Variety’s Tune In: The TV Summit 2014

Variety's Tune : The TV Summit

Variety is pleased to announce Tune In: The TV Summit 2014, marking the return of its popular annual event dedicated to the television industry. With audiences splintered across new and varied traditional and digital programming platforms, the TV Summit will explore how to recognize opportunity to advance the overall business. Networks, advertisers, showrunners, production companies, over-the-top channels and services will explore what it means to develop, market, monetize and distribute successful programming for today’s audiences and beyond.

Eventbrite - The TV Summit 2013



8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Marc Juris, President and General Manager, WEtv

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tremor Video: TVUNBOXED
A Presentation by Doron Wesly, Head of Market Strategy, Tremor Video

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Conan O’Brien, Host of Conan

10:15 to 11:00 a.m. The Future of the TV Business
TV chiefs are grappling with many disruptions to their traditional business models – mutiny over the current pilot development and series order process, questions over properly monetizing their shows across platforms, continued audience drift across an expanding channel universe and more. How are network leaders, service providers, TV production chiefs and their partners attacking these developments to propel the overall business forward? How are they balancing viewers’ demands for all content all the time, with the need to protect the value of their shows from launch through their entire life cycle? TV industry chiefs will debate their strategies to succeed in this complicated landscape.

Cynthia Littleton, Editor-in-Chief, TV, Variety

Edward Sabin, Group Chief Operating Officer, Discovery/TLC Networks
Chuck Saftler, Chief Operating Officer, FX Networks
Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer, Nickelodeon/MTVN Family and Kids Group
Ari Greenburg, Partner, Head of TV Group, WME
Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Networking Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon The Advancing Frontier of Multi-Platform Pay TV
Increasingly TV networks and their providers are adding comprehensive over-the-top solutions to their video delivery operations. In this way, audiences can be captured regardless of how they watch, with advertising messages directed to them live or delayed on any device. How is Pay TV best delivering streaming and video-on-demand content along with their linear services? How is this community creating the right monetization opportunities for growing over-the-top viewing options? How are networks and providers collaborating on which channels to offer as streaming or VOD viewing? Networks, service providers, and technology partners talk about successfully advancing their business across platforms.

Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-in-Chief, Digital, Variety

Mike Biard, President Distribution Fox Networks
James Rooke, General Manager, Business Solutions, FreeWheel
Shelley Brindle Wright, EVP Domestic Network Distribution, HBO Enterprises
David Levy is the Chief Operating Officer of true[X] media
Coleman Breland, President, Turner Network Sales
Steven L. Canepa, General Manager, Global Media & Entertainment Industry, IBM

12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. TV’s Reality Rainmakers
Reality and non-fiction programming continue to occupy a large part of the TV landscape, and can reliably deliver juggernaut ratings and offer unique advertiser opportunities. But as more and more series come to air – what is critical in keeping the genre fresh? How are we developing new ideas from worldwide formats for breakthrough success in the U.S.? What homegrown formats are proving to be hits elsewhere? Network reality chiefs and top producers will talk about how they are continuing to drive this genre forward.

Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety

Thom Beers, CEO Fremantle North America
Susanne Daniels, President Programming, MTV Networks
Simon Andreae, EVP Alternative Programming, Fox Broadcasting
Brent Montgomery, Executive Producer (Pawn Stars, Restoration Hardware) and Owner, Leftfield Pictures
Tara Long, SVP US Alternative Programming, eOne TV
Orly Adelson, President ITV Studios America

12:45 noon to 1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. to 1:55 Spotlight Conversation with Film LA and TV Showrunners

Paul Audley, President, Film L.A.

Erica Messer, Executive Producer, Criminal Minds
Scott Rosenbaum, Executive Producer, Gang Related

1:55 to 2:15 p.m. Keynote Conversation

2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s a Digital Jungle Out There: How We Are Driving and Measuring Audiences
As social media and other digital offerings become choice destinations for audiences – what is the best way to break through to them with TV marketing messages? How are TV executives measuring the effectiveness of social media driven campaigns, as growing numbers of these services court networks to advertise? What types of campaigns across platforms translate to real viewership upticks for programming? Network marketers and researchers, digital platform partners and analytic firms will explore how they are effectively engaging and growing audiences.

Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-in-Chief, Digital, Variety

Sibyl Goldman, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Facebook
Thai Randolph, VP Consumer Marketing, GENERATOR
Benjamin Fielder, Sr. Account Manager, Twitter
Tim Gray, President, Gray Media
Jared Goldsmith, VP Marketing, Digital, NBC Entertainment
Felix Gomez, Global Entertainment Director, YuMe

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 Networking Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 Broadcast/Cable/Digital Blurred Lines – What Is Programming Today and Beyond?
As TV strives to be interactive, and digital evolves into TV with quality production values – what makes for successful programming in this blurred and blended landscape? How might video-on-demand and bingeing habits be informing the series production process? What interactive elements – i.e. social/app tie-ins, e-commerce options, online spin-offs – are raising the bar for programming? What are the goals for new long-form digital series and competing with network TV? Top programmers across all platforms will talk about how they are building the right shows for today and future audiences.

Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety

Roy Price, Director, Amazon Studios
Audrey Morrissey, Executive Producer, The Voice
Betsy Beers, Executive Producer, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder
Kent Alterman, President, Content Development & Original Programming, Comedy Central
Dave Nugent, Partner, Business Development & Client Management, Omnigon

4:00 to 4:45 Building the Channel Brand – What does it Take?
There has been a recent explosion of new cable/satellite and pure digital channels, as programmers and advertisers eye new efficiencies in targeting such defined audiences as multicultural millennials, young lifestyle enthusiasts, sports fans and more. What does it take to effectively launch or re-brand your channel for success? How are prospective TV carriers assessing adding these channels to their portfolios? How are many of these channels delivering content across platforms – as viewers increasingly demand more accessibility and mobility with TV content?

Gordon Paddison, CEO, Stradella Road

Jim Louderback, GM, Discovery Digital Networks (Revision3)
Isaac Lee, CEO, Fusion/President Univision News
John Fogelman, CEO, Factory Ventures, Co-Founder, El Rey
Ezra Cooperstein, Chief Operating Officer, Fullscreen
Mike Lowe, President, A Parent Media Co. and Founder, Kidoodle.TV

4:45 – 5:30 TV’s Creative Trailblazers
Top writing, producing and directing talent in the industry will talk about their inspiration behind groundbreaking and breakthrough projects. What does it take to surprise audiences? How are creative risk-takers working to push the envelope while also satisfying their network/channel partners? Innovators of the industry will talk shop and share their stories.

Jenelle Riley, Associate Features Editor, Variety

Paul Scheer, Creator, Executive Producer, Actor (Hot Wives of Orlando, Burning Love, Children’s Hospital, The League)
Nicole Richie, Star of VH1’s and AOL’s Candidly Nicole
Elwood Reid, Creator and Executive Producer, The Bridge
Anthony Anderson, Executive Producer and Star, Black-ish
Erin Levy, Producer, Mad Men
Jeff Lewis, Executive Producer & Host, Flipping Out

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception



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