Event takes place April 30
Writer-producer Damon Lindelof will keynote Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit, taking place April 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey.The Summit, co-located with Digital Hollywood, aims to identify opportunities for Hollywood to take advantage of technology’s increasing impact on the entertainment biz. Sessions at the confab will cover the state of the content biz; advertising and multiplatform online video; the hyperchannelization brought about by YouTube; making sense of mobile platforms; and the use of apps, social gaming and e-commerce. Lindelof, a co-creator and exec producer of ABC’s “Lost,” is writer-producer on this summer’s Ridley Scott-helmed “Prometheus” and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. He was previously a scribe for TV’s “Nash Bridges” and “Crossing Jordan.” Other notable speakers at the daylong event include Michael Aragon, VP and general manager of global video and music at Sony Network Entertainment; Adam Carolla, creator of “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast and star of “Celebrity Apprentice”; J Crowley, director of media partnerships at Foursquare; Bart Decrem, senior VP and general manager of Disney Mobile; Gale Anne Hurd, exec producer of “The Walking Dead”; Hank Kanalz, senior VP of digital at DC Entertainment; David Madden, prexy of Fox TV Studios; and Vivi Zigler, prexy of NBC Universal Digital Entertainment. Summit sponsors include BrightRoll, FreeWheel, Newvue, Northhighland, PwC, Skype and Yahoo.