Conference Day

Saturday, September 30
09.00 – 18.00
The Dolder Grand

At the Conference Day our speakers present their keynotes and panels take place covering topics with a focus on film, technology and business. The presentations and discussions are accompanied by a welcoming breakfast, networking luncheon and several coffee breaks to connect with the other participants.

Side Events

Sunday, October 1
11.00 – open end
Tennis Club at The Dolder Grand & Restaurant Terrasse

Our Side Events guarantee a vibrant experience and an ideal opportunity for networking. Mingle with filmmakers and investors, win prizes for a good cause at the Charity Tennis Tournament and enjoy the exciting atmosphere at the Zurich Summit Dinner & After Party.

Conference Day

Saturday, September 30
09.00 – 17.00
The Dolder Grand

Reinventing the Traditional Media Business

Presented by Thomas Ebeling, CEO ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Join ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s CEO, Thomas Ebeling as he guides you through the future of the European media market. As the head of Germany’s #1 television group, Ebeling has created an entertainment powerhouse by developing a unique business platform that covers the whole video ecosystem. From consolidating local markets and expanding international production to focusing more on content creation and digitalization, uncover the best ways to utilize new opportunities and keep up with market expectations.

Keynote Conversation with Producing Partners Actress, Alicia Vikander and Director Lisa Langseth


Presented by:
Alicia Vikander, Academy-Award Winning Actress & Producer EUPHORIA
Lisa Langseth, Director EUPHORIA

Moderated by Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager British Council

Academy Award Winning Actress, Alicia Vikander, will give insight into her experiences and lessons learned within the film industry as she explores future plans for her production company, Vikarious Productions. Joined by producing partner, Lisa Langseth, the two will discuss their latest film, Euphoria, and offer a sneak peek at what projects lay ahead.

Keynote Conversation on the Evolution of the Global Box Office

Presented by:
Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairman, Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate
Michael Barker, Co-President & Co-Founder, Sony Pictures Classic

Moderated by Roeg Sutherland, Creative Artists Agency

The backdrop for the Global Box Office is ever-evolving. Around the world, the impact of digital integration on the film industry has presented a new era of content consumption. During this session, gain insight into how industry veterans are adapting new strategies and evolving with emerging platforms. Hear from Sony’s Michael Barker, Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger and CAA’s Roeg Sutherland, whose companies continuously generate billions in box office revenues. What is the secret to their maintained success and what lies ahead for the future of the industry?

Networking Break hosted by Media Desk Suisse

Spotlight on Branded Entertainment: Monetizing on Innovation

Presented by Ruben Igielko-Herrlich, CEO & Co-Founder Propaganda GEM

Discover how to use branded entertainment to connect with the audience in a unique and engaging way and successfully convert online, digital and social media traffic into new forms of revenue. Learn from marketing guru Ruben Igielko-Herrlich not only on his successful Nokia integrations in both The Matrix and Transformers, but also his impressive BMW promotional tie-ins with the Mission: Impossible series.

Digital Disruption in the European Market

Ed Guiney,
Jean Marc Fröhle, Producer Point Prod’ S.A
Urs Fitze, Head Fiction SRF Swiss National Television
Kirsten Niehuus, Managing Director Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Moderated by Anke Beining, Managing Director & Founder Utofilm

The market for high-end internationally-produced TV series and feature films is more exciting than ever before. New digital means of distribution have opened up alternative finance opportunities for producers. Yet international co-production will continue to be one of the best ways of maintaining high production values while remaining economically viable.

 Networking Luncheon

Virtual Actors and the Power of the Human Eye: Inspiration Through Advanced Visual Effects

Presented by Pascal Bérard, PhD researcher ETH / Disney Research Zurich

Hear from Disney’s Pascal Berard who is an expert at designing new systems, which create high-fidelity models of human eyes. From movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange, discover how Berard was able to bring our favorite characters to life using new methods to capture, model, and animate virtual humans.

The Virtual Augmented and Mixed Reality Landscape


Presented by Tanya Laird, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Digital Jam

As an introduction to immersive storytelling, emerging technology expert Tanya Laird will give an overview of the current virtual, augmented and mixed reality landscape. From games, film, and TV, to comics, music, and immersive theater explore how new reality is affecting the way we mold, shape and share new experiences with those around us. Discover the latest developments in the European market and prepare to test the limits of this new digital world.

The Future of Immersive Storytelling

Patrick O’Luanaigh, Chief Executive Officer & Founder nDreams Ltd.
Muki Kulan, Executive Digital Producer Muki-International Ltd.
Resh Sidu, Creative Director Framestore
Toby Coffey, Head of Digital Development National Theatre

Moderated by Tanya Laird, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Digital Jam

As human beings, our brains are wired for stories. It is how we gain understanding and experience the unfamiliar. But, no matter how much we may enjoy a good story, nothing compares to the power of actually being there. Thanks to advances in virtual, augmented and mixed reality, the blurring of the real and the digital offers no limit on the kinds of stories that can be told. During this session, hear from leading VR specialists about the latest forms of digital engagement and interaction and open your mind to the possibilities of the future.

Stories for eternity: top hollywood producer on the challenges of film production on a global level

Greg Shapiro,
Producer and President of Production at IM Global
John Lesher, Founder & President at Le Grisbi Productions
Christine Vachon, Producer & Founder at Killer Films

Moderated by Christos Michaels, Head of Film at Lee & Thompson

As audience tastes and demands change, producers are constantly searching for new ways to adapt. Take a look at the evolution of entertainment through the eyes of renowned producers: John Lesher, Christine Vachon and Greg Shapiro. Over the years, these producers have brought us some of the most critically acclaimed films and together, their projects have garnered over 20 Oscars and more than 70 Academy Award nominations. Hear their stories, their hits and misses, and what keeps them going in this ever-changing movie business.

Networking Break

Breaking Down the Blockchain Phenomenom and it’s Impact on the Entertainment Industry



Kim Jackson, Co-Founder, President of Entertainment, SingularDTV
Arie Levy-Cohen, Founder, CEO Blockhaus Tokenised Ecosystems, Co-Founder, President & CFO SingularDTV
Zach LeBeau, CEO bei SingularDTV, New York
Matthias Ruch, Managing Partner, Lakeside Partners AG 

Ushered in by the invention of Bitcoin in 2009 and Ethereum in 2015, the cryptographic technologies ecosystem is growing rapidly. From more cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and distributed ledgers to decentralized transaction platforms, commercial property registries, digital identities, secure electronic voting systems, and the internet of things — a myriad of technologies is emerging here in Zurich and worldwide that enable new kinds of digital property, and the secure and efficient exchange of digital assets.

Closing Remarks and Summit Concludes

Reception hosted by SingularDTV

Side Events

Sunday, October 1
11.00 – open end
Tennis Club at The Dolder Grand & Restaurant Terrasse

Charity Tennis Tournament

Tennis Club at The Dolder Grand, 11.00 – 16.00

Sunday moring starts with the legendary Charity Tennis Tournament. Not only a sportive duel, but also the perfect chance to get in touch while barbecuing in the natural surroundings on top of the Zurichberg.

Zurich Summit Dinner & After Party

Restaurant Terrasse, 19.00 – open end

Guests and stars of the Zurich Film Festival mingle with Zurich Summit participants and speakers at the exclusive Summit Dinner at restaurant Terrasse in the heart of the city. It is followed by the Zurich Summit After Party at the same location.

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