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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Reports from Entertainment Gathering 2006

Conference impresario Richard Saul Wurman (the founder of TED) held the first Entertainment Gathering last week at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Among the speakers: DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg; Lloyd Braun, head of Yahoo's Media Group; Bran Ferren and Danny Hillis of Applied Minds; `Simpsons' creator Matt Groening; and Chris Wedge, co-founder of Fox's Blue Sky Studios. Ticket price: $4,000.

Some of the coverage:

- The LA Weekly has the best overview of the event...including Groening begging Wurman to hold another EG

- Forbes writes about some of the musicians who were there, including Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell

- The Washington Post focused on games (like what Sims creator Will Wright is up to, and a preview of the forthcoming Godfather game), and the idea that players/audiences will be taking a more active role in their entertainment

- ZDNet talks about the impromptu wedding of Bill Nye the Science guy and his fiancee, oboe player Blair Tindall, which apparently took place at EG. John Underkoffler (a tech consultant for movies like `Minority Report') showed off actual gloves that he has helped design for manipulating data just like Tom Cruise did in the movie.

-'s coverage focuses entirely on gaming.

- Entrepreneur Brian Dear seems like one of the few people to have blogged about EG.