2 June 2022
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Where Australia’s media industry meets

Meteoric investments in content creation, a sharp incline in digital consumption, and fundamental changes to the ways we access, share, and consume content – our global media environment is in the midst of significant overhaul.

Serious leaders in every dimension of the business of media must remain abreast of the shifts in consumer behaviour, leaps in technological innovation, and bold new policy directions that may prove consequential for the future of the industry.

The Business of Media Summit secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority to advance this crucial dialogue.

Uniting leaders from across the media and entertainment sector, including advertising and digital stakeholders and content-creators, the Summit is an essential platform for responding to the change sweeping through the industry.

Why Attend

  • Your experience is at the heart of the Summit. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking with the media, entertainment, news and advertising minds shaping business.
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  • The Summit secures involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
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  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
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  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes focussed agenda.

Gain Access

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16 Leading Industry Speakers
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1 Powerful Day
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Executive Learning Agenda
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6 Keynotes
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200+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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Past Speakers

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Michael Miller
Executive Chairman

News Corp Australasia
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Michael Miller
Executive Chairman

News Corp Australasia
Michael Miller was appointed Executive Chairman Australasia of News Corp Australia in November 2015. He has over 25 years’ experience working in senior executive roles in the media industry, most recently as the CEO of APN News and Media (now HT&E).

Mr Miller was previously the Regional Director for News Limited in New South Wales, the Managing Director of Advertiser News Media in South Australia, and News Limited’s Group Marketing Director.

Mr Miller is currently the Chairman of the Premium Content Alliance and a Director of Foxtel.

Mr Miller is a former Director of News Limited, Fox Sports Australia, carsguide.com.au, Sky Network (NZ) Television Limited, The Committee for Sydney and Waratahs Rugby.
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Jackie Lee-Joe
Chief Marketing Officer

BBC Worldwide (UK)
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Jackie Lee-Joe
Chief Marketing Officer

BBC Worldwide (UK)
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Kevin Mayer
Fmr CEO TikTok & Chairman, Disney Direct-to-Consumer
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Kevin Mayer
Fmr CEO TikTok & Chairman, Disney Direct-to-Consumer
Kevin Mayer is a former top executive at The Walt Disney Company overseeing its international Direct-to-Consumer business, which included global streaming platforms, Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. Mr. Mayer architected the development and successful rollout of Disney+ that today has over 100M subscribers. Prior to that role, Mr. Mayer served as Chief Strategy Officer for Disney, where he oversaw and executed major acquisitions, including Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film, Bamtech, and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, Mr. Mayer served as CEO of TikTok and COO of its parent company, ByteDance--driving one of the greatest disruptions in social media history, helping steer the world’s fourth-largest social media platform with nearly 700M users. Mr. Mayer currently serves as Chairman of DAZN Group, a leading global streaming service for professional sports and entertainment. He is on the Board of the Forest Road Company and a Strategic Advisor to Forest Road Acquisition Corp., a special acquisition company, which recently announced a three-way merger to create the premier at-home connected fitness platform trading under the ticker, $BODY. Mr. Mayer is also an advisory board member at Salesforce and Access Industries.
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Rod Sims
Chair

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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Rod Sims
Chair

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in August 2011 for an initial five-year term, reappointed for a further three years in August 2016, and reappointed again for a further three years until July 2022, making him the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales (IPART), Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and a member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, where he advised the CEOs and boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chair of the ACCC.

Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications. Between 1988 and 1990 Rod was the Economic Advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister.

Rod holds a first-class honours degree in commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
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Mark Thompson
Fmr, CEO The New York Times, Director General BBC
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Mark Thompson
Fmr, CEO The New York Times, Director General BBC
Mark Thompson stepped down as President & CEO at The New York Times Company in the summer of 2020 after an eight-year tenure in which the 170-year-old news brand was transformed into a digital powerhouse. Digital subscribers jumped to nearly 6 million, up from half a million when he joined, while digital revenues topped $450 million at the end of 2019. Mark’s appointment at The New York Times Company followed an eight-year term as Director General of the BBC. He is widely credited with expanding the BBC’s digital reach and overseeing development of the BBC iPlayer. He joined the BBC from Channel 4 where he was Chief Executive from 2002 to 2004. Before Channel 4 he held a series of senior posts at the BBC including Director of Television. His BBC career began as production trainee. He went on to edit several news programmes including The Nine O’clock News and Panorama before becoming Controller of BBC Two. His book, “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” was published in the UK and US in September 2016. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College Oxford.
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Kylie Watson-Wheeler
SVP & Managing Director

The Walt Disney Company
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Kylie Watson-Wheeler
SVP & Managing Director

The Walt Disney Company
Kylie Watson-Wheeler is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, of The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand. Kylie is responsible for The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand across Film, TV, Digital, Home Entertainment, content distribution and streaming services. She manages a portfolio of content and products across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, ABC Studios (US), 20th Century Fox and National Geographic. Kylie has 17 years of entertainment industry experience and has led multiple areas of business across The Walt Disney Company including content, marketing, sales, consumer products and theatrical distribution. She has also held responsibility for the Publishing business across the region including India, South East Asia and Korea. Before joining Disney, Kylie was the Director of Advertising and Brand management for Hallmark Cards Inc., based in Kansas City, USA, where she oversaw and managed the marketing function for Hallmark’s US$4 billion business. Prior to moving to the US, Kylie was Hallmark Australia’s Marketing Manager. Kylie also has held various marketing positions at Coca-Cola Amatil and Penguin Books. Kylie is also the President of The Western Bulldogs (AFL Club). In addition she is a Board Member of Mentone Grammar School and the Motion Pictures Distribution Association of Australia (MPDAA). She holds directorships for the following entities: The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific Pty Ltd Twenty-First Century Fox Film Distributors Pty Ltd Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd The Walt Disney Company (New Zealand) Ltd She is based in Melbourne and has two teenage children.
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Beau Avril
Global Head of Product

Google (USA)
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Beau Avril
Global Head of Product

Google (USA)
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Jora Gill
Chief Digital Officer

The Economist (UK)
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Jora Gill
Chief Digital Officer

The Economist (UK)
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Parry Ravindranathan
President International

Bloomberg Media (HK)
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Parry Ravindranathan
President International

Bloomberg Media (HK)
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Francesca Donner
Director, Gender Initiative

The New York Times (USA)
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Francesca Donner
Director, Gender Initiative

The New York Times (USA)
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Zahra Rasool
Editorial Lead - Contrast VR

Al Jazeera Digital (USA)
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Zahra Rasool
Editorial Lead - Contrast VR

Al Jazeera Digital (USA)
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Ed Wells
Executive Vice Presdient

WWE (USA)
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Ed Wells
Executive Vice Presdient

WWE (USA)
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Paul Anderson
CEO

Network Ten
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Paul Anderson
CEO

Network Ten
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Greg Heywood
CEO

Fairfax Media
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Greg Heywood
CEO

Fairfax Media
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Suzy Nicoletti
Managing Director

Twitter
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Suzy Nicoletti
Managing Director

Twitter
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Wim Ponnet
Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer

Endemol Shine Group (UK)
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Wim Ponnet
Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer

Endemol Shine Group (UK)
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Mark Adams
Vice President and Head of Innovation

VICE Media (UK)
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Mark Adams
Vice President and Head of Innovation

VICE Media (UK)
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Katrina Craigwell
Vice-President, Global Marketing Innovation

GE Digital (USA)
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Katrina Craigwell
Vice-President, Global Marketing Innovation

GE Digital (USA)
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Eric Edge
Head of Global Marketing Communications

Pinterest (USA)
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Eric Edge
Head of Global Marketing Communications

Pinterest (USA)
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Sam Toles
Head of Global Content and Distribution

Vimeo (USA)
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Sam Toles
Head of Global Content and Distribution

Vimeo (USA)
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Liz Walsh
Vice President, Brand Marketing

Forbes (USA)
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Liz Walsh
Vice President, Brand Marketing

Forbes (USA)
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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 4th year, the Business of Media Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. The Summit is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with the Media industry, the Business of Media Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

Venue/Accommodation Details

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

Click here for more venue details

Accommodation Offer at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

To book, please email H3021-RE@accor.com or call +612 8217 4000 to speak with reservations.

Delegates are required to quote ‘CONNECTMED21’ to receive a discounted rate of $190 room only per room per night nett. This discount is valid for travel between 26th April 2021 and 10th  June 2021 and is valid until 7 days to arrival date of the event. Rooms are subject to availability and rates will be quoted at the time of booking.

 

General Information

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card upon booking and valid at the start of your stay, unless otherwise specified.
  • Check-in is available from 14:00 on the day of arrival.
  • Check-out required by 11:00 on the day of departure.

Cancellation

  • No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00, up until 1 day prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged.
  • Prior to this time, cancellations made in writing will be accepted via email sent to H3021-RE@accor.com.
  • Cancellation fees will be charged to your credit card (or to any other proof of guarantee provided).

Payment & Check-In

  • Desired method of payment is required during check-in, accommodation rate will be settled upon check-in. If your booking was guaranteed by a credit card, the card must be sighted by Reception during check-in.
  • At the time of check in, a pre-authorisation of your credit card will be taken to extend you a line of credit so you can use the hotel facilities at your leisure.
  • All credit card transactions incur a 1.3% surcharge in addition to the amount payable.

All times stated are local Sydney time. This offer is for direct non-commissionable bookings only.

For more information please click here

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 04/03/2022)
$595 + GST
$1785 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 05/03/2022)
$795 + GST
$2,385 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to marketing executives, please email jackm@connectmedia.com to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence.

The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact team@connectmedia.com.

We look forward to delivering this event for you.








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