The Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit LA will 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 multiplying media platforms and entertainment content options. Network with elite speakers identifying opportunities in interactive and virtual reality storytelling, digital marketing/advertising, new programming business models, and more.
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8 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks with Kym Nelson, SVP Client Strategy West, Twitch
9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Peak Diversification – The Future of the Content Business Roundtable
Advancing creative technologies are driving infinite possibilities for entertainment companies, translating to a bigger is better approach. Native digital platforms are offering live TV broadcasts, diving into the VR, AR and 360 video space, while also continuing to innovate short-form video. Established networks and studios are also building out their own massive entertainment strategies, encompassing streaming, gaming, branded storytelling and various forms of interactivity. What new combinations of content will best connect to audiences? Leading entertainment chiefs will discuss the future of their expanding enterprises.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Jim Bankoff, CEO, Vox Media
Jordan Levin, CEO, Awesomeness
Rich Riley, CEO, Shazam
Jim Lanzone, CEO, CBS Interactive and Chief Digital Officer, CBS
Jamie Elden, President and CEO, Nylon
Jesse Sisgold, President and Chief Operating Officer of Skydance Media
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.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 Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Fan-First Marketing and Engagement
A viewer will watch your campaign. But a fan will comment, share, create a meme about it – really putting a brand, film or TV project on the map. What are the business and creative strategies in connecting with people to turn them into the best, loyal advocates for entertainment projects and consumer brands? How might marketers be incorporating VR/AR/360 into their plans to inject some cool factor to capture fans? Leading marketers will discuss how everything they do is towards keeping fans top of mind.
Gayle Fuguitt, Chief of Customer Insight and Innovation, Foursquare
Matt Wolf, VP Entertainment, Ventures & Strategic Alliances, The Coca-Cola Company
Swan Sit, VP Global Digital, Revlon
Rob Hayes, EVP, Digital, NBC Universal
Scott Fisher, Founder, Select Management Group (Gigi Gorgeous, MyLifeAsEva)
David Sameth, EVP, Head of Marketing- Walt Disney Animation Studios & Pixar
Raina Penchansky, Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Brand Architects
11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Networking Break Presented by VEN•UE Sony DADC New Media Solutions
11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Brand + Talent Mixtape – New Collaborations in Storytelling
A look at new forms of creativity from unique partnerships between advertisers and filmmaking and music talent.
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Media, Entertainment and Sports, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Kathleen Hall, Corporate VP of Brand, Advertising and Research, Microsoft
Andrew Panay, Producer (Chips, Wedding Crashers)
Brian Klugman, Actor, Writer and Director
11:40 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. The Science of Popularity
Presented by Wared Seger, CEO, Parrot Analytics
11:50 a.m. noon to 12:20 p.m. Keynote Conversation : Let’s Go Over The Top – The Power of OTT
OTT device usage has more than tripled over the past 3 years, firmly cementing itself as a fixture in the “New Living Room” and a new, notable advertising platform. Join Jack Rotherham, Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Advanced Advertising Group, as he takes a close, data enhanced look at how marketers and publishers can capitalize on this emerging platform and the unique value it brings to engagement and audience.
Jack Rotherham, Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Advanced Advertising Group
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
12:20 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Alex Luke, Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy, Amazon Music
Interviewed by Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Lunch Presented by VEN•UE Sony DADC New Media Solutions
1:40 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. Nintendo’s Unique Approach to Entertainment
For more than three decades, people have associated the name Nintendo with inventive video games and beloved characters like Zelda, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser. From the first time Mario battled Donkey Kong in ’80s arcades to the launch of the new Nintendo Switch in March, Nintendo continues to look for ways to deliver based on the idea of “putting smiles on faces.” Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime will explore the company’s unique approach to entertainment and the momentum of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS in the U.S.
Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nintendo of America
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
2:05 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Using Storytelling to Turn an App into a Global Brand
Daniel Holloway, Reporter, Variety
Kellyn Smith Kenny, Head of Marketing, Uber
Kim Getty, President, Deutsch LA
2:20 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Keynote Conversation: Hitting Your Mark – Targeting Audiences with Personalization
Ralf Jacob, President, Verizon Digital Media Services
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports, UCLA Anderson School of Management
2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tipping Point: Innovating VR for All, Powered by Dell
VR is often hailed as the next big thing in entertainment, transporting audiences to new immersive worlds they’ve never experienced before. TV, film, music, advertising, gaming, sports/live events businesses are all knee-deep in VR creative projects – but what has the best chance of really connecting with audiences as more than a fun experiment? What will be the tipping point in VR – the equivalent of a viral video or box office/ratings smash – that rallies everyone around the technology’s ultimate success? Leading VR innovators and their partners will talk about pushing the transformative entertainment category to succeed.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Chris Heatherly, EVP Games & Digital Platforms, NBC Universal
Brendan Handler, GM, FoxNext VR Studio, 20th Century Fox
Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences, Facebook’s Oculus VR
Vicki Dobbs Beck, Head of Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab
Chris Bobotis, Director of Immersive, Adobe
Gary Radburn, head of VR/AR, Dell
3:30 to 3:40 Networking Break Presented by VEN•UE Sony DADC New Media Solutions
3:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Small Screen Breakthroughs: Transforming the Straight-to-Consumer Entertainment Experience
The entertainment industry understands that audiences want content immediately at their fingertips. But how has the straight-to-consumer business evolved so that content launches feel as eagerly awaited as major feature film debuts? As retail moves to digital – how are products launched so that they feel as momentous as midnight in-store parties? At the same time, how are distributors and publishers maximizing release windows, fine-tuning curation and discovery to encourage audiences to pay for content – when they most likely will demand it – while achieving their revenue goals? What types of content are breaking through to which audiences? What technology partners are enhancing the at home experience? Content chiefs, distributors and retailers and their partners will explore how they are evolving the straight-to-consumer industry.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Jim Wuthrich, President, The Americas and Global Strategy, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Coleman Breland, President, Content Experiences, Turner
Jonathan Zepp, Head of Google Play Movies and TV Partnerships & Head of YouTube Content Partnerships, Americas
Jamie Power, Chief Operating Officer, one2one Media
Kay Madati, Chief Digital Officer, BET Networks
Jason Flick, CEO, You.i TV
4:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Generation XYZ – Building TV for All
TV chiefs are quickly innovating their programming experiences – making sure they have vibrant social media tie-ins to connect with younger viewers, while also investing increasingly on premium programming to win over everyone. Advertising is being reinvented – smaller commercial loads, more subtle brand content integrations – to limit disruption and keep viewers glued to the show. Networks are distributing across legacy pay TV systems, while also on the newer OTT channel bundles to make sure everyone’s viewing behaviors are represented. Sports programming and its must-see live nature is becoming a bigger priority across platforms. Top TV networks, programming distributors, advertisers/marketers and their partners will talk about the best way to connect with all of their audiences.
Courtney Williams, Regional Director, Parrot Analytics
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, Variety
Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content, YouTube
Kevin Reilly, President, TNT & TBS
Craig Erwich, SVP of Content, Hulu
Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Jason Kassin, Co-Founder and CEO, FilmTrack
5 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. – Mic Drop: The Big Business of Podcasting
Advancing OTT and mobile technology has built a new creative cottage industry in podcasting. Major talent working across traditional entertainment are tempted by the relatively endless freedom when distributing their own show. Brands realize there is a powerful marketing ‘X’ factor when integrating across a podcast’s unique, intimate storytelling style. Who are the best podcast creators? How are brands launching podcasts themselves in lieu of the usual programmatic digital advertising? The best of the podcast community will converge to share their views on their burgeoning industry.
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, Variety
Paul Scheer, Actor, Writer, Creator, ‘How Did This Get Made?’
Bob Kupbens, VP, B2C Selling & Global Trust, eBay
Chris Giliberti, Head of Multiplatform, Gimlet Media and Executive Producer, (Julia Roberts’ upcoming Homecoming for Amazon Studios)
Dossie McCraw, Global Head of Original Audio and Podcast Content, Spotify
Brenda Gonzalez, Creator, Tamarindo Podcast
5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Networking Cocktail Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Alex LukeAmazon Music
Alex Luke is Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy, reporting to Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. Alex has extensive experience in venture capital, digital music, radio broadcasting and A&R. Prior to joining Amazon, he held roles at The Valley Fund, managing music and media investments, and at EMI Music, managing Artists and Repertoire for North America. In this role, Alex signed Capital Cities to Capitol Records, and worked in Los Angeles with a diverse roster of artists including Katy Perry, David Guetta, Beastie Boys and others. Prior to managing Music Programming and Label Relations globally for Apple from 2003 to 2011, Alex was the Vice President of Music Programming and Label Relations at Napster, transitioning the service to a legal streaming and download platform. As a broadcaster, Alex programmed Q101 in Chicago and KPNT in St. Louis, and has served as an air talent at numerous stations including KDGE Dallas and KROQ in Los Angeles. KDGE, KPNT and Q101 all hit record high ratings during his tenure. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and an Academic Minor in Marketing from Texas A&M University, where he began his radio career with the National Public Radio affiliate KAMU-FM and the University’s college radio station KANM.
- Jack RotherhamComcast Advanced Advertising Group
- Ralf JacobVerizon
Ralf Jacob is the president for Verizon Digital Media Services, bringing more than 20 years of technical and executive management experience to the organization.
Prior to his current role, Ralf served as the chief revenue officer for the company. He initially joined through Verizon’s acquisition of Uplynk, an online video platform specializing in the simplification of a broadcaster’s workflow, where he was the CEO and co-founder.
Prior to launching Uplynk, Ralf served as vice president of digital media for Deluxe Digital Studios to guide the development of new product ideas for Over-the-Top (OTT) streaming initiatives, building and conceptualizing second screen apps for major Hollywood studios, and rolling out token-based digital/e-copy online portals for companies such as HBO, Universal Studios and others.
Previously, Ralf served as senior vice president of engineering & operations for Move Networks, where he was responsible for R&D and management of the adaptive streaming technology used by more than 100 million users and deployed to sites such as ABC, FOX, CWTV, ESPN360, ProSieben and Televisa. He was also in charge of Comcast’s TV Everywhere initiative that was rolled out to 24 million Comcast subscribers in 2009. Prior to his tenure at Move Networks, he served as vice president of engineering at Knowledge Universe and vice president of engineering at iXL.
Ralf has an extensive technical background, starting his career as a software engineer. His ability to thread technology with business strategy along with his proven development track record has quickly propelled him into prominent executive engineering positions with the industry’s leading technology companies. He has spent years building and leading highly effective engineering teams through his passion for technology, creative problem solving and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing industry.
Ralf earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and computer science from Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany and was also a member of the German Olympic diving team. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, tradeshows and conferences.
- Paul ScheerActor/Producer and Creator
Paul Scheer is an actor, writer, producer and director who has established himself as one of today’s go-to comic actors in film and television. You can currently see him on the sixth season of Veep. He also appears in the hit ABC comedy Fresh off the Boat and was on the FX hit, The League. He also co-hosts one of iTunes’s most popular comedy podcasts, “How Did This Get Made?.”
- Brian KlugmanActor, Writer and Director
Brian Klugman has been in the entertainment industry since he was 10 years old and has been working continuously for over 30 years. He has been in over 70 films and television shows- from being a series regular on Frasier, Bones and Felicity to films like Cloverfield and Can’t Hardly Wait.
Along with his acting career, Brian has also worked as a screenwriter for the largest studios in Hollywood working on such films as Tron: Legacy that grossed $400 million. He attended the Sundance Screenwriters lab for his blacklist script, The Words, which he later co-wrote and directed starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. The Words was the closing film at the 2012 Sundance film festival.
Currently Brian is working on a novel and preparing to make another film that he co-wrote, based off the work New York Times best-selling author, Trevanian.
- Chris BobotisAdobe
- Jordan LevinAwesomenessTV
- Kay MadatiBET Networks
Kay M. Madati is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. He leads the teams responsible for all aspects of digital, social and mobile strategy and oversees operations, content creation, technology, and product development across the suite of BET Network’s digital platforms.
Madati oversees BET Digital, the interactive arm of BET Networks. BET Digital’s platforms include BET.com, a leading Internet source for entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Mobile, which provides apps, ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; CentricTV.com, the online home for CENTRIC; and BET Video On Demand (VOD), one of the largest On Demand services providing African American content.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Mr. Madati was the Head of Entertainment & Media at Facebook, Inc., charged with the growth and monetization of Facebook’s Entertainment & Media business, and ultimately responsible for positioning Facebook as a critical and foundational element of the digital and marketing matrix for all entertainment content publishers and distributors.
Prior to this role, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Audience Experience at CNN Worldwide, overseeing the development and execution of a successful social media and consumer engagement + experience strategy across all of CNN’s distribution platforms, including television, digital, mobile, the social web and offline events.
Previously, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Marketing at Community Connect, Inc., a top 50 social networking web publisher with sites like BlackPlanet.com and MiGente.com. He was responsible for the overall branding and marketing of these sites, as well as site programming, public relations, events, and partnerships.
Mr. Madati began his career with BMW of North America, where he held a variety of leadership roles in sales, operations and marketing; working on projects that highlighted innovation and creativity with leveraging technology and media to engage consumers.
Mr. Madati has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Philosophy. He is both a Tanzanian and US citizen who has lived in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Outside of work, Mr. Madati is a passionate advocate for providing educational opportunities for youth in underserved communities. He is a founding Board Member & Chairman Emeritus of both Brooklyn Excelsior and Atlanta Heights Charter Schools. He is a Board Member of CoachArt, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for chronically ill children & their families. He serves on Advisory Board of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. And in February of 2014, President Obama appointed Mr. Madati to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
- Jim LanzoneCBS Interactive
As Chief Digital Officer, Lanzone oversees all digital matters at CBS Corporation and ensures that the company has a unified and innovative digital media strategy across its many divisions. This includes the cultivation and growth of new and existing digital streaming services, helping to shape where and how CBS’s industry-leading content is consumed and distributed and exploring the potential of new platforms in the development of the next generation of premium content.
Lanzone is also the Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive. Since joining CBS Interactive in 2011, Lanzone has continually led the division to record financial and audience growth while playing an integral role in CBS’s overall multi-platform digital strategy. Under Lanzone’s leadership, CBS Interactive’s audience has more than doubled, making it a perennial top 10 Internet property and the largest digital premium-content group in the world. Lanzone has modernized content creation, distribution and monetization efforts across CBS Interactive’s 25 + brands that span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming and consistently launched industry-leading products such as the CBS All Access subscription service and the 24/7 digital news network CBSN. CBS Interactive brands include CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CNET, GameSpot and TVGuide.com.
Lanzone joined CBS Interactive from Clicker Media Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer; which was acquired by CBS in 2011. Prior to Clicker, Lanzone was the CEO of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves), a top 10 global web property and leading search engine acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2005. Lanzone holds a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D./M.B.A. from Emory University.
- Matt WolfThe Coca-Cola Company
As Vice President of Entertainment, Ventures & Strategic Alliances for The Coca-Cola Company, Matt Wolf is responsible for the Company’s entertainment marketing strategy, venture initiatives and related partnership alliances across the brand portfolio. In this role, he identifies opportunities to authentically integrate the Company’s brands and products into music, gaming, film, fashion and influencer culture to generate meaningful consumer value and business growth.
Wolf joined Coca-Cola in 2013 as Global Head of Gaming where he was responsible for creating and implementing the Company’s gaming strategy which included social media, experiential activations and innovative brand partnerships with Riot Games’ League of Legends, Electronic Arts’ FIFA Franchise, and Ubisoft’s Just Dance among others.
With over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry, Matt has helped shape the way consumers interact with brands and entertainment. He began his career at Electronic Arts where he saw the value of community retention and engagement and has integrated these learnings into mainstream entertainment, marketing and brand building. Matt holds a Primetime Emmy Award and his work has been recognized at Cannes, Webby Awards and SXSW.
He resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife Tania and twin boys Wyatt and Jake.
- Gary RadburnDell
Gary Radburn is the Director of VR/AR globally at Dell. As part of his role, he manages the team charged with developing and delivering VR/AR technology and works closely with Dell customers on VR/AR deployments across various industries, including movies and entertainment. He founded Dell’s VR Centers of Excellence with locations around the world for businesses and consumers to experience and learn more about VR in the real world. With more than 27 years of experience in the technology industry, ranging from engineering to sales and marketing, Gary has had experience across all aspects of designing successful products and solutions and bringing them to market. He has worked for companies such as Digital Equipment, 3Com and, for the past 15 years at Dell. Originating from the UK, where he managed the OptiPlex client business for EMEA, he went on to lead the Workstation Solutions team in the US and then championed graphics virtualization for engineering applications. This has now progressed into other domains and with the fast adoption of VR and AR solutions, Gary has taken the helm for driving this exciting new area of business.
- Kim GettyDeutsch LA
As President of Deutsch’s Los Angeles office, Kim leads a world-class team of entrepreneurial thinkers who roll up their sleeves to help businesses grow. Since joining Deutsch in 2003, Kim has been instrumental in building the agency into one of the most innovative creative shops on the west coast. During her tenure at Deutsch, she has driven the development of new practice areas for the agency, including experiential marketing, music, PR and DLAtino.
Committed to nurturing young talent, Kim serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School and also sits on the board of The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Kim has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in advertising by Business Insider, a top LA executive by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and earned the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Award for Industry Career Achievement. She is also a regular contributor to Fortune.
- Raina PenchanskyDigital Brand Architects
Raina Penchansky is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Brand Architects (DBA), the global influencer management agency. Penchansky co-founded the company in 2010, which today has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Milan and manages the careers of over 150 top influencers. In addition to providing talent management and consulting, DBA also owns Digital Brand Products, an innovative company for influencers to launch consumer products.
Penchansky brings nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of public relations, digital marketing, marketing, events and celebrity management to her role at DBA. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Global Communications at Coach, where she led the brand’s global communications strategies for celebrity initiatives. In that role, Penchansky proved her talent for synergizing the forces of marketing, events and public relations, becoming an instrumental force in growing the company to a multi-billion-dollar brand. Under her direction, Coach enjoyed a completely revitalized image through key collaborations, directional events and strong positioning in the marketplace.
Prior to Coach, Penchansky worked for New York-based powerhouse movie publicist Peggy Siegel, where she worked on movie premieres and Academy Award movie promotions including campaigns for award-winning filmmakers David Mamet and Nora Ephron. Penchansky also served as a consumer media specialist for AOL Time Warner. She began her career at Edelman PR firm, working in the technology space for brands like Oracle and Microsoft.
Today, Penchansky applies her passion for brand building to DBA clients’ goals by thinking strategically at every step, always searching for opportunities to push the original brand vision forward across a multifaceted marketing landscape. She was listed as one of Variety’s 80 Women of Power in 2016.
A Miami native, Penchansky resides in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and cat.
- Bob KupbenseBay
VP, B2C Selling & Global Trust
Bob brings extensive industry as well as customer-facing experience to this role. Kupbens leads eBay’s effort to bring unique and differentiated inventory to the eBay platform, enhance sellers’ business growth and drive buyer and seller confidence in the marketplace.
Previously, Kupbens was Vice President of Online Retail at Apple, where he was responsible for leading one of the top five largest ecommerce businesses globally. There, he was additionally responsible for the Apple Store app, Apple Store digital interactive experiences and global retail customer service teams. Prior to Apple, he was Vice President, Marketing & Digital Commerce at Delta Air Lines. He also spent eight years at Target Corporation in a variety of roles and organizations, from supply chain to technology to e-commerce.
Kupbens began his career at Ford Motor Company before going into consulting. He is a graduate of MIT and has an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.
- Colum SlevinFacebook's Oculus VR
- Jason KassinFilmTrack
Jason Kassin is the co-founder and CEO of FilmTrack, the leading end-to-end rights management platform for the media and entertainment industry. Since its inception in 1996, Jason has evolved FilmTrack into an extensive ecosystem that encompasses content creation, distribution, rights management, and monetization. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Film and Theater, Jason acted in films and TV programs, as well as wrote and sold scripts to DreamWorks, Fox, NBC, and Paramount.
Today, Jason oversees FilmTrack’s day-to-day operations, strategic direction, and delivery of business solutions to some of the world’s leading companies. He has played key roles in navigating clients to streamline processes, unlock hidden revenue, and maximize revenue across all avenues of exploitation. An accomplished screenwriter and actor, Jason is highly sought out by the media and entertainment industry to share his expertise on both the creative and technical sides of rights management.
- Gayle FuguittFoursquare
Gayle Fuguitt is the chief of customer insights and innovation for Foursquare’s business solutions suite, which includes mobile media targeting, measurement and location analytics. Previously, Gayle was the first woman to lead the Advertising Research Foundation when she became CEO and president in April 2013. Prior to that she was at General Mills for 32 years, building and leading the organization as the first officer of global consumer insights and bringing the voice of the consumer to the decision table. After earning her undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned a master’s with a concentration in marketing research from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A passionate supporter of non-profits, she remains a trustee at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and is on the board of advisors to the Brooklyn Museum. Gayle was inducted into the Market Research Council’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
- Chris GilibertiGimlet Media
Chris serves as Gimlet’s Head of Multiplatform, in which capacity he leads all aspects of Gimlet’s multimedia business across TV, film, literature, and VR. He additionally assists Gimlet’s editorial leadership with development of scripted audio programming as well as audio platform originals, such as the Spotify exclusive MOGUL.
Chris currently serves as Executive Producer and Gimlet’s liaison to the following productions:
• HOMECOMING; Amazon drama series (c: Julia Roberts, d: Sam Esmail)
• UNTITLED JOHN BRINKLEY BIOPIC; Annapurna-based period feature (c: Robert Downey Jr., d: Richard Linklater)
• ALEX INC; ABC workplace comedy (c: Zach Braff, d: Zach Braff)
Prior to Gimlet, Chris worked as an entertainment-focused management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he advised senior leadership teams on some of the media’s industry largest transactions, including the merger of NBCU and Comcast.
Over the course of his work at Gimlet and BCG, he has appeared on Forbes and Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 lists, and has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
- Jonathan ZeppGoogle Play & YouTube
Jonathan Zepp is the head of content partnerships for YouTube, Americas and Google Play Movies & TV globally. In this highly cross-functional, multi-disciplined role, Jon and his org of ~50 reports are responsible for content strategy, business development, execution and management across video partners in the sports, movie, broadcast, news and digital network industries.
Jon works across partners and internal product and technical colleagues to lead from concept vision to execution. The org’s recent high profile executions include launch of the YouTube Red subscription service, global expansion of Google Play Movies, live streaming of the 2016 Presidential debates, launch of marque 4K and virtual reality content and closure of hundreds of complex content negotiations with partners like the NFL, Disney and Sony Pictures, to name just a few.
Prior to joining Google, Jon held key digital entertainment leadership roles at Sony Network Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Napster. He began his career as a corporate & intellectual property lawyer at Latham & Watkins. Jon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University School of law and Summa Cum Laude from the City University of New York.
In 2016 Jon was publically recognized by both the DEG and the EMA for impact in the digital media industry. Jon was previously included in the Hollywood Reporter’s 2012 Next Gen: 35 under 35 and Variety’s 2013 Hollywood’s New Leaders.
Jon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter and dog. They are proud supporters of El Nido Family Centers, a non-profit organization. Jon is an amateur screenwriter, avid Boston Red Sox and Kentucky basketball fan and science & technology enthusiast.
- Joel StillermanHulu
Joel Stillerman is Chief Content Officer, Hulu, where he is responsible for evolving and driving the overall content strategy for the company, and oversees Hulu’s content acquisitions, originals development and content partner management teams. As Chief Content Officer, Stillerman works closely in collaboration with Hulu senior leadership across marketing, distribution, advertising sales, technology and product, and keys role to deliver the strategic vision for the company’s content set; overseeing the growth of Hulu’s content partnerships; the expansion of the Hulu Originals slate; and the use of the company’s viewer consumption data, and other powerful analytics to ensure that the right mix of fresh TV and film content is always available to viewers.
Prior to joining Hulu, Stillerman served as President, Original Programming and Development for AMC Networks, including AMC and SundanceTV. During his near-decade-long tenure, he oversaw some of the most iconic and acclaimed shows on television and helped drive the strategy that led AMC to becoming the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with Mad Men, and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree Breaking Bad. Additionally, Stillerman spearheaded an aggressive development slate for AMC, including The Walking Dead, the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last three years – and the highest-rated drama series in basic cable history – as well as popular series Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands and the multi-Golden Globe winning mini-series The Night Manager.
As a seasoned and Emmy® Award-winning content executive, Stillerman joined AMC with more than 20 years of experience developing, producing and writing for film and television. He joined AMC from Yolo Films, an independent film and television production company, which he founded in 2003 and where he served as chairman. At Yolo, Stillerman produced content for networks such as HBO, MTV and VH1, including the HBO movie Sometimes in April, which was named an AFI Top 10 Television Program in 2005. Prior to Yolo Films, Stillerman was the top content executive at Walden Media, where he spearheaded the company’s mission to build a brand around young adult literature, supervising the acquisition and development of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Holes. In 1995, Stillerman co-founded Spanky Pictures with Ted Demme. As co-chairs, he and Demme oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations, including acquiring, developing and producing both film and television projects, including the features Blow and Rounders, as well as the Emmy®-winning HBO movie A Lesson Before Dying, which also earned a Peabody Award, Humanitas Prize and National Board of Review Award.
Stillerman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication and television from Emerson College in Boston. He will re-locate to Los Angeles, CA, where he will begin his new role at Hulu’s Santa Monica, CA headquarters.
- Deren BakerJumpshot
- Vicki Dobbs BeckLucasfilm's ILMxLab
Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than twenty-nine years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry. She drives top-level strategic vision and translates that into successful, sustainable strategies that foster creative growth, innovation, and excellence. She strives to be holistic in her approach and a catalyst for transformation in this increasingly dynamic environment.
Currently, Vicki is the Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB, a new division launched in June, 2015, whose mission is to create, develop and release premium, story-based Immersive Entertainment experiences for the home, theater and public venues. ILMxLAB wants to make it possible for people to ‘Step into our Stories.’ The division combines the storytelling and innovation talents of Lucasfilm, ILM, and Skywalker Sound and builds on a foundation of pioneering R&D in real-time computer graphics and virtual production.
Vicki received her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she also completed her undergraduate studies, earning a BA with distinction in International Relations.
- Kathleen HallMicrosoft
As Corporate Vice President of Brand, Advertising and Research, Kathleen Hall is responsible for stewardship and activation of the Microsoft Brand, creating world-class advertising and messaging to consumers globally, and delivering strategic, fact-based customer insights that drive Microsoft’s business decisions.
Prior to this role, Hall led the Global Advertising and Media team, where she was responsible for the worldwide strategy, planning and execution of Microsoft consumer and commercial advertising. Hall led the consolidation of advertising messages and campaigns across the company, including the highly impactful “Empowering Us All” campaign and the “One Consumer” campaign. Both campaigns not only increased advertising effectiveness, impact and efficiency for the company, but also gained credibility for Microsoft as a marketer, winner of the 2016 Clio Advertiser of the Year Award.
Previously, Hall ran the Windows Global Campaigns and Product Marketing team, responsible for the worldwide product marketing, advertising digital and brand strategy of Microsoft’s flagship brand. In that role, Hall successfully led the division’s two largest global product launches—Windows 7 and Windows 8—and its most significant rebranding, leading the way for brand transformation throughout the company. Hall brought emphasis to media efficiency and effectiveness, and containment of agency fees via her strong background in agency management and data driven marketing.
Hall joined Microsoft in 2008 from Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest retirement and investment company, where she served as Senior Vice President of Advertising and Brand. Hall helped transform the Fidelity brand, helping them move from #5 to #1 in trading and solidifying their position as the nation’s retirement leader and received numerous industry awards and accolades for her efforts. Prior to her time at Fidelity, Hall worked on the agency side of the advertising industry, driving marketing strategy and execution for major global brands across the apparel, retail and banking industries. During that time, Hall served as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Leonard/Monahan, one the most award-winning agencies of the era. Hall began her career at Young and Rubicam/NY.
Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Mass Communications from St. Lawrence University.
Hall is currently an executive sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion for the Marketing Group at Microsoft, where she leads one of the most diverse teams at the company. She was Co-Founder and President of the Music Lives Foundation which was dedicated to funding music programs and instruments in public schools. Kathleen has received numerous industry awards and accolades for media, promotions and experiential marketing including: 10 women to watch at Advertising Week Europe 2014, EMMA-Best Overall Entertainment Marketing Campaign 2006, Financial Portfolio Awards-Gold 2006, Financial Communications Society-Gold 2005, AdWeek Top Spots of 2004. She was recently selected as an honoree for the Advertising Women of New York’s 2016 Changing the Game Awards in the Brainwave category, which is bestowed upon executives viewed as being game changers in the way a business or product is marketed.
Hall is currently a resident of Redmond, Washington and is a proud mom of twins. An avid outdoors woman, Hall spends any free time she can get at her cabin in Roslyn, WA on a dirt bike, paddleboard, snowmobile or skis.
- 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.
- Chris HeatherlyNBCUniversal
Chris Heatherly is the EVP of Games & Digital Platforms for NBC Universal and is part of Universal Pictures’ Brand Development Team. He oversees games across the NBCU IP portfolio for all platforms including mobile, PC, console and emerging platforms such as VR and AR. Prior to NBCU, Heatherly was at Disney for 14 years where he oversaw various businesses including mobile games and the Disney toy team. He has also worked for frog design where we was Chief Strategist, Power Computing, and Apple. He is an inventor with 45 granted patents.
- Jeff WachtelNBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
- Reggie Fils-AimeNintendo of America
Reggie Fils-Aime (pronounced FEES-oe-MEY) joined
Nintendo of America Inc. in December 2003 as
Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In May
2006, he was promoted to President and Chief
Operating Officer. Fils-Aime runs the day-to-day
operations of Nintendo of America, and is responsible
for all activities for Nintendo in the United States,
Canada and Latin America. In 2016, he was appointed
a member of the global Executive Officer committee.
Prior to joining Nintendo, Fils-Aime most recently was
Senior Vice President of Marketing at VH1, part of the
MTV networks. A graduate of Cornell University,
Fils-Aime began his career at Procter & Gamble, and
later became Senior Vice President for Panda
Management Co., the world’s leading Chinese
food-service company. He also served as Senior
Director for National Marketing at Pizza Hut, where he
launched the Bigfoot Pizza.
As U.S. Marketing Chief for Guinness Import Co.,
Fils-Aime oversaw all brands, including Guinness stout,
Bass ale, Harp Lager and Pilsner Urquell, as well as
managing brand relationships with third-party owners
in the United Kingdom, Jamaica and the Czech
Republic. As Chief Marketing officer for Derby Cycle
Corp., he not only directed worldwide sales and
marketing for eight separate brands, including Raleigh,
Diamondback, and Univega, but also was acting
Managing Director of the company’s United Kingdom
During his tenure at VH1, Fils-Aime engineered the
channel’s redirection to young viewers that resulted in
an overall 30 percent rating growth, and he created
and executed the marketing plans for The Concert for
New York City, which raised more than $35 million for
disaster relief in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
- Jamie EldenNylon
- Jamie Powerone2one Media
Jamie Power is the Chief Operating Officer of one2one Media, a highly specialized, independent entity that offers agencies and advertisers a turnkey solution to addressable video.
Power is a founding employee of one2one Media that launched in 2017.
At one2one Media, Power transforms more than 50 partnerships with MVPDs and data and technology providers to create a cross platform addressable video solution.
With more than 250 agencies and advertisers’ relationships, Power and her team represent more than 65% of the addressable advertising spend in the marketplace.
Before starting one2one Media, Power was the Managing Partner at MODI Media – GroupM’s Advanced Television group. She created a process and best-in-class solution for Addressable TV for all GroupM clients. During her tenue at MODI Media, she sustained more than a 95% client retention rate.
Prior to joining MODI Media, Power led the build out of the advertising platform/model at TouchTunes Interactive Networks, a digital music company.
She started her career more than a decade ago at GroupM’s MEC, as a strategic planner working across multiple fast paced categories including entertainment, retail, QSR and consumer electronics for several clients including LG, Lionsgate and Pizza Hut.
Power was recently named a Multichannel News’ 2017 Wonder Woman and Digital All-Star by Broadcast and Cable.
Power lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gary and son, Liam.
- Wared SegerParrot Analytics
- Courtney WilliamsParrot Analytics
Courtney Williams is a Regional Director for Parrot Analytics. With more than 20 years’ experience in the international media and entertainment sector both as a senior executive at several networks and studios, as well as having been a successful entrepreneur in several media ventures, Mr. Williams brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Parrot Analytics.
Most recently Mr. Williams has provided strategic consulting services to Turner Europe, MGM Networks, Chellomedia, AMC Networks International and Digiturk DTH Platform. Prior to this he was acting MD for AMC Networks Asia Pacific and acting GM for MGM Channel Italy. Mr. Williams also spent five years at MGM Studios in the MGM Networks group: Initially as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing based in New York, and eventually as Vice President of EMEA based in London. Earlier in his career Mr. Williams held several positions with Viacom’s Nickelodeon division, the last of which was Director of New Media Ventures.
In his position for Parrot Analytics, Mr. Williams’ responsibilities include business development in the European market to ensure corporate growth, and working closely with European business partners and customers to ensure their respective needs and interests. Mr. Williams earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is currently based in London.
- Andrew PanayProducer
ANDREW PANAY, Producer, Principal of Panay Films – Panay’s entertainment career has spanned 20 years and his films have earned over $750 million in worldwide box office. He’s built a reputation as a premier feature film producer with an incredible talent for creating original ideas as well as cultivating strong talent relationships.
Panay recently released the action‐comedy reboot of CHiPS with Warner Bros, which was written, directed, and stars Dax Shepard. It also includes an all-star cast of Michael Pena, Adam Brody, Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell and Rosa Salazar.
Panay created and produced the smash hit WEDDING CRASHERS (2005), starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken and Bradley Cooper, which was directed by David Dobkin. Released by New Line, the film was the highest grossing R-‐rated comedy at the time.
In 2015, Panay produced HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, the sequel to the hilarious 2010 MGM hit HOT TUB TIME MACHINE. Panay joined director Steve Pink in bringing an all-‐star cast to the screen with Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clarke Duke, Adam Scott and Chevy Chase.
While working at Relativity Media, Panay released the successful family adventure film EARTH TO ECHO, based on an original story by Andrew Panay and Henry Gayden, written by Henry Gayden and directed by Dave Green. The story follows a group of kids who follow a mysterious map on their phones, only to discover a tiny creature from another world.
Panay began his career as an executive where he developed the highly successful teen romantic comedy SHE’S ALL THAT (1999) starring Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr., and the inspiring drama PAY IT FORWARD (2000) starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Panay co-produced the beloved romantic comedy SERENDIPITY (2001) starring John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven and Bridget Moynahan. Additionally, Panay created and produced the successful teen campus comedy VAN WILDER (2002) starring Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid.
- Swan SitRevlon
Swan Sit has spent the past decade of her career accelerating digital into traditional companies. She is the Vice President of Global Digital for Revlon, responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation. As part of the Revlon portfolio, she developed Elizabeth Arden’s first digital platform, grew e-tailer sales by double digits, launched augmented reality makeover and skin diagnostic apps, and spearheaded the company’s groundbreaking “Desk of Liz Arden” social campaign. As the Executive Director of Online Strategy for the Estee Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites from 125 to 450, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was voted one of Luxury Daily’s Women to Watch.
Previously, Swan was a Management Consultant at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes – launching a factory in China during SARS – and ran the grassroots Trend Marketing Team. Out of college, she capitalized on the Internet boom at Trilogy Software, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy.
Swan graduated with BA in Economics from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia. Having traveled to 65 countries, her favorites include Antarctica, North Korea, Mongolia, Rwanda, Bhutan and Myanmar. She sits on the boards of L2’s Client Advisory, Consumer Goods Technology Executive Council, Women in Retail, Momentum Events, BWG Strategy and Worldview’s space think tank, as well as the Impact Network and Foundation Rwanda philanthropies.
- Scott FisherSelect Management Group
Scott Fisher is the Founder of Select Management Group where he leads the careers of top digital talent including Eva Gutowski, Gigi Gorgeous, among others. Fisher has been behind many of the landmark brand ambassador deals in digital including Crest, Starbucks, and Smashbox Cosmetics. Under the company’s entertainment arm SelectNext, Fisher serves as an executive producer of Gigi Gorgeous’ documentary “This is Everything,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, Scott founded Foreground, one of the first talent management and production companies focused on digital talent. While moving the operation from Toronto to Los Angeles in 2014 he founded Select Management Group developing his broader vision.
- Rich RileyShazam
Rich joined Shazam as CEO in 2013. Under his leadership, the company has more than doubled its user base, become one of the highest-rated apps in the world, surpassed one billion downloads and achieved profitability. Prior to Shazam, Rich spent 13 years at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for billions of dollars of revenue and a team of thousands while reporting to the CEO and serving on the Executive Management team. He joined Yahoo! in 1999 when it acquired his company Log-Me-On.com, which invented the toolbar. Rich received his BS in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board while remaining an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Rich has also been named to the Billboard Power 100 for the past three years, and featured on Fortune’s 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch list.
- Jesse SisgoldSkydance Media
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Skydance Media, Jesse helps to set and execute the overall corporate strategy and growth plan for the company, while managing key operations across all units. He also oversees the following divisions: business affairs and business development, interactive and virtual reality, international acquisitions and sales, licensing, and studio facilities and administration. In 2016, Jesse helped to lead Skydance’s first acquisition – of leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment – to form Skydance Interactive. Also, in 2016, he helped to secure a $700 million recapitalization to enable continued growth and expansion, and established Skydance’s first China film co-production with Alibaba Pictures. He oversaw the formation of Skydance’s global television distribution pact with Lionsgate in 2015, which resulted in the launch of Skydance International. In 2015-2016, Jesse oversaw the company’s global film distribution and co-financing pacts with Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros., as well as distribution and co-production pacts for its current television series with ABC, Amazon, AMC, AT&T Audience Network, Netflix, and Spike. Jesse was recognized on Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” in 2015 and 2016. Prior to Skydance, Jesse served as the managing shareholder of his own boutique entertainment and venture capital law firm and launched the graphic novel and Augmented Reality company Anomaly Productions. He began his career at Heller Ehrman LLP. Jesse is a member of the Television Academy and serves as a board member of UCLA’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Angels at Risk. He earned a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings and a B.A. with honors from the University of California, San Diego.
- Dossie McCrawSpotify
As Global Head of Original Audio & Podcast Partnerships at Spotify, Dossie McCraw leads an
international team that produces the original audio content on Spotify, including artist recording sessions
and podcasts. He is also responsible for distribution strategy and partner management of acquired
podcasts on Spotify. Before his appointment to head of audio, he was part of the inaugural launch team of
video entertainment on Spotify, which included his role as Executive Producer for the Emmy nominated
Clarify original short-form video series that explored the intersection of music and key issues important
to young people, featuring some of today’s hottest musicians including Diplo, Prophets of Rage, Vic
Mensa, Talib Kweli, Esperanza Spalding and others.
Prior to joining Spotify in 2014, Dossie was Director of Program Planning and Audience Research at HBO
where for over a dozen years he had a front row seat to the creation and distribution of some of the
world’s most compelling entertainment. Once upon a time Dossie was also a professional musician and
singer, and he continues to be a believer in the power of entertainment to enrich lives through art and
expression, and the power of technology to bring the world closer together. Dossie is based in New York
2017 Spotify Original Audio
Spotify Singles are exclusive recordings at Spotify Studios by a diverse group of global and up-and-coming
music artists including John Legend, Jaunes, Sting, Migos, DRAM, Ed Sheeran, Zara Larsson, Wynton
Marsalis, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and many more.
Spotify original podcasts U.S. titles include Mogul-The Life & Death of Chris Lighty, Showstopper, Secret
Genius, Unpacked, R&B Matters, Green Day-The East Bay Punk Years, plus coming this fall United States of
Music and Viva Latino. International original podcasts include Fest & Flauschig (DE), Clarify (DE), plus
coming this fall, Talk-O-Mat (DE) and Equalizer (SE).
- Brenda GonzalesTamarindo Podcast
Brenda Gonzalez is co-creator of Tamarindo–a socially conscious talk show with a Latinx vibe that discusses race, politics, music, and life. She is a civil rights advocate with board roles at Los Angeles Education Partnership, an education nonprofit, and Honor PAC which raises money for LGBTQ Latinx candidates. Her experience as a formerly undocumented student shaped her interests in politics and she earned a M.A. in Political Science by 23. She taught American Government at Cal State Fullerton before she could vote. She became a citizen in 2012 and is passionate about leveraging Tamarindo to encourage civic engagement and educating the Latinx community about important social issues. She is obsessed with podcasts, her dog Frida, and urban hikes in downtown LA where she lives with her partner Jeff Ricards, who produces Tamarindo.
- Kevin ReillyTNT & TBS
One of television’s most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly leads the top rated TNT and TBS networks and drives growth opportunities across Turner Entertainment’s industry-leading properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, ELEAGUE and Super Deluxe.
The only executive to have run two broadcast and three cable networks, Reilly is widely cited as an industry innovator and has been known for championing some of the most culturally influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and pop-culture sensation Glee. He was among the first television executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and push for multi-platform ratings measurement. In recognition of his ongoing career accomplishments, in 2016 Reilly was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Since joining Turner in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT. Under his supervision, TBS has focused on creating distinctive original comedies and late-night shows, scoring an unprecedented six consecutive hits in 2016 with Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party and the #1 late night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. TNT, meanwhile, has begun rolling out premium, buzz-worthy dramas, beginning last summer with the acclaimed hit Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and this summer’s CLAWS and Will.
Reilly is leading efforts to improve the consumer experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories on TNT originals and has challenged the traditional television schedule with binge-style launches for shows like Angie Tribeca, People of Earth and Search Party.
Reilly has also spearheaded new businesses designed to grow Turner’s portfolio, including fast growing start up Super Deluxe, a disruptive studio and distribution company targeting the mobile-first generation and ELEAGUE, the first major foray into professional eSports by a traditional media company. In addition, he has supported strategic investments in companies like Refinery29 and Mashable, where he also serves as a board member.
From 2007 to 2014, Reilly served as chairman of entertainment for FOX Broadcasting, where his achievements included an unprecedented seven-year run for FOX as television’s #1 network. He also oversaw the development of the smash hit Empire and launched such acclaimed series as Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl.
As president of entertainment at NBC from 2004 to 2007, Reilly launched the hits The Office, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and the multi-award-winning Tina Fey sitcom 30 Rock.
From 2000 to 2003, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FX, where his rebrand and program strategy transformed the fledgling network into a profitable, creative powerhouse, ushering in a new era in which cable would come to set the bar for quality and cultural relevance on television. Under Reilly’s leadership, the FX smash The Shield achieved two historic “firsts” for basic cable: a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Drama and an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the show’s star, Michael Chiklis (both in 2002).
Before FX, Reilly was president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he shepherded the pilot for the landmark series The Sopranos. Earlier in his career, Reilly held a variety of positions at NBC, where he had a hand in the development of major cultural phenomena as varied as ER, Law & Order and Saved by the Bell.
An avid conservationist, Reilly serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of California. He is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, the Television Academy and on the advisory board for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Reilly graduated from Cornell University and is a member of the Cornell University Council.
- Coleman BrelandTurner
Coleman Breland is president of content experiences, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and FilmStruck. Breland leads a cross-functional, company-wide initiative to explore new content strategies for business models both inside and outside the traditional TV ecosystem. In this capacity, Breland works with business leaders across the company to develop a future-forward approach for Turner’s content portfolio that addresses rapidly shifting consumption behaviors, technology advancements, set-top-box evolution and disruption, to continue Turner’s leadership position in the evolving industry. Additionally, he is responsible for the oversight of TCM and FilmStruck, including the development of new distribution opportunities, digital brand extensions, e-commerce and direct-to-consumer engagement opportunities for both brands. He is based in Atlanta and reports to David Levy, president of Turner.
Breland most recently served as president of Turner Content Distribution (TCD) which included all brand distribution, affiliate marketing, interactive television and new technology business development for Turner’s 10 domestic entertainment, news and kids networks. Prior to, Breland was chief operating officer for TCD, a role he assumed in 2009 after serving as executive vice president of sales and marketing of the distribution unit since 2003. In 1999, Breland joined the division as senior vice president of marketing and sales. Promoted in 1995 to senior vice president, marketing and sales, Breland was responsible for the strategic development and execution of Turner Home Satellite (THS)’ marketing and revenue efforts. He joined Turner in 1994 as vice president of marketing for THS, where he was responsible for developing advertising and marketing strategies and programs as well as analyzing consumer research and agency selection and management.
Breland currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Ethics at Emory University and on the boards for Girl Talk and for the Covenant House of Georgia. He is also a member of the CTAM Educational Foundation Board of Directors and of the Piedmont Park Conservancy. He has previously served on the board for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and on the board of directors for Zoo Atlanta, as the chair for the organization’s marketing committee from 2003 to 2008. He also served on the board of CTAM (Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing) from 2002 to 2005, and served on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (formerly Georgia Council on Child Abuse) from 1996 to 2002. Breland also served on the board of SBCA (Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association) for five years. He holds a master of arts degree in journalism, radio, television and film from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina. In addition, he completed a graduate study program at Edinburgh University in Scotland.
Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.
- Kym NelsonTwitch
- Kellyn Smith KennyUber
Kellyn is the Vice President of Marketing at Uber. As the first marketing executive hired into the company, she leads all interdisciplinary centralized marketing efforts across the US & Canada and is responsible for unlocking Uber’s next wave of growth.
Prior to Uber, Kellyn led Marketing & Brand Strategy for Capital One’s Consumer Banking division. In more than 4 years with Capital One she held various Brand and Marketing leadership positions across banking, investing, and lending. She pioneered agile marketing within Capital One and helped redesign the interaction model across Product, Marketing, Brand, Digital, and Operations, which led to breakout growth and innovation. Prior to Capital One, Kellyn spent more than 5 years at Microsoft in product management, enterprise marketing, consumer marketing, and retail marketing for the Windows and Microsoft Store businesses. She was on the Executive Leadership Committee for Stores and partnered across Entertainment & Devices, Windows, Office, Search, and Mobile to build world class retail experiences.
Kellyn began her career as a technology consultant for Accenture. She has her undergraduate degree in economics from Colgate University and her MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy, and Decision Analysis from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.
- Jay TuckerUCLA Anderson School of Management
- Jim BankoffVox Media
Jim Bankoff is the Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, overseeing all aspects of the fastest growing modern media company known for its standout technology, high-fidelity advertising, and house of editorial brands that go deeper into topics passionate people care about most.
Bankoff has been named to Adweek’s 2017 Power List of the top 100 leaders in media, tech, and marketing; The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media; The Washingtonian’s Tech Titans; Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100; and The Guardian’s 100 Most Powerful People in Media.
A veteran of the digital industry, Jim developed and led dozens of the most notable brands on the internet including AOL, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music and Engadget as an EVP at AOL. He co-founded TMZ.com, won an Emmy award for his production of the Live8 Concerts, and oversaw AOL’s industry-leading applications including AIM, ICQ, and Netscape.
- David SamethThe Walt Disney Studios
- Jim WuthrichWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
- Jason FlickYou.iTV
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.
- Susanne DanielsYouTube
- Brendan Handler20th Century Fox
Brendan Handler oversees FoxNext’s VR Studio. In this role, he is focused on both production and distribution of FoxNext’s VR content.There are VR Experiences for ALIEN and PLANET OF THE APES currently in production. Alien: Covenant In Utero, a promotional virtual reality experience, received strong critical and consumer reception, generating millions of views.
FoxNext is a newly created division driving immersive, next generation entertainment experiences in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, interactive gaming, mobile, console/PC content, and location-based entertainment across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.
Prior to joining Fox in 2014, Handler spent seven years with Sony Pictures, serving as Vice President, Global Commercial Strategy and Planning, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Prior, he served as VP, Global Business Development and Strategic Planning. While at the studio, he was focused on commercially and organizationally navigating the transition from physical to digital distribution, including launch of new windows and the creation of integrated go-to-market product and channel strategies.
Handler holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was a Carter Fellow. Handler completed his undergraduate work at UCLA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.