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 MediaLink Chairman and CEO Michael Kassan in the company of the strongest leaders in the industry, who are building great companies from the ground up. It’s “all good.”

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March 24, 2021 30 min

For a “relationship person” like Horizon Media President, CEO & Founder Bill Koenigsberg, the pandemic’s drastic impact on the natural daily rhythms of business felt especially painful. But Koenigsberg did not let limitations prevent him from keeping the culture of his 2,700-person organization – and the familial style of his dealings with clients – intact. In this episode, he gets to the heart of why the concept of “business i...

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CNN anchor and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter is feeling optimistic, despite four years fighting an uphill battle against disinformation in the news. We talk to the media critic and author of bestseller Hoax about how to uphold the integrity of the news in a post-Trump world and what’s to become of the symbiotic relationship between the press and the White House. Plus, he gets candid on the upsides and downsides of “news as ...

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The Female Quotient’s CEO, Shelley Zalis, has earned a reputation on the conference circuit as “Chief Troublemaker” – and she’s definitely not sorry about it. In this episode, we talk to the equality trailblazer about how she’s working to rewrite the rules to close the gender pay gap and what leadership traits are behind the undeniable success of female heads of state in battling COVID-19. Plus, she tells us how she’s recreating th...

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Condé Nast’s new Global Chief Marketing Officer, Deirdre Findlay, spent only six weeks on the job before having to tear up the rulebook when the world shut down. In this episode, we sit down with her to hear how she laid out a strategy for the storied media brand to cater to the needs of its newly homebound readers and double down on audience insights and loyalty. We also discuss why the company’s portfolio publications like Vogue,...

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McCann Worldgroup Global Creative Chairman Rob Reilly knows a thing or two about brand ideas that both stand the test of time and reinvent themselves for the cultural zeitgeist. His company did, after all, put the “Fearless Girl” in front of the New York Stock Exchange and help Mastercard evolve its “Priceless” campaign with a feature for transgender and nonbinary people to use their chosen name on cards. In this episode, Reilly di...

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Applebee’s President John Cywinski likens the early days of the pandemic to the terror of an aborted mission: “We literally woke up in the middle of March having to Apollo 13 the whole thing.” In this episode, we talk to the casual dining executive – whose company enjoyed a significant bounce back in Q3 despite being in one of the hardest hit categories – about the long road back to business after dining rooms were shut in the spri...

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Legendary investor Alan Patricof and wellness entrepreneur Abby Miller Levy have teamed up on a new venture, Primetime Partners, that’s focused on investments in products, services, technologies and experiences for a wildly underserved cohort: older adults. In this episode, we sit down with the duo to discuss why they’re betting big on a generation that controls 60% of our country’s net worth. Plus, hear how they’re working to chan...

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Recently dubbed “a calm voice in the political storm” by Town&Country, longtime political journalist Jessica Yellin is on a mission to banish disinformation with her Instagram-based news feed, #NewsNotNoise. In this episode, the former CNN Chief White House Correspondent discusses how she’s built and is catering to an audience that craves a different kind of news delivery – one that diverges from the way most media outlets spea...

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This week on C-Inside: Holding Company Titans, we sit down with IPG Chairman and CEO Michael Roth. He fills us in on the holding company’s longstanding history of taking bold steps on diversity and inclusion efforts and his advice for making an impact that focuses on action over talk. Plus, we hear his prognosis for consolidation in the ad industry, why he’s betting on the company’s deal to acquire Acxiom as a major competitive adv...

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This week on C-Inside: Holding Company Titans, we talk to WPP CEO Mark Read, who’s hitting his two-year milestone at the helm of the world’s largest advertising holding company. Mark fills us in on how he’s evolved the organization to fit what modern marketers want, from creativity to technology to simplicity; and why companies need to demonstrate purpose first through action before they can talk about it in an ad campaign. He also...

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As Chief Non-Alcohol Beverage Officer, Lucas Herscovici leads a fast-growing category within Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewer in the world. In this interview, Lucas discusses what’s behind the uptick in health and wellness-focused drinks, AB InBev’s plans for cannabis, and how it’s building a sustainable business. Plus, he shares how beverage consumption has changed during the pandemic and discusses how the company’s famed ...

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As CEO Nancy Dubuc tells it, digital media company Vice Media “has never been one to reflect culture, but one to make culture.” We sit down with her to discuss why the Vice brand is in such an influential position in the current moment, thanks to its core demographic – young people – and why honest, in-the-field journalism is more critical than ever. Plus, hear her take on issues like creating a transparent and inclusive culture in...

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Prolific author and lauded New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta is known for his incredible ability to dig deeply into the stories of major public figures and media moguls. In this episode, we sit down with him to understand the magic behind his craft and share stories from some of his most fascinating interviews. We also get his prognosis on the ad and media businesses after writing Frenemies and discuss his upcoming book on Harvey We...

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In this episode, we sit down with Janet Fitzgerald, master instructor at SoulCycle beloved by Hollywood, and her confidante and fellow former instructor Eliza Cohen. They fill us in on turning their podcast, Witch & Famous, into a docuseries that takes them on a journey across the country meeting with healers, psychics and spiritual teachers. Plus, hear their thoughts on the future of fitness in the “new normal,” and why a focu...

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Todd Smith, the legendary hip hop artist, producer, actor, author and entrepreneur more commonly known as “LL Cool J,” is on a mission to pay homage to classic hip hop while bringing it into the future. In this interview, he talks to us about how he’s doing so through his Rock the Bells venture, a platform for fans to read, shop, listen, and find exclusive audio curated specifically around the genre. We also hear why thinks success...

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Senator Nikema Williams of the Georgia State Senate is embarking on the ride of her career, launching a Congressional campaign to replace the late John Lewis. We sit down with her shortly after her announcement – the same day of the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – to hear her plans to champion mail-in voting and end voter suppression, as well as her goals to uplift the marginalized in Washington. Plus, she reflects on g...

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This week in our new series, C-Inside: Holding Company Titans, we sit down with Mark Penn, President & Managing Partner of The Stagwell Group and Chairman & CEO of MDC Partners. Mark, whose experience and innovation in polling spans back decades, talks about the latest Harris Poll findings and how brands are faring in the COVID moment; as well as what’s behind the rise in image of American corporations. Plus, he weighs in o...

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Welcome to a new series, C-Inside, where we take you inside the C-suite spanning the marketing and media landscape one segment at a time. Volume one focuses on reimagining the modern agency holding company in the 2020s. The top few holding companies collectively move a massive percentage of the flow of ad dollars through the $530 billion global ad market; and new entrants, fast-moving tech and changing consumer habits are forcing t...

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In this special bonus episode, hear an important conversation on what the marketing, media and entertainment industries must do to put in place the long-term strategies required for systemic change. We’ll sit down with two tireless and passionate advocates for racial advancement, equality and justice: Steve Stoute, the founder and CEO of Translation and UnitedMasters, and Rita Ferro, the President of Advertising Sales and Partnersh...

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In this episode, we’ll sit down with business luminaries exploring what the future might hold as we navigate the “transitional normal” together. Hear S4 Capital Executive Chairman Sir Martin Sorrell discuss a V-shaped recovery, Snap Chief Business Officer Jeremi Gorman on technology’s role in relief, Unilever Chief HR Officer Leena Nair on employee well-being and the World Health Organization Ambassador for Global Strategy Ray Cham...

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