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Born Digital:Unraveling the New Age of Media & Entertainment Consumers

Friday October 27, 2017

11 am - 4 pm

Berkeley-haas Andersen Auditorium



10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Arrival and Registration

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

>Play Talks: Unraveling the new age of media & entertainment consumers

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

AI at >Play: The impact of machine learning and the importance of data strategy

Lunch and Networking

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

>Play Off: Coopetition in Media & Entertainment

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM



Manuel Bronstein, VP of Product Management at Youtube

Steve Weinstein, President and CEO at MovieLabs (R&D arm of 6 major Hollywood studios)

Roopesh Varier, Vice President, Data Science & Analytics, Roku Inc.

Chris Becherer, Former VP of Product, Pandora

Chris Carvalho, Former COO of Kabam

David Anderman, Chief Business Officer and Advisor at Jaunt VR

Greg LaBlanc, UC Berkeley Faculty in Finance, Strategy, and Law

Mark Coopersmith, UC Berkeley Faculty in Entrepreneurship & Innovation


SEssion Descriptions


>Play Talk: Unraveling the New Age of Media & Entertainment Consumers

Digital technologies have fundamentally transformed consumers. The new age consumer desires a larger variety of original, personalized content, which is available to her on-demand. The manner and modes of consumption have diversified dramatically. Traditional programming will give way to new social media and mobile platforms, as well as the allure of AR/VR. Digital technologies are the core of this disruption across the value chain in content creation, distribution, marketing and monetization. In this session, we will hear from industry leaders about the macro trends, the consumers, products and the societal goals of businesses as they strive to stay ahead in this new age of digital media & entertainment.


>Play Off: Innovation & Coopetition in Media & Entertainment

In this new era of emerging platforms, OTT content and digital targeting, traditional media and entertainment companies cannot rely solely on their historical bases of advantage, such as scale and relationships, to remain relevant. To avoid becoming victims, they need to be the creators of disruption. To make changes in their growth trajectories and business portfolios, in addition to internal innovation, they need to engage in M&A, partnerships, and other external moves that integrate them into a wider innovation ecosystem.


AI at >Play: Impact of Machine Learning and Data Strategy in Media & Entertainment

A multitude of delivery channels and the option of on-demand access has significantly increased the complexity of delivering the right content, to the right consumer, at the right time and place. Only companies that understand and address consumer preferences much more effectively will outlast its competition. Sophisticated machine learning on rich user data will be the competitive edge. The implications for the industry comes inherently from the companies driving AI – Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. All four have major investments in media and entertainment.


Andersen Auditorium

2220 Piedmont Avenue, berkeley, ca 94720


The Berkeley-Haas Andersen Auditorium is located on the Berkeley-Haas campus in Berkeley.

By BART: Nearest BART stop is the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. From the BART station you can take the bus or walk (about 1 mile).

By BUS: The AC Transit bus lines with the closest stops are 51B on either College Avenue or Bancroft Way.

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University of California, Berkeley