From DMW: Digital Entertainment World (DEW) today announced that Box CEO Aaron Levie and FX CEO John Landgraf have been added to the event’s all-star keynote line-up. Landgraf – Adweek’s 2013 TV Executive of the Year – will join NBCUniversal’s lead IP protection counselor Rick Cotton for a keynote conversation on Tuesday afternoon, February 18, entitled “How Illegal Pirate Sites are Harming the Creative Community and New Strategies to Take the Profit Out of Piracy.” During this discussion about the growth of digital piracy and the harmful effect it is having on the creative community, the two executives will address the scale of the problem, as well as the initial steps that have been taken to address piracy and the voluntary actions that can be taken by intermediaries in the Internet ecosystem to take the profitability out of piracy and promote creativity in the digital marketplace.
Levie – Inc. Magazine’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and a member of Forbes’ 40 Under 40 list – will participate in a 30-minute keynote conversation on Wednesday morning, February 19. He will discuss how entertainment companies can use the cloud to increase productivity by creating, collaborating and sharing, as well as the importance of security when accessing critical content across multiple devices.
In addition to the nearly 300 other industry leaders who will be speakers at DEW, the full DEW keynote line-up now includes:
- Tuesday morning, February 18 – David Lawenda, Head of U.S. Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook;
- Tuesday afternoon, February 18 – John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and Rick Cotton, Lead IP Protection Counselor, NBC Universal;
- Wednesday morning, February 19 – Aaron Levie, CEO, Box;
- Wednesday afternoon, February 19 – Jeremy Zimmer, CEO and Co-Founder, UTA; and
- Thursday morning, February 20 – Peter Moore, COO, Electronic Arts.
Landgraf serves as Chief Executive Officer of FX Networks and FX Productions, responsible for programming and business operations for FX Networks (FX, FXX and FXM), FX Productions, and digital video-on-demand platform FXNOW. Over the next several years, the suite of FX Networks channels will undergo an ambitious programming expansion, with FX, FXX and FXM combining to deliver more than 25 original scripted series. As head of FX, Landgraf has been responsible for the launch of numerous award-winning hit programs including Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Justified, The Americans, Damages, Louie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Archer.
Levie is co-founder and CEO of Box, where he has lead Box’s visionary product and platform strategy for over 9 years. Launched in 2005 with co-founder and CFO Dylan Smith, Box helps make businesses of all sizes more productive, competitive and powerful by connecting people and their most important information. As one of today’s fastest growing companies, Box has over 20 million users at more than 200,000 businesses worldwide, with 97% of users working at FORTUNE 500 companies. The privately-held company has raised more than $300 million in venture capital.
DEW is expected to attract marketing and digital executives from leading media, entertainment and digital brands, including major broadcast and cable networks, movie studios, music labels, game publishers, advertising agencies, news, magazine and book publishers, digital distribution networks and device manufacturers. It will offer more than 100 sessions during the three-day conference. The complete list of DEW speakers to date can be viewed here and the agenda here.
DEW Founding Sponsors are an impressive group of cross-industry leaders including NBCUniversal, HFA, Rovi, 3Pillar Global, Elastic Path Software, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Watchwith, RSG Media, Interpret, Rixty, Vubiquity, Ensequence, hybris, BlueSnap, YUME, Rackspace, Crunch Digital, Venable, Mass Relevance, IDG Ventures, LyricFind, Vindicia, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, Ad Colony, Paysafe, Verizon Digital Media Services, Digital Citizens Alliance, AT&T AdWorks, Peak Hosting, Epidemic Sound, LiveGamer and NPD Group. The complete list of DEW sponsors to date can be viewed here.