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Saturday, October 15 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Marvel-ous World of Comic Book Adaptations

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You’ve likely noticed the abundance of comic book-inspired films cropping up at the local cinema. The rich back-catalogue of nearly a century’s worth of content provides a seemingly never-ending source of inspiration for big budget spectacles, offbeat comedies, and even quirky romances. And while many of these characters are transformed before our eyes into heroes and villains, how do the writers transform their source material to something that can kick butt on screen? Learn from our superhero panelists on what they did to stay true to such mystical worlds while still infusing originality into these beloved and intricate stories. We promise this panel will be simply Marvel-ous.

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Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (2012), and co-founder... Read More →

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Cort Lane

Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment at Marvel
Cort Lane has recently taken on a newly-created position at Marvel as Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment... Read More →
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Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Power Rangers (2016), Big Trouble in Little China; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails
Ashley Edward Miller grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from The College of William and Mary. He began his professional writing career on Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and continues to write and produce for television, most recently on Black Sails. A screenwriter on Thor... Read More →
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Edward Ricourt

writer of Now You See Me; consulting producer/writer Jessica Jones, Wayward Pines
Edward Ricourt’s films include: Now You See Me, produced by Summit Entertainment. Paramount Pictures brought his 2009 Black List script, Year 12. Joe Roth is Producing. Ricourt also wrote the graphic novel Anomaly for Relativity Entertainment. In TV, Ricourt worked as a Consulting... Read More →
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John Turman

Writer Hulk, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Crow; Stairway to Heaven (TV) Macgyver (TV)
John grew up in Southern California on comic books sci-fi novels, and kung-fu and action films.  He studied Journalism at the University of Colorado and law and copyright at UCLA law school.  John has written and produced small independent films, worked as a storyboard artist and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft