Panels & Speakers
Conference Master of Ceremonies:
Doug Green – OTW Safety
Coffee & Networking In The Exhibit Hall
State of the Festival Industry
The Festival market is in a state of economic flux. Some festivals sell out months in advance, while others are dying on the vine. What does the future hold for the film, music, food and beverage festival market? Let’s hear from the experts.
Huntington Blackard – Creative Research Officer, Septien Entertainment Group
Peter Shapiro – Publisher, Relix. Founder, Lockn’ Music Festival. Producer: Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead
Lee Brian Schrager – Founder & Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals
Tom Russell – Co-Founder, Governors Ball Music Festival
Sharon Badal – Vice President of Filmmaker Relations and Shorts Programming, Tribeca
Anika Grant – Associate Director, Sponsorships, ESSENCE Festival
Networking & Coffee Break – Sponsored by FestDrive
Talent Buying, Programming and Identity
How much should you be paying for talent and their expenses (be it musicians, chefs, filmmakers, actors) as a percentage of your budget? Talent aside, what is that secret sauce that makes a festival a must-attend event? How does it maintain an identity without procuring the flavor of the month? Bring sponsors and audience pressure into the mix and you have a host of competing interests. It’s a delicate balance. Let’s figure this out…if we can.
Phil Gallo – Journalist & Author
Michelle Metter – Co-Producer, San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
Doug Richter – Managing Director, Global Partnerships, INVNT (Popfest, Playback Experience).
Christiane Pheil – Talent Curator, Firefly Music Festival
David Beame – Event Director, Global Citizen Festival, Central Park NYC
Rose Anderson – Executive Director, New York Festivals®
Juels Pierro – Head of Marketing, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
Brief Remarks by Doug Richter
Lunch – Sponsored by INVNT
Safety and Security Is Within Your Reach
The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, and monetary disasters at festivals. Within minutes a festival’s reputation and financial stability can be upended. But what if these disasters could be prevented, minimized or insurable? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce your festival’s exposure. We’ll learn how from our panel of professionals.
Jackie Eaton – Co-President, Duganworks, Event Producers (Gathering of the Vibes / The Big UP)
Angela Costello – Vice President, Marketing & Client Relations, AdAir
Raymond Martinez – Chief of Security, Ultra Music Festival
Maren Steiner – Health & Safety Director, Insomniac (Electric Daisy Carnival / Nocturnal Wonderland / Life is Beautiful)
Evan Korn – Managing Partner, iDEKO Productions (CBGB Music & Film Festival)
Scott Mirkin – Co-Founder & Executive Producer, ESM Productions (Budweiser Made in America Festival / Philly 4th of July Jam)
Jim Digby – President & Chair of the Board of Directors, Event Safety Alliance
Keynote: Sponsorship Disrupted
Lesa Ukman – Futures Director & Founder, ESP Properties & IEG
TNT-Technology N’ Ticketing: Exploding Technology
New technology: You can’t live without it. Ticketing, RFID, mobile apps & cashless payments are the festival’s best friends, when they work and its worst nightmares…when they crash. It also depends on sufficient WIFI. Speaking of connectivity, live streaming has become a must in today’s festival climate. We will talk about the latest technologies and how a premium live stream of your event can best benefit you, your sponsors and your audience.
Parag Bhandari – Founder and CEO, UG Strategies
David Alan Bernahl, II – CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
William Litvack – Co-Founder, SquadUp
Gillian Zettler – Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Matthew Belkin – VP Business Development, Live Nation Entertainment
Dusty Kraatz – Owner, XI Media Productions
The Future of Film: Is The Festival Model Broken?
As filmmakers shift to digital platforms (think Youtube and Netflix to name a few) for viewership and revenue, the film festival model of discovery and word of mouth faces challenges to stay relevant. As Ted Hope proclaimed, how do festivals “pivot” to remain a feeder for great film? Are there ancillary revenue streams that can supplement the core business? John Sloss holds firm that festivals are “magic” and Thom Powers considers them essential to the filmmaker ecosystem. Let’s hear from the experts on this important topic.
Laurie Kirby – Co-President, FestForums
John Sloss – Principal, Sloss Eckhouse LawCo/Cinetic Media (Boyhood, Before Sunrise)
Laurie Gordon – Director, Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Industry Conference (Animaze)
Thom Powers – Film Festival Programmer, DOC NYC, Toronto International Film Festival
Barbara Morgan – Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
Matthew Modine – Writer/Producer/Director
Cocktail Party & Networking – Sponsored by Eventbrite