8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
**Optional Morning Workshops: In order to attend workshops, you must be registered for the general conference. Please specify workshop selections during the registration process. There will be additional fees.
8:30 – 10:30 am
Optional A Workshops
Workshop A1: Financing Content Independently
Equity, Gap, Mezz, Tax Credits and More: Where to Find It and How to Close the Deal
You can have the greatest script, the most talented director, and the best marketing plan, but without a buyer, you’re just another aspiring filmmaker with a dream. So, what’s the plan? How do you get your projects financed in today’s landscape? Which structure is right for your content?
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Arianne Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Highland Film Group
Keith Kjarval, Founder and Producer, Unified Pictures
Laura Rister, Producer, Untitled Entertainment
Zachary Tarica, Chief Executive Officer, Forest Road
MODERATOR: Elsa Ramo, Managing Partner, Ramo Law
Workshop A2: Financing Entertainment and Media Startups
Accelerators, Angels, Seed Funds and VCs: Basic Rules for Raising Startup Capital
So you’ve got the next game-changing idea with the right founders to get your startup off the ground. Now you just need to fine tune your business plan and raise some initial cash. Join this workshop and learn what it takes to fundraise in the current marketplace from perfecting your pitch to identifying the right investors.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Maureen Klewicki, Senior Associate, Crosscut Ventures
Brian Mac Mahon, Sensei, Expert DOJO
Rachel Springate, Founder and Partner, Muse Capital
MODERATOR: Chuck Bush, President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Road Capital
10:30am – 12:15 pm
Optional B Workshops
Workshop B1: Straight to Streaming Strategies
The Art and Science of Dealmaking with Streamers
Apple, Amazon, Disney+, Netflix and many more streamers are constantly looking for new and compelling content. During this session, discover the best ways to work with streamers as an independent content creator and gain insight into the art and science of negotiating a streaming deal.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Elsie Choi, Executive Director, Rideback TV Incubator
Poppy Hanks, Senior Vice President, Development & Production, MACRO
Sophia Yen, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
MODERATOR: Viviana Zarragoitia, Vice President, Three Point Capital
Workshop B2: Monetizing Social Content
Identifying and Building Relationships with Brands and Influencers
From creating Instagram and YouTube hits to TikTok videos, how do you boost your following and revenue stream in such a crowded and competitive marketplace? Learn the ins and outs of strategic brand partnerships and social media collaborations with advertisers and influencers.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Sallia Goldstein, 3D Modeler, Animator and Snapchat Storyteller
Mark Riker, West Coast Media Manager, Anheuser-Busch
Chris Wittine, Digital Media Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
MODERATOR: Kevin Winston, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DigitalLA
Networking Luncheon to Kick Off General Conference!
12:00 – 12:30 pm
General Conference Registration and Networking Luncheon Begins
12:30 – 12:45 pm
Opening Remarks and Conference Introduction
12:45 – 2:00 pm
Luncheon with State of the Industry through the Shifting Paradigms
Remember the days when Google was just a search engine, Apple only made computers, and studios ran the film industry? Since then, the roads of entertainment and technology have converged and everyone’s racing to grab your attention. This cross-over between industries has transformed the way content is financed, made, distributed, consumed and analyzed — resulting in new strategies, business models, revenue streams and growth opportunities. Join our opening panel of finance and strategy experts to address the shifting paradigm of the entertainment industry.
MODERATOR: Marissa Román Griffith, Partner, Akin Gump
PANELISTS: Effie T. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Gamechanger Films
Darrell Cross, Chief Financial Officer, MarVista Entertainment
Lyndsay Harding, Chief Financial Officer, United Talent Agency (UTA)
Alex Iacobelli, Audit Partner, Entertainment Group, BDO
Mark Lebowitz, Chief Financial Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions
Louis Santor, Chief Operating Officer, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
Vince Totino, Chief Executive Officer, Revolution Studios
2:00 – 2:30 pm
The Unstoppable Claire Scanlon: From Television to Streaming, Mobile — and Who Knows What Else?!
“Create great content and the money will follow” – said every investor at every finance conference we’ve ever hosted. During this session, we’ll have the opportunity to hear from a great storyteller who’s worn just about every hat behind the scenes of entertainment and media. Emmy-Award Winning Editor, Director, and Executive Producer Claire Scanlon has worked across platforms from Netflix hit ‘Set It Up’ to episodes of ‘GLOW,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ ‘The Office’ – and that’s literally just naming a few. She’s also just wrapped as a director and co-executive producer on Quibi’s highly anticipated ‘Mapleworth Murders’ written by and starring former ‘Saturday Night Live’ writers John Lutz and Paula Pell. Gain insight on how she continues to pivot and what’s next for the unstoppable Claire Scanlon!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Claire Scanlon, Award-Winning Editor, Director and Executive Producer
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Studios, Startups and Strategies: Redefining Hollywood through Innovation
How long will the gold rush of spending billions on programming last? Everyone in Hollywood sees the streamers making massive investments each year on programming. But inevitably, there will be some kind of shake out and need to reduce spending. Quibi Founder Jeffery Katzenberg said it best at this year’s CES: “Every great innovation that has happened in Hollywood has actually been driven by a new technology.” So in what ways can technology both create new revenue streams and reduce costs via more efficient content creation and delivery? Hear from veteran studio executives who have forged new ventures that are solving these vital issues.
MODERATOR: Eileen M. Burke, Founder and President, West End Capital and Advisory
PANELISTS: Adam Goodman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Invisible Narratives
Marlin Prager, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Open Drives
Bob Monaghan, Chief Technology Officer, Illuscio
3:30 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Monetizing Traditional and Alternative Content Through Streaming Platforms
Actor Thomas Jane and producer Courtney Lauren Penn have teamed up to form new content company, Renegade Entertainment, with the Stephen King novel adaptation From A Buick 8 as their first project. Additionally, The Expanse star and Penn are currently working on a series of projects including original and established IP, features, series, graphic novels, gaming, and live content. Gain insight into what they’ve got in store for Renegade’s streaming strategies!
A KEYNOTE CONVERSATION WITH:
Thomas Jane, Actor, Director, Writer and Co-Founder, Renegade Entertainment
Courtney Lauren Penn, Producer and Co-Founder, Renegade Entertainment
4:45 – 5:30 pm
Harnessing the Power of Fandom to Finance Film and TV Projects
Whether it’s lining up for tickets, collecting merch, or cosplaying at Comic-Con, fans have always been a crucial component to Hollywood’s bottom line. Today there are more chances than ever to involve them in the process of producing film and television. This discussion will explore how creators, producers and studios are harnessing the power of their most passionate fans to help finance projects and improve their chances of success.
MODERATOR: Simon Thompson, Hollywood & Entertainment Contributor, Forbes
PANELISTS: Jeff Annison, Co-Founder and President, Legion M
Lisa Whalen, Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Company X / SpectreVision
Join us for the Networking Reception!
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Private networking event for forum speakers, sponsors, and attendees.
Agenda is subject to change.