Day 2 Sessions

Spotlight: Strauss Zelnick and Phil Spencer | Acquire or Die | Monetizing Innovation
Streaming Platforms | Media Disrupted | Amplifying Diverse Voices

Day 1 Sessions

State of the Industry | Keynote with Scott Stuber | Record Labels Today
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Gaming | Producers Roundtable

Spotlight: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick and Xbox Head Phil

More than half of Americans turned to video games during lockdown. Can companies convert casual gamers into long-term customers? Will growth trends continue? Take a deep-dive into the industry with Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick and Xbox head Phil Spencer.

Strauss Zelnick

Chairman & CEO, Take-Two Interactive

Strauss Zelnick is chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive, applying sound financial infrastructure and rigor to enable the industry’s top creative talent to pursue their passions and deliver incredible entertainment experiences for consumers across the world.

Phil Spencer

Head of Xbox & EVP, Gaming, Microsoft

Spencer is accountable for leading Microsoft’s gaming business across all devices and services. With his team and game development partners, Spencer continues to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation and fun across gaming genres, audiences and devices.


Acquire or Die: Navigating the Era of Mega Mergers presented by

Consolidation has reached a fever pitch across the entertainment landscape. After Warner and Discovery, Amazon and MGM and the rise of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, is this the path to sustainability?

Kevin Mayer

Chairman, DAZN Group

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggsare co-CEOs and co-chairs of the SPAC Forest Road Acquisition Corp II. Mayer, former TikTok CEO and Disney exec, was recently named chairman of DAZN Group.

Tom Staggs

Board of Directors, Spotify

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs are co-CEOs and co-chairs of the SPAC Forest Road Acquisition Corp II. Staggs, a former COO and CFO of Disney and Spotify board member, continues to serve as a senior advisor to the SPAC Forest Road.

Faiza Saeed

Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Faiza Saeed is Presiding Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She advises on mergers and acquisitions and is widely recognized within the entertainment industry as a go-to advisor, having worked with clients including Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, Hasbro, DreamWorks and Amblin.

Jeff Sagansky

Partner, Eagle Equity Partners

Over the past 10 years, Jeff Sagansky and his partner Harry Sloan have founded seven special purpose acquisition companies, which acquired and took companies public.

Monetizing Innovation: Science + Creativity in Marketing presented by

When science and strategy are disconnected from creative, brands always lose. Hear from the industry’s top marketing and technology experts who are using data to help studios market their content to the right audiences. Discover how to meet the challenges and opportunities of marketing today.

Elias L. Plishner

EVP, Worldwide Digital Marketing & Data Analytics Sony Pictures Entertainment

Elias Plishner serves as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing & Data Analytics for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He leads a global team responsible for Business Intelligence, Media Planning and Buying, Digital Marketing, Marketing Research and Strategy, Audience and Campaign Data Analytics & Social Media. Plishner has over 25 years of marketing expertise, having worked on over 400 different Sony film marketing campaigns.

Kern Schireson

Chairman & CEO, Known

Kern Schireson is the Chairman and CEO of Known, a modern marketing company that delivers world class science, strategy, and creative in a single integrated offering that helps clients achieve their goals. Known was formed after Schireson Associates – founded by Kern – acquired Blackbird Global and Stun Creative in 2019. From 2015-2019, in addition to his ongoing executive leadership of Schireson Associates, Kern served as Viacom’s Chief Data Officer and Corporate EVP.

Stephen Bruno

CMO, MGM Studios

Stephen Bruno serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc, (MGM) where he oversees global marketing and brand strategy for MGM film and television properties around the world. Prior to MGM, Stephen was VP of Creative Marketing at Netflix for four years and oversaw the global teams who conceptualized, created and executed on the positioning and promotion of Netflix Originals across all verticals.

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter, TheWrap

Anne Kennedy McGuire focuses on motion picture, television, podcasts and digital media as well as traditional and branded entertainment. She represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including evaluating, negotiating and drafting talent, development, production and licensing agreements, primarily for scripted and non-scripted programming, podcasts, as well as documentary films.


Streaming Platforms: What’s Next for Content Distribution in a Fragmented World presented

With audiences accessing content whenever and wherever they want, companies are facing increasingly competitive and uncertain markets.

Paul Presburger 

CEO, Pantelion Films and Pantaya

Presburger has a rich and successful 25+ year history of delivering films, television programming and other content to niche audiences across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. A strong entrepreneur and manager he has been responsible for the launch of Television channels around the world for Sony Pictures and Lionsgate and the founder of several successful Entertainment content companies.

Jennifer Vaux

Jennifer Vaux, Director, Content Acquisition, The Roku Channel

Jennifer Vaux oversees content strategy, acquisition, programming and scheduling for the ad-supported component of Roku’s owned and operated channel, The Roku Channel. She is responsible for sourcing and executing innovative programming acquisition deals across a range of content and business models. She works to license content for The Roku Channel in United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Pato Spagnoletto

CMO, Discovery+

Pato joined Discovery as the company scaled its recently launched subscription streaming service, discovery+, globally. Spagnoletto plays a key leadership role in establishing discovery+ as a must-have service for consumers around the world. Spagnoletto most recently served as Head of Marketing for Hulu, where he oversaw the company’s marketing efforts and was critical in the impressive subscriber growth across both the SVOD and live TV businesses.

Danny Fisher

CEO, FilmRise

A veteran film and television producer, financier and distributor, Danny Fisher co-founded FilmRise, a leading film and TV distribution studio and streaming network.  Danny developed a proprietary data analytics methodology that measures viewer demand for content.  This resulted in Danny growing FilmRise from the basement of his Brooklyn residence in 2012 to the largest third party provider of content to streaming platforms today.

Tim Baysinger

Senior TV Reporter, TheWrap

Susanna Pollack is a cross-sector leader, public speaker, and social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in building successful initiatives to advance ambitious public goals through traditional and interactive media. As President of Games for Change, Susanna leads the organization including the annual Games for Change Festival, the largest industry-facing gaming event in New York, dubbed by national media as “the Sundance of video games.”


Media Disrupted: How Tech is Driving New Platforms & Services

With no limit on the kinds of stories that can be told, traditional media companies and creators are facing new challenges as they navigate new business models and technology transitions. Join a conversation with Audible, FaZe Clan and more to learn how these emerging platforms are redefining the future of the industry.

Ross Gerber

President & CEO, Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management

Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. Ross oversees Gerber Kawasaki’s corporate and investment management operations as well as serves individual clients. Ross has become one of the most influential investors on social and traditional media. His investment ideas and advice have made him a regular in global business news as well on many of the most popular podcasts.

Kai Henry

Chief Strategy Officer, FaZe Clan

As Chief Strategy Officer, Kai Henry is integral in expanding and steering the creative hub within FaZe Clan that informs all strategic decisions companywide. His role ensures the incredibly important connective tissue between the business and the brand, maintaining synergy between commerce and culture, and working closely alongside the founding members of FaZe Clan who lead all creative decision making for the organization.

Rachel Ghiazza

EVP, Head of US Content, Audible

Stephen Bruno serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc, (MGM) where he oversees global marketing and brand strategy for MGM film and television properties around the world. Prior to MGM, Stephen was VP of Creative Marketing at Netflix for four years and oversaw the global teams who conceptualized, created and executed on the positioning and promotion of Netflix Originals across all verticals.

Anne Kennedy McGuire

Partner, Loeb & Loeb

Anne Kennedy McGuire focuses on motion picture, television, podcasts and digital media as well as traditional and branded entertainment. She represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including evaluating, negotiating and drafting talent, development, production and licensing agreements, primarily for scripted and non-scripted programming, podcasts, as well as documentary films.

Amplifying Diverse Voices in Hollywood

As an industry, Hollywood has been saying the right things when it comes to improving diversity, but now it’s time to start implementing structural change.

E. Brian Dobbins

Executive Producer, “Black-Ish”

E. Brian Dobbins is a talent/literary manager at Artists First, where he serves as co-president. With a roster that includes Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ross, Tracy Oliver, Niecy Nash and Jon M. Chu, Dobbins has expanded his career to also include producing content. Dobbins is currently the executive producer of “Black-Ish,” “Mixed-Ish” and “Grown-Ish.”

Olivia Charmaine Morris

Founder & CEO, Black Monarch Entertainment

As the Founder & CEO of Black Monarch Entertainment, Olivia is an artist and an activist that has dedicated herself to a lifelong pursuit of creating entertainment media that empowers, amplifies, and celebrates “otherness.” Olivia is the 2019 Shadow & Act Executive Rising Award recipient, honoring her commitment to creating spaces for community and eliminating barriers to the entertainment industry.

Marja-Lewis Ryan

Showrunner, “The L Word: Generation Q”

Marja-Lewis Ryan is the showrunner, executive producer, and director of Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q.” Praised for its vibrant depiction of the contemporary LGBTQ+ scene across Los Angeles, the success of the first season led to Ryan signing an overall deal with Showtime to continue developing projects exclusively for the network. 

Carmen Carrera

Actress & Transgender Activist

Carmen Carrera is a model, actress, television personality, Latinx transgender icon and activist who is best recognized for her monumental work as a an outspoken trailblazer in the Latinx and trans communities.

Deon Taylor

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Hidden Empire Film Group

Deon Tayloris the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Empire Film Group. Most recently Taylor directed, wrote and produced “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2,” starring Snoop Dogg and Danny Trejo, which opened in theaters June 11 as the #1 comedy in America and held the top-10 box office for 3 weeks straight. His additional upcoming projects include Lionsgate’s “Free Agents” and MGM’s “Blackula.” 

Manjari Makijany

Writer, Director & Producer

Writer, director and producer Manjari Makijany’s debut feature “Skater Girl” is a Netflix original coming of age sports-drama and India’s first skateboarding feature. Her second feature, “Spin” is Disney’s first film with an Indian-American lead. The live-action narrative follows ‘Rhea,’ an Indian American teen whose journey of self-discovery empowers her to find her true passion of creating music infused with her South Asian culture.

Sanjay M. Sharma

Founder & CEO, Marginal MediaWorks, Inc.

Sanjay Sharma is the founder and CEO of Marginal MediaWorks.  MARGINAL is a premium content studio focused on popular storytelling genres from outsider voices, across all formats – film, television, animation, interactive series and premium podcasts.

Samata Narra

SVP, Equity & Inclusion, Content Strategy, WarnerMedia

Samata Narra is responsible for building innovative tools and creative solutions to help facilitate the advancement of diversity in our storytelling globally. Prior to joining the company in April of last year, she was senior vice President of Comedy Development and Current Programming for FOX.