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The Future of Entertainment  & Events - EDU Summit 2021

The Future of Entertainment

& Events - EDU Summit 2021​

The EVENT:​​​​​​

This CSUEA Summit (in partnership with Dolby, Adobe, and the CSU Hospitality & Tourism Alliance) brings together thought leaders in the entertainment, media and events industries to share insights on the evolving landscape and hiring trends for a brighter post-pandemic future.

As an attendee, you will hear directly from industry experts who will share their work, best practices, vision for a more innovative future, and what you need to know to remain at the forefront of the entertainment and event industries. You will also have the opportunity to network with industry and peers, explore company cultures, and discover new career possibilities!

This event is open to Faculty, Staff, Students, & Industry Members worldwide!

The California State University Entertainment Alliance keeps our 23 campuses at the forefront of innovation in entertainment education. Our programs and partnerships help students break into the entertainment industry in a meaningful way. CSU campuses are majority-minority, offering diversity of thought, culture, and background to potential employers. Supporting emerging talent from the CSU ensures representative, inclusive, and diverse content creators are given a shot at changing the face of the industry from the bottom up. ​



Wednesday - April 28, 2021
8am-6pm PST

With 23 campuses and over 437,000 students, we ​are the largest higher education system in the nation.

Over 15,000 CSU students are pursuing entertainment arts & media studies degrees.

3,000+ diverse students will graduate this year, aspiring to careers in entertainment.

The CSU has over 3.4 million alumni. 1 in 10 of California’s workforce is from a Cal State campus.

If you are interested in having a company booth, or being involved as an industry member,
please e-mail Haley Seppa at​​!

Schedule / On-demand Links / Speaker Inf​o

Meet the Speakers!

​8:00 - 8:45 AM

Event Opens: Live DJ, Booths open, and Networking Commences

​8:45 - 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks & Introductions: Dina Ibrahim, Executive Director of The CSU Entertainment Alliance & Professor of Broadcasting & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University​ 

​9:00 - 9:30 AM                   

Delivering a Film in a Pandemic: Post Production with the co-writer/editor of Netflix’s Stowaway -- Ryan Morrison details his journey to design a time saving, remote editing workflow for what has been called the ultimate pandemic film. He'll also discuss his unique career path as both a writer and editor and how to break into the industry.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​9:30 - 10:00 AM 

Vision Quest: The Future of Motion Design with Territory Studio -- Territory Studio is combining design, story, and technology to create groundbreaking effects for Hollywood films and real-world products. Creative Director / Co-Founder Marti Romances will discuss the process of bringing UI and UX to the silver screen, as well as to brands, services, and IP’s. Marti will reveal his Adobe creative toolset used to create experiences for cineastes and consumers alike. Break through the digital noise and walk away with a checklist of do’s and don'ts to apply to your next creative workflow! Watch the on-demand video now!

​10:00 -10:30 AM

Evolving Broadcast Animation Production with Late Night Cartoons -- In 2017 Technical Director Brian Maffitt helped build one of the largest animation studios in New York City in record time, going from an empty floor of a Broadway Theater to delivering prime time broadcast episodes in 6 months. Three years later the whole thing had to be reinvented for remote production due to COVID.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​10:30 - 11:00 AM

The Future is Now: Remote Editing Workflows with Adobe -- Remote editing workflows rapidly became the new normal in 2020, and will remain so even after co-located teams return. We’ll talk about what this means for creative workflows & tools, team collaboration, and productivity, and the rise of cloud-powered technologies.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​11:00 - 11:30 AM​

Dolby Introduction & Keynote Session - watch the on-demand video now!

​​11:00 - 11:30 AM

Shifting Animation Workflow Investment to the Cloud with Scott LaFleur, Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services and Aubry Mintz, Director of the School of Art at CSU Long Beach​. Watch the on-demand video now!

​​11:00 - 11:30 AM​

​​From Localization to Globalization: Developing New Talent with Riot Games​ & The Kitchen - watch the on-demand video now!

​11:30 - 12:30 PM

​Paradigm Shifts in Audio and Visual Technology with Dolby -- Leaders in our Audio and Visual technology give an overview of their respective fields and how they continue to innovate in a moderated discussion.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​12:30 - 1:00 PM

​Dolby Discussion Group #1 | Dolby’s Company Culture -- Get an inside look at our innovative environment where art and science meet.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​12:30 - 1:00 PM

​Dolby Discussion Group #2 | Dolby U Internship Program -- Learn more about our year-round internship opportunities in both tech and non-tech areas. Watch the on-demand video now!

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Dolby ​Discussion Group #3 | Meet Dolby's Early Career Hires -- Join a panel talk with our recent intern conversion hires as they discuss transitioning from a student to a new hire.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​12:30 - 1:00 PM​

​​Gamers for Social Change: A look at Unity for Humanity watch the on-demand video now!

​1:00 - 1:50 PM

:50 2:00PM

​Dolby Institute Talk & Dolby Atmos Demo -- Learn how we are educating, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of content creators in movies, music, TV, and games. Includes a live Dolby Atmos demo.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

Dolby Closing Remarks

​1:00 - 2:00 PM

A Practical Discussion on How to Use Multidimensional Sound with Dolby​ watch the on-demand video now!

1:00 - 2:00 PM​

A Practical Discussion on How to Use Dolby Vision HDR​ - watch the on-demand video now!

​1:00 - 1:30 PM

HBOMax: Disrupting Content Marketing​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​1:00 - 2:00 PM​

Skilling up a Diverse Workforce: Content Creation in a Post Pandemic World -- The pandemic has disrupted no other part of the content supply chain more strongly than content creation. The rapid expansion of on-demand streaming platforms is feeding a growing demand for episodic content having the production quality of Hollywood movies. How should educators skill up the next generation of artists while promoting diversity and equitable access to the technologies and processes of tomorrow? Our panel of experts spanning industry and education will explore how we can work together to help shape a better post-pandemic world.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​1:30 - 2:00 PM​​

​​Behind the Scenes: Producing the GRAMMY® Awards 2021 watch the on-demand video now!

​2:00 - 2:30 PM

Intern to Employee: Working with Dolby Atmos -- Hear from the leaders who started their careers as interns and are now hiring managers and what they look for in future employees.​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​2:00 - 2:30 PM

Intern to Employee: Working with Dolby Vision -- Hear from the leaders who started their careers as interns and are now hiring managers and what they look for in future employees. Watch the on-demand video now!

​2:00 - 2:45 PM

Super Bowl Halftime; The 24 Minute Miracle -- Come and hear Super Bowl veteran Bryan Ransom talk about how he leads a team of 500 to create the ultimate event... the Super Bowl Halftime Show!​ Watch the on-demand video now!

​3:45 - 3:25 PM

​Build it and They Will Come'- Creating Venues for Today Top Artists -- Come and hear how Bri Ancia took on the Rock and Roll world, and in the process became the nation's youngest female site coordinator. Watch the on-demand video now!

​3:35 - 4:15 PM


Meeting Experience Design:

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Understand the importance of experiences as time well spent

2. Differentiate services and time well saved from experiences and time well spent

3. Implement experience design principles into event and event related contexts

4. Shift perspectives to focus more holistically on experiences and intentional touchpoints within events​

Watch the on-demand video now!

​4:15 - 4:50 PM

Behind the Scenes at a 24 hour a day Global Conference of World Leaders: 

Participants will get a glimpse of how to produce a 3-day, round the world, round the clock global conference with the largest philanthropists and global leaders at the Skoll World Forum.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Understand the scope of planning for this unique and challenging event

2. Grasp the "Event Science" behind this event and its vast number of key stakeholders

3. Explain how virtual event design can be accomplished around the globe​

Watch the on-demand video now!​

​4:50 - 5:05 PM

​Event Wrap Up: How do we move forward in a post-pandemic creative world? Watch the on-demand video now!

5:05 - 6:00 PM

DJ & Networking Hour



Each booth will have different levels of opportunity & interactions available - please check in at the booths on the day of the event to find out more details!


​1.12:00 – 12:30 pm, PST: “Adventures in Moviemaking”

      • Susan Bloom, Asst. Professor of Post-Production, Cal State Long Beach
      • John Delacruz, Associate Professor of Advertising Creative, San Jose State
      • Students pushed the creative envelope during lock-down. SJSU and CSULB challenged students to script, shoot, edit a 3 minute movie using Adobe Premiere Rush on their smartphones over a week. The process was captured in a Spark Page, industry pros judged the event and we held a virtual screening. 

2. 1:30 – 2:00 pm PST:“Knowing Onions and Cutting Teeth: Introducing Creative Ad students to Adobe CC Fundamentals”

      • John Delacruz, Associate Professor of Advertising Creative, San Jose State
      • Embedding craft skills into the advertising curriculum with Adobe CC, from Spark to Photoshop, Illustrator to Portfolio. SJSU refocused their Advertising Creative track curriculum around familiarity with Adobe CC as a tool box for creativity, ideation and storytelling.

CSU Media Arts Festival
CSU Virtual Arts Concert
Dakar Interactive
Dolby - Recruiters available for questions after 1:00 pm PST 
NewFilmmakers LA
Music Forward Foundation - House of Blues​
Parker Dewey - Microinternships​
Pipelines Pro​ - 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST - Pipelines representatives will be here to answer your questions.

      • ​​Pipelines is a mobile app that connects underrepresented talent to job and training opportunities in tech, entertainment, and creative industries, and companies to a vast pool of diverse talent.
      • ​​Who it’s for: 
        • ​Students/Talent interested in tech, entertainment, and creative careers and/or training
        • Non-profit/Youth training orgs with a focus in tech, entertainment, and creative
        • Companies across these same 3 industries​

Queer Aesthetics Magazine​
SD Meetings & Events


Made Possible With the Generous Support ​of:​

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