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DEG EnTech Fest 2024

February 7

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EnTech Fest 2024 will take place on February 7 at Skirball Cultural Center, with a one-day format including exhibits, a conference program, networking opportunities and DEG’s annual reception.

EnTech Fest is for content distribution and marketing executives, platform partners, technology enablers, trend trackers, connected device and display developers and all innovators across the digital entertainment ecosystem, including DEG member studios and platforms.

 

Our Growing List of 2024 Sponsors & Exhibitors

 

Agenda:  

8:15 AM – 5 PM | Registration 

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | Coffee Cart Sponsored by 360 Solutions

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Upstairs at EnTech Fest

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Workroom

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM  | EnTech Fest Exhibits  

8:30 AM – 6:30 PM  | EnTech Lounge Sponsored by Premiere Digital

 

Guided Exhibit Floor Tours 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 Reserve Your Tour Spot Here

See Our Full List of Exhibitors

 

 

All-Day Conference Program  

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM | EnTech Fest Welcome and Opening Remarks with Amy Jo Smith

 

9:35 AM – 9:40 AM | Session Introduction: Title Migration Among Streaming Services with BB Media’s Tom Gennari

9:40 AM – 10:05 AM | Keynote Conversation with Matt Strauss, Moderated by Jim Wuthrich

Strauss oversees NBCUniversal’s diverse direct-to-consumer and international portfolio, which includes streaming service Peacock, online movie ticketing service Fandango, movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, and the International Networks division that services 176 territories across the world. Strauss will cover the state of the streaming industry as it enters a new era and reflect on lessons learned from launching and growing Peacock.

 

10:05 AM – 10:40 AM | Feature Panel | The Role of Indie Content on Major AVOD Platforms

This panel will discuss the role of indie content on major AVOD platforms. Specifically, programming AVOD platforms, how certain content attracts advertisers, viewership vs SVOD, licensing, collaboration between platforms and rights holders, promotion and growth.

Cameron Douglas, SVP, OTT/Streaming, Fandango
Will Gurman, VP, Global Partnerships & Content Strategy, Pluto TV.
Vicki Liao, Director, Content Acquisition, Roku
Julie Dansker (Moderator), SVP, Streaming & Content Strategy, Shout! Studios
Sam Harowitz, Vice President, Content Acquisitions & Partnerships, Tubi
Madhu Somasundaram, Director, Programming Operations: FAST Channels + AVOD, Vizio

 

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM | EnTech Insights
EnTech Insights is an efficient presentation that will share knowledge and perspective from
multiple thought-leading DEG Members.
 

Bango | Subscriber Wars: Super Bundling Awakens
This presentation will explore the impact of content hubs, flexible tiered subscriptions, and the rising demand for transparent costs. Discover how content providers are leveraging Super Bundling to achieve better reach, increased acquisition and retention to remain competitive in the ever-changing media and entertainment landscape.  
Giles Tongue, VP Marketing

Circana | Unbundling the Complete Consumer Trend
The inflationary environment is driving pricing and product mix shifts, consumer trade-off decisions and a challenging retail environment. This session will explore the risks and opportunities for streaming amidst consumer’s shifting $3.2T retail spending.   
John Buffone, Vice President, Industry Advisor

Omdia | Media & Entertainment Trends Shaping 2024
This presentation will examine key trends that will shape the global media & entertainment industry in 2024, analyzing the characteristics of each of the trends and their impacts on the market. The stakes are high as profitability looms on the horizon for D2C streaming services and as sports, AI and bundling continue to adapt the online streaming experience.
Sarah Henschel, Principal Analyst, Media & Entertainment

 

11:10 AM – 11:15 AM | Exhibit Floor Preview

 

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Networking Break

 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Join Intel Capital for Lunch: Explore Media & Entertainment Innovations

Quick Pitches & 1:1 Conversations!

Spend your lunch with us for rapid pitches from each company, showcasing groundbreaking technologies. Visit our booth or schedule personalized 1:1 discussions and witness the future of Media & Entertainment.

Discover the Latest from Intel Capital Portfolio Companies:

  • CSM – GenAI: Unleashing the power of GenAI to transform 2D or text into captivating 3D objects and scenes.
  • TwelveLabs – GenAI for Video: Revolutionizing app creation with GenAI, enabling video action search without extensive training.
  • Lilt – GenAI Language Translation: Accelerating language translation and copy creation, from marketing materials to subtitles.
  • IRIS TV: Elevate programming with contextual data, adding significant value and ensuring brand safety in ad spots.
  • Xyte – HW as a Service: Redefining hardware with service and subscription models, bringing a Saas-like transformation to the industry.
  • Zyphra Tech: Driving innovation with cost-effective AI systems for applications, lowering the barriers to advanced AI.

 

 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Box Lunch Service (While Supplies Last)

 

 

12:30 PM – 12:35 PM | Introduction: AI Innovation and Entertainment

Balaji Srinivasan, Global Director Business Development, AI Center of Excellence at Intel

 

12:35 PM – 12:55 PM | Keynote Perspective | AI in Media & Storytelling

Holly Willis, Professor and Co-Director, AI for Media and Storytelling at University of Southern California

Holly Willis  is a hybrid scholar/practitioner integrating critical theory and media production primarily using video, still images, and sound as forms of critical making. She is the author of Fast Forward: The Future(s) of the Cinematic Arts; New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image; and Bjork Digital, and the co-founder of Filmmaker Magazine dedicated to independent film, and former editor of RES Magazine and co-curator of RESFEST.

 

 

12:55 PM – 1:20 PM | Feature Discussion | AI in the Digital Media Supply Chain

This panel will discuss AI as an accelerant for content commercialization in areas including artwork variety and algorithmic elevation to consumers, metadata, and AI generative text components for commercialization (captions, subtitles, etc.).

Michelle Mikesell, CEO, 360 Solutions 

Andrey Marchuk, VP Engineering, (Localization, AI), Deluxe

Mark Sgriccia (Moderator), Senior Vice President, Content Operations & Strategy, Lionsgate

Scott Olechowski, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Plex
1:20 PM – 1:45 PM | Outlook | Smart TVs and Their Impact on the Entertainment Experience
Marc Finer (Moderator), Founder and Managing Director, Communication Research Inc.
Tom Gorke, Managing Director, M&E Content Partnerships, Google TV
Matt Durgin, Vice President LG Content and Services, LG Electronics
Jason Weber, Senior Partner Growth Manager, Roku

 


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Networking Break

 

2:50 PM – 3:15 PM | Keynote Conversation | Keith LeGoy, Moderated by Gita Rebbapragada

LeGoy co-leads the studio’s combined television and home entertainment distribution and marketing businesses. Le Goy also oversees Sony Pictures Television’s international networks operations, programming and strategy group, as well as the Crunchyroll anime business. LeGoy will discuss Sony Pictures’ approach to the distribution of film and television content and the innovative ways it connects with consumers.

 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM | EnTech Insights Encore

EnTech Insights is an efficient presentation that will share knowledge and perspective from multiple thought-leading DEG Members. See the 10:35 schedule item for more details.

 

3:45 PM – 4: 30 PM | Feature Panel | The 10 Principles of 2030 Vision for Distribution

The 2030 Vision for Distribution panel will discuss use cases and practical applications of the 2030 Vision for digital entertainment distribution supply chain strategy and operations. Panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges from the content owners, distribution partners, and service providers’ perspectives.

Eric Iverson, Director of Product Strategy, Amazon MGM Studios
Mark Turner (Moderator), Project Director, Production Technology, Movie Labs
Craig Seidel, Chief Technology Officer, Pixelogic
Scott Levine, Senior Project Manager, Skywalker Sound
Greg Geier, Senior Vice President, Digital Media Supply Chain Strategy and Operations, Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Annual DEG Reception

 

Please email Andi Elliott (Andi@degonline.org) for sponsorship opportunities.

 

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February 7
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