Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Noon - 12:45 PM - Open to all Attendees

ThinkTank A: The Directors Room

Maximizing New Media Distribution Revenues: Windows, Exclusivity and Global Platforms

Christopher Kenneally, Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center

Rob H. Aft, President of Compliance Consulting LLC

Douglas Blake, Executive producer, “Parallax”

Bruce David Eisen, CEO and founder, HereIsTV

the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Mr. Aft headed distribution and sales at a number of independent film companies and recently executive produced Sony's You Got Served: Beat the World. Mr. Aft served seven terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film and TV Alliance (IFTA). He has taught film business courses at USC, UCLA Extension and Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Aft's interactions with filmmakers and industry professionals at World Intellectual Property Organization Workshops on Copyright for Film Professionals in Nigeria, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand, Indonesia, Jamaica and Mexico were the inspiration for his most recent book, From Script to Screen: The Importance of Copyright in the Distribution of Films published by WIPO.


Douglas Blake has just been hired to executive produce one of the first digital portal series entitled “Parallax” for new form digital, the joint venture between Imagine Entertainment, the Discovery channel, CAA and Vimeo on demand.  It will be directed by Sawyer Hartman. In 2011 Doug Executive Produced and Production Managed The Sessions directed by Ben Lewin and starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, and William H. Macy. The film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 as well as a Special Jury Prize and is currently in release. Fox Searchlight bought the film for one of the highest prices ever paid at a festival. The Sessions also received nominations for Spirit Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards. Doug Blake has been working in the Entertainment Business for over 30 years with hundreds of movie, television, commercial and music video credits and is a longtime member of the DGA.


Bruce David Eisen is the CEO and founder of HereIsTV, the web's leading provider of daily, human curated TV show recommendations. Eisen is also the president and founder of Digital Advisors, a digital distribution consulting firm advising a broad range of clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have included 20th Century Fox, Blockbuster and Technicolor. Most recently Eisen was the Vice President Online Content Development & Strategy for DISH Network where he was responsible for the strategy and implementation of the company’s on-demand, online and Internet based initiatives. Eisen launched DISH’s TV Everywhere offering, making television content available to its subscribers on a variety of devices including computers, tablets and SmartPhones.


Christopher Kenneally is Director, Business Development, for the non-profit Copyright Clearance Center, a leading global rights-licensing technology organization, provides solutions that simplify compliance for content users, promotes the work of creators and supports the principles of copyright. As a freelance journalist, Kenneally for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times as well as National Public Radio and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston).


Rob H. Aft is President of Compliance Consulting LLC, a Los Angeles based media finance and distribution consultancy currently serving a variety of clients including banks, law firms, producers, distributors, directors and talent guilds in