Thursday 9.21 | HBO Theater | 1100 6th Avenue @ 42nd street

Urbanworld Digital returns to deliver a series of thought-provoking conversations, covering a range of topics including global opportunity, the convergence of content and technology and diversity in the industry. 


Check-In & Arrivals

1:00pm – 1:30pm


Welcome Remarks

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Gabrielle Glore
Festival Director & Head of Programming, Urbanworld

Kenneth Ebie
Deputy General Council and Director of External Affairs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment 


URBAN FILM AND THE POWER OF OTT PLATFORMS

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1:45pm – 2:30pm 

Filmmakers have the largest challenge with access and distribution.  In this conversation, Lucinda Martinez of HBO will discuss with media entrepreneur Keith Clinkscales utilizing the power of the Internet, and a host of mobile devices, to create our own distribution.
 

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FEATURED GUEST
Keith Clinkscales
Founder & CEO, First World Media / Founder & CEO, Shadow League Digital

Keith Clinkscales is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of First World Media, a media company founded on the belief that urban culture is the most influential force on this planet. Founded in 2017, First World Media is charting a path to provide products, services and events that celebrates the resonant culture that drives the world.  Clinkscales is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shadow League Digital, a multimedia company and digital publisher dedicated to providing journalistically sound sports and pop culture coverage through an influential cultural perspective. Clinkscales’ passion for quality journalism has earned him over 40 credits as an executive producer of films and documentaries, many of which were earned during his 8 years as a Senior Vice President at ESPN. During his time at ESPN, he co-created the award winning and critically acclaimed sports documentary series “30 for 30”. Clinkscales is also the former Chief Executive Officer of REVOLT Media & TV, a post he assumed in 2013 after being appointed by REVOLT Founder and Chairman Sean Combs.


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FEATURED GUEST
Lucinda Martinez
SVP, Multicultural & International Marketing, HBO  

Lucinda Martinez is responsible for all HBO, HBO NOW®, HBO Latino, Cinemax and Cinemáx branded targeted marketing efforts to the African American, Latino, Asian and LGBT audiences. Recently her role was expanded to lead HBO International Marketing to the growing global markets and audiences outside of the U.S., which include HBO branded networks in 67 countries. Among her many accomplishments at HBO, she has collaboratively led the network’s branding, acquisition and retention efforts in making HBO Latino the most recognized Latino premium channel on television.  Lucinda holds a BA from Columbia University.


Break

2:30pm – 2:40pm


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: SMARTPHONE STORYTELLING

2:40pm – 3:00pm

The road leading to the red carpet is in your pocket!
 

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FEATURED GUEST
Thomas Debass
Thomas Debass, Founder, SmartPhilm Festival / Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

Thomas Debass is the Founder and Curator of SmartPhilm Fest, a unique film and tech festival with shorts shot exclusively with smartphones and other mobile devices. SmartPhilm provides a platform to the global artistic and storytelling community to document and produce their own stories in the most accessible way. Thomas is also a senior career diplomat and has served as an economist at various development finance institutions.  He regularly gives lectures and talks about the intersection of innovation, business, and society. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with MS in Applied Economics and BA in Economics. He also has executive certificates in management and leadership from Georgetown University and UC-Berkeley. 


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: THIS AIN’T ABOUT GAME OF THRONES

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3:00pm – 3:20pm

HBO’s expanded distribution channels have allowed the brand’s marketing strategies to evolve beyond the big tentpoles.
 

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FEATURED GUEST
Sofia Chang
EVP, Worldwide Digital Distribution, HBO

Chang oversees the digital and physical transactional businesses globally. This includes the development, distribution and marketing of an extensive slate of HBO and Cinemax releases.  In June 2015, Chang was charged with also overseeing digital distribution for HBO and MAX subscription services, including HBO Now. Chang also serves as chief financial officer on the board of directors of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and is on the board of the Time Warner Foundation.  She is actively involved providing leadership for young alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania.  She resides in NYC with her husband and young daughter. She used to be an avid golfer; now she spends most of her spare time playing with American Girl dolls and building Lego sets.


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FEATURED GUEST
Lucinda Martinez
SVP, Multicultural & International Marketing, HBO  

Lucinda Martinez is responsible for all HBO, HBO NOW®, HBO Latino, Cinemax and Cinemáx branded targeted marketing efforts to the African American, Latino, Asian and LGBT audiences. Recently her role was expanded to lead HBO International Marketing to the growing global markets and audiences outside of the U.S., which include HBO branded networks in 67 countries. Among her many accomplishments at HBO, she has collaboratively led the network’s branding, acquisition and retention efforts in making HBO Latino the most recognized Latino premium channel on television.  Lucinda holds a BA from Columbia University.


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: 13 Gets Lucky

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3:20pm – 3:40pm

Stage 13’s fearless approach to bold, original content. 
 

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FEATURED GUEST
Shari Scorca
VP, Head of Unscripted Content, Stage 13

Shari Scorca is the Head of Unscripted Content for Stage 13. Stage 13 is part of the newly founded Warner Bros. Digital Networks encompassing a number of digital content creation businesses. In this role, Shari oversees the talent and content development, production, and streaming strategy for the entire unscripted slate of shows, including both provocative lifestyle and docu-reality series. With more than 15 years of experience, she recently served as Director of Programming and Executive Producer at mun2. During her tenure at the network, she Executive Produced 100+ hours of unscripted series including numerous top-rated docu-reality shows, live music specials, entertainment specials, and branded content.


Break

3:40pm – 3:50pm


SCANNING THE VR LANDSCAPE:FILMMAKING, TECHNOLOGY, & STORYTELLING

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Co-Presented by New York Women in Film & Television

3:50pm – 4:50pm

VR for Filmmakers offers insights into the latest trends in the immersive experience industry and looks at how VR is changing the game in Hollywood. Our panel of industry leaders will provide an engaging look at the VR landscape including tips and tools to propel your immersive storytelling projects forward. A reception following the conclusion of Urbanworld Digital events will include VR demos from participating panelists. 

 

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FEATURED GUEST
Yasmin Elayat
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Scatter

Yasmin is Co-Founder & Creative Director at Scatter, an award-winning immersive media studio pioneering a novel approach to VR storytelling called volumetric filmmaking. Yasmin directed Zero Days VR, a documentary about cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus, which made its World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. She is the co-director of Blackout, an immersive, collaborative VR documentary and the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt: A Collaborative Web-Documentary Project about the Egyptian Revolution. She has been awarded in various capacities from the Unity Vision Summit, Prix Ars Electronica , the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, Tribeca Film Institute,  Ford Foundation, among others.


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FEATURED GUEST
Johanna Salazar
Chief Media Disrupter and Partner, Two Goats VR

Johanna Salazar is Chief Media Disrupter and Partner at Two Goats VR. With over 17 years of experience in TV production, content strategy and format development, she has a history of launching linear and digital networks for US and global audiences. Johanna has managed over $20M budgets, integrated new and emerging technologies into creative storytelling, and loves making sense of data. Formerly, Vice President of Production Planning & Operations for the Content Management & Production Technologies Group at Viacom, for the following brands: MTV, VH1, LOGO, Comedy Central, SPIKE, CMT, TV Land & Paramount Network. Johanna has also worked with YouTube, Cirque Du Soleil, Food Network, launched the Miami Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs and in 2010 received an MBA from Florida International University. 


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FEATURED GUEST
Veda Shastri
360 New Producer, The New York Times

Veda Shastri is a documentary filmmaker and immersive journalist. She is currently a producer of The Daily 360 at The New York Times.  She co-wrote, produced & directed the Virtual Reality documentary, “Return to Chernobyl” for PBS Frontline, released in April 2016. In addition, Veda has filmed, edited, and produced news reports for PBS NewsHour from Ukraine, and created numerous segments focused on LGBT reform and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


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FEATURED GUEST
Adaora Udoji
Producer and Media Executive VR & AR

Adaora Udoji is an award-winning storyteller who produces and manages media across digital video, virtual reality and augmented reality.  She’s an adviser of the VRAR Association-NYC Chapter, an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and an investor. Adaora’s worked across both the creative and business sides of television, radio, Internet, corporate and venture capital. Her work has been recognized by:  Inc magazine, Top 20 Tech Speakers 2017, Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University and Peabody Awards (CNN); The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ABC News); and Essence Magazine named her among the 25 most influential African-Americans. She’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Law.


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FEATURED GUEST
Kane Lee
Head of Content Development & Strategy, Baobab

Two-time Emmy-nominated producer Kane Lee heads content development and strategy for Baobab Studios and has served as Executive Producer for the virtual reality studio’s award-winning works, including Invasion!, Asteroids!, and most recently Rainbow Crow starring John Legend.  Lee is lead producer of the 20th Century Fox animated feature film based upon the Academy Award-nominated short film, The Dam Keeper, and is on the producing teams for projects ranging from The School for Good and Evil at Universal Pictures to the international award-winning children’s television series Spooksville.  Previously Lee served as Vice President of Development and Production for Jane Startz Productions and also worked on films including Horton Hears A Who!, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Robots for Blue Sky Studios / 20th Century Fox Animation.


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MODERATOR
Opeyemi Olukemi
VP Digital Innovation for POV

Opeyemi Olukemi is part of POV's Digital Innovation team, serving as Vice President. Throughout her career as an interactive producer, funder and public programmer, Opeyemi has created spaces and pipelines for interdisciplinary artists, communities, and content teams to experiment with and create meaningful innovative content.  She is a fierce advocate of technological equity, eliminating bias from social innovation and is deeply invested in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Before joining POV, Opeyemi was the Senior Director of Interactive Programs for Tribeca Film Institute and served as Senior Producer for ScrollMotion.  Opeyemi has served on numerous festival juries and has mentored through the IDFA’s Doc Academy, New Museum’s NEW INC and Oculus’ VR for Good.   Opeyemi has served as an assistant professor of Integrated Media at Brooklyn College’s Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and is a Rockwood JustFilms Fellow.


Break

4:50pm – 5:00pm


WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO CREATORS HAVE TO THEIR PLATFORM

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Co-Presented by Brothers & Sisters / Urbanworld Edition

5:00pm – 6:00pm

From Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to Netflix and Hulu, creators are using various social platforms to tell their stories like at no time in history before. But in the age of Trump, as division and fear have become the rhetoric of DC, what is the responsibility of the creator to their platform? To provide escape in the form of entertainment? To uplift and spark positive social change? To express hope, to provoke, to educate? There is true power in the platform—but how best should a creator use it? 


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FEATURED GUEST
Eric Eddings
Co-Host of The Nod Podcast

Eric Eddings is co-host of The Nod, a podcast celebrating Black culture from Gimlet Media. Before The Nod, Eric was the co-creator and co-host of the independent podcast For Colored Nerds. Eric was a producer for the podcasts Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty and Undone. He holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University. You can follow him on Twitter @eeddings.


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FEATURED GUEST
Brittany Luse
Co-Host of The Nod Podcast

Brittany Luse is co-host of The Nod, a podcast celebrating Black culture from Gimlet Media. Previously Brittany hosted another Gimlet podcast, Sampler, and co-hosted For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast. Brittany hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan and is a very proud graduate of Howard University.


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FEATURED GUEST
iO Tillet Wright
Artist, Activist, Actor, Writer

iO Tillett Wright is an artist, activist, actor, speaker, TV host and writer. His work deals with identity, be it through photography and the Self Evident Truths Project/We Are You campaign, or on television as the co-host of MTV’s Suspect. iO has exhibited artwork in New York and Tokyo, was a featured contributor on Underground Culture to T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He has had photography featured in GQ, Elle, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. iO is a regular speaker at Universities, discussing expanding one's circle of normalcy, and embracing those that are different than you. A native New Yorker, iO is now based in Los Angeles.


MODERATOR
Ayan Ahmed

 


Closing Remarks

6:00pm

Gabrielle Glore
Festival Director & Head of Programming, Urbanworld


Dennis Williams
SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO


INDUSTRY NETWORKING RECEPTION

(Hosted by HBO)

6:00pm – 7:30pm