Ted Schilowitz (Paramount) on Hollywood’s Digital Revolution (Part 2)

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The Guest

Ted Schilowitz is a Futurist at Paramount Pictures, where he explores the future of media and technology, and tries to suss out where things are headed. Prior to Paramount, Ted held a similar role at 20th Century Fox.

Throughout his career, Ted has successfully moved back and forth between creating live-action content and creating better tools to make that content. For example, Ted came to Fox from RED, the digital camera company. There he was the first employee and chief product evangelist responsible for convincing Hollywood studios and directors that digital was the future.

Prior to that, he founded another hardware technology company that supported the creative development process. That one is now part of Western Digital. He was also a producer and director, and started a successful production company.

When you put all of those experiences together, the title of “Futurist” at Paramount Pictures seems appropriate.

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Ted Schilowitz

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The Conversation

This is the second part of my conversation with Ted, which was recorded in person on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, California. In this part, we get into his experiences at RED, which may foretell the challenges of getting Hollywood to fully embrace spatial entertainment.

We go on to explore his projects and lessons learned from both Fox and Paramount, and get some more hints about what he sees in the future.

We start this part discussing the new phone that RED is developing, which includes a direct view, glasses-free 3D screen.

The Request

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