Top Media Luminaries to Explore the Power of Storytelling at 2014 Paley International Council Summit

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Norman Lear, Jonah Peretti, Bill Simmons, Debra Lee, Emmett Shear, Richard Plepler, Padma Lakshmi, Joanna Coles, Ted Sarandos, and other prominent industry leaders to gather at The Paley Center for Media in NYC Nov. 20-21

The Paley Center for Media has announced the full program for the annual 2014 Paley International Council (IC) Summit, scheduled for November 20-21 in New York. IC2014: The Power of Storytelling will bring together a stellar line-up of leading executives, creators, and innovators to celebrate the industry’s legacy and discuss the changing ways in which we create, consume, and connect on a global scale through stories. With dynamic conversations about new technologies and distribution platforms, the sessions will explore media through the lens of entertainment, news, advertising, sports, social media, gaming, and other key industries.

*Confirmed speakers and participants for IC2014 include:
*Norman Lear, legendary television writer and producer;
*Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed;
*Bill Simmons, Editor-in-Chief, Grantland;
*Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks;
*Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch;
*Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, Home Box Office, Inc.;
*Padma Lakshmi, Host, Top Chef;
*Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan, and Editorial Director, Seventeen;
*Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix;
*Dan Rose, Vice President of Partnerships, Facebook;
*Suroosh Alvi, Co-founder, VICE Media;
*Jason Hirschhorn, CEO, REDEF;
*David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus;
*Peter Del Vecho, Academy Award-winning Producer, Disney’s Frozen;
*David Kirkpatrick, CEO, Techonomy;
*Avi Nir, CEO, Keshet Media Group;
*Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker;
*Connor Schell, Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content;
*Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO, Vox Media;
*Arzuhan Doğan Yalcindag, Chair, Doğan TV Holding;
*Jim Berk, CEO, Participant Media;
*Piv Bernth, Head of Drama at Danish Broadcasting Corporation;
*Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group of Companies;
*Jason Rubin, Head of Worldwide Studios, Oculus VR;
*Josh Sapan, CEO, AMC Networks;
*Bassem Youssef, political satirist and host of Egypt’s Al-Bernameg

“From the historic programs in our unparalleled collection to the exciting live events we produce, celebrating great storytelling has always been essential to the Paley Center’s mission,” says Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “With the Paley International Council Summit, we are proud to be the convener for industry icons and pioneering visionaries who have been and will continue to be plotting the future of media through telling stories and creating platforms that empower storytelling all over the world.”

Among the sessions to be featured at IC2014 are:

  •     A landmark conversation between Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and TV pioneer Norman Lear
  •     An exploration of virtual reality and immersive storytelling with Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan Rose and Oculus VR’s Jason Rubin, conducted by David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect”
  •     A discussion about the narrative power of sports in popular culture with Grantland’s Bill Simmons and ESPN Films’ Connor Schell, conducted by Jason Hirschhorn, CEO and Chief Curator, REDEF
  •     A dialogue about promoting social and cultural impact around the world through storytelling in different genres and media with Particpant Media CEO Jim Berk, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan, and NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern

IC2014 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Gustave M. Hauser, McKinsey & Company, Nielsen, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. More information about IC2014, including registration information, confirmed speakers, and agenda, can be found at

About The Paley Center for Media's International Council:
Created in 1995, the International Council brings together the chief executives of the world's most important media companies. The role of the Council is to advance the exchange of ideas among these leaders in global media, entertainment, and communications, and to foster a community among them. This is accomplished through both informal and organized discussions on a wide range of critical issues that will define the media and its role in society for generations to come. Past meetings have been held in Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Cape Town, Montréal, Istanbul, New Delhi, Bangalore, California's Silicon Valley, and New York. For more information, please visit

About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please

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