Digital Entertainment World to Debut in Los Angeles in February 2014

LOS ANGELES, September 12, 2013 — IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire today announced the launch of Digital Entertainment World (DEW), to be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles February 18-20, 2014. DEW is the first-ever global event marketplace for digital executives focused on the entire ecosystem of digital content creation to monetization.

The new three-day market and conference is the first venue connecting leading intellectual property rights holders from games, music, video and publishing to the entire digital value-chain of technology and service providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers, allowing them to build the partnerships necessary to create and monetize digital content across all significant platforms.

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“DEW is about the global ecosystem to monetize digital content from creation to distribution to consumer,” said DEW Creator and Chair and DMW CEO, Ned Sherman. “The many multi-faceted content/technology relationships today are providing consumers with the most engaging, interactive and entertaining content in history, propelling a global market with digital revenue driving projected growth of more than $500 billion by 2017. For anyone waiting for a digital marketplace to emerge, the wait is over — it’s here.”

DEW is assembling an impressive group of Founding Sponsors across industries including NBCUniversal, The Harry Fox Agency, Elastic Path Software, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, RSG Media, Interpret, Rixty and Ensequence and is bolstered by an Advisory Board that includes:

Rick Cotton, Senior Counselor for IP Protection, NBCUniversal

Doug Scott, President, Ogilvy Entertainment

David Payne, Chief Digital Officer, Gannett

Dan Porter, Head of Digital, William Morris Endeavor

Peter Csathy, Chief Executive Officer, Manatt Digital Media Ventures

Grant Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Interpret

Peter Low, Chief Executive Officer, Ensequence

Terry McBride, Chief Executive Officer, Nettwerk Music Group

Adam Besserman, Head of West Coast Development, Yahoo!

Other DEW speakers include:

Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Phil Wiser, Chief Technology Officer, Hearst Corporation

Rio Caraeff, Chief Executive Officer, VEVO

Michael Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Harry Fox Agency

Sal Visca, Chief Technology Officer, Elastic Path Software

T. Hale Boggs, Chairman, Manatt Digital Media

Julie Craft, Vice President, Business Development, Rixty

Tim Connolly, Vice President, Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks

“DEW is unique in that it is the only B2B event about the complete digital ecosystem – not limited to vertical segments,” said Mary Dolaher, Chief Executive Office, IDG World Expo. “If you are in any way involved with content creation, delivery of content to the consumer, and/or any piece of the entire commerce chain in between, we look forward to offering you an exclusive marketplace and learning experience specifically focused on connecting you with the people and information you need to succeed.”

DEW will offer seven tracks showcasing approximately 300 speakers and more than 100 sessions, including five “View from the Top” discussions featuring C-Level executives from the leading companies and brands in entertainment, media and technology:

The State of the Digital Union

The State of Media and Publishing

The State of TV, Film & Video Businesses

The State of the Music Business

The State of the Games Business

Session Highlights include:

How Making Content Searchable, Findable and Shareable Helps to Monetize

Creating New TV Monetization Opportunities through the Second Screen Experience

The Tension between Traditional Movie Release Windows and Digital Revenue

The Evolution of the Digital Commerce Value Chain

In-Game Monetization Strategies

New Advertising Models for Social and Connected TV

Monetizing the Fan-Musician Connection

Monetizing Content through Freemium Models

Video Advertising Metrics and Models

The Economics of Streaming and Downloads

Other Event Highlights include:

The DEW Start-up Competition Sponsored by Manatt Digital Media

Exclusive Research from Interpret and other Research Partners & Analysts

DEW Summits including Digital Commerce Summit, Digital Copyright Summit and Digital Global Summit