Saturday, September 24 2016

9:00–9:30 Registration and Networking
9:30–9:40 Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Summit Chair: Karl Spoerri, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Zurich Film Festival
Co-Chairs: Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Co-Founders and Managing Partners, Winston Baker
Facilitator: Phil Hunt, Co-Managing Director, Bankside Film/Managing Director, Head Gear Films

From Concept to Reality: Building a Cinematic Universe

9:40–10:00 A presentation by Christian Scheurer, Award-Winning Concept Artist

Concept artists are architects of imaginary cities like Gotham City, Metropolis and Asgard. How will they shape reality with emerging technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality?

Breaking the Rules and Disrupting Business Models: Technology implications on art and innovation

10:00–10:45

Moderator: Sunny Dhillon, Co-Founder and Principal, Signia Venture Partners
Panelists:
Robert Darwell, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
David C. Lee, Chief Corporate Development Officer, 451 Media Group
Steven Neubauer, Managing Director, NZZ
Max Rheiner, Co-Founder Somniacs

How are the latest developments in technology disrupting and re-defining the relationships between financiers, creators, buyers, distributors and customers? With the rise of virtual and augmented reality, crypto currencies, distribution platforms, mobile applications and more – this session will explore which trends have the most potential to shape new business models successfully.

 
10:45–11:00 Networking Break
 

Gaming Grows Up: Capitalizing on IP, The esports phenomenon and Virtual Reality

11:00–11:30

Moderator: Hendrik Lesser
President of the European Game Developer Foundation/Managing Director, Remote Control Productions
Panelists: 
Jens Hilgers, CEO, DOJO Madness / BitKraft (eSports)
Moritz Zumbühl, President and CEO, Blindflug Studios
Christian Scheurer, Award-Winning Concept Artist

How to increase revenue, reach, audience and long tail of IP through games? How are the film, television and gaming industries working together? What is this crazy eSports phenomenon? Learn about challenges and solutions in VR gaming!

FINANCING THE GENDER GAP AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT

11:30–12:00

Moderator: Laura Lewis, Agent, Film Finance and Sales Group, Creative Artists Agency
Panelists:
Kim Fox, Partner, MadRiver Pictures
Karen Lunder, Executive Vice President, Production and Acquisitions, FilmNation
Christine Vachon, Principal and Producer, Killer Films
 
12:00–13:10 Networking Luncheon and Technology Exhibit

Birdly® Installation

Birdly® is an immersive full body Virtual Reality experience that explores one of the oldest dreams of mankind: Flying like a bird. Hop on at Zurich Summit!
 

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE MAGIC

13:10–13:30
A presentation by Professor Robert Sumner, Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ)

How to get FilmS made RELEASED: The ever changing World of Independent Filmmaking

13:30–14:10

Moderator: Roeg Sutherland, Co-Head, Film Finance and Sales Group, Creative Artists Agency
Panelists:
Michael Barker, Co-President & Co-Founder, Sony Pictures Classics
Scott Franklin, Producer, Protozoa Pictures
Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairman, Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate
Thorsten Schumacher, Sales Executive
 

How is traditional media fitting into the ever-shifting landscape of distribution? Concepts aiming to synchronize theatrical releases and VoD contest the idea of traditional theatrical windows. How will the future of distribution companies in Europe look like?

 
14:10–14:40 Networking Break
 

Digital Humans: The Evolution and High Impact Applications

14:40–15:00
A presentation by Frank Patterson
Chief Creative Officer, Pulse Evolution

Founded by the world’s leading producers of photorealistic digital humans, Pulse Evolution develops “virtual humans” for live and holographic concerts, advertising, feature films, branded content, medical applications and training.

 

 

Spotlight on China: The New Era of Power Players

15:00–15:45

Moderator: Jonah Greenberg, Agent, Talent, Creative Artists Agency
Panelists:
Wei Han, Chief Executive Officer, Bliss Media Co. Ltd.
Philip Lee, Partner, Facing East
Yan Geling, Award-Winning Writer

The Future of Start-Ups in the Entertainment Industry

15.45–16:15
Moderator: Dario Suter, Founder and Managing Director, DCM
Panelists
Naz Cuevas, Chief Executive Officer, Zoobe
Dennis Hausammann, Chief Operating Officer, Zoobe
Sunny Dhillon, Co-Founder and Principal, Signia Venture Partners
 

A CONVERSATION WITH OLIVER STONE

16:15–16:45
A conversation with legendary director Oliver Stone and his producer Moritz Borman about the film SNOWDEN
Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor, Screen International
16:45–17:00 Closing Remarks and Summit Concludes
 

GALA PREMIERE

21:00–23:15
Filmscreening: SNOWDEN
Corso 1, Theaterstrasse 10, 8001 Zurich

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 25 2016 – SidE Events

11:00–16:00 Charity Tennis Tournament
Tennis Court behind the Dolder Grand, Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zurich
Bad Weather Alternative: Grasshopper-Club Zürich, August Forel-Strasse 15, 8008 Zurich

1. PRIZE: Flights Zurich – Abu Dhabi
2. PRIZE: Tailor-Made Suits by Alferano

3. PRIZE: A Night at 5*Hotel The Dolder Grand

4. PRIZE: A HEAD Outfit

19:30–22:00
Exclusive Zurich Summit Dinner
Restaurant Terrasse, Limmatquai 3, 8001 Zurich
22:00
Zurich Summit After Party
Restaurant Terrasse-Bar, Limmatquai 3, 8001 Zurich