Prior to crossing to the digital (dark) side, Ben worked in broadcast for eight years as a political producer in Westminster and then Washington for the BBC's Breakfast and Newsnight television programmes. Both roles demanded high quality journalism combined with creative production techniques – the same skills central to good digital video. He started his journalism career in newspapers, writing for The Express & Star and Shropshire Star regional papers in the UK.
Helen Havlak is the editorial director of The Verge, the technology and culture brand from Vox Media. As a member of the senior leadership team, she manages The Verge’s content planning and major growth initiatives across platforms. Previously, Helen served as The Verge’s engagement editor where, under her supervision, The Verge's social audience doubled, its video views quadrupled, and it launched the Facebook-first gadget blog Circuit Breaker. Helen graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University.
Her career has included leadership roles at the Media Industry Newsletter (min), where she concentrated on digital strategies and revenue channels for the magazine media; UK-based digital publisher FreePint Limited, where she focused on the enterprise information industry; and Information Today, Inc.‘s Enterprise Group, where she provided content direction on publications and events in the areas of content creation, management and delivery strategies and tools, enterprise search, and the business of content.
Michelle also has extensive knowledge on millennials and “digital natives,” having co-written the book Dancing with Digital Natives: Staying in Step with the Generation That’s Transforming the Way Business Is Done. She is also a regular columnist at Inc.com. Michelle is a lively and informative industry writer and speaker and holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University.
He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MJ in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a Drake Engineering and Human Rights Fellow.
Christy Tanner is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Digital. In this role, she oversees strategy and operations for CBS News on all digital platforms, including CBSNews.com, CBSN, CBS News’ digital streaming news network featuring live, anchored coverage across platforms, and the mobile apps for CBS News, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. CBS News Digital is the #1 broadcast network for video engagement, with 61.1 minutes per viewer and 12.2 videos per viewer, according to comScore.
Tanner was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Media, a group of premier entertainment brands including TV Guide, Last.FM, Metacritic, CHOW, MetroLyrics, and TV.com. Tanner joined CBS Interactive through the company’s acquisition of TV Guide Digital, where she served as CEO. Under her leadership, the TV Guide brand and business were transformed, with impressive growth for TVGuide.com, which now averages more than 20 million monthly uniques; the introduction of TV Guide Mobile apps, now with more than 12 million installations among iOS and Android devices; and development of the Watchlist, an award-winning, personalized, next-generation guide with more than 2 million registered users. Tanner also orchestrated for TV Guide the strategic acquisitions of Fav.tv and Roundbox mobile apps businesses, and created important partnerships with ABC, Comcast, The CW, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Sony and more.
A widely recognized authority on digital media, Tanner makes frequent TV appearances to discuss digital, mobile and entertainment trends. She also participates in industry events and delivers keynote presentations at conferences such as DLD, the Advertising Age Social TV Conference, VARIETY’s TV Summit and more.
Prior to joining TV Guide Digital, Tanner held executive positions with The Washington Post Company and Reed Elsevier. She began her career as a journalist for The Associated Press.
Outside of the office, Tanner is a judge for the Echoing Green Startup competition, is a committee member of 10×10, a global campaign to educate women and girls in developing countries, and serves as vice chair of the Groton Women’s Network and as a Digital Hollywood advisory board member. She also is an advisor to several startups.