12:30 p.m.  Registration Opens

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Conference Sessions

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Networking Reception


Please Note: There is a Women in Technology: Hollywood (WiTH) Leadership Luncheon just prior to THE Summit (11 a.m. to 1 p.m).  For additional information and to register for that event, click here!

Time Session
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

OPENING KEYNOTE: Engineering a BIG Turnaround for Home Entertainment

Jeffrey Hayzlett thinks BIG. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and a corporate cowboy. And in this opening keynote address, the former Kodak CMO and author of the new book “Think Big. Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless” is going to challenge home entertainment executives that the key to their industry turnaround is actually building a bigger, bolder corporate attitude. Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and CSuite TV.

Jeffrey Hayzlett,  Author, Columnist, Primetime TV and Radio Host

Introduction by: Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG: Digital Entertainment Group

1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Building an Appetite for Content in Consumers

TV Bites™ and Movie Bites™ provide premium short form content (3 to 7 min.) that promote the sale of the full length TV episodes and movies via streaming, VOD, SVOD or traditional DVDs. We are able to streamline the editing process for these TV and Movie Bites™ by using our patented and proprietary content management systems. (TV Pro and Movie Pro CMS™)

Robbie Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer, DG Entertainment

1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

The “Uberfication” of Media Services

Requirements to have content everywhere, localized, and on demand, are straining traditional media servicing models. New on-demand media servicing (ODMS) models are filling the gap. In this session your learn about recent advancements in technology that are transforming global workflows for entertainment content. Powered by cloud technologies and a distributed workforce, these disruptive models are providing scalable media services at greater value.

Morgan Fiumi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sfera Studios

1:50 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Taking the Headache out of Today’s Home Entertainment Supply Chain

Today’s home entertainment supply chain is full of hundreds of retailers with as many network and security challenges in receiving their transcoded deliverables as there are variations to master formats for retailers. This session looks to innovations in the digital workflow through software that can help simplify the supply chain by providing hassle free, secure file transfer capability that requires no server, software, or plug-in installs to manage so that your customers can receive your content without the headaches.

Chuck Parker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sohonet

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Digital Workflows that (Actually) Work

Throughout the production, post production and distribution process, content creators and their collaboration partners juggle a myriad of workflow solutions — in part a function of a complex industry but mostly because there are many partners in the chain with differing views on the “best approach”. Even when two companies are using the same application for their individual workflows, they are often managing them in entirely different ways. In this session we gain insight into the complexity across the digital supply chain, from “herding” multiple data sources into a single studio pipeline to delivering content from multiple studios into a plethora of home entertainment “experiences”.

Moderator: Chuck Parker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sohonet


Frank Cardello, President, Deluxe Media

Tony Lockard, Industry Consultant (Former Head of Technology at TMZ)

Thomas Stilling, Vice President Product and Promotion Management, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

David Sugg, Executive Director, Technical Solutions Architecture, Warner Bros.

2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Keeping Content Fresh Across Multiple Channels

The content capsule is a portable website that lives wherever audiences spend time online and mobile. It can be embedded on any shared or owned media channel and it can combine the best of earned and paid media. Studios program interactive screens across owned, earned, shared and paid media channels with engaging video content. Dashboards monitor all engagement. Provides solution for activating social analytics and influencers, maintaining audience engagement throughout entire lifecycle and driving catalog sales.

Tim Bahr, Chief Executive Officer, NextWorks

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Driving a Premium Market for Home Entertainment

Technological innovation often drives and enables consumers’ desire to increase their level of immersion, engagement and suspension of disbelief, while creating commercial opportunity for companies throughout the ecosystem. This session offers an update on how Dolby is investing in new technologies and experiences to help further transform the home entertainment experience for the benefit of both consumers and business partners.

Ron Geller, Vice President, Worldwide Content Relations, Dolby

2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

How HDR Changes the Viewer Landscape

The first thing that defines Ultra HD is “more resolution” (i.e., more pixels). But there are other capabilities that many feel are more significant in driving the adoption of this transformative technology. Industry experts address the complex technical aspects of HDR within home entertainment and describe the capabilities, workflow challenges and issues faced in creating HDR content for distribution and the potential impact on consumers. They also take a look at the key features as they are now starting to appear in new CE products and the consumer’s living room.

Moderator: Bob Kisor, Entertainment Technology Consultant


Philip Goswitz, Senior Vice President, Video, Space & Communications, DirecTV

Pat Griffis, Executive Director, Technology Strategy, Office of the CTO, Dolby

Steve Koenig, Senior Director, Market Research, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Mark Turner, Vice President, Business Development & Partner Relationships, Technicolor

3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m.





4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

You Say You Want An Evolution: A Digital Music Roadmap

Over nearly two decades no consumer entertainment category has been more transformed than music. Whether by digital distribution, device adoption and changing consumer behavior, music has seen the greatest impact from a revenue and engagement perspective. While the music business we grew up with is a shadow of itself, the “new” music business is poised for explosive growth in consumer engagement and revenues. We will examine how the industry got there, what the future looks like and what lessons exist for other home entertainment categories.

Russ Crupnick, Managing Partner, MusicWatch

4:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: How to ‘Unsuck’ Today’s Home Entertainment Experience

Bob Lefsetz says the things that we don’t want to hear but that we can’t stop listening to. As the foremost music industry analyst (and curmudgeon), his daily firehose blog post, The Lefsetz Letter, is a must read for anyone in music and entertainment. Lefsetz has recently turned his attention to the tech world and will be providing his usual frank assessment of today’s home entertainment experience and what the movie business can learn from music as it goes through its own business transformation. Start reading him before you see him live at Or check out his smack down conversation with Gene Simmons on YouTube.

Bob Lefsetz, Author, Blogger, Music Industry Analyst and Critic

Interviewed by: Martin Porter, Executive Director, MESA

4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3 Days to an OTT Marketplace

The direct-to-consumer market has exploded in the past year with major media companies refining their business models to include over-the-top offering of their core content via their own OTT marketplace. In this session you’ll learn how easy it is to launch premium OTT services site for consumers. Just add content!

Russell Foy, Chief Executive Officer, Sotal Cloud

5:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Inside the Netflix Digital Supply Chain

An overview of the revolutionary streaming company’s global digital supply chain. And how they drive a great customer experience at large scale.

Chris Fetner, Director of Global Media Engineering and Partnerships, Netflix

5:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.

Seamless File Integrity and Distribution Across Multiple Outlets

This session looks at how we can transform our industry and drive efficiencies by adopting various standards and best practices to facilitate the seamless delivery of the highest quality content across numerous distribution channels (SVOD, EST, OTT, etc.)

Moderator: Guy Finley, Executive Director, MESA


Bill Baggelaar, Senior Vice President, Technology, Sony Pictures

Annie Chang, Vice President, Post-Production Technology, The Walt Disney Studios

Chris Fetner, Director of Global Media Engineering and Partnerships, Netflix

Michael Kadenacy, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, My Eye Media

5:40 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

The “X” Factor: Offering an Enhanced Audio/Visual Experience

There is a clear move in the industry to offer the consumer enhanced audio quality as part of their immersive movie/TV experience. In this session we learn more about next generation audio and the role it will play in helping to transform the home entertainment sector, both at home and on the move.

David McIntyre, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, DTS

5:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

Closing Remarks

Guy Finley, Executive Director, MESA

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.