Start-up founder, social media pioneer, music manager, and master negotiator, Josh Brooks has a proven track record in the media and tech space. Brooks currently oversees all marketing and brand strategy for Jam City. Prior to Jam City, he raised $1.6M in venture capital to launch On The Run Tech and partnered with Selena Gomez to launch the popular app, Postcard on the Run.
Earlier in his career, Brooks created the first integrated marketing team at MySpace, responsible for $22M in branded advertising revenue in his first year. He also produced the first and largest live streaming event for MySpace, in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, which resulted in 3.5M live streams from Camp Behring, Kuwait (a.k.a. Operation MySpace). From 2001-2005, he managed the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated band, Queens of the Stone Age. Prior to managing the band, he was a founding member of Fanscape.com, which was acquired by Omnicom in 2010.
Brooks was a Socal Tech Top 50 Winner in 2013 and received the Silicon Beach Wavemaker Award in 2011. He received a BFA in Media Arts from University of Arizona, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
As senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard Entertainment, Lydia Bottegoni is tasked with overseeing the creative strategy and execution of cross-media development around Blizzard’s award-winning game franchises.
In this role, Bottegoni’s mission is to extend the Blizzard universe across a variety of media formats and platforms. She is responsible for establishing and developing a business strategy for Blizzard’s universes, driving the company’s game worlds into new arenas to engage fans old and new and to entertain an expanding global audience.
Previously Bottegoni was head of production for Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for overseeing all projects in production and managing the production team, while also leading the artist management team across multiple studio locations. She was co-producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania and served as the digital producer for The Smurfs. She was also co-producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as well as Surf’s Up, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature and winner of two Annie Awards.
Bottegoni was the senior visual effects producer on the Academy Award-winner for Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man. She also oversaw the production of visual effects on such films as Michael, Ghost and the Darkness, Contact, and Starship Troopers. As a visual effects producer, her credits included the Academy Award nominated Stuart Little, Sphere, and The Postman.
Bottegoni is a member for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and holds a degree in Economics from California State University, Northridge.
Bin Jeong became the CEO of Pinkfong USA (a subsidiary of SmartStudy) in 2016. Since joining SmartStudy, Bin successfully led the company’s international business development efforts focused on the U.S. market to open more distribution channels for digital content, apps, and offline products. She set up and oversaw Pinkfong’s YouTube operations, devising growth strategies based on analysis of performance metrics that helped the channel become one of the top kid’s channels worldwide.
Prior to SmartStudy, Bin developed a database management system for commercial galleries, museums, and private collectors which was inspired by her work in the commercial art world, producing exhibitions for galleries and biennials. Her interest in combining content and technology later led her to SmartStudy.
Lasky will outline the latest in investment trends and opportunities in games and digital media. Lasky has spent more than two decades in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business. Prior to joining Benchmark Capital, Lasky served as executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer of JAMDAT Mobile, Inc, the leading global publisher of wireless entertainment applications, which was acquired by EA in 2005.
Glenn joined Double Down Interactive in November 2010 as President. He was previously the CFO of Big Fish Games and helped lead the growth of that company from $8 million in revenue to more than $100 million and from 40 to 400 employees. He was also instrumental in helping Big Fish Games raise $83 million in one of the largest rounds of private financing of any gaming company ever. Glenn will be featured in a case study session about IGT’s $500 Million acquisition of Double Down with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Stuart Campbell and John Salter, Partner of The Raine Group, an investment bank specializing in media and entertainment ventures.
Owen Mahoney was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Nexon in March 2014. Mr. Mahoney joined Nexon in 2010 and served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer until 2014, responsible for managing the Company’s finances, global operations, investments and strategic alliances. Under his leadership, Nexon successfully completed its $1.2 billion initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and formed strategic partnerships with high-profile developers and publishers around the world.