Introducing our first wave of 2023 speakers! Check back for new speaker updates each week.
Magnus is Director of Strategy, Policy and Regulation at ITV plc and sits on the ITV plc Management Board. Magnus has responsibility for ITV’s strategy, policy and regulatory teams, which includes overseeing ITV’s corporate strategy development and leading on interaction with UK and European regulators, government and parliamentary committees. Magnus is a non-executive director of a number of ITV subsidiaries and JVs and from 2019-22 was a non-Executive director of ITN the news and TV programme producer. From 2014-19 Magnus was Chairman of the Board of the Brussels based Association of Commercial Television in Europe which represents Europe’s commercial broadcasters to the EU institutions.
Prior to joining ITV he was Head of the BBC Director General’s Office for both Greg Dyke and Mark Thompson. He began his career as a lawyer specialising in regulatory and competition law at City of London law firm Ashursts, where he also trained.
Lynette is Director of Commercial & Propositions (Streaming) at ITV where she is responsible for the overall consumer proposition and business plan for the recently launched ITVX streaming service. Lynette joined ITV in 2020 as Director of Strategic Partnerships, focused on driving a holistic and joined up approach to partnerships across ITV PLC including driving the initial strategy for the distribution of ITVX and board membership at YouView.
With over 20 years’ experience building partnerships, delivering strong financial performance and leading consumer products in businesses such as Google, Yahoo! and Virgin Media Lynette’s experience spans the full TV/Broadcast/Platforms and Digital Video ecosystems from distribution of one of the largest video-sharing platforms in the world (YouTube) to full P&L accountability and product management of one of the UK’s leading Pay TV services (Virgin Media) and includes advertising and ad technology (Videology). Lynette has led large diverse teams and particularly enjoys mentoring colleagues giving people confidence in themself and helping them to grow personally and professionally.
Khalid leads Channel 4’s Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, Research & Insight, and Data Science functions. He also represents Channel 4 as a Board Director in a range of TV platform joint ventures, including Digital UK, Freeview, YouView and Digital 3&4.
Khalid joined Channel 4 in September 2020 from Deloitte, where he was a Director in the strategy consulting practice, working with multiple high-profile TMT clients. He is a specialist in the broadcast sector, with 22 years of experience in consulting and the TV industry, having also previously held senior strategy and regulatory positions at both ITV and Ofcom.
Akhila is Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development, UK, at Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS). Her remit spans the business’ portfolio of free-to-air and pay TV channels, including Channel 5 and MTV, as well as Paramount’s streaming services in the UK, across SVOD (Paramount+), FAST (Pluto TV) and AVOD/BVOD (My5).
Prior to joining Paramount in 2017, Akhila spent eight years at A+E Networks, eventually leading VOD and OTT sales as Director of International Business Development. She began her career in TV production and development, with stints at CNBC in Mumbai and NBC Universal in Los Angeles.
Khanna graduated magna cum laude from New York’s Syracuse University, with an MA in TV and Film Management. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Production from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and executive accreditation from The London School of Economics.
Bhav Chandrani is Director of Creative & Digital Partnerships at ITV, heading up sponsorship, ad funded programming, creative and digital partnerships, and partnership innovations for ITV’s Commercial team.
With over 20 years in the industry, Bhav’s passion is in bringing brands and content together to make meaningful campaigns. Bhav leads ITV’s commercial relationships with other media brands such as Twitter and Global Radio and new innovations such as Shoppability and ITV’s first brand funded steps into the Metaverse.
Bhav is a founding member of the diversity network, MeFA (Media For All), and Board Director of Metavision.
Lisa Rousseau is head of Amazon Freevee UK, Amazon’s free, ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) service. Lisa joined Amazon in March 2021 to oversee business and marketing functions for IMDb TV (the former name for Amazon Freevee), and lead the first international launch of the service in the UK in September 2021, as well as the rebrand to Amazon Freevee in April 2022.
Prior to joining Amazon, Lisa spent seven years at Google. As head of TV and film EMEA at YouTube and Google Play, Lisa built content partnerships across the region to drive the transactional (TVOD) movies and TV business, launched Google Play Movies & TV across 15 markets, and led the film/TV partnership strategy for YouTube EMEA. She also led YouTube business and partnerships across Northern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Lisa was previously at the BBC and BBC Studios in a number of commercial and digital business development roles.
Lisa is passionate about supporting career opportunities for women, and is a trustee of the Young Women’s Trust charity in the UK. She is based in London.
Dan Cohen leads the development and launch of TV Advertising Products and innovation across the Sky Group.
From the industry leading addressable TV proposition AdSmart to self-serve buying and reporting tools, Sky builds on its 1st Party data to link advertisers to audiences in order to bring better return on investment and improved understanding of the audience advertiser relationship.
Finding new ways for advertisers to reach key audiences through innovative advertising products, ways of buying and measuring performance underpins all of our thinking and drives our development strategy.
Shahina O’Mahoney is head of licensed content at Amazon Freevee UK, overseeing all content strategy and acquisitions for British territories of Amazon’s premium free streaming service.
O’Mahoney has been with Amazon for more than 10 years, and has previously served as Prime Video territory expansion content strategy lead for the Nordics and Turkey (2019-20), on a sabbatical in the fashion sustainability team (2019), as Prime Video global kids lead (2016-18), and as content acquisitions lead in the UK (2011-15). O’Mahoney was one of the founding Prime Video team members.
Before joining Amazon, O’Mahoney spent two years at the British telecommunications company Vodafone, where she oversaw content acquisition for European mobile and IPTV devices. Prior to Vodafone, she worked as digital content consultant for linear and VOD platforms BT Vision and TalkTalk (formerly Homechoice), managing content negotiations and strategy, led programming teams for cable networks Virgin Media (formerly NTL) and Cable & Wireless, and was one of the founding launch team members for Disney Channels in Europe.
O’Mahoney graduated from the University of Plymouth with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Informatics. She has two children and is based in London.
Tom Price joined Roku last year as Director of Content Distribution to build the streaming platform’s entertainment offering in the UK and deepen partnerships with local broadcasters. Roku pioneered streaming to the TV and is the #1 TV streaming platform in the US with 70M active accounts globally.
Tom previously served as Director of Commercial & Financial Planning at BritBox UK, where he was responsible for the business plan and trading activity, strategic content partnerships and distribution.
As a founding member of the BritBox team, Tom was instrumental in growing a streaming business to over 750,000 subscribers in 30 months before it was subsumed into ITVX. Before BritBox UK, Tom set up the BritBox North America joint venture which has grown into a profitable multi-territory business with over 3 million subscribers.
Prior to this, he worked in various strategy and distribution roles at ITV and Discovery, having started his career in management consulting.
Tom holds a MSci in Physics from The University of Cambridge.
Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos. He originally joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000, and the team leading its sale to Ipsos in 2005. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour.
Ben led our government and social research practice from 2000 to 2009 when he became Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland. He was appointed CEO of Ipsos as a whole (across 90 countries) in September 2021.
Ben is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He sits on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) at UKRI. He serves on advisory groups at the King’s Fund, and the Social Market Foundation (SMF), and is a Trustee at the Centre for Ageing Better. Ben was named one of GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.
He regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes.
Gary Woolf is currently EVP Strategic Development at All3Media International where he is responsible for researching and implementing new and innovative commercial strategies, while building on the considerable success that All3Media International has achieved in the digital arena.
He leads our digital innovation unit – a3mi² – which is focused on the fast growing digital publishing space including AVoD, SVoD and FAST services on a global basis, along with our consumer facing social media and EST opportunities, and a growing range of apps based on A3MI programming. The team is responsible for the A3MI partnerships with the latest tranche of major VoD players including the likes of Pluto TV, Tubi TV, The Roku Channel, alongside publishing opportunities with Amazon Prime Video Direct.
Gary’s career spans roles in Digital, Business Development and Insight, including spells at BBC Worldwide (now Studios) Zodiak Rights (now part of Banijay), and ITV Global Entertainment. He also had a prior spell at All3Media International as SVP Digital and Business Development driving growth in both the SVoD and EST lines of business as they evolved.
Garazi leads the Media & Entertainment business growth for FTI Consulting in EMEA. She has over 15 years’ of experience in the media industry having held senior roles at organizations like the BBC and Sky, leading wide variety of projects and multi-skilled teams in different countries.
Her career has been primarily focused on business development, strategy & transformation and commercial areas across different business verticals (TV and radio broadcast, OTT/SVOD players, FTA TV platforms, content distribution, customer service).
Sasha Twining is a journalist and presenter, currently heard worldwide on the BBC World Service (global audience figures 97 million).
International audiences can hear her presenting the flagship programmes ‘Business Matters’ (also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the UK) and ‘World Business Report’.
Previously, she has presented for both national and international broadcasters, both TV and radio, including Sky News, ITV, and Nine Network (Australia)
She also works as a debate facilitator across Europe, working in fields including energy security and transition, food sustainability, eco-design, and communications. She works with both public and private sector organisations.
Sasha is an advocate of new technology – she has an embedded NFC chip in her hand, and has presented a BBC programme about the innovation.
With 30 years of TV industry experience, Richard drives the DTG’s unique collaborative culture placing it firmly at the centre of UK television.
A design engineer by profession, Richard spent 15 years in senior design and later, senior marketing and strategy roles at Sony, Toshiba and Pace.
Richard has a track record of supporting UK world-firsts in flat-panel, widescreen, digital and interactive TV. He launched the world’s first free-to-view digital devices into the UK market at Pace in 2002, joined the DTG in 2004 to lead public affairs in preparation for digital switchover, and later picked up the mantle of Commercial Development Director for Freesat’s launch in HD in 2006. He returned to the DTG as CEO in 2008, where he continues to drive innovation in next generation media, distribution and end-user experience.
Passionate about the alchemy of people, products and technology, and always looking out for the next big thing in television, Richard was named one of the top 50 most influential people in 2021 and honoured as a SMPTE Fellow.