In the webinar “Engaging Audiences with Innovative Virtual Programming,” giant screen theaters and film distributors share their creative virtual solutions for trips, camps, and groups, with time at the end for questions. We also get the school  district and educator perspective from Erik Leitner, STEM+Computer Science Instructional Facilitator for Broward County Public Schools, which is the sixth largest public school system in the US. Erik shares examples of virtual programming that educators are currently using to support their curriculum and provides insight on tools distributors and museums might incorporate into their programs to enhance engagement.

This webinar was presented in November 2020 and coordinated by Marlene Janetos, who co-moderated with Mary Jane Dodge, MacGillivray Freeman Films. 


  • Erik Leitner, STEM Educator, Broward County Public Schools (Florida)
  • Jenn Bentz, Audio/Visual Technician and Theater Professional, Pacific Science Center
  • Jessica Rice, Director of Education, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
  • Lori Rick, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, MacGillivray Freeman Films
  • Deborah Raksany, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Giant Screen Films
  • Jennifer Lee Hackett, Manager of Museum and Non-Theatrical Sales, Sinking Ship Entertainment
  • Ed Capelle, Senior VP of Distribution, K2 Studios
  • Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California-Davis