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On “Thinking Out Loud,” Vicki Lins hosts conversations with today’s media and entertainment leaders who are capitalizing on the rapid change in how consumers engage with the world around them. Each podcast explores different perspectives on marketing, innovation, creativity and collaboration, tapping into the guest's passion and vision.
Schedule: Thinking Out Loud releases episodes bi-weekly
Episodes and Guests
Episode #13: How advertising complements the TV viewing experience
Consumers want a seamless TV viewing experience, and that includes advertising. As the TV industry evolves, brands, programmers, and operators are becoming increasingly thoughtful in how they're positioned within the consumer’s viewing experience. New technology is making it possible to deliver a seamless, personalized, and measurable ad experience across screens. In this episode, find out how Google enables advertisers, programmers and operators to provide the best ad experience everywhere people are watching.
Episode #12: Using Anime to Champion Underrepresented Voices and Audiences
Margaret Dean is the Head of Studio for Crunchyroll, the world's most popular anime brand with over 50 million registered users, 2 million subscribers, and more than 30 million followers across their social platforms.
In this conversation, host, Vicki Lins and Dean discuss anime’s potential in North America, providing more opportunities for women in animation and how the new studio will bolster both missions and more.
Episode #11: The Next Great Migration of Viewers
Visionary, cable pioneer and founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks takes listeners on an incredible journey through television's migration from linear to cable and onto streaming services. He shares his vision for the next decade and what the changing consumer will expect.
Episode #10: The Impact of AI on Marketing and Society
Join host Vicki Lins for a thought-provoking conversation with Kartik Hosanagar
, author of A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Kartik discusses the opportunities, risks, and implications of AI, algorithms and machine learning on society, consumers and businesses.
Episode #9: Creating Cohesive Brand Partnerships
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc.
oversees an astonishing 11 network brands. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Kathleen to discuss Discovery’s strategic plan to keep, grow and push viewers from one network to another through co-branded shows, fun talent mashups and tactical program scheduling.
Episode #8: Dan Fienberg, TV Critic: What makes for great TV?
On this episode, host, Vicki Lins explores the role of a television critic during times of disruption and summarizes the best of the 2019 Television Critics Tour with Daniel Fienberg, TV Critic, THR and President of the TCA.
From binge-worthy breakout hits to digital shorts consumed in minutes; current, new and emerging players are pushing the envelope to create a successful model with cultural influence and impact. In this conversation, Dan shares his thoughts, themes, and ideas for what’s next in television.
Episode #7: How technology is changing the way consumers engage
Technology is dramatically changing the way consumers engage. On this episode, host Vicki Lins and Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid, reveal key discoveries from their recent study on how technology is changing consumer behavior. The conversation offers insights to anyone looking for a future-forward read on the preferences and expectations of tomorrow's consumer.
Episode #6: Industry veteran illuminates communication principles with personal anecdotes
Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications,
ESPN and host Vicki Lins discuss how today’s connected environment, consumer’s brand expectations and the 24-hour social media cycle have transformed how companies communicate. Chris shares his experienced perspectives on the importance of being transparent, staying aligned with corporate values, and assessing if a speedy response is the best option.
Episode #5: Understanding the complexities of data science today
In this episode, Vicki explores the world of data science with Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics. They cover how the company uses stats and facts to empower media companies, brands, and agencies by providing “the most comprehensive measure of the popularity of TV content around the world.” This includes understanding the difference between measuring demand and aggregating demand, and how technology fuels science commercialization.
Episode #4: The art of cultivating superfans, culture and ad support relies on creating an immersive experience
Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation
explains how their strategy of “going all-in” strengthens brand value, fuels the arts, and supports local communities. Ovation has made an art out of creating an immersive brand experience. The network captures consumers with high-quality original programming and then feeds their desire for more by offering related documentaries and short-form ad-supported content on multiple platforms, such as OTT and TV Everywhere.
Episode #2 and #3, pts.1 & 2: It’s about wireless: we no longer must be tethered to our wall to watch TV.
Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio
, conveys his love for the industry through quick-witted, storytelling and relaxed sharing of thoughts, ideas, and revelations. Barry walks us through the creation of A+E’s in-house studio, the evolution of the viewer experience, the importance of talent when generating content awareness, and his thoughts on the future of entertainment.
Episode #1: Programming hits for today’s sophisticated audience
Within a few minutes of listening to Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT
describe her past and current productions, listeners will have no doubts why TNT has decided to double down on its original programming slate. Following the viewers lead, Sarah is filling the slate with serialized shows boasting complicated stories with rich characters and twisty plots. All of this with a commitment to creating opportunities for new voices and new points-of-view.