The theme of the night is “pilots,” as in pilot episodes of web series, and our panelists are coming from different corners of the web video world to provide commentary on what we’ll watch and pick their favorite. A big thank you goes out to them and our sponsors.
Martin Sargent – Host, Revision3’s Internet Superstar
Martin Sargent started working in television in 1998, when he joined ZDTV. Since then he’s created, hosted and produced shows for such networks as TechTV, G4TV, Comedy Central, and USA Network. Now with Revision3, he hosts Internet Superstar and Web Drifter, and develops new programming for the network.
George Strompolos – Content Partnerships Manager, YouTube
George Strompolos is a Content Partnerships Manager at YouTube. He is responsible for establishing partnerships across numerous content verticals, focusing on the entertainment, sports, and web original sectors. George transferred to the YouTube team shortly after the company was acquired by Google and has been instrumental in negotiating many of YouTube’s key partnerships, including My Damn Channel, 60 Frames, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, Disney-ABC TV’s Stage 9, Mondo Media, lonelygirl15, and College Humor, among many others. In 2007, George developed the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), which helped democratize YouTube’s business by enabling any YouTube user to apply for a revenue-sharing partnership.
Marie Drennan – Assistant Professor, San Franscisco State University
Marie Drennan teaches interactive media and scriptwriting in the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department at SFSU. The burning academic question underlying all of her courses is: Is the new media democracy a revolution in art by the people, or will it just be Culture Industry 2.0? She also blogs about (mostly) failing at Buddhism and plays drums in an all-girl Kinks cover band, The Minks.
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