Doug Scott President & Founder of OgilvyEntertainment With over 20 years of integrated marketing experience, Doug Scott has created groundbreaking branded content programs and landmark collaborations for the world's leading brands, including DuPont (The Horizons Project on BBC World News), IBM (Solutions for a Smarter Planet film series on Huffington Post), and Hellmann’s (Bringing the Best Together with Mario Batali) in addition to American Express, Lenovo, Nestle and Philips. Doug is a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Creative Council and has been recognized by AdWeek as one of the top 50 most influential executives in the media and entertainment industry (awarded #11 in 2013 and #14Read More
Avi Savar, Big Fuel Chairman, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Big Fuel, a pure-play social media agency designed for the needs of large brands. Since 2004, Big Fuel has helped brands navigate the world of social media and branded content. Today, Big Fuel is the largest pure-play social media agency globally -- with over 100 employees and clients that include Burger King, AFLAC, Best Buy T-Mobile, Starwood, Microsoft, Clorox, Children's Place, Budweiser, among others. In June 2011, Avi led Big Fuel to a successful acquisition by French media giant Publicis Groupe, giving Big Fuel a global footprint and making it the mostRead More
Kirk Cheyfitz CEO, Story Worldwide CEO and chief storyteller of Story Worldwide, the path-breaking content advertising agency, Kirk is a pioneer in non-traditional advertising and content, an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and entrepreneur. In a wide-ranging media career, Kirk has been assistant director for 20th Century Fox in Europe, a newspaper and magazine journalist and publisher, a senior advertising executive and a serial entrepreneur. Kirk was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting at the Detroit Free Press and for the National Magazine Award, among many national and regional journalism honors. He has two children and lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife,Read More
Troy Young, President of Heart Magazines Digital Media Troy Young is president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Young oversees the digital content, technology, operations, revenue, product and business development strategies for the magazine division’s 26 online brands, which total more than 60 million unique visitors and 640 million page views monthly. Hearst Magazines Digital Media manages 26 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com, a food site in partnership with MSN; MisQuinceMag.com; and RealBeauty.com. Prior to Hearst, Young, a digital mediaRead More
Philippe von Borries, CEO and Co-founder, Refinery29 CEO Philippe von Borries co-founded Refinery29 with Justin Stefano from a kitchen in Brooklyn in 2005, to help people discover and define their personal style by connecting and refining the world of style. Philippe leads the Refinery29 product, marketing and commerce teams as well as oversees strategic direction of its content strategy which has been the driving force for the company's tremendous growth and has made Refinery29 a prominent distribution channel for advertisers. Philippe got his start in digital media working at The Globalist, a DC-based international affairs startup. He graduated with a degree in history from Columbia University.
Lauren Connolly Executive Vice President Executive Creative Director BBDO New York Lauren is an Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at BBDO New York. Along with her partner Tim Bayne, she oversees the TotalWork global creative for M&M'S MARS, Mountain Dew, Lowe's Home Improvement and several pro bono accounts. Lauren began her career as a Junior Copywriter at MARC Advertising in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to BBDO New York in 2000. Since joining the agency, her work has been globally recognized for its creativity and effectiveness—from creating iconic M&M'S characters who would star in the most popular Super Bowl ad on YouTube,Read More
Michal Pasternak is Chief Experience Officer at Huge, where she oversees one of the world's largest and most talented UX teams. She has driven the creation of user-friendly experiences on many of the agency's most prominent e-commerce and media engagements. Michal joined Huge in 2004 as one of the company's first interaction designers and has been instrumental in growing the company's User Experience and Strategy practices. She also helped develop Huge School, a discipline-specific, paid apprenticeship program designed to give talented individuals the skills required to be successful in a career at Huge. Previously, Michal worked at IDEO and Applied Materials,Read More
Ben Dietz SVP, Head of Sales, VICE Media Ben Dietz is SVP, Head of Sales for VICE Media. Ben began his career in the music business at Sony Music. He joined VICE in 2004 after a stint as executive producer at Heavy.com, and has spent the last decade working with brands to utilize VICE's unique point of view to reach 18-34 year olds around the world directly and authentically.
Evan Ratliff is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Atavist, a media and software company that produces Creatavist, a digital storytelling tool, and The Atavist, a publication of original, award-winning digital nonfiction. The author of two bestselling nonfiction novellas for The Atavist, Evan’s writing also appears in The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He is a three-time finalist for a National Magazine Award, twice as a writer and once as an editor. On the side, he is the story editor of Pop-Up Magazine,one of the most successful live literary events in America, and the co-host of the LongformRead More
As the Creative Director of The New Republic, Dirk has supervised the rebranding of this nearly 100-year-old title on politics and the arts, working alongside Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to redesign print, web and tablet components. Before joining this brand, he was the Creative Director of the Newsweek Daily Beast Co., where he recently received a gold medal from The Society of Publication Designers for the relaunched Newsweek tablet app. He has served in similar roles at Blender, Maxim, Key, the New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Play, The New York Times Sports Magazine, Premiere and Anthropologie. His work has alsoRead More