In 1997, Gary began to recognize the importance of e-commerce; shortly thereafter, WineLibrary was born. He used the site to grow the store from a $3 million business to a $45 million business, and it was just the beginning. Armed with a Flipcam and a NY Jets bucket, he started Wine Library TV in 2006 to share his knowledge and passion for wine.
In the spring of 2009, with brother AJ, he launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that would help fortune 500 companies like GE, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Coffee, the NY Jets, and the Brooklyn Nets find their social voices and build their digital brands through micro-content and other story telling actions. The idea took hold - what started as a 6-person project 5 years ago has swelled to a 400-strong team spread across the country.
After years of angel investing in companies like Twitter, Tumblr, Uber and Birch Box, he recently launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that will help invest in and launch the next generation of world-changing technology companies.
Al is a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, working alongside Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, to broadcast in front of over 32 million viewers. With a career spanning more than 35 years and thirteen Emmy wins, Al conducts interviews with celebrities and newsmakers around the world and does a wide variety of segments on every imaginable subject. Al is also an accomplished television producer as the CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE); www.alrokerentertainment.com, a thriving multimedia company involved in the development and production of network, cable, and home video for a diverse clientele including NBC News, MSNBC, Spike TV, Lifetime Television, A&E, The History Channel, E!, Discovery Networks, PBS, TV ONE, Oxygen, The Cartoon Network, The Weather Channel and NBC Television Stations Group.
Al is also a bestselling author with nine acclaimed books to his credit. His latest, “Been There Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times,” was written with his wife, Deborah Roberts.
Jim was named Executive Producer of the NBC Olympics for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he and his team oversaw the editorial production of 2,084 hours of Olympic linear programming across 11 networks. Jim has worked on every Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games with NBC Sports, making this his 11th games. Bell rejoined NBC Sports Group full-time after seven years (2005-12) as Executive Producer of TODAY, during which the show extended its dominance in the morning ratings, earned seven Emmys, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards and nine Headliner Awards. During his TODAY tenure, Bell also won Emmys for his work on the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2012 Olympics and a Peabody for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Jim served as both executive producer of TODAY and the London Olympics in 2012, which was the most-watched television event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers. Prior to joining TODAY, Bell was coordinating producer for NBC Olympics, leading the production hiring for the Olympics unit and supervising nearly 100 hours of afternoon and late night programming on NBC during the 2004 Athens Summer Games.
Kevin serves as Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships & Content Distribution for the Live Nation Studios Division, where he oversees the company’s global content distribution efforts. The Live Nation Studios division is responsible for content production, distribution plus the management of key partnerships including Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Apple, Snapchat, Hulu, NextVR, Yahoo and RedBullTV to name a few. Kevin has worked for Live Nation and its predecessors since 2003, moving from Vice President of National Sales & Marketing to Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and most recently EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Development. Prior to Live Nation, Kevin co-founded MusicVision, Inc. where he served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales and was on the Board of Directors since inception.
Josh is an anchor for CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 digital streaming news service. Since joining CBS News earlier this year, Josh has reported on a variety of major national and international stories ranging from the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the ongoing race for the White House, and the death of music icon Prince, and has conducted notable live interviews with such newsmakers as Senator Bernie Sanders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Senator Lindsey Graham. A veteran journalist with deep broadcast and print reporting experience, Josh has held posts at NBC Sports; ABC News, as news anchor on "Good Morning America," where he covered the 2012 presidential election, the 2013 election of Pope Francis, the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in Connecticut, and the Boston Marathon bombing, among other topics; and ESPN, anchoring "SportsCenter."
Marc is the President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) and a perennial top 10 Internet property. In this role, Marc leads strategy and operations for all of CBS Interactive’s 25+ industry-leading brands including the digital businesses of the CBS Television Network as well as CNET Media Group, CBS Interactive’s leading tech, games and media properties. As President and COO, Marc is also responsible for the development of original programming and editorial content for digital platforms, as well as digital distribution strategies, including full episode streaming, dynamic ad insertion on cable VOD platforms, and direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand and live streaming initiatives including authentication/TV Everywhere. Prior to his tenure at CBS Interactive, Marc held posts at Starz, NBC Universal and JPMorgan.
John serves as EVP of E! News and Digital, where he oversees the network’s recently integrated “E! News” and digital divisions, and is responsible for all content, social/interactive and product/operations across platforms, fueling E! News and E! Online’s continued growth and success. E! Online ranks as the #1 digital brand against its cable entertainment, women’s lifestyle and entertainment news competitive set, and just reached 42M multiplatform unique visitors. John joined E! in 2001 and has played an integral role in driving multiplatform growth, including growing the network’s leadership position in mobile, social media, its licensing of digital video, and the development of successful original digital productions such as E! News Now and E! Online’s Live from E! Prior to this, John held senior positions at AOL and Disney.
Tonia serves as chief commercial officer and president of Content Distribution for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), where she drives the Company's content distribution efforts across all screens, including online and mobile. She leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand its content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with both traditional and emerging content distributors. During her tenure at Univision, Tonia has led the creation of the company’s first over the top English-language digital network, Flama; worked with other key leaders across UCI to coordinate joint ventures and investments in new businesses; and led the launch of UCI’s direct to consumer subscription video service, Univision NOW. Prior to Univision, Tonia spent 13 years at Gemstar TV Guide, where she ultimately served as executive vice president of Distribution. Tonia has received multiple awards and recognitions including the Liberty Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications in 2005, the Wonder Women award by Multichannel News in 2011, and was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 in 2012 and 2013.
Kay is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., where he leads the team responsible for all aspects of digital, social and mobile strategy and oversees operations, content creation, technology and product development across the suite of BET Network’s digital platforms. Prior to joining BET Networks, Kay was the Head of Entertainment & Media at Facebook, Inc., charged with the growth and monetization of Facebook’s Entertainment & Media business, and positioning Facebook as a critical element of the digital and marketing world for publishers. He has also served in high-level roles at CNN Worldwide, Community Connect, Inc. and BMW.
Rich is Managing Director, Media and Technology Analyst at BTIG and is the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog (www.btigresearch.com). He is an active angel investor focused on the convergence of media communications and commerce, and loves meeting new start-ups, demo’ing new technologies, and trying to figure out future trends. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Greenfield was a managing director, media analyst covering media and cable / satellite industries at Pali Capital, and he has also spent four years at Fulcrum Global Partners as a media analyst. Greenfield started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1995, where he spent eight years covering entertainment, cable system and leisure industries.
Jeanine covers the TV industry, specializing in how broadcast and cable networks and distributors are adapting to the changes in the world of TV advertising. Jeanine has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg News and Charlie Rose, among others to discuss such topics, and is a recipient of the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Awards for her TV coverage, winning the category of “Best Range of Work by a Single Author.” Prior to joining Ad Age in 2012, she spent six years covering the retail and media industries and other financial sectors for Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes and TheStreet, and was named a 2010 Strictly Financials fellow at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.
Will is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Property Sponsorships for Turner Sports, where he oversees sponsorship sales development and integration across Turner Sports’ portfolio of leading brands and league partnerships, including Bleacher Report, ELEAGUE, the NBA, NCAA, MLB and PGA. In this position, Funk is responsible for driving revenue growth through alternate marketing channels that include licensing, branded content, marketing rights, experiential fan events, and in-store opportunities. During his fifteen years at Turner Sports, Funk has held multiple sponsorship leadership positions, expanding the suite of brands that make up the NCAA Corporate Champion and Partnership program, building out new multi-platform environments for brand activations around NBA marquee assets, and has been instrumental in launching new official marketing partnership programs for Turner’s new eSports league ELEAGUE. Prior to joining Turner, Funk was Senior Director of Global Media Programs at the NBA where he was responsible for all domestic media sales as well as marketing partner business development.
Jonathan is responsible for Twitch’s fast-growing and hugely successful global sales organization, overseeing teams spread throughout the US, UK, EU, LATAM, and SEA regions, who are charged with offering award-winning, authentic native custom ad and media solutions for major brands. Prior to joining Twitch in 2011, Jonathan spent 10 years as CEO of Future US, a leading publisher of games and music media in the world, and founded two of the biggest gaming sites of their era – IGN.com and in 1998, the Daily Entertainment Network in 1996.
George joined WWE in 2008, where he is responsible for the company’s strategy, financial planning and management, corporate and media technology and travel operations. Prior to this, he worked at The New York Times Company and beginning in 2007 served as Vice President and Treasurer of the company where he was responsible for managing the company’s capital structure, liquidity, risk, investments, and corporate financial analysis. Ahead of his role as at The New York Times Company, George had high-level roles at multiple top-tier media, manufacturing and entertainment companies including the New England Media Group, Praxair, Inc., HBO, Inc., and CHI Energy.
Borja is SVP of Digital and Social Media for Telemundo, where he is responsible for the evolution of the digital programming team from a website portal-focus into a content creation unit for multiple digital platforms. He looks for new ways to blend social activity into Telemundo’s television programming across all genres and is responsible for expanding the existing collaboration with Telemundo Studios to increase transmedia storytelling for the network’s original primetime productions. In 2012, Perez was recognized by Multichannel News as one of the “Top 10 Social Media Mavens,” and he oversaw the launch of “Secreteando,” Telemundo’s first-ever “social media novella,” offering fans an unprecedented opportunity to become active participants on the storyline through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram. Prior to this, Borja held roles at AOL Inc., UOL Inc., The Bravo Group (Young & Rubicam), BBDO and Ericsson, where his knowledge and expertise of the global Hispanic market were essential to each client’s strategic market growth.
Sarah is the SVP of Business Development at Viacom, where she guides the development of strategic partnerships that advance the company’s social, digital and mobile capabilities, along with its industry-leading data-driven marketing solutions. Under her leadership, the Business Development team closed a partnership with Snapchat that extended Viacom’s presence on Live Stories, expanded MTV’s and Comedy Central’s Snapchat Discover channels, and established a multiyear agreement allowing Viacom to sell advertising on Snapchat’s owned and operated content. Sarah, who joined Viacom in 2004 via Spike, has worked with all brands and all screens during her 12 years at the company throughout which she has served as SVP of Velocity Products Group, SVP of Partnerships & Client Strategy in Viacom’s Ad Sales department, and SVP of Digital Ad Sales, Music & Entertainment Group. Prior to her time at Viacom, Sarah started her career in TV Ad Sales at A&E Television Networks.
Eric is the President of Mashable Studios, the company’s creative and video engine. The Studios generate hundreds of videos each month for social platforms, 3rd party OTT, SVOD and streaming partners, as well as brands and agencies, and the teams also provide all of the illustration, animation and design for Mashable content and events. Prior to Mashable, Eric was SVP, Brand Social & Content for DigitasLBi, where he led development of original and partnered digital brand social and content strategy for Digitas clients. Before Digitas, Eric spent 25 years as a producer of episodic television, TV commercials, feature and documentary films, and music videos.
Peter Gorenstein is Chief Content Officer of Cheddar a live video news network covering the most innovative products and technologies transforming our lives. Gorenstein was mostly recently a senior executive producer at Yahoo Studios where he was responsible for producing all original video content and live shows for Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Health. Prior to joining Yahoo, Peter produced a daily live show on Bloomberg TV. His team was early to cover the risks to the housing market that led to the crash of 2008-09 and the Great Recession.
Allison is the co-founder and CMO of Tubular Labs, the worldwide leader in online video intelligence, serving over 5,000 video creators and 120+ enterprise customers to date, including Viacom, Warner Bros., HGTV, Activision, AwesomenessTV, Maker Studios and Fullscreen. Before Tubular, Allison worked at YouTube with the sales operations, product marketing, and business development teams. Prior to that she was a strategy consultant at the Corporate Executive Board advising Fortune 500 sales and marketing executives on business challenges. She has also helped media companies, including 20th Century Fox and AOL, develop compelling online experiences and increase user engagement.
Colin is the Chief Creative Officer at iPowow, where he manages the team globally, heads up new product development, manages key accounts, and drives client and market expansion. Prior to this role, Colin was the Executive Producer overseeing global production at iPowow. He has been in the business of storytelling for more than a decade, producing and directing commercials, documentaries and short films for companies around the world. Prior to joining iPowow, Cloin oversaw the development of the digital multimedia department at the Miss Universe Organization for NBC, where he directed and produced the first webcast in the 60-year history of the organization, as well as all original content. In addition to working behind the camera, Colin also hosted the 2011 Miss Universe Preliminary Competition in Brazil, created and starred in the web series “Awesome,” and hosted Miss Teen USA 2012 in the Bahamas.
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David oversees product management for Nielsen’s digital measurement products globally, which includes Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings, Nielsen Cross-Platform Campaign Ratings, and Nielsen Digital Content Ratings. Prior to this role, David served as an Engagement Manager at the strategy consultancy, McKinsey & Company, where he led consulting teams to advise Fortune 500 clients on issues concerning strategy, new business development, and investment decisions. During his tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Wong focused within the media and technology industries, serving electronics manufacturers, diversified media companies, and cable/telecom operators.
Fritz is an Internet strategist and entrepreneur. In 2013, Fritz used his passion for video and expertise in Internet strategy to launch BrandLive (www.yourbrandlive.com), a highly customizable, live interactive video platform that retailers and brands can leverage to create highly engaging online events for their products by combining live video, social interaction and instant commerce. Previously, Fritz developed digital media solutions for the world’s leading brands, including DreamWorks, MTV, GM and Google.
Mario appears on TV as an Emmy-Award winning talk show host and Digital Lifestyle Expert® and is a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN, and NPR. He has also appeared on Inside Edition, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, or Rachael Ray. In addition to his roles on TV, Mario is also an entrepreneur, a live streaming personality, Founder of #NeverSettleClub and is launching an inspirational, energetic and entertaining talk show called “The Never Settle Show.” It’s the first ever livestreamed talk show to inspire people to live their best life and it will enable viewers to participate directly in the show by choosing the topics, picking the guests and getting their questions answered by guests live, in real-time during the show.
Brian is a proud, pager-wearing millennial, and is a keynote speaker and founder/CEO of iSocialFanz LLC, a social strategy consulting agency, as well as a founder of Backlamp LLC, the strategic storytelling agency and parent company of Summit Live that hosts events to celebrate creators and storytellers globally. His #ThinkLikeAFan philosophy has powered first-of-their-kind storytelling campaigns for many Fortune 50 enterprise companies leveraging Periscope, SnapChat, and Facebook Live under the username @iSocialFanz. He was awarded the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by The Economist Intelligence Unit and was nominated for the first ever #ShortyAwards Periscoper of the Year 2016, and in 2016 alone, Brian will keynote in 10 countries at more than 40 events highlighting his passion for change, collaboration and community – the foundation of his first book A Millennial Mindset due out Spring 2017.
Marc is a veteran in the domain name space, having spent more than 10 years working for various players in the industry. For the past year, he has spent his time in and around the Live Video space working with advocates and platforms alike. He is seen as the expert when it comes to branding your live video presence and has spoken on various panels and at live events about this topic.
Shira is the Co-Founder, CEO and Host of What’s Trending, as well as a West Coast contributor for HLN's "The Daily Share," covering all things social media and digital trends for the network. Prior to launching What's Trending, Shira launched the talk show of YouTube, “Partner's Project,” interviewing many of the biggest YouTube stars. As the leading broadcaster and interviewer in the digital space, Shira has been the face of the biggest live-streams on the web, from award shows to red carpet premieres including, The Oscars, The Grammys and the Tony Awards, among many others. Lazar is a Webby Awards Honoree, Streamy Awards, IAWTV Winner for “Best Web Series Live Host.” She has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, Huffington Post’s “Women in Tech to follow on Twitter,” honored on the Variety Women of Impact list and Cynopsis Top Women in Digital.