Lori Schwartz works with top creative and strategic executives of multiple brands, agencies and content companies to ensure understanding of new and evolving technology, as well as emerging business models. With a focus on the habits of the consumer and the evolving marketer’s goals, Schwartz provides the latest solution recommendations at the center of this ever-changing media landscape. Previously, Schwartz was chief technology catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, North America, where she was responsible for driving technology innovation at one of the world's largest marketing communications companies, with a focus on igniting IP creation for marketers and their brands. Schwartz was also one of the key principals to launch the highly regarded Interpublic Media Lab. As SVP and director of the IPG Lab since 2006, Schwartz oversaw the group’s strategy, helping to keep clients and agencies ahead of the digital curve, driving innovation in the dramatically changing media landscape. She piloted brand interaction opportunities on behalf of Interpublic, as well as facilitated emerging media upfronts and exclusive deals for Interpublic agencies and clients, including Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, Nestlé and Sony. Los Angeles-based Schwartz is a frequent speaker at major industry events and has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media and Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch with” by MediaPost Publications. As a governor of the Television Academy’s Interactive Media peer group, she shares her expertise on the evolving nature of storytelling and new content platforms and business models for the future of television. Prior to the formation of the IPG Lab, she had various roles at the Interpublic Group of Companies as an innovations officer, pushing various business units to new grounds.
Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading executive and advisor in digital media. His work includes cutting-edge projects in television, online, games and music with the Walt Disney Company, Comcast, DirecTV, Intel, Time Warner, McCann, Showtime, Universal, Verizon, Goldman Sachs and a range of new ventures. Shapiro is principal of New Amsterdam Media, Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and president of Village Green Network. He was previously a partner at Media Valuation Partners and co-founder of ARC (a VOD service in 15 million cable homes). As head of production at DirecTV Advanced Content & Services, Shapiro worked with the broadcast and major cable networks to launch of over 25 services on four platforms, including the NFL Sunday Ticket Digital Suite, Microsoft's Ultimate TV and DirecTV TiVo, the world's first major DVR platform. Shapiro sits on the Annenberg Innovation Lab Research Council, the Producers Guild's New Media Council and the Advisory Boards of Aficionado Media, the Mobile Excellence Awards, PICNIC Festival Amsterdam and OVP Venture Partners. He is a frequent keynote speaker in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Australia, and is a longtime member of the Interactive Media Peer Group’s Executive Committee. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.