Berlin skeds a day on convergence


COLOGNE, Germany -- The intersection of film, video games and the Internet will be the focus of the inaugural Berlinale Keynotes, a one-day lecture series that will run Feb. 13 during the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 8-18).

Keynote speakers include DVD pioneer Warren Lieberfarb, chairman of Warren N. Lieberfarb & Assoc. and former president of Warner Home Video; Denzyl Feigelson, president of digital music label Artists Without a Label; MySpace senior vp of marketing and content Jamie Kantrowitz; and Patrick Walker, head of content partnerships at Google Video.

The Keynotes, which will include Q&A sessions, will touch on such hot button topics as the distribution of films over the Internet, digital rights management and the effects of user-generated media on content development. The event is being sponsored by the Berlin festival and regional film subsidy body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

On the games side, Peter Molyneux, CEO and founder of U.K. games giant Lionhead Studios, and Guillaume de Fondaumiere, executive producer at France's Quantic Dreams, will address the issue of what the booming games market means for the film industry.