Bringing second (and third) screen interactions to TV is an arms race, and the stakes are getting higher by the day. But while television and other big media platforms continue to innovate and reimagine their businesses, consumers continue to express a clear preference: if we want to engage them, we have to gamify. In this frank and directional talk, trailblazer Jesse Redniss and Peter Blacker shares how NBC/Universal and Telemundo have radically reshaped consumer engagement with their brands, and how big media will change with (and because of) gamification in the coming years.
JESSE REDNISS is the Senior Vice President of Digital for NBC Universal/USA Network. In this position, he oversees all digital efforts for the various USA Network properties. Since joining USA in April 2005, Redniss has played a pinnacle role in the digital restructuring and growth of the usanetwork.com properties, which has driven a major shift in the industry and competitor’s online efforts. During his time at USA Redniss has lead the digital team to achieve unprecedented growth, resulting in triple digit increases in traffic metrics year-over-year. Before joining USA, Redniss worked as a digital supervisor at Tangible Media on the Atari and Midway games accounts and several leading advertising agencies specializing in media planning, buying and interactive strategy. Redniss has also held positions within the music industry at Volatile Media and SONY 550DMV. Follow Jesse on Twitter @jesseredniss
PETER BLACKER is the Executive Vice President of Telemundo Digital Media and Emerging Businesses Division. Blacker leads the division’s mission to fully leverage original programming on Telemundo and mun2, the network’s cable channel for bi-cultural youth, through custom branded entertainment, digital and mobile cross-platform solutions. He oversees the network’s digital and mobile properties including Telemundo.com, the MSN and Televisa partnerships, holamun2.com, International Digital Media and Telemundo Emerging Platforms, which also incorporates Mobile and Licensing and Merchandising efforts. Due in large part to Blacker’s efforts, Telemundo has become a digital powerhouse that currently streams over 19 million videos monthly, making it a leader within the NBC Universal family. In addition, Blacker’s team collaborates and partners with Telemundo’s Sales Teams to offer 360 degree promotions on-air and offline and explore new marketing alternatives as they come to the market – from podcasts to broadband sponsorships – offering advertisers the very latest in interactive marketing. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterBlacker