Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

10:45 AM - Noon

Track III: Salon III

Future of Film - Studio & Indie, Global Content Business, The Changing face of the Film Industry from Imax and Alternative Content to VR and other Immersive Experiences

As new technologies come onstream for creating and distributing content, the overall experience is changing dramatically, from the cinema experience to the ways in which we enjoy the movies at home, and increasingly and more significantly, on mobile devices.  Global audiences are attracted to more immersive experiences, from the uptick that IMAX and other premium large formats have earned to massive visual effects extravaganzas, and on to the forthcoming roll out of virtual reality headsets from high profile organizations.  Production from the studios in the form of tentpole releases have and will continue to dominate the box office while independent productions continue to be created and exploited in theaters and increasingly on a wide variety of platforms, often with shorter time periods between the release windows.  Alternative content in the form of concerts, such as the Met and rock concerts, fill seats on non peak days and times as the venues seek higher occupancy. On the horizon is virtual reality a technology that promises an “in your face” immersive experience.  Lots of hype surrounds VR, but there is a lot of money chasing companies at all points on the content creation value chain as that medium develops.

Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment

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

Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research  Wedbush Securities

Chris Edwards, CEO, The Third Floor & CPO - VRC: The Virtual Reality Co.

Kyle Villella, Senior Director of Distribution, Fathom Events

Gene Munster, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator

Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment: Phil joined IMAX Corporation in September, 2003. Based at IMAX's Santa Monica office, Groves' primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of the company's global film distribution, the development of original film content, and working with the studios' distribution teams on event films benefitting from the revolutionary IMAX DMR® process. During Groves' tenure at the Company, he has successfully brought IMAX's slate of Hollywood blockbuster event films to IMAX screens around the world, beginning with the first day and date release of an IMAX DMR title, Matrix Revolutions, up to the present. Additionally, he has increased the reach of IMAX documentaries to more multiplex and institutional IMAX screens worldwide, including NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, Deep Sea 3D (narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet), Hubble 3D (narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio), and most recently To The Arctic (narrated by Meryl Streep). Before IMAX, Groves was Vice President of Film for Loews Cineplex, spending over 20 years buying film for this national exhibition chain as well as Cineplex Odeon, and General Cinema. Prior to his executive film career, Groves earned screenwriting credits or storyboarded a number of films including the comedy classic Airplane!. Groves and his wife, Carol, have one daughter and currently live in Thousand Oaks, CA.


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.


Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research, Wedbush Securities; providing coverage across the Digital Media sector and Head of Research for the Private Shares Group. He has been recognized as StarMine’s “Top Earnings Estimator” year after year and “Best on the Street” by the Wall Street Journal. Michael brings over 20 years of experience as a financial professional to the Private Shares Group along with extensive knowledge across the social media sector in both public and private companies. Mr. Pachter holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles, a juris doctor from Pepperdine University, an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.


Gene Munster is a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1995. Munster’s coverage includes Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple. He has authored several key industry reports on technology including his latest one entitled, “Next Mega Tech Theme is Virtual Reality”. He is quoted frequently in key financial and technical news journals, along with frequent guest appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg. Munster holds a bachelor's degree in financial management and new venture strategies from the University of St. Thomas.


Chris Edwards, CEO - THE THIRD FLOOR; CPO - VRC: The Virtual Reality Company: After 5 years as a layout artist and character animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Chris Edwards joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm tasked with previsualizing Star Wars: Episode III from the "third floor" of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch mansion. In October 2004, Chris spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles, which has become the most prolific previs studio in the world; having contributed to hundreds of feature films, such as: Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Gravity, Maleficent, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, as well as Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Avengers franchises. For over a decade, Chris has worked to expand the art form of previs internationally, and into new markets, including: Television, Video Games and Themed Entertainment.  In 2009, Chris co-founded The Previsualization Society, a non-profit trade association for previs professionals.  And in 2012, he helped launch HYDRA Entertainment, a story development and IP management company.  In early 2014, Chris joined an alliance of iconic filmmakers to found VRC: The Virtual Reality Company.  As Chief Production Officer, Chris oversees the production of VRC’s slate of innovative, story-driven VR content.


Kyle Villella, Senior Director of Distribution, Fathom Events: Kyle Villella has spent the past 16 years working in exhibition and distribution and comes to Fathom as Senior Director of Distribution. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of releasing Fathom events into theaters across the U.S., maximizing profitability for each event based on scope and scale. Previously, Villella served in top positions at Eastern Federal Theaters, Lionsgate Films, Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Company. Most recently he held the position of Vice President of Theatrical Distribution Operations at LD Entertainment and successfully released a slate of theatrical films including Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), The Collection (wide release horror film), Disconnect (Jason Bateman, Paula Patton) and Black Rock (Kate Bosworth). Villella has released films that have had both critical success as well as financial including: Saw, Fahrenheit 9/11, Crash, Mission: Impossible III, Inglorious Basterds, and The Kings Speech. He has built solid long-term professional relationships with exhibition and distribution as well as producers on both the studio and independent level.


Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective: a husband and wife management consulting team that provides a unique blend of hands on management roles, strong educational credentials and many years of professional service work to companies all along the entertainment and entertainment technology food chain. Their backgrounds include Big 4 consulting/CPA firm experience, top 5 business graduate school with work experience at, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Lucasfilm/Industrial Light & Magic, Kodak's Cinesite and Bank of America The types of projects include business and strategic planning, operational reviews, market assessments, research & analysis and consulting on trends in the various market segments in which they are involved, with special attention paid to the anticipated impact on the professional and consumer marketplaces. These include content production and distribution, digital storage, production tax incentives, digital cinema and its transition, film and digital image acquisition, 3D stereoscopic imaging, computer animation and sophisticated software tools. Visit our website at iShindler.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter @MartyShindler.