The Digital Hollywood Experience

"The Conference that Defines the Future of the Industry"

 

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

11:00 AM - Noon

Session A: Grand Ballroom (4th Floor)

Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs & Private Equity to Corporate Investments

Urs Cete, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, L.P.

Scott Levine, Managing Director, Time Warner Investments

Joseph Coyne, Venture Capital Investor, Global Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics

Chris Fralic, Partner, First Round

Mike LaSalle, Partner, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Vinay Singh, Partner, Archer Gray

Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors, Frank N. Magid Associates, Moderator

Joseph Coyne joined Samsung Global Innovation Center in 2013. As a Principal at Samsung, Joe performs all aspects of deal sourcing, diligence and negotiation, with a focus on early and growth stage software and services investments. Prior to Samsung, Joe joined Bain Capital Ventures in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Bain Capital, Joe worked on both early-stage and growth-equity investments in a variety

of industries, including business services, consumer technology, marketing services, eCommerce and digital media. He also worked closely with numerous portfolio companies on strategic planning, business development and company exits. Earlier in his career, Joe worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch in New York, where he advised clients across diverse industries on a variety of strategic and financial transactions.  Joe received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where his studies concentrated on investments, innovation and entrepreneurship. As an undergraduate, Joe earned a double major Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Investment & Banking and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Outside of work, Joe enjoys playing golf and hockey and is a passionate fan of Wisconsin Badger sports.

 

Urs Cete serves as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, L.P. Mr. Cete joined the Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments in 2006. He serves as the Principal and Head of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments at Mojiva, Inc. Prior to BDMI, Mr. Cete worked in Bertelsmann AG's Corporate Controlling and Strategy Department, where he was in charge of group controlling and group strategy. In that capacity he worked on strategic projects in all of Bertelsmann's media categories (television, radio, music, books, magazines and services). Prior to that, he worked and lectured for the Finance Department of the Handelshochschule Leipzig specializing in Corporate Valuation. Mr. Cete serves as a Member of Advisory Board at BLUE LION mobile GmbH. He serves on the Boards of Skimlinks since November 11, 2011; Mojiva, Inc., Qeep and Exit Games. He holds an MBA from Tulane University and graduated from the Handelshochschule Leipzig.

 

Scott Levine is a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments, where he is focused on digital media investment opportunities that have a strategic fit with Time Warner’s operating divisions.   Scott is a board observer of Conviva, Adaptly and Gaia Online, and he actively participated in Time Warner’s investment in Maker Studios.  Scott was previously the SVP of Corporate Development at Sony Music, where he led M&A (including the acquisition of Gracenote), venture investments and digital strategy.  Prior to Sony, he was a Vice President at General Atlantic, a growth equity firm with $17 billion under management.  Scott has also been an operator at three digital media startups, including myYearbook (social network; $100mm sale to QPSA), Liquid Audio (online music retailer; IPO, sold to Wal-Mart) and Verance (audio watermarking).  Scott is a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering) and Columbia University (MBA, B.S. in Electrical Engineering).

 

Chris Fralic is a Partner at First Round Capital. He joined the firm in 2006 and is based in their New York office. Chris has focused on a number of the firm's investments in areas such as Advertising Technology including Invite Media (acquired by Google) and Demdex (acquired by Adobe), Social Media including CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) and myYearbook (acquired by QuePasa), eCommerce, Gaming, and more. Before First Round, he was most recently VP of Business Development at del.icio.us which was acquired by Yahoo! in December 2005. Chris previously spent 6 years at eBay, and his last position there was a combination ad sales and business development role, and before that he led the eBay Entertainment categories, managing the transaction, platform and supply/demand aspects of the books, movies and music marketplaces in the US with over $1 billion in transaction volume during his time there. Chris had been the VP of Business Development at Half.com, which eBay acquired in June 2000, where he helped develop many parts of the business including fund raising, content licensing, the affiliate program, supply and distribution partnerships, and advertising and sponsorships sales. Chris has over 25 years of technology industry experience, including significant Internet sales and business development roles since 1996. He was Vice President of Business Development at Nextron, Director of Business Development at America Online, and an Account Manager at Oracle focused on their early Internet offerings for some of their largest accounts such as AOL and Time Warner. Earlier in his career, he held senior sales and management roles in the computer reseller and consulting services industry for companies including The Computer Factory, BusinessLand, and ComputerLand/Vanstar where he was responsible for over $100 million in hardware, services, and consulting sales. Chris is a board member of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management). He has attended and been involved with the TED Conference since 1994 and helped launch TEDTalks, which have been viewed over a billion times. Chris is a co-inventor of two US Patent for listing goods for sale. He is an avid skier/snowboarder and tennis player and runner, and has finished 4 marathons with his wife and swears he will never run one again. Chris earned his BS in Finance from Villanova University, and his MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

 

Michael A. LaSalle is a Partner of Shamrock Capital Advisors.  He currently serves as a director of Recorded Books, FanDuel, Giant Creative/Strategy, and Isolation Network.  Previously, Mike served on the boards of Mojiva, Harlem Globetrotters International, Media Storm, and Modern Luxury Media.  Prior to joining Shamrock, Mike was an Associate and Analyst at Putnam Lovell Securities focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the financial services industry. Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.

 

Vinay Singh is a Partner at Archer Gray, LLC, a media production, financing and venture investment company. Vinay leads all investment activity, working across the production and venture businesses, sourcing investment and financing opportunities and managing the company’s portfolio and financial strategy.  Prior to joining Archer Gray, Vinay headed the consulting division of Cinetic Media. While there, he managed an international portfolio of clients ranging from tech companies to film financiers, and was actively involved in project financing and sales.  Before Cinetic, Vinay was an executive at This is that Corporation, where he was responsible for financial analysis, company operations and packaging projects on the company’s slate, which included The American, Adventureland, and The Savages.  Vinay started his career at McKinsey & Company, in New York and Australia, where he served numerous organizations, from multi-national corporations to local non-profits, on issues ranging from growth strategies to Lean Operations.  Vinay also co-founded the independent production company Small Coup Films, and has produced narrative and documentary films that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca. Vinay graduated with a BS in Economics and Systems Engineering from The University Of Pennsylvania.

 

Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors: Founded the Magid Internet and New Media research and consultation practice in 1995, with AOL and Excite as his first two clients. Mike’s team has completed over 2,500 engagements with over 100 Internet clients. Mike began the Magid Gaming Practice in 2001 with EA and Sony Online as his first two clients. The Magid Game Practice now works with most of the major game publishers. Mike provides research and consulting services to a number of major traditional media companies in regard to their new media initiatives, as well as consulting a number of leading Internet and gaming companies. He has also provided advice to venture capital and private equity firms in regard to investments in the media space. Mike has been involved in strategic and tactical consulting, including the launch of new services and programming, as well as development and implementation of online and offline marketing programs. Mike has also been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a number of our companies, as well as the development of game concepts. Mike has consulted on a number of film projects such as You’ve Got Mail and The Matrix. He holds a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University and has worked as a fundraiser and transfer of technology officer at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. Mike also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two Administrations in the White House.