The World Technology Summit hosts Robert Tercek and the This Will Change Everything roundtable discussion.
Jeff is the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do? He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Jeff was founding editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine, TV critic for TV Guide and People magazines, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
Paul Kontonis is the Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, an industry organization founded in 2009 and comprising of leaders in the field of web television, web video, and the digital entertainment industries and are the creators of the annual IAWTV Awards at the International CES. Paul’s industry leading voice includes his role as the Lead Advisor of Outrigger Media and OpenSlate, the leading platform and content quality score for connecting marketers with native digital video for advertising. As the former Vice President, Group Director, Brand Content for The Third Act, at Digitas, Paul helped establish the Digital Content NewFronts as the leading marketplace for connecting brands with original content opportunities and has executive produced dozens of original web series including successful branded entertainment for Global 100 brands. Paul authors numerous articles about online video, and is a speaker at several industry conferences and seminars annually.
Robert Tercek is one of Hollywood's most prolific creative executives in digital media. He has designed and produced hundreds of titles published across every platform from television shows to computer and console games to mobile phones. His career is marked by several milestones, including the launch of the first computer games, the first online multiplayer games, the first interactive TV game shows, the world's first mobile video system, and the world's largest live educational seminar on the Internet. He served in executive leadership roles at several major media companies, including The Oprah Winfrey Network, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and MTV: Music Television. He also co-founded five companies including three game publishing ventures. He was the founding chairman of GDC Mobile and today serves as the Chairman of the Creative Visions Foundation in Malibu, California.
Rishad Tobaccowala helps guide strategy and serves as a catalyst to innovation efforts across Vivaki - a Publicis Groupe entity that combines the collective scale, 70 Billion dollars of clout and 18,000 talented individuals sitting inside Big Fuel, Denuo, Digitas, Moxie, Performics, Razorfish, Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) and ZenithOptimedia. Working closely with brand CEOs and VivaKi Country Chairs, he helps VivaKi's companies show clients the way forward in an exciting and changing time for marketing.
Prior to his current role, Tobaccowala was CEO of Denuo - a Publicis Groupe company that invents, inspires and instigates new forms of creativity to help brands meet challenges of modern marketplaces.
Tobaccowala has also served as the Chief Innovation Officer of Publicis Groupe Media and was the founder and President of SMG Next, the first and most comprehensive futures practice in the media industry. The development of SMG Next resulted in the launch of several successful practices for SMG including: SMG Play, the first company to leverage videogames as a marketing platform; word-of-mouth practice Reverb; and Digits, a leader in mobile marketing. Tobaccowala was also responsible for developing SMG Search, a dedicated unit of SMG that specializes in leveraging search applications in new ways.
Before conceptualizing SMG NEXT, Tobaccowala was president and founder of SMG IP, the digital arm of SMG. As such, he played a central role in the agency, which was selected by Media in 2002 and 2004 as Interactive Agency of The Year.
In 1993, Tobaccowala formed Leo Burnett's Interactive Marketing Group. Between 1996 and 1999, he served as the President of Giant Step, Leo's interactive agency.
Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation (2005), and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five "Marketing Innovators". He was appointed to Advertising Age's Interactive Hall of Fame; named Adweek's 2000 Media All-Star for Interactive Media; and honored by OMMA as a Media Strategist All-Star in 2005. In 2008, he was named an industry legend by Ad Color, and in 2009, conferred an Industry Achievement award at ad:tech for long-term dedication and industry service. In 2011 Rishad received a lifetime achievement award from SAMMA (South Asians in Marketing, Media and Entertainment).
In addition to the VivaKi board, he serves on the board of directors for Recycle Bank. Previous board seats include Audience Science and Snap. He also serves as an advisor to a broad range of companies, including Greycroft Partners, House Party, Marketshare Partners, Bright Tag, Viewpoints, Edo Interactive, Visible Measures and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
Tobaccowala holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay and an M.B.A. from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.