GREEN HASSON JANKS FALL 2016 ENTERTAINMENT REPORT

| December 15, 2017

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The entertainment and media industry is moving quickly, driven by technology and industry disrupters. We cannot predict the future, but we have assembled a stellar group of industry experts to share their knowledge and expectations on the topic of monetization and globalization. I am proud of my team’s authorship of our 4th annual whitepaper, and found it to be an important read on where we are heading as an industry and as a profession.

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