Television has been forever disrupted. We live in a world where Netflix is Oscar-nominated, and where Aereo wants to permanently terminate the cable box. Our collective viewing experiences are built around time-shifting, streaming, content binges and the second screen.
As traditional broadcasters move to stay competitive, they are opening themselves up to experimentation in the pursuit of amazing content experiences. Join us for a conversation that explores the opportunities that exist for startups hoping to shape the future of media.
– Hear from industry leaders about their challenges and goals for the future
– Learn how to pitch your product to broadcast and media professionals
– Network with entrepreneurs with their eyes on the broadcast space
Snacks will be provided. Catering by CaterToronto (A FoodSpokes initiative). CaterToronto is the community-based catering network for economic outcomes. They connect around initiatives to enhance delicious and dignified entrepreneurial and employment opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area.
Paul McGrath: Executive Producer, Interactive, CBC Television
Paul McGrath oversees the interactive strategy and online presence for a several daily and weekly shows for the CBC. He’s just finished working on the Olympics – where he was working on visualizing social networks on TV. Broadly he’s into social TV and audience interactivity. He also recently launched a summit on television innovation called Innovate TV Summit.
Monika Platek – Social Media Lead, CBC Sports
Monika Platek just returned from Sochi, Russia where she covered her third Olympic Games on social and digital platforms. She is the Social Media Lead for CBC Sports which includes Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics and the upcoming FIFA World Cup. She has been part of the hockey and sports world for over a decade, spending most of it with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a host, reporter and digital lead. One of her most fulfilling projects happened in March 2011 when she traveled to Afghanistan to host ‘Hockey Night in Kandahar’ and share the troops’ stories on multiple platforms.
Richard Kanee, Founder, Creative D
Richard has spent more than fifteen years in the trenches of the digital media revolution. For over a decade he led digital strategy and business development for broadcasters including MuchMusic and CTV. There he pioneered many cross-platform successes that reached across broadcast, interactive television, web, mobile and live events.
In 2010, Richard founded Creative D Inc. Over its three year life the company developed new content distribution experiences and worked with tier one media companies including Warner Music, Comedy Central, Fox and Disney.
Nathon Gunn, CEO, LightningPlatform.com
Nathon is the founder of LightningPlatform.com, a powerful application management system that makes life easier for programmers so they can focus on what they do best: create. A serial entrepreneur, Nathon is the founder of Bitcasters, Social Game Universe & LightningPlatform.com. He helped launch Citytv & MuchMusic Interactive, Miramax New Media and Bluematter @ Universal Music and orchestrated the first ever Grammys backstage webcast.
Hosted by Rob Domagala, Director of Strategy & Business Development at The Working Group