Entertainment Merchants Association to Present OTT_X, Over The Top Channels Market and Conference

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Invitation-Only Event to Be Held in Universal City, CA on July 16-17

 Cinedigm Digital Networks President Erick Opeka Named OTT_X Chair

Erick Opeka

Erick Opeka, Cinedigm

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 16, 2019) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today announced that it will present an over the top (OTT) channels market and conference – OTT_X – on July 16-17 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA. The invitation-only event for C-level leaders in the fast-growing segment of the entertainment industry will consist of one-on-one business meetings between content providers and ad-supported and subscription OTT channels, a half-day conference featuring industry analysts and thought leaders, a service and technology providers showcase, high-speed introductory meetings specifically designed for burgeoning OTT channels, and networking events.

OTT_X will be co-located with, but separate from, EMA’s Los Angeles Entertainment Summit, the annual get-together of the home video industry.

The confab is being chaired by one of the OTT industry’s top executives: Erick Opeka, President of Cinedigm Digital Networks.

“Until now, there hasn’t been a set marketplace where buyers and sellers, providers, and distributors of OTT content can come together to network and connect in a meaningful way,” Opeka said. “That’s one of the driving forces that makes OTT_X such an important event. Through this dynamic gathering of industry leaders and pioneers, we have created an incredible opportunity where executives can explore potential partnerships with the outlets and providers that are best suited to their unique interests and needs. Our ultimate goal is that this will enable efficient and effective agreements to be made, while further expanding and revolutionizing the OTT landscape.”

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of EMA, stated, “The OTT segment of the video industry is growing tremendously and needs a premier event to bring key players together to do business, share knowledge, and expand their contacts, and that is what EMA is providing with the OTT_X market and conference.”

Opeka is being assisted by an experienced steering committee comprised of representatives from across the diverse landscape of OTT channels and content providers. The OTT_X steering committee consists of David Bloom (media journalist), Dean Cates (The Africa Channel), George Chung (JungoTV), Paul Colichman (Here Media), Gary Delfiner (Digital Sylvia), Pat McDonough (Mill Creek Entertainment), Colin Petrie-Norris (Xumo), Steve Raymond (Vubiquity), Carlos Sanchez (Legendary Entertainment), and Randy Wells (Magnolia Pictures).

About EMA

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is a not-for-profit international trade association for those engaged in the sale, rental, and/or commercial delivery of video or video game content to consumers through physical media or over-the-top Internet-based delivery.

EMA-member companies operate physical and digital retailing, digital platforms and streaming services around the world, offer content for retailers and streaming services, and provide service and technology for the industry. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers, distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture and television studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the $40 billion home entertainment industry.

EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).

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