2019 Agenda

Future of Television

WELCOME

Welcoming remarks given by:
Albert Lieberman, Executive Director, Entertainment, Media & Technology, NYU Stern
Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Founder, Digital Media Wire

Ned Sherman
Al Lieberman

OPENING PRESENTATION

Manatt Vorhaus Digital Strategy Study “Media Consumers and Where They Are Going”
This talk will cover the recent “Manatt Vorhaus” study on how Americans of all ages, across the U.S., consume and interact with media content and devices. We will look at the growth of cord-cutting and digital video, big moves in live streaming, connected devices and related topics.

SPEAKERS: 
Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Founder, Digital Media Wire
Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors

Ned Sherman
Mike Vorhaus

OPENING PRESENTATION

“Power in Progress”
Power in Progress is an exploration into the new dynamics of power and how young people around the world are defining, developing, and using their power to create change in their lives and society. Young people are growing up at a time when change matters more than ever. With the convergence of technology and world events, young people have a voice, power, and a platform like never before. Youth culture’s shifting attitudes about power has changed the game when it comes to growing up and generational influence. The status quo of the patriarchy, white privilege and the 70-year-old CEO are getting challenged.

What you’ll learn: How all this impacts on youth culture today, how they play, how they engage on the political stage and how they activate for the movements that they believe in.

PRESENTER
Christian Kurz, SVP, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

Christian Kurz

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE FUTURE OF THE TELEVISION BUSINESS

From cord cutting, shaving and cord nevers to addressability, dynamic ad insertion and increasingly ad free experiences, the television environment is more dynamic and complex than ever before. This panel will discuss the future of the television business in these fast changing times.

PANELISTS
Lynda Clarizio, Media Measurement Advisor and Former President, Nielsen US Media
Marc Juris, President and General Manager, WE tv
Cara Lewis, Executive Vice President, Video Investment, Amplifi, Dentsu Aegis Network
Nick Sallon, Head of US News Partnerships, Twitter
Christy Tanner, Executive Vice President & General Manager, CBS News Digital
Moderator: Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety

Lynda Clarizio
Nick Sallon
Cara Lewis
Marc Juris
Christy Tanner
Todd Spangler

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Featuring Mark Marshall and Laura Molen, Co-Presidents, Advertising Sales & Partnerships, NBCUniversal

As the media landscape continues to evolve, the power of live events remains as strong as ever. But what does partnership look like for marketers in this new era? How can marketers take advantage of moments that unite the country when new platforms divide viewing? In this fireside chat, hear how NBCUniversal Advertising & Partnerships Co-Presidents Laura Molen and Mark Marshall are gearing up for two major live moments – the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2020 Presidential Election – and how NBCUniversal is bringing these events to partners in new and exciting ways.

SPEAKERS
Mark Marshall, President, Advertising Sales & Partnerships, NBCUniversal
Laura Molen, President, Advertising Sales & Partnerships, NBCUniversal
Moderator: Savannah Sellers, Co-Host, NBC News’ “Stay Tuned” Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC 

Mark Marshall
Laura Molen
Savannah Sellers
11:15 am - 11:45 am

NETWORKING BREAK

TODAY’S VIDEO MIX: OTT, CABLE, AND LINEAR TELEVISION

The lines between linear television and OTT services are blurred more than ever with digital services offering network/cable streams with DVR capabilities. Alternately, traditional linear services have their own apps and are buying into OTT services and content. What does this say about the viewing habits of today’s consumers? Are broadcasters and distribution companies responding effectively? Where do advertisers fit in?

PANELISTS
Kevin Arrix, SVP, Dish Media
Carol Hinnant, EVP, National Networks, Comscore
Ryan Jamboretz, Chief Development Officer, Amobee
Melissa Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, Cheddar
Moderator: Colin Dixon, Founder & Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia

Kevin Arrix
Carol Hinnant
Ryan Jamboretz
Melissa Rosenthal
Colin Dixon

INVESTING AND M&A IN VIDEO INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGIES

This panel of investors, who are actively investing in digital media companies, discusses the latest investment trends, valuations and recent deal flow with a focus on video innovation and technologies. What categories are driving the most investor interest today?  How is the investment community thinking about content investments?

PANELISTS
Hale Boggs, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Sophie Liao, General Partner, Oyster Ventures
Todd Klein, Partner, Revolution Growth
Alex Carusillo, Venture Partner, OCA Ventures
Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors

 

Todd Klein
Hale Boggs
Sophie Liao
Mike Vorhaus

NICHE OTT SERVICES: FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS

There are more than 200 streaming services today, each vying for consumer attention and dollars. What is the secret sauce that allows some like Crunchyroll and WWE to succeed and others to shutter? This panel will focus on lessons learned and the key factors that fuel success for niche subscription streaming platforms.

PANELISTS
Marc Beckwitt, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Pure Flix
Eric Berman, Head of Partnerships & Business Development, Crunchyroll
Piper Rosenshein, Vice President, Subscription Video Services (SVOD), A+E Networks
Blake Sabatinelli, CEO, Newsy 
Matt Smith, Executive Director, Comcast Technology Solutions
Moderator: Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Co.

Marc Beckwitt
Eric Berman
Piper Rosenshein
Blake Sabatinelli
Matt Smith
Jonathan Hurd

THE POWER OF DATA: AI FOR MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the media and entertainment business – impacting everything from content creation to the consumer experience. An effective AI strategy is essential in managing content and personalizing the consumer experience, from driving title recommendations to curating content based on consumer preferences. This panel focuses on how media companies are managing audience data, operational data and content data (metadata) in a unified manner to power effective AI-driven decision-making.

PANELISTS
Ajay Chander, Vice President, Research, Fujitsu Labs of America
Chris Reynolds, SVP, Localization Product & Services, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Louisa Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network
Moderator: David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac

Chris Reynolds
David Leibowitz
Louisa Wong
Ajay Chander
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

VIP & SPEAKER LUNCHEON

VIEW FROM THE TOP: TV & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY DEAL-MAKERS ROUNDTABLE

This panel of leading television and entertainment executives will discuss the future of the video business as it continues to grow and reach new heights. What kind of deals are being done today?  How is the business evolving? What does media consolidation mean for the business? What does the future hold?

PANELISTS
Ilyssa Adler, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Film & Television, Ubisoft Film and Television
Ted Chervin, Managing Director, ICM Partners
Beau Ferrari, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Amy Siegel, Managing Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Moderator: Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Founder, Digital Media Wire

Ilyssa Adler
Ted Chervin
Beau Ferrari
Amy Siegel
Ned Sherman

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Featuring Kelly Day, President of Viacom Digital Studios
Interviewed by Anthony Ha, Senior Writer, TechCrunch

Kelly Day
Anthony Ha
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

NETWORKING BREAK

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES FOR THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

This panel of leaders will discuss the hardware and software, including sensory interfaces, applications, and infrastructures, that are enabling immersive content creation for XR. How are these tools being used to generate new forms of experiential entertainment by bringing digital objects into the physical world and bringing physical world objects into the digital world? The panel will focus on what is available in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and headsets?  What is the current state of consumer adoption?

PANELISTS
Amber Allen, CEO, Double A Labs
Christina Heller, CEO, Metastage
Julina Tatlock, CEO & Founder, 30 Ninjas
Moderator: Michael Gold, Co-founder and CEO, Autotoon Inc., Entrepreneur in Residence, NYU Future Reality Lab

Julina Tatlock
Amber Allen
Christina Heller
Michael Gold

OTT SUBSCRIBER ACQUISITION: FINDING THE RIGHT MARKETING MIX?

OTT streaming is the entertainment medium of the future — but it’s a crowded space with well-funded platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, WarnerMedia and Disney+ competing for audiences. This panel of video marketers will discuss the techniques that are being used to drive user growth, including the role of content marketing, in-app advertising and mobile advertising.  What is the right marketing mix to be effective in attracting and retaining subscribers for OTT services?

PANELISTS
Ian Greenblatt, Managing Director, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, J.D. Power
Shay David, President & GM, Media & Telecom, Kaltura
Soniya Monga, Agency Partnerships, Snap
Pamela Young, Executive Director, Valassis Digital
Moderator: David Bloom, Consultant and Columnist, Tubefilter

David Bloom
Ian Greenblatt
Shay David

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE RISE OF ESPORTS

Competitive gaming tournaments have been packing stadiums and drawing record viewers online for some time, and are increasingly becoming part of the network and cable television mix. What do the next few years look like for the growth of eSports leagues in television broadcast, live event, and online settings? Does eSports need linear broadcasting? Do the television networks need eSports?

PANELISTS
Ann Hand, CEO and Chairman, Super League Gaming
Chris Park, CEO, Gen.G
Fabian Stechel, Managing Director, Evolution Media Capital, CAA’s Merchant Bank
Moderator: Daniel Schnapp, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Ann Hand
Chris Park
Fabian Stechel
Daniel Schnapp

OTT & DIRECT TO CONSUMER (DTC) ROUNDTABLE

Will major networks reserve their best content for direct-to-consumer offerings to help drive DTC subscriptions? This roundtable of panelists will discuss the introduction of direct to consumer services and future plans.

PANELISTS
Sharmi Gandhi, SVP, Strategy & Business Operations, Endeavor Streaming
Joel Meares, Editor-in-Chief, Rotten Tomatoes
Moderator: Colin Dixon, Founder & Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia

Joe Meares
Colin Dixon
Sharmi Gandhi

ESPORTS: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BRANDS, AGENCIES, AND MARKETERS

The panel will discuss the best of brand activations of esports teams, leagues, competitive gamers and streamers and the rapidly growing and evolving market for eSports.

PANELISTS
Paul Brewer, SVP Brand Partnerships, ESL
Josh Cella, Head of Global Partnerships, Activision Blizzard Esports
Rishi Chadha, Global Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, Twitter
Greg Kampanis, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital, Omnia Media
Mike Lee, Agent, Video Games, United Talent Agency
Moderator: Sean Cunningham, President & CEO, VAB

Rishi Chadha
Mike Lee
Paul Brewer
Sean Cunningham
Greg Kampanis
Josh Cella

INNOVATION IN ADVERTISING TECHNOLOGIES

This panel will discuss how the agencies are placing digital campaigns across various platforms. How campaigns track data and will discuss measurement, AI, and transparency.

PANELISTS
Rob Aksman, Chief Strategy Officer, BrightLine
Dallas Lawrence, Chief Communications and Brand Officer, OpenX
Christopher Pizzurro, VP, Global Sales, Canoe
Inderpreet Sandhu, Head of TV Ads Platform, Global Partnerships, Google
Moderator: David Berkowitz, Serial Marketer

Rob Aksman
Dallas Lawrence
Chris Pizzurro
Inderpreet Sandhu
David Berkowitz

THE FUTURE OF INTERACTIVITY AND COMMERCE

This panel will discuss how programmers and distributors are collaborating to deliver enhanced viewing experiences for their viewers. The panel will explore how technologies like voice control, interactivity, and mobile devices are being incorporated into today’s television experience, and how that translates into audience engagement and new business opportunities.

PANELISTS
Chris Defendis, Vice President of Domestic Distribution, WarnerMedia
Zane Vella, VP Product – Interactivity & Advertising, Comcast
Moderator: Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, Interactive TV Today

Additional speaker bios coming soon!

Chris Defendis
Zane Vella
Rick Howe

ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT LEADERS ROUNDTABLE

Quality video content is in demand with digital, television and cable networks competing to capture and retain viewers. This panel of industry experts will discuss the formats, genres and storytelling techniques that are in most demand, how competition is driving innovation and creativity and the winning formulas for success.

PANELISTS
Jean Ellen Cowgill, General Manager, TicToc by Bloomberg, Bloomberg Media
Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment
Aron Levitz, General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Wattpad
Colby Smith, SVP and GM, ABC News Digital and Live Streaming, ABC News
Sam Toles, Chief Content Officer, Bleacher Report
Moderator: Joan E. Solsman, Senior Reporter, Tech and Media, CNET

Jean Ellen Cowgill
Robert Friedman
Aron Levitz
Colby Smith
Sam Toles
Joan E. Solsman

BLOCKCHAIN AND THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT

This panel will discuss the latest developments at the intersection of blockchain and entertainment. What are the blockchain innovations most likely to disrupt the media and entertainment industries?

PANELISTS
Irina Albita, Co-Founder, FilmChain
Sid Fohrman, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Steve Masur, Partner, MGA
Moderator: Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media, Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech

Additional speaker bios coming soon!

Sid Fohrman
Irina Albita
Steve Masur
Paul Sweeting

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE FUTURE OF STREAMING

This panel of industry leaders will discuss how video content will be consumed and monetized through streaming and OTT services. What business model and pricing strategies are likely to drive adoption and user growth? How will different services distinguish themselves and attract loyal subscribers?  What innovations, business models and features will fuel growth in the marketplace?

PANELISTS
Rich Calacci, Chief Revenue Officer, Pluto TV, Viacom
Mike Gordon, CEO, DLVR
Mark Rotblat, Chief Revenue Officer, Tubi
Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox
Moderator: Sahil Patel, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Richard Calacci
Mike Gordon
Mark Rotblat
Soumya Sriraman
Sahil Patel
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

CLOSING RECEPTION