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Mike Bologna, is the President at MODI Media – GroupM’s recently launched Advance Television business unit. MODI specializes in the strategy, implementation and analysis of multiple Advanced Television disciplines including Addressable TV, Hyper-local TV, Interactive TV and Digital Distribution. Prior to MODI, Mike was Managing Partner Director of Emerging Communications at GroupM. His primary role was to assist in the development of marketing and advertising applications for GroupM clients on advanced television digital platforms. Mike has managed key initiatives across a variety of GroupM advertisers.
A 30-plus year veteran and legend in the media world, John Muszynski is the Chief Investment Officer at Spark, and leads all negotiating on behalf of Spark’s clients’ brands in order to deliver media savings and the best pricing in the marketplace. In addition to overseeing the buying team for Spark, he leads the Starcom MediaVest Group Exchange (SMGx). John’s SMGx team works with the entire SMG network to drive innovation in advanced media and technology, while gathering marketplace intelligence across SMG’s $16 Billion in media spending. Prior to joining Spark and SMGx, John served as CEO of Starcom USA (2005 – 2009), helping build a company at the forefront of leveraging media partnerships to strengthen the brands of some of the world’s biggest marketers. Under his leadership, Starcom was named Ad Age Agency of the Year (2006-07), Media magazine Media Agency of the Year (2005-07) – and was the first media agency to ever make Ad Age‘s A List (2007).
As EVP, Managing Director, Shelby Saville oversees digital planning investment and operations. Known as an innovator in digital strategy, Shelby is constantly challenging the current digital models in an effort to achieve better integration with other media channels. Shelby is dedicated to fostering a culture of flexibility by promoting beta-testing and consumer-focused campaign management that can change instantaneously – much like today’s consumer. Currently, Shelby’s work is garnering industry attention for advancements in video that allow consumers to control their video experience and effectively interact with advertisers. A revered industry spokesperson, Shelby often shares perspectives, consumer media trends and the latest news affecting the digital media community. Named Adweek’s Media All-Star and CIMA’s Digital Media Person of the Year, Shelby leads Spark’s digital practice as well as several of Spark’s leading digital clients.
President and Chief Executive Officer
AMC Networks Inc.
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One of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and visionary executives, Josh Sapan sets strategy and is responsible for the overall management of AMC Networks, which owns and operates several leading entertainment brands, AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films/Sundance Selects. The company also operates an international programming business, AMC Networks International. Named CEO in 1995, Mr. Sapan led the company’s successful spin-off from Cablevision Systems Corporation in June 2011, when AMC Networks began trading as a separate public company on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Lauded by Fast Company magazine as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Sapan’s record of delivering must-have content to passionate audiences, coupled with his championing of breakthrough distribution models, has transformed cable television and changed the way people watch TV.
One of the television industry’s most respected executives and involved with some of television’s biggest hit series, Peter Tortorici has served as President of two Broadcast Networks, developed and produced top-rated shows, created new businesses for some of Hollywood’s most prolific Studios and production companies and now is at the leading edge in defining new relationships between Brands, Content and Media. Tortorici was executive vice president, and then president of CBS Entertainment. During his tenure, he co-lead a team that guided the network to achieve #1 status in primetime, daytime and late night schedules for three consecutive seasons (1991 – 1994). As President, he was instrumental in developing such Emmy Award-winning series as Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, and Chicago Hope. In addition, he supervised, CBS Productions, and turned out several highly successful programs including Touched By An Angel, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Walker, Texas Ranger.
John Boland is VP of Advertising Market Development for ARRIS – headquartered in Suwanee, GA. John has been in the Broadcast & Cable video market for almost 30 years the last 20 years in the cable advertising business. Having held a variety of senior positions at Texscan, SkyConnect, nCUBE and C-COR, John has been at the forefront of cable advertising technology and has helped usher in several new developments including digital ad insertion in the mid-nineties, Video on Demand, VOD advertising, Switched Digital Broadcast and, more recently interactive and addressable advertising and campaign management. He has overseen several large advertising projects including the multi-MSO rollout of ARRIS’ GigE DPI transition in 2005-06, a number of international OnDemand systems in Europe and ARRIS’ zone-based linear consolidation of the largest MSO’s over the past 4 years.
Geoffrey Daniels is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, which launched in March 2010. In this role, Daniels annually commissions more than 170 hours of original series, specials and events for broadcast on WILD globally, furthering the network’s commitment to provide extraordinary wildlife programming that inspires people to care about the planet. Under Daniels’ leadership, WILD’s ratings have increased for four straight years, making it one of the fastest growing channels in all of cable, driven by the success of Big Cat Week and series such as Fish Tank Kings, Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet and The Incredible Dr. Pol.
Channing Dawson is currently a senior advisor for Scripps Networks Interactive, where he advises senior management on a host of advanced media platforms for the company’s lifestyle cable networks – HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. Part of the founding executive team for HGTV in 1994, Dawson has led Scripps Networks’ efforts in web development, broadband production, video on demand, IP video distribution and interactive television. He also currently serves as a strategic media consultant outside of Scripps Networks for Channing Media.
Alan Eyres is senior vice president of programming and development for NatGeo, where he has been responsible for developing and overseeing production of some of the highest rated series in the history of the network including Wicked Tuna, Brain Games, Life Below Zero, Ultimate Survival Alaska, Mick Dodge in addition to event series such as The 80s. Since November, he has acted as head of development for the entire network, overseeing more than 400 hours of development a year. In addition, he has been responsible for building out the West Coast and New York offices, putting the network at the heart of two of the most vibrant production centres in the world.
David George is president of Leftfield Pictures, an ITV Studios company. Leftfield Pictures is under the banner of Leftfield Entertainment, whose other production companies also include Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (the upcoming Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment, a joint venture with veteran producer Jodi Flynn (Hoarders). George oversees all of Leftfield’s series, managing all aspects of production from casting through post-production on each project. Current Leftfield shows overseen by George include the breakout hit Pawn Stars, delivering record ratings for History and spawning the “hidden treasures” genre of programming. Pawn Stars spinoffs include American Restoration and Counting Cars, as well as international formats in the UK and Australia, and the new game show “Pawnography.” Leftfield also produces Love Prison (A&E), Celebrity Home Raiders (Lifetime), Clash of the Ozarks (Discovery), and Blood, Sweat and Heels (Bravo), and has additional series in production and development with networks including AMC, WEtv, History, Lifetime, Discovery, VH1, FYI, National Geographic Channel, and more.
Ian Greenblatt is Vice President, Strategy & Business Development for Cloud Solutions Software at ARRIS, the premier video and broadband technology company enabling service and content providers to improve the way people connect worldwide. Prior roles include running content at Zattoo, (a European OTT service), co-founding Broadbus, (the pioneer of solid-state memory T/VOD systems; acquired by Motorola) and has held positions with Fox, Warner Bros., & Kirkland & Ellis. He holds a BSC from Northwestern, a JD from DePaul, is a TechStars Mentor and sits on the board of USC’s Marshall School of Business Institute of Communication Technology Management.
A creator and producer of non-fiction formats for the last 20 years, Blaine studied at the University of London Kings College before finishing his degree at NYU. After stints in New York (ABC News Productions), Miami, Los Angeles and Wales, Blaine helped launch the first series at NorthSouth in 2002. He’s a dedicated home remodeler, a passionate traveler, a good eater, and a retired magician and ventriloquist.
As vice president, original content development, Mary Ellen Iwata is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of development of series and specials for The Weather Channel. She works closely with the international production community to develop original programming for the network. Iwata is credited with finding a number of popular series for Weather, including Catching Hell, Fat Guys in the Woods, Prospectors, and Strangest Weather on Earth. She is based in Weather’s New York offices.
Neil Katz serves as editor-in-chief and vice president of content for The Weather Company’s digital properties, which include weather.com, wunderground.com and its category leading lineup of smartphone and tablet applications. Katz owns editorial direction of the properties overseeing digital video content, news, lifestyle and sponsored advertising content, supervising all content staff as well as content acquisition and analytics. He is based in New York and reports to Cameron Clayton, president of The Weather Company’s Digital division.
Bruce David Klein has been the creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. As President & Executive Producer of NY-based Atlas Media Corp, Mr. Klein has created, written, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as Hotel Impossible (Travel), Playing With Fire (E!), Hot Listings Miami (Style), Stalked: Someone’s Watching (ID), Brainwashed (Discovery Channel), Dr. G: Medical Examiner (Discovery Health/TLC), Frenemies (ID), and How To Survive The End Of The World (Nat Geo). He recently wrote & directed the TV movie Who Killed Chandra Levy? (TLC) and the theatrical documentary, Meat Loaf: In Search Of Paradise. Klein has moderated and appeared on numerous panels for organizations such as RealScreen, NATPE, the Producers Guild, the USA Film Festival and NYU Film School and his work has been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Variety, Crain’s NY Business, Entertainment Weekly, and World Screen News. Klein is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Documentary Association, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).
Pat joined BBH North America as CEO in July 2013. Since his arrival, he and the team have driven significant growth and established BBH as one of the most powerful creative agencies in the country. Growing the business over 40% in twelve months, the team has earned multiple new clients, including Newell Rubbermaid and its 12 consumer brands. The agency’s work with Sony PlayStation helped catapult the brand to its dominant position in the gaming industry and earn eight Cannes Lions. 2014 also saw BBH launch The Creative Studio (TCS), a joint venture with Scooter Braun’s SB Productions.
Eli Lehrer was named Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming of Lifetime in May 2013. Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for overseeing all non-scripted development and production for the network, including such shows as the all-new hit Bring It!, which recently posted the network’s fastest-growing first season ever; True Tori, the intimate, raw and emotional docuseries telling the real story of Tori Spelling’s and Dean McDermott’s marriage; and Little Women: LA, which chronicles the adventures of a unique group of smart, sexy and funny girlfriends with big hearts, big personalities and even bigger drama who all happen to be little people.
Lauren Lexton is an Emmy Award winning Producer and the co-founder and co-CEO of Authentic Entertainment, a leading producer of non-fiction television programming. Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 list of “25 Top Reality Players”, and Realscreen Magazineʼs “Global 100” list every year from 2007 to the present, Authentic has produced hit series Flipping the Block, Knife Fight, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Ace of Cakes, Flipping Out!, and Toddlers & Tiaras. Prior to co-founding Authentic, Lauren worked as a Show Runner, Director, Writer and Producer for numerous network and cable series. She has been awarded several CINE Golden Eagles, the “Life in America” award from the National Association of Broadcasters and numerous Telly awards. Ms. Lexton graduated cum laude from NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association. Her greatest passion is finding great talent and stories, and discovering that truth is stranger than fiction.
Chris Linn serves as president, head of programming, truTV, responsible for all programming on the network, including the development and production of original programs. Linn’s duties also include overseeing all marketing, digital initiatives and strategic planning for truTV. Linn is based in New York and reports to David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Since joining truTV in August 2013, Linn has begun taking the network through an extensive brand and programming evolution. The network has greenlit a robust slate of brand new series, taking big swings in such areas as reality/scripted hybrid shows, sketch comedy, docusoaps and competition elimination.
Tanya Lopez was named Senior Vice President, Original Movies, of Lifetime in 2007. Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for developing and overseeing all original movies for Lifetime, the number one cable network for original movies among all of the key demographics. High-profile Lifetime Original Movies shepherded by Lopez include, to name a few, the Emmy Award nominated miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, which was watched by 43 million viewers during its two-night simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History; Flowers in the Attic, based on V.C. Andrews’ iconic bestselling book, which brought in 6.1 million Total Viewers; Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, which averaged 4.4 million viewers; Emmy nominated The Trip to Bountiful, starring Emmy nominee Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer; and A Day Late and a Dollar Short, adapted from the bestselling Terry McMillan novel and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames; and the upcoming feature films Last Days of Robin Hood and Lila and Eve.
Steve Marshall is the CEO and co-founder of INVISION. As one of the company’s founders, Steve believes in the power of technology to transform how media is priced, sold and delivered. In 1994, Steve was co-founder and CIO of INVISION, leading the engineering and helping to grow the company from a two-person startup to the leading provider of media systems in the industry. Steve left the business in 2009 to spend time with family and later started Theory M: a strategic consultancy firm focused on helping clients solve the problems faced in moving into multi-platform sales. INVISION acquired Theory M in 2012 to leverage bringing the best media and engineering talent into one company.
Courteney Monroe is chief executive officer (CEO) of National Geographic Channels U.S., based in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for all operations of the domestic National Geographic Channels — which include the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo — owned jointly by the Fox Networks Group and the National Geographic Society. Prior to becoming CEO, Monroe served as chief marketing officer (CMO) for National Geographic Channels U.S. As CMO, she managed the Channel’s brand and all aspects of marketing — including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, digital platforms, social media, partnership marketing, ad sales marketing and licensing & merchandising. She also oversaw consumer and trade communications. Under her leadership, NGC launched unprecedented marketing campaigns for Killing Kennedy, which garnered the highest total viewership in network history; and the Emmy-nominated Brain Games, the highest-rated series launch for the channel. She was also the driving force behind the popular franchises Wicked Tuna and Doomsday Preppers.
Brent Montgomery is founder and CEO of Leftfield Entertainment, an ITV Studios company, which encompasses Leftfield Pictures (“Pawn Stars”), Sirens Media (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Loud TV (“Tiny House Nation”) and Outpost Entertainment, a joint venture with veteran producer Jodi Flynn (“Hoarders”). Since the sale of its first series in 2008 (“The Principal’s Office”) New York-based Leftfield has become one of reality television’s major players, producing a broad range of unscripted programming, both domestic and international. Leftfield has produced more than 400 hours of programming and nearly 800 TV episodes.
As Executive Vice President of Programming and Strategy for National Geographic Channel (NGC) U.S., Heather Moran is responsible for overseeing the network’s programming, strategy and content, as well as development and production. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Global Programming and Strategic Development and worked to develop the programming and scheduling strategy for NGC, National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and Nat Geo WILD. Moran joined NGC in 2005 from The Style Network, where she was vice president of programming and development. While at Style, she was responsible for long-term network development strategies as well as overseeing more than 150 hours in production.
Nicole Page is a Partner at Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP and specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law (www.rpl-law.com). Nicole is also Head of Business Affairs at Engel Entertainment, Inc. (www.engelentertainment.com). Nicole counsels independent producers and production companies in connection with issues ranging from financing, rights acquisition, production and talent agreements, full scale production legal, exploitation of ancillary rights, fair use and clearance issues and an array of related matters. Nicole routinely serves as production counsel and negotiates broadcast and distribution deals for film, television and digital productions. She also represents non-fiction talent, writers, directors, performers and others in the arts and entertainment industries. Nicole is proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Women Make Movies and is a member of New York Women In Film and Television.
Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production, NGC U.S. Pastore oversees all development, production and production management for National Geographic Channel U.S., responsible for approximately 400 hours of content annually. Pastore is based in NGC’s New York office in SoHo, overseeing the teams in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as working very closely with the head of international content for National Geographic Channels International and the NGCI team in London.
John Penney is Chief Strategy Officer for Starz. Penney is responsible for building and evaluating key business strategies, partnerships, and identifying and developing new business opportunities across the Starz family of companies. John joined Starz in March 2010 and was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer from EVP, Strategy & Business Development in November 2013. Prior to joining Starz, Penney was President and Head of Corporate Development of Foresee Entertainment, a media and entertainment company he co-founded with current Starz CEO, Chris Albrecht in 2008. At Foresee, Penney was responsible for operations and the planning and development of its strategy, expansion efforts and new business platforms.
Steve Reynolds is Chief Technology Officer at Imagine Communications and responsible for product engineering, product line management and R&D activities. Reporting directly to the CEO, he provides vision and leadership for engineering and research teams developing next generation media technology while managing the product roadmap for the company. Reynolds brings 20 years of technology leadership in the cable industry to Imagine Communications. At Comcast, he served as Senior Vice President of Premises Technology overseeing the strategy, roadmap and development of all technologies employed in service delivery to the customer premises. Prior to Comcast, Reynolds was Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV Incorporated, a world leader in digital and interactive television technology.
Marissa Ronca serves as senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. In this role, she is responsible for the network’s diverse slate of original programming from concept through production. Ronca is based in New York and reports to Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. Since being named to her current position in September 2013, Ronca has worked closely with Linn to evolve truTV’s original programming to appeal to a younger, dual-gender audience that looks for television to take them on a fun ride that both surprises and entertains. Over the past nine months, truTV has put significant resources behind reshaping its brand, turning over a slate of more than 30 new projects in development and greenlighting a diverse slate of shows that includes the hit series The Carbonaro Effect and such new and upcoming series as Motor City Masters, Way Out West, Jokers Wild, Fake Off, Friends of the People, Hair Jacked, How to Be a Grown Up, Hack My Life, Kart Life, Branson Famous (working title), The Shake Up (working title) and Local News (working title).
Scheppach is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of SMG’s Precision Video Center of Excellence and is charged with determining best practices for emerging video technologies. She invest clients’ advertising dollars across cutting edge video contact points such as addressable advertising, VOD, IPTV, interactive TV, audience based buying, programmatic TV, online video, mobile video, and more. Scheppach is the founder of VivaKi’s The Pool, a far-reaching research and development initiative designed to gain insights into and shape emerging forms of media.
Eric joined Allant in May 2006. He is responsible for Allant’s TV and Media industry strategy, leads key client engagements, and co-manages client delivery and product development. Previously, Eric spent nine years as an analyst at Forrester Research. His expertise revolves around marketing technology and analytics, with a particular focus on the Internet’s disruptions to media and advertising. He has been involved in TV advertising since 2003, when he conducted the industry’s first formal assessment of addressable ad technologies. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University College of Engineering, and an MBA from Bentley College.
Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia company. As CEO, Segal merges a comprehensive and acclaimed career of achievements in creating, writing, directing and producing highly recognized projects for television. Original Productions series are enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide, all under the purview of Segal. He is Executive Producer of Appalachian Outlaws, American Hoggers; Storage Wars, and Barry’d Treasures for A&E; Bering Sea Gold on Discovery; as well as Emmy® nominated Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man on History.
Michelle Vicary is the executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, which is owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc. Vicary is based in the company’s Los Angeles office and reports to Bill Abbott, President and Chief Executive Officer. In her role, Vicary is charged with the strategic oversight of all production and original programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, including movies, series, and specials. In addition, she supervises acquisitions, program scheduling, and on-air scheduling promotional strategy for both networks. Vicary is also responsible for the talent relations and the execution of program publicity strategies for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.