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2023 PULSE Conference
The UCLA Anderson PULSE Entertainment, Sports & Technology Conference brings together leading executives to share insights and perspectives on the current trends, opportunities and challenges impacting the entertainment, sports and technology industries. This will be a HYBRID event. 

April 14, 2023

UCLA Anderson

Marion Anderson Hall

Crown Family Auditorium

Hosted by the Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Pulse Conference showcases influential executives and innovators in media, technology and sports.

The conference will kick-off on Friday, April 14th from 8:00-5:00 PM (PST) at UCLA Anderson Marion Anderson Hall-Crown Auditorium.

This year's 2023 conference will also be a HYBRID event and will be livestreamed.

Throughout the event, attendees can get a glimpse of what’s next in a setting that allows for candid and authentic dialogue and connection. The 2023 experience will include the following:

  • Integration of blockchain applications within growth business models across entertainment, sports and music companies

  • Key leader discussion on the future of audience measurement in media and drivers of new analytics and a new currency

  • Exploration of the newly unveiled NIL (name, image and likeness) business and the transformation of amateur athletics and the influencer economy

  • Beyond Economics: How addressing the challenge of inclusion in Hollywood impacts culture, community and commerce

  • Streaming: Futurecasting: How the streaming experiments during the pandemic will shape the future of movies and movie marketing

2023 Speakers 

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Check in/Breakfast
8:20 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Book Talk:
Beverly Macy, 
Author "Imagine That...From PCs to NFTs"
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Jay Tucker
, Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports

9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Kickoff Session: Rise of the Production Companies

Moderator: Brian Frons, Instructor, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports

  • Liz Jenkins, COO, Hello Sunshine
  • Tommy Oliver, Founder & CEO, Confluential Films
  • Carmen Bona, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, United Talent Agency (UTA)
9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Exploring the Intersection of Sports, Media, Entertainment, NFTs and Web3

Moderator: Beverly Macy, Author "Imagine That...From PCs to NFTs" 

  • Ian Brown, ACIB Management-NIL/NFT Sports Management 
  • Shira Lazar, Emmy Nominated Host/Web3, Women in Web3
  • Natalia Aranovich, IP, Attorney ​​​​​​​
  • Matt Hillman, (BAYC) Jenkins the Valet, Media/Publishing/IP
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 p.m.

The Power of Franchises:

  • Jennifer Rogers Doyle, SVP Franchise Management, Disney
  • Asa Tait, Head of Creative Production, Lego
  • Fede Goldenberg, Global Head, TV & Film AVOD Partnerships, YouTube
11:25 p.m. –11:35 p.m.

Game Changer Announcement

Eric Johnson, Faculty Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports 

11:35 p.m. –12:15 p.m.

Game Changer Conversation 
Donna Langley DBE,Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG)
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 – 1:55 p.m.

Video Game Engines & Virtual Production 

Miles Perkins, Unreal Engine Business Director, Media &  Entertainment, Epic Games 

1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
All the Way Live: The Future of In-Person Experiences 

 Moderator: TBD

Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Senior Vice President of Content  Strategy and Inclusive Programming, AMC Theaters

2:25 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Latinas in Hollywood 

Moderator: TBD

Liliana Espinoza, Dear Hollywood Manager, Harness

3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
It's Different in the 20's: Reaching & Engaging Your Audience in 2023 & Beyond 

Moderator: TBD

   Darnell Brisco, EVP, Head of Growth, BOND

3:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FAST NETWORKS & the Future of Advertising 
4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Music Innovation 
5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks 
2023 Game Changer
Donna Langley

Donna Langley DBE

Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
As Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), Donna Langley DBE is responsible for the global creative strategy and business operations for the motion picture group. In this role, she oversees the production, marketing and distribution for film and television content across Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Focus Features, Universal Pictures International and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
2021 Pulse Conference Highlights
2020 Pulse Conference Highlights

2020 Pulse Conference Highlights

Pulse 2020 Game Changer Award Recipient Ice Cube

Keynote Conversation with Mark Zoradi, CEO, ’80, Cinemark

Keynote Conversation with David Linde, CEO, Participant 

Innovator Spotlight: Monetizing Influence

Building Global Sports Brands

Fandango Panel

Global Research: Streaming

Innovator Spotlight: Building Global Brands

Gaming and Esports 

The Next Beat: Latin Music

Getting Pacific: Launching Entertainment Initiatives in Asia

Brands Partnerships & Monetization

At Home in L.A. and True to Himself, Ice Cube Reflects

The award-winning sports and entertainment powerhouse is UCLA Anderson’s 2020 Game Changer

About Pulse 2020

Hosted by the Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Pulse conference is the ultimate forum for strategic discussion, game-changing insights and career-altering networking opportunities. The 2020 theme was Monetizing the Global Audience. We explored how the increasingly global market for media, entertainment and sports has transformed the industry by creating new opportunities for innovation, new consumer experiences and new business models. Presenters focused on a number of topics, including:

  • Delivering Direct to the Global Consumer: Growing Streaming Platforms Beyond the United States
  • The Power of the Global Franchise: Monetizing Sequels, Franchises, Blockbusters and IP in the Global Filmed Entertainment Market
  • The Power of Brands and Partnerships
  • The Rise of the Latin Consumer in Music, TV and Film
  • Gaming and eSports: What We Can Learn from Asia and Beyond
  • Winning Overseas: Bringing Major World Sporting Events to U.S. Markets

The annual event attracts roughly 500 students, business professionals and entrepreneurs, and benefits from the participation of influential business leaders and legends in the entertainment industry. Past presenters include Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of Quibi and co-founder of DreamWorks SKG; Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube;  John Penotti, producer of Crazy Rich Asians; Jerry Bruckheimer, award-winning television and film producer; Kevin Lin, chief operating officer of Twitch; and Debra L. Lee, former chairman and CEO of BET Holdings Inc. (More on Pulse)