*Subject to change. All times are Pacific Standard.

Event to be presented at the W Hotel, Hollywood, CA on November 10, 2021.*

8 am PT
Pre-Program Networking

Coffee and Light breakfast foods in the Networking Café


8:30 am PT
Welcoming Remarks

• Host: JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE

8:35 am PT
Streaming Trends 2021: Dare to Stream Update

Leading analyst from Variety Intelligence Platform shares the most recent updates of streaming trends for 2022.

• Interviewer: Heidi Chung, Media Analyst and Correspondent, Variety Intelligence Platform
• Presenter: Kevin Tran, Media Analyst, Variety Intelligence Platform

9:00 am PT
Opening Discussion
Growing Streaming Today

These one-on-one conversations address the key challenges for growing streaming today…from creation to distribution.

• Moderator: Elaine Low, Senior Entertainment Business Reporter, Insider
• Guest: Reny Diaz, VP of Audience Strategy & Content Development, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

9:15 am PT
The Changing Business Model for MVPDs

As the popularity of streaming increases among viewers, the relationship of programmers with their long-term MVPD partners embraces new opportunities.

• Moderator: Mark Romano, VP, Americas, Insight TV
• Panelist: Kevin Parks, Senior Director, Field Engineering, Zixi
• Panelist: Patrice Courtaban, COO, TV5Monde USA
• Panelist: Burke Berendes, Partner, Condista
• Panelist: Stefanie Zuroff, Director, Business Development and Content Acquisition, Samsung TV Plus

9:45 am PT
Opening Diversity Programming Roundtable
Passionate Stories for Passionate Audiences: An Inside Look at ALLBLK’s targeted content strategy

This panel looks at the content strategy for the first streaming service dedicated to featuring Black creators, Black talent, and stories relevant to Black audiences.

• Moderator: Kelley L. Carter, Senior Culture Writer, ESPN’s The Undefeated
• Panelist: Brett Dismuke, GM of ALLBLK & WEtv, AMC Networks
• Panelist: Kendall Kyndall (host of Social Society)
• Panelist: MC Lyte, Legendary Hip Hop Artist, Star of “Partners in Rhyme”

10:15 am PT
Opening International Programming Roundtable
Creating Content for Global Streamers

A roundtable presented by ViacomCBS International Studios featuring global producers and talent who discuss the endless opportunities to create content on streaming platforms.

• Moderator: Michelle Alban, Vice President Communications and Social Impact, ViacomCBS Networks Americas
• Guest: John Leguizamo, Actor, Producer (Moulin Rouge, John Wick)
• Guest: Frida Torresblanco, Producer (The Dancer Upstairs, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Pan’s Labyrinth)
• Guest: Manolo Cardona, Actor (Who Killed Sara?, Narcos)

Mid-morning Networking Break
10:45 am PT

Networking Mezzanine

• Moderator, Shahid Khan, Co-founder and Managing Partner, MAG Consulting
• Keynote, Pierluigi Gazzolo, President and Chief Transformation Officer, Univision


11:15 am PT
Special Tech Spotlight Presentation: Blockchain’s Potential for Streamers

This fast-paced conversation reflects on blockchain’s specific potential in streaming’s future with a focus on rights & royalties, utility tokens, security tokens, wallets, NFTs and more.

• Presenter: Chris Martin, Co-Founder and President, Sator

11:30 am PT
FAST Talks (fireside chat)
Leveraging Broadcast Content for FAST Distribution

A pioneer in FAST shares perspectives learned throughout the development of STIRR and NewsOn, which are two examples of the opportunities of streaming for broadcasters seeking ways to amortize their investment in content. 

• Interviewer: Scott Rowe, Communications Executive
• Guest: Scott Ehrlich, SVP Growth Network and Content, Sinclair Broadcast Group

11:45 am PT
FAST Talks (fireside chat)
FAST and Streaming Audiences

This discussion with two leaders in advanced advertising will cover where audiences are watching from a streaming perspective and how that ties into the growing FAST space.

• Interviewer: David Bloom, Senior Contributor, Forbes
• Guest: Bill Herman, VP, Advanced Advertising, Spectrum Reach

12:00 pm PT
FAST Talks (panel)
Content Creation, Acquisition, Monetization on FAST Channels

Ad-supported streaming video has surpassed $30 Billion in global revenue and is on pace to reach $70 Billion by 2026, with growth now outpacing that of subscription streaming. Free Ad-supported Streaming TV channels (aka FAST channels) offer viewers a lean-back linear TV experience with an ever growing array of content options. This panel brings together content creators and distributors with channel curators and monetizers to discuss what’s next in the quickly evolving world of FAST.

• Moderator: Daniel Punt, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
• Panelist: Stuart McLean, CEO, FAST STUDIOS
• Panelist: Rene Santaella, EVP, Digital Media and Streaming, Estrella Media
• Panelist: Chris Pizzurro, SVP Marketing, Canoe Ventures

12:30 pm PT
FAST Talks (fireside chat)
A Word from the Greater Miami Convention Bureau

• Presenter: Jose Sotolongo, Director, Sports & Entertainment Tourism, Greater Miami Convention Bureau

Networking Lunch Break
12:45 pm PT

Luncheon on the patio


1:30 pm PT
Welcome Back Remarks

• Host: JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE

Afternoon Keynote Interview
Creating Original Content for Diversifying Audiences

This leading programming executive shares how she thinks about creating series for ever-diversifying audiences and how AVOD plays a role.

• Interviewer: Tom Umstead, Senior Programming Editor, Multichannel News
• Guest: Sarah Aubrey, Head of Originals, HBO Max

1:45 pm PT
AVOD Talks (panel)
Differentiating advertising on AVOD

This panel discusses the advantages of advertising to audiences who choose to view their content on demand, and how this differs from advertising to FAST audiences, and “appointment viewers.”

• Moderator: Diane Garrett, Senior TV Editor, Variety
• Panelist: JC Williams, Associate Director, Multicultural & Business Solutions, Horizon Media
• Panelist: Jordan Beilin, West Division Director of Advanced Advertising, Digital Media, Spectrum Reach
• Panelist: Aaron Gallagher, SVP, Digital Sales, Discovery Inc.
• Panelist: David Di Lorenzo, SVP, Kids & Family, Future Today

2:15 pm PT
AVOD Talks (fireside chat)
Content and Acquisition for AVOD Platforms

This Chief Content Officer from a leading platform provider shares perspectives on the current competitive environment for acquiring the best content.

• Moderator: John Griffiths, Executive Director and Founder, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics
• Guest: Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi

2:30 pm PT
AVOD Talks (fireside)
Attracting AVOD Audiences

AVOD viewers are passionate about their choices. Learn more from this leading marketing executive about the science of promoting programming to attract specific prospective audiences.

• Moderator: Michael Schneider, Deputy TV Editor, Variety
• Guest: Rick Haskins, President, Streaming & Chief Branding Officer, The CW

2:45 pm PT
AVOD Talks (fireside)
Creating Content for AVOD and Other Platforms

Hear how this leading executive is programming for linear and streaming by creating content that serves multiple platforms. He will share how this strategy is allowing for budget flexibility and efficiency while also delivering content to fans wherever they choose to watch.

• Moderator: Cynthia Littleton, Business Editor and Co-editor in Chief, Variety
• Guest: Jason Sarlanis, President, Crime & Investigative Content, Linear and Streaming, Discovery, Inc.

Mid-Afternoon Break
pm PT

Break – Networking Mezzanine


3:30 pm PT
Welcome Back Remarks

• Host: JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE

Mid-afternoon Keynote

How to Create and Engage Branded Content

Marketers are looking to go beyond the traditional 30-second ad spot by collaborating on streaming-first entertainment. Hear about this unique opportunity from executives at Maker’s Mark and Starcom who recently partnered with the Roku Brand Studio to create “The Show Next Door” with Randall Park.

• Moderator: Brian Toombs, Director, Head of Content, Roku Brand Studio, Roku, Inc.
• Speaker: Rachael Scholten, Vice President, Starcom Content

4:00 pm PT
SVOD Talks (fireside chat)
Premium Pathways in a Streaming World

• Moderator: John Griffiths, Executive Director and Founder, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics
• Keynote: Stefanie Meyers, SVP, Distribution, Starz

4:15 pm PT
SVOD Talks (panel)
Content Acquisition & Worldwide Distribution

Streaming has allowed producers to amortize costs for production and increase distribution across every continent. Hear from this panel of top executives who share their thoughts on the future of subscription streaming.

• Moderator: Samantha Friedman, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
• Panelist: Sherry Brennan, EVP/GM, Whip Media Exchange, Whip Media Group
• Panelist: Michele Edelman, Head of Growth, Premiere Digital
• Panelist: Jim Riley, President, US Operations, Stingray

4:45 pm PT
SVOD Talks (Content Acquisition fireside chat)
Content That Attracts Subscribers

Hear from this leading programming executive about strategies for predicting future hits that will virtually guarantee subscriber growth and retention.

• Moderator: Michael Schneider, Deputy TV Editor, Variety
• Guest: Michael Wright, President, Epix

5:00 pm PT
Closing Keynote – Subscription
The Power of SVOD Around the World

This president of a subscription streaming service highlights some of the most successful original series and programming for streaming that assured the rapid success of SVOD in recent years.

• Interviewer: Cynthia Littleton, Business Editor and Co-editor in Chief, Variety
• Guest: Kelly Day, President of Streaming, ViacomCBS Networks International


5:30 pm PT
Closing Remarks

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Closing Reception and Special Screenings

6:30 pm PT
Event Concludes