Pioneering Digital Media and Content Conference Returns

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Visual Communications (www.vconline.org) presents the second edition of Conference for Creative Content (C3) on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, at Writers Guild of America West, 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles.

Asian Americans continue to be leading pioneers in the realm of digital content distribution methods. However, as the landscape of entertainment and media continuously fluctuates, the independent filmmaker needs to comprehend and identify the right path to sustaining a career.

Now, more than ever before, independent content creators must fully immerse themselves within this burgeoning industry to find common ground and opportunities.

Hear from such leaders in the entertainment industry as the creator of “The Killing,” the writer/producer of “Family Guy,” the writer of “Corpse Bride” and “Frankenweenie,” the producer of “Bad Teacher” and “The New Girl,” the president of production of “Funny or Die,” and many more.

Sponsored in part by SAG-PIACF and the California Arts Council, C3 is a vital event to transcend Asian American engagement beyond the cultural, political, and commercial landscape of traditional media platforms by empowering the community in gaining valuable knowledge of the future and trends of all media.

With top-caliber events and speakers, C3 will shed light on the changing nature of entertainment media and allow larger audiences to connect with Asian American talent through a diverse array of panels, seminars and features approaching media platforms from all angles. Scheduled program panels include the following:

Saturday, Oct. 27

• 10 to 11:30 a.m.: “Breaking Down the Wall: Asian Productions and Asian American Creators”

The demographics of content consumption in Asia and conversely, how Asian production companies are on the lookout for Asian American content creators.

Karin Chien, producer, “Circumstance,” “Jack & Diane”; Lior Chefetz, founder, China Hollywood Society; Daniel Hsia, director, “Shanghai Calling”; Tim Kwok, producer, Convergence Entertainment

Eddie Kim, Veena Sud

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m: “The Real Reality”

Abhor or adore, unscripted programming is here to stay. How can narrative content creators break into this industry? And once they’re in, is there no escape?

Edwin Zane, head of creative development, Levity Entertainment Group; Eddie Kim, producer, “K-Town”; Grace Borrero, development, Style Network

• 2 to 3:30 p.m.: “The New Frontier: Has Cable Taken the Place of Indie Film?”

A look into how cable TV has taken over market share from indie film.

Julia Cho, writer, “Fringe,” “Big Love”; Andrew Wang, VP of scripted development and production, Bravo; Veena Sud, creator, “The Killing”; Gordon Ho, principal, GKH Media

• 3:30 to 5 p.m.: “Making It in Today’s TV & Film”

A roundtable discussion with a writer, producer and director who have crossed over to both mediums.

Henry Chan, director, “Scrubs,” “Whitney,” “Make or Break”; Quan Phung, executive producer, “Whitney”

Sunday, Oct. 28

• 10 to 11:30 a.m.: “Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas – Or Are They Smarter Than Us?”

Building platforms and repurposing branded material.

Kymber Lim, VFX producer; Matt Okumura, VP of development, Miller/Gough Ink; Diana Williams, founder, Roller Coaster Entertainment; Michael Barnathan, president, 1492 Pictures; Gloria Fan, VP of production and development, Mosaic Media Group

Matt Okumura, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: “It’s Alive!: Creating for Animation”

For film, TV and digital media.

Lela Lee, creator, “Angry Little Asian Girl”; John August, writer, “Go,” “Big Fish,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Frankenweenie”; Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, writer/producer, “Family Guy”; Tom Sito, professor of animation, USC; Johnny Hartmann, writer, “The Reef 2”

• 1 to 2:30 p.m.: “Follow the Leader: Knowing Your Online Audience”

A comprehensive look into the analytics and strategies in building and sustaining your online audience.

Bing Chen, global creator-development and management, YouTube; Sheri Bryant, producer, Geek and Sundry; Mike Farah, president of production, “Funny or Die”; Kevin Wu, YouTube personality

At the conclusion of Saturday’s events there will be a happy hour mixer, followed by the C3 Reception at Mixology 101 (free for all badge-holders), located across the street at The Grove.

Enrollment is $60 for VC members, $75 for non-members. Space is limited. To register, click here.

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