2018 Speakers


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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2017 Speakers


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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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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 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios;…

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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 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television 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 L.A. This year, he went back to L.A. with “Snowfall,”…

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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 during nearly every year of her 15-year tenure and has…

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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 drives more than half a billion monthly views, with over…

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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 for the group. Skydance Interactive was formed in April of…

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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 creative growth, innovation, and excellence. She strives to be holistic…

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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 philanthropist, Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media today operates across several…

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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 clients. Prior to joining CAA in 2011, Brady served as…

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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 her current role, Colligan spearheads the worldwide marketing and distribution…

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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 dollar global media company based in Beverly Hills with a…

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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. Ross is a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business…

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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 is an entrepreneur by default, by design and by delovely….

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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 high-quality, scripted programming for today’s millennial audiences. Since launching New…

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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, covering media and cable/satellite industries at Pali Capital. Prior to…

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David_Grinberg

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, hostile takeovers and special committee representation. He serves a range…

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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 also the creator of the IAWTV and Streamy award winning…

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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 served as President of The Sling Media Entertainment Group of…

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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 company Color Force in 2010. Her first film as producer…

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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 great screenplays. He has worked in feature film development at Franklin…

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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 her B.A. from Beijing Film Academy in 1994 and an…

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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 for mobile and VR. His career in Computer Animation spans…

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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 value chain including IP valuation and acquisition, content creation, project…

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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 brands, audiences and driving revenue for some of the world’s…

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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 is an honors college for USC’s best incoming students. Rosen…

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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 with studio leadership on the next generation of visual/interactive storytelling,…

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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 and new media. Mr. Silbermann joined ICM in 2007, upon…

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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 where he personally launched the very successful and quickly growing…

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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 operations, video technology and addressable TV advertising platforms. He also…

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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 founded an independent chain of retail music stores. Throop took…

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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 the best digital-first content packaged as channels for the Pay…

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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 perform at the top of their abilities. Chris is a…

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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 clients on the legal and business aspects of sophisticated debt…

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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. Andy founded USD who marketed and sold over 50 Number…

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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 them developing their content business in China. She is also…

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