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TheGrill 2020

September 22-24, 2020  |  Los Angeles, CA 

Thank you for joining TheGrill Conference September 22-24, 2020

In 2020 TheWrap created a three-day virtual event that upheld the annual Grill experience while tailored the format to the times needs, fueled by a limited audience of C-Suite and high level attendees each day. Taking place September 22-24, TheGrill featured afternoon segments of curated discussion, industry panels and virtual networking activations.

About TheGrill 


The Leaders. The Deciders. The Disrupters. Revitalized.

For over a decade, TheWrap’s Grill event series, hosted by Sharon Waxman, has led the conversation on the convergence between entertainment, media and technology, bringing together newsmakers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing content in the digital age.

In addition to celebrating innovators from the last decade, the event’s new format offered three tracks concentrating on Entertainment, Technology and Innovation. Joined by top-tier talent and award-winning journalists who led conversations about the change that has transformed our industry.

Among the subjects TheGrill covered:

  • The Future of Theatrical
  • Streaming Revolution
  • Podcasting and Gaming

Fueled by a high-level crowd of industry game-changers, over three days this event is curated for the leaders, deciders and disruptors. Ticket holders to this year’s event received a three-month membership to WrapPRO, our premium service for daily coverage of digital entertainment. Current PRO subscribers received a unique code to attend TheGrill at a discounted rate. 

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2020 Speakers & Moderators


Kara Swisher

Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times & Editor At Large, New York Media

Kara Swisher is the editor-at-large of New York Media, host of the Pivot podcast and executive producer of the Code Conference. She also is a contributing writer to the New…

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Brad Bird

Academy Award-Winning Writer & Director

Brad Bird is a legendary animator, director and producer at Pixar. He has worked on such films as “The Incredibles and Ratatouille — and won Academy Awards for best animated…

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Antoine Fuqua

Award-Winning Director

Esteemed director Antoine Fuqua is best known for his Oscar-winning film “Training Day.” Fuqua began his career directing music videos for popular artists such as Toni Braxton, Coolio, Stevie Wonder…

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Cheo Hodari Coker

Executive Producer, “Luke Cage”

CHEO HODARI COKER, 47, is the creator and former Showrunner and Executive Producer of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The critically acclaimed drama ran two seasons, from 2016-2018 and is popularly known…

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Ben Smith

Media Columnist, The New York Times

Ben Smith is the media columnist for the New York Times. He joined The Times in 2020 after eight years as founding editor in chief of BuzzFeed News. Before that,…

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Shelli Taylor

CEO, Alamo Drafthouse

Shelli Taylor is the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, an innovator in theatrical exhibition. Prior, Taylor served as president of United Planet Fitness Partners, overseeing over 169 facilities across the country….

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Miranda July

Filmmaker, Artist & Writer

Miranda July is one of the most impressive cross-disciplinary artists of her generation.  A filmmaker, artist, and writer, her daring, urgent, and inimitable voice persists in reflecting the poignancy and…

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Greg Foster

Owner, Principal, Foster + Crew

Greg Foster was the longtime CEO of Imax Entertainment, where he was instrumental in growing the company’s content business and global brand. He is now a consultant and represents Apple…

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Michael Bosstick

CEO, Dear Media

Michael Bosstick is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Dear Media Podcast Network. Previously Michael built businesses in the direct to consumer retail, aviation, fashion, and wellness space and was…

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Andrew Cripps

President, Intl. Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros.

As president of international theatrical distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, Andrew Cripps is responsible for overseeing all matters relating to the international theatrical distribution of the studio’s slate of motion…

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Johanna Faries

Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports, Activision Blizzard

Johanna Faries serves as Commissioner of Call of Duty League for Activision Blizzard, Inc. overseeing league and business operations, product development, and general management of Call of Duty esports globally….

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Michael Barker

Co-President & Co-Founder, Sony Pictures Classics

As Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker (with Tom Bernard) has distributed (and quite often produced) some of the finest independent movies over the past 30 years. …

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Lisa Schwartz

Co-President, IFC Films

Lisa Schwartz is the co-president of IFC Films, a division of AMC Networks, and manages the company’s day to day operations, including oversight of all domestic and foreign distribution for…

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Julie Uhrman

Founder & President, Angel City

Julie Uhrman is a Founder and President of Angel City, the recently-announced professional women’s soccer team she and a group of mostly women, are bringing to LA as part of the…

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Bobby Sarnevesht

Executive Chairman & Owner, Triller

Executive Chairman and Owner of Triller, Bobby Sarnevesht, is a highly accomplished figure in the tech and finance industry with over 20 years of experience. Having earned a B.S. in Computer Information…

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Thom Geier

Managing Editor, TheWrap

Thom Geier, Executive Editor, joined TheWrap in 2015 as managing editor. He previously served as a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly for a dozen years, overseeing film and Oscar coverage…

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Adam Arrigo

Co-founder & CEO, Wave

Adam is the CEO and co-founder of Wave, the market leader in interactive virtual entertainment that turns artists into digital avatars. Adam combines his skills as a game designer, sound designer, product…

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Emily Ramshaw

Co-founder & CEO, The 19th

Emily Ramshaw is the co-founder and CEO of The 19th, the nation’s first nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Previously, Ramshaw was the editor-in-chief of…

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Andrew Sugerman

Co-Founder, Invisible Narratives & Producer, “Songbird”

Andrew is a strategic and collaborative global executive whose broad experience, creative curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit drive standout results which outpace the market. Andrew’s ability to identify, design and commercialize…

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Steven Galanis

Co-Founder & CEO, Cameo

Steven Galanis is a Chicago-based entrepreneur passionate about building strong lasting relationships predicated on integrity, respect, and mutual trust. His passion for connecting people led him to found Cameo, a…

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Eugene Hernandez

Director, New York Film Festival

Eugene Hernandez is Director of the New York Film Festival and Publisher of Film Comment at Film at Lincoln Center where he serves as Deputy Executive Director. His duties include strategic leadership,…

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Dawn Porter

Director, "John Lewis: Good Trouble"

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose 2013 documentary, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for…

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Lee Trink

CEO, FaZe Clan

Lee Trink is an entrepreneur in the entertainment and media industries focused on the convergence of gaming and entertainment as both a cultural movement and an explosive business. As the…

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Jeff Orlowski

Director & Writer, ‘The Social Dilemma’

Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski served as director, producer, and cinematographer of the Sundance Award-Winning films, Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral. He is a two-time Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, and founder of the award-winning…

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Jes Wolfe

CEO, Rebel Girls

Jes Wolfe is the CEO of Rebel Girls, a girl-driven edutainment company on a mission to inspire and instill confidence in 50 million girls over the next 5 years. To…

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Kathleen McInnis

Festival Strategist, Producer, Publicist

Drawing from thirty years experience in festival programming, film publicity and producing, Kathleen McInnis helps world cinema filmmakers merge their creative and business development via the film festival circuit. As…

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Dom Roberts

Host, “The Uncomfortable Podcast”

Dom Roberts is a graphic design creative and activist based out of Los Angeles, CA. In the wake of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Dom noticed many people in…

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Rachel Ghiazza

EVP, Head of US Content, Audible

Rachel Ghiazza joined Audible in 2019 as SVP for Content Acquisition and Development and became EVP, Head of US Content in 2020. Prior to Audible, Rachel was at Spotify where…

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Colin Petrie-Norris

Chief Executive Officer, XUMO

Colin Petrie-Norris serves as chief executive officer of XUMO, the leading, free ad-supported TV (FAST) service in the United States. XUMO delivers a personal, valuable media experience through everyday touch…

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Keith Le Goy

President, Worldwide Networks & Distribution, Sony Pictures Television

Keith Le Goy is President of Worldwide Networks & Distribution for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this role, he manages all distribution for the company’s television and home entertainment divisions. Based…

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Olivia Morris

Founder & CEO, Black Monarch Entertainment

Olivia began her career specializing in comedy development on the business side of children’s animated television. She was a development executive of Original Scripted Programming at TBS (WarnerMedia). Olivia was…

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Amy Kuessner

SVP of Content Strategy & Global Partnerships, Pluto TV

Amy Kuessner is the Senior Vice President, Content Strategy & Global Partnerships for Pluto TV where she employs extensive experience creating and implementing growth strategies, developing partnerships, licensing and negotiations,…

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Jesse Sisgold

President & Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media

As President and Chief Operating Officer of Skydance Media, Jesse Sisgold helps to set and execute the overall strategy and growth plan for the company, while managing key operations across…

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Rob Holmes

VP of Programming, Roku

Rob is the Vice President of Programming at Roku, where he oversees the development and growth of The Roku Channel as well as the programming strategy for the company. Prior…

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John Sloss

Principal, Cinetic Media

John Sloss is a principal at the media advisory firm, Cinetic and partner in Sloss Eckhouse LawCo. Through Cinetic, he produces motion pictures and television, provides various content sales and…

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Craig Danuloff

Founder, The Privacy Co.

Craig Danuloff is an entrepreneur and executive with deep experience defining and managing technology businesses. He has founded and led six venture funded companies, and held senior leadership positions at…

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Bill Baggelaar

EVP & CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment | EVP & GM, Sony Innovation Studios

Bill Baggelaar is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sony Innovation Studios. As CTO,…

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Linda Berman

Head of Scripted, Lincoln Square Productions at ABC

As a television producer and former network and studio executive, Linda has had extensive experience in the television world.  She is the Head of Scripted Drama for Lincoln Square Productions,…

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Adrian Montgomery

CEO, Enthusiast Gaming

Adrian has been a senior officer and director of several public and private companies in the fields of media, sports and entertainment, finance and industrial services. Most recently, he served…

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Ross Garner

SVP, Entertainment, NFP

Ross manages the entertainment portion of NFP’s Sports and Entertainment Specialty Practice.  He has over 18 years’ experience working as an insurance underwriter and broker for entertainment-related companies. From $500,000…

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Dominique Butler

Assistant VP, Entertainment, NFP

Dominique has been in the insurance industry since 1998. Her area of expertise is entertainment insurance with focus on film, television, commercial/music video producers, new media and touring entertainers. Some…

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Lilly Burns

Co-Founder, Jax Media

Lilly Burns is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning creative producer and founding member of Jax Media. She served as an executive producer and director on Broad City (Comedy Central) and Search…

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Danny Fisher

CEO, FilmRise

A veteran film and television producer, financier and distributor, Danny Fisher co-founded FilmRise, a leading film and TV distribution studio and streaming network.  Danny developed a proprietary data analytics methodology…

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Tabitha Jackson

Director, Sundance Film Festival

Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Sundance Film Festival in February 2020, having previously served as Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute since 2013. Throughout her career…

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Mark Rieder

Head of Innovation, NFP

As Head of Innovation, Mark champions, develops and institutionalizes the innovation process for NFP both inside and outside the organization. As a catalyst for “what if” thinking Mark helps the…

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MyKhanh Shelton

SVP, Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia

MyKhanh Shelton is Senior Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion for WarnerMedia where she is responsible for leading workforce and production safety initiatives and working closely with the Human Resources team and…

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Jane Rosenthal

Oscar and Emmy Nominated Producer & CEO and Co-Founder of Tribeca Enterprises

Jane Rosenthal is an Oscar and Emmy nominated producer and CEO and Co-Founder of Tribeca Enterprises, a global media company that encompasses the Tribeca Film Festival and award-winning branded content…

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Maz Jobrani

Actor & Comedian

Maz Jobrani was born in Iran, and relocated to Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay area after his family was forced to flee during the revolution.  He went on to receive a B.A….

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Tim Zajaros

Co-Founder, Producer, Armory Films

Tim Zajaros is a producer and co-founder of Armory Films, a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability…

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Nika King

Actor, “Euphoria”

Nika King is a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. She can currently be seen in the HBO series EUPHORIA as the role of Leslie, a loving and caring mother who…

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Effie Brown

Award-Winning Producer & CEO, Gamechanger Films

Effie T. Brown is the CEO of Gamechanger, which launched in 2013 as the first film fund for women filmmakers and now under Brown’s leadership includes projects by and about people…

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JLove Calderón

Activist, Co-founder of Inspire Justice & Managing Partner of BWA Studios

JLove is a coach, trainer, creative and lifelong antiracist activist.  She has been a professional coach for over 15 years, and was certified by the Empowerment Institute. She went on…

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Eirene Donohue

Writer

Eirene Donohue is the youngest of seven children born to a Vietnamese mother and an American Naval officer father. She grew up in RI and after graduating from Brown University spent…

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William Catlett

Actor, “Charm City Kings,” “Lovecraft Country”

Actor, Writer, Director and Producer, Will Catlett was born and raised in Alexandria, VA where he attended the legendary T.C. Williams High School whose football team was the subject of…

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Page Hurowitz

Producer & Co-Owner, Push-It Productions

Page Hurwitz began her career as a stand-up comedian at the legendary Josie’s Cabaret in San Francisco’s Castro district. She spent the next several years performing at clubs and colleges,…

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Ross Gerber

President & CEO, Gerber Kawasaki

Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. Ross oversees Gerber Kawasaki’s corporate and investment management operations as well as serves individual clients. Ross…

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Yoshio Osaki

President and CEO, IDG Consulting

As President and CEO of IDG Consulting – a leading research, consulting and analytics firm in the games market – Yoshio has been a trusted advisor, angel investor, and thought…

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Carla Renata

Film Critic & Producer/Host of “The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata”

Carla Renata aka The Curvy Film Critic is a graduate of Howard University and named one of 2018’s Underrepresented Critics of Color by the Los Angeles Times. Her reviews have…

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Tim Baysinger

Senior TV Reporter, TheWrap 

Tim Baysinger has been Senior TV reporter at TheWrap since 2018, covering the business-side of television, streaming and the entertainment industry at large. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2009…

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Smriti Mundhra

Creator, “Indian Matchmaking”

Smriti Mundhra is an Academy Award-nominated director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her latest film, St. Louis Superman, has been nominated for a 2020…

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Sonari Glinton

CEO, Executive Producer, DeLite Media!

A reporter and producer, Sonari served as a correspondent on NPR’s business desk and the ground-breaking NPR podcast Planet Money. He began in journalism as a producer at WBEZ, followed by…

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond, Awards Editor, TheWrap

Steve Pond, Awards Editor and Columnist, joined TheWrap to lead its awards season coverage, and stayed on. His column is an informed, bemused, skeptical and authoritative look at all aspects of…

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Sean Burch

Tech Reporter, TheWrap

Sean Burch covers tech for TheWrap, with an emphasis on Facebook, Netflix and its growing list of streaming challengers, and nascent sectors like artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency.

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Kalen Allen

TV Personality

At just 24 years old, award-nominated actor, producer, and television personality Kalen Allen has catapulted into the mainstream media, reaching millions of people worldwide across his social media platforms and…

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Sharon Waxman

Founder and Editor in Chief, TheWrap

Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and the founder of TheWrap. She is also the creator of TheGrill business conference on convergence, and…

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