Rosh Pina Festival is Just Around the Corner

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Rosh Pina Festival is taking place in 3 days, and the program is full of media and technology insights:

– The role of Telecom companies in the world of media will be presented by Gary Shainberg, VP Global Technology and Innovation in British Telecom, as well as in a panel focused on mobile content with speakers from H3G.

– Living room technologies, that are changing the viewership experience will be presented by Yossi Tsuria, CTO of NDS and others.

– Microsoft will present its online strategy, advertisement position and multi-platform content products, with high ranking speakers such as John Mangelaars, Regional VP, Consumer and Online, EMEA, and Moshe Lichtman, Corporate VP and President of Israeli R&D center

– Independent internet TV angle is covered in a panel I am moderating, with Mike Hudack, CEO of blip.tv and Robert Millis from Political Lunch.

– ESPN and Axel Springer are discussing the ways they are fighting for viewers’ attention.

– Israeli Broadcasters are discussing their Internet starategies

– Blockbuster, Microsoft, Hot and Yes are debating who will control the living room of the future. 

And many more. For full program, check out www.roshpinafestival.com

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Technology, Media and Celebs Meet at Rosh Pina Festival

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A gathering of international speakers from US and European media industry, startups, technology companies, interactive agencies, investors, TV stars and executives is taking place in Rosh Pina, Israel, on 5th-8th of November.

In the last 8 years, Rosh Pina Festival was all about the TV industry, positioning itself as the place to be for executives, creators and business people.

This year, Ami Giniger, head of Taya Media Group, the main organizer of the event, decided to extend the festival to digital media – and cover the effects of technology on the international media market. As a part of this change, Yossi Vardi became co-chair of the event.

Therefore, I was thrilled when asked by Taya to be the principal organizer of the digital track. For me, it is like being a kid in a candy store – creating an international conference in the topic I am so passionate about. Though require a lot of heavy lifting (and if you follow my twitter you know that), it is an exciting role, and I am happy to say that we are going to have an amazing event, with speakers from the local, US and European media and digital industry, research companies, and a lot of innovation and startups. And, yes, a lot of TV starts and celebs (let’s face it, geeks are cool, celebs are…. at least as cool…)

Some of the speakers are well known in the Internet TV circles – we managed to get Mike Hudak from blip.tv out of his lavish NYC offices to the stages of Rosh Pina, as well as Robert Millis. Jeff Pulver will talk about disruption in the media industry. But that’s not all. IDC Research will present NBC’s Internet strategy, ESPN will present its multi-platform activities, H3G will present mobile TV case studies,Newtek‘s CEO, Jim Plant, will discuss live broadcasting,  and we are expecting some exciting presentations from Microsoft.

We decided to add a lot of innovation to the event. Therefore, after every panel, we will present a startup that is changing the media landscape. This angle makes the event the place to be for startups, investors and VCs.

Please email me for more information (kfir@pravdam.com). If you are interested in blogging about it, let me know, and please tag all relevant content with the following tag: Roshpinafestival08

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Stay tuned for more info about panels, speakers and cooperation opportunities.