Brussels 2017

19
June
Brussels

Conference Overview

This edition of LetsGoConnected will be mostly dedicated to report the main transformation of the media sector in the past years, to scrutinize and analyse its key trends, challenges and opportunities and to debate on the strategies and the regulatory environment required to drive sustainable investments in a sector which is one of the key strategic assets of Europe.

 

Conference Program

14:00h

Doors open

14:30h

Keynote speaker: "Media companies: a strategic asset for the future of Europe"

Speakers

Guillaume de Posch

Guillaume de Posch

Co-CEO RTL Group

15:00h

Media and creative industries: an unparalleled digital transformation

Speakers

Rob Bell

Rob Bell

EVP International New Media of NBCUniversal

Holger Ensslin

Holger Ensslin

Chief Officer Legal, Regulatory & Distribution Sky Germany

Bruno Patino

Bruno Patino

Editorial Director Arte

Tatxo Benet

Tatxo Benet

CEO Mediapro

Rob Levine - Moderator

Rob Levine - Moderator

16:15h

Focus: "Key trends and challenges for media companies in Europe"

Speakers

Jérôme Bodin

Jérôme Bodin

Analyst Natixis

16:45h

Coffee Break

17:00h

How to drive sustainable investment and how can regulatory environment help?

Debate on “how to drive sustainable investment and how can regulatory environment help?” needs to demonstrate the importance of territoriality as a key driver for sustaining investment in production by using concrete business examples. Main critic of EU policy makers is that industry rejects any change on principle but does not bring evidence. This conference is an opportunity to change the perception by speaking about concrete examples to illustrate the key principles and the efficiency of the current audiovisual business model in Europe.

Speakers

Johannes Studinger

Johannes Studinger

Head of UNI-MEI

Marco Giorello

Marco Giorello

Head of Unit Copyright

Bo Ehrhardt

Bo Ehrhardt

Founder and Owner of Nimbus Film in Denmark

Rob Levine - Moderator

Rob Levine - Moderator

18:15h

Conclusion by Gina Nieri

Speakers

Gina Nieri

Gina Nieri

Board Member Mediaset

18:45h

Cocktail

 

Conference Speakers

Guillaume de Posch

Guillaume de Posch

Co-CEO RTL Group

Guillaume de Posch, born in 1958, started his career at the international energy and services company Tractebel (1985 to 1990) and then joined the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (1990 to 1993).

Guillaume de Posch began his career in the media industry at the Luxembourg-based Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), as assistant to the Managing Director (1993 to 1994) and then became Head of CLT’s TV operations in French-speaking countries (1995 to 1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was Deputy General Manager and Programming Director of the French pay-TV company TPS, before joining the publicly listed ProSiebenSat1 Media AG in August 2003, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO (2004 to 2008).

Guillaume de Posch was appointed Chief Operating Officer and new member of the RTL Group Executive Committee on 1 January 2012.

With effect from 18 April 2012, Guillaume de Posch assumed the role of Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity and until April 2017, he was responsible for the Group’s broadcasting operations outside Germany, and the Group’s content production business, FremantleMedia. As from April 2017, Guillaume de Posch is responsible for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, while remaining in charge of Groupe M6, RTL Radio (France) and RTL Belgium.

Together with Co-CEO Bert Habets, he is jointly responsible for the Group’s global digital businesses, SpotX, BBTV and StyleHaul, and for Group Strategy, Business Development, Corporate Communications & Marketing, European Affairs, Audit & Compliance and – together with the CFO – for Group HR.

Since 28 April 2015, Guillaume de Posch has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6.

Since 10 May 2017 he is President of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).

Rob Bell

Rob Bell

EVP International New Media of NBCUniversal

Rob Bell is the Executive Vice President of International New Media at NBCUniversal, overseeing all forms of digital distribution & licensing and driving key digital strategies for the NBCU’s international business. He has been with NBCUniversal for over a decade, pioneering and building the digital distribution business outside North America and securing the first deals with key digital companies such as Apple, Google, Netflix & Amazon. Rob has spent 17 years in media & digital, working across the music, TV & film industries, including overseeing the European digital business for Sony Music. Rob arrived in London in 1999 and spent time building his digital media skills at several “dot coms”. Prior to that, Rob was an investment banker in his home country, Australia, working for Macquarie Bank and helping secure technology financing for various research companies.

Holger Ensslin

Holger Ensslin

Chief Officer Legal, Regulatory & Distribution Sky Germany

Dr. Holger Enßlin (born 1967) is Chief Officer Legal, Regulatory & Distribution at Sky Deutschland and has been serving as General Manager of Sky Österreich GmbH since 1 August 2015.
In these roles, he is responsible for the fields of law, regulation, and the strategic distribution cooperations with telecommunication companies as well as the acquisition of sports rights. Furthermore, he is responsible for the Austrian business. Furthermore, Enßlin is a board member of the Association of Private Broadcasting and Telemedia (VPRT) as well as a board member of the Society for the Prosecution of Copyright Infringements (GVU).

Bruno Patino

Bruno Patino

Editorial Director Arte

Dr. Bruno Patino, 52, is Director for TV programs and digital content of Arte France TV. He is also Dean of Sciences Po School of journalism in Paris
He’s been previously foreign correspondent for Le Monde in Chile (1991-1994), Publisher of Info Matin, Chairman of Le Monde Interactif from 2000 to 2008, Publisher and CEO of Telerama from 2003 to 2008 and Vice CEO of Le Monde Group; Director of France Culture and Strategy & Digital Advisor of Radio France from 2008 to 2010 and Senior Executive Vice President, Channels Programs commissioning, Strategy & Digital of France Télévisions Group from 2010 to 2015.
He is a Sciences Po, and ESSEC graduate, holds an M.A from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Political Sciences Ph.D from Université Paris III. He’s also an INSEAD AMP alumni.
He is the author of several books on media and digital, among them: Une presse sans Gutenberg, Grasset 2005; La condition numérique Grasset 2012; Télévisions, Grasset 2016.

Tatxo Benet

Tatxo Benet

CEO Mediapro

Tatxo Benet, a former printed media journalist, joined TV3 (public broadcaster in Barcelona, Spain) in the beginning of the channel’s emission in early 80s and was soon named as Head of Assignments in the news department. Later on he was named Director of Sports of the public broadcaster – a job he carried out for more than a decade – till he created a company specialising in the management of audiovisual rights for football clubs.
Benet has also been linked to other audiovisual business for more than 20 years, as he is one of the main founders and is still partner of Mediapro, a holding invoicing more than 1,5billion euros annually only coming from audiovisuals.
Under his management, Mediapro coproduced feature films with Woody Allen, Benicio del Toro, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and other Oscar-prized creators who still trust on Mediapro’s skills to reach the audiences. Mediapro was one of the first producers of film and series with Netflix and explores new ways of producing, distributing and consuming with other worldwide platforms.
Mediapro invests in new technologies from streaming to VoD, from OTT platforms to audiovisual contents for social media. Tatxo Benet deals at international level with football – Spanish League, UEFA Champions League, Premier League, Ligue 1 contracts, etc. – but also with Formula 1, Basketball (Euroleague) and several smaller sports live events.

Rob Levine - Moderator

Rob Levine - Moderator

Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which The New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” He has been the executive editor of Billboard and a features editor at Wired and New York, and he has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. He lives in New York and writes for Billboard, Businessweek, and The New York Times, among other publications.

Jérôme Bodin

Jérôme Bodin

Analyst Natixis

Jérôme Bodin, 14 years of experience as financial analyst. After 1 year at Oddo as Media analyst, he joined the French bank CM-CIC Securities in 2006 as software editor analyst.
Jérôme joined Natixis (part of BPCE, N°2 bank in France) in January 2009 as Media analyst, specialized in television and radio broadcasters, advertising agencies, outdoor and holdings in France and Europe.

Johannes Studinger

Johannes Studinger

Head of UNI-MEI

Johannes Studinger is Head of UNI – Media, Entertainment & Arts (UNI MEI Global Union) since August 2009, representing 140 unions and guilds in the media, entertainment and arts worldwide. Prior to his present position Johannes held the position of Deputy Director of UNI MEI Global Union. Before joining the international labour movement in 1999 he worked with the Secretariat General of the European Commission (1998-1999) and Graham Watson, Member of European Parliament (1998) as well as the Brussels’ office of the Friedrich Naumann-Foundation (1996-1998). Since 2013, Johannes serves as chair of the Advisory Committee of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Johannes is of German nationality and holds a master in politics and international relations.

Marco Giorello

Marco Giorello

Head of Unit Copyright

Marco Giorello is acting head of the copyright unit in the European Commission, DG Connect. An Italian national, lawyer by training, he has worked in the European Commission for more than 15 years covering different areas of the Internal Market policy such as public procurement, freedom to provide services and copyright. Before joining the Commission he worked in an Italian law firm and as teaching assistant on EU law matters. He is a qualified lawyer in Italy and holds an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges (1998).

Marco Giorello is working in the Commission's unit responsible for the EU copyright policy since 2011, first in the former DG Internal Market and Services and, since end 2014, in DG Connect.

Bo Ehrhardt

Bo Ehrhardt

Founder and Owner of Nimbus Film in Denmark

Bo Ehrhardt (1963) is co-founder and partner of Nimbus Film from 1993 in collaboration with Birgitte Hald.
Bo among things produces the internationally renowned TV-series the Bridge, of which season three was broadcast simultaneously in all five Nordic countries in the fall of 2015. Season four is currently in development and will be broadcasted in 2018.
Furthermore, Bo Ehrhardt is executive producer on all Nimbus Film’s productions.
Nimbus Film is synonymous with both newer Danish film and the Nordic Noir phenomena and puts developing talent and setting trends in the Danish film industry at the heart of their productions. Additionally, Nimbus Film played a leading role in the Dogme-movement in the late 1990s, with award winning films such as The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg) and Mifune (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen). Since then Nimbus Film has kept the course towards an innovative and active production company and produces at least a handful of feature films and co-productions a year.
Nimbus Film has produced more than 50 feature films, including King’s game (Nikolaj Arcel), Flame & Citron (Ole Chr. Madsen), What goes around (Anders Matthesen), Valhalla rising (Nikolas Winding Refn) and the Antboy trilogy (Ask Hasselbalch).

Gina Nieri

Gina Nieri

Board Member Mediaset

Gina Nieri was born in Lucca in 1953 and has two daughters.
After taking a degree in political science at the University of Pisa, she specialised in Journalism and Mass Media at LUISS (Libera Università di Studi Sociali) in Rome.
She has worked in commercial television since 1977, starting as General Secretary of FIEL, Italy's first association of private broadcasters.
She then moved to become Director of FRT, the federation of radio and television, before joining the Fininvest Group in 1990 as Head of Relations with Industrial Associations.
She is currently Mediaset's Director of Institutional and Legal Affairs and Strategic Analysis.
Since 2007 she is Deputy Chairman of RTI where she has sat on the Board of Directors since 1999.
In April 2015, she was confirmed as a member of the Board of Directors of Mediaset S.p.A., to which she was first appointed in 1998. She is also a member of the Executive Committee.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Class CNBC S.p.A.
She was a member of the Board of ALBACOM from 2000 to 2005.
She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Confindustria, the Italian confederation of industry.
She is a regular contributor to panels and working groups organized by the European Commission on Protection of Minors, also on the Internet, Media Pluralism, Radio Spectrum Management.
She is a member of the Board of the PUBLITALIA’s Master in Marketing, Digital Communication and Sales Management.
On 27 December 2012 she was made a Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito of the Italian Republic.

 

Conference Contact/Venue

Jana Walter

Jana Walter

Office Manager


Rue Mont des Arts
1000 Brussels

 

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