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Ad Lib features unscripted conversations with some of the biggest personalities in media and marketing, speaking off the cuff with Ad Age editor Brian Braiker.


Andrew Essex, co-founder and CEO, Plan A
Sep 12 • 23 min
What do you do after writing a book called “The End of Advertising?” If you’re Andrew Essex, you co-found an advertising company. But Plan A, he says, is built on a different model than the traditional holding company. A former journalist and the…
Ad lawyer Jeffrey Greenbaum, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Sep 6 • 22 min
With a trade war brewing, there’s a lot more focus on products Made in the USA—but don’t believe everything you see. There are some cases of marketers blurring the lines when it comes to products actually made here, and the FTC rules enforcing truthful…
Why Ryan Kutscher joined the circus
Aug 23 • 46 min
Ryan Kutscher may have been a noted chef if he didn’t decide to go into advertising. Today he is chief creative officer and founder of Circus Maximus, a New York shop which has won its fair share of Ad Age Small Agency awards over the years. In this Ad…
Kai Devereaux Lawson, advocate, agitator and associate operations director at Essence
Aug 16 • 40 min
An associate operations director at the GroupM shop Essence by day, Lawson writes and podcasts extensively and candidly about diversity and inclusion issues on the side—on the Mixed Company podcast and her own blog. In an industry where young black women…
David Droga, founder & creative chairman, Droga5
Aug 8 • 26 min
The industry’s collective mind was blown when David Droga announced in April that his namesake agency, Droga5, would be acquired by Accenture Interactive. The consultants are coming for the creatives, the narrative went. Not so fast, says Droga. Here, he…
Lindsey Slaby, founder, Sunday Dinner
Aug 1 • 41 min
Lindsey Slaby is a one woman three ring circus: In one ring is her brand consultancy, Sunday Dinner, which coaches clients through various stages of organizational transformation. The second ring is networking on steroids, be it on her invite-only Slack…
Laurent Ezekiel, chief marketing and growth officer, WPP
Jul 25 • 35 min
Laurent Ezekiel has his work cut out for him: The Publicis vet joined WPP in May to serve as its first CMO and growth officer. It’s a new position at the world’s largest advertising holding company, which was the worst performing agency holding company in…
David Fischer, CEO and publisher, Highsnobiety
Jul 18 • 38 min
David Fischer started Highsnobiety in 2005 as personal blog dedicated to his passion for sneaker culture and fashion. Today it is a multi-pronged media brand, a magazine that prints twice a year and a creative agency. With 500 million social media…
Rob Reilly, Global Creative Chairman, McCann Worldgroup
Jul 11 • 44 min
In an industry with no shortage of Negative Nancies, Rob Reilly is a perpetual, evangelical optimist. But he wasn’t always: He once had an employer require him to take a year’s worth of classes to learn how to be more respectful of others. Reilly credits…
Richard Edelman, president and CEO, Edelman
Jul 3 • 34 min
According to a global survey of more than 25,000 respondents, consumer trust in brands is down across the board — and expectations of social responsibility from brands is up. That is the core takeaway from the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report,…
Bradley Johnson, director of data analytics, Ad Age Datacenter
Jun 28 • 32 min
If you want to see what’s driving ad spending, just look for the net gains. Bradley Johnson joins us to break down the most interesting findings in our annual Leading National Advertisers report, out this week (hint, FANG has developed a big bite). We…
Nick Kelly, Anheuser-Busch
Jun 21 • 26 min
What happens when Big Football meets Big Beer? Until now active pro athletes could not appear in beer ads during games. The head of sports marketing for Anheuser-Busch discusses what a rules change means for Bud Light, and dishes on the brewer’s overall…
Avi Dan, CEO, Avidan Strategies
Jun 13 • 45 min
An advertising vet who started his own search consultancy in 2007 Avi Dan has close to 4 decades of experience. As the rest of the agency world packs for Cannes, he breaks down how the festival has changed over the years, and who he thinks win big. We…
Linda Yaccarino & Josh Feldman, NBCUniversal
Jun 7 • 54 min
Depending on whom you ask, this is either the worst time to be in TV, or the most exciting. Count Linda Yaccarino and Josh Feldman among the hopeful. The two share the company’s moves to modernize measurement across the industry, and NBC’s plans to launch…
Bhavana Smith, chief client officer
May 30 • 28 min
Usually when you hear about consultancies in the marketing and advertising space these days, it’s in the context of them luring talent away from agencies or making full blown acquisitions. But last year when MediaCom was looking to hire a new chief client…
Rishad Tobaccoawala, chief growth officer, Publicis
May 24 • 44 min
Rishad Tobaccowala, who has logged nearly four decades at Publicis, joins the podcast to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. The conversation kicks off by unpacking Publicis’s recent announcement that it’s acquiring data marketing juggernaut…
DDB’s Keith Reinhard: ‘Betty Crocker was my first pin-up girl’
May 17 • 38 min
In this week’s Ad Age Ad Lib podcast, we interview the chairman emeritus of DDB Worldwide, who tells us about his legendary 65-year history in advertising, including why he pointed a cannon—literally—at Leo Burnett’s offices and the inside story of the…
Peter McGuinness, CMO of Chobani
May 9 • 36 min
Peter McGuinness wasn’t always a yogurt guy. Before joining Greek yogurt brand Chobani in 2013, he had a career in ad agencies. On this episode of the podcast, he discusses making the transition to the brand side, and the fresh self-awareness that brought…
Alex Magnin, Giphy head of revenue
May 3 • 32 min
People are conducting more than a billion searches for GIFs on messaging apps a day. At the heart of their results is, usually, Giphy. Giphy’s Alex Magnin who claims to net in the ballpark of 10 percent of the search traffic of Google, joins the podcast…
Shelly Lazarus, chairman emeritus, Ogilvy
Apr 25 • 48 min
Our conversation with Shelly Lazarus, Ogilvy’s chairman emeritus, covered a lot of ground—from what it was like to be a woman ad exec in the 1970s to today’s #MeToo movement to where holding companies are going in the future.
Jeff Goodby, Chairman and co-founder, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Apr 18 • 31 min
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners are on a roll. The agency nabbed the number two spot on the Ad Age A-List, released this week. Its founders, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, will be in Cannes this summer to pick up the prestigious Lion of St. Mark,…
Ad Block: Tiffany R. Warren, chief diversity officer and SVP at Omnicom, founder and president of the diversity advocacy organization AdColor
Apr 10 • 35 min
Tiffany R. Warren talks about the skin care tradition handed down through her family and the ways she’s improved upon it. “In a way, when I take care of my skin, it’s a connection to my grandmother,” she says. She also weighs in on her ideal breakfast,…
Alicia Hatch, CMO, Deloitte Digital
Apr 4 • 38 min
Deloitte Digital is one of the world’s 10 biggest agency companies: In 2017 Ad Age ranked Deloitte Digital as the world’s second-largest digital network, behind rival Accenture Interactive. Hatch joins me today to explain what, exactly, it is Deloitte…
Ad Block: Deutsch North American CCO Pete Favat on woodworking
Apr 3 • 29 min
Pete Favat talks about building useful things from scrap and renovating his home on “This Old House.” The C-suite leaves less time to get his hands dirty on the job, he says. “You’re using your brain, which is good, but there’s no physical gratification…
Nicolas Bidon, CEO, Xaxis
Mar 28 • 39 min
When Nicolas Bidon talks about his business, he talks about becoming an “outcome” media company. As part of WPP and GroupM, Xaxis is a billion-dollar business — arguably the world’s largest global programmatic media and technology platform — boasting some…
Ad Block: Joan CCO Jaime Robinson on knitting
Mar 27 • 34 min
Joan Creative CCO Jaime Robinson keeps both a spinning wheel and a loom in her closet so she can spin yarn and knit blankets and sweaters, “like the lady in Rumpelstiltskin.” She also reveals her favorite Joan and goes deep on the allure of “Russian Doll”…
Bryan Yasko, president, Johannes Leonardo
Mar 21 • 23 min
It’s been a busy couple months for Johannes Leonardo. In February the shop announced that it would buy a “significant” portion of itself back from WPP. Then, weeks later, another tantalizing bit of news: Volkswagen named JL its lead agency. Bryan Yasko…
Marketer’s Brief
Mar 19 • 30 min
Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, is overseeing a 10-year, $2 billion investment on zero-emissions vehicle technology and awareness. The group’s marketing director, Richard Steinberg, discusses what it is doing to help nudge the EV…
Sebastian Tomich, global head of advertising, New York Times
Mar 14 • 43 min
In a digital media landscape littered with layoffs, mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy, the New York Times remains a bright spot. Last week, the Times reported adding more than a quarter million new digital-only subscriptions in its fourth quarter…
Marketer’s Brief
Mar 12 • 27 min
In a 20-year marketing career with Anheuser-Busch, Bob Lachky oversaw some of the most memorable ad campaigns in beer, including “Whassup,” the Budweiser Frogs and Real Men of Genius. Lachky, now a consultant, joins us to talk about the brewing marketing…
Ryan Ford, Chief Creative Officer and EVP, Cashmere
Mar 7 • 43 min
The brand wizards behind Snoop Dogg’s career, Cashmere has done work on “Black Panther,” “Get Out,” “Atlanta” and more. Beyond entertainment, it also counts as clients BMW, Jack in the Box, Adidas, and Diageo among others. Cashmere’s Ryan Ford joins us to…
Marketer’s Brief
Mar 4 • 24 min
Iconic brands are struggling to remain relevant in today’s food industry. More evidence came with Kraft Heinz’s recent $15 billion asset write-down. We examine the fallout and why Kraft’s fall could be good for ad agencies.
Ben Lerer, CEO, Group Nine Media
Feb 28 • 51 min
Group Nine Media was formed in 2016 with a $100 million investment from Discovery and today rolls up four media brands: Thrillist, NowThis, the Dodo and Seeker. By combining the brands under one holding company, CEO Ben Lerer says that he’s gained a seat…
Bob Pittman, CEO, iHeartMedia
Feb 21 • 43 min
If you wrote iHeartMedia off as DOA last year, it may have been too soon. Last month the radio giant gained approval for a plan to emerge from bankruptcy, and Bob Pittman has a mandate to transform the company. The platform now boasts more than 120M…
Tim Cadogan, CEO, OpenX
Feb 14 • 38 min
Independent ad exchange OpenX raised eyebrows in the programmatic realm last month when it announced a five-year agreement totaling more than $110 million with Google to use its cloud computing services. The news came just a month after the supply-side…
Marla Kaplowitz, president and CEO, 4A’s
Feb 7 • 31 min
In a time where there is no shortage of gloom and doom in the agency landscape, the job falls to Marla Kaplowitz to be its biggest booster. Kaplowitz joins this episode of Ad Lib to field questions about the agency talent crunch, consultancy creep, brands…
Laura Hutfless, FlyteVu Agency
Jan 31 • 28 min
With its first Super Bowl ad, Bumble set out to empower women both in front of and behind the camera. On this special Super Bowl edition of the Ad Lib podcast, Laura Hutfless, partner at FlyteVu Agency, which worked on the ad, discusses how the social…
Azania Andrews, Michelob Ultra
Jan 29 • 30 min
Michelob Ultra will air two commercials in Super Bowl LIII – one featuring robots and the other making a direct appeal to female football viewers. Azania Andrews, VP marketing, at the Anheuser-Busch brewer, joins this special Super Bowl edition of the Ad…
Erika Nardini, CEO, Barstool Sports
Jan 24 • 40 min
A publisher of podcasts, radio shows and online articles about sports and sports culture, Barstool Sports has a robust commerce and pay-per-view events business to feed its rabidly dedicated fanbase. It is, to hear CEO Erika Nardini tell it, the publisher…
Keith Grossman, Bloomberg Media global chief revenue officer
Jan 17 • 41 min
Bloomberg Media has been experimenting across the board lately — from its consultancy play to an aggressive over-the-top streaming strategy to TicToc, a video partnership with Twitter. Joining us on the podcast is chief global revenue officer Keith…
Meg Goldthwaite, CMO, NPR
Jan 10 • 29 min
Twenty-one percent of the population now owns at least one smart speaker. A full 14 million people in the U.S. got their first smart speaker device in 2018 — meaning voice as a topic of fascination is not going away any time soon. From the floor of the…
Shannon Simpson Jones and Yadira Harrison, co-founders, Verb
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
Verb boasts both traditional agency chops and consultancy offerings for both brands and other agencies — with a specialty in experiential. Founders Shannon Simpson Jones and Yadira Harrison, both former VPs of the Civic Entertainment Group, join us to…
Ben Wiener, CEO, Wongdoody
Dec 13, 2018 • 31 min
Seattle-based creative shop Wongdoody celebrated its 25th anniversary this year — as it did so, it was acquired by Indian tech giant Infosys. It is, says CEO Ben Wiener, a great time for an agency like Wongdoody. As the big advertising holding companies…
Edward Felsenthal, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Time magazine
Dec 6, 2018 • 38 min
Days after Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne closed on their purchase of Time, the new owners gave its editor, Edward Felsenthal, the additional title of CEO. Felsenthal discusses his role in the negotiation process and where he plans to take things. Time…
Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out Group
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
In 2015, when Julio Bruno took over as the chief executive at Time Out, it was taking on heavy losses. An executive who had held senior positions at Diageo and TripAdvisor, Bruno saw an opportunity. Now, three years on, as Time Out celebrates its 50th…
Karina Wilsher, Anomaly’s next global CEO
Nov 20, 2018 • 28 min
After 14 years at Anomaly, founding partner Karina Wilsher will be assuming the global CEO title at the agency. Currently the global COO, Wilsher has long been groomed for the new role and will assume the chief executive position in January. True to its…
Aaron Walton, co-founder, Walton Isaacson
Nov 15, 2018 • 46 min
The co-founder of 14-year-old agency Walton Isaacson first went to work for the brand side in 1983 — for Pepsi specifically, which would take Walton on tour with a singer by the name of Michael Jackson. Now, 35 years later, Walton is still at culture’s…
Lizzie Widhelm, Pandora svp of ad innovation
Nov 8, 2018 • 34 min
In September, satellite radio company Sirius XM offered to plunk down $3.5 billion to acquire streaming music service Pandora. Joining us today is Pandora svp of ad innovation Lizzie Widhelm to break down what the Sirius offer means to Pandora — and vice…
Rich Antoniello, CEO of Complex Media
Nov 1, 2018 • 43 min
Rich Antoniello, CEO of media brand Complex, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from media’s pivot to revenue diversification to how Complex’s joint acquisition by Hearst and Verizon in 2016 has been playing out for the brand. We…
Troy Ruhanen, president and CEO, TBWA Worldwide
Oct 25, 2018 • 35 min
An Aussie giant of a former Rugby player, Troy Ruhanen joined TBWA as president and CEO four years ago. Today he joins us on the Ad Lib podcast to spill some tea on his competitors — including WPP and Publicis — and give us some insight into clients…
Frances Webster, co-founder and CEO, Walrus
Oct 18, 2018 • 23 min
Launched in 2005, Walrus is a fiercely independent shop that’s worked with such clients as Amazon, HBO, and Staples. Frances Webster — who co-founded Walrus with her husband, Chief Creative Officer Deacon Webster — has been outspoken about the need to…
Andrew McKechnie, chief creative officer at Verizon
Oct 11, 2018 • 38 min
For the past 18 months, Andrew McKechnie has been building Verizon’s in-house agency, 140. Networks are tough to make especially sexy. Still, McKechnie comes by the gig honestly. He had most recently served as global group creative director at Apple,…
Jon Steinberg, Cheddar founder
Oct 4, 2018 • 32 min
After a five-year stint at BuzzFeed and a brief run as the CEO of DailyMail.com the last thing you might think to do is start a TV network. From scratch. Yet that’s precisely what Jon Steinberg did. Steinberg launched Cheddar Inc in 2016 with the goal of…
Refinery29’s Philippe von Borries and Piera Gelardi
Sep 27, 2018 • 37 min
As two of the four co-founders of media and entertainment company Refinery29, Philippe von Borries and Piera Gelardi have used a pro-women, taboo-shattering ethos to build a behemoth catering to the interests and cravings of young women that reaches an…
Nick Brien, CEO Americas of Dentsu Aegis Network
Sep 20, 2018 • 35 min
It’s been just over a year since Nick Brien — a former CEO of both McCann Worldgroup and iCrossing — took the reins at Dentsu Aegis Network Americas. We talk about Dentsu’s goal of becoming a 100 percent digital business by 2020, Brien’s background in an…
Studio 71 co-founder Reza Izad
Sep 13, 2018 • 37 min
From Canadian YouTube superstar Lilly Singh to vlogger Roman Atwood to Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link — Studio 71 is the media agency behind videos that generate a reported 9.5 billion views across platforms every month. Co-founder Reza Izad…
Wondery founder and CEO Hernan Lopez
Sep 6, 2018 • 29 min
When Hernan Lopez left his post as president and CEO of Fox International Channels in 2016 to launch a podcast company people asked him a straightforward question: Are you nuts? But he saw parallels between the nascent medium of podcasting and the cable…
Sub Rosa founder Michael Ventura gets empathic
Aug 30, 2018 • 32 min
Michael Ventura, the founder of the New York strategy and design consultancy Sub Rosa, joins us on this episode of Ad Lib to discuss empathy, what he means by it, how he arrived at it as a guiding principle and how it’s won him some surprising clients,…
How Terry Young, CEO of Sparks & Honey, is mapping culture
Aug 23, 2018 • 30 min
Terry Young, the CEO of Sparks & Honey, joins us on the Ad Lib podcast to talk about how the agency maps culture. Every day at noon everyone stops what they’re doing for an hour for a briefing that distills the Internet’s latest (and next) obsessions. We…
USA Today Network CRO Kevin Gentzel
Aug 16, 2018 • 38 min
News is a tough business. And local news is even tougher. USA Today Network has seen continued growth in digital revenue, but not enough to offset declines in traditional advertising. Tasked with solving that riddle is Kevin Gentzel, who joins us on the…
Arnold Worldwide CEO Kiran Smith
Aug 9, 2018 • 25 min
Kiran Smith joins the podcast to discuss the challenges she faces in her new job, what she brings to the table as a former marketer and what she’s learning from clients like Progressive and Jack Daniels.
Carla Serrano, CEO of Publicis New York and Chief Strategy Officer of PublicisCommunications
Aug 3, 2018 • 24 min
Serrano joins the podcast to discuss what distinguishes the Publicis strategy at a time when holding companies are under pressure from clients to cut costs and under siege from consultancies and tech giants Google, Facebook and Amazon. Plus we talk about…
Bill Holiber, President & CEO of US News
Jul 18, 2018 • 32 min
For a publication with “news” in its title US News doesn’t focus much on what’s happening in the papers these days. Formerly known as US News and World Report, the publisher is something of a digital pioneer. The media brand ditched its print magazine in…
Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business
Jul 10, 2018 • 46 min
The Fox Business anchor joined the “Ad Lib” podcast before her news-making interview with President Trump last week. Here, Bartiromo discusses her evolution from a CNBC pioneer—where she was the first reporter to broadcast from the stock exchange floor—to…
Mark DiMassimo, CEO of DiMassimo Goldstein
Jul 5, 2018 • 33 min
With 22 years heading up an independent agency under his belt, DiMassimo Goldstein’s Mark DiMassimo believes traditional advertising’s days are numbered.
The Trade Desk’s Brian Stempeck
Jun 28, 2018 • 32 min
Today we are joined by Brian Stempeck, chief client officer for the Trade Desk and rhythm guitarist for the company band, whose job is, in part, to translate the bewildering jargon of the ad tech industry and parse the challenges and opportunities around…
Michael Wolff
Jun 20, 2018 • 23 min
A consummate media insider for decades, Michael Wolff, the journalist-provocateur-entrepreneur, shot into the public consciousness in January with the publication of his sensational peek inside the Donald Trump White House, “Fire and Fury.” On this…
Shingy, digital prophet, Oath
Jun 18, 2018 • 25 min
You may not have heard of David Shing, but you probably know about Shingy. The self-styled “digital prophet” at Oath – the Verizon-owned juggernaut that comprises AOL, Yahoo, the Huffington Post and some 50 media and b-to-b brands – is in Cannes on a…
Havas Creative North American Chairman and CEO, Paul Marobella
Jun 14, 2018 • 34 min
Paul Marobella joins the Ad Lib podcast to discuss the advantages of being owned by Vivendi as opposed to a traditional advertising holding company, creating a culture of creativity and what he’s looking forward to in Cannes.
Mastercard CMO Raja Rajamannar
Jun 7, 2018 • 48 min
An expansive marketer in an era of the incredible shrinking CMO, Rajamannar joins the Ad Lib podcast to discuss what he calls the CMO existential crisis. We talk about marketing at scale in a time when people hate ads and have the power to block them, the…
Ken Auletta, ‘Frenemies’ author
Jun 5, 2018 • 36 min
You’re going to be hearing Ken Auletta’s name a lot this month. Auletta, who has been writing the Annals of Communication column for The New Yorker since 1992, is the author of a new book about the industry’s current existential crisis. “Frenemies” comes…
Andrew Swinand, Leo Burnett North America CEO
May 31, 2018 • 29 min
When Andrew Swinand was tapped to be Leo Burnett’s North America CEO last January, he had a daunting remit. Burnett had long been a flagship Chicago agency, but after losing McDonald’s in September 2016 the legendary creative shop had lost some of its…
Terri & Sandy’s Terri and Sandy
May 24, 2018 • 35 min
Terri Meyer and Sandy Greenberg are the co-founders of the New York independent shop Terri & Sandy. Both refugees from the big holding company world — Meyer and Greenberg had worked together as a creative team at both J. Walter Thompson and FCB — the two…
Upfront and personal: The week’s big TV takeaways
May 18, 2018 • 42 min
The major broadcast networks wound down the 2018 upfront week Friday. Top-line takeaways: In 2019, look forward to more reboots, shorter ad slots and lots of live sports. If the scripted programming leaves a little to be desired there’s still a staggering…
Ogilvy Worldwide CEO John Seifert
May 17, 2018 • 43 min
Earlier this year, John Seifert announced that Ogilvy would be undergoing a “refounding,” which he dubbed the shop’s “Next Chapter.” A 39-year veteran of the legendary agency, Seifert joins us to talk about what that entails.
Tim Leake, RPA
May 10, 2018 • 38 min
With giant clients like Honda and Farmer’s insurance, independent, LA-based agency RPA punches above its weight. Tim Leake’s mandate, when he joined the shop in 2014, was to nurture a culture of growth and innovation within the agency as it scaled. As…
Bonnie Kintzer, Trusted Media Brands
May 3, 2018 • 37 min
When Bonnie Kintzer became president and CEO of Trusted Media Brands in 2014, it was still called the Reader’s Digest Association. Job number one became bolstering the brand, reviving it financially after a series of bad investments and changing just…
Hanya Yanagihara, novelist and T Magazine editor
Apr 26, 2018 • 40 min
For almost exactly a year now, Hanya Yanagihara has been molding T Magazine, the New York Times’ lifestyle and culture magazine, in her image. A recent refresh brought in a new logo and typeface, but the full bleed art, smart cultural journalism and yes…
Intermarkets’ Erik Requidan
Apr 19, 2018 • 38 min
Under the hood of the Drudge Report, and other conservative sites like it — including Political Insider, Smith & Wesson Forum and MRC Newscasters — is its advertising marketing firm Intermarkets. And under the hood of Intermarkets is Erik Requidan, vice…
Intel’s Alyson Griffin
Apr 13, 2018 • 33 min
Intel, the PC maker best known to the wider world for its “Intel Inside” tagline, has pivoted from being a PC-centric to a data-centric company. It invested heavily in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, drones, autonomous cars and more.…
Patch CEO Warren St. John
Apr 5, 2018 • 40 min
Hyperlocal news has had a rough, ahem, patch in recent years. Undone by Craigslist and Facebook and Google, among others, local news sites have struggled to stay afloat. The end of 2017 alone saw the shuttering of both Gothamist and DNAInfo. Patch CEO and…
Forbes’ Randall Lane
Mar 29, 2018 • 31 min
Synonymous with powerful, rich and usually white male entrepreneurs, Forbes is, like many media companies, being forced to evolve. Randall Lane took over as editor of the 101-year-old publisher in December of 2017, after Lewis D’Vorkin went on to run the…
Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finoccio
Mar 22, 2018 • 33 min
March Madness is well underway and if you’re a sports fan of a certain age, chances are you’re tracking your decimated bracket on Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio joins us on this episode of Ad Lib to discuss its distributed approach to…
Hearst’s Troy Young
Mar 15, 2018 • 33 min
It’s been five years since Troy Young came to Hearst to build out the magazine company’s digital division. Today as the global president of digital for a media empire that includes Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country – the list…
360i’s Sarah Hofstetter
Mar 8, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode of Ad Lib, Sarah Hofstetter, the global CEO of full-service digital-first agency 360i, discusses the agency’s new Amazon practice, the future of voice, the best kosher restaurants in Cannes and more. (She also admits to a few regrets about…
Po.et CEO Jarrod Dicker
Mar 1, 2018 • 41 min
Last month, a subset of the media world snapped to attention when Jarrod Dicker left the Post, where he built out a lot of pioneering proprietary tech for the company, to become the CEO of something called Po.et, which bills itself as “an open, universal,…
Pop-Up Magazine’s Chas Edwards
Feb 22, 2018 • 25 min
Chas Edwards is a co-founder and publisher of both Pop-Up magazine—a roving circus that brings magazine journalism to life in staged events—and the print publication it spawned, California Sunday Magazine. Taken together, the two represent a new kind of…
Aardman’s Heather Wright
Feb 14, 2018 • 30 min
You may know Aardman Animation as the creative force behind Wallace and Gromit, “Shaun the Sheep” and “Chicken Run.” This weekend its seventh feature film, “Early Man” comes to our shores. But the recognizably Aardman characters the studio is well…
HP’s Antonio Lucio
Feb 7, 2018 • 40 min
There’s a lot of talk in the marketing and advertising industries about diversity — but not a ton of walking. Antonio Lucio is one of the walkers. Lucio talks about his diversity drive on today’s podcast and also breaks down his view of the state of…
Hungry Man Productions, Bryan Buckley
Feb 1, 2018 • 53 min
Bryan Buckley has nearly 60 Super Bowl credits to his name, directing spots for a bevy of brands ranging from Monster.com and Cash4Gold to Coca-Cola and Bud Light. In this podcast, Buckley discusses what it’s like working with high-profile celebrities…
Avocados From Mexico’s Kevin Hamilton
Jan 31, 2018 • 37 min
Kevin Hamilton has experienced first-hand the pressure to pull off a Super Bowl ad. As the senior director of marketing at Avocados From Mexico, Hamilton is charged with promoting the produce on TV’s biggest stage. In this podcast, we explore the…
Capitol Music Group’s Brian Nolan
Jan 26, 2018 • 35 min
Brian Nolan has a music fan’s dream job. As the senior vice president of Capitol Records’ in-house division focused on brand partnerships and licensing, Nolan is tasked with bringing new or under-exposed music to potentially huge audiences. In this…
Havas’ Harry Bernstein
Jan 19, 2018 • 34 min
If you’ve spent any time in agency circles, you haven’t seen a lot of people who look or talk like Harry. Tall, bearded, often tie-died and bolo tied, Bernstein, who goes by Harry Bee, is as apt to talk about clean living and guided meditation as he is…
Fresh Digital Group’s Doug Robinson
Jan 12, 2018 • 35 min
Recent research has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home will be in 55 percent of all U.S. households by 2022. That’s a lot of skills. To help us break down what this all means — for consumers, marketers, content providers,…
Quartz’s Jay Lauf
Jan 4, 2018 • 42 min
In a note at the end of 2017, Quartz publisher Jay Lauf gave his thanks to readers and advertisers, making it a point of pride that the commercial team at Quartz had been “very deliberate” about never putting its inventory on open exchanges. Sounds a bit…
Rafat Ali
Dec 29, 2017 • 32 min
The co-founder and CEO of the travel media company Skift, Ali is a digital media veteran. We talk about his childhood in India and what made him want to get into media. He takes us on a tour through internet 1.0 with stops at Inside.com and PaidContent,…
Dave Morgan
Dec 18, 2017 • 40 min
The Simulmedia CEO helps us make sense of the Disney-Fox deal, breaks down the state (and future) of addressable TV, explains the agency “existential” crisis — and more.
Wendy Clark and Ari Weiss
Dec 8, 2017 • 55 min
It’s been just under two years since DDB brought Wendy Clark — a former top marketer at Coca Cola — on board as its North American CEO. And it’s been just under one year since she brought on Ari Weiss as the Omnicom network’s first chief creative officer.…
Adam Moss
Dec 3, 2017 • 41 min
The New York Magazine editor is Ad Age’s Editor of the Year — and the title he’s edited since 2004 is the Magazine of the Year. Today he sits down with Ad Age editor Brian Braiker to discuss his time at New York, how the media landscape has changed in the…
Michael Rothman
Nov 22, 2017 • 43 min
The CEO and co-founder of Fatherly, a New York City-based media start-up that caters to millennial dads, is himself not a father. Rather Rothman, whose last gig was as Thrillist’s first business-side hire, is a digital media vet. On this episode of Ad…
Michael Kuntz
Nov 10, 2017 • 43 min
The senior vice president of digital revenue at USA Today Network sits down with Ad Age editor Brian Braiker to discuss Gannett’s local play, working with Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP, USA Today’s push into VR, Kuntz’s time at Gawker and the…
Kay Hsu
Oct 27, 2017 • 38 min
As the global Instagram lead at Facebook Creative Shop, Kay is tasked with getting brands to adopt the Instagram Stories format. She discusses the challenges and opportunities brands see with the proliferation of ad formats – and the rise of ephemeral…
Neil Vogel
Oct 20, 2017 • 34 min
Since 2014, Neil Vogel has led the transition of About.com to Dotdash. Under his stewardship, the IAC-owned company has gone from an all-things-to-all-people approach to a publisher of discrete verticals. We discuss the challenges and opportunities of…
Jonah Disend
Oct 12, 2017 • 32 min
Jonah Disend is CEO and founder of Redscout, a branding a product development company with clients like Gatorade and Domino’s that he founded in his New York apartment in 2000. We talk about how his love of theater informs what he does, how the…
Where Creativity Meets Strategy
Oct 6, 2017 • 28 min
Alain Sylvain is the founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, an innovation and brand design consultancy. We talk about his background and the lack of diversity in media and marketing, his failures and his side hustles, which include launching a headphone brand…
Pop Vox
Sep 22, 2017 • 46 min
As chairman and CEO of Vox Media, Jim Bankoff oversees eight vertices including The Verge, SB Nation and Vox.com. We discuss what’s next for Vox and his past life as a Web 1.0 executive at AOL before and during part of the fall.