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    Future of Media Conference focuses on exploitation of digital technology

    The annual Future of Media Conference, hosted by Times Media, will be held in Sandton on 21 July 2016. The conference indicates that the exploitation of digital technology will be dominating conversations, aiming to deliver a greater understanding of programmatic buying, gamification, digital migration, virtual reality, social media, branding, big data and the value of partnerships.
    Future of Media Conference focuses on exploitation of digital technology
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    “Before the conference has even kicked off, it is clear that the South African market is champing at the bit in anticipation of the opinions and insights of industry leaders operating in the digital environment,” says Trevor Ormerod, GM group sales & marketing at Times Media.

    The conference is directed towards the media, advertising and marketing sectors - where media platforms provide the vehicles for brands to reach and engage with increasingly tech-savvy and discerning audiences.

    Times Media has engaged leading international figure Juan Senor, partner at Innovation Media Consultants, to deliver the opening presentation at the conference. Senor has global experience in working with media brands ‘to reinvent their editorial models, strategies, products, design, newsrooms, workflows and narratives for the digital age’.


    • Alon Lits (Uber)
    • Chris Wiggett (Britehouse)
    • Craig Page-Lee (d-cifr)
    • David Sidenberg (BMI)
    • Donald Clarke (Lucky Bean Media)
    • Doug Place (Nando’s)
    • Duncan McLeod (TechCentral)
    • Elias Sikazwe (SnapScan)
    • Geoff Cohen (Delv Media)
    • Gil Sperling (Popimedia)
    • Glenn Gillis (Sea Monster)
    • Hazel Chimhandamba (Standard Bank)
    • Joshin Raghubar (iKineo)
    • Kelly Jackson (Contiki Tours)
    • Kyle Hauptfleisch and Hendri Lategan (Barbarossa Media)
    • Marc du Plessis (Spark Media)
    • Michael Balkind (Content Bar)
    • Nic Haralambous (
    • Patrick Conroy (OpenView)
    • Riaan Wolmarans (HO Digital Audience Development at Times Media)
    • Ryan Jamieson (Karabina Solutions)
    • Simon Hartley (WumDrop)
    • Theresa Lotter (Media Tenor)
    • Yavi Madurai (Black Box Theory)

    Pepsi Pokane (MD, Bonngoe TV), Toby Shapshak (editor-in-chief and publisher, Stuff) and Jeremy Maggs (presenter, eNCA & Power FM, contributor, Financial Mail) will moderate the panel discussions.

    Partners who are hosting activations alongside Times Media include Everlytic, GfK South Africa, TimeOneGroup, BrandsEye, TNS, Mortimer Harvey, Millward Brown, and Kena Outdoor.

    Ormerod concludes, “We’re no longer waiting for the digital dawn, but rather standing in its midday sun. Every facet of media, communication and advertising is being touched by the opportunities that advanced technology presents. Exploring new technologies and processes to steer the South African media environment forward successfully is what the Future of Media Conference is all about.”

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