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A Conversation with Steven Soderbergh
Fri. 10/6, 11:00am–12:00pm
Join Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh in conversation about his career and Mosaic, a new interactive project he is developing for HBO.
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NPR Music’s Bob Boilen presents an evening with musician John Paul White
Fri. 10/6, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Watch and listen as All Songs Considered host and Tiny Desk Concert creator Bob Boilen chats with John Paul White about songs that changed their lives.
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Future of VR
Fri. 10/6, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Hear from creators, funders, and studios in the VR field to find out what the next few years have in store for this emerging medium.
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Creative Frontiers in AI
Sat. 10/7, 11:00am–12:00pm
Come meet some of the creators, storytellers, musicians, and engineers, who are working alongside their AI counterparts to see how man and machine can create together.
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The Evolution of Play
10/7, 11:00am-12:00pm
Panelists:
Chris Grant (Moderator) - Editor-in-Chief, Polygon
Sam Barlow - Executive Creative Director, Interlude
Dan Pinchbeck - Creative Director / Studio Head, The Chinese Room
Lance Weiler - Director of Digital Storytelling Lab, Columbia University
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The Economics of Creating Personalized Experiences at Scale
10/8, 2:30-3:30
Panelists:
Johanna Koljonene (Moderator) - Founding Director, ODYSSÉ
Bjarke Pedersen - Larping Expert & Creative Director, ODYSSÉ
Michael Rau - Director, Wolf 359
Gabriel Rhoads - Co-Founder, BBQ Films
Anya Sapozhnikova - Director, House of Yes
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Stories That Surround You
10/7, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Panelists:
Frank Rose (Moderator) - Senior Fellow, Columbia University School of the Arts
Felix Barrett - Artistic Director, Punchdrunk
Toby Coffey - Head of Digital Development, National Theatre
Carrine Fisher - Executive Producer/Director, Microsoft HoloLens/Actiongram
Beau Lotto - Neuroscientist / Founder & CEO, Ripple & Lab of Misfits
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Social Media: From 140 Characters to 360 Degrees
10/7, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Panelists:
Katherine Oliver (Moderator) - Principal, Bloomberg
Bridge Bogee - Head of Social Media, Getty Images
Karl Lieberman - Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York
Ian Schafer - CEO/Founder, Deep Focus
Delaney Simmons - Director of Social Media, WNYC
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The City as Set: Immersive Storytelling in New York City
10/9, 11:30am-12:30pm
Panelists:
Kai Falkenberg (Moderator) - First Deputy Commissioner, MOME
Nathan Austin - Cofounder, Sextantworks
Jennifer Blumin - Founder & CEO, Skylight Group
Zach Morris - Co-Director, Third Rail Projects
Ryan Uzilevsky - Director, Light Harvest Studio
Joana Vicente - Executive Director, IFP & Made in NY Media Center
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The Future of Reading and Print
10/9, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Panelists:
John Morgan (Moderator) - Senior Producer, Melcher Media
Molly Barton - Co-Founder, Serial Box
Hugh Howey - Author, Wayfinder
Liisa McCloy-Kelley - VP & Director eBook Development and Innovation, Random House
Charles Melcher - Founder & Director, Melcher Media
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World Building and Storytelling
10/7, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Panelists:
Johanna Koljonen (Moderator) - Founding Director, ODYSSÉ
Susan Bonds - CEO, 42 Entertainment
Bjarke Pedersen - Larping Expert & Creative Director, ODYSSÉ
Philip Rosedale - CEO & Co-Founder / Creator, High Fidelity / Second Life
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Women in VR Presents: The Importance of Diverse Voices in Emerging Storytelling Technologies
10/9, 10:00-11:00
Panelists:
Debra Anderson (Moderator)- Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Datavized
Jess Brillhart - Principal Filmmaker, VR, Google
Sandy Cioffi - Creative Director, fearless 360º
Karen Palmer - Artist/Director, IF
Yelena Rachitsky - Creative Producer and Head of Education, Oculus Story Studio
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When Truth Becomes Fiction and Fiction Becomes Truth
Sat. 10/7, 2:00pm–3:00pm
This panel will explore how content creators can reveal true stories and break free of biases.
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USA Network presents: Mr. Robot Season 3 Premiere Screening and Discussion with Creator
Sat. 10/7, 3:30pm–5:00pm
Join us for a special advance screening of the Season 3 premiere episode of Mr. Robot, followed by a conversation and Q&A with show creator Sam Esmail.
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Sensing Reality
Sun. 10/8, 2:00pm–3:00pm
We perceive the world through the sum of our senses, happens when we add technology to the equation? Come hear from technologists, neuroscientists, and artists working in this fascinating field.
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Redefining Identity through the Lens of the Media
Fri. 10/6, 1230pm–1:30pm
Hear from the creators on the front lines who are thinking about how to use media to reshape our view of identity.
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FoST For Good
10/8, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Panelists:
David Fenton (Moderator) - Chair, Fenton
Abigail Finck - Brand & Marketing Manager, Global Nomads Group
Daanish Masood - Machine to be Another / UN
Joanne Sprague - Marketing Program Manager & Social Progress, Facebook
Will Villota - Vice President & Brand Marketing, Conservation International
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Experiential Marketing, Branding with Immersive Storytelling
Sat. 10/7, 12:30pm–1:30pm
This conversation will explore how companies are investing in immersive storytelling techniques that allow consumers to forge meaningful and lasting bonds with brands.
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Deepening Your Brand With Experiential Storytelling
10/8, 11:30am-12:30pm
Panelists:
Linda Boff (Moderator) - VP & Chief Marketing Officer, General Electric
Kevin Cornish - Founder, Moth & Flame vr
Rachel Holbrook - Global Head of Production, Airbnb
Ari Kuschnir - CEO and Executive Producer, m ss ng p eces
Resh Sidhu - Creative Director, VR, Framestore
Jason Snyder - Chief Technology Officer, Momentum
10/8, 11:30-12:30
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Closer to the Truth: The Craft of Nonfiction VR
10/8, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Panelists:
Georgia King (Moderator) - Deputy Ideas Editor, Quartz
Gabo Arora - Creative Director, UN
Jason Farkas - Vice President, Premium Content Video, CNNVR
Jeff Fitzsimmons - Co-founder and Managing Director of Creative, Custom Reality Services
Marcelle Hopkins - Executive Producer for 360 News, NYTimes
Gary Hustwit - Creative Director, Scenic
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From Author to Audience: Who's Actually Writing the Story?
10/7, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Panelists:
Lance Weiler (Moderator) - Director of Digital Storytelling Lab, Columbia University
Yoni Bloch - CEO & Co-Founder, Interlude, Inc.
Dan Pinchbeck - Creative Director / Studio Head, The Chinese Room
Rob Sorcher - Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network
Randy Weiner - Creative Director & Producer, Hybrid Entertainment Lab
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Living Stories: Augmented Narratives
Sun. 10/8, 12:30pm–1:30pm
The next 12 months will see a massive growth in the AR world. Come meet some of the creators and producers who are on the forefront of AR, and hear from them about the opportunities and challenges of this new platform.
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Balancing Agency vs. Empathy in VR
10/9, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Panelists:
Georgia King (Moderator) - Deputy Ideas Editor, Quartz
Toby Coffey - Head of Digital Development, National Theatre
Molly Ellen Eagan - Vice President, Patient Experience and Employee Engagement; Executive Producer, Across the Line, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Kane Lee - Head of Content Development and Strategy, Baobab
Resh Sidhu - Creative Director, VR, Framestore
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All the World Is a Stage
Sun. 10/8, 11:00am–12:00pm
The most effective experiences take the audience out of their seats and put them at the center of the action. In this discussion, panelists will share how they create immersive, multisensory experiences.
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Multisensory Storytelling
10/8, 10:00am-11:00am
Panelists:
Jacob Marshall (Moderator) - CEO & Senior Connector, MORE Partnership[s]
Emilie Baltz - Experiential Artist & Food Technologist, EmilieBaltz.com
David Edwards - Founder, oNotes
Jim Marggraff - CEO & Founder, Eyefluence
Charles Spence - Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
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Marketing and Distribution for New Storytelling Mediums
10/8, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Panelists:
Serge Kassardjian (Moderator) - Global Head of Media Apps, Google
Kelly Alfieri - Executive Director, Special Editorial Projects, NYTimes
Anthony Batt - CoFounder, EVP Audience & Marketing, Wevr
Davon Dolan - Associate, Cinetic Media
David Eisenmann - Producer, Google Spotlight Stories
Emilie Joly - Founder & CEO, Apelab
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Reinventing Journalism
10/9, 4:00-5:00
Panelists:
Marcia Stepanek (Moderator) - Professor, Multimedia and Communications, Columbia University
Tom Connors - Senior Director, The Verge
Jason Farkas - Vice President, Premium Content Video, CNN
Mehrshad Mansouri - Director of Business Development and Partnerships, Software and Services, GoPro
Jenna Pirog - Virtual-Reality Editor, The New York Times Magazine
Tim Pool - Founder, Subverse
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