IC2013 NYC Participants
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Ola Ahlvarsson is a Swedish entrepreneur based out of Stockholm. Since the midnineties he has been at the cutting edge of digital entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur, investor, thought leader, and advisor. He has a deep understanding of how business can embrace digital opportunities and technology. Apart from being a founder of over twenty companies, Ahlvarsson has been a part of launching and managing leading internet companies like Xing, FON, Spray, Boxman, Letsbuyit, SIME, and many more. He is a member of the board of the World Economic Forums Technology Pioneer program (where he was elected young global leader) and course director of Stockholm School of Economics Riga’s Executive MBA program. He has been an advisor on innovation and internationalization to leading global organizations like Google, Ericsson, Telenor, and Microsoft. In 2005 he authored a book called Mission Possible. He is the founder and main shareholder of international expansion and innovations advisors called Result and a Swedish media house called Keynote Media Group owning portals, magazines, events, and online ventures. Ahlvarsson holds an MBA from the University of Stockholm, has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, and is also the course director for the Executive MBA program E-Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Executive Board Member
ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG
Conrad Albert is a member of the executive board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG since October 2011. He is general counsel of ProSiebenSat.1 Group since 2006 and responsible across the group for legal, distribution, and regulatory affairs. He is in charge of all legal matters, media policy, regulation, and lobbying as well as the retransmission business and the distribution of ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s TV and video content. Albert worked at Euvia Media Group until it was acquired by ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG in 2005. As head of legal and business affairs he was responsible for legal matters as well as transmission and media policy for the TV channels "9Live" and "sonnenklar TV." He was also member of the executive board of directors of 9Live. Prior to this, he headed the corporate office as well as the human resources department and was spokesperson for HOT Networks AG in Munich. Albert began his career as an attorney. He then transferred to VIAG Intercom (now O2). He is a member of the advisory board of VG Media GmbH, a collecting society for the monetization of copyrights of German TV, Radio, and Telecommunication enterprises.
Loreen Arbus Foundation, Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
Loreen Arbus is currently the president of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, and for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a US network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). Arbus is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy. Arbus, widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, has received The Heart of Giving Award, presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001, and was chosen as one (of forty) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She lives in New York, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires. She is a high-profile Argentine Tango choreographer and professional dancer.
Chairman and CEO
Tim Armstrong has served as Chairman and CEO of AOL since 2009. In December of 2009, Armstrong took the company public on the New York Stock Exchange. AOL currently serves over 200 million consumers a month and is one of the world's biggest consumer brands in the world. Prior to joining AOL, Armstrong served as president of Google's Americas operations and served on the company's operating committee. Prior to Google, Armstrong served as an executive of multiple internet and media companies, including Snowball, Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures, and Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation. Armstrong has also started or cofounded multiple companies during his career including Associated Content (sold to Yahoo) and Patch (sold to AOL). He is a graduate of Connecticut College.
Sandeep is the founder and chief executive officer of Delve, an enterprise knowledge sharing startup building a social newsreader for the workplace. Delve was among the three startups accepted to the first-ever incubator at The New York Times and is backed by premier media angel investors. Prior to starting Delve, Ayyappan was an equity research analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada, where he covered solar, wind and smart grid companies and produced a daily newsletter on the sector that was widely read by investors and industry executives. He is a graduate in sociology and economics from Yale.
Professor of Professional Practice & Director
Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Prior, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Bell first joined The Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing, and technology. Bell is a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting and media policy issues. She is a 1987 graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Jurisprudence.
Demian M. Bellumio
Demian M. Bellumio is currently the chief operating officer of Senzari, Inc., a Miami and San Francisco–based startup focusing on developing graph computing technologies for the media space. Previously, Bellumio was the founder and president of Hoodiny Entertainment Group, LLC, which developed the Cyloop Music Network to power a variety of strategic partners, including MSN Music. At Hoodiny, he led a talented team of engineers and creative professionals, setting the technology and strategic vision that made the company a pioneer in the international digital music space. Bellumio was responsible for raising over $20 million in debt and equity financing and engineering the strategic sale of the business. Prior to founding Hoodiny, he was the vice president of corporate finance and development at Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a leading provider of Internet infrastructure services in the US, Latin America, and Europe. While at Terremark, he executed over $200 million in financing transactions, including a $45 million secondary offering, an $80 million senior debt financing, and an $86 million convertible note financing. Bellumio was also responsible for developing and managing and coordinating all investor relations activities. Additionally, he is a founding member and shareholder of BroadSpan Capital, Ltd., an investment banking firm that specializes in Latin America and the US Hispanic market, with offices in Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Demian began his career in banking at Barclays Capital, the investment-banking arm of Barclays Bank PLC.
Ben Productions LLC
Neil Benedict is president of Ben Productions LLC, owner of intellectual property rights for the UK classic, Watch with Mother. He also serves as managing director at Intelligent Edge Advisors, a New York–based investment bank, and advisor to London based investment bank, Europa Partners. Benedict is also director of the Qatar Investment Fund PLC, a $250 million closed end fund listed on the London Stock Exchange. Previously, he served as managing director at Salomon Brothers and Dillon Read in New York. Benedict is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Frank A. Bennack, Jr.
Executive Vice Chairman, Hearst Corporation
Chairman, The Paley Center for Media
Frank A. Bennack, Jr. is executive vice chairman of Hearst Corporation, 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 Corporation’s Executive Committee, a director of Hearst Corporation 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 Foundation Boards where he has served for more than twenty-five years. Bennack served as Hearst’s CEO for more than twenty-eight 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 twelve times and growing earnings more than thirty times what they had been, through investments, acquisitions and startups. Today, Hearst is comprised of some 200 businesses and 20,000 employees. Under his leadership, the company launched three leading cable networks with ABC, 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 Milliman Care Guidelines LLC, its acquisition of a 50 percent interest in 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 twenty-nine 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 the Corporation 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 (1967–74) as publisher and editor of the San Antonio Light. Bennack is a director of Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. He is chairman of Hearst Magazines UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation. Bennack is also a governor and vice chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its Healthcare System, a managing director of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, chairman emeritis 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 thirty-four.
Executive Vice President, Technology and Chief Technology Officer
Home Box Office (HBO)
Otto Berkes is executive vice president of technology and chief technology officer, for Home Box Office (HBO). Berkes is responsible for all of the company's technology efforts including the development of digital products (such as HBO GO), media production, internal business systems, and technology operations. Berkes leads the formulation of HBO’s technology strategy and is responsible for advanced development efforts to create and deliver innovative products and experiences. Berkes was born in Hungary and moved to the US with his family as a child. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in physics and a minor in music performance. While at Middlebury, he developed an interactive software application for the early IBM PC, which analyzed radioactive particle emissions. He earned an MS in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. Berkes has extensive experience leading the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. His expertise includes computer graphics and has developed advanced software, hardware interfaces, and algorithms in that area. At Autodesk, he wrote the graphics engine and user interface for the first Windows-based version of AutoCAD. Berkes subsequently joined Microsoft in 1993 as a senior software developer to work on the first version of the Windows NT operating system and rewrote Microsoft's OpenGL implementation using optimized C and assembly language. He led Microsoft's OpenGL and DirectX graphics development groups in Windows during the formative years of the evolution of the modern GPU, and helped drive the adoption of hardware-accelerated computer graphics, a technology now ubiquitous in PCs as well as consumer devices. Berkes is one of the four original founders of Xbox. He is also Xbox’s first architect and led its technical direction. He is coinventor on nine patents focused on mobile device interaction and technologies. Berkes joined HBO as senior vice president of consumer technology after eighteen years at Microsoft.
Chief Executive Office and Founder
Alexander is chief executive officer and founder of Hugleberry Corp, a digital boutique agency based in Brooklyn and Berlin. Bierling became a data and location expert during his work for Red Bull and other international brands. Within his fifteen years of experience in building businesses from scratch, writing sustainability agendas, and intense travels, Bierling became more interested with his “Small World” hypothesis, which connects likeminded people and causes personal data to be more sustainable – right where and when we need it. In late 2011 he decided to manifest his thesis and founded Compass.to – a geo local eco system based on the philosophy of the Small World algorithm.
McKinsey & Company
Adam Bird is a director in McKinsey & Company's Munich office and the coleader of the Global Media and Entertainment practice. He also leads the EMEA Digital Marketing practice. Bird advises the top management of the leading media, entertainment, leisure, and consumer goods companies on their most critical business issues. His twenty-two years of client work has spanned all major media, entertainment and information segments, including: broadcasting, consumer publishing, gaming, internet, professional publishing, filmed entertainment, cable and satellite distribution, music, video games, and sports. He often speaks on media topics at conferences and has been cited in leading publications, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, Time, and BusinessWeek. He is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, a member of the International Council of The Paley Center for Media and vice chairman of the board of the Munich International School. Prior to McKinsey, Bird was a senior partner with Booz Allen Hamilton (now Booz + Co.) and the managing director of their Global Consumer and Entertainment practice, as well as a member of their board of directors.
Walt Disney International
As chairman of Walt Disney International Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the United States. Reporting to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, 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, Bird has greatly expanded Disney’s presence around the world. During his tenure, Disney has: acquired UTV, one of India’s premier media and entertainment companies reaching almost 250 million consumers through film, television, and interactive media; launched free-to-air Disney Channels in Russia, Turkey, and Spain; launched Dlife, Japan’s first foreign-owned and free-to-air channel targeting women and families; increased local production, particularly for television content; and reorganized and integrated Disney’s international structure and leadership ranks. Prior to joining Disney, 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, Bird held a number of positions in radio and television in Europe, including helping to start a music channel, producing and directing a popular London-based morning TV program, and producing a Saturday morning children's TV show. In 1992, he was tapped by Unique Broadcasting, the largest independent radio production company in the United Kingdom, to start up and operate Unique Television. Bird began his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England, as a breakfast show producer, later working at Virgin Broadcasting Co. A native of the United Kingdom, 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.
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Scott Birnbaum is vice president of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Division of Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. and the executive sponsor for its corporate social responsibility program. Birnbaum brings with him a thorough “hands on” understanding of all aspects of the electronics value chain, leveraging more than twenty years of leadership in sales, marketing, and operational management roles within the display, semiconductor, electronic manufacturing services, and distribution industries. Birnbaum previously served as senior vice president of global business development at All-American Semiconductor, the fourth largest semiconductor distributor in North America. Before that, he served for four years in global and national sales positions at Sharp Electronics. Earlier, he held a number of sales and marketing management positions at Texas Instruments over a ten-year span. Birnbaum holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University.
Managing Director and Director of Research
Norman Lear Center
Johanna Blakley Ph.D., is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society. Based at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, Blakley performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, digital media, and intellectual property law. She has two talks on TED.com: Social Media & the End of Gender and Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture. In partnership with the Gates Foundation and the Knight Foundation, Blakley recently launched a new research initiative at USC: the Media Impact Project collects and analyzes information from multiple institutions to provide thought leadership on the best ways to measure engagement with media and evaluate social impact. The project builds upon Blakley’s experience in entertainment education (including her stint at Vivendi Universal Games) and her recent efforts to develop more sophisticated instruments to measure the impact of feature films and documentaries on the attitudes, knowledge and behavior of viewers. Blakley also teaches a course on transmedia storytelling in USC’s Master in Professional Writing Program and she is on the advisory board of Women@Paley at The Paley Center for Media.
CNBC Media and Entertainment
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 addition, Boorstin 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, covering a wide range of stories on everything from media companies to retail and business trends. During her time at Fortune, Boorstin 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 thirty years old. Boorstin has also worked for the State Department's delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 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. She invites followers on twitter at @jboorstin.
Aryeh B. Bourkoff
Cofounder and CEO
Aryeh B. Bourkoff is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank. He previously served as vice chairman and head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS, which he joined in 1999. He was also a member of the UBS investment banking executive committee. Other positions Bourkoff held within UBS include joint global head of Telecom; media, and technology investment banking and head of the media and communications research group. Before joining UBS, he served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets from 1997-99 and Smith Barney from 1995-97. Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies. He is also a chair of the entertainment, media, and communications division of the UJA-Federation of New York and a member of its digital media executive committee; a member of the New York Philanthropic advisory board of UNICEF; a trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Christopher Brearton is the managing partner of O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the entertainment, sports and media practice. He primarily advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions and investment funds, television networks, and sports organizations. He has counseled clients in transactions ranging from the creation of strategic alliances, complex commercial licensing arrangements, project financing, and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining O’Melveny, Brearton spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with KPMG in Los Angeles. Brearton has been recognized as a leading lawyer in both the entertainment and sports fields. He was named to the Sports Business Journals annual “Forty Under 40” list of the most promising young executives in the sports business. He was also featured in Variety’s annual “Dealmakers Impact Report” on influential individuals in the entertainment business. Brearton was recently profiled as one of the top forty entertainment lawyers as part of the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Who's Who in L.A. Law" special report. He was also named a leading lawyer by Chambers in Media and Entertainment Transactional Law and named a Legal500 recommended lawyer in the categories of Media, Technology, Telecoms, and Film, Music & Television.
Federal Trade Commission
Julie Brill was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 6, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2016. Since joining the Commission, Brill has worked actively on issues most affecting today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving high tech and health care. Before she became a commissioner, Brill was the senior deputy attorney general and chief of consumer protection and antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, a position she held from February 2009 to April 2010. Commissioner Brill has also been a lecturer-in-law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Prior to her move to the North Carolina Department of Justice, Commissioner Brill was an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont for over twenty years, from 1988 to 2009. Commissioner Brill has received several national awards for her work protecting consumers. She has testified before Congress, published numerous articles, and served on many national expert panels focused on consumer protection issues such as pharmaceuticals, privacy, credit reporting, data security breaches, and tobacco. Commissioner Brill has also served as a vice chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. Prior to her career in law enforcement, Commissioner Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1987 to 1988. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr., from 1985 to 1986. Commissioner Brill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service. Commissioner Brill is married to Mark Miller, and has two sons.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
ION Media Networks, Inc.
Brandon Burgess has guided ION Media Networks’ growth since 2006. Under his leadership, ION has emerged as a successful independent US television company. He spearheaded the branding and programming turnaround of its flagship network, ION Television, making it a top fifteen US entertainment TV destination in record time. Burgess has also championed ION’s launch of special interest networks, including qubo, an education-oriented channel for children, and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active lifestyles. He initiated the Open Mobile Video Coalition among leading UHV TV spectrum owners, to focus on wireless and next-generation television innovation. Previously, Burgess was the head of business, development, and strategy for NBC Universal, where he was credited with evolving the NBC broadcast network into a diversified global multimedia company, culminating in NBC‘s acquisition of Universal Entertainment. In prior positions, Burgess worked in corporate strategy for PepsiCo and in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Raised and educated in Germany and the United States, Burgess is bilingual and a graduate of the European Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Joseph Calabrese is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers' Century City office, chair of the firm's Southern California Transaction Practice, and chair of its Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice—which Chambers has awarded its prestigious "Award of Excellence" in Media and Entertainment for an unprecedented three out of the last four years. A trusted business counselor, advisor, and strategist, Calabrese represents leaders in the entertainment, sports, and media industries, including Legendary Pictures, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the International Olympic Committee, in all aspects of their business. Calabrese regularly provides advice to American companies doing business overseas, and to global media companies seeking to establish or expand their presence in the United States. Calabrese is regularly recognized by leading publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Chambers, Legal 500, the Los Angeles Business Journal, Variety, and Best Lawyers, as "simply one of the best" and most "influential" and "creative" entertainment lawyers in the industry. The Century City Bar Association selected him as the 2009 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year. Calabrese is actively involved in a number of professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations, including serving as the immediate past chair and as a current member of the executive committee of the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He is a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council and is an arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Industry Principal for Media
Scott Campbell is SAP’s industry principal for media; he brings over twenty-five years operational and business leadership experience to SAP’s media industry value engineering practice in North America, which helps customers get the most from investments in SAP’s platform by bringing benchmarking, best practices, and creative new approaches to innovation using design-thinking and other solution oriented techniques. A true pioneer of digital media and digital supply chain initiatives; Campbell has held leadership roles in video operations, content management and e-business platforms at companies such as Scripps Networks and the Associated Press. He was relocated to the US by Lucent Bell Labs in the late 90s, after helping conduct several industry firsts in the UK, including orchestrating the world’s first e-commerce digital music download over the internet with Duran Duran, Liquid Audio, and CNN at Abbey Road Studios; plus a Guinness Book of World Records entry for the first live concert performed to a mass audience over the internet by Queen Drummer Roger Taylor and Virgin Radio. Campbell became one of Apple’s earliest media solution partners and has received several awards including the UK Information Society Initiative ‘Creative Concepts’ Award in 1996 for a handheld audio device prototype that he developed called the SoundPad (which predates the iPod). He also worked on Robbie Robertson’s Storyville record; which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered Album in 1991, and worked with Annie Lennox, George Michael, Simple Minds, and many other artists earlier in his career as a recording engineer.
David Carey was named president of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. As one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, Hearst Magazines has more than three hundred editions around the world, including twenty U.S. titles and twenty magazines in the United Kingdom, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Hearst Magazines UK. The company operates more than twenty-eight websites, fourteen mobile sites, a variety of digital applications, and the leading digital marketing services company iCrossing. Carey is also a senior vice president and director of Hearst Corporation. During his tenure at Hearst, Carey has been instrumental in many important initiatives, including the acquisition of more than one hundred magazines in fourteen countries from Lagardère SCA, which greatly expanded Hearst’s footprint in both the U.S. and internationally; the development of HGTV Magazine in partnership with Scripps; the creation of the Hearst App Lab, a state-of-the-art media lab and interactive learning center in Hearst Tower; and the continued expansion of Hearst's leadership position in tablets and e-reading. Prior to joining Hearst, Carey was group president at Condé Nast, where he oversaw that company’s media properties targeted to business and executive audiences. Carey's experience includes leading the print/digital startup of Portfolio and Portfolio.com; vice president and publisher of The New Yorker from 1998 to 2005, returning it to profitability after many years of losses; and relaunch publisher of House & Garden. He was the founding publisher of SmartMoney, a joint venture between Hearst and The Wall Street Journal, which reached profitability after two years and was named “Magazine of the Year” by Advertising Age. Carey started his career at Esquire, and then joined Hearst Magazines in a business development role and became marketing director for Cosmopolitan before the launch of SmartMoney in 1992. Among other honors, Carey was named industry “Publisher of the Year” by Adweek in 2005 and 2011, and was selected by Folio as a member of its “Dream Team” of publishing executives. He has also received the Hall of Achievement award from the American Advertising Federation. In 2010, Media Industry Newsletter inducted Carey into its industry Hall of Fame. Carey serves as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Magazine Publishers of America and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Advisory Committee. Carey is a former director of the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and a graduate of UCLA.
Senior Vice President, Product
As senior vice president of product at Nielsen SocialGuide, Sean Casey brings more than a decade of experience developing digital products, applications, and television programming. Casey founded SocialGuide in early 2011, prior to which he was SVP of digital products for KIDZBOP.com. He launched his first start-up in 2004, a web-based production system called UTVPS that helps manage, track, and account for licensed media in TV programming. Casey's television experience extends to the production of numerous series for VH1 and serving as producer/writer for The iPod Revolution (2006) a documentary for Discovery. He also served as VP for interactive products at iVillage from 1997 to 2002, pioneering applications that have driven hundreds of millions of visits for the brand.
Betty Cohen Media Consulting
Betty Cohen, a senior media industry executive, consults for both traditional and digital media companies. She is best known for leading the Cartoon Network as its president from its US startup in October 1992 to becoming a global phenomenon. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, the leader in women’s television. Prior to Cartoon Network, Cohen was general manager of Turner Network Television. Cohen currently serves on the board of StartL, a boot camp for startups in digital learning technology backed by Gates, Hewlett, and MacArthur Foundations, and also on the advisory board for “The Next Big Thing” initiative at The Paley Center for Media. She serves on the advisory boards of 212 Media, Sezmi, and Roadtrip Nation. Among her many industry honors, in 2006, Cohen was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and that same year she received the prestigious “Muse Award” from NY Women in Film and TV. In 2000, Cohen was named one of "The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune magazine. Cohen earned a BA in communications from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Nuri M. Colakoglu
Dogan Media International
Nuri M. Colakoglu, born in Izmir in 1943, graduated from Robert College and received his BA in diplomacy and international relations from the school of political sciences, Ankara. He has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, and media executive since 1969. He has held positions in Turkey and abroad, including TRT Foreign News Department, German News Agency DPA, Sweden STV, German WDR Radio, Aydinlik Newspaper, BBC Turkish Section, Milliyet Newspaper London bureau chief and news editor, and TRT general manager and chief advisor. Since 1991 he has been involved in launching or restructuring a number of private TV channels. Right now he is in the process of launching his tenth channel—HTV: Health Channel. Colakoglu returned to Dogan Media Group in 2002 as CEO and president of CNN Turk. Here, he served as the general manager of CNN Turk, ANS International Production Company, CEO of Turkish Daily News, and helped launch Kanal D Romania. He is currently the president of Dogan Media International and advisor to the CEO of Dogan Media Group. He is also a board member of Kanal D Romania. He owns two private companies: InterMedia International Communication Corporation NMC New Media Company Television and Advertisement Corporation. He is an executive board member of Istanbul Arts & Culture Foundation and Contemporary Istanbul, TV Broadcasters Association of Turkey, where he served as the president for ten years. He has three children and two grandchildren.
Kenneth Cukier has fulfilled several vital roles for The Economist. Cukier is currently the head data editor, but has also served as the Tokyo correspondent and the technology correspondent in London; Cukier’s work focuses on technological innovation, intellectual property, and internet governance. He is the coauthor of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (2013), which was a translated into sixteen different languages and was a New York Times Bestseller. Cukier has also served as the technology editor in Hong Kong for The Wall Street Journal Asia and was a regular commentator on CNBC Asia. Previously, Cukier was the European editor of Red Herring and worked for The International Herald Tribune in Paris. From 2002 to 2004 Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, working on the Internet and international relations. Cukier’s writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, and others. Cukier serves on the board of directors for International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors for the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT)
Trina DasGupta is the CEO and founder of Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT), a company dedicated to leveraging entertainment to help build global understanding. SPT’s primary project is America Meet World, a digital video portal connecting Americans to the best comedy the world has to offer. An interdisciplinary strategic creative at her core, her career has spanned the television, nonprofit, political, and mobile industries. In television, DasGupta has worked across the Viacom brands, in particular for MTV Networks bringing in $31 million in new revenue in less than two years with branded entertainment concepts for top consumer brands. In mobile, she ran the GSMA mWomen Program, engineering the movement for life-enhancing, commercially successful mobile products for women in emerging markets. In one year, she raised $11 million for the initiative, which was launched by then US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and included thirty-five+ private sector partners, such as Google, Microsoft, and Vodafone. DasGupta has also created the world's first mobile social network dedicated to HIV prevention and youth empowerment and managed a three million dollar media portfolio for one of South Africa's largest nonprofits, loveLife, creating content in multiple languages for TV, radio, print, web, and mobile properties. DasGupta is a frequent public speaker, including at events such as the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Advertising Week, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the XVII International AIDS Conference. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Annenburg School of Communications. DasGupta also sits on the board of the US nonprofit Girls Who Code.
Alfonso de Angoitia
Executive Vice President and Chairman
Grupo Televisa, S.A.B
Alfonso de Angoitia, a Mexican national, received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is currently executive vice president and chairman of the finance committee of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. In addition, he has been a member of the board of directors and of the executive committee of the company since 1997, and served as chief financial officer from 1999 to 2003. Prior to joining Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., he was a founding partner of the law firm of Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C., one of Mexico's leading law firms. He is also a member of the board of directors for many companies including Grupo Modelo, Empresas Cablevision, Sky, Cablemas, and Bestel. He is a member of Fundación Mexicana para la Salud, Fundación UNAM, and Fundación Kardias. He is also member of the board of directors of the Americas Society.
Chairman and CEO
Elisabeth DeMarse was appointed chairman, president, and chief executive officer of TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) in March 2012. From October 2010 to March 2012, DeMarse was CEO of Newser, LLC, an online news service. Prior to Newser, Elisabeth was founder and CEO of CreditCards.com, which she created by acquiring the assets of ClickSuccess in Austin, Texas, Freedom Marketing in Colchester, UK, and the acquisition and build-out of numerous credit-related urls. Previously, Elisabeth transformed iLife.com into Bankrate, Inc., engineering the turnaround of the company, driving exponential growth and creating $450 million in shareholder value. Bankrate was acquired for $560M by APAX in 2009; in August, 2010 Bankrate acquired Creditcards.com for $145M. Elisabeth spent a decade as chief marketing officer for Bloomberg LP working directly with Michael Bloomberg, the founder, where Demarse was instrumental in the formation of several media properties. Elisabeth serves on the board of directors for ZipRealty and All-Star Directories. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, She is a member of the Committee of 200, and has won several awards including Working Mother of the Year, Dealmaker of the Year, Most Intriguing Person in Media, NOW Woman of Power and Influence, Fast Company Fast 50, Inc. 500, and ACG Award for Outstanding Corporate Growth. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. She divides her time between New York, and Annisquam, Massachusetts.
JWT Asia Pacific
Tom Doctoroff, born and bred in America’s Detroit and educated in Chicago, somehow took a detour to Hong Kong in 1994, then to Shanghai in 1998, and never quite made it back to the States. In the meantime, he has become one of Asia’s most respected and well-connected marketing professionals. His unique combination of pan-Asian work, plus more than a decade experience in China, has made him a leading expert in the cross-border management of brand architecture and brand building. He started his advertising career at Leo Burnett in Chicago but jumped ship to JWT (Chicago). In 1994, he moved to Hong Kong as regional business director for clients such as Pepsi, Philip Morris/Kraft, and Citibank. In 1998, he landed in China as the managing director of JWT Shanghai. In 2002, he was appointed Northeast Asia area director (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea) and Greater China CEO, and in 2008, also assumed leadership of JWT Japan. Doctoroff completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has authored two best-selling books on Chinese consumers: Billions: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer and What Chinese Want. which was published in 2012. Doctoroff, who was selected to be an Official Torchbearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, lives in Shanghai and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Partner, Media and Entertainment Practice
McKinsey & Company
Jonathan Dunn is a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice. He focuses on strategy and operations for filmed entertainment companies: producers, broadcasters, distributors, and investors. Jonathan leads McKinsey’s work in digital video. Prior to McKinsey, Jonathan worked in intellectual property law in Paris and Los Angeles. He was also employed by investment firms specializing in filmed entertainment. He holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BA from Stanford. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.
Chief Innovation Officer
Digital First Media
Arturo Duran is the chief innovation officer for Digital First Media, which jointly manages Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group, which is responsible for more than 800 print and online products and serves fifty-seven million Americans each month. Recently Duran also was appointed managing director of Digital First Ventures, where several investments have been made in companies this year such as OwnLocal.com, Tout.com, AdGlue.com, PaperG.com, and several others. Duran joined Journal Register Company as executive vice president of the digital department in 2010. Prior, Duran served as chief executive officer of ImpreMedia Digital, LLC. Previously, he was president of interactive and business integration for Canwest Mediaworks, where he led the growth of online revenue of that organization to a record level and converted it into the largest Canadian news and information network with over fifty sites. Much of the revenue growth came from the launch of a suite of online classifieds that quickly grew to the largest in Canada, including working.com, driving.ca, remembering.ca, and renting.ca. Duran has a long and distinguished career in the online field. He previously served in executive roles at AOL, including vice president, multicultural, for AOL Media Networks, VP Marketing and Interactive Content for AOL Canada, and Director Business Development for AOL Mexico, as a member of the Team that launched AOL Latin America. Duran was born in Mexico City. He has lived in Canada, China, Spain, France, and now lives in New York City. Prior to those appointments, Duran was the director of business development, Internet Division for the Polaroid Corporation.
Open Society Institute, Information Program and Human Right Initiative
Elizabeth Eagen is the joint program manager at Open Society Institute in the information program and the human rights initiative. Eagen is responsible for the human rights data initiative, which designs programs and grants related to the knowledge management and use of data in advocacy and public policy, human rights data projects, and the use of new media tools in information management. The program seeks to make grants to organizations creating sets of data to answer human rights and policy questions and support advocacy campaigns with data visualization tools and tactics. Prior to joining OSI, she completed a Fulbright in the Republic of Georgia, where she researched national identity's role in regulatory decisions for historical and archeological sites. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and a Masters of Eastern European Studies from the University of Michigan; her thesis was on the impact of the BTC pipeline on political will and regional security in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. She holds an undergraduate degree from Macalester College in Russian in International Studies. From 2000–02, she was an associate at Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia Division.
Cofounder and CEO
Nathan Eagle is the cofounder and CEO of Jana, a company that helps global brands connect directly with people in emerging growth markets via mobile phones. Jana rewards consumers with mobile airtime in return for taking market research surveys and trying out new products. Jana’s mobile airtime rewards platform has been integrated into the back-end systems of hundreds of mobile operators, enabling the instant monetary compensation of billions of consumers in seventy local currencies. Today Jana is helping global clients in over fifty countries, including P&G, Google, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, the World Bank, and the United Nations. In addition to being CEO of Jana, Eagle is an adjunct assistant professor at Harvard University. His research involves engineering computational tools designed to explore how the petabytes of data generated about human movements, financial transactions, and communication patterns can be used for social good. In 2012, Wired named Eagle one of the “50 people who will change the world” and the Market Research Society awarded him the President’s Medal. Eagle has been elected to MIT’s TR35, a group of the world’s top innovators under 35, and currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Data Driven Development. In recognition of his work with the World Bank on mobile crowdsourcing, Eagle was awarded the prestigious Kiel Global Economy Prize alongside Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman and Martti Ahtisaari. Eagle holds a BS and two MS degrees from Stanford’s School of Engineering; his PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory founded the field of “Reality Mining” and was declared one of the “10 technologies most likely to change the way we live.” Often sought after for his expert commentary, Eagle is regularly featured in publications including the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, and CNN.
Head of Brand Integrations
Drew Elliott, also known as @drewpsie, joined theAudience a year ago to head Brand Integrations. An avid social media user, Elliott has worked closely with brands to blur the lines of publish, content, experience, and digital. At the age of twenty, Elliott was named the marketing director of PAPER Magazine, an influential New York downtown lifestyle publication, where he developed programs to help brands reach influencers. To experience the agency side, he joined the Ketchum team to head events and experiential marketing for both the US and global networks. Drew later returned to PAPER to help reinvigorate their boutique agency ExtraExtra, where he consulted for brands such as Target, Absolut, Mattel, Lanvin, and American Express. As a graduate of The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Elliott has been thinking out of the box since before that was cool.
John Enser is a partner at Olswang, one of Europe's leading law firms, which is focused on the TMT space. John has been advising companies at the cutting edge of media for over twenty years, since the early days of PayTV in Europe, when PayTV was the disruptive new entrant. Enser’s practice spans transactional work and regulatory advice for clients in all parts of the value chain, ranging in size from global players such as Viacom International Media Networks to start-ups such as Zeebox. John studied at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and he is a regular public speaker. He contributes to the 1709 Blog, named for the year in which the first copyright law, the Statute of Anne, was passed.
President National Operations, Consumer and Mass Business Markets
Tami Erwin is president of National Operations for Verizon Communications’ Consumer and Mass Business Markets. She is responsible for the support teams leading sales, field operations, and technical support, and directly manages global technical support centers, alternate channel sales vendors, call center vendor teams, and 411 information operations. Previously, Erwin was vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, responsible for all marketing initiatives, and for the management and development of mobile products and services. She also led the company’s brand management, media buying, agency management, and website integration. Erwin began her telecommunications career twenty-six years ago as a wireless customer service representative in Bellevue, Washington. Her passion for great customer service and respect for her fellow employees remain her guiding principles. Erwin attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, majoring in business administration, and graduated from the executive program at the Stanford School of Business. In addition to being a mother of two, Erwin is a three-time winner of the Verizon President’s Cabinet Award for sales achievement. She is the recipient of the Women of Excellence Award in Community Service for 2011 from the National Association of Female Executives and honored by AdAge as a Woman to Watch, 2013. She serves on The Paley Media for Center Board of Trustees and is a board member of the Verizon Foundation. Erwin also served on the board of Child Help, Orange County Chapter, served as the vice-chairman of Chrysalis in Phoenix, Arizona, and vice chair of CommNexus in San Diego. Erwin is a passionate speaker on the topics of leadership and professional development, customer service excellence, domestic violence awareness and prevention, and the empowerment of women and other minorities in business.
O'Melveny & Myers
Matthew Erramouspe is a partner in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the entertainment, sports, and media practice. He advises clients in all business and legal aspects related to the financing, production, distribution, and other financial and administrative subsidizing of content and live events. Erramouspe’s practice focuses on structuring strategic investments, financing, and cofinancing arrangements, as well as negotiating strategic production and distribution arrangements in the United States and abroad. He also advises clients on strategic acquisitions and sales of entertainment and media companies and assets. Erramouspe represents motion picture studios, production companies, distributors, investors, sponsors, investment banks, private equity funds, and hedge funds. Some of his clients include Elliott Management, The Weinstein Company, and Seacrest Global Group. He has spoken at a several conferences and has been named by Variety as a top “Dealmaker.” He also serves on Law360’s media and entertainment editorial advisory board. Erramouspe graduated from University of California at Los Angeles, where he served as the editor for the UCLA Law Review in 1996.
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling
Director of International Affairs
ZDF German Television
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling is the director of international affairs at ZDF German television. He began his career as a freelancer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FAZ Magazine, Manner Vogue, and Welt am Sonntag. After returning to school to attain his doctorate in international law, Dr. Freiling became the assistant to the CEO of Gruner + Jahr AG in Hamburg. In 1995, Dr.Freiling was appointed deputy general manager of GALA and member of the management board of the Norddeutsche Verlagsgellschaft. He served as general manager and publisher for GALA, and then left to become the head of international program coordination for ZDF. He was appointed director of international affairs at ZDF in 2000. He is a founder and chairman of the Internationale Jouranlisten-Programme, and coordinator of the Arthur F. Burns fellowship program. He is a member of IATAS and sits on the board of Arte Deutschland GmbH, Arte G.E.I.E., the European Broadcasting Union, SABA, the supervisory board of GERMAN TV, and IN-PUT. Freiling was awarded the Federal Order of Merit ribbon in 2008.
The Paley Center for Media
Janet Goldsmith is an advisor to leading media companies on strategic business, content, brand, and advertising issues including digital transition and rights strategies. One of the architects of multichannel television in the UK, she has brought that early industry innovation to her life’s work, combining strategic and commercial expertise with strong creative management, and for a number of years she’s specialized in launching and restructuring cable networks, both for start-up independent companies and multinational corporations. Goldsmith has been the joint managing director of UK based advisory firm, Mediatique; managing director of Universal Studio’s digital television businesses in the UK; and a senior manager and consultant for a range of leading international media companies, including Carlton Communications, ITV, and Kinnevik (now Modern Times Group). Now based in New York, she is currently completing an eighteen-month contract for the Paley Center for Media, overseeing a strategic review of the institution and its operations.
Managing Director, Media and Technology Analyst
Rich Greenfield is managing director and media and technology analyst at BTIG since 2010 and is the cocreator of the BTIG Research blog (www.btigresearch.com). Prior to BTIG, Greenfield was a managing director and 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 lives in NYC with his wife and three daughters. Twitter: @RichBTIG
Head of Marketing
Elísabet Grétarsdóttir is a marketing professional whose success is driven by a deep understanding of human motivation and sociology. Joining CCP Games in 2006 as marketing director, she was the architect of EVE Online’s global marketing strategy. With her expertise in converting marketing information into an accurate assessment of human terrain, she helped propel EVE Online into an international phenomenon, posting revenue growth of over three-hundred percent and establishing the product as one of the most enduring massively multiplayer online games in history. After guiding years of product milestones and achievements, she brought her expertise to Arion, the largest bank in Iceland. As the head of marketing, she draws on her experience growing online communities and applies it to the world of finance, where she is challenged with converting customer data into “human” strategies that motivate acquisition and retention. When she is not busy challenging the nature of financial institutions, she is preparing her young daughter and son to challenge tomorrow’s boundaries of innovation.
Dr. Kristian Hammond
Chief Technology Officer
Narrative Science Inc.
Dr. Kristian Hammond Ph.D. serves as the chief technology officer for Narrative Science Inc., scientific advisor for Media River Inc. (formerly, Intellext Inc.), and is chief scientist for Verb. Hammond is also a cofounder for both Media River Inc. and Verb. Dr. Hammond founded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University at Chicago where he also served as the laboratory director. Under his direction, the laboratory flourished as a center for innovative artificial intelligence research for more than a decade. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Hammond began to shape a vision of frictionless information systems. Hammond moved to Northwestern University in 1998 as a professor of computer science and journalism. Dr. Hammond started Recommender, Inc., and continued to work closely with the company until eventually selling to Attenza, Inc. in 2001. Also in 2001, Hammond founded Northwestern University's DevLab, an incubation program whose purpose is to turn research prototypes, such as Watson, into complete and robust products. While many of Hammond’s technologies have been deployed, including on display at Chicago's Second City, Watson is the first of the info lab systems to be fully commercialized. Hammond has consulted for Anderson Consulting, McKinsey, Boeing Aerospace, and Lockheed, to name a few. He is a past chair of the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces and the Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Dr. Hammond has been an invited speaker at a wide range of venues including the Conference of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, the Joint International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Carnegie Mellon, MIT's Media Lab, Ford Motor Company, Boeing, McKinsey, and Microsoft. Research articles on Dr. Hammond's work have appeared in The New York Times, The International Daily Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. Dr. Hammond directs Northwestern's InfoLab and DevLab, serves on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's Council of Technology Advisors. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University in 1986.
Professor of Journalism
Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Mark Hansen joined Columbia Journalism School in July of 2012, after a decade of shuttling between the West and East Coasts. In Los Angeles, Hansen held appointments in the Department of Statistics, the Department of Design Media Arts, and the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, forming a triangulation of data, art, and technology, Hansen was also co-PI for the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, an NSF science and technology center devoted to the study of sensor networks. While in New York, Hansen was a long-standing visiting researcher at the New York Times’s R&D Lab and a consultant with HBO Sports. Hansen works with data in an essentially journalistic practice, crafting stories through algorithm, computation, and visualization. In addition to his technical work, Hansen also has an active art practice involving the presentation of data for the public. His work with Ben Rubin at EAR Studio has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the London Science Museum, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, and in the lobby of the New York Times building in Manhattan. Hansen holds a Ph.D. and MA in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in applied math from the University of California, Davis.
Executive Managing Director
Since 2007, Hajime Hashimoto has been the executive managing director at WOWOW, responsible for corporate strategy. WOWOW was the first private satellite broadcasting Pay TV station in Japan. Prior to Hashimoto’s position as executive managing director, Hashimoto was the managing director and general manager of the Media Strategy Division. He joined WOWOW in 1990. Hashimoto is also the alternate director of the International Academy of Television and Science, the director of Next Generation Televisions and Broadcasting Promotion Forum, director of Broadcast Program Export Association of Japan (BEAJ), and outside auditor of WHD Entertainment, Co., Ltd. Hashimoto graduated from Meiji University, School of Political Science and Economics in 1986.
President, Global Product Leadership
Steve Hasker is president, global product leadership, and is responsible for Nielsen’s product portfolio across Watch and Buy. Prior to this role, he served as president, global media products and advertiser solutions, where he led Nielsen’s TV and digital audience measurement, advertising effectiveness and social media solutions. Hasker joined Nielsen in 2009 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in McKinsey’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice. In this role, Hasker was responsible for serving clients on issues of strategy, growth, innovation in television, syndicated information, filmed entertainment, sports, and digital advertising. Hasker lectures regularly at Columbia University and his research into the influence of social networks on consumer behavior in media has been published in the Harvard Business Review. His writings on digital and online business models and marketing have been featured in the McKinsey Quarterly. Additionally, Hasker is a board member of the International Radio and Television Society, and the Center for Communications and a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds an undergraduate economics degree from the University of Melbourne and has an MBA and a master’s in international affairs both with honors from Columbia University.
Chairman and CEO
Gustave Hauser is chairman and chief executive officer of Hauser Communications, Inc., a private company which has been involved in cable television, international satellite, and other electronic communications. He is the founder and a director of the nonprofit Hauser Foundation, and, among many major philanthropic activities, established The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. He also serves as vice chair of The Paley Center for Media. A pioneer of the modern cable television industry, Hauser has been responsible for the development of many innovations, including the MTV Music Television network, Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel, pay-per-view, and other advanced interactive services. Hauser’s sale of major cable television systems to Southwestern Bell Corporation (now AT&T) marked the entry of major telephone companies into the cable television industry. He was a founding investor and chairman of Orion Network Systems, a public company which owned and operated international communications satellites. Hauser was, from 1973 to 1983, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Cable Communications, after which he formed his own company. Among his public service activities, Hauser was twice appointed by the President of the United States, and served for eight years, as director at large of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He holds law degrees from Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Paris, France.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Robert Haymer is a partner in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice. He has a broad range of experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, and partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, both for large public companies and middle market and entrepreneurial clients in entertainment as well as other industries.
Andrew Heyward is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer, and expert on the changing media landscape. He helps media companies develop innovative online ventures, profitable digital strategies, create new content and services, and transforms businesses in order to drive growth and revenue in an age of rapid evolution. Heyward was president for CBS News from January 1996-November 2005. Prior to Heyward’s presidential position at CBS News, Heyward was executive producer of The CBS Evening News. Heyward was also responsible for developing and launching 48 Hours, the primetime CBS News hour that premiered in January 1988. He began his career working in local news at WNEW-TV and WCBS-TV in New York. Heyward has won twelve Emmy Awards.
Vice President, Precision Marketing
Colson Hillier is vice president of Precision Marketing. Precision Marketing was formed as a new line of business within Verizon Wireless focused on the delivery of analytics, advertising and mobile commerce solutions. Colson’s team is responsible for identifying innovative means of leveraging aggregate and anonymous insights from mobile location and usage data, developing platforms to deliver contextual marketing and supporting payments and redemptions at checkout. The team seeks opportunities to differentiate Verizon’s unique assets in the market including the network, sales, support, billing, and customer reach to develop solutions for customers and business partners. Hillier joined Bell Atlantic in 1998. He has held roles in new business ventures, performance assurance, product line management, marketing, and strategy providing a strong cross discipline foundation for his current work. Prior to joining the company, Hillier was a manager with Circuit City's financial subsidiary where he managed database marketing and new product development. Hillier earned a Bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. Hillier and his wife, Melissa, live with their two sons in Long Valley, New Jersey.
Carlos P. Hornstein
Head of US Executive Education Division
IESE Business School
Carlos P. Hornstein serves as the head of the US Executive Education Division at IESE Business School in New York and is responsible for the Americas and African regions. He also manages operations for the NY Centre, the delivery of two top executive programs at the CEO level, and the relationships with associated schools and partner schools in both continents. Hornstein is founder, president, and managing director of the Global Play Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in developing nations. Hornstein is also a founding member of Global Impact, a consulting company which aims primarily to inspire companies to introduce corporate responsible and sustainable practices within their organizations. Previously, Hornstein worked for more than ten years for Siemens Power Generation Group in Germany, Malaysia, and the US. He has also worked for Lutron Electronics in Spain as a sales and business development director for the European market, where he travelled to more than sixty countries in all five continents. Hornstein holds a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering, which he earned in 1992 from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain and also a Masters in business administration (2005) from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Atlanta. Hornstein has extensive sales experience, speaks five languages fluently and loves photography, sports, and travel. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.
Eban Howell, media specialist, develops campaigns, identity, partnerships, and content—creative and editorial—for brands and organizations of all stripes internationally. He is a VP and director of creative and editorial services with communications firm HIGH10 MEDIA, which represents, among others, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Online Publishers Association, and FEST, a soccer tournament for the media, entertainment, and marketing businesses.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
The New Republic
Chris Hughes started his career in his Harvard dorm room where he cofounded Facebook along with roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. Obsessed with consumer technology from a young age, Hughes was responsible for user experience and product development for Facebook in the early years of the social web. In 2007, he became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, creating a social network that empowered Obama supporters to create tens of thousands of grassroots groups and events, and to give over $500 million online. As publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, Hughes is transitioning a nearly one-hundred-year-old media company to the digital age, while holding on to its uncompromising focus on quality journalism about politics and culture. Integrated across mobile, tablet, web, and print, The New Republic is setting the standard for how mid-sized, traditional media brands can transition to the participatory web. Hughes is also an independent investor in technology and media companies, a trustee of the Knight Foundation, and a board member of GiveDirectly. He has been named a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and one of Forbes’s 30 under 30 in the media category. Hughes graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.
Breakthrough Public Relations
Betina Infante has worked in marketing communications, public affairs, and public relations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia for over twenty years. She has worked with private, public, and nongovernmental institutions, conceiving and implementing communications strategies that have influenced opinions, changed behavior, and have built brand-value. In 2008, Infante established Breakthrough Public Relations, a company that specializes in marketing communications and public relations. Infante has worked with international clients such as, KFC, Rio Tinto, Vale, Herbalife, Russian Railways, and more regarding key growth sectors such as, mining, energy, infrastructure, banking, transportation, food service, and consumer goods, providing a variety of services ranging from stakeholder engagement, media relations, and media training to branding, product launches, and event management. In 2011, Breakthrough Public Relations signed a strategic alliance with Ogilvy, a WPP company, expanding Breakthrough’s network and ability to service clients worldwide. Before arriving in Mongolia, Infante helped institutionalize development outreach and communication functions as a fundamental component of the U.S. foreign development assistance program at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In Indonesia, the communications strategies and campaign that she developed for USAID changed the way tsunami-affected populations and the general public viewed the U.S., turning predominantly negative sentiments around. She has provided technical assistance and communications training to numerous USAID missions including Pakistan and Russia. Infante has also served as managing director for Donely Communications/Bulgaria, the local branch of a N.Y. PR firm.
Tribeca Film Institute
Beth joined Tribeca in 2004, to launch a new initiative called Tribeca All Access (TAA). TAA quickly grew to become an important forum for US-based filmmakers to promote current projects. Prior to TFI, Janson held a variety of positions, including programming director for the 2003 Newport International Film Festival and working as a part of the HBO Documentary Films/Cinemax Reel Life programming team. At HBO, she worked on such films as American Standoff, The Young and the Dead, Journeys with George, Shelter Dogs, and the Taxicab Confessions series. She was an associate producer for Cinemax Reel Life on Broken Silence, a five-film series executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Janson began her career in the producer’s office of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Executive Vice President of Multimedia Sales
ESPN’s Customers Marketing and Sales Group
Eric Johnson is the executive vice president of multimedia sales for ESPN’s customer marketing and sales group. Johnson was promoted into the position in October 2007. Johnson leads the US and the international multimedia ad sales team efforts. He is responsible for all sales activity across ESPN’s businesses, including the ESPN television networks, ESPN print and digital media, the X Games, ESPN syndication events, ESPN audio, ESPN deportes, and ESPN W. Outside of the US, Johnson works directly with ESPN’s sales offices in Buenos Aires, San Paulo, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Miami, Fla., in effort to drive revenue for ESPN’s international properties. In 2008, Johnson was named number twenty-five on the Mediaweek 50, a list of “the most indispensable executives shaping the future of media,” and was listed on the CABLE-FAX’s 2010 VP and was honorable mention for the Above Sales Person of the Year. Additionally, under his leadership, ESPN’s multimedia sales teams have been honored by a 2012 Jack Myers survey that ranked ESPN number one among TV sales organizations (tied with ABC). This follows recognition in 2008 from the Media Industry Newsletter, which named Johnson’s team the “Multiplatform Sales Team of the Year.” Currently, Johnson sits on the Board of Directors for IAB and MPA. He is also on the Advisory Board for VIDEONOMICS. Johnson’s tenure at ESPN began fourteen years ago, where he served as an account executive for West Coast account television sales. Prior to joining ESPN, Johnson worked at TIME magazine in Los Angeles, following a term of service on the advertising agency side of the business. From 1992–99, Johnson worked as a media planning/strategist executive at Deustch LA, Grey Advertising, and Foote, Cone & Belding. Johnson graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
All Things Digital
Peter Kafka is the senior editor for “All Things Digital,” covering media and technology. He joined the site in October 2008 and in 2012 and produced the first “D: Dive into Media” conference. Before joining “All Things Digital,” Kafka was the managing editor for “Silicon Alley Insider in New York”; Kafka was the site's first hire, where he focused on enterprise, beat-reporting, and breaking news. Previously, Kafka spent ten years as a reporter and editor for Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com, specializing in media and technology coverage. At Forbes, Kafka launched two tech columns and represented Forbes on industry panels and TV appearances for CNN, BBC, and CNBC. Kafka was a staff reporter with City Business in Minneapolis from 1995–97. Previously, he severed as a stringer with the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Sentinel in Madison, WI. Kafka holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Leader, Programming and Digital Relations
Takahiro Kawazu has been the leader of the Programming and Digital Relations Division of WOWOW since 2013. Previously, Kawazu was in the Content and Development Division. He has been with WOWOW since 1994, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Sophia University. Kawazu went back to school, graduating with Master’s Degree in socio-information and communication studies from the University of Tokyo in 2011.
Founder, USA Network
Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company
Cofounder, Springboard Enterprises
Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, and USA Networks International. She created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams—licensing and advertising. Ms. Koplovitz served as chairperson & CEO until the company was sold for $4.5 billion in 1998. Ms. Koplovitz served as chairman of the board of Fifth & Pacific (Formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.) from January 2007 until May 2013. She is also chairman and cofounder of Springboard Enterprises the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard educates, sources, coaches, showcases, and supports high growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion. Since its inception in 2000, Springboard Companies have raised over $5.5 billion and created over 10,000 jobs. Kay counts among her accomplishments the presidential appointment as chair of the National Women’s Business Council (1998–2001). In recent years Kay has stepped into a leadership role in the area of board diversity and getting more women on boards joining the efforts of NYSE/Euronext, The Women’s Forum, Yale University, The Partnership for New York City, and Corporate Board Member. In addition to Fifth & Pacific, Kay is a board member of CA Technology and ION Media. She has also served on the boards of Oracle, Nabisco, Instinet, and General Re. She is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas and speaks on the topics of women’s leadership especially in the areas of entrepreneurship, board diversity, and media. She is frequently interviewed on these subjects by news and media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Mergers and Acquisitions, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Variety, and others. She serves as trustee of The Paley Center for Media, as well as The University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters & Science. She holds a master’s degree in communications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Emerson College, St. John’s University, Michigan State University, and Canasius College. A native of Milwaukee, Ms. Koplovitz is married to private investor William C. Koplovitz, Jr.
Ynon Kreiz is the executive chairman of Maker Studios, a next-generation talent first media company. He is a seasoned media executive who has built and led global entertainment companies including Endemol and Fox Kids Europe. He brings over fifteen years of executive leadership in broadcast and TV production to Maker as well as a deep understanding of engaging new audiences, forming strategic partnerships, working with talent and creating innovative programming. Kreiz joined the Maker board as chairman in May 2012 and was appointed executive chairman in May 2013. Before joining Maker, he was chairman and CEO of the Endemol group, the world's largest independent production company. Under his management, Endemol produced more than ten thousand hours of programming per year for over three hundred broadcasters worldwide and became one of the world’s largest independent distributors of English speaking programming. Before Endemol, he was a general partner at Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe). Kreiz also cofounded Fox Kids Europe N.V. where he was chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, Fox Kids Europe became one of the fastest growing pay-TV channels in Europe and the Middle East, broadcasting in fifty-six countries in seventeen languages. Fox Kids Europe was listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange in Amsterdam in 1999 and the majority shareholding was sold to the Walt Disney Company in 2001. Kreiz is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University and holds a BA in Economics and Management as well an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
Founder and CEO
Keep.com and TheSwizzle.com
Scott Kurnit is the founder and CEO of Keep.com and TheSwizzle.com. Keep is a leader in the new field of crowd-sourced social commerce and Swizzle enables users to manage commercial email overload by easily unsubscribing, aggregating desired brands into a daily digest, and adding up to 1,400 brands to their digests with one click. Kurnit also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. About invented or popularized important Internet staples such as blogging, content SEO, and contextual pay-per-click advertising. He sold About US to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and was purchased by IAC in 2012. Kurnit has founded four companies, all of which continue operating today. He holds four patents, led the team that embedded the first Web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network, and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world’s first fully interactive cable system. He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert (broadcast in seventy countries) from the former Soviet Union. Kurnit serves on the boards of Keep Holdings, Appssavvy, Brightcove, The Paley Center for Media, The Mianus Gorge, and Stein Eriksen Lodge. He has been a filmmaker, TV director, station program manager, marketer, and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
Cleve Langton is a director of MavenMagnet Inc., a multinational company that analyzes big data and transforms that data into marketing and communications insights. Langton is also chief partnership officer of Brodeur Partners, a global social media and public relations agency. Langton has served as advisor and director to a number of B2B and B2C software companies. He has conducted business development and communications seminars in thirty-four countries. In August 2013, Langton lectured in Japan concerning trends in global new business developments to marketing agency groups. Langton’s book, New Business Lessons from Madison Avenue, has been published in a number of countries including Japan. Prior to Langton’s current assignments, he was corporate executive vice president of DDB Worldwide, where he ran global business development. Lanton has also managed a number of global accounts including PepsiCo and Mars Inc. while at DDB and DMB&B. Mr. Langton is a director of the Weissman Center for International Business at CUNY and has served on a number of other nonprofit boards including the EFFIE, the marketing and communications effectiveness awards. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from NYU. He is married with two children and lives in NYC.
Executive Vice President, Casting
ABC Entertainment Group
Keli Lee is executive vice president of casting at ABC Entertainment Group, where she oversees all casting for the ABC Television Network and ABC Studios. She also oversees negotiations for all talent deals for the ABC Entertainment Group. Series under her oversight include the multi-award-winning hits Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as popular series Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Criminal Minds, and Suburgatory. During her tenure as executive vice president, ABC has received a total of 143 Emmy Award acting nominations with twenty-six Emmy awards, including this year’s nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Kerry Washington and Connie Britton; ABC has received fifty-seven Golden Globe nominations and five Golden Globe awards. Ms. Lee is a former mentor to the Korean government's Ministry of Culture and Tourism for KOCCA, the business development agency that develops cultural content to connect to US and worldwide markets. She received the KOCCA and KCCLA Dari Award's Person of the Year in 2010. She is also the 2012 recipient of the Step Up Women’s Network Inspiration Award, a nonprofit organization that helps empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident and professional women through networking and continuous development. Ms. Lee joined ABC in 1991, serving as head of casting since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from New York University.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
David Levy is president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), a position he was promoted to in the summer of 2013. As president, Levy added oversight of Turner’s domestic entertainment and animation, young adult networks, and business portfolios to his current leadership of the company’s advertising sales, affiliate sales, and sports units. He is based in New York and reports to Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of TBS, Inc. In 2012, Levy reached a new, long-term, multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball, the most expansive in the company’s history with the league, and led Turner’s efforts in the acquisition of Bleacher Report, a leading online multi-sport destination. Levy added to his many industry honors in 2012 when he was elected into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was listed tenth on Sports Business Journal’s ranking of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.” Prior to assuming his current role, Levy served as president of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales and Turner Sports. Previously, Levy served as copresident of Turner Broadcasting System International since September 2000 where he oversaw TBS, Inc.’s wide-ranging cable network business activities in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, including sales and marketing and distribution; programming and interactive business development; and joint partnerships and business alliances outside the United States. Levy began his career at Turner Broadcasting in 1986 as an account executive in the entertainment division. He later played an integral role in developing and overseeing the Turner Sports ad sales division and was named senior vice president for international ad sales in 1994, and executive vice president in 1997. In 1998, Levy became Turner’s first president of International Advertising Sales. Levy is a graduate of Syracuse University. He resides in Westchester, New York, with his wife, Niki, and their two boys, Brett and Jake.
Editor in Chief
Megan Liberman is the editor in chief of Yahoo! News. Currently, Liberman is working on an expansion of news and technology, including broadening and deepening the political and national affairs enterprise reporting, building a new technology online magazine, developing a social news desk, and developing original news and technology video programming. Before coming to Yahoo! in September, she spent nearly thirteen years as an editor at the New York Times. Recently, she was the deputy news editor, editing and managing Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, anchoring all of the Times’s 2012 political and elections programming and developing and supervising a portfolio of other blogs. Prior, Liberman was the deputy editor of the New York Times Magazine. Liberman received her Bachelor’s degrees from Barnard College and a Master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Founder and CEO
Prior to theAudience, Oliver cofounded DigiSynd, a social media outlet that was ultimately acquired by the Walt Disney Company. Luckett served at Disney as cohead of innovation, overseeing Disney brands in social. Additional companies that Luckett founded or held senior positions: Revver, Inc., a video sharing service of which he was co-founder and senior vice president of network development; iBlast, where he was co-founder and chief technology officer; Anschutz Digital Media, where he was vice president of network development; Qwest Communications, a fiber optic network of which he was chief IP services architect; and Revilopark, a consulting firm. Luckett also was heavily involved in the 2004 presidential election through his Internet efforts with Norman Lear’s nonpartisan “Declare Yourself” campaign, which achieved more than one million online voter registrations through partnerships with Yahoo!, Google, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and Friendster. Luckett served as executive producer for Transcendent Man, a documentary which follows the life of scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil. Luckett is a Vanderbilt University alumni and is a frequent guest lecturer at graduate schools and global industry conferences. Luckett is an avid art collector.