The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Location: LVCC, North Hall, Room N262

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Track I - DH14 - Digital Hollywood

Venture Funding, Investment and Mergers

Join a group of influential players in the media, entertainment and tech finance worlds for an enlightening look at growth areas in our industry. They reveal where the value and opportunities are, who's investing and where the space is headed.

René Bourdages, CEO, Elevado Media, Inc.

Norm Fogelsong, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)

Yoav Tzruya, Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Mark A. Boidman, Managing Director, PETER J SOLOMON COMPANY

Ron Miller, CEO, StartEngine Crowdfunding

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



Norm Fogelsong, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP): Norm Fogelsong joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in March 1989 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). With more than 30 years of high-technology venture capital and growth equity experience, he emphasizes investments in private later-stage companies and in select public market opportunities. Norm has led investments in Artisan Components (ARTI), Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers (CPQ), Concur Technologies (CNQR), Convex Computers (CNVX), Cortina Systems, Danger (MFST), InphoMatch (SAP), Integrated Circuit Works (CY), Lam Research (LRCX), LensVector, Marketo, Motion Computing, Platinum Software (PSQL), Polycom (PLCM), SkyStream Networks (ERIC), TelCom Semiconductor (TLCM) and Websense (WBSN). Norm also actively participated in venture investments in Akamai (AKAM), Amgen (AMGN), At Road (TRMB), Applied Biosystems (ABI), Chordiant (CHRD), ComScore (SCOR), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Digital River (DRIV), Genentech (DNA), Linear Technology (LLTC), LoopNet (LOOP), LSI (LSI), MIPS Computer Systems (MIPS), Quantum (QTM), Silicon Graphics (SGI), SuccessFactors (SFSF), SupportSoft (SPRT), Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR), 3COM (COMS), Verisity (VRST), WebEx (WEBX) and Zynga. For Cortina Systems, Norm arranged a $132 million investment syndicate, and the proceeds were used to buy a $100 million division that was being spun out of Intel. His most recent investments include LensVector, a leader in dynamic solid-state optics, and Marketo, the global leader in Revenue Performance Management solutions. Norm began his career as a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard. He then worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in strategic planning. He has served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children's Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club, the Founder of the Kona Jazz Festival and as a member of the Major Gifts Committees at Menlo School and Stanford University. Norm earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


René Bourdages, CEO, ELEVADO MEDIA, Inc., Film & Television Consulting: Rene Bourdages is a veteran entertainment executive with more than 30 years of senior level operating experience. Mr. Bourdages held many high level executive positions in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles and focusing his managerial skills on entertainment media consulting. Prior to founding Elevado Media, he was President of CBC merchandising from 2004 through 2011. He has also held Executive Vice President positions at Quebecor/Groupe TVA and Astral Media Movie Premium TV channels with direct responsibility for up to 1,200 employees and gross revenues of nearly $200 million. Previously, Mr. Bourdages served as Director of the Harold Greenberg Fund, which finances the development and production of Canadian feature films. He holds a Certificate in Business and Management of Entertainment from UCLA. He is a Chartered Board Director, Laval University Governance Program and was selected as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40. Mr. Bourdages is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the American Film Institute, the Executive Committee of the Canada California Business Council and the Economic Club of Canada.


Yoav Tzruya, Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners: Yoav brings to JVP over twenty years of experience in digital media, content services, telecom value-added services as well as mission critical enterprise software including C5I and Cyber Security. With his hands on approach to working with the numerous incubated and graduated portfolio companies, Yoav led investments in several of JVP’s companies including ThetaRay, Morphisec, Coro.Net, ScadaFence, SDO, Celltick and AnyClip Media. Past investments include CyActive (acquired by Paypal). Prior to joining JVP, Yoav headed venture capital consulting business, Altus Media, and ahead of that, spent five years as General Manager/COO and CMO of Exent Technologies leading its strategy, business and operations in the space of digital distribution, working with industry leaders such as Verizon, Comcast, Intel, CBS, Time Warner, France Telecom and others. Prior to this, Yoav held executive roles with TeleKnowledge, an innovator in  business support systems, helping develop telecom value-added services and digital media strategies for Telefonica, Yahoo,, StarMedia and others. Yoav spent six years in the Israeli Air Force, managing mission critical development projects including in the "enterprise" control, command & security space, and is a decorated officer. Yoav holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.Sc. in Computer Science) from Tel-Aviv University, as well as an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management’s international program


Ron Miller, CEO, StartEngine Crowdfunding: Ronald D. Miller is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur having visualized, founded, built and sold five companies through management buyouts, private equity firms, private investors and public markets. Currently,company. As the CEO of StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc., Ron facilitates financial ignition for innovative tech and media companies in order to help entrepreneurs achieve the American dream. Ron founded the San Diego Chapter of the Entrepreneursexecutive committee. Ron is also a member of the CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network, the LA Mayor's Council on Technology and Innovation and the Advisory Council of USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.


Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners:  Peg is a Managing Director in Mooreland Partner’s Greenwich office.  She brings more than 20 years of investment banking, venture capital and operating management experience within the media technology sector. At Mooreland, she focuses on the digital media, marketing software and e-commerce industries.  Prior to joining Mooreland Partners, she was a Managing Director at Gridley & Co, where she worked on transactions within the digital media sector. Prior to joining Gridley, Peg worked in venture capital as a Managing Director at NeoCarta Ventures investing in media technology companies such as Silverpop and Myrio (acquired by Siemens). Prior to working at NeoCarta, Peg held corporate development and operational roles at NBC and Reuters.   Peg holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.


Mark Boidman is a managing director at Peter J. Solomon Company (“PJSC”), a leading investment bank in New York City.   Mark is responsible for the firm’s digital media, marketing services, mobile and out-of-home media practices, including digital signage and digital out-of-home.  Prior to PJSC, he was at Barclays Capital (originally Lehman Brothers), where he was head of the firm’s Out-of-Home Advertising, TV Broadcasting and Radio coverage.  His clients have included Branded Cities, CBS Outdoor, Cox Enterprises, DirecTV, Discovery Communications, Fairway Media, Lionsgate Entertainment, RMG Networks, Scripps Networks, TiVo and Van Wagner.  Prior to Lehman, he was an attorney in the M&A Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  Boidman received joint LL.B and B.C.L degrees from the Faculty of Law at McGill University. Prior to law school, he studied business at McGill’s Faculty of Management. He writes on digital media and out-of-home media trends, and serves on the board of the Digital Signage Federation.


Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc: 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, dealflow and profitability. Her clients have included J.P. Morgan Capital, Sony, IBM, Apple, Hearst, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Harper Collins, Discovery Channel, Time-Warner, Agfa and Scitex, and many early stage ventures such as Earthweb and iSuppli. 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." She has consulted since the early days of the PC through to her Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 clients of today. Her clients have been in the business, enterprise and consumer sectors, with companies in technology, hardware and software, media and entertainment, publishing and advertising, distribution, and investment and venture funding. She has worked in the U.S., Europe and China. A strategist, policymaker, dealmaker, and negotiator, her work includes strategies on entry, exit, capitalization, return on investment, growth, positioning, pricing, distribution, risk-assessment, new market and international expansion, due diligence, and intellectual property.