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Diane Mermigas is an award-winning business writer and analyst, consultant, speaker and adjunct professor specializing in digital media content, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. She excels in developing digital strategies for media content and marketing companies seeking new business models, revenue streams and consumer connections.
Her distinctive thought leadership and actionable business intelligence uniquely span traditional and interactive media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Wall Street. Ms. Mermigas leverages her extensive knowledge, skills and high-level industry contacts to provide clients and readers with a better command of interactive transformation, especially as it applies to social mobile platforms.
Ms. Mermigas has served as an advisor on digital convergence, interactive business plans and thought leadership to companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fuse Capital, Public Broadcasting, GE Capital and Akoo International. She has been a moderator and presenter at industry conferences, universities and think tanks such as World Economic Forum and the Monaco Media Forum, American University's Center for Social Media and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
She continues her ongoing rapport with leading industry executives such as long-time NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright, with whom she is co-authoring a book. While teaching New Media Studies and business model creation to graduate students at Chicago's DePaul University, Ms. Mermigas is constructing a detailed, long-term forecast for the dramatic transformation of media industry economics, company structures, consumer relations, and content creation and distribution.
Her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews can be found at The Hollywood Reporter, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, BNET and Mediapost. She has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN and other television news.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is Founder and CEO of WatchMojo.com, one of the leading video content creators, covering the people, places and trends that you care about across the automotive, comedy, fashion, film, health, lifestyle, music, sports, travel and video game categories.
The company's library of 7,000 high-quality, professional, premium videos has served 750M streams since 2006, currently generating over 25M streams each month and reaching 40M consumers each month in the digital out of home signage market.
Having funded the company himself, the company has bootstrapped its way to become one of the few new media content companies that commands guaranteed, recurring, licensing revenues from other media companies. WatchMojo was profitable in 2011.
Previously, Ashkan worked in the search market in 2000 and then served as AskMen's VP of ad sales from 2000 to 2005, until the acquisition by IGN Entertainment/Fox Interactive Media.
A finance graduate from one of the top colleges in the nation.
He is the author of Course to Success: Everything You Need to Succeed Beyond School and The Confessions of Alexander the Great: 33 Lessons in Greatness. His articles have been published on MSN, AOL and Yahoo! and has been quoted in, or linked from Forbes, Barron's, Yahoo! Finance, Business Week, CNET, MSN Money, the Wall Street Journal's All Things D., LA Times, Boston.com, PBS, TheStreet.com, Marketwatch, Tech Crunch, Giga Om, Paid Content, the BBC and numerous other publications and programs.
Ashkan authors the http://www.HipMojo.com blog which sites at the convergence of technology, media and investing and publishes a weekly column on TechCrunch and MediaPost.