Speakers

Chris Ariens Vice President & Editorial Director, Mediabistro Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a line producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs. Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Born, raised, and schooled in Wisconsin; skiing and travel keep Chris from falling into a TV news trance.
April 29 | 9:00 am - 9:45 am Morning Keynote
Bret Baier Chief Political Anchor, FOX News Channel Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau. Before assuming his role as anchor of Special Report in 2009, Baier served as chief White House correspondent where he reported on presidential activities on a national and international level since 2006. Baier has reported from Iraq 12 times and from Afghanistan 13 times. He has traveled the world with various administration and military officials and reported from 74 countries. As FNC's Southeastern correspondent from 1998 to 2001, he covered a range of stories, including the 2001 Timothy McVeigh execution and the 1999 Elian Gonzalez story. Baier has secured numerous exclusive interviews with government officials, including then-President George W. Bush, then-Vice President Dick Cheney, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, then-Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Richard Myers and then-General David Petraeus. Additionally, Baier had the only interview with President Obama during the week leading up to the historic health care vote in the House of Representatives in March 2010. Prior to joining FNC, Baier worked for WRAL-TV (CBS 5) in Raleigh, NC, WREX-TV (NBC 13) in Rockford, IL and WJWJ-TV (PBS 2) in Beaufort, SC. A graduate of DePauw University, he has a B.A. in political science and English.
April 29 | 9:00 am - 9:45 am Morning Keynote
Valerie Berrios Managing Editor, Mediabistro Valerie officially joined Mediabistro in 2013 but has been a loyal follower of the site since moving to New York 10 years ago to pursue her journalism career. She’s worked as a reporter for an affiliate of The Tampa Tribune, written for numerous print and digital publications, and held editorial positions at Accord Media, Everyday Health and Bridal Guide magazine. Valerie has also ghostwritten a book for TV personality and wedding planner David Tutera and is the author of The Bridesmaid's Companion, published by Hearst Books. This Florida native, frequent traveler and wine lover calls Brooklyn home.
April 29 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Newsroom Diversity
Tim Bukher Partner, Thompson Bukher LLP Tim is a partner at Thompson Bukher LLP, leading the firm's intellectual property and internet law practice. Selected by Thompson Reuters to 2013 Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," Tim's group serves as general counsel to various tech and software clients, focusing its practice on complex transactions involving intellectual property licensing, venture capital, digital rights, HIPAA and HiTech issues. Tim writes a popular blog on tech and internet law issues at www.lawtechie.com and provides regular commentary for various news outlets.
April 29 | 9:45 am - 10:30 am Aereo: Changing the Channels
Cenk Bulbul Head of Strategy & Insights, YouTube Cenk Bulbul is the Head of Strategy and Insights for YouTube Advertiser Marketing team at Google, where he is responsible for building the advertiser marketing strategy, generating and disseminating insights to prove YouTube as an inspiring and compelling platform for advertisers. He has extensive experience and impact as an elite marketing strategist helping Fortune 100 brands develop digital and marketing strategies as a leader at Ogilvy & Mather and McKinsey & Company. He holds a MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Marketing from New York University.
April 29 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am Millennial TV
Jordan Chariton Editor, TVNewser & Lost Remote Jordan is a reporter, editor, and digital producer, currently serving as Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. Previously, Jordan worked at cable news networks Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC, along with and one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions, 92nd Street Y. His experience includes interviewing top journalists and politicians, crafting compelling videos for the digital space, producing and booking for cable newscasts and online shows, and reporting and writing commentary for a variety of major media websites.
April 29 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm The Rise of Social TV
Ben Doernberg Bitcoin Expert, Board Member, Dogecoin Foundation Ben Doernberg serves on the board of the Dogecoin Foundation and is an active member of the New York bitcoin community. Passionate about the potential of networks to make the world a better place, Ben has worked to protect online privacy with Restore the Fourth and the open internet at Public Knowledge. He has appeared on Fox News and BBC Radio, and his social media journalism has been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
April 29 | 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Navigating Privacy in a Connected World
Brian Dutt Advisory Services, FreeWheel Brian Dutt currently oversees FreeWheel’s Business Advisory division. In this capacity, Brian works closely with leading TV channels, digital distributors, and cable and satellite operators to build scalable and profitable digital video businesses. His client work includes content and distribution strategy, viewer experience testing, inventory optimization, benchmarking and workflow design. Brian also authors FreeWheel’s quarterly Video Monetization Report, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events. Prior to joining FreeWheel, Brian led International Strategy at Viacom for Comedy Central and Paramount, and was previously a Management Consulting Associate in Oliver Wyman’s Communications, Media and Tech practice. He has also held positions in Affiliate Planning at HBO, and in Media and Telecom Investment Banking at Societe Generale. Brian has a BA in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
April 29 | 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Web & Streaming TV: Complement or Replacement?
J.J. Emru Strategist, Purpose JJ Emru is a digital strategist and movement entrepreneur at Purpose, where he builds mass participation for some of the world’s most visionary non-profits and corporations. JJ leads creative campaigns and produces highly impactful viral marketing content that inspires wide audiences to action—his most recent project “The NSA is Coming to Town” drew more than a million views on YouTube. JJ has helped organizations both large and small rebrand and reinvent themselves to engage audiences in new ways. He is a lifelong digital rights activist, and spent four years with Freedom House training youth on the front lines of revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia how to best harness social technology for their cause. Offline, JJ can often be found on a basketball court somewhere in New York, and never too far from a pile of good barbecue.
April 29 | 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Navigating Privacy in a Connected World
Barbara Fedida Senior Vice President for Talent & Business, ABC News Barbara Fedida is Senior Vice President for Talent and Business at ABC News. She is responsible for developing and executing ABC News' strategic planning for both on-air and off-air talent. In addition to hiring, developing and placing all anchors and correspondents for ABC News programs and bureaus worldwide, Fedida also oversees all editorial recruiting, hiring, growth and development opportunities. Fedida was integral in the 2013 launch of the ABC News/Univision network Fusion. Before ABC, Fedida spent four years at CBS News, where she was Vice President of Talent and Development. Earlier in her career, Fedida worked as a production associate for "Peter Jennings Reporting." She was part of the launch team for the newsmagazine "Day One" and in 1996 she became an associate producer and eventually a producer for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." In 2001 Fedida was named Director of Standards and Practices at ABC News and in 2006 was named ABC News' Director of talent recruitment and development.
April 29 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Newsroom Diversity
Katy Finneran Social Media, Bloomberg TV Katy Finneran heads up social media at Bloomberg Television. Katy's role is cross-platform so she works with everyone from mobile and product to editors, producers, on-air talent, marketing, event planning and business development. Katy's goal is to strategize, implement and monetize the most effective social TV experience in the ever-evolving field of news. During her time at Bloomberg, Katy has more than doubled social referral to video. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Katy worked at Fox News Network, where she held the role of Community Engagement Producer. In this position, Katy worked with both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network producers, editors and on-air talent. Katy was instrumental in growing the @FoxNews Twitter account from 300,000 followers to 1.5 million followers on Twitter.
April 29 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm The Rise of Social TV
Allison Fitzpatrick Partner, Davis & Gilbert Allison Fitzpatrick is a partner in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. She represents advertisers, media companies, advertising agencies and promotions agencies in connection with all aspects of advertising, marketing, promotions and entertainment. Ms. Fitzpatrick frequently counsels clients on new media issues, including with respect to social networking, user-generated content, mobile marketing and other emerging media. She develops clients’ blogging and social media policies and procedures and reviews clients’ social media campaigns to ensure compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s Endorsement Guides and .com Disclosure Guides. Ms. Fitzpatrick also speaks about and advises clients on all aspects of children’s advertising and privacy, including compliance with the Children’s Advertising Review Unit’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). She routinely reviews websites, apps, privacy policies and promotions to ensure compliance with COPPA and other privacy laws. She has represented clients in proceedings before the Children’s Advertising Review Unit and the National Advertising Division and in state regulatory investigations, including comprehensive multi-state actions, most notably in connection with negative option marketing and free trial offers. Ms. Fitzpatrick regularly counsels clients on price advertising, false and deceptive advertising, claim substantiation, privacy, telemarketing, direct mail, email marketing (e.g., CAN-SPAM), endorsement and testimonial issues, and negative option marketing, as well as intellectual property matters involving copyright, trademark, right of privacy and publicity. She also advises clients with respect to drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, including agency-client agreements, talent agreements and production agreements.
April 29 | 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Navigating Privacy in a Connected World
Mark Fratrik Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, BIA/Kelsey Mark Fratrik is a senior vice president of BIA/Kelsey. He serves as the company’s chief economist and is responsible for forecasting across all local media segments. He also manages BIA/Kelsey’s numerous proprietary databases and conducts primary research on various trends as they affect the broadcasting and related communications industries. Additionally, Fratrik is heavily involved in the company’s strategic and financial consulting projects, conducting research and analysis for clients on matters related to the broadcasting, digital media and related communications industries. Throughout his career, Fratrik has researched and spoken at numerous conferences on the impact of the economy on the broadcasting industries, proposed and enacted regulatory changes, and new media technologies, including DTV datacasting. He is often quoted in the media and is a leading spokesperson concerning trends and forecasts for the media industry including analyzing competitiveness of media and related industries. He is the author BIA/Kelsey’s series of studies on the state of the radio and television industry. Fratrik received his B.A. in mathematics and economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He served as an adjunct professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University for more than seven years.
April 29 | 9:45 am - 10:30 am Aereo: Changing the Channels
Tamron Hall Co-Anchor, NBC's "Today" Tamron Hall is the co-anchor of the 9am hour of NBC's "Today" show. She is the first African American woman to host the venerable morning broadcast. Hall also anchors "NewsNation" on MSNBC at 11amET weekdays and hosts "Deadline Crime: with Tamron Hall" on Investigation Discovery. Hall has worked to raise awareness about domestic abuse in memory of her sister, Renate, a victim of domestic violence. Hall, a Texas native, earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia and began her reporting career at KBTX -TV in Bryan, Texas. From there, she moved to KTVT-TV in Dallas and WFLD-TV in Chicago, where she worked for 10 years, before joining MSNBC in 2007.
April 29 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Newsroom Diversity
Ian Hannah Vice President, Professional Society of Drone Journalists Ian Hannah is a graduate of the University of Manchester’s Communications program. He was accepted into the inaugural year of the prestigious university of Dundee’s post graduate Electronic Imaging Program, which has launched many of the UK’s top talent. Mr. Hannah became a representative for Wescam and travelled the world working on aerials for feature films, commercials and network programming. After joining CBC News, he developed the methodology for future production methods, using the emerging digital technologies incorporating small format cameras and mobile laptop editing. In 2000, Mr. Hannah left to produce, with his own company, the twice Gemini nominated Shift TV which focused on the emerging digital culture, and at the same time he helped in the development of a nonlinear editing system with the Swiss based company, Incite. More recently he was nominated again for a Gemini award, this time for his filming in Afghanistan for CBC news. A year later he won a Gemini award for a documentary series on Past Lives. He has since garnered many awards including a New York festival award for a documentary on a trek to the North Pole. In addition to directing documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Mr. Hannah has also spent time as a Production Executive helping develop some of the most popular shows on Canadian TV. He is founder of Avrobotics a Toronto based company that provides aerial filming services to a variety of clients across Canada.
April 29 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm News Drones
Albie Hecht Executive Vice President & GM HLN Albie Hecht has been Executive Vice President and GM of HLN since September 2013. Hecht is the founder of Spike TV and is a past president of Nickelodeon Entertainment. Hecht co-created Nickelodeon's highly successful Kids Choice Awards, a long running franchise which attracts A-list Hollywood talent. Hecht's extensive career also includes a wide range of successful documentary and nonfiction projects through his non-profit Shine Global including producing the Academy Award winning short documentary Inocente. Earlier in his career, Hecht was a manager of pop music acts and was an executive at Lifesong records.
April 29 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am Millennial TV
Gary Herman Executive Vice President, ONE World Sports Gary Herman is executive vice president of ONE World Sports, a sports network geared toward a millennial audience featuring world-class sporting events from around the globe. On all platforms, the network showcases some of the world’s best soccer, including Arsenal FC TV, Chelsea FC TV, A. C. Milan Channel and the New York Cosmos, along with top soccer from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Herman is responsible for overseeing all advertising and sponsorship operations for the network. Prior to joining ONE World Sports, Herman was senior vice president of advertising sales at Tennis Channel, and before that was senior vice president of advertising sales at Scripps Networks channels DIY and Fine Living. The Philadelphia native is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC.
April 29 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am Millennial TV
Marc Hochstein Executive Editor American Banker As Executive Editor of the trade publication American Banker, Marc Hochstein oversees BankThink, a provocative blog, and the Morning Scan, a wildly popular daily e-newsletter summarizing mainstream media coverage of the banking industry with sophistication and wit. Marc joined American Banker in 1998 as a reporter covering the mortgage beat and has gradually added responsibility over the years. At one time or another he has directed the paper's news coverage of mortgages, credit and debit cards, consumer finance and community banking. Marc began his career as a reporter covering financial markets for Dow Jones, and he has also worked as a senior editor at GRID, a commercial real estate and architecture magazine. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in history from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics.
April 29 | 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Navigating Privacy in a Connected World
Brian Jaquet Director of Marketing & Communications Sling Media Brian spent 14+ years in public relations and corporate communications representing a wide variety of technology companies who specialize in mobility, consumer electronics, enterprise computing and wireless and he is currently consulting for consumer electronics companies and digital media start-ups. Currently he is once again working for Sling Media as it solidifies itself as the leader in TV Everywhere solutions through both licensing and OEM partnerships and its existing line of retail products. Prior to Sling Media, Brian served as Director of Corporate Communications for OnLive, Inc., having joined the company in April, 2011. OnLive used cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles right to your TV, PC or Mac, tablet computer and mobile phone. Prior to OnLive, Brian held a similar role at Roku from April 2009 to April 2011. Roku makes a product called the Roku streaming player, which is a small set top box that connects to your TV and streams movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, etc., There are over 200 channels of content on the Roku platform from movies and TV shows to live sports to music to the best of the Internet. Prior to Roku, he headed up all PR and communications activities for Sling Media, a small consumer electronics company focused on bringing your home TV experience to your desktop, laptop or mobile phone anywhere in the world. Brian joined Sling Media in August, 2005, just after the launch of the first Slingbox. He was directly responsible for all company communications and launches and presided over the successful launch of all new products in the U.S. and several international launches. Prior to Sling Media, he spent four years at Handspring, Inc. and then subsequently Palm Inc. He’s also spent 5+ years at PR agencies including A&R Partners, Copithorne and Bellows and Porter Novelli.
April 29 | 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Web & Streaming TV: Complement or Replacement?
C. Andrew Keisner Attorney, Intellectual Property and Litigation Davis & Gilbert LLP C. Andrew Keisner is an attorney in the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert LLP. Mr. Keisner has extensive experience advising clients with contract, intellectual property and emerging legal issues arising from the use of new technology in the advertising, marketing, public relations, media, interactive entertainment and technology industries. He frequently represents clients in state, federal and appellate courts throughout the United States. Having worked on cutting-edge robotics and unmanned/micro aerial vehicles before becoming a lawyer, he has an in-depth understanding of the unique issues that companies face through the use of new technology. Mr. Keisner obtained his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.S. in engineering from Cornell University.
April 29 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm News Drones
Steve Krakauer Vice President of Digital Content TheBlaze Steve Krakauer is the vice president of digital content for TheBlaze responsible for growing the network’s presence across all digital media. Prior to TheBlaze, Krakauer was CNN's senior digital producer helping lead the digital strategy for CNN’s election coverage in 2012, the launches of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” and “New Day,” as well as for “CNN Heroes." Krakauer joined CNN in 2010 as digital producer for "Piers Morgan Tonight." Before CNN, Krakauer was a senior editor at Mediaite, and before that was the editor of TVNewser.
April 29 | 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Web & Streaming TV: Complement or Replacement?
Merrill Knox Senior Editor, TVNewser & TVSpy Merrill Knox is the senior editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. Before joining Mediabistro, she was a production assistant on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" the weekday program on Fox News Channel. Merrill is a 2006 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. When she's not reporting the news about TV news, Merrill is reading, traveling, cooking, running or skiing. Or she may be watching the New York Yankees.
April 29 | 9:45 am - 10:30 am Aereo: Changing the Channels
Julian March SVP, Editorial & Innovation, NBC News Julian March is Senior Vice President of Editorial and Innovation, a key editorial leader at NBC News. He has responsibility for all digital businesses, including NBCNews.com, as well as the news division’s editorial units. He is charged with driving innovation in all its forms across all platforms. Before joining NBC News in 2014, March was responsible for the strategy and delivery of the online business of British broadcaster ITV. Prior to ITV, he spent 11 years at Sky News, where he launched the award-winning Sky News app, and produced over 3,000 hours of live television, including coverage of major breaking news stories such as the 7/7 London bombings and the Indian Ocean tsunami. He’s been honored with some of the most prestigious awards for innovation both on television and online, including three Royal Television Society awards.
April 29 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm The Rise of Social TV
Alicia Menendez Anchor, Fusion Alicia Menendez anchors “AM Tonight” on Fusion, a nightly program airing weeknights at 7:00 p.m., ET. Before joining Fusion in June 2013, Menendez was a host and producer on the Internet-based video streaming network HuffPost Live. Menendez co-anchored 5 hours of breaking news coverage during the hunt for the alleged Boston bombers and 6 hours of live coverage on Election Night 2012. Originally from Union City, NJ, Menendez graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She currently lives in Miami, FL.
April 29 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am Why are millennials such a desireable demo?
Jeff Misenti Chief Digital Officer, Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network Jeff Misenti is the Chief Digital Officer for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Misenti is responsible for the strategic direction of the products under Fox News’ digital portfolio. Misenti joined Fox News Network in 2007 to manage the growing presence of Fox News and Fox Business digital properties. Before joining Fox, Misenti was director of digital at Dow Jones/MarketWatch where he constructed business-to-business and consumer business units; he has acquired the expertise of leading the most successful branded media websites.
April 29 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm The Rise of Social TV
Geraldine Moriba Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, CNN Worldwide Geraldine Moriba is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide. As chair of CNN’s Diversity Council, Moriba offers strategic guidance on issues of diversity to the CNN Management team. Moriba is an Emmy-award winning producer, who led CNN’s "In America" documentary team in the creation of 11 documentaries in two years. Moriba came to CNN in 2010 after 16 years at NBC News, where she served as senior producer for Broadcast Standards, monitoring news reports on all NBC platforms. She also produced award winning long form and breaking news stories. And she was the co-chair for NBC News' Diversity Council developing diversity programs to support leadership development and diverse content across NBC News programming.
April 29 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Newsroom Diversity
Brad Pelo Co-Founder & CEO, i.TV Brad Pelo is the co-founder and CEO of i.TV, the company behind tvtag, the new second screen app for iOS. Backed by Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, Time Warner Investments, DIRECTV and others, i.TV also powers Nintendo TVii for the Nintendo Wii U and has partnerships with AOL TV, HuffPost TV, DIRECTV and others. i.TV’s namesake second screen app has been downloaded over 6 million times, and in November Pelo led i.TV’s acquisition of GetGlue, all part of his and his team’s mission to re-imagine the living room entertainment experience. Pelo’s lifelong passion for media and technology is reflected in his many prior professional roles. Most recently, he produced a number of feature films, including Forever Strong, co-starring Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Prior to that, Pelo founded NextPage, a compliance and information risk solutions provider, and before that was the first CEO of Ancestry.com. Brad also co-founded and served as president of Folio Corporation, the early search-engine pioneer, later acquired by LexisNexis.
April 29 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm The Rise of Social TV
Fergus Pitt Research Fellow, Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism Fergus Pitt is a research fellow at The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, currently writing and editing a report on drones and sensors in journalism. Previously, he led the digital product management for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's radio stations, worked as a project manager, producer and radio journalist. He lives in New York, where he can't go sailing as much as he used to on Sydney Harbor.
April 29 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm News Drones
Francis Rabuck Technology Analyst, World Future Society Francis Rabuck is a Technology Research Analyst with a 30 year career of contributions to the industry as a consultant, thought leader and internationally recognized expert in emerging technologies in the Mobile/Wireless, RFID/Sensors/IoT, Video/Media and Robotics. He is a frequent speaker/writer, advisor and judge at major technology industry events. Fran has a history of delivering leading edge research, trend tracking and innovative business solutions in various roles including: Director of Technology Research for Bentley Systems, Mobile Practice Leader at Alliance Consulting, Director –Manager of Applied Research for Towers Watson and entrepreneurial roles within multiple start-up companies. Fran is a member of the Global Advisory Council for the World Future Society and one of the 100+ Experts driving future predictions through forecasting with Techcast.org. In 2006 he was awarded the first FIATECH STAR Award in recognition of his contribution for the innovative use of technology in the construction industry. Fran also worked with the Construction Industry Institute on their Breakthrough Strategy Committee. He is a long time member of the eWeek Corporate Partner Advisory Board, and past member of the Academic Advisory Council at Drexel University. Fran is currently actively working on research work in capturing video in 3D, 360-panoramas, and Augmented Reality using smartphone cameras and adapters, special multi-camera devices, head mounted computing devices and UAV/Robotics systems.
April 29 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm News Drones
Scott Rosenberg VP Business Development, Roku Scott Rosenberg is vice president of business development, content and services at Roku, where he is responsible for developing content partnerships for the Roku streaming platform. Prior to Roku, Scott co-founded and led Umami TV, a VC-backed startup in NYC that pioneered the use of audio fingerprinting to enable synchronized companion TV experiences on mobile and tablet devices. Prior to Umami, he was vice president of Advanced Advertising at Rovi, where he led interactive ad sales. Scott has also held senior product and engineering roles at BlackArrow, ReplayTV, Analog Devices, and Intel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princeton, and was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan. He earned a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
April 29 | 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Web & Streaming TV: Complement or Replacement?
Brian Stelter Host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" Brian Stelter is the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and host of CNN's “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories. Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. In January 2004, while he was still a freshman in college, Stelter created TVNewser. He sold the site to Mediabistro.com in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated college and joined The New York Times. Stelter is the author of The New York Times best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013), about the competitive world of morning news shows.
April 29 | 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Keynote
Tim Stenovec Technology Reporter The Huffington Post Tim Stenovec is a technology reporter at The Huffington Post, where he writes about streaming media, mobile devices and wearable technology. Prior to joining HuffPost in 2011, he worked with AOL, The New York Times and Current TV. He began his career at Plum TV in Vail, Colorado. He appears regularly on TV, radio and HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post's live streaming network.
April 29 | 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Web & Streaming TV: Complement or Replacement?
Tom Taylor Assistant Managing Editor, United States Law Week Tom Taylor is the Assistant Managing Editor of United States Law Week, a flagship Bloomberg BNA publication that since its inception in 1933 has featured in-depth coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as other key legal developments across the country in all practice areas. The publication reports on significant certiorari petitions as they are filed with the Supreme Court, tracks cases as the court grants review, synthesizes the high points of oral arguments before the court, and analyzes the court's decisions and impact for the legal community. In 2012, Taylor won the National Press Club’s 2012 Newsletter Journalism Award for his reporting on the Supreme Court. Taylor previously practiced law with the law firm of Winston & Strawn after receiving his law degree and a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His work also appears in multiple other Bloomberg BNA publications.
April 29 | 9:45 am - 10:30 am Aereo: Changing the Channels
Stephanie Tsoflias Reporter, News 12 Stephanie Tsoflias is a reporter at WPIX-TV in New York, the instructor for the Mediabistro course "TV News Reporting," and the founder of "Reel Reporting," a no-nonsense television journalism boot camp geared toward aspiring and disciplined journalists looking to launch their television news career. As a New York-based reporter, Stephanie has lead the coverage of major news events including Hurricane Sandy and the shootings in Newtown, CT. Stephanie is also the creator of My Almost Married Life, a blog about life, relationships, love, and finding the way to 'I do'.
April 29 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm News Drones
Alex Weprin Writer, Capital New York Alex Weprin writes about television and media for Capital New York. Before joining Capital he was a senior editor at Mediabistro's TVNewser, and was a contributor to Lost Remote. He began his journalism career at television trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable. His writing has also appeared in Variety and Cynopsis: Weekender. A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Alex lives in New York City.
April 29 | 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Keynote
Larry Wert President, Broadcast Media Tribune Company Larry Wert was appointed President/Broadcast Media in February 2013. He is responsible for directing the strategy and operations of Tribune’s 23 local television stations and WGN Radio in Chicago. Wert, who has more than 30 years of broadcasting experience, joined WMAQ-TV (NBC5) in Chicago as President/General Manager in January 1998. In April 2008, he was named President, Central & Western Region, NBC Local Media, overseeing five NBC-owned television stations: KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, KNTV-TV in San Francisco, KNSD-TV in San Diego, KXAS-TV in Dallas and WMAQ-TV in Chicago. In September 2011, he was named EVP/Station Initiatives for NBC-owned stations. Wert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He and his wife Julie have four children and reside in his hometown of Riverside, Ill.
April 29 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am Millennial TV

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