NYC Agenda

Next TV New York

October 19, 2016


8:00 – 9:00   Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05  





Mark Robichaux

Editorial Director, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and Next TV

9:05 – 9:15  

Welcome Session with Mark Greenberg



Media and entertainment veteran and visionary Mark Greenberg, CEO of premium network EPIX, will kick off our day by helping each of us to think futuristically, empowering us to innovate and welcome the competition from new players who spur everybody to work harder and deliver a better consumer experience.




Mark Greenberg



9:15 – 9:45  

Opening Keynote: Innovation and The Audience with Univision Communications Inc.’s Eric Ratchman



The growing Hispanic consumer segment, commanding more than $1 trillion in purchasing power, is known for early adoption in technology, video and mobile, and for over-indexing with sports and live events. As such, not only are Hispanic and multicultural consumers coveted by programmers and marketers alike, their habits often signal which innovations in TV, video and media may be the most successful. In this candid Keynote Q&A, Univision Communications Inc.’s Eric Ratchman reveals important trends in how Hispanic and multicultural consumers’ habits are changing, including the most innovative strategies to engage them and what the growth of Hispanic media and the diverse rising American mainstream portends for the TV and video landscape overall.



Moderator: Michael Malone, Deputy Editor, Broadcasting & Cable



Speaker: Eric Ratchman, Executive VP, Content Distribution,

Univision Communications Inc.

9:45– 10:30  

Panel – The New TV Distributors



With more Internet-delivered video services on offer than ever, and more launching every quarter, the TV and video market is becoming flush with a wide variety of pay TV distributors, ranging from traditional MVPDs, “next-gen” cable operators, to over-the-top “virtual” multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs)  and myriad subscription-based VOD services that are pursuing a fragmenting consumer base with a mix of full-freight and “skinny” service bundles. As consumer habits shift and new forms of competitors emerge, this panel of experts explores how new and existing pay TV  distributors are approaching this shifting landscape and debate which models will ultimately win out.



Moderator: Andrea Clarke-Hall, Director of Business Development, Tubi TV




Andrew Goldman, Co-Founder / Chief Strategy Officer, TVTibi

Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Research

Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, Xumo

David Rapson, Director of Content Partnerships, Layer3 TV

Brent Smith, President, CTO, Co-Founder, Evolution Digital


10:30 – 11:15  

Panel – Essentials to Launching an OTT Service



From audience development to determining programming and distribution models to forging important partnerships, this session will identify the key distinguishing factors among the most successful over-the-top video launch strategies.



Moderator: Adrian Perry, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP




Mickey Alpert, President & CEO, Merisco Solutions

Chad Andrews, Global Solutions Leader, Cloud Video, IBM

Ed Mallozzi, Strategic Engagement Manager, Akamai Technologies

Barry Tishgart, VP, Comcast Technology Solutions


11:15 – 11:35  

Networking Break in the Exhibit Showcase Area


Roku Raffle

11:40 – 12:10  

Keynote Q&A With PlayStation Vue’s Dwayne Benefield: The Broad Potential of Tailored Video Services



Offering his high-level perspectives on the future of TV, media, and entertainment, Dwayne Benefield, VP, Head of PlayStation Vue, Sony Interactive Entertainment joins Next TV Multichannel News technology editor Jeff Baumgartner for a candid discussion of how over-the-top video services are being successfully tailored to fit the changing needs of consumers. In this special Keynote Q&A, Benefield will offer valuable insight into the launch and growth of PlayStation Vue since its debut last year; the national roll out of ‘Slim’ plans this spring; the continued additions of live, local broadcast TV stations and programming such as NFL Network and NFL RedZone; and a broadening reach to streaming platforms.



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



Speaker: Dwayne Benefield, VP, Head of PlayStation Vue, Sony Interactive Entertainment

12:10 – 12:40  

Over the Top-ics @ Next TV



Next TV dives deeply into the hottest discussion topics around the future of TV and video with this structured, curated networking session inside the ballroom. Every table will have a themed discussion led by an expert on the topic, and every registered attendee will have a chance to request in advance which “Over the Top-ic” discussion they will be assigned to.



Table Topics/Leaders:


Content Search and Discovery

Leader: Naomi Makofsky, Strategic Product Partnerships, Google


Winning OTT Strategies for Local Media

Leader: Guy Tasaka, Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media Incorporated


Ensuring Quality of Experience
Leader: Kirby Grines, Co-Founder, Senior VP Corporate Development, Float Left, an Olympusat Holdings company


OTT Programming Models
Leader:Ben Zurier, Programming Strategy Consultant


New Distribution Partners in the OTT Era
Leader:Jeff Snow, Principal, Global Alliances, Google


Essentials to Launching an OTT Service
Leader: Adrian Perry, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP


Engaging Communities Around Content
Leader: Karen Schuchardt, Chief Revenue Officer, izo / DanceOn


Enhancing Storytelling With Technology

Leader:Geert Faber, VP Americas, Ex Machina Group


Metrics and Measurement

Leader:Nick Chakalos, VP, Global TV & Data Partnerships, VideoAmp


Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Leader: Vince Cacace, Founder and CEO, Vertebrae


Branding and Advertising in the OTT Era

Leader: Anthony Rallo, Senior Director, Programmatic Industry Lead, Yahoo


Streaming Technologies

Leader: Jason Thibeault,  Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance


Start Ups: Essentials to Standing Out

Leader: Ike Elliott, Chief Strategy Officer, Senior VP Strategy & Innovation, CableLabs


Investor Insight: What Venture Capitalists Want

Leader: Michael Tribolet, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, YipTV

12:40 – 1:40  

Networking Lunch


Roku Raffle

1:40 – 2:10  

Q&A With AT&T’s Tony Goncalves: Breaking the Mold in the OTT Era



AT&T is developing a set of over-the-top services that will include a full-freight offering to be called DIRECTV Now, a “mobile-first” streaming service, and a free ad-supported preview service. In this candid and insightful Q&A session, Tony Goncalves, SVP, strategy and business development at AT&T Entertainment Group, will join Next TV Editor Jeff Baumgartner to discuss the origins of the company’s new OTT angle, the strategy behind it, the competitive, operational and technology challenges ahead, and how this approach complements AT&T’s premium pay TV services.



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



Speaker: Tony Goncalves, Senior VP, Strategy and Business Development for AT&T Entertainment Group

2:10 – 2:55  

Panel: Transforming TV: Reshaping Business Models



From interactivity, personalization, customized promotion and advanced advertising capabilities, new enhancements are constantly being added to the video equation. Panelists in this session will offer data and insight and discuss some of the latest innovations and their potential to transform TV’s business models. They’ll contemplate how quickly consumers are adopting new habits, the value of premium content as the landscape changes and how to grow the business no matter how, where and what viewers are watching.



Moderator: Dade Hayes, Editor, Broadcasting & Cable




Bernarda Duarte, Director, Content Acquisition, Roku

Larry Allen, VP, Ad Innovation and Programmatic Solutions, Ad Sales, Turner

Jay Prasad, Chief Business Officer, VideoAmp

Andrew Reid, VP, Social, comScore

Michael Tribolet, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, YipTV


2:55 – 3:40  

Panel: Transforming TV: The New Viewing Experience



From Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 360-degree production tech to new ways of personalizing and customizing the viewing experience, new enhancements are constantly being added to the video equation. Panelists in this session will offer data, insight and demos as they discuss hype versus reality for some of the latest innovations and their potential to transform the TV and video landscape.



Moderator: Ben Zurier, Programming Strategy Consultant




Kirby Grines, Co-Founder, Senior VP Corporate Development, Float Left, an Olympusat Holdings company

Noah Heller, VP of Partnerships & Emerging Technology, Hulu

Jason Thibeault,  Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance

 Tom Wolzien, Founder & Executive Chairman, The Video Call Center


3:40 – 4:00   Networking Break In Exhibit Showcase Area

Roku Raffle

4:00 – 4:45  

Panel — Talent & Content in the Digital Age



With today’s wave of digitally delivered TV and video series comes valuable insight and data about who is watching who, what and how (think how many ½ hour comedy episodes viewers binge on per sitting) and newfound creative freedoms (flexible episode lengths, for example), all of which adds up to a treasure trove for creators and programmers to inform their content decisions and audience engagement. This high-level panel examines how creators, producers, programmers and talent reps are incorporating data and insight into their strategies for building compelling TV and video and engaging community around it.



Moderator: R. Thomas Umstead, Programming and Multimedia Editor, Multichannel News




Jack Ferry, Co-Creator and Director, Mr. Student Body President on Verizon go90; Producer and Director, Not Too Deep With Grace Helbig

Kay Madati, Executive VP and Chief Digital Officer, BET Networks

Melissa Schneider, Senior VP, Development and Production, New Form Digital

Nick Shore, Chief Creative Strategist, Astronauts Wanted



Next TV NY Innovator of the Year Award




Craig Piligian

Founder and CEO, Pilgrim Media Group

Executive Producer, The Runner on go90


4:50 – 5:30  

Closing Session —



Case Study: The Runner on go90, A 16-Year Journey from Broadcast Concept to Mobile Sensation



Next TV Innovator of the Year honoree Craig Piligian, CEO of Pilgrim Media Group and Executive Producer of “The Runner” on go90, show host “MatPat” and Verizon’s head of consumer products, Brian Angiolet, who oversees go90, reveal how they reimagined The Runner – conceived 16 years ago by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who also serve as executive producers on the new groundbreaking series. Together, this past July they launched a broadcast quality, reality-competition show/social media experiment that aired live, three times daily for 30 days, setting new benchmarks for programming on go90, Verizon Communications’ ad-supported, mobile OTT service.



Moderator: Melissa Grego, Executive Producer, Next TV Summit & Expo




Brian Angiolet, Senior VP, Consumer Products, Verizon

Matthew Patrick aka MatPat, Host, The Runner on go90

Craig Piligian, Founder-CEO, Pilgrim Media Group and Executive Producer, The Runner on go90


5:30 – 6:30

Networking Cocktail Reception