CEO/Chief Strategist, Double A Events
After nearly 15 years working with marketing leaders at Disney, Warner Bros., and Riot Games, Amber Allen founded Double A in 2012 to create experiential marketing partnerships alongside innovative companies in the gaming, entertainment, and technology industries. Since the company’s formation, Amber and her team have worked with clients like DirecTV, Alienware, Twitch, and Disney, earning the #264 spot on Inc’s list of fastest growing companies in 2016. Amber is an Innovation broker, she is passionate about new technology and the opportunities it creates for people to connect with each other in new and exciting ways.
Karen Aviram Beatty
Managing Director, Global Search Partnerships, Google, Inc.
Since joining Google in 2003, Karen has worked on and led a number of Strategic Partnerships teams, focusing on partner monetization and Google search product distribution. Karen currently runs the partnerships group that focuses on Google’s largest search and applications partnerships globally. Prior to Google, Karen worked as an Information Technology Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on clients in the financial industry.
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University. Karen is also an active triathlete and mentor for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training organization. When Karen is not running triathlons, she’s running after her 1.5 year old son.
Shelley Wright Brindle
Principal at Brindle and Associates, LLC and Global Ambassador, Vital Voices
Shelley Brindle is an experienced leader and respected C-suite operating executive with 25 years of diverse experience. She is recognized as a visionary and an empowering values-based leader with a passion for creating collaborative and accountable cultures to drive innovative outcomes and exceptional results. She has proven to be a strategic thought leader and creative problem solver who can identify and capitalize on future trends.
Shelley served most recently as Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution and Marketing at HBO where she was responsible for the revenue, marketing, and overall distribution strategy of HBO and Cinemax’s $4.4B domestic subscription business, which represented 80% of HBO’s total revenues. Shelley left in March 2016 to pursue more meaningful and entrepreneurial work, leveraging her experience as the first woman on the HBO executive floor to serve as a mentor to emerging female leaders.
In addition to founding Brindle and Associates, a media and leadership consulting firm, Shelley is a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices, serving as a mentor for emerging women leaders around the world, is a founding member of Plum Alley Investments, a member of the Committee of 200 (C200), W.O.M.E.N. in America, and a regular participant at Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit. She is a Board member for Philo, a next generation streaming television solution named by Fast Company as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014,” and also serves on the tri-state regional Board of Playworks, the Westfield Day Care Center, and previously served on the President’s Working Group on Culture at the University of Virginia. Shelley is also a volunteer and committee member for Home For Good Dog Rescue.
Shelley holds a BA in Rhetoric and Communications Studies/History from the University of Virginia. She lives in Westfield, New Jersey with her husband Kip, their three children and any number of foster dogs waiting for a good home.
Co-Author, Geek Girl Rising (St. Martin’s Press May 2017); Angel Investor and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Heather Cabot is an award-winning journalist, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and contributor to Women@Forbes. She is a former ABC News correspondent and anchor of World News Now/World News This Morning. Cabot jumped into the digital revolution when she was hired to serve as Web Life Editor for Yahoo! in 2007. During her tenure through 2012, she reported on how the Internet was transforming our everyday lives for Today, GMA, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and dozens of local TV and radio stations around the country. Cabot is an angel investor and adviser to several women-led startups and is a member of Golden Seeds. She is married to her best friend, Neeraj Khemlani, President of Hearst Entertainment and her Columbia J ’93 classmate. They reside in the NYC area and are parents to tween twins and a Goldendoodle named Midnight.
Tina Exarhos is Chief Content Officer of NowThis Media, a leading digital media company known for producing and distributing short-form video for mobile and social consumption. Exarhos is also Marketing Advisor at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, the venture-capital fund that seeded NowThis and New York’s most active technology investment fund.
Prior to joining NowThis, Exarhos was CMO of MTV, overseeing all marketing and creative development for the powerhouse brand. During her 29-year tenure at the company, she was at the forefront of the MTV’s constant creative reinvention – and responsible for its brand identity, short-form interstitial content, visual packaging, digital and social marketing, and consumer and trade advertising.
At NowThis, Exarhos oversees content distributed on all platforms and brand strategy, and reports to Co-Founder and Chairman Kenneth Lerer. At LHV, Tina advises the Fund on marketing strategies and consults with LHV’s portfolio on their go-to-market branding and marketing strategies.
Founded in late 2012 by Kenneth Lerer and Eric Hippeau, NowThis is the number one video news publisher across the social web (according to Tubular Labs) and currently has more than 1.6 billion video views a month across all its social channels with more than 8 billion monthly impressions.
NowThis is the leader of the Distributed Media Model – producing and distributing video natively to social feeds and platforms where it is consumed. NowThis produces platform appropriate content, providing audiences timely and relevant news in a format that is visually conducive to the social platform.
Nancy Mendelson Gates
Partner and Co-head, Television Talent Department, United Talent Agency
Nancy Mendelson Gates is a Partner and the Co-Head of the TV Talent department at United Talent Agency. At UTA, she oversees the careers of some of television’s biggest stars, some of the industry’s most exciting emerging talent, and the operations of the New York office.
Gates graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University in May 1989 with a degree in Political Economy. She secured a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in May 1993 and followed this with work in Economic Development in New York City. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and began her entertainment career in UTA’s Agent Training Program. She was one of the fastest-promoted UTA agents, earning her talent agent stripes in less than two years. In January of 2012, Gates moved to Manhattan to help open UTA’s New York offices.
Having worked in the Television Talent department for over 20 years, Gates has been instrumental in both growing the agency’s television talent operations, as well as developing and packaging successful network and cable series. Since moving to New York, she has helped the agency build its operations from four to more than 100 employees.
Among a long list of clients, she represents such talented actors as Samantha Bee, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Zosia Mamet, Sarah Paulson, Tim Daly, Paul Giamatti, Michael J. Fox, Patrick Dempsey, Anna Friel, Elizabeth Hurley, Brooke Shields, Kenan Thompson, Wilmer Valderrama, David Tennant and Natalie Dormer.
Gates is active in the UTA Foundation and with her alma mater Barnard College/Columbia University. She is married and has a 12-year-old daughter.
Chief Creative Officer, New Form Digital
Kathleen Grace is the chief creative officer of New Form. She guides the company’s mission to become the next generation studio by producing high-quality, scripted programming for today’s digital audiences. As an experienced creator herself, Grace is uniquely qualified to develop production and distribution opportunities for the business, as well as today’s emerging actors, writers and filmmakers.
Since launching New Form in March 2014, Grace and the NFD team have developed and produced 30 pilots, with 19 of those being sold into series to a variety of distribution partners, including Verizon, CW The Seed and Refinery29. One of the seven scripted series sold to Verizon’s go90 is RePlay, written and produced by Grace. As both a studio head and creator, Grace is a sought after industry leader with a distinct POV on the future of entertainment. Additionally, she is on the advisory boards for VidCon, the Austin Film Festival, Women in Animation and the Banff World Media Festival.
Before assuming her current leadership role at New Form in 2014, Grace served as head of creative development for YouTubeSpace LA, a studio dedicated to YouTube content creators and collaboration. While at YouTube, Grace was the driving force behind the concept, build out and development of the company’s YouTube Space initiative, establishing studios in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.
Prior to joining YouTube, she was vice president of production and programming at Next New Networks, which was acquired by YouTube in 2011. In this capacity, she oversaw the production of original series and spearheaded projects with emerging online talent. Grace has also created several notable web series as an independent producer, including the critically acclaimed The Burg and Vuguru’s mockumentary, The All for Nots.
Grace attended McGill University and is based in Los Angeles, California.
Founder, Melinc.com and Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of the West and Women of NY
Melissa Grego is a journalist, editor and conference producer with expertise in TV, media and entertainment and a keen interest in connecting and empowering professional women.
She was the first female Editor-in- Chief of TV industry publication Broadcasting & Cable. While at B&C, she created, launched and produced the off-the- record Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of NY and Women of the West conferences, which she acquired from B&C in 2015 and is now presenting through her company Melinc (mel-link).
Grego founded Melinc in 2015 with a mission to promote gender equality in the media, entertainment and technology community through the production of editorial content, conferences and networking initiatives. She continues to collaborate with B&C and its parent company NewBay Media as a B&C contributor and as executive producer of NewBay’s Next TV Summit & Expo a high-level, future-focused conference series providing insights into the impact of new video devices, delivery systems and consumer expectations in the OTT era.
Earlier in her career, Grego held leadership positions at The Hollywood Reporter and TelevisionWeek and was a staff reporter covering TV at Variety. She has provided perspective about TV and media on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NPR, ABC News, Yah? oo, “Access Hollywood” and “The Insider” and was a special correspondent for “Extra.” She’s a frequent moderator of Q&As and panels on TV, media and entertainment, as well as women-in- business topics. Twitter: @melissagrego LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/melissagrego
SVP, Emerging Platforms and Partnerships, Discovery Communications
As Senior Vice President of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships at Discovery Communications, Rebecca Howard leads strategy, programming and production for Discovery Communications’ Webby- and Shorty-award winning Discovery VR brand portfolio and drives social initiatives and new partnerships in collaboration with the company’s U.S. networks leadership. Howard assumes leadership of Discovery VR as the product surpasses 2M downloads and reaches 100M views across platforms. Since its launch in August 2015, the offering has grown to include over 130 immersive experiences, from network extensions to branded content and standalone videos.
Prior to joining Discovery in this capacity, Howard served as a strategic virtual reality advisor for several digital-focused companies, including Discovery. Previously, Howard served as General Manager of Video at The New York Times, where she was responsible for developing and growing the company’s video content across platforms, overseeing content strategy, branding, marketing and distribution, and leading the launch of Times Video, which received an Emmy nomination for Modern Love and an Emmy win for A Short History of the High-rise. She also led the launch of New York Times VR and oversaw the launch of the company’s first VR film, Walking New York, created in partnership with Chris Milk. Howard also previously served as Head of Development at AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, where she oversaw the production, development and launch of original scripted and non-scripted series, and as VP Production, Fox Digital Studios at 20th Century Fox, where she created original programming, branded entertainment and various integrated marketing initiatives.
Howard has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Vermont. She is based in Discovery’s Los Angeles office.
ABC News Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent
Host, Creator, and Managing Editor of Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis
Rebecca Jarvis is the ABC News Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent; and the Host, Creator, and Managing Editor of Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis. Jarvis reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Jarvis has conducted news making interviews with the biggest names in business and technology, including Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Diane von Furstenberg, Jack Dorsey, and the first female CEO to run a car company, GM’s Mary Barra. She has covered multiple Presidential elections, the Madoff scandal, housing bubble, Great Recession, financial crisis and the fall of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Jarvis is the recipient of a Dupont Award for her work covering the Newtown tragedy.
Before joining ABC News, Jarvis was co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” and Business and Economics correspondent for CBS News. Prior to CBS News, Jarvis spent 3 years at CNBC reporting on market news from the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the New York Mercantile Exchange. She also contributed regularly to NBC News including the “Today Show” and “Nightly News”.
Jarvis began her journalism career writing for Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She has also worked in investment banking and foreign currency trading.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Jarvis holds a degree in Economics and Constitutional Law. A recipient of the University of Chicago Dean’s Grant, she studied European banking and financial markets and the formation of the European Union at the Université Sciences Po in Paris, France.
Jarvis has received national recognition for her work with Colin Powell to empower children and improve communities and was named a “National Point of Light,” receiving accolades from Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
Vice President, Products, The Associated Press
Joy J. Jones is the global head of products for the Associated Press, overseeing all product portfolio and distribution platform development across AP’s multimedia content licensing, advertising and content service businesses.
Ms. Jones has held a variety of product, sales, business development and operations roles during her tenure with the AP. Currently she is leading the charge to build more socially relevant, mobile-friendly and visually-driven product offerings that customers can easily integrate into their workflows and their monetization strategies. Ms. Jones is at the forefront of creating new solutions for publishers and advertisers who thrive on compelling story content in a widely dispersed media environment.
Before AP, Ms. Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where she was an executive with the Telecom Media Networks consulting practice. She earned an MBA at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Principal, BRaVe Media Ventures
Jennifer is an award winning entertainment and media strategist who leads with cross-platform DNA. As Principal at BRaVe Media Ventures, she led advisory work for major clients with an emphasis on persona mapping, content marketing, organizational development and OTT strategy. She also led the content acquisition & development arm of the business driving innovation around packaging for co-production partners.
Prior to joining BRaVe, Jen was the EVP and US General Manager of Beamly, the social marketing platform for television which successfully sold to COTY Brands in October 2015. Beamly recruited Jen from NBCU where she was SVP, Digital at NBCU’s Oxygen network. During her tenure, she raised Oxygen Media’s digital profile to be recognized as a leader in innovation within the entertainment landscape.
Chief Content Officer, GO90
Ivana Kirkbride is currently the Chief Content Officer for GO90 where she oversees both creator relations, content acquisition, partner management and business development. Ivana is responsible for GO90’s content strategy, development & programming, channel mix, editorial and merchandising strategy across live sports, originals, primetime and best-of-the-web. Previously, Ivana was the Head of Content at Vessel where she oversaw all content efforts and creator partnerships.
Prior to Vessel, she spent five years at YouTube, most recently as the Head of Unscripted where she oversaw unscripted development, programming and production involving top creators for YouTube Originals. Additionally, she led the YouTube Content Accelerator, global content investments and investment strategy at YouTube. Ivana began her time at YouTube as the Pop Culture lead for Original Programming where she oversaw the launch of over 25 YouTube original channels such as WIGS, Awesomeness TV, The Nerdist, SourceFed, Young Hollywood and more.
Ivana holds a bachelor’s degree in science with a concentration in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Television Producer, (The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Third Rock from the Sun, That 70s Show, Nurse Jackie, Peaky Blinders)
Caryn Mandabach is a television producer whose ground-breaking US hits include The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Third Rock from the Sun, That 70s Show, Nurse Jackie, and BBC/Netflix PEAKY BLINDERS.
At present Mandabach owns and operates production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mandabach has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, a Producers Guild award, and a Publicists Guild Award, and an RTS Award. She divides her time between London, Dorset, and the Pacific Palisades in California.
Founder and President, Astronauts Wanted
Prior to Astronauts, Judy was Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, responsible for the business and creative operation of the company networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, and Spike TV. In addition, McGrath championed pro-social initiatives like the Hope for Haiti Now global concert, Nickelodeon’s Let’s Just Play, MTV’s anti-bullying initiative A Thin Line, and many more. McGrath is a member of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, received an Emmy for Outstanding General Programming, and is on the board of Amazon as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
President, Melton Marketing
Tricia Melton is currently a brand strategy and marketing consultant with a focus on content marketing. She provides strategic advisory to C-level executives for building brand and content strategies across multiple platforms. Additionally, she works with executives to identify audience opportunities, brand position and creative approach for multiplatform integration. Her recent clients include: Amazon, Doctors Without Borders, Konation Media, Nuryl, PrimeCycle and PromaxBDA.
Melton was previously the senior vice president of entertainment marketing and branding for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In this role, she was responsible for the brand strategy and creative development of marketing in support of the networks’ brands and programming. She was also responsible for all digital/social strategy and initiatives for the networks.
Since joining TBS in 2004, Melton supervised high profile, innovative and socially driven marketing campaigns, including award-winning work for the launch of TBS’s late-night series CONAN. She championed and led the initiative to bring Conan to ComicCon in July 2015 for his first-ever week of live shows from that fan-centric event. She led the strategy and development of the TBS social media re-branding initiative, which resulted in dramatic growth for the brand against all key social metrics. She has also overseen extraordinary campaigns for TBS’s original comedy series Cougar Town, Family Guy, American Dad, and Conan, secured the TBS position as the leading network for 18-34 and 18-49 audiences. She has also led campaigns for The Big Bang Theory on TBS, which has ranked as basic cable’s #1 off-net sitcom for four consecutive years. Among Melton’s first achievements for the network was marketing the hugely successful Sex and the City launch, a key component in the network’s re-branding campaign as a comedy network.
In 2006, Melton’s duties expanded to include TNT. She has since led award-winning marketing initiatives for some of the biggest hits on cable, including The Last Ship, Legends, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Major Crimes and Dallas. She led the innovative Dallas campaign with a focus on social media, including the award-winning JR Ewing Facebook initiative. She led her team in the marketing for TNT’s summer lineup, which included the blockbuster hit The Last Ship, the compelling crime drama Murder in the First and the thriller from Howard Gordon, Legends. Melton recently won a Gold PromaxBDA Award for the viral “Don’t Kill Sean Bean” social media campaign for the launch of Legends. Additionally, Melton led the brand strategy refresh for TNT with a new focus on thrilling drama and a new tagline: TNT. Boom.
Melton began overseeing TCM marketing in 2007. In that time, she led the development of a life-style marketing brand strategy leveraging the passion brand status of TCM. This resulted in the expansion of the brand to include an annual film festival franchise, the TCM Classic Film Cruise, retailer partnerships with Bloomingdales and a robust digital streaming site. She has also overseen the marketing for the network’s high-profile documentary series Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood and the U.S. television debut of the 15-part series The Story of Film: An Odyssey. She also oversaw the marketing for TCM specials, like the Night at the Movies collection of genre documentaries; major programming initiatives, like 31 Days of OscarÒ and Summer Under the Stars.
Melton also served on the Promax/BDA board for the past three years. She is also a member of CTAM: Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and Women in Cable Television (WICT), and is on the Advertising Advisory Board for the University of Georgia, Peabody School of Journalism. Additionally, Melton served on the Entertainment Advisory board for Viggle,
Melton joined Turner after serving as vice president of marketing for Lifetime Television, where she was responsible for all aspects of consumer, affiliate, ad sales and synergy marketing for Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. During her tenure at Lifetime, she successfully launched two new original series, Wild Card and 1-800-Missing. She also developed the marketing plan for the most successful special in Lifetime’s history, The Golden Girls Reunion.
Before Lifetime, Melton served as vice president of marketing for Oxygen Media, overseeing consumer and affiliate marketing and advertising for the Oxygen network, from its launch in 1999 until October 2002. She developed marketing campaigns for successful launches of original series, acquisitions and movies, including Oprah: After the Show, Xena: Warrior Princess and movies@oxygen. Melton also created and launched marketing events, including the Oxygen Tank Tour, a national grassroots tour traveling to more than 40 markets.
From 1997 to 1999, Melton served as vice president of marketing for Food Network, overseeing all marketing initiatives for the network, including branding and advertising, national consumer promotions, programming stunts, national events and cross-promotional partnerships. Melton’s other positions included serving as vice president of marketing and promotions for Channel One Network in New York (1995-1997) and manager of promotions and communications for Channel One Communications in Knoxville, Tenn. She began her career as marketing development specialist for the Whittle Educational Network, a division of Whittle Communications. Melton holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
Commissioner of Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)
Julie Menin is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), an agency which oversees a key sector in New York City’s economy and brings economic development to neighborhoods across all five boroughs. The agency is comprised of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and NYC Media. The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as a one-stop shop for the entertainment industry, a sector that contributes nearly $9 billion to the City of New York’s economy and employs over 130,000 New Yorkers. With Menin’s appointment in February 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the agency to encompass the full scope of the industry, including music, advertising, publishing, digital media and real estate as it relates to the creation of creative content. The agency also oversees NYC Media, a division responsible for managing and programming all of the media assets for the City of New York, which includes a television broadcast network reaching over 18 million people, a radio station and six local cable stations.
Prior to MOME, Menin served for two years as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the nation’s largest municipal consumer affairs agency. As DCA Commissioner, Menin launched groundbreaking initiatives to protect consumers and was instrumental in launching and leading the Paid Sick Leave Law, the Small Business Relief Package to reduce fines on businesses, and the implementation of the Living Wage Executive Order.
Under Menin’s stewardship, DCA achieved a remarkable turnaround by reducing fines on businesses by one third while increasing consumer restitution by 70 percent. In addition, she launched the City’s first expanded Earned Income Tax initiative, creating an outreach program that resulted in an extraordinary 50 percent increase in New Yorkers using the City’s free tax centers and returning $260 million to low income New Yorkers. Menin also launched innovative legal investigations into not-for profit colleges, debt collectors, and other industries preying on New Yorkers.
For nearly two decades, Menin has been a pioneering leader in support of the City’s economic development. As a small business owner impacted by September 11th, she founded and ran Wall Street Rising, a non-profit devoted to promoting and sustaining businesses in lower Manhattan. Wall Street Rising assisted hundreds of local businesses and organizations identify and apply for government assistance programs which enabled more than 600 of them to stay in business. In 2002, Menin worked with Jane Rosenthal and Robert de Niro when they launched the first Tribeca Film Festival, and through Wall Street Rising, initiated the large scale cultural and economic development projects Art Downtown and Music Downtown, which brought thousands of people to Lower Manhattan and greatly supported the small businesses in the area.
In 2005, Menin was elected to Chairperson for Community Board 1, a position she held for seven years and was widely acknowledged for her help in leading the revitalization of lower Manhattan. During her tenure as Chairperson, she helped build three new public schools, numerous new parks and secured $150 million of public funding to construct the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center. In 2009, she created, hosted and co-produced NBC’s Give & Take, an interview program focused on politics, current events, media and health. In 2013, she ran for Manhattan Borough President.
An accomplished lawyer and community leader, Menin began her career in 1992 as a regulatory attorney at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington D.C., and worked as Senior Regulatory Attorney at Colgate-Palmolive in New York City beginning in 1995.
>Menin has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership, including the National Association of Women Business Owners Community Service Award, the Women’s City Club of New York “City Spirit Award,” the New York League of Conservation Voters “Public Service” award, City and State’s “40 Under 40” award, the Women’s Campaign Fund’s “Rising Star” award, the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” award, and Citizen Union’s “Civic Leadership” award. Menin has served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Governor’s Island, the National September 11th Memorial & Museum, the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, and is currently on the board of Public Service at Harvard College, the Paley Center for Media and NYC & Company.
Menin earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and her J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
President Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang
Christina Miller is president and general manager for Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, as well as their digital brand extensions, including Cartoon Network.com and Adult Swim.com. In this capacity, Miller is responsible for leading the business in North America and working closely with Turner International to establish short and long-term priorities, as well as an overall worldwide strategic plan that will more closely align the Kids business. Her role includes global oversight of linear and non-linear content, the consumer products group and franchise management, as well as content output from two animation production facilities—Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA, and Williams Street Studios in Atlanta. Miller is based in Atlanta, and reports directly to David Levy, President of Turner.
Prior to her current new role, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio, which includes NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour digital television network, NBA.com, WNBA.com, NBA League.com, NBA League Pass; and the league’s broadband and wireless businesses. Miller’s duties as senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Promotions included managing relationships with league partners, Turner networks and their digital extensions, as well as the strategic planning and scheduling of on-air sports programming and developing marketing programs for the division’s linear and digital properties. Previously, she was senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and directed Turner’s youth and young adults consumer products and home video business in the United States, including global licensing partnerships and merchandising strategies and retail business development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties.
Miller joined Cartoon Network Enterprises in 2005 and was responsible for building the division’s first global, multi-property, strategic partnership which brought the entire Cartoon Network portfolio of toys to market. She also launched CNE’s first consumer products franchise Ben 10, overseeing the development of the property in all key categories. Under her direction and in addition to managing the licensing of all Cartoon Network and Adult Swim original series, CNE expanded its role in to third-party licensing through strategic partnerships that built on the division’s core competencies.
Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for brand strategy and licensing for classic preschool brands including Thomas & Friends™, Barney, The Wiggles™ and Bob the Builder™.
Correspondent, CBS News
Michelle Miller is an award-winning CBS News Correspondent based in New York, reporting for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Her work regularly appears on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” She joined CBS News in 2004.
While at CBS News, Miller provided extensive coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown. She also covered the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.; the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio; the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections; the death of Whitney Houston; and Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Katrina.
Miller won a national Emmy award in 2015 for her multi-platform series following a group of high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around at the National Guard’s Sunburst Youth Challenge. The series was prominently featured on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” Miller has also been honored with a Radio and Television News Directors Association’s Edward R. Murrow Award and two National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence awards. She was voted Woman of the Year by the National Sports Foundation, and in 2014, TV Week named Miller as one of the “12 to watch in TV news.” Miller contributed to CBS News’ duPont-Columbia award-winning coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.
Miller was part of the team that covered the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton in London in 2011. She also provided extensive reports on the George Zimmerman trial; the rape investigation of former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Occupy Wall Street movement and was first on the scene for CBS News during the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
She has interviewed global leaders, politicians, artists and celebrities, including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, renowned artist Peter Max, Beyonce, John Goodman, Tony Bennett, James Earl Jones, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Carlos Santana and violinist Yo-Yo Ma.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University and studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania. Miller also holds a master’s degree in urban studies from the University of New Orleans.
Her career in broadcast and print journalism includes work at the Los Angeles Times, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, WWL-TV in New Orleans, WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., the Orange County Newschannel and ABC News Nightline in Washington, D.C. Miller also taught journalism and mass communication courses at Dillard University in New Orleans.
In addition to her reporting duties, Miller is a member of the Board of Advisors at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the United Way of New Orleans and has served on the March of Dimes National Communications Advisory Council. Previously, Miller served as vice president of the YWCA of Greater New Orleans and president of both the Black Journalists Association of Southern California and the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists.
Miller has also participated in the Poynter Institute, was a Hitesman Lecturer at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, a guest panelist for the Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference at the Harvard Business School and a guest speaker for the National Model UN Program. She has spoken at several colleges including Drew University, Howard University, Wellesley College, Stony Brook University, Southern University at New Orleans and Loyola University.
Miller is married with two children.
Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal
Laura Molen serves as Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal. In this role, Molen has strategic oversight of all advertising sales initiatives for Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Esquire, Sprout and Telemundo. Molen reports to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Client Partnership and Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal.
Molen joined the company in February 2013 as Executive Vice President, Cable Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal, overseeing sales of NBCUniversal’s impressive cable entertainment networks – including the No. 1 cable network USA, Syfy, E!, Esquire Network, Chiller, Cloo and WWE.
From 2011-2013, Molen served as Executive Vice President of Network Sales for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, Molen led all advertising sales and marketing operations for Univision Network, TeleFuture Network and Univision Cable Networks, to an unprecedented approximately $2 billion in revenue.
Prior to joining Univision, Molen served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for VH1 Ad Sales and Marketing at MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom. In that role, she led the network’s sales organization into cross-platform solutions and spearheaded strategies to bring advertisers into original programming. In 2010, Molen led VH1’s rebranding to advertisers and audiences, which resulted in one of the most successful upfronts in the network’s history.
Molen also previously served as vice president, National Sales Manager for both VH1 and Spike TV. Molen was a 16-year veteran of Viacom, also holding several positions within UPN and Paramount Domestic Television. Before Viacom, she held account executive positions at E! and Turner Broadcasting’s CNN/Headline News. She has also worked on the advertising agency side in buying roles at McCann Erickson and Grey Advertising.
Laura is a graduate of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Vice President, News & Public Affairs, PBS
As Vice President, News & Public Affairs for PBS, Marie Nelson is responsible for collaborating with executive producers of acclaimed PBS news and public affairs series, as well as independent producers, to develop and direct innovative approaches to engage audiences in current events across these programs and platforms.
Ms. Nelson is a seasoned content developer with experience in public media and other broadcast and cable organizations. Prior to PBS, she served as executive producer of national programs at PBS member station WGBH. At WGBH, she oversaw the production of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, an eight-part documentary series that explores the impact of America’s changing demographics.
Prior to WGBH, Ms. Nelson was the acting vice president of news & original programming for BET Networks, where she oversaw a range of cross-platform projects, including Battleground 2012, a yearlong politics initiative. She also served as the founding executive producer for NPR’s “Tell Me More” and as a producer for “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “World News Tonight” at ABC News. Nelson has also served in public affairs and international development roles with the U.S. Department of State, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Africare.
Founder/Creative Director, Undefined Creative
Maria Rapetskaya is the creative leader and architect of Undefined Creative, a boutique motion graphics agency that works with household names like NHL, NBC Universal, The Maury Show, Better Homes & Gardens and United Nations. She built the company’s reputation on good old-fashioned customer service and consistent execution on brand, on time and on budget. She stubbornly remains hands-on in both design and production, doing what she truly loves on a daily basis.
Blessed with nearly 20 years of success, Maria is a serious pay-it-forward give-backer – through teaching, mentoring, writing and public speaking. She’s taught at NYU, NYU Continuing Education and University of the Arts. She regularly contributes her thoughts on entrepreneurship and creativity to the likes of 99U, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Fortune, as well as professional organizations such as AIGA and PromaxBDA. Together with her studio, Maria donates 300+ hours a year in pro bono work and mentorships.
Define Your Path, her new mentoring platform, helps creatives at all levels to develop careers and companies that accurately express their personalities and goals.
A near-native New Yorker, Maria lives in Brooklyn, but gets out often — with 60 countries on six continents under her belt, and counting.
Co-President, Sundance Selects and IFC Films
As Co-President of Sundance Selects and IFC Films, Lisa Schwartz serves as a full partner in all of the company’s operations, including oversight of creative and financial success of the film brands. Additionally, she oversees the division’s strategy for creating and identifying strategic partnerships that provide long-term financial stability for the division.
Schwartz’s oversight includes domestic and foreign distribution for IFC Films across all platforms, including theatrical, premium VOD, pay TV, digital, mobile, home video, and all emerging new platforms. Schwartz was a key executive in the creation of the new infrastructure within IFC Films to fully develop and maximize the business model for the division’s day and date distribution initiatives. The day and date distribution model was groundbreaking industry first, distributing independent films to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, and has met with great success due to the strong demand for multiplatform content.
In 2010, Schwartz also spearheaded the launch of IFC Midnight, a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment, including horror, science-fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more, and was one of the key architects behind the launch of Sundance Selects, a leading U.S. distributor of prestige films that focuses on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. In addition, Schwartz led the development of SundanceNow, an online destination where viewers can rent or buy the best in contemporary and classic independent films from all over world.
In 2006, Schwartz joined IFC Films with more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining the division, she served as senior vice president of national accounts and advanced services for AMC Networks National Affiliate Sales, the national distribution division of IFC Films’ parent company AMC Networks Inc. There, Schwartz played a significant role in pioneering the introduction of IFC In Theaters and developing key strategies that maximized IFC Films’ relationship with filmmakers and MVPDs. She also managed several national accounts including Comcast corporate for AMC Networks’ TV business units AMC, IFC and WE tv and was responsible for distribution and contract negotiations for all distributors for several of AMC Networks’ VOD services, Previously, Schwartz held various key affiliate distribution positions within the Company.
Schwartz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Cabrini College. She has been named to CableFAX’s Most Powerful Women, Multichannel News/WICT Wonder Woman in 2011 and Woman to Watch in 2010. Schwartz is an alumna of CTAM University, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s executive management program at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Television Academy, New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIF), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and has served as board President for The Country Day School of the Sacret Heart, an all girl’s Catholic Private School in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Founder & CEO, Monami Entertainment and Executive Producer, Love & Hip Hop on VH1
Mona Scott-Young has proven that with integrity, hard work and dedication, anything is possible. She is a successful talent manager, television producer, publisher, and TV host, as well as CEO and Founder of Monami Entertainment (www.monamient.com). The multi-media entertainment company is home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott, publishing imprint Monami Books and VH1’s most popular docu-franchise Love & Hip Hop.
For television, Scott-Young is executive producer of the Love & Hip Hop franchise, its related shows and spin offs, as well as numerous reunion shows and specials for VH1, where she has also served as on-camera host and narrator. Additionally, she produced VH1’s late night series The Afterparty, was executive producer of VH1’s 2016 Hip Hop Honors, and is a consulting executive producer on the network’s late night talk format, The Amber Rose Show. Scott-Young is also executive producer of the new WE tv docu-series Money. Power. Respect.
While television production, talent management and publishing are at the core of Monami Entertainment, Scott-Young is also part owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Myx Fusions (www.myxfusions.com) – a premium, ready-to-drink wine beverage company which boasts a line of fruit infused moscatos, as well as sangrias, and is currently in over 60 markets worldwide. She has also ventured into creating mobile content with the release of Love & Hip Hop: The Game – a lifestyle mobile app available for download worldwide.
Scott-Young’s business and philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of organizations and publications.
When not in the office, Scott-Young enjoys time with her family and serves on the board of The Haitian Roundtable and The GrassROOTS Community Foundation.
CEO, Assembly Entertainment
As CEO of Assembly Entertainment, Christina Wayne develops and produces scripted dramas worldwide, including “I’m Dying Up Here” for Showtime (currently in production) and nine one-hour cable dramas in active development at Cinemax, Amazon, WGN, USA, A+E and BBC America.
Prior to creating Assembly Entertainment, Wayne was President at Cineflix Studios, Cineflix’s scripted TV division, where she oversaw the company’s scripted programming and was an executive producer on BBC America’s “Copper.” During her tenure, she was responsible for development, production and sales of all scripted series worldwide and she grew the department from one to ten executives between New York, Los Angeles, the UK and Canada.
She was also Senior VP of scripted series/miniseries for AMC, where she shepherded the development and production on the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series “Mad Men,” the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series “Breaking Bad,” and the Emmy® Award-winning mini-series “Broken Trail.”
Earlier in her career, Wayne excelled in all facets of production as a screenwriter (represented by ICM), director, producer and staff writer. She began her career as part of the Rolling Stone Magazine editorial staff.
Wayne and her family live in New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.
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