Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

6:15 PM – 8:30 PM, Marina Vista Room

Virtual Reality Entertainment Festival at Digital Hollywood

co-sponsored by TV Academy, Interactive Peer Group

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy

An Evening Honoring the Best in VR, AR and Immersive

On the Dais - Evening VIP Commentators Include:

Grant Anderson, Head of Studio. JauntVR

Aaron Luber, Head of Partnerships, Google Cardboard

Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer at 20th Century FOX

Amir Rubin, founder & CEO, Sixense

Nathan Burba, co-founder & CEO, Survios

Neville Spiteri, co-founder and CEO, WEVR

Peter Levin, President Lionsgate Interactive Ventures & Games

Andy Cochrane, ‎‎Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada Studios

Winners & Nominees for the "Best of in VR-AR-Immersive"

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy:  Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in digital media. His work includes projects with Disney, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, Verizon, Universal Pictures, Goldman Sachs and a range of early stage ventures.   He is a frequent speaker on media and innovation worldwide, has served as an expert in several federal media matters, and is completing his first book on the history and future of television.  Shapiro is a Governor of the Television Academy, the home of the Emmys. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Chairman of Village Green Network.  As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, Shapiro launched over 25 services on four platforms, including NFL Sunday Ticket Digital , Microsoft's UltimateTV® and TiVo by DIRECTV, the world's first major DVR platform. He was previously Partner at Media Valuation Partners, co-founder of ARC (a VOD service in 15 million homes) and a Producer at the Walt Disney Company.  Shapiro sits on the TV Academy's Digital Committee, the Annenberg Research Council and the Producer Guild's New Media Council. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve University.


Nathan Burba, Co-Founder & CEO at Survios: Nathan Burba is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Survios, a virtual reality startup focusing on engaging games and immersive technology. Nate is a virtual reality researcher, game designer and entrepreneur. He is a generalist known for providing creative, technical and business direction simultaneously. He is also an accomplished mechanical engineer, web designer, software engineer and film editor. He has presented at numerous conferences including the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference, IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, and the Sweden Games Conference. Prior to co-founding Survios he was the Director of Project Holodeck, a full-motion Virtual Reality research project at the USC Interactive Media Division.


Amir Rubin, Co-Founder and CEO of Sixense, is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building companies and developing products in the fields of simulation, video games, virtual reality and motion tracking.  Sixense is shaped around Amir’s two fundamental tenets for virtual reality: (1) to deliver the best user experience, the technology should be transparent to the user, and (2) a platform’s success depends on its ability to enable application developers.


Aaron Luber, Head of Partnerships, Google Cardboard: Aaron leads partnerships and content strategy for Google Cardboard. The most impressive surprise about Cardboard's early success is in the incredible brand engagement and eagerness for companies from all over the world to work with the platform. Previously, Aaron was on the YouTube New Business Development team and helped launch 360-degree video for unique storytelling.


Grant Anderson, Head of Studio, Jaunt Studios: Jaunt’s technology provides an end-to-end solution for creating cinematic VR experiences enabling a new generation of filmmakers working in VR. With the opening of Jaunt Studios, Anderson is looking to redefine the language of cinematic VR. Anderson has extensive experience in the film and television studio system and he is focused on melding imaginative stories with the latest advances in technology. Before coming to Jaunt VR, Anderson co-founded and was Chief Creative Officer of Creative Monster Productions. He was Executive Director and Stereoscopic Supervisor at Sony Pictures where he collaborated with industry professionals on the creative uses of 3D. He was CG Supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks; a senior producer at Stan Lee Media, and Technical Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is a board member of the Advanced Imaging Society and chairman of their VR committee. Throughout his career, Anderson has been able to combine his backgrounds in technology and filmmaking to push the boundaries of entertainment.


Neville Spiteri, Co-Founder and CEO of WEVR: Neville Spiteri is co-founder and CEO of WEVR, the leading Hollywood virtual reality studio and distributor. As one of the top software engineers and creative executives in the industry, Neville has been at the forefront of interactive storytelling throughout his career, directly influencing the future of virtual reality. From music and interactive stories to short films, WEVR’s content transports viewers into compelling experiences from the comfort of their own home, and is compatible with every VR headset for easy viewing. WEVR works with the brightest creative minds to develop entertaining immersive content. Under his leadership, the WEVR team produced theBlu: The Encounter, an award-winning virtual ocean experience that earned partnerships with the Smithsonian and OceanElders. Prior to founding WEVR, Neville served as producer and senior development director at Electronic Arts where he began to explore the world of interactive storytelling while leading the technology and production teams for five years. Earlier in his career, Neville was the director of product management on the ground floor team at EMC|Greenplum (now Pivotal), where he first met his WEVR co-founders, Anthony Batt and Scott Yara. Neville began his career at Wavefront Technologies as a software engineer on the original team of the industry leading 3D animation product, Maya. After Wavefront Technologies, Neville moved to Los Angeles to join Digital Domain, James Cameron’s visual effects and digital production company as film technical director and digital effects supervisor where he worked on projects including “Apollo 13” and “Terminator 2/3D.” He then went on to gaming company, Square, where he worked in the same capacity on the animated feature “Final Fantasy.” Neville was on the cutting edge of machine vision technologies while at Perception Systems, a software development startup. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. Neville’s initial interest in VR was sparked when he read Howard Rheingold’s book, “Virtual Reality,” in 1991. He still owns the original copy today.


PETER Y. LEVIN, PRESIDENT INTERACTIVE VENTURES & GAMES, LIONSGATE:  Prior to his current position, Levin served as CEO and Co-Founder of Nerdist Industries, a multi-platform creator of genre and popular-culture content. He also served as Co-President of Legendary Entertainment Digital after Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist Industries in July of 2012.  Prior to Nerdist Industries, Levin served as President and Co-Founder of Intel Capital, Dentsu, Softbank and DoCoMo-backed Bellrock Media Inc., a mobile and broadband entertainment company creating and distributing premium content for mobile and broadband platforms throughout North America and Japan.  Levin serves as executive advisor to Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo as well as the Board of Directors of Helsinki-based Next Games. He recently served as advisor to graphic novel platform comiXology (sold to Amazon 8/14), Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds) and Burstly (sold to Apple 2/14).  Levin began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), working in the Corporate Advisory Group. In 1995 Levin joined the Walt Disney Company and worked with the Corporate and Strategic Planning groups and later joined Disney Online as a senior producer. Leaving Disney in 1998, Levin became managing director of Lynx Technologies, a venture capital vehicle focused on early stage companies. Lynx’s investments included Applied Semantics (sold to Google 4/03), Gamespy Industries (sold to IGN 12/03), Ask.com (sold to IAC 3/05) and Atom Entertainment (sold to Viacom 8/06).  He serves on the steering committee of the East/West Sports Council, the Center for International Sport Business Advisory Board at the Western New England College and the Board of Directors of CoachArt, a Los Angeles and San Francisco-based charity dedicated to enriching the lives of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses.   Previously, Levin was founder and co-owner of the 2006 World Champion Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League and remains a non-managing partner in Palisades Baseball, which owns and operates the West Virginia Power, the class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also a minority partner in and strategic advisor to Strikeforce, a mixed martial arts promotional entity that sold to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011. In June 2009 Levin served as the exclusive representative of Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com in its sale to PMC.


Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer, 20th Century FOX: Ted was founding member, first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, that has made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the worlds biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.   Ted currently spends his time in 2 blended worlds;  a major Hollywood movie studio and a major technology  company in the Digital Cinema projection world.  He has a studio deal at 20th Century Fox as their “Futurist”, working directly with senior leadership at the studio on the constantly evolving art and science  of advanced motion picture creation.  He advises and creates strategy on future technology and vision of cinema for the next generation of movie entertainment.  He has a unique role at Barco, the worlds marketshare leader in Digital Cinema projection, as their “CinemaVangelist” spearheading a project that is focused on the future of the cinema experience. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products, that are implemented worldwide for professional Television and Multimedia content creation, and are the most recognized brand in the space. Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched the Macintosh products desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, that created the groundbreaking Kona Cards and IO boxes.  These products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post production at the highest levels, including some of the worlds biggest movies, TV shows and sporting events. Ted has presented on the future of technology and strategy for the media and entertainment industry in many regions of the USA, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and the Far East.  He has consulted worldwide on the technical advances of ultra high resolution digital cinematography and future of advanced next gen. visual experiences for the movie, TV, interactive and gaming industries. Schilowitz has been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro Magazine, Digital Television Magazine, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post magazine, Popular Science, LA Times and countless other trade publications and mainstream press, discussing technology advancements in his areas of passion and exploration


Andrew Cochrane is a filmmaker currently working at Mirada Studios.  As a Digital Director and Technical Supervisor, Andrew offers a unique blend of creativity and technical savvy. He is also a leader in Mirada's exciting digital/interactive group, which focuses on combining the company’s passion for storytelling with new forms of immersion and interaction. Andrew is very involved in the growing virtual reality space, making content for the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, and GearVr platforms. He is experimenting with new techniques for storytelling using these new technologies, and recently completed the first VR app to seamlessly integrate CGI, live-action, and real-time rendering into a single experience for Google. His credits include directing numerous commercials for clients such as VIZIO, Target, LG, and Disney. He also was a director and creative technical supervisor on the iPad App "Cornelia Funke's MirrorWorld" which won a Cannes Silver Lion for "Best Visual Design/Aesthetic." Additionally, he served as a technical lead for many exciting interactive projects that used techniques such as projection mapping,  dataviz and the world 's first WebGL interactive music video (Ro.me). Concurrently, he has worked on numerous independent projects. In 2002, he formed The AV Club Productions, which is a production company and  multimedia collaborative for filmmakers that focuses on live experiences and new media projects. The AV Club was featured as one of the first 100 YouTube partners, and were early innovators in the online video space.