Remarkable advances in technology now allow every person with a smartphone, tablet or GoPro the ability to produce and distribute their own video content, immediately and globally. The recording of events from all angles presents challenges to content developers, who struggle to balance perspectives both literally and figuratively. What opportunities does this create for new types of content and distribution? What are the privacy, copyright and other content liability issues surrounding cheap easy access to live video production and distribution? How are entertainment companies and sports leagues dealing with the livecasting of paid events?
Jim Rosenfeld, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Moderator)
Dylan Budd, VP & Associate General Counsel, Ultimate Fighting Championship
Lauren Fisher, Chief Legal Officer, Vox Media, Inc.
Matthew Moore, Assistant General Counsel, BuzzFeed, Inc.
Dennis Wilson, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Content bundles are fraying as one content producer after another announces that it is going “over the top” – streaming content that is accessible online without the need for a traditional cable television subscription. Format distinctions driven by traditional commercial models are breaking down as network shows rub shoulders with feature films, original programming from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, and YouTube videos. Smart TVs offer menus of on-demand services reminiscent of channel listings, while mobile remains an entirely different game.
How will audiences manage this new world of content? Will “new networks” emerge to draw these strands back together, or will viewers need to adapt to an open environment with diverse sources? A panel of tech journalists with an eye on the future will discuss what’s coming next.
Panelists: Ned Desmond, Chief Operating Officer, TechCrunch (Moderator); Michael Gorman, Editor in Chief, Engadget; Bob O’Donnell, Founder and Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research; Martin Peers, Senior Editor, the Information
With all of the various video distribution platforms now in wide use: Web, iTunes, TiVo, Consoles, Slingbox-type forwarding, over-the-top (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu), Cable, and Broadcast, this panel will address the business environment, business models and legal challenges of putting together video content deals in the digital age. We will invite business development people and/or lawyers from a device maker, an online portal, a subscription service and a traditional media company to discuss the various business models that compete for eyeballs on digital video platforms.
Panelists: Jordan Gimbel, Senior Director, Legal, Yahoo Inc. (Moderator); Brian Andersen, Partner, LUMA Partners (Presentation); Bob Heldt, Director of Engineering, Netflix; Karen M. Kramer, Founder & Managing Attorney, Zing Legal; Tara Maitra, SVP, General Manager, Content & Media Sales, TiVo, Inc.; Shashi Seth, President, Tribune Digital Ventures.