Get ready for a major dose of wow. Through demonstrations, dialogue and discourse, leaders from the global communications economy share observations and ideas about the intersection of content and delivery in the age of broadband. Listen and learn as some of the most creative people in the business talk about the innovations that will rule the digital world, the investments they're making to advance their businesses, and the bets they're placing on where broadband is taking us.
Keynote & Conversation: Brian Roberts (Comcast Corporation)
Conversation & Segment Host: Becky Quick (CNBC)
Segment One: Philippe Dauman (Viacom, Inc.), Michael Fries (Liberty Global, Inc.), David Zaslav (Discovery Communications)
Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Philippe Dauman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. in September 2006 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 1987.
Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. With approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV and Tr3s. Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.
Previously, Mr. Dauman was Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DND Capital Partners, L.L.C., a private equity firm specializing in media and telecommunications investments, from May 2000 until September 2006. Prior to co-founding DND Capital Partners, Mr. Dauman served in several positions at Viacom, including as a Deputy Chairman and Executive Vice President of Viacom Inc.
Mr. Dauman is a director of National Amusements, Inc.; Lafarge S.A., a world leader in building materials; and the Kipp Foundation, a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in underserved communities. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the Board of the NCTA and the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center for Media. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and on the Executive Committee of the Lenox Hill Hospital, and serves on the Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Council of Columbia University Law School.
Mr. Dauman earned his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1974 and his law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1978.
Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global, Inc. A 28-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today Liberty Global is the second largest cable TV operator in the world and the largest outside the U.S. with 35 million video, voice, and broadband internet subscribers, operations in 13 countries and $10.3 billion of revenue.
Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team which launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2005 and is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr. John C. Malone.
Mr. Fries is an active industry partner and Telecom Governor of the World Economic Forum and a member of World Presidents Organization. He also serves as a trustee or board member of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs®, The Cable Center, Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Alliance for Choice in Education, and Teach for America, among others. He was recognized as Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, honored by Ernst & Young as the U.S. National Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012), and named Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe. In June 2011, Mr. Fries was inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association. Mr. Fries holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University (where he is a member of the President's Advisory Council) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Michael K. Powell, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the FCC for eight years, began his tenure as President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) on April 25, 2011.
Becky Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box," CNBC's signature morning program. Quick is based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Previously, Quick, a seven-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, covered the Wall Street beat for CNBC as part of the network's partnership with Dow Jones.
Prior to joining CNBC in February 2001, Quick spent three years working the retail and e-commerce beat at The Wall Street Journal. Before that, she covered various Internet issues ranging from online privacy to domain-name disputes.
Quick also played a crucial role in the launch of The Wall Street Journal Online in April 1996. She also served as the site's International News Editor, overseeing foreign affairs coverage.
Prior to that, Quick worked at The Wall Street Journal's overseas copy desk where she served as a copy editor, copyreader and a research assistant.
Quick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1993. As an undergraduate, Quick was awarded the Times Mirror Fellowship from the Journalism Resources Institute at Rutgers. She also served as Editor-In-Chief of "The Daily Targum," the school's newspaper.
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Abbe Raven is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.® , H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. In March 2005, Ms. Raven became President and CEO of A&E Television Networks, which acquired the Lifetime brands in September 2009. During her tenure at A+E Networks, Ms. Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks and for standing at the forefront of numerous industry-wide initiatives.
In September 2011, Ms. Raven was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune Magazine. Over the last ten years, she has been named to Cable World’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cable and The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her again this year as one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. She received the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association for her years of leadership in the cable industry in April 2005. At a White House ceremony in May 2007, Ms. Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from First Lady Laura Bush for HISTORY’s long-standing commitment to historic preservation. In October 2009, Ms. Raven was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In April 2011, she was the recipient of the prestigious New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Raven was President of A&E Network and The Biography Channel. She spearheaded the revitalization of A&E, launching it back into a top ten network. Under her leadership, A&E Network created a new crop of real-life programming, which led to double-digit growth in the network’s target demographic, a reduction in the network’s median age by almost 20 years, and a record 24 Emmy® nominations.
Previously, Ms. Raven was Executive Vice President and General Manager of The History Channel. Under her direction, The History Channel grew into a leading cable network and won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award and two George Foster Peabody Awards for outstanding documentary programming. Ms Raven was the original architect of The History Channel’s programming schedule.
Ms. Raven serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the NCTA. She is also on the boards of the NAMIC Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. In 2009, she was appointed to the advisory board of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In December 2010, she was the recipient of a New York Women in Film & Television MUSE Award. In 2007, Ms. Raven was selected as an honoree of The Paley Center’s “She Made It” in recognition of her leadership and achievements in the world of cable television. In 2005, she was elected a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Brian L. Roberts
Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a global Fortune 50 company uniquely positioned at the intersection of media and technology with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.
As chief executive of Discovery Communications, David Zaslav sets the strategy and oversees all operations for the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world. Discovery networks now reach nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries.