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Los Angeles
2 days/ 18 sessions
2 receptions/ 9th annual
Grill Returns October 1 & 2, 2018!


Experience #TheGrill2018 in Los Angeles

TheGrill leads the conversation on convergence between entertainment, media and technology, bringing together newsmakers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing content in the digital age. Diverse programming anchored by versatile talent and supported by big brands has always been the hallmark of Hollywood. As technology brings new models to the fore – in production, distribution, display and monetization – TheGrill is a platform for the leaders, the deciders and the disrupters to explore this reconfigured landscape as it continues to transforms around us.

TheGrill returns with two full days packed with hard-hitting conversations, high level networking & Industry icons discussing the EDGE of content and tech. Silicon Valley meets Hollywood only at TheGrill 2018 Conference, October 1-2, The SLS Beverly Hills.

2018 Agenda

TheGrill features two full days packed with hard-hitting conversations, high level networking & industry icons discussing the EDGE of content and tech. With more than 20 panels, product presentations, tech demos and spotlight conversations, TheGrill features the producers, marketers and leaders of content companies defining the contours of the ever-shifting media landscape.

Monday, October 1, 2018

  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM Check-In and Registration Opens
  • 2:00PM - 2:10PM Welcome Remarks

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap

  • 2:10PM - 2:20PM The Future of Media

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Jason Hirschhorn, CEO and Chief Curator, REDEF Group Inc.

  • 2:20PM - 2:45PM Merger Mania - The Remaking of the Studio System

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Alissa Miller, Partner Akin Gump

    Schuyler (Sky) M. Moore, Partner, Greenberg Glusker

    Roy Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

    Jason Hirschhorn, CEO and Chief Curator, REDEF Group Inc.

  • 2:45PM - 3:10PM CryptoCurrency and Blockchain Tech

    Sean Burch, Editor, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Igor Khmel, Co-Founder and CEO, BANKEX

    Jonathan Manzi, CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Protocol

    Lauren Selig, Entrepreneur/Co-Founder, Shake and Bake Productions

    William Quigley, CEO, OPSkins

  • 3:10PM - 3:25PM Power Break
  • 3:25PM - 3:50PM Digital Media Fireside Chat

    Jocelyn Johnson, Founder, VideoInk (Moderator)

    Ben Lerer, Founding CEO, Group 9 Media

  • 3:50PM - 4:15PM The Streaming Economy -- Deciphering Monetization for Premium formats and diversified distribution

    Greg Goodfried, Head of Digital Talent, United Talent Agency (Moderator)

    Joe Hyrkin, CEO, Issu

    Jacqueline Parks, CMO Viacom, Digital Studios,

  • 4:15PM - 4:30PM Power Break
  • 4:30PM - 5:20PM Spotlight On Will Packer

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Will Packer, Film Producer, Will Packer Productions

  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM Opening Cocktail Party

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

  • 8:00AM - 8:30AM Check-In and Registration Opens
  • 8:30AM - 9:30AM Breakfast
  • 9:30AM - 9:35AM Welcome Day 2 Intro

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap

  • 9:35AM - 10:20AM Keynote Interview

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    David Nevins, President & CEO Showtime Networks Inc. 

    Josh Sapan, President & CEO AMC Networks Inc.

  • 10:20AM - 10:45AM Meet the New Bosses of Marketing and Production

    Thom Geier, Senior Editor, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Wyck Godfrey, President of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures

  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM Coffee Break
  • 11:00AM - 11:25AM Online Ticketing and the Future of Theatrical

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Matthew Bakal, Co-Founder & Chairman, Atom Tickets

    Theodore Farnsworth, Chairman & CEO, Helios & Matheson

  • 11:25AM - 11:50AM The Virtual Gridiron: How eSports is Changing How We Compete

     Malik Forté, Host/Writer/Gaming Analyst (Moderator)

    Daniel Cherry, CMO, Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues

    Matthew Iantosc, Managing Partner and Investment Advisor, Gerber Kawasaki

  • 12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch with Table Topics
  • 1:30PM - 1:35PM Welcome Back and Afternoon Overview
  • 1:45PM - 2:30PM Spotlight Conversation
  • 2:30PM - 2:55PM Diversity and Inclusion Panel
  • 2:55PM - 3:20PM Artificial Intelligence: Where It's Taking Entertainment

    Tim Molloy, Senior Editor, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Yves Bergquist, Co-Founder, CEO CORTO

    Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist Dolby Laboratories

  • 3:25PM - 4:10PM Break Outs

    • Casting in the 21st Century
      • Alex Amin, Co-CEO, Casting Networks
      • Rafi Gordon, Co-CEO, Casting Networks
    • Producers Roundtable – Storytelling
    • Silicon Beach Roundtable
      • Jocelyn Johnson, Founder, VideoInk
      • Peter Csathy, Founder & Chairman, Creative Media

  • 4:10PM - 4:30PM Power Break
  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM Innovators List
  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM Innovators Party hosted by MoviePass

*Schedule subject to change.

2018 Speakers

*Please Note That Previously announced Keynote speaker, Les Moonves, is unable to appear due to a late-breaking scheduling conflict. Speakers are subject to change.

Daniel Cherry

CMO, Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues

Daniel Cherry is the CMO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, overseeing all marketing, public relations and social media for both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League. Daniel was named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40…

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Matthew Iantosca

Managing Partner, Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management

Matt’s competitive gaming career began in high school when he started playing Counter- strike, which quickly accelerated to attending local tournaments where he and his team often won. His skill and dedication led him to competing in the largest esports…

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Wyck Godfrey

President of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures

Acclaimed producer Wyck Godfrey joined Paramount Pictures as President of the Motion Picture Group in January 2018. He is responsible for the studio’s film operations from development to release, managing the Creative/Development Group, as well as overseeing Casting, Physical Production,…

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Malik Forté

Host/Writer/Gaming Analyst

Malik Forté is a former professional gamer, a television host for esports and a veteran in the video game industry. He’s worked in multiple facets of the industry including video game journalism, consulting, promotions, marketing, and competitive gaming. He’s most…

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Alex Amin

Casting Networks, Inc. co-CEO

Alex Amin is a managing partner at POV Partners and co-CEO of Casting Networks, Inc. (CNI).  With partner Rafi Gordon, Amin has for nearly two decades originated, acquired and operated successful software and data solutions for the entertainment and media…

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Matthew Bakal

Atom Tickets, Co-Founder & Chairman

Matthew wants more people to see more movies, and he thinks there should be an easier way for the industry to match movie supply with consumer demand. As co-founder and chairman of Atom Tickets, the social movie ticketing app, Matthew focuses…

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Yves Bergquist

Corto, Founder & CEO

Yves Bergquist is an AI researcher and the Director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, where and his team have received funding from all 6 studios as well as a handful of technology…

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Poppy Crum

Dolby Laboratories, Chief Scientist

Dr. Poppy Crum is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and the Program in Symbolic Systems. At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth…

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Ted Farnsworth

Helios and Matheson Analytics, Chairman & CEO

Ted Farnsworth has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as the Chief Executive Officer of Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNY) since January 20, 2017, the parent company of Moviepass. He also serves as Chairman of…

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Rafi Gordon

Casting Networks, Inc. co-CEO

Rafi Gordon is a managing partner at POV Partners and co-CEO of Casting Networks, Inc. (CNI). With partner Alex Amin, Gordon has for nearly two decades originated, acquired and operated successful software and data solutions for the entertainment and media…

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Jason Hirschhorn

Jason Hirschhorn

REDEF, CEO & Chief Curator

Jason Hirschhorn serves as the CEO at Media REDEF. Hirschhorn was an Advisor at Greycroft Partners LLC and served at MySpace as its chief product officer, co-president, and co-CEO. He served as President of The Sling Media Entertainment Group of…

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Joe Hyrkin

CEO, Issuu

Joe joined Issuu in early 2013 after more than 20 years of leading startup/growth companies in executive, business-development and product roles. He served as CEO of Reverb during two rounds of financing; in addition, as head of SingleFeed, Joe oversaw…

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Jocelyn Johnson

Founder, VideoInk

Jocelyn Johnson is a serial entrepreneur. She built a successful PR business – JJPR – at age 25 and then launched her second venture in April 2013 – VideoInk. In its first year, VideoInk quickly became the go-to resource for…

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Igor Khmel

BANKEX Co-Founder and CEO

Igor Khmel is the founder and CEO of BANKEX, a leading global fintech firm powering the next generation investment platform for the entertainment industry, called MovieCoin.  Mr. Khmel and BANKEX developed the world’s first Proof-of-Asset protocol, rendering BANKEX the ability…

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Ben Lerer

Group Nine Media, CEO

Ben Lerer is the founding CEO of Group Nine Media – a leading digital publisher and parent of NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist. Prior to the merging of the four powerful digital brands in 2016, Lerer was the CEO…

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Jonathan Manzi

CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Protocol

Jonathan Manzi is the CEO and co-founder of Beyond Protocol, the company developing a new internet based on a universal platform that enables inter-device communication. He is considered a global expert in frontier technology, specializing in building multiple successful businesses…

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Alissa Miller

Akin Gump, Partner

Akin Gump partner Alissa Miller is a member of the firm’s entertainment and media practice representing financial institutions and other financiers with respect to their film, television and corporate lending needs. She advises clients, including borrowers, distributors, studios, independent production…

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Sky Moore

Partner, Greenberg Glusker

Schuyler M. Moore is a partner at Greenberg Glusker, practicing entertainment, corporate, and tax law. Mr. Moore holds his undergraduate degree from UCLA (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and his law degree also from UCLA (first in class). He…

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David Nevins

President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, David Nevins has oversight of all aspects of Showtime Networks Inc. and its channels. Nevins manages the Company’s programming, distribution, business development, finance, marketing, creative, digital media, scheduling, research, acquisitions, network operations, home entertainment,…

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Will Packer

Producer "Girls Trip", "Ride Along"

As founder and CEO of Will Packer Media, Packer is leading a first-of-its-kind media company, producing episodic scripted and unscripted series across TV and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients and its own operated platforms. Packer has achieved unprecedented…

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William Quigley

OPSkins, CEO

William Quigley is CEO of OPSkins, the world’s largest marketplace for video game virtual items and WAX (Worldwide Asset eXchange). He is also managing director of Cashel Enterprises, a cryptocurrency focused investment vehicle. Cashel has incubated and invested in more…

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Roy Salter

Senior Advisor - FTI Consulting

Roy Salter, a senior advisor at FTI Consulting and a leader of the Valuation and Financial Advisory Services group. Since 1988, Mr. Salter has led or overseen over 4,000 engagements involving entertainment, media and other IP businesses representing combined values…

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Josh Sapan

AMC Networks, President & CEO

One of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and visionary executives, Josh Sapan is responsible for the overall management of AMC Networks, overseeing several leading entertainment brands including national television networks AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC…

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Lauren Selig

Entrepreneur/Co-Founder - Shake and Bake Productions

Ms. Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 20-year track record of global impact in the media, real estate and start-up communities. She has executive produced over 20 feature films including the box office successes “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Lone…

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The SLS Beverly Hills serves as the home to the TheGrill on October 1st and 2nd, 2018.

The modern luxury destination curating personalized experiences delivered

with uncompromising service. Fantastical interiors by Philippe Starck and culinary arts

from the imagination of James Beard Award Winning Chef José Andrés.


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