VR at the Intersection of Hollywood & Silicon Valley

Among all of the areas that VR will touch -- an addressable market that makes it so opportune -- entertainment will be one of the biggest. It will also be one of the first.

Though VR will have lots of applications such as education, enterprise, design and commerce, we know it more for its early-stage consumer-facing areas like gaming and entertainment.  

But even within these earlier-stage and "sexier" areas of VR market growth, there are still challenges and bottlenecks such as content creation and ecosystem development

With that backdrop, Orange Silicon Valley hosts Through the looking glass: Hollywood & Silicon Valley get immersiveIt will explore areas where Hollywood and Silicon Valley meet. 

Taking place next Wednesday May 11 in San Francisco, there will be speakers, demos and lots of networking. The program goals include (in the event's own words):

  • Supporting the investment ecosystem around VR content
  • Fostering more discussion and collaboration between Silicon Valley & Hollywood
  • Engaging and inspiring 3rd party content creators

Speakers include Tony Parisi, VP of platform products at Wevr; Seth Shapiro, two-time Emmy Award winner; and Daniel Engelhardt, Lionsgate director of Interactive Ventures and VR.

The VR/AR Association will also be present and I'd love to meet you if you plan to attend. 

Mike Boland

Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, covering online and mobile media. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, ad:tech, and WHERE 2.0. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Business Insider and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering the interactive media space, his comments have appeared in major news and trade media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Previously he was a San Francisco-based freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Mike began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech & media.