Variety and Canva Announce Interview Studio During Advertising Week

For the first time, Variety will host an Interview Studio during Advertising Week featuring three days of programmed interviews with marketing leaders in the industry presented by Canva.

The studio will take place from October 17-19 featuring conversations with marketing veterans participating alongside new marketing leaders. It will also feature an array of thought-leaders in branding, storytelling, audience engagement, innovation & more.

Pairings include:
Jennifer Storms, CMO, NBCUniversal and David Giardino, Senior Director, Marketing Strategy, NBCUniversal Entertainment

Melissa Brenner, EVP, Digital Media, NBA and Courtney DiGia, NBA Senior Director, Deal Strategy and Forecasting, Content Partnerships, NBA

Christine Cook, Global Chief Revenue Officer, Bloomberg Media and Mirabella El Baze

Villanueva, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Bloomberg Media

Susan Jurevics, Chief Brand and International Officer, Audible and Nick Elliot, Associate Director, Content Marketing, Audible

Jimmy Knowles, Global Head of Experiential, Canva and Mo Said, Founder and CEO, Mojo Supermarket

Frank J. Cortese, Global Head of Brand Media, Canva; John Cambell, SVP Client Partnerships, Walt Disney Company; and Shreya Kushari, Chief Client Officer, OMD USA

Additionally, within the studio, Variety is curating interviews discussing the importance of collaboration and mentorship, featuring Jay Shetty, Best-Selling Author and Podcaster with Conal Byrne, CEO, iHeartMedia Digital Group; and Molly Sims, Podcaster, Host and Model with Journalist Katie Couric.

Variety & Canva are also partnering on October 17 with an invitation-only Happy Hour at The Ned for leaders attending the conference. The Happy Hour will kick-off Canva and Variety’s partnership and offers an opportunity to network with the studio pairings and major industry executives. Attendees will be treated to signature cocktails and juices from Canva’s Creative Juices collaboration with Joe & The Juice.

Additional panelists participating in the studio include:

  • Shavonne Dargan, SVP, Strategy & Marketing & Founder, CURATED by Live Nation and Soukee Van Orden, Strategic Partnerships & Operations Lead, CURATED, Live Nation
  • Alison Levin, VP of Advertising Revenue and Marketing Solutions, Roku and Carly Friedman, Head of Industry, Entertainment, Gaming, Tech and Telco, Roku
  • Paulita David, Senior Managing Director, North America, Reddit and Emma Rathe, Senior Event Marketing Lead, Reddit
  • Donna Speciale, President Marketing & Sales, TelevisaUnivision and Allessandra Aguricia, VP Sales Marketing Solutions
  • Jamie Power, SVP of Addressable Sales, Walt Disney, and Lexi Swift, SVP Addressable Sales, Disney and Alex Sobrino, Senior Manager of Addressable Solutions

“We are excited to expand our coverage of Advertising Week through our valuable partnership with Canva,” said Dea Lawrence, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, Variety. “The partnership with Canva affords us the opportunity to curate and amplify the outstanding achievements of marketers participating during Advertising Week.”

“Advertising Week offers an amazing opportunity for marketers to connect and advance conversations critical to our world,” said Natalie Schwartz, Global Head of Brand Marketing and Partnerships, Canva. “As a marketing platform, Canva aims to shed light on critical issues of the moment for this audience, while also offering the necessary tools that bring simplicity in how they build brands. Through our interview studio, we aim to create an environment that facilitates meaningful engagement and true thought leadership with those ready to share the ideas of tomorrow.”

Conversations from the studio will be published on