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Sunday, November 22
 

10:00am

Registration & FestForward Convergence
Exhibition Center opens: Grab a Mimosa- compliments of OneHope Wines and  a wristband from Blink FX and visit each vendor for prizes!

Sunday November 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Santa Barbara Ballroom

11:45am

Fifteen Minutes of Game
FestForward Co-founders Laurie & Stuart break the ice on the conference so you can dive right in.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Kirby

Laurie Kirby

Co-President, AboutFest
Former lawyer, conference producer for festivals & entertainment industry folk!
avatar for Stuart MacNaught

Stuart MacNaught

Co-President, AboutFest


Sunday November 22, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Poetry Reading & Opening Keynote
Interviewd by Laurie Kirby, Co-President, AboutFest

Moderators
avatar for Laurie Kirby

Laurie Kirby

Co-President, AboutFest
Former lawyer, conference producer for festivals & entertainment industry folk!

Speakers
avatar for Roy Yamaguchi

Roy Yamaguchi

Chef-Founder, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - ​Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Chef Roy Yamaguchi Brings Fusion to FestForwardRoy Yamaguchi is a chef, TV personality, festival chairman, author and founder of a collection of restaurants including 30 Roy’s Restaurants in the United States, Okinawa and Guam. Yamaguchi, founded and chairs, along with Chef Alan... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr

Poet
Lisa Silverberg Starr, founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, divides her time among a variety of interests, her family, and her passion for poetry. The Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 2008-2013, a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island fellowship for poetry, a former college... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Turn Up the Heat: Food & Wine Festivals
Since you can’t go to school to be a festival organizer, how do you know if you are on the right track? What checklist will you need for your budget, logistics, production, talent and operations? Learning from those that have already done the heavy lifting will help you understand the pitfalls, shortcuts, must-do’s and more to land a career or build a festival brand that will be successful for years to come! Come loaded with questions.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Busch

Clay Busch

Head of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents
An alumni of Chapman University, Clay Busch joined Danny Wimmer Presents in 2011--marking the company’s first hire--and has been a key part of the company’s growth. His prior experience includes marketing, consulting, event management and A&R. Clay got his start as an intern for... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
Rebecca has 24 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force. A former Sales Operations... Read More →
avatar for Denise Yamaguchi

Denise Yamaguchi

Executive Director, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Sierra Madre Room

1:00pm

The Future of Festivals
The last frontier of the “tribal gathering” according to Seth Godin is the festival. With expansion in every festival vertical under the sun, the death of the festival is greatly exaggerated. Let’s hear from our team of experts in food, wine, music & film about where we are heading in the industry.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival

Speakers
avatar for David Alan Bernahl,II

David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
Mr. Bernahl is co-founding partner of Coastal Luxury Management, a company that focuses on acquiring and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. The company’s first major project was Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a 4-day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts... Read More →
avatar for Bruno Chatelin

Bruno Chatelin

COO, FilmFestivals.com
My background: Business School, Ad Agencies, Distributor, and digital pioneer and entrepreneur. | Founder of filmfestivals.com Major Buzz Factory (Film marketing consulting) and Emotion Film Factory (film production)   Bruno Chatelin, french Business School HEC alumni, began his... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Ford

Maureen Ford

President, Local Alliances at Live Nation
Ms. Ford is a 20 year music marketing veteran, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Live Nation Alliances. Previously, as Vice President of National Music Sales, Ford led the music group's regional and national sales efforts including the renaming of five... Read More →
avatar for Kevan Wilkins

Kevan Wilkins

Production Manager, ​Goldenvoice


Sunday November 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

FestForward Tech Hackathon: Final Four Hackathon Teams Pitch to the Judges

The aim of the hackathon is to help shape the evolving festival industry by bringing business and tech talent together with festival producers, and through this brainstorming event, launch new ideas and solutions. The Hackathon which runs 24 hours – Saturday 11/21 11 AM thru 11/22 11 AM – will now have the “final four” teams present to the judges in order to win Delta tickets, Domino’s Pizza Gift cards and more!

In Between pitches, hear from:

“CODE” Filmmaker Robin Reynolds on Females in Technology 

Ralph “The Ethical Hacker” Echemendia on tech security issues everyone needs to know.


Speakers
avatar for Ralph Echemendia

Ralph Echemendia

​The Ethical Hacker
Ralph Echemendia has been involved in the research and development of internationally recognized courseware and certifications as well as key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful e-commerce sites on the Internet. | | He often collaborates with other... Read More →
avatar for Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds

Director / Producer, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Finish Line Features
Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds brings a longstanding history of creativity and photographic production to her innovation as Director/Producer of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap . The film exposes the dearth of female and minority computer science engineers and explores the reasons... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday November 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Sierra Madre Room

2:00pm

Music in Movies – And Now for Something Completely Different…
Explore the digital world of movies and music. Whether you are a professional in film or music (or aspire to be) – come learn about the magic behind the music in movies such as Crash, The Illusionist, Butter, The Iron Lady, Silver Linings Playbook, Begin Again, Fantastic Four, and hundreds more.

Moderators
avatar for Phil Gallo

Phil Gallo

Journalist & Author
Journalist and author Phil Gallo has written about music and the entertainment industry for three decades. Co-author of the book “Record Store Days,” published in April 2010 by Sterling, Gallo most recently covered film and television music for Billboard and programmed the Billboard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrea von Foerster

Andrea von Foerster

Music Supervisor, Firestarter
Andrea von Foerster is a music supervisor for film, television and online projects based in Los Angeles.  Throughout her extended time in the industry, her credits include independent films such as (500) Days Of Summer, From Prada To Nada, Bellflower, and Begin Again; studio films... Read More →
avatar for Richard Glasser

Richard Glasser

Head of Music, The Weinstein Company
A Motown recording artist, Richard began writing music at age 14.  He’s produced the soundtracks for “Silver Linings Playbook”, ”Escape From Planet Earth”, “Scary Movie 5”, ”Killing Them Softly”,  “Crash, (Academy Award for Best Picture)” “The Kings Speech... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Zigman

Aaron Zigman

Film Composer
Award winning composer Aaron Zigman has composed over 50 film scores for many of the major Hollywood directors and studios. Zigman combines his classical background and training with a strong knowledge of contemporary music which has enabled him to create some of film’s most memorable... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

NetGain: Networking With Purpose & Prizes

Review the feedback from any conference and you will consistently find that newtworking is the most important reason for attendance. So here’s your chance!  Bring your elevator pitch, business cards and come ready to rumble.

Facilitated by Stuart MacNaught, AboutFest 


Moderators
avatar for Stuart MacNaught

Stuart MacNaught

Co-President, AboutFest

Sunday November 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

Now Screening - Film Festival Survival
Running a fIlm festival can be a beast. They are hard to start, run and sustain but the rewards outweigh the challenges so we’re here to help. Learning from those that have already done the heavy lifting will help you understand the best practices to ensure success for your festival. Want to start a career in festival management? You’ve come to the right place!

Speakers
avatar for Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society since March 2014.  He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was... Read More →
avatar for Gary Meyer

Gary Meyer

Publisher/Director, EatDrinkFilms
Gary Meyer stared his first theater in the family barn when he was twelve-years-old. He directed a monster movie there and wanted to show it on the set. It became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 films were screened along with live productions, workshops and the publication... Read More →
avatar for Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds

Director / Producer, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Finish Line Features
Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds brings a longstanding history of creativity and photographic production to her innovation as Director/Producer of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap . The film exposes the dearth of female and minority computer science engineers and explores the reasons... Read More →
avatar for Ron Truppa

Ron Truppa

Founder and Executive Director, Catalina Film Festival
With a prodigious entrepreneurial background, in 2006 Ron started his production company, TRUPPA Entertainment, not only purchasing and creating original content, but also producing, writing, and directing events, documentaries, TV, Film, PSA's, Commercials, and Music Videos... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Sierra Madre Room

3:45pm

SponsorFest

Delta will be awarding a sponsorship at FestForward valued at approximately $10,000 (value of travel certificates) to a festival or event that best embodies a strategic fit for Delta. Introductory remarks will be made by Keith Miller of Kenwood Experiences.

 

Lesa Ukman, Futures Director, ESP Properties and co-founder of IEG, Inc. will inform attendees at FestForward how to participate and help them understand the best practices in sponsorship proposals and the sponsor industry.

 

In addition, a Delta representative will speak to the audience about what they look for in a sponsorship proposal. Attendees will prepare a 3 page targeted sponsor proposal for Delta, with mentoring by Liana Bender, California Film Institute Development Director.

 

Contest: All FestForward attendees at SponsorFest (except for corporate sponsors) are eligible to win.

 

To Enter: Attend FestForward and sign in at SponsorFest on Sunday November 22, 2015. Submit your 3-page proposal/deck by midnight November 22, 2015 to info@aboutfest.com with the subject "SponsorFest Pitch. The Winner will be announced Tuesday morning before the Awards brunch.


Moderators
avatar for Liana Bender

Liana Bender

Director of Development, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana Bender is responsible for the financial sustainability of the contributed revenue for the organization, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. Liana... Read More →
avatar for Lesa Ukman

Lesa Ukman

Futures Director, ESP Properties & IEG
Lesa Ukman | Futures Director, ESP Properties | WPP Group M | | Lesa Ukman is a thought-leading marketer, entrepreneur, journalist and a professor. | | While working for the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events in 1980, she leveraged the power of live events... Read More →

Sunday November 22, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

Making Your Music Festival or Tour Sing
The road to success in the music industry can be long and winding, frought with setbacks and challenges. Hear firsthand accounts from our distinguished panel about the vision, ingenuity and determination it takes to build a lasting brand in the live music industry.

Speakers
avatar for “Disco Donnie” Estopinal

“Disco Donnie” Estopinal

Founder & CEO, Disco Donnie Presents/SFX
| James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

Owner-CEO, 4fini, Vans Warped Tour
Kevin Lyman is the founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., a live event production company and brand strategy firm. His most notable live production is the Vans Warped Tour, which attracts about 750,000 people annually and is the longest-running North American festival concert tou... Read More →
avatar for Scott Page

Scott Page

Chief Executive Officer/President/Co-Founder, Ignited Network
Scott Page is a musician, technologist and entrepreneur. He currently serves as CEO of Ignited Network, "a startup music accelerator based in Los Angeles.” As a performer he is widely recognized as the saxophonist/guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. As an entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Randall

Chuck Randall

Tour Manager, Alice in Chains, Roadworks
avatar for Jeremy L. Weiss

Jeremy L. Weiss

Owner, The CI Companies
Jeremy Weiss owns the label CI Records (est. 1987), releasing nearly 150 records.  He has produced over 1,300 live concerts throughout central and Eastern Pennsylvania, through CI Productions, primarily booking at The Chameleon Club & the CI-owned all ages venue, The Champ.  Weiss has... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Sierra Madre Room

5:00pm

Fiesta Riviera

Come Help Us Set The American Riviera Afire!

Plaza del Sol, Fess Parker Resort, Santa Barbara

5:00 - 7:00 PM​ Wine Tasting/Beer Tasting/Cocktail Reception

Watch the pupeteers in action with artist Matthew McAvene

5:45 - 6:45 PM Pasta & Salad Stations


Artists
avatar for Matthew McAvene

Matthew McAvene

Artist, Matthew McAvene
Matthew is a master artisan creating a range of works in mixed media, paint and kinetic sculpture. McAvene's prolific creative background has exposed him to a variety of materials and techniques, equipping him with renaissance ability to craft work as a sculptor, painter... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for GIGSALAD

GIGSALAD

Community engagement is the driving force behind festivals and fairs, and people come from around the world to unite in an experience that you've set the stage for. Now, you can engage your audience even further. With GigSalad, you can book extraordinary strolling performers that... Read More →
avatar for Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company began in Tony Magee’s kitchen in 1993. From the stovetop, they moved within Northern California to the community of Petaluma. Now, with a new Chicago production facility, they’re bringing their flagship IPA across the globe, emerging as a battle-tested... Read More →
avatar for OTW Safety

OTW Safety

OTW Safety is the leader in innovative barrier product designs for niche markets in safety. OTW’s specialized products include revenue generating crowd control devices for special events, airport runway barricades designed to more safely delineate runways during reconstruction projects... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza del Sol

7:00pm

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Comes To A Rockin’ Halt at FestForward!

Artists
avatar for Dave Mason

Dave Mason

Musician
David Thomas "Dave" Mason is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Worcester, who first found fame with the rock band Traffic. Over the course of his career, Mason has played and recorded with many notable pop and rock musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the... Read More →


Sunday November 22, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza del Sol

8:00pm

FireChat After Party
On the Plaza - Live music and more wine and beer, tequila tasting, DJ and dancing and more!

Sponsors

Sunday November 22, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza del Sol
 
Monday, November 23
 

9:00am

Advances in Festival Technology & Safety
Mobile Apps, wireless technology, “wearable” technology, RFID, and other festival technology impacts the safety of the event, experience of the fan, the crew, vendors and the artist. Our goal is to bring you the latest and greatest to make your festival a “techcess.” Introductory remarks will be made by Dax Cochran of WDT WeatherOps.

Moderators
avatar for Ted Cohen

Ted Cohen

Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Ted Cohen is an American digital entertainment industry executive. Having worked in senior management positions at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Recordsand Philips Media, Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. Cohen currently chairs the Visionary Committee for MidemNet, served... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Eilts

Michael Eilts

President and Chief Executive Officer, Weather Decision Technologies
Mike and four others founded WDT in 2000 in Norman, Oklahoma. The founders of WDT all came from meteorological research organizations in Norman and WDT continues to maintain relationships with these research organizations to extract new technologies from them. Before founding WDT... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Kreinik

Jeff Kreinik

Head of Festivals, Ticketfly
Senior Business Development, Marketing, and Operations Executive with a proven background of capitalizing on market opportunities and digital technologies to drive strong contributions to revenue, profit and ROI of start-up, high-growth and turnaround organizations. Skilled communicator... Read More →
avatar for Steve Lemon

Steve Lemon

Director, Event Safety Alliance
Steve Lemon is a live event producer and project manager who specializes in large-scale event planning and management. Steve has worked in the entertainment, marketing, sports and leisure industries for over 30 years. He is the founder of Steve Lemon and Associates, a planning... Read More →
avatar for Damian Pelliccione

Damian Pelliccione

Head of Business Development, Make.TV
Damian is head of North American business development for a live streaming German based company Make.tv. Make.tv specializes in new cloud based software's for Youtube creators and national broadcasters specializing in multi-cam live streaming. Damian has worked with brands like Chevrolet... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Zettler

Gillian Zettler

Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Erika began her career in New York City producing a number of award winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of mediums including advertising, events, sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. She has been instrumental in producing multi-platform campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Grand Ballroom

9:00am

Film Festival Technology
Festival technology for film festivals includes not only distribution and exhibition but methods for engaging new audiences. Our panel explores how to message in the digital world the "analogue” messaging that film festivals traditionally represent.​

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Oberman

Benjamin Oberman

President & CEO, Mousetrap Films
Benjamin Oberman brings fifteen years experience in the Entertainment Industry as a Distribution Expert, Executive, Producer, Writer, Director, Technical Consultant and Performer. A recognized distribution expert, Mr. Oberman has spoken on and inspired numerous film festival panels... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luke Archer

Luke Archer

Creative Director, Video Producer, Cool Hand Look
Cool Hand Luke is a video producer with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in multimedia design. Luke’s is a voracious producer of great video and film content. His bag of tricks includes Scripting & Storyboarding, Directing, Editing, & Motion Design. Companies including... Read More →
avatar for Kimberley Browning

Kimberley Browning

Filmmaker & Film Festival Programmer, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS, Comedy Film Nerds, TheoryFX
Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional in Los Angeles. She is the Founder and Festival of HOLLYWOOD SHORTS, a short film screening series and Emerging Filmmakers Program launched in 1998.  HOLLYWOOD SHORTS presents monthly short film screenings in Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Echemendia

Ralph Echemendia

​The Ethical Hacker
Ralph Echemendia has been involved in the research and development of internationally recognized courseware and certifications as well as key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful e-commerce sites on the Internet. | | He often collaborates with other... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Gordon

Laurie Gordon

Director, Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Industry Conference (Animaze)
Laurie Gordon is the director of the Montreal International Animation Film Festival and industry conference (Animaze). The festival has a focus on animation for film and technology. She is president of Musivision Films and has worked with Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin, the subject of... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Reiman

Joshua Reiman

Director of Strategic Partnerships, San Francisco Film Society
Joshua Reiman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Film Society, leading outreach and partnership design with corporate, government, and community groups. Joshua previously worked with Equal Access International, Institute of International Education, Confederation... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Sierra Madre Room

10:00am

SXSW's Past, Present, and Future

2016 will mark 30 years of SXSW. In 1994 they broadened their focus from a strictly music industry event to include interactive technology and film. Other events have adopted various elements of that same convergence approach to conferences and festivals, probably due in part to what they experienced at SXSW.

Mike Shea, Executive Director of SXSW 

Interviewed by Phil Gallo, Journalist


Speakers
avatar for Mike Shea

Mike Shea

Executive Director, SXSW


Monday November 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Issues Facing Food and Wine Festivals
With so many food and wine festivals exploding on the scene, the stakes are higher. Ticket pricing, the cost of celebrity chefs, staffing, logistics, audience development & creating a unique experience are top of mind for organizers. We will converge those that have created high profile festivals to understand their view of the industry.

Moderators
avatar for Philip Dobard

Philip Dobard

Vice President & Director, SoFAB Institute
Philip Dobard is Vice President of SoFAB Institute and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of SoFAB’s Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, the organization’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He publishes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Alan Bernahl,II

David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
Mr. Bernahl is co-founding partner of Coastal Luxury Management, a company that focuses on acquiring and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. The company’s first major project was Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a 4-day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts... Read More →
avatar for Dominique Love

Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America... Read More →
avatar for Devonie Nicholas

Devonie Nicholas

Public Relations Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals
Devonie Nicholas serves as the Public Relations Director for the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach & New York City Wine & Food Festivals.  Born in Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Sierra Madre Room

10:30am

Networking Break: Sponsored by bluemedia
Sponsors
avatar for Backstage Networks

Backstage Networks

BackStage Networks is THE Information Technology expert festivals, events and tours.  With over 20 years experience in providing large and complex wired and wireless data networking infrastructure and support, we are the most experienced and capable service provider for live events... Read More →
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bluemedia

We are bluemedia. Signage legends. By day, we design, print, fabricate and install signage and decor for the biggest events in the world. By night, we print and fulfill the campaigns that impact millions of consumers. Our foundation of technology, design, production, and commitment... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93103

11:00am

Convergence and Collaboration 2.0: Food, Wine, Film, and Music
What happens when the arts come together? How do festivals create an identity and an experience that can encompass the best of these disciplines? And how do they leverage their perceived value to maximize revenue? Where do we go from here?

Moderators
avatar for Clay Busch

Clay Busch

Head of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents
An alumni of Chapman University, Clay Busch joined Danny Wimmer Presents in 2011--marking the company’s first hire--and has been a key part of the company’s growth. His prior experience includes marketing, consulting, event management and A&R. Clay got his start as an intern for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Dickson

Melissa Dickson

Communications Director, Fashion Meets Music Festival
avatar for Gary Meyer

Gary Meyer

Publisher/Director, EatDrinkFilms
Gary Meyer stared his first theater in the family barn when he was twelve-years-old. He directed a monster movie there and wanted to show it on the set. It became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 films were screened along with live productions, workshops and the publication... Read More →
avatar for Devonie Nicholas

Devonie Nicholas

Public Relations Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals
Devonie Nicholas serves as the Public Relations Director for the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach & New York City Wine & Food Festivals.  Born in Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University... Read More →
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival


Monday November 23, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Grand Ballroom

11:00am

Issues Facing Film Festivals
Programming, sponsorship, staffing, audience and community awareness and festival logistics make the work of running a film festival an incredible, but rewarding challenge. Maintaining relevancy in a world where films are discovered in a multitude of ways and on many devices, as well as managing and planning for a long-term future in the ever changing landscape will be the focus of this panel.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Rubin

Gary Rubin

Executive Vice President, Cohen Media
Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business. Prior to his current position as Executive Vice President at the Cohen Media Group, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Rubin also served as Executive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liana Bender

Liana Bender

Director of Development, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana Bender is responsible for the financial sustainability of the contributed revenue for the organization, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. Liana... Read More →
avatar for Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society since March 2014.  He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross

Founder and Director, San Francisco IndieFest
San Francisco IndieFest Founder and Director Jeff has produced events for over twenty years, ranging from nightclub shows, underground music events, art openings, live music, performing arts and film festivals. For four years (1997-2001) he was Operations Manager at the San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Ron Truppa

Ron Truppa

Founder and Executive Director, Catalina Film Festival
With a prodigious entrepreneurial background, in 2006 Ron started his production company, TRUPPA Entertainment, not only purchasing and creating original content, but also producing, writing, and directing events, documentaries, TV, Film, PSA's, Commercials, and Music Videos... Read More →
avatar for Michal Wiesbrock

Michal Wiesbrock

Entertainment Executive


Monday November 23, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Sierra Madre Room

12:00pm

Social Media: Who’s Listening?
The goal of social media is to engage, listen, and convert with increased attendance, ticket sales and great fan experiences. Different tools serve different functions. Are you using them to their greatest advantage? Listen & learn!

Moderators
avatar for Shana Fong

Shana Fong

Music Marketing, Eventbrite
Shana is passionate about sparking connections between people through live experiences. Her role at Eventbrite is to bring music festivals, venues, and music event organizers of all shapes and sizes on board. Her first CD was Aerosmith and her favorite show of all time was Daft Punk... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Clay Busch

Clay Busch

Head of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents
An alumni of Chapman University, Clay Busch joined Danny Wimmer Presents in 2011--marking the company’s first hire--and has been a key part of the company’s growth. His prior experience includes marketing, consulting, event management and A&R. Clay got his start as an intern for... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Gordon

Laurie Gordon

Director, Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Industry Conference (Animaze)
Laurie Gordon is the director of the Montreal International Animation Film Festival and industry conference (Animaze). The festival has a focus on animation for film and technology. She is president of Musivision Films and has worked with Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin, the subject of... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Houser

Hannah Houser

Communications Coordinator, AC Entertainment
Prior to joining the marketing team at AC Entertainment, Hannah Houser worked in AC’s artist management department assisting internationally touring artists Abigail Washburn and Trixie Whitley. Since coming aboard marketing in April 2013, Hannah has overseen and exponentially grown... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wald

Mike Wald

Chief Business Development Officer, Oniracom
Mike has been involved with technology since playing on his first Apple in 1988. Educated as an Ecological Anthropologist, he brings both scientific and sociological insight to every project. He has worked with a broad spectrum of technologies and even broader list of media in his... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Issues Facing Music Festivals
With massive rollups, media attention on drug use, overpriced talent & recent high profile festival failures, the challenges for festival promoters has never been greater. However, the discovery of music and fan experiences make festivals the most coveted and memorable way for audiences to consume music. These experts have experienced the ups and downs of the industry and will share where we are headed.

The panel will also feature a suprise speaker. Come see for yourself!

Moderators
avatar for Ken Deans

Ken Deans

Owner, KD Production Services
Bringing years experience from the entertainment world, Kens award winning talent has helped ABC Television Networks, AT&T, Alaska Airlines, FastChannel Network, Infiniti, Jones Radio Network, Level 3 networks, Lion Brand Yarn, Mazda, Neilson, Netflix, Nissan, The Penske Corp., Radio... Read More →

Speakers
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“Disco Donnie” Estopinal

Founder & CEO, Disco Donnie Presents/SFX
| James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans... Read More →
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Maureen Ford

President, Local Alliances at Live Nation
Ms. Ford is a 20 year music marketing veteran, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Live Nation Alliances. Previously, as Vice President of National Music Sales, Ford led the music group's regional and national sales efforts including the renaming of five... Read More →
avatar for Elliott Lefko

Elliott Lefko

President, Goldenvoice/AEG
avatar for David Silbaugh

David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer & Production Supervisor, Summerfest
David is known as a talent buyer for Summerfest ("The World's Largest Music Festival") and fulfills entertainment relations and production supervisor duties in addition to producing the Emerging Artists Series for the festival. He is also an A&R Consultant for Banshee Music, an Entertainment... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Sierra Madre Room

1:00pm

Cinema Centerpiece

Don’t miss award-winning producer, director and writer Jennifer Senko discuss and preview scenes from her highly anticipated and thought provoking soon- to- be-released film "The Brainwashing of My Dad” about the birth of the sound bite and the impact of media. This session will definitely have you talking!

The film is produced by acclaimed actor Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff and features animation by Bill Plympton.http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com

Interviewd by Michael Aisner.


Moderators
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Michael Aisner

Co-owner and Producer, frameXframe films
Michael Aisner grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and had to swim naked in high school gym class with 100 other freshman. Surviving, he went on to work in high school, college, and then Denver commercial radio, attending the University of Colorado School of Journalism. At 20 went to the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Senko

Jen Senko

Documentary Filmmaker
Jen Senko is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her first documentary, “Road Map Warrior Women”, won recognition with several festival awards. Her most recent film, “The Vanishing City”, exposes the policies and economic philosophy that has made... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

Marketing to Millennials

The conventional wisdom is that the holy grail is millennials, with buying power and influence for the next few decades. They are looking for authentic relationships with properties and brands. The panel will discuss the intersection of content, digital marketing, and social media in creating holistic, multi-channel ticket marketing and sales.


Moderators
avatar for Lizzy Paulson

Lizzy Paulson

Events Director, Time Warner Cable
As Events Director, Corporate Brand and Reputation, at Time Warner Cable, Lizzy Paulson oversees the execution and management of local and national events for the company’s philanthropic outreach, including the signature Connect A Million Minds.  Lizzy oversees a team that creates... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler

Senior Vice President, CatalystCreativ
"Creating experiences has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Gainesville, GA I was always ready to help my mom entertain, host a family get together, or decorate the house for whatever the next holiday was. That continues today. No matter where I find myself... Read More →
avatar for Graham Kahr

Graham Kahr

VP, Digital, Wendoh Media/Life is Beautiful Festival
avatar for Jesse Lawrence

Jesse Lawrence

Founder & CEO, TiqIQ
"I'm the CEO of TiqIQ.com, which is the leading ticket search engine online. I started my professional career as a writer covering New York technology in 1996. I've been fascinated by the ticket market from a young age and remember trying to understand what drove the market in front... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Tell

Jacob Tell

CEO, Creative Lead, Oniracom
Jacob innovates premiere brand positioning throughout the entertainment industry. With an educational background in film and politics, Jacob seeks world changing solutions for positive and creative humans. He embraces technology-driven solutions aims to make them accessible for all... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Sierra Madre Room

2:00pm

That’s The Ticket – The Art & Science of Ticketing Your Festival
Ticketing can make or break your festival’s success. Pricing, delivery, authentication, access control and analytics are just a few of the considerations when selecting and working with a ticketing partner.  Hear the latest in ticketing technology and preview the next generation of tools that will improve social chatter, increase revenues and streamline your event.

Moderators
avatar for Laurie Kirby

Laurie Kirby

Co-President, AboutFest
Former lawyer, conference producer for festivals & entertainment industry folk!

Speakers
avatar for Keith Goldberg

Keith Goldberg

Chief Revenue Officer, Vendini
Mr. Keith Goldberg has been the Chief Revenue Officer at Vendini, Inc. since December 2014 and served as its Vice President of Marketing and Product. Mr. Goldberg has been at Vendini since 2011. He started consulting for a myriad of Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Goldberg graduated from... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Raffi

Benjamin Raffi

CEO & President, Universe
Ben is the CEO and President of Universe, the social marketplace for events, acquired by Live Nation in 2015. We work with over 28,000 event organizers globally. Launched two iOS apps, two Android apps, and raised $3 million from angel and venture capital investors. Prior to Universe... Read More →
avatar for John Riccardi

John Riccardi

VP of Music, SeatGeek
John Riccardi brings over 15 years of music industry experience to his role as SeatGeek’s VP of Music, where he currently oversees business development in the music space. In addition to actively producing events in over 20 countries worldwide, he has overseen marketing, sponsorship... Read More →
avatar for Lynne King Smith

Lynne King Smith

CEO, TicketForce
Lynne King Smith is a writer, blogger, lover of social media, and loves to share ideas about using technology across markets. She helped to found and ran the communications for a non-profit from 1996-2002 and worked as a senior writer for non-profits for ten years. She holds a... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom

2:50pm

Activating Sponsorships at a Festival

When negotiating a sponsorship, all brands recognize the value of activation across many platforms. Festivals need to remain authentic while brands want to be heard. A marriage of convenience must exist for the success of the relationship. What steps must the festival take to ensure success? Our experts will provide some key takeaways.


Moderators
avatar for David Hazan

David Hazan

Founder, DLH Marketing

Speakers
avatar for Sam Elkin

Sam Elkin

Sponsorship Account Manager, C3 Presents
avatar for Elana Leaf

Elana Leaf

Director, Special Projects, Insomniac
Elana Leaf has worked in Special Events, Entertainment Marketing and Public Relations for over a decade. Elana started her career internationally, working both locally in Los Angeles, and abroad in London. Her roster of experience includes a wide variety of brand activations and strategy... Read More →
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival
avatar for Rob Tonkin

Rob Tonkin

Founder, Marketing Factory


Monday November 23, 2015 2:50pm - 3:40pm
Sierra Madre Room

3:00pm

Sustainability - It’s an Authentic Problem
Sustainability is the ability to sustain a behavior indefinitely. Our environment depends upon us to protect and preserve it for future generations. Let’s face it, festivals wreak environmental chaos. But it doesn’t need to be the case. Hear some case studies to prove just that.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens

Vice President of Operations, OTW Safety

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Gasperini

Kathleen Gasperini

Senior Vice President, Label Networks
Kathleen Gasperini is internationally acclaimed as an industry leader when it comes to global youth culture marketing, research, and sustainable branding strategies. She is the co-founder of Label Networks, the leader in delivering global youth culture intelligence from the heart... Read More →
avatar for Megan Luce

Megan Luce

Branch Manager, Clean Vibes
Meg Luce is the West Coast Branch Manager for Clean Vibes, LLC. Clean Vibes provides onsite waste management and recycling services to special events. Clean Vibes’ mission is to help events reduce their ecological footprints by diverting waste from the landfill through recycling... Read More →
avatar for Patrice Williams

Patrice Williams

CEO/Founder, Going Green Film Festival
Patrice Williams founded a non-profit charity, The Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program in 1992. As a journalist, filmmaker, screenwriter, she used her background to create a fundraiser for the charity, The Going Green Film Festival. The festival was the first of it’s kind... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom

3:45pm

Maintaining Your Food & Wine Festival’s Identity
With the rise of VIP ticket prices, celebrity chefs and the epicurean experience, food and wine festivals are feeling the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive space. That said, these leaders understand their market and work hard to provide the experience that keeps their loyal fans coming back while they build a new group of attendees to sustain their festivals.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Kettmann

Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast
Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent and a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews more than 150 wines per month. He co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music festival and conference now in its seventh year, regularly moderates... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dominique Love

Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America... Read More →
avatar for Kate Mider Pajo

Kate Mider Pajo

Festival Director, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Music City Food + Wine Festival, Chicago Food + Wine Festival
avatar for Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
Rebecca has 24 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force. A former Sales Operations... Read More →
avatar for Denise Yamaguchi

Denise Yamaguchi

Executive Director, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Zettler

Gillian Zettler

Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Erika began her career in New York City producing a number of award winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of mediums including advertising, events, sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. She has been instrumental in producing multi-platform campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Sierra Madre Room

4:00pm

Working with Charities: The Festival As Change Agent
Organizers of film, music, food and wine festivals generally incorporate charities into their events in a variety of ways. The events are an organic environment to message audience with calls to action that effect change. Find out how these leaders are creating a lasting impression beyond the festival walls.

Moderators
avatar for Andy Bernstein

Andy Bernstein

Executive Director, HeadCount
Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004, and became its executive director in the Spring of 2008. He spearheads the organization’s fundraising, marketing, artist relations and strategic planning, under the guidance of HeadCount’s board of directors. Prior to creating HeadCount... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justine Lucas

Justine Lucas

Global Director of Programs, The Global Poverty Project, Global Citizen Festival
ustine is the Global Director of Programs for the Global Poverty Project. She manages Global Citizen events, global partnerships and campaign development. Justine has a dynamic background in both international and domestic non-profits, including extensive work on human rights and... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Martin

Margaret Martin

Founder / National Director, Harmony Project
Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH Margaret Martin is a doctor of public health.  She is the Founder and Director of Advocacy and Research of Harmony Project, a music-based mentoring program that provides instruments and tuition-free group and private music lessons to thousands of the most... Read More →
avatar for Brandi Veil

Brandi Veil

Personal and Professional Development Consultant, Public Speaker, Sharing Heals
Brandi Veil is a personal and professional consultant with a private healing practice, sharing economy advocate and former event producer. She is the producer/host of "Sharing Heals" a series of broadcasts focused on transformation in the sharing economy and "Get Connected" with Brandi... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Ballroom

4:45pm

Poetry Readings
Artists
avatar for Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks

Poet
Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr

Poet
Lisa Silverberg Starr, founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, divides her time among a variety of interests, her family, and her passion for poetry. The Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 2008-2013, a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island fellowship for poetry, a former college... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Sierra Madre Room

5:00pm

Wine, Women, & Song – Stepping out from Behind the Camera
These are iconic women - one was a hilarious Sweeney Sister on SNL, another Fame’s talented triple threat Nicole Chapman and the third famed Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. They have broken many boundaries  as they have worked in front of the camera for most of their lives. Now focused on owning their careers by their own standards, they live by what matters most to them. Hear what Cat wants us to do in the kitchen, how Nia has developed a holistic approach to life and still Nora can’t stop making us laugh. 

Moderators
avatar for Jennice Fuentes

Jennice Fuentes

Founder and Managing Partner, Fuentes Strategies
Jennice Fuentes is a recently retired (2013) U.S. House of Representatives Chief of Staff with 25 years of legislative and political experience. She has a demonstrated track record advocating and advancing legislative issues to Congressional leaders and directly impacting the passage... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cat Cora

Cat Cora

Iron Chef, Author
"Cooking As Fast As I Can" author  Cat Cora  grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, attended the Culinary Institute of America, and worked in New York City before traveling overseas to apprentice in Europe with world-renowned French chefs George Blanc and Roger Vergé. After the Food... Read More →
avatar for Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn

Actor
Nora Eloise Dunn is an American actor and comedian, known for her work on the NBC sketch variety TV series Saturday Night Live. | | Dunn appeared in recurring roles on Sisters from 1993–1996 and The Nanny from 1998–1999, as well as a guest-starring role in a two-part... Read More →
avatar for Nia Peeples

Nia Peeples

Actor
Nia Peeples is an American R&B and dance music singer and actor. She is perhaps best known for her role as Nicole Chapman on Fame. She is also known for her role as Emily Fields' mother on Pretty Little Liars, as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless, and... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom

6:00pm

Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Last chance to visit the Exhibit Hall and experience the latest and greatest.

Sponsored by Backstage Networks 

Sponsors
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Backstage Networks

BackStage Networks is THE Information Technology expert festivals, events and tours.  With over 20 years experience in providing large and complex wired and wireless data networking infrastructure and support, we are the most experienced and capable service provider for live events... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santa Barbara Ballroom
 
Tuesday, November 24
 

9:00am

Closing Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Scott Mirkin

Scott Mirkin

Co-Founder & Executive Producer, ESM Productions
Scott Mirkin is one of America’s most successful event producers. Throughout his 25-year career, Scott has produced some of the most high profile events in the country for political icons such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, religious figures including Pope Francis and the Dalai... Read More →


Tuesday November 24, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Sierra Madre Room

10:00am

Best of The Fests Closing Brunch with Reception, Closing Speech and Awards

Sponsorship Winner of SponsorFest: Presented by Delta Air Lines

Best Sponsor Partner to a Festival

Festival Innovation Champion (Film, Music, Food/wine)
Festival Sustainability Champion (Music, Food/wine)
Festival Charity Champion (Film, Music , Food/wine)

Convergce Award: Scott Mirkin, Executive Producer

Champion of Music: Dave Mason, Musician

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Shep Gordon, Manager
Presented by Alice Cooper


Moderators
avatar for Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi

Actor
Richard William Burgi is an American film and television actor. He's known for the roles of Det. Jim Ellison on The Sentinel, TV Reporter 1 on Christmas Twister and as Karl Mayer on Desperate Housewives.

Tuesday November 24, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom