VidCon Announces Industry Track Advisory Board for 2016 Event

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The World’s First and Largest Online Video Conference to Be Held in Anaheim, California, in June 2016; Industry Track Advisory Board members announced today.

VidCon (, the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creatives and industry professionals, is pleased to introduce the individuals comprising the 2016 VidCon Industry Track Advisory Board. In the months leading up to the June 23-25 convention, these advisors will collaborate to shape the panels, keynotes, fireside chats and seminars featured in VidCon’s Industry Track this summer.

Industry-focused programming has been a core element of VidCon since the inaugural event in 2010. In 2014, VidCon expanded its industry coverage into a robust multi-day Industry Track that welcomes industry leaders from traditional and new media, brands, agencies and investors.

“The online video industry is changing rapidly,” said Jim Louderback, Editorial Director of the Industry Track. “I’m extremely excited to have such a great group of industry leaders to help shape the content, and ensure VidCon’s Industry Track focuses on the big issues, top opportunities and key developments in this incredibly exciting and innovative industry.”

Advisory Board Members include:

Brendan Gahan, Founder at EpicSignal
Brent Weinstein, Partner at United Talent Agency
Christine Ngo, Senior Marketing Manager Portfolio Transformation at PepsiCo
David Beebe, Vice President of Global Creative + Content Marketing at Marriott International
Dror Shimshowitz, VP of Strategic Development at Comcast
Greg Kahn, President and CEO at Internet of Things Consortium
Ivana Kirkbride, VP and Head of Content at Vessel
John McCarus, Chief Strategy Officer at Federated Media
Kathleen Grace, Chief Creative Officer at New Form Digital
Leslie Morgan, VP Programming at Beyond
Marc Hustvedt, Founder of Supergravity Pictures
Mark Terbeek, Partner at Greycroft Partners
Michelle Slavich, Head of Entertainment Communications at YouTube
Sim Blaustein, Partner at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

“With last year’s explosion of next-gen OTT, SVOD platforms and alternative digital distribution models, there is more demand for multi-platform content, influencers and creators than ever before”, said Ivana Kirkbride, VP and Head of Content at Vessel. “From online video's earliest days, it's been amazing to watch VidCon be a pioneering force year after year. I am honored to be a part of VidCon's Industry Track Advisory Board where we engage the creator community with leading media executives, technology companies and advertisers in critical dialogue about the future of our industry."

About VidCon
VidCon is the world’s largest conference for and about online video. Held each summer in Anaheim, California, VidCon assembles fans, veteran and amateur creators, working professionals, and industry thought-leaders for three days of celebration, introspection, and discussion. Hank and John Green founded VidCon in 2010, and total attendance in 2015 was 21,000.

VidCon programming follows a three-track format, designed to appeal to everyone from the biggest media companies to the most passionate fans. The Industry Track features keynotes, fireside chats, seminars and product demonstrations geared toward attendees working in the online video industry. The Creator Track, now in its second year, serves attendees looking to make better content, grow their online presence, enter the industry, meet fellow creators, and learn the ins-and-outs of online video culture. The Community Track engages attendees interested in experiencing the online video culture through Q&As, discussions, concerts, interviews, movie nights, meet-ups, and games. Tickets can be purchased now at

Though specific programming and special guests will be announced this spring, VidCon experiences record ticket sales each year and routinely sells out. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Julie Walsh
PR - VidCon


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