NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New York Media Festival, an innovative two-day event for the digital, games, music, television and video industries, will take place Tuesday, September 26, through Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The Festival provides an intimate environment for deal-making, partnership building and networking for executives, brands, investors, content creators and technology startups. Daily Tech-Media Crawl open houses and networking parties will be held city-wide and are hosted by iHeartRadio, WHOSAY, Manatt, Above Average, WeWork, Jukin Media, among others.

“We created NY Media Festival to provide a high energy innovative business event for experienced entrepreneurs and executives in the entertainment, media and tech industries,” said Ned Sherman, New York Media Festival Co-Chair and Counsel & Director, Manatt Digital. “This year’s event will cover topics from OTT to AI to eSports to Fan Engagement to Content Marketing to VR/AR to Music Rights to Startups and provides high end networking opportunities for the executives working in these markets.”

The Festival hosts more than 200 top speakers who highlight innovations, trends and best practices in their respective industries.

Speakers include:
Michael Abitbol, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Digital, Sony ATV
Dan Ackerman, Section Editor, CNET
Philip Alberstat, COO, Contend
Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Susan Allen, Attorney Advisor (Copyright), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Danny Anders, Founder/CEO, ClearTracks
Jeff Anderson, SVP and GM, Bingo Studio
Khudor Annous, Head of Marketing and Partnerships,
Pete Arden, Chief Marketing Officer, Disruptor Beam
Jem Aswad, Senior Music Editor, Variety
Nate Auerback, Partner, Versus Creative
Justin Barker, Founder/Director, Slice Music ltd., Group Director of Streaming Strategy, PIAS
Floris Bauer, Co-founder and President, Gunpowder & Sky
David Beck, Chief Strategy and Ventures Officer, TBS & TNT
Virginie Berger, CEO, Armonia
Megan Berry, Head of Product, Octane AI
Robert Binning, CEO, StreamSpace, LLC
Travis Boatman, Founder and CEO, Carbonated
Hale Boggs, Partner, Corporate & Finance Capital Markets, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Chair, Manatt Digital
Susan Borst, Deputy Director, Mobile, IAB
Jill Braff, former General Manager, Ellen Digital Ventures
Paul Brewer, Vice President of Global Sponsorships, ESL
Chris Byrd, Lead Video Game Critic, The Washington Post
JC Cangilla, Chief Operating Officer, New Form
Kevin Carson, VP, Global Artist and Industry Relations, Smule
Kevin Chernett, EVP Global Content Distribution & Partnerships, Live Nation
Andrew Cleland, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Sara Clemens, Editor-in-Chief, Videodame

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Bill Colitre, VP and General Counsel, Music Reports
Matthew Collado,    Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar
Alisa Coleman, Chief Content Officer, ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
Richard Conlon, Chief External Affairs Officer, SoundExchange
Chris Donahue, Senior Director, Alliances, AMD
Rebecca Duke, Senior Brand Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US
Ben Feder, President, International Partnerships, Tencent Games
Lori Feldman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Warner Bros Records
Bruce Flohr, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Red Light Management
Aaron Ford, Director, Digital Marketing, The Orchard
Nick Fortugno, Chief Creative Officer, Playmatics
Anne Frisbie, SVP and GM Global Alliances, InMobi
Peter Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Verizon Digital Media Services
Sharmi Gandhi, SVP, Business Development, Mic
Rebecca Glashow, Head of Worldwide Distribution, AwesomenessTV
Michael Gold, Co-Founder and CEO, Holojam Inc.
Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Technologies
Harold Goldberg, Founder & Editor in Chief, Video Games Critics Circle
Jon Goldman, Managing Director, Skybound
Mia Goldwyn, Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul
Lee Greer, President & Founder, NPREX
Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse
Jeremy Gruber, Head of Digital, Friends at Work
Jesse Grushack, Co-Founder, Ujo Music
Bob Gruters, Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook
Jeremie Habib, CEO & Co-Founder, Gigwell
Kavi Halemane, GM, Digital Programming, iHeart Radio
Cortney Harding, Founder, Friends with Holograms
M. Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media
Matthew Henick, Head of Development, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures
Gabrielle Heyman, Head of Global Brand Partners, Zynga
Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, TV Today
Marc Hustvedt, CEO, Above Average
Mark Isherwood, DDEX Secretariat, Digital Data Exchange, LLC
Richard Johnson, President and Co-Founder, Qello Concerts
Robert Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights & Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office
Daniel Kelley, Director, Corporate Marketing, HyperX
Simon Kellman, Global Head of Music, Dailymotion
Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO, NUE Agency
Edward Klaris, Managing Partner, Klaris IP, LLC
Todd Klein, Partner, Revolution
Paul Kontonis, Chief Marketing Officer, WhoSay
Nathan Lands, Co-Founder and CEO, Binder
Damon Lau, Co-Founder and CEO, Everyday Influencers/Press X
Mike Lee, Head of Partnerships, Everyday Influencers/Press X
Greg Leekley, CEO, Vertigo Music
Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
John Linden, President, Seismic Games
David Liu, Creative Director, VR, Viacom NEXT
Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google VR, Google
Benji Madden, Artist, Good Charlotte
David Madden, SVP, Global Partnerships, Electronic Arts
Joel Madden, Artist, Good Charlotte
Chad Marcum, Co-Founder and CEO, VideoBomb
Betsy McHugh, CEO, Hurdl
Vaughn, McKenzie, CEO, JAAK
Susanne Mei, General Manager, People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN)
Thomas Minkus, Managing Director, IPR License
Tatiana Moroz, Founder & CEO, Crypto Media Hub
Christine Murphy, Senior Vice President, Branded Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted
Daniel Murphy, Director of Digital Operations and Production, Deutsch
Lars Murray, SVP, Strategic Partnerships, Pandora
Joe Naylor, President & CEO, ImageRights International, Inc.
Kym Nelson, SVP Client Strategy – West, Twitch
Robert Norton, CEO & Founder, Verisart
Vickie Nauman, Founder/Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer, Mashable
Sahil Patel, Senior Reporter, Digiday
Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, EyellusionLive
Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia
Maureen Polo, SVP, Influncer Marketing, Fullscreen
Paul Potenzone, SVP/Content Director at Digitas Studios, DigitasLBi
David Porter, CEO, 8tracks
Shannon Pruitt, President, The Story Lab
Phil Ranta, COO, Studio71
Nanea Reeves, CEO & Co-Founder, TRIPP
Russell Rieger, VP, Entertainment, Magna
Benji Rogers, CEO, dotblockchain Music
Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight
Dan Rowe, CEO and Managing Director, Sword Rowe
Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, PBS
Rob Ruffler, Senior Director, VR, Viacom NEXT
Ruhal Rumalla, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Paperchain
Chris Sampson, EVP, Programming, Superfly
Juan Santillan, Founder & CEO,
Andrew Saunders, Head of Global Brand Strategy, Tastemade
Seth Schachner, Managing DirectorStrat Americas
Mike Sepso, Senior Vice President, Activision
Adrian Sexton, CEO, TiTAN Platform
Tom Shelburne, Director of Operations, Vizrt
Jill Sherman, SVP, Social Strategy, Digitas
Ned Sherman, Counsel & Director, Manatt Digital
Tinzar Sherman, CEO, Digital Media Wire
Julie Shumaker, VP, Business Development, Unity Technologies
Drew Silverstein, CEO, Amper Music
Michael Simon, President, Rumblefish
Lui Simpson, Executive Director, International Enforcement and Trade Policy, Association of American Publishers
Matt Smith, CEO, Royalty Exchange
Sherri Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch
Amy Sorokas, Director Strategic Partnerships, Brand Strategy, Microsoft
Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety
Nicole St. Jean, VP of Content, 8i
Marty Strenczewilk, CEO and Co-Founder, Splyce
Julie Swidler, EVP Business Affairs, Sony Music
Christy Tanner, SVP and General Manager, CBS News Digital
John Thompson, PresidentFLX Systems
Justina Valentine, Creator,
Tom Vance, Head of Content, Jaunt Studios
Joost van Dreunen, CEO & Co-Founder, SuperData Research
Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Lucie Watson, Head of Music, Platoon
Michael Weaver, SVP of Business Development & Growth, Al Jazeera Digital
David Weiszfeld, CEO, Soundcharts
Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media
Damon Williams, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Partnerships, Music Choice
Dick Wingate, Principal, DEV Advisors
Bill Wilson, VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Business Association
Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director and Head of Digital Media and Internet , Headwaters
Anton Zietsman, Director, 3311 Ventures
Zeeshan Zaidi, SVP/GM- OnTour with Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster
Ahmet Zappa, Zappa Family Trust

The Festival kicks off with Digital Music Forum and NY Games Conference on Tuesday, featuring artists, managers, record label executives, and game influencers and executives. Wednesday’s Future of Television and RightsTech Summit include broadcasters, content creators, digital studios, and executives in rights management, blockchain and enterprise.

Support for the 2017 New York Media Festival is provided by Oath, Vizrt, Game Insight, TiVo, Armonia Online, Rumblefish, LyricFind, Music Reports, Sheppard Mullin, iHeart Radio, Above Average, Plex, SoundExchange, Streamlabs, Amper Music, WHOSAY, Manatt, WeWork, Jukin Media, IAB, Copyright Alliance, NUE, Yelp, Variety, SAG-AFTRA, ASMP, Branded, Events for Gamers, F6S, Fusicology, NYWIFT, NewFilmmakers, Innovation and Tech Today, Parks Associates, Asia Image, NewsCast Studio, and Virtual Reality Reporter.

About NYME
The New York Media Festival (NYME) is an event designed to bring together experienced influencers and leaders to learn more about their respective fields and to network across New York City. The 2-day event includes opening and closing parties, industry leadership dinners, conferences, summits and open houses for the gaming, video and music industries. NYME’s founding team includes seasoned conference and event producers Ned and Tinzar Sherman. Over the past 15 years, the team has produced more than 200 events including some of the biggest and most impactful entertainment, tech and digital industry conferences, concerts, launch parties, intimate VIP dinners and networking events. Visit for more information.

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