Dane Glasgow talk at SXSW 2017: Can your story become an entertainment franchise?

SXSW is a highlight of the conference calendar for geeks, creatives and hipsters from all around the world - just our kind of people! We have proposed a talk from Neoglyphic's CEO, Dane Glasgow. Can your story become a global entertainment franchise? How do machine learning, game engines and Virtual Reality play into that possibility? Help us get this talk on the SXSW schedule!

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SXSW is a major conference held each Spring in Austin, Texas. Filmmakers, musicians and technologists come together (along with all the periphery of those industries) to learn, connect and eat BBQ. For Neoglyphic, it is a perfect representation of what we believe as a company: that by using technology we can empower creators to find and produce amazing stories across multiple mediums... Storytelling for the digital age.

The Vote

We have proposed an amazing talk, to be given by our CEO, Dane Glasgow, titled "Your Story, An Entertainment Franchise - Possible?" which we outline below - if you like the sound of it PLEASE help us get it on the schedule at SXSW 2017 by voting for it (you'll need to create an account on the SXSW website to vote, but it's quick and painless, we promise). Public votes really count, so your help is really appreciated!

The Talk

Storytelling is converging - driven by audiences and enabled by tehcnology

Many storytellers push boundaries of medium. How do written word, visual art, music, interactivity and cinematic animation come together? Can they act in concert to better tell your story? Do audiences want this? Is it affordable? The rise of VR/AR magnifies these choices.

Great stories often transcend medium, and technology is enabling these stories to be told more cost effectively than ever before. Major animated films cost $160m (avg) to produce. This does not need to be the case.

By combining crowd-based data science, machine learning and the rising power and fidelity of game engines such as Unity and Unreal, storytellers can create entertainment franchises without mega-budgets.

Many storytellers - think of authors, visual artists, filmmakers, video game developers for instance - can often be intimidated by working in media far removed from their expertise. Historically there has been good reason for this - skills in all these creatives disciplines are highly specialized and take years (or a lifetime) to hone. However, technology is now allowing us to build bridges between these disparate crafts.

Some key questions Dane will answer:

  • How do the written word, visual art, music, interactivity and cinematic animation come together in the new entertainment technology world?
  • Do you need to have the budget and power of Disney, Pixar, Blizzard, or Simon & Schuster to produce a Tier-1 entertainment franchise?
  • How will VR/AR change the way different storytelling mediums come together? Do we have to wait til VR/AR is mass consumed?

Epic Game's Daniel Kayser visits with Dane Glasgow to get the inside scoop on Sunborn Rising, the epic cross-medium entertainment franchise from Neoglyphic Entertainment.

The Man

Dane Glasgow is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive who has built a number of successful businesses across entertainment, communications, search, finance, and commerce. He is Co-Founder & CEO of Neoglyphic Entertainment, aiming to revolutionize content creation and discovery in the $500 billion rendered entertainment industry - including animation, books, video games, and AR/VR. Neoglyphic builds advanced technologies across data science and real-time 3D development, helping creators find and produce hit franchises. Dane has nearly fifty US patents issued or pending. In 2011, Dane was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40. He serves on the board of trustees for the SETI Institute, advises Cornell on entrepreneurship and remains an active investor/advisor in the start-up community, and still codes on the weekends. He also enjoys photography, high altitude ballooning/rocketry, robotics, helping educational charities and driving fast cars.

Before co-founding Neoglyphic, Dane held a number of senior leadership positions with eBay, including as vice president, mobile, where he was responsible for propelling eBay’s mobile business from $13 billion in 2012 to over $22 billion in 2013. Dane attended Cornell University, where he majored in computer science, and also studied fine arts and business. He left Cornell to start Jump.com, which he eventually sold to Microsoft. At Microsoft Dane held several senior technology leadership roles, particularly in web and desktop search. Dane is a regular media spokesperson, conference speaker, and university guest lecturer.

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