AI and Hollywood Webinar | Alumni Ventures

AI and Hollywood Webinar | Alumni Ventures

Join Alumni Ventures for a deep dive into the intersection of Hollywood and Artificial Intelligence! In the ever-evolving tale of Hollywood, a new protagonist has taken center stage – Artificial Intelligence. Explore the transformative impact of AI on the film and music industries, from scriptwriting to post-production, marketing, and beyond.

Their webinar, curated by Alumni Ventures’ AI Fund, brings together Gigi Johnson, futurist and Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Music Innovation, a16z Partner Robin Guo, and Jaeson Ma, Media Executive and CEO of to illuminate the Hollywood AI revolution.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to unravel the future of Hollywood through the lens of AI. Reserve your spot now and be part of the conversation shaping the next chapter in cinematic innovation!


  • Introduction to Hollywood AI: Explore the impact of AI on scriptwriting, casting, production, visual effects, and more.
  • Technological Enablers: Uncover the technologies driving Hollywood AI, including GPT-4, generative diffusion models, and real-time rendering engines.
  • Pioneering Startups: Spotlight on venture-backed startups transforming Hollywood with AI solutions in scriptwriting, editing, visual effects, and beyond.
  • AI's Double-Edged Sword: Discuss the challenges and opportunities AI presents in the industry, from job displacement to the rise of virtual actors and deepfake technology.
  • Q&A Session: Engage with our panelists and get your burning questions answered.

Why Attend?

  • Gain insights into the latest AI innovations reshaping Hollywood.
  • Connect with industry leaders and experts.
  • Discover the future of AI in content creation and its potential impact on storytelling.

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Pirates, Magicians, and Wizards . . . with Megan Elliott

Pirates, Magicians, and Wizards . . . with Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott shares her journey from Australia and indigenous cultural media to trade union representation in Ireland to traveling across Asia connecting leaders and cultures . . before she was found on LinkedIn to bring her superpowers to Nebraska. She tells of the shared collaborative creation of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, which works to create “pirates, magicians, and wizards” who can reach their dream job or create their dream company right out of school.

Guest: Megan Elliott, Founding Director, Johnny Carson Center For Emerging Media Arts, University Of Nebraska, Lincoln

Megan Elliott is the founding director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She was previously the manager of leadership and community connections at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and former director and CEO of digital media think-tank X Media Lab.

From 2015-2016, Elliott served as the manager of Leadership and Community Connections at the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia’s number-one young university, where she led an international program for students to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as instilling a commitment to innovation, social justice, community building, and sustainability.

Elliott has deep ties to emerging media industries across Asia, Europe, and the world. She served as co-founder and director of China Creative Industries Exchange in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from 2007-2015.

From 2005 to 2015, Elliott was the director/chief executive officer for X Media Lab (XML), an internationally acclaimed digital media think-tank and creative workshop for the creative industries that she co-founded with Brendan Harkin. XML created a meeting place uniquely designed to assist companies and people to get their own creative ideas successfully to market. Some of XML’s partners included the Sydney Film Festival, Beijing Film Academy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India, the national broadcaster (NPO) in Amsterdam, the American Film Institute, Digital Hollywood and 5D Global in Hollywood, the British Council, and the Federal Office of Culture in Switzerland.

Elliott and Harkin were recently chosen as two of five people to have their oral histories recorded for the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia, as two people pivotal to the development of the interactive media arts industries.

She also served from 2002-2006 as the executive director of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Originally from Australia, Elliott received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Canberra in Bruce, Australia.

She began her career in theatre with the Splinters Theatre of Spectacle and has also served as a performer/artist in residence/assistant project manager for The Performance Space, Australia’s leading performance space and gallery for the research and development of interdisciplinary arts.


The Center: The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is an investment by the University made possible by a recent $20 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the Johnny Carson Foundation in November 2015. The Johnny Carson Center will be an internationally distinct program focusing on virtual production, film, design, technology, and commerce. It will explore the boundaries of where cinematic narrative and storytelling intersects with artificial intelligence, science, the humanities, computer science, engineering, music, fine arts, and other disciplines. Students will learn, among other things, how to create content for film and television, game design, interactive media, internet media, and augmented and virtual reality.


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Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln