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LA Games Conference

300 industry bigwigs gathering next week in Hollywood.

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA (May 13, 2008) -- Digital Media Wire today announced its agenda and list of confirmed speakers for LA Games Conference ( to be held in Los Angeles on Wednesday & Thursday, May 21-22, 2008, at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel.

This 2-day event brings together the leading game publishers, developers, carriers, portals, technology companies, advertising execs, venture capitalists, lawyers and analysts, to discuss the future of games and social media. Considered the “top event” for industry insiders, senior executives attend valuable sessions on online, mobile and casual games, covering consumer, investment, and advertising trends & other hot topics, network and do deals.

“Since last year's highly successful event with over 400 participants, we've had an ongoing dialogue with our amazing group of advisory board members about how to build on our success and make the event even bigger and better this year,” said Ned Sherman, the Event Chair and CEO/Publisher of Digital Media Wire. “This year's event will focus on "The Future of Connected Games & Entertainment" — a theme that reflects much of the innovation and mindset in the industry and provides a great platform to involve companies and participants from a broad range of areas — from game publishers and developers to technology innovators to online and mobile entertainment platforms such as communities, social networks, user-generated content platforms and virtual worlds.” Plenty of new ideas are sure to come of this "must attend" two-day event that brings together the industry's best of the best for two eventful days of high level discussions, networking and fun focused around the future of connected entertainment.

The conference covers the rapidly evolving landscape of online, casual and mobile games, the future of the consoles and the digital home and the growing relationship between the game industry, Hollywood, social networks and advertisers. Panels and roundtable discussions include:

• Battle for the Digital Home

Is the Console the Entertainment Hub of the Future or Fighting to Stay Alive?

• How to Win the Social Game

Harnessing the Power of Online Communities & Social Networks

• Casual Games

What’s Next Now that Everyone’s Involved?

• Killer Games

What Does it Take to Make a Successful Game?

• Connected!

Innovations Driving the Future of Connected Games & Entertainment

• Mobile Games

Challenges & Opportunities to Create a Mass Market Phenomenon

• Advertising & Games

The Challenges & Opportunities for Brands & Games

• Hollywood & Games

Is Hollywood Killing the Game Industry?

Attendees are over 300+ decision-makers from technology companies, wireless companies, industry bodies, gaming companies, advertising firms, attorneys, marketing companies, research companies and payment companies.

Speakers include:

Chris Early, General Manager, Microsoft’s Games for Windows

Brent Hurley, Strategic Partner Development, YouTube

Kay Gruenwoldt, Head of Industry Marketing, Nokia

Mark Donovan, CMO & Senior Analyst, M:Metrics

Andrew Wallenstein, Deputy Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Geoff Keighley, Host, Spike TV's GTTV

John Welch, President & CEO, Playfirst

Mike Goslin, VP, Disney Online Studios

Lars Butler, CEO & Founder, Trion World Network

Mike Yuen, Sr. Director, Gaming Group, QUALCOMM Internet Services

Sandi Isaacs, SVP, Interactive & Mobile, Paramount Digital Entertainment

Eric Lavanchy, Director, Gaming, Endemol USA

Kate Connally, VP, AddictingGames, MTV Networks

Jill Braff, SVP, Worldwide Marketing & GM, Americas, Glu Mobile

Erica Chriss, VP of Strategy & Business Development, Greystripe

Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

Spencer Hunt, VP, Game Production & Digital Product Development, Sony Pictures Television Int’l

Rob Uhrich, Senior Director, Digital Markets, PaymentOne

Julie Shumaker, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Double Fusion

Emmi Kuusikko, Director, User & Market Insight, Sulake Corporation

Teemu Huuhtanen, President, N.A., Sulake Inc.

Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Technologies

Craig Sherman, CEO, Gaia Online

Matthew Bellows, VP of Consumer Strategy, Vivox

Barry Schaffer, President, Promotional Currency

Gabe Zichermann, CEO, / Advisor & Editorial Freak, Gamezebo

Craig Alexander, VP, Product Development, Turbine

Margaret Wallace, CEO & Co-Founder, Rebel Monkey

Scott Steinberg, Managing Director, Embassy Multimedia Consultants

Mike Vorhaus, Managing Director, Frank N. Magid Associates

Catherine Herdlick, Director, Game Production, GameLab

Peter Blacklow, President,

Steven Roberts, VP & GM, Games & Strategic Initiatives, DirecTV

Bill Kispert, VP, Interactive, NBC Universal

Mike Breslin, VP, Global Marketing, I-play

Russ Eisenmann, SVP, Marketing, Hands-on Mobile

Andy Reif, Commissioner & CEO, Championship Gaming Series

Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Vivendi Games

Keith Boesky, Principal, Boesky & Company

Josh Krane, SVP of Interactive & New Media, G4

Keith Kane, SVP, Ad Sales, Giant Realm

Ranah Edelin, VP, Electronic Arts

Daniel Offner, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Robert Norton, VP, Business Development,

Chris Lang, SVP, Research Strategies, SmithGeiger LLC

Stephen Jackson, CEO, Smashing Ideas

Matt Turetzky, VP, Non-PC Games, RealNetworks, Inc.

Dave Madden, EVP, Sales, Marketing & Bus. Development, WildTangent

Chris Petrovic, VP, Digital Media, Playboy Media Group

Jason Rubinstein, Senior Director, Entertainment, Mobile Devices, Motorola

Event sponsors and media partners include Nixon Peabody, LLP, Habbo, Sulake, PaymentOne, Promotional Currency, IGDA, Mary Margaret, Redline China, Pearl Research, South by Southwest Interactive, Casual Games Association, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Billboard Publicity Wire, Experiential Marketing Forum, DFC Intelligence, New York – Tokyo, and NVPR.

For complete agenda, registration and event details please visit:

In addition to LA Games Conference, Digital Media Wire will also host the 5th Annual Digital Media Conference in Washington, DC on June 26, which it produces in tandem with Potomac Tech Wire. Other prominent Digital Media Wire events include Digital Music Forum East & West, Future of Television East & West, Future of Film, Mobile Games Insider and The Millennials.


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