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Technology is transforming the entertainment industry at an astonishing clip, creating huge choices in how to produce, monetize, market and distribute content for today’s digitally savvy audiences. Join our conversations at CES 2018 to stay ahead of the best strategies across all media platforms. Pioneers and innovators of the entertainment industry will share how they are taking risks and finding opportunities to succeed now and into the future.
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9:00 to 9:35 a.m. The Future of TV
Chief multiplatform executives explore the best business models and audience engagement strategies for various TV services, spanning pay TV, ad-supported OTT and subscription-based models.
Todd Supplee, Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, PwC @tpsupplee
Kelly Abcarian, SVP Product Leadership, Nielsen @kellyabcarian
Erin McPherson, Head of Content Strategy, Acquisitions and Programming, Verizon @erin_mcpherson
Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer, YouTube @nealmohan
Brian Sullivan, President & COO, Fox Networks Group
Maggie Suniewick, President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal @NBCUniversal
9:35 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Headliner Conversation: Perspectives on Innovation & Technology Trends
André Kudelski, Chairman & CEO of the Kudelski Group, a global technology leader and parent company of NAGRA, addresses fundamental shifts in the media and entertainment industry and what’s next in Internet TV, cybersecurity, analytics and IoT.
Interviewed by Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
André Kudelski, Chairman and CEO, NAGRA
9:50 to 10:20 a.m. Headliner Conversation
As Disney-ABC approaches a monster 2018 year, Sherwood discusses the launch of their new streaming service and the debut of ABC’s American Idol.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety @awallenstein
Ben Sherwood, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney|ABC Television Group @bensherwood
10:20 to 10:35 a.m. Headliner Conversation
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety @awallenstein
Rebecca Glashow, Worldwide Head of Distribution, Awesomeness @awesomenesstv
10:35 to 10:55 a.m. Headliner Conversation
CEO of Verizon’s Oath, Tim Armstrong, shares his insights on the future of combined AOL and Yahoo properties underneath the newly minted Oath division.
Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety @xpangler
Tim Armstrong, CEO, Verizon’s Oath @tim_armstrong
10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. The New Digital Entertainment Ecosystem
2017 was another milestone year for the digital entertainment industry, and mega-platforms Google and Facebook accounting for 25% of global advertising revenue. With over 30 billion video views per month and 285MM unique viewers, BroadbandTV is a company that knows how to scale viewership, and successfully expand revenue streams including advertising, subscription, mobile apps and merchandise. This talk provides expert insight to the new digital entertainment ecosystem with a focus on building brands, creating captivating content, and unlocking value at scale.
Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety @xpangler
Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV @shahrzadrafati
11:10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. How to Win the Battle for Attention
There’s a full-scale battle for attention happening now. People can consume content anytime, anywhere, and they have an overwhelming amount of choice. Meanwhile, time is more scarce than ever, which means the competition is fierce. Matt Derella, Twitter’s VP of global client solutions, shows how the battle for attention is won by connecting your brand to up-to-the-minute cultural cues, rich data, and an abundance of consumer conversations happening around the world right now.
Matt Derella, VP, Global Client Solutions, Twitter
11:25 to 11:40 a.m. Nissan CMO Conversation
Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, MediaLink @mspiegel
Roel de Vries, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Nissan @Nissan
11:40 to 12:15 p.m. Stealing the Show – Best in Brand Storytelling
Entertainment and consumer brands continue to create progressive marketing plans across social, digital publishing, OTT and linear TV. Marketers converge to explore how technology makes discovery critical for storytelling.
Scott Fisher, Founder, Select Management @scottfisher
Gigi Gorgeous, Digital Influencer @TheGigiGorgeous
Walt Horstman, SVP, GM, Advanced Media and Advertising, TiVo
Bob Jacobs, Head of Marketing, Product and Brand Communication, Volvo Car USA @VolvoCarUSA
Peter Minnium, President, Ipsos Connect @peterminnium
Dan Riess, EVP Content Partnerships and Co-Head of Turner Ignite, Turner @TurnerIgnite
12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. The New Age of Hitmaking
Brilliance can come from any source – podcast, shared social media video, or a classic TV show or film. Hitmakers of today’s expanding platform universe share their stories.
Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety @xpangler
Chris Berend, SVP and Head of CNN Digital Studios, & Co-Founder, Great Big Story, CNN @ChrisBerend
Baron Davis, NBA All-Star and Producer (Issa Rae’s Feud) @BaronDavis
Ashley McCollum, General Manager, Tasty, BuzzFeed @McCollumAshley
Croi McNamara, SVP, Video Programming, Condé Nast Entertainment @croimc
12:50 to 1:50 p.m. Lunch
1:50 to 2:25 p.m. Headliner Conversation
A look at the multiplatform hit series, The Walking Dead.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety @awallenstein
Charlie Collier, President and General Manager, AMC, SundanceTV & AMC Studios @CCollier
Scott Gimple, Showrunner, Executive Producer and Writer, The Walking Dead @ScottMGimple
Norman Reedus, Star, The Walking Dead @wwwbigbaldhead
2:25 to 3:05 p.m. Let’s Get Connected: Titans of Audience Engagement
What are the latest strategies in connecting powerful, can’t-ignore messaging to audiences? How can you create personalization at scale? What marketing formats are best breaking through on premium TV, short-form video and multi-platform brand integrations? Learn how advancing analytics are helping marketers fine-tune and better target promotions to their desired audience segments.
Gayle Fuguitt, Chief of Customer Insight and Innovation, Foursquare @GayleFuguitt
Eric Edge, Head of Global Marketing Communications and Industry Relations, Pinterest @eedge
Oliver Laubscher, Chief Media Officer, VICE Media @oliverlaubscher
Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE @StephMcMahon
Dave Otten, CEO, JW Player @jwplayer
Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, PBS @PBS
Barry Tishgart, SVP and GM, BAMTech Media @BamtechMedia
3:05 to 3:45 p.m. The State of the Stream
Today’s entertainment-on-demand loving audience has quickly built a complex streaming economy, with a new group of media power players calling the shots. Business strategies wildly vary and user-generated content continues to mix with premium offerings. In a crowded field, the streaming services continue to debate what comes next for this industry.
Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety @xpangler
Lisa Sugar, Founder and President, POPSUGAR @lisasugar
Andrew Sugerman, EVP, Publishing and Digital Media, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media @andrewsugerman
Alex Wallace, Head of OTT Video and Oath Studios, Oath @alexjwallace
Marc Whitten, VP, Amazon Fire @notwen
Paul Yanover, President, Fandango @pyano
3:45 to 4:00 p.m. Amplifying Your Brand with Facebook
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Bob Gruters, Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook @facebook
4:00 to 4:40 p.m. We’re Going Live! Thrills with Experiential Tech
Advancing technology is enabling sports, concert and live events to offer spectacular experiences for fans. How are companies introducing VR, increasing social media engagement and ramping up in-venue interactivity during these events?
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety @jank0
Kevin Chernett, EVP Global Partnerships and Content Distribution, Live Nation @chernett
Rebecca Howard, SVP of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships, Discovery VR @rebeccaehoward
Kay Madati, VP and Global Head of Partnerships, Twitter @KayMadati
Bachir Zeroual, Head of VR Marketing, Samsung Electronics America @Ze_Bach
Keith Richman, President, Defy Media @keithrichman
Jeroen Elfferich, CEO & Co-Founder, Ex Machina @jeroen020
4:40 to 5:00 p.m. Historic Emmy OTT Win – Headliner Conversation
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety @awallenstein
Joel Stillerman, Chief Content Officer, Hulu @hulu
Who Is Speaking?
- Ben SherwoodDisney | ABC Television Group
Ben Sherwood is Co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney|ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.
In this role Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network. He also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of more than 100 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels or channel feeds available in 169 countries in 35 languages, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands.
Additionally, Mr. Sherwood’s responsibilities include oversight of cable network ABC Family, and the company’s equity interest in A+E Networks, Fusion, and Hulu. All told, the Disney/ABC portfolio is responsible for the creation of more than 24,000 hours of original content each year.
Prior to this, Mr. Sherwood was president, ABC News, a position he had held since December 2010. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts as well as ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online.
During Mr. Sherwood’s tenure, “Good Morning America” became the #1 morning TV news program, and the news division won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.
Mr. Sherwood began his career in journalism in 1989 when he joined ABC News as an investigative associate producer and then producer for ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live.” In 1997, he joined NBC’s “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” first as broadcast producer, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer. Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of “Good Morning America.”
Over the years Mr. Sherwood’s journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications. He is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004). In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures under the title “Charlie St. Cloud.” He also authored The Survivors Club (2009), a New York Times’ best-selling exploration of the science and secrets of surviving extraordinary adversity – and how to apply those lessons to everyday challenges.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.
Mr. Sherwood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center, the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and City Year Los Angeles.
- Norman ReedusThe Walking Dead
Norman Reedus has amassed an impressive resume of diverse roles, starring among some of today’s most-respected actors. He continually proves to be one of Hollywood’s most engaging and sought-after talents.
In addition to starring in and executive-producing Season 2 of “Ride with Norman Reedus,” Reedus is currently filming Season 8 of “The Walking Dead,” reprising his role as fan-favorite Daryl Dixon.
In early 2016, Reedus starred in John Hillcoat’s ensemble cop drama “Triple Nine” with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, and Aaron Paul. Reedus plays a corrupt cop who is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. Reedus also starred opposite Diane Kruger, Lena Dunham, and Joshua Jackson in the French indie film “Sky.”
Prior to starring as Daryl in “The Walking Dead,” Reedus was well-known for playing the role of Murphy MacManus in the cult movie “The Boondock Saints,” written and directed by Troy Duffy; in this film Reedus starred opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. He starred opposite Flanery again in the sequel “Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day.”
Additional past film credits include Robert Kirkman’s sci-fi thriller “Air,” from Sony Pictures; the indie drama “Sunlight Jr.,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and also starred Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon; the Robert Redford-directed feature “The Conspirator,” which chronicles the trial after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; the sci-fi feature thriller “Pandorum” with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster; the Sony feature “Cadillac Records” opposite Adrien Brody; “Six Ways to Sunday,” “8mm,” “Beat,” “Deuces Wild,” “Blade 2,” “Gossip,” “The Ballad of Bettie Page,” and “American Gangster.”
Reedus is also an accomplished photographer as well as a burgeoning director, having directed three short films. In October 2013, he released a book of his photography, The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head: Photographs by Norman Reedus.
- Scott GimpleThe Walking Dead
Scott M. Gimple joined AMC’s hit drama “The Walking Dead” in 2011 as a co-producer and writer. During the next two years, he moved up to the role of supervising producer while also writing multiple fan favorite episodes including “Clear,” “This Sorrowful Life” and “Pretty Much Dead Already.”
At the beginning of Season Four, Gimple was named showrunner of “The Walking Dead.” During his tenure, the show has continued to garner critical acclaim while also breaking ratings records and becoming a worldwide hit.
In 2017, he also became executive producer on “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
Gimple started his television work in animation, writing and producing for Walt Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon. He created and executive produced the Emmy®-nominated television series “Fillmore!” for Disney before moving into live action. Gimple’s first prime-time television job was as staff writer on Fox’s “Drive,” and later a writer for NBC’s acclaimed series “Life” and ABC’s cult favorite “FlashForward.”
“FlashForward” began as a collaboration with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) that included co-writing the Sony feature film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance for Michael De Luca and co-writing the episodes “The Serpent” and “The Prisoner” of the inaugural season of Starz’ “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
Gimple’s first exposure to the comic book world was as an intern at Marvel Comics. After college, he worked as an assistant editor for Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics, where he wrote and edited Simpsons Comics, as well as the books The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever!: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family…Continued, and The Simpsons Guide to Springfield. He went on to co-create and write the six-issue miniseries Heroes Anonymous for Bongo with Bill Morrison, and later wrote a two-hour pilot for SyFy based on the series.
- Tim ArmstrongOath
Tim Armstrong is CEO of Oath, a global digital and mobile company that reaches over 1 billion consumers and partners with the world’s leading global brands. Oath’s mission is to Build Brands People Love and the company owns 50+ media brands including Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost, TechCrunch, Tumblr, as well as adtech and distribution platforms that support thousands of partners across the globe. Oath launched in June 2017 as a Verizon owned company, following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL Inc in 2015, where Armstrong was Chairman and CEO.
Prior to Oath and AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google where he finished as President of the Americas and a member of the global operating committee. Armstrong started in the media business after college by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA and then moving to Internet companies in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and New York. These companies included Starwave (creators of ESPN.com, NFL.com, NBA.com), Disney Internet Ventures, Snowball (NYSE Company), and America’s Health Network (acquired by News Corporation). Armstrong also co-founded and seed-funded Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo) and Patch (acquired by AOL).
Armstrong serves on the boards of Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ), Tech:NYC as co-founder, iDiverse as Chairman, Greenwich Academy for Girls, Connecticut College Athletic Club as co-founder, Waterside School and as a trustee for the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also serves as a loving husband and dad as well as lacrosse and basketball coach. Armstrong is an avid New England sports fan and Massachusetts native. He is part Camel (Connecticut College graduate) and part Trojan (Lawrence Academy graduate).
- Charlie CollierAMC TV
As President of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, Charlie Collier is a recognized industry leader overseeing the creative and business operations of two national television networks, a creative studio that produces and distributes an expanding slate of programming for a variety of outlets and a series of digital, gaming and data-driven businesses and business extensions. Collier joined AMC as General Manager in 2006 and was promoted to President in 2008. In 2010, he helped found and launch AMC Studios, an increasingly important business inside of AMC Networks. The company invests in IP and owning and controlling more of the content AMC Networks carries across its networks and emerging platforms. In 2015, Collier added President of SundanceTV to his responsibilities. Sundance has seen significant growth in ratings and key metrics under Collier’s leadership.
Over the past decade, Collier and his team have transformed AMC from a classic movie channel into a leading national network; a destination for critically acclaimed and popular original programming. AMC is the first and only ad-supported cable network to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, first with “Mad Men” in 2008. The series went on to win the award four years in a row before AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was similarly recognized in 2013 and 2014. Continuing the quality tradition with “Better Call Saul,” AMC is the first cable network of any kind to be nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series 10 years in a row. Additionally, AMC and AMC Studios’ “The Walking Dead” remains the highest-rated cable series in history and the #1 show on television for the last six seasons. Further, AMC remains home to the top four series launches in cable history with “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Into the Badlands” and “The Walking Dead.”
As technology and viewing patterns evolve, Collier and his leadership team have focused on new ways to engage and serve viewers and fans, with an enhanced digital presence on AMC’s own platforms and a variety of others, most recently through the launch of AMC Premiere, an ad-free version of AMC available to Xfinity customers nationwide. The company has also been a leader in serving fans through gaming and new technologies, including augmented reality and virtual reality, and in the use of data to drive audience engagement and segment target audiences.
Collier and his leadership team led AMC Networks’ strategic push into content production and ownership with the formation of AMC Studios, which currently owns and produces more than a dozen original series for AMC, SundanceTV and BBC America. In 2017, AMC Networks announced an agreement with Charter Communications through which AMC Studios will produce new series for Charter’s Spectrum TV customers.
Collier joined AMC from Court TV (now truTV) with a track record of driving brand, revenue and business growth. At Court TV, he served as executive vice president and general manager of advertising sales where he significantly grew revenue and played a key role in broadening the network’s appeal beyond courtroom programming into entertainment programming, for which it was acquired by Time Warner in 2006. Prior to Court TV, Collier held senior roles at Oxygen Media, A&E Networks and TeleRep.
Collier earned his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University. He is involved in a wide range of civic and philanthropic activities, among them a board position at CancerCare, an organization devoted to helping not just cancer patients but also those around them touched by the disease. He and his wife have four children.
- Marc WhittenAmazon
Whitten leads the global organization responsible for Fire TV. As Vice President, Whitten oversees the team that has successfully launched and expanded the Fire TV product family including the best-selling Fire TV Stick, the new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD, the first integrated Smart TV line up in partnership with Westinghouse and Element brands, and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, which recently launched in over 100 countries and territories around the world.
Under Whitten’s direction, Fire TV has become the market segment share leader in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan and grown to include tens of millions of monthly active users. Fire TV has also partnered with entertainment providers to give customers access to over 500,000 TV episodes and movies, and recently expanded in-app Alexa voice control with partners like Hulu, SHOWTIME, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and more.
Whitten also oversees the global team behind Amazon Appstore including Amazon’s app and game experiences and developer services for Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Android phones and tablets.
Prior to joining Amazon, Whitten oversaw the Xbox team where he brought three console generations and one of the world’s largest entertainment networks to market: Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox LIVE.
Whitten holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Texas.
- Rebecca GlashowAwesomeness
Rebecca Glashow is the Head of Worldwide Distribution at Awesomeness, a leading multi-platform media company defining the future of entertainment. Rebecca Glashow is responsible for overseeing distribution deals for Awesomeness content including AwesomenessTV series, and Awesomeness Films on all platforms worldwide. She joined Awesomeness in May 2016.
Prior to joining Awesomeness, Rebecca was the Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution & Partnerships for Discovery Communications, where she oversaw the strategy, development and execution of Discovery’s digital media distribution business. She led the company’s digital video strategy and negotiations across all platforms (including TVE, VOD, EST and mobile) and played an essential role in expanding Discovery Communications’ digital video business worldwide. Rebecca joined Discovery as Vice President, Digital Media Distribution, where she oversaw the distribution of Discovery Mobile as well as broadband and iTV programming on digital platforms.
Before Discovery, Glashow was Director, Video-on-Demand and Interactive Television, Content Acquisitions for Comcast Cable Communications, where she negotiated new media license agreements, built content strategy, spearheaded new product initiatives and developed ad sales opportunities with Comcast Spotlight. She played an integral role in expanding Comcast’s video-on-demand content offerings, securing the first movie VOD deal with Disney and launching a pioneering initiative with IFC Films that offered movies on-demand the same day they premiered in theaters.
Among her numerous industry honors and accolades, Glashow has been recognized as one of Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women,” “Women to Watch” and “40 Under 40,” as well as being named to CableFAX’s “Digital Hot List,” “20 to Watch: Rising Stars in Cable” and “Sales Executive of the Year” honors. She also serves on the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Board of Directors.
Glashow holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She is based at Awesomeness’ offices in New York.
- Barry TishgartBAMTech Media
Barry is Senior Vice President and GM of Technical Services at BAMTECH Media where he oversees BAMTECH’s growing online video business supporting clients, including Fox Sports, WWE, Sony Playstation, and many others. Barry joined BAMTECH from Comcast where he oversaw the video technology needs of Media and Entertainment customers worldwide as Vice President and GM of Comcast Technology Solutions. Barry joined Comcast in 2007 and during his tenure also served as VP of Internet Product Management and launched Comcast’s Wholesale business. Prior to joining Comcast, Barry held various sales and marketing leadership roles with Sprint, including launching wireless data at Sprint PCS. Barry holds a BBA in accounting and Master’s in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Shahrzad RafatiBBTV
Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), a digital entertainment company which exists to empower creators and inspire audiences. Shahrzad is building one of the strongest ecosystems in digital video worldwide, by connecting BBTV’s owned & operated brands, content, top talent, millennial audiences and digital platforms, powered by its smart proprietary technology.
Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Shahrzad is accredited with pioneering both the technology and business model that made peace between large entertainment entities like the NBA and their fans that were uploading premium content online.
Shahrzad has been the spirited drive and energy that has propelled BBTV to success. She has personally brokered successful deals with major media companies, music publishers, telcos, professional sports leagues and Internet giants. Today, BBTV generates 29.4 billion monthly impressions and 259MM hours viewed per month. BBTV is also the third largest video property in the world – in terms of unique viewers – following only Google and Facebook. According to the July 2017 comScore Top 100 Video Properties Worldwide report for Unique Viewers, BBTV represents 27% of Google Site viewers and 53% of Facebook. To put that into context, this means that over one in four people on Google Sites, including YouTube, are watching BroadbandTV content.
Shahrzad has been broadly recognized by numerous industry and community groups for her contributions to the media industry, and entrepreneurship. In 2014, The Vancouver Economic Commission appointed Shahrzad to its Board of Directors and the World Economic Forum welcomed Shahrzad as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Most recently, she was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Global Television, awarded Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Association, and named to TheWrap’s Innovators List. In 2015, Shahrzad was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group, named a Young Influential by Adweek, and Variety Magazine included Shahrzad in its Power of Women list. Shahrzad is also a graduate of YGL Oxford Module: Transformational Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and is actively involved with Founders Forum.
Shahrzad is a highly sought after speaker for a number of industry events. Speaking engagements to date include Dreamforce alongside Marc Benioff, Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, will.i.am and Brian Moynihan, the CEO and Chairman of The Bank of America, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Cannes Lions, VidCon, Web Summit, MIPCOM, CES, Newfronts, Financial Times Digital Media, dmexco, Business Insider’s IGNITION, Collision, BCTECH Summit and TEDx Vancouver.
Shahrzad is also a known thought leader in the entrepreneurship and media & technology space, having regularly contributed to Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wired.
In addition to BBTV’s achievements, Shahrzad actively pursues ways to encourage social change and is a champion for equal rights.
- Keith RichmanDefy Media
As president, Keith oversees all areas of content development, product, technology and marketing for DEFY Media. Keith co-founded Break Media in 2004 and as the CEO was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the business, building it into a 160 person, profitable digital media company. He led the company through its merger with Alloy Digital in 2013.
Keith is a prominent voice on the successful implementation of workable business models in the ever-changing digital video space and the convergence of TV and digital. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as a member of the 2014 and 2016 “Silicon Beach 25,” Keith is considered a leading expert in marketing to the coveted young digital demographic, which makes up the majority of DEFY Media’s audience of more than 155 million monthly viewers.
Prior to co-founding Break Media, Keith was the co-founder and vice-president of OnePage (acquired by Sybase 2002) and co-founder and director of business development for Billpoint Inc. Keith was integral in developing the business plan and raising venture funding, which ultimately led to the company’s successful acquisition by eBay in 1999.
Previous posts also include business development manager at Excite and Classifieds2000, as well as director of corporate planning at the Walt Disney Company, where he focused on consumer products, cable and emerging media.
He was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen 2007 New Media list of the most talented executives in film, television, representation, legal and new media, all age 35 and under, recognized in the prestigious annual “40 Under 40″ by Multichannel News and was named one of the “10 to Watch” by Television Week in 2006.
Keith holds an MA and a BA from Stanford in International Policy Studies and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
- Rebecca HowardDiscoveryVR
- Gigi GorgeousDigital Influencer
As a transgender female, Gigi Loren Lazzarato is a Canadian actress, model, and Internet personality who inspires and entertains with her story and larger-than-life personality. Gigi is noted for chronicling her journey during her transition on her YouTube channel and has worked with several top tier brands including Crest 3D Whitening, Pantene, Too Faced, and Revlon. She was just named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 and was included as part of the 2017 OUT 100 list, Variety 2017 New Leaders and TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People on the Internet. In 2015, she was won the Streamy Award for Best Beauty Channel.
Her documentary, This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and released on YouTube Red earlier this year. The documentary was recently recognized at the 7th Annual Streamy Awards where it won for Feature, honored for “MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY” at 2017 Critics Choice Documentary Awards and the ATTN video series campaign for “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” won “Best of Television” for Shorty Social Good Awards 2017! Gigi can also be seen acting as a reoccurring on-air personality for MTV and “TRL.”
Gigi is passionate about giving back and supporting causes close to her heart, including Children’s Hospital LA, LA LGBT Center and GLAAD.
- Andrew SugermanDisney
Andrew Sugerman serves as EVP of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s (DCPI) Publishing and Digital Media business unit, which is the physical and digital media publishing business for The Walt Disney Company.
Sugerman leads a global team of storytellers charged with creating stories across multiple formats and platforms. He oversees creative, operations, and strategic direction for the business and manages its $3 billion retail publishing, social media, digital products, digital influencers, and digital short form video efforts, along with commercialization channels that span retail, advertising, distribution, subscription, and more.
Sugerman’s purview includes all global licensed and vertical publishing across books, e-books, mobile apps, magazines, and comics under Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney Book Group, along with Disney’s digital publishing platform, Disney Digital Network (DDN). DDN is the home for the Disney brand on digital platforms across owned & operated channels (Disney.com, Oh My Disney, Babble, Polaris, StarWars.com and more), mobile apps, 3rd party social and digital media platforms that reach over one billion followers, and one of the leading digital influencer networks. The Publishing and Digital Media group works in partnership with all segments of The Walt Disney Company to extend content for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, and ABC while creating new original properties across all formats.
Sugerman joined The Walt Disney Company in 2007 as senior vice president and general manager, Disney English, which he quickly built into a thriving multi-location brick-and-mortar business in China with 30 learning centers in 6 cities. Under his leadership, Disney English set the benchmark for the way children learn English, combining storytelling and cutting-edge technology. He also managed all global learning efforts for Disney Publishing Worldwide, bringing licensed products to thousands of classrooms around the world.
He went on to lead Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with more than 700M products per year across a network of global licensees as well as numerous vertical imprints, including Disney-Hyperion, which is home to more than 300 best-selling titles in the past five years.
Prior to joining Disney, Sugerman was the president of Europe and the Americas at EF Education First’s start-up, English Live, and in strategy consulting positions across diverse industries from telecom to steel.
He has a degree in business with a minor in fine arts from The College of William and Mary, and received his MBA from University of Chicago. He resides in Los Angeles.
- Jeroen ElfferichEx Machina
CEO & Co-founder Ex Machina
Jeroen Elfferich studied Artificial Intelligence and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He co-founded several successful internet startups since 1995. His focus in the past decade has been on multiplayer games, mobile apps, interactive TV and online video. His main is interest is to create and apply technology to make entertainment more interactive and social.
Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Montreal-based Ex Machina (exmachinagroup.com) develops innovative, interactive multiscreen solutions for brands and media companies around the world. Ex Machina’s concepts, designs and apps reach millions of users and power thousands of hours of interactivity each year. Powered by battle-tested, proprietary technology for scalable infrastructure, synchronous second screen, interactive live streaming, cloud graphics and video trivia quiz apps. Partners and clients include NBCUniversal, Sony, Twitch, Machinima, Winview, Globo, Channel 4, ITV, RTL, M6, ProSiebenSat.1, Viacom, Nine Australia, MBC, Channel One Russia, Talpa, EndemolShine, FremanleMedia, Micorosoft, Orange and Red Bull.
- Bob GrutersFacebook
Bob Gruters is the US Group Lead for Facebook’s Entertainment, Restaurants and Multicultural business teams in North America, overseeing marketing relationships with leading brands across these key verticals. With more than 20 years of experience, Bob has held key leadership positions across the marketing and advertising industry that span television, digital, print, and OOH media.
Prior to joining Facebook, Bob launched REVOLT Media, Sean Combs’ television and digital music platform, where he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Before that, he was Senior Vice President of Client Development at Univision and Vice President of Business Development at Viacom representing the Entertainment group which included Spike TV, Comedy Central, TV Land and CMT. Before his career in television, Bob led Marketing Services for The New Yorker at Conde Nast.
Bob was also the Media Director at Sony Electronics where he led media and marketing strategy across the consumer and B2B divisions. Prior to this position, he held numerous marketing positions at JC Decaux, Esquire (Hearst), and Gannett.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University where he met his beautiful wife, Barbara. He is the very proud father of Evan, Grace, Matthew & Ryan and resides in Westfield & Monmouth Beach, NJ.
- Paul YanoverFandango
Paul Yanover was named President of Fandango in 2012, and in five short years has grown the company from a popular U.S. movie ticketing utility into an international digital network for all things movies. Serving more than 65 million unique visitors per month globally, Fandango provides best-in-class movie information, ticketing to 40,000 screens worldwide, trailers and original video for movie discovery, home entertainment and movie fan merchandise. Under his leadership, the company’s portfolio has grown to include popular movie properties Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, Fandango Movieclips, premium video on-demand service FandangoNOW, and movie merchandise marketplace Fandango FanShop.
Yanover has also expanded the company internationally for the first time into Latin America, acquiring Ingresso.com, Brazil’s leading online ticketer, and Cinepapaya (now Fandango Latin America) in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Under Yanover’s stewardship, Fandango has developed movie discovery and ticketing innovations for leading online, social, mobile, AI and voice technology platforms from Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Snapchat and others. Most recently, the company announced it is acquiring MovieTickets.com, which will join brands Fandango, Flixster, Ingresso and Fandango Latin America to create a suite of movie ticketing properties, serving hundreds of millions of moviegoers worldwide.
Before being named to his post at Fandango, Yanover served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, where he oversaw all Disney-branded initiatives on the Internet and mobile web, from Disney.com to Disney’s suite of premium digital products including online games, virtual worlds, network of family targeted sites, and streaming service Disney Movies Online. Yanover began his career with Disney at Walt Disney Feature Animation, ultimately becoming vice president of technology and digital production for the division, and also served as senior vice-president of Disney Parks & Resorts Online, overseeing the ecommerce business across Disney’s resorts and theme parks.
Mr. Yanover holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a double honors Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.
- Gayle FuguittFour Square
- Brian SullivanFox Networks Group
Brian Sullivan joined 21st Century Fox in 2015 and currently serves as President & COO of Fox Network’s Digital Consumer Group, where he is responsible for coordinating digital strategy and growth initiatives across FNG’s portfolio of networks and products.
Since joining Fox, Mr. Sullivan’s team has focused on further enhancing the companies leading TV Everywhere services, as well as developing underlying technology and capabilities for the future.
Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Hulu Board of Directors and works closely with the Hulu team and JV partners, particularly on its DMVPD service.
Before joining Fox, Mr. Sullivan was CEO of Sky Deutschland, Germany’s top pay TV provider, which he led through one of Europe’s largest ever media turnarounds and into an unprecedented period of growth. Previously, he spent 14 years at BSkyB, most recently as Managing Director of BSkyB’s Customer Group, where he used a focus on customers and innovation to help launch the original Sky Digital service, as well as Sky+, Sky HD, Sky Broadband and Sky Go, to drive the business to over 10 million customers.
- 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.
- Peter MinniumIpsos Connect
- Dave OttenJW Player
Dave brings JW Player nearly two decades of executive-level experience in Internet technology. As vice president of Affiliate Distribution at AzoogleAds, he managed a network of 6,000 affiliates. In his role as vice president of Corporate Development at Nielsen/NetRatings, Dave led strategic investments and mergers and acquisitions. He also served as vice president of Revenue Operations at About.com. He earned a bachelor’’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Andre KudelskiKudelski Group
- Kevin ChernettLive Nation
- Maggie SuniewickNBCUniversal
Maggie McLean Suniewick is President, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. In this role, Suniewick leads the company’s digital business strategy, builds and strengthen partnerships with new media and technology companies, and heads efforts to deliver premium content to emerging platforms. She is based in New York and reports to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal.
Suniewick previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Integration where she was charged with identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities between Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal. She led Symphony, the company-wide marketing initiative which promotes upcoming NBCUniversal programming, movies and events, including the Olympics, and Comcast’s products and services, across the entire portfolio to drive awareness and help connect with consumers.
Prior to that, Suniewick was Vice President, Programming for Comcast Cable from 2010 to 2013. Suniewick oversaw editorial and programming across all video platforms and consumer products, including Xfinity On Demand, XfinityTV.com and the Xfinity TV Player app. She was responsible for Comcast’s “Xfinity TV Watchathon” in 2012, during which time Comcast offered a massive collection of content never before available for free in one place. The event broke all prior records on the platforms and logged double-digit percentage viewership increases over the course of the week-long campaign.
From 2006 to 2010 Suniewick served as Vice President, Strategy and Development for Comcast Interactive Media where she focused on the online distribution of content both negotiating deals with major content providers and launching content across Xfinity products.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, Suniewick spent seven years with Oxygen Media where, as one of the network’s first employees, she helped to launch the network in February of 2000. During her tenure there she served many roles including being the editor and producer of the network’s personal finance website and manager of finance and planning for the company. Suniewick is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received her MBA from Columbia University.
- Baron DavisNBA All-Star & Producer
A native of Los Angeles, California Baron Davis is a true renaissance man. A professional basketball player by trade, he is also entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, actor and filmmaker. On the court, as a member of the 1999 NBA Draft this 2-Time All-Star’s career spans over 13 seasons in the NBA. Off the court, he’s produced the Emmy award nominated and critically acclaimed documentary “Crips & Bloods: Made In America” and premiered his documentary “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” on Showtime, as well an ESPN 30 for 30 “Sole Man”. Most recently, Baron booked a reoccurring role in the Amazon Studios series “Mozart In The Jungle” and co-hosted the TNT series “Players Only.”
- Kelly AbcarianNielsen
Kelly Abcarian is a media research executive with more than 17 years of industry and technical leadership in aligning cross-product solutions for television, digital and cross-platform content and advertising.
Kelly is currently Senior Vice President for Product Leadership at Nielsen. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic vision and roadmap for Nielsen’s TV & Audio
Ratings, Scarborough, and Total Audience
products, focused on the convergence of
devices and cross platform audience measurement. Since joining Nielsen in 2005, Kelly has held numerous senior roles managing the company’s largest technology platforms and servicing clients in the Watch & Buy segments of Nielsen’s business. Kelly is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a member of the IAB Advanced TV Advisory Board as well as being an active participant on the MRC Standards Committees.
- Roel De VriesNissan
As Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Marketing, and Brand Strategy, Roel is focused on further strengthening Nissan’s brands value. There are two key elements to this: firstly ensuring internally Nissan is doing everything needed to develop leading brands; and secondly making sure this is then communicated effectively and consistently in today’s increasingly complex world of marketing.
Born and growing up in the Netherlands, Roel always wanted to work in the automotive industry, inspired by a belief that purchasing a car is one of the most emotive investments a person will ever make in their lives. He first joined Nissan in 1994 at the European head-office in Amsterdam, having qualified with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Hogeschool Eindhoven, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen. Then in 1998, Roel took a role based in South Africa responsible for marketing. During his time in South Africa Roel became Director of Marketing and Sales and experienced incredibly fascinating and challenging times when the country went through significant political and financial changes.
Following his time in South Africa, Roel worked in a number of global roles including General Manager Product Planning General Overseas Markets (2008 -2009), Program Director for Nissan’s all rear wheel drive vehicles (2009 – 2010), before being appointed to his current role as Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy in November 2010.
Education and Awards
• Awarded Bachelor Industrial Engineering, Hogeschool Eindhoven, Netherlands
• Awarded Master Business Administration, University of Groningen, Netherlands
In Roel’s Personal Time
Roel likes to spend as much time as possible enjoying all aspects of life, from travel, to sports, to good food and wine – all enjoyed with family and friends. His favourite sports are field hockey, running, skiing and golf.
- Alex WallaceOath
- Ira RubensteinPBS
As Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Ira Rubenstein leads digital consumer experiences and marketing for PBS. In this role, Mr. Rubenstein focuses on continuing PBS’ digital evolution through the development, implementation and scaling of world-class digital services and marketing content strategies. He also oversees the business intelligence group and leads comprehensive marketing programs to acquire, retain and engage audiences across platforms for the benefit of member stations.
Mr. Rubenstein joined PBS in 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital, and led the expansion of PBS’ general audience and children’s content to mobile devices, over-the-top (OTT) services and other digital platforms. His accomplishments include an updated PBS.org, which yielded dramatic growth in traffic to station websites and online station donations. He spearheaded the development of Passport, a video offering available through member stations that provides donors on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. He also led the expansion of PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ network of online-original content.
Mr. Rubenstein has more than 20 years of experience leading digital entertainment businesses. Prior to PBS, he was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for mobile media company MeeMee Media. Mr. Rubenstein also served as Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox where he established the Digital Marketing organization and led the team behind ground breaking social and mobile campaigns for Prometheus, Chronicle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, and other major motion pictures.
Before joining Fox in 2011, Mr. Rubenstein was Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment’s Global Digital Media Group. During his tenure, he led strategic global digital initiatives related to websites, digital comics, games, digital video distribution, and launched the award-winning Marvel Digital Comics iPad app.
Mr. Rubenstein joined Marvel after more than 12 years at Sony, most recently as Executive Vice President, Content Strategy and Acquisitions. In that position, Mr. Rubenstein led the organization’s acquisition of content for all Sony devices and negotiated global content deals with major networks, movie studios, game companies and music labels. While at Sony, he also developed worldwide digital marketing, product and distribution strategy for Sony Pictures, and oversaw the rapid growth of sonypictures.com, which ultimately became a top 10 entertainment site. In addition, he led the establishment of Movielink, a first-of-its-kind online, video on-demand service, and managed the digital growth of the studio’s most important brands, including Wheel of Fortune, JEOPARDY! and Seinfeld.
Mr. Rubenstein holds a B.A. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and has an M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. In addition to awards for his work from Clio, Promax, Key Art, the Webby Awards, and others, Mr. Rubenstein has twice appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” list and has also been featured on the PGA’s “Digital 50” list, which recognizes new media innovators.
- Eric EdgePinterest
As head of global marketing communications and industry relations, Eric (@ericmedge) drives the strategy for the Pinterest for business brand and leads Pinterest’s presence in the marketing and advertising industry globally. Before joining Pinterest, Eric was an early member of the Instagram business team, where he led brand strategy across several categories. Prior to Instagram, Eric was the head of marketing for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He got his start in the agency world, serving as global chief communications officer of Havas Worldwide and VP of global communications at FCB. Eric is currently saving ideas about tiny houses and beach escapes.
- Lisa SugarPOPSUGAR
Lisa Sugar is the founder & president of POPSUGAR Inc, a global media and technology company that is parent to lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR and monthly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have. Together, these brands attract a monthly audience of over 100M visitors worldwide, as well as 3.1B content views and over 370M video views. Her book, POWER YOUR HAPPY: Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life (Dutton; September, 2016), chronicles what she’s learned on her journey building the company. Prior to POPSUGAR, Lisa served as a media planner at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and at Young & Rubicam and began her career at Showtime and Fox. Lisa graduated with a degree in psychology and English from The George Washington University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs – a Jack Russell Terrier and a Terrier Mix.
- Todd SuppleePwC
Todd is a Partner in PwC’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications consulting practice, possessing more than 20 years of global management consulting and professional management experience. He leads PwC’s Media consumer research and is a contributing editor to PwC’s annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook publication. Todd is a former CEO of an independent film production studio and COO/CFO of a global retailer. He focuses on data and analytics, understanding how content owners can leverage data and advanced modeling techniques to make better decisions related to the evolving and finicky customer.
- Bachir ZeroualSamsung
With a passion for technology-driven platforms that are redefining consumer behavior, Bachir Zeroual is the Head of VR Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, and is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of marketing programs supporting Samsung’s virtual reality technology. Since joining Samsung in 2016, Bachir has been focused on accelerating virtual reality into the mainstream consumer experience and helping brands reinvent how they connect with consumers through Samsung’s VR and 360 products and services.
Prior to Samsung, Bachir developed his strong insight into global consumer behavior at Coca-Cola, working in their France, South Africa and U.S. locations across a wide variety of sub-brands. Specifically, Bachir launched and ran the marketing ventures efforts, with the ambition to partner and strategically invest in emerging technologies, helping Coca-Cola brands better connect with consumer targets, in various spaces such as music and fitness.
Bachir holds a degree from EDHEC Business School.
- 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.
- Brian BenedikSpotify
Brian Benedik is the Global Head of Advertising Sales where directs the sales strategy and organization across Spotify’s 58 markets. Brian previously served as Vice President, North American Ad Sales for Spotify where he grew the advertising business exponentially and built a world-class team across the U.S. and Canada.
Brian is an ad sales veteran and recognized leader in the audio industry. Prior to Spotify Brian served as President of Katz 360, the digital division of Clear Channel-owned Katz Media, where he helped build the largest online audio sales network and helped to create the emerging Digital Audio Ad marketplace.
- Dan RiessTurner
Dan Riess is executive vice president of content partnerships and co-head of Turner Ignite. Within this leadership position, Riess oversees creative, solution-based client ideation across Turner’s entertainment, news and kids brands, while closely aligning with sales, client and network strategy to strengthen opportunities and outcomes for marketers. He is based in New York and reports to Donna Speciale, president of Turner Ad Sales.
Formed in 2016, Turner Ignite is an insights-powered content and data solutions unit that powers the next generation of advertising capabilities. Since the team launched and with oversight of the content part of the group, Riess has been focused on developing new advertising environments and capabilities that power marketers with unique opportunities. From expanding branded content capabilities with the launch of Courageous, to social optimization tools like Launchpad or bringing the power of native advertising to television with Turner Native Plus, Riess and his team are passionate about producing meaningful campaigns with real results and reach.
Riess has held several key positions across Turner since joining in 1997. Prior to his current position, he was executive vice president of integrated marketing and branded content for Turner Ad Sales, a position he took on after overseeing Turner Entertainment Ad Sales as senior vice president of integrated marketing. Before Turner Ad Sales, he was vice president of marketing and ad solutions for the Turner New Products Group. From the early 2000s, Riess was director of TBS Inc. Strategic Planning, an in house corporate strategy team; and in the late 1990s, he held a critical role in the brand positioning development for TNT and CNN Headline News as the manager, then director, of the Turner Marketing Solutions Group – the industry’s first-ever, integrated marketing and sales group. Riess began his career in marketing at EMI Music/EMI Records.
Riess and his team have been honored with several industry recognitions, including a Cannes Lions for Turner Ignite and CNN’s “Human by Design” campaign with Square Enix, Digiday Publishing Awards’ “Best in Show” for the CONAN partnership with Universal Pictures’ Ride Along 2, and Adweek’s “Grand Arc Award” for the Great Big Story and Modelo branded content campaign in 2017. The Turner Ignite division was recognized by TV of Tomorrow with an award for “Achievements in Advanced Advertising” in 2016.
Riess earned a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs at Gettysburg College and an MBA at Columbia University School of Business.
Turner Ad Sales monetizes the company’s portfolio of leading entertainment, kids, news and sports properties through award-winning advanced advertising capabilities that power return-on-investment for brands. Attracting a wide-scale audience of diverse fans, the collection includes leading media brands Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Great Big Story, HLN, SuperDeluxe, TBS, TNT, truTV, Bleacher Report and Turner Sports’ high-profile coverage of the MLB, NBA NCAA, PGA and the newly-formed professional eSports league ELEAGUE. In addition, the company has digital sales partnerships with the NBA, NCAA and PGA.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
- Walt HorstmanTiVo
Walt Horstman leads TiVo’s advanced advertising platform and data business. An industry pioneer in data-driven TV advertising, Mr. Horstman previously launched and built AudienceXpress, an industry-leading automated TV sales platform, that was ultimately acquired by Comcast in 2015. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Visible World, Cablevision and Accenture. He has a B.A. in Economics and German from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University. He and his spouse, Dexter, enjoy exploring the rich history and beauty of the Hudson River Valley.
- Kay MadatiTwitter
Kay is Vice President and Global Head of Content Partnerships at Twitter, overseeing the company’s worldwide efforts to engage with media and content publishers across the categories of TV, film, music, sports, news, lifestyle, influencers, and creators. He is responsible for leading the teams that develop the executional strategies for how partners can extend, scale, market, and monetize their content and programming initiatives across Twitter.
Prior to joining Twitter, Kay was Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., where he led the teams responsible for all aspects of digital, social and mobile strategy. Before BET Networks, he was the Head of Entertainment and Media at Facebook, Inc, charged with the growth and monetization of Facebook’s Entertainment and Media business.
Earlier in his career, Kay also held a variety of leadership roles in content development, operations, sales and marketing at both CNN Worldwide and BMW of North America, working on projects that highlighted innovation and creativity with leveraging technology and media to engage consumers.
Kay has a BA from Georgetown University, where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Philosophy, and an Executive Management Leadership Certificate from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is a founding Board Member and Chairman Emeritus of both Brooklyn Excelsior and Atlanta Heights Charter Schools. Kay is also a Board Member of CoachArt, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for chronically ill children. Follow him at @KayMadati on Twitter.
- Matt DerellaTwitter
- Erin McPhersonVerizon
Erin McPherson serves as Verizon’s Head of Content Strategy, Acquisition and Programming. In this role, McPherson oversees Verizon’s content activities, including programming, acquisitions, development, strategic partnerships, and original content across all Verizon’s platforms, including Fios and future OTT efforts. Prior to joining Verizon, McPherson served as the Chief Content Officer at Maker Studios, the world’s largest network of short-form online video, which was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2014, and prior to that, Erin ran video at Yahoo. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law.
- Oliver LaubscherVICE Media
Oliver Laubscher serves as Chief Media Officer at VICE, where he develops content marketing solutions for brands, agencies and platform partners globally. He manages the US Agency Sales Team and the Marketing Solutions Team across Connection Strategy, Operations and Marketing Solutions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
Oliver previously worked at GroupM/WPP where he created and financed digital channels and programming assets. He held roles at Ogilvy in London, Schematic and WPP Digital in New York.
Oliver created a fashion label in Berlin and managed an NGO in Sarajevo. He also worked at IBM in Zurich.
Oliver is a board member of Precipart Group, a global engineering company. He also sits on several advisory boards and created Noted Places, a travel app in 2014.
Oliver holds an MA of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Zurich.
He lives in NY with his wife and daughter.
- Bob JacobsVolvo
Bob Jacobs joined Volvo Cars in March 2017 as Vice President, Marketing, Product and Brand Communication for the US market as well as the region Americas, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil and South American importer markets. Bob joined Volvo from Starwood hotels where he was the Vice President, Brand Management for Sheraton and Westin North America. There he led all marketing and guest experience initiatives for the two brands. Prior to his time at Starwood, he spent more than twenty years at Procter and Gamble marketing iconic brands like Crest, Pampers and Duracell.
Bob is an avid runner and skier and also enjoys cooking and traveling with his family. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Connecticut.
- Stephanie McMahonWWE
As Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon is responsible for working with WWE’s business units to support key growth initiatives and represents WWE as its global brand ambassador. She is the primary spokesperson for WWE’s CSR initiatives, including Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen and Be a STAR, WWE’s anti-bullying program. In 2014, Stephanie and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, established Connor’s Cure, a fund dedicated to fighting Pediatric cancer. Stephanie is also a TV personality, appearing regularly on WWE’s flagship programming.
She is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and is also a member of the 2015 Eisenhower Fellowship class.
Prior to being named Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie was Executive Vice President, Creative and was responsible for overseeing the Digital and Creative Departments, as well as the creative development of all WWE television, pay-per-view programming, print, digital and social media content. She has also managed WWE’s Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management and Live Events businesses.
Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors for WWE, USO Metropolitan Washington and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX magazine for the past five years. Most recently, Stephanie was recognized as a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News for 2016 and was named to the Variety Power of Women Impact Report. Adweek also included Stephanie in their inaugural list of the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Sports.
Stephanie received her B.S. from Boston University in Communications and has been named a Distinguished Alumni by the School of Communications.
Stephanie is a mother of three daughters ages 10, 8 and 6.
- Neal MohanYouTube
Neal Mohan is Chief Product Officer at YouTube. He is responsible for YouTube products and user experience on all platforms and devices globally. This includes YouTube’s core mobile applications, YouTube.com, emerging technologies like VR, vertical experiences such as YouTube Kids, Music and Gaming, and YouTube’s two subscription services, YouTube Red and YouTube TV. Products for media partners, content creators and musicians are also part of Neal’s portfolio.
Previously, Neal was Senior Vice President of Display and Video Ads at Google. In this role he was responsible for the company’s advertising offerings on YouTube, the Google Display Network, AdSense, AdMob, and the DoubleClick family of programmatic ad platform products. He focused on growing the overall digital media industry by building innovative solutions for millions of Google’s advertising and media partners around the world.
Neal serves on the Boards of Directors for 23andMe and the New America Foundation’s California Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Management Board for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Neal has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Internet Advertising Bureau and the Mobile Marketing Association. He is a regular speaker at media and technology industry events and has been named one of Ad Age’s 10 Most Influential Players in Marketing and AdWeek’s 12 Stars of Ad Tech.
Prior to joining Google, Neal was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Development at DoubleClick where he built the company’s strategic plan, led the product management team, and rapidly grew the business. He played a critical role in the sale of DoubleClick to Google, and subsequently led the integration. Previously, Neal held various technology and business leadership positions at DoubleClick and NetGravity where he helped pioneer the digital marketing industry. He has also served in strategy and consulting roles at Microsoft and Accenture.
Neal earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.