Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts to host Carson Conversations Forum on emerging media trends

Clockwise from upper left: Tom Barker, Susan Bonds, Norman Hollyn, Brian LaDuca, Erica Larsen-Dockray, Robert Tercek, Roy Taylor, Sean Stewart, Jeff Nicholas and Kyle Murphy.
Clockwise from upper left: Tom Barker, Susan Bonds, Norman Hollyn, Brian LaDuca, Erica Larsen-Dockray, Robert Tercek, Roy Taylor, Sean Stewart, Jeff Nicholas and Kyle Murphy.

Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts to host Carson Conversations Forum on emerging media trends

calendar icon03 May 2017    

Lincoln, Neb.—The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts will be hosting a Carson Conversations Forum:  Emerging Media Trends on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Temple Building. The Temple Building is located at 12th and R sts on the UNL city campus.

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!

Twelve emerging media experts will each give a 10-15 minute presentation, which will be followed by a panel question and answer session. The sessions will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a networking break in between.

“This event is really a chance for us to learn from the true leaders in the industry, as we make decisions about everything from curriculum to how the building should be designed,” said Megan Elliott, Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. “I’m excited to bring this amazing line-up to Lincoln to discuss these issues.”

The speakers will include:
• 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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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.

• 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.

• 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—a group that is growing user-centered design praxis in Nebraska.

• 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.

• 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, IMAX, Sony Playstation and O2 Mobile.

• 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:  An artist and adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program, Larson 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. Larson began her undergraduate studies in graphic design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Elliott will serve as emcee for the event.

The speakers will continue with workshop sessions on May 20-21 with invited faculty to continue discussing the future of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts will be focused on interdisciplinary learning, creativity and research in emerging media located within the Johnny Carson School for Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The Johnny Carson Center will be an internationally distinct program in emerging media arts that explores the boundaries of where cinematic narrative and storytelling intersects with science, the humanities, computer science, engineering, music, fine arts and other disciplines.

The Center will be located at 1300 Q St.