Speakers

The foundation of Horowitz Associates’ Multicultural Media Forum is our extensive agenda, featuring elite speakers and panelists from across the media industry. Speaking slots are filling up rapidly, but there’s still time to get involved! See our Call for Speakers press release for more information, or contact our Marketing Director, Stephanie Wong (stephaniew@horowitzassociates.com) with any further inquiries.

Julio Arrieta

Managing Director, Brand Leadership

Lopez Negrete

A computer scientist by education, Julio Arrieta is a brand strategist by trade and a man with a passion for upcoming trends and groundswell consumer behavior. Whether in fashion, music or technology, you’ll find Julio at the cutting edge between today and tomorrow, gathering first-hand insights before they even come to light, and planting the flag for Lopez Negrete Communications. Julio sees to it that his clients reap the benefits of the Lopez Negrete team’s big-picture mind and its deep insights into the U.S. Hispanic space. Julio has spent 20 years building successful brands in a variety of areas, including technology, financial services, automotive, retail, consumer packaged goods, media, entertainment and professional services, with current clients including Verizon FiOS, Verizon Wireless, Samsung and Bank of America. Some of the many household names that have benefited from his experience are Microsoft, Coca-Cola, HP, Mazda, Land Rover, VISA, and Chevron. Previously, as chief marketing officer at Blue Casa Communications, Julio developed the strategic framework to retool the business for a telecommunications company. He’s also led multicultural programs at Momentum/McCann, Y&R/The Bravo Group, and Bates Worldwide, which provided him with a perspective on how global holding companies have approached these efforts for major clients. Julio’s nonprofit experience includes serving as board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Industry Group, vice-chair of The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Technology Council, Executive Vice President of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce in Miami, and board member of the Jackson Memorial Foundation Metropolitans. He is currently a strategic advisor to Team Gini, a group whose mission is guiding teenagers living in underprivileged areas of Houston to find a constructive and inspiring purpose in life.

Clayton Banks

President

Ember Media

Mr. Banks is the Founder, President and Executive Producer of Ember Media Corporation, a full service multimedia production studio and interactive publishing company. Banks spent over 10 years in the cable and entertainment industry, before launching Ember Media in 1998. Prior to Ember Media, he served as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Comedy Central. While at Comedy Central, Banks opened New York and Chicago Affiliate Relations offices, recruited, hired, and managed a senior sales team and expanded the distribution of Comedy Central throughout the Country. Prior to Comedy Central, Banks served three years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Sega Channel. In his capacity at Sega Channel, Banks negotiated affiliation agreements for distribution of the service with the top cable companies in the US. Some of his client list included: Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Time Warner, and Charter Communications. During his tenure at Sega Channel Banks acquired distribution in over 20 million homes in less than two years. Prior to Sega Channel, Banks served as Regional Director at Showtime Networks, where he was responsible for launching The Movie Channel in New York City and overseeing overall growth of Showtime Networks among assigned multiple system operators.

Betty Bastidas

Director, Filmmaker, Photographer,

Maracuya Productions

Betty Bastidas is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, educator and mom based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Ecuador, came to the US at the age of nine. She uses filmmaking and photography as social tools to celebrate the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. She is attracted to issues concerning youth, immigration, and exploring the Latino American experience in the US. She is the co-founder of Maracuya Productions, a bi-cultural production company focusing on creating content on the Latino experience for non-profits and broadcast. Betty’s short film, Can’t Hold Me Back, following 17-year old, Fernando Parraz, from Detroit as he becomes the first in his family to earn a high school diploma was part of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival, aired on PBS Independent Lens, and streamed on VMe and Univision this past October. She is completing DreamTown, her first feature length film following three players as they pursue their soccer dreams to make it out professionally amidst immense odds. DreamTown has garnered the NALIP/HBO Documentary award, and a short version on Afro-Ecuadorian soccer players was published on PBS’s Frontline/World. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including a NYFA Photography Fellowship, NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant in 2008 and 2013, and Brooklyn Council of the Arts Community Grant. A graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, her projects have featured in the New York Times, PBS, and BET, as well as Vibe, Trace, and Esquire magazines.

Emma Brackett

VP, Content and Programming,

DirecTV

Emma Brackett is Vice President of Content & Programming for DIRECTV. Brackett is primarily responsible for strategy and acquisitions of Spanish-language, International and Home Shopping content for DIRECTV’s linear and digital platforms. Brackett negotiates distribution agreements and manages relationships with scores of networks, studios, broadcasters, programmers and independent producers to secure the best content experience for DIRECTV’s customers. Brackett joins DIRECTV from Globecast Americas where she served as Vice President of Consumer Video. In that role, Brackett successfully launched the MyGlobeTV OTT platform and managed the WorldTV satellite platform. Brackett also spent six years at AT&T U-Verse, most recently as Director of Content, developing AT&T’s International and Hispanic content strategy and acquisitions. Brackett earned her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California where she was Associate Editor of Southwestern Law Review. Brackett is a founding Board of Governors member of Southwestern’s Entertainment and IP Law Alumni Association and is a member of the California Bar. Brackett is based in DIRECTV’s New York office.

Marlene Braga

Executive Producer,

Woman on the Verge

Artie Bulgrin

SVP, Research & Analytics

ESPN

Artie Bulgrin is ESPN’s senior vice president, research & analytics. He joined ESPN as Vice President, Research and Sales Development in February 1996 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2001. Bulgrin supervises a staff which provides audience and market research services to all divisions of the company including programming, domestic and international ad sales, affiliate sales, and consumer marketing. Responsibilities include the evaluation of audience research in the U.S. (both TV and digital analytics) and Latin America, and the coordination of proprietary and syndicated market research to support all divisions of ESPN. He also manages ESPN’s interest in the ESPN SportsPoll, a service of TNS Intersearch and the leading provider of consumer intelligence about the sports fan and sports sponsorship in the U.S. The goal of the department is to provide research that helps to understand and extend the ESPN brand, increase distribution, grow target audiences, and develop new revenue opportunities.

Silvina Cendra

Planning Director

Grupo Gallegos

After completing a degree in economics, and post-graduate marketing studies in her native country of Argentina, Silvina found the perfect intersection of her love for both economics and psychology in the account planning arena. These interests not only provide her with a knack for connecting with the consumer mindset, but also the skills for uncovering the best financial solution for a client’s problem. Driven by the unique challenge in every different scenario, Silvina has over 14 years of experience in advertising, marketing, research and economics. Her affinity and expertise on the marketplace led her from Argentina to Puerto Rico, to New York, and now, California to work for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies such as Comcast, Verizon Wireless, JCPenney, Target, Pfizer, The Clorox Company, among others. Silvina is currently working on a marketing communications initiative for Comcast aimed to drive brand growth among the total Hispanic market by connecting with the underserved bicultural Hispanic audience.

John Choi

Director, Distribution Strategy

Fox Networks

John Choi serves as Director, Distribution Strategy, Fox Networks (FN) where he develops multi-platform growth strategies for FN’s diverse group of cable and broadcast networks and their content, explores potential new business models with emerging distributors such as OTT platforms, and contributes to FN’s long range digital strategy. He is responsible for assessing trends that impact the pay TV industry, performing strategic analysis on topics including programming costs, cord cutting and pay TV bundling, and presenting findings to company executives. Before joining FN in 2012, Mr. Choi spent four years with DirecTV, his second stint there, serving as Program Manager, Consumer Software Engineering, overseeing the company’s technology strategy and implementations for VOD/PPV movies, TV and adult content projects. Prior to DirecTV, Mr. Choi started and ran his own mortgage and real estate company for several years. He previously served as Director, Product Management at iBlast, the first national data broadcast network utilizing broadcasters’ unused digital TV spectrum to efficiently deliver broadband content to consumers, and was a satellite design engineer at Hughes Space & Communications. Mr. Choi holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is involved with the Los Angeles branch of The Posse Foundation, a renowned college access and leadership development non-profit.

Valerie Chow

Executive Producer/Partner

Thirsty Tiger Television

Back in 1996, Valerie Chow was a sweet, young researcher, 15 pounds lighter with big dreams of changing the world. Today, she is a veteran Executive Producer of reality, documentary, and game show programming on networks as diverse as TLC, National Geographic, and The Food Network. Known for her quirky projects, Valerie is the mastermind behind cult hits like, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant on TLC and the critically acclaimed The Chef Jeff Project on The Food Network. She is currently the Executive Producer/ Partner of Thirsty Tiger Television, an unscripted television production company launching two new series for Asian American network Myx TV. Previous positions include VP of Production and Programming at Mike Mathis Productions and VP of Production and Development at Burrud Productions.

Stephanie DiVito

Sr. Director of Audience Research

ESPN

Stephanie DiVito is the Sr. Director of Audience Research at ESPN. She’s been with ESPN since 2000, and currently oversees all audience research efforts for ESPN’s six domestic TV networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, and ESPN Deportes), as well as ESPN on ABC. Stephanie’s team is charged with providing accurate reporting, intelligent analysis, and strategic advice to virtually all departments within the company, with a special emphasis on Programming, Production, Finance, and Communications. Prior to ESPN, she worked as a Media Analyst at Busch Media Group – Anheuser Busch’s in-house media buying group. Stephanie holds a BS degree in Television, Radio and Film Management from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Marve Frazier

Chief Creative Officer

MoguldomMedia

As Chief Creative Officer of Moguldom Media Group, Marve Frazier is charged with developing creative, innovative, and actionable ideas across the properties of Moguldom Media Group, which include Bossip, MadameNoire, HipHopWired, MommyNoire, 24Wiredtv, StyleBlazer, as well as new Hispanic and Emerging Markets websites Lossip, AFKInsider, and soon to launch LatinaMadre and AFKTravel. Moreover, as CEO of Bossip.com, she directly oversees the editorial direction of Moguldom’s flagship site. Frazier first joined Bossip.com months after its founding in September of 2006. Since then, she has led Bossip to become a globally recognized pop news outlet, increasing its viewership from 1 million unique visitors and 20 million page views a month to 4.5 million unique visitors and 91 million page views, respectively. Frazier’s work and accomplishments have been recognized by numerous publications. She was featured in GQ, Black Enterprise’s Rising Stars: 40 Under 40 (2012), The Root 100 (2010), The Grio 100 (2011), Jet Magazine’s 40 under 40 (2013) and in Yahoo’s feature on “Top Ten Celebrity Blogs of The Year.”

Glen Friedman

Founder & President

Ideas & Solutions, Inc.

Glen L. Friedman, President and Founder of Ideas & Solutions!, Inc. is a 25-year communications and media veteran. Ideas & Solutions! works with established and emerging companies developing a proactive business approach and an aggressive marketing strategy to reach client goals. Ideas and Solutions! balances strategy, plans and programs to meet objectives in acquisition, retention, competitive strategy, sales, and operations. Additionally, Ideas & Solutions! provides strategic support and due diligence to private equity and venture capitalists firms when evaluating potential investments. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Friedman recognizes the potential in groundbreaking ideas and is frequently called upon by start-ups and small business for strategic guidance to take them to the next level. Prior to forming Ideas & Solutions! Inc., Mr. Friedman was Vice President of Marketing for DIRECTV. Mr. Friedman has a B.S., Management and Organizational Behavior from Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He also completed the Executive Financial Management Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO.

Mark Garner

SVP, Distribution, Business Development, Analytics & Marketing

A+E Networks

Mark Garner is Senior Vice President, Distribution, Business Development, Analytics and Marketing at A+E Networks. Garner oversees non-linear digital content distribution, business development and affiliate marketing across all A+E networks including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, History®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Bio™, H2™, History en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network™, Military History™ and Lifetime Real Women®. Garner currently serves on the board of directors for CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing.Garner earned his B.A. in Economics and Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. Born in Detroit and raised in the New York metropolitan area, he now resides in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife Suzette and son, Santos.

Lisa Gelobter

VP, Digital Product, Technology & Operations

BET Networks

Lisa Gelobter has been working in digital media for more than 20 years, with a focus on strategy, operations and technology. She has been integrally involved with the advent of several pioneering internet technologies, including Shockwave, the genesis of animation on the web, and the emergence of online video by way of Brightcove, Joost and The FeedRoom. Lisa was also a member of the senior management team for the launch of Hulu. Through the convergence of media and technology, she has been fortunate enough to have had an impact on how, where and when media is consumed. Lisa is currently Vice President of Digital Product, Technology and Operations for BET Networks.

Tom Grayman

Sr. Director, Spike TV Brand and Consumer Research

Viacom Media Networks

Thomas Grayman is an award-winning media industry researcher, currently serving as Senior Director, Brand and Consumer Research, Spike TV, for Viacom Media Networks, where he conducts consumer research to guide network content and marketing strategies. A long-time advocate for diversity, he is a former director of the New York chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and a former Walter Kaitz Foundation fellow. He is also the author of the book Ghosts of Florida, an analysis of the racial impact of various flaws in the U.S. elections system. Previously, he has held research positions at Showtime Networks and the ABC Television Network, where he conducted research for such programming as Good Morning America and Monday Night Football. Thomas holds a BS degree in Economics with a concentration in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Hockenbury

Executive Director, Research

Comcast

Paul Hockenbury is the Executive Director of Market Research and Analysis for Comcast. He manages the team responsible for most of the consumer facing Marketing Research work and the Product Marketing Analysis team for core cable business. An award winning researcher in the Cable industry, Paul has twenty years of experience in Market Research and Competitive Intelligence. He has taught Consumer Behavior and New Product Development at the Wharton School of Business and is a frequent lecturer at a number of different universities. Paul earned an MBA from Binghamton University and is on the Research Council of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative and plays a leadership role on the Research Committee’s for Cable Television Advertising and Marketing Association.

Howard Horowitz

President/Founder

Horowitz Associates

Howard Horowitz is a renowned specialist in the marketing of television, computer and Internet services to consumers. A political scientist by training and market researcher by profession, Mr. Horowitz has served as advisor to many of the major media companies. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Horowitz’s work has helped shape and advance the standard for success in marketing cable television, home entertainment services, and broadband and mobile content and services.

Alexis Johnson

VP, Content Acquisition

Time Warner Cable

Alexis Johnson is Vice President of Content Acquisition for Time Warner Cable. In this role, Mr. Johnson negotiates agreements with content providers, programmers, and broadcast groups to secure linear and digital content rights (including VOD, PPV, TV Everywhere, Online Streaming and IPTV) for distribution in the U.S. He is also responsible for managing the company’s relationships with content providers and programmers serving local, Hispanic, multicultural, and sports audiences. Mr. Johnson first joined Time Warner Cable in 2007 as Senior Director of Programming, from Verizon FiOS, where he spent 3 years as Director of Programming. At Verizon, he was responsible for programming strategy, content negotiations, and video package development. Previously, Mr. Johnson spent 9 years with DIRECTV where he served in various roles including operations management, programming operations, and programming acquisition. Prior to DIRECTV, he worked as a Program Sales Specialist with IDB Communications, where he sold satellite, fiber, and uplink capacity to sports clients, broadcasters, cable programmers, and corporate clients. Mr. Johnson earned a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. He is also a member of NAMIC (National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications), a member of the New Jersey and California Bar Associations, and he serves on the scholarship and internship committees of the T. Howard Foundation.

Marshall Davis Jones

Performance Artist

Marshall Davis Jones is a world-bridger. Through story, song and prose Marshall uplifts, inspires and reminds us of what it means to be human. He has shared stages with notables Henry Louis Gates, Simon Sinek and Ambassador Andrew Young. He has been a guest speaker for WIRED, Intel, eBay, Proctor and Gamble and even the US Air Force. He conducts workshops for youth and adults. When he isn’t teaching or speaking, he’s learning the secrets of the universe from his daughter.

Joel Kliksberg

VP and Chief Strategy Officer

Fusion

Joel Kliksberg has been a key member of Fusion’s management team since the network’s inception in May 2012. He serves as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer overseeing marketing, communications, research and business development for the network. Before joining Fusion, Joel served as Chief of Staff to the President of ABC News where he played a role in the strategic planning for the news division. Prior to that he worked as a communications consultant for the United Nations and covered the 2008 presidential election for NBC as a News Associate. Joel began his journalism career at age 15 by covering the Hispanic communities of Washington, D.C. He earned a Juris Doctor and Master in Business Administration from Cornell University in just three years, while serving as president of the law school’s student body, and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where he served as vice-president of the student body. Joel grew up in Caracas, Venezuela until immigrating to the Washington, D.C. area. He lived in four continents and is fluent in three languages.

Keli Lee

EVP, Casting

ABC Entertainment Group

As Executive Vice President of Casting, Keli Lee leads all casting and talent deal negotiations for the ABC Television Network and ABC Studios. Series under her oversight include the multi-award-winning hits Modern Family, Scandal, and Greys Anatomy. Her passion for developing rising stars and casting diverse talent globally led her to create and produce the ABC Casting Department’s Talent Showcase, which in its 12th year continues to provide diverse actors from around the country with training, mentorship and exposure to industry professionals. Past participants include 2014 Academy Award nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Chadwick Boseman (42), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids). In 2013, Ms. Lee introduced ABC Casting into the social media spectrum by creating, ABC Make Me a Star, the first ever network television digital talent competition. Ms. Lee joined ABC in 1991, serving as head of Casting since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from New York University.

Stuart Lipson

Founder & Principal

Leap Media Group

Stuart Lipson, Leap Media Group Founding Partner, is trusted and respected for creating and finding new revenue opportunities for media companies leveraging technology capabilities, products and services. His experience includes content production, acquisition, distribution and monetization across television, broadband and mobile platforms. He has held leadership positions within the cable MSO environment, leading technology companies and television commercial film production environments. Stuart created Media Bridges, LLC in 1996 with the explicit mission of helping content, distribution and technology companies extend and enhance their revenue and customer acquisition efforts across emerging technology opportunities. He earned his Masters degree in the Management of Technology from Polytechnic University, his Bachelors degree from the University at Albany and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Michael L. Maliner

VP, Strategic Planning

UniWorld Group

Michael Maliner describes strategic planning as the art and craft of revealing the stories that are hidden in data. He is an expert at qualitative research design and interpreting quantitative data to elicit trends and consumer behavior. Michael Maliner is dot.com refugee who found his post-bubble home on Madison Avenue when, he was hired by TBWA\Chiat\Day NY to help establish their interactive department. It was there that Michael was introduced to the discipline of strategic planning. Since that time, Michael has worked at such prestigious Madison Avenue agencies as Agency.com, iLeo and JWT, on global brands that include Absolut, Kmart, Cadillac, and the US Marine Corp. While working at JWT, Michael leveraged observed user behaviors to inform the design of the Marine Corps digital ecosystem. He continued his work on the Marine Corp by focusing on its diversity mission when he joined UniWorld Group as a planner. In his current role as VP, Director of Research & Planning, Michael is fortunate enough to be charged with inspiring a seasoned team to pierce the veil of the ordinary in the constant pursuit of the idiosyncratic, the unique and the exceptional.

Joe Min

Account Director

interTrend

Joe Min is an Account Director at Intertrend Communications. In his role, he has lead the account team on clients such as Toyota, AT&T, Disney, Remy Martin and Anheuser Busch, helping to build strong partnerships and relationships. Combining his years of experience with a deep understanding of the Asian American landscape, he assists in the development of relevant strategies, compelling creative platforms and consumer messaging. Joe joined interTrend in 2005. Prior to that, he spent several years at RPA, a general market ad agency working on Acura. He began his career in marketing and advertising on the client side at Kia Motors.

Michael Nathanson

Senior Research Analyst

MoffettNathanson

Michael Nathanson has consistently been named the top Media analyst in the U.S. He was ranked the #1 Media analyst in America in 2013 by Institutional Investor Magazine, marking the seventh time in the past eight years he has earned that honor. He has also received Institutional Investor’s top rankings in the now defunct Publishing & Advertising Agencies and the Broadcast & Radio sectors in past years. Nathanson received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Management.

Robyn Polashuk

Shareholder

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robyn Polashuk is a Shareholder in the Media and Entertainment practice of the Los Angeles office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm. She is one of the leading attorneys representing programmers in distribution agreements with cable, satellite and telco providers and Internet-based distributors. Her practice serves both cable networks and broadcast station groups, and her work covers traditional linear carriage, as well as free, subscription and transactional video-on-demand and electronic sell-through models. She has extensive, experience in “TV Everywhere” agreements, assisting in the negotiation of some of the most comprehensive and complex deals in the industry. Robyn also has particular knowledge in the technical aspects of content distribution, including content protection and digital rights management. In this practice, Robyn represents both top media groups and emerging networks, in general entertainment, sports and specialized programming genres, as well as major technology and Internet companies.

Diana Polvere

VP, Market Intelligence

Sesame Workshop

Diana Polvere is the Vice President of Market Research at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She has been with the organization for over 5 years as head of the insights group, responsible for syndicated audience measurement and primary consumer research supporting all aspects of the business including global licensing and distribution, sponsorship, production, digital media and marketing. Prior to Sesame Workshop, Diana was at American Express for six years as Director of Research, leading a team in their Global Marketplace Insights group, providing research to inform key business initiatives, new product development, product line strategy, brand communications, acquisition and customer satisfaction. Her team was also responsible for market research studies to guide the development of interactive channels across various business groups. Her previous experience includes client and supplier side positions across various industries including consumer packaged goods, travel, technology, financial services and media. Diana earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management at Cornell University.

Suzanne Rainey

Founder & Chief Distribution Officer

Xposure Media

Suzanne Rainey is Chief Distribution Officer at Xposure Media, a global content distribution and marketing company. Suzanne gained her expertise in licensing, sales, marketing, distribution, finance and business affairs at NBC, MGM, Polygram and Universal. Currently, Suzanne helps companies develop, launch and market content services across TV, broadband and mobile platforms including acquiring and negotiating the necessary rights for content on a cost-effective basis. A few of the companies Suzanne has worked with are Media Audits International, Sprint, Monaco Telecom, Cable & Wireless (U.K.), PlusTV (Finland), General Dynamics Interactive/KoolConnect, Irdeto and Ascent Media.

Michelle Rice

EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing

TV One

As Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Ms. Rice develops distribution strategy and handles national accounts negotiations with all the major multichannel video programming distributors (MPVDs) to increase and maximize TV One’s content distribution opportunities across all platforms. She also manages the field sales team and oversees affiliate marketing and partnerships for tis entertainment and lifestyle network which targets African American adults. She joined TV One in January 2004 as Vice President of Distribution Strategy and Operations and was named a Senior Vice President in March 2005. Before joining TV One, she served as Northeast Regional Vice President for Affiliate Relations & National Accounts for iNDemand in New York, in addition to spending five years at NBC Cable Networks, where she was responsible for distribution of CNBC, MSNBC, and Shop NBC to special market accounts including DirecTV and Echostar. A graduate of Temple University with a degree in journalism, Ms. Rice also holds an M.A. degree in communication management from the University of Southern California and is a Class 8 alumnus of Women in Cable and Telecommunications’ prestigious Betsy Magness Program.

Edwin Roman

Director, Consumer Insights

ESPN

Edwin Roman, who joined ESPN in 2004, is a Director of Consumer Insights in the Research and Analytics division. In this role, Mr. Roman helps internal clients understand the sports and media landscape as it relates to the ESPN consumer. He is tasked with presenting these clients with strategic insights based on innovative research solutions. Mr. Roman has completed several ad hoc research studies on behalf of clients across different ESPN properties and divisions, including Sales, Marketing, Programming, Production and Communications. He has extensive experience in designing questionnaires and transforming quantitative results into actionable insights. He is also a graduate of the RIVA Training Institute and well-versed in qualitative techniques. In addition to moderating focus groups himself, he has managed numerous qualitative projects and creative sessions to provide deeper consumer insights to the company. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Roman conducted consumer trends research for RoperASW, where he was responsible for analyzing and communicating macro level trends and category specific insights across a broad range of industries. He is a former Board member for the New York chapter of the American Marketing Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for GreenBook

Mike Rosen

EVP, Advertising Sales

Telemundo Media

In 2013, Mike Rosen was named Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, Telemundo Media. He is responsible for leading the network, cable and digital sales teams of Telemundo and mun2, overseeing all advertising revenue generation, including Telemundo Media cross-platform sales initiatives and multiplatform integrated marketing solutions.

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 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.

Eric Shih

VP, Business Development, uLive

Scripps Networks Interactive

Eric Shih is vice president of business development for Scripps Networks Interactive in the uLive division. Based in New York City, Shih sets the strategic direction and implementation of digital video distribution and licensing partnerships for Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading developer of lifestyle media content comprising HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. Shih has played a key role in extending the brands and syndicating Scripps video programming and other content to online and new platforms including consumer electronics devices, social media and gaming. Prior to joining Scripps, Shih led digital media business development and strategy efforts at A&E Television Networks, comprising cable TV brands A&E, History, Lifetime and Bio, among others. Shih has also held business development positions at Fuse Networks, a music television network, and Flarion Technologies, a wireless broadband technology company acquired by Qualcomm. Shih holds an M.A. in music business from New York University and a B.A. in both economics and psychology from Georgetown University.

Radha Subramanyam

EVP, Insights, Research and Analytics

Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Radha is a seasoned media and entertainment executive with a significant track record as a leader in Media Research and Consumer Insights. She is one of the few individuals in Media who has worked in TV, Digital, Radio and Social media. Her experience in these various media forms spans the Programming, Marketing and Advertising Sales aspects of the business. She is well known for her translation of research and insights into actionable strategy for the companies she works for as well as their clients and partners. She is a visible speaker at events around the country and the world. Radha is currently Executive Vice President at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment where she reports to the CEO and heads up Market Research and Analytics across various forms of Media. Radha has previously served in senior executive roles at Yahoo! and MTV Networks. She also worked at The Nielsen Company where she headed the Social Media Practice and served on the leadership team of NMIncite, the Nielsen-Mckinsey Joint Venture. Radha began her media career at NBC Universal and prior to that served on the faculty of NYU. She holds a Doctorate from Northwestern University.

Michael Teicher

EVP, Media Sales

20th Television

Michael Teicher serves as Executive Vice President, Media Sales of Twentieth Television. In this role, Teicher is responsible for overseeing all sales initiatives on behalf of Twentieth Television including ad sales for 20th Century Fox Television and Debmar-Mercury programming. Teicher’s team oversees the advertising sales for a wide range of hit television programs including “Modern Family,” “Wendy Williams,” “Family Guy,” “Family Feud,” “American Dad,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Glee,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “COPS,” and the upcoming game show hosted by Craig Ferguson, “Celebrity Name Game.” Most recently, Teicher served as Executive Vice President, Media Sales, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution (name changed to Warner Bros Brand Networks in 2012). In this position, Teicher oversaw all of the media sales and branded integration activities of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution including all off-net and first-run television programs. As part of his responsibilities, Teicher oversaw the operation responsible for selling national advertising time for such first-run series as “TMZ,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Extra,” “The People’s Court,” as well as off-network series “Big Bang Theory,” “Friends,” “Two and A Half Men,” “The Middle,” and “The Closer” to name a few. Prior to joining WBDTD in 2002, Teicher served as Senior Vice President, Advertising Sales, ReplayTV. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Client Solutions, Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc., where he was responsible for driving integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers across all divisions of Turner Broadcasting System and Time Warner.

Luba Tolkachyov

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Findr Group

Luba is a professional entrepreneur with a focus on deploying cultural insights to fuel the growth of both new ventures and existing brands. She is the co-founder of Findr Group, a global engagement agency whose clients include the U.S. Army, Caesars Entertainment, NewDay USA and Prudential. She has run many successful cultural campaigns rooted in social media and online consumer relationship marketing and serves as a primary consultant to clients regarding online brand and reputation management. As Findr Group’s leader for new media development, Luba builds Findr Group’s expertise in the digital arena through her willingness to ‘live in Beta.’ This comfort with ‘new’ drives innovation that permeates the firm’s strategy and supports an investigative culture that conducts extensive research into online consumer relations to yield a strong understanding of digital behaviors in the interactive space. The results of Luba’s vision and Findr Group’s work have been recognized by national press including, but not limited to, AdAge, NY Post, MO.com and Forbes. Next on the horizon: Luba is developing a business incubator that will host the resources of Findr Group (media buying, interactive, digital, and communications) to assist immigrant entrepreneurs. Luba has a Masters in Social and Cultural Psychology and Consumer Behavior from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing from Baruch College. She is also fluent in Russian.

José Vélez-Silva

Senior Director, Multicultural Marketing

Comcast

José E. Vélez-Silva is the Senior Director of Multicultural Marketing Communications for Comcast Cable responsible for leading the company’s efforts to drive brand consideration and increase market share across the Multicultural audience. He directs, oversees and manages the Multicultural advertising agencies relations as well as all aspects of the development of the Multicultural advertising campaigns ideation, creative and execution of TV, digital, print, radio, DM, OOH, etc. José is an award-winning marketer and advertiser with over 20 years experience. Native from San Juan, he graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Finance. José has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Bausch & Lomb, Boehringer-Ingelheim (Dulcolax), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cablevision, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast Corporation, Coors Brewing Co, Diageo, Guardian, Hughes, Hyatt Resorts, Kraft Foods, Mazda, McDonald’s, NBC/Telemundo Network, Panasonic, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Sears Holding Company (Kmart), The New York Times, The U.S. Postal Service, Univision Network and U.S. Bank, amongst others. As part of his professional experience, José was a pioneer in providing internet-based health information to the Hispanic community, as one of the founders of Salud.com, the first Spanish in-language health related information portal in the United States and Latin America. Jose’s business approach is “Working with Discipline” and be an active partner in building the businesses he works on. Prior to joining Comcast, José had been the Director of Client Services at GlobalWorks Group LLC responsible for all Cablevision, U.S. Bank amongst others multicultural advertising efforts as well as some special P&G projects. Before that, he was Group Account Director in charge of P&G business at Publicis Groupe, Bromley Communications for US Hispanic Market and at Leo Burnett for Puerto Rico & Caribbean, having worked on such brands as Ace, Always, Bounty, Charmin, Dawn, Downy, Febreze, Gain, Herbal Essences, Joy, Koleston, Pepto, Prilosec, Pringles, Tampax, Tide and Vicks.

José Villa

President

Sensis

Jose is the founder and President of Sensis, a cross-cultural advertising agency with digital at its core. Jose founded Sensis as a Web development firm in 1998 and one of the first agencies focusing on the Hispanic digital market. He has since grown Sensis into a unique full-service ad agency – that takes a digitally-infused cross-cultural approach to the general market. Sensis clients include DIRECTV, Union Bank, the FDA, Southern California Public Radio, and United Healthcare. Jose is an expert on cross-cultural marketing and considered a thought leader in multicultural advertising. His thought provoking analyses of multicultural marketing are published regularly on MediaPost, AdAge, HispanicAd.com, and his blog ThinkMulticultural.com. Jose is also a regular speaker at advertising conferences like SXSW, Hispanic Retail 360, and Hispanicize, sharing his “in the trenches” experience reaching and engaging the ever-changing U.S. Hispanic, African-American, and Asian markets. Jose has an Economics degree from Harvard University and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sruta Vootukuru

Director of Programming

Dish Network

As a Director of Programming for DISH, Sruta oversees multicultural P&L and locals broadcasting for DISH’s satellite television service. Her responsibilities include international business growth, pricing, packaging, profitability, content acquisition and programming trends. Previously, Sruta managed DISH’s local station broadcasting agreements, retransmission deals, channel launches and content evaluation. Prior to joining DISH, Sruta ran a strategy consulting firm with numerous Fortune 500 clients. She also held various positions at Allstate in strategy, marketing and business development, and she consulted for Diamond Technology partners serving clients in CPG, retail, financial services, and biomedical and medical devices. Born and raised in India, Sruta moved to the U.S. after completing high school. She earned a biomedical and electrical engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Sruta lives in Colorado with her husband and their two children. She is an accomplished Indian classical dancer and enjoys family time, cooking, reading and recently picked up skiing.

Malaika Walls

Director, Market Research

Sesame Workshop

Malaika Walls serves as Director of Market Research at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She is responsible for overseeing primary consumer research and disseminating insights throughout the organization to support the Sesame Street brand. Before joining Sesame Workshop, Malaika spent a decade at Showtime Networks Inc. in the Consumer Research Group where she supplied competitive intelligence and strategic recommendations across all areas of the company. She conducted research leading to the launch of Showtime Anytime and the launch and re-branding of Smithsonian Channel. Her work impacted the network’s ad campaigns and refinement of hit shows: Homeland, Dexter and Nurse Jackie to name a few. Prior to that, she spent six years at HBO in the Market Research Group supporting subscriber marketing, acquisition and retention. Malaika earned her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Louisville.

Adriana Waterston

SVP, Business Development & Marketing

Horowitz Associates

Adriana is a recognized expert on the U.S. Hispanic market. She is often quoted in the trade and consumer press and her articles on the topic have been published in media industry publications including Multichannel News. Adriana is often invited to speak at events and conferences such as AHAA (Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies), NAMIC (National Association of Multiethnicity in Communications), CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing), the ARF (the Advertising Research Foundation) the OCTA (Oregon Cable and Telecommunications Association), and the Hispanic Television Summit, among others. Adriana has been named one of the industry’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by Cablefax Magazine, and has received CTAM TAMI award for her work in multicultural marketing.

Kristina Wong

Actress, Performance Artist

Kristina Wong is a solo performer, writer and cultural commentator named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world at places that include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, BGWMC in London, the Public Theater, REDCAT, Center Theater Group, La MaMa ETC, the Comedy Central Stage among dozens of others. Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. It’s now a broadcast quality film that has been acquired for worldwide distribution by documentary juggernaut, Cinema Libre Studios. (More on the film at www.flyingwong.com). She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine and a guest on FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”, Fusion TV and Huffington Post Live. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, four grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Kristina was an alumna commencement speaker at UCLA’s Department of English graduation. She shot a pilot on Nickelodeon in December. She has also just come back from SXSW Interactive where she spoke on “Fearlessly Funny: The Women Changing Digital Humor.” She’s currently shopping a mock reality series called ‘The Wong Way’ with Thirsty Tiger Television and Executive Producer, Valerie Chow. Her new show “The Wong Street Journal” looks at global poverty and premieres in 2015. She recently spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording “Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers. Her mail order bride website is www.bigbadchinesemama.com. Her site is www.kristinawong.com