The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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James Marsh is Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations at Lionsgate.  Previously, he served as Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, following entertainment, radio and television broadcasting, outdoor advertising, and publishing companies.  Prior to that, he co-founded Hanover Square Capital Management, LLC., a hedge fund focused on the Consumer and Media sectors.Prior to that, Marsh covered the radio and television broadcasting, publishing and outdoor advertising sectors at Cowen & Co., Robertson Stephens and Prudential Securities. In 2004, Marsh ranked third in stock picking for the broadcasting & entertainment sector in The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" analyst survey, also ranking on the survey for forecasting in 2001 for broadcasting and in 2000 for publishing. Marsh holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University and a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from John Carroll University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, as well as a Certified Public Accountant.


Cathy Hetzel is Executive Vice President, Operator Sales & Business Development, at comScore. Cathy spends her days determining where the industry is heading and how comScore can adapt its products and services to meet the needs of the future. With experience on both the cable operator and network sides of the business, as well as in television technology, comScore is the perfect fusion of Cathy’s many areas of expertise. Prior to joining comScore, she served as Corporate President atRentrak, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Concero and Senior Vice President at Digital Cable Radio Associates.


Laura Martin, CFA, Senior Analyst, Entertainment, Cable & Media, Needham & Company: Laura Martin joined Needham & Company in 2009, where she publishes research on the largest Internet, entertainment and cable companies. Martin began her career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in media investment banking. After the Drexel bankruptcy, she moved to Capital Research & Management as a media analyst where she advised $100 billion and managed a $500 million portfolio of media stocks. She moved to Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994 as the senior media analyst publishing research on the largest U.S. entertainment and cable companies. She was nationally ranked by Institutional Investor magazine each year between 1999 and 2001. In 2002, Martin moved to Paris to become EVP of Financial Strategy and Investor Relations for Vivendi Universal. In 2004, she founded Media Metrics, LLC publishing equity research on the largest entertainment, cable and Internet stocks in the U.S., where she was nationally ranked as “Best of the Independent Research Boutiques” by Institutional Investor for many years. In 2004, she also joined Capital Knowledge, LLC ( to provide expert witness testimony and valuation consulting. Laura received her BA from Stanford and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


Stephen Beres currently serves as Vice President of HBO's Media, Technology & Production Operations group where he leads a west coast based team of technologists in pushing the state of the art in digital production and interactive experience for record setting television shows like Sesame Street, Vinyl, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Game of Thrones. Before taking over the department, Steve served as Technology Architect and was active in researching, testing and helping productions to integrate new acquisition formats and transition smoothly into the file based world. Previously, Steve worked with Foto Kem Inc. to develop the HPA Award winning next LAB project. Before that, Steve served as Chef Technical Officer for Plaster CITY Digital Post (PCD Pan acknowledged leader and innovator in post-production processes for feature films, commercials, music videos, and non-fiction programming. As the architect of PCDP’s nonlinear editing facility-designed around Apple Final Cut Procentral storage-Steve was a key player in developing the industry’s first 4Gb SAN solution, based on Apple Xsan technology. Steve also earned distinction on television and film projects for Sony Pictures Classics, Mandalay Entertainment, Canada's YTV, Fox Sports, Comedy Central, The WB and many others. Before joining Plaster CITY, he worked with Apple as a Final Cut Pro Trainer and Video Systems Engineer. Steve’s insights and experience have made him a popular guest speaker at The National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB),The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he currently serves as both a Governor for the Hollywood region.


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.


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, May 4th, 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 - Chasing the New Normal in the Entertainment & Technology Industries

We are in a period of rapid if not accelerating change in the way that content of all kinds is produced, distributed and consumed. In the past, no matter the kind of content, well defined distribution windows were normal and were followed consistently by distributors.  That is no longer the case. Those distribution windows and other barriers have been broken and will never be repaired or returned to what was “normal.”  Companies, some new and disruptive, and others who have long been mainstream players, are searching for what might be the new normal as a means of attracting an audience to their offerings in the increasingly fragmented marketplace. The future of TV involves deep insight into both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of content production and distribution and the impact that the technology may have on the many competitive and high stakes business models in place today and anticipated for tomorrow, shaped in part by the myriad of devices and content vying for our attention as well as the potential impact of government regulation. Analysts by definition work at the intersection of business and technology and regularly monitor the many metrics that form the foundation.  Executives monitor their competitive positions vis a vis those same metrics.

Stephen Beres, Vice President, Media & Production Operations West Coast, HBO

Cathy Hetzel, Executive Vice President, Operator Sales & Business Development, comScore

James Marsh, Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations, Lionsgate

Laura Martin, CFA, Entertainment & Internet Analyst, Needham & Company, LLC

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

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