Robert J. Dowling to launch 3-D summit

Former editor of THR teaming with Unicomm

Robert J. Dowling -- former editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and president of the Bob Dowling Group -- is teaming with event management company Unicomm to launch a new professional event called the 3-D Entertainment Summit.

Focused entirely on 3-D film, video gaming and home entertainment markets, the summit is designed to address the long- and short-term business strategies affecting the emerging marketplace.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is scheduled to deliver the opening remarks at the debut event slated for Dec. 1-2 at the Beverly Hilton.

Plans call for a three-track conference program that would feature more than 20 sessions and 50 speakers. Breakout forums would cover strategic business issues in technology, content production/postproduction and playback and distribution.

Planned topics include consumer demand, production hurdles, gaming and impact from Wall Street.

A showcase area will allow technology and service vendors to meet with industry stakeholders to discuss business issues, demonstrate products and build partnerships.