Rafat Ali has an interesting post (and photo) of George Lucas and Chad Hurley at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad this morning. Apparently George Lucas was telling Chad and Steve of YouTube to donate money to film schools like USC. (George Lucas went to USC, and last year he donated $175M to expand the USC’s School of Cinematic Arts).
The interesting theme here is that the cross-industry interaction between the technology industry and the film/media industry seems to be the norm now; I consistently see both technology heavyweights and film/entertainment industry schmoozing at industry conferences.
Locally, I’ve also noticed a renewed interest in looking at “new media” type deals, whether that is content, or technology closely related to the entertainment industry–I’ve talked to two venture funds recently (one with a small fund already raised, another currently in the midst of raising a fund) with a specific focus on the new media area.