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ETC’s Digital Town Square Symposium on 5G

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC held its Digital Town Square, 5G: Planning and Piloting First M&E Services, on December 10, 2019, hosted by ETC member company, Bluescape, at the Haworth Furniture Showroom Penthouse in Los Angeles. 

Industry experts invited to the half-day forum discussed 5G technologies’ impact upon media and entertainment production, composition, distribution, and consumption. Presentations and a panel covered topics ranging from the transforming nature of storytelling to the more granular and technical aspects of networked production.

The Program:

5G Fixed Wireless: Cable in the Crossfire

  • Bill Stueber, Managing Partner, Telecom Partners
  • Erik Weaver, Director, Special Projects, ETC@USC (Moderator)

M&E’s First Site-Specific Networks

  • Christian Guirnalda, Director, 5G Labs & Innovation, Verizon
  • Naotaka Sato, Wireless Communication Standardization Manager, Sony Corporation
  • Ryo Sawai, PhD, Deputy General Manager, Sony Corporation
  • Hanno Basse, President, Decentralized Media Solutions, Live Planet (Moderator)

Remote, Agile Capture

  • Daniel Pisarski, VP, Engineering NA, LiveU
  • Michael Chambliss, Advanced Production Technology Specialist, ICG, Local 600

Turning the 5G Network into an Agile Monetization Platform

  • Yogen Patel, VP/Head of Product & Solutions Marketing, Amdocs
  • David Wertheimer, Investor, Board Member, Former President Digital, Fox/Fox Sports (Moderator)


  • Andrew Alleman, Chief Architect of Advanced Network Solutions, Intel
  • Paul McLachlan, Head of Data Scientist (SFO), Principal Data Scientist, Global AI Accelerator, Ericsson
  • Kunal Jathal, Senior Audio Engineer, Verizon XR
  • Hardie Tankersley, VP Solutions Consulting & VR, SilverDraft Computing

5G: Are There Health Concerns?

  • Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, Professor, UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Joachim Zell, VP Technology, EFILM/Deluxe (Moderator)

Let’s Talk About ‘X’ – Mixed Reality in a 5G World

  • Craig Evans, CEO, Digital Nation Entertainment
  • Luke Ritchie, Head of XR and Interactive Arts, Nexus Studios
  • Sebastian Sylwan, CTO and Creative Partner, Felix & Paul Studios
  • Moderator: David Nelson, Creative Director, MxR Lab, USC Institute for Creative Technology

Anatomy of a Virtual Being (in a 5G Ecosystem)

  • Pete Billington, Co-Founder/Director, Fable Studios



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