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NEW YORK MEDIA FESTIVAL TO TAKE OVER LOWER MANHATTAN WITH MORE THAN 20 EVENTS and 200 SPEAKERS, THIS OCTOBER

Digital Media Wire and Empiricly bring together leaders and influencers in music, games, video and innovation for 4 days of b2b conferences, open houses, innovation unconferences and startup events

NEW YORK CITY (Thursday, September 3, 2015)–New York Media Festival, a four-day event including conferences for the digital, games, music, television and video industries, will take place Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9, 2015, with 3 days of conferences at the Museum of Jewish Heritage starting on October 7. The Festival provides an intimate environment for deal-making, partnership building and networking for executives, brands, investors, content creators, and technology startups. Daily Tech-Media Crawl open houses and networking parties will be held city-wide and hosted by Condé Nast, iHeartMedia, The Orchard, Arkadium, Dots, Loeb & Loeb, SoftLayer, Vindicia, the National Arts Club and CityRealty, among others.

“We’re thrilled about bringing the games, music and video conferences together under one roof,” said Ned Sherman, New York Media Festival co-founder. “This conference is designed with a purpose— to connect people across industries to ideate, create and establish long-lasting partnerships.”

“The theme of the Innovation Unconference is: how can advanced technology enable the media and entertainment industry?” added Michael Gold, Innovation Unconference organizer and co-founder of the New York Media Festival. “I couldn’t be more excited to see how the Festival impacts collaboration between cutting edge technology startups and large media and entertainment companies.”

The festival features over 200 top speakers who will highlight innovations, trends and best practices in their respective industries. Speakers include:

Michael Davies, CEO & President, Embassy Row, Sony Pictures Television
Danny Goldberg, Legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Manager, (Nirvana, Led Zeppelin)
Brian Halligan, CEO, Hubspot
Quinn Kilbury, Senior Brand Director, Heineken
Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales, Sony Music Entertainment
Edward Roussel, Chief Innovation Officer, The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones
Ted Schilowitz, VR Creator & Futurist, 20th Century Fox
Jessica Rovello, CEO, Arkadium
Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Kent Wakeford, COO, Kabam
Eric Berger, EVP, GM of Crackle, GM of Digital, Sony Pictures Television
Jeff Birnbaum, Head of Gaming Partnerships, Google
Bill Carter, Contributor, CNN, former media journalist at The New York Times
Albert Lai, CEO/President, Big Viking Games
Vivien Lewit, Director, Content Partnerships, Music, YouTube
Joy Marcus, EVP & General Manager, Conde Nast Entertainment
Jarrod Moses, CEO & Founder, United Entertainment Group
Meg Harkins, SVP of Marketing, Roc Nation
Jason Hirschhorn, CEO and Chief Curator, REDEF

The festival kicks off with an opening party at Avenue on Tuesday night followed by a digital music forum on Wednesday, featuring senior representatives such as artists, managers and record labels. Thursday will host sessions and influencers from the games industry including publishers, developers and advertising firms. The final day of the festival will conclude with a TV/video conference for broadcasters, Multi Channel Networks (MCNs), and digital studios. Each day will feature the Innovation Unconference, the official innovation track and startup summit of the New York Media Festival, to present quick talks, panels, break-out sessions, and a technology vendor showcase in a 5,000 square foot space above the b2b conference stage events.

Support for the 2015 New York Media Festival is provided by Arkadium; Border City Media; CalReply; CityRealty; Comcast Wholesale; CrunchBase; DCIA; Dots; Events for Gamers; Fusicology; Hearst; Hypebot; IGDA; iHeartRadio; Kyle Arnett; Loeb & Loeb LLP; Magisto; Manatt; Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Marketwired; Mr. Finn; NYWIFT; NY Tech Meetup; New York-Tokyo; Parks Associates; PGA; PocketGamer; Rights Management Holdings; SAG-AFTRA; Skyline Music; SoftLayer; Steel Media; Supersonic; Tapjoy; The National Arts Club; The New Filmmakers; The Orchard; Veloxity; and Vindicia.

About NYME

The New York Media Festival (NYME) is an event designed to bring together experienced influencers and leaders to learn more about their respective fields and to network across New York City. The four day event will include an opening party, industry leadership dinners and conferences, summits, and open houses involving influencers in the gaming, video and music industries. NYME’s founding team includes seasoned conference and event producers Ned Sherman, Tinzar Sherman, and Michael Gold. Over the past 15 years, the team has produced more than 250 events including some of the biggest and most impactful entertainment, tech and digital industry conferences, mega music festivals, concerts, launch parties, intimate VIP dinners and networking events. Visit www.mefest.com for more information.

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