Thursday, January 15th, 2015
This week NET-WORK-PLAY announces its second run of speakers for inclusion in the 2015 event. Consolidating the event’s goal to champion conventional factual content creation through digital channels and platforms, this announcement comprises a range of experts focused in differing fields of artistic creation, distribution and curatorship. They hail from all corners of the globe in some of the industry's most innovative and influential organisations.
NET-WORK-PLAY is a three-day conference and marketplace focusing on factual screen content, technology and entrepreneurship. The event takes place at the Adelaide Convention Centre, 23-25 February 2015, aiming to present the current state of media creation and distribution and provide cutting-edge career opportunities.
Joining already-announced NET-WORK-PLAY speakers Erin Lee Carr, Stefan Savva, Christie George and Kate Townsend are four eminent leaders from across the industry- the artistic director of DOC NYC and the Documentary Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, a content-leader from video streaming giant Vimeo and youth journalistic network VICE Media, director of original content for international documentary provider The Knowledge Network and the digital storyteller behind the New York Times and Guardian-commended “The Silent History”.
Thom Powers is the artistic director of America's largest documentary festival DOC NYC and has been described by The New York Times as a “kingmaker for documentaries.” He has been a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006 and he curates the subscription VOD platform SundanceNOW Doc Club.  Powers programs for the Miami International Film Festival, teaches at the School of Visual Arts and was a co-founder of the Cinema Eye Honors. He previously spent a decade directing and producing documentaries for HBO and PBS. Powers will be attending NET-WORK-PLAY with the generous support of Screen Australia.
Jeffrey Bowers has enjoyed a vibrant career in the fields of digital programming and curatorship, currently holding the position of Senior Manager & Curator for the premium online video-sharing platform Vimeo. Based in the USA and aiming to continuously build and share new experiences with audiences, Bowers is also the short film programmer and columnist for VICE Media, the world’s largest online youth news network.
Murray Battle is the Director of Original Content and Brand at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, a commercial-free creative documentary, arts and culture, drama and children’s channel presenting and commissioning content from Canada and around the world. The Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in British Columbia through the creation of broadcast and digital interactive content. Battle himself holds over 30 years experience in filmmaking and content creation.
Eli Horowitz is a digital storyteller based in San Francisco, co-author of The Silent History, a digital novel praised by The New York Times and The Guardian, The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of ping pong. He was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s for eight years, working closely with authors including Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, William Vollmann, and Stephen King. His design work has been honored by I.D.Print and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
NET-WORK-PLAY is presented by AIDC Ltd, a 27-year-old peak organisation for the factual film and television industries. AIDC’s annual events have a strong reputation for bringing the Australian and international factual content industry together for an extensive conference program and marketplace. AIDC’s new event, NET-WORK-PLAY, marks the start of a search for new business models to complement the traditional documentary financing models that have been a focus of the organisation’s previous events. By opening up the fold to startups and entrepreneurs working on technology-focused or customer-facing products or services, NET-WORK-PLAY is set to break ground with new creative collaborations that defy traditional industry models.
For further information about NET-WORK-PLAY contact Jacky Smith on +61 8 7324 9987
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