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November 8–9, 2007 - New York City
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Thank you to the 525 Participants in the 2007 Future of Television Forum!  The conference was a huge success and we are pleased to share photos, podcasts and power points from the event (click on the links below).

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting Future of Television Forum West in Los Angeles in April. More details to come, so check back soon or email us at

Podcasts: Audio Files for the Keynotes and Panels
Photos: Conference Photos

Speaker Presentations:

5 Digital Media Trends to Watch – Tim Herbert, CEA
5 Digital Media Trends to Watch – Evan Neufeld, M:Metrics
The DTV Transition – Burt Braverman, David Wright & Tremaine

Future of Television is a 2-day executive conference presented by Digital Media Wire, NYU's Stern School of Business and the Consumer Electronics Association. An annual conference, this year’s event will be held on November 8-9, 2007 and brings together key decision-makers from cable and broadcast networks, cable and satellite operators, high-tech and advertising to focus on the future of television.

Leslie Moonves (Chairman, CBS)
keynotes at the 2004 Event

Mark Cuban (Chairman, HDNet /Owner, Dallas Mavericks) keynotes at the 2003 Event

Jack Abernethy (CEO, Fox Television Stations) keynotes at the 2005 Event
Robert Clasen (Chairman and CEO
Starz LLC) keynotes at the 2006 Event

Joshua Sapan (CEO, Rainbow Media
Holdings LLC) keynotes at the 2005 Event
Thomas Rutledge (COO, Cablevision
Systems) keynotes at the 2006 Event

Over 2,000 senior executives have attended the event over the past five years. Speakers have included some of the most powerful players in television from Leslie Moonves (Chairman, CBS) to Mark Cuban (Chairman, HDNet / Owner, Dallas Mavericks) to Jack Abernethy (CEO, Fox Television Stations) to Lord David Currie, Chairman, Office of Communications (OFCOM), the chief regulator for the United Kingdom’s (U.K.’s) communications industries. This is a “must attend” event for decision-makers from cable and broadcast networks, cable and satellite operators, high-tech and advertising.


The program consists of industry leadership keynotes and discussion panels on timely topics focused on the industry’s future.

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2007 Speakers

Tom Rogers
President & CEO
Larry Aidem
President & CEO
Sundance Channel
Bruce Rosenblum
Warner Bros.
Television Group

Josh Sapan
President & CEO
Rainbow Media Holdings
Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette
Digital Distribution
NBC Universal
David Poltrack
Chief Research Officer
CBS Corporation
President, CBS VISION
Conrad Riggs
Co-Executive Producer
Mark Burnett Productions
Jordan Hoffner
Head of Premium
Content Partnerships
Blair Westlake
Corporate VP, Media &
Entertainment Group,
Sean Carey
Senior Executive Vice President
Sony Pictures Television
Bernard Gershon
ABC News Digital Media
Greg Clayman
EVP, Digital Distribution
& Business Development
MTV Networks
Peter Price
President & CEO
The National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences

Terry Mackin
Executive Vice President
Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
Rick Mandler
VP, Digital Media Advertising
Disney / ABC Media Networks
Donna Campbell
Director, Ericsson Mobility World
Ericsson Inc.
Eric Bader
Senior Vice President
Director of Digital Connections
MediaVest USA
Charles Cerino
VP, New Media, Comcast
President, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)
Jon Vlassopulos
VP, Business Development,
Strategic Planning & New Media
Endemol USA
Jeff Siegel
SVP, Regional Sales, Direct
Response & Emerging Media
Steve Jacobs
VP, Broadband Alliances
Sony Corporation of America
Rich Buchanan
VP, Marketing
Sling Media
Shelly Palmer
Chairman, Advanced Media Committee
The Emmy Awards, NY

Anthony Wilhelm
Director of Consumer Education
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
Ian Blaine
CEO, thePlatform
SVP, Comcast Interactive
Barry Frey
Senior Vice President
Cablevision Advanced Platforms
 Steve Mitgang
Veoh Networks
Dan Simpkins
Hillcrest Labs
Julie Kearney
Senior Dir. & Regulatory Counsel Consumer Electronics Association
Bruce David Klein
President & Executive Producer
Atlas Media
Eric D. Alterman
Founder & Chairman
Tim Herbert
Senior Director of Research
 Consumer Electronics Association
Larry Moskowitz
Ken Papagan
President & Chief Strategy Officer
Rentrak Corporation 
Todd Juenger
VP & GM, Audience
Research & Measurement
Michael Gordon
Chief Strategy Officer
& Co-Founder
Limelight Networks
Michael Yudin
Managing Director, Carat Entertainment
President, MY Entertainment Company
John Lawson
President & CEO
Assoc. of Public Television Stations
Candice Kersh
Partner, Advertising Practice
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Kyoo Kim
Vice President of Sales
Mark Donovan
CMO & Senior Analyst
Howard Tiersky
VP, Media & Entertainment
Kurt Scherf
Vice President & Principal Analyst
Parks Associates
Mike Vorhaus
Managing Director
Frank N. Magid Associates
Howard Shimmel
SVP, Client Insights

The Nielsen Company

Ron Berryman
SVP, GM – FOX Stations Group
Fox Interactive Media
Burt Braverman

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Dr. Seth Geiger

SmithGeiger, LLC

Scott Ferris
SVP & GM, Emerging Media


Jason Forbes
VP, Media & Entertainment 

Capgemini Americas

Andrew Wallenstein
Digital Media/TV Editor
The Hollywood Reporter
Lydia Loizides
VP, New Media Division
Rusty Williams
Co-founder & Vice President
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld
Multichannel News
Joakim Baage
 VP, Content & Sr. Writer
Digital Media Wire
Victor Siegel
 President &
Blue Frog Media
Salil Dalvi
General Manager, Wireless Platforms
NBC Universal
Joe Laszlo
Director, Research
Interactive Advertising Bureau
Douglas Craig
SVP, Digital Media Operations
Discovery Communications
Jayendu Patel
Chief Science Officer
ChoiceStream, Inc.
Marsha MacBride
EVP, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Michael Vitelli
SVP, Consumer Electronics
Best Buy
Simon Applebaum
Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised / Contributing Editor, Cable World
Saul Berman
Partner, Media & Entertainment
IBM Business Consulting

Jeremy Steinberg
VP, Digital Sales & Business Development
FOX News Channel

Paul Greenberg
Senior Vice President and General Manager
TV Guide Online

John Edwards
CEO & President
Move Networks

Jonathan Bokor
VP, Business Development
Tandberg Television


Al Lieberman
Executive Director, EMT Program
NYU Stern School of Business
Ned Sherman
CEO & Publisher
Digital Media Wire


Day 1 (Thursday, November 8):

11:00AM - 1:00PM
Exhibitor Set-up

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Attendee Registration

2:00PM - 2:15PM
Welcome & Introductions from the Conference Co-Chairs

Al Lieberman, Executive Director, EMT Program, NYU Stern School of Business
Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

2:15PM - 3:00PM
What’s Next: The Top Five Digital Media Trends to Watch and Why

Did the meteoric rise of MySpace and YouTube catch you by surprise? These leading analysts give their opinions on the top five digital media trends that you need to be watching and why. How will they impact the television industry and how can you be prepared?

Tim Herbert, Sr. Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Mark Donovan, CMO & Senior Analyst, M:Metrics
Shelly Palmer, Chairman, Advanced Media Committee, The Emmy Awards, NY

3:00PM – 3:50PM
Panel 1
A View from the Top:
The Outlook for the Television Industry & Digital Media

This panel of top television and digital media industry executives will discuss the increasing importance digital media for the future of the television industry. Topics include viewer trends; programming for non-traditional platforms including online video, VOD, HD, IPTV, broadband and mobile; the future of advertising; the democratization of video production resulting from broadband penetration and falling operational costs; and new business models. What are the challenges and opportunities for the industry to build new revenue streams from digital media platforms?

Jean-Briac (JB) Perrette, President, Digital Distribution, NBC Universal
David Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation /President, CBS VISION
Peter Price, President, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Conrad Riggs, Co-Executive Producer, Mark Burnett Productions
Terry Mackin, EVP, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
Blair Westlake, Corporate VP, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft
Moderator: Andrew Wallenstein, Digital Media/TV Editor, Hollywood Reporter

3:50PM - 4:15PM

4:15PM - 5:05PM
Panel 2
Global TV & the Emergence of Worldwide Content Distribution Networks

The widely hyped merging of the PC and TV is finally taking shape in a way that only a few people imagined during the late 1990s Internet boom. From kids in their dorm rooms to independent producers to big media companies, everyone seems to be producing content these days and the Internet is becoming a sort of worldwide TV network for audiences seeking entertainment, both mainstream and offbeat. With new global online video services such as Veoh and Joost, as well as place-shifting devices such as Slingbox, national boarders matter less and less in the television landscape. This panel will discuss the consequences of this development from the perspective of content creators, producers and advertisers as well as distributors and consumers.

Eric Bader, SVP, Director of Digital Connections, MediaVest USA
Ian Blaine, CEO, thePlatform / SVP, Comcast Interactive
Greg Clayman, EVP, Digital Distribution & Business Development, MTV Networks
Jordan Hoffner, Head of Premium Content Partnerships, YouTube

Steve Mitgang, CEO, Veoh Networks
Bruce David Klein, President & Executive Producer, Atlas Media
Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, Managing Director, Frank N. Magid Associates

5:15PM - 5:45PM

Larry Aidem, CEO & President, Sundance Channel

5:45PM - 6:45PM
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DAY 2 (Friday, November 9):

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Sponsored by:

9:00AM - 9:05AM
Welcome & Introductions from the Conference Co-Chairs

Al Lieberman, Executive Director, EMT Program, NYU Stern School of Business
Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

9:05AM - 9:35AM
Josh Sapan, President & CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings
Interviewed by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, Editor-in-Chief, Multichannel News

9:35AM - 10:05AM
Tom Rogers, President & CEO, TiVo
Interviewed by Al Lieberman, Executive Director, EMT Program, NYU Stern School of Business

10:05AM - 10:50AM
Panel 1
New Television Technologies You Need to Know

This panel will discuss the effects of new television technologies, including digital television, HDTV, set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), video on demand (VOD), wireless devices, broadband video and Internet TV, on the future of television. How are consumers responding to the introduction of these new technologies? What are the opportunities and challenges for broadcasters and cable companies in introducing new technologies? Which technologies and services will have the greatest impact on the future of television? What are the disruptive effects, if any?

Charles Cerino, VP-New Media, Comcast / Pres., Multimedia over Coax Alliance
Steve Jacobs, VP, Broadband Alliances, Sony Corporation of America
Rich Buchanan, VP, Marketing, Sling Media
Jeff Siegel, SVP, Regional Sales, Direct Response & Emerging Media, ESPN
Dan Simpkins, CEO, Hillcrest Labs
Moderator: Kurt Scherf, VP & Principal Analyst, Parks Associates

10:45AM - 11:15AM

11:15AM – 12:00PM
Panel 2
The Future of Television Advertising

The established network television business model, based on selling 30-second advertising spots during the “upfront” sales period, is coming under more and more pressure. Some advertisers claim that buying advertising time on the networks is expensive, inflexible and lacking effective ways of measuring outcomes. Advertisers are putting more and more money in media where they can be guaranteed a captive audience with an intention to buy. While still making billions of dollars from selling 30-second spots, the fear is that networks that do not free up their programming and move to a digital platform, could, in a few years, find themselves the prime-time equivalent of Kodak’s 35 mm film business. This panel of experts will discuss a number of hot button issues with respect to the future of television advertising, including advertising effectiveness; the future of the 30-second spot; the impact of digital video recorders (DVRs); improved methods for targeted advertising; branded entertainment; and the role of new interactive technologies and online video in the future of the television business.

Barry Frey, SVP, Cablevision Advanced Platforms
Rick Mandler, VP, Digital Media Advertising, Disney/ABC Media Networks
Michael Yudin, Managing Dir, Carat Entertainment / President, MY Entertainment
Scott Ferris, SVP & GM, Emerging Media, Microsoft
Victor Siegel, CEO, Blue Frog Media
Moderator: Candice Kersh, Partner, Advertising, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

12:00PM – 12:30PM

Bruce Rosenblum, President, Warner Bros. Television Group

12:30PM - 1:30PM

1:30PM - 2:00PM
Keynote Presentation
The Realities of the Digital Network
"Digital" is quickly moving from a strategic side project at many networks to a core capability (and will likely shift to become "the" core capability within a decade). As the many forms of digital distribution continue to transform how viewers receive and consume media, how does the role of the Network need to adapt? The implications (strategic, budgetary and operational) of this are substantive across the entire organization and need to address questions including: How should content be licensed, managed and owned across multiple BUs and channels? How should advertising be managed across channels? How should direct to consumer relationships be leveraged and what does this mean for ownership? How should new players and business models be addressed? This keynote will explore these questions further and provide insights on options moving forward.

Howard Tiersky, VP, Media & Entertainment, Capgemini
Jason Forbes, VP, Media & Entertainment, Capgemini

2:00PM - 2:45PM
Panel 3A
Monetizing Consumer Generated Video:
What Is an Acceptable Model for Consumers and the Television Industry?

The success of social networking sites MySpace and YouTube has created a buzz about consumer generated media. Does the mass attraction to these sites represent a power shift from a traditional top-down model of corporate media to a bottom-up model focused on consumer generated content? How can traditional media businesses connect with this consumer mindset? Can content created by consumers be the backbone of a viable business model? How do you recapture some of the profitability that goes away when people watch television differently than they have historically? This panel will discuss some of the most promising technologies behind ad-insertion, ad serving, on-demand technologies and back-end management technologies that are reinventing the relationship between technology and advertising.

Eric D. Alterman, Chairman & Founder, KickApps
Ron Berryman, SVP, GM – FOX Stations Group, Fox Interactive Media
Sean Carey, Senior Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Television
Michael Gordon, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Limelight Networks
Jon Vlassopulos, VP, Bus Dev, Strategic Planning & New  Media, Endemol USA
Moderator: Lydia Loizides, Vice President, New Media Division, Paradigm

2:00PM - 2:45PM
Panel 3B
Mobile TV: Hit or Miss?

The outlook for the potentially lucrative market for mobile video and television is still uncertain. This panel of experts will continue the discussion by taking up a number of issues with respect to the future of mobile TV. What business models are emerging for monetizing mobile video, including live feeds? How are consumers responding to mobile video offerings (e.g. programming and payment models)? What are the opportunities and challenges facing broadcasters and cable companies? How are telcos positioning themselves with respect to this market? What technology issues still exist? Is a robust market for mobile video the next frontier for the television industry?

Donna Campbell, Director, Ericsson Mobility World, Ericsson
Douglas Craig, SVP, Digital Media Operations, Discovery Communications
Salil Dalvi, General Manager, Wireless Platforms, NBC Universal
Rusty Williams, Co-founder & Vice President, Prospero
Moderator: Joe Laszlo, Director, Research, Interactive Advertising Bureau

2:45PM - 3:30PM
Panel 4A
Who’s Watching (and are they buying anything)?
The Evolution of Metrics and Analytics for Television 2.0

The decline of the 30-second spot and the emergence of Internet TV, VOD and other more measurable forms of distribution puts more pressure then ever on television broadcasters to provide more reliable measurements of who is watching what and, ultimately, deliver increased accountability to advertisers. How reliable are the measurements of offline and online television viewing today? What is being done to improve television measurements and analytics and when can we expect measurable improvement?

Todd Juenger, VP & GM, Audience Research & Measurement, TiVo
Larry Moskowitz, Chairman, Teletrax
Ken Papagan, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Rentrak Corporation
Howard Shimmel, SVP, Client Insights, The Nielsen Company
Moderator: Seth Geiger, President, SmithGeiger, LLC

2:45PM - 3:30PM
Panel 4B
Digital Television (DTV) is Coming!

At midnight on February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power television broadcast stations stop broadcasting in analog format and broadcast only in digital format. What does this mean for consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers, broadcasters and consumers?

Julie Kearney, Senior Director & Regulatory Counsel, CEA
John Lawson, President & CEO, Association of Public Television Stations
Tony Wilhelm, Director of Consumer Education, NTIA / U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Marsha MacBride, EVP Legal & Regulatory Affairs, NAB
Michael Vitelli, SVP, Consumer Electronics, Best Buy
Moderator: Burt Braverman, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

3:30PM - 4:00PM

4:00PM - 4:45PM
Panel 5A
What’s Next For Television News?

Ratings for the television broadcast networks evening news have been on a steady decline, due to increasing competition from 24 hour cable news networks and the Internet. This panel will discuss some of the new initiatives that the networks are taking as well developments in print and online news media. What are the components of a compelling television news product in a digital age?

Bernard Gershon, SVP & GM, ABC News Digital Media
Kyoo Kim, Vice President of Sales, MSNBC.com
Jeremy Steinberg, VP, Digital Sales & Business Development, FOX News Channel
Jason Forbes, VP, Media & Entertainment, Capgemini
Moderator: Simon Applebaum, Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised / Contributing Editor, Cable World

4:00PM - 4:45PM
Panel 5B
Innovations That Are Shaping the Future of Television

From interactive television to IPTV to mobile, new technologies are improving the consumer experience and opening up new distribution channels and revenue opportunities to video content owners. This panel will discuss some of the key innovations - from video search to interactive program guides to mobile video and advertising innovations - that are shaping the future of television.

Jonathan Bokor, VP, Business Development, Tandberg Television
Steve Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder, ChoiceStream, Inc.
Paul Greenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TV Guide Online
John Edwards, CEO & President, Move Networks
Moderator: Saul Berman, Partner, Media & Entertainment, IBM Business Consulting

A packed house at NYU for the 2006 Event. Each year television industry leaders converge
to enjoy 2 days of face to face networking and stimulating discussion about the industry's future.