Lawrence Koh is the General Manager of Nexon M, the western mobile division of Nexon. Lawrence is responsible for overseeing the business unit that manages the partnerships with numerous mobile game studios around the world and provides live operations and marketing services for mobile games in the western markets. Before joining Nexon, he was a Studio Vice President at Kabam where he led product development in the San Francisco studio. Prior to that he was the product lead at Raptr and led the North American Strategic Planning team for the Global Publishing organization at Electronic Arts. Earlier in his career, Lawrence worked as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and a software engineer at E*TRADE Financial.
Derek Douglas is Head of the Games department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Douglas represents many of the world’s leading video game developers, including Mojang, Respawn, Turtle Rock, The Odd Gentlemen, and Bad Robot Interactive, among others. CAA Games clients have created some of the industry’s bestselling franchises, such as TITANFALL, RESISTANCE: FALL OF MAN, EVOLVE, SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH, and THE WITCHER III.
Douglas began his career at William Morris in 2004, where he founded their Games practice. Before joining CAA in 2012, he was Vice President of North America at Digital Development Management (DDM), an agency specializing in Games representation.
Derek graduated from University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He later received a JD from the University of San Diego.
Adrian Sexton serves as Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Beyond USA, since September 2014.
He oversees strategic partnerships and investments, business development, strategy, sales and distribution opportunities for Endemol Beyond USA’s premium content network.
Sexton and the Endemol Beyond team recently oversaw the launch of ICON, the first worldwide premium lifestyle network. ICON, which is led creatively by digital pioneer and entrepreneur Michelle Phan, launched simultaneously in the U.S. and UK in March 2015. ICON is the new global destination for the empowerment of viewers through inspiration, premium lifestyle content and conversation.
Endemol Beyond USA is a leading provider of premium content available across more than 20 platforms including YouTube, Yahoo and AOL and produces and distributes premium-quality online content starring influential talent such as Pitbull, Brittany Furlan, Drea De Matteo and Andy Milonakis across lifestyle, comedy, reality and music-themed digital networks.
Previously, Sexton was Chief Digital Officer at New Medici, a media strategy, business development and social engagement agency working with entertainment media companies, technology/consumer brands and startups. New Medici bridges Hollywood and Silicon Valley companies and individuals, modeling new digital and social businesses, social media and marketing strategies; clients have included Sony Pictures, WPP, Universal Pictures/Comcast, Groupon, 20th Century Fox, the Producers Guild of America, the CBC and the Australian Government.
Sexton was Chief Developer Officer and Chief Evangelist at Dynamics, an advanced payments technology company backed by Bain Capital Ventures’ highest Series B ($35M) funding to date. He managed new market and business development, entertainment content partnerships and consumer evangelism for the data-driven startup, working with movie studios, music labels, theatrical exhibitors, talent agencies, charities, game publishers and global lifestyle brands.
As former digital head of two media companies, Lionsgate and Participant Media and founder of two media strategy and marketing agencies, Sexton has a hybrid background in strategic marketing and business development. He brings a quantitative approach to market development in mobile, web and social balanced with operational experience managing large internal and external teams with 8-figure annual digital revenues.
Before New Medici, Sexton was Executive Vice President, Digital at Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. He managed the company’s expansion into global media, digital marketing and distribution, while architecting TakePart.com, its venture-backed cause marketing social action network™. Sexton was a member of the Executive Committee, M&A and Social Action senior teams, involving film greenlights and investments including the Summit Entertainment financing (later acquired by Lionsgate for $412.5M) and $250M Abu Dhabi co-financing deals. Sexton worked on The Kite Runner, Fast Food Nation and the Academy Award®-winning documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and The Cove.
Sexton was hired by Participant from TAG Strategic, a digital media and entertainment agency he co-founded with EMI’s top digital executive. TAG’s diverse client roster has included Lionsgate, Qualcomm, Sandisk, Gibson, Muze and LivePlanet.
Before forming TAG, Sexton headed Digital Media as Vice President at Lionsgate Entertainment under CEO Jon Feltheimer, where he oversaw the day-to-day digital marketing for theatrical, home entertainment, television, international and operations, including content production, media planning and early social. He oversaw the digital campaigns for such movies as the Best Picture Academy Award-winning Crash, Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball, Fahrenheit 9/11, as well as the SAW and Tyler Perry franchises.
Sexton identified multiple-platform marketing, distribution and sales opportunities for Lionsgate’s 8000+ title film library in such high-growth markets as broadband, mobile, digital cinema, peer-to-peer and IPTV. He structured innovative strategic marketing partnerships with BMW Films, Starbucks, Activision, Microsoft and Google. Lionsgate’s market capitalization rose from $60 million to $1.2 billion during Sexton’s tenure; and he was part of the senior team which secured the $350 million credit facility to acquire Artisan Entertainment.
Prior to Lionsgate, Sexton was the New Media Director at Mediapact Capital, a $500 million media management and investment capital firm which invested in and took control of Lionsgate. His professional experience includes production work in television at Sony Pictures Entertainment, development work at HBO Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Saban.
A frequent media presenter, Sexton delivered the inaugural Opening Forum keynote at the 60th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, keynotes at the X|Media|Lab conference in Auckland and Amsterdam, as well as keynotes at Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles, Intel’s Viiv launch in Tokyo and Forrester’s research conference in São Paulo. Sexton won a Clio for interactive marketing at Lionsgate, was named a “Backstage Digital All-Star” by the Screen Actors Guild, and a British Airways / Harvard Business Review “Face of Opportunity” entrepreneurialism award. Additionally, he is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Producers Guild of America.
A pioneer in the digital industry for more than 20 years, Jill Braff serves as General Manager of Ellen Digital Ventures (EDV), a new venture created by the Warner Bros. Television Group and Emmy®-winning executive producer/winner Ellen DeGeneres.
EDV’s mission is to extend DeGeneres’ award-winning television franchise and robust digital business, as well as her social and gaming audiences. As General Manager, Braff supervises the day-to-day activities of EDV, including Ellentube and Heads Up!, overseeing operations and spearheading its growth.
Prior to joining EDV, Braff was most recently Executive Vice President, Digital Commerce, for HSN, where she led the transformation of the Top 25 Internet Retailer’s e-commerce, mobile, gaming and social media platforms, and oversaw their $800 million digital business. Braff also served as an Executive in Residence and advisor for UNICEF.
Previously, she was CEO of Scrapblog, a social photo business with more than 2.5 million registered users. Braff was also a leader in the early mobile gaming market, recognized for building Glu Mobile’s leadership position as a public mobile game company during her tenure as Senior Vice President, Global Publishing.
Braff has held marketing positions at Ancestry.com, The Learning Company/Mattel, Sega, Nintendo of America and Griffin Bacal.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Colgate University.
Andy Swanson is a 17-year veteran of the video game industry. His career began in 1998 in advertising sales at Future US where he eventually became the publisher of PC Gamer, OXM and PSM in Future’s Games Group. In 2007, he joined Ubisoft as Senior Director of Strategic Sales and Partnerships. Later in 2010 he joined GameFly as VP of Digital Business Development. In 2013, Andy was hired by Twitch with his current focus on planning, evangelizing and executing the strategy around brand sponsorships and integrations within Twitch’s esports ecosystem. He also manages sponsorship opportunities around Twitch’s Events Group, including TwitchCon, E3 and PAX.
Christine Lee is the VP of Business at Immersv. Immersv is an early stage company that’s building a platform for mobile virtual reality to serve content developers. Most recently she was the General Manager at Chartboost- managing sales, business development, partnerships and account management. Previously she managed entertainment and games at AdMob and continued to work with both console and mobile game developers once the company was acquired by Google.
Clinton Foy is a General Partner and Managing Director at CrossCut Ventures, a leading early stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Clinton has deep experience building, leading, advising, operating, and investing in top international video game and technology companies including Square Enix and Super Evil MegaCorp.
Prior to CrossCut Ventures, Mr. Foy was the COO, General Counsel, and head of the mobile and online groups at Square Enix, a $3 billion video game and digital media publisher. As COO and head of all corporate development for Square Enix, Mr. Foy was instrumental in the EIDOS acquisition, a $120 million acquisition of five international studios and the Tomb Raider, Thief, Deus Ex, and Hitman franchises. In seven years at Square Enix, Mr. Foy oversaw more than 100 product launches across a dozen platforms and grew annual revenues to more than $300 million. Mr. Foy has earned numerous game credits on such award winning games as Batman Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy XI, XII, XIII, Dead Island, Supreme Commander, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
Prior to Square Enix, Mr. Foy practiced law with the Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group in Seattle, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, representing top technology clients including Microsoft, Sony, Fujitsu, and Yahoo. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Foy also has extensive international experience working with technology companies and institutions in Japan and Asia.
Mr. Foy earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, JD from the University of Washington School of Law, and MA from Stanford University Graduate School.
Joost is co-founder and CEO of SuperData Research, a market research firm specialized in digital, mobile and online games.
As one of the first academics to study video games, Joost also has over fifteen years of commercial research experience in interactive entertainment and technology industries. Before receiving a doctorate from Columbia University on the topic, Joost worked as an analyst on both the financial and consumer-side of the games industry. Anticipating the shift to digital games early on, he founded SuperData in 2009. Today SuperData is a leading games industry researcher, building on a unique dataset of digital point-of-sale data encompassing the online purchases of almost 37 million online and digital gamers. Clients include publishers such as Activision/Blizzard, Bandai-Namco, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, SEGA, Square-Enix, Ubisoft, Wargaming.net and Zynga.
Joost is a recurrent speaker at major industry events such as GDC and Casual Connect, and is regularly quoted in both industry publications and mainstream press. In addition to his business adventures, Joost teaches at the NYU Game Center and Stern School of Business. He lives in the East Village in New York, with his wife Janelle and son Maximus.