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April 06, 2010 13:52 ET

Avatar Producer Jon Landau to Be Keynote Interview at First Ever 3D Gaming Summit™

Oscar®-Winning Producer Joins Previously Announced Keynotes Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Phil Eisler, General Manager of 3D Vision, NVIDIA; Presented in Association With Variety

LOS ANGELES, CA and MILFORD, CT--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  Bob Dowling, President of The Bob Dowling Group, and Unicomm, LLC, a leading event management company, announced today that Jon Landau, producer of the Academy Award®-winning feature film Avatar, will be a keynote interview at the first ever 3D Gaming Summit™, presented in association with Variety, to be held at the Los Angeles Hilton in Universal City on April 21-22, 2010. Mr. Dowling will query Mr. Landau on a number of stereoscopic 3D-related topics, including James Cameron's Avatar: The Game. Other keynotes are Paul W.S. Anderson, director/producer of the Resident Evil film franchise and the director of the upcoming 3D feature film version of Buck Rogers, and Phil Eisler, General Manager of 3D Vision for NVIDIA, the world's largest graphics semi-conductor processor company. 

"In addition to helping James Cameron change the future of filmmaking with the Oscar-winning Avatar film," said veteran gaming industry journalist John Gaudiosi, Senior Content Advisor to the 3D Gaming Summit and co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of videogame syndication service Gamerlive.tv, "Jon Landau was instrumental in working with Cameron and acclaimed game studio Ubisoft Montreal to usher in the first big console game in stereoscopic 3D on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with James Cameron's Avatar: The Game. Today, we're seeing key players in the industry, including Sony Computer Entertainment and NVIDIA, usher in new stereoscopic 3D games, in part, as a result of this groundbreaking work."

The 3D Gaming Summit™ is a high strategy networking event exploring how video games aided by new technologies like stereoscopic 3D, are bridging the gap between interactive and linear entertainment. The 2010 event will include keynotes, one-on-one interviews, panels, networking breaks, table top displays, private screening rooms and an evening special event and industry reception.

 "There is no one better to talk about the seismic shift that 3D has brought to the entertainment sector than Jon Landau," said Dowling, former editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter and 3D Gaming Summit Co-Producer. "Avatar has been the game-changer of all time, forever altering the way we perceive entertainment across all platforms." 

RealD is a premier sponsor of the 3D Gaming Summit. Official Sponsors are NVIDIA and MASTERIMAGE 3D. Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Sensio, Virtual Images, and Harkness Screens are event Sponsors. 

The 3D Gaming Summit™ is the newest addition to the 3D Entertainment Series of events produced by Unicomm, LLC held the past two years in Los Angeles, CA. Bringing together the most prestigious group of professionals, the 3D Gaming Summit's™ unique environment will enable attendees to engage, debate and define the latest developments in gaming and entertainment marketplace. With an unprecedented group of opinion leaders, the Summit will define the opportunities and strategic options presented by 3D stereoscopic gaming. For more information: www.3dgamingsummit.com.

The 3D Entertainment Summit™ -- The 2009 event, co-produced by Bob Dowling, former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Hollywood Reporter, in association with Variety, was held at the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City, September 16 and 17, and attracted more than 500 attendees. Representing a "who's who" in 3D from top brands and all aspects of the entertainment community, the Summit drew international media coverage. Major sponsors included Sony Digital, Sony Electronics, RealD, 3Ality, DreamWorks, Panasonic and IMAX. The opening day keynote was a discussion between David Cohen, Features Editor, Daily Variety, director and screenwriter Henry Selick and Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Brian Van't Hul for the LAIKA/Focus Features 2009 breakout 3D animated hit film Coraline. The trio focused their discussion on the creative side of 3D. Day two featured a conversation between Mr. Dowling and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer & Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Mr. Katzenberg highlighted to Dowling the tremendous opportunity 3D continues to present the entertainment community. The next 3D Entertainment Summit is scheduled for September 15-16, 2010 at the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City, Ca. For more information: www.3d-summit.com.

Unicomm LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world class trade shows and conferences in underserved and nascent markets. Founded in 1998 in Milford, CT, Unicomm enjoys impressive track record of dozens of successful show launches and hundreds of event productions. Unicomm's properties include the 3D Entertainment Summit in association with VARIETY, The 3D Gaming Summit, the LA Times Travel & Adventure Show, Adventures in Travel Expo in NY, CH, DC and Seattle, and the Green Travel Summit. For more information: www.unicomm.org.

The Bob Dowling Group -- For 17 years through 2007, Bob Dowling was editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and president of the VNU Business Media Film and Performing Arts Group. During Dowling's tenure, The Reporter launched numerous new products, including the HollywoodReporter.com Web site, e-mail edition, weekly edition, THR East, Literary Hollywood, Festival de Cannes dailies and the Oscar Screening Guide, as well as many annual events such as the Women in Entertainment Power 100 stand-alone issue and its related breakfast event, the Next Generation ranking of prominent young executives, the Film and TV Music Conference and the reorganized Key Art Awards. Dowling recently started his own information and consulting firm, the Bob Dowling Group, to serve clients looking to navigate the converging worlds of entertainment and technology, with the 3D Entertainment Summit as a lead project. 

About Variety -- Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group -- Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Weekly Variety and Variety.com -- are all owned by Reed Business Information (RBI), the largest business publisher in the U.S. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK) (NYSE: ENL).

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