Los Angeles


September 26, 2018

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

2018 Schedule*

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8:00 am - REGISTRATION OPENS

8:00 - 9:00 am - NETWORKING BREAKFAST

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

10:25 a.m. INDISTRY INSIGHTS 

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

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

10:55 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 a.m. ISSUES IN DIGITAL RETAILING

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

1:15 p.m. DIGI AWARDS PRESENTATION

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

2:20 p.m. WITHER THE DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN? 

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

3:00 p.m. DIGITAL STOREFRONT MANAGEMENT

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

3:40 p.m.  CLOSING REMARKS

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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