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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT Digital Media 2016

Converge and Conquer

London |  - 
Speakers include:
David Abraham

David Abraham

Channel 4

Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead

BBC Trust

Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Overview

FT Digital Media 2016 will address the key challenges facing media companies by focusing on what the Financial Times does best: providing analysis of the economic and business models that will determine success in different markets around the world, from the perspective of leaders of global media groups, investors, analysts and digital entrepreneurs.

The digital revolution continues to change the way information is created, shared and consumed at unprecedented speed. Platforms with vast reach are giving media companies access to global audiences they could only have dreamt of in previous years. Yet the consumer behaviours they once understood and counted on are also rapidly changing – often in bewildering ways – so that we are in a new era of uncertainty for the industry. In particular, the content published on these channels is eroding traditional revenue models, throwing the issue of monetisation into question.  These shifts and uncertainties mean the next few years will be turbulent in the media industry as new and established players compete for the market.
Register now and join the 350+ senior executives from across the global media industry.

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Speakers Include (33)

David Abraham

David Abraham

Chief Executive Officer
Channel 4

David Abraham became Channel 4’s sixth Chief Executive when he took up the post in May 2010. Over the past five years the team he leads has creatively renewed the Channel 4 schedule post Big Brother; delivered the 2012 Paralympic Games; forged new ad sales partnerships with UKTV and BT Sport; launched 4seven, All 4 and Channel 4’s Indie and Commercial Growth Funds; boosted Film4’s output and attracted 13m viewers to register directly with Channel 4.
Mr Abraham led Discovery Networks UK during a period of rapid growth between 2001-2004, he led the revival of cable channel TLC in the US between 2005-2007, and repositioned UKTV’s ten channels, including launching Dave, as CEO from 2007-2010.
Mr Abraham worked at the creative agencies CDP and Chiat/Day in the 1980s after earning a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.  He was a founding partner of the influential 90s agency St Luke’s. He is a member of the Creative Skillset Board.

Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead

Chairman
BBC Trust

Rona Fairhead is the Chairman of the BBC Trust – the governing body of the BBC – a position she has held since 2014. Ms Fairhead was Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group from 2006 – 2013, having previously been Group Finance Director of its parent company, Pearson plc. Prior to joining Pearson, she held a variety of senior positions in financial and global businesses including ICI plc, where she served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Group Financial Control, and at Bombardier Inc, where she was General Manager of UK Aerospace Services. She is currently on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc and PepsiCo Inc and is Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Northern America Holdings Inc.
Ms Fairhead has an MA in Law from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2012 she was awarded a CBE for services to industry.

Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong

President, International
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Andrea Wong holds the dual roles of President, International Production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Based in London, Ms Wong heads Sony Pictures Television’s 18 overseas production companies, creating over 100 shows and more than 1,400 hours of entertainment around the world each year.   In her role as President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment, she guides the company on matters impacting international production, and champions the studio’s interests abroad. Previously, Ms Wong served as president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, where she oversaw the day‐to‐day operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, affiliate sales, public affairs, business and legal affairs, strategic planning, operations and research. During her time there she saw Army Wives become Lifetime's top‐rated original series ever and spearheaded Lifetime's acquisition of Project Runway. Prior to that, Wong was executive vice president, alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC where she developed shows such as The Bachelor, the U.S version of Dancing With the Stars and the Emmy‐award winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Ms Wong graduated MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and received an MBA from Stanford University. She serves on the boards of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation and Hudson's Bay Company. Ms Wong is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She is also a member of the governing board of the British Film Institute and serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

Tania Alexander

Tania Alexander

Director of Factual Entertainment
Studio Lambert

Tania Alexander is Director of Factual Entertainment at Studio Lambert. At Studio Lambert she has  overseen and executive produced many of the company's ground breaking UK productions including Undercover Boss, Seven Days and for the past three years has been responsible for the multi award-winning hit series Gogglebox. The latter has so far been licensed to over 36 territories around the world. Ms Alexander specialises in innovative hybrid projects of scale and ambition and has been instrumental in the creation, casting, design and crafting of the BAFTA winning Gogglebox that’s about to start production of its seventh series for Channel 4. As well as this, she is currently developing and casting for two ground breaking projects for major broadcasters in the UK and the US. Prior to joining Studio Lambert Ms Alexander worked as executive producer at RDF and Endemol and was responsible for C4 hits The Games and Shipwrecked, as well as the courtroom reality series The Verdict for BBC2.

Zai Bennett

Zai Bennett

Director
Sky Atlantic

Zai Bennett took over as Director of Sky Atlantic in August 2014 taking responsibility for one of the strongest channel brands in British television which is now rated by Sky customers as one of the top three must-have pay TV networks.  His remit at Sky includes overseeing an enviable slate of US content, including Game of ThronesMad MenGirls and Veep as well as looking after the channel’s home-grown slate of programming including high profile dramas such as FortitudePenny Dreadful and his most recent commission, The Last Panthers.
Prior to this, Mr Bennett was Controller of BBC Three for three years, aimed at the young adult 16-24yr audience. Under his direction, BBC Three won four Baftas in the last two years including for The Revolution Will Be Televised. Other highlights include record breaking comedies Bad Education and Cuckoo, popular factual hits the Call Centre and Hair and major landmark seasons on Crime and Punishment and Mental Health. Prior to joining the BBC, Bennett spent 12 years at ITV where he was part of the launch team for ITV2, 3 and 4. As Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions he transformed ITV2 with commissions including The Only Way is Essex, Secret Diary of A Call Girl and Celebrity Juice. He was recently Advisory Chair for the 40th Guardian International Television Festival.

Philippe von Borries

Philippe von Borries

Co-founder and Co-CEO
Refinery29

Philippe von Borries is the co-founder and co-CEO of Refinery29, the leading digital media company for millennial-minded women with a loyal following of over 25 million. Influenced by the creative style and arts communities in Brooklyn, Philippe co-founded Refinery29 in 2005 with Justin Stefano in the living room of a Brooklyn apartment with a mission to inspire and empower women with innovative, meaningful content. Today, the company has grown to over 300 employees and expanded beyond its style roots to speak to a broad range of topics from pop culture to health to politics across multiple platforms around the world. At Refinery29, Mr von Borries leads the content, product and marketing teams, and drives the company’s strategic vision including global expansion and video strategy.

Mr von Borries began his career at a digital media start-up focused on international affairs in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Columbia University with a BA in History. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015. Refinery29 has also been included on the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for the past three years, Crain’s Fast 50 list of the region's fastest-growing businesses for the past two years, and is the winner of three Webby Awards.

Evan Burns

Evan Burns

Founder and CEO
Odyssey

As CEO and co-founder of social content platform Odyssey, Evan Burns is focused on growing a highly-reputable company that delivers a wide spectrum of opinions and news on real topics. Mr Burns co-created Odyssey in 2009 while an economics major at Indiana University after he observed that the news targeting his generation was too generic and not resonating with him and his peers. He created Odyssey to flip the traditional top-down editorial model, crowdsource content from thousands of influencers in local communities nationwide, and revolutionise content creation and discovery. From driving the buildout of the innovative proprietary technology that enables Odyssey to create and deliver relevant content with speed and scale to establishing a well-defined and inspiring company culture to working with major brands looking to tap into Odyssey’s expertise in reaching the sought-after millennial audience, Mr Burns is a trusted millennial entrepreneur and visionary. He’s been recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list; named one of the most powerful young tech executives in his home state of Indiana; and his thinking has been featured in Digiday, TechCrunch, and more. He speaks at a variety of industry events and is a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine online.

JC Cangilla

JC Cangilla

SVP, Business Development
New Form Digital

JC Cangilla runs all business development and operations for digital entertainment company New Form Digital. Mr Cangilla oversees all distribution deals, partnership development and licensing for the studio. Leveraging New Form’s high-profile production partners and talent, he develops customised opportunities across multiple platforms that are defining the new business model for digital video success. During his tenure at New Form Digital, Mr Cangilla has overseen the sale of 25 series to market with such partners as Verizon, CW and Refinery29. 
Prior to New Form, Mr Cangilla ran the video licensing business for Yahoo, securing content deals with more than 75+ partners, including Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, CBS, Discovery Networks. His experience in the digital video space has been squarely focused on business development and redefining the way deals are done. Since his dive into the digital pool with SpotRunner in 2005, Mr Cangilla has established himself as one of the leading dealmakers in digital video. 

Andy Conroy

Andy Conroy

Controller, Research and Development
BBC

As Controller, BBC Research & Development Andy Conroy leads a 200-strong team of research engineers, scientists, ethnographers, designers and producers based in London and Salford.  In the internet age his teams work with industry and academia to lead the invention of new forms of content and new ways to deliver it in a predominantly IP setting. R&D’s world leading experts have always played a key role in shaping the media landscape and their work remains integral to keeping the BBC relevant.

Prior to joining R&D Mr Conroy has had numerous leadership roles within the BBC.  He was appointed as the General Manager of BBC Online in August 2010, before being promoted to COO, BBC Digital in June 2012. For three years he had operational responsibility for the BBC's interactive and on-demand services, BBC Online and BBC Red Button during which time he led the transformation of the BBC’s digital services.  He was also responsible for the effective running of the BBC’s Digital Group.  This Group brought together product managers, software engineers and designers who worked with the BBC's editorial teams to create products such as BBC News online and BBC iPlayer. 

Mr Conroy first worked for the BBC as a boy, providing weekend studio assistance for his local radio station in Lancashire. Seventeen years later he was Managing Editor at BBC WM/Coventry & Warwickshire/Asian Network, a topical speech-based radio station broadcasting in nine languages. 

In 1997 he moved from radio to the web, joining the BBC’s commercial division, BBC Worldwide. He has worked on internet-related businesses ever since with a career spanning both the public and commercial sector, in domestic and international markets. An example of this is his move to Australia in 2007 where he led the overhaul of the digital businesses for Lonely Planet, the travel publisher.

He continues be responsible for BBC Online, including the service licence, in his current role.  For this and his Controller of R&D remit he reports directly to Ralph Rivera, Director, BBC Digital.

Mr Conroy is a published author and winner of both a Webby and Gold Sony Radio Awards.  

Ahmed  El Alfi

Ahmed El Alfi

Founder & Chairman
Sawari Ventures

Ahmed El Alfi is the founder of Sawari Ventures a Cairo based venture capital firm. Established in 2010, the goal of Sawari is to help transform Egyptian and MENA region economies through creation of high impact businesses. In 2011, Sawari created Flat6Labs, its own startup accelerator. Flat6Labs immerses startup entrepreneurs into real-world challenges of creating and managing sustainable enterprises. Supported by a dedicated staff and mentors, over the past 3 years it has launched 46 companies in Egypt, 26 companies in Saudi, 14 companies in Abu Dhabi and will soon be opening Flat6Labs in Beirut, Manama and Tunis.
In 2013 Mr El Alfi established TATP which took over a large part of the American University Cairo downtown campus to form the GrEEK Campus, a 25,000 square meter office park near Tahrir Square where over 100 startups now work and collaborate; and which was the home of RiseUpSummit. He also founded Nafham the top online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi and Syrian public school curriculums, Nafham currently gives over 110,000 free video lessons per day, and recently won the WISE awards in Doha as one of the most innovative education companies.
Mr El Alfi has extensive experience in creating and nurturing early stage companies. He has been a member of the board of directors or on the advisory board of Waqf Endowment, Polytechnic School Pasadena, Claremont Graduate School of Religion, AUC School of Business, as well as several non-profit and for profit corporate boards. He is also an avid collector of Islamic coins.

Claire Enders

Claire Enders

Founder
Enders Analysis

Claire Enders founded Enders Analysis in 1997. Ms Enders is one of the most experienced analysts, forecasters and commentators in UK and European media and telecoms (TMT), with more than 30 years in strategy development and market research in these sectors. In 2015, she was nominated as City AM Analyst of the Year.

Enders Analysis is the leading TMT research company in the UK and focuses on research, analysis and specialist expertise of major markets (USA, UK, major European countries). The company is the leading expert commentator in its sectors for the Financial Times, the BBC and The Economist. More than 170 financial, corporate and regulatory organisations subscribe to Enders Analysis research.

Enders Analysis supports a wide range of charities in the UK with which Ms Enders is actively involved, including the NSPCC, and many cultural enterprises. Ms Enders is a Trustee of Glyndebourne and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum development trust. She is a graduate of Yale and of the London Business School. 

Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’s Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He is based in New York. He has a track record breaking news – his recent scoop on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world – and also specialises in long-form pieces, features and interviews. Mr Garrahan was previously the FT’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering Hollywood, digital media and the California economy. He has written extensively on the convergence of media and the web and has also covered the growth of companies such as Netflix and YouTube. He joined the FT in 1998, first working for FT.com, then as a sports business correspondent for the newspaper, reporting from the World Cup and Olympics, before taking on the leisure industries beat, reporting on gaming, hotels, restaurants and travel.

He won the Los Angeles Press Club prize for best news story in 2008 for a scoop on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and reached the finals of the 2010 Mirror Awards for excellence in media reporting for a piece on MySpace. In 2011, he won a Los Angeles Press Club prize for another feature on MGM, “Who killed James Bond?” and picked up another in 2013 for an investigation into the fall-out from Disney’s $4bn purchase of Marvel. Mr Garrahan is a graduate of University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature.  Find him on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.

James Harding

James Harding

Director of News and Current Affairs
BBC

James Harding joined the BBC as Director of News and Current Affairs in August 2013. Prior to this appointment Mr Harding was Editor of The Times from December 2007 to December 2012, having joined the paper in 2006 as Business & City Editor. Mr Harding worked at the Financial Times for several years, as Washington bureau chief from 2002-2004 and before that as the media editor. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a correspondent in China, where he opened the Shanghai bureau for the FT – the first European newspaper to open an office in the city since the 1949 revolution.
Born in London in 1969, James studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He speaks Japanese, Chinese, French and German.

Matt Heiman

Matt Heiman

Founder and CEO
Diagonal View

Matt Heiman is the Founder and CEO of Diagonal View, the leading digital video producer outside of the US. Our leading channel- AllTime10s- generates over 2M views per day on YouTube and is available in 10 languages worldwide. The second largest channel is Football Daily, it is the market-leader on YouTube football audience and has over 1500MM reach on FaceBook each month. The Company also manages content for: Viacom, The Olympics, Sony Music, Warner Music, ITN and Perform Group. Diagonal View produced content just passed 200MM views per month, in addition they manage assets with over 2 Billion views per month.

Justin Hendrix

Justin Hendrix

Executive Director
NYC MediaLab

Justin Hendrix is Executive Director at NYC Media Lab. Mr Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with New York City’s universities to drive R&D and innovation. Launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYU, and Columbia University, NYC Media Lab is a public-private partnership encompassing all the universities of NYC and corporate members such as HBO, Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Hearst, AT&T, News Corp, NBCUniversal, and Verizon. The Lab's interests range from video, mobile, social, networks, and data to design. Previously Mr Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn.

Marjorie Kaplan

Marjorie Kaplan

President of Content
Discovery Networks International

Marjorie Kaplan is the international content leader responsible for strategy, coordination and execution of the division’s content and brand strategies across the entire portfolio, and on all platforms worldwide. Discovery’s rapidly expanding international footprint includes channels in more than 220 countries and territories, where the performance of its global flagship channels like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Science and Turbo continue to strengthen and deepen the company’s global presence. Ms Kaplan oversees global brands and formats, female lifestyle, male factual, scripted, and kids – for all platforms, including linear, OTT and Free-to-Air. She also leads the international Production & Development team, working with Discovery’s regional managing directors and heads of content. Kaplan also works closely with Discovery’s production companies betty, RAW, and All3Media as well as the entire production community. Following Discovery Communications’ recent acquisition of exclusive TV and multiplatform rights to the 2018-2024 Olympic Games across Europe, Kaplan will also generate new content and storytelling ideas, maximizing the Olympic franchise across Europe and working closely with the Eurosport team.
Ms Kaplan is a near 20-year creative leader and programming veteran of Discovery Communications, where she was most recently, she was Group President for TLC, Animal Planet & Velocity.  MsKaplan joined Discovery Communications Inc. in 1997 as senior vice president for Children’s Programming and Products, and oversaw the launch of Discovery Kids Channel that same year. For over a decade, Kaplan directed children’s programming for Discovery Networks, U.S., including all Discovery Kids Channel programming as well as the three-hour commercial free READY, SET, LEARN pre-school block that aired on TLC and Discovery Kids Channel, the discoverykids.com website, and inspired children’s products and services. In 2006, Kaplan led Discovery Kids Channel to 14 daytime Emmy nominations. In recognition of Kaplan’s role as a top-performing executive in cable, she has been honored as a Wonder Woman by Multichannel News, a Woman to Watch by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), and inducted into the CableFax Hall of Fame.
Before joining Discovery, Ms Kaplan served as executive vice president at Lancit Media Entertainment, the Emmy Award-winning producer of children’s programs including “Reading Rainbow” and “The Puzzle Place.” Discovery purchased a minority equity stake in Lancit Media in September 1996, and she became responsible for managing the relationship between Discovery and Lancit.
Ms Kaplan also served as director of advertising for Kraft General Foods where she was responsible for brand strategy, positioning and advertising. Additionally, she was a vice president at Ogilvy & Mather, working with clients including General Foods, AT&T and TWA. She also consulted for Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment on the development of a shopping channel.

Tsuneo Kita

Tsuneo Kita

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Nikkei

Tsuneo Kita is Chairman and Group CEO of Nikkei, a role he assumed in March 2015. Before that he was President and CEO of Nikkei for seven years, during which he set the two pillars of growth; digital and global.

The digital newspaper Nikkei Online Edition which was launched under his watch in 2010 now has over 430,000 paid subscribers. In 2013 he led the publication of the pan-Asian English language magazine/website Nikkei Asian Review.

Born and raised in the ancient capital Nara, Mr Kita graduated Keio University with a degree in economics. After joining Nikkei in 1971, he covered macroeconomics and financial markets as a staff writer, and also was news editor in New York.

He is known as an avid fan of Broadway style all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue.

Doug Leeds

Doug Leeds

CEO
IAC Publishing

Doug Leeds is the CEO of IAC Publishing, a digital media operating group containing IAC’s biggest content brands (including About.com, The Daily Beast, Investopedia and Dictionary.com) and reaching more than 100 mm monthly US users. Reflecting one of IAC’s key areas of strategic focus, IAC Publishing is one of the largest and most profitable digital publishers in the world. Prior to this role, Mr Leeds served as CEO for Ask.com, evolving the search destination into a content-rich Q&A experience over the course of 5 years, and driving a number of high-profile acquisitions, including global social network ASKfm and digital content publishers About.com and Investopedia.

Before taking the reins at Ask, Mr Leeds was CEO of Dictionary.com, having led IAC’s acquisition of the premium publishing brand in 2008 . Earlier he spent five years at Yahoo! (and Overture Services), as Vice President of Global Product Justice, and held senior positions at mobile ISP OmniSky and mobile carrier Vodafone. Mr Leeds received his B.A. with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of TRUSTe and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Marketing Association.

Bill Macaitis

Bill Macaitis

Chief Marketing Officer
Slack

Bill Macaitis is the CMO of Slack, the platform for team communication. Prior to joining Slack, Mr Macaitis served as CMO at Zendesk and SVP of Online Marketing and Operations at Salesforce. He was also an executive at IGN Entertainment and Fox Interactive Media. Mr Macaitis has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign College of Business.

Jay Marine

Jay Marine

Vice President, Amazon Video
Amazon

Jay Marine is the Vice President for Amazon Video in Europe, leading the EU Amazon teams delivering to Prime members unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, including Amazon Original Series. During his thirteen-year career at Amazon, he has led teams across all aspects of product management, marketing, design, pricing, software development and business development. Prior to his current role, Mr Marine spent two years as Technical Advisor to the CEO. Previously, he spent eight years on the Amazon Kindle business, including bringing the first Kindle from concept to launch. He holds a degree in business from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Acting Technology Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Acting Technology Editor of the Financial Times. Since joining the FT 15 years ago, he has spoken to CEOs, entrepreneurs, prime ministers and some of the world’s leading management thinkers. From the founders of Uber and Nest, to the CEOs of Microsoft and Vodafone, to the man who came up with virtual reality and Lady Gaga’s manager, Mr Mattu has interviewed some of the most creative people in business today. Through working with thought leaders in a variety of fields, he has developed unique observations on the topics of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends in business and the changing nature of the workplace. Mr Mattu joined the Financial Times in 2000 and has held a number of senior positions at the newspaper, including Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor,  Business Life Editor, overseeing the management section of the paper, and Acting Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a former editor of Special Reports. He was also launch editor of FT Wealth. He took up his most recent position after being the Editorial Director for FT2, , the FT’s content marketing unit..Before joining the FT, Mr Mattu worked as assistant editor, acting deputy editor and senior editor at Prospect Magazine from 1997 to 2000.

Jimmy Maymann

Jimmy Maymann

President of Content and Consumer Brands
AOL

As President of Content and Consumer Brands at AOL, Jimmy Maymann leads AOL’s portfolio of content brands, as well as AOL's content strategy and OTT operations, which altogether reach a global audience of around ​400 million unique visitors every month. Prior to joining AOL, Mr Maymann co-founded GoViral, an early innovator in online video production and distribution, developing video advertising platforms able to track, distribute and host video ads across multiple sites online. With his guidance the company evolved from being primarily involved in video production to focusing on platform development, allowing it to rapidly scale its operations. Since joining AOL, Mr Maymann has served in several roles including Senior Vice President of International and most recently as CEO of the Huffington Post, where he has made international expansion​, ​profitable growth, and improved video operations ​his​ three key priorities. In his three years at the Huffington Post, he was responsible for designing and executing on an international expansion strategy that saw the establishment of editions in 15 international markets and which helped fuel its audience growth from 30 million to around 200 million unique visitors each month. ​Mr Maymann also oversaw the creation and development of HuffPost Partner Studio, the Huffington Post'ss market-leading branded content production team. In a little over two years HuffPost Partner Studio has grown to account for around 35% of the Huffington Post's revenue, by offering premium custom advertising solutions throughout the Huffington Post platform. ​He has also prioritized the elevation of video at the Huffington Post, ​building upon its existing HuffPost Live operations. He is responsible for spearheading an exclusive partnership between Huffington Post and Broadband TV, creating an innovative next generation video platform that empowers open source content creation.
Mr Maymann is a graduate of the University of Odense in Denmark with degrees in Economics and International Marketing and has an MBA from London Business School.

Lindsay  Nelson

Lindsay Nelson

Global Head of Brand Strategy
Vox Media

Lindsay Nelson is Global Head of Brand Strategy at Vox Media, the modern media company that is empowering the smartest digital voices with the technology to create and distribute premium content. She leads strategy and business operations across the company’s advertising and marketing initiatives and sits at the helm of Vox Creative, the company’s branded content and native advertising group. Ms Nelson and her team works side-by-side with editorial, sales, and product teams to deliver data-informed, technology-driven and creatively-inspired brand advertising solutions for the company’s eight award-winning properties -- SB Nation, The Verge, Re/code, Curbed, Eater, Racked, Polygon and Vox.com.
Prior to joining Vox in 2013, Ms Nelson was VP of Integrated Programs and Founder of SlateCustom. In this role she oversaw the company's native product and strategy, new business development and creative and editorial direction for digital and experiential programs for some of the world’s largest brands. In 2015 she was named to Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising" list.

Stephen Nuttall

Stephen Nuttall

Senior Director
YouTube EMEA

Stephen Nuttall joined Google in 2012 and is responsible for all of YouTube’s partnerships in EMEA.  The region represents about 40% of YouTube’s worldwide business. He was formerly Group Commercial Director of BSkyB.  Prior to this, he was a founder of Sportal.com, commercial director of ENIC Sports, and Business Development Director of Telepiu (now Sky Italia).  He is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, the MCC and the Queen's Club.

Nicholas Oliver

Nicholas Oliver

Founder and CEO
people.io

As an experienced innovator that has held senior global positions on 3 continents, Nicholas Oliver's experience spans strategic & commercial innovation for international agency groups, Fortune 50 companies and startups. Recently, Mr Oliver founded people.io - a highly publicised digital service that will enable people to license their personal data and attention, in return for a payment or reward. 

David Pemsel

David Pemsel

Chief Executive Officer
Guardian Media Group

David Pemsel is CEO of Guardian Media Group (GMG). He joined Guardian News & Media (GNM) in 2011 and served as chief marketing officer, chief commercial officer and deputy chief executive, before being appointed CEO of GNM's parent company in July 2015.As chief marketing officer, Mr Pemsel oversaw the company's Cannes Lion winning 'The Whole Picture' campaign. He was appointed chief commercial officer in 2012, restructuring commercial operations and increasing digital revenues by almost 30%. A year later he took on increased accountability for the global GNM business in the newly-created role of deputy chief executive, GNM, with overall responsibility for commercial operations in the UK, the US and Australia. As CEO of GMG, he holds a position on the boards of both GMG and The Scott Trust. Prior to joining GNM, Mr Pemsel worked in many senior roles within advertising and marketing. In 2000 he launched Shine Entertainment before joining ITV as Marketing Director in 2005. He is a member of the IPA Client Council, a Council member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and a Voting Member of BAFTA.

Shahrzad  Rafati

Shahrzad Rafati

Founder and CEO
BroadbandTV

Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, an innovative media and technology company that drives success for online video creators by leveraging its premium media brands, proprietary technology, and massive online reach. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Ms Rafati is accredited with pioneering both the technology and business model that made peace between large entertainment entities like the NBA and their fans that were uploading premium content online.
Ms Rafati has been the spirited drive and energy that has propelled BroadbandTV to success. She has personally brokered successful deals with major media companies, music publishers, telcos, professional sports leagues and Internet giants. BroadbandTV operates the world’s largest Multi-Platform Network with 74,000 network partners amassing 14.2 billion impressions per month. In 2013, she closed a strategic partnership and investment with RTL Group, Europe’s largest entertainment network, and a unit of Bertelsmann, one of the world’s largest media companies.
Ms Rafati has been broadly recognized for her contributions to the media industry, and entrepreneurship. In 2014, The Vancouver Economic Commission appointed her to its Board of Directors and the World Economic Forum welcomed her as a Young Global Leader (YGL). In 2015 she was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group, named a Young Influential by Adweek, and Variety Magazine included Ms Rafati in its Power of Women list. She also graduated from the YGL Oxford Module: Transformational Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Ms Rafati is also a known thought leader in the entrepreneurship and media & technology space, regularly contributing to Fortune Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to BroadbandTV achievements, she actively pursues ways to encourage social change. She is the co-founder of the world’s first Chopra Yoga in partnership with Dr. Deepak Chopra and has investments in a broad portfolio of businesses.

John Ridding

John Ridding

Chief Executive Officer
Financial Times

John Ridding is the chief executive officer of the Financial Times, a role he has held since 2006. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operation, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments and Assanka, renamed FT Labs. 

During his tenure the FT has gained a wide reputation for innovation, embodied by the success of its ground-breaking FT web app, the pioneering metered access model and the growth of its B2B business. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 126-year history.

Before taking up his current post, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes.  Mr Ridding also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China.

He established several financial training courses and collaborative business publications during his time in the region, including the FT/Longman Chinese/English financial dictionary.

During his 27 year career at the FT, Mr Ridding has served as managing editor, deputy editor, companies reporter, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. 

Before joining the FT, John worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks. 

Mr Ridding is a non-executive director of The Economist and sits on the board of Bonnier Business Press, part of the international media conglomerate Bonnier AB. He is also a member of the Global Board and Chairman of the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read, a charity that supports education and literacy in developing countries.

He graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics

Solomon Rogers

Solomon Rogers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
REWIND

Solomon Rogers founded REWIND, a VR and creative digital agency, in 2011 after growing demands for his professional work pulled him away from 15 years as a University Senior Lecturer in Digital Animation, Visual Effects & Emerging Technology. Mr Rogers was one of the youngest University Senior Lecturers in the UK, and helped write four new degrees, two masters and a PHD. He has grown REWIND into an industry award winning tribe of vibrant creative technologists and digital artists. Focused on harnessing immersive technologies to deliver groundbreaking VR, AR, Animation, DOOH, VFX and 360 degree video projects for some of the world's largest brands including Sony, BBC, Red Bull, Microsoft and Lexus.
In 2015 Lord Marlon awarded Mr Rogers the first “VR Technology & Innovation” award from UK Trade & Investment. REWIND was also nominated for 'UI Design in 2014' and '360 Video 2015' at the International VR Proto awards in LA.  Pushing boundaries in virtual reality production and the fledgling VRX industry mean that he is regularly asked to speak at high profile international events, quoted in marketing trade publications, as well as appearing on TV and in national newspapers.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell

CEO
WPP

Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder/CEO of WPP plc, the world’s largest provider of advertising and marketing communications services.  A FTSE 100 company, WPP currently has a market capitalisation of £20.5 billion.

WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising; media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity, healthcare; direct, digital, promotional & relationship marketing and specialist communications.

Collectively, WPP employs over 190,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.  The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R, Grey, GroupM, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, Kantar (including  Millward Brown and TNS), OgilvyOne Worldwide, Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, AKQA and WPP Digital (including POSSIBLE). Clients include 344 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 69 of the NASDAQ 100.  In 2014, WPP had revenues of $19 billion and billings of $76 billion.

Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, the London Business School, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil. In 2007 he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.  He was awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications. In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review.   

Bevan Thomas

Bevan Thomas

Co-founder and Commercial Director
Newsflare

Bevan Thomas is Commercial Director and Co-Founder of UK-based video syndication business Newsflare - an online video marketplace connecting the world’s media with video shot by the public. Since founding the company alongside business partner Jon Cornwell, Newsflare has gone from innovative start-up to a 13-strong team selling video content to leading news organisations and TV shows around the world including the MailOnline, The Telegraph, MTV and AOL. Bevan – an idea generator and entrepreneur – enjoyed a successful six-year career in publishing and media before making the transition into video news in 2011, establishing Newsflare to realise his long-harboured passion for the industry.

Newsflare, which offers an iPhone and Android app for recording and submitting video, was borne out of demand from digital publishers for eyewitness video shot by the public. It also acts as a broker, paying member of the public and freelance journalists who contribute newsworthy content. Newsflare supplies video to its growing client base of international news organisations and TV shows including AOL, MTV, BBC, Sky News, MSN, CNN, NBC, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, MailOnline, The Sun, Discovery and National Geographic.

Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson

Chair
Digital UK

Caroline Thomson is Chair of Digital UK, the company responsible for developing Freeview Play, the new hybrid TV service for the UK’s most widely used platform. She was previously Chief Operating Officer of the BBC and represented the corporation on the Digital UK board during switchover. Ms Thomson began her career in broadcasting at the BBC as a journalism trainee, going on to produce programmes such as Radio 4’s Analysis and Panorama on BBC One. She later became Head of Corporate Affairs at Channel 4 before returning to the BBC as Deputy Director of the World Service in 1996.

Kate Ward

Kate Ward

VP, International
Refinery29

Kate Ward joined as Vice President of International at Refinery29 in September 2015. She leads the company's international growth and expansion. Prior to Refinery29, Ms Ward spent nearly 8 years at Shine Group as global content producer. There she worked across Shine’s international business as Associate Director of Global Business Development, VP at Shine Network and most recently the Head of Commercial and Strategy at Shine TV. Ms Ward is a graduate of Cambridge University.  She has served alongside other industry experts on the Edinburgh TV Festival Advisory Committee and was an active mentor to trainees at social enterprise production company The Hatch.

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Richard Waters

Richard Waters

West Coast Managing Editor
Financial Times

Richard Waters is the West Coast Managing Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT’s New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT’s first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. Mr Waters previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent. Before working for the FT, Mr Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd’s Bank International. In 2004, Mr Waters was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the year for his coverage of Google’s IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, Mr Waters was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year.

Agenda - 12th Apr

  • 8:15am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s welcome and introduction

    Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:15am
    Predictions for the future of media: New disruptions, new models

    Where will the digital ambition and talent be flowing? How will distribution models change? In this fast-paced session leading commentators will make bold predictions about the future of media, providing original and diverse thinking on the fast changing media environment.
    To include audience voting

    David Pemsel, CEO The Guardian Media Group
    Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO, Broadband TV

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 10:00am
    Presentation: Video visions

    Claire Enders,  Founder, Enders Analysis

    [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only

  • 10:15am
    Refreshments and networking
  • 10:45am
    Keynote conversations: Redefining the future of TV

    An increasingly on-demand world is shaking up the world of television. As viewers move from traditional broadcast and cable TV networks to on-demand services, the cord-cutting phenomenon can no longer be ignored. How will media businesses, investors and regulators respond? Can TV hold its own in the face of competition from digital players?

    David Abraham, CEO, Channel 4
    Zai Bennett, Director, Sky Atlantic
    Caroline Thomson, Chair, Digital UK

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 11:30am
    Short talk: Meeting the demands of the on-demand generation

    Jay Marine, Vice President, Amazon Video, Europe

  • 11:45am
    Short talk: The future of media consumption

    Andy Conroy, Controller, Research and Development, BBC

  • 12:00pm
    Dialogue: Capturing with content

    Original content, especially video, can drive huge engagement and demand, if that content is compelling. With so many players investing in and rolling out original content, how can a story break though the noise of today’s content overload? How is consumer behaviour changing the way media companies tell stories and deliver content?

    Philippe von Borries, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Refinery29
    Kate Ward, Vice President, International, Refinery29

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Technology, Media and Telecomms Editor, Financial Times

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 12:30pm
    Short talk: The rise of citizen journalism

    Bevan Thomas, Co-Founder and Commercial Director, Newsflare

    [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only

  • 12:45pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Interview: The new business of entertainment

    The business of media and entertainment continues to move at breakneck speed, creating new successes, failures and plenty of uncertainty. Who will rule this vast market over the next few years, and why? What are the expected industry shifts and how will they shape future revenue models?

    Andrea Wong, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television; President, International, Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Interviewer: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 2:30pm
    Showcase: The next wave of storytelling

    This two-part session will demonstrate how storytelling is evolving and how content creators are using new innovative formats, multi-platform and real-time storytelling to increase engagement with their audience. 

    Tania Alexander, Director of Factual Entertainment, Studio Lambert; Creator and Executive Producer, Gogglebox
    Marjorie Kaplan, President of Content, Discovery Networks International

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 3:15pm
    Short talk: Does viral really matter?

    Evan Burns, Founder and CEO, Odyssey

    [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only

  • 3:30pm
    Refreshments and networking
  • 4:00pm
    Short talk: Curating the OTT

    Sarah Tierney, Founder, We Are Colon

  • 4:15pm
    Panel: Monetising mobile video

    According to recent research conducted by Cisco, by 2020 over 75% of the worlds mobile data traffic will be video.  As consumers increasingly seek out news and entertainment on their smartphones, the demand for mobile video content is growing fast. But there is a lack of clarity about how to monetise this market opportunity. What steps can media companies and advertisers take to profit from mobile video content?

    Matt Heiman, Founder and CEO, Diagonal View
    Lindsay Nelson, Global Head of Brand Strategy, Vox Media
    Stephen Nuttall, Senior Director, YouTube EMEA

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 5:00pm
    Closing keynote conversation

    Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s day one closing remarks

    Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Networking cocktail party

Agenda - 13th Apr

  • 8:30am
    Breakfast and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s introduction to day 2

    Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote & Fireside Chat: Deal-making and the future of news

    The globalisation of business and the rise of digital and mobile technology to deliver news, have created opportunities for media organisations to expand and increase their foothold across many platforms in different regions. Nikkei’s recent purchase of the Financial Times highlights this opportunity. But how do you use deal-making strategies to fully leverage the new landscape? Is the consolidation of media a positive development for audiences? And what does the future of a digital first media company look like? In their only joint on-stage appearance Tsuneo Kita and John Ridding will discuss.

    Tsuneo Kita, Chairman and CEO, Nikkei
    John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times

    Moderator: James Harding, Director of News and Current Affairs, BBC

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 9:40am
    Panel: Monetising the digital consumer

    How do you make sure your business is agile enough to keep pace with and monetise changing consumer habits? What are the best practices for engaging and monetising specific audiences around the globe? If success in making money from digital consumers lies in offering more choice, personalisation and better experiences, why do some companies succeed better than others?

    Doug Leeds, CEO, IAC Publishing
    David Lynn, President, UK, Australia & Eastern Europe and International Content Distribution, Viacom
    Jimmy Maymann, Executive Vice President and President, Content and Consumer Brands, AOL

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 10:20am
    Refreshments and networking
  • 10:40am
    Presentation: Top 10 digital media trends

    Adam Bird, Senior Partner, Co-Leader, Global Media and Entertainment Practice, McKinsey

    Followed by audience Q&A

    [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only

  • 11:00am
    Interview: Hyper growth and the next big disruption

    Bill Macaitis, Chief Marketing Officer, Slack

  • 11:15am
    Case studies: Making data pay

    Media companies know more about their consumers than ever before. This knowledge and data allows for actionable insights about how better to reach their audience, to serve them, to sell to them and ultimately how to engage with them. Yet companies are still failing to capture value from the tidal wave of digital traffic. In this session we will deep dive into behind usually closed doors to understand what innovative companies are doing to truly harness, maximise and monetise the opportunities data presents.

    Darren Goldsby, Chief Digital Officer, Hearst Magazines UK
    James Hammersley, Co-author, “Leading Digital Strategy”
    Nicholas Oliver, Founder and CEO, people.io

    Followed by audience Q&A

    [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only 

  • 11:45am
    Showcase: Virtual reality – Hope or hype?

    Justin Hendrix, Executive Director,NYC MediaLab
    Solomon Rogers, CEO and Founder, REWIND [DOWNLOAD SLIDES] - Event attendees only

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

  • 12:15pm
    The new start-up rules: From ideology to actuality

    In the dynamic digital environment, what worked for a start-up business launched a year ago may not work today. Whether they are looking for an IPO down the line, or to be acquired, understanding the current landscape is key for any new business to make an impact. In this session we will hear from leading VCs and angel investors about what they see on the horizon, where the money really is and any advice they would offer to start-ups.

    Ahmed El Alfi, Founder & Chairman Sawari Ventures
    Jeff Lynn, Co-founder & CEO, Seedrs

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

  • 12:45pm
    Closing keynote discussion

    Rona Fairhead, Chairman, BBC Trust

    Including audience Q&A by Glisser

     

  • 1:15pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:20pm
    Lunch and networking
  • 2:30pm
    Close of conference

Who Attends?

The FT Digital Media conference attracts around 350 senior digital decision makers from around the world from a range of sectors, including:

  • Content Providers;
  • Broadcasters;
  • Telecoms Operators;
  • Hardware & Software Manufacturers;
  • Consumer Brands & Retailers;
  • Investors;
  • Advertising & Marketing Agencies
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