The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held its seventh annual State of the Entertainment Industry Conference presented by Variety at the Loews Hotel Hollywood on Thursday, November 15th.
The Conference opened with Donelle Dadigan, Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcoming guests.
Television producer Vin Di Bona returned in his role as emcee for the seventh consecutive year.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District presented greetings from the City of L.A.
Kevin James, Mayor’s Office of Film & TV Production welcomed from the Mayor’s Office.
Comedian and TV host James Corden interviewed a keynote conversation with music industry icons featuring Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and Irving Azoff, Chairman & CEO of Azoff Music Management. Grainge and Azoff each were honored with the Music Icon awards.
A panel discussion focused on Innovating VR/AR for All. Panelists included: Vicki Dobbs Beck, Head of Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab; Karen Dufilho, Exec Producer, Google Spotlight Stories; Ted Schilowitz, Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures; Vikash Sharma, AT&T’s OTT Media Products, Jake Zim, SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Andrew Wallenstein of Variety moderated.
Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc. presented an update on Film Production in L.A.
Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission reported on California’s Film Tax Credit.
Actress, writer, producer Issa Rae, whose body of work include Insecure, Awkward Black Girl was the recipient of the Chamber’s new Vanguard Award, an honor which recognizes breakout creative talent in the entertainment industry.
Writer, producer, composer Chuck Lorre who has entertained us for years with such works as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and A Half Men” and the upcoming “The Kominsky Method” was honored with the 2018 Commitment to California Award.
Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Christina Derenthal of Paramount Pictures were co-chairs of the 2018 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference.
A host of businesses supported and sponsored the conference. Variety is the Presenting Sponsor of this informative conference, Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is Platinum Sponsor, and Universal Music Group is Luncheon Sponsor. Breakfast sponsors included FilmL.A., Inc., Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Vin Di Bona Productions. Gold Level sponsors included Emerson College Los Angeles, The Harman Press, Hudson Pacific Properties, Japan House, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Loews Hotel, The MBS Group, Meruelo Media, and SAG-AFTRA. Silver Level sponsors included AT&T, Belmont Village Senior Living Hollywood Hills, Capitol Music Group, City National Bank, Comcast|NBC Universal, First Entertainment Credit Union, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, The Hollywood Roosevelt, Netflix, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Serendipity Labs, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company.
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About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce:
For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, 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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