Join Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit NY, as we explore how film, TV, gaming, music and digital media is being transformed by new technologies.

We will examine the latest strategies to engage today’s diverse audiences split across multiple media platforms and entertainment content options. Network with elite speakers identifying opportunities in interactive and virtual reality storytelling, digital marketing/advertising, new programming business models, and more.

Join the conversation and be a part of technology’s revolution of the entertainment industry!

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Ticket includes access to full day summit, networking lunch and cocktail reception.

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May 4


The Mandarin Oriental, New York

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9:15 to 10 a.m. The Warriors of Media Monetization
As audiences spread across countless shows, screens and services – how is the media industry fighting to increase value for advertisers? How are brands evolving their media buying strategies to reach a divided viewership? Leading network sales and revenue chiefs and advertisers dish about the state of their business.

Sean Moran, President, Partner Solutions, Viacom
David Cohen, President, Magna Global
Catherine Sullivan, President, Investment, North America, Omnicom
Lyle Schwartz, President Investment, North America, GroupM
John Musynski, Chief Investment Officer, Spark Foundry and Video Negotiation Lead, Publicis Media Exchange (PMX)

10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The Importance of Attention in the Media Industry

Joe Marchese, President Advertising, Fox Networks Group

10:10 to 10:40 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO Networks

10:40 to 11:20 a.m.  TV Roundtable – Reinventing the Network
Today’s networks – ad-supported and subscription – are in full-blown reinvention mode. To combat this change, networks are allocating significant funds for original programming, lightening ad loads and disrupting traditional TV bundles to retain viewership.  Networks are defining the right programming to advertising ratio while exploring the benefits of original vs acquired programming. In this panel, network titans converge to debate growing the TV industry in this fractured landscape.

David Levy, President, Turner Broadcasting
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brand Officer, Discovery Communications (HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Discovery Life, among others)
Charlie Collier, President, AMC Networks
Jason Kassin, CEO, FilmTrack

11:20 to 11:35 a.m. Networking Break

11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Scaling the Mountain – Elite Brand Storytellers
Marketers have quite the challenge – to create messaging that engages the masses and holds influence for days, weeks and months after viewing. What are the latest strategies to entice a target audience toward a product, service or entertainment project? What are the latest trends in brand storytelling that scale? How are AR, AI advancing campaigns?  How have changes in social media platforms impacted marketing tactics? Progressive marketers share their stories.

Kristi Argyilan, SVP Marketing, Target
Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi
Kristen Naiman, SVP Brand Creative, Kate Spade and Co.

12:15 to 1 p.m. It’s a Match! – Digital Publishing 2.0 and Connecting with Audiences
More than just peak TV, we are living in peak content times. Professional and user-generated content combine into an endless sea of entertainment options. How are publishers evolving their content strategies to continue to break through to audiences in this complicated landscape? What are the smartest business models around video? How might publishers be striking partnerships to further their reach?  Leading content publishers talk about what it takes to stay on top.

Dao Nguyen, Publisher, BuzzFeed
Brit Morin, CEO, Brit & Co
Clifford Levy, Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

1 to 2 p.m. Networking Lunch

2 to 2:15 p.m. Conversation with Ben Lerer, CEO, Group Nine Media & Sean Mills, Head of Original Content, Snapchat

2:30 to 3:15 p.m. I Want it Now – Innovating for Always-There Audiences
Audiences now have an insatiable desire for content – and the media industry is looking at the best way to deliver across screens and devices. What are the right live streaming tactics that reach audiences and hit revenue goals? What partnerships are being struck to amplify coverage for huge events, such as the Super Bowl, Olympics or November elections? Media and entertainment executives explore satisfying 24-7 audience demand.

Nick Ascheim, SVP, NBC News Digital
Jason Flick, CEO & Co-Founder, You.i.TV
Sean Cohan, President, Digital, A&E Networks
Saigin Govender, Head of Alexa News, Amazon

3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. We’re in 2018 – They’re Living in 3018: Masters of Must-Share Content
If you launch content and it doesn’t turn into a meme, did you ever launch it all? Silly hypotheticals aside, there is a real drive to produce breakthrough content that escalates into tremendous popularity. Shareable entertainment content drives shows to get new seasons and films to get sequels. Creators and distributors of addictive content tell their stories.

Jackie Jantos, VP Brand and Creative, Spotify
Lauren Wirtzer Seawood, Head of Music Partnerships, Instagram

4:15 to 5 pm. Taking a Stand – Branding with Purpose
Today’s audiences and consumers are increasingly advocating for different social causes – and they hope the brands they consume are too.  How are brands working to mean something – and give back to their communities? What is the right, authentic way for brands to join today’s powerful social movements? Leading voices talk about standing for something with their brands.

Jill Cress, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, National Geographic
David Lang, Chief Content Officer, Mindshare
Debra Lee, CEO and Chairman, BET Networks



Who Is Speaking?

  • Dao NguyenBuzzfeed

    Dao Nguyen is the Publisher of BuzzFeed, in reinvention of the traditional title in which she oversees the company’s tech, product, data and publishing platform, as well as well as product, pricing and distribution. Ngyuen joined BuzzFeed as in 2012 and has been instrumental in its growth as the largest independent digital media company in the world. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Ngyuen oversaw product for, a financial careers venture within Dow Jones. Earlier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Le Monde Interactif, publisher of the leading news site, Before moving to France, she was Executive Producer at Concrete Media, a small web agency, and a consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She has a degree in Applied Mathematics / Computer Science from Harvard.

  • Jennifer BreithauptCiti

    Jennifer Breithaupt is Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer at Citi, where she oversees a team focused on crafting distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate Citi’s industry leading card products and driving long-term brand loyalty with Citi cardmembers across the globe.

    As part of her role, Jennifer leads Citi’s entertainment access program, Private Pass, which brings cardmembers closer to their favorite artists through curated offerings and VIP experiences (lounge access, exclusive meet and greets etc). Through Private Pass, Citi offered cardmembers access to more than 12,000 events in 2017 alone with the world’s biggest artists including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Sting, The Chainsmokers etc.

    In recent years, she has spearheaded several successful multi-year partnerships, including the Citi Concert Series on TODAY with NBC and Live Nation Entertainment. As part of Citi’s partnership with Live Nation, Jennifer launched an innovative series to broadcast live performances in virtual reality and transform the way fans interact with artists. In 2017, the series featured performances from Slash & Friends, Imagine Dragons and Lady Antebellum. The duo also broadcast this year’s Global Citizen Festival live in VR for the first time ever.

    Jennifer is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been widely quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Ad Age, Los Angeles Times, and Recently, Jennifer was named Billboard’s Branding Executive of the Year.

  • Clifford LevyThe New York Times

    Clifford J. Levy is deputy managing editor at The New York Times, where he oversees digital platforms. He was promoted to this role in February 2017, after serving as assistant managing editor since 2015.

    He previously led the editorial team on NYT Now, a curated stories mobile app from The Times. He also worked as a deputy Metro editor, Moscow bureau chief, investigative reporter and political correspondent.

    He has won two Pulitzer Prizes. The first, for investigative reporting in 2003, recognized a series in The Times that exposed the abuse of mentally ill people in state-regulated homes in New York City. The second, for international reporting in 2011, was for a series about human rights and freedom of speech in Russia.

    He is also the recipient of other honors, including three George Polk Awards, the Overseas Press Club Award and the National Magazine Award for video.

    Mr. Levy lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Julie Dressner, who is a documentary filmmaker, and they have three children.

  • David CohenMagna Global
  • David LevyTurner Broadcasting
  • Joe MarcheseFox Networks Group

    Joe Marchese was named President of Advertising Revenue for Fox Networks Group (FNG) in May 2017. Mr. Marchese oversees linear and nonlinear sales, advertising research and advanced ad products for FNG’s portfolio of industry-leading network brands.

    Mr. Marchese previously served as FNG’s President of Advanced Advertising Products. Earlier, Mr. Marchese was the CEO true[X], a leading engagement advertising company which he founded in 2007, and which was acquired by Fox Networks Group in 2015.

    Prior to launching true[X], Mr. Marchese spent several years as a television executive. As Senior Vice President, Digital and Advertising at Fuse TV, he led consumer marketing, digital and multi-platform efforts for the cable channel. Preceding his position at Fuse TV, Mr. Marchese began his career as a business analyst at Monster Worldwide, the parent company of
    Mr. Marchese is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media, and a member of the Board of Directors of Team Rubicon. He is also a founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of and Executive Chairman and founder of Human Ventures, as well as having previously served on the GENERATOR Advisory Board at the Paley Center. In addition, Mr. Marchese serves as an advisor to Expa, a startup studio that works with founders to develop and launch new products. He is also involved with Camp Interactive, an organization that teaches kids how to write code.
    In 2016, Mr. Marchese was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. He graduated from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance.

  • Lyle SchwartzGroupM
  • Sean MoranViacom
  • Catherine SullivanOmnicom
  • John MuszynskiPublicis Media Exchange

    A 35-plus year veteran and legend in the media world, John Muszynski is the Chief Investment Officer at Spark Foundry USA where he leads all negotiations for the agency, as well as video negotiations for Publicis Media Exchange (PMX).

    John is known for his client-centric approach, business-building innovation, and introducing first-to-market initiatives that deliver media value and the best pricing in the marketplace. He also prides himself on conducting business with unwavering integrity, a partner mindset, and an investor approach. Under his leadership, his team helps the entire network drive innovation in advanced media and technology while gathering unparalleled marketplace intelligence.

    Prior to joining Spark Foundry, John served as CEO of Starcom USA (2005 – s2009), where he helped bring the company to the forefront of leveraging media partnerships to strengthen the brands of some of the world’s biggest marketers. Under his leadership, Starcom was named Ad Age Agency of the Year (2006-07), Media magazine Media Agency of the Year (2005-07), and was the first media agency to ever make Ad Age’s A-List (2007).

    Over the course of his career, John has received numerous personal accolades for his industry accomplishments. Most notably, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, securing his status as an advertising icon. Additionally, other distinguished honors include the Chicago Ad Federation Silver Medal Award, the Kidscreen Golden Marble Award for Best Media Director, Advertising Age’s Media Maven, TV Week’s Buyer of the Year, Mediaweek All-Star, and min’s Most Intriguing People in Media.

  • Kristi ArgyilanTarget
  • Kathleen FinchDiscovery

    Kathleen Finch is Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer at Discovery, where she oversees the management oversight of HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and Lifestyle Digital Studios in the U.S. Previously, Finch was Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for all six Scripps Networks including all linear and digital media brands. She was promoted to this position in August of 2015 after serving as President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. During her tenure as President of the three Home Category brands, Finch led the networks to record ratings and revenues. She launched such notable talent-driven series as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Ellen’s Design Challenge featuring Ellen DeGeneres, The Property Brothers, Love It or List It, The Vanilla Ice Project and DIY Network Blog Cabin, the first ever interactive home renovation series produced on-air and online. Before joining HGTV, Finch spent seven years at the Food Network as Senior Vice President of Primetime Programming where she introduced long-running series such as Unwrapped, Food Network Challenge and Ace of Cakes. Prior to joining Scripps Networks in 1999, Finch was a journalist working in both broadcast and print. She spent 12 years as a CBS Network News producer, traveling the world to cover breaking news and events in locations such as Cuba and the U.K. A graduate of Stanford University, Finch also participated in the CTAM Executive Management Program, WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and the Scripps Leadership Institute and is a WICT and Multichannel News “Woman to Watch.” She’s also been named one of TIME’s “100 Industry Innovators to Watch” and featured in Broadcasting & Cable’s “The Next Wave: B&C’s Annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference.” Most recently, Finch was named WICT’s Woman of the Year for 2016 and was an Alliance of Women in Media 2017 honoree. Finch is a member of The Committee of 200 and serves on the board of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.






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