• Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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  • Larry Adams Managing Partner, Digital Strategy Leader, Mindshare

    Larry Adams

    Larry is a digital marketing and media veteran with 18 years of experience  on the client and agency side. Larry joins Mindshare from Interactive Corp where he served as VP, Head of Marketing for Vimeo. During his time there, Larry took Vimeo from a niche site for independent film makers to a subscription-based service, doubling the company’s revenue. Prior to Interactive Corp, Larry spent five years on the brand marketing side at DIRECTV where he revamped the company’s digital strategy, created social media and mobile marketing divisions and spearheaded the Video on Demand business unit.

  • Rob Aksman Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer , BrightLine

    Rob Aksman

    Rob Aksman is the Chief Experience Officer, and Co-Founder of BrightLine. He leads the industry in interactive TV advertising experience design and execution across every major cable, satellite, telco, and connected TV platform with over 600 successful executions for clients including, The Home Depot, Unilever, American Express, L’Oréal USA, and GM.


    Under Rob’s leadership, the company has successfully executed for clients by focusing squarely on what today's TV viewers want to — and will — do with a remote control when presented with the right opportunity to interact.


    Rob’s unique combination of creativity and deep knowledge of digital television platforms has taken the company’s TV ad experiences to new heights, by harnessing and shaping digital TV technologies in ways not previously thought possible and crafting partnerships that have changed the way marketers, programmers, and consumers view television.

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  • Christina Beaumier VP, Product Development, Xaxis

    Christina Beaumier

    Christina Beaumier is Vice President of Product Development with Xaxis where she leads the Video product strategy and offering. Christina is instrumental in the definition and commercialization of new products for agencies and advertisers that improve the return on digital advertising dollars. Previously, Christina led Global Client Development and was responsible for driving worldwide growth for Xaxis through the development of strategic relationships with agency partners and their clients. Immediately prior to her Client Development role at Xaxis, Christina worked in a similar capacity as Director, Strategic Engagements of the Media Innovation Group (MIG), a WPP company.


    Before joining the MIG, Christina was Associate Director at Millward Brown Optimor where she led management consulting teams in developing brand strategies for Fortune 500 companies to improve their financial return on marketing activities. Christina has lived on four continents; including two years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Burkina Faso.

    Christina has a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from American University.

  • Brad Bernard VP, Digital Media and Analytics, Harmelin Media

    Brad Bernard

    Brad is a 20+ year media industry veteran and joined Harmelin Media in 2006 where he launched the agency's digital media department. He oversees all aspects of digital media planning, buying and operations for its 80+ clients.  In addition, he heads the Harmelin Media’s analytics services which delivers quantitative campaign results for clients.


    Prior to joining Harmelin Media, Brad served strategic planning roles at Sprint, Leo Burnett, OMD, Rapp Collins and DDB. He was also a founding partner in WiredInn, an internet technology service provider to the global hospitality market.

  • Rob Brett VP, Programmatic Sales, Viacom Media Networks

    Rob Brett

    Robert Brett is the Vice President of Programmatic Sales for Viacom Media Networks, where he oversees the company's sales efforts in the automated and data-driven advertising marketplace.  Brett has held multiple sales and management roles during his 20-year career at Viacom Media Networks, covering both Television and Digital direct sales responsibilities. Viacom Media Networks is among the most vibrant, diverse and culturally relevant collections of brands in media and entertainment, differentiating itself in the marketplace by leveraging both audience and content for its partners. MTV is the cultural home of the Millennial Generation. Nickelodeon is the number one brand for kids. Comedy Central is the number one brand in comedy. 

  • Erwin Castellanos Chief Revenue Officer, LiveRail

    Erwin Castellanos

    As Chief Revenue Officer, Erwin brings to LiveRail over 12 years of leadership experience within the online
space. Erwin directs his team with extensive knowledge, specializing in publisher development, strategy, and team building. Before joining the LiveRail team, Erwin was Vice President of Business Development at Tremor Video, formerly ScanScout, where he focused on strategic partnerships. Prior to this, Erwin held the position of Executive Director of Media and Publisher Services at Eyeblaster and Director of Publisher Services at, now owned by AOL. Erwin holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Tal Chalozin CTO & Co-Founder, Innovid

    Tal Chalozin

    Tal Chalozin is Co-Founder & CTO of Innovid, the industry leader in interactive video advertising. As CTO of Innovid, Mr. Chalozin is responsible for technology development and implementation, product creation and business development activities across the company.


    Mr. Chalozin is a multi-disciplinary entrepreneur, in early 2006 he co-founded the GarageGeeks (, a non for profit organization for creative people to meet, innovate and build noncommercial projects that would otherwise not come to life. GarageGeeks has grown to be one of Israel's biggest "underground" organizations and its community consists of more than 1,000 active members.


    Prior to the GarageGeeks, Chalozin served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force for eight years, where he led the development of several military products with high algorithmic complexity. In his spare time, Chalozin works on robotic art projects. Some of Tal's work has been presented at major conventions such as Wired Magazine's Next-Fest convention in LA, Le Web'3 in Paris, VON in Boston, Ars Electronica in Austria and numerous events and museums throughout Israel. Among Chalozin's creations are GuitarHeroNoid ( and TaxiLinkProject (

  • Josh Chasin Chief Research Officer, comScore

    Josh Chasin

    Josh Chasin joined comScore as Chief Research Officer in May 2007.  Prior to that, he owned and operated a media research consultancy, Warp Speed Marketing, whose clients included Arbitron, Scarborough, comScore, Simmons, the Online Publishers Association, the Traffic Audit Bureau, and Project Apollo.


    Josh is a 33-year market research and audience measurement veteran who has experience in all facets of design, development and implementation of syndicated and custom research.  He has been involved in the management and oversight of audience measurement services for TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, out-of-home, and the Internet.  He spent 17 years at Arbitron, where he worked in the Statistical Services department and the Advertiser/Agency group before rising to Vice President, Marketing for New Ventures in 1993.  He is a past president/CEO of the Simmons Market Research Bureau and of Northstar Interactive, a pioneering online research company.


    Josh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from NYU, and an MBA Cum Laude in Marketing Management from Pace University.  He belongs to a number of industry councils and organizations, and he has been a regular contributor to Mediapost’s Online Metrics Insider column.


    Josh was selected one of Advertising Age’s 2012 Media Mavens.  His liner notes for the 2004 release, The Allman Brothers: Live at the Beacon Theater earned him a platinum record.


    Please follow this link to view Josh’s profile on LinkedIn

  • Rahul Chopra SVP, Head of Video, News Corp. & Chief Revenue Officer, Storyful

    Rahul Chopra

    Rahul Chopra is the senior vice president of video for News Corporation, where he is responsible for video expansion across all of the company’s properties worldwide. He is also now part of the executive team of the recently acquired Storyful, as Chief Revenue Officer.

    Prior to joining News Corp., Mr. Chopra oversaw video globally across Dow Jones, including WSJ Live, The Wall Street Journal’s video initiative, which generates more than four hours of live video per day and is available on more than 30 platforms, including Apple TV, Roku and YouTube.

    Mr. Chopra held multiple roles within business development at Dow Jones, primarily focusing on the Journal’s video, mobile and tablet expansion strategy, as well as developing external strategic partnerships to expand reach and distribution. 

    Before joining Dow Jones, he worked in corporate finance for several years with Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York.

    Mr. Chopra holds an MBA from the HEC School of Management in Paris and a BS in economics from Rutgers University.

  • Robert Cukierman VP, Audience Sales & Strategy, VEVO

    Robert Cukierman

    Robert Cukierman is responsible for developing Vevo’s strategic approach for audience guarantees and premium programmatic.  Prior to joining the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform in 2014, Cukierman spent seven years at Nielsen, most recently as VP, Digital Client Services, where he led sales, strategic account development and client services for the Nielsen Digital Publishers unit. Cukierman’s other roles at the company included overseeing new business development and contributing to its market development team. Prior he spent two years at IAC, starting in business development and later transitioning to site strategy and development, where he managed the publisher relationship, ad sales strategy and sales development.  

  • David Gunzerath SVP, Associate Director, Media Rating Council

    David Gunzerath

    David Gunzerath is Senior Vice President and Associate Director of the Media Rating Council.  In addition to his work on MRC’s accreditation-related activities, he also is heavily involved in the development of new measurement standards for emerging media.


    Gunzerath joined MRC in July 2007 after eight years with the National Association of Broadcasters, where he led NAB’s Research Group and was responsible for directing all industry and policy research and polling conducted by and for the association.  Prior to joining NAB, he held a series of research, management, and editorial positions with TV Guide Magazine, including a role as a regular national feature columnist on television ratings-related news.  Gunzerath holds a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Iowa, and also received an M.A. in Communications from Temple University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from La Salle College.

  • David Hallerman Principal Analyst, eMarketer

    David Hallerman

    As eMarketer’s principal analyst for US advertising and marketing, David Hallerman’s coverage area takes in all of digital video advertising, including video content marketing, measurement issues, video ad targeting, mobile video advertising, interactive video, connected and over-the-top TV, video’s use for both branding and direct response, and digital video’s unique relationship with TV.

    “In over 12 years at eMarketer, I’ve seen tremendous changes in the tools and techniques marketers have at their disposal,” said Hallerman. “And yet, at its core, advertising is advertising, and figuring out how digital can best be used to reach customers is a blend of old and new.”

  • Jeremy Hlavacek VP, Programmatic, The Weather Company

    Jeremy Hlavacek

    As vice president, programmatic, Jeremy Hlavacek is responsible for overseeing all of Weather’s programmatic sales efforts and operations.Hlavacek joined Weather in early 2013 as vice president of operations and strategic partnerships for the company’s WeatherFX division, where he was responsible for overseeing all technology partner relationships and business operations that support the WeatherFX business. He also worked with WeatherFX’s most strategic prospects and clients to ensure optimum utilization of the WeatherFX platform. As the company decided to move more aggressively into the programmatic space, Hlavacek seized the opportunity to leverage his unique  programmatic buy-side background in this newly formed role.


    An active industry thought leader in programmatic media buying, Hlavacek is a digital media, marketing and technology expert with more than 13 years of experience at web startups, leading global ad agencies and large media companies. He joined Weather from Varick Media Management, where he was vice president of strategy and business operations and was responsible for strategic partnerships in the ad tech/real-time bidding ecosystem, as well as the business and financial operations of the company. While at Varick, Hlavacek signed partnership deals with dozens of ad tech companies, achieving triple digit growth in the company's net revenue and a doubling of the staff.


    Prior to joining Varick, Hlavacek's previous experience includes building out digital marketing and gaming experiences at LEGO Toys, directing advertising strategy and business development at Dotmenu (an online food ordering startup acquired by GrubHub), and building out digital experiences for entertainment programming at CBS Television. On the agency side, Jeremy has held senior strategic roles at Ogilvy and Cadient Group, where he advised clients in healthcare, financial services and technology.


    Hlavacek holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University, a master’s degree in media and communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.

  • John Holmes Partner, Sq1

    John Holmes

    With more than 20 years of marketing experience, John has developed a special expertise in media planning and conversion optimization.  These skills make him ideally suited to head up the traditional advertising and programmatic television buying division in the Portland office.  He's worked on a diverse list of clients in a wide range of categories, including retail, consumer electronics, medical, travel, automotive, energy, packaged goods, professional sports and entertainment.  A detail-oriented individual, John is dedicated to delivering ROI for his clients.


    Previous Work History

    Founder and CEO of NBG Radio Network, one of the nation's largest independent radio syndication companies.  With over 100 syndicated radio programs delivered to over 3000 radio stations each week, John was able to take the company public in 1996 and was named one of radio's Top 100 People by Radio Business Report in 2000.


    Founder and CEO of Athletes Group, a professional sports management company.  Certified by the National Football League Player's Association (NFLPA) in 2005, John went on to negotiate 13 NFL player contracts and multiple endorsement deals for players he represented.



    Attended St. Louis University between 1988-1992 and lettered in golf all 4 years.



    On the board of Team Cole, a non-profit that assists kids with cancer.  

  • Rob Holmes VP, Advanced Advertising, Comcast

    Rob Holmes

    Rob Holmes is Vice President, Advanced Advertising with Comcast Cable.  In his role, he oversees strategy and deployment related to advanced advertising platforms, including VOD Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) and Linear Addressable. Rob works closely with both Spotlight and NBCUniversal on advertising related initiatives and is responsible for developing corporate strategy for advertising related initiatives.


    Rob joined Comcast from NBCUniversal, where he helped to launch the Corporate Strategy group following Comcast's investment in NBCUniversal, and led projects across the broadcast and cable networks, advertising, digital and the film studio.  Prior to NBCUniversal, he held a range of roles with technology start-ups BNI Video (acquired by Cisco) and VUDU (acquired by Wal*Mart).  Earlier in his career, Rob ran Corporate Development for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios and was an investment professional with Goldman Sachs and TPG Capital.  


    Rob received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and his BA from Princeton University.

  • Alison Kennedy Chief Revenue Officer, StyleHaul

    Alison Kennedy

    Alison Kennedy is the Chief Revenue Officer of StyleHaul, largest fashion and beauty multi-channel network on YouTube and the go-to content marketing solution for global brands of scale.  Kennedy leads StyleHaul’s multi-platform branded campaigns and has created new StyleHaul products and solutions that have created exponential growth for the company and trends within the industry.


    Kennedy was formerly the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Product Strategy at Glam Media, Inc., where she led the development of several key products and campaigns that drove significant global ad revenue. Kennedy’s product experience is not just limited to content creation and distribution but also includes several data and social products and partnerships. Prior to Glam, Kennedy spent 7 years at the helm of East Region Digital Sales at Scripps Networks. 

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  • Doug Knopper Co-CEO and Co-Founder, FreeWheel

    Doug Knopper

    FreeWheel’s Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Doug Knopper is responsible for driving the global business initiatives and guiding the company’s mission, values, and strategy. Under Doug’s leadership, FreeWheel has provided technological infrastructure addressing the rising needs of the largest entertainment companies in the world, including ESPN, VEVO, NBC Universal, DirecTV, Turner, AOL and others. Prior to co-founding FreeWheel in 2007, Doug spent six years as SVP/General Manager at DoubleClick in New York and London, responsible for the global ad serving technology group.

Before joining DoubleClick, Doug served as CEO of Bitpass, a leading company in micropayments technology. Prior to that, Doug was a leader at advertising agencies and broadcasting companies, including Lowe and Partners, TBWA/Chiat Day, J. Walter Thompson, and Bonneville Broadcasting.
Named one of "50 Online People to Know" by Media Magazine,  Doug holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan.

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  • Paul Kontonis Executive Director, GOVA & SVP, Strategy and Sales, Collective Digital Studio

    Paul Kontonis

    Paul Kontonis is a 20 year digital media veteran with an industry leading expertise in original digital video programming development, production, distribution and monetization. Paul currently serves as the SVP of Strategy at Collective Digital Studio, one of the largest online talent and multi-channel networks. In 2014, Paul was appointed as the Executive Director of the Global Online Video Association (GOVA), an industry trade group representing the interests of the multi-channel networks in the digital content ecosystem. As Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, Paul breathed life into the industry defining IAWTV Awards in a partnership with largest conference worldwide, CES. As the Vice President, Group Director, Brand Content for The Third Act, at Digitas, Paul helped establish the Digital Content NewFronts as the premier marketplace for connecting brands with original digital content opportunities and has executive produced dozens of web series including successful branded entertainment for Global 100 brands. 

  • Jason Krebs Head of Sales, Maker Studios

    Jason Krebs

    Jason Krebs oversees global advertising for Maker, the world’s largest creator of short form video content. Jason’s previous leadership positions include serving as President, Sales and Marketing for Blip (acquired by Maker), Chief Media Officer at Tremor Video, co-founder of ShortTail Media, Vice President, Interactive at The Condé Nast Media Group and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for

     Jason serves as an advisor to SellerCrowd, Audience Fuel, PadSquad, Sulia and more and is a member of the board of directors at The IRTS. Krebs received his B.S. from West Virginia University and currently resides with his family in New York City.

  • Jackie Kulesza SVP/Group Director, Video, Starcom MediaVest Group

    Jackie Kulesza

    Jackie Kulesza leads Starcom’s Video Center of Excellence, directing video investment and driving future opportunities within the agency's “video is everywhere” strategy.  Kulesza looks across the marketplace holistically and continuously adapts the agency's approach to video investment to reflect the consumer’s continually changing viewership behavior.  As a leading negotiator in the marketplace, she has the ability to break away from the norm and find new pathways to consumers for some of the world’s largest marketers – such as Bank of America, Kellogg’s and Allstate – with a variety of media partners.  By leveraging her high-level media partner relationships, Kulesza has become a key advocate for increased accountability and measurability across all screens.  

  • Kimberly Kyaw Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager, Jaguar Land Rover North America

    Kimberly Kyaw

    Kim Kyaw is Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager for Jaguar Land Rover North America.  She is responsible for the company’s digital communications including creative, media, social media, website, mobile and email. Previously, Ms. Kyaw was at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. where she was responsible for the company’s digital media strategy and planning for general and multicultural markets.  Ms. Kyaw also held a variety of roles in customer relations, strategy and marketing.


    Ms. Kyaw has been quoted in industry and news publications, such as Advertising Age and The Wall Street Journal. She has spoken at various conferences and is a former board member of thinkLA. 

Ms. Kyaw received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. 

  • Jeff Lanctot President and CEO, Mixpo

    Jeff Lanctot

    Jeff is a 14-year agency and ad tech veteran. Prior to Mixpo he held various executive-level positions at aQuantive, the parent company to three digital marketing and technology companies, including Razorfish, now owned by Publicis. His roles at Razorfish included GM, Chief Strategy Officer, and most recently, Chief Media Officer (CMO). As CMO, Jeff had oversight over Razorfish’s global media business and, prior to that, partnerships, investment strategies and international expansion. Jeff is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including a 2013 ad:tech Industry Achievement Award, Advertising Age's Media Maven Award, MEDIAWEEK's Media All-Star award, and B2B Magazine's Best Brightest Media Strategist award. He was also named one of Media Magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Online Advertising and MEDIAWEEK's Top 50 Media Executives.

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  • Stuart Lipson Founding Partner, Leap Media Group

    Stuart Lipson

    Stuart Lipson, Leap Media Group Founding Partner, is trusted and respected for creating and finding new revenue opportunities for media companies leveraging technology capabilities, products and services. His experience includes content production, acquisition, distribution and monetization across television, broadband and mobile platforms. He has held leadership positions within the cable MSO environment, leading technology companies and television commercial film production environments. Stuart created Media Bridges, LLC in 1996 with the explicit mission of helping content, distribution and technology companies extend and enhance their revenue and customer acquisition efforts across emerging technology opportunities. He earned his Masters degree in the Management of Technology from Polytechnic University, his Bachelors degree from the University at Albany and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

  • Andrea Macario Managing Director, Americas,

    Andrea Macario

    Andrea is passionate about technology, innovation and new businesses.

    Most recently he has been a global director at Nokia’s services business responsible for monetization of Nokia’s mapping platform. Other roles in his 7 years’ tenure at Nokia included launching monetization and promotional tools for the developer ecosystem as well as regional sales and channel development roles in Europe, USA and Latin America.

    Andrea started his career in Italy in consulting with Ernst & Young’s e-Business practice, moving on to become a a venture manager in the internet fund MPSnet.

    He holds an Economics BA from University of Torino and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • Moz Miraba Partner and Co-founder, WINDOWSEAT

    Moz Miraba

    Moz Miraba is a partner and co-founder of WINDOWSEAT, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company founded in 2002 that focuses on content creation. Moz manages creative development in original long form programming, live webcasts, and new media projects. Moz began his career in advertising at DDB, and has produced award-winning work for global brands such as Vans, Billabong, Camelbak, Anheuser-Busch and Nike. Most recently, Moz and WINDOWSEAT have produced, a digital entertainment content platform for Quiznos. provides the latest in entertainment, music, art, sports and film.

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  • Jim Nail Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

    Jim Nail

    Jim Nail is a principal analyst at Forrester Research serving marketing leaders and leads Forrester's coverage of online video, the evolution of television advertising, the digital transformation of advertising agencies, and marketing optimization. In his 30-year marketing

    career, Jim has been at the forefront of applying new technology-enabled strategies to marketing. He was an early pioneer of online advertising, joining AdSmart, a startup online ad-serving technology firm, in 1995.

    Jim was a senior analyst at Forrester from 1997 to 2005, advising clients on how to deploy online advertising, email marketing, marketing measurement, and word-of-mouth marketing to improve marketing effectiveness. Before returning to Forrester in 2012, Jim served as chief marketing officer of social media listening platform company Cymfony, pioneering the use of social media as a consumer insight and brand-tracking tool.

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  • Peter Naylor SVP, Advertising Sales, Hulu

    Peter Naylor

    Peter Naylor is the SVP of advertising sales at Hulu responsible for leading the company's advertising sales efforts.


    Before Hulu, Naylor spent almost 12 years at NBC Universal where he held many positions overseeing NBC's entertainment, sports and news digital properties from and to and Naylor also spearheaded the launch of the Universal Audience Platform, NBCU's “first party” programmatic platform.


    Naylor served on the board of The Interactive Advertising Bureau for over 10 years and was chairman of the board in 2012. He was also their first ever Publisher in Residence before joining Hulu in 2014. He similarly served on the board of directors of the Online Publishers' Association for 10 years where he was treasurer from 2010 to 2013. In addition, he was a founding board member of 212, a New York interactive media trade association.


    Before joining iVillage in April 2002, he served as Vice President of Sales for Terra Lycos and started his interactive media sales career in 1996 at Wired Digital, an online pioneer of commercial publishing on the Web. 


    He has also held advertising sales positions with Vanity Fair and Spin magazines back in the dark ages.

  • Chuck Parker VP, Global Media Sales, Brightcove

    Chuck Parker
    An innovative digital media industry leader, Chuck is responsible for driving revenue growth at Brightcove through its worldwide marketing, sales, and partnership efforts. Chuck has held several key executive roles throughout his career, leveraging his deep understanding and knowledge of the broadcast and media industry to successfully lead high performance organizations. 

    Previously, Chuck served as the Chief Revenue Officer for Unicorn Media prior to its acquisition by Brightcove. Prior to Unicorn, Chuck had been deeply involved in digital media in the broadcast, film and home entertainment markets. Chuck spent 15 years at Technicolor in various senior roles, including Chief Commercial Officer, President of the Digital Division, EVP and Managing Director of Home Entertainment International, and Chief Information Officer. 

    Chuck founded the 2nd Screen Society in 2012 and currently chairs the industry body, which is focused on the advancement of the 2nd screen ecosystem. Additionally, he is the non-executive chairman of Sohonet, a company that provides high throughput networking and storage solutions for content creators. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors.
  • Matt Prohaska Principal, Prohaska Consulting

    Matt Prohaska
    Matt Prohaska is a 22-year media veteran and contributor to the growth of digital media and advertising technology since its commercial beginning. Matt's firm has helped more than 35 companies over the past three years and 13 since re-opening the practice four months ago. Most recently as Programmatic Advertising Director at The New York Times, Matt was responsible for all programmatic revenue for the digital properties of The New York Times in display, search, mobile, and video globally. Matt previously served as SVP, Media and Data Solutions for [x+1], CEO, North America for Smartclip, and led AOL’s sales account management team of 160. Matt graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual major from its Newhouse School of Communications and Whitman School of Management.
  • Will Richmond Editor and Publisher, VideoNuze

    Will Richmond

    Will Richmond is president and founder of Broadband Directions LLC, a publishing, consulting and events firm specializing in online video.  Will is editor and publisher of VideoNuze, a widely-followed online publication which provides daily industry analyses and news aggregation for online video decision-makers available at Will also hosts and organizes VideoNuze’s “VideoSchmooze” and Online Video Advertising Summit event series for industry executives.

    Will has worked in the broadband, cable TV, content and Internet/technology industries for over 20 years.  He is an acknowledged thought-leader in the fast-growing online video area whose insights are sought out by C-level executives, venture capitalists, journalists and others.

Earlier in his career, Will worked at Continental Cablevision (then the 3rd largest cable operator), where he was VP Business Development and part of the founding team of Continental's pioneering broadband Internet access service "Highway1".  Subsequently he served as VP Business Development for CMGI's iCast and for Narad Networks.  He was also the founder of, a popular political discussion/community site.

    Will serves on the board of overseers of WGBH and the board of trustees of American Public Television. Will has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Tal Riesenfeld VP, Sales and Co-Founder, Eyeview

    Tal Riesenfeld

    As VP Sales and co-founder of Eyeview, Tal Riesenfeld heads Eyeview’s strategic accounts and executes company positioning and go-to market strategy, driving Eyeview’s 10x sales growth year over year, and leading top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies to utilize Eyeview’s personalized video ad solutions. Prior to Eyeview, Tal held positions in strategic sales and product management at YouTube and Hewlett-Packard. In 2008, Tal won Harvard Business School’s best start-up competition for Eyeview. 


    Tal is a regular speaker at key industry events and was featured as a business leader in the book ‘Startup Nation’. He wrote a Harvard case study on organizational team dynamics – drawing on his experiences as a squad commander of an elite paratroopers unit, and as a leader of a large youth organization. Tal holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

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  • John Rogers SVP of Platform Partnerships, Videology

    John Rogers

    As Videology’s SVP of Platform Partnerships, John Rogers works with publishers on yield management and revenue strategies, while driving publisher acquisitions, integrations and ongoing development in the Revenue Manager platform. Rogers first joined Videology - then TidalTV - in 2008 as the Vice President of Partner Development, where he led content acquisition efforts for


    Prior to his time with Videology, Rogers worked as VP in Publisher Services at for almost five years, overseeing growth publisher development nationally. Rogers also formerly held senior positions at Ninth House, USinternetworking and MCI Telecommunications. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Business and Psychology.

  • Rich Routman Chief Revenue Officer, Sporting News Media

    Rich Routman

    Rich Routman is currently Chief Revenue Officer for Sporting News Media, a PERFORM Group company that owns, the Sporting News (SN) ePlayer and the US and Canadian versions of, and reaches an audience of more than 30 million sports fans each month.   In this role, Routman leads the company's brand and media agency engagement efforts and provides strategic direction in the development and distribution of the company’s owned or controlled media assets.


    Rich previously served as the Founder and EVP for SEASON, a Silver Chalice company. Rich founded this business in November of 2011 and has grown the exclusive video offering through partnerships with rights holders and other national sport governing bodies in concert with some of the U.S.'s top digital marketers and advertisers.


    Prior to joining Silver Chalice, Rich served as Senior Vice President of Digital Sales for XOS Digital.  In this role, Rich launched XOS Digital's media syndication business, a video network with more than 85 million uniques, and the SEC Digital Network, the first ever college conference new media network.  


    Prior to the launch of XOS Digital, Rich served for 5 years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Collegiate Images (CI).  Prior to joining CI, Rich worked at the National Football League's corporate office.  Rich also has developed an extensive legal background after a 2-year stint in mergers and acquisition at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City.


    Rich has three children Matthew, James and Alexandra, and relishes his time with the family or on the golf course.

  • Chris Ruszkowski VP, Advertising and Marketing, Quiznos

    Chris Ruszkowski

    Chris Ruszkowski is Quiznos Vice President of Advertising and Marketing and has been with the company since 2007. Chris oversees the brand's advertising and positioning, and manages strategy for all consumer-facing efforts including in-store experience and digital/social communications. Chris started his advertising career in Chicago at McCann Erikson and Frankel. Chris worked on national brands such as Frito Lay, United States Post Office, Visa and Breckenridge Resort before joining the Quiznos team. He currently lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife and four boys. 

  • Fred Santarpia EVP, Chief Digital Officer, Conde Nast Entertainment

    Fred Santarpia

    Fred Santarpia is executive vice president, chief digital officer (CDO) of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), a division created to develop filmed entertainment businesses based on Condé Nast’s world-class brands, articles and personalities, across all media platforms, including television, feature films and digital video.  


    Prior to joining Condé Nast Entertainment, Mr. Santarpia was general manager of VEVO, the Web’s leading music video and entertainment company. He was part of VEVO’s founding leadership team and served as head of all operations responsible for audience development and video syndication, social media and marketing strategy, revenue operations and VEVO’s original content and programming teams.


    Before VEVO, Mr. Santarpia worked for Universal Music Group, where he held a variety of senior level positions during his tenure (2002–2009) with the company, most recently as vice president, operations and finance at Global Digital Initiatives/elabs. He began his career at Arthur Andersen.


    Mr. Santarpia is a graduate of Villanova University and holds an MS from Boston University.

  • Sachin Sathaye VP, Strategy and Product Marketing, ActiveVideo

    Sachin Sathaye

    Sachin is a visionary marketing executive with extensive experience and recognition in capturing market transitions and new market opportunities in telecom and media industries. Currently Sachin leads ActiveVideo’s product marketing efforts for the flagship software platform of CloudTV.  His focus is on helping service providers, media companies and CE vendors cross the chasm by raising awareness of CloudTV and the application of cloud based rendering of user experiences to solve device and experience fragmentation. 


    Prior to joining ActiveVideo, Sachin held senior management positions during his 14 years at Cisco in marketing, business development and network consulting organization. Sachin was instrumental in developing Cisco’s IP Video vision for the video entertainment market as well as defining shaping and launching Cisco’s Videoscape product line. Most recently Sachin helped Cisco in defining Mobile Video strategy and solution and driving its adoption by wired and wireless operators.


    Prior to that Sachin helped Cisco in taking leadership role in carrier Ethernet market by driving marketing strategy and market adoption of Cisco’s ServiceFlex solution.


    Sachin has a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Pune University.

  • Canaan Schladale-Zink VP, Sales North America, Sizmek

    Canaan Schladale-Zink

    After overseeing an impressive 44% sales growth in 2013 as Regional VP, Canaan Schladale-Zink was promoted to Sizmek’s Vice President of Sales North America in April 2014. An established leader in the digital video ad world, in 2006 Canaan joined EyeWonder, now known as Sizmek, the first company to put streaming video in ads.  A lot has changed since then, but the increasing possibilities for data collection and being able to help advertisers connect to their customers at the right place on the right screen at the right time continue to fuel Canaan’s passion for the digital video ad revolution.

  • Chip Scovic Chief Revenue Officer, TubeMogul

    Chip Scovic

    Chip’s mission at TubeMogul is to continue the company’s rapid revenue growth worldwide and expand the footprint of its programmatic brand marketing platform among the world’s top brands. Prior to TubeMogul, Chip ran Google’s media platforms business for brands and independent agencies, as well as the company’s programmatic buying strategy for brand advertisers. He came to Google via the Teracent acquisition. Prior to Teracent, Chip ran Yahoo! video ad sales and was responsible for launching and managing the Yahoo! Smart Ads retail business. Before his career in digital media, Chip was a criminal prosecutor and practiced law in the State of Delaware.

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  • Katie Seitz VP, Sales Strategy and Product Marketing, Tremor Video

    Katie Seitz

    As Vice President of Sales Strategy and Product Marketing, Seitz is responsible for leading sales strategy and product positioning to help drive revenue. She joined ScanScout in 2010, which was acquired by Tremor Video later that year. Over the last four years she has held a number of roles, including leading the sales planning department and leading the sales planning team. She was an integral member of the team that recently launched Tremor Video’s suite of performance-based pricing models. Seitz joined ScanScout from Mindshare/Maxus where she served as the Digital Planner and then Supervisor on the Church and Dwight account from 2007 to 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.

  • Adam Shlachter Head of Media Activation, DigitasLBi North America

    Adam Shlachter

    Adam Shlachter is Head of Media Activation at DigitasLBi, North America. In this newly-created national role, Shlachter is responsible for developing and overseeing the agency’s approach to key media partnerships and investments, such as DigitasLBi’s pre-NewFront 2014 partnership deal with Google. Adam also leads media for the American Express Global Advertising & Brand Management team, and serves as the New York Media Capability Lead.


    A sought-after industry expert on topics that include cross-channel media, strategic planning and campaign measurement, Adam’s insights have appeared in publications such as Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal, and Digiday, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events. Adam was recently honored as one of Adweek’s 2014 Media All-Stars.


    Shlachter joined DigitasLBi from MEC where he was Managing Partner, Digital Practice Lead. During his tenure at MEC he worked with key U.S. clients including Macy’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, IKEA, Campbell’s, Novartis, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Virgin Atlantic, and also spearheaded MEC’s digital trading initiatives. Prior to joining MEC, Adam spent three years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in various interactive advertising and marketing roles. Earlier in his career, at Lowe & Partners and JWT, Adam worked with a variety of top brands in the interactive space, including Marriott Hotels, Heineken, Amstel Light, Novel and T. Rowe Price. 


    Adam is a member of the AD Club and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Additional accolades include being named to the Board of Directors of the 212 Interactive Advertising Club in 2011, receiving the President Award from the AD Club and being honored by Young Audiences New York for his influence and resource in the digital media industry.


    Adam received his MBA in International Business in 2005 from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.  

  • Chris Smith VP, Emerging Media, Turn

    Chris Smith

    As the VP of Emerging Media, Chris has global responsibility for packaging Turn products and services to provide innovative cross-channel solutions.  He drives product strategy and alignment  with partners to address the programmatic TV, video, mobile, social, and overall branding needs of agencies and marketers.

    Before joining Turn, Chris served as the vice president of video and mobile at Collective, and was responsible for the overall strategy for digital video and mobile products.  He focused on developing innovative digital video and mobile product offerings such as TV Accelerator™. Earlier in his career, Chris was one of the first employees at, a programmatic digital video platform acquired by AOL in 2013. 

  • Jim Spencer President and Founder, Newsy | E.W. Scripps

    Jim Spencer

    Jim Spencer has helped lead several start-up and established Internet companies. Jim was VP of Content and Answers at Ask Jeeves ( where he was responsible for all search queries and helped guide the company to be the 15th most trafficked website and through a successful IPO. Prior to Ask Jeeves, Jim was the GM of News and Information Programming at AOL (news, sports, health, research and international) - advancing the content, business and partnership operations for one of AOL’s major business units. He has a bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. 

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  • Dan Suratt EVP, Digital Media and Business Development, A+E Networks

    Dan Suratt

    Dan Suratt is Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Business Development, A+E Networks.   

    Suratt, who has won six Emmy® Awards, is responsible for all strategic, operational and editorial functions, business development efforts and digital distribution negotiations for A+E Networks, as well as the broadband and mobile elements of A&E, History, H2, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and BIO.  Suratt leads many of A+E Networks’ digital partnerships with content aggregators and other digital delivery services, including Hulu and YouTube.   


    Suratt has led the charge of the TV Everywhere movement for A+E Networks on digital platforms including launches of the HISTORY, Lifetime and A&E apps on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, Roku, Xbox 360, and Apple TV in the past year.  To date, the apps have been downloaded over 13 million times.  Under Suratt’s leadership, A+E Networks tripled site traffic to more than 58 million monthly video views, emerged as a leader in social games with properties like Pawn Stars: The Game – played more than 450 million times on Facebook, established the Lifetime Moms blog network, executed numerous industry-leading social TV campaigns and garnered several Webby Award nominations and an induction into the Apple iPad Hall of Fame.  Suratt was named to Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40 list in 2011, CableFAX’s Digital Hot List in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Broadcasting & Cable’s 2013 Digital All-Star list.


    Prior to joining Lifetime, Suratt was Vice President, Business and New Media Development at NBC Olympics, a position he held through the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, and the 2006 Winter Olympics Games in Torino, Italy. In this role, Suratt was responsible for all of NBC Olympics’ business and new media development opportunities, strategy and operations, including developing partnerships and new media initiatives across media ranging from, Google and to DirecTV, Echostar and TV Guide Channel. He also created both sponsored and non-sponsored programming and branding concepts for on-air execution for NBC Olympics’ ad sales team.


    Suratt joined NBC in 1995 as the lead Production Associate for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He also held positions as Director of Business Development and as Producer for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, and 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Winter Games, he managed and booked the Olympic Medals Plaza musical acts, featuring marquee performances from the Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow and ‘N Sync, and dubbed “the hottest ticket” around by USA Today and Access Hollywood.


    After the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, Suratt worked on the 1997 and 1998 NBA on NBC regular and post-season productions – earning an Emmy for the 1997 NBA on NBC Finals coverage – and the 1997 National League Championship Series and World Series broadcasts. He also developed and executed programming for special events, including the 2001 NBA Finals U2 Live performance and The Weakest Link special episode during halftime. Suratt began his career with the NBA in 1993.


    Suratt graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He serves on the board of the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and acts as an advisor to a number of early stage startups, including Flingo, Broadcastr and Collector’s Quest. He currently lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, with his wife and two sons.

  • Ashley Swartz CEO and Founder, Furious Minds

    Ashley Swartz

    Ashley Swartz’s passion for technology, advertising and media are a reflection of the cloth from which she is cut. Her career has included manufacturing of components, electronics, entrepreneurial start-ups, and running a media practice, all coupled with over 10 years living and working in Europe, Asia and Central America. With a background in finance, she has landed in digital advertising due to her love of technology and ability to navigate and scale new channels to market. She most recently led the iTV practice at Digitas New York and the Global business.


    Leveraging her legacy building scalable advertising solutions in emerging channels like Mobile and Video Games, Ashley founded Furious-Minds to provide, consulting, advisory and monetization strategies for companies whose revenue streams are advertising related or live within the converged ecosystem of iTV. One of the many ambitions for Furious Minds is to be a platform leading by example in an effort to attract and provide support for women in technology, on boards and to acquire funding.


    She lives in NYC and practices what she preaches; in her living room is an HDMI hub, connected to 5 OTT devices and her Samsung Smart TV. The Olympics are the only reason she now has cable again after having cut the cord in June of 2011, and gone without for over a year.

    Ashley is Furious resident den mom.

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  • Jay VanDerzee Head of Media Platforms Sales, Americas, Google

    Jay VanDerzee

    Jay VanDerzee brings almost 20 years of digital media and technology expertise to Google, where he oversees strategy and sales for one of Google’s key Media Platforms groups. Jay is responsible for bringing Google’s latest programmatic advertising solutions to some of the world's most widely recognized brands, advertising agencies and technology partners. He is also deeply involved in product strategy, leading the sales commercialization efforts for AdX Video.


    Prior to joining Googlein 2009, Jay served as VP of Eastern Sales & Business Development for Teracent, a pioneering company in the dynamic creative space. A veteran of the digital media industry and the Silicon Valley startup world, Jay has enjoyed various leadership roles at Yahoo!, Maven Networks, and Excite@Home Network.

  • Julian Zilberbrand EVP, Activation Standards, Insights and Technology, Zenith Optimedia

    Julian Zilberbrand

    Julian Zilberbrand is a well known and respected leader in the digital technology space.  Having worked with some of biggest clients in media including P&G, L'Oreal, Coke and among others he has been a vocal leader for industry change in measurement and tracking on behalf of his clients and his agencies.


    As Executive Vice President, Activation Standards, Insights and Technology Julian Zilberbrand oversees the Analytics and Insights Groups at Zenith Media. Along with these responsibilities Julian also has oversight on Activation standards which encompasses strategic partnerships along with investment standards and structure.  Finally Julian, with a strong background in Operations and Technology helps the organization vet existing and new technology partners, formulate POV's and manage relationships with a vast array of technology partners across media types. In this cross functional role, he is able to enhance Zenith's offering to clients by providing expertise across many of the most challenging needs clients face today in the cluttered measurement and ad tech space.


    Before joining Zenith Julian was Senior Vice President, Global Digital Director, Strategic Partnerships and Technology Solutions at Starcom Mediavest Group. In this role Julian oversaw the systems responsible for activation, implementation and reporting of digital campaigns for clients across the global SMG network.  He was also accountable for identifying new solutions, evaluation and POV's of various technologies and relationship management for most digital technology partners, including contract and pricing negotiations.  Also within this remit was a business affairs roll where the companies US digital T's and C's were managed and negotiated by him and his group.

    Before joining Starcom Mediavest in 2004, Julian held product specialist and client service specialist roles at rich media technology provider Eyeblaster and developed the company's Eyeblaster University training program. Earlier in his career, he worked at Doubleclick as a project manager and technical analyst, where he balanced product development and operational roles while providing support for clients on rich media, third party ad serving, and campaign reporting.

    Julian has helped lead the scaling and implementation of video and mobile ad serving solutions for the companies he has worked for and has been an influencer for change in the industry.  He also serves on multiple industry advisory roles such as the IAB Ad Ops Advisory Board, he is the Chair of the MRC internet Committee and has been a vocal leader with the 3MS Blue Ribbon committee as well as serving in advisory roles for Imedia conferences and other similar industry events and groups.