Oprah's OWN Network Top Legal Counsel Participating in Media and Entertainment Sector Track at Canada 3.0

Media is the Message at Digital Media Forum May 2-4

STRATFORD, ON, April 19 /CNW/ - Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is not the only Oprah-affiliated entity coming to Canada: OWN's Vice-President Business and Legal Affairs, Alan Saxe of Los Angeles, will be participating in Canada 3.0 2011 May 2-4 as part of the Media & Entertainment Sector track. Other media luminaries will be gathering to address the impact of new media and technologies on the world of media and entertainment.

"The explosion of digital media, from on-line movies to gaming, as well as availability of new mobile devices and technologies, has created new regulatory and technological challenges that had not previously emerged," said Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network. "Canada 3.0 sector tracks will address the changing landscape of mobility and digital content and hopefully provide some strategies for meeting these new challenges and opportunities."

Saxe will be addressing the topic of "How will Canadian content be financed in an 'everything, everywhere' world in 2017?". Saxe oversees all negotiations and legal matters for OWN  including talent, production labor and digital agreements. He formerly worked at Warner Horizon Television following two decades of employment with the Warner Bros. family of companies.

The Media and Entertainment Sector track also brings back former Global TV anchor Kevin Newman who served as MC for the overall forum in 2010. Newman will lead a panel reviewing content evolution. Newman announced a year ago he was taking a sabbatical from conventional media to spend a year exploring the potential of digital media, and has subsequently co-produced two documentaries debuting in May, is Executive-Producer of a TV series filming this summer, and has advised various federal agencies and artistic organizations on their digital strategies.

"With the ability to stream visual content anywhere, anytime, Canada's most innovative producers of compelling stories are preparing to compete in the emerging free trade in culture," the descriptor for Newman's session states. Attendees are invited to meet the creative pioneers developing unique content for varied mobile platforms.

Along with Newman as moderator, panelists include:

  • Alon Marcovici, digital media pioneer, who was the creative genius behind the gold-medal performance for mobile media at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics;
  • Mark Allen, CBC/Radio-Canada's Director, Strategic Analysis, who will bring ground-breaking results from the Media Technology Monitor (www.mtm-otm.ca) and examine impact of new ways to experience TV on portable devices;
  • James Milward, who founded interactive boutique Secret Location in 2007 which builds large-scale digital entertainment and brand projects;
  • Karen Pinker, Willful Group, who has partnered with some of Canada's premier documentary producers to begin creating content to meet unique needs of mobile devices;
  • Jeff Brenner of Nulayer, who with business partner Peter Kieltyka gives major news companies a professional, affordable platform for digital publications with 'Pressly'.

Canada 3.0 2011 features eight sector tracks that include more than 100 speakers and expert panelists, plus interactive discussions regarding the latest in digital media-driven productivity gains in education, health, media & entertainment, telecommunications & distribution, natural resources, public sector, research, and human resources.

For further information and details on registration, go to www.canada30.ca

The site includes information on how to enter the 'Canada: A Digital Nation 2017' video contest.

About Canada 3.0 2011

Canada 3.0 2011 is a forum organized by the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) www.cdmn.ca intended to advance Canada's strength in digital media. CDMN encourages job creation and increases global competitiveness by linking Canada's leading digital media centres with industry, government and academia.

SOURCE Canada 3.0 2011

For further information:

Media Contact
Shelley Grandy, Sr. PR Advisor, Canada 3.0 2011, shelley@cdmn.ca

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