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Thinking Out Loud Podcast

On “Thinking Out Loud,” Vicki Lins hosts conversations with today’s media and entertainment leaders who are capitalizing on the rapid change in how consumers engage with the world around them.  Each podcast explores different perspectives on marketing, innovation, creativity and collaboration, tapping into the guest’s passion and vision. ​

Schedule:  Thinking Out Loud releases episodes every three weeks

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Episode #25: How Discovery is Positioning for Long-term Growth with the Next Generation of Fans

Networks and content creators have wrestled with shifting viewer trends and bloated content offerings for decades. Disruptors to short and long term planning like new social networks and the onset of the pandemic have accelerated the need for sound strategies that include not only drawing people into linear offerings but expanding out to find viewers wherever they are. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual to talk social networking and discuss Discovery’s strategy to attract non-traditional consumers, connect with younger audiences and address programming in the near term, during the pandemic and beyond.

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Episode #24: Fuse Engages Millennials and Gen Z to Flatten the Curve with 'Be Change' Marketing Campaign

As the world continues to adjust to the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing, the time at home and subsequent increase in the use of mobile, digital and social platforms offer marketers more touch-points to reach young Millennials and Gen Z audiences. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Mark McIntire, Head of Marketing at Fuse Media, Inc. for a fascinating conversation about why Fuse’s social responsibility initiatives resonate with young, socially conscious, multicultural audiences.

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Episode #23: Special Edition. Vicki Lins and Tracy Swedlow, Managing Connectivity in a Touchless World

In this special edition of Thinking Out Loud, Vicki Lins flips the script and has a host-to-host conversation with Tracy Swedlow, editor in chief of Interactive TV Today and host of Televisionation. Vicki and Tracy discuss the impact of COVID-19, how its changed consumer behavior and the various ways the TV industry has proved to be particularly nimble as the nation practices social distancing.

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Episode #22: In Chaotic Times, come back to earth.
Vicki Lins in discussion with Jonny Keeling, Executive Producer, Seven Worlds, One Planet, BBC America

Consumers are compelled by socially conscious documentary programming like never before. BBC America’s Seven Worlds, One Planet reached new heights when AMC Networks premiered it across BBCA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV. Guest Jonny Keeling, Executive Producer of Seven Worlds, One Planet talks about its appeal, his decades of experience developing documentary films and how advancements in technology have enhanced the viewer experience.

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Episode #21: As content choices increasingly flood the landscape, Spectrum Originals places a few bets on bringing a new type of value proposition to fickle viewers.
Vicki Lins is joined by Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals.

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Host, Vicki Lins sits down with Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals to explore the strategy for building customer value through a robust library of premium content in an ad-free, VOD portal. Quality, exclusivity and convenience are a few of the drivers Pope recognizes as levers to keep up with consumer demand and power Spectrum as a premium destination for subscribers.

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Episode #20: Balancing relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content.
Vicki Lins is joined by Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks.

In the dynamic world of television, the ability for brands to balance between relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content can be challenging.  In this episode, Vicki Lins sits down with Courteney Monroe, President of National Geographic Global Television Networks to discuss how National Geographic continues to satisfy consumers and advertisers while maintaining its status as the World’s leading destination for Premium factual story telling.

Click HERE

Episode #19:What's Driving the Success of Unscripted Programming?
Vicki Lins in conversation with Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment,

Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment, A leading production company has created a host of successful unscripted programmes.  Most notably Live PD, which has hit a high of 2.4 million live viewers garnering A+E the lead among adults 25-54.  Continuing to feed the consumers’ appetite for unscripted programming.  A&E and Big Fish Entertainment are set to launch canine competition series that promises to appeal to a built-in fanbase of 48 million plus dog-loving households in late 2019.  Join the conversation as Vicki Lins taps into Dan’s thoughts into what’s so compelling about live TV, the technology behind filming it and what’s next in the unscripted programming world.

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Episode #18: Content remains king, but multiple consumer touchpoints are the keys to the kingdom.
Vicki Lins speaks with Brett Weitz, General Manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV.

Guest Brett Weitz, GM of TBS, TNT and TruTV oversees the creative development for these now WarnerMedia Networks.  In this episode he discusses taking risks to give audiences unexpected and exceptional programming, the importance of fostering the creative process, his strategy for rising above the crowded landscape and the necessity of creating multiple and unique touchpoints for consumers.

Click HERE

Episode #17: Amid myriad TV, radio, social and digital news options, Americans still turn to C-SPAN.
Host, Vicki Lins speaks with Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, President & Co-CEOs, C-SPAN.

From the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle to the internet boom and rapid rise of digital media, C-SPAN has held true to its reputation of providing an unfiltered view of Washington and politics.  Founded as a public service and funded by the Cable Industry, C-SPAN has kept to its mission and maintained its uniqueness and integrity by providing 40 years of impartial, unfiltered coverage of the workings of the U/S. Congress.  In this conversation, Vicki Lins and C=SPAN’s President and co-CEOs Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy discuss the current political climate and how C=SPAN has adapted to industry growth and new technologies to become a game changer.

Click HERE

Episode #16: Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE: Technology + Marketing = Impactful Consumer Experiences

Technology advancements are transforming our connected lifestyles and are a vital part of today’s consumer experiences. find out the latest trends in technology and how it can shame and influence a Marketers go-to-market strategy.

Click HERE

Episode #15: Rise in Consumer Consciousness. Vicki Lins is in conversation with Surviving R. Kelly Executive Producers Joel Karsberg & Jesse Daniels

Some could say it’s the golden age of documentaries. Hits like Free Solo, Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Surviving R. Kelly, Blue Planet II and a long list of others are resonating with viewers. We decided to take a closer look at the documentary movement and spoke with some of the creative leaders closest to the trend. In this episode, Thinking Out Loud host Vicki Lins sat down with the masterminds behind the wildly popular hit docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. Together they discuss how visual storytelling allowed them to provide a deeper connection to R. Kelly’s victims, why viewers are gravitating to docu-series and what the future holds for documentary programming.

Click HERE

Episode #14: The Highs and Lows of Peak TV.
Vicki Lins is joined by Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter

Ending his two-year tenure as President of Television Critics Association (TCA), Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter, discusses the unique opportunity the TCA Tour provides and why it’s so important to the industry. In typical Dan style, we also review the highs and lows of a transforming industry.

Click HERE

Episode #13: How advertising complements the TV viewing experience
Vicki Lins sits down with Jennifer Koester for a great discussion.

Consumers want a seamless TV viewing experience, and that includes advertising. As the TV industry evolves, brands, programmers, and operators are becoming increasingly thoughtful in how they’re positioned within the consumer’s viewing experience. New technology is making it possible to deliver a seamless, personalized, and measurable ad experience across screens. In this episode, find out how Google enables advertisers, programmers and operators to provide the best ad experience everywhere people are watching.​

Click HERE

Episode #12: Using Anime to Champion Underrepresented Voices and Audiences
Vicki meets with Margaret Dean, Head of Studio, Crunchyroll

Margaret Dean is the Head of Studio for Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand with over 50 million registered users, 2 million subscribers, and more than 30 million followers across their social platforms.

In this conversation, host, Vicki Lins and Dean discuss anime’s potential in North America, providing more opportunities for women in animation and how the new studio will bolster both missions and more.

Click HERE

Episode #11: The Next Great Migration of Viewers
Vicki Lins meets founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks

Visionary, cable pioneer and founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks takes listeners on an incredible journey through television’s migration from linear to cable and onto streaming services. He shares his vision for the next decade and what the changing consumer will expect.

Click HERE

Episode #10: The Impact of AI on Marketing and Society
Vicki Lins, in discussion with Kartik Hosanagar, author

Join host Vicki Lins for a thought-provoking conversation with Kartik Hosanagar, author of A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Kartik discusses the opportunities, risks, and implications of AI, algorithms and machine learning on society, consumers and businesses.

Click HERE

Episode #9: Creating Cohesive Brand Partnerships
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc.

Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc. oversees an astonishing 11 network brands. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Kathleen to discuss Discovery’s strategic plan to keep, grow and push viewers from one network to another through co-branded shows, fun talent mashups and tactical program scheduling.

Click HERE

Episode #8: Dan Fienberg, TV Critic: What makes for great TV?

On this episode, host, Vicki Lins explores the role of a television critic during times of disruption and summarizes the best of the 2019 Television Critics Tour with Daniel Fienberg, TV Critic, THR and President of the TCA. 
From binge-worthy breakout hits to digital shorts consumed in minutes; current, new and emerging players are pushing the envelope to create a successful model with cultural influence and impact. In this conversation, Dan shares his thoughts, themes, and ideas for what’s next in television.​
Click HERE

Episode #7: How technology is changing the way consumers engage
Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid,

Technology is dramatically changing the way consumers engage. On this episode, host Vicki Lins and Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid, reveal key discoveries from their recent study on how technology is changing consumer behavior. The conversation offers insights to anyone looking for a future-forward read on the preferences and expectations of tomorrow’s consumer.

Click HERE

Episode #6: Industry veteran illuminates communication principles with personal anecdotes,
Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN

Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN and host Vicki Lins discuss how today’s connected environment, consumer’s brand expectations and the 24-hour social media cycle have transformed how companies communicate. Chris shares his experienced perspectives on the importance of being transparent, staying aligned with corporate values, and assessing if a speedy response is the best option.

Click HERE

Episode #5: Understanding the complexities of data science today.
Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics

In this episode, Vicki explores the world of data science with Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics. They cover how the company uses stats and facts to empower media companies, brands, and agencies by providing “the most comprehensive measure of the popularity of TV content around the world.”  This includes understanding the difference between measuring demand and aggregating demand, and how technology fuels science commercialisation.

Click HERE

Episode #4: The art of cultivating superfans, culture and ad support relies on creating an immersive experience.
Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation

Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation explains how their strategy of “going all-in” strengthens brand value, fuels the arts, and supports local communities. Ovation has made an art out of creating an immersive brand experience. The network captures consumers with high-quality original programming and then feeds their desire for more by offering related documentaries and short-form ad-supported content on multiple platforms, such as OTT and TV Everywhere.

Click HERE

Episode 2-3 Parts .1 & 2: It’s about wireless: we no longer must be tethered to our wall to watch TV.
Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio

Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio, conveys his love for the industry through quick-witted, storytelling and relaxed sharing of thoughts, ideas, and revelations. Barry walks us through the creation of A+E’s in-house studio, the evolution of the viewer experience, the importance of talent when generating content awareness, and his thoughts on the future of entertainment.​

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Episode #1: Programming hits for today’s sophisticated audience.
Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT

Within a few minutes of listening to Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT describe her past and current productions, listeners will have no doubts why TNT has decided to double down on its original programming slate. Following the viewers lead, Sarah is filling the slate with serialized shows boasting complicated stories with rich characters and twisty plots. All of this with a commitment to creating opportunities for new voices and new points-of-view.

Click HERE

Episode #20: Balancing relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content.
Vicki Lins is joined by Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks.

In the dynamic world of television, the ability for brands to balance between relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content can be challenging.  In this episode, Vicki Lins sits down with Courteney Monroe, President of National Geographic Global Television Networks to discuss how National Geographic continues to satisfy consumers and advertisers while maintaining its status as the World’s leading destination for Premium factual story telling.

Click HERE

Episode #20: Balancing relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content.
Vicki Lins is joined by Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks.

In the dynamic world of television, the ability for brands to balance between relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content can be challenging.  In this episode, Vicki Lins sits down with Courteney Monroe, President of National Geographic Global Television Networks to discuss how National Geographic continues to satisfy consumers and advertisers while maintaining its status as the World’s leading destination for Premium factual story telling.

Click HERE

Episode #19:What's Driving the Success of Unscripted Programming?
Vicki Lins in conversation with Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment,

Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment, A leading production company has created a host of successful unscripted programmes.  Most notably Live PD, which has hit a high of 2.4 million live viewers garnering A+E the lead among adults 25-54.  Continuing to feed the consumers’ appetite for unscripted programming.  A&E and Big Fish Entertainment are set to launch canine competition series that promises to appeal to a built-in fanbase of 48 million plus dog-loving households in late 2019.  Join the conversation as Vicki Lins taps into Dan’s thoughts into what’s so compelling about live TV, the technology behind filming it and what’s next in the unscripted programming world.

Click HERE

Episode #18: Content remains king, but multiple consumer touchpoints are the keys to the kingdom.
Vicki Lins speaks with Brett Weitz, General Manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV.

Guest Brett Weitz, GM of TBS, TNT and TruTV oversees the creative development for these now WarnerMedia Networks.  In this episode he discusses taking risks to give audiences unexpected and exceptional programming, the importance of fostering the creative process, his strategy for rising above the crowded landscape and the necessity of creating multiple and unique touchpoints for consumers.

Click HERE

Episode #17: Amid myriad TV, radio, social and digital news options, Americans still turn to C-SPAN.
Host, Vicki Lins speaks with Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, President & Co-CEOs, C-SPAN.

From the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle to the internet boom and rapid rise of digital media, C-SPAN has held true to its reputation of providing an unfiltered view of Washington and politics.  Founded as a public service and funded by the Cable Industry, C-SPAN has kept to its mission and maintained its uniqueness and integrity by providing 40 years of impartial, unfiltered coverage of the workings of the U/S. Congress.  In this conversation, Vicki Lins and C=SPAN’s President and co-CEOs Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy discuss the current political climate and how C=SPAN has adapted to industry growth and new technologies to become a game changer.

Click HERE

Episode #16: Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE: Technology + Marketing = Impactful Consumer Experiences

Technology advancements are transforming our connected lifestyles and are a vital part of today’s consumer experiences. find out the latest trends in technology and how it can shame and influence a Marketers go-to-market strategy.

Click HERE

Episode #15: Rise in Consumer Consciousness. Vicki Lins is in conversation with Surviving R. Kelly Executive Producers Joel Karsberg & Jesse Daniels

Some could say it’s the golden age of documentaries. Hits like Free Solo, Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Surviving R. Kelly, Blue Planet II and a long list of others are resonating with viewers. We decided to take a closer look at the documentary movement and spoke with some of the creative leaders closest to the trend. In this episode, Thinking Out Loud host Vicki Lins sat down with the masterminds behind the wildly popular hit docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. Together they discuss how visual storytelling allowed them to provide a deeper connection to R. Kelly’s victims, why viewers are gravitating to docu-series and what the future holds for documentary programming.

Click HERE

Episode #14: The Highs and Lows of Peak TV.
Vicki Lins is joined by Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter

Ending his two-year tenure as President of Television Critics Association (TCA), Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter, discusses the unique opportunity the TCA Tour provides and why it’s so important to the industry. In typical Dan style, we also review the highs and lows of a transforming industry.

Click HERE

Episode #13: How advertising complements the TV viewing experience
Vicki Lins sits down with Jennifer Koester for a great discussion.

Consumers want a seamless TV viewing experience, and that includes advertising. As the TV industry evolves, brands, programmers, and operators are becoming increasingly thoughtful in how they’re positioned within the consumer’s viewing experience. New technology is making it possible to deliver a seamless, personalized, and measurable ad experience across screens. In this episode, find out how Google enables advertisers, programmers and operators to provide the best ad experience everywhere people are watching.​

Click HERE

Episode #12: Using Anime to Champion Underrepresented Voices and Audiences
Vicki meets with Margaret Dean, Head of Studio, Crunchyroll

Margaret Dean is the Head of Studio for Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand with over 50 million registered users, 2 million subscribers, and more than 30 million followers across their social platforms.

In this conversation, host, Vicki Lins and Dean discuss anime’s potential in North America, providing more opportunities for women in animation and how the new studio will bolster both missions and more.

Click HERE

Episode #11: The Next Great Migration of Viewers
Vicki Lins meets founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks

Visionary, cable pioneer and founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks takes listeners on an incredible journey through television’s migration from linear to cable and onto streaming services. He shares his vision for the next decade and what the changing consumer will expect.

Click HERE

Episode #10: The Impact of AI on Marketing and Society
Vicki Lins, in discussion with Kartik Hosanagar, author

Join host Vicki Lins for a thought-provoking conversation with Kartik Hosanagar, author of A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Kartik discusses the opportunities, risks, and implications of AI, algorithms and machine learning on society, consumers and businesses.

Click HERE

Episode #9: Creating Cohesive Brand Partnerships
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc.

Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc. oversees an astonishing 11 network brands. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Kathleen to discuss Discovery’s strategic plan to keep, grow and push viewers from one network to another through co-branded shows, fun talent mashups and tactical program scheduling.

Click HERE

Episode #8: Dan Fienberg, TV Critic: What makes for great TV?

On this episode, host, Vicki Lins explores the role of a television critic during times of disruption and summarizes the best of the 2019 Television Critics Tour with Daniel Fienberg, TV Critic, THR and President of the TCA. 
From binge-worthy breakout hits to digital shorts consumed in minutes; current, new and emerging players are pushing the envelope to create a successful model with cultural influence and impact. In this conversation, Dan shares his thoughts, themes, and ideas for what’s next in television.​
Click HERE

Episode #7: How technology is changing the way consumers engage
Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid,

Technology is dramatically changing the way consumers engage. On this episode, host Vicki Lins and Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid, reveal key discoveries from their recent study on how technology is changing consumer behavior. The conversation offers insights to anyone looking for a future-forward read on the preferences and expectations of tomorrow’s consumer.

Click HERE

Episode #6: Industry veteran illuminates communication principles with personal anecdotes,
Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN

Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN and host Vicki Lins discuss how today’s connected environment, consumer’s brand expectations and the 24-hour social media cycle have transformed how companies communicate. Chris shares his experienced perspectives on the importance of being transparent, staying aligned with corporate values, and assessing if a speedy response is the best option.

Click HERE

Episode #5: Understanding the complexities of data science today.
Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics

In this episode, Vicki explores the world of data science with Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics. They cover how the company uses stats and facts to empower media companies, brands, and agencies by providing “the most comprehensive measure of the popularity of TV content around the world.”  This includes understanding the difference between measuring demand and aggregating demand, and how technology fuels science commercialisation.

Click HERE

Episode #4: The art of cultivating superfans, culture and ad support relies on creating an immersive experience.
Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation

Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation explains how their strategy of “going all-in” strengthens brand value, fuels the arts, and supports local communities. Ovation has made an art out of creating an immersive brand experience. The network captures consumers with high-quality original programming and then feeds their desire for more by offering related documentaries and short-form ad-supported content on multiple platforms, such as OTT and TV Everywhere.

Click HERE

Episode 2-3 Parts .1 & 2: It’s about wireless: we no longer must be tethered to our wall to watch TV.
Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio

Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio, conveys his love for the industry through quick-witted, storytelling and relaxed sharing of thoughts, ideas, and revelations. Barry walks us through the creation of A+E’s in-house studio, the evolution of the viewer experience, the importance of talent when generating content awareness, and his thoughts on the future of entertainment.​

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Episode #1: Programming hits for today’s sophisticated audience.
Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT

Within a few minutes of listening to Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT describe her past and current productions, listeners will have no doubts why TNT has decided to double down on its original programming slate. Following the viewers lead, Sarah is filling the slate with serialized shows boasting complicated stories with rich characters and twisty plots. All of this with a commitment to creating opportunities for new voices and new points-of-view.

Click HERE

Episode #20: Balancing relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content.
Vicki Lins is joined by Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks.

In the dynamic world of television, the ability for brands to balance between relevancy and integrity within the framework of creating compelling, captivating and entertaining content can be challenging.  In this episode, Vicki Lins sits down with Courteney Monroe, President of National Geographic Global Television Networks to discuss how National Geographic continues to satisfy consumers and advertisers while maintaining its status as the World’s leading destination for Premium factual story telling.

Click HERE

Episode #19:What's Driving the Success of Unscripted Programming?
Vicki Lins in conversation with Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment,

Dan Cesareo, Founder of Big Fish Entertainment, A leading production company has created a host of successful unscripted programmes.  Most notably Live PD, which has hit a high of 2.4 million live viewers garnering A+E the lead among adults 25-54.  Continuing to feed the consumers’ appetite for unscripted programming.  A&E and Big Fish Entertainment are set to launch canine competition series that promises to appeal to a built-in fanbase of 48 million plus dog-loving households in late 2019.  Join the conversation as Vicki Lins taps into Dan’s thoughts into what’s so compelling about live TV, the technology behind filming it and what’s next in the unscripted programming world.

Click HERE

Episode #18: Content remains king, but multiple consumer touchpoints are the keys to the kingdom.
Vicki Lins speaks with Brett Weitz, General Manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV.

Guest Brett Weitz, GM of TBS, TNT and TruTV oversees the creative development for these now WarnerMedia Networks.  In this episode he discusses taking risks to give audiences unexpected and exceptional programming, the importance of fostering the creative process, his strategy for rising above the crowded landscape and the necessity of creating multiple and unique touchpoints for consumers.

Click HERE

Episode #17: Amid myriad TV, radio, social and digital news options, Americans still turn to C-SPAN.
Host, Vicki Lins speaks with Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, President & Co-CEOs, C-SPAN.

From the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle to the internet boom and rapid rise of digital media, C-SPAN has held true to its reputation of providing an unfiltered view of Washington and politics.  Founded as a public service and funded by the Cable Industry, C-SPAN has kept to its mission and maintained its uniqueness and integrity by providing 40 years of impartial, unfiltered coverage of the workings of the U/S. Congress.  In this conversation, Vicki Lins and C=SPAN’s President and co-CEOs Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy discuss the current political climate and how C=SPAN has adapted to industry growth and new technologies to become a game changer.

Click HERE

Episode #16: Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE: Technology + Marketing = Impactful Consumer Experiences

Technology advancements are transforming our connected lifestyles and are a vital part of today’s consumer experiences. find out the latest trends in technology and how it can shame and influence a Marketers go-to-market strategy.

Click HERE

Episode #15: Rise in Consumer Consciousness. Vicki Lins is in conversation with Surviving R. Kelly Executive Producers Joel Karsberg & Jesse Daniels

Some could say it’s the golden age of documentaries. Hits like Free Solo, Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Surviving R. Kelly, Blue Planet II and a long list of others are resonating with viewers. We decided to take a closer look at the documentary movement and spoke with some of the creative leaders closest to the trend. In this episode, Thinking Out Loud host Vicki Lins sat down with the masterminds behind the wildly popular hit docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. Together they discuss how visual storytelling allowed them to provide a deeper connection to R. Kelly’s victims, why viewers are gravitating to docu-series and what the future holds for documentary programming.

Click HERE

Episode #14: The Highs and Lows of Peak TV.
Vicki Lins is joined by Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter

Ending his two-year tenure as President of Television Critics Association (TCA), Dan Feinberg, Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter, discusses the unique opportunity the TCA Tour provides and why it’s so important to the industry. In typical Dan style, we also review the highs and lows of a transforming industry.

Click HERE

Episode #13: How advertising complements the TV viewing experience
Vicki Lins sits down with Jennifer Koester for a great discussion.

Consumers want a seamless TV viewing experience, and that includes advertising. As the TV industry evolves, brands, programmers, and operators are becoming increasingly thoughtful in how they’re positioned within the consumer’s viewing experience. New technology is making it possible to deliver a seamless, personalized, and measurable ad experience across screens. In this episode, find out how Google enables advertisers, programmers and operators to provide the best ad experience everywhere people are watching.​

Click HERE

Episode #12: Using Anime to Champion Underrepresented Voices and Audiences
Vicki meets with Margaret Dean, Head of Studio, Crunchyroll

Margaret Dean is the Head of Studio for Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand with over 50 million registered users, 2 million subscribers, and more than 30 million followers across their social platforms.

In this conversation, host, Vicki Lins and Dean discuss anime’s potential in North America, providing more opportunities for women in animation and how the new studio will bolster both missions and more.

Click HERE

Episode #11: The Next Great Migration of Viewers
Vicki Lins meets founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks

Visionary, cable pioneer and founder of Curiosity Stream, John Hendricks takes listeners on an incredible journey through television’s migration from linear to cable and onto streaming services. He shares his vision for the next decade and what the changing consumer will expect.

Click HERE

Episode #10: The Impact of AI on Marketing and Society
Vicki Lins, in discussion with Kartik Hosanagar, author

Join host Vicki Lins for a thought-provoking conversation with Kartik Hosanagar, author of A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, Kartik discusses the opportunities, risks, and implications of AI, algorithms and machine learning on society, consumers and businesses.

Click HERE

Episode #9: Creating Cohesive Brand Partnerships
Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc.

Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc. oversees an astonishing 11 network brands. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, host Vicki Lins sits down with Kathleen to discuss Discovery’s strategic plan to keep, grow and push viewers from one network to another through co-branded shows, fun talent mashups and tactical program scheduling.

Click HERE

Episode #8: Dan Fienberg, TV Critic: What makes for great TV?

On this episode, host, Vicki Lins explores the role of a television critic during times of disruption and summarizes the best of the 2019 Television Critics Tour with Daniel Fienberg, TV Critic, THR and President of the TCA. 
From binge-worthy breakout hits to digital shorts consumed in minutes; current, new and emerging players are pushing the envelope to create a successful model with cultural influence and impact. In this conversation, Dan shares his thoughts, themes, and ideas for what’s next in television.​
Click HERE

Episode #7: How technology is changing the way consumers engage
Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid,

Technology is dramatically changing the way consumers engage. On this episode, host Vicki Lins and Jill Rosengard Hill, EVP, Magid, reveal key discoveries from their recent study on how technology is changing consumer behavior. The conversation offers insights to anyone looking for a future-forward read on the preferences and expectations of tomorrow’s consumer.

Click HERE

Episode #6: Industry veteran illuminates communication principles with personal anecdotes,
Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN

Chris LaPlaca, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN and host Vicki Lins discuss how today’s connected environment, consumer’s brand expectations and the 24-hour social media cycle have transformed how companies communicate. Chris shares his experienced perspectives on the importance of being transparent, staying aligned with corporate values, and assessing if a speedy response is the best option.

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Episode #5: Understanding the complexities of data science today.
Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics

In this episode, Vicki explores the world of data science with Wared Seger, Co-Founder and CEO, Parrot Analytics. They cover how the company uses stats and facts to empower media companies, brands, and agencies by providing “the most comprehensive measure of the popularity of TV content around the world.”  This includes understanding the difference between measuring demand and aggregating demand, and how technology fuels science commercialisation.

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Episode #4: The art of cultivating superfans, culture and ad support relies on creating an immersive experience.
Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation

Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation explains how their strategy of “going all-in” strengthens brand value, fuels the arts, and supports local communities. Ovation has made an art out of creating an immersive brand experience. The network captures consumers with high-quality original programming and then feeds their desire for more by offering related documentaries and short-form ad-supported content on multiple platforms, such as OTT and TV Everywhere.

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Episode 2-3 Parts .1 & 2: It’s about wireless: we no longer must be tethered to our wall to watch TV.
Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio

Barry Jossen, EVP, A+E Studio, conveys his love for the industry through quick-witted, storytelling and relaxed sharing of thoughts, ideas, and revelations. Barry walks us through the creation of A+E’s in-house studio, the evolution of the viewer experience, the importance of talent when generating content awareness, and his thoughts on the future of entertainment.​

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Episode #1: Programming hits for today’s sophisticated audience.
Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT

Within a few minutes of listening to Sarah Aubrey, EVP, Original Programming, TNT describe her past and current productions, listeners will have no doubts why TNT has decided to double down on its original programming slate. Following the viewers lead, Sarah is filling the slate with serialized shows boasting complicated stories with rich characters and twisty plots. All of this with a commitment to creating opportunities for new voices and new points-of-view.

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