Next week (Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 to be specific) marks the second edition of the San Francisco-based edition of the Next TV Summit, a business-to-business event that brings together leaders in broadcasting, content, advertising, digital media and technology. Sessions include discussions on the latest in content platforms and distribution of video, as well as the monetization and future of television.
The event is divided across two venues. Tuesday’s seminars takes place at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, and Wednesday’s at the nearby Grand Hyatt San Francisco.
Both day’s activities will be capped off with cocktail receptions (a.k.a. networking opportunities).
Lionsgate will sponsor the first night’s party, a screening of its hit series Orange is the New Black (which airs on Netflix). But before the party can get started on Tuesday night, the summit will hold the first-ever Digital Leadership Awards recognizing achievement in content entertainment technology. Recipients of the award are Albert Cheng, evp and chief product officer, Digital Media at Disney/ABC Television Group; James Packer, president of worldwide television and digital distribution at Lionsgate; and Blair Westlake, corporate vice president of the media and entertainment group at Microsoft.
Tuesday’s other events include: “2nd Screen & Social TV: Optimizing the Video Experience, which will feature representatives from NBCUniversal, Telemundo and other companies. Tuesday’s keynotes will be given by Erik Huggers, corporate vp of Intel Media, Peter Tortorici, CEO of GroupM Entertainment and Marc Debevoise of CBS Interactive.
There will also be a panel on Mobile & Broadcasting Beyond Television.
On Wednesday, September 11, the day’s events include keynotes from Anthony Wood of Roku, Nick Grudin of Facebook, James Packer of Lionsgate, Albert Cheng of Disney/ABC Television Group and Fred Graver of Twitter. A morning panel entitled “Video Everywhere: Devices and Monetization will include executives from Vubiquity, Machinima and more. A panel entitled “Disrupting the Traditional: Television Media and Advertising,” will include Ron Lamprecht of NBCUniversal Digital Distribution, Tara Maitra of Tivo and more. “Content Reaching Platform Ubiquity” will feature Sean Atkins of Discovery Communications, Susan Vobejda of Bloomberg Media Licensing Distribution and more. “Original Premium Content for OTT & Internet Channels” will include Allison Girvin of HuffPost Live, Joe Michaels of Microsoft and more. And the final conference of the event, “Changing Viewer Habits on Mobile and IPTV Platforms,” will feature Adam Sexton of Samsung Electronics and J.R. Cottingham of Clearleap, among others. The final day will close with a cocktail party.
East Coasters will get a chance to attend a Next TV Summit of their very own when it comes to New York in March.