Presentation of the Multicultural TV Front Runner Award
Comcast Corporation for
“His Dream, Our Stories:
The Legacy of the
March on Washington”
EVP, Comcast Corp.
David L. Cohen is Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment, and serves as senior counselor to the CEO. He also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the company. Before assuming his role at Comcast in July of 2002, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
A native of New York, David graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, David served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, David played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. David also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the CEO Council for Growth. David serves as a national trustee of City Year and is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza.
David has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012) and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012). David also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drexel University in 1997 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rider University in 2010.
David lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.
Ruben Mendiola is the Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Services for Comcast. In this position he is responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural video, high speed data, digital voice and Xfinity Home services strategy and collaborating with various Comcast divisions, regions and business unit partners to develop competitive product pricing, positioning and marketing strategies.
Prior to joining Comcast, Mendiola was General Manager of Latino Programming and Spanish Business Development for Dish Network. During his nine years at the company, he not only spearheaded and defined the company’s Spanish video content initiatives, but was also responsible for creating the DISH Latino division.
Prior to DISH, he was Vice President of Programming and Operations at Fox Sports Latin America. He also served as Programming Director for Pay TV at Grupo Televisa where he was responsible for content negotiations for all Pay TV Systems of Televisa including Sky Entertainment Services and Cablevision.
Ruben is a graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana A.C. in Mexico City where he earned his degree in Corporate Law.
Rev. Al Sharpton serves as the host of ‘PoliticsNation,’ which airs from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton’s highly visible career began at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon.
A successful civil rights career soon followed helping Sharpton hold such notable positions as the Youth Director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Las Vegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA.
Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week.
Mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running talk show “The Wendy Williams Show”. Named one of the “35 Most Powerful People in Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in both 2012 and 2013, Williams’ nationally-syndicated weekday program was hailed a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times when it launched in 2009. The show now airs in 52 countries, on BET at midnight, launched its fifth season in Fall 2013 and has been renewed through 2017.
“The Wendy Williams Show” is the provocative, must-see talk show in daytime. Taped live in New York City, viewers delight over Williams’ distinctive and entertaining personality, as well as a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. Popular segments include “Hot Topics,” in which she delivers her own unpredictable, honest and authentic take on the juiciest headlines, and “Ask Wendy,” during which she offers real advice to audience members looking for solutions to problems.
“The Wendy Williams Show” is a reflection of its star and host; the vibrant colors and upbeat soundtrack matches Williams’ own personality and energetic sense of humor, and the show’s focus on entertainment and pop culture reflects Williams’ passion for those topics. Hailed by the New York Post as “daytime TV’s favorite guilty pleasure,” Williams interviews countless celebrity guests from the perspective of a fan, as she asks the questions that her audience wants to hear. A lover of classic television, Williams’ TV idols growing up were Dinah Shore and Merv Griffin.
Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted audience of fans throughout an enormously successful 23-year career in radio. “The Wendy Williams Experience” was Williams’ top-rated, daily radio show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor.
Expanding her media footprint, Williams and her husband Kevin launched the non-fiction television programming company Wendy Williams Productions (WWP) in 2013. The joint partnership with Debmar-Mercury, the producers of “The Wendy Williams Show”, sees WWP finding, developing and producing original programming.
2013 also saw the launch of another entrepreneurial endeavor with Wendy’s own line of wigs: Wendy Williams Hair World™ Collection. Having been diagnosed over a decade ago with a thyroid condition that causes thinning hair, Williams has long been a proud and outspoken supporter of hairpieces. Following years of wearing, styling and openly talking about wigs on her show, Wendy is a recognized expert in the field.
With TV, Broadway and film performances to her name, Williams is a seasoned performer, both as herself and in character. Her television credits include an appearance on NBC’s “30 Rock” as herself, competing on Season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” hosting Game Show Network’s original series “Love Triangle,” and appearing as a featured guest on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva”. In 2012, she made her major motion picture debut in Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man.” More recently, she made her Broadway debut, taking center stage as Mama Morton in the Tony-winning revival of the musical “Chicago”. An accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary, “Wendy Williams: How You Doin’ Broadway” aired on TVGN.
Williams is the author of The New York Times best-seller “The Wendy Williams Experience” (Dutton Books), as well as several novels including “Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood.” She contributes a regular celebrity hot topics column to the entertainment magazine Life & Style Weekly.
Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor degree in Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Both of her parents were university professors and Williams remains an advocate for education at all levels. Williams credits the start of her career with her decision to take an internship at a radio station on St. Croix, Virgin Islands immediately following her graduation from college.
Williams grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and their teenage son Kevin, Jr.
PROGRAMMER MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
As President and Chief Executive Officer of FOX International Channels (FIC) and National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) Hernan Lopez oversees a massive international multichannel television organization that operates over 300 channels and their related online and production units.
Mr. Lopez is responsible for all operations of FIC, the 21st Century Fox group which produces channels primarily under the brands FOX, FOX Sports, National Geographic Channel, FX, FOX Life, FOX Crime, Nat Geo Wild, MovieCity and Star Movies, reaching over 1.6 billion subscribers through 300+ channels in Latin America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. He also oversees FIC’s existing U.S. Hispanic cable networks FOX Deportes, FOX Life and Nat Geo Mundo, and oversaw the creation and management of MundoFox, the new U.S. Spanish-language broadcast network. MundoFox, a joint venture with RCN Television of Colombia, launched in August 2012.
Prior to his appointment as FIC President and CEO, Mr. Lopez served as President and General Manager of FIC Latin America, a post he’d held since 2000. Mr. Lopez has been credited with a turnaround and expansion plan that fostered a ten-fold growth in revenue at FIC Latin America. During his tenure, including his promotion to COO of FIC in 2008, the company has expanded into the premium, sports, production and online advertising businesses and has launched such channels as FX, FOX Sports,
FOX Life, Speed Channel, MovieCity, Baby TV and Nat Geo Wild in Latin America and FX in the United Kingdom, and was appointed distributor for NBC Universal’s cable channels in Latin America and Japan.
Previously, Mr. Lopez was Advertising Sales Director for Canal FOX, FOX Kids, and FOX Sports Latin America. In this capacity, he ran the company’s sales office in Miami. Before originally joining FOX in 1997, Mr. Lopez held positions in different companies in Argentina including Canal 9 and Cablevision.
Mr. Lopez has conducted seminars and participated in speaking engagements including IAB, Natpe, Promax, NCTA, APOS, the Festival of Media and numerous investor conferences. He is also an accomplished writer with published works in trade magazines such as Ad Age, Broadcasting and Cable and Electronic Media.
In 2004, Mr. Lopez was awarded the prestigious Inte Award for best President/GM of a paid TV channel in Latin America. He is a member of the board of FOX Pan American Sports.
A native of Argentina, Mr. Lopez earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Miami, and a Degree in Advertising from the Escuela Superior de Publicidad de Buenos Aires. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
PROGRAMMER MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
As Chief Executive Officer, Michael Schwimmer oversees NUVOtv, the leading English-language, Latino-themed cable network in the country. Mr. Schwimmer brings deep industry and cultural expertise to the network, which is dedicated to delivering compelling entertainment in a relevant and authentic voice for Latino and multicultural viewers.
Mr. Schwimmer’s passion for diversity in media, and the Latino community in particular, can be traced all the way back to his school days in Southern California. After teaching himself to speak fluent Spanish by the age of 15, Mr. Schwimmer later received his B.A. in Spanish and lived in Spain. Focusing his attention on Latin America after graduating law school, a turn of events led him to Brazil, where he picked up Portuguese and practiced international law from 1988 to 1992.
Mr. Schwimmer joined EchoStar Communications’ nascent DBS satellite business (Dish Network) in 1996. As Executive Vice President of Programming and Marketing, Mr. Schwimmer oversaw all marketing initiatives, acquisition and packaging of traditional subscription and on demand video programming, as well as advanced interactive TV services, television advertising sales and international programming.
Mr. Schwimmer conceived and engineered the launch of the “Dish Latino” programming platform in 1998. Revolutionary at the time, this programming package addressed the underserved Spanish language-dominant Latino audience. Outside the Hispanic arena, Mr. Schwimmer also oversaw the importation and U.S. launch of over 100 foreign language television channels from countries around the world for delivery to America’s immigrant populations.
In 2003, Mr. Schwimmer joined NUVOtv’s (then known as Sí TV) board of directors. He later took the helm of NUVOtv in September 2005. Mr. Schwimmer believed that – despite meaningful progress having been made towards providing Spanish-dominant Hispanics with more choices in television programming – the very large and growing segment of Latinos who consume their media in English was being virtually ignored by both the media and advertising community.
Mr. Schwimmer raises two bicultural and bilingual children with his Brazilian wife of more than 20 years.
AGENCY MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
Esther “E.T.” Franklin has changed the way the advertising industry looks at multiculturalism. By encouraging marketers to take what she calls an “inside out” perspective, she’s helped iconic brands understand cultural identities and media consumption habits from local to global audiences.
Esther leads the creative vision for the Human Experience Strategy Network in the Americas. Within this function, Esther and her team develop next generation human understanding initiatives and tools, cultivate talent and integrate behavioral data into strategy development. Esther collaborates with client teams to help deliver more meaningful experiences designed to address and seize evolving challenges and opportunities.
In her prior role, Esther pioneered Cultural Communication Anthropology (CAA), which explores cultural behaviors and communication consumption patterns to understand the impact on people’s adoption of brands, services, message engagement and content development. She also spearheaded the creation of Consumer Context Planning (CCP) which transformed SMG from media company to marketing partner with a stronger emphasis on emerging communication vehicles and human understanding.
Her passion with culture and identity led Esther to work on Beyond Demographics, proprietary research exploring the role of subculture in redefining broader communities. To date, efforts have focused on African American, Latino, Asian American and LGBT communities, and have reshaped perspectives on each audience and how to better engage from a client perspective.
Industry authorities have recognized Esther for her invaluable expertise and understanding of the entire consumer spectrum. From being named an AdAge “Women to Watch” to receiving the “Changing the Game” honor from Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Esther has been celebrated for shifting the paradigm on how marketers view and communicate with consumers. She was duly honored with the prestigious “Legend Award” at the 2011 AdColor Ceremony. And most recently, she has been identified as one of the Top Women Executives in Advertising & Marketing by Black Enterprise in both 2012 & 2013. A published author of several multicultural and subculture targeting pieces, Esther is sought out as a speaker and panelist on all topics related to the evolving consumer landscape.
Additionally, she is the current chair of The HistoryMakers National Advisory Board’s Advertising/Marketing Committee and on the global advisory committee of the World Future Society. She is also a board member of the Family Institute at Northwestern University and the Chicago Urban League.
Esther spent the majority of her career at Leo Burnett working on various Philip Morris brands as VP, planning director for Marlboro USA. She was instrumental in launching several corporate trend initiatives, including LeoShe, Foresight Matters and 20Twenty Vision, focused on the female consumer and twenty-something audience. She appeared on Oprah touting LeoShe’s research on beauty myths.
A Chicago native, Esther received a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her master’s of management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School.
PAY TV MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
In his role as President, Sports, News and Local Programming, David Rone oversees Time Warner Cable’s overall sports strategy and all content creation and programming for the company. His purview includes Time Warner Cable’s regional sports networks, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, which feature the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, extensive behind-the-scenes programming and more than 180 live sporting events per year apiece, and Time Warner Cable’s 40 local news, sports and lifestyle programming channels and 50 local Video On Demand channels across the country.
Mr. Rone represents Time Warner Cable’s interests in SportsNet New York, the official television home of the New York Mets, and SportsNetLA, the new regional television home for the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning with the 2014 Major League Baseball season, and also serves on the board of SNY. In addition, he leads the coordination of the company’s sports sponsorship and marketing initiatives and is involved in fostering relationships with sports leagues, conferences, teams, programming providers and others to enhance Time Warner Cable’s sports products.
Mr. Rone has deep experience in all facets of the sports business and previously worked for Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment-banking firm for the media and sports industries formed in partnership with the entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). As part of the firm’s sports media advisory leadership team, he provided strategic analysis, valuation and negotiation of media rights and regional sports network planning and operational strategy for the firm’s clients, which include, among others, professional sports leagues and teams and college conferences.
Prior to joining EMC, he served as co-head of CAA Sports, which represents more than 650 of the world’s top athletes and sports professionals and advises many leading sports organizations. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Networks and General Manager for Fox College Sports. Before joining Fox in 1999, he spent nine years in various roles at the Walt Disney Co., most recently as Vice President, Business Development for Corporate Alliances. Mr. Rone started his career as a corporate attorney.
Mr. Rone is a member of the board of directors of the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission and The Northwestern Law Board. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of the USC Marshall School of Business’ Sports Business Institute and is a trustee of Tufts University, serving as chairman of the board of advisors for the university’s School of Arts and Sciences
He has been recognized with many honors and recently was one of four recipients of PromaxBDA’s Brand Builder Award, which recognizes marketing and promotions executives for building leading companies and creating exceptional brand recognition. In 2013 and 2012, he was named to the CableFAX 100, which lists the most influential leaders in the industry on a national level. The same publication also named him #15 on its list of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable in 2012 and as the top regional executive in 2011. He has also been named to the list of the “50 Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports” by Black Enterprise and the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated.
Mr. Rone, who lives in Los Angeles, received a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the U.S., connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.
CONSUMER MARKETING EXECUTIVE Programmer
Vicky Free is the EVP, Chief Marketing Officer for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Ms. Free directs the consumer insights, brand management, consumer marketing, creative strategy and research for all businesses of BET Networks, including BET and CENTRIC, across all platforms. Based in New York, she oversees brand strategy, on-air promotions, 360 off-channel marketing and media planning, affiliate and trade marketing and consumer insights and business analytics. She reports directly to Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.
A veteran with nearly two decades of brand marketing and media management experience, Ms. Free comes to BET Networks from Turner Broadcasting System where she led the newly created 360 consumer marketing department designed to build effective consumer engagement campaigns for both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim entertainment properties. In this role she was responsible for building consumer-centric, integrated, strategic and metric-driven marketing campaigns for priority series and events. During Ms. Free’s tenure at Turner, she led the emerging markets and promotions team for TNT, TBS & TCM. Among her many accomplishments, she launched breakout campaigns for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and The Closer. Ms. Free also spent more than eight years at McDonald’s, where she worked as Director of Women’s Initiatives in the United States and headed multicultural brand management.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from USC and an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Free is actively involved in NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) and is a graduate of NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) offered in partnership with UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. Free also is significantly involved in Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and is the recipient of the 2008 Rising Star Award for the Atlanta chapter. She is a graduate of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s (CTAM) Executive Leadership program at Harvard University. She is also on VIACOM’s Global Inclusion advisory board. She has been recognized by various publications and organizations for her executive leadership and marketing expertise including Ebony, Uptown, Ad Age, CableFax, NAMIC, ProMax, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Throughout her career, Vicky has been a mentor, sponsor and coach to many young professionals in hopes of nurturing their career to full potential.
CONSUMER MARKETING EXECUTIVE Provider
Alessandra Otero-Reiss currently serves as Vice President of Marketing at Time Warner Cable with responsibilities for growing revenues profitably from the existing subscriber base. Prior to this position, she served as Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, having responsibility for developing strategies and marketing campaigns that drive share as well as product and service adoption of video, internet and voice services in the diverse communities Time Warner Cable serves.
Alessandra joined TWC in 2009 as Director of Targeted Marketing in New York City. Her focus was on executing marketing programs that not only promote subscriber growth, but ensure customer loyalty and retention. She also had responsibilities for implementing marketing communications for the NYC Retail and Sale channels. Prior to joining TWC, Alessandra was Director of Marketing/Competitive Intelligence for Verizon Communications and was part of the FiOS launch team in NYC. She has a wide breadth of consumer and brand marketing experience in both general market as well as multicultural.
Alessandra earned her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a MBA in International Marketing from Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is a founder of ¡HOLA TWC!, Time Warner Cable’s first Hispanic Employee Network, on which she serves as Executive Sponsor. She is a member of NAMIC, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, serving on the Multicultural Marketing Roundtable and of WICT, Women in Cable Telecommunications, having served on its Junior Board. She resides in New York City with her husband and sons.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the U.S., and connects more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.
ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE
In 2013, Mike Rosen was named Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, Telemundo Media. He is responsible for leading the network, cable and digital sales teams of Telemundo and mun2, overseeing all advertising revenue generation, including Telemundo Media cross-platform sales initiatives and multiplatform integrated marketing solutions.
Previously, Rosen was President of Investment and Activation at Starcom, where he led efforts for more than $9 billion in media budgets across category-leading clients such as Kellogg, Mars/Wrigley, Samsung and Bank of America. The transformations he spearheaded led to better alignment with technological advances and rapidly evolving consumer behaviors across languages and devices.
Prior to Starcom, Rosen served as President, Investment at SMG’s GM Planworks. He has also held media negotiation positions at IPG’s GM Mediaworks and Atwood Richards. Before that, Rosen was Founder and Chairman of Baker Hill Media Services, an independent media services agency.
Earlier in his media career, Rosen held positions at Time Buying Services, J. Walter Thompson, Campbell-Mithun and NW Ayer. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Cornell University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Rosen’s outstanding achievements have earned significant recognition. In 2010, he was named to the “Mediaweek 50,” Adweek Media’s annual compilation of “Indispensables.” In 2006, he was named TV Week’s “Media Buyer of the Year.” His leadership of several organizations garnered additional honors, including General Motors’ “Supplier of the Year” award in 2010 and 2011 (the only time an advertising/media agency was ever honored by General Motors); Adweek’s “Media Plan of the Year” (2011) for Super Bowl “Glee-mercial”; Cannes Media Lions Finalist (Use of Mixed Media) for Cadillac/CBS “The Cadillac of Premieres” promotion (2008) and Adweek’s “Agency of the Year” (2006) for GM Planworks.
MEDIA PLANNING EXECUTIVE
Silvia Garcia is vice president of Media Planning and Multiplatform Strategy for Univision Networks, the nation’s leading media Company serving Hispanic America. Garcia drives media planning for over $500 million worth of inventory across Univision’s on-air platforms on broadcast and Cable. She also works closely with other divisions to build out media planning and strategy in support of Univision’s digital, radio, local and empowerment platforms.
Prior to this role, Silvia was director of Media Planning for Univision Networks, where she managed media planning for all Univision’s programming promotions across all divisions. Before joining Univision, Silvia spent 15 years at Discovery Communications in various roles focused around content operations and promotional strategies as a part of a core team of four who built the media planning model across the Latin America/International regions.
Silvia is also one of the founding members of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) in Miami.
ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
As Group Account Director of OMD Multicultural, Cesar Sroka is responsible for leading and integrating total market strategy and activation for accounts such as PepsiCo, Time Warner Cable and JCPenney.
Sroka is an award-winning, bilingual and bicultural marketing leader with more than 15 years of experience in the Hispanic market encompassing strategic media planning and buying, interactive and digital marketing, direct marketing, promotions and event marketing.
Prior to joining OMD, Sroka served as Senior Vice President and Group Connections Director at MediaVest / MV42 where he led the media strategy and activation for Walmart. Before that, Sroka served as Vice President and Group Media Director at Global Hue, a top multicultural advertising agency, presiding over the media strategy for the wireless and telecom lines of businesses for Verizon Communications.
Originally based on the west coast, Sroka was a key member of the media team at Los Angeles-based La Agencia de Orci, where he led media planning for Verizon Communications, Allstate Insurance and Georgia Pacific. Sroka began his media planning career at Publicidad Ferrer USA for brands such as Citibank and Western Union.
Sroka earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He enjoys cooking meals with his family where they learn how to add a spicy touch to keep connected to their Latin culture.
PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTION EXECUTIVE
Timothy Boell, is a television veteran with more than 30 years of experience, currently Tim serves as Senior Vice President at Asia TV USA Ltd, where he is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Content Distribution and Affiliate Marketing Team. Asia TV USA Ltd is the licensed distributor of the Zee TV and Veria Living brands throughout the Americas.
During his career Tim has held various leadership roles in management, distribution, and marketing functions at Viacom Media Networks, Sundance Channel, Showtime Networks and Viacom Cable.
Before joining Asia TV USA, Tim worked at Viacom Media Networks where he was a part of the senior team that successfully launched the multiplatform network EPIX.
While at Sundance Channel, Tim led the Distribution and Affiliate Marketing teams and was a member of the management team that sold Sundance Channel to AMC Networks.
At Showtime Tim worked in various positions in National Accounts, sales and marketing in the Showtime’s Northeast Region.
A little known fact is that, Tim started his career in our industry as a Direct Sales (Door to door) representative a Viacom Cable on New York’s Long Island.
PROGRAMMING ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE
Freddy Rolón, Jr. was promoted to vice president of ESPN Deportes programming and business initiatives in 2011.
Working out of ESPN’s offices in Bristol, CT, Rolón oversees all programming for ESPN Deportes, including program acquisitions, program development and program scheduling. Rolón is the network’s programming point-person with all internal stakeholders and manages the ESPN Deportes Programming organization as well as external relationships with leagues and rights holders. In addition, Rolón is responsible for the ESPN Deportes Radio business and ESPN Deportes digital initiatives.
Rolón also has a pivotal role on ESPN’s overall efforts around the Hispanic market. For the last two years, he has spearheaded several programming initiatives to better serve the Hispanic sports fan.
Prior to his promotion, Rolón served as the senior director, ESPN Deportes Radio and Business Initiatives. Rolón was instrumental in developing a five year plan for ESPN Deportes to achieve growth targets through a new sales structure and reinvestment in US-specific programming. Through this, he was able to identify, create and develop initiatives that produced sustainable, long-term growth through deal evaluation. He also worked with business leaders to manage start-up phases of new business initiatives, including ESPN Local initiative.
Before officially joining ESPN in 2004, he had been an intern for ESPN International in the summer of 2003. After completing his MBA, he joined ESPN as a senior manager of marketing for ESPN Deportes. He was promoted to senior director, marketing and integration of ESPN Radio (2005-2007), where he oversaw all the marketing efforts for ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio.
Rolón graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts in economics and government and later received a master’s of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Kim Bondy, senior executive producer of America Tonight, joins Al Jazeera America from TV-One Network, where she served as executive producer of the network’s election coverage. Bondy is the founder and president of The Bondy Group, a boutique media production, strategy and executive training firm. Until 2006, Bondy was the vice president of morning programming and executive producer of CNN’s American Morning with Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien. Bondy was part of the CNN team that received a George Foster Peabody Award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage. Before joining CNN, Bondy held executive and senior producing positions at NBC News on the award-winning Today Show, Weekend Today, NBC News at Sunrise and the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. Before that, Bondy was managing editor of Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate WCAU-TV; news director, reporter and anchor at CITV and CITN in the Cayman Islands; and news producer at WXIA-TV in Atlanta.