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2018 Theme: Exploring New Business Models and Innovative Growth Strategies


8:30 – 9:00 am
Pre-Conference Optional Workshops Registration

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop 1A and 1B

Understanding Blockchain, Bitcoins, ICOs and Entertainment Industry Applications of Cryptocurrencies

Knowing Your Worth: Valuation and Pitching Methods for New Projects

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Workshop 2A and 2B

Keeping up with Evolving Structures: Equity, Gap, Mezz and More

Technology Impact: Rights Ownership in a Digital Economy

4:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcoming Reception in Partnership with AFCI

AFCI will be presenting the inaugural Locations & Libations, where domestic and international film commissions will feature food and wine from their territories while providing information on filming locations and financial incentives.


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

8:45 – 9:00 am
Welcome Remarks and Program Introduction

9:00 – 9:45 am    
The FAANG Effect: What Emerging Factors are Attracting Investors?

How do you plan for what’s next when the rules and boundaries seem to change daily? Companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have shaken the entertainment industry to its core from how content is made, distributed and marketed to how it’s consumed, shared and its data analyzed. It’s also meant more interesting opportunities for investors and avenues for strategic executives to create new revenue streams. With technology impact in mind, what are the new key factors exciting investors to put money into the entertainment industry from content projects to tech startups and mid-size operators?

9:45 – 10:30 am
Data is the New Oil: How Do You Monetize It?
Smartphones and the internet have made data abundant, ubiquitous and far more valuable. Emerging companies like MoviePass aren’t making money by giving their subscribers unlimited access to movie theatres for $9.95 a month. But what the company does hope to do is gather all the data on its customers, which will eventually be so valuable that studios or movie theaters will give them steep discounts or that it will be able to monetize the information in various ways. Meanwhile, artificial-intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning are extracting even more value from data. Gain insight on how to better monetize the data economy.

10:30 – 11:00 am
Networking Break

11:00 – 11:45 am
Make it or Break it: How Will Hollywood Evolve?
Hollywood has always managed to adapt to evolving times and moviegoers have continued to watch movies on the big and small screens. We constantly see changes, but the big question on everyone’s mind is, “How will Hollywood recover and adapt from the latest major shifts?” Can we expect to see studios focusing more on quality or continue to diversify? Will there be more collaboration between tech and entertainment sectors? Can we expect to see the focus of talent shift from the actor to the director? What type of real impact will the #TimesUp movement make? And can we expect to see feasible market opportunities for mid-level studios? Our panel of award-winning producers and strategy executives will take a look at what’s worked, what didn’t, and how we can plan for the years ahead.

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
The Peaks and Valleys of Television: What Now?
With so much content out there, there are growing concerns of market dilution. Even scripted programing is shrinking since the original game is an expensive one to play. Streaming platforms are dominating the headlines for millennials, but older viewers are watching more traditional TV than ever. What does the future hold for cable networks, when there is still an intrinsic need for content aggregation as companies like Amazon find ways to offer customizable bundles across viewing platforms. Will content continue to be king or will distribution be the new heir to the throne? The golden era of TV has peaked, but there is another gold rush on the horizon. What new ways can we maximize this market?

12:30 – 1:45 pm
Networking Luncheon

1:45 – 2:30 pm
International Impact: Navigating the Changing State of Global Markets
Element valuation, marketing and the entire finance and distribution structure from pre-sales and gap to production incentives and equity positions are rapidly changing on a global level. From digital disruptions, to failed China deals, the Brexit impact and beyond, what does the future hold for global finance and distribution and how can filmmakers and financiers evolve? This group of panelists will reveal the latest trends and strategies for content acquisition.

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Next Steps for the US-China Motion Picture Industry
China and U.S. relations stumbled for obvious reasons in 2017. And the paradigm continues to shift between the Middle Kingdom and Hollywood. There’s a pending new agreement on film import terms to China which will help shape the next few years. Box office growth is expected to continue, with Hollywood maintaining a strong position. There will be more emphasis on local films rather than trying the traditional co-production approach. We probably won’t see major investment flowing into Hollywood with China’s Belt and Road initiative, but there may be some tech players on the horizon. This group of experts will shed some light on what’s ahead.

3:15 – 4:00 pm
Networking Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm
Music Gets its Groove Back: Developing Viable Opportunities
The music industry is on fire right now. It’s a great time for sellers and a competitive time for buyers. Music is making a massive come back with pension funds, private family offices and a slew of other limited partners buying up rights, independent publishers, and music tech startups. Get a better scope of where this market is headed and where the viable opportunities are.

4:45 – 5:30 pm
Thriving as an Independent Content Creator
Financing is only one cog in the content-making process. We’ll take a look at the different ways people are approaching the original content revolution through the eyes of creators, distributors, brands, ad sales strategists and financiers. What’s working? What’s not? What will it take to thrive in this ever-changing business?

5:30 pm
Forum Concludes

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