MIPCOM UNVEILS MEDIA MASTERMIND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
​DISNEY’S BEN SHERWOOD, PARTICIPANT’S DAVID LINDE AND STX ENTERTAINMENT’S SOPHIE WATTS

Paris, 21 July 2016Ben Sherwood, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney-ABC Television Group; David Linde, Chief Executive Officer, Participant Media; and Sophie Watts, President, STX Entertainment are confirmed as keynote speakers at MIPCOM 2016.

Organised by Reed MIDEM, the MIPCOM entertainment content market runs in Cannes from 17 to 20 October 2016. These three Media Mastermind keynote speakers will explore, each from their own perspective, the MIPCOM 2016 theme of “The New Television”.

Ben Sherwood is Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney-ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties. Sherwood oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network. He also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven entertainment channels or channel feeds available in 163 countries in 34 languages. Additionally, he oversees cable network Freeform and the company’s equity interests in A+E Networks, and Hulu.  Sherwood will outline how Disney has always been an early-mover in the fast-changing TV industry – a fact that is underlined by Shonda Rhimes, whose credits include ABC hits “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, “Private Practice”, “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Catch”, being named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year.

David Linde was named CEO of Participant Media, the global media company founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Skoll to produce entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Linde, who joined the company last year, is responsible for leading the company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions. Participant Media’s business includes the production of film, TV and digital content, including the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight”. The company also operates the Pivot TV cable network, and the digital hub TakePart, which serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles and videos. Linde’s career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up. He most recently led Lava Bear Films, a production company he founded with the support of India’s Reliance Entertainment. Prior to that, he was Chairman of Universal Pictures, President and co-founder of the acclaimed specialty studio Focus Features, and a Partner in the independent production company Good Machine. Linde will talk about Participant Media’s unique focus in entertainment to create meaningful impact on pressing social issues through its content.

Sophie Watts has served as President of global media company STX Entertainment since the company’s inception. She was the chief architect of STX’s uniquely collaborative partnership structure, and is responsible for conceiving and driving forward the Company’s growth initiatives and new business development. She also oversees its recently established new media/digital division. Watts has a diverse creative background as an award-winning film, television and video executive. She has championed and raised financing for acclaimed and award-winning documentaries such as “Bully” and was executive producer of the acclaimed NBC series “State of Affairs”. Her keynote will take as its theme “reimagining and building a 21st century media company from the ground up”, and will explore how STX Entertainment is approaching the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-changing global media landscape.

The three Media Mastermind keynotes underline the different approaches that can take place in the fast-moving landscape of “The New Television”. To delve deeper into this year’s MIPCOM theme, MIPCOM and Parrot Analytics today unveil an exclusive whitepaper entitled “Who’s Winning in the World of the New Television?” To get a 360° vision of key trends impacting the five major segments of the television industry – from broadcast to cable, premium cable, SVOD and AVOD – download this ground-breaking report here.

About MIPCOM – MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players converge in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And MIPJunior is the leading showcase for kids programming, uniting the world’s most influential buyers, sellers and producers the weekend before MIPCOM. Over two days, these influential players, along with publishers and licensing executives, present, discover and screen the very latest content, giving them the edge on concluding deals at MIPCOM. Please visit www.mipcom.com

About Reed MIDEM – Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPCANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions – Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com