Good Company with Michael Kassan

Good Company with Michael Kassan

Marketing, media, entertainment and tech are intersecting and transforming faster than ever. How are its power players influencing change and navigating trends across these industries? Join Michael Kassan, CEO of MediaLink, a UTA Company, in the company of the strongest leaders in the industry, who are building great companies from the ground up. It’s “all good.”

Episodes

December 9, 2023 22 mins

There isn’t anyone who knows the benefits of marketer-creator collaborations quite like Patrick Harris. In this episode, we talk with Snap’s President of Americas and Partnerships about bridging the gap between brands and creators. Plus, Patrick takes us through Snap’s most recent AI integration with more than 200 million users and 20 billion messages – the chatbot named My AI.

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Getting into the consumer mindset is something that Laura Jones is familiar with. In this episode, we talk with the Instacart CMO on the company’s recent innovations around their data-driven holiday campaign and AI-powered search experience. Plus, Laura walks us through how shoppable ads enhance the customer experience and the strengths of co-marketing campaigns.

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K-content has taken the world by storm and continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. In this episode, we sit down with CJ ENM’s Chief Global Officer & CEO of America, Steve Chung, discussing the globalization of content and the impact of Netflix’s $2.5 billion investment into South Korean movies and television shows.

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Starting a company at 26 can be intimidating, but Daniel Gilbert was up for the challenge. In this episode, we talk to the Brainlabs’ founder and CEO about what it takes to start your own business, the rise of “brandformance” and the art of authentically engaging in culture. 

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Instant gratification is a concept that Lucas Herscovici is well acquainted with. And the demand for it in the beverage space is higher than ever. We talk to AB InBev’s Global Chief Direct to Consumer Officer on how he’s transforming the way beer enthusiasts buy their beloved brew, making it as easy to order online as pizza at supermarket prices. Plus, he shares how the storied brand is leveraging DTC products to disrupt the market...

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Revitalizing iconic legacy brands for the modern era isn’t a simple feat, but Eden Bridgeman Sklenar is up for the task. In this episode, we talk to the owner, chairwoman, and CEO of EBONY and JET to hear how she came to helm the storied publications and her plans for exploring media reinvention and inclusive marketing.

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Finding each other through similar experiences with grief from the deaths of their brothers to overdose, Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs shared an immediate bond, a sense of hope, and a deep motivation to help “make life suck less” for others. From there, the idea of Lemonada Media was born. We sat down with the podcasting network’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer on their personal journeys and what goes into deve...

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According to Suzy Deering, we’re in a transformational leadership crisis. In this episode, we chat with the prolific CMO on what she’s learned about fostering trust at the helm of major brands like Ford, eBay and Verizon and why fear can paralyze change in organizations. We also break down the art and science of building and maintaining customer relationships in a recessionary environment and why marketers need to create a love lan...

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Back in the days of Web2’s infancy, budding The Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin had a hunch about how a few Silicon Valley newcomers could turn the business landscape on its head – when others didn’t want to believe it. That instinct proved to be right and eventually inspired her to build the technology publication The Information, which nine and a half years in boasts a fiercely dedicated subscriber base. We sit down w...

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Today in the UK, it’s Red Nose Day – the beloved annual fundraising campaign to end child poverty – and we’re all smiles to be joined by its legendary organizer, Richard Curtis, the co-founder and vice chair of Comic Relief. Many will know him for his screenwriting and directing credits on some of the most memorable comedies of our time, like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Love Actually. But Cur...

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As the automobile industry increasingly works towards greater adoption of electric vehicles, Steven Majoros has an important piece of advice: consumers don’t want EVs to be science projects. We talk to the CMO of Chevrolet about how the storied brand is getting closer to a zero-emissions future and how it’s building on decades of consumer trust and brand love to offer a broad line-up of vehicles that resonate with Americans’ daily ...

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If there’s anyone who deeply understood the power of bringing together brand and performance marketing well before its time, it’s Howard Draft. We talk to the visionary entrepreneur about building DraftFCB (today known as the powerhouse global advertising agency FCB), lessons he’s learned from the highs and lows of running a company, and how he’s betting on democratizing access to experiences using the metaverse through his newest ...

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At a time when technology is often in the headlines for the grip it has on consumers, Jen Wong offers a sign of hope: technology can, in fact, be additive, not addictive. We chat with the COO of Reddit about the rules of engagement in the platform’s communities and why brands should be paying more attention to context. She also fills us in on her favorite subreddits.

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Linda Ong and Sarah Unger are on a mission to help brands become “insiders” to subcultures and audiences—and according to them, it all starts with empathy and meeting people halfway. We chat with the co-founders of cultural insights and strategy venture CULTIQUE on everything from the elusive goal of understanding Gen Z to purpose “BS detectors” to where the metaverse can really shine when it comes to fandom.

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As the co-founder of Hotwire and Zillow and a prolific entrepreneur for companies like Pacaso, Recon Food, dot.LA, Supernova and 75 and Sunny, Spencer Rascoff clearly has a knack for following his instincts when it comes to making bets on big ideas. We talk to him about what it takes to find the white space that could kick-start a successful company. Plus, he fills us in on Queue—his latest project to tackle the problem of keeping ...

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Ahead of the Upwardly Global Gala Equity in Action: Beyond Welcome on October 12th, we sit down with the organization’s CEO & President Jina Krause-Vilmar and Board Member Tony Goncalves to talk about their mission of eliminating employment barriers for immigrant and refugee professionals and advancing the inclusion of their skills in the U.S. economy. The two also share personal stories of their families’ journeys and talk abo...

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According to Mark Zagorski, the death of the cookie is so 2021. Instead, marketers have a new digital advertising challenge to obsess over – the value of attention as the metric du jour. We chat with the DoubleVerify CEO about the importance of captivating consumers at a moment when time is at a premium and data is ubiquitous, the rise of the “math people,” and fostering trust and transparency in Adland. He also f...

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The digital media landscape is ripe for disruption by diversification – and Kristi Argyilan is betting big on retail media networks to fill the void. We sit down with the Albertsons vice president of retail media to discuss why retailers sit in a unique position to understand their customers and provide high quality data; how the medium has evolved since the early days of in-store marketing; and how marketers and agencies are...

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KLUTCH Sports Group Founder & CEO Rich Paul is on a rocket ship, growing a powerhouse sports agency with over $1 billion in negotiated contracts and star clients including the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and John Wall. We chat with the entrepreneur about the upbringing that’s shaping his current success and his partnership with UTA. Plus, he talks about driving the reversal of the NCAA’s so-called “R...

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If you think you know Edward Norton, think again. The Academy Award-nominated actor and filmmaker has a second act that’s captivating the business community – ad tech disrupter. In this episode, we sit down with the founder of EDO, as well as President & CEO Kevin Krim, to talk about how their company (which recently raised $80 million from Shamrock Capital) is changing the TV measurement game for brands with its po...

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