From binge watching to Virtual Reality, today’s entertainment has become immersive physically as well as psychologically. As the way we experience stories is evolving to where we no longer separate ourselves from the action and constantly seek out added content for what we are consuming, how does this affect the way storytellers are producing their work for us? Panelists include The Art of Immersion author Frank Rose, The Storytelling Animal author Jonathan Gottschall, and futurist and Shots of Awe creator Jason Silva. Moderated by journalist Jon Erlichman.
Jonathan Gottschall is a Distinguished Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. his research at the intersection of science and art has frequently been covered in outlets like The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science, and NPR. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human was a New York Times Editor's Choice Selection and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. his newest book is The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch.
Frank Rose is the author of The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, hailed by the International Journal of Advertising as “an essential overview” of the fundamental changes affecting media today. A senior fellow at the Columbia University School of the Art and a member of its Digital Storytelling Lab, he speaks on the future of media at international forums such as ad:tech Sydney, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit “Digital Storytelling Strategies.” He also serves as a correspondent for Wired, where he has written about such subjects as the making of Avatar and the posthumous career of Philip K. Dick in Hollywood.
Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated TV series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. Silva is the creator of the Discovery Digital web series SHOTS OF AWE, micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, exponential technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. The videos have been viewed more than 10 million times. Silva has been a keynote speaker at multiple events for Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Intel and Dolby, and for events such as the Tribeca Film Festival, The Economist Ideas Festival, and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Jon Erlichman (Moderator)
Jon Erlichman is Los Angeles based television & print journalist, covering media, entertainment& technology. Most recently, Jon served as a correspondent for ABC News and as a contributor for HLN. Previously, he served as Senior West Coast Correspondent for Bloomberg Television & Bloomberg News. Jon has broken stories on Apple, Twitter, Netflix, AMC Networks & BuzzFeed, and has interviewed a wide range of executives & creators, including Bob Iger, Barry Diller, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Oliver Stone, Kobe Bryant, Stan Lee, & Arianna Huffington. Business Insider named him one of the "100 Tech People You Have to Follow on Twitter".