SIGGRAPH Launches Business Symposium

There’s one more reason to check out this summer’s hot SIGGRAPH event in Vancouver (August 7-11). The organizers are preparing a one-day event for August 7 featuring industry leaders to address issues facing the global computer animation industry. The Business Think Tank will tackle a wide variety of topics dealing with finance, strategy, culture and creativity.

“The intimate, interactive nature of this inaugural Business Think Tank is the ideal forum in which to inspire idea-sharing and problem-solving among some of the visionaries within the global computer graphics community,” says Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2011 Director from 3ality Digital. “This highly interactive day will feature conversations and presentations of industry-specific issues and challenges within our local and global community.”

Planned participants include:

Featured Speakers:

Gail Currey, Head of Studio, PDI/DreamWorks

Andy Hendrickson, Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Business Session:

Victoria Alonso, EVP, VFX and Post Production, Marvel Entertainment,

Rory Armes, CEO, Gener8 Digital Media Corp.

Dan Glass, EVP, Senior VFX Supervisor, Method Studios

Namit Malhotra,CEO, Prime Focus

Don McGowan, General Counsel, The Pokémon Company International

Marc Weigert, Executive Producer, VFX Supervisor, CEO, Uncharted Territory

Culture Session:

Steve Bocskam, CEO, Pug Pharm Productions

Kim Davidson, Co-Founder, CEO, President, Side Effects Software

Warren Franklin, CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment

Jenny Fulle, Founder, Visual Effects Producer, The Creative Cartel

Shannon Gans, CEO, Co-Founder, New Deal Studios

There is limited space available for this special event, so make sure you register early. Or more info, visit



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