Playing Steve & Woz
Thursday, January 31, 9:00am
Main Stage, Room 2005
Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad take the Macworld/iWorld Main stage to share their experiences playing the technology industry’s two most celebrated and influential personalities, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, in the upcoming feature film, JOBS.
Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor and producer. In 2000, he co-founded Katalyst, a media company creating original content for digital media, television and film. In 2011, he co-founded A-Grade Investments, a venture fund.
In 2010, Kutcher was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. In that same year, his company, Katalyst, was named one of the year’s Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.
Currently Kutcher stars in the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. Averaging over 14 million viewers per week, the show ranks as the second most-watched comedy on all of network television.
Kutcher first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the series That 70’s Show. He went on to star in a variety of films, including What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz, The Guardian with Kevin Costner, No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and the cult hit Dude, Where’s My Car.
In 2011, Kutcher created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path.
Katalyst film credits include No Strings Attached, Killers, The Butterfly Effect and Guess Who. Television property credits include Punk’d and Beauty and the Geek. Katalyst Digital includes programming for major brands such as the Levi’s Curve ID campaign, winner of the 2011 OMMA Award for Best Integrated Online Fashion Campaign; Nikon “The Chase,” Mountain Dew “DEWmocracy,” and United Nations “Malaria No More.”
Josh Gad serves as an executive producer, co-creator and also stars as Skip Gilchrist, the president’s (Bill Pullman) clumsy, eldest son whose sincere attempts to do the right thing often go awry, in NBC’s family comedy “1600 Penn.”
Gad brings wit, humor and depth to the small and large screens and to theater. He began his career in theater after graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He then turned his sights to comedy and co-created his own comedy troupe group – The Lost Nomads Comedy Troupe.
His television credits include “Back to You,” and ABC’s “Modern Family,” as well as the animated series “Good Vibes,” where he voiced the character of Mondo. Gad also starred in the title role in “Gigi: Almost American.” He also recently guest starred on FOX’s hit show “New Girl.”
Next, Gad will be seen on the big screen in “Thanks for Sharing,” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, he will also be seen starring in the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs,” opposite Ashton Kutcher,and co-starring in Fox’s film “The Internship,” opposite Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson which will be released on June 7th, 2013. His earlier films include roles in “21,” “The Rocker,” and “Love and Other Drugs.”
Currently, he is lending his voice to DreamWork’s animated film “Me and My Shadow,” opposite Kate Hudson and Bill Hader. He also voiced the character of Louis in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” alongside Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez and John Leguizamo.
Gad took Broadway by storm starring as Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning comedy musical “Book of Mormon,” written by the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Tony winner Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”). Gad was nominated for a Tony, Drama League and Astaire Award, and won the Outer Critic Circle Award for his performance. Gad made his Broadway debut in the Tony-award-winning production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Gad is currently co-writing the sequel to the hit comedy, “Twins” for Universal Pictures, set to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, and Eddie Murphy.