Next TV Summit & Expo LA 2015
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
June 18, 8:00am-7:00pm


8:10am Registration Opens


8:25-9:25am Breakfast


9:25am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, Next TV, Ratings Intelligence


9:30-9:55 am Opening Keynote Q&A: Beatrice Springborn, Head of Originals, Hulu


9:55-10:30 am Case Study: Disney/ABC Television Group’s Project Columbus
Disney/ABC’s plan to “virtualize” master control operations was one of the biggest tech deals to surface during this year’s 2015 NAB Show. In this session, the top execs behind “Project Columbus” discuss how the group is transforming the broadcast infrastructure so that the pace of innovation can be ramped up and made more flexible to take advantage of rapidly changing consumer tastes.


Steve Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer, Imagine Communications
Vince Roberts, Executive VP, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Disney/ABC Television Group

Moderator: George Winslow, Contributing Editor, B&C


10:30-11:00 am Panel Discussion: The New Distribution Deals
This roundtable of top programming network distribution execs discuss the biggest priorities and factors impacting the complicated process of negotiating broadcast, cable and premium network programming rights amid the proliferation of OTT offerings. From data to stacking rights, VOD to mobile and TV Everywhere deals, these execs will identify the key issues and deal points shaping the landscape for years to come.

BJ Elias, Senior VP, Distribution, Fox Networks
Andrew Ferrone, VP, Pay TV, Roku
Christopher Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax

Moderator: Robyn Polashuk, Partner, Communications & Media Practice Group, Covington & Burling


11:10-11:20 am Networking Break


11:20-11:45 am Keynote Q&A: Nancy Tellem, Executive Chairman and Chief Media Officer, Interlude
Moderator: Dade Hayes, Editor, B&C


11:45-am-12:10 pm Insider Preview: Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings Powered by Adobe
As Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings powered by Adobe enters the beta stage in Summer, get an inside industry look and field questions about the future of audience measurement.

Amanda Budow, Senior Director, Product Leadership, Nielsen
Scott Smith, Senior Product Lead, Adobe
Moderator: George Winslow, Contributing Editor, B&C


12:10-12:35pm Fireside Chat With Dwayne Benefield, Sony VP and Head of PlayStation Vue

Moderator: Jeff Baumgartner, Technology Editor, Multichannel News, Editor, Next TV


2:35-1:35pm Lunch


1:35-2:00pm Fireside Chat With Michael Lombardo, President, Programming, HBO
Moderator: Mark Robichaux, Editorial Director, B&C, Multichannel News and Ratings Intelligence


2:00-2:45pm Panel Discussion: Talent in the Digital Age
The top YouTube and Vine stars measure their followers in the millions. That direct relationship with the audience can be a major asset for partners and brands. But when it comes to working with content producers and agents and managers, this next generation of talent differs dramatically from peers and predecessors brought up in traditional TV.

Ali Barash, Agent, Digital Media, UTA
Mike O’Malley, Actor/Writer/Producer; Creator/Executive Producer, Survivor’s Remorse, Starz
Dan Weinstein, President and Founding Partner, Collective Digital Studio

Moderator: Philip Schuman, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting


2:45-3:30pm Panel Discussion: Digital Programming Strategy
The evolution of digital programming strategies–from major media companies to legacy content brands to digital behemoths and upstarts alike–is far from complete. This roundtable of top execs behind top digital brands charts the next steps ahead for harnessing both the powers of massive online audiences and fan-favorite content to make the most of this multiplatform world.

Lisa Black, Executive VP, Content, Revenue & Business Development, Vin Di Bona Productions
Grant Gibson, Head of Programming, AwesomenessTV
Jason Ziemianski, VP, Audience and Business Development, FremantleMedia’s Tiny Riot!

Moderator: Bruce David Eisen, Attorney, Consultant, and Media Executive, The Law Offices of Bruce David Eisen, Esq.


3:30-3:35pm UFC Giveaway


3:35-3:50pm Networking Break


3:50-4:25pm Panel Discussion: Transforming the TV Experience — Apps and Tech
As enhancements to the TV watching experience grow more prevalent, they have the potential to transform TV’s business models too. In Part I of our discussion of the transformation of the television experience, we look at — and demo — some of the latest new enhancements to the TV experience and their power to grow the overall business.

Lee Brenner, Global Business Development and Media Partnerships Lead, Microsoft’s Bing Pulse
Dan Brian, COO, WhipClip
Kimberly Kalb, Entertainment Partnerships Director, Meerkat
Matt Smith, Chief Evangelist, Anvato

Moderator: Thomas Siegman, Executive VP, Innovation, Strategy & Client Relations, RSG Media


4:25-5:00pm Panel Discussion: Transforming the TV Experience — Programming and Marketing
As enhancements to the TV watching experience grow more prevalent, they have the potential to transform TV’s business models too–bringing interactivity, personalization, customized promotion and advanced advertising capabilities to consumers, programmers and brands. In Part II of our discussion of the transformation of the television experience, our roundtable contemplates how quickly consumers are adopting new habits, how important it is to engage audiences with new viewing capabilities and enhancements and how to grow the business no matter how, where and what viewers are watching.

Malcolm CasSelle, Senior VP and GM, Digital Media for SeaChange International
Caroline Horner, Senior VP, Product Innovation, Rentrak
Paul Jaffe, Senior Director, Technical Business Development, WO Programmatic TV, WideOrbit
Jeff Pray, Senior VP, Media Director, Starcom USA
Evan Young, Senior Director, Content, Apps & Ad Services, TiVo

Moderator: Jeff Baumgartner, Technology Editor, Multichannel News, Editor, Next TV


5:00-5:25pm Closing Keynote Q&A: Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group
Moderator: Melissa Grego, Consulting Editor, B&C


5:30-7:00pm Networking Cocktail Reception