Columbia Institute for Tele-Information presents Media Reporter
CITI has begun production on a new video interview series with technology and communications luminaries. High level individuals from government, industrial, and NGO sectors will join members of the CITI team to discuss topics of today and tomorrow. The Executive Producer and Host of Media Reporter is Howard Homonoff.

Howard Homonoff–Executive Producer/Host
Howard Homonoff is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute on Tele-Information at Columbia Business School, and serves as the Executive Producer and Host of CITI Media Reporter. He is also Managing Director of Homonoff Media Group, a management consulting firm focused on strategic business planning, media content distribution, social media analytics and regulatory strategy. His experience has included serving as Vice President/General Manager of CNBC Strategic Ventures, General Counsel of NBC Cable Networks, He is a frequent industry speaker and writer, and can be found at

Episodes of Media Reporter

Brian Bedol is an American television executive, entrepreneur, and founder of the sports television channels Classic Sports Network and College Sports Television. Bedol owned CSN from 1995 to 1997 and CSTV from 2003 to 2006, and both have since been sold off, to ESPN and CBS respectively, who have renamed the channels ESPN Classic and CBS Sports Network. In 2009 he announced the formation of Bedrock Venture Partners to invest in early stage media and technology businesses. In 2012, he founded Bedrocket in partnership with Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer. Bedol currently serves as the company’s President and CEO.

Jesse Redniss is Co-founder of BRaVe Ventures, an Emmy-nominee and Shorty Award-winner, and a leading voice in defining and reinventing SocialTV. He is the visionary who turned USA Network into the no. 1 cable network in digital entertainment and introduced gamification to the world of network branding. In addition to spending more than eight years as SVP of Digital at USA Network and leading breakthrough successes like Psych’s Hashtag Killer and more recently USA’s industry-defining screen unification, Mr. Redniss was also the Chief Strategy Officer leading social platform for enterprises at Spredfast.

    • Linda Ong, President and Brand Strategist TruthCo

Linda Ong is President and Brand Strategist for TruthCo., a unique brand consultancy that introduces new brands to popular culture and helps existing brands stay culturally relevant. Ong has been at the center of some of high-profile brand transformations such as the brand strategy for History Channel, the re-launch of Bravo, and the recent ascendance of Univision. Ong was senior vice president of marketing for Oxygen Media, where she oversaw the multi-platform launch of Oxygen Network. Her award-winning work and involvement serving on the boards of AIGA/NY and PROMAX/BDA have led her to be a popular industry speaker and cultural commentator for Ad Age, TheWrap, The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Tonight.

David Klatell is Professor of Professional Practice & Chair, International Studies at Columbia Journalism School. Before joining Columbia University, he served as chairman of the journalism department and director of the School of Journalism at Boston University, where he taught for 17 years. Professor Klatell was a professional broadcast journalist, winning awards as an editor and producer of news and documentary films. He served for many years as chairman of the jury for the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast journalism.

    • What Makes Content Share-able on Social Media? With Tania Yuki, CEO/founder Shareablee

Tania Yuki is founder and CEO of Shareablee, a leading provider of social content analytics for business. She has spent most of her career in digital marketing, measurement and analytics, and was recently honored with a Great Mind Award from the Advertising Research Foundation and featured in Fast Company and Forbes as one of 12 women driving digital in New York.

    • The Future of Public Media with Neal Shapiro, CEO WNET

Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 30-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media. As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, reaching a combined monthly audience of approximately 9.5 million. Before joining WNET in 2007, Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs, including TodayNBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC.

    • Innovation in Digital Marketing and Media with Frank Radice, Expert-in-Residence, Definition6

Frank J. Radice has more than 40 years experience in media, marketing, promotion, and production. Currently he is the Expert in Residence at Definition6, and Consultant to Univision Communications, as well as Managing Partner of the Promotion, Marketing, Media, and consulting firm, VIDA F.R. Company, in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Frank serves on the advisory boards of Digital Hollywood, World Wide Fan Clubs , The Broadway Walk of Stars, Number 7 Records, and The Williamsburg International Film Festival.

    • “Investigative Journalism and its Threats” with Lynn Oberlander, General Counsel Media Operations, First Look Media

Lynn Oberlander has been the General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media since March of 2014. First Look Media is a non-profit digital media company founded by Pierre Omidyar in 2013 that publishes The Intercept, a digital magazine focused on national security issues. For the previous seven years, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where in addition to her legal duties, she also wrote for on media law topics. She previously served as in-house counsel at Forbes and NBC.

An Emmy award-winning producer, Danny Bennett founded and runs RPM Productions. RPM is an artist management and entertainment marketing entity, representing recording artists from diverse musical genres including Elvis Costello, Jamiroquai, and Tony Bennett (Danny’s father), with whom he spearheaded the hit 2014 album “Cheek to Cheek” with Lady Gaga. Bennett has run innovative and multi-faceted marketing campaigns with major retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Starbucks as well as cross-branded corporate partnerships with talent and new technology innovations.

Sree is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a world-class team on topics he loves: digital, web, social, mobile, video, apps, data, geolocation, email and more. He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer.

Seth Rogin has been Chief Revenue Officer of Mashable, Inc. since June 2013. Mr. Rogin previously served as Vice President of Advertising Sales of The New York Times Company since May 2006, and as Group Director for advertising sales at The Times beginning in 2004. Prior to working at The Times, Mr. Rogin was Director of new media for Family Communications, coordinating print and digital sales for New York City parenting websites and magazines; associate publisher of Art & Understanding, a national magazine covering issues facing people living with HIV/AIDS; and led several successful advertising launches including the April 2005 introduction of Thursday Styles. He serves as Director at The Advertising Council, Inc.

Michael Shapiro is a Professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism and the Founder of The Big Roundtable, a new venture dedicated to creating a home for outstanding non-fiction writing online. Michael is an experienced journalist, and his work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of five non-fiction books including “The Last Good Season.”

Joseph Jaffe is a noted speaker and author in digital media and brand marketing, and is Founder and CEO of Evol8tion, LLC, an innovation agency that connects early stage startups with established brands to partner via acceleration, pilot programs and/or investment. Evol8tion’s clients include Mondelez International, Kraft Foods, Time Warner Cable, Zenith Optimedia and Jarden Consumer Solutions.

    • Salil Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution, NBCUniversal

Salil has been a senior executive with NBC Universal for over 15 years, including his current position as SVP Digital Distribution. He also Co-founded and has managed Dyle Mobile TV, a Joint Venture between NBCU, Fox, Ion and 9 of the top broadcast station groups in the US to provide live broadcast TV content to mobile devices.

    • Cameron Kerry

Cameron Kerry served as General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration, where he was a leader on a wide of range of issues laying a new foundation for U.S. economic growth in a global marketplace, including privacy and data security, intellectual property, and international trade. He became the Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in December 2013, and is a visiting scholar with the MIT Media Lab.

Dean Denhart is CEO is BlackArrow TV, a leading company in the development of properties that enable delivery of content, advertising and e-commerce across a variety of platforms. With expertise in technology, joint ventures and partnerships, as well as in off-shore technology development, Denhart has been involved in the acquisition and integration of more than 18 technology-related companies. Prior to joining BlackArrow, he oversaw the strategic development of product and technology at Knight Ridder Digital.

    • Mark Lieberman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Viamedia

Mark Lieberman came to Viamedia as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 after an extensive career in the media and technology industry. Prior to Viamedia, Mark was the Co-Founder and CEO at TiVo Research & Analytics (TRA, Inc.), a leading media analytics, software and research technology firm. Earlier in his career Mark served in the Bush Administration as Associate Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Technology (Acting) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Will Richmond is president and founder of Broadband Directions LLC, a market intelligence, publishing and consulting firm specializing in online video, which he established in 2003. Will edits and publishes VideoNuze, a daily online publication widely read by video industry decision-makers, C-level industry executives, venture capitalists, journalists and others.

    • Warren Sclichting, SVP Media Sales and Analytics, Dish Network

Warren Schlichting is SVP Media Sales and Analytics for DISH. He is one of the multichannel video industry’s most experienced professionals in the business of advanced (targeted, addressable) advertising, and is a former senior executive with Canoe Ventures and Comcast. Schlichting has received numerous accolades for his successful career in the advertising industry, including CableFAX’s 2007 Cable Top 100 Heavy Hitters and Cable Advertising Bureau’s 2005 President’s Award.

J. Max Robins, Contributor, Mr. Robin has previously served as the vice president and executive director of The Paley Center for Media’s Industry Programs. Robins joined the Paley Center from Broadcasting & Cable magazine, where he was editor-in-chief. Before B&C, he was an editor and columnist at TV Guide and Variety.


  • Bill Livek, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Rentrak


Bill Livek, CEO and Vice Chairman, Rentrak. Mr. Livek brings more than three decades of experience in media, advertising and market research having worked vertically with major media and advertising agencies in executive positions at companies including Experian Marketing Services and Simmons Market Research Bureau. Prior to joining Rentrak, he served in a number of roles at Experian including, Co-President of Experian Research Services where he collaborated with customers to design and launch Experian’s Addressable Advertising Service, as well as help expand the company’s presence in China and Brazil. Previously, Mr. Livek was the Co-Chair and Director of Simmons Market Research Bureau where he directed the growth and evolution of the company into a media-neutral, consumer-centric research and data business widely utilized by brands, advertising agencies and media organizations. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB), Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and ESOMAR Worldwide Research Organization.

    • Tom Rogers, CEO Tivo

CITI Media Reporter tallks with Tom Rogers, the CEO of Tivo. Mr. Rogers has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Tivo Inc. since July 1, 2005. In his distinguished career, Tom has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Primedia, Inc. At the National Broadcast Company, Inc. he served as President of NBC Cable and Executive Vice President, where he founded CNBC and drove the establishment of MSNBC. In his early career Tom served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. He serves as a Director of AirPlay Network, Inc., as a Member of the Advisory Board of Transpera, Inc., as a Member of Advisory Board for Media and Business at LifeMed Media, Inc., as a Director of Dex Media, Inc., and as a Director of Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and a B.A. degree in Government from Wesleyan University.

Upcoming topics and speakers include:

        • Jeremy Newberger, Co-CEO, Ironbound Films, Director of “Evocateur” (Morton Downey, Jr. documentary) and Emmy-nominated documentarian – on independent film business in the digital media age – new uses of technology to distribute, market films
        • Nancy Hill, President and CEO, American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As)
        • Dean Denhart, CEO, BlackArrow TV

This series continues the work of the

Media Reporter

       at New York Law School. You can view previous episodes of Media Reporter from New York Law School by visiting their website at