Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Poolside Tent II

VR and Live Events - News, Sports & Music

Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia

Ted Kenney, Director, Field and Technical Operations, Fox Sports

Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group and Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Niko Chauls, Director Applied Technology, Gannett Digital, USA Today

Brad Spahr, Vice President, Product Development, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment

Steve Schklair, founding principal and CEO, 3ality & 3mersiv

David S. Cohen, Senior Editor, Features, Variety , Moderator

journalism and web technologies. He is passionate about advancing the art and craft of storytelling, keeping chickens and small-batch bourbon.


Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia: Originally from Milan Italy Guido is currently Head of Presence Capture at Nokia Technologies, the division that announced the OZO camera. A veteran in display technologies Guido worked previously at Dolby where he led the Dolby 3D / Philips joint project and developed the Dolby video strategy. Before that held senior leadership, global marketing positions at Xpand, Intel Capital, Royal Philips Electronics and InFocus.


Nonny de la Peña was named One of the 13 People Who Made the World More Creative by Fast Company for pioneering immersive journalism and changing the way people experience nonfiction narratives. Using cutting edge virtual reality technology, she immerses viewers in documentary stories, allowing them to feel an extraordinary emotional connection as witnesses.  A graduate of Harvard University, and a former correspondent for Newsweek, she has more than 20 years of journalism and award-winning documentary filmmaking experience.  Her work in virtual reality has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others.  Screenings and showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art and other renown venues.  In conjunction with her doctorate, she is an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.


David S. Cohen has led Variety's coverage of visual effects, post-production, 3D and the digital revolution for more than a decade. He has received two Maggie Awards (Western Publishing Assn.) and two SoCal Journalism Awards, winning most recently for Variety Artisans video, which he produces, writes and hosts. He produced and co-hosted the first virtual reality video coverage of a red carpet premiere. Before turning to journalism, he worked in showbiz for more than twenty years, as everything from off-off-Broadway stage director to writer for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." He is the author of four books, including “Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It To a Theater Near You -- For Better or Worse” from HarperCollins and making-of books on "Rango," "Pacific Rim" and "Terminator Genisys."


Steve Schklair is a producer, cinematographer, CEO of 3ality Technica, and founder of 3MERSIV. Recognized as an international 3D expert, Schklair has expanded his reach into virtual reality. He is dedicated to advancing VR from both a creative and technology perspective through the 2015 launch of 3MERSIV—a company entirely focused on VR production and developing integrated solutions for capturing VR. 3MERSIV is currently working in Nokia Technologies on the continued development and use of the OZO VR camera system.  Utilizing the same vision and technological skill that elevated 3ality to a new standard in native 3D systems and technology for movies including Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and all three Hobbit installments, Schklair is already making an impact on virtual reality’s potential to capture news, sports, and other programming that could benefit from a 360 degree viewer experience. Schklair's is responsible for shooting the first live S3D broadcasts from the NFL, the BCS Championship, sports programming for BSkyB, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup. Diving into the VR world is a natural transition for Schklair where he is noted for contributing to the Nokia-designed OZO launch by directing and producing a “Marriage Equality” test production. Schklair served as a producer and the 3D and Digital Image Producer on the groundbreaking U23D movie released in 2007 by National Geographic. He served as Executive Producer on films such as Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour (credited), and on live concert films for Kenny Chesney Summer in 3D, The Black Eyed Peas in Paris, and Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again (uncredited in lieu of company credit). He also served as a producer for the Russian epic, Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. Highly regarded by an international client list as one of the world’s leading experts in digital and live action 3D, Schklair is often credited as being one of the primary catalysts behind the resurgence of 3D in Hollywood films. Schklair contributed to Bernard Mendiburu’s 2011 book, ‘3D TV and 3D Cinema’ and has spoken at dozens of conferences including NAB, events for the PGA, and has been a keynote speaker at MIPCOM 2012 in Cannes, 3D Masters in London, Dimension-3 in Paris, and the IBC in Amsterdam. Prior to 3MERSIV, Schklair was a senior executive at Digital Domain during the production of such films as Apollo 13, The Fifth Element, Titanic, and Terminator 2:3D. He was also creative director for R/Greenberg Associates, Executive Producer of The Columbus Project for computer graphics and interactive media pioneer Robert Abel, and Co-Producer at Infinity Filmworks where he produced and photographed dozens of special venue films. In 2014, the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society recognized Schklair and 3ality with the prestigious Century Award, which is presented to those individuals and companies who have indelibly left their mark on 3D’s first century.  Schklair is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), and is an award winning member of the VES.


Niko Chauls, Director Applied Technology, Gannett Digital: At Gannett Niko is responsible for applying emerging technologies to create experiential storytelling experiences. Virtual reality, 360 video, mixed reality and other immersive environments are his current playground. As International Programming Director at Microsoft he was responsible for coordinating global editorial initiatives across MSN in 50+ markets. Prior to that he was Director of Original Programming for MSN & Bing Video, responsible for strategy, development and production of original content franchises. He has worked for Time Warner, AOL and Netscape in various capacities but always at the nexus of