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    Fireside Chat With 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
●    John Fitzpatrick, Talent Manager, 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
●    David Goldman, Founder and CEO, Comedy Time
●    Michael Goldman, President, Comedy Time
●    John Roberts, Chief Digital Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions

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