Kobe Bryant to Keynote Variety and Sports Illustrated’s Inaugural Sports Entertainment Summit

Variety and Sports Illustrated will be holding their first ever Sports Entertainment Industry Summit on July 14. Five-time NBA Champion, NBA MVP and NBA’s 3rd all-time leading scorer Kobe Bryant will be a keynote speaker.

There will also be a second keynote conversation featuring three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade with CAA sports agent Lisa Joseph-Metelus. The summit will also feature a Los Angeles Rams special session featuring Kevin Demoff, Los Angeles Rams general manager, and Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams coach; and a conversation with ESPN anchor Hannah Storm.

The one-day summit will cover topics on the intersection between sports and entertainment. Editors at Variety and Sports Illustrated will address the future of their respective industries and how to keep capturing viewers. Topics will include: the state of live sports coverage; the future of in-stadium/arena entertainment; the future of sports marketing; high tech sports – VR & augmented reality; engaging millennial sports fans; and masters of sports storytelling.

“With every passing year, the sports world becomes a more critical component of the broader media and entertainment ecosystem,” said Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein. “This collaboration with Sports Illustrated allows Variety to demonstrate its commitment to covering the facets of our business that are of the utmost importance to our readers.”

“Bringing together the visionaries and leading influencers within the global and sports and entertainment industries for unfiltered conversation represents the very best of Sports Illustrated and Variety,” said Sports Illustrated editorial director, Chris Stone. “Take a look at the roster of panelists — it’s a murderer’s row — and you’ll see an event that’s certain to set the sports conversation going forward.”

Additional speakers at the summit include: Craig Barry, chief content officer, Turner Sports; Mitch Covington, head of sports marketing, Monster Energy; Dany Garcia, principal Seven Bucks Productions and executive producer (“Ballers,” “Baywatch”); Brandon Gayle, head of global sports partnerships, Instagram; Chris Hercik, SVP of creative and content, the Foundry, Time Inc; Matt Hong, GM, Turner Sports; Greg Johns, chief digital officer, Canvas Worldwide; Kate Johnson, VP global sponsorship marketing, Visa Worldwide; Sean Kundu, head of new ventures, San Francisco 49ers; Jordan Levin, chief content officer, NFL Media; Lon Rosen, chief marketing officer, Los Angeles Dodgers; Connor Schell, VP and executive producer, ESPN Films and original content; Ted Schilowitz, co-head, Fox Innovation Labs; Rick Singer, executive producer, FOX’s Pitch; Todd Sitrin, group vice president, global marketing, EA Sports; Zane Stoddard, VP content development, NASCAR; Mike Tollin, co-chairman, Mandalay Sports Media and producer (“Smallville,” “Shaq, Inc.”); Sarah Tourville, SVP marketing partnerships, Fox Sports; Marni Walden, EVP and president of product and new businesses, Verizon; Ryan Wyatt, director and global head of game content, YouTube; and Lee Zeidman, president, Staples Center, Microsoft Theatre, L.A. Live

The Sports Entertainment Industry Summit will take place on July 14th at the Vibiana in Los Angeles.

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