Carson Conversations Forum

Carson Conversations Forum: Emerging Media Trends

Join us Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Temple Building. Twelve emerging media experts will each give a 10-minute presentations, which will be followed by a panel question and answer session. The sessions will take place from 9:00–10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. with a networking break in between.

Regististration

Please note: We are sorry, but free registration for the event is now closed as we are at capacity for the venue. Thank you for your interest!

Speakers & Guest Participants

Robert Tercek

Robert Tercek

One of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content, Tercek has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. He served recently as president of digital media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and was previously senior vice president of digital media at Sony Pictures Entertainment and creative director at MTV: Music Television. He is the author of Vaporized, the 2016 International Book Award Winner at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Roy Taylor

Roy Taylor

Taylor is corporate vice president and head of Alliances, Content and VR at Radeon Technologies Group AMD. He is responsible for a global team managing all aspects of the AMD ecosystem and external relations. In his current role, Taylor manages AMD relations with Microsoft, Google, major games publishers and developers. In VR he heads up partnerships with film, broadcast, gaming, academia and industry, as well with Oculus, HTC/Valve and others.

Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart

Stewart is the creative director for Magic Leap, the world’s most highly funded startup, which recently raised $1.4 billion. His role is to design, script and prototype immersive experiences for Mixed/Augmented Reality. He was formerly the Creative Director for Xbox Entertainment Studios-LA, and is a New York Times bestselling author.

Susan Bonds

Susan Bonds

Bonds is co-founder and CEO of 42 Entertainment, leading the innovation evolution, from alternate reality games to deeply immersive entertainment experiences that engage millions of people worldwide. She was previously chief design and production officer for Cyan Worlds, Inc. where she produced MMORPG, URU: Ages beyond Myst; and a creative director/senior show producer at Walt Disney Imagineering where she developed the attractions Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland and Mission:SPACE at Epcot.

Norman Hollyn

Norman Hollyn

Hollyn is the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Film Editing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is a long-time film, television and music editor (Heathers, The Cotton Club, Wild Palms). He has also worked extensively in entertainment and media Internet development for large entertainment companies and schools.

Jeff Nicholas

Jeff Nicholas

Nicholas is currently the Director of VR Creative + Production at Live Nation. From 2008-2016 he was the executive creative director on the majority of the design, digital and experiential projects that came out of the agency he co-founded, The Uprising Creative. He has executive produced and directed a wide array of award-winning music videos (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Shakira and Alicia Keys), commercials, branded context and VR experiences.

Kyle Murphy

Kyle Murphy

Murphy is vice president of design at Hudl where he supports cross-disciplinary teams building apps for athletes and coaches. Murphy is also the founder of NebraskaUX.com—a group that is growing user-centered design praxis in Nebraska.

Tom Barker

Tom Barker

Barker has worked in the U.K., Australia and Canada as an educator, researcher, consultant, strategist, designer, serial entrepreneur and maverick in architecture, art, technology and design for 25 years. He has held a number of academic leadership positions as a chair and dean, allowing him to blend research with practice for his clients. His diverse portfolio includes projects with the late Zaha Hadid, Luminato Festival, TVO Broadcasting, London Eye, Langlands & Bell, IMAX, Sony Playstation, Bank of America, Emkay, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, 3 Mobile, O2 Mobile, B&Q, BenQ, Targetti Lighting, Dyson, McLaren, Sharp Solar, Lend Lease, Arup and Siemens.

Charles Wang

Charles Wang

Wang is the deputy director of the newly established Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment at the Beijing Film Academy (BFA), where he also serves as the deputy director of research and information management, as well as associate professor of film and TV technology. Wang entered the entertainment industry in 1997 as technical director in a 3D animation company owned by the BFA, after he graduated from Tsinghua University. In 2002 he received his Masters from the BFA and began teaching in the Film and TV Technology Department. For the last 15 years he has directed research and development projects on digital film and immersive media technologies.

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

Cooper is Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Chancellor’s Professor. He came to UNL from Stanford University and has previously worked as a program manager in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, within its Education and Human Resources Directorate. He has also previously worked as a software engineer for IBM, where he did operating systems development for IBM’s MVS operating system in its Data Systems Division.

Brian LaDuca

Brian LaDuca

An alum of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, LaDuca is the creator of the IDA (Ideation-Disruption-Aha!) pedagogy for Applied Creative Learning at the University of Dayton. He is also the creator of the first national undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation.

Erica Larsen-Dockray

Erica Larsen-Dockray

An artist and adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program, Larsen-Dockray is also the co-founder of the Calibraska Arts Initiative, a summer program bringing artists from California to her hometown in western Nebraska to teach multi-generational workshops. Larsen-Dockray began her undergraduate studies in graphic design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Event Details

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About the Carson Center

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is a $57 million investment by the University that will be focused on interdisciplinary learning, creativity and research in emerging media.

Learn More at carsoncenter.unl.edu

Contact Us

Please contact Megan Elliott, Director for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, at megan.elliott@unl.edu for questions about the Carson Conversations Forum.