(As of April 12, 2021, more details coming soon.)


8:30 a.m.: Venue Opens
8:45 a.m.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.: Keynote/General Sessions
10:20 a.m.: Networking Break
10:30 a.m.: Breakout Sessions
12:15 p.m.: Networking Break
12:25 p.m.: General Sessions Resume
2:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks/Networking Reception
3:00 p.m.: Venue Closes


KEYNOTE: Developing Teams, Services and Customers at Scale
As our industry emerges from the chaos of the past year, our Opening Keynote addresses the environment that IT leaders need to create in order to recruit, foster, and grow the leaders of tomorrow. Moving beyond the mission statement mentality and conference table directed strategy of conventional IT, this presentation helps create a new direction for your team to become ambassadors, advocates, and stewards of customer satisfaction that evolves from the voices, demands, and wishes of the consumer We’ll address people and process as a leadership strategy that unfolds as a way of directed action that keeps pace with technology disruption to create profit and generate product perpetuation. Growth is the outcome of an environment (home or office) where the willing and able are encouraged to attempt and perform. Learn how to create an environment that treats failure as an indispensable teacher in developing the people who create your culture that encourages teams to think and act. This is the marriage of anticipation and action where delivering value is a product of cooperation and collaboration. You’ll learn how to attract and engage customers by “closing the circle” in all aspects of communication, a critical tactic for five-star reviews and performance testimonials.
Bill Wooditch, Speaker, CEO, Entrepreneur, Sales and Leadership Coach, Author

Securing Everything – An Introduction to Zero Trust
Who can you trust? If you are following a strict zero trust philosophy, the answer is no one and nothing. Is this achievable? Is it practical? Does it even make business sense? This session will discuss the principles that underly the zero trust philosophy along with providing some context of the origins of this approach and how it has evolved to become a top concern for organizations today.
Jeff Crume, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Technology Officer Americas Security Technical Sales, IBM Master Inventor

Securing your Journey to Hybrid Multicloud
From misaligned business strategies to shared security responsibility models in the cloud, to the growing tools and technologies available, security in the cloud can appear daunting, especially when just adopting traditional security controls in the cloud may not always be the best approach. Yet, the future of modern business depends on secure hybrid cloud and multicloud solutions. IBM Security will discuss how the company can help clients protect and manage modern hybrid cloud programs so they can securely innovate, migrate, build, compete and grow at cloud speed.
Amanda Sherman, Offering Manager, Cloud Security Services, IBM Security

EluvioLIVE: A Novel Streaming & Ticketing Platform Distributed Directly from Artists & Publishers
Join Emmy award-winning technologist Michelle Munson during this live Q&A session to discuss a new approach to help tackle some of the biggest challenges in online ticketed performances, including artist control, monetization, and streaming quality. The discussion will explore EluvioLIVE, unveiled at SXSW, which provides artists with a novel blockchain-based streaming and ticketing platform for concerts and more, distributed directly from artists to their global audiences. EluvioLIVE is built upon the award-winning Eluvio Content Fabric, used by Tier 1 media companies including MGM Studios, FOX Networks, and others.
Michelle Munson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Eluvio

The New Stars of Hollywood IT: Diversified, Unified and Ready for a Post-Pandemic World
As a community of dedicated professionals in a time of unforeseen industry chaos, we have collaboratively overcome challenges, created new opportunities and supported each other. Perspectives once widely divergent required alignment for the greater good. In this moment we have met new talents, heard new voices and accepted viewpoints other than our own. New ideas, models and strategies were developed and perfected in newly-connective ways. Bringing everyone to the table – even virtually – has been propulsive and positive for our industry. We are best prepared for persistent technological disruption as a united community. Together we not only survived, we thrived…we innovated, transformed and made it better. Our HITS: Spring program celebrates both cutting-edge thought-leadership as well as our collective and continuing professional evolution.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Surfing the Wave of Platform Integrations
As content and media companies perpetually adopt new digital business models, exponentially more proprietary IP, and data is generated and shared among key stakeholders ,the fluidity of information is the lifeblood of our interconnected global business ecosystem. While increased scale of operations (and its attendant IP and IT protection requirements) is clearly valuable to organizations it also presents enticing opportunities for skilled threat actors. Today’s current rapid expansion is inseparable from exposure to new vulnerabilities. As industry leaders how do we define an effective approach to cybersecurity, privacy and forensics that scales in ways yet to be foreseen? How do we develop scalable advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to impact challenges within existing workflows? This session addresses the increasing torrent of both structured and unstructured data within various business units and the unprecedented opportunities ahead.

Wrangling Ones and Zeros: The Wild Wild West of Virtualized Production
A streaming original’s camera operator uploads his footage to his personal cloud for “personal backup.” A network show’s music editor posts a “really cool” music cue to SoundCloud. A toy manufacturer machinist snaps and shares a candid photo of an action figure well before the parent film is destined for public eyes! All these incidents have happened, and will continue to happen, as opportunities for crucial IP leakage have never been more pervasive across the supply chain. This mission-critical discussion dives into the latest innovations in secure, remote, cloud-based environments and how they integrate into the enterprise and broader supply chain. Whether you are onboarding, cutting, visualizing, creating music or rendering VFX, this session highlights emerging technologies and solutions that are virtualizing critical workflows across production.

Distributed Teamwork. It’s Not “When”, it’s Now.
The Media and Entertainment industry thrives on a “high-touch” working style. People are used to face-to-face interactions for internal collaboration and creative production. But over the past year, the world has changed. Physical meetings and in-person collaboration have nearly ceased. To stay productive, teams across industries are relying on collaborative technology platforms. Media and Entertainment companies are already at the forefront of providing amazing, creative and interactive experiences for customers. Now their employees can experience their own share of amazing collaboration experiences, no matter where in the world they are.

Navigating the New Norm of Content Discovery & Engagement
As we move beyond isolation and back to our “normal” we have a unique opportunity to analyze changes in viewing behavior, sentiment and the associated implications on programming choices, theatrical attendance, release windows and streaming services. Measurement and reporting in a rapidly changing environment requires new approaches to quickly understand why viewers are engaging in content, beyond just traditional viewership metrics, and how to interpret and adjust to those patterns in real-time, whether that be data-driven or new workflow automation processes. This panel discusses 1st party research findings across a global community of more than 13 million connected users and examines viewer engagement, sentiment in and will outline thought provoking implications on audience segmentation, distribution channels, release windows, in-home/on-demand trends. How can streaming services better surface smarter content choices and how workflows need to adapt to more AI-based automation to react to these massive, ongoing social shifts.

IT Intersection: Security Transforms the Enterprise
This session looks at how security and the increase in cybersecurity as a cornerstone to any enterprise integration. As our industry and day-to-day business become predominantly cloud-based, data-rich and connected, each business unit is faced with the increased reliance on their security officers to drive innovation while ensuring proper risk management. This session gathers executives to discuss how they are transforming the traditional “IT” approach to building teams, systems and seamless workflows.

WFH? What about Work from Work?
Software plays such an important role in enabling remote work and remote collaboration across the media & entertainment industry. Our industry is preparing for the next disruption as the conversations turn to how companies across the media supply chain are going to bring it back to the office while working to keep content flowing. This session share thoughts on what changes might stick and what steps they are taking to get back to some level of normalcy. How will the workweek be impacted? What about your commute? How about the travel that was “necessary” before the pandemic? It will also touch on how this evolution will change workflows for the foreseeable future and the benefits we will see as individuals, companies and communities.

How Transparency Ensures DEI, Accessibility & Belonging in Leadership
Ongoing research tells the story clearly: companies which make unwavering commitment to diverse leadership are able to engage and keep top talent, improve clarity in decision-making, and improve customer experiences. (McKinsey – “Why Diversity Matters”) In a period of unprecedented cultural movement, is our industry riding the wave or just staying afloat? Which companies and individuals are setting the bar as high as possible and leveraging opportunities for necessary change? The ability to truly understand and trust a company’s actions requires a fully open-book posture. Hear the POV of those leading the charge for change in diversity, equity and inclusion – and how they are making positive things happen.

OTT ACADEMY: Data Dams and Supply Chain Squeezes
The pressure felt across multiple business units within content companies to build out their global digital supply chain is immense. To achieve efficiency, accuracy and scale, OTT supply chain operations need to balance a complex matrix of variables such as cost and efficacy of automated v. manual processes, responding to changing user experience requirements and support for international deployments. How do we identify the blockage or debris that keeps the digital current flowing? What are the strategies and methodologies OTT organizations are using when they bottleneck due to a tent-pole or other “mission critical” release? What’s working and what isn’t? This session discusses successes and challenges with platforms, automation and workforce throughout a connected techops ecosystem.

OTT ACADEMY: Driving Delivery of Global OTT
Driving opportunities in global end-to-end efficiencies throughout our distribution supply chain is essential to our evolution out of the pandemic. With the increase in volume and the demands of global scale, there is a growing expectation from every link in the chain which culminates in the end-user experience and subscriber growth. As data and processes become more efficient, more reliable, and more transparent, our supply chain grows exponentially along with the content being delivered through it. Experts in this session provide insight into how we can work more effectively towards our industry’s direct to consumer future.

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