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In 2012 we will not be hosting Digital Media Insider, but we are excited to announce the Games Summit at 2012 International CES on January 11. For more information, please visit www.game-summit.com. We hope to see you there!

 

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1/18/11: Event Coverage Airing Tonight! Recognition of the award recipients will be airing tonight at 6 pm pst/ 9 pm est. Tune in at www.VegasNET.tv!
Event:  4th Annual Digital Media Insider @ CES
Hosted by Digital Media Wire and Sponsored by Vindicia, Habbo Hotel, ClickandBuy and WOWee
Honoring Digital Media Wire’s 2011 “25 Executives
to Watch in Digital Entertainment”
Venue: Dos Caminos Restaurant at The Palazzo at The Venetian
Date/Time: Thursday, January 6, 7pm - 9pm
Registration:
http://digitalmediainsider2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

Announcements:
01/03/10: Happy New Year! We are getting close to capacity for the event on Jan. 6. Advance registration is highly advised.
12/27/10: Happy Holidays! Use the code "NYE11" before the New Year and receive 10% off the regular rate! See you January 6th!
12/13/10: Announcing DMW's "25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch"! Check out our picks for 2011 below!
12/06/10: Thank you for your submissions! DMW's "25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch" to be announced soon! Keep checking back to see our picks for 2011!
12/03/10: Submissions end today at 5pm (PST)! Submit now before it's too late!
11/30/10: Last 3 days to nominate for DMW's "25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch!" Submissions end Friday!
11/24/10: Last day to register at the early bird rate is Dec 1st!
11/19/10: Location confirmed! Digital Media Insider will take place at Dos Caminos restaurant at The Palazzo at the Venetian! Register now to save on the early bird rate! Line-up also announced for DMW's Gaming SuperSession!
11/18/10:
Now Accepting Nominations through Friday, December 3 for DMW's 2011 "25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch"! Click here to nominate!


Announcing Our "25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch"...

For the third year in a row, Digital Media Wire has unveiled its “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment” list, recognizing emerging leaders in the digital media and entertainment industry. These recipients will be honored at the 4th Annual Digital Media Insider @ CES in Las Vegas, January 6, 2011. Our editorial team has combed through hundreds of submissions and we invite you to join us as we congratulate this year's recipients!

2011 Recipients

Fred Amoroso Ashish Arora Susan Choe Dennis Crowley Cecily Mak Bruce Eisen Randall Rothenberg Jeff Gomez
Mikael Hed Mike Jones Mike Lazerow Bismarck Lepe Michael Lewis Evan Lowenstein Don Mattrick Christina Norman Chris Petrovic
Jeff Price Ty Roberts Daniel Ek Ted Sarandos Chloe Sladden Alex St. John Vivi Zigler

Who Attends the Event? Senior Executives from Amazon.com, Warner Music, Disney, ABC Television, Playboy, BMI, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Comcast Interactive Media, Dell, TiVo, Music Choice, ASCAP, BitTorrent, Glu Mobile, Vivendi, Sony BMG Music, Ogilvy Public Relations, Cisco, Paramount, Yahoo!, Lucasfilm, AOL, Fox Interactive Media, NTT DoCoMo, CBS Television, Sony Online, CinemaNow, DirecTV and many more...

We involve a small group of sponsors to co-host with us. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jay Baage at jay@digitalmediawire.com or call 310-855-0033.

Don't Miss DMW's Gaming SuperSession!

Thursday, Jan. 6
Noon - 1:00pm
North Hall, N255-257

The State of the Games Industry: View from the Top
The worldwide video game industry is poised to reach $70.1 billion by 2015 according to DFC Intelligence, through the combined growth of console, portable, PC, and online video games. Industry leaders discuss the current state of the industry as the business continues its transition towards a digital future. What trends and developments are leading the industry?

Panelists:
Chris Petrovic, General Manager, GameStop Digital Ventures
Bill Young, Managing Director, EA Ready, Electronic Arts
Eric Anderson, VP Content & Product Solutions, Samsung Electronics America
Teemu Huuhtanen, EVP, Bus. Dev. & Comm., Habbo Hotel / Sulake
Gene Hoffman, CEO, Vindicia
Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors

Then, Join Us at Digital Media Insider @ CES from 7pm to 9pm on Jan. 6!

 

Digital Media Wire, Inc. owns and produce 11 annual conferences, publishes 7 newsletters, including Digital Media Wire Daily, and runs the dmwmedia.com news and community portal. For more information, visit: www.dmwmedia.com To view past honorees, see 2009 and 2010's 25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment.

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Eric AndersonEric Anderson, VP Content and Product Solutions
Samsung Electronics America

Eric Anderson has more than 20 years experience in mobile and content delivery services and currently serves as the Vice President of Content and Product Solutions for Samsung Electronics America, Inc. His primary responsibility is to enhance the Samsung end user experience by providing content discovery and distribution services across the Home Entertainment, Mobile Entertainment and Home Appliance portfolios.

Prior to working at Samsung, Eric served as SVP of Business Development and Corporate Development for Handango, an independent Smartphone application store provider and content aggregator.

Before joining Handango, Eric oversaw the Media and Entertainment group for Ericsson North America and spent more than 8 years at Accenture in their mobile and wireless data practice.
Gene HoffmanGene Hoffman, CEO
Vindicia


Prior to Vindicia, Mr. Hoffman co-founded eMusic in January 1998 and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director. As head of eMusic, Mr. Hoffman was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine as a member of the July 1999 E-Gang, and named one of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs in technology in Upside Magazine's November 2000 Elite 100. Mr. Hoffman led the acquisition of eMusic by Vivendi/Universal in June 2001.

Before founding eMusic Mr. Hoffman was Director of Business Development and Director of Interactive Marketing of Pretty Good Privacy. Mr. Hoffman joined Pretty Good Privacy after it acquired PrivNet, Inc., an Internet privacy software company, where he was co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President.
Teemu HuuhtanenTeemu Huuhtanen, EVP, Business Development & Communication
Habbo Hotel / Sulake

As executive vice president, Business Development and Communications, Sulake Corporation, Teemu Huuhtanen is instrumental in leading the continued development and growth of Finnish-based Sulake’s top property, Habbo, one of the world’s most popular online social networking and virtual world communities for teens.

Huuhtanen is responsible for cultivating relationships with major music, television and motion picture studios, as well as retail, fashion and sports industries, to generate relevant and interactive brand partnerships. His mission is to bring real-world mainstream entertainment properties and brands that are important to Habbo’s teen user base into the virtual community.

Huuhtanen also oversees global public relations efforts for Sulake Corporation. He leads the Sulake team responsible for the company’s communications and PR.

As an accomplished thought leader for the digital entertainment landscape over the past five years, Huuhtanen has regularly been a speaker at the industry’s premier conferences and business forums. He frequently addresses issues such as in-game brand engagement, working with entertainment properties, social networking and online gaming monetization models, among many other topics.

In 2008, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Huuhtanen on its “Digital Power 50 List” of top innovators who influence the creation and distribution of online content. In 2009, he was named one of Digital Media Wire’s “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment.” American Venture Magazine appointed Huuhtanen to their list of the “Top 40 Under 40” executives to watch in the technology industry for 2007.

Huuhtanen served as a member of the 2008 Engage! Expo Advisory Board. Also, he was a panel judge at the Hollywood Netawards and Hollywood Mobile Awards during the 2008 Hollywood Film Festival. He currently serves as a member of the Digital Media Wire Advisory Board.

Since Habbo’s launch in 2000, Huuhtanen has helped grow the teen virtual community to more than 15 million unique monthly users worldwide, in 31 countries on six continents. (Quantcast).

Prior to joining Sulake, Huuhtanen held several senior consumer and B2B sales and business development posts for numerous digital start-up companies worldwide.

Huuhtanen is based and oversees Sulake’s North American headquarters in Southern California.
Chris PetrovicChris Petrovic, GM
GameStop Digital Ventures


Chris Petrovic serves as GM of GameStop Digital Ventures, the newly created digital strategy, M&A and incubation arm for GameStop Corp., the world’s largest video game retailer. As a member of the company's senior management team, Petrovic serves as the principal leader of GameStop's global digital strategy. He is responsible for building on the company's ongoing efforts to integrate digital initiatives into the company's multi-channel strategy, as well as overseeing the development and execution of a digital investment and acquisition strategy. This includes leveraging the company's unique and distinctive relationship with customers in-store, online and around the globe.

Prior to GameStop, Petrovic served as VP, Digital Media for Playboy Enterprises. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing digital-focused strategic and business development initiatives for all divisions the company, including online, mobile, TV, radio and publishing. Petrovic was also responsible for finding the next generation products and services and developing launch strategies for their successful global execution. This position places him at the leading-edge of new and future ideas and technologies as well as and new-media business models.

Before joining Playboy, Petrovic served as VP, Business Development for AG Interactive, a division of American Greetings. Petrovic oversaw all business development efforts across of the division’s digital business units. Petrovic joined AG Interactive from theglobe.com, where he served as VP, Strategy and Business Development and was responsible for developing and growing the company’s digital and print media businesses.

Petrovic is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and holds a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He began his new media career as the CEO of Internet start-up BannerGreetings.com in 1998, and from there went on to become COO of Buzztone, a leading viral marketing agency, before joining the venture capital firm Prime Ventures, managing the business development and legal operations of its portfolio companies, including most notably drkoop.com.

Petrovic and GameStop Digital Ventures are based in El Segundo, California.
Mike VorhausMike Vorhaus, President,
Magid Advisors

Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors founded the Magid Internet and New Media research and consultation practice in 1995, with AOL and Excite as his first two clients. Mike’s team has completed over 2,500 engagements with over 100 Internet clients. Mike began the Magid Gaming Practice in 2001 with EA and Sony Online as his first two clients. The Magid Game Practice now works with most of the major game publishers. Mike provides research and consulting services to a number of major traditional media companies in regard to their new media initiatives, as well as consulting a number of leading Internet and gaming companies. He has also provided advice to venture capital and private equity firms in regard to investments in the media space. Mike has been involved in strategic and tactical consulting, including the launch of new services and programming, as well as development and implementation of online and offline marketing programs. Mike has also been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a number of our companies, as well as the development of game concepts. Mike has consulted on a number of film projects such as You’ve Got Mail and The Matrix. He holds a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University and has worked as a fundraiser and transfer of technology officer at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. Mike also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two Administrations in the White House.
Bill YoungBill Young, Managing Director, EA Ready,
Electronic Arts


Bill Young moved from Stillwater, Oklahoma to San Francisco, California in 1996 with aspirations of musical stardom. Aside from the unnatural obsession with disco cover bands in the city at that time, there was this thing called the “dot com.” The latter made finding a decent rental impossible, but it also meant that digital media companies were courting southern rubes like Bill as soon as they stepped off the bus.

At Shockwave.com, Bill worked with casual game developers to develop branded content (including some of the very first in-game advertisements). The next post was at Ziff Davis Media, where Bill was one of four original creators of 1UP.com – a social networking site for gamers. It was during a presentation at the 2004 Ziff Davis Games Summit by Michael Dowling (then of Nielsen Research, now CEO of Interpret) about “dynamic in-game advertising” though, that Bill saw the light.

He then hunted down Massive Incorporated until they gave up and hired him. Starting pre-launch on the ad sales side, but soon moving over to business development, Bill was exposed to the advertising-related business concerns of dozens of game developers and publishers, including Electronic Arts. After Microsoft acquired Massive Incorporated, Bill joined EA, where he now leads a sales team focused on creating in-and-around game programs for the world’s largest brands.

Bill still dreams of rock god status…but now it’s nearly entirely relegated to the game, “Rock Band.” He holds a B.A. in Advertising, with a minor in Japanese and Asian Studies. Bill lives in San Francisco with his wife Kristen and their son, Oscar.

Electronic Arts is the world’s largest publisher of ad-viable video games on all platforms. This includes EA Sports titles like Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf, Madden Football, NBA Live, as well as triple-A blockbusters like The Sims, Need For Speed, and Skate…among many others.

            

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