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M&E Cloud Symposium in Los Angeles

We invite you to join us for a day of exploration on the trends in cloud computing that are reshaping the M&E industry. Learn how companies of all sizes are leveraging AWS services to increase agility, scale, and operational intelligence to perfect the media experience.

We will start with an overview of the M&E industry along with relevant AWS releases over the past year. Our morning keynote will focus on how content owners and broadcasters are leveraging machine learning to drive business results, followed by afternoon breakout sessions with customer success stories around content creation and distribution. AWS subject matter experts will be on hand to answer your questions about best practices for migrating workloads to the cloud.


Time Session
10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration
10:30 am Welcome: State of Media Today and What's New from AWS
11:15 am Keynote: Enhancing the Viewer Experience with Machine Learning: GrayMeta and the Sky News “Royal Wedding: Who’s Who App”

Josh Wiggins (Chief Commercial Officer, GrayMeta)

12:00 noon Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

#1: Content Creation Presented by AWS Thinkbox

#2: Content Distribution Presented by AWS Elemental

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Production in the Cloud: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions

Chris Bond (Founder, AWS Thinkbox)
Jason Fotter (CTO and Co-Founder, FuseFX)

How Ownzones built a post-house in the cloud to enable Magnolia Pictures’ direct-to-consumer OTT offering

Jeff Cuban (COO, Magnolia Pictures)
Nick Nelson (Head of Product and Innovation, Ownzones)

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Going Remote: Running VFX Virtual Workstations

Borislav “Bobo” Petrov, Sr. Solution Architect, AWS Thinkbox
Ian Main, Technical Marketing Principal, Teradici
Chuck Parker, CEO Sohonet

Cloud-based Virtual Workstations: A Guided Tour of a Real World Implementation with Meredith and BeBop

Nathaniel Bonini, Director of Video Engineering, Meredith Corporation
David Benson, CTO and Co-Founder, BeBop Technology

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The State of GPU Rendering (Panel)

Moderator: Richard Kerris, AWS Connections & Former CTO, Lucasfilm
Panelists: Nicolas Burtnyk, Co-Founder & CEO, Redshift
Jules Urbach, Founder & CEO, Otoy
Thiago Ize, Principal Developer, Arnold Core software development team, Autodesk

Universal Music Group: Consolidating Content and Workflows at the Speed of Sound with Sony|Ci and AWS

JR Yasgur, VP Business Architecture, UMG
David Rosen, VP Cloud Application & Solutions, Sony|Ci

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Closing Comments
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Reception


Enhancing the Viewer Experience with Machine Learning: GrayMeta and the Sky News “Royal Wedding: Who’s Who App”

With the power of machine learning, the Sky News "Royal Wedding: Who's Who" app - built in collaboration with AWS, GrayMeta, and UI Centric - will allow viewers to watch real-time updates of celebrity wedding guests as they enter St. George Chapel on May 19. This exciting Keynote will cover how GrayMeta is leveraging Amazon Rekognition for real-time identification of guests and tagging with related information. You will also learn how Sky is using AWS Elemental Media Services for live video capture and multiscreen viewing optimization as well as Amazon CloudFront to unify the content for rapid distribution to viewers.

Speaker Bio

Josh Wiggins

Chief Commercial Officer, GrayMeta

With over 20 years’ of experience in Operations, Systems Implementation, Customer Service, Account Management, and Sales, Josh Wiggins has provided and supported technology and SaaS solutions internationally for Ascent Media, Digitalsmiths, T3Media, Deluxe Media and now, GrayMeta. He has broad experience and knowledge in metadata and content workflows with global cloud, on-premises, and hybrid-based solutions. Today, Josh leads with the same forward-thinking approach at GrayMeta, as the Chief Commercial Officer, where they are shaping the future of how metadata is created, curated, and consumed within organizations. By leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, GrayMeta is solving complex data challenges by increasing organizational efficiencies within the Media & Entertainment, Law Enforcement, and Healthcare industries, as well as other public and private organizations.



Date & Time:
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049