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Gaming Grill 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019  |  Los Angeles, CA 

About the Gaming Grill 

The Leaders. The Deciders. The Disrupters. Revitalized.

For over a decade, TheWrap’s Grill event series, hosted by Sharon Waxman, has led the conversation on the convergence between entertainment, media and technology, bringing together newsmakers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing content in the digital age.

Gaming Grill will take a deep dive into AI/VR, streaming and gaming by offering new experiences and activities beyond Hollywood’s borders to embrace Silicon Valley. As technology brings new models to the fore – in production, distribution, display and monetization, this event will provide a platform for industry leaders, deciders and disrupters to explore this reconfigured landscape as it continues to transform around us.

Among the subjects the Gaming Grill will cover this year:

  • The streamed gaming takeover
  • The future of E-Sports
  • Gaming disruption, new marketplace opportunities and what’s ahead in media, entertainment & tech

Fueled by an invite-only crowd of 100-150 industry game-changers, this event is curated for the leaders, deciders and disrupters reserved by special invitation and for members of our new WrapPRO service. A subscription to PRO gives you access not only to PRO’s essential coverage of digital entertainment every day, but gives you entrée to the industry leaders at TheGrill.

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2019 Speakers & Moderators

Strauss Zelnick

Chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Strauss Zelnick, a partner in ZelnickMedia since 2001, became Chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Mr. Zelnick is currently Chairman of ITN Networks…

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Ross Gerber

President & CEO, Gerber Kawasaki

Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. Ross oversees Gerber Kawasaki’s corporate and investment management operations as well as serves individual clients. Ross…

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Yoshio Osaki

President and CEO, IDG Consulting

As President and CEO of IDG Consulting – a leading research, consulting and analytics firm in the games market – Yoshio has been a trusted advisor, angel investor, and thought…

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Mike Pusateri

CEO, Bent Pixels

Mike Pusateri is the CEO and founder of Bent Pixels, a revenue accelerator that empowers creators, agencies and management companies to efficiently operate and scale multi-platform video businesses. With over…

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Damon Lau

Head of Esports, UTA

Damon Lau is the Head of Esports at leading global talent and entertainment company, UTA. He and his team represent a diverse array of today’s top esports professionals, content creators…

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Malik Forté


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…

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Mark Vela

Vice President of Strategy, aXiomatic Gaming

As Vice President of Strategy, Mark Vela leads strategic initiatives for aXiomatic and its portfolio and also advises the aXiomatic Board and CEO on the selection, evaluation and prioritization of…

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Sean Burch

Tech Reporter, TheWrap

Sean Burch covers tech for TheWrap, with an emphasis on Facebook, Netflix and its growing list of streaming challengers, and nascent sectors like artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. 

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Che Chou

Senior Director of Esports, Ubisoft

A gaming industry veteran with nearly a decade of esports experience, Che Chou currently serves as the Senior Director of Esports at Ubisoft where he manages esports strategy and development for current…

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Alanah Pearce

Producer, "Rooster Teeth"

Alanah Pearce is a writer, host, and producer for Rooster Teeth’s Funhaus and Inside Gaming channels, with 10 years experience in games media working on TV, radio, and online for…

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Ryan Garfat

SVP Business Operations, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Ryan Garfat is a new member of the Kroenke organization, as senior vice president of business operations. He’s actively building a team to oversee marketing, events, PR, and operations for…

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Sharon Waxman

Founder and Editor in Chief, TheWrap

Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and the founder of TheWrap. She is also the creator of TheGrill business conference on convergence, and…

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2019 Agenda