Jason Sarlanis

Jason Sarlanis is President of Crime and Investigative Content, Linear and Streaming at Discovery, Inc where he oversees  programming development, production, content strategy and operations as well as research, publicity and marketing for series and documentaries airing across the ID linear network and true crime content streaming on discovery+.  ID is currently the #2 network (2021 to date) for Women 25-54 and Women 18-49 in total day and has delivered breakout hits for the discovery+ platform including Queen of Meth, Relentless and American Detective.  He reports to Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer at Discovery, Inc.

Sarlanis  joined Discovery in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Development at TLC.  He led development on all original programming for the TLC linear network as well as love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+.  In his tenure, Sarlanis was responsible for procuring breakout hits which led TLC to become the #1 primetime cable network for women in 2020.  Sarlanis spearheaded the expansion of the 90 Day Fiancé universe with ratings juggernauts The Other Way, Darcey & Stacey and The Family Chantel and championed streaming series Bares All, Love Games, and The Single Life. Other recent brand-defining programs include hit series sMothered, UnExpected, I Love a Mama’s Boy as well as My Feet Are Killing Me and family docusoaps Welcome to Plathville, 1000 LB Sisters, and Doubling Down with the Derricos

Prior to TLC, Sarlanis joined the network from ABC as Vice President, Alternative Series and Specials, developing new series such as To Tell the Truth and Battlebots. His role included representing Disney ABC Television Group’s Alternative Department in the international format marketplace.  In addition, Sarlanis served as Vice President, Original Programming and Series Development at E! Entertainment Television where he developed and provided creative oversight of series including The Soup, Fashion Police, The Girls Next Door, Live from the Red Carpet, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Before joining ABC, Sarlanis also served as Senior Vice President at Ryan Seacrest Productions.  

 Sarlanis graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Film & Television and is based in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Rosenblat is a Global Industry Relations Manager at TikTok. She connects with trade organizations around the world, identifying and developing education, communication and thought leadership opportunities. Rebecca is passionate about the ever-evolving tech industry and finding creative, innovative and distinctive ways to demonstrate the power of TikTok.

Prior to TikTok, Rebecca spent 5 years at Facebook and Instagram, most recently on the Partnerships team. She worked with local news publishers and key trade associations to help cultivate communities around media and technology and ensure forward momentum in the news ecosystem.

Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is an Award Winning Producer, Writer, Model, Public Speaker, Trans Rights Advocate and co-host of the Webby Awards honoree TV Show ASPIREist, broadcasted on HLN/CNN. She is one of “Top 25 Transgender Person Who Influences Culture” by TIME Magazine.

Her upcoming memoir will be published in early 2023 by Penguin Random House imprint, Dial Press. She is currently directing and executive producing Caretakers, a four-part original documentary series with PBS/WNET featuring stories of Filipino American frontline healthcare workers and will premiere October 8, 2021 as part of the celebration of Filipino American History Month.

She’s producer of the web series Razor Tongue in which Rain Valdez got the 2020 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. She made history as the first trans woman Ambassador for Miss Universe Nepal, an honor that’s been bestowed to her as part of the Miss Universe Organization pageant system accepting trans women into the competition.

In May 2020, she was honored on Gold House’s #A100 List of the most impactful Asians and Pacific Islanders. The list includes Academy Award Winning Director Bong Joon Ho of Parasite, actress Awkwafina, former 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Vice President Kamala Harris, TV Host Chrissy Teigen and many others.

She made history as the First Trans woman 2020 Playboy Playmates of the Year. Her Playboy article is nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article. In August 2019, she made history as the First trans Asian Playboy Playmate.

On March 31, 2014, she made history as the First trans person to speak about transgender issues at the iconic TED Conference main stage. In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference, her viral talk has since been viewed close to 5 million times and translated in 32 languages. Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, a media production company that tells stories on what it means to be trans and gender non-conforming.

She, with Gender Proud Productions produced and presented  “Beautiful As I Want to Be” series and TV special on LogoTV highlighting trans youth, and received the 2016 GLAAD Media Award. Gender Proud also produced “Willing and Able”, a 2017 GLAAD Media nominated web series about transgender employment with Fusion TV and worked with Fusion/Univision to produce a TV documentary about transgender athletes, “No League of Their Own” and won 2017 Association of LGBTQ Journalists Best in Health and Fitness Coverage.

She co-executive produced the 2018 GLAAD Media awards nominated “Made To Model” a documentary on 9 Pioneers and emerging trans model in collaboration with LogoTV, MTV and VH1.

Geena has spoken at the White House, World Economic Forum, United Nations, State Department, Fortune 500 Companies and been featured on E’s I am Cait, Magazine Cover of Candy Magazine, Vanity Fair: Trans America, Marriott’s #LoveTravels Campaign and CoverGirl Cosmetics #GirlsCan Campaign. She was on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar India.

On September 2018, published by Simon and Schuster, she contributed a chapter in the NY Times Bestseller book “American like Me” by actress America Ferrera with contributors like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjani and many others.

She’s a board member of NY LGBT Center. As the 2020 National Chair for Stonewall Day in June, she helped raised close to 100k for Black and Brown led LGBTQ organizations affected by COVID-19. She’s a partner on FamilyQ.Org, a queer led volunteer network distributor of FDA-approved surgical grade PPE’s to front-line organizations. To date, they’ve donated more than 100,000 masks.

She has been featured in media publications such as CNN, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, Today Show, NHK World Channel, HuffPost Live, New York Magazine, Mashable, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, People, Variety, Take Part, The Advocate, MTV and others.

Stephanie Ruhle anchors MSNBC’s “Stephanie Ruhle Reports” on weekdays & appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms as NBC News’ Senior Business Correspondent.

 

As a Wall Street veteran, Ruhle is known for bringing her business acumen & hard-hitting style to high profile interviews, for her original reporting, & bringing humanity into her news coverage, including her reporting on the migrant crisis at the border in McAllen, TX & her daily “Good News Ruhles” segment.

 

Ruhle is also the host of the “Modern Ruhles” podcast. The show takes aim at zeitgeist topics with the goal of understanding & respecting ideas that conflict with our own. It is not meant to change our minds, just to open them & hopefully help us become better & smarter in the process.

 

Prior to Bloomberg, Ruhle worked at Deutsche Bank, serving as a Managing Director in Global Markets Senior Relationship Management & at Credit Suisse, where she was the highest- producing credit derivatives salesperson in the US.

Craig Robinson is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal. He reports to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell.

In partnership with the company’s business leaders, Robinson works to define and build a culture that embraces and values diversity in its workforce, culture, content and perspectives.  Additionally, alongside Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts, Robinson is leading Comcast’s $100 million commitment to fight injustice and inequality, and to accelerate company efforts in all areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this role, Robinson spearheads social justice efforts across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky to build programs, allocate resources and partner with international, national and local organizations to drive meaningful change against racism and inequality.

Robinson also oversees the company’s ten Employee Resource Groups with over 100 global chapters, co-chairs the industry-leading Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council and serves as the main liaison between NBCUniversal and key local and national advocacy organizations.

The company has been acknowledged for its leadership in diversity & inclusion, with repeat recognition on the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity, the Fortune list of 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and the DiversityInc list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

Robinson was named to his position in August 2011, having previously served as President and General Manager of KNBC-TV, the NBC Owned Station in Los Angeles, where he oversaw all aspects of the television station including news, sales and community relations.

Previous roles include President and General Manager of WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio; Vice President of Sales for WRC-TV, NBC’s Owned Station in Washington, DC; and Local and National Sales Manager of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. After studying Political Science at UCLA and a brief stint in retail sales and management, he took an entry level job at KCBS-TV (then KNXT-TV) in Advertising Sales and quickly realized that broadcasting and entertainment was where he wanted to spend his career. He joined NBC in 1996.

Raised in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, Robinson’s interest in public service was sparked at an early age by his parents. His Chinese-American mother retired after a long career in public service, much of it in support of low-income families through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Robinson’s father was one of the first Black consultants for the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC), where he investigated allegations of racial, gender and age discrimination in housing and employment. Race, equality and civil rights were frequent topics at the Robinson dinner table and those discussions continue to inform and drive his commitment to diversity and inclusion today.

Malia Moran has over 25 years of experience bringing new consumer technologies to market including High-Speed Data, Advanced Advertising, Program Guides, Video-On-Demand, Digital Video Recording, and Interactive TV. Having split her career between core cable services and advanced advertising, she has a unique perspective on how the interaction of media, technology, user experience, and monetization models come together to deliver value to the customer and the service provider. Currently, Ms. Moran is GVP of Strategic Product Management at Spectrum Reach, the advertising business unit of Charter Communications, where she leads product strategy, including developing long term plans to bring together data, technology, and supply to better service media buyers and sellers.

 

Prior to working at Spectrum Reach, she was co-founder of Next Media Partners consultancy where she advised clients on product and investment strategies in the areas of advanced advertising, cross-platform consumer experience, and next-gen broadband access technology. She also held leadership positions in product management and strategy at TV Guide, Cisco Systems, Canoe Ventures, and Rovi (now Tivo/xPeri) Corporation.

 

Malia Moran has a BS in Communications from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a MSE in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering and Wharton Business Schools.  Malia splits her time between New York and Southwest Florida where she resides with her husband and spoiled beagle.

Stephanie Mitchko-Beale joined Charter Communications in 2019 as Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. Based in Stamford, Ms. Mitchko-Beale oversees Charter’s Network, Mobile, Video and Software Engineering teams, as well as Network Architecture, Technology Policy, and Emerging Technology organizations.

Ms. Mitchko-Beale joined Charter from Cadent, a provider of data-driven solutions for buying and selling TV advertising. She served as joint Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer and oversaw all technical aspects of the company’s strategy, operations and development.

Earlier in her career, Ms Mitchko-Beale was Senior Vice President of Video Infrastructure Software at Cablevision Systems Corporation (currently part of Altice USA) where she was responsible for the software development of new consumer-facing technologies. As a key member of Cablevision’s technology senior leadership team, she broke new ground in bringing interactive and web technologies to traditional media models.

With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Mitchko-Beale is a technology, television and advanced advertising veteran with a strong record of first-to-market products. She earned an Emmy award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for Best Interactive Television Platform for Cablevision’s iO Interactive Television and two Technical Emmys for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms for Cablevision’s iO Interactive Optimum Digital Cable and the second for Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR.

Ms. Mitchko-Beale received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in New York. She guest lectures on “Advanced Technologies for Business Applications” and “Technology Innovation in Business” at NYU Stern School of Business and is a member of the NYU Poly Enterprise Learning Board. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for WICT to help young women see the benefit of pursuing careers in cable and technology.

Alfred C. Liggins, III is the Chief Executive Officer of Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TV One, LLC.  Urban One is one of the largest diversified media companies in the United States that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers.  Liggins is the son and business partner of Cathy Hughes, the media maven who started the company with a single radio station in 1980.  His leadership has led to the company’s diversification into the cable television and digital media spaces, which positions Urban One as the largest black owned distributor of urban content in the country, reaching more than 80-percent of African Americans in the country, weekly.

Alfred Liggins had an early start in the media industry. He watched as his mother laid the groundwork for the company he now leads and became a part of this family-owned effort as a teenager.  Liggins served as a board operator, on-air personality, and salesperson for Radio One before a short stint in California where he worked as a sales executive with Light Records and a production assistant for CBS Records.  Liggins returned to Washington DC in 1985 and managed the sales and promotions departments of Radio One before becoming President of the company in 1989. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School in 1995 and continued to leverage his business acumen and family’s passion for serving the African American audience.

Liggins’ business savvy and the FCC’s decision to relax the rules on media ownership resulted in the growth of Radio One. Liggins seized opportunities to purchase stations in Baltimore and Washington DC and, ultimately, in major markets around the country. In 1999, he took the company public, making Radio One a NASDAQ listed company and Cathy Hughes the first African American woman to chair a publicly-traded company. He also brokered a billion-dollar deal with Clear Channel and, in 2001, bought out Blue Chip Broadcasting, thereby making Radio One the largest urban market radio company in the country.

In 2004, Liggins set his sights on a new industry, cable television. He developed TV One, a cable television network launched in partnership with Comcast, designed to provide quality programming for the African American family.  A second cable television network, CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color, was launched in 2019.  The company continued to diversify into syndicated radio programming and online digital media. In 2005, it acquired a controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc., which operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. In 2007, iOne Digital, a collection of digital platforms providing the African American community with social, news, and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, and HipHopWired, was launched.  One Solution, the company’s award-winning, fully integrated advertising division, was launched in 2008, and Urban One became a minority owner in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort that opened in December 2016 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  In 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the company’s multi-media operations; however, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets.

Liggins has won numerous awards and recognitions across his career, including induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio Award in 2016 and 2019, and the T. Howard Foundation’s Executive Champion Award in 2017. He is a member of several boards, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where he also serves as Radio Board’s major group representative and National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

Julie Laulis is Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cable ONE.

Laulis joined Cable ONE in 1999 as Director of Marketing-NW Division. In 2001, she was named Vice President of Operations for the SW Division. In 2004, she became responsible for starting Cable ONE’s Phoenix Customer Care Center. Laulis was named Chief Operations Officer in 2008, responsible for the company’s three operation divisions and two call centers. In 2012, Laulis was named Chief Operating Officer, adding sales, marketing, and technology to her responsibilities. In 2015, Laulis was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Cable ONE. In 2017, she was named President and Chief Executive Officer and in 2018 she was named Chair of the Board.

Prior to joining Cable ONE, Laulis was with Jones Communications in the Washington, DC area and Denver, where she served in various marketing management positions. Laulis began her 35-year career in the cable industry with Hauser Communications.

Laulis graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications. She attended the Woman in Cable Television Betsy Magness Leadership Institute in 1998/1999, and graduated from the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 2002. Cable FAX Magazine has named Laulis one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable for the past 10 years running.

Laulis currently serves on the boards of The AES Corporation, CableLabs, The Cable Center, and C-SPAN and is a trustee of the C-SPAN Education Foundation.

Rashida Jones is President of MSNBC, the premier destination for breaking news, award-winning journalism, in-depth analysis and informed perspectives. She is responsible for oversight of all programming, editorial units, business development and technical operations. Prior to taking on the role of President in February 2021, Jones served as Senior Vice President, NBC News and MSNBC. In this position, she spearheaded cross-platform breaking news and major events for both networks, including coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and the networks’ Decision 2020 coverage including presidential debates, town halls, primaries and special election nights and forums. Jones also led MSNBC’s dayside and weekend news programming, where she managed hours of live reporting and newsgathering backed by the journalism of NBC News. Jones won an Emmy for strategic coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage in 2016 and executive produced the most-watched Democratic presidential debate in history during the 2020 election cycle.

 

Before joining MSNBC in 2013, Jones was the News Director for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, where she rebuilt and rebranded the news team to focus on deep investigative reporting. The station was #1 in the market. Jones also served as Director of Live Programming at The Weather Channel, leading coverage and content for some of the network’s most historic weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, mass tornado outbreaks and devastating snow storms.

 

In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame, an honor acknowledging her outstanding work in the journalism industry. She is an ambassador for the Alliance for Women in Media, a board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2020, Jones was named to Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report and 37 New Yorkers Making an Impact in Entertainment lists.

 

Jones received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media-Arts Broadcast from Hampton University. She currently lives in New Jersey with her two children.