ITLG announces Hollywood 50 at Sony Pictures Studios – Irish-American execs take centre stage

22 Sep 2012

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) has the ‘Hollywood 50’ highlighting global Irish-American executives making a significant impact within their field of technology.

Announcing the prestigious list John Hartnett, president and founder of the ITLG said these individuals exhibit the creativity, intelligence, dedication and determination necessary to compete and succeed in the competitive world of technology.

 “We are delighted that we have the support of such an excellent panel of individuals who are willing to devote their time to help our entertainment technology entrepreneurs scale their companies from startup to success”, Hartnett said.

Hartnett established the ITLG several years ago because he realised that unlike other diaspora groups in the US, such as Israel, the Irish diaspora had failed to mobilise to help tech firms from Ireland to achieve success in the US.

The movement grew rapidly to engage with hundreds of senior Irish executives in Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms and leading tech start-ups. Former Intel CEO and chairman Craig Barrett came on board as chairman, the ITLG established a headquarters in downtown San Jose, California, and created its own venture capital firm, Irish Technology Capital.

It has grown to include outposts not only in Silicon Valley but also Wall Street and Hollywood, and has grown global dimensions, uniting technology executives of Irish descent in other geographies across the world, including Europe and Asia.

The group’s most recent annual summit in Silicon Valley was one of the best attended ,with more than 1,000 executives, including senior executives from Facebook, Google, Andreessen Horowitz, Elevation Partners, Intel, HP, Cisco and many more attending. A forthcoming ITLG summit in Hollywood will endeavour to unite diaspora along the themes of digital media, content and creativity in the 21st century.

In many ways, the ITLG has become the template for rapid and effective engagement with the global diaspora and therefore a model for success. The endeavour was rewarded recently when the ITLG was selected by US President Barack Obama’s administration to spearhead US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum which aims to engage with not only the Irish diaspora but the diaspora from India, China, Israel and other nations.

The Hollywood 50 listing of top Irish American executives influencing the worlds of entertainment and technology

Hollywood 50

George Bailey, Senior Advisor, Sony Corporation

Chris Boody, Vice President, General Manager, Intel Software and Services Group & Intel Services Division, Network Product Services

Kieran Breen , EVP Marketing, 20th Century Fox

Jon Bukosky, Partner, SVGP

Brian Byrne, Film Composer, Independent

Des Carey , Founder/Owner, LightIron digital

Brian Carmody , Founder/Owner, Smuggler

James Carroll, SVP, Yahoo!

Sean Cooney, VP, Advanced Production Technology, Warner Bros

Adele Cooper, Director of Global Business Partnerships , Facebook

Bill Daly, Former SVP, Warner Bros

Donnachada Daly , Animator , Dreamworks

Peter Devlin, Production Sound Mixer, DBD Audio

Moya Doherty, Director, Tyrone Productions

Niall Donnelly, Entrepreneur, Arrogant

Rory Dooley, SVP, Logitech

Brian Dunn , CEO, Pirate Eye

Damian Farrell, MD, Caboom Animation Studio

Terry Fitzpatrick , Chief Content and Distribution Officer , Sesame Street

Una Fox, VP, Integrated Retail, Disney

Ciaran Foy, Writer / Director,  

Cathal Gaffney, Co-Founder, Brown Bag Films

Kieran Hannon, VP Marketing, UBM Canon

Cory Johnson, Anchor, Bloomberg

Kathleen Kennedy, Co-Chairman, Lucas film / Kennedy Marshall

Dr. Anil Kokaram, Technology lead / Professor, Google / Trinity College Dublin

Greg Little, Producer, Brown Bag Films

Jonathan Loughran, SVP, Irish Film Board

Greg Maguire, CEO, Inlifesize Ltd.

Tom Malloy, CTO, Adobe

Kevin McCarthy, CFO, X Box (Microsoft)

John McColgan, , Riverdance

Tomm Moore, Co-Owner, Cartoon Saloon

Sean Moriarty , Founder, Ticketmaster

Brendan Morrissey, , Independent

Robert Nashak, EVP, Digital Entertainment, BBC Worldwide

Darragh O’Connell , Director / Executive Producer, Brown Bag Films

Niall O’Connor, CIO, Apple

Susan O’Day, CIO, Disney

Sean O’Donoghue, CTO, The Madison Square Garden Company

Fergal Reilly , Director, Sony Corporation

Jay Roewe, SVP, HBO

John Ryan, Co-Founder, Macrovision

Kirsten Sheridan, Writer / Director, The Factory

Gary Shore , Director, Knucklehead

Colum Slevin, Vice President, Head of Studio Ops, Lucasfilm

Patrick Sweeney, Counsel, Reed Smith

Norman Tajudin, Partner, SVGP

Lorraine Twohill, VP Global Marketing, Google

Paul Young, Co-Owner, Cartoon Saloon

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) will be hosting its annual Innovation in Entertainment event on 27 September at Sony Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Executives in attendance represent some of the world’s leading entertainment companies, including HBO, Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, Sony and DreamWorks.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years