Hear from the leading minds behind award-winning television, film, live theater and short content. Discover how brand executives are changing up the studio business model. Gain insight from seasoned content financiers. Explore the world of transmedia – and so much more!


8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am
Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

FORUM CHAIRMAN: John Hadity, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Partners
FORUM PRODUCERS: Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Co-Founders, Winston Baker

9:00 – 10:00 am
The New Breed of Studios: The Evolution of Content with a Digital Mindset
Not too long ago, it was easy to identify what “digital content” exactly was – something short and relatively inexpensive for the Internet. But as the digital landscape has evolved, with everything from pro sports to big budget films streaming, digital content is now a mindset and a strategy more than it is a format. Our panel will explore how different members of the ecosystems, creators, publishers and brands (who are now acting as developers and distributors themselves) are approaching this new digital age to deliver successful programming to a continuously fragmented audience.

MODERATOR: Brian Hunt, President of Studios & Head of Development, Believe Entertainment
PANELISTS: Brian Iglesias, Director of Content Acquisition, go90 Zone, Verizon
Marc Lieberman, President of Studio, Above Average
Allison Polly, Executive Producer, Original and Branded Content, PepsiCo Creators League Studio
Rich Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, STXdigital

10:00 – 10:45 am
Funding Inclusion in the Creative Industry
The entertainment industry’s lack of diversity is costing millions. According to a recent report by CAA, films with a diverse cast on average earn $120 million more in the global box office than those without. During this session, discover new opportunities with the dealmakers responsible for pushing the boundaries on inclusion both on screen and behind the scenes.

MODERATOR: Rachel Watanabe-Batton, Chair of Diversity Committee and Co-Chair,
Women’s Impact Network at Producers Guild of America

PANELISTS: Adrienne Becker, Chief Executive Officer, Level Forward
Jason Delane Lee, Co-Founder, Lagralane Group
Julie Menin, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment 

Celine Rattray, President and Co-Founder, Maven Pictures

10:45 – 11:00 am
Networking Break

11:00 – 11:30 am
Finding Opportunity in a Crowded Marketplace
The thirst for premium entertainment content abounds but what are the most important industry forces shaping change, stimulating new financing sources, and altering traditional distribution models. John Sloss has facilitated the sale and/or financing of well over 400 films including THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, PRECIOUS, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and SUPER SIZE ME. Sloss also produced Golden Globe and Academy award-winning film, BOYHOOD, and has executive produced over 60 films. Since joining CBS Films in 2011, Scott Shooman has overseen numerous productions including SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS and THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and has acquired films such as Academy Award Best Picture nominee HELL OR HIGH WATER, and Golden Globe best picture nominees SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.

A KEYNOTE CONVERSATION WITH: John Sloss, Award-Winning Producer and Founder, Cinetic Media
Scott Shooman, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, CBS Films

11:30 – 12:30 am
Acquire or Be Acquired: Surviving the Era of Mega Merger Deals
2017 was a year defined by deals – Disney-Fox, Discovery-Scripps, Sinclair-Tribune and AT&T’s government-interrupted merger with Time Warner — the biggest question for the media and entertainment sector now is: Who’s next? During this session, gain better insight on how to better position your company strategically and discover what investors and strategic buyers are looking for.

MODERATOR: Chris Spicer, Partner, Entertainment and Media, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
PANELISTS: Yuri Brodsky, Managing Director, LionTree
Kevin Khanna, Managing Director, Co-Head of Technology, Fifth Third Bank

Roy Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Networking Luncheon

1:30 – 2:15 pm
Creating New Revenue Streams through Transmedia Narratives
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world’s leading expert on storytelling across multimedia platforms. During his keynote presentation, learn strategies on how to expand entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia narratives. Gain insight into what it takes to increase intellectual property longevity, reach new markets, and ultimately create bigger revenue streams.

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Jeff Gomez, Chief Executive Officer, Starlight Runner Entertainment

2:15 – 3:00 pm
The Future of Live: What’s the Play on Theater and Entertainment?
Theater is a risky, yet attractive alternative investment. Go behind the scenes of live entertainment investment with Tony award-winning producers and learn what it takes to make money in show business. Explore the challenges of theater and learn about emerging trends in a rapidly evolving theater world.

MODERATOR: John Hadity, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Partners
KEYNOTE PANELISTS: Tim Levy, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer
Rachel Weinstein, President, Regina Productions
Barbara Whitman, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Building an IP Universe: Developing and Growing Global Franchises
Driving more than $6 trillion in annual output, intellectual property has become a key focal point for media creatives and entertainment executives alike. During this session join AMC’s Senior Vice President of Franchise Development Yoel Flohr and explore the value of creativity in the international market. From maximizing the return of studio-owned assets to serving the interests growing fan communities, learn what it takes to keep up with global franchises.

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH: Yoel Flohr, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, AMC Networks
MODERATED BY: Courtney Lauren Penn, Producer, Founder, Boundless Pictures

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Networking Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm
Finance Disrupted: How Blockchain is Transforming Content Monetization
Although blockchain technology remains far from mainstream adoption, it is poised to change the status quo for content creators and distributors. Blockchain offers numerous applications which can solve problems that have plagued the entertainment industry for decades and this session will dive into emerging opportunities for monetization in this space.

A CONVERSATION WITH: Andre Ledoux, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Voise
MODERATED  BY: Maurice Gallegos, Founder, StoryBeats

4:45 – 5:30 pm
What’s Next for the Fragmented World of OTT?
With niche players coming into the market, we are finding ourselves in a position where there is just too much choice, and too many monthly subscription fees that are becoming cost prohibitive. So who will choose to aggregate the content bundlers and what will that commercial model look like?

MODERATOR: Joana Vicente, Executive Director, Independent Filmmaker Project
PANELISTS: Stuart Barnes, Vice President, Business Development, Vimeo
Timothy Shey, Producer and Co-founder of Next New Networks, acquired by YouTube

Linzee Troubh, Senior Manager of News Development, BuzzFeed Studios

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Network Reception

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