Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
Emmy Award winning talk show host
Grammy Award winning artist
Original American Idol winner
Kelly Clarkson
Emmy Award winning talk show host
Grammy Award winning artist
Original American Idol winner

Emmy Award winning talk show host, Grammy Award winning artist and America’s original idol, Kelly Clarkson, is one of the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles.

Most recently, Clarkson served as a coach on season 19 of NBC’s multi-Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, “The Voice,” while also filming season 2 of her own multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” which has already been picked up for an additional two seasons. 

She recently released her critically acclaimed Grammy nominated eighth studio album “Meaning of Life,” and in April 2020 she released her powerful single ‘I Dare You,’ which she recorded with 5 other artists in six languages.


The Texas-born singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. Further, Clarkson is one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Miss Independent” and “Because of You.”

Clarkson has released eight studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Stronger,” “Wrapped in Red,” “Piece By Piece,” “Meaning of Life”), one greatest hits album and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 bestseller “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and the recent follow-up, “River Rose and the Magical Christmas”).

She is the recipient of an array of awards, including a Daytime Emmy Award, three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Assn. Award. She is also the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.

Additionally, Clarkson has hosted the “Billboard Music Awards” for the past three years, she voices the character of Moxy in STX Films’ Ugly Dolls and the character of Delta Dawn in Universal’s Trolls World Tour and she was the winning coach on seasons 14, 15 and 17 of “The Voice.”  

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Erin Underhill

Erin Underhill
President
Universal Television
Erin Underhill
President
Universal Television

Erin Underhill was promoted to President of Universal Television in November 2020 and oversees creative affairs, casting and production for one of the country’s largest and most successful studios.

Universal Television currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. The NBCUniversal production company in 2019 was brought under the Universal Studio Group umbrella along with UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio, run by Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe, to whom Underhill reports.

Universal Television boasts record volume with projects that include “Russian Doll,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Little America,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Amsterdam,” “The Bold Type,” “Good Girls” and Dick Wolf’s successful new franchise, “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” as well as Wolf’s “Chicago”-branded dramas. Upcoming series include NBC’s “Mr. Mayor,” “Young Rock” and “Kenan,” and CBS’s “The Equalizer,” as well as and the recently announced Jason Katims Amazon dramedy about three twentysomethings living on the autism spectrum.

Over the years, Underhill has shepherded many critically acclaimed and popular drama series, including “Friday Night Lights,” “The West Wing,” “Bates Motel,” “The Bold Type,” “Parenthood,” “The Path,” “Heroes,” “American Dreams,” “Chuck” and “ER.” She has also attracted top creative talent to the studio, including Julie Plec, Martin Gero, Jenna Bans, Mike Daniels, Carol Mendelsohn, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Georgaris, Carla Banks-Waddles, Lisa Cullen, Erika Green Swafford, Moira Kirland, Bill Krebs, Byron Balasco and David Frankel, among many others. 

Prior to her current role, Underhill headed Universal Television’s drama development department as Executive Vice President and was previously Senior Vice President, Drama. Prior to that, Underhill was Senior Vice President, Current Programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios (previous to being renamed Universal Television) and was responsible for creative oversight of drama series such as “Parenthood,” “Southland,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Shades of Blue” and “Chicago Fire,” among numerous others.

On the network side, Underhill, who began her career as an Associate in NBC’s Drama Development department in 2000, was previously Vice President of Drama Development and Vice President of Current Series, among other positions. During that period, she oversaw such shows as “The West Wing,” “ER,” “American Dreams” and “Third Watch.”

Underhill resides with her family in Los Angeles and is a graduate of UCLA.

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David Chu

David Chu
Co-founder & CEO
Digital Media Rights
David Chu
Co-founder & CEO
Digital Media Rights

David Chu is Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Media Rights (DMR), a leading digital media and advertising company he helped launch nearly a decade ago. 

Digital Media Rights is transforming the industry while specializing in three distinct areas: Digital Distribution, OTT Digital Networks and the DMR Advertising Marketplace. 

Under David’s leadership, DMR has become one of the world’s largest content aggregators and distributors with a catalog containing more than 7,500 premium titles from leading TV networks, studios, producers and sales agents.  The company has cultivated distribution deals with Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Cable VOD, iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNow, Hoopla, Kanopy, Vudu, to name a few. The DMR Advertising Marketplace provides video and display ads via direct sales and programmatic channels (Connected TV, desktop, and mobile) while connecting brands and media buying agencies to relevant audiences via premium publishers. 

He has also played an instrumental role in the company’s expansion of its publisher and developer activities.  Today DMR owns and operates five OTT channels that have become leading destinations for their respective genres: AsianCrush (pan-Asian), Midnight Pulp (horror/thriller/cult), YuyuTV (general entertainment), Cocoro (kids/family) and KMTV (K-Pop).  These channels are available as fremium VOD offerings across multiple platforms and devices including the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, smart TVs and as of January 2020, linear, free ad supported television (FAST) channels on Samsung TV Plus.

Prior to forming Digital Media Rights, David was a founding member and head of programming and production for ImaginAsian TV, America’s first Asian American cable television network, and operator of ImaginAsian Theaters in New York and Los Angeles.  David oversaw original programming, development, acquisitions and scheduling for the television network.  David also co-created and oversaw ImaginAsian Pictures and ImaginAsian Home Entertainment, which distributed pan-Asian feature films theatrically and on home video throughout North America. 

David has over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry with prior positions at Showtime Networks and The Sundance Channel.  David received a B.A. in Political Science from New York University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  He also studied acting at The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and The Gene Frankel Theater in New York.  David lives in New York City with his family.

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Angela Heckman

Angela Heckman
Senior Vice President
Revenue and Operations
Streaming Division
ViacomCBS Networks International
Angela Heckman
Senior Vice President
Revenue and Operations
Streaming Division
ViacomCBS Networks International

Based in New York, Heckman drives business operations and overall revenue growth for VCNI’s  portfolio of streaming products across all international markets. Heckman has central oversight of new and existing channels and partners including native MVPDs, connected devices and platforms. Working in close partnership with the Emerging Business and Commercial leaders in the clusters, Heckman is focused on leveraging ViacomCBS’s deep local relationships to drive its streaming business forward. Heckman also oversees the company’s overall streaming operations by partnering with the domestic ViacomCBS Digital team to ensure that VCNI delivers on its streaming expansion strategy.

Prior to joining VCNI, Heckman served as Senior Vice President of Digital Partnerships for ViacomCBS Digital, where she successfully led distribution and partnerships for the group’s domestic digital businesses, including streaming services, mobile and connected TV apps, transactional video and emerging products. In that role she worked closely with Apple, Google, Amazon and Roku. Heckman began her tenure at Viacom in 2011 at Viacom International Media Networks, where she managed the company’s multi-million-dollar mobile apps business, with responsibility over long-range strategy, annual budgets and product roadmaps for all apps sold outside the U.S. under the MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 & Comedy Central brands. Under Heckman’s leadership, the company grew revenues 300 percent in less than two years.

Heckman holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen
President
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Dan Cohen
President
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

As President of the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, Cohen is the top global distribution executive for the company. He is responsible for monetizing a large and growing portfolio of original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and SHOWTIME, as well as programming from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Television Studios, CBS News, Miramax and the Viacom brands. He also oversees the monetization of the industry’s largest library of film and television titles and runs worldwide home entertainment for the company.

In addition, Cohen oversees domestic distribution and syndication sales for CBS Television Distribution, whose portfolio includes seven of the top 10 first-run shows, including industry-leading franchises such as ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, DR. PHIL, INSIDE EDITION, RACHAEL RAY, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY! and JUDGE JUDY.

Cohen had served as President, Global Content Licensing for ViacomCBS since the merger in December 2019. He was responsible for all content licensing for ViacomCBS-owned programming to third-party platforms and led the licensing teams in setting strategy and guiding negotiations across the global marketplace and finding strategic distribution opportunities.

Previously, Cohen served as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment & Television Distribution for Paramount Pictures. He joined Paramount in 2017 as President of Worldwide Television Licensing.

Prior to joining Paramount, Cohen spent 20 years at Disney/ABC, where he served as Executive Vice President of Pay Television and Digital Sales for Home Entertainment and Television Distribution for the Walt Disney Studios. In this role, he distributed catalog and properties including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC and Disney Channel to businesses around the globe. Cohen was also responsible for securing two of the most significant pay television deals in history – Netflix in 2012 and Starz in 1999 – negotiating exclusive, multi-year deals and licensing agreements.

Before Disney/ABC, Cohen served as Vice President of Program Acquisitions and Scheduling for Tele-TV Media, Vice President of Film Acquisitions and Co-productions for Showtime Networks, and held roles at Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision and Post-Newsweek Cable.

Cohen holds a B.A. in economics from Portland’s Lewis & Clark, a master’s in radio and television from San Francisco State University and is on the board of trustees at Emerson College. He was the recipient of the 2017 Executive of the Year Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Cohen resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Black.

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Burke Berendes

Burke Berendes
Partner
Condista
Burke Berendes
Partner
Condista

Burke Berendes is a partner at Condista, the leading Spanish-language network representation group in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market.  Since 2002, Berendes has been responsible for the US Affiliate Relations group at Condista.

Berendes began his career in the Pay-TV business in 1994, considered the inception of Spanish-language networks into the U.S. market, including GEMS Televison (now Universo), Canal de Noticias NBC, Prime Ticket Deportiva (now Fox Deportes) and Cine Latino.  Berendes began his career at GEMS television, the first Spanish-language network that was developed with women as their target audience.  Berendes built his career at GEMS from Sales Assistant, moving on to Regional Sales Director of the Eastern region, and was later promoted to Vice President of Affiliate Relations.  Berendes remained at GEMS through their sale to Telemundo in 2000, and continued to work with GEMS after the acquisition, through the re-brand of GEMS as mun2, and the eventual sale of Telemundo to NBC in late 2001.

In 2002, Berendes left Telemundo and mun2 to partner with Jorge Fiterre. Berendes and Fiterre continued to build Condista’s operations, working to bring the best Spanish language content to the U.S.  Among the networks they launched included channels such as: Gol TV and SUR Peru, in addition to expanding the distribution of channels including: Video Rola, 52MX, HOLA TV, TeleFormula, AtreSeries, NTN 24, Telefe, TyC Sports and RCN Novelas.

Since joining Condista in 2002, the company has evolved from a Pay-TV channel distribution company and grown to include advertising sales in the U.S. and Latin America.  Condista also operates a VOD distribution system in Latin America in addition to having launched its own children’s network: Kids Central / Family Central, a dual language (English/Spanish) children’s television network that provides fun, entertainment and learning opportunities for children (3-7 years old) and families, and is  currently distributed on Comcast, reaching millions of viewers. 

Berendes graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Public Relations. 

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NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus

NATPE Miami Conference Highlighted by Major Players in Streaming, Syndication, and International Content Production including A+E Networks, Canal+, Debmar-Mercury, MGM, Netflix, ITV Studios, Paramount+, PBS, FOX Television Stations, Starz, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, and more

LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, today announced that the conference portion of the first international television event of the year will kick-off with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus as opening keynote. Lazarus will be joined on stage by Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, who will moderate the fireside conversation. Due to circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic NATPE Virtual Miami 2021 will be held entirely online as part of the organization’s growing NATPE Virtual slate.

The conference portion of NATPE Virtual Miami will take place January 19-22, with the Marketplace open from January 19-29.  Attendees to the conference can expect four days of programming channels each with a different theme (Business, Audience, Content, Production). On each of those days, there will be programming blocks with different tracks. Every day will commence with The Big Opening, which includes the conversation with Mark Lazarus, followed by Station Groups, Streaming, and Series. NATPE Miami viewers will be able to easily tune into conference programming that meets their interests on a daily basis as if it were a TV network.

The packed line-up includes top content industry executives from AMC, A+E, Avalon, Canal+, CW, DirecTV, DMR, Eccho Rights, Endemol Shine, Entertainment Studios, FilmRise, FOX, Hearst Television Group, ITV Studios, LiveLike, Neilsen, Netflix, Premiere Digital, PBS, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, RMVISTAR, Starz, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, Vrio, The Walt Disney Company, Whip Media and many more. Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, and Robin Roberts are among other notable names on the program. For more details on the executives speaking and for a look at the programming agenda, please visit www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

President and CEO JP Bommel comments, “This past year has been extraordinary by any imaginable measure and I want to reflect on the lives we have lost in our beloved industry and send loving thoughts to the family and friends of those, to this day, are still affected. While it wasn’t possible to meet in person this year, we went to task to overcome video conferencing fatigue and provide a unique “one click” experience where fresh content from all over the world will be showcased. The conference itself will provide endless opportunities for creativity and connection.”

The NATPE brand has long been recognized as a one-stop-shop in the global content marketplace, and even during challenging times, its goal remains the same: to be the ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content.  NATPE Virtual delivers the key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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Mike Woods

Mike Woods
Head of Product
Ad Monetization
Amagi
Mike Woods
Head of Product
Ad Monetization
Amagi

For the last several years, Mike has been immersed in the rapidly changing streaming video markets.  These experiences uniquely position him to understand the opportunity in streaming today.  

Currently, Mike is Head of Product and runs the Ad Monetization business at Amagi, helping to grow it into a global powerhouse that creates the infrastructure for streaming TV.
Prior to Amagi, he was an executive with The Walt Disney Company and Maker Studios. Earlier, he was a management consultant with Ernst & Young.

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Amy Winter

Amy Winter
EVP
Head of Programming
Lifetime
Amy Winter
EVP
Head of Programming
Lifetime

Amy Winter is Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime. In this role, Winter oversees the development, creation and execution of all programming for both Lifetime and LMN® networks. A multiplatform brand and content strategist, Winter has experience guiding cable networks to new heights: lifting ratings, reenergizing content and reimagining brand identities.

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Jon Thoday

Jon Thoday
Joint-founder & Co-Executive Chairman
Avalon
Jon Thoday
Joint-founder & Co-Executive Chairman
Avalon

Jon Thoday is joint-founder and Co-Executive Chairman at Avalon, the talent management, television production and live promotions group with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York.

Jon is currently Executive Producer on series including:  Taskmaster (Channel 4), the BAFTA-winning hit entertainment format showing in over 100 countries; multi Emmy winner, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), the network’s most successful entertainment show launch since 2010; Starstruck (HBO Max/BBC), an upcoming scripted comedy from the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo; Not Going Out (BBC), the UK’s longest running sitcom on air; Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform/Hulu), from creator Josh Thomas; Breeders (FX/Sky), a scripted comedy  starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard; a new series of the iconic British satirical puppet show, Spitting Image (BritBox UK & Australia); and multiple comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Netflix.

Other landmark Avalon series Jon has executive produced include: BAFTA winning and multi-Emmy nominated Catastrophe (Amazon Prime Video/Channel 4), Fantasy Football League (BBC/ITV), multi BAFTA-winning TV Burp (ITV), and Workaholics (Comedy Central USA).  Avalon distributes its catalogue of programmes to over 150 countries worldwide.

Outside of television, Jon produced Newman and Baddiel: Live at Wembley, the first ever arena comedy show in British history, and Jerry Springer: The Opera by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, the first West End show to win all four ‘Best New Musical’ awards, which  resulted in Jon, alongside former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, becoming the last person to be prosecuted for blasphemy in the UK and a welcome change in the law.  As well as countless major live shows and tours, Jon brokered the deal for the iconic English soccer anthem Three Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds which has topped the UK Singles Chart a record-breaking four times.

Avalon is consistently named the number one ‘true independent’ television production company in the UK by both Broadcast and Televisual; the live arm has promoted more winners and nominees of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award than any other company; and the talent management arm has discovered many acts who have become household names, with a client list including: Chris Addison, David Baddiel, Greg Davies, Rob Delaney, Adam DeVine, Jenny Eclair, Dave Gorman, Freddie Highmore, Alex Horne, Russell Howard, Toby Jones, Adrian Lester, Lee Mack, Lesley Manville, Marc Maron, Rose Matafeo, Al Murray, James Nesbitt, John Oliver, Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Ramsey, Iliza Shlesinger, Frank Skinner, Will Sharpe, Imelda Staunton and Reggie Watts.  Avalon has also produced many globally successful podcasts and is at the top of the UK iTunes chart with the multi-award-winning Shagged. Married. Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey.  Last year Avalon acquired acclaimed literary agency The Agency, which represents writers including: Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley), Mike Bartlett(Doctor Foster), Peter Bowker(World On Fire), Russell T Davies(Doctor Who/A Very English Scandal), Tony McNamara(The Great), Paula Milne(The Politician’s Wife), Debbie Horsfield(Poldark), Bill Gallagher(Jamestown), Jimmy McGovern(Moving On), Kate Brooke(Discovery of Witches), Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom), Allan Cubitt(The Fall), Russell Lewis (Endeavour), Paul Abbott(Shameless); Heidi Thomas(Call The Midwife), Andrew Davies(House of Cards/War and Peace) and directors including: Sam Mendes and Matthew Warchus.

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Ana Salas Siegel

Ana Salas Siegel
Executive Vice President
General Counsel
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Ana Salas Siegel
Executive Vice President
General Counsel
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Ana Salas Siegel serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and oversees all legal resources, including the division’s Business & Legal Affairs team.  As a key member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the legal department, and supervising all legal and business affairs issues impacting the group. In addition to overseeing strategic and complex commercial agreements, Salas Siegel works closely with NBCUniversal’s corporate legal resources on transactional, litigation and employment law, as well as intellectual property, labor relations and compliance matters. 

Salas Siegel has been in the media and entertainment industry for almost 20 years. Previously, Salas Siegel worked at Fox Latin America Channels for 12 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs.  In that role she was responsible for all legal matters relating to their pay TV channels, and production and sports facilities in Latin America, in addition to managing and developing the legal department. During her tenure, she also served as Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Fox International Channels.    Prior to that Salas Siegel served for four years as the Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Universal Studios Networks Latin America Inc. 

Salas Siegel’s professional activities include serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the President’s Leadership Council of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Women’s Forum. She is Vice Chair of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council and on the board of the Coral Gables Arts Cinema.  She also serves on the United Way of Miami’s Women’s Leadership Council. 
 

Salas Siegel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a law degree from Harvard Law School and is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Florida and DC bars.  In addition, she holds a Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University and a UK Solicitor’s Certificate from Oxford University.   

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Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica Rodriguez
CMO and President of Entertainment
Univision
Jessica Rodriguez
CMO and President of Entertainment
Univision

Laser-focused career aspirations combined with her mantra, “You have to make the magic happen,” launched Jessica Rodriguez’s rise to CMO and President of Entertainment for Univision, America’s Hispanic Superbrand. An admired and respected leader throughout the media industry, her passion, creativity and collaborative style have helped to solidify Univision’s position as the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S.

Rodriguez oversees all marketing for the company, and all entertainment content development and acquisitions for Univision’s portfolio of television and cable networks. In addition to scheduling and research, Rodriguez is also responsible for a range of key network activities, from production and talent relations to media planning, on-air promotions, digital/corporate marketing, and consumer brand analytics. Under her leadership, an award-winning team plays an integral role instilling the company’s culture and vision while also driving engagement across platforms.

Most recently, Rodriguez led the charge on a renewed and diversified content strategy that has resulted in a ratings resurgence, particularly among the younger and hard to reach 18-34 consumers. Under her guidance Univision is an undisputed leader in media, wrapping the 2019-2020 broadcast season as the No. 1 Spanish-language network in both primetime and total day for the 28th consecutive year. Due to the innovative programming strategy developed by Rodriguez and her team, Univision’s portfolio of TV networks consisting of Univision, UniMás, Galavisión and TUDN also has grown faster than any other major media group in the U.S. during the 2019-2020 broadcast season – a list that includes FOX, Disney-ABC, NBCUniversal, and ViacomCBS, among others.

She has spearheaded some of the company’s most high-profile, award-winning campaigns, including Univision’s first-ever brand campaign, “Todo Es Posible” (Everything is Possible), a comprehensive, multi-platform initiative around Hispanic America’s core values and the purpose-driven campaign “Se Habla USA” that promotes the value of diversity, inclusion and the important role Hispanic culture and Spanish language play in America, and was recently named as a finalist in the “Best New Brand” category in the 2020 Digiday Media Awards. Under Rodriguez’s stewardship, the company also launched the national campaign, “Univision. La Que Nos Une.” (Univision. The One that Unites Us.) which brought a bold, fresh look to Univision Network’s on-air creative and reinforces Univision’s commitment to bringing together Hispanics on the rise.

Her career at the company began as a graduate intern at Univision Los Angeles nineteen years ago. Rodriguez went on to launch and manage Univision Puerto Rico and subsequently held many other roles including SVP of Univision’s Cable Networks, EVP of program scheduling and promotions.

Rodriguez’s career in media has been lauded with multiple honors, most recently as a 2019 recipient of a “Changing the Game” award from She Runs It, the inaugural 2019 AdWeek+AdColor Champions Award, and the 2019 Stanford Graduate School of Business Hispanic Business Students Association’s Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award. She has been recognized in Variety’s Marketing Impact Report; and named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women; and is regularly recognized by leading publications like Cablefax, Multichannel News and Adweek, among others. She was also a recipient of the 2017 Women of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of Greater New York for her service as a role model of ethical leadership. Rodriguez is one of the founders of Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council and its Women’s Leadership Academy. She serves on the board of directors of Burlington Stores, Inc.

Prior to Univision, Rodriguez was a project analyst at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. She began her career as an Analyst & Associate of the Private Banking Division at Chase Manhattan. Rodriguez earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance from Fordham University.

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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
Co-anchor Good Morning America
Robin Roberts
Co-anchor Good Morning America

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won numerous Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team.

Roberts has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame as well as the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013.

Roberts founded her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries, to live special events.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant, her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match. Her story triggered an outpouring of support from across the nation. She joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors, and since her diagnosis, the bone marrow registry has seen a tremendous increase.

Her battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013 for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.

Roberts was named co-anchor of “Good Moring America” in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995, and prior to that, she was a contributor to ESPN as a host on “SportsCenter” and contributing to “NFL PrimeTime.” Roberts has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years.

Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounder. In 2012, Roberts was named an inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Roberts is the author of From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.

Roberts is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in New York City. Follow Robin on Twitter: @RobinRoberts.


Robin Roberts is a multiple award-winning TV personality, journalist, and producer, who reaches millions of American viewers five days a week as co-anchor of Good Morning America. She will join Lifetime Executive Vice President and Head of Programming Amy Winter for an intimate conversation about her prolific career, her experiences working as a woman of color in the media business, and her partnership with A+E Networks as executive producer of the groundbreaking Robin Roberts Presents movies and documentaries; delving into what these stories means to her, the process in bringing them to life and upcoming projects.
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Francisco Ramos

Francisco Ramos
VP of Latin American Content
Francisco Ramos
VP of Latin American Content

Francisco Ramos was born in Mexico in 1968 and spent his early years in Mexico City, finishing high school in 1986 at the American High School and then attending Law School at UNAM. After graduation, he moved to Spain in 1991 where he lived until joining Netflix in 2017.  While living in Spain, he worked at Grupo Zeta, a media corporation, and at Antena 3 Television, where he was head of acquisitions and programming. He worked at Aurum Producciones, which at that time was the leading independent distributor in Spain, and the distributor for New Line, Morgan Creek, Spyglass, Miramax movies, amongst others. It was during his tenure at Aurum where he started producing movies and television.  In late 2000, Francisco left Aurum Producciones and started his career as an independent producer. From 2009 to 2017, he produced projects for Grupo Zeta’s audiovisual arm. Over the course of his career, Francisco Ramos has produced over 50 movies and television shows.

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Arjan Pomper

Arjan Pomper
Chief Operating Officer
Global Entertainment
ITV Studios
Arjan Pomper
Chief Operating Officer
Global Entertainment
ITV Studios

July 9th, 2020 – Arjan Pomper has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Global Entertainment, ITV Studios. In this role he will oversee the day to day running of the divisions Format Sales, Global Content & Production and Global Music & Talent Agency. He joins ITV Studios from Media and Communication company Dentsu Aegis Network Belgium in his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Arjan combines a broad background in the media with extensive experience in various international leadership roles in media and content production. He has held the role of CEO at Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) Belgium for almost two years. This is his second stint with the company as he led as CEO of DAN Netherlands, Middle East and Africa during the years from 2009 to 2013. Prior to this, Pomper worked at Universal McCann and was also an entrepreneur, co-founding various media companies including building AMPN, a content and production company in Sub Saharan Africa.

Pomper’s appointment completes the senior management team for Global Entertainment, ITV Studios, consisting of Kim Dingler as Chief Commercial Officer and Maarten Meijs as President.

He will report directly into Maarten Meijs. Maarten Meijs, President of Global Entertainment, said “I’m delighted that Arjan is joining us, he will be a great addition to our organization. In line with the reorganization of ITV Studios’ international distribution and commercial business, the appointment of a COO allows us to further capitalize on the opportunity of a growing content marketplace, and to drive more value from our award-winning content. Arjan comes with a proven track record in growing businesses through innovative strategies, digitalization, acquisitions and restructuring.

Arjan Pomper added “ITV is a top three player in the industry with the world’s best formats and content. It is a privilege to be joining at a time the business is growing further. I look forward to working for this company and with a great team to deliver value and growth.”

Global Entertainment brings together the speciality and expertise in international unscripted format sales and exploitation across ITV Studios under one roof and leads on the sales and exploitation of unscripted formats as they roll out around the world. The team are known for
their expertise in managing shows which attract large audiences with significant global commercial potential. Strong format brands that are monetized in a number of ways, including brand licensing, merchandising, commercial integration and digital and social activity.

Global Entertainment represents the unscripted format catalogues of ITV Studios, Talpa Media, Armoza Formats, Twofour and the recently acquired ELK catalogue. Global Entertainment is the home for some of the most powerful unscripted formats in the world such as The Voice, Love Island, The Chase, I Am A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Come Dine With Me.

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E.B. Moss

E.B. Moss
Principal, Moss Appeal /
Editor, The Continuum
E.B. Moss
Principal
, Moss Appeal /
Editor, The Continuum

E.B. Moss is a strategist, podcaster, and writer who creates content and
marketing designed to open revenue doors and humanize brands. E.B. is an expert in “explanatory journalism” and serves as Editor-in-Chief of media industry publication The Continuum, is a frequent contributor to TheCustomer, and profiles marketing executives via custom-produced podcasts as well as her own show, Insider Interviews with E.B. Moss. E.B., a sought after conference speaker, began her career as a radio copywriter, voiceover talent, and newspaper columnist, and is founder of marketing consultancy, Moss Appeal – which has provided award-winning collateral, cross-platform promotions and social media engagement services to clients such as AMC, Currnt, Genesis Prize Foundation, Giide, NBCU, Reelz, and Wondery.

She was the inaugural Managing Editor/Head of Content Strategy for media industry publishing platform, MediaVillage and also launched ad sales marketing departments for such leading video and audio companies as Lifetime, Food Network and Cumulus/Westwood One.

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Meredith McGinn

Meredith McGinn
Senior Vice President
COZI TV, NBCLX and LX.TV Productions
Meredith McGinn
Senior Vice President
COZI TV, NBCLX and LX.TV Productions

Meredith McGinn is the Senior Vice President of COZI TV, the broadcast network that airs iconic television shows, production company LX.TV, and NBCLX – the division’s new TV and streaming network designed for Gen Z and millennial audiences. In this role, McGinn manages creative, programming and business aspects of COZI TV and NBCLX. She also supervises the award-winning production company, LX.TV, which produces lifestyle programs “George to the Rescue,” “1st Look,” “Open House” and “Talk Stoop, ” as well as live specials such as red-carpet coverage of the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and the Rose Parade for NBC Network.  LX.TV’s shows and special events programs air on NBC stations across the country and are nationally syndicated.  Within the programs, she also manages production of custom integrated marketing solutions for top consumer brands. 
 
Before joining the owned stations headquarters team (since WNBC is in the division), McGinn was Director of News and Content at NBC 4 New York / WNBC, where she was responsible for overseeing news decisions for the station’s broadcast channel and online site as well as programming for New York Nonstop, which she launched in 2009.  Before this, she worked as a Senior Producer at MSNBC from 2003 to 2006, primarily overseeing live weekday morning and breaking news coverage. 
 
Previously, McGinn spent nearly a decade in news management at the FOX Television Station group as Assistant News Director for WNYW in New York and Managing Editor for WTXF in Philadelphia, where she received two spot news Emmy Awards. 
 
McGinn graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.  She lives in Pelham, New York with her husband and three children. 

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Fredrik af Malmborg

Fredrik af Malmborg
Managing Director
Eccho Rights
Fredrik af Malmborg
Managing Director
Eccho Rights

Fredrik af Malmborg is the Managing Director and co-founder of Eccho Rights, a world leading independent distributor of TV drama series and scripted formats. A former journalist, radio and TV host, Fredrik started Eccho Rights (then Sparks Network) with his business partner Nicola Söderlund in 2004.

Under Fredrik’s leadership, Eccho Rights has grown a vast and diverse catalogue of drama titles from around the world, representing major producers such as Warner Bros. International, Sony Pictures Television as well as supporting major Turkish producers such as Ay Yapim, OGM and Surec Film. Eccho licenses annually over  17 000 hours of TV drama with a growing production of more than 800 hours of new series per year.

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Alex von Krogh

Alex von Krogh
VP of Data Sales
Whip Media
Alex von Krogh
VP of Data Sales

Whip Media

Alex von Krogh is a media industry consumer insights expert who has helped shape data innovation strategies for some of the world’s largest entertainment organizations. Whip Media is transforming the global content licensing ecosystem with a market leading enterprise software platform that centrally connects data, processes and teams throughout the digital distribution journey. Prior to joining Whip, Alex spent ten years at Nielsen, most recently serving as Director of Business Development for the Non-Traditional Group in Nielsen’s Watch organization. During his tenure, he managed Nielsen’s relationship with companies focused on talent, branded integration, licensing, and marketing to help integrate Nielsen data into their core businesses. Before Nielsen, Alex held leadership positions at Telephia, taking the company from a startup to an established company positioned as the industry standard in mobile measurement. Telephia was acquired by Nielsen in 2007.  A Stanford University alum, he currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Ryan Kristafer

Ryan Kristafer
Co-Host Good Day New York
Co-anchor FOX 5
Ryan Kristafer
Co-Host Good Day New York
Co-anchor FOX 5

Ryan Kristafer joined the “Good Day New York” and the FOX 5 team in August 2019.

Originally from Connecticut, he started his career emceeing corporate events across the U.S. as an on-stage host and DJ. Kristafer then hosted a nationally syndicated ‘Man in the Stands’ feature on NBC Sports Radio.

Following that, he spent five years at WTNH (ABC) in Connecticut as a feature reporter, and host of a daily talk show: “CT Style.”

Today, Kristafer is the Entertainment Anchor and Reporter for “Good Day New York” and FOX 5, covering celebrity interviews, entertainment headlines, lifestyle, trends and more.

Kristafer graduated from Central Connecticut State University where he majored in Marketing and Communications.

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Rachel Job

Rachel Job
SVP Non-Scripted Content
all3media International
Rachel Job
SVP Non-Scripted Content
all3media International

Rachel Job is SVP Non-Scripted Content at all3media International and works with both all3media group companies and third party independent producers to identify and acquire content for international distribution and co-production. Previously, Rachel was Director of Programming at A+E Networks for HISTORY and H2 channels in the UK and EMEA. She acquired and commissioned some of the highest rating content on the channel, including Mud Men with Johnny Vaughan, Sean Bean on Waterloo, local format Pawn Stars UK, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s American Hustle and the Press Guild Awards nominated Shaun Ryder on UFOs. Prior to this, Rachel was Head of Acquisitions and Marketing at independent producer/distributor 3DD Entertainment working across international music and factual content.

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John Hopewell

John Hopewell
international Editor
Variety
John Hopewell
international Editor
Variety

Hopewell edits Variety’s international E-Show Dailies and writes features and news articles about the international film and TV business. Prior to joining Variety in 1995, he programmed a Spanish cinema season cycle for London’s National Film Theater, wrote for Stills and Screen International and served as Moving Pictures’ European Editor. He has written two books on the Spanish cinema: “Out of the Past,” published by the British Film Institute, and “El cine español después de Franco,” from Spain’s Fundación Ortega y Gasset. He likes going up mountains though, fast physically maturing, he likes even more coming down.  

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Gaye Hirsch

Gaye Hirsch
Executive Vice President
Development
The CW
Gaye Hirsch
Executive Vice President
Development
The CW

Gaye Hirsch was named Executive Vice President, Development, The CW, in January 2018, and oversees all scripted and alternative series development for the network, as well as current alternative series and specials.

Hirsch was previously Senior Vice President of Scripted Development for The CW, and has been closely involved in the development of all The CW’s scripted series, including THE FLASH, ARROW, JANE THE VIRGIN, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, and RIVERDALE.  Hirsch transitioned into scripted development at The CW in 2009, after serving in the network’s current programming department as Senior Vice President, where she oversaw the day-to-day production on CW series, including GOSSIP GIRL.  She first joined The CW in 2006 as Vice President, Current Programming.

Previously, Hirsch had served as a Senior Executive at Cruise/Wagner Productions since 2000.  Prior to Cruise/Wagner, she was Vice President of Production for HBO Films, working on such Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning films as “Gia” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.”  She began her career at Touchstone Pictures, where she eventually became Vice President, Production. 

Hirsch earned her MBA in entertainment management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She earned her bachelor of science degree from Cornell University.

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Francoise Guyonnet

Francoise Guyonnet
Executive Managing Director
TV Series
Studiocanal
Francoise Guyonnet
Executive Managing Director
TV Series
Studiocanal

Francoise Guyonnet was appointed Executive Managing Director TV Series within Studiocanal in 2017. She oversees Studiocanal’s production companies (RED Production Company, Studiocanal Original, Tandem Productions and Bambù Producciones) and develops the TV series slate which includes drama, animation and documentaries.

Previously, she was Head of TV, Home Entertainment and New Media of Studiocanal for France, after running business and marketing development of Studiocanal for France and then worldwide.

In 2006 she was appointed Head of Home Entertainment of Studiocanal for France and then worldwide.

In 1997 she joined France Télévision Distribution, where she held various positions including Head of Publishing.

She began her career at A.C. Nielsen as a marketing consultant before joining Warner Music France as marketing manager.

She is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (IEP).

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Hillary Atkin

Hillary Atkin has chronicled the movie and television industries, digital media and entertainment for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, TelevisionWeek, Emmy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer and LA Confidential. She is a member of the Writers Guild and the Critics Choice Association.
Hillary Atkin
Editor & Publisher
The Atkin Report

Hillary Atkin has chronicled the movie and television industries, digital media and entertainment for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, TelevisionWeek, Emmy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer and LA Confidential. She is a member of the Writers Guild and the Critics Choice Association.

In addition to interviewing some of the top creative talent of our era, she has produced and directed hour-long biographies on Robert Duvall, Elizabeth Montgomery, Linda Darnell and Nicolas Cage for A&E and E! Entertainment Television. Previously, she received several Emmy, Associated Press and Golden Mike Awards for live coverage and entertainment special events programming as a broadcast producer at KCBS in Los Angeles.

After tracking its explosive development, Ms. Atkin officially jumped onboard the digital media train as a founding committee member of the Writers Guild of America West’s website, (www.wga.org) where she wrote about the convergence of entertainment and technology. She was active in the guild’s committee on media and technology (CMAT) and two influential digital media organizations, LAwNMoweR (Los Angeles New Media Roundtable) and VIC (Venice Interactive Community). She is the editor and publisher of The Atkin Report (www.atkinreport.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Atkin-Report/61015388769), which focuses on television, film, digital media, entertainment industry events and other lifestyle topics. Find her verified on Twitter @HillaryAtkin and Instagram @atkinreport.

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Byron Allen

Byron Allen
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studio
Byron Allen
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studios

In 1993, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist Byron Allen founded his Los Angeles-based global media company, Entertainment Studios. The company has additional offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Raleigh. Allen now owns one of the largest cable network portfolios in the industry, featuring ten, 24-hour HD television networks (THE WEATHER CHANNEL, COMEDY.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, JUSTICECENTRAL.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, PETS.TV, RECIPE.TV, LOCAL NOW, and THE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPAÑOL). The company continues to produce and distributing Emmy Award-winning and nominated shows, while also selling advertising for 67 broadcast and cable television programs. Entertainment Studios has one of the largest libraries of family and advertiser-friendly lifestyle content in the world.

Further distinguishing Entertainment Studios is its status as the first African-American owned multi-platform media studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and content for all platforms. In 2015, Allen purchased Freestyle Releasing, now called Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service theatrical movie distribution company. Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN. In 2018, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES and the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK. In 2019 ESMP released 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, the very successful second film in the potential franchise. To date, 47MD: UNCAGED has earned nearly $47M across all distribution platforms. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion PicturesFreestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films.

In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to providing compelling entertainment, news and lifestyle content for African-Americans TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics that include breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment and remains focused on curating engaging digital content and currently has more than 20 million annual visitors.

In the spring of 2018, Byron Allen acquired the #1 weather news television network, The Weather Channel. In 2018, The Weather Channel was named the 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend TV News Brand for the eighth consecutive year. It also deployed cutting-edge storytelling with its IMR (Immersive Mixed Reality) technology which draws viewers into detailed and visually stunning weather and climate events.

In 2019, Byron Allen announced two forward-thinking initiatives: 1) the launch of The Weather Channel en Español which is slated for launch in 2020, and 2) an exclusive deal with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form digital platform, QUIBI. This teaming will bring The Weather Channel to Quibi’s DAILY ESSENTIALS for weather-related programming. Also in late Q4, 2019, Allen’s technical team began rolling out LOCAL NOW, Entertainment Studios’ STREAMING APP. This OTT and MOBILE APP will build revenue streams fed from across Byron Allen’s many content business lines, building stronger engagement with a wider field of audience demographics. Local Now is powered by The Weather Channel technology which was a defining factor that attracted Allen and his executive team when they acquired the all-American brand in March of 2018.

In 2019, Byron Allen formed ALLEN MEDIA BROADCASTING and began building the broadcast station group which includes four, “BIG 4” stations. In February 2020, Allen Media Broadcasting acquired an additional 11 stations from the purchase of USA TELEVISION. The USA TV portfolio acquisition follows several recent transformative transactions executed by Byron Allen. In August 2019, Mr. Allen personally partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire 21 Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) from Walt Disney/FOX Corporation for $10.6 billion. In July 2019, Byron Allen acquired Bayou City Broadcasting, which included 4 television stations.

In August 2020, Allen Media Broadcasting added Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV, boosting his Allen Media Group’s owned and operated big-four network affiliates to 16 stations in 12 markets.

As with other major television stations in Hawaii, KITV-ABC 4 also operates multiple satellite stations and translators to rebroadcast its programming outside of metropolitan Honolulu – including KHVO-ABC 13 in Hilo and KMAU-ABC 12 in Wailuku – to cover all of the Hawaiian islands. The KITV portfolio also includes carriage of digital cable networks MeTV, Hawaii TV, Start TV and Heroes & Icons, as well as a Washington, D.C. news bureau and correspondent.

“Entertainment Studios will continue to aggressively look for other opportunities to grow our global media company through strategic acquisitions”, says Mr. Allen, who was inducted into Broadcasting and Cable’s, BROADCAST HALL of FAME in late October 2019.

Planned for 2021 launch, Byron Allen will debut The Weather Channel Español, the first 24 hour Spanish language weather service.

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Friday Abernethy

Friday Abernethy
Senior Vice President
Content Distribution
Univision Communications, Inc.

Friday Abernethy is Senior Vice President of Content Distribution for Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S. In this role, she leads strategic content distribution and licensing for the Company’s best-in-class multiplatform portfolio of news, entertainment and sports content featured across Univision, the number one Spanish-language network in the U.S., UniMás, the fastest-growing broadcast network, Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, and TUDN, the number one Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. She also oversees distribution of Univision’s digital and streaming video offerings. 

Since joining Univision in 2014, Abernethy has led a team of professionals to exceed the Company’s distribution and revenue goals through a stunning breadth of complex distribution agreements. These deals encompass major providers and platforms and represent a variety of content models including cable television, subscription video-on-demand and over-the-top streaming services.

With two-plus decades of experience, Abernethy has held several senior content distribution roles at major media companies. Prior to Univision, she served as the executive vice president of content distribution and partner marketing for Pop, where she was responsible for setting the network’s long-term distribution strategy and was instrumental in a major strategic repositioning of the business. Before Pop, Abernethy was the vice president of national accounts/field operations for the distribution function of Viacom/BET Networks. Earlier in her career, Abernethy held positions at GE Capital, the financial services division of General Electric, and JPMorgan Chase.

An admired and respected leader, Abernethy has been lauded with multiple awards throughout her career. Most recently, she was honored as a 2020 Multichannel News and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Wonder Woman. In 2018, she was inducted into the Cablefax Sales Hall of Fame and has been named to the publication’s Most Powerful Women list every year since 2016. A 2008 graduate of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, a prestigious executive development program, Abernethy has since served as its executive liaison and is an active mentor for other program participants.

Outside of work, Abernethy serves as the Chairperson of Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, a non-profit dedicated to creating life-changing experiences for children, adults and families, and served as the Committee Chair in identifying the organization’s first female CEO in its 100-year history. A graduate of Denison University, Abernethy resides in New York City with her husband and their two children.

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Sameer Deen

Sameer Deen
Chief Digital Officer
Univision
Sameer Deen
Chief Digital Officer
Univision

Sameer Deen is Chief Digital Officer of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S. and leads the Company’s digital business strategy. Since joining the Company in 2015, Deen and his team have more than doubled the growth and revenue of Univision’s most prominent digital assets– including Univision.com, Univision NOW, the Univision Creator Network, and several top rated apps including Uforia, TUDN and the local Univision News apps. He has spearheaded Univision’s digital business strategy through building and strengthening partnerships with major new media content providers and platforms. He reports directly to Chief Executive Officer Vincent Sadusky.

A seasoned executive with extensive experience in new media development and corporate strategy, Deen was most recently senior vice president of Multiplatform Distribution and Strategy for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), where he led digital video distribution efforts. He was also founding president of CityEats and senior vice president of Corporate Development, helping SNI establish its international presence. Earlier in his career he served as director, New Media for NBC Universal and director of Financial and Strategic Planning for NBC Universal Networks.

A respected and admired leader within the media industry, Deen has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Luminary Award from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications in 2017. He has been named to Cablefax “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” list every year since 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with distinction, from McGill University in Montreal.

Deen is based in Miami, where he lives with his wife and two children

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The Iris Awards

Thursday, January 21
1:00-1:45 pm EST

The NATPE Iris Awards are an honor for television programming excellence. Introduced in 1968, they are presented annually by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). The awards honor quality national and local television programming in several categories. One category, in particular honors the memory of Philadelphia broadcast TV executive Lew Klein by recognizing other executives for their own mentorship and generous contribution of time dedicated to the career advancement of others in the business of local or network television.

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Buyers List


Click on the button below to download the 2019 NATPE MIAMI Buyers List in Excel (.xlsx) format.  This list shows registered Buyer Companies (including Job Title, Company and Country) registered to attend NATPE MIAMI.

This list is updated weekly.


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Kevin Frazier

Kevin Frazier
Host
Entertainment Tonight

As host of five-time EmmyAward-winning show ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Kevin Frazier continues to impact the entertainment industry as a multi-faceted journalist, producer and entrepreneur. He has interviewed Hollywood’s biggest stars from Oprah Winfrey to Brad Pitt to Will Smith and Beyoncé. Frazier joined ET as co-host in September 2014, coinciding with the beginning of the 34th season.

In addition to his position on ET, where he has won four Emmy Awards, Frazier has kept busy hosting numerous shows and events. Frazier has also hosted Emmy-nominated Game Changers With Kevin Frazier, which spotlights professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of fans in need.  In 2012 and 2013, he co-hosted Clash of the Commercials on CBS.  Frazier also served as lead anchor for College Football on FX and Fox Sports Net and hosted the launch of SportsNet for Time Warner Cable. He has served as co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS since 2011.

Prior to hosting ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Frazier served as the co-host and managing editor of ET’s sister show, THE INSIDER. He originally joined THE INSIDER in March 2011, after spending seven years as a correspondent and weekend host for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.   Frazier’s professionalism, charisma and demeanor have made him a sought-after journalist to cover high-profile and historical events.

In 2008, Frazier founded HipHollywood.com, the premiere online web site for the latest urban entertainment news. The site is a content partner for ETonline and TV One, offering breaking news, up-to-the moment pop culture information, and exclusive photos and interviews with today’s top stars in music, sports, television and film. HipHollywood.com is the only urban media outlet providing broadcast quality content for television distribution. Additionally, he launched Kevin Frazier Productions (KFP) to focus on in-depth reporting and video production for a variety of corporate and entertainment clients. In 2018, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WEEKEND began airing HipHollywood.com branded segments.

Frazier began his broadcasting career as a local sports reporter. Prior to joining ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in 2004, he served as host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA Shoot Around and NBA Fastbreak and worked at the FX Network as co-host of The FX Sports Show.  He has also served as a sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox telecasts as well as host of the pre-game shows for NFL on Fox, NHL on Fox and College Football Saturday. 

Frazier is an active member of the Los Angeles civic community and frequently participates in events and speaking engagements for charitable organizations. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is a multi-platform entertainment news brand, with a cross-screen portfolio that includes the #1 entertainment newsmagazine on television with nearly 4 million viewers daily, the 24/7 streaming network ET Live, and a top entertainment news network online, delivering more than 150 million video views per month.

ETonline.com averages 20 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S. per comScore, while ET’s social audience reaches more than 70 million U.S. users monthly.

Produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is hosted by Kevin Frazier with Nischelle Turner, Lauren Zima, Rachel Smith and Matt Cohen as correspondents. Erin Johnson serves as Executive Producer with Whitney Wallace and Leslie Kawaguchi as Co-Executive Producers.

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