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THOUGHT LEADERS.

Every day someone is finding a new a way to shift the paradigm within the entertainment industry. At Confluence Summit, hear from visionaries who are bringing game changing content, technology and business strategies to the forefront. Join us in Silicon Valley for a day of conversation, inspiration and exchanging of ideas. For program updates, join our newsletter here.

 

PAST CONFLUENCE SUMMIT SPEAKERS:

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Steve Chen

As the key technologist, Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including: Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time Magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.”

Raimi_Sam_300

Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor who directed one the industry’s most successful film franchises ever - the blockbuster “Spider-Man” trilogy, which has grossed $2.5 billion at the global box office. All three films reside in the industry’s Top 25 highest grossing titles of all time. Apart from creating one of Hollywood’s landmark film series, Raimi’s eclectic resume includes “Oz the Great and the Powerful,” “The Gift,” “A Simple Plan,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Quick and the Dead,” the horror classic “The Evil Dead” - and that’s just to name a few. Currently, Raimi is producing the third season of the critically acclaimed television series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”

Hahn_Don_300

Award-winning producer of the worldwide phenomenon “The Lion King” and the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” — the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a founder and Executive Producer of acclaimed Disneynature Films and most recently Executive Producer of the new “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. Don was Associate Producer of the landmark hit “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” His other credits include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Atlantis,” “Fantasia 2000,” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Don is also an author of best-selling books on animation, art, and creativity.

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Holly Liu is the Founder of Kabam, a company that started out as a corporate social network, turned into a fan community for TV shows and sports teams, and exited as a mobile gaming platform. At Kabam, Holly was in charge of product design and was lead designer on their award-winning flagship franchise Kingdoms of Camelot, a game that grossed over $250 million in revenue. She later oversaw the worldwide People and Culture function. During her time at the company, Holly’s work contributed record level revenue growth of $400 million annually and helped bring in over 1,500 employees. In 2017, Kabam sold to Netmarble and FoxNext for $1 billion. Holly has been named amongst Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming”, Forbes’ “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” and Forbes’ “10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch from Google Ventures’ Portfolio Companies”. Currently, Holly is a Visiting Partner at Y-Combinator, a new model for funding early stage start-ups.

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and a pioneer who has been an integral part of the film industry's groundbreaking innovation into next generation visual storytelling. Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring immersive cinema, augmented reality and beyond to implement the latest advancements and strategies that will enhance the audience experience across film, television and interactive content.

John Knoll

As an Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Supervisor and the current Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, John Knoll has overseen the visual effects for such notable films as Star Wars Prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, AvatarStar Trek: First Contact, Rango, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was based on a concept John created.

Adele Lim

Adele is a screenwriter for TV drama series and film. Most recently she wrote the screenplay adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) A Malaysian native of Chinese descent, she came to the States at 19 and graduated from Emerson College, Boston. She has written and produced multiple primetime TV dramas, including One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Lethal Weapon. She also mentors writers through CAPE's New Writers Fellowship and is a judge for the WGA’s Writers Access Project. Currently she is developing a drama series for FOX and writing a screenplay for Disney Feature Animation.

Tosca Musk

An award-winning producer of over 20 feature films, television movies and web content. In addition to breaking Hallmark Channel records with her film Holiday Engagement, Musk's project Tiki Bar TV, was a pioneer in online web series and was used by Steve jobs to promote the iPod. Most recently, Musk formed Passionflix, a streaming platform that produces and distributes empowering, fun and passionate movies for women of all ages.

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the film and television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the online artist community alivenotdead.com, as well as the internet marketing firm Design Reactor, where his clients included ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others. Currently, Mr. Lee serves as Co-Founder of Hobo Labs, where he focuses on building guild-based mobile games.

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Filmmaker and entrepreneur, Zach is a social media sensation and was named one of Instagram’s Top 100 Most Followed users. Zach is best known for his “magic” Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos. These short videos are full of clever magic tricks that he calls "digital sleight of hand." His newest venture, "My Magical Life," a book for middle schoolers will be released worldwide by Harper Collins and its film rights have already been optioned by Steven Speilberg's Amblin Entertainment.

Chris Edwards

For more than a decade, Chris Edwards has been promoting the evolution and use of visualization to support production of motion picture, episodic television, video game and themed entertainment content, as well as development of new markets including virtual reality. After starting his career as a layout artist and character animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, he joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm who would collaborate with the filmmakers to previsualize Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith from the "third floor" of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. In October 2004, Chris spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. as a dedicated visualization studio in Los Angeles.  Since then, the company has become the most prolific previs studio in the world, contributing to Hollywood projects from Avatar to Gravity with credits on wide-ranging film and television projects such as Game of ThronesReady Player OneWonder Woman, The Jungle Book, recent and future Star Wars theatrical releases and dozens of movies within the Marvel Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity War, Captain America and Iron Man cinematic franchises. Chris is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Visual Effects Society, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, BAFTA LA, The Themed Entertainment Association and Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.

Diana Hu

Diana currently leads AR engineering at Niantic. Previously, she was the Cofounder and CTO of Escher Reality, a startup that was acquired by Niantic. Escher Reality builds the backend for Augmented Reality applications. In the past, Diana led data science teams to bring research projects into products for cloud television at Intel and Verizon Labs. She holds seven patents in computer vision and machine learning.

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.

Stacey Sher

Sher is Co-President of Activision Blizzard Studios where she oversees development and production of numerous live action and animated films and television series based on the company’s rich catalogue of over 1000 game titles. Sher served as a producer on Seasons One and Two of the successful animated Netflix family television series Skylanders Academy, based on the Skylanders game series.  She is currently producing Season Three which will launch on Netflix in fall of 2018.  Stacey is also overseeing active development of the highly anticipated live-action feature film based on the globally renowned Call of Duty game franchise, a $15 billion franchise that has an avid following in 166 countries. Stacey Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving the honors for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington, and Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, with Julia Roberts and Albert Finney. Sher has produced more than two dozen major motion pictures amassing nearly $2.2 billion at the global box office.  Her many critically acclaimed and commercially successful production credits include such notable titles as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight; Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight and ContagionGarden State; Reality Bites; and Get Shorty.  Sher has also produced nearly a dozen TV series and TV movies which in addition to AMC’s hit series Into The Badlands; include the critically acclaimed TV series Sweet/Vicious and Reno 911, on which she served as an executive producer for all six seasons. Sher was honored by the ACLU for her commitment to films and television that are empowering, inspirational and thought-provoking, dealing with issues from public safety to education, social justice to censorship. In 2007, Freedom Writers, which was produced by Sher and written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, was chosen as the recipient of the Humanitas Prize.  World Trade Center, directed by Oliver Stone and produced by Sher, was chosen for the 2006 Christopher Award, which is presented to those who create films that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Sher was also the recipient of the 2002 Mary Pickford Award from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Women in Film Independent Vision Award in the year 2000.  In 2013, Sher returned to her USC alma mater and delivered the commencement address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) graduation ceremony. Sher is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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.

THOUGHT LEADERS.

Every day someone is finding a new a way to shift the paradigm within the entertainment industry. At Confluence Summit, hear from visionaries who are bringing game changing content, technology and business strategies to the forefront. Join us in Silicon Valley for a day of conversation, inspiration and exchanging of ideas. For program updates, join our newsletter here.

 

PAST CONFLUENCE SUMMIT SPEAKERS:

Click + to learn more about each speaker.
Steve Chen

As the key technologist, Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including: Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time Magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.”

Raimi_Sam_300

Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor who directed one the industry’s most successful film franchises ever - the blockbuster “Spider-Man” trilogy, which has grossed $2.5 billion at the global box office. All three films reside in the industry’s Top 25 highest grossing titles of all time. Apart from creating one of Hollywood’s landmark film series, Raimi’s eclectic resume includes “Oz the Great and the Powerful,” “The Gift,” “A Simple Plan,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Quick and the Dead,” the horror classic “The Evil Dead” - and that’s just to name a few. Currently, Raimi is producing the third season of the critically acclaimed television series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”

Hahn_Don_300

Award-winning producer of the worldwide phenomenon “The Lion King” and the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” — the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a founder and Executive Producer of acclaimed Disneynature Films and most recently Executive Producer of the new “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. Don was Associate Producer of the landmark hit “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” His other credits include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Atlantis,” “Fantasia 2000,” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Don is also an author of best-selling books on animation, art, and creativity.

Liu-Holly_200

Holly Liu is the Founder of Kabam, a company that started out as a corporate social network, turned into a fan community for TV shows and sports teams, and exited as a mobile gaming platform. At Kabam, Holly was in charge of product design and was lead designer on their award-winning flagship franchise Kingdoms of Camelot, a game that grossed over $250 million in revenue. She later oversaw the worldwide People and Culture function. During her time at the company, Holly’s work contributed record level revenue growth of $400 million annually and helped bring in over 1,500 employees. In 2017, Kabam sold to Netmarble and FoxNext for $1 billion. Holly has been named amongst Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming”, Forbes’ “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” and Forbes’ “10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch from Google Ventures’ Portfolio Companies”. Currently, Holly is a Visiting Partner at Y-Combinator, a new model for funding early stage start-ups.

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and a pioneer who has been an integral part of the film industry's groundbreaking innovation into next generation visual storytelling. Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring immersive cinema, augmented reality and beyond to implement the latest advancements and strategies that will enhance the audience experience across film, television and interactive content.

John Knoll

As an Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Supervisor and the current Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, John Knoll has overseen the visual effects for such notable films as Star Wars Prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, AvatarStar Trek: First Contact, Rango, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was based on a concept John created.

Adele Lim

Adele is a screenwriter for TV drama series and film. Most recently she wrote the screenplay adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) A Malaysian native of Chinese descent, she came to the States at 19 and graduated from Emerson College, Boston. She has written and produced multiple primetime TV dramas, including One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Lethal Weapon. She also mentors writers through CAPE's New Writers Fellowship and is a judge for the WGA’s Writers Access Project. Currently she is developing a drama series for FOX and writing a screenplay for Disney Feature Animation.

Tosca Musk

An award-winning producer of over 20 feature films, television movies and web content. In addition to breaking Hallmark Channel records with her film Holiday Engagement, Musk's project Tiki Bar TV, was a pioneer in online web series and was used by Steve jobs to promote the iPod. Most recently, Musk formed Passionflix, a streaming platform that produces and distributes empowering, fun and passionate movies for women of all ages.

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the film and television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the online artist community alivenotdead.com, as well as the internet marketing firm Design Reactor, where his clients included ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others. Currently, Mr. Lee serves as Co-Founder of Hobo Labs, where he focuses on building guild-based mobile games.

King_Zach_300

Filmmaker and entrepreneur, Zach is a social media sensation and was named one of Instagram’s Top 100 Most Followed users. Zach is best known for his “magic” Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos. These short videos are full of clever magic tricks that he calls "digital sleight of hand." His newest venture, "My Magical Life," a book for middle schoolers will be released worldwide by Harper Collins and its film rights have already been optioned by Steven Speilberg's Amblin Entertainment.

Chris Edwards

For more than a decade, Chris Edwards has been promoting the evolution and use of visualization to support production of motion picture, episodic television, video game and themed entertainment content, as well as development of new markets including virtual reality. After starting his career as a layout artist and character animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, he joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm who would collaborate with the filmmakers to previsualize Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith from the "third floor" of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. In October 2004, Chris spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. as a dedicated visualization studio in Los Angeles.  Since then, the company has become the most prolific previs studio in the world, contributing to Hollywood projects from Avatar to Gravity with credits on wide-ranging film and television projects such as Game of ThronesReady Player OneWonder Woman, The Jungle Book, recent and future Star Wars theatrical releases and dozens of movies within the Marvel Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity War, Captain America and Iron Man cinematic franchises. Chris is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Visual Effects Society, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, BAFTA LA, The Themed Entertainment Association and Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.

Diana Hu

Diana currently leads AR engineering at Niantic. Previously, she was the Cofounder and CTO of Escher Reality, a startup that was acquired by Niantic. Escher Reality builds the backend for Augmented Reality applications. In the past, Diana led data science teams to bring research projects into products for cloud television at Intel and Verizon Labs. She holds seven patents in computer vision and machine learning.

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.

Stacey Sher

Sher is Co-President of Activision Blizzard Studios where she oversees development and production of numerous live action and animated films and television series based on the company’s rich catalogue of over 1000 game titles. Sher served as a producer on Seasons One and Two of the successful animated Netflix family television series Skylanders Academy, based on the Skylanders game series.  She is currently producing Season Three which will launch on Netflix in fall of 2018.  Stacey is also overseeing active development of the highly anticipated live-action feature film based on the globally renowned Call of Duty game franchise, a $15 billion franchise that has an avid following in 166 countries. Stacey Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving the honors for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington, and Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, with Julia Roberts and Albert Finney. Sher has produced more than two dozen major motion pictures amassing nearly $2.2 billion at the global box office.  Her many critically acclaimed and commercially successful production credits include such notable titles as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight; Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight and ContagionGarden State; Reality Bites; and Get Shorty.  Sher has also produced nearly a dozen TV series and TV movies which in addition to AMC’s hit series Into The Badlands; include the critically acclaimed TV series Sweet/Vicious and Reno 911, on which she served as an executive producer for all six seasons. Sher was honored by the ACLU for her commitment to films and television that are empowering, inspirational and thought-provoking, dealing with issues from public safety to education, social justice to censorship. In 2007, Freedom Writers, which was produced by Sher and written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, was chosen as the recipient of the Humanitas Prize.  World Trade Center, directed by Oliver Stone and produced by Sher, was chosen for the 2006 Christopher Award, which is presented to those who create films that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Sher was also the recipient of the 2002 Mary Pickford Award from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Women in Film Independent Vision Award in the year 2000.  In 2013, Sher returned to her USC alma mater and delivered the commencement address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) graduation ceremony. Sher is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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.

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