Ready Player One. VR in Film and Real Life.
Tye Sheridan is an American film actor and entrepreneur. Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film, The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols' film, Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama, Joe (2013). Sheridan played Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, and will portray the lead character, Wade Watts, in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. He recently co-founded Aether, Inc. with Nikola Todorovic. Aether is an LA based startup focused on immersive media.
Chris deFaria serves as President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. In this role, he oversees the studio’s feature animation business including slate strategy; development, production; innovation and technology; and business affairs. Currently in production are “How to Train Your Dragon 3” (March, 2019), “Everest” (September 2019), “Trolls 2” (April 2020), “The Croods 2” (September 2020), “The Boss Baby 2” (March 2021), and “Spooky Jack” (September 2021).
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, deFaria was a 20-year veteran of Warner Bros. Pictures, most recently serving as President, Animation and Technology Innovation. In this capacity, he oversaw the creation of Warner Animation Group, and was responsible for feature film animation as well as the application of emerging technologies for Warner’s feature film slate development and key hybrid projects.
During his tenure at Warner Bros. Pictures, deFaria served as an Executive Producer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Happy Feet Two and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Other notable projects in which deFaria played a key role include The Lego Movie franchise, The Great Gatsby, 300, Edge of Tomorrow, the Harry Potter films, Storks, Man of Steel and The Matrix trilogy. While no longer at Warner Bros., Chris remains an Executive Producer on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One and is working closely with the director on this innovative film.
DeFaria joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Physical Production in 1996. When the Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Production departments merged in 2006, he was named Executive Vice President, Digital Production and Animation, where he managed animation projects and visual effects-intensive scripts, explored co-production opportunities with outside animation studios and oversaw visual effects for all features and direct-to-DVD projects.
Prior to Warner Bros., deFaria produced television documentaries, movies and primetime specials in San Francisco. He sits on the board of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. DeFaria is also a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens educational and informational films in refugee camps around the world.
Brent Weinstein is a Partner and Head of Digital Media at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he helped form the department in 2003, and also helped launch the agency’s dedicated online entertainment (2006) and social media practices (2011), both first amongst talent agencies. Weinstein leads the department’s team of dedicated digital media agents and executives – across the company’s Digital Talent, UTA Ventures, and Events & Experiences teams - to create and seize opportunities for UTA clients and strategic partners, including actors, writers, directors, producers, recording artists, digital influencers, technology entrepreneurs, and early-stage to Fortune 500 companies. Weinstein also, along with UTA Co-President David Kramer, oversees the agency’s new UTA IQ group, a combination of the company’s market-leading Digital Strategy and Film & Television research arms.
Weinstein’s clients include individual artists and creators such as Glenn Beck, Shane Dawson, Chris Hardwick, Hannah Hart, Rhett & Link and RocketJump Studios. He also advises large corporations including Delta Air Lines and Amazon.com, and the producers of large-scale events including Consumer Electronics Show and VidCon. Weinstein also works closely with UTA’s Venture portfolio, advised UTA client Brian Robbins in the creation of AwesomenessTV, partnered with Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) to launch a new publishing imprint - Keywords Press - specifically focused on publishing books in collaboration with digital stars, and most recently worked with client Sofia Vergara to launch upstart Latin-focused media company, Raze.
Prior to joining UTA, Weinstein practiced corporate and business litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and the University of San Diego School of Law. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He serves on philanthropic Boards for CoachArt and the Saban Community Clinic.