2019 Schedule

April 24, 2019

1:30 - 7:00 pm

Helen Mills Theater, New York City


2019 Schedule

12:30 pm - Registration Opens

1:30 – Welcome

  • Cameron Douglas, VP, Home Entertainment, Fandango & Chair, EMA
  • Mark Fisher, President & CEO, EMA
  • Mitch Mallon, Founder, Stadium Media & Chair, Digital EMA Steering Committee

1:40 – Presentation“The New Frontier: Reporting on the Latest Trends in Global SVOD Market Demand”  2018 was a robust year of growth for subscription video-on-demand platforms. Global audience demand for original content increased in conjunction with the number of new series and streaming platforms now available to audiences. This presentation by Alejandro J. Rojas of Parrot Analytics breaks down the popularity for original titles from major global SVOD platforms including Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, Hulu, and Netflix across 100+ markets

  • Alejandro J. Rojas, Regional Director, Parrot Analytics

2:25 – SpotlightVidaPrimo, a GoDigital Media Group company 

  • Jason Peterson, Chairman, GoDigital Media Group
  • Stephen Brooks, EVP and Managing Director, VidaPrimo
  • Moderator: Steve Apple, VP, Industry Sales, EMA

2:45 – Panel Discussion“The Emergence and Growth of AVOD Publishers”  With the sale and merging of several high-profile AVOD channels, AVOD publishing is very much in the spotlight. Five of the top AVOD publishers and Ad Demand suppliers will be discussing why this space has become so hot and what the future will bring for ad supported channels.

  • David Chu, Co-Founder & President, Digital Media Rights
  • Freddie Godfrey, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Newsy
  • Michael Kohn, Head of Business Development – CTV, Samba TV
  • Vikrant Mathur, Co-Founder, Future Today Inc.
  • Moderator: Gary Delfiner, Creator & Owner, WatchFreeFlix

3:30 – Update“Digital Supply Chain” 

  • Eric Hanson, VP, Industry Leadership, EMA

3:45 – Networking Break

4:25 – Presentation: “Generation NEXT: How Youth Will Change the Entertainment Landscape”   Younger people have frequently been the drivers of adoption for entertainment content and modes of distribution. This has led to a few successes (Rock & Roll!) and the occasional failure (rampant piracy). Ipsos and MusicWatch will share a some of the trends among America’s youth and provide insights to help prepare for the future.

  • Russ Crupnick, Managing Partner, MusicWatch
  • Jamie Stenziano, VP, Media Development, Ipsos

5:10 – Presentation"Content is King: What, Why, How Consumers Are Watching TV Content Today”  For nine years, Altman Vilandrie & Company's annual consumer video survey has tackled several key topics within content and media. During this interactive presentation and Q&A, Altman Vilandrie's Matt Rivet will review what customers think about pay TV and its content, how they are substituting online video (and on what devices), their preferences for content (including live news and sports) and others.

  • Matt Rivet, Principal, Altman Vilandrie & Company

6:00 – Networking Cocktail Reception: Sponsored by 3Play Media

*Schedule as of  4/15/19 - More to be announced; subject to change

September 25, 2019

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

2019 Schedule TBD


2018 Schedule



9:00 a.m. WELCOME 

  • Cameron Douglas, VP – Home Entertainment, Fandango/Chair, EMA
  • Mark Fisher, President & CEO, EMA 
  • Mitch Mallon, CEO, Stadium Media

9:10 a.m. ENTERTAINMENT BLOCKCHAIN 101: A Mini-Conference

An introduction to blockchain: what it is, how it works, and its relevance for the entertainment industry. It will also delve into how consumers will interact with blockchain to obtain content, the opportunities for blockchain to create supply chain efficiencies, and how blockchain can revolutionize rights, royalties and revenue management. 

  • Bill Borden, Producer
  • Ken Brook, Founder and CEO, MetaX
  • Adam Lesh, Director – Content Operations, SingularDTV


A leading industry analyst/thought leader will explore current industry trends.

  • Laura Martin, Senior Analyst, Entertainment & Internet, Needham & Company



A wide-ranging discussion with industry leaders on the current challenges and opportunities in the retailing of digital video, including the status of the EST market, the future of TVOD, the prospects for PVOD, how shared entitlements will impact the marketplace, the importance of exclusive content and bonus content, the role of independent content, how the immersive experience could change the industry, and the evolution of availability windows.

  • Adam Frank, SVP – Worldwide Digital Sales & Distribution, Lionsgate
  • Craig S. Heiting, EVP – Sales, Vubiquity
  • Chad Ludwig, Head of Brand Marketing, Fandango
  • Moderator: T.K. Arnold, Publisher & Editorial Director, Media Play News

11:55 p.m. FIRESIDE CHAT: VOD Content Contracts 

As business models continue to evolve, managing content rights and financials is more important than ever. In this candid fireside chat, Jason Kassin, CEO of FilmTrack, and Mike Hurst, CEO of Exactuals, will discuss how content deals require modern solutions that add efficiency to the flow of royalty and residual payments.

  • Jason Kassin, CEO, FilmTrack
  • Mike Hurst, CEO, Exactuals
  • Moderator: Steve Apple, VP Industry Sales, EMA

12:10 p.m. LUNCH


1:25 p.m. RESEARCH PRESENTATION: The Outlook for Digital

IHS Market will share their latest research on EST, SVOD, OTT channels, the international market for digital video, and connected devices.

  • Dan Cryan, Executive Director – Research & Analysis, IHS Markit
  • Presentation

1:45 p.m. OTT CHANNELS: One-on-One Conversation with Paul Colichman 

The always insightful and entertaining Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media, the world’s leading multimedia company targeting the LGBTQ+ consumer, will discuss OTT channels.

  • Paul Colichman, CEO Here Media
  • Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

2:05 p.m. FIRESIDE CHAT: Antipiracy

Irdeto and MarkMonitor, two of the key players in antipiracy detection and protection, discuss brand protection, the unique challenges of OTT, subscription services, and specific vulnerabilities in new media.

  • Peter Cossack, VP, Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto
  • Nels Hinderlie, Regional Account Manager, AntiPiracy, MarkMonitor
  • Moderator: Jim Delli Santi, CMO, V2 Solutions


Tracing the states of the digital supply chain from a “swirling vortex” thru “portal-it is” and beyond, leading experts will present on the past, present, and future of the supply chain for on-line video.

  • Eric Hanson, VP – Industry Leadership, EMA
  • Erol Kalafat, Sr. Technical Integration Manager, Amazon Video
  • Jason Peña, Program Manager, Google Play


An exploration of the challenges, best practices, and solutions for digital video storefronts.

  • Teresa Phillips, SVP, V2 Solutions
  • Steve Rosenberg, CCO, Premiere Digital Services
  • Craig Seidel, VP, Distribution Technology, MovieLabs
  • Meyer Shwarzstein, President, Brainstorm Media
  • Moderator: Bruce Eisen, Founder – DigAdvisors


3:45 p.m.  NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION - sponsored by 3Play Media

4:45 p.m.  PROGRAM END

*As of 9/18/18 - More to be announced; subject to change

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