SOURCE: IZEA, Inc.

IZEA, Inc.

April 02, 2015 08:00 ET

IZEA Announces Mario Lopez to Keynote IZEAFest 2015

Interactive Four-Day Event Celebrates Content, Creativity and Influence by Connecting Brands, Creators and Publishers

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2015) -  IZEA Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA) is thrilled to announce the return of IZEAFest, taking place October 22-25, 2015 at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mario Lopez, actor and host of television show "Extra," will keynote a talk with IZEA's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ted Murphy.

"Mario is at the epicenter of social media and traditional media," said Murphy. "He creates social media content while on live television, he reports on celebrity tweets and understands how brands play a vital role in modern day media creation and consumption. IZEA has partnered with Mario on many campaigns over the years and I am thrilled to share the stage with him at IZEAFest."

"The world of media is changing," said Lopez. "Everyone is becoming a content creator and anyone has the potential to build a massive online audience through social media. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in the entertainment world and inspiring other creators to push their boundaries and dream big."

IZEAFest is an electrifying, interactive event that will bring together over 1,000 of the top creators and brands. Attendees will meet and interact with the world's foremost companies, social media creatives, entrepreneurs and influencers in a fun, collaborative, and open environment to celebrate creativity in all its forms.

"The last IZEAFest was held in 2009, before things like Snapchat, Instagram and Vine even existed," said Murphy. "The creator universe has changed dramatically since then, encompassing all forms of content -- from long form text to short form video and photos. Our goal is to bring the IZEA creator, brand and partner universe together in one place to explore the creator process, better the ecosystem and create more value for everyone involved."

By day, attendees will be privy to engaging keynotes, panels and networking at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort. By night, they will be living it up at the happiest place on earth, with private roller coaster rides, exclusive parties and free park access all night long.

The preliminary schedule of activities is as follows:

  • Thursday, October 22: Registration and check-in; Atlantic Dance Hall Opening Party
  • Friday, October 23: All day programming; Disney Hollywood Studios® Take-Over
  • Saturday, October 24: All day programming; Walt Disney World® Resort Swan & Dolphin Lake Terrace Closing Party
  • Sunday, October 25: Creator Take-Over of the Epcot® Food and Wine Festival Presented by Chase®

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months, and will include some of the most respected and recognized brand marketers, bloggers and celebrity influencers. If you believe you have what it takes -- the prowess, the agility, the humor, and the overall awesomeness -- to be a speaker, visit izeafest.com/speakers for more details.

Early registration tickets for creators, IZEA shareholders and analysts are now on sale for $299. Early registration for individuals from brands and agencies is $1,999.

Event sponsorships are also available. Don't miss out on the opportunity for your brand to make a magical impression by visiting izeafest.com/sponsors to submit your inquiry.

About IZEA

IZEA operates the premier online marketplace that connects brands with influential content creators. IZEA creators range from leading bloggers and social media personalities to A-List celebrities and professional journalists. Creators are compensated for developing and distributing unique content on behalf of brands including long form text, videos, photos and status updates. Brands receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. For more information about IZEA, visit http://corp.izea.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on IZEA's expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond IZEA's control. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, competitive conditions in the social sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, lower conference attendance, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA, inability to obtain additional capital, Integration of IZEA's recent acquisition of Ebyline, Inc. and changing economic conditions that are less favorable than expected. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this respect will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement.