New Media Summit 2017

Join the USC School of Dramatic Arts as we explore new media platforms and new technologies that offer actors, performers, writers and designers new career paths rich with creative opportunity.

Due to limited capacity for this event, RSVPs are required for each program you will attend.


Tuesday, Nov. 28

Acting for video games, virtual and augmented reality, and other interactive platforms Time: 7 p.m.
Location: PED 207
Join us for a fun and informative evening with Producer Keith Arem, president of PCB Productions, one of the leading cross-platform content creation companies for video games, virtual and augmented reality, interactive media, film and television. They are responsible for such popular franchises as Call of Duty, Saints Row, Ghost Recon, Spiderman and Titan Fall, among almost 600 others. Arem will be discussing this booming industry and the endless opportunities for skilled actors, as well as giving practical acting and movement demonstrations and instruction.

He will be joined by Jon Kanak from Link Entertainment, a personal management and production company that has formed a partnership with PCB to cast their many film and television clients in video games and other new media platforms, and Eddie Shin, a busy film and tv actor who spent over a year filming Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

The event will be moderated by Dan Shaner, SDA adjunct lecturer and entertainment industry liaison.

Wear comfortable clothes, and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of video game and VR acting.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

How to create, produce, market and distribute your web series Time: 7 p.m.
Location: PED 207
Navigate the creation and selling of your own web series, from inception to distribution, with Annie Marie Cummings, the creator, writer, producer and star on the series Conversations in LA, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards and just sold to Amazon Prime and iTunes. Joining her will be her producing partner and co-star, Emmy-nominated casting director Brett Benner (Scrubs, Cougar Town, Last Man Standing, etc.). Also on the panel, Ron Morehouse and Emily Bell, partners in Bell-House Productions, creators of the Funny or Die web series Hil Yes that was also just sold to Amazon Prime Worldwide. Morehouse, a SDA alumni and working actor, and Bell also created Future Boyfriend, a short film that was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, recently sold to iTunes, and is being developed into a TV series.

Lots of great stories and practical advice, bring your curiosity and questions.