Future of Television 2020 Agenda

*Speakers and times are subject to change

All times listed are Pacific Time
Nov 10 - Television Business Track


This panel of industry leaders will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the television business. With productions halted and new streaming services launched, how has the pandemic changed the business and impacted the various stakeholders? What changes are likely to be permanent and what is expected to return to normal? What new trends and developments are most important to the future direction of the industry?

Bill Bost, President, Skydance Television
Alison Hoffman, President, Domestic Networks, Starz
Janet Carol Norton, Partner, Board Member & Co-Head of Television Production Department, ICM Partners
Jeff Shultz, EVP and Chief Business Officer, Pluto TV
Moderator: Dawn Chmielewski, Senior Editor Media, Entertainment and Technology, Forbes

Bill Bost
Alison Hoffman
Janet Carol Norton
Jeff Shultz
Dawn Chmielewski

Keynote Conversation with Kevin Mayer

Featuring Kevin Mayer, Former CEO, TikTok & COO, ByteDance interviewed by Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors.


Kevin Mayer
Mike Vorhaus


With virtually all professional and amateur sporting events having been postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, the impact has been felt by sports television networks and the pay TV bundle, which they are so essential to holding together. With leagues starting to return to play, where do things stand now? This panel will discuss the future of sports programming and the emergence of new digital and social video focused sports networks.

Jeff Gagne, SVP, Strategic Investments, Havas Media
Aki Mandhar, General Manager UK, The Athletic
James Van Stone, President, Business Operations, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Zack Weiner, Co-founder and President, Overtime
Moderator: Andrew Wallenstein, President and Chief Media Analyst, Variety

Jeff Gagne
Aki Mandhar
James van Stone
Zack Weiner
Andrew Wallenstein
Nov 11 - Streaming Track


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 the start of 2020. How has the roll-out of new services been impacted by COVID-19? What business models and pricing strategies are likely to drive adoption and user growth? How will the different services distinguish themselves and attract loyal subscribers? What innovations, business models and features will fuel growth in the marketplace?

Mark Garner, EVP, Global Content Sales & Business Development, A+E Networks
Rob Gelick, EVP and GM of Streaming Services & Chief Product Officer, ViacomCBS Digital
Mark Rotblat, Chief Revenue Officer, Tubi
Joanne Waage, General Manager, Crunchyroll
Moderator: Colin Dixon, Founder & Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia

Mark Garner
Rob Gelick
Mark Rotblat
Joanne Waage
Colin Dixon

The Future of Shoppable Television

The retail business is undergoing an unprecedented new wave of disruption and innovation. Among the developments taking shape is the emergence of ‘digital campfire’ platforms focused on ecommerce live streaming which are driving a new kind of consumption online, especially for younger audiences. Among the leaders in the space is the Chinese app Shopshops, which allows viewers to watch and interact with influencer hosts and sales people, who display clothes and accessories, similar to a Digital QVC +, and make purchases from retailers around the world. This session will discuss how this new business model is impacting the retail, ecommerce and live streaming markets and how consumer behaviors and expectations are evolving.

Liyia Wu, Founder & CEO, ShopShops interviewed by Sara Wilson, Founder, SW Projects & host of The Digital Campfire Download

Liyia Wu
Sara Wilson


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and the lockdowns started, more people are using live streaming platforms than ever and it’s not just for meetings and virtual happy hours. People are turning to platforms like Twitch, Facebook and YouTube to watch live streamed programming including concerts, talk shows and gaming content. This panel will discuss the content, creators and programming driving live streaming adoption. What content and innovations are likely to drive future adoption as the market continues to grow?

Ari Evans, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Maestro
Rob Holmes, VP of Programming, Roku
Ariel Horn, Co-CEO, VENN
Ty Roberts, Co-Founder, CEO and CTO, FanTracks
Moderator: Joan Solsman, Senior Reporter, CNET

Ari Evans
Rob Holmes
Ariel Horn
Ty Roberts
Joan E. Solsman
Nov 12 - Brands & Creators Track

Keynote Conversation with United Talent Agency

Featuring Brent Weinstein, Chief Innovation Officer at United Talent Agency interviewed by Natalie Jarvey, Digital Media Editor, Hollywood Reporter

Brent Weinstein
Natalie Jarvey


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 new technologies, platforms and devices that are enabling them to access media and entertainment content – video, games, music, comics and books – on their own terms – whenever and however they want. How is the current environment influencing the evolution of brands and marketers towards harnessing the power to own their customer relationships and engage directly with consumers? How are digital technologies, platforms and devices being used to open new channels, broaden customer reach and drive revenue?

Christopher Dean, Vice President, Media & Entertainment, Salesforce Industries, Salesforce
Jenna Fidellow, SVP, Director of Client Services, Havas Media
Kevin McGurn, President of Sales and Distribution, VEVO
Thai Randolph, President and COO, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network
Moderator: David Bloom, Senior Contributor, Forbes

Christopher Dean
Jenna Fidellow
Kevin McGurn
Thai Randolph
David Bloom


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 effective strategies today for working with influencers and what are the metrics that determine success? How are creators and influencers adapting their content and strategies to the current landscape?  How are brands and marketers determining ROI?

Chris Bower, SVP, Brand Partnerships, Fullscreen
Phil Ranta, Chief Operating Officer, Wormhole Labs
Jade Sherman, Partner, A3 Artists Agency
Arif Zahir, Content Creator/Influencer & New Voice of Cleveland on Family Guy
Moderator: Max Willens, Senior Reporter, Digiday

Chris Bower
Phil Ranta
Jade Sherman
Arif “Azerrz” Zahir
Max Willens