September 11 - 12, 2019
2
Days
20+
Sessions
500+
Attendees
2019 NewFronts West Takeaways

NewFronts West is a marketplace where creativity meets innovative new formats. This year, over 500 brands, agencies, and content creators attended the two-day marketplace and showcase in Hollywood, CA to forge content and media deals. The event also served as a forum for leaders to share insights and explore innovations in digital media and marketing. Around the theme of “Relationships Matter. Take a Stand,” the 2019 Newfronts West explored the many ways brands are “taking stands” in order to build better relationships with their media partners and a new generation of consumers.

  • Relationship building is transforming. Brands ARE taking real stands… and it is transforming customer relationships.
  • The “No Neutral Era” will give marketers the confidence to take new risks with their marketing strategy
  • To deepen relationships, brands and agencies should tie both creative and media back to their ultimate business objective – in the same way their KPIs and data are scrutinized
  • Music connects us to memories, and positive memories are a natural destination for brands to traverse
  • View Presenters’ Content

Relationship Building Is Transforming

Brands ARE taking real stands… and it is transforming customer relationships: Whether its Chipotle’s commitment to sustainability (not that controversial) or Barbie’s statements about diversity and inclusion (more controversial) or Walmart dropping ammunition from its stores (really controversial) there is something happening right now that has passed a threshold. Against the backdrop of Newfronts West, brands taking stands has reached a tipping point… and there is no turning back. The recent announcement, covered by The New York Times, that 145 CEOs have signed a letter demanding action made the 2019 Newfronts West more relevant than we could have possibly imagined… and media companies are finding a new and willing brand community with whom to partner. At the 2019 Newfronts West in Hollywood, Levi’s CMO, Jen Sey, quoted her CEO’s company philosophy on stage: “We must strive to choose the harder right over the easier wrong.”

We Are in a “No Neutral Era”

The “No Neutral Era” will give marketers the confidence to take new risks with their marketing strategy. Whether it’s partnering with an influencer and backing their cause in earnest or going all in with a mission-driven content company, brands are reacting to a new generation of consumers who want purpose and transparency over inauthenticity and silence. Purpose has become a business imperative for all players in the media ecosystem – marketers, media partners and consumers.

Speakers

Jordan Allen

SVP, Revenue, Strategy & Operations

SoulPancake

Jordan  Allen
Jordan Allen
SVP, Revenue, Strategy & Operations
SoulPancake

Jordan Allen is a content executive with over 12 years’ experience growing digital media businesses. As SVP of ReveRnue, Strategy, and Operations for SoulPancake, the Participant Media owned content studio founded by actor Rain Wilson, Jordan oversees the day-to-to business operations as well as works on top-level strategy and initiatives for the company. Prior to joining SoulPancake, Jordan served as SVP of PopSugar Studios where he oversaw content planning, new business, international expansion, and strategy growing over $30m in video advertising business and more than 400M cross-platform organic views per month during his 7-year tenure.

Creative-minded, with an eye towards innovation, Jordan specializes in data-lead strategies and fostering a positive, infectious culture that attracts the best and brightest minds.

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Florida, and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Kalen Allen

Viral Star and Host

OMKalen

Kalen Allen
Kalen Allen
Viral Star and Host
OMKalen

At just 23 years old, award nominated actor, producer, and television personality Kalen Allen has catapulted into the mainstream media, reaching millions of people worldwide across his social media platforms and through his content online. Discovered in 2018 by renowned talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Kalen first made a name for himself through his hilarious “Kalen Reacts” videos, giving colorful and witty commentary on culinary concoctions online. It was one of these videos that caught the attention of Ellen, and he was invited to appear on the show. Ellen knew she had found something special in Kalen, and offered him an opportunity to collaborate and produce content for her digital platforms.

Today, Kalen holds a regular guest spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and often takes his trademark wide-brimmed red hat and infectious personality to high-profile events, such as the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards as Ellen’s correspondent. He also has his own weekly digital news series, “OMKalen,” where he gives kind commentary on hot topics and trending stories of the week.

On the digital front, Kalen’s videos boast an impressive 259+ million views across all Ellen platforms and is growing by the day. His work has also earned him a plethora of award nominations, including a Model D Award nomination and win for Best Host in a Web Series or Channel. He was also a finalist in the Best Weekly Unscripted Series and Best Use of a Digital Influencer in a Web Series categories for Model D. He is currently nominated for Best YouTube Comedian at the 2019 Shorty Awards, and was recently honored with the Social Influencer Award at Better Brothers Los Angeles 2019 Truth Awards.

While Kalen continues to entertain on television, he will soon make his feature film acting debut in Seth Rogan’s “Untitled Pickle Comedy” for Sony Pictures. Based on the 2013 New Yorker novella “Sell-Out,” the comedy follows an immigrant worker at a pickle factory that is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern-day Brooklyn. The film, which also stars Maya Erskine (“Insecure”) and Sarah Snook (“Succession”), is directed by Brandon Trost (“The Disaster Artist”) and will premiere in 2019.

Originally from Kansas City, Kalen attended Temple University in Philadelphia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He has a big place in his heart for charity, and actively supports The Point Foundation, which empowers aspiring LGBTQ+ individuals to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.

Kalen currently resides in the Los Angeles area.

Brian Ash

Creator and Executive Producer

Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
Creator and Executive Producer
Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Bronx born BRIAN ASH is the creator and executive producer of Fuse’s Sugar and Toys. Best known for his work on aminated comedies, including Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and FX’s Chozen, is the co-founder of 245 Enterprises, a multi-platform production company with longtime collaborator and friend, Carl Jones.

Ash’s other TV work includes Adult Swim’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks, The Jellies, Freaknik: The Musical, FOX’s In the Flow, Disney’s Imagination Movers and Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil on Comedy Central. He developed, wrote and produced The Super Rumble Mix Show, an online comedy variety show for Super Deluxe.

He is the author of Black Dynamite: Slave Island, a graphic novel sequel to the Black Dynamite feature film, published by IDW.

In features, Ash wrote and co-produced Universal Pictures’ and Roc-A-Fella Films’ Paper Soldiers, Kevin Hart’s first starring role. He has developed screen stories and written screenplays for Lionsgate, Legendary and Paramount Pictures.

Brian Ash started his career as an independent film and music video producer and director working with notable hip hop artists including Gang Starr, Method Man and Redman.

After attending NYU film school, Ash landed his first production deal with the late George Jackson’s UBO Network. There, he created Indie Planet, the first online animated series to syndicated by Syfy Network.

Recently, he executive produced Becoming Molly, an animated tie in to HBO’s Insecure starring Yvonne Orji.

Ash oversaw online movie tie-ins for Warner Bros. including See Paris Die! an animated campaign for the Paris Hilton Warner Bros. film, House of Wax and the award winning, The Road to Graceland, a trilogy of animated prequels to 3000 Miles to Graceland starring Kevin Costner and Christian Slater.

Brian Ash lives in Los Angeles.

Reza Aslan

Writer, Commentator, Professor, Emmy-nominated Producer

Reza  Aslan
Reza Aslan
Writer, Commentator, Professor, Emmy-nominated Producer

Reza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO drama  The Leftovers and the forthcoming HBO MAX series Dune: Sisterhood. He is the host and Executive Producer of Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (Topic) and co-host, along with Rainn Wilson, of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake, which premiers on Luminary in the fall.

Drew Baldwin

Creator

Streamy Awards

Drew Baldwin
Drew Baldwin
Creator
Streamy Awards

Drew is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Streamy Awards, the most meaningful honors of the digital creator community. The Streamy Awards bring together the biggest names in YouTube and online video for a night of celebration, discovery, and recognition.

The 2018 awards ceremony will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, October 22 at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT and will stream live globally on YouTube.

2018 also marks the first ever “Streamys Brand Awards,” in partnership with the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and the second year of “Streamys Purpose Awards,” which honors individuals and organizations who use online video and social media to amplify their message, foster engagement and participation, and make a greater, more meaningful impact.

Anthony Batt

Co-Founder

WEVR

Anthony Batt
Anthony Batt
Co-Founder
WEVR

Matthew Belloni

Editorial Director

The Hollywood Reporter

Matthew Belloni
Matthew Belloni
Editorial Director
The Hollywood Reporter

As editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Belloni is responsible for all editorial content and initiatives at the iconic entertainment media outlet. Belloni oversees all of The Hollywood Reporter’s editorial properties, including its weekly print magazine; THR.com and its digital verticals; video content, podcasts, live events and the fashion-focused Hollywood Reporter Style brand. 

Over the course of his 13-year term, Belloni has served in a number of senior editorial roles at The Hollywood Reporter, playing a significant role in the outlet’s heralded transformation from a trade industry daily into the entertainment industry’s flagship media brand with a global reach and a major digital presence. Together, The Hollywood Reporter and its sister publication, Billboard, now draw over 38 million monthly unique online visitors and have a combined social media footprint of 20 million followers.

During this time, The Hollywood Reporter has taken home many of publishing’s most prestigious awards, including being named recipient of a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category by the American Society of Magazine Editors and winning 100 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism awards.

Belloni has been at the forefront of The Hollywood Reporter’s move into video, audio, live events and television, spearheading initiatives like its video roundtable series, ‘Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter’, which airs on SundanceTV and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Belloni also makes frequent appearances on television, analyzing and commenting on the entertainment industry. 

Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was an attorney at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles and served as a contributor to magazines including Esquire and Details. Belloni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science and obtained a law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law, where he was a member of the USC Law Review. 

Scott Bishoff

Vice President, Media

Fox

Scott  Bishoff
Scott Bishoff
Vice President, Media
Fox

Scott Bishoff is currently the Vice President of Media at FOX, overseeing digital media for all Theatrical films. Prior to FOX, Scott led strategy and digital media at MAXUS and OMD for top companies including Universal Pictures, Activision, Pepsi and PlayStation. He has been a part of numerous successful launches and award-winning teams, highlighted by a Grand Effie win for Call of Duty in 2013.

Paul Bricault

Managing Partner, Amplify and Venture Partner

Greycroft Partners

Paul  Bricault
Paul Bricault
Managing Partner, Amplify and Venture Partner
Greycroft Partners

Paul Bricault is the founder and Managing Director of Amplify – an early stage venture capital fund which launched in December 2011 and has funded 80 companies since it’s inception. He is also a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners in the firm’s West Coast Office. He led the investments in and currently is the Board representive in Greycroft investments in Dropoff, Dots, Free Range Games, HelloTech, The Inventables and ZenBusiness. He also managed the firm’s investments in Livefyre (sold to Adobe), Klout (sold to Lithium) and DataScience (sold to Oracle). Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) – a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 15 year tenure at the William Morris Agency (WMA) where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Councillors for the Annenberg School for Communication at at The University of Southern California (USC), Paul is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Cinema-Television at USC where he has taught a course for the last 25 years on the Impact of Technology on Media. He also sits on the LA Mayor’s Council for Technology and Innovation. He has an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and a combined Honors B.A. in English Literature and International Relations from the University of Western Ontario in Canada (where he grew up). Paul lives with his wife Cicek and two children — Melise & Destin in Venice, CA.

Alex Brough

Head of Sales

LiveXLive

Alex Brough
Alex Brough
Head of Sales
LiveXLive

Deanna Brown

President

Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group

Deanna Brown
Deanna Brown
President
Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group

Deanna Brown has more than three decades of experience as a seasoned media executive, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive. She currently serves as President at Valence Media, parent company of Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, she was CEO of Federated Media Publishing, President at Scripps Networks Digital, she co-founded the digital division of publisher Conde Nast and founded Gaming Industry News.

Sinéad Burke

Host

As Me with Sinéad

Sinéad Burke
Sinéad Burke
Host
As Me with Sinéad

Sinéad Burke is an academic, teacher, writer and advocate. Sinéad works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. She consults within the fashion, architecture, technology and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all. Sinéad is responsible for the introduction of the term for little person, ‘duine beag’, into the Irish language.

Sinéad is a TED speaker, her talk ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ has amassed over one million views and speaking on the topics of design, education and inclusion, she most recently addressed the Business of Fashion’s VOICES conference and was the only Irish female delegate at World Economic Forum’s 2018 annual meeting in Davos and returned as a Cultural Leader of Davos’ programme in 2019. Sinéad was presented with The Leadership Award at Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards by Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri. She is a Contributing Editor for British Vogue and writes for the Financial Times, Teen Vogue and the New York Times. Sinéad has been a guest on The Moth and DeRay’s Pod Save the People. She is the coverstar of the Business of Fashion’s Age of Influence print issue, a member of the BoF500 and according to British Vogue, Sinéad is one of the 25 most influential women working in Britain in 2018 and is a member of the President of Ireland’s Council of State.

Sinéad’s podcast is part of the debut of Lemonada Media, which also includes podcasts such as “As Me with Sinéad“, “Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole”, and “Last Day“.

Alana Calderone Polcsa

Senior Vice President of Brand Content and Partnerships

Warner Bros.

Alana Calderone Polcsa
Alana Calderone Polcsa
Senior Vice President of Brand Content and Partnerships
Warner Bros.

Alana Calderone Polcsa, Senior Vice President of Brand Content and Partnerships at Warner Bros., oversees revenue strategy, business development and management of ancillary brand extensions for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Ellen Digital Ventures, creating monetization streams across linear, digital and physical platforms.

Under her leadership, Alana transformed the business into a robust custom media and content group. She has driven the growth of the Ellen Digital Network as a premium digital destination for brands to reach and influence an audience of 304MM. Working closely with the Emmy Award-winning writing, producing, and creative teams at ELLEN, Alana leads the bicoastal integrations, e-commerce and ad sales departments, delivering clients with innovative and effective multi-platform solutions that drive business results.

Alana has architected and negotiated the ELLEN brand’s most influential deals, including the Beats Music partnership and marketing strategy, which launched the music streaming service during Super Bowl XLVIII and secured Ellen DeGeneres her first Super Bowl TV commercial. She also crafted the award-winning Cheerios campaign for One Million Acts of Good and most recently orchestrated a partnership with Spotify to create the platform’s first-ever media video hub.

Focused on new media growth initiatives, Alana plays an integral role in developing unique co-sell, performance and distribution partnerships across all media and platform partners and numerous tech start-ups. She also leads the development of The Ellen DeGeneres Show line extensions spanning to consumer products, publishing, talent, land-based and social gaming, as well as experiential events.

Named one of Adweek’s 2018 Young Influentials, Alana’s strategic management and growth of the team tripled revenues within the last five years and garnered 13 awards in branded entertainment, including four Clio Entertainment Awards. Alana was recently selected for the 2019 Clio Entertainment Awards Television/Streaming Executive Jury.
Alana’s marketing experience began at Unilever in brand management where she held various roles including global product innovation and equity management for North America, Europe and Latin America on Dove brands. Additionally, she oversaw the strategy, innovation and new media communication development for the Caress Brand.
Alana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University. A native of Los Angeles, Alana is based in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Tal Chalozin

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Innovid

Tal Chalozin
Tal Chalozin
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Innovid

Tal Chalozin is co-founder and CTO of Innovid, the world’s leading video advertising platform that empowers advertisers to create, deliver, and measure video experiences on any device. Tal leads Innovid’s long term technology vision and is responsible for global technology development and implementation, product creation, business development and partnership activities. Tal’s guidance has led Innovid to partner with companies such as Snapchat, Facebook, Roku, Samaung, SKY and Hulu to help advertisers bring interactive video to any consumer device.

Prior to Innovid, Tal co-founded GarageGeeks, a non-profit organization and one of Israel’s largest hacker spaces and innovation hubs with more than 8,000 members. Tal also served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force for over eight years where he led the development of several military products with high algorithmic complexity.
Tal has spoken on stage around the world at events including CES, IAB, NAB, TVOT, Wired Magazine’s NEXTFEST, Le Web’s Digital Innovation Conference, Ars Electronica, as well as numerous events and museums throughout Israel.

Tal presently serves as a board member for the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence, and a technical academy member for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who grants the prestigious EMMY award. He was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum and as one of the “Best Young European Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek. In 2016, Tal was named 40-Under-40 for work on the future of TV by the leading Multichannel magazine. As as serial entrepreneur, Tal owns several global patents for interactive TV, advertising delivery technology, and advanced measurement tools.

Sarah Colamarino

Vice President, Corporate Equity

Johnson & Johnson

Sarah  Colamarino
Sarah Colamarino
Vice President, Corporate Equity
Johnson & Johnson

Sarah is currently Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Equity. In this role, Sarah develops the strategic direction and executes initiatives for the Johnson & Johnson enterprise brand equity.

Her work has included development of the Johnson & Johnson Purpose reflecting the company’s broad impact on human health and ensuring relevancy in a rapidly changing environment. This work built upon the Johnson & Johnson heritage as a baby company and reflects the company’s immense work to change the trajectory of health. The Johnson & Johnson Purpose was embedded into the strategic framework of the company, aligned senior leaders around a commonly shared future direction, and is reflected in all internal communication. Following strategic and internal alignment, Sarah led development of the external expression of the company’s Purpose through a new creative campaign and strategic sponsorships and initiatives that showcased the company’s impact.

As a demonstrable proof point of the Johnson & Johnson Purpose, Sarah led a team commissioning 5B, a documentary film relating the heroic work of nurses at San Francisco General Hospital at the height of the HIV crisis. The film was sold for broad distribution and was a Cannes Lions 2019 Grand Prix winner in Entertainment. The film was recognized for bravely telling a story aligned to the company’s mission and was utilized across Johnson & Johnson stakeholders to boldly reflect the company’s Purpose and values.

Prior to her current role, Sarah held a variety of marketing and communications position across multiple Johnson & Johnson business. Sarah has a track record of results, introducing new strategies and approaches that significantly advance business.

She has held positions as Vice President, Corporate Communication, with responsibility for equity communication and strategic initiatives. She was Vice President, Worldwide Communications and Franchise Marketing for the DePuy Franchise, building key strategies for external and internal communications globally, including issues management and the franchise’s first direct-to-consumer communication (advertising, public relations and internet).

Sarah also worked in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Care Group. She began the global communications discipline, handling public relations, consumer promotions and professional marketing building integrated marketing and communications strategies.

She also was part of the start-up teams at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, where she led the first customer-based marketing and communications uniting multiple J&J businesses. She also was a key member of the start-up team at Ortho Biotech, leading public relations, professional relations and direct-to-consumer marketing for ground breaking biotechnology products.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sarah worked at a New York public relations firm on a variety of pharmaceutical and consumer health care accounts, as well as in several positions in hospital public relations and marketing.

Outside of work, Sarah appreciates time with her now grown family enjoying sports, the beach and simple time together.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Jamie Lee Curtis is a film and television actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Halloween, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places, and A Fish Called Wanda.
In television, Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom Anything but Love. She also performed in the title role in TNT’s adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s play “The Heidi Chronicles” and in the CBS telefilm Nicholas’ Gift. She most recently appeared as Mark Harmon’s lover, “Dr. Samantha Ryan,” on NCIS and as Zooey Deschanel’s mother on New Girl.

Curtis is the best-selling author of ten children’s books, with over 5 million copies in print. In addition to her most recent New York Times bestseller, My Brave Year of Firsts, she authored My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story; Is There Really A Human Race?; It’s Hard To Be Five; Learning How To Work My Control Panel; I’m Gonna Like Me; Letting Off a Little Self Esteem; Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery; Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day; Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth.

A recovering alcoholic/addict, Curtis is honored to have served on the Board of Directors of CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) and The Scott Hitt Foundation as well on the Advisory Boards of CAAF (The Children Affected by Aids Foundation) and The Starlight/Starbright Foundation. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She is married to Christopher Guest and is the proud mother of Anne Lee Haden Guest, 26, and Thomas Lee Haden Guest, 17.

She can hit a mean tennis and golf ball and is known to organize a closet or two, invited or not.

She is currently seeking a recovery program for that.

Amanda de Cadenet

Founder

Girlgaze

Amanda  de Cadenet
Amanda de Cadenet
Founder
Girlgaze

Amanda de Cadenet is an entrepreneur, journalist, author, photographer and activist who advocates for equal rights by ensuring that diverse female identifying creatives are equally employed. She has had a lifelong career in the media, starting at age 15 in the UK, where she became only one of two women who hosted their own TV show. For more than 25 years, Amanda has used her platform in the spotlight to advocate for female representation, an issue that she, herself, still continues to face and overcome.

Amanda’s own experience with gender bias inspired her to executive produce and host The Conversation, a groundbreaking interview series featuring female thought-leaders and innovators, such as Hillary Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.

Amanda’s most recent endeavor is the creation of Girlgaze, a global online community that aims to close the gender gap one job at a time by providing paid jobs for a network of female-identifying and non-binary creatives. Considered “one of the most influential feminists of our time,” Amanda frequently collaborates with the likes of #MeToo and the Times Up organization around initiatives focused on ending sexual violence towards women.

Amanda is the host of Spotify podcast The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, and author of It’s Messy: On Boys, Boobs and Bad Ass Women, based on her TV Show.

 

Nichole Delansky

Industry Manager, Entertainment

Facebook

Nichole  Delansky
Nichole Delansky
Industry Manager, Entertainment
Facebook

Nichole Delansky currently serves as an Industry Manager at Facebook, advising some of the biggest global partners in the video, OTT and music ecosystem. Prior to this, she served as a Director of Multi-Platform Sales for Viacom Media Networks, developing strategic partnerships across the studio landscape and leveraging Viacom’s portfolio of brands to help bring movies you love to market.

Juan Devis

Chief Creative Officer

PBS

Juan Devis
Juan Devis
Chief Creative Officer
PBS

As Chief Creative Officer, Juan Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series.  His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET and PBS SoCal in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define KCET, Link TV and PBS Socal’s editorial and artistic vision.

With the foresight of expanding programming onto the emerging digital web platform, Devis has spearheaded the public media company’s multi-platform transformation with the creation of award-winning content that includes the Emmy®award-winning Artbound, the James Beard nominated The Migrant Kitchen, City Rising, Broken Bread, Tending The Wild, among others.

For more than a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis was appointed to serve as a member of the California Arts Council, and is a trustee of the California Historical Society. He has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and interactive work including Emmys, Webbys, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, and more.

Scott Donaton

Global Chief Creative & Content Officer

Digitas

Scott  Donaton
Scott Donaton
Global Chief Creative & Content Officer
Digitas

As Chief Creative & Content Officer at Digitas, Scott Donaton leads the agency’s creative and content practice globally, partnering with clients to tell their stories in innovative and memorable ways. Donaton launched and leads Digitas Studios, which develops unique custom-content initiatives, strategies, and business models for clients.

Donaton also serves as the chief architect of the annual Digitas NewFront, the anchor event of the Digital Content NewFronts, of which Digitas is the only agency founding partner. Donaton’s thought leadership has been published in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, and Ad Age, among others, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events, including VidCon and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Before joining Digitas, Donaton was Global Chief Content Officer at Interpublic Group’s UM and head of UM Studios, where he led a team of award-winning content strategists and producers around the globe who developed creative programs and innovative experiences for UM Studios clients, including Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Brown Forman, ExxonMobil and Sony. Prior to UM, Donaton founded Ensemble, an Interpublic Group content studio, where he served as CEO from 2009 till 2013, when he merged Ensemble into UM to form UM Studios.

Donaton coined the phrase “Madison & Vine”, and is the author of a book by the same name. The book helped launch the branded-content revolution by declaring that the entertainment and advertising industries needed to converge to survive in the age of digital storytelling.

Prior to joining Interpublic, Donaton served as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Before that, he was at Advertising Age, where he served as its editor for more than a decade before becoming publisher. While at Advertising Age, Donaton oversaw the publication’s extension into digital media, the expansion of its conference business and the growth of its global presence.

Donaton’s multiple awards and accolades include being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, being honored as one of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media” by Media Industry Newsletter, and being named to the Folio 40. In 2013, Donaton served as president of the Branded Content & Entertainment jury at the prestigious Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Loni Edwards

CEO and Founder

The Dog Agency and PetCon

Loni Edwards
Loni Edwards
CEO and Founder
The Dog Agency and PetCon

Rob Ellin

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

LiveXLive

Rob Ellin
Rob Ellin
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
LiveXLive

Emile Ennis Jr.

TV Host, Live Event Emcee, Fitness/Travel Influencer

Host

Emile Ennis Jr.
Emile Ennis Jr.
TV Host, Live Event Emcee, Fitness/Travel Influencer
Host

Emile Ennis Jr. is a TV host, live event emcee, fitness/travel influencer & proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. As one of the lead hosts/producers for Clevver News (over 4.5 million subscribers & a subsidiary of Hearst Magazines), Emile’s entertainment stories & celebrity interviews have been viewed more than 100 million times globally, making him one of the most successful entertainment journalists in the digital space. He recently launched a new interview show, Rumor Patrol: Celeb Takeover, where he goes into celebrities homes to discuss and debunk rumors that they have faced and hear directly from them what the real story is! His recent interviews were with Todrick Hall & YouTubers Shane Dawson & Ryland Adams.

Emile’s gifts as an editor initially put him behind the camera, but it wasn’t long before his natural abilities were noticed and he was pushed to put it all out there on the other side of the lens. While Emile’s hard-earned skills brought him to Tinseltown, it’s his charm, sharp wit and natural humor that bring him continued success in the entertainment industry. Currently working as a host and producer at Clevver, Emile also hosts and produces a weekly podcast on iTunes,’Happy Hour: A Shot of Conversation’, has produced his own web series ‘Chasing LA’, & previously hosted on AfterBuzz TV for over 4 years. As the face of a major entertainment news organization with millions of subscribers from around the world, Emile helps provide daily content to an eager audience that wants to know the latest tea. Emile has received national press for his sit-down interview with Issa Rae including Just Jared, E! News and The LA Times. He was also recently featured in Cosmopolitan and The Hollywood Reporter because of Clevver being bought by Hearst Magazines.

Jenna Fidellow

SVP of Entertainment Partnerships

Havas Sports & Entertainment

Jenna Fidellow
Jenna Fidellow
SVP of Entertainment Partnerships
Havas Sports & Entertainment

David Freeman

Co-Head, Digital Packaging

CAA

David Freeman
David Freeman
Co-Head, Digital Packaging
CAA

David Freeman is the Co-Head of the Digital Media department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in the Los Angeles office, Freeman has been at the forefront of the digital media marketplace, leading CAA across all areas of digital.

Freeman works with both the agency’s traditional and digital clients to secure innovative content partnerships with digital distributors, OTT platforms, social media platforms, digital publishers, and advertisers.

Under Freeman’s leadership, the team’s packaging, talent, branded content, and VR work has led to the formation of new business models, global IP sales, the launch of new digital companies, and key investments for the company. Freeman also leads the agency’s efforts across all areas of immersive media including AR, VR, and interactive storytelling.

Prior to joining CAA, Freeman served as General Manager of MATTER, Edelman Sports and Entertainment Marketing. In 2003, he co-founded MATTER to forge and develop marketing partnerships for brands, entertainment companies, and content creators. Freeman was instrumental in expanding MATTER into new markets, driving new business, and leading the creation of its digital content offering. MATTER was acquired by Edelman in 2006.

Previously, Freeman led a joint venture between OMD and Aaron Walton Entertainment, two of the leading media and entertainment companies within the Omnicom network. Additionally, he held positions at CNB Entertainment, an entertainment finance and development company, and NFL Properties in its Corporate Sponsorship Sales and Marketing Division.

Freeman graduated from Emory University with a degree in Political Science.

Lex Friedman

CRO

ART19

Lex Friedman
Lex Friedman
CRO
ART19

Brendan Gaul

EVP, Global Chief Content Officer & Head of UM/J3 Studios

UM/J3

Brendan Gaul
Brendan Gaul
EVP, Global Chief Content Officer & Head of UM/J3 Studios
UM/J3

Brendan is UM’s Global Chief Content Officer and has been Head of UM/J3 Studios since 2007. In his current role, Brendan is focused on building custom, story-led campaigns for UM clients and developing the content practice around the world. His most recent project, the documentary film 5B, tells the inspirational story of everyday heroes who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States. Brendan produced the film, which was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson and presented by RYOT, a Verizon Media company. 5B premiered globally at the Cannes Film Festival and in the U.S. in a special screening at LA Pride.

Brendan has been on the jury for Brand Film Festival New York, is on the steering committee for BrandStorytelling at Sundance, and he is part of the Google Assembly. His other notable projects include Clean & Clear’s “See The Real Me” campaign, which was recognized by The New York Times, Huffington Post and PerezHilton.com, and the creative partnership between the United States Postal Service and SONY Pictures ahead of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Prior to joining UM, Brendan worked as a Creative Director at McCann-Erickson dedicated to Johnson & Johnson. Some of his notable work includes: ACUVUE- 1 DAY “Starts Today,” ONE TOUCH- “The Global Diabetes Handprint,” JOHNSON’S BABY- “Treasuring Everyday Joy” and CHILDREN’S MOTRIN- “Unstoppable Moms.”

Jill Goldfarb

VP, Linear Programming

Jukin Media

Jill Goldfarb
Jill Goldfarb
VP, Linear Programming
Jukin Media

Holly Gordon

Chief Impact Officer

Participant Media

Holly Gordon
Holly Gordon
Chief Impact Officer
Participant Media

As Chief Impact Officer, Holly Gordon oversees all development and execution of Social Impact campaigns for Participant Media, further strengthening the company’s mission to create entertainment that compels and inspires social change. These global, multi-year campaigns are driven by the company’s content and powered by strategic partnerships to address the most important issues of our time.

Before joining Participant, Gordon co-founded Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education. Selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of 125 Women of Impact, Gordon is also an Executive Producer for the Girl Rising film at the center of the movement. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising campaign the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012.

Gordon serves as Board Chair of Girl Rising and is an advisor to The Nantucket Project Academy, an accelerator for social change leaders and ideas. Prior to launching the TNP Academy and Girl Rising, Gordon served as Director of Content for the Tribeca Film Festival. She came to Tribeca from ABC News, where she worked for 12 years as a producer and booker for the major news broadcasts. Gordon is a member of the 2015 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, serves on the board of All In Together and is a strategic advisor to The One Love Foundation.

Mac Hagel

EVP, Managing Director – West

Publicis Media

Mac Hagel
Mac Hagel
EVP, Managing Director – West
Publicis Media

A 20-year professional in the Media and Advertising industry leading high-profile Fortune 500 clients to achieve award-winning campaigns and the most effective ROI spanning multiple areas of Marketing; from Branding and Strategy to Customer Analytics, Media Buying and Digital Marketing.
As the EVP, Managing Director – West, Mac serves as the media lead overseeing Publicis Media’s West Coast Operations. In addition, he has comprehensive expertise in multiple categories ranging across Entertainment, Telecom, Technology, Gaming, Travel, Cable, Finance, Packaged Goods and Retail; Mac has a proven track record in superior leadership, client service and results-driven innovative branding strategies.
Mac joined Zenith in 2012 as SVP of Strategy overseeing both the JP Morgan Chase account (across Retail, Cards & Corporate) and the H&M retailer account. Under his leadership, the agency moved JP Morgan Chase from product driven planning to a portfolio segment approach, effectively driving efficiency, scalability, uniformity and governance across their organization.

In 2014, Mac transitioned to EVP media lead overseeing the multi-billion dollar Verizon account and managed their business across Wireless, FiOS, Go90, Hum and Corporate for two years helping guide them through their data management transition.

Prior to Zenith, Mac most recently led the performance based accounts at OMD inclusive of Machine Zone gaming and Time Warner Cable. Prior to OMD, Mac spent 8 years at Horizon Media, serving as VP Associate Managing Director overseeing and leading brand strategy on the United Airlines, Siemens Enterprise Communications and Google accounts as well as a myriad of new business initiatives. During his tenure at Horizon, Mac also led the media strategy on several other accounts including A&E Television Networks, Quiznos, and Panasonic, in addition to cultivating many of Horizon’s partner agency relationships with an emphasis on broadcast buying strategy.
In 2014 Mac received Verizon’s Innovation Award and in 2013, he was featured as one of television’s top media planners in Broadcasting & Cable. In 2008, Mac’s leadership was recognized when his team won the Mediaweek “Media Plan of the Year” award for best use of Television for their work on the Panasonic Viera account.
Mac holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Lindsey Horan

Professional Soccer Player

Lindsey Horan
Lindsey Horan
Professional Soccer Player

Lindsey Horan is an attacking phenom midfielder for the World Champion United States Women’s National Soccer Team, who just brought home the Women’s World Cup in historic fashion. Lindsey is known for being the first US female soccer player to forego college and head straight for the pros, signing a deal with PSG when she was 18. Lindsey spent 4 seasons at PSG before returning to the NWSL where she currently plays for the Portland Thorns. Lindsey was named the 2018 NWSL MVP.

Natalie Jarvey

Digital Media Editor

The Hollywood Reporter

Natalie  Jarvey
Natalie Jarvey
Digital Media Editor
The Hollywood Reporter

Natalie is the digital media editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where she has covered the intersection of entertainment and technology and the rise of streaming video since 2013. During her time with the magazine, she has interviewed Jeff Bezos, Susan Wojcicki, Kevin Systrom and Grumpy Cat. Prior to joining THR, she reported on technology for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Ryan Johnson

Senior Vice President, Group Director, Branded Content

RPA

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Senior Vice President, Group Director, Branded Content
RPA

Carl Jones

Creator and Executive Producer

Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Carl Jones
Carl Jones
Creator and Executive Producer
Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Over the past decade, the name Carl Jones has become synonymous with cutting edge animated TV comedy. He is best known for his work as Executive Producer and Head Writer of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and Co-Executive Producer of Adult Swim’s The Boondocks, the first Cartoon Network program to win a Peabody Award and be nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

Additionally, Carl Co-Created, Executive Produced and Co-Wrote Freaknik: The Musical, an animated special starring hip-hop megastars T-Pain, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg, developed 50 Cent’s animated property, The Playground for FOX/Imagine and recently finished producing and writing two seasons of the animated series Legends of Chamberlain Heights for Comedy Central. Carl’s talents extend into the live action sketch/variety space as well. He was tapped to write/Executive Produce In the Flow with Jamie Foxx for Fox. He developed, produced and co-starred in The Super Rumble Mix Show for Super Deluxe, and was the writer for BET’s The Soul Train Awards monologue for host Erykah Badu.

Carl’s repertoire expanded into the Music Video and Reality TV spaces this past year when he produced Zombie Walk, an animated/live-action hybrid film for rapper, Desiigner and produced animation for Akil The Fugitive Hunter on A&E. Most recently Carl wrote for The Jellies starring Tyler The Creator and served as Executive Producer/Show Runner on Lazor Wulf, both new animated TV series for Adult Swim.

Carl recently completed production on his latest creation, Sugar And Toys for FUSE and is developing shows for FX and Comedy Central. Carl is currently repped by Ryan Draizin at WME and Marlene Vigil at Generate Entertainment.

Anar Joshi

Director of Product Marketing

Tala

Anar Joshi
Anar Joshi
Director of Product Marketing
Tala

Anar Joshi joined Tala as Director of Product Marketing in 2018 and brings with her over 10 years of experience across social enterprise, marketing, and mobile product development. At Tala she leads engagement initiatives to deepen customer relationships and drive retention. Prior to Tala, Anar was on the founding team of a social impact food startup, Everytable, focused on food equity. There she led marketing and brand, opening five restaurants around Los Angeles in economically diverse neighborhoods that were featured in The New York Times and Fast Company. Before Everytable, Anar spent her career in product management working at an early-stage startup in the content space and PayPal. She started her career at the advertising agency, BBDO. Anar holds a BS in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jesse Judelman

SVP of Sales

Vevo

Jesse  Judelman
Jesse Judelman
SVP of Sales
Vevo

Jesse Judelman is Vevo’s SVP of Sales, based in New York with over 16 years of premium video sales experience. In addition to running Vevo’s National Sales Team, Jesse is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the national agency holding companies and developing go-to-market strategies and strategic sales initiatives. Prior to joining Vevo, Jesse led East Coast Sales at Hulu and worked in TV ad sales at FX and Fox.

Serene Karmi

SVP, Client Partner

Essence

Serene  Karmi
Serene Karmi
SVP, Client Partner
Essence

As SVP, Client Partner at Essence, Serene has spent the past two years running the Focus Features business, and is now leading all windows for Universal Pictures and Home Entertainment. Prior to this, Serene ran the FX Networks account at several agencies, after having spent ten years in the theatrical marketing department at Fox.

Meredith Katz

Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships

SoulPancake

Meredith Katz
Meredith Katz
Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships
SoulPancake

Meredith Katz is Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake creates meaningful entertainment that explores the human experience and engages a socially minded, global audience.

Meredith has worked in digital media since before mobile marketing was really a thing, and she remembers fondly building media plans that included WAP logos. She has worked at some of the most fascinating content publishers and platforms in the world including SI.com, early days Gawker, VICE and Tumblr. She truly believes in the power of storytelling and great content to inspire hearts and minds, and help brands propel their messages forward. She’s also a bit baffled by the amount of times she has used the word content in sentences since 2003.

Korri Kolesa

Chief Operating Officer

ART19

Korri Kolesa
Korri Kolesa
Chief Operating Officer
ART19

Josh Kreitzman

SVP, Publishing & Programming

Jukin Media

Josh Kreitzman
Josh Kreitzman
SVP, Publishing & Programming
Jukin Media

John Kulback

Head of Business Development

Baobab Studios

John Kulback
John Kulback
Head of Business Development
Baobab Studios

John is Head of Business Development and Strategy at Baobab Studios.  Previously, he was Head of Business affairs at VICE, building and overseeing the worldwide business strategy for VICE’s scripted film & television, unscripted documentary & docuseries and podcasts.  He’s been named to the “Up Next” list of emerging leaders in Variety’s “Impact Report” and earlier in his career was the lead attorney at 20th Century Fox on the Avatar Sequels, implemented Fox’s deal to distribute Dreamworks Animation films and closed Fox’s first ground-breaking deals for content creation in virtual reality.  John also serves on the NextGen Board of Directors for MPTF and the National Advisory Board of Directors for the Harmony Project.

J-T Ladt

Chief Content Officer

Fuse Media

J-T Ladt
J-T Ladt
Chief Content Officer
Fuse Media

J-T Ladt is Chief Content Officer for Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand for multicultural youth. He oversees creative content development and current production of long and short-form original programming for all Fuse Media’s content platforms. In addition, he also leads the Fuse Content Studio, a new division of the company that creates digital native content for all Fuse Media platforms, social channels, and other distributors.

He joined Fuse Media from Red Bull Media House’s Red Bull TV where he served as head of development tasked with expanding Red Bull’s global media footprint into long and short-form narrative-based content.

Ladt also created and served as executive producer for National Geographic Channel’s true crime series Missing Dial. Previous to that he served as vice president of programming and development at National Geographic Channel, where he spearheaded West Coast development, including the Emmy winning series Life Below Zero. Ladt also served as co-head of development for production company Renegade 83 where he was responsible for developing projects for multiple networks including Discovery, Spike, VH1, Style, Bravo, Syfy, TLC, ABC, Fox, and the CW. Prior to Renegade 83, Ladt was co-executive producer and partner with showrunner James Bruce, producing long and short-form series for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. He started his career in the mailroom as an agent trainee at the Gersh Agency.

KYLE

Rapper and Actor

KYLE
KYLE
Rapper and Actor

Multi-platinum, chart topping rapper and actor KYLE has become one of music’s hottest breakout stars. His 5x-platinum smash single, “iSpy (feat. Lil Yachty),” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while going on to become one of the most streamed songs of 2017.

KYLE started off 2018 with a set at Coachella and then lead into the release of his debut album ‘Light of Mine.’ It featured artists like 2 Chainz, Khalid, Kehlani, Alessia Cara and has gone on to be RIAA certified Gold in the United States.

Over the summer KYLE toured with Logic, performing in arenas and amphitheaters across America. Then in August, KYLE made his acting debut with the lead role in the Netflix original hip-hop comedy ‘The After Party.’

At the end of 2018, KYLE wrapped up the year on his ‘Lightspeed World Tour’ with sold out show across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

2019 has been another blockbuster year for KYLE with a new album release and the premiere of the comedy sketch show ‘Sugar and Toys’ on FUSE.

Folayo Lasaki

Vice President & Head of Marketing

SoulPancake

Folayo Lasaki
Folayo Lasaki
Vice President & Head of Marketing
SoulPancake

Folayo Lasaki is a marketing executive, creative, and brand strategist who specializes in creating innovative campaigns for digital and traditional media. As VP + Head of Marketing at SoulPancake, the award-winning content studio founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media, she oversees brand, content, and social media marketing as well as communications, distribution, and strategic partnerships.

A 15-year entertainment industry veteran, Folayo has held marketing positions for companies including Variety, Landmark Theatres, Hollywire TV, Film Independent, IFP, and FILMMAKER Magazine. Folayo is also Principal + Founder of entertainment marketing and communications firm, Striped Elephant. She is a member of IADAS, a voting member of the Telly Awards, and sits on the board of directors of WIMMIES | Women in Media.

Folayo is a graduate of Pepperdine University and UCLA, and resides in Los Angeles. She can often be found making a mess in the kitchen, or waxing poetically about women and representation in media.

Daniel Leary

Digital Executive Producer

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Daniel Leary
Daniel Leary
Digital Executive Producer
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Daniel Leary joined the writing and producing team of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2010 and was promoted to Digital Executive Producer in September 2019. Leary has overseen the creative vision for apps and games, as well as the social platforms and digital strategy for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” currently in its 17th season. Leary has earned six Daytime Emmy® Awards for his work on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Leary started his career in stand-up working with The Improv in Hollywood. He then began producing at LOGO creating original series for the network.

Daniel Leary currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his husband, Ben, and his two children.

Sydney Leroux

Professional Soccer Player

Sydney  Leroux
Sydney Leroux
Professional Soccer Player

Sydney Leroux Dwyer is a professional soccer player who currently plays for the NWSL club Orlando Pride. Sydney has also had an impressive career with the USWNT where she has won an Olympic Gold medal and a World Cup, earned 77 appearances for the USWNT and scored 35 total goals. She is married to MLS star Dom Dwyer, and they have a son, 2-year old Cassius, and a daughter, Roux, born this summer.

Tressie Lieberman

Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise

Chipotle

Tressie  Lieberman
Tressie Lieberman
Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise
Chipotle

Tressie Lieberman, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise for Chipotle, is responsible for driving digital engagement and growth of new ordering occasions. In this role, Lieberman oversees a team dedicated to building relationships with the brand’s community through social media, the Chipotle Rewards loyalty program, and CRM. Lieberman also drives the strategy and marketing of the delivery and catering business through strategic partnerships and promotions.

Under Lieberman’s leadership, Chipotle has evolved consumer engagement to include breakthrough marketing initiatives such as launching the Chipotle Rewards program utilizing Venmo as a social network and creating an influencer-inspired menu with David Dobrik’s namesake burrito. Lieberman recently spearheaded a partnership with TikTok, making the Chipotle the first-ever restaurant brand with an official TikTok challenge.

With a passion for food and innovation, Lieberman also held leadership positions at Snap Kitchen and Taco Bell. At Snap Kitchen, Lieberman led a full menu, overhauling the innovation timeline to acheive an on-trend assortment. During her Taco Bell tenure, Lieberman created an incubator that focused on rapid prototyping, e-commerce, and delivery. Lieberman also designed and drove the social media and influencer strategy that positioned Taco Bell to win in youth culture.

Lieberman proudly supports her alma mater, The University of Texas, through guest lectures and student mentorship. Lieberman is a member of the board of directors of The Mobile Marketing Association and has achieved accolades such as being named an Advertising Age Woman to Watch.

Sophie Long

Los Angeles Correspondent

BBC News

Sophie Long
Sophie Long
Los Angeles Correspondent
BBC News

Sophie Long is BBC News’ Los Angeles correspondent. She joined the BBC in 2003, and has worked as a reporter and presenter across both radio and television in the UK and around the world. Before landing in California, she had a wide-ranging career covering topics including UK politics, the 2012 Olympics, and the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

Topper Luciani

Chief Executive Officer

Goodfair

Topper  Luciani
Topper Luciani
Chief Executive Officer
Goodfair

Topper Luciani is the founder and CEO of Goodfair.  He is a passionate entrepreneur, environmentalist, thrift store enthusiast and pilot in training. He is working passionately for a cleaner, greener world. Topper  has started numerous companies and has given many keynotes on sustainability in the apparel industry. He can read a used clothing order form, a P&L and between the lines. Follow him on twitter and instagram @topperjl.

Golriz Lucina

Senior Vice President of Content and Creative

SoulPancake

Golriz Lucina
Golriz Lucina
Senior Vice President of Content and Creative
SoulPancake

Golriz Lucina is Senior Vice President of Content and Creative at SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake creates meaningful entertainment that explores the human experience and engages a socially minded, global audience.

Golriz began at SoulPancake as the co-director of content when SoulPancake.com launched in March 2009. She is also one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.

With a Master’s in publishing, and a background in theater, marketing, and visual arts, Golriz has established a distinct, creative voice for SoulPancake. One of Golriz’s passions is seeing a great idea for content come to fruition – “when something we make contributes to a person feeling more connected to themselves, and those around them, I consider that a job well done.”

Frank Maguire

Head of Market Development

Sharethrough

Frank Maguire
Frank Maguire
Head of Market Development
Sharethrough

Frank leads market development for Sharethrough, traveling the country to meet with the world’s largest brands and agencies to consult and educate on strategy, research and best practices of executing native advertising. Frank is a digital advertising industry veteran, beginning his career working for clients including Nestle, Pfizer, and Wyndham on the agency side and then opening up and growing Sharethrough’s East Coast Headquarters in New York City. He is a recipient of the iMedia Rising Star Award.

Ross Martin

Chief Executive Officer

Blackbird

Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Chief Executive Officer
Blackbird

Ross Martin is CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), the brand strategy and business innovation firm, and the founder of Lunch Partners (www.lunchpartners.co), a venture capital fund for CEO’s and CMO’s. He is the Chairman of the Digital & Innovation Council for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Council for the Guggenheim Museum and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights. Recent honors and recognitions include a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy Awards, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” top business leaders and Ad Week’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

 

John McCarus

Strategic Marketer, Adviser, Creative Leader

Content Ink

John McCarus
John McCarus
Strategic Marketer, Adviser, Creative Leader
Content Ink

John McCarus is a strategic marketer, adviser and creative leader. His firm Content Ink – works with publishers, agencies and brands is a digital media advisor and executive talent recruiter. They focus exclusively on the digital content space.
Recognized as an industry pioneer in the digital content marketplace, he is a sought after business and team builder with deep relationships in online video. John is also the creator, co-founder and consultant to “The Digital Content NewFronts,” now managed by the IAB. He is also a former program advisor to Vidcon, the premier social video conference.

John’s relationships and content leadership roles at Digitas, Federated Media (Media General) and (earlier in his career) at Conde Nast give him a unique understanding of the skills required to lead a modern content organization – agency, brand, platform or publisher.

Dermot McCormack

President

LiveXLive

Dermot McCormack
Dermot McCormack
President
LiveXLive

Lisa McKnight

Senior Vice President & Global Brand GM, Barbie

Mattel

Lisa  McKnight
Lisa McKnight
Senior Vice President & Global Brand GM, Barbie
Mattel

Lisa McKnight serves as Senior Vice President and Global General Manager for Mattel’s Barbie brand, a role she has held since 2016. In this role, McKnight leads a global team that’s focused on brand strategy, product development and marketing execution for the iconic Barbie brand. McKnight has been instrumental in evolving the brand to make it more relevant and compelling to girls and parents around the world, leading to consistently improved retail sales and deeper consumer engagement. McKnight has spoken at many conferences, including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Fast Company Innovation Festival, WFA Global Marketer Conference, Most Contagious Summit, Brand Innovators and Bentonville Film Festival. She is also the 2016 recipient of AdWeek’s Brand Genius Award, and serves on the Boards of MAKERS Women and the Toy Industry Association Foundation. Prior to her current role, McKnight served as Senior Vice President and Global Brand General Manager for Mattel’s Monster High and Ever After High brands where she developed and led highly successful marketing, advertising and brand promotional activities. Under her leadership, the Monster High brand forged a breakthrough partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which paved the way for numerous cross-promotional opportunities while delivering positive messages to girls everywhere. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Mattel’s North America Division, McKnight managed the business and marketing strategies for the entire Mattel brand portfolio, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and Thomas & Friends, in the United States. McKnight held responsibility for pricing and retail channel strategies, media planning and buying, public relations, promotions and advertising for the market. Since joining Mattel in 1998, McKnight has several senior leadership roles with the company, including Vice President, Global Marketing, Barbie. In this role, she lead a highly successful brand re-launch tied to Barbie’s 50th anniversary. As a result of her efforts to improve the brand’s global positioning and cultural relevance, Barbie enjoyed four-consecutive years of sales growth. Earlier in her career, McKnight gained significant marketing and brand management experience with a number of leading global consumer brands. She held numerous positions with award-winning agencies, including Grey Worldwide, Foote Cone & Belding, Gardner Geary Cole & Young, where she represented clients like Bank of America, Fairmont Hotels and Taco Bell. In addition, McKnight helped lead marketing strategy for Gap Inc., where she oversaw numerous campaigns, including the Easy Fit Jeans campaign with the now-iconic LL Cool J spot, along with the highly-successful Khaki Swing campaign. McKnight is a native Californian and resides in Los Angeles with her husband Bill and their two daughters.

 

 

Matt Medved

DJ/Producer & Editor-in-Chief

Spin

Matt Medved
Matt Medved
DJ/Producer & Editor-in-Chief
Spin

Matt Medved is the Editor-in-Chief of SPIN. Before joining SPIN, he oversaw all dance/electronic music content for Billboard, founding digital vertical Billboard Dance in 2015 and launching its Billboard Dance 100 tentpole in 2017, while consulting on cross-genre verticals. He holds law and master’s degrees from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Medved hosted the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in 2017 and has been featured and interviewed as a guest expert by The New York Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, TIME, GQ, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood and more. He has also spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, New York Media Festival, Winter Music Conference, Billboard Live Music Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event, Canadian Music Week, International Music Summit and more.

As a DJ, producer and curator, Medved has performed at top global festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, EDC Japan, Electric Zoo, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Sunset Music Festival, India’s Sunburn Festival and Morocco’s Oasis Festival, signed releases to Interscope, Astralwerks and Downtown Records, and contributed to SiriusXM.

Before joining Billboard, Medved conducted human rights field research and wrote nearly $2 million in funded grants to the US Department of State and USAID as a consultant for conflict resolution NGO Search for Common Ground in Nigeria — where he reached more than 6 million listeners as a guest DJ at Africa’s largest radio station.

Tricia Melton

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Freeform

Tricia  Melton
Tricia Melton
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Freeform

As senior vice president of Marketing for Freeform, Tricia Melton leads the creative marketing vision for the network and spearheads the strategic execution of all marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. She also oversees all on-air and off-air marketing, in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management, as well as promotional partnerships. She reports to Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform.

Melton arrived at Freeform after most recently serving as senior vice president of Entertainment Marketing and Branding for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) where she supervised high-profile, innovative and socially driven marketing campaigns including, but not limited to, TBS’ comedies “Cougar Town,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and their late-night show “Conan.” Not only was Tricia a pivotal player in the TBS comedy-centric rebrand, she also led award-winning marketing initiatives for some of the biggest hits on cable, including “The Last Ship,” “Legends,” “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Falling Skies,” “Major Crimes” and “Dallas” for TNT. She also led the brand strategy refresh for TNT as they refocused on drama.

Prior to Turner, Melton served as vice president of Marketing for Lifetime Television where she was responsible for all aspects of consumer, affiliate, ad sales and synergy marketing for Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. Before Lifetime, Melton served as vice president of Marketing for Oxygen Media and developed the network’s brand strategy as well as the first ever Super Bowl ad completely targeted towards women, which won a Whitehouse Project Award for positive portrayals of women in the media.

Melton’s other positions included vice president of Marketing for Food Network where she oversaw all marketing initiatives, including branding and advertising, national consumer promotions and programming stunts; vice president of Marketing and Promotions for Channel One Network in New York; and the Whittle Educational Network, a division of Whittle Communications.

Melton holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and has advisory board positions with PromaxBDA, the Advertising Board, University of Georgia, Peabody School of Journalism, and Melinc.

Jason Miller

EVP, Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing

Fuse Media

Jason Miller
Jason Miller
EVP, Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing
Fuse Media

With more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, Jason Miller serves as EVP, ad sales & integrated marketing for Fuse Media, a multiplatform entertainment media brand for multicultural youth. Miller is responsible for overseeing the multimedia sales, sponsorship and integrated marketing operations across all platforms for the company’s brands including: Fuse and FM linear and video-on-demand (VOD) channels; Fuse.TV online and social media properties OTT aps; and live events.

Additionally, Miller leads Fuse Collab, a new unit that will build on Fuse’s successes in branded entertainment through a full-service, in-house creative, talent and event marketing division that creates content, experiential opportunities and custom events for clients.

Miller joined the company in 2014 following the acquisition of Fuse from the Madison Square Garden Company where he held the position of senior vice president of advertising sales for the network. Prior to Fuse, he was VP advertising sales for the Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports Network) for four years. He was previously the director of advertising sales at Speedvision (now Fox Sports 1) for three years.

Miller began his career as a sales assistant for Nostalgia Television, before spending five years as an account executive at E! Entertainment Television. He received his B.S in Business Management from Ithaca College.

Shabnam Mogharabi

Co-Founder and GM

SoulPancake

Shabnam Mogharabi
Shabnam Mogharabi
Co-Founder and GM
SoulPancake

Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO of SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake is dedicated to exploring “Life’s Big Questions” by creating joyful, uplifting, and inspiring content about the human experience. They produce 30-40 hours of content annually, distributed via social, TV, and OTT platforms, and also produce live events and branded engagements.

Shabnam oversees SoulPancake’s operations, and under her leadership, the company has more than quadrupled its revenue, amassed more than 9 million fans and 300 million video views, and engaged a robust demographic of Optimistic Millennials.

Shabnam is a co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions”. She is a member of the 2016 class of the Henry Crown Fellowship, and a sought-after public speaker. Prior to joining SoulPancake in 2009, she was an award-winning journalist and magazine editor and holds degrees from USC and Northwestern University.

Doug Neil

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Universal Studios

Doug Neil
Doug Neil
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Universal Studios

Doug Neil is the Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for Universal Pictures.  In this capacity he oversees the online and mobile strategies for theatrical releases including website development, publicity, promotions, social media, creative strategy, digital analytics, data mining, emerging platforms and media placements.  His responsibilities include the global coordination of theatrical digital strategies through the full life cycle of a film campaign.  He has overseen the online and mobile marketing campaigns for over 200 films including The Grinch, Get Out, Sing, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom, Unbroken, Ted, Minions, The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, Despicable Me 3, Les Miserables, Pitch Perfect and Us.

Neil received Hollywood in Pixels’ 2017 Silver Pixels Award for his pioneering contributions to digital theatrical marketing.  He was iMedia’s 2012 Visionary Marketer of the Year and was also recognized by OnHollywood as a Digital Entertainment Power Player.   He has made keynote and panel presentations at the OMMA Premium Display Conference, Ad Week and the Variety Film.  He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Prior to Universal Pictures, he worked for AOL as Director, Entertainment Strategy, managing the online marketing campaigns for AOL’s filmed entertainment partners,  playing a key role in the launch of AOL’s new entertainment initiatives including TMZ.com.

Prior to AOL, Neil was Vice President, Marketing for Hollywood Ventures, a children’s entertainment production and distribution company.  Neil also has held executive positions with The Disney Channel, Hawaiian Airlines and Andersen Consulting.  He has a M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and is a Computer Science graduate of the College of William and Mary.   Neil has completed thirty-eight marathons and resides in Studio City, CA, with his wife and three daughters.

Ken Norcross

Director Of Business Development

Inscape

Ken Norcross
Ken Norcross
Director Of Business Development
Inscape

Ken is a results-oriented leader of the business development team where is he responsible for developing and implementing growth opportunities and strategic alliances at Inscape, a leading provider of automatic content recognition (ACR) technologies and comprehensive cross-screen metrics for broadcasters and advertisers.

Ken is a sales and marketing executive with expertise in media measurement. Prior to Inscape, Ken was responsible for setting and implementing business development strategies at Nielsen across advertiser verticals for Nielsen Brand Effect, a cross-platform TV, digital, and social ad resonance measurement solution.

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Ken Norcross resides in New York City.

Craig Parks

General Manager, Brands

Jukin Media

Craig Parks
Craig Parks
General Manager, Brands
Jukin Media

Natalia Perez

Host

The Culture Filter

Natalia Perez
Natalia Perez
Host
The Culture Filter

Natalia Perez was born in North Hollywood. This Mexican/Puerto Rican/Irish girl had a love for broadcasting since elementary school and since then have nurtured her talents, hard work, and attitude are the reasons why she’s come so far.

Natalia’s bubbly and energetic personality was a true match to Polytechnic High School’s cheerleading squad and an asset in her transition to college life at Cal State University at Northridge. She graduated from CSUN in 2006 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema Television and Arts with an Emphasis in Radio Production.

Natalia started her radio career at 19-years-old when she started working for Clear Channel’s Top-40 station KIIS. In September 2009, she got her first on-air opportunity with MCM Entertainment co-hosting a nationally syndicated Top 40 Countdown show called “The Hot Hits Live from LA” that aired in 60 markets across Australia. In 2011 she began working with Hot 92.3 Los Angeles doing the Hollywood Reports with Rick Dees’ Morning show! In 2012 she continued working with Hot 92.3 on their new morning show hosted by Jimmy Reyes.

In April of 2014 Natalia began working with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre-game in stadium host and returned for the 2015 season.

In 2015 Big Boy brought his morning show to the newly flipped Real 92.3 one team member short. Natalia was the only suggestion made by top execs to fill the void and from day one it was apparent as to why. She joins Louie G and Dj VickOne as a key member to Big Boy’s Morning Show. She can also be heard on Big Boy’s syndicated show in over 20 markets. In 2018 Big Boy’s Neighborhood debuted on FUSE TV; a daily 90-minute show that airs, on-air bits, celebrity interviews and more.

Natalia has a distinct voice and infectious personality. She loves music, movies and cof-fee. She also enjoys spending time with her friends & family—and volunteering with her local YMCA. She’s dreamed about being on-air since she was a little girl and she is very thankful every day that she gets to walk into the studio and have fun!

Popeye

Popeye the Foodie Dog

Popeye
Popeye
Popeye the Foodie Dog

Michael Riley

General Manager

Ellen Digital Ventures

Michael  Riley
Michael Riley
General Manager
Ellen Digital Ventures

Michael Riley serves as General Manager for Ellen Digital Ventures, a joint initiative between entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros Digital Networks. Riley is responsible for leading the strategic vision and management with full P&L responsibility for ELLEN’s digital business, including all owned and operated sites, all social media activity from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the short-form digital content studio and digital games business.

Riley brings two decades of senior management experience to the position, formerly as President of the millennial network ABC Family (now Freeform) with the Walt Disney Co. Under Riley’s leadership, the channel became cable TV’s No. 1 network in primetime among young women for the first time in its history. Powered by groundbreaking original content, innovative digital distribution and a social media juggernaut, Riley’s vision helped smash worldwide engagement records.

Most recently, as President & CEO of KCETLink Media Group, Riley led the successful transformation of the public media organization into a digital content hub and storyteller for Southern California, creating award-winning multi-platform content, generating strong ratings growth and greatly expanding its national digital footprint. Riley, an accomplished international media executive, began his media career with Turner Broadcasting in Europe with the business development and corporate strategy team, launching Turner TV brands and licensing digital content across Europe. He later served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Turner brands in that region. Riley holds an MBA from London Business School in the UK and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Kate Roganti

Director, National Agencies

Comscore

Kate Roganti
Kate Roganti
Director, National Agencies
Comscore

As Director, National Agencies for Comscore, Kate Roganti leads partnerships with some of Comscore’s most strategic agency and advertiser clients, focusing on delivering solutions that ensure Comscore customers are at the forefront of cross platform planning, transacting and media evaluation. Kate has also held leadership roles on Comscore’s product team, focusing on data and platform partnerships, as well as leading Comscore’s customer success team for agencies and advertisers.

Prior to her roles at Comscore, Kate was an Analyst at NMIncite, A Nielsen/McKinsey & Co. joint venture bringing deep expertise in measurement science and management consulting to help customers discover emerging, industry-specific consumer insights and build relevant, differentiated and emotionally engaging brands.

Chris Romano

Director of Activation

Essence

Chris Romano
Chris Romano
Director of Activation
Essence

Chris is the Director of Activation at Essence, where he leads all self-service activation for NBCUniversal. This enables NBCU to buy media programmatically, allowing NBC to take a more data driven, automated and consolidated approach to media buying. Prior to working with Essence, he spent time on the product side of a DSP and helped start programmatic trading desks within both Omnicom and Dentsu Aegis.

Randall Rothenberg

Chief Executive Officer

IAB

Randall Rothenberg
Randall Rothenberg
Chief Executive Officer
IAB

Randall has been the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2007. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Director of Intellectual Capital at Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and consulting firm where he also directed the award-winning business journal strategy+business and other electronic and print publications. Earlier, Randall spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. He is author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story. He received a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University and resides in New York City.

Jon Scarlett

Head of Content Studio

Fuse Media

Jon Scarlett
Jon Scarlett
Head of Content Studio
Fuse Media

Kristin Scheve

Senior Vice President, Media Practice Lead San Francisco

Digitas

Kristin  Scheve
Kristin Scheve
Senior Vice President, Media Practice Lead San Francisco
Digitas

Kristin proudly leads the media practice at Digitas San Francisco.  She oversees a progressive client mix of category inventors and disruptors, seeking to bring forward work that challenges the norms.  Kristin has a deep background in programmatic and mobile, and is passionate about the OTT space as a marketer and a consumer.  A noted speaker, Kristin has frequented the stage at industry conferences such as Digiday, and Mobile Media Summit, as well as globally at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. She completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School in 2018.

Maxine Schlein

Director, Product Marketing

Unity Technologies

Maxine  Schlein
Maxine Schlein
Director, Product Marketing
Unity Technologies

Maxine is the Director of Product Marketing at Unity, where she works on features that sit at the intersection of new technology and creativity, enabling new forms of storytelling and entertainment. Prior to Unity, Maxine worked in Product Marketing and Monetization for Facebook, where she developed products for performance and brand advertisers, and built a team that focused on creating ad products specifically for businesses in emerging markets. Maxine has her BA from Harvard University, and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jen Sey

Senior Vice President and CMO

Levi Strauss & Co.

Jen Sey
Jen Sey
Senior Vice President and CMO
Levi Strauss & Co.

Jen Sey has been with Levi Strauss & Co. for 20 years, holding a variety of leadership positions within the Marketing, Strategy and Ecommerce teams. In 2013, Jen became the Global Chief Marketing Officer for the Levi’s® brand and in 2018 was appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Levi Strauss & Co., overseeing marketing for the company’s portfolio of brands. She is also a member of the company’s global leadership team, which guides the strategic direction for LS&Co.

At LS&Co, Jen has held a broad range of assignments across both the Levi’s® and Dockers brands including Senior Director of Global Strategy for Levi’s® and Senior Vice President for Dockers Global Marketing. In 2012, she stepped into the role of Senior Vice President of Global Ecommerce, leading the business and re-platforming efforts for both levi.com and dockers.com across the regions.

In 2013, Jen returned to the Levi’s® brand as Global Chief Marketing Officer and quickly launched the Live in Levi’s® campaign, notable for reconnecting the brand with its optimistic spirit that fans around the world have loved about Levi’s® for decades.

Jen has received numerous awards, including the distinction of being named one of AdAge’s Top 40 Marketers Under 40 in 2006, one of Brand Innovators’ Top 50 Women in Marketing in 2015, Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful People in Music and Fashion’, a receiver of the 2018 CMO Social Responsibility Award and she was featured on Forbes CMO Next List for 2018: 50 Chief Marketers Who Are Redefining the CMO role. In 2018, under Sey’s direction, the Levi’s brand was awarded a Silver Cannes Lions award for the “Circles” advertising campaign, and most recently, in 2019, she was named one of Forbes’ Most Influential CMOs

As a child, Jen led an intense life of dedication, challenge and competition. She won the U.S. National Gymnastics Championship title in 1986, less than one year after having suffered a devastating injury at the 1985 World Championships. As a result, the U.S. Olympic Committee named her Gymnastics’ Athlete of the YearJennifer retired after eight years on the national team and went on to study at Stanford University.  In 2008, Sey released a memoir, “Chalked Up,” a New York Times E-Book Best Seller detailing her triumphs and struggles within the world of competitive gymnastics. She has published an Op-Ed in the New York Times and her writing has been featured in a variety of outlets as a leading voice in athlete advocacy, seeking to drive cultural and legal changes towards safety and athlete empowerment.

Jen is on the Board of Directors for the Red Tab Foundation, an organization within Levi Strauss & Co. committed to the mission of employees helping employees and retirees in times of need.

Jen lives in San Francisco, California with her husband, Daniel, and her four children, Virgil, Wyatt, Oscar and Ruth.

Jeff Silverman

Director, Data Science & Analytics

Samba TV

Jeff Silverman
Jeff Silverman
Director, Data Science & Analytics
Samba TV

Jeffrey Silverman is Director, Data Science & Analytics at Samba TV where he uses Big Data to, among other things, figure exactly how many people are watching Game of Thrones. Before moving into the tech industry, Jeffrey earned his PhD in Astrophysics in 2011 at the University of California – Berkeley studying exploding stars and dark energy then went on to become a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, he changed careers and accepted an Insight Data Science Fellowship which eventually led him to the data science team at Samba TV.

Jonathan Skogmo

Founder & CEO

Jukin Media

Jonathan Skogmo
Jonathan Skogmo
Founder & CEO
Jukin Media

Kevin Stapleford

Vice President, Programming

Slacker

Kevin Stapleford
Kevin Stapleford
Vice President, Programming
Slacker

Allison Stern

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Tubular

Allison Stern
Allison Stern
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Tubular

Allison Stern is Tubular’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. Tubular is the leading global video measurement and analytics platform that powers broadcasters, publishers, and brands to create successful content and scale audiences faster. In six years, Allison has helped grow Tubular from an idea into a global measurement powerhouse with 120 employees, 250 enterprise customers, and over $30M in venture-funding.

Allison previously worked at YouTube, with the sales operations, product marketing, and business development teams. Prior to that, Allison was a strategy consultant and research analyst at CEB, a subsidiary of Gartner, where she advised Fortune 500 sales and marketing executives. Allison holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she led the Stanford Future of Media Conference, and a B.A. from Yale University, where she led the Yale Television Station. In 2017 Cynopsis Media named Allison a Top Woman in Digital.

Zeda Stone

CEO

RYOT, a Verizon Media Company

Zeda Stone
Zeda Stone
CEO
RYOT, a Verizon Media Company

Zeda Stone serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RYOT, a Verizon Media Company, where he leverages his skills to drive development of new products and exceptional storytelling. He previously served as its CTO and head of its innovation arm RYOT Lab where he was tasked with identifying emerging storytelling formats and their commercialization.

Previously, Zeda was a founder of consulting firm Captivate.me, which helped to build out RYOT’s early technology stack and giving platform. Prior to founding Captivate.me, Zeda founded Hotclick Video, an interactive flash-based video technology company. He also formed Bluefire Renewables, a cellulosic ethanol startup.

The Score

Rock Band

The Score
The Score
Rock Band

Rock Duo, The Score, channel fearless rock ferocity with fuzzy guitar riffs and adrenaline pumping beats, dressed in pop hooks and motivational declarations. The LA-based NYC transplants have become a mainstay on the Billboard Rock Songs and iTunes Alternative charts, rubbing shoulders with bands like Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons.

In October of 2017, the duo released their self-written, self-produced and self-mixed debut album ATLAS on Republic Records, debuting at #7 on the iTunes U.S. Alternative Albums chart. Its leading single “Legend” became the ubiquitous sports anthem of 2017 and the theme song of the NBA playoffs. That energy transformed the New York-born and Los Angeles-based duo into a genredefying phenomenon, incinerating the lines between rock, pop, indie, and electronic. Powered by anthems such as “Legend,” and “Unstoppable,” The Score reached hundreds of millions of cumulative streams within four years’ time over the course of three EPs — Unstoppable and Myths & Legends and Stay — and a 2017 full-length debut, ATLAS.

As they ignited venues across North America, Europe, UK and China, their music also began to become omnipresent in movies and television, with songs placed in Power
Rangers, Sing Street, Pitch Perfect 3 in addition to campaigns for Jeep, NBA, the Daytona 500 and most recently the NFL playoffs including the Super Bowl. Inspired by rap adjacent artists Post Malone and K. Flay they began writing in Los Angeles and collaborating with a bevy of high-profile artists, writers and producers including, JT Daly [K. Flay], Heavy [Dirty Heads, Saint Motel, Sleeping with Sirens], and Dave Bassett [Elle King, Vance Joy].

The Score’s new EP “Stay,” out now, is harder and darker than “Pressure.” Pressure highlighted how to improve yourself and face that inner conflict and the pressures that life throws at you; while Stay is about staying true to who you are as people from the outside world and from within. “Stay” explores the darker side of the human pursuit. The Stay EP features songs such as “Rush”, “In My Bones”, “Run Like A Rebel” and their new single, “Stay.”

The Score is set to go out for their third US headline tour in 2020.

Gayle Troberman

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

iHeartMedia

Gayle Troberman
Gayle Troberman
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
iHeartMedia

Gayle Troberman is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia, Inc. As such, she leverages the company’s extensive range of content, experiences and technologies to bring brands together in new ways with consumers across all of the company’s businesses, iHeartMedia’s 859 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Troberman is a marketing innovator and visionary. Prior to iHeartMedia, she served as Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer for IPG Mediabrands; before that, she spent 16 years at Microsoft, first launching Internet startups and building the first branded entertainment team online, and then as their Chief Creative Officer, overseeing their portfolio of brands and global advertising campaigns across consumer and business-to-business products, including Windows, Office, Bing, and XBOX.

Baron Vaughn

Actor and Comedian

Baron Vaughn
Baron Vaughn
Actor and Comedian

Baron Vaughn is a series regular on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie in the role of “Bud” with 5 seasons currently streaming. He is the voice of “Tom Servo” in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 (The Return and The Gauntlet) also streaming on Netflix. He has made a documentary about a very personal subject called Fatherless for the Fusion Network which can be found on Amazon Prime. He’s the co-creator and co-host of the Comedy Central showcase series The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle with Season 1 available for download. Baron has performed on Comedy Central in his own Half Hour, as well as appearances on HBO’s 2 Dope Queens, Comedy Central’s The Meltdown, Showtime’s SXSW Comedy, Conan (twice), and the now defunct Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Frederic Volhuer

CEO, Co-Founder

Atlas V

Frederic Volhuer
Frederic Volhuer
CEO, Co-Founder
Atlas V

2009/2015: Partner, Member of Executive committee of WNP, and CEO of WNP Digital, one of the top-3 independent digital agencies in France (30m revenues projected in 2017). Fred joined WNP when it acquired Napkin, a digital strategy agency Fred had founded in 2009.

Before co-founding Atlas V, Fred started a consulting firm to support creative pieces in VR with marketing/distribution strategies, Shuttershades.io. He is also strategic advisor for a VR creation and distribution tool for content makers named WONDA VR.

As a Panelist in several VR conferences (Tribeca Film Festival, IFP Film week, Miami Filmgate, Mutek…), Fred’s work exemplifies the expanding bridge between storytelling and technology and how we can continue to think about the integration of these new platforms as we build audiences for films, brands and institutions. In 2015, he supported Notes on Blindness : Into Darkness, one of the most awarded VR pieces.

Fred lives in Brooklyn, NY since 2015.

 

Sam Wang

CEO

ProGuides

Sam Wang
Sam Wang
CEO
ProGuides

As CEO of the esports learning platform, ProGuides, Sam Wang has secured $1.9M from Amplify LA, acquired 500,000 users and guided the development of 55 courses and 1,000+ videos since raising its seed round in 2018.  The company is now nearing its first million in revenue, in part due to the June 2019 launch of InstaPro, an on-demand coaching platform. The company plans to expand its current, six-game catalog to 10 of the market’s most competitive titles by the end of the year.  ProGuides is headquartered in Santa Monica, hosts 20 employees and is dedicated to helping gamers get better.

Alex Weber

Motivational Comedian / Ninja Warrior

Alex Weber
Alex Weber
Motivational Comedian / Ninja Warrior

Rainn Wilson

Co-Founder

SoulPancake

Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson
Co-Founder
SoulPancake

Rainn Wilson is an actor and producer best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC series “The Office.” In 2009, Rainn founded SoulPancake to create a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life. Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn, their young son Walter, and their three pit bulls, Oona, Barry and Pilot.

Advisory Board

Anthony Batt

Co-Founder

WEVR

Anthony Batt
Anthony Batt
Co-Founder
WEVR

Scott Bishoff

Vice President, Media

Fox

Scott  Bishoff
Scott Bishoff
Vice President, Media
Fox

Scott Bishoff is currently the Vice President of Media at FOX, overseeing digital media for all Theatrical films. Prior to FOX, Scott led strategy and digital media at MAXUS and OMD for top companies including Universal Pictures, Activision, Pepsi and PlayStation. He has been a part of numerous successful launches and award-winning teams, highlighted by a Grand Effie win for Call of Duty in 2013.

Paul Bricault

Managing Partner, Amplify and Venture Partner

Greycroft Partners

Paul  Bricault
Paul Bricault
Managing Partner, Amplify and Venture Partner
Greycroft Partners

Paul Bricault is the founder and Managing Director of Amplify – an early stage venture capital fund which launched in December 2011 and has funded 80 companies since it’s inception. He is also a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners in the firm’s West Coast Office. He led the investments in and currently is the Board representive in Greycroft investments in Dropoff, Dots, Free Range Games, HelloTech, The Inventables and ZenBusiness. He also managed the firm’s investments in Livefyre (sold to Adobe), Klout (sold to Lithium) and DataScience (sold to Oracle). Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) – a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 15 year tenure at the William Morris Agency (WMA) where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Councillors for the Annenberg School for Communication at at The University of Southern California (USC), Paul is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Cinema-Television at USC where he has taught a course for the last 25 years on the Impact of Technology on Media. He also sits on the LA Mayor’s Council for Technology and Innovation. He has an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and a combined Honors B.A. in English Literature and International Relations from the University of Western Ontario in Canada (where he grew up). Paul lives with his wife Cicek and two children — Melise & Destin in Venice, CA.

David Freeman

Co-Head, Digital Packaging

CAA

David Freeman
David Freeman
Co-Head, Digital Packaging
CAA

David Freeman is the Co-Head of the Digital Media department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in the Los Angeles office, Freeman has been at the forefront of the digital media marketplace, leading CAA across all areas of digital.

Freeman works with both the agency’s traditional and digital clients to secure innovative content partnerships with digital distributors, OTT platforms, social media platforms, digital publishers, and advertisers.

Under Freeman’s leadership, the team’s packaging, talent, branded content, and VR work has led to the formation of new business models, global IP sales, the launch of new digital companies, and key investments for the company. Freeman also leads the agency’s efforts across all areas of immersive media including AR, VR, and interactive storytelling.

Prior to joining CAA, Freeman served as General Manager of MATTER, Edelman Sports and Entertainment Marketing. In 2003, he co-founded MATTER to forge and develop marketing partnerships for brands, entertainment companies, and content creators. Freeman was instrumental in expanding MATTER into new markets, driving new business, and leading the creation of its digital content offering. MATTER was acquired by Edelman in 2006.

Previously, Freeman led a joint venture between OMD and Aaron Walton Entertainment, two of the leading media and entertainment companies within the Omnicom network. Additionally, he held positions at CNB Entertainment, an entertainment finance and development company, and NFL Properties in its Corporate Sponsorship Sales and Marketing Division.

Freeman graduated from Emory University with a degree in Political Science.

Mac Hagel

EVP, Managing Director – West

Publicis Media

Mac Hagel
Mac Hagel
EVP, Managing Director – West
Publicis Media

A 20-year professional in the Media and Advertising industry leading high-profile Fortune 500 clients to achieve award-winning campaigns and the most effective ROI spanning multiple areas of Marketing; from Branding and Strategy to Customer Analytics, Media Buying and Digital Marketing.
As the EVP, Managing Director – West, Mac serves as the media lead overseeing Publicis Media’s West Coast Operations. In addition, he has comprehensive expertise in multiple categories ranging across Entertainment, Telecom, Technology, Gaming, Travel, Cable, Finance, Packaged Goods and Retail; Mac has a proven track record in superior leadership, client service and results-driven innovative branding strategies.
Mac joined Zenith in 2012 as SVP of Strategy overseeing both the JP Morgan Chase account (across Retail, Cards & Corporate) and the H&M retailer account. Under his leadership, the agency moved JP Morgan Chase from product driven planning to a portfolio segment approach, effectively driving efficiency, scalability, uniformity and governance across their organization.

In 2014, Mac transitioned to EVP media lead overseeing the multi-billion dollar Verizon account and managed their business across Wireless, FiOS, Go90, Hum and Corporate for two years helping guide them through their data management transition.

Prior to Zenith, Mac most recently led the performance based accounts at OMD inclusive of Machine Zone gaming and Time Warner Cable. Prior to OMD, Mac spent 8 years at Horizon Media, serving as VP Associate Managing Director overseeing and leading brand strategy on the United Airlines, Siemens Enterprise Communications and Google accounts as well as a myriad of new business initiatives. During his tenure at Horizon, Mac also led the media strategy on several other accounts including A&E Television Networks, Quiznos, and Panasonic, in addition to cultivating many of Horizon’s partner agency relationships with an emphasis on broadcast buying strategy.
In 2014 Mac received Verizon’s Innovation Award and in 2013, he was featured as one of television’s top media planners in Broadcasting & Cable. In 2008, Mac’s leadership was recognized when his team won the Mediaweek “Media Plan of the Year” award for best use of Television for their work on the Panasonic Viera account.
Mac holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Tiffany Kirk

SVP, Managing Director

Horizon Media

Tiffany Kirk
Tiffany Kirk
SVP, Managing Director
Horizon Media

Alex Morrison

President

Grey West

Alex Morrison
Alex Morrison
President
Grey West

Doug Neil

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Universal Studios

Doug Neil
Doug Neil
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Universal Studios

Doug Neil is the Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for Universal Pictures.  In this capacity he oversees the online and mobile strategies for theatrical releases including website development, publicity, promotions, social media, creative strategy, digital analytics, data mining, emerging platforms and media placements.  His responsibilities include the global coordination of theatrical digital strategies through the full life cycle of a film campaign.  He has overseen the online and mobile marketing campaigns for over 200 films including The Grinch, Get Out, Sing, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom, Unbroken, Ted, Minions, The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, Despicable Me 3, Les Miserables, Pitch Perfect and Us.

Neil received Hollywood in Pixels’ 2017 Silver Pixels Award for his pioneering contributions to digital theatrical marketing.  He was iMedia’s 2012 Visionary Marketer of the Year and was also recognized by OnHollywood as a Digital Entertainment Power Player.   He has made keynote and panel presentations at the OMMA Premium Display Conference, Ad Week and the Variety Film.  He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Prior to Universal Pictures, he worked for AOL as Director, Entertainment Strategy, managing the online marketing campaigns for AOL’s filmed entertainment partners,  playing a key role in the launch of AOL’s new entertainment initiatives including TMZ.com.

Prior to AOL, Neil was Vice President, Marketing for Hollywood Ventures, a children’s entertainment production and distribution company.  Neil also has held executive positions with The Disney Channel, Hawaiian Airlines and Andersen Consulting.  He has a M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and is a Computer Science graduate of the College of William and Mary.   Neil has completed thirty-eight marathons and resides in Studio City, CA, with his wife and three daughters.

Luigi Picarazzi

Founder & CEO

Digital Media Management

Luigi Picarazzi
Luigi Picarazzi
Founder & CEO
Digital Media Management

Ritchie Mae Ordonez

Head of Media

Prime Video Original Series

Ritchie Mae Ordonez
Ritchie Mae Ordonez
Head of Media
Prime Video Original Series

Shannon Pruitt

Former CMO

The Honest Company

Shannon Pruitt
Shannon Pruitt
Former CMO
The Honest Company

Shannon believes to be successful in today’s consumer economy, we must focus on marketing transformation not just digital transformation. Brands must think, talk and behave differently in how they connect with people to create a value exchange that will drive their business forward. As the Chief Marketing Officer of The Honest Company, she is bringing her vast understanding and expertise at the intersection of data & insights, tech, creativity and media to architect a consumer-led storytelling and an omni-channel marketing approach designed to bring to life The Honest Promise and Standard in every interaction.

Prior to her role at the The Honest Company, Shannon spent nearly 6 years at The Dentsu Aegis Network as the first ever Chief Content Officer for Carat, and as a founding member and President of The Story Lab. Through these roles, she built a company and a discipline to best partner with her clients in a rapidly converging and changing consumer, media and consumption landscape. Her ability to steward the agency and her clients in this complex advertising and content space across their content approach with talent, tech, media and creative partners helped the agency attract and retain the some of the world’s most recognized brands and talent to deliver the vision for those clients everyday. She has been recognized as an Internationalist’s 2015 Agency Innovator, was named a 2016 Southern California Adweek All-Star, Drum’s Exceptional Women Out West, and serves as the jury Chair for the 2016/2017 2018 Adweek ARC Awards. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Brand Storytelling and The Room.

She spent the early part of her career in sports and advertising. There she worked for Octagon and MasterCard and eventually moved into entertainment, where she built and grew integrated marketing and business development teams handing all aspects of marketing, consulting commercial brand extensions at production and studio powerhouses, Mark Burnett Productions, FremantleMedia and Warner Bros Digital.

Shannon is also a proud mother of three children. Eight-year-old twins Quinn and Emma, and five-year-old daughter Mia. She is active as a special needs parent, dedicating her time to education, advocacy and fundraising for research as a National Board Member for Angelman Syndrome to benefit her daughter Emma who was diagnosed with the genectic syndrome. She also actively supports her son Quinn’s dream and Cocoa for the Cure initiative to raise money to fund research to find a cure for his sister Emma and all the “angels.”

She holds an MBA and a BA in Japanese from the University of Oregon.

Nancy Yip Ramos

Head of Entertainment

Amazon Originals Prime Video & Original Movies, Rufus

Nancy Yip Ramos
Nancy Yip Ramos
Head of Entertainment
Amazon Originals Prime Video & Original Movies, Rufus

Kristin Scheve

Senior Vice President, Media Practice Lead San Francisco

Digitas

Kristin  Scheve
Kristin Scheve
Senior Vice President, Media Practice Lead San Francisco
Digitas

Kristin proudly leads the media practice at Digitas San Francisco.  She oversees a progressive client mix of category inventors and disruptors, seeking to bring forward work that challenges the norms.  Kristin has a deep background in programmatic and mobile, and is passionate about the OTT space as a marketer and a consumer.  A noted speaker, Kristin has frequented the stage at industry conferences such as Digiday, and Mobile Media Summit, as well as globally at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. She completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School in 2018.

Susan Schiekofer

Chief Digital Investment Officer

GroupM U.S.

Susan  Schiekofer
Susan Schiekofer
Chief Digital Investment Officer
GroupM U.S.

Susan Schiekofer is the Chief Digital Investment Officer for GroupM U.S.  She is responsible for digital trading and implementation across all of GroupM’s agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, and Essence.

Susan’s digital skill set, coupled with her broader knowledge of trading best practices across all media formats, ensures that GroupM continues to lead the market with the best, most valuable and accountable digital solutions for clients of GroupM agencies.

She is figurative in GroupM’s efforts to improve the integrity of the digital marketplace in the U.S. by championing viewability, anti-fraud safeguards, measurement, and standards

Schiekofer has been a leader in the digital media space at WPP and GroupM since 1994. She founded the digital media offering at Ogilvy & Mather, which was later rebranded to Neo@Ogilvy, and worked on accounts including IBM, TD Ameritrade and Lenovo, among many others. In 2010, Schiekofer joined MEC to head up the AT&T digital business, and soon became responsible for all of digital at MEC. In July of 2014, she moved to GroupM to lead digital investment for Maxus and MediaCom, and to assume responsibility for all of online video.

Autumn White

EVP of Digital, Managing Partner

Horizon Media

Autumn White
Autumn White
EVP of Digital, Managing Partner
Horizon Media

Autumn recently joined Horizon Media in Los Angeles as the EVP of Digital, Managing Partner where she is leading both the digital and analytics teams in addition to building out a data solutions practice in the West. Autumn previously held the position of Head of Digital, West Coast for OMD, where she helped craft the vision for how all digital channels drive clients’ businesses.  Prior to that, she spent the past several years helping to lead and evolve OMD’s digital analytics offering. Before OMD, Autumn spent many years focused on the automotive vertical. She spent 3 years at Toyota where she developed their internal analytics team supporting the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.

Agenda
Day 1: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Location: Studio A Pre-Function
9:05 am - 9:10 am
Welcome
9:10 am - 9:35 am
Keynote

Sinéad Burke

As Me with Sinéad

Sinéad Burke
Sinéad Burke
Host
As Me with Sinéad

Sinéad Burke is an academic, teacher, writer and advocate. Sinéad works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. She consults within the fashion, architecture, technology and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all. Sinéad is responsible for the introduction of the term for little person, ‘duine beag’, into the Irish language.

Sinéad is a TED speaker, her talk ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ has amassed over one million views and speaking on the topics of design, education and inclusion, she most recently addressed the Business of Fashion’s VOICES conference and was the only Irish female delegate at World Economic Forum’s 2018 annual meeting in Davos and returned as a Cultural Leader of Davos’ programme in 2019. Sinéad was presented with The Leadership Award at Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards by Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri. She is a Contributing Editor for British Vogue and writes for the Financial Times, Teen Vogue and the New York Times. Sinéad has been a guest on The Moth and DeRay’s Pod Save the People. She is the coverstar of the Business of Fashion’s Age of Influence print issue, a member of the BoF500 and according to British Vogue, Sinéad is one of the 25 most influential women working in Britain in 2018 and is a member of the President of Ireland’s Council of State.

Sinéad’s podcast is part of the debut of Lemonada Media, which also includes podcasts such as “As Me with Sinéad“, “Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole”, and “Last Day“.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Jamie Lee Curtis is a film and television actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Halloween, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places, and A Fish Called Wanda.
In television, Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom Anything but Love. She also performed in the title role in TNT’s adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s play “The Heidi Chronicles” and in the CBS telefilm Nicholas’ Gift. She most recently appeared as Mark Harmon’s lover, “Dr. Samantha Ryan,” on NCIS and as Zooey Deschanel’s mother on New Girl.

Curtis is the best-selling author of ten children’s books, with over 5 million copies in print. In addition to her most recent New York Times bestseller, My Brave Year of Firsts, she authored My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story; Is There Really A Human Race?; It’s Hard To Be Five; Learning How To Work My Control Panel; I’m Gonna Like Me; Letting Off a Little Self Esteem; Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery; Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day; Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth.

A recovering alcoholic/addict, Curtis is honored to have served on the Board of Directors of CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) and The Scott Hitt Foundation as well on the Advisory Boards of CAAF (The Children Affected by Aids Foundation) and The Starlight/Starbright Foundation. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She is married to Christopher Guest and is the proud mother of Anne Lee Haden Guest, 26, and Thomas Lee Haden Guest, 17.

She can hit a mean tennis and golf ball and is known to organize a closet or two, invited or not.

She is currently seeking a recovery program for that.

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Alana Calderone Polcsa

Warner Bros.

Alana Calderone Polcsa
Alana Calderone Polcsa
Senior Vice President of Brand Content and Partnerships
Warner Bros.

Alana Calderone Polcsa, Senior Vice President of Brand Content and Partnerships at Warner Bros., oversees revenue strategy, business development and management of ancillary brand extensions for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Ellen Digital Ventures, creating monetization streams across linear, digital and physical platforms.

Under her leadership, Alana transformed the business into a robust custom media and content group. She has driven the growth of the Ellen Digital Network as a premium digital destination for brands to reach and influence an audience of 304MM. Working closely with the Emmy Award-winning writing, producing, and creative teams at ELLEN, Alana leads the bicoastal integrations, e-commerce and ad sales departments, delivering clients with innovative and effective multi-platform solutions that drive business results.

Alana has architected and negotiated the ELLEN brand’s most influential deals, including the Beats Music partnership and marketing strategy, which launched the music streaming service during Super Bowl XLVIII and secured Ellen DeGeneres her first Super Bowl TV commercial. She also crafted the award-winning Cheerios campaign for One Million Acts of Good and most recently orchestrated a partnership with Spotify to create the platform’s first-ever media video hub.

Focused on new media growth initiatives, Alana plays an integral role in developing unique co-sell, performance and distribution partnerships across all media and platform partners and numerous tech start-ups. She also leads the development of The Ellen DeGeneres Show line extensions spanning to consumer products, publishing, talent, land-based and social gaming, as well as experiential events.

Named one of Adweek’s 2018 Young Influentials, Alana’s strategic management and growth of the team tripled revenues within the last five years and garnered 13 awards in branded entertainment, including four Clio Entertainment Awards. Alana was recently selected for the 2019 Clio Entertainment Awards Television/Streaming Executive Jury.
Alana’s marketing experience began at Unilever in brand management where she held various roles including global product innovation and equity management for North America, Europe and Latin America on Dove brands. Additionally, she oversaw the strategy, innovation and new media communication development for the Caress Brand.
Alana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University. A native of Los Angeles, Alana is based in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Jenna Fidellow

Havas Sports & Entertainment

Jenna Fidellow
Jenna Fidellow
SVP of Entertainment Partnerships
Havas Sports & Entertainment

Daniel Leary

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Daniel Leary
Daniel Leary
Digital Executive Producer
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Daniel Leary joined the writing and producing team of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2010 and was promoted to Digital Executive Producer in September 2019. Leary has overseen the creative vision for apps and games, as well as the social platforms and digital strategy for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” currently in its 17th season. Leary has earned six Daytime Emmy® Awards for his work on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Leary started his career in stand-up working with The Improv in Hollywood. He then began producing at LOGO creating original series for the network.

Daniel Leary currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his husband, Ben, and his two children.

Michael Riley

Ellen Digital Ventures

Michael  Riley
Michael Riley
General Manager
Ellen Digital Ventures

Michael Riley serves as General Manager for Ellen Digital Ventures, a joint initiative between entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros Digital Networks. Riley is responsible for leading the strategic vision and management with full P&L responsibility for ELLEN’s digital business, including all owned and operated sites, all social media activity from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the short-form digital content studio and digital games business.

Riley brings two decades of senior management experience to the position, formerly as President of the millennial network ABC Family (now Freeform) with the Walt Disney Co. Under Riley’s leadership, the channel became cable TV’s No. 1 network in primetime among young women for the first time in its history. Powered by groundbreaking original content, innovative digital distribution and a social media juggernaut, Riley’s vision helped smash worldwide engagement records.

Most recently, as President & CEO of KCETLink Media Group, Riley led the successful transformation of the public media organization into a digital content hub and storyteller for Southern California, creating award-winning multi-platform content, generating strong ratings growth and greatly expanding its national digital footprint. Riley, an accomplished international media executive, began his media career with Turner Broadcasting in Europe with the business development and corporate strategy team, launching Turner TV brands and licensing digital content across Europe. He later served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Turner brands in that region. Riley holds an MBA from London Business School in the UK and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Jordan Allen

SoulPancake

Jordan  Allen
Jordan Allen
SVP, Revenue, Strategy & Operations
SoulPancake

Jordan Allen is a content executive with over 12 years’ experience growing digital media businesses. As SVP of ReveRnue, Strategy, and Operations for SoulPancake, the Participant Media owned content studio founded by actor Rain Wilson, Jordan oversees the day-to-to business operations as well as works on top-level strategy and initiatives for the company. Prior to joining SoulPancake, Jordan served as SVP of PopSugar Studios where he oversaw content planning, new business, international expansion, and strategy growing over $30m in video advertising business and more than 400M cross-platform organic views per month during his 7-year tenure.

Creative-minded, with an eye towards innovation, Jordan specializes in data-lead strategies and fostering a positive, infectious culture that attracts the best and brightest minds.

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Florida, and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Reza Aslan

Reza  Aslan
Reza Aslan
Writer, Commentator, Professor, Emmy-nominated Producer

Reza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO drama  The Leftovers and the forthcoming HBO MAX series Dune: Sisterhood. He is the host and Executive Producer of Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (Topic) and co-host, along with Rainn Wilson, of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake, which premiers on Luminary in the fall.

Juan Devis

PBS

Juan Devis
Juan Devis
Chief Creative Officer
PBS

As Chief Creative Officer, Juan Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series.  His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET and PBS SoCal in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define KCET, Link TV and PBS Socal’s editorial and artistic vision.

With the foresight of expanding programming onto the emerging digital web platform, Devis has spearheaded the public media company’s multi-platform transformation with the creation of award-winning content that includes the Emmy®award-winning Artbound, the James Beard nominated The Migrant Kitchen, City Rising, Broken Bread, Tending The Wild, among others.

For more than a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis was appointed to serve as a member of the California Arts Council, and is a trustee of the California Historical Society. He has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and interactive work including Emmys, Webbys, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, and more.

Holly Gordon

Participant Media

Holly Gordon
Holly Gordon
Chief Impact Officer
Participant Media

As Chief Impact Officer, Holly Gordon oversees all development and execution of Social Impact campaigns for Participant Media, further strengthening the company’s mission to create entertainment that compels and inspires social change. These global, multi-year campaigns are driven by the company’s content and powered by strategic partnerships to address the most important issues of our time.

Before joining Participant, Gordon co-founded Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education. Selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of 125 Women of Impact, Gordon is also an Executive Producer for the Girl Rising film at the center of the movement. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising campaign the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012.

Gordon serves as Board Chair of Girl Rising and is an advisor to The Nantucket Project Academy, an accelerator for social change leaders and ideas. Prior to launching the TNP Academy and Girl Rising, Gordon served as Director of Content for the Tribeca Film Festival. She came to Tribeca from ABC News, where she worked for 12 years as a producer and booker for the major news broadcasts. Gordon is a member of the 2015 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, serves on the board of All In Together and is a strategic advisor to The One Love Foundation.

Meredith Katz

SoulPancake

Meredith Katz
Meredith Katz
Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships
SoulPancake

Meredith Katz is Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake creates meaningful entertainment that explores the human experience and engages a socially minded, global audience.

Meredith has worked in digital media since before mobile marketing was really a thing, and she remembers fondly building media plans that included WAP logos. She has worked at some of the most fascinating content publishers and platforms in the world including SI.com, early days Gawker, VICE and Tumblr. She truly believes in the power of storytelling and great content to inspire hearts and minds, and help brands propel their messages forward. She’s also a bit baffled by the amount of times she has used the word content in sentences since 2003.

Folayo Lasaki

SoulPancake

Folayo Lasaki
Folayo Lasaki
Vice President & Head of Marketing
SoulPancake

Folayo Lasaki is a marketing executive, creative, and brand strategist who specializes in creating innovative campaigns for digital and traditional media. As VP + Head of Marketing at SoulPancake, the award-winning content studio founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media, she oversees brand, content, and social media marketing as well as communications, distribution, and strategic partnerships.

A 15-year entertainment industry veteran, Folayo has held marketing positions for companies including Variety, Landmark Theatres, Hollywire TV, Film Independent, IFP, and FILMMAKER Magazine. Folayo is also Principal + Founder of entertainment marketing and communications firm, Striped Elephant. She is a member of IADAS, a voting member of the Telly Awards, and sits on the board of directors of WIMMIES | Women in Media.

Folayo is a graduate of Pepperdine University and UCLA, and resides in Los Angeles. She can often be found making a mess in the kitchen, or waxing poetically about women and representation in media.

Golriz Lucina

SoulPancake

Golriz Lucina
Golriz Lucina
Senior Vice President of Content and Creative
SoulPancake

Golriz Lucina is Senior Vice President of Content and Creative at SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake creates meaningful entertainment that explores the human experience and engages a socially minded, global audience.

Golriz began at SoulPancake as the co-director of content when SoulPancake.com launched in March 2009. She is also one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.

With a Master’s in publishing, and a background in theater, marketing, and visual arts, Golriz has established a distinct, creative voice for SoulPancake. One of Golriz’s passions is seeing a great idea for content come to fruition – “when something we make contributes to a person feeling more connected to themselves, and those around them, I consider that a job well done.”

Shabnam Mogharabi

SoulPancake

Shabnam Mogharabi
Shabnam Mogharabi
Co-Founder and GM
SoulPancake

Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO of SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, now a division of Participant Media. SoulPancake is dedicated to exploring “Life’s Big Questions” by creating joyful, uplifting, and inspiring content about the human experience. They produce 30-40 hours of content annually, distributed via social, TV, and OTT platforms, and also produce live events and branded engagements.

Shabnam oversees SoulPancake’s operations, and under her leadership, the company has more than quadrupled its revenue, amassed more than 9 million fans and 300 million video views, and engaged a robust demographic of Optimistic Millennials.

Shabnam is a co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions”. She is a member of the 2016 class of the Henry Crown Fellowship, and a sought-after public speaker. Prior to joining SoulPancake in 2009, she was an award-winning journalist and magazine editor and holds degrees from USC and Northwestern University.

Nicole Starr

Participant Media

Nicole Starr
Nicole Starr
Vice President, Social Impact
Participant Media

Baron Vaughn

Baron Vaughn
Baron Vaughn
Actor and Comedian

Baron Vaughn is a series regular on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie in the role of “Bud” with 5 seasons currently streaming. He is the voice of “Tom Servo” in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 (The Return and The Gauntlet) also streaming on Netflix. He has made a documentary about a very personal subject called Fatherless for the Fusion Network which can be found on Amazon Prime. He’s the co-creator and co-host of the Comedy Central showcase series The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle with Season 1 available for download. Baron has performed on Comedy Central in his own Half Hour, as well as appearances on HBO’s 2 Dope Queens, Comedy Central’s The Meltdown, Showtime’s SXSW Comedy, Conan (twice), and the now defunct Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Rainn Wilson

SoulPancake

Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson
Co-Founder
SoulPancake

Rainn Wilson is an actor and producer best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC series “The Office.” In 2009, Rainn founded SoulPancake to create a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life. Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn, their young son Walter, and their three pit bulls, Oona, Barry and Pilot.

10:35 am - 11:05 am
Networking Break
Location: Outdoor Courtyard
11:10 am - 11:40 am

Alex Brough

LiveXLive

Alex Brough
Alex Brough
Head of Sales
LiveXLive

Rob Ellin

LiveXLive

Rob Ellin
Rob Ellin
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
LiveXLive

Dermot McCormack

LiveXLive

Dermot McCormack
Dermot McCormack
President
LiveXLive

The Score

The Score
The Score
Rock Band

Rock Duo, The Score, channel fearless rock ferocity with fuzzy guitar riffs and adrenaline pumping beats, dressed in pop hooks and motivational declarations. The LA-based NYC transplants have become a mainstay on the Billboard Rock Songs and iTunes Alternative charts, rubbing shoulders with bands like Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons.

In October of 2017, the duo released their self-written, self-produced and self-mixed debut album ATLAS on Republic Records, debuting at #7 on the iTunes U.S. Alternative Albums chart. Its leading single “Legend” became the ubiquitous sports anthem of 2017 and the theme song of the NBA playoffs. That energy transformed the New York-born and Los Angeles-based duo into a genredefying phenomenon, incinerating the lines between rock, pop, indie, and electronic. Powered by anthems such as “Legend,” and “Unstoppable,” The Score reached hundreds of millions of cumulative streams within four years’ time over the course of three EPs — Unstoppable and Myths & Legends and Stay — and a 2017 full-length debut, ATLAS.

As they ignited venues across North America, Europe, UK and China, their music also began to become omnipresent in movies and television, with songs placed in Power
Rangers, Sing Street, Pitch Perfect 3 in addition to campaigns for Jeep, NBA, the Daytona 500 and most recently the NFL playoffs including the Super Bowl. Inspired by rap adjacent artists Post Malone and K. Flay they began writing in Los Angeles and collaborating with a bevy of high-profile artists, writers and producers including, JT Daly [K. Flay], Heavy [Dirty Heads, Saint Motel, Sleeping with Sirens], and Dave Bassett [Elle King, Vance Joy].

The Score’s new EP “Stay,” out now, is harder and darker than “Pressure.” Pressure highlighted how to improve yourself and face that inner conflict and the pressures that life throws at you; while Stay is about staying true to who you are as people from the outside world and from within. “Stay” explores the darker side of the human pursuit. The Stay EP features songs such as “Rush”, “In My Bones”, “Run Like A Rebel” and their new single, “Stay.”

The Score is set to go out for their third US headline tour in 2020.

Kevin Stapleford

Slacker

Kevin Stapleford
Kevin Stapleford
Vice President, Programming
Slacker
11:45 am - 12:00 pm


Find out how the BBC radically increased gender representation with a program so effective it’s being adapted by nearly two dozen external partners, including ABC News, Fortune and The Financial Times.

Sophie Long

BBC News

Sophie Long
Sophie Long
Los Angeles Correspondent
BBC News

Sophie Long is BBC News’ Los Angeles correspondent. She joined the BBC in 2003, and has worked as a reporter and presenter across both radio and television in the UK and around the world. Before landing in California, she had a wide-ranging career covering topics including UK politics, the 2012 Olympics, and the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

12:05 pm - 12:20 pm

Ken Norcross

Inscape

Ken Norcross
Ken Norcross
Director Of Business Development
Inscape

Ken is a results-oriented leader of the business development team where is he responsible for developing and implementing growth opportunities and strategic alliances at Inscape, a leading provider of automatic content recognition (ACR) technologies and comprehensive cross-screen metrics for broadcasters and advertisers.

Ken is a sales and marketing executive with expertise in media measurement. Prior to Inscape, Ken was responsible for setting and implementing business development strategies at Nielsen across advertiser verticals for Nielsen Brand Effect, a cross-platform TV, digital, and social ad resonance measurement solution.

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Ken Norcross resides in New York City.

Kate Roganti

Comscore

Kate Roganti
Kate Roganti
Director, National Agencies
Comscore

As Director, National Agencies for Comscore, Kate Roganti leads partnerships with some of Comscore’s most strategic agency and advertiser clients, focusing on delivering solutions that ensure Comscore customers are at the forefront of cross platform planning, transacting and media evaluation. Kate has also held leadership roles on Comscore’s product team, focusing on data and platform partnerships, as well as leading Comscore’s customer success team for agencies and advertisers.

Prior to her roles at Comscore, Kate was an Analyst at NMIncite, A Nielsen/McKinsey & Co. joint venture bringing deep expertise in measurement science and management consulting to help customers discover emerging, industry-specific consumer insights and build relevant, differentiated and emotionally engaging brands.

12:25 pm - 1:25 pm
Networking Lunch

Location: Third Floor Terrace

1:35 pm - 2:00 pm
Reshaping the Creative World
While there has been much movement in the film industry to address gender inequality, Amanda de Cadenet founded Girlgaze to bring to light the imbalance in photography. Learn how Girlgaze partnered with Levi’s on the #IShapeMyWorld campaign to share stories of women who have overcome adversity, and discover how these stories are part of a larger movement within the fashion industry and creative community.

Amanda de Cadenet

Girlgaze

Amanda  de Cadenet
Amanda de Cadenet
Founder
Girlgaze

Amanda de Cadenet is an entrepreneur, journalist, author, photographer and activist who advocates for equal rights by ensuring that diverse female identifying creatives are equally employed. She has had a lifelong career in the media, starting at age 15 in the UK, where she became only one of two women who hosted their own TV show. For more than 25 years, Amanda has used her platform in the spotlight to advocate for female representation, an issue that she, herself, still continues to face and overcome.

Amanda’s own experience with gender bias inspired her to executive produce and host The Conversation, a groundbreaking interview series featuring female thought-leaders and innovators, such as Hillary Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.

Amanda’s most recent endeavor is the creation of Girlgaze, a global online community that aims to close the gender gap one job at a time by providing paid jobs for a network of female-identifying and non-binary creatives. Considered “one of the most influential feminists of our time,” Amanda frequently collaborates with the likes of #MeToo and the Times Up organization around initiatives focused on ending sexual violence towards women.

Amanda is the host of Spotify podcast The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, and author of It’s Messy: On Boys, Boobs and Bad Ass Women, based on her TV Show.

 

Jen Sey

Levi Strauss & Co.

Jen Sey
Jen Sey
Senior Vice President and CMO
Levi Strauss & Co.

Jen Sey has been with Levi Strauss & Co. for 20 years, holding a variety of leadership positions within the Marketing, Strategy and Ecommerce teams. In 2013, Jen became the Global Chief Marketing Officer for the Levi’s® brand and in 2018 was appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Levi Strauss & Co., overseeing marketing for the company’s portfolio of brands. She is also a member of the company’s global leadership team, which guides the strategic direction for LS&Co.

At LS&Co, Jen has held a broad range of assignments across both the Levi’s® and Dockers brands including Senior Director of Global Strategy for Levi’s® and Senior Vice President for Dockers Global Marketing. In 2012, she stepped into the role of Senior Vice President of Global Ecommerce, leading the business and re-platforming efforts for both levi.com and dockers.com across the regions.

In 2013, Jen returned to the Levi’s® brand as Global Chief Marketing Officer and quickly launched the Live in Levi’s® campaign, notable for reconnecting the brand with its optimistic spirit that fans around the world have loved about Levi’s® for decades.

Jen has received numerous awards, including the distinction of being named one of AdAge’s Top 40 Marketers Under 40 in 2006, one of Brand Innovators’ Top 50 Women in Marketing in 2015, Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful People in Music and Fashion’, a receiver of the 2018 CMO Social Responsibility Award and she was featured on Forbes CMO Next List for 2018: 50 Chief Marketers Who Are Redefining the CMO role. In 2018, under Sey’s direction, the Levi’s brand was awarded a Silver Cannes Lions award for the “Circles” advertising campaign, and most recently, in 2019, she was named one of Forbes’ Most Influential CMOs

As a child, Jen led an intense life of dedication, challenge and competition. She won the U.S. National Gymnastics Championship title in 1986, less than one year after having suffered a devastating injury at the 1985 World Championships. As a result, the U.S. Olympic Committee named her Gymnastics’ Athlete of the YearJennifer retired after eight years on the national team and went on to study at Stanford University.  In 2008, Sey released a memoir, “Chalked Up,” a New York Times E-Book Best Seller detailing her triumphs and struggles within the world of competitive gymnastics. She has published an Op-Ed in the New York Times and her writing has been featured in a variety of outlets as a leading voice in athlete advocacy, seeking to drive cultural and legal changes towards safety and athlete empowerment.

Jen is on the Board of Directors for the Red Tab Foundation, an organization within Levi Strauss & Co. committed to the mission of employees helping employees and retirees in times of need.

Jen lives in San Francisco, California with her husband, Daniel, and her four children, Virgil, Wyatt, Oscar and Ruth.

2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
The Work: The View from Cannes
Modern brands need to express (and live) their values in order to connect with people. One of the best examples of this is the recipient of the Entertainment Lions Grand Prix at Cannes this year, a powerful Johnson & Johnson-backed documentary. This session dives into the importance of connecting with culture and what it means to be a mission-driven brand.

Sarah Colamarino

Johnson & Johnson

Sarah  Colamarino
Sarah Colamarino
Vice President, Corporate Equity
Johnson & Johnson

Sarah is currently Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Equity. In this role, Sarah develops the strategic direction and executes initiatives for the Johnson & Johnson enterprise brand equity.

Her work has included development of the Johnson & Johnson Purpose reflecting the company’s broad impact on human health and ensuring relevancy in a rapidly changing environment. This work built upon the Johnson & Johnson heritage as a baby company and reflects the company’s immense work to change the trajectory of health. The Johnson & Johnson Purpose was embedded into the strategic framework of the company, aligned senior leaders around a commonly shared future direction, and is reflected in all internal communication. Following strategic and internal alignment, Sarah led development of the external expression of the company’s Purpose through a new creative campaign and strategic sponsorships and initiatives that showcased the company’s impact.

As a demonstrable proof point of the Johnson & Johnson Purpose, Sarah led a team commissioning 5B, a documentary film relating the heroic work of nurses at San Francisco General Hospital at the height of the HIV crisis. The film was sold for broad distribution and was a Cannes Lions 2019 Grand Prix winner in Entertainment. The film was recognized for bravely telling a story aligned to the company’s mission and was utilized across Johnson & Johnson stakeholders to boldly reflect the company’s Purpose and values.

Prior to her current role, Sarah held a variety of marketing and communications position across multiple Johnson & Johnson business. Sarah has a track record of results, introducing new strategies and approaches that significantly advance business.

She has held positions as Vice President, Corporate Communication, with responsibility for equity communication and strategic initiatives. She was Vice President, Worldwide Communications and Franchise Marketing for the DePuy Franchise, building key strategies for external and internal communications globally, including issues management and the franchise’s first direct-to-consumer communication (advertising, public relations and internet).

Sarah also worked in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Care Group. She began the global communications discipline, handling public relations, consumer promotions and professional marketing building integrated marketing and communications strategies.

She also was part of the start-up teams at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, where she led the first customer-based marketing and communications uniting multiple J&J businesses. She also was a key member of the start-up team at Ortho Biotech, leading public relations, professional relations and direct-to-consumer marketing for ground breaking biotechnology products.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sarah worked at a New York public relations firm on a variety of pharmaceutical and consumer health care accounts, as well as in several positions in hospital public relations and marketing.

Outside of work, Sarah appreciates time with her now grown family enjoying sports, the beach and simple time together.

Scott Donaton

Digitas

Scott  Donaton
Scott Donaton
Global Chief Creative & Content Officer
Digitas

As Chief Creative & Content Officer at Digitas, Scott Donaton leads the agency’s creative and content practice globally, partnering with clients to tell their stories in innovative and memorable ways. Donaton launched and leads Digitas Studios, which develops unique custom-content initiatives, strategies, and business models for clients.

Donaton also serves as the chief architect of the annual Digitas NewFront, the anchor event of the Digital Content NewFronts, of which Digitas is the only agency founding partner. Donaton’s thought leadership has been published in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, and Ad Age, among others, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events, including VidCon and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Before joining Digitas, Donaton was Global Chief Content Officer at Interpublic Group’s UM and head of UM Studios, where he led a team of award-winning content strategists and producers around the globe who developed creative programs and innovative experiences for UM Studios clients, including Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Brown Forman, ExxonMobil and Sony. Prior to UM, Donaton founded Ensemble, an Interpublic Group content studio, where he served as CEO from 2009 till 2013, when he merged Ensemble into UM to form UM Studios.

Donaton coined the phrase “Madison & Vine”, and is the author of a book by the same name. The book helped launch the branded-content revolution by declaring that the entertainment and advertising industries needed to converge to survive in the age of digital storytelling.

Prior to joining Interpublic, Donaton served as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Before that, he was at Advertising Age, where he served as its editor for more than a decade before becoming publisher. While at Advertising Age, Donaton oversaw the publication’s extension into digital media, the expansion of its conference business and the growth of its global presence.

Donaton’s multiple awards and accolades include being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, being honored as one of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media” by Media Industry Newsletter, and being named to the Folio 40. In 2013, Donaton served as president of the Branded Content & Entertainment jury at the prestigious Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Brendan Gaul

UM/J3

Brendan Gaul
Brendan Gaul
EVP, Global Chief Content Officer & Head of UM/J3 Studios
UM/J3

Brendan is UM’s Global Chief Content Officer and has been Head of UM/J3 Studios since 2007. In his current role, Brendan is focused on building custom, story-led campaigns for UM clients and developing the content practice around the world. His most recent project, the documentary film 5B, tells the inspirational story of everyday heroes who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States. Brendan produced the film, which was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson and presented by RYOT, a Verizon Media company. 5B premiered globally at the Cannes Film Festival and in the U.S. in a special screening at LA Pride.

Brendan has been on the jury for Brand Film Festival New York, is on the steering committee for BrandStorytelling at Sundance, and he is part of the Google Assembly. His other notable projects include Clean & Clear’s “See The Real Me” campaign, which was recognized by The New York Times, Huffington Post and PerezHilton.com, and the creative partnership between the United States Postal Service and SONY Pictures ahead of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Prior to joining UM, Brendan worked as a Creative Director at McCann-Erickson dedicated to Johnson & Johnson. Some of his notable work includes: ACUVUE- 1 DAY “Starts Today,” ONE TOUCH- “The Global Diabetes Handprint,” JOHNSON’S BABY- “Treasuring Everyday Joy” and CHILDREN’S MOTRIN- “Unstoppable Moms.”

Zeda Stone

RYOT, a Verizon Media Company

Zeda Stone
Zeda Stone
CEO
RYOT, a Verizon Media Company

Zeda Stone serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RYOT, a Verizon Media Company, where he leverages his skills to drive development of new products and exceptional storytelling. He previously served as its CTO and head of its innovation arm RYOT Lab where he was tasked with identifying emerging storytelling formats and their commercialization.

Previously, Zeda was a founder of consulting firm Captivate.me, which helped to build out RYOT’s early technology stack and giving platform. Prior to founding Captivate.me, Zeda founded Hotclick Video, an interactive flash-based video technology company. He also formed Bluefire Renewables, a cellulosic ethanol startup.

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

Brian Ash

Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
Creator and Executive Producer
Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Bronx born BRIAN ASH is the creator and executive producer of Fuse’s Sugar and Toys. Best known for his work on aminated comedies, including Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and FX’s Chozen, is the co-founder of 245 Enterprises, a multi-platform production company with longtime collaborator and friend, Carl Jones.

Ash’s other TV work includes Adult Swim’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks, The Jellies, Freaknik: The Musical, FOX’s In the Flow, Disney’s Imagination Movers and Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil on Comedy Central. He developed, wrote and produced The Super Rumble Mix Show, an online comedy variety show for Super Deluxe.

He is the author of Black Dynamite: Slave Island, a graphic novel sequel to the Black Dynamite feature film, published by IDW.

In features, Ash wrote and co-produced Universal Pictures’ and Roc-A-Fella Films’ Paper Soldiers, Kevin Hart’s first starring role. He has developed screen stories and written screenplays for Lionsgate, Legendary and Paramount Pictures.

Brian Ash started his career as an independent film and music video producer and director working with notable hip hop artists including Gang Starr, Method Man and Redman.

After attending NYU film school, Ash landed his first production deal with the late George Jackson’s UBO Network. There, he created Indie Planet, the first online animated series to syndicated by Syfy Network.

Recently, he executive produced Becoming Molly, an animated tie in to HBO’s Insecure starring Yvonne Orji.

Ash oversaw online movie tie-ins for Warner Bros. including See Paris Die! an animated campaign for the Paris Hilton Warner Bros. film, House of Wax and the award winning, The Road to Graceland, a trilogy of animated prequels to 3000 Miles to Graceland starring Kevin Costner and Christian Slater.

Brian Ash lives in Los Angeles.

KYLE

KYLE
KYLE
Rapper and Actor

Multi-platinum, chart topping rapper and actor KYLE has become one of music’s hottest breakout stars. His 5x-platinum smash single, “iSpy (feat. Lil Yachty),” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while going on to become one of the most streamed songs of 2017.

KYLE started off 2018 with a set at Coachella and then lead into the release of his debut album ‘Light of Mine.’ It featured artists like 2 Chainz, Khalid, Kehlani, Alessia Cara and has gone on to be RIAA certified Gold in the United States.

Over the summer KYLE toured with Logic, performing in arenas and amphitheaters across America. Then in August, KYLE made his acting debut with the lead role in the Netflix original hip-hop comedy ‘The After Party.’

At the end of 2018, KYLE wrapped up the year on his ‘Lightspeed World Tour’ with sold out show across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

2019 has been another blockbuster year for KYLE with a new album release and the premiere of the comedy sketch show ‘Sugar and Toys’ on FUSE.

Carl Jones

Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Carl Jones
Carl Jones
Creator and Executive Producer
Fuse’s Sugar and Toys

Over the past decade, the name Carl Jones has become synonymous with cutting edge animated TV comedy. He is best known for his work as Executive Producer and Head Writer of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and Co-Executive Producer of Adult Swim’s The Boondocks, the first Cartoon Network program to win a Peabody Award and be nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

Additionally, Carl Co-Created, Executive Produced and Co-Wrote Freaknik: The Musical, an animated special starring hip-hop megastars T-Pain, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg, developed 50 Cent’s animated property, The Playground for FOX/Imagine and recently finished producing and writing two seasons of the animated series Legends of Chamberlain Heights for Comedy Central. Carl’s talents extend into the live action sketch/variety space as well. He was tapped to write/Executive Produce In the Flow with Jamie Foxx for Fox. He developed, produced and co-starred in The Super Rumble Mix Show for Super Deluxe, and was the writer for BET’s The Soul Train Awards monologue for host Erykah Badu.

Carl’s repertoire expanded into the Music Video and Reality TV spaces this past year when he produced Zombie Walk, an animated/live-action hybrid film for rapper, Desiigner and produced animation for Akil The Fugitive Hunter on A&E. Most recently Carl wrote for The Jellies starring Tyler The Creator and served as Executive Producer/Show Runner on Lazor Wulf, both new animated TV series for Adult Swim.

Carl recently completed production on his latest creation, Sugar And Toys for FUSE and is developing shows for FX and Comedy Central. Carl is currently repped by Ryan Draizin at WME and Marlene Vigil at Generate Entertainment.

J-T Ladt

Fuse Media

J-T Ladt
J-T Ladt
Chief Content Officer
Fuse Media

J-T Ladt is Chief Content Officer for Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand for multicultural youth. He oversees creative content development and current production of long and short-form original programming for all Fuse Media’s content platforms. In addition, he also leads the Fuse Content Studio, a new division of the company that creates digital native content for all Fuse Media platforms, social channels, and other distributors.

He joined Fuse Media from Red Bull Media House’s Red Bull TV where he served as head of development tasked with expanding Red Bull’s global media footprint into long and short-form narrative-based content.

Ladt also created and served as executive producer for National Geographic Channel’s true crime series Missing Dial. Previous to that he served as vice president of programming and development at National Geographic Channel, where he spearheaded West Coast development, including the Emmy winning series Life Below Zero. Ladt also served as co-head of development for production company Renegade 83 where he was responsible for developing projects for multiple networks including Discovery, Spike, VH1, Style, Bravo, Syfy, TLC, ABC, Fox, and the CW. Prior to Renegade 83, Ladt was co-executive producer and partner with showrunner James Bruce, producing long and short-form series for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. He started his career in the mailroom as an agent trainee at the Gersh Agency.

Jason Miller

Fuse Media

Jason Miller
Jason Miller
EVP, Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing
Fuse Media

With more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, Jason Miller serves as EVP, ad sales & integrated marketing for Fuse Media, a multiplatform entertainment media brand for multicultural youth. Miller is responsible for overseeing the multimedia sales, sponsorship and integrated marketing operations across all platforms for the company’s brands including: Fuse and FM linear and video-on-demand (VOD) channels; Fuse.TV online and social media properties OTT aps; and live events.

Additionally, Miller leads Fuse Collab, a new unit that will build on Fuse’s successes in branded entertainment through a full-service, in-house creative, talent and event marketing division that creates content, experiential opportunities and custom events for clients.

Miller joined the company in 2014 following the acquisition of Fuse from the Madison Square Garden Company where he held the position of senior vice president of advertising sales for the network. Prior to Fuse, he was VP advertising sales for the Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports Network) for four years. He was previously the director of advertising sales at Speedvision (now Fox Sports 1) for three years.

Miller began his career as a sales assistant for Nostalgia Television, before spending five years as an account executive at E! Entertainment Television. He received his B.S in Business Management from Ithaca College.

Natalia Perez

The Culture Filter

Natalia Perez
Natalia Perez
Host
The Culture Filter

Natalia Perez was born in North Hollywood. This Mexican/Puerto Rican/Irish girl had a love for broadcasting since elementary school and since then have nurtured her talents, hard work, and attitude are the reasons why she’s come so far.

Natalia’s bubbly and energetic personality was a true match to Polytechnic High School’s cheerleading squad and an asset in her transition to college life at Cal State University at Northridge. She graduated from CSUN in 2006 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema Television and Arts with an Emphasis in Radio Production.

Natalia started her radio career at 19-years-old when she started working for Clear Channel’s Top-40 station KIIS. In September 2009, she got her first on-air opportunity with MCM Entertainment co-hosting a nationally syndicated Top 40 Countdown show called “The Hot Hits Live from LA” that aired in 60 markets across Australia. In 2011 she began working with Hot 92.3 Los Angeles doing the Hollywood Reports with Rick Dees’ Morning show! In 2012 she continued working with Hot 92.3 on their new morning show hosted by Jimmy Reyes.

In April of 2014 Natalia began working with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre-game in stadium host and returned for the 2015 season.

In 2015 Big Boy brought his morning show to the newly flipped Real 92.3 one team member short. Natalia was the only suggestion made by top execs to fill the void and from day one it was apparent as to why. She joins Louie G and Dj VickOne as a key member to Big Boy’s Morning Show. She can also be heard on Big Boy’s syndicated show in over 20 markets. In 2018 Big Boy’s Neighborhood debuted on FUSE TV; a daily 90-minute show that airs, on-air bits, celebrity interviews and more.

Natalia has a distinct voice and infectious personality. She loves music, movies and cof-fee. She also enjoys spending time with her friends & family—and volunteering with her local YMCA. She’s dreamed about being on-air since she was a little girl and she is very thankful every day that she gets to walk into the studio and have fun!

Jon Scarlett

Fuse Media

Jon Scarlett
Jon Scarlett
Head of Content Studio
Fuse Media
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Networking Break
Location: Outdoor Courtyard
3:35 pm - 4:00 pm
No Neutral Interview Sessions
Ross Martin brings his popular LinkedIn series #NoNeutral, in which top executives explain why their brands are taking bold new positions on the biggest issues of the day, to the NewFronts West stage, with a series of interviews with leading marketers.

Tressie Lieberman

Chipotle

Tressie  Lieberman
Tressie Lieberman
Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise
Chipotle

Tressie Lieberman, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise for Chipotle, is responsible for driving digital engagement and growth of new ordering occasions. In this role, Lieberman oversees a team dedicated to building relationships with the brand’s community through social media, the Chipotle Rewards loyalty program, and CRM. Lieberman also drives the strategy and marketing of the delivery and catering business through strategic partnerships and promotions.

Under Lieberman’s leadership, Chipotle has evolved consumer engagement to include breakthrough marketing initiatives such as launching the Chipotle Rewards program utilizing Venmo as a social network and creating an influencer-inspired menu with David Dobrik’s namesake burrito. Lieberman recently spearheaded a partnership with TikTok, making the Chipotle the first-ever restaurant brand with an official TikTok challenge.

With a passion for food and innovation, Lieberman also held leadership positions at Snap Kitchen and Taco Bell. At Snap Kitchen, Lieberman led a full menu, overhauling the innovation timeline to acheive an on-trend assortment. During her Taco Bell tenure, Lieberman created an incubator that focused on rapid prototyping, e-commerce, and delivery. Lieberman also designed and drove the social media and influencer strategy that positioned Taco Bell to win in youth culture.

Lieberman proudly supports her alma mater, The University of Texas, through guest lectures and student mentorship. Lieberman is a member of the board of directors of The Mobile Marketing Association and has achieved accolades such as being named an Advertising Age Woman to Watch.

Ross Martin

Blackbird

Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Chief Executive Officer
Blackbird

Ross Martin is CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), the brand strategy and business innovation firm, and the founder of Lunch Partners (www.lunchpartners.co), a venture capital fund for CEO’s and CMO’s. He is the Chairman of the Digital & Innovation Council for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Council for the Guggenheim Museum and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights. Recent honors and recognitions include a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy Awards, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” top business leaders and Ad Week’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

 

4:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Do Consumers Comprehend Your Ads?

Sharethrough presents findings from five years’ worth of human cognition research to understand how our brains process different types of ads and shares new results from a study that measured respondents’ ability to answer elementary school-style reading comprehension questions in response to a variety of video and display ads.

Frank Maguire

Sharethrough

Frank Maguire
Frank Maguire
Head of Market Development
Sharethrough

Frank leads market development for Sharethrough, traveling the country to meet with the world’s largest brands and agencies to consult and educate on strategy, research and best practices of executing native advertising. Frank is a digital advertising industry veteran, beginning his career working for clients including Nestle, Pfizer, and Wyndham on the agency side and then opening up and growing Sharethrough’s East Coast Headquarters in New York City. He is a recipient of the iMedia Rising Star Award.

4:25 pm - 4:55 pm

Loni Edwards

The Dog Agency and PetCon

Loni Edwards
Loni Edwards
CEO and Founder
The Dog Agency and PetCon

Jill Goldfarb

Jukin Media

Jill Goldfarb
Jill Goldfarb
VP, Linear Programming
Jukin Media

Josh Kreitzman

Jukin Media

Josh Kreitzman
Josh Kreitzman
SVP, Publishing & Programming
Jukin Media

Craig Parks

Jukin Media

Craig Parks
Craig Parks
General Manager, Brands
Jukin Media

Popeye

Popeye the Foodie Dog

Popeye
Popeye
Popeye the Foodie Dog

Jonathan Skogmo

Jukin Media

Jonathan Skogmo
Jonathan Skogmo
Founder & CEO
Jukin Media

Alex Weber

Alex Weber
Alex Weber
Motivational Comedian / Ninja Warrior
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Tune in: How Connected TV is Delivering on Ad Spend

The rise of connected TV is changing the way marketers connect and engage with TV viewers. Using data drawn from thousands of CTV campaigns, Innovid founder and CTO Tal Chalozin will demonstrate how leading brands are using connected TV to create unique ad experiences that not only provide value to consumers, but also drive conversions and return on ad spend.

Tal Chalozin

Innovid

Tal Chalozin
Tal Chalozin
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Innovid

Tal Chalozin is co-founder and CTO of Innovid, the world’s leading video advertising platform that empowers advertisers to create, deliver, and measure video experiences on any device. Tal leads Innovid’s long term technology vision and is responsible for global technology development and implementation, product creation, business development and partnership activities. Tal’s guidance has led Innovid to partner with companies such as Snapchat, Facebook, Roku, Samaung, SKY and Hulu to help advertisers bring interactive video to any consumer device.

Prior to Innovid, Tal co-founded GarageGeeks, a non-profit organization and one of Israel’s largest hacker spaces and innovation hubs with more than 8,000 members. Tal also served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force for over eight years where he led the development of several military products with high algorithmic complexity.
Tal has spoken on stage around the world at events including CES, IAB, NAB, TVOT, Wired Magazine’s NEXTFEST, Le Web’s Digital Innovation Conference, Ars Electronica, as well as numerous events and museums throughout Israel.

Tal presently serves as a board member for the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence, and a technical academy member for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who grants the prestigious EMMY award. He was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum and as one of the “Best Young European Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek. In 2016, Tal was named 40-Under-40 for work on the future of TV by the leading Multichannel magazine. As as serial entrepreneur, Tal owns several global patents for interactive TV, advertising delivery technology, and advanced measurement tools.

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Join host Emile Ennis Jr. as we celebrate the Streamys 2019 Brand Awards nominees and announce the winners LIVE at the IAB NewFronts West.

Returning to the NewFronts West for its second year, the Streamys Brand Awards honors brand advertising innovation, the creative individuals behind it, and the new wave of celebrities who are helping brands deliver their message. An expansion of the annual Streamy Awards, the Streamys Brand Awards provides the opportunity for brands and their agencies not only to distinguish themselves as leaders and build equity within the content creator community, but also influence the trajectory of future advertising, and inspire excellence by awarding the best in class of the industry. For more information about the Streamys Brand Awards and the complete list of finalists, visit www.streamys.org/2019-brand-awards.

Drew Baldwin

Streamy Awards

Drew Baldwin
Drew Baldwin
Creator
Streamy Awards

Drew is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Streamy Awards, the most meaningful honors of the digital creator community. The Streamy Awards bring together the biggest names in YouTube and online video for a night of celebration, discovery, and recognition.

The 2018 awards ceremony will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, October 22 at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT and will stream live globally on YouTube.

2018 also marks the first ever “Streamys Brand Awards,” in partnership with the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and the second year of “Streamys Purpose Awards,” which honors individuals and organizations who use online video and social media to amplify their message, foster engagement and participation, and make a greater, more meaningful impact.

Emile Ennis Jr.

Host

Emile Ennis Jr.
Emile Ennis Jr.
TV Host, Live Event Emcee, Fitness/Travel Influencer
Host

Emile Ennis Jr. is a TV host, live event emcee, fitness/travel influencer & proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. As one of the lead hosts/producers for Clevver News (over 4.5 million subscribers & a subsidiary of Hearst Magazines), Emile’s entertainment stories & celebrity interviews have been viewed more than 100 million times globally, making him one of the most successful entertainment journalists in the digital space. He recently launched a new interview show, Rumor Patrol: Celeb Takeover, where he goes into celebrities homes to discuss and debunk rumors that they have faced and hear directly from them what the real story is! His recent interviews were with Todrick Hall & YouTubers Shane Dawson & Ryland Adams.

Emile’s gifts as an editor initially put him behind the camera, but it wasn’t long before his natural abilities were noticed and he was pushed to put it all out there on the other side of the lens. While Emile’s hard-earned skills brought him to Tinseltown, it’s his charm, sharp wit and natural humor that bring him continued success in the entertainment industry. Currently working as a host and producer at Clevver, Emile also hosts and produces a weekly podcast on iTunes,’Happy Hour: A Shot of Conversation’, has produced his own web series ‘Chasing LA’, & previously hosted on AfterBuzz TV for over 4 years. As the face of a major entertainment news organization with millions of subscribers from around the world, Emile helps provide daily content to an eager audience that wants to know the latest tea. Emile has received national press for his sit-down interview with Issa Rae including Just Jared, E! News and The LA Times. He was also recently featured in Cosmopolitan and The Hollywood Reporter because of Clevver being bought by Hearst Magazines.

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Networking Reception

Location: Third Floor Terrace

Day 2: Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Location: Studio A Pre-Function
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Welcome Back
9:20 am - 9:40 am
Fan-Focused Video Collaborations
Deanna Brown sits down with major brands to discuss some of their most exciting, fan-focused video collaborations and how live content can be used to further build relationships between brands and customers.

Deanna Brown

Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group

Deanna Brown
Deanna Brown
President
Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group

Deanna Brown has more than three decades of experience as a seasoned media executive, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive. She currently serves as President at Valence Media, parent company of Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, she was CEO of Federated Media Publishing, President at Scripps Networks Digital, she co-founded the digital division of publisher Conde Nast and founded Gaming Industry News.

Ryan Johnson

RPA

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Senior Vice President, Group Director, Branded Content
RPA
9:45 am - 10:15 am

John Kulback

Baobab Studios

John Kulback
John Kulback
Head of Business Development
Baobab Studios

John is Head of Business Development and Strategy at Baobab Studios.  Previously, he was Head of Business affairs at VICE, building and overseeing the worldwide business strategy for VICE’s scripted film & television, unscripted documentary & docuseries and podcasts.  He’s been named to the “Up Next” list of emerging leaders in Variety’s “Impact Report” and earlier in his career was the lead attorney at 20th Century Fox on the Avatar Sequels, implemented Fox’s deal to distribute Dreamworks Animation films and closed Fox’s first ground-breaking deals for content creation in virtual reality.  John also serves on the NextGen Board of Directors for MPTF and the National Advisory Board of Directors for the Harmony Project.

Maxine Schlein

Unity Technologies

Maxine  Schlein
Maxine Schlein
Director, Product Marketing
Unity Technologies

Maxine is the Director of Product Marketing at Unity, where she works on features that sit at the intersection of new technology and creativity, enabling new forms of storytelling and entertainment. Prior to Unity, Maxine worked in Product Marketing and Monetization for Facebook, where she developed products for performance and brand advertisers, and built a team that focused on creating ad products specifically for businesses in emerging markets. Maxine has her BA from Harvard University, and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Frederic Volhuer

Atlas V

Frederic Volhuer
Frederic Volhuer
CEO, Co-Founder
Atlas V

2009/2015: Partner, Member of Executive committee of WNP, and CEO of WNP Digital, one of the top-3 independent digital agencies in France (30m revenues projected in 2017). Fred joined WNP when it acquired Napkin, a digital strategy agency Fred had founded in 2009.

Before co-founding Atlas V, Fred started a consulting firm to support creative pieces in VR with marketing/distribution strategies, Shuttershades.io. He is also strategic advisor for a VR creation and distribution tool for content makers named WONDA VR.

As a Panelist in several VR conferences (Tribeca Film Festival, IFP Film week, Miami Filmgate, Mutek…), Fred’s work exemplifies the expanding bridge between storytelling and technology and how we can continue to think about the integration of these new platforms as we build audiences for films, brands and institutions. In 2015, he supported Notes on Blindness : Into Darkness, one of the most awarded VR pieces.

Fred lives in Brooklyn, NY since 2015.

 

10:20 am - 10:50 am

Lex Friedman

ART19

Lex Friedman
Lex Friedman
CRO
ART19

Korri Kolesa

ART19

Korri Kolesa
Korri Kolesa
Chief Operating Officer
ART19
10:50 am - 11:20 am
Networking Break
Location: Outdoor Courtyard
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Spotlight: Innovation Los Angeles

Paul Bricault

Greycroft Partners

Paul  Bricault
Paul Bricault
Managing Partner, Amplify and Venture Partner
Greycroft Partners

Paul Bricault is the founder and Managing Director of Amplify – an early stage venture capital fund which launched in December 2011 and has funded 80 companies since it’s inception. He is also a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners in the firm’s West Coast Office. He led the investments in and currently is the Board representive in Greycroft investments in Dropoff, Dots, Free Range Games, HelloTech, The Inventables and ZenBusiness. He also managed the firm’s investments in Livefyre (sold to Adobe), Klout (sold to Lithium) and DataScience (sold to Oracle). Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) – a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 15 year tenure at the William Morris Agency (WMA) where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Councillors for the Annenberg School for Communication at at The University of Southern California (USC), Paul is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Cinema-Television at USC where he has taught a course for the last 25 years on the Impact of Technology on Media. He also sits on the LA Mayor’s Council for Technology and Innovation. He has an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and a combined Honors B.A. in English Literature and International Relations from the University of Western Ontario in Canada (where he grew up). Paul lives with his wife Cicek and two children — Melise & Destin in Venice, CA.

Sam Wang

ProGuides

Sam Wang
Sam Wang
CEO
ProGuides

As CEO of the esports learning platform, ProGuides, Sam Wang has secured $1.9M from Amplify LA, acquired 500,000 users and guided the development of 55 courses and 1,000+ videos since raising its seed round in 2018.  The company is now nearing its first million in revenue, in part due to the June 2019 launch of InstaPro, an on-demand coaching platform. The company plans to expand its current, six-game catalog to 10 of the market’s most competitive titles by the end of the year.  ProGuides is headquartered in Santa Monica, hosts 20 employees and is dedicated to helping gamers get better.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Madison & Vine at 15

Brand storytelling in its modern form is in its adolescent phase. Join a discussion between some of its earliest believers to explore how it’s evolved, where it’s headed and what challenges lie ahead for marketers and media companies in the post-interruption age.

Scott Donaton

Digitas

Scott  Donaton
Scott Donaton
Global Chief Creative & Content Officer
Digitas

As Chief Creative & Content Officer at Digitas, Scott Donaton leads the agency’s creative and content practice globally, partnering with clients to tell their stories in innovative and memorable ways. Donaton launched and leads Digitas Studios, which develops unique custom-content initiatives, strategies, and business models for clients.

Donaton also serves as the chief architect of the annual Digitas NewFront, the anchor event of the Digital Content NewFronts, of which Digitas is the only agency founding partner. Donaton’s thought leadership has been published in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, and Ad Age, among others, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events, including VidCon and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Before joining Digitas, Donaton was Global Chief Content Officer at Interpublic Group’s UM and head of UM Studios, where he led a team of award-winning content strategists and producers around the globe who developed creative programs and innovative experiences for UM Studios clients, including Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Brown Forman, ExxonMobil and Sony. Prior to UM, Donaton founded Ensemble, an Interpublic Group content studio, where he served as CEO from 2009 till 2013, when he merged Ensemble into UM to form UM Studios.

Donaton coined the phrase “Madison & Vine”, and is the author of a book by the same name. The book helped launch the branded-content revolution by declaring that the entertainment and advertising industries needed to converge to survive in the age of digital storytelling.

Prior to joining Interpublic, Donaton served as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Before that, he was at Advertising Age, where he served as its editor for more than a decade before becoming publisher. While at Advertising Age, Donaton oversaw the publication’s extension into digital media, the expansion of its conference business and the growth of its global presence.

Donaton’s multiple awards and accolades include being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, being honored as one of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media” by Media Industry Newsletter, and being named to the Folio 40. In 2013, Donaton served as president of the Branded Content & Entertainment jury at the prestigious Cannes Festival of Creativity.

David Freeman

CAA

David Freeman
David Freeman
Co-Head, Digital Packaging
CAA

David Freeman is the Co-Head of the Digital Media department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in the Los Angeles office, Freeman has been at the forefront of the digital media marketplace, leading CAA across all areas of digital.

Freeman works with both the agency’s traditional and digital clients to secure innovative content partnerships with digital distributors, OTT platforms, social media platforms, digital publishers, and advertisers.

Under Freeman’s leadership, the team’s packaging, talent, branded content, and VR work has led to the formation of new business models, global IP sales, the launch of new digital companies, and key investments for the company. Freeman also leads the agency’s efforts across all areas of immersive media including AR, VR, and interactive storytelling.

Prior to joining CAA, Freeman served as General Manager of MATTER, Edelman Sports and Entertainment Marketing. In 2003, he co-founded MATTER to forge and develop marketing partnerships for brands, entertainment companies, and content creators. Freeman was instrumental in expanding MATTER into new markets, driving new business, and leading the creation of its digital content offering. MATTER was acquired by Edelman in 2006.

Previously, Freeman led a joint venture between OMD and Aaron Walton Entertainment, two of the leading media and entertainment companies within the Omnicom network. Additionally, he held positions at CNB Entertainment, an entertainment finance and development company, and NFL Properties in its Corporate Sponsorship Sales and Marketing Division.

Freeman graduated from Emory University with a degree in Political Science.

Gayle Troberman

iHeartMedia

Gayle Troberman
Gayle Troberman
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
iHeartMedia

Gayle Troberman is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia, Inc. As such, she leverages the company’s extensive range of content, experiences and technologies to bring brands together in new ways with consumers across all of the company’s businesses, iHeartMedia’s 859 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Troberman is a marketing innovator and visionary. Prior to iHeartMedia, she served as Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer for IPG Mediabrands; before that, she spent 16 years at Microsoft, first launching Internet startups and building the first branded entertainment team online, and then as their Chief Creative Officer, overseeing their portfolio of brands and global advertising campaigns across consumer and business-to-business products, including Windows, Office, Bing, and XBOX.

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm

The Importance of a Representative Research Panel

A balanced and representative research panel is critical for broadcasters to understand TV viewership and brands to measure the impact of TV advertising—especially related to ethnicity, which is often inaccurately represented in panel weighting. Samba TV discusses how demographic traits should be properly incorporated into a research panel to produce actionable insights for the modern TV landscape.

Jeff Silverman

Samba TV

Jeff Silverman
Jeff Silverman
Director, Data Science & Analytics
Samba TV

Jeffrey Silverman is Director, Data Science & Analytics at Samba TV where he uses Big Data to, among other things, figure exactly how many people are watching Game of Thrones. Before moving into the tech industry, Jeffrey earned his PhD in Astrophysics in 2011 at the University of California – Berkeley studying exploding stars and dark energy then went on to become a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, he changed careers and accepted an Insight Data Science Fellowship which eventually led him to the data science team at Samba TV.

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch
Location: Third Floor Terrace

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Spotlight: Mission-Driven Startups

Anthony Batt

WEVR

Anthony Batt
Anthony Batt
Co-Founder
WEVR

Anar Joshi

Tala

Anar Joshi
Anar Joshi
Director of Product Marketing
Tala

Anar Joshi joined Tala as Director of Product Marketing in 2018 and brings with her over 10 years of experience across social enterprise, marketing, and mobile product development. At Tala she leads engagement initiatives to deepen customer relationships and drive retention. Prior to Tala, Anar was on the founding team of a social impact food startup, Everytable, focused on food equity. There she led marketing and brand, opening five restaurants around Los Angeles in economically diverse neighborhoods that were featured in The New York Times and Fast Company. Before Everytable, Anar spent her career in product management working at an early-stage startup in the content space and PayPal. She started her career at the advertising agency, BBDO. Anar holds a BS in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Topper Luciani

Goodfair

Topper  Luciani
Topper Luciani
Chief Executive Officer
Goodfair

Topper Luciani is the founder and CEO of Goodfair.  He is a passionate entrepreneur, environmentalist, thrift store enthusiast and pilot in training. He is working passionately for a cleaner, greener world. Topper  has started numerous companies and has given many keynotes on sustainability in the apparel industry. He can read a used clothing order form, a P&L and between the lines. Follow him on twitter and instagram @topperjl.

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

Jesse Judelman

Vevo

Jesse  Judelman
Jesse Judelman
SVP of Sales
Vevo

Jesse Judelman is Vevo’s SVP of Sales, based in New York with over 16 years of premium video sales experience. In addition to running Vevo’s National Sales Team, Jesse is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the national agency holding companies and developing go-to-market strategies and strategic sales initiatives. Prior to joining Vevo, Jesse led East Coast Sales at Hulu and worked in TV ad sales at FX and Fox.

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm
#No Neutral Interview: Mattel
Ross Martin brings his popular LinkedIn series #NoNeutral, in which top executives explain why their brands are taking bold new positions on the biggest issues of the day, to the NewFronts West stage, with a series of interviews with leading marketers.

Ross Martin

Blackbird

Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Chief Executive Officer
Blackbird

Ross Martin is CEO of Blackbird (www.blackbirdglobal.com), the brand strategy and business innovation firm, and the founder of Lunch Partners (www.lunchpartners.co), a venture capital fund for CEO’s and CMO’s. He is the Chairman of the Digital & Innovation Council for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Council for the Guggenheim Museum and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation and the Yale University Center for Customer Insights. Recent honors and recognitions include a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy Awards, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People In Business,” an Advertising Age “Media Maven” distinction, Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” top business leaders and Ad Week’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

 

Lisa McKnight

Mattel

Lisa  McKnight
Lisa McKnight
Senior Vice President & Global Brand GM, Barbie
Mattel

Lisa McKnight serves as Senior Vice President and Global General Manager for Mattel’s Barbie brand, a role she has held since 2016. In this role, McKnight leads a global team that’s focused on brand strategy, product development and marketing execution for the iconic Barbie brand. McKnight has been instrumental in evolving the brand to make it more relevant and compelling to girls and parents around the world, leading to consistently improved retail sales and deeper consumer engagement. McKnight has spoken at many conferences, including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Fast Company Innovation Festival, WFA Global Marketer Conference, Most Contagious Summit, Brand Innovators and Bentonville Film Festival. She is also the 2016 recipient of AdWeek’s Brand Genius Award, and serves on the Boards of MAKERS Women and the Toy Industry Association Foundation. Prior to her current role, McKnight served as Senior Vice President and Global Brand General Manager for Mattel’s Monster High and Ever After High brands where she developed and led highly successful marketing, advertising and brand promotional activities. Under her leadership, the Monster High brand forged a breakthrough partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which paved the way for numerous cross-promotional opportunities while delivering positive messages to girls everywhere. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Mattel’s North America Division, McKnight managed the business and marketing strategies for the entire Mattel brand portfolio, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and Thomas & Friends, in the United States. McKnight held responsibility for pricing and retail channel strategies, media planning and buying, public relations, promotions and advertising for the market. Since joining Mattel in 1998, McKnight has several senior leadership roles with the company, including Vice President, Global Marketing, Barbie. In this role, she lead a highly successful brand re-launch tied to Barbie’s 50th anniversary. As a result of her efforts to improve the brand’s global positioning and cultural relevance, Barbie enjoyed four-consecutive years of sales growth. Earlier in her career, McKnight gained significant marketing and brand management experience with a number of leading global consumer brands. She held numerous positions with award-winning agencies, including Grey Worldwide, Foote Cone & Belding, Gardner Geary Cole & Young, where she represented clients like Bank of America, Fairmont Hotels and Taco Bell. In addition, McKnight helped lead marketing strategy for Gap Inc., where she oversaw numerous campaigns, including the Easy Fit Jeans campaign with the now-iconic LL Cool J spot, along with the highly-successful Khaki Swing campaign. McKnight is a native Californian and resides in Los Angeles with her husband Bill and their two daughters.

 

 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Break
Location: Outdoor Courtyard
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Social is the New Reach: A Look at the Future of Digital Video Audience Measurement

2.5 billion viewers worldwide are consuming social video, generating trillion of views. But traditional audience measurement hasn't kept up with the increasingly fragmented and distributed video ecosystem. There are no standards of measurement to truly unlock the digital video economy. Tubular Labs created the first joint publisher-brand consortium (Global Video Measurement Alliance) to co-develop and establish new video standards, and will provide a preview of the key metrics being developed for audience reach (via de-duplicated unique viewers) and engagement (via minutes watched).

Allison Stern

Tubular

Allison Stern
Allison Stern
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Tubular

Allison Stern is Tubular’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. Tubular is the leading global video measurement and analytics platform that powers broadcasters, publishers, and brands to create successful content and scale audiences faster. In six years, Allison has helped grow Tubular from an idea into a global measurement powerhouse with 120 employees, 250 enterprise customers, and over $30M in venture-funding.

Allison previously worked at YouTube, with the sales operations, product marketing, and business development teams. Prior to that, Allison was a strategy consultant and research analyst at CEB, a subsidiary of Gartner, where she advised Fortune 500 sales and marketing executives. Allison holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she led the Stanford Future of Media Conference, and a B.A. from Yale University, where she led the Yale Television Station. In 2017 Cynopsis Media named Allison a Top Woman in Digital.

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Entertainment has always been a social experience, with the power to bring people together. Facebook Watch was created to be a dedicated social video hub, bringing together entertainment and the shared experiences around entertainment that Facebook does best. Join Facebook Industry Manager Nichole Delanksy for a look at why Watch matters to people, followed by a discussion with Lindsey Horan and Sydney Leroux of the US Soccer Women’s National Team, who have collaborated with the Players’ Tribune and Watch to create content that entertains and inspires.

Nichole Delansky

Facebook

Nichole  Delansky
Nichole Delansky
Industry Manager, Entertainment
Facebook

Nichole Delansky currently serves as an Industry Manager at Facebook, advising some of the biggest global partners in the video, OTT and music ecosystem. Prior to this, she served as a Director of Multi-Platform Sales for Viacom Media Networks, developing strategic partnerships across the studio landscape and leveraging Viacom’s portfolio of brands to help bring movies you love to market.

Lindsey Horan

Lindsey Horan
Lindsey Horan
Professional Soccer Player

Lindsey Horan is an attacking phenom midfielder for the World Champion United States Women’s National Soccer Team, who just brought home the Women’s World Cup in historic fashion. Lindsey is known for being the first US female soccer player to forego college and head straight for the pros, signing a deal with PSG when she was 18. Lindsey spent 4 seasons at PSG before returning to the NWSL where she currently plays for the Portland Thorns. Lindsey was named the 2018 NWSL MVP.

Sydney Leroux

Sydney  Leroux
Sydney Leroux
Professional Soccer Player

Sydney Leroux Dwyer is a professional soccer player who currently plays for the NWSL club Orlando Pride. Sydney has also had an impressive career with the USWNT where she has won an Olympic Gold medal and a World Cup, earned 77 appearances for the USWNT and scored 35 total goals. She is married to MLS star Dom Dwyer, and they have a son, 2-year old Cassius, and a daughter, Roux, born this summer.

4:55 pm - 5:25 pm
What the Future of Streaming Means for the Future of Media
With the competitive streaming landscape set to change so dramatically over the next 12 months, consumers will be bombarded with new choices— some of them ad-supported; some of them not. What are the implications for the linear TV business? Who has a leg up amongst the new emerging competitive set, and what does this all mean for the future of ad-supported video?

Mac Hagel

Publicis Media

Mac Hagel
Mac Hagel
EVP, Managing Director – West
Publicis Media

A 20-year professional in the Media and Advertising industry leading high-profile Fortune 500 clients to achieve award-winning campaigns and the most effective ROI spanning multiple areas of Marketing; from Branding and Strategy to Customer Analytics, Media Buying and Digital Marketing.
As the EVP, Managing Director – West, Mac serves as the media lead overseeing Publicis Media’s West Coast Operations. In addition, he has comprehensive expertise in multiple categories ranging across Entertainment, Telecom, Technology, Gaming, Travel, Cable, Finance, Packaged Goods and Retail; Mac has a proven track record in superior leadership, client service and results-driven innovative branding strategies.
Mac joined Zenith in 2012 as SVP of Strategy overseeing both the JP Morgan Chase account (across Retail, Cards & Corporate) and the H&M retailer account. Under his leadership, the agency moved JP Morgan Chase from product driven planning to a portfolio segment approach, effectively driving efficiency, scalability, uniformity and governance across their organization.

In 2014, Mac transitioned to EVP media lead overseeing the multi-billion dollar Verizon account and managed their business across Wireless, FiOS, Go90, Hum and Corporate for two years helping guide them through their data management transition.

Prior to Zenith, Mac most recently led the performance based accounts at OMD inclusive of Machine Zone gaming and Time Warner Cable. Prior to OMD, Mac spent 8 years at Horizon Media, serving as VP Associate Managing Director overseeing and leading brand strategy on the United Airlines, Siemens Enterprise Communications and Google accounts as well as a myriad of new business initiatives. During his tenure at Horizon, Mac also led the media strategy on several other accounts including A&E Television Networks, Quiznos, and Panasonic, in addition to cultivating many of Horizon’s partner agency relationships with an emphasis on broadcast buying strategy.
In 2014 Mac received Verizon’s Innovation Award and in 2013, he was featured as one of television’s top media planners in Broadcasting & Cable. In 2008, Mac’s leadership was recognized when his team won the Mediaweek “Media Plan of the Year” award for best use of Television for their work on the Panasonic Viera account.
Mac holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Natalie Jarvey

The Hollywood Reporter

Natalie  Jarvey
Natalie Jarvey
Digital Media Editor
The Hollywood Reporter

Natalie is the digital media editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where she has covered the intersection of entertainment and technology and the rise of streaming video since 2013. During her time with the magazine, she has interviewed Jeff Bezos, Susan Wojcicki, Kevin Systrom and Grumpy Cat. Prior to joining THR, she reported on technology for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Tricia Melton

Freeform

Tricia  Melton
Tricia Melton
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Freeform

As senior vice president of Marketing for Freeform, Tricia Melton leads the creative marketing vision for the network and spearheads the strategic execution of all marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. She also oversees all on-air and off-air marketing, in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management, as well as promotional partnerships. She reports to Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform.

Melton arrived at Freeform after most recently serving as senior vice president of Entertainment Marketing and Branding for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) where she supervised high-profile, innovative and socially driven marketing campaigns including, but not limited to, TBS’ comedies “Cougar Town,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and their late-night show “Conan.” Not only was Tricia a pivotal player in the TBS comedy-centric rebrand, she also led award-winning marketing initiatives for some of the biggest hits on cable, including “The Last Ship,” “Legends,” “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Falling Skies,” “Major Crimes” and “Dallas” for TNT. She also led the brand strategy refresh for TNT as they refocused on drama.

Prior to Turner, Melton served as vice president of Marketing for Lifetime Television where she was responsible for all aspects of consumer, affiliate, ad sales and synergy marketing for Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. Before Lifetime, Melton served as vice president of Marketing for Oxygen Media and developed the network’s brand strategy as well as the first ever Super Bowl ad completely targeted towards women, which won a Whitehouse Project Award for positive portrayals of women in the media.

Melton’s other positions included vice president of Marketing for Food Network where she oversaw all marketing initiatives, including branding and advertising, national consumer promotions and programming stunts; vice president of Marketing and Promotions for Channel One Network in New York; and the Whittle Educational Network, a division of Whittle Communications.

Melton holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and has advisory board positions with PromaxBDA, the Advertising Board, University of Georgia, Peabody School of Journalism, and Melinc.

Randall Rothenberg

IAB

Randall Rothenberg
Randall Rothenberg
Chief Executive Officer
IAB

Randall has been the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2007. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Director of Intellectual Capital at Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and consulting firm where he also directed the award-winning business journal strategy+business and other electronic and print publications. Earlier, Randall spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. He is author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story. He received a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University and resides in New York City.

5:25 pm - 5:30 pm
Closing Remarks
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Networking Reception
Location: Third Floor Terrace

Matt Medved

Spin

Matt Medved
Matt Medved
DJ/Producer & Editor-in-Chief
Spin

Matt Medved is the Editor-in-Chief of SPIN. Before joining SPIN, he oversaw all dance/electronic music content for Billboard, founding digital vertical Billboard Dance in 2015 and launching its Billboard Dance 100 tentpole in 2017, while consulting on cross-genre verticals. He holds law and master’s degrees from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Medved hosted the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in 2017 and has been featured and interviewed as a guest expert by The New York Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, TIME, GQ, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood and more. He has also spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, New York Media Festival, Winter Music Conference, Billboard Live Music Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event, Canadian Music Week, International Music Summit and more.

As a DJ, producer and curator, Medved has performed at top global festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, EDC Japan, Electric Zoo, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Sunset Music Festival, India’s Sunburn Festival and Morocco’s Oasis Festival, signed releases to Interscope, Astralwerks and Downtown Records, and contributed to SiriusXM.

Before joining Billboard, Medved conducted human rights field research and wrote nearly $2 million in funded grants to the US Department of State and USAID as a consultant for conflict resolution NGO Search for Common Ground in Nigeria — where he reached more than 6 million listeners as a guest DJ at Africa’s largest radio station.

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