New Tracks and Themes in Development

I. Virtual and Augmented Reality - From Sense of Presence to Full Embodiment

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

III. The California Education Summit: Public Private Partnerships & Student Creativity Summit

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

V. Finance Hollywood - Investment - Funding - Packaging

VI. The Women's Summit & Festival - Content - Discussion - Recognition

VII. Hollywood Advertising - Brands - Agencies - Networks - Platforms

VIII. Social TV - Smart Mobile: Hollywood = Tablets - Phones - TV - PCs

IX. The High School Music Company Project

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

Entertainment and Technology: Investment, Financing & Packaging Projects: Unique Content - Unique Technology

Monica Dodi, Managing Director, Women's Venture Capital Fund

Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Juston Brommel, Founder, Advisor, CMTO, CSO, Free(dom) Agent

Leif Reinstein, Film and TV Finance Partner, Reed Smith, Moderator

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Sponsored by: Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Women Leading the Digital Charge from Content Creation to Distribution

Kristin Cruz, iHeart Radio Personality, Media Host and Producer

Laura Nickerson, Media Host/Producer and On-Camera Consultant,   MomAngeles Media LLC & The Randy Lane Co.

Cupid Hayes, Vice President of Business Development for MCMG (Missing Channel Media Group)

Sienna Babb, Head of Digital, MarVista

Sarah Penna, Head of AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck Network

Toby Berlin, President, School of Toby, Inc and Consultant to Playstation Vue

Michelle Van Jura, Founder and Owner, ‎Intersect Communications, Moderator

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – To the Next Level

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Virtual and Augmented Reality: A Five Year Projection:  An Investment in Time and Space

Buzz Hays, Owner & Studio Chief, True Image Co.

Ed Lantz, CEO, Vortex Immersive Media

Janie Fitzgerald, founder, Axis Images

Brian Seth Hurst, Chief StoryTeller and Co-Founder StoryTech, Managing Partner, StoryTech™

Matt Liszt, VP of Marketing at MasterImage 3D, Inc., member, Board of Directors, International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society

Amir Rubin, CEO Sixense, Inc.

Allison Wood, CEO, REIFY

Bruce Greenberg, Founder, iCinema Ventures, Moderator

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Session II: Guerin A

CG Humans: Integration of the Virtual Character in Film - TV – VR - Games

Brett Leonard, Producer/Director/Writer/Futurist, Tough Trick Transmedia

Richard Taylor, Cinematics Director at Electronic Arts on Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3

Sean Stanek, CGI-Motion Capture, Director of Infamous 2 and technical director the Uncharted game series

Joseph A. Zaki, Founder and CEO VRTUALITY

Marshall Millett, CEO, AeMass (Volumetric Motion/Reality Capture

Gregory Peter Panos, Founder: Persona Foundation, Futurist, VR /AR Pioneer

Woody Schultz, Actor, Producer, Writer and President/Partner of Winning Swimmer Productions

David Traub, Co-Founder, Epiphany Film Fund, Moderator

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Session III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 202

VR Game Creation – The Deep Dive – Immersing in a Virtual Experience – Thinking and Breathing in a Cyber Universe

James Iliff, CCO & Co-Founder, Survios

Russell Naftal, Co-Managing Partner, VRWERX

Anthony Borquez, Founder and CEO, Grab, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

2:45 PM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of IVERSON, the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty to become one of the world’s most iconic and controversial sports figure; created, directed and produced by Zatella Beatty.

Q&A with Zatella Beatty “Breaking Barriers”

• How a first time director obtained the trust of and right to tell a sport legend’s story and turned such story in one of the most successful sport documentary of all time.

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3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Video Everywhere - Technologies & Platforms - Enabling the Next Generation of Over-the-Top TV

Alex Drosin, President - North America, Massive Interactive

Judy Johnson, Director of UX & Product Innovation, AWE Division, Bottle Rocket

Campbell Foster, Director of Product Marketing, Video Solutions, Adobe

Xavier Kochhar, President and CEO, The Video Genome Project, Structured Data Intelligence (SDI)

Josette Bonte, Chief Strategy Officer, CTM: Institute for Communication Technology Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company, Moderator

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Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Branded Entertainment Marketing - Across Platforms - Leveraging Image, Content and Celebrity

Jen Garcia Allen, Executive Editor, Kardashian/Jenner Apps

Zach Blume, Managing Director, Portal A

Caroline Wilson, Senior Director of Creative Integration, Initiative

Jordan Yospe, Of Counsel, Eisner Jaffe

Jeff Hardy, CEO and Founder, Floor 84 Studio

James Shani, Founder & CEO, SAV Studios

Glenn Sanders, Creative Director, eclipse

Ben Mendelson, co-founder and president, Interactive Television Alliance, Moderator

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

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

Mike Pusateri, Founder/CEO, Bent Pixels

Steven Polster, CEO, RIGHTSTRADE

Ori Birnbaum, Co-Founder, Whipclip

Ben Lister, COO, Rightster

Graham M Oakes, CEO, Media Science International, Chairman - Digital Watermarking Alliance

Tom Carroux, Director of Business Development, Cryptography Research, Inc.

Pablo Argon, Senior Director of Technical Strategy, Ericsson TV Platforms

Rajan Samtani, SVP Sales and Marketing, Peer Media Technologies, Moderator

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3:50 PM - 5:00 PM, Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Track IV: The Women's Creativity Workshops

Women, Wellness and Fitness Media - Nutrition, Workouts and the Healthy Lifestyle

Lisa Jey Davis, Pilates Instructor and Creator of The Orchids Plan for Women over 40

Danika Brysha, curve model and founder of clean-eating Paleo meal delivery service Model Meals

Jen E. Smith, Master yoga instructor at Equinox and founder of Retreat Yourself Well

Holly Perkins, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, women’s strength expert, and author of "Lift to Get Lean

Rachel Lee, VP Content Strategy at Beachbody

Valaer Goldsworthy, Managing Editor of LIVESTRONG.COM

Jess Barron, Editor in Chief, Livestrong.com, Moderator

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Innovating in VR-AR-Immersive Production - The Amazing Journey of Imagination, Gear and Innovation

Dan Ferguson, EVP Digital Interactive, Groove Jones

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director

Matt Johnson, EVP of Innovation, Bottle Rocket & GM of Thruster

Alex Barder, Co-Managing Partner, VRWERX

Keram Malicki Sanchez, founder, FIVARS, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented REALITY Stories (Toronto)

Jacob Carlson, Digital Media Strategist and Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media, Moderator

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Session II: Guerin A

Transhumanism: Science Fiction or Reality

Dr. Natasha Vita-More, Chairman of Humanity+, and Faculty at University of Advancing Technology

Zoltan Istvan, 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate, Transhumanist Party

David Kelley, CTO Zensa, Microsoft MVP, and TNC Chairman

Lincoln Cannon, CEO, Thrivous and Discerner, and Founder of Mormon Transhumanist Association

Newton Lee, U.S. Presidential Campaign Advisor for the Transhumanist Party, Moderator

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

End-of-Day Reception – Taper Courtyard

Outdoor Area In Front of Haas Conference Center

 

Two Great Evening Events! (You can Attend Both!)

Thursday, May 5th, Ahmanson Hall

6:15 PM - 8:30, Open to All Attendees

The Women's DigiFest

An Evening Celebrating Women's Entertainment

Co-Sponsored by WIF Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

and

Thursday, May 5th

The 57th Annual Genii Awards, Additional Ticket Required

Honoring Achievement of Excellence by Women in Media and Entertainment

Hosted by: Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM, Cocktail Reception, Red Carpet and Silent Auction

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - The Awards Ceremony

Honorees

Sherry Brennan, SVP, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks Group for Excellence in Management

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Thursday, May 5th

The Immersive Breakfast Roundtable

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Haas Conf. Ctr. - Rm. 172 & 173, Live Webcast

The VR Narrative: Immersive Theater and Language of VR: Story Architects and Experience Designers

Michael Conelly, founder, Blackthorn Media

Andy Cochrane, ‎‎Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada

Peter Oberdorfer, ‎President, Tactic

Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre

Jonathan Pearson, Director, UNIT9

Nick DeMartino, Chair, IDEABOOST Accelerator, Moderator

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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Track I: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Innovation in Video Advertising: Enhancing Brand Experience - Maximizing Revenue in Syndication, Ad Insertion and Live Streaming

Neil Patel, SVP | Business Strategy and Innovation, The Martin Agency

Jeff Suhy, President & Founder, ModOp

Jennifer Sharp, VP Partnerships, Joyus

Jason Bercovici, Manager, Product Strategy and Operations, Exponential

Joseph Wineroth, Head of Client Success, VideoAmp

Robert Cain, Partner, Pacific Bridge Pictures, Moderator

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Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Data-driven Trends in Content, Commerce & Tech - Toolkits for Growing Revenue and Users via Social, Native and Influencers

Juston Brommel, Founder, Advisor, CMTO, CSO, Free(dom) Agent, Moderator

Brendan Kane, Digital Business Strategist

Narb Avedissian, CEO/Co-Founder, HaulStars - Interactive Video Technology
Dhruv Joshi, Chief Evangelist | Full Stack Marketer | Growth Hacker | Data Analyst, Social Rockfish

Barry Stamos, CEO/Co-Founder, Videoo – Reinventing Social Video Playlists
Georgii Speakman, LA Business Director, at the projects*

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The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, 303-304

The Women's Digifest

First Presentation:

Special screening of ANOTHER DAY WITH YOU

Q&A with content creators

Amy Goddard; Bob Clendenin; Gregory Van Horn

John Zinman; Laurie Leitzel; Jeanne Taylor and Dane Collier

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10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

Session I: The Guerin A

Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners

Ethan Gilmore, Founder, VARcrypt

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Rob Vickery, co-founder and CEO, Stage Venture Partners

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

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Session II: Ahmanson Hall

Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Mary Ermitanio, Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Julina Tatlock, CEO & Creative Director, 30 Ninjas

Camille Kanengiser, CoFounder & CCO, Freeform Labs

Jody Belliveau, Director of Product Development, WEVR

Jenn Duong, Director of Virtual Reality, 1215creative

Taryn Southern, Producer, Actor and YouTube Personality, Moderator

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The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

10:30 AM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of BROKEN MEMORIES,

Q&A with Kassi Crews (Producer) and Michael Worth (Director)

 “Independent Production – What does it really mean?”

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10:45 AM - Noon

Track I: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Indie TV – OTT and Streaming - The Gateway to the New Hollywood of Content to Phones, Tablets, TV and PC

Kim Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer, FilmOn.TV

Yahav Isak, EVP, Client Operations, Manifest

Randa Minkarah, Chief Operating Officer, Transform (formerly OneAccord Digital)

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion

Thomas K. Arnold, publisher and editorial director, Home Media Magazine

Frank Chindamo, President & Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies

James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Moderator

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Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

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

Michelle Robson, Founder, HER Inc and EmpowHER

Clara Berta, Founder, BertaArt Studio

Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Erin Kapczynski, Vice President, Marketing, Purch

Debra Fine, CEO, "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles

Andra Leimandt, founder and drummer, The Mrs

Linda Sherman, Co-Founder, The Courage Group, Moderator

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11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

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

Hollywood and Cybercrimes: from Privacy to Piracy, Theft and the Dark Net

Frank Nein, President, 9Sight2020.com, Moderator

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Advertising, Live and Brands in VR-AR-360 Video – from Mobile & Immersive to Experiential

Dustin Callif, Managing Partner, Tool of North America

Pieter Van Leugenhagen, co-founder & Business Strategist, yondr

Mike Abend, Vice President, Thunder Studios

Steve Nix, General Manager of VR, Reel FX

Mike Nichols, VP, Creative Technology, Fuel

Alastair Green, Executive Creative Director, Team One (VR for Lexus)

Cynthia Lieberman, Media & Marketing Strategist, Lieberman Communications, Moderator

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Session II: Guerin A

Storytelling in Hollywood: Art + Design + Technology = The New Narrative of Film - VR - Games - Experiental Environments

Tim Dillon, Executive Producer- VR, MPC

Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA, principal of Jeffrey Daniels Architects and Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design

Spencer Hunt, VP of Games and Interactive Entertainment, Skydance Productions

Andy Goldstein, Executive Producer, Otherworld Interactive

Monika Bielskyte, founder, AFE Media

Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR, Tools of North America, Moderator

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Session III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

The Total Immersive Entertainment Experience – Theme Parks to Live Theater Environments to Domes

Ed Lantz, MEE, PGA, Founder, Vortex Immersion Media

Markus Beyr, Chief Executive Officer, Attraktion! GmbH

Brent Young, President and Creative Director, Super 78

Kevin Althans, Director for Commercial/VR, Reel FX

Audri Phillips, Immersive Animator/VFX/VR Artist

Moderator - Kate McCallum, Producer, PGA: Producers Guild of America, National Board Member & New Media Council Delegate

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track I: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Ultimate TV: The OTT, Cross Platform, Multiscreen Experience - Navigated by Set-top, Mobile Device or Console

Nick Colsey, Vice President, Television Division, Sony Corporation

Samir Ahmed, CTO, M-GO

Keith Zubchevich, Chief Strategy Officer, Conviva

Dan Sweeney, VP, Sales & Marketing, Nevelex Corp.

Jim Monroe, General Manager, BTV, Didja, Inc.

Mark Donnigan, Vice President, Sales & Strategy, Beamr, Moderator

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Track II: Guerin C

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

Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman

Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs, Starz

Roman Silberfeld, partner, Robins Kaplan LLP

Simon N. Pulman, Associate, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Robyn R. Polashuk, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Covington & Burling LLP

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph, Moderator

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Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 302, Women's Creativity

Funding Women's Projects: Film/TV Packaging to Tech Start-ups - VC - Private Equity and Crowdfunding

Joanna Cronin, Director of Product, StartEngine Crowdfunding

Paige Morrow Kimball, founder, Makazan Films

Renata RA Akhunova, Partner, Formula VC, Venture Fund, Moderator

Additional speakers to be announced

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12:30, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of USE YOUR AND, an empowering campaign developed for Gillette Venus® developed by Riess l Hill

Q&A with content creator Amy Hill “What is Branded Content”

• The difference between branded content and commercials

• How to exploit branded content

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1:15 PM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of three digital channels: ENGINEERING YOUR SPACE, created by Isabelle LaRue ENTERTAINING WITH BETH, created by Beth Le Manach and WORDS, WINE & WOMEN, created by Tara Johnson.

Q&A Beth Le Manach; Isabelle LaRue; Tara Johnson; Jacque Borowski; Dr. Shannon Chavez “Building a Successful Digital Network/Channel”

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Visionary Transmedia: VR - Gaming - Sci-Fi - Music Video - Horror - Space – The Multi-Level Experience

Eric W. Shamlin, Managing Director / Executive Producer, Secret Location (The Sleepy Hollow: VR Experience)

Jay Bushman, Emmy winner, Writer of Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Hal Hefner, Creative Strategist, Ridley Scott’s  3AM, “The Martian,” Consultant to Endgame universe

Jennifer Palais, Director of Digital & Social Media Production, GreenLight Media and Marketing

Joe LeFavi, Head of Marketing, Comic-Con HQ

Moderator: Behnam Karbassi, Founder - President - CEO, No Mimes Media

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Session II: Haas Room 171

Mobile/Social AR and VR – Social Media Meets VR-AR-360 Video – The Coming Global Interface

Leland Hedges, Vice President, Product and Marketing, Virtually Live

Guy Bendov, CEO, Sidekick Games
Michael Zyda, Director, USC GamePipe Laboratory

Dr. David Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Pantomime Corporation

Bob Rafei, CEO, Big Red Button Entertainment

David Baszucki, CEO, ROBLOX

Clifton Dawson, Founder & President, Greenlight VR , Moderator

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2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Hybrid TV - Delivering the Ultimate TV Experience: Broadcast, Cable, Premium & OTT Content

Anupam Gupta, EVP, Cloud & Product Services, Vubiquity

Dr. Kanaan Jemili, Chief Executive Officer, NeuLion

Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, NAGRA

Mike Earle, CEO, aioTV Inc.

Nash Parker, Director, IoT Ecosystem Development, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Nokia

Scott Robson, Vice President, Content Operations, Gracenote

David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac, Moderator

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Track II: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Live Stream of Music Festivals and Concerts: Brands, Bands and New Technologies

Mark Demarest, CEO, Spinnable

Allen Sanford, CEO and Co-Founder, LiveList

Kat Chung, Client Director, Strategy at Initiative (IPG)

Raymond Roker, HEAD OF CONTENT STRATEGY/EP/DIR, Goldenvoice

Hank Neuberger, President, Springboard Productions

Terry Koosed, founder and CEO, Bel Air Internet

John J. Petrocelli, CEO, Bulldog Digital Media, Moderator

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Virtual Reality - Immersive Entertainment

Internet TV - The Women's Summit

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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