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Tom Freston is a Principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc., where he also served as Chief Operating Officer. For seventeen years, Mr. Freston was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and other networks. Currently, he is Board Chairman of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization to fight extreme poverty and serves on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Moby Media in Afghanistan and Vice Media in New York.
Kathleen Grace is chief creative officer at New Form Digital, the only data-driven digital studio focused on scripted mobile-friendly content. Grace is charged with driving the next generation digital studio’s mission to develop high-quality, scripted and unscripted programming for today’s digital audiences.
Grave previously served as head of creative development for YouTubeSpace LA and has created several notable web series as an independent producer, including the critically acclaimed The Burg and Vuguru’s mockumentary The All for Nots.
Judy McGrath is the Founder and President of Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary, a new digital studio creating content for young adults that lives on every platform they do.
She is a veteran of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, where she oversaw the management and global operations of the company's multiplatform portfolio of brands. As Chairman and CEO, McGrath was responsible for the creative and business direction of all the company networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land, LOGO and Nick At Nite.
Bob Pittman is Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., which includes iHeartMedia, with the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in the US; iHeartRadio, the #1 all-in-one digital audio service; and Clear Channel Outdoor, with over 750,000 displays in over 40 countries.
Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of numerous companies including MTV Networks, AOL Networks and Quantum Media.
Pittman received AdWeek’s first ‘Media Visionary’ award in 2013 and was named one of Advertising Age's "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture."
Ben Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of Life on Air Inc., which most recently released the popular Meerkat app. Ben works with his team to pioneer "participatory media" through life-streaming communities.
Shane Smith is the founder and CEO of VICE, the global youth media brand. One of the industry’s most respected visionaries, Smith is also a critically acclaimed journalist, and the host and executive producer for the Emmy winning news series, VICE, on HBO.
Smith has reported from the world's most isolated and difficult places, including North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Liberia and Greenland.
Smith has been awarded numerous journalism and media awards, including the 2014 Knight Innovation Award and the Environmental Media Award.
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