Blockchain was originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, but the tech community is now finding other potential uses for the technology, from feeding digital kittens to funding films. Blockchain-based funding has the potential to enable new & creative stories to be financed that might have otherwise been turned away by Hollywood studio executives. Blockchain technology is being positioned to disrupt the traditional method of financing & distribution in the film world, but what does this mean for the industry? Panelists include Mitzi Peirone, writer-director of the 2018 Tribeca selection Braid, the CTO for IBM's Media & Entertainment Industry Peter Guglielmino & SingularDTV's VP of Entertainment Finance & Development Daniel Hyman.
Peter Guglielmino is an IBM Distinguished Engineer & has worldwide responsibility as CTO for IBM's Media & Entertainment Industry. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing the architectures that will serve as the basis for the IBM media offerings relating to media enabled Micro-Services infrastructures, digital media archives, rich media utilities, media on demand, & secure content distribution networks. Peter has chosen to focus on the Media & Entertainment Industry which allowed him to cultivate his passion for working with recording media. He gives back to the community by running a recording studio in his spare time working with emerging artists.
Born & raised in Turin, Italy, Mitzi's first directorial effort premiered at Art Basel 2015 & won Indiewire Project of the Week (Braid concept teaser). Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts & NYU SCPS in Screenwriting, Mitzi's feature film debut is the first Ethereum based equity crowdsale in the history of filmmaking. Her movie, Braid, premieres at Tribeca this year.
Daniel brings several years as an independent producer & sales-agent at Preferred Content to spearhead the development of a new model of digital distribution at Singular DTV. Daniel has negotiated the worldwide & North American sales for dozens of independent films to distributors ranging from Netflix & Amazon Prime to Gravitas & IFC. Prior to entertainment, Daniel spent years as a consultant to financial institution clients including Barclays & BNP Paribas, developing new finance & accounting models for derivative securities.