The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

"The Conference that Defines the Future of the Industry"


Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

10:00 - 10:45 AM, , Grand Ballroom (4th Floor)

Opening Keynote Roundtable

Co-Sponsored by The Daily Beast

The Political Reckoning:

News Media, Social Binging, Fake News and the Crisis of Trust in Media

John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast, Moderator

Alyson Shontell, Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider US.

Tina Nguyen, Staff Reporter, Vanity Fair’s Hive
Dan Colarusso, Executive Editor, Digital, Reuters

Abby Phillip, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post

John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America and Washington’s Farewell:The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations as well as editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun and chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012.



After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he and his team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction of the World Trade Center. Avlon’s essay on the attacks, “The Resilient City” concluded the anthology Empire City: New York through the Centuries and won acclaim as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.” His first book, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics was described by Barron’s as “a rewarding portrait of a political trend the established parties have tried to ignore” and hailed by as “the best political book ever on American centrist voters.” Wingnuts: How The Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America was praised by President Bill Clinton, who said “Wingnuts offers a clear and comprehensive review of the forces on the outer edges of the political spectrum that shape and distort our political debate. Shedding more heat than light they drive frustrated alienated citizens away from the reasoned discourse that can produce real solutions to our problems.”


Alyson Shontell, Editor-in-Chief, Business Insider US: Alyson is Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider US: She joined Business Insider in July 2008 as its sixth employee. She started as a sales planner before joining the editorial team in 2010, where she became a startup reporter and then a senior correspondent. She later served as Business Insider's Deputy Editor, overseeing the Executive Lifestyle, Technology, Science and Entertainment sections, then was Executive Editor of a spin-off techology website, Tech Insider.  Alyson is the host of Business Insider's conferences. She has appeared on ABC, Good Morning America, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and CBC, and she has interviewed media personalities such as Dr. Oz, technology leaders like Fred Wilson, and sports star LeBron James. She graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she majored in psychology and advertising.


Tina Nguyen is a staff reporter for Vanity Fair’s Hive, covering politics, the media, and the conservative movement. It was her review of the Trump Grill that allegedly led Donald Trump to tweet his rage at the magazine. Nguyen was previously a writer for Mediaite, where she covered print and cable news, and was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014 for her work on The Braiser, where she wrote about food policy and the restaurant industry. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, and WNYC. A Boston native, Tina is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and currently resides in Brooklyn.


Abby Phillip is a national political reporter covering the 2016 election for the Washington Post, focusing on the Democrats and Hillary Clinton's presidential run. Previously she was a general assignment reporter for the Post. She began her journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for POLITICO. There, she also covered campaign finance and lobbying. Abby later joined ABC News as an ABC News Fellow in New York and then was a digital reporter for the network in Washington, covering politics. She has written and produced stories for ABC News programs including This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, and Abby is a graduate of Harvard University and is is a native of Maryland. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.


Dan Colarusso, Reuters: Dan Colarusso is the Executive Editor, Digital at Reuters, responsible for news coverage and direction for its consumer online platforms and digital video products. He is the founding editor of Reuters TV, a cutting edge video news app. He’s also responsible for the editorial direction of, consumer online platforms and their social media components. Before joining Reuters in late 2011, he was the U.S. Managing Editor of Bloomberg Television; Managing Editor of CondeNast’s; and Business Editor and Metro Editor of the New York Post. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, Barron’s, Institutional Investor and The Daily Beast. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.