LA Games Conference Agenda & Speakers Announced for May 8th Event

Digital Media Wire today announced the agenda and speakers for the 12th annual LA Games Conference, a one-day event focused on the future of games and connected entertainment. The conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers in Hollywood and gaming at the W Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 8th.

The event will feature panels, keynotes, and roundtable discussions on topics including virtual and augmented reality, esports, influencer marketing, global markets and Hollywood and games, as well as opportunities specific to the City of Los Angeles as it further solidifies its status as a media-tech center and growth hub for game development.

Confirmed speakers include:
Shiraz Akmal, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SPACES Inc.
Josh Austin, VP Worldwide Licensing & Interactive, Paramount Pictures
Sinjin Bain, SVP, Global Head of VR/AR, Method EXP
David Bloom, Columnist, Tubefilter
Lydia Bottegoni, Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development, Blizzard Entertainment
Bjorn Book-Larsson, VP, Product, HTC Viveport, Board Member, VRChat
Josh Brooks, SVP, Brand Strategy & Marketing, Jam City
Michael Cai, President, Interpret
Dustin Califf, Managing Partner, Tool of North America
Malcolm CasSelle, CIO, OPSkins, President, WAX
Anthony Castoro, GM, Daybreak Games
Rishi Chadha, Head of Gaming, Twitter
Stephanie Chan, Reporter, Venture Beat
Fiona Cherbak, Lead Recruiter, Worldwide Studios, Sony PlayStation
Ben Cohen, Partner, Umbrella Games
Craig Donato, Chief Business Officer, Roblox
Chelsea Faso, Head of Licensing/343 Industries (Halo), Microsoft
Carlos Figueiredo, Director, Community Trust & Safety, Two Hat Security
Michael Frasier, Vice President, Business Development, International, InComm
Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Studio71
Isabel Gan, Managing Director of US, Puji Capital
Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Strategies
J Goldberg, Head of Community, Daybreak Game Company
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound, Venture Partner, Greycroft
Eric Gradman, CTO & Mad Inventor, Two Bit Circus
Deepak Gupta, Chief Revenue Officer, Machine Zone
Minard Hamilton, Managing Partner, Driver Ventures
Dewey Hammond, Vice President, Games Research, Magid Advisors
Ann Hand, CEO and Chairman, Super League Gaming
Chris Heatherly, EVP Games and Digital Platforms, NBCUniversal
Chris Hewish, Executive Vice President, Interactive, Skydance Interactive
Arnold Hur, Chief Growth Officer, KSV eSports
Bernard Kim, President of Publishing, Zynga
Chang Kim, CEO and Founder, Tapas Media
Paul Kim, Managing Partner, ICO’s
John Linden, President, Seismic Games
Allen Lu, Business Development, JLIN and CEO, Team VGJ
Dave Madden, SVP, Global Brand Partnerships, EA
Yvette Martinez-Rea, Chief Executive Officer, ESL North America
Morris May, CEO, Specular Theory, Inc.
Wanda Meloni, CEO & Analyst, M2 Insights
Michael Metzger, Partner, Drake Star Partners
Jay Moore, Alchemist of Fun, Convergence 4D
Dan Murray, President, Skybound Interactive
Robert Nashak, COO, Survios
Jonathan Pan, Esports Instructor, University of California, Irvine
Andrew Paradise, CEO, Skillz
Allan Phang, Allstars Engagement & Internal Branding, AirAsia People and Culture
Rick Phillips, President of Games Publishing & Licensing, FoxNext Games
Justin Pierce, Intellectual Property Division Chair, Venable LLP
Jane Pinckard, Vice-Chair of the IMGD Department in Cinema, University of Southern California
Joanna Popper, Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment, HP
Nanea Reeves, CEO and Co-Founder, TRIPP
Carter Rogers, Senior Analyst, SuperData Research
Michael Salmon, Game Consultant, Something Fishy Consulting
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures
Ari Segal, President & COO, Immortals & LA Valiant
Tony Sheng, Product Lead, Decentraland
Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital
Eunice Shin, Managing Partner, Manatt Digital
Julia Sourikoff, Executive Producer, AR/VR/360, Tool of North America
Louisa Spring, CEO, VARI Parks
Andrew Stalbow, CEO & Co-Founder, Seriously
Mark van Ryswyk, SVP, Glu Mobile
Bruce Vaughn, CEO, Dreamscape Immersive
Margaret Wallace, CEO, KijiCo
Dan Winters, Head of Business Development, Amazon Game Services
Careen Yapp, Senior Vice President of Global Business, Mixed Dimensions
Michael Zhang, CEO, Firefly Games

Support for the 2018 LA Games Conference is provided by: Jam City, Glu Mobile, Venable, USC Games, Esports Ad Bureau, IGDA, Game Audio Network Guild, Digital LA, Innovation & Tech Today, SAG-AFTRA, Variety, Branded, M2 Research, eTech Rentals, Westside Digital Mix, VCI Events, Fusicology, Women in Games International, Parks Associates, EventBrowse, E4G, ProductionHUB
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