Microsoft
Production Summit

Presented by NVIDIA & Unreal Engine

Los Angeles, Coming Soon - July, 2023
Learn More

Microsoft
Production Summit

Presented by NVIDIA
& Unreal Engine

Los Angeles, Coming Soon - July, 2023
Learn More

Microsoft
Production Summit
Presented by NVIDIA
& Unreal Engine

The global media and entertainment technology landscape has made tremendous advancements in recent years. The advent of artificial intelligence, real-time technologies, and cloud-enabled workflows are set to completely reinvent production pipelines. To address the growing demand for high quality content while maintaining tight timelines in a globally distributed workforce, studios are looking for the latest innovations to help accelerate content creation and delivery, while finding new ways to monetize content archives.

Who

Global giants Microsoft, NVIDIA & Unreal Engine have partnered to bring you Microsoft Production Summit; with two full days of programming showcasing the intersection of technology and content creation. We would like for you to join us.

This special invite-only event will bring together studio executives, producers, and media tech evangelists who are eager to expand their knowledge and learn about latest trends and technologies in virtual production, digital humans, virtual worlds, artificial intelligence, and real-world cloud production workflows.

RSVP
2022 Event Speakers

Listen, Learn, Get inspired.

Spot
Agile Mobile Robot
WPP

Elijah Allan-Blitz
Director


Pam Allison
Head of Consumer Strategy and Partnerships
5G Labs
Dani Bellar Pilukas
Creativity &
Production Logistics

Nathalie Bergeron
Industry Marketing Manager
of Media & Entertainment
Epic Games
Daniel H. Birman
Director and Producer
Daniel H. Birman Productions

Rod Bogart
Virtual Production Tools Team
Epic Games

Will Cannady
Technical Product Manager
Extended Reality
NVIDIA
JP Castel
Vice President of Product
Evercast

Rick Champagne
Global Media & Entertainment Industry Strategy and Marketing, NVIDIA
Stephen Chandler
Infrastructure Architect
Co-Founder
Catalyst VP
Vonn Christenson
Co-founder
Chief Executive Officer
ZeroNox
Jacqueline Cooper
Co-Founder of CG Pro
& Head of Community
and Placement
Edward Dawson-Taylor
CG Pro Co-Founder
Head of School

Karen Dufilho
Executive Producer
Content Partnerships
Epic Games
Paul Fleschner
Producer


Barbara Ford Grant
President
NEP Prysm Stages

Ian Fursa
Virtual Production Supervisor
Founder of VP Toolkit
Co-founder of Catalyst
Lauren Giannetti
Vice President of Business Development
BrandStar Studios
Phil Galler
Principal and Founder
Lux Machina

Erick Geisler
Director / Producer
Creative Director
To Whom It May Concern...
Rick Grandy
Principal Solutions Architect
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
NVIDIA
Nick Greer
Senior Solutions Architect at HP
HP Teradici

Christina Heller
CEO
Metastage

Joseph Incandela
Professor of Physics and Vice Chancellor
UC Santa Barbara
Greg Jones
Director of Global Business Development, XR and CloudXR Product Manager
NVIDIA
Connie Kennedy
Los Angeles
Lab Director
Epic Games

Josh Kerekes
Head of Virtual Production
Pixomondo


Michael Koperwas
Supervisor, Creative
Development & Visual Design
ILMxLAB

Andrea Kott
President
BrandStar Studios


Michael Krulik
Product Marketing
and Video Product Evangelist
Avid

Daisy Leak
Executive Producer
Magnopus


Rob Legato
VFX Supervisor, Director
President
KTM Productions

Cynthia Littleton
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Variety


Jess Loren
Chief Executive Officer
To Whom It May Concern...


Ian Main
Distinguished Technologist
HP

Barbara Marshall
Global M&E Industry Strategy
Z by HP - HP Inc.

Jorge Martinez
Sales & Operations Director Latin America
stYpe
Tupac Martir
Founder
Satore Studio

John McVay
Head of Teradici
Strategic Alliances
HP
David Morin
Industry Relations, Epic Games
Executive Director, Academy Software Foundation
Jeff Morrison
Engineer and Technologist
BrandStar Studios

Janet Muswell
SVP of Visual Effects
HBO

Perry Nightingale
SVP for Creative AI
WPP

Sheri Nimtz
Enterprise XR Global
Partnership Manager
NVIDIA
Gabriel Paiva
Speaker and Instructor
CG Pro

Jimmy Parker-Barratt
Strategy Director
Microsoft's Worldwide
Media & Entertainment
Peter Phok
Executive Producer


Joanna Popper
Metaverse
Executive

Jerome Prescod
Senior Program Manager
Content Security
Disney
Steve Read
Vice President
& Head of Studio
Versatile Media Ltd.
Jesse Redniss
CEO & Co-Founder
Qonsent

Spencer Reynolds
Stage Supervisor
Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studios
David Ethan Sanders
Director, Cinematographer and Producer
DSP LLC
Jason Schugardt
VFX Supervisor
NVIDIA

Lori H. Schwartz
CEO and Founder
StoryTech

Sally Slade
Co-Founder and CTO
Voltaku

Joel Sloss
Sr. Program Manager
for Media Security
Microsoft
Damien Stolarz
CPO
Evercast

Kat Sullivan
Senior Director
of Interaction Design
WPP
Chris Taylor
Director for ME-ISAC
Director of Security
Skydance Media
Corey Tedrow
Film and Television
Production

Ray Thompson
Senior Director of Partner
and Industry Marketing
Avid Technology
Nikola Todorovic
Co-founder and CEO
Wonder Dynamics

Onyi Udeh
Co-Founder & CEO
Pipeline

Jason Waskey
Principal Creative Director
Mixed Reality Capture Studios

A.J. Wedding
Co-Founder
Orbital Studios

Katie Wells
Physical and
Digital Film

Stephen Wilcox
Camera VFX
director

Erik “Wolfie” Wolford
Cinematographer


Veronica Yip
Product Manager & Product Marketing Extended Reality
NVIDIA
Dean Zimmerman
Award-Winning Editor


Microsoft Production Summit Presented By NVIDIA
& Unreal Engine

What

A two-day event filled with tech and media and entertainment industry professionals who will be sharing their experiences and insights on cloud-enabled tools that exist today, and how to immediately utilize them in your projects. You will also learn about new technologies that will have the greatest impact over the next five years. As a small private event, Production Summit will also create opportunities to learn directly from industry thought leaders, while providing an open forum to share ideas.

Where

Event to be held in Burbank at XRM Media which houses multiple stages and an XR volume that will feature our main keynote programming.

When

Coming Soon - July, 2023!

Exclusive

At our Microsoft, NVIDIA & Unreal Engine invite-only summit your presence has been requested as a leader in the media and entertainment industry.




Networking

With two full days of programming and evening events you will make valuable connections, meet peers and mentors in the media and entertainment industry and be immersed by all those who are involved with tech in media.


Demonstration

Virtual Production is changing the game, and with that, production workflows are changing rapidly. Join us in experiencing a live demo on a LED volume that showcases how cloud technology can be harnessed to allow for a true collaborative workflow. We will showcase collaborating with artists from around the world to work together simultaneously on a live set.

Defining Virtual Production

Think big, really big. Unreal Engine 5 provides the tools and assets you need to create truly expansive worlds for your players, participants, and stakeholders to explore, using content that scales.
NVIDIA Technology Showcase
A Peek Inside NVIDIA Omniverse Foundational Technology
AI-Driven, Physics-Based Character Animation
From Canvas to 3D with NVIDIA RTX Professional Laptops
Introducing NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud, Connecting 3D Creators Everywhere
The Magic of Maxine - Reinventing Communication with AI
Unreal Engine Case Studies
HBO’s Westworld turns to Unreal Engine for in-camera visual effects
Virtual production expands what’s possible for TV commercials
Gamitronics cuts the cost of animation production by 65%
MetaHumans star in Treehouse Digital’s animated short horror film The Well
Dinosaurs battle robots in real-time rendered Armored Saurus
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Event Schedule

Don't Miss a Topic on the Event

Thursday, 21st July
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Check-in

Breakfast, Networking/Sponsor Table Visits

10:30 - 10:40 AM

Break

10:40 - 11:10 AM
LED STAGE
Virtual Production

WHY REAL-TIME IS KEY

Versatile Media's State of the Art Virtual Production Studio.

The Executive VP and Head of Studio at Versatile Media shares real world experiences in setting up one of Canada's largest double stages for Virtual Production. He'll share examples of real-time animation in a large-format LED production stage installation.

Presenter

Steve Read - Versatile Media Company Ltd.

Vice President & Head of Studio

10:40 - 11:10 AM
Loft
XR

AUTHENTIC HUMAN CAPTURE

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios.

Believable emotion is the key engine to storytelling. Learn how Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios, and L.A.’s Metastage bring authentic human representation (and emotion) to 3D and 2D production paradigms. This session will showcase how the technology brings depth to every performance, from every angle possible.

Presenters

Spencer Reynolds - Microsoft

Mixed Reality Capture Studios

Christina Heller - MetaStage

CEO

11:10 - 11:20 AM

Break

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM
LED STAGE
Virtual Production

CREATING MAGIC WITH LED WALLS

Integrating Practical Lighting with the Virtual Environment.

CG Pro presents an exciting behind the scenes demo of how to integrate lighting with practical assets and virtual environments.

Presenters

Erik "Wolfie" Wolford - Cinematographer

Ian Fursa - VP Toolkit / Catalyst

Virtual Production Supervisor

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM
Loft
XR

CREATIVE USES FOR VOLUMETRIC VIDEO

Using holographic capture for 2D.

Volumetric video fits easily into the mixed reality world, as 3D experiences need 3D content. Did you know that volumetric capture also works for 2D film and video? In this session, you'll learn about use cases from BTS, Madonna, Samsung, PGA golf, and more that have used volumetric for successful experiences.

Pesenters

Jason Waskey - Microsoft

Principal Creative Director

Christina Heller - MetaStage

CEO

12:10 - 1:10 PM

LUNCH

Networking/Sponsor Table Visits

1:10 - 2:00 PM
LED STAGE
Cloud
1:10 - 2:00 PM
Loft
AI

THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Principal Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment

There is an explosion of imagination happening around the world. Artists and designers searching for creative solutions are utilizing new techniques to produce their content. From illustration to 3D animation, concept design to product design, creators are finding the tools that accelerate their workflows and open up new possibilities. In this session you will learn about NVIDIA’s platform for visual computing as Rick Grandy discusses the next generation of technology for content creation, curation, and distribution.

Presenter

Rick Grandy - NVIDIA

Principal Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment

2:00 - 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 - 3:00 PM
LED STAGE
AI

AI FOR MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

Transforming the Production Pipeline.

AI is transforming film production pipelines – from dramatically increasing productivity and lowering costs, to increasing creative options and accelerating content monetization. This session will examine how this technology is enabling all new ways of creating and distributing content.

Moderator

Rick Champagne - NVIDIA

Global Media & Entertainment Industry Strategy and Marketing

Speakers

Nikola Todorovic - Wonder Dynamics

Co-founder and CEO

Rick Grandy - NVIDIA

Principal Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment

Greg Jones - NVIDIA

Director of Global Business Development, XR and CloudXR Product Manager

Joel Sloss - Microsoft Azure

Sr. Program Manager for Media Security

2:10 - 3:00 PM
Loft
Remote Collaboration

THE FUTURE OF REMOTE COLLABORATION

Teradici PCoIP and HP Remote Boost.

HP Anyware is the new name for the combined Emmy Award winning technologies of Teradici Cloud Access Software and HP Z Central Remote Boost, which just launched this month. In this session, we'll provide more details on how these solutions can power any private or public cloud, data center, edge, or workstation (running Windows, Linux or MacOS) and will demo HP Anyware and other key features.

Presenter

Nick Greer - HP Teradici

Senior Solutions Architect at HP

3:00 - 3:10 PM

Break

3:10 - 4:00 PM
LED STAGE
Real-Time

REAL-TIME WORKFLOWS

Producing Content Across the Media Landscape From Motion Pictures to the Open Metaverse.

In this session the team from Epic Games will present a chronicle of the real time revolution that is developing in most industries, through a rapid fire of case studies, a deeper dive in the specifics of virtual production, and a demonstration of Unreal Engine 5.

Presenters

David Morin - Epic Games

Industry Relations, Executive Director, Academy Software Foundation

Rod Bogart - Epic Games

Virtual Production Tools Team

Nathalie Bergeron - Epic Games

Industry Marketing Manager, Media & Entertainment

3:10 - 4:00 PM
Loft
Virtual Production

NEW AND EMERGING ROLES

The Virtual Production Pipeline Creates New Career Opportunities.

As virtual production gains momentum, a broad spectrum of industry professionals have embraced cutting-edge technologies and transformed their ways of working. In this session, we'll hear from CG Pro and Lux Machina, as they discuss the evolving industry opportunities available for those looking to move into this rapidly evolving field.

Moderator

Barbara Marshall - Z by HP - HP Inc.

Global M&E Industry Strategy

Speakers

Edward Dawson-Taylor - CG Pro

Co-Founder, Head of School

Ian Fursa - VP Toolkit / Catalyst

Virtual Production Supervisor

Phil Galler - Lux Machina

Principal & Founder

Dani Bellar Pilukas - Lux Machina

Creativity & Production Logistics

4:00 - 4:10 PM

Break

4:10 - 5:00 PM
LED STAGE
Virtual Production
5:00 - 5:10 PM

Break

6:00 - 8:00 PM

MIXER

Friday, 22nd July
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Check-in

Breakfast, Networking/Sponsor Table Visits

10:00 - 11:00 AM
LED STAGE
Keynote

NEXT GEN EXPERIENCES

Dancing Robots that Save the Planet.

Hear how WPP, the world’s largest marketing organization is revolutionizing production and live-performance through robotics, virtual production and telepresence. Discover how Omniverse, Azure and Unreal Engine are powering the next generation of metaverse experiences.

Moderator

Perry Nightingale - WPP

SVP for Creative AI

Speakers

Kat Sullivan - WPP

Senior Director of Interaction Design

Spot - WPP

Agile Mobile Robot

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Break

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
LED STAGE
Cloud

A CONVERSATION WITH STRANGER THINGS

Tales From Delivering Netflix's Top Show from the Post Production Perspective.

Join some of the editors from season 4 of Stranger Things to hear about some of the challenges the team had to overcome in order to deliver the show from a post and VFX perspective, and we will discuss trends affecting editing now and in the future.

Moderator

Raymond Thompson - Avid

Senior Director of Partner and Industry Marketing

Speakers

Dean Zimmerman - ACE

Editor

Kat Naranjo - ACE

Editor

Casey Cichocki - ACE

Editor

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Loft
Virtual Training

SOLVING FOR TALENT AND RESOURCES

Holistic training for the future.

The global explosion in Virtual Production requires a new cadre of technically savvy staff, able to integrate the complex hardware and software from many different companies. How are these critically needed creatives going to acquire the skills to manage the facilities and productions? How can the industry increase competence in the basic tools needed beyond traditional educational outlets like universities and improve diversity at the same time?

Moderator

Barbara Marshall - Z by HP - HP Inc.

Global M&E Industry Strategy

Speakers

Edward Dawson-Taylor - CG Pro

Co-Founder, Head of School

Erik "Wolfie" Wolford - Cinematographer

Jacqueline Cooper - CG Pro

Co-Founder and Head of Community and Placement

Tupac Martir - Satore Studio

Founder

David Ethan Sanders - DSP LLC

Director, Cinematographer and Producer

Damien Stolarz - Evercast

CPO

12:00 - 12:10 PM

Break

12:10 - 1:00 PM
LED STAGE
XR

BUILDING IMMERSIVE WORLDS

Creating Storyworlds, Virtual Collaborations and Simulations.

Immersive experiences are an opportunity to engage with people in a unique and powerful way. This session will highlight pioneers leveraging the latest tools to virtualize environments with Hollywood IP, to educate by optimizing work force training or to ultimately connect people to new Web3 experiences.

Moderator

Rick Champagne - NVIDIA

Global Media & Entertainment Industry Strategy and Marketing

Speakers

Joanna Popper -

Metaverse Executive

Perry Nightingale - WPP

SVP for Creative AI

Elijah Allan-Blitz - Emmy Award Winning VR Director

Michael Koperwas - ILMxLAB

Supervisor, Creative, Development & Visual Design

Daisy Leak - Magnopus

Executive Producer

12:10 - 1:00 PM
Loft
Remote Collaboration

MAKE IT ANYWHERE

The Advantages of Remote Production.

Join this informal chat as we discuss the business and technical opportunities in remote edit and production, and share customer experiences in hybrid production, recruiting and retaining talent, and rethinking the studio in a virtual/remote world.

Moderator

John McVay - HP Teradici

Head of Strategic Alliances

Speakers

Raymond Thompson - Avid

Senior Director of Partner and Industry Marketing

Ian Main - HP Teradici

Distinguished Technologist

Barbara Marshall - Z by HP - HP Inc.

Global M&E Industry Strategy

1:00 - 1:10 PM

Break

1:10 - 2:00 PM
Loft
Cloud

CLOUD EDITING WITH MICROSOFT

Showcasing Industry Forward Cloud Solutions.

In this session Avid will showcase the exciting capabilities of Edit on Demand, a SaaS platform for cloud based editorial. They’ll showcase examples of how working in Azure will lead to greater over the shoulder capabilities including outputting to Microsoft teams. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of how the cloud opens up a broad set of possibilities for sustainability, collaboration and broader access to talent for your editorial pipeline.

Moderator

Raymond Thompson - Avid

Senior Director of Partner and Industry Marketing

Speakers

Michael Krulik - Avid

Product Marketing and Video Product Evangelist

Corey Tedrow - Avid

Film and Television Production

Peter Phok - Phok Productions, LLC

Executive Producer

3:00 - 3:50 PM
LED STAGE
Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY IN MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

Saving the Planet Through Storytelling and Green Initiatives.

The narrative surrounding environmental problems has generally been through the lens of doom and gloom, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Panelists Joseph Incandela, Professor of Physics and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Daniel Birman, President of Birman Productions, Inc., come together to discuss how creative partnerships, accelerated science, technology, and the power of television can create new and entertaining ways of engaging mass audiences to take direct action for a brighter, more sustainable future.

Moderator

Cynthia Littleton - Variety

Co Editor in Chief

Speakers

Dan Birman - Birman Productions

Director and Producer

Joe Incandela - UC Santa Barbara

Professor of Physics and Vice Chancellor

Andrea Kott - Brandstar Studios

President

Vonn Christenson - ZeroNox

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kat Sullivan - WPP

Senior Director of Interaction Design

Jimmy Parker-Barratt - Microsoft

Digital Strategy Director for Media

3:00 - 3:50 PM
Loft
XR

FROM STORYTELLING TO STORYLIVING

A Creative Conversation with ILMxLAB.

Lucasfilm’s award-winning immersive entertainment studio shares their pioneering efforts to create a new era of interactive storytelling through virtual and mixed reality experiences.

Presenter

Michael Koperwas - ILMxLAB

Supervisor, Creative, Development & Visual Design

3:50 - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 - 4:50 PM
LED STAGE
Virtual Production

ADVANCING THE WAY FILMMAKERS TELL STORIES

A Conversation with Rob Legato.

An intimate conversation with three-time Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato (“The Jungle Book, “Hugo,” “Titanic”) who has translated virtual production into a live-action methodology that has become main stay storytelling tools for such directors as James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Jon Favreau.

Moderator

Cynthia Littleton - Variety

Co Editor in Chief

Speaker

Rob Legato - KTM Productions

VFX Supervisor, Director & President

4:00 - 4:50 PM
Loft
Real-Time

EMERGING REAL-TIME REMOTE WORKFLOWS

From virtual video village to color grading in the cloud.

Evercast's Chief Product Officer and VP of Product explore the evolution of remote collaboration across all stages of production. Learn about leading-edge solutions, how studio productions are putting them into practice, and what lies ahead for real-time collaboration as we move further into the cloud.

Moderator

JP Castel - Evercast

Vice President of Product

Speaker

Damien Stolarz - Evercast

CPO

4:50 - 5:00 PM

Break

5:00 - 5:50 PM
LED STAGE
Real-Time

TRENDS IN REAL-TIME ANIMATION

Opportunities in Storytelling.

With a passion for building worlds and stories for today's (and tomorrow's) screens, this panel will share some of their most recent work in real time, and their view of the future of animation.

Moderator

Karen Dufilho - Epic Games

Executive Producer Content Partnerships

Speakers

Rick Grandy - NVIDIA

Principal Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment

Sally Slade - Voltaku

Co-Founder and CTO

Onyi Udeh - Pipeline

Founder

Paul Fleschner - Reel FX Animation

Producer

JP Castel - Evercast

Vice President of Product

5:00 - 5:50 PM
LOFT
XR

THE POWER OF VR

A Conversation with the Director of "The Messy Truth VR Experience", an Emmy Award-Winning Virtual Reality Series.

Through this immersive technology, The Messy Truth gives audiences exactly that as it gives an unsettling look at the timely themes of race, mercy, and redemption through someone else’s eyes

Presenter

Elijah Allan-Blitz - Emmy Award Winning VR Director

5:50 - 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Loft
XR

WHY SECURITY MATTERS

Tales from the Teams Keeping Hollywood IP Safe.

Join a candid conversation about cloud and production security, why it actually matters, and listen to the dissection of recent security catastrophes. Hear from the defenders themselves and understand why security isn't that boring after all.

Moderator

Pam Allison - 5G Labs

Head of Consumer Strategy and Partnerships

Speakers

Jerome Prescod - Disney

Senior Program Manager Content Security

Joel Sloss - Microsoft Azure

Sr. Program Manager for Media Security

Chris Taylor - Skydance Media

Director for ME-ISAC - Director of Security

7:00 - 11:00 PM

Evening Reception

Venue Information

Where to find us.

Location

The conference will take place on the Main XR Stage at XRM Media in Burbank, Los Angeles.

Parking

The venue has an abundance of parking which will be located onsite and free of charge for all attendees.

Hotels

The Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.
This hotel is a 15 minute walk to the venue.

ADDRESS: 2525 N Naomi St., Burbank, CA 91504, USA
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