In this program, brought to you by NYU Stern School of Business and UCLA Anderson School of Management, we
highlight our MBA alumni in the entertainment and media industry.
In this panel discussion, panelists from banking, business development, marketing and other careers in
entertainment and media, share their insights on the evolving industry and their career experiences in staying up to
speed on the industry, including:
- What are the current trends and drivers in the industry?
- What are the hot areas and implications for MBA students/alumni with their careers?
- Where are their challenges in the industry that may create future opportunities?
- What are the biggest changes with all the new technologies and digitalization of the industry?
- What skills are important in the industry?
Featured panelists include:
- Lisa Buckley (NYU Stern '06,) VP Global Marketing at Sony Music Entertainment
- John Fargis (UCLA Anderson '92,) Managing Director, Head of Media Investment Banking at Jefferies &
- Gregoire Gensollen (UCLA Anderson '06,) SVP International Distribution & Strategy at FilmNation
- Claire Mannis (NYU Stern '81,) Chief of Marketing, Ops and Client Services at IconicTV
- Jennifer Vescio (UCLA Anderson '05,) VP of Business Development at ESPN
- Moderator: NYU Stern Faculty
About The Panelists:
John Fargis is a Managing Director and Head of Media Investment Banking at Jefferies LLC. Mr. Fargis has worked with clients such as ThomsonReuters, Playboy Enterprises, McGraw-Hill Companies, Miramax, Lionsgate, Idearc, DexOne, American Media, Journal Register Company, Capital IQ, Gatehouse Media as well as with numerous media-focused financial sponsors. He has executed merger and acquisition transactions and public and private equity and debt financings with an aggregate value in excess of $100 billion in his 25 year career. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2008, Mr. Fargis worked at Bear Stearns for fourteen years in the Media, Technology and Financial Sponsor coverage groups. Before Bear Stearns he worked at BlackRock and Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Fargis received an MBA from UCLA/Anderson and a BA from Hamilton College.
Gregoire Gensollen is SVP, International Distribution & Strategy at FilmNation where he manages distribution strategy, pricing and deal analysis on US and international sales, as well as strategic planning and business development. Most recently he oversaw the international releases of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder and Rian Johnson’s Looper. He works on the US distribution deals for all FilmNation productions, including Jeff Nichols’ Mud and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Previously, he spent five years at Lionsgate in Los Angeles as VP of International Strategic & Sales Planning. For both Film and TV, he was in charge of international deal structuring. He managed this for Sales as well as Motion Picture Acquisitions & Co-Productions, on projects such as Paul Haggis’ Next Three Days, Pour Elle, and Hunger Games. During his tenure, he handled international pricing and distribution strategy of more than 50 feature film releases. Prior to joining Lionsgate, he spent two years in theatrical marketing and distribution at Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, and international divisions of Warner Bros and Paramount. Gregoire graduated in 2006 from UCLA Anderson’s MBA, with emphasis on Film Production through the UCLA Film Producers Program. Gregoire was recently featured in the 2012 Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders”.
Claire Mannis has had a distinguished career as both a marketing and new business development executive. After receiving her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she spent 15 years at American Express where she developed, launched, and built a number of financial services franchises. In particular, she played a pivotal role in the product development, branding, and marketing that resulted in the extraordinarily successful launches of Amex' Optima Card and the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. Additionally, as GM for the Platinum, Gold and Green Card Lines of Credit she had P&L responsibility for a nearly $50 million business. Most recently, Claire was President and Co-Founder of CM Career Management, an executive coaching company with a number of top-tier clients including Microsoft and Citibank. Claire has been with IconicTV from the start, and loves the fact that she has gone from marketing credit cards, to marketing YT videos with names like, “Blow Your Head” and “Bubble Butt.”
Jen Vescio is the Vice President of Business Development at ESPN in New York City. She has held various roles at CBS Interactive, Yahoo!, Yodlee, Monster.com and SAS. She started her career in NYC’s Silicon Alley (circa 1995) and moved to Silicon Valley in 1999. Entrepreneurial ventures include Studentcenter.com (sold to Monster.com), Yodlee.com (still operating in Redwood Shores, CA) and serving as an advisor to various startups including Taaz (in San Diego, CA). She also served as the President of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network where she graduated from the school in 2005. Read more about Jennifer Vescio here, @crunchbase on Twitter, or on crunchbase on Facebook.