The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

"The Conference that Defines the Future of the Industry"

 

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

3:50 PM - 5:00 PM, The Library, 3rd Floor

The Strategic Workshop: Content, Technology & Advertising

The Augmented Reality Experience: Implementing the Next Generation of AR into Application: From Media and Advertising to Education

Lisa Valentino, Senior Vice President, Network Sales & Partnerships, Condé Nast, and CRO, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ)

Michael Leventhal, Partner, Holmes Weinberg, P.C., former, Chief Legal Officer and VP, Magic Leap

Meghan Nelson, Executive Producer and Partner, Superbright

Moderator, Bill Newell, President, North South Studios LLC

Lisa Valentino is senior vice president, network sales & partnerships for Condé Nast, and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Valentino served as senior vice president, multimedia sales at ESPN. In that role, she managed over a billion dollars in revenue by selling multimedia programs across ESPN’s

portfolio, which includes both domestic and international television, digital, live-event and print platform. Previously, Valentino served in a number of senior executive positions in ad sales at the company. Valentino joined ESPN from Yahoo!, where she managed video ad sales for several content verticals. Prior to Yahoo!, Valentino was a media buyer at Televest where she worked on the P&G account. Valentino has been named to Advertising Age’s annual “Women to Watch” list, the “40 Under 40” list by Sports Business Journal and was recognized by CableFAX on their “Most Powerful Women in Cable” list. She holds various roles within the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Valentino is a graduate of Lafayette College and resides in Harrison, New York with her husband and children.

 

Meghan Nelson, Executive Producer and Partner, Superbright: Meghan is an executive producer and strategist with unique experience in the AR and VR industries. Having worked amongst the world's leading Computer Vision researchers and engineers, her expertise lies in executing creative and immersive 3D content in real-world environments. She has expansive knowledge of the industry, including AR MMO’s, AR mobile gaming, ROI of branded AR applications, company re-structuring for future interfaces, AR/VR budgeting, and AR/VR Hardware specifications. She has helped many Fortune 500 brands build trailblazing AR & VR applications including National Geographic, AOL, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pandora Jewelry, UTC Carrier, Clairol, and Bobbi Brown.

 

Michael Leventhal, Partner, Holmes Weinberg, P.C., former, Chief Legal Officer and VP, Magic Leap: Michael Leventhal is a partner at Holmes Weinberg, P.C. He specializes in providing corporate, intellectual property and business transactional services for media/entertainment and technology companies. While managing partner of the entertainment law firm Codikow Leventhal & Carroll in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s, Michael also developed a practice in high technology and digital media, which began even before the internet was a business model. In 1992, he combined his entertainment and digital media practices, when “multimedia” meant the CD-ROM business. Since that time, Michael has been on the forefront of the legal and business aspects of nearly every major technological innovation in digital media, from payment for electronic transmissions of entertainment content (rather than just shiny discs), to dispute resolution over domain names, to co-branding and cross-licensing agreements for online services, to pay-per-click advertising services, to digital music download services, to television/internet hybrids and the development and licensing agreements required to make them run, to user generated content sites, including development in SecondLife, for social media, and for mobile devices, including phones and tablets, to Alternate Reality Games, to 3D display technology, augmented, virtual and mixed reality. Among his clients have been Fortune 500 companies such as Fox Interactive Media, NEC, and Transamerica; digital vanguards like MySpace, Pop.com, Oversee.net, and GoTV; entertainment/digital technology hybrids such as Motion Theory, Compendia Media, Virtual Netcasting Corporation, the Interactive Television Alliance, PaidContent.org, RockWeb, Satellite Events Enterprises, and Vimby; traditional companies moving into digital media,; and various celebrities in need of  digital media guidance or protection. Most recently, Michael spent the last several years as chief legal officer and vice president at Magic Leap, Inc., the well-known augmented/mixed reality venture.  His duties included standard general counsel responsibilities, content and technology licensing, intellectual property strategy and planning, working with the content team, business development, marketing, HR, and the CEO on special projects, among many other tasks. Michael has represented hundreds of entertainment, digital media and high tech start-ups, early stage companies and middle market companies in music, film, visual effects, interactive television, sports, stand-alone online ventures, entertainment and non-entertainment web-based businesses, software, and more traditional businesses—from formation to strategic planning, structuring companies, M&A and alliances, to licensing matters, to obtaining financing. Working with entrepreneurs and visionaries at all stages of development has long been one of Michael’s passions. Michael has been a partner in a large national firm, a co-owner of several boutique law firms and a business consultancy, a solo practitioner and a senior executive at a high flying technology company. The combination of law firm and business consultancy is consistent with Michael’s holistic approach to representing businesses, both large and start up.  Michael is a frequent writer and speaker on all things digital. Most recently, he spoke at VRLA 2016. Michael goes beyond drafting of agreements to understand and support his clients with strong strategic thinking. He brings his considerable experience to his work with clients to develop an overall direction, with legal and business projects woven into the fabric of the larger strategy.

 

Bill Newell, President, North South Studios, LLC: As a founding partner of North South Studios, Bill Newell brings more than 18 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to the company. Bill has been involved in production and multimedia from its early days and has had key roles in establishing many of the business processes that today are often taken for granted. Bill's areas of expertise include finance, technology, production, and operations. Bill's ability to increase productivity without sacrificing quality has been proven time and time again and is a key asset to the company. A longtime associate of his partner, Sarina Simon, Bill came to North South Studios from the Knowledge Kids Network where he served as Chief Operating Officer for five years. Bill co-founded the Knowledge Kids Network and was instrumental in defining its business objectives, operational processes, and company structure. His thorough planning and oversight launched the KidsEdge websites. This network of award-winning websites contained more than 250 games, thousands of articles, and had the capacity to support 3.5 million users. During his tenure at the Knowledge Kids Network, Bill also executive produced a 12 minute animated movie entitled, DotzWorld, which premiered on the AOL network and featured 25 original characters. Bill's insightful finance skills were invaluable to the company in its negotiations with AOL and other prominent partners. Prior to joining the Knowledge Kids Network, Bill was Vice President of Production for IXL Los Angeles, a NASDAQ listed Internet services company with more than $12 million in yearly revenue in the Los Angeles office alone. As VP of Production, Bill oversaw all aspects of production and provided sales support for IXL's west coast offices. Always prolific, he supervised and managed the design and implementation of over 100 projects including assignments for Polygram, Fox, Warner Brothers, NewsCorp, Baker and Taylor, Mazda, Kawasaki, Universal Studios, and Technicolor, among others. Making use of his extensive finance background, Bill brought financial discipline to his production team and productivity increased over 200% during his tenure at IXL. Before joining IXL, Bill was Vice President of Production for Digital Planet, an Internet services company that was later acquired by IXL. As VP of Production, Bill provided direct management of technical, production, and creative teams. He also oversaw all proposal submissions, bids, technical analyses, and creative treatments for media, technology, and consumer companies including Intel, Mattel, the US Postal Service, Disney Online and Allstate. Bill is also a veteran of the multimedia pioneering company, Philips Media, where he worked for four years as an Executive Producer, managing two in-house production groups. In this executive role, Bill directed a 35 member staff and produced six educational CD ROM products. He also directed the localization of numerous products for the Japanese, English, Swedish and American markets.