Burbank’s Role in the Future
of the Creative Industries
March 18, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Colony Theatre
555 N Third St, Burbank, CA 91502
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
What does tomorrow hold for Burbank’s creative industries?
Thank you for joining us for a lively and thought-provoking Forum exploring how creative industries are adapting to emerging technologies and what skill sets our students will need to support their futures in this era of innovation.
Our expert panelists who spoke to their role in this subject include:
- Burbank Unified’s Assistant Superintendent, Sharon Cuseo, shared plans currently being implemented in digital media and digital manufacturing, as part of the District’s partnership with the Verdugos Creative Technology Consortium.
- Legacy Effects’ Darnell Isom shared his perspective from the Special Effects industry and how Legacy Effects’ wizards and makeup artists tackle innovation on such blockbusters as Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Disney’s Earth to Echo.
- Karl Meyer, Vice President of Entertainment for 3D Systems and Founder of Gentle Giant Studios explored the development and creation of 3D printing, including how it has evolved in the 20 years that he has been leading the field.
- As a Technical Director at Nickelodeon, Christopher Young oversees trends in technology, what tools are being used as it relates to animation and how they can be used in different ways to produce the most compelling, funniest and innovative content for kids today.
- Moderating the discussion was Telepictures Productions’ Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Bob Mohler, who led the conversation and provided his expertise from experience in developing digital content plans for existing television properties like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra and TMZ.
Following the discussion, guests mixed and mingled with our esteemed panelists and VIP guests during a hosted wine & cheese reception.
Learn more about our Moderator:
Senior Vice President Digital Media
Bob Mohler, Senior Vice President Digital Media, Telepictures Productions (the first run syndication arm of Warner Bros.). He used to be the Executive in Charge, New Media of Telepictures Productions in Los Angeles. Mohler oversees the operation of the Telepictures Digital Department. His primary responsibility is working with show producers and talent to develop and evolve mapping and executing content strategies, technology and design for web, mobile and tablet devices, as well as social marketing initiatives and partnerships for existing television properties. Recent projects include: Ellen’s chart topping “Heads Up” App for IOS, “Bethenny.com”, “The Real,” “Let’s Ask America,” Ellen’s “Head’s Up” and “Know or Go” game for iPhone and iPad, mobile apps for “TMZ,” “Ellen” and “Extra.” Mohler began his career at Telepictures in 2000 as a Web Producer for “Extra’s” website and has been responsible for producing television websites including “The Bachelor: The Morning After,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tyra Banks Show.” Mohler has been a Burbank resident for nearly 14 years. He is married to Chez Mohler, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. Bob and Chez are raising two daughters who are enrolled in the Burbank Unified School District.
…and our esteemed panelists:
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum Development & Implementation
Burbank Unified School District
Sharon Cuseo holds a BA in Spanish from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Having been with the Burbank Unified District for several years, Sharon taught Spanish and English at both Jordan Middle School and John Burroughs High School, and has also served as Assistant Principal at John Burroughs and as Principal at Jordan. Most recently, she served as the Director of Instruction and Accountability at BUSD, where she oversaw all District Assessments, Career Technical Education, and worked on the implementation of both the Common Core and the 21st Century Classroom. Currently, she is BUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Development & Implementation.
Special Effects Designer
Darnell Isom is a renowned conceptual artist working for the industry leading fx house Legacy Effects. He takes pride in the knowledge that over the course of 10 years he’s worked his way from delivering coffee and supplies to being one of the companies lead artist. These challenges and rewards are the benefits of learning and staying atop of cutting edge technology as the industry changed around him. Embracing computer programs and 3d printing as the new standard, Darnell helped to produce characters and art for countless films and commercials. Iron man, Avengers, spider man, avatar, Real Steel and Pacific Rim to name a few. Darnell has a passion for fitness as well as art and technology and often can be found in the gym or North Hollywood Park with his dog Zombie Killer.
A native of Southern California, Karl grew up in the entertainment and literary worlds. Out of “the” garage, through risk-taking, ingenuity, vision and surrounding himself with talented driven people he built a game-changing company as the founder of Gentle Giant Studios.
As VP of Entertainment for 3D Systems, the world leader in 3D printing solutions, Karl and his team push the envelope in manufacturing the future.
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Chris Young has been a successful actor, producer, and director for over 25 years, with more than 30 movie and TV credits and a deep working knowledge of the creative and technological aspects of digital-content production. As a technical director at Nickelodeon, he oversee trends in technology, what tools are being used as it relates to animation and how we can use in different ways to produce the most compelling, funniest and authentic content for kids today.
Young began his entertainment industry career at 15 when he starred as boy genius Bryce Lynch on the cult TV series Max Headroom. Before becoming a producer and director, Young starred in the feature films The Great Outdoors, Book of Love and PCU. Young produced Disney Channel’s animated movie The Proud Family, developed, produced and starred in the NBC movie Killing Mr. Griffin and served as executive producer and director on 26 half-hour episodes of Discovery Channel’s The Adventures of A.R.K. He founded and served as Chief Creative Officer of Animobile, a forerunner in the mobile gaming space, where he designed and oversaw the production of over two dozen original mobile games for multiple handheld devices.
Young brings diverse experience at creating and managing the development and production of traditional and new media live-action, animation and gaming assets across web, mobile, broadcast and theatrical platforms.
Young lives in Studio City, California with his wife and two daughters.
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