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Friday, July 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, Steven J. Ross Theater

The AT&T Foundry and Ericsson Futurecast series returns to Shape! Futurecast is a thought leadership series designed to vet, debate, and ultimately spark ideas that will set the course for our collective technological future.

Just as technology has reshaped so many aspects of daily life, it has brought new dimensions to the entertainment experience. From virtual reality to artificial intelligence and social networking, entertainment in the 21st century will engage all the human senses and connect people in new ways. Join us as we talk to Casey Wasserman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman agency, to explore what Los Angeles is doing to ensure it is the top entertainment hub of the future, and what implications there are for network build out, smart cities, content creation, and fan engagement.

Casey Wasserman, Wasserman


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s Olympic host efforts as the chairman of LA2024, and in September 2015 the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Los Angeles as its bid city for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Wasserman serves on the board of directors of Activision and the digital media company, Vox Media. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State


California Secretary of State

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights. Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity.

Andrew Keen


Entrepreneur, Writer, Broadcaster

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution.

He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer, which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe."

He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On," a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN, and a much-acclaimed public speaker around the world.

In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most-Connected Men.”

Nonny de la Peña


Founder and CEO
Emblematic Group

Nonny de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a leader in creating immersive virtual, mixed, and augmented reality.

One of the most influential pioneers in VR, Nonny created walk-around virtual reality with the first-ever VR documentary Hunger in Los Angeles at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

An award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and former correspondent for Newsweek, she is known for inventing the genre of immersive journalism and has more than 20 years of directing and producing multimedia content in collaboration with world-class organizations including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Google, BBC, CBS, Sony, Universal, The World Economic Forum, PBS Frontline, Cartier, and Standard Chartered Bank.

A Yale Poynter Media Fellow, she is a Harvard graduate with a Master’s degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg. In 2016, the White House honored Nonny for her work to create media that cultivates empathy.

Nonny was named the "Godmother of Virtual Reality" by The Guardian and Engadget while Fast Company named her "One of the People Who Made the World More Creative" for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling.

Kevin James, City of Los Angeles


Director and Chief Liaison
Mayor's Office of Film and Television Production

Kevin James moved to Los Angeles from Texas in the late 1980s to begin his career as an attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Kevin immediately began his involvement in local politics and working with local charities. Kevin left Gibson Dunn to join the United States Attorney's Office. After a few years as a Federal Prosecutor in Los Angeles, Kevin returned to private practice focusing on an entertainment litigation practice, and soon began an evening talk-radio show on KABC and then KRLA focusing on local issues and covering City Hall.

Today, Kevin serves in Mayor Garcetti’s Administration as the President of the Board of Public Works where he, along with his 4 colleagues on the Commission, are the chief administrators of the Department of Public Works, which consists of more than 5,000 employees who are responsible for design, construction, renovation and operation of public projects ranging from bridges to wastewater treatment plants and libraries; curbside collection and graffiti removal; and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, sewers, streetlights and trees. Kevin also serves as the Director and Chief Liaison of the Mayor’s Film and Television Production, where he oversees the relationship between numerous City departments and the entertainment industry to make sure that film, television, commercial, and music video production feels at home in the City of Los Angeles.

Jonathan Josephson, Quantum Interface


Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Quantum Interface

Jonathan Josephson is Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Quantum Interface, spearheading development and design of the company's motion-based UIX interaction platform. With more than 25 years of experience creating technology innovations for enterprise applications, program, and systems development in AEC, government, and tech industries, Jonathan is the inventor of Quantum's predictive motion-based user interface, working with IoT, mobile and wearables, VR/AR/MR/XR, eye-tracking UIs, smart TVs, connected automobiles, and more.

Renata Simril


President and CEO
LA84 Foundation

Renata Simril is President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation (www.LA84.org). Formed in 1985 and originally known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the LA84 Foundation ("LA84" or the "Foundation") is a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games. The LA84 Foundation transforms lives through its investment in youth sport programs, infrastructure, research, and education across eight counties of Southern California and is a national leader in elevating the role that sports play in positive youth development.

Ms. Simril is an accomplished civic and private sector trailblazer with more than 20 years of diversified experience with a commitment to leadership and service. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, where she oversaw staff operations and special projects. Her earlier career included three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where she served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs overseeing the restoration of the Dodgers brand and the Dodgers Foundation; and over a decade in real estate development with Jones Lang LaSalle, Forest City Development, and LCOR, Inc. Her public service included stints as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Housing in the Hahn Administration, where she worked to expand rental and affordable housing in Los Angeles, and as a Development Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, where she worked to help rebuild communities in South Los Angeles after the 1992 civil unrest. Ms. Simril began her career in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. and Germany.

Ms. Simril is active in the community outside of LA84 Foundation, currently serving on the Boards of the LA2024 Olympic Bid Committee, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University (LMU). In 2016, she was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s inaugural list of The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People.

Ms. Simril is a third-generation Angeleno. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from USC. Ms. Simril resides in Studio City with her husband and two sons.

Levi Ware


Songwriter, Collaborator, and Musician

Levi Ware has established himself as an accomplished songwriter, collaborator, and musician with a style all his own hovering somewhere between Triple A, Rock, and Indie. Formerly of the band Vast Capital, Levi Ware first gained national attention with Vast Capital’s title track "What More Else," spending several weeks in the top 50 and 18 weeks in the top 200 on AAA radio, earning opening slots for artists such as Pearl Jam, Flight to Mars, The Posies, The Spin Doctors, Quasi Nada, Heart, and Mike Doughty, to name a few.

In 2011 Levi and his wife Stephanie founded a 501(C)3 non-profit called the Melodic Caring Project (MCP) whose mission is to encourage and support hospitalized kids through live music. MCP does this by filming live concerts and streaming them, live, to kids in their hospital rooms. During the show the artists call the kids out by name and dedicate songs to them making it a powerful and unique experience for the artist, the audience, and the kids watching from their hospital rooms. MCP has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Alabama Shakes, Daughtry, Rachel Platten, Amos Lee, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Michael Stipe, Mumford and Sons, The Head and The Heart, Neon Trees, The Black Eyed Peas, Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, Brandi Carlile, OK GO, Allen Stone, Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Soja, G Love, Donavon Frankenreiter, Tyrone Wells, and hundreds more.