Transforming Hollywood 8: The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture conference (TH8), set for Friday, May 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s James Bridges Theater. Presented by The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation, with additional support from Havas Media Group.
The eighth installment of the annual conference, presented by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and USC School of Cinematic Arts, focuses on how streaming on-demand services, such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube Red, grant audiences greater choice and democratic access to media content even while the terms of this exchange is unfettered access to consumer impulses via sophisticated surveillance tactics that track online activities 24/7.
The daylong annual conference features an opening keynote by University of Colorado Professor Ted Striphas, as well as an array of cutting-edge creators and tech startup founders, who are engineering new forms of online entertainment designed to make individuals click, like and share rather than simply watch. In a world changed by everything from self-made micro-celebrities to fake news, Transforming Hollywood 8 investigates the consequences of algorithmic vs. human curation of shared cultural knowledge.
Created by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Professor Denise Mann, head of the UCLA TFT Producers Program, and Henry Jenkins, USCProvost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education, TH8 conference panelists will include digital media strategy experts and creators: TV writers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, co-executive producers of Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything; BuzzFeed News’ Jon Passantino, deputy news director, Los Angeles; Havas 18 head of strategy and innovation Thomas Jorion; Zander Lehmann, creator of Hulu’s Casual; NPR Arts Desk correspondent Laura Sydell; Pandora head of Next Big Sound, Alex White; Purpose Labs founder and CEO Rob Kramer; Spotify’s head of content programming/curation & editorial, Latin Global, Rocío Guerrero Colomo; Tastemade co-founder and CEO Larry Fitzgibbon; and Twitch senior vice president of client strategy, West, Kym Nelson, among others.