Business Forum Breakfast
Friday, November 9, 2018
8:00 – 10:00 am
— Free Presentation by NBC, HULU, and AMC Executives, Queens College Expert Media Theorist, and Leading Marketing Consultant —
A panel discussion on Beyond Millennials: Advertising in the Age of New Media, by
Bob Broussard, president of Distribution, AMC Networks; Asaf Davidov, director, Ad Sales Research, Hulu; Mara Einstein, Queens College media studies chair, professor and author; Susan Goldberg, founder and CEO of Susan Goldberg Leadership Consulting; Douglas Rushkoff, Queens College media studies professor, author, and documentarian; and Alan Wurtzel, former president of Research and Media Development, NBCUniversal.
Launched in 2005, the QC Business Forum brings together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at its breakfast and lunchtime lectures, touching on issues vital to the local business community.
Bob Broussard, President of Distribution, AMC Networks
Bob Broussard is a graduate of Queens College and New York University School of Law. In 2006, Broussard became the president of distribution for AMC Networks, where he oversees multiplatform content licensing and affiliate marketing of several of the most popular and award-winning networks in cable television, including AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WE TV, as well as BBC AMERICA. Broussard also oversees the distribution of the Video on Demand offerings from IFC Films, IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects. Finally, he is responsible for developing and directing AMC Networks Inc.’s distribution strategy and leads the centralized AMC Networks distribution team, widely recognized as a leader in its field.
Asaf Davidov Director, Ad Sales Research, Hulu
Asaf Davidov oversees the day-to-day operations of Hulu’s ad sales research department. Davidov is responsible for leading third-party measurement innovation and solutions, ad-effectiveness and attribution studies, and custom sales research initiatives, including consumer behavior models and future advertising models. He also currently leads the sales team in research positioning and thought leadership activations through the market-facing portal, Hulu Insights. Davidov spent five years at NBCUniversal, where he focused on both consumer and advertising research for editorial and sales. Davidov began his career at Knowledge Networks, now GfK, as a research analyst.
Susan Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Susan Goldberg Leadership Consulting
After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA and Pace University with an MBA in International Economics and Marketing, Susan Goldberg began working as an independent marketing consultant. Her first business, Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting, launched in 2001, helped clients find and place the right leadership within their companies. In September 2016, she launched her refocused business, Susan Goldberg Leadership Consulting, which specializes in developing millennial talent through services that range from small group coaching sessions to speaking at board meetings and retreats. Her extensive knowledge on emerging leadership led her to co-author the book Leadership in Wonderland, a unique approach on how to become a more confident leader.
Douglas Rushkoff, Academic, Author, and Documentarian
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His 20 books include the upcoming Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, and Program or Be Programmed, among others. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries “Generation Like,” “The Persuaders,” and “Merchants of Cool.” Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. A leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice, Rushkoff is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he teaches media theory and digital economics. His novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are being developed for the screen.
Alan Wurtzel, Former President of Research and Media Development for NBCUniversal
Alan Wurtzel has taught at the University of Georgia and Queens College. Wurtzel has written many articles for both academic journals and consumer publications, and his textbook Television Production served as a standard in the field for over 20 years. His media industry career spans more than 40 years; most recently, he was the president of research and media development for NBCUniversal. In addition, Wurtzel led the company’s broadcast standards and practices department, which oversees program content, advertising and commercial clearance. Throughout his tenure, Wurtzel oversaw numerous research initiatives for the company, including developing the TAMi, or Total Audience Measurement Index, a compilation of data designed to measure the total exposure to any one program across multiple media platforms. He continues to serve as a senior advisor for NBC.
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