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BIO: Scooter Braun is one of the entertainment industry’s most iconic power brokers and the founder of SB Projects, a diversified entertainment and media company with ventures at the intersection of music, film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. Today, Braun has a roster of the top pop culture icons under his management, record label, and publishing companies that include Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher, Karlie Kloss, Tori Kelly, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Black Eyed Peas, and Martin Garrix to name a few.
Braun has broken more new artists than any other music executive in the last decade and now has expanded his reach by establishing a fund, which invests in some of the largest management, media, and rights companies in the industry. SB Projects houses a film and television production division which led to Braun making waves in the industry with his first documentary film, Never Say Never. SB Projects also continues to impact new verticals under its tech incubator, Silent Labs, which holds investments in Uber, Spotify, Songza, Casper, Waze, and Pinterest among others.
As Braun continues to expand SB Projects, he remains committed to the company’s founding philosophy of giving back and designs a philanthropic element for each new initiative. Braun serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries. The organization has helped to build more than 300 schools in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is also on the board of Fuck Cancer, an organization focused on prevention and early detection of cancer, which his wife Yael Braun founded. Braun, his clients, and his companies have together – granted more wishes for Make-A-Wish than any other organization in the history of the foundation.
BIO: Jim Bankoff (@Bankoff) is the Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, running all aspects of what has become the fastest-growing digital media company today. Vox Media builds smart media brands people love, empowering trusted, talented voices with proprietary technology to create and distribute stories that reach audiences of hundreds of millions across all digital platforms.
A veteran of the online industry, Jim developed and led dozens of the most popular websites on the internet including AOL, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music and Engadget as an EVP at AOL. He co-founded TMZ.com, won an Emmy award for his production of the Live8 Concerts, and oversaw AOL’s industry-leading applications including AIM, ICQ, and Netscape.
Vox Media is eight distinct brands: The Verge (technology and culture), Vox (general news), SB Nation (sports), Polygon (gaming), Racked (shopping), Eater (food and dining), Curbed (real estate and home), and Recode (technology and business). The company is also a leader in premium quality branded content creation and distribution through its Vox Creative and Concert business units.
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BIO: Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) is Managing Director, Media and Technology analyst at BTIG and is the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog (www.btigresearch.com). Prior to BTIG, Mr. Greenfield was a managing director, media analyst, covering media and cable/satellite industries at Pali Capital. Prior to that, he spent four years at Fulcrum Global Partners as a media analyst. Greenfield started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1995, where he spent eight years covering entertainment, cable system and leisure industries. Greenfield is an active angel investor focused on the convergence of media, communications and commerce. Greenfield loves meeting new start-ups, demoing new technologies and trying to figure out the future. Greenfield has been a New Yorker his entire life, with a stop in Boston to attend Brandeis.