Nine Entertainment Co. CEO Hugh Marks has joined the 2018 INFORM News Media Summit line-up as keynote speaker, in light of the proposed Nine/Fairfax Media merger.
If approved, Mr Marks will lead one of the country’s largest media companies.
Mr Marks is one of Australia’s most successful media executives. With more than 20 years of local and international experience in broadcasting, television and multi-media, he has an outstanding track record in identifying and developing creative concepts, new business ideas, and emerging platforms and technologies.
Mr Marks’ involvement with Nine began in 1995 as legal counsel for two years. He was a director of Nine Films & Television and Nine Network Australia (1998-2002) before becoming CEO of both Southern Star Entertainment (2002-05) and the Southern Star Group (2005-09), often overseeing more than 500 hours of film and TV production per annum. He has owned and run businesses in content production, talent management and content financing and has been CEO of Nine Entertainment Co since November 2015.
Stuff NZ CEO Sinead Boucher and globally recognised commentator, Professor Mark Ritson, have also joined the world-class speaker line-up. Other INFORM speakers include Tom Goodwin, Zenith US Executive vice president and head of innovation; Vanessa Clifford, chief executive of Newsworks UK; and Jarrod Dicker, chief executive officer of Po.et and former innovation chief at The Washington Post.
INFORM News Media Summit, sponsored by Media Super, is the Asia-Pacific’s annual gathering of the leading minds in news media, catering to advertising and media professionals either working with, or within, news media brands.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hugh Marks to INFORM for the first time. Nine has a wonderful story to tell on the basis of its proud tradition in delivering news and current affairs through its storied history and also its approach to innovation and transformation,” NewsMediaWorks CEO, Peter Miller, said.
“The speakers and panellists at this year’s INFORM Summit bring a wide range of knowledge and a unique perspective. The summit will cover industry transformation and the evolution of new capabilities, editorial challenges, commercial and product innovation and global trends. All will be underpinned by the vital role of quality journalism in an era of fake news and mistrust of social media platforms.”
For further information regarding the Summit and awards go to http://www.informsummit.com.