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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 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 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, Tech Reporter, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Jonathan Manzi, CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Protocol

    Lauren Selig, Co-Founder, Shake and Bake Productions

    Syed S. Hussain, Chief Commercial Officer, BANKEX

    William Quigley, CEO, OPSkins

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

    Jocelyn Johnson, Director of Digital Video News and Membership, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Ben Lerer, Founding CEO, Group Nine Media

  • 3:50PM - 4:15PM Digital Media – Monetizing, Distribution and The Role of Stories

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

    Joe Hyrkin, CEO, Issu

    Eric Lehrman, Head of Content Development and Production, Wattpad

    Jacqueline Parkes, CMO and EVP, Digital Studios for MTV, VH1 and Logo Group

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

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Will Packer, Will Packer Productions

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

  • 8:00AM 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 Innovating in Marketing - the Future of Movies

    Thom Geier, Managing Editor, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Wyck Godfrey, President of Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures

    JL Pomeroy, Global Chief Marketing Officer, IMAX

    Julie Rieger, President Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media, 20th Century Fox

  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM Power 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

    Ted 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

    Damon Lau, Head of Esports, United Talent Agency

    Jared Jeffries, President, Echo Fox

  • 12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch with Table Topics


    Digital Media Matters

    Esports Rising

    Mega-Merger Mania

    Disrupting Theatrical Ticketing

  • 1:30PM - 1:35PM Welcome Back and Afternoon Overview
  • 1:45PM - 2:30PM Spotlight On: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

    Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap (Moderator)

    Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Owner and Executive Chairman, The Los Angeles Times

  • 2:30PM - 2:55PM Diversifying Entertainment through the Latinx Lens

    Beatriz Acevedo, President, Fundacion Acevedo (Moderator)

    Daniel Batista, Co-Founder & President, BESE

    Jaime Davila, President, Campanario Entertainment

    Rick Rodriguez, COO, Head of Content, Pongalo

  • 2:55PM - 3:20PM Artificial Intelligence: Where It's Taking Entertainment

    Tim Molloy, Executive 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
      • Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief, TheWrap
      • Alex Amin, Co-CEO, Casting Networks
      • Victoria Burrows, Casting Director, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
      • Rafi Gordon, Co-CEO, Casting Networks
    • Producers Roundtable
      • Jay Cohen, Head of Financing Division, Gersh Agency
    • Silicon Beach Roundtable
      • Jocelyn Johnson, Director of Digital Video News and Membership, TheWrap
      • 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.

Patrick Soon-Shiong

Los Angeles Times, Owner and Executive Chairman

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times en Español and other publications under the California Times. Dr….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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David Nevins

Showtime Networks Inc., President and CEO

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,…

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Jacqueline Parkes

Digital Studios for MTV, VH1 and Logo Group, CMO & EVP

Jacqueline Parkes oversees marketing, creative, digital content and social media for the Group, and partners closely with Viacom Digital Studios to develop original digital series, franchises, verticals and other content…

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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…

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Julie Rieger

20th Century Fox, President, Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media

Julie Rieger is the President, Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media at 20th Century Fox. Prior to her current role, she was EVP, Media at the film studio where…

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Wyck Godfrey

Paramount Pictures, President of Motion Picture Group

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…

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Jared Jeffries

Echo Fox, President

Jared Jeffries was named Echo Fox President on July 13, 2017. In this role he will be actively involved in roster selection and team management, player recruiting, hiring and managing…

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Daniel Cherry

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, CMO

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…

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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…

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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…

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Eric Lehrman

Wattpad Studios, Head of Content Development and Production

As Head of Content Development and Production, Eric Lehrman leads Wattpad’s work building a world-class slate of TV, film, and digital video projects based on Wattpad stories. Eric oversees some…

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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…

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Daniel Batista

BESE, Co-Founder & President

Mr. Batista is Co-Founder & President of BESE, a new media brand founded by celebrity Zoe Saldana.  BESE’s mission is to broaden and reshape the existing narrative by shining light…

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Beatriz Acevedo

President & Founding Partner MITÚ

Beatriz is the president and founding partner of mitú, the leading digital media company bringing a Latino POV to mainstream media. As the voice of Latino youth, mitú’s unapologetic storytelling…

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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…

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Rick Rodriguez

Pongalo, COO, Head of Content

Rick Rodriguez is COO and head of Content for Pongalo, Inc., which offers over 13,000 hours of tv series, movies and specials to Spanish speaker subscribers worldwide. He began his…

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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…

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Damon Lau

United Talent Agency, Head of Esports

Damon Lau is the Head of the esports department at leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency (UTA). He and his team represent some of today’s top prominent…

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Peter Csathy

CREATV Media, Founder & Chairman

Peter Csathy is Founder & Chairman of CREATV Media, a leading media and technology business development, advisory and investment firm.  Peter is a noted international expert, thought leader and “go…

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Jaime Dávila

Campanario Entertainment, President

Jaime Dávila is a leader among the generation of young producers betting their careers on the need for more inclusive content. Driven to expand opportunities for Latinx creators, deliver inclusive…

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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…

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Joe Hyrkin

Issuu, CEO

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…

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Matthew Iantosca

Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management, Managing Partner

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…

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Jocelyn Johnson

TheWrap, Director of Membership and Digital Video News

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…

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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…

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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…

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Jonathan Manzi

Beyond Protocol, CEO and Co-Founder

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…

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JL Pomeroy

IMAX Corporation, Chief Marketing Officer

JL Pomeroy joined IMAX in July 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer, leading IMAX’s global marketing efforts. Prior to joining the company, Pomeroy served as CEO of JumpLine Group, a brand…

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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…

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Greg Goodfried

United Talent Agency, Head of Digital Talent

Greg Goodfried is the Head of Digital Talent at premier global entertainment and talent company, United Talent Agency (UTA) where he represents the biggest stars on YouTube and other digital…

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Syed S. Hussain

BANKEX, Chief Commercial Officer

Syed S. Hussain is a highly innovative global executive, thought leader, advisor, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for BANKEX – a top 50…

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Sky Moore

Greenberg Glusker, Partner

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…

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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…

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Roy Salter

FTI Consulting, Senior Advisor

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…

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Lauren Selig

Shake and Bake Productions, Co-Founder

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…

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