS

More Speakers Coming Soon…

ACE Program: Accelerating Chinese Expansion

The ACE program is a cross-border acceleration program for successful US companies to expand into the Chinese market, organized by Hanhai Studio.

The US-Chengdu ACE Program is launched by Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and Hanhai Studio, to attract outstanding US high-growth enterprises to Chengdu and provide a free cross-border acceleration program and a low cost and efficient one-stop platform for companies interested in developing in the Chinese market.

The ACE program will provide companies access to industrial resources, venture capital, talent, and preferential policy in Chengdu. Led by the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, the companies in the ACE Program will receive government grants, working space, cloud service, and other benefits if they decide to land in Chengdu after program conclusion.

Chengdu, one of the most important cities in western China, is also known as the Creative Industry Center of the region. It has well-developed software, games, animation, digital media, information technology, aviation and other cultural and technological industries – similar to the Los Angeles ecosystem – making it an ideal destination for US companies to enter the Chinese market.

For more information: 

http://www.hanhaistudio.com/ace-program/

Event Schedules

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1VIP Reception Opens06:30 PMTBA
2Welcome RemarksHanguang Wang 07:20 PMTBA
3Keynote07:40 PMTBA
4Guest Speaker08:00 PMTBA
5Networking / Reception08:20 PMTBA
6Evening Concludes09:30 PMTBA
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Registration Opens08:30 AM - 09:30 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
2Opening, Welcome Speech and Address of Distinguished GuestsDavid E. Ryu , Hanguang Wang 09:30 AM - 09:50 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
3Opening Ceremony09:50 AM - 10:05 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
4Keynote Speech: The Augmented HumanTed Schilowitz 10:05 AM - 10:45 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
5Speaker: How tech will move us into the Knowledge AgeZenka 10:45 AM - 11:05 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
6Speaker: Immersive Journalism in VRNonny de la Peña 11:05 AM - 11:30 AMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
7PANEL: VR/AR/MR/AITed Schilowitz , Stephanie Riggs , Todd Makurath , Patrick Costello 11:30 AM - 12:20 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
8Lunch Break12:20 PM - 01:30 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
9Track 1 -- PANEL: E-SportsIrene Scholl-Tatevosyan , Nate Eckman , Imari Oliver , Chris Mann 01:30 PM - 02:10 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
10Track 1 -- TALK: NEW MEDIAJonathan Huberman , Kevin Winston 02:10 PM - 02:30 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
11Track 1 -- TALK: How Technology changes the media world02:30 PM - 03:00 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
12Track 1 -- PANEL: Mobile GamesHenry Lowenfels , Michael Zhang , Lina Chen , Michael Cai 03:00 PM - 03:40 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
13Track 1 -- PANEL: Theme Parks & ExperienceAdam J. Bezark , John P. Roberts , Kevin Suh , Hong Mei , Xu Dai 03:40 PM - 04:20 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
14Track 1 -- BREAK04:20 PM - 04:30 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
15Track 1 -- PANEL: Cross Border Acceleration and InvestmentLaurent Grill , Alex Maleki 04:30 PM - 05:00 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
16Track 1 -- SHOWCASE: US-Chengdu Acceleration Program6 Projects 05:00 PM - 05:50 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
17Track 2 -- PANEL: CoproductionManfred Wong , BILL GRUNDFEST , Sarah Platt , Seagull Haiyan Song 01:30 PM - 02:10 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
18Track 2 -- 15: TALK: The End of StorytellingStephanie Riggs 02:10 PM - 02:30 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
19Track 2 -- 20: CHAT: AI and the future of ChatbotSeth Greenfield 02:30 PM - 02:50 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
20Track 2 -- PANEL: IP ProtectionDale Nelson , Jonathan Pearce , Xiang Pu , Jiarui Liu 03:00 PM - 04:00 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
21Track 2 -- CHAT: VeztROBERT MENENDEZ 04:00 PM - 04:20 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
22Track 2 -- BREAK04:20 PM - 04:30 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
23Track 2 -- ID Competition Showcase10 Projects 04:30 PM - 05:50 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
24Track 2 -- Closing Ceremony05:50 PM - 06:00 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
25Closed06:00 PMW HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1US-China cultural and creative industries cross-border IP protection summit (Invited only)09:30 AM - 11:30 AMHanhai Studio
2Film Screenings02:00PM - 08:00PMTHE MAIN THEATRE, LA Film School

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Travel Information

Venue

W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood, CA, 90028

Driving Directions

From East
Take 10 West (Santa Monica/San Bernardino Freeway). Take 101 North (Hollywood Freeway). Exit Hollywood Boulevard (8B). Turn left onto Hollywood Boulevard.

From North
Take 101 South (Hollywood Freeway towards Los Angeles). Exit Vine Street (9A). Turn right onto Vine. Turn left onto Hollywood Boulevard.

From West
Take 10 East (Santa Monica/San Bernardino Freeway). Take 110 North (Harbor/Pasadena Freeway). Take 101 North (Hollywood Freeway). Exit Hollywood Boulevard (8B). Turn left onto Hollywood Boulevard.

Surrounding Hotel Recommendations

Loews Hollywood Hotel

1755 North Highland Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028

Hilton Garden Inn

2005 N. Highland Ave Hollywood, CA 90068

Holiday Inn Express

1921 North Highland Ave Hollywood, CA 90068

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Opportunities

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Gain insight from industry thought-leaders through panel discussions and speaking engagements

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See demos of new technology

Explore

Explore cross-border business opportunities

Networking

Meet other creatives and industry resources

$55
Students
  • General Session Entry

  • Closing Reception

  • Film Screening Entry

$279
Networking
  • VIP Opening Night Launch Party
  • General Session Entry
  • Lunch at General Session
  • Closing Reception
  • Film Screening Entry
$399
VIP
  • Exclusive One-year Cross-border Business Membership
  • VIP Opening Night Launch Party
  • General Session Entry
  • Lunch at General Session
  • Closing Reception
  • Film Screening Entry

2016 Speakers and Panelists

Hanguang Wang

Hanguang Wang

Chairman, Hanhai Holdings

Bennett Pozil

Bennett Pozil

Executive Vice President, East West Bank

Adam Presser

Adam Presser

Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Diana Derycz-Kessler

Diana Derycz-Kessler

President and CEO, the Los Angeles Film School

Max Epstein

Max Epstein

Vice President, Content Strategy, DMG Entertainment

Louis Fantasia

Louis Fantasia

Former Dean of Faculty, New York Film Academy

Jess Talamantes

Jess Talamantes

Mayor, City of Burbank

David Carter

David Carter

Co-founder and CEO, Zuma Ventures

Dan Offner

Dan Offner

Founder, O&A; President & CEO, Blue Heron Ventures; Former General Counsel, Oculus VR

Houston Howard

Houston Howard

Professor, The Los Angeles Film School

Jeffrey Kramer

Jeffrey Kramer

Three time Emmy-award winning television producer

Peng Zhao

Peng Zhao

Chief Editor, CNC; President, Xinhua Mobile Television

Flint Dille

Flint Dille

Creative Lead, Google's Ingress

Steven Long Mitchell

Steven Long Mitchell

Emmy-nominated showrunner; Creator of the television series, The Pretender

Michael Peter Bolus

Michael Peter Bolus

Department Chair, Liberal Arts at the Los Angeles Film School

Michael Tsang

Michael Tsang

Regional General Manager, Alibaba Cloud

Kelly Zhang

Kelly Zhang

COO, Hanhai Studio

Japheth Dillman

Japheth Dillman

CEO & Co-founder, CLEVR

Will Mason

Will Mason

Co-founder and Editor in Chief, Upload

Chuanlong Tang

Chuanlong Tang

Managing Partner, HH&E Venture

Lihong Xu

Lihong Xu

CEO, Enjoyor Technology Holding

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