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The 20th Paley International Council Summit To Explore “Deals and Dealmaking: Capitalizing on the Media Revolution”

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NEW YORK, November 3, 2015 – The Paley Center for Media will hold its 20th Paley International Council (IC) Summit November 19-20, 2015 at the Paley Center in New York. The IC Summit is Paley’s biggest industry event of the year, bringing together leading executives from today’s top media and entertainment companies to explore important topics that are shaping the course and advancing opportunities in various areas of business.

Paley IC 2015, themed Deals and Dealmaking: Capitalizing on the Media Revolution, will convene chief executives, top leaders, and visionaries for a two-day forum filled with intimate and interactive panel discussions, presentations, and networking receptions. The dynamic sessions will explore the game-changing moves, investments, and partnerships happening in today’s disrupted marketplace that will significantly impact the future of the media industry. Key influencers in television, digital media, tech, film, mobile, and more will share their bets on what’s going to be valuable, if not critical, for their survival in the near future.

Confirmed speakers for Paley IC 2015 include:
Tim Armstrong, AOL
Peter Benedek, United Talent Agency
Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Hearst Corporation
Nomi Bergman, Bright House Networks
Andy Bird, Walt Disney International
Bob Bowman, Major League Baseball
Claudio Chiaromonte, Walt Disney Latin America
Irwin Gotlieb, GroupM
Steve Hasker, Nielsen
Mike Hopkins, Hulu
Reza Izad, Collective Digital Studio
David Levy, Turner Broadcasting
Brent Montgomery, Leftfield Entertainment
James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox
Nancy Peretsman, Allen & Company
Dan Rose, Facebook
Rich Ross, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel
Michael Roth, Interpublic Group
Tom Rothman, Sony Picture Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group
Emmett Shear, Twitch
Steve Swartz, Hearst Corporation
Marni Walden, Verizon John Waller, Waller Capital

“The Paley Center for Media prides itself on driving conversations and pushing boundaries to explore the ever-changing media industry through our insightful programs year-round,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “With the 20th Paley International Council Summit highlighting Deals and Dealmaking, the Paley Center is thrilled to host an in-depth forum welcoming chief executives to discuss the biggest deals that are shaping how consumers interact with media today.”

Featured sessions at Paley IC 2015 include:
    James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, will hold the opening keynote.
    Dan Rose, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships, and Cory Haik, Executive Director of Emerging News Products, The Washington Post, to share insight about Facebook’s new video and media initiatives and why the company is investing in these areas.
    Andy Bird, Disney International Chairman, and Claudio Chiaromonte, Managing Director, Latin America at Walt Disney, will explore Disney’s integrative approach to building a global network and maximizing brand presence.
    Peter Benedek, Cofounder, Partner, and Director, UTA; Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel; and Brent Montgomery, Founder and CEO, Leftfield Entertainment, will gather for a spirited conversation examining new economics of programming, production, and talent.
    Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Hearst Corporation’s Executive Vice Chairman, and President and CEO Steve Swartz will share how they are building Hearst’s global media powerhouse through strategic acquisition.
    Marni Walden, EVP and President of Product Innovation and New Business, Verizon, and Tim Armstrong, CEO and President, AOL, open up about their new opportunities in mobile and video.
    Tom Rothman, CEO of Sony Picture Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, offers a peek into new, immersive viewing experience for effects- and technology-laden films designed to lure audiences back to the theaters.
    Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman, GroupM, and Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu will delve into the promise of ad supported business models for streaming services.
    David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting, sits down with Emmett Shear, Founder and CEO, Twitch, to discuss the importance of streaming and its impact on where, and how, content is consumed globally.

Paley IC 2015 is made possible thanks to the generous support of FreeWheel, Gustave M. Hauser, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. For more information about Paley IC 2015, including registration information, confirmed speakers, and agenda, visit, contact, or call 212.621.6664.

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About The Paley Center for Media's International Council
Created in 1995, the International 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. This is accomplished through both informal and organized discussions on a wide range of critical issues that will define the media and its role in society for generations to come.
About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit

To attend and cover any of the Paley IC 2015 sessions, please contact:
Brittany Forgione, The Paley Center for Media, 212.621.6697,