Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Salon I

The VR-AR ThinkTank: Top Executives From Leading Technology and Entertainment Companies Access the Current Expansion and Likely Evolution of the Industry

Katie Kulik, Global SVP Sales and Marketing, CBS Interactive

Myles McGovern, President, IM360

Daryl Sartain, Director of Virtual Reality, AMD

Anthony Batt, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, WEVR

Dr. David Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Pantomime Corporation

Moderator - Robert Nashak, COO, Survios

ConnectedMedia’s ConnectedTV app, one of the first “touch” apps designed to tap and stroke with your fingers, turned a Palm PDA into a web powered, personalized TV guide and remote control. Dr. Levitt has been a research scientist and software developer at the MIT Media Lab, Atari, Viacom, Interval Research, and virtual reality inventor VPL Research. Dr. Levitt has developed “kits” that let non-programmers create software by connecting on-screen parts, and artificial intelligence software that creates musical arrangements. He received doctoral and master’s degrees from MIT, and his B.S. from Yale.

 

Katie Kulik, Global SVP Sales and Marketing, CBS Interactive: Katie Kulik is Global Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 16 of CBS Interactive’s largest digital properties.  For the renowned brands CNET, GameSpot, TVguide.com, Chow, Last.fm and others, Kulik leads global revenue and marketing strategy. An 18-year sales and marketing veteran, Kulik is an expert in premium digital media and understands how to connect the worlds largest brands with customers anywhere. Kulik directs a worldwide team of more than 150 sales and marketing professionals dedicated to building major campaigns for brands across CBSi’s ecosystem of screens, from online to mobile and social platforms. Kulik has designed innovative marketing programs for nearly every major technology and CE brand, as well as major auto, CPG, and retail industries. Most recently, she deployed “Replay,” a campaign that allows marketing partners to authentically promote CNET editorial content on the site and its associated social properties, which internal research has demonstrated helps drive significant consumer conversion rates. Kulik’s other expertise lies in change management, helping sales and marketing teams rapidly adjust to – and embrace – the ever-changing digital landscape and the resulting implications on consumer buying habits. Kulik has spent the majority of her career with CBS Interactive, most-recently as SVP of Consumer Media Sales nationally. Prior to joining CBS Interactive she was in ad sales with the Motley Fool. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics and Psychology from Lake Forest College and lives with her husband and daughters in Tiburon, CA.

 

Cliff Plumer, President, Jaunt Studios: Cliff Plumer is responsible for the development of content and production at Jaunt.  Prior to joining Jaunt, Cliff was an angel investor and advisor to Oculus Rift, a Board of Director to Telltale Games, and a Producer of VR content for the launch of the Samsung GearVR. As CEO of Digital Domain, the company won an Academy Award for visual effects on the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in addition to receiving Technical Achievement awards from the Academy for innovation. At Digital Domain, Cliff established a studio in Vancouver and a Virtual Production Studio in Los Angeles. As CTO of  Lucasfilm, Cliff directed the construction of the technical infrastructure of The Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco, and the Lucasfilm Studio in Singapore. He worked closely with George Lucas on the development of the first Digital Cinema production for the Star Wars Trilogy. Cliff has worked on over 100 Hollywood feature films and television series. He began his career at NBC.

 

Myles McGovern is President of IM360, a joint venture between Immersive Media Company and Digital Domain Holdings Limited. He also serves as President and CEO of Immersive Media Company (IMC). IMC's revolutionary 360° video technology has been changing the face of interactivity across the web, mobile devices and VR, creating a new standard for the way we interact with video in the entertainment market.  Under Myles’ direction, Immersive Media has pioneered and become the world’s leading provider of 360° interactive video. Starting with military and intelligence applications, the technology was popularized when Immersive Media brought the concept of “Street View” to Google. It has since become the industry standard for interactive second screen experiences. From working with top brands such as Converse, Samsung and Mountain Dew, breaking new ground for American Express “Unstaged,” with the Taylor Swift “Blank Space” video, to the live-streaming of an NHL game, Immersive Media is changing the way we view entertainment. Prior to joining Immersive Media in 2004 Myles was Founder, President and CEO of Centrinity/MC2. It was there he spearheaded the company’s rapid growth into 55 countries and was twice nominated for Canadian Entrepreneur of the year. In addition, Myles spent 10 years at Xerox working in product management for digital product integration strategy. Myles is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

 

Daryl Sartain is Director of Virtual Reality for AMD overseeing the engagement of industry partners and customers.  In this role, he works with hardware developers, entertainment industry, education, medical and other segments.  He has also founded and is currently chairman of the VR Advisory Council. Prior to his current role, Daryl served as director of strategic business development for AMD’s Innovative Systems Group, and director of the desktop PC division.  He directed business planning, product management and market development activities for desktop products in AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. With 29 years’ experience in research and development, product development and management, software development, system design, system engineering, information technology, marketing, and program management, Daryl Sartain is an experienced technical executive.

 

Anthony Batt, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, WEVR: With two decades of experience as a digital media executive and entrepreneur, Anthony Batt is co-founder and executive vice president of WEVR, the leading Hollywood virtual reality studio and distributor, where he leads overall business strategy and growth. Anthony is an expert storyteller that understands the foundation of visual and social media and has achieved extensive success building audience driven networks.  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. Anthony’s background proves his rare ability to combine media, technology, community and publishing into unique and consumer friendly products. Prior to founding WEVR, Anthony was the president of digital at Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst, an innovative media studio creating programming for television, film, and the social web. Together with Ashton Kutcher, Anthony co-founded Thrash Lab, a media venture with YouTube exploring and defining culture through award winning digital content programming and strategy for brands including GE, Intel, Virgin Mobile, and Nikon. In 2007, as founder and CEO of Buzznet (now SpinMedia), Anthony built the most popular pop culture lifestyle company from the ground up, ultimately reaching more than 180 million unique visitors worldwide. Anthony created and acquired media properties and talent including Just Jared, Egotastic, Celebuzz, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore. Earlier in his career, Anthony was co-founder and chief technology officer of media distribution platform turned big data company, EMC|Greenplum (now Pivotal), where he first met his WEVR co-founders, Neville Spiteri and Scott Yara. Anthony also co-founded Digital Threads, a web-consulting agency with Craig Newmark where they created a small mailing list called craigslist.org. He began his career as manager of internet publishing at Time Inc. New Media and iVillage where he directed editorial publishing and consumer facing product design for properties including Time, Fortune, People, Teen People, Entertainment Weekly, and Money. Anthony enjoys working with young entrepreneurs as a mentor for Disney Accelerator and an advisor for Plus Capital and Seed & Spark.

 

Robert Nashak, COO at Survios: Robert Nashak is Chief Operating Office at Survios, Inc, a leading start-up in the Virtual Reality Gaming space. Prior to joining Survios, Robert was Executive Vice President, Digital Entertainment & Games at BBC Worldwide, COO of BringIt, a social media startup, SVP of Global Production for Electronic Arts, VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Games, and CCO at Glu Mobile. As a long-term advocate for independent game developers, he helps run IndieCade, the world’s largest independent games festival.  Robert is a long-term adjunct in the interactive media division at the USC School of Cinema and Television.

 

 

Dr. David Levitt is the co-founder and CEO of Pantomime Corporation, creator of the Pantomime™ Platform for interactive virtual reality using any mobile or consumer device -- headset optional. Pantomime Corporation, founded in April 2014, quickly won the Launch Silicon Valley Tech Challenge World Cup in the Digital Media / Mobile category. The company's first patent for using mobile devices to reach realistically into virtual reality worlds has granted. Levitt was previously the founder and CEO of Hip Software and ConnectedMedia.