Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

10:45 AM - Noon

Track I: Salon II, Live Webcast from this Room

Indie TV – OTT and Streaming - The Gateway to the New Hollywood of Content to Phones, Tablets, TV and PC

Kim Hurwitz, SVP, Programming for FilmOn.TV

Randa Minkarah, Venture Partner, Transform (formerly OneAccord Digital)

Yahav Isak, EVP of Client Operations, Manifest

Matt Smith, VP of Product Line Management, Concurrent

Jim O’Neill, Principal Industry Analyst, Ooyala

Frank Chindamo, President & Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies

James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Moderator

linear, VOD and podcast channels. In 2012 she added programming and scheduling duties for the FilmOn TV Network on KILM-TV. In 2013 the channel launched on UK’s Sky Channel 237 and EuroSat channel 410, becoming FOTV and launching on Dish Network in the US. In 2014, she gained oversight as SVP, Programming for FilmOn Media Licensing, and was named SVP, Content Partnerships of the global parent company, the Anakando Media Group.

 

Randa Minkarah, Managing Partner, Marketing, OneAccord Digital: Currently, Ms. Minkarah is a Managing Partner of Marketing for OneAccord Digital, where she has responsibility for website transformations and all aspects of digital marketing. With 20 plus years experience in executive and sales leadership in television, radio and digital media, she is recognized for driving new thinking, growth, and change within companies. In addition to her role at OAD, she serves as an advisor to platform startups that focus on monetizing content and building audiences. Prior to OAD she served as Senior Vice President of Revenue and Business Development for Fisher Communications, Inc. where she held a series of roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the interactive business unit, purchasing programming for all stations and developing business and market initiatives to diversify revenues and increase shareholder value. Ms. Minkarah is an active and energetic member of multiple professional and community boards. She is a regular contributor to broadcast and digital conference and panel discussions. She earned her BFA in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Yahav Isak, EVP of Client Operations, Manifest:  Focusing on Operations at Publicis Life Brands Medicus, Yahav currently oversees the agency Project Management discipline, Client Operations, and Digital capabilities. In close collaborations with the Marketing, Creative, Technology and Strategy leads, Yahav brings efficiencies to increase profitability and orchestrate  integration across all disciplines.  Yahav has 15 years of operations and marketing experience, specializes in building and leading integrated agency teams. Most recently at WPP Group’s JWT in New York, he established the agency’s digital group and headed the agency’s digital studio operation and p&l. In that role Yahav also ensured integration of all disciplines (print, TV and digital) across the agency utilizing custom asset management system. He has led program management across such clients as J&J, Microsoft, Royal Caribbean, Marine Corps, Cadbury, Rolex and DTC.  Prior to that, Yahav led Program Management of the Interactive Group at TBWA Worldwide’s Tequila unit. Developing the eCRM process and production for Sprint, as well as overall Digital offering. His clients included: Sprint Nextel, Disney, Chivas, Jameson and Hotels.com

 

Matt Smith: Vice President, Product Line Management, Concurrent: Matt Smith, Vice President of Product Line Management for Concurrent, is responsible for defining strategy and implementing the successful go-to-market process for all video and media data products.  Mr. Smith has managed the multi-screen video analytics solution at Concurrent for the last five years.  During his tenure with Concurrent, Mr. Smith has successfully implemented multi-screen data analytics solutions for multiple Top US and International video service providers, helping them leverage big data solutions and analytics to understand Live TV and VOD ad campaign performance and audience viewership.  Recent customer projects have included the use of interactive data visualizations to analyze and manage performance of targeted TV ad campaigns based on combinations of variables in big data sets (such as cable network, market, location, day/week, time) based on target customer demographics, including multi-screen VOD and linear/broadcast cross-promotions. Mr. Smith has more than 18 years of experience in the software technology market and video service provider industries.  He has played a key role in developing the company’s unified video solutions and multi-screen video analytics strategy, and implementing new business models for deployment of Concurrent’s solutions around the globe.

 

Jim O’Neill is Principal Industry Analyst for Ooyala and the editor of the industry news site Videomind. He’s been covering the digital media industry for almost a decade, first as editor of FierceOnlineVideo and FierceIPTV and later as an industry analyst. Prior to that, he was a financial journalist, newsroom executive and owned and operated an award-winning alternative news weekly. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn

 

Frank Chindamo, President and Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies: Frank Chindamo is the President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies. "FLM" specializes in producing original, live-action comedy films for its mobile channels of entertainment on Sprint-Nextel, Microsoft, Smart Video phones, in the US and many other countries around the world. They’re known as "Fun Funny Phone Films." Fun Little Movies has been the subject of cover stories in Forbes Magazine and the L.A. Times, and stories in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CBS Radio, Wired Magazine, CBS TV’s Inside Edition, The Chicago Tribune, and several other outlets. Frank Chindamo holds the world's record for most short films made independently. His films have appeared on HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, A&E, Playboy, MTV and Comedy Central, etc. They’ve won 20 awards including The American Cine Golden Eagle, The American International Film Festival and a Finalist's Place for Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival. Frank is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. At USC, Frank teaches short screenplay writing. He also created the Student Script Database, the tool which will allow directors and writers to pool their talent and is intended to bring the best-written scripts at USC to the screen. As Executive Director of the Staged Screenplay Reading Series at the Lee Strasberg Theater, and as the Director of the Professional Screenwriting Workshops at SONY Studios, Chindamo developed fourteen feature films which have been produced for the screen. Frank also taught at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and City University of New York. Frank was also a Vice President of Development at two production companies in LA and has worked as a script consultant on numerous projects. Frank Chindamo received his Film B.F.A. from N.Y.U. and his Screenwriting M.F.A. from Columbia University.

 

James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP: Jim is a member of the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digital music downloads. He has also represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. His efforts in the copyright law arena include his work leading negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, and prevent passage of analog hole legislation. In addition, Jim has worked with the semiconductor industry in its efforts to prevent the importation of dangerous counterfeit semiconductors. Jim served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.

 

 

Kim Hurwitz, SVP, Programming for FilmOn.TV: For a decade, Kim Hurwitz led the TCI/Adelphia sales and marketing teams in Cable, Broadband, & VOD in the greater Los Angeles area, and co-founded the SoCal PPV Cable Group, serving as President for two years. In 2001, she became Director of Marketing at DIRECTV, responsible for a $500M P&L, returning in 2009. Between DIRECTV stints, Ms. Hurwitz was the National Affiliate Relations Director for The Tube Music Network managing 90 TV stations and cable retransmission for the ground-breaking multicast channel. Since 2010, Kim has served as SVP, Programming for FilmOn.TV, a global IPTV platform where she has acquired more than 500 IPTV