Al Lieberman, Executive Director Entertainment, Media & Technology program, Stern School of Business, NYU
Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital, Founder, Digital Media Wire
Floris Bauer, President and Co-Founder, Gunpowder & Sky
Rebecca Glashow, Head of Worldwide Distribution, AwesomenessTV
Peter Phillips, Former EVP/GM Interactive & Distribution, Marvel Entertainment
Paul Potenzone, SVP/Content Director at Digitas Studios, DigitasLBi
MODERATOR: Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
VIZRT PRESENTS: “Did you try rebooting it?”
Tom Shelburne, Director of Operations – Northern Region, Vizrt
Peter Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Verizon Digital Media
INTERVIEWER: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
This panel of investors, who are actively investing in digital media companies, discusses the latest investment trends and what it takes to get funded in the current environment, including accelerators, crowdfunding, angel, and VC deals.
David Beck, Chief Strategy and Ventures Officer, TBS & TNT
Andrew Cleland, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Todd Klein, Partner, Revolution
Anton Zietsman, Director, 3311 Ventures
PANELISTS: David Sands, Partner and Co-Leader, Entertainment and Digital Media Team, Sheppard Mullin
While still in its infancy, VR experiences built around television shows are showing promise. Some offer extra content complementary to the show’s narrative, and some completely transform the telling of the narrative. What apps and devices are used to create and distribute content and what is the state of consumer adoption?
Michelle Carney, VP, Branded Entertainment & Film, Ketchum
Matthew Collado, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar
Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google VR Team
Tom Vance, Co-Head of Studio, Content, Jaunt Studios
MODERATOR: Michael Gold, Co-founder and CEO, Holojam Inc
The lines between linear television and OTT services are blurred more than ever with both Hulu and YouTube Red offering network/cable streams with DVR capabilities. Alternately, traditional linear services, like DirecTV, have their own apps and are buying into OTT services and content. What does this say about the viewing habits of today’s consumers, are broadcasters and distribution companies responding effectively, and where do advertisers fit in?
Kenny Gersh, EVP, Business, MLB Advanced Media
M. Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media
Christy Tanner, SVP & General Manager, CBS News Digital
Michael Weaver, SVP of Business Development & Growth, Al Jazeera Digital
Moderator: Alex Weprin, Media Reporter and Editor, POLITICO’s Morning Media newsletter
Bob Gruters, Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook
As brands continue to transition away from traditional advertising towards digital marketing strategies, effective content has become essential to building and maintaining a loyal consumer base. Today more than ever, brands need to produce engaging, shareable content to connect with consumers and stay at the top of their industry. This panel will provide examples of how brands are creating engaging content and building social community and the impact it has on customer relationships and brand loyalty.
Mia Goldwyn, Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul
Christine Murphy, SVP Branded Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted
Shannon Pruitt, President, The Story Lab, US
Andrew Saunders, Head of Global Brand Strategy, Tastemade
MODERATOR: Philip Alberstat, Chief Operating Officer, Contend
Live streaming is proving to be a way to make content come alive on social networks and to bring shows to the top of viewers’ attention. Part immediacy, part community, and part exclusivity, having live streamed companion content – or even live streaming the content itself, as with sports – is becoming the norm. What are some best practices when live streaming, is there revenue, and what about them is attracting viewers?
Mario Armstrong, Chief Content Officer & Executive Producer, Never Settle Show
Courtney McKlveen, Head of US Field Sales, Oath
Ali Moiz, CEO & Co-Founder, Streamlabs
Jill Sherman, SVP, Social Strategy, DigitasLBi
Ryan Troy, Product Manager, TV, Twitter
MODERATOR: Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) is going beyond telling you the weather and turning on your lights – it’s now helping you navigate media and entertainment experiences. What is possible when media and entertainment companies begin to tap the power of voice-activated devices? How are consumers reacting to the new technologies, including Amazon Echo, Google Home and voice-based smartphones? What does the future hold for this exciting area of innovation?
Lauren Berkowitz, Chief Business Officer, Elemental Cognition
Yiannis Pagkalos, Business Development Principal, Product Partnerships, Google
Adrian Sexton, CEO, TiTAN Platform
Drew Silverstein, CEO & Founder, Amper Music
John Thompson, President, FLX Systems
MODERATOR: Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, Interactive TV Today
Digital influencers can be instrumental to getting content, services, and products in front of the right audiences. Still, brands walk a fine line between managing the message and allowing room for influencer authenticity. What are the most effective strategies today for working with influencers and what are the metrics that determine success? What are the FTC requirements for disclosure and how can brands protect themselves when running campaigns?
Rebecca Duke, Senior Brand Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US
Paul Kontonis, Chief Marketing Officer, WHOSAY
Marc Hustvedt, CEO, Above Average
Maureen Polo, General Manager, Fullscreen
MODERATOR: Phil Ranta, COO, Studio71
We are in an original content renaissance. Hulu is doubling their number of originals, Netflix is moving all production to Los Angeles, major online news publishers announced content plays at the NewFronts, and even music companies like AEG, Apple Music, and Spotify have original series. Why is this the right time to create content? Is it effective as a differentiator to attract subscribers?
Jill Braff, former GM, Ellen Digital Ventures
Sharmi Gandhi, EVP, Strategy and Development, Mic
Matthew Henick, Head of Development, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Susanne Mei, General Manager, PeopleTV
Eric Korsh, President, Mashable Studios, Mashable
Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios, Wattpad
INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire