2017 Speakers

A Changing World of Global Media: Answers for Today, Solutions for the Future

This year's Summit addressed the pressing issues facing the media industry and explored the global issues facing all companies - from enhancing trade, safeguarding national security and cyber security to sustaining economic growth.




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James A. Baker III
61st U.S. Secretary of State

The career that James A. Baker, III had in public service and politics stands unparalleled. He is the only person to serve as Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and twice as White House Chief of Staff -- for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Starting in 1976, he led an unprecedented five presidential campaigns for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Gerald Ford. Baker is considered one of America’s most effective Chiefs of Staff for his work under President Reagan. During that time, the President reduced taxes, loosened regulations and help re-ignite America’s economic engine. As Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, Baker played a key role in the Tax Reform Act that simplified the nation’s tax code and the Plaza Accords to stabilize global currencies.

During his tenure as Secretary of State, the Cold War ended peacefully, the Soviet Union dissolved, and democracy spread across the globe. Baker lay the diplomatic groundwork for the unification of Germany, forged the unprecedented international coalition that forced Saddam Hussein’s troops from Kuwait and designed the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference.

Baker’s public service continued after leaving the government. He founded the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, was Personal Envoy of the United Nations to seek a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara, and was Special Presidential Envoy to restructure Iraq’s sovereign debt. 
He is a senior partner with the law firm Baker Botts. He and Susan Garrett Baker have 8 children and 18 grandchildren.


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Amy Banse
Comcast Ventures

Amy has over 25 years of experience investing in, acquiring and building companies at Comcast. She currently heads up Comcast Ventures, setting strategy for the group, making investments in companies like Nextdoor, TuneIn and Houzz, and determining how best to support our portfolio companies through the Comcast NBCUniversal platform. In 2004, Amy launched Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) and led the development of Comcast’s early digital strategy, including the launch of the company’s first video streaming platform (now known as Xfinity stream) and the acquisition and operation of several digital properties, including Fandango. She started her Comcast career as a lawyer in 1991 and oversaw the creation, acquisition and development of Comcast's early cable network portfolio, including E!, The Golf Channel, Sprout (now known as Universal Kids) and a number of regional sports networks. Amy serves on the boards of Adobe, Clorox, TuneIn and Quantifind. She also serves on the board of the non-profit Tipping Point Community.  Amy received her B.A. from Harvard, her J.D. from the Temple School of Law and general life knowledge from balancing four kids and a full career.


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Frank A. Bennack, Jr.

Frank A. Bennack, Jr., is executive vice chairman of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest private companies engaged in a broad range of publishing, broadcasting, cable networking and diversified communications activities. He is also chairman of the companies' Executive Committee, a director of Hearst and a trustee of The Hearst Family Trust established under the will of William Randolph Hearst. In addition, he sits on a number of corporate committees and the Hearst Foundations Boards where he has served for more than 25 years.

Bennack served as Hearst’s CEO for more than 28 years. He directed the company through an unprecedented period of growth from when he began his first tenure as CEO in 1979 through June 2013 when he stepped down—increasing revenues 12 times and growing earnings more than 30 times, through investments, acquisitions and startups. Today, Hearst is comprised of some 360 plus businesses and 20,000 employees.

Under his leadership, the company launched three leading cable networks with its partner ABC (now the Walt Disney Company), A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime, and invested in the ESPN family of networks, now in 190 countries and territories. On Bennack’s watch, Hearst has marched toward diversification and global expansion, including its nearly $1 billion acquisition in 2011 of Lagardère’s 100 international titles outside of France, its purchase of healthcare information leader MCG, acquiring ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group and its establishment of a joint venture with television producer Mark Burnett. Bennack was also instrumental in the decision to create what today is Hearst Television Inc., one of the nation’s largest non-network owned television station groups, which operates 31 television stations. During his tenure, Hearst has launched such magazines as Country Living, Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Marie Claire and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Prior to his first tenure as chief executive, Bennack served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hearst and, prior to that, as vice president and general manager of the Hearst Newspaper Group. He also served in a variety of management posts, including a seven-year tenure (1967 to 1974) as publisher and editor of the San Antonio Light.

Bennack is a director of Ralph Lauren Corporation. He is chairman of Hearst Magazines UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst. Bennack is also a governor and chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its Healthcare System, a managing director of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, chairman emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and chairman of The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio). He was the 1992-93 chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (formerly the American Newspaper Publishers Association).

As a teenager, the San Antonio native was host of both television and radio programs. He eventually entered publishing in his hometown, and rose from classified advertising salesman to newspaper publisher by the age of 34.

Bennack has received honors for his charitable work from such organizations as the American Heart Association, United Cerebral Palsy and the Inner City Scholarship Fund of New York. His industry awards include the Gold Medal from the International Radio & Television Society in 1991, the Trustees’ Award (Emmy) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1993, the 1997 Center for Communication Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Advertising Council in 1999, and the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. In 2007, he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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Andy Bird
Walt Disney International

As chairman, Walt Disney International, Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the United States. Reporting to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Mr. Bird and his global team develop and implement strategies to increase Disney brand affinity and awareness in key international markets, introduce new customers and guests to Disney’s unique storytelling legacy and iconic characters, and invest in and maximize opportunities in emerging markets.

Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Mr. Bird has greatly expanded Disney’s presence around the world. With a substantial global footprint across six regions (Asia, Australia and New Zealand, EMEA [Europe, Middle East, Africa], India, Latin America and Russia), Andy leads an organization of over 13,500 cast members with operations in 45 countries throughout the world.

During his tenure, Disney has implemented integrated structures in international markets that have: greatly accelerated revenue in China, produced growth across Japan and Europe and provided unparalleled access to emerging markets throughout Latin America and South East Asia. Strategic acquisitions have created important new distribution channels across the globe, and a focus on developing locally relevant creative content is forging even deeper connections with international audiences.

In 2015, The Walt Disney Company was ranked #1 in the category of effectiveness in conducting a global business in Fortune magazine’s annual World’s Most Admired Companies survey– a testament to the Company’s strategy to successfully expand the brand and its franchises beyond North America.

Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Bird spent nearly a decade with Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. He rose to president of TBS International in 2000, and became responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the continental U.S.

Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Bird held a number of positions in radio and television in Europe. In 1992, Mr. Bird was tapped by Unique Broadcasting, the largest independent radio production company in the United Kingdom, to start up and operate Unique Television.

Mr. Bird began his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England. After that, he moved to London to join the Virgin Broadcasting Company working at Music Box, a Pan-European music channel. Later, Virgin asked Mr. Bird to help launch and program a satellite-delivered national radio service called "Radio Radio." He became head of programming for the service, producing radio shows for leading comedians and television presenters.

A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Bird is a Commander of the British Empire. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1985.


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Julia Boorstin

Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. 

In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, "Stay Tuned…The Future of TV." 

Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to "Street Life," a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News. 

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the "TJFR 30 under 30" list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department's delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore's domestic policy office. 

She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.


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Margot Bowman
Boiler Room

Margot Bowman is an Artist and Director exploring what it feels like to be a human being in a digital world. 

Her multi-media approach spans animation, film, interactive and web to make visceral, colour driven, emotive culture.

Marrying technology with music, fashion and art she makes disruptive digitally-driven experiences for institutions, publications and brands including; Tate Modern, Nike, BoilerRoom, Diesel and NOWNESS. 

Based between New York and London, Bowman is Creative Director of Boiler Room, was recently appointed Royal Society of Arts Fellow and was awarded the Mercedes Benz award for Innovation at The Fashion Film Festival Milan.


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Mark Britt

Mark is an experienced leader of technology, content and marketing led businesses. Prior to founding iflix, Mark served as CEO of Nine Entertainment Co’s digital arm Mi9, where he was responsible for the company’s SVOD investments and portfolio of start up ventures. Mark was formerly also, General Manager of Microsoft’s Consumer and Online business for Asia Pacific. During his tenure with the company, Mark was instrumental in expanding Microsoft’s consumer and Internet business into Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and  Korea. Mark holds a diploma in Law from LPAB.


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Jing Cao

Jing Cao covers New York tech companies and the New York tech scene for Bloomberg. She's particularly interested in the areas of e-commerce, AI and VR/AR. She's also covered oil markets and the insurance and auto industries for Bloomberg.


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David Clark

David Clark joins Comcast from The Weather Channel (TWC), where he served as President for five years. During that time, he managed programming, strategy and operations and led the company to earn prestigious awards including, The Governor’s Award for Excellence from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Prior to TWC, Mr. Clark served as an Executive Vice President at The Madison Square Garden Company where he implemented sales and partnership strategies across MSG brands and served as General Manager of Fuse, MSG’s music channel. He got his start in media and advertising sales at Viacom/MTV Networks, where he led the company’s Global Marketing Partnerships group, an integrated advertising sales team that worked across Viacom’s businesses worldwide. 

Mr. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Tulane University.


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Megan Clarken

Megan Clarken is Global President of Watch for Nielsen, the world’s largest research company with a market cap of $16.13 billion and more than 40,000 associates across 106 countries.

In 2004, Megan commenced her career with Nielsen as part of an acquisition of the world’s leading digital measurement company NetRatings, where she held the position of Product Leader. Over the following 10 years, she progressed to the position of Global President of Watch, the segment of Nielsen’s business that provides media and advertising clients audience measurement services across all devices – television, radio, online and mobile – where content is consumed. As architect and executor of Nielsen’s Total Audience Strategy and Product Delivery, her initiative has solved an insurmountable issue for the media industry, has spearheaded Nielsen into the world’s preeminent position in cross platform media measurement and has helped create billions in shareholder value.  

Megan has direct control of ~$1B of spend as Nielsen’s product lead globally and is accountable to ~$3B+ of revenue across 45 markets including the US, China, India, Italy, Germany and Australia. 

Megan represents Nielsen to the investment community and key stakeholders through frequent public speaking appearances, op-eds and other commentary in the press globally. She is most recently the recipient of the prestigious ASI Speakers Award and the Broadcasting & Cable Wonder Woman of 2016 award.

She is a New Zealand native and qualifier for the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympic Games for the Long Jump.


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Bob Davis
The Wall Street Journal

Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues out of the Washington D.C. bureau, especially those that will play out in the presidential campaign. He also continues to write about China, where he was posted from 2011 to 2014

In China he did his best to get out of Beijing and see China beyond the luxury stores and report on the changes that were remaking the country and global economy. Similarly, back in DC, he ranges beyond the Beltway to see how America is changing.

Before he decamped to Beijing, Mr. Davis ran economic coverage during the global financial crisis and, before that, reported on Washington’s response to the Asian financial crisis. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Journal's Latin America bureau chief, based in Washington, D.C., and covered the resurgence of populist politics. Under his direction, the bureau won the Overseas Press Club award for Latin America coverage in 2005.

He was the Wall Street Journal's Brussels bureau chief in 2001-2002 and was responsible for coverage of the European Union.

In 2000, he was awarded the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting for coverage of the White House negotiations with China over the World Trade Organization. A year earlier, he was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the Asian and Russian financial crisis.

In 1998, he co-authored "Prosperity," which was selected by Business Week as one of the year's 10 best business books.


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David Eun
Samsung NEXT

As President and Head of Samsung NEXT, David Eun leads innovation efforts to develop software and services to complement Samsung’s diverse portfolio of consumer electronics. With a focus on startups, he is responsible for early stage investments, product development, partnerships, and acquisitions with offices in San Francisco, Mountain View, New York, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Seoul. David also oversees SmartThings, a leading Internet of Things platform for the connected home.

Prior to joining Samsung, David served as President of AOL Media and Studios and as Global Head of Content Partnerships at Google. Before Google, he worked at Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, where he had a variety of roles developing new digital businesses. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.


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Cristiana Falcone
World Economic Forum

Cristiana Falcone Sorrell is a GLOBAL leader in media, business and social development sectors. She began her career in radio and television, covering foreign affairs including war and humanitarian crises. Over the past 15+ years she has honed her experience as a strategic adviser, investor and philanthropist and acquired vast experience with multinationals, international organizations and the media. As well as working directly for C – suite executives at SONY and Shell, she also held leadership advisory roles with the following companies and international organizations: ILO, IFAD, FAO, UNDCCP, IADB, RAI, Gruppo Espresso, the World Economic Forum and Univision.

She presently serves as Senior Adviser to the Executive Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum on New Initiatives and Special Projects. Joining the Forum in 2004, she led the Media, Entertainment and Information Industries, building and managing strategic partnerships with industry leaders, policymakers, experts and academics worldwide.  In 2006, she pioneered The Digital Ecosystem a scenario-based tool aimed at garnering insight into digital disruption and its impact on the future of media. In 2008, in partnership with Yale University, she led the production of an online case study on media opportunities in fast-growing environments, featuring key industry leaders and profiling cutting-edge tech and knowledge.
Mrs Falcone Sorrell is an early investor and adviser in several young talented hand-picked start-ups.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Viacom and Revlon and holds leadership roles in the following organizations:  Internews, The Paley Center for Media, The School of Nutrition and the Feinstein Center for Humanitarian Affairs at Tufts University.  As the CEO of the JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, she leads transformative initiatives in health, education and poverty alleviation worldwide.
Mrs Falcone Sorrell graduated from the University of Rome - La Sapienza in Political Science and earned her Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a Master's in Diplomatic Studies from the Italian Society for International Organizations and the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Academy as well as several post graduate certificates in leadership, change management, corporate strategy and business management.

She is the recipient of the 2012 Poder Award in Leadership, 2014 Honouree of La Scuola Italiana Guglielmo Marconi, and 2015 commencement speaker for the Tufts School of Nutrition.  She is one of four professional women leaders featured by Bazar Dolce & Gabbana’s Time for Women, and a co-host of the Women in the World London Conference 2015.


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Tom Fontana
Emmy Award-winning Writer and Executive Producer

Tom Fontana has written and produced such groundbreaking television series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life On The Street, Oz, The Philanthropist, Copper and Netflix's Borgia.  He has received, among others, three Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers' Guild Awards, Four Television Critics Association Awards, the Cable Ace Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and the first prize at the Cinema Tout Ecran Festival in Geneva.
Fontana serves on the boards of Stockings with Care, the WGAE Foundation, The NYPD Police Museum, DEAL, The Creative Coalition, The Acting Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival and Center for Creative Voices in Media.


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Jim Gavin
AMC's Lodge 49

Jim Gavin is the author of Middle Men (Simon & Schuster). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Esquire, The Mississippi Review, and ZYZZYVA.  He's the creator of “Lodge 49,” which is set to premiere on AMC in 2018, and currently resides in Culver City, CA.


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Timothy Geithner
75th U.S. Secretary of Treasury

Timothy F. Geithner was the 75th Secretary of the Treasury for the first term of President Barack Obama’s administration. He was a principal architect of the president's successful strategy to avert economic collapse and to reform the financial system.
Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He first joined the Treasury Department as a civil servant in 1988 and held a number of positions in three administrations, including Undersecretary for International Affairs under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.
Mr. Geithner is the author of STRESS TEST: Reflections on Financial Crises. He Chairs the Program on Financial Stability at the Yale University School of Management, where he is also a visiting lecturer. He is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Group of Thirty. Mr. Geithner is currently President of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm.


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Paul Giamatti
Actor and Producer

As one of the most versatile actors of his generation, Paul Giamatti’s body of work comes to life with a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances across film and television.
The actor currently stars in the Showtime hit Billions, which returns on February 19 and is currently in production on the upcoming feature film, Catcher Was A Spy. Giamatti was recently cast in Tamara Jenkins’ upcoming drama, Private Life, opposite Kathryn Hahn. Upcoming, he will also executive produce the new AMC series, Lodge 49. Written and created by Jim Gavin, Lodge 49 is described as a modern fable set in Long Beach.

In 2016, Giamatti featured in the The Phenom, Ratchet & Clank, and the sci-fi thriller Morgan. In 2015, Giamatti played the infamous ex-N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller in the Academy Award®-nominated biographical drama Straight Outta Compton. Giamatti was also featured in Brad Peyton’s adventure drama, San Andreas. Prior to this, he produced and starred in Phil Morrison’s comedy drama All Is Bright alongside Paul Rudd and lent his vocal talents to the English-language version of the Oscar®-nominated French animated feature, Ernest & Celestine. The same year, Giamatti starred in the feature-film adaptation of The Little Prince.On the small screen, Giamatti received a 2015 Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Juror #12 in Inside Amy Schumer. In 2014, he also received an Emmy® nomination for his guest-starring role as Harold Levinson on the highly-acclaimed drama series Downtown Abbey.
In 2013, the actor starred in Steve McQueen’s Oscar Award®-winning 12 Years A Slave. Also in 2013, Giamatti was featured in Saving Mr. Banks and Parkland. In addition, he played ‘The Rhino,' in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and appeared on stage in Yale Rep's production of Hamlet where he starred in the title role.  Later, taking theatre to the big screen, Giamatti played the role of ‘Paul Gill’ in New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical Rock of Ages.
In 2011 Giamatti captivated audiences in the critically praised Win Win. He was also seen in the Golden Globe® nominated drama The Ides Of March. For Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie Too Big to Fail, Giamatti played ‘Ben Bernanke’ opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup. His performance earned him his third SAG® Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries as well as an Emmy® and a Golden Globe® nomination. The actor’s performance in 2010’s Barney’s Version earned him his second Golden Globe® Award and in 2008 Giamatti won Emmy®, SAG® and Golden Globe® awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in HBO’s seven-part, Emmy® Award-winning miniseries John Adams. In 2006 his performance in Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man earned him his first SAG® Award and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as an Oscar® and Golden Globe® nomination in the same category.
Other film credits include The Last Station; Duplicity; Cold Souls; Pretty Bird; Fred Claus; Too Loud a Solitude; The Nanny Diaries; Shoot ‘Em Up; The Ant BullyLady in the Water; The Illusionist; The Hawk Is DyingRobots; Alexander Payne’s Academy Award® winning dramedy Sideways which earned Giamatti Golden Globe® and SAG Award nominations; American Splendor in which he received outstanding reviews and commendations for his performance; the thriller ConfidenceBig Fat LiarPlanet of the Apes; DuetsBig Momma’s House; Cradle will Rock; Safe Men; The Negotiator; the five-time Oscar®-winner Saving Private Ryan, The Truman Show featuring.
Beyond his work in film, Giamatti is also an accomplished stage actor receiving a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as ‘Jimmy Tomorrow’ in Kevin Spacey’s Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. Additional Broadway credits include The Three Sisters directed by Scott Elliot, Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre, and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. Off-Broadway, Giamatti was part of the ensemble cast of The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui alongside the acclaimed Al Pacino.


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Miriam Gottfried
The Wall Street Journal

Miriam Gottfried covers private equity and restructuring for The Wall Street Journal, a position she has held since September. She spent the previous five and a half years writing commentary about media, telecom and retail companies for the Journal's Heard on the Street column. Prior to joining the Journal, Miriam was a staff writer for Barron's. She has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in business and economics journalism from Columbia University.


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Richard Greenfield

Rich is Managing Director, Media and Technology analyst at BTIG 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.  Greenfield is an active angel investor focused on the convergence of media, communications and commerce. Greenfield loves meeting new start-ups, demo'ing new technologies and trying to figure out the future.  Greenfield has been a New Yorker his entire life, with a stop in Boston to attend Brandeis. 


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Stephen Hadley
Former National Security Advisor

Stephen Hadley served as the National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Hadley served as Deputy National Security Advisor. In addition to covering the full range of national security issues, he had special responsibilities in several areas including a U.S./Russia political dialogue, the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, and developing a strategic relationship with India.

From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Hadley was both a principal in The Scowcroft Group (a strategic consulting firm headed by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft) and partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner (now part of Goodwin Proctor). In his consulting practice, he represented U.S. corporate clients investing and doing business overseas, including in China, the United Arab Emirates, and Western and Eastern Europe. At Shea & Gardner, he represented U.S. corporate clients in transactional and international matters—including export controls, foreign investment in U.S. national security companies, and the national security responsibilities of U.S. information technology companies. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Hadley served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy for President George H.W. Bush, and from 1974 to 1977 he served on the National Security Council staff of President Gerald R. Ford.

Mr. Hadley remains engaged on U.S. national security policy, currently serving on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is also a Director of the Atlantic Council, serving on its Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Chairman of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy Advisory Board, and a member of Yale University’s Kissinger Papers Advisory Board. He previously held positions as co-chair of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board, and a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Mr. Hadley also serves as Senior Advisor on International Affairs to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In this capacity, Mr. Hadley has co-chaired a series of senior bipartisan working groups on topics ranging from Arab-Israeli peace to U.S. political strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan to U.S./Turkey relations. He also contributes to the Institute’s programs in the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Hadley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1969. In 1972, he received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.


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Karam Hinduja
Timeless Media

Karam is the Founder and CEO of Timeless Media and the Karma Network. Timeless is a unique group of businesses which use advanced data collection and human understanding to produce data-driven content that inspires action. Its audiences are the next generation of investors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries - the people who are redefining our world.

Karma is the flagship media business within Timeless and is an original programming network for next-generation investors. It produces entertaining and informative content that provides powerful perspectives and actionable insight into some of the key issues and challenges facing the world today.
As a member of the 4th generation of the Hinduja Family, Karam comes from a long line of entrepreneurs who have built successful and impactful business across sectors such as healthcare, banking, and real estate. Timeless is a venture which continues this entrepreneurial legacy and aims to re-imagine the media industry for today’s audiences.

In addition to his work on Timeless, Karam also serves on the boards of numerous companies across the Hinduja Group.  He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science.


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Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg is co-founder and serves as Partner of WndrCo, a well-capitalized start-up that will serve as an incubator for major New Media and technology initiatives.

Katzenberg has been a leader of American media for more than 40 years. In 1994, along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG, which has produced a number of celebrated films, including three Best Picture Academy Award® winners – American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company, with Katzenberg serving as Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Under Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation became the largest animation studio in the world, releasing 32 animated feature films, which have enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, earning sixteen Academy Award® nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature. In addition to critical success, DreamWorks Animation has been recognized on five occasions as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine. In 2013, it became one of the first Hollywood studios to make a major investment in emerging digital media with the acquisition of AwesomenessTV, which is now one of the top networks on YouTube. In August, 2016, DreamWorks Animation SKG was sold to Comcast for a sale price of $3.8 billion.

Prior to co-founding DreamWorks, Katzenberg served as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. During his tenure, the studio produced such landmark animated films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast – the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® – as well as live action hits including Good Morning, Vietnam; Three Men and a Baby; Dead Poets Society; Pretty Woman; Father of the Bride and Sister Act. Katzenberg previously served as President of Paramount Studios, where he was involved in now-classic films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Best Picture Academy Award® winners Ordinary People and Terms of Endearment.

In 2013, Katzenberg was awarded the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.

Together with his wife Marilyn, Katzenberg provides support and leads fundraising efforts on behalf of dozens of local, national and international organizations focused on healthcare, education, the arts, Jewish causes, children, civic improvement and the environment. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Katzenberg sits on the Boards or serves as a Trustee of the following organizations: AIDS Project Los Angeles, American Museum of the Moving Image, California Institute of the Arts,  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Geffen Playhouse, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. He also supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Boston University. Together with DreamWorks Animation, Katzenberg founded the DreamWorks Animation Academy of Inner-City Arts in 2008.


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Courtney A. Kemp
Writer and Executive Producer

Kemp is the mind behind Starz’ critically acclaimed gritty New York drama, “Power,” currently in production on its fifth season. The series marks her debut as a creator and showrunner and follows the complex character James “Ghost” St. Patrick and his empire. Under Kemp’s fearless leadership, the show has reached phenomenal heights, as it is considered to be Starz’ most watched original series to date. It currently averages a weekly audience of around 8 million, when considering multiplatform and delayed viewing, making it the second-most-watched series on premium cable only after HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Season-to-season, Kemp continually elevates the show’s presence in the television landscape as well as its viewership numbers. The series doubled viewership from its series premiere episode to its Season 1 finale, also generating the largest concentration of African American viewership of any scripted premium series in almost a decade. By the time the second season wrapped, POWER drew a record 6.3 million viewers each week, up 389% from the first season. The Season 3 premiere episode alone raked in 2.26 million live viewers, establishing it as Starz’s best original series season debut and the most watched episode of any Starz original series of all time. The season three premiere success led to an exclusive, multi-year deal with Lionsgate and Starz under her End of Episode production banner, what many would consider the biggest talent power play since Lionsgate’s acquisition of the premium cabler. Additionally, Starz announced the renewal of “Power” for seasons four and five with Kemp to return. The fourth season of “POWER” aired this past June to stellar reviews.

In September of this year, continuing momentum from the success of a hit series, Kemp announced her new project “Get Christie Love,” which secured a pilot production commitment with ABC in a very competitive situation. The show is an hour-long drama inspired by the cult 1974 blaxploitation-themed TV movie “Get Christie Love!” and subsequent short-lived series. Kemp will serve as showrunner and EP and alongside producers Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. Waterman

Named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 50 “Power Showrunners” three years in a row, Kemp’s profile continues to rise. Most recently, she was listed in Variety’s “Producers Impact Report” for being a staple in the industry by making an impact on the respective television season. Marie Claire Magazine named her one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in America,” she was included as one of the female powerhouses on Elle Magazine’s “The Agenda” and named one of Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” honorees.

Previously, Kemp was a writer and supervising producer on the celebrated television show THE GOOD WIFE, which went on to garner nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and a Writers Guild Award for Dramatic Series. She also worked on ABC’s ELI STONE, and Fox’s JUSTICE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, among others. Prior to her work in television, Kemp wrote for many prestigious magazines, including GQ, Vibe, and Marie Claire.


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David Kenny
IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.

David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency. 

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).


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Andy Kleinman

Andy Kleinman is an entrepreneur and executive with nearly 20 years of experience in technology and entertainment. Kleinman is currently founder & CEO of Wonder, a new company building innovative hardware, software and services focusing on entertainment and gaming. He is an active angel investor, advisor and mentor to early stage technology and media companies.

Most recently, Andy was Chief Business Officer at Scopely, one of the fastest growing mobile entertainment companies in the world, where he oversaw business development, strategy, licensing and investor relations. Previously, Kleinman held General Manager positions at Zynga and Playdom, where he led international growth, business strategy and monetization efforts.    

Kleinman started his first company, Emepe3, at the age of 17 and grew it to become one of the largest Spanish-speaking music websites in the world before its sale in 2004. In 2007, he co-founded Vostu, a social games company that reached more than 50 million users in Latin America and raised over $45M in venture capital.

As an executive of Endeavor-company Three Melons, Andy ran business development and strategy before the company was acquired by Playdom, which was later acquired by The Walt Disney Company. In 2011, Andy joined Zynga as General Manager to focus on the company’s International growth. Zynga had one of the largest IPOs in the history of gaming. After Zynga, he joined the founding team at Scopely to help scale the company to become one of the fastest growing mobile game developers in the world, with hits such as The Walking Dead and Wheel of Fortune.

Andy is also passionate about film, and has produced eight independent films to date. His latest, Jauja, won the FIPRESCI Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.


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Debra L. Lee
BET Networks

Debra L. Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Ms. Lee oversees one of the most influential multiplatform media companies in the world, including several cable television networks and digital offerings.

BET Networks is committed to providing its audience with quality entertainment that speaks to where they are in their lives and where they want to go. Under her leadership, Ms. Lee has led the company’s successful reinvigorated brand and successful programming vision that has created hits such as The New Edition Story, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Being Mary Jane, The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors and many more. Ms. Lee’s vision for BET’s reinvigorated approach is built on supporting families, embracing and encouraging their dreams, and focusing on the issues that are important to them.

In September 2009, Ms. Lee managed the launch of Centric, a 24-hour music and entertainment network. Under her leadership, Centric was rebranded in 2014 as the first network designed for Black women. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Ms. Lee was President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks for almost 10 years, during which she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue and earnings. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment, Ms. Lee’s achievements in a 25-plus year career at BET Networks have earned her numerous accolades from across the cable industry, as well as recognition as one of this country’s most respected business executives. Ms. Lee was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Most recently, Ms. Lee was celebrated as an Icon at the 2017 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons for her major contributions to American music and culture through BET. This distinguished honor was presented by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy. She is the first woman to receive this honor.

Ms. Lee also serves on the corporate board of directors for Marriott International, Twitter and Washington Gas & Light. Her business acumen and strategic approach to management make Ms. Lee a popular speaker and lecturer on a range of business topics.

Affiliated with a number of professional, civic and cultural organizations, she serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees for The American Film Institute, Brown University’s Center for Slavery & Justice, The Paley Center for Media, and The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

She was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board and is a member emeritus of the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Ms. Lee earned her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014 she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.


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Kane Lee
Baobab Studios

Emmy Award-winning producer Kane Lee heads content development and strategy for Baobab Studios and has served as Executive Producer for the virtual reality studio’s groundbreaking works, including the 2017 Emmy Award winner Invasion! featuring Ethan Hawke, as well as the 2017 Unity Vision Award winner Asteroids! featuring Elizabeth Banks, and most recently, the highly anticipated VR experience Rainbow Crow, starring John Legend.  He masterminded the first-time ever adaptation of VR IP (Invasion!) into a traditional flat screen Hollywood feature film. Usually with new technology mediums, IP goes in the opposite direction, from Hollywood to the new medium, but Roth Kirschenbaum Films (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White & Huntsmen) is partnering with Baobab to bring Invasion! to the silver screen.

Lee has always led at the intersection of technology and media.  He is lead producer of the 20th Century Fox animated feature film based upon the Academy Award-nominated short, The Dam Keeper, and is on the producing teams for projects ranging from The School for Good and Evil at Universal Pictures to Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee's The Way Between to the international award-winning children’s series Spooksville. Previously Lee served as Vice President Development and Production for Jane Startz Productions and worked on films including Horton Hears A Who!Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Robots for Blue Sky Studios / 20th Century Fox Animation. He is an advisor in interactive media for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


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Kristin Lemkau
JP Morgan Chase

Kristin Lemkau is the Chief Marketing Officer for JPMorgan Chase, responsible for marketing, brand, advertising, media, sponsorships, marketing analytics and market research firmwide and communications for Chase. 

She has spent 19 years at JPMorgan Chase in communications and marketing roles across the firm. In 2017 she was recognized as a Matrix Award winner by NY Women in Communications. In 2016, she was named one of Ad Age’s 10 Power Players and one of Adweek’s Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech.  

Prior to JPMorgan Chase, she held communications and marketing positions at Allied Signal (now Honeywell) and Freeport-McMoRan. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Robin Hood Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Effie Worldwide and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).


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David Leonhardt
The New York Times

David Leonhardt David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. 

His prior assignment was leading a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the future of the newsroom. David was previously the Washington bureau chief and the founding editor of The Upshot, a Times section covering politics and policy. In 2011, he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. David has appeared frequently on television and radio, including Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, the Colbert Report and NPR. 

He studied applied mathematics at Yale and is a third-generation native of New York.


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Ben Lerer
Group Nine Media

Ben Lerer is the founding CEO of Group Nine Media - a digital media holding company consisting of NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist (which he founded). Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, and has been featured in Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, Crain’s “40 under 40” and Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”.

Ben is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, among New York’s most successful technology investment funds. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper, the Advisory Board for Refinery29 and the Board of RaisedByUs.


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Greg Maffei
Liberty Media

Greg Maffei leads the team transforming Liberty to compete in the digital mobile era. Liberty Media owns media and entertainment businesses, including subsidiaries Formula 1, SiriusXM and the Atlanta Braves, and an interest in Live Nation Entertainment. Liberty Interactive owns digital commerce businesses, including subsidiaries QVC, zulily, and Evite, and interests in HSN, LendingTree, FTD, and ILG. Liberty's stocks have outperformed the indexes and peers and Liberty Media was recently headlined in Barron’s as Better than Buffett. Liberty Media ranked #5 in Fortune’s 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies in the Media & Entertainment Industry.

In addition, Maffei serves as President and CEO of Liberty Broadband and Chairman and CEO of Liberty TripAdvisor, which were spun off from Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive, respectively, in 2014. Liberty Broadband consists primarily of a stake in Charter Communications and Liberty TripAdvisor holds a controlling interest in TripAdvisor.

Maffei serves as Chairman of the Liberty‐related companies Live Nation Entertainment, SiriusXM and TripAdvisor, and a Director of Charter Communications and Zillow.

Prior to joining Liberty in 2005, Maffei served as President and CFO of Oracle, Chairman and CEO of 360networks, CFO of Microsoft, and Chairman of the Board of Expedia. He has also served as a Director of Barnes & Noble, Citrix, DIRECTV, Dorling Kindersley, Electronic Arts and Starbucks and was Chairman of Starz.

Maffei is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and Council on Foreign Relations. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an AB from Dartmouth College.


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Anja Manuel

Ms. Manuel is Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm.

The firm assists CEOs and senior executives at major companies – many of them headquartered in California — to export, expand their businesses, and meet regulatory challenges in key emerging markets such as China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Anja Manuel is also a Lecturer in the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University where she designed and teaches a course on US Foreign Policy in Asia.

From 2005 to 2007, Anja Manuel served as Special Assistant to Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Ms. Manuel had responsibility for South Asia Policy, Congressional outreach and legal matters. She was part of the negotiating team for the U.S.-India civilian nuclear accord, helped to secure passage of the accord in the U.S. Congress, and was extensively involved in developing U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

From 2001 to 2005, and from late 2007 to 2009, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at the law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration, anti-corruption matters, and Congressional investigations, including in China, India, Latin America, and Africa. She helped represent Senators McCain and Feingold in their defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act before the Supreme Court; and represented the German Economy Foundation Initiative in its efforts to set up a foundation to compensate forced labor victims of World War II.

Ms. Manuel started her career in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, working on German and Eastern European mergers and privatizations.

She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds a BA and MA degree with distinction from Stanford University.

Ms. Manuel serves on the Board of Advisors for Ripple, Inc. and Flexport, Inc., a California company working to simplify the export-import process in the United States. She is also a Board Director for Internews, a non-profit that trains independent journalists in post-conflict and other developing countries. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Center for a New American Security, the non-profit Developments in Literacy, and was a board director of Zipcourt, Inc. Ms. Manuel is a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Joe Marchese
Fox Networks Group

Joe Marchese is president of Advanced Advertising Products at Fox Networks Group (FNG), where he leads operations in nonlinear advertising products and services for 21st Century Fox's global portfolio of channels. Marchese was appointed to his current position after the company he founded, true[X], was acquired by 21st Century Fox in 2015. The leader in engagement advertising technologies, true[X] is now a part of the Advanced Advertising Products division that Marchese oversees.

Marchese is also the founder and chairman of the reservation and payment app Reserve and the NYC–based tech studio Human Ventures, and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media and the board of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute.

Recently tapped as a 2016 Media Maven by Advertising Age and listed at #38 on Variety's Gotham 60, Marchese is considered by many as a leading entrepreneur and one of the more progressive, provocative thought leaders helping to shape the future of advertising and media.


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John Martin

John Martin is chairman and chief executive officer of Turner, a portfolio of news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Martin assumed executive leadership of Turner in January 2014.  Previously, he was chief financial and administrative officer of Time Warner Inc., overseeing Time Warner's finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, internal audit, investor relations, treasury and tax areas. In addition, he had oversight of corporate human resources and worked closely with other members of Time Warner's senior management team and its operating divisions on a variety of organizational, development and diversity issues.

Before becoming Time Warner’s chief financial officer in January 2008, Martin had been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Time Warner Cable Inc. since August 2005.  Previously, he spent nearly 12 years at Time Warner, ultimately as senior vice president, investor relations, from 2002 to 2005.  He was a director in the equity research group of ABN AMRO Securities LLC from 2000 to 2002.  Earlier, he served as director in the Office of the President at Time Warner and director of finance special projects.  He began at Time Warner in 1993 as a manager of SEC financial reporting.  Before joining Time Warner Inc., he was a Certified Public Accountant, working as a senior accountant at Ernst and Young LLP in New York.

Martin received an MBA degree in finance and organizational behavior from the Columbia University Business School and a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Columbia University's business school.  He also serves on the boards of the United Negro College Fund and the Paley Center for Media. Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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Thalia Mavros

As founder of The FRONT – an emerging media brand that brings storytelling from a female perspective to the forefront – Thalia Mavros creates powerful stories by women, for the world, across original programming and branded projects. The FRONT garnered investment from A+E Networks and recent accolades include an official Tribeca Film Festival selection, Webby Award for Best Online Doc, GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism and She Runs It 'Changing the Game' Award. Previously, Mavros was executive creative Director at VICE where she had seven years of success across VICE platforms and verticals, including leading The Creators Project from its inception.


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Jonathan Miller
Advancit Capital

Jonathan Miller is a partner at Advancit Capital and Chairman of Indigenous Media. He was the chief digital officer and chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for News Corporation, a role in which he drove the company's overall digital strategy in conjunction with various operational heads, while also directly overseeing all of News Corp.'s standalone digital businesses.

He also acted as News Corp.'s principal executive for Hulu. Previously, Jon was chairman and CEO of AOL, where he led the company to a record annual profit growth of 21 percent, and increased online advertising growth-the centerpiece of its new business model-by 46 percent in 2006. Jon was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital media and the consumer Internet space. He is a cofounder of Fuel Media Commerce, which focused on early stage investments.

Jon is on the board of Trip Advisor (audit), Shutterstock (nominating and governance), Open X (chair), and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In addition, he serves as a nonprofit director/trustee for the American Film Institute, BBC Global News, International Emmy Association, Independent Film Project, and The Paley Center for Media.


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Janice Min
Eldridge Industries LLC

Janice Min is a media strategist at Eldridge Industries LLC, the holding company for The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Dick Clark Productions and A24. She previously served as co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group and remains a part-owner of THR.

An Emmy winner, Min led THR as it garnered two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016, and six nominations including two and two nominations for Magazine of the Year; THR also was awarded 34 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism honors, including Best Entertainment Publication and Best Entertainment Website; a Webby for Best Online Film and Video in the entertainment category; and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination for its studio chief roundtable. In addition to Min, acting as executive producer, and members of her team winning  taking home a 2014 Emmy for “Hollywood in Focus: Wolf of Wall Street”, Min and her staff were nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy in the outstanding special-class series category for their “Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter” series on SundanceTV.  

Min first rose to prominence as editor in chief of Us Weekly, which she remade into a consumer and advertising juggernaut. She took the helm of THR in 2010 to lead one of the most celebrated media turnarounds in recent history. In 2014, she then also assumed command of Billboard with similar results. Today, the THR-Billboard Media Group reaches more than 371 million online readers worldwide each month, according to comScore, with a social footprint of 20 million-plus. She also saw the successful conversion of both brands into video and television.

THR and Billboard, both known for their glittery, star-studded events, accrue influential audiences on both coasts, most notably THR’s Most Powerful People in Media party in New York City, Billboard’s Women in Music, and At THR’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, where Min honored such pioneers as Tina Fey, Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey and Diane Keaton. The star-studded breakfast coincides with the release of THR’s annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list, which Min made headlines by un-ranking it beginning in 2015. As part of the same initiative, Min also spearheaded the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, run in conjunction with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. The non-profit partnership annually pairs 15 to 20 high school juniors with top-level women in the entertainment business. THR raised $3 million in scholarship money with the ongoing support of LifetimeHollywood partners and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Graduates have gone on to Harvard, UCLA, UC Berkeley and Northwestern. 

A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Min has been named Adweek’s Editor of the Year, earned AdAge’s Magazine of the Year, and was  a member of the exclusive 40 Under 40 class by Crain’s New York Business. She has been profiled in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, ABC’s Nightline, L.A. Weekly and Elle. Min also has received Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Award; the 2016 New York Women in Communication Matrix Award; and the 2016 Missouri School of Journalism’s Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and the NEJ Luminary Award for Career Achievement. Additionally, Min  in March was honored with the 2017 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. She is currently vice presidentserves as vice president on the boardon the board  of of the American Society of Magazine Editors, and sits on the board of The Paley Center for Media’s Los Angeles Board of Governors.


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Robert Morris

Robert Morris is co-founder of Koko, a digital platform for mental health and well-being. He earned his AB in psychology from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and his master's and PhD in media arts and sciences from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

At Princeton, Robert studied cognitive psychology and was advised by Daniel Kahneman (founder of behavioral economics). At MIT, he studied affective computing and helped develop emotional intelligence for AI. For his PhD, he pioneered a new form of digital psychotherapy, designed to reach millions of people safely and effectively.

His PhD work has since evolved into Koko, a platform that brings mental health and safety services to large-scale social networks. Since its inception, Koko has exchanged over 80 million messages between distressed individuals.

Robert is also an award-winning designer. His work has been featured in Wired, NPR, Fast Company, and the The Huffington Post, among others. In 2014, he won a SXSW interactive award for a device that electrocutes you whenever you spend too much time on Facebook.


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James Murdoch
21st Century Fox

James Murdoch is Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox.  Mr. Murdoch has held a succession of leadership roles over his two-decade career with the company, culminating in his appointment to CEO in 2015.

Over that period, he has been a key driver of the company’s domestic and international expansion around a global portfolio of brands, including FOX, National Geographic, FX, and STAR. He previously served as the company’s Co-Chief Operating Officer, and, prior to that, Chairman and CEO for Europe and Asia, as well as Chairman of BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, and Sky Italia, the businesses that now comprise Sky plc. His significant operational experience also includes tenures as CEO of BSkyB and STAR, India’s entertainment leader.

Mr. Murdoch serves as a board member of 21st Century Fox, News Corp, Tesla, Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of Sky plc.  In addition, he is a director of Yankee Global Enterprises and Vice Media, and serves on the Boards of the Ghetto Film School, the Center for a New American Security and Dia Art Foundation.  

Mr. Murdoch and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, are founders of a family foundation, Quadrivium, which supports initiatives involving natural resources, science, civic life, childhood health, and equal opportunity.


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Jennifer Nason
JPMorgan Chase

Ms. Nason is a Global Chairman of Investment Banking based in New York.

Ms. Nason has been with J.P. Morgan for 30 years having joined the Melbourne, Australia office in 1986. After an initial period working in Asia as part of the Project Finance team she relocated to New York where she spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. In 1998 Ms. Nason joined the TMT group within Investment Banking as head of the Telecommunications practice with a focus on strategic M&A, debt and equity financing for the firm’s key relationships in this sector.

Today as a Global Chairman of the Investment Banking practice, Ms. Nason is responsible for traditional and emerging clients across all sectors globally.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ms. Nason spent three years with the Department of Management and Budget in Australia as an infrastructure project analyst.

In 2014, Ms. Nason was a Member of the Australian Government Panel charged with reviewing the Australian financial system. Ms. Nason currently Chairs the Board of the American Australian Association and is a Member of the Economic Club of New York and the Partnership for New York City Innovation Council. Ms. Nason has a B.A. and B.Com (Honors) from the University of Melbourne in Australia. She lives in New York with her four children.


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Matt Olsen
IronNet Cybersecurity

As President of Business Development and Strategy, Matt Olsen  drives IronNet’s business growth by building critical partnerships and relationships, ensuring customer success, facilitating sales opportunities, and developing the business and market strategy for the company.

Mr. Olsen is a leading authority on national security, intelligence, and law enforcement issues, having played a critical role in shaping the nation’s counterterrorism and cybersecurity efforts. He was appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), where he led the government’s efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism activities from 2011-2014. Prior to joining NCTC, Mr. Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency.

Mr. Olsen also served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions and was responsible for national security and criminal cases. He was a federal prosecutor for over a decade and served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of  Investigation. In addition to his work with IronNet Cybersecurity, Mr. Olsen teaches at Harvard Law School and is a national security analyst for ABC News. Mr. Olsen graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.


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Richard L. Plepler

Richard Plepler is Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 134 million subscribers in over 60 countries and its programming into over 150 countries worldwide. He was named to this position in January 2013.

Renowned worldwide, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, streaming services HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels.

In March 2015, as a special guest at an Apple event, Plepler announced from stage the industry-breaking HBO NOW® – the network’s highly anticipated standalone premium streaming service. HBO NOW® launched the following month and began providing audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO has streaming services in the Nordic region, several countries in Latin America, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and most recently launched in Spain in Nov. 2016.

Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television. This was recognized with 22 Primetime Emmys® in 2016, the most of any network for the 15th year in a row. Game of Thrones led all programming last year with 12 Emmy Awards, bringing its lifetime total to 38 Emmys – a new record for the most Emmy Awards ever won by a series. The series programming has also set numerous records for the network -- Westworld, which debuted in early 2016, became the most-watched freshman series in HBO’s history. About to kick off its seventh season, Game of Thrones is a global juggernaut, watched by over 20 million viewers per episode in the U.S. alone and stands as HBO’s most popular series ever. The debut of Ballers in 2015 was the most watched comedy in over six years with more than 9 million viewers.

As co-president from 2007 to 2012, Plepler greenlit some of HBO’s most a successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, as well as Emmy Award-winners Girls and Veep. Additional award-winning programs include the miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, and The Pacific; HBO Films’ Behind the Candelabra, Too Big to Fail and Game Change. Plepler also shepherded Cinemax’s first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strike Back.

Plepler serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the Moving Image, the Asia Society and the New York Public Library. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Plepler has received numerous accolades over his career: inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame; named Media Person of the Year by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; the Directorate Emmy Award for his impact on the industry from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and the prestigious Drive of Change award at the FT ArcelorMittel Boldness in Business Awards.

Plepler resides in Connecticut with his wife Lisa and daughter Eden.


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Jeanine Poggi
Advertising Age

Jeanine Poggi is a media reporter at Advertising Age where she covers the TV and video industry. For her coverage, she is a recipient of the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Awards for “Best Range of Work By a Single Author.” Jeanine has appeared on CBS This Morning, Fox News, NPR and Charlie Rose, among others. Prior to joining Ad Age  in 2012, she spent six years covering the retail and media industries and other financial sectors for Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes and TheStreet. She was named a 2010 Strictly Financials fellow at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.


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Mark Robichaux
NewBay Media

Mark Robichaux is Editorial Director of Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable, covering the business of TV, streaming video and broadband. 

Prior to his current position at NewBay Media, he was editor-in-chief of Multichannel News and sister publication Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

He was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 13 years, writing extensively for Page One and covering the TV industry, as well as an editor at SmartMoney magazine.  He is author of critically acclaimed “Cable Cowboy,” about cable pioneer John Malone and the start of the modern cable-TV business. 

He’s worked for the biggest media firms in the U.S. -- Dow Jones, Hearst Corp., and Knight-Ridder— as a content-creator, story-teller and journalist.  He is a Cajun from Louisiana and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.


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Dan Rose

Dan Rose is the Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook. Dan is globally responsible for Facebook¹s mobile partnerships, platform developer relations, business development, M&A and community operations. Dan joined Facebook in 2006 after seven years at Amazon.com where he held various positions in business development and general management, including his last role where he helped incubate and develop the Amazon Kindle. Dan earned a bachelor¹s degree at Harvard University and attended the University of Michigan Business School for one year before joining Amazon. Dan currently sits on the board of REDF.


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Wilbur Ross
U. S. Secretary of Commerce

Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017.  Secretary Ross will be the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, ensuring U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses have the tools they need to create jobs and economic opportunity. 

Secretary Ross is the former Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross & Co. LLC and has over 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience.  Mr. Ross has restructured over $400 billion of assets in the airline, apparel, auto parts, banking, beverage, chemical, credit card, electric utility, food service, furniture, gypsum, home-building, insurance, marine transport, mortgage origination and servicing, oil and gas, rail car manufacturing and leasing, real estate, restaurants, shipyards, steel, textiles, and trucking industries.  He has been chairman or lead director of more than 100 companies operating in more than 20 different countries. 

Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance, Mr. Ross is the only person elected to both the Private Equity Hall of Fame and the Turnaround Management Hall of Fame.  He previously served as privatization advisor to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund.  President Kim Dae-jung awarded Mr. Ross a medal for helping South Korea during its financial crisis and, in November 2014, the Emperor of Japan awarded him The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.

As a philanthropist, Secretary Ross recently served as Chairman of the Japan Society, Trustee of the Brookings Institution and Chairman of its Economic Studies Council, the International Board of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Blenheim Foundation, the Magritte Museum in Brussels, and the Palm Beach Civic Association.  He was also an Advisory Board Member of Yale University School of Management.


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Deb Roy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deb Roy is director of the Social Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM). He is also an associate professor at MIT and chief media scientist of Twitter. Roy’s research at MIT focuses on machine learning, natural language processing, and network science with applications ranging from children’s learning to large-scale media analytics.

Roy's early work in robot learning led to a pioneering study of his son’s language development using comprehensive observational data. Building on this work, combined with insights from Montessori pedagogy, LSM is now concentrated on creating technologies that support child-driven, machine guided, playful learning for children.

Roy co-founded and served as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a venture-backed media analytics company. MIT Technology Review named Bluefin as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012, and in 2013 it became Twitter’s largest acquisition. Bluefin’s technology now serves as the basis for data science and analytics for Twitter’s platform globally. Guided by this industry experience, LSM now tackles key challenges in understanding media and human behavior using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Roy is an author of over 100 academic papers in machine learning, cognitive modeling, and human-machine interaction. His widely viewed TED talk, "Birth of a Word," unpacks the mysteries of language acquisition through data analysis and visualization. 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.


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Geoffrey Sands
McKinsey & Company

Geoff Sands is an independent advisor to senior management and boards.  He is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, where for many years he led the firm’s client service to consumer technology, media and entertainment companies, and served as the industry advisor to the World Economic Forum. Before McKinsey, Geoff was a lead partner in Booz-Allen’s TMT practice, and has in total over 30 years of experience working in the industry.  

Outside of his consulting work, Geoff has been a prominent supporter of public media, journalism and independent film.  He served as Chairman of the Board of The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) from 2009 to 2014.  He is presently Vice Chair of the Sundance Institute, and a Trustee of the Paley Center for Media and of Participant Media.

Geoff received his BA and MBA from Yale University.


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Josh Sapan
AMC Networks

Josh Sapan, President and CEO of AMC Networks, has been the driving force behind establishing AMC Networks as a creative powerhouse. AMC Networks consists of several leading entertainment brands including national cable television networks AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv; AMC Studios; feature film labels IFC Films and Sundance Selects; SVOD services Sundance Now and Shudder; and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming and distribution division.

Named CEO in 1995, Sapan is credited with building some of television’s most influential entertainment brands and critically acclaimed shows including: AMC’s “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Into the Badlands,” and “Preacher;” BBC AMERICA’s cult favorites “Doctor Who,” Emmy® Award-winning “Orphan Black,” and global phenomenon “Planet Earth II;” SundanceTV’s critically acclaimed “Rectify” and Golden Globe®-winning “Top of The Lake;” and IFC’s original comedies “Brockmire” created by Hank Azaria, and “Portlandia” – winner of Emmy®, Peabody, and Writer’s Guild Awards.

Sapan has been instrumental in bringing independent film to wide audiences through award-winning film labels IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and IFC Midnight. Notable films include the critically-acclaimed Personal Shopper; Oscar®-nominated 45 Years; Oscar® and Golden Globe®-winning Boyhood; and IFC Midnight’s critical and cultural hit The Babadook. In addition, Sapan opened New York City’s IFC Center, home to DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States.

Sapan is a member of the Executives Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute (AFI), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), The Paley Center for Media, the Museum of the Moving Image, People for the American Way, and WNYC Radio.

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Edward Skyler

Edward Skyler joined Citi as Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs in May 2010. Mr. Skyler leads external and internal communications, government affairs, branding, corporate sponsorship and the Citi Foundation and shares leadership of Investor Relations. He is charged with ensuring that Citi's global dialogues with the public, governments and investors are effective and consistent.
Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Skyler served as a member of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration from 2002 to 2010, rising to the position of Deputy Mayor for Operations for the City of New York. In that capacity, he oversaw the performance of the City's main operational agencies and served as a top budget, legislative, and labor negotiator. Mr. Skyler oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; negotiated legislation to reform lobbying and "pay-to-play" practices; and spearheaded critical initiatives such as the overhaul of the City's 911 system and its sustainability agenda.
Before he was appointed Deputy Mayor for Operations, he served as Press Secretary and Communications Director during Mayor Bloomberg's first term. He managed all communications operations, including media relations and speechwriting. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, he worked in the Corporate Communications group of Bloomberg LP. He also served as Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Public Information Director at the Department of Parks & Recreation.
Mr. Skyler is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, which he attended at night. A member of the New York State Bar Association, he has been honored by many civic organizations, including the Association for a Better New York. Mr. Skyler serves on the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Leadership Committee and as an Executive Committee Member for the Citizens' Budget Commission and the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center for Media.

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Matt Spiegel

Matt Spiegel’s experience as entrepreneur, agency executive, and marketing technology executive guides his focus and passion for being a guide and strategist at the intersection of marketing and media with technology and data. At MediaLink, Spiegel applies his expertise by helping enterprise marketers and media companies assess, plan for, and implement solutions needed to succeed with programmatic technologies and addressable marketing.

Spiegel comes to MediaLink with a background of executive leadership roles within digital marketing and technology organizations. Spiegel is the founder and former CEO of Resolution Media, Omnicom’s search marketing agency. As Omnicom Media Group’s global digital CEO, Spiegel launched Omnicom’s trading desk Accuen. Most recently Spiegel ran the enterprise sales and solutions business for MediaMath across North and Latin America.

In addition to Spiegel’s work connecting the marketing and technology industries, he advises/mentors start-ups and young entrepreneurs, is a board member of the Chicago Parks Foundation and was a Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 honoree in 2014.


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Brian Steinberg

Brian Steinberg is Senior TV Editor at Variety, where he covers advertising and TV news as well as other TV industry topics. Brian has covered the media and advertising industries since 1998 and has written on everything from Jimmy Fallon’s ascension to NBC’s “Tonight Show” to the issues that keep new episodes of PBS’ “Curious George” to a trickle each year. He joined Variety in March of 2013.
Prior to joining Variety, Brian was television editor at Advertising Age, which he joined in 2007. Before that, Brian spent more than four years as the Wall Street Journal’s advertising columnist and was instrumental in transforming the focus of the daily column from a spotlight on industry news to examining the changes forced on media and marketers by new technologies. Prior to working with the Journal, Brian was the lead U.S. media business reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, where he created and launched a weekly column on marketing. He got his start as a news clerk in the New York Times’ Washington bureau and as a business reporter for the Capital newspaper of Annapolis, MD.


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David J. Stern
NBA Commissioner Emeritus

David Stern completed his 30-year tenure as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014.
As commissioner, Mr. Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology.  He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League.  He negotiated the first anti-drug agreement in professional sports and introduced the salary cap system and revenue sharing to the NBA.

The NBA experienced tremendous global growth during Mr. Stern’s tenure, and that growth continues today: The NBA has 12 offices outside the United States; its games and programming are televised and streamed in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages; and it offers fans 19 international online destinations.  The NBA was the first U.S. professional sports league to stage regular-season games outside North America, and the league has played more than 165 international preseason and regular-season games to date.
Mr. Stern also oversaw the launch of the leagues’ digital assets, including NBA.com, WNBA.com, and NBADLeague.com; social media platforms; NBA LEAGUE PASS; NBA TV; and mobile applications, all of which reach hundreds of millions of fans every day.

An intense commitment to social responsibility both in the United States and around the world marked Mr. Stern's tenure as commissioner.  Under his leadership, the league launched NBA Cares, a global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world.  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 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014 and the International Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.  He is a 2013 recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, awarded by Harvard University in recognition of contributions to African and African-American culture, and a recipient of the Yale Executive Leadership Institute’s Legend in Leadership Award which celebrates contemporary business leaders who have made transformational contributions across sectors.  He is the chair emeritus of the Trustees of Columbia University and serves or has served on the boards of the Rutgers University Foundation, the NAACP, the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Paley Center for Media and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  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.

Currently, as CEO of DJS Global Advisors, Mr. Stern is a Senior Advisor to the NBA, investment bank PJT Partners, venture capital firm Greycroft Partners and PWC’s Entertainment and Media Advisory Practice, as well as an advisor to several sports technology start-ups.

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Linda Yaccarino

Linda Yaccarino is Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal. In this role, Yaccarino oversees all advertising sales and market strategy for the company’s entire portfolio of premium video content, including broadcast, cable and digital. She reports to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal.

Since joining the company in 2011, Yaccarino has transformed NBCUniversal Advertising Sales. Her groundbreaking “one portfolio” plan amplified NBCUniversal’s enormous power and reach by combining the company’s broadcast, cable, and digital assets into one unified organization

Under Yaccarino’s leadership, NBCUniversal’s 2016 Upfront was the most successful since Comcast bought the company—taking in more than $6 billion. Her portfolio strategy drove gains in broadcast, cable, and digital sales; resulting in NBCUniversal leading the marketplace for the third consecutive year.
In addition to bringing NBCUniversal “all together,” Yaccarino has propelled it into the future, solidifying its status as a technology-driven content company by pioneering a suite of cutting-edge data, analytics, and consumer targeting tools. In 2016, she announced the company’s Audience Studio, marshaling the full strength of a comprehensive suite of data products created under her watch: The Audience Targeting Platform, the NBCUx programmatic offering, and “NBCU+ Powered by Comcast”, which leverages NBCUniversal’s industry-leading assets to empower clients to make better data-driven decisions. Yaccarino also forged innovative distribution and content partnerships with AOL and Snapchat, which  expanded NBCUniversal’s digital footprint, alongside its investments in trailblazing companies such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Yaccarino served as Executive Vice President and COO of Turner Entertainment Advertising Sales and Marketing and Acquisitions.  During her tenure, Yaccarino continually grew Turner Entertainment’s business year-over-year and was a principal architect of the company’s “broadcast replacement” initiative, which elevated Turner Entertainment Networks to a premium position within the marketplace.  She was also instrumental in developing and enhancing “inContext,” the industry’s first-ever contextual platform that helps feature the right ad, in the right place, at the right time.

Among her many industry honors, Yaccarino has been recognized at the top of The Adweek 50 Power List, by Variety’s “Power Women of New York” and The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100” multiple years in a row. She has also been named one of the “Ten Most Powerful Women in TV” by Adweek and as a “CEO of Tomorrow” by Business Week. Additionally she was honored by the UJA Foundation’s Mac Dane Award for Humanitarian Excellence in 2017. Yaccarino sits on the boards of ascena retail group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA), the Ad Council, Young Audiences New York (YANY), Girls Lounge, and the ACLD. Her community and professional affiliations include active involvement with WICT (Women in Cable & Telecommunications) and Penn State University, where she is on the Dean's Advancement Council in the College of Communications.