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The Entertainment Technology Center at USC produced a series of virtual “executive coffee discussions” during the Fall 2020 semester. These one-hour discussions provide an opportunity for students and ETC member company executives to connect and discuss topics of mutual interest during this period of remote learning and social distancing.

For each session an executive posed one question or topic, students from across USC submitted brief statements of interest, and the ETC invited between 5 and 16 students to participate in the Zoom meeting. Each session was recorded and an 8- to 13-minute highlight video was produced.

The sessions were hosted by Verizon (September 23), Universal Pictures (September 29 and October 9), Fox Corporation (October 14), Equinix (October 22), ETC execs (October 29), Vubiquity (November 4) and Dolby Labs (November 12).


VERIZON

Albert Lao, Executive Director of Solutions Architecture for the Americas, Verizon Business Group

Discussion topic: How will advances in network technology over the next 36 months impact the way we watch movies, play videogames, and create and produce immersive and engaging experiences?  (~8 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: A Discussion with Verizon’s Albert Lao


UNIVERSAL PICTURES (1 of 2)

Michael Wise, SVP and CTO
Greg Reed, VP Technology Partnerships 
Lindsey Townley, Media Technology Manager

Discussion topic: What’s the future of entertainment — in your hands, on a wall, and in the world around you? (~8 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: Universal Execs on Consumer Behavior


UNIVERSAL PICTURES (2 of 2)

Annie Chang, VP of Creative Technology
Lindsey Townley, Media Technology Manager

Discussion topic: What kind of engaging entertainment experiences do you want to create, and how do you expect them to be created? (~11 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: Universal Execs Talk Content Creation


FOX

Michael Park, VP, FOX Digital Marketing – Analytics, Planning, Research and Social Refinery

Discussion topic: What is the future of streaming entertainment, TV consumption, interactivity, engagement, advertising, marketing, and e-commerce? (~13 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: A Discussion with Michael Park of Fox


EQUINIX

Kaladhar Voruganti, Vice President, Technology Innovation and Senior Fellow
Doron Hendel, Global Business Development, Ecosystem Development, Partnerships and Alliances

Discussion topic: AI development and Ethics: what are the intended and unintended consequences of the rollout? (~11 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: Equinix Ponders Consequences of AI


ETC Executive

Phil Lelyveld, Director, Immersive Media Experience

Discussion topic: Production in the cloud for M&E: content creation, distribution, and analytics (~10 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: Students, Execs Talk Cloud Resources


VUBIQUITY

Darcy Antonellis, CEO

Discussion topic: The state of higher education and how the educational experience could be improved (~12 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: A Talk with Vubiquity’s Darcy Antonellis


DOLBY LABORATORIES

Richard Doherty, Senior Director, Technology Strategy, Office of the CTO

Discussion topics: VR and AR, and cloud processing:  what are they good for and what concerns you about them? Privacy, security, and controlling your own data. (~10 minutes)

ETCentric article: ETC Executive Coffee: USC Students Meet with Dolby Execs