The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Gene Munster is a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1995. Munster's Internet focus includes the US, Europe, China & Latin America. His coverage includes Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, Baidu, and MercadoLibre. In addition, Munster has covered the Digital Media space since 1995, including Apple. He has authored several key industry reports on technology and is quoted frequently in key financial and technical news journals. Munster holds a bachelor's degree in financial management and new venture strategies from the University of St. Thomas.


Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research, Wedbush Securities; providing coverage across the Digital Media sector and Head of Research for the Private Shares Group. He has been recognized as StarMine’s “Top Earnings Estimator” year after year and “Best on the Street” by the Wall Street Journal. Michael brings over 20 years of experience as a financial professional to the Private Shares Group along with extensive knowledge across the social media sector in both public and private companies. Mr. Pachter holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles, a juris doctor from Pepperdine University, an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.


John Corser, VP Production, NBC Universal Cable Productions: John has a business approach to production challenges. He understands the “project mission” and incorporates it into the production and budget strategies. He is flexible and develops customized solutions to fit the dynamics and economics of the project.  He takes complexity and turns it into understandable and effective communications and collaborates closely to meet project needs. John is a Producer’s Council member of the Producer’s Guild of America.  He is an expert in production and has been a featured speaker on film production, digital workflow and cloud based production management. He has been a recurring speaker at the Digital Video Expo, the Sundance Film festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Digital Production Summit (NAB) and many other festivals and conferences. John’s projects have won numerous awards including an Emmy for “New approaches to Daytime Entertainment” 2010 and an Oscar nomination for the short film Most (2003).  He has produced commercials, promotional films, music videos, feature films, dramatic television, Variety shows, events and educational films. His productions have spanned 20 countries and 5 continents. John has extensive experience managing productions both large and small with complex production challenges. John’s business and social networks span the globe.  He is known for his professionalism, honesty and directness.  He is able to draw upon the best and brightest ensuring that the projects receive the highest quality, most effective production and deliver the intended outcomes.  John founded Corser, Inc. in 1993 as a media production company consulting on marketing, promotions and advertising. John helps clients effectively communicate their messages to their target audiences.  He works with clients to design and execute proactive communication strategies that engage viewers, enhance message credibility, and improve business performance. Recently he has expanded the company to produce large corporate events. John founded FilmUtah in 2010 and DigitalUtah in 2013. FilmUtah/DigitalUtah is the Utah non-profit organization and promotional outlet for film, television and digital media professionals to showcase their services to the world. FilmUtah reaches Producers, Directors, Financiers, Distributors, Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Editors, Location Managers and Stage Managers by distributing through the Utah Film Commission, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and during other select festivals through the year.  University of Michigan — Master of Arts, Telecommunication Arts—1986-1988


Larry Namer, President & CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group: An entertainment industry veteran with over 40 years professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (Metan), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. An accomplished entrepreneur, Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over $3.5 billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas.  Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union, including the syndication of the popular soap opera Santa Barbara, which ran for 10 years in the region, and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications. Steeplechase was also involved in the early development of  ITV programming, creating interactive episodes of Baywatch, Pacific Blue and over 250 episodes of Judge Judy. Mr. Namer was also the Primary Strategic Consultant to The Documentary Channel. A cable industry pioneer, Mr. Namer began his career in 1971 at Time Incorporated Manhattan Cable, and served as Vice President and General Manager of Valley Cable Television (VCTV) in Los Angeles, the nation’s first 61-channel two-way cable system. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. Most recently, Mr. Namer was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore. Mr. Namer is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on new technology and how it is fundamentally altering the business of international media and entertainment. Among the companies that have enlisted his expertise are Microsoft, Paul Allen’s Digeo, World Digital Media Group (a joint venture of Radio Shack), EchoStar and Sirius Radio network. Today, Mr. Namer serves as President/CEO, Metan.  Metan’s flagship series is Hello! Hollywood, a weekly entertainment news series tailored to Chinese audiences, offering up the latest in celebrity, pop culture and lifestyle news. Since its launch in summer 2009, the series is now available on over 40 television stations in China and six in North America reaching over one billion Mandarin speaking viewers. Hello! Hollywood’s premier content is also available on 10 of China’s top online portals, reaching more than four million viewers weekly, and recently was revamped for Metan’s new HOLLYWOOD CHANNEL on Tudou. Metan is currently adapting popular Western TV formats for localized versions, including Go Dance! from Ukraine and Elite Model Search. The company has also developed the original sitcom Return to Da Foo Tsun and the recently launched Web series Planet Homebuddies, that has garnered an online audience of over seven million only one month since its launch. Metan was instrumental in joining together top China production houses Mei Tian and H&R Century TV with Warner Brothers International Television Production and the creators of Gossip Girl to develop a groundbreaking new teen drama series for China, to which Metan is also a consultant. Recently, Metan and a coalition of North America’s top TV and film writers partnered to launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture linking Western writing talent with transmedia projects for the China market. He also serves as Senior Advisor, Strategic Development to Eurocinema On Demand and is the co-founder of MINGYIAN INC., a China brand management startup for Western celebrities and influencers.


Ted Malone, Vice President of Planning and Strategy, TV & Media, Ericsson: Ted Malone is Vice President of Planning and Strategy for Solution Area TV & Media at Ericsson, where he is responsible for long term product planning and business strategy for the company’s digital TV products, including Mediaroom (IPTV platform), MediaFirst TV Platform, Video Storage and Processing Platform (cloud DVR) and MediaFirst Video Processing (software compression). With more than 25 years of experience of product planning and pro duct management, Ted maintains a track record of success and expertise in the TV market. Prior to his role at Ericsson (and Microsoft Mediaroom), Ted spent two years as Vice President of Product Marketing and Product Management at Sling Media. Previously, he served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Marketing for Digital Deck and as the Senior Director of Product Marketing at TiVo. Earlier in his career, Ted held senior positions at Alias/Wavefront, where he developed the product requirements and managed the development team for the creation of the Zap!iT digital video software line, which was later integrated into Maya, and at Silicon Graphics’ Silicon Studio, where he led the studio production group. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University.


Darren Cross, former, Vice President, Business and Corporate Development, Maker Studios: Darren Cross joined Maker Studios in 2013 as vice president of corporate and business development. Focusing on developing strategic partnerships for Maker, creating and developing new lines of business, and incremental distribution opportunities. Before joining Maker, Darren oversaw corporate and business development for Blip Networks. Focused on strategic partnerships for, Blip’s original web series, the company’s technology assets and various distribution platforms. Prior to Blip, Darren was the head of business development for Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination and was instrumental in extending the brand to new platforms, including leading strategy and execution of Fandango’s mobile and connected device efforts.Prior to Fandango, Darren was vice president of acquisitions and business development at ClickStar, a joint venture between Intel and Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment created to deliver first-run theatrical and home entertainment product to consumers via the open Internet. Darren holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson


Marty Shindler is CEO of The Shindler Perspective, a husband & wife consulting practice with Big 4 (C of PWC) professional service firm and top 5 (Sloan @ MIT) business school credentials. The firm has worked all along the entertainment and entertainment technology value chain, and as a result, has deep insight into the inner workings of the various industry segments and the many businesses and niches that intersect with the value chain. The practice consults on business, economic, strategic and operational matters in a diverse, but interconnected set of market segments and companies in areas such as development and previs, production, post production, distribution and exhibition for movies, TV and other content across a wide range of platforms, second screens and delivery methods. Mr. Shindler's unique vision and perspective provides clients with a first-hand sense of the direction in which the industry segments are heading and the challenges and rewards that lie ahead. Speaking engagements have included a wide range of industry conferences and events representing the many industry segments where the practice has been involved. Marty Shindler's prior employment includes 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, Kodak's Cinesite and Coopers & Lybrand (PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM, Breakfast Session

Track I: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173, Live Webcast

Future of TV - Wall St. Analysts Meet Industry Executives - It's All About innovation and Disruption - Moving into the Next Wave

Gone is the status quo for TV as companies at all points on the entertainment value chain are vying for a piece of the global action. Consumer habits across various demographics are evolving driven by technology. The future of TV involves deep insight into both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of content production and distribution and the impact that the technologies of today and more importantly those of “tomorrow” will  have on the many competitive and high stakes business models in place today and anticipated for the future as companies shape their strategies in response to the changes. The future will be shaped in part by the myriad of devices and content vying for our attention as well as the rollout of faster broadband technologies, both wired and increasingly wireless, as we enter the next wave of the future. Our distinguished group of analysts and executives will discuss, debate and even challenge some of the basic premises that are important as we look to the future of TV in an informative and engaging panel.

Larry Namer, President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Founder E! Entertainment

Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research WEDBUSH SECURITIES

Ted Malone, Vice President of Planning and Strategy, TV & Media, Ericsson

Darren Cross, former, Vice President Business & Corporate Development, Maker Studios

John Corser, VP Production, NBC Universal Cable Productions

Gene Munster, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator