We are excited to be working with AT&T this year on AT&T SHAPE being held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 22-23, 2018. SHAPE is an immersive event that explores the convergence of technology and entertainment. You can discover how the future of content creation and distribution will usher in new audience experiences. Get inspired by visionary speakers, and experience interactive exhibits from promising start-ups and industry leaders at Warner Bros. Studios backlots. Plus, the best part is that Stage 32 members get in FREE (use code SHAPE32 at checkout).
AT&T SHAPE is back and registration is officially open. At this year’s two-day event, you can explore 5G and the future of entertainment by visiting interactive exhibits and hearing thought-provoking speakers. Be inspired by creators pushing new frontiers in story-telling and visual effects. Dive into immersive entertainment experiences including a tour of outdoor sets and soundstages for Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory, and Argo. Witness the impact of 5G and MR on our lives. You can see the shape of what’s to come at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 22-23, 2019.
At SHAPE you can see how our tech and media partners are exploring the latest in video, 5G, AI, IoT, and more. You might just discover your next big idea, and the tech to make it happen. Here are a few highlights you can expect to see at the event.
H2: Meet the SHAPE Speakers
This year, we have an exciting line-up of amazing speakers who are leaders in their perspective fields. They will talk about everything from The Scully Effect and ground-breaking technologies, to the future of sports. Here are some of the speakers you can expect to see at SHAPE:
Geena Davis: Academy Award winner, Geena Davis takes the stage to discuss the findings in The Scully Effect, a recent study conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Davis is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. Together with Trevor Drinkwater, she founded the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015 to champion women in media.
Elizabeth Banks: Actress, writer, and director, Elizabeth Banks takes the stage to discuss her journey from actress to director and detail her experience in the industry. A well-established actress of film and small screen, she is a three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in 30 Rock and Modern Family. Banks made her directorial debut in 2015 with Pitch Perfect 2, which was the highest opening weekend for a musical in history, the biggest opener for a first-time feature film director, and the second-largest opening for a female director.
Mayim Bialik: Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Mayim Bialik will join a conversation about The Scully Effect and how gender parity in media can result in social change. Bialik currently stars on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler. She has penned four books about growing up, parenting, and cooking, and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA.
Laverne Cox: Award-winning transgender actress, producer, and equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox will talk about her experience in the industry and things she’s learned on her journey. Laverne's groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in Orange is The New Black brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. Laverne is the first openly transgender person to appear on the covers of TIME, Cosmopolitan, and Essence magazines and was named one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year.
Danny Keens: Head of Content at Next VR, Danny Keens, will share how artists embrace technologies like VR and AR to engage fans and deepen their experience. Keens has held multiple positions at Twitter overseeing sports partnerships, various verticals, and executing the company’s strategy with international production houses and broadcasters. Before working at Twitter, he was a TV Producer for SportsCenter and 60 Minutes in Australia.
Dr. Erin Macdonald: Public speaker and technical consultant, Dr. Erin Macdonald will talk about The Scully Effect at SHAPE. Macdonald obtained a Ph.D. in gravitational astrophysics from the University of Glasgow, having done research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (resulting in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics) on gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes. She has become a regular fixture at popular culture conventions teaching the science behind science fiction.
Niecy Nash: Emmy-winning producer and twice-nominated actress, Niecy Nash will share her insight and learnings on her road to success. Nash’s career includes roles in HBO's Getting On, which has earned her two Emmy nominations, FOX's Scream Queens, Showtime's Masters of Sex and TV Land's The Soul Man. Nash currently stars in the lead role of “Desna” in Claws on TNT. She is also developing television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc.
Karen Palmer: Karen Palmer is the Storyteller from the Future. She is an Award Winning International Artist and TED Speaker. She creates immersive film experiences at the intersection of film, A.I. technology, gaming, Immersive Storytelling, Neuroscience, Consciousness, Implicit Bias, and the Parkour philosophy of moving through fear. At SHAPE she’ll share her insights into her emotionally responsive film RIOT that explores those connections.
shallou: Joe Boston aka shallou is a Maryland-born indie electronic artist whose debut EP All Becomes Okay catapulted him from obscurity to prominence via strong word-of-mouth buzz. With sold out headline shows across the U.S. and UK and over 100 million total Spotify plays, shallou is just getting started. Tracks like ‘Lie’ and ‘Begin’ earned him multiple SiriusXM #1 spots, and landed on the Billboard Dance charts, all achieved as an independent artist.
Sherri Shepherd: Actress, comedienne and best-selling author Sherri Shepherd will join Niecy Nash on the SHAPE stage for “A Master Class with Niecy Nash.” Shepherd is an actress, comedienne, and best-selling author. In addition to being a co-host on The View, she has appeared in countless primetime series and sitcoms and starred in her own Lifetime sitcom, Sherri. No stranger to film, she’s co-starred in movies with Katherine Heigl, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart. She became the first African American woman to host a game show, serving as host of The Newlywed Game for four seasons. You can see Shepherd in the upcoming biopic Brian Banks, with Aldis Hodge, Morgan Freeman, and Greg Kinnear, in theaters August 2019.
Adam Silver: Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Adam Silver, will talk with AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan about innovation in sports, media, and technology. Silver presides over a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the NBA, Women’s NBA, NBA G League, and NBA 2K League. Among his countless accolades, Silver has been included on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list, the Bloomberg 50, and named Sports Illustrated’s Executive of the Year.
Cathy Yan: Award-winning filmmaker, Cathy Yan will appear on the SHAPE stage as a guest speaker at the AT&T Film Awards. Her first feature, DEAD PIGS, won prizes at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Dallas Film Festival, and Seattle Film Festival, among others. She is set to direct Margot Robbie as the character Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) at Warner Bros/DC, making her the first Asian woman to direct a superhero film.
H2: Discover the Sessions
SHAPE is all about sharing new ideas and getting to see and hear from leaders in filmmaking and technology; you’ve met some of the speakers above, now learn even more about some of our exciting sessions. Below you’ll find just a small sampling of some of the topics headed to the main stage.
Meet the creators of the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game at SHAPE. The game invites players to view the real world through a Wizarding World lens, via your smartphone. Innovation in Augmented Reality (AR) allows game players to view and interact with the same AR simultaneously and take actions within this AR that impact each other’s game play. So, brush up on your spells, get your wand ready. Join the team that created this new Harry Potter adventure at SHAPE. The team includes:
Rony Abovitz will share his vision for a future in which the Magicverse creates a large-scale canvas for creatives, with Magic Leap merging the digital and the physical worlds to create a new reality with 5G. Speakers will include:
Through their renowned storytelling curriculum and broad catalog of career development services, Ghetto Film School (GFS) leverages collective knowledge and resources to build future career possibilities for emerging American storytellers. GFS alumna will offer insight about their world class training, explain how to navigate writing and directing an international thesis film as a teenager, and outline the necessary steps and support needed as artists in the early stages of their careers.
H2: Watch the AT&T Competitions
We love inspiring creators, developers, and aspiring filmmakers. Every year we host a couple of competitions at SHAPE and invite you to come see creativity in the making. Here’s what’s happening this year:
SHAPE 2019 is shaping up to be our best event yet. Register today. We can’t wait to see you there!
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