2018 Speakers


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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2017 Speakers


Beatriz_Acevedo

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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Sky_Moore

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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Gary_Newman

Gary Newman

Chairman & CEO, FOX Television Group

Gary Newman and Dana Walden oversee Fox Television Group, a consortium of media and content creation companies, which includes broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); broadcast and cable production studios…

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John Singleton

John Singleton

Writer-Director-Producer, from Boyz N the Hood to Snowfall

In 1991, John Singleton blew Hollywood away and opened America’s eyes with “Boyz N the Hood,” a powerful, sensitive and insightful look at life on the streets of South Central…

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Sandra Stern

President, Lionsgate Television Group

Sandra Stern is President of the Lionsgate Television Group and a key member of Lionsgate’s senior management team.  She has helped guide the Company’s television business to record-breaking revenue growth…

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Dana Walden

Chairman & CEO, FOX Television Group

Dana Walden and Gary Newman oversee Fox Television Group, a consortium of media and content creation companies, which includes broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); broadcast and cable production studios…

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Peter_Akemann

Peter Akemann

President, Skydance Interactive

As President of Skydance Interactive, a dedicated subsidiary of Skydance Media that creates and publishes original virtual reality experiences and video games, Peter Akemann oversees and executes the strategic vision…

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Vicki Beck

Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB

Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than twenty-nine years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry.  She drives top-level strategic vision and translates that into successful, sustainable strategies that foster…

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Michael_Bloom

Michael Bloom

President, First Look Media

Michael Bloom is President of First Look Media — a bold independent media company that empowers the most ambitious voices in journalism, arts and entertainment. Launched by eBay founder and…

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Colin_Brady

Colin Brady

Corporate Development Executive, CAA

A Corporate Development Executive at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Colin Brady works closely with colleagues across all areas to develop strategic business initiatives on behalf of the agency and its…

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Megan_Colligan

Megan Colligan

President, Worldwide Distribution & Marketing, Paramount Pictures

Megan Colligan is President of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing for Paramount Pictures, a position she has held since 2014, having previously served as Co-President of Domestic Marketing and Distribution. In…

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Chris_Fenton

Chris Fenton

President, DMG Entertainment

Chris Fenton is the President of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group & General Manager of DMG North America, orchestrating the international creative and business activities of DMG — a multi-billion…

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Ross_Gerber

Ross Gerber

President & CEO, Gerber Kawasaki

Ross Gerber 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….

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Robert_Goldberg

Robert Goldberg

Founder & CEO, Fresno Inc.

Rob has spent many years building ideas into companies at the connection point where the business side of the creative world meets the creative side of the business world. He…

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Kathleen_Grace

Kathleen Grace

CEO, New Form

Kathleen Grace is the chief executive officer of New Form. She guides the company’s mission to become the next generation studio by driving all aspects of creating, distributing and marketing…

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Richard_Greenfield

Richard Greenfield

Managing Director, Media and Technology Analyst, BTIG

Rich is Managing Director, Media and Technology analyst at BTIG and is the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Greenfield was a managing director, media analyst,…

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David Grinberg

Partner, Sidley Austin

DAVID GRINBERG is a partner in Sidley’s Century City office and a member of the global M&A practice. David focuses on M&A and private equity including tender offers, proxy contests,…

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Grace Helbig

YouTube Innovator

Grace Helbig is a comedian, actress and video vlogger. She’s the creator and star of “Its Grace” (over 3 million subscribers), for which she’s been awarded a Webby. She is…

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Jason_Hirschhorn

Jason Hirschhorn

CEO & Chief Curator, REDEF

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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Nina_Jacobson

Nina Jacobson

Executive Producer, Color Force

Nina Jacobson has built an impressive career spanning over 25 years. Jacobson achieved enormous success as a senior film executive at three major motion picture studios before founding the independent…

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Franklin_Leonard

Franklin Leonard

Founder, The Blacklist

Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the annual list of Hollywood’s most liked unproduced screenplays, and the company birthed to continues its mission of identifying and celebrating…

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Cindy Lin

Cindy Lin

CEO, Infotainment China

In 2004 Mrs. Cindy Lin established Infotainment China. With 27 years working experience in China’s entertainment industry, Mrs. Lin specializes in movie acquisition, film investment analysis, media corporation strategy. Receiving…

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Jan_Pinkava

Jan Pinkava

Creative Director, Google Spotlight Series

Jan Pinkava is Creative Director of Google Spotlight Stories, a group of artists and technologists, within Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects group, creating a new form of immersive, interactive storytelling…

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Tobias_Queisser

Tobias Queisser

Co-Founder, Cinelytics

Co-founder, Cinelytics, Tobias Quiesser and his team have been developing an AI-driven analytics & project management platform to help the entertainment industry make better-informed decisions in all stages of the…

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Thai_Randolph

Thai Randolph

SVP, Marketing & Monetization for Laugh Out Loud

Thai Randolph is an award-winning marketing and business development leader who has spent her career at the intersection of content, consumers and commerce.  She has a proven track-record of building…

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Stanley_Rosen

Stanley Rosen

Professor of Political Science, USC

Professor Stanley Rosen is a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society.  He is also the Faculty Master of University Residential College at Bimkrant, which…

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Ted Schilowitz

Futurist, Paramount Pictures

Ted Schilowitz was the first employee / founding team member at RED Digital Cinema and Co Founder of G-Tech. His current role is Futurist for Paramount Pictures, where he works…

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Chris_Silbermann

Chris Silbermann

Managing Partner, ICM Partners

Chris Silbermann is the managing partner of ICM Partners, a global talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of television, motion pictures, publishing, broadcasting, music, theater, corporate marketing…

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Alec_Shankman

Alec Shankman

SVP, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding, Abrams Artists Agency

Alec Shankman is the Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing at Abrams Artists Agency. He started his career in Hollywood at AAA in 2003…

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Dave_Shull

Dave Shull

CEO, The Weather Channel, The Television Network

As chief executive officer of The Weather Channel television network (Weather), Dave Shull oversees all aspects of one of the most widely distributed cable networks, which encompasses programming, distribution, broadcast…

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Darren_Throop

Darren Throop

President & CEO, eOne

Darren Throop, President & CEO of Entertainment One (eOne), has a 20-year track record in building and managing entertainment companies. His career in the industry began in 1991 when he…

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Jeff Weber

CEO, ZoneTV

Jeffrey Weber is CEO of ZoneTV, the leader in bridging the world of OTT and Pay TV. ZoneTV works with some of the largest operators in the world to deliver…

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Chris_Williams

Chris M. Williams

CEO & Founder, Pocket.Watch

As the company’s CEO, Chris is responsible for setting pocket.watch’s vision as well as helping to cultivate a strong working environment where his world class management team is driven to…

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Susan_Williams

Susan Williams

Deputy Chair, Entertainment, Loeb & Loeb

Susan Zuckerman Williams is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP and Deputy Chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Entertainment Department. She has more than 25 years of experience advising…

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Andy_Wood

Andy Wood

Chairman, Cubic Motion

Andy is Chairman and a shareholder of the world leading realtime facial animation company Cubic Motion. In 2016 Cubic Motion won the prestigious Siggraph Best Realtime Graphics & Interactivity Award….

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Catherine_Zhang

Catherine Zhang

Director of International Content Cooperation, Youku Tudou Inc.

Catherine Zhang is the head of International Content Cooperation, Youku Tudou Inc, and especially focuses on UGC and PGC area. She works with top creators and studios globally to help…

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