[Los Angeles, CA] – The 2014 TEDxHollywood conference, taking place June 19 at the UCLA Freud Playhouse, today announced the first round of speakers including: George Bloom, Executive Producer, CBS Digital; Doug Craig, VP of Programming, Roku; Pierre Dulaine, Founder, Dancing Classrooms and subject of new documentary film “Dancing in Jaffa”; Jamal Edwards, Founder & CEO, SB TV; Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SmartyPants Vitamins; Macy Gray, Performer; Michael Hawley, Digital Pioneer; David Howitt, Founder & CEO, Meriwether Group; Bob Moczydlowsky, Head of Music, Twitter; Mark Pollock, Adventure Athlete & Author; Tina Sharkey, CEO, SherpaFoundry; Rachel Weiss, VP of Digital Innovation & Content and New Ventures, L’Oreal USA; William Hurley (whurley), International Genius Grant Recipient. Additional speakers will be announced prior to June 19 event.
Topics to be explored and presented by TEDxHollywood 2014 speakers include the following themes:
Connected Audience, Disconnected Content: With today’s audiences able to fully curate their content consumption, new media players and new production and distribution strategies are creating a dramatically different media landscape. How can “appointment TV” and shared viewing experiences remain relevant? How do content producers and distributors make sure that audiences can find and consume their offerings?
Privacy Primacy: From government surveillance to “selfie” culture, we are knowingly – perhaps unwittingly – recording and sharing our lives on an unprecedented scale, redefining concepts of identity in the process. Fans connect on social media to talk about their favorite bands, shows and movies, allowing creators, talent and fans to communicate directly. How does this dynamic improve the entertainment experience, or not?
Where’s the New Money?: Instant access to information and democratized technology have leveled the content creation playing field. Venture financing and “startup” economics have created a whole new crop of “players” – but how we will measure their success? A major source of funding is marketers seeking to create branded content. Can brands and ideators collaborate effectively and truly entertain audiences at the same time?
What’s the New Narrative?: In a media landscape saturated with new kinds of content and an escalating battle for mindshare, content is no longer “king,” content is “G-D”. Top quality storytelling is migrating to unexpected platforms – where will the next hit drama appear?
TEDxHollywood will host 450 by-invitation only entertainment, creative and digital media leaders. In addition to the featured speaker presentations, attendees will be able to rewind time and watch previous TEDTalk videos delivered by creative and technology visionaries who made prognostications about the future of digital content and its impact on the entertainment industry. The organizers of the TEDxHollywood 2014 conference are Ken Hertz, entertainment attorney and Senior Partner at Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP and founder of memBrain LLC, a brand and licensing company; Dan Adler, President, Media Eagles; Liz Heller, CEO & Co-founder, Buzztone Inc.; Paul Bricault, Co-founder, Amplify LA and Venture Partner, Greycroft Partners; Marc Friedland, Founder, Couture Communications;Sallie Olmsted, Executive Vice President, Rogers & Cowan and Rachel Shechtman, Founder, STORY.
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