TheGrill Starts Today: See John Singleton, Grace Helbig and Fox TV Bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman

Topics at this year’s conference include how to make deals with China, the future of AR/VR and a conversation with three powerhouse producers

TheWrap’s annual Grill conference kicks off at 11 a.m. PT on Monday, beginning two days of discussion about the convergence of the entertainment and technology, at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Speakers at the 2017 conference include Fox Television Group co-chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton, Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern, ICM Partners’ Chris Silberman, veteran producer Nina Jacobson and YouTube innovator Grace Helbig.

The conference opens with series of panels discussing the future of China and its role in the entertainment industry with executives from CAA, DMG Entertainment, Youku Tudou Inc. and Infotainment China, among others.

That will be followed by two panels about the direction of AR/VR, featuring Vicki Beck, Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB; Robert Lister, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Business Development Officer, IMAX; Jan Pinkava, Creative Director, Google Spotlight Series; Peter Akemann, President, Skydance Interactive; and Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures.

In addition, Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton will sit down to discuss his career, from 1991’s “Boyz N the Hood” to his recent FX drama “Snowfall,” and everything in between.

Other panels on Monday include a conversation with REDEF CEO Jason Hirschhorn, a panel about how to build a forward-looking media company in a multi-platform world, and an in-depth conversation between TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman and Fox bosses Walden and Newman.

Tuesday’s panels will tackle the revolution in entertainment marketing, with Megan Colligan of Paramount Pictures and Thai Randolph of Laugh Out Loud; the impending wave of consolidation in entertainment, moderated by Second Ave Partners CEO Mike Slade; and a discussion about Hollywood’s diversity challenge with mitú Founding Partner and CEO Beatriz Acevedo and Lionsgate TV’s Sandra Stern.

There will also be a conversation with three powerhouse producers, Nina Jacobson of Color Force, Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and Darren Throop of Entertainment One, as well as two roundtable sessions with leading producers and Silicon Beach entrepreneurs.

TheGrill 2017 will close with the unveiling of TheWrap’s annual Innovators List by Webby-winning YouTube star Grace Helbig and a closing cocktail party at the Montage Hotel.

The full schedule is now available online here.

TheGrill Conference 2017

TheGrill Conference 2017

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