Variety Announces the 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Summit, produced in association with International ESQ, will feature top investors, entrepreneurs and entertainment leaders who are supporting innovation in the new media industry. As traditional and digital media companies strive to build out a worldwide marketplace for their content, services and products, the event will answer how fundraising, investment and new technologies impact their strategies.
Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year. Featured speakers included, Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Vice Chair of the Board of Viacom and CBS/President of National Amusements Shari Redstone Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig; and Sonys Chief Digital Strategy Officer Mitch Singer. Our special guests were the Royal Couple Prince William and Kate who made the VC event their first stop on their inaugural visit together to the United States.
|Here are the 2012 Elite speakers on board the Venture Capital and New Media Summit confirmed thus far:|
Diego Berdakin, Co-Founder and President of BeachMint, the two year-old social commerce service which has scored partnerships with Kate Bosworth, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Rachel Bilson, among others
Allen Debevoise, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Machinima, the number one entertainment channel on YouTube reaching over 40 million gamers monthly.
Michael Downing, Co-Founder and CEO of Tout, new microvideo sharing service used by Ryan Seacrest, Shaq, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and more
Scott Hilleboe, General Partner at Walt Disneys Steamboat Ventures, whose firm is quickly taking advantage of investment opportunities in China
Mike Jones, Founder of Science, part of a renaissance of L.A.-based start-up incubators, and former CEO for Myspace
Michael Yang, Managing Director for Comcast Ventures, whose varied portfolio includes such hot services as Flipboard, Plum District and SnagFilms.
|Featured topics at Varietys Venture Capital and New Media Summit include:|
|*State of the Venture Capital and Global Media Business|
|*The Future of Social Media: What Are Ways Still to Innovate?|
|*Build It and They Will Come: How to Create the Next Great Product|
|*Entertainment Game Changers: Who is Transforming Content and Consumer Experiences for the Better?|
|*The Burgeoning L.A. Venture Capital and Start-Up Landscape|
|*Cult of Celebrity: When Stars Align with Technology Companies|
|*The View from the Top: What is Next from the Major Digital Media Brands?|
Variety recognizes the need to connect the venture capital and media communities, whose businesses are increasingly intertwined through new technologies, said Neil Stiles, President of Variety. The Summit, produced in association with International ESQ, will provide the tools to identify and support innovation and entrepreneurship for these industries future growth.
InternationalESQ is proud to partner with Variety on the Venture Capital and New Media Summit, said Paul Wright, Founder and Principal at InternationalESQ. Our event features the top influencers and thought-leaders that will lead investors and media chiefs forward.
Additional confirmed speakers at the Summit include:
Manny Anekal, COO of kiip
Jason Alex, Head of Digital Marketing at DreamWorks Animation
Sara Bordo, Co-Founder and CEO of NowLive
Avichal Garg, CEO and Co-Founder of Spool
Greg Grunberg, Film/TV Actor (Heroes) and Co-founder of Yowza
Liz Jones, SVP of Digital Marketing at Relativity Media
Mike Jones, Founder of Science and former CEO of Myspace
Ara Katz, VP of Creative and Celebrity Partnerships at Beachmint
Jack Krawczyk, Head of Product Marketing at StumbleUpon
Evan Lowenstein, Founder and CEO
Taylor McPartland, Co-Founder and President of FilmBreak
Erik Rannala, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Muckerlab
Dana Settle, Founding Partner at Greycroft LLC
Ryan Spoon, Principal at Polaris Ventures and Lead at Dogpatch Labs
David Teichner, CEO of Yowza
Aber Whitcomb, CTO of Mindjolt and Co-founder of i/o Ventures
Marni Wieshofer, Managing Director of MESA
Media sponsors for the summit include: Churchill Club, Boogar Lists, Plug and Play Tech Center, Keiretsu Forum, Tech Zulu, Los Angeles Venture Association and New Media Synergy.
Additional details about the summit including sponsorship, speaking opportunities and registration can be found at www.variety.com/vcnewmediasummit.
Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Variety, Variety.com, LA 411, Variety 411 are owned by Reed Business Information. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK) (NYSE: ENL).
Paul J. Wright, Esq. is an English Barrister, California Attorney and Principal of an international business law practice and Founder of InternationalEsq. Mr. Wright, Chairman Emeritus and President of the BABC LA, organized and chaired the 2007 British American Business Council Transatlantic Conference on the Future of the Entertainment and New Media Industries, presented by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
Linda Buckley-Bruno, Publishing Director
Source: VarietyCopyright Business Wire 2012