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Final Agenda and Speakers Announced for Variety Sports Entertainment Summit

Variety is pleased to announce its final lineup of elite speakers at its Sports Entertainment Summit, presented in association with the Sports Video Group, July 12 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

There will be Keynote Conversations throughout the day with AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke; UFC President Dana White; and Pro Skateboarder/Sports Entertainment Entrepreneur Tony Hawk.

A kick-off ‘State of the Industry’ panel – featuring Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports; David Rone, President of Time Warner Cable Sports; Eric Shanks, Co-President and COO of Fox Sports Media Group; and Gary Stevenson, President of Pac 12 Enterprises – will identify how to maximize growth for sports and entertainment.

There will also be a presentation on marketing trends for the 2012 London Olympics, featuring Rob Prazmark, co-creator of The Olympic Partners program (TOP) and Founder & CEO 21 Sports & Entertainment Marketing Group.

Later in the day, top creative minds will talk about what’s hot in sports-tied film and TV, featuring Mark Ciardi, Producer (Secretariat and The Rookie); Chase Heavener, Director of Tim Tebow: Everything in Between; Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios; Craig Shapiro, Creator and Executive Producer of Necessary Roughness; and Jon Weinbach, Producer for The Other Dream Team and Executive Producer for Mandalay Sports Media.

The Summit will help you stay ahead of the trends and identify business opportunities in sports entertainment, spanning programming development and production, content distribution, sponsorship and sports marketing, athlete brand management, among other segments.

Additional high-profile speakers include:

Steve Astephen, President, Action Sports and Olympics, Wasserman Media Group

Michelle Beadle, 2012 Olympics Correspondent, NBC Sports Group and Correspondent, Access Hollywood

Winston Binch, Partner and Chief Digital Officer at Deutsch LA

Joe Coffaro, VP Engineering at FOX Networks Engineering & Operations

Mike Conley, FOX RSN Digital Media, Director of Product and Technology

Charles Coplin, EVP of Content at NHL

Juan Delgado, Managing Director, North America at Perform

Trevor Doerksen, Mobovivo, CEO and Founder

Rick Fox, Actor and Former Lakers NBA Champion

Ken Fuchs, Vice President Yahoo! Media Network – Sports, Games & Entertainment

Lou Greco, iStreamPlanet, EVP of Sales

Shawn Green, MLB All-Star and Co-Founder of JockTalk

George Greenberg, EVP and General Manager of FUEL TV

Eien Hyett, Executive Director Post Production Operations at FOX Networks Group

David Katz, Founder and CEO of ThePostGame.com

Ted Kenney, Director of Production at 3ality Technica

Jason Kint, CBSSports.com, SVP/GM

Adam Klein, Partner, KattenMuchinRosenman LLC

Jason La Canfora, the NFL Insider on CBS’ THE NFL TODAY

Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios

Burke Magnus, SVP of College Sports Programming at ESPN

Maura Mandt, ESPN Executive Producer

Rachel McLish, Four-Time Ms. Olympia and Star of upcoming TLC series Tighter and Leaner to the Core

David Nathanson, EVP and GM of Fox Soccer

Clark Pierce, SVP, Digital Media, FOX Sports Media Group

Michael Robinson, Pro Bowl Seattle Seahawks Fullback and Host of The Real Robinson Report

Dan Rossomondo, VP Global Marketing Partnerships, National Basketball Association

Claude Ruibal, Director and Global Sports Head at YouTube

Becky Sendrow, Agent at CAA

Andrew Siciliano, Host of NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV

Tim Smith, Senior Tech Advisor at Canon

Josh Snow, Senior Director of Digital Entertainment at DirecTV

Michael Sprague, EVP Marketing and Communications at Kia Motors

Zane Stoddard, Managing Director, Entertainment Marketing & Business Development at NASCAR

Melinda Travis, CEO of PRO Sports Communications

Eric Villain, President of Media and Technology at Ipsos MediaCT

Richard Whittington, SVP of Media and Entertainment at SAP

Rob Willox, Director of Marketing at Sony

Jonathan Wilner, Senior Director Business Product Management at Ooyala

The Summit is sponsored by Bexel, Grass Valley, Ipsos MediaCT, NewTek, SOS Global Express, Mobovivo, Signiant, SAP and Ooyala, NeuLion, SNL Kagan and KattenMuchinRosenman LLC. A live-stream broadcast of the summit is available for purchase. More details about the summit including registration, speaking, advertising and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.variety.com/sportsentertainment.

About Variety

Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Variety, Variety.com, LA 411, Variety 411 – are owned by Reed Business Information. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK) (NYSE: ENL).

About SVG

The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience.


Linda Buckley-Bruno, 323-617-9429
Publishing Director
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