The Importance of Being First

Abstract: The commercial launch of the first Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen may prove to have been a watershed moment for the cinema business. What lessons have been learned during its first year in the market and what is on the horizon for LED Cinema Walls in general? This presentation will bring viewers up-to-date on the latest developments in this nascent industry with a focus on Samsung’s disruptive Onyx Cinema LED Screen and the coming changes to the exhibition business and beyond.

Speaker: Chris Buchanan, Director, Business Development, Samsung Electronics America

Bio: Prior to his current role, Buchanan worked in Samsung’s Global Innovation Center and Media Solutions Center of America in strategy, partnerships and business development. Previously, Buchanan held management positions at Amazon, Mutant Enemy (20TH Century Fox), United Talent Agency, Jerry Weintraub Productions (Warner Bros.) and Sony Pictures Entertainment where he contributed to such pop culture touchstones as Swingers, Ocean’s Eleven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity. When not contemplating the future of entertainment and technology, he is likely to be coaching a competitive FIRST robotics team or hiking in the Sierras with the Boy Scouts.  Buchanan holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.