Session: Over the Top
Thao Hoang serves as Head of Distribution and Partnerships for DEFY Media, a top digital producer and programmer focused on the influential 13-34 audience. DEFY produces 75 weekly/bi-weekly shows and is home to popular brands such as AWEme, Break, Clevver, Screen Junkies and SMOSH which have earned over 100MM social media followers.
Prior to Defy, Thao was Vice President of Content Distribution at Viacom Media Networks, where she negotiated distribution agreements on behalf of Viacom's cable networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Spike and Comedy Central. Thao also held various strategy positions at Viacom, NBC Universal and Primedia. She began her career as an investment banker with DLJ and Credit Suisse focusing on Media & Telecom and was an analyst for a Southeast-Asian private equity fund.
Thao is an accomplished sales and business development professional with deep understanding of the media landscape, consumer and distributor needs, emerging technologies and business models. She has a demonstrated ability to source and execute strategic partnerships and distribution deals in the digital and traditional media space.
Thao received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters. Thao is a proud member of Red Sox Nation and Betsy Magness Class 29.