8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
8:20 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Inventing the Future
A Book Talk With Beverly Macy
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
, Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports
9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Kickoff Session: Rise of the Production Companies
Panel Description: Production companies are fresh stories and new passion to Hollywood - and opening up significant opportunities in the industry. This conversation will focus on how production companies are reshaping the industry and their impact on creators and investors.
Moderator: Brian Frons, Instructor, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports
- Liz Jenkins, COO, Hello Sunshine
- Tommy Oliver, Founder & CEO, Confluential Films
- Carmen Bona ('12), 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
Panel Description: The intersection of sports, media, and entertainment has always been a dynamic one, constantly evolving with new technologies and platforms. With the advent of NFTs and Web3, the potential for innovation and disruption in this space is greater than ever before. This panel will bring together industry experts to discuss the current state of the industry and the potential future of this intersection. Topics of discussion will include the use of blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the sports and entertainment industries, the impact of Web3 on the fan experience, and the potential for new business models in the digital age. Join us for a thought-provoking and informative discussion on the intersection of these exciting industries.
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
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 p.m.
The Power of Franchises:
Major franchises continue to attract fans, and monetizing them goes way beyond the screen. In this session we'll explore licensing, brand partnerships, fandom and more.
- Jennifer Rogers Doyle, SVP Franchise Management, Disney
- Asa Tait, Head of Creative Production, Lego
- Fede Goldenberg, Global Head, TV & Film AVOD Partnerships, YouTube
- Amy Castillo ('09), Former Disney Brand Strategy and Franchise Management, Marvel and Star Wars
11:25 p.m. –11:35 p.m.
Game Changer Announcement
Eric Johnson (UCLA '91), 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
Moderated by Jay Tucker (’09), Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports, UCLA Anderson
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 – 1:55 p.m.
Video Game Engines & Virtual Production
The use of virtual production and other emerging technologies enables new ways of telling stories in film & tv. In this session we'll explore the impact of the technologies and how they impact the process of content creation.
Miles Perkins (UCLA '91), Unreal Engine Business Director, Media & Entertainment, Epic Games
Aaron L. Gilbert, Co-Founder, BRON
1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
All the Way Live: The Future of In-Person Experiences
The pandemic disrupted in-person entertainment experiences, which bring joy to audiences and are central to the business models of many entertainment providers. In this session, we'll explore how the emergence of new technologies and business models will accelerate the return of audiences to theaters, sporting arenas, and live events.
Moderator: Matthew Pierce ('09), CEO, Versus Systems
Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy and Inclusive Programming, AMC Theaters
2:25 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Beyond the Game: Trends in Games: Publishers, Partners, Gamers
New experiences and technologies including web3, have created opportunities for fan engagement and revenue generation. In this session, we'll talk about some of the trends that matter in interactive entertainment.
Moderator: Kevin Winston, Founder, Digital LA
Rickey Pinkney aka Ardo, CEO & Guild Commander, Final Frontier
Alissa Smith, Senior Game Designer, Survios
Anne Toole, Writers Guild Award Winning Writer
Zsuzsa James, Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles, Senior Trade Commissioner, Interactive Media
3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
It's Different in the ’20s: Reaching and Engaging Your Audience in 2023 and Beyond
Streaming, subscription services, playlists and recommendation engines have disrupted the ways that brands use entertainment experiences to reach consumers. How are brands using technology, innovative activations and entertainment partnerships to help consumers discover and connect with products and experiences they will love?
Moderator: Amanda Kozlowski, EVP Marketing, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Darnell Brisco, EVP, Head of Growth, BOND
Shelby Powell (’11), Vice President, Global Brand Marketing Dolls Portfolio, Mattel, Inc.
David Benoit, Vice President, Art & Science Partners, Inc.
Tulani André, Global Lead, Social & Editorial, Prime Video & Amazon Studios
3:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
How Linear TV Continues to Evolve: FAST
What is driving the explosion of free ad-supported streaming television (FAST)? The panel will explore the economic dynamics at play and some of the compelling opportunities to grow this business.
Moderator: Brian Hirsch ('14), Startup Advisor & Consultant
Tiina Piirsoo, VP, Business Development & Global FAST Strategy, Sony
Laura Florence, SVP, GM Digital, Redbox, Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul
Harry Lang, VP, Product Management, Pluto TV
René Santaella ('00), Chief Digital & Streaming Officer, Estrella Media
4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Innovation in the Music Business
Moderator: Lea Kozin ('10), Director of Brand Marketing, The Recording Academy
Nadir Contractor, SVP Digital Strategy & Business Development, Universal Music Group
Dani Deahl, Head of Communications & Creator Insights, BandLab
Sam Kling ('09), Chief Creative Officer,
Vickie Nauman, Founder & CEO, CrossBorder Works
5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports