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Saturday, July 15, 11:00 am–12:00 pm. Steven J. Ross Theater

Join us for a fireside chat about how celebrities, studios, and talent agencies are building business models and technology platforms to speak directly to their fans and cultivate their brands.

Kate Hudson

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson made her studio film debut in "200 Cigarettes," co-starring with Ben Affleck, Courtney Love, and Paul Rudd, and her early films also include "Desert Blue" and "Gossip." However, it was her career-making performance in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" that won the hearts of critics and moviegoers around the world. Her portrayal of "band aid" Penny Lane earned her a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and a BAFTA nomination, amongst numerous other honors and recognition.

She followed with roles in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women," "About Adam," and Shekhar Kapur's period remake of "The Four Feathers," opposite Heath Ledger and achieved global box office success starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in the hit romantic comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," which earned over $200 million at the box office worldwide. Her films also include "Alex & Emma" for director Rob Reiner; Merchant-Ivory's contemporary comedy, "Le Divorce" and Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen" for Disney, as well as the psychological thriller, "Skeleton Key." She starred in the comedy, "You, Me and Dupree," opposite Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon and Michael Douglas, which grossed over $100 million worldwide and re-teamed with Matthew McConaughey in Warner Bros.' "Fool's Gold," which was another worldwide box-office hit. She produced and starred opposite Anne Hathaway in "Bride Wars" and dazzled in Rob Marshall's all-star movie musical, "Nine." She appeared in Michael Winterbottom's provocative noir thriller, "The Killer Inside Me," with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba, the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed," as well as the dramatic thriller, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which premiered at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. She starred in the thriller "Good People," opposite James Franco and Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" and Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah," opposite Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride and her voice was heard in DreamWorks Animation's global hit "Kung Fu Panda 3." She was seen recently in "Mother's Day," with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, reuniting with her with her "Raising Helen" director, Garry Marshall and co-starred in Pete Berg's "Deepwater Horizon," opposite Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriquez and John Malkovich. She will be seen next in "Marshall."

On television, Kate completed a guest starring arc as a tough-as-nails dance instructor in the fourth season of the hit FOX series, "Glee" and appeared in Larry David's HBO Original Movie, "Clear History," with John Hamm and Michael Keaton. In 2007, Kate made her directorial debut with the short film, "Cutlass," as part of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments," with first-time female directors working from readers' personal essays. She has appeared in global, multi-year campaigns for Ann Taylor and Almay and launched CH+KH, a unique line of jewelry and accessories created with her longtime friend Laurie Lynn Stark, co-owner of Chrome Hearts. The pair extended the line with their first collection of sunglasses in 2014. In 2013, Kate co-founded Fabletics, a high-performance lifestyle brand with a mission to offer high-quality activewear at an accessible price. Fabletics is designed with the modern woman's busy lifestyle in mind and offers a full selection of apparel and accessories to over one million VIP members across eight countries via its e-commerce website www.fabletics.com and eighteen U.S.-based retail stores. The brand will open 12 new retail locations in 2017, for a total of 30 locations throughout the continental United States in just 23 months.

Her first book, "Pretty Happy" is a New York Times Bestseller. Her second, "Pretty Fun," will be out this Fall.

Kate is a Board Member of The Hawn Foundation's Board of Directors and is actively involved in the organization's signature program, MindUP, which teaches skills and mindfulness practices that help children improve learning and academic performance, as well as valuable social and emotional skills. She has also partnered with the World Food Program in their fight to end hunger around the world and has been involved with numerous other causes, including the Starkey Foundation, Baby2Baby, women's rights, education and the fight to eradicate breast cancer.

Michael Kives, Creative Artists Agency
Creative Artists Agency

Michael Kives is an Agent at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, California, where he represents a wide range of talent, including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Johnny Knoxville, Katy Perry, “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, as well as business leader Warren Buffett. In 2012 Kives was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s prestigious “35 Under 35 Next Generation” list, a compilation of industry leaders under the age of 35.

Kives additionally works with Evolution Media, an investment company created in partnership with Evolution Media Capital (EMC), TPG Growth, and Participant Media, which invests globally in growth businesses within the sports, media, and entertainment industries. Kives also serves on the Board of Directors of Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer in the world.

Prior to joining CAA in 2003, Kives worked in the Harlem office of President William J. Clinton, where he served as an interim spokesperson for the President. Kives then transitioned to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Washington office, where he worked alongside Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, performing local advance work for the Senator.

Kives graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction from Stanford University, where he was Captain of the Stanford Debate Society, one of the country’s top rated parliamentary debate teams. As a high school student, Kives became the first and only person ever to win the World Public Speaking and Debating Championships twice, first winning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then in Gaborone, Botswana. At the age of 18 he appeared as a guest on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher, where he was touted the “World’s Most Persuasive Teenager.”

Kives is an active fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation, and has traveled to Africa with President Clinton on multiple occasions to work directly with the Foundation’s efforts on the ground. He additionally fundraises for Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Kives also participates in the annual “Principal for a Day” initiative through the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle.

Kives remains actively involved in Democratic politics, and served as a National Finance Chair for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign.

Van Toffler, Gunpowder & Sky
CEO and Co-Founder
Gunpowder & Sky

Van Toffler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Gunpowder & Sky, an award-winning independent global studio, dedicated to creating, marketing, and distributing video content unrestricted by form, genre, or platform. Toffler is the former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music & Logo Group. During his 28 year tenure at MTV/Viacom, Toffler instigated and oversaw some of the most vibrant cultural moments and creative brands in history. Under his leadership, he helped take MTV around the world to be the most valuable youth media brand, launched MTV Films, MTV Digital, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits & Jams, Palladia, VH1 Classic, VBS, and Logo.

Additionally, Toffler oversaw the creation and production of a diverse slate of content from Beavis and Butthead to The Real World, the VMAs and Movie Awards, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors, the CMT Awards, The Osbournes, Punk’d, Jackass, Unplugged, Crossroads, and Catfish, as well as social campaigns like Choose or Lose, Hope for Haiti, and VH1’s Save the Music. He also produced/executive produced a slate of novel, irreverent, and sometimes even Oscar-nominated films such as Election, Napoleon Dynamite, Hustle and Flow, Bad Grandpa and Blades of Glory.  He supervised the creation of a slew of digital content from $5 Cover directed by Craig Brewer, Inside Joke by Michael Che, Rock Band, Urge and VBS—a partnership with Vice.

John Stankey, AT&T
AT&T Entertainment Group, AT&T Services Inc.

John Stankey, CEO–AT&T Entertainment Group, leads strategy, marketing and operations for AT&T’s consumer entertainment offerings including its video offerings and content development, its mobility and high-speed Internet products, plus its advertising business.

Stankey previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, where he led the company’s corporate strategy, M&A, and business development initiatives.

Before that, Stankey served as President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, where he was responsible for serving AT&T's business customers worldwide and all of AT&T’s shared services including capital planning, engineering, network operations, information technology, supply chain and corporate real estate.

In his three-decade career, he also has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Operations, Inc. and as Group President-Telecom Operations, where he was responsible for the company's former five regional telecom units. His responsibilities also have included Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, President and CEO of AT&T's Southwest Region, and President of Industry Markets.

Stankey is on the Board of Advisors at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He also serves on the board of directors of UPS.

A native of California, Stankey earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1985 and a master's degree in business administration from UCLA in 1991.