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When: Wednesday, July 22
Where: Theresa Lang Auditorium, The New School
55 West 13th St.
New York, New York  10011
United States

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Wednesday, July 22
6:30pm: Doors open
7:00pm: Event begins
Theresa Lang Auditorium 

The New School
55 West 13th St. at 6th Ave.

Mobile video is consuming viewers' attention at unprecedented levels. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent of total mobile data traffic for the first time in 2012 and it grew to 55 percent of all data traffic by the end of 2014. Larger screen sizes on smartphones, with true HD resolution, are driving greater consumption of mobile video, while new mobile apps are creating a generation of mobile video creators that is unprecedented.

Now, producers are using mobile video tools to create audiences and develop stories for audiences that are global and, increasingly, commercial. The recent Newfronts in New York featured presentations that described ad units for stories told using Vine and Snapchat. The recent SXSW Interactive conference featured celebrity promotions on Meerkat and Periscope. And storytellers are finding ways to extend fan bases with short-form mobile video “broadcasts.”

The value of mobile video apps is clear, and for producers they represent built-in audiences as well as ready-made storytelling platforms for direct, monetizable conversations.

Nick Cicero, Founder, Delmondo
Nick is the CEO and founder of Delmondo, a platform for creators and brands to produce and measure content on any screen. He is a strategist, music producer, writer and speaker. A leader in building digital content initiatives with a proven ability to set vision, strategy, and execute, Nick has worked on numerous innovative projects for some of the world’s largest brands and publishers like Universal Music Group, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast, and Clear Channel. Prior to founding Delmondo he spent time building and implementing new enterprise social publishing and analytics tools with Livefyre, Expion and Percolate. He put the first Instagram Video on TV for Oprah and built an innovative social content experience for the PlayStation launch in North America, among other projects. Nick received his Master's from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Tom Blim, Partner, Truffle Pig (a WPP Company)
Tom Blim leads strategic planning and creative efforts focused on the daily creation of high-quality editorial and multimedia digital content for SJR and Truffle Pig, a newly-formed agency that is comprised of WPP, Snapchat, and The Daily Mail. Working with clients that include GE, Target, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Xerox, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the cable and motion picture associations, Tom has set strategies and developed content platforms focused on sharing knowledge and creating critical connective tissue between brands with key targets from business decision makers to political influencers to consumers. Developing e-commerce tools for sites like Barneys’ The Window and Target’s A Bullseye View, he has proven that the best content accelerates awareness and moves product well. Previously, Tom led Sawyer Miller Advertising and held management positions at Bozell Worldwide and Tatham Euro RSCG.

Natan Edelsburg, Senior Producer, Shorty Awards
Natan Edelsburg is the SVP at the Shorty Awards & Muck Rack. The Shorty Awards, honor the best in social media and Muck Rack is a platform where journalists and sources connect. Edelsburg covers social TV for The Drum and is the Executive Editor of their TV site, Found Remote. He interviews top executives at TV networks about the impact social is having on their companies. He previously wrote for Adweek's Lost Remote and The Next Web. He's also contributed to The New York Times and The Huffington Post. He's previously worked on influencer marketing campaigns for Nokia, Showtime, WellPoint, PepsiCo, BIO, A&E and more. Edelsburg’s also worked at 360i, Bain & Company, Showtime and LinkedIn.

Steve Isaacs, Senior Creative Director, Interactive, bpg advertising, Host of #bedcast on Meerkat
Steve Isaacs is the Senior Creative Director, Interactive, at bpg advertising, a Los Angeles-based firm that specializes in innovative digital and social campaigns primarily in the entertainment space. He is also known for his Meerkat talk show, #bedcast, which he performs with his girlfriend. Steve previously worked as a creative director at agencies, including BLT Communications, Deep Focus, and Real Pie Media. He was a recording artist for Capitol Records, with The Panic Channel, and with MCA Records, with Skycycle. Steve was selected by Pete Townshend and director Des Macanuff to play the lead role in ‘The Who’s Tommy’ Broadway Touring Company, from 1993-1995. He started his career as an MTV VJ in the early ‘90s, where he hosted /MTV's Top 20 Countdown,’ 'Daily Most Wanted,’ 'MTV's Rude Awakening; and the daily live show ;Hangin' with MTV.'

Daniel Holmström, Co-Founder and CEO, LiveRing
Daniel Holmström is the co-founder and CEO of LiveRing, a new social networking service that enables individuals to share moments with friends via live video. The service enables storytellers to create topics that can be discussed by individuals. LiveRing also enables content to be shared; for example, mobile game-playing in real-time. Based in Helsinki, Finland and New York City, Daniel was previously the co-founder and CEO of Promotion Point, which created new experiential marketing services at airports, malls, and events, as well as e-commerce experiences. 

Mark Kaye, Host, ‘The Mark Kaye Show’ and ‘Talkin’ Snap!’ (via Periscope)
Mark Kaye is a syndicated radio (‘The Mark Kaye Show’) and TV talk show host who hosts, ‘Talkin Snap!,’ the only talk show that airs exclusively on Snapchat. Mark has been affiliated with Cox Media Group since 2006, and is a graduate of New York University.

Chris Pfaff, PGA New Media Council East
A former board delegate of the PGA New Media Council from 2006-2013; former PGA New Media Council vice chairman, and former PGA Board of Directors delegate, Chris has been a PGA New Media Council member since 2004. He leads a consultancy – Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC – that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&T’s Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronics’ Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronics’ LCD product division, among others.

This invitation is non-transferable and has no cash value.