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3-D Summit: Speakers James Cameron, Vince Pace, Tom Rothman, Gene Simmons, Mick Hocking

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 2, 2011 at 11:28AM

The 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit and the 2nd Annual 3D Gaming Summit has lined up a roster of speakers for their event September 20 through 22 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit and the 2nd Annual 3D Gaming Summit has lined up a roster of speakers for their event September 20 through 22 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

Among the speakers at these events are director James Cameron and Vince Pace, both co-chairman of the Cameron Pace Group, as well as Tom Rothman, the chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, rocker/mogul Gene Simmons, and Mick Hocking, Sony’s Vice President of Worldwide Computer Entertainment, who will analyze the role of 3-D in a variety of platforms including theatrical films, home entertainment, advertising, gaming, and broadcast.

Cameron, who headlines the conference, is a staunch advocate for the 3-D format. In May Cameron analyzed the current state of 3-D.

Recently the director, who is writing two sequels to his 3-D blockbuster Avatar, wants the price of 3-D to come down, as well as higher quality 3-D fare:

This is a good moment for Hollywood to acknowledge that they have to try harder to maintain the idea that 3D is a premium experience. We can't take cheap routes to offer a 3D title in the marketplace.

Cameron and other leaders in the 3-D and media world will tackle topics at the summit including "3D Theatrical & Home Entertainment Trends in 2011 and Beyond," "3D Storytelling - 2D to 3D, 3D to 2D, 3D to 3D", "3D & The International Marketplace," and "Impact & Challenges of Live 3D." For more about the 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit and the 2nd Annual 3D Gaming Summit go here.

[Photograph by Miles Aldridge, The New Yorker]

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Hollywood, Web/Tech, Digital Future, Exhibition, Production , James Cameron, Avatar, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.