The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

10:45 AM - Noon

Track I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, 303-304, Live Webcast

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

Kim L. Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer, FOTV Media Networks

Randa Minkarah, Chief Operating Officer, Transform

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion

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

Keith Valory, CEO, Plex

Robert Magdien, Chief Programming Officer, Pluto TV

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


Kim L. Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer, FOTV Media Networks Inc.: Ms. Hurwitz joined FOTV subsidiary FilmOn.TV in 2010. She is a highly respected senior entertainment executive with over 25 years’ experience.  Prior to FilmOn she was the head of Pay-Per-View at DIRECTV, the largest satellite cable system provider in North America. Kim's extensive industry experience ranges across the cable, satellite, broadcast, OTT, mobile and IP-connected verticals and includes roles in marketing, programming, sales and operations. Kim is renowned for her ability to lead, manage and inspire teams. In addition to crunching numbers and building brands, she is a digital business game-changer adept at monetizing content and leveraging new media tools. In her role as Chief Content Officer at FOTV, she plays a critical role in building corporate and content relationships and driving audience engagement for the company.


Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President, Marketplace Strategy, Neulion: Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses. His current position as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge. Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, Rainbow Media, Dish Network and many others.He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies. Chris has worked with some of the top names in technology. At Forstmann Little he worked with Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton; while at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he worked with Ray Lane, Managing Partner; and for 20 years has worked with Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates. Chris' relationship with Charles Wang, and Computer Associates' former Chief Technology Officer, Nancy Li, created an opportunity to form NeuLion, where he is responsible for the strategy and execution of the company's marketplace efforts. The world is changing as it relates to digital media. Content owners have more leverage than ever as they move to IP based distribution. NeuLion has become a leader in creating new experiences for consumers with a fantastic array of interactive services delivered over the internet. Chris has been a frequent speaker at conferences, tradeshows, and industry events. Specialties include: sales and marketing, competitive analysis, financing, franchising, mergers and acquisition.


Robert Magdlen works as the Chief Programming Officer for Pluto TV, where he and his team, in a very short time, have secured content from Lionsgate, MGM, WB and 25 premium content providers. Under Robert, Pluto TV has also launched more than 30 new channels. Prior to Pluto TV, Magdlen served as senior vice president of program strategy and acquisitions at E! While there, he oversaw programming strategies behind the successful launches of E!’s forays into scripted and reality entertainment, including such hit shows as The Royals, Total Divas, Botched, Chelsea Lately, Fashion Police and The Soup. He was also part of the executive team that launched and grew the Kardashians into the biggest name in reality TV. In his role at E!, Robert acquired high-profile programming for the network, including such iconic TV shows and movies as Sex & The City, Saved By The Bell, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, and I Love You Man. He also purchased movies on behalf of other Comcast cable and NBCU cable channels, including USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire and TV One. Magdlen started his career at Turner Entertainment’s Atlanta headquarters. He received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.


Keith Valory is CEO of Plex, the streaming media app that organizes your favorite content and streams it to all your devices. Keith and his team are working to provide consumers an easier way to discover, organize, and enjoy the content they love. Keith has nearly two decades of experience in executive and founding member positions spanning several industries. Prior to Plex, Keith was COO of Bracket Computing where he was responsible for corporate strategy and all business operations, including finance, business development, legal, operations, human resources, and information technology. Previously Keith spent five years at Cisco in various executive positions including running strategy and operations for the $2B Security Group, where he was responsible for business acquisition planning and execution, go-to-market planning and strategy, program management, business operations, and acquisition integration. Keith was the Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at IronPoint Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Cisco for $830M. Keith was also an associate at Venture Law Group where he represented technology companies on venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, licensing transactions and regulatory compliance.


Randa Minkarah is a dynamic and strategic executive with a career spanning over 15 years of driving transformation within the advertising and media industry. With an extensive background in sales, management, business and product development, Ms. Minkarah has successfully led strategic planning, budgeting, operations, developing new revenue streams and executing upon multiplatform initiatives for both traditional and digital media properties. Ms. Minkarah is currently COO at Transform, a Seattle area startup that uses big data and predictive analytics to ignite customer growth. Transform’s SaaS quantitative marketing platform, the GENOME, uniquely applies data science to optimize the yields and improve the predictability of marketing and advertising channels. Ms. Minkarah is responsible for Transform’s client operations, sales, finance, corporate development, and back office. Prior to Transform, Ms. Minkarah served as Senior Vice President of Revenue and Business Development for Fisher Communications (FSCI), Inc., a Fortune 1000 company until its sale in 2013. She had corporate responsibility for revenues at Fisher television, radio and Internet properties and was responsible for developing and implementing its digital strategy including launching mobile applications and mobile viewing apps. In this role, she successfully identified and launched initiatives that dramatically grew revenues, increased shareholder value, and consistently exceeded market share forecasts. Ms. Minkarah is very active in the digital advertising and media industry as a speaker at conferences, advisor to multiple media/technology companies, and as an investor in emerging companies.


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 teaches Copyright Law at Georgetown Law School. Jim also served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.