The Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit LA will 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 multiplying 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.
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8:00 to 8:50 a.m. Registration
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. C-Suite Roundtable: The State of Breakthrough Entertainment
In this age of boundless entertainment choice across platforms, both subscription and ad-supported, what programming is best connecting with today’s multiplatform audiences? How is increasing mobile video viewing impacting content development and monetization? How are advancing tech trends such as VR, improving audience measurement and enhanced video distribution impacting today’s entertainment industry? Top content platform chiefs converge to talk about the future of their business.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer, go90, Verizon
David Wertheimer, President, Digital, FOX
George Strompolos, CEO, Fullscreen
Erick Opeka, EVP and Head of Digital Networks, Cinedigm
Jesse Sisgold, Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media
9:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Keynote with Eric Berger, Crackle
Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
10:10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. New Frontiers: The Live Streaming Explosion
As people scatter across media options and platforms, the chance to watch a live event is proving incredibly attractive and valuable for the larger entertainment industry. Audiences crave a communal experience in this divided landscape, and brands find huge upside in rallying all those eyeballs to one point at one time. Who are the major players in this live streaming boom, and what are the opportunities for brand partners to be involved? Leaders of the burgeoning live streaming space will share how they are growing their business.
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer, Mashable
Ryan Montoya, Chief Technology Officer, Sacramento Kings & Golden 1 Center
Monica Austin, Head of TV and Film Partnerships, Facebook
Kyle McDoniel, Head of Yahoo Sports Global Partnerships
Rob Hayes, EVP Digital Media, NBC Entertainment
10:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Networking Break
11:05 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Innovators of Video Monetization
As messaging increases across digital to capitalize on its growing viewership, audiences are becoming savvier in clicking through to focus on watching their desired video. How are platforms weaving brands into video to be must-watch for people and increase likelihood of being shared? What’s critical in ensuring video gains maximum exposure to intended/targeted viewers? How are length, subject/topic and distribution evolving to suit today’s consumer tastes? How are content platforms and advertising chiefs combatting tech that hurts ads’ visibility? Top platforms chiefs and their partners chat best business strategies for video.
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
Joy Marcus, EVP and GM, Video, Conde Nast Entertainment
Jason Krebs, Head of Sales, Maker Studios
Niels Schuurmans, EVP of Creative, Viacom Velocity
Pam Scheideler, Partner, Chief Digital Officer, Deutsch
11:45 a.m. to 12 noon Influencer Marketing: How Technology is Driving Trust and Transparency
There is no question that advertisers are increasingly aligning themselves with digital Influencers, and their networks, to reach massive social followings. But with Influencer campaigns often unpredictable or unmeasurable, how can brands feel more confident they are tying in with the right Influencers? In this session, LA-based ad tech company CitizenNet and United Entertainment Group discuss the future of targeting Influencers: machine learning and predictive analytics. Learn more about how it’s finally possible for advertisers to gain the trust and transparency they have been seeking when it comes to Influencer recommendations, performance and reporting.
David Cohen, Senior Features Editor, Variety
Dan Benyamin, Founder and CEO, CitizenNet
Josh Kaplan, Director Properties & Ventures, United Entertainment Group
12 noon to 12:40 p.m. Head of the Class – Storytelling Visionaries
Advancing technology and evolving audiences are converging to create a new master class of artistic visionaries in film, TV, music and gaming. What new techniques in special effects, social interactivity and more are responsible for content that is managing to astound seen-it-all audiences? How is the promise of VR going to be impacting future storytelling? The industry’s current creative leaders will talk about the state of cutting-edge entertainment.
Janko Roettgers, Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Variety
Peter Levin, President Interactive Ventures & Games, Lionsgate
David Alpert, Executive Producer The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and CEO, Skybound Entertainment
Jake Zim, SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Karen Dufilho, Executive Producer, Google Spotlight Stories (Justin Lin’s Help, Glen Keane’s Duet)
Jon Radoff, CEO & Founder, Disruptor Beam
David McIntyre Senior VP, Corporate Strategy, Standards & Business Development, DTS
12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Luncheon
1:40 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. Power of Global Digital Influence: Michelle Phan and ipsy
Digital content creators are the new source of influence and inspiration, driving how consumers discover and try beauty products. Creators are, and always have been, at the heart of everything ipsy does, inspired by founder Michelle Phan. What are strategies to leverage global digital influence to launch and grow companies? Phan and her ipsy Co-Founder Marcelo Camberos will talk about their collaboration.
Michelle Phan, YouTube Sensation, Co-Founder, ipsy
Marcelo Camberos, CEO and Co-Founder, ipsy
2:05 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. Keynote with Mark Greenberg, CEO, EPIX
Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
2:35 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Mobilizing Social Media for Social Good and Brand Power
Mido de Santi, Founder and CEO, Pixhug
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. TV Strikes Back: Fighting for Young Audiences, Presented by Simulmedia
Young TV audiences are the holy grail for the industry, most enticing to advertisers looking to hook loyal consumers early. As exploding social platform popularity and competing multiplatform video choice pull young audiences in a zillion directions, what is the TV industry doing to attract this critical demographic? What partnerships are being forged with millennial digital platforms to boost TV audiences? What network aligned digital services and channels are catering to young audience content preferences? Top TV chiefs and their partners talk about strategies in strengthening their younger audience base.
Marty Moe, President, Vox Media
Tom Ascheim, President, Freeform Network
Walker Jacobs, Chief Operating Officer, Fandom, Powered by Wikia
Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV
Declan Moore, CEO, National Geographic Partners
Laurel Bernard, President, Entertainment Marketing, Simulmedia
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. It’s a Mad, Mad, MadTech World: How Technology is Transforming Media and Entertainment
Peter Minnium, President, Ipsos Connect
3:45 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. Brands in the Director’s Seat: Best Entertainment Marketing Storytelling
3:20 to 4:00 p.m. Brands in the Director’s Seat: Best Entertainment Marketing
Brands are in total control as they work to engage audiences who are sick of clunky pre-roll video, annoying pop-ups and tired banner ads. What platforms are working best for brands to break through today’s digital ad jungle to consumers with their entertainment marketing? Who are the key partners guiding brands to reach intended viewers, helping them avoid being swept up into a black hole of fake or fraudulently exaggerated audiences? How is the marketing community making sure messaging breaks through to the right, intended audience? What brands, spanning consumer, TV and film are succeeding in converting their marketing and advertising creativity into sales, tune-in or butts in seats? Top platforms, entertainment marketers and their partners will talk about how they are crafting the perfect pitch that best reaches relevant audiences.
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety
Scott Donaton, Chief Content Officer, DigitasLBi
Ben Jones, Global Head, Unskippable Labs, Google
Leland Maschmeyer Chief Creative Officer, Chobani
T.J. Marchetti, Chief Marketing Officer, AwesomenessTV
Frank Cooper, Chief Marketing and Creative Officer, BuzzFeed
Michael Tiffany, CEO and Co-Founder of White Ops
4:25 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. The Titans of Talk in the Digital Age
The topsy-turvy election, the Olympics, combined with extraordinary world events have fueled an enormous stage to talk across growing numbers of platforms. Who are the personalities best connecting with today’s audiences? What platforms are leading in top pop culture commentary, news and sports coverage? Innovators across news and sports TV, digital and social platforms will share how they connect with their fans.
Joanna Solowey, VP Marketing and Communications, Omnigon
Ben Winston, Executive Producer, The Late, Late Show with James Corden
Casey Wilson, Actor & Comedian (Happy Endings, Marry Me) and Podcaster, Bitch Sesh
Doug DeLuca, Co-Executive Producer, Live with Jimmy Kimmel
George Cheeks, President, Business Affairs & Late-Night, NBC Entertainment
5:05 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Chelsea Handler, Host and Executive Producer (Netflix’s Chelsea and Chelsea Does)
Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Who Is Speaking?
- Chelsea HandlerHost and Executive Producer
Regarded as one of the most successful figures in today’s entertainment industry, Chelsea Handler’s stand-up comedy, best-selling books and nightly talk show have attracted millions of fans worldwide.
As the host of E!’s top-rated Chelsea Lately, Handler became the first female to break into the otherwise male-dominated late-night arena. In 2014, Chelsea ended the show after a successful eight-year run in order to pursue other interests, or, in her words, “get a real job.”
Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life (2005), Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (2008), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010), Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011) and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. In support of the release, Handler embarked on a sold-out global tour, and in October 2014, a stand-up comedy performance based on the tour, Uganda Be Killing Me Live, premiered exclusively on Netflix.
On May 11, 2016, Handler launched an all-new talk show for Netflix, marking the first of its kind for the global on-demand generation.
Handler can also be seen in Chelsea Does, a Netflix Documentary Series directed by Oscar and Emmy-nominated Eddie Schmidt (This Film is Not Yet Rated) and executive produced by Schmidt, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), and Handler. In each of the four revealing, relevant, funny and introspective films, Handler explores a range of subjects of personal and universal curiosity, from marriage to drugs, to racism and Silicon Valley. With her unique voice and provocative point of view, Chelsea will be seen confronting the topics that connect humanity, having the hard conversations about things that are not easy to talk about, and calibrating and learning who she is along the way.
Handler has been honored by TIME magazine as one of its annual “TIME 100”; Glamour magazine as one of its 2011 Women of the Year; and the Human Rights Campaign, which gave her its Ally for Equality Award in 2009. Handler’s wide appeal and multiplatform success have been highlighted by publications all over the world.
- Mark GreenbergEPIX
Mark Greenberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of EPIX, a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM.
An early architect in the transformation of television networks across new platforms and technologies, Mark is part of the founding team and created the strategic blueprint for EPIX, the first network designed for linear TV, on demand and online viewing. Under his direction the network’s rapid growth set records by turning profitable within the first year of its launch. Adapting the distribution model for films, he has brought Hollywood hits to pay TV earlier and extended the length of premium windows. A leader in TV Everywhere, Mark has overseen the rapid expansion of EPIX across hundreds of new consumer devices, including first to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Roku® and Windows 8.1, which has resulted in significant increases in TV authentication for cable, satellite and telco partners. Under his leadership, EPIX programming is award winning, receiving multiple EMMY nominations for original documentaries, live music and comedy events.
Greenberg has over 30 successful years of cable industry experience, including tenures at Showtime and HBO. Prior to the creation of EPIX, Greenberg was Managing Director of MSGCI, a management and consulting company whose clients included Blockbuster, Comcast, Participant Media and Lionsgate.
Previously, Greenberg was at Showtime Networks for 17 years, where he was an Executive Vice President responsible for Strategic Planning and Development, Digital Media, and headed Sales and Marketing. He oversaw one of the most profitable enterprises at Showtime Pay-Per-View where he produced four of the five biggest pay-for-view events in cable history including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. Greenberg began his career at HBO where he spent over seven years in sales and marketing positions.
Greenberg holds a B.A. from Providence College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is one of the original board members for the Nantucket Film Festival and also currently serves as the Chairman of USC Annenberg Board of Councilors, is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), was inducted into the Cablefax Program Hall of Fame in 2015 and serves on the Advisory Board of the Reisenbach Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and safety of New Yorkers. Greenberg’s wife, Tami, has been an entertainment lawyer for the past 20 years. They have two sons and a daughter and reside in New York City.
- Eric BergerCrackle
- Casey WilsonActor and Podcaster
Casey Wilson was a series regular on the sitcoms Marry Me and Happy Endings. She was twice nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance on the latter show, and Variety has called her one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch.”
Most recently Wilson was cast in the lead role of the ABC pilot Hail Mary. Her other recent credits include Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi on Amazon, (pilot episode directed by Nicole Holofcener), and the upcoming films The Disaster Artist directed by James Franco for New Line, Why Him? directed by John Hamburg for Twentieth Century Fox, and The Meddler with Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon, which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. She will also soon appear in episodes of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and Grey’s Anatomy.
Wilson was a featured player on Saturday Night Live for two seasons and has guest starred on HBO’s Bored to Death and How I Met Your Mother on CBS. Wilson also stars in the Hotwives series, a Hulu original comedy, taking place in a different city each season. The second season, Hotwives of Las Vegas, premiered in August 2015.
Her past film credits include David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia, and Kyle Alvarez’s indie feature C.O.G. which is based on a short story by David Sedaris.
Wilson hails from Alexandria, VA, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. After graduation she co-wrote and performed (along with best gal pal June Raphael) the two-woman sketch comedy show, “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. The show ran for eleven months, was an official selection of HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and was listed as a Critic’s Pick in TimeOut NY.
Wilson and Raphael’s comedy partnership branched out into the film world. They co-wrote Bride Wars starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. They played the leads in Assbackwards, an indie female road trip comedy, which they also wrote together. The film was directed by Chris Nelson and premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
- T.J. MarchettiAwesomenessTV
T.J. Marchetti is the Chief Marketing Officer of AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global Gen Z audience. In this role, Marchetti oversees strategic marketing communications, media planning and audience engagement across AwesomenessTV’s divisions which include the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel; the ATVNetwork; Awesomeness Films; Big Frame, a talent management company; DreamWorksTV; Awestruck; Awesomeness Films; as well as consumer products and branded entertainment.
Marchetti has crafted and executed strategic roadmaps to develop massive online communities, eCommerce initiatives, and rich content experiences for Fortune 100 companies, digital brand pioneers, and early stage start-ups.
Marchetti was most recently SVP of Digital Marketing for The Walt Disney Studios, where he delivered award-winning campaigns ranging from the #1 animated film of all time, “Frozen,” to Pixar’s Oscar-winning “Brave” and 2012’s box office champion, “The Avengers.”
Prior to Disney, Marchetti guided the social media strategies for MTV Network’s programming and development of Viacom’s social, mobile and second screen platforms. As Vice President of eHarmony’s Singles Service, Marchetti founded the product development and lifecycle marketing teams. Before that, Marchetti launched a word-of-mouth marketing campaign at GeoCities while managing production, editorial, customer service, QA and design. His efforts contributed to GeoCities’ eventual sale to Yahoo! for $5 billion.
Marchetti made the leap from national print media to website production with the launch of AOL/Digital City.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University.
- Frank CooperBuzzfeed
- Leland MaschmeyerChobani
Leland is the Chief Creative Officer of Chobani. Prior to joining Chobani in 2016, he was the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Collins, a brand and design consultancy with offices in New York and San Francisco. His work for clients such as Spotify, Airbnb, Target, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Facebook has earned honors from Cannes, AICP, Effies, and Communication Arts, among others. In 2011, Campaign magazine selected him to its “Global 30 Under 30” list. In 2015, Forbes named his team’s music video for Azealia Banks “the future of music videos.” That same year, Fast Company, Wired and Design Week named his global redesign of Spotify as the year’s best.
- Erick OpekaCinedigm
- Dan BenyaminCitizenNet
- Joy MarcusCondé Nast Entertainment
- Lauren TetuanDeutsch LA
- Scott DonatonDigitasLBi
As Chief Content Officer at DigitasLBi, Scott Donaton leads the agency’s content practice in North America, partnering with clients to tell their stories in innovative and memorable ways. Donaton launched and leads Digitas Studios, which develops unique custom-content initiatives, strategies, and business models for clients.
Donaton also serves as the chief architect of the annual DigitasLBi NewFront, the anchor event of the Digital Content NewFronts, of which DigitasLBi is the only agency founding partner. Donaton’s thought-leadership has been published in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, and Ad Age, among others, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events, including VidCon and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Before joining DigitasLBi, Donaton was Global Chief Content Officer at Interpublic Group’s UM and head of UM Studios, where he led a team of award-winning content strategists and producers around the globe who developed creative programs and innovative experiences for UM Studios clients, including Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Brown Forman, ExxonMobil and Sony. Prior to UM, Donaton founded Ensemble, an Interpublic Group content studio, where he served as CEO from 2009 till 2013, when he merged Ensemble into UM to form UM Studios.
Donaton coined the phrase “Madison & Vine”, and is the author of a book by the same name. The book helped launch the branded-content revolution by declaring that the entertainment and advertising industries needed to converge to survive in the age of digital storytelling.
Prior to joining Interpublic, Donaton served as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Before that, he was at Advertising Age, where he served as its editor for more than a decade before becoming publisher. While at Advertising Age, Donaton oversaw the publication’s extension into digital media, the expansion of its conference business and the growth of its global presence.
Donaton’s multiple awards and accolades include being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, being honored as of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media” by Media Industry Newsletter, and being named to the Folio 40. In 2013, Donaton served as president of the Branded Content & Entertainment jury at the prestigious Cannes Festival of Creativity.
- Jon RadoffDisruptor Beam
Jon Radoff is CEO and Founder of Disruptor Beam, a company focused on turning the world’s greatest entertainment franchises into the most successful mobile games. Radoff founded Disruptor Beam in 2011 and oversees company strategy and operations.
Disruptor Beam creates highly authentic and story-driven games based around worlds that have spawned communities of millions of passionate, dedicated fans. The company released its first game, Game of Thrones Ascent, in 2013, and Star Trek Timelines for mobile devices in January 2016.
Previously, Radoff launched GamerDNA, a social media company that built products driven by real-time gamer behavior. GamerDNA merged with Live Gamer in 2011. Prior to GamerDNA, Radoff founded Eprise, the creator of a content management system that was a forerunner of modern blog and wiki technology. At Eprise, Radoff raised venture capital, established product strategy and recruited a management team that succeeded in taking Eprise into Fortune 500 customers, culminating in a public offering on NASDAQ in 2000. Earlier on in his career, Radoff started NovaLink, an online game publisher that created Legends of Future Past, which became one of the first independent, commercial game products on the Internet.
- Monica AustinFacebook
Monica Austin is the Head of Movies & TV for the Entertainment Partnerships team at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, she was the SVP, Business and Brand Development at Shine America, a studio division of 21st Century FOX, where she was responsible for developing and managing the ancillary rights for the media company’s IP, which included The Office (FOX), The Bridge (FX), MasterChef (FOX) and Biggest Loser (NBC).
Austin started her career at United Talent Agency and before joining Shine, she was the VP, Business and Content Development at Super! Alright! and previous to that was at ITV Studios America.
Monica has received several industry honors and has been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, Ad Age’s 40 under 40 and Multichannel News 40 under 40 list.
- George StrompolosFullscreen
George Strompolos is an entrepreneur and digital media pioneer. He is the Founder and CEO of Fullscreen Media, a global leader in social-first entertainment experiences serving creators, brands and consumers. The company is comprised of multiple divisions, including the world’s largest network of online content creators, a talent management group, two award-winning production studios, a live events and touring business, a consumer products group, two premium subscription video-on-demand services and an in-house social media agency.
- TOM ASCHEIMFreeform Network
- Ben JonesGoogle
Ben is a Global Creative Director who runs the Unskippable Labs team at Google. He works with brands and their creative and media agencies to draw on the best of technology, media and storytelling. His work takes him inside most major global advertisers and the top advertising agencies, helping shape them for thismobile age.
He came from Hill Holliday, where he worked on Dunkin’ Donuts, Johnson and Johnson and Major League Baseball. Prior to that, he was at Digitas, where he ran global loyalty for IHG, led campaigns for Holiday Inn, Samsung, and SAP, among many others, including providing the voice of the Aflac Duck in social media.
His past life includes being the Dean of Admissions at Bennington College, building a network of early stage venture funds, and publishing The Rope Eater, a novel, with Doubleday.
- Karen DufilhoGoogle Spotlight Stories
As Executive Producer at Google Spotlight Stories, Karen Dufilho was instrumental in
introducing immersive, narrative content at Google. A key contributor to the creation
of the group and its mandate, Karen is responsible for engaging and shepherding talent
and content from development through production and launch, resulting in a body of
original, award-winning, creator-driven stories that explore new questions of storyteller
and audience. Most recently, Karen was the EP on Pearl, by Patrick Osborne and
Duet, by Glen Keane.
Cultivating a network of renowned animation and story talent, Karen also runs House
of K where she garners the best of the industry’s unique and premier voices for studios
and films regardless of screen size. Clients include: Paramount, Sony, On Entertainment,
Motorola, Rovio, and Locksmith.
Karen is the producer of Academy & Annie Award-winning short films For the Birds and
Geri’s Game for Pixar, where she helmed the Shorts Division overseeing its original
shorts slate as well as A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. franchise production
In 2016, Karen was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Films and Feature
- Peter MinniumIpsos Connect
Peter is the President of Ipsos Connect where he leads the US team in helping companies measure and amplify how media, brands, and consumers connect through compelling content and great communications. He was formally Head of Brand Initiatives at the Interactive Advertising Bureau focused on addressing the under-representation of creative brand advertising online and, prior to that, led the Americas for Lowe Worldwide, the creative agency network of the Interpublic Group.
- Marcelo Camberosipsy
Marcelo Camberos is founder and CEO of ipsy, the world’s largest and most
passionate beauty community, anchored around sampling and entertainment. The
award-winning Glam Bag brings together over 1.5 million subscribers each month in
a personalized sampling program supported by educational and inspirational
content. Our media platform connects over 10,000 of today’s best beauty content
creators and helps them grow their audience and build their careers. Through these
programs, ipsy reaches over 30M women each month, and is the leading source of
influence in the beauty industry.
Marcelo founded ipsy in 2011 with Michelle Phan, beauty entrepreneur, with a
mission to inspire women around the world to express their unique beauty. Through
his leadership and Michelle’s extraordinary vision, ipsy now has over 1.5 million
Glam Bag subscribers in the US and Canada and is expanding rapidly.
Prior to joining ipsy, Marcelo was part of the team that launched Funny Or Die,
where he served as Vice President of Business Development and Managing Director
International. Marcelo began his career in private equity at JPMorgan Partners. He
graduated from Duke University and received an MBA from Stanford University.
- Michelle Phanipsy
Michelle Phan is a digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion and beauty
on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 8 million, Michelle’s videos have been
viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital
space. She is an award-winning content creator, and was recently honored with the first-ever
Streamy ICON award, and the 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best How-To and DIY
Channel. Michelle has also been on Forbes 2015 30 Under 30 list in the category of Art and
Style and Inc’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs of 2015. Michelle produces, directs, stars in
and edits all of her own work, and has released over 400 videos since 2007. Her
unprecedented, signature video style is clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-tofollow
titles and voiceover instruction.
In addition to her immensely successful YouTube channel, in 2011 Michelle co-founded ipsy,
the world’s largest and most passionate online beauty community. ipsy is centered around the
award-winning monthly Glam Bag, a personalized beauty sampling service based on individual
style, beauty habits, coloring and preferences. Today, ipsy boasts over 1,500,000 subscribers in
the U.S. and Canada and is expanding rapidly.
Recently, Michelle joined forces with Endemol Beyond USA to launch a new premium lifestyle
network named ICON. Creatively led by Michelle, ICON is an online global destination for the
empowerment of viewers through inspirational premium content, conversation, and
community. ICON serves a multi-cultural demographic and features original programming in
beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food, human-interest stories, and travel. In March 2016, Michelle
debuted HELIOS : FEMINA, her first original comic in the LINE Webtoon platform, a popular
digital comic service pioneering the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide.
Michelle also launched a book in October 2014, called “Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty,
Style, and Success – Online and Off.”
- Ben WinstonThe Late Late Show with James Corden
Ben Winston has served as executive producer of the Emmy Award-nominated THE LATE LATE SHOW since James Corden took over as host in 2015. Winston is well known in the UK as a successful, multi-faceted producer, director and writer with award-winning credits that span television, movies, music videos and commercials. Since he met and became close friends with Corden, when they were 17, they have collaborated on many notable projects that have entertained British audiences. His projects include producing Corden when he hosted the prestigious Brit Awards for four years, the biggest event in the British music industry, and directing and co-writing several memorable “Smithy” sketches with Corden for BBC1’s Red Nose Day charity telethon. Also, he produced and directed Corden in “When Corden Met Barlow,” “When Robbie Met James” and “James Corden’s World Cup Live.”
Winston served as an executive producer on the hit UK version of “The X Factor.” His other producing credits include “The 70th Annual Tony Awards®,” the documentary “In The Hands of the Gods,” the television show “Robbie Williams and The Muppets at the London Palladium” and television special “This is Justin Bieber.” In addition, he’s produced and directed record-breaking documentaries and movies for the mega-popular musical act, One Direction, including “This Is Us” and “1D Day,” and won an MTV Video Music Award and two Brit Awards in consecutive years for directing their music videos. He is a co-director of the UK based production company Fulwell 73 and a creative consultant to Apple Music.
Winston is from London and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @benwinston.
- Doug DeLucaJimmy Kimmel Live!
- Peter LevinLionsgate
Digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin joined Lionsgate in April 2014 in the newly created role of President of Interactive Ventures & Games. Reporting to Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, he is responsible for expanding Lionsgate’s content into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles as well as extending Lionsgate’s portfolio of brands and franchises into the gaming and virtual reality space.
Mr. Levin has shepherded the Company’s investments in Telltale Games, Next Games and Mobcrush, and engineered numerous strategic partnerships with Oculus, WEVR, Starbreeze Studios, Fifth Journey, Kabam, HTC Valve, Side-Kick VR, Kiwi and IGT. During the past 18 months, Lionsgate has launched or begun developing Hunger Games, Expendables and John Wick video games, an Orange is the New Black social casino game and two Now You See Me mobile games. Mr. Levin has also spearheaded the Company’s acquisition of iconic video game properties including Borderlands and Candy Crush to be adapted into feature films and television shows.
Before joining Lionsgate, Mr. Levin served as CEO and Co-Founder of Nerdist Industries, a multiplatform creator of digital content including a premium content YouTube channel, a news division, a sizable social media footprint and a network of podcasts. Prior to that, he was an executive advisor to Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo, MAG Interactive, digital comic and graphic novel platform comiXology and Rovio Entertainment. Mr. Levin has also been associated with some of the most valuable game franchises in the world including Angry Birds.
He began his career in the Corporate Advisory Group at Creative Artists Agency and subsequently worked in the Corporate and Strategic Planning groups at the Walt Disney Company, where he also served as a senior producer for Disney Online.
- Jason KrebsMaker Studio
Jason Krebs serves as Head of Sales at Maker Studios, overseeing the global advertising division across sales, packaging, sales development and operations. Previously, Jason served as President, Sales and Marketing for Blip which was acquired by Maker in 2013.
Prior to Blip, he co-founded ShortTail Media before joining Tremor Video as Chief Media Officer. Jason has also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NYTimes.com and Vice President, Interactive at The Condé Nast Media Group. In additional to his current role at Maker Studios, Jason acts as an advisor to many digital media companies and organizations and is a member of the board of directors at the IRTS (International Radio and Television Society). Jason is a graduate of West Virginia University and holds a B.S. in Marketing.
- Adam OstrowMashable
Adam Ostrow is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mashable, a role in which he is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization.
Adam joined Mashable as its second employee and Editor in Chief in 2007, a role in which he directed day-to-day news coverage, authored more than 2,500 articles and built the editorial staff from 3 to 25 employees. During his tenure as Editor in Chief, the site’s audience grew more than tenfold. Since moving into an executive position in 2011, Adam has led the development of Mashable’s video program, publisher platform, branded content offerings, international expansion, and its licensing and distribution strategy.
Adam has been frequently quoted by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, AdAge, The Washington Post and USA Today, among many others. Adam is also a highly sought after speaker and has made presentations at TED Global, Cannes Lions, CES, SXSW Interactive, Advertising Week, Digitas NewFront and Guardian Changing Advertising Summit. He’s also spoken at events for corporations including Coca Cola, Disney, Verizon, American Express, Nike, Gillette, McGraw Hill, Yahoo, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard and BMW.
His TED Talk “After Your Final Status Update” has been viewed more than one million times.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
- Declan MooreNational Geographic Partners
Declan Moore is chief executive officer of National Geographic Partners, the new, expanded joint venture owned by the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox that combines the National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s other media and consumer-oriented assets.
Before assuming his role as CEO of National Geographic Partners in November 2015, Moore was chief media officer of the National Geographic Society, responsible for the Society’s global media across print, TV and digital platforms. He was also responsible for corporate partnerships, consumer products, travel, licensing, the in-house photography and video agency and the Society’s membership program.
He previously served as National Geographic’s president of publishing and travel, with global responsibility for magazines, books, travel, membership, maps, digital media, mobile, apps, home entertainment and the Society’s photo and video agency business. His prior role was senior vice president and international publisher for National Geographic Publications and nationalgeographic.com, responsible for all local-language editions of National Geographic Publications and development of advertising and partner marketing programs for the English-language edition of National Geographic magazine and the Society’s digital products.
Moore began his career with National Geographic as product manager for international video in 1995. He progressed to the international publishing division in 1999, where, as director of marketing and business development, he created marketing programs and managed marketing services for the global network of nearly 40 local-language editions of National Geographic magazine, multiple local-language editions of National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines and more than 150 local-language editions of National Geographic books and electronic media. From 2004 to 2009, he was based in London as international publisher for National Geographic’s print and digital properties. He was named one of Media and Marketing magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2005.
Prior to joining National Geographic, Moore worked for Pennsylvania-based direct marketer The Franklin Mint as a European sales manager, managing both media and housefile promotions. He began his career at Dublin-based JC Walsh and Sons, and worked as product manager for the VW/Audi franchise in Ireland before immigrating to the United States in 1993.
Moore serves on the executive committee of the MPA Board (Association of Magazine Media) as the association’s secretary, and on the executive committee of Digital Content Next (the only trade organization dedicated to serving the diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers). He is a member of the NYU Center for Publishing’s board of advisors.
Moore graduated with a commerce degree from University College Dublin in 1987 and holds an M.B.A. in finance (2005) from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C.
- Rob HayesNBC Entertainment
Rob Hayes was named to the newly created position of Executive Vice President Digital, NBC Entertainment, in May 2012. Rob is responsible for the operations and P&L for NBC Entertainment’s digital initiatives including broadband, mobile and VOD. Responsibilities include overall day to day management of NBC network’s digital business development & strategy, product, technology, production, editorial, multi-platform content creation, digital marketing, social and creative. Rob oversees the network’s management on 3rd parties including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram among others. NBC properties include The Voice, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, SNL, The Blacklist, etc.
Prior to NBC, Hayes was the COO JayZ’s YouTube Channels; “Life & Times”, and “Uno, Dos, Tres”. Prior to that, Hayes made his impact at Showtime Networks Inc. where he oversaw all things digital for the premium network, developing robust multi-platform identities for such critically acclaimed shows as “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Californication” and “The Tudors. ” Under Hayes’ leadership, Showtime broke new ground in developing a digital business strategy that included the first distribution deals for premium television with iTunes, Amazon and Netflix, among others. During his tenure, the network enjoyed its greatest growth spurt from 12 million to more than 18 million subscribers.
Under his leadership, NBC has been nominated for several Primetime Emmys and won in 2014 for Outstanding Interactive Program for Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Also, Hayes has received numerous industry awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for Showtime Sports Interactive; iMedia Visionary Marketer of the Year Award; and CTAM and Promax Awards. His speaking engagements include CNBC, NPR, NAMIC, Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Jupiter Media Metrix, Promax/BDA, Digital Hollywood and Streaming Media West.
- Mido de SantiPixhug
Mido de Santi is the founder and CEO of Pixhug, the social change platform that unites people with causes and corporations that support them. An entrepreneur for over 15 years, Mido has held multiple prior investments in IT and Biotech. As an active board member of The White Feather Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Julian Lennon, he has brought measurable change with projects in environmental protection and education in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda and Peru. He is fluent in French, Italian, English and Croatian and has studied marketing and finance at the American University of Rome and the International University of Monaco.
In his mission to make the world a better place, Mido has spoken on the importance of social entrepreneurship and Pixhug at McGill University in Montreal and Columbia Business School in New York.
- Ryan MontoyaSacramento Kings & Golden 1 Center
Montoya began his career as an aide to President Clinton, Vice President Gore and two Cabinet Secretaries.
A native of Colorado, Montoya received his bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s in International Studies/Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a MBA from California State University, Sacramento.
- Laurel BernardSimulmedia
- Jake ZimSony Pictures
As Senior VP, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures, Jake Zim is tasked with building a slate of narrative virtual reality (VR)content for the studio’s motion picture group, working closely with a team of professionals from across Sony Pictures who are dedicated to the production and distribution of VR. Previously Senior VP, Digital Marketing, Zim oversaw promotional VR initiatives for the studio, including Ghostbusters: Dimension, the fully immersive VR experience at Madame Tussauds New York created in collaboration between Sony Pictures and The Void.
- Kevin KaySpikeTV
Veteran cable executive Kevin Kay is President of Spike TV. Kay, who is New York-based, previously served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Spike TV since October 2005. As President, Kay oversees all original series development, serving as the driving force behind the creative direction of the network. He oversees production of specials and sports programming, as well as the marketing, corporate communications, research, on-air promotions, online and production departments.
His recent accomplishments include successfully shifting the network’s focus to target a more gender-balanced audience. In 2015, Kay launched the Emmy-nominated, critically-acclaimed multiplatform megahit series, “Lip Sync Battle,” hosted by LL COOL J and Chrissy Teigen. In less than a year, “Lip Sync Battle” content has been viewed by over half a billion people and can now been seen in over 130 countries worldwide. Also launching in 2015 was the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominated event series, “Tut,” starring Sir Ben Kingsley; and new seasons of original hit series “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master,” and its highly-rated spinoff series, “Ink Master: Redemption.”
In 2016, both “Bar Rescue” and “Ink Master” respectively celebrate their 100th episode, quite an achievement in television today. Spike recently greenlit its first original scripted drama in nearly a decade, “The Mist” from Dimension Television based on the popular Stephen King novella. Other recently announced new originals series include “Caraoke Showdown” with Craig Robinson, “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live,” and “That Awkward Game Show” starring Jeff Dye. Currently in development includes the scripted series “Red Mars” and non-scripted series “Tracks” from Executive Producer Christina Aguilera.
Kay also oversees Spike’s tent-pole events including “Guys Choice,” “One Night Only” and the upcoming “Rock The Troops,” which are a financial boon to Viacom, bringing in millions for the company each quarter in advertising sales revenue. Attendees have included the biggest names in entertainment including Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, Dwayne Johnson, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, Cameron Diaz, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway, Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, and more.
Kay was recently named to USA Today’s list of “Most Powerful Men in Mixed Martial Arts,” overseeing the maturation of the rising MMA franchise, Bellator MMA. Under the leadership of Kay and Bellator President Scott Coker, Bellator MMA has developed in an emerging global sports brand in over 150 countries worldwide with a roster featuring many of the top mixed martial fighters in the world. Kay also currently oversees the “Premier Boxing Champions” series which debuted on the network last year to strong ratings and incredible action. Spike was named “Boxing Network Of the Year” by Boxing Scene for 2015.
Prior to Spike’s partnership with Bellator MMA, Kay was instrumental in developing the Ultimate Fighting Championship into one of the fastest rising sports properties on television. He has also played a key role in developing TNA Wrestling into a highly-rated weekly wrestling franchise.
Prior to his GM role, Kay was Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, responsible for production and original series development for the network. He oversaw the network’s original series including the highly-rated Ultimate Fighting Championship™ franchise, “TNA iMPACT,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “MXC,” the original “Joe Schmo,” the critically-acclaimed event series, “The Kill Point,” and tent-pole events including the “Spike TV Video Game Awards,” “Scream,” and “Guy’s Choice.”
Before joining TNN (which was later re-branded as Spike TV) in 2003, Kay served as Executive Vice President, Production and Original Series Development for Nickelodeon, Nick At Nite and TV Land. He was responsible for Nickelodeon’s ongoing program development and current series production activities. He oversaw the development of many Nickelodeon hits, including the animated smash hit “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Fairly OddParents” as well as “All That,” “The Brothers Garcia,” “The Amanda Show,” “Kenan & Kel,” “The Nick Cannon Show” and “Jimmy Neutron.”
Kay first joined Nickelodeon as Executive in Charge of Production of the critically-acclaimed series, “The Adventures of Pete &Pete” and managed production of “Weinerville” and the award-winning series, “Wildside.” He also provided the creative leadership in the development of such classic Nickelodeon series as “Kenan & Kel” and “All That.”
Before joining Nickelodeon, Kay had a development deal with HBO Downtown Productions. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including two local Emmy Awards for “New York at Night” and two Cable ACE awards for the Nickelodeon series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
- Josh KaplanUnited Entertainment Group
Josh Kaplan is the Director of UEG’s newly minted Properties & Ventures practice. Josh identifies and scales emerging products and technologies through the lens of digital marketing and media expertise, as well as building and monetizing UEG’s own IP platforms.
Josh joined UEG to combine his deep-seeded knowledge of the entertainment and media industries with his experience in venture capital and entrepreneurship. Josh began his career in Hollywood, identifying and developing new business opportunities at Variety Magazine. He was responsible for building incremental revenue across branded content, sponsorships and emerging digital platforms. Josh left Variety to earn his MBA at Columbia Business School. While there, he conducted due diligence for Mark Cuban’s media and consumer product-focused venture capital fund, securing investments including Ten Thirty One Productions, Rugged Maniac and Q-Flex.
In 2013, Josh created a digital marketing platform for students called Perkla, which he built and sold to ID.me (backed by BoxGroup, SVB) in September of last year. He then helped launch the website and subsequent digital marketing channels for Yoobi, a disruptive new school supplies company that donates an item for every item purchased, helping the Yoobi team generate enough sales to donate school supplies to over 1 million students in the U.S.
Josh’s philanthropic efforts span the United Nations Foundation, Kids In Need Foundation and The Autism Society of America, and his work has been featured in GQ, Fortune, Fast Company, Mashable and Forbes. He currently resides at our 149 Fifth Ave office in New York.
- Ivana KirkbrideVerizon
Ivana Kirkbride is currently the Chief Content Officer for go90 where she oversees both creator relations, content acquisition, partner management and business development. Ivana is responsible for go90’s content strategy, development & programming, channel mix, editorial and merchandising strategy across live sports, originals, primetime and best-of-the-web. Previously, Ivana was the Head of Content at Vessel where she oversaw all content efforts and creator partnerships.
Prior to Vessel, she spent five years at YouTube, most recently as the Head of Unscripted where she oversaw unscripted development, programming and production involving top creators for YouTube Originals. Additionally, she led the YouTube Content Accelerator, global content investments and investment strategy at YouTube. Ivana began her time at YouTube as the Pop Culture lead for Original Programming where she oversaw the launch of over 25 YouTube original channels such as WIGS, Awesomeness TV, The Nerdist, SourceFed, Young Hollywood and more.
Ivana holds a bachelor’s degree in science with a concentration in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
- Niels SchuurmansViacom Velocity
Niels Schuurmans is the EVP of Creative and Branded Content at Viacom Velocity, a full-service integrated marketing and creative content group. In this role, Schuurmans is responsible for the ideation and execution of branded integrated marketing content across Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group, which includes MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and Logo.
Schuurmans formerly led the marketing and creative teams at Spike as EVP of Consumer Marketing and Executive Creative Director. Under his leadership, the network established a distinctive voice to super-serve a male audience, as well as appeal to a broader adult audience. Before joining Spike, Schuurmans was SVP and Worldwide Creative Director at Nickelodeon, where he oversaw all creative for Nickelodeon globally.
Throughout his career, Schuurmans has been recognized for outstanding marketing and creative work, including being named to Electronic Media’s Top Ten Marketers in the Entertainment Industry.
Schuurmans holds a B.A. degree in Broadcast/Film and Communications from Boston University.
- Marty MoeVox Media
Marty Moe is President of Vox Media, one of the fastest growing media companies of today. He has been responsible for the strategic direction, as well as all editorial and advertising operations, across the company. He also leads Vox Entertainment, the company’s original television production and programming group, focused on developing new long-form video programming based around Vox Media’s editorial talent, intellectual property, and eight distinct media brands. Marty is also Co-Founder of The Verge and Polygon.
- David AlpertThe Walking Dead
David Alpert is CEO of Skybound Entertainment, the multiplatform entertainment company founded alongside longtime collaborator and creator of “The Walking Dead” Robert Kirkman. As CEO, David oversees operations and strategic business development for the company.
David is a key contributor to the company’s success and growth in the new/digital media space having overseen cross-platform properties at Skybound including Samsung Milk VR’s “Gone”, the first ever narrative virtual reality series, and YouTube Red’s “Scare PewDiePie”.
David Alpert is also a prolific television and film producer. Just a few of David’s credits include “The Walking Dead” and its companion series, “Fear The Walking Dead,” the Robert Kirkman–created “Outcast”, “Five Year”, BBC America’s “Dirk Gently, the comic docu-series “Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books” and features including “AIR,” starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, the Jessie Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart film “American Ultra,” and the George Lopez film “Spare Parts.”
David is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School.
- Walker JacobsFandom Powered by Wikia
Walker Jacobs is Chief Operating Officer of Fandom powered by Wikia, where he spearheads the media brand’s substantial growth strategy, inclusive of bolstering brand awareness and rapidly scaling the brand’s community, marketing reach, and revenue. The fan’s voice in entertainment, Fandom is home to the largest entertainment fan site in the world with 190 million global uniques.
Walker has a deep-seated passion for digital media and has been an active part of its evolution since the industry’s development in the mid 1990s. Prior to Fandom, Walker served in executive positions at a range of media companies, including Reuters, Turner Broadcasting and Clear Channel. In those roles he worked to change the face of digital media through groundbreaking initiatives like the acquisition of Bleacher Report, acquiring the rights to NBA Digital and NCAA March Madness at Turner, and setting up Turner Digital’s portfolio strategy with CNN.com and CNN Money.
Driven by curiosity and innovation, he enjoys working closely with the next generation of disruptors to help foster their success. He has invested in and/or advised a diverse set of companies, including Collective Media, Media Math, Varsity News Network, Zype, Vidible and many others. In addition, Walker has been dedicated to serving industry groups, currently as a board member of Upstream’s Seller Forum, and a former board member of IAB and OPA.
Walker is a graduate of John Carroll University and resides in New York with his wife and their three children. In his spare time he can be found playing a round of golf, traveling with his family, and watching Ohio State football.
- Joanna SoloweyOmnigon
- Michael TiffanyWhite Ops
- Kyle McDonielYahoo
Kyle has built and led business development and operating teams in the digital sports arena for nearly two decades. He oversees the partnerships and growth strategy of Yahoo’s sports properties across product, content and video organizations. As a vanguard in this space, his most recent work has focused on growing digital distribution and revenue through emerging technologies, including subscription products, live streaming video, virtual/augmented reality, social and mobile.
Previously, Kyle was SVP of Digital Strategy at FOX Sports where he led major partnerships, audience development, marketing and sales initiatives. He has led digital business development initiatives at National Geographic and ESPN – where he grew the ESPN Insider subscription business and oversaw fantasy games. While at Starwave, he led product development for NFL.com, Superbowl.com, NBA.com, NASCAR.com and other official league sites.