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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.
Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment
David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox
Casey Bloys, President, Programming, HBO
Erik Logan, President, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Univision Lifts the Curtain on El Chapo
Co-President from Fusion, Felipe Holguin
9:55 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Creative Team of This Is Us
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
10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.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.
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)
Danielle Maged, EVP, Global Partnerships, Fox Networks Group
11:20 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Spotlight Conversation
11:35 a.m. to 12:15 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.
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.
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. to 1:55 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.
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, The OA
1:55 to 2:25 Keynote Conversation with FreeWheel
2:25 to 2:40 p.m. WGNA and Underground
Joe Pokaski and Misha Green, Co-Creators, Underground
2:40 p.m to 3:20 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.
Michele Siravo, VP, Channel Insights, Horizon Media
Krishan Bhatia, EVP, Business Operations & Strategy, NBCUniversal
David Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation and President of CBS VISION
3:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Networking Break
3:35 to 3:55 p.m. Scripted Innovations: Behind the Scenes of Genius
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)
3:55 p.m. to 4:10 Deep Dive with Crown Media
Michelle Vicary, President, Programming, Crown Media
4:10 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. Your Life On Screen: Girlboss
Sophia Amaroso, Founder, Nasty Gal, Best-Selling Author, #Girlboss & Executive Producer Girlboss
Laverne McKinnon, Executive Producer, Girlboss
4:25 p.m. to 5:05 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.
Brad Bentley, EVP, Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group
Linda Schupack, EVP, Marketing, AMC and SundanceTV
5:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Justin HartleyActor
- Chrissy Metz Actor
- Richard AuAmazon Video
- Linda SchupackAMC and SundanceTV
- Brad BentleyAT&TBrad 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.
- Brit MarlingCo-Creator, Executive Producer, ActorMarling 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 ProducerZAL 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 ProducerJill 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
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
- Warren LittlefieldExecutive ProducerWarren 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 MaddenFoxDavid 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 GroupCamila 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 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.
- Casey BloysHBO
- Jon SteinlaufHGTV, Travel Channel, Food NetworkJon 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.
- Sophia AmorusoNasty GalAs the founder of #Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a brand. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom” as well as being featured on the cover of their June 2016 SELF MADE WOMEN issue, Amoruso has gone from one of the most prominent figures in retail to a cultural icon.
Amoruso released the paperback edition of her New York Times 18-week best-seller #GIRLBOSS on September 29th, 2015. Originally released in hardcover under the Portfolio and Putnam imprints of Penguin Random House, #GIRLBOSS is part memoir and part business book with an edge. Offering insights on entrepreneurship and career advice, #GIRLBOSS is a sassy and irreverent look into how Amoruso organically grew her business from the ground up.
Amoruso has teamed up with Charlize Theron to Executive Produce the Netflix scripted comedy series, “Girlboss,” written by Kay Cannon. Actress Britt Robertson stars as Sophia; and “Girlboss” will premiere on Netflix in April 2017.
In March 2017, the inaugural Girlboss Rally brought together 500 women to share their wins, losses, life hacks and more. The Girlboss Rally is about being the boss of your own life. At the rally guests will meet and network with other talented, like-minded girls while developing tips and tricks from some of the best minds in the business. Amoruso has gathered the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs and Girlbosses to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about from influencer marketing and brand building to getting and quitting jobs.
In 2014 Amoruso launched The Girlboss Foundation, which awards financial grants in the range of $2500 to $15,000 to women in the world of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help them build and grow their small businesses. Since its launch the foundation has already received over 1000 applications in the form of essays, business plans, videos, and baked goods. To date, the Girlboss Foundation has awarded $75,000
in funding of 8 incredible women including Deena Drewis of NouvelIa Books, a publisher of novellas and Christin Chang of Chrisu Scarves, who hand illustrates scarves. Mara
Binudin, the most recent recipient is creating a customizable children's book called Secret Code.
In October 2015 Amoruso launched her first podcast, “#GIRLBOSS Radio,” with Slate and Panoply. During each episode, Amoruso interviews world-class Girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they’ve learned. Then in October 2016 Amoruso released her second book NASTY GALAXY, a highly graphic and visual book that embodies the collective spirit of the Nasty Gal brand, Amoruso's own personal brand, and #GIRLBOSSES everywhere. Amoruso's new life bible for young women will approach fashion and lifestyle in the same way #GIRLBOSS approached business--unconventionally, by turning the traditional coffee table book on its head. NASTY GALAXY is part scrapbook, part inspo-journey, with moments of frivolity scattered throughout, that will be both tactical and entertaining, envelope-pushing and conventional, surprising and refreshingly straightforward.
At only 32 years old, Amoruso has worked from the ground up and landed on top of a fashion empire named Nasty Gal— a term originally coined after a 1975 Betty Davis album and the funk-soul singer’s outspoken and unapologetically sexy style. Building on that inspiration, Amoruso’s Nasty Gal first sparked a cult following in her one-woman vintage venture on eBay where she quickly learned she had a knack and photographer’s eye for fashion, styling and buying. In just five years (and after being kicked off the site in 2008), the brand grew into a one-stop shop and online retail haven with a progressive following of fashion risk-takers and well over a hundred million dollars in revenue. In 2016, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) invited Amoruso to join as a new member.
Having caught the attention of Silicon Valley, The New York Times poetically put it, “if ever there were a Cinderella of tech, Sophia Amoruso might be it.” With relentless obsession over all things web and social media, Amoruso has propelled her brand’s unforgettable aesthetic on every channel including nearly 1.3 million followers on Facebook and 2 million followers on Instagram.
On the heels of Girlboss’ success, Amoruso is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls that have inspired Girlboss to be one of the most exciting movements and brands of our time.
- Jennifer SalkeNBC Entertainment
- Claudia CahillOmnicom Media Group
- Erik LoganOWN
- 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.
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- 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.