Agenda 2017

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
Tinzar Sherman, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Media Wire

Tinzar Sherman
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 PRESENTATION: 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 A’Harrah, Head of Training and Development, Music Ally

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, VP of Content, 8i
MODERATOR: Cortney Harding, Founder, Friends with Holograms

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

Jesse Kirshbaum
Joel and Benji Madden

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.

  • Vertigo Music | Presenter: Greg Leekley, CEO & Co-Founder, Vertigo Music
    Vertigo Music’s mission is to connect the world of music. We have a vision for what it looks like when people are free to legally share life through music, because life is better with music. We want a more lean forward social experience with music given every song has a story and every story has a song.
  • Soundcharts | Presenter: David Weiszfeld, CEO & Co-Founder, Soundcharts
    Following the performance of any artist is now very easy with Soundcharts, the real-time intelligence solution for the Music Industry made for artists and their managers, record labels, publishers, live producers, and advertising agencies of all sizes.
    Soundcharts enhances decision-making by bringing together real-time and historical music consumption data (from charts, airplay, playlists and social networks), improving project management, reporting and artist scouting.
    After 8 months of monetization, Soundcharts works with over 300 users from 200 different companies in 14 countries.

MODERATED BY: Jon Vanhala, Founder, Crossfade Partners

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

Todd Spangler
Floris Bauer
Rebecca Glashow
Peter Phillips
Paul Potenzone

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 & Growth, Al Jazeera Digital
    Moderator: Alex Weprin, Media Reporter and Editor, POLITICO’s Morning Media newsletter

    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, former Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul
    Christine Murphy, SVP Branded Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted
    Shannon Pruitt, President, The Story Lab, US
    Andrew Saunders, Head of Global Brand Strategy, Tastemade
    MODERATOR: Philip Alberstat, Chief Operating Officer, Contend

    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 Sherman, SVP, Social Strategy, DigitasLBi
    Ryan Troy, Product Manager, TV, Twitter
    MODERATOR: Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting

    Mario Armstrong
    Courtney McKlveen
    Ali Moiz
    Jill Sherman
    Ryan Troy
    Karen Allen

    OK GOOGLE, 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:
    Lauren Berkowitz, Chief Business Officer, Elemental Cognition
    Yiannis Pagkalos, Business Development Principal, Product Partnerships, Google
    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

    Yiannis Pagkalos
    Lauren Berkowitz
    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.
    Maureen Polo, General Manager, Fullscreen
    MODERATOR: Phil Ranta, COO, Studio71

    Paul Kontonis
    Rebecca Duke
    Marc Hustvedt
    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, PeopleTV
    MODERATOR: Terence Gray, Founder and Executive Director, New York Television Festival

    Jill Braff
    Sharmi Gandhi
    Matthew Henick
    Susanne Mei
    Terence Gray

    FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MASHABLE STUDIOS & WATTPAD

    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 Director, Crossover Technologies

    Eric Goldberg
    Jon Goldman
    Randy Shaffer
    David Stelzer
    Jeff Anderson

    OPENING PRESENTATION: 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 group decision-making. He will provide insights into the design challenges, player feedback during the development process, and the lessons their learned in this emerging area.

    PRESENTER:
    Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight

    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
    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
    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:
    Bjorn Book-Larsson, VP of Product, HTC Vive
    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

    Bjorn Book-Larsson
    John Linden
    Nanea Reeves
    Matthew Wang
    Michael Gold

    FIRESIDE CHAT WITH SUNDANCE DIGIOVANNI OF ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

    Sundance DiGiovanni, VP Brand & Content, Activision Blizzard
    INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire

    Sundance DiGiovanni
    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, SVP of Client Strategy, West, Twitch
    Julie Shumaker, VP, Global Ads Business Development, Unity Technologies
    MODERATOR: Susan Borst, Deputy Director, Mobile IAB

    Susan Borst
    Gabrielle Heyman
    Julie Shumaker
    Anne Frisbie
    Kym Nelson

    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
    MODERATOR: Jacob Carlson, Digital Media Strategist- Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital

    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 Kenneally, Business Development,Copyright Clearance Center

    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

    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
    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
    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
    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