Speakers

Jason Ashlock

JASON ASHLOCK
Principal, Movable Type Literary Group

Jason Allen Ashlock is the Principal of Movable Type Literary Group, where he manages a diverse group of writers, including New York Times Notable Book authors, Pulitzer finalists, Best Essay writers, award-winning journalists, Oscar nominated screenwriters, comedians, memoirists and chefs. He has done graduate work in Religion in Memphis, TN and in American literature at Fordham University, while also working as a freelance editor for Oxford University Press and Fordham University Press. He is a contributing editor for Hampton Sheet magazine. His client roster is populated by primarily non-fiction writers whose areas of expertise are politics, history, celebrity, current affairs, and pop culture, and he continues to seek fiction writers who illuminate the American situation.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jasonashlock

Ken Auletta

KEN AULETTA
Author and writer, The New Yorker

Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker since 1993. He is the author of ten books, including "Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman", "The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway", and "World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies". Auletta has profiled the leading figures and companies of the Information Age, including Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, AOL Time Warner, John Malone, and The New York Times. His 2001 Profile of Ted Turner won a National Magazine Award. Before coming to The New Yorker, Auletta worked in government and on several political campaigns, and taught and trained Peace Corps volunteers. In 1974, Auletta became the chief political correspondent for the New York Post. Following that, he was a staff writer and weekly columnist for the Village Voice, and then a contributing editor at New York magazine. He started contributing to The New Yorker in 1977. Between 1977 and 1993, he wrote a weekly political column for the New York Daily News. He was the guest editor of the 2002 edition of "The Best Business Stories of the Year." Auletta has been named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. He has won numerous journalism awards, and was selected as one of the twentieth century’s top one hundred business journalists. He has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, and for nearly two decades has been a judge of the annual Livingston Award for Young Journalists, one of the National Journalism Awards. View Ken's website at www.kenauletta.com.

Follow Ken on Twitter: @kenauletta

Mark Beukes

MARK BEUKES
Co-founder, IDEALOGUE

IDEALOGUE is an award-winning digital studio founded by Jacqueline Bosnjak and Mark Beukes. They launched Thumbscribes, a platform allowing for collaborative content, earlier this year. The studio is best known for their highly successful digital campaigns: Adicolor films for Adidas, which received a Yellow Pencil for Excellence in Viral Film; Diesel Flash Fiction, featuring writers Jonathan Ames, Sloane Crosley, Paul Haggis, A.M. Homes, Lewis Lapham, Jonathan Lethem, Colum McCann, Jay McInerney, and Gary Shteyngart; and the Sundance-selected Little Minx Exquisite Corpse, a distributive narrative based on the surrealist parlor game that they created for Ridley Scott & Associates. "We are interested in emergent 'social network generated content,' and the way complex narratives and inspiration can arise from a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions between people," say the IDEALOGUE–cofounders. "We hope to empower these interactions through Thumbscribes."

Jacqueline Bosnjak

JACQUELINE BOSNJAK
Co-founder, IDEALOGUE

IDEALOGUE is an award-winning digital studio founded by Jacqueline Bosnjak and Mark Beukes. They launched Thumbscribes, a platform allowing for collaborative content, earlier this year. The studio is best known for their highly successful digital campaigns: Adicolor films for Adidas, which received a Yellow Pencil for Excellence in Viral Film; Diesel Flash Fiction, featuring writers Jonathan Ames, Sloane Crosley, Paul Haggis, A.M. Homes, Lewis Lapham, Jonathan Lethem, Colum McCann, Jay McInerney, and Gary Shteyngart; and the Sundance-selected Little Minx Exquisite Corpse, a distributive narrative based on the surrealist parlor game that they created for Ridley Scott & Associates. "We are interested in emergent 'social network generated content,' and the way complex narratives and inspiration can arise from a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions between people," say the IDEALOGUE–cofounders. "We hope to empower these interactions through Thumbscribes."

Brendan Cahill

BRENDAN CAHILL
VP and Publisher, Open Road Media

Brendan Cahill is the Vice President and Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media. He has over ten years experience in book publishing as an editor at publishing companies such as the Running Press, Grove/Atlantic and Penguin Group USA. Most recently, he worked as a strategic management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. In 2002, Cahill was one of two founding editors at Penguin Group USA for the launch of the nonfiction imprint Gotham Books. There he published several New York Times bestsellers, including The Miracle of St. Anthony by Adrian Wojnarowski about Coach Bob Hurley's Jersey City High School basketball powerhouse and Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Flynn's The House of Mondavi about the Mondavi family wine dynasty. Prior to Penguin Group USA, Cahill edited literary fiction and nonfiction at Grove/Atlantic in New York, publishing such authors as Matt Taibbi, Stewart O'Nan, Madeline Blais, Michael Herr, and Penelope Lively. As an editor, Cahill began his career in publishing in 1996 at Running Press, where he worked on illustrated, children's, and gift books, and was part of the team that launched the publishing house's original website. Cahill has been a member of the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked in its Boston and Philadelphia offices advising Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofit organizations.

Ryan Chapman

RYAN CHAPMAN
Online Marketing Manager, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Ryan Chapman has worked in online marketing for Macmillan since 2007, and, since January, exclusively for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Before that he worked for an education start-up in Seattle, and (many years) before that he peddled books in a suburban Barnes & Noble. He produces the monthly online newsletter Work in Progress, which focuses on literary fiction beyond reviews and excerpts; he also blogs semi-regularly at Chapman/Chapman. The first ebook he read was on an iPhone, and it was about the death of the music industry.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @chapmanchapman

Peter Costanzo

PETER COSTANZO
Director of Online Marketing and Interactive Media, Perseus Books Group

Peter Costanzo is the Director of Online Marketing & Interactive Media for the Perseus Book Group providing marketing support to 11 imprints and more than 300 independent publisher clients. He also contributes to the production of video, audio, podcasts, apps, and enhanced eBooks. Peter began his online adventure selling autographed books on the web in 1996. Since then he has worked for a variety of online departments at HarperCollins, Random House, and Steve Brill's Contentville. Peter writes a Blog about reading on digital devices called Bookcurrents, and teaches the Introduction to Interactive Media course at NYU.

Follow Peter on Twitter: @petercostanzo

JonFine

JON FINE

Jon Fine is a writer, commentator, and digital media consultant based in New York. From 2005 through 2009 he was the media columnist for BusinessWeek. Prior to his arrival at BusinessWeek, Fine covered print media for Advertising Age, where he arrived just in time to observe magazines' and newspapers' dizzying fall from their dot-com-fueled heights. While at BusinessWeek, he was an on-air contributor to CNBC. His columns at BusinessWeek won National Headliner and American Society of Business Publication Editors awards. His freelance work has appeared in GQ, Food & Wine, ESPN The Magazine, and Newsday, where he wrote the "Pushing 30" column. In an ongoing alternate life as a musician, Fine's played in bands that have released several LPs and CDs; with them he's performed in ten countries. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby. The passing years have severely eroded virtually all of Fine's most dearly-held assumptions regarding art, culture, and media, but he remains fairly certain he cherishes Black Sabbath's first six albums and dislikes pop music.

Follow Jon on Twitter: @jonfine

David Gaspin

DAVID GASPIN
Talent Acquisition Director, Condé Nast

David Gaspin has recruited for positions at every level and has coached, counseled, mentored, and advised professionals at every stage of their careers on how to successfully navigate the job search process and grow to the next stage in their professional lives. David is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition at Condé Nast. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the staffing strategy and operations for the company including editorial, advertising, corporate and digital groups, and for such iconic brands as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and the entire stable of Condé Nast media properties. Prior to returning to Condé Nast in his current role, David was the Director of Human Resources for 5W Public Relations, where he was the strategic and tactical lead on all HR functions for the agency. Before 5W, David was the head of Human Resources for Playboy Enterprises, Inc's New York office, where he oversaw the Publishing and Global Licensing divisions. Prior to Playboy, David began his HR career at Condé Nast. He holds an MBA from Baruch College/CUNY and a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music.

Andy Hunter

ANDY HUNTER
Co-publisher and editor-in-chief, Electric Literature

Andy Hunter is the Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature, which has gained widespread acclaim for its innovative use of digital distribution and promotion. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of various publications, including Mean Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, and Lollapalooza Magazine.

Brad Inman

BRAD INMAN
CEO, Vook

Bradley Inman is the founder of several successful companies including HomeGain, which he sold to Classified Ventures in 2005; the thriving online video company TurnHere; and Inman News, a real estate publishing company.

Follow Brad on Twitter: @bradinman

Jim King

JIM KING
Consultant

Jim King began his publishing career in Texas in the early 70s where he was the owner and manager of an independent book store. After selling that store he moved to NYC where he worked in sales and business development for several publishers. In early 2000 he joined BookScan as its first employee and helped to build that company into the premier marketing research company in the publishing industry. He retired from BookScan this past summer and has been spending his time reading books in both digital and physical formats. He has also set up a consultancy to assists publishers in developing better negotiating strategies for research data.

Nina Lassam

NINA LASSAM
Marketing Evangelist, Wattpad

Nina Lassam works at Wattpad, the world's most popular ebook community. At Wattpad, Nina collaborates with aspiring and established authors to promote their work and increase their online fan base. Nina is a contributer at the Huffington Post and regularly writes articles on the online publishing industry for various publications. Nina has an MA from the University of Toronto and earned her BA at the University of King's College.

Follow Nina on Twitter: @wattpad

Scott Lindenbaum

SCOTT LINDENBAUM
Co-publisher and editor, Electric Literature

Scott Lindenbaum is the Co-Publisher and Editor of Electric Literature. His roots are unconventional in the field of publishing; for almost ten years Scott was a half-pipe snowboard competitor who rode for Burton Snowboards. It was only after a near-fatal collision with a birch tree in 2001 that reading, writing, and editing became central in his life.

Rob MacDonald

ROB MACDONALD
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Scribd

Robert R. Macdonald is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Scribd. Rob leads the company's business development strategy, including relationships with major content, technology and consumer brands. Prior to Scribd, Rob led media and strategic partnerships at Google in New York where he spearheaded strategic partnerships with large content partners such as The New York Times, Conde Nast, Hearst, the Tribune Co. and Gannett. He has nearly 15 years of experience in business development and sales, including seven at Google and four at DoubleClick.

Kate McKean

KATE MCKEAN
Literary agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master's degree in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career as a literary agent. Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult and middle grade fiction, narrative non-fiction, sports related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft.

Follow Kate on Twitter: @kate_mckean

Richard Nash

RICHARD NASH
Founder, Cursor

Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, presently launching Cursor, a start-up portfolio of social publishing imprints the first of which, Red Lemonade, will launch in early 2011. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; twice on the cover of The New York Times Book Review; and the last book he edited was picked last month as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2006, Publishers Weekly picked him as one of the ten editors to watch in the coming decade. This year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World, and Mashable.com picked as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing. He has spoken on publishing across the world, from Melbourne to Toronto to Helsinki—Chris Anderson characterizes his Publishing 3.0 talk as "the best I have ever seen."

Follow Richard on Twitter: @r_nash

Dale Peck

DALE PECK
Co-founder, Mischief and Mayhem

Dale Peck is the author of ten books, including the novels Martin and John, What We Lost, and Sprout, which won the 2010 inaugural Lambda Literary Award for young adult fiction. His fiction and criticism have been published in Bookforum, Conjunctions, Granta, the New Republic, the New York Observer, the New York Times, Out, and the Threepenny Review, among many other publications. In 2010, with a group of fellow writers, he launched Mischief + Mayhem, a direct-to-consumer publisher that will put out six books a year in print-on-demand and electronic editions, as well as maintain a culture and politics blog and monthly webzine. The company's first book, The Autobiography of Jenny X by Lisa Dierbeck, will be published on Nov. 30, 2010.

Follow Dale on Twitter: @MandMBooks

Adam Penenberg

ADAM PENENBERG
Author; Professor, New York University; Contributor, Fast Company

Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor and assistant director of the Business and Economic Program at New York University. A contributing writer to Fast Company, he has also written for Inc., Forbes, The New York Times, Slate, Wired, Economist, Playboy and Mother Jones. A journalism professor at New York University, Penenberg is the assistant director of the Business & Economic Program, heads the department's ethics committee—he wrote the department's journalism handbook for students, which received unanimous faculty approval and the ethics pledge, which all students must sign—and teaches multimedia, magazine writing, and hard news and investigative reporting to graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to the Today Show, he has appeared on CNN's "American Morning" and "Money Line," ABC World News and News Now, FoxNews, MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR and been quoted about media and technology in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Wired News, Ad Age, Marketwatch, Politico, etc.

Follow Adam on Twitter: @penenberg

Douglas Rushkoff

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF
Media theorist and author

Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, American media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has written a dozen best-selling books on media and society, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Coercion (winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award), Get Back in the Box, and Life Inc. He has made the PBS “Frontline” documentaries Digital Nation, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. A columnist for The Daily Beast and Arthur Magazine, his articles have been regularly published in The New York Times and Discover, among many other publications. His radio commentaries air on NPR and WFMU, his opeds appear in The New York Times, and he is a familiar face on television, from ABC News to The Colbert Report. Rushkoff has taught at New York University and the New School, played keyboards for the industrial band PsychicTV, directed for theater and film, and worked as a stage fight choreographer. He lives in New York State with his wife, Barbara, and daughter Mamie. Rushkoff’s new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age is now available exclusively from OR Books.

Follow Douglas on Twitter: @rushkoff

David Steinberger

DAVID STEINBERGER
CEO, comiXology

David Steinberger is the CEO of comiXology, the leading digital comic distributor for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Creator of both Comics by comiXology and the Marvel Comics app, comiXology has positioned itself uniquely in the comic book industry landscape by selling both brick-and-mortar (print) services and digital versions of comics. comiXology's vision is to help consumers find comics when, where and in what form they want. David has a MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, a Master in Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music and an Advanced Certificate in Music Performance from Juilliard.

Follow David on Twitter: @stonemtn

Debbie Stier

DEBBIE STIER

Debbie had two roles at HarperCollins: Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher for HarperStudio and Director of Digital Marketing for the rest of HarperCollins. Her duties at HarperStudio range from assessing and acquiring projects, to devising and executing marketing plans, as well as making sure the trains are all running smoothly with the sales, art and production departments. In her role as the Director of Digital Marketing for HarperCollins, she is responsible for educating and evangelizing digital trends throughout the company. The trends encompass how people communicate, what technologies they are using, how other industries are using technology, and how this all applies to book publishing. She began her career working for a literary agent when submission letters were typed on an electric typewriter with carbon paper – a process that could often take 2 weeks.

Follow Debbie on Twitter: @debbiestier

Steve Wasserman

STEVE WASSERMAN
Literary agent, Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency

Steve Wasserman, former Editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and Book Editor of the award-winning web magazine Truthdig, is a partner in the Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency, where he represents such writers as Christopher Hitchens, David Thomson, and Robert Scheer. He is a past chair of the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in both nonfiction and fiction and has taught advanced nonfiction writing at New York University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Andrew Weinstein

ANDREW WEINSTEIN
Vice President and General Manager, Digital Retail Solutions, Ingram Content Group

Andrew Weinstein joined Ingram Digital Ventures, the predecessor company to Ingram Digital, in September 2005. Previously, Mr. Weinstein spent five years at Lightning Source Inc., as Vice President of Channel and Publisher Development. Mr. Weinstein came to Lightning Source through the acquisition of JNMedia, Inc., a leading developer of publishing technology. Before co-founding JNMedia, Inc., Mr. Weinstein was an Associate Director at BMG Direct, where he managed the financial/marketing analytical group and developed many of the analytical models used to evaluate the music club membership's purchasing trends. In addition, he actively contributed to and managed the development, measurement, and deployment of all new online initiatives. Mr. Weinstein received his B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and his MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Follow Ingram on Twitter: @ingramcontent

Scott Weisenthal

SCOTT WEISENTHAL
CEO, Off The Bookshelf

Scott Weisenthal is the founder of OffTheBookshelf.com. Launched in March of 2010, OffTheBookshelf.com is a community where authors can personally create ebooks, audiobooks and printed books, and monetize their work….and where readers can discover tomorrow’s bestsellers today. Scott has twice been featured in Essentials of Marketing, a college textbook by McGraw-Hill. He has worked as a writer and creative lead in various advertising agencies in New York. He has also spent time at NBC Universal, working with people like Alec Baldwin, Brian Williams and President Obama.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @offthebookshelf

 

Moderators

Jason Boog

JASON BOOG
Editor, Mediabistro Publishing

As editor of Mediabistro Publishing, Jason Boog curates publishing events and helps shape the digital publishing curriculum at mediabistro.com. He also edits the GalleyCat and eBookNewser blogs. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Granta, Salon.com, The Revealer, and Peace Corps Writers.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @galleycat and @ebooknewser

Dan Costa

DAN COSTA
Executive Editor (Reviews), PCMag Digital Network

Dan Costa is the Executive Editor the PCMag Digital Network, where he oversees product testing, reviews production, and PCMag Labs operation. He also writes a column focused on how technology affects social, business, and consumer trends. Dan also co-hosts PCMag Radio, a weekly podcast dedicated to technology issues. Dan began working at PC Magazine in 2005 as a senior editor, covering consumer electronics, blogging on Gearlog.com, and serving as the host of the weekly Gearlog Radio podcast. Prior to arriving at PCMag, Dan was Editor of the CNET Fortune Technology Review, managing editor at Workstationplanet.com, and an associate editor and columnist at Computer Shopper. His articles have appeared in various publications and Web sites, such as Digital Life, CNET, Tech Living, LabRat, Blender, Budget Living, Publisher’s Weekly, Mobile Computing, Parent & Child, Time Out New York, and FoxNews.com. He has edited two books: The Home Office Computing Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1994) and In the Shadow of the Towers (iUniverse, 2002).

Follow Dan on Twitter: @dancosta

Manoush Zomorodi

MANOUSH ZOMORODI
Mediabistro instructor

Manoush Zomorodi is a reporter, host, and media coach. She freelances for Reuters Television, moderates corporate webcasts, and does private media training. Clients have included Estee Lauder, Hearst Publications, Glover Park Group, the American Museum of Natural History, MedPageToday, and BreakingViews.com. She also teaches a mediabistro workshop on incorporating video in media strategies and on-camera skills. From 1995-2006, Manoush was a reporter and producer for BBC News, with posts in Washington, New York, Berlin, and Brussels. Her husband Josh Robin reports on politics for NY1 . They live with their two children in Brooklyn.

Follow Manoush on Twitter: @manoushz