Winston Baker to Honor YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen at Confluence Summit

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'Spider-Man' trilogy director Sam Raimi, Lucasfilm’s ILM chief creative officer John Knoll and more will gather in Silicon Valley to address innovation, storytelling and collaboration.

Global entertainment conference producer Winston Baker will present the Architect of Change Award to YouTube co-founder Steve Chen at the inaugural Confluence Summit on Oct. 27, the company announced Wednesday.

The Confluence Summit will bring together award-winning content creators and pioneering technology developers with the next generation of innovators and storytellers for a day of education and exchanging of new ideas. Conversations on the democratization of content, distribution, visual effects, AdTech, AR & VR, gaming, animation and artificial intelligence are scheduled to take place.

In a joint statement, Winston Baker co-founders Katherine Winston and Amy Baker said, “Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into the phenomenon that it is today. He developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination and one of the most popular websites on the Internet around the world. He also helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition — and the rest is history."

Additional planned speakers at the summit include Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi, Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll, Paramount Pictures futurist in residence Ted Schilowitz, Rotten Tomatoes co-founder Patrick Lee, Comcast Ventures managing director Michael Yang and many others.

MSNBC News anchor Richard Lui will host the summit, to be held at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park, California. Sponsors and partners include Akin Gump, Fifth Third Bank, FTI Consulting, Armanino, Bluescape and The Hollywood Reporter