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Ally Polly, Studio Head, Creators League, PepsiCo
Andrew Curry: Directo,r Audience Engagement, TheWrap
Benny and Rafi Fine, Content Creators, React video series Cindy Whitehead: Founder, The Pink Ceiling, Founder, Addyi Gail Becker: newly liberated President, Strategic Partners, Edelman
Gigi Pritzker: Film Producer, Philanthropist Joe Marmer: Director East Coast Sales, TheWrap John Canemaker: Head of Animation, NYU/Tisch Laura Mayes: Co-Founder, Mom 2.0 Mark Greenberg: CEO, Epix
Matthew Hiltzik: Founder, Hiltzik Strategies Michael Feeney: EVP Corporate Communications, A+E Networks
Michelle Monaghan: Actress, "True Detective" Nancy Dubuc: President & CEO, A+E Networks Nick Denton: CEO, Gawker Nora Ryan: Chief of Staff, Epix Paula Wagner: Producer, Founder Chestnut Ridge Productions Rachel Sklar: Founder and CEO, TheLi.st Rick Nicita: Producer/Manager, RPMedia Sharon Waxman: Founder and CEO, TheWrap
Sharon Waxman, CEO And Editor In Chief, Is An Entrepreneur, An Award-Winning Journalist And Best-Selling Author. She Founded TheWrap In 2009 And Has Led Its Rapid Growth To A Leading Position Covering The Business Of Entertainment And Media. Waxman Is Also The Creator Of The Power Women Breakfast Series, Which Launched In 2010 In Los Angeles.
Waxman Is A Former Hollywood Correspondent For The New York Times And A Leading Authority On The Entertainment Business And Media. Before The Times, She Was A Correspondent For Eight Years For The Washington Post. She Started Out As A Foreign Correspondent, Covering Europe And The Middle East For A Decade. She Is The Author Of Two Books, Including, “Rebels On The Backlot: Six Maverick Directors And How They Conquered The Hollywood Studio System” And "Loot: The Battle Over The Stolen Treasures Of The Ancient World."
Innovative and successful across multiple industries building brands, properties and new capabilities, Ally joined PepsiCo in October 2014 to spearhead a number of content development and production projects, including the Creators League. For the past twenty years she has been at the forefront of planning and executing new business models in content creation in digital entertainment; design and product in the fashion business; and talent management in the advertising industry.
Benny and Rafi Fine
CONTENT CREATORS AND CO-FOUNDERS, FINE BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT
The Fine Brothers first began their online career in 2004, before launching their YouTube channel in 2007 on the nascent platform. As creators in the pre-YouTube days, the brothers used their own website to tell dynamic transmedia stories and establish the concept of content shareability for the digital age.
This success and innovative thinking led Benny and Rafi to Maker Studios, where they served as Heads of Creative and Production during the first year of the company. The Fines helped grow Maker Studios into the first major MCN by helping with the overall business strategy – defining best practices on the platform, such as cross-channel collaboration, programming strategy, and low cost/high production value content.
Fine Brothers Entertainment was born in 2011, when they became part of YouTube’s premium channels initiative. They created “MyMusic” – one of the most successful projects in the program – which ran for two seasons and was nominated for a dozen awards including “Best Comedy Series” and “Best Transmedia Series” at the Streamy Awards.
Cindy Whitehead is a leading women's health advocate and entrepreneur. With a 22-year track record in healthcare, Whitehead is best known for building and selling pharmaceutical businesses that deliver industry record-setting returns. She cofounded and led Sprout Pharmaceuticals as Chief Executive Officer. Cindy has just announced the launch of her next venture, The Pink Ceiling, a strategy and investment firm to propel innovations that break through for women. Already, she has invested in and is guiding Undercover Colors, a company with a wearable nail technology that detects if date rape drugs are present in a drink. Whitehead sits on the company's board of directors.
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Ex-President of Strategic partnerships, global integration, edelman
As President of Strategic Partnerships, Global Integration at Edelman, Gail identified and advanced strategic partnerships, acquisitions and joint ventures globally, beginning with the acquisition of United Entertainment Group. Gail served as Chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network and oversaw company’s effort to increase the number of women at senior levels. Her blog, “Yes, I Can Walk in These,” can be viewed on Edelman.com archives and on HuffPo, LinkedIn.
Gigi Pritzker is a film and stage producer. As CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment, Pritzker produced Academy Award-
nominated “Rabbit Hole” starring Nicole Kidman, as well as “The Way, Way Back,.” Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, “Rosewater,” as well as the feature film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s popularized Science Fiction novel, “Ender’s Game.” Pritzker has expanded OLE’s footprint in the global motion picture business to include the foreign sales company Sierra/Affinity and is part of a
consortium that recently launched the next generation film studio STX. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions through her company
Relevant Theatricals. Recent productions include the Tony Award Winning, Million Dollar Quartet. Pritzker’s active philanthropic roles include the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees, Founder & Vice Chair of Project& and member of the Board of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago. Pritzker studied anthropology at Stanford University. Living in Nepal as an undergraduate student
led her to produce her first documentary feature in Bhutan, when the BBC kick- started her long career in film.
DIRECTOR OF SALES AT THEWRAP
An accomplished senior sales executive with experience in all aspects of digital advertising. Proven ability to sell integrated campaigns to both large brands and agencies for branding and direct response efforts.
PROFESSOR; ACADEMIC DIRECTOR NYU
John Canemaker is an internationally recognized animator, author, teacher, and animation historian. THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION, his 28-minute autobiographical film, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short and a 2006 Emmy Award. He has designed and directed animation for numerous commercial projects, including the Warner Bros. feature The World According To Garp; TCM's Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood; and CBS' Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse, which have won for their sponsors an Oscar, Emmy Awards, Ace Award and Peabody Award.
WRiter; co-founder mom 2.0 summit
Laura Mayes is an Emmy-winning writer, and a co-founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit, Camp Mighty, Go Mighty, Kirtsy and The Search Party. Over the last few years, she has created, developed and produced a variety of events and programs for women in media including industry conferences, brand events, book and product launches, national art exhibits, and nationwide programs to educate women about social media. Laura also created and edited the Kirtsy book, Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Online Favorites and continues to write for a variety of blogs and publications, including her personal blog, Blog con Queso.
She speaks regularly at events like SxSW, the ALT Design Conference, TribeCon and Interactive Strategies.
Mark Greenberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Studio 3 Partners, the parent company of the new multiplatform premium entertainment cable channel EPIX, which is a joint venture between Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM.
Greenberg comes to this position with 25 successful years of cable industry experience, including Showtime and Home Box Office. Prior to joining EPIX, Greenberg was Managing Director of MSGCI, a management and consulting company. Some of his clients included Blockbuster, Participant Media, and Lionsgate.
He joined Showtime after seven plus years at Home Box Office in sales and marketing positions. When he left, he was Director of Direct Marketing. Greenberg then joined Showtime, where he worked for 17 years. He was Executive Vice President for Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), where he was responsible for business planning and Development Digital Media. He also headed the operations of Showtime's Sales and Marketing. He also created and launched Showtime's On Demand and HDTV.
Founder, Hiltzik strategies
Matthew Hiltzik is the president and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, a strategic communications and consulting firm representing influential individuals, corporations, organizations, and institutions, with office in NY and LA. Prior to launching Hiltzik Strategies, Matthew was head of corporate communications and government relations at Miramax Films for five and a half years, before starting the US operation of the UK–based PR firm Freud Communications. Matthew started his career aspress secretary and deputy executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee and later served as director of Jewish relations for Hillary Clinton's United States Senate campaign in 2000. Matthew, a BAFTA member, produced and oversaw marketing, publicity and distribution for the award-winning documentary "Paper Clips," is an executive producer (EP) of Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas' "Documented," co-produced Webby Award founder Tiffany Shlain’s “Connected," is an EP of "Holyland Hardball," and a producer of “The Barn” which is currently in post-production. Matthew has a B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and is a member of the NY State Bar Association.
EVP, Corporate Communications, A+E Networks
Feeney joined A+E Networks in 2001 as Director of HISTORY Publicity and Public Affairs, overseeing all publicity efforts for HISTORY brands. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President of Publicity for A&E Network and BIO, spearheading communications strategy and media relations for the networks.
Feeney began his career as an NBC page in 1993. From 1993 to 2001, Feeney was promoted to numerous positions within NBC Corporate Communications, NBC News and NBC Entertainment Publicity in both New York and Los Angeles.
Honored for his communications strategy and contributions to the media industry, Feeney was named Public Affairs and Communication Executive of the Year in 2010 by CableFAXMagazine. He was also recognized by Multichannel News as one of the leading executives in cable television under the age of 40.
Feeney is a graduate of Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
With a slate of roles that exemplify her strength and charm, Golden Globe nominated actress Michelle Monaghan brings depth and humanity to each performance.
Monaghan can currently be seen in Hulu’s premiere drama series The Path and True Detective, which follows a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Monaghan portrays 'Sarah Cleary', a high level member of the movement; Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy co-star. The ten-episode project hails from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions, and will be executive produced by Jessica Goldberg.
Monaghan recently wrapped production on Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day which chronicles the events surrounding
the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Michelle co-stars opposite Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons
and Kevin Bacon; CBS Films and Lionsgate will release the film January 17, 2017.
Last year, Monaghan filmed Baran bo Odar’s Sleepless Night opposite Jamie Foxx. Based on the 2011 French
film Nuit Blanche, the film follows seemingly corrupt undercover police officer Vincent Downs (Foxx) who scours the criminal underworld of Las Vegas in search of his kidnapped son. Monaghan plays Internal Affairs agent
'Jennifer Bryant,’ who is assigned to investigate Downs and must ultimately decide which side of the law he is on.
Open Road will release the film in 2016.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, A+E NETWORKS
Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™ and H2™, as well as A+E Studios®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital®, A&E Indie Films® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®.
Under her stewardship, the A+E Networks portfolio has two of the top ten entertainment brands – HISTORY and A&E– and two of the leading women’s brands in Lifetime and LMN. In 2014, A+E Networks leads all other cable groups with 11 of the top 50 shows in adults 25-54 and 13 of the top 50 shows in total viewers. A+E Networks’ portfolio of hit shows.
EVP & Chief of Staff, EPIX
Nora Ryan is Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff at EPIX, directing creative, communications and planning for the multi-platform premium network, a joint venture of Viacom and Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM Studios. A member of the team which launched the network in October 2009, she has helped build the brand on television and across all emerging platforms, as EPIX has pioneered the development of TV Everywhere with thousands of movies and original programs available on tablets, game consoles and other connected devices.
PRODUCER, theater and film, chestnut ridge productions
Paula has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, film producer and studio executive.
As a producer of more than 20 films including Mission: Impossible I, II and III, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky and The Others, she is currently producing the film Marshall, through her film, theatre and television company, Chestnut Ridge Productions. Marshall stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson.
Wagner began her career as a prominent agent at Creative Artists Agency. Co-founder: Cruise/Wagner Productions and CEO of United Artists (2006-2008).
In addition to being an active member of the Producers Guild and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Wagner produced the 2011 and 2012 PGA Awards show and the 2013 Governor’s Award ceremony for AMPAS.
FOUNDER, CHANGE THE RATIO/THELI.ST
Rachel Sklar is a writer, entrepreneur and feminist based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio, which increases visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media, and TheLi.st, a network & media platform for awesome women. A former lawyer who writes abo.ut media, politics, culture & technology, Rachel was a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post. She is the author of A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (1998) and has contributed to several anthologies. Rachel has recently become an outspoken advocate for single moms since she has recently become one. She is an advisor to several startups and speaks widely at conferences, events and on TV.
Rick Nicita is currently a manager, producer and consultant to the entertainment industry. He was a motion picture agent for 28 years at Creative Artists Agency and served as Co-Chairman from 1995 until 2008. He then was Co-Chairman and COO of Morgan Productions from 2008 until 2011.
He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1967 and began his career at the William Morris Agency in New York in 1968. He worked in the Motion Picture Department representing actors, actresses and directors until 1976, when he transferred to the William Morris office in Beverly Hills.
In 1980, he joined CAA, where he went on to co-head the Motion Picture Department and head the Talent Department before being named Co-Chairman of the agency in 1995. Over the years, he has represented many of the world’s leading actors and directors, including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Kurt Russell, Jeff Bridges, Garry Marshall, Kevin Costner, and Rob Reiner. He has also been listed as one of the most influential people in Hollywood by Premiere Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
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