Dwayne Johnson to keynote MPAA symposium

Daylong event to focus on 'American Creativity at Work'

Dwayne Johnson, who is onscreen in "Race to Witch Mountain," will serve as the keynote luncheon speaker at the MPAA's "Business of Show Business" symposium April 21 in Washington.

The daylong event will focus on "American Creativity at Work," featuring panels and speakers highlighting the impact of movie and television production and distribution on the economy.

"We're thrilled to bring the 'Business of Show Business' back this year," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said. "So much goes in to making a film -- from local crews and catering to handmade period costumes and innovative special effects -– this event is a forum to showcase America's offscreen stars and give everyone a better sense of the business behind the movies."

Panels willl take place at the Smithsonian Institution's Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

The panels, which are by invitation only, are:

"Show Business: At Work Across America," 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Moderator: Nick Clooney, Distinguished Journalist in Residence, American University's School of Communication & the Newseum
Georgette Blau, CEO, On Location Tours
Richard Moskal, Director, Chicago Film Office
Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Steve Scalise, U.S. House of Representatives
Bill Thompson, Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment

"Show Business: At Work Behind the Scenes," 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Moderator: Georg Szalai, New York Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter
Todd Hallowell, Executive Producer & Second-Unit Director, "Angels and Demons "
Scott Harbinson, International Representative, IATSE
Carl Ludwig, Chief Technology Officer/VP, Blue Sky Studios
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Award-winning Costume Designer

Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m.
Keynote: Dwayne Johnson
Location: Hotel Monaco

"Show Business: Hi Tech at Work on the Big Screen," 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Moderator: Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance
Rob Bredow, Creative Technology Supervisor, Imageworks
Chris Carey, Executive VP, Worldwide Technical Operations, Paramount
Rob Cook, VP, Software Engineering, Pixar
Michael Lewis, CEO, RealD, Worldwide Cinema