• www.digitalmediawire.com

  • monday feb 04
  • tuesday feb 05
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Bayview Ballroom
SPEAKERS:
Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt Digital / Founder, Digital Media Wire

Ned Sherman

Partner, Manatt Digital;
Founder, Digital Media Wire

9:40 AM - 10:15 AM
Bayview Ballroom
Visionary presenters give their perspectives on the future of digital entertainment followed by Q/A.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Misner

President of International,
Roblox

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Bayview Ballroom
This panel of industry heavy weights tackles our conference theme – “The Power of Creativity and Influence” – and discussed the important role that creators and influencers play in the digital entertainment ecosystem. 

PANELISTS
:


Chris M. Williams

Founder & CEO,
pocket.watch

Shelley Zimmerman

Co-Head,
Awesomeness

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM 
Bayview Ballroom
SPEAKERS:
Gerrit Meier, CEO, Red Bull Media Network
Interviewed by: Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Gerrit Meier

CEO,
Red Bull Media Network

Andrew Wallenstein

Co-Editor-in-Chief,
Variety

Morning Break

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Sierra
SPEAKERS:

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Promenade
SPEAKERS:

SPEAKERS:

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Catalina
Benjamin Grubbs

Founder & CEO,
Next 10 Ventures

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Venice/Peninsula 
SPEAKERS:

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica
SPEAKERS: 
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Palisades
SPEAKERS: 
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Sierra 
This panel of industry leaders will discuss how video content will be made, distributed, marketed, consumed and monetized in the future. What are the key factors contributing to the continued growth of revenue? What developments are expected in the value-chain for content monetization? What areas are poised for the greatest growth? What innovations and business models will fuel growth in the marketplace? 

PANELISTS:

Colin Dixon

Founder & Chief Analyst,
nScreenMedia

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Promenade
Distribution platforms are constantly evolving and offering more ways for brands to engage their consumers, each with varying results. With each change, there is an investment of time, money, and experimentation. Additionally, pop-up blockers are affecting views as consumers seek an interruption-free digital lifestyle. Hear from leaders in their field discuss what worked, what hasn’t, and what they’ve learned to keep delivering value to their consumers.

PANELISTS
:

Robert Schefferine

VP Production, ABC Entertainment Marketing,
Disney ABC Television Group

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Catalina
This panel of industry experts will discuss the role that creators and influencers play in the digital economy. What defines creativity and influence? How are creators and influencers shaping culture? What is the role of creators and influencers vis-à-vis brands and marketing? 

PANELISTS:

Eric Dahan

CEO & Co-Founder,
Open Influence

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Venice/Peninsula
Industry leaders discuss the state of the games industry as the business continues its transition towards a multi-platform future. What does it take to make a successful game these days across platforms? What emerging platforms will be the most important in the years to come? How do you acquire and retain users and make money in this increasingly complicated gaming universe? 

PANELISTS:

Casey Dickinson

CEO,
PTX Games

Chris Petrovic

SVP & Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A and Business Development,
Zynga Inc.

Jessica Rovello

CEO,
Arkadium

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica 
The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997, continuing the positive track to recovery. What are the opportunities ahead? Hear from the people who are leading the charge, staying ahead of the curve, and forging new pathways to a greater music economy. 

PANELISTS:
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Palisades 
Industry leaders discuss the latest tools and trends in digital licensing and rights management, the impact of legislative changes on how movies, music and television are licensed and distributed, and what artists and rights owners can expect in the years to come.

PANELISTS:
Rasty Turek

CEO,
PEX

LUNCH BREAK

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sierra Ballroom
This panel of leaders in immersive entertainment will discuss the hardware and software, including sensory interfaces, applications, and infrastructures, that are enabling immersive content creation for virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR), and cinematic reality (CR). How are these tools being used to generate new entertainment experiences by bringing digital objects into the physical world and bringing physical world objects into the digital world? The panel will focus on what is available in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and headsets? What is the current state of consumer adoption?

PANELISTS
:

Gabrielle Kessler

VP of Experiential,
Future Plc

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist,
Paramount Pictures

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Promenade
SPEAKERS:

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Sierra 
PRESENTERS:

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Promenade
PRESENTERS:

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Catalina
PRESENTERS:

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Venice/Peninsula
How Games Are Transforming The Rest Of The Entertainment Industry

PRESENTERS:

Carter Rogers, Principal Analyst, SuperData, a Nielsen Company

Carter Rogers

Principal Analyst,
SuperData, a Nielsen Company

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM 
Malibu/Santa Monica
PRESENTERS:

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Palisades
PRESENTERS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sierra
The lines between linear television and OTT services are blurred more than ever with digital services offering network/cable streams with DVR capabilities. Alternately, traditional linear services have their own apps and are buying into OTT services and content. What does this say about the viewing habits of today’s consumers? Are broadcasters and distribution companies responding effectively? Where do advertisers fit in? 

PANELISTS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Promenade
Content marketing is essential to building and maintaining a loyal consumer base. Today more than ever, brands need to produce engaging, shareable content to connect with consumers. This panel will provide examples of how brands are creating engaging content and building social community and the impact it has on customer relationships and brand loyalty. 

PANELISTS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Catalina
Digital influencers can be instrumental to getting content, services, and products in front of the right audiences. Still, brands walk a fine line between managing the message and allowing room for influencer authenticity. What are the most effective strategies today for working with influencers and what are the metrics that determine success? 

PANELISTS:

Brittani Kagan

Head of Talent,
Portal A

Julia Moonves

VP of Sales & Business Development,
pocket.watch

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Venice/Peninsula
This panel brings together a mix of companies and executives from the TV, film and games industries to share ideas about relationship between games and the TV and film industries and how to create new business opportunities at the intersection of these two exciting media industries. 

PANELISTS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Malibu / Santa Monica
Live video is no longer a secondary part of music festivals. It’s become an essential part of the marketability of the event and an additional revenue center as it opens up new inventory for brands to capitalize on to a worldwide audience. This panel will discuss how festivals and their partners are creating experiences where viewers can connect with fellow audience members and truly feel part of the event - while brands can engage the digital audience without being overly intrusive. 

PANELISTS:

Kevin Chernett

Executive Vice President - Global Partnerships & Content Distribution,
Live Nation

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Palisades
The music business has its notorious “black box” money problem, but creators and licensors in many rights-based industries lack effective tools to track the money their works generate as it makes its way back upstream. This panel will examine how entrepreneurs, developers, artists and agents are trying to bring greater transparency to the system of accounting and payments.

PANELISTS:
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sierra
While Netflix continues grow its market share, there are a growing number of video services with programming and business models designed for targeted audiences that are gaining traction. This panel of experts in Over-the-Top (OTT) monetization will discuss monetization strategies being used by successful services today, both subscription based and advertiser supported. What’s working and what’s not? How is programming being designed and rolled out to attract and retain new audiences? What are some of the best strategies for monetizing video content in the OTT ecosystem. 

PANELISTS
:


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Promenade
Live streaming is proving to be a way to make content come alive on social networks and to bring shows to the top of viewers’ attention. Part immediacy, part community, and part exclusivity, having live streamed companion content – or even live streaming the content itself, as with sports – is becoming the norm. What are some best practices when live streaming, is there revenue, and what about them is attracting viewers? 

PANELISTS:
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Catalina
In today's crowded online landscape, attention is harder to command than ever and digital influencers have emerged as one of the most reliable ways to reach Millennial audiences and drive brand affinity. This panel of top creators and influencers will discuss how brands can leverage the voices of creators and influencers with massive followings for digital campaigns.

PANELISTS:

Hayley Delaine

Founder,
Trending All Day

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Venice/Peninsula
This panel of leading game and entertainment executives and investors will discuss the future of AR/VR/MR for the game and entertainment industries. What investments are being made by VCs? What are brands, movie studios and media companies doing in AR/VR/MR? What’s happening with mixed reality location based experiences? What does the future hold?

PANELISTS:

Ewan Johnson

Chief Creative Officer,
Arcturus Studios

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica
A multitude of video platforms have offered new ways to incorporate music through innovative video strategies. Doing an album release or building a loyal fanbase through Snapchat, to the likes of Apple and Spotify gearing up on original video content, or the numerous other publishers that tell stories through music video, this area has been the wild west for marketers. What does the future have in store and how will this change the narrative of these videos. 

PANELISTS:
Wesley A’Harrah

Head of International Development & Marketing,
Music Ally

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Palisades
Rights have monetary value but their price is often unclear. They are often sold in bulk, or covered by blanket licenses, or set by rate courts. But what would a willing buyer pay a willing seller for them on their own? How should rights be valued? How can technology help discover their true market price?

PANELISTS:
Steve Stewart

CEO & Co-Founder,
Vezt

Antony Bruno

Director of Communications,
Royalty Exchange

beer & snack

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This panel of top decision-makers discusses the future of monetization and new digital distribution models and platforms for premium video. What does it take to make successful premium video content to be distributed and monetized on multiple platforms and devices? How do you engage, empower, connect and monetize audiences across platforms? What trends and developments are the most important to the future direction of the industry?

PANELISTS:
Ira Rubenstein

Chief Digital & Marketing Officer,
PBS Digital

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

SPEAKERS:

DAY 1 RECEPTION
(BAYVIEW ROOFTOP)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Bayview Ballroom
SPEAKERS:
Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire

Ned Sherman

Partner, Manatt Digital;
Founder, Digital Media Wire

9:40 AM - 10:15 AM
Bayview Ballroom
Visionary presenters give their perspectives on the future of brands, marketing and entertainment followed by Q/A.

OMNICULTURALISM: THE NEXT WAVE OF DIVERSITY  
Diversity is one of the hot-button issues in media today, but the way we talk about culture, identity, and difference is shifting. Now that ideas about diversity and multiculturalism are table stakes, Omniculturalism—the belief that difference in identity (e.g. race, sexuality, religion) is not a barrier to relatability, but is instead a normal, and expected part of everyday life—is second nature to Millennials and people previously considered “others.” Breaking out of the logic that cultural difference like race or sexuality is niche or limiting, Omniculturalism demonstrates how Millennials have shifted the meaning of the “general market.” Whereas previous generations treated cultural difference as a sensitive subject, Millennials expect and want their brands and content-makers to engage with these issues from the insider perspective out. We’ll explore how this shift in cultural values affects conversations essential for brands looking to lead this exciting moment in society today.

PRESENTERS:
Linda Ong, Chief Culture Officer, Civic Entertainment Group
Linda Ong

Chief Culture Officer,
Civic Entertainment Group

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Bayview Ballroom
As brands continue to transition away from traditional advertising to digital marketing strategies, effective content has become essential to building and maintaining a loyal consumer base. Today, more than ever, brands need to produce engaging, shareable content to connect with consumers and stay at the top of their industry. This panel will provide examples of how brands are creating engaging content and building social community and the impact on customer relationships and brand loyalty.

PANELISTS:

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM 
Bayview Ballroom
SPEAKERS:

Morning Break

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Sierra
SPEAKERS:
Katie Nelson

Executive Producer, News Content,
ABC News

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Promenade
PRESENTER:
Julie Shumaker

Vice President, Business Development of Advertising,
Unity Technologies

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Catalina
SPEAKERS:
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Venice/Peninsula
SPEAKERS:

Jason Lake

CEO & Founder,
Complexity Gaming

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica 
SPEAKERS:

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Palisades
SPEAKERS:
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Bayview
SPEAKERS:
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Sierra
Quality video content is in demand with digital, television and cable networks competing to capture and retain viewers. This panel of industry experts will discuss the formats, genres and storytelling techniques that are in most demand, how competition is driving innovation and creativity and the winning formulas for success.

PANELISTS
:
 
Mickey Meyer

President of Network,
Group Nine Media

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Promenade
Content is one of the most powerful drivers of brand experiences, whereby marketers become storytellers, compelling consumers to not only listen and learn, but to also engage. And just as content consumption has evolved, so has consumer purchasing behavior. In an always-connected mobile ecosystem, consumers are making more informed purchase decisions through both digital and physical showrooming. We will explore the how these new tools are informing content creation, reshaping media planning, and ultimately drive sales for brands and retailers.

PANELISTS
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12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Catalina
With influencer marketing exploding, there are a plethora of platforms available to help influencers and brands. This panel will discuss the differences between platforms and how to decide which is right for you from the perspective of an influencer and a brand.

PANELISTS:
 
Max Levine

Co-Founder,
MC Projects

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Venice/Peninsula
Providing a potent mix of real-life spectatorship and digital entertainment, today the worldwide phenomenon of competitive gaming counts over 200 million spectators annually and presents a unique, new avenue in the entertainment market. This panel will discuss best of brand activations of eSports teams, leagues, competitive gamers and streamers. What is the opportunity for brands, agencies and marketers? 

PANELISTS
: 


Andrew Paradise

CEO & Founder,
Skillz Inc.

Peter Trinh

Managing Director, International and Independent Film | Esport Groups
ICM Partners

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica
This session of AR and VR leaders will discuss the latest developments for music and entertainment. This panel will focus on what opportunities are available for the music business in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and head gear? What is the current state of consumer adoption?

 PANELISTS:

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Palisades
It was the most significant piece of copyright legislation passed in the U.S. since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But it will require the drafting of new regulations and major changes to how the industry operates to be put into practice. This panel will focus on the next steps to implementing the law and what remains to be done.

 PANELISTS:

Lunch BreaK
VIP Lunch (Invite-Only)

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Sierra Ballroom
Following up on last year’s engaging conversation, this panel of exoerts in mobile technology will discuss the latest developments in 5G: the next generation global wireless technology being deployed in many major markets in the near future. Will 5G be the revolution we have been waiting for to provide true, video friendly, high-speed connectivity wherever we are on the planet? Can 5G replace wired connections in homes? Will it have low enough latency to enable autonomous vehicles, VR headsets, delivery drones, and billions of Internet of Things (IOT) devices inside and outside the home? What new business models will 5G enable? This panel of industry experts from technology, media and telecom will provide an insider’s look at the power behind 5G and what it means for the future of the entertainment, media and technology industries. 

PANELISTS:

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

SPEAKERS:

NEtworking break

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sierra
This panel of investors, who are actively investing in digital media companies, discusses the latest investment trends, valuations and recent deal flow with a focus on video innovation and technologies. 

PANELISTS:

Mike Vorhaus

CEO,
Vorhaus Advisors

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Promenade
From new engaging ad formats and platforms and even new types of games, brands are realizing the value of advertising in game environments. Driven by a desire to engage with consumer in more organic and native ways and, importantly, in brand safe environments, game advertising is taking off by leaps and bounds. 

PANELISTS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Catalina
This panel will discuss the growth of game-related content on video platforms, the networks that provide the content, and the communities of gamers around the world that are tuning in great numbers to view gameplay videos, trailers, original series, live streams, and news. What are the opportunities — both for marketing and monetization — to connect with the gamer generation through video content?

PANELISTS:

Bennett Sherman

Co-Head, Digital Ventures, Gaming,
ICM Partners

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Venice/Peninsula
Competitive gaming tournaments have been packing stadiums and drawing record viewers online for some time, and are increasingly becoming part of the network and cable television mix. What do the next few years look like for the growth of Esports programming in television broadcast? How are esports rights deals likely to evolve? What is the opportunity for shoulder and behind the scenes content? When will we see the first mainstream cross-over talent? What is the expected esports monetization mix in the years to come? 

PANELISTS:

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Malibu / Santa Monica
Demand for music has risen due to the spectacular growth of original programming on video distribution services in TV and Film. Due to the nature of these platforms, more opportunities have been created for licensees and licensors, and brands, to develop long-term relationships in finding the right sound that resonates with the digital consumer. What are the unique ways that these teams are working together to develop innovative marketing strategies, and what other opportunities are on the five-year horizon.

PANELISTS
:


Keatly Haldeman

CEO,
Riptide Music Group

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Palisades
Blockchain is a hot topic in the music business, and in the worlds of photography, fine arts and games. But its role in Hollywood is still unclear. Does blockchain have a place on the backlot?

PANELISTS
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3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Bayview
STARTUP PRESENTERS:
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sierra
Voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) is going beyond telling you the weather and turning on your lights – it’s now helping you navigate media and entertainment experiences. What is possible when media and entertainment companies begin to tap the power of voice-activated devices? How are consumers reacting to the new technologies, including Amazon Echo, Google Home and voice-based set-top boxes, consoles and smartphones? What does the future hold for this exciting area of innovation?

PANELISTS:
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Promenade
Experiential is key a component of brand marketing today. This panel will discuss the types of experiences that are drawing audiences and fans and the marriage of the digital and physical to create measurable engagement before and after the event.

PANELISTS:
Christopher Sumner

SVP, Business Development & Strategy,
Refinery29

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Catalina
The mobile video market continues to grow at a record-breaking pace. This is panel will discuss what is required today to make a successful video content for ios, android, and emerging mobile platforms. How important are storytelling, creativity, and innovation? What developments are expected to fuel future growth in the market?

PANELISTS:
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Venice/Peninsula
Kids always played video games, but never before did the industry have so many kids growing up playing in online multiplayer game environments like Roblox and Minecraft. In Roblox and Minecraft, kids can create, learn, socialize, and play, and the diversity of content included in these two games makes them very engaging. What are some of the interesting behavioral patterns that might enlighten game development for the future generation? When these kids grow up, what are their expectations? This panel will attempt to address these important questions. 

PANELISTS:
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Malibu/Santa Monica
Everywhere you look, brands have found a way to utilize music to sonically enhance the connection to their customers. Whether it’s through live music, brand ambassadors, using the artist's likeness, or through activations, these partnerships are here to stay. What are the challenges of short- or long-term deals, what are the opportunities, and in what areas does the future hold?

PANELISTS:
Samantha Fernandez

Sr. Director Global Partnerships,
AEG

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Palisades
From music, to filmmaking, to publishing, new technologies and platforms are creating ever-more tools for creators to go it alone, without a label, studio or publisher. This panel will examine how artists can the newest tools to take control of their careers.  

PANELISTS:
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Sinder Lounge
Join us for the announcement of the Winners of the 2019 DEW Startup Competition.

Day 2 reception

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sinder Lounge