Speaker James Milward

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James Milward

Executive Producer & Founder

Secret Location

James Milward is the founder of two time Emmy® Award-winning Secret Location, a content studio for emerging platforms.

As Executive Producer at Secret Location, James has built numerous award-winning, large-scale digital entertainment and brand projects. In just eight short years, he has taken Secret Location from a small boutique to a bustling creative and production studio with a staff of sixty with offices in both Toronto and LA. In August 2016 it was announced that Secret Location had been acquired by Entertainment One (eOne), one of the largest independent studios in the world.

Under his watch, Secret Location became the first to win a Primetime Emmy® for a Virtual Reality project (2015), with Fox and the TV show Sleepy Hollow.  With over 100 other awards, including 3 Webby’s, A Peabody Future of Media Award, 13 Canadian Screen Awards and a Cannes Lion, James has secured a place for the company as one of the top digital entertainment shops in the world, and a key asset in the eOne empire.

James is a regular speaker at international conferences around the world including: Digital Hollywood, MIPCOM, SXSW Interactive, IAB Mixx. The Banff World Television Festival, Realscreen, nextMEDIA. He also serves on the digital advisory board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television,Strategy Magazine’s AToMiC Summit, and nextMEDIA.

He has a degree in Economics from Bishop’s University and a postgraduate degree in Interactive Art and Entertainment from the New Media Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. James worked extensively in TV commercial production and documentary film, prior to defecting to the dark arts of interactive. 

Speaking on: VR Content - Innovations And Strategies

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