A one-on-one conversation between Conan O'Brien and Piers Morgan highlights the Wednesday General Meeting.
Jeff Bewkes is Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2009, having served on the Board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the Company in January 2008.
Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bewkes served as Time Warner's President and COO from January 2006 to December 2007 and as Chairman of the Entertainment and Networks group from July 2002 to December 2005. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Mr. Bewkes served as Chairman and CEO of HBO from May 1995 to July 2002, and as President and COO of HBO from September 1991 to May 1995.
Mr. Bewkes serves on the Boards of Yale University, the Partnership for New York City, Deerfield Academy and on the advisory boards for The George Washington University Law School, The Creative Coalition, The Paley Center for Media, and is a member of The Business Council.
Mr. Bewkes has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Patrick (Pat) Esser is president of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6 million residential and commercial customers.
Mr. David Hill has been a Senior Executive Vice-President of News Corp. since July 2012. Mr. Hill serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG), at Fox Cable Network Inc. Mr. Hill serves as an Advisor of DirecTV Group Inc. He serves as the President of Fox Sports Networks Inc. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Arrow Dynamics, Inc. He serves as an Executive Officer of Fox Networks Group.
He served as the President of DIRECTV Entertainment Group, an operating group of DirecTV Group Inc., and was responsible for all its aspects that define the content and consumer viewing experience. Mr. Hill served as the North American Regional Controller for NuSkin International, inc. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Sportsnuts Inc.
Prior to joining DIRECTV in April 2005, Mr. Hill served as Chief Executive Officer of Fox Sports Television Group at Fox Entertainment Group, Inc., since June 1999, served as the Chairman and Chief executive Officer of Fox from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Hill joined Fox Broadcasting Company in December 1993, and served as President of Fox Sports, a Division of Fox Television, from 1993 to 1999 and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Sports Networks from 1996 to 1997. From 1996 to 1997, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Fox Television and was chiefly responsible for the creation of its powerful sports broadcasting division including Fox Sports Net.
He has five years of auditing and accounting experience with Deloitte & Touche, serving clients in the banking, manufacturing, and retail industries. Mr. Hill has been Chairman of Fox Sports Networks Inc. since 1996. He has been a Director of OPEN Sports Network Inc., since July 2009. He serves as Director of Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG). He served as a Director of STATS LLC since March 31, 2009. He served as Director of Fox Sports Television Group.
He was named outstanding accounting student of the year by the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, receiving the highest score in the State of Utah on the Certified Public Accountant exam. Mr. Hill holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, graduating summa cum laude.
Phil Kent is chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). He is responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids and sports networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries.
Kent was named to his current role in February 2003. Earlier, he served as president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group, where he oversaw a strategic reorganization of the news division. His career at TBS, Inc. also includes broad international experience as president of Turner Broadcasting System International (TBSI), the division overseeing Turner's business activity outside the United States. At the helm of TBSI, Kent led a regionalization strategy that introduced local-language versions of CNN and the Turner entertainment networks around the globe, further strengthening the company's position in critical international markets.
Kent joined Turner Broadcasting in 1993 as president of Turner Home Entertainment, the former division comprised of the company's home video, new media, licensing & merchandising, international theatrical distribution and book publishing operations. Previously he spent six years with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as a packaging agent in that company's television department. In 1981, he helped launch Blair Entertainment, the television syndication division of John Blair & Co., where he began his career.
Kent earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics at Lehigh University. He serves on the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; is a past chair of the board of trustees of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center; is a member of the Dean's executive board of UCLA's School of Theatre, Film & Television; and serves on the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
David Levy is president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), overseeing the company's leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, kids and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Additionally, he leads advertising sales strategy and operations, affiliate sales, programming acquisitions, marketing promotion, interactive television and technology business development for the domestic Turner businesses, as well as CNN and HLN's ad sales and affiliate sales and Turner Sports' programming acquisitions, production, marketing, league relations and sports ad sales.
Known to United States viewers primarily for his role as a former judge on NBC's No.1-rated America's Got Talent and as the winner of Celebrity Apprentice, Morgan has had a long career in journalism in the United Kingdom as a newspaper editor and, more recently, as the host of the popular television interview program Piers Morgan's Life Stories. He is now bringing his penetrating interview style and gift for unearthing the surprising detail to American television and to CNN viewers around the globe with his primetime interview show, â€œPiers Morgan Tonight.â€
Morgan began his career as a reporter for The Wimbledon News and then as a columnist at The Sun. In 1994, when Morgan was 28 years old, Rupert Murdoch appointed him the youngest ever editor of the News of the World, and the youngest national newspaper editor in Britain for 50 years. Two years later he moved to the Daily Mirror, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1995 until 2004. The paper won numerous journalistic awards including Newspaper of the Year at the prestigious British Press Awards in 2002 for its coverage of 9/11. After his controversial departure from the Mirror, Morgan went on to become a best-selling author, a regular media columnist, and host of his own interview programs on the BBC and ITV, as well as appear as a judge alongside Simon Cowell on the No.1-rated show Britain's Got Talent.
After leaving the Daily Mirror, Morgan began writing a monthly interview column for GQ magazine where he interviewed some of the biggest names in global entertainment and politics. In 2004, he moved into television, co-hosting a Channel 4 current affairs show, Morgan & Platell, and two BBC interview shows, Tabloid Tales and You Can't Fire Me I'm Famous. In 2008, Morgan joined ITV, where he hosted a documentary travelogue show called Piers On!, reporting from cities including Shanghai, Las Vegas and Dubai. He also developed a new talk show, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, where he conducts one-on-one intimate and lengthy sit-down interviews with celebrities, business and political leaders, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It has been consistently the No. 1-rated talk show in Britain for the last two years.
In September 2010, CNN announced that Morgan will host a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program on the network. "Piers Morgan Tonight," premiered on January 17th 2011 and airs weeknights on CNN/U.S. at 9 pm ET/PT and also airs worldwide on CNN International in more than 200 countries and territories.
He will also continue to write his two regular columns for the Mail on Sunday newspaper, and also provides regular columns to CNN.com.
Morgan is based in New York, and will also work from Los Angeles and London.
With “a comic identity as distinctive as his name,” according to The New York Times, Conan O’Brien has firmly established himself in the late night comedy universe. Hailed by The Washington Post as “modest, wry, self-effacing and demonstrably the most intelligent of the late-night comics,” O’Brien’s unique brand of comedy has earned Conan the title “Late Night’s King of Cool” from Entertainment Weekly.
A Harvard graduate and two-time president of the venerable and notorious Harvard Lampoon, O’Brien moved to Los Angeles upon graduation and joined the writing staff of HBO’s “Not Necessarily the News.” During his two years with the show, he performed regularly with several improvisational groups, including The Groundlings.
By 1988 his talents had come to the attention of Lorne Michaels, executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” who hired O’Brien as a writer in January of that year. His three-and-a-half years on the show produced such recurring sketches as “Mr. Short-Term Memory” and “The Girl Watchers” (first performed by Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz). In 1989 his work on “SNL” was recognized with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series.
In the spring of 1991, O’Brien left “SNL” and wrote and produced a TV pilot, “Lookwell,” starring Adam West. It was telecast on NBC in July of that year but was not picked up as a series. That fall O’Brien signed on as a writer/producer for the Fox series, “The Simpsons,” where he later became the show’s supervising producer. Of all the episodes he wrote, his favorite is “Springfield Gets a Monorail.”
On April 26, 1993, Lorne Michaels selected O’Brien to succeed David Letterman as the new host of “Late Night” on NBC. According to Michaels, O’Brien was selected from among the many talented potential hosts of “Late Night” for his particular and unique mix of “vitality, wit and intelligence”.
From 1993 to 2009, O’Brien combined his talents as writer, performer and interviewer as host of “Late Night,” which The Boston Globe dubbed, “the most consistently funny and original show on late night”. During his years at “Late Night”, O’Brien and his team were consistently honored with Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series and, in 2007, the “Late Night” writing team won their first Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series after ten years of nominations. O’Brien and the “Late Night” writing staff also won six Writer’s Guild Awards for Best Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series, including two consecutive wins in 2002 and 2003 and 12 nominations overall.
In 2002, O’Brien brought his signature wit and style to his hosting duties on the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, garnering big laughs and critical acclaim, delivering “one of the funniest opening monologues in Emmy history” according to The Los Angeles Times. He returned to host the 58th Annual Emmys in 2006, captivating the crowd with filmed pieces and a full-tilt song-and-dance number that prompted many critics to call for O’Brien to be named “Emmy Host for Life.”
In May of 2008 it was announced that O’Brien was going to hand the reigns of “Late Night” over to Jimmy Fallon as he was going to take over hosting duties for “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno in a deal that NBC worked out in with Conan in 2004. On June 1, 2009, Will Ferrell became Conan's first guest on the couch, and Pearl Jam appeared as the first musical guest with O'Brien as host. O'Brien made his final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show” on January 22, 2010.
On April 12, 2010 Conan hit the road, launching his aptly titled comedy road show, the “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour”. The two-month 30-city tour sold out on nearly every location. Along with starting the tour that day, Conan also announced via Twitter that he had agreed with the cable network TBS, the comedy-oriented cable channel in the Turner network lineup to launch a brand new talk show. The show, appropriately titled “CONAN”, premiered on November 8th, 2010.
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, O’Brien is married with two children and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Darren Rovell is CNBC's Sports Business Reporter. He is responsible for both analyzing and reporting on the sports business world on all of CNBC's programming including "Squawk Box," "Power Lunch" and "Street Signs." He is also author of the "Sports Biz" blog on CNBC.com.
Since joining CNBC in July 2006, Rovell has interviewed many of the world's greatest athletes including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong. Other interview subjects also include the sporting world's top power brokers including NBA Commissioner David Stern, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, Major League Baseball President and COO Bob DuPuy, super agent Scott Boras, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Nike CEO Mark Parker and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Rovell reported and anchored the CNBC primetime documentary "Swoosh! Inside Nike," which took viewers through the company's history to the factory floors in Vietnam. It was nominated for an Emmy. He also anchored other primetime documentaries, including "Inside Track: Refueling the Business of NASCAR," "As Seen on TV," an in-depth look at the infomercial business, "Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising" and "Business Model: Inside the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue." Rovell won an Emmy for his contribution to NBC's 2008 Election coverage.
Rovell doesn't just report, he does. He finished the New York Marathon in 2004, the same year he ate six hot dogs and buns at a hot dog eating qualifier. He finished fifth in the world in the World Championship of Watermelon Seed Spitting in Luling, Texas in 2005, and scored one point in a two-minute stint for the Washington Generals at Madison Square Garden in 2008. He is also on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list, has searched for golf balls in the water of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass and has been tutored by the Dallas Mavericks free throw coach. In February of 2008, when Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Phoenix Suns, he gave Shaq the idea to call himself "The Big Cactus." In 2009, he played then No. 2 ranked Andy Murray in a game a tennis and sat in Kyle Busch's car during the Pennzoil Burnout Competition at the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte.
Prior to joining CNBC, Rovell served as sports business writer for ESPN.com and reported on the world of agents, stadium deals, endorsements and contracts on ESPN's flagship, "SportsCenter," its investigative show, "Outside the Lines," and had weekly segments on ESPNEWS.
Rovell is also the author of two business books. First In Thirst: How Gatorade Turned The Science of Sweat Into A Cultural Phenomenon and On the Ball: What You Can Learn About Business From America's Sports Leaders. First In Thirst was named by Soundview Summaries as one of the top 30 business books of the year, while On the Ball, co-written with industry insider David Carter, was named to the Top 25 list of "What Corporate America Is Reading" by the Knight Ridder/Tribune News.
In 2004 and 2007, Rovell was named to Newsbios' "30 under 30," a list of the top 30 national business reporters under the age of 30. He is the only sports reporter in the two-decade history of the awards to have been honored.
Rovell graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he is on the advisory board for graduate programs in sports administration.
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2013, Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. With more than 20 years experience in the home entertainment business, Ted is recognized as a key innovator in the acquisition and distribution of films and television programs. From its roots as a U.S. DVD subscription rental company, Netflix is now the world’s leading Internet television network with more than 50 million members in more than 41 countries. With the 2013 releases of House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development, Orange is the New Black, Turbo F.A.S.T., Derek, and Lilyhammer, Ted has led the transformation of Netflix into an original content powerhouse that is changing the rules of how serialized television is produced, released and distributed globally.
John Skipper became the president of ESPN and the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks in January 2012. In his 14 years with the company, Skipper has been a key architect of ESPN’s explosive growth. He has held leadership roles overseeing the company’s television, digital, print, and advertising sales initiatives, as well as ESPN’s focus on brand extensions, bringing the company’s “best available screen” philosophy to life across more platforms and with more wide-ranging major rights agreements than at any time since ESPN’s launch in 1979. Under his leadership, ESPN has consistently set records for television ratings and digital consumption and has negotiated several wide-ranging, major rights agreements with the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the BCS, FIFA, the Masters Tournament, the British Open, the USTA, Wimbledon, and several college conferences.
David Stern completed his three-decade tenure as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014. As commissioner, Mr. Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology. He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. He implemented the first anti-drug agreement in professional sports and introduced the salary cap system and revenue sharing to the NBA. The NBA experienced tremendous global growth during Mr. Stern’s tenure, and that growth continues today: The NBA has 12 offices outside the United States; its games and programming are televised and streamed in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages; and it offers fans 17 international online destinations.
In a one-on-one conversation with Piers Morgan, Conan O'Brien, host of "Conan" on TBS, discusses how his production team leverages new media to increase his late-night audience. Abandoning advertising models of 90s television, "Conan" casts a wider net by posting its content in bite-sized pieces throughout the web.