There is only one constant when it comes to the media and entertainment industry: it is constantly changing. Over the past few decades, there has been profound changes in the media and entertainment industry and a tremendous amount of value has been created, and destroyed, along the way. The impact of technology on everything including content creation, distribution and consumption has made it tougher to grab consumers’ attention and create viable business models.
Strauss Zelnick has had a front seat to these changes throughout his career as founder of media and communications private equity fund ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital); current CEO and Chairman of the Board of Take-Two Interactive Software, and interim Chairman of CBS. As an icon in the media and entertainment industry, he has been pioneer, leader and innovator in almost every segment of media and entertainment. Strauss Zelnick will share what it will take to thrive and innovate in media and entertainment.
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Partner, ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital)
Strauss Zelnick founded ZMC (originally known as ZelnickMedia) in 2001. Mr. Zelnick is responsible for originating, structuring and monitoring investments. Mr. Zelnick currently represents ZMC as a director of Education Networks of America, Inc. He serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Previously, Mr. Zelnick was on the boards of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, L.L.C., Alloy L.L.C. and Naylor L.L.C. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Columbia Music Entertainment, Chairman of ITN Networks, Chairman of Direct Holdings Worldwide and OTX.
Prior to forming ZMC, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, at that time one of the world’s largest music and entertainment companies with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries.
Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of Fox Inc.’s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business.
Previously, Mr. Zelnick spent three years at Vestron Inc., two as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President of International Television Sales at Columbia Pictures.
Mr. Zelnick holds a BA from Wesleyan University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact
Chitra Nawbatt is a highly accomplished executive with a track record of leading, innovating and transforming organizations to achieve growth. Ms. Nawbatt has spent most of her career as a strategic multidisciplinary change agent with the mandate to build teams, processes and systems to reinvent culture, market strategy to execution, growth and risk management.
Currently, Chitra is the Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact, a leading lean digital, artificial intelligence, analytics and design thinking consulting firm. She delivers strategic solutions to clients focused on revenue discovery and business performance transformation using digital, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
Previously, Chitra was the New York based Anchor for Reuters International TV where her broadcasts were seen by millions of households across the world including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. C-level executives, politicians and world leaders had differentiated interviews with her because of her prior track record from Wall Street.
Before her media career, Chitra was a C-level executive at Deutsche Bank, as well as held leadership roles in the areas of Global Banking and Regional Management. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Nawbatt established risk management functions at CIBC, and before that started her career at EY in Advisory and Assurance. Chitra has her Certified Public Accountant designation and was educated at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
You can reach her on twitter @chitranawbatt.
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