Next TV Summit & Expo NY @ NYC Television Week 2015
The Park Central Hotel
870 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019


Wednesday, October 21:

8:00 – 8:55     Networking Breakfast

8:55 – 9:00     Welcome

                            Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher

             Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, Next TV, Ratings Intelligence

9:00 – 9:05     Table Intros

          Host TBA

9:05 – 9:35     Opening Session: Keynote Q&A

9:35 – 10:15   Panel – TV and Venture Capital: Investing in Innovation

To speed up the pace of innovation in the TV industry and to encourage start-ups to develop technologies for media companies, major TV companies have been increasingly providing venture capital and working closely with VC firms and entrepreneurs to develop new technologies. This panel of venture capitalists, start-up and tech executives will explore the process and some of the opportunities it is opening up for both traditional media and Silicon Valley.



Diana Wilkin

Managing Partner

Twelve24 Media



Sam Landman

Managing Director, Philadelphia and New York Offices

Comcast Ventures


Bo Peabody

Venture Partner

Greycroft Partners


More panelists to be announced.


10:15 – 10:30 Networking Break In Exhibit Showcase Area

10:30   Raffle/Giveaway

10:30 – 11:10 Panel – Who’s Mapping the Future of OTT and TV Everywhere?

Inside the competition to set standards and be the first movers in creating the infrastructure of the new video landscape. From unlikely allies to collaborators-turned-competitors, this high-level roundtable of top tech execs explains who is succeeding at mapping the future of our over-the-top, anytime, anywhere video world and why.


Panelists to be announced.


11:10 – 11:50 Panel – OTT = Opportunity to Thrive

As consumers’ viewing habits–and OTT offerings designed to reach those viewers–evolve, what exactly are the right strategies in this new world order? From white-label technology to leveraging library content and branding in today’s OTT environment, this panel of experts identifies where the best opportunities are, how to thrive amid the change and how to adapt quickly when the strategies you picked don’t work anymore.



Keith Zubchevich

Chief Strategy Officer



More panelists to be announced.


11:50 – 12:20 Keynote Q&A: Inside Sling TV With Roger Lynch

Offering his high-level perspectives on the future of the TV, media and entertainment landscape Roger Lynch, CEO, Sling TV and Executive VP, Advanced Technologies for DISH, will offer valuable insight into Sling TV’s launch and roll out, including a discussion of the future of the ‘skinny bundle’ and how over-the-top video services are being tailored to fit cord-cutters, cord-nevers and hard-to-reach millennials.


Jeff Baumgartner

Editor, Next TV

and Technology Editor, Multichannel News



Roger Lynch

CEO, Sling TV

and Executive VP, Advanced Technologies, DISH


12:20 – 12:50 Over the Top-ics @ Next TV

Next TV will dive deeply into the hottest discussion topics around the future of TV with this guided and focused roundtable discussion session inside the ballroom prior to the lunch break. Every table in the ballroom will have a themed discussion led by an industry figure, and every attendee will have a choice of which “Over the Top-ic” discussion to join.


Table Topics/Leaders Include:


Opportunities in Advanced Advertising

Leader: James Ackerman, Executive Chairman, Broadway Systems


Digital Programming Strategies

Leader: Bruce Gersh, Executive VP and Head of Digital, Strategy, and Branded Entertainment, ITV Studios America


Additional Sample Table Topics:

  • The New Bundles
  • Metrics and Measurement
  • Streaming
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Programmatic Advertising
  • Audience Feedback
  • Program Recommendations
  • The State of Social
  • Learning From Kids’ Viewing Habits
  • OTT Programming Models
  • What’s Next in Mobile


More roundtable leaders to be announced.


12:50 – 2:00   Networking Lunch

2:00                 Raffle/Giveaway

2:00 – 2:30     Keynote Q&A: Strategies for an OTT World With UTA’s Jay Sures

Offering a Hollywood insider’s take on the importance of understanding where television is headed, Jay Sures, Managing Director, United Talent Agency shares his high-level insight on how one of the world’s biggest talent agencies in this digital, audience-first era views the changing television practice. The discussion will include how UTA helps top television creators sell their projects in a rapidly changing television ecosystem and the many forces that are at play: shifting viewers habits, advertiser angst, cord-cutting millennials and aggressive competition among streaming platforms, to name but a few. Sures will also talk broadly about the changing role of talent agencies in the today’s global media and entertainment landscape.


Moderator: To be announced.



Jay Sures

Managing Director

United Talent Agency


2:30 – 3:10     Panel — The New Studios

As the video ecosystem has evolved, so have the media companies supplying much of the current and future generations of content. This high-level roundtable of execs will share how the companies they lead are growing, what distinguishes them in the marketplace and makes them appealing partners to creators, brands, distributors and investors alike.


Sam Wick

Executive VP of Business Development and Operations

Maker Studios


More panelists to be announced.


3:10 – 3:40     Point-Counterpoint

Time to join the conversation. This interactive group session, led by two senior industry members with contrasting perspectives, will open the discussion to the entire room, as our two leaders offer a series of contrasting perspectives on topics such as programming networks shifting from linear to OTT models, the future of the bundle and the biggest shifts in consumer viewing habits.


Session Leaders TBA


3:40 – 4:05     Networking Break In Exhibit Showcase Area

4:05                 Raffle/Giveaway

4:05 – 4:45     Panel — Transforming TV

From interactivity, personalization, customized promotion and advanced advertising capabilities, new enhancements are constantly being added to the video equation. Our panel will demo and discuss some of the latest innovations in video creation, distribution, promotion and viewership and their potential to transform TV’s business models. They’ll contemplate how quickly consumers are adopting new habits, how important it is to engage audiences with new capabilities and how to grow the business no matter how, where and what viewers are watching.


Joan FitzGerald

Senior VP, Television and Cross-Media Solutions



More panelists to be announced.


4:45 – 5:25     Panel — Future of Social

What’s the next in social media, from upstart players and apps to the role video will have in all of their futures.


Panelists to be announced.


5:25 – 5:55     Closing Session: Keynote Q&A


6:00 – 7:00     Networking Cocktail Reception