2022 Diversity Summit

Diversity Summit

OTT.X is delighted to host its inaugural Diversity Summit to bolster diverse OTT streaming organizations with access to information, connections, and opportunities. The full day conference will be held on June 9 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and will feature presentations, panels and breakout sessions to support increased distribution, awareness and viewership for OTT businesses that are owned and run by minorities and those in underrepresented groups. The Diversity Summit brings together content creators, distributors, platforms and services across the breadth of human experience to share, learn and connect; advancing their businesses and amplifying their voices


2022 ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CHAIR
Joye Johnson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Gather Media Network


Jill Allen

Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Heidi Holicker

Operations Manager
Magnolia Pictures Home Entertainment


Silvana Moretti

Vice President, Partnerships
Curiosity Inc.


WHAT TO EXPECT



The full day conference will feature presentations, panels and breakout sessions to support increased distribution, awareness and viewership for OTT businesses that are owned and run by minorities and those in underrepresented groups.



TOPICS



AVOD, FAST and Subscription Matching the Right Model With the Right Content and Audiences


Gaining Meaningful Distribution for Indie Content Creators


Making Money with ad Supported Video


Producing Content for Underrepresented Groups


Reaching a Diverse Audience



HOW TO GET INVOLVED



For more information and inquiries contact Eric Hanson or Joye Smith Johnson

Sign up to receive email notifications for upcoming panels, then come ready to learn, ask questions, and grow your career.

The 2022 Diversity Summit is free to all OTT.X members and $150 for non-member industry professionals.

SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE
Lynnwood A. Bibbens

Chairman & CEO
Reach TV


Tejal Ajmera

Chief Operating Officer
Kin


DMA

President
Planet DMA


Lauri Baker

Advisory Board Member
Pause Commercials

Paul Colichman

CEO
Here Media

Alan d'Escragnolle

CEO & Founder
Filmhub

Mireya Dongo

Vice President, Content Distribution
TelevisaUnivision

Dennis Dortch

Co-Founder & CEO
BLACK&SEXY TV

Victor Elizalde

Managing Partner
Viva Pictures

Cris Franco

Actor, Writer & Comedian

Christopher Eckman

VP, Digital Operations & Information Technology
The Africa Channel

Tony Huidor

Chief Technology & Product Officer
Cinedigm

Joye Johnson

Founder & CEO
Gather Media Network

Srinivasan KA

Co-Founder
Amagi

John Kim

Founder & CEO
Deep C Digital

Yolanda Macias

Chief Content Officer
Cinedigm

Maya Magennis

General Manager
YogaWorks

Silvana Moretti

Vice President, Partnerships
Curiosity Inc.

Quincy Newell

CEO
TwentyOne14 Media

Isabel Rafferty Zavala

Founder & CEO
Canela Media

Narendra Reddy

Chief Operating Officer
The Africa Channel

Lise Romanoff

Owner & CEO
Vision Films

Rey Saint-Vil

Director of Operations, Black Film Space
Senior Lead of Business Operations, OrkaTV

Carlos Sanchez

Senior VP, Global Content Sales
A+E Networks

Nasha Smith

Senior VP, Sales and Client Insights
Comscore




SCHEDULE


Opening Remarks9:15 - 9:20 AM PST

Event Details

2022 OTT.X Diversity Summit Opening Remarks

Speakers
Joye Johnson, OTT.X Diversity Summit Chair, Founder & CEO, Gather Media Network
Eric Hanson, Executive Vice President, OTT.X

Keynote Presentation | Lynnwood Bibbens - Reach TV9:50 -10:40 AM PST

Event Details

Keynote Presentation & Panel intro: Dancing at the Feet of Elephants

Speaker
Lynnwood Bibbens, Chairman & CEO, Reach TV

Panel Discussion | Dancing at the Feet of Elephants9:30 - 10:20 AM PST

Event Details

How small, independent creators and distributors can thrive amongst media megaliths, and why it’s imperative that they do. Domain experts discuss challenges and strategies for succeeding in financing, licensing and staffing for independent and emerging producers and distributors.

Moderator
Quincy Newell, CEO, TwentyOne14 Media

Panelists

Tejal Ajmera, COO, Kin

Paul Colichman, CEO, Here Media

Joye Johnson, Founder & CEO, Gather Media Network

Narendra Reddy, COO, The Africa Channel

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Panel Discussion | Reaching a Diverse Audience11:10 -12:00 PM PST

Event Details

Understanding where to find and how to engage your audience is critical to succeeding in content distribution. But using a one-size-fits-all strategy to reach viewers can result in limiting your audience to a homogenous group and reducing your revenue potential. Leaders in OTT distribution discuss the risks of over-focusing on a target audience and share guidance about how to reach viewers across the spectrum of experiences and perspectives.

Moderator
DMA, President, Planet DMA

Speakers
Alan d’Escragnolle, CEO & Founder, Filmhub
Mireya Dongo, Vice President, Content Distribution, TelevisaUnivision
Christopher Eckman, VP, Digital Operations & Information Technology, The Africa Channel
Maya Magennis, General Manager, YogaWorks

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Panel Discussion | Producing Content for Underrepresented Audiences12:00 - 12:50 PM PST

Event Details

Producing content that reaches under-represented audiences is a social imperative and a significant revenue opportunity. Industry experts share their learnings, ideas and opinions about what it takes to produce content that is authentic and resonates with underrepresented groups

Moderator
Kacy Boccumini, Executive Director, Systems & Workflow, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Speakers
Victor Elizalde, Managing Partner, Viva Pictures
Cris Franco, Actor, Writer, Comedian
Rey Saint-Vil, Director of Operations, Black Film Space, Senior Lead of Business Operations, OrkaTV

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Panel Discussion | AVOD, FAST and Subscription Matching the Right Model with the Right Content and Audiences2:00 - 2:50 PM PST

Event Details

Developing the right distribution strategy for content is crucial for the success of your content library. Industry experts share their experience and opinions about how to leverage various business models to develop and retain audiences and monetize content.

Moderator
Silvana Moretti, Vice President, Partnerships, Curiosity Inc.

Speakers
Dennis Dortch, Co-Founder & CEO, BLACK&SEXY TV
Yolanda Macias, Chief Content Officer, Cinedigm
Lise Romanoff, Owner & CEO, Vision Films
Carlos Sanchez, Senior VP, Global Content Sales, A+E Networks

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Panel Discussion | Making Money with Ad Supported Video2:50 - 3:40 PM PST

Event Details

Many content creators and channels struggle to gain a big enough piece of the ad supported pie to consistently drive business success. This panel discusses the realities of the ad-supported business model and offers insights for making it financially viable for emerging organizations.

Moderator
Srinivasan KA, Co-Founder, Amagi

Speakers
Lauri Baker, Advisory Board Member, Pause Commercials
Tony Huidor, Chief Technology & Product Officer, Cinedigm
John Kim, Founder & CEO, Deep C Digital
Isabel Rafferty Zavala, Founder & CEO, Canela Media

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Research Roundup Presentations Presented by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Management3:40 - 4:20 PM PST

Event Details

2-3, 10-15 minute segments about trends in consumer behavior and industry metrics presented by research firms in the OTT industry.

Speakers
Nasha Smith, Senior VP, Sales and Client Insights, Comscore

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