In this digital age, technology is steering the future of entertainment, and the Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit will put you in the driver’s seat to succeed. Hear from leading innovators across TV, film, music, gaming and digital media. Stay ahead of the transformation, and come be a part of this critical conversation.
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8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 to 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A Conversation with TV Icon, Vin Di Bona, Creator and Executive Producer, America’s Funniest Home Videos
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Presentation by Disqus – The Power of Online Movie-Goer Communities
Michael Son, VP Strategic Partnerships, Disqus
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The State of the Streaming Entertainment Industry
All corners of the entertainment business – networks, digital brands, studios, production companies – are aggressively pushing into streaming video of varied stripes, spanning episodic TV, short-form clips, feature-length film, online gaming. What is the business value of this fast-growing sector? How are digital native services stacking up against traditional companies launching into streaming services? Entertainment chiefs, technology leaders and their partners will talk about how they are developing content, devising business models, and creating audience awareness of their streaming businesses.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-Chief, Variety
Jason Janego, Co-President, TWC-Radius, The Weinstein Company
George Strompolos, CEO, Fullscreen
Erin McPherson, Chief Content Officer, Maker Studios
Tim Connolly, Head of Distribution, Hulu
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Keynote Conversation with James Gunn Director/Writer, (Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2)
Interviewed by Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Variety
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 to 12 noon: Hunting for the Next Breakthrough – How We Win Future Audiences
Interactivity, app tie-ins, social media integrations, 4K, virtual reality, live TV events – there are a slew of ways we are working to grab audience attention. What types of content will be breaking through – especially as younger demos increasingly enjoy entertainment differently from older demos? What does consumer research tell us about audience trends that will steer us in the right direction? Top programmers, researchers and analysts will talk about how they will win the war for entertainment audiences now and beyond.
David Cohen, Senior Features Editor, Variety
Hanno Basse, Chief Technology Officer, 20th Century Fox
Mark L. Walker, SVP and GM Walt Disney Interactive Media, Walt Disney Interactive
Phil Rosenberg, SVP, Sony Computer Entertainment
Eric Foster White, CEO and Founder, Showmobile
Jamie Denenberg, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, Alpine Labs
12 noon to 12:45 a.m. Go Big Or Go Home: All-Platform Marketing and Advertising Campaigns
Marketers are increasingly tasked to launch new products and entertainment projects through all possible channels – social media, TV, online video, mobile, outdoor, events and more. What are the best opportunities to spread your message effectively and efficiently given this explosive mountain of choice? How are media platforms guiding advertisers to make the best decisions to drum up buzz?
Scott Donaton, Global Chief Content Officer & Head of UM Studio, Universal McCann
Nick Mehra, Head of Global Media Partnerships, Spotify
Gabriel Zalzman, EVP Global Enterprise, Mattel
Megan Wahtera, SVP and Head of Interactive Marketing, Paramount Pictures
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Stephen J. Davis, President, Hasbro Studios and Global Entertainment & Licensing, Hasbro, Inc.
Interviewed by Marc Graser, Senior Editor, Variety
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Women in Technology Roundtable
Variety brings together top women in technology to chat about how they are advancing their businesses. What is their approach when working in an industry still mostly populated by men? How might they be working to mentor or act as role models for women hoping to succeed in this industry? Top female execs in technology spanning film, social media, TV, digital entertainment and more will share their stories.
Kelly Day, Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
Robin Wheeler, Client Partnerships, Twitter
Megan Clarken, EVP, Global Product Leadership, Nielsen
Karin Gilford, SVP Digital Media, ABC
Jodi Robinson, VP, Internet & Interactive Technology, Starz
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trailblazers of the Digital Business Model
What are best strategies for monetization across all-digital video sites, entertainment apps, and other forms of digital entertainment. How are networks/studios working to build out many of their digital businesses? How is Hollywood looking to invest and partner with all-digital companies to grow their own entertainment portfolios?
Matt Nutt, General Manager, Glu Mobile (Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game)
Pete Vlastelica, EVP Digital Media, Fox Sports
Jonathan Zepp, Director, Entertainment Content Partnerships, YouTube
Rob Gelick, SVP and General Manager, Digital Platforms, CBS Interactive
Dan Pelson, CEO, GENERATOR
Dave Nugent, Chief Commercial Officer, Omnigon
4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Promise vs. The Reality: Fighting for TV Everywhere
TV players are increasing their options for multi-platform, all-access viewing. But is there still a long way to go before audiences are satisfied?
Mary Shelton Rose, Partner, PwC
Andrew Goodman, VP Content and Programming, AT&T
Mark Garner, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Business Development, Analytics and Marketing at A+E Networks
Dina Juliano, SVP, Consumer Product Strategy, NBC Universal
Vito Forlenza, Senior Director, TV Everywhere Content & Product Strategy, Comcast Cable
Adam Eatros, Co-Founder & COO, Yidio
4:45 to 5:30: Masters of Breakthrough Fan-Connected Storytelling –
A chat with creators behind film/TV/digital projects that especially connected with fans over unique social media integrations, app spin-offs, etc.
Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, Stars and Creators of YouTube hit channel SMOSH
Marc Guggenheim, Creator, Executive Producer, and Showrunner The CW’s Arrow
Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler, Executive Producers and Showrunners, MTV’s Awkward
Allison Grodner, Executive Producer & Showrunner, Big Brother
Charlie Corwin, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Endemol North America
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception