CES 2011 Preview: Thursday’s things to watch

Today’s the day the show floor opens at CES – and the mad rush to find the next big things gets underway. Thousands of people will tread the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, checking out the latest 3D TVs, cameras, tablets and streaming apps – along with more gadgets and gizmos than anyone could imagine. Ces-logo

On the news front, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will give the morning keynote, where he’s expected to reveal details about the carrier’s 4G network and show off some of the new phones that will take advantage of it. Likely to be conspicuously absent from the list is the Apple iPhone, though. Look for the formal announcement on that product addition to come outside of the news flood of CES.

JVC will make a digital imaging announcement later today and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the pair of super sessions Variety will be hosting.

At 10am, I’ll be moderating “Hollywood Creative Masters: A Media Money Makers SuperSession”. The panel will look at how digital media has impacted today’s movies and television shows, with a focus on social media, transmedia and mobile platforms. Speaking on the panel will be:

  • Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead and Producer of The Incredible Hulk
  • Tim Kring, Master Storyteller, Executive Producer of Heroes and Tim Kring’s Conspiracy For Good
  • Tom McGrath, Director of Megamind
  • Jeff Ross, Executive Producer of Conan
  • Conrad Green, executive producer of Dancing with the Stars

Afterward, David Cohen will moderate “Tech Tussles: Hollywood’s Deal With The Devil” – a look at whether Hollywood is undermining its core business model as it races to keep up with technology. Panelists include:

  •  Bob Chapek, President, Distribution , The Walt Disney Studios 
  • Thomas Gewecke, President, Digital Distribution, Warner Bros
  • Jordan Hoffner, President-Digital Media, Electus
  • Steve Nickerson, President-Home Entertainment, Summit Entertainment
  • Mitch Singer, President of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem; CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment


Samsung president Boo-Kuen Yoon gives a keynote on visual displays at 4:30, then the crowd begins resting up for the party circuit, which will be going full throttle.