Final Programme

*As of 5 September, Subject to Change

8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens
9:15  a.m. to 5:30 p.m. РConference Sessions
6 p.m. – Networking Reception


9:15 – 9:20 a.m.
Introduction Remarks
Jim Bottoms, Executive director, MESA Europe

9:20 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome Address
Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG: the Digital Entertainment Group

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Address: Growing the European Digital Content Pipeline
In this opening presentation we set the scene on what is required to execute a successful strategy for the digital content pipeline taking into account the changing release windows and the evolving consumer wants and needs.  As part of this, our opening speaker will highlight the need for a collaborative approach involving content providers and the consumer facing delivery platforms in order to develop a better model for business planning and execution.
Thomas Stilling, Vice President, Product & Promotion Management, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Quantifying the Market Opportunity
A leading industry analyst shares some informed insights and detailed statistical analysis on the recent performance and future outlook for the various entertainment market segments in Europe and examines the key reasons behind the forecasts presented.
Richard Broughton, Director, Broadband, IHS

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
UltraViolet Update
A presentation followed by a panel discussion focussing on the current status and future outlook for UltraViolet. In addition to providing an update on current performance and roll-out, his session will incorporate an update on the evolution of the format.
Moderator: Yves Caillaud, Europe Region Managing Director, Digital Entertainment Ecosystem (DECE)
Hans Henseleit, Managing Director, Videociety
Jason Keane, Chief Executive Officer, Saffron Digital
Kent Steffen, President & General Manager, CSGI
Mark Teitel, General Manager, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE)
Rob Salter, Retail Strategy Consultant, BVA

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Growing the Digital Business – a Studio Perspective
A senior home entertainment industry executive draws on his extensive experience in a one-on- one discussion, sharing his thoughts on the future outlook for home entertainment in Europe, and in particular routes to growing digital video revenues.
Rob Bell, SVP International New Media, NBCUniversal
Discussion Host: Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG: the Digital Entertainment Group 

11:20 – 11:45 a.m.
Networking Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.
Driving Digital Content Revenues in Europe – the Hands On Approach
Key decision markers involved in the European online home video business talk about their experiences to date, the lessons learned and their future plans for revenue generation in this highly competitive and rapidly emerging market sector.
Moderator: David Millar, Director of Communications, MESA Europe
Doug Davis,  Director, Content Acquisition & Sales, Blinkbox
Josep Mitja, Chief Operating Officers, Wuaki TV
Pierre Olivier, Director of Marketing & Communications, TF1
Gerre Versteegh, President, Film2Home
Filmon Zerai, Chief Distribution and Strategy Officer, maxdome

12:15 – 12:50 p.m.
Listening to the Consumer
A series of presentations and discussions, sharing insights into the ways in which consumer behavior is evolving when it comes to enjoying entertainment in the home and on the move. This session will also look at what else can be done to drive consumer engagement in the digital business sector.
Matthew Guest, Head of Digital Strategy EMEA, Deloitte
Geir R. Skaaden, Senior Vice President Corporate Business Development, Digital Content & Media Solutions, DTS

12:50 – 2:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Business Efficiencies in Digital Entertainment
Having listened earlier to discussion about what the consumer wants and routes to increasing digital revenues, the focus in the opening session of the afternoon draws upon the expertise of a number of eminent industry  participants who share ideas on ways to improve business efficiencies and save costs in the European digital entertainment sector.
Josh Kline, ‚ÄéHead of Media & Entertainment, Box
Albert Lai, Chief Technology Officer Media, Brightcove
Kip Welch, President & Chairman, Entertainment ID Registry Association

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Driving the Digital Business Through Enhanced Data and Analytics
To date there has been something of a lack of accurate, consistent and comparable data on the digital entertainment business.  In this session we will get an update on the status of the DEG digital data initiative and see firsthand the information being generated on the European and global digital video markets.
Jay Reinbold, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Category Management, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
Distributing Media at Scale ‚Äď Meeting the Challenges
To deliver what the consumer wants, creates a number of pressure points on the distribution infrastructure. During this presentation our speaker will provide insight into overcoming the problems being faced as the proliferation of content continues in order to meet changing consumer demands.
Will Law, Chief Architect, Media Division, Akamai

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break

3:50 – 4:10 p.m.
Building a Digital Media Bridge
There are a number of proposals on the table to help migrate the consumer from physical to digital media and/or allow the consumer to purchase once and access across multiple platforms and devices. In this session our speaker will provide an update on the motivation and objectives of this initiative driven by the content, storage and electronics industry sectors.
Scott Vouri, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Western Digital

4:10 – 4:45 p.m.
Creating the Ultra High Definition (UHD) Reality
Having firmly established high definition picture quality, broadcasters, content producers and their supply chain partners are looking to take us to the next level in the entertainment quality experience:
– 4K/UHD? 8K? What else is on the horizon?
– What factors need to be in place to make this happen?
– What are the likely timescales?
In this session a series of presentations and discussions from organisations committed to bringing the next generation picture quality into the home provide answers to these key questions.
Tim Dodd, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Technicolor
Simon Gauntlett, Chief Technology Officer, Digital TV Group
Patrick Griffis, Executive Director, Technology Strategy, Dolby Laboratories

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Defining and Improving the Digital Content Supply Chain
In this closing panel a group of senior executives from the content community discuss the challenges of digital content distribution, review the areas where improvements can be made in digital workflows and discuss other initiatives that well help drive efficiencies in the digital supply chain.
Moderator: Jim Bottoms, Executive Director, MESA Europe
Eric Iverson, Vice President & Divisional Chief Information Officer, Sony Pictures Television
Kyle Mattus, Partner Operations Manager, EMEA, Google Play/Youtube
Kent Steffen, President & General Manager, CSGI
Robin Boldon, Director of Digital Distribution, BBC Worldwide

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Jim Bottoms,Executive director, MESA Europe

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