Agenda

2017 NYME Agenda

*Speakers and times are subject to change
Digital Music Forum
Sept. 26, 2017
Future of Television
Sept. 27, 2017
NY Games Conference
Sept. 26, 2017
RIGHTStech Summit
Sept. 27, 2017
8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Karen Allen

VIEW FROM THE TOP: STREAMING REVENUE MILESTONES AND GOALPOSTS

In 2016, music streaming services officially accounted for over half of all major label revenue, and overall global music revenue growth was 7%, the highest since Napster launched. Have we successfully transitioned digital music to a solid revenue source, or do we still have a long way to go? PANELISTS: Michael Abitbol, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Digital, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Richard Conlon, Chief External Affairs Officer, SoundExchange Lars Murray, SVP Strategic Partnerships, Pandora Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President Business Affairs and General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment MODERATOR: Jem Aswad, Senior Editor, Variety
Michael Abitbol
Richard Conlon
Lars Murray
Julie Greifer Swidler
Jem Aswad

OPENING PRESENTATIONS: THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS

PRESENTER: Bill Colitre, Vice President & General Counsel, Music Reports
Bill Colitre

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH EYELLUSION & ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST

FIRESIDE CHAT: Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion Ahmet Zappa, Co-Trustee, Zappa Family Trust INTERVIEWER: Bruce Wheeler, General Manager, Babylon Perspective
Jezz Pezzuti
Ahmet Zappa
Bruce Wheeler
11:00 am - 11:30 am

MORNING BREAK

FEATURED PRESENTATIONS WITH TIVO AND MUSICWATCH

TiVo Presents: Rights Management: Turning Machine Learning into Artist Revenue Machine learning is more than just the industry catchphrase of the moment. Find out how this new technology can revolutionize the music industry by improving royalty transparency and advancing new business models. PRESENTED BY: Kyle Smetanka, Senior Product Manager, Metadata, TiVo MusicWatch Presents: Description coming soon PRESENTED BY: Russ Crupnick, CEO, MusicWatch
Russ Crupnick
Kyle Smetanka

TECHNOLOGY, HUMANS, PLAYLISTS, AND THE FUTURE OF DISCOVERY

In the ongoing drive to create the perfect music discovery solution, services are trying to strike a balance between data-based algorithms and human recommendation. The impact of getting a song on a playlist is tangible – it increases the artist’s mindshare, market share, and revenue. How much of it is math vs. marketing and how does one best navigate it? PANELISTS: Justin Barker, Founder/Director, Slice Music ltd.; Group Director of Streaming Strategy, PIAS Kavi Halemane, GM of Digital Programming, iHeartRadio Lucie Watson, Head of Music, Platoon Damon Williams, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Partnerships, Music Choice MODERATOR: Wesley...
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Justin Barker
Kavi Halemane
Lucie Watson
Damon Williams
Wesley A’Harrah

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT VR AND MUSIC

Virtual Reality (VR) has been both heralded as the new, hot platform and passed off as hype, but the truth is that 6.3 million headsets are in the market, and film, TV, and games companies are pouring serious resources into building experiences. Music VR companies are one of the few digital music startups getting solid funding. What’s possible now with VR and what should you be planning? PANELISTS: RJ Bentler, VP Video Programming, Pitchfork Kevin Chernett, Executive Vice President – Global Partnerships & Content Distribution, Live Nation Studios Jeremy Gruber, Head of Digital, Friends at Work Nicole St. Jean,...
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RJ Bentler
Kevin Chernett
Jeremy Gruber
Nicole St. Jean
Cortney Harding
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

BANDS & BRANDS: THE QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD BE ASKED

Red Light Management’s / GreenLight Media and Marketing’s Bruce Flohr moderates this interactive session focused on brand/music campaigns. The panel will take questions from audience members and incorporate them into the dialogue, which will look at campaigns from the artist, brand, and label perspectives. PANELISTS: Lori Feldman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Warner Bros. Records Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia Chris Sampson, EVP, Programming, Superfly Amy Sorokas, Director Strategic Partnerships, Brand Strategy, Microsoft MODERATOR: Bruce Flohr, Chief Strategy Officer/ Executive Vice President, Red Light Management; Partner, GreenLight Media and Marketing; Partner, ATO Records
Lori Feldman
Alissa Pollack
Chris Sampson
Amy Sorokas
Bruce Flohr

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JOEL AND BENJI MADDEN

FIRESIDE CHAT: Joel and Benji Madden, Artists, Good Charlotte INTERVIEWER: Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO, NUE
Joel and Benji Madden
Jesse Kirshbaum

THE NEXT GENERATION OF FAN ENGAGEMENT

Simply reaching a fan is only half the battle. One you have their attention, how do you measure their level of interest and deliver the right experience or content? What information can you collect along the way and how can it be repurposed for the lifecycle of the release? PANELISTS Nate Auerbach, Partner, Versus Creative Aaron Ford, Digital Advertising, The Orchard Megan Berry, Head of Product, Octane AI Seth Schachner, Managing Director, Strat Americas Zeeshan Zaidi, SVP & General Manager, OnTour with Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster
Nate Auerbach
Megan Berry
Aaron Ford
Zeeshan Zaidi
Seth Schachner

STARTUP PITCHES

Quickfire 5-minute pitches from digital music startups. Gigwell | Presenter: Jeremie Habib, CEO & Co-Founder, Gigwell Gigwell streamlines the booking process between entertainers (Musicians, Comedians, Public Speakers) and live entertainment venues. Our platform makes it easy to send contracts, build tour itineraries and collect payments online. Gigwell is the first comprehensive solution to provide entertainers and their agents seamless, end-to-end workflow automation while leveraging data analytics – empowering agencies and talent buyers to save time, gain visibility and work smarter. Gigwell is revolutionizing the online entertainment booking experience one gig at a time. Vertigo Music | Presenter: Greg Leekley,...
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Jeremie Habib
Greg Leekley
David Weiszfeld
Jon Vanhala

FANS TAKE CENTER STAGE

Social media platforms became massively successful by putting their users in the spotlight. While music has always been an element of the content created, now platforms have emerged that provide music as a main, if not sole, category. How can music companies work with creators and platforms authentically, and what can be gained? PANELISTS: Kevin Carson, VP, Global Artist and Industry Relations, Smule Chad Marcum, Founder and CEO, VideoBomb Josh Ong, Director, Global Marketing, Cheetah Mobile Justina Valentine, Creator, Live.me MODERATOR: Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Kevin Carson
Chad Marcum
Josh Ong
Justina Valentine
Karen Allen

STATE OF MUSIC STARTUPS

Music is one of the hardest categories of startups to get funded, even when music licensing is not a factor. Which companies are finding investment, what has made them attractive to investors, and what are the best practices for getting a music startup funded? PANELISTS: Betsy McHugh, Founder & CEO, Hurdl Inc. David Porter, CEO & Founder, 8tracks Russell Rieger, VP Media, Entertainment Magna; Vice Chairman PledgeMusic Dan Rowe, Managing Director, Sword, Rowe & Company MODERATOR: Dick Wingate, Principal, DEV Advisors
Betsy McHugh
David Porter
Russell Rieger
Dan Rowe
Dick Wingate
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON BREAK

MUSIC AS AN ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT STRATEGY

Original content has long been a differentiation strategy for HBO, Netflix, and Hulu, and now video shows about music are doing the same for Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services. Where is this content category headed and what are the implications for licensing revenue and artist marketing? PANELISTS Andy Cohn, President & Publisher, The FADER, Inc. Richard Johnson, President and Co-founder, Qello Concerts Simon Kellman, Global Head of Music, Dailymotion Alexander Kisch, EVP & General Counsel, Vevo MODERATOR: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Andy Cohn
Richard Johnson
Simon Kellman
Alexander Kisch
Ted Cohen

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH HOWIE SINGER OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Howie Singer, Special Technology Advisor, Universal Music Group Interviewer: Larry Miller, Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt
Howie Singer
Larry Miller
8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

PRESENTED BY: Al Lieberman, Executive Director Entertainment, Media & Technology program, Stern School of Business, NYU Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital, Founder, Digital Media Wire
Al Lieberman
Ned Sherman

VIEW FROM THE TOP: FUTURE OF TELEVISION

PANELISTS: Floris Bauer, President and Co-Founder, Gunpowder & Sky Rebecca Glashow, Head of Worldwide Distribution, AwesomenessTV Peter Phillips, Former EVP/GM Interactive & Distribution, Marvel Entertainment Paul Potenzone, SVP/Content Director at Digitas Studios, DigitasLBi Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, PBS Digital MODERATOR: Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
Floris Bauer
Rebecca Glashow
Peter Phillips
Paul Potenzone
Ira Rubenstein
Todd Spangler

OPENING PRESENTATION: DID YOU TRY REBOOTING IT?

VIZRT PRESENTS: “Did you try rebooting it?” Evolution of Vizrt & TV to Digital Broadcast workflows optimized and priced for Digital Publish a video with broadcast graphics to multiple platform in seconds Prove it! We will demo the award winning Viz Story PRESENTER: Tom Shelburne, Director of Operations – Northern Region, Vizrt
Tom Shelburne

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH PETER GALLAGHER OF VERIZON DIGITAL MEDIA

Peter Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Verizon Digital Media INTERVIEWER: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Peter Gallagher
Mike Vorhaus
11:15 am - 11:45 am

MORNING BREAK

THE CURRENT STATE OF DIGITAL MEDIA INVESTING

This panel of investors, who are actively investing in digital media companies, discusses the latest investment trends and what it takes to get funded in the current environment, including accelerators, crowdfunding, angel, and VC deals. PANELISTS: David Beck, Chief Strategy and Ventures Officer, TBS & TNT Andrew Cleland, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures Todd Klein, Partner, Revolution Anton Zietsman, Director, 3311 Ventures MODERATOR: David Sands, Partner and Co-Leader, Entertainment and Digital Media Team, Sheppard Mullin
David Beck
Andrew Cleland
Todd Klein
Anton Zietsman
David Sands

DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE OF VR FOR TELEVISION

While still in its infancy, VR experiences built around television shows are showing promise. Some offer extra content complementary to the show’s narrative, and some completely transform the telling of the narrative. What apps and devices are used to create and distribute content and what is the state of consumer adoption? PANELISTS: Michelle Carney, VP, Branded Entertainment & Film, Ketchum Matthew Collado, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google VR Team Tom Vance, Co-Head of Studio, Content, Jaunt Studios MODERATOR: Michael Gold, Co-founder and CEO, Holojam Inc
Michelle Carney
Matthew Collado
Aaron Luber
Tom Vance
Michael Gold

REDEFINING DISTRIBUTION: THE MELTING POT OF OTT, CABLE & LINEAR TELEVISION

The lines between linear television and OTT services are blurred more than ever with both Hulu and YouTube Red offering network/cable streams with DVR capabilities. Alternately, traditional linear services, like DirecTV, have their own apps and are buying into OTT services and content. What does this say about the viewing habits of today’s consumers, are broadcasters and distribution companies responding effectively, and where do advertisers fit in? PANELISTS: Kenny Gersh, EVP, Business, MLB Advanced Media M. Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media Christy Tanner, SVP & General Manager, CBS News Digital Michael Weaver, SVP of Business Development...
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Kenny Gersh
M. Scott Havens
Christy Tanner
Michael Weaver
Alex Weprin

KEYNOTE CHAT WITH BOB GRUTERS OF FACEBOOK

Bob Gruters, Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook
Bob Gruters

THE EVOLUTION OF BRANDS, CONTENT AND MARKETING

As brands continue to transition away from traditional advertising towards digital marketing strategies, effective content has become essential to building and maintaining a loyal consumer base. Today more than ever, brands need to produce engaging, shareable content to connect with consumers and stay at the top of their industry. This panel will provide examples of how brands are creating engaging content and building social community and the impact it has on customer relationships and brand loyalty. PANELISTS: Mia Goldwyn, Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul Christine Murphy, SVP Branded Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted Shannon Pruitt, President, The Story Lab, US Andrew Saunders,...
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Mia Goldwyn
Christine Murphy
Shannon Pruitt
Andrew Saunders
Philip Alberstat

THE RISE OF LIVE STREAMING

Live streaming is proving to be a way to make content come alive on social networks and to bring shows to the top of viewers’ attention. Part immediacy, part community, and part exclusivity, having live streamed companion content – or even live streaming the content itself, as with sports – is becoming the norm. What are some best practices when live streaming, is there revenue, and what about them is attracting viewers? PANELISTS: Mario Armstrong, Chief Content Officer & Executive Producer, Never Settle Show Courtney McKlveen, Head of US Field Sales, Oath Ali Moiz, CEO & Co-Founder, Streamlabs Jill...
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Mario Armstrong
Courtney McKlveen
Ali Moiz
Jill Sherman
Ryan Troy
Karen Allen

ALEXA, TELL ME ABOUT VOICE-ACTIVATED AI FOR MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) is going beyond telling you the weather and turning on your lights – it’s now helping you navigate media and entertainment experiences. What is possible when media and entertainment companies begin to tap the power of voice-activated devices? How are consumers reacting to the new technologies, including Amazon Echo, Google Home and voice-based smartphones? What does the future hold for this exciting area of innovation? PANELISTS: Adrian Sexton, CEO, TiTAN Platform Drew Silverstein, CEO & Founder, Amper Music John Thompson, President, FLX Systems MODERATOR: Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, Interactive TV Today
Adrian Sexton
Drew Silverstein
John Thompson
Rick Howe

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE INFLUENCER MARKETING

Digital influencers can be instrumental to getting content, services, and products in front of the right audiences. Still, brands walk a fine line between managing the message and allowing room for influencer authenticity. What are the most effective strategies today for working with influencers and what are the metrics that determine success? What are the FTC requirements for disclosure and how can brands protect themselves when running campaigns? ​ PANELISTS: Rebecca Duke, Senior Brand Manager, MALTESERS®, Mars Chocolate North America Marc Hustvedt, CEO, Above Average Paul Kontonis, Chief Marketing Officer, WHOSAY Will Lee, Group Digital Director, Sports and Entertainment, Time Inc....
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Rebecca Duke
Marc Hustvedt
Paul Kontonis
Will Lee
Maureen Polo
Phil Ranta
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON BREAK

THE EXPLOSION OF ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT

We are in an original content renaissance. Hulu is doubling their number of originals, Netflix is moving all production to Los Angeles, major online news publishers announced content plays at the NewFronts, and even music companies like AEG, Apple Music, and Spotify have original series. Why is this the right time to create content? Is it effective as a differentiator to attract subscribers? PANELISTS: Jill Braff, former GM, Ellen Digital Ventures Sharmi Gandhi, EVP, Strategy and Development, Mic Matthew Henick, Head of Development, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Susanne Mei, General Manager, People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) MODERATOR: Terence Gray, Founder and Executive Director, New York Television...
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Jill Braff
Sharmi Gandhi
Matthew Henick
Susanne Mei
Terence Gray

FIRESIDE CHAT ERIC KORSH OF MASHABLE

FIRESIDE CHAT: Eric Korsh, President, Mashable Studios, Mashable Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios, Wattpad INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire
Eric Korsh
Ned Sherman
Aron Levitz

RECEPTION

Sponsored by OATH
8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Tinzar Sherman, CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Media Wire Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE FUTURE OF THE DIGITAL GAMES MARKET

Industry leaders discuss the future of the games industry as the business continues its transition towards a multi-platform future. What does it take to make a successful game these days across platforms? What emerging platforms will be the most important in the years to come? How do you acquire and retain users and make money in this increasingly complicated gaming universe? PANELISTS: Jeff Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer and GM, Bingo Bash – GSN Games Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound Randy Shaffer, Senior Director, Xbox for Oath David Stelzer, Business Development and Engine Licensing, Epic Games MODERATOR: Eric Goldberg, Managing...
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Eric Goldberg
Jon Goldman
Randy Shaffer
David Stelzer
Jeff Anderson

OPENING PRESENTATIONS: THE FUTURE OF THE GAMES BUSINESS

PRESENTER: Joost Van Dreunen, Co-founder & CEO, SuperData Research
Joost van Dreunen

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BEN FEDER OF TENCENT GAMES

Ben Feder, President, International Partnerships (North America) at Tencent Games INTERVIEWER: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Ben Feder
Mike Vorhaus
11:00 am - 11:30 am

MORNING BREAK

FEATURED PRESENTATION: TURNING VIEWERS INTO PLAYERS

In response to the growing popularity of streaming services – like Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube Gaming, Microsoft Mixer – games developers are increasingly adopting new design philosophies to create games, not merely with players in mind, but with the influencers who are so essential in gaining traction today. Game Insight CEO, Anatoly Ropotov, will explain how his company changed the way it created its new game – Survival Arena – to provide influencers ways to involve their audience directly in the gameplay experience. Ropotov will explain how they turn traditionally passive viewing experiences into interactive play sessions powered by...
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Anatoly Ropotov

CREATIVITY RULES: MAKING SUCCESSFUL GAMES FOR MOBILE PLATFORMS

This panel will discuss how to make a successful game for iOS, Android and emerging mobile platforms. How important is creativity? What are the metrics that matter when judging product success? PANELISTS: Travis Boatman, Founder and CEO, Carbonated Nick Fortugno, Chief Creative Officer, Playmatics Matthew Pierce, Founder & CEO, Versus Systems Mark van Ryswyk, Senior Vice President, Glu Mobile Tom Salta, Composer/Producer/Artist, Persist Music Ilya Shereshevsky, Head of Business Development, GameChanger SF Moderator: Liam Callahan, Senior Business Planner, XBox Games Marketing, Microsoft
Travis Boatman
Nick Fortugno
Matthew Pierce
Mark van Ryswyk
Tom Salta
Ilya Shereshevsky
Liam Callahan
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

VR/AR FOR GAMES & ENTERTAINMENT

This panel of leading game and entertainment executives and investors will discuss the future of VR and AR for the game and entertainment industries. What investments are being made by VCs? What are the major Hollywood studios and media companies doing in VR/AR? What’s happening with mixed reality location based experiences? What does the future hold? PANELISTS: Chris Donahue, Senior Director, Alliances, AMD John Linden, President, Seismic Games Nanea Reeves, CEO & Co-Founder, TRIPP Matthew Wang, Managing Director, Evercore MODERATOR: Michael Gold, Co-founder and CEO, Holojam Inc
Chris Donahue
John Linden
Nanea Reeves
Matthew Wang
Michael Gold

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH SUNDANCE DIGIOVANNI OF ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire
Mike Sepso
Ned Sherman

IAB PRESENTS: WHY ENGAGING DIGITAL AD EXPERIENCES ARE THE NEW GOLD STANDARD FOR MARKETERS

This group of industry leaders from the IAB Game Committee will discuss how games are uniquely suited for brand engagement for all demographics, on all platforms, 24/7, and will highlight innovative game ad formats that allow brands to insert themselves into game content in a less intrusive, native way. What are best practices for creative strategy for impactful game advertising? What are the game content and ad formats that appeal to different target audiences, from social games to eSports and more? PANELISTS: Anne Frisbie, SVP, Global Brand & Programmatic, InMobi Gabrielle Heyman, Head of Global Brand Partners, Zynga Kym Nelson,...
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Anne Frisbie
Gabrielle Heyman
Kym Nelson
Julie Shumaker
Susan Borst

THE RISE OF ESPORTS

Competitive gaming tournaments have been packing stadiums and drawing record viewers online for some time, and are increasingly becoming part of the network and cable television mix. What do the next few years look like for the growth of eSports leagues in television broadcast, live event, and online settings? Does eSports need linear broadcasting? Do the television networks need eSports? PANELISTS: Brendan Donohue, Managing Director, NBA 2K League Damon Lau, Co-founder and CEO, Everyday Influencers/Press X Ali Moiz, CEO & Co-Founder, Streamlabs Wim Stocks, GM/CEO, WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague (a Division of Cineplex) Marty Strenczewilk, CEO and Co-founder, Splyce...
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Brendan Donahue
Damon Lau
Ali Moiz
Matt Mosteller
Wim Stocks
Marty Strenczewilk
Jacob Carlson
4:00 pm- 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON BREAK

THE FUTURE OF ESPORTS: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BRANDS, AGENCIES & MARKETERS

Providing a potent mix of real-life spectatorship and digital entertainment, today the worldwide phenomenon of competitive gaming counts over 200 million spectators annually and presents a unique, new avenue in the entertainment market. This panel will discuss best of brand activations of eSports teams, leagues, competitive gamers and streamers. What is the opportunity for brands, agencies and marketers? PANELISTS: Dave Correa, Director, Sponsorship Sales, ESL Mike Lee, Head of Partnerships, Everyday Influencers/Press X Dave Madden, SVP Global Brand Solutions, EA Mark Tekunoff, Corporate PR Manager, HyperX Moderator: Manny Anekal, Founder & CEO, The Next Level and Versus Sports
David Correa
Mike Lee
Dave Madden
Mark Tekunoff
Manny Anekal

GAMES CRITICS ROUNDTABLE

This panel will discuss how to make a successful game for iOS, Android and emerging mobile platforms. How important is creativity? What are the metrics that matter when judging product success? PANELISTS: Dan Ackerman, Section Editor, CNET
 Chris Byrd, Lead Video Game Critic, The Washington Post
 Sara Clemens, Editor-in-Chief, Videodame
 Antwand Pearman, Executive Producer, Producers vs Show, President, Gamer Fit Nation Sherri Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch
 Moderator: Harold Goldberg, Founder & Editor in Chief, Video Games Critics Circle
Dan Ackerman
Chris Byrd
Sara Clemens
Antwand Pearman
Sherri Smith
Harold Goldberg

RECEPTION

Reception sponsored by Game Insight
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NY GAMES TECH CRAWL

8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media; Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech
Paul Sweeting

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE FUTURE OF MACHINE-TO-MACHINE RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

If licensing and royalty payments are ever to be managed with the same machine-to-machine efficiency as media distribution and consumption, rights information must be put into machine-readable formats. A panel of senior executives from across media sectors to discuss the status of various initiatives to get rights information into machine-readable form, the challenges they’re facing, and how close or far we are from reliable machine-to-machine rights clearances. ​ PANELISTS: Dae Bogan, Co-founder and CEO, TuneRegistry Benji Rogers, CEO, dotblockchain Music Michael Shanley, Vice President of IT Business Development, Music Reports Michael Simon, President, Rumblefish; CEO, Harry Fox Agency LLC MODERATOR: Christopher...
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Dae Bogan
Benji Rogers
Michael Shanley
Michael Simon
Christopher Kenneally

OPENING PRESENTATIONS WITH PAPERCHAIN AND HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Presenter: Karen Peláez, Subsidiary Rights Manager, Harvard University Press Rahul Rumalla, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Paperchain
Karen Peláez
Rahul Rumalla

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JIM MCKELVEY OF SQUARE

FIRESIDE CHAT: Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square Interviewer: Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media; Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech
Jim McKelvey
Paul Sweeting
11:15 am - 11:45 am

MORNING BREAK

THE ENUMERATED MANUSCRIPT

Leaders from across media sectors discuss efforts to assign and affix unique identifiers and critical metadata to individual works and the importance of unique IDs in enabling machine-to-machine transactions. PANELISTS: Mark Isherwood, DDEX Secretariat, Digital Data Exchange, LLC Eugene Mopsik, Vice Chair, PLUS Coalition McKenzie Vaughn, Co-Founder and CEO, JAAK Bill Wilson, VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Business Association MODERATOR: Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse
Mark Isherwood
Eugene Mopsik
Vaughn McKenzie
Bill Wilson
Jim Griffin

LICENSING HUBS AND MARKETPLACES

Global platforms and new, digital use cases for content across all media sectors has made the process of obtaining and authorizing rights clearances far more difficult and complicated difficult than in the past, slowing commerce and triggering disputes over unlicensed usage. Could licensing hubs and online marketplaces offering “one-stop shopping” for rights bring order to the chaos? PANELISTS: Susan Allen, Attorney Advisor (Copyright), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Virginie Berger, CEO, Armonia Online Thomas Minkus, Managing Director, IPR License Lee Greer, Founder & President, NPREX MODERATOR: Kris Kliemann, President, Kliemann & Co.
Susan Allen
Virginie Berger
Lee Greer
Thomas Minkus
Kris Kliemann

PROVENANCE AND REGISTRATION

Claiming authorship and establishing a reliable chain of ownership of copyrighted works is critical to enabling commerce. This panel will examine efforts to create rights registries and establish records of provenance if different sectors of the copyright industries. PANELISTS: Nathan Lands, Co-Founder & CEO, Binded Joe Naylor, Founder, President & CEO, ImageRights International, Inc. Robert Norton, CEO & Founder, Verisart MODERATOR: Heather Reid, Dean of Library & Learning Resources, Berklee College of Music
Robert Norton
Joe Naylor
Nathan Lands
Heather Reid

BLOCKCHAIN: THE NEXT INTERNET, OR THE NEXT LINUX?

Blockchain technology today is often likened to the internet, circa 1996. But is it really a protocol consumers will embrace directly, or is it more like Linux, a useful tool running in the background of more conventional consumer-facing applications? How should rights owners and rights-tech developers think about blockchain? PANELISTS: Jesse Grushack, Co-Founder, Ujo Music Konstantin Richter, CEO, Blockdaemon Bryce Weiner, Founder, Tao Network MODERATOR: Vickie Nauman, Founder/Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Jesse Grushack
Konstantin Richter
Bryce Weiner
Vickie Nauman
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

VIEW FROM THE TOP: COPYRIGHT REFORM AND THE ROLE OF RIGHTS-TECH

Senior executives and policymakers discuss the status of copyright reform efforts underway in the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia, and other territories and what proposed changes could mean for content identification, rights management, and automated licensing technologies. ​PANELISTS: Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, International Music Managers Forum, Copyright Committee Lui Simpson, Executive Director, International Enforcement and Trade Policy Association of American Publishers MODERATOR: Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media; Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt
Lui Simpson
Paul Sweeting

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH ROBERT KASUNIC OF U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE

Robert Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice, United States Copyright Office INTERVIEWER: Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse
Robert Kasunic
Jim Griffin

CROWDFUNDING, CRYPTOCURRENCIES AND STRUCTURED FINANCE: HOW DIY ARTISTS ARE LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO FIND NEW WAYS TO FUND THEIR CREATIVE PROJECTS

From initial coin offerings to token sales to royalty-backed loans artists are finding new ways to finance their projects while retaining ownership of their works. But can artists really cut out the middleman altogether? PANELISTS: Robert Binning, CEO, StreamSpace, LLC Hale Boggs, Partner, Corporate and Finance Capital Markets, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Chair, Manatt Digital Tatiana Moroz, Founder & CEO, Crypto Media Hub Dominic Pandiscia, CEO, PledgeMusic
Robert Binning
Hale Boggs
Tatiana Moroz
Dominic Pandiscia

FEATURED PRESENTATION WITH KLARIS IP AND YOUNOW

Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Protection – A Global Perspective PRESENTER: Edward Klaris, Managing Partner, Klaris IP, LLC. Livestreaming Pioneer, YouNow, about its new Blockchain project: PROPS. PRESENTER: Adi Sideman, CEO, YouNow
Edward Klaris
Adi Sideman

I’LL SHOW YOU MINE IF YOU SHOW ME YOURS: OVERCOMING THE DATA-SHARING INCENTIVES PROBLEM

Everyone agrees that rights-based industries could benefit overall from greater transparency and access to data on ownership, usage and royalty calculations. But not everyone would benefit equally. How can industries create the incentives to make proprietary data less proprietary? ​ PANELISTS: Bill Colitre, Vice President & General Counsel, Music Reports Chris Crawford, CEO, Loudr Dick Huey, Head of Partnership, Jaxsta Robert Singerman, VP International Publishing, LyricFind MODERATOR: Vickie Nauman, Founder/Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Bill Colitre
Chris Crawford
Dick Huey
Robert Singerman
Vickie Nauman

REMIX THIS: MASH-UPS, DERIVATIVE WORKS AND UGC

Remixes and user-generated content present unique rights-management challenges. How are technology developers and entrepreneurs meeting them? PANELISTS: Danny Anders, CEO & Founder, ClearTracks Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media MODERATOR: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Danny Anders
Alisa Coleman
Stephen White
Ted Cohen
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON BREAK

VIEW FROM THE TOP: INVESTING IN RIGHTS AND ROYALTIES

A discussion of the investment and M&A environment for rights and metadata management technologies, royalties as an asset class, and new technology-enabled financing strategies for artists. ​ PANELISTS: Rodney Elder, VP Commercial Operations, Virtusales Publishing Solutions Brandon Nelson, CEO, PerDiem Matthew Smith, CEO, Royalty Exchange Jeff Schneider, President & CFO, Royalty Exchange Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director and Head of Digital Media and Internet, Headwaters MODERATOR: Elgin Thompson, Managing Director, Digital Capital Advisors
Jeff Schneider
Rodney Elder
Brandon Nelson
Matthew Smith
Sun Jen Yung
Elgin Thompson

ROUNDTABLE: WHO OWNS MACHINE-MADE MUSIC?

PANELISTS: Drew Silverstein, CEO & Founder, Amper Music Louis Smoller, Attorney, Savur Threadgold LLP
Drew Silverstein
Louis Smoller