Don Levy will be speaking at Information Development World 2017 on the topic, “How New Players & Platforms Are Changing Media, Entertainment & YOU!”
Topic Summary: When potentially everyone and every business is a media entity in one form or another, what lessons can we learn from Hollywood, television, and games. Innovation and novelty have always been a hallmark of entertainment. It’s always been a business for renegades, entrepreneurs, and opportunists. Never before has there been greater competition for attention and audience nor greater opportunities to break through. What are we learning as technology and innovation change the way we create, distribute and consume media. How are established companies adapting? Who is emerging? And what may be the shape of things to come?
About Don: Don Levy has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry’s digital transformation throughout his career as a senior executive in animation, visual effects, digital media, television, and movies.
Levy spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Digital where he was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the studio’s visual effects, animation, post—production, and digital entertainment (games, mobile, online video, digital marketing) businesses. As a member of the senior management team, he was also involved in digital policy, corporate strategy, organizational development, marketing, communications, and many projects that spanned across Sony divisions.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy. He is associated with the Entertainment Technology Centerat USC, a research center and think tank associated with the School of Cinematic Arts, and is on the faculty of Boston University’s Los Angeles Program.
Levy formed Smith Brook Farm to advise media start-ups. Clients include Cosmic Forces which produced the Goosebumps mobile game, downloaded more than 3.5 million times and one of the first mobile VR games and Zerply, a marketplace for creative production talent in movies and games.
As a speaker, Levy’s TED Talk, delivered at TED in 2012, was recently named on the top 5 talks on filmmaking and storytelling. In 2014, he identified the challenge of separating fact from fiction in today’s media world at TEDxAthens. He just returned from The FMX Conference in Germany, where he curates a track on visual communications, and he is leading a session at Digital Hollywood on the relationship between space exploration and humanity.
Event Details and Schedule:
DATE AND TIME
Mon, May 15, 2017, 9:00 AM –
Wed, May 17, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT
Quadrus Conference Center & Catering
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
May 15, 2017—Digital Transformation
Changing the way we work
Leveraging design thinking for content
Mapping content to the customer journey
Creating engaging and memorable content
May 16, 2017—Thinking Strategically
Developing a content strategy
Creating value for company and customers
Connecting content to those who need it
Implementing and maintaining governance
May 17, 2017—Innovation and Disruption
Overcoming the status quo
Leveraging machine learning
Understanding artificial intelligence
Making content cognitive