Chris Buchanan, Samsung’s director, business development, cinema screen, will give the keynote address at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Future of Cinema Conference April 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and is part of their annual convention.
Buchanan will talk about the future of moving pictures as technologies ranging from LED screens to sensory immersion transform the viewing experience. He will also explore the future of movie-making and media consumption.
Prior to joining Samsung, Buchanan served at Amazon.com where he contributed to an original content initiative now known as Amazon Studios. As a part of the content acquisition team, he also licensed film and television programming for Amazon Video On Demand.
Buchanan was president of Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy at 20th Century Fox, where he oversaw the critically acclaimed series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. He also produced Whedon's feature debut, Serenity, at Universal Pictures. While at Warner Bros., Buchanan ran Jerry Weintraub Productions, where he developed a slate of films including Ocean's Eleven.
In 2000, Buchanan co-founded Flixer, a venture-backed technology startup that provides digital marketing services to major media clients. Buchanan also founded the United Talent Agency's independent film department, where he represented cutting-edge filmmakers and packaged their productions. He began his career as a programming and acquisitions executive for Sony Pictures Entertainment in New York.