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Saturday, November 19

12:00pm PST

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?

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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Mike Shea

Chief Logistics Officer & Partner, SXSW

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

12:00pm PST

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.

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Parag Bhandari

Founder and CEO, UG Strategies

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“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... 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... Read More →
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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 tou... Read More →
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Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

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

1:00pm PST

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?

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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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.
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

2:30pm PST

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.

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Mike Wald

Business Development, Oniracom

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Dae Bogan

Music Industry Professional
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

2:30pm PST

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.

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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... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm PST
Santa Barbara Room
Sunday, November 20

10:30am PST

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.

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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 tou... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
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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... Read More →

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

11:30am PST

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.

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Parag Bhandari

Founder and CEO, UG Strategies

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Katelyn Boyle

Assistant Director of Musical Operations, Red Frog Events
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Allison Brecklin

Head of Operations, Ticketfly
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

1:30pm PST

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.

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Jim Digby

​President & Chair of the Board of Directors, Event Safety Alliance
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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Matt Weiss

Production Director, A3C Festival
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Kevan Wilkins

Productions Manager, Goldenvoice

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

4:00pm PST

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.

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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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Tia Lessin

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

Sunday November 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Santa Barbara Room
Monday, November 21

9:00am PST

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.

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Wendy Eidson

Festival Director, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
A former assistant director, hot sauce purveyor and community theatre director, Wendy Eidson is bravely heading into her 13th year with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The festival prides itself on its high-quality, eclectic mix of films and filmmakers, as well as... Read More →

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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... 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 indus... 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... 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... Read More →

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

9:00am PST

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.

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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... 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... Read More →

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

10:30am PST

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.

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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... Read More →

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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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

11:30am PST

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!”

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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... Read More →

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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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

11:30am PST

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.

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Tia Lessin

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... Read More →
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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.
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Barry Rivers

Founder & Director, Maui Film Festival
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Gregg Schwenk

CEO, Newport Beach Film Festival

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

1:00pm PST

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.

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Robert Richards

​Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival

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Beau Blanchard

Corporate Development Manager, California Film Institute
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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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →
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Alex Yount

Sponsorship Sr. Manager, Red Frog Events

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

2:00pm PST

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

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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... 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 Jack Johnson’s touring, and has served as creative lead in the development of fan engagement... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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