The Paley Center for Media hosts the Next Big Thing in Comedy.
In partnership with the New York Comedy Festival, which is presented in association with COMEDY CENTRAL, the Paley Center for Media presents a special comedy-themed edition of Next Big Thing, the Paley Center's quarterly showcase for digital-media startups.
Set for Wednesday, November 7, the event will feature demos and presentations from five comedy-related startup companies. The event will include participation from Dick Glover, CEO, Funny Or Die and Paul Greenberg, CEO, CollegeHumor.com. AdKeeper Founder & CEO Scott Kurnit will moderate the conversation between the presenters and the audience.
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Dick Glover is president and CEO of Funny or Die.
The company's comedy website, launched in 2007, attracts more than 34 million monthly views with its mix of user-generated and professional videos, many of which, featuring stars like co-founder Will Ferrell, have become viral hits. Under Glover's leadership, Funny or Die has grown into a vertically integrated studio producing content for distribution over multiple platforms.
Its HBO series, Funny or Die Presents, just finished its second season, and the company has numerous projects in development, including its debut feature film and TV shows both on the air and in development for several leading cable networks. With offices in Hollywood, Palo Alto, and New York, Funny or Die is one of the few companies to have successfully bridged Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
A 20-year media veteran with executive stints at Disney and ESPN, Glover previously served as vice president of broadcasting and new media for Nascar.
Paul Greenberg is CEO of CollegeHumor Media, where he is responsible for the leadership, strategic development and day-to-day management of CollegeHumor.com, Dorkly.com, Jest.com, Sportspickle.com and their related mobile and social applications. Together, the sites reach a combined 15 million monthly unique visitors and serve over 80 million video views per month. CollegeHumor is also the 7th most-subscribed channel on YouTube with almost 2 million subscribers.