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Thank you to the nearly 500 executives and professionals who attended the 4th Annual Digital Media Conference at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland on June 22!  Thank you for contributing to another great event!

With the help of FlipSonic, we recorded Alex Welch’s keynote address. To listen to the keynote in its entirety, please visit: http://www.digitalmediawire.com/mp3s/wimpy.php  

Also, here are the power points and presentations from key event presenters:

5 Digital Media Trends to Watch:

Presentation from John Barrett, Parks Associates

Presentation from Joe Bates, Consumer Electronics Association
Presentation from Jen Wu, M:Metrics

Internet Video Research
Presentation from Mike Vorhaus, Frank N. Magid Associates

What's Next in Web 2.0
Presentation from Damon Taylor, Electric Sheep Company

Presentation from Mike Sommers, KickApps

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 2007 Speakers include:

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
 

ALEX WELCH, CEO & Co-Founder, Photobucket
Alex Welch is Co-Founder and CEO of Photobucket, Inc., a central hub for storing, sharing, and publishing visual digital media. In three years, he and cofounder Darren Crystal have grown the company to more than thirty-three million users with an average two and a half million more joining monthly. Today, Photobucket is one of the web's most popular creative hubs, linking billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of thousands of web sites, including: MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Friendster, eBay, Craigslist, Blogger and Xanga. In addition to linking, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. http://www.photobucket.com

 

ROBERT GREENWALD
Filmmaker, Director & Producer
Robert Greenwald is an award-winning director and producer. His films and documentaries have been viewed by millions and his new media company, Brave New Films, is on the cutting-edge in terms of utilizing digital distribution methods. His films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations, four cable ACE Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, the Peabody Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Award, and eight Awards of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board. He was awarded the 2002 Producer of the Year Award by the American Film Institute.

 
PANELISTS & MODERATORS

JIM
BRADY
Vice President & Executive Editor washingtonpost.com

BETSY
SCOLNIK
President
National Geographic Digital Media

TED
COHEN
Managing Partner
TAG Strategic
Chairman
Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas

FRED
MCINTYRE

Senior Vice President
AOL Video
AOL

 

JONATHAN
POTTER

Executive Director
Digital Media Association

HAROON
MOKHTARZADA
Co-Founder & CEO Freewebs, Inc.

ERIC
KOEFOOT

Founding CEO & Publisher
U.S. News Ventures

PHIL
BRONNER

General Partner
Novak Biddle Venture Partners

JIM
GRIFFIN
Managing Director OneHouse LLC
Co-Founder
Pho group

DAVE
ULMER

Senior Director,
Entertainment Products

Motorola Media Solutions

JOE
BATES
Director, Research
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

NICK
PANAGOPULOS
Co-Founder, President & CEO
BrainBox Enterprises, Inc.

TIMMY
GRINS

Co-Founder & CEO
ItsHipHop.Tv
Artist
Arcane

JULIE
KEARNEY

Senior Director & Regulatory Counsel
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

GREGG SMITH
COO & EVP
Acuity Mobile

AYDIN
CAGINALP
Partner
Alston & Bird

 PAUL
SHERMAN
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Tech Wire Publications

JOHN
BARRETT

Director, Research
Parks Associates

NED
SHERMAN
CEO
& Publisher

Digital Media Wire

D.P.
VENKATESH
Founder & CEO mPortal

 JOHN
FUNGE

CEO
Incando Corp Founder
Pickle

MARK
FRATRIK

Vice President
BIA Financial Network

BRENT
MUHLE

General Manager Nettwerk Music Group

GARY
ARLEN

President
Arlen Communications

 ERIC
SIEBERT

VP , Content Development
Clear Channel Radio

ERIK
HAUSER

Founder
Swivel Media Director
Experiential Marketing Forum

ERIC
ELLER

SVP,
Products & Marketing

Millennial Media

KEITH
TOMATORE

VP, Sales Development & Operations
Washingtonpost.
Newsweek Interactive

JON
JACKSON
CEO
Mobile Posse

CAROL MATTEY
Nat'l Leader U.S. Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Regulatory Consulting Practice
Deloitte

 ED
MORAN

Director of Product Innovation
Deloitte

 TONY
KERN

Deputy Managing Principal, Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Deloitte

DAVID
GREENE
President
ClinicaHealth

 

KEN
FERREE
Partner, Business Trial Practice Group
Sheppard Mullin

CHRISTOPHER
MARENTIS
CEO
Clearspring Technologies

JAMES McCAFFREY
EVP, Operations & Strategy
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS)

DAVID
CARD
VP, Research
Jupiter Research

 

DAVID
SILVER
President
Santa Fe Capital Group

JEN WU
Analyst
M:Metrics

JUDITH MESKILL
VP, Programming / Social Media Officer
BabyCenter LLC

 

ROHIT
BHARGAVA

VP, Interactive Marketing

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

DAVID
OXENFORD
Partner
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

ART BUSHNELL
VP, Sales & Business Development
Voxant

MIKE
VORHAUS

Managing Director Frank N. Magid Associates

RANDY
MOUNTZ

VP, Sales

PayPerPost

MIGUEL
BANUELOS
Head of Mobile Marketing & Promotions
Ericsson Mobility World, N.A.

BRUCE
CAMPBELL
President, Digital Media, Emerging Networks & Bus Dev. Group
Discovery Communications

PATRICIA
POLACH

Associate General Counsel

American Federation of Musicians 

VICTORIA
PHILLIPS

Asst. Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Washington College of Law, American University

KURT HANSON
Publisher
RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter
 

MIKE SOMMERS
SVP, Product Management
KickApps

 

DANIEL TODD
Co-Founder / President
Zango
 

MICHAEL RIKSEN
VP, Government Relations
NPR

MICHAEL HUPPE
General Counsel
SoundExchange

DAMON TAYLOR
Producer
The Electric Sheep Company

DICK HUEY
Board Member
SoundExchange
(representing Matador Records)

 

 

 

AHMET OZALP
Partner
Atlas Venture

 

 

 

         more to come...


2007 Agenda


8:00am-9:00am
Registration, Breakfast & Networking


9:00am-9:10am
Welcome, Introductions & Opening Remarks


Conference Co-Chairs
Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Paul Sherman, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Tech Wire Publications

Panel 1
9:10am-9:45am
What’s Next: 5 Digital Media Trends to Watch

Did the meteoric rise of MySpace and YouTube catch you by surprise? Three leading analysts give their opinions on the top five digital media trends to watch in the years to come.

Presenters
Joe Bates, Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
John Barrett, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Jen Wu, Analyst, M:Metrics

Panel 2
9:45am-10:30am
A View from the Top: The State of the Digital Union

This panel of digital media insiders will discuss the current state of the industry, including hot button issues such as how big media companies will balance the opportunities presented by digital distribution with the possible cannibalization of existing businesses? What are the most likely business models for user-generated content? What is the future for ad-supported free distribution of digital content - including music, video and games - online? What is the next big thing in digital media in the next 12 months to 2 years and who will be the winners and losers in the years to come?

Panelists
Jim Brady, Vice President & Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com
Bruce Campbell, President, Digital Media, Discovery Communications
Ted Cohen, Chairman, Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas
Ed Moran, Director of Product Innovation, Deloitte
Betsy Scolnik, President, National Geographic Digital Media
Moderator: David Card, VP, Research, Jupiter Research

10:30am-11:00am
Networking Break


11:00am–11:30am
Keynote
Robert Greenwald,
Filmmaker, Director & Producer
This past year we’ve seen the internet explode with entertaining YouTube videos and short films. Acclaimed filmmaker Robert Greenwald has taken the short form a step further with videos designed to allow viewers to take action and create change. Greenwald will discuss how he and his company Brave New Films are creating viral video campaigns that bring about tangible change. Distributed for free, via the internet, email, by partner organizations and through earned media, the edgy videos cover timely topics. For example, the recent FOX ATTACKS (FoxAttacks.com) and IMPEACH GONZALES (ImpeachGonzales.org) series- In a matter of days millions watched these shorts, and hundreds of thousands took action on the issues they address. Greenwald will discuss how he and his colleagues create these short films and the campaigns that carry them across the internet and into the world of real change.

11:35am-12:20pm
Panel 3 - Track 1: Beyond the Buzz:
Is There a Business Model for Social Media & User-Generated Content?

The success of social networking sites MySpace and YouTube has created a buzz about user-generated content. Does the mass attraction to these sites represent a power shift from a traditional top-down model of corporate media to a bottom-up model focused on consumer generated content? How can traditional media businesses connect with this consumer mindset? Can content created by consumers be the backbone of a viable business model? This panel will discuss these questions and more.

Panelists
Phil Bronner, General Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
John Funge, CEO, Incando Corp / Founder, Pickle
David Greene, President, ClinicaHealth
Haroon Mokhtarzada, Co-Founder & CEO, Freewebs
Judith Meskill, VP, Programming / Social Media Officer, BabyCenter.com
David Silver, President, Santa Fe Capital Group
Moderator: Daniel Todd, Co-Founder / President, Zango

Panel 3 - Track 2: Webcasting Royalties:  The Battle Heats Up
This panel of copyright experts will discuss the ongoing battle over webcasting royalties. What are the implications of the most recent Copyright Royalty Board ruling for webcasters? Who are the stakeholders?  Who are the likely winners and losers? What's next in this battle over digital content and copyrights?

Panelists
Michael Huppe, General Counsel, SoundExchange
Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter
Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association
Patricia Polach, Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Musicians
Michael Riksen, VP, Government Relations, NPR
Dick Huey, Board Member, SoundExchange (representing Matador Records)
Moderator:
David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


12:20pm-1:15pm
Lunch


Panel 4
1:15pm – 1:45pm
What’s Next in Web 2.0?

This panel of innovators, creators and thought leaders from leading Web 2.0 companies will look ahead at what we can expect in technological innovation in the years to come.


Presenters
Social Media Widgets:  Mike Sommers, SVP, Product Management, KickApps
Virtual Worlds:  Damon Taylor, Producer, The Electric Sheep Company
Moderator: Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

1:50pm-2:35pm
Panel 5 - Track 1:  The Digital Evolution of the Music Business: What's Next?
This panel of industry experts will discuss the future of digital music, including pricing, online and mobile music product offerings and business models, next generation devices and the future of digital rights management (DRM). What business models, devices and marketing plans will drive the industry? What role will DRM play in the industry's future?  Who will be the winners and the losers in the years to come.

Panelists
Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse LLC / Co-Founder, Pho group
Timmy Grins, Co-Founder & CEO, ItsHipHop.Tv / Artist, Arcane
Brent Muhle, General Manager, Nettwerk Music Group
Eric Siebert, VP, Content Development, Clear Channel Radio
Dave Ulmer, Senior Director, Entertainment Products, Motorola Media Solutions
Moderator: Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Alston & Bird


Panel 5 - Track 2: Advertising 2.0: New Opportunities for Marketers
It used to be that publishers were creators of content online. Given the escalation of consumer voices and the myriad platforms they have to express themselves, publishers’ roles are evolving towards aggregators and editors of content online. How do consumer voices in the content mix affect editorial voice, media planning, even creative executions? What new opportunities exist for marketers to tap into communities and niches? How do publishers retain the richness and diversity of their readers’ voices, yet maintain their own editorial tone and integrity? And what impact does the inclusion of consumer generated content have on the metrics publishers tout to differentiate themselves?

Panelists
Eric Koefoot, Founding CEO & Publisher, U.S. News Ventures
Keith Tomatore, VP, Sales & Operations, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive
Erik Hauser, Founder, Swivel Media / Director, Experiential Marketing Forum
Christopher Marentis, CEO, Clearspring Technologies
Randy Mountz, VP, Sales, PayPerPost
Moderator: Rohit Bhargava, VP, Interactive Marketing, Ogilvy Public Relations

2:35pm-3:05pm
Networking Break


3:05pm-3:50pm
Panel 6 - Track 1: Internet Video & Big Media: Friends or Foes?

In March, Viacom sued Google/YouTube seeking more than $1 billion in damages in a suit that represents the most aggressive move so far by an old-line media company against the highly popular but legally questionable practice of posting copyrighted media content on online video sites. At the same, NBC Universal and CBS, a sister company of Viacom, have struck licensing deals with Google / YouTube, and both Viacom and NBC Universal are pursuing their own strategies with popular video sites, such as Viacom’s ComedyCentral.com. What business models will prevail for online video sites? What does the future hold for YouTube and Google Video? How are big media companies going to utilize online video sites in the years the come?

Panelists
Ahmet Ozalp, Partner, Atlas Venture
Fred McIntyre, SVP, AOL Video, AOL
James McCaffrey, EVP, Operations & Strategy, Turner Broadcasting Systems
Nick Panagopulos, Co-Founder, President & CEO, BrainBox Entertprises, Inc.
Art Bushnell, VP, Sales & Business Development, Voxant
Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, Managing Director, Frank N. Magid Associates

Panel 6 - Track 2: FCC Outlook:
Who Will Be the Winners & the Losers in 2007?

This panel of experts will discuss the hot button issues being addressed by the FCC. The discussion will cover a range of issues impacting media and technology businesses, including cable industry pricing; digital television; media ownership; competition; spectrum, indecency and broadband deployment. The panel will consider how FCC rulings are likely to impact the future of the businesses operating in the digital media space.

Panelists
Mark Fratrik, Vice President, BIA Financial Network
Julie Kearney, Senior Director & Reg. Counsel, Consumer Electronics Association
Carol Mattey, Nat'l Leader, US Regulatory Consulting Practice, Deloitte
Ken Ferree, Partner, Business Practice Trial Group, Sheppard Mullin
Victoria Phillips, Assistant Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University
Moderator: Gary Arlen, President, Arlen Communications

Panel 7
4:00pm-4:45pm
Mobile Media: The Next Big Thing Beyond Ringtones

Until recently, the business of mobile media has been mainly about ringtones. However, with the launch of new devices and services this year, a whole new world of mobile media possibilities is being realized. This panel will discuss the current state of the mobile media market in the US and look at the opportunities beyond ringtones, including games, video and marketing, in the years to come.

Panelists
Eric Eller, SVP, Products & Marketing, Millennial Media
Jon Jackson, CEO, Mobile Posse
D.P. Venkatesh, Founder & CEO, mPortal
Miguel Banuelos, Head of Mobile Mktg & Promotions, Ericsson Mobility World, NA
Gregg Smith, COO & EVP, Acuity Mobile
Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic/ Chairman, Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas

4:45pm-5:15pm
Keynote

Alex Welch, CEO & Co-Founder, Photobucket

5:30pm-6:30pm
Cocktail Reception



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