Biz tech summit returns

Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth keynotes

Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth will headline the keynote conversation at Variety’s second annual Entertainment and Technology Summit returning to Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on May 3.

The one-day gathering will feature top Hollywood execs and talent discussing the intersection of TV, film and new media. Panels will focus on a range of topics including the financing of new media projects, the impact of corporate brands on film and TV and the mechanics of webisode production.

Roth, who will be interviewed by Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos, is the former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox and producer of the recently released “Alice in Wonderland.”

Also participating will be Comcast Entertainment Group chief Ted Harbert, TBS/TNT/TCM exec vp Michael Wright; Kevin Pollak of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show; Randy Waynick, svp strategy and alliances at Consumer of America Group, Sony Electronics, Inc.; Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA Network; and Bonnie Arnold, producer of “How to Train your Dragon.”

The event is in conjunction with Digital Hollywood Spring, which runs May 3- 6 at Loews. For more information on the summit, go to digitalhollywood.com/VarietySummit.

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