The Beet Retreat is presented by:
Our keynote speakers this year will be Jonathan Boker, Director of Advanced Media, MediaVest, Rob Norman, Chief Global Digital Officer of GroupM Worldwide; David Payne, Chief Digital Officer of Gannett; Vijay Ravindran, Chief Digital Officer of The Washington Post Company; and Stephanie Sarofian, SVP and Managing Director, Digitas.
Christina Beaumier, VP, Global Client Dev, Xaxis, GroupM
Jonathan Bokor, SVP, Director of Advanced Media, MediaVest
Dan Colarusso, Global Head of Programming, Thomson Reuters
Tal Chalozin, Co-Founder & CTO, Innovid
Zohar Dayan, CEO, Wibbitz
Jason Forbes, EVP & MD, Zeebox USA
Charles Gabriel, VP of Video Sales, AOL
Kevin Gentzel, Chief Revenue Officer, NDN
Roland Hamilton, Managing Director, U.S., Dailymotion
Lisa Hsia, EVP, Digital Media, Bravo/NBCUniversal
Joy Marcus, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Tom McMahon, President, Videology
Rob Norman, Global Chief Digital Officer, GroupM Worldwide
Joanna O'Connell, Analyst, Forrester Research
David Payne, Chief Digital Officer, Gannett Company, Inc.
Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT's Technology Review
Vijay Ravindran, Chief Digital Officer, The Washington Post Company
Stephanie Sarofian, SVP and Managing Director, Digitas
Tal Simantov, General Manager, AOL On
Mike Shehan, CEO, SpotXchange
Michael Smolens, Chairman and Founder, dotSub
Adam Singolda, CEO, Taboola
Ashley Swartz, Founder and CEO, Furious Minds
Joe Tartaglia, SVP for Sales, Dailymotion
Ron Yekutiel, CEO, Kaltura
Tom Wilde, CEO, RAMP
Alan Wolk, Global Lead Analyst, KIT Digital
About the Event
Each speaker will have the opportunity to be part of one of several
panels and/or be interviewed on-site. The panels will be taped
and published on Beet.TV and throughout our syndication network.
event will be both a comprehensive exploration of our fast-changing
industry as well as an extraordinary networking opportunity with the top
publishers, network executives, journalists, investors, technologists and
advertising executives from around the globe.
The programming will break into three tracks: digital video monetization; the technology of distribution and the future of content creation around entertainment and journalism.
Helping moderate will be Beet.TV contributor Ashley Swartz and Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT's Technology Review. We are pleased to have MIT's venerable publication as our media partner. Pontin helped moderate last year. Here is what he says about the program:
"If you want to understand how online video is being transformed by new technologies and business models, you need to join Andy Plesser at his Beet Retreat in Vieques. You'll hear from the innovators and business leaders who are driving the future of online video—at the beautiful W resort—and return home with fresh insights to apply to your own ventures." Jason Pontin, CEO and editor in chief, MIT Technology Review
Here are more testimonials from last year's attendees:
"The Beet.TV retreat in Vieques is the consummate anti-conference. A small group of senior executives all of whom touch the online video industry gather in a beautiful setting to discuss the future. Long lasting friendships are formed. GO!" Joy Marcus, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (New York)
"Joining Andy Plesser's Beet.TV retreat, away from where events usually take place, was a great experience. It entailed an intimate and unique forum of top digital executives, the right blend of bigger companies and smaller startups, a well defined agenda — which all around — turned into a top notch experience. People shared, exchange thoughts, debated and had a great time. Taboola will be there next year." — Adam Singolda, CEO Taboola (New York)
"The Beet Retreat is unlike any conference you have been too. Enjoy fantastic food, breathtaking views and stimulating conversation with some of the best thought leaders in the media industry. Leave your business cards at home and be prepared to make new friends." Lippe Oosterhoff, CEO Livestation (London)
The conference begins on Friday, February 1, and ends on Saturday evening.
Spouses, partners or traveling pals are welcome to attend the two extraordinary dinners and other activities. We can accomodate kids too. There is a registration fee of $950.
If you would like to suggest a participant, please email us at info(at)beet.tv
About Vieques and the Event
Vieques is an amazing place, certainly worth a few extra vacation days if possible. It was just named the top Caribbean Island by Travel & Leisure magazine.
For a flavor of the island, please watch my video of the island's wild horses eating mangoes at the top of this page. Below is a photo montage of the March event.
Logistics and Transportation
need to fly to San Juan International. There are many direct flights
from U.S. cities via JetBlue, Delta, Continental, American and others.
From Europe, there are direct flights from London Gatwick (BA) and
Prices right now, from New York to San Juan, are relatively low but will go up.
There is also a ferry which is located in Fajardo, about a 1:15 drive,
$75 cab ride from the airport. The ferry is $2.00.
Hotels and other Lodging
W is providing participants with a room discount. They are holding rooms for
us at a special room rate of $299 per night. This discounted rate must be booked by December 1.
are small, less pricey inns and guest houses, which we recommend. Also,
if you are a family or coming with another couple, renting a house is
an option. Some places we suggest are:
Malacon House, modern guest house in Esperanza
Hix Island House, high design ecotourism
Hacienda Tamarindo, old fashion Caribbean inn
Casa Casadas, small and dramatic b&b
Villa Venti, small, modern and cool b&b
You can find a number of houses for rent on VRBO.