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Chamber presents First State of the Entertainment Industry Conference

Published November 1st, 2012


For Immediate Release: October 25, 2012
Media Contact: Ana Martinez
Vice President, Media Relations
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Main: (323) 469-8311
Press line:  (323) 468-1376


Entertainment Industry Takes Center Stage


Television producer Anthony E. Zuiker will be presented with an Award for his “Commitment to California”


HOLLYWOOD, CA October 25, 2012--Southern California’s renowned entertainment industry is at a crossroads, facing stiff competition from other states and countries, which has led to increased unemployment of below-the-line workers.  At the same time, content theft and piracy that adversely impacted the music industry is growing in the film industry.  However, there are also opportunities such as an upsurge of new media companies moving to “Silicon Beach” pursuing opportunities with the entertainment industry.

With that in mind, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that it is organizing the first “State of the Entertainment Industry” Conference on Friday, November 16th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  The theme of the conference is “Restoring Hollywood as the Center of the Creative Universe.”  The conference is being presented by Variety.

"We saw that there were a lot of conferences that focus on various aspects of the entertainment industry, but none that really take a hard look at the issues facing the industry or that work with government to resolve them,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler.  “We believe this conference will be an opportunity to bring industry experts together with public officials to discuss what needs to be done to maintain a healthy entertainment sector.”

Co-chairs of the conference are Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc. and Howard Green, Vice President of Communications with the Walt Disney Studios.

America's Funniest Home Videos creator and executive producer Vin Di Bona will emcee the event. He is the Chairman of Vin Di Bona Productions and FishBowl Worldwide Media.  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be on hand to open the conference.

The conference begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.  Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 12:15 p.m.  It will culminate with a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. where Anthony E. Zuiker will be honored with a “Commitment to California” Award and interviewed by Stuart Levine, Assistant Managing Editor of Variety.

Reservations for the conference can be made online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events. The early bird special rate is $99 for anyone who registers before November 9th.  Thereafter, admission is $125.  Tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,000.

The Chamber has commissioned an economic impact study of the Industry by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC), which will be presented by the LAEDC Chief Economist Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D.  

Three panels will provide a detailed look at the Entertainment industry.  The first panel will discuss “The Rundown on Ran-Away Production.”  The moderator will be Audley of FilmL.A., Inc. with panelists:  Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, Michael Rossi, the Governor’s Senior Advisor for Jobs & Business Development, Lee Rosenthal of Paramount Pictures; Jerry Solomon of Epoch Films, and Howard Stern of Sunset/Gower & Bronson Studios.

The second panel will address the topic “Is Silicon Beach Real for the Entertainment Industry?”  The moderator will be David Cohen, Associate Editor at Variety, with panelists: Malik S. Ducard of Google, Anna Robertson of Yahoo! Studios, Doug Troy of Trailer Park, and Ed Ulbrich of Digital Domain.

The final panel will explore “A New Plank on Piracy/Content Theft”, with Mike Robinson of the Motion Picture Association of America as moderator.  Panelists include:  Russell Goldsmith of City National Bank, Jeff Harleston of the Universal Music Group N.A., David Hirschman of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland of SAG-AFTRA, and State Senator Curren Price Jr.

A host of businesses have sponsored the conference in support of the Entertainment industry.  Variety is the presenting sponsor and has assisted in putting together the program. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building will be sponsoring the Luncheon. Breakfast sponsors include: FilmL.A., Inc., First Entertainment Credit Union, Fox Broadcasting Company, Paramount Pictures, Southern California Gas Company, and Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media.

Partnering Sponsors include:  Comcast | NBCUniversal, Gilmore Bank, Hollywood Historic Trust, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Loews Hollywood Hotel, MundoFox22, and Sunset Gower + Sunset Bronson Studios.

Silver Sponsors include:  Andrews International, Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Avison Young, CIM Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Production Center, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Nickelodeon, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors and Developers, SAG–AFTRA, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios, and WME.




About Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

For more than 90 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, advocacy, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital.  Christopher Barton is the Chairperson of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.


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