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.

*Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, October 2, 2017

  • 10:00AM Check-In Registration Opens

  • 11:00AM - 11:05AM Intro: Sharon Waxman, CEO, TheWrap
  • 11:05AM - 11:20AM China Outlook: The Middle Kingdom at a Crossroads

    Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, USC

  • 11:20AM - 11:55AM Making Deals with China: How To Get It Done

    Chris Fenton, President, DMG Entertainment

    David Grinberg, Partner, Sidley Austin

    Cindy Lin, CEO, Infotainment China

    Sky Moore, Partner, Greenberg Glusker

  • 11:55AM - 12:30PM Digital Fast Forward: What's Next for Entertainment in China

    Colin Brady, Corporate Development Executive, CAA

    Catherine Zhang, Director of International Content Cooperation, Youku Tudou Inc.

  • 12:30PM - 1:00PM BREAK

    Boxed Lunch, Networking, Office Check-In

  • 1:00PM - 1:30PM VR/AR: What Makes A Good VR Experience?

    Vicki Beck, Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB

    Jan Pinkava, Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories

  • 1:30PM - 2:00PM VR/AR: Content or Adoption - What Comes First?

    Peter Akemann, President, Skydance Interactive

    Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures

  • 2:00PM - 2:15PM POWER BREAK
  • 2:15PM - 2:25PM Welcome Back/Afternoon Review

    Sharon Waxman, CEO, TheWrap

  • 2:25PM - 2:45PM The Future of Media - The Barn Brothers

    Jason Hirschhorn, CEO & Chief Curator, REDEF

  • 2:45PM - 3:20PM Building a Next Stage Media Company - Many Platforms, Multiple Formats

    Michael Bloom, President, First Look Media

    Robert Goldberg, Founder & CEO, Fresno Inc.

    Kathleen Grace, CEO, New Form

    Alec Shankman, SVP Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding, Abrams Artists Agency

    Chris M. Williams, CEO & Founder, Pocket.Watch

  • 3:20PM - 3:30PM POWER BREAK
  • 3:30PM - 4:15PM TV Leaders Summit

    Dana Walden & Gary Newman, Co-Chairman & CEOs, Fox Television Group

  • 4:15PM - 4:25PM Product Presentation: Zone TV

    Jeff Weber, CEO, Zone TV

  • 4:25PM - 4:35PM POWER BREAK
  • 4:35PM - 4:45PM Product Presentation: Cubic Motion

    Andy Wood, Chairman, Cubic Motion

  • 4:45PM - 5:30PM Spotlight Conversation

    John Singleton, Writer-Director-Producer, “Boyz N the Hood” & “Snowfall”

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • 7:30AM - 8:45AM Registation & Breakfast
  • 9:00AM - 9:05AM Welcome Day 2 Intro

    Sharon Waxman, CEO, TheWrap

  • 9:05AM - 9:20AM Setting the Stage

    Rich Greenfield, Managing Director, Media & Technology Analyst, BTIG

  • 9:20AM - 9:50AM The Future of Weather - And News

    Dave Shull, CEO, The Weather Channel Television Network

  • 9:50AM - 10:30AM The Revolution In Entertainment Marketing

    Megan Colligan, President, Worldwide Distribution & Marketing, Paramount Pictures

    Thai Randolph, SVP, Marketing & Monetization, Laugh Out Loud, a LIONSGATE Company

  • 10:30AM - 10:50AM Breakout Nooks

    “Data Analytics for Smarter Decisions in Hollywood” featuring Tobias Queisser, Cinelytic

    “Crypto Decentralized Content Platform: Props” featuring Adi Sideman, Founder & CEO, eOne

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM Powerhouse Producers Panel

    Presented by eOne

    Nina Jacobson, Executive Producer, Color Force

    Darren Throop, President & CEO, eOne

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

    “OTT Video and the Distribution of the Bundle” with Rich Greenfield, BTIG

    “Data Analytics in the Entertainment Industry: Empowering the Greenlighting Process” with Tobias Queisser, Cinelytic

    “When Will Mixed Reality and Digital Humans Hit the Masses?” with Andy Wood, Cubic Motion

    “A Deep Dive into the Virtual Economy” with Adi Sideman, YouNow

  • 1:30PM Welcome Back & Afternoon Overview
  • 1:30PM - 2:15PM M & A in Entertainment: The Coming Wave of Consolidation

    Ross Geber, President & CEO, Gerber Kawasaki

    Rich Greenfield, Managing Director, Media & Technology Analyst, BTIG

    Chris Silbermann, Managing Director, ICM Partners

    Susan Williams, Deputy Chair, Entertainment, Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Moderator: Mike Slade, CEO, Second Ave Partners

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM The Diversity Challenge

    Presented by Lionsgate Women Empowerment Group

    Beatriz Acevedo, Founding Partner & President, mitú

    Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Black List

    Sandra Stern, President, Lionsgate Television Group

  • 3:00PM - 4:00PM Break Outs

    VR/AR Demo Room Open with Skydance Interactive, MacInnes Scott and Cubic Motion

    Silicon Beach Roundtable

    Leading digital media entrepreneurs, financiers, and big media executives exchange ideas and solve problems.

    Facilitators: Robert Goldberg, Fresno Inc. and Sandy Grushow, Phase 2 Media

    Producers Roundtable

    Leading producers tackle the challenges facing independent producers across the spectrum of content.

    Facilitators: Pancho Mansfield, eOne and Adam Pincus, First Look Media

  • 4:00PM - 4:30PM POWER BREAK
  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM The 2017 Innovators and Panel

    Moderator: Grace Helbig, Comedian, Actress, Vlogger


    Dan Altmann, CEO & Founder, WeBuyGold

    James Cordon, TV Host, “Carpool Karaoke” & “The Late Late Show With James Cordon

    Luis Balaguer, Sofia Vergara & Emiliano Calemzuk, Co-Founders, Raze

    Mitch Lowe, CEO, MoviePass

    Rick Famuyiwa, Billy Parks & Karyn Spencer, AT&T Hello Lab

    Lena Waithe, Writer, “Master of None”

    Noel Maxam, Co-Founder & CEO, Emagispace

    Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV

    The Try Guys, YouTube Creators

    David Fenkel, Jon Hodges & Daniel Katz, Co-Founders, A24


  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM Closing Cocktails