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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Award-winning Filmmaker and Virtual Reality Visionary/Futurist Brett Leonard To Speak at the 2016 Samsung Developer Conference about his VR projects "The Futurist", "Lawnmower Man Reborn", and his "5 Laws of VR"

Award-winning Filmmaker and Virtual Reality Visionary/Futurist Brett Leonard To Speak at the 2016 Samsung Developer Conference about his VR projects "The Futurist", "Lawnmower Man Reborn", and his "5 Laws of VR"

PGA "Digital 25" Recipient and award-winning director of "Lawnmower Man" (the hit sci-fi film that introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to global audiences) Brett Leonard will be a featured speaker at the 2016 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco

LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning director of the first feature film to introduce the concept of Virtual Reality, "Lawnmower Man", to announce his current VR/TV project "The Futurist", co-created with Rob Weiss (writer/producer of HBO's hit shows "Entourage" and "Ballers"), with the concurrent VR game being created with VR game company The Rogue Initiative (headed up by "Call of Duty" producer Pete Blumel, and Cathy Twigg). Brett will also announce his development of the follow-up to his hit film "Lawnmower Man", with the working title "Lawnmower Man Reborn". Brett will also announce the formation of a premiere Virtual Reality content studio, Virtuosity Entertainment, which he has co-founded with Scott Ross (who in the past headed up ILM and Lucas Film, and co-founded Digital Domain with James Cameron). Brett will also discuss his focus on creating an ethical framework for the new mediums of VR/AR, speaking about his "5 Laws of VR" at this conference publicly for the first time.

The conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27th and 28th. In addition to talking about the subjects outlined above, Brett will be taking questions from the audience in an "Ask Me Anything" session.

"I am honored and excited that Samsung has invited me to their developer conference, said director Leonard. To be part of defining a new medium that has the potential and power of Virtual and Augmented Reality, is a dream come true - It feels like I have entered and am living in the world I depicted in several of my films!"

For over 25 years, Brett Leonard has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Whether it be the groundbreaking computer graphics in his cult-classic film Lawnmower Man which introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to popular culture - or being the first to pioneer modern stereoscopic techniques and photo-realistic CGI in his hit IMAX 3D film "T-Rex" - or introducing American audiences to Russell Crowe and many other talents both in front of and behind the camera, Brett's work as a visionary Producer/Director/Futurist has always pushed the edge of innovation in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Leonard has also recently been made an integral part of the executive team of Digital Ignition LLC, a next-generation media technology/entertainment production and finance company lead by Michael Clofine, film producer and principal of Steel Pier Capital, a NYC-based private equity firm - Mr. Leonard is involved in the review and decision process for all DI projects and technologies, as well as being a key participant in determining the strategic direction of DI.

In 2010, Mr. Leonard was named by The Producers Guild of America, in association with Variety Magazine, as one of its "Digital 25", recognizing the twenty-five leading visionaries, innovators and producers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of storytelling through digital media. The Guild's 4,500 members, including producers of film, television and new media, along with a distinguished Digital 25 Advisory Board, voted Mr. Leonard for this honor. Other recipients include directors James Cameron and Ridley Scott, and Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

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