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Do you have an idea of how to deliver our sports, music, news, movies, TV, and gaming in a more meaningful and engaging way?  Or maybe these industries could benefit from today’s technology?  Join us in developing new and fresh ideas centered around the viewing and creation of our Entertainment and Media.

We’re happy to announce the first ever Entertainment and Media Startup Weekend! For just one weekend, 54 exciting and fast-paced hours, Los Angeles will gather innovative talent centered around this city’s most prized resource.  Entertainment and media professionals, designers, programmers, funders, and like minded individuals, will come together to rethink and design how we produce and view our entertainment, or create amazing new ideas for the consumers in this arena, opening new entrepreneur avenues for all involved!  The spirit of entrepreneurism has transformed many facets of our lives, and we are just starting to see what technology can do in how we enjoy our Entertainment and Media (Film, TV, gaming, music, news, sports, etc.).

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekend’s goal has been to create an environment where passionate people can come together to take action; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results. We are proud to be the hub for this collaboration and hope you want to be apart of making an impact in the already exciting space of Entertainment and Media.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.  If you have fresh ideas for Entertainment and Media solutions, let’s put them into action, register now for a life changing weekend!

***********TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 29TH AT NOON************

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Ethan Applen

Exec. Director, Technology and Business Strategy at Warner Bros.

Ethan is an Executive Director at Warner Bros. within the Warner Bros. Technical Operations division and leads Technology and Business Strategy within the Worldwide Corporate Anti-Piracy group. Ethan spearheads several internal- and external-facing innovation initiatives within Warner Bros., focusing on ways to fast-track new and disruptive business models and technologies to prototyping and implementation.

In his Anti-Piracy role, Ethan oversees Warner Bros.’ efforts examining user behaviors online, particularly as they relate to the consumption of Warner Bros.’ content outside of legitimate channels.

Ethan has nearly 20 years of experience in the technology and entertainment space, having worked at multiple start-ups including imeem,, and The Lightspan Partnership, as well as at Fox and Touchstone Television.

Ethan earned a BA in Economics from SDSU and an MBA from USC.


Richard Wolpert

Cofounder and Managing Director at Amplify.LA

A pioneer in the fields of technology, consumer digital media and entertainment for more than 25 years. Extensive experience as an executive, entrepreneur and as an investor.

Responsible for many “firsts” throughout his career including: conceiving of and teaching the first Macintosh Programming Class at Stanford University (CS 193C), the first multi-user address book for the Macintosh (TouchBase), the first kids internet subscription service (Disney’s Daily Blast), the first Tivo-like product for Internet Radio (BitBopTuner), the first legitimate music subscription service for the Internet (MusicNet), and the first legitimate online movie subscription service (Starz! On Demand). Successfully negotiated ground breaking deals with several of the major media companies whose content became the basis for many of these products.

As an investor, is the cofounder and Managing Director of Amplify.LA, manages personal investment fund, Chance Technologies (1995 to Present), serves as an advisor to Accel Partners (2006 to Present), served as a partner at the Yucaipa Companies (1998 to 2000), and served as the Managing Director of the Mail Room Fund (2008 to 2010). Invested in more than 30 companies, a large percentage of which have had successful exits or continue on as successful companies, including: AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Kongregate,,, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings. Scopely, Playdek, and Universal Audio.

Brendan Rauw

Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at UCLA

Brendan Rauw is Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is responsible for leading the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research, and overseeing a variety of programs designed to stimulate and encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and transfer of intellectual property into real-world applications.

Previously, he held leadership positions at Columbia Technology Ventures, KAUST, and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He also worked in corporate and business development with Genzyme Corporation and Celator Pharmaceuticals, a private biopharmaceutical company.

He has an undergraduate degree with high honors in biology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a recipient of the McArthur Fellowship.

Emily Smith

Senior Vice President, Digital, for the Los Angeles Times

Emily Smith is the Senior Vice President, Digital, for the Los Angeles Times. She is the chief architect of the company’s digital strategy, managing product development, revenue development, and audience acquisition. She spearheads the growing digital product portfolio and fosters a company culture of experimentation and innovation.

Emily has 20 years of experience in digital publishing and has been a change agent for both The Times and The Walt Disney Company, where she was vice president of the Women and Family Online business. While there, she acquired and integrated three companies to help accelerate Disney's strategic expansion into digital. Emily has a strong track record of building business cases for change and bringing in outside organizations for strategic alliances to invigorate monetization efforts.

She also served in editorial positions at a number of early websites including iVillage and AOL. A native of Southern California, she has a B.A. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kyle Laughlin

Vice President, Disney Interactive Labs

As vice president, Disney Interactive Labs, Kyle Laughlin leads a team devoted to innovation and the creation of next generation experiences that extend Disney’s stories and characters across a growing world of digital platforms and devices.  Under Laughlin’s leadership his team launched the new entertainment destination, which transformed the way Disney fans watch, play, create and discover Disney online. Now his team is focused on creating new digital entertainment experiences that will engage, inform and entertain the next generation of Disney fans for years to come.

At Disney Interactive Labs, Laughlin’s first initiative resulted in a cutting edge new video experience for  The experience offers a responsively-designed site which works seamlessly across browsers and mobile devices. Featuring an HD video player, the site offers Disney television shows, movie trailers, character videos and a wide variety of original programming and content.
Prior to joining Disney Interactive in 2011, Laughlin served as general manager for the North American Sports & Games properties at Yahoo!, where he led all programming, content, and business strategies. Laughlin joined Yahoo! in 2007 and also held the position of director of product management for Yahoo! Games!, where he developed a unified casual and videogame product organization, growing the audience, and improving monetization of its existing interactive products.
Before Yahoo!, Laughlin led the web services team at Helio, an advanced mobile joint venture between South Korea Telecom and Earthlink. In that role, he was responsible for the successful launch of and led the development of the over the air (OTA) web-to-phone digital content distribution system. He also worked for Sapient, a business and technology consultancy in its User Experience practice, working with Fortune 500 clients to develop user interfaces for AT&T, Sprint, and Motorola.

A Chicago native, Laughlin graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems.


Josh Ritcher

Co-Founder of Cinecore

As a natural problem solver and entrepreneur Josh took his loves for the entertainment and tech industries and has been merging these two into his startup called Cinecore. Cinecore has been gaining notable traction recently with an investment from Warner Bros., interest from Youtube, Google, UCLA and many TV shows on and off the major studio lots. Josh has lived the high's and lows of the startup ecosystem here in LA over the past 10 years. He has extensive experience in the areas of branding, pitching, pitch decks, customer development, and is an award winning UX-UI designer.

Josh still holds a seat on ABC's hit show Shark Tank as Art Director and has helped visually craft over 650 pitches in past 5 seasons. Throughout his TV career Josh has worked for networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, WB, Comedy Central, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.

Kevin Winston

Founder, CEO DigitalLA

Kevin Winston (@kevinwinston) is the founder of Digital LA, the LA-based networking group of professionals in digital entertainment (movies, TV, web series, music, games, VFX), start-ups, social media, marketing, and advertising, reaching more than 50,000 members across its newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn groups. Kevin created the Silicon Beach Fest, the first-ever tech, startup and entertainment conference in LA, which has been covered by Forbes, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, and other national and lcoal press., @DigitalLA.

Previously, Kevin worked at Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, and IGN where he created social media marketing campaigns for movies, TV shows, web series and video games. Prior to that, he worked at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and McKinsey & Company, the top management consulting firm.

He was named in a recent Forbes article as one of “12 Entrepreneurs That Are Changing LA Forever.”

Jennifer Collins

VP of Digital Revenue Development for LA Times Media Group

Jennifer Collins is the vice president of digital revenue development for the Los Angeles Times Media Group. In her current role, she oversees several teams and functions, including business development, analytics/business intelligence, e-commerce, native content development and innovation programs. Jennifer has worked in digital media and e-commerce for nearly 18 years. Career highlights include launching GO News for Disney Interactive, managing community for CNET Networks and launching one of the first blog networks at American Lawyer Media. She started her career as a reporter and as a local TV producer.

Daniel Romano

Head of User Experience and Design at Disney Interactive Entertainment

Part engineer, part artist, part backyard chicken rancher, Daniel runs UX for Disney Interactive Entertainment, overseeing creative, design and front-end development for the flagship site, Before joining Disney’s ranks, Daniel held various product, UX, and engineering roles at DigiSynd, JibJab, Idealab, and Citysearch.

Marc Sasinski

Senior UX Strategist at Riot Games

Marc is passionate about product design and creating immersive experiences. His specialties include experience design, strategy, and management – which includes working with early stage startups to help them create awesome products and services.

Marc currently works for Riot Games in Santa Monica, California. Prior to that, he worked at Citrix Online where he managed UX design for a core line of business. Previous experience includes working as a user research and design consultant, which included clients ranging from startups, to Fortune 500 companies. Marc holds a Master of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction and is also an author featured in Rosenfeld Media’s UX Zeitgeist.

Cameron K. Rasouli

Founder of Coloft

Cameron Rasouli is the founder of Coloft, a community based workspace for startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, and the unofficial tech hub of LA, in Santa Monica, CA. She is also a Startup Weekend global facilitator.

Cameron is a passionate community builder, skilled marketer, and a tech and startup enthusiast. She has her MBA from Loyola Marymount University, with a dual emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Kiran Rao

Vice President of Biz Dev and Strategy at Campus Explorer

Kiran has worked as an investment banker, venture and growth investor, and operator. He has evaluated and advised businesses across industries at varying stages of growth and with varying business models. Currently, he leads strategic initiatives at venture-backed Campus Explorer, a website focused on improving how students search, plan for, and evaluate higher education.

Christopher Good

Partner – Fowler & Good LLP

Chris is one of the founding partners of Los Angeles based boutique Business Transactional and Litigation Firm, Fowler & Good LLP. A born and bred Angeleno, Chris has been advising L.A. based media and digital companies from start-ups to corporations for the past 7 years. With issues ranging from establishing start-up web based businesses to privacy policies and procedures to handling various FTC issues, Chris has and continues to help clients navigate through the ever changing business landscape.

He was recently named by Los Angeles Magazine as a “Rising Star” Lawyer in the field of business litigation.

Phoebe B. Scott

CEO and Founder of Laudville

Phoebe B. Scott is a creative entrepreneur with an uncommonly diverse background. Originally from suburban Chicago, she has lived in London, Stockholm, and Shanghai and now calls Southern California home. Her formal education includes a JD from the University of Illinois and a BA in Philosophy and Studio Art from Hamilton College. Her work experience spans from teaching English in China to practicing corporate environmental law at a large law firm in Chicago.

Now, as CEO and founder of Laudville, Phoebe is pursuing the lofty goal of creating the perfect tool for social entertainment enthusiasts who share her frustration with existing overly broad or anonymous platforms. Wishing for a way to filter literary, cinematic and cultural recommendations from trusted friends on Facebook, she launched a tech startup — Laudville — a platform for sharing and discovering movies, TV shows, music, and books with friends. Phoebe’s blog highlights some of her top picks for fellow entertainment lovers.

While working as a corporate environmental lawyer, Phoebe started a family. She is committed to succeeding at home and work— a dual goal that regularly requires wrangling an energetic 16-month-old with one hand and conducting Laudville's internal and external affairs with the other. Often with “help” from Klaus and Cappy, the family pets.

Phoebe strongly believes technology can and should help people. As a volunteer for technology-related charity events including STEM-fest at the Venice Boys and Girls Club, Phoebe aims to bring more diversity to tech and help educate those curious about careers in tech. In addition to supporting the next generation of techies, Phoebe has helped found LA's first Social Impact Tech Meetup.

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Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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