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Variety to Host Second Annual Big Data Summit

Entertainment and technology leaders gather to discuss how data is transforming the entertainment industry

Variety will host its second annual Big Data Summit on Nov. 10 at the Montage Beverly Hills featuring keynote conversations with Randy Freer, president and COO, Fox Networks Group; Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO, data and technical fellow, Microsoft; and James Taylor, chief revenue officer at Karma Automotive.

The one-day summit provides a thought-provoking forum for executives from Netflix, NFL, Levi Strauss, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, the Bleacher Report, GroupM, BuzzFeed, and many more to explore how advancing data and analytics operations and technologies are transforming the entertainment industry.

In addition to the keynote headlines, industry leaders including Thomas Hughes, exec VP, worldwide digital, Lionsgate; Bill Stratton, head of data strategy and consumer analytics, Turner Broadcasting; Rahul Telang, professor, information management and systems, Carnegie Mellon University; Cynthia Frelund, analytics expert, NFL Media; Thomas Ciszek, head of research, Twitter; and other esteemed experts will delve into how content creators and distributors develop a new way to leverage big data to understand and connect with audiences.

Topics include reaching a global audience without borders with data application, how big data is changing the face of media, the fight for privacy and security in the digital age, and more.

“As the media and entertainment industries deliver a more personalized experience, the need to understand all the facets of big data are critical,” said Andrew Wallenstein, co-editor-in-chief of Variety. “Variety is pleased to provide a platform for major players in our industry to examine how they are embracing data in the digital age.”

Big Data Summit will also be hosting a dinner on Nov. 9 to be headlined by a keynote conversation with Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics.

Variety’s Big Data Summit is presented by PWC in partnership with USC Marshall School of Business.

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