The content world is changing fast, as TV shows and movies are rapidly moving online. Users are turning to online video, mobile and tablet apps, and connected TVs for new ways to watch their favorite shows, and to discover new ones. For TV networks and Hollywood filmmakers, that means it’s no longer sufficient just to think about the usual means of distributing their content on TV and in theatres — they have to take into account digital distribution. And for independent creators, there’s never been a better opportunity to find an audience without having to go through the studio system.
With that in mind, we’ve assembled a panel of old and new media experts at Disrupt SF to discuss how the online video, mobile apps, and connected TVs are changing the ways they try to reach audiences and create new interactive experiences.
Our all-star panel includes Dana Brunetti, producer of The Social Network and executive producer of Netflix’s new original show House of Cards, who can give some insight into how Hollywood is changing with the advent of new distribution outlets. We’ll have Allen DeBevoise, CEO of online video entertainment network Machinima, which has more than 2 billion video views per month.
The panel also includes Alison Moore, who is leading her network’s initiative to put its HBO GO app on as many devices as possible. And there’s Malik Ducard, who works on the content acquisition team at YouTube, and will talk about how to blend premium content with a $100 million original content initiative.
You can view the whole list of speakers here. Stay tuned also because, if you can believe it or not, we may have more surprise announcements even though we are only a little more than a week away.
Get your tickets here while you still can. This is one event you do not want to miss.
President, Trigger Street Productions
Producer, The Social Network
Dana Brunetti is the president of Trigger Street Productions, a production company founded by Kevin Spacey in 1997. Also an innovator in social networking, Brunetti launched Trigger Street Labs in 2002 – a online platform for feedback and exposure for undiscovered writing and filmmaking talent.
In 2009, he produced the film The Social Network, the story of how Facebook was created. The film was directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin and based on Ben Mezrich’s Book, The Accidental Billionaires. This year, he is producing Captain Phillips Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass as well as the new streaming-only Netflix show House of Cards with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey. In July of this year, it was announced that he and Michael De Luca would produce the 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation.
He also worked with Mezrich in 2008, when he produced the film 21, which was based off his New York Times bestselling book Bringing Down The House. He has produced the films Fanboys, Shrink, the Emmy-nominated Bernard and Doris, Casino Jack, Mini’s First Time, The Sasquatch Gang, and the documentaries Uncle Frank, and Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero.
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Machinima, Inc.
Allen DeBevoise is the Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Machinima, Inc. the dominant video entertainment network for serious gamers around the world. Machinima’s global content network features official content from game publishers, television networks and film studios, fan-created gameplay videos and original content, including over 20 original weekly shows and “prime time” live-action episodic series, all aimed at the coveted 18–34 year old male demographic. The number one entertainment channel on YouTube, Machinima reaches over 191 million viewers monthly, and delivers 2.1 billion video views a month, and growing.
Under DeBevoise’s guidance, Machinima has become a major force in reaching core video gamers and young entertainment consumers, because the company is at the cutting edge of on-line video entertainment and the changing experience of gaming. It also enjoys a massive, global, and highly engaged audience.
DeBevoise served on the board of directors of LowerMyBills.com and True/Slant through their respective acquisitions, and currently serves on the board of Dealer.com. He is also an active angel investor in several early stage technology and consumer internet companies.
Senior Vice President, Digital Products, HBO
Alison Moore is senior vice president, Digital Products, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the consumer experience, content development and operation of HBO’s multiplatform digital products: HBO/MAX GO, HBO.com, Cinemax.com, HBO Social Media platforms, HBO/MAX On Demand and Affiliate Products. Moore was named to this position in July 2010.
Moore first joined HBO as a marketing manager in 1995, responsible for developing promotional marketing programs with affiliate partners. She left the company in 1999, returning to HBO in 2003 as director, Brand Development. She was promoted to vice president, Brand Strategy and Digital Platforms in May 2006, overseeing HBO’s consumer websites, online video, social and promotional platforms, as well as HBO’s brand advertising and promotional strategy.
Content Partnerships Director, Google
Malik S. Ducard is the Content Partnerships Director at Google where he is in charge of premium film, TV and new media partnerships for YouTube. Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for the Americas at Paramount Pictures and oversaw distribution of films to online, mobile and digital platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Netflix, and a range of mobile, online and device technology partners.
A native of the Bronx, NY, Malik attended the Pomfret School then went on to earn his B.A. degree in Film and African-American Studies in 1995 from Columbia University and then his MBA in 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.