Join Variety 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 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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Agenda

8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Registration

8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Peak Multiplatform – The New Content Business
It’s not just TV….all-platform entertainment is at a deafening roar. Traditional media and native digital networks are expanding their brands over new subscription channels, while continuing to invest in their ad-supported platforms….all at a furious pace. How are audiences and advertisers embracing this widening programming universe? How do you break through peak multiplatform entertainment? Top multiplatform chiefs, advertisers and their partners will explore today and future opportunities in OTT.

Moderator:
Todd Spangler, Digital Editor, Variety

Speakers:
Chad Gutstein, CEO, Machinima
Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment
Tom Christie, Chief Operating Officer, Showtime Networks
Monty Sarhan, EVP Programming Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises, EPIX
Hillary Henderson, Head of Product, Clearleap, An IBM Company
James Rooke, Chief Revenue Officer, FreeWheel

9:45 a.m to 10:05 a.m. From Appointment TV to Binge-Watching: Millennial Shifts in Media Consumption
Join Kevin Westcott, U.S. Consulting Leader, Media & Entertainment, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Variety Co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein as they discuss recent results of Deloitte’s Digital Democracy Survey, 10th Edition. Hear how Millennials are driving changes in the way Americans consume media.

Speaker:
Kevin Westcott, US Consulting Leader, Media and Entertainment, Deloitte Consulting LLP

10:05 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The Future of Virtual Reality – What’s Next in Cutting Edge Entertainment?
After much anticipation, virtual reality is here, with consumer products finally launching for game consoles and mobile devices in 2016. At the same time, studios are increasingly tying their theatrical releases to VR experiences to break out films in a competitive landscape. What film/TV/video game companies are banking on the future success of virtual reality filmmaking? What creative talent may evolve to be the Steven Spielberg of VR? What film technologies are evolving – sound/special effects – to support VR? Top VR companies and their creative partners will debate the future of virtual reality technology.

Moderator:
Opeyemi Olukemi, Senior Director, Interactive, Tribeca Film Institute

Speakers:
Matthew Chiavelli, Head of Syfy Labs & SVP Digital Syfy
Nick DiCarlo, GM Virtual Reality & Immersive Products, Samsung
Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google VR
Jeffrey Weinstock, VP/Creative Director, ABC Integrated Marketing

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 to 11:20 a.m. The Future of Cross-Platform Measurement – Understanding Global Audience Demand for Content 

Fueled by audience demand for content, distribution platforms continue to proliferate at an increasingly rapid pace. Yet with audiences more fragmented than ever before, how do we understand their demand for content? In an increasingly global future, how do we do that on a global scale? In an era where panel-based measurement struggles to keep up, what is the future of cross-platform measurement? Join industry leaders and Parrot Analytics as they continue to unveil Demand Rating™ – the industry’s first global cross-platform audience demand measurement system. 

Speakers:
Wared Seger, CEO, Parrot Analytics
David Boyle, EVP Consumer Insight BBC Worldwide
Bruce Tuchman, Global Media Executive, Investor & Advisor

11:20 a.m. to 12 noon Trailblazing Storytellers
As audiences flock to all platforms for breakthough storytelling – so too is the creative community. How are film and TV producers eyeing the growing numbers of outlets across the programming universe for their projects? What is important within the content itself – characters, bingeworthy plots, easy-to-share scenes, music – that is especially drawing in viewers who have so much entertainment choice? How are emerging digital platforms enabling producers to speak directly to fans and freely experiment with programming form? Top creative minds talk about taking their storytelling to new heights.

Moderator:
Todd Spangler, Digital Editor, Variety

Speakers:
David George, CEO Leftfield Entertainment and Executive Producer (American Restoration, Pawn Stars)
YouTube Star Tyler Oakley
Deirdre Connolly, Executive Producer, Watch What Happens Live
Timbaland, Music Producer
Jared Gutstad, President, Jingle Punks
Blair Breard, Executive Producer, Horace & Pete, & FX’s Louie and Baskets

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Keynote Conversation David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications

Interviewed by:
Joe Kernen, Co-Anchor CNBC’s Squawk Box

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Conversation with Nate Silver, Leading Statistician and Founder, ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight

2:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Spotlight with Yahoo

Speaker:
Kathy Kayse, Vice President, Sales Strategy and Solutions, Yahoo

2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Hunting for Millennials
Netflix and chill, snapchatting your bae – millennials enjoy media a lot differently than previous generations. How are networks, studios, digital brands evolving their strategies to woo this elusive, but influential audience group? What marketing messages best break through to this demographic? What types of programming – video/social posts/memes/something else – are best getting their attention? What partnerships are being forged between TV/film/digital media/consumer brands? Top entertainment companies and brands will share how they are engaging millennials.

Moderator:
Brian Steinberg, TV Editor, Variety

Speakers:
Christina Miller, President Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
Brett Bouttier, President, AwesomenessTV
Kevin Kay, President, SpikeTV
Robby Stein, ‎Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo
Nick Shore, Chief Creative Strategist, Astronauts Wanted
Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE

2:50 p.m. 3:05 p.m. Leveraging Content Production: New Technology to Monetize Hollywood Tax Incentives and Maximize Returns

Speaker:
Danny Bigel, CEO and Co-Founder of The OIX

Interviewed by:
Todd Spangler, Digital Editor, Variety

3:05 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Today’s Power Couple – Publishing and Video
Long gone are the days for reading web sites – audiences are gunning to watch them, through publishers’ growing array of video offerings. Major news, magazine and blog publishers want to capture premium revenues marketers and advertisers will pay to be integrated into video. Publishers are also eager to better engage their followers with the enhanced storytelling that video delivers. Who is best maximizing opportunities in video? How are publishers leveraging their content onto video powerhouse platforms? Publishers, brands, video platforms and their partners will talk about the state of video in publishing.

Moderator:
Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, Variety

Speakers:
Rich Battista, President, Entertainment, Sports and Video, Time, Inc.
Jacki Kelley, Chief Operating Officer, Bloomberg Media
Marty Moe, President, Vox Media
Gwen Throckmorton, Head of Industry, Entertainment, Facebook
Val Voci, Chief Marketing Officer, OWNZONES

3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Always On: News and Live Event Coverage Across Platforms Presented by Skype
Glued to smartphones, audiences crave constant access and interactivity when it comes to live events and news. How has the explosion of mobile and online platforms impacting how the news and sports industries engages with viewers? This year brings a bonanza of live events in the ongoing Presidential election and Summer Olympics – how is digital driving their coverage? Top news, sports and live event chiefs and talent will share how they are succeeding in a multiplatform landscape.

Moderator:
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

Speakers:
Shawna Thomas, Senior Producer, Meet the Press
Jeff Rosica, SVP, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Avid
Marc DeBevoise, EVP & General Manager CBS Digital Media, CBS Interactive
Josh Elliott, News Anchor, CBSN
Don Sperling, VP & Executive Producer, New York Giants
Neil Smythe, Head of Sports, Shotglass Media

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Masters of Branding in the Digital Age
Entertainment and consumer brands are wielding incredible power with digital campaigns. Research points to great recall for brand messaging over mobile, due to its focused screen size and people’s overall close connection with their smartphones. The digital video explosion has also presented marketers and advertisers a huge playground to build meaningful, stand-out storytelling. What branded entertainment initiatives, content marketing and native advertising efforts are particularly resonating with audiences? How is digital evolving as part of advertisers and marketers overall campaign strategy? Top entertainment and consumer brand marketers and advertisers, ad agency chiefs and their partners will talk about opportunities in the digital age.

Speakers:
Walter Frye, VP Entertainment Marketing and Sponsorships, American Express

 Jennifer Breithaupt is Managing Director, Media, Advertising and Global Entertainment, Citi
 Bohb Blair, SVP of Experience Design, Starcom 
Quinn Kilbury, Senior Brand Director, U.S., Heineken 
Blake Callaway, EVP Marketing, IFC

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Who Is Speaking?

  • David ZaslavDiscovery Communications

    As chief executive, David Zaslav sets the strategy and oversees all operations for Discovery Communications, which now reaches 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries.

    Zaslav has led Discovery since 2007, executing a number of initiatives that have focused the organization on growth, performance and operational efficiency. He also has directed a strategic effort to clarify and strengthen Discovery’s world-class brands, including a renewed focus on creativity and increased investment in original content. In September 2008, under his leadership, Discovery began trading as a public company on the Nasdaq stock exchange and in 2014 became a Fortune500 company. Fortune also recently named Discovery as one of the world’s most admired companies.

    Since Zaslav took the helm, Discovery has launched some of the fastest-growing cable networks in the U.S., including Investigation Discovery, Velocity, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and has premiered such iconic programming as “Planet Earth” and, most recently, “Racing Extinction.”

    Under Zaslav’s leadership, Discovery has rolled out TLC to 405 million global subscribers, ID to 200 million global subscribers, and Velocity, called Turbo internationally, to 130 million subscribers, creating an unmatched international portfolio for viewers, advertisers and distributors. In 2013, Discovery expanded its international operations with the acquisition of SBS Nordic, a top-three portfolio of television brands across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland featuring leading nonfiction content, locally produced entertainment programs and scripted series. In 2014, Zaslav led Discovery’s acquisition of global content creator and distributor All3Media, operated in joint-venture with Liberty Global. Discovery most recently strengthened its content pipeline with the acquisition of a minority stake in Lionsgate. The company also in 2015 acquired full ownership of Eurosport, the leading sports channels group across Europe and Asia. In June 2015, Discovery and Eurosport acquired all TV and multiplatform broadcast rights in Europe for the 2018–2024 Olympic Games.

    In 2012, Zaslav received the UJA-Federation of New York’s Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award and in 2014, was awarded the Fred Dressler Leadership Award by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Zaslav also spearheaded Discovery Impact, the company’s corporate social responsibility programs.

    Prior to joining Discovery, Zaslav had a distinguished career at NBCUniversal, where he was instrumental in developing and launching CNBC and also played a role in the creation of MSNBC. He was previously an attorney with the New York firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae and graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law.

    Zaslav serves on the boards of Sirius XM Radio, Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Cable Center, Center for Communication, Skills for America’s Future, Grupo Televisa, Partnership for New York City and USC Shoah Foundation. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media, the Mt. Sinai Medical Center and previously served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, where he created and taught a graduate-level course on the business of cable television.

  • TimbalandMusic Producer
  • Dawn OstroffConde Nast Entertainment

    Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation production company producing projects across film, television and premium digital video based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands.
    Under Ms. Ostroff’s leadership, CNÉ has five unscripted television series in production and on the air, a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox Television for scripted programming, and multiple pilots sold to various networks. The company also has 24 film projects in development, two of which will be released in 2016. CNÉ’s digital video network was launched 2013 and produces more than 4,000 videos annually. In 2015, the digital network reached more than 2.7 billion video views. CNÉ has been awarded an Emmy, a Producers Guild Award and nine Tellys, and has received multiple award nominations from the Television Academy, The Webbys and other esteemed industry organizations for its digital video content. Additionally, CNÉ also launched The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video for their channels. The Scene recently released a redesign, with more features rolling out through the year, and is available on Apple TV, Roku and Xbox.

  • Tom ChristieShowtime Networks

    Tom Christie serves as Chief Operating Officer for Showtime Networks (SNI). He
    reports to David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. With over 25
    years of service at the Company, Christie leads Showtime Networks’ distribution, sales,
    affiliate marketing, network operations and new business development teams, and the
    SHOWTIME® streaming service product group. Additionally, Christie has oversight of
    the planning and execution of future strategies and new business ventures.

    Christie previously served as President, Distribution, Business Development and
    Network Operations. Under his leadership, Showtime Networks has grown subscribers
    by 70 percent in the past decade to currently boast over 23 million subscribers through
    cable, DBS and telco providers. With this oversight, SNI launched a new stand-alone
    streaming service last year, which is now available through Amazon, Apple®, Google
    and Roku, as well as through Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue and Amazon Prime Video.
    Since its launch, the service has grown consistently, more than doubling streaming
    subscribers since the fall of 2015.

    Christie previously served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Affiliate Marketing for
    Sundance Channel, and Vice President of National Accounts, Western Region for
    Showtime Networks.

    Christie holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from The Tuck School at
    Dartmouth College.

  • Monty SarhanEpix

    Monty Sarhan is the Executive Vice President of Programming Acquisitions, Strategy and Enterprises for EPIX, the premium entertainment network that is a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. Part of the network’s original launch team, Monty leads the programming department and oversees acquisitions and scheduling for EPIX’s linear channels and on-demand offerings, as well as manages the network’s acquisitions, scheduling, operations, and program planning teams.

    Prior to his current role, Monty was Senior Vice President and Head of Business Affairs and was responsible for a wide range of transactions including the network’s distribution and programming deals and key agreements that allowed EPIX to become the first premium network to offer subscribers access on Android devices, Roku, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PLAYSTATION. He also worked on business development and various strategic initiatives.

    Monty is a graduate of Duke University’s School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University. He is married and lives with his wife, daughter, and two sons in Manhattan.

  • Stephanie McMahonWWE
  • Chad GutsteinMachinima

    Chad Gutstein serves as the CEO of Machinima, leading the charge in evolving Machinima’s many-2-many programming service and brand strategy while overseeing all aspects of the business. During his tenure at Machinima, he has spearheaded the company’s transition from a YouTube-centric network to full-blown multi-platform social entertainment company, returned Machinima to its status as one of the top YouTube programmers and turned Machinima into a must-have launch partner for Verizon Go90, Vessel and Comcast Watchable. Under Gutstein’s leadership, Machinima became the first company to launch an SVOD service bundled with a traditional TV networks (via Sony’s PlayStation Vue) and the first digital-native player to launch eSports programming on broadcast TV via Machinima’s Chasing the Cup on The CW.

    Prior to Machinima, Gutstein served as Chief Operating Officer of Ovation, America’s only arts network. Under his stewardship, the network’s distribution grew to nearly 55M households from 5M. As COO, Gutstein led the senior executive team in developing and executing the company’s business objectives and had responsibility for the overall P&L of the business. Prior to the acquisition of Ovation, Gutstein founded Entertainment Media Advisors, a media focused consultancy.

    Previously, Gutstein served as Senior Vice President of BuyTV and Principal at WaterView Advisors, a stage agnostic media investment fund. Gutstein started his career in investment banking with the firms Alex. Brown & Sons and Rothschild, where he completed transactions totaling nearly $8 billion. Gutstein serves on the Board of Directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Digital Video Center of Excellence and the Global Online Video Association. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University

  • Kevin WestcottDeloitte Consulting LLP

    Kevin Westcott
    US Consulting Leader | Media & Entertainment | Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Kevin is a partner and leads the US Media and Entertainment practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has over 25 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, and Games. Kevin is a co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model, Deloitte’s Digital Democracy Survey, and speaks regularly on media consumption trends.

  • Nick DicarloSamsung

    Nick DiCarlo
    VP/GM, Immersive Products and Virtual Reality
    Samsung Electronics America

    Nick DiCarlo is VP and GM of Immersive Products & Virtual Reality at Samsung, leading the company’s Virtual Reality (VR) efforts in the United States, including strategy across channels, hardware, services, sales and partnerships. Samsung sees virtual reality as a long‐term opportunity in a range of industries and will contribute by helping VR become more accessible to more people through simple and compelling experiences. DiCarlo was recently named in Variety’s “Digital Entertainment Impact Report: 30 Execs to Watch” feature in January 2016.

    In his previous role at Samsung, Nick served as VP of Product Planning and Product Marketing, guiding the product strategies that have powered Samsung USA’s growth in smartphones and tablets, including the launch of iconic new franchises of Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Gear.

    Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University located in Lewisburg, Penn. He also received an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.

  • Aaron LuberGoogle VR

    Aaron leads content partnerships for Google VR. Aaron’s journey began with launching YouTube360 first as a 20% project and then to a live product in March 2015. Throughout that time, Aaron transitioned from YouTube to the Google VR team and has been working to bring their VR products to the masses. Probably the most impressive surprise has been the incredible brand engagement and eagerness for companies (such as Mattel, GoPro, Legendary Pictures and, of course, The New York Times) to work with Cardboard. Aaron has been core in leading each of these partnerships for Google. These partnerships have been able to deliver on great content, while building towards the mission of delivering innovative VR experiences to the masses.

  • Wared SegerParrot Analytics
  • Marc DeBevoiseCBS Interactive

    Marc DeBevoise
    Executive Vice President and General Manager – CBS Digital Media
    CBS Interactive

    Marc DeBevoise is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Digital Media – the organization responsible for the digital media businesses of the CBS Television Network.

    In this role, he oversees CBS Interactive’s leading properties for each of the CBS Television Network’s major programming divisions across all digital platforms, including Entertainment, Sports and News. For Entertainment, this includes CBS.com, the CBS Apps and CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service; Sports: CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports Apps, CBS Sports’ Fantasy services, CBSi Advanced Media and high-school sports property MaxPreps; and for News: CBSNews.com, the CBS News Apps, the 60 Minutes App, and CBSN, the 24/7 digital news network.

    DeBevoise is also responsible for the CBS Television Network’s digital content distribution strategies, including full episode streaming across web, mobile device and OTT platform distribution, dynamic ad insertion on cable VOD platforms, direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand, and live streaming initiatives including authentication/TV Everywhere. CBS Digital Media also develops both original and show-based digital content ranging from video programming, to applications, games and editorial content.

    DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from premium subscription service Starz, where he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Business Development and Strategy. At Starz DeBevoise was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. He also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.

    Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.

    In recent years, DeBevoise has been recognized as one of Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People,” AlwaysOn’s “Power Players in Digital Media,” The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50,” and Home Media magazine’s “Digital Drivers.”

    He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the University Settlement, a leading social services non-profit organization, and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.

    He received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. He lives in New York City along with his wife and their two children.

  • Rich BattistaTime, Inc.

    Rich Battista is Executive Vice President, Time Inc. and President, Entertainment & Sports Group and Video, overseeing such brands as People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Golf, People en Espanol, HelloGiggles, and Fansided – with a total combined audience reaching 170 million (source: MPA 360 2016) – as well as the company’s fast-growing video operations. Battista joined Time Inc. in April 2015 as Executive Vice President of Time Inc. and President of People and Entertainment Weekly – two of the most powerful and trusted media brands in the U.S. Battista oversees all business, editorial and operations to grow the core businesses of all the brands in addition to strategically extending the print and digital footprints into numerous multimedia platforms including video, TV and experiential.
    Battista, a 25-year veteran of the entertainment and media industry, has significant experience in launching, building and managing large-scale businesses across various media platforms, both traditional and digital, and at various stages of development. Prior to joining Time Inc., he served as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, where he led the media and content enterprise by creating, acquiring and investing in businesses and assets across the sports media landscape.
    During a period of more than 18 years, Battista held numerous senior management roles at Fox, where he was integral in conceiving of, building and operating its significant portfolio of leading cable networks. As President of Fox’s National Cable Networks, he oversaw the multi-billion-dollar portfolio of entertainment and sports networks, including FX, National Geographic Channel, Speed Channel and Fox Deportes. His prior roles included Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for Fox Entertainment Group; Executive Vice President, Fox Television and Executive Vice President of Fox Sports International.
    As CEO of the publicly traded Gemstar-TV Guide International from 2004 to 2008, Battista was the chief architect of the company’s turnaround, which included the revitalization of TV Guide magazine, TV Guide Network, TV Guide Online and other digital businesses. He directed the sale of the company for $2.3 billion in 2008.
    Battista began his career as a financial analyst at investment bank Morgan Stanley. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where he serves on the Board of Regents and is Founder and Chairman of the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance, an alumni network of more than 4,500 entertainment and media professionals.
    Battista is based in Time Inc.’s New York headquarters. He is married and has twin sons.

  • Jacki KelleyBloomberg Media
  • Marty MoeVox Media
  • Shawna ThomasMeet the Press
  • Gwen ThrockmortonFacebook

    Gwen Throckmorton is the Head of Industry for Facebook’s Entertainment division. As a member of the Global Sales Group, Gwen leads a team that drives efficient, full funnel marketing strategies for a diverse set of clients across Film, Television, Live Events, Ticketing, Streaming, Music, & Publishing industries. Focused on providing relevant insights, partnerships, and compelling solutions, Gwen is charged with strategically growing and building Facebook’s footprint and relationships across the industries she serves.
    Previously, Gwen was the director of Digital Product Activation for Time Warner Cable Media where she was responsible for the development, management, and growth of all multiplatform product ad offerings including interactive, video-on-demand (VOD) and online properties. While at Time Warner Cable, Gwen also led an emerging team of digital specialists that assisted internal and external clients in building consumer relationships through engaging, multilayered solutions and leading-edge technology.
    During her tenure at Time Warner Cable, Gwen completed the Women in Cable Telecommunications Rising Leaders program and received a Digital Sales Certification from the IAB.
    Prior to joining the Time Warner Cable, Gwen worked in a variety of capacities for Sony Pictures Television coordinating the development and production of several first run cable & syndication programs including early cable standouts, Lifetime’s Strong Medicine and FX’s The Shield.
    Gwen is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film.
    She resides in Austin with her husband, Todd and their two children, Thomas and Turner. In her spare time she enjoys feeding her family, her faith, and love of the outdoors and all things sports including rooting on her beloved Horned Frogs.

  • Jeff RosicaAvid

    Jeff Rosica
    Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
    As Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Jeff Rosica heads the global sales and marketing efforts for the company.

    Mr. Rosica joins Avid from Grass Valley, LLC where he was most recently the Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Mr. Rosica joined Thomson in 2001 from Philips Electronics, as part of the acquisition and merger of Grass Valley Group, Philips Broadcast and Thomson Broadcast. During his tenure at Thomson/Grass Valley, he rose to become the division head in charge of the Grass Valley division in 2008 and managed the business until its sale to Francisco Partners in late December 2010. Prior to Thomson/Grass Valley, Mr. Rosica was with Philips Broadcast from 1996 until early 2002, serving as the Vice President and General Manager of the North American business activities. Prior to that and over his professional career, he has held a number of senior positions, focused largely in the areas of general management, business development, marketing and sales.

    With more than 25 years of experience in the broadcast, media and professional video and audio markets, Mr. Rosica is an industry veteran who has also garnered significant personal experience over his career in the areas of live video production and post-production.

  • Jeffrey WeinstockABC Integrated Marketing

    In July 2014, Jeffrey Weinstock was named the new Vice President and Creative Director, Integrated Marketing at ABC. In this role, Mr. Weinstock is charged with leading a creative team responsible for developing and executing client focused programs and generating incremental revenue. Part of the sales integrated marketing team, Weinstock works with the ABC Programming and Entertainment Marketing groups to identify and produce creative solutions for advertisers.

    Prior to this, Weinstock spent eight years overseeing the creative direction of integrated marketing, affiliate promotion and synergy efforts for ABC Family. He also played an integral role in the development and production of the annual upfront presentation.

    Previously, Weinstock was Director of Creative Services for KRON-TV in San Francisco. There he transitioned the station from an NBC affiliate to an independent station, rebranding all aspects of the station while overseeing the marketing strategy and promotional efforts.

    Previous positions include work at The WB Television network in Affiliate Marketing, along with titles at KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City, MO.

    Jeffrey has won multiple Emmy and PROMAX awards. He is currently on the Brand Advancement Committee for Make-A-Wish, and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. Weinstock holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University, where he was also the mascot.

  • Brett BouttierAwesomenessTV

    Brett Bouttier is the President of AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global Gen Z audience. He joined the fast-growing business at the end of 2012, five months after its launch.

    Prior to AwesomenessTV, Bouttier was SVP/GM of Digital at the Warner Bros Television Group as well as GM of TMZ, where he oversaw all the business operations, revenue and strategy for the cross-platform brand. In his corporate capacity, he looked after the developing business operations and revenue for WBTVG digital initiatives and collaborated with the television distribution divisions on the digital distribution of WBTVG’s programming as well as original digital content.

    In these areas and in previous posts, his experience in digital and traditional media is a unique combination. He has secured deals as wide ranging as joint venture formations, audience distribution and licensing deals, large scale sponsorship agreements with Fortune 100 brands and corporate acquisitions.

    Bouttier joined Warner Bros. in 2004 as Vice President, New Business & Sales Strategy for Telepictures Productions. In that role, he crafted many new media deals, including wireless agreements for many of Telepictures’ series; branded integration deals across all current series, notably a wide-ranging deal with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Sprint; licensing deals for Ellen and The Tyra Banks Show with XM Satellite Radio and major internet portals; and spearheaded the launch of a newly formed digital media sales team to service the growing portfolio of O&O web businesses. Bouttier negotiated the joint venture agreement with AOL that became TMZ and was a key member of the team that developed and managed the business, which quickly became the number-one entertainment news destination on the Internet and ultimately expanded to a daily television series.

    Bouttier graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics. As a junior, he began working as a TV Research Analyst at Universal Television. He subsequently held various posts in Universal’s television distribution group, rising to Vice President, Cable Sales and Strategy.

    He also previously served as Chairman of the Board for the non-profit organization CoachArt.

  • Christina MillerCartoon Network/Adult Swim

    Christina Miller is president and general manager for Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, as well as their digital brand extensions, including Cartoon Network.com and Adult Swim.com. In this capacity, Miller is responsible for leading the business in North America and working closely with Turner International to establish short and long-term priorities, as well as an overall worldwide strategic plan that will more closely align the Kids business. Her role includes global oversight of linear and non-linear content, the consumer products group and franchise management, as well as content output from two animation production facilities—Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA, and Williams Street Studios in Atlanta. Miller is based in Atlanta, and reports directly to David Levy, President of Turner.
    Prior to her current new role, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio, which includes NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour digital television network, NBA.com, WNBA.com, NBA League.com, NBA League Pass; and the league’s broadband and wireless businesses. Miller’s duties as senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Promotions included managing relationships with league partners, Turner networks and their digital extensions, as well as the strategic planning and scheduling of on-air sports programming and developing marketing programs for the division’s linear and digital properties. Previously, she was senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and directed Turner’s youth and young adults consumer products and home video business in the United States, including global licensing partnerships and merchandising strategies and retail business development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties.
    Miller joined Cartoon Network Enterprises in 2005 and was responsible for building the division’s first global, multi-property, strategic partnership which brought the entire Cartoon Network portfolio of toys to market. She also launched CNE’s first consumer products franchise Ben 10, overseeing the development of the property in all key categories. Under her direction and in addition to managing the licensing of all Cartoon Network and Adult Swim original series, CNE expanded its role in to third-party licensing through strategic partnerships that built on the division’s core competencies.
    Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for brand strategy and licensing for classic preschool brands including Thomas & Friends™, Barney, The Wiggles™ and Bob the Builder™.

  • Jennifer BreithauptCiti
  • James RookeFreeWheel

    As FreeWheel’s Chief Revenue Officer, James Rooke leads FreeWheel’s Client Teams globally across three business lines: Technology Platform, FourFronts Premium Marketplace and Advisory Services. These teams include: Revenue Development, Client Relationships, Solution Engineering and Technical Support.

    Prior to assuming the role of Chief Revenue Officer, James paved the way for FourFronts to establish itself as the industry leading solution for premium publishers to safely balance their supply and demand needs for video inventory.

    Formerly with Time Warner Cable, where he was part of the media and advertising business, James served as VP, Strategy and Execution as well as General Manager of its digital marketing services business. James has an extensive media consulting background with Ernst & Young in the United Kingdom, and Capgemini in the US.

  • Braxton JarrettClearleap

    Braxton Jarratt joins the IBM Cloud Video Services unit with years of experience driving innovation and growth in senior management roles with technology and media companies. Most recently, Braxton co-founded cloud services company Clearleap in 2008, where he served as CEO through the company’s acquisition by IBM in 2015. Clearleap, an IBM Company, offers cloud streaming services for some of the largest brands in media and entertainment such as HBO, NFL, Sony Movie Channel, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications.

    Prior to Clearleap, Braxton was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Tandberg Television (an Ericsson Company) where he led the rapid expansion of the company into the North American television market and video on demand (VOD) software business. Braxton joined Tandberg through their $120 million acquisition of venture-backed startup N2 Broadband, where he drove key deployments of the company’s on demand software in nearly every VOD site in North America. Braxton received his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College.

  • Marc DeBevoiseCBS Interactive

    Marc DeBevoise is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Digital Media – the organization responsible for the digital media businesses of the CBS Television Network.

    In this role, he oversees CBS Interactive’s leading properties for each of the CBS Television Network’s major programming divisions across all digital platforms, including Entertainment, Sports and News. For Entertainment, this includes CBS.com, the CBS Apps and CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service; Sports: CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports Apps, CBS Sports’ Fantasy services, CBSi Advanced Media and high-school sports property MaxPreps; and for News: CBSNews.com, the CBS News Apps, the 60 Minutes App, and CBSN, the 24/7 digital news network.

    DeBevoise is also responsible for the CBS Television Network’s digital content distribution strategies, including full episode streaming across web, mobile device and OTT platform distribution, dynamic ad insertion on cable VOD platforms, direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand, and live streaming initiatives including authentication/TV Everywhere. CBS Digital Media also develops both original and show-based digital content ranging from video programming, to applications, games and editorial content.

    DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from premium subscription service Starz, where he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Business Development and Strategy. At Starz DeBevoise was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. He also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.

    Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.

    In recent years, DeBevoise has been recognized as one of Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People,” AlwaysOn’s “Power Players in Digital Media,” The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50,” and Home Media magazine’s “Digital Drivers.”

    He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the University Settlement, a leading social services non-profit organization, and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.

    He received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. He lives in New York City along with his wife and their two children.

  • Nate SilverESPN's FiveThirtyEight

    Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ESPN in 2013. The site relaunched as an ESPN entity on March 17, 2014, and expanded its coverage to include topics such as sports, economics, culture, science and technology, among others. FiveThirtyEight continues to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of upcoming elections.
    Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.
    His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed a widely acclaimed system called PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers. He is a co-author of a series of books on baseball statistics, which include Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. Nate has written for ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Baseball Prospectus, Newsweek, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
    Silver has earned a series of accolades. Fast Company chose Nate as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013. He was among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of Change. In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as the “Best Political Blog.”

  • David GeorgeLeftfield Entertainment

    David George serves as CEO of Leftfield Entertainment (under the ITV America umbrella), overseeing operations, including all programming initiatives and strategies, as well as development and production across all genres and platforms for the Leftfield Entertainment group, which encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Alone), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey),Loud TV (Tiny House Nation), Outpost Entertainment (Forged in Fire), and OTT-focused Riot Creative (branded series for Snapchat).

    During his tenure at Leftfield, which began in 2010, George has spearheaded such major initiatives as the franchising of “Pawn Stars” and developing the groundbreaking History series Alone, as well as overseeing current series for Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment, including the Tiny House franchise (for FYI) and Forged in Fire (History). Other major series include Counting Cars (History); The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo); Cutting It: In the ATL (WE tv); and the recent specials Billy the Kid: New Evidence, produced by Kevin Costner, and Brain Surgery Live, both for National Geographic Channel.

    Previously, he was a senior executive at MTV, executive producing and overseeing the majority of the 10-year run of hit series Total Request Live (TRL), the Emmy-nominated Legally Blonde: The Musical, and helping launch the network’s digital content strategy for MTV’s Video Music Awards.

  • Kevin KaySpikeTV
  • Matthew ChiavelliSyfy

    Matthew Chiavelli was named Senior Vice President, Syfy Digital, in 2015. He is based in the channel’s New York office and reports to Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, USA Network, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo.

    In this role, Chiavelli oversees the development and production of all digital content and applications for Syfy and its diverse websites including Syfy Labs, syfy.com, Blastr.com and ChillerTV.com as well as an impressive portfolio of applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Xbox, including the channel’s sync-to-broadcast application, Syfy Sync.

    Since joining Syfy, Chiavelli has spearheaded initiatives such as Syfy Labs, the channel’s first-ever innovation lab dedicated to creating immersive, multi-platform content and experiences for existing and emerging platforms — from virtual reality to 3D printing, second screen experiences and Internet of Things integrations – by merging the latest technologies into the storytelling experience of the network’s hottest original programming.

    Under Chiavelli’s leadership, Syfy Digital launched the critically acclaimed partnership with Philips Hue, which provided viewers of Sharknado and 12 Monkeys with a unique experience syncing Syfy programming with Philips lighting. He also shepherded Syfy’s expansion into the Virtual Reality realm, transporting users inside the spaceships of the critically-acclaimed drama series The Expanse.

    During his tenure, Syfy Digital has won numerous prestigious awards for multiplatform storytelling experiences such as PromaxBDA, W3, Webby and Mobile Excellence.

    Chiavelli joined the SCI FI Channel in 2002 as Creative Director of SCIFI.COM and was named Multimedia Director in 2006, adding mobile and emerging platforms to his portfolio in 2008. He also developed Emmy-nominated webisodes for Syfy’s Peabody Award-winning original drama Battlestar Galactica.

    A 2016 Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star selection, Chiavelli studied graphic design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Western Connecticut State University. His creative work has been featured in multiple books and magazines including WIRED, Indie Fonts: 1 and Fresh Fonts.

  • Tyler OakleyYouTube Sensation

    Tyler Oakley is an independent creator on YouTube, one of the largest digital platforms to date. With over 8M+ subscribers on YouTube and over 22M+ across his social media platforms, he has been established as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ vloggers. Tyler’s videos are hilarious, engaging, and unapologetically personal. Tyler’s passion for storytelling has also topped the iTunes charts, with his podcast Psychobabble reaching #1 with his cohost Korey Kuhl. He also completed 30 stops of his international Slumber Party themed tour, wrote a New York Times Bestseller, BINGE and just released his much anticipated documentary, SNERVOUS.

    Among his many accomplishments, Tyler is politically active, having met with both the President and the First Lady of the United States on using digital platforms to connect with youth, and has raised over $1M for The Trevor Project in the past couple years. He has been nominated and won Teen Choice Awards, Streamy Awards, Podcast Awards, and more. He has extensive experience interviewing celebrities on the red carpet (i.e., Kids Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, The Grammy Awards, The Vanity Fair Oscar Party), hosting award shows (i.e., mtvU Fandom Awards, Streamy Awards) and repeatedly appears on daytime and late-night talk shows (i.e., The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Talk). He was also named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Digital Stars list.

  • Walter FryeAmerican Express
  • Val VociOWNZONES

    Valerie Voci
    Chief Marketing Officer,
    OWNZONES Media Network
    

Val Voci is a recognized leader in media and online
    publishing, with broad experience in marketing, business
    development, and content creation. With senior roles at top
    media companies including The Washington Post and The
    Economist Group, Voci has been successful in leading and
    integrating a range of professionals cross-departmentally
    and creating an entrepreneurial environment that drives
    innovation and results.

  • Kathy KayseYahoo!

    Kathy Kayse is the Vice President of Sales Strategy and Solutions at Yahoo. A seasoned industry leader, Kathy has extensive cross-platform advertising sales and strategy experience. Prior to joining Yahoo, she served as Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) since 2009 where she led the development and execution of advertising sales strategies for the network and its digital assets, including Oprah.com.

    Previously, Kathy spent 24 years at Time Warner, including as Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales at AOL. Prior to that, she served as publisher for People, where she and the sales team achieved record success. Kathy also held publisher positions at Money and FSB: Fortune Small Business after serving in various sales capacities at Time Inc. She began her career in media planning at Wells, Rich, Greene, and J. Walter Thompson.

    She received her Bachelor of Science in Advertising from University of Illinois. Kathy is a member of the Advertising Women of New York.

  • Robby SteinYahoo!
  • David BoyleBBC Worldwide

    David is EVP Insight at BBC Worldwide, the commercial and global wing of the BBC. His job is to help BBC Worldwide to make quicker and bolder evidence-based decisions on everything from shows and countries to partners and marketing. He has wrestled with data in a range of media businesses having previously built global insight capabilities in the book publishing and music industries.

  • Quinn KilburyHeineken USA

    Quinn is currently the Senior Brand Director for Heineken in the US where he gets to blend his two passions together, brand building and a great pint of brew. He joined Heineken USA in 2013 as the Brand Director on Newcastle Brown Ale where he was named an Adweek Brand Genius and one of Ad Age’s Creativity 50 for his role on the “No Bollocks” campaign. Prior to Heineken, Quinn worked at PepsiCo and General Mills in Brand Management and Shopper Marketing leadership functions. Quinn spent several years in the advertising industry prior to making the move to the client side. Quinn received his BA from Gettysburg College in Political Science and Spanish and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Marketing and Strategy. When not selling or drinking beer, Quinn can be found teaching his two daughters to yell “Go Blue” during Michigan athletic events, and occasionally running a marathon for no apparent reason.

  • Danny BigelThe Online Incentives Exchange

    Danny Bigel is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Online Incentives Exchange (The OIX), a centralized marketplace for transacting in state transferable tax credits. On the new platform, buyers and sellers are able, for the first time, to connect directly online leveraging OIX turn-key technologies which provide a centralized marketplace along with powerful automation, workflow and analytics solutions. The platform brings online transparency and standardization to the tax credit markets, and the company is quickly becoming the eBay for transferable tax credits.

    Several major Hollywood studios and production companies are currently OIX clients, allowing the studios to not only track and manage their multi-million dollar tax credit portfolios in one central automated location, but also allowing them direct access to OIX’s modern financial market to get the best price when selling tax credits for a particular film, television or digital production. Other major industries where credits are transacting on The OIX include real estate, renewable energy, and R&D; buyers on the platform include F500, CPA firms and high net worth individuals.

    Prior to founding the OIX, Bigel was a member of the New York Stock Exchange (1991-2006) and spent nearly 15 years as an entertainment industry finance executive. In addition, he was a founding partner of Broadway South LLC, the company behind legislation offering tax incentives to the live entertainment industry in the state of Louisiana in an effort to revitalize downtown New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

    Bigel was an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The Creative Coalition. He earned his BA from Brandeis University and resides in Los Angeles and New York.

  • Bruce TuchmanInvestor & Advisor

    Bruce Tuchman is a global media executive who most recently served as President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. Previously, he headed MGM Worldwide Networks, Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures and New Media Ventures, and international development for MTV Networks. Currently, Tuchman is an active investor and entrepreneur within the global media and technology sectors.

  • Neil SmytheShotglass Media
  • Nick ShoreAstronauts Wanted

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