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IBC’s Keynote attractions

IBC’s Keynote speakers are selected on the basis that they have something to say. They frequently use their session to be deliberately provocative and to kick-start or enhance a debate on which they have a special interest.

This year’s Keynoters are no exception. Elsewhere in this issue we focus on Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP. But also guaranteed to draw delegates into the Forum (Thursday, 8 September, 09:00) for his unique insight is Dominique Delport, global MD/chairman of Havas Media.

Delport is also a skilled and experienced programme-maker and host, not least with the launch of Merci pour l’Info at Canal Plus in 2003, and the Emmy Award-winning CULT show on France 5. In February 2008, Vincent Bolloré promoted him as chairman/CEO of Havas Media France and his promotions have come rapidly, not least his September 2015 appointment as president of Vivendi Content.

Delport will be joined by Dr Manuel Cubero who heads up Vodafone’s Kable Deutschland business and is VP (and former president) of the Cable Europe association of operators. The two will have an on-stage discussion that promises to be a fascinating insight into their expectations for their future businesses,

Later on Thursday (17:15) Tom Toumazis MBE will deliver a ‘big picture’ discussion on business models and strategies in his Futureproofing Your Business session. Toumazis is chairman of Tagsmart/TVbeat and a non-executive director at the Lad Bible Group. Toumazis has an enviable employment record including spells at ITV, Eurosport, EMAP, Yahoo, Disney, and as CCO at Endemol Worldwide.

Friday’s Keynoter is Erik Huggers, president/CEO at Vevo. His topic is ‘Online & Broadcasting: How the online players are evolving and what it means to broadcasting’.

Vevo is YouTube’s biggest single content provider, with major stakes held by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music. Most delegates will remember his influence at the BBC’s Future Media & Technology division which he headed, and where he was instrumental in the development of the BBC iPlayer.