Next TV Summit NYC – Spring

June 15, 2017 | Convene, NYC

8:00-9:00 am   Networking Breakfast (Networking Space)
9:00 – 9:05 am  

Welcome (Forum)




Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and Next TV

Melissa Grego, Executive Producer, Next TV Summit NYC

Kerry Drew, Next TV Summit NYC Morning Co-Host, Reporter, Fox 5 NY

9:05 – 9:35 am  

Opening Keynote Q&A: A Conversation With Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Famer Tom Rogers

Join us as we kick off the Next TV Summit NYC with a candid conversation about the state of the TV and video industry with B&C Hall of Famer Tom Rogers, Executive Chairman of sports-tech company WinView, Inc., former Chairman and CEO of Tivo, who was the first President of NBC Cable and Founded CNBC, and drafted the first Federal Cable Act. In the session moderated by B&C, MCN and Next TV Editorial Director Mark Robichaux, Rogers will share his unique and provocative view of viewer habits, emerging technologies and platforms and winning business models for the OTT and On Demand Era.



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



Tom Rogers, Executive Chairman, WinView, Inc.

9:35 – 10:25 am  

Personalize and Monetize Through Content Search and Discovery (Forum)

With the continued proliferation of video apps, services and outlets, how content is surfaced, discovered, personalized and monetized will continue to be one of the most crucial business challenges and opportunities to explore in the OTT and On Demand era. From the requisite partnerships to display to the latest in developing tech for user experience and ad personalization, this expert panel will identify the factors determining the future of content search and discovery.



Gabriella Mirabelli, CEO / Founder, ANATOMY Media



Ray Erickson, Director of Video Sales & Strategy, Conversant Media

George Jeng, VP of Product, CogniK

Susanne Mei, General Manager, People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN)

Ambika Nigam, Global Head of Mobile Apps and Connected Devices, Bloomberg Media

Brian Swarth, Senior VP, Group Director, Digital Media

Showtime Networks Inc.

10:25 – 11:10 am  

Networking Break (Networking Space)

11:10 pm  

Roku Raffle (Forum)



Kerry Drew, Next TV Summit NYC Morning Co-Host, Reporter, Fox 5 NY

11:15 – Noon  

Honorees Roundtable – Next TV Founders on the Rise Award (Forum)

Meet the recipients of the Next TV Founders on the Rise Award, an incredible group of innovators behind some of the hottest new companies in video, media and tech. In a revealing session moderated by Next TV Summit NYC Programming Committee member J.B. Kropp, honorees will share a peek into their ventures while discussing their launch and success so far, including insight into market trends and challenges and victories experienced along the way.



J.B. Kropp, VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, The E.W. Scripps Company



Ashley Crowder, CEO and Co-Founder, VNTANA

Carissa Flocken, CEO, Entrypoint

Brian Musburger, CEO, Vegas Stats & information Network (VSiN)

James Norman, CEO / Co-Founder of Pilotly


Honoree Van Toffler, Co-Founder & CEO, Gunpowder & Sky, will participate in a session during the fall edition of Next TV Summit NYC on Oct. 18.

12:00 – 1:25 pm  

LUNCH and Over the Top-ics @ Next TV (Networking Space)
Next TV dives deeply into the hottest discussion topics around the future of TV and video with this break-out session in the dedicated networking space. Every table will have a themed discussion led by an expert on the topic. Table seating is first-come, first-served, assigned on-site. Each table leader will share key insights with the larger group at the end of the session.


  • Lunch served starting at 12:00 (Networking Space)
  • Over the Top-ics discussions 12:45-1:25 (Networking Space)
  • Over the Top-ics: What We Learned 1:30-1:40 (Forum)


Table Topics/Leaders:

1 Content Search and Discovery

Leader: Matt Weisbecker, SVP of Sales & Strategy, Conversant Media


2 New Distribution Partners in the OTT / On Demand Era
Leader: Rob Aksman, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder, BrightLine


3 Engaging Communities Around Content
Leader: Anhelo Reyes, VP, Brand Marketing, Spike TV


4 What Everyone Working in TV Needs to Know About VR / AR / MR
Leader: Carissa Flocken, CEO, Entrypoint


5 The User Experience for Streaming
Leader: John S. Couch, VP of UX & Design, Hulu


6 What’s Next for VOD and Cable TV

Leader: Valerie Stempler, Industry Manager, Entertainment, Facebook


7 The Rise of Digital Subscriptions

Leader: George Audi, Global Head for Entertainment Apps, Business Development, Google Play


8 What’s Next for Advanced TV Advertising

Leader: Adam Helfgott, CEO, MadHive


Promotion & Audience Development on OTT Platforms

Leader: Jake Goodrich, Director, Audience Development at Roku

1:25 pm  

Roku Raffle and Afternoon Kick-Off (Forum)



Melissa Grego, Executive Producer, Next TV Summit NYC

Liliana Ayende, Next TV Summit NYC Afternoon Co-Host,  On-Air Personality and Weather Anchor, Univision NY

1:30 – 1:40 pm  

Over the Top-ics: What We Learned (Forum)

Key questions and insights uncovered during each Over the Top-ics roundtable conversation will be shared with the larger group.



Liliana Ayende, Next TV Summit NYC Afternoon Co-Host, On-Air Personality and Weather Anchor, Univision NY

Over the Top-ics Leaders

1:40 – 2:00 pm  

Inside NCAA March Madness – Redefining a Live Event (Forum)

For the past seven years Turner has worked with Conviva to measure and analyze the live streaming of NCAA March Madness. Most recently the event supported eight different consumer video devices and 4.9 million live streaming hours across 22.5 million video streams on the first day of the tournament alone. In this talk, Conviva’s Ed Haslam and Turner’s Troy Causey reveal how the companies collaborate in real time and the pitfalls to avoid in defining a best-in-class live, national streaming experience with game-specific hot spots across mobile, tablet and connected TVs.



Ed Haslam, CMO, Conviva

Troy Causey, VP, Technology, Turner

2:00 – 2:50 pm  

Transforming TV: Branding and Advertising in the Digital Era (Forum)

A look at the transformative video technologies, user trends and data and analytics informing what’s next in branding and advertising.



Jeff Boehme, Senior VP, Television Research, for comScore



Jennifer Cohen, Senior VP of Entertainment Content Partnerships, Turner Ignite

Brian Hunt, Corporate VP of Business Affairs, Premion, a division of TEGNA

Jennifer Koester, Director of Video Distribution and Telco, Global Partnerships, Google

Sarah North, Head of TV, SoulPancake

Amy Pisano, Senior VP, Revenue, FreeWheel

2:5o – 3:35 pm  

Networking Break (Networking Space)

3:35 pm  

Roku Raffle (Forum)



Liliana Ayende, Next TV Summit NYC Afternoon Co-Host, On-Air Personality and Weather Anchor, Univision NY 

3:40-4:25 pm  

Transforming TV: What the Proliferation of Content Means for the Marketplace (Forum)
With the amount of premium TV and video content available at an all-time high, how much higher can we go? In this “super session” comprising some of our industry’s most accomplished leaders, our speakers offer key insights into the greatest opportunity for content owners, programmers, distributors and brands amid the incredible proliferation of content today.



Kai Falkenberg, Deputy Commissioner of NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)



Christina Norman, CEO, Media Storm

Eric Ratchman, Executive VP, Content Distribution, Univision Communications Inc.

Christina Wayne, CEO, Assembly Entertainment

4:25 – 5:15 pm  

The New TV Distributors (Forum)

The TV and video market is flush with a 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.



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



Tim Connolly, Senior VP, Head of Distribution and Partnerships, Hulu

Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube TV and Google Fiber

Blake Sabatinelli, General Manager, Newsy

Jeffrey Weber, CEO, Zone TV

5:15 pm  

Closing Remarks (Forum)



Liliana Ayende, Next TV Summit NYC Afternoon Co-Host, On-Air Personality and Weather Anchor, Univision NY

Melissa Grego, Executive Producer, Next TV Summit NYC

* Agenda Subject to Change