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October 30, 2017
Plans for the Hollywood Chamber’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference is well under way. The half-day conference will be held at Loews Hollywood Hotel slated for November 30th. The program will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a comprehensive agenda through 1:30 p.m. Early Bird Special rate through Friday, November 17th is $129. Admission thereafter is $159.

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The conference will start with a candid conversation with Def Jam Recordings Co-founder and hip-hop icon Russell Simmons. Discussion will revolve around current projects such as the return of Def Comedy Jam to HBO, and how the change in industry trends have made an impact on projects.

Russell Simmons, Chairman & CEO of Rush Communications, is an entrepreneur, producer and author. He co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings in 1983 and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons' company, Rush Communications Inc. includes over a dozen businesses and three non-profits. In 2017, Simmons was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 23 in the list of 200 Most Influential Social-Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Worldwide.

Simmons will be interviewed by Andrew Barker, Senior Features Writer at Variety.

The Entertainment Conference will also include the presentation of the Commitment to California Award, which will go to an entertainment executive who has made a tremendous impact on our great state. Past honorees have included Ted Sarandos, Roy Price, Vin Di Bona, Michael Chiklis, Shawn Ryan, and Anthony E. Zuiker.

“Since this conference was first held six years ago, it has quickly grown into a major confab to discuss the future of our signature industry,” noted Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler. “Last year’s event drew widespread media attention. We expect this year to be no different.”
Susanne Ault of Variety and Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures Entertainment are co-chairs of the 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference. Vin Di Bona will return in his role as emcee for the sixth consecutive year.

A host of businesses have lined up to support and sponsor the conference. Sponsors of the conference include Variety as Presenting Sponsor and Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building as Platinum Sponsor. Breakfast Level sponsors includes FilmL.A., Inc., Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media. Gold Level sponsors include City National Bank, Harman Press, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media. Silver Level include AT&T, Belmont Village Hollywood Hills, California IATSE Council (CIC), Capitol Music Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Emerson College, First Entertainment Credit Union, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, The Walt Disney Company.

For more information about the State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, contact Kaylee Kiecker at kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net.
Loews Hotel is located at 1755 N Highland Ave in Hollywood. Register online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events
About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 96 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. Jeff Zarrinnam, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

For more information please visit: www.hollywoodchamber.net.

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