Samsung's Chris Buchanan to keynote Future of Cinema Conference
March 29, 2018

Samsung's Chris Buchanan to keynote Future of Cinema Conference

LAS VEGAS — The Future of Cinema Conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, just prior to the NAB show in Las Vegas. Produced in partnership with SMPTE, the event will be help in meeting rooms in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On Sunday, April 8th at 9:55am, Chris Buchanan will present the keynote, which will speak to the future of moving pictures — as technologies ranging from LED screens to sensory immersion transform the viewing experience. Prior to joining Samsung, Buchanan served in business development, sales and marketing roles for global social media marketing company Thismoment, with responsibility for the company's partner network. Earlier, at, he contributed to an original content initiative now known as Amazon Studios. As a part of the content acquisition team, he also licensed film and television programming for Amazon Video On Demand.

Buchanan was president of Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy at 20th Century Fox, where he oversaw the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. He also produced Whedon's feature debut, Serenity at Universal Pictures. While at Warner Bros., Buchanan ran Jerry Weintraub Productions, where he developed a slate of films including Ocean's Eleven. In 2000, Buchanan co-founded Flixer, a venture-backed technology startup that provides digital marketing services to major media clients. Buchanan also founded the United Talent Agency's independent film department, where he represented cutting-edge filmmakers and packaged their productions. He began his career as a programming and acquisitions executive for Sony Pictures Entertainment in New York.

Additional sessions at The Future of Cinema Conference will dive into shifting models and opportunities for monetization, featuring topics such as next-generation cinema, high-dynamic-range (HDR), and immersive media (AR/VR/MR).

Here’s a look at some schedule highlights:

Saturday, April 7
It's a Wide Wide World: Capturing Immersive Images
1:30 - 2:35pm
This session will provide an overview of the range of contemporary image capture techniques, including 360-degree cameras, photogrammetry, free view-point video and light field cinematography, including recent work in creating standards for image interchange. 

Saturday, April 7
Beyond Cinema - The Emergence of Location Based Entertainment
3:05 - 4:15pm
With the emergence of virtual reality and haptics, there have been a significant push to bring VR-based entertainment experiences to young audiences in urban environments. So far, experimental sites have ranges from highly-interactive gaming to immersive storytelling to environmental experiences – blurring the line between physical and digital reality. 

Sunday, April 8
Diversity & Inclusion in the Cinema Workspace
9:10 - 9:55am 
Thoughtful hiring practices can create a diverse work environment, but what steps can an organization take to ensure that they're creating a space that is truly inclusive? How can we be sure that our subconscious biases aren't leading us to create a less-than-hospitable Doclimate for some employees? In this session, we'll explore the steps being taken in cinema workspaces to combat exclusivity, and to cultivate environments of inclusion that allow everyone to thrive.

Sunday, April 8
Gen Z: The YouTube Generation
10:45 - 11:20am
With the tools and ability to create and share their own entertainment experiences, today's teens are moving beyond simply consuming entertainment. We'll take a deeper dive into Gen Z's viewing habits and hear from a high school student who decided to conduct a survey of her peers' media consumption choices. 

Sunday, April 8
Do Androids Dream of Making Movies
11:20am – 12pm
The M&E industry has been buzzing with use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, but can movies be created and improved through AI? Could robots replace humans for storytelling? Is Sci-Fi becoming Science Non-Fiction? This session will look at current examples of using AI and ML in content creation and where these technologies could take us in the future of making movies and cinema.

Register online ( and use code EP03 for a discount.