Santa Monica, August 12 – Axle AI, Inc will be partnering with Nvidia, Digital Domain and the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Association to host a panel at Santa Monica’s Expert Dojo the evening of August 19th. The panel consists of Darren Handler of Digital Domain’s Digital Humans group, Rick Grandy from Nvidia, and Sam Bogoch, CEO of Axle AI. The event is from 6:30-8:30pm at Santa Monica’s Expert Dojo (located in the Santa Monica Place mall, directly across from the 3rd Street Promenade), and drinks and snacks will be provided. Signup is at; $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

About the Event: The $15 billion AI industry is taking hold in Hollywood transforming every aspect of the media and entertainment business.

Trend watchers are projecting large impacts on the world economy for AI and machine learning technology, with estimates as high as $15 billion worldwide. One of the segments where AI’s impact is starting to be felt is the media industry, partly because video and other media files, as well as their searchable metadata, are already ripe for analysis by AI algorithms. Online providers such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are already using AI-driven recommendation engines to suggest content to their subscribers. Add in the huge universe of ad tech, where consumption and viewership are closely analyzed and fed back into the content being provided, and you can see that an end-to-end AI revolution in media is already underway.

Our panel of seasoned media technology executives will cover the current state of the art of AI in media, discuss where things are headed, and provide their thoughts during an open exchange with audience members. Panelists:

Sam Bogoch, CEO, Axle.AI – Axle is one of the companies spearheading adoption of AI technology in the media space. The company’s software allows media teams to rapidly search and select relevant video content based on AI-driven transcription, face and object recognition, and powerful search tools. Axle AI has over 550 customers worldwide including WB (the Ellen De Generis Show), Paramount, NBCU and Turner/CNN. Sam was previously Director of Product Management at Avid, overseeing its Interplay and Media Central product lines.

Rick Grandy, Senior Solutions Architect, NVidia – with over two decades of experience in visual effects including “Transformers 2”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and over 30 motion pictures, Rick brings massive real-world experience to applying Nvidia technology to AI applications in media. NVIDIA‘s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

Darren Hendler, Director of Digital Domains’ Digital Human Group – a 20+ year veteran of the visual effects industry, where he has contributed his talents to over 18 feature films. Most recently Darren completed work on Marvel’s Avengers: End Game (2019), where he was responsible for overseeing creature development as well as developing new technology to bring Thanos to life. Darren and his group are responsible for spearheading new technology to create photo-real creatures and digital humans across all platforms.

5-6PM – early arrival and networking

6PM – cocktail reception, light refreshments

6:30PM – presentations (15 minutes each)

7:15PM – Question and Answer session

8-8:30PM – wrap-up and networking reception

Signup is at

About Axle AI, Inc. 
Axle AI is the recognized leader in developing radically simple media management software. It solutions have helped over 500 organizations improve the way they create, share and store digital video content with media management solutions that are easy to install, use and afford. Axle’s radically simple media management uniquely addresses a burgeoning need and has caught on rapidly among video professionals in post-production, education, broadcast, corporate, sports, house of worship, non-profit, advertising-marketing, and government organizations worldwide. At its introduction, Axle’s software was recognized with the IBC 2012 Best of Show award and at NAB 2013 with the prestigious DV Magazine Black Diamond and Post Picks awards. Axle AI’s recently introduced Connectr™ software offers a powerful tool for scripting media workflows, driven by a graphical front end with connect-the-blocks visualization. Axle AI, Inc. is a privately held company; its founders have extensive industry experience in media asset management for creative applications. Investors include Jason Calacanis’s LAUNCH accelerator and Quake Capital. Learn more at and Connectr