The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Enrique V. Olives, Global Business Development, ABS-CBN International.  Enrique has over 20 years experience in management, finance, and business development. Enrique was instrumental in the launch and growth of the digital business, having pioneered TFC.TV, the company’s online subscription service in 2004 and TFC On Demand, the company’s IPTV service in 2007. Based in Redwood City, California, ABS-CBN International was founded in April 1994 to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S.  Aside from online audio and video streaming, and  IPTV, the company also offers money remittance, retail, theatricals, and cargo services. ABS-CBN International is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company. In his capacity as Business Development Head for all of the regions, he is responsible for working with all the business units across these regions to find new revenue streams, grow existing revenue lines, and explore partnership opportunities by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, and developing financial models.


Ian Moffitt, Former, Head of Original Programming, Yahoo:: Having started his media career on the prestigious Carlton Television Graduate Management Trainee scheme in London in 1996, Ian has developed a reputation as a passionate executive with a unique understanding of the creative and business aspects of the media landscape, in both the traditional and digital sectors.  Ian worked in London for the first 10 years of his career in a combination of business development and creative roles at Carlton, Tiger Aspect and Target Entertainment before moving to L.A. in early 2006 to spearhead Transend, an international rights joint venture between IMG and Endeavor. Ian has spent the last 10 years in L.A. on both the buying side and the selling/developing side in both traditional and digital. Having brought such formats as ‘Blackpool’, ‘Ab Fab’, ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em’ and ‘Jonathan Creek’ to the U.S. during his 4 years at BBC Worldwide Productions in L.A. Ian was also overseeing the commercial exploitation of the company’s brands such as ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Ian has most recently been focused on scripted content as a buyer first at Machinima and most recently at Yahoo where he oversaw the company’s move in to half-hour series, being responsible for Community Season 6, Paul Feig’s comedy series ‘Other Space’, and Mike Tollin’s ‘Sin City Saints’, starring Malin Akerman and Andrew Santino, directed by Brian Gordon and Fred Savage.  Ian is currently an independent consultant, working with production companies and media entities as they navigate the crossover between the tradition and digital worlds and embrace the opportunities afforded to content creators and distributors by the emerging media landscape.


Randa Minkarah is a dynamic and strategic executive with a career spanning over 15 years of driving transformation within the advertising and media industry. With an extensive background in sales, management, business and product development, Ms. Minkarah has successfully led strategic planning, budgeting, operations, developing new revenue streams and executing upon multiplatform initiatives for both traditional and digital media properties. Ms. Minkarah is currently COO at Transform, a Seattle area startup that uses big data and predictive analytics to ignite customer growth. Transform’s SaaS quantitative marketing platform, the GENOME, uniquely applies data science to optimize the yields and improve the predictability of marketing and advertising channels. Ms. Minkarah is responsible for Transform’s client operations, sales, finance, corporate development, and back office. Prior to Transform, Ms. Minkarah served as Senior Vice President of Revenue and Business Development for Fisher Communications (FSCI), Inc., a Fortune 1000 company until its sale in 2013. She had corporate responsibility for revenues at Fisher television, radio and Internet properties and was responsible for developing and implementing its digital strategy including launching mobile applications and mobile viewing apps. In this role, she successfully identified and launched initiatives that dramatically grew revenues, increased shareholder value, and consistently exceeded market share forecasts. Ms. Minkarah is very active in the digital advertising and media industry as a speaker at conferences, advisor to multiple media/technology companies, and as an investor in emerging companies.


Frank Chindamo, President and Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies: Frank Chindamo is the President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies. "FLM" specializes in producing original, live-action comedy films for its mobile channels of entertainment on Sprint-Nextel, Microsoft, Smart Video phones, in the US and many other countries around the world. They’re known as "Fun Funny Phone Films." Fun Little Movies has been the subject of cover stories in Forbes Magazine and the L.A. Times, and stories in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CBS Radio, Wired Magazine, CBS TV’s Inside Edition, The Chicago Tribune, and several other outlets. Frank Chindamo holds the world's record for most short films made independently. His films have appeared on HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, A&E, Playboy, MTV and Comedy Central, etc. They’ve won 20 awards including The American Cine Golden Eagle, The American International Film Festival and a Finalist's Place for Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival. Frank is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. At USC, Frank teaches short screenplay writing. He also created the Student Script Database, the tool which will allow directors and writers to pool their talent and is intended to bring the best-written scripts at USC to the screen. As Executive Director of the Staged Screenplay Reading Series at the Lee Strasberg Theater, and as the Director of the Professional Screenwriting Workshops at SONY Studios, Chindamo developed fourteen feature films which have been produced for the screen. Frank also taught at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and City University of New York. Frank was also a Vice President of Development at two production companies in LA and has worked as a script consultant on numerous projects. Frank Chindamo received his Film B.F.A. from N.Y.U. and his Screenwriting M.F.A. from Columbia University.


Jim Clements serves as Director of West Coast Sales and New Business Development for NeuLion.  NeuLion is a worldwide leader in digital video broadcasting, distribution and monetization, delivering the highest quality live and on-demand video content to any internet-connected device.  Based in Los Angeles, his role is to provide content owners and distributors with live streaming and VOD solutions that continue to change the way viewers consume sports and entertainment content. Jim has more than twenty-five years of professional experience providing strategic guidance and execution for media companies monetizing sports and entertainment programming thru programming licensing and distribution, business development and national multi-platform media and event sponsorship sales. Prior to joining NeuLion, Jim launched Pierside Media Group, an independent media consulting business to help sports and entertainment content owners monetize their events and programs with distribution and licensing agreements, as well as media, event sponsorship and branded content sales. Before starting Pierside Media Group, he managed West Coast based national multi-platform media sales at FOX Sports, responsible for monetizing many of the biggest events in sports television, including NFL Football and the Super Bowl, MLB and the World Series, NASCAR and the Daytona 500, UFC, PAC 12 College Football and Basketball, USGA Golf, FIFA, UEFA, Premier League and MLS Soccer among many others. Jim began his career in New York in the ad agency business with Young & Rubicam, supporting the Johnson & Johnson national media account.  After moving West, he joined Western International Media in Los Angeles and ultimately led national television strategy and execution for the Walt Disney Company’s Theatrical, Home Entertainment and Attractions businesses.  Following Western International Media’s acquisition by Initiative Media, Jim managed national television strategy for Acura, supporting the successful transition from named vehicles such as the “Legend” and “Integra” to the lettered vehicles such as the “NSX”, “RDX” and “TSX” models that remain popular today.  Also while at Initiative, Jim led the launch strategy and execution of Yahoo!’s first national TV campaign, ”Do You Yahoo!?”. Jim has been married for twenty years to Diane, and they currently live in Manhattan Beach with their two dogs.


James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP: Jim is a member of the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digital music downloads. He has also represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. His efforts in the copyright law arena include his work leading negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, and prevent passage of analog hole legislation. In addition, Jim has worked with the semiconductor industry in its efforts to prevent the importation of dangerous counterfeit semiconductors. Jim served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

10:45 AM - Noon

Track I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, 303-304, Live Webcast

Indie TV – OTT and Streaming - The Gateway to the New Hollywood of Content to Phones, Tablets, TV and PC

Kim L. Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer, FOTV Media Networks

Randa Minkarah, Chief Operating Officer, Transform (formerly OneAccord Digital)

Jim Clements, Director of Sales & New Business Development, West Coast, Neulion

Enrique V. Olives, Global Business Development Head, ABS-CBN Global

Frank Chindamo, President & Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies

Ian Moffitt, Former, Head of Original Programming, Yahoo

James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Moderator


Kim L. Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer, FOTV Media Networks Inc.: Ms. Hurwitz joined FOTV subsidiary FilmOn.TV in 2010. She is a highly respected senior entertainment executive with over 25 years’ experience.  Prior to FilmOn she was the head of Pay-Per-View at DIRECTV, the largest satellite cable system provider in North America. Kim's extensive industry experience ranges across the cable, satellite, broadcast, OTT, mobile and IP-connected verticals and includes roles in marketing, programming, sales and operations. Kim is renowned for her ability to lead, manage and inspire teams. In addition to crunching numbers and building brands, she is a digital business game-changer adept at monetizing content and leveraging new media tools. In her role as Chief Content Officer at FOTV, she plays a critical role in building corporate and content relationships and driving audience engagement for the company.