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  LA Games Conference Agenda & Speakers Announced for May 8th Event
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Los Angeles, CA - (GlobeNewswire - April 17, 2018) -- Digital Media Wire today announced the agenda and speakers for the 12th annual LA Games Conference, a one-day event focused on the future of games and connected entertainment. The conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers in Hollywood and gaming at the W Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 8th.

The event will feature panels, keynotes, and roundtable discussions on topics including virtual and augmented reality, esports, influencer marketing, global markets and Hollywood and games, as well as opportunities specific to the City of Los Angeles as it further solidifies its status as a media-tech center and growth hub for game development.

Confirmed speakers include:

Shiraz Akmal, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SPACES Inc.

Josh Austin, VP Worldwide Licensing & Interactive, Paramount Pictures

Sinjin Bain, SVP, Global Head of VR/AR, Method EXP

David Bloom, Columnist, Tubefilter

Lydia Bottegoni, Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development, Blizzard Entertainment

Bjorn Book-Larsson, VP, Product, HTC Viveport, Board Member, VRChat

Josh Brooks, SVP, Brand Strategy & Marketing, Jam City

Michael Cai, President, Interpret

Dustin Califf, Managing Partner, Tool of North America

Malcolm CasSelle, CIO, OPSkins, President, WAX

Anthony Castoro, GM, Daybreak Games

Rishi Chadha, Head of Gaming, Twitter

Stephanie Chan, Reporter, Venture Beat

Fiona Cherbak, Lead Recruiter, Worldwide Studios, Sony PlayStation

Ben Cohen, Partner, Umbrella Games

Craig Donato, Chief Business Officer, Roblox

Chelsea Faso, Head of Licensing/343 Industries (Halo), Microsoft

Carlos Figueiredo, Director, Community Trust & Safety, Two Hat Security

Michael Frasier, Vice President, Business Development, International, InComm

Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Studio71

Isabel Gan, Managing Director of US, Puji Capital

Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Strategies

J Goldberg, Head of Community, Daybreak Game Company

Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound, Venture Partner, Greycroft

Eric Gradman, CTO & Mad Inventor, Two Bit Circus

Deepak Gupta, Chief Revenue Officer, Machine Zone

Minard Hamilton, Managing Partner, Driver Ventures

Dewey Hammond, Vice President, Games Research, Magid Advisors

Ann Hand, CEO and Chairman, Super League Gaming

Chris Heatherly, EVP Games and Digital Platforms, NBCUniversal

Chris Hewish, Executive Vice President, Interactive, Skydance Interactive

Arnold Hur, Chief Growth Officer, KSV eSports

Bernard Kim, President of Publishing, Zynga

Chang Kim, CEO and Founder, Tapas Media

Paul Kim, Managing Partner, ICO’s

John Linden, President, Seismic Games

Allen Lu, Business Development, JLIN and CEO, Team VGJ

Dave Madden, SVP, Global Brand Partnerships, EA

Yvette Martinez-Rea, Chief Executive Officer, ESL North America

Morris May, CEO, Specular Theory, Inc.

Wanda Meloni, CEO & Analyst, M2 Insights

Michael Metzger, Partner, Drake Star Partners

Jay Moore, Alchemist of Fun, Convergence 4D

Dan Murray, President, Skybound Interactive

Robert Nashak, COO, Survios

Jonathan Pan, Esports Instructor, University of California, Irvine

Andrew Paradise, CEO, Skillz

Allan Phang, Allstars Engagement & Internal Branding, AirAsia People and Culture

Rick Phillips, President of Games Publishing & Licensing, FoxNext Games

Justin Pierce, Intellectual Property Division Chair, Venable LLP

Jane Pinckard, Vice-Chair of the IMGD Department in Cinema, University of Southern California

Joanna Popper, Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment, HP

Nanea Reeves, CEO and Co-Founder, TRIPP

Carter Rogers, Senior Analyst, SuperData Research

Michael Salmon, Game Consultant, Something Fishy Consulting

Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures

Ari Segal, President & COO, Immortals & LA Valiant

Tony Sheng, Product Lead, Decentraland

Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital

Eunice Shin, Managing Partner, Manatt Digital

Julia Sourikoff, Executive Producer, AR/VR/360, Tool of North America

Louisa Spring, CEO, VARI Parks

Andrew Stalbow, CEO & Co-Founder, Seriously

Mark van Ryswyk, SVP, Glu Mobile

Bruce Vaughn, CEO, Dreamscape Immersive

Margaret Wallace, CEO, KijiCo

Dan Winters, Head of Business Development, Amazon Game Services

Careen Yapp, Senior Vice President of Global Business, Mixed Dimensions

Michael Zhang, CEO, Firefly Games

Support for the 2018 LA Games Conference is provided by: Jam City, Glu Mobile, Venable, USC Games, Esports Ad Bureau, IGDA, Game Audio Network Guild, Digital LA, Innovation & Tech Today, SAG-AFTRA, Variety, Branded, M2 Research, eTech Rentals, Westside Digital Mix, VCI Events, Fusicology, Women in Games International, Parks Associates, EventBrowse, E4G, ProductionHUB

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