The TV industry has undergone significant, and permanent, upheaval since the pandemic began a year ago, and every major media company has reconfigured itself to adapt to our new, streaming-centric reality.

Join Adweek for Convergent TV Summit: The New Normal, as we will look at how media companies and marketers have adapted to these seismic changes—and what happens next.  

Speakers

Lauren Anderson
Co-head of Content and Programming

Sandie Bailey
Chief Design and Digital Media Officer

Jack Bamberger
Chief Commercial Officer

Jimmy Bennett
Vice President, Marketing

Frances Berwick
Chairman, Entertainment Networks

Casey Bloys
Chief Content Officer

Joanne Bradford
Chief Growth Officer

George Cheeks
President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+

David Cohen
Chief Executive Officer

Cesar Conde
Chairman

Collin Colburn
Senior Analyst

Bill Condon
SVP, Advertising Partnerships

Andrea Cutwright
Vice President, Product and Subscriber Marketing

Hayley Diamond
Executive Vice President, US Digital Investment

Chris Dilorio
Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

Jeff Gerttula
Executive Vice President and General Manager

Lisa Holme
Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy

Sara Johnson
Senior Vice President, Group Director, Video Investment

Aulden Kaye
Director of Advertising Partnerships

Courtney A. Kemp
American Television Writer

Jo Kinsella
President

Burke Magnus
President, Programming and Original Content

Esther Maguire
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Jesse Math
Vice President, Advanced TV and Video Solutions

Serge Matta
President

Matt McLeggon
Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions

Tricia Melton
Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics

Kelly Metz
Managing Director, Advanced TV Activation

Jay Prasad
Chief Strategy Officer

Ryan Pirozzi
Co-head of Content and Programming

Katherine Pond
Senior Vice President of Business Development

Shonda Rhimes
Chief Executive Officer

Ken Ripley
Vice President, Sales

Dan Robbins
Vice President, Ad Marketing and Partner Solutions

Scott Rosenberg
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Platform Business

Michael Scott
Head of Sales, Brand, North America

Donna Speciale
President, Advertising Sales and Marketing

Carly Stein
Director, Product Marketing

Catherine Sullivan
Chief Executive Officer

Deirdre Thomas
Managing Director, U.S. Audience Measurement, Business Development and Sales

Andrew Tint
Head of Programmatic Partnerships

Aisha Ude
Invest TV Lead, Product Marketing

Kim Yates
Senior Vice President, Head of Client Ad Sales

+ more to be announced soon!

Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Adweek Opening Remarks

Welcoming remarks and a look at the event.

 

Featuring:
Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer, Adweek

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12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
Broadcast+: The New CBS

While streaming services get much of the buzz, broadcast networks continue to lead in pack in driving scale and mass audience—from news, sports and entertainment—as their content output also fortifies their company’s respective streaming services.

In this session, hear from George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS as he explores his company’s evolution in the convergent TV universe—and within the ViacomCBS portfolio—as a new TV season begins. He’ll also talk about how he’s navigating his new duties as chief content officer of news and sports for Paramount+ and the lessons from the new TV season.

 

Featuring:
George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+
Jason Lynch, TV Editor, Adweek

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12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Understanding and Engaging with CTV's Diverse Audiences

More than 65% of marketers plan to grow their CTV investment this year, some by as much as 20%. This is in large part due to the significant increase in streaming TV viewership over the past 18 months and advertisers’ need to reach these consumers. While much has been said about the growing streaming TV audience, we are just in the beginning phases of understanding who these viewers are and how to best engage with them. Join Magnite and Sling TV as they explore the diversity of CTV viewership and how to best reach sub-groups such as live-sports fans.

Featuring:
Matt McLeggon, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, Magnite 
Andrew Tint, Head of Programmatic Partnerships, Sling TV
Ronan Shields, Programmatic Editor, Adweek

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12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
Building Beyond TV: A Conversation with Shonda Rhimes & Shondaland

Shonda Rhimes is a TV titan, writer and mega-producer who founded her production company, Shondaland, in 2005. While she’s best known as the powerhouse behind hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and most recently, Netflix’s breakout Bridgerton, Rhimes now has loftier ambitions. As part of her recently extended and expanded Netflix deal, she’s growing Shondaland into a force to be reckoned with on several new platforms, including VR, gaming, merchandise and live events.

In this session, join Shonda for a conversation alongside Shondaland executives Sandie Bailey and Chris Dilorio as they discuss the company’s new path, and what this means for the future of the industry.

 

Featuring:
Sandie Bailey, Chief Design and Digital Media Officer, Shondaland
Chris Dilorio,Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Shondaland
Shonda Rhimes, Chief Executive Officer, Shondaland
Stephanie Paterik, Editor in Chief, Adweek

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1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
It’s Time to Lead: The Age of Cross-Platform Video

Change. It’s the one constant familiar to us all in the advertising industry. Despite an abundance of technology at our fingertips, many of us are still stuck in the ways of the past. This must change. Planning and buying on GRPs are artifacts from the 1980s. Planning channels in silos is an artifact of the early 2000s. We can no longer live in the media containers of previous decades. We as marketers have new and improved tools in our toolbox that have the ability to unlock new potential: data-driven linear, connected TV, understanding de-duplicated reach and mitigate frequency overload, new buying modalities, the necessity of technology to eliminate waste and create value. The list goes on.

It’s up to us to use our tools effectively, become better marketers, and lead the way in the age of cross-platform advertising. Join us in a conversation that will challenge the status quo.

 

Featuring:
Jack Bamberger, Chief Commercial Officer, Amobee
Catherine Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, PHD

JBCS

 

 

 

1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
The Do’s and Don’ts of Streaming Sports Rights

2021 encompassed a flurry of major sports rights deals with the NFL, MLB and NHL each locking in various long-term deals with linear and expanded streaming components. At the same time, streamers are also snapping up rights to leagues with smaller-but-dedicated fanbases in an effort to boost their subscriber bases. In this session, join Adweek as we sit down with leading executives in the space and unpack actionable tips from their winning strategies in securing sports rights, and identify which kinds of deals do and don’t make sense for today’s streamers to pursue.

 

Featuring:
Jeff Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital
Burke Magnus, President, Programming and Original Content, ESPN
Mollie Cahillane, Convergent TV Reporter, Adweek

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2:10 PM - 2:30 PM
Overcoming the Fragmented TV Ecosystem: Cross-screen CTV Activation

As the TV ecosystem continues to shift, fragmentation in advertising has never been more evident. Disparate solutions for planning and activation, coupled with relying on legacy TV measurement, have left advertisers with data sets in silos, inaccurate results, and an inability to use data in an insightful, actionable way. Advertisers looking to overcome this fragmented ecosystem must look to cross-screen solutions that work together seamlessly for safe and secure data collaboration, helping to drive efficient activation for optimal results.

Join this session to learn:

  • How LiveRamp TV can help advertisers activate across all channels based on best-in-class identity and empower cross screen measurement
  • How activating LiveRamp TV’s identity-powered audiences enables household targeting across all devices and channels
  • Why holistic media buying and selling for today’s TV campaigns requires cross-screen activation

 

Featuring:
Bill Condon, SVP, Advertising Partnerships, XUMO
Aulden Kaye, Director of Advertising Partnerships, Philo 
Jay Prasad, Chief Strategy Officer, LiveRamp TV
Ken Ripley, Vice President, Sales, Scripps Networks

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2:35 PM - 2:55 PM
A Conversation with Cesar Conde, Taking NBCU News Group Into the Future

It’s been more than a year since NBCUniversal reorganized its news division and put Cesar Conde, the former Telemundo Chairman, in charge of the entire news portfolio, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. He is the first-ever and highest-ranking Latino to run a major English-language network TV news division in the U.S. In this session, join Cesar as he explores the most important insights from his career and shares how DEI initiatives are at the heart of his business strategy. He’ll also discuss his recent announcement of the News Group’s significant investment in digital and streaming as they now have more streaming channels than any other news organization.

 

Featuring:
Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
AJ Katz, Senior Editor, TVNewser, Adweek

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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
How Streaming is Defining the New Era of TV Advertising

Streaming television has upended the classic TV advertising model. In its place, brands are presented with an ad channel that combines performance marketing and creative innovation—along with a wealth of data that helps them improve upon both. How can advertisers make the most of this opportunity?

Join Joanne Bradford, MNTN’s Chief Growth Officer, as she explores how brands can successfully navigate the new TV landscape now and into the future. Tapping into her experience as a forward-thinking marketer in previous roles at SoFi and Honey, she’ll discuss how new innovations—ones that were once only available in the digital realm—can unlock new strategic initiatives and bring accountability to brands’ TV ad spend.

 

Featuring:
Joanne Bradford, Chief Growth Officer, MNTN

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3:25 PM - 3:45 PM
Shaking Up Ad Sales: In Conversation with Donna Speciale

Univision is evolving its go-to-market strategy, and at the forefront of this transformation is the Company’s recently launched PrendeTV service - the first free ad-supported streaming service built exclusively for U.S. Hispanics, in Spanish. Univision President of Advertising Sales and Marketing Donna Speciale joins Adweek to discuss the launch, the fledgling Spanish-language streaming space and the company’s expansion under its new leadership.

 

Featuring:
Donna Speciale, President, Advertising Sales and Marketing, Univision
Jason Lynch, TV Editor, Adweek

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3:50 PM - 4:00 PM
Adweek Closing Remarks

Thank you for joining us!

 

Featuring:
Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer, Adweek

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12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Adweek Opening Remarks

Welcoming remarks and a look at the event.

 

Featuring:
Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer, Adweek

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12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
The Future of TV Streaming and Advertising with Roku's Scott Rosenberg

Roku has been at the forefront of the exploding TV streaming space, growing to more than 55 million active accounts, and this year doubled its upfront spend commitments compared to 2020. And the company is looking to expand even further, by adding original content on its platform (its Roku Originals include dozens of series rescued from the short-lived Quibi) and fostering innovative marketing partnerships via its new Roku Brand Studio. In this session, join Adweek and Scott Rosenberg, SVP and GM of Platform Business at Roku, to discuss the platform’s transformative year and how its big swings are paying off.

 

Featuring:
Scott Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Platform Business, Roku
Mollie Cahillane, Convergent TV Reporter, Adweek

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12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Streaming Isn't Slowing Down, but Nielsen's Got You Covered

Over the past 10 years, consumers’ on-demand lifestyles have fueled the rise of video streaming. Today, almost one third of total TV time is spent streaming and this number continues to increase, amplified by the growing number of platforms and services. As viewing preferences continue to shift, content creators, platforms, studios and advertisers need a clear understanding of streaming behavior and which demos are engaging where in order to make critical decisions around where to place their content in ads. Nielsen’s has a suite of measurement solutions, providing an independent, comprehensive view of everything from macro-level views of the streaming platforms to micro-level views of audience measurement down to the program/episode level.

Join our session to learn more about how Nielsen’s suite of audience measurement solutions, including Streaming PlatformRatings, Streaming Content Ratings and Digital Ad Ratings can assist the industry today.

 

Featuring:
Deirdre Thomas, Managing Director, U.S. Audience Measurement, Business Development and Sales, Nielsen
Matt Steinmetz, Vice President, Event Partnerships, Adweek

DTMS

 

 

 

12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
At the Helm of Content: Casey Bloys on the Programming Landscape

HBO and WarnerMedia’s streaming platform, HBO Max, are enjoying great momentum with groundbreaking and award-winning programming that consistently engages audiences to capture the cultural conversation amid an increasingly crowded entertainment landscape and considerable changes in viewing habits. Under Bloys’ leadership, HBO Originals have included Mare of Easttown, The White Lotus, I May Destroy You, The Undoing, Allen v. Farrow, and recent Max Originals have included Hacks and It’s a Sin.

Casey Bloys, chief content officer for the year-old streamer and the premium cable network, joins Adweek to discuss the brand’s past, present and future strategies to continue produce high-quality content for subscribers.

 

Featuring:
Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max
Kelsey Sutton, Streaming Editor, Adweek

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1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
What’s Next? The Future of TV

TV audiences are migrating en masse toward streaming television, AVOD subscriptions have grown exponentially and linear viewership has declined. The pandemic has completely revolutionized audience TV viewing behavior. Brands can no longer use the same strategies and media tactics to reach target audiences.

What do advertisers need to know to keep up with TV audience behavior? How can they ensure unduplicated reach & frequency and target consumers where they are?

Join our session at the Adweek Convergent TV Summit to learn more about the future of TV and how brands are adapting to changes in audience viewership trends.

 

Featuring:
Hayley Diamond, Executive Vice President, US Digital Investment, Publicis Media
Sara Johnson, Senior Vice President, Group Director, Video Investment, Carat
Serge Matta, President, LG Ads
Kelly Metz, Managing Director, Advanced TV Activation, Omnicom Media Group 

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1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
Building an Innovative Brand Partnership: Insights from Adult Swim

Rick and Morty is not only an Emmy-award winning animated hit for Adult Swim, but it has birthed some of the most innovative brand partnerships in recent years, including Wendy’s, Pringles and even the FDA. In this session, join us as we hear from Warner Bros.’ Tricia Melton and WarnerMedia Ad Sales’ Kim Yates in conversation with Wendy’s Jimmy Bennett for a deeper dive into why these collaborations were so successful and the best practices worth noting for your next collaboration.

 

Featuring:
Jimmy Bennett, Vice President, Marketing, Wendy's
Tricia Melton, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, Warner Media
Kim Yates, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Ad Sales, WarnerMedia
Kelsey Sutton, Streaming Editor, Adweek

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2:10 PM - 2:30 PM
Retail Media Takes To The Big Screen

The tunnel has collapsed. Brand and performance have officially converged. Brands have to brand as they sell and sell as they brand. And there’s no better place to accomplish both those things than Convergent TV and Retail Media is finally getting its big moment on the biggest screen in the house. For the first time, brands now have an explosion of non-click-based performance platforms to reach their audiences including linear, CTV, and OTT. Tinuiti’s VP of Advanced TV and Video Solutions, Jesse Math, and featured guest, Forrester Senior Analyst Collin Colburn, will discuss what the future looks like for retail media influence and its extension into the TV world.

 

Featuring:
Collin Colburn, Senior Analyst, Forrester 
Jesse Math, Vice President, Advanced TV and Video Solutions, Tinuiti

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2:35 PM - 2:55 PM
Wielding the Power of the Portfolio

In this session, join NBCUniversal Television and Streaming’s Chairman of Entertainment Networks Frances Berwick, as she discusses her unique role helming business operations and strategy for 7 entertainment platforms including NBC and cable networks Bravo, E!, SYFY, Oxygen, USA and Universal Kids. She will reflect on her first year on the job and share how NBCU TV & Streaming’s entertainment division is reimaging their approach to the business by leveraging the power of their combined portfolio.

 

Featuring:
Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
Jason Lynch, TV Editor, Adweek

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2:55 PM - 3:00 PM
Adweek Closing Remarks

Thank you for joining us!

 

Featuring:
Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer, Adweek

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12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Adweek Opening Remarks

Welcoming remarks and a look at the event.

 

Featuring:
Matt Steinmetz, Vice President, Event Partnerships, Adweek

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12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
How to Build an Effective Connected TV Strategy

Connected TV usage has exploded in the past couple of years, with eMarketer reporting that US upfront CTV ad spending will surpass $4 billion this year alone translating into a 50 percent uptick year-over-year. By 2022, this will increase to $6 billion according to recent projections. Brands are eager to get in on the action with this trend in full swing, but not just with the usual 15 and 30 second spots.

In this panel, join Adweek as we hear from leading platforms and brands as they uncover the key insights needed for successful, innovative partnerships, from brand studios to unique sponsorships.

 

Featuring:
Katherine Pond, Vice President of Business Development, VIZIO
Dan Robbins, Vice President, Ad Marketing and Partner Solutions, Roku
Michael Scott, Head of Sales, Brand, North America, Samsung Ads 
Mollie Cahillane, Convergent TV Reporter, Adweek

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12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Relevance Report 2021: State of Convergence and Advanced TV

What is the current state of premium video convergence and how is it changing? In their 2021 Global Relevance Report, Xandr surveyed advertisers around the globe to understand how they are approaching advanced TV and video convergence and what benefits they want to prioritize. Learn how advertisers are using data and automation from the budgeting phase through campaign measurement to bring video into the future

 

Featuring: 
Aisha Ude, Invest TV Lead, Product Marketing, Xandr 

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12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
Spearheading Storytelling with Courtney A. Kemp

Courtney Kemp, American television creator-showrunner, writer and producer is a jack of all trades in the streaming space. Popularly recognized for her hit Starz drama series Power, Kemp turned the powerhouse franchise into an emotional call and response by evoking a connection with her audience to create three spinoff series and counting.

Join Adweek as we hear from Kemp on the most important things to keep in mind when creating a franchise, the biggest ways the industry has changed in the past decade, and why she opted to step back from the Power universe and sign a new deal with Netflix earlier this year.

 

Featuring:
Courtney A. Kemp, American Television Writer
Jason Lynch, TV Editor, Adweek

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1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
TV's Independence Day: Measurement Innovation and Modernized Currency

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, TVSquared has been focused on moving TV measurement beyond traditional ratings, and rooted in timely, accurate insights that meet the ongoing transformation of premium video and consumer behavior. Fast forward to the most recent news around TV currency and we finally find ourselves in a time where almost everyone in the measurement community - from buyers to sellers and data and tech companies-- are raising their expectations for measurement innovation, defining new standards and preparing for the next generation of TV currency. TV has been held to the same currency for decades despite the shifts in viewership, proliferation of screens and audience fragmentation. In this session, join Jo Kinsella, President of TVSquared as she sits down with Adweek editor Mollie Cahillan to offer perspective on the growing need for TV independence along with new research and insights on converged TV practices.

Attend this session and learn:

  • Why the demise of legacy currency will benefit all
  • How to adopt and approach new measurement solutions
  • How marketers are adapting to converged TV campaigns.

 

Featuring:
David Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, IAB
Jo Kinsella, President, TVSquared
Mollie Cahillane, Convergent TV Reporter, Adweek

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1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
IMDb TV Turns AVOD on Its Head

Gone are the days when AVOD services were an afterthought in the streaming wars. They have grown into an increasingly essential component of every company’s streaming arsenal. That includes Amazon, where IMDb TV viewership grew 138% year over year, with viewers spending roughly 5.5 hours per week on average on the free, ad-supported streaming. In this session, join Adweek as we sit down with IMDb TV co-heads of content & programming, Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, as they discuss how they’re leading the charge as these AVOD streamers grow to look more like SVOD services, including with their own library of big original offerings. They’ll also share a glimpse into their future content plans and what that means for marketers.

 

Featuring:
Lauren Anderson, Co-head of Content and Programming, IMDb TV
Ryan Pirozzi, Co-head of Content and Programming, IMDb TV
Kelsey Sutton, Streaming Editor, Adweek

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2:10 PM - 2:30 PM
Demystifying the Data Divide

The TV experience has changed dramatically, living at the intersection of multiple channels, devices, and platforms. Consumers have more choices than ever before with a proliferation of access points to content while advertisers face further siloed datasets with less measurability. With an understanding of the use cases and benefits of leveraging a commingled TV viewership dataset, advertisers can gain more valuable insights and make better decisions.

Join VideoAmp as we discuss bridging the data divide by clearing up concepts and demonstrating use cases to make convergent TV a reality.

 

Featuring:
Esther Maguire, SVP Marketing, VideoAmp
Carly Stein, Director, Product Marketing, VideoAmp

EMCS

 

 

 

2:35 PM - 2:55 PM
Navigating the Era of Choice and Churn

Understanding and getting closer to the consumer is the holy grail in this new era of TV consumption and engagement. While consumers have shown a large appetite for streaming content over the last year, the number of services is proliferating fast, forcing streaming brands to work diligently and more strategically than ever to retain subscribers.

In this panel, we’ll tackle the issue of streaming subscriber churn, and talk with leading executives about how platforms try to prevent it and how their approaches to doing so have evolved over the years, as well as how they try to get former subscribers back into the fold.

 

Featuring:
Andrea Cutright, Vice President, Product and Subscriber Marketing, Disney Streaming
Lisa Holme, Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy, Discovery+
Kelsey Sutton, Streaming Editor, Adweek

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2:55 PM - 3:00 PM
Adweek Closing Remarks

Thank you for joining us!

 

Featuring:
Matt Steinmetz, Vice President, Event Partnerships, Adweek

MS

 

 

 

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