CFX Live

Not Your Ordinary Conference
Wednesday March 25, 2015
Hudson Theatre, NYC

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Who's Taking the Stage?

Who's Taking the Stage?

Playbill / Conference Agenda

Playbill / Conference Agenda

Who's Attending?

Who's Attending?

Conference Benefits / Reviews

Conference Benefits / Reviews

The Hudson Theatre

The Hudson Theatre

About the Producer

About the Producer

Not Your Ordinary Conference. Not Your Ordinary Speakers. Not Your Ordinary Stage.

Spend the day with Cablefax and your industry colleagues at CFX Live to get energized with thought-provoking presentations and panels and invigorating topics that will get you thinking differently about how cable, broadband and home entertainment services mesh with larger consumer trends both now and in the future.
This unique conference will bring together some of the best minds in the TV and entertainment business on March 25 for a day that will change the way you think about your business and your role in it. CFX Live will offer some focused onstage Q&As and an industry panel to deep dive into specific issues facing the business.
CFX Live also features about a dozen introspective "talks" by people we feel have something important to say. Each presentation will outline big ideas— we’ve asked each speaker to really hone in on issues important to our audience. Plus, you’ll get a rush of new, fresh ideas during our Brainstormify sessions and connect with colleagues familiar and new!
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The Cast of Thought Leaders:

Angie Britt

Angie Britt

VP, Advanced Products, CTAM

The TV Everywhere Show: A New Look at the Multiplatform Evolution
This is one talk show you don’t want to miss as we gain new perspective on the future of TV Everywhere and multiplatform content. Expert guests from CTAM, A+E Networks and more will give us their take on this changing TV ecosystem and how multiple screens present both opportunity and tough choices for cable networks, distributors and content producers. How can both traditional and emerging content players leverage TVE into an even more crucial cog within the overall business strategy? What challenges remain in terms of educating consumers, working out rights issues and perfecting the technology? And how can everyone work together to take TVE to the next level?

Ann Carlsen

Ann Carlsen

Principal, Carlsen Resources

10 Career Tips for the New TV Ecosystem
Veteran headhunter Ann Carlsen will debunk career myths and outline new success strategies designed to maximize your potential even as TV content flows across multiple screens. It’s not just what you know. Or who you know. In the new TV economy, the most successful executives are those who embrace change, remain nimble and ultimately refuse to let themselves get comfortable.

Ryan Hunter

Ryan Hunter

Author, Coloring For Grownups

New Media: Old Media for a New Generation (of Future Old People)
When does 'new media' cease to become new? As digital platforms and stars continue to collide and cross-pollinate with more traditional institutions, a truly new establishment quietly lays the foundation for the future. Viral video creator and humor book author Ryan Hunter will bring into focus the perpetually blurring line between new and old, and lay out a vision for what happens when the line disappears completely.

Jake Katz

Jake Katz

VP, Audience Insights & Strategies Revolt TV

Code of Content: Marketing in a Post Millennial Media Landscape
REVOLT’s “Code of Content” research study uncovers some intriguing insights into how teens and 20-somethings behave across media platforms. In this thought-provoking presentation, Katz will share what the network has learned about best practices in cross platform content marketing, including cultural insights about how media can help with the work of growing up, as well as perspective on how timeless developmental themes manifest themselves in new media behaviors we see today.

Doug Jacobs

Doug Jacobs

Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

"Now known, or shall hereafter be invented, throughout the universe" (… or what does a lawyer know about OTT, anyway?)
It seems hardly a week goes by that another media company doesn’t announce its plans to launch an “over-the-top” (“OTT”) content distribution service (e.g., HBO Go, Sling TV, CBS, PlayStation Vue). And while the appeal of such a direct-to-consumer play has significant advantages for content owners and aggregators, such an arguably radical move carries with it a number of challenges and risks. What should a content owner or programmer consider when contemplating such a venture? What legal and business issues must be addressed in the short, medium and long term? Given his decades of experience as a General Counsel to cable networks, Doug Jacobs will share some of his thoughts on the risks and opportunities of OTT.

Jeff Joseph

Jeff Joseph

Consumer Electronics Association

The Revolution May Not Be Televised
Video content distribution and discovery is in flux as technology continues to disrupt traditional viewing habits. Consumer Electronics Association SVP Jeff Joseph will provide an overview of new research from CEA that provides insights into how consumers are finding, receiving and viewing programming and will showcase related trends from the 2015 International CES, produced by CEA.

Michael L. LaJoie

Michael L. LaJoie

Partner, Jinsei 2.0
Your Morning Primer with Mike LaJoie
Join us as we extract endless wisdom from the mind of technology expert Mike LaJoie, whose 20-year stint as Time Warner Cable’s top techie helped transform cable into the technology powerhouse it is today. This wide-ranging discussion will cover everything from the industry’s current challenges to its future possibilities, including telemedicine, Big Data and beyond.
Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons

Vice President, Product Management, DirecTV

The TV Everywhere Show: A New Look at the Multiplatform Evolution
This is one talk show you don’t want to miss as we gain new perspective on the future of TV Everywhere and multiplatform content. Expert guests from DirecTV, A+E Networks and more will give us their take on this changing TV ecosystem and how multiple screens present both opportunity and tough choices for cable networks, distributors and content producers. How can both traditional and emerging content players leverage TVE into an even more crucial cog within the overall business strategy? What challenges remain in terms of educating consumers, working out rights issues and perfecting the technology? And how can everyone work together to take TVE to the next level.

Steve Meyer

Steve Meyer

Comcast

A Demanding Chat with Comcast’s Steve Meyer
We’ll sit down with Comcast Executive Director of Strategy and Business Operations for the Video Business as he delves into VOD viewing trends related to Xfinity On Demand and how these insights are helping to shape the future of TV. You won’t want to miss this eye-opening session.

Bryan Neider

Bryan Neider

SVP, Electronic Arts

5 Lessons on Audience Engagement From Gaming You Must Hear!
What can the TV business learn from the $100 billion dollar gaming industry? Plenty. In this intriguing talk, you'll hear some new, amazing facts about the size and growth of gaming, along with the lessons that gaming companies have learned about how to find, engage and retain their audiences and the implications and applications for TV audiences.

Elizabeth Hendricks North

Elizabeth Hendricks North

President, CuriosityStream

The Evolution of Factual from TV to Digital
Thirty years ago, Elizabeth North's father, John Hendricks, started the Discovery Channel and changed the face of television. North will offer new perspective about the evolution of factual entertainment, where it fits into the new paradigm of television and future business models for success.

Linda Ong

Linda Ong

Principal, TruthCo.

The New World of TV… From the Consumer Perspective
Everyone's talking about the "Future of TV,” but what does that mean to the consumer whose tastes, expectations and decisions are all influenced by an infinite array of content choices literally at their fingertips? The answers may surprise you.

Seth Porges

Seth Porges

Seeking: Surprise

Seeking: Surprise
From dangerous amusement parks to sunken treasure, journalist and entrepreneur Seth Porges has made a career out quixotic journeys into the bizarre and the forgotten. In this talk, he will walk viewers through his most outrageous adventures in media, with the surprising lessons he learned from putting himself in places nobody else bothered to waste their time looking.

Douglas Rosen

Douglas Rosen

VP, Partnerships, TV Everywhere, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal

The TV Everywhere Show: A New Look at the Multiplatform Evolution
This is one talk show you don’t want to miss as we gain new perspective on the future of TV Everywhere and multiplatform content. Expert guests from A+E Networks, NBCUniversal and more will give us their take on this changing TV ecosystem and how multiple screens present both opportunity and tough choices for cable networks, distributors and content producers. How can both traditional and emerging content players leverage TVE into an even more crucial cog within the overall business strategy? What challenges remain in terms of educating consumers, working out rights issues and perfecting the technology? And how can everyone work together to take TVE to the next level.

Charles Segars

Charles Segars

CEO, Ovation/Advisor to DreamWorks Animation

A Hollywood Sitdown with Charles Segars
Ovation CEO Charles Segars is an entertainment veteran who has straddled both the feature film and television sides of the business. As a Hollywood producer, Segars worked with legendary filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer to bring The Walt Disney Co's National Treasure to the screen. And as a senior television exec, he worked at Dreamworks Television and CBS Television. These days, he’s also an expert on the digital side as an advisor to Machinima and DreamWorks Animation, which now owns Awesomeness TV. Join us as we get Segars’ take on how the content rules are changing faster than ever—and how we can all thrive in this evolving TV ecosystem.

Esther Weinberg

Esther Weinberg

Leadership Expert, Mindlight Group

Driving the Bus of Change: How to PACE Change and Move from Insanity to Innovation
The media industry is on a road trip of transformation MANIA. Most companies didn’t think they would be competing against a bookseller or a DVD mail order business. It’s a fiercely new competitive environment, and the faster you acclimate and embrace change the sooner you will be the innovative leader of today. Leadership and change expert Esther Weinberg shares 4 strategies on how to pace change to create culture shifts that result in higher employee engagement, loyalty and innovation.

Tania Yuki

Tania Yuki

Founder & CEO, Shareablee

Best Practices in Social Video
As social video engagement on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram continues to rise, some savvy programmers and operators are owning all the time action and time spent. How should we be crafting, positioning and distributing video to maximize impact on the increasingly cluttered social web? What kinds of trends are driving success, and what does the future hold? In this presentation, social media expert Tania Yuki will review best practices for video when promoting TV content, as well as shed light on how video is transforming social communications.

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