André Kudelski Tapped to Share Expertise and Insights for Two Variety Entertainment Summit Sessions at CES 2021

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Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – January 12, 2021 – André Kudelski, Chairman & CEO of the Kudelski Group, the world leader in digital security, will be a featured speaker during two sessions of the 2021 Variety Entertainment Summit: A CES Partner Program taking place virtually on January 14.

Founded in 1951, the Kudelski Group has been supporting and setting trends for the media and entertainment industry for 70 years, having earned both Oscars and Emmys for outstanding achievements in recording, production and content protection technologies, and is uniquely positioned to address what will be the major technology turn points in the coming years. The Group being also active in the fields of cybersecurity, internet of things and public access, André Kudelski will provide a holistic vision of the global innovation and technology landscape.

André Kudelski will first share his insights and expertise during a one-on-one interview with Variety NY Digital Editor, Todd Spangler in the session, “Key Technology and Innovation Trends”. Later in the day. he will join the “Tech Heroes of the Pandemic” panel moderated by Variety Artisans Editor, Jazz Tangcay. Details and timing for each session can be found below.

“The M&E space is being fundamentally transformed by the COVID crisis,” said Kudelski. “At the same time, appetite for media and content has never been greater. How do we, as an industry, address these shifts, and more importantly, how do we seize the opportunities they present to transform them into realities and future growth? What are new areas that need to be addressed and considered as media consumption evolves? In a nutshell, how can we reimagine entertainment in a meaningful way in the post-COVID world? I look forward to discussing these topics and more at the Variety Entertainment Summit.”

11am PST – “Key Technology and Innovation Trends” – Interview with Todd Spangler, Variety NY Digital Editor:
What tectonic shifts has the COVID-19 pandemic created and how will this environment create permanent changes for Media & Entertainment companies? What new opportunities and possibilities is it creating? In this one-on-one conversation, André Kudelski will address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the M&E space, what it means for businesses and how it has changed the way we work. It will also highlight how protecting data and media integrity is paramount not only for the media industry but for society as a whole, and outline how speed, reliability and security will be key technology trends to look out for in 2021.

1:55pm PST – “Tech Heroes of the Pandemic” Panel Discussion:
What is the impact on the M&E space and where have we seen the impact on innovation? How can we ensure multi-dimensional interactions for consumers? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during this panel session that will take a look at technology and innovation leaders pushing the industry forward during challenging times. The session will uncover the creative projects that have been born out of remote work and thinking under new pressures.

The panel line-up also includes Marvin Chow, VP Marketing, Google; Connie Kennedy, Head of LA Lab, Epic Studios, Epic Games; Sang Kim, SVP and Head of Product Management, Samsung Electronics; Janet Lewin, SVP and General Manager, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Company; and Tony Driscoll, SVP of Emerging and Production Technologies, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Variety Entertainment Summit is an annual event exploring how new technologies and innovation are steering the future of film, TV, digital media, gaming and more. This year’s event will be all-digital, taking place virtually on January 14. The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Additional details about the event and registration information can be accessed here.


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