Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Tyler Mitchell to talk Imagine Impact at Disrupt 2020

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The world is changing quickly. It seems to be growing more complicated by the minute.

Throughout the centuries, humans have used storytelling to make sense of the world around them. That is perhaps more true today than it ever was, as we have access to more stories (via the internet) than we ever have in history. But with this proliferation, it’s critical that the very best storytellers — a diverse group of storytellers — have access to the broadest audiences.

Imagine Impact, a content accelerator founded and led by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Tyler Mitchell aims to provide storytellers with the tools and access they need to reach as many people as possible. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Grazer, Howard, and Mitchell join us at Disrupt 2020 on September 14-18.

Brian Grazer is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer, racking up 43 Oscar nominations and 198 Emmy nominations, winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards for “A Beautiful Mind.” He’s also a NYT bestselling author twice over and was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He co-founded Imagine Entertainment alongside Ron Howard in the 80s, and has now gone on to co-found Imagine Impact alongside Howard and Mitchell.

Ron Howard needs no introduction. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has been a creative force in some of Hollywood’s most memorable films, including “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13” and “Splash.” Alongside his illustrious film career, Howard has also executive-produced a variety of award-winning television shows, including the Emmy-winning series “Arrested Development” and the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.”

Tyler Mitchell is a producer, writer and entrepreneur who has previously held the role of executive vice president at Imagine Entertainment, where he oversaw a slate of live-action films as well as launching Imagine’s animation division. He has also produced films in his own right, including “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “Lucky Number Slevin” and “Maudie.” Producer and writer for prime-time shows “Kidnapped” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” Mitchell also has experience in the world of television.

These three launched Imagine Impact two years ago to bring to Hollywood Silicon Valley-style mentorship, a model cultivated by Y Combinator and various VCs in the tech world. As Netflix democratizes storytelling through its global platform for talent, Imagine Impact offers a place to vet that talent from the outset and nurture it through to the networks, studios and media platforms.

Netflix and Imagine Impact struck a deal in June to identify and develop film ideas across four genres, through a global submission process, that they will bring to Netflix for production and distribution.

Imagine Impact vets submissions with both experienced readers and a natural language processing system that was developed internally at the accelerator.

Since the first Impact program, the incubator has accepted 65 writers and paired them with industry experts (such as A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman. Thus far, 62 developed projects have come out of the process, with 22 being sold or set up with major studios, networks and/or streaming services.

We’re thrilled to have Grazer, Howard and Mitchell join us at Disrupt 2020 to talk about how they’re mixing Silicon Valley tech and mentorship with the traditional Hollywood creative process and what the future of storytelling has in store for us. Get your pass today to hear this fantastic session — you can even save a cool $300 in the process!

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VCs and startups consider HaaS model for consumer devices

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I’ve been following consumer audio electronics company Nura with great interest for a few years now — the Melbourne-based startup was one of the first companies I met with after starting with TechCrunch. At the time, its first prototype was a big mess of circuits and wires — the sort of thing you could never imagine shrunk down into a reasonably sized consumer device.

Nura managed, of course. And the final product looked and sounded great; hell, even the box was nice. If I’m lucky, I see a consumer hardware product once or twice a year that seems reasonably capable of disrupting an industry, and Nura’s custom sound profiles fit that bill. But the company was unique for another reason. A graduate of the HAX accelerator, the startup announced NuraNow roughly this time last year.

Hardware as a service (HaaS) has been a popular concept in the IT/enterprise space for some time, but it’s still fairly uncommon in the consumer category. For one thing: A hardware subscription presents a new paradigm for thinking about purchases. That is a big lift in a country like the U.S., which spent years weaning consumers off contract-based smartphones.

That Nura jumped at the chance shouldn’t be a big surprise. Backers HAX/SOSV have been proponents of the model for some time now. I’ve visited their Shenzhen offices a few times, and the topic of HaaS always seems to come up.

In a recent email exchange, General Partner Duncan Turner described HaaS as “a great way to keep in contact with your customers and up-sell them on new features. Most importantly, for startups, recurring revenue is critical for scaling a business with venture capital (and will help appeal to a broad set of investors). HaaS often has a low churn (as easier to put onto long-term contracts).”

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Foodie Love: Official Trailer | HBO

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FOODIE LOVE, an eight-part drama series produced by HBO Europe in Spain, premieres in the U.S. on Monday, July 13 on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and on HBO via HBO Max and other partners’ platforms. Foodie Love follows two thirty-somethings after they meet on a foodie mobile dating app. They embark on a gastronomic journey, learning about each other through the mediums of jamón, ramen and fine dining from around the world. Yet while they bond over a shared devotion to Japanese yuzu and a distaste for foodie pretension, their insecurities and doubts fueled by the scars of their previous relationships may prevent them from tasting true love. #HBO #FoodieHBO
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Perry Mason: Official Trailer | HBO

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Everyone is guilty of something. The new original series Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, premieres June 21 at 9PM on HBO.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. #HBO #PerryMasonHBO
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AXIOS on HBO: Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian (Promo) | HBO

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian discusses with Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei whether passengers can be removed from a flight for not wearing a mask. #HBO #AxiosOnHBO
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New to HBO and Coming Soon | HBO

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Lovecraft Country, Perry Mason, The Undoing, We Are Who We Are, and more — get a peek at new series available to stream now and see what’s coming soon. #HBO
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I May Destroy You: Eyes, Eyes, Eyes, Eyes | Season 1 Episode 1 (Full Episode) | HBO

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After visiting her aspirational long-distance boyfriend in Italy, burgeoning writer Arabella returns to London, where she’s greeted by a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents. With a matter of hours left to finish a draft of her second book, she plans to pull an all-nighter – but is soon tempted to join a friend on a night out.

Written by Michaela Coel
Directed by Sam Miller

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A fearless, frank and provocative drama series exploring the question of sexual consent and where, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, the distinction between liberation and exploitation lies. Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella (Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Podcast: Episode 4 | Hunting the Hunter | HBO

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Nancy Miller sits down with best-selling author Gillian Flynn to discuss the lure of Michelle McNamara’s writing. Later, retired cold case investigator Paul Holes joins Nancy to unpack the many ways in which detectives tried to identify the GSK over the years. #HBO #IllBeGoneInTheDark #HBODocs #truecrime #GillianFlynn #MichelleMcNamara #PattonOswalt #GoldenStateKiller
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Perry Mason: Prohibition Cocktails – French 75 | HBO

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Watch new episodes of Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, Sundays at 9PM on HBO.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. #HBO #PerryMasonHBO
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The Swamp (2020): Official Trailer | HBO

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The Swamp provides a look behind the curtain of Washington politics by following three renegade Republican Congressmen over the course of a pivotal year in politics as they champion the President’s call to “drain the swamp.”

The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. #HBO #HBODocs #TheSwamp
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