About the Pulse Conference
Now in its 11th year, the UCLA Anderson Pulse Entertainment, Sports & Technology Conference brings together leading executives to share insights and perspective on the current trends, opportunities and challenges impacting the entertainment, sports and technology industries.
Hosted by the Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, the Pulse Conference is the ultimate forum for strategic discussion, game-changing insights and career-altering networking opportunities. This year’s theme is Monetizing the Global Audience. We will explore how the increasingly global market for media, entertainment and sports has transformed the industry by creating new opportunities for innovation, new consumer experiences and new business models. This year’s presenters will focus on a number of topics, including the following:
The event attracts roughly 500 students, business professionals and entrepreneurs, and benefits from the participation of influential business leaders and legends in the entertainment industry. Past presenters include Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of Quibi and co-founder of DreamWorks SKG; Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube; John Penotti, producer, Crazy Rich Asians; Jerry Bruckheimer, award-winning television and film producer; Kevin Lin, chief operating officer, Twitch; and Debra L. Lee, former chairman and CEO, BET Holdings Inc. (More on Pulse).
The annual conference, presented by the Center for MEMES, featured L.A. Sparks' Danita Johnson, and Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Game Changer Award
Head of Marketing
The Glimpse Group
Ms. Coghlan has always had a love for storytelling, in all its forms. After getting her BA in Film/Television Production & Marketing, Ms. Coghlan began her career working as a promotions coordinator at Nickelodeon, aiding in the launch of new shows and movies appealing to multiple demographics across the Nickelodeon ecosystem. After year after working in linear television, Ms. Coghlan was presented with the opportunity to manage the creation of “Play Along Videos” in the Nick Jr subscription-based app, Noggin. Ms. Coghlan helped build and oversaw the original team that transformed achieved “Moose and Zee” episodes into interactive stories that children ages 2-4 could explore. After this project launched, Ms. Coghlan was inspired to continue to work with emerging technologies, which lead her to the experimental Augmented and Virtual Reality company The Glimpse Group. For the past two years Katelyn has helped grow the Glimpse brand, along with the Glimpse subsidiary brands, while also managing the branding and advertising subsidiary that has successfully launched AR campaigns with brands like Adweek, been featured at industry events such as Forbes’ Content Summit, and begun establishing partnerships with various creative agencies in New York City.
Senior Vice President of Entertainment Content Partnerships
Jennifer Cohen is senior vice president of entertainment content partnerships, Turner Ignite. In this role, Cohen leads all solution-based brand partnerships across Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, and truTV, as well as the company’s movie studio business. She also oversees the newly-launched digital entertainment studio for brands, Turner Ignite Studios. Based in New York, she reports to Dan Riess, executive vice president of Turner Ignite. Cohen works closely with the company’s top advertisers to develop powerful brand campaigns that drive engagement with fans and robust return on investment for partners. This includes managing the partnership marketing relationship with CONAN, which has produced branded video hits such as “Ride Along” and “Clueless Gamer,” flagship branded series, and brand activations at the network’s tentpole events, including San Diego Comic-Con. Prior to her current position, Cohen was vice president of integrated marketing, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales. Before joining Turner in 2011, Cohen was a branded entertainment producer for Telepictures Productions, where she managed brand integration opportunities for Lopez Tonight, Ellen and TMZ. Previously, Cohen spent six years at NBC Universal’s USA Network on the consumer and event marketing side of the business, overseeing the movie studios and hit shows including Monk and Psych. Within this position, she helped spearhead some of USA Network’s first in-show brand integrations. Cohen launched her career at DreamWorks Animation the year the company was founded. Cohen and her team have been honored with industry recognition for their creative brand campaigns, including “Best in Show” and “Best Branded Content Program” at the Digiday Publishing Awards and “Gold in Branded Entertainment: Online” at One Show for the CONAN partnership with Universal Pictures’ “Ride Along 2” in 2017. They’ve also earned accolades at IAC Awards, PromaxBDA, Cable Faxies, Shorty Awards, OMMAs, among many others. Cohen received her bachelor’s degree in pre-law from UC Santa Barbara. A native of Los Angeles, CA, she currently resides in New York City. Turner Ignite is focused on reimagining advertising. Powered by unrivaled branded content services, data-rich ad targeting capabilities, first-of-its kind social optimization tools and global distribution, Turner Ignite empowers brands to build more meaningful connections with consumers and drive return on investment at scale. The business unit is backed by Turner’s wide-scale audience of diverse fans within its portfolio properties, including leading media brands Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Great Big Story, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV, Bleacher Report and Turner Sports' high-profile coverage of the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, ELEAGUE, UEFA and professional golf. In addition, the company has digital sales partnerships with the NBA, NCAA and PGA. Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology.
Gabrielle Cristobal is part of the Content Acquisitions team at Netflix focusing on licensed content from major and independent studios for both TV and Film. With the exception of a brief flirtation with the Beer industry as her M.B.A internship, she has worked in the TV/Media/Content space since 2004 with her first job as a master control operator at Cox Sports Television. She would go on to work at Versus (now NBC Sports), ESPN and Dish Network/Sling with positions in production, operations, marketing and ultimately, in content acquisition. Gabrielle holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Global Head of Original Content
Susanne Daniels is an award winning entertainment executive who has developed and produced some of the most iconic and groundbreaking series in entertainment. As Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, Susanne is responsible for leading the company’s overall efforts and investments in original content, including programming strategy, development, and production of series and feature films from some of YouTube’s most successful creators. Susanne brings an extraordinary level of programming experience to YouTube, spanning her most recent work as President of Programming at MTV as well as top posts as the President of Lifetime Television and The WB, Vice President of Comedy for Fox Television and more. In these roles she’s led the development for some of the most memorable shows on TV, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Army Wives, Charmed, 7th Heaven, Smallville, Project Runway, Martin, Living Single, and most recently Are You The One and Scream. Susanne serves on the boards of The Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Common Sense Media, among other advisory roles. She is based in Los Angeles where she resides with her husband, writer-producer-director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill).
Jae Goodman is CEO of Observatory Marketing (Formerly CAA Marketing), jointly backed by Stagwell Media and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Observatory provides corporate clients with strategic and creative solutions that leverage the power of popular culture to build brands and drive business results. Observatory clients include Activision Blizzard, Anheuser-Busch/InBev, Bonobos, Chipotle, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Esprit, GE, ModCloth and VCA. Past projects include work for Burberry, Dell, Dolby, GAP, LVMH, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus, Old Navy, QVC, (RED), Revlon, Umpqua Bank, Virgin and many more. Under Goodman’s leadership, CAA Marketing grew exponentially and expanded internationally, including global initiatives for Budweiser, Coca Cola and Canada Goose, and regional initiatives in China and South America for AB/InBev, all of which resulted in significant sales gains for their respective brands. CAA Marketing (now Observatory) has earned four Cannes Lions Grand Prix in four different categories (Film, Cyber, PR, Branded Content & Entertainment) and thirty Cannes Lions in total. CAA marketing is also responsible for the first and second brand films ever accepted to the Sundance Film Festival, eleven Emmy nominations for four different clients with four wins, and ten Webby Awards. In the past three consecutive years Goodman has been named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000, AdWeek's Creative 100, and Ad Age’s Creativity 50 list. In 2016, Goodman was elected to the Board of Effie Worldwide and selected as the inaugural President of the Cannes Lions Entertainment Jury. Goodman lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, where he serves on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Hospital and is on the faculty at his alma mater, UCLA.
Dr. Dan Hattrup has worked in analytics for the past 20 years, starting with sales forecasting and moving into customer insights around NPS and effort scoring. He worked for Charles Schwab for over ten years, in banking and telecom for 4 each. After being a long time customer of Teradata, he now brings this experience to bear as a Teradata consultant, helping multiple companies in the CME space better engage with the customers, increase acquisition and revenue per customer and lower attrition rates.
Founder and CEO
Founder & CEO
Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, Erik Huberman is a brand marketing expert, serial entrepreneur, and founder of Hawke Media, the fastest-growing digital marketing agency in Los Angeles. Ranked #110 on the Inc. 5000, Hawke Media created The Nest––a popup co-retail space in the heart of Venice Beach––and works with clients like Kelly Osbourne, Red Bull, Verizon and Eddie Bauer.
Prior to Hawke, Erik exited his company Swag of the Month and was recruited to Science Incubator (Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, MeUndies), where he grew Ellie.com’s sales to $1 million in four months. Erik is an Inc. Top 25 Marketing Influencer, and an Entrepreneur Top 50 Entrepreneurs to Watch. Dedicated to driving results, Erik can discuss how data and analytics are driving decision-making across entertainment, retail/ecommerce and more. Hawke Media is also building the first-ever AI marketing platform, aggregating thousands of data sets for smarter decision-making and benchmarking. Erik spoke on artificial intelligence at Tech in Motion, alongside IBM Watson.
President & COO
Los Angeles Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks hired Danita Johnson as president and chief operation officer in January 2019 in her second stint with the WNBA team.
She previously worked as the team’s senior vice president. Johnson most recently was director of business operations for the Los Angeles Clippers, overseeing their G League affiliate.
Johnson has also worked for the Phoenix Suns, Tulsa Shock and Washington Mystics during her 14 years in professional basketball.
SVP of Television
Ali is currently the SVP of Television at Annapurna Pictures. Prior to that, she was director of development at Sue Naegle’s production company, Naegle Ink. Ali got her start working as an NBC Page in New York, and moved to Los Angeles to work in series production and development at HBO in 2009.”
General Manager of VRV
Arlen Marmel is the general manager of Ellation's fandom-focused video platform, VRV. Featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, NickSplat, Boomerang, HIDIVE, Rooster Teeth, Shudder, and more, alongside exclusive series like “Bravest Warriors,” “Final Space,” and “HarmonQuest,” VRV is building a basecamp for all things fandom across devices. In his current role, Marmel drives VRV’s growth and collaborates with new and existing partners to deliver premium content to the platform; additionally, he oversees advertising, content operations, and creative services for both Ellation properties, Crunchyroll and VRV. Before the launch of VRV, Marmel was head of marketing and distribution for Crunchyroll, the world's largest streaming destination for anime and manga, growing the business from 250,000 subscribers to over one million subscribers today. Prior to Ellation, Marmel was Hulu’s director of customer acquisition and retention for four years, where he oversaw Hulu Plus’ growth from inception to more than five million paid subscribers. Before joining Hulu, Marmel worked with various media companies such as NBCUniversal, Fox, APA, and ICM. Marmel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and earned an MBA in Digital Strategy from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
Liz Jenkins is the CFO of Hello Sunshine. In that capacity, Liz is tasked with accelerating and enabling the growth of the Company’s increasingly robust and multifaceted business, which includes feature films, scripted and unscripted television, audio storytelling, Reese’s Book Club, and more. Previously, Liz served as the Head of Strategic Ventures for Sony PlayStation and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Media Rights Capital where she developed and implemented innovative distribution models, strategic partnerships and new businesses across film and television. She began her career in finance at GE and Credit Suisse. Liz has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Female Executives in Media and Entertainment (‘FEME’), the nonprofit organization of which she is the Co-founder. She received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A.from Stanford University.
JESUS "MALVERDE" GONZALEZ
SVP, Brands & Partnerships
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
A former Universal Recording artist himself, Jesus "Malverde" Gonzalez, has over 10+ years specializing in Strategic Partnerships and Cultural Lifestyle Marketing. Jesus is currently SVP, Brands & Partnerships at Universal Music Latin Entertainment where he is responsible for brand relationships and business strategies for all label assets.
Before returning to Universal Music Group, Jesus was VP, Music Partnerships at FRUKT, an IPG agency, where he helped guide music strategy and execution across their global client portfolio which included MasterCard, Sprint and Hyatt among others.
Additionally, Jesus has a long history of leveraging music and entertainment platforms for social and civic initiatives. He sits on the Board of Directors of AmanecerLA.org and maintains close ties to prominent non- profit organizations such as UnidosUS, MALDEF, Voto Latino and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Vice President of Television and New Media Distribution
Burns McNamee is Vice President of Television and New Media Distribution at NBCUniversal, licensing NBCU's film and television content to digital services. She began her career working in software development at Microsoft after receiving her BS in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Her work at Microsoft peaked her interest in law and technology, which led her to The Law School at the University of Chicago. After receiving her JD, she practiced as a patent litigator for 5 years based out of NYC. Burns then decided to switch her focus to the entertainment industry and returned to school one more time to get her MBA at UCLA Anderson. After receiving her MBA, Burns joined Comcast NBCUniversal's 2 year rotational program where she worked in multiple disciplines across the company - from Comcast's cable business unit to roles at NBCU in finance, product development, and research and strategy. Burns then joined the Television and New Media Distribution group at NBCU where she brings her experience in law, technology, and business to the ever changing media and technology space. Burns brought together this panel of accomplished executives to discuss the various factors that are driving the business of making, buying and selling content in today's landscape.
V.P. of Scripted Development and Programming
Emma Miller is Vice President of Scripted Development and Programming at AMC. After receiving her B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began her career with brief stints at The William Morris Agency, later WME. Her work at the agency peaked her interest in development, leading her to a job with Marti Noxon and Dawn Olmstead’s production company, Grady Twins. After a few years there, Miller moved to Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, where she gained extensive production experience working on multiple series, including The Americans, Under the Dome and The Borgias. She later joined AMC, where she has spent the last four years focuses equally on development of new series and the overseeing of current series. Fear The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, The Son, Dietland and the upcoming Nos4A2 are among the series Miller has worked on during her time at the network. Miller was recently named among Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen 2018: Rising Executives 35 and Under.
Executive Vice President, Head of Unscripted Programming
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Tara Montgomery serves as executive vice president, head of unscripted programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, overseeing non-scripted ("The Book of John Gray," "Home Made Simple with Laila Ali," and "Black Love") and Oprah-branded content ("Super Soul Sunday," "Super Soul Conversations," "Oprah's Book Club" and Oprah's live events). Since 2017 Montgomery has also led the "Super Soul Conversations" podcast team, which was named by Apple as one of the top 20 most downloaded podcasts in 2017 and 2018 with over 100 million downloads, and as one of Apple's best podcasts of the year in 2018.
Montgomery served as executive producer of OWN's popular flagship series "Super Soul Sunday," the Emmy® award-winning series that features conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, and conscious living. She also served as executive producer for "Oprah's Next Chapter," a weekly primetime series that helped launch the network and featured some of the most highly-rated conversations including Oprah's exclusive interviews with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina, Lance Armstrong, David Letterman, and Joel Osteen.
Prior to this position, she was supervising producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the number one daytime talk show for 25 seasons. During her 16-year tenure, she produced some of the show's most high-profile interviews and highly rated large-scale productions. Prior to joining Harpo, she was an associate producer for "Evening Magazine" at KING TV in Seattle, and a News Intern for ABC News "Nightline" and "Prime Time Live."
Montgomery resides in Los Angeles with her husband and five children.
UCLA Anderson School Management
Jeff currently serves as an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he teaches a course on the business of sports and serves on the school’s MEMES board, its sports, media, and entertainment oversight board. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law, his alma mater. On the business side, Jeff serves as Chairman and CEO of Moorad Sports Partners, an investment management company he co-founded in 2013 with sports industry legend Peter Ueberroth; as Chairman of The Carlyle Group portfolio company PrimeSport; and as a member of the board of directors at the Translational Genomics Institute (TGen) in Arizona. Jeff’s experience extends to all facets of sports, including prior roles on the public board of directors at sunglass and apparel manufacturer Oakley Inc. He co-founded social media company ProTrade and served on the board of directors of its successor company, Citizen Sports Network, until its sale to Yahoo in 2010. His success goes beyond the boardroom and into the communities that he serves. Jeff strongly believes in and supports community giving and outreach. Leading by example, he endowed a baseball scholarship to his alma mater UCLA and a $5 million gift for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law. Outside Jeff’s current positions, he was involved in the creation and sale of Athlete Direct, a sports technology firm that he and Leigh Steinberg had partnered on with AOL; Integrated Sports International, a New York-based sports marketing firm; and legendary sports representation powerhouse Steinberg & Moorad, which was sold to Winnipeg-based Assante Corporation. During his tenure, the agency maintained the largest client practice in the National Football League (NFL) for more than 15 years, representing 25 quarterbacks, along with the second-largest Major League Baseball (MLB) practice in the industry. In 2004, Jeff was named a member of the executive team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and served as a general partner and the team’s CEO, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the franchise. In 2009, Jeff headed an ownership group that purchased a 50% stake in the San Diego Padres. In conjunction with the transaction, he was named Vice-Chairman and CEO of the club, roles he filled until 2012. After the negotiation of a $1.5 billion regional sports network agreement with FOX Sports, the club was sold for $800 million, the third-highest price for an MLB franchise at the time. His professional success and evolution over several decades, ranging from player representation to sports franchise ownership and management over multiple decades, has resulted in Jeff being named to the annual list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports by The Sporting News on eight separate occasions.
United Talent Agency
Lucinda Moorhead is an agent in the Television Department at United Talent Agency. Prior to UTA, she worked for BBC Worldwide Productions where she worked on the development of series including HBO’s The Night Of and Getting On as well as Davinci’s Demons for Starz. At UTA, Moorhead represents numerous writers, producers, and directors, including Charlie Covell (End of The F***ing World), Josh Safran (Mixtape; Quantico), Desiree Akhavan (The Bisexual), Harriet Warner (Tell Me Your Secrets; Call the Midwife), Marja-Lewis Ryan (6 Balloons; College), Bash Doran (Looming Tower; Demimonde), Rolin Jones (Perry Mason; The Exorcist”. She is originally from Washington, D.C and currently lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog.
Strategic Business Developer
In addition to being a lifelong film junkie, Margot is a Strategic Business Developer for the feature film & TV market in Los Angeles. In her eight years at Adobe, she has helped bring new video products to market, and integrate acquired technology into Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Always a sucker for a good story, Margot currently supports post production pros to ensure Adobe’s technology delivers everything they need to get their work to the screen.
Easterseals Southern California
Board Member, Easterseals Southern California
Founder & Director, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Nic Novicki is an actor, comedian and producer who has performed on six continents. His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Alone Together, Loudermilk, Jack and Triumph, The Neighbors, Austin and Ally, Private Practice and Drop Dead Diva. He has appeared in several movies, including L!fe Happens, November Rule, The Last 5 Years, Boston Girls and Breaking Wind and will soon be seen in the upcoming Dead Ant.
Nic has produced several feature films, television pilots and web series for companies including Sony, CBS, Air China, Maxim and Universal and is an active member on the Producers Guild of America's Diversity Committee. Nic wrote for the CBS Diversity Showcase and has also written and directed several short films including A Little Broke, which was acquired by the TV station Shorts HD (now the DISH Network).
As a stand-up comedian, Nic has performed on AXS Gotham Comedy Live and traveled the world, including several tours through Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for troops in Kosovo, England, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France. Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Portugal and Spain. Nic is a board member of Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) and the founder and director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
While 57 million Americans have disabilities, they are the most under-represented population in entertainment and media. As someone with a disability himself, Nic launched the Film Challenge in 2013 in response to the under-representation of talent with disabilities both in front of and behind the camera to give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and provide them with meaningful exposure. In 2017, Novicki joined forces with Easterseals - the nation's leading nonprofit supporting people and families with disabilities - to expand the event, now known as the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
During the Challenge, registered filmmakers - with and without disabilities - are given a span of 55 hours over the designated weekend to write and produce short films (three-to-five minutes) that Help Change the Way We View Disability, which are then judged in four award categories - Best Film, Best Filmmaker, Best Actor and Best Awareness Campaign - by a noted and diverse group of entertainment industry talent.
Since the Challenge launched in 2013, aspiring filmmakers from around the world have created more than 150 films which have been viewed online and at festivals. Winners have included Jamie Brewer, who won Best Actor in 2017 for her role in Whitney's Wedding, has been acclaimed for her role on American Horror Story and was the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week; Dickie Hearts, Best Filmmaker winner in 2015, who went on to win an HBO Project Greenlight digital series competition; and Jenna Kanell, winner of Best Film in 2015 who went on to give a TEDx Talk about her experience. Nic attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the school of Film and Television, UCB Theatre, and Temple University's Fox School of Business. He resides in Hollywood, Calif.
John Penotti is President of SK Global (www.skglobalentertainment.com), the merged entity of Los Angeles-based film finance/production entity Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), and New York and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures, an international local-language content company.
As an independent producer, Penotti has produced over 45 films and has been a prominent industry executive since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet. With Ivanhoe, Penotti has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Latin America and Indonesia. This includes relationships with Blumhouse Productions to produce a comprehensive slate of local-language genre films in India, including the Netflix limited series Ghoul. Through Ivanhoe Pictures, Penotti co-produced and co-financed the Golden Globe nominated comedy Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) distributed by Warner Bros. The all-Asian cast, which includes Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu, opened number one at the box office and is now one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. Penotti also executive produced the Taiwanese film Cities of Last Things, directed by Wi Ding Ho, which won the 2018 Toronto Platform Prize at TIFF, and the dramatic Hindi-language series Delhi Crime Story from award-winning director Richie Mehta which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
With Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Penotti oversaw the financing and production of the Oscar-nominated Best Picture Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. Upcoming SKE projects include the thriller Greta from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz, set for release via Focus Features on March 1; and the dark comedy Going Places, written and directed by John Turturro (The Night Of), and starring Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon.
In 2016, Penotti Executive Produced director Na Hong-jin's Korean phenomenon The Wailing, an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film grossed $50M at the Korean box-office, making it the second highest-grossing Fox Korea film of all time after Avatar.
Penotti was the founding partner and President of GreeneStreet Films, a NY-based company from 1994 until 2013. While there, he oversaw the financing and producing of over thirty films, including the five-time Academy Award-nominated In the Bedroom, the #1 box office thriller Swimfan, the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls, Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, the action-thriller Crank, and the documentary Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
In 2015, Penotti relocated from New York City to Santa Monica, CA, with his wife Sheryl and son Luca. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Penotti is a graduate of Tufts University, with degrees in Biology and Psychology.
EVP & General Manager
Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Network, Lionsgate
Thai Randolph is an award-winning marketing, business development & operations leader who has spent her career at the intersection of content, consumers and commerce. Randolph has a proven track-record of developing brands, audience and revenue for some of the biggest names in advertising, technology and entertainment - including WPP, Publicis, Sony, Facebook, and Kevin Hart. In 2018, Randolph was named to AdAge's 40 Under 40 list and Cynopsis' It List.
As the EVP and GM for Laugh Out Loud network, Randolph manages day to day business strategy, operations, and P&L Management for Kevin Hart's comedy brand and multi-platform network.
Prior to joining Laugh Out Loud, Randolph was a member of Facebook's Global Marketing Solution's team. In this role, she managed strategic partnerships and digital transformation initiatives with some of the most innovative marketing and technology agencies in the US. Randolph was named one of Black Enterprise's Leading Women in Advertising and Marketing in 2016 for her work transforming Sony Music's direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital group from an internal cost center to an independent digital marketing and ecommerce service provider.
A seasoned agency executive, Randolph's experience includes digital leadership roles with WPP (VML) and Publicis (Moxie Interactive) agencies, where she's provided new media strategy and consultation to world-class brands including Verizon Wireless, Dell, Saks Fifth Avenue, Colgate-Palmolive and Revlon.
She holds B.A. in Communications from American University and is co-founder of I2AM, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing educational and cultural opportunities for at-risk youth. Randolph is frequently invited to speak as an industry thought leader at high profile events such as Digiday's Content Marketing Summit, Future of Television Conference, The Wrap's TheGrill, Variety's "Tune In" & Inclusion Summits, Adobe's Digital Marketing Conference, Digital Hollywood IT Summit & Streaming Media West.
Pixellot, Appetize, Maple Media, and Silvergate Media
Alan is a Partner at Shamrock Capital and currently serves as a Director of Pixellot, Appetize, Maple Media, Silvergate Media, and as a Deputy Director of BTI Studios. He also previously served as a Director of Giant Creative/Strategy, Screenvision Media, FanDuel and Learfield Communications and worked with Harlem Globetrotters International, Media Storm, RealD, NextWave Media, and Modern Luxury. Prior to joining Shamrock in 2004, Alan was a management consultant with Bain & Company in Los Angeles. Alan graduated with distinction from Stanford University where he was a senior walk-on goalkeeper for the men’s 2001 final four soccer team. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named the Henry Ford II Scholar for graduating first in his class. Alan was also recognized as an Arjay Miller Scholar and as a Siebel Scholar. He serves on the boards of the St. James Inn in Los Angeles and Stanford Athletics’ Buck Cardinal Club.
Sr. Account Relationship Manager & Enterprise Sales
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Yvette Stott is known to her colleagues and friends as an influencer and change-agent who challenges the status quo-a genuine trailblazer! Yvette joined United Way of Greater Los Angeles 3 years ago after an 11-year career in higher education. Now the Senior Account Manager of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, she drives thoughtful and innovative partnerships and campaigns. She leads her team by example with her deep involvement in community public affairs and charismatic relationship management. Her instinct to yearn for knowledge allows her to learn something new every day, both formally and informally. With an Undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and a M.B.A., she plows through further education while pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration.
Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation
20th Century Fox
James serves as the Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation for 20th Century Fox, setting strategy for the how the studio leverages emerging technology. Prior to joining 20th Century Fox, James co-founded and served as Chief Strategist for Sew, an award winning LA based creative agency. James led brand, marketing, technology and business strategy projects for Fortune 1000 brands like Verizon, Ford, Gap and Pernod Ricard. In 2015, James was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for his Marketing achievements with Sew. James is a founding member of the Creative Alliance, a consortium of agencies that worked in partnership with the Obama White House to advance civic engagement.
Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports
Jay Tucker is a marketer, educator, and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in the technology, academic, and entertainment sectors. At UCLA’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), Tucker is responsible for the center’s vision, thought leadership, educational offerings, and major events. In his role, he has built courses, partnerships, and conferences focused on technology and innovation within the entertainment sector. In 2018, Jay launched a partnered initiative with Howard University that provides internships, tuition, and housing support to Howard students that enroll in UCLA’s summer courses focused on the business of entertainment and sports. Jay also drove the launch of a new online course that covers the sports business with an emphasis on providing athletes with a better understanding of the economic opportunities available to them. Jay is also a seasoned technology leader, and he is passionate about helping executives and entrepreneurs embrace disruption, drive innovation, and build powerful solutions. He has taught courses on technology management, digital media, and media literacy to professionals at corporations and nonprofit organizations. He also serves as an advisor to early stage ventures and nonprofit organizations.
Andrew Wallenstein is Co-Editor-in-Chief, of Variety.com and Variety magazine. He has been with Variety since 2011, where he oversees all coverage of the entertainment industry, with a focus on technology. Wallenstein received the Luminary Award for Career Achievement from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2017. He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” and TV Guide Channel’s “Square Off,” a weekly primetime series about the TV industry. Wallenstein has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Business Week. He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.
Jonathan Zucker oversees Finance at NBC Network Entertainment. In his role as NBC’s Network CFO, he works on supporting both the traditional programming that runs across network’s primetime & late-night schedules as well as the company’s multiplatform approach with their partnership in Hulu. He’s focused recently on expanding the availability of NBC’s content with shows like This Is Us, Saturday Night Live and the Golden Globes. Jonathan’s career has crossed industry’s and continents with various NBCU and General Electric business units. As part of GE’s executive development program, he led financial audits and M&A reviews in Europe, Central America and Asia. Following GE, Jon joined NBC in New York 2009 holding multiple roles including overseeing Ad Sales finance before relocating to Los Angeles with the company in 2015.
Dean Judy Olian kicked off the sixth installment of the Pulse Conference, UCLA Anderson’s signature event highlighting trends in digital media, entertainment and sports, with a conversation with CEO and president of AEG Dan Beckerman (’96), who was recognized as this year’s Game Changer Award recipient.
UCLA Anderson’s 2016 Pulse Conference, presented by the Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports, featured an in-depth conversation on the future of television. Distinguished Visiting Professor Brian Frons sat down with Jim Lanzone (B.A. ’93), president and CEO of CBS interactive...
UCLA Anderson’s 2016 Pulse Entertainment, Sports and Technology Conference brought together leading industry executives to share insights and perspectives on current trends, opportunities and challenges. As part of the event, organized by the Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports...