Mark Cuban To Lead Off TRENdS ’05 Executive Summit & Forum On Digital Media Convergence, Four Seasons, Las Vegas, Sept. 12-13; Focus on IP, HDTV, digital investments, games, music, movies and security from content to delivery

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Speakers at TRENdS Â?05 Digital Media Convergence, Four Seasons, Las Vegas, Sept. 12-13, will include keynotes Mark Cuban of HDNet, Joshua Sapan of Rainbow Media, Evan Harrison of Clear Channel and Dr. Saul Berman of IBM. Top executives are confirmed from AOL, Disney, Yahoo!, Microsoft, EchoStar, Motorola, Napster, Sony and many leading-edge companies offering content to digital delivery solutions.

Kagan Events has announced the roster of speakers for TRENdS '05 Digital Media Convergence, the premier digital media executive conference and showcase to be held Sept. 12-13 at the Four Seasons, Las Vegas, Nevada. Keynotes include Mark Cuban of HDNet, Joshua Sapan of Rainbow Media, Evan Harrison of Clear Channel and Dr. Saul Berman of IBM.

Conference speakers include dozens of leading executives from across the media, communications, broadband and entertainment sectors, including AOL, Disney, Yahoo!, Microsoft, EchoStar, Motorola, Napster, Sony and many leading-edge companies, such as Akimbo, Massive, Maven, Orb, Zodiac Gaming, CinemaNow, Gotuit, JAMDAT Mobile, Anystream, plus new media investment experts from Redpoint Ventures, Apax Partners, Waller Capital, Vogel Capital and Wachovia Securities…and more.

The following executives will keynote and offer special presentations:

Mark Cuban, CEO of HDNet and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Fueled by Cuban's business leadership and enthusiasm, HDNet has quickly emerged as the leading provider of quality HDTV news, entertainment and sports programming.

Joshua Sapan, President and CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings. A premier innovator, Mr. Sapan has guided Rainbow's growth and success by creating innovative national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC and WE: Women's Entertainment; film distribution and production with IFC Entertainment; leading VOD networks: Mag Rack, sportskool and IFC Films On Demand; and VOOM HD Originals, the largest suite of HD channels available anywhere, ranging from movies, music and museums, to sports, travel and fashion.

Evan Harrison, EVP of Online Music and Radio at Clear Channel. As the leader in Internet Radio broadcasting, Mr. Harrison commands a pivotal post in the burgeoning digital music and talk market.

Dr. Saul Berman, Partner, Media and Entertainment, IBM Business Consulting Services. Dr. Berman has more than 20 years of consulting experience in media and telecommunications and is a digital entertainment systems and strategic planning expert.

The primary focus for TRENdS '05 is the imperative need for dialog among senior level and management executives dealing with digital media content and carriage issues, new technologies, copy protection and delivery solutions, and convergence strategies across the Internet, cable, satellite and wireless spectrum.

TRENdS '05 features the Digital Media Summit for senior level executives exploring strategies and synergies; the Digital Management Forum for management executives looking for solutions and deployments; and the Digital Trends Showcase, a demo-centric pavilion.

The two-day Kagan Digital Media Summit includes substantive discussions of digital media investments and strategies for monetizing and optimizing convergence opportunities related to growing market demands for secure and seamless content pipelines, devices and interactivity.

Digital Media Sessions & Speakers:

Back to the Future via Mega Mergers and Acquisitions: What does a new round of merger mania mean for digital competition?

– Garrett Baker, Principal, Waller Capital

– Bishop Cheen, Director, Wachovia Securities

– Hal Vogel, CEO, Vogel Capital Management

Dialing for Digital's Investment Dollars: Who's investing in digital media and where are they placing their digital bets?

– Curt Marvis, Chief Executive, CinemaNow

– Geoff Yang, Partner, Redpoint Ventures

– Oren Zeev, Partner/IT, Apax Partners

Games Go Hollywood, Enthusiasts Go Global: How will games impact broadband, mobile, and multiplayer strategies.

– Matthew Bromberg, VP & GM/Games, AOL Online

– Mitch Davis, CEO, Massive Incorporated

– Minard Hamilton, EVP of Sales and Marketing, JAMDAT Mobile

– Thom Kozik, Senior Manager, Bus. Dev., Yahoo! Games

– Alexander Libkind, President/CEO, Zodiac Gaming

– Peter Schultz, VP, Business Development, TvHead

Handheld Devices Rocket Music & Talk into the Black: How to achieve sustained profitability in the digital music and communications space.

– David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac

– Bill Pence, CTO, Napster

– Mitch Singer, EVP/Digital Policy Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment

– Dave Ulmer, Director of Marketing/Media Solutions Group, Motorola

Digital Video's 39 Flavors: How to match the right business model with the right platform and audience - VOD, IPTV, PVR/DVR, HDTV and more.

– David George, VP/Alliances, Maven Networks

– Joshua Goldman, CEO, Akimbo

– Scott Higgins, Director of Interactive Programming, EchoStar

– Mark Pascarella, President, Gotuit Media Corp.

– Dan Poling, TV Strategist/eHome Division, Microsoft

Market Share and Distribution Challenges for the Quadruple Play Arena: Who sells what to whom AND how?

– Ron Frankel, President & CEO, Synacor

– Bert Williams, VP of Marketing, Tropos

– Scott Wharton, VP, Marketing, Broadsoft

Advertising in an Interactive World: How will next gen interactive advertising target, reach and compete and in a non-linear PVR, on-demand digital world.

– Tim Hanlon, SVP/Director, Starcom MediaVest

– Rick Mandler, VP & GM/Walt Disney Internet Group, ABC's Enhanced TV

– Eric Picard, Ad Product Planning, MSN

– Andrew Steele, VP/Mktg. & Bus. Dev., Terayon Communication Systems

Mixing Digital Media's Magic Potions: Can on-demand content, security, compression, e-commerce and fulfillment work together seamlessly?

– Carmi Bogot, Vice President of Business Development, NDS

– Marty Lafferty, CEO, Distributed Computer, Industry Assn.

– Donald Leake Jr., Program Director, Copy Protection Bus. Dev./Research Division, IBM

– Donna Lewis, Attorney, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

– Ted Shelton, COO, Orb Networks

...and more to be announced.

Concurrent features:

The Digital Trends Showcase is a Four Seasons-style demo area and an ideal setting for networking and exploring alliance opportunities.

Monday only: The Digital Management Forum offers solutions sessions for management executives charged with managing and protecting high performance digital convergence investments. Topics include building and maintaining digital infrastructure, copy protection, downloading and interactive solutions. These sessions are designed for content owners, operators, developers, technologists, service and solution providers and investors...featuring Digital Watermarking sponsored by Digimarc.

BONUS: Kagan Research Presentations - exclusive data on Asia-Pacific multichannel markets, video game convergence, wireless broadband, digital TV, subscriber trends, benchmarks, programming models and content ownership, including 5-year and 10-year projections.

Event Location:

FOUR SEASONS Hotel, Las Vegas

3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119

Call: (702) 632-5000; Fax: (702) 632-5195

Registration and more information:

For a complete up-to-date program and speaker roster and to register for this event, please visit the TRENdS '05 Web site at or call 1 800 307 2529.

Members of the press are invited to apply for attendance.

Kagan Events is a service of Kagan Research, LLC.

Kagan Research is a media appraisal consulting firm and a media business publisher offering exclusive financial data and analysis, relevant market advisories and proprietary 5- to 10-year projections on cable and DBS operations and programming; broadcast television and radio; movies, entertainment and sports; digital, Internet, wireless and emerging technologies; and, media finance and law.

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