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8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration
8:50 a.m. to 9 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Keynote Roundtable: Future of the Media Company
The media landscape is rapidly transforming, with new business models forming to encompass OTT, subscription/ad-supported, linear programming, social media integrations – all combining for an increasingly tangled web of strategies for content distributors. As the fight is fierce for viewership, what makes for the best programming, distribution, monetization and marketing operations? Leaders of this new world order converge to share their stories for succeeding in this competitive age.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Jen Wong, COO, Reddit
Brian Sullivan President and COO, Fox Networks Group
Jesse Sisgold, President and COO, Skydance Entertainment
Marinn Jackson, Head of Premium Sales Strategy, Oath
Jeffrey Hirsch, COO, Starz
9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. First Look: Social OTT Venture Emerges from Stealth Mode
Co-founders Daniel Strickland and Joe Braidwood will sit down with Variety Co-Editor-in-Chief Andy Wallenstein to provide a first look at their social TV platform for premium OTT services which has been in stealth mode and is launching the week of Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit. The company’s mission is to bring people together over streaming shows and movies they love.
Daniel Strickland, Co-Founder
Joe Braidwood, Co-Founder
Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
9:55 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Conversation with Tony Goncalves, CEO, Otter Media, AT&T
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
10:25 to 11:05 a.m. Reinvention of Focused Audience Engagement
After some fumbles with certain major platforms – misuse of viewership data, for example– digital media has emerged stronger than ever in its audience reach. As marketers pursue an omnichannel approach – linear TV, live OTT, VOD, social, online publishing, etc. – what is the right approach to efficiently reach and engage audiences? How are platforms ensuring transparency and results in their media offering to marketers? What are marketers looking for as they weigh options in advanced advertising at the TV networks versus programmatic, data-centric buying in digital? Marketers and platforms talk about succeeding in finding their most valuable audiences now.
Gayle Fuguitt, Chief of Customer Innovation and Insights, Foursquare
Susan Schiekofer, Chief Digital Investment Officer, GroupM North America
Rebecca Daugherty, EVP Marketing, ABC and ABC Studios
Scott Weisenthal, VP, Global Creative + Content Marketing, Marriott
Alex Angeledes, Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, Google
Walker Jacobs, COO, Fandom
Kristin Dolan, Founder & CEO, 6IX0ERO5IVE
11:05 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Networking Break
11:20 a.m. to 12 p.m. Breakthrough Content in Today’s Attention Economy
Having that big idea is great but not enough to ensure programming will break through to today’s fragmented audience. With tempting options across platforms threatening attention – what does it take to make a splash? After landing on the right storytelling – what is the best decision to launch and distribute content for maximum impact? Studio, network and platform chiefs talk about strategies behind breakthrough content.
Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
Melinda Lee, Chief Content Officer, BuzzFeed
Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios
Nina Diaz, President, Programming & Development, MTV, VH1, Logo Group
Mina Lefevre, Head of Development & Programming, Facebook Watch
Wared Seger, CEO & Co-Founder, Parrot Analytics
Jon Penn, CEO, NRG
12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Keynote Conversation with John Landgraf, CEO FX Networks and FX Productions
Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Deputy Editor, TV, Variety
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 to 2:10 p.m. Finding the Moonshot in Entertainment
With traditional business models challenged, the entertainment industry is in a race to discovery new revenue streams. Is there a moonshot solution on the horizon – to boost TV, film, music, gaming categories? Mainstream applications are heating up for VR and AR. What other new creative technologies are on deck – also possibly including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain? Creative leaders give us the lowdown on what’s next for our business.
Alicia Hatch, Chief Marketing Officer, Deloitte Digital
Glenn Gainor, President, Sony Innovation Studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jesse Redniss, Chief Data Officer and Head of Product Innovation, Turner Broadcasting
Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Matthew Bakal, Co-Founder & Chairman , Atom Tickets
Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer, Pandora
2:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Adrienne Pabst, SVP, Connections, iHeartMedia
Interviewed by Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
2:40 to 3:20 p.m. OTT – Building a Better Mousetrap
As multiscreen OTT grows in popularity, what are the best business models to succeed? How is OTT fulfilling distributors dream of personalized TV? How might AI, automation, federated search, and other advanced technologies take OTT to new heights? What types of programming – live, long-form, short-form, premium, user-generated – are connecting with audiences? What are the advantages and disadvantages of various distribution models (mobile, cable operators, standalone OTT, etc.)? What is the value of an App Store? What are goals for continuing to expand this entertainment category?
Interviewed by Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Colby Smith, SVP, Content & Partnerships, ABC News
Portia Archer, Head of Direct-to-Consumer, NBC Sports
Amanda Herald, VP Media Strategy and Business Development, NFL
Greg Riker, SVP for The Americas, Metrological
Michael Bishara, GM, of OTT and Digital Syndication, Discovery Communications
Tom Gorke, EVP & Head of Distribution and Business Development, Viacom
3:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Sophia Amoruso, Founder, Girlboss
Interviewed by Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
3:40 to 3:55 p.m. Deep Dive with Instagram TV
Ashley Yuki, Head of Product, Instagram TV, Instagram
Anwar Jibawi, Instagram Comedian (5.4 million followers)
Interviewed by Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
3:55 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. Work Hard – Play Hard: The Big Business of Esports
The act of watching video games, aka esports, has emerged as a hot spectator sport, now filling stadiums worldwide. What are brand marketing opportunities around esports, especially as it attracts elusive generation Z and millennial audiences? How are esports leagues evolving to best capitalize on growing popularity worldwide? What content distributors are best engaging audiences with e-sports programming? Top esports leagues, distributors, brand marketers and their partners will share how they are taking this growing business to new heights.
Brian Crecente, Video Games Editor, Variety
Elizabeth Van Wyck, Head of Business, Operations & Esports, Halo
John Bonini, VP and GM, Esports and Gaming, Intel
Aaron Ryan, SVP, NBA 2K League
Ari Segal, President and COO, Immortals, LLC
4:25 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Conversation with Sandeep Gupta, VP, Amazon Fire
Interviewed by Todd Spangler, NY Digital Editor, Variety
4:40 to 5:20 p.m. Visionaries of the Disrupted Media Landscape
Consumer brands, film, TV shows always want to make a name for themselves – but our fragmented viewership presents increasing challenges. What’s the best way to make an impact on audiences? Compelling content across all formats, all screens, can separate you from the pack. What are the latest creative innovations from top multiplatform executives? How is content being personalized and customized to further hook elusive viewers? Leaders converge to talk how to engage in our disrupted media environment.
Linda Ong, Chief Culture Officer, Civic Entertainment
Mickey Capoferri, Head of Online Content and Programming, Lucasfilm
Ginny Chien, VP, Global Marketing/Engagement, Murad, Unilever Prestige
Geoff Seeley, Director of Global Connections and Media Activation, Airbnb
Matt Segal, Co-Founder, ATTN
Lou Arbetter, GM, PepsiCo Content Studio
5:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- John LandgrafFX Networks & FX Studios
John Landgraf is Chief Executive Officer of FX Networks and FX Productions. As CEO, Landgraf oversees all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, including FX, FXM, FXX, FX Productions (FXP), the digital video-on-demand platform FXNOW, and the commercial-free service FX+.
Landgraf joined FX as President of Entertainment in January 2004 and was elevated to the position of President and General Manager of FX Networks in May 2005. He was named CEO in June 2013.
Under Landgraf’s leadership, FX Networks has risen to all-time highs in ratings, awards and acclaim. FX was the first basic cable channel to boast award-winning scripted series in both drama and comedy. In 2018, FX Networks received 50 Emmy® Award nominations, the most of any basic cable network for the fifth consecutive year, including Outstanding Limited Series (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Outstanding Drama Series (The Americans) and Outstanding Comedy Series (Atlanta Robbin’ Season). FX Networks won a basic cable record 18 Emmy Awards in 2016.
Since joining FX Networks, Landgraf has increased the amount of its original programming six-fold, largely through the creation of FX Productions. His legacy of acclaimed and award-winning programs began with Rescue Me and continued with Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The League and The Americans.
FX Productions produces FX’s drama series Snowfall and Trust; the Emmy-winning comedy series Atlanta, Baskets, and Better Things, as well as the Emmy-winning FXX animated comedy series Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst, and the upcoming What We Do in the Shadows; and the upcoming limited series Devs and Shōgun. FXP co-produces the FX drama series Legion, Taboo, Pose and the upcoming Mayans M.C. and Mr Inbetween; and the limited series Fargo and American Crime Story. FX is also home to Ryan Murphy’s award-winning American Horror Story franchise, the limited series FEUD and the upcoming docuseries The Weekly with The New York Times.
Before joining FX, Landgraf was President of Jersey Television, a company he co-founded in 1999 along with former Jersey Films partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. From 1994-1999, Landgraf was Vice President of Primetime Series at NBC, helping to develop or oversee shows including The West Wing, Profiler, Suddenly Susan, ER and Friends. He began his television career at Sarabande Productions as Director of Development in 1988, rising to the level of Senior Vice President.
Landgraf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and was a Coro Fellow from 1984-85. Landgraf has been named Chair Appointee to the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In May 2012, Landgraf received the Vanguard Award for Programming from the NCTA. He was also named Adweek’s TV Executive of the Year in both 2013 and 2016, and The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Executive of the Year in 2017.
- Sophia AmorusoGirlboss
- Tony GoncalvesOtter Media, Chernin Group/AT&T
- Adrienne PabstiHeartMedia
- Brian SullivanFox Networks Group
Mr. Brian Sullivan serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group (FNG). In this position, Mr. Sullivan has a broad operational role across FNG and directly oversees revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Partners. He served as President of Digital Consumer Group and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Consumer Group at Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. since January 22, 2017. He was responsible for coordinating digital strategy and growth initiatives across FNG’s portfolio of networks and products. Since joining 21st Century Fox in June 2015 as Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group, where he led digital strategy for all FNG’s network brands, drove growth across FNG’s portfolio of authenticated streaming products, and harnessed digital opportunities around data, monetization and ad serving. In that role, Sullivan oversaw the introduction of a new streaming experience allowing live and on-demand viewing of FNG cross-network programming across all its authenticated apps including the first live primetime broadcast on an app in more than 200 markets nationally, and the first local ad insertion. He spent nearly two decades in Europe in a variety of leadership roles in the pay TV arena. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Sky Deutschland AG from April 01, 2010 to June 24, 2015 and served as its Chairman of Management Board until June 25, 2015. He served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sky Deutschland AG since January 1, 2010 and also served as its Member of the Management Board. Mr. Sullivan served as the Managing Director of Customer Group at British Sky Broadcasting Group plc from September 13, 2006 to December 2009 and was responsible for leading the marketing, product development and customer service teams. He served as the Director of Product Strategy and Management at British Sky. He led the development, marketing and sales of Sky’s products and services, with responsibilities including Sky Broadband, Sky+, Sky HD and multiroom. Previously, he spent 14 years at BSkyB, most recently as Managing Director of BSkyB’s Customer Group, using a specific focus on customers and innovation to help launch the original Sky Digital service, as well as Sky+, Sky HD, Sky Broadband and Sky Go and driving the business to over 10 million customers. Prior to joining Sky in 1996, he served most of his career in the Pay TV industry in the United States, first with Viacom’s Showtime Networks and Eagle Marketing. He joined the Board of Directors for National Geographic Partners in 2018. He has been a Director of Hulu, LLC since September 2016. He attended Villanova University.
- Jen WongReddit
Jen Wong is Reddit’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing business strategy and related teams from Reddit’s New York office. Previously, Jen was Chief Operating Officer and President of Digital at Time, Inc., where she led the company’s digital and interactive strategies as well as its operations, consumer marketing, and revenue teams. Prior to Time, she worked as Chief Business Officer for PopSugar and Global Head of Business Operations for AOL. Jen earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, her M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University.
- Jesse SisgoldSkydance
President & Chief Operating Officer
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Skydance Media, Jesse helps to set and execute the overall corporate strategy and growth plan for the company, while managing key operations across all units. He also oversees the following divisions: business affairs and business development, interactive and virtual reality, international acquisitions and sales, licensing, and studio facilities and administration. In 2016, Jesse helped to lead Skydance’s first acquisition – of leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment – to form Skydance Interactive. Also, in 2016, he helped to secure a $700 million recapitalization to enable continued growth and expansion, and established Skydance’s first China film co-production with Alibaba Pictures. He oversaw the formation of Skydance’s global television distribution pact with Lionsgate in 2015, which resulted in the launch of Skydance International. In 2015-2016, Jesse oversaw the company’s global film distribution and co-financing pacts with Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros., as well as distribution and co-production pacts for its current television series with ABC, Amazon, AMC, AT&T Audience Network, Netflix, and Spike. Jesse was recognized on Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” in 2015 and 2016. Prior to Skydance, Jesse served as the managing shareholder of his own boutique entertainment and venture capital law firm and launched the graphic novel and Augmented Reality company Anomaly Productions. He began his career at Heller Ehrman LLP. Jesse is a member of the Television Academy and serves as a board member of UCLA’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Angels at Risk. He earned a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings and a B.A. with honors from the University of California, San Diego.
- Jeffrey HirschStarz
Jeffrey A. Hirsch is Chief Operating Officer for Starz.
As COO, Hirsch oversees both the day-to-day operations for the company as well as the global expansion of the STARZ brand. He is actively engaged in every aspect of the business from Marketing, Programming, Scheduling and Research to Affiliate Sales and Distribution, Content Acquisition and Technology and Product Development. Under his leadership, the company has launched the STARZ App in the U.S. and the STARZPLAY brand and platform into multiple international markets, rebranded the STARZ network and the repositioned the STARZ ENCORE suite of services.
Hirsch has played a key leadership role at Starz since joining in July 2015 as President of Global Marketing and Product Development. Since Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz in December 2016, Hirsch has also played a lead role in integrating Starz into the Lionsgate family and exploring opportunities for the two companies’ combined suite of OTT offerings.
Hirsch joined Starz in 2015 after serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Residential Services at Time Warner Cable. In this senior executive role since 2011, Hirsch was responsible for all Time Warner Cable corporate marketing activities to the company’s residential customers. Hirsch first joined Time Warner Cable in 1999 and served in various executive roles including responsibilities in strategic product development for the Time Warner Cable iPad app, and serving as President for Residential Services in the Time Warner Cable New York City, Los Angeles and Rochester, NY regions. Prior to that, Hirsch’s past experiences included stints at NYNEX Corporation in product bundling and McCann-Erickson in advertising.
Hirsch was recognized in 2012 as the sole recipient of the Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and twice ranked by Forbes for his executive talents and influence in marketing and social media.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
- Marinn JacksonOath
- Rebecca DaughertyABC Entertainment
- Colby SmithABC News
Colby Smith serves as Senior Vice President, Content & Partnerships. In this position he oversees the development of ABC News across all emerging platforms from editorial, product and audience development to partnerships, distribution and marketing. In addition, he is responsible for developing original programming for non-linear platforms and new digital video services.
In this integral role Smith has retooled ABC News’ content and distribution strategy and revamped its suite of products to grow reach, engagement and monetization around the world. In 2018, he spearheaded the launch of ABC News Live, a new 24/7 livestream service, as well as a new digital portfolio for “Good Morning America.” Smith played a vital role in bringing FiveThirtyEight to ABC News to supercharge its political coverage.
Under Smith’s leadership ABC News received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for ‘Best Website’ for the first time since 2001 and became the first digital team to win back-to-back News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the history of the TV news industry in 2016 and 2017. He instituted a new data-driven approach to editorial and product design to drive monthly video views from 60 million to over 1 billion.
Smith joined ABC News in 2011 as part of the business development team with a focus on mobile products. Within a year Smith was promoted to head of digital business development, where he managed partnerships across tech and editorial, and was instrumental in obtaining new distribution deals with Hulu, Apple and Roku. He also introduced the concept of Audience Development to the Disney I ABC Television Group.
Smith’s career in media began at KPSP in Palm Desert, California as Senior Executive Producer. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MBA from UCLA.
- Sandeep GuptaAmazon Fire
As the Vice President of Product Development, Sandeep is responsible for driving the global device strategy and vision for Fire TV, including all aspects of product design and technical development. Sandeep leads the team in strategic planning as well as end-to-end delivery of Fire TV devices and smart TV products. He has led development of all Fire TV products since its initial launch in April 2014.
Sandeep’s team successfully launched Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube, the new Fire TV Edition line of smart TVs in partnership with Best Buy, the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD, the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, which is available in over 100 countries and territories around the world.
Prior to Fire TV, Sandeep led development for Fire tablets and was involved in the development of the Fire Phone. He previously held positions at Yahoo! where he led their mobile application strategy and Apple where he led the development of iPod application software. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Geoff SeeleyAirbnb
- Matthew BakalAtom Tickets
Matthew wants more people to see more movies, and he thinks there should be an easier way for the industry to match movie supply with consumer demand. As co-founder and chairman of Atom Tickets, the social movie ticketing app, Matthew focuses on growth strategy and corporate development for the Santa Monica based startup that has raised over $125 million in funding. Matthew has a unique background that includes extensive experience on both the creative and financial sides of the entertainment business. He has worked for Warner Bros., Mandate Pictures, Good Universe, and IBM entertainment consulting. He has structured financial deals that balance creative ambitions with bottom line prudence. Previously at Lionsgate Entertainment, he oversaw day-to-day business development opportunities and strategic initiatives. Matthew holds an AB in English and American Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Melinda LeeBuzzFeed
Melinda Lee is BuzzFeed’s Chief Content Officer, overseeing all of BuzzFeed Media Brands which includes Tasty, Nifty, Goodful, As/Is and Playful, working to grow and monetize the brands as well as look for new opportunities to reach audiences. She joined the company in May 2018 from Meredith Corporation where she oversaw Meredith Studios and video.
- Linda OngCivic Entertainment
- Alicia HatchDeloitte Digital
Alicia Hatch has spent the past 20 years pushing the boundaries in marketing for Fortune 500 brands. As Deloitte Digital CMO, Alicia guides an increasingly diverse and connected web of data, technology and more than 10,000 employees while delivering quantifiable results for clients. This year, Hatch’s work at Deloitte Digital landed her on the cover of Adweek after being named to the publication’s annual 50 list, which honors the most indispensable leaders in media, marketing and tech.
Before Deloitte Digital, Hatch built a leading digital agency, Banyan Branch, which innovated on the use of social media data to power digital marketing. Before Banyan Branch, she was a senior business development manager at Microsoft, where she participated in the business development strategy of the XBOX and the Halo video game franchise. Banyan Branch was acquired by Deloitte in 2013. Hatch started her career working on disease control in West Africa for the World Health Organization. It was during this time that she first recognized the importance of understanding collective connections and perceptions within communities, a learning that would jumpstart her career in business strategy and marketing.
A specialist in digital transformation, the future of creativity, the expanding role of the CMO and effective leadership, Hatch has shared her insight at numerous industry conferences including: Cannes Lions, Collision, DMEXCO, Advertising Week, Forbes CMO Summit, ANA Masters of Marketing, FutureM and SXSW.
Earlier this year, Hatch was named to Adweek’s list of tech-savvy CMOs, which honored 16 CMTOs who demonstrate an outstanding mastery of digital skills that help companies reach consumers in new ways.
- Michael BisharaDiscovery Communications
- Joe BraidwoodCo-Founder
Joe Braidwood is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a new social TV platform in stealth mode, launching in early September. Braidwood has 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in consumer marketing, product development and tech. Previously, Braidwood invested in and consulted several tech startups, was the VP of Marketing for TraceMe, Chief Product Officer of Lantum and Chief Marketing Officer of SwiftKey, where he was on the founding team and helped grow the company to a $250m Microsoft exit. Before working in technology, he was a journalist with Sky News. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and Brown.
- Daniel StricklandCo-Founder
Daniel Strickland is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of a new social TV platform in stealth mode, launching in early September. With over 15 years of experience in founding, developing, scaling and building products in the TV, video and personal media spaces, Strickland leads the product and technology behind this new and upcoming startup. Strickland has worked at RealNetworks in multiple capacities such as Music Innovation, Growth and Director of Product. Most recently, he served as the Senior Director for the Consumer Media Division with a focus on social and consumer video. Earlier, Strickland co-founded and served as CTO of TidySongs, an app that organized music collections and cleaned up iPods, and was the also President of software consultancy company Cloudbrain. His first entrepreneurial venture was FileFreedom, the largest P2P media sharing plugin, where he helped build the largest legitimate digital music and file metadata service at the time.
- Todd SitrinEA
Todd Sitrin is SVP and General Manager for EA’s Competitive Gaming Division. Based in Redwood City, California, he leads EA’s competitive gaming business driving both player and spectator engagement across EA’s videogames, with the mission to make competitive gaming more accessible and mass market. Under his leadership, EA launched the EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series and Madden NFL Championship Series. The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series attracted more than 20 million participants from 60 nations and the Madden NFL 18 Championship Series, Madden NFL Challenge was the most watched North American esports broadcast in 2017.
Previously, Todd led the EA Global Marketing and the Product Marketing Organizations responsible for franchise and brand marketing, communications, analytics, consumer insights, advertising and media for all console, PC, and mobile games at EA. Prior to this, he was Group VP of Global Marketing, based in Orlando, Florida, responsible for the Marketing of the EA SPORTS brand and all sports franchises. Todd is a 24-year veteran of the video game industry and has held Marketing and Business Development positions at Mattel Interactive, The Learning Company, The 3DO Company, and Broderbund. Todd began his career as an engineer and holds both a Masters and Bachelors of Science from Stanford University.
- Mina LefevreFacebook Watch
- Walker JacobsFANDOM
- Gayle FuguittFourSquare
- Alex AngeledesGoogle
- Susan SchiekoferGroupM North America
Susan Schiekofer is the Chief Digital Investment Officer for GroupM North America. She is responsible for digital trading and implementation across all of GroupM’s agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, and Essence.
Susan’s digital skill set, coupled with her broader knowledge of trading best practices across all media formats, ensures that GroupM continues to lead the market with the best, most valuable and accountable digital solutions for clients of GroupM agencies.
She is figurative in GroupM’s efforts to improve the integrity of the digital marketplace in the U.S. by championing viewability, anti-fraud safeguards, measurement, and standards.
Schiekofer has been a leader in the digital media space at WPP and GroupM since 1994. She founded the digital media offering at Ogilvy & Mather, which was later rebranded to Neo@Ogilvy, and worked on accounts including IBM, TD Ameritrade and Lenovo, among many others. In 2010, Schiekofer joined MEC to head up the AT&T digital business, and soon became responsible for all of digital at MEC. In July of 2014, she moved to GroupM to lead digital investment for Maxus and MediaCom, and to assume responsibility for all of online video.
- Elizabeth Van WyckHalo
Elizabeth has worked for Microsoft for almost 13 years, starting in finance and consumer corporate strategy before making the move to Xbox in 2010 where she worked in product management for Xbox Live as well as global marketing for first party games. She joined 343 Industries in 2014, and quickly developed a passion for esports, working with the game design and community teams on structuring the business elements of Halo’s esports output; eventually leading the entire program, in addition to overseeing business and operations for the studio.
- John BoniniIntel
John Bonini is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager for VR, Esports and Gaming. He is responsible for driving Intel’s global technology leadership in gaming and esports, and executing Intel’s strategy to increase revenue in desktop and mobile platforms.
Before his current role, Bonini was VP/controller in the Sales and Marketing Finance organization supporting Intel’s largest customer accounts in addition to regional sales, and supply chain support with sales operations. He had overall responsibility for finance functions for reporting and controls, maximizing revenue, optimizing inventory, and establishing budgets while driving efficiencies. Previously, Bonini was senior controller for Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. Prior to that role, Bonini was the Sr. Controller with the Technology and Manufacturing Group and supported the wafer factories. In the beginning of his Intel career, Bonini was in factory engineering and supported wafer production, including fab startups, technology transfers from R&D, and product ramps.
John received a bachelor’s degree in Material Science in 1988, and a M.S in Material Science in 1990 from the University of Illinois. In 1996 he received an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico.
- Ashley YukiInstagram
- Anwar JibawiInstagram Comedian
- Mickey CapoferriLucasfilm
Mickey Capoferri oversees digital content and strategy for Lucasfilm’s online franchise initiatives including StarWars.com, The Star Wars App, and original video content. As Executive Producer for the Emmy® nominated The Star Wars Show, Science and Star Wars, Star Wars Celebration Live Streams and Star Wars World Premiere Red Carpet Live Streams, his goal is to create rewarding, in-depth experiences that excite fans and are worthy of the Lucasfilm name.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm in 2013, he spent more than a decade producing content in the emerging interactive and web space. Most notably, as Vice President, Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures, he delivered digital marketing and experiential campaigns for the Transformers (1,2,3), Iron Man (1 and 2), Thor, Captain America, Cloverfield, Tropic Thunder, Rango, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and many more.
Capoferri graduated from Texas Tech University where he spent most of his time producing video for sports, news, and whatever else he could capture.
- Scott WeisenthalMarriott
- Greg RikerMetrological
Greg is a 20 year sales executive with a track record of increasing revenues and expanding sales channels in the digital TV and media industry. Most recently, Greg was Senior Vice President Sales, Cloud Video Solutions at ARRIS, which he joined as part of the ActiveVideo joint acquisition by ARRIS and Charter. At ActiveVideo, Greg was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, responsible for expanding global sales channels for the company’s Cloud TV platform to video service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Synacor, multiscreen technology and monetization provider, where he developed the commercial strategy for U.S.-based content providers and grew international revenues during the transition from a privately owned to publicly traded company. Earlier in his career, Greg led sales and business development activities, driving revenue growth for on demand and advertising solutions at ARRIS and C-COR.
- Nina DiazMTV, VH1, Logo Group
- Portia ArcherNBC Sports
Portia Archer is the Vice President of Direct-to-Consumer Services for NBC Sports. Archer is responsible for the launch, development and management of NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer business and live streaming product, NBC Sports Gold.
In her role, Archer is charged with understanding and serving the evolving needs of sport fans and audiences. Under her tenure, NBC Sports Group launched “Pro Motocross Pass,” its first international live streaming subscription-based direct-to-consumer product, and “Premier League Pass,” NBC Sports’ first direct-to-consumer product for a major sports league.
Archer joined NBC Sports Group in February 2016 after serving as Vice President of International Distribution, for Home Box Office, Inc., where she was in charge of the strategic planning and launch of HBO channels outside of the U.S. While at HBO, Archer’s duties involved the development and management of multi-platform subscription video on demand (SVOD) channels throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Canada. In addition, she oversaw the digital/VOD relationships with HBO Ventures: HBO Asia, HBO Central Europe, HBO Nordic, HBO Netherlands, and HBO Latin America.
Prior to joining HBO in 2007, Archer led several large scale transformation efforts in Production, Programming, TV Channels and Digital at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and BBC Worldwide in London. Additionally, she was Executive Director at America Online, Inc., where she reported to the Vice Chairman and was responsible for negotiating deals with key strategic partners and new business development. Archer was also a Senior Associate in the Media & Entertainment Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on corporate strategy, operations and technology consulting to global media companies.
Archer is a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Betsy Magness Class XXIV, and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also the founder of NBC Sports Group’s “Huddle Up” mentorship program, dedicated to fostering strong connections and growth opportunities for NBC Sports employees.
A native of Chicago, Archer graduated from The University of Chicago with an A.B. in Public Policy and Economics, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. Archer currently resides in Westchester, NY.
- Aaron RyanNBA 2K League
As Senior Vice President of the NBA 2K League, Aaron Ryan manages the business operations for the league, including marketing, sales and overall development of the newly formed joint venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive. In this role, Ryan has been focused on establishing marketing partnerships in key categories, developing the league and team identities, and the overall league structure for its inaugural season, which tipped off in 2018.
Previously, Ryan served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Solutions and USA Basketball within the NBA, where he managed the business operations for USA Basketball, including sponsorship sales and marketing for the Men’s and Women’s Olympic basketball teams. Ryan also oversaw the NBA’s Marketing Solutions group and hospitality team responsible for building partnership concepts and solutions for new global prospects as well as current marketing partners across the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League (now the NBA G League) and USA Basketball.
In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of the NBA’s industry-renowned Team Marketing & Business Operations department. Ryan cultivated day-to-day league business relationships with several NBA franchises and advised those franchises on aspects such as ticket sales, sponsorship development, customer retention, digital sales, and marketing.
Ryan joined the NBA in January 1996 and spent time as Senior Manager of Live Production and Entertainment, where he served as lead producer for five consecutive NBA All-Star Games as well as serving as the chief production liaison between the NBA, the IOC and FIBA for the 2004 Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament in Athens, Greece.
Ryan received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. A Minnesota native, Ryan now resides in Maplewood, N.J. with his wife and two daughters.
- Amanda HeraldNFL
Amanda Herald is the Vice President of Media Strategy and Business Development at the National Football League. In her role, Amanda is responsible for deploying NFL content rights through media partnerships and distribution on the NFL’s owned-and-operated properties.
Amanda focuses on expanding the reach of and engagement with NFL content across traditional and emerging distribution channels. She leads partnerships with live game rightsholders on television and digital platforms and supports strategy and distribution for the League’s linear networks. Amanda’s portfolio also includes mobile and connected TV applications, digital live event strategy, Hispanic media partnerships, publishing, and other initiatives to reach fans through media.
Amanda joined the NFL in 2009 as a participant in the NFL’s Junior Rotational Program. During the program, she rotated across teams that focused on fan development, digital marketing, analytics, product development, and business development.
Amanda graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Based in the NFL’s headquarters in New York City, Amanda was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is an avid fan of Miami sports teams.
- Jon PennNRG
- Chris PhillipsPandora
As Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips is responsible for defining and leading Pandora’s overarching strategy and roadmap for product, engineering and marketing. His team develops, delivers and drives adoption of products that connect fans and artist in new ways, including on-demand, and help advertisers reach their audiences.
Prior to joining Pandora, Chris was Director of Product Management and User Experience for Amazon Digital Music at Amazon. He was responsible for the product roadmap and delivery of customer experiences across device platforms and international expansion. He was also responsible for the product introduction of Amazon Prime Music. Before Amazon, Chris served as Director of Apple QuickBooks product management, marketing and user experience and led product and design for the Intuit Global Business Division at Intuit. He also held roles at Workspeed and Accenture.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, live music, playing golf, and mountain biking. Currently Chris’ favorite Pandora stations include Foster the People, Warpaint, Burning Spear, and 2Pac.
- Wared SegerParrot Analytics
- Lou ArbetterPepsiCo Content Studio
- Tom GorkeViacom
- Kelly DayViacom Digital Studios
- Glenn GainorSony Pictures Entertainment
Glenn Gainor oversees Innovation Studios, a state-of-the-art facility housed in a sound stage on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. The space features the latest in research and development from Sony Corporation and others in areas including volumetric video and customizable set scanning to help storytellers around the world create content in radically new ways.
Gainor is also executive VP of physical production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella, and has been involved with several #1 movies such as The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed. Since joining Screen Gems in 2007, Gainor has overseen the label’s physical production and has served as an executive producer and unit production manager on films such as 2015’s The Wedding Ringer, which held as America’s number one comedy for three weeks.
A cornerstone in Gainor’s innovative approach to film production is the intersection of technology, sustainability and filmmaking.
Gainor shepherded the first-ever use of Sony’s flagship consumer-based alpha 7SII cameras to produce films. He also executive-produced the romantic comedy Think Like a Man, which was the first feature to be shot exclusively with LED lights. Gainor’s dedication to maintaining environmentally sustainable productions began in 2007 when he oversaw the construction of the super-structure for the movie Quarantine. The same structure was repurposed for seven productions including The Stepfather, Takers, and Obsessed. Gainor also swapped out traditional wood based sets for ecofriendly fiberboard panels on Proud Mary.
Before joining Screen Gems, Gainor produced three pictures for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison: Strange Wilderness, Grandma’s Boy and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. He executive-produced Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut, Sonny, and served as line producer on the critically acclaimed Panic, directed by Henry Bromell. Gainor coproduced George Hickenlooper’s The Man from Elysian Fields, as well as the top selling Sundance picture, Happy Texas.
Gainor’s efforts in sustainability and technology have been recognized by numerous organizations. Most recently, he accepted The Sir Charles Wheatstone Award on behalf of Sony Corporation from the Advanced Imaging Society. Also, the Environmental Media Association awarded Screen Gems with the Green Seal for implementing sustainable production practices and raising environmental awareness; LA’s City Council has twice recognized Gainor’s commitment to environmentally friendly production practices in Los Angeles and implication of new technology in the motion picture industry; and Gainor received the California on Location Signature Award, for his efforts to preserve California’s film industry and culture.
Gainor is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and a contributing member of the Motion Picture & Television’s Funds Next Generation.
He is a graduate of the film program at California State University at Northridge, and recipient of the 2010 Cinematheque Award from the Department of Cinema.
- Jesse RednissTurner Broadcasting
- Ginny ChienUnilever Prestige
- Thomas GeweckeWarner Bros. Entertainment
Thomas Gewecke serves as Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and is responsible for driving the Studio’s worldwide digital growth, managing its global business strategy, including its M&A and investing activities, and leading its worldwide technology efforts. Gewecke is charged with oversight and coordination of the Studio’s various digital strategies to maximize the value of Warner Bros.’ content across all current and emerging digital exhibition platforms. Additionally, he oversees the Studio’s Corporate Business Development and Strategy, Technology, Content Protection and Anti-Piracy groups.
Since assuming his current post in 2013, Gewecke has led the teams responsible for identifying, analyzing and securing a number of transformational transactions across the company. Among these deals are the 2014 acquisition of Eyeworks, which exponentially expanded the Studio’s international TV production capabilities; the 2015 founding of Flagship Entertainment, a film production and distribution joint venture between Warner Bros. and China Media Capital; the acquisition of the Machinima gamer network and DramaFever OTT service, leading to the 2016 launch of Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group to expand the company’s overall direct-to-consumer business; a strategic investment in HOOQ, a streaming service in five southeast Asian countries; the company’s partnership with Fandango (merging Warner Bros.’ Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster with Fandango for an ownership stake in the newly combined company); and various investments in emerging technologies, including AR and VR.
Prior to his current role, Gewecke served as President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, a position he had held since January 2008. Under Gewecke, WBDD expanded its global footprint to make the Studio’s movie and television content available for transactional purchase in every major market, through more than 100 digital retail partners, and was consistently recognized as a leader and innovator in the distribution of digital content.
WBDD led the industry in offering On Demand movies day-and-date with DVD release, bundling digital copies with new physical releases worldwide and making movies available directly to fans through new channels, including Facebook and as international “App Editions” on the iOS platform. To expand consumer access to the Studio’s vast library, WBDD launched Warner Archive, now a part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, a groundbreaking service that makes more than 1,000 “out of print” classic movie and TV titles available online and through manufacturing-on-demand technology. The division supported the record-breaking 2013 Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars feature film, which it distributed in 2014. Gewecke also oversaw the Studio’s May 2011 acquisition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes.
Gewecke joined WBDD from Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where as Executive Vice President, Global Digital Business he was responsible for worldwide digital business development efforts and oversaw the creation of new digital ventures. In addition, Gewecke oversaw the company’s online advertising, digital long-form video and direct-to-consumer commerce businesses, and led its expansion into the U.S. off-deck mobile market.
Prior to Sony BMG, Gewecke was Senior Vice President of Business Development in the Digital Services Group for Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., where founded and led its mobile business, building a leading market position for the company, launching the industry’s first U.S. master ringtone offering in mid-2003 and becoming the only record label to create and operate a major U.S. on-deck, direct-to-consumer mobile storefront. Gewecke also supervised Sony Music’s interest in certain digital media investments.
Gewecke also held the position of Publisher of the PC World Online Network at International Data Group, a leading publisher of print and online technology magazines. During his tenure with the company, he built IDG’s largest online publishing division and oversaw the launch of multiple internet properties. He also played a major role in the development of IDG’s overall digital strategy.
Gewecke graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies.
- Kristin Dolan605
Kristin Dolan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 605. She founded 605 in November 2016, bringing more than 30 years of media and entertainment experience to her role with the company.
At 605, Kristin leads all day-to-day business operations including key client relationships, product development, sales, research, finance, legal and marketing. She is also Founder and Managing Partner of Dolan Family Ventures (DFV), as well as a member of the Board of Directors for AMC Networks, MSG Networks Inc., The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), The Wendy’s Company and Revlon Inc.
Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation leading all aspects of the company’s cable operations and overseeing thousands of employees, including the company’s entire customer and field service workforce.
She also oversaw Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s advertising sales division, which was widely recognized for its pioneering data strategy that paved the way for an audience-driven approach to television advertising, providing deep insights into viewership in the New York DMA (the nation’s most influential viewing market).
Kristin has also previously served on the Foundation Board for SUNY Albany and the National Board for Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). She received an M.A. in English literature from Long Island University, an M.S. in publishing with a concentration in marketing from Pace University and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany.