Variety is pleased to announce the return of Tune In: The TV Summit 2017. With audiences so divided across content channels, the TV Summit will explore how to best engage today’s viewers to support the future growth of the TV industry. Networks, advertisers, showrunners, production companies, digital channels and services will explore what it means to develop, market, monetize and distribute successful programming for evolving audiences.

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When

June 138:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where

Four Seasons Beverly Hills

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Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The Future of the Premium TV Business – What are Tomorrow’s Hits?
What is the best strategy to continue to grow the TV business in our peak-TV world? The production values for TV have never been higher, and A-list filmmakers are gunning to create for the medium, but is there room for all? How do you define a hit? In our peak TV landscape, when is it smart to jump on the re-boot, event TV, live musical trends – and when is it smart to stay away?  Network chiefs and partners debate how to expand without cannibalizing a good thing.

Moderator:
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety

Speakers:
Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment
David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox
Casey Bloys, President, Programming, HBO
Erik Logan, President, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions

9:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Keynote Conversation with James Corden, Host of The Late, Late Show

10:10 to 10:25 p.m. Univision Lifts the Curtain on El Chapo

Speaker:

Camila Jimenez Villa, Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Fusion Media Group

10:25 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Creative Team of This Is Us

Speakers:
Chrissy Metz, Actor, This Is Us
Justin Hartley, Actor, This Is Us
Isaac Aptaker, Showrunner & Writer, This Is Us
Elizabeth Berger, Showrunners & Writer, This Is Us
John Requa, Director & Executive Producer, This Is Us
Glenn Ficarra, Director & Executive Producer, This Is Us

Interviewed by Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety

10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. A Closer Look at IFC’s Brockmire

Moderator:
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety

Speakers:
Hank Azaria, Actor, Brockmire
Amanda Peet, Actor, Brockmire
Tyrel Jackson Williams, Actor, Brockmire

11:10 to 11:25 Networking Break

11:25 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Golden Age for TV..And Brands
After a few years of threatening to spend more on native digital platforms, many marketers are back feeling the love for buying media on good old TV. Advanced analytics, new in-program brand integration opportunities, increasing non-linear advertising capabilities are all driving interest to market via the TV networks. What networks are offering the most progressive opportunities to marketers? What new technologies are continuing to open additional doors for TV advertisers? Network chiefs, brands and their partners will talk about how brands are succeeding in TV.

Moderator:
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety

Speakers:
Claudia Cahill, Chief Content Officer, Omnicom Media Group
Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Chief Content Officer, Mattel
Jon Steinlauf, President, National Advertising Sales & Marketing, Scripps Networks (HGTV, Travel Channel, Food Network)
Dave Morris, Chief Revenue Officer, CBS Interactive
Danielle Maged, EVP, Global Solutions, Fox Networks Group

12:05 noon to 12:20 p.m. EPIX and the Future of TV

Speaker:
Mark Greenberg, CEO, EPIX

Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton

12:20 p.m. to 1 p.m. Whipped into a New Shape – Navigating Next Generation TV
To combat increasing entertainment options, TV services are transforming themselves to ensure they are viewers first choice. But what is the best channel combination, curation strategy, delivery method and more to ensure audiences continue to pay for TV? What impact are newer OTT distribution players having on the overall marketplace?  What are trends in audiences across demographics – how is their behavior influencing the way programming is being produced and distributed? How are channels deciding which delivery services are best for their content – and reaching the right audiences? TV chiefs will talk about enhancing the value of their services for today’s audiences.

Speakers:
Amy Powell, President, Paramount Television and Digital Entertainment
Richard Au, Head of Channel Acquisition, Amazon Video
Tonia O’Connor, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution, Univision Communications Inc.
James Flick, CEO, You.i.TV
Lisa Holme, Head of Content Acquisition, Hulu

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Networking Lunch

2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. TV Visionaries: The Streaming Storytellers
Streaming platforms are the TV fan’s best friend – always at your side with an endless supply of entertaining stories. But with so many top-notch programs available, across growing numbers of services, what storytelling is best encouraging binge-viewing behavior? How should character arcs and plotlines be structured to keep audiences, with an embarrassment of choice, glued to any one particular show? Showrunners of breakout and highly anticipated series will provide insight on keeping audiences obsessed and hungry for more.

Moderator:
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety

Speakers:
Warren Littlefield, Executive Producer (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo)
Barry Sonnenfeld, Executive Producer/Producer (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Men in Black franchise)
Graham Yost, Executive Producer (Sneaky Pete, The Americans)
Jill Soloway, Creator & Executive Producer (Transparent, I Love Dick)
Brit Marling, Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Actor, The OA
Zal Batmanglij, Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Director, The OA

2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Keynote Conversation:
Exclusive Preview on the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report Q1 2017 – Content, Experiences and Engagement in the New/Dynamic Living Room

Speaker:
Jack Rotherham, Chief Marketing Officer- FreeWheel, a Comcast company
 
3:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. WGN America and Underground
Speakers:
Misha Green, Co-Creator and Co-Writer, Underground
Joe Pokaski, Co-Creator and Co-Writer, Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, “Rosalee,” Underground
Aldis Hodge, “Noah,” Underground
Aisha Hinds, “Harriet Tubman,” Underground

Moderator:
Elizabeth Wagmeister, TV Reporter, Variety

3:40 p.m to 4:20 p.m. The True Value of TV – Quantifying Today’s Viewership
The debate continues to roar about the best ways to locate audiences, and measure what and how they are viewing across platforms. Are we getting any closer to getting audience measurement right? What new multiplatform tools are delivering the best analytics to TV execs as well as to their brand partners? What has it meant for the industry with some of the new enhanced measurement services in the market – are series allowed more time to find their sea legs? How might heightened audience viewership analysis impacting development and production trends at the networks? Top research and analytics chiefs talk about the impact of audience understanding is critical to their business.

Speakers:
Michele Siravo, VP, Channel Insights, Horizon Media
Krishan Bhatia, EVP, Business Operations & Strategy, NBCUniversal 
David Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS
Puja Vohra, EVP, Marketing and Digital, truTV
Raghu Kodige, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Alphonso Inc.

4:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Networking Break

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Scripted Innovations: Behind the Scenes of Genius

Moderator:
Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire and Editor-at-Large, Variety

Speakers:
Carolyn Bernstein, Head of Global Scripted Development and Production, National Geographic
Francie Calfo, President, Imagine Entertainment
Gigi Pritzker, Executive Producer/Producer (Genius, Manchester by the Sea)

4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Deep Dive with Crown Media
Speaker:
Michelle Vicary, President, Programming, Crown Media

Interviewed by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire and Editor-at-Large, Variety

5:00 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. In the TV Breakthrough Trenches – CMO Roundtable
In this ultra-competitive TV environment, marketers have arguably the most important job in the business. They must go guns blazing for series debuts – and then that’s just the start. Marketers must also find ways to keep heat on campaigns over many weeks to keep those eyeballs from straying to new programming options. What are the best marketing strategies – across media platforms? CMOs and their partners converge discuss who they engineer breakthrough programming.

Moderator:
Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire and Editor-at-Large, Variety

Speakers:
Brad Bentley, EVP, Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group
Linda Schupack, EVP, Marketing, AMC and SundanceTV
Don Buckley, Chief Marketing Officer, Showtime
Gwen Throckmorton, Head of Industry, Entertainment, Facebook
Lara Richardson, Group EVP Marketing, Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel

5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Networking Reception

 

 

Who Is Speaking?

  • James CordenThe Late Late Show with James Corden
    The multi-talented James Corden is known around the world as a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, an Emmy winning host, writer, and producer in several genres of television.

    Corden can currently be seen hosting THE LATE LATE SHOW, which premiered on CBS in March 2015 and won an Emmy for “Outstanding Interactive Program”, two back to back Critics Choice Awards nominations for “Best Talk Show”, set YouTube records and achieved its highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. Corden separates his show from other late night shows by offering viewers a peek behind-the-scenes into the green room, bringing all of his guests out at once and lending his musical and acting talents to various sketches.

    Most recently, Corden hosted THE 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, which had the highest viewers in 15 years.

    Corden continues to host the BAFTA Award winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and hosted the Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014.

    On television, Corden stars in, produces, and writes the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. In 2013, Corden was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Writer of the Year for his work on the show.

    Previously, Corden starred as Smithy in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series “Gavin and Stacey” which he also co-created and co-wrote. For this role, he earned the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2008 and the British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Performer in 2007. The series received the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy in 2008, as well as the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 2010. Corden also starred in the British television series “Fat Friends” from 2000 to 2005, which earned him a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen. In 2011, Corden had a recurring role in the popular BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who” as Craig Owens, the Doctor’s roommate.

    Corden, as illustrated above, is clearly a modern day renaissance man, taking his multi-dimensional talents to various roles on the big screen, including: “Into the Woods” with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt, “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, “The Three Musketeers” with Orlando Bloom, “Gulliver’s Travels” with Jack Black, “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” with Jeff Bridges, and “The History Boys” with Dominic Cooper.

    On stage, Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which he first performed in The National Theatre and the West End in London, and then on Broadway. His performance on Broadway garnered him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. His additional theater credits include the worldwide tour of “The History Boys” in the role of Timms, which he also played in the feature film adaptation.

    Over the course of his career, Corden has additionally been awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the TRIC Award for Best Comedy, and the National Television Award for Best Comedy.
  • Justin HartleyActor, This Is Us
  • Chrissy Metz Actor, This Is Us
  • Jack RotherhamFreeWheel
    Jack Rotherham is a seasoned business leader known for his vision and ability to synchronize strategic, global efforts across marketing and sales channels created to leverage premium content, data and insights. Having worked for the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, he is considered an industry leader in designing and implementing brand building initiatives across multiple media, communications and technology platforms. Prior to Comcast, Rotherham was General Manager-Advertising at RichRelevance and responsible for leading and scaling advertising brand and agency partnerships for the global leader in omni-channel personalization. Prior to RichRelevance, he served as President and Chief Marketing Officer at WMI Digital and held senior leadership positions at AOL, Time Warner and Rolling Stone.
  • Amanda PeetActor, Brockmire
  • Hank AzariaActor, Brockmire
  • Tyrel Jackson WilliamsActor, Brockmire
  • Jurnee Smollett-BellActor, Underground
  • Aldis HodgeActor, Underground
  • Aisha HindsActor, Underground
  • Raghu KodigeAlphonso
  • Richard AuAmazon Video
  • Linda SchupackAMC and SundanceTV
  • Brad BentleyAT&T
    Brad Bentley is executive vice president of marketing for AT&T Entertainment Group (EG). He is responsible for EG brand repositioning, advertising & creative, program management for the launch of our new OTT and mobile entertainment products, Digital Life and our Advertising Sales segment.

    Bentley brings with him more than 15 years of entertainment marketing experience in various roles at DIRECTV. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Revenue Strategy & Planning for DIRECTV, where he was responsible for DIRECTV pricing and packaging along with the oversight of all acquisition and retention investments. He was the architect behind a three-year plan to rebalance the business to ensure sustainable top- and bottom-line growth.

    He previously served as senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for DIRECTV. In this role, he developed the sales and marketing strategy and execution across all channels of distribution, driving over 4 million gross new subscribers annually.

    He joined DIRECTV in 2000 and was instrumental in launching and growing the direct sales channel, which now represents 50 percent of DIRECTV sales distribution. He also served as vice president of Acquisition Marketing, for which he created a Rapid Response Team and centralized all dealers’ creative and media buying to improve the consistency of marketing messages and increase dealer buying power.

    Bentley holds a Master’s degree integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University.

    He is located at EG headquarters in El Segundo.
  • David PoltrackCBS Corporation
  • Dave MorrisCBS Interactive
    As Chief Revenue Officer, Dave Morris is responsible for driving the revenue strategy for CBS Interactive. This includes the management of advertising programs across the company, as well as overseeing a go-to-market sales strategy that supports the company’s revenue plan. As CRO, Morris works closely with his counterparts at CBS Television to develop exciting cross platform opportunities for CBS' customers.

    In addition, Morris is a board member and former Chairman at the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

    Morris joined CNET Networks in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Network Sales, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate sales accounts. CNET Networks was acquired by CBS Corporation in June 2008.

    A veteran of Time Inc., Morris has more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and publishing experience. Prior to CNET Networks, Morris was President and Publisher of Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, where he led the publication and website to record profits and audience numbers.

    Prior to Entertainment Weekly, Morris was Publisher of Sports Illustrated. As Publisher, he also directed the advertising sales for the magazine’s bonus editorial sections (including SI Golf Plus), SI’s custom publishing arm, Sports Illustrated Presents, as well as its home on the Internet, SI.com. Before becoming a Time Inc. veteran, he was a sales representative for Parents magazine and a media planner at SSC&B.
  • Misha GreenCo-Creator
  • Joe PokaskiCo-Creator
  • Brit MarlingCo-Creator, Executive Producer, Actor
    Marling is currently in pre-production on season two of the critically acclaimed Netflix series, The OA, in which she stars, co-writes and co-produces alongside collaborator and director, Zal Batmanglij. The series follows Prairie (Marling) whom seven years after vanishing from her home, returns with a mysterious new ability and recruits five strangers for a secret mission.

    Prior to this, Marling’s recent film credits include Daniel Barber's The Keeping Room opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Sam Worthington; AJ Edwards’ The Better Angels opposite Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke; Mike Cahill’s I Origins, opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page; Zal Batmanglij's The East, which she also co-wrote and co-produced; Robert Redford's The Company You Keep, co-starring alongside Redford, Shia LaBeouf, and Stanley Tucci; as well as Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller Arbitrage, co-starring opposite Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Laetitia Casta.

    In 2011, Marling made an indelible mark at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as the first female multi-hyphenate to have two films premiere side by side. Marling's first feature length narrative film, Another Earth, premiered at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Directed by Mike Cahill, Marling stars, co-wrote and co-produced the film. Another Earth tells the story of an ambitious young student Rhoda Williams' (Marling). On the night of the world's discovery of a new planet, her life crosses paths with an accomplished composer, John Burroughs' (William Mapother) in a tragic accident. Stripped of their former lives and hopes, the two begin an unlikely love affair and contemplate possibilities for a new existence together. But as cosmic events unfold, the secret that brought them together threatens to tear them apart. Her second feature length film, Sound of My Voice, premiere at Sundance in the Next category. Directed by Zal Batmanglij, Marling stars, co-wrote and co-produced the film. The film follows a young couple who infiltrate a cult lead by Maggie (Marling). The couple soon finds themselves falling under Maggie's' spell, testing their relationship and their sense of reality. Fox Searchlight acquired both films following the festival premieres, and released them in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Marling was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for both films in the categories of Best First Feature (alongside Cahill, Hunter Gray and Nicholas Shumacher) and Best First Screenplay (alongside Cahill) for Another Earth and for Best Supporting Female and Best First Feature (alongside Batmanglij, Hans C. Ritter and Shelley Surpin) for Sound of My Voice.

    On the small screen, Marling was also seen starring in the UK series Babylon, created by Danny Boyle, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. Marling portrayed Liz Garvey, an American visionary from the world of new media, who enters the London police force’s PR department which is struggling to keep up in an age of rolling news, smart phones and a news-breaking, information-hungry public.

    Marling's foray into filmmaking started during her college years at Georgetown University, as she began writing and starring in projects that her friends were working on. This introduction led Marling to take a leave of absence from school, moving to Havana, Cuba to co-direct the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas, which followed young artists and athletes living in the communist country. Marling graduated valedictorian from Georgetown, having studied Economics and Studio Art. Realizing that acting and filmmaking was what she found most fulfilling, Marling followed her passion and moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides.
  • Zal BatmanglijCo-Creator, Executive Producer
    ZAL BATMANGLIJ made his directorial feature debut with the 2011 Sundance Film Festival breakout SOUND OF MY VOICE. The film, which he co-wrote with lead actress Brit Marling, received two Independent Spirit Awards nominations – one for Best First Feature as well as a Best Actress nomination for Marling. Batmanglij earned a Gotham Award nomination for

    Breakthrough Director and Variety named him one of their 2012 "Top 10 Directors to Watch.”

    Batmanglij’s sophomore film, THE EAST, also co-written with Marling, premiered at Sundance and was selected as the closing night film of SXSW. A thought-provoking thriller starring

    Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, and Ellen Page, the film follows an ambitious young woman’s infiltration of an anti-corporate anarchist collective. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone called THE

    EAST, “that rare thing these days—a movie that matters.”

    In 2016, Netflix stealthy debuted THE OA, a mind-bending odyssey created by Batmanglij and Marling, which New York Magazine hailed as "an Extraordinary, Binge-Worthy December Surprise." In addition to cowriting the series Batmanglij directed all eight chapters.

    Batmanglij grew up in Washington DC, studied anthropology at Georgetown University and was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
  • Jill SolowayCreator & Executive Producer
    Jill Soloway is the creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series TRANSPARENT which received two Golden Globes, 21 Emmy nominations, and eight Emmy awards, including two for her directing. Entering the fourth season this year, the poignant comedy artfully explores identity, love, sex, God and boundaries through the lives of a complicated American family.

    On May 12th, 2017, Soloway will premiere her new Amazon series I LOVE DICK, which she co-created and directs. Adapted from Chris Kraus’ critically acclaimed novel of the same name, the show is set in a colorful academic community in Marfa, Texas and tells the story of a struggling married couple, Chris (Kathryn Hahn) and Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), and their obsession with a charismatic professor Dick (Kevin

    Bacon).

    In 2015, Soloway founded TOPPLE, a media brand, production company and movement that seeks to upend the patriarchy by shifting the gaze and inspiring protagonism for women, queer people, people of color and their allies.

    Soloway’s unique voice came to the attention of Alan Ball, who invited her to join the writing team on the HBO original series SIX FEET UNDER in 2002 where she wrote seven episodes, ultimately serving as the series’ co-executive producer. In 2010, Soloway became the executive producer/showrunner for the second season of Showtime’s critically acclaimed UNITED STATES OF TARA, created by Diablo Cody.

    Soloway co-founded the online channel WIFEY.TV with Rebecca Odes. Her first feature film, AFTERNOON DELIGHT, won the 2013 Directing Award at Sundance. Soloway co-created live theatrical experiences The Real Live Brady Bunch, The Miss Vagina Pageant, Hollywood Hellhouse and Sit and Spin. She co-founded the community organization East Side Jews and is the author of the memoir Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants and the upcoming essay collection Would You Still Love Me If. In 2018, Soloway will debut her untitled memoir from Crown Books.
  • Michelle VicaryCrown Media
  • Glenn FicarraDirector & Executive Producer
    Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Directors/Executive Producers) have been working together for almost 30 years, as screenwriters, producers and directors.

    In 2009, they directed their first film, I Love You Philip Morris, starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann, for which they also adapted the screenplay from the book of the same name. A quirky crime comedy, the film garnered Requa and Ficarra a loyal fan base as well as a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (which they lost in a shocking upset to Aaron Sorkin.)

    The duo went on to direct the enormously popular Crazy, Stupid, Love. Written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, the movie and its stars were nominated for more than a dozen awards from a Golden Globe to the Empire Award.

    Ficarra and Requa wrote and directed Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. A crime drama/comedy, like many of their projects, the movie employs elements of various film genres, defying a singular classification. In 2015, they came out with their fourth film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbit and Martin Freeman.

    Ficarra and Requa graduated from Pratt institute in Brooklyn when it was dangerous and free of moustaches. They have written many screenplays, including Bad Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton. In television, they are executive producers on the new Amazon show Patriot and are executive producers and directors of the hit TV show This is Us for Dan Fogelman starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia.

    In addition, they are currently in post on a pilot for Fox Television called the "Untitled University Project" where they serve as Executive Producers and Directors.
  • John RequaDirector & Executive Producer
    Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Directors/Executive Producers) have been working together for almost 30 years, as screenwriters, producers and directors.

    In 2009, they directed their first film, I Love You Philip Morris, starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann, for which they also adapted the screenplay from the book of the same name. A quirky crime comedy, the film garnered Requa and Ficarra a loyal fan base as well as a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (which they lost in a shocking upset to Aaron Sorkin.)

    The duo went on to direct the enormously popular Crazy, Stupid, Love. Written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, the movie and its stars were nominated for more than a dozen awards from a Golden Globe to the Empire Award.

    Ficarra and Requa wrote and directed Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. A crime drama/comedy, like many of their projects, the movie employs elements of various film genres, defying a singular classification. In 2015, they came out with their fourth film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbit and Martin Freeman.

    Ficarra and Requa graduated from Pratt institute in Brooklyn when it was dangerous and free of moustaches. They have written many screenplays, including Bad Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton. In television, they are executive producers on the new Amazon show Patriot and are executive producers and directors of the hit TV show This is Us for Dan Fogelman starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia.

    In addition, they are currently in post on a pilot for Fox Television called the "Untitled University Project" where they serve as Executive Producers and Directors.
  • Lara RichardsonDiscovery, Animal Planet & Science Channel
  • Mark GreenbergEPIX
  • Barry SonnenfeldExecutive Producer
    Director Barry Sonnenfeld has found commercial and artistic success with such films as MEN IN

    BLACK I, II & III, GET SHORTY, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, WILD WILD WEST, BIG TROUBLE, NINE LIVES and RV. He has produced or executive produced LADYKILLERS, LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, OUT OF SIGHT, and ENCHANTED.

    Barry is currently working on Season 2 of LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS for Netflix.

    Sonnenfeld began his career as a cinematographer, collaborating with the Coen Brothers on their first feature film, BLOOD SIMPLE and continuing with RAISING ARIZONA and MILLER’S CROSSING. In addition, Sonnenfeld served as Director of Photography on Penny Marshall’s BIG, Danny DeVito’s THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, and two Rob Reiner films, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and MISERY.

    Sonnenfeld received a 2007 Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and the 2007 DGA Award for his directorial achievement on PUSHING DAISIES, PIE-LETTE. He has directed numerous Clio award winning commercials for Nike, Reebok, and Isuzu.

    For television, he has executive produced KAREN SISCO, and directed and executive produced MAXIUMUM BOB, THE TICK, NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY, and PUSHING DAISIES and LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

    For 8 years, Sonnenfeld was a Contributing Editor for Esquire Magazine where he wrote a monthly column, “The Digital Man.” He is also an elected board member of the Eastern Directors Council of the Directors Guild of America.

    He lives in Telluride, Colorado with his beautiful wife, Susan and worries about his strong willed daughter, Chloe.
  • Warren LittlefieldExecutive Producer
    Warren Littlefield is the Executive Producer of the upcoming series The Handmaids Tale, based on the classic Margaret Atwood novel, starring Elisabeth Moss, for MGM and Hulu. He is also the Executive Producer of Fargo, which is currently in production on season three and has garnered him multiple Producers Guild Awards as well as an Emmy. Prior to his career as a producer Littlefield served as the President of NBC Entertainment, the culmination of a 20 year career at the broadcast company where he oversaw hits such as Seinfeld, Friends, Fraiser, Will and Grace, Mad About You, ER, Law and Order, and Homicide: Life on the Streets. The historic “Must See TV” era garnered NBC 168 Emmys, a run that is chronicled in his New York times best-selling book, “Top of the Rock.”
  • David MaddenFox
    David Madden is President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). In this position, he is responsible for scripted programming and development, and casting at the network.

    Since joining the network in August 2014, Madden has overseen a number of FOX series, including hit drama EMPIRE, Emmy Award-winning musical GREASE: LIVE and event series THE X-FILES, as well as GOTHAM, LUCIFER, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. In addition, he led the development of this season’s hit action series LETHAL WEAPON; the new drama STAR, from Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy; 24: LEGACY, the latest evolution of the Emmy Award-winning drama; police procedural APB; hit comedy THE MICK; and event series SHOTS FIRED and PRISON BREAK.

    Previously, Madden served as President of Fox Television Studios (FTVS), which develops and produces programming primarily for U.S. broadcast and cable networks, as well as international broadcasters. Madden oversaw all of the studio’s scripted and unscripted programming, including series, limited series and original movies for television, as well as FTVS’ finance, operations, and marketing divisions.

    At Fox TV Studios, Madden managed such programming as the critically lauded “The Americans,” starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, for FX; Emmy Award-nominated “The Killing,” which enjoyed three acclaimed seasons on AMC and its final season on Netflix; “White Collar” and “Graceland” for USA network; and the comedies “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” starring Denis Leary, for FX; and “Maron” on IFC. Previous acclaimed series for which Madden has been responsible include “Burn Notice” for USA, one of the most commercially successful basic-cable series ever; “The Glades,” the longest-running scripted series in A&E’s history; TNT’s Emmy Award-nominated “Saving Grace,” starring Academy Award winner Holly Hunter; “The Riches,” starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver; and the game-changing, Emmy Award-winning “The Shield,” starring Michael Chiklis, the latter two airing on FX.

    Madden also oversaw the studio’s alternative programming slate for a variety of U.S. networks and international broadcasters, including six seasons of “The Girls Next Door” for E!; and its spinoffs, “Kendra” and “Holly’s World”; as well as “The Great Escape,” produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for TNT.

    Under Madden, Fox Television Studios produced a number of original movies for television. Projects included “Drumline 2,” with Nick Cannon for VH1; “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” with Rob Lowe, for Lifetime; “Home Alone: The Holiday Heist,” for ABC Family; and the Lifetime Movie Network film “Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story,” starring Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson. Other award-winning movies produced by FTVS included A&E’s “Flight 93”; FX’s “A Glimpse of Hell,” with James Caan, and “Redemption,” starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, which received a Golden Globe Award nomination; FOX’s


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    “World War III,” with Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton; NBC’s “L.A. Law: The Movie,” which Madden executive-produced, with Harry Hamlin; and CBS’ “Twelve Mile Road,” featuring Tom Selleck. Madden also oversaw FTVS’ 2006 six-hour limited series, “Thief,” with Andre Braugher, for FX; and the Golden Globe Award-nominated, six-hour limited series “The Grid,” for the BBC and TNT, starring Julianna Margulies and Dylan McDermott.

    Prior to joining FTVS, Madden was a producer and partner with the Paramount Pictures-based Cort/Madden Company, with more than 20 films to his credit. His most recent production, “Something the Lord Made,” featuring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, for HBO, won the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Madden also produced “Save the Last Dance,” starring Julia Stiles, which grossed $90+ million domestically and sold three million soundtrack units. The Cort/Madden Company also developed a series version for FOX.

    While at the Cort/Madden Company, Madden and his partner produced “Against the Ropes,” with Meg Ryan, and “The Out of Towners,” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, among other films. Madden also executive-produced “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film grossed more than $150 million domestically.

    Before Paramount, Madden was a producer and partner with Interscope Communications, where he developed and produced such films as thriller “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” with Rebecca De Mornay; “The Associate,” starring Whoopi Goldberg; “Operation Dumbo Drop,” featuring Danny Glover and Ray Liotta; “Renegades,” starring Kiefer Sutherland; and “Blind Fury,” starring Rutger Hauer.

    Prior to becoming an executive at Interscope Communications, Madden was Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures, supervising such hit films as “The Untouchables,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Naked Gun,” “The Accused” and “Children of a Lesser God.” He also served as Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he supervised “Romancing the Stone,” “Jewel of the Nile,” “Revenge of the Nerds” and “The Fly.”

    In addition to his producing career, Madden directed the Trimark feature “Separate Lives,” starring Linda Hamilton and James Belushi, and wrote and directed the Lifetime movie “A Part of the Family,” starring Robert Carradine and Ronny Cox.

    A Chicago native, Madden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a major in English, and spent a year and a half doing post-graduate work in English Literature at UCLA.
  • Camila Jimenez VillaFusion Media Group
    Camila Jimenez Villa is co-president and chief creative officer of the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a
    division of Univision Communications Inc (UCI). In this role Camila oversees content strategy across
    FMG.
    FMG serves young, diverse audiences with content that reflects their shared values and passions
    across platforms and languages. FMG’s English-language properties include two cable networks,
    FUSION TV and the UCI’s interest in El Rey Network, as well as a collection of leading digital brands
    that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), comedy and satire (The Onion, Clickhole),
    sports (Deadspin), pop culture (The AV Club), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), women’s
    interests (Jezebel), news and social justice (Fusion), African American news and culture (The Root),
    gaming (Kotaku) and car culture (Jalopnik). Other assets include Univision.com, the leading
    Spanish-language website for U.S. Hispanics; Univision Creator Network, a leading U.S. Hispanic
    focused multichannel network on YouTube; as well as Univision Story House, a content development
    and production unit, which produces original content for UCI’s portfolio of owned networks as well as
    third party networks and platforms. FMG reaches over 95 million unduplicated unique visitors a month
    across its owned digital properties and network of partner sites.
    Jimenez Villa was recently featured by Variety as one of ‘ Hollywood New Leaders ’ in television during
    2016. Ad Age named Jimenez Villa to their ‘ Media Mavens ’ list for her efforts to make Univision and the
    Fusion Media Group “a one-stop shop for today's diverse, millennial media consumer.”
    Prior to the launch of FMG, Jimenez Villa served as Vice President of CEO Projects and Analytics at
    Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. As a key
    member of the leadership team, she worked with the Company’s senior leaders to help drive strategy,
    growth, and operational initiatives, supporting programs aimed at transforming the company, and acting
    as a liaison between the Chief Executive Officer and other constituencies, both internal and external.
    She also served as senior director of Content Partnerships at UCI where she led the development of
    Univision’s broadband channels and made-for-web offerings to deliver against multi-platform growth
    and audience development goals.
    Before joining Univision in 2011, Jimenez Villa was managing director at Cut the Papaya, an
    independent film production company she co-founded.
    Jimenez Villa holds an M.B.A in strategy and finance from New York University, a postgraduate degree
    in film from The National Film and Television School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication
    from Italy’s Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM.
  • Eric SchrierFX Networks and FX Productions
    Eric Schrier is President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, overseeing all original programming for FX, FXX and FXM, and is head of business and entertainment operations for FX Productions.

    Schrier joined FX in 2000 as an assistant to then President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly, and has been on the fast track ever since. Since being named President of Original Programming in June 2013, Schrier has developed the Emmy® winning limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the Emmy and Golden Globe® winning limited series Fargo, the award-winning American Horror Story franchise, FEUD: Bette and Joan and the upcoming limited series Trust; the drama series Taboo, Legion, The Strain, Tyrant and the upcoming Snowfall; and the comedy series Atlanta, Better Things, Baskets, You’re the Worst, Married, Man Seeking Woman and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In 2016, FX Networks received a basic cable record 56 Emmy nominations and won a basic cable record 18 Awards, including 9 wins for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Schrier was also named to the Adweek 50 – the Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech - in 2016.

    Prior to that, Schrier served as Executive Vice President, FX Productions, and Head of Series Development, during which he developed the critically-acclaimed drama series The Americans and The Bridge. In June 2008 he was named Senior Vice President, Series Development, FX Networks, and Executive Vice President, FX Productions, and was instrumental in developing the Emmy winning Justified, the drama series Sons of Anarchy and Terriers, as well as overseeing FX’s growth in comedy with the Emmy winning Louie, and the comedies Archer and The League.

    Schrier helped develop the Golden Globe winning drama series Damages and the comedy Wilfred after being named Senior Vice President, Original Programming in December 2005. Prior to that, as Vice President, Current Programming and Alternative Development, he developed the acclaimed comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 30 Days.

    In July of 2001, he was promoted to Manager of Current Series, and a year later became Director of Current Series. During this period, he helped develop the Emmy and Golden Globe winning dramas The Shield and Nip/Tuck and the Emmy winning drama Rescue Me.

    Schrier also played an integral role in the growth of FX Productions, managing day-to-day operations for the studio since its formation. In addition to managing the studio’s interest in foreign sales, home entertainment, syndication and new media opportunities, he initiated product merchandise for all FX original series under the FX Productions banner. He was a key player in the inception and launch of FX Canada, the joint venture network of FX Networks and Rogers Media.

    Schrier began his career as an assistant at CAA and then Brillstein-Grey Entertainment before landing at FX. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, where he currently teaches a graduate-level course on the worldwide business of television.
  • Casey BloysHBO
    Casey Bloys is president, HBO Programming overseeing all of HBO’s and Cinemax’s programming initiatives, including HBO Films, HBO Sports, HBO Documentaries, HBO Family and HBO Entertainment. He was named to this position in May 2016.
    Bloys was named president, HBO series, late night and specials in February 2016, responsible for the development and production of all series, talk shows and specials for the network. Before that, he served as executive vice president of HBO Programming from 2013, and has been responsible for comedy series, late night and specials. He has overseen the development and production of a long list of HBO programming, including Flight of The Conchords, Eastbound And Down, Veep, Girls, Ballers, Silicon Valley, Enlightened and Getting On, as well as the upcoming series Divorce from Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Horgan and Insecure from Issa Rae. Casey joined HBO in 2004 as director, Development, HBO Independent Productions (HIP), and was promoted to Vice President, HIP, in 2005. In 2006, he was named Vice President, HBO Entertainment, spearheading the development and production of comedy series and named Senior Vice President in 2009.
    Prior to HBO, he was director, Development, for Wass-Stein Productions, from 2000 to 2004. He began his career as an assistant in the Current and Development departments of CBS.
    Bloys has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.


  • Jon SteinlaufHGTV, Travel Channel, Food Network
    Jon Steinlauf is President of National Ad Sales and Marketing for Scripps Networks Interactive, a position he assumed in 2015. He is responsible for research, branded entertainment, pricing & planning and inventory control, in addition to managing ad sales and developing new revenue streams for the company’s six networks and their websites.

    Steinlauf previously served as Executive Vice President of Ad Sales, where he successfully elevated Scripps Networks’ reputation with advertisers for being the most upscale cable network group and having the most engaged viewers in all of cable. He was instrumental in the creation and monetization of a plethora of integrated marketing concepts that delivered both incremental revenues for Scripps Networks Interactive and additional value for its advertisers. Scripps Networks’ ad sales and marketing teams historically rank at the top of the industry’s Beta Research Ad Executive Study for overall service, multi-platform ad opportunities and upfront presentations.

    Steinlauf began at Scripps Networks in 2000 as Vice President of Ad Sales where he directed the advertising sales for HGTV and DIY Network within the Eastern United States and developed strong relationships for these brands. Prior to Scripps Networks, he served as Vice President of Ad Sales for Turner Broadcasting’s TBS and TNT networks (1992-2000) and as Director of Ad Sales at ESPN (1985-89). He began his career as a media buyer at Young & Rubicam.

    Steinlauf has regularly been named to Adweek’s “Adweek 50,” a compilation of the top 50 ad executives in all of media, as well as to Cablefax’s “Cablefax 100,” saluting the most influential executives and power players in television. He also earned the National Television Ad Sales Executive of the Year Award given by the Myers Report in 2007. He is a frequent panelist at industry conferences on topics such as branded entertainment, advertising convergence and interactive television.

    Steinlauf is a graduate of Duke University.
  • Catherine Balsam-SchwaberMattel
  • Jennifer SalkeNBC Entertainment
  • Krishan BhatiaNBCUniversal
    Krishan Bhatia serves as Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Strategy for NBCUniversal’s Advertising Sales division, reporting to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships. In this role, Bhatia oversees the division’s strategy, research, analytics, data and new product capabilities as well as the technology platforms and operations of the company’s advertising sales business—spanning its portfolio of Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, News and Hispanic properties.

    Bhatia leads the development of all data-enabled and technology-driven advertising offerings, including NBCUniversal’s Audience Targeting Platform (ATP), NBCU+ Powered by Comcast (its addressable offering), NBCUx (its programmatic offering), and Social Synch (an offering that extends advertising partners’ media campaigns across social platforms). He also oversees the division’s advertising partnerships including with Comcast, AOL, Apple News, Buzzfeed, Google, Hulu, Kargo, Snapchat, Twitter and Vox Media.

    From 2011-2014, Bhatia served as Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Operations with operating responsibility for NBCUniversal’s digital advertising business and prior to that as Senior Vice President, Advertising Strategy and Operations for Comcast Interactive Media.

    Bhatia originally joined Comcast in 2005 and was a founding executive team member of Comcast Interactive Media, where he played an instrumental role in creating and growing the digital media business for Comcast, including leading the acquisitions of Fandango and DailyCandy, striking long-term advertising partnerships with Yahoo! and Google, and supporting the launch of XfinityTV.

    Prior to Comcast, Bhatia was a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Global Media & Entertainment Practice in New York (1996-2005), where he advised top management of leading media and entertainment companies, such as Activision, Amazon, Bertelsmann/RTL Group, Best Buy, DreamWorks, NBC, Sprint, Universal Studios, and Viacom/MTV Networks.

    Bhatia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and was awarded an honors certificate by the Karl F. Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Digital Content Next (formerly Online Publishers Association), and as a board member of the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and the IAB Tech Lab. In 2009, Bhatia was named as one of the 25 most influential South Asians in the U.S. entertainment and media industry by Korn/Ferry International.
  • Claudia CahillOmnicom Media Group
  • Erik LoganOWN
    Erik Logan was named president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in July 2011, where he spearheads the day-to-day operations for the network. Under his leadership, OWN has become one of the fastest growing cable networks and in 2016 delivered its highest rated and most-watched year in network history.

    OWN launched two highly acclaimed new original scripted series in 2016. “Greenleaf” debuted in 2016 to record ratings becoming the #1 new cable series of the summer among women. “Queen Sugar,” from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, premiered in September as the highest-rated two-episode debut in network history.

    The network has developed several popular original series including the Emmy award-winning “Super Soul Sunday,” as well as the Emmy-nominated and NAACP Image Award-winning “Oprah’s Master Class,” along with other acclaimed series such as “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” Additionally, the network’s hit scripted series from prolific producer and entertainer Tyler Perry, including the network’s #1 series “The Haves and the Have Nots,” have garnered record ratings for OWN. The network recently announced a new Perry comedy “The Paynes” which will debut next year.

    Logan also oversees the network’s growing digital division which recently launched its first mobile game “Bold Moves” and produces a variety of online coursework “OWN Lifeclasses” on Oprah.com, the network’s award-winning website.

    A veteran radio and media industry executive, Logan joined Harpo Studios in 2008 as executive vice president. Previously, Logan was executive vice president, programming and broadcast operations for XM Satellite Radio where he helped build the subscriber base to beyond nine million subscribers, negotiated partnerships and managed day-to-day relationships with major content providers including Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, CNN, Clear Channel Communications and Fox News.

    Prior to joining XM, Logan also served as president of programming for Citadel Broadcasting, and served for over a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting in a variety of roles, including vice president of programming.
  • Amy PowellParamount Television and Digital Entertainment
    Amy Powell is President of Paramount Television and Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures and part of Viacom. Launched in 2013 with Powell at the helm, Paramount Television finances and develops television content for leading broadcast, premium cable, cable and streaming audiences. The studio produces original programming, as well as television adaptations of select movies from Paramount’s rich film library, partnering with premier networks and distributors including Amazon, Comedy Central, EPIX, FOX, Hulu, HBO, MTV, Netflix, Nickelodeon, NBCUniversal’s Seeso, Showtime, TNT and USA, among others.

    Powell has reenergized Paramount Television, leading the studio to its first-ever 10 nominations and five Emmy® awards for the breakthrough hit “Grease: Live,” the most nominations and wins ever received for a live televised musical, including Special Class Program and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special (Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinkski). Starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens,“Grease: Live’s” record-breaking telecast ranked as the No. 1 most social live musical event ever, delivering more than 17 million viewers worldwide, with more than 14 million viewers on Fox in the U.S. (including L+3).

    Under Powell’s purview, she and the Paramount TV team have developed strong relationships with the top creators and producers on and off screen to develop creative, new content for television, including Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Carlton Cuse, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, Joe and Anthony Russo, Ridley Scott, The Weeknd, Sam Raimi, Dustin Lance Black, Gale Anne Hurd, Neil LaBute, Phyllis Nagy, Eric Roth and Paul Feig.

    Paramount TV’s robust slate of programming with top distributors includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” (Amazon) starring John Krasinski and executive produced by Carlton Cuse, Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Skydance Television; “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), premiering March 31, based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, directed by Oscar® winner Tom McCarthy and written by Pulitzer Prize® winner Brian Yorkey, who executive produced along with Selena Gomez and McCarthy; “Maniac” (Netflix), a 10-episode, straight-to-series to be directed by Cary Fukunaga starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill; “Shooter” (USA), starring Ryan Philippe and Omar Epps currently in production on season two; crime drama “Berlin Station” (EPIX), currently in production on season two with Anonymous Content from New York Times best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer; “The Alienist” (TNT), based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr, directed and executive produced by BAFTA®-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen along with executive producers Emmy® Award winner Cary Fukunaga, Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, Academy Award® nominee Hossein Amini and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin; the Emmy® nominated hit “School of Rock” (Nickelodeon), based off of the film of the same name and currently in production on a sophomore season; “American Gigolo” (Showtime) from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, written by playwright Neil LaBute; “The Warriors” (Hulu) with Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the 1979 cult classic, a turf battle between NYC street gangs that ranges from Coney Island to the Bronx; “Galaxy Quest” (Amazon), a half-hour comedy based on the 1999 feature film of a group of actors who wind up having to play their fictional characters they portray on TV in order to defend an alien race; and “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$” (Seeso), with season 3 airing this summer.

    Additionally, Powell has the led the charge to option series’ rights for some of the top-selling and well-regarded novels, short stories and games including the literary masterpiece, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré; Robert Heinlein’s popular 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land; The Windfall, based on Diksha Basu’s highly anticipated debut novel; the forthcoming four book series Hilde Cracks the Case by 9 year old kid reporter Hilde Lysiak; Spoonbenders, a story centered on an eccentric family of magicians by Daryl Gregory; Tim Murphy's Christodora with Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias set to adapt with Cary Fukunaga producing through his company Parliament of Owls; All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Rebecca Traister; and the development of a series based on “Battlefield,” a popular and dynamic videogame.

    From 2010-2015, Powell was President of Insurge Pictures, the studio’s micro-budget feature division that launched following the success of the first “Paranormal Activity” film, in which she played a key role through her digital marketing and “demand-it” distribution campaign. Under Powell’s leadership, Insurge released the top-grossing musical documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” the horror hit “The Devil Inside,” and the biopic “Katy Perry: Part of Me.”

    Powell joined Paramount in 2004 from an interactive marketing position at Sony Pictures. In 2006, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Interactive Marketing. She has created, developed and executed digital marketing campaigns for films including “Paranormal Activity,” the “Star Trek” franchises, “Iron Man,” “Cloverfield,” “Jackass,” “Transformers,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “Team America.” Powell began her career at CNN.

    Powell has received numerous industry awards including being named to Variety’s 2012 Women’s Impact List, a 2005 Next Generation executive by The Hollywood Reporter and Media Maven by Ad Age. Powell was inducted into the 2011 American Advertising Federation Marketing Hall of Fame. Her work has been recognized by the Key Art Awards, Webby Awards, OMMA Awards, IAB MIXX Awards and more.

    In addition to her professional accomplishments, Powell remains dedicated to charitable work, focusing on her passion for helping children in need. She participates regularly in mentoring programs and reads to elementary school students as part of Viacom’s Viacommunity initiatives. Powell also regularly volunteers at the UCLA Pediatric Oncology Ward, bringing arts and entertainment to critically ill children.

    Powell holds a BA from Emory University and a MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
  • Don BuckleyShowtime
  • Puja VohratruTV
    Puja Vohra is the executive vice president of marketing and digital for truTV. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of all truTV marketing, creative and digital strategies, as well as creating and implementing innovative campaigns to expand the truTV brand and promote the network and its original series to the consumer and trade, both off-air and online. Under her leadership, the network’s creative work has delivered tremendous results, generating massive awareness and engagement, as well as been honored with several key industry awards including the advertising industry’s highest honor, an esteemed Grand CLIO Award at the CLIO Key Arts Ceremony in 2016 for its social media campaign #truTVisathing.

    Vohra joined truTV in March 2014 after serving as senior vice president of marketing at Oxygen Media, where she managed the network’s consumer marketing and ad-sales teams. During her time at Oxygen, she created new advertiser partnerships and enhanced existing ones with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, AT&T and TJ Maxx. In addition, Vohra led Oxygen's digital and social marketing initiatives, increasing the network's online presence and engagement significantly.

    She also previously had ad sales marketing and consumer marketing roles at Bravo Media, making a splash with the network's first "Affluencers" trade campaign as well as several other successful show launches.

    In addition to her job responsibilities, Vohra serves on the PromaxBDA Board of Directors and as a mentor for PromaxBDA International. She has also worked with the South Asian Women's Leadership Forum. In 2011, she was honored as one of CableFAX Magazine named her among the Most Influential Minorities in Cable. In 2013, she won a Next Generation Leaders Award from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Most recently, she was honored as a 2016 Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star.
  • Tonia O'ConnorUnivision Communications
    Tonia O’Connor serves as chief commercial officer and president of Content Distribution for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, O’Connor drives the Company’s content distribution efforts across all screens, including online and mobile. She leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand its content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with both traditional and emerging content distributors.

    O’Connor also led the creation of the company’s first over the top English-language digital network, Flama, the Univision Creator Network and has worked with other key leaders across UCI to coordinate joint ventures and investments in new businesses. Her most recent accomplishment is leading the launch of UCI’s direct to consumer subscription video service, Univision NOW.

    O’Connor also helped lead the launch of and continues to sponsor UCI’s Women’s Leadership Council, an employee resource group designed to advance women across the Company and prepare the next generation of women leaders.

    O’Connor joined UCI in January 2008 as executive vice president of Distribution Sales and Marketing. She has played a key role as the Company expanded its portfolio from three networks to 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships, as well as developed its digital distribution and content windowing strategy for SVOD and TV Everywhere. Prior to that she spent 13 years at Gemstar TV Guide, where she served as executive vice president of Distribution.

    Before that, she served as executive vice president, Affiliate Sales & Marketing and served as senior vice president of National Accounts for TV Guide Affiliate Sales. O’Connor held various positions within Affiliate Sales and Marketing since joining Gemstar TV Guide in 1994, starting first in the cable and satellite publishing division. During her tenure at Gemstar TV Guide she was responsible for negotiating complex technology and intellectual property agreements, as well as programming deals.

    She also played an integral role in the growth of Gemstar TV Guide’s networks and defining the strategy of the company. O’Connor began her career in the telecommunications industry, serving in sales and marketing positions.

    She is supportive of industry organizations and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications and the executive committee of the board for the T. Howard Foundation.

    O’Connor has received multiple awards and recognitions including the Liberty Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications in 2005, appeared on CableFax’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2005 and 2006, as well as every year from 2008-2014, and the magazine’s Top 100 annually beginning in 2008. In 2011, she received a Wonder Women award by Multichannel News and was honored with the 2011 Moves Magazine Power Woman award.

    O’Connor was also named as one of Cynopsis’ Most Intriguing People in 2013, and featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 in 2012 and 2013.

    She is also a director on the board of El Rey Network, a cable network started by filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez.

    O’Connor graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.
  • 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.

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