Digital Media Strategies 2016 will be taking place on 7th-10th March in London

Digital Media Strategies 2016 - Develop a profitable and sustainable media business model for the digital era

Digital Media Strategies takes place 7 – 10 March 2016 at Kings Place, London. It brings together a global audience of over 400 CEOs and senior leaders from news, magazine, broadcast, B2B, STM and digital pureplay media businesses.

Over three days of case studies, analysis, workshops, training, round table discussions and tailored networking opportunities, it focuses on the key strategic challenges behind developing a profitable and sustainable media business in a digital world.

Now in its third year, it has now become the key venue for addressing the big-picture challenges facing the industry, focusing not on PR pitches, but instead on honest, in-depth case studies which go deeper than the surface trends.

2015 Confirmed Speakers

9 March - Where's the Revenue?
Donata Hopfen, Chief Executive Officer, BILD Group, Axel Springer (Germany)
Tom Bureau, Chief Executive Officer, Immediate Media (UK)
Chris Kaskie, President, Pitchfork Media (USA)
Ernst-Jan Pfauth, Co-Founder & Publisher, De Correspondent (Netherlands)
Rob Wijnberg, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, De Correspondent (Netherlands)
Anna Watkins, Managing Director, Guardian Labs, Guardian Media Group (UK)
Alceo Rapagna, Chief Digital Officer, RCS MediaGroup (Italy)
Freek Staps, Co-Founder & Editor in Chief, NRC Q (Netherlands)
Geoff Curry, Managing Director, Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment (UK)
Lorenzo Manfredi, Global Digital Director, DeAgostini Publishing S.p.A. (Italy)
George Brock, Professor of Journalism, City University of London (UK)

9 March - This is Product Development
Espen Sundve, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Verdens Gang (Norway)
Michelle You, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Songkick (UK)
Tom Standage, Deputy Editor, The Economist (UK)
Alan Hunter, Head of Digital, The Times & The Sunday Times (UK)
Ciarán O'Toole, Co-Founder & Director, Team Rock (UK)
John O'Donovan, Chief Technical Officer, Financial Times (UK)
Alex Watson, 
Head of Product, Telegraph Media Group (UK)
Veronica Montalbetti, Senior Digital Product Manager, Hearst Magazines UK (UK)
Jason Marlin, Technical Director, Ars Technica (USA)
Huw Cahill, 
Commercial Product Director, Estates Gazette, Reed Business Information (UK)
Ken MacPherson, Director of Data, Telegraph Media Group (UK)
Deborah Sherry, Partnerships Director, Google (UK)
Nic Newman, Digital Strategist & Consultant (UK)

10 March - Conference day two
Marty Moe, President, Vox Media (USA)
John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times; President, Pearson Professional (UK)
Andrew Miller,
Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Media Group (UK)
Matt Galligan, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Circa (USA)
Roman Karachinsky, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, News360 (USA)
Alexander Klöpping, Founder, Blendle (Netherlands)
Meredith Kopit Levien,
EVP Advertising, The New York Times (USA)
Adam Singolda, Chief Executive Officer, Taboola (USA)
Paul Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Bauer Media (UK)
Ashley Highfield, Chief Executive Officer, Johnston Press (UK)
Seth Rogin, Chief Revenue Officer, Mashable (USA)
Dave Scott, Chief Marketing Officer, Gigya (USA)
Patrick Martell, Chief Executive Officer, Informa Business Intelligence (UK)
Will Smyth, Chief Digital Strategy Officer EMEA, Omnicom Media Group (UK)
Christopher Lukezic, Head of Press & Publisher, Pineapple, Airbnb (USA)
Tom Saunter, Associate Director of Digital Strategy, Mediacom (UK)
Joe Comiskey, 
eCommerce Capability, Innovation and Strategy Team Leader, Unilever (UK)
Piers North, 
Strategy Director, Trinity Mirror (UK)
Rowly Bourne, Founder, Rezonence (UK)
Douglas McCabe, Chief Executive Officer, Enders Analysis (UK)
Lara O'Reilly, Global Advertising Editor, Business Insider (UK)
Ray Snoddy, Freelance Journalist (UK)
Lucy Kueng, Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford (UK)

11 March - Conference day three
Jay Lauf, President & Publisher, Quartz (USA)
Paul Rossi, President, The Economist Group (UK)
Isaac Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion (USA)
René Rechtman, President, International, Maker Studios (USA)
Stefen Bardega, Chief Digital Officer, ZenithOptimedia (UK)
Charles Classen, General Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa, ESPN (UK)
Chris Duncan, Chief Marketing Officer, News UK (UK)
Motoko Imada, Chief Executive Officer, Mediagene (Japan)
Freddie Quek, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wiley (UK)
Christopher Quigley, UK Managing Director, Sharethrough (UK)
David Fisher, Head of Futures, Sky Media (UK)
Raju Narisetti, Senior Vice President Strategy, News Corp (USA)
Rishit Shah, Director Product Management, Lotame (USA)
Zachary Kaplan, Vice President, General Atlantic  (USA)
Simon Hall, Senior Marketing Director, Dell (UK)
Jon Bernstein, Digital Consultant, Editor and Writer (UK)
Neil Thackray, Chief Executive Officer, Briefing Media (UK)
Lucy Kueng, Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford (UK)


How it works:

On 9 March there are multiple options. You can attend either a split-stream conference day or choose from one of two in-depth training courses.

  • Where's the Revenue? - A full conference day focusing on innovative business models and new revenue streams
  • This is Product Development - A full conference day focusing on the end-to-end product development process
  • Digital Content Monetisation - A full day of training which will enable you to establish new ways to monetise and increase the value of content across all platforms
  • Tracking Technology Trends - A full day of training which will give you the tools to understand and act upon the key trends in consumer technology and behaviour

On 10 - 11 March all attendees will be brought together for the plenary conference sessions and exhibition.

Key themes to be addressed include:

  • How to transform the structure, culture and focus of an established media business
  • How to capitalise on the seismic changes in digital advertising, including viewability, native, programmatic and digital video
  • How to build and monetise a huge audience
  • How to build a business model for digital video
  • How to keep pace with and effectively monetise changing consumer behaviour
  • How to reinvent your business for the mobile age
  • How the relationship between marketers, publishers and agencies is changing
  • Innovative business models and new revenue streams - paywalls, freemium, agency services, ecommerce, live events and other new ventures
  • Mastering media product development
  • What other industries can teach media

You should attend if…

  • You are a senior executive at any media business with a focus on digital development
  • You want to meet likeminded people addressing the same challenges
  • You would like to learn from both the success and mistakes of others, and hear case studies from both the leading players and lesser-known or international entities
  • You are developing a business case for digital change
  • And much, much more!

2015 Advisory Board

To ensure that the conference directly tackles the core challenges and issues of the industry, we assembled an Advisory Board with some of the industry's leading figures. Each member of the Advisory Board has been consulted about their biggest challenges, and this was followed by an Advisory Board meeting in which key topics and concerns were discussed in depth.

Advisory Board members are as follows:


Andrew Miller, CEO, Guardian Media Group
Denise Warren, EVP Digital Products, The New York Times
Katie Vanneck-Smith, Global MD & CCO, Dow Jones
Stig Orskov, CEO, JP/Politikens Hus
Ashley Highfield, CEO, Johnston Press
Mark Hollinshead, COO, Trinity Mirror
Alceo Rapagna, CDO, RCS MediaGroup
Andrew Rashbass, CEO, Reuters
Viet Dengler, CEO, NZZ Mediengruppe


Duncan Painter, CEO, Top Right Group
Andria Vidler, CEO, Centaur
Isobel Peck, Group CMO, Informa
Kit Gould, CEO, IDG UK
John Barnes, MD Digital, Incisive Media

Consumer magazine

Matt Elek, MD EMEA, VICE Media

Tom Bureau, CEO, Immediate Media

Anna Jones, CEO, Hearst Magazines UK

Marcus Rich, CEO, Time Inc. UK

James Tye, CEO, Dennis Publishing

Zillah Byng-Maddick, CEO, Future Publishing

Arne Wolter, Deputy Chief Digital Officer, Gruner + Jahr

Alessandro Belloni, CEO, De Agostini

Paul Keenan, CEO, Bauer Media


Stefan Bardega, Chief Digital Officer, ZenithOptimedia

Darren Goldie, Chief Development Officer, Havas Media

Rudiger Wanck, Group Digital COO, GroupM

Digital Pureplay

Seth Rogin, Chief Revenue Officer, Mashable
Simon Davies, Executive Director EMEA, Quartz
Julian Childs, Managing Director Europe, Business Insider
Steve Wing, VP EMEA, CBS Interactive
Steffen Konrath, CEO, Liquid Newsroom
Toby Morris, Commercial Director, AOL Advertising
Geoff Inns, International Managing Director, Ziff Davis
Will Hayward, VP Advertising Europe, BuzzFeed
Karla Geci, Strategic Partner Development, Facebook
Madhav Chinnappa, Head of News Partnerships - International, Google


Kings Place is situated just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, one of the most connected locations in London and now the biggest transport hub in Europe.


Our speakers are brought together from across the entire industry based upon countless hours of research. Each one is briefed to provide an open, honest and detailed presentation. No grandstanding just real examples, figures and facts.


The early bird rate runs until the 12th of December. Book now for the best rate for you and your team.


Digital Media Strategies brings together a global audience of over 500 senior leaders and CEOs from magazines, newspapers, digital content companies, broadcast, B2B and STM media. It tackles the key issues facing the media industry today.


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