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Speakers

  • Justin Smith
    CEO
    Bloomberg Media
  • Pete Cashmore
    founder & CEO
    Mashable
  • Alex Wellen
    chief product officer
    CNN
  • Rick Cordella
    SVP & GM digital
    NBC Sports
  • Samantha Skey
    CRO
    SheKnows
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  • Jed Hartman
    CRO
    Washington Post
  • Brian Hoar
    publisher
    Playboy
  • Kevin Gentzel
    CRO
    USA Today Network
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  • Walker Jacobs
    COO
    Fandom
  • David Goldberg
    vp, revenue operations
    Bleacher Report
  • Kurt Mueller
    COO
    The Onion
  • Mike Rothman
    CEO
    Fatherly
  • Neil Vogel
    CEO
    About.com
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  • Jason Wagenheim
    CRO
    Bustle
  • Reggie Renner
    founder / CEO
    Zergnet
  • Rebecca Mahony
    CMO
    Teads.tv
  • Keith Sibson
    vp product & marketing
    PostUp
  • Scott Braley
    general manager, advertising platforms
    Ooyala
  • Michael Shehan
    founder, CEO & president
    SpotX
  • Gretchen Tibbits
    president & chief operating officer
    LittleThings
  • Bradon Rice
    head of publisher development, US
    Quantcast
  • Joe Grover
    chief executive officer
    Altitude Digital
  • John Lemp
    founder & CEO
    Revcontent
  • Torrey Lincoln
    senior director, publisher sales
    Yahoo
  • Johannes Wirth
    coo
    Global Chief Operations Officer Global Savings Group
  • Adrian Renner
    managing director & co-founder
    Global Savings Group
  • Doug Lauretano
    svp & gm
    Media.net
  • Chris Crawfurd
    vp, publishers services
    Sovrn
  • Wayne Allen
    senior manager, business development
    PulsePoint
  • Tricia Casey
    publisher, business development manager
    Inuvo
  • Nick Brondo
    director of seller platforms, West Coast
    Tremor Video
  • Jason White
    svp & gm - global programmatic revenue
    CBSi
  • Andrew Slater
    vice president, publisher sales
    Verve Mobile
  • Amanda Gomez
    senior director, revenue operations
    NY Post

Attendees

Agenda

Wednesday, March 29th

  • 1:45 pm
    Registration desk opens
    Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 2:30 pm
    Opening remarks
    Grand Ballroom

    A brief overview of the summit's networking opportunities, speaker lineup and activities.

    • Nick Friese

      CEO

      Digiday

  • 2:35 pm
    Keynote conversation: Beware of the Duopoly

    Google and Facebook are now taking, by some estimates, 85 percent of the growth in digital advertising. They are often controlling the distribution of content as well. What’s a media company to do? Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media, discusses how publishers can stop complaining and start acting to forge a profitable future that’s less dependent on the giants of Silicon Valley.

    • Justin Smith

      CEO

      Bloomberg Media

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 2:50 pm
    Thriving amidst the Google-Facebook duopoly

    Publishers are stuck in a losing proposition if they want to battle Google and Facebook head-on. Instead, media companies need to go back to basics in providing great brand experiences, rooted in engaging content -- something Facebook and Google aren’t very good at.

    • David Goldberg

      vp, revenue operations

      Bleacher Report

  • 3:05 pm
    Refreshment & networking break sponsored by Tout
  • 3:20 pm
    Workshop with Global Savings Group: How European media houses increased digital revenues by 30% - best practice examples from the UK

    European media houses have developed a new approach to generate revenues without damaging their editorial credibility or distracting their users from their content. GSG has developed a unique solution to harvest the authority of a media house's domain. In several cases GSG's solution makes up 20-30% of all digital revenues of different newspapers.

    • Johannes Wirth

      coo

      Global Chief Operations Officer Global Savings Group

    • Adrian Renner

      managing director & co-founder

      Global Savings Group

  • 3:35 pm
    Trust in the media

    No one ever believed everything they read on the internet. But with the recent news of ‘fake news’ many are questioning even the most reliable sources of information. Where does that leave publishers responsible for and reliant on the trust of the public?

    • Kevin Gentzel

      CRO

      USA Today Network

  • 3:50 pm
    Dialog with Post Up: Tragedy of the Commons: how to wean off Facebook and Programmatic

    Social traffic and turnkey programmatic revenue has filled in the moat around traditional publisher business models, and the initial gold rush is turning into a hard scrabble for share of attention and ad dollars. In this session, we'll discuss techniques to diversify revenue streams, by establishing a more direct relationship with your audience and creating new monetization options.

    • Keith Sibson

      vp product & marketing

      PostUp

  • 4:05 pm
    Going vertical and how it affects platform strategy

    The internet is full of information, and the future looks even more congested. Where does that leave a site dedicated to providing useful information about all sorts of stuff? Going deeper into expert subject matters, and being careful not to be everything to everyone all at once is their key strategy.

    • Neil Vogel

      CEO

      About.com

  • 4:20 pm
    Publisher town hall sponsored by Sovrn
    Blue Sky Room

    Publishers only.

    Publishing executives will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

    • Chris Crawfurd

      vp, publishers services

      Sovrn

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 4:50 pm
    Sandbox presentations
    Blue Sky Room

    Publishers only.

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce VIP publishing executives to technology partners

    4:50 PM - Quantcast

    5:00 PM - Revcontent

    5:10 PM - Zergnet

    • Reggie Renner

      founder / CEO

      Zergnet

    • Bradon Rice

      head of publisher development, US

      Quantcast

    • John Lemp

      founder & CEO

      Revcontent

  • 5:20 pm
    Working group meetings

    Working groups will meet for the first time and discuss their challenges with guidance from their group leaders.

    Publishing on Platforms- Gretchen Tibbits, President of LittleThings- Grand Ballroom 

    Scaling Video- Samantha Skey, President, SheKnowsMedia- Grand Ballroom 

    New Revenue Streams- Stephanie Layser, Director of Programmatic, NewsCorp- Blue Sky Room

    Putting the User Experience First- Sahil Patel, Senior Reporter, Sun Up Room 

    Cleaning Up Programmatic- Brian Morrissey, editor-in-chief Sun Down Room 

    • Gretchen Tibbits

      president & chief operating officer

      LittleThings

    • Samantha Skey

      CRO

      SheKnows

    • Stephanie Layser

      director of advertising technology

      News Corp.

    • Sahil Patel

      senior reporter

      Digiday

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 5:45 pm
    VIP welcome reception
    Colorado Ballroom

    Publishers only.

  • 6:00 pm
    8-minute meetings
    Colorado Ballroom

    By invitation only.

    The 8-minute business meetings connect VIP publishing delegates with innovative technology platforms and media companies. They are designed to help your team build valuable new relationships and ultimately, close business deals.

  • 7:00 pm
    Cocktail reception sponsored by AdColony
    Grand Ballroom Foyer

    Open to all.

  • 8:00 pm
    VIP dinner sponsored by GumGum

    Invitation Only. Buses depart at 8:00pm from Marriott.

  • 8:00 pm
    Dinner with strangers
    Avalanche Pub

    Don't have dinner plans? Join fellow attendees for a casual meal at Avalanche Pub located inside the Marriott. Sign up at the Summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 pm
    After hours hangout
    Avalanche Pub

    Join fellow attendees for an after dinner drink at Avalanche Pub located inside the Marriott. Costs at your own expense.

Thursday, March 30th

  • 7:00 am
    Morning Yoga
    Sun Up Room

    Open to all. Equipment provided.

  • 8:00 am
    Registration reopens & breakfast served
    Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:30 am
    Publisher town hall sponsored by Pulse Point
    Blue Sky Room

    Publishers only.

    Publishing executives will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

    • Wayne Allen

      senior manager, business development

      PulsePoint

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 8:50 am
    Sandbox presentations
    Blue Sky Room

    Publishers only.

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce VIP publishing executives to technology partners.

    8:50 AM - Altitude Digital

    9:00 AM - Inuvo

    9:10 AM - Ooyala

    9:20 AM - Tremor Video 

    • Scott Braley

      general manager, advertising platforms

      Ooyala

    • Joe Grover

      chief executive officer

      Altitude Digital

    • Tricia Casey

      publisher, business development manager

      Inuvo

    • Nick Brondo

      director of seller platforms, West Coast

      Tremor Video

  • 9:40 am
    Welcome remarks for day 2 and Snap Poll: Publisher's perspective on native sponsored by Nativo

    Take out your phones and laptops and take part in a quick poll to get a good read on native advertising, from how it’s sold to what it looks like today. pollev.com/digiday

    • Brian Morrissey

      editor-in-chief

      Digiday

  • 9:45 am
    Flight to focus
    Grand Ballroom

    Mashable has grown substantially since Pete Cashmore founded it in Scotland in 2005 when he was 19. Last year, the company shifted its focus to fully embrace video and coverage areas in which it can differentiate. Cashmore will discuss the shift, why the company needed to make it, and the opportunities ahead.

    • Pete Cashmore

      founder & CEO

      Mashable

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 10:00 am
    Dialog with SpotX: Buzzwords or Buzzkill

    Buzzwords or Buzzkill: What’s real in adtech, and whats not? What’s not? Get an insider’s look at the tactics used to generate the highest yield for CBSi’s diverse range of digital video ad inventory. Topics to be discussed include programmatic guaranteed, video syndication, header bidding and OTT.

    • Michael Shehan

      founder, CEO & president

      SpotX

    • Jason White

      svp & gm - global programmatic revenue

      CBSi

  • 10:10 am
    The Rebirth of Playboy

    Playboy is an iconic American brand. If anything, too iconic. The magazine that brought adult content into the mainstream of American society is now shifting to be a modern, digitally-led media company. Hoar will discuss the transition and the prospects for high-quality media in an age of commoditization.

    • Brian Hoar

      publisher

      Playboy

  • 10:25 am
    Dialog with Verve Mobile: Using Location Data to Create an Enhanced User Experience

    Using location data effectively is much more than pinpointing a spot on a map—it’s about harnessing that insight to tell more meaningful stories. This leads to better engagement, retention and monetization. The New York Post and Verve will discuss how location data creates an enhanced user experience in the New York Post’s app.

    • Amanda Gomez

      senior director, revenue operations

      NY Post

    • Andrew Slater

      vice president, publisher sales

      Verve Mobile

  • 10:35 am
    Coffee break sponsored by Chartbeat
    Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 10:50 am
    Making the ad model work for publishers, users and advertisers
    Grand Ballroom

    The Washington has seen incredible revenue over the past year, led by digital (obviously.) The biggest parts of the growth has been from native, programmatic and video. How is the publisher generating these record ad sales while competitors report lackluster income?

    • Jed Hartman

      CRO

      Washington Post

    Moderator
    Lucia Moses
  • 11:05 am
    Workshop with Yahoo: The State of Native Advertising Insights for Publishers

    Native advertising trends are allowing publishers to monetize while advertisers are catching up with user behavior and engagement. Join Torrey Lincoln, Senior Director of Yahoo for Publishers, as he presents Yahoo for Publishers' native advertising data and insights to help publishers make the most strategic decisions in ad monetization.

    • Torrey Lincoln

      senior director, publisher sales

      Yahoo

  • 11:20 am
    Succeeding in a distributed platform reality

    The answer to the question of success in distribution is not the same for any two publishers. But the key strategy, and one that proves essential, is understanding the target audience: their interests (content) and the destinations in which they consume it (platforms.)

    • Gretchen Tibbits

      president & chief operating officer

      LittleThings

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 11:30 am
    Dialog with Teads.tv: State of the Industry with Teads.tv
    • Rebecca Mahony

      CMO

      Teads.tv

  • 11:45 am
    Coffee break sponsored by Chartbeat
    Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 12:00 pm
    Making video profitable and profound
    Grand Ballroom

    Making videos that are differentiated and profitable is hard enough, but what about adding in a positive social impact? SheKnows has prioritized their video strategy to not only be socially responsible but also drive the bottom line.

    • Samantha Skey

      CRO

      SheKnows

  • 12:10 pm
    Dialog with Media.net: Serenity Now: Limiting Variables and Getting Rational

    Minimize your dependency on what you cannot control and accepting the limitations of the browser.

    • Doug Lauretano

      svp & gm

      Media.net

  • 12:30 pm
    8-minute meetings
    Colorado Ballroom

    By invitation only.

    The 8-minute business meetings continue for day two, connecting VIP publishing delegates with innovative technology platforms and media companies. These meetings are designed to help your team build valuable new relationships and ultimately, close business deals.

  • 1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Colorado Ballroom Foyer

    Open to all

  • 1:45 pm
    Afternoon Activities

    This is free time, so spend it as you see fit: catching up on work, relaxing or mingling with new friends. Visit our summit concierge to help plan your afternoon. Enjoy the afternoon off and we’ll see you back in the evening.

    1: 45 PM - Afternoon Activity Sponsored by Media.net - Invitation only. Buses depart at 1:45pm sharp.

    2:00 PM - Epic Race Ski Challenge: Take the afternoon to hit the slopes to ski down the Epic Mix Race trail to record your time down the slope, comparing it to that of Olympic skiers. Don't forget to come back to the registration desk and tell us your time - fastest time gets the prize.

  • 5:30 pm
    Working group meetings

    Working groups will meet for the second time to discuss their challenges with guidance from their group leaders.

    Publishing on Platforms- Gretchen Tibbits, President of LittleThings- Grand Ballroom 

    Scaling Video- Samantha Skey, President, SheKnowsMedia- Grand Ballroom

    New Revenue Streams- Stephanie Layser, Director of Programmatic, NewsCorp- Blue Sky Room 

    Putting the User Experience First- Sahil Patel, Senior Reporter, Sun Up Room 

    Cleaning Up Programmatic- Brian Morrissey, editor-in-chief, Sun Down Room

    • Gretchen Tibbits

      president & chief operating officer

      LittleThings

    • Samantha Skey

      CRO

      SheKnows

    • Stephanie Layser

      director of advertising technology

      News Corp.

    • Sahil Patel

      senior reporter

      Digiday

    • Brian Morrissey

      editor-in-chief

      Digiday

  • 6:00 pm
    8-minute meetings
    Colorado Ballroom

    By invitation only.

    The 8-minute business meetings continue for day two, connecting VIP publishing delegates with innovative technology platforms and media companies. These meetings are designed to help your team build valuable new relationships and ultimately, close business deals.

  • 7:00 pm
    Cocktail reception sponsored by SpotX
    Grand Ballroom Foyer

    Open to all.

  • 8:00 pm
    VIP dinner sponsored by SpotX

    Invitation Only. Buses departing from Marriott at 8:00pm sharp.

  • 8:00 pm
    Dinner with friends
    Vail Chophouse

    Join new friends for a casual meal at Vail Chophouse. Sign up at the Summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 pm
    After hours hangout
    Red Lion

    Join fellow attendees for an after dinner drink at Red Lion in Vail Village. Costs at your own expense.

  • 9:30 pm
    Late Night Party sponsored by Grapeshot

    Invitation Only. Hotel shuttles running continuously from Marriott to Vail Village

Friday, March 31st

  • 8:15 am
    Breakfast
    Grand Ballroom Foyer

    Open to all

  • 9:00 am
    Final working group meetings

    This is it: all working groups get one last chance to finalize their presentations in time for today’s reports.

    Publishing on Platforms- Gretchen Tibbits, President of LittleThings- Grand Ballroom 

    Scaling Video- Samantha Skey, President, SheKnowsMedia- Grand Ballroom 

    New Revenue Streams, Stephanie Layser, Director of Programmatic, NewsCorp- Blue Sky Room 

    Putting the User Experience First- Sun Up Room

    Cleaning Up Programmatic- Sun Down Room 

    • Gretchen Tibbits

      president & chief operating officer

      LittleThings

    • Samantha Skey

      CRO

      SheKnows

    • Stephanie Layser

      director of advertising technology

      News Corp.

  • 9:35 am
    The Digiday Mind Map
    Grand Ballroom

    This is an illustrated recap of the themes discussed during yesterday’s town hall session.

    • Brian Morrissey

      editor-in-chief

      Digiday

  • 9:40 am
    Pardon the Interruption

    An industry expert will give their speedy and unfiltered thoughts on the hottest buzzwords in publishing.

    • Walker Jacobs

      COO

      Fandom

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 9:50 am
    Coffee & networking break sponsored by Switch Concepts
    Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 10:05 am
    Products not worth the hype
    Grand Ballroom

    Last year proved to be a lot of the same: growth in video and mobile as well as programmatic, more personalization and less print, the birth/death/growth of social platforms plus a few sparks of new innovations and adaptations in the publishing space (think AR/VR.) As head of product, Wellen will lay out where CNN will invest in the coming year, and where they will take a pass.  

    • Alex Wellen

      chief product officer

      CNN

  • 10:20 am
    How the Olympics went digital

    NBC Sports televised more than 6,700 hours of the Olympics last summer from Rio de Janeiro. Digital distribution played the most critical role in the event in its history. Cordella explains how NBC views digital media within its overall broadcasting strategy for marquee events like the Olympics.

    • Rick Cordella

      executive vice president and general manager, digital media

      NBC Sports Group

  • 10:35 am
    Opportunities and obstacles to monetizing platforms

    Just when you have things figured out, along comes Facebook Live or Twitter Moments or Pinterest buy buttons or another platform rule or revised algorithm. While some bring a chance for increased revenue, others fall short of delivering. The Onion’s Kurt Mueller will provide his insights into these particular challenges.

    • Kurt Mueller

      COO

      The Onion

  • 10:50 am
    New revenue opportunities

    Commerce, licensing and subscriptions are alternatives to relying solely on advertising. We take a look at what publishers are doing to rebalance their revenue portfolios.

    • Mike Rothman

      CEO

      Fatherly

    • Jason Wagenheim

      CRO

      Bustle

    Moderator
    Sahil Patel
  • 11:05 am
    Working Group reports

    Working group leaders will present their group’s findings after three days of discussion and deliberation.

     

     

    • Gretchen Tibbits

      president & chief operating officer

      LittleThings

    • Stephanie Layser

      director of advertising technology

      News Corp.

    • Samantha Skey

      CRO

      SheKnows

    Moderator
    Brian Morrissey
  • 11:35 am
    5 things we’ve learned

    We’ll summarize the event with the top themes that have emerged through three days of content.

    • Brian Morrissey

      editor-in-chief

      Digiday

Activities

  • Wednesday
    Digiday Discount Ski Rentals

    Use the link below to receive the Digiday rate for renting your ski or snowboard equipment while in Vail. The rates are available for the full week. https://www.chartersports.com/reserve-skis-boards.php?groupid=663&typeid=1

    SpotX Ski Activity

    Invitation Only. Breakfast at Marriott at 7:30 a.m.

    Dinner with strangers

    8 p.m. - Don't have dinner plans? Join fellow attendees for a casual meal at Avalanche Pub. Sign up at the Summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

    GumGum VIP Dinner

    Invitation only. Buses leave from Marriott 8 p.m.

    After hours hangout

    9:30 p.m. - Join fellow attendees for an after dinner drink at Avalanche Pub located inside the Marriott. Costs at your own expense.

  • Thursday
    Morning Yoga

    7 a.m. - Join us for a zen start to your day with morning yoga in the SunUp room at the Marriott. All equipment provided and open to all. Sign up at the Summit registration desk.

    Update your headshot!

    Update your headshot, courtesy of Digiday. Visit our headshot booth on Thursday, March 30 any time between 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m. to get your picture taken.

    Epic Race Ski Challenge

    2 p.m. - Take the afternoon to hit the slopes. Don't forget to ski down the Epic Mix Race trail to record your time down the slope, comparing it to that of Olympic skiers. Don't forget to come back to the registration desk and tell us your time - fastest time gets the prize.

    Media.net Afternoon Activity

    Invitation only. Buses depart from Marriott lobby at 1:45pm.

    SpotX VIP Dinner

    Invitation only. Buses leave from Marriott at 8 p.m.

    After hours hangout

    9:30 p.m. - Join fellow attendees for an after dinner drink at Red Lion located in Vail Village. Costs at your own expense.

    Grapeshot After Party

    Invitation only. Hotel shuttles running continuously from Marriott to Vail Village at 9:30 p.m.

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Digiday allows me to fully immerse myself in the current and future state of our industry, while making connections with people who I didn't even know should be on my radar.

— Programmatic Analyst, Cox Media Group

The Digiday Publishing Summit offers an amazing opportunity to learn and discuss the various topics in our current complex digital ecosystem among publishers and partners in an engaging environment.

— Global Head, Digital Media and Operations, Fast Company and Inc. Media

Working at a publisher in an atypical city, Digiday events are my best opportunity to meet and network with like-minded professionals. I also enjoy the time to connect with our vendors and learn from leaders in the space.

— Sr. Manager of Integrated Marketing, 247Sports / CBSi

I've been to a few [summits] now and always find it extremely valuable. Aside from a great conference, I really enjoy the VIP 10-minute meetings; it's a great format for finding interesting new business opportunities.

— General Manager, NPR

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