Welcome to INNOVATE– Variety’s newest Summit focusing on the entertainment industry’s most cutting-edge and evolving technologies. Leaders will gather at Innovate to explore how AI, advancing analytics and VR/AR are advancing marketing, storytelling creation, content curation, audience engagement/measurement and more.
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8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Registration
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 to 9:40 a.m. The State of the Immersive Entertainment Experience
Entertainment companies are diving into VR, AR and 360 video, with remarkable results across narrative storytelling. Will VR/AR represent a new revenue stream for film, TV, games and music? Today’s emerging entertainment titans explore the opportunities and challenges ahead for these advanced technologies.
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES), UCLA Anderson School of Management
Maureen Fan, CEO, Baobab Studios
Elizabeth Frank, EVP & Chief Content and Programming Officer, AMC Entertainment
Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T
Mac McKean, Executive Vice President of Innovation, AMC and SundanceTV
Andy Vick, Co-President of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment, STXsurreal
9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Using Ticket Transaction Data to Target and Measure Your Opening Weekend
Matthew Weisbecker, VP Media and Entertainment, Conversant
9:55 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Keynote Conversation
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corp.
10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Bridging the Gap Between Gaming & Entertainment
Tim Hayden, President & Co-Managing Partner, Brain+Trust Partners
10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Keynote Conversation- Humanizing the Brand Experience
In a world saturated with brand messaging, how do you make your audience care again? Proximity is the antidote to apathy. Consumer first formats and innovative storytelling can elicit genuine human connection, moving the audience from passive observer to active participant. Leveraging the same hacks employed to promote philanthropic and political movements, RYOT Co-Founder and Head of Brand, Molly Swenson shares how advances in data technology can inform a content marketing strategy that engages consumers and drives emotional connection.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Molly Swenson, Co-Founder and Head of Brand, RYOT
11:10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. Networking Break
11:25 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Analytics – Power Player in the OTT Experience
Data is increasingly the nerve center behind today’s growing streaming platforms and services – influencing recommendation engines, ad models, content development and more. Companies are using data as a distinguishing feature for their services. Who are the leaders in OTT entertainment analytics? How is audience measurement impacting their decision making? How have the streaming services evolved to reflect the wealth of first party data that comes tied to OTT platforms? Entertainment analytics chiefs across the OTT landscape share how they are advancing their platforms.
Derek Smith, Principal, Media and Entertainment Advisory Practice, PwC
Julie DeTraglia, Head of Advertising Sales Research, Hulu
Tim Ganss, Head of Music Intelligence, Spotify
Michelle Kempner, Publisher, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Julie Uhrman, EVP and GM, Lionsgate Over-the-Top Ventures
12:05 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. How TV Drives TV – Alphonso Data Success Stories
The science of targeting audiences to maximize advertising performance
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Abbey Thomas, CMO, Tremor Video DSP
Kjerstin Beatty, SVP, Media, NBCUniversal
12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:20 p.m. to 2 p.m. They Blinded Me with Science! Next Gen Storytellers
VR/AR/360 technology has opened up a new playground for the creative community. However, handling this immersive tech is closer to computer programming than to the usual camera work on set. Who are the fearless creatives diving into the promise of VR? What recent, current and upcoming projects look to break the most ground in this area? VR creative leaders will share stories about their move into storytelling.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Karen Dufilho, Executive Producer, Google Spotlight Stories
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures
Rebecca Howard, SVP of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships, Discovery VR
Jake Zim, SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Chris Young, SVP Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab
2 p.m. to 2:15 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.
Speaker: Deren Baker, CEO, Jumpshot
2:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. In the Lab: AI and Machine Learning for Media Industry
As business models are upended in our digital age, a culture of experimentation is increasingly being supported to improve marketing/advertising, audience engagement, sales/revenues and more. In many cases, artificial intelligence and machine learning is driving data analysis and recommending possible solutions to media companies. What are recent and current examples of AI/machine learning/deep learning are steering media decision-making? Top entertainment scientists and engineers share how these future data technologies are helping them innovate their businesses.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Kelly Uphoff, VP, Content and Marketing Science & Analytics, Netflix
Dan Shiebler, Data Scientist, Twitter Cortex
Fiaz Mohamed, Head of Solutions Enablement, Artificial Intelligence, Intel
Ryan Steelberg, President, Veritone
Guillaume Aubuchon, Product Innovation Executive, Cast & Crew
2:55 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Keynote Conversation
Brad Jakeman, Senior Consultant, and Former President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group
Steven Wolfe Pereira, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Quantcast
3:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. ABC/Disney and the TV Genome Project
A look at how ABC/Disney is dissecting its TV series by scene, character and motivation in order to make data-driven recommendations to the content development process.
Anthony Accardo, Director R&D, Disney/ABC Television Group
3:40 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Networking Break
3:50 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. What the Hack!?! Securing Content in the Digital Age
As audiences are continuing to access programming via OTT platforms, hackers are unfortunately stealing this content from the cloud. What safeguards are being put in place to protect consumer digital data? How are programs, which are often developed and shared across platforms with various execs and producers, being protected from hacks? Leading entertainment and technology chiefs share how they are rising to the challenge of content security.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Peter Chronis, Chief Information Security Officer, Turner
Dan Meacham, Chief Information Security Officer, Legendary Entertainment
Rodney Faraon Partner, Crumpton Group and Former Senior Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency
Wendy Frank, Principal, PwC
4:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Branded Entertainment Data Presentation
Josh Feldman, Executive Vice President, Network Partnerships, NBCUniversal
Jason Klein, Co-CEO / Co-Founder, ListenFirst
4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Science of Popularity: Measuring Global Content Demand in a Multi-Platform World
Wared Seger, CEO, Parrot Analytics
4:45 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. VR/AR/360 and the Brand Engagement Opportunity
Consumer and entertainment marketers are embracing immersive technology, eager to find something explosive to connect with distracted and fragmented audiences. How is the rise of mobile and AR applications inspiring brands? How will VR play out in the world of marketing and advertising?
Stefanie Kane, Partner, US Entertainment, Media and Communications, PwC
Jesse Redniss, Chief Innovation Officer, TNT and TBS
Monika Ratner, Head of Social Strategy and Co-Founder UNCVR, Horizon Media
Neil Parris, Head of AR/VR Entertainment Partnerships, Google
Monica Hyacinth, SVP Digital Marketing Innovation, Universal Music Group
5:25 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Trendsetters in Multiplatform Marketing
Today’s leading marketers are continuing to spice up their campaigns through rising technology trends. What social audience data is the most important to digest and quickly act upon? How are marketers approaching data-driven people-targeting vs. securing the right content environment for their messaging? Can both objectives be achieved? How are increasing data capabilities in TV opening new doors for marketers? Leading trendsetters in multi-platform marketing discuss the latest innovations in their business.
Gayle Fuguitt, Chief of Customer Insights and Innovation, Foursquare
Kim Kadlec, Head of Global Marketing Platforms, Visa
Angela Courtin, Global Head of YouTube TV & Originals Marketing, YouTube
Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer, eBay
Rebecca Daugherty, EVP and Head of Marketing, ABC and ABC Studios
6:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Leslie MoonvesCBS Corporation
Leslie Moonves is Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation. In this role, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and oversees all operations of the Company, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime Networks, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, CBS Television Stations and Simon & Schuster.
Moonves came to CBS in 1995 as President of CBS Entertainment, after serving as President of Warner Bros. Television, where his team developed hit shows like “Friends” and “ER.” Once at CBS, Moonves and his team took the Network from last to first place in the ratings, launching hit shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” SURVIVOR and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Moonves was promoted to President and CEO of CBS Television in 1998 and became Chairman in 2003. He was later named co-President and co-Chief operating officer of Viacom and Chairman of CBS in 2004, overseeing domestic and international broadcast television operations as well as its radio division and outdoor advertising operations. In 2006, when Viacom split its businesses into two publicly traded companies, Moonves was named President and CEO of the newly formed CBS Corporation, which has since been one of the best-performing companies in media.
Under Moonves’s direction, the CBS Television Network has been #1 in viewers for 14 of the last 15 years, and currently has television’s #1 drama, NCIS; television’s #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; television’s #1 news program, 60 MINUTES; as well as time period-leading shows on virtually every night of the week. At the same time, the Company’s premium cable service, Showtime Networks, has generated millions of new subscribers on the heels of its successful owned series, such as RAY DONOVAN, BILLIONS, “Dexter” and THE AFFAIR, as well as the critically acclaimed, Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series HOMELAND.
The Company’s push to sell its shows around the world has made international distribution sales a significant revenue source, with CBS content licensed to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. That emphasis on exploiting content has also enabled CBS to strike lucrative, multi-year deals with the industry’s biggest online distributors, including Netflix and Amazon.
CBS’ other divisions have also been robust under Moonves’s leadership, including interactive media. The Company’s acquisition of CNET, Inc. in 2008 helped make CBS Interactive the premier online content network for information and entertainment and a top 10 internet property in the U.S. In publishing, Simon & Schuster routinely releases hundreds of New York Times bestsellers every year, including dozens that make it to #1, and is the publishing home of some of the world’s most recognized and prize-winning authors. Simon & Schuster is also a leader in digital publishing, with titles available across all major platforms and formats. In local broadcasting, CBS-owned TV stations are among the most-watched in the country.
By distinguishing CBS as a producer and seller of world-class content across all mediums, Moonves has helped CBS Corporation grow in value, revenue and market share while identifying and developing key new revenue streams for future growth.
Moonves was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2013 and Broadcasting and Cable’s Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also awarded the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America (2013) and named MIPCOM 2007 Personality of the Year. Additionally, Moonves is the previous recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Casting Society of America, the Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America and the Gold Medal Award from the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS).
Moonves currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Paley Center for Media and is also on the Board of Directors of ZeniMax Media and the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
- Brad JakemanPepsiCo Global Beverage Group
Brad Jakeman has a passion for developing category-disruptive innovation ideas and marketing programs that challenge the status-quo and build famous, world-class brands. As a Senior Advisor and Consultant he works with Founders, CEOs, Boards and CMOs on innovation, brand building and business models that drive disruption of existing industries and creates new economies.
For seven years as President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, Jakeman led global category strategy, brand building, design, advertising, marketing, innovation and branded content for PepsiCo’s global portfolio of beverages which includes ten of PepsiCo’s 22 Billion Dollar brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Mirinda, 7UP and Gatorade. Under his stewardship, Pepsi unveiled the first-ever global positioning for the brand, enlivened under the “Live for Now” tagline, rolled out the brand’s first truly global, synchronized advertising campaign featuring Beyoncé, unleashed the biggest global Football campaign in the brand’s history and reinvented the Pepsi Challenge to commemorate its landmark 40th anniversary. In addition, Jakeman has led the global expansion of Mountain Dew and the harmonization of that brand, with the first truly global brand campaign under the “Do The Dew” brand credo. Jakeman also unveiled new global visual identity systems for PepsiCo’s flagship beverages including Pepsi, 7UP and Mirinda.
Jakeman is also responsible for building new disruptive capabilities at PepsiCo, most notably Design & Content Creation. He appointed PepsiCo’s first-ever Chief Design Officer and built a state-of-the art Design & Innovation Center in downtown Manhattan which is now home to more than 60 of the world’s most talented designers. In its first 18 months of operation, PepsiCo’s Design & Innovation team has won more than 100 of the most prestigious design
awards in the industry, including the coveted “Red Dot Client of the Year” award, marking the first time a consumer packaged good company has been honored in the category. In addition, the Design & Innovation team created PepsiCo’s first new craft cola in over 100 years, called Caleb’s; and “Spire”, an innovative beverage fountain system able to deliver more than 1,000 flavor combinations for new and classic PepsiCo beverages, and created “Mix It Up,” a proprietary multi-brand experience during the annual Milan Design Week.
Under Brad’s leadership PepsiCo opened Creators League, the global content development arm of the company that includes a state-of-the-art content studio in New York City. Creators League serves as an internal producer for everything from all-encompassing branded content to brand inspired long- and short form scripted series and films, reality & competition, music recordings, OTT and digital content, distributed across five screens. Creators League aligns PepsiCo brands with top story-tellers and artists to produce compelling content across PepsiCo’s portfolio of snacks, beverages and nutrition products. Creators League also works with creatives in film, music, television, and digital on brand agnostic projects, extending brand equity beyond the bottle and bag to create new revenue streams through owned intellectual property.
Jakeman’s hallmark is a passionate belief that innovative, consumer-centric and creatively expressed ideas, integrated within a 360-degree consumer experience, can drive more powerful and engaging brands, which in turn creates an economic multiplier for companies. In a career that has spanned fashion, retail, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, technology and financial services, Jakeman has managed some of the world’s biggest brands on a global stage.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Jakeman was Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer & Chief Marketing Officer for Activision Blizzard Inc., the world’s largest videogame and interactive entertainment company. At Activision, Jakeman led all facets of the company’s global marketing functions including media, advertising, design & consumer experience, CRM, consumer insights and digital. He was responsible for marketing seminal brands Guitar Hero and Call of Duty – the latter an all-time blockbuster, and the largest entertainment brand launch in history for two consecutive years, earning more than $600 million in sales in the first four days of release alone. He was also instrumental in launching Activision’s new franchise Skylanders, which after three years has become Activision’s newest Billion Dollar Brand.
Prior to Activision, Jakeman was Macy’s Inc. Executive Vice President, Marketing charged with revitalizing and re-positioning the Macy’s brand. There he developed the retailer’s first-ever national brand campaign directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and two-time Academy Award winner Bob Richardson, and featuring some of the world’s foremost entertainment, cultural and fashion icons including Kenneth Cole, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tommy Hilfiger, Emeril Lagasse, Kimora Lee Simmons, Jessica Simpson, Martha Stewart and Usher. Eight years later Macy’s has re-interpreted this idea countless times, with the latest iteration including Justin Bieber, Marcus Samuelsson, Carlos Santana and Taylor Swift, and it continues to define and drive Macy’s strategic brand direction.
Jakeman’s first client-side role was in 1998 when he accepted a newly created position as Managing Director, Global Advertising at Citigroup in New York. At Citi, he led the development team that created the critically acclaimed, and Emmy Award Winning, “Live Richly” brand platform and the Citi Identity Theft Solutions service.
In the last 10 years Jakeman has been responsible for leading ideas and brand programs that have won more than 500 awards. Advertising Age named Jakeman one of America’s “Top 50 Marketers,” The Australian newspaper dubbed him one of the “top 20 people shaping global media,” in July, 2015 he was named “Advertising Person of the Year” by the Ad Club of New York; and AdWeek included him in the top 5 of the ‘Most Indispensable Executives in Tech, Media and Marketing’ for two years in a row. Jakeman is a passionate advocate for diversity in the ad marketing community, and a board member of The Advertising Club of New York, and The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and the Ad Council, where he was a founding partner of the much acclaimed “Love Has No Labels” initiative. He frequently collaborates with other leaders shaping pop culture, and is a sought-after judge and speaker at major creative and marketing award shows and conferences throughout the world, promoting the general advancement of the industry. Jakeman is also a Board and Executive Committee Member of the LGBT Center in New York.
Jakeman was born in Australia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney. He currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles.
- Molly SwensonRYOT
Molly is Co-Founder of RYOT, an LA-based media company, acquired in April 2016 by HuffPost / AOL. She was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 list in Media, and in 2016 was named one of AdWeek’s Young Influentials.
As COO from 2012-2016, Molly led all operations, partnerships, sales efforts and financings for the company from launch to acquisition. Molly was also a producer on RYOT’s Oscar nominated film Body Team 12, and has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and documentaries from the Arctic to Liberia to Brazil. As RYOT’s current Head of Brand, she is responsible for external matters of RYOT: communications, marketing, partnerships and business development.
Before RYOT, Molly designed, implemented and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Shakira and Kobe Bryant. While working at The Obama White House, identifying candidates for political appointment, she made it to the Top 50 on Season 10 of American Idol. She has been published in AdWeek, The Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Mic.com, written about in The New Yorker, Elle Magazine, The Washington Post and been a keynote speaker at CES, SXSW, Mobile World Congress and TEDxBerlin.
- Steven Wolfe PereiraQuantcast
Committed to inspiring people to ignite their true potential, Mr. Wolfe Pereira serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Quantcast.
Named by Adweek as one of the “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech” as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers, he has more than two decades of experience at the intersection of technology, entertainment, advertising, media and marketing. Mr. Wolfe Pereira is a purpose-led leader who builds high-performing teams that are client-obsessed, data-driven and ROI-focused. He is responsible for Quantcast’s brand strategy, corporate marketing, product marketing, content marketing, consumer insights, design, media, communications and corporate social responsibility efforts.
Prior to joining Quantcast, Steven was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Neustar which was taken private by Golden Gate Capital. Before Neustar, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Datalogix which was acquired by Oracle. Steven has also held executive roles at Starcom MediaVest Group (Publicis Groupe), Univision Communications and Akamai Technologies. He began his career in finance, focused on technology, media and telecom mergers and acquisitions, working at firms including The Blackstone Group, Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) and Violy, Byorum & Partners.
A passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Steven serves as a board director of the Ad Council, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Level Playing Field Institute. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University, was a Fulbright Scholar and completed the Greater Boston Executive MBA Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He also is a Co-Founder & Chairman of Encantos Media Studios PBC, a family entertainment company focused on multicultural content.
- Rebecca DaughertyABC
Rebecca Daugherty was named executive vice president, ABC Marketing, ABC Entertainment & ABC Studios, in July 2017. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities for ABC’s primetime, daytime and late-night lineups, while establishing the tone and brand for the network. Her duties include oversight and strategic planning, creative development and implementation of all on-air and off-air marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns for all ABC Entertainment programming, including scripted and reality series, alternative, movies and specials. Daugherty also oversees ABC Studios’ marketing efforts domestically and internationally for shows on ABC and other third-party platforms, including CBS, Freeform, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu and more.
Daugherty was previously vice president, Dramas, Movies and Specials within the creative arena of ABC Entertainment Marketing. In this role, she led creative teams in the development and execution of major primetime marketing campaigns across all platforms for The ABC Television Network, as well as ABC Studios shows globally. She played an integral role in the launch and sustaining of campaigns for many successful series, including “Scandal,” “ Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Quantico,” “Designated Survivor” and “Desperate Housewives.” She also oversaw campaigns for all of the highest profile network specials, including the “The Oscars®,” “The American Music Awards,” “The CMA Awards,” “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and “The Billboard Music Awards.” Daugherty and her team were responsible for the creation and execution of TGIT, one of network TV’s most successful brand campaigns, currently with over a billion Facebook impressions. She has won numerous Promax Gold Awards.
Prior to ABC, Daugherty worked at The Fox Television Network and numerous independent television stations in the areas of production, promotion and programming. She has directed live television programs and produced local news magazine features.
Daugherty holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Outside of ABC, she is involved in several professional mentoring programs and presents marketing seminars at colleges and student organizations.
- Mac McKeanAMC and SundanceTV
As AMC and SundanceTV’s Executive Vice President of Innovation, Mac McKean, along with his team, is responsible for the development of future-focused multiplatform products, experiences and content for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. McKean also directs the networks’ expanding consumer relationship management (CRM) efforts and continues to oversee AMC and SundanceTV’s award-winning and market-leading digital and gaming initiatives. AMC is home to some of the most popular shows on television including “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Preacher,” and its digital platforms are among the most popular, in terms of unique users, of any cable or broadcast network according to Comscore.
Most recently, led the launch of the AMC virtual reality app, AMC VR, which allows users to step into the worlds of AMC’s groundbreaking original series to experience virtual scenarios such as becoming a walker from “The Walking Dead” or getting Hong Kong-style martial arts training from the “Into the Badlands” Fight Camp. McKean also led the launch of AMC Premiere, a premium upgrade option for customers of Xfinity that gives fans of AMC programming a new way to watch current seasons of the AMC shows that they love. AMC Premiere offers Xfinity subscribers a premium experience and features ad-free viewing of all in-season original series, exclusive and first-look content, curated movies and other benefits. AMC Premiere is designed to respond to the desire of the network’s most sophisticated fans for additional choices by providing a communal real-time viewing experience for new episodes of highly-anticipated originals, along with premium enhancements that have never been available before.
- Elizabeth FrankAMC Entertainment
Elizabeth Frank is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer for AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC). She oversees the sourcing, scheduling and promotion of films and diverse content in all of AMC’s theatres, including studio partnerships, film buying, specialty content development, and programming investments. In addition, Ms. Frank leads U.S.-based movie-related business development initiatives for AMC’s parent company, The Dalian Wanda Group. Aside from her duties at AMC, Ms. Frank serves on the board of AmeriCares.
Beginning in 2010, Ms. Frank has served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Strategic Partnership, where her responsibilities ranged from developing and managing AMC’s partnerships to setting the company’s overall strategic framework and long-range vision. Ms. Frank has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing growth strategies for organizations such as Time Warner and Viacom. Prior to joining AMC, Ms. Frank served as Senior Vice President, Global Programs for AmeriCares, she has also served as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning for Time Warner, and spent nine years at McKinsey & Company as a partner serving media and consumer clients in the United States and Europe. Ms. Frank received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
- Andre FuetschAT&T
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T.
This includes network planning, the company’s innovation
road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual
property organization. His responsibilities include
spearheading the design of the company’s next-generation
5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined
networking (SDN) initiative.
He’s also heavily involved in AT&T’s push into open source
software and other open standards, and engagement and
collaboration with the broader developer community.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several
organizations responsible for software, systems and network architecture,
planning and engineering, where he holds six patents in the field of network
traffic optimization and database design.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research at U.C. Berkeley and completed his graduate coursework in
Computer Science at Stanford University.
- Maureen FanBaobab Studios
Maureen is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry’s leading VR animation studio. Started in 2015, the company’s Emmy-award winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim and become the top performing VR app. In a first, Hollywood is taking IP from VR to become a feature film: Roth Kirschenbaum Films (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to adapt INVASION! into a big screen feature film. Right out of the gate, Baobab Studios garnered laurels from film festivals globally including Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes. INVASION! is currently a top ranking download on major VR platforms including Oculus, VIVE, PSVR, Samsung, Within, Hulu and others. Baobab’s second film ASTEROIDS! starring Elizabeth Banks is an official 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival selection and won Best VR Experience at the Unity Vision Conference. Their latest Rainbow Crow, starring John Legend, Diego Luna, and Constance Wu premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes this year. Baobab has raised $31M to date making them one of the largest in independent VR studios today. Baobab’s vision is to create experiences with the empathy of film, the agency of games, and ultimately the motivation of real life.
Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. She was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including the FarmVille sequel, which contributed to 40 percent of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her most recent collaboration, “The Dam Keeper,” directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was also named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age for 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary program in computer science, art and psychology from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her master’s degree in business from Harvard University.
- Tim HaydenBrain + Trust Partners
Tim Hayden has two decades of experience leading high growth technology firms and marketing agencies. Before co-founding Brain+Trust Partners, he headed marketing at Zignal Labs, a real-time media intelligence platform. He is also former head of the Mobile program at Edelman Digital in North America. Tim has architected experiential campaigns and transformational change in some of the world’s leading brands, including Dell Technologies, Bacardi USA, McDonald’s, ExxonMobil, Hilton Worldwide, Kraft Foods, Nintendo, Hallmark Channel and Walmart. He is co-author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution (QUE Biz Tech, October 2014), lives in Austin with his wife and son, and he hasn’t owned a car since 2003.
- Michelle KempnerBuzzFeed
- Guillaume AubuchonCast & Crew Entertainment
Guillaume Aubuchon has spent the past decade melding the latest in technological innovation with the century old tradition of filmmaking. He is an integral part of Cast & Crew’s Product Innovation team, leading development in the company’s cloud-based software solutions including digital asset management and collaboration tools. As CIO of DigitalFilm Tree he focused on bringing seamless cloud workflow technologies into mainstream productions. Guillaume speaks to thousands each year on the emergence of cloud technologies in the entertainment industry and continues to bridge the gap between classic Hollywood workflows and modern technical progressions.
- Matthew WeisbeckerConversant
- Rodney FaraonCrumpton Group
- Rebecca HowardDiscovery Communications
As Senior Vice President of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships at Discovery Communications, Rebecca Howard leads strategy, programming and production for Discovery Communications’ Webby- and Shorty-award winning Discovery VR brand portfolio and drives social initiatives and new partnerships in collaboration with the company’s U.S. networks leadership. Howard assumes leadership of Discovery VR as the product surpasses 2M downloads and reaches 100M views across platforms. Since its launch in August 2015, the offering has grown to include over 130 immersive experiences, from network extensions to branded content and standalone videos.
Prior to joining Discovery in this capacity, Howard served as a strategic virtual reality advisor for several digital-focused companies, including Discovery. Previously, Howard served as General Manager of Video at The New York Times, where she was responsible for developing and growing the company’s video content across platforms, overseeing content strategy, branding, marketing and distribution, and leading the launch of Times Video, which received an Emmy nomination for Modern Love and an Emmy win for A Short History of the High-rise. She also led the launch of New York Times VR and oversaw the launch of the company’s first VR film, Walking New York, created in partnership with Chris Milk. Howard also previously served as Head of Development at AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, where she oversaw the production, development and launch of original scripted and non-scripted series, and as VP Production, Fox Digital Studios at 20th Century Fox, where she created original programming, branded entertainment and various integrated marketing initiatives.
Howard has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Vermont. She is based in Discovery’s Los Angeles office.
- Anthony AccardoDisney/ABC Television Group
Anthony Accardo is Director, R&D for Disney ABC Television Group, where he focuses on investing in new technologies relevant to the production, distribution and marketing of television content. Focus areas include data and metadata, including a dedicated metadata and taxonomy team, VR, AR and mixed reality, digital product, programming and development, advertising, news and marketing. Anthony started at Disney in the Disney Research organization within Imagineering; he holds a MBA from Harvard and a B.A. in Finance and B.S. in Philosophy from SMU.
- Suzy DeeringeBay
As Chief Marketing Officer, Suzy Deering leverages her background in technology, media, and brand to develop strategies and execute marketing activities for eBay Americas. She joined the company in 2015 and is responsible for all areas of marketing – including customer product marketing, loyalty and relationship marketing, buyer and seller marketing, media and social.
With a dynamic blend of marketing, brand strategy, data-driven insights, and deep media knowledge, Suzy has a proven track record of positioning Fortune 500 companies as leaders in their industry. Prior to joining eBay, she acted as CEO of Moxie, the largest digital advertising agency in the Southeast, where she led the development of digital capabilities towards technology-enabled data solutions. Her experience also includes more than a decade with Verizon, where she held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Executive Director of Media, responsible for developing and implementing strategies to drive company recognition, sales, and revenues. Suzy also spent time contributing her talents to iconic brands such as The Home Depot and The Walt Disney Company.
Suzy was recognized by Advertising Age as part of its “Top 40 Under 40” and by Business Insider as one of its “Top 50 Most Innovative CMOs.” She sits on the board of trustees at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, and was instrumental in the foundation of the Drake House in Atlanta, Georgia – a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children. She also serves as board member for the Association of National Advertisers and the Mobile Marketing Association.
Suzy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Georgia. When not at eBay, Suzy calls Los Gatos, CA home, where she resides with her husband, Ron, and is the proud mother of two freshmen children, Mitchell in high school and Maddi at The University of South Carolina (as well as two spoiled fur babies).
- Gayle FuguittFoursquare
- Karen DufilhoGoogle
Karen Dufilho is Executive Producer for Google Spotlight Stories and was instrumental in the creation of the group and its slate, which introduced immersive storytelling in mobile VR and VR at Google. Most recently Karen was a producer on Patrick Osborne’s Pearl and Justin Lin’s VR debut, Help.
- Julie DeTragliaHulu
Julie DeTraglia is the Vice President and Head of Ad Sales Research at Hulu where she is responsible for the development, design and implementation of ad sales research initiatives and advising Hulu’s national sales team. Prior to Hulu, Julie was SVP of Digital Research at NBCUniversal, where she was responsible for sales research and strategy across NBC’s digital properties, including all sites and apps for NBC Entertainment, News, Sports, Olympics and cable entertainment properties. DeTraglia, who was with NBCU for more than 14 years, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is based in New York.
- 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.
- Dan MeachamLegendary Entertainment
Dan oversees cyber security and content protection for Legendary, a nearly 100% cloud-based organization. With more than 20 years of experience protecting information assets, Dan Meacham is recognized as a top contributor to the information security community. Meacham is actively on the board for CDSA – Content Delivery Security Association, and is a founding Co-Chair of the Evanta Southern California CISO Executive Summit. Meacham’s enterprise-wide security and risk management strategies set the standard for enterprise security operations in large public, private and not-for-profit organizations; and was recognized as a leading model supporting NIST 800-66. Some of his career highlights include developing a national information security architecture model for healthcare and CISO finalist for the United Nation’s World Health Organization (2006).
- Julie UhrmanLionsgate
- Kjerstin BeattyNBCUniversal
- Josh FeldmanNBCUniversal
Josh Feldman joined NBCUniversal in 2016 to lead the Network Partnerships group, whose goal is to drive revenue across the entire portfolio through strategic sponsorship opportunities. He is responsible for partnering with the leadership of each NBCUniversal network across every platform to execute client-focused marketing efforts.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Feldman served as Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager of Turner Emerging Consumer Ad Sales for Turner Broadcasting, overseeing client relationships for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV.
Previously, Feldman was Vice President and New York Sales Manager for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He started his sales career with Turner and worked as an account executive for sister networks TBS and TNT before moving over to the animation group and Turner’s emerging consumer media business.
Feldman has been named to the Multichannel News “40 Under 40” list and has been recognized for his team’s innovative client partnerships which have spanned on-air, digital and video-on-demand platforms.
Feldman is a graduate of Michigan State University.
- Kelly UphoffNetflix
Kelly is the Director of Content and Marketing Data Science (aka “Hollywood Data Science”) at Netflix, focused on using causal inference and machine learning to grow the Netflix member base and audiences for its titles worldwide. Kelly started at Netflix almost 7 years ago as a statistician working on the initial research around to best promote Netflix Originals within the Netflix service.
Prior to her time at Netflix, built predictive models to understand customer retention at GEICO. She also served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia, where she helped women entrepreneurs start and manage small businesses.
- Ted SchilowitzParamount Pictures
Ted spends his time in a couple of unique roles in the motion picture industry.
As the Futurist at Paramount pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom,
exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
In his role as Chief Creative Officer at Barco Escape, Ted is spearheading a project that is focused on the future of next generation
immersive cinema experiences. Initial tent pole movie successes in partnership with 20th Century Fox and Paramount / Bad
Robot, have resulted in successful runs in the Escape 3 screen cinema format on the Maze Runner movies and Star Trek
Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science and
technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR
experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality
Ted was an integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema as a founding member and the company’s first
employee. The Red One and Epic cameras have made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the
world’s biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.
Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products. As one of the most
recognized brands in that industry, they are implemented worldwide at the highest levels on cinema, episodic television, sports
and news production.
Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched
the Macintosh desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, creating professional video products in tandem with Apple. These
products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post at the highest levels, on many of the world’s
biggest movies, TV series and sporting events.
Ted has presented worldwide at numerous conferences on the advancements in next generation visual experiences for the movie,
television and, interactive entertainment industries. He’s been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street
Journal, Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, NBC, CNET, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV Magazine,
TV Technology, HD Video Pro, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post Magazine, Popular
Science, and countless other publications discussing his areas of passion and exploration.
- Wared SegerParrot Analytics
- Derek SmithPwC
- Stefanie KanePwC
- Wendy FrankPwC
- Tim GanssSpotify
- Andy VickSTX
Andy Vick joins STX as Co-President of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment. Vick co-founded Surreal, a content and technology company, producing and distributing immersive experiences. Prior to launching Surreal, Vick was Head of Development at Maker Studios, where he oversaw creative development across the company’s 22 owned and operated verticals. During this period Maker was the largest distributor of short form content in the world. After The Walt Disney Company acquired Maker in early 2014, Vick continued to build the bridge between digital and linear by selling long-form programming into the Disney ecosystem developed with the company’s high profile digital talent.
Previous to Maker, Vick wrote and produced Television and Film for companies such as DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox with credits including Neighbors from Hell on TBS, as well as rewrites for DreamWorks’ animated feature franchises, Madagascar and Shrek. Vick sold a number of original pilots, including a half-hour comedy to FOX in 2010. His first industry job was a Production Assistant at J.J. Abram’s company, Bad Robot.
- Abbey ThomasTremor Video DSP
- Pete ChronisTurner
Pete Chronis is Turner’s SVP, Chief Information Security Officer. Pete’s team is responsible for Turner’s information security operations, architecture, governance, compliance and business continuity programs designed to protect the company and its global portfolio of more than 100 brands. Pete has more than 15-years of experience using technology to manage risk for telecommunications, retail, media, entertainment, financial and IT services companies. He is the inventor of several innovative proprietary IT security technologies that together have blocked more than 750 billion threats and prevented $100M in fraud. Prior to Turner, Pete was the Chief Security Officer at EarthLink where he was responsible for the company’s security program and product portfolio. He also developed sophisticated proprietary fraud detection systems for Lynk Systems, an Atlanta based financial services company that was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland and is now called WorldPay.
- Dan ShieblerTwitter
Dan works at Twitter Cortex, where he develops Machine Learning Models that can make sense of the world’s data. In addition to his work at Twitter, Dan works as a Deep Learning researcher at the Serre Lab at Brown University, where he tries to build neural networks that think like humans. Previously, Dan was a Senior Data Scientist at TrueMotion, where he built machine learning algorithms that use smartphone sensors to understand and score driving behaviors. Dan led TrueMotion’s efforts on developing smartphone IMU algorithms to detect hard brakes and distracted driving.
- Monica HyacinthUniversal Music Group
Monica oversees UMG’s global digital marketing strategy, primarily focusing on marketing innovation and emerging technology that can be harnessed across the company’s roster of artists and labels. She additionally leads the development of new marketing models spanning digital advertising, social media and gaming to ensure the company continues to lead the industry in innovating its global digital marketing strategy.
In her role, Monica leads an award-winning team and has worked with some of the world’s biggest acts – including The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, U2, Madonna, Rihanna and Justin Bieber – to produce cutting-edge digital campaigns worldwide.
Prior to joining Universal Music, Monica was Director Global Digital Strategy at EMI Music and previously worked at Thompson Reuters.
- Ryan SteelbergVeritone
Ryan Steelberg brings over 20 years of executive management experience in technology, marketing, business development and sales. He is considered one of the foremost experts in digital and online advertising. Since 1996, Ryan and his brother Chad have raised more than $400 million in equity financing, managed 500+ employees and created in excess of $4.0 billion in shareholder value, through the successful founding, management, and liquidation of four industry impactful companies.
- Kim KadlecVisa
Kimberly joined Visa in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Platforms & Capabilities. Ms. Kadlec joins Visa from Publicis Groupe, where she was the President, Global Solutions.
In her current role at Visa, Ms. Kadlec is responsible for shaping the strategy multiple marketing platforms, including Advertising Agency and Content Centers of Excellence, Data and Tech, and Visa.com thereby creating assets, programs and capabilities to drive the success of Visa’s global efforts.
Before joining Visa, Ms. Kadlec led Publicis Groupe’s Global Network Client practice, where she created seamless global connectivity for multiple clients, ensuring leadership, strategy, and top-to-top connections across all areas of expertise including creative, digital, media, and technology.
Prior to Publicis, Ms. Kadlec was the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at AOL, where as part of CEO Tim Armstrong’s leadership team, she developed content and data partnerships. She also spent eight years at Johnson & Johnson in a variety of roles in global brand architecture, marketing communications, brand experience, digital marketing, and investment strategy across the consumer, medical device/diagnostics, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Ms. Kadlec has received many industry accolades, including “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing” by Brand Innovators in 2014 and Huffington Post’s “Top Ten Social CMO’s 2013”. She and her husband recently relocated to the Bay Area from NYC.
- Angela CourtinYouTube