As of December 20, 2018 (subject to change)

Event Schedule:

8 a.m.: Registration Opens
9 – 6 p.m.: Smart Content Summit
6 – 7 p.m. Networking Reception

Session to include:

Does AI Make our Data Smarter?
A series of case studies about the many artificial information (AI) proof of concept implementations currently underway in Hollywood. What was proposed? How are these POCs working? What’s being learned from the original intent and how can the process transform additonal workflows? These sessions will bring technology providers and their customers together to discuss what’s next.
David Sugg, Executive Director, Technical Solutions Architecture and Digital Media Engineering. WB Technology

Globalization meets Localization meets Personalization
This session discusses how machine learning and automation is challenging the organizational status quo in making content available globally on an increasingly shorter schedule. It also addresses personalization as the next step in transforming the consumer experience, while spurring disruptive new technologies and services to expand the global value of intellectual property through local and personal consumer engagement.
Jason Lambert, Executive Director, Content Licensing & Metadata Sony Pictures Entertainment

Metadata Madness (Will it EVER Stop?)
“Smart” Content was born from the idea that “Metadata Madness” was sweeping through our industry at unprecedented speed. Each year’s Summit has provided an update on where we sit with adoption, engagement and collaboration among studios, TV networks and their service provider partners. MESA’s Language Metadata Table (LMT) Working Group is a forum for increased exchange of ideas and expertise in the meta(data)verse. This session looks at the core framework and provides insight into why this Working Group was formed and what new objectives are being proposed.
Yonah Levenson, Manager, Taxonomy, HBO

Empowering the Real-Time Enterprise
Smart Hollywood is built on the backbone of a modern data architecture that allows analytics, and data integration strategies to be supported via on-prem, cloud and hybrid deployments. This panel discussion looks at the new requirements for a scalable, real-time, “smart business” enterprise that seamlessly interoperates with major cloud providers and their 3rd party application providers.
Hollie Choi, Executive Director, IT, 20th Century Fox
Nona Janssen Walls, Senior Vice President, Data Analytics, Lionsgate

Blockchain: Reality Check
While some believe that blockchain is the most secure solution ever to come along, others think it is just a passing fad that may even put essential data at risk. This panel discussion looks at the potential of the technolgoy to transform traditional workflows and as the authenticator that will enable the infamous and elusive “no-button transcode”. When coupled with other long-standing industry initiatives such as IMF and smart contracts, this session provides a real-world reality check on the state of blockchain in M&E for real-time secure transactions, regulatory compliance, operational cost control, piracy and fraud.

Smart Rights: The New Frontier
As a plethora of rights management and sales solutions proliferate through our industry, content creators need to balance their need to analyze and control their intellectual property with an increased need to make this content easily purchased and delivered to their 3rd party distributors. As the holy grail for rights management emerges through this platform approach to content management, this session brings together the providers, creators and distributors to discuss their monumental acheivements (and some of their collective challenges) in building a seemless marketplace for global content distribution.

Smart Screen Meets OTT
The power of the smart screen is in the palm of everyone’s hand but it’s true potential is only now being enabled by a proliferation of data-powered, entertainment OTT channels that cater to every customer’s entertainment needs. Looking at the current state of TVOD, SVOD & AVOD, the battle for engagement has just begun! Learn from the experts during this special section of the program takes the afternoon to give attendees insight into the lastest trends in direct-to-consumer, Over-the-Top entertainment and what will happen in 2019 (and beyond)!
Steven Chester, Conference Chair, Smart Screen/OTT, MESA

And more to be announced…