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Tuesday, May 7

9:00am PDT

What is your Tribe's Vibe? State of the Festival Industry
Films, music, food, and art are the backbone of a culture. Festivals are cultural change agents. When executed thoughtfully, they create memories, reinforce beliefs, open minds and hearts in the communities they serve. Our experts tackle why festivals matter now more than ever and how to stay relevant in an ever changing landscape

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Gary Meyer

Publisher/Director, EatDrinkFilms
Gary Meyer started his first theater in the family barn in Napa when he was twelve-years-old. He had directed a monster movie there and wanted to show it on the set. This hayloft setting became The Above-the-Ground Theatre where over 250 classic, foreign and independent films were... Read More →

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Colleen Bailey

Executive Director, Monterey Jazz Festival
Now in its 62nd year, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the oldest, continuously running jazz festival in the world, and Colleen Bailey is the first woman to serve as its Executive Director, having joined the organization in 2014.  Colleen oversees the 3-day festival with nearly 40,000... Read More →
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Meira Blaustein

Co-Founder / Executive Director, Woodstock Film Festival
Film Festival Founder and Executive Director, as well as Film Consultant and Producer and Consultant on International Festivals and Events. Self starter visionary leader, passionate about the arts, community organizing and building of new enterprises that are creative, progressive... Read More →
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Andy Bernstein

Executive Director, HeadCount
After a nearly 15 year career in the sports business, I left to become the fulltime executive director of HeadCount, a non-profit organization I founded in 2004. HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to registering voters and inspiring participation in Democracy through... Read More →
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Ford Englerth

Owner/President, Redrock Entertainment Services
Mr. Englerth has over 29 years of experience in the entertainment industry, beginning his career in the professional music space during the late 1980’s. In 1991, Mr. Englerth established a boutique music management firm while simultaneously setting up a live event production firm... Read More →
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Danielle Madeira

VP Strategic Alliances, Another Planet Entertainment
As Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Another Planet Entertainment (APE), Danielle Madeira oversees the special events department at the company, establishes and fosters critical industry relations and partnerships, and leads all APE corporate accounts, including clients such... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:00am PDT

Trends in Ticketing
Most festivals want to be bigger, sell more tickets (and sell them earlier) and reach more people. A festival ticketing solution can provide crucial data into targeted sales, how to leverage influencers, and assist with greater ticket demands by utilizing multiple channels for sales. Learn how to use a ticketing platform for expansion of your festival.

Bonus points during Build a Festival™ if you use one of these ticketing solutions. 

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Jesse Lawrence

Founder, TicketIQ
Over the last two years, TicketIQ has helped over 50 festivals maximize the value of their ticketing asset as a performance-based marketing partner. Festival partners include Bottlerock Napa, Lockn, Voodoo, Breakaway, Hot August, Northside and Sweetwater420. TicketIQ uses integrations... Read More →

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Vladislav Ginzburg

Vice President Business Development, Blockparty
As head of Business Development at Blockparty, Vladislav is responsible for introducing the company’s innovative digital-ID technology, as well as the benefits of blockchain ticketing and cryptocurrency rewards, to prospective clients in the mainstream live events industry. Prior... Read More →
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Lawrence Peryer

Head of Business and Corporate Development, Lyte
Working at the crossroads of technology, creative media, commerce and community, Lawrence develops businesses, products and solutions that bring fans closer to the artists and content they love. Over the course of his career he has worked with and on behalf of a variety entertainment... Read More →
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Keith Goldberg

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Vendini
Mr. Keith Goldberg has been the Chief Revenue Officer at Vendini, Inc. since December 2014 and served as its Vice President of Marketing and Product. Mr. Goldberg has been at Vendini since 2011. He started consulting for a myriad of Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Goldberg graduated from... Read More →
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Andrew Blap

Co-founder, Northern Nights Music Festival / BLAP Productions
Founded, created and successfully launched BLAP Productions, as a entrepreneurial pursuit to generate revenue from hosting and producing music events in San Francisco.

Tuesday May 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

11:00am PDT

FestForums Show and Tell - Build a Festival™ Part 1
Hear from the partners that will determine your services and products for building your festival.

Our exhibitors share their success stories of how they tackled festival challenges-and won! You won’t want to miss this because Stu makes this an unforgettable conversation filled with surprises!

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Stuart MacNaught

Co-Founder, FestForums

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Denise Carter

805’s Favorite Female Comedian
Incredibly charismatic and funny… Her gregarious personality and infectious smile… Will make you laugh instantlyDenise Carter was born and raised in Oxnard, California. She has attended Ventura Harbor Comedy Class, Jerry Corley’s comedy Clinic and trained under Denise Woods... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

12:00pm PDT

Cannabis: Is Your Festival Ready?
Permitting, sponsorship, accepting funds, and where cannabis use and/or sampling can occur are all front and center when making the decision to bring legal cannabis into your festival. Our panel provides insights into the best practices to incorporate cannabis into your next event or festival.

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Catherine Enny

CEO and Founder, Guerrilla Management
Catherine founded Guerrilla Management overseeing and crafting long-term careers of artists such as Grammy-Nominated Josh Homme (KyussQueens Of The Stone Age) and Multi-Platinum selling artist, Michael Franti, among many other international artists and brands .Event product... Read More →

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Layla Blaza

CMO, Hotbox Holdings Inc.
Layla Blaza is marketing expert passionate in delivering omni channel marketing programs that drive sales. With over a decade of experience in event sponsorships, digital marketing and experiential campaigns, she is not intimidated by the tight regulations of the cannabis sector and... Read More →
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Tim Blake

Founder & Producer, The Emerald Cup
Tim Blake created and has continued to produce The Emerald Cup forthe past fifteen years.  The Emerald Cup is the longest running,organic sun-grown cannabis competition and gathering of the cannabiscommunity in the world.  He has sponsored and helped to produce thefirst gathering... Read More →
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Vivian McPeak

Executive Director, Seattle Hempfest
Vivian McPeak is a Seattle based social justice activist, media personality, and writer. Vivian is the president of Seattle Events, a Non-Profit Organization, and executive director of the Seattle HEMPFEST®, the world’s largest annual cannabis policy reform rally. The recipient... Read More →
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Jim McAlpine

Executive Director, New West Summit
Jim McAlpine is on a mission to change the perception of cannabis and the people that use it via athletics and sports. This Silicon Valley entrepreneur is a father of two daughers and also the founder of “CannaDads”. Over the past 3 years McAlpine has become one of the most well... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:00pm PDT

Scaling Up Your Festival
Our reach exceeds our grasp in all areas of life. Such is the case with events and festivals. How do we break the mold in an ever-crowded space to scale up our attendance and grow? These film, music and food festivals and iconic events have successfully done this and they will share their secrets of success with you.

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Michael Bleau

CEO, Event Hub
As Co-founder and CEO of Event Hub (formerly Events Locker), an industry leading exhibitor management platform, Michael works with hundreds of festivals and expos nationwide. Prior to this, Michael accumulated over a decade of experience as an event sponsorship and festival producer. Before coming over to the live... Read More →

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Jillian Hansen

Partnership Development Director, The San Francisco Marathon and Berkeley Half Marathon
Jillian serves as the Director of Partnerships for The San Francisco Marathon and Berkeley Half Marathon. She is responsible for sponsorship sales and strategic partnerships of both events as well as overseeing the two-day health and fitness expo that takes places at Fort Mason. The... Read More →
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Gary Gilligan

Executive Director, Mountain Mandarin Festival
Gary Gilligan is the Executive Director of the Mountain Mandarin festival in Auburn, California. Celebrating the Mandarin Orange grown in Placer County. Gary has been a part of this festival for 25 years and has served ad ED for the last 11years. Gary has been part of growing this... Read More →
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Stephen Gong

Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a public media and cultural non-profit organization located in San Francisco. His previous positions in the media arts include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive... Read More →
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Louise Glasgow

CEO + Founder, Chispa Productions
Integral to the conception of Maker Faire, an award-winning festival with a solid cultural impact; in 12 years, this remarkable community gathering has grown internationally to over 48 countries with 220 events that attracted over 1.7 million attendees. Under Louise’s unique leadership... Read More →
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Jeff Ross

Founder/Director, SF IndieFest
Jeff Ross has produced over 50 film and music festivals since he founded the non-profit arts organization San Francisco IndieFest in 1998. From 1997 to 2001 he was the Operations Manager for the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has a background as a promoter and events... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

3:30pm PDT

Safety and Security at Your Festival
It’s no secret that safety is the cornerstone of the festival experience. Do you have a plan for drug overdoses, mass evacuations, harassment, fencing, first aid and the unknown unanticipated security risks?  Let’s talk!

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Nick Brown

Director of Public Safety, Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE)

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Michael P. Downing

Chief Security Officer, Oak View Group/Prevent Advisors
Michael DOWNING | Chief SECURITY Officr, Oak View Group/PREVENT ADVISORS – an asset company building, managing, and securing Sport and Music Stadiums in North AmericaMichael P. Downing brings 35 years of experience to Prevent Advisors. Most recently he served as the Deputy Chief... Read More →
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Alex Pollak

Chief Executive Officer, ParaDocs Worldwide, Inc.
 ParaDocs Worldwide, Inc. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Alex is a NYC paramedic with over eighteen years of 911 experience and was a first responder to the 9/11 attacks. He holds an MBA in Finance and International Business, and is currently enrolled... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 3:30pm - 3:55pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

4:00pm PDT

Networking Workshop: Build a Festival™ Part 2 - a team sport!
Join a team of San Francisco FestForums attendees and build a new festival from scratch. Pitch to our judges and sponsors and see who has got the goods. Bring your best ideas, dreams and plans. Don't forget to innovate with solutions provided by our exhibitors from the morning Show & Tell. Be prepared to compete fiercely (prizes will be involved).

Presentation: The winning partnership formula for brands and festivals
** Key tips and tricks on how both sides can win **

Joe Lucchese, creator at Pro-Ject, a relationship architecture agency that works with brands, agencies, and entertainment properties will share key insights on what works to make a successful partnership between brands and festivals. Cutting through the BS and getting straight to the point on how to maximize ROI, what it takes to scale efforts and build a successful sponsorship program for both festivals and brands.

Presented by: Joe Lucchese of Pro-Ject
Case Study with Beam Suntory (Eli Johnson from Beam Suntory)

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Greg Neverka

Live Nation Entertainment, Senior Director of Sponsorship
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Eli Johnson

EDGE On-Premise Manager, N. California, Beam Suntory
13 Years of On Premise channel experience 9 Years of night life operations experience (includingmusic festivals and sound production) 9 Years of Marketing experience (including social media) 9 Years of Distribution experience (including logistics and licensing) 9 Years of Brand e... Read More →
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Joe Lucchese

Creator, Pro-Ject
Joe Lucchese, creator at Pro-Ject, a relationship architecture agency that works with brands, agencies, and entertainment properties will share key insights on what works to make a successful partnership between brands and festivals.  Cutting through the BS and getting straight to... Read More →
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Liana Bender

Director of Development, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana is responsible for the financial growth and sustainability of contributed revenue for the California Film Institute, which produces the Mill Valley Film Festival, DocLands Documentary Film Festival, CFI Education... Read More →

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Abbey Party Rents SF

Abbey Party Rents San Francisco offers an extensive selection of party, wedding, tent, grandstand, and general event rentals in the Bay Area.
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Access Event Solutions

At ACCESS Event Solutions, we design and manufacture top-quality event credentials (backstage passes, conference badges, sports media credentials, and more) and develop innovative event management software and solutions for the world’s most image-conscious events, brands, sports teams and entertainers... Read More →
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Air Comm

Air Comm is a company based in Phoenix, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah, who have been helping businesses improve productivity and workplace safety with their two-way radio system solutions for over 40 Years. Using two-way radios to offer instant, private and cost-effective communication... Read More →
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BlockParty is the leading blockchain platform for live event ticketing, fan engagement and tokenized gamification. Blockparty leverages digital identity, blockchain and smart contract technology to bring transparency, security and fairness to the ticketing process for event creators... Read More →
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Camp Anywhere

Camp Anywhere is the leading provider of fully immersive adult summer camp experiences within festivals.  We feature live music and open mics in our full service, tech-free tea lounge, creative workshops and classes, easy to drop-in arts and crafts projects, and face painting and... Read More →
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Dented Brick Distillery

Dented Brick Distillery is a company based in the great state of Utah who makes an assortment of hand crafted spirits. They are able to make such great spirits due to the high quality of water used in the distillation process.
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Ghost Rocket Music

Ghost Rocket Music is an international entertainment firm based out of Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. The company is involved in Artist & large-scale event management, tour marketing, sponsorship sales/strategy/execution. Founded in Los Angeles circa 2007 by former Live Nation... Read More →
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KC Medical

KC Medical is a professional ALS & BLS on-site emergency medical service provider for venues and large events in the Midwest. Equipped with an exceptional staff, who are all properly trained and certified that will deliver outstanding patient care and customer service.
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LNKBOX is a turnkey experiential marketing platform out of Los Angeles. LNKBOX utilizes tech enabled pedicabs to provide transportation, marketing, and logistics support for the infrastructure in and around live events.
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Lyte is a technology platform for venues and event owners to take control of their ticketing experience, giving them tools they need to keep their venues full and their fans happy. Lyte is an extension of the primary box office and seamlessly integrates with the primary ticketer... Read More →
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Mama P's Wholesome Grinding Company

Mama P's Wholesome Grinding is a American Manufacturer for smoking goods and accessories. They are best known in the industry for the world’s best herb grinders.
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MS Event Production

MS Event Production is a fully turnkey concert and event production entity providing solutions for production management, design/creative, technical direction, producing, and management over every non public facing aspect of concerts and events complete with in-house audio, lighting... Read More →
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Sched is an Event scheduling software, mobile apps and personal agenda builders with social networking for conferences and festivals worldwide. Sched helps to eliminates event management headaches and enhances the event experience.
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Selffee is a company that uses exclusive technology to create edible food inks to print directly onto the surface of food and beverages producing a high quality, edible image. Selffee prints directly on cookies, iced coffee, marshmallows, and more.
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Inspired by the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, our beers are designed to be as bold, wild and unwavering as those storied granite peaks. With respect to tradition and an unbridled passion for innovation, Sierra Nevada beers are inspired by the philosophy that anything is possible... Read More →
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Storyblaster is the revolutionary social media storytelling and story selling software proven to rocket ticket sales and fundraising into the stratosphere. Easy-to-use templates come pre-filled with recommended daily content, guidance and the promotion expertise of top media buyers... Read More →
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Sunbelt Rentals

Sunbelt Rentals is one of the largest equipment rental companies in the United States and Canada. Backed by a network of 800 locations and growing, Sunbelt Rentals provides equipment rental solutions for customers in the commercial, residential, industrial, municipal and specialized... Read More →
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Vendini makes the business of live events simple by providing event ticketing and logistics software. It offers solutions for event promotion, ticket sales, box office management, event logistics and provides a fully comprehensive music and art festival access solution that uses RFID... Read More →
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Winmo is a sales intelligence platform that helps festivals pinpoint the right brand marketers who are looking for festival exposure. Uncover thousands of national brands and their agencies with verified decision maker contact information and spending insights. Winmo is everything... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Wednesday, May 8

9:00am PDT

What Festivals Can Learn from Sporting and Corporate Event Producers
Yes, corporate events and sporting events generally have huge budgets. Yes, both also have built in audiences. Yes, they can activate at a larger scale. But there are hacks and takeaways for the festival industry to learn from these producers. And we can’t wait to share them!

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Eliote Durham

Owner, BD+20
You might not recognize Eliote Durham's name. What you will recognize are the many large-scale events she has produced, coordinated, orchestrated, and executed: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bay to Breakers, BottleRock, Frameline Film Festival, and the Nike Women's Marathon, to name... Read More →

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Michael Bleau

CEO, Event Hub
As Co-founder and CEO of Event Hub (formerly Events Locker), an industry leading exhibitor management platform, Michael works with hundreds of festivals and expos nationwide. Prior to this, Michael accumulated over a decade of experience as an event sponsorship and festival producer. Before coming over to the live... Read More →
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Lacy Maxwell

Founder & CEO, Lacy Maxwell Productions
Lacy founded Lacy Maxwell Productions in 2004, after successful stints working with the legendary Bill Graham Productions, widely known as the 'Best in the Music Production Business' and at Clear Channel Entertainment. Both roles provided the foundation for massive expertise in entertainment... Read More →
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Christie Ward

Executive Producer
I started in this business as an performer and soon found out that I’d rather work harder for less money and ended up much more employable in production.  I am fortunate to enjoy much variety in my work.  From the high-profile, stress-inducing corporate concerts, to touring with... Read More →
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Kim Murphy

Director of the Special Events and Community Relations, UCSF
Kim is the Director of the Special Events and Community Relations for the past 7 years. In her role she oversees the development and execution of a complex calendar of events to promote UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco's fundraising and friend-raising... Read More →
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Kyle Meyers

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Silverback
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Silverback, brings 15 years of race and event management experience, with a proven background in business development, strategic planning and project management. He began as a production assistant for Lakeshore Athletic Services and quickly... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:00am PDT

America’s Got Talent
Talent is generally the key component that draws people to your festival and literally sets the stage for your event. How does a small festival successfully negotiate with talent? In this always popular panel, we will break down key components of talent buying; sourcing, timing, and finance, among others.

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Steve Knopper

Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Steve Knopper is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson (Scribner, 2015) and Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age (Free Press, 2009). He has written for the New York Times... Read More →

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Wayne Forte

President and Senior Agent, Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd.
Entourage Talent Associates’ owner and entrepreneur Wayne Forte is a seasoned, celebrated and experienced veteran of the music industry. Born and raised in New York, Forte first began booking student concerts while at North Carolina State University. He achieved major success milestones... Read More →
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Stacy Horne

Vice President of Cultural Programming and Development, The Battery
Stacy Horne has over 24 years experience in the concert and event production business. Her career started out planning record release parties for ska legends “The Mighty Mighty Bosstones” which led to working at the infamous PR company Nasty Little Man. An opportune meeting with... Read More →
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Jodi Goodman

President, Live Nation Entertainment
Jodi Goodman has thirty years of talent buying experience in the live music industry, and has shaped programming for unique and specialized venues throughout her career. From humble beginnings in the Boston club scene, she climbed the ranks from booker, to agency owner, to corporate... Read More →
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Christina July Kim

Founder, Silicon Valley International Film Festival
Christina July Kim was born in Monterey Park, California and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when she was 6 years old. In high school, with the counsel of her high school drama teacher D. Keyson, she decided to apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program at the University of... Read More →
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Kevin Arnold

Founder & CEO, Noise Pop Industries
Noise Pop Industries Founder and CEO Kevin Arnold is a San Francisco-based entrepreneur with diverse experience across both the digital and real worlds of music, technology, and culture. He founded San Francisco’s renowned Noise Pop Festival in 1993, and has steered the growth of... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

11:00am PDT

To Market, To Market
Festivals are in the business of creating valuable experiences.  To do so they must be expert marketers. Email marketing, ticketing partners, social media, advertising, media partnerships and leveraging sponsors and influencers are just a few strategies that festivals must optimize. Let’s discuss the experiences, and how we can use them to the benefit of festivals, sponsors and consumers.

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Doug Richter

Founder, Meritage Entertainment
Doug Richter has been deeply involved in the music and live entertainment business for more than 25 years with a background that includes record labels, media companies, event agencies and talent management.Doug launched Meritage Entertainment in January 2017 as an advisory firm to... Read More →

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Hannah Houser

Project + Community Manager, This Is Meru
Hannah Houser has cultivated her passion for all aspects of communication, branding, narrative identity, design, and business organization by way of marketing five of North America’s top music festivals (including assisting in the marketing of Bonnaroo, Forecastle Festival, Big... Read More →
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Scott Tashjian

Festival Director, Eat Drink SF
Scott is the festival director of Eat Drink SF, a weekend long food and drink extravaganza featuring over 150 local restaurants, 50 breweries, wineries, bars and schedule of chef demonstrations. In its tenth year, Eat Drink SF has become the Bay Area's premier food festival attracting... Read More →
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Heather Vantress

Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), Inc.
Heather Vantress is the COO of Orange County, California based Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE; www.SGEWorldWide.com), one of the world's premier music festival production companies. SGE events currently include 37 music and lifestyle festivals with artist and/or brand curation... Read More →
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Nick Catanella III

Senior Producer, Freeman Company
Passionate, self-starting event professional yielding over 15 years of experience producing events of every scale. Rooted in festival production (Wanderlust, High Sierra, Camp Bisco, SnowGlobe, Symbiosis, Monterey Jazz) and tipping those scales in recent years managing experiential... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

12:00pm PDT

FestForums Niche Focus: LGBTQ Festivals (paying homage to San Francisco)
With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this year, the event that began the now-annual Pride Month traditions, queer people everywhere will be searching for ways to celebrate the progress they have made since then. San Francisco has celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride with parades, celebrations and festivals. What are the joys, challenges, rewards and struggles that these iconic San Francisco festivals and events face in an ever-changing world?  Let’s break it down and see where we’re going.

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Ric Victores

Founder, ImagineX Productions
Ric Victores is an events producer and entrepreneur with years of experience working at the cross sections of festival culture, entrepreneurship, community development, and technology. He is the founder of ImagineX Productions, a boutique event planning firm that works with entrepreneurs... Read More →

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Frances Wallace

Executive Director, Frameline
Frances Wallace is currently the Executive Director of Frameline, the world’s largest non-profit solely dedicated to the exhibition, distribution and support of LGBTQ+ media.  Frances, originally from Australia, has over two decades of experience as an arts professional, working... Read More →
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George F. Ridgely, Jr.

Executive Director, San Francisco Pride
Since 2014, George F. Ridgely, Jr. has been the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride, one of the largest gatherings of the LGBTQ community and its allies in the world. San Francisco Pride is celebrating its 49th anniversary this June, and annually attracts nearly 1M attendees... Read More →
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Jonah Blechman

Founder, PotentPR
With over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Potent PR’s founder, Jonah Blechman, has established and run festivals of all sorts, including championing hundred’s of films from first time filmmakers to prestigious studio distributors. Jonah’s vast storytelling pedigree has... Read More →
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Jenn Stokes

Main Stage Producer, San Francisco LGBT Pride
Since the turn of the millennium, Jenn Stokes has been a live entertainment professional specializing in concept development, talent and venue relations, and operations management. From large-scale productions to niche audiences, Jenn's experience spans a diverse spectrum of live... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:30pm PDT

Bringing the Immersive Experience to Festivals
An immersive experience is an event or attraction that is largely interactive, inviting attendees to participate in the experience and feel present in an alternate world. From Disney to Game of Thrones, event producers and brands are pouring millions of dollars into making attractions more immersive, more interactive, and more personal. This is a trend that festivals and brands need to continue to unpack and understand if they are going to keep up with consumer expectations. Our experts break down what is trending and how it can transform your event.

With the Game of Thrones immersive experience at SXSW requiring attendees to actually bleed (i.e. donate blood) as the cost of entry, this is one of the most exciting spaces in the live event space!

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Jacqueline Sabec

Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP
Jacqueline Sabec is a partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano and manages the firm's San Francisco office. Ms. Sabec's practice includes all aspects of entertainment law with an emphasis on Grammy Award winning legacy artists, music and art festivals, venues, lifestyle branding... Read More →

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Ty Roberts

President & CEO, Ty Roberts Innovation
Ty Roberts is an industry veteran who has worked at the forefront of digital media since its inception. From his creative tools and work with artists like David Bowie and Brian Eno to new formats like Hi-Res Audio, he has always created new experiences for music fans. He has started... Read More →
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Danielle Madeira

VP Strategic Alliances, Another Planet Entertainment
As Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Another Planet Entertainment (APE), Danielle Madeira oversees the special events department at the company, establishes and fosters critical industry relations and partnerships, and leads all APE corporate accounts, including clients such... Read More →
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Steve M. Boyle

Founder & CEO, Epic Immersive
Steve M. Boyle is the founder and CEO of Epic Immersive, a large-scale immersive experience company. Epic Immersive has created immersive experiences with 14-acre real-world fictional cities and 100+ actors, crafted immersive journeys in China and Paris, built neighborhood-scale cultural... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

3:15pm PDT

The Changing Face of Sponsorships at Festivals
The sponsorship ball keeps moving and the goal posts move with it. Competition is fierce and standards are high. How do festival sponsorship directors engage brands, ink deals, and activate and provide ROI in this landscape? Learn from our panel of experts. 

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Lisaann Dupont

Director of Communications, Opry Entertainment Group
As Director of Communications for Opry Entertainment Group Lisaann Dupont oversees all public relations strategy for the company’s iconic venues and brands including Ryman Auditorium, 650 AM WSM and the rapidly growing Ole Red brand with locations in Tishomingo, OK; Nashville, TN... Read More →

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Mike Thelin

Co-Founder, Feast Portland
Mike Thelin has a long and successful history of creating projects that grab attention and make big impact on neighborhoods, cities and regions. He is co-founder and co-owner of Hot Luck Live Food and Music Festival in Austin, the Portland-based experiential agency Team Feast Presents... Read More →
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Beau Blanchard

Corporate Development Manager, California Film Institute | Mill Valley Film Festival | DocLands
Professional Duties: Beau started at the nonprofit California Film Institute in 2009 as the Development Coordinator for the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival and has since risen to his current position of Corporate Development Manager, now responsible for over $4M annually in cash and... Read More →
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Maureen Valker-Barlow

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Brand Alliances, Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE)
Maureen Valker-Barlow is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Brand Alliances at Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE). For almost a decade, Maureen has been at the helm of negotiating partnerships for SGE's catalog of over 50 music and lifestyle festival brands... Read More →
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Bill Grisolia

Founder, New Blues Festival
Bill Grisolia presents the New Blues Festival since 2014 in the cities of Long Beach, Adelanto and Huntington Beach, California with tens of thousands in attendance.  Individual Social Media Posts have reached over a million people.  In 2018, the New Blues Festival received the... Read More →
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Caroline Burruss

Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships
Caroline Burruss is a vice president for the Global Partnerships division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. Acting as an internal agency for AEG, Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sponsorship sales and activation for over 135 world-class platforms... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109