Join Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit NY, as we explore how film, TV, gaming, music and digital media is being transformed by new technologies. We will examine the latest strategies to engage today’s diverse audiences split across multiple media platforms and entertainment content options. Network with elite speakers identifying opportunities in interactive and virtual reality storytelling, digital marketing/advertising, new programming business models, and more.
Join the conversation and be a part of technology’s revolution of the entertainment industry!
For sponsorship inquiries please contact: Kimberly Cervantes | firstname.lastname@example.org
For press inquiries please contact: Michelle Rodriguez | email@example.com
For media partnerships and ticket inquiries please contact: Joseph Meehan | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket includes access to full day summit, networking lunch and cocktail reception.
Ticket quantities are limited at each price level and are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable but will be transferable upon request.
Event Has Passed
Be Updated about Variety Events and Conferences Sign Up here
9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Future of Video Advertising
In this era of peak programming – combined with today’s advanced targeting tools – advertisers and marketers have never had more power in reaching more audiences than ever glued to all of this media. But what are the best choices for advertisers and marketers across platforms? What advantages and distinctions are there between linear networks, social media, on-demand digital video and more?
Ad Buyers and Media Sales chiefs converge to talk about the best way to engage audiences across platforms.
Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor, Variety
Donna Speciale, President, Advertising Sales, Turner
Lyle Schwartz, President Investment, North America, GroupM
Peter Naylor, SVP Advertising Sales, Hulu
Catherine Sullivan, President, North American Investment, Omnicom Media Group
Jason Flick, CEO and Co-Founder, You.i TV
James Rooke, General Manager, Publisher Platform, FreeWheel
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Generation(s) Digital
Join Kevin Westcott, U.S. Media & Entertainment Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Variety Co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein as they discuss recent results of Deloitte’s Digital Democracy Survey, 11th Edition. Hear how Gen Z and Millennials are driving changes in the way Americans consume media.
Kevin Westcott, US Media & Entertainment Leader, Deloitte
Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Jeff Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner, Inc
Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Keynote with Trevor Noah, Host of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. How Will We Tune In? TV Reinvented
Telcos, cable/satellite operators and OTT platforms all want the same thing – to figure out how to encourage audiences to pay for TV. But strategies are widely varied. Some distributors believe offering fewer channels is the best carrot to dangle to cost-conscious audiences, others believe subscription-based premium content coupled with less ads can best entice content-hungry audiences. Who are the leaders in this wave of TV reinvention? How are audiences responding to the new options now available for them? Are distributors convincing cord nevers, comprising much of the increasingly influential Generation Z, of the value of paying for TV? Multiplatform chiefs will explore the future of TV.
Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety
Domenic DiMeglio, SVP of Distribution and Operations, CBS Interactive
Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships for YouTube TV and Google Fiber
Brian Angiolet, Co-Chair, Complex Networks / SVP, Consumer Products & New Business Development, Verizon
Kelly Day, Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
Lunch 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
1:10 pm. to 1:50 p.m. Lights, Camera, Brands: Masters of Marketing Storytelling
With today’s content platform explosion, brands are enjoying a massive creative playground for best engaging with audiences. What entertainment and consumer brands are the most progressive across new marketing opportunities in social, digital publishing, OTT and linear TV? What brand integrations in TV series, short-form video and film are especially connecting with audiences? What are future trends in innovative marketing? Marketers creating the ultimate in storytelling around their brands converge to share their strategies.
Eric Bergner, Partner, Moses Singer LLP
Chris Spadaccini, Head of Marketing, HBO
Kate Santore, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Content, The Coca-Cola Company, North America
Armando Turco, General Manager of Vox Creative, Vox Media
Jacqueline Parkes, EVP of Marketing and Creative, MTV, VH1 and Logo
1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Keynote Conversation: Data and Cognitive — Competing in a Personalized Media World.
Steven L. Canepa, General Manager, Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Industry, IBM
David Kline, Chief Technology Officer, Viacom
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
2:20 to 3:00 p.m. You Just Had to Be There – What’s Next in Live, Experiential Entertainment
Advancing technology is enabling sports, concert and live events to offer truly spectacular experiences for fans. How might companies be introducing virtual reality, extending social media engagement and ramping up in-venue interactivity during the game, concert or live production? How might new digital and interactive technologies deliver live events to new fans worldwide? Leaders in experiential entertainment converge to talk about what will connect with audiences next.
John Carey, Professor, Communications and Media Management, Fordham University
Elisa Padilla, Chief Marketing Officer, Barclay’s, Brooklyn Nets and the Islanders
Kevin Chernett, EVP, Global Content and Distribution, Live Nation
Ole Obermann, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Music Group
Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer, Mashable
Colby Smith, VP ABC News Digital
3:00 to 3:10 p.m. Networking Break:
3:10 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Platform Mashup – Today’s Content Hitmakers
Many native digital and social platforms have soared with user-generated-content, memes and short-form video. Many traditional programmers have focused on premium series distribution. But definitions of who is doing what is blurring as the entertainment community is eager to widen their content footprint across all available platforms. What TV networks are making the best shows for social media? And vice versa, how are the social media and digital players inking deals for more premium, longer form content? Who are the new multiplatform hitmakers? Creative chiefs will explore how they are now engaging today’s audiences.
Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety
Ben Lerer, CEO, Group Nine (Thrillist Media Group, The Dodo, Now This Media)
Rory Brown, President, Bleacher Report
Philippe Von Borries, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Refinery29
Rob Hayes, EVP, Digital, NBC Entertainment
3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. Streaming Video – Who Is Really Watching Your Content?
Even though the explosion of video consumption online has revolutionized the industry, the streaming providers have been very protective of their data from viewership numbers to audience profiles. Thankfully, clickstream data has provided an alternative to gain access to this deeper understanding of the behaviors of the audiences viewing your content. What are the most popular shows by demographic on Netflix? How do binge watchers consume differently than casual watchers? What content do they engage with cross-platform? And what other types of activity do these audiences do online, from Amazon purchases to Expedia reservations? Join Deren Baker, CEO of Jumpshot, for an inside look at clickstream data and the cutting edge of audience analytics.
Deren Baker, CEO, Jumpshot
Interviewed by Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety
4:05 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Breakthroughs in Mobile Audience Engagement Worldwide
As people always have their phones at their sides, what is the media industry doing to best connect with this highly captive audience? How might entertainment be able to be tailored and curated for such a personal platform? How is marketing being perfected to be a quick-start, not-too-disruptive, doesn’t-crash-your-phone experience? With people generally spending 5 minutes on an app before moving on – what music, video and games are best capitalizing on this tight entertainment window? Entertainment chiefs and their partners will talk about future opportunities with connecting with the mobile audience.
Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety
Ciel Hunter, Head of Content, Vice Media
Jill Cress, Chief Marketing Officer, National Geographic Partners
Danielle Lee, Global VP, Partner Solutions, Spotify
Jamie Perry, Vice President of Marketing, JetBlue
4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Keynote with Michael De Luca, Producer (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network)
Interviewed by Brent Lang, Senior Film and Media Editor, Variety
5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Jeff BewkesTime Warner, Inc.
Jeff Bewkes is Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2009, having served on the Board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the Company in January 2008.
Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bewkes served as Time Warner’s President and COO from January 2006 to December 2007 and as Chairman of the Entertainment and Networks group from July 2002 to December 2005. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Mr. Bewkes served as Chairman and CEO of HBO from May 1995 to July 2002, and as President and COO of HBO from September 1991 to May 1995.
Mr. Bewkes serves on the Boards of Yale University and the Partnership for New York City and serves on the advisory board for The Creative Coalition. He is also a member of The Business Council.
Mr. Bewkes has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Trevor NoahThe Daily Show
- Michael De LucaProducer
Michael De Luca is an esteemed and prolific producer with three decades of experience in the film business. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards® for Best Motion Picture of the Year and for three Producer’s Guild of America Awards (for David Fincher’s The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, Bennett Miller’s Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi) . These films also garnered 14 Golden Globe nominations (4 wins), 18 BAFTA nominations (4 wins), and 6 Screen Actors Guild nominations. In 2015, De Luca produced the incredibly successful film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, for Universal Pictures, where he currently has a production deal.
Over the course of his career, De Luca has held several key positions in the film industry. At age 27, De Luca served as one of the youngest heads of production in Hollywood history when he was appointed President and COO of New Line Productions, where he helped to launch lucrative franchises including Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour. During his tenure, he championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Seven, Wag the Dog,
Pleasantville, Magnolia , I Am Sam and Boogie Nights, and helped to launch the directing careers of Jay Roach, Brett Ratner, Gary Ross, Alan and Albert Hughes, F. Gary Gray, the Farrelly brothers, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. From New Line, De Luca went on to serve as DreamWorks’ Head of Production from 2001 to 2004, overseeing the live-action division and the production of such films as Old School and Anchorman, which continued the rise of both Will Ferrell and Todd Phillips.
From 2004 through 2013, De Luca headed his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions, which had a development and production agreement with Columbia Pictures that brought the studio three Academy Award® Best Picture nominees — The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips, as well as mainstream success with films such as Ghost Rider and 21. As an independent producer, De Luca has focused on developing provocative, specialized films with visionary filmmakers, as well as pop culture, mainstream elevated genre films with franchise potential. Most recently, De Luca served as President of Production for Columbia Pictures
where he revitalized the studio’s slate with commercial fare and filmmakers, including Ron Howard’s Inferno, the new thriller from “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown; Paul Feig’s new relaunch of Ghostbusters; Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence; Stephen King’s legendary Dark
Tower series starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; the thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively and directed by Jaume Serra; and Robert Rodriguez’s remake of Fire and Ice. De Luca also secured James
Wan’s Robotech and Yann Damange’s The 75 for Columbia, as well as securing an overall deal with the Russo Brothers at the studio including their franchise The Grey Man. Franchise creator writer/producer Joby Harrold was also brought in by De Luca.
De Luca is now producing the last two films of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed¸ which will both see February releases in 2017 and 2018, respectively. De Luca also produced the 89th Academy Awards this year with Jennifer Todd, and with Jimmy Kimmel hosting.
His other upcoming projects include the film adaptations of J.P. Delaney’s novel The Girl Before, to be directed by Ron Howard; Gillian Flynn’s novella The Grownup, both at Universal; and the popular video game series Gran Turismo with Joe Kosinski directing at Sony. Other future releases include an untitled Evel Knievel Project; the feature-film version of the popular sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, which De Luca is producing with Scott Stuber ; David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, starring Andrew Garfield; Warhol, penned by Terence Winter and starring Jared
Leto (who is also producing); the Barry Jenkins-penned script about the true life story of Claressa ‘T- Rex’ Shields who became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing; An Unnamed State directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights and The Secret Life of Bees); The Lunch Witch starring Kate McKinnon; and an eclectic slate of television, cable, and streaming projects in development, including a remake
of Shogun for FX and Embeds for verizon-owned streaming platform Go90 (which Megan Kelly is also producing).
De Luca is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives with his wife and family in Los Angeles, California.
- Steve CanepaIBM
Mr. Canepa is responsible for the P&L of IBM’s Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Industry; the fastest growing of IBM’s Industry divisions. Over his career, he has also worked with customers in the Finance, Electronics and Retail Industries.
Steve’s career has been centered on innovation; having been recognized with three technical EMMY awards and named as one of the most influential executives in ‘Digital Media.’ He is currently driving IBM’s strategy for Video and Cognitive solutions.
Over his career, Steve has held a number of significant and increasingly complex global leadership roles in Sales, Product and Services divisions. He is highly effective team builder who inspires lasting relationships with empowered employees, clients and partners.
A long-serving member of IBM’s Global Leadership Team, he serves on the IBM Global Transformation Team and is a member of IBM’s Sales Leadership Team, Industry Academy and also serves as IBM’s Senior Location Executive for the Los Angeles area.
Steve earned two BA degrees from UCLA, in Economics and Political Science (with national honors), and also a MBA in Corporate Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School (with highest honors). He has also completed studies in the Wharton School’s financial management program and Harvard University’s executive curriculum on strategy formation.
- Colby SmithABC News Digital
Colby Smith was named Vice President of ABC News Digital in January 2015. In this position he oversees the full spectrum of ABC News’ digital portfolio, including product development, audience development, content strategy, business development, marketing and technology as well as sales strategy for all ABC News’ properties across mobile, OTT, site and social channels.
Under Smith’s leadership, ABCNews.com received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for ‘Best Website’ in 2016 for the first time since 2001. He has revamped ABC News’ distribution strategy around emerging mobile and social platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, to grow the size of ABC News’ audience significantly in 2016.
During his tenure, Smith has spearheaded several product launches for ABC News, including a new suite of products for web, mobile and tvOS in 2016. Ahead of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in August 2016, Smith announced a groundbreaking partnership with Facebook for gavel-to-gavel live stream coverage, resulting in 28 million streams. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MBA from UCLA.
- Sanjay SharmaAll Def Digital
- Kelly DayAwesomenessTV
Kelly Day is the Chief Digital Officer of AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global Gen Z audience. In her role, she is responsible for international expansion and oversees global distribution strategies and revenue across television, mobile and OTT providers. She also oversees product and technology investments across the company, such as mobile and OTT apps, websites, and corporate tools and analytics to drive growth. Day joined in February 2014.
Prior to her current position, Day served as CEO of venture-backed Blip Networks, leading the company’s evolution from an online video platform for independent producers to a multi-platform media company. At Blip, she forged numerous strategic partnerships with top Hollywood and independent studios, and digital distributors such as YouTube, AOL and Yahoo. She led the development of a new suite of mobile, tablet and OTT apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Xbox and Roku, establishing Blip as the go-to digital network for quality creators. In 2013, she sold Blip to Maker Studios, one of the top YouTube Multichannel Networks.
Day’s expertise in digital media and commerce makes her a sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of television, the evolution of online business models, and the disruption of traditional businesses through emerging technology. She has spoken at numerous industry events, including CES and Digital Hollywood, and is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Advertising Age and Variety.
Before Blip, Day led the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, including the company’s sixteen U.S. websites, E-Commerce Operations, Licensing, and Home Entertainment. Day was responsible for developing and executing long-term strategies to drive the growth of these businesses through innovative offerings that leveraged the company’s television and digital assets to grow digital audience and user engagement, and increase product sales. While leading this business, Day was credited with delivering record-breaking growth and bottom-line value for the division.
Prior to joining Discovery, Day served as Vice President of E-Commerce at The Knot, the leading wedding media company, where she spearheaded their e-commerce business and developed partnerships with major retailers, such as Target and Macy’s. Prior to that, she held a variety of E-Commerce positions at AOL, most recently as Executive Director of AOL Shopping, with responsibility for developing new products and platforms at a time when online shopping was becoming a powerful disruptive force in the retail industry.
In addition to her professional life, Day is married and has two daughters.
- Rory BrownThe Bleacher Report
Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, has positioned the brand to reshape the way millennial males consume content, moving from a website that reports aggregated sports news to a publisher that is provoking conversation at the crossroads of sport and culture.
He established an industry-leading game plan to create and distribute social-first content that sparked unprecedented levels of engagement with the brand’s core millennial audience. B/R consistently as a top publisher in driving social engagement across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
He’s grown B/R to be a leader in the industry by disrupting and revolutionizing content experiences and cultivating a coveted, loyal millennial male audience. He’s made strategic decisions to further invest in B/R’s people and foster growth, doubled down on “owning the moment” across platforms, and constructed a branded content team that creates compelling, integrated experiences sponsors want to buy into.
Brown joined Bleacher Report in 2008 as an assignment desk editor and quickly rose through the ranks. He has served as chief content office, vice president of content operations, senior director of content operations and director of programming.
About Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report, the social voice of sports, creates and collaborates on the culture of sports for the next generation of fans. Its vision for making sports bigger than games has led to unmatched engagement on social media, where it consistently ranks as a top publisher. Bleacher Report also provides an industry-leading fan experience on mobile devices through Team Stream™, the top-rated smartphone and tablet app. Find Bleacher Report on the web at http://www.bleacherreport.com and on Instagram @BleacherReport. Bleacher Report is a division of Turner Sports.
- Elisa PadillaBrooklyn Nets and the Islanders
As Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Elisa Padilla oversees all marketing efforts for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Long Island Nets, including branding, advertising, merchandising, database research, creative, websites, and social media.
Padilla seamlessly led the rebranding strategy of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn and is the creator of the award-winning branding campaign, Hello Brooklyn. She played a key role in establishing the brand identity for Barclays Center by branding its roster of programming franchises, and in leading the marketing efforts for the New York Islanders.
Most recently, Padilla spearheaded marketing efforts in the re-opening of NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which underwent a major $165 million arena renovation project.
Padilla joined the Nets in 2010 as a Director, was named Vice President in 2012, Senior Vice President in 2014, and was promoted to her current role at Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment in 2015. She has defined her skills in the areas of sports, entertainment, event and Hispanic marketing, building success in developing creative marketing campaigns, strategies, and solutions with desired results.
Prior to joining the Nets, Padilla accumulated nearly 20 years of experience in the marketing industry, working with high-profile sports and entertainment companies such as AT&T, HBO Sports, Nickelodeon, the NBA and the New York Knicks.
A native of Newark, NJ, Padilla has an M.B.A in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.S. in Communications from Centenary College. She currently resides in New Jersey.
- Domenic DiMeglioCBS Interactive
Domenic DiMeglio is the Senior Vice President of Distribution and Operations for the CBS Digital Media group at CBS Interactive. He is responsible for running the CBS Audience Network – CBS Interactive’s network of digital distribution partners – managing the EST business, overseeing marketing for CBS Digital Media products and services including CBS All Access and CBSN, and managing the group’s Business Intelligence and Research teams. In addition, Domenic heads up monetization, ad ops and sales strategy for CBS’s premium online video. Domenic has held various roles during his ten years at CBS Interactive in both finance and operations. He started his career in KPMG’s technology and entertainment practice and then spent several years in finance at Primedia before joining CBS.
- Kate SantoreThe Coca-Cola Company
A digital native, Kate started her career at start-up Federated Media working with her many blue-chip clients: Verizon Wireless, UPS, L’Oreal and American Express as a content strategy director working to bridge the gap between data, influence and branded content. After moving to Atlanta for love, Kate joined the marketing team for one of the largest and most valuable brands in the world – Coca-Cola. At Coke, Kate will launch the US market’s largest efforts to date against Coke and Meals. 2018 will be an equally exciting year as Kate leads content direction for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. As part of her tenure with Coca-Cola, Kate delivered the strongest marketing turnaround on Diet Coke in a decade. She also held positions leading digital strategy for Coca-Cola’s Global Content Marketing team across 15 different markets and 6 different brands.
- Kevin WestcottDeloitte
Kevin is a principal and leads the US Media and Entertainment practice. He has over 25 years of experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. His industry experience spans Film, TV, Home Entertainment, Broadcasting, Publishing, Licensing, and Games. Kevin is a co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model and speaks regularly on media consumption trends.
- James RookeFreeWheel
As General Manager, Publishing Platform James Rooke leads global Sales, Client Relationships, Client Services, Engineering and Product for FreeWheel’s Platform Business, providing the premium video industry with the technology, solutions and guidance it needs to manage the end-to-end economics of premium content, no matter where it appears.
Prior to his current role, James was Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for managing FreeWheel’s global client teams across the Technology, FourFronts Premium Marketplace and Advisory Services business lines.
Formerly with Time Warner Cable, where he was part of the media and advertising business, James served as VP, Strategy and Execution as well as General Manager of its digital marketing services business. James has an extensive media consulting background with Ernst & Young in the United Kingdom, and Capgemini in the US.
- Lyle SchwartzGroupM
Lyle Schwartz is President of Investment for GroupM North America, with responsibility for overseeing media investment in the company’s largest region, where more than $30B (RECMA) is invested on behalf of clients annually. Schwartz ensures that the development of truly peerless insights integrates seamlessly into the supply and demand dynamics in media marketplaces to support partner negotiations and trading activities that make media a strategic advantage for GroupM’s clients across all of its agencies. All North American investment team members across TV, digital, radio, print and local report up to Schwartz.
When Schwartz was appointed to GroupM North America’s top investment role in 2016, it marked the first time a leader with a research and analytics background had been named head of trading for a major media investment Group. Schwartz helped build the research department at GroupM, which is fully joined up with the trading organization to support insights-driven ‘one voice trading,’ a point of distinction in GroupM’s approach to media investment. Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience at WPP inclusive of his early positions at Y&R prior to its acquisition by WPP.
Schwartz has made significant contributions to a number of company and industry-wide milestones, including the development of C3 ratings for time-shifted TV, defining viewability in digital and pushing the industry for platform-agnostic video measurement. His career includes past roles at A&E Television Networks where, as VP Research, he was responsible for directing the research department in providing insights to sales teams, programming and marketing. During his tenure he was involved in the naming, marketing and positioning of two new digital channels.
Lyle is a graduate of Hunter College and lives in Airmont, New York with his wife, Marjorie and his three kids, daughter Brittany, and sons Aaron and Scott.
- Ben LererGroup Nine
Ben Lerer is the CEO of Group Nine Media – a new digital media holding company consisting of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. He is the co-founder of Thrillist. Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s “40 under 40”, Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”, AdWeek’s “Young Influentials”, Inc’s “30 under 30” and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year.”
Ben is also the Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper, the Advisory Board for Refinery29 and the Board of RaisedByUs.
- Chris SpadacciniHBO
- Peter NaylorHulu
Peter Naylor is the SVP of Advertising Sales at Hulu where he oversees the company’s advertising sales and sales operations functions. Prior to Hulu, Naylor was an EVP of Digital Media Sales for NBCUniversal (NBCU) where, during his tenure, he ran digital advertising sales for NBCU’s entertainment, news and sports digital properties.
Prior to his time at NBCU, Naylor served as the SVP of Sales for the iVillage Properties, which was acquired by NBCU in May 2006. Before joining iVillage, he served as VP of Sales for Terra Lycos. He started his internet sales career at Wired Digital.
In the advertising community, Naylor served as the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in 2012 and sat on the board for over ten years. In 2014, Naylor was named the founding chairman for the IAB’s Video Center of Excellence. Naylor also served as Treasurer for the Online Publishers’ Association from 2010 to 2013 and sat on the board for over ten years. Naylor also the recipient of the 2015 ASPY Industry Luminary Award and the 2014 ad: tech Industry Achievement award. Naylor was most recently recognized by Adweek as one of the 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing in 2016.
- Jamie PerryJetBlue
Jamie Perry is Vice President, Marketing for JetBlue. In this role, Jamie manages all aspects of JetBlue’s brand, advertising, marketing, inflight entertainment and product strategy, as well as the physical customer experience. He also oversees marketing analytics and the airline’s TrueBlue loyalty program. He translates the airline’s commercial vision into exciting products and innovations with offerings that improve the customer experience and generate ancillary revenue.
Under Jamie’s leadership, the brand and product teams have transformed valuable insights into tangible ways to improve the JetBlue customer travel experience. He has managed the launches of major JetBlue innovations including the Mint experience – JetBlue’s premium transcon product; onboard technology including the industry leading Fly-Fi high-speed onboard Wi-Fi product; and onboard food and beverage services including JetBlue’s award-winning free snacks and beverages, EatUp snack boxes, EatUp Café fresh food offerings and Mint’s new hot and cold small plates menus.
Jamie’s team also oversees the airline’s signature inflight entertainment featuring live seat-back DirecTV service at every seat, as well as the overall customer experience at all JetBlue’s airports including at its flagship terminal – T5 – at JFK in New York.
Jamie previously served as Director, Product Development. He also held the role of Director, Commercial Business Solution Delivery where he oversaw the delivery of all technology-based Commercial programs.
Prior to JetBlue, Jamie was Head of Distribution and e-Commerce for JetStar Airways and he also served as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company and an attorney at Baker & McKenzie.
Jamie completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Education program in Customer-Focused Innovation. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration from the University of Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia as well as a Diploma of Professional Legal Practice and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Warwick, UK.
- Deren BakerJumpshot
Deren Baker has depended on data to make smart decisions throughout his 20 year internet career. From various roles at Travelocity during its heyday to his role as Chief Operating Officer at Switchfly, Deren generated billions of dollars in online sales. In 2015, he turned his attention to leveraging Jumpshot’s unique data assets into helping our customers make those same data driven decisions. When he’s out of the office, Deren balances the fine line between spending time with his wife and two daughters, rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and obsessing over Crossfit data.
- Kevin ChernettLive Nation
Kevin Chernett most recently was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships & Content Distribution for the Live Nation. Prior to that position he served as EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Development and headed up strategic alliances efforts for the Media & Sponsorship. Kevin has worked for Live Nation and its predecessors since 2003, when he joined the company as Vice President of National Sales & Marketing. In 2008, he became Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and helped grow the Live Nation Media & Sponsorship Division which is one of the key pillars of the organization today.
Kevin oversees all content production, distribution plus the management of key partnerships including Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Apple, Snapchat, Hulu, NextVR, Yahoo and RedBullTV to name a few.
Kevin came to Live Nation from MusicVision, Inc. a company he co-founded in April 1998 where he served on its Board of Directors and as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales since inception.
Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Speech Communications.
- Adam OstrowMashable
Adam Ostrow is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mashable, a role in which he is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization.
Adam joined Mashable as its second employee and Editor in Chief in 2007, a role in which he directed day-to-day news coverage, authored more than 2,500 articles and built the editorial staff from 3 to 25 employees. During his tenure as Editor in Chief, the site’s audience grew more than tenfold. Since moving into an executive position in 2011, Adam has led the development of Mashable’s video program, publisher platform, branded content offerings, international expansion, and its licensing and distribution strategy.
Adam has been frequently quoted by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, AdAge, The Washington Post and USA Today, among many others. Adam is also a highly sought after speaker and has made presentations at TED Global, Cannes Lions, CES, SXSW Interactive, Advertising Week, Digitas NewFront and Guardian Changing Advertising Summit. He’s also spoken at events for corporations including Coca Cola, Disney, Verizon, American Express, Nike, Gillette, McGraw Hill, Yahoo, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard and BMW.
His TED Talk “After Your Final Status Update” has been viewed more than one million times.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
- Eric BergnerMoses & Singer LLP
Eric P. Bergner is Chair of Moses & Singer’s Intellectual Property Group and its related sub-groups, Entertainment and Sports, Internet/Technology, Promotions Law and Advertising. He is Co-Chair of the Global Outsourcing and Procurement and Privacy and Cybersecurity groups. His client base centers on the entertainment, publishing and sports industries, notably the National Hockey League and New York Media (publisher of New York Magazine).
Eric guides clients on strategies aimed at exploiting and monetizing their content in various types of media – including electronic forms, such as online and mobile, and traditional forms, such as print and television. He assists clients in producing, developing, licensing and distributing the content for use in all venues and social media.
Having worked on numerous agreements for the development and distribution of apps on mobile devices and smart TVs, Eric has an in-depth understanding of the application development space as well as the software and technology areas.
Eric has extensive experience helping clients to produce live events. This includes drafting and negotiating agreements pertaining to venue licensing, advertising and sponsorship sales, concession sales and live performances by talent.
With respect to the television, motion picture and music industries, Eric serves clients in selling and acquiring rights to formats, life stories, screenplays, music and other properties for use in audiovisual works, as well as drafting and negotiating talent and production agreements. He also handles matters affecting the distribution of programming such as domestic syndication and international distribution agreements.
Within the advertising industry, Eric’s experience includes drafted and negotiated media buying and planning agreements, creative production agreements, market research agreements (for both custom and syndicated research), and barter agreements.
Eric regularly guides clients through the complexities involved in protecting their intellectual property. He is responsible for a number of trademark programs (domestic and international), and prepares and files copyright registration applications. Eric also advises on and implements strategies to stop the unauthorized use of his clients’ IP.
- Jacqueline ParkesMTV, VH1 and LOGO
Jacqueline Parkes was named Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative for MTV, VH1 and Logo in January 2017. In this role, Parkes oversees the brands’ marketing efforts on all platforms and runs point on shaping and evolving each network as they enter a new era. Parkes joined MTV in May of 2016 following a transformational 21-year tenure at Major League Baseball where she became the league’s first CMO and the first female CMO in professional sports.
As CMO, Parkes was responsible for promoting the league’s brand by overseeing advertising, marketing, promotion, research, ticketing analytics, design services, community relations and educational programming. She joined MLB in the wake of the 1994 strike and undertook initiatives that reinvigorated the brand; helping more than quadruple revenue, marketing MLB At-Bat to help it become the top-selling sports app of all time, and strengthening its commitment to community affairs and philanthropy through efforts including Jackie Robinson Day and the league’s partnership with Stand Up To Cancer.
Parkes has received numerous industry accolades over the course of her career, most recently being named the “Most Influential CMO on Social Media” by Forbes in 2014 and ranking second among PR Week’s “Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch” in 2015. Parkes reports to Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1 and Logo.
- Jill CressNational Geographic Partners
Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners (NGP). In this role, Cress oversees the overall global brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and entities around the world.
Cress focuses on overall brand building to the consumer, cable/satellite industry, advertising community and the creative community. She also leads research and consumer insights, as well as all aspects of marketing, including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, on-air media strategy, and digital marketing.
Previously, Cress was executive vice president of global consumer marketing at MasterCard, where she oversaw the global consumer strategy including the Priceless Platforms, global content strategy, segment inspired marketing. She leveraged creative positioning and scalable new digital platforms, including the incorporation of “Priceless Cities” around the world into MasterCard’s “Priceless” award-winning campaign.
Cress started her career at MasterCard in 1994 as the vice president of sales. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Marketing by Brand Innovators and has been a featured speaker at marketing industry events such as the Ad Age Digital Conference and the Modern Media Summit at Mobile World Congress.
Cress received a B.S. in Science Marketing from Indiana University.
- Rob HayesNBC Entertainment
Rob Hayes was named to the newly created position of Executive Vice President Digital, NBC Entertainment, in May 2012. Hayes is responsible for the operations and P&L for NBC Entertainment’s digital initiatives including broadband, mobile and VOD. Responsibilities include overall day to day management of NBC network’s digital business development & strategy, product, technology, production, editorial, multi-platform content creation, digital marketing, social and creative. Hayes oversees the network’s management on 3rd parties including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram among others. NBC properties include The Voice, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, SNL, The Blacklist, etc.
Prior to NBC, Hayes was the COO of Iconic which launched JayZ’s YouTube Channels; “Life & Times”, and “Uno, Dos, Tres”. Prior to that, Hayes made his impact at Showtime Networks Inc. where he oversaw all things digital for the premium network, developing robust multi-platform identities for such critically acclaimed shows as “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Californication” and “The Tudors. ” Under Hayes’ leadership, Showtime broke new ground in developing a digital business strategy that included the first distribution deals for premium television with iTunes, Amazon and Netflix, among others. During his tenure, the network enjoyed its greatest growth spurt from 12 million to more than 18 million subscribers.
Under his leadership, NBC has been nominated for several Primetime Emmys and won in 2014 for Outstanding Interactive Program for Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, Hayes was the Lucy Hood Digerati Award recipient from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which honors individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the interactive and digital media communities, and to the Academy itself. In addition, Hayes has received numerous industry awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for Showtime Sports Interactive; iMedia Visionary Marketer of the Year Award; and CTAM and Promax Awards. His speaking engagements include CNBC, NPR, NAMIC, Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Jupiter Media Metrix, Promax/BDA, Variety, Digital Hollywood and Streaming Media West.
- Catherine SullivanOmnicon Media Group
Omnicom Media Group has hired ABC News sales veteran Catherine Sullivan as president of U.S. investment, a newly created role that oversees the investment teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Sciences.
Ms. Sullivan, who most recently served as ABC’s senior-VP of news sales, joined the media services division of Omnicom Group at the beginning of the month. She is reporting directly to John Swift, CEO North American investment for Omnicom Media Group.
Mr. Swift said the group expanded from two agencies to three with the launch of Hearts & Science earlier this year, and the growth is putting focus on having “more senior-level leadership touching all of our business in a more integrated way.”
“We’re talking about an integrated and digitally informed investment future for us,” he added. “Digital is going to be part of everything we do.”
Over the last three years, Omnicom Media Group has shifted from channel silos to integrated channels. For example, Mr. Swift said the group now has a completely holistic video group, rather than one for just TV or digital.
“One of the things we’re focused on is building a bridge from the present to the future,” which is about pushing media owners to do the most interesting things for clients, said Mr. Swift. People, he added, are consuming media in all different places now, so media has to evolve with content, data-driven strategies, programmatic and even customized experiences.
Ms. Sullivan was the “obvious choice” for the role due to her extensive media experience, including 15 years at ABC and 14 at NBC, said Mr. Swift, adding that she’ll bring different perspectives that will complement those of the other Omnicom Media Group leaders.
In addition to overseeing the buying teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Science, Ms. Sullivan said her main responsibility is for the client, specifically “making sure we’re doing the best job with their money.”
She added that she’s excited to bring her learning of the business to the other side. Over the last four years in her most recent role at ABC, Ms. Sullivan helped the digital platform revenue increase by more than 50%.
- Philippe Von BorriesRefinery29
Philippe von Borries is the co-founder and co-CEO of Refinery29, the leading digital media company for millennial-minded women with a loyal following of over 500 million. Influenced by the creative style and arts communities in Brooklyn, Philippe co-founded Refinery29 in 2005 with Justin Stefano in the living room of a Brooklyn apartment with a mission to inspire and empower women with innovative, meaningful content. Today, the company has grown to over 450 employees and expanded beyond its style roots to speak to a broad range of topics from pop culture to health to politics across multiple platforms around the world. At Refinery29, Philippe leads the content, product and marketing teams, and drives the company’s strategic vision including global expansion and video strategy. Philippe began his career at a digital media start-up focused on international affairs in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Columbia University with a BA in History. Philippe lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife, Piera Gelardi, who is co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Refinery29.
- Danielle LeeSpotify
Danielle Lee is the Global Vice President, Partner Solutions at Spotify and an accomplished strategic marketing professional with over 15 years experience in brand building, media innovation and technology for some of the world’s most respected brands.
As part of the executive team at Spotify, Danielle leads several lines of business including product marketing, business marketing, strategic marketing and creative solutions for advertisers, partners and subscriptions. In her role, she is responsible for developing the go to market strategy and growing global revenue by developing high impact content and digital ad experiences.
Prior to Spotify, Danielle spent 2 years at Vevo and served as the Global Vice President, Commercial Marketing. Her team was responsible for building compelling sales narratives and developing the positioning and go-to-market strategy for all Vevo programs, core video products and tentpoles. Danielle also spent 7 years at AT&T and served as the Vice President of Product Marketing and Innovation at AT&T AdWorks. She was responsible for developing new online, mobile and TV advertising solutions, defining the go-to-market strategy and growing the multi-screen ad business. Danielle also spent 3 years at Showtime Networks where she directed new products marketing and advertising for the premium cable network, and was instrumental in building awareness and tune-in to Showtime’s award winning original series like Weeds, Dexter, Fat Actress and The L Word.
In 2014 and 2015, Danielle was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising by Business Insider. She also serves on the IAB DIgital Video Center of Excellence board and the Mobile Marketing Association NA Board.
Danielle holds an MBA in Marketing and Media Management from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University. She currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and their two children.
- Marina CockenbergThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Donna SpecialeTurner
Donna Speciale is president of Turner Ad Sales, where she oversees all advertising revenue for the company’s domestic entertainment, news and kids multi-media brands.
Speciale joined Turner in 2012 as president of Turner Entertainment and Young Adult Ad Sales, and had an early impact on the business as she redefined the client partnership model. She was promoted to her current role in 2014, and has further re-imagined how Turner collaborates with marketers and agencies utilizing advanced data and content capabiltiies. During a time of vast industry change and clutter, partners have thrived in spaces like content development, social amplification and audience targeting.
With her more than 20 years of experience on the media agency side, Speciale came to Turner from MediaVest Worldwide, where she served as president, Investment & Activation and Agency Operations. During her tenure, she led the agency’s integrated digital, broadcast, print and out-of-home practice, overseeing investments on behalf of clients including Kraft, Walmart, P&G, and Coca-Cola. Prior to MediaVest, Speciale led the broadcast investment team at Mediacom. Over her career she has managed investments for several leading marketers including Warner Brothers, GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, Kmart, Diageo, Staples and Subway.
Speciale is well-known for driving innovation in the marketplace and has received numerous industry recognitions, while her teams and the companies she has represented have received countless honors. Most recently, she was featured within the Top 10 of the 2016 Adweek “Most Indispensable Executives,” a list she has consistently been recognized by since joining Turner. She has also been honored by Broadcasting & Cable for their 2015 “Hall of Fame” and named as a Multichannel News “Wonder Woman” (2013), Advertising Age “Top Women in Advertising” (2012), CableFAX “100” and “Most Powerful Women” (2012-16), Television Week “TV Buyer of the Year” (2006), MediaWeek “All Star” (2003), and Advertising Age “Woman to Watch” (2001). She has thrice been honored by Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) as an “Advertising Woman of the Year” and received both their “Impact Award” and “Working Woman Award.” Speciale was honored in 2014 as a recipient of the “Reisenbach Award for Distinguished Citizenship” by the John A. Reisenbach Foundation.
In addition to her professional accolades and active participation, including as a former executive judge with the Adweek “Project Isaac” awards, Speciale is on the Board of Directors for The Advertising Club of New York and an active member of Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) and the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB).
Turner Ad Sales monetizes the company’s portfolio of leading entertainment, kids, news and sports properties through advertising and brand activations. Attracting a wide-scale audience of diverse consumers, the collection includes leading media brands CNN, HLN, Great Big Story, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Bleacher Report and Turner Sports’ high-profile coverage of the NBA, MLB, NCAA, PGA and the newly-formed ELEAGUE. In addition, the company has digital sales partnerships with the NBA, NCAA and PGA.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
- Brian AngioletVerizon
- David KlineViacom
David Kline is Viacom’s Chief Technology Officer. He provides strategic leadership for the company’s technology infrastructure and oversees Viacom’s Online Central Platform Technology and Interactive Services, Content Creation and Distribution Technology, Application Development and Information Security and Compliance.
During Kline’s five years with Viacom, he has led several successful initiatives including consolidating technology services across the organization to increase efficiency globally; implementing many core ERP systems such as SAP; driving innovation and efficiency across all aspects of technology to distribute our world-class content; and building the foundations of our business to consumer services and internal technology systems. All the while, Kline has developed and promoted a strong, diverse team of talented people to sustain these important goals and initiatives.
Kline joined the company in November 2010 after three years at Discovery Communications, where he had most recently been Executive Vice President of Technology and CTO. Prior to Discovery, Kline held senior technology roles at Rainbow Media, a unit of Cablevision Systems, for nearly 10 years.
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.
- Ciel HunterVice Media
Ciel Hunter serves as Head of Content for VICE Media, where she works to develop VICE’s content operations across mobile and digital platforms by overseeing VICE’s digital presence, including VICE’s video and editorial arms, platforms like Snapchat and go90, and new and emerging platforms as they arise. Hunter also work to integrate VICE’s existing verticals with the VICELAND TV network, streamlining VICE’s digital and linear presence.
Prior to this role, Hunter served as the lead Creative Director of The Creators Project, VICE and Intel’s revolutionary arts-and-culture channel. She has also lead strategy and creative on key industry partnerships including YouTube; VICE and Live Nation’s joint venture, Live Nation TV; and Apple Music.
- Armando TurcoVox Media
Armando Turco is the General Manager of Vox Creative, Vox Media’s in-house branded content studio and creative division. He leads the creative excellence, business growth, and strategic focus of our rapidly growing branded content practice. Armando has over 15 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry, working in an executive capacity at world-class agencies such as Redscout, BBH and McCann Erickson.
- Ole ObermannWarner Music Group
Ole Obermann is Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Business Development, at Warner Music Group. Obermann oversees the company’s global business development strategy, with a focus on exploring new forms of commercial innovation and creating new digital revenue opportunities, while expanding WMG’s streaming activities.
Obermann joined WMG following a decade with Sony Music Entertainment. During his Sony tenure, he negotiated and implemented deals with Sony’s network of global digital partners. He was instrumental in Sony’s audio and video streaming strategy and oversaw the buildout of Sony’s digital analytics infrastructure. In addition, Obermann spearheaded Sony’s early efforts in playlisting, including bringing playlist app FILTR to a global audience, and leading an initiative to engage with artists and managers to foster understanding, collaboration and commercial opportunity across the streaming ecosystem. Prior to joining Sony, Obermann served as the Managing Director of Liquid Digital Media, a leading digital music infrastructure provider, and as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. He began his career as a product manager for BMG.
He holds a BA degree in International Relations from Colgate University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
- Jason FlickYou.i TV
Jason is a veteran in the world of enterprise growth and management, having founded and scaled a number of successful software companies in the past, most notably Flick Software, Eftia, and N-Able. Jason believes in disrupting the status quo, which is what led him to start You.i TV with co-founder Stuart Russell. Jason is currently a sitting member of the board for Turner Ad Labs, Invest Ottawa, and Flick Software.
- Heather MoosnickYouTube TV and Google Fiber
Heather is the Director of Content Partnerships for YouTube TV and Google Fiber. At YouTube, Heather most recently helped create the new YouTube TV service, the latest entrant in the OTT live television landscape. She also played a key role in the 2015 launch of YouTube Red and the YouTube Music app as the former Head of Record Label Partnerships. Heather has spent her career over the past two decades creating new digital businesses for television and music industries through various partnership-focused roles at Viacom, CBS and Warner Music Group. She was named one of Billboard’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Music in 2015.