The Conference 2017

Headline Speakers

The Conference 2017 Headline Speakers

Diane Nelson

President, DC Entertainment & President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products

James Sommerville

VP of Global Design, The Coca-Cola Company

Larry Smith

Creator, Six-Word Memoirs®, Six-Word Memoirs from SMITH Magazine

Stacy Smith

Founder and Director, Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC

Franklin Leonard

Founder, The Black List

Peter Benedek

Founding Partner, Board Member, United Talent Agency

Dylan Byers


Gregory Gittrich

Chief Content Officer, Mashable

Robyn Peterson

Chief Technology Officer, Mashable

Kevin Demoff

EVP, Football Operations and COO, Los Angeles Rams

Azure Antoinette

Poet, Brand Humanist, Creative Strategist

Alan Beard

Former Chief Brand Officer, Otter Media

Chris Bruss

President of Digital, Funny Or Die

Amy Emmerich

Promax Conference Committee Officer

President, North America, and Chief Content Officer, Refinery29

Elizabeth Kiehner

Global Design Practice Director, IBM

Justin Simien

Writer/Director/Executive Producer, Dear White People

Guy Slattery

President and GM, VICELAND

Adam Stotsky

President, E! Entertainment and Esquire Network

Jess Weiner

CEO, Talk to Jess


Featured Speakers

The Conference 2017 Featured Speakers

Dave Abel

Associate Creative Director, loyalkaspar

Paige Albiniak

Title Editorial Director, PromaxBDA

Kevin Aratari

Head of Accounts and Marketing, Troika

Andy Baker

Promax Secretary

VP, Marketing, Disney+

Jennifer Ball

EVP, Marketing and Content Partnerships, Univision Communications Inc

Stuart Bass

Creative Director, "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Netflix)

Megan Batoon

Content Creator

Marc Battaglia

Executive Creative Director, Marriott International

Deaton Bell

Senior Coordinating Producer; Turner Sports, NBA Digital

Laurel Bernard

Promax Treasurer

Former President of Entertainment Marketing, Simulmedia

Kevin Blanchette


Bridget Blandin

Director of Special Projects, Hallmark

Lisa Bolan

Creative Director, Elastic

Dan Bragg

Partner, Spark+Sizzle

Joshua Braunstein

SVP, Nickelodeon Movie Advertising & Corporate Promotion, Nickelodeon

Brian Briskman

President + Creative Director, B2+

Rich Browd

VP Creative Director, PopTV

Bowdy Brown

Creative Executive, Studio Transcendent

Jane Buckingham

Founder, Trendera

Kim Burdges

Director of Marketing & Digital Production, TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Megan Callahan

Writer, "Saturday Night Live"

Jean Claude (JC) Cancedda

VP, Brand Strategy & Creative, Sundance TV - AMC Networks

Elaine Cantwell

CCO, Broadway Video Enterprises

Pola Changnon

SVP, Marketing, Brand Creative, Studio, Talent, Turner Classic Movies

Paul Charney

Founder + CEO, Funworks

Scot Chastain

PromaxBDA Co-Chair

EVP, Affiliate Marketing and Development, NBC Television Network

Kevin Chorlins

SVP, Content and Brand Strategy, Scripps Networks Interactive

Jason Damata

Executive Editor at TV[R]EV & CEO and Founder, Fabric Media

Joslyn Davis

Executive Producer and Host, CLEVVER, a DEFY Media Brand

Eric Deggans

TV Critic, NPR

Lawson Deming

Creative Director, "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access)

Elena DeSosa

Global Innovation Strategist

Brian Dollenmayer

EVP, Marketing and Promotion, WGN America and Tribune Studios

Christopher Donovan

SVP, Creative Marketing, E! Entertainment and Esquire Network

Jordana Drell

Gaming Consultant

Michael Engleman

CMO, Marketing, SHOWTIME

Rolando Felizola

Creative Director, Univision

Sara Fischer

Media Reporter, Axios

Erica Fortescue

Creativity Architect, Funworks

Whit Friese

Vice President - Group Creative Director, CNN

Heather Gerhart

Digital Advertising Manager, NBC Entertainment

Stephanie Gibbons

President, Creative, Strategy and Digital, Multi-Platform Marketing, FX Networks

Tracy Grandstaff

SVP, Creative Director, Original Productions, NBC Entertainment Marketing, NBC Entertainment

Allie Greenwald

West Coast Sales & Brand Partnerships, Fullscreen Media

Kristen Hancher star, influencer and actress

Adrian Hilton

Senior Creative Director, BET

Drew Holcomb

Richard Holman

Thinker, Writer & Speaker

Jason Holzman

SVP & Head of Creative, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

Park Howell

Founder and CEO, Park and Company Marketing Communications, Inc. (Park&Co)

Lee Hunt

Strategist, Trainer, & Industry Thought Leader, Lee Hunt LLC

Sharon Irving


Sasha Issenberg

Washington Correspondent, Monocle

Kelle Jacob

Global Marketing, The Estee Lauder Companies

Chris Jacob

Senior Producer, Brand Marketing & Content Strategy, INSTANT

Patrick Jager

Content Consultant with RevThink and CEO of CORE Innovation Group

Meg James

Media Reporter, LA Times

Brad Jenkins

Managing Director and Executive Producer, Funny Or Die DC

Ian Kahn

Senior Director, Design Production, Comedy Central, Paramount Network & TV Land

Ellen Kahn

Co-Founding Partner, Executive Creative Director, TWINART, Inc.

Lynda Kahn

Co-Founding Partner, Executive Creative Director, TWINART, Inc.

Marcelle Karp


Geoff Katz

SVP, Advertising Product Management, FOX Networks Group

Steve Kazanjian

President & CEO, Promax

Jonathan Kite

Actor and Comedian

Heather Laird

Director of Broadcast Production, Cartoon Network

Vince Lynch


Moj Mahdara

CEO, Beautycon Media

Craig Mangan

Cofounder + CCO, Funworks

Kathleen Marinaccio

Director of Design Services, Warner Bros.

Quest Marks

VP Creative, Bravo

Arlen Marmel

General Manager, VRV

Lucinda Martinez

SVP, Multicultural Marketing, HBO

Charlie Mawer

Executive Creative Director, Red Bee Creative

Nick Mazzucco

Strategy Director, Ignition Creative

Susanne McAvoy

EVP, Marketing, Creative & Communications, Crown Media Family Networks

Jody Medich

Director of Design, Singularity University

Charles Mellilo

SVP, Global Client Services, NeuLion, Inc

Tricia Melton

SVP, Marketing, Freeform

Rajiv Menon

Director of Cultural Strategy, Civic Entertainment Group

Erica Mesa

Senior Director of Media Planning, Univision

Kelly Michelena

Production Partnerships Lead, Facebook

Gabriella Mirabelli

CEO and Co-Founder, ANATOMY

Stephen Mulderrig

VP, Broadcasting & Cable,

Danielle Mullin

Sr. Director, Social Media, WGN America

Blair Murav

Sr. HR Business Partner, Turner

Stephanie Nachman

VP, Digital Events & Production, Nickelodeon

Shilpa Patel

Director, Media Strategy & Planning, Disney-ABC Television, Entertainment Marketing Group

Penny & Sparrow

Presented by Musicbed

James Percelay

Co-Founder, Thinkmodo

Joel Pilger

Consultant, RevThink

Robert Poulton

Senior Director - Design, CNN

Thai Randolph

SVP, Marketing, Laugh Out Loud Network, A Lionsgate company

Maria Rapetskaya

Creative Director, Undefined Creative

Ajay Relan

Co-Founder, #HashtagLunchbag

Tom Riles

CEO/Founder, Life of Dad

Stone Roberts

SVP, Global Video Strategy, Refinery29

Ian Roberts

Founder & CEO, Hive

Yvette Rodriguez

Director, Talent Acquisition, Netflix

Brad Roe

VP, Creative, WGN America

Scott Rowe

SVP, Communications & Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing

Michael Schneider

Executive Editor, IndieWire & Editor-at-Large, Variety

Steph Sebbag

Promax Chair Emeritus

CEO, bpg

Matthew Segal

Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, ATTN:

Matthew Silvestri

Sr. Writer/Producer/Director - Creative Lead, Comedy Central

Chris Sloan

Owner/President, 2C Creative + Content

Aminatou Sow

Co-Founder, Tech LadyMafia

Katy Steinmetz

San Francisco Bureau Chief, Time Magazine

Ellen Stone

EVP, Marketing, Bravo and Oxygen Media

Robert Suarez

Managing Director, Design and Innovation, Singularity University

Joanna Sucherman

Owner, JLS Media

Yoshie Suzuki-Lahav

Sr. Managing Video Producer, Hulu

Kwame Taylor-Hayford

Managing Director, Chobani

Amanda Taylor

CEO and Co-Founder, DanceOn

Tim Thompson

Founder & Chief Revolution Thinker, RevThink

Charissa Thompson

Host, Extra and FOX NFL KICKOFF

Mark Valentine

Creative Director & Co-Owner, ANATOMY

Britta von Schoeler

President, Broadway Video Enterprises

Matthew Wagner

Director, Executive Search, NBCUniversal

Garrett Wagner

Director Global Creative Marketing, Netflix

Lena Waithe


Arshad Wala

Lead Enterprise Instructor, General Assembly and CEO, Digitalworks

Michael Waldron

SVP Creative Director Brand Design, Nickelodeon

Andrew Wallenstein

Co-Editor in Chief, Variety

Adam Ware

Head of Digital Media, The Tennis Channel

Esther Weinberg

CEO, Mindlight Group

Greg Weinstein

Founder and Chief Strategist, Contenuity

Bill Weir

Host and Executive Producer, The Wonder List with Bill Weir

Alan Williams

Creative Director, Imaginary Forces - "Anne with an E" (Netflix)