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X-Post: The Great 4K Debate!

Please reserve your spot at the LA Digital Media User Group!

On Wednesday June 18th we will have a 4K debate/ panel discussion. 


6:00PM - Meet, Greet & Eat

7:00PM - Panel Discussion

Followed by Q&A


4K has become a hot topic in both the content and distribution world.  The floor at CES was covered in 4K capable devices, TV’s and service providers.  As CE manufacturers, namely Samsung and Sony, tout and push their new 4K TV's and streaming devices, the question remains if there will be enough content to support them.  4K content is neither cheap to produce nor render in post production.  Will content producers from major studios to independent film makers choose to adopt the new technology and create content using 4K cameras?  Will studios and post production facilities support the new format?  Will CDN’s be able to compress the files and provide 4K streaming capabilities so consumers can watch these titles in comfort of their home.  There are many unanswered questions regarding 4K but the battle is heating up. 


Casey Frith-Smith, VP, Video Solutions at FOX Network Engineering & Operations, leads a team of technical and project managers in the development and ongoing maintenance of video and application initiatives for FOX, FX, National Geographic and other FOX Networks Group sites and apps. He works with OEMs and service providers to deploy and maintain robust video delivery platforms for consumers. 



Based in Los Angeles, Mark Turner manages Dolby’s relationships with major Hollywood studios, sourcing content using Dolby’s technologies including the new enhanced video technology, Dolby® Vision. Mark has spent 18 years in business and new product development for technology and entertainment companies. His expertise spans offerings including digital cinema; digital home delivery through cable, broadcast, and satellite; Internet television; mobile devices; and the convergence of these delivery systems. Prior to Dolby, Mark worked for Microsoft, running strategic engagements with major media aggregators (such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube) and major studios, and he built innovative metadata-based interactive products, including Microsoft® Silverlight™ enhanced movies.


Hollywood strategist and veteran post production executive and founder and CEO of New Antics. Most recently, he was CEO of Next Element, a non-linear digital post production company that was purchased by Deluxe Digital Media. Long oversaw the global deployment of new technology and software for Deluxe. Previously he was CEO of Iconix Cameras, a leader in the miniature and stereo production camera business.


As Post Producer and Digital Intermediate Supervisor at Light Iron, Katie Fellion has worked on dozens of projects - consulting, advising, and supervising through all stages of the post process.  She was the DI Producer for both The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and oversaw the on-set data processing and DI for Hitchcock and Ender’s Game. Katie came to Light Iron in 2009 from PlasterCITY Digital Post, where in addition to post producing, she played an integral role in guiding PlasterCITY through their first Stereoscopic Digital Intermediate.  Prior to her tenure with PlasterCITY, Katie served as New Media Assistant Director for CBS Radio’s 97.1 KLSX, leading the re-design of the company’s award-nominated website.


When not producing television, Matthew Lewis has spent the last 15 years developing & deploying emerging technologies for the studio system. As an instructor in the Kodak Cinematography Workshop Program, Matthew spent a substantial amount of time dealing with imaging science, and was a member of the team that tested Kodak's specialty film stock designed specifically for digital scanning. Today, Matthew is among the handful of Los Angeles-based producers who are acquiring, editing, and finishing in 4K for international television delivery. Matthew's company Angel Valley Media operates one of the only fully independent 4K production and post facilities in Los Angeles that have actually completed full cycles of end-to-end 4K television production. Matthew's recent producing work includes "Capture" for the CW Network, and is currently Executive Producing two upcoming series for Discovery Networks and SyFy.


Debra Kaufman has been a freelance editor in the field of entertainment technology since 1988; her stories have been in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Reuters, Bloomberg Business News as well as every leading entertainment industry trade publication including American Cinematographer, International Cinematographers Guild Magazine, Film & Video, Television Broadcast etc. She is a writer at the United Nations Department of Public Information (NYC) and UNESCO's Culture division (Paris), a writer/editor at UCLA in a research division (Chicano Studies Research Center) and for the Journal of Symbolic Logic (Mathematics Department). She is a moderator of panels at Produced By, National Association of TV Producers, National Association of Broadcasters, Digital Hollywood, Consumer Electronics Show and the American Film Institute among many others.



Food and beverages will be provided, so that we don't listen to a great debate on an empty stomach :)


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