The fifth annual State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety discussed the topic of “Global Hollywood” at Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, November 30th. The conference is the pre-eminent local forum that focuses on the importance of the Entertainment Industry to California and steps that need to be taken to keep it healthy.
“Our planning committee has put together the most comprehensive program on the issues and opportunities affecting this industry,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. “We are delighted with the high caliber of speakers and public officials at the conference this year.”
Event co-chairs this year were Sharon Keyser, Senior VP, Real Estate Government & Community Relations for Paramount Pictures and Doug Troy, COO and CFO for Trailer Park. Producer Vin Di Bona returned once again as emcee of the event. The conference opened with a greeting from Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing Hollywood.
A special one-on-one interview on “The State of the Music Industry” was conducted between Zach Katz, President, U.S. Repertoire & Marketing, BMG Entertainment and Andrew Barker, Senior Features Writer of Variety.
Fariba Kalantari, DDS, Chair of the Hollywood Chamber Board presented to Michelle Jubelirer Chief Operating Officer of Capitol Music Group a recognition plaque for Capitol Records marking the 75th anniversary of the legendary recording company.
A panel discussed “Hollywood Without Borders: The Global Entertainment Industry.” Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, Television of Variety moderated. Panelists included David Eilenberg, President, ITV Entertainment; Michael Grindon, President of Worldwide Distribution, Legendary TV; Dana Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer, Skydance Media; Jason Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer, Digital and New Media Group, STX Entertainment; and Michael Kagan, Founding Partner, ICM Partners.
Senator Ben Allen representing the 26th District provided legislative updates related to the entertainment industry.
A spotlight conversation including Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission, and Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc, and Actor Jon Huertas was held on the successful rollout of the State’s new film incentives, with information on what comes next.
Victor Coleman, Founder, CEO & Chairman of Hudson Pacific Properties welcomed Netflix to Hollywood. Actress Drew Barrymore from the upcoming Netflix series, “Santa Clarita Diet” presented The Commitment to California Award to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. The conference finished with an interview with Sarandos conducted by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor in Chief, Variety.
A host of businesses lined up to support and sponsor the conference. In addition to presenting sponsor Variety, the Platinum Luncheon Sponsor was the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building.
Breakfast sponsors included Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Trailer Park and Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media.
Gold level sponsors included California I.A.T.S.E Council, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., Inc., First Entertainment Credit Union, Harman Press, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media, and Skydance Media.
Silver level sponsors included APM Music, AT&T, Capitol Music Group, Comcast|NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Gensler, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood American Legion Post #43, The MBS Group, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company.
Additional supporters include Mole-Richardson and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.
About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 95 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Fariba Kalantari, DDS, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2016-17, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.