LOS ANGELES–Bob Dowling, President of The Bob Dowling Group, and Unicomm, LLC, announced today that Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender; Sixth Sense) and Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies, will be joining Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, as Keynote Speakers at the 3rd annual 3D Entertainment Summit™ presented in association with Variety. The two-day conference is scheduled for September 15-16 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, CA.
“Using new creative techniques to tell stories with fierce and brilliant intelligence has been the hallmark of M. Night Shyamalan’s remarkable career,” said Dowling, “and we look forward to his insights into the immersive narrative possibilities of 3D as one of our Keynote Speakers.” M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed the 1999 breakout hit Sixth Sense, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay; other notable films include Unbreakable (2001), Signs (2002), The Happening (2008) and the current box office hit, The Last Airbender.
“As President of Sony Pictures Technologies, Chris Cookson’s mandate is to oversee the use of hardware and software in the service of content creation and creators across Sony’s vast entertainment space,” Dowling said. “Few executives can speak more authoritatively than Chris about the critical importance of company-wide integration of technology and creativity to maximize audience response to 3D in all its platforms.”
Premier Sponsors of the 3D Entertainment Summit™ presented in association with Variety include: RealD, the conference 3D provider; Sony Electronics, including its Digital Cinema Solutions group which is the official projection sponsor of the general sessions; Official Sponsors include: MASTERIMAGE 3D; Supporting Sponsors include: Samsung Electronics; Sponsors include: NVIDIA Corporation, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Hyundai, Technicolor, BSAT Labs (2D to 3D conversion), JVC U.S.A, VOLFONI 3D Eyewear, Legend 3D, Sensio Technologies, IMAX Corporation, Dolby Laboratories, SRS Labs, Panavision, DreamWorks and Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company,; Screen Sponsors: Harkness Screens and Strong / MDI Screen Systems; Supporters: Micoy Corporation, GUNNAR Optiks, American Paper Optics, Lightspeed Design, Inc. / DepthQ, Roxio, Quantel Inc., Spatial View, Marchon 3D, Reliance MediaWorks and Transilwrap Company Inc.; Industry Partners: Interpret LLC, ICG Magazine, JUMP! 3D, Screen Digest, S3DGA (The S-3D Gaming Alliance) and Meant to Be Seen (mtbs3D.com), the foremost authority group on consumer S-3D gaming and entertainment.