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LAEDC Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook

2013/02/20 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

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Join the LAEDC for the 2013-2014 Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook!

Innovation Thrives in Los Angeles County
The Future of Film, TV, Digital Media and More!

Innovation plays an important role in enhancing the economic competitiveness of the Southern California region. Join us at the LAEDC 2013-14 Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook and hear from people and organizations that continue to stretch the boundaries and have proven to be leaders in innovation.


Event Details:

February 20, 2013
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Program and Forecast

*Download our sponsorship form here.

New Location:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The Bowl Ballroom
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Map and directions:



- $10 Self Parking (at Pershing Square – 530 S. Olive Street, LA, 90013)
- $20 Valet Parking


Bruce Cook, Ph.D. – chair of Filmmaking in the School of Media, Culture & Design – Woodbury University
Dr. Bruce Cook originally worked as a laser physicist at Hughes Aircraft as part of the Apollo Project. He later earned his MS in Film and PhD in Communications from USC. Dr. Cook has served as consultant on dozens of independent feature films. Since 1973 he has taught at a number of film schools, including USC, UCLA, and Los Angeles City College. Among his five thousand former students are Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), actor Laurence Fishburne, Paramount VP of Marketing Lucia Ludovico, former Warner Brothers VP Tom Merino, numerous directors and producers, twelve Academy Award nominees and winners, twenty-seven Emmy nominees and winners, and two Grammy winners.

He recently designed and taught courses at Woodbury University titled “Globalization of Media,” “The Theology of Horror Films,” and “The Art of the Pitch.” Dr. Cook founded the Filmmaking department at Woodbury University and oversaw the design and construction of the new sound stage, editing labs, and screening room/mixing stage. He also co-wrote the grant that established the new departments of Video Game Art & Design and Media Technology.

Dr. Cook, who also writes under the pen name Brant Randall, has earned credits as writer, producer, or director on eleven independent feature films as well as commercials. He has written more than twenty screenplays, including the films The Census Taker; Line of Fire; and Nightwish.

This year at Woodbury University he helped establish the Entertainment Media Group, which includes Animation, Filmmaking, Game, Media Tech, a new strand of Costume Design within Fashion design, and is working to establish a Production Design strand within Interior Architecture and Filmmaking led by former President of the Art Director’s Guild, Mimi Gramatky-Stradling. Future plans include a Producer’s Program offered jointly by the School of Business and the Departments of Filmmaking, Animation, and Video Games.

Dr. Cook’s vision for the Entertainment Media group is to reach out to underserved populations—first generation college students, minorities, newly arrived immigrants, and international students—in order to build the new world of global media. The curriculum is production oriented with a strong grounding in global marketing (including social media), distribution, pitching and new capital formation.

“I want to add new voices to the global cinematic discourse,” says Dr. Cook. “I believe that visual entertainment and the stories conveyed offer windows into other cultures. Those stories help us understand and appreciate each other, while creating revenue streams that did not exist before.”


Karen Kerr, Ph.D. – Senior Director for New Ventures & Alliances – University of Southern California (USC)
Dr. Karen Kerr is the Senior Director for New Ventures & Alliances at the University of Southern California (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation. In this role, she leads a growing team that will actively pursue startup opportunities from USC discoveries and expertise while coordinating with resources on and off campus to create an environment at USC and beyond that is conducive to new ventures. Her team will also manage funding and mentoring programs.

With more than 15 years of experience in building and investing in early stage companies, Dr. Kerr has an extensive background in university technology transfer, venture capital, intellectual property, and startups. She is the founder of Agile Equities, a venture development company specializing in emerging technology companies. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Kerr served as Director of Business Development, Targeted Acquisitions for Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) Invention Investment Fund. Previously she served as the U.S. Head of Business Development for IV’s Invention Development Fund (IDF), where she forged numerous strategic relationships with university, government, and industry partners that expanded the IDF portfolio and diversified its acquisition channels. She also served as a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners and an associate at both Patricof & Co Ventures and ARCH Development Corporation.

Dr. Kerr has invested across a broad array of companies in life science, information technology, communications and semiconductors, including such companies as Amberwave Systems, Silverstorm Technologies (fka InfiniCon Systems), Teach.com (Intellinex/E&Y), Ensemble, Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) and Diversa (NASDAQ: DVSA).

Dr. Kerr is a director of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and a member of the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee, the Florida Technological Research and Development Authority Advisory Board, the Physical Sciences Division Visiting Committee at the University of Chicago, and the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Industrial Advisory Board at Rutgers University. She previously served as a Trustee of Bryn Mawr College, director of the Chicago Public Education Fund, and senior advisor to Akoya Capital in Chicago. She is also a member of the Charter Class of Kauffman Fellows. In 2000, Dr. Kerr was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 40 under 40 leading business professionals in Chicago.

Dr. Kerr earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Chicago and an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.


Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D. – Chief Economist – Kyser Center for Economic Research, LAEDC
Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research, which conducts research on the regional, state, and national economies.

Dr. Kleinhenz has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California, all in Economics. Prior to joining the LAEDC, he served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS® and taught economics for over 15 years, most recently at California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Kleinhenz has spoken to local, state, and national audiences and is a frequent contributor to media coverage on the economy, including coverage in news outlets throughout California along with the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR.


Kimberly Ritter-Martinez – Associate Economist – Kyser Center for Economic Research, LAEDC
Kimberly Ritter-Martinez joined LAEDC in January 2009 as Associate Economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research. She works with the Chief Economist to prepare the Kyser Center’s regular economic reports and periodic briefings presented to corporate and government groups. She is the editor of the e-EDGE, LAEDC’s weekly economic newsletter. She also writes the retail trade, residential and nonresidential construction outlooks for LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts as well as the outlook for Orange and San Diego Counties. Recently, she co-authored Entertainment and the Media in Los Angeles, L.A. Stats 2012 and a report for the Otis College of Art & Design on the region’s creative economy.


David Wolf – Managing Director for Media & Entertainment Industry Group – Accenture
David Wolf is a Managing Director responsible for Accenture’s North American Digital Services Practice. He has over 22 years experience leading and delivering large innovative technology programs. With David’s deep entertainment industry expertise, he has been on the forefront of technology changes, including Digital Content Services and eCommerce.

David has been instrumental in helping define and build Accenture’s digital content services practice, including authoring points of view, developing capabilities, establishing and managing relationships with emerging technology companies and delivering strategic engagements.

David has been responsible for leading engagements that pioneered new technologies or applied existing technologies in new and innovative ways, including helping a leading global entertainment company define its vision for becoming a high performance media company in the new digital age, deliver leading edge digital content services capabilities for content creation through distribution, helping a leading interactive entertainment company launch a new interactive gaming business, and helping a startup technology company pioneer eCommerce.

David graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Computer Science.


Frank Mottek – Moderator – Anchor, Business Hour, KNX 1070 Newsradio
Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Frank currently anchors the business reports on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. Weekdays at 1 p.m., he hosts the KNX Business Hour, the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California.

Mr. Mottek has won numerous awards from the AP, UPI, RTNDA, Florida Medical Association, L.A. Press Club and the Radio-TV News Association of Southern California including two Golden Mikes, one for radio and one for television reporting in Los Angeles. He served as President of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters in 1988 and 1989.

Mr. Mottek’s experience includes broadcasting the live descriptions of more than 20 space shuttle launches for the CBS Radio Network in Florida and broadcasted the landing coverage of many shuttles at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research in Beverly Hills, The LA Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, and the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.


*Speakers as of 01/22/2013. More to come!

Members/Consulates/Nonprofits – Individual $95
Members/Consulates/Nonprofits – Table $750
General Public Ticket $155
General Public Table $1,350
Day of Event $170


Cooperating Organizations:

AIA Los Angeles, The American Institute of Architects
Building Industry Association, Los Angeles
California Fashion Association
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles
Japan America Society of Southern California
Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (LA NABE)
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
TOWN HALL Los Angeles
US Commercial Service
The Valley Economic Alliance
Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC)
Women In International Trade



Kimberly Ritter-Martinez – LAEDC
Bruce Cook, Ph.D. – School of Media, Film & Culture at Woodbury University
Karen Kerr, Ph.D. – University of Southern California
David Wolf – Accenture
Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D. – LAEDC


LAEDC 2013-14 Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook



7:00 am - 10:30 am


Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States


Marilyn McPoland