Interview with Eric Stein – Founder of Impact Global Media

Eric B. Stein is a leading industry professional in new media distribution.  With over 16 years experience, he has proven success in licensing, programming, business development and strategy from both sides of the negotiation table. Eric has a broad, deep and relevant knowledge of new media distribution opportunities in the film, television, gaming and music space.  Throughout his career Eric has worked with established content producers and distributors, playing an integral role in the transformation from traditional content distribution into the vast avenues of the new technology platforms.

As the Director of Programming and Acquisitions for Digital Distribution for Warner Bros Home Entertainment, Eric was responsible for the development of programming strategies for the ongoing management of WB owned content as well as the worldwide Third Party Acquisitions for VOD, EST, Wireless and Online Businesses.

Prior to Warner Bros., Eric worked for Hewlett Packard in Digital Entertainment Services, where he oversaw their content licensing strategy (research, negotiation, etc.) and business development for the Video Merchant Services project. The project facilitated traditional brick-and-mortar retailers into New Media distribution by utilizing private label online stores and selling new media products to consumers online.

Eric was an original founder of CinemaNow, where he oversaw and developed all aspects of programming and content acquisition including the research and negotiation of libraries for the leading international online Video-On-Demand distribution service.

Eric has been a lecturer at USC and UCLA on the topics of Cinema, Entertainment Studies, and Performing Arts as well as guest speaker to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) New Technology Opportunities Committee, and panelist at Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW 2013.

Currently Eric is Founder of Impact Global Media – one of the leading digital distribution consulting firms in the industry. IGM provides strategic guidance and business development services to a diverse range of companies – including distribution, technology and content providers – helping them optimize their businesses in the digital era.

In our interview, we discuss the massive changes happening in distribution, how VR (Virtual Reality) and especially AR (Augmented Reality)  are game changers and the future of “old media”.

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Interview with Eric Stein – Founder of Impact Global Media

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