Where Will the Hollywood Jobs Be in the Next 10 Years?
Cornell in Hollywood Panel
Combine the ongoing recession with all the distractions facing traditional Hollywood audiences, and you might wonder whether anyone will be working in the entertainment business in 2020. Will people just be making their own movies and TV shows and simply sharing them with friends? Will feature films return to real storytelling and hire writers willing to move beyond the tastes of 18-year-old boys? Will TV audiences grow more and more fragmented as viewers watch favorite shows on their cell phones? Will computers replace actors? Will Hollywood co-opt sports arenas to such a degree that we’ll have gladiator contests again? And will you want to be part of the process?
Join us for a lively discussion and also meet the nearly two dozen current students who are moving from East Hill to Beverly Hills for our fifth annual Cornell Summer Intern Program.
MODERATOR: TODD BECK ’94 – President of Beck Media & Marketing, a boutique agency specializing in in entertainment and technology. A partial list of current and recent clients includesWarner Bros., The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation,Cash4Gold, PromaxBDA, Waterfall Mobile, Sony Pictures Television, NBC UniversalDomestic Television Distribution, Activision, GoTV Networks, Digital MusicGroup, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMGI), StubHub.com, Bunim-Murray Productions,SmartJog and The Sherry Lansing Foundation
DAVID ARMOUR '92 – Vice President, Development, Programming and Sales - Digital Media at Endemol USA, the world's largest production company (Big Brother, Wipeout, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, etc.). In this role he runs creative and business development and Branded Entertainment for original content made for digital and transmedia (telling stories across multiple platforms and formats).
BRAXTON POPE ‘95 – Feature film and television producer whose credits include Shrink, starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams and Gore Vidal; The Take, starring John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Perez; Pete Smalls Is Dead, starring Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi and Peter Dinklage; Life Is Hot In Cracktown, starring Kerry Washington; and The Bondage starring Michael Angarano, Griffin Dunne and Andy Dick. Hirokin, starring Wes Bentley, Angus Macfadyen, Julian Sands and Laura Ramsey, is currently in post-production. Among other projects, he is in pre-production on the Bret Easton Ellis script The Golden Suicides, which will be directed by Gaspar Noe and was developed with Gus Van Sant. His TV credits include the Showtime pilots What’s Not To Love and Hedonism and a Lionsgate/FX comedy pilot Sweat Shop. He is collaborating with National Book Award winner Denis Johnson on a dramatic pilot. Pope maintains a production deal with Lionsgate
CHRIS LICATA ‘02 – TV Literary agent at Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency
LARRY KASANOFF ‘81 (travel schedule permitting) - Chairman/CEO, Threshold Entertainment Group, which develops, manages and produces intellectual property in all media, inncluding feature films, television, stage, animation and location-based (theme park) entertainment. Kasanoff has been involved in the production of over 200 feature films, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Dirty Dancing and Academy Award Winning Best Picture Platoon. He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business. Threshold Entertainment Group makes live-action movies (Mortal Kombat), animated movies (Lego) and television (Blackbelt TV, America's only martial arts TV network).
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm – wine/cheese reception; 7:30 pm – program
Location: Writers Guild of America, 7000 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048
Parking: free underground – garage entrance on Blackburn (1 block south of 3rd Street)
Cost: $20 per CCLA member ($40 for a CCLA member + 1 guest); $30 per person for non-members and each additional guest; $10 for New Graduate and Young Alumni CCLA members (classes 2007-2011)