OTT.X Launching X-Fronts Confab May 24-25

OTT.X  has announced its inaugural X-Fronts event will be held May 24-25 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  

The confab will provide “new opportunities for the next frontier of audience engagement,” according to the industry organization.

The X-Fronts will be an exchange consisting of pitches and presentations by prominent and up-and-coming AVOD and FAST platforms, networks, and channels to an audience of brands, advertisers and ad agencies, according to OTT.X. Presentations will include details about lineups, content promotion and other plans for the coming year. 

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The X-Fronts event “will serve as a launch pad for the rapidly growing AVOD and FAST markets by educating about and advocating for the growth and promotion of AVOD and FAST platforms,” according to the organization. Attendees will be directly exposed to a wide variety of options for their media budget spends from across the broad spectrum of established and rising stars in OTT streaming, according to organizers.

Each day will include a keynote speaker or panel, and meeting spaces, both private and semi-private, will be available for planned or ad-hoc meetings. 

“It is no secret that AVOD and FAST platforms are quickly becoming prominent players in the OTT and streaming landscape,” Mark Fisher, president and CEO of OTT.X, said in a statement. “By 2024, North American AVOD revenues are expected to reach $20.3 billion and close to 50% of the U.S population will be streaming AVOD content. The X-Fronts provides a first mover opportunity into the next generation of content viewing and audience engagement.”

DEG to Mount EnTech Fest Feb. 15-16 at Skirball, No Event at CES

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s previously announced new event EnTech Fest will take place Feb. 15-16 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event replaces, and expands upon, the annual DEG reception at CES, which won’t be held this coming year for the first time in the group’s 25-year history.

The EnTech event will showcase new content distribution and display technology. There will be an in-car entertainment gallery and a “Startup Alley” will highlight new companies with products and services in entertainment technology.

The event is open to all DEG members.

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Potential exhibitors or sponsors can email Andi Elliott at Andi@degonline.org.

CES to Return to Las Vegas for Live Event in January

The Consumer Technology Association April 28 announced that CES 2022 will return to Las Vegas next year.

CES heads back to Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, with Media Days taking place Jan. 3-4, 2022.

After an all-digital CES 2021, CTA will convene the tech industry in-person and digitally, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as leaders and industry advocates.

Some 1,000 companies have committed to showcasing their technologies in Las Vegas, and more are continuing to sign up, according to the CTA. Attendees can expect to see global brands including Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Daimler AG, Dell, Google, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Sony. Companies including Caterpillar, Indy Autonomous Challenge and Sierra Space are planning to make a Las Vegas debut in 2022. Eureka Park will return with startups representing countries around the world, including delegations from France, Italy, the Netherlands and South Korea.

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“We’re thrilled to return to Las Vegas — home to CES for more than 40 years — and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces,” CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “Hundreds of executives have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, reach media and discover innovation.”

The CES anchor desk, which debuted at CES 2021, will travel to Las Vegas and connect the digital audience with exhibitors, conference sessions, keynotes and product announcements from the live event. New content will also be added once CES departs Las Vegas.

“Our customers are enthusiastic about returning to a live event in Las Vegas,” Karen Chupka, EVP of CES for CTA, said in a statement. “Global brands and startups have shared that plans are already well underway and are committed to sharing the magic of an in-person CES with even more people from around the world.”

The CTA will be reviewing guidelines for coronavirus safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state and local guidelines. The CTA will be following applicable federal, state and local laws, adapting CES plans accordingly and sharing updates with its audiences, according to the organization.