The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


David Alpert is CEO of Skybound Entertainment, the multiplatform entertainment company founded alongside longtime collaborator and creator of “The Walking Dead” Robert Kirkman. As CEO, David oversees operations and strategic business development for the company. Alpert is also a key contributor to the company’s success and growth in the new/digital media space having overseen development on cross-platform properties including Samsung Milk VR’s “Gone,” the first ever narrative virtual reality series, and YouTube Red’s “Scare PewDiePie.”  David is also a prolific television and film producer. Just a few of David’s credits include “The Walking Dead” and its companion series, “Fear The Walking Dead,” the Robert Kirkman–created “Outcast,” “Five Year,” BBC America’s “Dirk Gently,” the comic docu-series “Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books” and features including “Air,” starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, the Jessie Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart film “American Ultra,” and the George Lopez film “Spare Parts.”  David is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School.


Lisa Hsia, Executive Vice President of Digital, Bravo and Oxygen Media: As Executive Vice President of Bravo and Oxygen Digital Media, Lisa Hsia oversees both brands digital businesses including the networks’ websites, as well as all initiatives on emerging platforms – mobile, apps, gaming, social TV and multiplatform programming.  Based in New York, Hsia reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. During her tenure, Hsia has built Bravo Digital into an interactive powerhouse with breakthrough innovations including Bravo Talk Bubble, the first real-time social TV event to combine Facebook and Twitter with live TV viewing, Bravo Now, the first ever tablet/smart phone co-viewing companion experience, the Emmy winning “Last Chance Kitchen,” the ambitious transmedia initiative for “Top Chef,” and Play Live, a new form of participation TV.  The cutting edge digital series “Last Chance Kitchen” allowed viewers to follow storylines across multiple platforms and resulted in the most streamed series in NBCUniversal history. Hsia added oversight of Oxygen in 2013 and has continued the network’s trajectory as one of the most talked-about cable reality networks. Recently, Hsia has been focused on the redesign of as well launching a fresh slate of digital offerings tied to the rebrand of the network.  Hsia originally joined NBCUniversal as Katie Couric’s Senior Producer and served as Vice President of NBC News since 2001, where she had executive oversight for the “Today” show, “Dateline” and the long-form programming unit Peacock Productions. An NBC News veteran of eleven years, she previously worked for ABC News as Diane Sawyer’s producer at “Prime Time Live.” Hsia has been the recipient of numerous journalism awards including six News Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, a Sigma Delta Chi award, an IRE award and the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award.  Prior, Hsia was a producer and director of documentaries including "The Emperor's Eye: Art and Power in Imperial China" and "Made in China."  She was also the producer and associate producer of two feature films, "A Great Wall" and "Old Enough," both released by Orion Classics. Throughout her career, Hsia has served as an industry expert participating in various panels and speaking engagements such as Consumer Electronics Show (CES), South by Southwest (SXSW), Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit and The TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT.) Hsia has received several honors including Variety’s “New York Women’s Impact Report,” one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable’s “Digital All-Stars List,” Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People of the Year” and CableFAX’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” and “Digital Hot List.”  Under Hsia’s leadership, Bravo Digital has been recognized with numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award and nine nominations, Webby Award, Media Vanguard Award, Mobile Excellence Award, Mobile Marketing Association Award and ITVT Award.  Hsia currently serves on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute. She is a graduate of Harvard University and has a MBA from Columbia University Business School.


Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs at Starz Entertainment, LLC: Mr. Schwartz served as President of New Line Domestic Marketing of New Line Cinema, LLC and Time Warner Inc. He was Partner at the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver. A 25-year TV industry veteran, Mr. Schwartz most recently was a Consultant, with clients including individual producers, new media start ups, ABC Studios and ABC Network. Mr. Schwartz ... spent 17 years at HBO in various business affairs positions and prior to that worked for GTG Entertainment and CBS Entertainment as a business affairs executive. While at HBO, Mr. Schwartz shepherded the mega-hit "Everybody Loves Raymond, " as well as working on series starring Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Charles Dutton, John Leguizamo and Ben Stiller. Mr. Schwartz has also held various senior executive positions in the television business with responsibility for television production, financing, distribution, merchandising, strategic planning, and new media. Mr. Schwartz graduated with a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.


Liesel Kipp is Vice President of Product Management for Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading developer of high-profile, lifestyle-oriented content for media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing via popular lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network,, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. Kipp uses her nearly 20 years of digital product experience to lead  product development across all categories and platforms including web, mobile, connected TV/TV Everywhere & emerging platforms. During her tenure at Scripps Networks, Kipp has led the evolution of Scripps’ digital portfolio, including the launch of connected TV apps across Roku, Apple TV & Amazon Fire TV, an overhaul of our digital platforms, the launch of Food Network on Amazon Echo & the continued enhancement of Food Network’s In The Kitchen app, placing it among the top recipe apps in Apple’s App Store. Kipp joined Scripps Networks in 2013 from KPMG, where she was in charge of its digital content strategy. Before KPMG, Kipp launched and was General Manager of and for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. She also led the development of WSJ Select, an early player in the content and commerce space that featured gift guides and merchandise packaged for the Wall Street Journal consumer. Previously, Kipp lead product management globally at Thomson Reuters as Vice President, where she managed the product, design and design technology teams for Reuters Media, and she led the redesign of Reuters’ website, repositioning the brand in the US as a premier global business news destination. Kipp holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Oswego. Kipp is a champion of customer-focused product development.  In her spare time she can be found gardening or cooking for fun with her family.


Dan Schinasi is the Director of TV Product Planning at Samsung Electronics America. He manages the planning of advanced TV functionality including LCD / LED and PDP, as well as more cutting edge TV technologies including Smart TV capabilities, 4K UHD and more. Additionally, Dan manages technology partner relations and sits on industry committees such as the International 3D Society, its Video Board and 4K Work Group. Dan is also on the board of the UHD Alliance and Blu Ray Disc Association. Dan has over 25 years of work experience in the electronics industry, driving strategic and tactical initiatives across product planning and management, product and channel marketing, sales and business development. Prior to joining Samsung, Dan was the Senior Manager for product planning at Sharp Electronics, where he was in charge of their front projector business in the professional products group. Before that, he was a product manager for the instrument systems division at Minolta Corporation.


Raji Malik is the Head of Finance for Worldwide Original Television content operations, production and distribution for Amazon Studios.  He has over 10 years in the entertainment industry in business development, strategic planning and finance.  Prior to Amazon, he was a Director of Finance & Programming Analysis at Sony Pictures Television.  He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.


Shahid Khan, Co-Founder and Chairman, Mediamorph:  Shahid Khan is an acclaimed thought leader in Media and Cable industries, with tremendous track-record of working with leading TV Networks, Publishers, Cable MSOs and Device companies to identify opportunities based on emerging platforms and launch cross-platform media plays across Over-the-top Video, Digital Music, eBooks and emerging TV Networks. Prior to co-founding Mediamorph, Shahid held senior executive positions as leading consulting firms, including Senior Partner at IBB Consulting Group, Managing Director and Head of Entertainment/Information Services Industries at BearingPoint/KPMG Consulting and Partner at IBM Global Services. Some of his clients are: Disney, Sony, Showtime, A&E, Univision, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and Motorola. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and is a Fellow at U. Penn’s Wharton School of Business. Shahid is well-renowned in the industry for his points of views, is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences, appears on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Session I – DH14

LVCC, North Hall, Room N262

The Future of TV: From Primetime to MultiPlatforms

Television 3.0 is here. With VOD, Internet apps, 4K and UHD, it's the central component of the consumer experience. How media, advertising and technology companies position themselves and compete for the global consumers gathered around "the set” is the question.

Raji Malik, Head of Finance, Amazon Studios

Lisa Hsia, Executive Vice President of Digital, Bravo and Oxygen Media, NBC Universal

David Alpert, CEO, Skybound Entertainment

Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs, Starz

Liesel Kipp, Vice President, Product, Scripps Networks Interactive

Dan Schinasi, Director of TV Product Planning, Samsung Electronics America

Shahid Khan, Chairman and Chief Strategist, MediaMorph, Inc., Moderator