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Sid Ganis

Sid is the co-founder of Out of The Blue Entertainment, following a distinguished career as an executive at major studios including Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. He has advised leading U.S. entertainment and technology companies including Dolby Laboratories, Nokia and The Void. Sid was the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (The Oscars),  a position which he held for four consecutive terms. He currently serves as Vice President on the Academy’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Academy’s museum committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Marvel Entertainment, FIND (Film Independent) and University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco’s SF FILM.

Don Savant

Mr. Savant is CEO of CJ 4DPlex Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate responsible for the 4DX movie theater technology. Don also currently acts as an advisor to emerging growth companies, including APPlife Digital Solutions. His previous titles include The President of Worldwide Sales and Exhibitor Relations and Executive Vice President of IMAX Corporation. He oversaw the global theatre expansion, sales, marketing and operations. Mr. Savant joined IMAX in April 2000 as the Vice President & General Manager of Sales, Asia Pacific. Prior to joining IMAX, Mr. Savant served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at IWERKS.

Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray is the Founder and Managing Partner of the 22 Fund, an impact, growth equity firm with a mission to create jobs targeting women and minority-owned businesses. She is also an Executive in Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech incubator (LACI) and chairs LACI’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. In addition, Ms. Gray is the founder of the non-profit We Are Enough (WAE). Ms. Gray is the first Social Impact Fellow for UC Berkeley’s Center for Equality, Gender and Leadership (EGAL) and was named one of the 50 “Women of Influence” in business in Los Angeles. She is also featured in the recently released book, “200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World” and in the Robb Report article, “Tracy Gray Invests in Women”. Ms. Gray was formerly Senior Advisor to the Los Angeles Mayor, an investment professional at a venture capital fund and a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from UC Santa Barbara and dual MBA’s from Columbia University and UC, Berkeley.

Richard M. Walden

Mr. Walden is currently President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based non-governmental organization specializing in disaster relief as well as international and domestic health care and economic development projects. Under Walden’s leadership, Operation USA was awarded the President’s Volunteer Action Award by the White House in 1983. Walden guided Operation USA to share the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a key member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Walden also coordinated Operation USA’s work with UNESCO, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and with the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Richard is also an active California-licensed attorney and, earlier in his career, served as Commissioner of the California Health Facilities Commission for the State of California under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and as Deputy General Counsel of the New York City Health Services Administration under Mayor John Lindsay. Mr. Walden has served on the boards of InterAction, a consortium of 200 international non-governmental organizations which Walden co-founded in 1984, the Institute for International Mediation & Conflict Resolution in Washington, D.C.; Cognitive Leap Technologies, and The Asian Society. Mr. Walden holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts & Sciences (1968) while also attending the Wharton School of Finance (1964-66); earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1972), and maintains membership in the State Bars of California and Pennsylvania.