International Council 2011
IC2011 LA Attendee Lists
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President, TV Group & Digital
Roma Khanna was named president, Television Group and Digital, at MGM in June. She oversees all TV operations for MGM, including production, sales acquisitions, licensing, content creation and digital initiatives for MGM worldwide. She previously served as NBCU’s president of Universal Networks International and Digital Initiatives, overseeing over 70 international television channels, including Syfy Universal, 13th Street Universal, Diva Universal, Universal Channel, Studio Universal, the Hallmark Channel and Movies24. Under her leadership, several global productions launched on these channels to great critical and ratings success, including Rookie Blue, Haven, Fact or Faked and Fairly Legal. In addition, Khanna oversaw the digital initiatives division of NBC Universal International. Prior to NBCU, Khanna was SVP, content and co-head of CHUM Television in Canada, where she co-ran CHUM’s portfolio of free television networks CityTV and A-Channel and over 20 cable channels. In this role, she guided all of the TV group’s domestic and international content creation, program licensing, acquisitions, on-air creative, distribution and digital efforts. Khanna previously served as vice president at CHUM Interactive where she was responsible for all new media and cross-platform content initiatives for CHUM Radio and Television. Before joining CHUM, Khanna served as executive vice president and co-owner of Snap Media, a leading independent interactive producer, where she was involved in the production/creation of cross-media projects for television and film. She began her career at Sony Music Canada as Manager of Legal and Business Affairs.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Harri-Pekka Kaukonen has served as chairman of the executive management group of Sanoma since January of 2011. Prior to this role, he served as the executive vice president, managing director of Fazer Bakeries and COnfectionery Business Area and managing director of Fazer Russia from 2003-2007 and head of division of Fazer Russia and head of group strategy from 2007-2009, serving as CFo from 2003-2007. Kaukonen also worked as a partner of McKinsey & Co. from 1992-2003. He serves as deputy chairman of the Evli Bank Plc.
Chairman and CEO
Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network, a company launched in 1977, and later expanded to introduce the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International. Koplovitz served as chairperson & CEO until the company was sold for $4.5 Billion in 1998. Presently, Koplovitz is the chairman of the board of Liz Claiborne Inc., a company that designs and markets an extensive range of women’s and men’s fashion and accessories worldwide. She is a board member of CA Technology, the world’s leading independent IT management software company.as well as ION Media. She has also served on the boards of Oracle, Nabisco, Instinet and General Re.In 1998, President Clinton appointed Koplovitz to chair the National Women in Business Council. While serving in that capacity, she co-created Springboard Enterprises which was launched in 2000 to raise venture capital for women entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Springboard Enterprises has raised over $5 billion in new capital. She is also the co-founder of Boldcap Ventures, a venture capital firm invested in early and mid-stage technology, media and health sciences companies. She is the author of, Bold Women, Big Ideas (May ’02), which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. Koplovitz is a frequent speaker and contributor on media, capital formation, corporate governance and leadership.
Jushua Kushner, 26, is the managing partner of New York based media private equity firm, Thrive Capital. As a junior in college, Kushner co-founded Vostu, which has grown to be the largest social gaming company in Latin America. He started his career in the private equit group at Goldman Sachs, in the merchant banking division. Kushner currently serves as a principal of Kushner Companies. Its holdings include the Observer Media Group, of which Kushner is a board memeber. He is also vice chairman and board member of Art.sy, a company he helped conceptualize and finance. Kushner received a BA in government from Harvard College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Executive Vice President, French Services
Born in Maniwaki, Quebec, Sylvain Lafrance first worked for CBC/Radio-Canada in 1978 as a journalist. He went on to become senior news editor, then producer, executive producer and finally program director for French Radio in the National Capital Region. In 1992, he was appointed chief of staff for the senior vice-president, English and French Radio Services. He then took over responsibility in Montreal for regional French Radio and, in 1996, all French Radio programming. In 1998, he became vice-president of Radio de Radio-Canada. Other entities soon fell under his purview as well, such as New Media in December 1999, Radio Canada International (RCI) in June 2001, and the ARTV board of directors in October 2002. In 2005, he was appointed executive vice-president of French Services, a new structure that consolidated under one banner all French-language media lines, including Télévision de Radio-Canada and the all-news network Réseau de l’information (RDI).Lafrance studied at the University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Hull and the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes in Paris before completing a master’s degree at École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Quebec City. He also studied at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School. Lafrance has been named Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade (Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie), Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters, and Knight of the French Legion of Honour.
Head of Technology Strategy
Tomohiro Matano is the head of the IT strategy department in the corporate strategy division of WOWOW, Inc, and oversees system administration of websites and publicity programming. Matano joined WOWOW in 2001 and prior to his current role, he worked in web publicity and promotion and sales as well as the engineering division of WOWOW. Matano is originally from Kanagawa, Japan.
Matt Mazzeo is an executive in the business development department at Creative Artists Agency. CAA’s business development department creates new lines of business for the agency, in addition to servicing clients across the agency. Mazzeo has helped spearhead the growth of CAA’s digital media practice, which focuses on the representation of individual and corporate clients within the technology sector. CAA business development agents identify and create opportunities within the emerging digital media marketplace for traditional clients. CAA has worked with clients to conceptualize and incubate many web ventures including new brands like Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die and weplay.com, a youth sports online community with CAA clients including LeBron James, Derek Jeter, and Peyton Manning as founding partners. CAA has also partnered with leading tech companies like Amazon and Qualcomm to incubate startups, WhoSay and Creative Mobile Labs respectively, focused on new platforms for distribution of client content. CAA has also worked with business-to-business and consumer-oriented technology companies looking to build their brand and leverage opportunities in entertainment, including Cisco, IMAX, RockYou, and Ustream. Mazzeo, who received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2005, enjoys traveling and watching his beloved Los Angeles Lakers.
Sean A. Monroe is a partner in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Sean has broad experience in a range of public and private M&A, private equity, and corporate finance transactions, including fund formation and investments, portfolio company acquisitions and divestitures, and complex public and private company mergers and acquisitions. Sean has extensive involvement with federal and state securities laws and regulations, state corporate laws, and general corporate matters and corporate governance, with related exposure to tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, ERISA, environmental and bankruptcy practice areas. Sean works closely with the Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice in handling M&A, securities, and other corporate aspects of entertainment transactions, including those involving motion picture financings, entertainment fund formation, acquisitions of, and investment in, entertainment and media businesses, acquisition due diligence and evaluation, and distribution arrangements.
Chief Executive Officer
Robert Montgomery is a Toronto-based entrepreneur, investor and adviser focused on the digital media and information technology industries. He is CEO of business-to-business media and facilitation company Achilles Media Ltd as well as investment company First Maximilian Associates. Montgomery’s prior positions include: co-founder and partner in Achilles Partners in Toronto and New York, an investment and advisory firm; president, Americas at the Fantastic Corporation in San Francisco, a broadband software company; co-founder and chairman of Media Content plc in London, a media rights company; managing director for Europe and Asia Pacific at research and consulting firm Kagan World Media in London; co-founder of Digital Media International and Managing Director for Euromoney plc, and what is now Informa plc, all business to business media companies in London. Robert is a native of Winnipeg and a graduate of the University of Manitoba. Montgomery is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art and Design and co-chairman of the Canadian Innovation Exchange.
Scott Moore is president, broadcasting, Rogers Media, overseeing the operations of Rogers Broadcasting including 55 AM and FM radio stations and television properties including five city television stations and five OMNI multicultural television stations, Bio, OLN, G4 and Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. He has been one of Canada’s top television producers and executives for the last 20 years and his expertise in major sports productions is sought worldwide. A veteran of eight Olympic Games, three network launches and countless live sports and variety broadcasts, there is literally no major sporting event he has not worked on, or major network that he has not worked with. Amongst his previous positions, Moore was executive director of CBC Sports and general manager of CBC’s media sales and marketing department, where he oversaw a staff of 230 people across the country. Moore served as vice-president of CTV Sportsnet (subsequently Rogers Sportsnet) from 1998 to 2003, and oversaw all the production and technical elements of their successful launch. Prior to that, Moore held senior production positions with TSN as executive producer and CTV as executive producer, Olympic Coverage. Among his other successes was the launch of the Outdoor Life Network in 1997.
Chief Entertainment Officer
John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television which encompasses the production, development, licensing, financing and international distribution of live action drama and comedy series, un-scripted/alternative/reality/factual series, television movies, mini-series and documentaries, prime time animation programming, and family/kids programming – both in live action and animation. Morayniss also oversees the strategic growth of eOne’s television business and serves as an Executive Producer on many eOne Television productions. Prior to eOne Television (and its predecessor company, Blueprint Entertainment where Morayniss also held the position of CEO), he was head of television at Alliance Atlantis where he oversaw all development, production and co-production activities for the television division, including the mega-hit series franchise, CSI. His most recent executive producer credits include ROOKIE BLUE for ABC, HUNG for HBO, HAVEN for the SyFy Channel, CALL ME FITZ for HBO Canada and the upcoming NBC series, THE FIRM based on the best-selling John Grisham novel and the hit feature film of the same title. Morayniss started his career as an entertainment attorney working at McCarthy’s in Toronto. Morayniss is also a board member of National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) which encourages and supports the progress of the entertainment industry and all of the platforms it serves.
Chris Murray is a partner in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the entertainment, sports and media practice, which he chaired from 1995-2004. He has over 30 years of experience in the legal and business aspects of the production, financing, and distribution of motion pictures, television programs, and music, as well as DVDs and other digital media, e-commerce and digital distribution, videogames, the Internet, smart phones, musical concerts, sports, publishing, and the acquisition of entertainment companies, film libraries, and music publishers. He counsels clients in the fields of copyright, trademark, and merchandising/licensing and acts as outside counsel to major motion picture studios, publishers, entertainment companies, and others. He also represents high-profile individual performers, producers, and executives. In the merchandising area, he has acted as counsel for toy manufacturers, television and motion picture companies, and sports organizations. Murray also focuses in the representation of companies based outside the United States in connection with their motion picture, television, musical concert, Internet, and publishing activities in North America and throughout the world. The companies he has represented include well-known companies from Asia and Europe, among others.
Raita Nakashima is general manager for business and legal affairs for the corporate strategy division at WOWOW INC., the leading company in satellite broadcasting and the number one premium pay channel in Japan. Prior to this he was deputy general manager for WOWOW’s media strategy division and before that, deputy general manager of the programming division. He received his MA in journalism from Doshisha University.
Katherine Oliver is the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, which consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; NYC Media; and the Office of Digital Coordination. Commissioner Oliver was appointed on August 1, 2002, and has been the president of NYC Media since April 2009. She has also worked to diversify the city’s entertainment industry through career panels, educational initiatives and community outreach.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce L. Paisner is a television executive and producer who, over the course of his career, has become a leading spokesperson and advocate for television industry issues around the world. He is currently employed as advisor to the chief executive officer of Hearst Corporation and serves on the boards of Hearst’s Cosmopolitan TV Channels in Spain, Latin America, and Canada. He is also president and chief executive officer of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognizes excellence in international television programming with The International Emmy® Award.
President, 2023 LLC
Bill Paley is president of 2023 LLC, an investment management firm specializing in real estate and emerging technologies. He is also the ownder of La Palina Cigars, a company originated by his grandfather in the 19th century. From 1980 to 1984, Paley was president of his own electronic media consulting firm, Paley Communications, which helped develop political applications for the World Wide Web. He is a director of the William S. Paley Foundation and the president of the William C. Paley Foundation. He is also a trustee of The Paley Center for Media. Paley is the son of William S. Paley, founder of CBS.
Film Commissioner and Chair
Tom Perlmutter became on June 11th 2007, the 15th government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board. Since joining the NFB in 2001 as director general of English Program, Perlmutter has been one of the organization’s leading ambassadors at the national and international levels.Under his aegis, the NFB has won many prestigious nominations and awards, including its first Emmy® nomination as well as four Oscar® nominations and two Oscar® wins. Perlmutter enjoyed a prestigious career in the Canadian film industry before becoming a member of the NFB team. As the founding head of documentaries at Barna-Alper Productions, today one of Canada’s top production houses, he created and produced the award winning history series, "The Turning Points of History," and created the seminal mini-series, "The Sexual Century," and also initiated Barna-Alper’s first international co-productions. In 1999 he became a partner in Primitive Entertainment and created and produced a number of distinctive documentaries. Perlmutter previously partnered with John Walker, one of Canada’s most noted documentarists, on several award-winning documentaries. Prior to this, he was director of creative development for CineNova Productions, and executive director of Alliance for Children and Television from 1993 to 1995. He has also worked as a writer and reporter, with a number of articles and publications to his credit, and is the former editor-in-chief of the Toronto bureau of trade magazine Cinema Canada.
Vice President, Sales
John Piccone is vice president, sales at Simulmedia. Prior to this he served as senior vice president, business development and sales strategy, at HealthiNation where he was a founding member of the venture backed startup helping build the largest TV and Online video health media distribution and advertising platform. He also built the advertising sales, media operations, content distribution and business development teams. Before that, Piccone was vice president sales at Blackarrow (New York) for a year as a founding member of the startup building cross platform video advertising management software.From 1996-2006, he worked at Real Media, Inc which became 24/7 Real Media Inc. – a wholly owned subsidiary of WPP (New York). He was a founding member of the pioneering internet advertising and technology solutions company, acting in multiple roles including vice president, international and corporate sales, vice president, east coast sales, vice president, sales and account management, and vice president, technology sales for 24/7 Real Media Europe (Paris). Piccone is a 1992 graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three sons.
Chief Executive Officer
Kuben Pillay joined Primedia as an executive director in May 2000, was appointed as Chief executive officer of the advertising division of Primedia in September 2002, and as chief executive officer of the group in September 2009. An attorney by profession, Pillay was a managing financial partner at the law firm of Cheadle, Thompson & Haysom before joining Mineworkers Investment Company in 1996 as a founding executive director. Pillay is the current non-executive chairman of Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) and has previously served on the boards of several public companies in which Mineworkers Investment Company has had an interest. Pillay holds a Masters in Communication and Journalism from Howard University.
IMP Media Management
Marty Pompadur graduated from Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School. In 1960 he joined American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) and remained at ABC for 17 years. While at ABC, he was a member of the board of directors and held the positions of general manager of the television network; vice president of the broadcast division and president of the leisure activities group. Pompadur left ABC in 1977 and became president of Ziff Corporation. From 1982, until April 2007, he was chairman and chief executive officer of RP Companies' various private and public limited partnerships. In 1998, Pompadur became an executive vice president of News Corporation and president of News Corp Eastern and Central Europe. In 2000, he was appointed chairman of News Corp Europe. In November 2008, Pompadur stepped down as a full-time employee to pursue other business interests. He is a principal owner of Caribbean International News Corporation, which publishes El Vocero, a Spanish language daily newspaper in Puerto Rico; the principal owner of Montana Coffee, a company in the wholesale coffee business in Russia; an investor in Talent Partners, a U.S. payroll company; an investor in Seatwave, a London based ticket reseller; and a board member of Nexstar Broadcasting, a publicly listed US television station company and a board member of IMAX Corporation. Pompadur now is involved in several additional new projects, including global vice chairman, media and entertainment, Macquarie Capital, chairman of Metan Development Group, a company engaged in various media activities in China and senior advisor to Oliver Wyman.
Director, External Relations
Jorge Rendo graduated with a law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires and later obtained a masters degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Grupo Clarín in 1998 and is currently the director of external relations; since 2001 has been member of the board of directors and also serves on the boards of several other Argentine companies subsidiaries of Grupo Clarín. He is also member and board member of several local and international associations related to media enterprises.Since 2004 he serves as secretary to the Iberoamerica Forum.
Deputy Executive Editor
Ricardo Roa has worked for Clarin for more than 20 years, where he has held different positions, including national desk editor, and currently serves as deputy executive editor. He also founded the Olé sports newspaper and has served as publisher since 1996. Roa has been a free-lance writer and an editor for other publications, and served as editor in chief of the Channel 9 newsroom in Buenos Aires. Roa studied political science at the University of Buenos Aires and is married with four children.
Vice President and Executive Director, Media Council and International Council
J. Max Robins was appointed vice president and executive director of the Paley Center’s Media Council and International Council in 2008. He comes to the Media Council from Broadcasting & Cable where most recently he served as editor in chief, overseeing all editorial content for print, the Web, and conferences. During his tenure, Robins supervised a redesign of the magazine, as well as the successful launch of print and digital specials and e-newsletters. He also wrote a popular weekly column covering all aspects of the media landscape, from the state of network news to the industry’s forays into mobile and broadband technologies. Under his leadership, Broadcasting & Cable received numerous accolades, including honors from The Trade Association of Business Publications and the Society of Publication Designers. Prior to Broadcasting & Cable, Robins was a senior editor at TV Guide for seven years where his weekly column “The Robins Report” became known for its keen analysis and breaking news stories. He also spent six years as a TV editor and columnist for Variety, writing extensively on the networks, the production community, advertising, cable, regulatory policy, and new media. Robins has written for numerous publications, and is a frequent guest on several TV and radio programs. He has appeared on CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and all the major cable news networks. In addition, he has provided commentary on public radio’s All Thing Considered, On the Media, and Morning Edition, among others. Robins is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Managing Director, Media and Entertainment Programs
Rich Sabreen is managing director of media and entertainment programs at the New York center of IESE Business School (based in Barcelona, Spain). Sabreen formerly served as executive vice president and global head of media for Reuters where he managed for B2B media products, including Reuters’ news and photo wires, TV newsfeeds, archive services, web and mobile news, and book publishing. He launched Reuters’ first consumer products, Reuters.com, in the US, UK and Japan. Previously, Sabreen was Bloomberg’s Worldwide general manager TV and radio, managing television and radio content and distribution. Earlier, he served as vVice president and general manager of Group W News Services and as vice president of television news for Westinghouse Broadcasting (now CBS), where he created the world’s first satellite-based television news service. As president of Rich Sabreen Enterprises, LLC, Sabreen provided strategic consulting services for clients including The New York Times Company, Time Warner, ABC News, Scholastic, Meredith, McGraw-Hill, Hallmark, Hellman & Friedman and ITN (UK). The company also produced the public TV series "Keeping Kids Healthy" which won five Emmy Awards. Sabreen earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.