Agenda 2020

Please note all aspects of the agenda – including running order of speakers and session times and stages – still remain subject to potential change

23 March: DIS Opening Drinks

  • Pre-event: Meet DIS speakers and fellow delegates at our opening drinks on the evening before the summit.
  • More information here: Networking
24 MARCH 2020
25 MARCH 2020
  1. 24 MARCH 2020

    1. 08:00 - 09:00 | Registration, Networking Coffee & Meetings

      • 09:00 | Welcome

        • 09:10 - 10:25 | Keynotes: Innovation Strategy / Industry Transformation

          • 09:10

            • 09:10
              Building a multi-million dollar digital media business from the ground up
              • Philippe von Borries, Founder, Refinery29, USA
                Philippe von Borries, Founder, Refinery29, USA
          • 09:35

            • 09:35
              Lessons from Hollywood: Competing for consumer attention in an age fuelled by boundless data
              • Amy Jo Smith, President and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, USA
                Amy Jo Smith, President and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, USA
          • 10:00

            • 10:00
              Innovation World Report 2020/2021: Of every innovation possibility, this is the one that dictates success in all others
              • John Wilpers, Senior Director USA, Innovation Media Consulting Group, USA
                John Wilpers, Senior Director USA, Innovation Media Consulting Group, USA
        • 10:25 - 10:50 | Networking Coffee

          • 10:50 - 12:05 | Trends / New Business

            • 10:50

              • Atrium Stage
                10:50
                On the horizon – these are the media and entertainment trends set to shape your business through to 2023
                • Ennèl van Eeden, Global Entertainment and Media Leader, Partner, PwC, Netherlands
                  Ennèl van Eeden, Global Entertainment and Media Leader, Partner, PwC, Netherlands
                • Werner Ballhaus, PwC, Germany
                  Werner Ballhaus, PwC, Germany
              • Specialist Stage
                10:50
                Transformation from head to toe: Turning a 88 year old business into a digital company
                • Peter F. Schmid, CEO, Visable, Germany
                  Peter F. Schmid, CEO, Visable, Germany
              • DIScovery stage
                10:50
                Need for speed: How Blick delivers stories at an unrivalled pace
                • Marcus Dauck, Head Publishing Technologies & Services, Ringier AG, Switzerland
                  Marcus Dauck, Head Publishing Technologies & Services, Ringier AG, Switzerland
            • 11:15

              • Atrium Stage
                11:15
                Artificial intelligence and innovation in news and leadership
                • Anita Zielina, Director of News Innovation and Leadership, Craig Newmark J-School at CUNY, USA
                  Anita Zielina, Director of News Innovation and Leadership, Craig Newmark J-School at CUNY, USA
              • Specialist Stage
                11:15
                You don't have to be big to win at the digital subscriptions game
                • Svein-Erik Hole, Editor, TU Media, Norway
                  Svein-Erik Hole, Editor, TU Media, Norway
                • Jan Moberg, CEO & Publisher, TU Media, Norway
                  Jan Moberg, CEO & Publisher, TU Media, Norway
              • DIScovery stage
                11:15
                Get ready for a life beyond reliance on third-party cookie tracking
                • Howard Paine, Sales Director DACH, Permutive, UK
                  Howard Paine, Sales Director DACH, Permutive, UK
            • 11:40

              • Atrium Stage
                11:40
                From BuzzFeed to Medium – a perspective on what's on the horizon for publishers and platforms alike
                • Scott Lamb, VP Publisher Growth and Strategy, Medium, USA
                  Scott Lamb, VP Publisher Growth and Strategy, Medium, USA
              • Specialist Stage
                11:40
                How Zetland developed a successful reader-financed audio product for long-form content
                • Tav Klitgaard, Head of Product, Zetland, Denmark
                  Tav Klitgaard, Head of Product, Zetland, Denmark
                • Lea Korsgaard, Editor in Chief, Zetland, Denmark
                  Lea Korsgaard, Editor in Chief, Zetland, Denmark
              • DIScovery stage
                11:40
                How to make newsletters add directly to the bottom line of your subscription business
                • Michaël Jarjour, Head of Publisher Relations, Revue, Netherlands
                  Michaël Jarjour, Head of Publisher Relations, Revue, Netherlands
          • 12:10 - 13:00 | Transformation / GDPR Deep-dive

            • 12:10 - 12:35

              • Atrium Stage
                12:10 - 12:35
                How the world's most innovative companies intentionally evolve
                • Tom Triumph, Author and Innovation Consultant, USA
                  Tom Triumph, Author and Innovation Consultant, USA
              • DIScovery stage
                12:10 - 12:35
                How InStyle uses e-commerce to create their award-winning business model
                • Axel Wolrath, Founder and CSO, Tipser, Sweden
                  Axel Wolrath, Founder and CSO, Tipser, Sweden
            • 12:10 - 13:00

              • Specialist Stage
                12:10 - 13:00
                The Consent Trap: Strategies to escape the GDPR consent threat
                • Oliver von Wersch, Founder and CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital Strategies, Germany
                  Oliver von Wersch, Founder and CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital Strategies, Germany
            • 12:35 - 13:00

              • Atrium Stage
                12:35 - 13:00
                Transforming National Geographic across international markets
                • Yulia Boyle, SVP International Media Partnerships and Image Collection, National Geographic Partners, USA
                  Yulia Boyle, SVP International Media Partnerships and Image Collection, National Geographic Partners, USA
              • DIScovery stage
                12:35 - 13:00
                Media Literacy: The role of journalism in media literacy and the paid content opportunities too many publishers are missing out on
                • Nikolay Malyarov, PressReader, Canada
                  Nikolay Malyarov, PressReader, Canada
          • 13:00 - 14:00 | Networking Lunch

            • 14:00 - 14:25 | Platforms / AI and storytelling

              • 14:00

                • Atrium Stage
                  14:00
                  Business development at Twitch – monetisation lessons from the world's largest streaming platform for gamers and enthusiasts
                  • Burkhard Leimbrock, Commercial Director Europe, Twitch, Finland
                    Burkhard Leimbrock, Commercial Director Europe, Twitch, Finland
                • Specialist Stage
                  14:00
                  Human or robot? How AI shapes content strategies for media and brands
                  • Rebekah Billingsley, Cedar Communications, UK
                    Rebekah Billingsley, Cedar Communications, UK
                • DIScovery stage
                  14:00
                  Digital Transformation in Subscriber Management & Billing – Is there another way?
                  • Ana Lobb, MPP Global, UK
                    Ana Lobb, MPP Global, UK
            • 14:25 - 14:50 | Platforms / AI and hate speech

              • 14:25

                • Atrium Stage
                  14:25
                  How The Washington Post's TikTok whizz engages millions of youthful fans for the venerable news brand
                  • Dave Jorgenson, Producer and Writer – Creative Video, The Washington Post, USA
                    Dave Jorgenson, Producer and Writer – Creative Video, The Washington Post, USA
                • Specialist Stage
                  14:25
                  Using AI and data to combat hate speech online
                  • Timothy Quinn, Co-Founder, Hatebase, Canada
                    Timothy Quinn, Co-Founder, Hatebase, Canada
                • DIScovery stage
                  14:25
                  How 5G & Wi-Fi 6 will drive the next evolution in digital video – and what that means for publishers
                  • Aron Elbase, Sales Manager, Wibbitz, France
                    Aron Elbase, Sales Manager, Wibbitz, France
            • 14:55 - 15:20 | Transformation / Influencers

              • 14:55

                • Atrium Stage
                  14:55
                  Why and how marketing & communication should change to successfully engage Gen Z
                  • Stefan Häckel, CEO DACH, VICE Media, Germany
                    Stefan Häckel, CEO DACH, VICE Media, Germany
                • Specialist Stage
                  14:55
                  Social media growth hacking – lessons from China's key opinion leaders (KOLs)
                  • Doris Ke, Founder, Business of Women, China
                    Doris Ke, Founder, Business of Women, China
                • DIScovery stage
                  14:55
                  Know what the world is watching: The future of digital video
                  • Bill Challenger, Tubular Labs, UK
                    Bill Challenger, Tubular Labs, UK
            • 15:20 - 15:45 | New Revenue / Insight

              • 15:20

                • Atrium Stage
                  15:20
                  How international podcast licensing can help SME publishers build new revenue streams
                  • Declan Moore, Head of International, Wondery, UK
                    Declan Moore, Head of International, Wondery, UK
                • Specialist Stage
                  15:20
                  Making sense of blockchain: Mapping a path towards mass adoption for blockchain and crypto currency
                  • Melanie Mohr, Founder, womprotocol.io; CEO, yeay.com, Germany
                    Melanie Mohr, Founder, womprotocol.io; CEO, yeay.com, Germany
            • 15:45 - 16:15 | Networking Coffee

              • 16:15 - 17:05 | Online Trust / Deep-dive / Insight

                • 16:15-16:40

                  • Atrium Stage
                    16:15-16:40
                    Fake futures: What Reuters have learnt about deep fakes and what you need to know about it, right now
                    • Hazel Baker, Reuters, UK
                      Hazel Baker, Reuters, UK
                • 16:15 - 17:05

                  • Specialist Stage
                    16:15 - 17:05
                    Start with change: Fix your workflow, then your software
                    • Kilian Schalk, Founder, PurpleGray Consulting, USA
                      Kilian Schalk, Founder, PurpleGray Consulting, USA
                • 16:15 - 16:40

                  • DIScovery stage
                    16:15 - 16:40
                    Artificial Intelligence as Editor-in-Chief
                    • Johannes Knierzinger, Newsadoo, Austria
                      Johannes Knierzinger, Newsadoo, Austria
                • 16:40 - 17:05

                  • Atrium Stage
                    16:40 - 17:05
                    From East to West: What is cutting-edge in the world's largest Internet market?
                    • Tom Xiong, Serial entrepreneur; Founder, Digitally China Podcast; CEO, Move Shanghai, China
                      Tom Xiong, Serial entrepreneur; Founder, Digitally China Podcast; CEO, Move Shanghai, China
                  • DIScovery stage
                    16:40 - 17:05
                    The new generation of digital publishing -- increase your reach and sales with our ePaper solution
                    • Manuel Kössler, i-Magazine AG / Yumpu.com, Austria
                      Manuel Kössler, i-Magazine AG / Yumpu.com, Austria
              • 17:10 - 18:00 | Innovation

                • 17:10

                  • Atrium Stage
                    17:10
                    Meredith Innovation Group: the ins and outs of innovation and product development at America's publishing giant
                    • Corbin de Rubertis, Head of Innovation, Meredith Corporation, USA
                      Corbin de Rubertis, Head of Innovation, Meredith Corporation, USA
                • 17:35

                  • Atrium Stage
                    17:35
                    Building new media brands and products across multiple, inter-connected channels
                    • Erica Anderson, Vox Media, USA
                      Erica Anderson, Vox Media, USA
              • 18:00 | Wrap of Day 1 & Networking Drinks

              • 25 MARCH 2020

                1. 08:00 - 09:00 | Networking Coffee & Meetings

                  • 09:00 | Welcome

                    • 09:05 - 09:30 | Transformation

                      • 09:05

                        • 09:05
                          How Vogel Communications became an agent for change: From B2B publisher to a full-service agency
                          • Matthias Bauer, Vogel Communications Group, Germany
                            Matthias Bauer, Vogel Communications Group, Germany
                    • 09:30 - 09:55 | Fireside Chat

                      • 09:30

                        • 09:30
                          Luxury brands and the acceleration to digital
                          • Almar Latour, Publisher for Barron's Group and EVP, Dow Jones, USA
                            Almar Latour, Publisher for Barron's Group and EVP, Dow Jones, USA
                    • 09:55 - 10:20 | Podcasting and video / Engaging Fans

                      • 09:55

                        • Atrium Stage
                          09:55
                          Paris Match at 70: How successes with podcasts and video helped make it a year to celebrate
                          • Marion Mertens, Chief Digital Editor, Paris Match, France
                            Marion Mertens, Chief Digital Editor, Paris Match, France
                        • Specialist Stage
                          09:55
                          Inside Onefootball: engaging and monetising the world's Gen Y and Z football fans
                          • Patrick Fischer, Chief Business Officer, Onefootball, Germany
                            Patrick Fischer, Chief Business Officer, Onefootball, Germany
                    • 10:20 - 10:45 | Video / Engaging Fans

                      • 10:20

                        • Atrium Stage
                          10:20
                          Video the Axel Springer way
                          • Stefan Betzold, Axel Springer Digital News Media Germany
                            Stefan Betzold, Axel Springer Digital News Media Germany
                        • Specialist Stage
                          10:20
                          From Drivetribe to Foodtribe: Why Jeremy Clarkson & Co believe in building vertical destinations for passionate fans
                          • Jonathan Morris, CEO, DriveTribe & FoodTribe, UK
                            Jonathan Morris, CEO, DriveTribe & FoodTribe, UK
                    • 10:45 - 11:10 | Networking Coffee

                      • 11:10 - 11:35 | Influencers / New Business

                        • 11:10

                          • Atrium Stage
                            11:10
                            The Power of Influence: How digital publishers have found success partnering with influencers
                            • Evan Luzzatto, President, NSL Media Inc., Chairman of Socialyte, USA
                              Evan Luzzatto, President, NSL Media Inc., Chairman of Socialyte, USA
                          • Specialist Stage
                            11:10
                            From launching an independent financial news service ... to bringing news in English from China to the world
                            • Hu Shuli, Publisher, Caixin, China
                              Hu Shuli, Publisher, Caixin, China
                      • 11:35 - 12:00 | Streaming / Insight

                        • 11:35

                          • Atrium Stage
                            11:35
                            Streaming Keynote: Storytelling, user experience and revenue models – lessons from the battle for streaming supremacy
                            • Soumya Sriraman, President, Britbox, USA
                              Soumya Sriraman, President, Britbox, USA
                          • Specialist Stage
                            11:35
                            How robust research helps CultureTrip to spawn innovative new campaigns across digital channels
                            • Jennifer Dunleavy, Global Strategy Lead, Culture Trip, UK
                              Jennifer Dunleavy, Global Strategy Lead, Culture Trip, UK
                      • 12:00 - 12:45 | Light Networking Lunch

                        • 12:45 - 13:35 | Advertising / Deep-dive / Subscriptions

                          • 12:45 - 13:10

                            • Atrium Stage
                              12:45 - 13:10
                              Can publisher collaboration stop the platform juggernaut from eating the advertising world?
                              • Philipp Schmidt, Chief Transformation Officer & MD of Media Solutions, Prisma Media, France
                                Philipp Schmidt, Chief Transformation Officer & MD of Media Solutions, Prisma Media, France
                          • 12:45 - 13:35

                            • Specialist Stage
                              12:45 - 13:35
                              Google Algorithms vs. Google Penalties Explained
                              • Kaspar Szymanski, Founder, SearchBrothers.com, Ireland
                                Kaspar Szymanski, Founder, SearchBrothers.com, Ireland
                          • 13:10 - 13:35

                            • Atrium Stage
                              13:10 - 13:35
                              Global subscription update – winners, losers and latest developments
                              • James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP, UK
                                James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP, UK
                        • 13:40 - 14:25 | Closing Conversation

                          • 13:40

                            • Atrium Stage
                              13:40
                              MediaVoices Podcast Live at DIS
                              • Erica Anderson, Vox Media, USA
                                Erica Anderson, Vox Media, USA
                              • Peter Houston, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; Founder, Flipping Pages Media, UK
                                Peter Houston, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; Founder, Flipping Pages Media, UK
                              • Esther Kezia Thorpe, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; B2B Content Marketing Manager, Dennis, UK
                                Esther Kezia Thorpe, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; B2B Content Marketing Manager, Dennis, UK
                              • Chris Sutcliffe, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; Freelance media journalist and consultant, UK
                                Chris Sutcliffe, Co-Host, Media Voices Podcast; Freelance media journalist and consultant, UK
                        • 14:30 | Wrap of Day 2 & Goodbye until 2021

                        24 MARCH 2020
                        25 MARCH 2020