Speaking Gigs

Most conference moderators use the same tired format. They engage in a private conversation with panelists while the audience passively watches (like a traditional lean-back TV experience), then take a few questions and call it interactive.  DS President & Head Coach Steve Bradbury has long believed such events represent a unique opportunity to generate robust, stimulating discussions where everyone, panelists and audience alike, contribute and learn through a distinctive audience-inclusive style using multiple unique formats.

Here are two articles describing the experience of such a panel: The Best Conference Format Ever and If Content Is King, Who Is The Heir? Copies of select presentation decks can be found here.

“I’ve found Steve to be a dynamic moderator. Unlike most, he has his own unique take on how to get real insights, examples and reactions out of the panelists.”

JC Cangilla, COO, New Form Digital

“I was impressed by his grasp of the subject matter and skill as a panel moderator.”

Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company

“Steve has been moderating sessions at the Digital Hollywood conference for well over ten years. Attendees and panelists alike regularly compliment his unique interactive formats that draw everyone into an informative, stimulating, authentic conversation. If you are looking for a differentiating factor to create positive word-of-mouth, Steve is the one you want.”

Victor Harwood, President, Digital Hollywood

“Steve is an excellent and dedicated educator and we are lucky to have him as part of our SULA adjunct faculty family.”

Robin Howard, Director Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester Program

“Steve is an exceptional facilitator and conference moderator. His dynamism turns every session into an interactive experience. At IDEAS LA, Steve created and led two distinctive formats to make the sessions more interesting. That’s a key element of his moderating: creating an environment where all participants, speakers and attendees alike, can share and discuss pertinent issues on topic. He’s one of the best facilitators we’ve engaged with, and hands down, one of the most fun to work with!”

David Dorfman, Exec Director, IDEAS Los Angeles

“Steve is both engaging and knowledgeable, a rare combination which make his sessions compelling.”

Allison Dollar, CEO, ITV Alliance

“Steve creates an authentic conversation between panelists and the audience that is both engaging and unique. The conversation and topics always flow with ease!

Larry Laboe, President of Production, SXM

“Steve is the real deal. He brings great energy, passion and know-how, not to mention a tremendous network of leading professionals.”

Don Levy, President and Cultivator at Smith Brook Farm

“Steve has moderated numerous panels that I’ve participated in over the years and he’s always brought a steady hand that’s guided some engaging, insightful discussions. Not only does Steve provide a cohesive structure and targeted questions, he also brings a wealth of his own digital media knowledge to the table.”

Anthony Layser, VP Content Partnerships & Programming, XUMO

Jul-AugSyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Adjunct ProfessorRiding The Digital Wave
MayDigital HollywoodModeratorTBD
FebruaryDigital Entertainment WorldModeratorThe Future Of Sports Programming: Legacy Vs OTT VS DTC
NovemberDigital HollywoodModeratorEsports – Fantasy Sports – Sports Gambling – VR/AR Games - Analytic Driven Real-Time Games
OctoberSyracuse University (NY)Guest SpeakerTRF235 - Media Principles and Practices
Jul-AugSyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Adjunct ProfessorRiding The Digital Wave
JulyUCLA Extension Custom ProgramsProducer/InstructorBusiness of Sports @ UCLA Extension (2019)
MayDigital HollywoodModeratorEsports – Fantasy Sports - Sports Gambling – VR/AR Games
MayLA Games ConferenceMC, Breakout SessionsBlockchain, Mobile Innovations, China, Cloud Gaming, Machine Learning & AI
Jan-MarUCLA ExtensionInstructorThe Business of Entertainment
OctoberDigital HollywoodModeratorEsports – Fantasy Sports – Sports Gambling – VR/AR Games - Analytic Driven Real-Time Games
OctobereSports Business SummitModeratoreSports Business Summit
July-AugSyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Adjunct ProfessorDigital Media & Innovation in Los Angeles
JulyUCLA Extension Custom ProgramsProducer/InstructorThe Business of Sports
MayStartupaloozaJudgeAngel investing
MayDigital HollywoodModeratorEsports – Fantasy Sports – Video Games – VR/AR Games - Analytic Driven Real-Time Games
FebruaryDigital Entertainment WorldCoach/Judge/ModeratorDEW Startups
JanuaryUSC Gould School of LawGuest Speaker2018 Digital Trends
OctoberDigital HollywoodModeratorThe Power of Influencers
Jul-AugSyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Adjunct ProfessorDigital Media & Innovation in Los Angeles
JuneIDEAS ImmersionAdvisorStart-Up Culture Day
MayDigital HollywoodModeratorOTT: Multiscreen Video Experience
MayLos Angeles Venture Association (LAVA)ModeratorProfiting from e/Sports
AprilABA Video Games & Media ConferenceModeratorSports, Music, Film, Games and Brands in Digital Media
MarchWestside Digital MixFeatured GuestSXSW Recap
MarchUSC Gould School of LawGuest Speaker2017 Digital Trends
FebruaryDEW Start-Up CompetitionCoach/Judge/Moderator2017 Finalists
JanuaryCESModeratorProgramming Online Video Nets
OctoberDigital HollywoodModeratorProgramming Online Video Nets
JulyUCLA Anderson Center for Media, Entertainment & SportsGuest Instructor360˚ Entertainment Media Marketing
Jul-AugSyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Adjunct ProfessorDigital Media and Innovation
JuneCynopsis Sports Business SummitModeratorPunch Your Ticket to Virtual Sports
JuneIdeas LAModerator5 Questions? Lifestyle Entrepreneurs In Action
JuneIdeas LAWorkshopContent & ____ Are King
MayExpert Dojo Business Growth WorkshopSpeakerCompany Strategy & Business Development
MayDigital HollywoodModeratorProgramming The New OVNs
AprilBoston University, Dept of Film & Television (LA)Guest SpeakerCareers in Entertainment
MarchUSC Gould School of Law (Entertainment Law 650)Guest Speaker2016 Digital Trends
FebruaryDigital Entertainment WorldCoach/Judge/ModeratorStartup Pitch & Competition
FebruarySyracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications (LA)Guest SpeakerEntertainment Industry Capstone
Jan-AprBoston University, Masters in Media Ventures (LA)Adjunct ProfessorMulti-Platform Entertainment Marketing
JanuaryCESModeratorOriginal Video Programming

Hollywood & Digital @ UCLA Extension: From 2000-2008, Steve led the Hollywood & Digital program at UCLA Extension. The program posed a simple yet critical question: “How will the entertainment industry and broader media space accelerate new technologies into a more compelling consumer experience?” Digital platforms were clearly the future, but where was the money? What were the most compelling business opportunities? What was next? See a partial list of the guest speakers who graced this space.