The Leaders, The Deciders, The Disrupters.


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.