Industry Speakers Announced for 8th Annual VidCon

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Experts from the biggest names in media are coming together at VidCon to discuss the future of video, advertising, and more

VidCon (vidcon.com), the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creatives, and industry professionals, today announced featured speakers and panelists for the 2017 event, taking place June 21 - June 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

The annual conference will connect hundreds of the most innovative and influential online video creators with over 30,000 attendees for performances, workshops, discussions, and networking. The Industry Track alone features more than 150 online video experts and innovators sharing their insight and expertise in how to build sustainable communities, channels, and franchises.

YouTube — the 8th Annual VidCon title sponsor — will have a significant presence at VidCon, including kicking-off the event with a high-energy, 90-minute live entertainment showcase featuring top YouTube stars and major music artists. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, as well as other executives from the company, will be featured in keynotes and panels throughout the four-day convention to showcase YouTube’s ongoing efforts to support creators around the world.

Marni Walden, Executive Vice President and President of Media and Telematics at Verizon, will deliver the headline keynote on Thursday, talking about the company's vision for its growing digital media business, including go90, Oath, Fios, Complex, AwesomenessTV and more.

Other top conversations include Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg discussing the future of TV with AT&T’s Tony Goncalves (who’s been deeply involved in the company’s evolution in the digital world and approach to OTT, including DIRECTV NOW and Otter Media initiatives), discussions on the future of video with Alex Hofmann, President, North America at musical.ly, Inc., Disney’s Andrew Sugerman, and Brad Allen from NextVR, a look at the Future of News with CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks, and top executives from Facebook, ABC News, Now This, Awesomeness, Instagram, and many more.

Highlights of the programming include keynotes and presentations from the following experts and executives:
Doug Knopper, CEO of Freewheel
Gloria DeCoste, Head of Digital Strategy at Nestlé USA
Harry Brisson, Director of Lab Research at Nielsen
Joe Sabia, VP Development, Digital Channels at Conde Nast
Joshua Lowcock, EVP Head of Digital at Universal McCann
Justin Dellario, Senior Program Manager of Esports at Twitch
Rob Crabbe and Adam Abramson from The Late Late Show With James Corden
Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder and Sky
Tom Ryan, CEO and Co-Founder of Pluto TV
Rico Moorer, Ella Mielniczenko and Maycie Thornton from Buzzfeed
Jon Burk, Director of Content and Digital Strategy for Roker Entertainment
Matt Lathrop, Director of Video Content at the National Football League
Neda Davis, Senior Director, Product Management, Mobile & TV Apps at CNN
Ashu Garg, General Partner at Foundation Capital

"This is shaping up to be the biggest and most important Industry Track ever," said Jim Louderback, Editorial Director of VidCon's Industry Track. "With television changing radically, the advertising world in turmoil, and the rise of new storytelling formats — including virtual reality, mixed reality, and more — there’s never been a more important time in the development of visual media. This unprecedented collection of the top thinkers AND doers in the space will deliver guidance, insight, and actionable strategies to put in place even while VidCon happens.”

Debuting this year is a new focus on branding and advertising — and alternate monetization schemes — with 15 conversations and workshops devoted to these topics, a first-ever debut of five new research studies delving into the behavior of online video consumers, a session on video-centric product design led by Eric Feng (partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former head of product at Hulu and Chief Technology Officer at Flipboard), 26 hands-on workshops, 16 panels, 15 fireside chats, parties, social events, concerts, and more.

The lineup of over 300 Featured Creators participating in 2017 as well as the full list of Industry Speakers can be found on the VidCon website. Tickets can be purchased at vidcon.com/registration.

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About VidCon

VidCon is the world’s largest conference for and about online video. Held each summer in Anaheim, California, VidCon assembles fans, veteran and amateur creators, working professionals, and industry thought-leaders for three days of celebration, introspection, and discussion. Hank and John Green founded VidCon in 2010, and total attendance in 2016 was 26,400. For the fifth year in a row, YouTube has signed on as the title sponsor.
VidCon programming follows a three-track format, designed to appeal to everyone from the biggest media companies to the most passionate fans. The Industry Track features keynotes, fireside chats, seminars and product demonstrations geared toward attendees working in the online video industry. The Creator Track, now in its second year, serves attendees looking to make better content, grow their online presence, enter the industry, meet fellow creators, and learn the ins-and-outs of online video culture. The Community Track engages attendees interested in experiencing the online video culture through Q&As, discussions, concerts, interviews, movie nights, meet-ups, and games.
Though specific programming and special guests will be announced in upcoming months, VidCon experiences record ticket sales each year and routinely sells out. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to register as soon as possible. Tickets can be purchased now at vidcon.com/registration.

About YouTube
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
YouTube is a Google company.

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