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35th Annual TV & Radio Finance Summit

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an executive conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence

Our 35th Annual TV & Radio Finance Summit returns to the Grand Hyatt in New York, where we will meet to discuss the latest in the TV and radio station businesses, as well as issues facing broadcasting in general – revenues, cash flow, retrans, station consolidation, valuations, 2018 midterm elections, the ATSC 3.0 roll-out, and the persistence of disruptive technologies throughout the industry will be highlighted, among other topics.

With escalating competition, dynamic consumer viewing habits, diverse approaches to political advertising and the emergence of innovative technologies, broadcasters are now having to deal with an array of new challenges to their core business. The 35th Annual TV and Radio Finance Summit will focus on how broadcasters can remain strong in an evolving landscape, with essential insights from industry leaders on revenues, competition, M&A and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain essential industry insight for your company. We hope you will join us in New York in June.

Over the years, this event has become essential for broadcast owners, investors, advisors and professionals from across the industry. This year's theme is how to thrive in an evolving landscape. We’ll explore the essential issues affecting your business today. Our experienced speakers will provide a balanced view of the issues that will help you shape your strategy and achieve your objectives for the coming year and beyond. This includes the latest on TV station operations; what’s ahead for retransmission fee expansion; ATSC 3.0; and the prospects for broadcast deals and finance.

Venue: Elevate your experience from good to grand at the 35th Annual TV & Radio Finance Summit, Grand Hyatt New York. With a Magnificent Midtown location: Just steps from Grand Central Terminal and corporate centers, this year’s event is positioned to be our grandest yet.

For conference information, and speaking opportunities, contact Niral Patel at

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Sours at


Valari Staab
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
Chris Ripley
Sinclair Broadcasting Group
President & CEO
Perry Sook
Nexstar Media Group
President – Chairman, CEO and Director
Jeff Smulyan
Emmis Communications
Founder & CEO
Brian Brady
Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.
President & CEO
Tucker Flood
Eastman Radio
Steve Passwaiter
Kantar Media/CMAG
Vice President and General Manager - Political
Steve Lanzano
President & CEO
Kevin T. Latek
Gray Television, Inc.
Executive Vice President, and Chief Legal & Development Officer
Sherrese M. Smith
Paul Hastings LLP
Partner TMT, Privacy and Cybersecurity
Marci Ryvicker
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Managing Director, Equity Research
DuJuan A. McCoy
Bayou City Broadcasting
President & CEO
Michael Anderson
Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation
President & CEO
Elliot Evers
Media Venture Partners
Managing Director
Larry Patrick
Patrick Communications
Founder & Managing Partner
Robert S. Prather, Jr.
Heartland Media LLC
President & CEO
Robin Flynn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Director
Justin Nielson
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Research Analyst
Jeanne Shoesmith
S&P Global Market Intelligence

35th Annual TV & Radio Finance Summit Agenda

THURSDAY, June 14th
8:50 am
Industry Overview I – Revenues, Retrans, Strategy

Robin Flynn, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
9:10 am
Executive Q&A

Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
9:40 am
The Future of TV Station Operations: Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities

Kevin Latek, Executive Vice President, and Chief Legal & Development Officer, Gray Television, Inc.

Chris Ripley, President, Sinclair Broadcasting

Perry Sook, President – Chairman, CEO and Director, Nexstar Media Group
  • • What are the biggest opportunities and challenges facing TV broadcasters today?
  • • What is the future outlook for TV station revenues?
  • • How will TV stations maintain audiences and revenues in the digital age?
  • • How will the current FCC affect station operations and M&A? Is more dereg ahead?
  • • What’s ahead for retransmission consent (on traditional and virtual MVPDs) and affiliate relations? How aggressive will networks get?
  • • Will station M&A be active and at what multiples?
  • • What is the outlook for auto, political and other key ad categories this year?
  • • Are station owners concerned about more sports/premium content moving to OTT platforms such as Amazon?
  • • When and how does ATSC 3.0 get rolled out and what are the advantages/obstacles?
10:55 am
11:15 am
Retrans Revenues and Costs: The Road Ahead

Moderator: Robin Flynn, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Brian Brady, President & CEO, Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.

Larry Patrick, Founder & Managing Partner, Patrick Communications

Robert S. Prather, Jr. President and CEO, Heartland Media LLC

Jeanne Shoesmith, Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Sherrese M. Smith, Partner TMT, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Paul Hastings LLP
  • • What’s the latest in stations’ efforts to negotiate for higher retrans fees from multichannel providers?
  • • Where will stations come out in net retrans after network payments in 2016? In the future?
  • • What level of revenues can be generated from carriage on virtual MVPDs and OTT services?
  • • What are the greatest threats facing retrans revenue growth? Greatest opportunities?
  • • Have TV stations’ leverage in retrans disputes grown or decreased over the last few years?
12:30 pm
1:40 pm
Industry Overview II - M&A, Equity Values, ATSC Disruptors

Moderator: Justin Nielson, Senior Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
2:00 pm
Broadcast M&A – TV and Radio

Moderator: Elliot Evers, Managing Director, Media Venture Partners

Michael Anderson, President & CEO, Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation

DuJuan A. McCoy, President & CEO, Bayou City Broadcasting

Jeff Smulyan, Founder & CEO, Emmis Communications
3:00 pm
Political Revenues for Broadcast Stations: Will the 2018 Mid-Terms Beat Expectations?

Moderator: Justin Nielson, Senior Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Tucker Flood, President, Eastman Radio

Steve Lanzano, President & CEO, TVB

Steve Passwaiter, Vice President and General Manager - Political, Kantar Media/CMAG
  • • Political revenues in 2016 were lower than 2012 as a result of the Trump effect: where will 2018 end-up vs. 2014?
  • • How much political revenue has shifted to online and social media (Google, FB, Twitter, etc.)? What can broadcasters do to change that narrative in 2018?
  • • How have dynamics of political advertising differed between radio and TV?
  • • What markets/states will have the most political impact for station owners in 2018?
  • • How much core advertising displacement is expected in 2018? How strong have local and national core ad revenues been in the face of increased political spend?
  • • How will political data analysis initiatives like E.W. Scripps MarketPredict help demonstrate broadcasters ability to convert voters and increase share of campaign ad dollars?
4:00 pm
Conference Close & Cocktails

Ticket Info

Early Bird Rate: $795
(Expires Friday 18th May)

Standard Rate: $895


Event location

Grand Hyatt
109 E 42nd St,
New York, NY 10017
+1 (212) 883-1234

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Grand Hyatt for the discounted rate of $389 per night, exclusive of taxes and fees. This rate is available through 5/23/2018, or until the room block is filled. To reserve your room click here or call the Grand Hyatt at 212-888-1234 and mention the 35th Annual TV & Radio Finance Summit.


Sponsorship opportunities exist at this industry leading conference. Get yourself positioned above your competitors and share your expertise with key decision makers. Please contact Tom Sours at +1 434 951 4401 or at


Gold Sponsors

Patrick Communications


Who attends?

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CCOs, CROs, CLOs and other executives at broadcast and radio stations  
  • Board chairpersons and directors 
  • Investment banking, analysts, strategy, finance, lending and consultants to TV & Radio  
  • TV and Radio investors 
  • Regulators

What is the dress code?

Formal business attire.

What are the terms of registration?

Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time.

In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee.

"No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

The Knowledge Center reserves the right to cancel/change programs, content, speakers or venue at any time. The Knowledge Center reserves the right to make portions of the program registration information available to program sponsors. the Knowledge Center will not be held liable for any costs incurred by registrant due to individual registration cancellation. In the event that a seminar is cancelled due to inclement weather, faculty cancellation or force majeure, the Knowledge Center will refund the registrant's tuition in full, however the Knowledge Center will not be liable for incidental or consequential out of pocket expenses incurred by the registrant. If you have questions regarding the Knowledge Center's refund, complaint or program cancellation policy, please call us at (434) 951-7786.

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Continuing Education Credits

Up to 6.8 Hours of CPE Credit
Participants who complete this program qualify for up to 6.8 hours of CPE credit (Specialized Knowledge and Applications). Program Level: Intermediate. Delivery Method: Group-Live. The Knowledge Center, S&P Global Market Intelligence is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: