FT Digital Media Conference 2014
Day 2: Thursday 27th March 2014

08 h 15 - 08 h 45Networking breakfast
08 h 45 - 08 h 50Chair’s introduction to day two
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
08 h 50 - 09 h 15Opening fireside chat
David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications
Moderator: Henry Mance, Media Correspondent, Financial Times
09 h 15 - 10 h 10Panel: The end of TV as we know it?
Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV
Andrew Griffith, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Commercial Businesses and Executive Director, BSkyB
Adrian Letts, Managing Director, Movies and TV, blinkbox
Ralph Rivera, Director of Future Media, BBC
Jacinto Roca, Founder and CEO, Wuaki.tv
Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

As smartphones and tablets become go-to devices for video viewing, leading commentators will discuss the convergence of television and the web and what they are doing to stake their claim on the new TV frontier.

10 h 10 - 10 h 55Panel: Shaping the future for news
Mike Darcey, CEO, News UK
Jay Lauf, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Media; Publisher, Quartz
Andrew Miller, CEO, Guardian Media Group
John Ridding, President, Pearson Professional; Chief Executive, Financial Times
Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

As tablets and mobile phones continue to dominate traditional news outlets, how are established media companies embracing digital opportunities while managing digital risks? How should they balance their old and new businesses to serve both audiences with increasingly tight resources?

10 h 55 - 11 h 20Networking refreshment break
11 h 20 - 12 h 05Panel: The next stop on the digital music evolution?
Scott Bagby, Senior Vice President, Strategic and International Partnerships, Rdio
Fred Bolza, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Sony Music Entertainment UK
Dan Rogers, Vice President, Marketing and Growth, Songkick
Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

How is digital driving the live music business? Will the subscription based business model continue to grow and what role will distribution partnerships play? Can a balance be struck between streaming services and downloads? What does data mean for the future of music? How is social driving sales and revenue?

12 h 05 - 12 h 50Panel: Innovations in e-books
Colin Eustace, General Manager, International, Barnes & Noble Sárl
Nick Perrett, Group Director, Strategy and Digital, Harper Collins
Rama Sadasivan, Director of Business Development, Scribd
Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times

How will technology change books and reading in the coming years? What future is there for advertising-supported streaming services and subscription models? What can the music industry teach the publishing industry about subscriptions? How are publishers and authors successfully leveraging social media?

12 h 50 - 13 h 20Closing keynote: “Blockbusters"
Professor Anita Elberse, Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Moderator: John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

Which strategies give media leaders the edge over their rivals in the fast moving, competitive digital age? What drives the long-term success of products in entertainment and the media?

13 h 20 - 13 h 25Summary of key themes and closing remarks
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
13 h 25 - 14 h 30Networking lunch