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!
For sponsorship inquiries please contact: Alex Bullard | firstname.lastname@example.org
For press inquiries please contact: Alana Yankowitz | email@example.com
For media partnerships and ticket inquiries please contact: Joseph Meehan | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket includes access to full day summit, networking lunch and cocktail reception.
Ticket quantities are limited at each price level and are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable but will be transferable upon request.
Event Has Passed
Be Updated about Variety Events and Conferences Sign Up here
8 to 8:50 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:50 to 9 a.m. Opening Remarks
9 to 9:40 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 & revenue chiefs and advertisers dish about the state of their business.
Brian Steinberg, Senior Editor, Variety
David Cohen, President, Magna Global
Sean Moran, President, Partner Solutions, Viacom
John Muszynski, Chief Investment Officer, Spark Foundry and Video Negotiation Lead, Publicis Media Exchange (PMX)
Lyle Schwartz, President Investment, North America, GroupM
Catherine Sullivan, President, Investment, North America, Omnicom
Matt Young, Vice President Industry Lead, Entertainment, OATH
9:40 to 9:55 a.m. Consumers In Control: Digital Media Trends 2018
With the proliferation of mobile devices and wireless connectivity, one thing has become clear, consumers are in control. They now enjoy unparalleled freedom when it comes to selecting media & entertainment options – and their expectations are at an all-time high. Deloitte shares the results of its Digital Media Trends Survey and the implications of digital consumers rapidly shifting habits and expectations.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Kevin Westcott, Vice Chairman, US Media and Entertainment Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
9:55 to 10:05 a.m. The Importance of Attention in the Media Industry
Joe Marchese, President Advertising, Fox Networks Group
10:05 to 10:45 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 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.
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
Charlie Collier, President, AMC Networks
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brand Officer, Discovery Communications (HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Discovery Life, among others)
Jason Kassin, CEO, FilmTrack
Marty Moe, President, Vox Media
Jack Perry, Founder and CEO, Syncbak
10:45 to 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 to 11:40 a.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 scalable trends in brand storytelling? How are AR and AI advancing campaigns? How have changes in social media platforms impacted marketing tactics? Progressive marketers share their stories.
Gayle Fuguitt, Chief of Customer Insights and Innovation, Foursquare
Kristi Argyilan, SVP Marketing, Target
Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi
Janet Comenos, Co-Founder and CEO, Spotted
Kristen Naiman, SVP Brand Creative, Kate Spade and Co.
Laura Nathanson, EVP of Client and Audience Solutions, Disney-ABC
Mariana Rittenhouse, Senior Director of Brand Strategy, Dash Hudson
11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Keynote Conversation
Ramin Setoodeh, NY Bureau Chief, Variety
Don Lemon, Anchor, CNN Tonight
12:10 to 12.50 p.m. It’s a Match! – Digital Publishing 2.0 and Connecting with Audiences
It’s more than just a peak TV era, today, we are living in peak content times. Professional and user-generated content combine into an endless amount of entertainment options. How are publishers evolving their content strategies to break through to audiences? How might publishers be striking partnerships to further their reach? Leading content publishers discuss what it takes to stay on top.
Brian Steinberg, Senior Editor, Variety
Clifford Levy, Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times
Brit Morin, CEO, Brit & Co
Dao Nguyen, Publisher, BuzzFeed
Justin Stefano, Co-CEO, Refinery29
12:50 to 1:50 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:50 to 2:05 p.m. Group Nine Media & Snapchat Conversation
Ben Lerer, CEO, Group Nine Media
Sean Mills, Head of Original Content, Snapchat
2:05 to 2:35 p.m. Keynote Conversation: The State of Monetizing and Delivering OTT Programming
A look at the strategy, opportunities and challenges in building a successful OTT network business.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Joe Ambeault, SVP Product and Technology, Discovery Communications
Chris Carey, Head of Sales, Strategy and Business Development, Verizon Digital Media Services
2:35 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. 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.
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
Nick Ascheim, SVP, NBC News Digital
Sean Cohan, President, Digital, A&E Networks
Rob Gill, Vice President, Product, JW Player
Jason Flick, CEO & Co-Founder, You.i TV
Saigin Govender, Head of Alexa News, Amazon
Walt Horstman, SVP, GM, Advanced Media and Advertising, TiVo
Dave Otten, CEO and Founder, JW Player
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Keynote Conversation
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO
3:45 to 4 p.m. Networking Break
4 to 4:40 p.m. We’re in 2018 – They’re Living in 3018: Content Trendsetters
If you launch content and it doesn’t turn into a meme, did it 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 share their stories.
Brent Lang, Senior Film and Media Reporter, Variety
Ramin Hedayati, Supervising Producer and Head of Digital, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Jackie Jantos, VP Brand and Creative, Spotify
Brandon Teitel, Head of Programming & Strategic Partnerships, HQ Trivia
Wendy Wildfeuer, SVP, The NBCU Content Studio, NBCUniversal
Adam Helfgott,CEO and Project Lead, MAD Network
4:40 to 5:30 p.m. Taking a Stand – Branding with Purpose
Today’s audiences and consumers are passionate about advocating for different social causes – and they hope the brands they consume are too. How are brands working to give back to their communities? What is the right, authentic way for brands to join today’s powerful social movements? Leading voices gather to discuss standing for a cause with their brands.
Elizabeth Wagmeister, Reporter, Variety
Erin Condon, VP Front Store & Omnichannel Marketing, CVS Health
Jill Cress, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, National Geographic
Alyson Griffin, VP, Global Marketing, Intel
David Lang, Chief Content Officer, Mindshare
Debra Lee, CEO and Chairman, BET Networks
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Richard PleplerHBO Networks
Richard Plepler is Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 134 million subscribers in over 60 countries and its programming into over 150 countries worldwide. He was named to this position in January 2013.
Renowned worldwide, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video – on – demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, streaming services HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels.
In March 2015, as a special guest at an Apple event, Plepler announced from stage the industry – breaking HBO NOW® – the network’s highly anticipated standalone premium streaming service. HBO NOW® launched the following month and began providing audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO has streaming services in the Nordic region, Spain, several countries in Latin America, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television. This was recognized with 29 Primetime Emmys® in 2017, the most of any network for the 16th year in a row. This year HBO won top honors including Outstanding Limited Series (Big Little Lies), Outstanding Variety Talk Series (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), and Outstanding Comedy Series (VEEP). Game of Thrones continues to hold the record for the most Emmy Awards ever won by a scripted series with a lifetime total of 38 Emmys. The series programming has also set numerous records for the network — Westworld, which debuted in early 2016, became the most – watched freshman series in HBO’s history. Having just concluded its seventh season, Game of Thrones is a global juggernaut, watched by approximately 30 million viewers per episode in the U.S. alone and stands as HBO’s most popular series ever.
As co – president from 2007 to 2012, Plepler greenlit some of HBO’s most successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, as well as Emmy Award – winners Girls and Veep. Additional award – winning programs include the miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, and The Pacific ; HBO Films’ Behind the Candelabra, Too Big to Fail and Game Change. Plepler also shepherded Cinemax’s first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strike Back.
Plepler serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the Moving Image, the Asia Society and the New York Public Librar y. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Plepler has received numerous accolades over his career: inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame; named Media Person of the Year by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; the Directorate Emmy Award for his impact on the industry from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and the prestigious Drive of Change award at the FT ArcelorMittel Boldness in Business Awards.
Plepler resides in Connecticut with his wife Lisa and daughter Eden.
- Don LemonCNN Tonight
- Chris CareyVerizon Digital Media Services
Chris Carey is currently Head of Sales, Strategy and Business Development at Verizon Digital Media Services, leading global sales organization, including Solution Engineering and Sales Operations.
Prior to re-joining the Verizon Digital Media Services team, Chris held the role of Vice President, Technology and Business Development for Verizon where he helped launch the Go90 Mobile Video Service, Verizon’s IPTV technology platform and the VR/AR Services platform Envrnmnt.
Chris was an instrumental player in growing Verizon Digital Media Services during the company’s early development. As Chief Product Officer, he was responsible for product, profit and loss, definition, strategy, delivery and market rollout.
With over 30 years of executive and strategic operations experience in the media and entertainment industries, Chris has held multiple roles that span industry wide. From Executive Vice President Worldwide, Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures to Chief Technology and Marketing Officer at Technicolor, in addition to 17 years spent at Walt Disney Studios in leadership roles, including Senior Vice President for Studio New Technology, Chris has been a key leader in the strategic and technology drivers of Hollywood’s digital revolution.
Currently, Chris is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for: DVD Copy Control Association, DVD Forum, Blu-ray Disc Association, Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC, AACS (Advanced Access Content System), DECE/Ultraviolet (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem). Chris is also a contributing author to “Understanding Digital Cinema A Professional Handbook” by Charles S. Swartz, as well as a named inventor for numerous U.S. patents (granted and applied for) in the digital media content formats and distribution systems field.
- Mariana RittenhouseDash Hudson
Mariana Rittenhouse is the Senior Director of Brand Strategy at Dash Hudson. The world’s most discerning brands and publishers use Dash Hudson to create and share photos and videos that people care about. The visual intelligence platform provides a one-stop solution to predict performance, distribute, measure, and enhance engagement across all of your visual marketing channels.
- Brandon TeitelHQ Trivia
Brandon Teitel is HQ Trivia’s Head of Programming and Strategic Partnerships, where he oversees the groundbreaking platform’s lineup and its relationships with brands. Often referred to as the future of TV, his efforts have helped HQ become a pop-culture phenomenon, with appointment-based interactive shows that capture the attention of millions who play against each other – live on their phones each day.
Teitel has brokered deals with Nike, Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal, creating innovative integrations that enhance the experience for players.
Prior to joining HQ, Teitel served as VP of Brand Strategy at Postmates and spent over a decade at CNBC, producing Jim Cramer’s Mad Money and Donny Deutsch’s The Big Idea. He graduated from New York University and is a native New Yorker, currently residing there with his husband and dog, Madeline.
- Bill DayJW Player
Bill Day is an Internet pioneer with a proven track record of identifying emerging technologies to serve the needs of consumers, the media community, and investors. Prior to joining JW Player, Bill was the CEO of Tremor Video, where he grew revenue from $2 million to over $300 million and guided the company to a public offering in 2013. In 1996, Bill co-founded About.com. He served as the company’s president and COO during its 1998 IPO, and then as CEO from 2001-2003. He went on to build other influential companies including MeMedia and Marchex. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of senior leadership roles at Prodigy.
Bill holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
- Jack PerrySyncbak
Jack Perry is a pioneer in the media technology industry, creating several ground-breaking solutions for broadcasters and electronics manufacturers during his 28-year career. In 2009, Perry founded Syncbak, Inc., whose products and services power the industry’s most successful OTT solutions, including CBS All-Access, Hulu, fuboTV and others.
Prior to Syncbak, Perry was President and CEO of TitanTV (formerly Decisionmark Corp.) where he developed the technology used by satellite companies and broadcasters to manage the delivery of network programming over satellite.
Perry holds 24 patents related to delivery of entertainment content over-the-air, over-satellite and over-the-Internet. He is a respected figure inside the beltway on issues related to digital entertainment, copyright and communications law and has testified before US Congress twice. He has joined representatives of Microsoft, Verizon and Comcast to brief Congress on the impact of internet protocol-enabled services, now called OTT, in the communications industry.
- Sean CohanA&E Networks
Sean Cohan is President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks. Formerly Executive Vice President of International, Cohan was appointed to this new role in January 2016.
As head of A+E Networks’ International Division, Cohan oversees the company’s brands, content, and services outside the U.S. He manages staff in New York, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo and teams across 18 more cities. The Division’s activities include branded channels, content sales, production and digital media distribution. A+E Networks operates 77 branded channel feeds abroad and distributes a 16,000-hour library across more than 200 territories, in 42 languages on a range of platforms.
Under Cohan’s direction, A+E Networks International has completed its global channels footprint in all markets where local law allows; launched 58 channels across all brands in the A+E portfolio including the global rollouts of Lifetime, A&E, Crime+Investigation; established new businesses in India, Southeast Asia, France, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central Europe, Turkey, and Russia; and achieved a #1, 2, or 3 ranking in factual pay-tv in virtually every market. Most recently, Cohan oversaw the launch of two channels and a wholly-owned business in Korea and an investment in iHQ. Cohan also oversaw the rollout of a new brand and the company’s first free-to-air (FTA) in the UK, BLAZE.
Cohan has also built a top factual content sales and formats organization; driven significant co-productions and acclaimed local versions of A+E shows; launched the largest global made-for-television movie distribution unit and a successful drama distribution effort, with critically and popularly acclaimed events such as Roots, Unreal, Six, and Knightfall.
As head of Digital Media for A+E Networks, Cohan oversees all strategic, operational, editorial, social and digital distribution functions both in the United States and around the world. This includes all digital elements of A+E Networks brands, from video content, to apps, to websites to social media. His team is responsible for A+E Networks’ popular websites History.com; biography.com; aetv.com; and mylifetime.com; TV Everywhere apps for Lifetime, A&E, History and FYI; History Vault™ and Lifetime Movie Club™, A+E’s direct-to-consumer offerings; and licensing partnerships with Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) and Download to Own (DTO) partners.
In 2016, A+E Networks announced the launch of 45th & Dean, a multi-platform video and audio storytelling hub run which reports into Cohan. It is focused on creating original digital-first video content for a range of audiences; its production supports brands, shows, and advertising and distribution partners. Most recently, its original content series, Bae or Bail and Second Chance have been leaders on the Facebook Watch and Snapchat Discover platforms, respectively.
Cohan was formerly Executive Vice President, International; Senior Vice President, International; Vice President, International Business Development & Digital Media; and Director, International Business Development for A+E Networks. Previously, he held positions at Primedia, Morgan Stanley, NBC and A.T. Kearney.
Cohan has ranked in the Top Ten of CableFax’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable, Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40, Digital TV Europe’s Euro 50, and TelevisionWeek’s Hot List. He was honored with Broadcasting and Cable’s 2016 Diversity Leadership Award, and has been named a NAMIC Next Generation Leader and Luminary. Cohan is a member of Boards of BANFF (Media Festival), The Opportunity Network, and The Parrish Art Museum. A graduate of Harvard University, he also holds an MBA from Stanford University.
- Saigin GovenderAmazon
Saigin Govender is a product and technology leader on the Alexa team at Amazon. Saigin joined the Alexa team 4 years ago, launching the initial Alexa product – Amazon Echo. In this role, Saigin designed and built a multitude of Alexa’s core experiences, including the news experience on Alexa. Today, Saigin continues to evolve the news experience, making it more intuitive and engaging for customers to consume news content through voice. Prior to Amazon, Saigin held various roles in product management, corporate ventures and strategy for some of Canada’s largest media and technology companies.
- Charlie CollierAMC Networks
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.
- Debra LeeBET Networks
With a trailblazing year career spanning over 3 decades, Debra L. Lee is arguably one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry. Lee currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.
During her tenure, Lee has helmed BET’s reinvigorated approach to corporate philanthropy & authentic programming that lead to hits such as The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors and many more.
In September 2009, Lee managed the launch of Centric, a 24-hour music and entertainment network. Under her guidance, Centric was rebranded in 2014 as the first network designed for Black women. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Lee was President and COO of BET Networks for almost 10 years, during which she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue, and earnings. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington D. C. based corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Billboard’s Power 100, Lee’s achievements in her 30+ year career in the industry have earned her numerous accolades from across the cable industry, as well as recognition as one of this country’s most respected business executives. Lee was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
In February 2017, the GRAMMY Organization recognized Lee with the Salute To Industry Icons Award, on behalf of her major contributions to American music and culture. Lee is currently the first and only woman to receive the distinguished honor.
Press Inquiries: Stephanie Jones | JONESWORKS | 212-839-0111 | DL@jonesworks.com
Lee is a committed philanthropist, holding a position on The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, serving as President; is a member emeritus of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age; and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, Brown University’s Center for Slavery & Justice, The Paley Center for Media, and The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and in 2011 was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board during his tenure. Lee also currently sits on the Board of Directors for corporations like Twitter, Marriot and Washington Gas Light.
Lee earned her Juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014 she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.
- 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 FINS.com, a financial careers venture within Dow Jones. Earlier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Le Monde Interactif, publisher of the leading news site lemonde.fr, 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.
- Brit MorinBrit + Co
Brit Morin is the founder & CEO of Brit + Co, a media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit. Brit + Co connects a community of over 175M women online and across platforms every month with the mission of inspiring and enabling them to use creativity to shape their lives. Prior to founding Brit + Co in late 2011, Brit worked for Google and Apple.
Additionally, Brit is the author of the bestselling book, Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation, which debuted in early 2015. She is a regular guest on TV shows like Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, Rachael Ray, and more. Brit also currently serves as an advisor and investor in several technology startups and is a special partner to Slow Ventures, an early stage investment fund.
Brit has been granted numerous awards and accolades, including Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s The New Guard, Glamour’s Female Entrepreneur Innovator, and Fortune’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, among others.
- 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 CMO.com. Recently, Jennifer was named Billboard’s Branding Executive of the Year.
- Erin CondonCVS Health
Erin Condon is the Vice President of Front Store & Omnichannel Marketing for CVS Health. In this leadership role, she is responsible for the development and deployment of a comprehensive marketing strategy designed to create and enhance brand loyalty for CVS Pharmacy and to position the company as a leader in health and beauty. Erin also leads the marketing strategy for new and emerging retail services for CVS Pharmacy.
Prior to joining CVS Health, Erin served as the President of Upromise, and had responsibility for product development and experience, analytics, brand awareness and customer experience.
Erin has deep experience in developing and leading highly visible, multi-channel marketing campaigns. A proven performance-based marketing leader, she has extensive experience across a breadth of industries; including retail, financial services, e-commerce, and loyalty.
Erin earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Honors from Babson College and an MBA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame.
- Ramin HeydayatiThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Ramin Hedayati oversees Digital Expansion at “The Daily Show” and has worked as a Field and Segment Producer during his 10 years at the show.
- Kevin WestcottDeloitte Consulting LLP
Kevin is a principal and leads the US Media and Entertainment practice. He has over 30 years of experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. His industry experience spans Film, TV, Home Entertainment, Broadcasting, Publishing, Licensing, Games and Production.
During past client engagements, Kevin has worked on transforming and implementing new business models, helping clients to monitize their assets and assisting start ups to effectively enter the marketplace and be successful.
Additionally, Kevin leads industry programs for his clients across the international Media & Entertainment industry, both domestically and globally, including digital product strategy, distribution and supply chain for entertainment companies. He also has led industry programs including rights licensing and management and marketing effectiveness.
Kevin is an author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Trends Survey and co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model and speaks regularly on media and entertainment consumption trends. He is also a frequent speaker at The Deloitte Academy and Roybal Learning Center.
Kevin places a high importance on community involvement and works to support many civic and philanthropic organizations. Kevin is on the Board of Directors for City Year Los Angeles, a national organization focused on increasing the graduation rate for at-risk students and he also serves The United Way, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Share our Shelves and many more.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of California, Santa Cruz.
- 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.
- Jason KassinFilmTrack
Jason Kassin is the co-founder and CEO of FilmTrack, the leading end-to-end rights management platform for the media and entertainment industry. Since its inception in 1996, Jason has evolved FilmTrack into an extensive ecosystem that encompasses content creation, distribution, rights management, and monetization. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Film and Theater, Jason acted in films and TV programs, and even wrote and sold scripts to DreamWorks, Fox, NBC, and Paramount.
Today, Jason oversees FilmTrack’s day-to-day operations, strategic direction, and delivery of business solutions to some of the world’s leading companies. He has played key roles in navigating clients to streamline processes, unlock hidden revenue, and maximize revenue across all avenues of exploitation. An accomplished screenwriter and actor, Jason is highly sought out by the media and entertainment industry to share his expertise on both the creative and technical sides of rights management.
Over the years, Jason has been an eyewitness to the ever-changing M&E landscape, never failing to keep his finger on the pulse of Hollywood. Jason is in a unique position, as he is constantly communicating with legacy networks and emerging industry titans (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.). His deep-rooted knowledge of the industry has allowed him to help organizations remain relevant and ensure that they are getting the most out of their content.
The drastic shift in content consumption has forever changed the industry. Today, dozens of platforms exist that allow for the distribution, hosting, and consumption of content (i.e. SVOD, OTT, TVOD, AVOD, etc.). With the evolving landscape of content disruption, the complexities of tracking content from a business prospective have exponentially increased. Understanding how to manage your content is crucial, and being flexible to adopting new distribution models is eminent. For this panel, Jason can provide a behind the scenes perspective on how the disruption of content distribution influences the way the industry does business.
- Gayle FuguittFoursquare
Gayle Fuguitt is Chief of Customer Insights and Innovation at Foursquare. Gayle is recognized as one of the foremost global experts in insights, analytics, business marketing, consumer trends and how these variables translate into concrete revenue growth for client companies. She architects c-suite growth and business outcomes for a wide array of leading advertisers in diverse industries through global, mobile location intelligence uniquely embraced by marketing, sales and engineering. Fuguitt’s combined expertise as a global insights and analytics leader, creative revenue driver and an early adopter and translator of game-changing technology into business growth drivers, and her award-winning industry results-driven leadership operationalizes Foursquare solutions to scalable growth opportunities, enabling the future now.
As CEO and President of The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), Gayle was the first woman to lead this 79-year-old organization of media-tech analytics leaders across 400 plus member companies. Gayle’s three-year tenure is notable for its historic achievements. She spearheaded original million-dollar research quantifying $31 billion in multiplatform marketing spending opportunities for advertisers to invest, versus discounting. Industry leaders have designated her research results as “the most important original research in the industry in three decades.” The data Gayle spearheaded is considered so forward thinking it is now being implemented as a viable tool for marketers across all sectors.
As CEO, Gayle’s leadership included the formation of A Women Analytics Initiative while her other efforts forged value-driven connections and strategic collaborations with industry leaders like Facebook, Wal-Mart, Twitter and Google which increased ARF’s endowment by thirty percent in three years.
Prior to her role at the ARF, Gayle spent more than twenty-five years as an innovator at General Mills. In 1998, she was appointed the first officer ever of marketing research. Among historic firsts that contributed to growth for the global manufacturer, she changed the name of the function from “marketing research” to ”consumer insights”. Considered unprecedented, she led the shift of eighty-five percent of General Mills’ research to the Internet in one year.
Gayle led the multi-national company’s investments of over $70 million dollars in venture capital into Internet research, social media research and mobile research. Among other groundbreaking firsts, Gayle held the leadership position of Global Consumer Insights for 18 years – the longest of any executive in the industry — before leaving to seek new leadership opportunities in 2011.
In 1998, Gayle led a twenty million-dollar investment for General Mills in an Internet research startup company called MarketTools. With her bold leadership advisement, General Mills became the first in the industry to invest in technology to co-create business solutions for marketers.
She facilitated a $70 million dollar investment in MarketTools, Iconoculture and other social media and mobile insight and innovation firms. Gayle was appointed to the MarketTools board where she served for a dozen years. From 2005-2010, she served as MarketTools’ Chair, Governance Committee. MarketTools was later acquired by Survey Monkey, and capitalized at over one billion dollars.
Among other Board of Directors’ positions Gayle served for seven years on the Iconoculture board.
In 2014 Gayle was inducted into the Market Research Council (MRC) Hall of Fame. Gayle holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her M.B.A.in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A passionate supporter of the arts, Gayle is a trustee at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and serves on the board of advisors of the Brooklyn Museum. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tom.
- 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 Monster.com.
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 Reserve.com 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
Lyle Schwartz is President of Investment for GroupM North America, with responsibility for overseeing media investment in the company’s largest region, where more than $30B (RECMA) is invested on behalf of clients annually. Schwartz ensures that the development of truly peerless insights integrates seamlessly into the supply and demand dynamics in media marketplaces to support partner negotiations and trading activities that make media a strategic advantage for GroupM’s clients across all of its agencies. All North American investment team members across TV, digital, radio, print and local report up to Schwartz.
When Schwartz was appointed to GroupM North America’s top investment role in 2016, it marked the first time a leader with a research and analytics background had been named head of trading for a major media investment Group. Schwartz helped build the research department at GroupM, which is fully joined up with the trading organization to support insights-driven ‘one voice trading,’ a point of distinction in GroupM’s approach to media investment. Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience at WPP inclusive of his early positions at Y&R prior to its acquisition by WPP.
Schwartz has made significant contributions to a number of company and industry-wide milestones, including the development of C3 ratings for time-shifted TV, defining viewability in digital and pushing the industry for platform-agnostic video measurement. His career includes past roles at A&E Television Networks where, as VP Research, he was responsible for directing the research department in providing insights to sales teams, programming and marketing. During his tenure he was involved in the naming, marketing and positioning of two new digital channels.
Lyle is a graduate of Hunter College and lives in Airmont, New York with his wife, Marjorie and his three kids, daughter Brittany, and sons Aaron and Scott.
- Ben LererGroup Nine Media
Ben Lerer is the founding CEO of Group Nine Media – a digital media holding company consisting of NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist (which he founded). Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, and has been featured in Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, Crain’s “40 under 40” and Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”.
Ben is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, among New York’s most successful technology investment funds. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper, the Advisory Board for Refinery29 and the Board of RaisedByUs.
- Kristen NaimanKate Spade
Kristen Naiman is Senior Vice President of Brand Creative for kate spade new york. She joined the company in July 2014 and is responsible for all creative marketing efforts.
Kristen joined kate spade new york from Isaac Mizrahi where she oversaw the brand vision and creative process for more than eight years. She led a team of twenty-three across creative services, product design and merchandising. Prior to Isaac, Kristen was a freelance stylist working for Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W and Vanity Fair. As a creative consultant, she worked with clients including the Gap and Madewell. Kristen began her career as an associate fashion editor at Condé Nast Sports for women and as a fashion editor at Nylon in its prototype stage.
As kate spade new york collectively works to bring the interesting life to life, storytelling is central to the brand’s effort. Under Kristen’s leadership, the creative team ensures successful communication of the kate spade new york brand across every medium in which it engages.
Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research.
She currently resides in Brooklyn.
- Adam HelfgottMad Network
- David CohenMagna Global
Innately driven to push boundaries and challenge the status quo, David heads MAGNA’s North America business driving investment, intelligence and innovation in his role as President. David has helped to set the vision and remit for MAGNA GLOBAL, which is to use best-inclass marketplace and audience intelligence to decision more quickly and execute with greater precision, efficiency, and effectiveness.
David has been with IPG Mediabrands since 2001, when he launched the digital practice at UM as Interactive Media Director. A year later, he became a Senior Vice President, overseeing all digital media strategy, planning, buying and analysis operations for the agency. In 2006, David was named U.S. Director of Digital Communications. He was promoted in 2011 to Global Digital Officer, and then elevated in 2013 to Chief Investment Officer.
David has been recognized as a “Media All-Star” by Adweek, one of the “Adweek 50” in 2012 and an “Online All-Star” by Media Magazine.
David served as the Chair of the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) Digital
Marketing Committee from 2009-2012, He serves on the IAB Video and Advisory Board, the Global Board of I-COM (International Conference on Media Management) and numerous advisory boards, including Google, AOL, Yahoo, and the Chairman’s Advisory Board of the MPA (The Association of Magazine Media).
Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with wife and two daughters. A self-described gadget-guy and fitness fanatic – he can talk for hours about training tips and the latest in hightech exercise gear.
- David LangMindshare
David Lang is an Emmy Award-winning television producer who has brought his talents to the marketing world as Chief Content Officer of Mindshare, NA and President of Mindshare Content + Entertainment. In this dual role, Lang oversees all creative development & production, strategic marketing and partnerships in the entertainment-marketing arena, as well as focusing on the creation of new economic models. He also Chairs the GroupM Center of Excellence on Content.
Lang and his team have created over 600 projects for Fortune 500 marketers across a vast array of categories and demographics. From Cannes to Effies, he and his team have garnered more awards than any other content group in North America. Personally, Lang has been honored as a Media All-Star, a Media Maven, an Internationalist, named to Ad Age’s Entertainment A-List and honored as the “Content Innovator of the Year” by the Content Council.
Before joining MindShare Entertainment, Lang was SVP of Development & Production at Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video, where he oversaw his group’s development of shows and the production process as show runner/executive producer.
- Jill CressNational Geographic
Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners (NGP). In this role, Cress oversees the overall global brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and entities around the world.
Cress focuses on overall brand building to the consumer, cable/satellite industry, advertising community and the creative community. She also leads research and consumer insights, as well as all aspects of marketing, including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, on-air media strategy, and digital marketing.
Previously, Cress was executive vice president of global consumer marketing at MasterCard, where she oversaw the global consumer strategy including the Priceless Platforms, global content strategy, segment inspired marketing. She leveraged creative positioning and scalable new digital platforms, including the incorporation of “Priceless Cities” around the world into MasterCard’s “Priceless” award-winning campaign.
Cress started her career at MasterCard in 1994 as the vice president of sales. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Marketing by Brand Innovators and has been a featured speaker at marketing industry events such as the Ad Age Digital Conference and the Modern Media Summit at Mobile World Congress.
Cress received a B.S. in Science Marketing from Indiana University.
- Wendy WildfeuerNBC Universal
Wendy Wildfeuer was named Senior Vice President, The Content Studio, in March of 2016. The Content Studio was created by NBCUniversal to serve as a developer, producer and distributor of original content on behalf of brands.
Previously, Wildfeuer was Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Digital Entertainment where she worked with clients on marketing campaigns across NBCUniversal’s digital sites and strategic partners, including Bravo, E!, BuzzFeed and Vox Media.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal in March of 2014, Wildfeuer served as Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing for Alloy Digital (now Defy Media). At Alloy she oversaw the Integrated Marketing, Research and Planning teams for the media sales organization.
Wildfeuer began her career at Lowe & Partners, before joining the National Basketball Association in various marketing roles within the Consumer Products Group.
She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, with a B.A. in Advertising, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
- 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.
- Matthew YoungOath
Matt’s been growing new, scalable and profitable businesses in the technology and media space for the last 15 years. Currently, as the VP, Industry Lead for Entertainment, Media and Gaming at Oath, he oversees industry advertising revenue for all of Oath’s content and ad tech products. Prior to Oath, Matt led the programmatic initiatives for the Field sales team at Yahoo! (acquired by Verizon for $4.48B in 2017) and held various leadership positions in mobile and programmatic at BrightRoll (acquired by Yahoo! for $640M in 2014). Early in his career he worked on the content and production side of media, starting as a journalist in South America, and then running his own entertainment company in Los Angeles. Matt has sat on several IAB and MMA committees and task-forces focused on mobile and programmatic.
Matt has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA from Harvard University in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theatre.
- Catherine SullivanOmnicom
Omnicom Media Group has hired ABC News sales veteran Catherine Sullivan as president of U.S. investment, a newly created role that oversees the investment teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Sciences.
Ms. Sullivan, who most recently served as ABC’s senior-VP of news sales, joined the media services division of Omnicom Group at the beginning of the month. She is reporting directly to John Swift, CEO North American investment for Omnicom Media Group.
Mr. Swift said the group expanded from two agencies to three with the launch of Hearts & Science earlier this year, and the growth is putting focus on having “more senior-level leadership touching all of our business in a more integrated way.”
“We’re talking about an integrated and digitally informed investment future for us,” he added. “Digital is going to be part of everything we do.”
Over the last three years, Omnicom Media Group has shifted from channel silos to integrated channels. For example, Mr. Swift said the group now has a completely holistic video group, rather than one for just TV or digital.
“One of the things we’re focused on is building a bridge from the present to the future,” which is about pushing media owners to do the most interesting things for clients, said Mr. Swift. People, he added, are consuming media in all different places now, so media has to evolve with content, data-driven strategies, programmatic and even customized experiences.
Ms. Sullivan was the “obvious choice” for the role due to her extensive media experience, including 15 years at ABC and 14 at NBC, said Mr. Swift, adding that she’ll bring different perspectives that will complement those of the other Omnicom Media Group leaders.
In addition to overseeing the buying teams across OMD, PHD and Hearts & Science, Ms. Sullivan said her main responsibility is for the client, specifically “making sure we’re doing the best job with their money.”
She added that she’s excited to bring her learning of the business to the other side. Over the last four years in her most recent role at ABC, Ms. Sullivan helped the digital platform revenue increase by more than 50%.
- 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.
- Justin StefanoRefinery29
Justin Stefano is the co-founder and co-CEO of Refinery29, the leading digital-media company focused on women with a global audience footprint of over 550 million across all platforms. Influenced by the creative style and arts communities in Brooklyn, Justin co-founded Refinery29 in 2005 with Philippe von Borries, Christene Barberich, and Piera Gelardi in the living room of a Brooklyn apartment and has developed it to be a destination for women to feel, see, and claim their power through clever, approachable, and authentic content.
Today, the company has grown to over 450 employees globally with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin, and reaches audiences through a variety of lifestyle stories, original video programming, live events, and social, shareable content across platforms. At Refinery29, Justin leads the company’s revenue, finance and business development functions and drives the innovation behind its marketing solution platforms.
Justin began his career working for the New York City Government investigating complaints of police misconduct and is a graduate of New York University where he studied philosophy and politics. He currently resides in Brooklyn. Justin was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015 and was named to Variety’s New Power NY List in 2016. Refinery29 has also been included on the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for the past three years, Crain’s Fast 50 list of the region’s fastest-growing businesses for the past two years, and is the winner of several Webby Awards. Additionally, the company was named the Most Innovative Publisher of 2016 by Digiday and one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by Fast Company.
- Sean MillsSnapchat
- Jackie JantosSpotify
Jackie Jantos is VP, Brand and Creative at Spotify, the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service. She leads an in-house creative agency team of more than 70 passionate creators who look after how the world interprets Spotify’s value, and devise opportunities to expand it. Jackie’s remit spans marketing of the brand, product, service tiers, artists, original content, events, and more, both on the platform and in the world. Under her leadership, the team is celebrated for its considered use of optimism, humor and music streaming data to tell the stories of its 159 million monthly active users. Ad Age recently named Spotify’s Brand and Creative team its 2018 “In-House Agency of the Year.”
Prior to joining Spotify, Jackie spent seven years leading brand strategy and creative at the Coca-Cola Company. Her tenure there spanned the launch of “Open Happiness” to over 200 markets and leadership of two of the brand’s most creatively awarded campaigns, “Small World Machines” – a special brand experience connecting people of India and Pakistan; and Google’s “Project Re: Brief” – reimagining Coke’s iconic ad, Hilltop. Jackie began her career at Ogilvy in various creative, account, and business development roles. Mom to two little boys, Jackie is a believer in the power of music to do good things and promote change, and she is an advocate for pushing the status quo.
- Janet ComenosSpotted
Janet Comenos is the CEO and Co-Founder of Spotted, the leading celebrity data and research company that helps consumer brands and agencies make smarter and safer celebrity endorsement and campaign decisions. Adweek recently named “a diamond-studded version of the usual data research firm” and Janet was named one of Women’s Wear Daily’s Top 20 Women in Business in 2017. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and was named a Wolf Humanities Fellow for undergrads who excelled in humanities-related research.
- Kristi ArgyilanTarget
- 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.
- Sean MoranViacom
- Marty MoeVox Media
Marty Moe is President of Vox Media where he leads strategic direction for the Vox Media Podcast Network, which produces a slate of popular podcasts, and Vox Entertainment, Vox Media’s original production division. Moe is a co-founder of The Verge and Polygon and joined Vox Media in 2011.
Vox Entertainment is dedicated to developing, producing, and marketing television, film, and digital programming. Vox Entertainment has announced several new original series, including American Style, premiering as a CNN Original Series in 2019, Foul Play set to premiere on Verizon’s go90 platform later this spring; No Passport Required premiering this summer on PBS; a weekly news explainer show on Netflix; Prefabulous airing on FYI; and Divided States of Women, a franchise launched in partnership with Comcast and hosted and produced by reporter Liz Plank.
Previously, Marty was Senior Vice President of AOL’s content publishing division, where he ran the company’s original news, finance, sports, and technology content offerings, as well as Weblogs, Inc., then the largest professional blog network in the US.
Before joining AOL in 2001, Marty served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and earlier practiced corporate law at Skadden Arps in Washington, DC. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after graduating Magna Cum Laude from NYU School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. Marty lives in Washington, DC, with his two children.
- Jason FlickYou.i.TV
Jason is a veteran in the world of enterprise growth and management, having founded and scaled a number of successful software companies in the past, most notably Flick Software, Eftia, and N-Able. Jason believes in disrupting the status quo, which is what led him to start You.i TV with co-founder Stuart Russell. Jason is currently a sitting member of the board for Turner Ad Labs, Invest Ottawa, and Flick Software.