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NCTA Slates Full Roster of INTX Speakers

Wheeler, Roberts, Huffington among names slated for roles in Boston
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INTX: The Internet & Television Expo next week in Boston will feature keynotes from, and conversations with, familiar faces at cable conventions -- including National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell and Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of top U.S. cable company Comcast. 

In keeping with its aim to widen the scope to other forms of video and content creation and distribution, there also will be lead speaking roles for Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, Periscope CEO and co-founder Kayvon Beykpour and Mashable CEO and founder Pete Cashmore.

The man in the middle of several huge policy proposals affecting the broadband and television industries -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler -- also is slated to speak.

His other four fellow commissioners -- Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Rielly, Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel -- will also take have speaking roles at INTX, in a live-streamed session in conjunction with C-SPAN's The Communicators program. 

Some late-breaking details: 

  • Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will sit down with actor and producer LeVar Burton to discuss "Roots Re-imagined" and the impact of the Roots story on race relations in America, during the general session on Wednesday, May 18. The conversation will occur after INTX participants enjoy a first-ever glimpse of highlights from Roots, re-imagined for a new generation on History. 
  • Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts will join the opening general session of the show on Monday, May 16 -- we are told he will talk about the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Huffington Post co-founder, president and editor in chief Arianna Huffington will sign copies of her latest book for INTX attendees, also on May 16. 

The convention will be chaired by Cox Communications president Pat Esser and Scripps Networks Interactive CEO Ken Lowe and take place May 16-18 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Multichannel News will be on hand, producing a print show daily and extensive online coverage.

Here is the list of general-session speakers released today by NCTA. All general sessions will be streamed live at and a full schedule of events can be found at

General Sessions

Monday, May 16 – 11 a.m. EDT

Convention Co-Chairs Welcome
Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications
Ken Lowe, Chairman, President & CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive

Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA

Speaker: Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast Corporation
Host: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC

Recode Interview
Speaker: Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
Host: Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Recode

Speakers: John King, Chief National Correspondent and Anchor, Inside Politics, CNN
Jorge Ramos, Anchor and Host, Noticiero Univision and Fusion
Host: Susan Swain, President & Co-CEO, C-SPAN

Tuesday, May 17 – 4 p.m. EDT

Speaker: John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group
Host: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC

Speaker: Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder, Mashable
Host: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC

Recode Interview
Speaker: Nigel Eccles, CEO & Co-Founder, FanDuel
Host: Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, Media, Recode

Recode Interview
Speaker: Kayvon Beykpour, CEO and co-founder, Periscope
Host: Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, Media, Recode

Wednesday, May 18 – 12 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Tom Wheeler, Chairman, FCC
Host: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC

Re-imagining Roots for a New Generation
Speaker: LeVar Burton, Actor and Co-Executive Producer, Roots on HISTORY
Host: Harold Ford, Jr., Former U.S. Representative

Public Policy Sessions

Monday, May 16 – 2 p.m. EDT
Enacting the Future: The State of Communications Policy in Congress (this session will be streamed live)
Speakers: Grace Koh, Counsel, Communications & Technology, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Gerald Leverich, Legislative Assistant, Capitol Office of Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ06-D)
David Quinalty, Policy Director, Senate Commerce Committee
Host: Mitch Rose, SVP, Government Relations, NBCUniversal

Tuesday, May 17 – 11 a.m. EDT
The Communicators: The FCC Commissioners on Competition, Convergence and Consumers (in conjunction with C-SPAN’s The Communicators program and streamed live)
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC
Ajit Pai, Commissioner, FCC
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC

Hosts: Peter Slen, Senior Executive Producer, C-SPAN
Lydia Beyoud, Telecommunications Reporter, Bloomberg BNA

Tuesday, May 17 – 1 p.m. EDT
Where Privacy Meets Policy: Implications of Data-Driven Innovation
Speakers: Ellen Agress, SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, 21st Century Fox
Craig Goldberg, VP & Chief Counsel, Privacy, Time Warner Cable
Jonathan Nuechterlein, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and Former FTC General Counsel
John Spalding, VP & Chief Privacy Officer, Cox Communications
Moderator: Jon Leibowitz, Partner, Davis Polk and Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

Tuesday, May 17 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Agency Agenda: How FCC Experts View a Changing Communications Environment
Speakers: Jessica Almond, Legal Advisor, Media, Public Safety and Enforcement, Office of Chairman Wheeler, FCC
Michelle Carey, Deputy Bureau Chief, Media Bureau, FCC
Robin Colwell, Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor, Media, Office of Commissioner O’Rielly, FCC
Madeleine Findley, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
David Grossman, Chief of Staff and Media Policy Advisor, Office of Commissioner Clyburn, FCC
Marc Paul, Legal Advisor, Office of Commissioner Rosenworcel, FCC
Moderator: Rick Chessen, SVP, Law & Regulatory Policy, NCTA

INTX 2016 will present its first-ever TED session on Tuesday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. 

The Lobstah Tank Start-Up Pitch Competition will take place on Tuesday as well.