Wednesday, August 27th
Live Webcast Event
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Internet TV - The Disruption - Cord Cutting - Skinny TV - Mega Premium - What’s in the Future of TV?
Emil Rensing, Chief Digital Officer, EPIX
Mitch Singer, President, DECE/Ultraviolet, former Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy
Fred Bucher, GVP, Marketing, Time Warner Cable Media
James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Moderator
Emil Rensing, Chief Digital Officer, EPIX: a joint venture between Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. As a digital media pioneer, Emil has been instrumental in the early success of America Online and MTV Networks Online. As a partner at Frederator Studios and co-founder of Next New Networks, he's parlayed that expertise in to original programming and audience development in the on-air and online world. In his latest undertaking, Emil oversaw the October 30 launch of EpixHD.com
Mitch Singer, President, DECE/Ultraviolet: Singer joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1990 as Counsel in the Litigation Group. In 1991, he became Counsel to the Television Legal Group, and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 1992. He was named Assistant General Counsel in 1994 and became Vice President in the Television Legal Group in 1996. That same year, he was named head of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment Legal Affairs. In 1997, Mr. Singer became Senior Vice President and transferred to the Intellectual Property Department for SPE. In this capacity he was responsible
for traditional intellectual property issues such as copyright and trademark, new technology licensing and content protection. Singer was Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment. At Sony Pictures, Singer collaborated with the studio's various business units on strategies to address the ongoing digital transformation of the entertainment industry - helping to identify digital business opportunities, exploring new products, formats, and services, representing SPE in industry forums, and working to mitigate digital theft. He focused on emerging and disruptive technologies and evaluates and develops adaptive business models to stay ahead of the technological curve. In addition to developing new consumer usage models, Singer played a central role in Sony Pictures' worldwide anti-digital theft and digital rights management efforts. Singer was the lead negotiator for Sony Pictures in content protection technology licensing issues.
Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy: Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in digital media. His work includes projects with Disney, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, Verizon, Universal Pictures, Goldman Sachs and a range of early stage ventures. He is a frequent speaker on media and innovation worldwide, has served as an expert in several federal media
matters, and is completing his first book on the history and future of television. Shapiro is a Governor of the Television Academy, the home of the Emmys. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Chairman of Village Green Network. As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, Shapiro launched over 25 services on four platforms, including NFL Sunday Ticket Digital , Microsoft's UltimateTV® and TiVo by DIRECTV, the world's first major DVR platform. He was previously Partner at Media Valuation Partners, co-founder of ARC (a VOD service in 15 million homes) and a Producer at the Walt Disney Company. Shapiro sits on the TV Academy's Digital Committee, the Annenberg Research Council and the Producer Guild's New Media Council. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve University.
Fred Bucher, GVP, Marketing, Time Warner Cable Media: Fred is an accomplished leader and marketing executive with experience in building brands, creating successful integrated marketing programs, driving sales and leading best-in-class teams. His combination of strategic and tactical expertise, collaborative style, focus on client service and a solutions oriented approach to marketing and business challenges help build business opportunities and grow revenue. Fred is Group Vice President, Marketing for TWC Media and leads the enterprise brand marketing, product marketing and production/creative services teams. He and his team are responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive integrated marketing, branding and product strategies for TWC Media’s core, digital and emerging ventures including video and data services. Fred joined TWC Media in August, 2012 from Transaction Sports, a consumer-driven sports marketing joint venture, where he was the lead executive for North America. Fred also created and led his own consulting firm. Prior to that, Fred was the VP of Marketing Solutions at ESPN. At ESPN, he led the team charged with creating and executing multimedia and single platform sponsor solutions. Fred was responsible for all sponsor-driven marketing programs across ESPN's on-air networks, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN mobile properties. The total revenue associated with custom programs exceeded $100+ million annually. His team was recognized as the #1 media marketing organization in the country in 2009 by the Annual Beta Advertising. Fred also launched ESPN CreativeWorks which was recognized nationally as one of the most sophisticated, multimedia custom creative production teams in the industry, generating over $20MM in new revenue in the first year. Fred and his wife, Deanna, reside in Connecticut with their four children. In his spare time, Fred is a volunteer for Operation Hope as well as a youth basketball coach for the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club
James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP: Jim is a member of the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digital music downloads. He has also represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. His efforts in the copyright law arena include his work leading negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, and prevent passage of analog hole legislation. In addition, Jim has worked with the semiconductor industry in its efforts to prevent the importation of dangerous counterfeit semiconductors. Jim served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law
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