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PROGRAM:

As the forces of technology and entertainment continue to both disrupt and infl­uence one another, how can tech developers and content creators combine e­fforts to take our generation’s innovative revolution even further? Through keynotes and discussions with our speaking faculty, we will discover the answers at the next Confluence Summit.

We're currently curating our program in order to offer you an amazing day of inspiring talks with creatives and tech visionaries. Stay tuned by joining our newsletter here.

Confirmed Keynotes will include:

What kind of insightful keynotes
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Get a glimpse of Don Hahn's presentation on the “Evolution of Storytelling” here.

Danny Glover

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced.  In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich.

In 2005, Glover co-founded NY-based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes and more recent partners Susan Rockefeller and the Bertha Foundation. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.  Among the films Glover has executive- or co-produced at Louverture are the Academy Award® nominated and Emmy winning Strong Island,  ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel, and this year’s Oscar® nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening by RaMell Ross and Oscar® nominated Best Foreign Language Film Capernaum by Nadine Labaki.

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa.  For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently Glover serves as Ambassador for the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Glover  starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios.  He was also seen in Rage co-starring Nicolas Cage, Beyond the Lights and the independent Complete Unknown. Most recently co-starred in the highly-acclaimed feature film The Old Man & The Gun opposite Robert Redford and in the films Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson and Come Sunday with Chewitel Ejiofor and appeared in Sorry to Bother You. He currently finished filming Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Danny DeVito.

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Maureen Fan is CEO & Co-Founder of the 6 time Emmy and Annie award winning and leading interactive animation studio Baobab Studios, whose mission is to inspire you to dream by bringing out your sense of wonder. Make YOU matter. Baobab Studios has released five projects to date, all to commercial success and critical acclaim including, winning an Emmy Award for Best Interactive Media for every qualifying project the studio has created. Baobab was named Most Innovative Company for 2018 by Fast Company and is creatively led by Eric Darnell, the writer and director of Antz And all 4 Madagascar films.

Founded in 2015, Baobab is considered to be the world's leading independent interactive animationstudio. They have won six Emmy awards as well as the first-ever Annie award for Best Virtual Reality Production. Crow: The Legend, both a traditional linear animated short film as well as an interactive VR experience, won the most awards of any animated program or series, traditional and/or interactive, at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Crow also won the 1st ever Annie Award for Best Virtual Reality Production. This story inspired by a Native American legend stars a diverse cast including John Legend, Oprah, Constance Wu, Diego Luna, Liza Koshy, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Eagle Heart, and Randy Edmonds and features Legend’s original song, “When You Can Fly.”

Their most recent release, Bonfire, starring Ali Wong, premiered at The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to critical-acclaim with how it seamlessly weaved together narrative and interactivity with innovative AI systems. Bonfire released as an exclusive launch partner with Oculus Quest. Bonfire won Best in Show at SIGGRAPH’s inaugural Immersive award and at Sandbox Film Festival.

Baobab’s Emmy award-winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical-acclaim and has become a top downloaded VR experience. In a first, Hollywood is taking IP from VR to become a feature film: Roth Kirschenbaum Films ( Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to adapt INVASION! into a big screen feature film "flattie". Baobab won a second Emmy for its second immersive animation, ASTEROIDS! starring Elizabeth Banks, an official 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival selection. Baobab also premiered Jack (Part 1) at The Tribeca Film Festival, a location based immersive theater experience, starring Lupita Nyong'o.

Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. Fan was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including FarmVille, which contributed 40% of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's Toy Story 3 film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her collaboration, The Dam Keeper, directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age, Top 100 Influential Asians by A100, and Variety crowned her as one the execs to watch earning a spot on their ‘Top Digital Creatives’ list. She’s been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today, Business Insider, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and C|Net.
Maureen’s business insights have been shared on the main stage at both the Web Summit and Tech Crunch Disrupt. She’s been a technology and entertainment convergence champion keynoting Oculus Connect and presenting at F8, South by Southwest, DICE, E3 and Variety Business Insider’s Ignition. As an advocate for diversity in the entertainment, Maureen is an active member of many organizations for minority groups and women and she gave the keynote at Grace Hopper Conference, as well as presented at Women in Animation, Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and Fast Co’s Impact Council.

Matt Pohlson

Matt Pohlson is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze, the online fundraising platform that offers people the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences while supporting nonprofits around the world. Omaze has raised over $100 million for charities by making it fun and easy for people to give back. Omaze’s fundraising and awareness campaigns bring together influencers, nonprofits and donors around the world to create real, lasting impact.

Since launching in 2012, Omaze has partnered with top celebrities, brands, influencers and franchises, impacting more than 350 charities with donations from over 180 countries.

"Driving communication and innovation between technology entrepreneurs and creative storytellers worldwide is crucial. Winston Baker is at the forefront of fostering such collaborations."

Steve Chen
Steve Chen Co-Founder
YouTube

Discussions will be moderated by:

Spicer_Christopher_300

A Partner of the Entertainment and Media Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Spicer represents and advises financial institutions, distributors, independent production companies, high-net-worth individuals, and funds involved in film and television projects.

Kevin Khanna

Kevin has been actively financing companies in the media, entertainment and technology industries for more than 15yrs. Kevin has led or been a key part of financings for transactions in a variety of sectors, including: film production and distribution, broadcast television, cable programming, music publishing, software as a service, and television production. Throughout the past decade, Kevin has overseen the commitment of more than $5B of capital in content related sectors, and more recently has overseen capital deployment in transactions that focus on the convergence of certain technology and media driven businesses.

Ken Coelho

Ken has over 18 years of experience in public accounting, 16 of them associated with business management services. He specializes in the entertainment industry, Superfund accounting, Business Improvement Districts, high-net-worth individuals, and small businesses and their owners. Ken’s expertise is in identifying his clients’ accounting and finance needs and tailoring unique solutions. Ken also specializes in cloud-based accounting and management reporting solutions to small and growth-oriented companies and nonprofits. He acts as personal CFO for many of his clients by structuring business entities, managing day-to-day finances, providing investment and cash flow analysis, implementing retirement plans, overseeing insurance needs, and tax planning. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and attended postgraduate studies at UCLA.

“Winston Baker artfully curates thought-provoking sessions with big strategic thinkers in tech and content who are creating the future of entertainment.”

Bettina Sherick
Bettina Sherick SVP, Consumer Insights & Innovation,
20th Century Fox

“Winston Baker is the only independent, third party organization that does not have an agenda. They look from the outside in, to objectively evaluate emerging trends and spotlight the new thought leaders of tomorrow.”

Matthew Malek
Matthew J. Malek Co-Founder
Foxtail Entertainment

"The ideation and execution of The Confluence Summit was simply, timely and brilliant. The Winston Baker team took their expertise in the world of film finance summits and boldly and confidently, planted a well-placed flag in Silicon Valley as if to say let’s connect the worlds of tech and entertainment now. The panels and guest speakers appealed to both the entertainment and tech communities and giants in both sectors. All of the attendees can’t wait for the next Confluence Summit!"

Shirley Davis
Shirley Davis Physical Production Executive and Educator

PROGRAM:

As the forces of technology and entertainment continue to both disrupt and infl­uence one another, how can tech developers and content creators combine e­fforts to take our generation’s innovative revolution even further? Through keynotes and discussions with our speaking faculty, we will discover the answers at the next Confluence Summit.

We're currently curating our program in order to offer you an amazing day of inspiring talks with creatives and tech visionaries. Stay tuned by joining our newsletter here.

Confirmed Keynotes will include:

Danny Glover

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years.  As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced.  In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich.

In 2005, Glover co-founded NY-based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes and more recent partners Susan Rockefeller and the Bertha Foundation. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.  Among the films Glover has executive- or co-produced at Louverture are the Academy Award® nominated and Emmy winning Strong Island,  ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel, and this year’s Oscar® nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening by RaMell Ross and Oscar® nominated Best Foreign Language Film Capernaum by Nadine Labaki.

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa.  For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently Glover serves as Ambassador for the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Glover  starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios.  He was also seen in Rage co-starring Nicolas Cage, Beyond the Lights and the independent Complete Unknown. Most recently co-starred in the highly-acclaimed feature film The Old Man & The Gun opposite Robert Redford and in the films Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson and Come Sunday with Chewitel Ejiofor and appeared in Sorry to Bother You. He currently finished filming Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Danny DeVito.

Fan_Maureen_web

Maureen Fan is CEO & Co-Founder of the 6 time Emmy and Annie award winning and leading interactive animation studio Baobab Studios, whose mission is to inspire you to dream by bringing out your sense of wonder. Make YOU matter. Baobab Studios has released five projects to date, all to commercial success and critical acclaim including, winning an Emmy Award for Best Interactive Media for every qualifying project the studio has created. Baobab was named Most Innovative Company for 2018 by Fast Company and is creatively led by Eric Darnell, the writer and director of Antz And all 4 Madagascar films.

Founded in 2015, Baobab is considered to be the world's leading independent interactive animationstudio. They have won six Emmy awards as well as the first-ever Annie award for Best Virtual Reality Production. Crow: The Legend, both a traditional linear animated short film as well as an interactive VR experience, won the most awards of any animated program or series, traditional and/or interactive, at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Crow also won the 1st ever Annie Award for Best Virtual Reality Production. This story inspired by a Native American legend stars a diverse cast including John Legend, Oprah, Constance Wu, Diego Luna, Liza Koshy, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Eagle Heart, and Randy Edmonds and features Legend’s original song, “When You Can Fly.”

Their most recent release, Bonfire, starring Ali Wong, premiered at The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to critical-acclaim with how it seamlessly weaved together narrative and interactivity with innovative AI systems. Bonfire released as an exclusive launch partner with Oculus Quest. Bonfire won Best in Show at SIGGRAPH’s inaugural Immersive award and at Sandbox Film Festival.

Baobab’s Emmy award-winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical-acclaim and has become a top downloaded VR experience. In a first, Hollywood is taking IP from VR to become a feature film: Roth Kirschenbaum Films ( Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to adapt INVASION! into a big screen feature film "flattie". Baobab won a second Emmy for its second immersive animation, ASTEROIDS! starring Elizabeth Banks, an official 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival selection. Baobab also premiered Jack (Part 1) at The Tribeca Film Festival, a location based immersive theater experience, starring Lupita Nyong'o.

Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. Fan was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including FarmVille, which contributed 40% of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's Toy Story 3 film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her collaboration, The Dam Keeper, directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age, Top 100 Influential Asians by A100, and Variety crowned her as one the execs to watch earning a spot on their ‘Top Digital Creatives’ list. She’s been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today, Business Insider, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and C|Net.
Maureen’s business insights have been shared on the main stage at both the Web Summit and Tech Crunch Disrupt. She’s been a technology and entertainment convergence champion keynoting Oculus Connect and presenting at F8, South by Southwest, DICE, E3 and Variety Business Insider’s Ignition. As an advocate for diversity in the entertainment, Maureen is an active member of many organizations for minority groups and women and she gave the keynote at Grace Hopper Conference, as well as presented at Women in Animation, Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and Fast Co’s Impact Council.

Matt Pohlson

Matt Pohlson is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze, the online fundraising platform that offers people the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences while supporting nonprofits around the world. Omaze has raised over $100 million for charities by making it fun and easy for people to give back. Omaze’s fundraising and awareness campaigns bring together influencers, nonprofits and donors around the world to create real, lasting impact.

Since launching in 2012, Omaze has partnered with top celebrities, brands, influencers and franchises, impacting more than 350 charities with donations from over 180 countries.

Discussions will be moderated by:

Spicer_Christopher_300

A Partner of the Entertainment and Media Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Spicer represents and advises financial institutions, distributors, independent production companies, high-net-worth individuals, and funds involved in film and television projects.

Kevin Khanna

Kevin has been actively financing companies in the media, entertainment and technology industries for more than 15yrs. Kevin has led or been a key part of financings for transactions in a variety of sectors, including: film production and distribution, broadcast television, cable programming, music publishing, software as a service, and television production. Throughout the past decade, Kevin has overseen the commitment of more than $5B of capital in content related sectors, and more recently has overseen capital deployment in transactions that focus on the convergence of certain technology and media driven businesses.

Ken Coelho

Ken has over 18 years of experience in public accounting, 16 of them associated with business management services. He specializes in the entertainment industry, Superfund accounting, Business Improvement Districts, high-net-worth individuals, and small businesses and their owners. Ken’s expertise is in identifying his clients’ accounting and finance needs and tailoring unique solutions. Ken also specializes in cloud-based accounting and management reporting solutions to small and growth-oriented companies and nonprofits. He acts as personal CFO for many of his clients by structuring business entities, managing day-to-day finances, providing investment and cash flow analysis, implementing retirement plans, overseeing insurance needs, and tax planning. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and attended postgraduate studies at UCLA.

"Driving communication and innovation between technology entrepreneurs and creative storytellers worldwide is crucial. Winston Baker is at the forefront of fostering such collaborations."

Steve Chen
Steve Chen Co-Founder
YouTube

“Winston Baker artfully curates thought-provoking sessions with big strategic thinkers in tech and content who are creating the future of entertainment.”

Bettina Sherick
Bettina Sherick SVP, Consumer Insights & Innovation,
20th Century Fox

“Winston Baker is the only independent, third party organization that does not have an agenda. They look from the outside in, to objectively evaluate emerging trends and spotlight the new thought leaders of tomorrow.”

Matthew Malek
Matthew J. Malek Co-Founder
Foxtail Entertainment

"The ideation and execution of The Confluence Summit was simply, timely and brilliant. The Winston Baker team took their expertise in the world of film finance summits and boldly and confidently, planted a well-placed flag in Silicon Valley as if to say let’s connect the worlds of tech and entertainment now. The panels and guest speakers appealed to both the entertainment and tech communities and giants in both sectors. All of the attendees can’t wait for the next Confluence Summit!"

Shirley Davis
Shirley Davis Physical Production Executive and Educator
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