MODERATOR: Avi Gandhi (Co Founder, CEO of Spectate)
Avi Gandhi is co-founder and CEO of Spectate. After spending six years building digital media and gaming businesses as an Agent at WME|IMG, earning a coveted spot in 2015 on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Entertainment list, Avi left in 2016 to pursue his vision for the next generation of gaming video. His company, Spectate, lets gamers make videos where the viewer can control the camera to see the action how they want. Gamers and developers can get more information at http://getspectate.com.
Sam Macaroni (Founder, Thundership)
Prior to founding Thundership, Sam Macaroni was an Executive Producer/Director at The Walt Disney Company. He has written and directed successful branded entertainment campaigns for M&M’s, Windex, AT&T, Canon, JCPenney, Hot Wheels, Sony Pictures, Pepsi, Disney, the NFL, and many more. His recent work developing new standards in the budding VR space has garnered major press. Sam has written and directed original VR films for Jaunt, Google, Disney, and more.
As a pioneer in VR, Sam has been teaching Virtual Reality production workshops for film students at USC. He recently spoke at Sundance as part of the "Creative Storytelling in VR" panel.
George Kacevski (Head of Content Development, The Pulse)
As the creative lead at The Pulse Originals, George brings a unique set of skills and experience to his role. Originally a 2D and 3D artist turned editor, he has produced award winning films and worldwide distributed digital series as well as writing and directing VR cinematic and episodic content. A proud advocate of virtual reality storytelling and immersive experiences, George is excited by the potential of this medium and is currently in development on a slate of projects that fully exploit its possibilities.
Zeke Thomas (Executive Producer)
Zeke Thomas is an Executive Producer at Ego 360, a filmmaker, and on-camera talent with over a decade of experience in the entertainment and advertising industries. You may recognize him from ad campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, sketches on Conan, and viral videos that top over 100 MM views across Youtube and Facebook.
At Ego 360 he specializes in immersive storytelling in spherical environments in narrative, branded, and unscripted.
Founded in February of this year, Ego 360 has already amassed an impressive client list including: Legendary Pictures, Nerdist Industries, VidCon, Youtube, Outside TV, and Paramount Pictures just to name a few. Prior to his work at Ego 360, Zeke served as creative producer and interim creative director for Defy Media's Break Youtube channel.
In addition to his duties at Ego 360, he also serves as a Consulting Producer at BlackboxTV Studios where he wrote and produced a zombie musical comedy in association with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment.
He's currently in writing and producing season one of Get Jacked! for Clevver/DEFY which combines pop culture and fitness based comedy.
Clients: Paramount, Legendary, Outside TV, YouTube & more at Ego 360
Andrew Schwartz (Head of Mixed Reality - Radiant Images)
Andrew Schwartz, is a high level technical creative producer on the bleeding edge of reality. This Wizard started his career in television over 20 years ago as a wunderkind visual effects supervisor on projects for NBC, Sony and Jerry Bruckheimer. He quickly transitioned to film and started as a Senior Compositor in 1999, at Rhythm and Hues, on Stuart Little. By 2008, he had comped his way around the world and was now working as a stereoscopic colorist on the 3D feature Journey to The Center of the Earth. Which led him into the Stereo3D world; where he was one of the stereo3D compositor on the blockbusters Avatar, and Alice in Wonderland. Currently, with over 60 credits in film and television, he’s a proven innovator and veteran of the industry. Utilizing his past experiences, 360 and VR came naturally next. Delivering projects from Mini for the New York Times, to working with Lytro on 360 light-fields.
Since joining Radiant Images as Head of Mixed Reality, The Schwartz always brings a unique take combining cutting-edge technology with creative decisions. That unique point of view has been invaluable to them as they forge a path into the future.