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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 Across Formats SOLD OUT!
Equity, Gap, Mezz, Hybrid 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 project financed? Which structure is right for your content?
WORKSHOP LEADERS: David Acosta, Senior Vice President and Team Leader, City National Bank
Paula Froehle, CEO and Founder, Chicago Media Project
Ivan Orlic, Chief Executive Officer, Seine Pictures
Elsa Ramo, Managing Partner, Ramo Law
Tim Zajaros, Producer and Co-Founder, Armory Films
Workshop A2: Financing Entertainment and Media Startups SOLD OUT!
Seed Money, Angels, VCs and Beyond: Basic Rules for Raising Startup Cash
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.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Kris Kaufmann, CPA, Audit Partner, BDO
Danny Brown, Chief of Staff, Atom Factory & Cross Culture Ventures
Maureen Klewicki, Senior Associate, Crosscut Ventures
Elaine Russell, Partner, PLG Ventures
Kara Weber, Founder and Partner, Brilliant Ventures
10:30am – 12:15 pm
Optional B Workshops
Workshop B1: Content Acquisition: Getting Down with OTT SOLD OUT!
Streamer Acquisition Strategies in a Competitive Marketplace
With the OTT market growing more competitive every day, it’s going to take more than just great content to become successful – you’ll need a solid distribution strategy as well. During this session, discover the best ways to reach streamers and audiences as an independent content creator.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Ian Bricke, Director, Content Acquisition, Netflix
David Collins, Award-Winning Producer and Co-Founder, Scout Productions
Elizabeth Polk, Business & Legal Affairs, Independent Film, Netflix
Tristen Tuckfield, Executive Vice President, 30WEST
Workshop B2: Get Immersive: Navigating the World of Virtual Reality
How to Make VR Work from Development to Distribution
This workshop will dive into the stages of producing VR content from pre-production and finance to production, post production, finance, brand partnerships and other distribution models.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Mariana Acuña Acosta, CPO & Co-Founder, Opaque Studios
Shelley Andagan, Senior Creative Tech Producer, Activision
Timothy Johnson, VR & VFX Producer
Gregg Katano, Partner and Vice-President of Strategy and Growth, Hologate
Evette Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, Creator/Executive Producer, Digital Reign
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.
PANELISTS: Tony Beaudoin, Managing Director, MUFG Union Bank
Ron Hohauser, Chief Financial Officer, Legendary
Michael Lee, Chief Financial Officer, Perfect World Pictures (USA)
Stacey Rosenberg, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Ambereen Toubassy, Chief Financial Officer, Quibi
MODERATOR: David Uslan, Founder, Strawberry Pictures & U2K Entertainment
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Sourcing New Deals: Financing Content vs. Tech Startups
This session will dive into the benefits and risks of financing content and “entertech” startups. Game-changing investors behind filmmakers and founders will explore the differences and similarities from development to fundraising approaches and financial structures to returns on investment. The panel will also address what types of projects/companies they’re looking to finance in 2019.
PANELISTS: Eric Briggs, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, MACRO
Adrienne Becker, Chief Executive Officer, Level Forward
Paul Condolora, Chief Operating Officer, Next 10 Ventures
Vinay Singh, Partner, Archer Gray
MODERATOR: Eileen M. Burke, Founder and President, West End Capital and Advisory
2:45 – 3:15 pm
3:15 – 4:00 pm
The Brave New World of International Sales
As platforms continue to become more sophisticated by creating original compelling content and distribution becomes more streamlined with advanced technologies, how will the foreign sales model change to meet the demands of evolving producers, distributors and consumers?
PANELISTS: Jonathan Kier, President of Sales & Distribution, Sierra/Affinity
Alissa Miller, Partner, Akin Gump
Delphine Perrier, Chief Operating Officer, Highland Film Group
MODERATOR: Gregory Ouanhon, Independent Producer & Member, Board of Directors, EuropaCorp
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Real Time Applications of How Films Can Get Made in Today’s Ecosystem
What new structures are emerging to get movies made? What new capital is available? What type of content is receiving emphasis and funding in the studio and independent context?
PANELISTS: Adhrucia Apana, Executive, Creative Wealth Media
Chris Leggett, Producer and Partner, Delirio Films
Christina Moore, Actress, Writer and Producer, Forrest Films
Dominique Telson, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Astute Films
MODERATOR: Peter Graham, Managing Member, 120dB Films
4:45 – 5:30 pm
Driving Evolution and Monetizing the Future of Entertainment
Instant gratification and engaging all human senses seem to be the future of entertainment. At least for the moment. From immersive experiences and brands to on-demand programs and decentralized technologies, it’s all about finding ways to drive evolution rather than being disrupted by it. The closing session will explore next generation ideas and ways to monetize the future of entertainment.
PANELISTS: Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios
Anthony Saleh, General Partner, WndrCo
Dia Simms, President, Combs Enterprises
Mike Vainisi, Head of Original Content, ATTN:
MODERATOR: Kevin Winston, Founder, DigitalLA
5:30 – 6:00 pm
Keynote Conversation on the New Era of Filmmaking
What makes an indie film successful? How do you know you’re on the right track? Discover the answers to all these questions and more with Chinonye Chukwu and Bronwyn Cornelius, the director and producer behind this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning Film, “Clemency”.
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Chinonye Chukwu, Award-Winning Director and Bronwyn Cornelius, Award-Winning Producer
KEYNOTE MODERATOR: Janet Yang, Award-Winning Producer
Join us for the Networking Reception!
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Private networking event for forum speakers, sponsors, and attendees.
Agenda and speaking faculty are subject to change.
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