NAMIC has named John F. Lansing, president, Scripps Networks and Lauren Zalaznick, chairman, NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, honorary co-chairs of its 25th annual conference.
The NAMIC Conference, held at the Hilton New York from Oct. 4-5, is presented as part of Diversity Week with the theme "New Media, New Voices, New World" as a demonstration of the industry's shifting demographics and emerging technology. Business leaders across the media and entertainment industry will speak at general sessions and four learning tracks on audience development; content and imagery; diversity and inclusion; and leadership development.
"This year's conference theme illustrates the evolving interplay of technology and culture, which has created a unique platform for increased innovation and opportunity within the media and entertainment landscape," said NAMIC president Kathy Johnson in a statement. "We are honored to have John Lansing and Lauren Zalaznick, two of our industry's trailblazers, on-board as NAMIC continues to build community and dialogue around the imperative for diversity and inclusion within our multi-faceted industry."
Lansing and Zalaznick join NAMIC's planning co-chairs and NAMIC board directors Michael Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager BET International & Paramount Pictures Channel, Viacom International Media Networks; Sherisse Hawkins, vice president of CPE and Navigation, Time Warner Cable; Robert Mendez, senior vice president, diversity, Disney/ABC Television Networks, and Belinda Turner Patterson, vice president, people services, Cox Communications.