VC - Private Equity - Blockchain - Angels - Crypto

Hollywood Deals & Packages - Crowdfunding

The Three Day Intensive


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Tracks and Themes

I. Advertising Hollywood: Brand and Influencer Marketing

II. Immersive Hollywood - VR/AR-MR-XR

III. The Micro-Influencers - The Two Day Intensive & Awards

IV. The Artistic Creators: Directors – Technologists – Actors – Producers – Performers - Writers

V. Finance Hollywood: Investment - Packaging - Blockchain

VI. California Cannabis Forum - Medical - Legislation - Media

VII. Food Tech + Wellness Forum: Food Culture - Food Industry

VIII. Internet TV: The Disruption - OTT: Phones - Tablets - PC - TV

IX. The Women's Summit & Workshops - Content - Discussion - Recognition

X. The Mobile - Social Lifestyle: Tablets - Phones - Communication

XI. The University Project: Internet & Entertainment - AR/VR Accelerating the Educational Process

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Digital Hollywood Fall, October 16-18, 2018

Skirball Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

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The Complete Three Day Agenda

The Strategic Sessions - Let's Get Started!

Tuesday, October 16th

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Track I: Haas Conference Center, Room 172 & 173: Live Webcast

VCs, Private Equity and Corporate Investments: The Funding and Accelerating the Content and Technology Marketplace

Pallavi Shah, Senior Vice President, HOULIHAN LOKEY

Schuyler M. Moore, Partner, Greenberg Glusker

Christopher G. Howland, Vice President | Entertainment Industries Division, PACIFIC MERCANTILE BANK

Gregory Bedrosian, Managing Partner & CEO, Drake Star Partners

Paul Hanson, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Covert Media

Megan Jones, Associate, Clark & Trevithick

Bill Drewry, Founding Partner, Pursuit Advisory LP.

Larry Gerbrandt, principal, Media Valuation Partners, Moderator


Noon – 1:00 PM

Session II: Guerin A, in Herscher Hall, Live Webcast

The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making

Andrew Sugerman, Producer, “Conviction,” “Any Day,” “The Divide,” “Prozac Nation,” and Exec. Produced, “Shopgirl”

Justin Hochberg, CEO, Just Entertainment

Steve Foster, Head of Original Content, Adaptive Studios

Brian Beckmann, CFO, Arclight Films

Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Track I: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173, Live Webcast

Women on the Creative Edge: From Cinematic Entertainment and TV to Music and VR/AR/MR: Experiences in a Changing Landscape

Jackie Guerra, Olympic Athlete, Superstar Trainer, CEO of Game Ready Performance

Tanna Frederick, Producer, Director, Actress, and Activist

Jennifer Palais, Cannes Lion Winner, Strategist, Content Director, “The Lada GaGa Experience,” “Apple - 30 Years of Mac Celebration”

Ketaki Shriram, Chief Technology Officer, Krikey

Louisa Spring, Founder, SAM-i, Moderator


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Herscher Hall, Guerin A, Live Webcast

The Hollywood Masterclass: TV, Film and Video - Packaging - Producing - Bundling - Distributing in a Cross-Platform World

Brian Medavoy, Talent Manager, Producer, and Emmy Award winner (Darma and Greg, American High, and Just Shoot Me)

Moderator, Catherine Clinch, TV Writer, TV veteran, Hunter, Jake & The Fat Man, Knight Rider, Love Boat, Hart to Hart


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Track I: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast

The Producer’s Strategic Roundtable: Film - TV - Internet


2:40 PM - 3:40 PM, Haas Conference Center, Room 171

The Content Development & Financing Workshop - Film – TV – Indie Production – Internet Programming

Elissa Friedman, SVP Development & Production, Covert Media

Matthew Soraci, COO, The Lagralane Group

Kayla Tabish, Director/Producer

SJ Murray, Ph.D., EMMY®-nominated filmmaker and award-winning writer, producer, director, & educator

Jamice Oxley, Associate, Pryor Cashman LLP, Moderator


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Track III: Herscher Hall, Guerin A, Live Webcast

The TV/Film/Video - Platforms and Partnerships - Developing Hollywood Content as Brand and Distribution Package

Miriam Mintz, Director of Development, JASH (Group Nine Studios)

Ari Mark, founder, AMPLE

Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer, Arclight Films

Lynnwood Bibbens, Co-Founder, Reach TV

Kimberly King-Burns, Partner, convergenz/solutions, Moderator


5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Tent Area

Outdoor Area In Front of Ahmanson Hall


Wednesday, October 17th

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 202

Crowdfunding, ICOs, Start-ups & Angels: The Financing the Entertainment and Technology Industries

Dimitry Lensky, Attorney, LKP Global Law, LLPke

Kevin Aratari, Head of Business Development, Troika

Muizz Kheraj, Managing Director, FocalPoint Partners LLC

Mark Linao, Principal, Akaktsuki Entertainment Tech Fund

Justin Giddings, CEO & Founder,


The California Cannabis Forum

10 AM - 10:45 AM - Herscher Hall, Guerin B

The Business of Cannabis: Banking – Investment – Branding – What’s Legal and Not Legal in California


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Track III: Herscher Hall, Room 202

Investment & Funding of Film, Indie Film and TV: from Theatrical Features to Cable Networks, Netflix and Amazon

Seth M Willenson, President. Seth Willenson, Inc., Moderator


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

The China - Entertainment Industry Roundtable: A Discussion with China Experts - Investment, Joint Ventures, and Productions

Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank

Debra Chinn, Director, International Dubbing, Netflix

Robb Klein, Partner, Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Matthew Knowles, Actor, Model, Singer, and Bilingual Television Show Host

Andre Morgan, Internationally Renowned Film and Television Producer

Lora Y. Chen, CEO, China Media Consulting, Moderator


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

Content Strategies in Hollywood: TV - Film - Internet - Branding & Influencers

Jim Amos, founder, Scout53, former, President of Distribution, Sony Pictures and SVP Head of Sales, STX Entertainment

JR Griffin, Vice President, Digital Marketing & Business Development, FremantleMedia North America

Barak Shragai, CEO, IMGN Media

Stuart McLean, President, Content & Co.

David Bloom, Columnist/Contributor, TVRev / Tubefilter / Forbes, Moderator


Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304, Live Webcast

Working in the Industry: An In-Depth Discussion with Executives and Creatives from TV, Film and Technology

David Viviano, Chief Economist, SAG-AFTRA

Moderator, Simone Nelson, Managing Director, The CSU Entertainment Alliance


Session II: Herscher Hall, Guerin A, Live Webcast from this Room

Future of Film - Transitioning - a New and Challenging Environment Amidst the Burgeoning Streamers, New Tech and AR

Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst, comScore

Heather Blair, Head of Cinema Sales, MediaMation Inc.

Chris Fenton, Media Strategist and Dealmaker; Former President of DMG Entertainment

Robert Lenihan, president US programming, AMC Theatres

John Rubey, CEO, Rubey Entertainment LLC.

Ted Schillowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Moderator


3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by Alliance for Women in Media SoCal

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173, Live Webcast

Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women - A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production

Wendy Sweetmore, Founder/CEO, networkBe (former Senior Exec. MGM/Mark Burnett Productions)

Raelle Tucker, Producer/Writer, True Blood, Jessica Jones, Sacred Lies

Linda Benjamin, COO & Head of Business Affairs, Covert Media

Denise Muyco, co-founder and CEO, StratusCore, Moderator


5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Tent Area

Outdoor Area In Front of Ahmanson Hall







Thursday, October 18th

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM, Herscher Hall, Guerin C

Strategies in Start-up Business Development: Developing Concepts, Lean Start-up Techniques and Positioning Your Company to Succeed!

Brian Mac Mahon, Chief Community Officer, Expert DOJO


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM – Immersive Hollywood: VR – AR - MR

Session I: Haas Conference Center, Rm. 172 & 173

Funding and Business Development in ICOs, Blockchain, AR/VR, AI and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Sohrob Farudi, CEO, Fanchise

Robert Binning, CEO, StreamSpace

Moderator - Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio


Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

Women Entrepreneurs: Sharing Experience - Real Life Stories - Building the Brand, the Personal and the Company Identity

Elizabeth Barrutia, CEO, BARU Marketing & Media

Jameela Jackson, Director, Startup Grind powered by Google

Erin Kapczynski, SVP Marketing, Kontrol Media

Heather Blair, Head of Cinema Sales, MediaMation Inc.

Natasha Miller, Founder/CEO, Entire Productions

Jen Proctor, CEO, Cultivated Entertainment


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

ThinkTank I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Anti-piracy: Protecting Creativity in Hollywood

Daniel Rozansky, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Mark Nakano, Senior Director of Product Marketing and Partnerships, NAGRA NexGuard

M.F. Fogel (‘Michele’), Founder and CEO, Your Moral Compass Counts, LLC

Lima Mora, founder and Managing Director, The Last Star

Rob Holmes, Founder & CEO, IPCybercrime

Frank Nein, President,

Newton Lee, Author, Educator, Futurist - ‎Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships, Moderator


12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Herscher Hall, Guerin C

Digital Deals - Networks, Studios and Producers - Monetizing Content Across Platforms

Jason Henderson, Sr. Manager, Business Development, DISH Network

Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman

Bruce Eisen, founder and president, The Law Offices of Bruce David Eisen

David Tenzer, Entertainment Attorney, formerly Generate, CAA

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph, Moderator


Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

ICOs, Blockchain and Alternative Financing for Film, TV, Games AR/VR, Music, and Media Ventures

Ethan Gilmore, founder and CEO, VARcrypt

Joe Mohen, CEO, Chimes

Moderator - Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304, Webcast

ICOs, Financing, Packaging & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Jennifer Post, Partner, Thompson Coburn

Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+

Brett M. Brown, Managing Partner, Xsolla Capital

Michael Leventhal, Partner, Holmes Weinberg, P.C.

Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator


3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Blockchain, Content Rights, Licensing and Technology Solutions in Media and Entertainment: Implementation of Technology Strategies

Michael Alexander, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry

Jason Brooks, Partner, Altview Law Group, LLP.

Robin Wilson, Director, RW TV

Bill Woods, SVP, MediaMorph, Moderator


5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Tent Area

Outdoor Area In Front of Ahmanson Hall


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Open to All Attendees

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Herscher Hall, Guerin C

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