2019 Schedule

April 24, 2019

1:30 - 7:00 pm

Helen Mills Theater, New York City

2019 Schedule TBD


2018 Schedule

12:30 pm - Registration Opens

1:30 pm - Welcome 

1:35 pm - Where Are We Headed in the Ever-Changing Landscape of Digital Entertainment?

     The home entertainment industry continues to evolve at lightning speed. The growth of OTT, the expansion of subscription options, the amount of original content and the advancements in 4K and UHD present consumers with an abundance, if not an over-abundance of options. The key questions arising from all of this is where is the industry headed and how will things shake out over the next few years? Mike Vorhaus, President/Magid Advisors, will share their views on where they think things are going and how the industry will look within the foreseeable future. This session will help identify the opportunities and challenges facing all those involved in digital entertainment.

2:05 pm - Monetizing Ad-Supported VOD

     The panel will include a conversation on how content providers can better unlock and monetize catalog; how collected data can help increase targeted advertising results. How and why major brands work with premium content and how ad agencies optimize revenue through both linear and on-demand platforms.

  • John Gaibrois, Director, Platform Services/SpotX - Moderator
  • Gary Delfiner, Founder & CEO/Digital Sylvia LLC
  • Jason Peterson, CEO/GoDigital Media Group

2:45 pm - Enabling Innovation Through Adoption of Digital Supply Chain Specifications

     The digital supply chain is continuing to evolve and develop from simply making content available to becoming an enabler for innovation into new experiences, business models, and formats. Meeting these demands requires scalable, reliable, and agile content operations systems that rely on consistent inputs and produce reliable outputs. The supply chain specifications and best practices needed for these systems are largely defined. Craig Seidel of MovieLabs and Eric Hanson of EMA will present on the evolution of the digital supply chain, the case for adopting industry standards, and the opportunities enabled by fully automated content operations workflows. 

3:15 pm - EIDR Ready

     Will Kreth, Executive Director of the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR), will discuss the new "EIDR Ready" initiative to elevate awareness of companies that currently support EIDR IDs throughout the media and entertainment supply chain.

  • Will Kreth, Executive Director/Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR)

3:25 pm - Networking Break

4:00 pm - The Evolving Trends of Television Viewing

     Matt Rivet, Principal/Altman Vilandrie & Company, shares insights on how consumers are watching television. He will explore how they are accessing the content – through cable, OTT services and over-the-air. The session will also include trends on how consumers watch content - live, next day, or recorded and how binge watching is impacting behavior.

  • Matt Rivet, Principal/Altman Vilandrie & Company - Contact Matt for presentation information: mrivet@altvil.com

4:30 pm - Gift Cards in the Digital Age

     Join InComm, one of the world's largest marketers of gift cards, and the WWE, the world's largest wrestling promoter, as they discuss marketing gift cards and its role in digital distribution.

  • Steve Apple, Vice President Industry Sales/EMA - Moderator
  • Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products/WWE
  • Anthony DeVito, Vice President, Digital Content/InComm
  • Delaney Mohr, Director of Business Development – Emerging Technologies/InComm

4:45 pm - Trends and Directions in International OTT

     Learn about the driving forces for international OTT growth and the opportunities and challenges in supporting local customers at a global scale from Teresa Phillips, SVP, V2 Solutions. She will identify how legal requirements, local content, local talent, language dubs, subtitles, and cultural sensitivities impact the global OTT market and how the industry can leverage them for growth.

5:15 pm - What Is Blockchain, and How Can It Transform Online Video?

     For years, we’ve read and heard many opinions about the usefulness of blockchain in the financial, legal and rights management industries. The link between cryptocurrencies and blockchain are probably the baseline of many discussions. This session will serve to explain and demystify the uses of blockchain in home media from companies who have real time data showing current and potential efficiencies in managing transactions and the potential to game change digital distribution.

  • Chris Pfaff, CEO/Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC - Moderator: Presentation Deck
  • Rob Delf, CEO/RightsLine Software Inc  
  • Mads Holmen, Founder and CEO/Bibblio

5:50 pm - Closing Remarks

6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception sponsored by 3Play Media

7:00 pm - Program End


*As of 4/16/18 - 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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