The place does tech finish and media start? It may be arduous to seek out the dividing line, notably as tech corporations transfer into the media enterprise, and as huge Hollywood blockbusters are more and more created on computer systems.
So regardless that TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF occasion (occurring subsequent week!!) is ostensibly a tech convention, we’ll have loads of huge names from the worlds of media and leisure onstage to debate the altering panorama.
On day one, these names embrace Joseph Gordon Levitt, who you could know as an actor in movies like “Inception” and “500 Days of Summer season,” however who additionally based the inventive collaboration platform HitRecord, which raised a $6.four million Sequence A earlier this 12 months.
We’ll even be joined by actor Will Smith and director Ang Lee to debate their new film “Gemini Man,” through which Lee utilized cutting-edge laptop results to create a youthful model of his star.
From the tech trade, we’ll have Neal Mohan, chief product officer at YouTube, who can focus on the video platform’s ongoing challenges, and the way YouTube can stability its dedication to openness with rising stress to battle hate speech and misinformation.
And whereas 5G will most likely the principle focus of our interview with Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg and Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan, we right here at TechCrunch (which is owned by Verizon Media) are actually involved in listening to concerning the firm’s digital media plans.
In the meantime, in the event you’re extra within the nitty gritty of growing a media technique, we’ll have a panel on that very topic on our Further Crunch stage, with audio system together with MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop and Brooke Hammerling of Brew PR.
Then on day two, we’ll flip our consideration to one of many fastest-growing media classes, esports. 100 Thieves is an enormous participant on this house — combining streaming content material, aggressive esports and attire — and we’ll speak to the corporate’s founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag (a professional gamer himself), together with co-owner Scooter Braun (who additionally manages Justin Bieber and Arianna Grande).
Our Further Crunch programming on that day can even embrace a session that’s all about way forward for digital media, which will probably be sponsored by writer engagement firm Spot.im.
Lastly, on day three, we’ll be joined by YouTube star and “Queen of Shitty Robots” Simone Giertz. Whereas the dialog will probably give attention to her newest robotic and creations (together with her crowdfunded Each Day Calendar), Giertz is a exceptional case examine in how somebody can construct an infinite following and enterprise on digital media platforms.
We’ll even have an Further Crunch session about brand-building — Brooke Hammerling will probably be sharing extra of her information, and he or she’ll be joined by Bumble VP of Advertising Chelsea Cain Maclin and Character co-founder/inventive director Ben Pham.