Hollywood & Digital @ UCLA Extension

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From 2000-2008, the Hollywood & Digital program at UCLA Extension posed a simple yet critical question: “How will the entertainment industry and broader  media space accelerate new technologies into a more compelling consumer experience?” Digital platforms were clearly the future, but where was the money? What were the most compelling business opportunities? What was next?

Each session was built around a roundtable conversation with senior executives as well as group discussion and thought provoking exercises. Students were strongly encouraged to share their thoughts, comments, questions, theories, experiences and curiosities on an ongoing basis.

Guest speakers included:

(at time of participation)
Current Position
Adam BainVP of Production and Development, FoxSports.comCOO, Twitter
Ian BlaineCEO, The PlatformStrategic Advisor
Rio CaraeffVP, Wireless Services Sony Pictures Digital EntertainmentChief Content Officer, Magic Leap
Tim ChangPartner, Norwest Venture PartnersManaging Director, Mayfield Fund
Ted CohenManaging Partner Tag StrategicManaging Partner Tag Strategic
Mark CubanOwner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures. Chairman & President HDNetOwner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures. Chairman, AXS TV.
Chuck DagesEVP, Emerging Technology, Warner Bros New MediaChairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Bob DowlingPublisher, Hollywood ReporterCEO, Bob Dowling Group
Bruce GershSVP Business Development, ABC EntertainmentSr VP, Business and Strategy, Time Inc.
Ken GoldsteinEVP and Managing Director, Disney OnlineAuthor & Media/Technology Advisor
Chris GrossoSVP, Emerging Digital Businesses, NBC Universal Digital MediaChief Business Development Officer,
Eddy HartensteinVice Chairman, DirecTV GroupChairman of the Board, Tribune Publishing
Patrick KennedyExec VP, Sony Pictures Digital NetworksManaging Director, Accenture Interactive
Yair LandauVice Chairman, Sony Pictures EntertainmentChairman and COO, Vadio
Ross LevinsohnSVP & GM, FoxSports.comBoard Member, Tribune Company, ZEFR, Millennial Media
Cyriac RoedingEVP, Mobile, CBS InteractiveCo-Founder, Shopkick
Jeff SmulyanChairman of the Board, Emmis CommunicationsChairman of the Board, Emmis Communications
Ken SolomonPresident, Fine Living NetworkChairman & CEO, Tennis Channel
Rishad TobaccowalaPresident, Starcom IPChief Strategist, Member of Directoire, Publicis Groupe
Steve Wadsworth President, Walt Disney Internet GroupPresident and CEO, Tapjoy
Brent WeinsteinHead of Digital Media, UTAPartner, Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency
Richard WolpertVenture Advisor, Accel PartnersVenture Advisor, Accel Partners; Managing Director, Amplify.la
Marty YudkovitzPresident, TiVoRetired