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Perhaps the biggest indication that we are in a truly exciting and transformational time was the final session of the day with Disney’s Chief Strategy Honcho Kevin Mayer, arguably one of the most powerful executives in digital entertainment today. During his tenure, Mayer has overseen Disney’s strategic acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Club Penguin and Maker Studios and oversees the Disney Accelerator, a program designed to accelerate the growth of startup companies from around the world.
Douglas Merrill grabbed considerable attention for saying that sharing music files might not be a bad thing. This sentiment has been voiced before, but not by someone who had been chief operating officer of New Music and president of Digital Business at EMI Music. Merrill also was chief information officer and vice president of engineering at Google, and now he's CEO of ZestCast, so he's not an easily dismissed firebrand demanding that information wants to be free.
Kevin Conroy, president of Univision Interactive Media and Enterprise Development, took five with Digital Media Wire to discuss how Hispanic audiences consume and interact with digital media, and what his strategy is for maximizing the opportunities.
We live in the age of contextual experiences, where digital content is expected to be available on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and phablets seamlessly, leading to new and exciting content monetization models. But being innovative and extending content to new touchpoints stretches the limits of your CMS, ecommerce systems and functional requirements of data.
Billboard reports: "Invite-only torrent site What.CD, a favorite destination for audiophiles for its vast trove of hard-to-find releases and high-quality files, has terminated operations...
The Guardian reports that an extensive European study has found that Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, as they move on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and other social media.
Today TechCrunch published a report claiming that, according to 5 unnamed sources, Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May. However, the Hollywood Reporter now reports that "Apple is denying a report from TechCrunch..."