J.J. Abrams And Gabe Newell: Wednesday Opening Keynote Discussion At 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit

  J.J. Abrams And Gabe Newell: Wednesday Opening Keynote Discussion At 2013
                               D.I.C.E. Summit

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CALABASAS, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013

Award-Winning Film and Television Writer, Producer and Director and Video
Games Legend Faceoff in Vegas

CALABASAS, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Veteran writer,
director and producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Person of Interest, Revolution)
and Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell (Steam, Half-Life, Portal,
Counter-Strike, and more) will meet for a special opening keynote discussion
at the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit
(#DICE2013) on Feb. 6, 2013.

The annual Summit, which is produced by the Academy of Interactive Arts and
Sciences, brings together the best and brightest minds from the interactive
entertainment industry at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.

The two industry legends will meet in Las Vegas for a unique session titled,
"Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the

"From TV to film and now award-winning mobile apps, there's no question that
J.J. has his finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry, and we're
thrilled to welcome him and our 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Gabe Newell, to
the D.I.C.E. stage," said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts
and Sciences. "J.J. thoughtfully weaves together suspense, action, emotion,
and fun into every one of his projects – elements every game developer aspires
to capture as well. Each year, the D.I.C.E. Summit sets the tone for the year
ahead in games and adding J.J. and Gabe's shared insights is a natural fit as
we see all forms of entertainment converge."

Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions. Formed in 2001,
Bad Robot has produced films and television series such as Cloverfield,
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, ABC's Lost, Fox's Fringe, and CBS's Person
of Interest. In 1998, Abrams co-created his first television series, Felicity;
he then created and executive produced Alias in 2001, and co-created and
executive produced Lost in 2004. In 2006, Abrams directed his first feature
film, Mission: Impossible 3, followed by 2009's Star Trek and 2011's Super 8,
which he also wrote. His most recent feature, Star Trek Into Darkness, will
bow this May.

In 2005, Abrams received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Drama
Series and Outstanding Drama Series, both for Lost. He also received Emmy
nominations for writing the Alias and Lost pilots. In addition, Abrams
composed the theme music for Alias, Fringe, Lost, Person of Interest, and
Revolution, and he co-wrote the theme song for Felicity. Abrams serves as
Executive Producer of CBS's Person of Interest, Fox's Fringe, and NBC's

One of Abrams' latest ventures is Bad Robot Interactive, which co-created
Super 8 and created Action Movie FX -- two award-winning apps. Apple recently
named Action Movie FX as the iPhone App of the Year.

Newell will also give the Thursday Conference Keynote, entitled "A View on
Next Steps." The Thursday keynote will focus on where the industry is heading,
the advances Valve is making with Steam and Big Picture to prepare for that
future, and more. Additionally, Newell will be honored at the upcoming 16th
Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on the evening of February 7th as the 2013 AIAS Hall of
Fame inductee.

The D.I.C.E. Summit and 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards) take place
February 5 – 8. To register for the D.I.C.E. Summit or learn more, please
visit www.dicesummit.org.

About the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences:

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a
not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advance and recognize
the outstanding achievements in the interactive entertainment industry
worldwide. The Academy conducts its annual awards show, the D.I.C.E. Awards,
to celebrate and honor creative accomplishments in the field. To further
enhance awareness of the Academy's vision, the organization created the
D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in 2002, a once
yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process
and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of
interactive entertainment. With more than 22,000 members, including Electronic
Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Google, Bethesda Game Studios, Ubisoft, Epic
Games, Double Fine, Gearbox Software, Nexon and Insomniac Games, among others.
More information can be found at http://www.interactive.org and
http://www.dicesummit.org. Follow the Academy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
or Google+. 

SOURCE Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

Website: http://www.interactive.org
Contact: For AIAS: Sean Maggard, Zebra Partners, DICE@zebrapartners.net,
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