On the evening of the presidential election in 2008, Digital Hollywood founder Victor Harwood gave us an amazing opportunity: To organize a panel conversation consisting of documentary filmmakers and television executives in order to discuss the upcoming election. The evening was a surprise success, and we were invited back the next spring, and the 8 years that followed. All in all my office curated, programmed and booked recurring 4-day events during 20 bi-annual conferences spanning an 8-year period for advertising, marketing and entertainment professionals in Los Angeles and New York City. Ancillary events included panel discussions for New York Film Festival #50 and # 51 at Lincoln Center.
With an average of 75 speakers per event we managed to book more than 1000 speakers and create conversation around the creative process, from showrunning to AI. Highlights include appearances by actor / director Kevin Pollak, FOD's Mike Farah, Heroes showrunner Tim Kring and keynotes with Stewart Copeland, Matthew Modine and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia.
We designed these interviews and conversations for storytellers and content creators to foster a type of conversation between multiple disciplines we weren't really seeing anywhere.
Partners included WGA, PGA, SAG-AFTRA, AFI Digital Content Lab, the IDA, IndieGoGo as well as Adobe, SnagFilms / IndieWire and Withoutabox / Imdb as well as speakers from all studios and television networks.