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2023 Keynotes Include:

Jeff Shultz

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Business Development Officer,
Paramount Streaming

2023 Speakers Include:

Andrew Hampp

Sr. Director, Music & Consumer Partnerships
Variety

Erica Borgo

Senior Director, Global Ad Product Experience,
Warner Bros. Discovery

Eugene Evans

SVP, Business Development & Digital Licensing
Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro

Ned Sherman

Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer,
Skybound Entertainment

Founder,
Digital Media Wire

Terry Li

SVP, Emerging Business,
Crunchyroll

The 10th annual Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is here!

February 7th: TV, Streaming, Brands & Advertising Track

🕐 10:00am - 10:45am PT
With more than 20 projects released last year across audio, digital, TV and film and 70+ more in development, Hartbeat has found success by diversifying its business and mobilizing audiences across platforms and formats. CEO Thai Randolph, who recently led Hartbeat’s $100M capital raise, will discuss the company’s approach to making, marketing and monetizing content. She will also share her outlook on 2023, as the industry is facing economic uncertainty and competition for consumers is higher than ever.

Keynote Speaker:
- Thai Randolph, CEO, HARTBEAT

Interviewer:
- Ashley Cullins, Senior Business Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Thai Randolph,
CEO,
Hartbeat
Ashley Cullins,
Senior Business Editor,
The Hollywood Reporter
🕐 11:00am - 11:45am PT
The over-the-top television market is large and growing, and expected to increase at an 11% CAGR over the next five years (PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022-2026) with targeted growth from international expansion, bundling and new ad-supported AVOD and FAST streaming offerings. This panel will discuss the ad-supported strategies for growth in this highly competitive market. What innovations, business models and features of ad-supported AVOD and FAST will fuel growth in the marketplace?

Panelists:
- Erica Borgo, Senior Director, Global Ad Product Experience, Warner Bros. Discovery
- Andrea Downing, President, PBS Distribution
- Brian Kline, President, Penthera
- Oswald Mendez, Chief Marketing Officer, Canela Media

Moderator:
- Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst & Founder, nScreenMedia
Erica Borgo,
Senior Director, Global Ad Product Experience,
Warner Bros. Discovery
Andrea Downing,
President,
PBS Distribution
Brian Kline,
President,
Penthera
Oswald Mendez,
Chief Marketing Officer,
Canela Media
Colin Dixon,
Chief Analyst & Founder,
nScreenMedia
🕐 12:00pm - 12:45pm PT
As streaming’s penetration in America has hit the saturation point for “nearly every individual service” (source: MoffettNathanson), the global streaming wars are heating up. With global successes like Money Heist or Squid Game, Netflix and others are increasing their focus on international production strategies. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in international productions and where the streamers and production companies are placing big bets.

Panelists:
- Patrice Courtaban, EVP, Global Growth & Business Development, TV5MONDE
CEO, TV5MONDE USA
- Aron Levitz, Studio President, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
- Terry Li, SVP, Emerging Business, Crunchyroll
-
Emilio Schenker, CEO, Sipur

Moderator:
- David Fink, Partner, Venable
Patrice Courtaban,
EVP, Global Growth & Business Development,
TV5MONDE
CEO,
TV5MONDE USA
Aron Levitz,
Studio President,
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
Terry Li,
SVP, Emerging Business,
Crunchyroll
Emilio Schenker,
CEO,
Sipur
David Fink,
Partner,
Venable
🕐 1:00pm - 1:45pm PT
The creator market for branded and platform deals is projected to grow to a whopping $28 billion by 2026. A major driver of this growth is coming from platforms like TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snap and Twitch. This panel of brand and advertising executives, digital creators, platform executives and agency representatives will discuss the strategies and campaigns taking shape on different platforms. What are the most effective strategies today for working with crearors and what are the metrics that determine success? How are creators adapting their content and strategies as the market matures and more content is vying for audiences in the “Attention Economy”?

Panelists:
- Khudor Annous, Global SVP, Client Development, BEN Labs
- Danielle Johnsen Karr, Head of Social Content Agency, Magnet
- Matthew Patrick, Co-Owner & President, Theorist Inc.
- Ashley Rudder, Head of Creators, Whalar

Moderator:
- Geoff Weiss, Senior Digital Culture Reporter, Insider
Khudor Annous,
Global SVP, Client Development,
BEN Labs
Danielle Johnsen Karr,
Head of Social Content Agency,
MAGNET, Whistle
Matthew Patrick,
Co-Owner & President,
Theorist Inc.
Ashley Rudder,
Head of Creators,
Whalar
Geoff Weiss,
Senior Digital Culture Reporter,
Insider
🕐 2:00pm - 2:45pm PT
Join us for a keynote conversation with Jeff Shultz, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Business Development Officer of Streaming at Paramount Streaming.

Keynote Speaker:
- Jeff Shultz, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Business Development Officer, Paramount Streaming

Interviewer:
- Colin Dixon, Founder & Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia
Jeff Shultz,
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Business Development Officer,
Paramount Streaming
Colin Dixon,
Founder & Chief Analyst,
nScreenMedia

February 8th: Games, Interactive & Music Track

🕐 10:00am - 10:45am PT
Join us for a Keynote conversation with Javon Frazier, Founder & CEO of Maestro Media.

Keynote Speaker:
- Javon Frazier, Founder & CEO, Maestro Media

Interviewer:
- Sarah Parvini, Video Game Industry Reporter, LA Times
Javon Frazier,
Founder & CEO,
Maestro Media
Sarah Parvini,
Video Game Industry Reporter,
LA Times
🕐 11:00am - 11:45am PT
Entertainment companies are embracing multi-platform storytelling with a focus on building long-lasting entertainment franchises that engage and monetize audiences across mediums. While movies and television continue to be a big driver when it comes to popularizing entertainment content, games are increasingly taking a central position in the cultural zeitgeist and provide deep engagement and extended monetization opportunities. The panel will discuss the different roles that games and interactive entertainment play in franchise development - top of the funnel, bottom of the funnel and in between.

Panelists:
- Moritz Baier-Lentz, Partner & Head of Gaming, Lightspeed Venture Partners
- Eugene Evans, SVP, Business Development & Digital Licensing, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro
- Beth Goss, CEO, Outright Games
- Kayleen Walters, Head of Franchise Development, Minecraft

Moderator:
- David Bloom, Senior Contributor, Forbes
Moritz Baier-Lentz,
Partner & Head of Gaming,
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Eugene Evans,
SVP, Business Development & Digital Licensing,
Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro
Beth Goss,
CEO,
Outright Games
Kayleen Walters,
Head of Franchise Development,
Minecraft
David Bloom,
Senior Contributor,
Forbes
🕐 12:00pm - 12:45pm PT
The games industry has historically been bespoke in development, operation and experience; now with the evolution of cloud, game engines, AI, and blockchain, an industry that historically has had a lack of uniformity is transforming. In this session we will talk about what has emerged and what is next that will create meaningful development and immersive experiences for the industry across the value chain.

Panelists:
- Matt Edelman, President & CCO, Super League Gaming
- Josh Neuman, Co-Founder & CEO, MELON
- Ryan Peterson, VP, Accelerate Solutions, Unity
- Yves Saada, Head of Digital Publishing, Spin Master

Moderator:
- David Reitman, Managing Director, Gaming Lead, Accenture
Matt Edelman,
President & CCO,
Super League Gaming
Josh Neuman,
Co-Founder & CEO,
MELON
Ryan Peterson,
VP, Accelerate Solutions,
Unity
Yves Saada,
Head of Digital Publishing,
Spin Master
David Reitman,
Managing Director, Gaming Lead,
Accenture
🕐 1:00pm - 1:45pm PT
The music industry has discovered the power of the Metaverse where albums can be launched in virtual worlds, and concert-style events bring together millions of people to discover new music and new artists, shop virtual merch, socialize with major stars as they perform or even dance together with fans. This panel of music and technology executives will discuss how the Metaverse is changing the world of music and what trends we are yet to see in the future as it continues to grow its mindshare and engagement time.

Panelists:
- Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, Director, Innovation & Education, International Music Managers Forum
- Karibi Dagogo-Jack, Head of Music Partnerships, Roblox
- Anne McKinnon, CEO & Co-Founder, Ristband
- Jillian Rothman, VP, New Business & Ventures, Warner Music Group
- Marisol Segal, Head of Digital Partnerships, AEG Presents

Moderator:
- Hugh McIntyre, Contributor, Forbes
Jake Beaumont Nesbitt,
Director, Innovation & Education,
International Music Managers Forum
Karibi Dagogo-Jack,
Head of Music Partnerships,
Roblox
Anne McKinnon,
CEO & Co-Founder,
Ristband
Jillian Rothman,
VP, New Business & Ventures,
Warner Music Group
Marisol Segal,
Head of Digital Partnerships,
AEG Presents
Hugh McIntyre,
Contributor,
Forbes
🕐 2:00pm - 2:45pm PT
Join us for a Keynote Conversation with Jon Vlassopulos, CEO of Napster.

Keynote Speaker:
- Jon Vlassopulos, CEO, Napster

Interviewer:
- Andrew Hampp, Senior Director, Music & Consumer Partnerships, Variety


Jon Vlassopulos,
CEO,
Napster
Andrew Hampp,
Sr. Director, Music & Consumer Partnerships,
Variety
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2023 Sponsors & Media Partners:

Penthera
Penthera is a leading global SaaS company that provides video streaming solutions to OTT providers across 36 countries and over 150 million devices. Long established as a trusted partner in solving customer experience issues, Penthera now helps the ad-supported video industry increase revenue with 2nd Look, its cloud-based product that delivers higher fill rates, render rates, and CPMs to AVOD services using Server-Side Ad Insertion. Major clients include leading entertainment, news, and fitness brands such as Paramount+, Showtime, Fox, Beachbody, Cinepolis, Liberty Global, and Obé Fitness. Based in New York City, more information about Penthera is available at Penthera.com and Penthera.com/2nd-look.
Venable
Venable is a firm of trusted advisors serving businesses, organizations, and individuals in many of the most important aspects of their work. With more than 850 professionals delivering services globally, we help clients connect quickly and effectively to the experience and insights key to achieving their most pressing objectives. We foster a diverse culture that helps ensure our ability to attract, retain, and elevate the most talented professionals in the country, who work on behalf of our clients.
GOAL Ventures
GOAL Ventures is a venture capital fund that invests in impactful digital and technology ventures that empower games, media and entertainment. We invest in ventures that are innovative, engaging, ahead of the curve and capable of capturing the cultural zeitgeist.
Fusicology
Fusicology.com is a multifaceted website media entity, promoting progressive music culture through event listings and relevant content. Fusicology as a whole provides a national hub reaching trend setting multicultural urbanites. Our site and newsletter specialize in providing relevant information for early adopters that include the musically forward.
Westside Digital Mix 
Westside Digital Mix is an informal networking group for digital media & entertainment professionals who live or work on the Westside in Los Angeles — from the South Bay to Malibu, West LA to the Pacific Ocean. These monthly ‘curated’ social/business mixers are a great way to catch up with friends, colleagues, and meet new industry insiders.
IAEL
The IAEL was officially founded in 1977 at MIDEM, the main international trade fair of the music business held each January in Cannes. Over the past thirty years, the IAEL has come to fulfil a unique role for lawyers involved in the industry throughout the world. It has expanded enormously in terms of both the numbers of its members and the scope of its activities. Nonetheless, continuity of membership combined with the energy of its officers, past and present, mean that the Association’s style remains distinctly personal.
80 Level
80 Level is a global digital content publishing network that connects video game companies, talented individuals, and creative organizations for mutual benefit.
Streaming Video Technology Alliance
The Streaming Video Technology Alliance is a global technical association addressing critical challenges in streaming video. By educating the industry on the technical nature of the issues, providing a neutral forum for collaboration across the video ecosystem, and publishing documentation that defines technical solutions, the SVTA is helping to improve the streaming video experience at scale. Over 100 companies including network operators, content rights holders, OTT platforms, service providers, and technology vendors – representing some of the biggest names in global streaming – participate in bi-weekly working group activities and quarterly face-to-face meetings. For more information, please visit www.svta.org.
Digital LA
Digital LA is LA’s largest digital entertainment networking group, reaching more than 50,000 digital professionals weekly via our newsletter and social media. Attendees include Hollywood executives from movie studios, agencies, game companies, and labels, as well as Silicon Beach startup CEOs, VCs, investors, angels, and more.
NYWIFT
New York Women in Film & Television supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality.
Gary's Guide
The #1 Resource for Startups & Tech (NYC & Silicon Valley). GarysGuide is a global resource and community of professionals that are interested in startups, entrepreneurship, social media and technology. It is one of the best resources for discovering technology and startup related events, classes, workshops and jobs in New York City, San Francisco / Silicon Valley, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin and other cities.
Canadian Music Week
WHERE MUSIC, TECH + BIZ CONVERGE: Now in its 41st year, the Canadian Music Week Conference is still the premier annual music business and networking event in Canada and coming back in 2023 it’s in person live! We promise to deliver a world class experience in the Heart of Toronto once again. This year we’re featuring a 3-day music summit covering all sectors of the industry.
CIOReview
CIOReview is one of the leading print magazines in the US. It is the knowledge platform where C-suite executives deliberate on critical market challenges and current technological trends across industries. We are a unique magazine because all of our contributors are senior executives from the industry.
The Digital Entertainment Group
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels that support the movie, television, audio, consumer electronics and IT industries.