As of December 1, 2017 (subject to change)


8 a.m.: Registration Opens
9 a.m.: General Sessions
1 p.m.: Networking Luncheon
3:30 p.m.: WiTH Workshop Registration Opens
4:15 p.m.: CPS Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m.: WiTH Workshop
6 p.m.: Networking Reception/MESA Holiday Party


9 – 9:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Guy Finley, Executive Director, CDSA & MESA

9:10 – 9:15 a.m.
Conference Welcome Remarks

Kai Pradel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MediaSilo

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Setting the Stage for CPS 2017

This session provides perspective on the strategic importance of the roles CDSA and the Content Protection Summit play within the Media & Entertainment industry.
Guy Finley, Executive Director, CDSA
Martin Porter, President, CDSA
Ben Stanbury, Vice President, Information Security Officer, WDS Technology Security & Risk Management, The Walt Disney Studios and Chairman of the Board, CDSA

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
The Global State of Information Security and Copyright Protection

PwC’s annual Global State of Information Security Survey 2018 reveals that entertainment and media executives are enhancing security to align with changes in technology; and in turn, are improving privacy measures, business processes and strategies. Additionally, copyright infringement and piracy activity continues to increase exponentially as technology innovations allow for easier consumption of digital content. This is leaving content owners in the entertainment and media industry with increasing challenges in preventing and detecting unauthorized distribution of their digital assets. Armed with new data on threats, assets and adversaries, this session provides key findings that support a case for creating an evolved, business-focused security and content protection program.
Wendy Frank, Principal, Strategic Technology, PwC

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
The New Normal of Cyber Threats: Protecting Content in the Digital Age

Remarks will cover the recent and evolving threat landscape, to include the more regular use of ransomware and other destructive malware, as well as the interests and sophistication of nation state actors. Paul’s remarks will also outline various steps companies can take to protect content—and hold violators accountable—in an increasingly connected world.
Paul M. Rosen, Partner, Crowell Moring

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION – Larson Studios: Responding to Third-Party Vendor Threats

When Rick and Jill Larson, owners of the popular LA post house Larson Studios, received two short, personal text messages saying” hello” right before Christmas 2016, they had no idea that they were about to be the victim of Hollywood’s biggest hack since Sony Pictures in 2014. They soon discovered that a group calling itself the Dark Overlord, was already inside their server and was threatening to leak precious pre-release content from their customers. Larson’s principals will offer lessons learned about what to do to avoid this from happening to you (and what to do if/when it happens).
Moderator: Guy Finley, Executive Director, MESA and Executive Director, CDSA
David Dondorf, Chief Engineer, Larson Studios
Jill Marshall Larson, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Larson Studios
Richard Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Larson Studios
Chris Unthank, Director, Digital Systems, Larson Studios

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 – 11:30 A.M.
Future Proofing Your Connected World

Cloud computing adds greater compute, storage, and access capabilities to our organizations. The cloud also connects new devices and technologies that enhance how we operate and do business. Practitioners must be aware of how to securely adopt and implement these new technologies. This session shares some of the latest security techniques and methodologies in Cloud, IoT, DevOps, AI, and more to help protect these environments.
John Yeoh, Research Director, Americas, Cloud Security Alliance

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Cloud Workflows: Achieving Studio-Grade Security, Part I

Adoption of cloud solutions can be a security upgrade, while delivering material benefit to the studio’s bottom line. However, those profit-oriented objectives can only be achieved if security is adequately considered in a cloud context. This session introduces the ways in which core media workloads move to the cloud, underscoring the security implications of a multi-tenant public cloud environment in light of various asset classifications, content production, and delivery scenarios, as well as content handling during production workloads.
Ted Harrington, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Creative Vs. Security: Getting on the Same Side of the Struggle

We’re all on the same side when it comes to content security. The same monitoring you have across your cloud-enabled enterprise also applies to how users engage and interact with available technology platforms and existing workflows. Leaks have a financial impact throughout the production, from the corporate headquarters to the set. However, those who create and produce our industry’s content and those who are responsible for protecting its value are often talking “different languages” when it comes to security. This panel discussion gathers security and technology execs to talk about “getting on the same page” when it comes to content protection.
Moderator: Lulu Zezza, Founder, One-Simple and Treasurer, CDSA
Jeff Blair, Chief Information Security Officer, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Kowsik Guruswamy, Chief Technology Officer, Menlo Security
Janice Pearson, Director, Content Protection Strategy & Operations, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Harrie Tholen, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, NexGuard
Introduction by: Kai Pradel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MediaSilo

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Kodi Brings Pirated Content to the Big Screen – How to Overcome the Challenge

With torrent usage plummeting from 23% of internet traffic in 2011 to under 5% last year, Kodi has taken over the mantle of piracy and brought illegal content from the dorm room to the living room. This session will explore the origins of Kodi, map out its software and hardware eco-system and discuss the particular challenges in tackling Kodi piracy. We will explain how the growing adoption of Kodi impacts content owners world-wide and what can be done do to effectively manage the threat.
David Würgler, Senior Director, Anti-Piracy Litigation, NAGRA

12:30 – 1 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Fighting Giants and Reimagining Our Industry’s Future

The author of the new book, “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy” will discuss the impact of these new digital platform giants on the state of contemporary intellectual property and the future of music, film, television, publishing and news. Using his own half-century career as a music and film producer and pioneer of streaming video online, Taplin will offer solutions that would allow us to reimagine the fundamental design of a new web that protects the integrity and profitability of our industry’s content.
Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus, Annenberg innovation Lab, USC
Introduction by: Ted Harrington, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators

1 p.m.
Introduction to Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Guy Finley, Executive Director, CDSA

1 – 2 p.m.


2 – 2:15 p.m.
Across Borders: Getting the Guilty in Jail

This case study shows how the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate is going after every pirate wherever they live and operate. They recently collaborated with the police in Shenzen, China to arrest the makers of illegally programmed pirate IPTV boxes. Earlier efforts included working with Dubai to stop online piracy of the Mayweather-Pacquiao match last May and working in the Philippines to arrest a notorious pirate who was profiting through a subscription-based model servicing overseas workers.
Elisha Lawrence, Assistant Vice President, General Counsel, Global Anti-Piracy & Content Security, ABS-CBN International

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Community and Partnership with the FBI

Today, organizations need not only to understand current trends in security threats but also be able to identify inherent vulnerabilities within existing systems. In this session, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Los Angeles Cyber Division will share the cyber threatscape affecting content management organizations, employees and third party vendors. We will also further expand on working with law enforcement, what to expect, and how the Law Enforcement community is collaborating with the entertainment industry and cyber security companies to strengthen the partnership.
Michael Sohn, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Introduction: Stan Stahl, Founder & President, Secure the Village

2:30 – 3 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Charting a Collaborative Course for Software in 2018 and Beyond

In this exclusive LA-keynote appearance, BSA | The Software Alliance President and CEO Victoria Espinel will discuss recent geopolitical changes on the software industry, including the new US administration, elections in Germany, and recent developments in France and the UK, as well as policy issues including cross-border data transfers and cybersecurity laws.
Victoria Espinel, President and Chief Executive Officer, BSA | The Software Alliance
Introduction: Richard Atkinson, ‎Corporate Senior Director, Global Piracy Conversion Team, Adobe Systems

3 – 3:15 p.m.
The Hidden Enemy: Building Awareness for Unseen Vulnerabilities

“Security” issues, as discussed in M&E, speak mainly to risk, firewalls and known vulnerabilities within an organization. The outlier enemies are often an uneven, endless and evolving landscape of threats that move beyond the traditional enterprise or “device”. A rich set of tools is available to mitigate security risks for today’s systems but there are attack vectors hidden from view that can defeat even the best defenses. This session highlights some obscure ways you may already unknowingly be compromised.
Spencer Stephens, Production & Media Technology Expert

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Ask A Reviewer: What Do They Really Think About Your Screening Site?

If you follow any TV critics on social media, you’ll immediately learn that press screeners are the bane of their existence. Whether you’re a studio, network or an indie distributor who sends out pre-release content, chances are your name is being taken in vain somewhere this very minute! Are your technology and security decisions impacting the ink your content receives? How do they prefer to watch pre-release content given the various delivery methods? This session answers these questions, our critics will relate their own experiences with screeners and address the impact that online screeners (or lack thereof) have on the quality and amount of their press coverage.
Moderator: Bob Gold, Principal, Bob Gold & Associates
Randee Dawn, Writer, Content Creator
Rob Owen, TV Critic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jared Vincenti, Product Manager, MediaSilo and

3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Breakout Session Instructions

Guy Finley, Executive Director, CDSA

CPS Innovation and Technology Showcases
(Multi-Track Break-Out Sessions)

Industry experts share innovative ideas, processes, or perspectives in an interactive and intimate way with the audience who are free to choose which topic/area they find most interesting. Sessions will address key areas on separate tracks:


4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
If You Like It, Then You Shoulda Put a Watermark on It: Watermarking as a Service is Cheaper and Easier Than You Think
There are multiple points in any media supply chain where content needs to be exposed to third parties, but current solutions to add protection tend to be expensive, time-consuming and cumbersome. We’ll share examples of media and entertainment clients that have hardened their security without disrupting existing workflows through simple implementations of the SafeStream watermarking API. We’ll look at some successful implementations, including a market research firm who recently added watermarking into their process for screening pre-release movies to consumers, and hear from integrator Nick Stokes of X Platform, who implemented SafeStream into a proprietary media trafficking system. We’ll talk dollars, time, and headaches saved by adopting a “WaaS” approach.
Alex Nauda, Chief Technology Officer, MediaSilo
Kai Pradel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MediaSilo
Nicholas Stokes, Chief Technology Officer, XPlatform Consulting

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Cloud Workflows: Achieving Studio-Grade Security, Part II

As a follow up to the main stage presentation by the same title, in this session, we examine more deeply – through case study analysis – questions and concerns about security in the cloud in the context of pre-release studio content.
Ted Harrington, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators
Eli Mezei, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators

5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Limitless Creativity (Secure and on Schedule) in the Cloud

Join us for an exploration of secure content workflows in the cloud. Using solutions such as Media Composer, artists, editors, and IT alike can take advantage of near limitless scale and creative process control. When you add Microsoft devices such as Surface Studio and Surface Book 2, creativity is unbounded, while analytics and artificial intelligence services for image/face and audio recognition from both Microsoft and Avid will let you get the most out of your production schedule.
Join our session and be eligible to win a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!
(Must attend and be present to win)
Michael Krulik, Principal Solutions Specialist, Avid
Joel Sloss, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Winning the Piracy Wars: Strategies for Protecting your OTT Content

There is a large shift happening in the pay-TV space fueled in part by the proliferation of new OTT services. And this trend is not showing signs of slowing down any time soon, evident by the large number of content owners and pay-TV operators launching their own direct-to-consumer online video services to compete with popular streaming providers. But as OTT continues to gain in popularity, it is also a prime target for pirates who have been early adopters of streaming and are now also benefiting from a more mature and consumer-friendly technology. In this session, we examine this changing landscape and what service and content providers can do to protect their OTT services against piracy. In combination with monitoring and take-down services, tools such as watermarking have been optimized for streaming, resulting in an environment where anti-piracy measures can be particularly effective.
Mark Nakano, Senior Director Product Marketing and Partnerships, NexGuard

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
The Collaboration Between Super-Fast WM Detection and Monitoring to Stop Piracy in its Tracks

As combating live broadcast piracy becomes the new norm for rights holders this session looks at how the relationship between forensic watermarking and automated web-crawling with real-time watermark detection can disrupt pirated streams. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a free, limited-edition, watermarked DWA coffee mug!
Rajan Samtani, Senior Consultant, Digital Watermarking Alliance
Plus Invited Guests

5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Storage and Security: A Fireside Chat

An encore to last year’s well-received session, this session is an intimate discussion between Western Digital, the largest storage maker, Independent Security Evaluators, a leading M&E security expert. The dialogue will center around the role that storage plays in securing content assets, and how to think about the implications that both business and technical decisions about storage technologies make on system security. Attendees will be left with a sense for how hackers think and how to consider defense paradigms accordingly.
Eli Mezei, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators
Erik Weaver, Global Director, M&E Market Development, HGST

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Everything You Need to Know about GDPR

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents the biggest shake up to European privacy laws in over two decades. The GDPR will strengthen individuals’ rights and introduce new obligations on data controllers and data processors. Its impact is global – all companies (including international outfits) doing business with individuals located in EU member states must comply with the law’s provisions. Absolute compliance is required from May 25, 2018. With only a few months to go, what does every M&E company need to know and implement to get GDPR governance processes in place before this date?
Stephanie Iyayi, Director, Convergent Risks

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Protect Your Content Like a National Secret: What M&E Can Learn from Military & Intelligence Security

Recent events demonstrate that content creators are subject to many of the same threats to their data as government agencies. External cyberattacks and internal bad actors all contribute to piracy, hacks and content theft that compromises distribution schedules and reduces revenue. In this session, learn about best practices and the latest innovations in media and entertainment post-production infrastructures that leverage military-grade security features and capabilities to maximize content protection.
Curtis Staples, Advisor, Thinklogical, A Belden Brand

5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Community and Partnership with the FBI (Continued)

As a follow-up to the mainstage presentation, this session offers a deeper dive into the systems, tools and community being developed by the content community and service providers in collaboration with local, state and national law enforcement.
Michael Sohn, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

6 p.m.

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