Elite Group of Industry Leaders to Assemble at Inaugural Event
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Variety, the premier source of business entertainment news, and Digital Media Wire, the leading digital entertainment publisher and events company, have announced their partnership for the Future of Film Summit ( www.lafilmconference.com) taking place in Santa Monica on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
The inaugural event brings together top executives, creators and professionals from major and independent movie studios, film distributors, talent agencies, law firms, financiers and digital media companies for high-level discussions and debate, intimate meetings and unrivaled networking about the future of the movie business. The event will address issues including: new finance models for the industry, the next wave of mobile film and video entertainment, International markets and the business they drive today, new and emerging opportunities in the home entertainment industry. What does the future hold for the industry? What are the trends to watch in 2010 and beyond? Who will be the winners and losers in the years to come?
"The entertainment industry is experiencing change like never before," said Brian Gott, Publisher of Variety. "Variety has always been at the forefront of the industry's evolution. We are producing this conference in conjunction with Digital Media Wire to address a need in the marketplace for direction on how the film industry needs to evolve in order to tackle the new challenges and opportunities it faces."
"Variety is one of the most respected media companies in the world. Having established Digital Media Wire as a leading events producer and trusted authority among entertainment, media and technology executives, we are thrilled to be working with Variety on this cutting edge event," said Ned Sherman, CEO and publisher, Digital Media Wire.
Confirmed speakers for the event include:
Sandra Aistars, Asst. General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Time Warner, Inc. Ashok Amritraj, Chairman & CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment Darcy Antonellis, President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations Jonathan Barzilay, SVP, Programming & Advertising, FLO TV Bill Block, Founder & Chief Executive, QED International Jeanette Buerling, President, Magnet Media Group (MMG) Peter Caranicas, Managing Editor, Features, Variety Chris Carey, EVP, Worldwide Technical Operations, Paramount Pictures Claudia Ceniceros, Sr. Dir., Content Strategy & Partnerships, Cisco Media Solutions Group Frank Chindamo, President & Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies Jay Cohen, Head of Film Financing & Packaging Division, The Gersh Agency David Cohen, Associate Editor, Features, Variety Shashi Fernanda, CEO, Saffron Digital Stuart Ford, Founder & CEO, IM Global Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor, Variety Sibyl Goldman, VP, Entertainment, Yahoo! Entertainment Mark Horak, President, Warner Home Video Americas Bryan LaCour, SVP, Union Bank Ed Leonard, CTO, DreamWorks Animation Michael London, Owner, Michael London Productions Marcy Magiera, Editor-in-Chief, Video Business Rick Nicita, COO & Co-Chairman, Morgan Creek Productions Oren Peli, Director & Screenwriter, Paranormal Activity Rena Ronson, Co-Head, Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency John Rubey, President, AEG Live Ken Rutkowski, President & CEO, KenRadio Broadcasting Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire Neil Stiles, President & Publisher, Variety Group David Straus, CEO & Founder, Withoutabox Sharon Swart, Sr. Editor, Variety Daniel Tibbets, EVP & Studio Chief, GoTV Networks Jared Underwood, SVP & Manager, Comerica Entertainment Group Paula Wagner, Founder, Chestnut Ridge Blair Westlake, Corp. VP, Media & Ent. Group, Microsoft Corporation David White, National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator, Screen Actors Guild
Event sponsors and media partners include Cisco, Panasonic, CEA, Social Radius, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Fusicology, Parks Associates, Ultimate Movie Site, PR Newswire, and Terpin Communications.
Please add this information to your listings. For more information, contact Ellen Gildersleeve, Director, Marketing & Events, Digital Media Wire at Email Contact or Linda Buckley Bruno, Publishing Director, Variety and Home Entertainment Group at Email Contact.
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Digital Media Wire is an events, news, and publishing company serving the digital entertainment & media industry since May 2000. Digital Media Wire produces executive forums featuring the leading executives in digital media and entertainment. Digital Media Wire also publishes an authoritative daily email newsletter and industry directory. Other prominent Digital Media Wire events include Future of Television East & West, Digital Music Forum East & West, LA Games Conference, NY Games Conference and Digital Media Conference East and West. For more information, please visit: www.dmwmedia.com.