Paley Next Big Thing New York

A Conversation with Pete Distad, CEO, Venu Sports

Thursday, August 15, 2024

Lunch 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Conversation and Q&A 1:00 to 2:00 pm
The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, NYC

Newly minted CEO of the forthcoming Venu Sports streaming service, Pete Distad, will discuss the powerhouse joint venture between ESPN, FOX, and Warner Bros. Discovery that aspires to become a one-stop destination for sports fans to easily discover, watch, and engage with all their favorite leagues, teams, and players. With its streaming rights to all the major professional sports leagues and top college conferences, Distad will discuss their plans for building a best-in-class product.

In Person:

Pete Distad, CEO, Venu Sports

Sara Fischer, Media Correspondent and Founding Staff Member, Axios

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Pete Distad

CEO, Venu Sports

Distad Pete

Pete Distad is the CEO of Venu Sports – a joint venture formed by ESPN, FOX and Warner Bros. Discovery. He is responsible for all aspects of the joint venture, including overall strategy, distribution, marketing, sales and more.

Before Venu, Pete worked at Apple from 2013-2023, where he was responsible for the business, operations and global distribution for Video, Sports and Apple TV+. While there, he launched the new Apple TV in 2015, and later led teams that launched and scaled the Apple TV app, Apple TV+, and MLS Season Pass. Prior to Apple, Pete served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution on the Hulu executive management team. He was part of the original Hulu launch team, overseeing customer acquisition and retention, distribution and marketing. Pete also worked in various technology and management consulting roles, including at McKinsey & Company, Calence (now Insight) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Sara Fischer

Media Correspondent and Founding Staff Member, Axios

Fisher Sara

Sara Fischer is a media correspondent for Axios and a founding staff member at Axios. She is also a media analyst at CNN.  Fischer authors a weekly newsletter on media trends that reaches over 100,000 professionals across the media, tech and entertainment industries. Beyond her weekly column, Fischer oversees Axios' media coverage for the newsroom, and steers the company’s products and events around that topic.  Her coverage spans corporate media, advertising and marketing, technology, social media, deals, entertainment, media regulation, policy and consumer habits.  She was named to Mediaite's "Most Influential in News Media" list for 2022. She was also named to The Washingtonian's list the 500 "Most Powerful People in Washington D.C."  in 2022 and 2023. Fischer was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” Media list in 2019.   


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