Thursday, December 7

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Attendee Check-in, Badge Pickup, and Networking

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

  • Karla Reyes, Founder & Studio Director, Anima Interactive
  • Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Why Call of Duty is more than just a game

  • Johanna Faries, SVP/GM, Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard
  • Annie Belfield, Lead, Console and Cross-Platform Gaming Partnerships, TikTok
  • Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
The Art of the Deal. Understanding the modern marriage of Hollywood and games and the future of gaming and its place in mass entertainment.

  • Russell Binder, Partner, Striker Entertainment
  • Nick Tuosto, Griffin Gaming Partners
  • Jordan Fragen, GamesBeat Writer, VentureBeat

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
From Subculture to Mass Culture: Building Franchises through Gaming

  • Mike DeLaet, Global Head of Digital Gaming, Mattel
  • Naz Amarchi, SVP & GM of Stumble Guys, Scopely
  • Michael Metzger, Partner, Drake Star Partners

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM
Building Beyond: Designing immersive and innovative experiences at the frontiers of games and media

  • Jeff Skelton, Head of Technology Partnerships, Electronic Arts
  • Meg Tucker, Director of Games, Google Cloud

11:10 – 11:40 AM
From Pixels to Screens: The challenges and opportunities of game adaptations.

  • Ari Arad, President, Arad Productions
  • Randy Pitchford, Founder, Gearbox Entertainment

11:40 AM – 12:10 PM
Games and the power of immersive storytelling

  • Danny Bilson, Director, USC Games
  • Tim Kring, showrunner and writer for variety of shows including Crossing Jordan and Heroes
  • Mike Minotti, GamesBeat Writer, VentureBeat
  • Lenny Brown, Manager, Business Development, Bardel Entertainment

12:10 – 12:40 PM
AI’s impact on games and creators

  • Richard Browne, Former Head of External Projects, Digital Extremes
  • Erin Ashley Simon, co-owner of XSET, investor in Midwest Games
  • David Reitman, Games Industry Leader, DRC

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM
Nexon CEO offers outlook on past, present and future of games

  • Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat
  • Owen Mahoney, CEO of Nexon

1:00 PM
Closing Remarks

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