We host events on worldchanging innovations in science and technology for the entertainment industry.
Our Past 2004-2010
Founded in 2004 by Ariel Hauter and Ori Neidich, The Hollywood Hill is one of the largest membership organizations in Hollywood - established to introduce worldchanging innovators and their projects to the entertainment industry (film, television, music, and gaming) - and to foster opportunities to support them.
Initial support came from our Founding Advisory Board including Mike Medavoy (Academy Award-winning film producer of over 300 films including Black Swan, Shutter Island), Lawrence Bender (Academy Award-winning film producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting), Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), Victoria Hopper, Larry Winokur, and a next generation strategy council of producers and executives from the major film studios. In 2006, Wired Magazine signed on as a co-presenter of many of our events and conferences. After four incredible years of producing events at notable Hollywood residences, in 2009 we graduated to our own event center in Hollywood.
Plans were in the works to gut and renovate the event center into a co-branded hi-tech and green event and operations center with Wired Magazine. Unfortunately, immediately following the financial collapse, Wired lost a significant portion of their ad revenue, and had to regroup. In the following year, 2010, we witnessed the Haiti crisis in the spring, Gulf Oil Spill in the summer and Pakistani Floods in the fall, which nearly tapped out our Hollywood donor base for our projects.
We subsequently scaled back our event calendar to focus on our social projects and expand our membership base in New York City. Which takes us to current day (see right column!).READ MORE
Our Future 2011-Today
In 2011 we made a strategic decision to expand our base in New York City and regroup our projects. The founders have been channeling a majority of their resources into some new social change internet start-ups as well as heading up the Play4Change Lab, which was recently awarded a large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a new multi-platform game as part of a health education project in partnership with the University of California, Davis, School of Education & Foods for Health Institute. Our event calendar is starting up again in early 2013 with our next event on February 5th at United Talent Agency. We will also be supporting for the third year in a row both the Digitas Newfront and 10th Anniversary Games-for-Change Festival this spring in NYC.READ MORE
EVENTS, CONFERENCES & PROJECTS
EVENTS & CONFERENCES 50+
Events We’ve Produced
The Hollywood Hill has hosted over 50 events, two conferences, and has sponsored several outside events and conferences. Many of our events and our two conferences to-date have been co-presented by Wired Magazine.
Our very first event kicked off in June 2005 and our speaker was a brand-new-on-the-scene-not-yet-elected Cory Booker (now the celebrated Mayor of Newark, New Jersey and potential future President of the United States) on his first exploratory trip to Hollywood. We've gone on to host events covering everything from Synthetic Biology with Alan Colmes who cloned Dolly The Sheep, to... Electric Cars & Space Rockets (separately) with the brilliant Iron Man-esque entrepreneur Elon Musk. We’ve produced two conferences, both sponsored by Wired Magazine – one of the first conferences dedicated to mobile social change apps, and the other being Hollywood’s first major introduction to the micro-finance pioneers Kiva, Microplace, Donors Choose, Global Giving, and Grameen Foundation. Most recently, we hosted Hollywood’s first introduction to the founders of Kickstarter.com with Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler.
Our events are hosted at the wonderful private residences of entertainment professionals around Los Angeles and New York City, as well as Screening Rooms, and during 2009 at our temporary event center in Hollywood.View All Events
Events We’ve Recently Sponsored
Projects Cause Videos, Product Placement
Social Cause Videos
Our members are professional filmmakers, so naturally we try to facilitate their work on social cause media. In one example, one of our members, Jim McMahon, a commercial director who recently left his position as Creative Director of the Sundance Channel, filmed a beautiful and compelling PSA for the Grameen Foundation's IT division. On a tight budget, Jim flew to one of Grameen's operations outside Bangalore, India with a cinematographer and then put together this wonderful video with member/editor Cindy Thoennessen.Watch Video
We help facilicate behind-the-scenes introductions between our Hollywood members and worldchanging innovators to get their products placed in films and television series. In one example, we assisted in getting the Tesla electric car featured as Evan's car on the hit television series Royal Pains.
Play4Change Lab WorldChanging Games
Founded in 2010 by Ariel Hauter and Ori Neidich, The Play4Change Lab is striving to push the boundaries of social change games such as Games-for-Change, Serious Games, and Alternative Reality Games. Most recently, it was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a health-game project in partnership with the University of California, Davis School of Education & Foods For Health Institute.VISIT PLAY4CHANGE LAB
ADVISORS, MEMBERS, FRIENDS & HOSTS
We have many, many people to thank for our successful journey. Our Founding advisors for their initial belief in us and the mission of our organization. Lawrence Bender in particular for giving up his home for 10 straight events in 2010. Victoria Hopper for giving up her home for two seismic holiday parties at her home in Venice. The advice and mentorship of Lawrence, Victoria, Arianna Huffington, Mike Medavoy, Mark Canton, and Larry Winokur has and continues to be invaluable. Our other advisors have been equally instrumental, with a big thank you to Francis Arnold, Jonathan Zittrain, Ethan Zuckerman, Robin Hunicke, Susan Bonds, Doug Church, Mark Deloura, and Adam Sussman. Hundreds of our members have contributed countlessly, and among them a huge thanks goes out to Mike Werb, Keith Addis, and our hardcore event volunteers Berly Ellis, Ina Burke, and Jessica Kill. Our early Strategy Council also helped tremendously with our early stage growth - among them Stokely Chaffin, Jennifer Roskind, Martha Haight, Pam Abdy, Donna Langley, Keri Selig, Sheryl Clark, and Hannah Minghella, and Richard Demato. Darren Star for hosting our micro-finance conference cocktail party at his home, and Ari Arad for hosting our mobile social change app conference cocktail party at his home. Scott Z. Burns for his hosting as well. And to our loaners and donors over time including Dan Abrams, Betty Thomas, Nicole Clemens, JC Spink, Ron Bernstein, Babak Razi and others anonymous. And Paris Hauter for her very significant financial contributions to our operations. (we're currently updating this section, so if your name is missing, don't fear, we're making our way through this very long list and we'll be adding your name if you're on it!)READ MORE
We'd like to thank Wired Magazine for their consistent support, particulary the efforts of Melanie Cornwell and Maya Draisin. Our Conference sponsors which over time have included Yahoo!, MGM Grand, Qik, AMD Foundation, Patron, Diageo, and Heinekin. And Number17 for our beautiful logo.READ MORE