Paley IC Summit 2017

2017 Speakers

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

This year's Summit will not only address the pressing issues facing the media industry, but also explore the global issues facing all companies - from enhancing trade, safeguarding national security and cyber security to sustaining economic growth.



Subject to change.

PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 AlexanderGeneral Keith B. Alexander, USA (Ret)
IronNet Cybersecurity

At IronNet Cybersecurity, as the CEO and President, General (Ret) Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting-edge technology, consulting and education/training. He is reinventing how industries mitigate cybersecurity threats with IronDefense, a patented solution designed to detect and alert on anomalous enterprise network behaviors through fine-tuned analytics. His goal is to bridge communication systems between private and government sectors to create the next level of intelligence sharing and protect the nation against cyber threats on a global stage.

General Alexander is a four-star general with an impressive 40-year military career, culminating in role of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005- 2014. He holds the distinction of serving in this role longer than any other director. While serving as the NSA Director, he was appointed by Congress to be the first Commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). He held this role from 2010-2014, establishing and defining how our nation is protected against cyber attacks.

As Commander, USCYBERCOM, General Alexander was responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations, and defending Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks—as well as the defense of the nation—from cyber threats. As the Director of NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and the protection of U.S. national security information systems.

Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL., and the Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Serving as a member of the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, General Alexander developed key recommendations to create a defensible national cyber architecture to protect national security by promoting rapid innovation and close public-private collaboration while preserving privacy and civil liberties.

General Alexander is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy (USMA) Distinguished Graduate  Award. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, as well an MS in Business Administration from Boston University; an MS in Systems Technology and an MS in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School; and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BakerJames A. Baker III
61st U.S. Secretary of State

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BanseAmy Banse
Comcast Ventures

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BennackFrank A. Bennack, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BirdAndy Bird
Walt Disney International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BoorstinJulia Boorstin

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 BourkoffAryeh B. Bourkoff

Aryeh B. Bourkoff is the Founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, a differentiated global technology, media and telecommunications investment and merchant banking firm.  A trusted strategic partner, LionTree provides unmatched creativity, clarity and connectivity to help clients flourish in a rapidly evolving sector.

Since its formation in 2012, LionTree has applied its deep sector expertise, thematic approach and unyielding execution to advise clients on over $300 billion of industry shaping transactions, including Verizon on its $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo; Suddenlink on its $9.1 billion sale to Altice; Charter Communications on its $78.7 billion merger with Time Warner Cable as well as its $10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks; and Liberty Global on its $24 billion acquisition of Virgin Media. 

Prior to launching LionTree, Mr. Bourkoff served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS and on the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee. During his 13-year tenure at UBS, Mr. Bourkoff also held the positions of Joint Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking; Head of the Media and Communications Research Group; and as a fixed income research analyst. He also served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets and Smith Barney. Mr. Bourkoff was named the number-one ranked cable & satellite Fixed Income analyst by Institutional Investor for seven consecutive years, and in 2005 was the first analyst to achieve the number-one ranking across equity, fixed income and hedge fund surveys in the same year. Mr. Bourkoff has also been recognized as the top broadcasting & entertainment analyst on the Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on The Street” ranking, and by Fortune Magazine on their “40 under 40” list.

Mr. Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies.  He serves as a trustee of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Additionally, Mr. Bourkoff is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media, the New York Philanthropic Advisory Board of UNICEF, the Royal Academy of Arts America Board, and Lincoln Center’s Business Advisory Council as well as the Lincoln Center Media & Entertainment Council.

Mr. Bourkoff has provided commentary on the financial markets and TMT sector on CNBC, Bloomberg, and to other media outlets.  He is also the producer of two documentary films, Out of Print and The Last Jews of Libya, both of which had their premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 FontanaDavid Eun
Samsung NEXT

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 SorrellCristiana Falcone Sorrell
World Economic Forum

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 FontanaTom Fontana
Emmy Award-winning Writer and Executive Producer

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 GeithnerTimothy Geithner
75th U.S. Secretary of Treasury

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 GottfriedMiriam Gottfried
The Wall Street Journal

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 HadleyStephen Hadley
Former National Security Advisor

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

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

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

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

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

PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 KleinmanAndy Kleinman

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 ManuelDebra L. Lee
BET Networks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 KaneLeeKane Lee
Baobab Studios

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 ManuelAnja Manuel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 MarcheseJoe Marchese
Fox Networks Group

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 MartinJohn Martin

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 MillerJonathan Miller
Advancit Capital

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 MurdochJames Murdoch
21st Century Fox

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 PleplerRichard L. Plepler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 PoggiJeanine Poggi
Advertising Age

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


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 RoseDan Rose

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



PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 RossWilbur Ross
U. S. Secretary of Commerce

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

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

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

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

Secretary Ross is a graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Business School (with distinction).  He and his wife Hilary Geary Ross have four children, Jessica Ross, Amanda Ross, Ted Geary, and Jack Geary.


PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 SapanJosh Sapan
AMC Networks

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

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

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

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

PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 FPO2Edward Skyler

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

PaleyIC 2017 BIO Photo 200x200 SternDavid J. Stern
NBA Commissioner Emeritus

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

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

An intense commitment to social responsibility both in the United States and around the world marked Mr. Stern's tenure as commissioner.  Under his leadership, the league launched NBA Cares, a global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world.  NBA Cares supports a host of community outreach initiatives, including a myriad of internationally recognized youth-serving programs that focus on education, youth and family development, and health and wellness.

Mr. Stern was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014 and the International Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.  He is a 2013 recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, awarded by Harvard University in recognition of contributions to African and African-American culture, and a recipient of the Yale Executive Leadership Institute’s Legend in Leadership Award which celebrates contemporary business leaders who have made transformational contributions across sectors.  He is the chair emeritus of the Trustees of Columbia University and serves or has served on the boards of the Rutgers University Foundation, the NAACP, the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Paley Center for Media and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  A native of New York City, Mr. Stern is a graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law School.

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

More speakers to be announced.