Wednesday, Oct. 22



01 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Career Strategy in the Digital Age

Join leading HR execs and talent recruiters in this compelling discussion of how to drive your career strategy whether you are beginning or transitioning.

Moderator: Linda Nicolai, President, Executive Alliance Group Recruiting; Talent Acquisition Consultant, Machinima


  • Gabriella Colantoni, VP-Talent Acquisition & Executive Search, Fox Networks Group
  • James E. Wright, Social Media Recruiting Expert and Diversity Specialist
  • Jenni Powell, Head of Production - New Media Rockstars
  • Pat Cabello, VP-HR Maker Studios
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02 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

The Art of the Deal in the Era of Digital IP

How to Craft Deals to Retain Ownership for Digital, Broadcast, Web and International

Moderator: David Tenzer, Entertainment Attorney, formerly Generate, CAA


  • David Strauss, Co-Founder, Critical Mass Studios
  • Eric Feig, Entertainment & Media Law Inc.
  • Michael Tenzer, Entertainment Lawyer
  • Ann Epstein, Founder, be Creative, Mgt
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03 | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Short Form Content: So Last Decade or Just Getting Started?

Moderator: Amber J. Lawson, Founder, Comedy Gives Back


  • Jeff Kalligheri, CEO, Waterstone Entertainment and Humans in Space Art Video Challenge with NASA
  • Jack Davis, CEO of Eli Roth’s The Crypt App, Vine Talent Search Contest
  • Mohit Mahajan, Founder at 2wayTV / Play Festival Films
  • Billy Sullivan, Producer, Sexy Superhero; Writer / Producer Frat House Musical
  • Luke Patton, Writer / Director, Sexy Superhero; Themesong Rebel
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05 | 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

The Explosion of Short Movies

Moderator: Kim Adelman, Author, Making it Big in Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films, 2nd Edition; indieWire reporter on short films


  • Daniel Sol, HollyShorts co-founder/co-Director
  • Edoardo Ponti, Director, The Human Voice
  • Joey Horvitz, Producer, The Weinstein Company/Lexus Short Films
  • Linda Olszewski, VP Global Acquisitions, ShortsHD
  • Stephanie Laing, Producer, Veep, Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals; Director, Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow
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06 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cocktail Reception and Screening courtesy of HollyShorts Film Festival: Awardwinning Short Films from the August Festival at the Mann’s Chinese in Hollywood

Award-winning Short Films from the August Festival at the Mann’s Chinese in Hollywood.



Satellite Beach
Directed by Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson.

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the fi¬nal move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. Watch as Warren Flowers (Luke Wilson), a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow
Directed by Stephanie Laing (Producer for Veep, Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals). The film stars Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Andy Buckley (Bridesmaids), Jean Villepique (I Love You Man), Tim Baltz (Drunk History), Jody Hill (Observe & Report), Chris Addison (In The Loop), Tim Simons (Veep), Ike  Barinholtz (Mindy Project), Frankie Faison (Banshee).

No man is an island—but there are always exceptions. Meet Jim Funkle, a once promising food scientist, his career came to an end with one catastrophic failed experiment. Ostracized, unemployed, and middle aged, Jim Funkle was American mediocrity at its best… until he was given the chance to choose otherwise.

The Learning Curve
Starring: Matthew Gray Gubler, Directed By: Phil McCarty.

The Learning Curve is a short film adaptation of an essay by David Sedaris, starring Matthew Gray Gubler.

Moderator: Andre Wiggins, Producer, CBS Read More