Welcome to the 2015 LA Games Conference -- the leading event for senior representatives from game publishers, developers, movie studios, advertising firms, VCs, social networks, technology providers, analysts and press. Unlike some other industry events, LA Games Conference focuses on bringing together the people who really matter to meet in a lively yet intimate hotel environment that allows access and privacy to build and grow relationships and partnerships. Year after year, attendees tell me about the importance of LAGC for the ROI it provides. It's not just the deals they make but people they meet and the long lasting relationships forged. If you are serious about the business of games and interactive entertainment, I invite you to join us at LA Games Conference.
Chair, LA Games Conference
Keynote Interview with Ted Schilowitz, VR Creator and Futurist, 20th Century Fox and CinemaVangelist, Barco
Perhaps best known in Hollywood as the "Leader of the Rebellion" at Red Digital Cinema, Ted Schilowitz has been on the forefront of the digital revolution for years. The veteran cinema strategist and movie technology evangelist now wears two hats as resident "Futurist" at 20th Century Fox and “CinemaVangelist” at Barco and is a driving force behind such projects as Fox’s release of “The Maze Runner” in Barco Escape, an ultra-wide, multi-screen movie format that uses multiple projectors and screens to create an immersive, panoramic viewing experience. While there are only five Barco theaters in the U.S. today, clips of Maze Runner are available to worldwide audiences who can't make it to a Barco theater through Oculus and Samsung on the latest Samsung Gear VR headset. A believer in the power of virtual reality to create new and engaging entertainment experiences, Schilowitz believes this is just the beginning of the VR revolution. “If you come to me looking for an expert, you’ve come to the wrong place,” Schilowitz said a recent interview with The Wrap. “I’m an explorer. I like new things and I like breaking the rules.” Please join us for this exclusive on-stage interview with Schilowitz at LA Games Conference on May 6. We've been told that he might even invite our audience to try out some of the early Cinema Gaming testing at a nearby theater in LA in the days following the event!
Keynote Interview with Rob Pardo, Former Chief Creative Officer, Blizzard Entertainment and Lead Designer, WoW
Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Rob Pardo is one of the world's most accomplished game designers and strategists. From 1997 to 2014, he held positions at Blizzard Entertainment as the Chief Creative Officer, Executive Vice President of Game Design, and the lead designer of World of Warcraft. Pardo's work had a huge impact on Blizzard's and Activision's revenues. According to a 2012 analyst estimate, World of Warcraft contributed about 25% of Activision's revenues every year and about 50% of its profits (over $1 billion in annual revenue since 2008). A cultural phenomenon, with over 10 million subscribers as of November 2014, World of Warcraft is currently the world's most-subscribed MMORPG, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers. With its active community, the game has given rise to toys and other licensed products, mentions on TV shows, and a feature film which is planned to be released by Universal Studios in 2016. After 17 years at Blizzard Entertainment, Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo resigned in July. In a November interview with Fortune, Pardo commented on opportunities in mobile and digital games today stating: "We are really entering a new golden age of game development. The barriers between a game designer and the player have dropped to practically zero. Much like the early days of game development, you are once again able to create a game with a very small team and distribute it directly to players. This allows for a much greater diversity of game ideas and content." Please join us for this exclusive on-stage interview with Pardo at LA Games Conference on May 6.
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LAGC SPEAKER SPOTLIGHTS
Facebook, Twitch, GREE International
Director of Game Partnerships
Activision, Google, Electronic Arts
U.S. Games Partnerships Lead
Head of Mobile UA Strategy
Glu Mobile, CBS Interactive, Lionsgate
|Niccolo de Masi
VP, Strategy & Operations, Games
President Interactive Ventures & Games