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 (Armchair Revolutionary - shutdown in 2011) as well as heading up the Play4Change Lab, which in partnership with the University of California Davis School of Education and Foods for Health Institute, was awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a new multi-platform game as part of a health education project. Our event series is on hiatus for the time being.