The inaugural Over the Top Festival (OTT Fest) will take place October 10-11 in Atlanta, GA. Ozzie Areu,Founder & CEO of the first major Latino-owned and operated film and entertainment production studio in the United States, Areu Bros. Studios, has been announced as the opening keynote. Previously, Areu served as President of Tyler Perry Studios for over a decade, and has recently announced acquisition of OTT Video company, Endavo.
In its first year, the event will launch in partnership with A3C, the annual music, tech & culture festival and conference that draws in over 35,000 attendees each year. OTT Fest will be a first of its kind festival and conference to uniquely convene the rapidly evolving video entertainment industry, OTT, with the emerging content creators who desire distribution.
Additional speakers confirmed for this year’s OTT Fest include top executives from HBO/Warner Media, Areu Bros. Studios, Netflix, Roku, Xumo, Mailchimp, Whistle, Danone along with podcast powerhouses Donald Albright and Payne Lindsey from Tenderfoot TV and award-winning video producer David Kwan, CEO of Tre Native. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. The two-day convening will consist of panels, fireside chats and interactive workshops for creators navigating the new streaming era of video entertainment. Additional sponsors include Endavo Media, Excite Creative Studios and PullSpark.
“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.”
“OTT is growing rapidly and we saw a need for an event dedicated to amplifying the voices of the creators and companies driving the Industry,” said Paul Hamm, co-creator of OTT Fest and President of Endavo. “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.”
The keynotes, panels and screenings from the event will all be featured at AmericasMart Atlanta, alongside programming from A3C. A3C Festival & Conference has already announced an impressive line-up that includes T.I. (Rapper/Activist), Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia), Lenny S (Roc Nation), Lil Jon, Will Packer (Film Producer), Dapper Dan (Fashion Designer), Charlamagne Tha God, Kevin Liles (300 Ent.), Baron Davis, Paul Judge (Techsquare Labs & Pindrop), Megan Thee Stallion and many more to be announced.
More about OTT Fest, including ticket sales, updated conference schedule, screening information and more can be found at OTTFest.com. Follow OTT Fest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates and live conference coverage.
About OTT Fest
Over The Top Festival is the first it’s kind festival and conference that sets to establish a vibrant global convening of next-generation creators, decision-makers, and enthusiasts to empower content creation from all corners of the world. Over The Top Festival will take place in Atlanta, one of the world’s leading production hubs, and a place where innovation and inclusion are shaping this new era of video entertainment. Visit OTTFest.com for more information and updates.