IC2011 LA Attendee Lists
IC2011 LA Attendee Lists
President and CEO
Vincent L. Sadusky is president and chief executive officer of LIN Media. Sadusky was appointed to this position in 2006 after serving as chief financial officer of the company since 2004. Prior to LIN Media, Sadusky served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Telemundo Communications, Inc., the Hispanic broadcasting network and station group. During his 10 year tenure at Telemundo, he made significant contributions to the company’s growth and success, including presiding over Telemundo’s IPO in 1994 and the network’s merger with NBC in 2001. Prior to joining Telemundo, he performed attestation and consulting services for seven years with Ernst & Young, LLC, one of the world’s leading professional services organizations.Sadusky currently serves on the board of directors for LIN TV Corp., as well as International Game Technology (IGT), Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), JVB Financial Group, and Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), to which he was elected president in 2011. In 2001, Sadusky founded JVB Financial Group, a fixed income securities brokerage firm, that was acquired by a public securities firm in 2011. Sadusky received his MBA degree from New York Institute of Technology and his BS in accounting from Penn State University, where he was a University Scholar.
Executive Vice President
Luis Saguier is the exectuive vice president of La Nación. Prior to joining La Nación, Saguier was a marketing manager and marketing coordinator for Phillip Morris. Saguier is a member of the World Economic Forum of Young Global Leaders and sits on the board of directors for Endeavor Global.
Steve Scharf is a partner in O'Melveny's Century City office, a member of the entertainment, sports and media practice, and lead director of the firm's policy committee. Scharf focuses on entertainment and media finance, production and distribution of motion pictures, the purchase and sale of entertainment companies and the formation and capitalization of entertainment companies. A substantial part of his practice involves motion picture financing transactions including banking transactions, joint ventures, securitizations, structured financings, tax shelter financings, and equity investments. In the debt and equity areas, Scharf represents both lenders and borrowers, investors and offerors in transactions for the financing of studios, partnerships, film slates, and individual motion picture productions. He has represented studios, investment banks, mezzanine lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds, and offerors in connection with a number of motion picture structured financing transactions. Scharf has also negotiated multiple-picture and single-picture distribution agreements as well as the purchase and sale of film and television libraries. Scharf regularly works on a number of international motion picture financing transactions in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and China.
Senior Vice President, Entertainment Division
With more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry, Steven Shapiro has been involved in the financing of hundreds of entertainment-related projects and handles the management of several thousand entertainment-related relationships. In addition, Shapiro serves as the Entertainment Division’s sales and marketing manager and oversees marketing activities for the division’s offices in California, New York, and Nashville. Shapiro joined City National Bank in 1999, and has more than 30 years of entertainment banking experience. Before that he worked with Wells Fargo Bank for 22 years and was the retail entertainment division manager. Shapiro has served on the boards and has acted as a consultant to numerous non-profit organizations, include Variety, Junior Achievement, and Cancer Schmancer. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration. City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN). It is backed by $22.5 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 79 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City and Nashville, Tenn. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $58.5 billion in client investment assets, including more than $36 billion under direct management.
Chief Product Officer
Jack Smith is a pioneer in interactive advertising. He is currently the chief product officer at Simulmedia, an audience targeting ad network for linear television. He is also a founder of Solariat, a venture backed company that uses artificial intelligence for social media marketing and analysis. Prior to Simulmedia, he founded and ran The MIG (now Xaxis) for WPP Group, the world's largest communications services company. At The MIG, he created ZAP & B3 to help agencies and advertisers improve the process of planning, buying, trafficking and optimizing digital media advertising campaigns. Prior to The MIG, his work as senior vice president at 24/7 Real Media in product strategy lead directly to the acquisition of 24/7 by WPP in 2007. Smith first saw the Internet in the early 1990s while in the broadcast division of The Hearst Corporation. He built the first website for a Hearst TV station and swears he still has the whole thing stored on a floppy drive somewhere. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies. In his free time, he is a fine art photographer and collects extinct cameras. He lives in New York with his wife, two daughters and large hound dog.
Darin Snyder is a partner in O'Melveny's San Francisco office and chair of the intellectual property and technology practice within the litigation department. He has extensive experience in major civil and criminal litigation matters involving intellectual property and technology-intensive business sectors. The trial victory for client NDS Group, in which he served as lead counsel, was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 10 defense verdicts of 2008. The Daily Journal named Snyder amongst the top 75 Intellectual Property litigators in California in both 2010 and 2011. The Legal 500 has acknowledged Snyder for his work in patent, copyright and trade secrets litigation, repeatedly recognizing him, in particular, for his excellence in trade secret litigation, quoting clients who call him, "one of the West Coast's biggest names in the area." Snyder has also been recognized repeatedly by Law & Politics Media Inc. as a Northern California "Super Lawyer."
President, NBA International
Heidi Ueberroth joined the NBA in 1994 and has been instrumental in expanding the league’s global presence. In November 2009, she was named the first president of NBA International and is responsible for leading the NBA's operations outside the United States. She oversees a staff based in 14 offices worldwide that manage the NBA's international business activities across television and media, marketing partnerships, consumer products, events, marketing communications, and new business initiatives. Under her direction, NBA games and programming are televised to 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Ueberroth played a central role in the formation of NBA China L.P., an entity that conducts all of the league's businesses in Greater China. She serves on NBA China's board of directors and was instrumental in securing strategic partnerships with the Bank of China, Legend Holdings, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, China Merchants Bank, and ESPN. During her tenure with the NBA, Ueberroth managed the NBA’s Marketing Partnerships group from 2000 to 2009 and oversaw the addition of many first-time league partnerships with blue-chip companies such as FedEx, HP, T-Mobile, Kia, and Taco Bell. She has also managed the NBA’s International Television and Media Distribution division since 1996. She is a Director of the Pebble Beach Company and of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and is a trustee of the Cancer Research Institute. She also served on the advisory board for the 1999 Women's World Cup. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Ueberroth resides in New York City.
Chief Communications Officer
Suna Vidinli is chief communications officer for Calik Group in Turkey. She is in charge of communication strategy and relations with international and national organizations, the World Economic Forum, the US Congress, the European Union, and its related bodies. She received an MA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and a BA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2000.
Head of Los Angeles Office
Kayo Washio has been the head of the Wowow LA office since early 2011. She previously worked in the publicity department at Wowow, as well as film and television acquisitions and sales. Washio joined Wowow in 1995.
Corporate Vice President, Media and Entertainment Group
As corporate vice president of Microsoft’s media and entertainment group, Blair Westlake manages Microsoft’s relations with the media and entertainment industries, including Hollywood studios, global broadcasters, cable/satellite programmers and the music industry. He directs a group responsible for business development, policies and all content licensing for various services and products including Xbox, Zune, Windows PC, and Windows Phones. Before joining Microsoft, Westlake consulted for various media companies including Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal, and was corporate executive vice president of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. Westlake was an executive of Universal Studios, Inc. from 1982-2000, where he was chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group. Westlake is a member of the board of trustees of The Paley Center for Media, the executive branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the executive committee of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and is a member of the board of directors of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, WA., the Digital Entertainment Group and ContentGuard, Inc. Westlake is admitted to the California State Bar.
Eric Zabinski is a partner in O’Melveny’s mergers and acquisitions practice group. He has a broad corporate practice that includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity-sponsored transactions, equity and debt private placements, including venture capital financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances, international and cross-border transactions, and general corporate advisory work for public and private companies in a wide range of industries. Zabinski has significant experience in the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in investments, leveraged acquisitions, and other buyouts. He also has substantial experience in international transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, and financings throughout the world, with a particular focus on China-based transactions. In each of 2009 and 2010, Zabinski was named to Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. In 2011, Chambers gave Zabinski a Band 1 ranking in the category of “Venture Capital Investment (International Firms): China.”