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THOUGHT LEADERS.

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:

Steve Chen: Co-Founder of YouTube. As the key technologist, Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including: Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time Magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.”


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.”


Tosca Musk: An award-winning producer of over 20 feature films, television movies and web content. In addition to breaking Hallmark Channel records with her film Holiday Engagement, Musk's project Tiki Bar TV, was a pioneer in online web series and was used by Steve jobs to promote the iPod. Most recently, Musk formed Passionflix, a streaming platform that produces and distributes empowering, fun and passionate movies for women of all ages.

 


John Knoll: As an Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Supervisor and the current Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, John Knoll has overseen the visual effects for such notable films as Star Wars Prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, AvatarStar Trek: First Contact, Rango, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was based on a concept John created.

 


Ted SchilowitzTed 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.

 


Theodor Arhio: Global Director of Creative and Content, TBWA. Theodor is charged with furthering TBWA's digital, content and entertainment capabilities, as well as implementing inventive processes and platforms to ensure that innovation is woven into the very fabric of the Disruption Company. Theo hails from Helsinki, the capital of Finland and one of the most innovative agencies in the TBWA collective, where he served in multiple roles, from heading the agency's innovation initiatives to being the head of creative services. Before joining the ranks of TBWA, he co-founded one of the biggest pure play digital agencies in Finland. Theo's work has evolved beyond the boundaries of traditional advertising to create disruptive behavior that connects brands with culture.  He’s awarded innovator who has developed audience-first brand entertainment for both linear television as well as online channels.


Nadira Azermai: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ScriptBook, a high tech company that provides artificial intelligent screenplay analysis and forecasts the commercial & critical success of film & television projects from development to release. ScriptBook was conceived when Nadira wrote her Master’s thesis on using artificial intelligence to quantify story-parameters into a predictive model that would enable stakeholders in film & television to assess their risk and avoid financial failure. Nadira has been on a mission to unify A.I. with entertainment ever since.


Jean Julien Baronnet: Founder of Marla Studios, a production company based in Los Angeles that specializes in turning video games into movies. He is also the former CEO of both EuropaCorp and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, where he created the video game industry's first internalized motion picture studio with Ubisoft. Baronnet is also the producer of the film, Assassin’s Creed, along with the hit children’s show, Rabbids Invasion, both based on major video game franchises. Due to the international success of the Rabbids show, an award-winning theme park ride was designed for the Futuroscope Theme Park in France. Baronnet is currently producing five different titles for both film and television under the Marla Studios banner. He is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.


Archit Bhargava: Global Marketing Lead at Niantic Inc. managing Marketing Strategy for Pokémon GO. He led the worldwide launch of Pokémon GO which has surpassed 750 Million global downloads and broke several app launch & engagement records. Before Niantic was an independent startup, it was an internal startup within Google where Archit was the first marketing hire and led the marketing strategy & execution for Ingress - their first real world game that has crossed 20M downloads.  Prior to business school, Archit was Associate Vice President at Convonix, Inc. - a Publicis-Acquired Digital Marketing Startup - and founded and ran its Search and Social Media Marketing divisions. Archit earned his MBA from University of California, Berkeley-Haas in 2012 and holds an Engineering Degree in Information Technology from University of Mumbai.


Beau Bryant: General Manager of the Creator division of Fullscreen. Bryant's team is responsible for all things talent related, including scouting, development and management; technology product development; direct-to-fan e-commerce solutions that helps talent monetize their fan bases; affinity brand, artist and influencer-driven consumer goods and apparel; brand partnerships; live events and tours; creative project and production support; and much more. Beau began his career at talent agency William Morris Endeavor and served as an agent for early digital influencers like Grace Helbig, The Fine Bros., Lilly Singh and Rosanna Pansino.


Christian Cantamessa: As an award-winning filmmaker and video game creator, Christian Cantamessa has worked on numerous projects including Lara Croft’s reboot Rise of the Tomb Raider, the cult horror Manhunt, and the pop culture phenomenon Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He was the lead writer and designer for Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games) as well as the co-writer and director for Shadow Of Mordor, Warner Brothers’ bestseller in the Lord Of The Rings franchise.

 


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.


Jean Elie: Actor, producer & director, known for Will to Live (2011), Totally Twisted Christmas: A Tomm Fondle Christmas Special (2012), MIA (2014) and American Crime (2017). Jean can currently be seen as Issa Rae’s brother, Ahmal Dee, on Season 2 of the hit HBO comedy, Insecure.

 

 


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.


Natalie Jarvey: Staff Reporter, Digital Media, The Hollywood Reporter. Natalie covers technology and digital media for THR, with a focus on the convergence of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. She oversees the magazine's annual Digital Issue, which has featured interviews with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and Apple executive Eddy Cue and has covered such topics as YouTube's push into television and BuzzFeed's Hollywood ambitions. Natalie joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 from the Los Angeles Business Journal, where she covered technology and ran the newspaper's daily newsletter focused on the Silicon Beach startup community.


Kevin Khanna: Co-Head, Technology, Media & Telecom Group, Fifth Third Bank. Kevin has been actively financing companies in the media, entertainment and technology industries for more than 15yrs. Kevin has led or been a key part of financings for transactions in a variety of sectors, including: film production and distribution, broadcast television, cable programming, music publishing, software as a service, and television production. Throughout the past decade, Kevin has overseen the commitment of more than $5B of capital in content related sectors, and more recently has overseen capital deployment in transactions that focus on the convergence of certain technology and media driven businesses.


Zach King: Filmmaker and entrepreneur, Zach is a social media sensation and was named one of Instagram’s Top 100 Most Followed users. Zach is best known for his “magic” Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos. These short videos are full of clever magic tricks that he calls "digital sleight of hand." His newest venture, "My Magical Life," a book for middle schoolers will be released worldwide by Harper Collins and its film rights have already been optioned by Steven Speilberg's Amblin Entertainment.

 


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.

 


Patrick Lee: Patrick Lee is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the film and television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the online artist community alivenotdead.com, as well as the internet marketing firm Design Reactor, where his clients included ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others. Currently, Mr. Lee serves as Co-Founder of Hobo Labs, where he focuses on building guild-based mobile games.

 

 


Holly Liu: As the co-founder of mobile gaming company Kabam, Holly Liu has led the award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot including its extension, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. Holly is also amongst Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming” as well as Forbes’s “12 Women in Gaming to Watch”.

 

 


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.


Mike Macadaan: Chief Executive Officer of Ground Control. A childhood fascination with audio toys sparked a career in technology, leading to such early roles as principal UI designer for Intuit, VP user experience and design at AOL, and chief creative officer at Fox Interactive. Mike is a serial entrepreneur with nearly two decades in product design and user experience and is running a startup venture developing voice-activated entertainment experiences for the emerging interactive audio market. Ground Control recently launched in partnership with CAA to assist the agency’s talent clients seeking to develop businesses.


Amitt Mahajan: Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Presence Capital, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality-focused venture capital firm based in the San Francisco. Presence Capital is one of the most active investors in the VR and AR sector with over 30 investments made since 2015. Previously, Amitt was the CEO and co-founder of Toro (acquired by Google in 2015) and the CTO and co-founder of MyMiniLife (acquired by Zynga in 2009). While at Zynga, Amitt co-created and launched the #1 social game FarmVille and served as the CTO of Zynga Japan.


Alexander Michael: Co-leads growth company advisory (“LT Growth”) for LionTree, a leading independent TMT investment and merchant bank. Prior to LionTree, Mr. Michael managed the Entertainment and National Sales divisions for LivingSocial, a venture-backed social e-commerce company sold to Groupon. Before joining LivingSocial, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Madison Square Garden. Prior to MSG, he was the Director of Business Development at Ticketmaster, handling partnership opportunities as well as M&A transactions. Mr. Michael earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Brown University.


Dan Murray: As President of Skybound Interactive, Dan draws on a detailed understanding of the industry gained from working closely with publishers, developers, investors and entertainment partners. Founded by Robert Kirkman, Skybound is a digital media company which places the creator at the center.  Skybound creates properties for television, film, interactive mediums, tabletop games, merchandise, new media and beyond.  Current Skybound games include TELLTALE’S WALKING DEAD, WALKING DEAD: ROAD TO SURVIVAL, OXENFREE, LABYRINTH, GIANT COP, SUPERFIGHT LIVE and THE WALKING DEAD: MARCH TO WAR.  Upcoming games include OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD and THIEF OF THIEVES.  Prior to Skybound Dan ran worldwide business development for Foundation 9 Entertainment, one of the largest independent game developers in the world.


Venkat Nagaswamy: As Co-Founder and CEO of MarianaIQ, Venkat Nagaswamy brings a long and diverse background in high technology to bear on applying artificial intelligence and Deep Learning to help marketers make account-based marketing (ABM) an at-scale reality.  "Big Kat," as he was nicknamed by friends and colleagues, has led teams in creating analytics, technology and business development solutions at McKinsey, Juniper Networks and GE Plastics, among others. He's worked in enterprise and digital consumer hardware, SaaS, corporate and business unit strategy, market entry strategy, product development, marketing planning and more, allowing him to understand martech challenges from both the CTO and CMO's point of view. A proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds an MBA and a Master's in Aerospace Engineering.


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.


Derek Scobie: Head of Global Content Solutions at Google/YouTube, helping connect the marketing industry with the magic of Youtube's insanely popular creators. In his early career, he built brands for P&G and Unilever, launching a soft drink that outsold Coke, rejuvenating an ageing skincare brand, and bringing a sickly healthcare business back to life. He developed a pioneering digital community as marketing director for a hugely successful volunteering organisation, which proved the perfect primer for this move to Google/YouTube in 2010.

 


Alandha Scott: A visionary leader and brand builder with a proven track record of driving ground breaking campaigns and partnerships. As Head of YouTube Originals Product Marketing, Alandha is responsible for leading the strategy and brand identity for YouTube’s new slate of marquee original shows and series, which includes creative talent such as Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart and Katy Perry. Prior to this role, she led Brand Marketing at YouTube and was responsible for re-defining the company’s external mission statement and brand values. Alandha received her Bachelors of Science degree from Stanford University, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.


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 ShieldsAs 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.

 

 


Vinay Singh: Partner at Archer Gray, a media production, financing, and venture capital company. Vinay currently leads the firm’s venture capital and content finance businesses. He also manages the company’s investment portfolio and financial strategy. At the firm, Vinay has overseen investments in disruptive media companies including Littlstar, ShareGrid, and Battlefy; films such as Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT; and theater productions including The Elephant Man. Prior to joining Archer Gray, Vinay headed the consulting division of Cinetic Media. While there, he managed an international portfolio of clients ranging from tech companies to film financiers, and was actively involved in project finance and sales. Vinay has also produced several narrative and documentary films that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. Vinay started his career at McKinsey & Company, after graduating from The University Of Pennsylvania.


Chris Spicer: A Partner of the Entertainment and Media Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 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.


Alexis G. Zall: Actress and Writer, Alexis is known for her roles in Go90's Embeds, Awesomness TV's Love / Sick, Netflix's Coin Heist and YouTube's 12 Deadly Days. Other film and television credits include Modern Family, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Laid in America and Like Share Follow. In addition to acting, Alexis continues to grow as a writer. She is a contributing writer and has a recurring role on Guilty Party -- an "interactive high school mystery" told through a combination of weekly episodes and daily character vlogs.  The series is part of the AT&T Hello Lab project, a collaboration with Fullscreen, which works with top influencers to create original content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences.  FX recently purchased a half-hour dark comedy in which Alexis is set to star and co-executive produce alongside Adaptive Studios and Principato-Young Entertainment.

THOUGHT LEADERS.

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:

Steve Chen: Co-Founder of YouTube. As the key technologist, Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including: Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time Magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.”


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.”


Tosca Musk: An award-winning producer of over 20 feature films, television movies and web content. In addition to breaking Hallmark Channel records with her film Holiday Engagement, Musk's project Tiki Bar TV, was a pioneer in online web series and was used by Steve jobs to promote the iPod. Most recently, Musk formed Passionflix, a streaming platform that produces and distributes empowering, fun and passionate movies for women of all ages.


John Knoll: As an Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Supervisor and the current Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, John Knoll has overseen the visual effects for such notable films as Star Wars Prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, AvatarStar Trek: First Contact, Rango, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was based on a concept John created.


Ted SchilowitzTed 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.


Theodor Arhio: Global Director of Creative and Content, TBWA. Theodor is charged with furthering TBWA's digital, content and entertainment capabilities, as well as implementing inventive processes and platforms to ensure that innovation is woven into the very fabric of the Disruption Company. Theo hails from Helsinki, the capital of Finland and one of the most innovative agencies in the TBWA collective, where he served in multiple roles, from heading the agency's innovation initiatives to being the head of creative services. Before joining the ranks of TBWA, he co-founded one of the biggest pure play digital agencies in Finland. Theo's work has evolved beyond the boundaries of traditional advertising to create disruptive behavior that connects brands with culture.  He’s awarded innovator who has developed audience-first brand entertainment for both linear television as well as online channels.


Nadira Azermai: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ScriptBook, a high tech company that provides artificial intelligent screenplay analysis and forecasts the commercial & critical success of film & television projects from development to release. ScriptBook was conceived when Nadira wrote her Master’s thesis on using artificial intelligence to quantify story-parameters into a predictive model that would enable stakeholders in film & television to assess their risk and avoid financial failure. Nadira has been on a mission to unify A.I. with entertainment ever since.


Jean Julien Baronnet: Founder of Marla Studios, a production company based in Los Angeles that specializes in turning video games into movies. He is also the former CEO of both EuropaCorp and Ubisoft Motion Pictures, where he created the video game industry's first internalized motion picture studio with Ubisoft. Baronnet is also the producer of the film, Assassin’s Creed, along with the hit children’s show, Rabbids Invasion, both based on major video game franchises. Due to the international success of the Rabbids show, an award-winning theme park ride was designed for the Futuroscope Theme Park in France. Baronnet is currently producing five different titles for both film and television under the Marla Studios banner. He is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.


Archit Bhargava: Global Marketing Lead at Niantic Inc. managing Marketing Strategy for Pokémon GO. He led the worldwide launch of Pokémon GO which has surpassed 750 Million global downloads and broke several app launch & engagement records. Before Niantic was an independent startup, it was an internal startup within Google where Archit was the first marketing hire and led the marketing strategy & execution for Ingress - their first real world game that has crossed 20M downloads.  Prior to business school, Archit was Associate Vice President at Convonix, Inc. - a Publicis-Acquired Digital Marketing Startup - and founded and ran its Search and Social Media Marketing divisions. Archit earned his MBA from University of California, Berkeley-Haas in 2012 and holds an Engineering Degree in Information Technology from University of Mumbai.


Beau Bryant: General Manager of the Creator division of Fullscreen. Bryant's team is responsible for all things talent related, including scouting, development and management; technology product development; direct-to-fan e-commerce solutions that helps talent monetize their fan bases; affinity brand, artist and influencer-driven consumer goods and apparel; brand partnerships; live events and tours; creative project and production support; and much more. Beau began his career at talent agency William Morris Endeavor and served as an agent for early digital influencers like Grace Helbig, The Fine Bros., Lilly Singh and Rosanna Pansino.


Christian Cantamessa: As an award-winning filmmaker and video game creator, Christian Cantamessa has worked on numerous projects including Lara Croft’s reboot Rise of the Tomb Raider, the cult horror Manhunt, and the pop culture phenomenon Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He was the lead writer and designer for Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games) as well as the co-writer and director for Shadow Of Mordor, Warner Brothers’ bestseller in the Lord Of The Rings franchise.


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.


Jean Elie: Actor, producer & director, known for Will to Live (2011), Totally Twisted Christmas: A Tomm Fondle Christmas Special (2012), MIA (2014) and American Crime (2017). Jean can currently be seen as Issa Rae’s brother, Ahmal Dee, on Season 2 of the hit HBO comedy, Insecure.


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.


Natalie Jarvey: Staff Reporter, Digital Media, The Hollywood Reporter. Natalie covers technology and digital media for THR, with a focus on the convergence of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. She oversees the magazine's annual Digital Issue, which has featured interviews with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and Apple executive Eddy Cue and has covered such topics as YouTube's push into television and BuzzFeed's Hollywood ambitions. Natalie joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 from the Los Angeles Business Journal, where she covered technology and ran the newspaper's daily newsletter focused on the Silicon Beach startup community.


Kevin Khanna: Co-Head, Technology, Media & Telecom Group, Fifth Third Bank. Kevin has been actively financing companies in the media, entertainment and technology industries for more than 15yrs. Kevin has led or been a key part of financings for transactions in a variety of sectors, including: film production and distribution, broadcast television, cable programming, music publishing, software as a service, and television production. Throughout the past decade, Kevin has overseen the commitment of more than $5B of capital in content related sectors, and more recently has overseen capital deployment in transactions that focus on the convergence of certain technology and media driven businesses.


Zach King: Filmmaker and entrepreneur, Zach is a social media sensation and was named one of Instagram’s Top 100 Most Followed users. Zach is best known for his “magic” Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos. These short videos are full of clever magic tricks that he calls "digital sleight of hand." His newest venture, "My Magical Life," a book for middle schoolers will be released worldwide by Harper Collins and its film rights have already been optioned by Steven Speilberg's Amblin Entertainment.


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.


Patrick Lee: Patrick Lee is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the film and television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the online artist community alivenotdead.com, as well as the internet marketing firm Design Reactor, where his clients included ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others. Currently, Mr. Lee serves as Co-Founder of Hobo Labs, where he focuses on building guild-based mobile games.


Holly Liu: As the co-founder of mobile gaming company Kabam, Holly Liu has led the award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot including its extension, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. Holly is also amongst Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming” as well as Forbes’s “12 Women in Gaming to Watch”.


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.


Mike Macadaan: Chief Executive Officer of Ground Control. A childhood fascination with audio toys sparked a career in technology, leading to such early roles as principal UI designer for Intuit, VP user experience and design at AOL, and chief creative officer at Fox Interactive. Mike is a serial entrepreneur with nearly two decades in product design and user experience and is running a startup venture developing voice-activated entertainment experiences for the emerging interactive audio market. Ground Control recently launched in partnership with CAA to assist the agency’s talent clients seeking to develop businesses.


Amitt Mahajan: Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Presence Capital, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality-focused venture capital firm based in the San Francisco. Presence Capital is one of the most active investors in the VR and AR sector with over 30 investments made since 2015. Previously, Amitt was the CEO and co-founder of Toro (acquired by Google in 2015) and the CTO and co-founder of MyMiniLife (acquired by Zynga in 2009). While at Zynga, Amitt co-created and launched the #1 social game FarmVille and served as the CTO of Zynga Japan.


Alexander Michael: Co-leads growth company advisory (“LT Growth”) for LionTree, a leading independent TMT investment and merchant bank. Prior to LionTree, Mr. Michael managed the Entertainment and National Sales divisions for LivingSocial, a venture-backed social e-commerce company sold to Groupon. Before joining LivingSocial, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Madison Square Garden. Prior to MSG, he was the Director of Business Development at Ticketmaster, handling partnership opportunities as well as M&A transactions. Mr. Michael earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Brown University.


Dan Murray: As President of Skybound Interactive, Dan draws on a detailed understanding of the industry gained from working closely with publishers, developers, investors and entertainment partners. Founded by Robert Kirkman, Skybound is a digital media company which places the creator at the center.  Skybound creates properties for television, film, interactive mediums, tabletop games, merchandise, new media and beyond.  Current Skybound games include TELLTALE’S WALKING DEAD, WALKING DEAD: ROAD TO SURVIVAL, OXENFREE, LABYRINTH, GIANT COP, SUPERFIGHT LIVE and THE WALKING DEAD: MARCH TO WAR.  Upcoming games include OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD and THIEF OF THIEVES.  Prior to Skybound Dan ran worldwide business development for Foundation 9 Entertainment, one of the largest independent game developers in the world.


Venkat Nagaswamy: As Co-Founder and CEO of MarianaIQ, Venkat Nagaswamy brings a long and diverse background in high technology to bear on applying artificial intelligence and Deep Learning to help marketers make account-based marketing (ABM) an at-scale reality.  "Big Kat," as he was nicknamed by friends and colleagues, has led teams in creating analytics, technology and business development solutions at McKinsey, Juniper Networks and GE Plastics, among others. He's worked in enterprise and digital consumer hardware, SaaS, corporate and business unit strategy, market entry strategy, product development, marketing planning and more, allowing him to understand martech challenges from both the CTO and CMO's point of view. A proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds an MBA and a Master's in Aerospace Engineering.


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.


Derek Scobie: Head of Global Content Solutions at Google/YouTube, helping connect the marketing industry with the magic of Youtube's insanely popular creators. In his early career, he built brands for P&G and Unilever, launching a soft drink that outsold Coke, rejuvenating an ageing skincare brand, and bringing a sickly healthcare business back to life. He developed a pioneering digital community as marketing director for a hugely successful volunteering organisation, which proved the perfect primer for this move to Google/YouTube in 2010.


Alandha Scott: A visionary leader and brand builder with a proven track record of driving ground breaking campaigns and partnerships. As Head of YouTube Originals Product Marketing, Alandha is responsible for leading the strategy and brand identity for YouTube’s new slate of marquee original shows and series, which includes creative talent such as Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart and Katy Perry. Prior to this role, she led Brand Marketing at YouTube and was responsible for re-defining the company’s external mission statement and brand values. Alandha received her Bachelors of Science degree from Stanford University, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.


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 ShieldsAs 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.


Vinay Singh: Partner at Archer Gray, a media production, financing, and venture capital company. Vinay currently leads the firm’s venture capital and content finance businesses. He also manages the company’s investment portfolio and financial strategy. At the firm, Vinay has overseen investments in disruptive media companies including Littlstar, ShareGrid, and Battlefy; films such as Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT; and theater productions including The Elephant Man. Prior to joining Archer Gray, Vinay headed the consulting division of Cinetic Media. While there, he managed an international portfolio of clients ranging from tech companies to film financiers, and was actively involved in project finance and sales. Vinay has also produced several narrative and documentary films that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. Vinay started his career at McKinsey & Company, after graduating from The University Of Pennsylvania.


Chris Spicer: A Partner of the Entertainment and Media Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 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.


Alexis G. Zall: Actress and Writer, Alexis is known for her roles in Go90's Embeds, Awesomness TV's Love / Sick, Netflix's Coin Heist and YouTube's 12 Deadly Days. Other film and television credits include Modern Family, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Laid in America and Like Share Follow. In addition to acting, Alexis continues to grow as a writer. She is a contributing writer and has a recurring role on Guilty Party -- an "interactive high school mystery" told through a combination of weekly episodes and daily character vlogs.  The series is part of the AT&T Hello Lab project, a collaboration with Fullscreen, which works with top influencers to create original content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences.  FX recently purchased a half-hour dark comedy in which Alexis is set to star and co-executive produce alongside Adaptive Studios and Principato-Young Entertainment.

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