The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

SIGGRAPH Launches Business Symposium to Address Industry Needs and Direction

16 June 2011

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Brian Ban

(Chicago, IL) 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.

This Symposium is a new initiative for SIGGRAPH, and is intended to accommodate approximately 200 people who are on the business side of the industry. They might be artists who are now company leaders or leaders who work with artists. They are the people who look to each other and other leaders to define and run the industry.

Registration for the SIGGRAPH Symposium: The Business Think Tank is now available. Attendance for this event is very limited.


SIGGRAPH 2011 will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Vancouver, Canada for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education and the web from Sunday, 7 August through Thursday, 11 August 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. SIGGRAPH 2011 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 9-11 August 2011. More details are available at SIGGRAPH 2011 or on SIGGRAPH 2011 Facebook and Twitter.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities.

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