Press release

Future of Television Returns to Lower Manhattan, September 24, with a Focus on the Business of Streaming Video

Sponsored by Businesswire

Future of Television, an innovative one-day event for the digital, streaming, television and video industries, will take place Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. The conference provides an intimate environment for deal-making, partnership building and networking for executives, brands, investors, content creators and startups.

“With the launch of new streaming services, there is a battle underway for user acquisition, with distributors allocating unprecedented budgets for content,” said Ned Sherman, Future of Television Co-Chair and Partner, Manatt. “This year’s event will drill down on the new OTT services being launched from the niche to the global powerhouses and look at the dynamics that will drive user adoption in the years to come.”

The event will kick off with a presentation by Sherman and Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors, of the recent “Manatt Vorhaus Digital Study” on how Americans of all ages consume and interact with media content and devices, followed by a presentation from Christian Kurz, SVP, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom, entitled “Power in Progress,” which explores the new dynamics of power and how young people around the world are defining, developing and using their influence to create change in their lives and society.

The business event for senior executives at entertainment, media and technology companies includes 20 sessions over the course of the day, including keynotes, panels and presentations. The full agenda is available at

The event hosts over 75 top speakers who highlight the latest innovations, trends and developments in the television and video industries.

Speakers include:

Ilyssa Adler, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Film & Television, Ubisoft

Rob Aksman, Chief Strategy Officer, BrightLine

Amber Allen, CEO, Double A Labs

Kevin Arrix, SVP, Dish Media

Marc Beckwitt, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Pure Flix

David Berkowitz, Principal, Serial Marketer

Eric Berman, Head of Partnerships & Business Development, Crunchyroll

David Bloom, Consultant and Columnist, Tubefilter

Hale Boggs, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Rich Calacci, Chief Revenue Officer, Pluto TV, Viacom

Josh Cella, Head of Global Partnerships, Activision Blizzard Esports

Ajay Chander, Vice President, Research, Fujitsu Labs of America

Ted Chervin, Head of Worldwide Television, ICM Partners

Sandro Corsaro, Chief Creative Officer, Fandango

Jean Ellen Cowgill, General Manager, TicToc by Bloomberg, Bloomberg Media

Shay David, President & GM, Media & Telecom, Kaltura

Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios

Colin Dixon, Founder & Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia

Beau Ferrari, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Bob Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment

Sharmi Gandhi, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Operations, Endeavor Streaming

Bruce Gersh, EVP and President of People, Entertainment Weekly, People en Espanol, and Four M Studios, Meredith Corporation

Mike Gold, Co-founder & CEO, Autotoon, Inc., Entrepreneur in Residence, NYU Future Reality Lab

Mike Gordon, CEO, DLVR

Ian Greenblatt, Managing Director, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Intelligence, J.D. Power

Anthony Ha, Senior Writer, TechCrunch

Ann Hand, CEO, Super League Gaming

Christina Heller, CEO, Metastage

Carol Hinnant, EVP, National Networks, Comscore

Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor, Interactive TV Today

Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Co.

Ryan Jamboretz, Chief Development Officer, Amobee

Marc Juris, President & General Manager, WE tv

Christian Kurz, SVP, Global Consumer Insights, Viacom

Mike Law, President, Amplifi, Dentsu Aegis Network

David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac

Aron Levitz, General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Wattpad

Sophie Liao, General Partner, Oyster Ventures

Albert Lieberman, Executive Director, Entertainment, Media & Technology Program, NYU Stern School of Business

Mark Marshall, President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal

Laura Molen, President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal

Chris Park, CEO, Gen.G

Sahil Patel, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Chris Reynolds, SVP, Localization Product & Services, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group

Piper Rosenshein, Vice President, Subscription Video Services (SVOD), A+E Networks

Melissa Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, Cheddar

Mark Rotblat, Chief Revenue Officer, Tubi

Blake Sabatinelli, CEO, Newsy

Inderpreet Sandhu, Head of TV Ads Platform, Global Partnerships, Google

Daniel Schnapp, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Savannah Sellers, Co-Host, NBC News’ “Stay Tuned” Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC

Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Founder, Digital Media Wire

Amy Siegel, Managing Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Colby Smith, SVP, Content & Partnerships, ABC News

Matt Smith, Executive Director, Comcast Technology Solutions

Joan E. Solsman, Senior Reporter, Tech and Media, CNET

Todd Spangler, New York Digital Editor, Variety

Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox

Fabian Stechel, Managing Director, Evolution Media Capital, CAA’s Merchant Bank

Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media; Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech

Christy Tanner, Executive Vice President & General Manager, CBS News Digital

Julina Tatlock, Founder and CEO, 30 Ninjas

Sam Toles, Chief Content Officer, Bleacher Report

Zane Vella, VP Product, Interactivity & Advertising, Comcast

Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors

Louisa Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network

Pamela Young, Executive Director, Valassis Digital

Support for Future of Television 2019 is provided by Sheppard Mullin, Amobee, O’Melveny & Myers, Valassis, DLVR, Westside Digital Mix, ITA (Interactive Television Alliance), IAEL, Eventbrowse, NATPE, SAG-AFTRA, NYWIFT, MEA (Media Excellence Awards), CMO Asia, Streaming Video Alliance, TVMAS Magazine, Gary’s Guide, WITI (Women in Technology International).

About FOTV

Future of Television (FOTV) is the leading event for senior representatives from television broadcasters, digital studios, cable networks, digital distribution networks, brands, advertising firms, VCs, social networks, technology providers, analysts and press. Unlike some other industry events, the Future of Television focuses on bringing together the people who really matter to meet in a lively yet intimate environment that allows access and privacy to build and grow relationships and partnerships. FOTV’s founding team includes seasoned conference and event producers Ned and Tinzar Sherman. Over the past 15 years, the team has produced more than 200 events, including some of the biggest and most impactful entertainment, tech and digital industry conferences, concerts, launch parties, intimate VIP dinners and networking events. Visit for more information.