A Media Leadership Conference from

The 2014 Grill Conference Speakers

 

Beatriz Acevedo
(2014 INNOVATOR)

President & Founder, MiTu Network

Like Maker Studios and AwesomenessTV, MiTu is a multi-channel network (MCN), but one focused on programming for Latino audiences. TV veteran Beatriz Acevedo founded MiTu in 2012, with her husband/business partner Doug Greiff and Roy Burstin. MiTu says its videos have generated more than 6 billion views. It recently partnered with Maker and teamed up […]

Sean Bailey

President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production

As President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Sean Bailey oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures. Disney’s most recent release, Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, has grossed over $750 million worldwide. Upcoming titles include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Steve […]

Chance Barnett

Co-Founder and CEO, Crowdfunder

Chance Barnett is the Chairman and CEO of Crowdfunder.com, the equity crowdfunding platform for investing in startups and small businesses. Chance is a serial internet entrepreneur turned angel investor and advisor after taking several web-based companies from inception to profitability or exit. In founding Crowdfunder, Chance played a significant role in JOBS Act legislation & […]

Doug Belgrad

President, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group; President, Columbia Pictures

Doug Belgrad was named President of SPE’s Motion Picture Group (MPG) in 2014, and has served as President of Columbia Pictures since 2008. As the President of MPG, Belgrad integrates creative decision-making, business and financial planning across all of SPE’s film labels. In his role at Columbia Pictures, he is responsible for the creative, production […]

Jeffrey L. Bewkes

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Time Warner Inc.

Jeff Bewkes is Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2009, having served on the Board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the Company in January 2008. Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bewkes served as Time Warner’s President and […]

Jason Blum

Founder, Blumhouse Productions

Jason Blum is the founder of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking – producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse, which has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, has produced the highly profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinister franchises. The television division, which will be forming partnerships […]

Werner Brell

Managing Director,
Red Bull Media House
North America

Werner Brell leads a media company focused on creating and delivering world-class programming across all media platforms. Werner joined the US effort after his tenure as a senior management team member for its global headquarters in Austria, where he established a centralized digital media organization serving more than 150 Red Bull markets that produced double-digit […]

Bill Bromiley

President, Saban Films

Bill Bromiley is President of Saban Films, the recently launched film acquisition and distribution venture from parent company Saban Capital Group. Prior to joining Saban, Bromiley served as Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJ Entertainment (formerly Image Entertainment), where he was responsible for the acquisition of all content, including feature films, television programming, live events and […]

Vincent Bruzzese

CEO, C4 (Exclusive Research Partner)

Vincent Bruzzese is considered the foremost expert on box-office predictions in the industry today, working on over 1,300 films, impacting their development, execution and marketing. Bruzzese began his career at MarketCast where he developed movie tracking product and prediction models that ushered in a new way of tracking the success of a marketing campaign. During […]

Frank Cooper III

Chief Marketing Officer, Global Beverages Group, PepsiCo, Inc.

As CMO of PepsiCo’s Global Beverages Group, Frank Cooper III oversees the transformation of PepsiCo beverages overall marketing model, outlining a new strategic framework for brands, integrating digital into PepsiCo, developing platforms for 186 markets and managing a team for Media, Digital and Entertainment. Prior to Pepsico, Cooper served as a senior executive at Motown […]

Chris DeWolfe

Co-founder & CEO, SGN,
Co-founder of MySpace

Digital entrepreneur Chris DeWolfe is best known as co-founder and former CEO of MySpace from 2003 to 2009. DeWolfe continues his entrepreneurial mission at SGN. As CEO, DeWolfe led the acquisitions and rollup of MindJolt, SGN, HallPass Media, and Mob Science, creating a leading independent multiplatform game developer.

Jon Erlichman

Broadcaster/Journalist

Jon Erlichman is Los Angeles based television & print journalist, covering media, entertainment & technology. Most recently, Jon served as Senior West Coast Correspondent for Bloomberg Television & Bloomberg News. Jon was first to report Satya Nadella would be the new CEO of Microsoft. He also broke stories on Apple, Twitter, Netflix, AMC Networks & […]

Ze Frank
(2014 INNOVATOR)

President, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

BuzzFeed is making a big push in Hollywood. The social news and entertainment company hired vlogging pioneer Ze Frank in 2012 to lead its video efforts. In August, BuzzFeed announced a new $50 million financing, which will help to expand its video operations (rebranded as BuzzFeed Motion Pictures). Frank is leading the unit as President, […]

Jeff Gaspin
(2014 INNOVATOR)

Co-Founder, TAPP

Jeff Gaspin is principal of Gaspin Media, chairman of TAPP and advisory board member of TowerBrook Capital. Gaspin formerly was Chairman, NBC Universal Television which included broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo, and cable networks USA, Syfy, Bravo and Oxygen. He was previously president of Bravo and Alternative Series at NBC. Gaspin was also an innovative […]

Josh Goldstine

President of Worldwide marketing, Universal Pictures

Josh Goldstine was named President of Worldwide Marketing for Universal Pictures in May 2014. He oversees and orchestrates all aspects of Universal’s domestic feature film marketing activities including creative advertising, media, publicity, promotion, digital marketing, home entertainment marketing and administration. Goldstine has overseen marketing campaigns for many Universal hits including, most recently, Neighbors, Ride Along, […]

Rick Hess

Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Evolution Media Capital

Rick Hess is a Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media Capital (“EMC”), a merchant bank and investment platform, focusing on the media, entertainment, and sports industries. EMC has raised and advised on in excess of $40 billion for its clients, which include the Texas Rangers, Formula One Teams Association, AMC Theatres, The Philadelphia 76ers, […]

Andy Howard

Partner, Shamrock
Capital Advisors

Andy is a Partner of Shamrock Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based media, entertainment, and communications private equity firm. Andy currently serves as a director on the boards of Screenvision, MarketCast, and Mobilitie and is a board observer of T3 Media. Previously, he served on the company boards of RealD, K2 Towers, Publishing Group of America, […]

Chad Hurley

Co-founder, YouTube &
Co-creator, MixBit

Chad Hurley is an American co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the popular video sharing website YouTube and MixBit. In June 2006, he was voted 28th on Business 2.0’s, “50 People Who Matter Now” list. In October 2006, he and Steve Chen sold YouTube for $1.65 billion to Google. Hurley worked in eBay’s, PayPal […]

Josh C. Kline

Head of Media & Entertainment, BOX

Josh is an Emmy® Award-winning technologist who has spent the last 14 years building new businesses in Digital Media, with a focus on content production and distribution. After a decade working in film and television production, Josh co-founded and led Sample Digital (aka DAX) as CEO, where he oversaw development of, patented and brought to […]

Sue Kroll

President, Worldwide Marketing & International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

Sue Kroll serves as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures. As marketing chief, she oversees the strategic creation and implementation of marketing campaigns for the studio’s global releases. Additionally, she collaborates closely with Greg Silverman, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Toby Emmerich, New Line Cinema’s […]

Ron Meyer

Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal

Ron Meyer is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. He provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the company, including its film and television assets, as well as the global theme park businesses. He was promoted in September, 2013 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios since 1995. Prior to Universal, […]

Sev Ohanian
(2014 INNOVATOR)

Indie Film Producer

Sev Ohanian made a name for himself, producing the indie hit Fruitvale Station. Ohanian attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he’s now an adjunct professor. In 2013, USC teamed up with Google Glass to see how the technology could be used in movies. The Ohanian-produced SEEDS has been viewed nearly […]

Mark Owens

Executive Vice President,
Corbis Entertainment

Mark Owens runs Corbis Entertainment, developing the global strategic vision and operating plan for the music, talent, content, and rights arenas. Mark arrived at Corbis through the Norm Marshall acquisition, where he was President of NMA Group. He’s worked on entertainment platforms for key clients such as Heineken, PUMA, American Cancer Society, and Xbox. Mark […]

Keith Richman

President, DEFY Media

Keith Richman, a recognized industry leader and successful entrepreneur, is president of DEFY Media, a leading digital media company focused on 12-34 consumers formed by the merger of Alloy Digital and Break Media. As president, Keith oversees all areas of business development, content development, product, technology and marketing for the company. Keith is a prominent […]

Danae Ringelmann

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Indiegogo

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo, the world’s first and largest online funding platform, in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Danae was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ in September 2013, […]

Nora Ryan
Chief of Staff, EPIX

An experienced cable network leader, Nora has launched and built a number of television channels and cross platform brands, including Sundance Channel, Fuse, a suite of original high definition channels as well as Showtime and its original multiplex package. She was Founding President and CEO of Sundance Channel, GM of Much Music USA/Fuse and GM […]

Josh Sapan

President & CEO,
AMC Networks

One of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and visionary executives, Josh Sapan sets strategy and is responsible for the overall management of AMC Networks, which owns and operates several leading entertainment brands, AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films/Sundance Selects. The company also operates international programming […]

Dana Settle

Founding Partner,
Greycroft

Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft, and heads the firm’s west coast office. Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area. Dana currently serves or observes on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in AppAnnie, FanTV, GameSalad, Joyent, SaatchiArt, Steelhouse, TrunkClub, TheRealReal, […]

Greg Silverman

President, Creative Development & Worldwide Production , Warner Bros. Pictures

Greg Silverman was named President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures in June 2013. In this role, he has full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ development activities, global production and budget. Recent global box-office successes include The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Godzilla and Alfonso Cuaron’s Academy Award-winning Gravity. In 2013, […]

Morgan Spurlock

Award-winning Filmmaker
and Host of
'Inside Man' on CNN

Morgan Spurlock is a New York based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Directing honors, the inaugural WGA Best Documentary Screenplay award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

Dan Steneker

CEO of FlinkFame.com

Dan Steneker is the CEO of FlinkFame.com. Flink is a transformative business model geared to disrupt the publishing industry. The Flink model centers on equitable revenue sharing with crowdsourced content from global producers leveraging massive social and tech reach. Dan is a visionary entrepreneur committed to developing technological products and business opportunities that have a […]

Sharon Waxman

CEO and Founder,
The Wrap

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 successfully guided the daily news site to phenomenal growth as it […]

Brian Weinstein

Head of the Corporate Finance Group,
Creative Artists Agency

Brian Weinstein is the Head of the Corporate Finance group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In this role, Weinstein focuses on corporate development primarily in the areas of television, film, music, and sports, and the establishment of new ventures on behalf of the agency and its clients. Weinstein is on the Board of Directors of […]

Brent Weinstein

Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency

Brent Weinstein is Head of Digital Media at UTA, where he leads a team of dedicated digital agents charged with identifying and creating opportunities for the agency’s traditional and new media clients. Weinstein and his team also provide strategic advisory services to many corporate clients, ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He also […]

Marc Weinstock

President of Domestic Theatrical Marketing, 20th Century Fox

Marc Weinstock is President of Domestic Theatrical Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox Film (Fox), where he has led campaigns for the Studio’s string of recent hits, including The Other Woman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in our Stars, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Let’s Be Cops and The Maze Runner. Weinstock […]