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Variety's Sports Entertainment Summit Headlined By Fox Sports Media Group's Randy Freer And LA Kings President Luc Robitaille

August 12, 2013


Top Executives and Athletes Across the Sports and Entertainment Industry Converge in This Exclusive Conference August 15, 2013 Special Performance by The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Variety is pleased to announce its Sports Entertainment Summit, in association with SVG, which will feature keynote conversations with Randy Freer, Fox Sports Media Group Co-President and COO, and Luc Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Kings' President of Business Operations on Aug. 15 at the Four Seasons at Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.

Freer will be speaking in a keynote conversation on the eve of the launch of Fox Sports 1 - the new national sports network dedicated to live event coverage and sports and entertainment programming. He is responsible for a broad range of business operations and media rights acquisitions involving all aspects of Fox Sports.

Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer and President of Business Operations/Alternate Governor, Los Angeles Kings, is the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and the all-time Kings leader in goals scored. Named the Kings' President of Business Operations in 2007, Robitaille has made a tremendous impact on the club across sponsorship, fan relations, game entertainment and more. Last year, the Kings attracted record attendance for its games and also generated record revenue.

Kicking off the cocktail reception at the Sports Entertainment Summit, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, whose all-new season of "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" on CMT premieres September 6, will be making a special appearance.

Variety and SVG will be presenting a packed day of elite speakers and dynamic sessions at its Sports Entertainment Summit. Topics include the business impact of exploding regional sports networks; management of the athlete's brand across social media and entertainment options; advancing technology in game-time storytelling; rising companion sports mobile experiences; and more.

Additional speakers at the Sports Entertainment Summit 2013 include:

Ken Aagaard, CBS Sports, EVP Operations, Engineering and Production Services Mark Ballas, Pro-Dancer and Choreographer Dancing with the Stars Van Bedient, Adobe Video Solutions Consultant, Broadcast Market Jim Bell, Executive Producer, Olympics, NBC Sports Group Tom Brady, VP of Content, NFL Media Aaron Brenner, Director of Production, LA Kings Scott Brown, President and General Counsel, Universal Sports Network Christopher R. Chase, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC Mitch Covington, VP Sports Marketing at Monster Beverage Company Terry Denson, Vice President, Content Strategy & Acquisition for Verizon Communications Sundance DiGiovanni , Co-founder and CEO, Major League Gaming Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch Brian Dunphy, Sr. Director Business Development, Qualcomm Stephen Espinoza, EVP and General Manager Showtime Sports Greg Estes, NVIDIA, Marketing Executive, Technology and Media Henry Ford, SVP and General Manager Fox Sports San Diego Ken Fuchs, VP Sports, Games and Entertainment, Yahoo Evelyn Guillen, ESPN, Postproduction Supervisor Christen Harris, VP Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Joe Inzerillo, SVP and Chief Technology Officer, MLB Advanced Media John King, Senior Sales Engineer, Aspera Albert Lai, Chief Technology Officer, Brightcove Chris Lauricella, VP of Content, AT&T Beth Marchant, Co-Chair SportsPost David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup/Coordinating Producer of Super Bowl XLVIII, Fox Sports Art Marquez, our SVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Pac-12 Network Larry Meyers , VP Content and Executive Producer, Time Warner Cable Sports Evan Morgenstein, Owner and CEO of CelebExperts (CE) and Premier Management Group (PMG Sports) (clients include Dara Torres, Bruce Jenner, Cullen Jones, Dominique Dawes, Amanda Beard) Mike Mossholder, SVP of Global Marketing Partnerships, UFC Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Chuck Parker, Chairman 2nd Screen Society Danny Peters, Director of Creative Services, Quantel Clark Pierce, Senior Vice President, Mobile & Advanced Platforms, FOX Sports Media Group Jennifer Pransky, Coordinating Producer, Fox Sports Tim Reed, Senior Director, Content Strategy, Sports & Competition, Global X Games Mike Rogandino, Fox Sports Broadcaster Lon Rosen, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Dodgers Mark Shuken, SVP and General Manager Time Warner Cable Sports Tyler Slocum, Director of Mobile, at NFL Bob Stenner, Lead Producer, Fox Sports Zane Stoddard, Managing Director, Entertainment Marketing & Business Development at NASCAR Craig Stouffer, TROIKA, Art Director Josh Swartz, President, Relativity Sports Andy Tennant, ESPN, Executive Producer, E:60 Pete Vlastelica , SVP FOX Sports Digital Alex Vargas, Vice President, Business Operations at Bleacher Report, Turner Sports Circe Wallace, SVP Wasserman Media Group Jonathan Wilner, Vice President of Product, Ooyala

The entire event will be streamed live and available to view for up to 30 days via Ustream, the leading video technology platform for live business communications. To view online and purchase a ticket for $100, visit To attend the event and take advantage of the advanced rate of $495, which ends Monday, August 12, visit

Variety's Sports Entertainment Summit, in association with SVG, thanks its sponsors and media partners. Premier sponsor: Qualcomm; Official sponsors: Aspera, Brightcove, CMT, Quantum, Ooyala, NVIDIA/Key Code Media; Supporting sponsors: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, Flocast, Quantel Newtek, Twitch, Unicorn Media and VER.

Media partners: 2nd Screen Society, CBS Radio, HPA, Next Impulse, ProductionHUB, SMPTE, The Studio-B&H, ThinkLA and Yahoo!

To view the full agenda, visit

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About Ustream Ustream is the leading video technology platform for live business communications, powered by the company's proprietary Ustream Cloud Platform. The company was founded in 2007 with a vision to bring live online broadcasting technology to the mainstream; Ustream was originally created to connect military service members to family and friends across the world. Since then, the company has established itself as a socially-fueled video platform for broadcasters of any size to easily reach an infinite audience and share experiences in real-time. Our mission is to empower anyone around the world to reach new audiences through the power of live experiences.

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