SIGGRAPH Launches Business Symposium to Address Industry Needs and Direction

CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 16, 2011 — For nearly 40 years, SIGGRAPH has inspired, educated, and influenced the direction of research, production, and artistic communities. At SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, 7-11 August 2011, the conference is introducing the SIGGRAPH Symposium: The Business Think Tank. This one-day event on 7 August 2011 brings together leaders to address the past, present, and future of the global computer graphics industry.

The Business Think Tank introduces an opportunity for industry leaders and visionaries to discuss issues related to finance, strategy, culture, and creativity in a conversational environment. This full-day event features discussion groups and two enlightening featured speakers intended to spark frank and honest interaction about the industry in the 21st century.

"The intimate, interactive nature of this inaugural Business Think Tank is the ideal forum in which to inspire idea-sharing and problem-solving among some of the visionaries within the global computer graphics community," says Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2011 Director from 3ality Digital. "This highly interactive day will feature conversations and presentations of industry-specific issues and challenges within our local and global community."

Planned participants include:


Featured Speakers:

Gail Currey, Head of Studio, PDI/DreamWorks

Andy Hendrickson, Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Business Session:

Victoria Alonso: EVP, VFX and Post Production, Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Rory Armes: CEO, Gener8 Digital Media Corp.
Dan Glass: EVP, Senior VFX Supervisor, Method Studios
Namit Malhotra: CEO, Prime Focus
Don McGowan: General Counsel, The Pokémon Company International
Marc Weigert: Executive Producer, VFX Supervisor, CEO, Uncharted Territory, LLC

Culture Session:

Steve Bocska: CEO, Pug Pharm Productions Inc.
Kim Davidson: Co-Founder, CEO, President, Side Effects Software Inc.
Warren Franklin: CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.
Jenny Fulle: Founder, Visual Effects Producer, The Creative Cartel
Shannon Gans: CEO, Co-Founder, New Deal Studios, Inc.

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