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In the borderless digital world, the pursuit of innovation and relevance is transforming the speed, scale and impact of consumer interactions with media in all its forms.
The boundaries of content have been shattered by new platforms, audiences and influencers, threatening traditional models yet opening up limitless opportunities for media businesses and brands.
As organisations vie for growth and competitive advantage in an ever more complex and crowded media landscape, the Business of Media Summit equips leaders with the vision, strategy and leadership tactics to shape and sustain the success of their media business.
Join executives from across the entire media spectrum – television, film, radio, music, games and publishing, as well as brand and agency stakeholders, technology suppliers, regulators and investors – as they uncover the models and strategies determining growth and resilience in 2017 and beyond.
The Business of Media Summit is an event like no other, a unique opportunity that congregates high-profile stakeholders from Australia’s media, entertainment, content and advertising sectors. This strategic event is your guide to media change, reform and innovation.
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 5 Star networking environment
Chief Executive Officer
FremantleMedia International (UK)
Jens Richter is Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia International (FMI). He oversees the global distribution of FremantleMedia’s finished programming and home entertainment catalogue, manage the sales and acquisitions teams across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia and to drive FMI’s content acquisition strategy.
Since joining the business, Richter has built and strengthened FMI’s slate, particularly in drama, and has driven activity in the co-financing and co-production space. He oversaw the deal for US network, Sundance, to become co-production partner for UFA Fiction’s Deutschland ’83, which doubled the slot on the channel, and secured the global roll out of FremantleMedia North America’s first scripted title The Returned, a co-production with A&E Studios, through an international distribution deal with Netflix.
Richter joined the business from Red Arrow where he was Group Director and MD of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (RAEG). He was instrumental in building RAEG into a global production and distribution group, packaging, co-financing and facilitating Red Arrow’s UK and US scripted slate for the international market, including the global rollout of formats The Taste and Off Their Rockers, which became hits on US networks ABC and NBC respectively. Richter was also MD of Red Arrow International (RAI), a business he built from scratch and turned into an international distribution house. He was responsible for packaging and co-financing drama series, overall representation deals and extended the business into the digital space.
Prior this, Richter served as Managing Director for Beta Film, directing all sales, marketing and content acquisition as well as deficit financing and co-financing. He joined the business from Prisma Sports & Media where he was Senior Vice President for between 1999 and 2000. Based in London, Richter created new programming concepts around emerging digital infrastructures and a new digital distribution business for sports and sports-related content.
Jens is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Chief Creative Officer
Sony Pictures Entertainment (UK)
Garvie started his television career as a sports researcher at Granada Television in 1988. From there he spent ten years at Granada eventually becoming Director of Broadcasting. He then moved to the BBC, assuming the role of Head of BBC Entertainment Group. Under his leadership, his team devised shows such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Dragon’s Den’, as well as overseeing long running shows like ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Weakest Link’, ‘Later’ and ‘Question of Sport’. He later joined BBC Worldwide as Managing Director, Content & Production. In this role he held responsibility for turning a number of formats, such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Doctor Who’, into global brands, selling ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to the US network ABC as ‘Dancing with the Stars’. He left BBC Worldwide and joined All3MEDIA, where he was Managing Director, International Production, with special responsibility for the company’s growth in the US before joining Sony Pictures Television in 2012.
Executive Vice President, & Head of International
Ed Wells is the Executive Vice President and Head of International at WWE, a publicly traded (NYSE: WWE) global entertainment company. In this role, Wells is responsible for the strategic development of WWE’s brand and businesses outside of the U.S., including the expansion of its media distribution and growth of WWE Network. He also oversees WWE’s key regional offices including the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, China, India, and Asia Pacific. Wells is based in WWE’s Stamford, Connecticut headquarters and reports directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
Wells joined the company in January 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, Japan, where he established the Tokyo office. He went on to become Vice President and General Manager, Asia, in 2009, managing the Asia Pacific business. In September 2011, Wells was elevated to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International, repatriating to the U.S.
Prior to joining WWE, Wells held several senior management and business development roles at Viacom and Nickelodeon.
Wells received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and later earned Master of Arts degrees in International Studies from both American University and Ritsumeikan University. Wells has served as a board member of The Ali Forney Center in New York City since January 2016.
Nine Entertainment Co.
Global Head of Product Commercialisation
Deputy International Editor
The New York Times (USA)
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Parry Ravindranthan is Managing Director – International, overseeing Bloomberg Media’s growth efforts in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
Since joining Bloomberg in 2010, Parry has overseen the growth of the Media Group’s Asia-Pacific business across all platforms, and played a key part in the recent launch of Bloomberg Business Asia. He has expanded Bloomberg Media’s commercial products, executed innovative distribution strategies, and helped Bloomberg Media Group realize a leadership position in the region.
Under his leadership, Bloomberg TV Asia has also expanded commercial partnerships in India, the Philippines and Mongolia, deepened Asia-Pacific news coverage and is today an award-winning network available to over 360 million homes worldwide.
Prior to his regional role based in Hong Kong, Parry was executive producer managing the Bloomberg TV partnership in Mumbai. His broadcast career has included roles as Editor at Al Jazeera in Qatar and Assistant Editor at CNBC-TV18 (Network18) in India.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Ebeid commenced as Managing Director of SBS in June 2011. He has almost 30 years’ experience in senior management and executive roles across the technology, telecommunications and media industries.
During Michael’s time at the organisation, SBS has launched Australia’s first National Indigenous Television (NITV) free-to-air television channel, refocused SBS 2 to attract younger audiences to the network, modernised in-language programming across analogue and digital radio, and increased its commercial revenues. Under his leadership, the organisation has embraced digital technologies and opportunities, with catch-up service SBS ON DEMAND now available on more platforms and devices than any other Australian broadcaster, and the SBS website awarded “Best Publisher of the year” by AMIA in 2014.
Prior to SBS, Michael was the Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at the ABC, and before that was the Commercial Operations Director at Optus Communications for 10 years, managing the Consumer and Multimedia Division, Optus’ largest division with over 3,000 staff, which included Pay TV. Michael began his career at IBM where he held numerous positions over nine years, across finance, sales and marketing, also working in Tokyo, Japan, and other Asian countries.
Michael completed a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University), International Executive Development Program (INSEAD Business College, France), and Media Strategies Program (Harvard Business School, Boston).
Chief Executive Officer
Ed Harrison joined Yahoo7 as the CEO following years of experience working with leading global, European and Australian media companies. Ed joins Yahoo7 from Fairfax Media where he held the role of Group Sales Director.
Prior to his most recent role, Ed was Commercial Director, Fairfax Digital and the General Manager of JCDecaux Australia.
Ed holds qualifications in Economic and Political Development from the University of Exeter, has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a current board member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Huffington Post Australia
Chief Sales Officer
Brian Gallagher, Chief Sales Officer at Southern Cross Austereo is a media executive with strong commercial and technical broadcast experience across both metro and regional media. Brian has worked in Radio, free to air TV, Pay TV, content marketing and production, technical broadcast, programmatic trading as well as broader entrepreneurial and global media strategy, for both established and start-up companies in Australia and globally.
Chief Executive Officer
Media Intelligence Co.
Head of TV & Content
Paul Rybicki is the Head of TV & Content at Optus. The team he leads brings together content acquisition and TV and video content delivery across Optus’ mobile and fixed network platforms (via OTT, IPTV and Satellite) to bring content to Australian’s a unique and exciting way.
Prior to this role, Paul headed up Insights at Optus, where he was responsible for using customer, marketing and product data to help the business understand customers more effectively and drive marketing campaigns and decisions using data and advanced analytics.
Paul has previously worked in a range of other senior roles, including Head of Insights at News Corp-owned Pay TV operators in the UK and Australia. Paul also spent a decade in Europe and the Asia Pacific, where he was a strategy consultant for Capgemini, supporting a number of telco and media clients, including the launch of a mobile operator in Bulgaria.
Head of Digital
Finn has been helping organisations with their digital strategy since the days of dial up. He currently leads Cricket Australia’s digital division, which includes an independent newsroom that covers cricket across the globe. Prior to CA, Finn headed News Corp’s national AFL (SuperFooty) and racing (SuperRacing) networks, before becoming its first National Digital Sports Editor. While there, he was a two-time Quill winner for best use of the online medium. In a varied career, Finn has been founding editor of Triple J’s magazine JMag, a sports reporter and the author of a pretty unsuccessful bar guide. He still pinches himself that he gets paid to watch, talk and argue about sport for a living.
Head of Content
ITV Studios Australia
Chief Digital Officer
Seven West Media
Chief Executive Officer
Jason Scott is CEO of Allure Media, a next generation media company with a diverse portfolio. Allure Media partner with some of the world’s largest and most innovative media companies to create Australian versions of global media and ecommerce brands that people love. The growing portfolio of partners includes Business Insider, Gizmodo Media Group, Pop Sugar Network, ShopStyle, and the Who What Wear Network. Most recently launching Kin Community Australia, You Tube’s number one video network for women. During his career, he has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, and Asia building teams across a range of businesses, cultures and markets working for global media companies including Havas Media and Microsoft.
Chief Digital Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Radio Network
Tony Kendall commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Radio Network (ARN) in December 2015. Tony joined ARN from Bauer Media where he spent almost three years as director of sales. He joined Bauer in early 2013 from News Corp Australia where he spent over 23 years in senior commercial management roles across Melbourne, Sydney and New York, including a year as the CEO of the Australian magazine division. Tony has also been a Director of the Melbourne Fashion Festival since 2010.
Director of Digital Network and Director of Corporate Strategy & Planning
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Senior Vice-President & General Manager
Viacom International Media Networks
Ben Richardson is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia and New Zealand, a role he has held since February 2014.
Mr. Richardson is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of VIMN’s Australian and New Zealand business which includes linear and digital operations for all MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Spike-branded businesses, as well as commercial partnerships, programme sales, consumer products and other ancillary businesses.
Mr. Richardson was promoted after serving as Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon Australia where is credited with spearheading the popular and award-winning “Slimefest,” Australia’s only kid and family friendly music festival. He also led brand initiatives including the development of Nick Jr’s “Play Along with Sam,” Nickelodeon’s partnerships with Tennis Australia and SeaWorld, as well as collaborating with other children’s broadcasters on an unprecedented preschool marketing campaign for Foxtel, VIMN’s joint-venture partner in Nickelodeon Australia.
Prior to joining Nickelodeon Australia, Mr. Richardson was the Vice President and General Manager for VIMN Korea, a role he assumed after success in a variety of content and creative roles within the company in India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. Mr. Richardson first joined VIMN in 2005 as Content and Creative Director for Nickelodeon India after serving as Executive Producer for Channel [V].
Mr. Richardson is based at Viacom International Media Networks’ headquarters in East Sydney and reports to Mark Whitehead, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of VIMN Asia Pacific.
Vice-President General Manager Asia Pacific
WWE Asia Pacific
Chief Executive Officer
Kim Portrate is one of the most experienced marketing minds in Australia.
As the inaugural CEO of Think TV, an evidence-led marketing, research and technology development company her mission is to show that multi-platform television remains the most effective platform for the Australian advertising marketing and media community.
Kim has more than two decades’ experience in the packaged goods, telco, finance and tourism industries and has worked in creative agencies and media agencies in the US and Australia.
She has led marketing projects and departments for companies as diverse as Unilever, Pepsi Cola, Optus, AMP and Tourism Australia.
Last year, Kim was recognised as one of the top 15 marketing officers in Australia by CMO magazine and more recently named in Adnews Power 50.
General Manager, AFL Media
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand
BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm of the BBC and exists to commercialise the entertainment assets of the BBC.
As Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, Jon Penn leads the 120 strong team based in Sydney and has responsibility for the global business in region. The ANZ region generates yearly revenue of over AU$150m across a broad range of business areas including six wholly owned channels, multi-platform television sales and distribution, TV format production, brand licensing, advertising sales, live events, digital and consumer products.
In his role at BBC Worldwide, Jon engages his passion for developing and leading strategy and business performance – engaging high performance teams who build and distribute great entertainment brands and content.
Prior to BBC Worldwide, he spent 11 years with global content producer and distributor FremantleMedia rising to the position of CEO Asia Pacific for FremantleMedia Enterprises.
Recently completing his executive MBA at Stanford, he is a director of subscription TV industry body ASTRA and acts as an advisory board member to edu tech startup Cashtivity. In 2015, Jon was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the 30 most influential people in television.
Simon Crerar is BuzzFeed Australia’s Editor-in-Chief. The founding editor of the local edition, he leads a growing editorial team publishing impactful news reporting, entertaining buzz content, viral videos, and the most shared memes in Australia. Prior to BuzzFeed, he worked at The Times and Sunday Times in London, and at News Corp Australia. Born and raised in Edinburgh, he is the author of 88 Reasons Why Australia Is The Craziest, a book inspired by his biggest BuzzFeed post.
In an age where today’s trends become yesterday’s news and the outlook for the media industry is increasingly hard to predict, leaders are faced with a new mandate: converting uncertainty into opportunity. What kinds of competitive forces are challenging the structure and reputation of the media industry in 2017–18, and how are executives responding? What developments in media policy and reform are likely to have the most impact on the industry, and why are these changes unfolding? How can regulators and stakeholders support the development and distribution of Australian media both at home and globally?
As the demands and expectations of consumers continue to stretch media innovation to new heights, leaders are revitalising business models, product offerings and digital strategy to engage more individuals and communities in more powerful ways. What are the ongoing opportunities and challenges shaped by consumption trends including a surge in user control, cord cutting, and the time spent on mobile, social and digital media? How are media organisations addressing the hyper-fragmentation and re-aggregation of consumer behaviour across devices and channels? In the race to make media resonate with Millennials and Centennials, how are the wants and needs of these and other generations being listened to and addressed?
Faced with pressures to generate unique, convenient and viral content, media today can be a battleground where quality information competes with noise, where attention is a rare commodity and where consumers fight back through social and democratised content. What does it take to make content truly stand out in 2017? How are organisations defining – and refining – their understanding of audience engagement? What have leaders learnt from the successes and limitations of their in-house content, external content partnerships and strategies to monetise content? As more organisations pursue viral content, how are leaders approaching the quality, veracity and integrity of the media and its role in wider society?
From efficiency through to scale and impact, technology and data hold the promise to convert ideas into innovation, revenue and reach. What kinds of cutting-edge technologies have media businesses implemented, and what have been the results and challenges so far? How is data being collected and interpreted in ways that are valuable and meaningful for consumers, advertisers and other media stakeholders? In what ways are data systems and analytics impacting day-to-day operations and providing insights that can be harnessed across the enterprise? How are leaders integrating technology, data and digital strategy with broader strategic planning?
Navigating brand identity, efficiency, growth and sustainability is generating fresh approaches to change management within and between media organisations. How are leaders evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of direct and off-platform distribution models? In what ways can organisations convert the growing tide of participatory media, bloggers and social influencers into new opportunities? How are internal enterprise structures adapting to industry change and expectations around cross-functionality? What can established organisations learn from start-ups and new media about optimising the resources, impact and outcomes of media strategy?
As native and programmatic advertising, artificial intelligence and other developments reconfigure the consumer messaging landscape, leaders are finding new ways to adapt and strengthen media revenue models. How do personalisation and programmatic advertisements really impact consumer trust and user experience? In what ways are leaders connecting metrics such as clicks, shares and viewing time with business outcomes? How is the media industry addressing issues around viewability, adblocking, ad fraud and the flight of ad revenue to social and search giants? In an age of growing reliance upon peer approval, how are marketers communicating effectively with both individuals and communities to maximise reach, revenue and influence?
Fuelled by new trends, technology and talent, the future of media holds vast potential for those who are prepared to seize upon – and shape – the opportunities of innovation. How will media innovators continue to redefine the nature of media and its impacts on society? In what ways are media leaders helping their organisations to plan for the future and cultivate sustainable long-term growth? Amid the hype and scepticism of a “post-truth” world, how will media brands win and maintain consumer trust and loyalty?
The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) is the peak body representing the subscription media industry in Australia. Members include television operators, independent content companies, technology companies and the industries that support them.
ASTRA members produce content seen by nearly nine million Australians. In 2015/16 the industry invested nearly $900 million in local production, filming in more than 100 cities and communities across Australia, creating 8300 jobs
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