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Tuesday, Jan. 24

Seminar Schedule

Think Tank: Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m., Ballroom H
Speakers: Stephen J. Davis, president Mobile Media, Infospace; Rick Feldman, president-CEO, NATPE; John Weiser, president, distribution, Sony Pictures Television

Think Tank: Katrina: Local Coverage in Pictures and Words
9 a.m., Ballroom H
Panelists discuss how New Orleans’ newspaper and local stations responded to the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
Moderator: J. Max Robins, editor in chief, Broadcasting & Cable
Panelists: Sandy Breland, exec news director, WWL-TV; Mason Granger, president-G.M., WDSU-TV; Peter Kovacs, managing editor, Times-Picayune; Leon Long, G.M., WLOX-TV; Raymond Schonbak, exec VP, TV operations, Emmis Communications

Presentation Theater: Consumer Choices and Market Metrics in a Converging Media World
10:30 a.m., Ballroom I
What will be the impact of convergence on the media industry — from content development to distribution and pricing? How will advertising, marketing service and media measurement models evolve?
Moderator: Deborah Bothun, U.S. entertainment and media advisory leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Carla Hendra, co-CEO, Ogilvy North America; Cathy Hetzel, senior VP of OnDemand Essentials, Rentrak; David Katz, head of sports & entertainment, Yahoo! Media Group,; Ryan O’Hara, president, TV Guide Channel

Presentation Theater: Emerging Entertainment & Media Markets I: India & China
11:45 a.m., Ballroom I
Panelists discuss current environment and future growth prospects for the India and China entertainment and media markets.
Moderator: Arnold Peter, chairman, Entertainment & Media Practice, Lord, Bissell & Brook
Panelists: Andy Bird, president, Walt Disney Intl..; Robert Chua, chairman, Interactive Channel Co.; Marcel Fenez, Asia Pacific leader, entertainment & media practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Chat Room: Bob DeBitetto
Noon, Reef F
Q & A session with Bob DeBitetto, exec VP & G.M., A&E Network
Hosted by Elizabeth Guider, executive editor, news, Variety

Insight Arena: Case Study: 360 Degrees of Consumer VOD
12:30 p.m., Ballroom J
Learn how the newest Chase credit card successfully leveraged VOD as a consumer marketing tool.
Moderator: Mitch Oscar, exec VP, director of CaratDigital
Panelists: Manning Field, senior VP, branding & advertising, Chase Card Services; Frank Foster, president, ErinMedia; Shelley Gayford, VP, communications planning group director, Zenith; Sandy Sabean, exec producer, Words & Pictures; Tom Wise, director of sales, Comcast Spotlight

Think Tank: DRM: The Elephant in the Room
1 p.m., Ballroom H
Panel will discuss media-related piracy plus explore new digital content distribution models and the issues involved.
Moderator: Jon Healey, writer, L.A. Times
Panelists: Darcy Antonellis, exec VP, distribution & technology operations, Warner Bros.; James Behrens, CEO, Orb Networks; Michael Nathanson, U.S. media analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.; Blair Westlake, corporate VP, Microsoft; C. David Wolf, entertainment industry lead partner, Accenture

Presentation Theater: Emerging Entertainment & Media Markets II: Russia
1 p.m., Ballroom I
What are the challenges and opportunities specific to this territory? How does the future look regarding the creative, economic and political realities in Eastern Europe?
Moderator: Gary Marenzi, president, Marenzi & Associates
Panelists: Ilya Bachurin, VP, programming & production, MTV Russia; Tim Horan, exec VP, AMEDIA; Patrick Jucaud, G.M., Discop; Timothy McDonald, CEO, Independent Network Television Holding

Chat Room: Michael Camacho
2 p.m., Reef F
Q&A session with Michael Camacho, agent, CAA
Hosted by Ross Crystal, entertainment editor, KFWB News Radio

Insight Arena: Taking Mobile to the Mainstream
2 p.m., Ballroom J
Learn how producers and network execs are partnering with manufacturers such as Nokia and wireless broadcast carriers to take mobile to the mainstream.Presentation Theater: World Round-Up: A Buyer’s Perpective
2:15 p.m., Ballroom I
International buyers from leading channels in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia give an overview of what programs and genres are the most popular in those territories.
Moderator: Anna Carugati, editor, World Screen
Panelist: Ellen Baine, VP programming, Chum

Think Tank: Digital Strategies: Evolve and Prosper
2:30 p.m., Ballroom H
Panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities in cross-platform digital strategy.
Moderator: Chris Marlowe, editorial director, Digital Media, Hollywood Reporter
Panelists: Keith Hindle, VP, integrated marketing and interactive, FremantleMedia; Larry Kramer, president, CBS Digital Media; Ross Levinsohn, president, Fox Interactive Media; Deborah Reif, president, NBC Universal Digital Media,; Steve Wadsworth, president, Disney Internet Group

Presentation Theater: Telenovelas: No Longer Latin America’s Best-Kept Secret
3:30 p.m., Ballroom I
Panelists will give brief history of the telenovela and will explore the formula that has made it the staple of broadcasters in Latin America and will explore its expansion into new territories.
Moderator: Raul Mateu, senior VP, William Morris
Panelists: Barbara Bloom, senior VP, daytime programming, CBS; Nely Galan, president, Galan Entertainment; Maria Lucia Hernandez Frieri, international director sales, RCN TV; Steve Kent, senior exec VP, international production, Sony TV Intl.; Ben Silverman, CEO, Reveille

Insight Arena: Upfronts I — Advertising & Content: A Wish List for the Future
3:30 p.m., Ballroom J
Open-ended conversation with five industry leaders from advertising and content development.
Moderator: Allison Dollar, CEO, ITA-Interactive Television Alliance
Panelists: David Adelman, media director, Johnson & Johnson Global Marketing Group, Johnson & Johnson; Kelly Konis, senior director of media, Old Navy; Conrad Riggs, president, Mark Burnett Prods.

Think Tank: Seriously, the Sitcom Is Back!
4 p.m., Ballroom H
A look at the new crop of comedy shows that are redefining the genre.
Moderator: Craig Tomashoff, TV Guide
Panelists: Carter Bays, creator and exec producer, “How I Met Your Mother”; Greg Garcia, creator, “My Name Is Earl”; Ali LeRoi, creator, “Everybody Hates Chris”; David Stapf, president, Paramount TV; Craig Thomas, creator, “How I Met Your Mother”; Dana Walden, president, Twentieth TV

Insight Arena: Upfronts II — Technology & Distribution: Advanced Opportunity
4:30 p.m., Ballroom J
Learn about the convergence of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Moderator: Ben Mendelson, president, ITA
Panelists: Phil Corman, director of worldwide partner development, Microsoft TV; Rich Cusick, senior VP, digital media, TV Guide Intl.; Erik Flannigan, VP, programming, AOL Television; Tara Maitra, VP, TiVo

Presentation Theater: Piracy of Intellectual Property — The Format Trade Under Attack
5 p.m., Ballroom I
How can creators, producers and broadcasters protect their assets from piracy?
Moderator: David Lyle, G.M., Fox Reality Channel
Panelists: Paul Gilbert, VP, Sony TV Intl.; Nigel Lithgoe, co-exec producer, “American Idol”; Michel Rodrigue, president, Distraction Formats

Boot Camp: The Art of Schmooze
5 p.m., Reef F
Crash course covers the basics of networking in Hollywood with a focus on how to sell yourself in 60 seconds.
Presenter: Carole Kirschner, development exec, Next Door Entertainment

Think Tank: 7,628 Shows and Still Going Strong: “ET” at 25
5:30 p.m., Ballroom H
“Entertainment Tonight,” the longest-running syndicated show in history, gets a celebration and look back on its 25th anni.
Moderator: Alex Ben Block, columnist, TelevisionWeek
Panelists: Linda Bell Blue, exec producer, “ET”; Joel Berman, president, Paramount TV distribution; Rich Frank, chairman, the Firm; Mary Hart, host, “ET”; Al Masini, CEO, Al Masini Entertainment; Terry Wood, president, creative affairs, development, King World, Paramount TV

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