Join Variety's Entertainment & Technology Summit NY, as we explore how film, TV, gaming, music and digital media is being transformed by new technologies. We will examine the latest strategies to engage today’s diverse audiences split across multiple media platforms and entertainment content options. Network with elite speakers identifying opportunities in interactive and virtual reality storytelling, digital marketing/advertising, new programming business models, and more.

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When

May 98:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where

W New York Midtown

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Agenda

9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Future of Video Advertising
In this era of peak programming – combined with today’s advanced targeting tools – advertisers and marketers have never had more power in reaching more audiences than ever glued to all of this media. But what are the best choices for advertisers and marketers across platforms? What advantages and distinctions are there between linear networks, social media, on-demand digital video and more?

Ad Buyers, Media Sales chiefs and Ad Tech partners converge to talk about the best way to engage audiences across platforms.

Moderator:
Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor, Variety

Speakers:
Donna Speciale, President, Advertising Sales, Turner
Lyle Schwartz, President Investment, North America, GroupM
Peter Naylor, Head of Sales, Hulu
Catherine Sullivan, President, North American Investment, Omnicom Media Group
Jason Flick, CEO and Co-Founder, You.i TV

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Generation(s) Digital

Join Kevin Westcott, U.S. Media & Entertainment Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Variety Co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein as they discuss recent results of Deloitte’s Digital Democracy Survey, 11th Edition. Hear how Gen Z and Millennials are driving changes in the way Americans consume media.

Speaker:
Kevin Westcott, US Media & Entertainment Leader, Deloitte

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Jeff Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner, Inc

Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety

10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Keynote with Trevor Noah, Host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. How Will We Tune In? TV Reinvented
Telcos, cable/satellite operators and OTT platforms all want the same thing – to figure out how to encourage audiences to pay for TV. But strategies are widely varied. Some distributors believe offering fewer channels is the best carrot to dangle to cost-conscious audiences, others believe subscription-based premium content coupled with less ads can best entice content-hungry audiences. Who are the leaders in this wave of TV reinvention? How are audiences responding to the new options now available for them? Are distributors convincing cord nevers, comprising much of the increasingly influential Generation Z, of the value of paying for TV? Multiplatform chiefs will explore the future of TV.

Speakers:
Marc DeBevoise, President, CBS Interactive
Heather Moosnick, Director, Content Partnerships, YouTube TV and Google Fiber
Brian Angiolet, Co-Chair, Complex Networks / SVP, Consumer Products & New Business Development, Verizon
Kelly Day, Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV

Lunch 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

1:10 pm. to 1:50 p.m. Lights, Camera, Brands: Masters of Marketing Storytelling
With today’s content platform explosion, brands are enjoying a massive creative playground for best engaging with audiences. What entertainment and consumer brands are the most progressive across new marketing opportunities in social, digital publishing, OTT and linear TV? What brand integrations in TV series, short-form video and film are especially connecting with audiences? What are future trends in innovative marketing? Marketers creating the ultimate in storytelling around their brands converge to share their strategies.

Moderator:
Eric Bergner, Partner, Moses Singer LLP

Speakers:
Chris Spadaccini, Head of Marketing, HBO
Kate Santore, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Content, The Coca-Cola Company
Armando Turco, General Manager of Vox Creative, Vox Media
Jacqueline Parkes, EVP of Marketing and Creative, MTV, VH1 and Logo

1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Keynote Converstaion

2:20 to 3:00 p.m.
You Just Had to Be There – What’s Next in Live, Experiential Entertainment
Advancing technology is enabling sports, concert and live events to offer truly spectacular experiences for fans. How might companies be introducing virtual reality, extending social media engagement and ramping up in-venue interactivity during the game, concert or live production? How might new digital and interactive technologies deliver live events to new fans worldwide? Leaders in experiential entertainment converge to talk about what will connect with audiences next.

Speakers:
Elisa Padilla, Chief Marketing Officer, Barclay’s, Brooklyn Nets and the Islanders
Daniel Meiseles, President and Executive Producer, Content, NBA
Kevin Chernett, EVP, Global Content and Distribution, Live Nation
Ole Obermann, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Music Group

3:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Platform Mashup – Today’s Content Hitmakers

Many native digital and social platforms have soared with user-generated-content, memes and short-form video. Many traditional programmers have focused on premium series distribution. But definitions of who is doing what is blurring as the entertainment community is eager to widen their content footprint across all available platforms. What TV networks are making the best shows for social media? And vice versa, how are the social media and digital players inking deals for more premium, longer form content? Who are the new multiplatform hitmakers? Creative chiefs will explore how they are now engaging today’s audiences.

Speakers:
Ben Lerer, CEO, Group Nine Media (Thrillist, The Dodo, Seeker, NowThis)
Rory Brown, President, Bleacher Report

3:40 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Networking Break

3:55 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. Breakthroughs in Mobile Audience Engagement Worldwide
As people always have their phones at their sides, what is the media industry doing to best connect with this highly captive audience? How might entertainment be able to be tailored and curated for such a personal platform?  How is marketing being perfected to be a quick-start, not-too-disruptive, doesn’t-crash-your-phone experience? With people generally spending 5 minutes on an app before moving on - what music, video and games are best capitalizing on this tight entertainment window? Entertainment chiefs and their partners will talk about future opportunities with connecting with the mobile audience. 

Speakers:
Ciel Hunter, Head of Content, Vice Media
Jill Kress, Chief Marketing Officer, National Geographic Partners

4:35 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Michael De Luca, Producer (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey franchise)

Interviewed by:
Brent Lang, Senior Editor, Variety

5:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception

Who Is Speaking?

  • Jeff BewkesTime Warner, Inc.
    Jeff Bewkes is Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2009, having served on the Board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the Company in January 2008.

    Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bewkes served as Time Warner's President and COO from January 2006 to December 2007 and as Chairman of the Entertainment and Networks group from July 2002 to December 2005. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Mr. Bewkes served as Chairman and CEO of HBO from May 1995 to July 2002, and as President and COO of HBO from September 1991 to May 1995.

    Mr. Bewkes serves on the Boards of Yale University and the Partnership for New York City and serves on the advisory board for The Creative Coalition. He is also a member of The Business Council.

    Mr. Bewkes has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Trevor NoahThe Daily Show
  • Michael De LucaProducer
    Michael De Luca is an esteemed and prolific producer with three decades of experience in the film business. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards® for Best Motion Picture of the Year and for three Producer's Guild of America Awards (for David Fincher's The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, Bennett Miller's Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi) . These films also garnered 14 Golden Globe nominations (4 wins), 18 BAFTA nominations (4 wins), and 6 Screen Actors Guild nominations. In 2015, De Luca produced the incredibly successful film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, for Universal Pictures, where he currently has a production deal.

    Over the course of his career, De Luca has held several key positions in the film industry. At age 27, De Luca served as one of the youngest heads of production in Hollywood history when he was appointed President and COO of New Line Productions, where he helped to launch lucrative franchises including Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour. During his tenure, he championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Seven, Wag the Dog,

    Pleasantville, Magnolia , I Am Sam and Boogie Nights, and helped to launch the directing careers of Jay Roach, Brett Ratner, Gary Ross, Alan and Albert Hughes, F. Gary Gray, the Farrelly brothers, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. From New Line, De Luca went on to serve as DreamWorks’ Head of Production from 2001 to 2004, overseeing the live-action division and the production of such films as Old School and Anchorman, which continued the rise of both Will Ferrell and Todd Phillips.

    From 2004 through 2013, De Luca headed his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions, which had a development and production agreement with Columbia Pictures that brought the studio three Academy Award® Best Picture nominees -- The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips, as well as mainstream success with films such as Ghost Rider and 21. As an independent producer, De Luca has focused on developing provocative, specialized films with visionary filmmakers, as well as pop culture, mainstream elevated genre films with franchise potential. Most recently, De Luca served as President of Production for Columbia Pictures

    where he revitalized the studio's slate with commercial fare and filmmakers, including Ron Howard's Inferno, the new thriller from “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown; Paul Feig’s new relaunch of Ghostbusters; Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence; Stephen King's legendary Dark

    Tower series starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; the thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively and directed by Jaume Serra; and Robert Rodriguez’s remake of Fire and Ice. De Luca also secured James

    Wan’s Robotech and Yann Damange’s The 75 for Columbia, as well as securing an overall deal with the Russo Brothers at the studio including their franchise The Grey Man. Franchise creator writer/producer Joby Harrold was also brought in by De Luca.

    De Luca is now producing the last two films of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed¸ which will both see February releases in 2017 and 2018, respectively. De Luca also produced the 89th Academy Awards this year with Jennifer Todd, and with Jimmy Kimmel hosting.

    His other upcoming projects include the film adaptations of J.P. Delaney’s novel The Girl Before, to be directed by Ron Howard; Gillian Flynn’s novella The Grownup, both at Universal; and the popular video game series Gran Turismo with Joe Kosinski directing at Sony. Other future releases include an untitled Evel Knievel Project; the feature-film version of the popular sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, which De Luca is producing with Scott Stuber ; David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, starring Andrew Garfield; Warhol, penned by Terence Winter and starring Jared

    Leto (who is also producing); the Barry Jenkins-penned script about the true life story of Claressa ‘T- Rex’ Shields who became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing; An Unnamed State directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights and The Secret Life of Bees); The Lunch Witch starring Kate McKinnon; and an eclectic slate of television, cable, and streaming projects in development, including a remake

    of Shogun for FX and Embeds for verizon-owned streaming platform Go90 (which Megan Kelly is also producing).

    De Luca is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives with his wife and family in Los Angeles, California.
  • Steve CanepaIBM
    Mr. Canepa is responsible for the P&L of IBM’s Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Industry; the fastest growing of IBM’s Industry divisions. Over his career, he has also worked with customers in the Finance, Electronics and Retail Industries.

    Steve’s career has been centered on innovation; having been recognized with three technical EMMY awards and named as one of the most influential executives in ‘Digital Media.’ He is currently driving IBM’s strategy for Video and Cognitive solutions.

    Over his career, Steve has held a number of significant and increasingly complex global leadership roles in Sales, Product and Services divisions. He is highly effective team builder who inspires lasting relationships with empowered employees, clients and partners.

    A long-serving member of IBM’s Global Leadership Team, he serves on the IBM Global Transformation Team and is a member of IBM’s Sales Leadership Team, Industry Academy and also serves as IBM’s Senior Location Executive for the Los Angeles area.

    Steve earned two BA degrees from UCLA, in Economics and Political Science (with national honors), and also a MBA in Corporate Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School (with highest honors). He has also completed studies in the Wharton School’s financial management program and Harvard University’s executive curriculum on strategy formation.
  • Kelly DayAwesomenessTV
    Kelly Day is the Chief Digital Officer of AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global Gen Z audience. In her role, she is responsible for international expansion and oversees global distribution strategies and revenue across television, mobile and OTT providers. She also oversees product and technology investments across the company, such as mobile and OTT apps, websites, and corporate tools and analytics to drive growth. Day joined in February 2014.

    Prior to her current position, Day served as CEO of venture-backed Blip Networks, leading the company’s evolution from an online video platform for independent producers to a multi-platform media company. At Blip, she forged numerous strategic partnerships with top Hollywood and independent studios, and digital distributors such as YouTube, AOL and Yahoo. She led the development of a new suite of mobile, tablet and OTT apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Xbox and Roku, establishing Blip as the go-to digital network for quality creators. In 2013, she sold Blip to Maker Studios, one of the top YouTube Multichannel Networks.
    Day’s expertise in digital media and commerce makes her a sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of television, the evolution of online business models, and the disruption of traditional businesses through emerging technology. She has spoken at numerous industry events, including CES and Digital Hollywood, and is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Advertising Age and Variety.
    Before Blip, Day led the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, including the company’s sixteen U.S. websites, E-Commerce Operations, Licensing, and Home Entertainment. Day was responsible for developing and executing long-term strategies to drive the growth of these businesses through innovative offerings that leveraged the company's television and digital assets to grow digital audience and user engagement, and increase product sales. While leading this business, Day was credited with delivering record-breaking growth and bottom-line value for the division.
    Prior to joining Discovery, Day served as Vice President of E-Commerce at The Knot, the leading wedding media company, where she spearheaded their e-commerce business and developed partnerships with major retailers, such as Target and Macy’s. Prior to that, she held a variety of E-Commerce positions at AOL, most recently as Executive Director of AOL Shopping, with responsibility for developing new products and platforms at a time when online shopping was becoming a powerful disruptive force in the retail industry.
    In addition to her professional life, Day is married and has two daughters.
  • Rory BrownBleacher Report
    Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, has positioned the brand to reshape the way millennial males consume content, moving from a website that reports aggregated sports news to a publisher that is provoking conversation at the crossroads of sport and culture.

    He established an industry-leading game plan to create and distribute social-first content that sparked unprecedented levels of engagement with the brand’s core millennial audience. B/R consistently as a top publisher in driving social engagement across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

    He’s grown B/R to be a leader in the industry by disrupting and revolutionizing content experiences and cultivating a coveted, loyal millennial male audience. He’s made strategic decisions to further invest in B/R’s people and foster growth, doubled down on “owning the moment” across platforms, and constructed a branded content team that creates compelling, integrated experiences sponsors want to buy into.

    Brown joined Bleacher Report in 2008 as an assignment desk editor and quickly rose through the ranks. He has served as chief content office, vice president of content operations, senior director of content operations and director of programming.

    About Bleacher Report
    Bleacher Report, the social voice of sports, creates and collaborates on the culture of sports for the next generation of fans. Its vision for making sports bigger than games has led to unmatched engagement on social media, where it consistently ranks as a top publisher. Bleacher Report also provides an industry-leading fan experience on mobile devices through Team Stream™, the top-rated smartphone and tablet app. Find Bleacher Report on the web at www.bleacherreport.com and on Instagram @BleacherReport. Bleacher Report is a division of Turner Sports.
  • Elisa PadillaBrooklyn Nets and the Islanders
  • Marc DeBevoiseCBS Interactive
    Marc DeBevoise is the President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) and a perennial top 10 Internet property. In this role, DeBevoise leads strategy and operations for all of CBS Interactive’s 25+ industry-leading brands including the digital businesses of the CBS Television Network as well as CNET Media Group, CBS Interactive’s leading tech, games and media properties.

    As President and COO, DeBevoise is also responsible for the development of original programming and editorial content for digital platforms, as well as digital distribution strategies, including full episode streaming, dynamic ad insertion on cable VOD platforms, and direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand and live streaming initiatives including authentication/TV Everywhere.

    Previously, DeBevoise was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Digital Media for CBS Interactive. In this role, he was responsible for the digital media businesses of the CBS Television Network’s major programming divisions of Entertainment, Sports and News. DeBevoise successfully led the creation and launch of CBS All Access, CBS’s digital SVOD and live streaming service, and CBSN, the 24/7 streaming news service, and he also led CBS’s record-breaking digital efforts for Super Bowl 50.

    DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from premium subscription service Starz, where he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Business Development and Strategy. Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.

    He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the University Settlement, a leading social services non-profit organization, and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.
  • Kate SantoreThe Coca-Cola Company
  • Kevin WestcottDeloitte
    Kevin is a principal and leads the US Media and Entertainment practice. He has over 25 years of experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. His industry experience spans Film, TV, Home Entertainment, Broadcasting, Publishing, Licensing, and Games. Kevin is a co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model and speaks regularly on media consumption trends.
  • Lyle SchwartzGroupM
    Lyle Schwartz is President of Investment for GroupM North America, with responsibility for overseeing media investment in the company’s largest region, where more than $30B (RECMA) is invested on behalf of clients annually. Schwartz ensures that the development of truly peerless insights integrates seamlessly into the supply and demand dynamics in media marketplaces to support partner negotiations and trading activities that make media a strategic advantage for GroupM’s clients across all of its agencies. All North American investment team members across TV, digital, radio, print and local report up to Schwartz.
    When Schwartz was appointed to GroupM North America’s top investment role in 2016, it marked the first time a leader with a research and analytics background had been named head of trading for a major media investment Group. Schwartz helped build the research department at GroupM, which is fully joined up with the trading organization to support insights-driven ‘one voice trading,’ a point of distinction in GroupM’s approach to media investment. Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience at WPP inclusive of his early positions at Y&R prior to its acquisition by WPP.
    Schwartz has made significant contributions to a number of company and industry-wide milestones, including the development of C3 ratings for time-shifted TV, defining viewability in digital and pushing the industry for platform-agnostic video measurement. His career includes past roles at A&E Television Networks where, as VP Research, he was responsible for directing the research department in providing insights to sales teams, programming and marketing. During his tenure he was involved in the naming, marketing and positioning of two new digital channels.
    Lyle is a graduate of Hunter College and lives in Airmont, New York with his wife, Marjorie and his three kids, daughter Brittany, and sons Aaron and Scott.
  • Ben LererGroup Nine
    Ben Lerer is the CEO of Group Nine Media - a new digital media holding company consisting of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. He is the co-founder of Thrillist. Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s “40 under 40”, Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”, AdWeek’s “Young Influentials”, Inc's "30 under 30" and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year.”

    Ben is also the Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper, the Advisory Board for Refinery29 and the Board of RaisedByUs.
  • Chris SpadacciniHBO
  • Peter NaylorHulu
    Peter Naylor is the SVP of Advertising Sales at Hulu where he oversees the company's advertising sales and sales operations functions. Prior to Hulu, Naylor was an EVP of Digital Media Sales for NBCUniversal (NBCU) where, during his tenure, he ran digital advertising sales for NBCU's entertainment, news and sports digital properties.

    Prior to his time at NBCU, Naylor served as the SVP of Sales for the iVillage Properties, which was acquired by NBCU in May 2006. Before joining iVillage, he served as VP of Sales for Terra Lycos. He started his internet sales career at Wired Digital.

    In the advertising community, Naylor served as the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in 2012 and sat on the board for over ten years. In 2014, Naylor was named the founding chairman for the IAB's Video Center of Excellence. Naylor also served as Treasurer for the Online Publishers' Association from 2010 to 2013 and sat on the board for over ten years. Naylor also the recipient of the 2015 ASPY Industry Luminary Award and the 2014 ad: tech Industry Achievement award. Naylor was most recently recognized by Adweek as one of the 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing in 2016.
  • Kevin ChernettLive Nation
    Kevin Chernett most recently was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships & Content Distribution for the Live Nation. Prior to that position he served as EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Development and headed up strategic alliances efforts for the Media & Sponsorship. Kevin has worked for Live Nation and its predecessors since 2003, when he joined the company as Vice President of National Sales & Marketing. In 2008, he became Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and helped grow the Live Nation Media & Sponsorship Division which is one of the key pillars of the organization today.

    Kevin oversees all content production, distribution plus the management of key partnerships including Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Apple, Snapchat, Hulu, NextVR, Yahoo and RedBullTV to name a few.

    Kevin came to Live Nation from MusicVision, Inc. a company he co-founded in April 1998 where he served on its Board of Directors and as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales since inception.

    Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Speech Communications.
  • Eric BergnerMoses & Singer LLP
  • Jacqueline ParkesMTV, VH1 and LOGO
  • Jill CressNational Geographic Partners
    Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners (NGP). In this role, Cress oversees the overall global brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and entities around the world.

    Cress focuses on overall brand building to the consumer, cable/satellite industry, advertising community and the creative community. She also leads research and consumer insights, as well as all aspects of marketing, including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, on-air media strategy, and digital marketing.

    Previously, Cress was executive vice president of global consumer marketing at MasterCard, where she oversaw the global consumer strategy including the Priceless Platforms, global content strategy, segment inspired marketing. She leveraged creative positioning and scalable new digital platforms, including the incorporation of “Priceless Cities” around the world into MasterCard’s “Priceless” award-winning campaign.

    Cress started her career at MasterCard in 1994 as the vice president of sales. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Marketing by Brand Innovators and has been a featured speaker at marketing industry events such as the Ad Age Digital Conference and the Modern Media Summit at Mobile World Congress.

    Cress received a B.S. in Science Marketing from Indiana University.
  • Catherine SullivanOmnicon Media Group
    Omnicom Media Group has hired ABC News sales veteran Catherine Sullivan as president of U.S. investment, a newly created role that oversees the investment teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Sciences.
    Ms. Sullivan, who most recently served as ABC's senior-VP of news sales, joined the media services division of Omnicom Group at the beginning of the month. She is reporting directly to John Swift, CEO North American investment for Omnicom Media Group.
    Mr. Swift said the group expanded from two agencies to three with the launch of Hearts & Science earlier this year, and the growth is putting focus on having "more senior-level leadership touching all of our business in a more integrated way."
    "We're talking about an integrated and digitally informed investment future for us," he added. "Digital is going to be part of everything we do."
    Over the last three years, Omnicom Media Group has shifted from channel silos to integrated channels. For example, Mr. Swift said the group now has a completely holistic video group, rather than one for just TV or digital.
    "One of the things we're focused on is building a bridge from the present to the future," which is about pushing media owners to do the most interesting things for clients, said Mr. Swift. People, he added, are consuming media in all different places now, so media has to evolve with content, data-driven strategies, programmatic and even customized experiences.
    Ms. Sullivan was the "obvious choice" for the role due to her extensive media experience, including 15 years at ABC and 14 at NBC, said Mr. Swift, adding that she'll bring different perspectives that will complement those of the other Omnicom Media Group leaders.
    In addition to overseeing the buying teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Science, Ms. Sullivan said her main responsibility is for the client, specifically "making sure we're doing the best job with their money."
    She added that she's excited to bring her learning of the business to the other side. Over the last four years in her most recent role at ABC, Ms. Sullivan helped the digital platform revenue increase by more than 50%.
  • Donna SpecialeTurner
  • Brian AngioletVerizon
  • Ciel HunterVice Media
    Ciel Hunter serves as Head of Content for VICE Media, where she works to develop VICE’s content operations across mobile and digital platforms by overseeing VICE’s digital presence, including VICE’s video and editorial arms, platforms like Snapchat and go90, and new and emerging platforms as they arise. Hunter also work to integrate VICE’s existing verticals with the VICELAND TV network, streamlining VICE’s digital and linear presence.

    Prior to this role, Hunter served as the lead Creative Director of The Creators Project, VICE and Intel’s revolutionary arts-and-culture channel. She has also lead strategy and creative on key industry partnerships including YouTube; VICE and Live Nation’s joint venture, Live Nation TV; and Apple Music.
  • Armando TurcoVox Media
  • Ole ObermannWarner Music Group
    Ole Obermann is Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Business Development, at Warner Music Group. Obermann oversees the company’s global business development strategy, with a focus on exploring new forms of commercial innovation and creating new digital revenue opportunities, while expanding WMG's streaming activities.
    Obermann joined WMG following a decade with Sony Music Entertainment. During his Sony tenure, he negotiated and implemented deals with Sony’s network of global digital partners. He was instrumental in Sony’s audio and video streaming strategy and oversaw the buildout of Sony’s digital analytics infrastructure. In addition, Obermann spearheaded Sony’s early efforts in playlisting, including bringing playlist app FILTR to a global audience, and leading an initiative to engage with artists and managers to foster understanding, collaboration and commercial opportunity across the streaming ecosystem. Prior to joining Sony, Obermann served as the Managing Director of Liquid Digital Media, a leading digital music infrastructure provider, and as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. He began his career as a product manager for BMG.
    He holds a BA degree in International Relations from Colgate University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Jason FlickYou.i TV
    Jason is a veteran in the world of enterprise growth and management, having founded and scaled a number of successful software companies in the past, most notably Flick Software, Eftia, and N-Able. Jason believes in disrupting the status quo, which is what led him to start You.i TV with co-founder Stuart Russell. Jason is currently a sitting member of the board for Turner Ad Labs, Invest Ottawa, and Flick Software.
  • Heather MoosnickYouTube TV and Google Fiber
    Heather is the Director of Content Partnerships for YouTube TV and Google Fiber. At YouTube, Heather most recently helped create the new YouTube TV service, the latest entrant in the OTT live television landscape. She also played a key role in the 2015 launch of YouTube Red and the YouTube Music app as the former Head of Record Label Partnerships. Heather has spent her career over the past two decades creating new digital businesses for television and music industries through various partnership-focused roles at Viacom, CBS and Warner Music Group. She was named one of Billboard's 50 Most Powerful Women in Music in 2015.

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