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11:00 – 11:30 am
Forum Registration

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Networking Luncheon

12:30 – 12:45 pm
Opening Address

12:45 – 1:15 pm
State of the Industry: Is Showbusiness still a Non-Correlated Asset?
What does a possible recession mean for the media and entertainment sector – a business that has historically endured financial downturns better than other industries? Cord cutting, rising debt levels, soaring movie ticket prices – and other factors are making the stakes higher than ever.

1:15 – 2:00 pm
M&A Strategies: What Are Buyers Looking For?
To compete with today’s fast-paced digital marketplace, entertainment companies are being forced to look for ways to bulk up in content, market share and reach. During this session, hear from the dealmakers behind the industry’s most recent transactions. Learn what buyers are looking for and how to increase your value.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
How Investors Are Changing the Talent Agency Landscape
In recent years, talent agencies have been reshaping their roles in the TV and film business. They’ve made major moves into sales and finance and now into content creation and full-fledged media companies. The evolution, in part, has been one of necessity to adapt to changing business models within the disrupted studios system. But the underlying factor is revenue. Agencies can’t make enough money to sustain growth by just representing talent. During this discussion, hear from the investors and executives working hard at creating a more sustainable agency ecosystem.

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Television Content: Breaking Through the Clutter
The increasingly crowded field of programming and content that are available to viewers means TV networks and production companies need to break through the clutter in order to stand out. This session will dive into the ins and out of producing high-quality scripted and unscripted content, knowing your viewers, and anticipating what they’ll want to watch and when.

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Networking Break

3:45 – 4:30 pm
Revenue Stream Revolution: Which Business Models will Rise?
While consumers continue to seek more high quality content and there are a diversity of media and platforms available to creators to make great TV and film, the fragmented consumer experience has led to fragmented business models with margin pressures, making it more complex and challenging to fund the creation of that content. Creators and distributors are increasingly asked to understand the consumer and provide direct-to-consumer offerings instead of leveraging traditional B2B relationships. This panel will examine the variety of these business models and their viability. We will look at how new forms of content are being funded by a spectrum of business models, from ad-supported networks to subscription offerings. Is there a prevailing model that works best for longer form vs. short form, snackable content? Mobile vs. the living room? Our experts represent new content platforms, evolving production companies, ad-supported networks and the supporting technologies — asking what do the varieties of consumer experiences around content look like in the future and how (and how sustainably) they will be funded.

4:30 – 5:15 pm
The Evolution of Deal Structures from a Single Picture Perspective
How do you evaluate a film’s economic value in today’s market? What new financial structures are emerging to get movies made? How do you increase upside? And what are the best ways to assess potential domestic and international sales in the new landscape?

5:15 – 6:00 pm
MOME Finance Lab Pitches
In partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Entertainment and Media (MOME), pre-selected filmmakers and producers will present their projects at the forum. For more details on our partnership with MOME, please contact us here.

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Networking Reception

8:00 pm
Forum Concludes