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Mark you calendars!

The Elevate Speaker Series takes place weekly over zoom between now and this Summer's Elevate Retreat. These weekly exploratory conversations will serve as an opportunity for Elevate participants to listen, learn, and engage with industry leaders and experts on a variety of relevant subjects.

Your presence and participation will greatly enrich the multi-week experience - we can't wait to see how your input will shape these conversations. 

Thursday Afternoons on Zoom

Registered participants of Elevate 2024 will be sent a calendar invite every week

June 6th at 1PM PST: 

The Art of the Short (Brand) Doc

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Documentary Editor

Deadline Hollywood

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Ben Proudfoot

CEO & Founder

Breakwater Studios

More and more brands are turning to short documentary filmmaking to tell stories that align with their customers’ interests and values. These brand docs are intended to entertain, inform and inspire – but what makes these films truly watchable and impactful? What do brands need to know about “the art” of short doc filmmaking?

That’s the question Ben Proudfoot, two-time Oscar winning documentarian will answer in his conversation with Matthew Carey, Documentary Editor for Deadline Hollywood. Elevate guests will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights around story structure, characters, production quality and how to maintain journalistic integrity. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with one of the masters of the art of the short doc.

June 13th at 1PM PST: 

Measuring Brand Funded Entertainment —

What Metrics Matter, and How To Prove Your Content Works


Janett Haas

SVP, Head of Forbes Research & Insights


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Megan Wells

Fractional Chief Content Officer, Development Exec + Director/ Showrunner

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Kevin Keane

Founder & CEO


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Andy Cooper


One Minute To Midnight

So, you’ve decided to create some brand funded original entertainment. Maybe you’ve decided to do a narrative short. Maybe a competition reality series. Or maybe you’ve gone all in, and are going to take the big swing and make the next Barbie. Exciting stuff! But how do you know your story will work? What measurement tools should you use to prove that your content worked?


In this session, SVP and Head of Forbes Insights and Analytics Janett Haas will lead a State of Industry Measurement roundtable with the three founders of EVOKE, the measurement tool designed to live at the intersection of cutting edge neuroscience and entertainment. From why a brand lift study won’t prove your content is moving the needle, to what C-Suite leaders need to know to green light your content play, Janett Hass, Megan Wells, Andy Cooper and Kevin Keane will arm you with the tools—and data—you need to understand how to use the right metrics to measure your content, and explore how to link your brand to stories that work for the problems your brand is trying to solve. 

June 27th at 1PM PST:

“The Crux” a New Series from The North Face


Creative Director,

Brand Content

The North Face


Phil Hessler

Executive Producer

Think Less Studios


Cole Sax

Head of Creative and Development

Think Less Studios


Amanda Morrison

Director of Film and TV Development

Little Monster Films

"The Crux” is a new premium unscripted series by The North Face that follows elite competitive climbers in their “Drive to Survive.” The panel will discuss the development process between filmmakers and brand to create a format and distribution strategy that aligns with The North Face marketing goals and leveraging digital channels. They will also reveal the social strategy that taps into the following of athletes in the sport such as Jimmy Chin and Toby Roberts.

Previous Speakers Series Sessions

May 23rd at 12PM PST: 
Funny Thing - Comedic Brand Storytelling Works!


Cindy Weisskopf

Managing Director

Synchrony Bank

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Adam Puchalsky

Global Head of Pulse



Randi Jachino

VP Marketing

Prestige Consumer Healthcare


Neel Williams

SVP, Group Creative Director The Martin Agency

Comedy has long been a go-to for advertising creative, but not so much for longer form brand storytelling. Done right, it pulls audience, creates pass along and propels brand attributes. These three speakers will share how they are leveraging comedy to attract audience and lift brand affinity. 


To prepare for this session:


 Feature film produced by HartBeat to premier at Tribeca Film Festival


“Legend of the Lizard” mocumentary created and produced by The Martin Agency


“The Last Barf Bag” mocumentary for Dramamine, a Prestige Consumer Healthcare brand

May 30th at 1PM PST: 

Finding an Audience - Distribution Strategies for Brand Films

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Scott Donaton



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Mark Book

Head of Content,

North America



Alanna Strauss

Executive Vice President, Entertainment & Culture Lab

The Martin Agency


Shannon Pruitt

Global Chief Marketing Officer Stagwell Brand

Performance Network 

Congratulations! After a costly, time-consuming and ridiculously complex process you’ve made a compelling, beautiful brand film. Now comes the hard part: getting it seen. Finding the right distribution partner for your content is crucial to its success. It’s also harder than ever as distributors, streamers, networks and platforms struggle to find the right model for partnering with brands. Join us as we explore the pitfalls and secrets to making sure your story finds it audience.

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