TheGrill is pleased to welcome exciting new speakers to this year’s conference including two of the most prominent technology investors: Chris Sacca, the founder and chairman of Lowercase Capital and Jesse Jacobs, president of The Chernin Group.
Sacca and Jacobs will join a discussion about financing innovation. Sacca, who this year made the cover of Forbes’ Midas issue, will address his involvement in building new media giants like Twitter and Instagram, while Jacobs will discuss Chernin’s investments in entertainment properties including Fullscreen and Otter Media, their OTT video partnership with AT&T.
TheGrill also for the first time welcomes live coverage of the conference on CNBC with senior media and entertainment correspondent Julia Boorstin. Boorstin will also moderate at TheGrill.
TheGrill, the industry’s leading conversation about the convergence between Entertainment, Media and Technology, takes place at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel on October 5-6. These speakers join an incredible line-up for the two-day conference, just over two weeks away, including Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer and A+E Networks President and CEO Nancy Dubuc. See the full list of speakers here.
Chris Sacca, 39, is one of the youngest self-made billionaires in the United States today. Sacca is the Founder and Chairman of Lowercase Capital, believed to be the most successful venture fund in history. A former Google executive, Sacca is best known for being among the earliest and largest investors in companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter. His impact in the realm of technology and entrepreneurship led the Wall Street Journal to cite him as “possibly the most influential businessman in America.”
Jesse Jacobs is President of The Chernin Group, which manages, invests in and operates businesses in the media, entertainment and consumer internet industries. Jacobs also serves on the boards of Fullscreen, a leading youth media and online video company; Crunchyroll, a leading online subscription video on demand company; Otter Media, The Chernin Group’s OTT video partnership with AT&T; and Headspace, and leading mindfulness and meditation company. Prior to joining The Chernin Group, Jacobs was a senior member of the Media, Entertainment and Sports team at Goldman Sachs focusing on advisory, financing, and investing activities.
Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC’s media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC’s Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. In addition, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000, covering a wide range of stories on everything from media companies to retail to business trends. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.
Today’s group of industry leaders join previously announced speakers including Grazer and Dubuc, Condé Nast Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff, Box CEO Aaron Levie, long-time Viacom executive Van Toffler, YouTube’s Robert Kyncl, Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz, Whalerock Industries’ Lloyd Braun, Awesomeness TV’s Brian Robbins, REDEF CEO Jason Hirschhorn, CAA’s Brian Weinstein and Evolution Media co-Founder Rick Hess.