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Jess Barron is senior editor at Yahoo! Inc. where she is responsible for defining Yahoo!'s broadband editorial strategy and overseeing daily news and entertainment content programming. She joined Yahoo in early 2002 after two years as a program manager creating content applications and user interfaces for UltimateTV, Microsoft's consumer television DVR product. Prior to UltimateTV, Barron edited and produced music content for Scour.com, an MP3 search engine and peer-to-peer file-sharing application. Previously, she worked as a web producer and occasional on-camera reporter for CBS-syndicated TV show "Wild Wild Web," covering pop culture and technology-related topics. Barron holds a B.A. in American culture with a focus on media studies from Vassar College. In addition to her work at Yahoo!, Barron also currently hosts a weekly talk radio show "She Said, She Said" on 87.9 FM in San Francisco. She has written lifestyle pieces for The Middlesex News, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Wired.com, and other publications.

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Tony Beswick is vice president of business operation and technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment and has over 20 years of experience in engineering, operations and management, encompassing many disciplines related to cable, satellite, international and studio production/ post-production. Previously Beswick served as vice president and managing director, for Ascent Media Group where he was responsible for the management and operations. It was here that he first became involved in the industry trend to move from physical content management to data file management within the post-production environment. He also served as vice president of operations and engineering for Audio Plus Video International where he was responsible for all aspects relating to technical operations. Beswick is a published author and is recognized as an expert technical witness in Pennsylvania court. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

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Bryan Biniak is senior vice president and general manager of American Greeting Mobile. He has established himself as a global wireless industry veteran with extensive experience in ground-breaking companies, having served as chief operating officer at Vivendi Universal/Moviso and YourMobile, as well as chief executive officer of MusicZone. He was recruited in January 2004 by American Greetings Interactive to launch their mobile business. AG Mobile is part of AG Interactive which is a subsidiary of American Greetings Corp. Biniak’s association with the wireless industry includes his involvement with outside organizations such as: member of the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Council; co-chairman of CTIA's Downloadable Content Action Team; founder of the Mobile Entertainment Institute at the University of Southern California; and founder of the Consortium for Asian Internet Music. Biniak holds a degree in international business and economics from Boston University.

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Johanna Blakley is the assistant director of the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg School for Communications, where she performs and directs research on a wide variety of topics, including celebrity culture, global entertainment and fashion and intellectual property law. Her essay Entertainment Goes Global: Mass Culture in a Transforming World, has been taught in several courses in the U.S. and abroad. Blakley has guided more than 40 manuscripts through the publication process at the Lear Center, including Television’s Changing Image of American Jews (contributors include Frank Rich and Neal Gabler); Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film; Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Conten;t and Warners’ War: Propaganda, Politics & Pop Culture in Wartime Hollywood, to which she contributed an essay on propaganda and public diplomacy. Blakley serves as rapporteur for a faculty seminar series on Celebrity, Politics & Public Life and she lectures on global and digital entertainment at USC. She received a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught courses on popular culture and 20th Century literature. Blakley has held a variety of positions within the high-tech industry, including Web producer, digital archivist and research librarian at Vivendi-Universal Games.

Michael Cartabiano serves as president-Americas, chief operating officer and one of the founders of Sennari. He also was the founder and president of Sennari Games, Inc., a leading distributor and developer of "best-of-breed" wireless entertainment products acquired by Sennari Entertainment. A pioneer in mobile gaming, he developed top sellers such as JAMDAT Bowling and Corvette Racing USA. Cartabiano also established Sennari as a "turn key" mobile solution by creating and publishing several unique games on Verizon and other carriers. Cartabiano has over 20 years of electronic gaming and consumer product development, marketing and management experience, including vice president of product design for Disney Brands at Mattel Toys. He has held vice president-level development positions with various consumer products and electronics corporations, founded a successful product development consulting firm and is an advisor to numerous technology firms. He holds patents on various electronic products. Cartabiano is also a member of the International Game Developers Association and is a speaker on numerous wireless and games panels throughout the US. He is also active as a student career advisor at several Los Angeles high schools.

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Kelley Carter is an arts and entertainment reporter and columnist for The Detroit (MI) Free Press where she has worked since 1998 covering everything from the local and national music scene to electronic games to personality profiles. Her previous professional experience includes The (Minneapolis, MN) Star Tribune, The St. Petersburg (FL) Times and The (Flint, MI) Journal. She also is actively involved in the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and previously received a Poynter Institute Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism. She also held a six-week fellowship from The Detroit Free Press to Michigan State University where she taught a mini course in popular culture and entertainment. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University.

Gotham Chopra is a multi-media voice on issues of spirituality, culture, and news. As an anchor for Channel One News – an in-school educational news broadcast seen daily by eight million American students – Chopra has reported from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Colombia, Russia, Chechnya, Mexico, Honduras, Europe and the United States. He has interviewed a wide range of global leaders – from President Bush to the Dalai Lama to associates and foot soldiers of Osama Bin Laden. He has hosted events as diverse as the Pope’s pep rally in St. Louis to the action at the 50-yard line at the Superbowl. Chopra’s global assignments have sent him on patrol with anti-militant commando units in war-torn Kashmir and other areas of conflicts. Chopra’s Chopra served as story editor on the Bulletproof Monk – a comic book about monks and gangs. He also served as executive producer of the feature film with John Woo’s Lion Rock Films and MGM Studios. He is also author of Child of the Dawn, a novel published in 1996 and translated in 13 languages. He recorded The Mythical Lover on A Gift of Love – a recording of sensual poetry by the 13th Century poet Rumi, and has served as researcher and lyrical advisor to Michael Jackson on the multi-platinum albums Dangerous and HIStory. He has also served as producer on television specials for PBS. As co-founder of 5K Entertainment, Chopra wrote, is producing, and will direct the indy feature Swindle. He is also the co-creator of K Lounge – a Kama Sutra bar and lounge in New York City with more to launch internationally in 2005. As co-founder of Chopra Media and a partner in Intent Media (with Deepak Chopra and Shekhar Kapur), Gotham is involved in a wide-array of creative media ventures. He is president of development for Gotham Studios Asia, the largest comic book studio in India. Currently Chopra is serving as creative consultant to Current TV, a new television network co-founded by former Vice-President Al Gore, and scheduled to launch in 20 million American households in August 2005. Identified by Newsweek Magazine as one of the “most powerful and influential” South Asians to watch, Gotham Chopra speaks nationally on issues of youth and spirituality and conflict resolution.

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Ben Fritz is a reporter for Variety and Daily Variety, where he covers video games, interactive media, animation, finance and film. He was previously managing editor of Digital Coast Reporter. Fritz is also co-author of The New York Times best-selling book All the President's Spin: George W. Bush, the Media and the Truth, based on a political website he co-founded and edited, Spinsanity.com. Currently, he edits the less serious website DatelineHollywood.com, a satirical take on entertainment news. After attending Swarthmore College, Fritz started his journalism career as an intern at Variety. He has co-written regular opinion columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Salon.com and freelanced for Slate, the Orange County Register, and other publications.

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Christy Glaubke is associate director of the Children & the Media Program at Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, CA. She oversees independent research projects on children and the media and monitors public policy developments in the communications field as it affects children. She has directed several Children & the Media studies including Fair Play? Violence, Gender and Race in Video Games and Fall Colors: Prime Time Diversity Report 2003-04. She was the lead researcher on Big Media, Little Kids, a study of the impact of media consolidation on children’s programming in the Los Angeles market. Glaubke directed Children Now’s 2004 conference Digital Television: Sharpening the Focus on Children, which resulted in the FCC passing landmark rules to define digital broadcasters’ public interest obligations to children. Currently, Glaubke is working with the Children’s Media Policy Coalition to protect the new digital television rules and to secure a ban on interactive advertising during children’s television programs. Before joining Children Now, Glaubke worked in the media industry, developing and producing films, Web sites and interactive educational curricula for children. She holds a Master of Arts in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jon Healey is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he covers the convergence of entertainment and technology. Frequent story topics include copyright-infringement lawsuits, the Broadcast Flag and other digital-rights management schemes, HDTV, online music and video services and new business models for digital distribution of entertainment. A 24-year veteran of the news business, he joined the Los Angeles Times in October 2000 after three years as a telecom and multimedia reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to that, he was at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC, and the Winston-Salem Journal, covering telecommunications and transportation policy, tobacco, textiles and the NEA.

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Jennifer Herman oversees worldwide brand licensing and strategic partnerships for I-play, which publishes games for mobile phones and works with a broad range of content partners and sales channels to bring mobile gaming to a growing global audience. She brings more than a decade of consumer entertainment and sports experience to her role. Prior to I-play, Herman held several key positions in marketing, licensing, carrier relations, and business development at Sorrent. As part of her responsibilities there, Herman oversaw international licensing relationships and co-marketing with key brands, including Atari, FOX Sports, Nickelodeon and Chinese basketball star, Yao Ming. Previously, she held positions in product development at EA SPORTS, MTV, Viacom New Media, and Hearst New Media. Herman holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Michael S. Klein is a senior partner with the law firm of Klein & Weisz in West Los Angeles. A graduate of Yale Law School, he has spoken and written extensively on issues, including copyright, First Amendment law and contracts in the entertainment and business arenas. He is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and chairs its First Amendment Committee. He is a long-time legal advisor to the Independent Writer’s of Southern California. His other clients include publishers, writers and newspapers. He has also served as a governmental official, most recently in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Santa Monica Pier.

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David Lieberman is senior media reporter for the Money section of USA TODAY, where he has worked since 1994. He has written extensively about the changing face of the media business and the business of entertainment. Before joining USA TODAY, Lieberman’s extensive career included reporting for TV Guide and serving as media and entertainment editor for Business Week, economics reporter for The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour and as an editorial writer for The Hartford (CT) Courant. Awards include the 2001 Cable Center Maxwell Media Award and the 1999 USA TODAY Enterprise All-Star Award. His professional education includes a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in 2003-2004 and a Wharton Seminar for Business Writers in 1986 at the University of Pennsylvania. He also was a Western Knight Fellow in the 2002 seminar “Covering the Press: Ethics, Values and Social Issues.” He received his B.A. in history and political science from Washington University, an M.A. in journalism and American culture from the University of Michigan and a certificate in Economics and Business Journalism from Columbia University.

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Cindy Lundin Mesaros is responsible for Moderati’s marketing strategy, planning and activities, including branding, product management, content production, public relations and promotions. Moderati sells ring tones that let a phone's owner know who is calling. Mesaros created the identity for the Modtones polyphonic ringtone services, launched in the summer of 2002, as well as the new Moderati corporate identity in 2005. She previously directed branding, advertising, promotions and public relations for online music provider Listen.com, solidifying awareness with their target market of young music fans and striking partnerships with independent record labels. As the first employee of internet recruiting start-up Career Central, she created the company’s identity, built promotional partnerships with 50 business schools and an enrolled base of 35,000 MBA job candidates. Her background also includes stints in sports and non-profit marketing. Mesaros holds a B.S. in business administration from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

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Ted Perkins lectures extensively around the world, teaching film students and the general public how to develop, write, finance and distribute independent feature films. He is also the author of four screenplays sold to Hollywood producers, including Fox Searchlight Pictures. Perkins began his career in Spain as a producer for private television and was the Spain correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter. Upon returning to the U.S., he joined Warner Bros. to head up international business planning for the licensing and merchandising department. After Warner Bros. he was director of sales for Vision International, a blue chip film finance and sales company. In 1996 Perkins was hired by Universal Studios as director of international distribution. He eventually took on additional duties as the studio’s head of international film acquisitions and coproductions - where he managed a portfolio of more that $40 million. He was the executive in charge of production for numerous films, including Pavilion of Women, the first joint Sino-American studio coproduction in Hollywood history, Tea With Mussolini starring Cher and Judi Dentch, and Dona Barbara - the studio's first foray into Spanish-language films. Upon leaving Universal, he formed the company Latin Universe where he distributed Spanish-language films theatrically throughout the U.S.

Vikki Porter is the director of the Western Knight Center.

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Adam Clayton Powell III is director of the Integrated Media Systems Center, the U.S. national engineering research center for multimedia, at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is also a visiting professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and a senior fellow at the university’s Center on Public Diplomacy. Powell came to USC in 2003 from Howard University's WHUT-TV, where he served as general manager of the broadcast and cable television channels. After joining the USC faculty, Powell was asked to provide weekly media reports for WHUT-TV, which ran on Friday and Sunday nights in 2003-2004 and which won the 2004 award for Best Network and Major Market TV Commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists. Powell also served as vice president of technology and programs for the Freedom Forum, where he developed and supervised new media conferences and seminars and training programs on internet- and computer-based media and information technology for journalists, educators, policymakers and researchers in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He was executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment, where he produced Jesse Jackson's weekly television series, and served as vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio. He was also a manager and producer at CBS News and news director of ABC News' 24-hour cable television news service. Powell has written extensively about technology, media and international issues for a wide range of publications including The New York Times, Wired and USC's Online Journalism Review. He received the Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting for a series of broadcasts he produced on Iran.

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Samantha Santa Maria is entertainment editor at The (Jackson, MS) Clarion-Ledger, where she supervises content and design of the newspaper’s weekly arts and entertainment Weekend section. Previously she was features reporter for the newspaper. Before joining The Clarion-Ledger in 2003, Santa Maria was editor of GetAsia, leading a team of journalists and designers throughout Asia in covering local and international entertainment stories for the company’s websites. She also has covered science and technology for The Straits Times in Singapore and was multimedia writer and designer for Singapore Press Holdings, where she won their Award for Best Special Section on Innovations in Technology. Her professional education has included participation in the January 2005 Gannett-Asian American Journalists Association one-year mentorship program. Her undergraduate degree is from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and her masters degree is from Northwestern University.

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Robert Smith is New York Correspondent for National Public Radio. Before moving into his current position, Smith was NPR's education reporter and covered public schools and universities on the West Coast. He reported on a variety of issues facing the education system, including the challenges of over-crowding, tight budgets, teacher retention, and new technology. Smith's reports have been heard on NPR since 1994, first as a freelance reporter based in the Northwest, then during a short stint for NPR in Los Angeles. Specializing in the offbeat, Smith has taken his microphone into some strange worlds. He traveled into the backcountry with Gearheads to talk about their obsession with camping technology; he snuck into a all-night rave in the California desert; he has dressed up as Santa Claus for an undercover look at the wild night of Santarchy; and he has trained for the oft-mocked Olympic sport of curling. He is particularly fascinated by clowns and turkeys. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Smith emigrated to the United States with his family. He grew up in the ski-resort town of Park City, Utah, where he started in radio by hosting a music show while in high school. He began reporting for community radio station KBOO. He followed with reporting jobs at KUER in Salt Lake City and KUOW in Seattle, where he was also news director. Smith graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR.

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Sandeep Sood is an internet consultant with a strong interest in new internet marketing tools and ethnic media. Sood began his career managing some of PeopleSoft’s earliest internet products and helped to found the company’s first offshore development facility in Bangalore, India. Sood was director of product strategy at eBenefits, where he formed exclusive partnerships with AT&T and the Small Business Administration. He co-founded LearnTempo, an eLearning company that creates online mathematics lessons for clients such as McGraw-Hill. Sandeep currently manages BigCircle, an internet marketing firm with clients such as Wells Fargo, Symantec, Cisco and Disney Interactive. He is co-founder of Mahoot Media, an ethnic marketing company that represents the South Asian market. Mahoot Media owns badmash.org, the first South Asian comic strip, with a reader base of 200,000 subscribers.

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Janet Pearce Stenzel has 15 years of international market development and government relations experience focusing on wireless, cable, and wire-line telecommunications carriers wishing to expand operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Support for these efforts includes strategy, sourcing, marketing and channels, benchmarking, human resource development, and government policy reform in the region. She has advised companies on strategies for marketing, competition assessment, and regulatory relations in Asia, North America, and South and Central America. She has developed professional relationships with, among others, the governments of Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. In-line with her professional activities in the Asia-Pacific, Stenzel serves on numerous boards, including: the International Advisory Group to the PECC Telecom and IT Forum, the Executive Committee of the APEC Telecommunications Working Group, the Steering Committee of the ITU Center for Excellence in Asia, the board of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, the Board of the Annual Entertainment and Media Asia Conference, and the Advisory Board to the newly formed Information and Communication Technology Council in Brunei. Previously, Stenzel served as executive director of the PECC Telecom and IT Forum and as a senior advisor to the consulting firm Commstategies International. Before entering management and business development advisement, Stenzel worked as a research fellow for the Economic Strategy Institute; an issue manager for the public relations firms of Burson Marsteller and Bonner & Associates; an analyst covering U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission activities for States News; and as a reporter working for Newsweek while living in Belgium.

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Jeremy Stern resident partner for Cole, Raywid & Braverman's Los Angeles office, has spent his entire professional career in the cable and telecommunications industry. Stern has extensive experience negotiating cable television franchises, right-of-way agreements for wireline carriers, and handling tower-sitting appeals for wireless carriers. In addition, he represents wireless and wireline providers in land use and right-of-way litigation under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 against several municipalities in federal court. Previously, he worked in the communications law practice group of a Washington, DC law firm, at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and most recently for MediaOne (now Comcast Cable Communications). During his career, he has been involved in hundreds of cable television franchise renewal, compliance and transfer matters. While in private practice in Washington, DC, he practiced extensively before the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of cable, common carrier, MMDS and broadcast clients and developed an international anti-piracy practice. During his tenure at NCTA, he started the industry's first coordinated anti-piracy effort and was responsible for managing the association's intergovernmental relations and state governmental relations program. Stern served as an ex officio member of the California Cable & Telecommunications Association's Executive Committee, and chaired the association's Law and Public Policy Committee that was responsible for developing the association's legislative policies. During his tenure as chair, he lead CCTA in getting two key pieces of legislation through, SB 610 (late fees) and SB 623 (anti-piracy). Stern received his BA degree in communications from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Jonathan Taplin is founder of Intertainer, the pioneer video-on-demand company for both cable and broadband internet markets, and has served as chairman and CEO since June 1996. He also is an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication, specializing in international communication management and digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival seven times. In 1984, Taplin acted as the investment advisor to the Bass Brothers in their successful attempt to save Walt Disney Studios from a corporate raid. This experience brought him to Merrill Lynch, where he served as vice president of media mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he helped re-engineer the media landscape on transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Viacom.. He holds two patents for video-on- demand technologies. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the advisory board of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. Taplin graduated from Princeton University.

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Chris Ulm having spent more than 15 years as a creative force in the animation and video game industries, is the co-founder of Malibu Comics Entertainment, the creators of Men in Black. While at Malibu Comics, he served as editor-in-chief, overseeing the development of properties that included the popular Nightman and UltraForce series. He was instrumental in growing the company into the fourth largest comic book publisher in North America, bringing on board such key licensed properties as Paramount Pictures' Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes. Before joining High Moon Studios, Inc., Ulm worked at Oddworld Inhabitants, where he helped develop the project's overall vision. His contributions included major elements behind the story line and game play of Abe's Exoddus and Munch's Oddysee, along with those used for future projects based on the franchise. Prior to Oddworld, Ulm co-founded Mainbrain Productions, a Malibu-based animation and comic book developer. While there, he adapted the blockbuster game Myst into a comic book series for Dark Horse Comics, and helped develop animated series for Universal Cartoon Studios and Klasky-Csupo. Ulm has appeared as a featured speaker at numerous video game industry events, including e3 and GDC. He received his B.A. in history at California State University, Northridge.

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Fred Von Lohmann is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in copyright and trademark issues. In that role, he has represented programmers, technology innovators, and individuals in litigation against every major record label, movie studio, and television network (as well as several cable TV networks and music publishers) in the United States. In addition to litigation, he is involved in EFF's efforts to educate policy-makers regarding the proper balance between intellectual property protection and the public interest in fair use, free expression,= and innovation. He was named one of 2004's 100 most influential lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. Von Lohmann has served as counsel in MGM v. Grokster, a case involving peer-to-peer ("P2P") file-sharing technologies, which has been described as the most important copyright case in a generation. He represents Streamcast Networks, developers of the Morpheus P2P application. He argued this case on appeal before the Ninth Circuit, leading to a groundbreaking ruling by the Court in August 2004 in favor of StreamCast, Grokster and innovators generally. Von Lohmann has also been extensively involved in the debates surrounding digital rights management ("DRM") technologies, including the policy debates surrounding the Broadcast Flag and Digital TV transition.

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Peter Vorderer a leading expert on the psychology of entertainment, heads the USC Annenberg School of Communication's Media Entertainment Program, where his work runs a broad range, from understanding how entertainment can be used to stimulate learning, to how it influences politics, to how myriad economic factors influence content. The tremendous and still growing popularity of computer and video games has inspired Vorderer to investigate the factors of the enjoyment experienced by the video game players. For the past two years, Vorderer has served as executive editor of Zeitschrift fuer Medienpsychologie (Journal of Media Psychology, published in Germany). He has edited (with Dolf Zillmann) Media Entertainment: The Psychology of its Appeal and (with Hans J. Wulff and Mike Friedrichsen) Suspense: Conceptualizations, Theoretical Analyses, and Empirical Explorations.

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Janine Warner is an author, journalist, and Internet consultant. Since 1996, she's written 10 books about the Internet, including Creating Family Web Sites For Dummies(Wiley, January 2005) Dreamweaver For Dummies, and Digital Family Album Basics, the first in a new series. She's also the host of Total Training's Dreamweaver 8 video.

Janine is a frequent guest on television and radio shows and she's an experienced journalist. Her articles and columns have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Miami Herald Newspaper, Shape Magazine, and the Pulitzer Prize Winning Point Reyes Light.

Janine's expertise in multimedia, technology, and education have taken her on consulting assignments from Miami to Mexico and speaking engagements from New York to New Delhi. She is fluent in Spanish and travels regularly to Spain and Latin America for consulting projects and speeches.

Janine has been a part-time faculty member at both the University of Miami and the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. She has also worked for the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

From 1998 to 2000, Janine worked for The Miami Herald, first as their Online Managing Editor and later as Director of New Media, managing a team of designers, programmers, journalists, and marketing staff for The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and Miami.com. She also served as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks, an international technology media company.

An award-winning former reporter, she earned a degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and began her career in Northern California as a reporter and editor for the bilingual newspaper Vision Latina and the Pulitzer-Prize winning Point Reyes Light.

For more information, visit her Web sites at www.JCWarner.com. and www.DigitalFamily.com

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Gregg Yacovone is director of marketing for Verizon Wireless’ West Area, responsible for the youth, multicultural and prepaid markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and El Paso, Texas. Prior to his current assignment, Yacovone served as director of product marketing, and was responsible for launching new products and implementing programs to generate awareness of consumer services. These products include mobile gaming, ringtones and high-speed wireless data applications. Yacovone joined AirTouch Cellular in 1995 as a manager of customer service, and later held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in operations, distribution strategy, strategic planning, retail operations, and B2B marketing. Yacovone gained finance, consulting and strategic-planning experience before entering the wireless industry.Yacovone holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics and is a certified public accountant.

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