RightsTech Project to Host 2-Day Track @ 2017 DEW!

2017 DEW will include a full, two-day track of panels, technology demos and keynotes presented by the RightsTech Project, covering media metadata, asset identifiers, blockchain technology, licensing, remixes, and more.

Here’s the agenda for the RightsTech track at DEW 2017:

12:00pm – 12:15pm
Featured Presentation: The Latest of Music Industry Research

Russ Crupnick, Managing Partner, Music Watch

12:15pm – 12:45pm
Inside the Black Box: Solving the Music Industry’s Data Problem
Who wrote it? Who recorded it? Who controls the rights? What’s the best path to solving the music industry’s data problem?

Bill Colitre, General Counsel, Music Reports
Benjamin Page, VP & Managing Director North America, Epidemic Sound
Jon Bahr, VP of Music Publishing & Rights Management, CD Baby
Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Jonathan Azu, Senior Manager, Red Light Management
Interviewer: John Frankenheimer, Chairman Emeritus & Chair, Music Industry, Loeb & Loeb LLP

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Making Blockchain Pay: Remittances, Micro-payments and Cryptocurrencies
Payments on the blockchain are fast, transparent and cheap. How can those qualities be leveraged to enable new monetization models for digital media?

Danny Anders, CEO, ClearTracks
Ivica Simatovic, CEO, Gamecredits
Ken Umezaki, Co-Founder, Dot Blockchain Music Project
Bryce Weiner, Founder, Tao Network
Moderator: Paul Sweeting, ‎Co-founder, Editor & Conference Co-Chair, RightsTech

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Does Hollywood Need the Blockchain?
Blockchain is a hot topic in the music business, but the film and television business faces different data and rights-management challenges. Will blockchain ever find a home in Hollywood?

Zach Lebeau, CEO, SingularDTV
Jason Kassin, Co-Founder & CEO, FilmTrack
Mike Hurst, CEO, Exactuals
Moderator: Paul Sweeting, ‎Co-founder, Editor & Conference Co-Chair, RightsTech


12:00pm – 12:15pm
Featured Presentation: NPREX Marketplace
NPREX is a marketplace for direct licensing transactions in the music performing rights industry. A transaction in NPREX has two stages: before and after music usage.

Lee Greer, President, NPREX
Neeta, Ragoowansi, SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs, NPREX

12:15pm – 12:45pm
Rights I/O: Mapping Rights-In to Rights-Out
Distributors and owners of large content libraries need to be able to match the rights they’re selling to the rights they own, efficiently and at scale. What are the biggest challenges? How are media companies tackling them?

Joel T. Jordan, CEO & Co-Founder, Synchtank
Jeff Ponchick, CEO & Co-Founder, Repost Network
Matthew Adell, CEO & Founder, MetaPop
Moderator: Gary Greenstein, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Fireside Chat
Greg Di Benedetto, Co-Founder & President, Music Aficionado
Fred Goldring, Chairman & Co-Founder, Music Aficionado

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Rethinking Royalties: How the Entertainment Industry Can Modernize Payments
Moderated by esteemed entertainment executive Ralph Simon, this panel will discuss the industry-specific challenges of sending royalty payments to an increasingly global roster of artists and contributors. Featuring insights from Erik Steigen, President and CEO of USA Media Rights, and Tomas Likar, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Hyperwallet, this session will unpack how payout disruption in other industries­—specifically the marketplace and gig economy—could (and should) influence change in the entertainment space.

Erik Steigen, CEO, USA Media Rights
Tomas Likar, VP of Strategy and Business Development, Hyperwallet Systems

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Remix This: Derivative Works and User Generated Content
Remixes and user-generated content present unique rights-management challenges. How are technology developers and entrepreneurs meeting them?

Rian Bosak, Vice President of Network Operations, Fullscreen
Joe Moschella, SVP of Business and Legal Affairs, Jukin Media
Kuni Takahashi, SVP of Corporate and Business Development, Rumblefish
Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media
Jason Kirk, Chief Business Officer, ZEFR
Moderator: Tamany Bentz, Partner, Venable LLP

4:30pm – 5:15pm
FIRESIDE CHAT ROUNDTABLE: Consolidation/M&A in the RightsTech Market
This panel of industry experts will discuss recent acquisition deals (SESAC, SOCAN, etc.), company valuations, and what’s going on in this space.

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Head of Digital Media & Internet, Headwaters MB
Moderator: Jon Potter, EVP, Burson-Marsteller / former Executive Director, Digital Media Association

RightsTech is a joint venture between Digital Media Wire, Inc. and Concurrent Media Strategies, LLC. It’s goal is to provide a hub for news, analysis and opinion on emerging technologies and technology-enabled strategies for the management, authentication and monetization of creative rights across diverse media industries.

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