April 28, 2021
Virtual Event

Event Sponsors


Wednesday, 04/28

1:00 PM
1:00 PM ET
Opening Remarks - ALL TIMES EST
Joe Mandese, Editor-in-Chief, MediaPost 
1:15 PM
1:15 PM ET
Upfront 2021-2022
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the 2020-21 upfront are advertisers and agencies ready to come out and play for 2021-22? While most if not all events and presentation are once again going virtual, will ad budgets do the same? Are we moving more towards scatter, or are expectations of a post-COVID boom building advertiser expectations -- and demand for next year? Madison Avenue’s top investment chiefs will discuss and debate the outlook for Upfront 2021-22.
Wayne Friedman, West Coast Editor, MediaPost 
Maureen Bosetti, Chief Partnerships Officer, Initiative 
Gibbs Haljun, Total Investment Lead, GroupM’s Mindshare 
Jason Kanefsky, Former Managing Partner-Marketplace Intelligence, Havas Media 
John Muszynski, Chairman, Publicis Media Exchange (PMX) 
Cathy Shaffner, Chief Investment Officer, Empower 
2:00 PM
2:00 PM ET
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
2:10 PM
2:10 PM ET
Upfront 2026-2027
After decades of discussions about the death of the upfront, has an actual pandemic proven to be its deathknell? Has the shift to virtual upfront presentations, coupled with a boom for CTV and streaming services permanently changed the supply-and-demand foundation that created the upfront in the first place? Or was the 2020-21 pandemic just a hiccup and will Madison Avenue slide back into a pattern of business as usual. With pundits asserting that COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation for most industries, have the dynamics governing the way TV is bought and sold also been permanently transformed. And if so, what will Upfront 2025-26 look like five years from now?
Joe Mandese, Editor-in-Chief, MediaPost 
David Campanelli, EVP, Chief Investment Officer, Horizon Media 
Carrie Drinkwater, Chief Investment Officer, Mediahub 
Adam Gerber, Executive Director, US Investment Strategy, GroupM 
Stacey Stewart, Chief Marketplace Officer, UM Worldwide 
Catherine Warburton, Chief Investment Officer, Dentsu X 
3:00 PM
3:00 PM ET
Breakout Roundtable: Bright Shiny Object: We Want Our TikTok TV

The BSO of the year among media mavens is an addictive scroll of nano-videos that has energized both user and marketer creativity, But is TikTok a shooting star, a nice little niche, or a staging area for media formats to come? Lets discuss. We kick off this open, off-the-record discussion with the experiences and perspectives of several marketers with diverse experiences on the platform.

*Virtual Roundtables offer attendees the opportunity to share their experiences, insights and best practices in an off-the-record and open discussion. We kick off each “table” with a brief Q&A between MediaPost editors and a special Summit VIP guest on the topic at hand. We then open up the “table” for open discussion.
Candice Beck, Senior Manager Social and Digital Marketing, Chipotle Mexican Grill 
Gayitri Budhraja, Vice President of Brand, E.L.F. BEAUTY 
Matt Myers, Head of Customer Acquisition, Haven Life 

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VIP Program

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