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Saturday, November 19
 

10:30am

Opening Reception & Registration
Welcome cocktails & snacks

Saturday November 19, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Fess Parker

11:15am

Networking – Breaking the Ice (Part 1)
Meeting new prospects and making new friends is the number one reason people attend conferences. That’s why we’re starting the conference by giving you a chance to meet and greet your fellow attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Kirby

Laurie Kirby

Co-President, FestForums
avatar for Stuart MacNaught

Stuart MacNaught

Co-President, FestForums
avatar for Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr

Poet
Lisa Starr has been a bartender, camp counselor, waitress, copywriter, paralegal, basketball coach, Sunday School teacher and college instructor. She is the founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, she is a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island Fellowship in Poetry, and was Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate from 2007-2012. Starr has published 3 books of poetry, including Mad With Yellow, her most recent. She also produced and edited the... Read More →


Saturday November 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Santa Barbara Room

12:00pm

Festival Convergence: The New Paradigm
What happens when the arts converge… a lot! Tribeca, a film festival, also showcases music. Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, music festivals, also focus on culinary experiences. How do festivals maintain their identities as they incorporate new experiences?

Moderators
avatar for Steve Knopper

Steve Knopper

Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Steve Knopper is author of last year's "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson" and 2009's "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age." He covers the music business, including concerts and festivals, as a Rolling Stone contributing editor, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler and many others. He has been a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Badal

Sharon Badal

VP of Filmmaker Relations and Shorts Programming, Tribeca
SHARON BADAL is vice president of filmmaker relations and shorts programming for Tribeca. She has been with the festival since its inception in 2001 and has produced special projects for Tribeca since 1999. Her first job was at age 14 as an usher in her father’s suburban movie theatre, and it was there that she fell in love with “the movies.” Since that rather inauspicious start she has produced numerous live-events, worked... Read More →
avatar for David Alan Bernahl,II

David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles ​Food & Wine Festivals
David Alan Bernahl II is CEO & Co-­‐Founder of Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), an idea kitchen with a current focus in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors. CLM was first widely recognized for producing Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-­‐day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts that attracts 8,000 people, 100 celebrity chefs, 250 international wineries and provides cooking demos, wine tastings, and numerous... Read More →
avatar for Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) since March 2014. He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was responsible for the creative and artistic vision for the multi-purpose film venue and home of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cowan began... Read More →
avatar for Alex Machurov

Alex Machurov

Sr. Director, New Business Dev & Brand Partnerships, Superfly
Alex is Senior Director of New Business & Partnerships at Superfly, where he splits his duties equally between the company’s festivals – such as the world famous Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park – and Superfly’s agency, where he works directly with clients on their brand-focused marketing campaigns. He has... Read More →
avatar for Mike Shea

Mike Shea

Chief Logistics Officer & Partner, SXSW


Saturday November 19, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Santa Barbara Room

12:00pm

Festival Bootcamp
Whether you’re relatively new to the festival industry or a seasoned professional, learn from our team of experts what it really takes to succeed.

Moderators
avatar for Parag Bhandari

Parag Bhandari

Founder and CEO, UG Strategies

Speakers
avatar for “Disco Donnie” Estopinal

“Disco Donnie” Estopinal

Founder & CEO, Disco Donnie Presents/SFX
James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco Donnie coupled eccentricity with ingenuity to create elaborately themed parties that charmed patrons, garnered an international following, and... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Kennedy

Nancy Kennedy

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival
Nancy joined the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 1988 as Director of Marketing, Corporate Development and Communications.  Nancy created and implemented the sponsorship, membership, fundraising and corporate development revenue programs for the organization as it became a non-profit and through 2000, when she left on professional sabbatical to work with other arts organizations around the country.  Returning to SIFF in... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

Owner-CEO, 4fini, Vans Warped Tour
Kevin Lyman is the founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., a live event production company and brand strategy firm. His most notable live production is the Vans Warped Tour, which attracts about 750,000 people annually and is the longest-running North American festival concert tour.
avatar for Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers


Saturday November 19, 2016 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Santa Ynez Room

1:00pm

Technology in Action
Apps, WiFi, streaming, drones, VR are all becoming must haves in today's festival climate. We will examine the latest technologies that may benefit you, your sponsors and your audience. What is the unifying technology that is the backbone of all of this?

Moderators
avatar for Karen Allen

Karen Allen

President, Karen Allen Consulting
I consult digital entertainment companies on strategy and business development. I help them figure out what to do with what they built, then find them clients, strategic partners, and other key relationships to make them successful. I am a keen observer of trends – user, tech, content – and can parse it into actionable game plans. I am obsessed with livestreaming, AR, VR, subscription services, social/content networks, and Radiohead.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Deans

Ken Deans

Owner, KD Production Services
Bringing years experience from the entertainment world, Kens award winning talent has helped ABC Television Networks, AT&T, Alaska Airlines, FastChannel Network, Infiniti, Jones Radio Network, Level 3 networks, Lion Brand Yarn, Mazda, Neilson, Netflix, Nissan, The Penske Corp., Radio and Records, Smith-Kline Beecham, Taco Bell, VNU, President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and many others form and present their message internally and... Read More →
avatar for Whitney Headen

Whitney Headen

Senior Multi-Cultural Client Solutions Manager, Time Inc. / Essence.com
Known for her tremendous work ethic and commitment to results, simply put, Whitney Headen gets things done. Marrying skillful execution with an undeniable marketing prowess, she's risen swiftly through the ranks and is quickly earning a reputation as one to watch in the marketing world. In her current role as the Head of Digital Marketing for ESSENCE Magazine, she steers the direction and leads strategy for the iconic publication's... Read More →
avatar for William Litvack

William Litvack

CEO & Founder, SquadUP
Willie Litvack: CEO & Founder of SquadUP. Willie has spent the last three years building the industry’s first ever mobile-first platform for ticketing, event management and audience engagement.
avatar for Tom Russell

Tom Russell

Co-Founder, Governors Ball
I grew up in New York City, went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and since my adolescent days as a punk rock kid hanging out on St. Marks Place, I knew I wanted to put on shows. While in college I teamed up with Superfly Productions and somehow parlayed an internship into a full-time job, which I went on to hold for 6 years. As the Director of the Superfly Events Group, I focused on operations and project management and worked... Read More →
avatar for Harry Witz

Harry Witz

GM, Senior Director Systems Development, Clair Global
Started db Sound in 1979, designing, building and deploying touring class sound systems, growing into a major worldwide sound company for the likes of KISS Aerosmith, Prince, Rolling Stones, AC DC to name a few. In 2007, Clair Audio Enterprises acquired db Sound which contributed to make Clair Global the world’s largest touring sound company with locations in 12 cities from 6 countries producing upwards of 125 events on a given day. Clair... Read More →


Saturday November 19, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Santa Barbara Room

1:50pm

Break
Saturday November 19, 2016 1:50pm - 2:30pm
The Fess Parker

2:00pm

Princess
Saturday November 19, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Cinetransformer

2:30pm

Content Marketing: Why Festivals Have a Leg Up
Festivals are in the business of creating valuable experiences and the goal for brands is to use these experiences to connect with their customers. With so much digital content being created, brands are able to connect more intimately than ever, even when consumers are far away from the festival. Let’s explore the brands, the experiences, and how we can use them to the benefit of festivals, sponsors and consumers.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Wald

Mike Wald

Business Development, Oniracom

Speakers
avatar for Dae Bogan

Dae Bogan

Music Industry Professional
avatar for Jesse Lawrence

Jesse Lawrence

Founder & CEO, TicketIQ
“I’m the CEO of TiqIQ.com, which is the leading ticket search engine online. I started my professional career as a writer covering New York technology in 1996. I’ve been fascinated by the ticket market from a young age and remember trying to understand what drove the market in front of Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. After working in eCommerce for much of my career, I decided to start a company dedicated to tracking... Read More →
avatar for Curt Mosel

Curt Mosel

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships, ArtsQuest
As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships for ArtsQuest, Curt Mosel leads a 20-person team responsible for marketing, public relations, ticketing and corporate partnership initiatives supporting the nonprofit’s arts and cultural programming for the region. These events and programs – the majority of which are free to attend – include Musikfest, the nation’s largest free music festival; eight... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Roker

Raymond Roker

Executive Producer and Content Strategy Director, Goldenvoice
Raymond is responsible for content strategy, curation, development, production and monetization across a diverse range of Goldenvoice music and event properties. He is the in-house executive and creative producer for Coachella & Goldenvoice programming; including episodic, streaming, broadcast, original and branded content. Roker co-founded URB Magazine in December 1990 and continues to serve as publisher, ceo and creative... Read More →
avatar for Brian Rucker

Brian Rucker

Director of Strategic Alliances, Pandora
Brian Rucker serves as Director, Strategic Alliances at Pandora Media Inc. In his role, Brian identifies and executes strategic partnerships on behalf of Pandora as they relate to festivals, lifestyle events and award shows. Brian has held past management roles at Townsquare Media, Live Nation and Wasserman Media Group, where he led business units in the creation and implementation of live entertainment properties, including large scale music... Read More →


Saturday November 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Santa Ynez Room

2:30pm

SponsorFest: Growing Your Festival’s Partnership Revenue: New Strategies for Increasing Close Rates & Winning the Delta/FestForums Sponsorship Challenge

Lesa Ukman, Founder of Lesa Ukman Partnerships and co-founder of IEG, Inc. will inform attendees at FestForums about the latest developments and trends in the sponsorship industry.

 

In addition, Delta will be awarding a $10,000 sponsorship (value of travel certificates) to a festival or event that best embodies a strategic fit for the airline. A Delta representative will speak to the audience about what they look for in a sponsorship proposal. Attendees will prepare a 3-page targeted sponsor proposal for Delta. The winner will be announced at Best of The Fests on Monday, November 21st.


Speakers
avatar for Lesa Ukman

Lesa Ukman

Founder, Lesa Ukman Partnerships
Lesa Ukman launched IEG in 1982 introducing the idea that businesses which partner with the sports, arts, entertainment and nonprofits their customers and employees love, outperform their competitors by a huge margin. Her ideas and ideals spawned an industry that changed marketing for good and forever. In May 2016, after selling IEG to WPP, the world’s largest marketing holding company, she launched Lesa Ukman Partnerships and for the... Read More →


Saturday November 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Santa Barbara Room

3:00pm

Hearing is Believing
Saturday November 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Cinetransformer

4:00pm

Opening Keynote
Moderators
avatar for Simon Rust Lamb

Simon Rust Lamb

Wordsmith

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lang

Michael Lang

Co-Creator, Woodstock - Musical Concert Promoter, Producer and Artistic Manager
Known best as a creator and producer of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Lang also founded a music label called Just Sunshine Records and produced numerous music events and film projects through his Michael Lang Organization.


Saturday November 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Barbara Room

5:00pm

Fiesta Lagunitas

Join us after a day of panels and networking for some fun in the Plaza del Sol at The Fess Parker!

 

5 - 7 PM

Beer, wine, and spirits tasting. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Dinner will be served.

7 - 11 PM

Live music on stage

7 PM: Shawn Jones

8 PM: Rita Coolidge

9 PM: Canned Heat

10 PM: Headphone Disco


Chefs/Artists
avatar for Canned Heat

Canned Heat

Rock Band
avatar for Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Singer/Songwriter
Rita's credentials have made her a legend. She released more than a dozen albums including 1978's multi-platinum "Anytime... Anywhere". Many of her songs have become classics including ″We're All Alone″, ″Higher And Higher″, and ″The Way You Do The Things You Do″. She’s performed with high-profile pals like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills and Jimmy Buffett. | Her own Cherokee... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones

Musical Artist


Saturday November 19, 2016 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza del Sol
 
Sunday, November 20
 

9:00am

True North: The Power in Trusting What You kNOw
Speakers
avatar for Nia Peeples

Nia Peeples

Actor
"Nia" Peeples  is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. Peeples is also famously known as Pam Fields, the mother of Emily Fields on hit TV drama, Pretty Little Liars (TV series), as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless, and as Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger and become a star after starring in the cult hits Fame and the movie North... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
Santa Ynez Room

9:00am

Networking - Breaking the Ice (Part 2)
It’s time to network! According to Maya Angelou, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Come share who you are and what you do, and gain some valuable contacts and information!

Speakers
avatar for Stuart MacNaught

Stuart MacNaught

Co-President, FestForums


Sunday November 20, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Santa Barbara Room

9:30am

Food at Your Festival: A Chef's Point of View
Speakers
avatar for Julie Barreda

Julie Barreda

Chef | Owner | Tour Operator, Destination-Kitchen.com


Sunday November 20, 2016 9:30am - 9:50am
Santa Ynez Room

10:00am

Glastonbury Film Highlights
Followed by Q & A with Producer Robert Richards

Speakers
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

​Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival


Sunday November 20, 2016 10:00am - 10:20am
Cinetransformer

10:00am

Using Your 5 Senses at a Festival
Speakers
avatar for Barry Ross Rinehart

Barry Ross Rinehart

Executive Creative Director, Multi Image Group (MIG)
Over the last thirty years Barry has been designing transformative multi-sensory narrative experiences for and with CEOs and little kids, billionaires and refugees, movie stars and astronauts, scientists and jurors, board members and volunteers, politicians and ordinary citizens from all around the world. With each and every one, Barry has attempted to serve their needs, tell their stories and magnify their potential. His clients... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 10:00am - 10:20am
Santa Ynez Room

10:00am

10:30am

Placement of Music in Film
Speakers
avatar for Richard Glasser

Richard Glasser

Head of Music, ​The Weinstein Company


Sunday November 20, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Santa Ynez Room

10:30am

Festival Futures
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  These festival producers are leading the charge in this multibillion-dollar industry that changes lives, changes minds and which has now firmly planted itself in the collective consciousness of our society.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

Owner-CEO, 4fini, Vans Warped Tour
Kevin Lyman is the founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., a live event production company and brand strategy firm. His most notable live production is the Vans Warped Tour, which attracts about 750,000 people annually and is the longest-running North American festival concert tour.

Speakers
avatar for Eamon Armstrong

Eamon Armstrong

Creative Director, Fest300
Eamon is a social alchemist who travels the world discovering the best festivals. His mission as Creative Director of Fest300 is to unite the global festival community, and inspire cultural curiosity. Eamon is a veteran of the Burning Man world and you can find him at events like Amsterdam Dance Event, Canada’s Shambhala, Australia’s Rainbow Serpent and England’s raucous Boomtown Fair. He has written thought-leading articles for... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Danny Wimmer

Danny Wimmer

CCO/PRESIDENT, Danny Wimmer Presents
Danny Wimmer’s career as a music industry taste-maker started more than 20 years ago as a promoter for the Warped Tour and other regional arena shows in his home town of Jacksonville, FL. He was a co-owner of Jacksonville’s Milk Bar, which quickly became known for featuring the latest up-and-coming artists. It was at the Milk Bar that Wimmer first discovered Limp Bizkit and brought them to the attention of Flawless Records. Wimmer... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Santa Barbara Room

11:00am

Breaking Down Walls and Telling Stories With Your Festival
Speakers
avatar for Colin Stanfield

Colin Stanfield

CEO/President, PEI Film, Food & Idea Festival
Colin Stanfield grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada and has worked in the arts and culture sphere for over two decades. He is the founder of Raspberry Point a Festival consulting company focusing on strategic planning, programming and event production. Colin launched the Prince Edwards Island Film, Food & Idea Festival (FFIF) this year —a festival and Ted-like conference focusing on social issue films and social... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Santa Ynez Room

11:30am

Best New Strategies for Selling More Sponsorship to Your Festival
Speakers
avatar for Lesa Ukman

Lesa Ukman

Founder, Lesa Ukman Partnerships
Lesa Ukman launched IEG in 1982 introducing the idea that businesses which partner with the sports, arts, entertainment and nonprofits their customers and employees love, outperform their competitors by a huge margin. Her ideas and ideals spawned an industry that changed marketing for good and forever. In May 2016, after selling IEG to WPP, the world’s largest marketing holding company, she launched Lesa Ukman Partnerships and for the... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 11:30am - 11:50am
Santa Ynez Room

11:30am

Access, Ticketing & Analytics
From the ticket purchase to the use of onsite cashless payment, let’s learn exactly what ticketing and RFID platforms can provide. How do latest trends in data collection and analytics serve the festival economy in maximizing profitability, logistics and more? Also, discover how festivals can provide ticket buyers with ticket insurance.

Moderators
avatar for Parag Bhandari

Parag Bhandari

Founder and CEO, UG Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Boyle

Katelyn Boyle

Assistant Director of Musical Operations, Red Frog Events
avatar for Allison Brecklin

Allison Brecklin

Head of Operations, Ticketfly
avatar for Bryan Derbyshire

Bryan Derbyshire

President & CEO, TicketGuardian, Inc
Over the past decade Bryan has established himself as a thought leader and strategic trailblazer in the payments, technology, and most recently transactional insurance space. He has been able to do this due to his tactical approach and experience with the majority of the acquiring banks, Visa/MC, and understanding of the chargeback and refund rules for today’s merchants. Bryan holds deep experience in both the wholesale/enterprise level... Read More →
avatar for Keith Goldberg

Keith Goldberg

Chief Revenue Officer, Vendini
Mr. Keith Goldberg has been the Chief Revenue Officer at Vendini, Inc. since December 2014 and served as its Vice President of Marketing and Product. Mr. Goldberg has been at Vendini since 2011. He started consulting for a myriad of Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Goldberg graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania receiving a degree in Entrepreneurial Management in 1991.
avatar for Biasha Mitchell

Biasha Mitchell

Strategy, Music and Live Entertainment, Eventbrite
Biasha develops strategies for ongoing high impact music initiatives at Eventbrite. She leverages 20+ years experience working in live entertainment and event logistics and production as well as five years working at Eventbrite to design and deliver value to Eventbrite and it’s customers. These initiatives range from music industry strategy to RFID on-site technology and reserved seating. Biasha also works with Eventbrite’s largest... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Palermo

Anthony Palermo

Co-Founder & CEO, Connect&Go
Anthony Palermo has been at the forefront of RFID technology since 2006 leading engineering teams on the design, development and deployment of some of the largest RFID projects in the world. In 2012, Mr. Palermo co-founded Connect&GO, which deploys RFID Access, Payments and Experiential activations for music festivals, sports stadiums, fundraising and corporate events globally. Mr. Palermo is also a co-founder of the RFID Academia Centre of... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Barbara Room

12:00pm

Same as Last Year – Why Event Technology is Never the Same

Founder & CEO of TOURtech, Allen Cook, talks about thoughtful planning for technology at your event, the benefits of redundancy and the cost of failure.


Speakers
avatar for Allen Cook

Allen Cook

Founder & CEO, TOURtech
Boasting 27+ years of experience in the entertainment & production industries, TOURtech’s humble beginnings in Allen’s garage tell a story of a man with a brilliant idea and a ton of moxie. Allen Cook is a veteran of Live Entertainment and Event Production Planning. With an academic background in Technical Theater and early career experience as a Lighting Designer with Merv Griffin Event Productions, he saw an unmet market need... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Santa Ynez Room

12:30pm

Glastonbury: Behind The Scenes
Speakers
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

​Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival


Sunday November 20, 2016 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Santa Ynez Room

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Sunday November 20, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Fess Parker

1:00pm

The Key to Attracting The Collegiate Audience to Your Festival
Moderators
avatar for David Hazan

David Hazan

Strategic Marketing Consultant, DLH Strategic Marketing

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Citores

Andrew Citores

CEO and Co-Founder, JusCollege
Andrew Citores is the CEO and co-founder of JusCollege, a college group travel company headquartered in Las Vegas. | One of Southern Nevada’s fastest growing start-ups, the company has serviced over 400,000 travelers and attendees to 75 destinations in the US, Mexico, and Canada in since 2012. | Andrew moved the Silicon Valley based company to Las Vegas in August of 2013 with just 4 team members. JusCollege has grown to 30... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Santa Ynez Room

1:30pm

Safe and Sound: Why Safety and Security Matter
The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial 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 negative exposure. We’ll learn how from our panel of professionals in the safety and security field.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Digby

Jim Digby

​President & Chair of the Board of Directors, Event Safety Alliance
avatar for Dr. John Scala

Dr. John Scala

Private Weather Consultant/Broadcast Meteorologist
JOHN R. SCALA, PhD CCM, is a broadcast meteorologist with WGAL News 8 in Lancaster, PA and a private weather consultant preparing expert opinions in criminal and civil litigation including cases of personal injury, questionable death and storm-related damage. Previously, Dr. Scala held a tenure-track appointment at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005, and served as the Associate Director of Millersville’s Center for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sara Gael

Sara Gael

Director of Harm Reduction, MAPS Zendo Project
Sara Gael, M.A., is the Director of the Zendo Project, a psychedelic harm reduction organization started by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The Zendo Project sets up tranquil spaces at events with trained volunteers to help individuals having difficult or overwhelming experiences, substance related or otherwise. Sara has coordinated harm reduction services at festivals worldwide including: Burning Man, Envision... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Jennings

Charlie Jennings

SVP Operations, Danny Wimmer Presents
A concert industry veteran of thirteen years, Jennings joined Danny Wimmer Presents as Senior Vice President of Operations in 2015, and currently oversees the some of the nation’s largest rock and metal festivals, including Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, and Chicago Open Air.Charlie is a proven leader in the event production space and is key to executing DWP’s growth plan. His... Read More →
avatar for Maren Steiner

Maren Steiner

Health & Safety Director, Insomniac
Maren Steiner brings more than 10 years of medical and risk management experience to some of the largest and most notable concerts and festivals in the country. In 2011, she joined Insomniac as Director of Health & Safety and brought together a team of medical professionals that are arguably second-to-none. Maren holds a California State EMT Certification and proudly remains active in the field. | In addition to her work with Insomniac, Maren... Read More →
avatar for Matt Weiss

Matt Weiss

Production Director, A3C Festival
avatar for Kevan Wilkins

Kevan Wilkins

Productions Manager, Goldenvoice



Sunday November 20, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Santa Barbara Room

2:00pm

How to Taste Wine
Speakers
avatar for Matt Kettmann

Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast


Sunday November 20, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Santa Ynez Room

2:00pm

The 4%: Film's Gender Problem
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Suh

Caroline Suh

Film Director
Caroline Suh is a documentary filmmaker, who has directed and produced projects for Netflix, CNN, Sundance Channel, PBS, A & E, and the History Channel, among others. Most recently, she directed a six-part series for Epix called 4%, about the lack of female directors in Hollywood that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.  She was the show runner for and a director on the Netflix original series COOKED, produced by... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Cinetransformer

2:30pm

Delta Lady
Moderators
avatar for Laurie Kirby

Laurie Kirby

Co-President, FestForums

Speakers
avatar for Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Singer/Songwriter
Rita's credentials have made her a legend. She released more than a dozen albums including 1978's multi-platinum "Anytime... Anywhere". Many of her songs have become classics including ″We're All Alone″, ″Higher And Higher″, and ″The Way You Do The Things You Do″. She’s performed with high-profile pals like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills and Jimmy Buffett. | Her own Cherokee... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Santa Ynez Room

2:30pm

3:00pm

FOMO is Real. Here's How to Create It.
You do not want to miss this. Learn how festivals are evoking FOMO in festival goers through effective social media strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Robby Black

Robby Black

VP of Product, Vendini, Inc.


Sunday November 20, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Santa Ynez Room

3:00pm

What’s Cooking? : Getting Out of The Kitchen and Onto The Stage
Ever since Shep Gordon brought Roger Verge and others out of the kitchen and into the spotlight, the demand for celebrity chefs has gone through the roof. They are the new rock stars. With dedicated cooking channels and the proliferation of so many culinary & beverage festivals, it’s a great time to be a chef. Let’s hear from them!

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild

Culinary Expert, Editor, Writer
Barbara Fairchild is currently enjoying a multi-faceted career as a freelance food and travel writer, editor, public speaker, radio personality, and consultant. Ms. Fairchild was for ten years the editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit magazine, based in Los Angeles. She stepped down in January 2011 when the magazine was relocated to New York City. Her career with Bon Appetit spanned more than three decades, beginning as an editorial assistant in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Alan Bernahl,II

David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles ​Food & Wine Festivals
David Alan Bernahl II is CEO & Co-­‐Founder of Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), an idea kitchen with a current focus in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors. CLM was first widely recognized for producing Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-­‐day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts that attracts 8,000 people, 100 celebrity chefs, 250 international wineries and provides cooking demos, wine tastings, and numerous... Read More →
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Cat Cora

Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, Author
As a prominent figure in the culinary community, Cat Cora made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.   Cat Cora is the published author of three successful cookbooks and one children’s book and most... Read More →
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Gilles Epié

Celebrity Chef
Chef Epié started working at the age of 14 and trained with Roger Jaloux the iconic chef restaurant Paul Bocuse and Alain Senderens. He continued his career alongside Jean-Pierre Coffe at La Ciboulette. After he traveled the world and learned its cuisine he returned to Paris to receive the Michelin Star in 1989 at the young age of 22 (he still holds the record for youngest... Read More →
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Claire Parr

Co-Founder, Live In The Vineyard & Yountville Live
Claire (West) Parr, daughter of radio industry giant, Jim West, was raised in Dallas, TX. She spent her early years in her father’s recording studio working on jingles and production packages for United Stations, ABC/Cap Cities and other broadcasting conglomerates. She started her own live sound company at 17 and became one of the few successful female live-sound engineers in the country-working with Crossroads Audio, Showco and... Read More →
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Doug Richter

Managing Director, Global Partnerships, INVNT
As Managing Director, Global Partnerships at INVNT, Time Inc’s live media agency, Doug is part of a core team developing a national platform of event properties for Time Inc’s iconic brands including Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and Real Simple. Prior to INVNT, Doug was the Director of Partnership Marketing for Karlitz & Company where he oversaw sponsorship sales and partnership programs for... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Santa Barbara Room

3:00pm

This Side of the Dirt
Followed by Q & A with Director and Writer Ty Roberts and Tito Beveridge and cocktails.

Moderators
avatar for Ty Roberts

Ty Roberts

Director

Speakers
avatar for Tito Beveridge

Tito Beveridge

Owner, Tito's Vodka


Sunday November 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cinetransformer

3:30pm

Festival Vending: Tips of The Trade w/ Mr. B's Festival Needs
Speakers
avatar for Brendan Sheehan

Brendan Sheehan

Owner, Mr. B's Festival Needs
In spring of 2008, Brendan Sheehan created Mr. B’s Festival Needs – General Store, a traveling 24-Hour General Convenience/Camping Supply store that is contracted year after year by dozens of music festivals all over the country. While traveling the festival circuit, Brendan realized that although many of the festival vendors were selling clothing, jewelry, or food, nobody was providing any kind of service for the patrons to acquire... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Santa Ynez Room

4:00pm

Women in the Film Industry: Let’s Opine Over Wine

The content of film festivals is sourced by the work of filmmakers and their creative storytelling through narrative features and docs. But when only 4% of all directors are women, isn’t the story being told through the male lens? Half of recent film school grads are women so the times they are a changin’. The women breaking the mold have plenty to say about taking control of the big screen.

*Wine will be served (as is our tradition) courtesy of co-founders Stu and Laurie.


Moderators
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Lynne King Smith

CEO, TicketForce
Lynne King Smith is a writer, blogger, lover of social media, and loves to share ideas about using technology across markets. She helped to found and ran the communications for a non-profit from 1996-2002 and worked as a senior writer for non-profits for ten years. She holds a BS/Business degree with an E-business concentration and manages the online presence for TicketForce, where she is the founder and CEO since January of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Guerrero

Wendy Guerrero

President, Bentonville Film Festival
Wendy Guerrero has a rich and varied background as a producer in traditional film which forged an additional path as President of the Bentonville Film Festival, a research based and commercially focused film festival with the primary mission of championing women and diverse voices in all media co-founded by Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater.  She is also the CEO & Co-founder of the production company, Publicly Private, which she... Read More →
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Tia Lessin

Filmmaker
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Trouble the Water (winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) and of Citizen Koch which was shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars. Her documentary short Behind the Labels won the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast... Read More →
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Laura Michalchyshyn

Executive Producer, Media Executive
Laura Michalchyshyn is an executive producer and media executive who co founded Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions. She is a creative producer, working on non fiction and fiction content for all platforms with established and emerging storytellers, directors, writers and collaborators. She has produced documentary series, reality, scripted dramatic series, short form and acclaimed documentaries with Robert Redford, Isabella Rossellini... Read More →
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Caroline Suh

Film Director
Caroline Suh is a documentary filmmaker, who has directed and produced projects for Netflix, CNN, Sundance Channel, PBS, A & E, and the History Channel, among others. Most recently, she directed a six-part series for Epix called 4%, about the lack of female directors in Hollywood that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.  She was the show runner for and a director on the Netflix original series COOKED, produced by... Read More →
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Hebe Tabachnik

World Cinema Programmer, Palm Springs & Seattle Film Festival
For over 15 years Hebe Tabachnik has been a film curator, producer and festival consultant, and has participated as juror, project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago. She is World Cinema Programmer for the Palms Springs (PSFF) and Seattle (SIFF) International Film Festivals and the Artistic Director of the Cine Latino... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Barbara Room

4:20pm

Cannabis and Emerging Trends in the Festival Space: Not your Brother's Pot Plant
With four states allowing adult use cannabis consumption and five more on the verge including California, will authentic partnerships between cannabis brands and event promotion collide in a positive way going forward? This has quickly proven to be a multi-billion dollar industry with a bright future. What will this mean for festivals in terms of sponsorship and programming (i.e. think food festivals incorporating cooking with pot, music festivals naming the XXX Brand Cannabis Stage)? How does cannabis fit into the mainstream music, film and food festival industry? Alternatively will an entire festival and event industry continue to emerge around this culture? And what does all of this mean for the harm reduction movement?

Moderators
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Elise McRoberts

Consultant, elisemcroberts.com
Elise McRoberts is a connector advising brands within the music, cannabis, technology and fashion sectors. A self-professed "super fan turned super pro," Elise began her music career on the festival side in Chicago before moving into production, and ultimately artist management. Specializing in marketing and business development, Elise has created strategies for nugs.net, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead... Read More →

Speakers
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Catherine Enny

Founder, CEO, Guerrilla Management
Catherine Enny founded Guerrilla Management overseeing and crafting long-term careers of artists such as Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Fu Manchu, The Dwarves, Sean Yseault (White Zombie, Famous Monsters), Michael Franti, Blue King Brown and many more. With Franti, Guerrilla went on to develop a model of artist brand enterprises meaning DIY marketing of a lifestyle connecting fans... Read More →
EH

Elizabeth Hogan

Vice-President of Brand & Communications, Willie’s Reserve
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Jason Pinsky

CEO, Cannastract
Jason Pinsky is the CEO of Cannastract, a New York based business that focuses on bringing “more science” to cannabis extracts and concentrates. Pinsky built his career in the music and technology space establishing his first company Haze City in 1998 where he toured and produced live concert releases with many artists including Medeski Martin & Wood and Lettuce.  In 2003 Pinsky got tapped to be the first technology manager... Read More →
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Michael Ray

Executive Director, Bloom Farms
Michael Ray was born in San Francisco and raised in the Sierra Foothill Mountains on his family ranch known as Bloom Farms. He is a cannabis advocate, lobbyist for social change, and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and design. In 1999, Michael moved to New York City to start his career on Wall Street. By 2001 he was one of the youngest and most successful traders at his firm. Michael eventually tired of the “money first&rdquo... Read More →


Sunday November 20, 2016 4:20pm - 5:00pm
Santa Ynez Room

5:00pm

 
Monday, November 21
 

9:00am

9:00am

Maintaining Interest in Your Film Festival Year Round
To sustain year-round interest for an event that only happens annually is a challenge that all film festivals face. Expanding the festival’s reach in the real and virtual community is one way that festivals grow and thrive. Film series’, online programming and other strategies will be explored by film festival leaders that have successfully and profitably managed to build a year-round presence.

Moderators
avatar for Wendy Eidson

Wendy Eidson

Festival Director, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Born and raised in Toronto, Wendy got her first job at 14 as a production assistant on a television series, and that was it . . . she was hooked. After graduation from college and a short stint at art school, she began working full-time as an assistant director, working on many film and TV productions, including A CHRISTMAS STORY, SUSPECT, A NEW LIFE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and many more. Wendy married and moved to San Luis Obispo to start a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laura Archibald

Laura Archibald

CEO, Festpicks
Laura Archibald is the CEO of Solomon’s Signature Productions Inc.,  a film production company focused on historic and biographically oriented feature films and documentaries. Their eclectic catalogue includes films in development or released that include: the history of music in the 60’s, Negro league baseball in the 40’s and the political and social history of Cuba through the eyes of an... Read More →
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Richard Botto

Founder and CEO, Stage 32
Richard “RB” Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (stage32.com), the world’s largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives. Called “LinkedIn meets Lynda for film creatives” by Forbes, Stage 32 boasts a member base of over 500,000 and features over 1000 hours of film craft and business related education taught by over 500 industry executives across the globe. | |  RB is also a... Read More →
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Anita Cotic

Senior Manager of Event Production, TIFF
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Shawn Guthrie

Manager, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Shawn Guthrie oversees the Student Academy Awards program and the Grants program for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  His career at the Academy began 15 years ago in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program, a position to which he brought many years of experience in screenwriting and screenwriting competitions.  For the last ten years he’s run the Academy’s Grants Department where he’s overseen... Read More →
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Nancy Kennedy

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival
Nancy joined the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 1988 as Director of Marketing, Corporate Development and Communications.  Nancy created and implemented the sponsorship, membership, fundraising and corporate development revenue programs for the organization as it became a non-profit and through 2000, when she left on professional sabbatical to work with other arts organizations around the country.  Returning to SIFF in... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Ynez Room

9:00am

You Can’t Fight City Hall: Festival Permitting
The ability to hold a festival depends on the ability to receive the proper local municipal, city and state permits. Failure to interface properly with government agencies will stall or shut down your festival faster than you can say infraction. Understanding the permitting process is the topic of this can’t miss panel.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Hayes

Danny Hayes

CEO, Danny Wimmer Presents
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Evan Korn

Managing Partner, ​iDEKO Productions
Evan is a current partner at iDEKO productions, a New York City based event production company focused on creating interactive and innovative consumer experiences for the entertainment, corporate and hospitality industries. At iDEKO, Evan is responsible for operations, logistics and planning for live event productions including experiential marketing activations, mobile marketing and tour vehicles corporate meetings and events. Evan’s... Read More →
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Joseph Pred

Mutual Aid Risk & Safety (former San Francisco Entertainment Commissioner and Burning Man Emergency Operations Chief)
Joseph Pred has been working in a variety of operational, risk and emergency management roles with festivals and temporary mass gatherings for over 20 years. In addition to managing Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) and Mutual Aid Risk and Safety since 2000, Joseph founded Burning Man‘s Emergency Services Department and has served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Entertainment... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Barbara Room

10:00am

10:00am

Networking: Music Festivals
Moderators
avatar for Clay Busch

Clay Busch

Head of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents
An alumni of Chapman University, Clay Busch joined Danny Wimmer Presents in 2011–marking the company’s first hire–and has been a key part of the company’s growth. His prior experience includes marketing, consulting, event management and A&R. Clay got his start as an intern for AEG Live at the Kodak Theatre, moving on to work with the Staples Center and the LA Kings. From there, he transitioned to music marketing and... Read More →

Monday November 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Reagan Room

10:30am

Launch & Growth of Food & Beverage Festivals
Besides ticket revenue, concessions and sponsorship, what revenue streams can festivals optimize to enhance their bottom line? How do festivals optimize the three big ones? Are grants, merch, and streaming profit centers or break evens? Additionally, adding food and music film programming can create revenue generating partnerships for the festival. Let’s deconstruct this.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Arnone

Brian Arnone

COO, ShowClix

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Fletcher

Joseph Fletcher

Talent Producer, L.A. Food & Wine
Joe Fletcher has produced over 1,000 concerts and festivals on four continents and produced shows with Bob Dylan, Beyonce, 311, Elton John, Eminem, BB King, Jason Mraz, Jay Z, Sheryl Crow, Van Halen, Keith Urban, Maroon5, Slipknot, Snoop Dogg, Jackson Browne, Black Eyed Peas, Crosby, Stills & Nash, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Allman Brothers, Sammy Hagar, The Roots, John Legend, Boz Scaggs, Lou Reed, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd... Read More →
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Tom Hoppa

Producer, BottleRock Napa Valley
Tom is Director of Artist Integration at Latitude 38 Entertainment, the producer of BottleRock Napa Valley since 2014, and is a co-founding partner of Highway 29 Entertainment with whom he has produced events at Auction Napa Valley, The Safeway Open (PGA), and much more.  Previously, Tom was a founding partner and CEO of Matador Entertainment, LLC where he produced, promoted, and oversaw a 38-show club and theater tour for iconic music... Read More →
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Gary Meyer

Publisher/Director, EatDrinkFilms
Gary Meyer stared his first theater in the family barn when he was twelve-years-old. He directed a monster movie there and wanted to show it on the set. It became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 films were screened along with live productions, workshops and the publication of a literary/arts/satire zine, “Nort!” and a film newsletter, “Ciné.” After film school at SFSU he calls his first job as a booker... Read More →
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Stephanie Mezzano

VP Operations, Business Development, Red Frog Events
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Greg O’Byrne

Executive Director, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and the Taos Winter Wine Festival
Born in Chicago the fifth of ten children of an Irish/Italian Catholic family, O’Byrne learned at an early age the joys of sharing a meal at large gatherings. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late-seventies, O’Byrne initiated his young wine palate with Joseph Phelps Riesling sipped from bota bags at Grateful Dead and Santana concerts. After graduating UC Berkeley in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science... Read More →
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Michal W. Wiesbrock

Executive Director |Central Coast Office, Arthritis Foundation
Michal began his event career 25 years ago working on the special events team for Walt Disney World’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next 15 years with Walt Disney World, he worked various roles in marketing, media relations, and PR including VIP and talent handling. He received a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Washington in 2008 and since then has focused his attention on non-profit events. After... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Santa Ynez Room

10:30am

Technology at Festivals
Festival and event producers now rely on technology to manage logistics and communications on so many levels. Over the last few years, we have seen technology expand in ticketing, access, talent management, user experience and much more. Let’s look at the latest trends from both sides of the fence; the producer and the fan.

Moderators
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Ted Cohen

Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Ted Cohen is Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted was the exception to the stereotypical entertainment-exec rule. But, when you start out on the road with Prince, Alice Cooper & Van Halen, you’re primed for the unexpected. TAG is a digital entertainment consultancy focused on creating strategic relationships, identifying market opportunities, growing brands and defining best... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke

XI Media Productions, Producer/Camera Operator/Director
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Scott Mirkin

Co-Founder & Executive Producer, ESM Productions
Scott Mirkin is one of America’s most successful event producers. He has produced some of the most high-profile events in the country for political icons such as Barack Obama and Joe Biden, religious figures including the Dalai Lama, and titans of entertainment including Jay Z. In 1996, Scott established ESM Productions, a company specializing in the concept to completion approach to live events, design and new media production.  In... Read More →
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John Petrocelli

CEO, Bulldog Digital Media
John Petrocelli is CEO and founder of Bulldog Digital Media, a live streaming agency specializing in turnkey execution strategies for live events across all connected devices. Bulldog DM helps brands, agencies, content owners and platforms deliver impactful live engagements with an emphasis on live streamed music to achieve optimal reach, engagement and metrics. Bulldog DM connects today’s digitally engaged consumer and millennial to the... Read More →
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Rachel Puckett

Marketing Director, HUKA Entertainment
Rachel first got her start in the music technology space as the Producer and Artist Wrangler of live streaming startup, Liveset, crafting intimate live performances online with artists like The Lumineers, Civil Wars, Ben Kweller, Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Revivalists. She took her learnings over to HUKA Entertainment where she works alongside an incredible marketing team in the company's Festivals division. Aiming to produce... Read More →
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Seth Sheck

CEO & Founder, ACCESS Event Solutions
Just about everything Seth Sheck does can be summed up with two words: passion and innovation. A Reno, Nevada native, Seth set his sights on the music industry in 1989. Juggling a band management gig with waiting tables, Seth found his inspiration through a customer’s casual conversation about making concert passes, and soon worked his way into the credential business while managing a band. He’s never looked back. Seth has... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Santa Barbara Room

10:30am

Festival
Producer/Director: Michael Raspatello

The music festival surge of the last five years has anchored a growth in live music attendance unseen in modern history. It has attracted new industry entrants, increased brand involvement, and spurred ongoing debate about the motives of the young people that drive this growth. But few have stopped to ask the fans themselves.
 
As a festival co-founder that was pulled into this world by the demand that was bubbling up in the US circa 2010, I became fascinated with what drove people to these communal experiences. Their motives were in many ways both diverse and shared. They were misunderstood. They were simultaneously well-meaning and disingenuous. And they hadn't been captured on "film." There had been great concert films and docs about the challenges of putting on a fest. But no one had turned the camera on the festivalgoers themselves. Like "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" before it, this fan-focused time capsule felt necessary. I was honored to have the opportunity.

Moderators
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Michael Raspatello

Global Director, Partnerships, ZX Ventures - AB-InBev
After receiving his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Mike joined Anheuser-Busch's North American Marketing operation, serving as an Associate Brand Manager, Digital Brand Manager, and Innovation Strategist for several billion dollar brands.  He is currently a  Global Partnership Director for AB-InBev's ZX Venture group.  | | While at Kellogg, Mike co-founded two nationally-recognized music festivals, North Coast Music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Knopper

Steve Knopper

Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Steve Knopper is author of last year's "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson" and 2009's "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age." He covers the music business, including concerts and festivals, as a Rolling Stone contributing editor, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler and many others. He has been a... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cinetransformer

11:00am

Networking: Film Festivals
Moderators
avatar for Bruno Chatelin

Bruno Chatelin

COO, FilmFestivals.com
My background: Business School, Ad Agencies, Distributor, and digital pioneer and entrepreneur. | Founder of filmfestivals.com Major Buzz Factory (Film marketing consulting) and Emotion Film Factory (film production) Bruno Chatelin, french Business School HEC alumni, began his marketing career with the largest international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT, handling accounts such as Kellog’s, Unilever, Colgate... Read More →

Monday November 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reagan Room

11:30am

Niche Festivals: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better
To be an “it” festival, it’s not necessary to be a household name. From music to film, culinary & beverage festivals, we bring you events that succeed in small communities across North America. In the words of Stephen Colbert, “And So Can You!”

Moderators
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Susan von Seggern

Senior Director, Spark's Consultant Network
Susan von Seggern is one of the most well known and well liked publicists in Los Angeles. In LA for more than 20 years, her work as a major label publicist, CEO of a boutique PR agency, time spent in political PR, her globe-trotting exploits in corporate PR, and her return to consulting for events, corporate, cause, and cultural clients have exposed countless journalists and tastemakers to Susan’s honest, positive and tenacious PR... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Max Bernstein

Max Bernstein

Co-Founder and Executive Producer, The Most Definitely & The Yard Music Festival
After leaving a ten-year career on Wall Street in 2012 Max co-founded The Most Definitely (themostdefinitely.com), a collective of creative pursuits in music.  TMD is a record label, music blog and live music event promoter based on of Brooklyn New York.  Most notably, TMD co-produced Escape Music Festival on Governor’s Island NYC in 2014 featuring Moby, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Placebo + many more. Additionally, TMD produces an... Read More →
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Jonah Gabriel Haas

Marketing Director/Co-Founder, Lucidity Festival
Jonah Gabriel Haas is a messenger, a cultural anthropologist, a lucid dreamer, and a successful entrepreneur. Currently, Jonah is the Marketing Director and a Co-Founder of Lucidity Festivals LLC, which is now in its 6th year of transformational festival production in Santa Barbara, CA. He is also a Co-Creator and Manager of the Lucid University, an educational platform dedicated to creating immersive educational experiences that support... Read More →
avatar for Stefanie Salem

Stefanie Salem

Founder & CEO, Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival
Stefanie Salem was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1992. Her 20 years of business experience includes having lived and worked in foreign countries while collaborating with political leaders and corporate decision makers on projects involving the promotion of their economies. Her international and entrepreneurial business experiences and love of all types of cuisine have helped... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Barbara Room

11:30am

Starstruck: Filmmakers and Actors at Your Festival
The call comes in- you’ve got the star of the film for the screening…. room, check; flight, check; check, uh oh! And filmmakers, the backbone of the event, can cost a pretty penny, too. Once they arrive, how do you host them in style without breaking the bank? Since what would be a loss leader is usually your most buzzed about news, festivals, filmmakers and talent discuss how to create a success story.

Speakers
avatar for Tia Lessin

Tia Lessin

Filmmaker
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Trouble the Water (winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) and of Citizen Koch which was shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars. Her documentary short Behind the Labels won the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast... Read More →
avatar for Jolene Pinder

Jolene Pinder

Executive Director, New Orleans Film Society
Prior to assuming the Executive Director position atNOFS, Jolene worked at Arts Engine in New York for three and half years as a documentary film producer and director of the Media That Matters Film Festival.
avatar for Barry Rivers

Barry Rivers

Founder & Director, Maui Film Festival
avatar for Gregg Schwenk

Gregg Schwenk

CEO, Newport Beach Film Festival


Monday November 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Ynez Room

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Monday November 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
The Fess Parker

1:00pm

Music Festival Talent Booking
Talent is the key component that draws people to your festival and sets the stage for your event. How does a small festival negotiate with big-name talent and who is going to be the next big name? In this panel we will break down key components of talent buying; sourcing, timing, and finance, among others.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Slater

Ryan Slater

FestForums
Ryan was the talent buyer and event coordinator at The Cutting Room in NYC where he booked artists such as Billy Joel, Howard Stern, Ronnie Wood, Pete Seeger, Rodriguez, Jennifer Hudson, George W. Bush, and many more. He currently resides in California

Speakers
avatar for Elliott Lefko

Elliott Lefko

President, Goldenvoice/AEG
Elliott Lefko has been with Goldenvoice Concerts in Los Angeles since 2002. He books concerts for artists such as Morrissey and PJ Harvey and Tool and others in Southern California and Hawaii and Alaska and Canada. As well he books North American tours for artists such as Leonard Cohen, Kraftwerk, Nick Cave and Sigur Ros. He is a fan of Fess Parker and  his role in Davy Crockett.
avatar for Dawson Ludwig

Dawson Ludwig

General Manager, Noise Pop
Dawson Ludwig is the General Manager of Noise Pop Industries, a Bay Area based events and marketing company responsible for Treasure Island Music Festival, Noise Pop Festival, Swedish American Hall and DoTheBay.com. Dawson began his career in the music industry as a radio promoter for the New York based independent label Organic Ent. (Billy Harvey) and then for the London based label One Little Indian (Bjork). He moved to San Francisco in 2009... Read More →
avatar for David Silbaugh

David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer & Production Supervisor, Summerfest
avatar for Jonathan Wayland

Jonathan Wayland

Director of Talent, Red Frog Events
Jonathan Wayland is the Director of Talent at Red Frog Events, an event production company and pioneer of the experiential entertainment industry. Wayland has been Talent Buyer and Artist Relations Coordinator for two-time Pollstar “Festival of the Year” nominee Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE since its inception in 2012 and in the same role for one year with BottleRock Festival in Napa... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Santa Barbara Room

1:00pm

Sponsorship Strategies for Festival Success
The buzzwords these days are ‘activation’ and ‘experience.’ How do festival sponsorship directors engage brands, ink deals, activate and provide ROI in this landscape? Brands and festivals weigh in.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

​Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival

Speakers
avatar for Beau Blanchard

Beau Blanchard

Corporate Development Manager, California Film Institute
avatar for Clay Busch

Clay Busch

Head of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents
An alumni of Chapman University, Clay Busch joined Danny Wimmer Presents in 2011–marking the company’s first hire–and has been a key part of the company’s growth. His prior experience includes marketing, consulting, event management and A&R. Clay got his start as an intern for AEG Live at the Kodak Theatre, moving on to work with the Staples Center and the LA Kings. From there, he transitioned to music marketing and... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Kennedy

Nancy Kennedy

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival
Nancy joined the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 1988 as Director of Marketing, Corporate Development and Communications.  Nancy created and implemented the sponsorship, membership, fundraising and corporate development revenue programs for the organization as it became a non-profit and through 2000, when she left on professional sabbatical to work with other arts organizations around the country.  Returning to SIFF in... Read More →
avatar for Brian McCue

Brian McCue

Director of Sales and Sponsorship, Winmo
As Director of Sponsorship Sales at List Partners Inc., Brian has helped hundreds of non-profits, event organizations, and professional sports teams build partnerships with major brands. From small non-profits in Alaska, to large professional sports organizations like the LA Lakers, Brian has helped companies of all shapes and sizes go after new partnerships and sponsorships more efficiently. Prior to joining List Partners Inc., Brian worked... Read More →
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Paul Whitney

Executive Producer, bluemedia
With more than 15 years’ experience in creating interactive experiences for audiences across the country, Paul is a true pioneer and leader within the Out-of-Home, non-traditional segment of Outdoor Advertising. As the former CEO and founder of Digital Media Etc. there’s no better authority on creating engaging, shareable experiences for top national brands like Southwest Airlines, Lexus, Target, Lucasfilm, Toyota and more.
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Alex Yount

Sponsorship Sr. Manager, Red Frog Events


Monday November 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Santa Ynez Room

2:00pm

Sustainable Events: Models for Greening & Engagement
Surveys show that many festival-goers would pay more for a ticket to a greener event. Want to learn where to start or how to take your event greening to the next level? Hear from music industry leaders and learn how to reduce your environmental footprint, while also creatively engaging attendees in your sustainability initiatives.Dig deeper and view greening resources here: http://bit.ly/2fIi5SS

Moderators
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Mike Martin

Founder and CEO, EFFECT
The founder and CEO of EFFECT Partners, Michael Martin is known as a thought leader in social change activism, sustainability and social change marketing. EFFECT Partners is a Creative Social Change agency based out of Minneapolis. Billboard Magazine calls Michael “the green touring guru”. The music industry’s leading artists and managers call on Michael for greening, sustainability strategy and marketing strategy... Read More →

Speakers
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Jack Johnson

Musician Co-Founder & Director, Kokua Hawaii Foundation & Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar in Hawaii.  Since 2001, he has released 6 studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once social action network connects fans with local non-profits at each tour stop. Jack, with his wife Kim, founded... Read More →
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Kim Johnson

Manager, Jack Johnson Music Co-Founder & Director, Kokua Hawaii Foundation & Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
Kim Johnson, with her husband Jack, founded the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation in 2003 to support environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai’i, as well as the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation in 2008 to support environmental, art, and music education worldwide. As Jack’s co-manager, Kim Johnson has taken a lead role in advancing greening initiatives for all aspects of... Read More →
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Eric Shiflett

Program Director, Santa Barbara Bowl
Eric Shiflett is Program Director at the historic Santa Barbara Bowl.  Eric has been involved with music his entire life performing, working in radio, concert promotions and venue management.  Focusing on the strategic growth of the 80 year-old Santa Barbara Bowl, Eric manages Food & Beverage, concessions, venue branding and public relations, and outreach programs like Greening the Bowl.  The Santa... Read More →
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Sunny Sohrabian

AEG, Manager, Environmental Sustainability Projects and Initiatives
As the Manager of Environmental Sustainability Projects and Initiatives at AEG, Sunny Sohrabian is responsible for managing AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program. In this role, she works with more than 80 AEG venues and events worldwide to measure and reduce the company’s environmental impact. Additionally, Sunny manages AEG’s corporate sustainability communications, including the production of... Read More →
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Tanner Watt

Director of Partnerships & Development, REVERB
Tanner Watt is the Partnership and Development Director at the environmental non-profit REVERB. REVERB is a 501(c)3 organization that works with music tours and festivals to reduce negative environmental impacts backstage and to engage artists and fans to take positive actions at these events. REVERB works to put in place programs including local biofuel, plastic-waste elimination/reduction, local farm food integration, and efforts to support... Read More →
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Brian Yost

President, On Site Products, Live Nation Entertainment
In his role as President, On Site Products, North American Concerts for Live Nation, Brian has responsibility for ancillary revenue streams for Live Nations’ 42 amphitheaters and 6 select clubs and theaters, which host 13 million music fans at close to 1400 shows annually.  A veteran of over 30 years in the hospitality industry, Brian began his professional career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts in property based... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Santa Barbara Room

2:30pm

3:00pm

Closing Keynote
Moderators
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Wendy Guerrero

President, Bentonville Film Festival
Wendy Guerrero has a rich and varied background as a producer in traditional film which forged an additional path as President of the Bentonville Film Festival, a research based and commercially focused film festival with the primary mission of championing women and diverse voices in all media co-founded by Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater.  She is also the CEO & Co-founder of the production company, Publicly Private, which she... Read More →

Speakers

Monday November 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Santa Barbara Room

4:00pm

Best of The Fests Awards Ceremony
Moderators
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Richard Burgi

Actor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Burgi

Monday November 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Barbara Room

5:00pm

Cocktail Party
Monday November 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at FestForums

The James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series brings a taste of what happens at the James Beard House in New York City to more than 20 cities across the country each year. Our Santa Barbara dinner begins with a cocktail reception followed by a one-night-only, multi-course dinner (with wine pairings) featuring a diverse group of JBF Award winners such as Cat Cora and other celebrated chefs, and ending with a decadent dessert course and a Q&A session with the evening's chefs.

Please join us at 7pm on Monday, Nov. 21st, 2016 The Reagan Room, Fess Parker Resort, Santa Barbara, CA. Tickets are $230 each.


Chefs/Artists
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Cat Cora

Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, Author
As a prominent figure in the culinary community, Cat Cora made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.   Cat Cora is the published author of three successful cookbooks and one children’s book and most... Read More →
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Christophe Émé

Celebrity Chef
Christophe Émé, executive chef and former owner of Ortolan Restaurant in LA, is making quite a mark on the French dining scene in Southern California. He’s a talented young chef who has cultivated his skills at some of the finest restaurants in the world.
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David LeFevre

Celebrity Chef
Chef David LeFevre, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, developed his passion for cooking as a child by helping his Mother in the kitchen. He says “I loved the food my mother made and realized that if I knew how to cook, I wouldn’t have to wait for someone else to cook for me.” Yet as a teen he set off on the Industrial Engineering track at the University of Wisconsin, temporarily forgoing his culinary pursuits. Of course it... Read More →
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Gilles Epié

Celebrity Chef
Chef Epié started working at the age of 14 and trained with Roger Jaloux the iconic chef restaurant Paul Bocuse and Alain Senderens. He continued his career alongside Jean-Pierre Coffe at La Ciboulette. After he traveled the world and learned its cuisine he returned to Paris to receive the Michelin Star in 1989 at the young age of 22 (he still holds the record for youngest... Read More →
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Kirk Delong

Celebrity Chef
Kirk DeLong has been named Executive Chef at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard at East Beach. As a member of the Resort’s management team, Chef DeLong will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of food preparation and presentation throughout the Resort: including Rodney’s Steakhouse—a Zagat-award winning restaurant; Café Los Arcos—serving California... Read More →
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Ray Garcia

Celebrity Chef
As a native Angeleno, Garcia draws his culinary inspiration from the city’s rich culture, the wealth of Southern California produce, and classic training. Previously at the helm of Fig for six years, Garcia expresses his own, fully matured style, bright, bold, and ingredient-driven. “I didn’t choose food,” he explains. “It chose me.” After graduating from UCLA with degrees in political science and business... Read More →



Monday November 21, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Reagan Room