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Silicon Beach @ USC

Tutor Campus Center | University of Southern California | Sept. 18th, 2013

 Your Future is Here.

Tech Startups. Mobile Apps. Digital Devices. Streaming Entertainment.

Innovation in the technology and entertainment sectors has created unprecedented opportunity in Southern California – are you prepared? Silicon Beach @ USC will feature game-changers and thought leaders from Hollywood studios, technology startups, and academia. We will also recognize the next generation of innovators as we award over $50,000 to participants in the USC Silicon Beach Awards venture competition.This event is your chance to learn from, and connect with, the people who will shape your future. Please join us!


Albert Cheng, Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer, Digital

Media, Disney/ABC Television Group

Dorinda Marticorena, Senior Vice President, WW Marketing & New

Technology, Home Video & Digital Distribution, Warner Brothers

Hamet Watt, Co-founder & Chairman, MoviePass

Jimmy Liu, CEO, Gymflow

Rajiv Maheswaran, CEO, SecondSpectrum

Jens Windau, CEO, AIO Robotics

Ric Whitney, Head of VOD/EST, Intel Media

Andrew Stalbow, Executive VP, Strategic Partnerships, Rovio

David Watson, Director of Product Innovation, Kids, Netflix

Gerry Tellis, Director, USC Center for Global Innovation, and author of: “Unrelenting Innovation.”


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ETC@USC moves offices into The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts

The Entertainment Technology Center@USC is now located at Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street.  The move, completed on July 1, 2013, embeds the ETC offices, meeting and lab space inside the School of Cinematic Arts’ recently renovated state-of-the-art digital media production center located one block from the main campus and a short walk to the School of Cinematic Arts complex.  In addition to ETC, the new location also houses an extensive virtual production lab, green screen and production stage space, screening rooms, and an IMAX large format lab, scheduled to open later this year.

“Physical proximity of ETC to both the resources of the main campus and closer integration with students, faculty and research in the School of Cinematic Arts advances the original vision of the ETC articulated by George Lucas to bring technology and entertainment visionaries together to collaborate on the future of entertainment technology,” said Kenneth Williams, Executive Director and CEO of ETC. “One of the great benefits of the ETC to our members and sponsors is the access we have to the institution of USC.”

These resources combined with a modern, flexible physical layout provide an ideal facility in service to ETC’s sponsors, members and its role as a neutral convener and accelerator for entertainment technology and commerce through research, publications, events, collaborative projects and shared exploratory labs and demonstrations.

The move comes as the ETC embarks on several high profile projects, most notably Content in the Cloud, to develop guidelines and accelerate innovation and adoption of next-gen cloud-based content creation, production, and distribution tools and processes, and Ultra High Definition, to explore future high resolution technology and impact on acquisition, production, distribution and consumption.

The new address and phone numbers are:

Entertainment Technology Center@USC

3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089-7756

Main: 213.821.6166

Fax:   213.821.6165


Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

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The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (

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