Digiday Publishing Summit

September 18-20, 2023 || Miami, FL

This event is sold out, however you can purchase passes to the next Digiday Publishing Summit, taking place March 2024.

One of the only constants of 2023 is uncertainty as far as revenue is concerned. So far this year, publishers have spent their time figuring out new tactics for keeping ad dollars in-quarter, testing new subscriber retention strategies and prepping for the cookie apocalypse, all while experimenting with new technologies like generative AI.

This year’s Digiday Publishing Summit in Key Biscayne, Florida will convene an influential group of media execs in order to give them the venue to discuss these new strategies, identify common pain points as well as pitch solutions and ultimately, make valuable business connections within the media industry. Whether it’s happening on the main-stage, in the town halls or one-to-one during cocktail hours, attendees will be able to connect with other decision-makers and innovative vendors to generate new ideas and action plans to take back to the office.

Join us at the Digiday Publishing Summit this September 18-20 and leave armed with valuable connections and honest insights to benefit your business.

Agenda

2:00 p.m. EDT
Registration Opens
Plaza Ballroom Foyer

Welcome to Digiday’s Publishing Summit! Upon arrival, head to the Digiday registration desk to check in and receive resources on the days ahead. Please make sure to wear your name badge for all event functions!

2:30 p.m. EDT
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Welcome to the Digiday Publishing Summit. We’ll kick off mainstage content with a look at the key trends in digital media and publishing.

2:40 p.m. EDT
AI-Powered Publishing
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this session we will discuss how leading digital publishers are managing the sudden influx and use of AI across their organizations. We’ll explore real-world opportunities and challenges that face editorial leaders in the newsroom as well as how the technology has impacted workflows, revenue strategies, and overall organizational efficiencies. While original premium content remains a core strategy, gain insights into how publishers are leveraging the use of AI to drive innovation, enhance content exploration, and optimize audience engagement.

speaker

Charlotte Owen

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUSTLE & ELITE DAILY

BUSTLE DIGITAL GROUP

speaker
Moderator
Sara Guaglione
3:00 p.m. EDT
Unlocking New Monetization Opportunities in the Face of Signal Loss
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

As publishers seek out solutions to signal loss, privacy-compliant activation and measurement present opportunities for leveling up business outcomes. Comscore details how publishers can transition into putting their data to work for new monetization paths and evolve their measurement strategy.

 

speaker

Greg Dale

COO

COMSCORE

3:10 p.m. EDT
Expanding Horizons
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this session we will discuss valuable insights into the strategic considerations, and cultural nuances faced when expanding operations across international borders. Discover the key market differences, audience behaviors, and content preferences that necessitate adaptation and localization strategies. Learn how to navigate compliance requirements, establish partnerships with local stakeholders, and build a strong presence in the highly competitive US digital media landscape.

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Jennie Baird

EVP & MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIGITAL NEWS AND STREAMING

BBC

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Moderator
Sara Guaglione
3:30 p.m. EDT
What You Don’t Know Can’t Help You: New Ways to Understand Ad Revenue
Ritz Carlton Ballroom
Extracting the real monetary value of your advertising business is critical to long-term engagement from both advertisers and audiences, alike. Until now, highly granular data on campaigns and creatives running on your sites hasn’t been connected to audience behavior data. Piano will reveal how publishers can now obtain these metrics and start making more informed decisions about advertising campaigns, audience and data acquisition, editorial planning, subscription offerings, and marketing strategies.

 

speaker

Michael Silberman

EVP MEDIA STRATEGY

PIANO

3:45 p.m. EDT
Dual Revenue Stream Dream: Subscriptions & Sponsorships
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

When it comes to sports outside of the Big Four (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), it can be difficult to find premium-tier coverage. Not only that, but without the consistency of even bi-weekly events, how can publishers stay on top of these moments? By leveraging key partnerships, The Athletic has been able to augment its subscriptions with sponsored coverage of sports like Formula 1 and tennis. Learn from CCO Seb Tomich about how these dual revenue streams bolster the newsroom and work in tandem to elevate the readers experience.

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Sebastian Tomich

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

THE ATHLETIC

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Moderator
Kayleigh Barber
4:05 p.m. EDT
Resilience and Reinvention: Navigating the Future of Vice Media
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this session, will delve into the remarkable journey of Vice Media, a media giant that faced financial adversity and is emerging stronger than ever. Join us as we explore how Vice Media navigated the challenging waters of Chapter 11 and is now charting a new course for the future. Learn about the lessons learned, the innovative strategies employed, and the visionary leadership that is propelling Vice Media forward.

speaker

Cory Haik

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER

VICE MEDIA

speaker
Moderator
Tim Peterson
4:30 p.m. EDT
Coffee Break
Ritz Carlton Ballroom Foyer

Grab a coffee before heading into our Town Hall!

4:45 p.m. EDT
Town Hall and Challenge Board
Ponce de Leon

Publishers only. 

This open and honest discussion group will chat through the challenges and opportunities currently being faced in the industry. This will be conducted under Chatham House Rules.

The last 30 minutes of the Town Hall will be dedicated to Sandbox Sessions:

5:15pm — Viafoura

5:25pm — Opinary – 1st party data – why not just ask?!

5:35pm — Ceros – Unlocking Revenue: Going to Market with Ceros

 

speaker

Mark Zohar

PRESIDENT & CEO

VIAFOURA

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Cornelius Frey

CEO

OPINARY

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Kristin Walsifer

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS, MEDIA AND PUBLISHING

CEROS

5:45 p.m. EDT
VIP Welcome Reception
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Invitation only

For the convenience of yourself and others, please wear your name badge.

6:00 p.m. EDT
8-Minute Meetings
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Cocktails provided by Wurl

Round 1! Pre-registration is required.

The 8-Minute Meetings are designed to help connect participants with innovative technology platforms and media companies, and build valuable business relationships. Please make sure to wear your name badge for all event functions!

Now taking place in the Ritz Carlton Ballroom where we had our main stage sessions earlier in the day.

7:00 p.m. EDT
Cocktail Reception
Grand Lawn

Cocktails provided by Comscore

Open to all ticketed guests

Continue networking with casual cocktails. Please make sure to wear your name badge!

8:00 p.m. EDT
Dinner with Strangers
Lightkeepers

End the day with fellow attendees for a casual meal right down the street from the summit. Digiday has made a group reservation so you can enjoy a great meal while at Digiday’s Summit. Sign up at the registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

9:30 p.m. EDT
After Hours Hangout
Dune Bar

Join fellow attendees for a drink to end the day. Costs are at your own expense.

7:30 a.m. EDT
Morning Tennis
Tennis Center

Sign up at the registration desk to reserve a spot in a tennis clinic courtesy of Digiday.

8:00 a.m. EDT
Breakfast and Registration Re-Opens
Ballroom Patio & Plaza Ballroom Foyer

While registration re-opens, breakfast will be served courtesy of Digiday.

8:30 a.m. EDT
Welcome Back
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Welcome back to Day 2 of our mainstage content.

8:35 a.m. EDT
How to Create Meaningful Collaborations with Brands that Drive Business Results
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this talk, we will chat with Blavity on the value of creating strategic partnerships with other brands to help drive business growth. Blavity, the leading voice for Black millennials and Gen Z, has mastered the art of fostering meaningful connections and leveraging collective strength to drive change. In this session, dive deep into the strategic framework that underpins Blavity’s collaborations, from forging authentic relationships with influencers to co-creating transformative content and events. Gain exclusive insights into how Blavity identifies synergistic opportunities, navigates cultural intersections, and amplifies diverse voices through strategic partnerships.

speaker

Mike Hadgis

CRO

BLAVITY

speaker
Moderator
Kayleigh Barber
8:55 a.m. EDT
Supercharging Your 2024 Video Strategy
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

The digital video advertising space continues to see growth. New ad-supported subscription tiers are prompting rises in streaming viewership, and programmatic display ad spend is largely going toward video. As growth continues, it’s critical for publishers to connect the dots between CTV and digital video to ensure they can drive even more performance, efficiency, and transparency in 2024. In this Digiday Publishing Summit session, Ian Samuel, PubMatic’s RVP of Customer Success, East, will lead a discussion about the top trends driving video growth, what remains crucial to secure buyer dollars, and how to rise ahead of the competition with a supercharged video strategy in 2024.

 

speaker

Ian Samuel

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

PUBMATIC

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Walker Linares

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMATIC PARTNERSHIP

LG ADS

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Meagan Myers

DIRECTOR, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS

AMC NETWORKS

9:05 a.m. EDT
Commercial Revenue Evolution and the Role of Attention Metrics in Ad Deals
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this session we will dive into the unique content strategies that have fueled Condé Nast’s commercial revenue growth. We’ll explore how Condé Nast is pioneering the incorporation of attention metrics into ad deals, providing advertisers with more valuable insights than ever before.

speaker

Deb Brett

GLOBAL CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

CONDE NAST

speaker
Moderator
Kayleigh Barber
9:25 a.m. EDT
Lessons from the Frontline: How to Build a Bulletproof Business Case for a CDP
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

If you’re trying to forecast the impact a Customer Data Platform (CDP) will have on your
business, this session is for you.

Buying technology is never “easy,” but with the martech space continuing to sprawl and CFO scrutiny at its highest point in years, getting buy-in from leadership for additional investments is harder than ever before.

In this session, we’ll share the best practices we’ve developed from working with hundreds of customers across the globe that have helped them quantify the impact of a CDP, build organizational buy-in, and deliver successful projects.

We’ll share:
● An ROI framework with two key dimensions
● KPIs our customers use to measure success
● A basic formula to calculate ROI for your organization

You’ll leave this session with actionable next steps and plenty of examples to kick off your organization’s journey to making the most of your first-party customer data.

 

speaker

Patrick Crane

DIRECTOR OF SALES

BLUECONIC

9:40 a.m. EDT
Creating Community through Events
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Join us for an insightful conversation delving into the innovative event strategy behind Apartment Therapy, the premier platform for all things home and design. Discover how Apartment Therapy curates captivating experiences that resonate with their diverse and engaged community. From virtual gatherings that bridge geographical gaps to immersive in-person events that celebrate creativity and lifestyle, this session will unveil the meticulous planning, creative thinking, and audience-centered approach that drive Apartment Therapy’s event success.

speaker

Riva Syrop

PRESIDENT

APARTMENT THERAPY MEDIA

speaker
Moderator
Kayleigh Barber
10:00 a.m. EDT
How to Reach and Engage New Audiences
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

FT Strategies, the consultancy from the Financial Times, works with organizations globally to build valuable relationships with their customers and grow their businesses. A key component of this is audience diversity (or reaching new audiences) and in this session, FT Strategies will share the methodologies and learnings from their work in this area, including how the Financial Times approaches this.

speaker

Daisy Donald

PRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF AMERICAS

FT STRATEGIES

10:15 a.m. EDT
The Digiday Podcast LIVE
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Join us for a live recording our of Digiday Podcast. With the elections coming up and momentum from various industry events putting the need for ad tech and advertisers to find ways to support news publishers, we’ll take a look at what to expect as we end 2023 and head into election cycle of 2024.

speaker

Blair Tapper

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, U.S.

THE INDEPENDENT

speaker

Josef Najm

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIPS

THOMSON REUTERS

speaker
Moderator
Tim Peterson
10:40 a.m. EDT
Coffee & Networking Break
Ritz Carlton Ballroom Foyer

Enjoy some refreshments with fellow attendees.

10:45 a.m. EDT
Town Hall
Ponce de Leon
Exclusive to publishers

Join this Town Hall to go even deeper on key topics as we kick off these conversations with Digiday research and the infamous challenge board. This open and honest discussion group will chat through the challenges and opportunities currently being faced in the industry. This will be conducted under Chatham House Rules.

The last 30 minutes of the Town Hall will be dedicated to Sandbox Sessions from:

11:45 – Zeropark : Navigating Uncertainty: Empowering Publishers with Commerce Media Solutions

11:55 – Videoelephant : Scaling Video Viewership and Revenue: 3 Publisher Success Stories.

12:05 – JW Player

speaker

K.C. McLeod

SVP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

VIDEOELEPHANT

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Mat Drela

MANAGING DIRECTOR

ZEROPARK COMMERCE MEDIA

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Rob Caliolo

VP OF PRODUCT

JW PLAYER

12:15 p.m. EDT
Lunch
Ritz Carlton Ballroom Foyer & Patio

Lunch will be served courtesy of Digiday.

12:15 p.m. EDT
360 Workshop with Seedtag
Plaza 1

Lunch will be served courtesy of Seedtag

Invite Only

1:00 p.m. EDT
Afternoon Activities

This is free time, so spend it as you see fit: catching up on work, relaxing or mingling with new friends.

2:00 p.m. EDT
Pool Party Sponsored By RISE and Human
North Pool

Open to all

6:00 p.m. EDT
8-Minute Meetings
Patio & Ocean Front Lawn

Round 2! Pre-registration required.

The 8-Minute Meetings are designed to help connect participants with innovative technology platforms and media companies, and build valuable business relationships. Please make sure to wear your name badge!

 

7:00 p.m. EDT
Cocktail Reception
Grand Lawn

Cocktails provided by Zuora

Open to all ticketed guests.

Continue networking with casual cocktails. Please make sure to wear your name badge!

8:00 p.m. EDT
Dinner with Friends
Cantina

Enjoy the last night of the summit with fellow attendees for a casual meal at a nearby restaurant. Sign up at the Summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

9:30 p.m. EDT
After Hours Hangout
Dune Bar
8:30 a.m. EDT
Breakfast
Ritz Carlton Ballroom Foyer & Ballroom Patio

Breakfast will be served courtesy of Digiday.

9:00 a.m. EDT
Welcome Back
Ritz Carlton Ballroom
9:05 a.m. EDT
Streamlining Operations and Building Up First-Party Databases
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

As advertisers are grappling with the loss of third-party cookies and privacy regulations across the globe, publishers have been building out and investing in first-party data offerings in response. They’re finding opportunities to monetize data from owned properties through partnerships, as well as to power their own marketing efforts and provide more value to advertisers. In this session, hear one publisher share their strategy and investments in their first- party data interface.

speaker

Dr. Jon Roberts

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

DOTDASH MEREDITH

speaker
Moderator
Tim Peterson
9:25 a.m. EDT
How the Future of Identity is Coming Into Focus
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Virtually all publishers are at some stage in the process for preparing for the day when the third-party cookie is no longer available as the online identity backbone. In this session, hear where one publisher is in the process of activating its updated identity approach.

speaker

Michael Liss

VP, PRODUCT

NEW YORK POST

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Ariscelle Novicio

SVP & HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY

NEW YORK POST

speaker
Moderator
Tim Peterson
9:45 a.m. EDT
Audience Building in the Threads and X Era
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Join us for this session on how publishers are interacting and building their audience on new and updated social platforms, Threads and X.

speaker

Rashidah Bashir

DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

WARNER BROTHERS, DISCOVERY

speaker
Moderator
Sara Guaglione
10:05 a.m. EDT
Maximizing Gain and Minimizing Pain: How Publishers Can Take Advantage of Automation to Drive Revenue
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Publishers today are caught between the demands of revenue generation, operational efficiency and creative excellence. Automating operational tasks can assist in achieving these goals. 

Hear findings from Theorem-led research across publishers, and learn from ad sales teams and ad operations teams about the pain points/blind spots affecting publishers today, suggestions to remove them and how to optimize your teams to drive more revenue.

speaker

Jay Kulkarni

CEO

THEOREM

10:20 a.m. EDT
Town Hall Recap and the Key to Programmatic Selling
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

In this short talk, U of Digital Founder & CEO Shiv Gupta will discuss the state of programmatic selling in 2023 with an eye on the future. What makes it hard, how you can be successful, key trends to be aware of and prepared for, etc. He’ll also introduce an exciting new partnership between U of Digital and Digiday that will help sellers navigate the programmatic space more effectively.

speaker

Shiv Gupta

MANAGING PARTNER

U OF DIGITAL

10:35 a.m. EDT
Closing Remarks and Key Takeaways
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

We’ll wrap the summit by going over the key takeaways from the three days of content.

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Speakers

  • speaker
    Jennie BairdBBC EVP & MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIGITAL NEWS AND STREAMING
  • speaker
    Rashidah BashirWARNER BROTHERS, DISCOVERYDIRECTOR, EDITORIAL AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
  • speaker
    Deb BrettCONDE NASTGLOBAL CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER
  • speaker
    Rob CalioloJW PLAYERVP OF PRODUCT
  • speaker
    Patrick CraneBLUECONIC DIRECTOR OF SALES
  • speaker
    Greg DaleCOMSCORECOO
  • speaker
    Daisy DonaldFT STRATEGIESPRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF AMERICAS
  • speaker
    Mat DrelaZEROPARK COMMERCE MEDIAMANAGING DIRECTOR
  • speaker
    Cornelius FreyOPINARYCEO
  • speaker
    Shiv GuptaU OF DIGITALMANAGING PARTNER
  • speaker
    Mike HadgisBLAVITYCRO
  • speaker
    Cory HaikVICE MEDIA CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER
  • speaker
    Jay KulkarniTHEOREMCEO
  • speaker
    Walker LinaresLG ADSDIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMATIC PARTNERSHIP
  • speaker
    K.C. McLeodVIDEOELEPHANTSVP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • speaker
    Meagan MyersAMC NETWORKSDIRECTOR, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS
  • speaker
    Michael LissNEW YORK POSTVP, PRODUCT
  • speaker
    Josef NajmTHOMSON REUTERSDIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIPS
  • speaker
    Ariscelle NovicioNEW YORK POSTSVP & HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY
  • speaker
    Charlotte OwenBUSTLE DIGITAL GROUPEDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUSTLE & ELITE DAILY
  • speaker
    Dr. Jon RobertsDOTDASH MEREDITHCHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER
  • speaker
    Ian SamuelPUBMATICREGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
  • speaker
    Michael SilbermanPIANOEVP MEDIA STRATEGY
  • speaker
    Riva SyropAPARTMENT THERAPY MEDIAPRESIDENT
  • speaker
    Blair TapperTHE INDEPENDENTSENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, U.S.
  • speaker
    Sebastian TomichTHE ATHLETICCHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
  • speaker
    Kristin WalsiferCEROSSENIOR DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS, MEDIA AND PUBLISHING
  • speaker
    Mark ZoharVIAFOURAPRESIDENT & CEO
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Attendees

    Who Attends?
    • 90%
      Director-level and above
    • 88%
      Expect to do business with a connection made
    • 91%
      Are investing in their tech stacks
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Sponsors

Venue

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

455 Grand Bay Drive Miami
FL 33149
Please note our room block at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne is now fully booked. The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has some rooms still available but at their rack rate.

We suggest the following hotels within 8 Miles of the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne.

Novotel Miami Brickell
1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33129
Business Class, 7.9 miles, 18-minute drive

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown
50 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130
Budget Suites, 8.1 miles, 20-minute drive

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