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Danny Zappin to Deliver Keynote at Entertainment Technology Expo


Danny Zappin
Danny Zappin
Danny Zappin, co-founder and former CEO of the pioneering YouTube network Maker Studios, will deliver the keynote address at Createasphere’s 13th Annual Entertainment Technology Expo (ETE), titled, “Wake Up!!  There Is No ‘Business As Usual.’” The session will be moderated by Benny Luo, founder of the influential web entertainment site NewMediaRockstars and is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 7, in Theatre 1 at the ETE host site, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, Calif.

Zappin and Luo will discuss the explosive growth in broadband and over-the-top content and its implications for content creators. Drawing on personal experiences in online content, these two will offer their perspectives on the current state of the industry, where it’s headed and what they are doing to capitalize on today’s emerging opportunities.

“For those involved in creating and distributing content, the old ways of doing business no longer hold,” said Kristin Petrovich Kennedy, president of Createasphere, ETE’s sponsor. “Danny’s keynote will reveal what’s new and what’s coming very quickly in television and cinema. It’s meant to be a wake-up call, but it will also empower attendees by showing them how they can thrive in a future that is already taking shape.”

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