By Sahil Patel
UCLA and USC, the two most prominent film schools in California, are teaming up for a conference called “Transforming Hollywood: The Future of Television.” Scheduled for Friday, April 4 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, the event aims to examine the “radical changes taking place in the American television industry for creators, distributors, and audiences.”
Confirmed speakers include Joe Lewis, head of original comedy programming at Amazon Studios; George Strompolos, CEO of Fullscreen; Allen DeBevoise*, chairman and CEO of Machinima; and the talent behind hit online shows like “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” (Bernie Su) and “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” (Issa Rae).
“Transforming Hollywood” is presented by The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation, and a partnership between the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
For the previous four years, the annual event used to go by another name: “Transmedia, Hollywood.”
* Allen DeBevoise is an investor in VideoInk