Celebrating its 7th year, this one-day business-to-business conference brings together digital retailers, content producers, content aggregators, service providers and digital technology companies.


“Breaking Bad,” Amazon, Content Bridge, and Disney Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Digital Entertainment  ENCINO, CA (October 8, 2014) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today presented “Breaking Bad,” Amazon, Content Bridge, and Disney with “Digi” Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, retailing, leadership, and innovation. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, held today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. More>>>

Keynote: Mitch Singer, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE)

A Conversation With Mitch Singer on The Future of Digital Entertainment”  moderated by Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic.  

Mitch Singer, current president of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the cross-industry consortium behind UltraViolet and former chief digital strategy officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment will discuss how disruption in the TV and movie business models in the future will be “very, very interesting.”  Singer will take real time questions via an interactive application available to all attendees using mobile devices.

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Digital Media Pipeline '14 Schedule

8:30 am - Welcome/Opening - Mark Fisher, EMA President & CEO

8:40 am - Global Perspectives: This session focuses the growing digital entertainment market outside the U.S.  Participants investigate global consumer behavior and spending, retail trends, launching into new markets, and how this is impacting the U.S. home entertainment industry.connected world.

     Moderator: Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Magazine


          - Kim Bayley, Entertainment Retailers Association (UK) 

          - Duncan Wain, ZOO Digital

          - Tracy Wright, Netflix

9:10 am - Digital Supply Chain: Metadata and Mezzanine Files


          - Sean Bersell, EMA

          - Connie Lee, Netflix

          - Jennifer Lane Burnell, EMA

9:20 am - Making Digital a Premium Experience - Best practices and opportunities for the consumer experience of digitally accessing home video (movies and TV) including the functionality of web interfaces, the ease of search and discovery, added-value content and functionality, and picture/sound quality.

     Moderator: Craig Seidel, MovieLabs


          - Rich Berger, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

          - Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch

          - Paul Davidson, The Orchard

          - Erik St. Anthony Pence, Inception

10:00 am - Break

10:30 am - The Future of Digital Entertainment - A conversation with Mitch Singer, President of DECE/Ultra Violet, moderated by Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

10:50 am - Music Licensing for Visual Content


         Jason Peterson, Content Bridge/EMA Digital Steering Council

11:00 am - Digital Supply Chain: DEG Perspective and Media Manifest


          - Larry Wilk, DEG

          - Craig Seidel, MovieLabs

11:10 am - The Mobile Market - Nielsen’s SVP, Client Insigts Dounia Turrill shares where and what people are watching on their tablets and smartphones and how this market is growing and changing.

11:20 am - The Consumer’s Point-of-View - A panel of digital entertainment consumers discuss their viewing habits, how and where they discover content and what drives their purchasing decisions.

     Presenter: Kevin Westcott, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

     Moderator: Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Creative Opportunities & Challenges in Digital Entertainment Marketing and Branding: Insights into the changes and advances on the horizon are explored by Paul Matthaeus, Founder & Chairman of Digital Kitchen. 

1:20 pm - The Next Generation(s) - What innovations are on the long and short term horizon for technology and media?  How will the declining cost of storage and increasing processing and communication speeds effect the supply chain and the consumer?  And how will viewing change over the next 50 years as consumers face 3D, 4K, 8K, virtual reality, and more. 

     Moderator: Bill Mandel, NBC Universal


          - Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic

          - Phil Lelyveld, USC Entertainment Technology Center

          - Ron Martin, Panasonic

          - Mike Murphy, Intel Corporation

          - Daniel Summer, DVLabs

2:00 pm - Digital Supply Chain: Avails Metadata, Image Files and Closed Captioning


          - Mark Fleming, Google/YouTube

          - Sean Bersell, EMA

2:10 pm - The Vast Expansion of Original Content - A presentation on the state of the digital industry will lead into a discussion on the growth of programming developed exclusively for the digital channel.  

     Presenter: Chris Roberts, SVP On-Demand Products, Rentrak

     Moderator: Steve Apple, EMA


          - Derek Dressler, Vimeo

          - Reed Lucas, Bent Pixels

          - Dana Shayegan, Collective Digital Studio

2:55 pm - Wrap Up & Awards

3:00 pm - Networking Reception 


Call for Speakers: go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DMP2014

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