7th Annual LAES to Focus on Indie Product, OTT

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has revamped this year’s Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES) to focus on independent product, both physical and digital, as well as the booming OTT marketplace.

The seventh annual LAES will be held July 17-18 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.

The 2018 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit will feature two days of one-on-one business-to-business meetings between independent content providers and retailers and streaming services, the EMA announced May 9.

Supplementing that will be the first-ever OTT Channels conference – a day of research presentations, sessions with industry thought leaders, and an exploration of opportunities in subscription video on demand and ad-supported video on demand.

“And, as always, LAES will provide plenty of networking and socializing opportunities,” the EMA said.

In conjunction with LAES, Digital EMA will present a Digital EMA Forum focused on streaming video.

LAES will continue to provide an opportunity for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise funds.

“In discussions with a number of industry executives, it became clear to us that there was a longing for an opportunity for independent product to gain greater exposure and for a forum for SVOD and AVOD OTT channel executives to gather and share knowledge,”said Mark Fisher, president CEO of EMA. “So we decided to focus this year’s LAES on those areas and help grow these important segments of our industry.”

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