• Charles Lei Storytek Forum 2017
  • Evan Rudowski Storytek Forum 2017
  • Kathleen Cohen Storytek Forum 2017
  • Marjo Kukkonen Storytek Forum 2017
  • David Kwok Storytek Forum 2017
  • laura-anne-edwards
  • kristen-davis
  • ilann-girard
  • eric-stein
  • David Gerson Storytek Forum 2017
  • Sarah Penna Storytek Forum 2017

Storytek Forum_ 2017 Speakers

What makes Storytek Forum special, aside from the demo session with our pioneeer Storyteknauts, is the speaker lineup.

These experts are the best of the best from all of the content industries. We’re beyond happy to have them share their knowledge and experiences with us – and you.

Get your tickets while you can, and we’ll see you in Tallinn!

Storytek Forum 2017 Schedule & Tickets


The Speakers

David Kwok Storytek Forum 2017

David Kwok, who started in the film festival world, serving as the Director of Programming for the first ten editions of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. He led the selection of the film slate and supported the organization’s other business and international ventures. After a move to Berlin, Germany, David transitioned to programming content for linear television, OTT platforms, and distribution through third-party Video-on-Demand services in multiple regions. He has consulted for various media companies and film festivals including ZDF Enterprises and Camerimage.

David will be part of our ‘Future Content Models‘ panel.

Eric B. Stein, a leading industry professional in the new media distribution space, with long term experience in licensing, programming, business development and strategy. Throughout his career Eric has worked with established content producers and distributors, playing an integral role in the transformation from traditional content distribution into the vast avenues of the new technology platforms. Eric has held positions in small startups as well as major tech companies and studios such as HP and Warner Bros, and he has expertise and experience both sides of the negotiation table, licensing music, film and TV rights in digital distribution platforms ranging from cable, satellite, OTT, broadband, Consoles, mobile, hotels, etc. Currently Eric is Founder of Impact Global Media a consulting company focused on creation and execution of digital strategy for content, technology and distribution companies navigating the digital transition.

Eric will be speaking on the ‘Future Content Models‘ panel.

Kathleen Cohen Storytek Forum 2017

Kathleen Cohen is a Senior Digital Media Strategist, she’s had a long and illustrious career developing multi-platform products for companies like DreamWorks, IBM, and Disney. Her focus is on building innovative and integrated customer experiences. She uses storytelling, data, and creative thinking, and is the founder of The Collaboratorium, Inc: a think tank and a digital production consortium. The Collaboratiorum provides clients with measurable and engaging integrated experiences. Kathleen is a data futurist, building on creative ideation, providing leadership, highlighting open source, shepherding data decision-making, and inspiring social innovation.

Kathleen will share her expertise on the ‘Future Content Models‘ panel.

Kristen Davis is the founder and CEO of CinqC, which she created after 20-years of disruption and innovation in international media groups, notably the New York Times, where she gained experience, learned agility and resilience, and established a global network of innovation experts.

Kristen is a mentor at Storytek, and will be moderating the ‘Future Content Models‘ panel, and hosting a Q&A afterwards.

Marjo Kukkonen Storytek Forum 2017

Marjo Kukkonen is the Head of Technology France at Kindred Group (formerly Unibet). She’s responsible for the technology department that develops and maintains Unibet.fr, the biggest online gaming site in France. Marjo is a true digitalisation professional, with 9 years background in IT-enabled business development and experienc in running development teams in several European countries.

Marjo will be the speaker at the ‘Intersection of Content and Technology‘ panel.

Laura Anne Edwards is an expert in innovative content strategies. She has a particular interest and focus on forming ecosystems through educational outreach and global partnerships. Laura is a TED resident, and has previosuly worked with Google Labs and the NASA Datanaut program.

Laura is a mentor at Storytek, and will be hosting a Q&A on SheTech after the ‘Intersection of Content and Technology‘ panel.

Charles Lei Storytek Forum 2017

Charles Lei, founder and CEO of Thunder Communications International (TCI), brings more than two decades of entertainment industry experience to the conversation. He’s a seasoned entrepreneurial executive, having successfully structured, negotiated, and executed business strategies for major US studios including Fox, Disney and NBC Universal. He’s also a feature film and TV programming producer, specializing in international co-productions with China.

Charles will be speaking on the ‘Big scale IP business‘ panel.

Sarah Penna Storytek Forum 2017

Sarah Penna is the former Head of Awestruck: a network and lifestyle brand focused on millennial moms, launched in 2015. She was responsible for creating and launching the division, identifying talent to sign to the multi-channel network, and collaborating on programming for various platforms including YouTube, FB, and Go90. Under her supervision the MCN reached over 60 million monthly views with a combination of celebrity and digital native talent. Before Awestruck, Sarah was the Co-Founder of Big Frame, the first digital-only talent management firm. She helped to establish Big Frame as an industry leader,  signing 300 talent with a combined 70+ million YouTube subscribers and 200+ million total social media reach. Big Frame  was dubbed CAA for the digital set” and was acquired by AwesomenessTV in April 2014. Sarah is now in the process of starting a new digital media company.

Sarah will be part of the ‘Big scale IP business‘ panel.

Ilann Girard is a multi-awarded film producer specializing in independent quality feature films and documentaries with a strong market positioning (over $500 million box office generated over the last 12 years). He’s advising talents and creative entrepreneurs who want to become producers. In order to assist in developing and financing projects, he’s developed a consulting practice for film producers and financiers. Ilann is the CEO and founding partner of Online Film Financing the largest database about public funding used by more than 20 000 professionals.

Ilann will be speaking at the ‘Investor and Financier Roundtable‘.

Evan Rudowski Storytek Forum 2017

Evan Rudowski’s career spans three decades of digital media across two continents. A former managing director of Excite Europe he oversaw operations and joint ventures in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. He was one of the early employees of Excite.com at its Silicon Valley headquarters. In the 1990s he worked on digital initiatives at News Corporation and Newsday in New York. He also co-founded SubHub, a leading membership website platform. Now he’s working with Atlantic Leap, that he also founded. Evan is a long-time member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

You can meet Evan at the ‘Investor and Financier Roundtable‘. (And during the networking between and after sessions.)

 


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Storytek Forum_ Session 4: Investor and Financier Roundtable

Storytek Forum_ Session 4: Investor and Financier Roundtable

Money. Want to scale your idea? You need to raise money. Want to realize your vision? You need to raise money. Pitching to prospective investors or partners? You need to show how you’ll make money.
 
The skills required for raising money in a way that makes sense in the content business are often hard to find. We’ve brought three experts to Tallinn, to talk about financing and scaling within different content sectors. And to maybe share a hack or two about public and VC financing, if we ask nicely.
 
To learn what makes money stick to ideas, this is the place to be.
 
Speakers
Ilann Girard is a multi-awarded film producer specializing in independent quality feature films and documentaries with a strong market positioning (over $500 million box office generated over the last 12 years). He’s advising talents and creative entrepreneurs who want to become producers. To assist in developing and financing projects, he’s developed a consulting practice for film producers and financiers. Ilann is the CEO and founding partner of Online Film Financing – the largest database about public funding used by more than 20 000 professionals.
 
Evan Rudowski’s career spans three decades of digital media across two continents. A former managing director of Excite Europe he oversaw operations and joint ventures in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. He was one of the early employees of Excite.com at its Silicon Valley headquarters. In the 1990s he worked on digital initiatives at News Corporation and Newsday in New York. He also co-founded SubHub, a leading membership website platform. Now he’s working with Atlantic Leap, that he also founded. Evan is a long-time member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.
Storytek Forum_ Demo Session

Storytek Forum_ Demo Session

The Pioneers. The very first batch of our Storyteknauts has been busy at work for the past 10 weeks. And now it’s time to showcase what they’ve achieved with Storytek. (And unveil their future world domination plans.)
 
CUES: Hailing from the United Kingdom, Cues is a project by British company The Polkadot Factory. A team of four, they’ve set out to be matchmakers between audiences and films, and providing data intelligence for distributors. Their resume includes BAFTA-nominated producer credits, studio business expertise, and hands-on experience from creators and creatives.
 
VFC: Canadian La maison de prod’s feature film, starring a female neuroscientist, comes complete with a companion neurotech interactive application. In VFC they bring together entertainment with science with the help of EEG headset, and provide a glimpse into the brain’s emotional response to the film and its soundtrack. Developed by a team of two, they’re bringing interactive storytelling to the big screen, and make data science relatable, intimate, and personal.
MANABU: A pivot from the Croatian Amulet Studio, creators of &Black&White, MaNaBu is a fun cartoon that educates kids on big global problems. It comes in a short and flexible format, speaks only visually and has no language barriers. The adorable characters Ma, Na and Bu will go on a world-changing adventure. The founders/producers gathered an experienced 6-member team to bring their black-and-white vision to life, and challenge traditional media roles and how audiences perceive content.
 
FANVESTORY: An innovative platform that allows music fans to buy a piece of music and be entitled to its future royalties and support the careers of the artists they believe in. Artists share part of their future royalties with their fans and receive money up-front (which would typically take a couple of years), while also increasing their promotional power.
 
THE CLUB OF DIFFERENT ROOMS: A unique set of rooms for cultural events and formal meetings, both public and private. In 2013 a renowned experimental performance group called Cabaret Rhizome released its audience of the traditional theatre style seating, filled a room with living room furniture, screens, studios and interactive tools to engage its audience in a new kind of collective ritual. Out of this experiment was born the Club of Different Rooms. The artistically purposed creations of Cabaret Rhizome continue to influence and further develop the club and its technical possibilities.
 
GOSHAREWORK: GoShareWork is a person-to-person work-sharing platform by GTM – Global Technology Makers. If there is something to be done in your household, GoShareWork leads you to the right person (who has the know-how and will solve your task). GoShareWork targets mainly vocational school students and homeowners.
Storytek Forum_ Session 3: Big scale IP business

Storytek Forum_ Session 3: Big scale IP business

IP licensing is the fastest growing field in the content industry. Think about all the remakes, the cross-platform franchises, and the merchandising businesses. Yet despite its growth rate and the opportunities it holds, often there’s more talk than action in this field.
 
Our panel is designed to cut through the haze. The speakers will offer actionable insights into the theory, practice, and business of IP licensing and building new story universes.
 
Speakers
 
Charles Lei, founder and CEO of Thunder Communications International (TCI), brings more than two decades of entertainment industry experience to the conversation. He’s a seasoned entrepreneurial executive, having successfully structured, negotiated, and executed business strategies for major US studios including Fox, Disney, and NBC Universal. He’s also a feature film and TV programming producer, specializing in international co-productions with China.
 
Sarah Penna is the former Head of Awestruck: a network and lifestyle brand focused on millennial moms, launched in 2015. She was responsible for creating and launching the division, identifying talent to sign to the multi-channel network, and collaborating on programming for various platforms including YouTube, FB, and Go90. Under her supervision, the MCN reached over 60 million monthly views. Before Awestruck, Sarah was the Co-Founder of Big Frame, the first digital-only talent management firm. She helped to establish Big Frame as an industry leader, signing 300 talent with a combined 70+ million YouTube subscribers and 200+ million total social media reach. Big Frame was dubbed “CAA for the digital set” and was acquired by AwesomenessTV in April 2014. Sarah is now in the process of starting a new digital media company.
The session will be followed by a discussion on the topic of SheTech headed by our friend and Storytek mentor Laura Anne Edwards. Laura is an expert in innovative content strategies. She has a particular interest and focus on forming ecosystems through educational outreach and global partnerships. Laura is a TED resident and has previously worked with Google Labs and the NASA Datanaut program. She’ll be joined by Marjo Kukkonen, Sarah Penna and Kathleen Cohen.
Storytek Forum_ Session 2: Intersection of Content and Technology

Storytek Forum_ Session 2: Intersection of Content and Technology

Content is the new black. It’s everywhere: not only on the screen or paper or stage or wherever else we’ve used to see (read, listen, etc.) it. Now we’re developing content for everything.
 
That means content has taken over technology that was before disassociated with it. And especially new technology that became, from the moment of its inception, a delivery platform for content.
 
In the ‘Intersection of Content and Technology,’ you’ll get to meet and hear two amazing experts share their experiences about this “wild wild west” of content and technology.
 
Speakers:
 
Marjo Kukkonen is the Head of Technology France at Kindred Group (formerly Unibet). She’s responsible for the technology department that develops and maintains Unibet.fr, the biggest online gaming site in France. Marjo is a true digitalisation professional with 9 years background in IT-enabled business development. She also has experience in running development teams in several European countries.

Harald Neidhardt is the Founder of Futur/io – the European Institute for Exponential Technologies & Desirable Futures, launching in 2018. He’s passionate about meaning in technology, the future of exponential technologies and its opportunities for society, brands and entrepreneurs – especially in Europe. Harald is a Singularity University alumni and a frequent speaker on innovation, including TEDx, SXSW, SingularityU (NL/USA), Wired, Next, MWC/ 4YFN, and corporate executive events.

Storytek Forum_ Session 1: Future Content Models

Audio-visual industry has remained unchanged for the past 100 years. With the emergence of Netflix, Amazon etc. the old business models are starting to crumble under the pressure of disruption. Everybody is complaining about new business models for audience and tech development but only a few have actually succeeded in creating said models. Come and listen to industry leaders talking about their experiences in the changing content business and on how to work with super platforms. 
 
Speakers: 
 
Our first speaker of this block is David Kwok, who started in the film festival world, serving as the Director of Programming for the first ten editions of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. He led the selection of the film slate and supported the organization’s other business and international ventures. After a move to Berlin, Germany, David transitioned to programming content for linear television, OTT platforms, and distribution through third-party Video-on-Demand services in multiple regions. He has consulted for various media companies and film festivals including ZDF Enterprises and Camerimage. 
 
The second keynote will come from Eric B. Stein, a leading industry professional in the new media distribution space, with long term experience in licensing, programming, business development and strategy. Throughout his career Eric has worked with established content producers and distributors, playing an integral role in the transformation from traditional content distribution into the vast avenues of the new technology platforms. Eric has held positions in small startups as well as major tech companies and studios such as HP and Warner Bros, and he has expertise and experience both sides of the negotiation table, licensing music, film and TV rights in digital distribution platforms ranging from cable, satellite, OTT, broadband, Consoles, mobile, hotels, etc. Currently Eric is Founder of Impact Global Media - a consulting company focused on creation and execution of digital strategy for content, technology and distribution companies navigating the digital transition.
 
Our third speaker is Kathleen Cohen. A Senior Digital Media Strategist, she's had a long and illustrious career developing multi-platform products for companies like DreamWorks, IBM, and Disney. Her focus is on building innovative and integrated customer experiences. She uses storytelling, data, and creative thinking, and is the founder of The Collaboratorium, Inc: a think tank and a digital production consortium. The Collaboratiorum provides clients with measurable and engaging integrated experiences. Kathleen is a data futurist, building on creative ideation, providing leadership, highlighting open source, shepherding data decision-making, and inspiring social innovation.
 
The first session will be moderated by Kristen Davis, who is the founder and CEO of CinqC, which she created after 20-years of disruption and innovation in international media groups, notably the New York Times, where she gained experience, learned agility and resilience, and established a global network of innovation experts. 
Storytek Forum 2017

Storytek Forum 2017

For the second year running, Storytek Forum is here, along the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. On the 29th November we will bring you insightful discussions on the future content models as well as big scale IP business, among other topics such as SheTech and investor issues in the content industry. 

As a cherry on top, we will also hold a demo session where the teams from Storytek's first cohort will be showcasing the hard work they've been doing for the past 10 weeks. 

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SCHEDULE

9.00-  9.30 Registration and Morning Coffee

9.30 - 10.30 Future content models

Eric Stein
Founder @ Impact Global Media

David Kwok
Freelance Content & Media Consultant

Kathleen Cohen
Digital Media Engagement & Experience Strategist

Q&A w/ Kristen Davis
Founder & CEO CinqC

10.30-11.10 Intersection of Content and Technology

Marjo Kukkonen

Marjo Kukkonen
Head of Technology France @ Unibet & Kindred Group

Harald_Neidhardt_MLOVE

Harald Neihardt
CEO & Curator MLOVE

11.10-11.20 Break

11.20-12.20: Session 2: Big scale IP business (From rights to remakes, getting your content globally monetized)

Charles Lei 
Founder @ Thunder Communications

Sarah Penna

Sarah Penna
Digital video entrepreneur & co-founder of Big Frame

12.20 - 13.00 SheTech discussion

Laura_Anne

Q&A w/ Laura Anne Edwards
Datanaut @NASA / Resident @TED

Marjo Kukkonen

Marjo Kukkonen
Head of Technology France @ Unibet & Kindred Group

Sarah Penna
Digital video entrepreneur & co-founder of Big Frame

Kathleen Cohen
Digital Media Engagement & Experience Strategist

13.00 - 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 - 15.15 Demo Session @  Storytek Creative Accelerator Cohort One

15.15 - 16.30 The Investor & Financier Roundtable

Ilann Girard 
Founder @ OLFFI

Ewan Rudowsky

Ewan Rudowski 
Partner @ Atlantic Leap

16.30 - 17.00 Wrap-up & networking

17.00 Evening networking @ Storytek (Parda 6)

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