Sam Ford asked me to pass along information about a great conference taking place next week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT's 3rd Futures of Entertainment. I attended both previous FoEs, and found most of the panel discussions had a lot of relevance for soap operas. As will this years': panelists include Gail De Kosnik (who, along with C. Lee Harrington (Soap Fans) and Sam Ford, is co-editing The Survival of Soap Opera: Strategies for a Digital Age, to which I will be contributing), and Tom Casiello, Emmy-award winning former writer for One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives and Young and Restless.
If you're interested in attending, follow the link below.
NOV. 10, 2008 CAMBRIDGE, MA--The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Futures of Entertainment 3 conference will take place Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Wong Auditorium in the Tang Center on MIT's campus.
Futures of Entertainment 3, an event sponsored by the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium (http://www.convergenceculture.org/), is the third annual conference bringing together media industries professionals and media studies academics to discuss the current state and ongoing trends in media. This year's conference will include panels on how value is counted in the media industries, understanding audiences, social media, the comic book industry, franchising and transmedia, media distribution in a global marketplace, and the intersection of academia and the media industries.
Speakers at the conference include Kim Moses, executive producer of The Ghost Whisperer; Alex McDowell, production designer for Watchmen; Gregg Hale, producer of The Blair Wtich Project and Seventh Moon; Lance Weiler, director of The Last Broadcast and Head Trauma; and Tom Casiello, Daytime Emmy award-winning former writer for soap operas including As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, and The Young and the Restless; Peter Kim, a founder of the Dachis Corporation; as well as representatives from HBO Online, World Wrestling Entertainment, and other innovative media companies and projects.
The conference will also feature academics such as Henry Jenkins (MIT, founder of the Convergence Culture Consortium and author of Convergence Culture and Textual Poachers), Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School, author of The Wealth of Networks), John Caldwell (UCLA, author of Production Culture), Anita Elberse (Harvard Business School, author of "Should You Invest in the Long Tail?"), and Grant McCracken (author of Transformations).
More information on the conference, including the program and registration, is available at http://www.convergenceculture.org/futuresofentertainment/
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