SXSW: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bernie Sanders, Kenya Barris Join Speaker Lineup

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

The festival has also added virtual reality executive Nonny de la Pena to its list of keynote speakers.

South by Southwest has added more speakers to its lineup two weeks ahead of the annual film, music and technology event in Austin, Texas.

Organizers of the two-week confab have announced that Sen. Bernie Sanders will join CNN anchor Jake Tapper onstage for a conversation, and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sit for an interview with Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere. 

Among the Hollywood names who will be making the trek to Austin for this year's gathering are Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV and Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and actresses Dakota Fanning and Niecy Nash. 

SXSW is also adding another keynote speaker. Nonny de la Pena, founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, will join the convergence track of the fest to discuss her work in the virtual and augmented reality space.

"A visionary storyteller, Nonny de la Pena has redefined the standard for how human creativity and technology can work together seamlessly to create engaging narratives and life-changing experiences," said SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest. "As we head into the 25th year of film and interactive, de la Pena's work is emblematic of the cross-industry adaptation and experimentation we see trending in both festivals." 

SXSW is set to run March 9-18. 

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