Diane Mermigas is an award-winning business reporter, speaker and journalism professor specializing in business media, data analysis, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. After more than 35 years as a business journalist reporting on media and entertainment, Mermigas authors media-related books, and creates and teaches advanced courses at Boston's Emerson College (Business Reporting and Women in Journalism). Her distinctive thought leadership and actionable business intelligence uniquely span traditional and interactive media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, as well as Madison Avenue and Wall Street. Ms. Mermigas leverages her extensive knowledge, skills and high-level industry contacts to provide readers, clients and students with a better command of media's interactive transformation. Ms. Mermigas has advised 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. Mermigas is best known for her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews at The Hollywood Reporter, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications such as Electronic Media. She also has been a contributor to Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, BNET and Mediapost, CNBC and CNN.