Everyday, someone new is finding a way to shift the paradigm within the entertainment industry. At the Confluence Summit, we’ll bring together leading visionaries who are bringing game changing ideas and business strategies to the forefront.
CONFLUENCE SUMMIT SPEAKERS:
Sam Raimi: Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor who directed one the industry’s most successful film franchises ever - the blockbuster “Spider-Man” trilogy, which has grossed $2.5 billion at the global box office. All three films reside in the industry’s Top 25 highest grossing titles of all time. Apart from creating one of Hollywood’s landmark film series, Raimi’s eclectic resume includes “Oz the Great and the Powerful,” “The Gift,” “A Simple Plan,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Quick and the Dead,” the horror classic “The Evil Dead” - and that’s just to name a few. Currently, Raimi is producing the third season of the critically acclaimed television series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
Ted Schilowitz: Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and a pioneer who has been an integral part of the film industry's groundbreaking innovation into next generation visual storytelling. Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring immersive cinema, augmented reality and beyond to implement the latest advancements and strategies that will enhance the audience experience across film, television and interactive content.
Bing Chen: Digital media creator, entrepreneur, and pioneer. He is a founding architect of the multi-billion dollar digital influencer ecosystem as YouTube’s Global Head of Creator Development & Management, where he was responsible for the global program strategy that elevated more than 500 million content creators worldwide. Bing also co-founded and co-led ventures such as the global expansion and evolution of the YouTube Partner Program. Today, Bing is Founder of Bingdom, a next generation creative studio and strategic consultancy for leading digital media companies across three continents; as well as Victorious, a premium content subscription platform that is $50 Million venture-backed by Kleiner Perkins, Redpoint Ventures, BDMI, WME, UTA, and Lowercase Capital.
Mo-Yun Lei Fong: Leads Google’s education outreach efforts and oversees research and evaluation to identify critical gaps in CS education. Prior to this role, Ms. Fong was a finance director and Chief Compliance Officer for Google Wallet and also worked at PayPal. She also served as the founding Executive Director for the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute. She’ll be joining the discussion on the importance of multicultural content and how emerging storytelling techniques can be authentic and educational vehicles for diverse viewpoints and experiences.
Don Hahn: Award-winning producer of the worldwide phenomenon “The Lion King” and the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” — the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a founder and Executive Producer of acclaimed Disneynature Films and most recently Executive Producer of the new “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. Don was Associate Producer of the landmark hit “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” His other credits include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Atlantis,” “Fantasia 2000,” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Don is also an author of best-selling books on animation, art, and creativity.
Kevin Khanna: Managing Director, Co-Head of Technology, Media and Telecom Group, Fifth Third Bank. Fifth Third Bank has committed more than $3B of capital to broadcast channels, cable networks, film production and distribution entities, television production as well as other IP related transactions. Before Fifth Third Bank, Kevin was at CIT, GE Capital and DLJ financing and advising companies in the Media and Technology sectors as a banker.
David C. Lee: Chief Corp Development Officer of 451 Media Group. 451 is a technology-focused IP development and entertainment company co-founded by Michael Bay. Lee joined Google in its early days to help lead its global expansion. He has also invested in 40+ companies with multiple acquisitions to Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Disney.
Richard Lui: A thought leader at the intersection of media, social impact, and storytelling with 30 years of experience in network television, technology, and business. Currently a news anchor for MSNBC and previously at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show, he has focused on politics, business and civil rights. A Ross Business School MBA graduate, Lui is also a technologist, launching five technology brands over three technology cycles, most recently a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence company.
Amy Nauiokas: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Gray, Amy is an early stage investor in breakthrough startups and has produced award-winning films such as "20th Century Women" and "Diary of a Teenage Girl.” By combining venture investments in companies that are on the forefront of media disruption with the production and financing of prestige projects in film, television and theater, Archer Gray is emerging as a leader in next-generation content creation and distribution.
Roy Salter: An industry veteran and Senior Advisor at FTI Consulting, Roy has extensive experience across a broad range of industries and has been providing forecasting and strategic advisory to major media executives around the world. Roy joined FTI Consulting with its acquisition of Salter Group in December 2012, a leading independent financial and strategic advisory firm, which he co-founded in January 2003 and that specialized in providing strategic advisory and transaction support, business and intangible asset valuations, financial opinions, financial and strategic analysis, forecasting and other transaction support covering a broad spectrum of industries.
Bettina Sherick: An entertainment digital marketing veteran and former 20th Century Fox International executive, Bettina has led cross-functional virtual teams globally to produce ground-breaking campaigns for all types of films, from tentpole to indy. Sherick founded a non-profit organization called Hollywood In Pixels, a foundation dedicated to the preservation of digital marketing content so that generations to come can experience the seminal campaigns transformed how Hollywood markets movies. She has presented to audiences around the world about entertainment digital marketing, and authored a chapter on digital history in the book "Digital State: How the Internet is Changing Everything".
Michael Shields: As the Senior Vice President of Sales Strategy and Business Development at Fox Entertainment, Shields is an expert in digital media and marketing. He is a former executive of Viacom and Cisco and a current member of WNET’s New York Public Media Interactive & Technology Committee.
Chris Spicer: A Member of the Entertainment and Media Finance Group at Akin Gump, Spicer represents and advises financial institutions, distributors, independent production companies, high-net-worth individuals, and funds involved in film and television projects.
Michael Yang: Managing Director for Comcast Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Comcast Corporation. Yang leads the group’s investment efforts in VR/AR, IoT and healthcare. His VR/AR investments include AltspaceVR, Baobab Studios, Felix & Paul Studios, Kite & Lightning, NextVR, Spaces and Meta. Based in Palo Alto, Michael joined CV in 2009 from Yahoo! where he was a VP/GM for numerous Media and Marketplaces businesses. Previously, he was a Principal with Atlas Venture. Michael has an MBA from Harvard and a BS from the Wharton School of the university of Pennsylvania.
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