Speakers

Featured Speakers

 
Dan Beckerman

President and CEO, AEG

Dan Beckerman serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for AEG, one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming.

In addition to oversight of key AEG divisions such as AEG Facilities, AEG Live, AEG Sports, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Europe, AEG Asia and AEG Digital (including the AXS platform), Beckerman, who reports directly to AEG Founder and Chairman Philip Anschutz, oversees long range planning, acquisitions, financial oversight and corporate governance while serving on the six member committee that constitutes AEG’s Office of the Chairman.

Beckerman most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for AEG. In this capacity, his responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day operations for AEG and fiscal planning for its subsidiaries including STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Kings (where he now serves as an Alternate Governor), both of the company’s MLS franchises (where he continues to serve as a member of the league’s Board of Governors), two minor league hockey franchises, international holdings and AEG Live, the firm’s “live” entertainment division. He was also responsible for the financial oversight, long range planning and debt financing for AEG’s development projects throughout the world, including The O2 arena and sports & entertainment district (London), Barclaycard Arena (Berlin), Sprint Center (Kansas City), Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles) and L.A. LIVE (a $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district) among others.

Since joining the organization in August 1997 as CFO of the Los Angeles Kings, Beckerman has played a key role in the investment of over $5 billion dollars to develop facilities such as STAPLES Center, LA LIVE, The O2 in London (deemed the world’s top music venue by Pollstar magazine seven consecutive years), Barclaycard Arena in Berlin, The Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott hotels at L.A. LIVE, StubHub Center (which opened as The Home Depot Center) and BBVA Compass stadium; the operations of over one dozen sports franchises worldwide; and the creation of AEG Live, the country’s second largest live entertainment promotion entity. In each case, he was responsible for financial planning, budgeting, financial reporting and overall analysis for all matters pertaining to each division or company’s business plan.

Prior to joining AEG, Beckerman served as Vice President, Finance for the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons where he was responsible for all financial matters. Previously, he worked as a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles where he specialized in corporate taxation.

Beckerman received his MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA. In 1992, he graduated with honors from UCLA with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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Peter Guber

Chairman and CEO Mandalay Entertainment Group
Co-owner Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Dodgers

Bio coming soon.

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Panel Speakers

 
Matt Baxter

Global Head of Original Content, Spotify

Matt Baxter serves as the Global Head of Original Content at Spotify where he oversees the development and production of original video and audio content for the company. Prior to joining Spotify, Matt served as the Head of Branded Video for BUZZFEED MOTION PICTURES. During his time at BuzzFeed, he worked closely with sales to drive over $20MM in branded video revenue, managed a team that produced the Award-winning Dear Kitten franchise, helped facilitate BuzzFeed’s first Super Bowl commercial, and oversaw a team that executed 70+ video programs including the 2015 viral sensation “Puppyhood”. Baxter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his master’s degree in Film & TV Production from UCLA.

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Alisa Ben

Vice President, Insight, Universal Music Group

Alisa Olander is responsible for US research efforts for Universal Music Group, overseeing research in areas including Consumer Insights, Market Research, Brand Research, and Analytics.

When Alisa came to UMG in April 2012, there was no active research group. From a team of one, she has created a department of eight employees who work with UMG’s 55+ labels and imprints to provide state of the art research and analytics. She works closely with marketing, sales, brand, A&R, radio and publicity departments across all of the company’s labels and divisions on a nationwide basis, providing them with the crucial data they need in order to craft targeted strategies for their artists.

Olander was instrumental in the release strategies for breakout Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes, and helped focus marketing efforts on James Bay by helping Republic Records identify audience strategies for his album Chaos and the Calm.Her team develops industry-leading partnerships between UMG’s roster of artists and the world’s biggest brands. Olander’s research has led to OneRepublic and Mercedes Benz working together on in the band’s “I Lived” music video, as well as helped Blue Note extend its brand into a consumer product category with a with a tie-up with Sonos and provided insights and research that led to the Eminem and Call of Duty partnership.

Olander began working in music at age 19 selling records at a record store in Oklahoma, going on to become a radio DJ, then at 23 was the manager for All American Rejects, helping them sign their first record deal. Before UMG she worked at MTV and Warner Music Group, while concurrently earning her MBA at New York University, specializing in Strategy & Leadership.

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Jake Black

Creative Director of Motion Graphics, Create Advertising

Jake Black oversees all of the creative aspects for the company's motion graphics and virtual reality projects. Black's in-depth knowledge of motion graphics, gaming, and the latest advances in virtual reality technology have helped Create to organically grow into this new arena.

Black began his career in entertainment at Create Advertising in 2006, and has held numerous positions at Create including Designer, Post Production Supervisor, Associate Creative Director as well as Creative Director. He has been integral to marketing campaigns for franchises and projects including The Amazing Spider-Man, PlayStation 4, "God of War," "Dark Souls 2," "Just Dance," and Alice In Wonderland.

Black led the team that created “Can You Walk The Walk? VR Experience” for Sony Pictures Entertainment, winning awards at Digital Hollywood’s Best in VR and a Silver CLIO Key Art Award. He was also part of the team at Create Advertising that received Golden Trailer Award for best motion graphics for the film adaption of "Hitman.”

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Cavan Canavan

CEO and Cofounder, FocusMotion

Cavan is the CEO and cofounder of Los Angeles-based FocusMotion, a machine learning software company dedicated to improving human motion analysis and quantification through wearable and IOT devices.

FocusMotion’s mission is to become the centralized motion recognition and insight platform to empower the emerging ecosystems of health and fitness wearable developers.

Since its inception in 2013, FocusMotion has been tapped by some of the biggest brands in wearables including Microsoft and Samsung for its unique algorithmic technology that can identify, track, and quantify human movement.

Cavan’s professional background spans multiple disciplines including product design and development and corporate rebranding. He has a history of disruption, invention and innovation, applying his expertise at market-leading, global companies such as Apple, Vans and New Balance.

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Aysegul Cansizoglu

Head of Data Science, Hulu

Aysegul Cansizoglu is the head of data science at Hulu. Her team focusses on using analytics and data science to shape business investment decisions such as which content to buy to optimize for growth. Aysegul worked most recently at Amazon as a research scientist/manager focusing on business applications using both machine learning and  optimization techniques on how to improve Amazon Product Selection. Prior to joining Amazon, she worked as an analytical  consultant at SAS Institute to build end-to-end customized business solutions for companies in various industries such as Finance, Transportation, Media and Utilities. Aysegul holds PhD and master degrees from North Carolina State University focusing on mathematical optimization techniques.

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Kerry Edelstein

President and Founder, Research Narrative, Inc.

Kerry Edelstein is the President and Founder of Research Narrative, Inc., a market research and consulting firm serving the media and entertainment industry. An expert in creating data-driven stories that drive business and content strategy, Ms. Edelstein has collaborated with renowned media brands such as Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Discovery, NPR, SheKnows Media, and Viacom Media Networks to develop programming, launch cross-platform media strategies, and build leading brand portfolios. Her firm is also a partner in the Future of Media initiative at The Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM), a research and leadership center at USC's Marshall School of Business.

Previously, Ms. Edelstein was Vice President of Research & Analytics for Joost Media, Vice President of Research at media research and consulting firm SmithGeiger, and co-founder of filmBUZZ, a market research firm serving the independent film community. She began her career in the Youth and Education division of Harris Interactive, collaborating with universities and educational service providers to identify opportunities to maximize student performance, satisfaction, and retention.

Ms. Edelstein is an advisor to AMAZ, an entertainment startup in Los Angeles, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for CHAMPS Charter High School, a media and performing arts high school in Los Angeles. Edelstein holds an MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and received her B.S. in Biometry and Statistics from Cornell University.

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Jeremy Erlich

Strategy and Corporate Development, Universal Music Group

Jeremy runs Corporate Development and Strategy for Universal Music, where he is responsible for global M&A, venture investments and strategic initiatives. He’s based in Santa Monica but comes from France via London.

Jeremy holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and a MBA from London Business School.

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Brian Frons

Former President, ABC Daytime

Brian Frons served as President of ABC Daytime for over nine years. He oversaw the creation, production and delivery of all product on ABC Daytime, SOAPnet and ABC Media Productions. During his tenure as President, Frons grew "The View" to one of the biggest shows in daytime television and used that success to re-engineer ABC Daytime as a Talk centric from a Soap Centric business. He also created programming strategy that was informative and authentic and centered on transformation, food and lifestyle. Frons joined ABC from London-based SBS Broadcasting, S.A., where he served as senior vice president of Programming. He oversaw all programming, promotion and research operations for 12 SBS-owned and operated channels reaching about 125 million European viewers.

Frons currently runs Frons Consulting which advises media companies in the areas of channel acquisition and re-positioning, channel feasibility and startup and development as well as all aspects of program strategy, program development, acquisition and scheduling. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Frons graduated from SUNY Fredonia and received his Master’s in Communication from Syracuse University.

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David Geller

Chief Operating Officer, TopLine Game Labs, LLC

An innovative product and business leader with broad capabilities encompassing strategy, product development, marketing, operations and execution in companies ranging from early stage to Fortune 500. Founded TopLine in April 2013 and leads the company as CEO. Prior to TopLine, David was President & COO of DreamWorks Animation Investments (“DWAI”), the technology incubation arm of DreamWorks Animation, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business and fund management. Prior to DWAI, David held various positions over eight years at Yahoo, including six years as Head of Global Fantasy Sports. Before joining Yahoo, David held leadership positions at RioPort, Digital Evolution, and as a producer of award-winning interactive educational products for The Starbright Foundation. David graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

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Tony Goncalves

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, AT&T

Tony Goncalves is senior vice president, Strategy and Business Development for AT&T Entertainment and Internet Services (AEIS). Given the rapidly evolving marketplace, he is charged with identifying and assessing opportunities to expand the company’s business portfolio including new content models and market segments that take advantage of the broad AT&T portfolio and scale. He oversees the AEIS Capital portfolio and planning function ensuring capital investments are balanced against AEIS long term strategy and near term business needs. In addition, he serves as the executive overseeing the AT&T joint venture with the Chernin Group in Otter Media.

Goncalves previously served as senior vice president of Digital Entertainment Products Group for DIRECTV, where he led the company’s product strategy, digital innovation, ventures investments and product management for mobile and broadband delivered video services. He was the company thought leader on TVEverywhere and over the top (OTT) video. Under his leadership, the DIRECTV TV Everywhere product portfolio was recognized for having the best TV app and web portal in 2014 and won a Webby award, along with an Emmy nomination to the NFLSunday Ticket experience.

Prior to this role, Goncalves was senior vice president of Product Management. In that role, he oversaw the company’s $4B portfolio of revenue-generating services including NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, paid premium networks, pay per view movies and events, Whole-Home DVR and HD services. As a collaborator with DIRECTV’s development teams in creating a strategic roadmap for the company’s new products and services, he was engaged in the development of DIRECTV’s industry-leading DVR (Genie).

He joined DIRECTV in 2007 as vice president, National Accounts and subsequently led various channels of distribution. Goncalves was a key player in securing the partnership with AT&T and led the team that closed partnerships with CenturyLink and Frontier Communications, giving DIRECTV a leadership position in this distribution channel with more than 90 percent coverage from U.S. Telcos.

Prior to DIRECTV, Goncalves served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Marketing for HUMAX USA, a global OEM consumer electronics manufacturer. He led the launch of the company in the U.S., securing development and manufacturing agreements with brands such as DIRECTV, Sirius Satellite Radio, Thomson and TiVo, driving the company to a record $300 million in revenue within three years of launch.

Goncalves holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he serves on the Hagan School of Business Advisory Board and was named one of Dealerscope's "Top 40 under 40 in the CE Industry" in 2004. He is a member of the CommonSense Media NY Advisory Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

Goncalves is based in AEIS's New York office.

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David Greenbaum

Director, Fox Innovation Lab
Executive Vice President of Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures

David Greenbaum is Director of the Fox Innovation Lab and Executive Vice President of Production for Fox Searchlight Pictures. For the Innovation Lab he most recently oversaw production of THE MARTIAN VR EXPERIENCE, the first fully interactive long-form narrative virtual reality project tied to a major motion picture. Prior to this, he oversaw Fox’s first VR project, WILD – THE EXPERIENCE, which marked the first time major movie stars (Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern) performed in virtual reality. Fox Searchlight Pictures is home to recent award winning films Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 12 Years a Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Descendants, Tree of Life, and Black Swan. Greenbaum is currently overseeing the feature films WILSON starring Woody Harrelson, BATTLE OF THE SEXES starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone and an upcoming Guillermo Del Toro project. Before arriving at Searchlight in 2010, he was Vice President of Production and Development at Miramax Films in New York and London. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Oxford University.

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David Herrin

Head of Research, United Talent Agency

David Herrin is Head of the Research Department at premier global talent and literary agency UTA where he oversees all agency research activity on behalf of more than 300 agents representing a globally recognized roster of film and television stars, screenwriters, directors, producers, broadcast news talent, recording artists, digital online artists and Fortune 500 companies. Herrin manages a staff of four providing the agency with motion picture industry trends and forecasting; box office, studio tracking & release date analysis; television ratings analysis; seasonal trends; programming and timeslot analysis in the network, premium & basic cable and syndication areas; as well as primary research. Herrin also created and developed PreAct, the social media-based long-lead tracking tool marketed by Rentrak and used by major Hollywood studios to measure the health of their movie marketing campaigns.

Raised in Philadelphia, Herrin graduated in 1994 from University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After graduation, he ran the intern program at the non-profit Greater Philadelphia Film Office. In 2001, Herrin graduated from Villanova University where he earned a M.B.A. in Statistics.

Herrin joined the Agent Training Program at UTA in 2002. In 2004, Herrin shifted career paths to pursue his true passion and helped to form the agency’s Research Department.

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Eric Johnson

Executive Vice President, Global Multimedia Sales, ESPN

Eric Johnson is the executive vice president of global multimedia sales for ESPN’s Customer Marketing and Sales group. Promoted into the position in October 2007, Johnson leads the U.S. and international multimedia ad sales team efforts. He is responsible for all sales activity across all of ESPN’s businesses, including the ESPN television networks, ESPN Print and Digital Media, X Games, ESPN Syndication Events, ESPN Audio, ESPN Deportes, and espnW. Outside of the U.S., he works directly with ESPN’s sales offices in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, London, Singapore, Sydney and Miami, Fla., to drive revenue for ESPN’s international properties.

In 2008, he was named #25 on the Mediaweek 50, a list of “the most indispensable executives shaping the future of media,” and was CABLE-FAX’s 2010 VP & Above Sales Person of the Year (Honorable Mention). Additionally, under his leadership, ESPN’s multimedia sales teams have been honored by a 2012 Jack Myers survey that ranked ESPN’s #1 among TV sales organizations (tied with ABC). This follows a recognition in 2008 from min (Media Industry Newsletter), which named Johnson’s team the “Multiplatform Sales Team of the Year.”

Currently, Johnson sits on the Board of Directors for IAB and MPA. He is also on the Advisory Board for VIDEONOMICS.

Johnson’s tenure at ESPN began 14 years ago, where he served as an account executive for West Coast account television sales. In 2003, as a vice president of national ad sales, he took over management of the West Coast television sales team and served as senior vice president of multimedia sales, overseeing offices in Burbank and San Francisco, Calif. from 2006-2007.

Prior to joining ESPN, Johnson worked at TIME magazine in Los Angeles, following a term of service on the advertising agency side of the business. From 1992-1999, Johnson worked as a media planning/strategist executive at Deustch LA, Grey Advertising, and Foote, Cone & Belding.

Johnson graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

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Monique Jones

VP Finance/Controller, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

Monique Jones has been a finance executive in the film industry since 1996. Ms. Jones currently serves as Vice President of Finance / Controller for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in Beverly Hills. She is responsible for providing financial analysis and decision-making support to the executive management team on a variety of projects involving motion picture production, distribution, financing, and business affairs. Her areas of responsibility also include forecasting film profitability, production finance & accounting, distributor collections, and corporate finance & accounting.

Prior to her affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Ms. Jones held senior finance positions with Sony Pictures Television International, Icon Entertainment International, Myriad Pictures, and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Georgetown University and obtained her MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

Ms. Jones serves on the Executive Board of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network and the Advisory Council of Dress for Success Worldwide – West. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, and an alumni interviewer for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program. Ms. Jones lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Sam Kling

Senior Vice President, Creative Operations, SESAC

Sam Kling is SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Creative Operations. As part of SESAC’s senior management team, Kling is responsible for helping create and execute growth strategies for SESAC’s creative departments. He also manages the creative operations’ day-to-day department objectives. Kling is based in SESAC’s Los Angeles offices.

Before his position at SESAC, Kling served as Vice President at peermusic and was in charge of overseeing the independent music company’s Pop A&R as well as Film & TV creative operations. He holds a an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree from the New School University in New York City. Kling is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), a national board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) as well as a Los Angeles board member of the TJ Martell Foundation.

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Jim Lanzone

Chief Executive Officer, CBS Interactive

Jim Lanzone is the President and CEO of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) and a perennial top 10 Internet property with more than 300 million users per month. Lanzone is responsible for the strategy and operations of CBS Interactive worldwide, which includes popular new services such as CBS All Access and CBSN, as well as leading properties such as CBS.com, CNET, CBSSports.com, Gamespot, CBSNews.com, TVGuide.com, Metacritic and CHOW. Prior to joining CBS Interactive, Lanzone was co-founder and CEO of Clicker.com, the leading Internet television guide. Clicker was acquired by CBS Interactive in March 2011.

Lanzone is the former CEO of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves), a top 10 global Internet property acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2005. From 2001-2008, Lanzone held various executive roles at Ask, including SVP of Product Management, General Manager of Ask Jeeves U.S., and finally CEO. Before moving to Ask, Lanzone was co-founder and president of eTour.com, a website discovery service that was acquired by Ask in May 2001.

Lanzone holds a B.A. from UCLA and J.D./M.B.A. from Emory University.

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James Maysonet

Principal Consultant, Teradata

An industry consultant with 15 years of executive experience in all phases of physical & digital Supply Chain Management Systems Operations, Process Improvements, Digital Convergence, Data Governance, and Analytics. An expert in business process re-engineering and aligning processes and practices to reflect corporate vision and mission by introducing innovative solutions.

A thought leader that has driven change within the Home Entertainment Industry: 2008 Lead Analyst in a cross industry Supply Chain Study, “The Last 100 Feet”; a qualitative study researching opportunities in the home entertainment supply chain, included retailers and film studios. 2010 Architect behind the “Out of Stock Study” a quantitative research study related to entertainment packaged media and when/why stock outs occur and their financial impacts. This study included Best Buy, 7 major film studios, and Stanford University.

Mr. Maysonet sits on various advisory programs and has lectured on the Supply Chains of the Media & Entertainment Industry at various graduate programs across the U.S.: Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), Hollywood IT Society (HITS), Stanford University Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business Media & Entertainment Supply Chain Management Program.

Prior to joining Teradata, James held executive positions within Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures, Netflix and Capgemini Consulting. Additionally, James has experience with food distribution, managing the complex supply chains of both fast food and casual dining franchisers across the US.

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Chris Moseley

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Game Show Network

Chris Moseley serves as EVP & CMO at the Game Show Network. Moseley, who joined the network in October 2014, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of GSN branding strategy for the television network and digital content. Based in the company’s Santa Monica offices, she reports to the network’s President and CEO David Goldhill.

Prior to GSN, Moseley worked at The Madison Square Garden Company, where she oversaw the brand strategy, digital content and product development for the legendary Rockettes, expanding the brand into new digital platforms, merchandising and integrated partnerships.

Moseley also served as senior vice president, marketing for History Channels, where she helped turn History into a top-five cable network. Previously, Moseley was CMO & EVP worldwide marketing and brand strategy for Hallmark Channels and also headed marketing and communications for Discovery Communications, Inc. during the growth from one domestic network to ten brands on six continents.

The recipient of numerous entertainment industry awards, Moseley received the Vanguard Award for Marketing from NCTA, Cable Marketer of the Year from Advertising Age, WICT’s Wonder Woman of Cable and her campaign for Discovery’s Shark Week was inducted into the CTAM Hall of Fame.

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Paul Neinstein

Chief Operating Officer, RatPack Entertainment

Paul Neinstein is Chief Operating Officer of RatPac Entertainment where he oversees all corporate, business, legal, financial and day-to-day operations of the Company. Prior to RatPac, Paul was Executive Vice President in Charge of Business Affairs for Paramount Pictures where he structured, negotiated and administered slate financing, co-financing and distribution agreements as well as acquisition and major talent agreements for Paramount’s live action, animated and micro-budget theatrical motion pictures. Paul was also actively involved in structuring the production footprint of Paramount’s motion pictures to maximize the benefit of tax and other local production subsidies. Prior to Paramount, Paul was a partner in and oversaw all business and corporate operations of Spyglass Entertainment Group with specific responsibility for international distribution, business and legal affairs, human resources and business development and strategy. Paul negotiated all distribution, acquisition and talent agreements and handled Spyglass’ outside legal relationships including the company’s non-exclusive first-look production and co-financing arrangement with Columbia Pictures as well as the company’s ongoing co-financing partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG.

Paul also oversaw and administered Spyglass’ international output agreements with preeminent international distributors and pay and free television networks including, but not limited to, Canal+, Telecinco, ProSieben, RTI/Mediaset, Village Roadshow and Buena Vista International. Paul structured and maintained Spyglass’ $250,000,000 revolving credit and production facility with JPMorgan and developed programs to exploit the company’s growing library and subsidiary, ancillary and new media rights including the formation of the company’s television, gaming and music publishing divisions. Prior to Spyglass, Paul worked as a theatrical business affairs attorney for DreamWorks SKG. Paul began his career as a transactional entertainment associate at Hill, Wynne, Troop and Meisinger. Paul is a member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sits on the advisory committee of the Sherak Family Health Foundation for MS Research at UCLA and is Board President of Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School. Paul earned his JD from Loyola Law School, where he was a staff writer and business editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal, and his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Together with his wife Barbra, Paul has four children, Geordan, Adam and twins Jeremy and Molly.

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Joel Newton

Co-founder & President, The Virtual Reality Company

Joel Newton is a producer and entrepreneur who has extensive experience at the crossroads of media, content, distribution, and sports.

After building an Oscar-Nominated management/production company which represented hundreds of screenwriters and directors, Newton joined Maleficent director Robert Stromberg to launch Hydra, their collective IP development studio. Newton helped architect the Hydra Process, a 10-phase reinvention of film development and production.

In 2014 Joel helped Stromberg co- found The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) with a collection of iconic Hollywood executives and artists to create premium VR content. VRC's slate includes sports documentaries, music experiences, and narrative projects from directors like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Stromberg. Recently VRC produced the acclaimed The Martian VR Experience for Fox.

As President Joel oversees the convergence of storytelling and technological tools with business development to make VRC the world’s leader in VR stories and experiences

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DJ Roller

Co-founder, NextVR

A co-founder of NextVR, DJ is an award winning producer, director and cinematographer for 3D & 2D IMAX films, feature and digital cinema films, television shows, documentaries, commercials and special effects.

His accomplishments include shooting the first live 3D sports broadcast (2007 NBA All-Stars game) and the first digital IMAX 3D live action film, featuring U2’s 3D concert in Argentina. DJ also developed the world’s first digital 3D underwater beam splitter camera system, capable of capturing 4K 3D imagery on land, underwater and in macro 3D. In 2000, he collaborated with Vince Pace on design and construction of the first 3D HD video cameras with James Cameron.

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Bill Sanders

Senior Vice President of Athlete and Talent Marketing, Excel Sports Management

Bill Sanders, SVP of Athlete & Talent Marketing at Excel Sports Management, has spent over 15 years as brand manager for some of the most iconic athletes in professional sports. Perhaps best known for his work with Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony and Greg Oden, Bill now oversees the marketing group responsible for iconic athletes such as Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Clayton Kershaw. Bill’s commitment to his clients is to help them build and protect strong personal brands that are sustainable and monetizable throughout and beyond their playing careers. Bill believes that the key to effective player marketing is the formulation of a long-term player/brand strategy, which includes community involvement, proactive PR, authentic social media content and strategic corporate partnerships.

Bill earned his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he currently serves as adjunct professor of marketing. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. Bill also teaches Sports Marketing at LMU each fall semester. He resides in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife, Elizabeth and their son, Brendan.

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Ron Turner

Director, Gensler Sports

Ron Turner, FAIA, is the Director of Gensler Sports, leading sports design efforts for the firm worldwide. Recognized as one of the Profession’s leaders in Sports Facility Design, Ron began his career in the 1970’s as a design consultant to the New York Yankees on the renovation of Yankee Stadium. Since that time, he has created an impressive resume dedicated to emblematic design, stressing revenue generation and innovative technologies.

Ron has led design teams for prestigious and groundbreaking sports venues, including the first retractable roof ballpark in the United States— Chase Field in Phoenix— along with award winning NFL stadium facilities for the Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field) and the Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium). Additionally, he is recognized for his leadership on the 1996 Olympic Stadium as well as 13 NBA/NHL multipurpose arenas.

Recent projects include the renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium for the Cleveland Browns, updates to the iconic TD Garden arena, and the new MLS stadium for Los Angeles Football Club.

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