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Quarterly Breakfast Series

Over the last decade, online technologies have transformed the way that people view, read, create and deliver media. However, while technology has leapt ahead, the business models underpinning the media industry have often not kept pace.

Our quarterly breakfast series examine a different facet of the media industry at each session, and these sessions are designed to encourage cross-sharing of thoughts, ideas and models so that our industry continues to evolve and thrive over the years to come. Hosted by Alvarez & Marsal's Head of Media, Paul Naha-Biswas, and moderated by media commentator Kate Bulkley, a panel of senior commercial leaders will discuss how the media industry is changing and what this means for the business of media to an audience of media leaders and The Club at The Ivy members.

The Business of Paying for Digital – May 2017

With digital disruption both opening and closing doors, media businesses are in a race to build new, sustainable digital pay and subscription models. But how do challengers and incumbents fight against the global tech giants and convince a generation brought up on piracy and free content to pay? In this session, we ask some of the most exciting challengers and incumbents from across the media spectrum where they see the battlelines and whether you really can get digital media to pay. Click here to read a summary from the event.

Panellists:

  • Chris Duncan - MD of The Times and Sunday Times
  • Nick Walters - Founder and CEO, Hopster
  • Pascal de Mul - Chief Partnership Officer, Deezer
  • William Mellis - MD, Alvarez & Marsal, and ex-head of Customer Marketing at Sky

The Business of International Television – Jan 2017

After years of gradual growth, OTT and on-demand services have moved to the mainstream with a now clear impact on linear viewing. When cinematic quality series such as The Crown and The Man in The High Castle can be accessed cheaply, instantly and on any device, what does the future hold for our international content creators and aggregators that were designed for a linear world? With an eye firmly on the global market, we ask our panel how they adapt and flourish in the new business of international television.
 
Panellists:
 
  • Wim Ponnet, Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, Endemol Shine Group
  • Stuart Baxter, President, eOne Television International
  • Chris Whiteley, VP of Business Development, Netflix EMEA
  • Jamie Friend, CFO, Turner EMEA

The Business of News – Sept 2016

Only a decade ago, television news was seen by many as a distraction from the business of entertainment. However, in today’s cluttered digital market, editorialised news is back on the agenda. But in the world of over-the-top (OTT) content, Facebook and Vice, do we know what tomorrow’s news services will look like? And, more importantly, will they pay?
Click here to read a summary from the event.

Panellists:

  • Madhav Chinnappa, Director of Strategic Relations, News & Publishers at Google
  • Dan Constanda, SVP and COO at CNN International Commercial
  • Richard Dawkins, Chief Finance and Operating Officer at BBC News Group
  • Janine Gibson, Editor-in-Chief at Buzzfeed UK
  • Nicholas Wrenn, Head of News Partnerships, EMEA at Facebook

Future Sessions in 2017:

  • The Business of Data, Personalisation and Monetisation
  • The Business of Print and Publishing

Invitations

If you wish to attend any of the sessions, please contact pnahabiswas [at] alvarezandmarsal.com (Paul Naha-Biswas).