TheGrill 2013

TheWrap’s Fourth Annual Media Leadership Conference



Gilles BianRosa

Co-Founder and CEO of Fanhattan

Internet and media entrepreneur Gilles BianRosa founded Fanhattan in 2010 with a team of veteran Silicon Valley and Hollywood executives.

Julie Bowen

Actress, 'Modern Family'

A two-time Emmy® Award winning actress, Julie Bowen has enjoyed success working steadily on both popular hit television shows and the big screen. Bowen currently stars in the critically acclaimed Modern Family. Bowen’s performance won Emmy Awards® in 2011 and 2012. Modern Family has won three...

Vincent Bruzzese

CEO, Worldwide Motion Picture Group

Vincent Bruzzese, CEO, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, leads an innovative team of researchers, producers, writers and marketers, serving a global roster of top-level entertainment clients with the tools they need to communicate with their audiences in the digital age. Previously serving for...

David Hayes

Entertainment Evangelist & Head of Canvas, Tumblr

David Hayes is Tumblr’s Entertainment Evangelist and Head of CANVAS, the platform’s creative think tank for brands and agencies.

Across his decade of experience in the entertainment and media industries, David has been named one of TheWrap’s ‘Top Innovators Changing Hollywood’ and been...

Oren Jacob

CEO, ToyTalk

Before co-founding ToyTalk as CEO, Oren was an Entrepreneur in Residence at August Capital. A filmmaker and technologist, he spent more than 20 years at Pixar, most recently as Chief Technical Officer and Director of the Studio Tools group. His feature film credits include "Toy Story" and "Toy...

Mike Jones

CEO, Science Inc.

Long-time entrepreneur and former CEO of Myspace, Mike Jones now serves as the CEO of Science, Inc., a Los Angeles-based technology studio that nurtures successful digital businesses by bringing together the best ideas, talent, resources and financing through a centralized platform. As a serial...

Chet Kanojia

Founder & CEO, Aereo

Chet Kanojia is the founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., a groundbreaking online TV platform. Backed by a group of premiere investors and powered by a stellar engineering team, Aereo has developed proprietary cloud-based antenna and DVR technology that allows consumers to watch live or recorded HD...

Joseph Kapsch

Executive Editor, TheWrap

Joseph Kapsch, Executive Editor, is the former Editor, at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, he spent five years at Tribune Company, developing and growing their digital entertainment properties. As Los Angeles Times' deputy entertainment editor for online, he helped lead's...

Larry Kramer

President & Publisher, USA Today

Larry Kramer is president and publisher of USA Today. Prior to that he was an adjunct professor of media management at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a media consultant. His book “C-Scape: Conquer the Factors Changing Business Today,” was published in November, 2010 (...

Ynon Kreiz

Executive Chairman, Maker Studios

Ynon Kreiz is the Executive Chairman of Maker Studios, a next-generation talent first media company. He brings more than 15 years of executive leadership in broadcast and TV production to Maker, as well as a deep understanding of engaging new audiences, forming strategic partnerships, working...

John Landgraf

CEO, FX Networks

John Landgraf serves as Chief Executive Officer of FX Networks and FX Productions, responsible for programming and business operations for FX Networks (FX, FXX and FXM), FX Productions, and the upcoming digital video-on-demand platform FXNOW. Over the next several years, the suite of FX...

Brent Lang

Senior Writer, TheWrap

Brent Lang is a Senior Writer at TheWrap, where he covers film, home entertainment, new media, and other offshoots of the entertainment business. Recently, he has reported on the impact of digital conversion on independent movie theaters, the dominance of television profits at major media...

Oliver Luckett

Founder & CEO, theAudience

Prior to theAudience, Oliver co-founded DigiSynd, a social media outlet that was ultimately acquired by the Walt Disney Company. Luckett served at Disney as co-head of innovation, overseeing Disney brands in social.

Bill Maher

Host, "Real Time with Bill Maher"

For the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last nine years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big...

Matt Mazzeo

Partner, Lowercase Capital

Matt Mazzeo, a partner at Lowercase Capital, advises and invests into early stage companies at the junction of media and technology. Prior to Lowercase Capital, Matt spearheaded many of the digital and venture efforts at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports...

Steve Poizner

Co-Founder & CEO, EmpoweredU

Steve is a successful high-tech entrepreneur with over two decades of starting and running technology companies in Silicon Valley. Steve is currently the co-founder and CEO of EmpoweredU, an online education technology company that partners with academic institutions to develop and deploy career...

Milana Rabkin

Agent, United Talent Agency

Milana Rabkin is a digital media agent at premier global talent and literary agency UTA. Rabkin focuses on multi-platform storytelling and innovative models for funding and distributing content, with an emphasis on crowdfunding.

Rich Raddon

Co-Founder, ZEFR

Richard Raddon is co-founder of ZEFR. In this role, he is responsible for leading ZEFR’s overall strategy and operations, as well as overseeing the content and distribution strategy and partnerships with Hollywood studios.

Prior to ZEFR, Rich served as the director of the Los Angeles Film...

Keith Richman

CEO, Break Media

Keith Richman, a recognized industry leader and successful entrepreneur, is chief executive officer of Break Media. Since co-founding the company in 2004, Keith has been responsible for the overall strategic direction of the business, building it into a 160 person, profitable digital media...

Danae Ringelmann

Founder & Chief Customer Officer, Indiegogo

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Customer Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering...

Mika Salmi

CEO, creativeLIVE

Mika Salmi is CEO of creativeLIVE, the world’s leading online classroom for the creative entrepreneur. creativeLIVE unleashes the creative potential of millions of people by connecting them live with the world's most inspiring experts. A global audience (averaging 20k students per class)...

Ted Sarandos

Chief Content Officer, Netflix

Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. With more than 20 years' experience in home entertainment, Ted is recognized in the industry as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution.

Before Netflix, Ted was an executive at video distributor ETD and Video City...

Dana Settle

Founding Partner, Greycroft LLC

Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft LLC, and she heads the firm’s west coast office out of Los Angeles.

Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, where she focused on...

Michael Shamberg

MICHAEL SHAMBERG is partnered with Stacey Sher in Double Feature Films. Their most recent release was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Their next film, Runner, Runner, is to release this October. They are currently in production on the Kickstarter financed Wish I Was Here. The film is...

Lucas Shaw

Film Reporter, TheWrap

Lucas Shaw is a reporter who covers both the film business and the growing overlap between entertainment and technology. He has written stories about all of the major Hollywood studios and agencies, from Warner Bros.’ future plans for Superman to the reason for recent departures at CAA.


Stacey Sher

Producer/Partner, Double Feature Films

STACEY SHER is a partner in Double Feature Films with Michael Shamberg. Sher is a two-time Academy Award® nominee, most recently for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Sher and Shamberg are currently in post-production on “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” by writer-director, Scott Frank, “...

Ben Silverman

Founder & Chairman, Electus

A Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning producer and entrepreneur, Ben Silverman is responsible for some of television’s greatest shows including The Office, Ugly Betty and The Biggest Loser. He is the Founder and Chairman currently of Electus, a pioneering independent production and distribution...

John Skipper

President, ESPN

In his 14 years with the company prior to becoming president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks on January 1, 2012, John Skipper was a key architect of ESPN’s explosive growth. He played leadership roles overseeing the company’s television, digital, print and advertising sales...

Daniel Timmons

SVP/Co-Head Entertainment Industries Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Daniel Timmons is responsible for leading, managing, and growing the Entertainment Industry Group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch; from North American production and distribution companies to sales agents to foreign territory producers and distributors. In addition to providing the full-...

Sharon Waxman

CEO & Founder, TheWrap

As an award-winning journalist, author and founder of TheWrap, Sharon Waxman represents one of the most influential voices in news media and popular culture. Since Waxman's launch of TheWrap in 2009, the premiere news organization covering the business of entertainment and media, she has...