UFC President Dana White and Pro-Skateboarder/Sports Entertainment Entrepreneur Tony Hawk to Keynote Variety Sports Entertainment Summit, July 12
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Variety and Sports Video Group are pleased to announce Keynote Conversations with pro skateboarding legend and sports entertainment entrepreneur Tony Hawk and UFC President Dana White at their Sports Entertainment Summit on July 12 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood.
Hawk is a pro skateboarding legend, major philanthropist, and sports entertainment entrepreneur, and is considered the ambassador to the action sports lifestyle. His long list of career highlights include 16 X Games medals, X Games commentator; creating his Activision videogame franchise which has generated 1 billion in sales worldwide; and launching new YouTube Channel Ride this year; among other achievements.
Additionally, through his Tony Hawk Foundation, Hawk has worked to serve underprivileged youth, and has granted over $3 million to build over 500 skateparks in 50 states.
As President of the UFC, White has driven the organization to new heights. Last year, White struck a milestone deal with FOX to carry UFCs events and shows across the networks channels and platforms. Additionally, the UFC now mounts over 30 live events per year across the world, and counts such ancillary businesses as the UFCGym" branded apparel, UFC magazine, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs, videogames and books.
The Sports Entertainment Summit promises an entire day of high-profile content and speakers.
Fans must watch sports live and across platforms, which is creating a great opportunity for programmers and leagues to strike record-breaking deals and launch new channels; and allow marketers and brands to create deeper sponsorship activation. Growing numbers of social media networks also help fans, athletes, brands, teams, venues, networks and more interact with each other whether in season or off.
Topics for the 2012 Sports Entertainment Summit include:
*State of the Sports and Entertainment Business
*The Multi-Screen Sports Experience: Success with Social Media, Apps, Live Streaming and More
*The Impact of Social Media, Entertainment Programming and Athlete Endorsements
*The Regional and Niche Channel Explosion
*Beyond HD: Glasses-free 3D, 4K, and the Next-Generation of Sports Technology
*Brands and the Multi-Platform Sports World
*The Second Screen Experience What is the Latest in Sports Apps for Tablets, At Home, In-Venue and More?
*Masters of Sports Talk and Commentary
*Moving Media: File-Transport and Media Management in a Changing Sports Production World
*The Next Great Sports Film
Additional featured speakers include:
Steve Astephen, President, Action Sports/Lifestyle, Wasserman Media Group
Charles Coplin, EVP Content, NHL
Juan Delgado, Managing Director, North America, Perform
Trevor Doerksen, CEO & Founder, Mobovivo
Ken Fuchs, VP Yahoo! Media Network Sports, Games & Entertainment
Rick Fox, Actor & Former Lakers NBA Champion
Shawn Green, MLB All-Star & Co-Founder, JockTalk
George Greenberg, EVP & GM, FUEL TV
Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports
Jason Kint, SVP and GM, CBSSports.com
John Kosner, EVP and GM, ESPN Digital Media
Jason La Canfora, NFL Insider on CBS THE NFL TODAY
Burke Magnus, SVP, College Sports Programming, ESPN
Rachel McLish, Four-Time Ms. Olympia & Star of upcoming TLC series Tighter and Leaner to the Core
David Nathanson, EVP and GM, Fox Soccer
Clark Pierce, SVP, Emerging Technology, Fox Sports/Fox Sports Net
David Rone, President, Time Warner Cable Sports
Claude Ruibal, Director & Global Sports Head, YouTube
Eric Shanks, Co-President and COO, Fox Sports Media Group
Andrew Siciliano, Host, NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV
Bill Simmons, Sports Columnist & Editor-in-Chief, Grantland
Gary Stevenson, President, Pac-12 Enterprises
Josh Snow, Director, Interactive Sports & Apps, DIRECTV
Picabo Street, Olympic Gold Medalist
Eric Villain, President, Media & Technology, Ipsos MediaCT
Richard Whittington, SVP, Media & Entertainment, SAP
The Sports Entertainment Summit is sponsored by Bexel, Grass Valley, Ipsos MediaCT, NewTek, SOS Global Express, Mobovivo, Signiant, SAP and Ooyala.
More information about the summit including sponsorship and registration can be found online at www.variety.com/sportsentertainment.
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Source: VarietyCopyright Business Wire 2012