Entertainment Finance Summit

The Media Financial Management Association and the Digital Entertainment Group, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, will join together for the second year in presenting the Entertainment Finance Summit in Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center. Attendees will learn about the issues affecting finance professionals in the entertainment industry, including film, television, cable programmers, OTT, and games. The afternoon will include programming from DEG’s seminar series followed by a cocktail reception. MFM members and registered attendees are invited to attend the full-day program and reception. Space is limited.


NON-Members: $250 (includes a one-year trial membership for MFM)
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For additional information and questions please email [email protected]. 


Programmed by the Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and DEG specifically for forward-looking finance professionals working in film, television, OTT, mobile, digital, games and other content companies.

9:00 AM

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
Entertainment and Media Outlook 
Christina Bangah, Principal -Technology, Entertainment & Media Office, PWC 

Overview: The entertainment and media landscape has faced tectonic disruption in the last two decades, with rapid innovation driving the future of media. PwC's Entertainment and Media Outlook provides an industry leading perspective on where the industry was, and where it's going. This presentation will provide an overview of key trends and data points associated with consumer behavior related to TV and video, video games (including eSports), OTT, cinema, and high growth segments like VR and podcasts. This presentation will highlight forecasted growth through 2023, and major trends and implications for those planning for and running media businesses.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
The Changing Look of Video Consumption Trends

Speakers: Paul LeFort, SVP/Sales Director, Nielsen Local Media Client Service; 
Jasmin Miller, Director, National Client Solutions, Nielsen

Overview: In today’s digitally charges, on-demand world, disruption & hype lurk around every corner. Is consumer behavior truly changing? Have they cut the cord? Replaced linear TV with Over-the-Top? Exactly how many Streaming Services will consumers pay for? The truth is out there! Join Nielsen for the latest insights on Subscription Video, Device penetrations and real metrics to help monetize your most passionate audiences.

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
eSports: The Convergence of Video Games and Sports Franchises 

Speakers: Brian Marler, Director, Houlihan Lokey; Bobby Hacker, Principal, Robert A. Hacker, Attorney at Law + Sports Media Consulting; Marc Kolin, Head of Finance and Strategy, Activision Blizzard eSports; Arash Khalili, Partner and Co-Chair, Capital Markets and Corporate, Co-chair Sports, Loeb & Leob LLP  

Overview: This session will provide an overview of the eSports ecosystem including league and team structures and revenue monetization and activation opportunities. It will examine risks, opportunities and longevity of a Video Game; enhancing fan engagement; Valuation (eSports & Traditional Sports); legal issues and structures; eSports stadiums – who is Investing and where are the opportunities? What can eSports learn from the Sports & Video Game Industries?
(F/1 CPE/O) 

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Entertainment and Media Company near-to-Mid-Term Competitive-Market-Positioning in an Evolving Landscape
Speaker:  Roy A. Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting, Inc.

Overview: The presentation will explore the recent-historic and ongoing-transformation of the media and entertainment landscape, and the various business-transformation strategies being considered/employed by indigenous-participants and new-participants to optimize business-potential in the near to mid-term.   The session will examine market-size and trend information that forms the backdrop to the competitive positioning of existing and future market participants. 

12:50 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break

2:00PM – 5:30PM - Digital Entertainment Group (DEG)* General Membership Meeting
*All morning attendees are invited to stay for DEG membership meeting and afternoon sessions. 

The Future of Retail

2:00PM – 2:15PM
Welcome and State of the Association Remarks

2:15PM - 3:00PM - Part 1

  • “Future of Retail” Opening Remarks
    • Speaker: Stacey Shulman, Chief Innovation Officer, Intel’s IoT/Retail, Banking, Hospitality and Education Group
  • Keynote Chat
    • Speakers: Les Ottolenghi, EVP & CIO, Caesars Entertainment Corp.; Stacey Shulman, Chief Innovation Officer, Intel’s IoT/Retail, Banking, Hospitality and Education Group


3:00PM - 3:50PM - Part 2


3:50PM – 4:00PM 
Networking Break

4:00PM – 5:30PM


Closing Remarks
Speaker: Rick Hack, Head of Media & Entertainment Partnership Intel and Director, DEG

5:30PM – 6:30PM


Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.