WHO WE ARE

The Future of Television is the leading event for senior representatives from television broadcasters, digital studios, cable networks, digital distribution networks, brands, advertising firms, VCs, social networks, technology providers, analysts & press. Unlike some other industry events, the FOTV focuses on bringing together the people who really matter to meet in a lively yet intimate environment that allows access & privacy to build & grow relationships & partnerships.

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On November 8-11, 2021 join the most influential decision-makers in the digital entertainment industry at Digital Media Wire’s Annual Future of Television! Held online, the Future of Television is the perfect place to gain insights & share ideas about the future of television, video, & connected entertainment!

CONFERENCE FORMAT

The Future of Television is four days & four tracks with fireside chats, roundtables, panels & presentations on digital video investment, creation, distribution, marketing & monetization. This event brings together many of the elite in the industry for top sessions & power networking. It’s not just the deals they make, but people they connect with & the long lasting relationships forged. If you are serious about the business of TV/Video entertainment, we invite you to join us at the Future of Television.

2021 KEYNOTES INCLUDE:

Kevin Mayer

Chairman of the Board,
DAZN Group

Co-CEO & Co-Chairperson,
The Board, FRX II

Lauren Neustadter

President of Film & Television,
Hello Sunshine

Tom Ryan

President & CEO,
ViacomCBS Streaming

2021 SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Aisha Thomas-Petit

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
AMC Networks

Andrea Clarke-Hall

Head of Global Business Development,
Tubi

Andrew Wallenstein

President and Chief Media Analyst,
Variety Intelligence Platform

Ari Evans

CEO & Founder,
Maestro

Bart Spriester

Vice President and General Manager of Content and Streaming Providers Suite,
Comcast Technology Solutions

Bernie Lautrette

Artist Manager,
Netflix Animation

Billy Sprout

Director of Collegiate Esports,
Mainline

Brett Marks

Director, Business Development & Gaming/Immersive Media Lead,
Columbia Records

Che Chou

Senior Director of Esports,
Ubisoft

Chris Buckner

Co-Founder & CEO,
Mainline

Claudio Giugliano

MST2,
U.S. Coast Guard

Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia

Damon Lau

Head of Esports,
United Talent Agency

Dawn Chmielewski

Senior Editor Media, Entertainment & Technology,
Forbes

Doug Scott

Co-Founder and Chief Managing Director,
Subnation Media

Greg Riker

Head of Business Development, Americas,
Metrological (A Comcast Company)

Heather Hisserich

Director of Production,
Mainline

Hrishi Desai

Partner, Co-Head of Literary,
ICM Partners

Ira Rubenstein

Chief Digital and Marketing Officer,
PBS

Iván Markman

Chief Business Officer,
Yahoo

Jaci Hays

Chief Operations Officer,
FaZe Clan

Jeffery Schick

Vice President of North America Cloud Sales,
Oracle Group

Jon Steinlauf

Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer,
Discovery

Kevin Mayer

Chairman of the Board,
DAZN Group

Co-CEO & Co-Chairperson,
The Board, FRX II

Kevin Mitchell

Founder & CEO,
College EsportsX

Kristina Shepard

National Brand Team Lead,
Roku

Laura Tomlin

Chief Administrative Officer,
The E.W. Scripps Company

Lauren Neustadter

President of Film & Television,
Hello Sunshine

Mark Garner

Executive Vice President, Global Content Sales and Business Development,
A+E Networks

Marshall Zelaznik

Chief Executive Officer,
Esports Engine

Mike Sullivan

Founder,
Space Force Gaming

Mike Vorhaus

CEO,
Vorhaus Advisors

Miles Perkins

Industry Manager,
Epic Games

Myra Byrom

Director of Esports Operations
Mainline

Nancy Beaton

Vice President of Strategy,
Together Labs

Natalie Gabathuler-Scully

SVP of Revenue Operations,
Vevo

Ned Sherman

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Founder, Digital Media Wire

Oliver Parsons

U.S. Air Force Officer & Founder,
Air Force Gaming

Phil Ranta

Chief Operating Officer,
Wormhole Labs

Russell Arons

President
G4 TV

Seb Joseph

Senior Brands Editor,
Digiday

Shannon Snow

Director of Entertainment,
Facebook

Tom Ryan

President & CEO,
ViacomCBS Streaming

Travis Lynn

Esports Program Director,
Shawnee State University

Wim Stocks

SVP, Partnerships & Commercial,
Belong Gaming & Vindex

Yolanda Macias

Chief Content Officer and Head of Digital Sales,
Cinedigm

2021 Agenda

All times listed in Pacific Timezone (PT)
Day 1
08 Nov 2021

THE FUTURE OF THE POST-PANDEMIC TELEVISION BUSINESS

This panel of industry leaders will discuss the impact that COVID-19 restrictions and subsequent reopenings have had on the television business. How did the pandemic change the business and impact...
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Laura Tomlin
Miles Perkins
Ira Rubenstein
Iván Markman
Jon Steinlauf
Dawn Chmielewski

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Keynote presentation featuring Kevin Mayer, Chairman of DAZN and Mike Vorhaus, CEO of Vorhaus Advisors. Speakers:  Kevin Mayer, Chairman, DAZN Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors
Kevin Mayer
Mike Vorhaus

TODAY’S VIDEO MIX: OTT + CABLE + LINEAR

The television and video industry is undergoing fundamental change with traditional lines being blurred with streaming services offering network/cable streams with DVR capabilities. Alternately, traditional linear services have their own...
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Kristina Shepard
Bart Spriester
Natalie Gabathuler-Scully
Mark Garner
Colin Dixon

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY

An analysis by researchers at UCLA found that women hold only 32% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8%. (Source: UCLA Newsroom). This panel will discuss the current...
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Keynote Conversation

Keynote presentation with Tom Ryan, CEO & President of ViacomCBS Streaming and Co-Founder and CEO of Pluto TV, along with Andrew Wallenstein Chief Media Analyst and President of Variety Intelligence...
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Andrew Wallenstein
Tom Ryan
Day 2
09 Nov 2021

VIEW FROM THE TOP: STATE OF THE STREAMING INDUSTRY

This panel of industry leaders will discuss the plethora of new services and rapid growth of consumer adoption of SVOD and AVOD streaming services offering episodic shows and movies since...
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THE FUTURE OF LIVESTREAMING

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns drove more people than ever to use live streaming platforms. Audiences turned to platforms like Twitch, Facebook and YouTube to watch live streamed programming including concerts,...
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THE FUTURE OF SPORTS PROGRAMMING: WHAT’S NEXT IN STREAMING & DIGITAL INNOVATION?

The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt throughout the sports broadcasting ecosystem from suspensions and cancellations of play to new safety regulations and requirements for live events. While owners,...
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Day 3
10 Nov 2021

THE POWER OF DIRECT AND DIGITAL

This panel of industry leaders will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the massive shift that was already underway in the media landscape as consumers are empowered by...
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THE RISE OF NFTS: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GLOBAL BRANDS & TELEVISION BUSINESSES

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) shot into the public eye earlier this year, in part, due to the enormous success of NBA Top Shot, a blockchain-based trading card system that has generated...
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THE CREATOR ECONOMY: DEVELOPMENTS IN INFLUENCER MARKETING

This panel of platform executives, brands, creators, influencers and their representatives will discuss the strategies and campaigns taking shape during the current climate on different platforms. What are the most...
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Day 4
11 Nov 2021

THE STATE OF ESPORTS: CURRENT TRENDS & FUTURE EXPECTATIONS

Our opening presentation covers the latest research on the developing market for collegiate esports and the esports ecosystem in general. What are the biggest trends and opportunities driving the market...
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THE EXPLODING NEW MARKET FOR NAME IMAGE & LIKENESS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE ESPORTS ATHLETES AND BRAND MARKETERS

The NCAA’s new name, image and likeness (NIL) rules and state laws allow college athletes to profit from legitimate brand partnerships, opening opportunities for brands to engage fresh influencer talent...
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THE FUTURE OF COLLEGE ESPORTS PRODUCTIONS: STREAMERS, INFLUENCERS AND SHOUTCASTERS

This panel discusses the role that collegiate esports competitions can play in incubating talent for professional careers as streamers, influencers, and casters and the important role that talent plays in...
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THE MAKING OF A COLLEGIATE ESPORTS PROGRAM

This panel provides an inside look at how a collegiate multi-media organization helps administrators drive student engagement with esports by organizing live and online tournaments. Participants will learn how gaming...
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GAMES & ESPORTS CULTURE & LIFESTYLE CONTENT: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BRANDS, AGENCIES, AND MARKETERS

This panel will discuss the role of teams, games-focused brands, competitive gamers, streamers and influencers and the rapidly growing market for esports and gaming culture and lifestyle content. What content...
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THE U.S. ARMED FORCES & ESPORTS: A BLUEPRINT FOR ENGAGEMENT & RECRUITMENT

Over the past ten years, American culture has been impacted by games and esports, and no area has been untouched, including the U.S. Armed Forces. In this panel, we will...
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PAST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Alison Hoffman

President, Domestic Networks,
Starz

Andrew Cleland

Managing Director,
Comcast Ventures

Andrew Wallenstein

President and Chief Media Analyst,
Variety Intelligence Platform

Anjali Sud

CEO,
Vimeo

Ann Hand

CEO and Chairman,
Super League Gaming

Ari Evans

CEO & Founder,
Maestro

Beau Ferrari

Chairman,
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Bob Gruters

Chief Revenue Officer, Digital Trends, Former Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions - US, Facebook

Brent Weinstein

Chief Innovation Officer and Partner, United Talent Agency

Brett Bouttier

Co-Founder, Magnet Companies, Former President,
AwesomenessTV

Bruce Rosenblum

Advisor,
Paradigm

Chris Defendis

Vice President, Partner Management,
WarnerMedia

Christian Kurz

SVP, Global Consumer Insights,
Viacom

Christy Tanner

EVP & General Manager,
CBS News Digital

Daniel Tibbets

Chief Operating Officer,
Odyssey Impact

David Beck

Executive Vice President, Head of Programming Strategy & Business Operations,
AMC Networks

David Poltrack

Former Chief Research Officer,
CBS

David Zaslav

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Discovery Inc

Eddy Moretti

Founder, Unbranded Pictures, Former Chief Creative Officer, 
VICE Media Worldwide

Emma Cooper

Founder,
Empress Films

Floris Bauer

President and Co-Founder,
Gunpowder & Sky

Garth Ancier

Former President,
BBC Worldwide America

George Strompolos

Former Co-Founder & CEO,
Fullscreen

Henry Schleiff

Group President,
Travel Channel, ID, Destination America, American Heroes Channel

Jack Abernethy

CEO,
Fox Television Stations

Jean Ellen Cowgill

General Manager,
TicToc by Bloomberg,
Bloomberg Media

Jeff Shultz

Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Business Development Officer, Streaming,
ViacomCBS

Jesse Jacobs

President, 
The Chernin Group

John Landgraf

CEO, 
FX Networks

Jonathan Barzilay

Chief Operating Officer,
PBS

Kelly Day

President, International Streaming Services,
ViacomCBS

Kevin Mayer

Chairman of the Board,
DAZN Group

Co-CEO & Co-Chairperson,
The Board, FRX II

Kevin Reilly

President, TBS, TNT, Chief Creative Officer, Turner and Direct-to-Consumer, WarnerMedia

Kirstine Stewart

Executive Committee WEF Head of Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Information,
World Economic Forum, Former President and CRO,
TribalScale

Kristen Finney

Executive Vice President, Content Sales Development & Strategy
The Walt Disney Company

Laura Molen

President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships,
NBCUniversal

Leslie Moonves

Former Chairman of the Board,
President, & Chief Executive Officer,
CBS Corporation

Liyia Wu

Founder & CEO,
ShopShops

Lynda Clarizio

Media Measurement Advisor and Former President,
Nielsen US Media

Mark Cuban

Chairman,
HDNet and Owner,
Dallas Mavericks

Mark Garner

Executive Vice President, Global Content Sales and Business Development,
A+E Networks

Mark Marshall

President Advertising Sales and Partnerships,
NBCUniversal

Mark Rotblat

Chief Revenue Officer,
Tubi

Marty Moe

President,
Vox Media

Nick Sallon

Head of Longform Content Partnerships,
Twitter

Oliver Parsons

U.S. Air Force Officer & Founder,
Air Force Gaming

Paula Kerger

President & CEO,
PBS

Peter Gallagher

Chief Operating Officer, Verizon Digital Media

Rebecca Glashow

Former Head of Worldwide Distribution,
AwesomenessTV

Richard Calacci

Chief Revenue Officer,
Overtime

Rick Cotton

Former General Counsel,
NBC Universal Group

Rob Gelick

Executive Vice President and General Manager of Streaming Services and Chief Product Officer,
ViacomCBS Digital

Sandro Corsaro

Chief Creative Officer,
Fandango

Savannah Sellers

Co-Host, NBC News' "Stay Tuned" & Correspondent,
NBC News and MSNBC

Soumya Sriraman

Head of Prime Video Channels,
Amazon Prime

Steve Case

Cofounder & Former Chairman,
AOL,
Chairman,
Revolution

Steve Mosko

CEO, Village Roadshow, Former President,
Sony Pictures Television

Ted Chervin

Managing Director,
ICM Partners

Ted Sarandos

Head of Longform Content Partnerships,
Netflix

Thai Randolph

President & COO,
Laugh Out Loud

Thomas Gewecke

Former Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Strategy and Business Development, 
Warner Bros

Todd Spangler

New York Digital Editor,
Variety

Tom Christie

Chief Operating Officer,
Showtime Networks Inc

Tom Gorke

Former EVP, Head of Distribution & Business Development,
Head of Distribution & Business Development
Viacom

Tom Rogers

Former President & CEO,
TiVo

Tom Ryan

President & CEO,
ViacomCBS Streaming

Vivian Schiller

Executive Director, The Aspen Institute, Former Chief Digital Officer,
NBC News

Ynon Kreiz

CEO, 
Mattel

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