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Media Summit New York, March 4 - 5, 2014
McGraw-Hill Building, 49th Street and 6th Ave., New York City
Tuesday, March 4th
10:45 AM - Noon
Session A:
The Gallery
Financing and Investing in the Future: Investment & Mergers - Leadership in Media, Entertainment & Technology: Broadband, Social Networks, Mobile and Games
Join a group of influential players in the media, entertainment and tech finance worlds for an enlightening look at emerging growth areas in our industry. They reveal where the value and opportunities are, who's investing and whether we're headed for a bubble or sustained hypergrowth in the convergence space.
Matt Freeman, Operating Partner, Bain Capital
Blair Faulstich, Managing Director, PROVIDENCE EQUITY
Tuna N. Amobi, Director, S&P Capital IQ, New York
Eric Hippeau, Managing Director, Lerer Ventures
Brian Weinstein, Head of the Corporate Finance, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Thomas J. Connolly, Partner, Global Media and Entertainment Transaction Advisory Leader, EY, Moderator

Matt Freeman is an Operating Partner at Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Freeman served as CEO of several companies in the media, advertising and marketing technology industries. Mr. Freeman has run both startups and multi-billion dollar global companies. Mr. Freeman has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement and has been named one of the 50 most creative people in business. Mr. Freeman received a BA from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Mr. Freeman worked full time at a variety of jobs including TA positions in Russian and American literature - as well as the graduate creative writing program.

Eric Hippeau is a partner at Lerer Ventures, a leading early-stage
venture capital fund focused on New York technology startups. Hippeau is also Chairman of SohoTechLabs, a Lerer Ventures-backed incubator based in NYC working on breakthrough products. He is co-founder of NowThis News. Hippeau is a Special Partner at Softbank Capital and former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner for many years. Prior to Softbank Capital, Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. Hippeau serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Tuna N. Amobi is a Director with S&P Capital IQ, New York. Since early 2005, he has maintained oversight of the firm's Consumer Sector strategy and recommendations by a team of equity analysts, for hundreds of securities. Since 2001, he has personally covered companies/stocks in the Media and Entertainment sub-industries, recently including S&P 500 constituents CBS, Comcast, DirecTV, Disney, Time Warner and Viacom, as well as others such as Netflix. He also authors a number of bi-annual industry surveys, including “Movies & Entertainment”, and “Broadcasting, Cable & Satellite”. Tuna led a core team that created and implemented the proprietary S&P Core Earnings® framework, also having been a member of the firm's Analytical Policy Board. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and often-quoted financial expert, Tuna has regularly provided expert commentaries for major news outlets including Barron's, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Financial Times, Fox Business Network, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, as well numerous local U.S. periodicals, international outlets, and online publications. He has also been profiled repeatedly in the Black Enterprise Magazine, and selected by The Wall Street Journal as a “Best of the Street” analyst for his stellar work on media and entertainment stocks. Previously, Tuna was a Senior Equity Analyst at Lehman Brothers, New York, where he participated in key decisions by the firm's Investment Policy Committee. He was highly instrumental in managing a multi-capitalization equity portfolio, with primary focus on the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sectors. Earlier in his career, Tuna gained extensive global consulting experience at Arthur Andersen and KPMG. He earned an MBA (Finance) from the Strathclyde University Business School, Scotland, U.K, and B.Sc. (Accounting) from University of Nigeria, as well as LL.B. (JD). He is also a designated Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Blair Faulstich is a managing director at Providence Equity Capital Markets based in the New York office. Providence Equity Capital Markets manages several credit funds that opportunistically provide capital to companies throughout the media, communications and technology industries. Prior to joining Providence in 2011, Mr. Faulstich spent 15 years as an investment banker primarily covering the broadcasting sector at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Alex. Brown.

Brian Weinstein is the Head of the Corporate Finance at Creative Artists Agency (C
AA), the world's leading entertainment and sports agency. In this role, Weinstein focuses on strategic acquisitions, corporate development, and the establishment of new ventures on behalf of the agency and its clients. Recently, Weinstein has played an integral role in several high-profile transactions, many of which have impacted the television business. He was pivotal to the formation of a joint venture between HDNet, AEG, client Ryan Seacrest Media, and CAA, which rebranded HDNet/HDNet Canada as AXS TV this past summer. AXS TV will leverage the global reach and portfolio of content opportunities of its partners to create live entertainment and lifestyle programming. Capitalizing on AEG's unrivaled presence in live events and affiliation with more than 100 of the industry's pre-eminent venues worldwide, AXS TV will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating. Weinstein advised client Ryan Seacrest and his company Ryan Seacrest Media (RSM) on its agreement with Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL) and Bain Capital (Bain), who committed up to $300 million to working with RSM to identify, acquire and develop innovative media companies, media content and other media properties that can be leveraged to support a range of media enterprises. Under a separate agreement in which Weinstein was intimately involved, Clear Channel acquired a minority stake in Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP). Clear Channel and RSP will also collaborate on the production and distribution of both scripted and unscripted television programming as well as other media and entertainment content, leveraging the promotional reach of Clear Channel's vast audiences, assets and relationships. Additionally, Weinstein helped orchestrate the deal for Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film and television producer/director Mike Tollin and Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group to form Mandalay Sports Media (MSM). The diversified sports media business will create, finance, and acquire operating businesses, intellectual property, and varied enterprises within the sports and media sectors, as well as develop high-quality sports-themed entertainment programming for distribution across multiple platforms including film, television, mobile, and digital. MSM already has several entertainment projects in development with ESPN, Turner Sports, New Line Cinema, and Incognito Pictures, among other distribution media venues. He advised Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of CKX, Inc.; worked on behalf of Participant Media in its acquisition of the Documentary Channel; advised client Sharp Entertainment on its sale to Core Media Group; and was instrumental in structuring the strategic partnership and investment from Turner with client Funny Or Die. Weinstein also advised LXTV co-founders Joseph Varet and Morgan Hertzan in their acquisition of Plum TV, a lifestyle network, which is carried in eight markets and reaches over four million viewers; and client Mannahatta in its sale to Electus. For client Tribeca Enterprises, Weinstein recently brokered a partnership with online distributor Maker Studios to create The Picture Show, a new YouTube channel. The Picture Show is a destination for web series and short films and also acts as an aspirational channel where talent can be discovered. The programming will include collaborations between Tribeca's and Maker Studios' talent. He also works with clients Condé Nast Entertainment, Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, Illumination, and Tribeca Enterprises on media and distribution strategies. Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Weinstein worked as a corporate associate in the New York and Los Angeles offices of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom. Previously Skadden, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of, a venture capital funded Internet company, based in New York.

Thomas J. Connolly, Partner, Global Media and Entertainment Transaction Advisory Leader, EY: Tom Connolly is Ernst & Young's Global leader of the Media and Entertainment Transaction Advisory Services practice and he is the Media and Entertainment industry leader for all Ernst & Young services in the Northeastern United States. His 32 years of business experience include 20 years with Ernst & Young serving the media and entertainment industry, 10 years as a senior executive in finance and business development with Sony and 2 years as the CEO of TVRC, an interactive media healthcare enterprise. Prior positions held include Audit partner Time Warner, CEO TVR Communications, CFO 550 Digital Media Enterprises (A Sony group company), SVP Business Development Sony Music, SVP Finance Sony Music. Tom's history includes key industry advisory roles in cable television, advertising, broadcasting, network television, publishing, film , music and various internet based digital enterprises. His involvement in acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, both as a principal and as an advisor, include small to large transactions including some of the largest media deals in the world ($30 billion plus in size). His global positions in finance and business development at Sony and his service to multi-national clients at Ernst & Young have provided significant experience in addressing the needs of operationally and geographically diverse enterprises. He has experience with vertically integrated businesses, the inter-relationships leveraged in such businesses, and a history of direct involvement in the management of initiatives undertaken to maximize returns within vertical and horizontal operating structures. Tom is a certified public accountant. He holds an MBA Degree with a concentration in finance from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY at Albany. He is a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. He is also a member of the Board of WNET representing the Public Broadcasting Service serving the New York, New Jersey and Long Island markets (Channel 13, 21 and NJTV). In addition to his Board role he also sits on the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee of WNET