Hollywood & Digital @ UCLA Extension

From 2000-2008, the Hollywood & Digital program at UCLA Extension posed a simple yet critical question: “How will the entertainment industry and broader media space accelerate new technologies into a more compelling consumer experience?” Digital platforms were clearly the future, but where was the money? What were the most compelling business opportunities? What was next?

Each session was built around a roundtable conversation with senior executives as well as group discussion and thought provoking exercises. Students were strongly encouraged to share their thoughts, comments, questions, theories, experiences and curiosities on an ongoing basis.

Guest speakers included:

NamePosition (then)Position (now)
Adam BainVP, Production & Development, FoxSports.com(fmr) COO, Twitter
Ian BlaineCEO, The PlatformCSO, Wicket Labs
Rio CaraeffVP, Wireless Services Sony Pictures Digital EntertainmentChief Content Officer, Magic Leap
Tim ChangPartner, Norwest Venture PartnersManaging Director, Mayfield Fund
Ted CohenManaging Partner Tag StrategicManaging Partner Tag Strategic
Mark CubanOwner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures. Chairman & President HDNetOwner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, 2929 Entertainment, AXS TV
Chuck DagesEVP, Emerging Technology, Warner Bros New MediaChairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Bob DowlingPublisher, Hollywood ReporterCEO, Bob Dowling Group
Bruce GershSVP Business Development, ABC EntertainmentEVP and President People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Espanol at Meredith Corporation
Ken GoldsteinEVP and Managing Director, Disney OnlineAuthor & Media/Technology Advisor
Chris GrossoSVP, Emerging Digital Businesses, NBC Universal Digital MediaCOO, Intersection
Eddy HartensteinVice Chairman, DirecTV GroupCorporate director of Tribune Publishing and Yahoo!
Patrick KennedyExec VP, Sony Pictures Digital NetworksMedia & Entertainment Managing Director, Accenture Interactive
Yair LandauVice Chairman, Sony Pictures EntertainmentFounder & CEO, Mass Animation
Ross LevinsohnSVP & GM, FoxSports.comCEO, Tribune Interactive
Cyriac RoedingEVP, Mobile, CBS InteractiveFounder, Roeding Ventures
Jeff SmulyanChairman of the Board, Emmis CommunicationsChairman of the Board, CEO & Founder, Emmis Communications
Ken SolomonPresident, Fine Living NetworkChairman & CEO, Tennis Channel
Rishad TobaccowalaPresident, Starcom IPChief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe
Steve WadsworthPresident, Walt Disney Internet GroupPresident and CEO, Tapjoy
Brent WeinsteinHead of Digital Media, UTAPartner, Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency
Richard WolpertVenture Advisor, Accel PartnersCo-Founder & CEO, Hello Tech
Marty YudkovitzPresident, TiVoRetired