- Robert Stromberg, co-founder + Chief Creative Officer
Robert Stromberg // founder + Chief Creative Officer
is the 2-Time Academy Award winner for the production design on Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, and the Director of Disney’s Maleficent which has passed over $760MM in worldwide box office, the highest grossing directorial debut in history. No one can make a claim to a better track record of creating new and imaginative worlds using the top virtual camera tools. No one is more qualified to tackle the visual challenge of designing specifically for the immersive experience of VR.
Guy Primus // founder + Chief Executive Officer
is the former Chief Operating Officer of Overbrook Entertainment, the film and television production company founded by actor/producer Will Smith and producer James Lassiter. He also co-founded and managed Tentpole Ventures, a seed-stage tech investment fund that focuses on consumer lifestyle companies and whose portfolio includes Pinterest, DogVacay, Fancy and Loom (acquired by Dropbox) for Smith. Prior to joining Overbrook, Guy was Director of Digital Media at Starbucks, where he co-created the popular "Pick of the Week" program. As Group Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft's MSN Entertainment, Guy earned the company an ad:Tech award for his creation of "The Scenario" for Sprite. He also served as Vice President of Strategy & Planning for Blue Flame, the marketing and advertising agency founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Guy is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and chairman of the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Engineering, and was honored as a "Captain of Industry" by the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Chris Edwards // founder + Chief Production Officer
is the Founder and CEO of The Third Floor, the world’s leading previsualization studio which services up to 40 major studio feature films each year. Recent credits include Marvel franchises like Avengers and X-Men, the new Godzilla, Gravity, and many many more. He began his career in digital cinematography at Disney before working for George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch. After 10 years of building a massive database of 3D assets, and servicing the world’s top Directors, no one is more qualified or has as much infrastructure to pioneer the proper pipeline for CG VR content creation.
Joel Newton // founder + President
is a producer and entrepreneur who has extensive experience at the crossroads of media, content, distribution, and sports. After building an
Oscar-Nominated management/production company, where he represented hundreds of screenwriters and directors, Newton joined Stromberg and Edwards to launch Hydra, their collective IP development studio. Newton helped architect the Hydra Process, a 10-phase reinvention of film development and production. No one is more qualified to manage the convergence of storytelling and technological tools with the business development required to make VRC the world’s leader in VR stories and experiences.
G. Wayne Clough is President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He recently retired as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Clough was president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 2008, when he oversaw dramatic changes in the institute, including $1 billion in new construction. At the Smithsonian Clough was the driving force to digitize the entire archives of the Smithsonian, bringing the educational value of the institution to the world through the internet. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him to the President's Council of Science and Technology. In 2004, Bush appointed him a member of the National Science Board.
James Newton Howard is one of the most popular and respected composers for cinema, and has scored over 100 films. Howard won a Grammy® for his film score for THE DARK KNIGHT and has received eight Academy Award nominations. Some of Howard's best known film scores include PRETTY WOMAN, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, THE FUGITIVE, KING KONG, BLOOD DIAMOND, THE HUNGER GAMES, and MALEFICENT.
Kevin Morrow has worked for nearly 30 years in the music industry as a talent manager, concert promoter and marketing executive. He was the President of Live Nation's New York division and previously worked as a Senior Vice President of Tours & Talent for House of Blues Entertainment nationwide. In addition to his roles with such distinguished companies, his accomplishments include acquiring acts for the Superbowl including artists ZZ Top, Blues Brothers and James Brown.
Laurent Scallie is deeply passionate about VR and has dedicated his life to this medium since 1992. His accomplishments include founding and running, as CEO, 3 VR companies from Location Based Entertainment (LBE) VR to introducing, developing and fielding three generations of dismounted infantry military simulation systems to the U.S. Army. He was also a key catalyst behind the creation of Oculus. He was granted 3 patents in VR and has a couple more pending, designed VR hardware, middleware, software and VR content. Currently Founder and CEO of Red Pill VR, building the future of VR music visualization, he is also contributor to the VR Proto Awards and the Siggraph AR/VR contest as a judge.
Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Widely considered one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history, Spielberg is the founder of the USC Shoah Foundation institute, as well as a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios. Having won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for SCHINDLER'S LIST and Best Director for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, he is also known for such blockbusters as JURASSIC PARK, E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, and JAWS.