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Our Story


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Our Story


WHERE INNOVATION MEETS HOLLYWOOD

We host events on worldchanging innovations in science and technology for the entertainment industry.

 

Our Past... (2004-2010)

Founded in 2004 by Ariel Hauter and Ori Neidich, The Hollywood Hill is one of the largest membership organizations in Hollywood - established to introduce worldchanging innovators and their projects to the entertainment industry (film, television, music, and gaming) - and to foster opportunities to support them.

Initial support came from our Founding Advisory Board including Mike Medavoy (Academy Award-winning film producer of over 300 films including Black Swan, Shutter Island), Lawrence Bender (Academy Award-winning film producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting), Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), Victoria Hopper, Larry Winokur, and a next generation strategy council of producers and executives from the major film studios. In 2006, Wired Magazine signed on as a co-presenter of many of our events and conferences. After four incredible years of producing events at notable Hollywood residences, in 2009 we graduated to our own event center in Hollywood.

Plans were in the works to gut and renovate the event center into a co-branded hi-tech and green event facility and social change operations center with Wired Magazine's support. Unfortunately, immediately following the financial collapse, Wired lost a significant portion of their ad revenue, and went through a change in course. In the following year, 2010, we witnessed the Haiti crisis in the spring, Gulf Oil Spill in the summer and Pakistani Floods in the fall, which nearly tapped out our Hollywood donor base for our projects.

We subsequently scaled back our event calendar to focus on our social projects and expand our membership base in New York City. Which takes us to current day (see right column!).

Our Future... (2011-Today)

In 2011 we made a strategic decision to expand our base in New York City and regroup our projects. The founders have been channeling a majority of their resources into some new social change internet start-ups as well as heading up the Play4Change Lab, which was recently awarded a large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a new multi-platform game as part of a health education project in partnership with the University of California, Davis, School of Education & Foods for Health Institute. Our event series is on hiatus for the time being.

 
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Our Team


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Our Team


Photo by Collin Stark

Photo by Collin Stark

Ariel Hauter

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Ariel has been the Executive Director of The Hollywood Hill since co-founding it in 2004, leading strategy, business development, and programming. He also leads the media projects division which launched in 2009. Prior to co-founding and heading up The Hollywood Hill, Ariel worked at United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the premier Hollywood talent agencies, where he trained under the co-head of the motion picture literary department and assisted in the representation of more than a dozen A-list directors such as Chris Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), and Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor). Prior to that position, he trained under other top agents in the motion picture literary and indy film packaging division, assisting in the representation of dozens of A-list writers, directors, actors, and producers including Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood) and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2). Before moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an e-commerce specialist at Internet venture capital firm CMGi, moving on to assist in the expansion of the Experience Design division of Internet consulting firm Zefer, Inc. in Boston. Preceding his work in the Internet, he was co-owner of a product design & consulting firm, Tiles & Christiansen, Ltd., managing clients such as Barney's NY, Four Seasons Hotels and Donna Karan Home Fashions. He attended Clark University where he studied International Economies, and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (at North Carolina University) where he trained as a ballet dancer under the direction of Duncan Noble of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

www.arielhauter.com
www.linkedin.com/in/arielhauter
https://www.facebook.com/arielhauter
https://twitter.com/arielhauter

Some of Ari's favorite photos...

with Elon Musk & Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator, Mars Rover Exploration Mission

with Actress Helen Mirren & Husband/ Director Taylor Hackford

with Darren Starr, Creator of Sex & The City

Photo by Collin Stark

Photo by Collin Stark

Ori Neidich

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

In addition to his work as Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Ori is also the creator and Co-Executive Producer of Tiger Team on TruTV. For over fifteen years Ori has been a key player behind many seminal web startups and brings his Silicon Valley acumen to The Hollywood Hill in an era when social action requires flawless technologies in order to be well-executed. His career has included several years at the pioneering visual effects studio Digital Domain, building the world's first non-military funded web site in 1993 and graduating as an award-winning filmmaker from the prestigious UCLA School of Film & Television.

http://ori.neidich.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neidich
https://twitter.com/ori
https://foursquare.com/ori
www.imdb.com/name/nm2880829/

Some of Ori's favorite photos...

with Elon Musk & Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator, Mars Rover Exploration Mission

with Chris Hardwick, Xeni Jardin, and Wired's Melanie Cornwell

on the set of the filming of An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore

Founding Advisory Board


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Founding Advisory Board


Founding Advisory Board

 

Or as we like to call them, the Dream Team.  The Hollywood Hill was founded in 2004.  Arianna Huffington went on to create The Huffington Post in 2005 and Lawrence Bender produced An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore in 2006.

 

Lawrence Bender, Film Producer

making the introductions with Executive Director Ariel Hauter

making the introductions with Executive Director Ariel Hauter

with Elon Musk/TESLA & Stephen Ellis/HONDA @ The Future of Sustainable  Cars

with Madeleine Smithberg, Creator of The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart @ Censoring The Internet

with Madeleine Smithberg, Creator of The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart @ Censoring The Internet

with Lawrence Lessig & Wired Magazine's Melanie Cornwell @ The Future of Copyright

with Lawrence Lessig & Wired Magazine's Melanie Cornwell @ The Future of Copyright

with Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford, & Pratap Chatterjee @ Iraq, Inc.

with synthetic biologist Frances Arnold and Hollywood PR Exec Stacy Ivers @ The Race for New Fuels

with Jason Calacanis, Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain, Yahoo's Scott Moore, and Stephen Hsu @ Censoring The Internet

Pre-event Confab

Victoria Hopper, Social Activist

making the introductions with Executive Director Ariel Hauter

making the introductions with Executive Director Ariel Hauter

with Elon Musk and Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator, Mars Rover Exploration Mission

with Writer/Director and Hollywood Hill Advisor/Host Scott Z. Burns

Arianna Huffington, Editor-In-Chief, Huffington Post
 

stealing a moment with Executive Director Ariel Hauter during Chris Anderson's unveiling/presentation of The Long Tail

 

Mike Medavoy, Film Producer
 

Larry Winokur, Founder/CEO, BWR PR

 

Mark Canton, Film Producer

Advisory Councils


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Advisory Councils


Strategy Council

Advisors

Jonathan Zittrain

Ethan Zuckerman

Special Thanks


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Special Thanks


We have many, many people to thank for our successful journey. Our Founding advisors for their initial belief in us and the mission of our organization. Lawrence Bender in particular for giving up his home for 10 straight events in 2010. Victoria Hopper for giving up her home for two seismic holiday parties at her home in Venice. The advice and mentorship of Lawrence, Victoria, Arianna Huffington, Mike Medavoy, Mark Canton, and Larry Winokur has and continues to be invaluable. Our other advisors have been equally instrumental, with a big thank you to Francis Arnold, Jonathan Zittrain, Ethan Zuckerman, Robin Hunicke, Susan Bonds, Doug Church, Mark Deloura, and Adam Sussman. Hundreds of our members have contributed countlessly, and among them a huge thanks goes out to Mike Werb, Keith Addis, and our hardcore event volunteers Berly Ellis, Ina Burke, and Jessica Kill. Our early Strategy Council also helped tremendously with our early stage growth - among them Stokely Chaffin, Jennifer Roskind, Martha Haight, Pam Abdy, Donna Langley, Keri Selig, Sheryl Clark, and Hannah Minghella, and Richard Demato. Darren Star for hosting our micro-finance conference cocktail party at his home, and Ari Arad for hosting our mobile social change app conference cocktail party at his home. Scott Z. Burns for his hosting as well. And to our major project-specific loaners and donors over time including Dan Abrams, Betty Thomas, Nicole Clemens, JC Spink, Ron Bernstein, Babak Razi and others anonymous. And Paris Hauter for her very significant financial contributions to our operations. (we're currently updating this section, so if your name is missing, don't fear, we're making our way through this very long list and we'll be adding your name if you're on it!)

 

Uber Volunteer Actress Berly Ellis

Resident Event Photographer Collin Stark