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Session Schedule

Tuesday, November 9, 2021


9:45 – 10:00 am

The Paley Center FOR MEDIA Welcome


  • Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media
  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media


10:00 – 10:40 am

The Future of the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) Sector


  • Mike Fries, CEO & Vice Chairman, Liberty Global
  • John C. Malone, Chairman, Liberty Media and Liberty Global

COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation across industries around the world. Which were the most severely impacted? Which experienced the most growth? What innovations and efficiencies were discovered, and where is the TMT sector set to go as the world reopens? Mike Fries leads a wide-ranging discussion with John C. Malone about the future of TMT globally and what we can expect in an evolving landscape.


10:40 – 11:00 am

A Global vision for the media sector


  • Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Chairman of the Management Board & CEO, Vivendi


  • Caroline Hyde, Anchor, Bloomberg Television 

As an entertainment, communications, and global media giant, Vivendi has been able to synthesize synergies across its businesses to take advantage of new growth opportunities across streaming, digital media, and publishing. As the business continues to provide seamless experiences and customized content for a global audience, what will be the cross-cutting growth opportunities and how can businesses scale to meet them? Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Chairman of the Management Board & CEO of Vivendi, provides the latest news and strategic vision of his group and a broad view of the evolving media landscape.


11:00 – 11:40 am

Continuing to widen the screen


  • Richelieu W. Dennis, Jr., Founder & Chairman, Sundial; CEO, Essence Ventures
  • Tina Perry, President, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Marc S. Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company

Sustained action and investment are necessary to address the systemic bias and inequality. This panel of industry leaders explores how to advance equality and inclusion throughout the creative and media supply chain.


11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Advertising for the new normal


  • Michael I. Roth, Executive Chairman, Interpublic Group


  • Erin Burnett, Anchor, Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN

Emerging from almost two years of disruption and transformation across all sectors, what should advertisers focus on? How should agencies and brands react to shifts in consumer behavior, and what role will data and analytics play in the "new normal"? In a candid fireside chat, Michael I. Roth, Executive Chairman of Interpublic Group, will bring decades of expertise and experience to bear on these important questions, while also sharing his perspective on what advertisers can do to help connect a divided world.


12:10 – 12:40 pm

video games and new frontiers in Interactive entertainment


  • Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President, Gaming – Head of Xbox, Microsoft


  • Dina Bass, Technology Reporter and Seattle Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Video games have become one of the world’s most pervasive, and profitable, forms of mass entertainment. Join Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, and Dina Bass, reporter for Bloomberg News, for a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges the gaming industry faces in maintaining its recent momentum and the global opportunities that await.


12:40 – 1:25 pm



1:25 – 2:10 pm

The future of the global news industry


  • Alessandra Galloni, Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
  • Gary Liu, CEO, South China Morning Post


  • Gideon Rose, Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

How information is communicated and shared today has a measurable impact on global affairs, human rights movements, and the media industry at large. With misinformation and fake news on the rise, a panel of global news organizations discuss their evolving approaches to reporting and journalism.


2:10 – 2:50 pm

Prepare Yourself: Ransomware and the Latest Cybersecurity Threats


  • Craig Jones, Director of Cybercrime, INTERPOL
  • Wendi Whitmore, Senior Vice President, Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks


  • David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

Technology has become increasingly central to daily life, providing the connectivity and continuity for communities and businesses to interact and grow, from across the world and even in the midst of a pandemic. Experts discuss the latest cybersecurity threats to individuals and companies, the evolving stakes across all industries, and the growing importance of public-private collaboration.


2:50 – 3:15 pm



  • David Kenny, CEO, Nielsen


  • Bob Safian, Host, Masters of Scale: Rapid Response

To say that the media industry is going through unprecedented change and disruption—only accelerated by the global pandemic—has become an understatement. Now more than ever, there is a proliferation of choice and the entire media industry is facing a consumer-led landscape—where consumers can watch content whenever, wherever, and on whatever device, all creating new challenges for players across the media industry. Join Nielsen CEO David Kenny for a conversation highlighting how advertisers, agencies, and publishers can address these concerns and what is needed as we all navigate the future and transformation of media as we know it.


3:15 – 4:15 pm



4:15 – 5:00 pm

The creator economy boom


  • Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube
  • Caleb Marshall, Content Creator
  • Jonathan Miller, CEO, Integrated Media Company
  • Lisa Nguyen, Content Creator

Social media platforms once relied on free, user-generated content to capture audiences and advertisers, but now, content creators wield the influence and leverage to meet their followers seamlessly across platforms. Who are the players in this new economy, and what does it have to bear on the industry at large?


5:00 – 5:30 pm

Brand Purpose in Action


  • Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer, Ford


  • Michael E. Kassan, Chairman & CEO, MediaLink

Brand purpose is playing an increasing role in the decision-making of modern consumers. MediaLink Chairman and CEO Michael Kassan sits down with Ford CMO Suzy Deering to explore how the storied auto brand is staying one step ahead of its consumers—adjusting to their lifestyles, speaking to an unexpected and diverse audience, and driving adoption and awareness of a more sustainable, electrically-powered future.


5:30 – 6:10 pm

A New Age of Entrepreneurs


  • Alex Rodriguez, Chairman & CEO, A-Rod Corp
  • Marc Lore, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor


  • Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore's purchase of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx and the formation of VCP are just the first of many new projects in the pipeline. Rodriguez and Lore discuss their partnership and portfolio, shared investment philosophy (hint: it's all about vision, capital, and people), and what lies ahead for them in the entertainment and media space.


6:10 – 6:15 pm

Closing Remarks


  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media



Wednesday, November 10, 2021


9:00 – 9:10 am

Opening Remarks


  • Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media
  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media


9:10 – 9:50 am

Creating a media behemoth: what’s next?


  • David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery, Inc.


  • Ken Auletta, Author and Writer, The New Yorker

2021 has been a momentous year in the media industry and one of the most notable events was the announcement of the transformational pending merger of Discovery with WarnerMedia. David Zaslav, set to helm one of the most dynamic media companies in the world—Warner Bros. Discovery—will discuss the importance of creating great content, the value of IP, what the future is for the global streaming marketplace, and what he sees as the new company’s strategic advantage over their competition. Moreover, Zaslav will share insights on whether there will be more consolidation in the industry and more acquisitions on the horizon.


9:50 – 10:20 am

Delivering Everyday Health with Humanity


  • Steve King, COO, Publicis Groupe
  • Tamara Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer, GSK Consumer Healthcare

With consumers prioritizing health and wellness more than ever, healthcare and pharma brands have had to rethink and recalibrate their role in people's lives. GSK's Global CMO Tamara Rogers and Publicis Groupe's Chief Operating Officer Steve King discuss their shared focus on innovation and inclusion, and how to more proactively connect with all consumers worldwide.


10:20 - 10:50 am



  • Linda Boff, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Vice President, Learning and Culture, GE and President, GE Foundation
  • Tami Erwin, Executive Vice President & CEO, Verizon Business


  • Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes

Key industries are leveraging unprecedented connectivity to evolve and expand our collective vision of a smart industrial future. Verizon Business’s Tami Erwin and GE’s Linda Boff discuss what innovation and creativity look like in their fields and how diversifying the workforce is key to transforming their industries.


10:50 – 11:35 am

the digital transformation of telecommunications


  • Cristiana Falcone, CEO, JMCMRJ Foundation
  • Luigi Gubitosi, CEO, Gruppo TIM

The telecom industry has continually adapted to create more value for customers. COVID-19 only accelerated this digital transformation, with companies working at groundbreaking rates to meet the need for secure business transactions, seamless communication and connectivity, safe and easy entertainment, and so much more. Leading telecom executives weigh in on the latest technological advancements, mergers & acquisitions, and what lies ahead for this global industry.


11:35 am – 12:15 pm

Entertainment and Platforms in a digital age


  • Faiza J. Saeed, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Kevin Mayer, Media Investor and Chairman, DAZN

A decade of transformational shifts in how entertainment is produced and consumed has generated a wealth of examples of how—and how not—to effectively reach audiences and produce value as digital media platforms continue to be the industry’s innovation drivers. What are the biggest lessons from this period of change, and what is the outlook for the next decade?


12:15 – 12:45 pm

MLB & nhl: Traditions for new audiences


  • Gary B. Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League
  • Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Commissioner, Major League Baseball


  • Sarah Spain, espnW Writer, ESPN Radio Host & TV Personality, ESPN

As storied sports go, baseball and hockey are some of the richest in tradition, history, and fans. MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. and NHL Commissioner Gary B. Bettman discuss the Field of Dreams and Winter Classic games, and how their leagues are evolving traditions to grow and meet the needs of new audiences.

12:45 - 1:25 pm



1:25 – 1:55 pm

revolutionizing Music Discovery


  • Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer & EVP, Business Development, Warner Music Group
  • Ben Schwerin, SVP of Content and Partnerships, Snap Inc.


  • Jem Aswad, Deputy Music Editor, Variety

Platforms like Snapchat are changing the way Gen Z listens to and discovers music, empowering a new generation of curators and creators. Snap's Ben Schwerin and Warner Music Group's Oana Ruxandra discuss how Snapchat is developing new tools and experiences, leveraging friend-to-friend communication to bring music to life for consumers, while also democratizing and increasing opportunities for emerging and established artists alike.


1:55 – 2:25 pm



  • Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA
  • Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.


  • Brent Lang, Executive Editor, Film & Media, Variety

Strauss Zelnick and Dexter Goei explore the rapid, adaptive shifts that have occurred across the technology, media, and telecommunications sector in recent years, and what we can expect from the media establishment in response to disruptive technologies and shifts in consumerism.


2:25 – 2:35 pm



2:35 – 3:20 pm

The Henry A. Kissinger Annual Keynote Address made possible by the William S. Paley Foundation: Political Landscape: Global Affairs, Policy, and Perspective


  • Madeleine K. Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • James A. Baker, III, 61st United States Secretary of State; Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman and Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media

  • Henry A. Kissinger, 56th United States Secretary of State; Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

  • Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State; Founding Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

As we enter 2022, the one constant around the world is rapid and transformational change. From fighting the first global pandemic in a century to military and human conflicts that challenge the current world order, society faces unprecedented challenges along with unpredictable opportunities. Join these visionary leaders—Madeleine K. Albright, James A. Baker, III, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, and Condoleezza Rice—who will share unparalleled insights into world affairs past and present to help contextualize our current moment in history.


3:20 – 3:50 pm



  • Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group


  • Lester Holt, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News; Anchor, Dateline NBC

During another moment of inflection for the media industry—when high-quality journalism and innovation are as important as ever—join Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCU News Group, for a conversation with Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, to discuss how the nation’s largest news organization is navigating its deep portfolio of programs and platforms since Conde took the helm last year.


3:50 – 4:20 pm



  • Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Edward Skyler, Executive Vice President, Citi


  • Ruth Umoh, Editor-in-Chief, The Filament

Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris and Citi’s Edward Skyler discuss how financial institutions like Morgan Stanley and Citi are reducing the wealth gap by creating equitable access to capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs and business owners.


4:20 - 5:00 pm

The power of podcasting


  • Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer, Spotify
  • Dax Shepard, Host, Armchair Expert


  • Anne Steele, Music Business and Podcasting Reporter, The Wall Street Journal 

As one of the fastest growing media formats, podcasting has broken into the mainstream and increasingly holds a place at the center of cultural conversation. Spotify, the largest global audio streaming platform, has been at the forefront of this growth, bringing some of the world’s most influential voices to the medium. Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer, along with Dax Shepard, cohost of one of the top charting podcasts and one of Spotify’s newest exclusives, Armchair Expert, will discuss an array of topics including: the phenomenon of podcasting, the power of audio as a storytelling medium, and what their partnership means for dedicated fans and the enduring relevance of audio entertainment.


5:00 - 5:05 pm

Closing Remarks


  • Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media


Events and participants subject to change.

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