Korea's Digital Contents Conference Unveils Speaker Lineup

Visual effects veteran Jeff Okun ("Hitchcock," "Clash of the Titans") and Japanese animation guru Koji Morimoto will headline the event.

SEOUL — Hollywood visual effects veteran Jeff Okun and other media experts will convene for the 12th International Digital Contents Conference (DICON) in South Korea on Nov. 20 and 21.

The 12th edition of the event supported by the South Korean culture ministry will open under the theme "Open Innovation -- New Transformation and Challenges, Future Strategies in Creative Content." The two-day event will include talks by special guests, workshops on investing in the mobile game industry, business mentoring services, and various programs designed to facilitate international endeavors.

It invites 35 experts from 10 territories including the United States, U.K., Japan, China, France, Netherlands, Turkey, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Okun, known for his work visual effects-heavy films such as Clash of the Titans and Deep Blue Sea, will speak about the mechanism behind visual effects and the production environment in Hollywood.

Esteemed Japanese animator Koji Morimoto will share the behind-the-scene makings of Animatrix and Memories.

Participants in the conference can also look forward to sessions by IMG's Miki Yamamoto on licensing and product development, FremantleMedia's Mark Newton on developing the X Factor brand, and Kaynak Licensing's Hakan Tungac on introducing Korean animation Larva in Turkey.

Local producers and cartoonists will also speak about the popularity of "hallyu" (Korean wave) and "webtoon" (web cartoons) in Asia.