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FT Future of News

Trust, Technology and Transformation in an Age of Upheaval

New York |
Speakers include:
Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

The New York Times

Jeff Zucker

Jeff Zucker

CNN

Stephen K. Bannon

Stephen K. Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump campaign

Overview

The news media is undergoing massive change. From print to television to digital, technology is wreaking havoc and creating opportunity for both legacy and new players at a time when interest in journalism is greater than ever.

A new generation of digital news services, from BuzzFeed to Vice and Vox, has earned plaudits for hard-hitting dynamic reporting and telling stories in new, innovative ways. Changes in advertising and the emergence of a digital duopoly in Facebook and Google have hit print publishers, with ad rates slumping more than 20 per cent a year. But reader interest is increasing, with some traditional media groups recording big gains in subscribers. Television news, too, is in flux, roaring back to prominence thanks to a rapidly evolving political story and the roller coaster world of the Trump administration.

Where does the news industry go next? In this curated one-day event, the Financial Times will consider the future of news with top executives, editors, academics and business leaders, looking ahead to opportunities and threats, and the implications for advertisers, audiences and investors.

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Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

Executive Editor
The New York Times

Dean Baquet is Executive Editor of The New York Times, a position he assumed in May 2014. He serves in the highest ranked position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms. Before being named Executive editor, Mr Baquet was Managing Editor of The Times. He previously served as Washington bureau chief. Mr Baquet rejoined The Times after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was Editor for two years. Previously, Mr Baquet had been National Editor and Deputy Metro Editor of The New York Times. He joined in 1990 as a Metro reporter. Before that, he reported for the Chicago Tribune and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. While at the Chicago Tribune, Mr Baquet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for investigative reporting on corruption in the Chicago City Council.

Jeff Zucker

Jeff Zucker

President
CNN

Jeff Zucker has been the President of CNN since 2013. He oversees all of CNN’s businesses, including the CNN US television network, CNN International, HLN, all of CNN’s digital properties, and Great Big Story. Mr Zucker has had one of the most storied careers in media. He took over the Today show at the age of 26 and re-invented the historic morning news program, went on to a 25-year career at NBC Universal, co-founded the online streaming service Hulu, and is currently leading a dramatic turnaround at CNN.

Prior to coming to CNN, Mr Zucker spent more than two decades at NBC Universal, where he rose through the ranks to become the company’s President and CEO. He headed up the global media and entertainment company, which includes the NBC broadcast network, its news division and all of its cable properties (including MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Oxygen and Syfy), Universal Pictures and the Universal Theme Parks.

Stephen K. Bannon

Stephen K. Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump campaign

Stephen K. Bannon was CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor at the White House. He is the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. A former Goldman Sachs M&A banker, Mr Bannon has a Master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former Surface Warfare Officer serving aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) in the western Pacific, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf.

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Campbell Brown

Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships
Facebook

Campbell Brown is the Head of News Partnerships at Facebook, leading the team responsible for helping news organizations and journalists work more closely and more effectively with Facebook. Ms Brown has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, most recently as an award-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC News and CNN. At CNN, she anchored a weekday primetime news program from 2007 to 2010 focusing on politics. Ms Brown held several roles over the course of her 11-year tenure with NBC News, including co-anchor of the weekend edition of “TODAY” from 2003 to 2007 and White House correspondent during President George W. Bush's first term. She also served as the primary substitute anchor for “NBC Nightly News.” She began her career in local news, moving up the ranks of NBC affiliates in Topeka, KS; Richmond, VA; Baltimore, MD; and Washington, DC before going to the national network. Ms Brown is also the founder of The 74, a non-profit news site covering education in America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Regis College.

Lydia Polgreen

Lydia Polgreen

Editor-in-Chief
HuffPost

Lydia Polgreen is Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost. She was named to the position in December 2016 after spending nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the US, with an initial focus on Latin America. Previously, Ms Polgreen was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before joining the New York Times, she was a reporter in Florida and New York state. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for the Washington (D.C.) Monthly. Ms Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, for her series, "The Spoils," an account of how mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation to much of Africa. In 2007, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Tamara Ingram

Tamara Ingram

CEO
J. Walter Thompson

Tamara Ingram is Chief Executive Officer of J. Walter Thompson Company, heading up the agency’s global network of over 12,000 employees, across more than 200 offices and 90 countries. Previously, Ms Ingram was Chief Client Team Officer at WPP where she led the group’s 45 global account teams. Her extensive advertising agency experience includes roles as Grey UK’s Group Chief Executive Officer, as Global Leader on their P&G account, and at WPP’s wholly-owned data investment division, Kantar. Prior to joining the WPP family, Ms Ingram was Chief Executive Officer of McCann Worldgroup in London and Chief Executive of the Saatchi & Saatchi London office.

Ms Ingram's career has been characterized by passion, commitment, and an ability to deliver results by harnessing talented teams both among clients and within the agency. She is an active participant in advertising industry organizations, serving on the Boards of the Ad Council and Effie Worldwide, and as a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, Women in Advertising and Communications London, 4A's, and Advertising Women of New York. Ms Ingram believes deeply in giving her time and resources to charity, and is a Trustee of Save the Children and the Royal Drawing School in London. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to tourism through her work as Chairman of Visit London.

Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Director
Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

Emily Bell is founding Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Established in 2010, the Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. The majority of Ms Bell’s professional career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London, working as an award-winning writer and editor both in print and online. As Editor-in-Chief across Guardian websites and Director of Digital Content for Guardian News and Media, she led the web team in pioneering live blogging, podcasting, multimedia formats, data, and social media, making the Guardian an internationally awarded beacon of digital transformation. 

Ms Bell is co-author of a number of lectures and papers on the transformation of journalism, including Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present (2012) with CW Anderson and Clay Shirky, co-editor of the book Journalism After Snowden (2017), and most recently The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-engineered Journalism with Taylor Owen (2017). Ms Bell is a trustee on the board of the Scott Trust, the owners of the Guardian; a member of Columbia Journalism Review’s board of overseers; and an adviser to Tamedia Group in Switzerland. She has served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on social media, and as a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board. She delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture in 2014, the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture in 2015, was the 2016 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge, and gave the AN Smith Annual Lecture in Australia in 2017. Ms Bell continues to write a regular column for the Guardian and Columbia Journalism Review, and is a contributor to the New York Times, CNN, the BBC, and numerous other outlets.

Matthew Belloni

Matthew Belloni

Editorial Director
The Hollywood Reporter

As Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Belloni is responsible for all editorial content and initiatives at the iconic entertainment media outlet. He oversees all of its editorial properties, including its weekly print magazine; THR.com and its digital verticals; and the fashion-focused Pret-a-Reporter. Over the course of his 11-year term, Mr Belloni has played a significant role in The Hollywood Reporter’s transformation from a trade industry daily into the entertainment industry’s flagship media brand with a global reach and a major digital presence. Together, The Hollywood Reporter and its sister publication, Billboard, now draw over 35 million monthly unique online visitors and have a combined social media footprint of 20 million followers.

During this time, The Hollywood Reporter has taken home many of publishing’s most prestigious awards, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and 50 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism awards. Mr Belloni has also been at the forefront of The Hollywood Reporter’s move into live events and television, spearheading initiatives like its video roundtable series, ‘Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter’, which airs on SundanceTV and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.

Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Mr Belloni was an attorney at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles, and contributed to magazines such as Esquire and Details. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and obtained a law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law, where he was a member of the USC Law Review.

Aryeh B. Bourkoff

Aryeh B. Bourkoff

Founder and CEO
LionTree

Aryeh B. Bourkoff is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, a differentiated global investment and merchant banking firm focused on media, technology and telecommunications. LionTree was formed in 2012 to create distinct value for clients through insight, agility, connectivity, trust and execution. The firm leverages its unique insights and relationships across its integrated product set: M&A Advisory, Capital Raising, IPO Advisory, Merchant Banking, Institutional Investor Membership (IIM) and LT Growth. Across these focus areas the firm connects clients with tailored ideas, actionable opportunities and resources that drive results. LionTree also hosts a podcast series, KindredCast, featuring interviews with leaders in TMT and provides a look into the stories of executives who are among the most entrepreneurial of our time. 

Prior to launching LionTree, Mr Bourkoff served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS and was on the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee. During his 13-year tenure at UBS, he also held the positions of Joint Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking; and Head of the Media and Communications Research Group; and worked as a fixed income research analyst. He also served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets and Smith Barney. Mr Bourkoff was named the number-one ranked cable & satellite Fixed Income analyst by Institutional Investor for seven consecutive years, and in 2005 was the first analyst to achieve the number-one ranking across equity, fixed income and hedge fund surveys in the same year. Mr Bourkoff has also been recognized as the top broadcasting & entertainment analyst on the Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on The Street” ranking, and by Fortune Magazine on their “40 under 40” list. 

Mr Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies. He serves as a trustee of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, Mr Bourkoff is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media, the New York Philanthropic Advisory Board of UNICEF, the Royal Academy of Arts America Board, and Lincoln Center’s Business Advisory Council and Media & Entertainment Council. He has provided commentary on the financial markets and TMT sector on CNBC, Bloomberg and other media outlets.  He is also the producer of two documentary films, ‘Out of Print’ and ‘The Last Jews of Libya’, both of which had their premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews

Executive Vice President
CBS News

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews was appointed Executive Vice President of CBS News in February 2018. Previously, she was CBS News’ Senior Vice President of News Administration, a role she held since January 2015. Ms Ciprian-Matthews is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and veteran news executive who has managed and coordinated the efforts of overseas and domestic bureaus, correspondents and producers. She was CBS News’ Vice President of News from 2011 to 2015, coordinating all day-to-day news coverage. Before that, Ms Ciprian-Matthews served as CBS News’ Foreign Editor (2006-11); Senior Broadcast Producer for the “CBS Evening News” (2004-06); and Senior Producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage (2000-04). In 1998, she became the Deputy Bureau Chief for the CBS News London bureau (1998-2000) and served as Senior Broadcast Producer for CBS News’ “This Morning” and the “CBS Morning News” from 1994-98. She joined CBS News in October 1993 as Senior Producer for live segments on “CBS This Morning.”

Before joining CBS News, Ms Ciprian-Matthews was the Managing Editor of CNN’s New York Bureau (1990-93) and a field producer, assignment manager and assignment editor for CNN (1984-1990). She started her career as a general assignment reporter for the National Public Radio Spanish-language news program, “Enfoque Nacional.” In 2016, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented Ms Ciprian-Matthews with the Presidential Award of Impact, citing her vast news experience and deep commitment to journalistic excellence. Ms Ciprian-Matthews was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, NYC, and graduated from New York University with a Master of Arts in Journalism.

Joanna Coles

Joanna Coles

Chief Content Officer
Hearst Magazines

Joanna Coles is Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines. She additionally sits on the board of directors of Snapchat, as well as the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.

The British-born editor arrived in the US in 1997 as the New York bureau chief for The Guardian, before moving on to become the New York columnist for The Times of London. Ms Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire. She was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012.

Over the course of her career, Ms Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.” She is currently writing a book with Harper Collins on relationships in the digital age.

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer

Host, 'Mad Money', CNBC; Founder and Editorial Director
TheStreet

Jim Cramer founded TheStreet in 1996 and currently produces daily columns and videos for the company in addition to co-hosting CNBC’s ‘Squawk on The Street’ and his own show, ‘Mad Money with Jim Cramer’. He also runs the Action Alerts PLUS charitable portfolio, details of which he shares with members of TheStreet's Action Alerts PLUS club for investors. Mr Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and later returned for a JD from Harvard Law School after a career as a newspaper reporter. But instead of practicing law, he worked at Goldman Sachs until leaving in 1987 to start his own hedge fund. Mr Cramer, who retired from active money management in 2000 to embrace media full time, has also authored seven books on investing.

Dominique  Delport

Dominique Delport

Global Managing Director
Havas

Dominique Delport is Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer for Havas Group where he oversees global client relationships, marketing initiatives and new business across both media and creative teams. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi SA and in September 2015, he was named President of Vivendi Content. In 2016 Dominique launched STUDIO+, the first global premium short series app.

Former TV journalist, broadcaster and web entrepreneur, Mr Delport is an Emmy award winner (2007), an accredited Facebook Influencer (2016) and was named Creativepool Influencer of the year (2017).

Ken Doctor

Ken Doctor

President
Newsonomics

Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global news media industry. As a media analyst and consultant for his own Newsonomics company, he fully employs more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of media. His quest: find and share new sustainable business models that will employ the next generation of journalists. He has become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics.

Ken can be found at @kdoctor on Twitter. He writes regularly on the business of media change for The Street, Politico and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. He is at work on his second book, following Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get, which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. All of his work is freely available on his Newsonomics.com website.

Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher

Founder, Executive Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer
Fisher Investments

Ken Fisher is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, an $85+ billion money management firm serving large institutions and high net worth individuals globally. With more than 2,200 employees, the firm has offices in Washington, California, Britain, Germany, Dubai, Australia and Japan, with further global expansion under way.

Mr Fisher’s Forbes “Portfolio Strategy” column ran for 32 ½ years into 2017, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. He now writes weekly columns for USA Today and Germany’s Focus Money, and a monthly column in the Financial Times. He has authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers -- and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.

His 1970s theoretical work pioneered an investment tool called the Price-to-Sales Ratio, now a core element of modern financial curricula. A prize-winning researcher, Mr Fisher’s credits span a multitude of professional and scholarly journals in addition to his firm’s output -- both in traditional and behavioral finance. In 2010, Investment Advisor recognized him on its “Thirty for Thirty” list as among the industry’s 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades. In 2017, Investment News named Mr Fisher to its inaugural list of “Icons & Innovators” who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession. He is ranked #184 on the 2016 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, where he has appeared since 2005.

Richard Gingras

Richard Gingras

Vice President of News
Google

Richard Gingras is Vice President of News at Google. In that role he guides Google’s strategies relating to the media ecosystem and oversees many of Google’s news and media-related products. Mr Gingras was a key instigator of the recently announced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project, an effort to make Web content instantaneous and in doing so, preserve the vitality, utility and openness of the Worldwide Web. He was also co-founder of the Trust Project, a global effort within the journalism community to ensure that high quality journalism is recognized for the credibility it deserves.

For more than 35 years, Mr Gingras has led highly regarded efforts in the development of online services and new media. From 2009 to 2011, he was CEO of Salon Media Group, which operated the acclaimed Salon.com, and the pioneering virtual community The Well. He assembled Salon's initial seed financing in 1995. Mr Gingras was a strategic advisor to the senior team at Google (2007-2009), strategic advisor to Storify (sold to LiveFyre), founder and CEO of Goodmail Systems, a founding VP of pioneering broadband provider @Home Network, SVP and General Manager of Excite@Home (1996-2001), led the design and development of Apple's online service eWorld (1993-1996), and was founder and CEO of MediaWorks (1987-1992), an early developer of news-agenting technology. He is also a strategic advisor and seed funder of numerous startups.

Mr Gingras serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists, and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard.

James Goldston

James Goldston

President
ABC News

James Goldston was named President of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio -- a combined audience that is unmatched in the US.

During Mr Goldston’s tenure, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news in Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Ukraine, the riots in Ferguson and terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice, San Bernardino, London and Orlando. ABC News scored exclusive interviews with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Malala Yousafzai, Caitlyn Jenner, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump, among many others, and hosted landmark town halls with President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.

Under his leadership ABC’s newscasts are delivering their most competitive seasons in years while expanding their reach on new digital networks. The Yahoo-ABC News Network reaches over 121 million people a month, and in the last year ABC News has delivered over 10 billion video views. ABC News has built on this success to launch new news products for over-the-top and social networks. The news division is widely recognized as a pioneer in live streaming and virtual reality, winning the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for VR programming. Since 2014, ABC News has won three consecutive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence in Television and Radio.

Previously, from March 2012, Mr Goldston served as Senior Vice President for Content and Development for ABC News. In this role he oversaw ABC News programs and executive producers and led the development of new shows for broadcast, cable and other distribution. Prior to this, he was the Senior Executive Producer of Good Morning America, from February 2011.

Mr Goldston joined ABC News in 2004 as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports and was promoted shortly thereafter to Executive Producer of Nightline, a position he held until 2011. Under his leadership the program grew to become the number one late night show and won a string of awards including multiple Emmys and the prestigious Peabody award.

Before joining ABC News, Mr Goldston was the Executive Producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald, from 2002 to 2004. He also produced a series of celebrated documentaries including “Shock and Awe”, Tonight’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War, and the multi-award-winning “Living with Michael Jackson”.

Mr Goldston began his career in television as a producer for several BBC News programs. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University.

Lisa Knutson

Lisa Knutson

Chief Financial Officer
The E.W. Scripps Company

Lisa Knutson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The E.W. Scripps Company, a diverse media enterprise with 33 television stations and a portfolio of national journalism and content brands, including next-generation national news network Newsy, podcast industry leader Midroll Media, and the fast-growing Katz national broadcast networks. Ms Knutson leads the company’s financial operations, corporate development and strategic planning, and manages company-wide functions including IT, risk management and corporate communications.

She was previously Scripps’ Chief Strategy Officer and, before that, served as Chief Administrative Officer, playing a critical role in the merger-and-spin off deal between Scripps and Journal Communications in Spring 2015, including overseeing the transition and integration processes.

Prior to coming to Scripps in 2005, Ms Knutson worked most of her career at Fifth Third Bank, and at Arthur Andersen, where she developed and oversaw an operating and sales budget for a $105 million multi-office practice, and human resources and staffing across nine locations. She currently serves as a corporate director for WesBanco, Inc in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a member of the compensation committee. She also serves as a board member for a number of nonprofits in the Cincinnati area.

Isaac Lee

Isaac Lee

Chief Content Officer
Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa

Isaac Lee is the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications Inc (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and for Grupo Televisa in Mexico, the world’s largest Spanish-language content producer. In addition, Mr Lee manages key areas of the company’s growth, including the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a multi-platform destination for the new, rising American mainstream. FMG is comprised of UCI’s interests in FUSION and El Rey, as well as The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Gizmodo Media Group, Univision Digital and Univision Music. Mr Lee led Univision’s digital expansion and the acquisition of the Gizmodo Media Group, which made Univision one of the media organizations with the largest digital footprint in the US. Mr Lee serves on the board of directors of the Associated Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is also a member of the Journalism Advisory board of ProPublica, the advisory board of the Peabody Awards, and the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Foro IberoAmerica.

Jessica Lessin

Jessica Lessin

Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief
The Information

Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information in 2013 and is the publication’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief. She covered Silicon Valley and the technology industry for eight years at the Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, she wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, consistently breaking news about major products, management changes and strategy shifts at Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies. She was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.” Ms Lessin graduated from Harvard University.

Phillip Picardi

Phillip Picardi

Chief Content Officer
Teen Vogue and them

Phillip Picardi is the Chief Content Officer of Teen Vogue, and Founding Editor and Chief Content Officer of the newly-launched them, Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. Mr Picardi was previously an intern and assistant at Teen Vogue. When he re-joined the brand in 2015, he launched the website’s politics and wellness coverage, shifting the brand’s focus from fashion and celebrity to themes of gender equality and social justice. In turn, TeenVogue.com traffic skyrocketed from 2 to 12 million monthly unique visitors in just two years, nabbing two Webby Awards, a GLAAD Award, and Adweek nods along the way. Most recently, Mr Picardi was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2017 and Out Magazine’s OUT100. He was also named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and one of the 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media by The Advocate.

Sharon Rowlands

Sharon Rowlands

President
USA Today Network Marketing Solutions

Sharon Rowlands was named President of USA Today Network Marketing Solutions in November 2017. She oversees the business-to-business initiatives at Gannett|USA Today Network. She was previously CEO of ReachLocal (acquired by Gannett) from April 2014. Ms Rowlands also serves on the board of directors for the Local Search Association as well as global software company Pegasystems. She has more than 20 years of experience leading multi-billion dollar companies that serve small- and medium-sized businesses, financial markets and enterprise customers.

Ms Rowlands was named Customer Focused CEO of the Year in the 2016 CEO World Awards, won the Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in 2016 and was also named Female CEO of the Year in the 2016 One Planet Awards. She has served as CEO of a variety of organizations, including Altegrity, Penton Media and Thomson Financial. She has also served on the board of directors of Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT) and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADP).

Christopher Ruddy

Christopher Ruddy

CEO
Newsmax Media

Christopher Ruddy is CEO of Newsmax Media Inc, one of the nation’s leading online and TV news companies. Mr Ruddy founded Newsmax Media, a broadcasting and multimedia publishing company whose content covers news, politics, health, lifestyle and finance, in 1998. The Newsmax TV channel is now carried in over 50 million US cable homes, and the company’s flagship website, Newsmax.com, is consistently ranked as one of the country’s most trafficked and influential news websites. Forbes has called Newsmax a “news powerhouse.” As a journalist, Mr Ruddy previously worked at the New York Post and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He has conducted interviews with political, business and world leaders, including Bill Clinton, the late Sir John Templeton, Donald Trump and Mikhail Gorbachev. He is currently an ABC News contributor. Multichannel News recently named Mr Ruddy among its “TV News Titans: The 10 Names to Know.”

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Editor-in-Chief
BuzzFeed

Ben Smith is BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief. Since joining the company in January 2012, Mr Smith has built a newsroom of over 450 reporters and editors, led expansion of more than 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed’s coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, long-form journalism, and entertainment, while growing the site’s traffic to over 200 million monthly unique visitors. Mr Smith was called “one of the most talented and admired scoop-mongers in the game” by The New Republic, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”, and featured as Fortune’s “40 Under 40” for his work at BuzzFeed.

Prior to BuzzFeed, Mr Smith was senior political writer for Politico from 2007 to 2011. Before Politico, he wrote a column and a blog for the New York Daily News, started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, as well as the political site, Room Eight, after working as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun and as a stringer for the Wall Street Journal in Latvia. Mr Smith has written for publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, the New York Post and the New Republic.

Josh Tyrangiel

Josh Tyrangiel

Executive Vice President
Vice News

Josh Tyrangiel is Executive Vice President of Vice News and oversees Vice News.com, the weekly documentary series Vice on HBO, and Vice News Tonight, which premiered in October 2016 on HBO. Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith said Mr Tyrangiel’s experience in journalism and his willingness to “rewrite the rules,” is what made him the right person to run Vice Media’s entire global news operation. Prior to joining Vice Media in October 2015, Mr Tyrangiel was Chief Content Officer for Bloomberg Media, including Bloomberg Digital, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Projects & Investigations, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits. He oversaw the launch of Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg LP’s flagship digital destination. Mr Tyrangiel was also the Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, which received a 2014 SABEW Best in Business Award for Magazines; the 2012 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the general-interest category; and was named to Adweek’s 2011 Hot List as one of the most influential magazines of the year. The Bloomberg Businessweek App won a 2012 Webby Award for best News app. Mr Tyrangiel was named Advertising Age’s 2012 Editor of the Year and appeared on the Crain’s New York Business 2012 40 Under 40 list. He was the producer of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary film “HANK: Five Years From the Brink,” featuring former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the start of the global financial crisis. Mr Tyrangiel also previously served as Deputy Managing Editor of TIME magazine and Managing Editor of TIME.com, where he more than quadrupled the website’s traffic in three years. He began his journalism career at Rolling Stone and Vibe magazines, and MTV Networks. As a news producer for MTV, Mr Tyrangiel worked on the Peabody Award-winning “Choose or Lose” pro-democracy campaign that encourages young people to register to vote. He received an MA in American Studies from Yale University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’ Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He recently returned to London after 11 years in the US, working first as Los Angeles correspondent before moving to New York to cover media in 2014.

He has a track record breaking news and landed big scoops on Donald Trump’s ties with Rupert Murdoch -- including the revelation that Ivanka Trump was a trustee of Murdoch’s young children -- while his exclusive story on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world. He has written extensively on the disruptive impact of technology on the media, covering the rise of Netflix and Spotify, as well as the emergence of Google and Facebook as digital advertising powerhouses. He reported on three US elections and dug deep into the demographic changes that are reshaping the US electoral map. He regularly writes for FT Weekend and has written Lunch with the FT interviews with, among others, Angelina Jolie, Larry David and Sean Penn.

After joining the FT in 1998 he worked as a corporate reporter, then sports business correspondent, reporting from the Sydney Olympics and World Cup in Japan, before taking on the leisure beat covering gaming, hotels and travel.

He regularly appears on CNN, BBC and MSNBC and has been recognised for his work by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, winning the breaking news prize for his Apple-Beats scoop. He won two Los Angeles Press Club prizes for his reporting on Hollywood and was a Mirror Awards finalist for excellence in media coverage.

A graduate of the University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature, he can be found on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Mr Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and European security and monetary union in the US and Europe, and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As Editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including US President Donald Trump, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism. In February 2018 he received The Media Society's Annual Award. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

John Ridding

John Ridding

Chief Executive Officer
Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, 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). It has also gained a reputation for innovation and digital transformation, and now attracts the largest paying readership in its 128-year history, with two-thirds of its readership coming from digital channels. Mr Ridding also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei, the Japanese media group that acquired the FT in 2015. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.

Mr Ridding’s previous roles include President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. Prior to his Pearson role, 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. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese-language website, which now has more than 2 million users and is the leading international source of business news in China.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both the editorial and business departments, including Deputy Editor, Managing Editor, Asia editor, Paris Correspondent and Korea Correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks. Mr Ridding currently 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 US-based 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.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Shannon Bond

Shannon Bond

US Media and Marketing Correspondent
Financial Times

Shannon Bond is the US Media and Marketing Correspondent for the Financial Times, where since 2014 she has written about publishing, digital media, advertising, television and Hollywood, including some of the biggest deals and most colorful personalities in corporate America. Her work explores how technology is changing how information is created and distributed, and how business models are struggling to keep up. She also co-hosts Alphachat, the FT’s award-winning business and economics podcast, where she interviews industry leaders and interesting thinkers about how media and technology affect our lives.

Since joining the FT in 2008, Ms Bond has written about the rise of the legal cannabis market, US beverage and tobacco companies, economic data, New York City news and politics, and Occupy Wall Street. After earning a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School, she began her journalism career as an interactive editor and producer in the FT’s New York newsroom at the height of the global financial crisis. She can be found on Twitter at @shannonpareil.

James Fontanella-Khan

James Fontanella-Khan

US M&A Correspondent
Financial Times

James Fontanella-Khan is US M&A correspondent at the Financial Times, covering deals across America. Previously he worked on Lex and as a correspondent in Brussels, New Delhi and Mumbai. He started his career at the FT in London on the news desk in 2005. He graduated at Science Po, Paris. Along with Arash Massoudi, Mr Fontanella-Khan is the co-creator of the FT’s new premium deals briefing called Due Diligence. To receive the newsletter in your inbox Tuesday to Friday, sign up here.

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Agenda - 22nd Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:50am
    Welcome Remarks

    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Presentation: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading

    An overview of the economic and geopolitical trends shaking the news media landscape

    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:20am
    Panel: Platforms or Publishers?

    Tech platforms are now where many people go to get their news. How are they working with publishers? Are they doing enough to combat “fake” news? Do they wield too much power?

    Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
    Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships, Facebook
    Ken Doctor, President, Newsonomics
    Richard Gingras, Vice President of News, Google

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Keynote Interview

    Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times

    Interviewed by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    The Polarization Panel

    Our panel considers the evolving news environment and the challenges of running a news operation in 2018 amid White House hostility towards the press and a country divided along partisan lines.

    Isaac Lee, Chief Content Officer, Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa
    Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost
    Christopher Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax Media

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
    Networking Break
  • 11:30am
    Interview: The Power of Tangibility in an Intangible World

    The enduring value of print, digital prospects and the value of engagement.

    John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times Group

    Interviewed by Ken Fisher, Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fisher Investments

  • 11:50am
    Panel: Digital First

    What should a newsroom in 2018 look like -- and what should its priorities be? This panel looks at how a new generation of news services made its mark and explores how digital publishing is changing journalism.

    Jessica Lessin, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, The Information
    Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed
    Josh Tyrangiel, Executive Vice President, Vice News

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Networking Lunch

    Lunch Keynote: Does Fake News Move Markets?

    Jim Cramer, Host, 'Mad Money with Jim Cramer', and Co-Anchor, 'Squawk on The Street', CNBC, and Founder, TheStreet Inc

    In conversation with Ken Fisher, Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fisher Investments

  • 1:40pm
    Keynote Interview

    Jeff Zucker, President, CNN

    Interviewed by Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:05pm
    Panel: The Advertising Conundrum

    How are advertisers responding to the transformation of the media sector? 

    Dominique Delport, Global Managing Director, Havas
    Tamara Ingram, CEO, J. Walter Thompson
    Sharon Rowlands, President, USA Today Network Marketing Solutions

    Moderator: Shannon Bond, US Media and Marketing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Panel: Marketing the News -- Strategies for a Digital Audience

    In an ever noisier media landscape, news publishers across traditional, online and social platforms are battling to gain the attention of switched-on, digital natives. What strategies are they using to broaden and deepen their reach?

    Matthew Belloni, Editorial Director, The Hollywood Reporter
    Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines
    Phillip Picardi, Chief Content Officer, Teen Vogue and them

    Moderator: Shannon Bond, US Media and Marketing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:35pm
    Panel: Television News -- Back with a Bang

    How a news medium roared back with a vengeance in the Trump era. Can it sustain its growth in the digital age? What are the challenges that lie ahead? How should television cover Trump? Is it possible to have non-partisan news programming?

    Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, Executive Vice President, CBS News
    James Goldston, President, ABC News

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Panel: Is Consolidation Coming?

    The media industry seems set for another wave of consolidation. With distributors requiring more content and content creators finding it increasingly difficult to stand alone, the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner is likely to be followed by similar deals. This has implications for regulators as well as audiences. What is the outlook for investment in media, and how will the sector look in five years’ time? Will the deal bubble burst?

    Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Founder and CEO, LionTree
    Valerie Ford Jacob, Partner, Global Transactions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Lisa Knutson, Chief Financial Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company

    Moderator: James Fontanella Khan, US M&A Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Keynote Interview

    Stephen K. Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump campaign

    Interviewed by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Closing Remarks

    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Cocktail Reception

Why Attend?

  • Hear insights from owners/editors of traditional media on how they are dealing with digital disruption
  • Network with peers and current and potential clients/partners/targets
  • Hear insights from new media on how they are challenging the establishment 
  • Hear insights from advertisers on how they are changing their models to adapt to the new media landscape
  • Meet leading journalists from the Financial Times and other publications
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FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Future of News will be attended by C-Suite executives from:

  • Traditional and new media companies
  • Technology platforms
  • Software/hardware companies
  • Private equity and venture capital firms
  • PR and advertising agencies

Job Titles Include:

  • Board Director
  • CEO
  • Chairman
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Content Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Revenue Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Managing Editor
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$875

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Lead Sponsor (1)

Founded in 1979, Fisher Investments is an independent, fee-only investment adviser. As of 12/31/2017, the firm and its subsidiaries manage over $100 billion in assets—over $50 billion for North American private investors, over $37 billion for institutional investors and over $6 billion for European private investors. Fisher Investments maintains four principal business units: Institutional, Private Client, 401(k) Solutions and International, which serve over 175 large institutions and over 46,000 high net worth individuals worldwide. The firm and its subsidiaries have over 2,500 employees located in offices in California, Texas, Washington, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Dubai and Japan.

Founder and Executive Chairman Ken Fisher wrote the Forbes “Portfolio Strategy” column for 32 ½ years into 2017, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. Ken now writes weekly columns for USA Today and Germany’s Focus Money, and monthly columns in the UK’s Financial Times, Denmark’s Børsen, the Netherland’s Telegraaf and Spain’s El Economista. Ken authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers—and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.

Supporting Partners (3)

The Content Council is the premier non-profit organization representing content marketers globally. As the definitive resource for content marketing insights and thought leadership, we are focused on promoting the growth and vitality of this dynamic marketing discipline. We are also an excellent resource for connecting brand marketers with the best content agency to meet their specific needs.  Through creativity and strategy, our members build content programs that deliver results.

Digital Content Next (DCN) is the only trade organization dedicated to serving the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers. The organization was founded in June 2001 as the Online Publishers Association (OPA). Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, DCN produces proprietary research for its members and the public, creates public and private forums to explore and advance key issues that impact digital content brands, offers an influential voice that speaks for digital content companies in the press, with advertisers and policy makers, and works to educate the public at large on the importance of quality content brands. Digital Content Next’s membership has an unduplicated audience of 223,098 million unique visitors or 100% reach of the U.S. online population.*

*Source: comScore Media Metrix Multiplatform Custom Audience Duplication, June 2016, U.S. DCN Member Entities

The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) is a non-profit membership association for content providers in all media, and for their defense lawyers, providing a wide range of resources on media and policy issues. These include news and analysis of legal, legislative and regulatory developments; litigation resources and practice guides; and national and international media law conferences and meetings. MLRC is supported by over 140  members, including leading publishers, broadcasters, cable programmers, internet operators, professional trade associations and media insurance companies. The MLRC’s Defense Counsel Section includes more than 215 law firms that specialize in media defense representation.

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