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GLEN ANDERSON is Managing Director, Cogentic Advisors. - Glen was most recently in investment banking with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York and prior with Jefferies & Co. in San Francisco, focused on telecom, networking and media. Prior to his career in investment banking, Glen worked in the commodity trading business in New York, the venture capital industry in Europe and the hedge fund industry in Chicago. Glen has been close to technology his entire career beginning as an engineer in Motorola's mobile devices business, supporting the design of revolutionary products such as the Motorola StarTAC and the Multiple Application Phone - the world's first "smart-phone". He has been a technology consultant to Lehman Brothers, the New York Stock Exchange and Midway Games, and consultant to Sprint Wireless and Comcast, among others in technology and organizational strategy.  Glen holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Engineering, and an MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago. Glen holds series 7, 24, 63, 79, 86 and 87 FINRA securities licenses.

JASON BRUBAKER is a Hollywood-based Independent Motion Picture Producer and an expert in Video On Demand distribution. He is focused on how to market and sell movies more easily by growing a fan base, building buzz and creating community around  a title. Mr. Brubaker is a contributing author of The Independent’s Guide to Film Distributors, he is the founder of Filmmaking Stuff, a professional resource for independent filmmakers, and his articles on independent movie marketing, distribution and film production have been featured in The Independent and Movie Maker Magazine. Brubaker has lectured on these subjects to filmmakers from around the globe through various filmmaking seminars, panel discussions and workshops.

SHAWN GILLESPIE recently joined Entertainment Partners as the Director of Production Incentive Administration & Finance. Shawn provides consulting and administrative services for tax incentives for film, television, and commercials. His 17 years of production accounting experience include working for several major studios: 20th Century Fox (Titanic), Universal Pictures (Evan Almighty and Leatherheads), DreamWorks (Collateral and Eagle Eye), Sony Pictures (Fun With Dick & Jane and Talladega Nights), Walt Disney Studios (Sweet Home Alabama), MGM (Out of Time), Miramax (Havana Nights), and ABC Network (Army Wives, Seasons 1 through 4). While working on productions, Shawn administered incentives for South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada.  As the Manager of Production Finance for Home Box Office (HBO), Mr. Gillespie supervised production accounting on The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Arli$$, 61*, Dinner with Friends, Shot in the Heart, and The Laramie Project.  Mr. Gillespie earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

JAMIE OLIFF was trained in classical animation at Sheridan College of Art and Design and has worked in the animation industry for more than 20 years. An award-winning director and long-time feature film animator, his credits include the first season of The Ren and Stimpy Show, and many feature length animated pictures such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Hercules, The Emperor’s New Groove, and CG animation on titles ranging from Kangaroo Jack to Scooby Doo Too and National Treasure.

CHRISTOPHER CAREY is one of those renaissance individuals who is known for being equally artistic (an accomplished musician), operational and strategic. Chris has held several studio-based executive positions including (most recently) Executive Vice President, Worldwide Technical Operations for Paramount Pictures.  Before joining Paramount, Chris was the Chief Marketing and Technology Officer for Technicolor and led a production infrastructure consolidation project to increase efficiency thru the centralization of data centers, digital media storage/archival, production networks, and video processing/encoding, as well leading Technicolor’s technology strategies across all of its’ lines of business.

Prior to Technicolor, Chris served as Senior VP of Studio New Technology for The Walt Disney Company. He developed and coordinated the technology strategies, standards, and policies for Disney Studios across the production, post production, manufacturing, and distribution divisions.  He represented Disney in technology standards efforts, including groups such as the Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC. (DCI), DVD Forum, Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), Advanced Access Content System (AACS) and DVD Copy Control Association (DVDCCA). 

Chris’ group affiliations include AMPAS, MPSE, SMPTE.  He has served on the Board of Directors for; DVDCCA, DVD Forum, Blu-ray Disc Association, Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC, AACS (Advanced Access Content System).  He is a contributing author of Understanding Digital Cinema, published in 2005 by Elsevier Publications.

ROBERT YAMASHITA is Managing Director of Cogentic Advisors. Mr. Yamashita has been working with the Media & Entertainment and Consumer Electronics industry sectors since 1987. He has over nine years of management consulting in corporate and technology strategy, including experience as a Principal Consultant in digital media strategy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His recent engagements have included digital asset technology and strategy for several major Hollywood studios, large CE companies and various technology startups. While with Sony Electronics, Mr. Yamashita was a co-founder and director of the Pro-MPEG Forum. Mr. Yamashita has prior industry experience in strategic planning, alliance management, business development and marketing management at consumer electronics, semiconductor and communications companies (Sony, C-Cube Microsystems, Rockwell, TRW LSI Products). Mr. Yamashita holds a B.S. with Honors from the California Institute of Technology.

JULIE HARRIS WALKER, Director of Marketing and Sales at Entertainment Partners, has worked in the entertainment field for over 18 years as a Production Finance Executive, Production Auditor, and Commercial Producer. Prior to joining Entertainment Partners in 2008, Julie worked for companies such as HBO, Disney and the Weinstein Company. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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