Facebook announces f8 speakers: Disney, EA, Spotify, Zynga, more

Summary:Facebook has announced 11 speakers for its 2011 f8 developer conference. Big names include Disney, EA, Spotify, Turntable.fm, and Zynga.

Facebook's f8 developer conference is tomorrow. The social networking giant has finally revealed the lineup of panelists for its Transforming Industries track, which will come after Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg give his keynote speech.

It includes top executives of both large companies and startups, some of which you have probably heard of. The list of 11 individuals gives further hints at some of Facebook's bigger launch partners for new features to be announced at f8:

The Future of Digital Music: The music landscape is evolving with new channels and innovative social experiences. Leaders in the industry will describe where things are headed. Bob Pittman - Chairman, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Daniel Ek - CEO, Spotify Troy Carter - Founder, Chairman and CEO, Atom Factory

Mobile + Social: As mobile apps become ever more social, new opportunities are emerging. Listen to mobile developers discuss social and the future of mobile. Paul Bettner - Vice President and General Manger, Zynga Kristian Segerstrale - General Manager and Co-founder, Playfish Alexa Andrzejewski - Co-Founder and CEO, Foodspotting Billy Chasen - Co-Founder and CEO, Turntable.fm

The Rise of Social Gaming: Social gaming is disrupting the traditional video game business. Top game executives will provide their views on the next big trends. Barry Cottle - Executive Vice President, EA interactive, Electronic Arts Kevin Chou - CEO, Kabam John Pleasants - Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group Owen Van Natta - Chief Business Officer, Zynga

Investing in Social: Hear leading venture capitalists discuss their views on the future of the social web. David Sze - Partner, Greylock Partners Matt Cohler - General Partner, Benchmark Capital Kevin Efrusy - Partner, Accel Partners Bing Gordon - Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

The big names for me are Daniel Ek (Spotify), Billy Chasen (Turntable.fm), Barry Cottle (EA) John Pleasants (Disney), as well as Owen Van Natta and Paul Bettner (both from Zynga). Zynga's representation isn't surprising, and neither is EA's. Spotify and Turntable.fm likely have to do with the rumored Listened button, and Disney could be related to the rumored Watched button, though I'm not so sure.

Rachel King and I will be there tomorrow, covering the news as it comes in. It all begins in less than 24 hours!

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Topics: Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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