Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Skirball Cultural Center | Guerin Pavillion | 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd | Los Angeles, 90049

Join the Center for MEMES at UCLA Anderson as we assemble executives, entrepreneurs and academics to explore the consumer trends, technologies and entertainment experiences that will transform the entertainment industry in the next 12-36 months. We will showcase promising ventures in eSports and blockchain, and explore the next wave of innovation in sports and live entertainment. 

Stick around to hear from the next generation of leaders as they share provocative ideas about business and entertainment. UCLA students and alumni will push your thinking with high-impact presentations in a festival atmosphere. 


Relive the Highlights of Up Next Conference 2019


Explore the next wave of innovation in sports and live entertainment.

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2019 Speakers


Alvin Anol

Director of Content, Second Spectrum

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Ashley Blackwood

Founder and Chief Strategist, The Sports Publicist

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Kevin Chan

Sr. Director, Rights & Partnerships, Esports, UEG

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Louise Chater

Lead Consultant, VX, Columbia TriStar Pictures & former EVP, International Strategic Marketing & Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Gabrielle Clark

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Brandon Cole

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Jared Darensbourg

Panasonic Systems Solution Company North America

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Mike Davies

Senior VP, Field & Technical Operations, Fox

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Gaia Dempsey

Founder & CEO, 7th Future 

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Mark Francis

Instructor, UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES 

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Dan Hattrup

Customer Experience Analytics, Teradata

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Denise Hewett

Founder and CEO, Scriptd

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Aaron Holland

CEO, Season Share

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Nathan Huber

CEO, 3D Live

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Felisa Israel

CEO & Founder & Nathan Leonard, Producer & Programming, 10 Fold Entertainment

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Eric Johnson

Founder, WON Worldwide

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Robert D. Jordan

Senior VP, Van Wagner Sports Group         

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Ken Kerschbaumer

Editorial Director, Sports Video Group

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Ann Myers Drysdale

VP, Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Mercury

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Kristie Moomey

VP, Content Operations, Turner

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Tam Nguyen

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Rich Orosco

Co-founder, LAFC Youth Leadership Program

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Tony Pastoors

Vice President, Football & Business Administration, LA Rams

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Matt Pierce

CEO, Versus Systems      

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Rhian Rogan

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Tyler Schrodt

Founder and CEO of the Electronic Gaming Federation

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Jaia Thomas

Sports & Entertainment Attorney

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Jennifer van Dijk

EVP of Marketing, Wasserman

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Ricardo Viramontes

Creative Director, Uninterrupted

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Lena Wasikowski

Vice President, Global Client Servicing & Operations Strategy, Warner Bros. 

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*Schedule subject to change.

9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

          Conference Registration

Student Campfire Talks
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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2019 Up Next Conference

9:00 a.m.

Kickoff Conversation: "A Winning Formula- the Los Angeles Rams, feat. Tony Pastoors"

Tony Pastoors, Vice President, Football & Business Administration, LA Rams

Moderated by: Dan Hattrup,  Customer Experience Analytics, Teradata

9:40 a.m.

Sneak Preview - Campfire talk: Gabbie Clark, MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson

10:00 a.m.

Case Study: Building a Brand in the MLS - Rich Orosco, EVP, Brands, LAFC

10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Partnerships, Marketing & Monetization in Sports

Moderator: Ashley Blackwood, Founder, The Sports Publicist

Panelist: Jaia Thomas, Sports & Entertainment Attorney

Ricardo Viramontes, Creative Director, Uninterrupted

11:00 a.m.


11:20 a.m.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Sports Broadcasting

Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director, Sports Video Group

Panelists: Kristie Moomey, VP, Content Operations, Turner

Mike Davies, Senior VP, Field & Technical Operations, Fox Sports

12:00 p.m.

DEMO -  Alvin Anol, Director of Content, Second Spectrum ( Clippers CourtVision, a revolutionary new way to watch Clippers games that puts fans in control of the viewing experience)

12:10 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Better Than Live: Innovation Inside the Arena

Moderator: Mark Francis, Instructor, UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES

Alvin Anol, Director of Content, Second Spectrum

Robert D. Jordan, Senior VP, Van Wagner Sports Group

Jennifer Van Dijk, EVP, Marketing, Wasserman

Jared Darensbourg, Panasonic System Solution Company, North America

12:50 p.m.


1:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Up Next: Innovation in Technology, Sports & Entertainment     

Moderator: Louise Chater, Lead Consultant, VX, Columbia TriStar Pictures & former EVP, International Strategic Marketing & Sony Pictures Entertainment

Aaron Holland, CEO, Season Share

Nathan Huber, Co-Founder & CEO, 3D Live

2:25 p.m.

DEMO -  Denise Hewett, founder, Scriptd

2:45 p.m.



There is a world of opportunity in sports production, entertainment, and more. How can students and young professionals build a reputation, gather meaningful experience, and make an impact? Industry experts Felisa Israel and Nathan Leonard will explore the business and career opportunities in entertainment and sports.

PresentersFelisa Israel, CEO & Founder &  Nathan Leonard, Producer & Programming,  10 Fold Entertainment


As our media increasingly become personalized and ad free, how do we engage consumers and connect them with brands? In this session, we’ll talk about personalization, choice & rewards in the age of ad blocking. 

Presenter:  Matt Pierce, CEO, V ersus Systems


How can teams prepare for change in a global consumer economy? This session will explore how leaders can employ strategy and operations to make content around the world - very close to US live - and how embrace that pace as the “new normal”.

Presenter:  Lena Wasikowski, Vice President, Global Client Servicing & Operations Strategy,  Warner Bros. 

3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Going Beyond the Court: Innovation in eSports

Moderator, Founder,  Eric Johnson Founder,  WON Worldwide

Tyler Schrodt, Founder and CEO of the  Electronic Gaming Federation

Kevin Chan, Sr. Director, Rights & Partnerships, Esports,  UEG

4:15 p.m.

Case Study: The Need for Diverse Perspectives in the Quest for AI Solutions -  Gaia Dempsey, Founder & CEO, 7 th Future

4:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m.

UCLA Anderson Campfire Talks -  Register Here

6:30pm      Ann Meyers Drysdale, Author & VP, Phoenix Mercury (’79)

7:00pm      Rhian Rogan (’20)

7:20pm      Brandon Cole (FEMBA ’20)

7:40pm      Tam Nguyen (’20)

8:00 p.m



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