Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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

Track I: Ballroom Terrace, Live Webcast from this Room

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.

Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research  Wedbush Securities

Dounia Turrill, former, Senior Vice President, Client Insights, The Nielsen Company

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

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

Justin Liu, Lead Engagement Manager, Media + Gaming - Akamai Technologies

Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment  EMC/Isilon

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


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.


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.


Dounia Turrill is the former Senior Vice President, Client Insights for Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and what they buy.  In this role, Dounia helps drive thought leadership for Nielsen, serving as a lead voice from the television perspective as Nielsen grows and evolves its initiatives related to cross-platform audience measurement. She leads Nielsen’s global cross platform audience measurement practice defining and managing the collective knowledge of the Watch team across Nielsen, leading thought leadership efforts designed to encourage and facilitate client discussions. Prior to Nielsen, Dounia was Vice President, Research, at the CW Television Network, and before that was Vice President, Research, at the WB Television Network.  In those capacities, she was an active member of the TV Committee of the Media Research Council. Dounia is a graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science.


Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment for EMC/Isilon: Tom Burns currently serves as CTO, Media & Entertainment for EMC/Isilon. He has previously re-engineered film- and tape-based workflows at Technicolor, built a boutique post-production facility in Shanghai, deployed the 77th fastest supercomputer worldwide for an animated feature, and was the architect of the converged IP and SDI infrastructure for Oprah Winfrey’s 1st network, Oxygen (now NBC/Universal). He is a founding member of the StudioSysAdmins social networking site, and has previously spoken on the topic of technology and cultural change at conferences including the HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) and SIGGRAPH.


Gene Munster is a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1995. Munster’s coverage includes Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple. He has authored several key industry reports on technology including his latest one entitled, “Next Mega Tech Theme is Virtual Reality”. He is quoted frequently in key financial and technical news journals, along with frequent guest appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg. Munster holds a bachelor's degree in financial management and new venture strategies from the University of St. Thomas.


Justin Liu, Lead Engagement Manager, Media + Gaming - Akamai Technologies: Justin leads the technical consultant and professional services teams that support Akamai's Media and Gaming customers on the West Coast. He has extensive experience coordinating large scale online events, optimizing on-demand media applications, and securing complex workflows.  He has been the technical advisor for media clients whose focus content ranges from live sports to Hollywood movies.  In previous roles with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, he also worked intimately with in-flight entertainment defining media workflows and integrating large scale systems for encrypted private network streaming and wireless DRM.


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).