CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs is only the third person to kick off the show (Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have done it every other year). And, perhaps realizing the pressure, he opted to punch up his discussion of the mobile generation with appearances by over a half dozen celebrities from the movie, music, sports and political worlds.
So Jacobs brought an eclectic group of bold-faced names to help him out, including Big Bird, helmer Guillermo del Toro, “Star Trek Into Darkness'” Alice Eve, NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski, Maroon 5, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a move meant to serve as a ceremonial passing of the torch.
The singer and co-star of NBC’s hit series “The Voice” has sued the publisher over the use of his likeness in 2009’s Band Hero, saying he did not authorize many of the ways his image is used in the game. Sound familiar? It should. Levine’s complaints are virtual carbon copies of the ones made by No Doubt and the former members of Nirvana.