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ETC to Hold Digital Town Square Symposium on 5G

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC is hosting its next Digital Town Square, 5G: Planning and Piloting First M&E Services, on December 10, 2019, from 10:15am to 4:30pm in downtown Los Angeles. 

ETC will be inviting industry experts to a half-day forum discussing 5G technologies’ impact upon media and entertainment production, composition, distribution, and consumption. There will be presentations and a panel covering topics ranging from the transforming nature of storytelling to the more granular and technical aspects of networked production.

Speaker Line Up:

  • Andrew Alleman, Chief Architect of Advanced Network Solutions, Intel
  • Pete Billington, Co-Founder, Fable
  • Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, Professor, UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Christian Guirnalda, Director, Verizon 5G Labs
  • Bill Stueber, Managing Partner, Telecom Partners
  • Sebastian Sylwan, CTO & Creative Partner, Felix & Paul Studios
  • Hardie Tankersly, VP Solutions Consulting and VR, Silverdraft Supercomputing
  • Martin Wahl, Principal Program Manager, Industry Accelerators, Microsoft

Additional speakers TBA.

The Symposium is open to senior technology, business production and distribution executives working at the studios, networks, OTTs, live event and creative service companies, content creators, and senior executives and technologists at the Telcos and computer software and cloud service companies. Closed door, safe harbor, no media.

The event is INVITATION ONLY with a curated audience. Invitations are non-transferable and fee-free. ETC reserves the right to calibrate the audience to support a thorough, balanced and open dialogue. To request an invitation, contact: Please register only if you can attend.


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  • To advance technology and innovation within the entertainment industry
  • To provide a neutral setting for the entertainment industry, technology and electronics companies and to identify and discuss pressing issues
  • To understand the impact of technology on the consumer experience and the creative process
  • To connect and leverage the University of Southern California’s extensive research facilities, faculty and student body with companies
  • To provide insight about emerging consumer habits
  • To convene industry peer groups and partners to share knowledge and experience
  • To create an environment for testing and evaluation of proposed technology solutions
  • To help identify new business models for the entertainment industry
  • To improve the consumer experience and advance the art of entertainment as the 21st century unfolds

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