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Angelina Jolie and Tom Brokaw to Hold Closing Keynote Conversation at the 2014 Paley International Council Summit

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK, November 13, 2014 - The Paley Center for Media today announced that the 2014 Paley International Council (IC) Summit will conclude with a special keynote conversation on November 21 between Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie and Tom Brokaw about Jolie's experience adapting the beloved book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption into an epic drama for Universal Pictures, ahead of its December 25 release. The director will explore how her deeply personal connection with the subject of the book, the late Louis "Louie" Zamperini, and the retelling of his remarkable story, influenced her filmmaking approach.

These exceptional additions augment the prestigious lineup of media elite that will be taking part in the annual Paley IC Summit, Paley IC2014: The Power of Storytelling, which will be held November 20-21 at The Paley Center for Media in NYC. This insightful event will bring together leading executives, creators, and innovators to celebrate the industry's legacy and discuss the changing ways in which we create, consume, and connect on a global scale through stories. The Paley IC Summit will focus on storytelling in entertainment, news, advertising, sports, social media, gaming, and other key industries.

Confirmed speakers and participants for Paley IC2014 include:

Suroosh Alvi, Co-founder, VICE Media;

Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Chairman, The Paley Center for Media;

Piv Bernth, Head of Drama at Danish Broadcasting Corporation;

Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief, Cosmopolitan, and Editorial Director, Seventeen;

Katie Couric, Yahoo Global News Anchor;

Peter Del Vecho, Academy Award-winning Producer, Disney's Frozen;

Jason Hirschhorn, CEO, REDEF;

Padma Lakshmi, Host, Top Chef;

Norman Lear, legendary television writer and producer;

Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks;

Joe Marchese, CEO, true[X];

Jonathan Miller, Chairman, Indigenous Media;

Katherine Oliver, Principal Partner, Bloomberg Associates;

Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed;

Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, Home Box Office, Inc.;

Dan Rose, Vice President of Partnerships, Facebook;

Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group of Companies;

Jason Rubin, Head of Worldwide Studios, Oculus VR;

Geoffrey K. Sands, McKinsey & Company;

Josh Sapan, CEO, AMC Networks; 

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix;

Connor Schell, Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content;

Bill Simmons, Editor in Chief, Grantland;

David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus

"Celebrating great storytelling has always been essential to the Paley Center's mission, and we're so thrilled that Angelina Jolie and Tom Brokaw will share their insightful experiences at Paley's International Council Summit this year," said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. "With the Paley International Council Summit, we are proud to be the convener for industry icons and pioneering visionaries who have been and will continue to be plotting the future of media."

Paley IC2014 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Gustave M. Hauser, McKinsey & Company, Nielsen, and O'Melveny & Myers LLP. More information about Paley IC2014, including registration information, confirmed speakers, and agenda, can be found at

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment.

Created in 1995, the International Media Council brings together the chief executives of the world's most important media companies. The role of the Council is to advance the exchange of ideas among these leaders in global media, entertainment, and communications, and to foster a community among them. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit

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Brittany Forgione - Director, Communications at The Paley Center for Media,