The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


in Santa Monica, Silicon Valley, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Terpin also co-founded BitAngels (, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and he is managing partner of bCommerce Labs (, the first technology incubator fund focused on e-commerce applications for bitcoin and the blockchain. Previously, Terpin founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006 for $35 million, and in early 2016 was sold to NASDAQ for $200 million.  He was also a co-founder of Direct IPO, one of the earliest equity crowdfunding companies (1996 – 2000), and sold an earlier PR firm, The Terpin Group, in 2000. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000.  Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including Liquipel,, ShapeShift, and YouMail, as well as chairman of NY-based media company, CommPro Global, and founder of online marketplace, Marketeeria.


Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, J Streicher Capital,LLC: Diane McGrath has over 20 years of experience in the business development and investment banking . Her unique balance of intuition and empirical support ability to recognize trends, disruptive technologies and long-term growth potential has led to success in designing revenue models and maximizing returns on investments across industry sectors for companies and customers alike. Her dual background in finance and business development has allowed her to position companies strategically for introduction to new markets and worldwide expansion, especially within the industries of technology, media and entertainment. Ms. McGrath has operated both independently and as part of management teams, generating over $1B for ventures by employing her managerial and technical expertise.  Recognizing and capitalizing on cutting-edge media trends including social networking, gamification, virtual and responsive design, McGrath has molded the business and revenue strategy for global social entertainment platforms,films, entertainment companies integrating new technologies to create sustainable business models for investment.  McGrath served as Director of World Wide Investor Relations for Asia Online, a pan-Asian web services company conducting business in 14 countries and 7 languages. Investors included CIBC, Softbank and CSFirstBoston in IPO filing. McGrath was the “face to Wall Street,” raising $185M for this global company and integrating new business models, clients and strategic partners. During her tenure, the company’s acquisitions and revenue growth led to its one billion dollar valuation ($1B) at the time of the NASDAQ registration filing for IPO.  Prior to 2000, McGrath was an Investment Banker for Aegis Capital Corp in portfolio management and corporate finance, and was Managing Director of The Berkely Fund in New York City. Previously, she worked in brokerage and corporate finance at Faherty&Faherty/Rooney Pace/Bear Stearns, and in international customer banking at Swiss Volksbank in Switzerland.


Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP: He chair's the Firm's Internet, New Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, Internet, technology, and apparel industries. Greg's practice involves providing advice in connection with general corporate matters (including company formation, stock incentive plans, executive employment agreements, and various commercial and business contracts), venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions (including public reverse mergers), private equity and debt securities offerings, public offerings, federal and state securities law reporting requirements, intellectual property strategic counseling, Internet and e-commerce matters, and entertainment, content and digital media transactional matters. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit's Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).


Monica Dodi, Managing Director and Co Founder, The Women's Venture Capital Fund: focused on early stage women led new ventures in digital media and sustainability, Monica has over 20 years experience as a new media pioneer. Monica is an international, multilingual new media entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating, launching and building highly successful global brands. A visionary on the cutting edge of the virtual and high-tech landscape, she has founded four highly successful companies, spearheaded rapid turnarounds and negotiated numerous licensing deals with Fortune 500 companies. As co-founder of MTV Europe, Monica's marketing expertise, operations and negotiating skills led to MTV becoming the fastest growing channel on the continent covering 16 countries and reaching breakeven in less than a year by launching the first ever Pan European advertising deals. She then joined Walt Disney/Europe where, as head of European Licensing, she was responsible for the successful turnaround of their Consumer Products business, creating new revenue streams for classic and newly released brands. Seeing an opportunity in creating a paper products venture with a Disney license, Monica founded CD Productions which was later acquired by American Greetings. Returning to the U.S. to help Warner Bros. roll out television channels worldwide, Monica was recruited by Brandon Tartikoff to be CEO in charge of launching AOL's Entertainment Asylum which soon became the fastest growing entertainment destination on the web with 4 million daily users and reaching breakeven in less than a year. Subsequently, at Softbank Technology Ventures, Monica focused on new media convergence and served as the Fund's Entrepreneur in Residence. She continues to be a sought-after advisor to and angel investor in new ventures spanning virtual worlds, music technologies, mobile applications, and social media.


Josh Stein, Special Counsel, MG+: Josh Stein is an experienced executive and attorney with strong strategic sensibility and a keen focus on revenue generation for mature and start-up companies from both the entertainment and technology sectors. Stein spent over a decade in finance as an attorney and investment banker raising capital for startups, publicly traded companies, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, turnarounds, restructurings, reorganizations, and project finance for Bear Stearns, AndrewsKurth and Cahill Gordon & Reindel.  While working with start-ups that successfully gained funding but were unable to execute their strategic plans due to inexperienced management, Stein shifted his efforts toward helping to solve that specific (and growing) business conundrum.  He developed a methodology of teaching, while supporting managerial teams on planning, reporting, and day-to-day management protocols instead of just funding.  This philosophy was tested and refined to great success by scaling companies across a variety of business arenas, including film, television, print and digital architecture, and sales in companies as varied as Indomina Media (entertainment finance), Mobotory (enterprise risk management software), Bird Street Books (publishing) and AdLov (fashion project management and industry data analytics). Stein currently leverages his experience to build and grow companies for himself, while continuing to work with client companies of all sizes and from varied industries that usually incorporate new digital technology, such as social media platforms and Virtual Reality, into their business models.  Stein’s unique mix of business, legal and quantitative experience continues to allow him to solve complex problems with speed and insight, and a dynamic team approach.


Joey Tamer ( is a widely-acclaimed strategic consultant to technology and media CEOs, U.S. and worldwide. Her work helps create wealth for founders and investors of entrepreneurial ventures, and a high return on investment for Fortune 500 in-house ventures. Her capital strategies drive up her clients’ valuations and profitability. She has a special expertise in working with emerging and disruptive technologies. She consults to Fortune 500 companies, capitalized start-ups, and investment funds, often serving as a “shadow CEO” to extend her clients’ bandwidth. She advises product and service companies and consultants. Her work optimizes her clients’ growth, deal flow and profitability. Successes include the sale of a B2B Internet company for $100M, the IPO of the 1st Internet B2B with $30M to each of the three founders in year 5; the sale of a 2-owners software company for $50M in year 4; and the raising of $2.2M in seed capital through deal-making with no equity out, for a software venture she built in China. Her Fortune 500 clients retain her to start in-house new business unit initiatives; these have included J.P. Morgan Capital, Sony, IBM, Apple, Hearst, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Harper Collins, Discovery Channel, Time-Warner, Agfa and Scitex. Her many early stage ventures include Earthweb (IPO 1998) and iSuppli (sold to IHS 2010). Her clients say she is “a brilliant strategist and a practical, down-to-earth, get-it-done person,” “invaluable in understanding the competitive landscape and alternative strategies” and that she “cuts right through the noise, giving a clear vision of the future,” “protecting us from liability and cutting our costs.” Her clients have been in the business, enterprise and consumer sectors, with companies in technology, SaaS, hardware and software, mobile, media and entertainment, publishing and advertising, distribution, and investment and venture funding. She has worked in the U.S., Europe, China and Qatar. A strategist, policymaker, dealmaker, and negotiator, her work includes strategies on entry, exit, capitalization, return on investment, growth, positioning, pricing, distribution, social media outreach, risk-assessment, new market and international expansion, due diligence, and intellectual property. She speaks and publishes widely on entrepreneurship. Her published credits include 5 books, 60 published articles, and a weblog with hundreds of blog posts of advice to entrepreneurs. Her website is

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Investment, Financing & Packaging Projects: Unique Content - Unique Technology

Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Monica Dodi, Managing Director, Women's Venture Capital Fund

Josh Stein, Special Counsel, MG+

Michael Terpin, CEO, Transform Group

Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator


Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, whose divisions include Transform PR, a global public relations firm with more than 60 clients in the blockchain field; Coinovate, a cryptocurrency consulting and development company; CoinAgenda, an event series for cryptocurrency investors, and SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms twice named to the Inc. 5000.  Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices