Upcoming LAVA DMG Event: A Conversation with Ethan Applen

Join us July 23!
Weintraub Tobin and LAVA Digital Media Group will host a conversation with Ethan Applen, the executive director of Media Camp, a Turner/Warner Brothers Initiative, on Tuesday, July 23th. The conversation will focus on the opportunities and challenges with owning a startup company and will include a demo pit with five startup companies.

Ethan leads Technology and Business Strategy within the Worldwide Corporate Anti-Piracy group at Media Camp and Warner Bros. He 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.

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

As part of the conversation, Ethan will introduce the inaugural class for Media Camp LA 2013, a twelve-week accelerator program for early-stage technology companies and entrepreneurs, focused on the media space, with an existing product. The inaugural class, including five startup companies, will have the opportunity to demo their products. The startup companies include:


Cinecore is a complete paperless project management solution for film and television productions. It keeps the entire cast and crew on schedule and organized with digital document distribution, digital file storage and location maps through an in-app Google maps interface. (www.cinecore.com)


Dealflicks is yield management for movie tickets, which allows consumers to get the best value on movie tickets and concessions 24/7.


Kumbuya is social commerce in the context of curated, community generated content.


Reelhouse is an online video platform that provides filmmakers complete control to self-distribute content directly to their viewers. Filmmakers access the latest monetization, social and showcasing features which in turn engage viewers in what Reelhouse is setting as the new standard for online viewing experiences. (www.reelhouse.org)

Storytime Studios, Inc.

Storytime Studios, Inc.’s Skit! turns every iPad into a storytelling studio. It allows the user to bring anything to life, from pop culture icons to Facebook friends; creating stories is as simple as swiping a finger. Gestures give life to the creation, and the user’s voice provides the soundtrack. (www.skitapp.com)

About Media Camp

Media Camp, a Turner/Warner Bros. initiative, is a comprehensive accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses. Key features of Media Camp include presentations and workshops focused on media technology, formal mentorship from media industry experts, community events and knowledge sharing, as well as direct investments including partnerships and vendor relationships.

“A conversation with Ethan Applen featuring a demo pit with five startups from the inaugural class of Media Camp LA 2013” takes place Tuesday, July 30 at ROC, 604 Arizona Street in Santa Monica. Weintraub Tobin attorney Scott Hervey will serve as the moderator. Enjoy a social hour from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by the discussion with Ethan and the demo pit. Register here.

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