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Sunday, April 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Evolution of the Game Grid, from Tron to eSports

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What began with Jeff Bridges racing a light cycle against simulations on a game grid in the iconic film, Tron, has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, with leagues of superstar teams and sold-out arenas around the world. In this session, Mike Bonifer, the founder of bigSTORY, will be joined by Jerry Rees, an animator on Tron who now is an Executive Research & Development Imagineer at Disney, and another special guest, to look at how and why the game grid has evolved, the effects of multiplayer gaming and immersive storytelling on the entertainment business, and how eSports will influence the future of work in a networked world.

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Arash Markazi

Arash Markazi is a sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times. Before that, he was a senior writer at ESPN for nine years. Markazi grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 2004, after which he worked as a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for five years. While at USC he... Read More →

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Susie Kim

Susie Kim is a veteran esports personality, host, translator, and interviewer, and she was the General Manager of the London Spitfire during their championship run. For over 10 years, her mission has been to bridge Korean and western cultures and the care she has put into her work... Read More →
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Mike Bonifer

Mike Bonifer is a co-founder and partner at bigSTORY, a company of strategists & practitioners who are first in the world to utilize quantum storytelling, an emerging organizational science that accounts for how stories are created, live in networks, and influence behaviors.Throughout... Read More →
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Jerry Rees

Jerry Rees is an American film director and animator, best known for the Emmy-nominated animated film The Brave Little Toaster (1987), creating many of the visual effects for the cult classic Tron, and producing numerous films including the animated feature film Space Jam. Today... Read More →

Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Newstory Stage