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Media Alert: World-Leading Experts To Be Available for Press Interviews During Media & Technology Conference by IHS Markit

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Executive producer of CBS Digital to keynote L.A. event; conference will focus on future trends affecting tech firms, studios, and entertainment service providers

For journalists who follow the latest news and trends around tech companies, film and TV studios and entertainment service providers, a new one-day conference coming to L.A. on Wednesday, May 10, promises to deliver several days’ worth of intriguing story lines, expert interviews and compelling content.

George Bloom, Executive Producer of CBS Digital, will deliver the keynote speech at the first-ever Media and Technology Conference, presented by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide.

NOTE: Accredited journalists can attend the conference free of charge by registering here and entering discount code MEDIA17.

The conference will provide a holistic view of the consumer, technology and business trends that will define audio-visual entertainment landscape over the next five years. Session topics will include:

  • The Five Forces Shaping Entertainment for the Next Five Years
  • UHD: From More Pixels to Compelling Viewing?
  • Streaming & the Future of the TV
  • Selling Digital Content
  • VR Video – Monetizing the New Medium


These four industry experts* from IHS Markit will lead or participate in the discussions:

  • Paul Gagnon, Senior Manager, Consumer Devices
  • Daniel Knapp, Senior Director, Advertising
  • Dan Cryan, Senior Director, Media and Content
  • Piers Harding-Rolls, Director, Gaming

*JOURNALISTS, please note: to arrange interviews with IHS Markit experts please contact Dan Wilinsky or

A preliminary list of other conference speakers includes:

  • Yves Bergquist, CEO, Novamente
  • Jason Friedlander, Director – Marketing Communications, Verizon Digital Media
  • Brendan Handler, Senior Vice President and GM – Virtual Reality, FoxNext
  • John Jelley, West Coast start-ups and business development, Sky Ventures
  • Richard Marks, Head of PlayStation Magic Lab, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Stacy Nagata, Business Development and Operations, Discovery Communications
  • Guy Primus, CEO and Co-founder, The Virtual Reality Company
  • Jason Spivak, Executive Vice President – Worldwide Digital Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • John Ward, Senior Vice President – Content, AT&T Entertainment Group/DirectTV

NOTE: To schedule media interviews with speakers outside of IHS Markit, please contact Laura Castellano

About keynote speaker George Bloom

At CBS Digital, Bloom leads creative on disruptive technologies for shoot production and award-winning visual effects. He heads business development at the Visual Effects department, responsible for all major networks and movie studios. He helped to develop a proprietary Virtual set platform called “Parallax,” which adds value chain to current VFX pipeline and migration into Virtual Reality 2.0. Bloom was the 2016 recipient of HTC's VIVE-X accelerator fund and is founder of The Metaverse Channel, an education VR startup.


About IHS Markit (

IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.

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