Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

Session I: Salon I

Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Sim Blaustein, Partner, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Richard Yen, Managing Director, Private Equity, Saban Capital Group

Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners

Alex Rosenfeld, Founder & CEO, Vrideo

Ankur Prakash, Vice President, Liberty Global Ventures

Scott Levine, Managing Director, Time Warner Investments

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

mentor for various incubators in Silicon Valley and is on the board of Cents of Relief, a charity based in Connecticut that focuses on reducing human trafficking in Indian urban slums. He is also a board member for Next Gen Partners, the Valley’s leading venture capital mentoring organization.  Sunny serves as Board Observer with Signia’s investments in Super Evil Megacorp, Artillery, Grow Mobile, and Hall. He invests across consumer and enterprise sector startups, with a particular interest in gaming, consumer mobile, online video, and education technology.  Sunny graduated with his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was a Lee Hague Scholar. He has an undergraduate honors degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University and a master’s in International Relations & History from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he graduated with distinction.

 

Scott Levine is a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments, where he is focused on digital media investment opportunities that have a strategic fit with Time Warner's operating divisions. Scott is a board observer of Conviva, Adaptly and Gaia Online. Scott was previously the SVP of Corporate Development at Sony Music, where he led M&A, venture investments and digital strategy. Prior to Sony, he was a Vice President at General Atlantic, a growth equity firm with $17 billion under management. Scott has also been an operator at three digital media startups, including myYearbook (social network; $100mm sale to QPSA), Liquid Audio (online music retailer; IPO, sold to Wal-Mart) and Verance (audio watermarking). Scott is a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering) and Columbia University (MBA, B.S. in Electrical Engineering).

 

Richard Yen is Managing Director, Private Equity at Saban Capital Group. In this role, he leads the digital media and consumer Internet investment practice and supports all digital initiatives for the firm. Yen’s ongoing focus is growth equity investments, pre-IPO investments and buyouts in digital media, mobile and consumer Internet companies. Since starting with SCG in 2008, Yen has been instrumental in growing the firm’s investment portfolio with companies including Vessel, ironSource and PlayBuzz, among others. Mr. Yen also works actively with SCG’s portfolio companies, including Saban Brands and Univision, advising on digital media acquisitions and strategies. Prior to joining Saban Capital Group, Mr. Yen was a Principal at Blueprint Ventures where he established the firm's digital media and Internet investing practice. Prior to Blueprint, Mr. Yen worked for Rustic Canyon Partners, a technology venture capital firm where he focused on early-stage software and wireless investments. His prior operating roles including serving as Vice President for Merrill Lynch’s online brokerage unit and Director of Engineering for D. E. Shaw & Co.’s Internet incubator group. Mr. Yen earned a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, both with high honors. Mr. Yen is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

 

Sim Blaustein, Partner, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments: Sim joined BDMI in 2012 from High Line Venture Partners, where he co-founded the seed fund, and has been in venture capital since 2002.  In addition to spearheading BDMI's seed fund, he led or co-led BDMI’s investments in StyleHaul (acquired by RTL), Dramafever (acquired by Softbank), Food52, Frank & Oak, Jukin Media and Nativo.  He is actively focused on new investments in online video and next-generation content-driven companies.  He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an engineering degree from the Cooper Union and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School.

 

Alex Rosenfeld if Founder & CEO, an immersive video distribution platform for virtual reality.  Prior to Vrideo, Alex was Founder & CEO of Tasted Menu.  His experience ranges from media investment banking at JPMorgan to media private equity at Alta Communications to digital marketing at Live Nation.  He's a graduate of Princeton, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau Weekly, and Harvard Business School.  He's also an alum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

 

Mariana Danilovic, CEO, hollywood portfolio:  Ms. Danilovic is the Founder and CEO of hollywood portfolio, an incubator and accelerator that develops and operates entertainment, digital media, and technology companies. Through hollywood portfolio, Ms. Danilovic launched and helped develop several digital media companies, and served as the President, CEO and Director of ultralivetv, serves on the Board of Directors of reframeit (observer), and the Board of Directors of Emerge Digital.   Ms. Danilovic was the EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, broadband video company owned by NASPERS/MIH media conglomerate. She also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP, which developed about two-dozen digital media companies. The companies Ms. Danilovic helped develop received institutional funding from KPCB, Sequoia Capital, Hummer-Winblad, Constellation Partners, Softbank, North Star Ventures, HP, and Intel.   Ms. Danilovic headed business development for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and was on the management team of the venture fund at Sony Pictures Entertainment, investing in media companies worldwide. Ms. Danilovic also worked for Michael Milken’s Knowledge Exchange and at the Twentieth Century Fox International Television Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of C3, the Arts and Media Node of the Millennium Project, served on the Board of Directors of the Producers’ Guild of America, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.   She previously served on the Board of Directors of Tim Draper’s Zone Club and was a member of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's Digital Coast Roundtable. Mariana earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, San Diego.

Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners: Sunny joined the Signia team in 2012 after launching his own location-based mobile startup named Barstool and investing in early stage digital media start-ups for New World Ventures in LA and Chicago. He was previously an M&A analyst in technology investment banking at Rothschild in London, a business development manager at a venture backed spin-off of New Line Cinema, and a corporate strategist for Warner Bros. He is a