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As the Executive Vice President of Digital Networks and the General Manager of Crackle, the studio’s multi-platform video entertainment network, Berger oversees its programming, marketing, distribution, product, video operations and engineering, as well as its ad sales. Berger is also responsible for the development, production and distribution of original features and series created for Crackle including the two-time Emmy nominated “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” starring Jerry Seinfeld; “Chosen,” starring Milo Ventimiglia; and the first ever weekly live digital format, “Sports Jeopardy!” with Dan Patrick, among various other scripted and non-scripted original series.
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 four-time Emmy award-winning producer and eight-time Emmy nominee, as well as recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for his work in documentary programming, Vin Di Bona is CEO of Vin Di Bona Productions and Chairman of FishBowl Worldwide Media. A pioneer in comedic reality television, Di Bona shook the foundations of the television industry when he introduced America’s Funniest Home Videos in 1989. Not only credited with bringing the reality genre to network broadcasting, twenty-four years later, it is evident that Di Bona also set the stage for today’s universal YouTube culture by creating an appetite and platform for user-generated content.
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and primetime television show host on Bloomberg Television. From small businesses to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet, and one of the most compelling figures in business today. Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business. Jeffrey appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
Over three decades as a producer, director, executive, and media disrupter, Jon Klein has won every major broadcast honor including multiple Emmys, Peabodies, and DuPont-Columbia awards. In the early 1990’s, Jon helped to usher in reality television with his acclaimed series, “Before Your Eyes,” unscripted CBS movies of the week featuring real people going through dramatic life crises. He later became executive vice president of CBS News, overseeing “60 Minutes” among other programming. In 1998 Jon launched The FeedRoom, a pioneering online video aggregator that became one of the largest streaming sites in the world. As President of CNN/US from 2004-2010, Jon led the network to its highest ratings ever and doubled profits, while introducing game-changing innovations like the CNN/YouTube debate, user-generated newsgathering, the “magic” touch-screen wall, and the integration of Twitter into newsgathering and on the air.
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.
Presenting at The Content Show
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.
Zachary Behr is an Executive Producer for History. A seasoned and award-winning producer, Behr is part of the team that has created and developed some of History’s most popular original programming. Behr currently oversees several hit series including Pawn Stars, Pawnography, Top Gear, and Counting Cars. He also is developing a variety of unscripted programming for the network.
TV Everywhere visionary, innovator and boundary-breaker, Michael Bishara—largely credited as a force behind the development and successful launch of HBO GO and now Synacor’s award-winning, next-gen TV and TV Everywhere offerings—was recently named as Synacor’s Senior Vice President of Product & General Manager of TV Everywhere. Bishara’s expertise ensures Synacor’s cable, satellite, telecom and consumer electronics customers have all the content, apps and services they need to deliver breakthrough user experiences.
As Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Business Development, Pete leads all aspects of Vubiquity’s mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and partnerships, and other related transactions. He brings over 15 years of digital media leadership, having invested in and operated successful entertainment service businesses in the linear, on demand and digital media markets.
Steven Capus is the Executive Producer of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and Executive Editor of CBS News. He joined CBS News in July 2014. In his role as Executive Editor of CBS News, Capus’ multi-platform expertise, as well as his decades of newsgathering and production experience, provides a key resource to the entire news division. Capus also brings his extensive management and award-winning journalism experience to the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” as Executive Producer. Prior to joining CBS News, Capus was Executive in Residence at IESE Business School, where he was involved in numerous business and innovative educational programs, a role that he continues to perform.
David Clark serves as president of The Weather Channel television network, the flagship brand of The Weather Company. David oversees oversee all aspects of programming, strategy, and operations for the television network, including live and long form programming. He reports to David Kenny, CEO and Chairman of The Weather Company. A former Madison Square Garden and Fuse executive, David brings broad experience across all areas of media and television to his role, which will uphold the brand promise of The Weather Channel network while super serving its core audience of weather enthusiasts.
Kristyn Clement serves as Director of Research & Insights at AT&T AdWorks. Kristyn runs a team responsible for generating audience, campaign and custom research insights across the advanced television space. Kristyn has more than 15 years of media research and advertising experience across TV, online, mobile and print platforms. Prior to joining AT&T AdWorks, she spent six years on the publisher side building and managing the Insights and Sales Research teams at XO Group, the premier women’s lifestage media company including the number one bridal brand, The Knot. During her tenure, she launched the company’s bridal research arm The Knot Market Intelligence and oversaw the largest and most comprehensive bridal study ever developed. Kristyn spearheaded dozens of research and analytic initiatives across the “bridal to first baby” lifestages and across key verticals including travel, retail and financial services.
As chief operating officer, John Collins leads the strategy and execution for the NHL’s global business, sales, licensing and media functions – areas that have delivered unprecedented results over the past eight years while working closely with the 30 Clubs to support their media and business operations. Since Collins joined the NHL, total revenues have increased from $2.1 billion to $4 billion with national revenues growing 500% over that period, resulting in the NHL being named SportsBusiness Journal’s “Sports League of the Year” in 2010 and again in 2014. Collins’ strategy at the NHL is to use big events, branded digital content on multiple platforms and alliances with powerful media partners and iconic brands to extend the League’s reach, attract new fans and connect sponsors to the highly desirable NHL fan demographic.
Robert Dalven is Videology’s Head of North American TV Strategy. Prior to joining Videology, Dalven was Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for PrecisionDemand, a media technology platform that was acquired by Adap.TV earlier this year. Prior to PrecisionDemand, Dalven spent more than 12 years at VIACOM Media Networks, serving in multiple television sales management and business development positions, including Senior Director of Client Strategy for MTVN Entertainment Group. Dalven is based in New York and focuses on growing Videology’s TV practice with strategic media partners, brands and agency accounts.
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.
Robert DeBitetto was appointed to the role of President of Brand Strategy, Business Development and A+E Studios in June 2013. In his role, DeBitetto oversees A+E Studios, which creates content across all networks and platforms. In addition, he oversees cross network brand strategy pertaining to A+E Networks’ corporate initiatives and business development. He also oversees the award-winning feature documentary unit, A&E IndieFilms and sits on the Board of Directors of the company’s Latin American channel joint venture.
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.
As Executive Vice President of Screen Media Ventures (SMV), David oversees daily operations, and spearheads new business development and acquisitions for this leading independent film distribution company. A key member of SMV’s leadership team since 2005, David has led the company into the digital world overseeing the launch and development of Popcornflix.com in 2011, an ad-supported video-on-demand service. Under David’s direction, Popcornflix can now be found in international markets and as an app on all mobile devices, smart TV”s and set-top-boxes (such as Roku and X-Box). David is developing the brand further by launching additional AVOD genre channels Frightpix, Popcornflix Kids, Popcornflix Espsanol and Popcornflix Comedy.
Laura Fleury was appointed VP/Head of Programming & Development of LMN in 2013. In her role, Fleury is responsible for overseeing the vision, development and production of all programming for LMN, including scripted and unscripted. In her prior role as VP Nonfiction & Alternative Programming at A&E, Fleury developed, launched and served as Executive Producer for many of A&E’s most critically-acclaimed and top-rated series including Emmy-Nominated “Beyond Scare Straight,” “The First 48” franchise, “The Killer Speaks,” “Cajun Justice,” “Manhunters: Fugtive Task Force,” Parking Wars” among others. Fleury also developed and executive-produced several series for the BIO channel, including “I Survived…” which launched as the #1 series in the history of BIO, and “I Killed My BFF.”
Michael Garcia oversees all creative operations for Televisa USA, a division of Televisa (a subsidiary of the Mexican media and telecommunications corporation Grupo Televisa, the largest and most dynamic producer and distributor of Spanish-language content in the world). Televisa USA develops, finances, coproduces and distributes to the U.S. and international audiences high-quality, mainstream English-language programming based on existing formats and original concepts. The division is actively teaming with leading talent, producers, studios and networks to create scripted and unscripted content across all genres that significantly over index the coveted American-born or English-speaking Latino audiences. Televisa USA also has access to Grupo Televisa’s enormous library, which includes many of the world’s most popular telenovelas, for adaptation in the English language as high quality productions.
Libby Geist, a two-time Peabody Award winning producer, serves as Senior Director of Development at ESPN Films where she has been for five years. In 2013, she ran the highly-acclaimed “Nine for IX” series – nine documentaries about women in sports, by female filmmakers – and she currently oversees all ESPN Films long form documentary series’, including the Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 series. Geist got her first production job at Shoot the Moon Productions under director Dan Klores, where she worked from 2003 to 2008. She worked on four documentaries under Klores, “Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story” (USA Network), “Viva Baseball” (SpikeTV) and “Crazy Love” which won an Independent Spirit Award. It was her work as a Producer on the four hour, two part documentary “Black Magic” (2008) which won her first Peabody and an introduction to ESPN Films.
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.
Jon is a co-founder and principal at Hub Entertainment Research. Hub specializes in research on how new technology is changing the ways consumers find, consume, and pay for entertainment content, including TV, movies, gaming, music and publishing. Hub also publishes “The Hub Reports”, a series of studies on the TV industry, that includes projects that track consumers’ awareness and adoption of TV Everywhere from networks and MVPDs.
Joan Gillman is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Time Warner Cable Media. In this role, Ms. Gillman heads up the ad sales force and leads the effort to deliver advanced advertising, data and interactive solutions for advertisers and network partners. She joined Time Warner Cable in May 2005 as Vice President of Interactive TV and Advanced Advertising.
Matt Ginsburg is Vice President Development and Programming for History, a role he assumed in 2011. In this role, he oversees a team of programmers responsible for the development and creation of original factual and scripted series and specials for the network. Some of the series Matt has executive produced include The Curse of Oak Island, Search for The Lost Giants, The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man, The Hunt and Ice Road Truckers.
Yosi Glick had extensive experience in the TV entertainment industry building TV and content guides when he became frustrated with the lack of suitable content options presented to entertainment subscribers. This led him to the Eureka moment when he realised that to truly innovate the guide, he would have to re-engineer the underlying data from the ground up; a realisation that led him to found Jinni in 2007. Prior to founding Jinni, Glick was awarded a B.Sc. in Engineering from the prestigious Technion and spent 15 years developing technology to improve TV guides at Accenture and Oracle using the existing data. Glick is author of Super Search Me! Which describes Jinni’s vision.
Gil Goldschein serves as President of Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), the production company widely credited with creating the reality television genre with hit series The Real World (28 seasons for MTV). BMP’s current programming includes The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway (Lifetime), Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!), and Bad Girls Club (Oxygen). BMP has produced documentary films, including Valentine Road (HBO), which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO).
Chris Grant is CEO of Electus, the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Grant joined Electus in November 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s continued growth across global and domestic TV, digital and branded entertainment. Under Grant’s supervision, Electus has produced hits including Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC), Food Fighters (NBC), Mob Wives (VH1), The Hero (TBS), and Bet on Your Baby (ABC), as well as several strategic investment deals with Hud:Sun Media and Barry Poznick’s Barracuda Productions. In early 2014, Chris oversaw the creation of Electus Digital which acts as the digital creative and distribution arm of Electus and is comprised of website properties CollegeHumor.com, Dorkly.com and WatchLOUD.com; YouTube Channels WatchLOUD, Nuevon and Hungry; and production company Big Breakfast.
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.
As a self-proclaimed “thinkologist,” Bruce Goerlich puts his more than 30 years of media research savvy to use every day working with Rentrak’s Research, IT and Operations teams to build and evolve the big data research machine behind Rentrak’s powerful rating systems. In his role as Chief Research Officer, Bruce says he is driven to help advertisers, broadcast and cable networks, stations, and agencies to employ the extensive and precise Rentrak intelligence to find and leverage the best media opportunities.
As Managing Director, Jill leads the content strategy and production of consumer experiences across the US portfolio of LiquidThread. Through the development of consumer connections, social media, mobility, emerging technologies and branded communication, Jill finds the balance between marketing and story building. Additionally, she manages US operations including, talent mapping and organizational process. Prior to LiquidThread, Jill led experience design for Microsoft and was a strategic planning lead for Coca-Cola. Jill also serves as Co-Chair on MediaVest’s Social center of excellence.
Seth Haberman founded Visible World in 2000, with the goal of transforming advertising to increase the value of TV ad inventory for inventory holders, advertisers, and viewers. With a track record of success marked by milestones including an Emmy Award and his work with today’s largest companies and advertising executives, Haberman has far exceeded that goal. Under his vision and leadership, Visible World has emerged as a technology leader in the field of advanced TV advertising, by enabling new levels of automation, efficiency, and effectiveness through impressions-based targeted TV advertising campaign management, audience buying, near-real time reporting, Smart TV research, and the automation of creative customization, trafficking, and delivery. Haberman has not only built the company into a successful industry leader, but also accelerated the evolution that is transforming the future of television advertising.
Tim Hanlon is the Founder/CEO of The Vertere Group, LLC, a Chicago-based boutique strategic consulting and investment advisory firm focused on the intersection of media, marketing and technology. Mr. Hanlon previously created and led corporate ventures practices at agency holding firms Publicis Groupe (VivaKi/Denuo), and Interpublic Group (Mediabrands/Velociter). Prior to that, Mr. Hanlon was the long-time SVP/Director, Emerging Contacts at media agency Starcom MediaVest Group, focused on the fields of emerging media technologies and evolutionary television platforms – long before it was cool to do so. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Georgetown University.
As Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network, Matt Hanna oversees the network’s current development slate for original series and specials, creating first-run programming for the network across all genres and dayparts, including formats, reality, docu-series and competition. Hanna’s slate is focused on diverse program categories that appeal to the network’s core audience: style, entertainment, food, fashion, travel, competition, women, humor and more. Original programs developed by his team for Esquire Network include Knife Fight, Brew Dogs, The Getaway, Lucky Bastards, White Collar Brawlers and Friday Night Tykes.
Emmy award-winning producer Glenda Hersh is the co-founder of True Entertainment, one of television’s leading producers of unscripted and scripted programming. Dedicated to the craft of storytelling, New York City-based True creates unscripted shows that have the narrative feel and emotional impact of fiction, and scripted programming that incorporates the realism and grit of the documentary form. Currently, True has more than 25 projects in production/on air/development across 10+ networks. Hersh was a pioneer for women in reality TV. Beginning her career in documentary and news programming, Hersh formed True Entertainment in 2000 alongside business andproducing partner Steven Weinstock (the company was sold to Endemol in 2003). For more than a decade, she has worked aggressively and creatively to bring fascinating stories to the small screen.
Alan Hoff was appointed in 2012 to orchestrate SeaChange’s global market approach. He is a veteran marketing strategist with a career-long focus on helping television operators and content producers to capitalize on advanced video technologies. Previously, Hoff spent eight years at Avid, last serving as director of the media enterprise segment.
Richard Hofstetter is a partner and co-chairman of the firm’s Entertainment Group. With over 30 years experience as a lawyer for the development, production, and exploitation of intellectual property in all media, and its licensing and merchandising, he offers legal expertise combined with a sound understanding of the business realities that impact entertainment clients and matters.
Mr. Hofstetter’s practice has particular emphasis in the television media. He represents producers and production companies, performers, writers, and creative talent for dramatic and “reality” programs, news, and sports. He represents major distribution companies and television networks (both domestic and international), as well as executives in television and other media. His expertise encompasses all aspects of the television industry, including programming for distribution for network television, syndication, cable, digital platforms, public television, animation, children’s programming, format sales, international production and distribution, and advertiser and brand integration in the production, broadcast, and promotion of programming.
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.
Reza Izad is a co-founder and CEO of Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a next generation media company focusing on empowering creators, growing brands and building audiences. It oversees one of the leading YouTube multichannel networks with over 700 channels delivering nearly a billion views a month. Previously leading The Collective’s Music Management, Reza transitioned to digital as the opportunity arose for Talent and Brands to engage directly with dynamic entertainers in reaching audiences with scale in today’s shifting landscape.
Alexandra Jewett is executive VP, programming, for Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company. Working in partnership with EVP, programing, Lonnie Burstein, the team oversees all programming, development and production for the syndicator. Jewett, an award-winning creative executive and former executive producer, joined Debmar-Mercury in September 2010 as senior VP, programming, and has played a pivotal role in expanding and growing the media company’s talk and game show portfolios. She was promoted to her current position in August 2014.
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.
Keith Kazerman is responsible for national ad sales, direct response sales, traffic and operations, pricing and inventory, as well as product management. Kazerman and his team have developed ground-breaking interactive sports sponsorships with NFL Sunday Ticket, introduced digital ad offerings with DIRECTV Everywhere and are leading the industry with the largest national addressable ad platform. Prior to joining DIRECTV in 2005, Kazerman held management positions with various media companies including TN Media, Bates, Space.com, The Hallmark Channel and Marathon Ventures.
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).
David Kline, COO of Ensequence, has been at the forefront of industry charge in advanced advertising for many years. With a career spanning over 32 years in the media business, David has successfully launched Ensequence’s suite of interactive advertising products (PROMOTIONS+, ADCONNEQT+ and RATIINGS+) to the advertising industry. Prior joining Ensequence, David was President and COO of Cablevision Media Sales, where he oversaw day-to-day operations for Cablevision’s advertising businesses. There he was responsible for launching multiple new advanced advertising products and applications.including the first Household addressable footprint, the first dedicated advertising channels, as well as the first dynamic ad insertion on VOD.
As director of production and development management for Travel Channel, one of Scripps Networks’ Interactive’s lifestyle television brands, Bethany Latham oversees the production management team and resources with a focus on implementation of standards and process as well as managing the development pipeline. Latham started at Travel Channel as the executive assistant to the senior vice president of programming and development before advancing to the role of programming manager. As such she managed the development process, evaluated program ideas through Travel Channel’s editorial filter.
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.
Steven Lerner is the senior vice president of programming for Scripps Networks Interactive’s Home Category brands – HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, Lerner oversees the programming efforts at all three networks, as well as leads the New York and Knoxville-based programming teams. He is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas, and managing several series, specials and pilots currently in production. Lerner is also charged with identifying new talent and collaborating with Canadian and other international co-productions and acquisitions.
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.
Mark Lieberman came to Viamedia as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 after an extensive career in the media and technology industry. Prior to Viamedia, Mark was the Co-Founder and CEO at TiVo Research & Analytics (TRA, Inc.), a leading media analytics, software and research technology firm. (TRA was acquired in July of 2012 by TiVo.) Before TRA, Mark was Managing Director of Hudson Abel Partners LLC, a boutique media and technology investment bank from 2004-2006 which raised capital for a wide array of emerging growth and start-up companies (e.g., cable network, magazine, online ad network, telecom equipment). Previously, he was Chairman/CEO of IVT, an e-communications software company from 2000 through 2004 backed by Cisco, Tudor Ventures, Allen & Co. and Sun Microsystems.
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.
Joe Livecchi is Senior Vice President of Development for CMT, charged with overseeing all scripted and unscripted development for the network. Livecchi manages development teams in NY, LA and Nashville as well as all external and third party productions. Livecchi joined CMT in 2012 and has successfully developed Swamp Pawn, Dog and Beth: On The Hunt and other successful shows as the network expands its original programming. Currently under Livecchi’s direction, CMT has more premium scripted and event programming in development than at any other time at the network. Prior to joining CMT, Livecchi was an Executive Producer and the owner of Majority Rules Media.
Jens Loeffler is a principal technical evangelist on Adobe’s Video Solutions product management team focusing on online video and services – including content delivery and monetization across IP-connected devices. Equipped with a media computer science degree, Jens started his career in the agency world and has been living and breathing online video and mobile for the last decade. Currently, Jens provides thought leadership as a public speaker and panelist at numerous industry events, and maintains a well-recognized blog (Overdigital.com) covering industry trends. Follow Jens on Twitter @jensloeffler.
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.
Christine Lubrano, senior vice president, original programming is responsible for the development and creation of IFC’s growing slate of scripted comedy series. She has been integral to the success of the Emmy®, Peabody and Writer’s Guild Award winning Portlandia, created by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.She has also served as the lead creative force behind the popular shows Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang!, inspired by the podcasts of Marc Maron and Scott Aukerman, respectively, as well as the sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, and Garfunkel and Oates, which follows the comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Miccuci as they navigate love, life and work with one satirical (and sometimes saucy) song after another.
Tara Maitra joined TiVo in 2005 as VP of Content Services, responsible for developing TiVo’s content strategy, with the goal of creating a unique consumer experience of seamless integration of on-demand and linear programming. In this role, Maitra continues to work with networks, studios and web video providers to build TiVo’s content offering which today amounts to millions of pieces of content, including Amazon, hulu plus, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and hundreds of others. In 2008, Tara’s responsibilities expanded to include interactive advertising. Ms. Maitra oversees sales and development of TiVo’s ad solutions, leveraging TiVo’s user interface and ad units, which are designed to engage viewers in DVR homes and counter fast-forwarding behavior. Maitra provides oversight to TiVo Research and Analytics, a company TiVo acquired in 2012. The company provides marketers, networks, and agencies with solutions that link what ads consumers are watching directly to what consumers are buying, and custom audience insights to help optimize media buying and understand TV viewership in DVR homes.
As president of national advertising sales, Arlene Manos is responsible for overseeing the advertising sales efforts – including national, digital and branded entertainment — for AMC Networks’ popular and award-winning brands including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. She manages a large team with multiple offices located in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta. She has held her current position since 2002. Ms. Manos joined AMC Networks Advertising Sales (formerly part of Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation) to launch ad sales at AMC and oversee sponsorships for WE tv. In 2003, Manos spearheaded WE tv’s transition to become a fully ad supported network. She grew her responsibilities in 2010 to include oversight of digital ad sales for IFC and Sundance Channel. In 2011, Manos’ responsibilities expanded further to include leading all advertising efforts for IFC as the channel transitioned to an ad supported model, as well as Sundance Channel, which will evolve into a traditional ad sales model in fall 2013.
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.
Emmy-nominated programming executive Gena McCarthy was named Senior Vice President, Programming of FYI in September 2013. In this role, McCarthy is head of all programming and development for the recently rebranded network. Previously, McCarthy was Senior Vice President, Reality and Alternative Programming for Lifetime Networks. In this position, she led all development and production of the network’s unscripted programming. McCarthy oversaw the development and creation of the wildly popular hit series “Dance Moms” and its spin-off “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” “Preachers’ Daughters,” “Project Runway All-Stars,” “Pretty Wicked Moms,” “Double Divas” and the upcoming “Kim of Queens.” McCarthy also led production of the Emmy-nominated smash hit “Project Runway” and the award-winning “Coming Home,” among others.
Jen McGovern is responsible for the development of all East Coast original unscripted programming and lead the East Coast development team. Prior to joining VH1, McGovern was Director of Development and Production at Oxygen Media since August 2010, developing forthcoming series “Funny Girls” and developing and executive producing its upcoming reality competition series “Nail’d It!” along with previous series such as Shorty Award-nominated “The Glee Project” and “I’m Having Their Baby.”
Jenn Miller is the COO and Co-Founder of Audiosocket, where she works with an incredible team of engineers, musicians, and business people to execute on strategy, and develop the vision, culture, and community of the content environment. Miller has long been an entrepreneur in the music industry who continues to pioneer technologies that allow artists new ways to monetize and protect their work online.
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. Monroe began her career at HBO as manager, Advertising, in 1998, overseeing the campaigns for all HBO series and sports programming, and was named director, Advertising, in 2000. One year later, she was promoted to vice president, Advertising, and in 2002, her responsibilities expanded to include overseeing all HBO advertising campaigns. In 2004, she became senior vice president, Advertising, and two years later, she was named senior vice president, Consumer Marketing, assuming a broader role with the addition of digital and licensing and retail. From 2008 to 2011, she served as executive vice president, adding Home Entertainment marketing to her responsibilities. During her tenure at HBO, Monroe oversaw award-winning marketing campaigns for many of HBO’s highest-profile properties, such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Entourage, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, the HBO miniseries The Pacific and many more. She also led the development, deployment and marketing of HBOGO and MAXGO, the company’s digital streaming services.
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-basedLeftfield 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.
Dave is the CEO and founder of Simulmedia. He previously founded and ran both TACODA, Inc., an online advertising company that pioneered behavioral online marketing and was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $275 million, and Real Media, Inc., one of the world’s first ad serving and online ad network companies and a predecessor to 24/7 Real Media (TFSM), which was later sold to WPP for $649 million. After the sale of TACODA, Dave served as Executive Vice President, Global Advertising Strategy, at AOL, a Time Warner Company (TWX). A lawyer by training, Dave served as General Counsel and Director of New Media Ventures at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association in the early 1990’s.
With over 15 years of 3-screen product development experience, Dave is responsible for managing and driving product growth at Clearleap. Most recently, he was Director of Media Solutions for Yahoo! where he led a large portfolio of mobile, online, and interactive TV applications and managed some of the companies’ largest mobile and telecom partnerships. Operating in both product and business development roles, he delivered a broad range of products across hardware, software and internet technologies. He brings significant expertise in TV Everywhere services, strategic product alliances, and 3-screen product development and has two patents pending related to television companion experiences. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Matt Murphy, senior vice president, digital video distribution, is responsible for developing and executing the strategies to drive further distribution of the Disney and ESPN media networks’ digital content across online and mobile platforms. Murphy also oversees the sales, and pricing and packaging strategies to increase distribution of the company’s broadband, interactive and video-on-demand services with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD’s), including authenticated services. Murphy is based at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), a division created to develop filmed entertainment businesses based on Condé Nast’s world-class brands, articles and personalities, across all media platforms, including television, feature films and digital video. Prior to joining Condé Nast in the fall of 2011, Ms. Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros., beginning January 2006. As president of entertainment, she was responsible for all aspects of the CW’s creative efforts, including programming, digital initiatives, branding and marketing, and developed a multitude of groundbreaking hit series—among them, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model. In an effort to engage the digital CW generation across multiple platforms, Ms. Ostroff and her team developed cutting-edge strategies for leveraging interactive content and revenue opportunities.
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.
Borja Perez was named Senior Vice President, Digital and Social Media for Telemundo Media in April 2012. Perez is responsible for the evolution of the digital programming team from a website portal-focus into a content creation unit for multiple digital platforms. Following the success of the 2011 launch of Social@Telemundo, a new strategic social media unit focused on delivering fans across all social media platforms interactive experiences tied to TV programming, Perez oversaw the launch of “Secreteando,” Telemundo’s first-ever “social media novella” in September 2012. “Secreteando” offers fans an unprecedented opportunity to become active participants on the storyline through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram. He reports directly to Peter Blacker, Executive Vice President, Digital Media & Emerging Business.
Jay Prasad’s extensive background in TV, digital video, mobile and data-driven advertising makes for a unique combination of digital media and ad technology experience. He has held Strategic Business Development and Management roles with Yahoo!, FreeWheel, Ernst & Young and is currently VP of Global Business Development at TubeMogul. Jay leads a team that helps partners and clients envision, plan and execute cross-screen video advertising initiatives, implement TV technology integrations and leverage data science to measure actual sales impact for brands. Jay Prasad earned his BBA in Marketing, International Business, and Risk Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied International Business and International Political Economics at the London Business School.
Aaron Radin serves as Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Portfolio Products, NBCUniversal. In this position, Radin plays a leading role in NBCUniversal’s efforts to develop scalable ad products across the company’s portfolio, on platforms including web, mobile, second screen business, interactive TV and Video On Demand. He focuses on social media, programmatic and data-enabled advertising. Radin joined NBCUniversal in August 2013 and reports to Krishan Bhatia, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Operations, NBCUniversal.
Dewey Reid is the vice president, executive creative director of CNN. In this role, Dewey oversees all aspects of creative, design and user experience across web and mobile and emerging technologies. Before joining CNN, Reid was vice president of design for mobile and emerging products at Yahoo!. While there, he built and led design for a number of new products, including Weather, Flickr and the News Digest apps as well as their Connected/Smart TV products. His team won the Apple Design Award 2013 and 2014 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
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.
Marty Roberts is co-CEO of thePlatform. Marty’s diverse leadership background includes 19 years of product management, sales, and marketing. His experience developing strategy, building relationships with development organizations, and creating new products and services helped increase the customer base and profitability for organizations such as GiftCertificates.com and RealNetworks. His contributions to thePlatform’s success include repositioning the company and products, increasing the brand awareness through advertising, PR and the web site, building an ecosystem with over 115 partners and driving the product strategy for initiatives such as TV Everywhere and Virtual TV. Marty Roberts was named one of Multichannel News’ Top 40 executives under 40 in 2012.
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).
Dan brings experience from every aspect of the media landscape to his current role at Viacom Media networks. At various points in his career, Dan has been a media consultant, a digital producer, a content creator, writer and documentarian, and a creative director — overseeing everything from websites to console games to mobile UX development. Today, he leads the Connected Content teams at VH1 and Logo, which encompasses the digital platforms associated with both brands, as well as the brands’ long-term strategies for media creation, distribution and promotion.
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.
Henry S. Schleiff is Group President of the Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Fit & Health portfolio, overseeing the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications and online efforts for all five networks. Known for revitalizing and strengthening brands, Schleiff’s portfolio features some of the fastest growing networks in television. Under Schleiff’s leadership, Investigation Discovery (ID) has grown from the #50 network to a top 10 television network for women and the #1 network in all of television for audience engagement. In addition, ID has gone from 54 million homes in 2009, when Schleiff joined the network, to more than 86 million homes, today. Prior to joining Discovery, Schleiff was president and chief executive officer of Crown Media Holdings, Inc. where he led Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel during an era of unprecedented growth. Previously, Schleiff was Chairman and CEO of Court TV, which under his stewardship became one of the fastest growing networks in the US.
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.
Stacey Lynn Schulman oversees all strategy, analytics and research for the Katz Media Group, leading a team of professionals across the Katz Radio (KRG) and Katz Television (KTG) divisions to provide world-class audience and consumer analytics for Katz partners, advertisers and agencies. Schulman is focused on developing new insights, techniques and approaches that bring additional revenue into the radio sector and expand the target-ability of broadcast television. Schulman joins Katz from TVB, the television station marketing association, where she served as Chief Research Officer responsible for driving insights on the value of Local Broadcast Television. Prior to TVB, Schulman served as Senior Vice President at Turner Broadcasting where she oversaw sales and marketing research across Turner’s entertainment and sports brands and their digital extensions. Schulman joined Turner from The Interpublic Group where she was the President of the holding company’s Consumer Experience Practice.
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 onDiscovery; as well as Emmy® nominated Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man on History.
Evan Silverman is Senior Vice President, Digital Media, A+E Networks®, and oversees digital products and content for A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYI™ and H2®. He helps set strategic direction for the properties, and manages those networks’ websites, mobile and emerging platforms, broadband video and TV Everywhere initiatives. During his tenure which began in December, 2009, A+E Networks has taken a leadership role in TV Everywhere with more than 22 million TVE app downloads across mobile and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV and Xbox. Overall, web site traffic more than doubled to 32 million unique visitors per month and A+E Networks products have been recognized with multiple Webby Awards and an induction into the Apple iPad Hall of Fame.
Frank is an experienced digital media entrepreneur with the rare combination of business, media, and technology expertise. As Founder and CEO of BeachFront Media, Frank oversees the technology company powering video everywhere across the web and all mobile experiences. Under Beachfront Media, Frank launched MeFeedia, a video discovery platform with over 300 million video views a month and 20 million unique visitors as well as one of the first platforms, Beachfront Builder, that enables web video producers to syndicate their content easily through mobile, web and connected tv apps and the Beachfront “All-Player” platform which enables aggregation and syndication of video content for publishers.
Mike Stiller is Vice President, Development and Programming for H2 and History. Mike’s heads development and production for H2 and is the creative lead for H2 programming. He also develops and oversees various non-scripted programs for History. Previous to H2, Mike was in charge of development at History. During his career at History and H2, Mike has developed or executive produced a slate of hit programs, including The Curse of Oak Island, the worldwide hit Ancient Aliens, Ax Men, In Search of Aliens, Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, WWII in HD, Vietnam in HD, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, Third Reich: Rise and Fall, MonsterQuest, Ancient Discoveries, and Modern Marvels.
Joshua is the CEO and co-founder of clypd and leads the organization through day-to-day operations, product direction and strategic relationships. Joshua is a hands-on leader with extensive experience building companies from scratch and driving towards revenue. Joshua is also Chief-recruiter, Chief-foodie, Chief-talker and a dad of two great kids.
As the VP of Digital Platforms and Innovation Hardie finds new ways to apply technology to TV. His team develops new apps and experiences for fox.com, social media, and connected devices in support of all the primetime entertainment shows on the FOX broadcast network. He started creating online and interactive entertainment by building a local BBS on a 300 baud modem on an Apple II back in the 70s. In the intervening years he has managed the development of many online entertainment products including the first internet connections for Apple’s eWorld, the official backstage webcast of the Grammy Awards, the Moxi cable media center DVR, the online video portal for Real Networks, and Yahoo!’s TV and Movies properties. He thinks that conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.
Shelly Tatro was appointed to the post of Senior Vice President of Development & Programming for A&E Network in 2014. In this role, Tatro is responsible for the development and production of A&E’s nonfiction, alternative and reality series. Tatro was most recently Senior Vice President of East Coast Production and Development for more than a dozen years at VH1. Her purview included oversight of all development and production for hundreds of hours of programming, including docu-soaps, reality competition and documentary series. Some of her hits include “Mob Wives,” “Love and Hip Hop,” “Hogan Knows Best,” “I Want to Work for Diddy,” and “Black Ink Crew.”
Ben K. Tatta is President of Cablevision Media Sales (CMS), the division responsible for local television and online advertising sales across 3M+ households in the NY DMA. In this capacity, Mr. Tatta oversees overall media sales strategy, vision, innovation, product and technology, budget and results. The division comprises three sales groups including local ad sales, News 12 Networks, and the New York Interconnect (an LLC Partnership with Comcast). Previously, Mr. Tatta served for nearly a decade as Senior Vice President of New Business Development for Cablevision, tasked with the development and growth of new, advanced advertising capabilities, products and technology partnerships.
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.
Steven Weinstock is a nine-time Emmy award-winning producer, and co-founder and president of True Entertainment. Under his guidance, True has grown rapidly into a leading television and film production company dedicated to the craft of storytelling. True has produced programming for Bravo, Syfy, Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, National Geographic Channel, Hearst, Style and VH1, among others. In 2006, Weinstock was awarded his most recent Emmy as an executive producer on the TLC series “A Baby Story.”
As vice president of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel, Todd Weiser is charged with developing new series, specials and tentpoles, as well as overseeing current programming for both of Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle food brands. Weiser’s projects include Restaurant Stakeout, Chef Wanted, and the upcoming Hungry Games and Holiday Baking Championship. Previously, Weiser served as the director of program development for Animal Planet. During his tenure with the Discovery Communications network, Weiser rose from development coordinator to director. Weiser was tasked with growing Animal Planet’s audience and expanding the brand in new areas. He developed top-rated series such as Finding Bigfoot, Gator Boys, North Woods Law and Too Cute!.
Mike Welch is president of AT&T AdWorks. Through Welch’s leadership, AT&T AdWorks is providing advertisers with better television targeting, campaign insight and engagement through its proprietary offerings including TV Blueprint and Interactive TV. Welch continues to grow AT&T AdWorks by working directly with national brand clients and media agencies to develop and execute the most cost effective advanced TV advertising plans that reach specific target audiences at scale. Prior to joining AT&T AdWorks, Welch held various leadership positions at AT&T. He was vice president, Sales for the Southwest Region of AT&T Advertising Solutions, where he was responsible for a base of 200,000 customers and $500 million in annual revenue across a five-state region comprised of Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Welch led a 600-person sales team that provided customers with a complete suite of print, online, search and mobile advertising products that helped brands grow their business.
Michael S. Willner spent his entire career in the cable television industry. Prior to becoming Vice Chairman and CEO of Penthera, a provider of intelligent portable video software solutions for TV networks and content distributors; he co-founded Insight Communications in 1985. He served as the cable TV company’s CEO, a director and vice chairman of the board until the company was sold to Time Warner Cable in February, 2012.
Scott Woodward oversees all aspects of Ovation’s multi-platform content, including scheduling and program planning, acquisitions, co-productions, development, original programming, on-air promotions, VOD and the network’s digital operations. He also oversees the company’s in-house multi-platform, production unit, Ovation Studios, which launched in May 2013.
Lori York is a partner in the international television and media department at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater branded entertainment, and digital media. ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Ms. York is based in the agency’s New York office, where she brings a unique combination of production, development, and management experience to the agency