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Agenda
(subject to change) - All sessions are in the Broadway Ballroom North on the 6th Floor, unless otherwise noted

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
6th Floor Foyer
REGISTRATION

7:30 – 8:15 AM
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:20 - 8:30 AM
OPENING REMARKS:
LES HINTON,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DOW JONES & COMPANY
SUSAN WHITING, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, THE NIELSEN COMPANY AND CHAIRMAN, NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

8:30 - 8:40 AM

HOW ARE VOTERS CONSUMING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
The presidential election is in high gear, and the two campaigns are using new and old media to get their messages across to voters. During this session The Nielsen Company will report on how voters are keeping track of the candidates with only two weeks to go before  Election Day.
JOHN BURBANK, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, THE NIELSEN COMPANY

8:40 - 9:30 AM
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: WHAT MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT COMPANIES MUST DO TO SURVIVE & THRIVE
The environment for media companies, recording companies and movie studios was difficult enough before the economy began to slip, what with increased competition for eyeballs, the continual progression of new media and uncertainty about how to attract and utilize advertising. Now add in high gas prices, high food prices and rising unemployment levels and you’ve potentially added some proverbial fuel to the fire. What will be the ultimate impact on the media business? Will consumers scale back on paying for content, affecting the cable and print industries? Will marketers pull back on their advertising expenditures and focus on less expensive ways to move the sales needle? Clearly, efforts are underway to take such businesses to the next step, whether it’s through new business models or acquisitions. Our first panel of executives and observers will give their perspective on what business in this field can or must do to stay alive and grow.
DAVID EUN,
VP, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE
WENDA HARRIS MILLARD, PRESIDENT, MEDIA & CO-CEO, MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA
JACK KLUES, MANAGING PARTNER, VIVAKI & FORMER CHAIRMAN, PUBLICIS GROUPE
JESSICA REIF-COHEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MERRILL LYNCH
JOHN SQUIRES,
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, TIME INC.
Moderated by MICHAEL BÜRGI, EDITOR IN CHIEF & ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, MEDIAWEEK

9:35 - 10:05 AM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
AFTER THE MERGER: WHAT SIRIUS XM RADIO WILL DO TO MAKE SATELLITE RADIO PROFITABLE
Many reasons have been cited for satellite radio not catching on with more consumers, ranging from iPods to Internet radio to the lack of desire to pay for something that has long been free. But a key reason, say many, was the confusion in the marketplace of two satellite radio providers, SIRIUS and XM. That problem ended this summer with final regulatory approval allowing SIRIUS to acquire XM. Now that there is no longer a battle for talent, but with a need to continue to build its subscriber base, can the remaining entity, SIRIUS XM Radio, become a major media player in the marketplace? As it begins to offer new programming packages following the merger, will SIRIUS XM Radio convince more people to subscribe, will car manufacturers offer it in more models at greater penetration rates, and will advertisers buy more ad inventory on the shows and channels that carry advertising? These are the key questions, ones that Mel Karmazin will address. The former President and COO of Viacom Inc. will also give his view of where not only the radio industry is headed, but the media industry as a whole and what companies must do in the coming years to survive and thrive.
MEL KARMAZIN,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SIRIUS XM RADIO
Interviewed by KATHRYN BACHMAN, SENIOR EDITOR, MEDIAWEEK

10:10 - 10:30 AM
6th Floor Foyer
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Qualcomm and MediaFLO

10:35 - 11:05 AM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
DELIVERING THE CONTENT: WHERE IS IT HEADED?
Verizon Communications has evolved from simply providing landline phones to homes and businesses to being a major player in the wireless space as well as a provider of Internet and TV service. It has put the company and its CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, front and center in the battle for the consumer with cable providers, Internet companies, and consumer electronic makers.  Mr. Seidenberg will discuss this battle, what it means for the media and entertainment companies delivering content and, of course, for the consumers looking to access it.
IVAN SEIDENBERG,
CHAIRMAN & CEO, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS
Interviewed by MICHAEL BÜRGI, EDITOR IN CHIEF & ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, MEDIAWEEK

11:10 - 11:55 AM
WHERE WILL THE NEXT WAVE OF DOLLARS COME FROM TO FINANCE MOVIES?
With the economy’s ills, private equity being hit by the credit crunch and foreign currency much stronger, where will the film industry go for dollars next? Financiers have always changed over the years. Is this the time for the Germans and others to come back into the mix? Will money from the Middle East continue to flow in? What about Sovereign Wealth Funds, which are being put together in not only the Middle East but in other such nations as China, Russia and Australia? Listen as our panelists discuss the financing environment for films and what impact the backers of such projects may have on what movies actually get made.
TUNA AMOBI,
SENIOR EQUITY ANALYST, MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, STANDARD & POOR'S EQUITY RESEARCH
PAUL HANSON,
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, QED INTERNATIONAL
BRENT STONE,
PRINCIPAL, ABRY PARTNERS
BENJAMIN WAISBREN,
PRESIDENT & CEO, CONTINENTAL ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL
Moderated by GEORG SZALAI, NEW YORK BUREAU CHIEF & BUSINESS EDITOR, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

12:00 - 12:50 PM
MOVING MUSIC IN THE ITUNES AGE
It’s no secret the music business has been in a tailspin since Napster reared its head in the 1990s. How are music companies finding their way back to profitability? This panel discussion would delve into the sales up- and downsides of online music, ringtones and licensing for the battered record studios. Are there any other ways to generate bucks just around the corner?
JAY FAIRES
, PRESIDENT, LIONSGATE MUSIC
ANDREW LIPSHER
, PARTNER, GREYCROFT
LAWRENCE MESTEL,
PARTNER & CEO, PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC
Moderated by BILL WERDE,
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, BILLBOARD
 

12:55 - 1:55 PM
Broadway Ballroom South, 6th Floor
LUNCHEON
Sponsored by Aequor Technologies

2:00 - 2:30 PM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
IT’S ALL IN THE GAME
The gaming industry has clearly evolved in recent years, allowing people of all ages to play not only in front of their TV but on mobile devices as well. With that evolution has also come a closer connection to Hollywood, both in terms of the types of games being developed and how they are developed. The evolution, however, also has brought with it intense competition for the next-great game. An individual in the middle of this action, Electronic Arts’ CEO John Riccitiello, will sit down to talk about just where the gaming industry is going, where it fits in the media landscape and how his company is attempting to come out on top.
JOHN RICCITIELLO
, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ELECTRONIC ARTS
Interviewed by KEVIN DELANEY, DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE

2:35 - 3:20 PM
USING MOBILE TO MOBILIZE CONSUMERS
The cellphone is steadily evolving into an entertainment device with increasing number of people using it to play games, listen to music and view videos. Entertainment and brand companies, though, have bigger expectations, believing that they’ll be able to deliver original content to a wide range of people along with advertising. Is this vision realistic? How are entertainment companies, big brands and advertisers looking at this medium today and where do they see it heading in the coming years? How might it impact the way entertainment is dispersed and advertising is placed? Listen to our panel as they give their views.
JONATHAN BARZILAY
,
SVP, PROGRAMMING & ADVERTISING, MEDIAFLO USA
KEN FLORIN
, PARTNER AND CO-CHAIR, ADVANCED MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT; CHAIR, EMERGING MEDIA PRACTICE GROUP, LOEB & LOEB LLP
OKE OKARO,
VP, MOBILE AND INTERNATIONAL, ESPN DIGITAL MEDIA
JEAN-BRIAC PERRETTE,
PRESIDENT, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, NBC UNIVERSAL
Moderated by AMOL SHARMA, REPORTER, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

3:25 - 3:55 PM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
THE PRIVATE EQUITY PERSPECTIVE
The private equity industry has long had an interest in media and entertainment properties. In recent years, such firms have moved in to buy not only local TV stations and newspapers, but also television networks, radio companies and even movie studios. But will the interest in these sectors continue, especially with the economy struggling and deals, in general, difficult to do? To shed some light on not only how private equity firms are looking at these sectors, but also working with existing portfolio companies, Scott Sperling, co-president of THL Partners, will sit down to discuss his firm's perspective. THL has been one of the more active players in the media and entertainment sector, having been involved in the purchase of Warner Music Group, Univision Communications, and perhaps most notably, Clear Channel Communications.
SCOTT SPERLING
, CO-PRESIDENT, THL PARTNERS
Interviewed by PETER LATTMAN, REPORTER, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


4:00 - 4:30 PM
6th Floor Foyer
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Qualcomm and MediaFLO

4:35 - 5:20 PM
ARE DIGITAL MEDIA IMPERVIOUS TO A DOWNTURN?
These days it seems digital media can do no wrong in offering advertisers direct communications with consumers, better pricing and a long tail of shelf life. Will the Googles, Facebooks and Microsofts of the world be able to ride out the recession without getting hurt?
MICHAEL CASSIDY,
PRESIDENT & CEO, UNDERTONE NETWORKS
MICHAEL KELLEY,
PRINCIPAL, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS ADVISORY PRACTICE
JEFF LANCTOT
, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, AVENUE A | RAZORFISH
JORDAN ROHAN
, FOUNDER, CLEARMEADOW PARTNERS
NADA STIRRATT
, EVP, DIGITAL ADVERTISING, MTV NETWORKS
Moderated by MIKE SHIELDS, SENIOR EDITOR, MEDIAWEEK

Immediately following the conference:
6th Floor Foyer
THE MEDIA AND MONEY NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Sponsored by BOOZ & COMPANY


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021
All sessions are in the Broadway Ballroom North on the 6th Floor, unless otherwise noted

7:45 AM – 12:30 PM
6th Floor Foyer
REGISTRATION

7:45 – 8:45 AM
6th Floor Foyer
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:45 - 9:00 AM
WELCOMING REMARKS

9:00 - 9:30 AM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
CONTENT IS STILL THE KING OF GROWTH
On his second stint with the company, Philippe Dauman is charged with overseeing growth at Viacom, the world's leading pure-play entertainment content company.  Through its core businesses of cable networks and filmed entertainment, Viacom content is ubiquitous across platforms around the globe.  Viacom's cable networks have a history of successfully evolving to capture the ever-changing interests of its youthful audiences.  Today, the company is also expanding its reach to target a broader array of demographics through networks such as Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land.  Most recently, Mr. Dauman has overseen the extension of the company’s branded content into new ventures, capitalizing on the explosive growth in the casual gaming arena and entering into recreation opportunities. He views this current period of transition in the media industry as one of significant opportunity for content companies.  
PHILIPPE DAUMAN
, PRESIDENT & CEO, VIACOM
Interviewed by MERISSA MARR, DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

9:35 - 10:20 AM
AGENTS OF CHANGE: CAN THEY TURN OLD MEDIA INTO PROFITABLE MEDIA?
Steady as she goes is simply something that the print and radio industries can no longer afford – especially with consumers and advertisers moving to online and digital outlets. And so it’s perhaps not surprising that many are watching to see if Rupert Murdoch can refocus the Wall Street Journal, Sam Zell can overhaul the Tribune Company and private equity firms Thomas H.Lee and Bain Capital can move Clear Channel forward. But will these efforts pay off or will they ultimately be exercises in futility? Are there things that these entities as well as other newspaper, magazine and radio companies should be doing or thinking of doing? Listen as our panel discusses the changing nature of the print and radio industries and discuss what is needed to make these media branches again soar high.
LEE ABRAMS
,
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, TRIBUNE COMPANY
LAUREN RICH FINE,
PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
JEFFREY SMULYAN
,
CHAIRMAN & CEO, EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS
JEFFREY STEVENSON,
MANAGING PARTNER & Co-CEO, VERONIS SUHLER STEVENSON
ROBERT THOMSON
,
MANAGING EDITOR, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, DOW JONES & COMPANY
Moderated by HARRY HAWKES, PARTNER, GLOBAL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT, BOOZ & COMPANY

10:25 - 10:45 AM
6th Floor Foyer
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Qualcomm and MediaFLO

10:50 - 11:20 AM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
A NEW INDUSTRY MODEL: MDC PARTNERS FOUNDER/CEO MILES NADAL ON A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO INVESTMENTS IN THE MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS

As the industry’s newest holding company, MDC positions itself as an alternative to the other larger, global players in the space. When Miles Nadal established Toronto-based MDC—Multi Discipline Communications—in 1980, he set out to create the diversified  marketing communications equivalent of a more nimble Jet Blue, able to quickly respond to changing consumer needs and unencumbered with the baggage of old Madison Avenue’s more lumbering aircraft. Seeking out entrepreneurial partners, Nadal typically takes a 20-80 percent investment in their companies, leaving day-to-day control at the operating units.  As an alternative to selling out to big holding companies, MDC appealed to the likes of industry mavericks Crispin Porter + Bogusky; Kirshenbaum Bond +Partners and Cliff Freeman & Partners. But critics have questioned the long-term risks associated with such entrepreneurial investments, a lesson Nadal learned last year when he had to close Margeotes Fertitta Powell after a failed merger of two MDC entities that was triggered by the departure of Margeotes’ remaining founder. Nonetheless, MDC’s hands-off approach is a potent draw to some of the industry’s best talent. Join Adweek editor Mike Chapman for an informative one-on-one with the iconoclastic Nadal.
MILES NADAL
, CHAIRMAN & CEO, MDC PARTNERS INC
Interviewed by MIKE CHAPMAN, EDITOR, ADWEEK

11:25 - 12:10 PM
VENTURING INTO HOLLYWOOD
The continual push by Silicon Valley VCs into the consumer arena has led them perhaps not surprisingly toward Hollywood. Accel Partners and Venrock Partners struck a deal with the William Morris Agency to form a joint fund to focus on discovering seed-stage consumer media technology companies. Meanwhile, other firms like Sandlot Venture Group are forming funds to invest in films while other VCs are backing web sites run by actors such as Sequoia Capital’s support of Funny or Die, the web site whose founders include Will Ferrell. These efforts are surely more exciting than backing an enterprise software company or maybe a wireless chip startup, but will they produce the results that everyone expects. More specifically is Hollywood a place for VCs to be? Our panel discusses.
GEORGE KLIAVKOFF
,
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, NBC UNIVERSAL
ROSS LEVINSOHN
, PARTNER, VELOCITY INTERACTIVE GROUP
SANTO POLITI,
GENERAL PARTNER, SPARK CAPITAL
RICHARD WOLPERT
,
MANAGING PARTNER, THE MAIL ROOM FUND
Moderated by DAVE BARRY, MANAGING EDITOR, DOW JONES & COMPANY

12:15 - 12:45 PM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
INDIE PRESENT AND FUTURE

In an industry dominated by publicly traded conglomerates, Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company has stood out by running a rare privately held Indie film company. Harvey and his brother Bob first helped revolutionize the independent film business at Miramax Films where they released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful feature films which received 249 Academy Award nominations, won 60 Oscars and generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts.  Harvey and Bob then launched The Weinstein Company, a multi-media company on October 1, 2005. In just 3 years, the company has released a wide range of films including “SiCKO,” “Halloween” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and features an upcoming slate with titles like “The Road,” Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader” and Rob Marshall’s “Nine.” While movies remain the central focus of TWC, Harvey and Bob have diversified the company and extended their reach into TV with the wildly successful “Project Runway,” Broadway productions with the Tony Award Winning “August: Osage County,” the internet by investing in the social networking site ASmallWorld, fashion with the iconic design house Halston and cable with the arts network Ovation.  Harvey will bring his unique perspective to discuss and answer some of the most interesting questions facing the industry including: How does a stand-alone Indie film player find its stride amid a global credit crunch, the rise of digital media and the competition of much bigger rivals? And what is Weinstein's view on the future of the film business and his company?
LEE SOLOMON,
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
BOB WEINSTEIN,
CO-CHAIRMAN, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY & DIMENSION FILMS & CO-FOUNDER, MIRAMAX FILMS & DIMENSION FILMS

Interviewed by ANDREW WALLENSTEIN, DEPUTY EDITOR, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Immediately following the conference:
Broadway Ballroom South, 6th Floor
LUNCHEON

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