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9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The State of the Immersive Entertainment Experience
Entertainment companies are diving into VR, AR and 360 projects, with some spectacular results across narrative storytelling and video games. But have audiences yet caught up to the appeal of this next generation, immersive technology? What are forecasts for VR/AR’s staying power within the industry – can this technology represent a real new revenue stream for the film, TV, games and music? Today’s emerging immersive entertainment titans will explore the opportunities and challenges ahead for VR, AR and 360.
Maureen Fan, CEO, Baobob Studios
Elizabeth Frank, Chief Content and Programming Officer, AMC Entertainment
Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer, AT&T
9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Spotlight
9:55 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman, CBS Corporation
10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Spotlight
10:25 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. ABC/Disney and the TV Genome Project
A look at how ABC/Disney is dissecting its TV series by scene, character, motivation, and other program building blocks in order to make data-driven recommendations to the content development process.
Anthony Accardo, Director R&D, Disney/ABC Television Group
10:45 a.m. 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Analytics – Power Player in the OTT Experience
Data is increasingly the nerve center behind today’s growing streaming platforms and services, influencing recommendation engines, ad models, content development and more. Companies are using data as a key distinguishing feature for their services, which are fiercely angling for audiences in a crowded OTT marketplace. Who are the leaders in OTT entertainment analytics? How is audience measurement impacting their decision making? How have the streaming services evolved to reflect the wealth of first party data that comes tied to OTT platforms? Entertainment analytics chiefs across the OTT landscape share how they are advancing their platforms.
Julie DeTraglia, Head of Advertising Sales Research, Hulu
Tim Ganss, Head of Music Intelligence, Spotify
Michelle Kempner, Publisher, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Spotlight
11:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. They Blinded Me with Science! Next Gen Storytellers
VR/AR/360 technology has opened up a new playground for the creative community. However, handling this immersive tech is closer to computer programming than to the usual camera work on set. Who are the fearless creative class diving into the promise of VR – which has been increasingly gaining momentum with audiences? What recent, current and upcoming projects look to break the most ground in this area? VR creative leaders will share stories about their move into immersive storytelling.
Karen Dufilho, Executive Producer, Google Spotlight Stories
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures
Rebecca Howard, SVP of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships, Discovery VR
Chris Young, SVP Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab
Jake Zim, SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment
12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:35 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. In the Lab: AI and Machine Learning for Media Industry
As business models are upended in our digital age, a culture of experimentation is increasingly being supported to improve marketing/advertising, audience engagement, sales/revenues and more. In many cases, artificial intelligence and machine learning is driving the data analysis and recommending possible solutions to media companies. What are recent and current examples of AI/machine learning/deep learning steering media decision-making? Top entertainment scientists and engineers share how these future data technologies are helping them innovate their businesses.
Kelly Uphoff, Director of Content and Marketing Data Science, Netflix
Dantley Davis, Director, Product Design, Facebook
Ryan Steelberg, President, Veritone
Dan Shiebler, Data Scientist, Twitter Cortex
Fiaz Mohamed, head of Solutions Enablement at Intel for Artificial Intelligence
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Quantcast Keynote Conversation
2:45 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. What the Hack!?! Securing Content in the Digital Age
As audiences are increasingly accessing programming on OTT platforms, with its content generally stored in the cloud, hackers unfortunately can work to steal information. What safeguards are being put in place to protect consumer digital data? How are the programs, which are often developed and shared across platforms with various execs and producers, being protected from hacks? Leading entertainment and technology chiefs share how they are rising to the challenge of content security.
Peter Chronis, Chief Information Security Officer, Turner
Dan Meacham, Chief Information Security Officer, Legendary Entertainment
Rodney Faraon, Partner, Crumpton Group and Former Senior Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency
3:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Spotlight
3:40 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Branded Entertainment Data Presentation
Josh Feldman, Executive Vice President, Network Partnerships, NBCUniversal
3:55 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Networking Break
4:10 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. VR/AR/360 and the Brand Engagement Opportunity
Consumer and entertainment marketers are embracing immersive technology, eager to find something explosive to connect with distracted, fragmented audiences. How is the rise of mobile, and its increasing AR applications, inspiring brands? How will VR play out in the world of marketing and advertising?
Jesse Redniss, Chief Innovation Officer, TNT and TBS
Monika Ratner, Head of Social Strategy and Co-Founder UNCVR, Horizon Media
Neil Parris, Head of AR/VR Entertainment Partnerships, Google
4:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Trendsetters in Multiplatform Marketing
How are today’s leading marketers approaching how to best make use of future technology trends in their campaigns? What data from social feedback in audience measurement is the most important to digest and quickly act upon? How are marketers approaching data-driven people-targeting vs. securing the right content environment for their messaging? Can both objectives be achieved? How are increasing data capabilities in TV opening new doors for marketers? Leading trendsetters in multi-platform marketing discuss the latest innovations in their business.
Kim Kadlec, Head of Global Marketing Platforms, Visa
Angela Courtin, Global Head of YouTube TV & Originals Marketing, YouTube
Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer, eBay
Rebecca Daugherty, EVP and Head of Marketing, ABC and ABC Studios
Who Is Speaking?
- Leslie MoonvesCBS Corporation
Leslie Moonves is Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation. In this role, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and oversees all operations of the Company, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime Networks, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, CBS Television Stations and Simon & Schuster.
Moonves came to CBS in 1995 as President of CBS Entertainment, after serving as President of Warner Bros. Television, where his team developed hit shows like “Friends” and “ER.” Once at CBS, Moonves and his team took the Network from last to first place in the ratings, launching hit shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” SURVIVOR and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Moonves was promoted to President and CEO of CBS Television in 1998 and became Chairman in 2003. He was later named co-President and co-Chief operating officer of Viacom and Chairman of CBS in 2004, overseeing domestic and international broadcast television operations as well as its radio division and outdoor advertising operations. In 2006, when Viacom split its businesses into two publicly traded companies, Moonves was named President and CEO of the newly formed CBS Corporation, which has since been one of the best-performing companies in media.
Under Moonves’s direction, the CBS Television Network has been #1 in viewers for 14 of the last 15 years, and currently has television’s #1 drama, NCIS; television’s #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; television’s #1 news program, 60 MINUTES; as well as time period-leading shows on virtually every night of the week. At the same time, the Company’s premium cable service, Showtime Networks, has generated millions of new subscribers on the heels of its successful owned series, such as RAY DONOVAN, BILLIONS, “Dexter” and THE AFFAIR, as well as the critically acclaimed, Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series HOMELAND.
The Company’s push to sell its shows around the world has made international distribution sales a significant revenue source, with CBS content licensed to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. That emphasis on exploiting content has also enabled CBS to strike lucrative, multi-year deals with the industry’s biggest online distributors, including Netflix and Amazon.
CBS’ other divisions have also been robust under Moonves’s leadership, including interactive media. The Company’s acquisition of CNET, Inc. in 2008 helped make CBS Interactive the premier online content network for information and entertainment and a top 10 internet property in the U.S. In publishing, Simon & Schuster routinely releases hundreds of New York Times bestsellers every year, including dozens that make it to #1, and is the publishing home of some of the world’s most recognized and prize-winning authors. Simon & Schuster is also a leader in digital publishing, with titles available across all major platforms and formats. In local broadcasting, CBS-owned TV stations are among the most-watched in the country.
By distinguishing CBS as a producer and seller of world-class content across all mediums, Moonves has helped CBS Corporation grow in value, revenue and market share while identifying and developing key new revenue streams for future growth.
Moonves was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2013 and Broadcasting and Cable’s Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also awarded the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America (2013) and named MIPCOM 2007 Personality of the Year. Additionally, Moonves is the previous recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Casting Society of America, the Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America and the Gold Medal Award from the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS).
Moonves currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Paley Center for Media and is also on the Board of Directors of ZeniMax Media and the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
- Steven Wolfe PereiraQuantcast
Committed to inspiring people to ignite their true potential, Mr. Wolfe Pereira serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Quantcast.
Named by Adweek as one of the “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech” as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers, he has more than two decades of experience at the intersection of technology, entertainment, advertising, media and marketing. Mr. Wolfe Pereira is a purpose-led leader who builds high-performing teams that are client-obsessed, data-driven and ROI-focused. He is responsible for Quantcast’s brand strategy, corporate marketing, product marketing, content marketing, consumer insights, design, media, communications and corporate social responsibility efforts.
Prior to joining Quantcast, Steven was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Neustar which was taken private by Golden Gate Capital. Before Neustar, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Datalogix which was acquired by Oracle. Steven has also held executive roles at Starcom MediaVest Group (Publicis Groupe), Univision Communications and Akamai Technologies. He began his career in finance, focused on technology, media and telecom mergers and acquisitions, working at firms including The Blackstone Group, Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) and Violy, Byorum & Partners.
A passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Steven serves as a board director of the Ad Council, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Level Playing Field Institute. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University, was a Fulbright Scholar and completed the Greater Boston Executive MBA Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He also is a Co-Founder & Chairman of Encantos Media Studios PBC, a family entertainment company focused on multicultural content.
- Elizabeth FrankAMC Entertainment
Elizabeth Frank is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer for AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC). She oversees the sourcing, scheduling and promotion of films and diverse content in all of AMC’s theatres, including studio partnerships, film buying, specialty content development, and programming investments. In addition, Ms. Frank leads U.S.-based movie-related business development initiatives for AMC’s parent company, The Dalian Wanda Group. Aside from her duties at AMC, Ms. Frank serves on the board of AmeriCares.
Beginning in 2010, Ms. Frank has served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Strategic Partnership, where her responsibilities ranged from developing and managing AMC’s partnerships to setting the company’s overall strategic framework and long-range vision. Ms. Frank has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing growth strategies for organizations such as Time Warner and Viacom. Prior to joining AMC, Ms. Frank served as Senior Vice President, Global Programs for AmeriCares, she has also served as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning for Time Warner, and spent nine years at McKinsey & Company as a partner serving media and consumer clients in the United States and Europe. Ms. Frank received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
- Andre FuetschAT&T
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T.
This includes network planning, the company’s innovation
road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual
property organization. His responsibilities include
spearheading the design of the company’s next-generation
5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined
networking (SDN) initiative.
He’s also heavily involved in AT&T’s push into open source
software and other open standards, and engagement and
collaboration with the broader developer community.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several
organizations responsible for software, systems and network architecture,
planning and engineering, where he holds six patents in the field of network
traffic optimization and database design.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research at U.C. Berkeley and completed his graduate coursework in
Computer Science at Stanford University.
- Maureen FanBaobob Studios
Maureen is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry’s leading VR animation studio. Started in 2015, the company’s Emmy-award winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim and become the top performing VR app. In a first, Hollywood is taking IP from VR to become a feature film: Roth Kirschenbaum Films (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to adapt INVASION! into a big screen feature film. Right out of the gate, Baobab Studios garnered laurels from film festivals globally including Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes. INVASION! is currently a top ranking download on major VR platforms including Oculus, VIVE, PSVR, Samsung, Within, Hulu and others. Baobab’s second film ASTEROIDS! starring Elizabeth Banks is an official 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival selection and won Best VR Experience at the Unity Vision Conference. Their latest Rainbow Crow, starring John Legend, Diego Luna, and Constance Wu premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes this year. Baobab has raised $31M to date making them one of the largest in independent VR studios today. Baobab’s vision is to create experiences with the empathy of film, the agency of games, and ultimately the motivation of real life.
Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. She was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including the FarmVille sequel, which contributed to 40 percent of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her most recent collaboration, “The Dam Keeper,” directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was also named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age for 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary program in computer science, art and psychology from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her master’s degree in business from Harvard University.
- Michelle KempnerBuzzFeed
- Guillaume AubuchonCast & Crew Entertainment
Guillaume Aubuchon has spent the past decade melding the latest in technological innovation with the century old tradition of filmmaking. He is an integral part of Cast & Crew’s Product Innovation team, leading development in the company’s cloud-based software solutions including digital asset management and collaboration tools. As CIO of DigitalFilm Tree he focused on bringing seamless cloud workflow technologies into mainstream productions. Guillaume speaks to thousands each year on the emergence of cloud technologies in the entertainment industry and continues to bridge the gap between classic Hollywood workflows and modern technical progressions.
- Matthew WeisbeckerConversant
- Dantley DavisFacebook
Dantley Davis is a Director of Product Design at Facebook. Dantley is Leading product design for how people share content on Facebook, including the AR/AI powered Facebook Camera.
Prior to joining Facebook, Dantley led the product design for Netflix across game consoles, smart TVs, web, and mobile devices. Dantley has also held leadership positions at Yahoo & PayPal and received his undergrad degree and MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Dantley lives in California and loves is exploring the great outdoors with his family, flying planes, and tinkering with robots.
- Karen DufilhoGoogle
Karen Dufilho is Executive Producer for Google Spotlight Stories and was instrumental in the creation of the group and its slate, which introduced immersive storytelling in mobile VR and VR at Google. Most recently Karen was a producer on Patrick Osborne’s Pearl and Justin Lin’s VR debut, Help.
- Julie DeTragliaHulu
Julie DeTraglia is the Vice President and Head of Ad Sales Research at Hulu where she is responsible for the development, design and implementation of ad sales research initiatives and advising Hulu’s national sales team. Prior to Hulu, Julie was SVP of Digital Research at NBCUniversal, where she was responsible for sales research and strategy across NBC’s digital properties, including all sites and apps for NBC Entertainment, News, Sports, Olympics and cable entertainment properties. DeTraglia, who was with NBCU for more than 14 years, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is based in New York.
- Josh FeldmanNBCUniversal
Josh Feldman joined NBCUniversal in 2016 to lead the Network Partnerships group, whose goal is to drive revenue across the entire portfolio through strategic sponsorship opportunities. He is responsible for partnering with the leadership of each NBCUniversal network across every platform to execute client-focused marketing efforts.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Feldman served as Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager of Turner Emerging Consumer Ad Sales for Turner Broadcasting, overseeing client relationships for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV.
Previously, Feldman was Vice President and New York Sales Manager for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He started his sales career with Turner and worked as an account executive for sister networks TBS and TNT before moving over to the animation group and Turner’s emerging consumer media business.
Feldman has been named to the Multichannel News “40 Under 40” list and has been recognized for his team’s innovative client partnerships which have spanned on-air, digital and video-on-demand platforms.
Feldman is a graduate of Michigan State University.
- Kelly UphoffNetflix
Kelly is the Director of Content and Marketing Data Science (aka “Hollywood Data Science”) at Netflix, focused on using causal inference and machine learning to grow the Netflix member base and audiences for its titles worldwide. Kelly started at Netflix almost 7 years ago as a statistician working on the initial research around to best promote Netflix Originals within the Netflix service.
Prior to her time at Netflix, built predictive models to understand customer retention at GEICO. She also served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia, where she helped women entrepreneurs start and manage small businesses.
- Ted SchilowitzParamount Pictures
Ted spends his time in a couple of unique roles in the motion picture industry.
As the Futurist at Paramount pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom,
exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
In his role as Chief Creative Officer at Barco Escape, Ted is spearheading a project that is focused on the future of next generation
immersive cinema experiences. Initial tent pole movie successes in partnership with 20th Century Fox and Paramount / Bad
Robot, have resulted in successful runs in the Escape 3 screen cinema format on the Maze Runner movies and Star Trek
Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science and
technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR
experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality
Ted was an integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema as a founding member and the company’s first
employee. The Red One and Epic cameras have made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the
world’s biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.
Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products. As one of the most
recognized brands in that industry, they are implemented worldwide at the highest levels on cinema, episodic television, sports
and news production.
Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched
the Macintosh desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, creating professional video products in tandem with Apple. These
products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post at the highest levels, on many of the world’s
biggest movies, TV series and sporting events.
Ted has presented worldwide at numerous conferences on the advancements in next generation visual experiences for the movie,
television and, interactive entertainment industries. He’s been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street
Journal, Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, NBC, CNET, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV Magazine,
TV Technology, HD Video Pro, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post Magazine, Popular
Science, and countless other publications discussing his areas of passion and exploration.
- Tim GanssSpotify
- Pete ChronisTurner
Pete Chronis is Turner’s SVP, Chief Information Security Officer. Pete’s team is responsible for Turner’s information security operations, architecture, governance, compliance and business continuity programs designed to protect the company and its global portfolio of more than 100 brands. Pete has more than 15-years of experience using technology to manage risk for telecommunications, retail, media, entertainment, financial and IT services companies. He is the inventor of several innovative proprietary IT security technologies that together have blocked more than 750 billion threats and prevented $100M in fraud. Prior to Turner, Pete was the Chief Security Officer at EarthLink where he was responsible for the company’s security program and product portfolio. He also developed sophisticated proprietary fraud detection systems for Lynk Systems, an Atlanta based financial services company that was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland and is now called WorldPay.
- Dan SchieblerTwitter
Dan works at Twitter Cortex, where he develops Machine Learning Models that can make sense of the world’s data. In addition to his work at Twitter, Dan works as a Deep Learning researcher at the Serre Lab at Brown University, where he tries to build neural networks that think like humans. Previously, Dan was a Senior Data Scientist at TrueMotion, where he built machine learning algorithms that use smartphone sensors to understand and score driving behaviors. Dan led TrueMotion’s efforts on developing smartphone IMU algorithms to detect hard brakes and distracted driving.
- Ryan SteelbergVeritone
Ryan Steelberg brings over 20 years of executive management experience in technology, marketing, business development and sales. He is considered one of the foremost experts in digital and online advertising. Since 1996, Ryan and his brother Chad have raised more than $400 million in equity financing, managed 500+ employees and created in excess of $4.0 billion in shareholder value, through the successful founding, management, and liquidation of four industry impactful companies.
- Kim KadlecVisa
Kimberly joined Visa in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Platforms & Capabilities. Ms. Kadlec joins Visa from Publicis Groupe, where she was the President, Global Solutions.
In her current role at Visa, Ms. Kadlec is responsible for shaping the strategy multiple marketing platforms, including Advertising Agency and Content Centers of Excellence, Data and Tech, and Visa.com thereby creating assets, programs and capabilities to drive the success of Visa’s global efforts.
Before joining Visa, Ms. Kadlec led Publicis Groupe’s Global Network Client practice, where she created seamless global connectivity for multiple clients, ensuring leadership, strategy, and top-to-top connections across all areas of expertise including creative, digital, media, and technology.
Prior to Publicis, Ms. Kadlec was the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at AOL, where as part of CEO Tim Armstrong’s leadership team, she developed content and data partnerships. She also spent eight years at Johnson & Johnson in a variety of roles in global brand architecture, marketing communications, brand experience, digital marketing, and investment strategy across the consumer, medical device/diagnostics, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Ms. Kadlec has received many industry accolades, including “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing” by Brand Innovators in 2014 and Huffington Post’s “Top Ten Social CMO’s 2013”. She and her husband recently relocated to the Bay Area from NYC.