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Entertainment Mogul Tom Sherak to Keynote TSE’s Gold Gala


Laguna Niguel, CA – Producing blockbuster shows year after year is top of mind for exhibition organizers and will be the subject of the keynote at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit.

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will share his insights and ideas on building events that will thrive in the coming years based on his decades of experience in the film industry.

Sherak will speak on the “other” show business and how the entertainment industry handles the obstacles and opportunities involved in creating must-see events. Like the trade show industry, Hollywood regularly tackles issues such as cost overruns, promoting shows in tough economic times and convincing sometimes politicized boards of directors that a new growth strategy is a worthwhile investment.

Sherak, whose keynote will open the conference portion of the Gold 100, is a former chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Domestic Film Group and partner in Revolution Studios. Revolution released more than 30 films in its seven-year run, including “Blackhawk Down,” “Rocky Balboa” and “Are We There Yet?”

Sherak will bring an Oscar Award with him for attendees to see and will also participate in the Gold Golf Outing.

Sherak is just one of the high points of the TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit, September 22-24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Orange County, CA. Three other sessions on the fast-paced, idea-rich agenda are:

  • “Trending & Spending with TSE’s Forecasting Board” including Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group; Frank Chow, TSE’s chief economist; Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions & business operations of the National Association of Broadcasters; Alan Steel, president of GLM; Aaron Bludworth, CFO of George Fern Company; Pat Fallon, vice president of business development for CompuSystems, Inc.; and Gary Sain,  president & CEO of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • “Power Lunch with Chet Burchett,” president of  Reed Exhibitions Americas, who will be interviewed live on stage by TSE columnist Bob Dallmeyer and will grace the cover of TSE’s October issue.
  • “Burning Issues” moderated by Gary Shapiro, president & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, who will cover the hot topics that were not raised in other sessions.

Registration is capped at 200 C-level executives and show organizers. To register, go to

Reach Diane Bjorklund, vice president of events, Trade Show Executive, at (630) 312-8915 or

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