Gale Anne Hurd, Producer

October 30, 2013 · Posted in Keynote Speaker, Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Gale Anne Hurd, Producer 

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Gale Anne Hurd, known as the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” is a producer of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records.

After climbing the ladder from executive assistant at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures to head marketing for the company, Hurd’s career as a Producer was launched when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator. The film received critical and commercial acclaim, including TIME Magazine’s “10 Best List”. It was recently recognized by the Library of Congress, which chose The Terminator to be included in its highly esteemed National Film Registry.

This success was quickly followed by Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and the Academy Award winning films The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and The Ghost and the Darkness. Hurd’s additional feature credits include the Academy Award nominated Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Tremors, Dante’s Peak, Æon Flux, The Punisher, Dick, and The Waterdance, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and both the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

When Hurd decided to enter the television business, she did so with a bang as Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18-49. The American Film Institute has also honored the show in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program. With over 12 million viewers, the show will return for a fourth season in October 2013. The series has garnered two Emmy wins and is currently nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Program of the Year” of 2012. Hurd is also a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated spinoff talk show, The Talking Dead.

Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Up next for Hurd is Horizon, a USA Network drama pilot about an FBI secretary’s extraterrestrial discovery during World War II.

Hurd is also actively developing a number of television projects including Annie Jacobson’s non-fiction best seller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base for AMC and Crash and Burn for FX, a series that follows the lives of stuntmen in the ‘70s.

Hurd’s new indie film, Very Good Girls, premiered as an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically later this year.

Hurd serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, chairing the Producer’s Branch and is an officer of the Producers Guild of America. At the Academy she chairs the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Committee, and for the PGA she chairs the Debra Hill Fellowship Committee and co-founded the Guild’s Produced By Conference.

In October 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hurd is also the recipient of the 2013 DiGamma Kappa Award for Distinguished Service in Broadcasting from Grady College, home of the Peabody Awards, and a 2013 Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival, along with Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage.

James Dunkelberger, Microsoft

October 11, 2013 · Posted in Advisory Board, Speaker Bios · Comments Off on James Dunkelberger, Microsoft 

James Dunkelberger
General Manager, Worldwide Product Release & Security Services

James Dunkelberger is currently the General Manager of Microsoft’s world-wide Product Release and Security Services team which is responsible for many aspects of Microsoft’s IP protection strategy. He has worked at Microsoft for the last 15 years holding roles in Operations Management, IT, and Product Development. For the last seven years he has been working in various aspects of product security including physical protection of IP both internal to the company and in the supply chain, anti-counterfeiting technologies and strategies, product quality controls, and product activation investigations/enforcement.Queen Creek

Richard Atkinson, Adobe

October 11, 2013 · Posted in Advisory Board, Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Richard Atkinson, Adobe 

Richard Atkinson
Corporate Director, Global Piracy-Conversion Team

Broadly recognized as one of the industry experts in the field of Anti-Piracy, Richard Atkinson, Corporate Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy, is responsible for Adobe’s overall strategic response to piracy and ability to compete against piracy. This involves leading broad strategic integration of anti-piracy aspects directly into the business decision process, including contribution to policy, legislation, enforcement, and product elements, as well.inflatable pools

Mr. Atkinson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been at Disney for 12 years and built their worldwide anti-piracy program, as well as CIO and CTO roles, including being a Disney “Imagineer,” responsible for infusing emerging technologies into Disney’s world-renowned theme parks and cruise ships.

Alex Kochis, FiveBy

October 3, 2013 · Posted in Conference Chairs, Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Alex Kochis, FiveBy 

Alex Kochis
Founder, Fiveby
Conference Chair, Content Protection Summit 2012

Alex has experience implementing software anti-piracy programs and activities on a global scale. As a business leader and former director of Microsoft’s Genuine Windows team he brings the experience of managing one of the largest anti-piracy programs in the industry to the conference.

Alex currently heads up the consulting and services firm FiveBy which focuses on software and content protection issues ranging from piracy impact assessments and data mining to strategic marketing and market research.

Formerly the Director of Microsoft’s Genuine Windows efforts, Alex led strategy, planning, product management and marketing efforts for one of the largest anti-piracy programs in the software industry.

Also as a member of Microsoft’s Worldwide Anti-Piracy team Alex drove internal cross-company anti-piracy strategy for a variety of internal initiatives as well as planning and launching Microsoft’s external facing Genuine Software Initiative.

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