Andy Karofsky is a Managing Partner at SKMG. SKMG provides management and advisory services to distribution platforms, programming providers and media technology companies such as Tribune Media, Crown Media, Gogo, Redbox, Hulu, Sonifi, Google, NBCU, CenturyLink, Worldplay and EchoStar.
Dr. Mierzejewska holds an M.A. in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and earned her Ph.D. in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers.
Caryn LoCastro is a North America lead for Google’s brand solutions & innovations team, enabling advertising partners to unlock new opportunities through digital. She manages regional commercialization for YouTube's premium advertising platform, Google Preferred, and develops scalable tools and strategies to activate video marketing success across the country’s biggest brands.
Courtney Spence is passionate creative entrepreneur and global storyteller. As the Founder & Executive Director of Students of the World (SOW), she has worked tirelessly to use of the power of media to tell stories of global progress.
Delia Camasca started her career in media as a Broadcast Television Producer working on local news affiliate stations with Univision and Telemundo networks. She's been an On- Air Correspondent for WPIX-TV Channel 11 for a public affairs program called "Best Talk on Location." While at Channel 11 she was also an Associate Producer on a show that won an Emmy award for "Best Local Public Affairs" program.
As part of The Cable Center's senior leadership team, Diane is responsible for creating, cultivating, and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships between The Center and its financial supporters, as well as positioning the organization via marketing and public relations.
Emory Walton is Vice President, Distribution at A+E Networks. Walton has been with A+E for over 15 years, starting his career as an Assistant in Affiliate Sales and then advancing to Account Representative followed by Account Manager and Account Director. In these roles, he managed sales and marketing, demographic research, and contributed to the launch strategy for History en Español securing the network's first carriage deal.
With over twenty five years of experience helping companies receive the attention they deserve, Joanne Dant brings an extensive background in all aspects of audience engagement to The Primavera Group. Her experience includes work with national and international media content, distribution and technology clients, as well as a number of non-profits.
Kathleen Finch is Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for all six Scripps Networks Interactive brands. She was promoted to this position in August of 2015 after serving as President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.
Leerone Anolik is Senior Director, Programmatic & Data Operations at iHeartMedia. She leads new initiatives in the programmatic and data space and works closely with senior leadership, Sales, Research, Tech & Product Development. She previously oversaw the Digital Revenue Management practice at iHeartMedia and led a business analytics team.
Lucy Holsonbake is a pioneer in the field of education with over thirty years of varied experience. Whether building an award-winning theatre arts program in an inner city school labeled “at risk,” piloting the Dallas Public Schools’ first Talented and Gifted Program, or heading outstanding theatre and speech/debate departments in highly competitive college preparatory private academies, Lucy has a proven track record!
Michael Smith has been with Scripps Networks since 1998 and currently works companywide to develop new lifestyle digital video business opportunities that will help Scripps Networks expand its reach to new audiences via over-the-top (OTT) and direct-to-consumer distribution models.
Neil Braun is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York. He has been President of the NBC Television Network, and Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. He has also been an internet and environmental entrepreneur, a film producer and a corporate attorney. Dean Braun serves on the board of directors of IMAX
Nick Borenstein is Director of Development for First Look Media, the new media studio behind critically acclaimed films Spotlight and CitizenFour from Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay. In this role, Nick is responsible for the creation, development and production of premium scripted, non-fiction and digital series under the companies newly formed First Look Productions banner.
Quentin Schaffer serves as senior vice president, corporate communications, for Home Box Office (HBO), and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of national public relations campaigns for all HBO and Cinemax programming, including original movies, documentaries, music events, comedy shows, series, sports, and family programs.
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Dr. Rahsaan Harris is the President and CEO of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the nation’s leader in creating career opportunities for people of color within the media industry. The Emma Bowen Foundation, together with its 41 corporate sponsors from leading media outlets around the world, develop and manage programs that focus on scholastic
Samantha Bloom returned to Oxygen as Vice President, Consumer and Trade Marketing in April, 2014. She is responsible for the strategic development and execution of all marketing initiatives, helping to grow Oxygen's position as the TV network for young women. Until 2011, she was Director, Consumer Marketing at Oxygen, where she developed advertising campaigns and brand building initiatives to support original programming.
Stephen J. Kimmerling is a business development, marketing, and educational programming executive with a prominent, international law firm. He also provides client advice, business development, and management services for the firm’s Cuba Practice. Prior roles include serving Senator Bob Kerrey as Director of Public Programming in the Office of the President at the New School.
Steve Scully is a senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network. He is also a host of its morning call-in show, Washington Journal. Scully served as president of the White House Correspondents' Association from 2006 to 2007. He joined C-SPAN in 1990 as political editor and White House producer.
Susan Malfa is a senior media and marketing executive. Her strategic approach to sales leadership is informed by marketplace and data analysis. Her expertise spans media sales in television, digital, branded entertainment and marketing partnerships. Her leadership style fosters engaged, high producing sales organizations with a focus on value creation for all stakeholders in the business ecosystem.
Elevated to executive vice president of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive in January 2014, Tamara Franklin oversees the company’s digital business units to coordinate overall strategy and activity, focusing on an integrated company-wide approach to digital video production and distribution.