Screen Actors Guild New Media Director Also Slated to Speak
Las Vegas (January 6, 2011)—Screen Actors Guild will join panel discussions on Friday at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES is billed as the world’s largest consumer technology trade show.
SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and actor Kevin Pollak will complement the 3 p.m. panel “Artists as Entrepreneurs” which will also feature executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (Lost) and writer-producer Justin Halpern ($h*! My Dad Says). Panelists will discuss building their own brands, creating new forms of entertainment and bridging the gap between labor and management.
Amy Aquino is the primary elected liaison for the Guild’s budgetary and financial matters, serves as chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and National Executive Committee. A SAG member since 1987, Aquino is a familiar face in film and television. After earning her B.A. from Harvard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, she spent five years in New York doing theater, appeared in films such as Working Girl and Moonstruck, and took on memorable recurring guest roles in such hit television series as ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, Curb Your Enthusiasm and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2010, Aquino had recurring roles in Brothers and Sisters and Big Love.
Kevin Pollak has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. Over the past two decades, he has appeared in more than 60 films, including modern classics such as The Usual Suspects, and in countless television projects. He has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. In March of 2009, Pollak began hosting his own Internet talk show called Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. Before celebrating its one-year anniversary, the show received three Streamy Award nominations and won for Best Live Production of a Web Series. Pollak has recently finished his directorial debut, the horror Web series Vamped Out.
In a separate, 2:45 p.m. discussion on Friday, SAG National New Media Director Mark Friedlander will participate in a roundtable that will include representatives from digital providers AT&T and Verizon as well as other broadband stakeholders in the panel “Content in the Cloud.” Content rights holders and broadband network operators are concerned about how cloud storage could affect the way they manage their intellectual property and utilize network resources, and this panel intends to provide insights from both perspectives.
Mark Friedlander came to Screen Actors Guild in 2005 and currently oversees the New Media Contracts Department. He has a bachelor’s in political science from University of Southern California, a juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, and a master of laws degree in entertainment and media law from Southwestern University. He also attended the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Cambridge University.