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Bob Benya, President and CEO, iNDEMAND
Robert G. (Bob) Benya was named President & CEO of iN DEMAND in January, 2010. He had previously served on the company’s Board of Directors for five years.
For nearly three decades, Mr. Benya’s leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit elevated the products and services that Time Warner Cable and other cable operators deliver to consumers. Mr. Benya has always been at the forefront of the industry’s new product innovation efforts. Before joining iN DEMAND, he was corporate Senior Vice President, Video Product Strategy at Time Warner Cable (TWC). Bob’s distinguished cable career spanned 28 years at TWC where he held several senior operating and corporate executive positions. At TWC, he helped oversee development of Digital TV, Video-On-Demand, Interactive TV, Road Runner, Start Over/Look Back and Cross-Platform services.
In 2010 he was elected to the board of directors of CTAM and recently joined the board of the CTAM Educational Foundation. He previously served on the boards of iN DEMAND, Music Choice and The Better Business Bureau Online and was co-chair of CTAM’s Advanced Cable Services Consortium. He has received numerous industry awards, including three Marketing Executive of the Year awards, TWC’s Innovation Award and an Emmy for overseeing the industry’s groundbreaking “Start Over” service. He holds a BA in Marketing from NYU.
Through Mr. Benya’s leadership, iN DEMAND has not only maintained its position as the top supplier of Pay-Per-View and Video On Demand content to cable systems across North America, he has spearheaded the company’s global expansion into China, its development of multi-platform capabilities, growth of its transport business and has reinvigorated its core products such as Movies On Demand with better windows, more indies and more library titles. As part of its total delivery of 130,000 hours of content yearly, the company also continues to be a sports juggernaut, delivering nearly 9,000 live sports broadcasts every year.
Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, AMC Networks Inc.
A 26-year veteran of the company, Ed Carroll oversees all operations for AMC Networks’ highly successful brands — AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv — as well as advertising sales and the company’s international operations, AMC/Sundance Channel Global.
A champion of using original programming to define a brand, Mr. Carroll has been instrumental in helping to develop and bring to air many of today’s most acclaimed, watched and talked about original, including AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, WE tv’s Bridezillas and Braxton Family Values, IFC’s Portlandia and, Sundance Channel’s Rectify.
Under Carroll’s leadership, AMC has been transformed into one of the most successful networks on television. In 2012 AMC’s The Walking Dead became the highest rated drama in basic cable history, and the #1 show on television among the key 18-49 demo. Mr. Carroll has helped make IFC the “Always On. Slightly Off.” home for original comedies and leading comedic talent, including the breakthrough hit Portlandia — winner of Emmy, Peabody and Writer’s Guild Awards, and upcoming projects from Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller.
On Sundance Channel, which the company acquired in 2008, Carroll has successfully introduced scripted and unscripted original programming. The channel’s foray into scripted originals with Rectify, Top of the Lake and the Golden Globe-winning Carlos, have attracted critical and popular acclaim, as have unscripted series including Push Girls and Iconoclasts. He has also helped make WE tv a top women’s network with popular originals including Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Globally, Mr. Carroll has spearheaded the reach of AMC Networks’ global brands into more than twenty countries across North America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Carroll was AMC Networks’ President of Entertainment Services. He also served seven years as general manager of IFC and Bravo, during which he transformed Bravo from a small pay channel into a commercial network available to more than 68 million subscribers, launching hits like Inside the Actors Studio and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Bravo was sold to NBC in 2002.
Carroll is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Programming Vanguard Award, NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and a PromaxBDA Brand Builders Award. He is a member of the Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB) and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).
Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman, GroupM
Irwin Gotlieb is the Chairman of GroupM, Worldwide the world’s leading full service media investment management company, where he served as CEO since its inception in 2003.
GroupM serves as the parent organization to WPP media agencies including MAXUS, MEC, MediaCom and Mindshare. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of scale in innovation, services and trading for the benefit of clients and the GroupM companies.
In 2007, Irwin was named one of the media industry’s top 25 most influential leaders by TV Week magazine, an honor that came only a few months after he was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 2006, New York magazine published “The Influentials,” essentially a roll call of the city’s leading executives in a wide array of industries; Irwin’s name was at the top of the list in the “Advertising” category.” Among his many achievements, Irwin is a three time Adweek/Mediaweek All Star, including a President’s Award in 1997. He is also a double Advertising Age Media Maven honoree and in February 2000 was named as the Media Player of the Year by Advertising Age – the only occasion that this award has been given. He appears regularly on industry panels and makes presentations to both national and international conferences covering the advertising, marketing, and media industries.
His tenure at WPP began in September 1999 when Irwin joined the company as Chairman and CEO of Mindshare Worldwide. He launched MindShare North America by consolidating the media resources of JWT and Ogilvy, thus creating a global entity. In April 2003 WPP established GroupM and Irwin moved into the role of CEO of GroupM Worldwide.
Prior to WPP he was President and CEO of MediaVest Worldwide, a company that he founded in December 1993 which included the former TeleVest and MediaVest units along with the unbundled media resources of DMB&B. The founding of MediaVest represented the fulfillment of a 22-year journey with the company which started when he joined Benton & Bowles in 1977 as Associate Director of Broadcast Programming. He was Vice President two months later. In 1981 he was promoted to Manager of National Broadcast and in 1983 he was appointed Senior Vice President, Director of National Broadcast & Programming. In April 1990 he became Senior Vice President Worldwide Director of Broadcast & Programming.
He started his career in 1972 when he joined SSC&B, Inc., as Manager of Network Relations, becoming Vice President, Director of Network Operations before moving to Benton & Bowles.
Steve Hasker, President, Global Product Leadership, Nielsen
Steve Hasker is President, Global Product Leadership. Appointed to this role in February 2013, Steve is responsible for Nielsen’s product portfolio across Watch and Buy.
Prior to this role, Steve served as President, Global Media Products and Advertiser Solutions, where he led Nielsen’s TV and digital audience measurement, advertising effectiveness and social media solutions.
Steve joined Nielsen in 2009 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in McKinsey’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice. In this role, Steve was responsible for serving clients on issues of strategy, growth and innovation in television, syndicated information, filmed entertainment, sports, and digital advertising. He joined McKinsey in 1998 and spent three years on the Partner Election Committee at the Firm. Prior to McKinsey, Steve spent five years in several financial roles in the U.S., Russia, and Australia.
Steve lectures regularly at Columbia University and his research into the influence of social networks on consumer behavior in media has been published in the Harvard Business Review. His writings on digital and online business models and marketing have been featured in the McKinsey Quarterly. Steve is a Board member of the International Radio and Television Society, and the Center for Communications and a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Steve holds an undergraduate economics degree from the University of Melbourne and has an MBA and a Masters in International Affairs both with honors from Columbia University.
Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Media
Jacqueline Hernández was named chief operating officer of Telemundo Media in April 2008. Hernández oversees all domestic revenue, as well as the digital, cable, consumer insights, integrated marketing and branded entertainment divisions. In addition, she oversees Telemundo’s cable youth network, mun2, including programming, operations, revenue and strategy, and drives the network’s digital, mobile and social platforms. She reports directly to Emilio Romano, president, Telemundo Media.
A seasoned executive with more than 20 years of media experience across television, online and print, Hernández is responsible for leading and unifying all sales, marketing and domestic growth platforms for the consolidated Telemundo network and stations group. In addition, Hernández works closely with Telemundo’s programming, studio, and news and sports leaders to strategically grow Telemundo’s market share.
In 2011, Hernández was instrumental in launching Hispanics at NBCU, NBCUniversal’s high-profile Hispanic-targeted sales and marketing initiative.
Prior to joining Telemundo, Hernández served as publisher of PEOPLE en Español, the largest-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S., and publisher of Teen PEOPLE. She also held key roles at Turner International Sales, as well as TIME Magazine where she led international marketing for the brand.
Throughout her successful career, Hernández has received several distinguished accolades, including recognition as one of PEOPLE en Español’s “25 Most Powerful Women” in 2009 and 2011. She was featured in CableFAX’s “Most Influential Minorities” as well as “Most Influential Woman in Cable.” Hernández was also named one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “2011 Next Wave of Leaders.” In 2012, she was selected as one of Ad Age’s “100 Most Influential Women” and The Hollywood Reporter 2012 “Women in Entertainment Power 100.” Most recently she was named a 2013 Multichannel News “Wonder Woman.”
Hernández is involved with various community organizations including serving on the board of the Advertising Education Foundation, as well as The Ballet Hispanico. She is also on the Chairman’s Council of the New York Restoration Project and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission.
Hernández received her MBA from Baruch College and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University. She is a native New Yorker and is married to Jack Rico, managing editor and founder, ShowBizCafe.com, a bilingual pop culture and entertainment website.
Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Company
Peter Liguori was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Company in January, 2013. He is also a member of Tribune’s board of directors. Liguori previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Communications. Before joining Discovery in 2009, Liguori served as Chairman of entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Prior to assuming that position in 2005, Liguori was president and CEO of News Corp.’s FX Networks since 1998, overseeing business and programming operations for FX and Fox Movie Channel.
Liguori joined Fox/Liberty Networks in 1996 as senior vice president, marketing, for a new joint venture, which now includes Fox Sports Net, FX, Fox Sports World, SPEED and National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Fox, Liguori was vice president, consumer marketing, at HBO. He also held several positions in HBO’s Home Video Division, including vice president/marketing, and senior vice president/marketing.
Liguori also has experience as a producer of the acclaimed independent feature film, “Big Night.” Prior to HBO, he worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and Saatchi & Saatchi. Mr. Liguori serves on the Board of Directors of Yahoo!.
Liguori majored in History while attending Yale’s Saybrook College. He graduated cum laude, with distinction in his major, in 1982.
Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative, WWE
Stephanie McMahon serves as EVP, Creative for World Wrestling Entertainment, a family-friendly, entertainment company. Stephanie is responsible for creative development of WWE’s television programming which is seen in more than 650 million homes worldwide in 150 countries. Under her leadership, WWE’s U.S. programming attracts 14 million viewers weekly, making it among the most highly rated programming in broadcast and cable. In addition, Stephanie oversees WWE’s digital, social and mobile strategies, reaching more than 190 million social media followers. Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors of the USO Metropolitan Washington and Tout, Inc. and is the spokesperson for WWE’s anti-bullying initiative, Be a STAR. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX magazine for the past three years, one of Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 and one of Multichannel News’ Women to Watch. Stephanie is the proud mom of three daughters.
Courteney Monroe, Chief Marketing Officer, National Geographic Channels
Courteney Monroe is chief marketing officer for National Geographic Channels U.S., including National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. She manages the Channel’s brand and all aspects of marketing — including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, digital platforms, social media, partnership marketing, and ad sales marketing.
Prior to this, she was executive vice president, Consumer Marketing and Digital Platforms, for Home Box Office, responsible for the marketing of the HBO and Cinemax brands and their programming across all platforms.
Monroe began her career at HBO as manager, Advertising, in 1998, overseeing the campaigns for all HBOseries and sports programming, and was named director, Advertising, in 2000. One year later she was
promoted to vice president, Advertising, and in 2002 expanded her responsibilities 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 2008-2011, 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.
Before coming to HBO, Monroe held marketing positions at American Express and Salomon Brothers and also worked in account management at BBDO.
Monroe was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s “Advertising Hall of Achievement” in 2006 and was named Media Industry News’ “21 Most Intriguing People of 2007.” Also in 2007 Monroe was named “Marketer of the year” by Brandweek for the series launch of True Blood. In 2009, she was recognized by Broadcasting & Cable Magazine as one of television’s “Next Wave of Leaders.” In 2010, she was recognized as a leading marketing executive with the Brand Builders’ Award presented to her by PromaxBDA, Broadcasting &Cable and Multichannel News.
Monroe holds a B.A. from Williams College and a M.B.A. from The Wharton Business School at theUniversity of Pennsylvania.
Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television
As president, Sony Pictures Television (SPT), Steve Mosko oversees all television operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) worldwide.
An SPE executive for more than two decades, Mosko leads the largest independent television studio, a company that ranks as a leader in the production and distribution of programming around the world, encompassing an extraordinary span of genres, time periods and television venues. As president, Mosko also oversees pay cable, video-on-demand, pay per view, digital networks and advertiser sales.
Additionally, Mosko directs the studio’s international networks with 124 channel feeds available in more than 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide; Crackle.com, SPE’s premium video website; and the studio’s interests in: 3net, the first 24/7 fully programmed 3D television network; FEARnet, the number one horror/thriller website and VOD service; GSN, cable’s game show network; and ITN Networks, Inc., a national media sales company. He oversees SPT’s 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 14 countries outside the U.S. and the studio’s offices in 33 countries.
Some of the programs currently in production at the studio include the original network primetime series “Unforgettable” for CBS, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “The Goldberg’s” and “Shark Tank” for ABC, “The Blacklist” and “Community” for NBC and “Rake” for Fox. The studio also produces a prolific roster of primetime cable series including dramas “Justified” for FX, “Breaking Bad” for AMC, “Damages” for DIRECTV, “Necessary Roughness” for USA “Franklin and Bash” for TNT, “Client List” for Lifetime and “Masters of Sex” for Showtime; comedies “The Big C” for Showtime, “Men at Work” for TBS and “The Boondocks” for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim,. From “Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas” in Latin America to a Russian version of “Married…with Children,” SPT is a leader in local language production around the world. Additionally, the studio produces critically-acclaimed, highly-rated motion-pictures-for-television including the blockbuster Emmy Award-winner “Broken Trail” for AMC and ratings record-breaker “Hatfields & McCoys” for History Channel, among many others. SPT also creates original series for digital distribution.
Gary Newman Dana Walden
Chairmen and CEOs, Twentieth Century Fox Television
Since 1999, Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have overseen Twentieth Century Fox Television, the prolific supplier of blockbuster television programming and home to many of the most acclaimed writers, producers and performers working in television.
In addition to TCFTV, they share oversight of the cable production arms Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios, as well as Twentieth Television and Fox Consumer Products.
Newman and Walden delivered five of the most celebrated hits of the past four seasons in Levitan and Lloyd’s MODERN FAMILY, which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series every year it has been eligible as well as last year’s Golden Globe; Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning suspense thriller HOMELAND; Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s two-time Golden Globe winning GLEE; Liz Meriwether’s celebrated hit comedy NEW GIRL; and Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s critically acclaimed horror anthology sensation AMERICAN HORROR STORY.
Over their tenure, Walden and Newman have brought dozens of iconic series to audiences including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 24, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, PRISON BREAK, BONES, ALLY MCBEAL, DHARMA AND GREG, THE PRACTICE and SONS OF ANARCHY, and defied industry convention by reviving beloved series FAMILY GUY, FUTURAMA, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and now 24 years after their network cancellations. They have also built on the success of the phenomenon THE SIMPSONS to lead the industry in producing animated comedies for prime time, with eight currently in production on new episodes.
Howard Owens, President, National Geographic Channels
Howard Owens is an innovative and experienced entertainment executive with a strong reputation for identifying trends and pioneering new concepts. Throughout his career, Owens has uncovered new business opportunities, fostered impressive growth and deftly maneuvered emerging platforms and technologies.
Owens oversees the programming, development, research, scheduling, communications and business affairs units at the U.S. domestic channels — which include the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo — and works closely on the strategic business efforts of the networks’ ad sales and affiliate teams. Under his leadership, National Geographic Channel is celebrating its all-time highest viewership with successful franchises such as “Brain Games,” “Doomsday Preppers” and “Wicked Tuna,” as well as the hit scripted event specials “Killing Lincoln” and “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.”
Most recently, Owens served as lead managing director at Reveille LLC, where he was a founding partner and managed a team of more than 80 full-time employees. With direct oversight of reality and scripted television, digital and branding, TV production, legal and finance, he helped guide the creation and/or production of groundbreaking series such as “The Restaurant” (NBC), “Nashville Star” (USA, NBC), “Blow Out” (Bravo), “30 Days” (FX), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “MasterChef” (FOX), ”The Buried Life” (MTV) and others.
There, he also constructed a joint venture with Microsoft to create and produce more than 30 digital series financed by numerous Fortune 500 brands. Owens crafted a content venture partnership with Yahoo! and created the immensely popular “Who Knew” digital series on the Yahoo! News website.
Owens began his career in entertainment as an agent trainee in the William Morris mailroom, later advancing to an agent in the corporate consulting and television packaging divisions. He represented leading television producers, intellectual property and top brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Maxim, InStyle, eBay and Miramax Films. Before William Morris, Owens cofounded an outdoor media company based in New York City and Tokyo that was later purchased by Titan Media/New York. Prior to his career in media, Owens was a practicing attorney in Bridgeport, Conn.
Within the industry, Owens is widely respected and actively involved, recently serving as co-chairman of the RealScreen summit from 2009 to 2011. He sits on the advisory boards for both GeekChicDaily and Yoshimoto Kogyo, serves as a board member for the Environmental Media Association and is an original board member responsible for the launch of the Los Angeles-based children’s charity Baby2Baby.
His awards include two Insight Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists, a GLAAD Award, a 2005 Voice of Courage and Conscience Media Award by the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a PGA award nomination.
Tony Pace, CMO, SUBWAY®
In his role as SUBWAY® Chief Marketing Officer, Tony Pace has been the architect of many of the successes of the SUBWAY® Brand.
When Tony joined SUBWAY® in January 2006, it was the #5 QSR brand. Today, SUBWAY® stands as the #2 brand as measured by sales and the #1 brand in terms of number of locations worldwide. This growth is the result of many innovative and industry defining programs like $5 FOOTLONG ™, healthy offerings on the Fresh Fit menu, and SUBWAY’s® Famous Fans, which include Michael Phelps, Blake Griffin, Carl Edwards, Ryan Howard, Apolo Ohno among others.
Tony has raised the profile of the SUBWAY® brand via numerous innovative digital, broadcast, and social media programs which have put SUBWAY and its offerings front and center with consumers.
Prior to joining SUBWAY®, Tony had a long and distinguished career with Young & Rubicam and McCann Erickson where he stewarded major national brands such as Coca-Cola, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Capital One and Burger King. He also had management and P/L responsibility for McCann Southwest and Momentum.
Tony is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Michael Powell, President and CEO, National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
Michael K. Powell is the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA is the policy trade association for the cable operator and cable programmer industries. Prior to joining NCTA, he served as a Senior Advisor with Providence Equity Partners and served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Aol and EDMC. Mr. Powell served as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, from 2001 to 2005, having served as a Commissioner for several years prior.
Prior to his tenure at the FCC, Powell served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice where he advised the Assistant Attorney General on substantive antitrust matters, including policy development, criminal and civil investigations, and mergers. He also served as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Before his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense. His experience also includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army, retiring after being seriously injured on duty.
Powell serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, the Aspen Institute and America’s Promise, where he co-chairs Grad Nation—an effort to end the high school dropout crisis. Powell also has served as the Rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, and has taught, as an adjunct professor, at the Catholic University Law School.
Powell graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married and has two sons.
Rich Ross, CEO, Shine America
As the Chief Executive Officer for Shine America, Rich Ross is responsible for driving the ongoing commercial strategy of the Shine Group in the United States.
Ross, who was named to his current position in October 2012, oversees all aspects of Shine America’s production, distribution and marketing of original programming across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Current Shine America series include MasterChef on Fox, The Biggest Loser on NBC and The Bridge on FX.
Prior to joining Shine America, Ross served as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, where he oversaw worldwide production, distribution and marketing for the company’s range of live-action and feature–animated film labels including: Walt Disney, Touchstone, Disney•Pixar and Marvel. In that role, which Ross held from October 2009 to April 2012, he also led Disney’s theatrical and music groups. During his tenure at Walt Disney Studios, Ross worked with leading filmmakers and focused on branded content, overseeing the release of such hit films as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cars 2 and Alice in Wonderland, to name a few.
Prior to being named Chairman of TWDS, Ross served as president of Disney Channels Worldwide from 2004-2009, where he managed the unprecedented growth and success of the company’s global kids’ TV business, a total of 94 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 163 countries in 32 languages. He was responsible for overseeing Disney Channel, Disney XD, Playhouse Disney, Disney Cinemagic, Jetix, Radio Disney and Disney XD brands. Under his leadership, the group developed a multi-platform strategy that included subscription video-on-demand and content-rich broadband websites DisneyXD.com and DisneyChannel.com – which ranks as the #1 kids’ entertainment website among kids 6-14. Ross was also in charge of Radio Disney, which over the past decade, set the radio industry standard for kid and family content.
Prior to his global role as president, Ross was Disney Channel president, entertainment from 2002-2004, General Manager and Executive Vice President, programming and production from 1999-2002, and Senior Vice President, programming and production, from 1996-99.
Deb Roy, Chief Media Scientist, Twitter
Deb is Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist, and a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He conducts research at the MIT Media Lab on language, games, and social dynamics at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. In 2008 he co-founded and was the founding CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013.
An author of over 100 academic papers in machine learning, cognitive modeling, and human-machine interaction, his TED talk, Birth of a Word, has been viewed over 2.5 million times. A native of Canada, Roy received a Bachelor of Applied Science (computer engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. He is @dkroy on Twitter.
Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters
Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.
During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Gordon’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. He also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Gordon’s role on the Commerce Committee and as chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.
Born in Pendleton, Ore., Gordon attended college at Brigham Young University, received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and practiced law in New Mexico and Arizona before returning to Oregon to direct the family-owned Smith Frozen Foods business in Weston, Ore. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the position of president of that body after only three years.
Gordon and his wife Sharon live in Bethesda, Md., and are the parents of three children and two grandchildren.
David J. Stern, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
David Stern leads a league that is a model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology.
During Mr. Stern’s 29-year tenure, the league has added seven franchises; enjoyed a 30-fold increase in revenues; expanded its national television exposure dramatically; and launched the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League.
Interest generated by the leagues’ growing international initiatives has led to the opening of offices in 15 global markets, the televising of games in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and the creation of 16 language-specific Web destinations. The leagues’ digital assets, including NBA.com, WNBA.com, and NBADLeague.com; social media platforms; NBA LEAGUE PASS; NBA TV, which is currently available in more than 61 million U.S. homes; and mobile applications reach hundreds of millions of fans every day.
An intense commitment to social responsibility both in the United States and around the world has marked Mr. Stern’s tenure as commissioner. In 2005, the league launched NBA Cares, a program through which the NBA, its players and teams have raised more than $220 million for charity, provided more than 2.5 million hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 810 places where children and families can live, learn, or play. NBA Cares supports a host of community outreach initiatives, including a myriad of internationally recognized youth-serving programs that focus on education, youth and family development, and health and wellness.
Mr. Stern is the chair emeritus of the Trustees of Columbia University and serves or has served on the boards of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Rutgers University Foundation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Paley Center for Media, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of New York City, Mr. Stern is a graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law School. He is married to Dianne Bock Stern, and they are the parents of two adult sons.
Mike White, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DIRECTV
Michael D. White is president, chairman and chief executive officer of DIRECTV, a world-leading provider of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV provides digital television service to 19.4 million customers in the United States and 9.5 million customers in Latin America.
White joined DIRECTV in January 2010 and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. As president, chairman and CEO of DIRECTV, he oversees the operations and strategic direction of DIRECTV, Inc. in the U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America.
Before joining DIRECTV, White led PepsiCo International as chief executive officer and as vice chairman of PepsiCo from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that role, White served as president and chief executive officer of Frito-Lay’s Europe, Africa and Middle East division. He also served as chief executive officer of Snack Ventures Europe, PepsiCo’s partnership with General Mills International.
From 1998 to 2000, White served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo. Before this, White held several senior level positions throughout the company including executive vice president and chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola Company worldwide, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Frito-Lay International, and chief financial officer of Frito-Lay North America. He joined Frito-Lay in 1990 as vice president of planning.
Before joining PepsiCo, White was senior vice president and general manager for Avon Products, Inc. He also worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen & Co.
White holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He was a Ford Foundation fellow at Leningrad State University. In addition to serving on the DIRECTV Board of Directors, White is also a director of Whirlpool Corp.
Sean Atkins, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Networks & Commerce, Discovery Communications
Sean Atkins is Senior Vice President/General Manager of Digital Networks and Commerce at Discovery Communications, where he oversees the division’s digital networks and studio group and the company’s commerce businesses. In this capacity, he drives Discovery’s original online video strategy across brands, including leading Discovery Digital Networks’ robust portfolio of online video networks, including Revision3, SourceFed, Animalist and TestTube.
Prior to joining the Digital Media team, Atkins ran west coast operations for Discovery Studios – Discovery Communications’ full-service production house that develops and produces original, multiplatform programming. While with Discovery Studios, which he joined in February 2009, Atkins managed development and production of all programming out of LA, and supervised key programs for numerous Discovery networks.
Atkins joined Discovery Communications from HBO where he was Senior Vice President of Digital Media, overseeing their digital products, programming and business development. Previously, he was head of programming and development at Yahoo! Entertainment, where he lead cross-network content syndication/marketing, central product development, programming, video, original studios and business development.
Before Yahoo! Entertainment, Atkins was acting-COO for Vulcan Programming, a project with Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures and A. Smith & Co. where he managed the development and creation of a slate of cable and interactive networks. During this time, Atkins also served as Executive Vice President of A. Smith & Co, and became head of development and production for A. Smith’s broad slate of projects which included producing and developing shows with over 20 networks.
Previously, Atkins held positions with Warner Bros., Mediaconnex and Disney/ABC Cable. At Warner Bros., he headed up programming and production for Entertaindom, a new division that ultimately spanned all of Time Warner’s digital entertainment assets before leaving to become the founding CEO of an Internet start-up Mediaconnex. Atkins started his career with Disney/ABC Cable, helping develop numerous initiatives including the first international Disney Channels; interactive TV joint venture Americast; and numerous original and co-produced shows. Later, he founded the Disney/ABC Cable New Media group, which was responsible for managing the cable network’s interactive, and cross-media programming, branding and business development.
Atkins has a bachelor’s degree in film/television production and marketing from California Lutheran University and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He is based in Discovery’s Los Angeles office and makes his home in L.A. with his wife and four children.
Joe Abruzzese, President, National Advertising Sales, Discovery Communications
Joe Abruzzese oversees all advertising sales for Discovery’s suite of U.S. networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, Military Channel, Destination America and Velocity. He also directs advertising sales efforts for Discovery Communications digital sales platforms.
Abruzzese also played an integral role in leading the launch sales strategy for the transition of Discovery Health Channel to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Under Abruzzese’s leadership, the Discovery Communications advertising sales team has been consistently ranked as the #1 cable sales organization in overall service, sales representative competence and Upfront presentation (Beta Research Advertising Executive Study).
Before joining Discovery in 2002, Abruzzese held the top sales post at CBS for 11 years, responsible for all network sales efforts on behalf of CBS entertainment, sports, daytime, news, late night, the UPN networks and CBS Internet sales. He restructured and expanded the CBS network sales division, integrated the UPN sales force and quarterbacked landmark deals, most notably the corporate sponsorships necessary to launch the “Survivor” series.
Abruzzese joined CBS in 1980 and held key sales positions in divisions such as daytime, children’s, sports and late night before taking the helm for overall network sales. Before joining CBS, he worked for NBC for 10 years in sports sales, planning and business affairs. He launched his sales career at the J. P. Stevens Company in New York.
Among his many industry honors, Abruzzese was inducted in to the Broadcasting & Cable’s “Hall of Fame” in 2011 and has been named a “Media Maven” and a “Media All-Star” by Advertising Age and Mediaweek respectively. His civic and industry commitments include board positions on the National Kidney Foundation, Seton Hall Board of Regents, Louis Carr Foundation, Boys Hope Girls Hope and the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, Inc. He has also been named to the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Newark, N.J., he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from Seton Hall University.
Christopher Balfe, CEO, TheBlaze
Chris Balfe is the CEO of TheBlaze, a news, opinion & entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming across several platforms. Balfe is also President and COO of Glenn Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts.
Balfe launched TheBlaze in 2010 and oversees all of TheBlaze’s business units including: TheBlaze TV, a 24/7 television network available on over 25 television operators including DISH; TheBlaze.com which receives over 13 million unique visitors a month; TheBlaze Radio Network and The Marketplace by TheBlaze.
Since joining Mercury Radio Arts as its second employee in 2003, Balfe has helped spearhead the company’s growth and expansion into a fully integrated multi-media enterprise with projects spanning the radio, television, digital, publishing and touring industries. Balfe also orchestrates Mercury’s business development activities and manages relationships with leading media companies like Premiere Radio Networks and Simon & Schuster. He manages the day to day operations for all Glenn Beck related properties including The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third highest-rated radio show and Beck’s New York Times bestselling books.
Balfe was named President and COO of Mercury Radio Arts in January 2008 and previously served as General Manager and COO. Prior to Mercury, he was a Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting (later Accenture) and worked with such clients as RCA and EMC. Balfe began his entrepreneurial career launching the website ComputerHelp.com in 1995 when he was just 16-years-old. The site provided users across the country with solutions to their computer problems.
In 2010, Balfe was named to the Crain’s 40 under 40 list of New York’s business leaders.
Balfe grew up in Cheshire, CT and attended the University of Connecticut for one year before leaving to focus on a variety of internet properties. He currently lives in New York, New York.
David Bank, Managing Director, Equity Research, RBC Capital Markets
David Bank is a highly regarded analyst who brings to our team many years of experience in equity research, high-yield research and investment banking. He was named a Wall Street Journal Best on the Street for the media sector in 2009, and has also received recognition as an earnings estimator in the annual StarMine rankings (No. 1 in 2007, No. 3 in 2009). David joined RBC Capital Markets in 2000 from ING Barings, where he was a senior member of the equity research division. Prior to that, he worked in the high yield research division at ING Barings, covering telecommunications and media companies. Before becoming a research analyst, David was an investment banker at both Furman Selz LLC (later acquired by ING Barings) and CS First Boston.
Frank C. Biancuzzo, Senior Vice President/Group Head, Hearst Television Inc.
Frank Biancuzzo is a senior vice president/group head of Hearst Television, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in 2007. He shares management oversight of the company’s 29 television stations, related websites and multicast channels. Previously, Biancuzzo served as president and general manager of WISN-TV, the Hearst Television, Inc. ABC station in Milwaukee (2002-2007). During that time, the station became America’s number one ABC Affiliate in primetime audience delivery for five consecutive years and achieved the number one rank in all weekday local newscasts.
Before that, Biancuzzo was, for five years, Hearst-Argyle Television’s vice president, marketing and promotion, overseeing station promotion, research and local newscast development. He joined Hearst-Argyle predecessor Hearst Broadcasting, then an operating group of Hearst Corporation, as director of promotion and marketing in 1995. Previously, Biancuzzo served for six years at Frank N. Magid Associates, most recently as vice president, marketing group research and consultation. In overseeing promotion research and consultation services primarily within the television industry, he developed an international clientele and personally consulted television stations and networks in six countries. Biancuzzo graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, which gave him an Outstanding Alumni Award in 1989.
Michael Bishara, Senior Vice President, Product & General Manager of TV Everywhere, Synacor, Inc.
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.
Prior to his current position, Bishara was Senior Vice President, HBO Broadband /Digital Group where he was responsible for the overall strategy, development and rollout of broadband products, including HBO GO. Before HBO, Bishara held marketing and product leadership roles at industry giants Time Inc. and AT&T.
In 2010, Bishara was named by Multichannel News editors as one of the Visionaries, Innovators, Power Brokers: 40 Under Forty for helping HBO grow and succeed as he oversaw the development and rollout of innovative products like HBO GO, which has become an industry benchmark, helping to shape the future of TV / media. This year, Broadcasting & Cable named him as a Digital All-Star. Bishara is a heavily sought-after speaker, having recently presented at CES, Variety, Digital Hollywood, TelcoTV, OnScreen Media Summit, Next TV Summit, Streaming Media East, TV of Tomorrow Show, and many more.
Randall (Randy) D. Bongarten, Chairman and CEO, Bonten Media Group Inc.
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Randall (Randy) D. Bongarten is Chairman and CEO of Bonten Media Group Inc. Bonten Media Group Inc. operates nine full-power and Class A television stations and several dozen low power and digital television stations in eight TV markets. Formed in May 2007, Bonten Media Group Inc. is a partnership between Randy and Diamond Castle Holdings LLC.
Prior to founding Bonten Media Group, Randy was President – Emmis Television, overseeing the operations of Emmis’ sixteen television stations.
Bongarten had rejoined Emmis in November 1997 to lead the creation of Sláger Rádió in Hungary, which was acquired by an Emmis-lead consortium as a result of a government privatization tender. Bongarten added further duties as President – Emmis International in June 1998 and led the expansion into Buenos Aires, Argentina. In October 2000, he was named President – Emmis Television.
Bongarten was previously with Emmis from October 1988 through December 1992, holding several positions including, ultimately, Executive Vice President — Operations, Emmis Radio Division.
Upon leaving Emmis, Bongarten joined GAF Broadcasting as President – WNCN, New York. He oversaw the conversion of that station to Q104.3.
Bongarten was President of NBC Radio from September 1984 through December 1988, overseeing the company’s eight radio stations and four radio networks. He supervised the disposition NBC’s radio assets in 1987 and 1988. He had joined NBC in June 1983 as Vice President and General Manager–WNBC-AM.
Bongarten began his broadcasting career with General Electric Broadcasting Company in Schenectady, New York in 1973. He held numerous positions involving both radio and television within that company and, in September 1981 became Vice President – Radio. In that position he oversaw GE’s eight radio facilities nationwide.
Randy has served on the Futures Committee of the CBS Television Network Affiliate Association, and the Board of Directors of MSTV, OMVC, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau. Bongarten was Chairman of the Radio Music License Committee and a member of the Television Music License Committee.
Bongarten holds a B. A. in Economics from Oberlin College (1971, with Honors), and an M. B. A. from Columbia University (1973), as well as an M. S. – Journalism from Columbia University (1973).
He lives with his wife, Liz, in New York City and Connecticut. He has an adult daughter and a granddaughter.
Louis A. Borrelli, Jr., Media Investor, Advisor & Cable Pioneer
Louis A. Borrelli, Jr. a C level traditional and new media executive, investor and advisor, successful entrepreneur and recognized industry leader. A pioneer in cable television, online media and broadcast production services, Mr. Borrelli has been driving innovation in operations, marketing, business development and new product creation for more than 35 years and currently holds investments in and advises a number of digital media companies.
Mr. Borrelli is Chief Marketing Officer of NimbleTV, a cloud based, advanced digital television platform which enables portability and unlimited storage to subscription television customers on mobile and connected internet devices. He is responsible for marketing, communications, strategy and business development. He joined Nimble TV as an investor and advisor to the company in 2011.
Mr. Borrelli is Board Chairman of ShowGo.TV (Live music from the coolest places on Earth) and Board Member of Piiku.com (Smart Advertising). He is an investor in both companies
Mr. Borrelli was President and Chief Executive Officer of NEP Broadcasting, LLC, the leading international provider of outsourced teleproduction services critical to the delivery of live sports and entertainment events. He was responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Company and its four operating divisions in the US and UK.
Prior to joining NEP, Mr. Borrelli was Senior Vice President, Broadband of America Online, Inc. responsible for developing AOL’s High Speed Broadband business plan, managing the commercial launch of AOL High Speed Cable to Time Warner Cable customers and developing distribution partnerships for AOL across the cable television and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Borrelli was a Founding Partner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Marcus Cable Company, L.P. Under his leadership, Marcus Cable grew from 15,000 customers in 1989 to become the nation’s largest privately held cable company with 1.3 million customers in 1998 when the company was sold to investor Paul G. Allen and others. Later that year Marcus Cable was named “Cable Operator of the Year” by Cablevision Magazine.
Mr. Borrelli began his cable career in 1978 with UA-Columbia Cablevision and later Marcus Communications and WestMarc Communications holding senior executive positions in programming, marketing, operations and business development.
Mr. Borrelli was a founding Board Member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and served on the Advisory Board of the Sports Video Group. He is an active member of Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), twice serving on its Board of Directors as well as chairing the Annual CTAM Summit. He was active in the formation of the Cable Television Advertising Bureau (CAB) and the National Academy of Cable Programming, its ACE Awards program and was a founding member of the New York Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op (1-800-OK-CABLE).
Mr. Borrelli is a two-time CTAM TAMI award winner (1996 & 2000), received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas in 2001 and was elected to the Cable Pioneers in 2002. He currently serves on the board of Dominique’s Fund for Suicide Prevention and the College Foundation Board of his alma mater, the State University of New York at Oswego, where in 2005 he established the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, an annual on-campus event that enables students to engage and interact with media industry leaders from around the world.
Richard Buchanan, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Media Center
Richard Buchanan is Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Media Center (CMC), a division of Comcast Wholesale and a business unit of Comcast Cable. In this role, Buchanan oversees CMC’s services and commercial business for traditional and new media, including its Network and Live Events origination business. CMC’s West Works Studios Production and Post-Production unit, Occasional Use Services, and Broadcast Engineering units, also report to Buchanan. Major clients of Comcast Media Center include iN Demand, PAC-12 Networks, the NHL Network and Universal Sports Network. Comcast Media Center also originates the Xfinity 3D channel and CSS Sports.
Prior to joining the CMC’s executive management team, Buchanan, a 30-year veteran in video production, management and distribution for the entertainment and enterprise markets, had served as Chief Operating Officer for Ascent Media Management Services (AMMS). Before joining AMMS in 2005, he spent nine years as Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Crown Media International, which owned and operated the Hallmark Channel. Prior to joining Crown Media in 1996, Buchanan served as the Vice President of Production and Creative Services at Encore Media, where he helped to launch Starz! and seven thematic multiplex channels. Over the last 15 years, he has launched a total of 75 channels worldwide.
Buchanan’s industry positions prior to joining Encore include holding COO, general manager and production posts with HSN Telemation, from 1988 to1993, and serving as producer/director for Media Works of Virginia, from 1984 to 1988. He entered the industry in 1976, as operations manager for Star Television, a MMDS service that provided subscription television services in four US markets. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied mass communication with a specialization in broadcasting, and Colorado State University’s process management program.
Founder, BIA Financial Network
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Tom Buono is the founder of BIA Financial Network and chief executive officer of BIA/Kelsey. Since founding BIA Financial Network in 1983, Buono has overseen its acquisitions and growth into a diversified strategic and financial consulting and information firm and has been involved in the creation and management of BIA Capital Strategies, LLC, a communications industry investment bank; BIA Digital Partners LP, a mezzanine investment fund; and, most recently, BIA/Kelsey, to offer data, research and services that provide an expanded and comprehensive view of the local media and advertising sector. He is viewed as one of the leading authorities on communications industry business values, investments and strategies.
Over the course of his career, Buono has been involved in the valuation of billions of dollars’ worth of communications properties, has spoken on panels for virtually all the major communications industry trade associations and has testified as a valuation expert in many communications disputes and before Congress. He has also been a principal in a venture capital firm, the president of a paging and SMR business, and the partial owner of a number of radio stations. He is often quoted in trade publications, business magazines and national newspapers.
Buono graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Clarkson College of Technology. Upon graduation, he enrolled in General Electric’s Financial Management Program and graduated in the top 10 percent of this prestigious national program. He received his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1981. Buono is also NASD certified as a broker-dealer representative.
Rebecca Campbell, President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group
Rebecca Campbell was appointed president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group in May 2010. Widely regarded as the top station group in the U.S., Ms. Campbell has overall responsibility for the company’s eight local TV stations and their digital assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. In addition, Ms. Campbell oversees other businesses within the Group, including ABC National Television Sales, a sales representation unit serving the owned stations as well as outside clients; The Live Well Network, a broadcast, online and wireless programming service for emerging digital channels in local markets; and the hit syndicated series “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” which is produced at WABC-TV.
Ms. Campbell is based in Burbank, and she reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
Previously, Ms. Campbell served as president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, the Group’s flagship station in the nation’s largest television market, which ranks as the top-rated station in the U.S. Prior to her appointment there in 2007, she was president and general manager of WPVI-TV, the ABC owned station in Philadelphia. WABC-TV and WPVI-TV are the highest-rated stations, from sign-on to sign-off, in their respective markets.
As WABC-TV president and general manager, Ms. Campbell was responsible for WABC-TV/Channel 7 and all of its ancillary businesses, including two additional digital TV channels; 7online.com, the station’s Internet site; ABC7’s “Taxi TV,” bringing news, weather, sports and nightlife information to New York City cab riders; and the longtime syndicated show “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Ms. Campbell was president and general manager of WPVI-TV from 2003 to 2007. She joined the Philadelphia station in 1997 as program director and later served as vice president of programming.
Before joining WPVI-TV, she held several programming and production positions of increasing responsibility at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA, and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA. Ms. Campbell began her broadcasting career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh as a college student working on a local teen magazine show.
Throughout her career in local broadcasting, Ms. Campbell has played an active role in many civic and industry organizations. This includes volunteer service as a board member of the Broadway Association, Inc., and as an advisory board member of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York Education Fund. In addition, Ms. Campbell is on the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and has served on the boards of MSTV: the Association for Maximum Service Television and the New York and Pennsylvania State Broadcasters Associations. She has received various honors for her organizational leadership and community service, including the “Women of Distinction Award” from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Philadelphia Ad Club’s “Pinnacle Award of Excellence”. She was recently named 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and will be inducted into their Hall of Fame in May 2013.
Ms. Campbell is a magna cum laude graduate of Bloomsburg University, PA with a dual major in journalism and political science.
John Chachas, Managing Partner, Methuselah Advisors
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John Chachas is the Managing Partner of Methuselah Advisors, an investment banking and asset management firm he founded in July 2010.
Prior to forming Methuselah, Chachas was a Managing Director of Lazard and a Co-head of the Firm’s media practice in the Americas. He left Lazard to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate in a primary race in June 2010 in his home state of Nevada.
At Lazard he was a senior calling officer responsible for the firm’s relationships with The E.W. Scripps Company, Entravision Communications, Hearst Corporation, Pulitzer, Clear Channel Communications, and The Walt Disney Company among others. He was involved in a variety of newspaper publishing engagements providing advice to numerous companies include the Minneapolis Star Tribune Company (creditors) with respect to its reorganization; to the McClatchy Company with respect to capital finance alternatives; the Journal Register Company with respect to its reorganization; the Hearst Corporation with respect to its investment in Media News Group; and the Tribune Company where he served as the valuation expert in Tribune’s Delaware bankruptcy case from 2009 until emergence in 2012. He has been involved in numerous transactions in the TV and radio broadcasting arena, including: advising Hubbard Broadcasting on its acquisition of Bonneville International; in 2009 advising the board of Clear Channel Outdoor with respect to capital finance matters; advising the board of Clear Channel Communications with respect to its going private transaction; advising the board of Walt Disney with respect to the separation and sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting, among others; advising Journal Communications in its acquisition of Landmark television’s Nashville station. He also has extensive advisory experience in the cable programming sector and is an advisor to Ovation Networks, the last remaining arts network.
Prior to Lazard he was a Managing Director in the Media Group of Merrill Lynch from November 2000 to November 2002. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Chachas was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston (predecessor to Credit Suisse), which he joined in 1986 upon receiving his BA from Columbia University. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1990.
Bishop Cheen, Media/Telecom Valuation Consultant
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Bishop Cheen is a media/telecom valuation consultant and has four decades of experience in analyzing the economics and operations of media, entertainment and telecom companies. He also authors a daily blog, CAPITAL Letters, for SNL Kagan. He retired as a managing director in 2012 from Wells Fargo Securities (and its predecessors Wachovia and First Union). Prior to joining First Union in 1995, he was a senior analyst for Paul Kagan Associates (PKA) and co-head of Kagan Media Appraisals where he analyzed the economics and values of public and privately held media and entertainment companies. Prior to joining PKA in 1986, Mr. Cheen managed broadcast stations and was a reporter/producer for ABC News. He has also produced TV, film and radio programs for various commercial and non-profit sponsors, managed concert tours for recorded music companies, and authored various books for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and PKA on valuing media assets and investments. Mr. Cheen holds a BS degree in broadcasting/journalism and an MS in communications from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Miami.
Ted Chervin, Partner, ICM Partners
Ted Chervin is a founding partner 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, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Mr. Chervin oversees the day-to-day operations of the television division’s talent, literary, international format, packaging, and business affairs units. The agency represents packages for hit series such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Breaking Bad,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mr. Chervin joined ICM in 2006, following the acquisition of the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann literary agency, where he was a partner. He currently oversees clients such as Chip Johannessen (‘Homeland”), Bill Lawrence (“Cougar Town”), Steve Franks (“Psych”), Victor Fresco, Pamela Fryman (“How I Met Your Mother”), Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green (“Blue Bloods”) and Ken Mok (“America’s Next Top Model”).
Prior to his tenure at Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, which began in 1993, Mr. Chervin served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, investigating and trying felony criminal cases in the federal system. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Chervin graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Mr. Chervin serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.
David Clark, President, The Weather Channel Network
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.
David joined TWC in November 2012 from The Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company, where he was executive vice president, sales and partnership development. In that role he was responsible for all media sales, strategy and partnership development across the MSG’s media brands. Previously, he was executive vice president and general manager of Fuse, a national network devoted entirely to music. At Fuse he was responsible for the network’s direction and growth strategy and oversaw all of the network’s day-to-day business operations including programming, production, marketing and ad sales. While at Fuse, he built a news division and production infrastructure, green-lit seven original series into production for the 12/13 season and initiated Fuse’s move into long-form programming.
Prior to joining MSG, David was a founding member of JOOST.com, a leading online aggregator of premium video entertainment, where he held a variety of management roles. Previously he served as vice president, global marketing partnerships for MTV Networks where he built MTV’s global partnerships to leverage the network’s assets. He also worked as chief operating officer of Shanah.com, a community and commerce web portal and held several management positions at Simon & Schuster.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Tulane University.
Keith Clinkscales, CEO, Revolt Media
As CEO of Revolt Media and a partner in the nascent company with founder Sean Combs, Keith Clinkscales leverages a quarter-century of award-winning, multimedia experience in seeking to engage the Millennial audience and revitalize the music television medium.
Most recently, Clinkscales founded The Shadow League (TheShadowLeague.com), a digital sports platform, in partnership with ESPN, with a unique and engaging perspective on the intersection of sports, pop culture and race. He previously spent seven years a senior vice president at ESPN, where he produced and developed some of the sports and entertainment media empire’s most popular and respected programming, earning an Emmy nomination and two Peabody Awards as co-creator and executive producer of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. Among other successes, he launched ESPN Films and executive produced over 40 films and documentaries, produced diverse television projects such as “The X Games,” “The ESPY Awards” and “SportsNation,” and led its publishing venture ESPN The Magazine.
From 2000-03 Clinkscales served as founder, chairman and CEO of Vanguarde Media, publishing HONEY, Heart & Soul and Savoy magazines, which, under his leadership, grew to 1.2 million in paid circulation and a total reach of over five million. He segued there after being tapped by Quincy Jones to launch and serve as president/CEO of VIBE, growing the magazine for six years into a definitive, industry-standard urban lifestyle publication reaching 700,000+ readers. He began his career in 1988 as co-founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Urban Profile magazine.
Clinkscales earned an MBA from Harvard following his magna cum laude graduation from Florida A&M University. Over his career he has garnered numerous awards and honors, including being named one of “30 Leaders for the Future” by Black Enterprise Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableWorld Magazine. A recipient of two National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Excellence in Journalism Awards, he was also recently presented with a Professional Achievement Award from Harvard Business School’s African American Alumni Association.
Kelly Day, CEO, Blip
Over the past twenty years, Kelly Day has built numerous multi-platform brands and businesses at the intersection of content and commerce.
In April 2012, Day joined venture-backed Blip Networks to lead the company’s evolution from an online video platform for independent producers to a multi-platform media company. During her time at Blip, she forged numerous strategic partnerships with top Hollywood and independent studios, and digital distributors such as YouTube, AOL and Yahoo. She led the development of a new suite of mobile, tablet and OTT apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Xbox and Roku, establishing Blip as the go-to digital network for quality creators.
Day’s expertise in digital media and commerce makes her a sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of television, the evolution of online business models, and the disruption of traditional businesses through emerging technology. She has spoken at numerous industry events, including CES and Digital Hollywood, and is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Ad Age and Variety.
Prior to joining Blip, Day led the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, including the company’s sixteen U.S. websites, E-Commerce Operations, Licensing, and Home Entertainment. Day was responsible for developing and executing long-term strategies to drive the growth of these businesses through innovative offerings that leveraged the company’s television and digital assets to grow digital audience and user engagement, and increase product sales. While leading this business, Day was credited with delivering record-breaking growth and bottom-line value for the division.
Prior to joining Discovery, Day served as Vice President of E-Commerce at The Knot, the leading wedding media company, where she spearheaded their e-commerce business and developed partnerships with major retailers, such as Target and Macy’s. Prior to that, she held a variety of E-Commerce positions at AOL, most recently as Executive Director of AOL Shopping, with responsibility for developing new products and platforms at a time when online shopping was becoming a powerful disruptive force in the retail industry.
Day’s home base is in the Washington, DC area where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Allen DeBevoise, CEO, Machinima, Inc.
Allen DeBevoise is the Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Machinima, Inc. the dominant video entertainment network for young males around the world. Machinima’s global network features original content, premium episodic series, fan-created gameplay videos, official content from game publishers, television networks and film studios, and over 20 original daily and weekly shows, all aimed at the coveted 13–34 year old male demographic. The number one male targeted network on YouTube, Machinima reaches over 202 million monthly uniques, and delivers 2.2 billion video views a month, and growing.
Under DeBevoise’s guidance, Machinima has become a major force in reaching the core 13-34 year old male demographic and young entertainment consumers, because the company is at the cutting edge of on-line video entertainment and the changing experience of entertainment consumption. It also enjoys a massive, global, and highly engaged audience.
DeBevoise served on the board of directors of LowerMyBills.com and True/Slant through their respective acquisitions, and currently serves on the board of Dealer.com. He is also an active angel investor in several early stage technology and consumer internet companies.
Before Machinima, DeBevoise was President and CEO of TCI Interactive and co-founded Creative Planet, an online resource for film and television production professionals. DeBevoise was featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power List” and was recognized as one of Digital Media Wire’s “25 Executives to Watch.”
Elisabeth DeMarse, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, TheStreet Inc.
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Elisabeth DeMarse is President and Chief Executive Officer of TheStreet, Inc.
Ms. DeMarse is an information and media industry veteran with broad experience in the digital information business, traditional media (television, radio, book and magazine publishing) and new media. Her particular expertise is developing new products and brands. She is a financial services industry expert with extensive US and international business experience in financial information and technology. Her 20-year employment history includes positions as CEO, President and Executive Vice President with such prestigious entities as Bloomberg L.P., where she was one of the principal architects of the company’s expansion and growth, Hoover’s, Inc., and Citibank. Prior to TheStreet, she served at CEO of CreditCards.com, which she created by acquiring the assets of ClickSuccess in Austin, Texas, and Freedom Marketing in Colchester, UK. Previously, Elisabeth was CEO of Ilife.com, which she transformed into Bankrate.com, and engineered the turnaround of the company, driving exponential growth and creating $450 million in shareholder value. Bankrate was acquired for $560M by APAX in 2009; in 2010 Bankrate acquired Creditcards.com. Her broad range of functional expertise includes: management; top-line growth; technology; operations; brand strategy; marketing; new business ventures; deal negotiations; acquisitions; business turnarounds; and innovative new product development. She is recognized for developing and leading high profile businesses and as an industry spokesperson.
A member of The Committee of 200, DeMarse is a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, and of Harvard Business School, with an emphasis in marketing.
Alma Derricks, Director, Customer + Media + Market Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLC
Alma is a branding and marketing strategist with over 20 years of experience creating and launching cross-platform businesses that enhance the ways companies interact with customers and capitalize on the unique capabilities of digital media. Drawing on a unique combination of television, news, licensing, advertising, content production and interactive media experience, she has developed and produced multiple-medium programming and content networks for a range of internationally acclaimed franchises including Star Trek, Entertainment Tonight, Dilbert, and Peanuts and held a series of ground-breaking consultative and senior management positions at Paramount, United Media, Scient, the Los Angeles Times, Comcast, and HBO. As a Director in Deloitte’s Strategy practice and leader of the “State of the Media Democracy” and “Gen Y Lab” customer insights initiatives, Alma specializes in building media-savvy brands and is responsible for leading the practice’s thought leadership in multiple-medium customer experience and marketing strategy. She has managed new product launches and strategic branding, content, and go-to-market engagements for leading broadcasting, live entertainment, video game, publishing, telecommunications, consumer products, retail and hospitality clients.
Robin Flynn, Research Director, SNL Kagan
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Robin V. Flynn is a Research Director for SNL Kagan and Kagan Media Appraisals; specializing in the broadcast, multichannel, and associated digital industries. In addition to acting as appraiser, analyst, and consultant to the broadcast, cable TV and other media, Ms. Flynn also contributes analytical commentary to SNL Kagan’s online research & database. She has been with Kagan since 1988, and has valued billions of dollars of broadcast and cable properties under contract assignment. In addition, Ms. Flynn regularly serves as moderator at Kagan conferences. Her industry expertise has made Ms. Flynn a frequently quoted analyst in numerous trade publications as well as such national press as Forbes and The New York Times and regional newspapers including The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times.
Steve P. Foerster, Vice President of Corporate Development, Griffin Communications, L.L.C.
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Steve began his broadcasting career installing low-power television stations in rural Oklahoma over 30 years ago. In 1993 he went to work as an account Executive for KFOR (NBC affiliate) in Oklahoma City. In 1998 he began working for Griffin Communications’ CBS affiliate (KWTV). After several years as an Account Executive and in sales management, he was promoted to a newly created position, Director of Corporate Development. Within a year Griffin purchased the CBS affiliate in the Tulsa market (KOTV) from Belo, essentially doubling the size of Griffin Communications.
Over the past fifteen years, Griffin has grown to include a CW affiliated station in the Tulsa market (KQCW), a news channel joint venture with Cox Communications, a statewide radio network, a tower and translator company, and several media-related partnerships in the state of Oklahoma.
Steve’s current duties include development and execution of Griffin’s growth strategy, retransmission consent negotiations and management of several of Griffin’s companies.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.
Griffin Communications, L.L.C. is an Oklahoma-owned multimedia company, providing news and information content to Oklahomans across the state. Holdings include KWTV (CBS) in Oklahoma City, KOTV (CBS) and KQCW (CW) in Tulsa. Griffin’s holdings also include News9.com, NewsOn6.com, Radio Oklahoma Network and Oklahoma Community Television/Griffin Tower Company. Griffin Communications also has interests in several joint ventures including Sooner Sports Properties, News 9 Now and News On 6 Now. Griffin Communications, L.L.C. is among a few privately held media companies in the country, owned by David and Kirsten Griffin of Oklahoma City, and John Griffin of Muskogee. Griffin Communications, L.L.C. solely focuses its resources in the state of Oklahoma—Oklahoma businesses owned and operated by Oklahomans.
Kristin Frank, Executive Vice President, Viacom Music and Logo’s Connected Content
Kristin Frank is executive vice president of Viacom Music and Logo’s Connected Content division. In this newly created role, she serves as general manager for all non-linear brand properties for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo where she creates and implements the vision and strategy for how these culture defining brands maintain leadership in today’s hyperconnected world. She is a seasoned media executive and innovator with expertise in cross platform content creation, product development, social media, and distribution. Recently, she’s had a byline printed in GigaOm, was featured in Forbes Leadership column and delivered a keynote address at IP&TV World Forum in London.
She plays a vital part in the Connected Content Group’s collection of sites earning the top spot as the most visited online music destination with nearly 60 million unique visitors each month. Under Kristin’s leadership, each brand has experienced tremendous social media growth. MTV is one of the biggest brands on Facebook with more than 140 million fans across its pages and nearly 8 million followers on Twitter. MTV ranks as the #1 television brand on new platforms such as Foursquare, Instagram and Tumblr. She leads the cross-platform execution for major tent pole events including MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, VH1 Divas, CMT Awards and Logo’s NewNowNext Awards. Additionally, Kristin and her team have created award-winning multiplatform initiatives for shows including MTV’s Teen Wolf and Awkward, VH1’s Mob Wives and Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race that extends the narrative of the show between episodes and seasons. Kristin was most recently General Manager for MTV and VH1 Digital. She has also held multiple positions including serving as Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Distribution and COO for Logo and as Regional Vice President, MTV Networks Content Distribution and Marketing Group overseeing distribution strategy for MTV, VH1, CMT, VH1 Classic, MTV 2 and Logo.She was recently featured as one of Digital Media Wire’s 25 Digital Executives to watch in 2010. Kristin attended Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the University of Iowa and currently lives in NY with her family.
Marianne Gambelli, EVP, Chief Investment Offer, Horizon Media
Marianne partners with our senior leadership team to drive all offline media activation strategies. Her main priorities are to monetize client investments, seek out new and emerging technologies, develop new media research capabilities, and to develop multi-year and multi-platform media deals. Marianne also leads the creation of new revenue-generating media assets for the agency.
Prior to Horizon, Marianne spent twenty-two years at NBC Universal where she rose rapidly to head up all of NBC Universal’s advertising sales, marketing, strategic planning and multi-platform portfolio development. In this role, she led the strategic allocation of over $7 billion in media investments for NBCU. Marianne began her career on the agency side with Backer Spielvogel Bates and Grey Advertising.
Marianne is a highly recognized and respected industry leader and was recently included in Advertising Age’s List of 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing. She currently lives in Westchester with her husband and their two children.
Chris Geraci, President, National Broadcast, Omnicom Media Group
Satisfied clients require more than clout. Chris and his team prove this every day as they manage the largest single concentration of TV expenditure in the U.S. marketplace. Deals are negotiated, buys are placed, and commercials air for the most admired brands in the world, all with an unrelenting focus on high quality environments AND creative enhancements.
After working at BBDO for more than a decade, Chris played an integral role in the transformation of his media department into part of a full service media agency. Transformation has also been a theme in his professional responsibilities. Sensing change in the TV marketplace, Chris stayed ahead of the curve and by embracing the new paradigm, led the first agency team to create long-term agreements within digital video offerings of major media owners. This has evolved into a marketplace approach that incorporates digital into almost every deal and leverages traditional TV clout to deliver benefits to clients on multiple video platforms.
Recently named one of the “Market Movers” by Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Chris is an industry leader who is a regular conference panelist and trade press contributor. With a wife, three children and two step-children, Chris has a rewarding personal life as well.
Richard Greenfield, Managing Director, Media and Technology, BTIG
Richard is Managing Director, Media and Technology analyst at BTIG since 2010 and is the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog (www.btigresearch.com). Prior to BTIG, Mr. Greenfield was a managing director, media analyst, covering media and cable/satellite industries at Pali Capital. Prior to that, he spent four years at Fulcrum Global Partners as a media analyst. Greenfield started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1995, where he spent eight years covering entertainment, cable system and leisure industries. @RichBTIG
Bianna Golodryga,Co-Anchor, “Good Morning America” Weekend Edition, ABC News Business Correspondent
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Bianna Golodryga is the co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, as well as ABC News’ Business Correspondent. She contributes to all ABC News broadcasts and platforms in her role as Business Correspondent, including “Good Morning America,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.” Golodryga joined ABC News in July 2007, covering the economy and business beat. She was named co-anchor of “GMA Weekend” in April of 2010. Since then, the program has become the most watched Saturday morning news program in the timeslot.
Golodryga has reported extensively on the automobile, housing and credit crises, and the financial crisis. She has also reported on the World Economic Forum from Davos, Switzerland and Warren Buffett’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Additionally, she was responsible for the network’s digital media and social networking coverage during the 2008 Presidential election.
Golodryga began her career in television news in 2001 as a bureau producer from the New York Stock Exchange for the cable news channel, CNBC. In that role she produced live coverage following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and conducted countless interviews with top business leaders. In 2004 she became a segment producer for “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo,” the nation’s most watched financial news program, producing interviews with the world’s top corporate and political leaders. At CNBC, Golodryga covered various high profile events for the network, including the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. In addition to her production duties at CNBC, she also began contributing as an on-air correspondent for the financial channel in 2006. At CNBC she was responsible for all of the network’s financial reports for NBC Network affiliates around the country, and also served as a reporter and substitute anchor.
Prior to her career in television, Golodryga worked in the financial services sector.
Golodryga graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Russian/East European and Eurasian Studies and a minor in economics. She is fluent in Russian. Golodryga is married to Peter Orszag, Vice-Chairman at Citigroup and former OMB and CBO director.
John K. Hane, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
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A lawyer in Pillsbury’s Communications practice group, John’s television work is focused on retransmission consent negotiations and policy, M&A and finance, spectrum and other technical matters, incentive auctions, online video distribution and next generation broadcast standards. He has represented many television broadcasters in high profile signal carriage negotiations and related litigation, and was co-lead of the Pillsbury team that secured landmark decisions at the FCC and in Federal Court in Mediacom v. Sinclair. He writes and speaks often on broadcast, spectrum and technology issues, and is routinely quoted in communications and technology industry trade press on matters ranging from spectrum allocations to retransmission policy. John has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other leading newspapers.
John also represents satellite operators in transactions and complex financings and television technology companies in commercial and policy matters.
Before joining Pillsbury John served as an executive officer of Pegasus Communications, where he led development of new video and broadband distribution platforms. John has also served in executive and legal positions at NBC, Lockheed Martin and New World Communications Group. He has received three patents for television, wireless and satellite technologies and is ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his children.
Tim Hanlon, Founder and CEO, The Vertere Group
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Tim Hanlon is the Founder/CEO of The Vertere Group, LLC, a Chicago-based investment advisory and strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of media, marketing and technology.
In a prior life, Tim created and led corporate ventures practices at agency holding firms Publicis Groupe (VivaKi/Denuo) and Interpublic Group (Mediabrands/Velociter), overseeing over 60 early-stage investments and partnerships – with nearly two dozen successful exits (and counting) since 2006.
Previously, Tim was Senior Vice President/Director, Emerging Contacts for Starcom MediaVest Group. He was chiefly responsible for all US client activity and agency initiatives in the field of emerging media technologies, including the firm’s ground-breaking “TV 2.0 Practice,” centered around evolutionary television platforms.
Tim has over 20 years of classic, digital and “emerging” media and marketing experience, including senior management positions at marketing promotions agency Frankel (Chicago), regional advertising agency Creative Alliance (Louisville), digital content pioneer Starwave (Bellevue, WA), and credit card issuer MBNA America (Wilmington, DE).
Tim also has wide-ranging journalism experience, including production, editing and writing stints at CBS News, Sports Illustrated, the former Radio & Records, and the Voice of America.
He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Georgetown University.
Colin Helms, Senior Vice President of Connected Content, MTV
Colin Helms is Senior Vice President of Connected Content for MTV at Viacom Media Networks. In this role, he leads both the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic growth of MTV’s multiscreen initiatives, including the programming and production of original video, editorial, games and apps for MTV.com and related digital platforms. Additionally, Colin oversees MTV’s newly created content lab for new platforms.
Working closely with both sales and integrated marketing, Colin has driven strong revenue growth during his eight-year tenure. Under his leadership, MTV.com has become one of the most visited online music destinations, and has emerged as one of the largest brands on social media, with a combined footprint of over 150 million fans across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and others.
Colin also plays a vital role in amplifying MTV on-air programming through transmedia and social co-viewing experiences, particularly around MTV’s successful multiplatform tentpole events, including MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards and mtvU Woodies.
Colin’s past responsibilities for MTV Digital include VP of Programming and Editorial Director. Prior to MTV, Colin was one of the founding editors of the urban men’s lifestyle magazine Complex and the editor-in-chief of the college music journal and annual music festival CMJ.
Cathy Hetzel, Corporate President, Rentrak
Cathy Hetzel believes that Rentrak’s success starts with its clients.
She says her mission at Rentrak is to listen to the company’s current and prospective clients to discover how Rentrak can make their lives easier and their work more productive and profitable.
As Corporate President, Cathy spends her days determining where the industry is heading and how Rentrak can adapt its products and services and employ its census-based approach to audience measurement to meet the needs of the future.
“We live in an increasingly fragmented world,” Cathy says. “There are millions of content options and endless ways to consume that content. There is no doubt that consumers will drive future innovation around how and where content is consumed. Business models around subscriptions and advertising will continue to evolve and Rentrak will continue to be the only company able to precisely measure movie and TV content on any device and every platform.”
With experience on both the cable operator and network sides of the business, as well as in television technology, Rentrak is the perfect fusion of Cathy’s many areas of expertise. Prior to joining Rentrak, she served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Concero and Senior Vice President at Digital Cable Radio Associates.
When she’s not working hard to grow relationships with Rentrak’s data providers or helping to create new technologies, Cathy supports Dress for Success Oregon, which provides professional attire and career development tools to women trying to enter the workforce.
Michael Hirschorn, President/CEO, Ish Entertainment
Michael Hirschorn is the Emmy-award winning founder and owner of Ish Entertainment, a five year old production company based in NY and L.A. ISH has produced dozens of series for multiple networks and digital outlets. Previously, Hirschorn headed programming at VH1, where over a span of four years he doubled ratings, contributing to a more than tripling in revenue for the network. Hirschorn was responsible for thousands of hours of programming, scripted and non-scripted, and set-up a documentary shingle, “VH1 Rock Docs,” that produced multiple award-winning documentaries about music and youth culture. “DMC: My Adoption Journey” won Hirschorn an Emmy for best documentary in 2008. Additionally, he was an executive producer of “The U.S. Versus John Lennon,” a theatrical documentary that was released in the U.S. and internationally by Lionsgate. A former journalist and magazine editor (New York Magazine, Esquire, Spin), he has continued to explore the revolutionary impact of digital media as contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly. Recent columns suggested futures for print media, television, and music, and he was widely excoriated in 2009 for painting a doom-and-gloom picture of the future of the New York Times that now is considered conventional wisdom and served as inspiration of the theatrical documentary “Page One”.
Ish Entertainment is an investor in and production partner for Iconic Entertainment, where Hirschorn serves as co-founder and chief creative officer. Iconic launched multiple digital on-demand channels. These include: MyIsh, a pop music/pop culture; 123UnoDosTres, a Latin youth culture and music channel; Life + Times, a joint-venture with Jay Z; Potato, an electronic dance channel with Skrillex, Diplo, and A-Trak as partners; and Lives, in partnership with Meredith Vieira. Additionally, Ish Digital is producing several projects for other made-for-web channels and producing the Wall Street Journal and New York Stock Exchanges “Start-Up of the Year” project.
Bill Hoffman, President, Cox Media Group
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Bill Hoffman is president of Cox Media Group (CMG), an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga. CMG operates 14 broadcast television stations; 57 radio stations; eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, more than 100 digital services and Cox Reps, a leading diversified, cross platform seller of local advertising in the national marketplace. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.
Bill also coordinates syndicated programming for the television stations, oversees the Cox Washington Television Bureau and represents the Cox stations to the television industry. Previously, he was executive vice president of Broadcast for CMG where he oversaw the majority CMG’s radio and television operations, as well as CMG’s corporate revenue efforts.
Bill joined Cox in 1979 as an account executive with TeleRep in Detroit and has held a number of roles within the company. Those include vice president and general manager of WFTV/WRDQ in Orlando and at WSBTV in Atlanta, director of sales at the same WFTV/WRDQ, local sales manager at WSB-TV, local and national sales manager at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, and national sales manager at WPXI in Pittsburgh.
Bill was exposed to the television business early in his development by his father, Pete Hoffman, one of the founders of McHugh and Hoffman, a news research and consultancy firm.
Hoffman is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2009 and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region and for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. He also serves on the National Association of Broadcasters TV Board of Directors, the Broadcasters Foundation of America and on the ABC Board of Governors where he was a former Chairman.
Hoffman earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Michigan State. He and his wife, Joan, have a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Teddie.
Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business and Economics Correspondent, ABC News
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Rebecca Jarvis was named ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent in April 2013. Deeply knowledgeable about financial news, she files reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Jarvis has conducted wide-ranging interviews with the biggest names in business, including mega-investor Warren Buffett, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker and Lloyd Blankfein from Goldman Sachs. She has also covered the Madoff scandal, and virtually every aspect of the Great Recession and financial crisis – from the housing bubble and foreclosures, to the collapse of Bear Stearns and the General Motors bankruptcy, to soaring unemployment. In 2008 and 2012 she covered the Presidential elections.
Before joining ABC News, Jarvis was co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” Business and Economics correspondent for CBS News, and the founder, host, and managing editor of “The Startup with Rebecca Jarvis” on CBSNews.com. Prior to CBS News, Jarvis spent 3 years at CNBC reporting on market news from the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the New York Mercantile Exchange. She also contributed to MSNBC and NBC News including the “Today Show” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams”.
Jarvis began her journalism career writing for numerous publications, including Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She also has worked in investment banking and foreign currency trading.
A graduate from the University of Chicago, Jarvis holds a degree in Economics and Constitutional Law. A recipient of the University of Chicago Dean’s Grant, she studied European banking and financial markets and the formation of the European Union at the Université Sciences Po in Paris, France.
She has received national recognition for her work with Colin Powell to empower children and improve communities. Jarvis was named a “National Point of Light,” receiving accolades from Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
Jim Johnson, COO Defy Media (Alloy Digital + Break Media)
As COO of Defy Media, a leading digital media company focused on 12-34 consumers formed by the merger of Alloy Digital and Break Media, Jim Johnson heads the company’s operational activities and works closely with Matt Diamond, the company’s CEO, to set the overall strategic business direction and to implement growth initiatives. . He was formerly Co-Founder and COO of Alloy Digital, where he was instrumental in the company’s meteoric rise in a rapidly evolving digital space and the significant growth of globally recognized and top-ranked media platforms that deliver both consumers and advertisers premium, innovative online experiences.
In 1996, Jim co-founded Alloy, Inc. together with CEO Matt Diamond. They took the company public in May 1999 and built it to become one of the most important millennial-focused media and marketing companies of the past two decades. Alloy Digital is the outgrowth of Alloy, Inc.’s interactive division, a dedicated unit formed in 2009 in response to shifting market trends. In his current role, Jim is focused on the overall growth and optimization of its top-ranked digital products and platforms.
As COO of Alloy, Inc., Jim led operational management and guided many of the company’s growth initiatives. Until 2005, Alloy, Inc. included the youth merchandise brands Alloy, CCS and dEliA*s. Under Jim’s direction, these businesses grew to be among the largest direct marketers (e-commerce and catalog) to teens and young-adults in the U.S. and were divested via a public to public spinoff. He was instrumental during key expansions, including the acquisition of Alloy Entertainment (formerly 17th Street Productions), the youth media behemoth behind pop culture phenomenon’s “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”, among others, which was sold to WBTVG earlier this year; Channel One, the award-winning premiere television news network for teens; and Alloy Education, a leader in student recruitment solutions for higher education. In November 2010, Alloy, Inc. completed a go-private transaction by an investor group led by Zelnick Media.
Prior to founding Alloy, Jim was a member of GE Company’s Corporate Audit Staff and a graduate of its Financial Management Program. He held a variety of financial, operational and business development positions within GE, most significantly in GE Japan and GE Brasil. Jim received his B.A. in History from Hamilton College in 1989.
Roger Keating, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, Hearst Television
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Roger Keating runs the digital media effort for Hearst Television. His scope includes Hearst Television’s station web sites and mobile apps, mobile television, over-the-top intiatives and interactive TV. He is on the boards of: Pearl, a venture formed by 9 of the largest local TV groups in the country to pursue new digital businesses together; of Internet Broadcasting, the leading digital publishing platform serving the media sector; and of Mobile Content Ventures, a partnership between Pearl, NBCU, Fox and Ion that has launched the “Dyle” mobile television service, with broadcasters using a portion of the spectrum they currently use to transmit their TV signal over the air directly to tablets and smartphones outfitted with a receiver chip.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Keating ran large cable TV operations, first at Comcast and then at Time Warner where he presided over the integration of the Adelphia acquisition in the Los Angeles Region. He previously ran the voice services business at AOL, as well as the AOL Health and AOL Travel verticals. He led the formation of Comcast’s Internet division in the mid 90′s and oversaw the development of their high speed data business. And he was founder/CEO of a dot com in 1998 named “Zatso” that worked with local TV broadcasters to offer streaming video-based “personalized newscasts.”
Jeff Kilrea, Co-Head and Managing Director, CIT Sponsor Finance
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Jeffrey (Jeff) Kilrea is Co-Head and Managing Director of CIT Sponsor Finance. CIT Sponsor Finance provides cash flow and asset- based senior debt for private equity-backed transactions in the middle market throughout the United States and Canada. Kilrea has over 25 years of experience in the commercial finance sector and is located in CIT’s Chicago office.
Areas of expertise:
• Leveraged finance loan structuring and pricing with broad industry focus
• Private equity sponsor relationship management
• Media, communications and information
Prior to CIT, Kilrea was the Co-President of the Corporate Finance Business for CapitalSource, Inc. (NYSE: CSE). While at CapitalSource, he started and served as Managing Director of the Media and Communications specialty lending group and also led its Sponsor Finance initiative. Prior to CapitalSource, he was a Senior Vice President with GE Capital in the Sponsor Finance Group. Before then, he was with FINOVA Capital Corporation and helped with the development of its Media & Communications and Corporate Finance lending practices.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University
Chris Konash, Digital Cinema Technology, Panavision
Christopher Konash is Technical Manager at Panavision New York. He spends most of his time working closely with camera crews and producers to support the latest technology with a focus on equipment support and workflow development. Recently, he has been working on the rollout of Sony’s latest digital camera F55 with the crews of NBC’s hit television show “Blacklist” and the Feature Major remake of “Annie”. Both are being shot in New York City. Before Panavision, Chris developed a strong background in Video Engineering where he worked as Senior Video Engineer for such networks as, Fox News, MSNBC and History Channel. Chris is an active member of SMPTE and graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film. Chris lives with his wife in Mahwah, New Jersey and is a volunteer Fire Fighter.
Edward J. “Ted” Koplar, President and CEO of Koplar Communications, LLC
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Edward J. “Ted” Koplar built a career on doing what he’d been told could not be done. He grew KPLR-TV into one of the most successful independent television stations in the country, launched an animated TV sensation that swept the nation, and pioneered a revolutionary technology that made television interactive, among many other accomplishments. All of this was done with courage to contravene traditional thinking and an appetite for risk that would characterize his career and leave a lasting impact on the broadcast industry.
Launching his broadcast career with family-owned KPLR-TV, Koplar worked behind the scenes producing sports programming and other shows. He developed the station’s first regular newscast, which became the number one independent television newscast in the U.S. within three years. KPLR became the first broadcast facility in the country to own and operate a satellite earth station, introducing a revolutionary distribution platform to the St. Louis region.
Identifying and cultivating local talent has long been a passion of Koplar’s: in addition to assembling memorable news, weather and sports reporters, he brought together some of the region’s best singers and dancers. Koplar founded “Team 11” as a station-sponsored teenage dance group that performed at local events and in area high schools, and served as positive role models for children and young adults. Several of Team 11’s stars have gone on to enjoy great success on the local and national stage.
Koplar worked his way up the ranks at KPLR to become the President and CEO in 1979. Proving itself to be “the Ones to Watch,” KPLR featured Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey and must-see programming such as Cheers, Seinfeld, and one of Koplar’s personal favorites, the Three Stooges. Under Koplar’s leadership, KPLR was consistently ranked among the top independent television stations in the country, making its way to number one on several occasions. After an extraordinary run as an independent, KPLR became affiliated with the WB network in 1995, and was sold to Acme Communications in 1998.
World Events Productions, Ltd (WEP) was founded by Koplar in 1980, a company whose mission was to seek out and produce innovative programming concepts unlike anything that was then seen on the air. Its namesake show, World Events, featured a young Bob Costas covering such events as the Paris Air Show, and a speech by General Omar Bradley commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Invasion. Branching into children’s animation, in 1984 WEP introduced the mega-hit series Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which became an overnight sensation and aired in more than 80 countries worldwide. Capitalizing on its success in children’s animation, WEP went on to produce the hit shows Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Denver the Last Dinosaur and Vytor: The Starfire Champion. In 1998 Koplar revitalized Voltron with the Emmy-Award winning Voltron: The Third Dimension. This half-hour show was the first computer-generated 3D animated series produced entirely in the United States. The franchise has left a lasting legacy, and its latest iteration, Voltron Force premiered in June of 2011 to record ratings on Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons network. In addition, a live action Voltron movie is currently in development with Atlas Entertainment (producers of The Dark Knight Rises).
In search of new ways to engage audiences, in 1987 Koplar commissioned Interactive Systems, Inc. (ISI) of Beaverton, Oregon to develop a way of sending information through the television’s video signal. The company came up with a technology that varied luminance to transmit data through the active portion of the television screen, capable of activating consumer devices equipped with a photo sensor. Koplar later purchased the assets of ISI, which became known as VEIL (standing for Video Encoded Invisible Light). VEIL has been licensed to toy companies including Hasbro and Mattel; and has powered a number of innovative promotions worldwide for AT&T, Fosters Beer and Anheuser Busch, among others. In addition, since 1995, VEIL has been used throughout North America for commercial verification. In partnership with Kantar Media, VEIL has decoders stationed in every major market throughout North America, allowing media buys to be actualized in real time. VEIL has transitioned to the digital age, and is currently used to enable a first-of-its-kind second screen app called “InTouchTV”, which allows viewers to accrue points by tuning into their local TV station. The advanced engineering research performed by VEIL has earned the company 33 patents to date, with several more pending applications.
Jumping head first back into broadcasting in 2009, Koplar obtained a new construction permit from the FCC and founded KRBK-TV, a full power television station licensed to Springfield Missouri. KRBK was built from the ground up as a state-of-the-art digital station, and has kept at the forefront of the latest technology. It pioneered one of the nation’s first distributed transmission systems (DTS), which comprises a network of five geo-synchronized transmitters distributing its over-the-air signal over a wide geographic area. In September 2011, KRBK became the Fox affiliate for the Springfield market, and has grown to become a mainstay in Southwest Missouri.
Koplar balances his career with family and community service. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital since 2002; has served on the Board of Directors for the Nine Network since 2008, where he served as Chairman from September 2011 to June 2012; has served on the Missouri University of Science and Technology Engineering Advisory Board since 2008, where he served as Chairman from March 2011 to March 2012; and has served as Executive Barron for the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball Southwest Missouri since January 2012. He and his wife, Nancy Scanlon Koplar, are the devoted parents of five children.
Two of their sons, Robert and Sam, have now joined the family business, where they work alongside their father in Koplar Communications’ St. Louis office.
Brian G. Lawlor, Senior Vice President/Television, The E.W. Scripps Company
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Brian Lawlor, 46, is senior vice president of the television division for The E.W. Scripps Company. The television division includes 19 stations and digital businesses in 13 U.S. markets.
Prior to assuming this position, Brian was the corporate vice president of sales for the division. 10 of the stations are affiliated with the ABC television network, three are NBC affiliates, five are Azteca America affiliates and one is an independent. In 2012, the television division will be the largest contributor of revenue and segment profit to The E.W. Scripps Company.
Prior to leading sales, Brian served for four years as vice president and general manager of WPTV, the Scripps NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach. During Brian’s tenure, he launched multiple news and weather Web sites, a 24-hour digital weather channel, and South Florida’s first high-definition local newscasts.
Brian began with the company as a WPTV account executive in the early 1990s. In 1998 he was named local sales manager. In 2000, Brian moved to Ohio to be the general sales manager at WCPO, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Cincinnati. Four years later, he returned to WPTV as vice president and general manager.
Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., and an MBA from the University of Miami. He is active in the television industry, sitting on the NBC Affiliate and NAB boards.
Laura Lee, Director/Head of Entertainment East Content Partnerships, YouTube
Laura Lee leads YouTube’s Entertainment East team focusing on broadcasters, cable networks, film studios, aggregators, digital media, and original programming partnerships for the East Coast and Canada. Since joining YouTube in 2007, she has spearheaded relationships with partners including Vice, Discovery Networks, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, CBS, and Scripps, among others, and led the launch of YouTube’s Rentals product (VOD). She is impassioned about cultivating the East Coast content community.
Prior to joining YouTube, Laura was Vice President and Head of Business Development and Operations for MTV Networks’ Music & Logo Group where she led the acquisition of Harmonix and launched several vertical broadband businesses. She also served in various production and development roles at VH1 and Spike TV, including the GQ Man of the Year Awards. Before that, Laura worked at Time Warner in Special Projects in several capacities, including Interim Controller at Africana.com and helped advise on various digital launch initiatives such as Parenting.com. Laura began her career as a media investment banker for J.P. Morgan.
In 2013, Laura was recognized as one of New York’s content power players in Variety’s “Gotham 50.” She is a member of the International Academy of Arts and Sciences, serves on Tech and Social Media Subcommittee for the 250th Brown Anniversary and as a mentor of Brown University’s Women’s Launch Pad, and has served as an advisor to the Harvard Digital Community and Social Networking Advisory Group. A diehard Brooklynite, Laura is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, the proud mother of two rambunctious children, and an avid singer/karaoker.
Vincent Létang, EVP, Director of Global Forecasting, MAGNA GLOBAL, part of IPG Mediabrands
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Vincent Létang joined MAGNA GLOBAL, the strategic media unit of IPG Mediabrands, in July 2011 as EVP, Director of Global Forecasting. In this position, Vincent oversees all of the organization’s forecasting, strategy, and advisory services.
A leading expert in media trends for more than a decade, Vincent came to MAGNA GLOBAL following six years as a senior analyst and head of advertising research with IHS Screen Digest in London. He launched “Advertising Intelligence,” an online service focusing on global television and digital advertising market trends. His team was responsible for monitoring and forecasting advertising sales, assessing the impact of economic, technological, regulatory, and media consumption changes on advertising revenues across all media. In 2010, Vincent and Screen Digest were chosen by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB Europe) to become their market research partner for the completion of the Adex report on online advertising trends across Europe. In 2006, Vincent also managed the seminal Screen Digest study leading to the report published by the European Commission – “Interactive content and convergence: Implications for the Information Society.”
Before joining Screen Digest in 2005, Vincent was a senior consultant in the media practice in BIPE Consulting in Paris for six years. He was in charge of “Ad Barometer,” an annual international survey of advertising trends, commissioned by Lagardere, the leading magazine publisher. Additionally, Vincent has been invited to speak on advertising and media trends in more than 15 international conferences.
Vincent is a frequent source for global business and trade media on issues related to the media marketplace and economy, and has been featured in such outlets as the Adweek, Advertising Age, Bloomberg Businessweek, Broadcasting & Cable, Campaign, Financial Times, Les Echos, MediaPost, New York Times, Portada and the Wall Street Journal.
Vincent holds a master’s degree in economics from Paris Dauphine University and a master’s degree in business administration from HEC School of Management, Paris.
Dan Lovinger, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales Entertainment Group, NBCUniversal
Dan Lovinger serves as Executive Vice President, Ad Sales Entertainment Group, NBCUniversal. In this role, Lovinger oversees the combined advertising sales for NBC Broadcast Entertainment, USA, Syfy and WWE. This role brings together the company’s big reach assets of broadcast and cable properties. Lovinger reports to Linda Yaccarino, President, Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal.
Previously, Lovinger held the post of Executive Vice President of Cable Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal, where he was charged with overseeing the ad inventory for NBCUniversal cable networks—Bravo, Oxygen and Style Network—in addition to all of Telemundo Media sales efforts.
Lovinger joined Telemundo Media in 2011 as Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales & Integrated Marketing. As Executive Vice President, Lovinger was responsible for overseeing advertising sales and marketing for Telemundo and mun2, as well as their digital properties. Lovinger also oversaw and lead the growth of all multi-platform branded entertainment initiatives and integrated client solutions.
Lovinger’s experience includes over 20 years in advertising sales and business development, spanning domestic and international cable, digital, and print. From 2006-2010, Lovinger was Senior Vice President, MTV 360 Brand Sales & Integrated Marketing. In this role, Lovinger served as the senior-most advertising sales executive responsible for ad revenue across MTV, MTV Tr3s, MTV2, MTVu, and MTV.com.
From 2002-2006, Lovinger served as the Vice President of Vh1 and Vh1 Classic, Sales. He joined Vh1 and Vh1 Classic from Primedia where he was Senior Vice President, responsible for sales of over 100 vertical trade magazines, companion websites and conferences. From 2000-2001, Lovinger held the post of Chief Operating Officer at Phase2Media.
Lovinger was previously part of the NBCUniversal family when he joined the company in 1997 as Senior Vice President, Global Advertising Sales for CNBC and NBC International. He oversaw advertising sales for CNBC Europe and Asia, NBC Europe and Asia, and Nat- Geo Asia.
Earlier in his career, Lovinger held various sales positions at Turner Broadcasting in New York and in 1994 he became vice president for Turner International in London, England, where he was responsible for Ad Sales for CNN International and Cartoon Network.
Lovinger received a certificate in European Studies from The London School of Economics and received a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He resides in Purchase, New York with his wife and four sons.
Barry L. Lucas
Senior Vice President, Gabelli & Company
Barry Lucas joined Gabelli in 2003 as a senior analyst focusing on the publishing and broadcasting industries he has been following for more than 20 years. Mr. Lucas had been Managing Director and senior media analyst at Neuberger Berman Inc. since 1993. He was a limited partner and media analyst at First Manhattan Co., from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Lucas attended the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University and holds MA and BA degrees from the City College of New York.
Eric R. Mathewson, Founder and CEO, WideOrbit
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Eric R. Mathewson is the founder and CEO of WideOrbit, the leading provider of advertising management solutions for media companies. Prior to founding WideOrbit, Eric worked at Kidder Peabody in Palo Alto, primarily focused on Equity Derivatives, and Montgomery Securities in San Francisco and New York, managing portfolios for wealthy technologists. Eric has been an active private equity technology investor since 1994 and maintains controlling ownership of WideOrbit. Prior to WideOrbit, Eric was an early investor in Infospace, Xoom (NBCi), CommerceBid (Commerce One) and OpenTable.com.
Deborah A. McDermott, President and Chief Executive Officer, Young Broadcasting, Inc.
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Deborah A. McDermott was named CEO of Young Broadcasting, LLC (Young) in January 2013. In addition to this role, she continues to serve as president of Young, a position she has held since 2004. She served on the Young Board of Directors during the time the company was public from April 2004-August 2009. Following the completion of the merger announced June 6 between Young Broadcasting and Media General, Ms. McDermott will oversee 30 network affiliated TV stations (11 CBS, nine NBC, seven ABC, one Fox, CW and MNT) in 27 markets reaching 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households, comprising the ninth-largest television broadcast group in the country.
A leading local media company covering 5.9% of U.S. households, Young currently owns and operates 13 television stations, as well as numerous websites and mobile news applications, in 11 U.S. media markets. Six stations are affiliated with the ABC Television Network (WKRN-TV – Nashville, TN, WTEN-TV – Albany, NY, WRIC-TV – Richmond, VA, WATE-TV – Knoxville, TN, WLAJ-TV – Lansing, MI, and WBAY-TV – Green Bay, WI); three are affiliated with the CBS Television Network (WLNS-TV – Lansing, MI, KLFY-TV – Lafayette, LA and KELO-TV – Sioux Falls, SD); one is affiliated with the NBC Television Network (KWQC-TV – Davenport, IA); one is affiliated with FOX Television Network (WXXA-TV – Albany, NY) and one is affiliated with MyNetworkTV (KRON-TV – San Francisco, CA). In addition, Young operates 15 digital news/weather channels and KELO-TV-Sioux Falls, SD, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in that market through the use of its digital channel capacity.
Prior to being named President in April 2004, Ms. McDermott served as Executive Vice President/Operations for Young. Earlier, she was Vice President and General Manager of Young’s WKRN-TV in Nashville. Additionally, under her management, the station won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for investigative reporting.
In addition to her responsibilities with Young, Ms. McDermott is an active past chair of the ABC Affiliate Board of Governors, serves as a director of the Truxton Trust Bank Board and was recently elected to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporate Board of Directors. She is chair of the Nashville Sports Council, a member of the South Dakota State University Foundation Council of Trustees and is serving her second term on the Country Music Association Board (CMA) of Directors. Ms. McDermott has also served on the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Television Board and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board. She is a past president of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), and previously served as a board member of Maximum Service Television (MSTV). In addition, she served on the board of the Committee of 200, a national group of top women CEOs. Ms. McDermott’s numerous honors include two Mid-South Emmy Awards and the Mid-South Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In 2013, Ms. McDermott was announced as a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Inductee, named one of Cynopsis Media’s Most Intriguing People and awarded the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award.
David McKillop, EVP & General Manager, A&E Network
David McKillop was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network in June 2013. In his role, McKillop is responsible for strategic planning, programming, development, Marketing and brand development for the flagship A&E Network.
Prior, David served as Executive Vice President, Programming, for A&E & BIO Channel since April 2011. In this role, McKillop oversaw the network’s scripted and nonfiction programming teams, and was responsible for the development, creation and execution of all programming for A&E and BIO Channel. He was also charged with imaginatively integrating new programming with on-line initiatives, and developing new ways to expand the brand across multiple platforms.
During his transition to A&E, McKillop played an integral role in developing the current #1 nonfiction series on cable; “Duck Dynasty,” which is cable’s most-watched nonfiction series of all time. In addition to “Duck Dynasty,” McKillop also served as executive producer for the record-breaking hit series “Storage Wars” as well as overseeing the production and development of the critically-acclaimed original scripted drama series “Bates Motel.”
Previously, David was Senior Vice President, Development and Programming at History. Under his tutelage, History experienced its best ratings performances ever as he launched the network’s top 10 series and top six specials of all time. 2010 was History’s best year ever, and for the first time in its history the network ranks in the top 5 among all four of its key demos out of all ad-supported cable networks.
McKillop also served as the Executive Producer of History’s top series including, “Pawn Stars,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “American Pickers,” “Ax Men” and “Top Gear.” He was also an Executive Producer of numerous acclaimed and top-rated HISTORY specials including the Emmy® award winners Gettysburg and 102 Minutes that Changed America.
Prior to History, McKillop served as the Vice President, Factual Programming Discovery Networks U.S. Production. McKillop was responsible for strategic planning, management and execution of factual program production across Discovery Communications, Inc.’s U.S. networks. Under his leadership, Discovery’s flagship network, Discovery Channel, earned critical and ratings success for the original series “Futureweapons,” “Man vs. Wild” and “Stunt Junkies.”
Previously, McKillop was the vice president of production for Discovery Channel. In that role, he was responsible for the management of the production team, budgets and the creative process. In addition, he supervised many of the network’s top specials and series including “Dirty Jobs” and “Mythbusters.”
During his tenure at Discovery Channel, McKillop served as senior executive producer, working with the programming and development groups to create many of Discovery Channel’s groundbreaking programming projects including “Deadliest Catch” and “Monster Garage.”
Earlier in his career, McKillop ran his own production company, Big Rock Productions, based in Washington, D.C. During that time, he produced several projects for Discovery Networks, among them the Emmy® Award nominated Discover Magazine, and the ratings blockbuster special “The Future is Wild.” Prior to that, he served in various production positions at National Geographic Television and its “Explorer” Series and National Geographic Specials.
Christine Merrifield, President, Investment, Activation & Operations, MediaVest USA
Christine Merrifield is one of the most respected and sought-after authorities in the industry. As President of Investment & Activation and Operations, Christine leads the agency’s integrated digital, broadcast, print and out-of-home Investment & Activation practice, including local and advanced TV, anchoring the agency’s product in digital and operations excellence. With a team of 300+, Christine also leads cross-agency SMG negotiations as well.
Christine represents over $10 billion in marketplace clout on behalf of the biggest marketers in the world including the leading CPG (P&G), beverage (Coca-Cola), consumer technology (Microsoft) and retail (Walmart) marketers, as well as American Honda Motor Company and Mondelçz. Since being elevated to lead Investment & Activation in 2012, Christine has been instrumental in new business wins – all with a digital component – including Traveler’s Insurance, American Honda Motor Company, Mondelçz, Aflac digital, Honda Tri-State, and more. Christine also provides broader agency leadership as a member of MediaVest’s elite advisory team.
Previously, Christine was EVP, Director of Video Investment & Activation at MediaVest, where she led the unit, and oversaw Upfront, Scatter, and multi-year sports negotiations across the agency’s roster. Prior to joining MediaVest in 2004, Christine served as SVP, Manager of National Broadcast at Mediacom, leading investment for GlaxoSmithKline, among others. Earlier in her career, she served as part of Warner Brothers Syndication’s sales organization. Christine started in the industry at Grey Advertising in 1988.
Under Christine’s guidance, MediaVest’s reputation for being a strategic and innovative partner to clients and vendors has expanded tremendously. As a result, Christine has received industry recognition including AWNY/Working Mother “Working Mother of the Year” (2008), Broadcasting & Cable “Digital All-Star” (2013). Additionally, Christine co-chairs the Ad Council’s Video counsel.
A passionate philanthropist, Christine chairs her community St. Baldrick’s Fountain fundraiser, and has raised $100K+ to date for the fight against childhood cancer.
Christine graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS in Business.
Craig Moffett, Partner and Senior Research Analyst
U.S. Cable and Satellite Broadcasting and U.S. Telecommunications
Craig Moffett has consistently been ranked as the top analyst in the U.S. in both the U.S. Telecom and Cable & Satellite sectors.
He was rated the #1 analyst in the U.S. Telecommunications sector by Bloomberg Markets in their first annual research poll in 2012. He has been ranked among the top Telecommunications analysts in the U.S. in Institutional Investor’s survey as well, securing the #1 ranking in 2011 and #2 ranking in 2012. He has received Greenwich’s #1 Research Quality ranking in the U.S. Telecommunications sector in each of the past four years.
Mr. Moffett has also been ranked as the top analyst in the U.S. Cable and Satellite sector. He has been ranked #1 for each of the past seven years, according to both Institutional Investor Magazine and the Greenwich Research quality rankings.
Prior to founding MoffettNathanson, Mr. Moffett spent more than ten years at Sanford Bernstein & Co., LLC as a senior research analyst. In 2011 he became the first analyst in the firm’s history to be ranked #1 in two sectors simultaneously.
He was previously the President and founder of the e-commerce business at Sotheby’s Holdings, the venerable auction house. In 1999, he led Sothebys.com to what was then the highest first year sales of any consumer website ever launched.
Mr. Moffett spent more than eleven years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Partner and Vice President specializing in telecommunications. He was the leader of BCG’s global Telecommunications practice from 1996 to 1999. While at BCG, he led client initiatives in the U.S. local, long distance, and wireless sectors, in both consumer and commercial services, and advised companies outside the U.S. in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His relationship with a U.S. RBOC spanned more than a decade, and he was the author of more than 20 articles about the telecommunications industry during the 1990s. He published analyses and forecasts of the overcapacity and pending collapse of the U.S. long distance business as early as 1998. Mr. Moffett graduated from Harvard Business School with Honors in 1989. He received a BA from Brown University phi beta kappa in 1984.
Brent Montgomery, CEO, Leftfield Entertainment
Brent Montgomery is CEO of Leftfield Entertainment, a “super-indie” media, production and entertainment enterprise established by Montgomery in 2013. Leftfield Entertainment currently encompasses a variety of content and production companies, including Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars); Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), acquired by Leftfield Entertainment in 2013; and the newly created, unscripted television, digital content and branded entertainment company Loud TV (headed by the former executive producer of House Hunters International).
Leftfield Entertainment continues to broaden its industry footprint with strategic acquisitions, new joint ventures, and overall deals with established and up-and-coming producers.
Since the inception of Leftfield Pictures less than five years ago, Montgomery – and Leftfield Pictures – has become one of reality television’s major players. Operating from its New York City headquarters and its Los Angeles offices, the company, which develops and produces a broad range of unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters, has produced more than 600 hours of programming, and more than 900 TV episodes.
Having sold and produced its first series in 2008, Leftfield made an indelible mark on the industry in 2009, producing the breakout hit Pawn Stars. In the last four years, Leftfield Pictures has produced more than 350 episodes of History’s ratings winner (with more in production), which spawned the entire “hidden treasures” reality TV genre, as well as a number of spin-offs, including American Restoration, Counting Cars, Cajun Pawn Stars, Pawn Stars UK, and the upcoming Pawn Stars Australia.
Pawn Stars continues to set ratings records for History, and often reigns as the #1 cable program among adults 18-49 week to week (including all of June 2013). Counting Cars was History’s #1 series premiere of all time in 2012, while American Restoration, in its fourth season, continually delivers nearly three million viewers weekly.
In addition to the Pawn Stars franchise, Leftfield also has created an “odd” franchise for Science, with hit series Oddities, currently in season four, and two spin-offs airing and in production, Oddities: San Francisco and Odd Folks Home. Other Leftfield series include Guntucky (CMT) and Swamp’d (Animal Planet), and the upcoming The Governor’s Wife (A&E), Celebrity Home Raiders (Lifetime), City Sisters (Bravo), and Hillbillies for Hire (CMT).
Leftfield also produced three seasons of the web series Cube Fabulous, with brands Honda, Monster.com, and AOL, and three seasons of InTurn for CBS.com, the first web series ever to be repackaged and aired on a broadcast network (CBS).
In April 2013, Leftfield Entertainment acquired Sirens Media, run by longtime producing partners Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton. The producer of Bravo’s hit docu-soap Real Housewives of New Jersey, which premiered its fifth season in June 2013 to nearly three million viewers – making Bravo the #1 ad-supported cable network among all key demographics – Sirens Media currently has nine other series in production for Discovery ID. Hit shows on the channel include Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, Nightmare Next Door, and Deadly Affairs, hosted by Susan Lucci.
Also in 2013, Montgomery established Loud TV, a joint venture between unscripted television producer and executive Nick Rigg, and Leftfield Entertainment. Rigg, who serves as Loud TV’s president, heads the full-service, entertainment and production company, which leverages two decades of Rigg’s TV development and production experience, with particular expertise in lifestyle programming and branded entertainment (Rigg oversaw more than 600 episodes of worldwide hit series House Hunters International). Loud TV is in active development on a number of projects both for cable and digital outlets, including deals inked with Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel, The New York Times, and a major online retailer.
Patrick Moran, Executive Vice President, ABC Studios
Patrick Moran is executive vice president, ABC Studios with all studio creative and production operations reporting to him. Prior he was senior vice president & head of creative development for ABC Studios. He oversaw all comedy and drama development for the Studio, working with writers and producers to develop ideas and guide them to fruition both for the ABC Television Network and all other broadcast and cable outlets, as well as emerging platforms.
Mr. Moran and his team have recruited high profile companies such as Fake Empire (Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage) and have continued to oversee development deals in place with Shondaland (Shonda Rhimes), the Mark Gordon Company, Mandeville, Anthony Zuiker and other prominent creative talent. Mr. Moran’s development slate has included hit series “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge” and “Nashville.”
Mr. Moran and his team are gearing up to launch a slate of new ABC Studios series for the 2013-14 season, including “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel’s first television series from executive producer Joss Whedon and starring Clark Gregg, who reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films; “Lucky 7,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg; “Mixology,” executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and “The Hangover’s” Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz; “Killer Women,” starring “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer and executive produced by Sofia Vergara; and “Trophy Wife,” starring Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden. ABC Studios’ returning favorites include “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge” and “Scandal.”
Mr. Moran also supervises the production of the studio’s late night talk/variety show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as original specials for the ABC Television Network. For basic cable, Mr. Moran and his team produce “Army Wives” for Lifetime, “Cougar Town” for TBS, “Criminal Minds” for CBS, “Devious Maids” for Lifetime and “Perception” for TNT.
Prior to ABC Studios Mr. Moran held various development titles, including senior vice president, Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television, where he developed such successful series as “Glee,” “Bones” and “Prison Break.” He also served as vice president, Drama Development at UPN, president of Renaissance Pictures and vice president, Production and Development at New Line Television.
Larry Patrick, Managing Partner, Patrick Communications
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Larry Patrick is Managing Partner of Patrick Communications, a media investment banking and brokerage firm based in Maryland with over $7.5 billion worth of deals to its credit. The firm has sold over 500 radio stations and 160 television stations. He also owns Legend Communications, a group of 17 small-market radio stations in Wyoming and is an investor in another group of 26 radio stations in Missouri and Iowa. He also owns television stations in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Larry also served as Chairman of the Board of ION Media Networks, a public company, and operator of 60-full-power television stations across the country. He also is a former Senior Vice President of the NAB. He serves as Chairman of both NAB’s Political Action Committee and the Bayliss Foundation and serves as Vice Chairman of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, as well as a Director of Good Radio.TV, the Library of American Broadcasting, NRJ Broadcasting and on the Board of Visitors at the University of Tennessee.
Larry holds a Ph.D. in communications and management from Ohio University as well as a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dan Pelson, CEO, Generator
Dan Pelson is an internet and media entrepreneur who is a recognized pioneer in developing innovative consumer-focused business models. He is currently the CEO of relentlessGENERATOR, a Sony-owned direct-to-consumer business launched in 2012 that enables media and entertainment companies to develop direct and revenue-producing relationships with their consumers. GENERATOR maintains marketing and commerce destinations for hundreds of marquis artists and entertainment brands, from Bruce Springsteen to Breaking Bad. With over 100 employees in New York, LA, London and Berlin, GENERATOR is the largest direct-to-consumer company servicing the media and entertainment industry.
Prior to GENERATOR, Pelson was an Executive Vice President at Sony Music Entertainment, responsible for the music company’s global Direct to Consumer operations. In this role, Pelson managed the company’s digital consumer touch points, which include websites reaching over 25 million fans each month, and social network pages that maintain close to 1 Billion connections.
Pelson was the Founder and CEO of uPlayMe, Inc., which distributed an application enabling consumers to create social networks based on the digital entertainment they consume. Pelson was also the Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Marketing for Warner Music Group as well as the founder and CEO of several internet companies, including BOLT.com and Concrete Media. His career began at Sun Microsystems, where he was the first sales executive at the company dedicated to the media and entertainment industries.
Pelson graduated from Colgate University with a BA in political science and economics, and received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is married to Jenny Pelson, and they live in Soho with their sons Zachary and Tyler and daughter Jaden.
Rod Perth, President and CEO, NATPE||Content First
Rod Perth, President and CEO of NATPE||Content First has overall responsibility for the vision, strategic evolution, marketing, programming and financial/administrative operations of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, he leads a senior management team made up of six direct reports and a total staff of 20 people.
Mr. Perth is a proven television and new media executive with a comprehensive record of managing both business and creative demands for broadcast and cable television platforms. This experience includes developing and managing advertiser relationships, strategic planning, marketing, managing profit and loss objectives, developing and creating scripted and reality content, finding partners for international co-productions, managing affiliate distribution, and exploiting new digital opportunities at a time of disruptive change to traditional broadcast models.
Prior to joining NATPE, Mr. Perth was Founder and President of RHP Media Consulting, specializing in strategic consulting and planning for digital media, broadcast, cable and new media initiatives. Management positions include ad sales, development, production, and marketing for CBS Television, the USA and SyFy Channels, and Jim Henson Studios. Startup experience includes being a partner, co-founder and President of Television for ReelzChannel, a cable network that may be the last independent network ever successfully launched in today’s vertically integrated media environment.
Greg Pinelo, Partner, GMMB
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Greg Pinelo is a Partner in GMMB’s Washington office. He is an award winning political and communications strategist, a veteran of three winning presidential campaigns and counselor to a wide-ranging group of corporate, nonprofit, national association, government and elected clients.
Greg was a senior member of the media team for Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the Presidency in 2008 and again in 2012, authoring many of the ads that powered the President to victory in battleground states. He played a key role in producing some of the Obama campaign’s signature viral videos and joined with Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim to co-produce the film that introduced the President at the highly successful Democratic National Convention.
Greg wrote his first political ads for Bill Clinton in 1992 and went on to develop advertising for Democratic candidates across the nation, including Jim Webb’s upset victory in the 2006 Virginia Senate race and Mark Warner’s winning campaigns for Governor and the U.S. Senate. Greg also produced ads for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that helped Senators Tim Johnson (SD) and Al Franken (MN) prevail in their hotly contested races.
Greg’s work extends well beyond the political realm, with a clientele that has included the Save Darfur Coalition, CTIA – The Wireless Association, AARP, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, to name a few.
Greg has blogged for US News and World Report magazine, and is an influential voice on politics and culture in social media. A native of Kentucky, Greg received a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he majored in both history and political science and lettered in varsity basketball.
Clyde Phillips, Executive Producer and Showrunner, “Nurse Jackie” on SHOWTIME®
Veteran showrunner Clyde Phillips has signed on to serve as Executive Producer of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”. Phillips has vast experience in both drama and comedy, having been the showrunner of the Showtime hit “Dexter” for four years. Additionally, he created Get Real, Suddenly Susan, and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose; as well as working on Boomtown as Consulting Producer. Prior to that, Phillips produced several made-for-television movies including Police Story and Charles & Diana. A national bestselling mystery novelist, Phillips’s fourth book “Unthinkable” will be published this Spring.
He lives in Wilton, Connecticut and on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
David F. Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation, President, CBS VISION
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David F. Poltrack is Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation and President of CBS VISION. Poltrack oversees all research operations at CBS encompassing audience measurement, market research, program testing, advertising research, and monitoring of the national and international video marketplace. He also designed and oversees CBS TELEVISION CITY at the MGM GRAND, Las Vegas, the state of the art Research Center providing ongoing consumer feedback concerning all programming and new entertainment technologies. CBS VISION is a research unit exploring and offering insight on emerging technologies, media consumption patterns, and advertising value in the media marketplace.
He joined CBS in 1969 as Manager, Marketing Services, CBS Television Stations, National Sales. After holding various positions with CBS Television Stations, in 1979 Poltrack was named Vice President, Marketing Services for the CBS Television Network. In 1982, he was named Vice President, Research, CBS/Broadcast Group, and in 1988, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Planning and Research, CBS/Broadcast Group. He was promoted to Executive Vice President, Research and Planning, CBS Television in 1994.
Poltrack is past chairman of the Media Rating Council (MRC), chairman of the executive committee of the Marketing Science Institute, past president of the Market Research Council and in 2009 was inducted into their Hall of Fame, vice president of the Advertising Research Council, and a member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He is past chairman and currently secretary of the board for the Advertising Research Foundation, and a former member of the board of the International Radio and Television Foundation (IRTF).
He is winner of the Hugh Malcolm Beville, Jr. Award presented by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Broadcast Education Association in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the design, use or understanding of broadcast audience research.
As Adjunct Professor at New York University, he teaches courses on the graduate level at both the NYU Stern School of Business and the Steinhardt School of Education.
He is author of Television Marketing: Network, Local, and Cable (McGraw-Hill). His articles are published in professional journals including the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Psychology and Marketing, and the European Broadcasting Union Review.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, History) and New York University (M.B.A., Marketing).
Meryl Poster, President of Television, The Weinstein Company
Meryl Poster was named president of television for The Weinstein Company in February 2011. Her long time association with Harvey and Bob Weinstein began in 1989 at Miramax Films where Poster rose through the ranks to become Co-President of Production. In her new role, Poster’s purview includes oversight of all development and production for a wide range of programming including the reality powerhouse, Project Runway. Since premiering on Lifetime, Poster has remained the franchise’s steward, creating successful extensions of the original format including After the Runway and more recently, Project Accessory and the critically acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, which will premiere its third season later this year with new host Alyssa Milano. Poster’s partnership with Lifetime continues with Supermarket Superstar, a reality-competition showhosted by Stacy Keibler, and the upcoming Million Dollar Shoppers docuseries. In addition, she has spearheaded the launch of VH1’s highly-rated series, Mob Wives and its spin-off series Big Ang and Mob Wives Chicago. Poster is also responsible for the unscripted series Welcome to Myrtle Manor on TLC and the upcoming Rodeo Girls on A&E. Poster is also active in scripted television for The Weinstein Company, having paired up with Gilmore Girls writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries for ABC, and with Ryan Seacrest Productions on a scripted television show for FX about the life of the quintessential New York City private investigator Bo Dietl.
Poster began her career in entertainment in 1986 as a trainee in New York at the William Morris Agency mailroom and held several positions including assistant to the company president and assistant to the head of the Motion Picture Talent department. Poster began her relationship with Miramax Films as the Executive Assistant to Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and in fewer than ten years she had been named President of Production. During her tenure, she executive produced the Academy Award winning Best Picture Chicago and Academy Award nominated Cider House Rules and Chocolat.
Poster became well known throughout the industry for her ability to identify emerging talent, as well as for her management skills, both of which resulted in the rapid growth of Miramax. She produced Cop Land, Beautiful Girls, Marvin’s Room, Bounce, Kate and Leopold, The Shipping News, and An Unfinished Life. She was also the executive directly overseeing Miramax’s numerous other productions during her tenure including Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award® winner Best Picture 1998); Good Will Hunting (Academy Award® nominee Best Picture); The Talented Mr. Ripley; Emma, Wings of the Dove, Serendipity, Cold Mountain, Shall We Dance, Finding Neverland, and Flirting with Disaster. Poster is also credited with spearheading Academy Award campaigns that were game changing for the industry. She is known for nurturing talent such as Chicago director Rob Marshall; it was Poster that cast Gwyneth Paltrow in her first starring role in Emma, and responsible for giving director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) his first break. Poster takes much pride in her 16 years spent at Miramax.
Poster founded and served for the last five years as President of Superb Entertainment, the television and film production company with production deals at Universal Media Studio and Universal Pictures. During that time, Poster also acted as a consultant to Jeff Zucker, then CEO of NBC Universal. At NBC Universal, Poster was responsible for acquiring and developing In the Heights, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, for the screen. She brought in screenwriter Marti Noxon (Glee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to create the scripted project The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, which is in development for Showtime, and she executive produced the television pilots Fashionality for Bravo and Style Council for MTV. Poster partnered with her close friend David Rubin to launch the lifestyle brand BFF Entertainment (projects have included the BFF MySpace quiz show and the ongoing website BFF.tv).
Poster continues to be a leading woman in Hollywood. She has been featured in Premiere, W, Vanity Fair, Mademoiselle, Elle, Gotham and Glamour magazines. Additionally she has been named one of the most powerful women in entertainment by Crain’s, and was ranked in The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 for five consecutive years. Poster was honored in 2002 with The Muse Award from New York Women in Film and Television. She is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Women In Communications, and serves as a Vice Chair on UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media, and Communications Executive Committee.
Meryl Poster takes great pride in her best productions: her daughter Ava (14) and son Jedediah (11). They reside in New York City.
Alex Richardson, Managing Director, Wolf Star Advisors
Alex is Managing Director of Wolf Star Advisors, a New York City based advisory firm focused on designing global digital ecommerce strategies for large fashion and apparel firms. Alex has three decades of experience in designing, building and operating digital technology for global organizations including: Brooks Brothers, Tory Burch, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Columbia Sportswear.
During New York Fashion Week in September 2013, Alex led the production of the first 4K Fashion Show in partnership with Sony Corporation. Considered one of the architects of multichannel retailing technology, Alex was the recipient of the 2007 Industry Innovator of the Year for his work on inventing interactive store windows for Ralph Lauren worldwide (US Open, Wimbledon). Alex is also the former President of the Digital Screen Media Association and was voted into their Hall of Fame.
Prior to WolfStar, Alex was Founder , CEO & Board member of Netkey Software , acquired by NCR Corporation. Alex pioneered the development of a new enterprise software market for the management of video displays and led the creation of the organization to execute on the vision. Alex led the team to raise over $25 Million in venture financing to fund the company’s global growth. He established Netkey’s software development center, its operational management team, recruited both its Board and Advisory Board of Directors, and established its worldwide direct and indirect sales organization. He also established the company’s IP (Intellectual Property) program. Alex is co-holder of two multi-channel technology patents
Alex also had brief stints at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising (New York City) and with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (CT). In addition to being a member of the National Ski Patrol, Alex an MBA from Yale School of Management.
Keith Richman, CEO, Break Media
Keith Richman, a recognized industry leader and successful entrepreneur, is chief executive officer of Break Media. Since co-founding the company in 2004, Keith has been responsible for the overall strategic direction of the business, building it into a 160 person, profitable digital media company.
Keith is a prominent voice on the successful implementation of workable business models in the ever-changing digital video space and the convergence of TV and digital. He oversees all areas of business development and marketing for Break Media, the leader in male-targeted, digital content creation and distribution. A sought-after panelist at top industry conferences, Keith is considered a leading expert in marketing to the coveted young male demographic, which makes up the majority of Break Media’s audience of more than 85 million monthly viewers.
In 2012, Keith oversaw the creation and launch of the company’s Acumen insights portal as well as a groundbreaking annual study, The Acumen Report: The Definitive Guide to Men, which provides insight into men’s lifestyles and behaviors to bridge the gap between advertisers and audience.
Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director, Senior Equity Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities
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Marci Ryvicker is a Managing Director, Senior Equity analyst of Wells Fargo Securities, covering the media sector with specific focus on diversified entertainment, broadcast, outdoor and cable/satellite. Ms. Ryvicker began her career as a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC. She earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School and holds a BS in economics with a concentration in accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Ryvicker is a certified public accountant and a CFA charterholder. She is also a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Security Analysts, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Ryvicker lives in NJ with her husband and two sons.
Carl Salas, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Telecommunications/Media Group, Moody’s Investors Service
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Carl Salas is a Vice President on Moody’s Telecommunications/ Media team. Since joining Moody’s in 2010, he has been in the Telecommunications/Media team covering media and entertainment issues, primarily in the broadcast and publishing sectors including Cumulus Media, Gannett, New York Times, Nielsen, Sinclair, Sirius XM, Tribune, and Univision.
Before coming to Moody’s, Carl was on the issuer side as CFO of Creative Realities, a portfolio company of Pegasus Capital, and SVP, Treasurer of PRIMEDIA, a portfolio company of KKR. Previously, Carl was a Managing Director and team leader in the Entertainment & Media Group of Banc of America Securities specializing in broadcast, publishing, theater exhibition, and global cruise lines primarily for portfolio companies of private equity sponsors.
Carl is a graduate of Columbia Business School with an M.B.A. in finance. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A. B. in Biochemistry.
Alec Shapiro, President, Sony Professional Solutions of America
Alec Shapiro is the president of Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group. He is responsible for overseeing the direction and strategy of the group, including the marketing and sales for Sony Electronics’ professional video and audio technologies. He plays a key role in new business development and the generation of strategic alliances, and has been instrumental in directing the launch of many Sony professional recording formats and technologies, including Sony’s newest 4K professional solutions.
Shapiro is also the president of Sony Electronics’ Digital Motion Picture Center, an educational and training resource for directors, cinematographers and other professionals in the film and television production industries, located in Los Angeles at Sony Pictures Studios.
Shapiro has held a variety of sales, marketing and management positions within Sony. He began his career at Sony as vice president of marketing communications for the professional and business-to-business group. Before joining Sony, Shapiro handled a variety of marketing and public relations responsibilities as a consultant in the professional broadcast and video production industries. Among his clients was Sony from 1980 to1991. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions at Chyron Corporation and at Panasonic’s Broadcast and Digital Systems Company.
Shapiro received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland. He and his wife Ellen have a son and a daughter.
Evan Shapiro, President, Pivot
Evan Shapiro joined Participant Media in May 2012 as President of Pivot. Evan is responsible for the conception, development, and production of original television programming that will follow the company’s model of commercial and socially relevant entertainment.
Prior to Participant, Evan served as President of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, where he steered both networks to new business and programming models that garnered each network its first Primetime Emmy nominations, as well as its first Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he has executive produced numerous acclaimed original documentaries and series, including This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which challenged the MPAA for its ratings practices; the Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which chronicled a year in the life of Newark’s Mayor, Cory Booker; At the Death House Door, Steve James’ provoking documentary on the death penalty; R. Kelly’s one-of-a-kind ‘hip-hopera,’ Trapped in the Closet; and most recently, the two-time Peabody Award-winning hit seriesPortlandia.
Evan has dedicated much of his life to public service and education. He has served on the Board of Directors at The Ghetto Film School for the past eight years (including three years as Board Chair) and helped open the Cinema School, the nation’s first public high school for film and video. He is Chair of the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Social Venture Network; a Board member of Women in Cable Telecommunications New York; Chair of the Cable Center’s Cable Mavericks Masters Program; and is an Adjunct Professor of Television Management at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Evan is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
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Perry A. Sook has over 33 years of professional experience in the broadcasting industry, covering all facets of the business; ownership, management, sales, on-air talent and news. He has experience in both the radio and television mediums.
Sook is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Nexstar was formed in 1996 for the purpose of acquiring and operating network affiliated television stations in medium-sized markets. Nexstar currently owns and/or operates a total of 72 network affiliated television station in 41 markets in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, Florida, Utah, Alabama, Missouri, Maryland, Montana, and Texas. The company is based in Irving, Texas and trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol (NXST).
Prior to Nexstar, Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communication Group, Inc., owner of KOCB-TV in Oklahoma City, OK and WDKY-TV in Lexington, KY. Superior Communications was sold in 1995 to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Before Superior, Sook was President/CEO of Seaway Communication, Inc., owner of WVII (ABC) in Bangor, ME and WJFW (NBC) in Wausau, WI. Before being recruited to run Seaway, he worked for KXTX-TV as General Sales Manager and acting General Manager. He was also employed by Gaylord owned KTVT-TV as National Sales Manager. Sook previously had spent five years with Cox Broadcasting, first in local sales at WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh then at Telerep, Inc., as a National Account Executive. Early in his career, Sook was employed by WOWK-TV (CBS) in Huntington, WV in local sales, WFIV-AM in Kissimmee, FL; WATH/WXTQ-FM, Athens, OH and WPME AM/FM in Punxsutawney, PA in radio sales and on-air talent. Sook also worked briefly as a television news anchor at WDTV-TV (CBS) in Clarksburg, WV.
Sook did his undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, OH and was an adjunct professor at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NAB/BEA Harold E. Follow Memorial Scholarship.
Sook is a Board Member of The Television Bureau of Advertising and is a Board Member and Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation. He and his wife Sandra have three children; Laura (27), Victoria (25) and Perry, Jr. (21). The family resides in Flower Mound, Texas.
Donna Speciale, President, Young Adult Ad Sales, Turner Entertainment
Donna Speciale is president of Turner Entertainment & Young Adult Ad Sales. In this capacity, she leads ad sales for the company’s entertainment and young adult brands, notably TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Additionally, Speciale co-leads Cartoon Network Enterprises which includes consumer products, licensing, home video/DVD and retail development for the brand.
Before joining Turner in February 2012, Speciale held the position of President, Investment & Activation and Agency Operations for MediaVest Worldwide, where she led the agency’s integrated digital, broadcast, print and out-of-home practice, overseeing investments on behalf of clients including Kraft, Walmart, P&G, and Coca-Cola. Prior to MediaVest, Donna led the broadcast investment team at Mediacom. Over her career she has managed investments for several leading marketers including Warner Brothers, GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, Kmart, Diageo, Staples and Subway.
A veteran of the broadcast industry for over 20 years, Speciale is well-known for driving innovation in the marketplace and has received numerous industry recognitions including Multichannel News “Wonder Woman” (2013), Advertising Age “Top Women in Advertising” (2012), CableFAX “100” (2012, 13) and “Women of Cable” (2012), Television Week “TV Buyer of the Year” (2006), MediaWeek “All Star” in the broadcast category (2003), Advertising Age “Woman to Watch” (2001) and “Agency of the Year” by both AdWeek and Advertising Age (under SMG in 2005). Speciale has thrice been honored by Advertising Women of New York (AWNY): in 2011, she was the recipient of the 2011 AWNY “Advertising Woman of the Year”; in 2008, she was the recipient of AWNY’s “Impact Award,” honoring her mentorship work within the industry; and in 2006, she received an AWNY “Working Woman Award,” recognizing female executives who earned success in their personal and professional lives. In addition to her professional accolades, she is on the Board of Directors for The Advertising Club of New York and an active member of Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) and Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB).
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Jason Silva, Host, “Brain Games”
As host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, Jason Silva will guide you through the twists and turns of your gray matter. Through a series of man-on-the-streets and experiments, Silva will be joined by top experts in the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology, who will give you the “why” behind the “wow.”
“A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic recently described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, “a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk.”
A self-professed wonder junkie, Silva recently launched a series of noncommercial micro-documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology that “play like movie trailers for ideas,” according to The Atlantic. Jason recently delivered the keynote address at SXSW Interactive.
The Imaginary Foundation wrote of Silva, “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”
Others have described Silva as “a modern performance philosopher, a Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe… like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away.”
An active and prolific speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google Zeitgeist, and keynoted numerous events for Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, the Sydney Opera house and much more. He has also created videos for GE, Samsung, Adobe and Autodesk, and was a featured speaker at The Economist Ideas Festival, The DLD Conference, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico’s Ciudad De Las Ideas and Seattle’s Interactive Conference, among others.
Silva resides in New York City. In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine. Jason was also recently named a National Geographic Society fellow, providing expert consultation on National Geographic projects, education and outreach, and environmental and public policy.
Valari Dobson Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
Valari Dobson Staab is President of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, the division of NBCUniversal that includes 26 NBC and Telemundo local television stations and a regional cable news channel as well as their associated websites and digital platforms, in addition to a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and COZI TV (www.cozitv.com).
Staab joined NBCUniversal in June 2011 as President of the NBC Owned Television Stations, a position she held for two years before expanding her responsibilities to also include the 16 Telemundo local stations the company owns as well as NECN (New England Cable News), the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country. Under her leadership, the 10 NBC-owned stations benefited from a significant investment of resources to strengthen their news gathering capabilities, including hiring additional people primarily in the news departments, adding new vehicles and helicopters in some markets and upgrading equipment. Staab has also overseen the expansion or addition of investigative and consumer units in all 10 markets, the launch of hundreds of hours of new local newscasts and the building of new sets or studios at several stations. She is currently spearheading a similar effort to reinvigorate the Telemundo stations.
Staab has worked in local television for more than 30 years, primarily at the ABC Owned Television Stations, where she served in a variety of roles in general management, research and creative services. Before joining NBCUniversal, she was President and General Manager of KGO, the market leading station in San Francisco, for eight years. Under Staab’s tenure, KGO increased the amount of locally produced programming by more than 50 percent and expanded its digital efforts to reach new viewers, including streaming newscasts, launching an iPad app and increasing its social media outreach. During her tenure, KGO received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Northern California Emmy for Station Excellence and The Radio and Television News Directors Association’s Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
Prior to leading KGO, Staab served as President and General Manager of WTVD in Raleigh-Durham for a year and at KFSN in Fresno for nearly four years. She worked at WPVI in Philadelphia for a decade, where she held the roles of Director of Creative Services and Director of Marketing and Research. Previously, she worked in marketing and research for KPRC in Houston and KLTV in Tyler, Texas, where she started her broadcast career as a college student.
Throughout her professional life, Staab has been active in her community. She currently serves on the Board of the NBCUniversal Foundation and has been a longtime supporter of the United Way.
A native of Texas, Staab earned a BA from the University of Texas at Tyler, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and a MBA from Baylor University. She resides in New York City with her husband, R.C.
Billy Stewart, Director of Business Development, Viamedia
Billy Stewart brings over 20 years of cable ad sales experience managing both traditional & non-traditional media opportunities with Telecable, TCI, AT&T, Comcast through mergers & acquisitions. In 2006 Billy joined Viamedia as Director of Business Development overseeing the development and implementation of several multi-screen deliverables including SEM, SEO, Online Video and most recently multi-screen social brand integration. Billy resides with his wife and three children in the bourbon, horse racing & college basketball capital of the world – Central Kentucky.
Joe Weisberg, Creator, Executive Producer & Writer, “The Americans”/FX
Joe Weisberg grew up in Chicago. He worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990’s. After leaving the Agency, he wrote the novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of TNT’s Falling Skies. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Chris Williams, Chief Development Officer, Maker Studios
Chris M. Williams, serves as Chief Development Officer for Maker Studios, the leading global multi-channel network. He is responsible for expanding Maker’s programming and channel strategy, developing new intellectual property, and growing audiences across Maker’s vertical networks including Comedy, Gaming, Lifestyle and Music.
Williams has pioneered cutting-edge entertainment for over fifteen years. In late 2010, as VP and GM, Williams launched Disney Online Originals, the division of Disney Interactive dedicated to the creation of new series, characters and franchises for digital platforms.
In August 2008, the digital studio and network he founded in October 2006 was acquired by Disney and re-launched as Take180. From late-2008 through 2010, Williams developed and launched more than ten online series for teens consisting of over 600 videos on Take180′s YouTube network.
In 1996, Williams joined Yahoo! As an early media sales and business development executive, ultimately serving through 2001.
After Yahoo!, Williams formed My2Centences, an entertainment production company, and produced numerous feature films including festival favorites “A Good Night to Die” and “Dead Dogs Lie” and the Lionsgate-released films “Dark Ride” and “Perkins’ 14.”
Williams has served on the New Media Board of the Producers Guild and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was nominated for an Interactive Fiction Emmy in 2008 and his series have been frequently honored by the Telly’s and Webby’s.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Chris Wong leads Ooyala’s business development efforts and is in charge of building the company’s world-class partner ecosystem. Before joining Ooyala, Chris was CEO of the new media company PathConnect. He also served at Agile Software as EVP and Chief Product Officer, at PeopleSoft as VP of Products, and was co-founder and CEO of SkillsVillage.