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TheGrill 2020

September 22-24, 2020  |  Los Angeles, CA 

With health and safety top of mind, TheWrap has created a three-day hybrid event that integrates a virtual experience for our global audience and an in-person invite only gathering. Taking place September 22-24, TheGrill will feature afternoon segments of curated discussion, industry panels, cocktail and networking receptions.

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 will offer three tracks concentrating on Entertainment, Technology and Innovation. You can still expect top-tier talent and award-winning journalists asking the questions you want to know and leading conversations about the change that has transformed our industry.

Among the subjects TheGrill will cover this year:

  • The Future of Theatrical
  • Streaming Wars in TV
  • Digital Media, Podcasting and Gaming

Fueled by an invite-only crowd of 100-150 industry game-changers, over three days this event is curated for the leaders, deciders and disrupters reserved by special invitation and for members of our new WrapPRO service. A subscription to PRO gives you access not only to PRO’s essential coverage of digital entertainment every day, but gives you entrée to the industry leaders at TheGrill. 

Watch past highlights from TheGrill conferences!

Past Speakers & Moderators

Strauss Zelnick

Chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Strauss Zelnick, a partner in ZelnickMedia since 2001, became Chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Mr. Zelnick is currently Chairman of ITN Networks…

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Pamela Adlon

Creator & Actor "Better Things"

Pamela Adlon is an Emmy®- winning, multi-hyphenate with one of the most distinct and celebrated voices across today’s comedy landscape. Currently, Adlon is the writer, producer, director and star of…

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Nina Yang Bongiovi

Producer, "Sorry to Bother You"

Nina Yang Bongiovi possesses in-depth knowledge of film financing, creative and physical producing, and a knack for discovering talent, like that of Ryan Coogler (Marvel’s Black Panther), whose first film, Fruitvale Station (2013)…

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Jeff Berman

Co-founder, Magnet Companies

Jeff Berman is an entrepreneur, activist, and advocate. He is co-founder of Magnet Companies, a private equity-backed holding company based in Los Angeles. He has spent the past decade in…

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Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming, Lifetime

Brie Miranda Bryant is the Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming at Lifetime where she is responsible for development, series and specials for unscripted programming. A seasoned media and…

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Michael Burns

Vice Chairman, Lionsgate

Since becoming Vice Chairman of Lionsgate in March 2000, Mr. Burns has played an integral role in building the Company into a multibillion dollar global content leader with a reputation…

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Jimmy Chin

Director, "Free Solo"

Jimmy Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 18-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. As the director, producer and cinematographer of the National Geographic Documentary Film…

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Crofton Diack

Field Producer, "Life Below Zero"

Crofton Diack has been a field producer with Life Below Zero from the very first episode in some of the harshest conditions any team has experienced while filming the show….

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Shannon Dill

Executive Producer, "Free Solo"

Shannon Dill is an accomplished producer with twenty years of extensive experience in feature documentaries, non-fiction television and series. In 2019, Dill won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for…

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Amy Emmerich

President North America + Chief Content Officer, Refinery29

Amy Emmerich is the President and Chief Content Officer at Refinery29, the leading media & entertainment company for women with a global audience footprint of 249 million across all platforms….

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Tony Hale

Actor, "Veep"

Two time Emmy Award-winning actor and author Tony Hale is best known for his role as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Selina Meyers on HBO’s Emmy…

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Sarah Harden

CEO, Hello Sunshine

Sarah Harden is the CEO of Hello Sunshine, a media brand anchored in creating content that changes the narrative for women. Alongside founder Reese Witherspoon, Harden leads Hello Sunshine’s rapid growth…

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Ryan Kavanaugh

CEO & Founder, Proxima

CEO of Proxima Media, Ryan Kavanaugh has produced, distributed, and/or structured financing for more than 200 films, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations,…

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Raina Kumra

CEO, Juggernaut

Raina most recently led strategy and investments for the Tech Ethics portfolio at Omidyar Network. She is also the CEO of Juggernaut, a consulting agency for brand influence, behavioral and…

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Benji Lanpher

Cinematographer, "Life Below Zero"

Benji Lanpher was born in Minnesota and has been living in California for 16 years. He’s a freelance Cinematographer/Director of Photography for 12 years and has been a Director of Photography on…

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Adam Lewinson

Chief Content Officer, Tubi

As Chief Content Officer, Lewinson is responsible for content strategy and acquisitions for Tubi, the largest free movie and TV streaming service. Lewinson heads up Tubi’s Los Angeles office where…

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Guillermo Navarro

Executive Producer "Hostile Planet"

Guillermo Navarro, executive producer of National Geographic’s Hostile Planet,  has transitioned to a television-directing career after a tremendous career in cinematography. He won the Academy Award for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth…

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Tommy Oliver

Producer, The Perfect Guy

Tommy Oliver, producer of the Sony thriller THE PERFECT GUY starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, which opened as the #1 film in the country to $26M+ recently created and…

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Howard Owens

Founder and Co-CEO, Propagate Content

Howard Owens is Founder and Co-CEO of Propagate Content, an independent premium content production company. From November 2011, to May 2014, Owens served as president of National Geographic Channels, where…

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Bruce Perlmutter

Senior Vice President, Production, Condé Nast Entertainment

Bruce Perlmutter is senior vice president, production, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) reporting to Oren Katzeff, president, CNE. As head of digital video production for CNE, Perlmutter oversees physical production of…

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Jason Rapp

Co-Founder & Partner, Whisper Advisors

Jason Rapp is an experienced investor, operator and M&A dealmaker who loves helping entrepreneurs. He is currently co-founder and partner of Whisper Advisors, the boutique strategy advisory firm in Santa…

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David Reichert

Director of Photography, "Hostile Planet"

David Reichert is one of National Geographic’s directors of photography on Hostile Planet, specifically the Oceans and Polar episodes.  Reichert specializes in filming underwater and is one of the most…

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Shelley Zimmerman

Co-Head, Awesomeness

Shelley Zimmerman is the Co-Head of Awesomeness, a division of Viacom. Awesomeness is a leading media company serving the global Gen Z audience through its film and television studios. Prior…

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