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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Bayview Ballroom
This panel of industry heavyweights 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. 

Clark Stacey


Dan Weinstein


Chris M. Williams

Founder & CEO,

Shelley Zimmerman


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bayview 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?

Gabrielle Kessler, VP of Experiential, Future Plc
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures
Gabrielle Kessler

VP of Experiential,
Future Plc

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures

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? 

Dawn Chmielewski

Technology Editor,
Deadline Hollywood

Ira Rubenstein

Chief Digital & Marketing Officer,
PBS Digital

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.

David Boom

Consultant & Columnist,

Tina Pukonen

Head of Entertainment Strategy,

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Sierra Ballroom
Following up on last year’s engaging conversation, this panel of experts 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.