Mikko Silvennoinen, CEO, tc executive - Happy Endings. Mikko is an international television executive with experience in launching new platforms, rights acquisitions, production and scheduling. He loves new projects that require starting from scratch and often enjoys working with challenger brands. Currently, Mikko is working with youtubers at Tubecon (the largest youtubers’ event in Europe) and launching Viafree Finland (MTG Viasat’s ad-funded online video service). youtube.com/user/AlastonTuottaja; Instagram: @mikkosi; Twitter: @mikkosi; Snapchat: Silvennoinen
Kate Johnson is an artist, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her work ranges from narrative features to video art installations and large-scale site-specific projection mapping. Her collaborations have been exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums internationally. She is Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Otis College of Art & Design, has guest lectured at conferences and universities internationally and is principle at LA’s seminal video art group.
Michael J. Masucci is an award-winning video artist, writer, curator, and mediator. He serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica, where he chairs the Public Art Committee. His collaborations have been exhibited internationally. He is a co-founder of LA’s seminal video art group EZTV, whose early work and archives are part of the permanent collections of USC. He is also co-creator of CyberSpace gallery, one of the world’s first digital art galleries.
Kate and Michael often work together and during the years of their collaboration, they have served the LA and Californian art community in many ways, organizing events and exhibitions, and collaborating with several events such as Siggraph, the Fringe Festival/LA, FreeWaves as well as Burning Man Festival in its early years. More information: www.eztvmedia.com
Tim Zeedijk (Tilburg, 1976), studied History of Art at Utrecht University, specializing in 17 th century Dutch art and the history of collecting. From 2003 to 2009 he worked as an assistant- secretary of the teams preparing the refurbishment of the Rijksmuseum. From 2009 until 2016 Zeedijk was Head of Exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum, closely involved in the further developing and realization of the New Rijksmuseum. From 2017 onwards he will develop and organise the program of travelling exhibitions – a renewed focus of the Rijksmuseum now that the renovation and refurbishment of the main building and the exhibition wing are completed. More information: www.rijksmuseum.nl
Anttu Harlin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gigglebug Entertainment – a Helsinki-based games and animation studio focused on positive children’s content. The company creates and produces original animation brands for the global market. Anttu is also the co-creator and writer of ‘Gigglebug’, the company’s first hit TV series and app collection. ‘Gigglebug’ was first launched in 2013, with over a million downloads and number one chart positions in 64 countries. The ‘Gigglebug’ TV series (52×5) has been sold to 13 countries and began to air in summer 2016. In June 2017, Disney Channels EMEA announced a new commission for an original animated series called ‘101 Dalmatian Street’, based on a pitch by Anttu and Joonas Utti from Gigglebug Entertainment. More information: www.gigglebugentertainment.com
Birgitta Persson, COO - Point of Value; Co-Director - Olivearte Cultural Agency. Birgitta is dedicated to supporting and developing the resilience of organisations so that they can reach their full potential. She does that currently in her capacity as COO at the consultancy company Point of Value and as one of three co-directors of Olivearte Cultural Agency. After 12 years leading Trans Europe Halles, one of Europe’s most dynamic networks with 70 members in 30 countries, she has ample experience of international collaboration, EU-projects and networking. During her 10 years at the cultural centre Mejeriet in Lund, Sweden she worked as promotor, producer, fundraiser and head of communication and organized hundreds of concerts, festivals, dance events, arts exhibitions and arts projects. (Photo Andy Sawyer)
Laura Köönikkä is the founder and CEO of Finnish Art Agency. She is one of the leading independent figures in curating, producing, art advicing in Finland. Laura is a passionate art expert with desire to change the static structures of organizational culture and shaking things up. Since 2003 she has been curating and managing projects for various institutions such as Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo in Japan, Pori and Tampere Art Museums in Finland, Bildmuseet and Fullersta Gård in Sweden, KARST gallery and Bury Art Museum in UK and Kunsthall Grenland in Norway. She was the curator and commissioner for the Finnish Pavilion in Venice Biennale (2011).
Like the shop she kept as a child selling flowers to her grandma, Mariina Hallikainen has always enjoyed starting and running businesses. The money hasn't come as easy after she turned eight but it hasn't scared her away from entrepreneurship. In 2009 she took the position of a CEO and co-founded Colossal Order Ltd, a Finnish game company focusing on simulation games for PC/Mac/Linux -platforms. Eight years later the future is looking bright for Colossal Order as they are behind the hugely successful city builder Cities: Skylines published by Paradox Interactive in March 2015. Read more: www.colossalorder.fi
Elise Pietarila, CEO, Executive Producer - Gimmeyawallet. “Managing creativity: Chaos under control.” Read more: www.gimmeyawallet.fi