Surging International Interest in 3D A Major Focus Of Three Day Event September 20-22 At Hollywood & Highland; China, Korea, Hungary Among International Participants
Unicomm, a leading event management company, and The Bob Dowling Group announced today that the burgeoning international 3D marketplace will be a primary focus of their upcoming 4Th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit(R) presented in association with Variety, scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, September 20-22, 2011 at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA.
The 3D Entertainment Summit(R) brings together thought leaders from around the globe to analyze 3D in all platforms — theatrical, home entertainment, gaming, advertising, and alternative content. As further testimony to 3D’s broadening influence, ESPN 3D, the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010, is Title Sponsor of the event. The conference explores where 3D has been and, more importantly, where it is headed: an unfiltered, in-depth “state-of-the-industry” look at the future of a rapidly evolving global marketplace. The 3D Entertainment Summit(R) is co-located with the 3D Gaming Summit: 3D Gaming & Beyond(R) and the LA Mobile Entertainment Summit(R). Together the three conferences comprise the most comprehensive array of experts, research and analysis covering the 3D and mobile entertainment sectors. Attendees will gain practical insight into technology developments, market considerations, adoption rates, creative and production strategies, content aggregation, talent and licensing issues.
In addition, the conference will offer expansive footage of 3D entertainment and sports programming from around the globe, much of it never seen in this country, as well as in-depth research analysis and panel sessions to explore and quantify the global 3D footprint.
“At least one in four of the world’s screens are now 3D-capable,” reports Charlotte Jones, Senior Analyst, Film and Cinema for HIS Screen Digest. “This trend is driven by strong and continued investment in key international markets as well as further geographic expansion of 3D screens to new territories — digital 3D can now be experienced by consumers in over 100 theatrical markets worldwide.
“The run of exceptional growth in international theatrical markets has been instrumental in achieving a current worldwide total in excess of 30,000 3D screens as of June 2011,” continues Jones. “That’s more than double the number at the same point last year.” Ms. Jones and her colleague Helen Davis, Senior Analyst, Home Entertainment, will present an address on Screen Digest’s “3D Theatrical & Home Entertainment Trends 2011.”
Day One of the conference features a panel discussion entitled “3D and the International Marketplace,” which identifies international 3D game changers and examines their content sources, long term plans, and the challenges facing the global 3D expansion. The conference will highlight expanded entertainment, sports and alternative content programming on broadcast and cable television outlets worldwide. Presentations include a 3D State of the State Q & A session with top executives and luminaries on the global future of 3D; reports on stereoscopic developments in such territories as China, Korea, and Hungary; a 3D User Experience Technical Summit provided by 3D @ Home Consortium filled with important global market information for all 3D professionals, and a report from the International 3D Society, an international 3D trade organization.
“3D is now a global business with traditional and emerging new players on every continent,” says Jim Chabin, President and CEO of the International 3D Society, which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of its worldwide chapters over the past year. “We’ll share some never-before-seen content from 3D Society members overseas which will demonstrate the power of this new art form.”
“From its inception in 2008, the 3D Entertainment Summit(R) has focused on the most current and far-reaching effects of 3D,” says Bob Dowling, the conference co-chair. “This year the summit will focus on the explosion of 3D product in the international marketplace.”
A partial list of keynote speakers at the 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit(R) includes: Michael V. Lewis, Chairman/CEO & Co-Founder, RealD; John Revie, Senior Vice President of Home Entertainment Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America; Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Production, and Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO, Cinedigm Digital Cinema.
Sponsors for the 3D Entertainment Summit(R) include: Title Sponsor ESPN 3D; Premier Sponsors RealD (Conference 3D Provider), LG Cinema 3D and Samsung; Official Screen Sponsor Harkness Screens; Official Sponsor MasterImage 3D; Supporting Sponsors Volfoni and Dolby; Sponsors Polaroid, NVIDIA, IMAX, Technicolor, DDD, Azuna and Strong/MDI Screens; Event Partners KOTRA (Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency) and KMCM USA (KOTRA’s Korea Media & Content Market), and Supporter HITA (Hungarian Investment & Trade Development Agency).