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The Paley Center for Media Puts a Spotlight on the Power of Storytelling at IC Summit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NEW YORK, NY,  September 3, 2014—The Paley Center for Media announced the initial line-up of confirmed speakers for the annual Paley International Council (IC) Summit, scheduled for November 19-21 in New York.  Marking the 22nd Paley International Council gathering since 1995, IC2014: The Power of Storytelling will celebrate the legacy and envision the future of the storytelling business, with dynamic conversations about the new technologies and distribution platforms that are changing the ways in which we create, consume, and connect on a global scale through stories.
Academy Award-winning director and Sundance founder Robert Redford will open the summit, which also includes sessions featuring Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International; Jim Berk, CEO, Participant Media; Piv Bernth, Head of Drama at Danish Broadcasting Corporation; Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan; Padma Lakshmi, Host, Top Chef; Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks; Norman Lear, legendary television writer and producer; Avi Nir, CEO, Keshet Media Group; 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; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Connor Schell, Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content; Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch; Bill Simmons, Editor-in-Chief, Grantland; Katie Jacobs Stanton, Vice President of Global Media, Twitter; David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus; Arzuhan Doan Yalcindag, Chair, Doan TV Holding;  Bassem Youssef, political satirist and host of Egypt’s Al-Bernameg; and many more.
“From the historic programs in our unparalleled collection to the exciting live events we produce, celebrating great storytelling has always been essential to the Paley Center’s mission,” says 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 through telling stories and creating platforms that empower storytelling all over the world.” 

Among the sessions to be featured at IC2014 are:
•    A landmark conversation between Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and TV pioneer Norman Lear
•    An exploration of virtual reality and immersive storytelling with Facebook’s Dan Rose and Oculus VR’s Jason Rubin
•    An interview with Robert Redford conducted by Pat Mitchell, Executive Vice Chair of the Paley Center
•    A sweeping look at the different ways the Walt Disney Co. localizes its content around the world led by Disney’s Andy Bird
IC2014 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Gustave M. Hauser, McKinsey & Company, Nielsen, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. More information about IC2014, including registration information, confirmed speakers, and agenda topics, can be found at



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. Past meetings have been held in Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Cape Town, Montréal, Istanbul, New Delhi, Bangalore, California's Silicon Valley, and New York. For more information, please visit

About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media, 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

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