The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Location: LVCC, North Hall, Room N264

3:30 - 4:30 PM
Track I – GT6 – Gaming Trends

E-Sports and Championships – New Universe of Excitement

There’s a new major sport!  Gaming Superstars rule the universe of E-Sports.  Fans fill stadiums filled with gaming heroes, excitement, noise and giant Screens. And watched on programming like Twitch, the home of live streamed gaming, boasting 100 millions viewers per month.

Andrew Schneider, co-founder, Emergent Payments, formerly known as Live Gamer

Murtaza Hussain, Summoner of Pixels, Vulcun

Ian Sharpe, CEO, Azubu

Han Park, President, ESL America

Jeff Browning, Senior Vice President of Sales, Legends Of Gaming, Endemol Beyond USA

Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors, Frank N. Magid Associates, Moderator



Jeff Browning, Senior Vice President, Sales, Endemol Beyond USA: Jeff Browning serves as Senior Vice President, Sales, Endemol Beyond USA, since March 2015. Browning oversees all advertising sales for Endemol Beyond USA, which is Endemol Shine North America’s digital premium content network. Endemol Beyond USA was one of the fastest-growing and award-winning digital networks of 2014 and recently launched the first-ever global premium lifestyle network ICON with digital pioneer Michelle Phan. Browning, who is based in Los Angeles, most recently served as Senior Vice President of Network Sales for Univision, the number one Spanish language broadcast network in the U.S. His tenure at Univision included leading the company’s sales efforts in News, where he reported to the President of Univision News, Isaac Lee. In that role, Browning oversaw news content P&L across all platforms including network and digital. He also held several additional key roles at Univision, including co-leading sales for the television station group and management roles at KMEX-TV, the leading television station in America regardless of language. Prior to Univision, Jeff served as Director of Sales at Spike TV, a Viacom network.


Andrew Schneider has been a catalyst for emerging business opportunities at the crossroads of media and technology for 17 years. He co-founded Live Gamer (now known as Emergent Payments) where he saw great success in providing monetization solutions for the video game industry and later expanded the same winning strategies to the broader digital entertainment world. Prior to founding Live Gamer, Schneider served as EVP of Marketing for Wind-up Records, the world’s leading independent record label with a roster of Grammy-award winning artists. Previously at Sony Pictures Digital, Schneider developed and launched new streaming content services and interactive marketing campaigns for some of the studios biggest franchises. Schneider started his career at NBC pioneering the network’s digital efforts.


Ian Sharpe, CEO, Azubu: When he’s not playing Civilization V, Ian can be found planning the grand strategy of Azubu. Let’s just say it’s turn-based, because pausing with the space bar is far too Age of Empires. Ian started his career filming sports stars and Nobel Laureates at IMG, followed by a decade in video games with Atari and EA. He is uniquely positioned to understand the convergence of sports, technology, and entertainment around eSports. With an incredible team to back him up, his vision of creating a global platform for the phenomenon of eSports is rapidly becoming a reality at Azubu.


Han Park, President, ESL America: Han Park is a seasoned executive with over 12 years of eSports experience.  Mr. Park started in the eSports industry as a Vice-President of a Samsung America gaming subsidiary, organizing many of the first video gaming competitions in the U.S., including the inaugural World Cyber Games (WCG). Since 2007, he was the President at ESS Agency, a leading eSports event and technology solutions company that specialized in video game entertainment, eSports, and services. In 2014, ESS Agency was acquired by Turtle Entertainment GmbH, the world’s largest independent eSports content producer that is widely recognized as ESL. Mr. Park is now head of the U.S. subsidiary as President of Turtle Entertainment America, Inc.


Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors: Founded the Magid Internet and New Media research and consultation practice in 1995, with AOL and Excite as his first two clients. Mike’s team has completed over 2,500 engagements with over 100 Internet clients. Mike began the Magid Gaming Practice in 2001 with EA and Sony Online as his first two clients. The Magid Game Practice now works with most of the major game publishers. Mike provides research and consulting services to a number of major traditional media companies in regard to their new media initiatives, as well as consulting a number of leading Internet and gaming companies. He has also provided advice to venture capital and private equity firms in regard to investments in the media space. Mike has been involved in strategic and tactical consulting, including the launch of new services and programming, as well as development and implementation of online and offline marketing programs. Mike has also been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a number of our companies, as well as the development of game concepts. Mike has consulted on a number of film projects such as You’ve Got Mail and The Matrix. He holds a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University and has worked as a fundraiser and transfer of technology officer at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. Mike also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two Administrations in the White House.