Agenda 2020

More speakers to be announced soon – keep checking this page for updates in the DIS 2020 agenda.

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

24 MARCH 2020
25 MARCH 2020
  1. 24 MARCH 2020

    1. 08:00 - 09:30 | Registration, Networking Coffee & Meetings

      • 09:30 | Welcome

        • 09:45 - 11:20 | Keynotes: Innovation Strategy / Industry Transformation

          • 09:45

            • 09:45
              Building a multi-million dollar digital media business from the ground up
              • Philippe von Borries, Founder, Refinery29, USA
                Philippe von Borries, Founder, Refinery29, USA
          • 10:15

            • 10:15
              Lessons from Hollywood: competing for consumer attention in an age fuelled by boundless data
              • Amy Jo Smith, President and CEO, Digital Entertainment Group, USA
                Amy Jo Smith, President and CEO, Digital Entertainment Group, USA
          • 10:50

            • 10:50
              Innovation in Media World Report 2020
              • John Wilpers, Senior Director USA, Innovation Media Consulting Group, USA
                John Wilpers, Senior Director USA, Innovation Media Consulting Group, USA
        • 11:20 - 11:40 | Networking Coffee

          • 11:40 - 13:00 | Innovation Strategy / Monetisation

            • 11:40

              • Atrium Stage
                11:40
                Storytelling, user experience and revenue models – lessons from the battle for streaming supremancy
                • Soumya Sriraman, President, Britbox, USA
                  Soumya Sriraman, President, Britbox, USA
              • Mitte Stage
                11:40
                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
            • 12:05

              • Atrium Stage
                12:05
                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
              • Mitte Stage
                12:05
                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
            • 12:35

              • Atrium Stage
                12:35
                Innovation at the new VICE Media
                • Luke Barnes, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Revenue Officer EMEA, VICE Media, UK
                  Luke Barnes, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Revenue Officer EMEA, VICE Media, UK
              • Mitte Stage
                12:35
                Transformation from head to toe: How to turn a 88-year-old business into a digital company
                • Peter F. Schmid, CEO, Visable, Germany
                  Peter F. Schmid, CEO, Visable, Germany
          • 13:00 - 14:00 | Networking Lunch

            • 14:00 - 14:50 | Transformation / Influencers

              • 14:00

                • Atrium Stage
                  14:00
                  How Vogel Communications became an agent for change: From B2B publisher to a full-service agency
                  • Matthias Bauer, CEO, Vogel Communications Group, Germany
                    Matthias Bauer, CEO, Vogel Communications Group, Germany
                • Mitte Stage
                  14:00
                  To be announced
                • 14:25

                  • Atrium Stage
                    14:25
                    The future of work: Transforming organisational culture for the workplace of tomorrow
                    • Tom Triumph, Author and Innovation Consultant, USA
                      Tom Triumph, Author and Innovation Consultant, USA
                  • Mitte Stage
                    14:25
                    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
              • 14:55 - 15:45 | Monetisation / Online Safety

                • 14:55

                  • Atrium Stage
                    14:55
                    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
                  • Mitte Stage
                    14:55
                    Online battlegrounds: How Google plans to foster digital literacy, safety and trust online. Where do you stand?
                    • Jim Gray, Director, Trust and Safety, Google, USA
                      Jim Gray, Director, Trust and Safety, Google, USA
                • 15:20

                  • Atrium Stage
                    15:20
                    Global subscription update – winners, losers and latest developments
                    • James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP, UK
                      James Hewes, President and CEO, FIPP, UK
                  • Mitte Stage
                    15:20
                    Using AI and data to combat hate speech online
                    • Timothy Quinn, Co-Founder, Hatebase, Canada
                      Timothy Quinn, Co-Founder, Hatebase, Canada
              • 15:45 - 16:15 | Networking Coffee

                • 16:15 - 17:05 | Innovation Strategy

                  • 16:15

                    • 16:15
                      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
                  • 16:40

                    • 16:40
                      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
                • 17:10 - 18:00 | Innovation Strategy / Consent Management

                  • 17:10

                    • Atrium Stage
                      17:10
                      The making of Kara Swisher, the media brand – a multi-channel case study
                      • Erica Anderson, Executive Producer: Content and Partnerships for Kara Swisher, Vox Media, USA
                        Erica Anderson, Executive Producer: Content and Partnerships for Kara Swisher, Vox Media, USA
                  • 17:10 - 18:00

                    • DIScovery stage
                      17:10 - 18:00
                      The Consent Trap – how publishers will suffer from the GDPR-consent thread, and which strategies can make them succeed.
                      • Oliver von Wersch, Founder and CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital Strategies, Germany
                        Oliver von Wersch, Founder and CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital Strategies, Germany
                  • 17:35

                    • Atrium Stage
                      17:35
                      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
                • 18:00 | Wrap of Day 1 & Networking Drinks

                • 25 MARCH 2020

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

                    • 09:00 | Welcome

                      • 09:05 - 10:00 | Industry Trends / Innovation Strategy

                        • 09:05

                          • 09:05
                            What does the future hold? Key media and entertainment insights from PWC 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, Partner, Industry leader TMT, PwC, Germany
                              Werner Ballhaus, Partner, Industry leader TMT, PwC, Germany
                        • 09:30

                          • 09:30
                            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
                      • 10:00 - 10:25 | Innovation Strategy / Blockchain

                        • 10:00

                          • Atrium Stage
                            10:00
                            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
                          • Mitte Stage
                            10:00
                            To be announced
                            • DIScovery stage
                              10:00
                              The 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
                        • 10:25 - 10:50 | Innovation Strategy / Search

                          • 10:25

                            • Atrium Stage
                              10:25
                              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
                            • Mitte Stage
                              10:25
                              To be announced
                              • DIScovery stage
                                10:25
                                Google Algorithms vs. Google Penalties Explained – Former senior Search Quality Googler and SEO expert Kaspar Szymanski explains why there are no algorithmic penalties, why sites fail in search and how to avoid SERP disasters.
                                • Kaspar Szymanski, Founder, SearchBrothers.com, Ireland
                                  Kaspar Szymanski, Founder, SearchBrothers.com, Ireland
                          • 10:50 - 11:15 | Networking Coffee

                            • 11:15 - 12:05 | Artificial Intelligence / Innovation Strategy

                              • 11:15

                                • Atrium Stage
                                  11:15
                                  AI 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
                                • Mitte Stage
                                  11:15
                                  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
                              • 11:15 - 12:05

                                • DIScovery stage
                                  11:15 - 12:05
                                  Start with change: Fix your workflow, then your software
                                  • Kilian Schalk, Founder, Purple Gray Consulting, USA
                                    Kilian Schalk, Founder, Purple Gray Consulting, USA
                              • 11:40

                                • Atrium Stage
                                  11:40
                                  Fake futures: what Reuters have learnt about deep fakes and their potential impact on media operations
                                  • Hazel Baker, Global Head of UGC Newsgathering, Reuters, UK
                                    Hazel Baker, Global Head of UGC Newsgathering, Reuters, UK
                            • 12:10 - 13:00 | In Conversation

                              • 12:10

                                • 12:10
                                  MediaVoices Podcast Live at DIS
                                  • 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
                            • 13:00 - 13:30 | Networking Coffee & Light Lunch