2017 Schedule


November 2, 2017

Helen Mills Theater, New York City

2017 Preliminary Schedule*

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12:30 pm - REGISTRATION OPENS

1:00 pm – WELCOME 

1:10 pm – Next Day TVNext day television represents among the highest value and most demanding operationally for VOD services. This panel of business and operations experts across retailers, studios and service providers discusses the trends, risks, challenges and opportunities for services offering next day television VOD. 

  • Beth Anderson, Head of Business Development, Sony DADC

1:50 pm – Research Presentation: The Global Transition to Digital Entertainment: Physical Sell-Through Market continues to decline across all monitored countries and digital products are starting to take over.  The presentation will give an overview about actual market structure in major countries outside the US and the development from physical to digital markets.

  • Dr. Mathias Giloth, Managing Director, Gfk Entertainment GmbH

2:00 pm – Issues in Global Distribution: A discussion among operations experts on the challenges of localization of content, including subtitles, audio dubs and ratings -- and the opportunities localization can present.

2:40 pm – SPOTLIGHT

2:50 pm – Research Presentation: The latest on SVOD and Pay-TV: The latest findings on consumer trends as the SVOD market continues to grow and how it is impacting the Pay-TV industry.

  • Bruce Leichtman, President and Principal Analyst, Leichtman Research Group

3:00 pm – NETWORKING BREAK

3:25 pm – Artificial Intelligence: Is it the Key to Search & Discovery?: Consumers are starting to rely on AI for a variety of tasks and information.  A panel of experts in the AI field discusses how this technology is helping consumers find and discover entertainment content.

  • Sergio Santos, Senior Video Strategy Consultant, OOYALA
  • Lysa Banks, Head of Technical Strategy and Engineering, IBM's Watson Media Portfolio

4:00 pm – EIDR

  • Will Kreth, Executive Director, Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR)

4:10 pm – Research Presentation: The State of OTT: Half of U.S. Wi-Fi households now stream over-the-top (OTT) content to their TV an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes every day.  Learn more about what’s happening in this important segment of the video marketplace, including the latest trends, viewing patterns and players to watch.

  • Mike Rich, Vice President, comScore

4:20 pm – OTT 2024: What Will It Look Like?: As they say, the only thing that is constant is change. In the OTT business, the leading players, business models, and user devices continue to evolve. Consumer behavior is changing, too, at an even more rapid pace. No one knows for sure what this industry will look like in 2024 - but industry professionals will do their best at prognosticating.

  • Erick Opeka, EVP Digital Networks, Cinedigm Entertainment

5:00 pm – Fully Actualized Workflow: Enabling innovation in digital video experiences through a robust and flexible digital supply chain.

  • Eric Hanson, Digital Media Industry Evangelist, EMA

5:15 pm – The Future of the Digital Supply Chain: A moderated discussion among industry experts across retailers, studios and service providers about where the supply chain is going, how it’s going to get there and what it will enable in digital video experiences.

  • Craig Seidel, VP, Distribution Technologies, MovieLabs

5:55 pm – DIGI AWARDS

6:00 pm – COCKTAIL RECEPTION Sponsored by 3Play Media

7:00 pm - PROGRAM END

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*Schedules as of 10/4/17 - subject to change


September 26, 2017

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

2017 Schedule

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8:30 am - REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 - 9:15 am - NETWORKING BREAKFAST - sponsored by Duplitech

9:15 am - PROGRAM START: Welcome

9:25 am - Competing to Win - Who Will Do It Better?Content providers are launching their own streaming sites and digital technology companies are creating their own content. Premium content and premium technology are both key in attracting and keeping customers. Do content providers or technology companies have an edge over the other? How has the growth of original content changed the market? What new business models are emerging? What will it take for a company to survive in the long term? 

  • Dr. Nelson Granados, Forbes contributor and professor of digital innovation and information systems at the Graziadio School of Business, provides insight into this ever expanding market as he talks with veteran attorney and media executive, and co-founder of CinemaNow Bruce Eisen for an intriguing and compelling discussion.

10:05 am - Next Gen Creative ContentExploring next generation content from augmented reality to transactional premium bonus features. Hear from the creators and implementers of this new content that is compelling, valuable and setting a path for the future.

  • Co-moderated by 3rd i QC CTO Ramón Bretón and ANG Digital President Robert Gekchyan
  • Panelists include Eddie Offermann, Mirada Studio’s, “Bringing bigscreen IP into the user's world”, and Richard Broo, CEO at Wemersive, who will show the newest innovation in mobile VR.
  • Ramón Bretón’s AR Presentation and VR Presentation

10:35 am - Is Proliferation of Digital Video Good for Consumers?In addition to HBO, CBS and Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming channels, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, YouTube/Google and Facebook will each spend $1-7 billion on original premium video content over the next 12 months. Are proliferating digital channels good for consumers? Academic research finds that the answer is sometimes “no”, which we will discuss.

  • Laura Martin, Senior Analyst, Entertainment & Internet, Needham & Company
  • For presentation information, please contact Laura Martin directly.

10:45 am - Fully Actualized WorkflowEnabling innovation in digital video experiences through a robust and flexible digital supply chain.

10:55 am - Trends and Directions in International OTT: Presentations from operations experts on the driving forces for OTT growth and the opportunities and challenges in supporting local customers at global scale.

  • Teresa Phillips, SVP, V2 Solutions
  • For presentation information, please contact: Teresa Phillips directly.

11:40 am - ANNUAL DIGI AWARDS

11:50 am - LUNCH

1:15 pm - Consumer Adoption & Views about 4KThis session explores the current status of 4K TVs in US households as well as consumer interest in purchasing 4K TVs. Data will include the availability of streaming, broadcast and disc 4K content and if consumers are willing to pay a premium for it. Glenn will also look at the future of 4K technology and beyond.

1:25 pm - The Importance of 3rd Party Audits in the M&E Distribution ChainThe actual “value” of entertainment content intrinsically relies on a secure distribution system where pre-release content is handled by 3rd party vendors with utmost concern. How do you ensure that your trusted vendor partners are actually providing you services with fundamental security measures in place to protect your valuable content? And how do you verify that they are keeping pace with new policies, regulations and technology? Content creators need to know that we are all on the same security page. Hear the best practices and strategies for third party accountability and the impact of security in the evolving content distribution landscape.

  • Guy Finley, Executive Director, CDSA

1:55 pm - OTT 2024: What Will It Look Like?: As they say, the only thing that is constant is change. In the OTT business, the leading players, business models, and user devices continue to evolve. Consumer behavior is changing, too, at an even more rapid pace. No one knows for sure what this industry will look like in 2024 - but industry professionals will do their best at prognosticating.

  • Moderated by Erick Opeka, EVP Digital Networks, Cinedigm Entertainment
  • Panelists include Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, XUMO; Mike Pears, President, RLJ US; Adam Rymer, President, Legendary Digital Networks

2:35 pm - BREAKOUT SESSIONS (to run concurrently)

The Future of the Digital Supply ChainA moderated discussion among industry experts across retailers, studios and service providers about where the supply chain is going, how it’s going to get there and what it will enable in digital video experiences. 

  • Moderated by Craig Seidel, VP, Distribution Technologies, MovieLabs
  • Panelists include Ellen Goodridge, SVP, Digital Supply Chain & Product Development, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Bill Kotzman, Partner Product Manager - TV/Film - YouTube/Google; Steve Rosenberg, CCO, Premiere Digital.

DMP Wrap-Up: An interactive dialogue summarizing and debating the content discussed during the day’s panels and presentations led by Mitch Mallon, President & Founder, Stadium Media.

3:30 pm - NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION - sponsored by 3Play Media

4:30 pm - PROGRAM END

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