Innovation in Hollywood: Past, Present & Future


Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 5 p.m.

Join USC Annenberg in welcoming author Scott Kirsner for an exploration of Hollywood's relationship with innovation -- from the days of Thomas Edison to the era of YouTube, the iPod, and the Xbox. This discussion will explore how new technologies and new ideas have shaped the movie industry, and where we're heading next. Kirsner, author of a new book, Inventing the Movies, will open the evening by taking us on an illustrated spin through Hollywood's tech history. He will be joined by David Wertheimer, former president of Paramount Digital Entertainment and current CEO of the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC; Brian J. Terwilliger, CEO, Terwilliger Productions and Producer/Director of "One Six Right"; Steve Schklair, CEO, 3ality Digital Systems; Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, co-founders, JibJab Media; and Cliff Plumer, CEO, Digital Domain. Following the formal program, there will be time to network and meet the author. This event is part of Dean Wilson's Initiative on Sustainable Innovation, and is produced in collaboration with the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC. RSVP requested. To RSVP click here.