Keynote speaker for the Over the Top Fest will be Ozzie Areu, founder and chief executive of the first major Latino-owned and operated film and entertainment production studio, taking over Tyler Perry's original 60-acre studio space. He was also previously president of Tyler Perry Studios and recently acquired an OTT video distribution platform called Endavo, whose president Paul Hamm is co-creator of the conference.
"Our goal with OTT Fest is to establish a vibrant global convening of next-generation creators, decision-makers, and enthusiasts to advance the OTT industry, while focusing on advancing creative talent from underrepresented demographics," said Kate Atwood, co-creator of OTT Fest and CEO of B.Essential Ventures. "We've designed the festival to celebrate the fundamental transition of the content industry and empower content creators from all corners of the world."
The festival said there will be additional speakers and panelists from HBO/Warner Media, Areu Bros. Studios, Netflix, Roku, Xumo, Mailchimp, Whistle, Danone along with Atlanta-based podcast powerhouses Donald Albright and Payne Lindsey from Tenderfoot TV, which created "Up and Vanished" and worked with HowStuffWorks for "Atlanta Monster."
The two-day conference will feature panels, fireside chats and interactive workshops for creators navigating the new streaming era of video entertainment.
“Atlanta is not only one of the world’s leading production hubs, but also one of the fastest growing destinations for startups, so it was a natural choice to kick off the inaugural event in this city,” Hamm said in a press release.