21-23 May 2019


Rome Cavalieri, Italy

Brands Attending



80+ Professional Speakers

A BEACON OF HOPE FOR MEDIA: Curated by advertisers for advertisers. Connecting engaged brands with the new media landscape.

Festival of Media is an immersive event connecting engaged advertisers looking for new media and marketing solutions, tools and innovation with media agencies, vendors and tech companies in one venue for two days.



The line-up for Festival of Media Global 2019 promises to be better than ever. Join our confirmed speakers to share your story and inspire the industry. Contact Maria Onofrio at

George Webster

EMEA Content Marketing Lead, Hewlett Packard

Gerry D’Angelo

Global Media Director, P&G

Glen Calvert

Commercial Director, Fnatic

Graham Brown

Director, Co-Founder, MediaSense

Henry Gordon-Smith

Founder, Managing Director and Sustainability Strategist, Agritecture Consulting

Ian Cairns

Global Performance Marketing Director, Just Eat

Jeetendr Sehdev

New York Times bestselling author and Celebrity Branding Authority

Lottie Unwin

Founder, The Copy Club

Nadine Karp McHugh

SVP Omni Media, Strategic Investments, Programmatic and Creative Solutions, L'Oréal

Pascal van Ham

Head of Marketing, Tony Chocolonely

Patrick Melville


Peter Sellis

Head of Product Management, Snap

Poorna Bell

Award winning journalist and author

Sam Phillips

CMO, Omnicom Media Group UK + Chair, OPEN (Omnicom People Engagement Network) UK + Assistant Dean, Omnicom University

Stacey Stockwell

A.O. Dip (Autism Awareness) Musical Theatre/Performance Signer DeafBlind Communicator-Guide

Terence Kawaja

Founder and CEO, LUMA

Tom Denford

Chief Executive Officer, North America ID Comms


We are currently working on our 2019 agenda, please contact Maria Onofrio at Please keep checking back for updates or alternatively subscribe to our mailing list for the latest event updates.

Introduction to the Festival

The media industry has started to undergo a disruptive transformation at the hands of technology and at the heart of purpose. Join the Festival of Media’s CEO, Jeremy King, to get an insight on the Festival before the start of DAY 1.

The boring future of media

How can we help brands become more purposeful and create the change we want to see? An inspirational way of understanding the future of media, its challenges, issues and how to successfully address them.

The exciting future of media

We know that the way we consume media has changed, but are we aware what does the future hold for the industry and what trends are new to media? From big data to OTT and 5G through to AI, VR and AR, let’s explore and understand all things futuristic and tech.

The ultimate mission: ending modern slavery while making chocolate

Did you know that 60% of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa? Actually, cocoa comes from approximately 2.5 million farms established there. And, any idea how the cocoa supply chain works? Let us tell you that child slavery and the poverty trap are involved in it. Join Tony’s Chocolonely to understand how you can help solve this crime and make the world a better and equal place. Introducing the story of an unusual bar – the fight for 100% slave free chocolate, worldwide.  

Meaningful Data + Meaningful Media = Meaningful Brands

60% of the content brands are producing is not meaningful to consumers. Let’s explore why brands are failing to engage with consumers in the post-advertising world and how brands can tailor their marketing content to impact consumers’ life and wellbeing.

The fabulous age of Podcast

What is the driver to increase engagement behind podcasts? Is audio blogging the new way to cultivate communities and nurture fans? How are podcasts shaping the future of the industry? Spotify seems to be mastering the area of presenting authentic voices to make the user experience better in a truly unique platform. Shall we hear the answers from the best?


Global marketer, Ian Cairns directs every aspect of his marketing at speed. Join him in a frank conversation with Graham Brown to understand how companies like Just Eat navigate a media landscape, which is having to rapidly adapt to meet the impatient demands of today’s connected consumer. Fuelling this conversation will be the latest findings from the third iteration of MediaSense’s Media 2020 report, which is from qual and quant interviews with 250 senior marketers.

The Braver and Bolder conversation

Following last year’s session success, Gemma Greaves will continue to ask the right questions to create an even braver and bolder conversation.

Fire your CMO: Learn from the success of D2C brands…or else!

The much heralded global success of disruptor Direct-to-Consumer (“D2C”) brands is not a fluke: they have a vastly different approach to marketing from CMO skills to tools deployed and incentives. It’s almost as if it’s too late for traditional marketers to reinvent themselves. Or is it? Find out if new approaches to design, customer service, media, data and technology can be learned or if it’s time to fire your CMO and start a fresh.

Unlocking and understanding the power of esports

What is entertainment for millennials? What is Esports and why is it getting so much attention? Let Fnatic tell you that Esports is definitely the future and the power of connecting with millennials through their passions and it’s also a billion dollar industry. The time for brands to take advantage is NOW.

The Continuation of the Transparency Debate: Re-establishing the lost trust

In the fake news era, regaining the lost trust between consumers and brands seems to be at the epicentre of the crisis of the trust. Following the 2018 conversation and from a regulatory perspective while presenting statistics and data, this session will explore how to re-establish the lost trust and set the tone on how to follow the rules for a transparent debate.

Transparency in the Fake News Era

While 82% of news is consumed online, during the past years consumers have been facing a massive growth of online disinformation. Now, the questions remain on how can we promote media literacy? How can we use media to acquire credible information? What are the challenges of online disinformation? On this session, making programmatic more transparent, responsible reporting and the creation and importance of quality content will be explored.

The Brand Resilience Concept

Wellbeing, Happiness, Confidence and the Power of Now: Understanding how to get right your personal brand, taking care of yourself and those around you - tackling stress and anxiety out through learning to live in the moment.

Big data and Creativity: You can’t be creative without data

How can data help your creativity? How to generate a creative ad with random creation between data? How to make data relevant and useful? Is data a must-have element for the media industry? Is it an impediment or an advantage to creativity?  

Esports: Why, how and what does it mean for brands?

This sessions aims to unlock and the power of esports for advertisers. Passion based marketing often delivers the best marketing messages, but how do advertisers use it successfully? What are the biggest challenges? What are buying in this space and why?

Sports not so new frontier, the Podcast.

Podcasts have been around for more than a decade, but they are this year’s ‘content’ just why, how and do brands use them as part of their marketing campaigns?

Emotive, authentic, alluring and live

Sports entertainment is the saviour of TV advertising and we can prove it. The Super Bowl, The World Cup Final and the Olympics are just three of the events that prove TV advertising is very much alive and kicking.

Analyzing in-housing v outsourcing- latest models and challenges

The trend of ‘in-housing’ vs. outsourcing is a recognition by marketers that marketing is vital to driving sales and enterprise value, and that companies want to control the process and data involved across paid, earned and owned media.  The fragmentation of media and data, supply chain issues, legacy organizations, regulatory uncertainty and strained agency relationships make this challenging.  Join us for this exclusive panel to discuss how brands are thinking about taking parts of the process in-house, and what has to be true to be successful.

Real Time Advertising

How the use of data and technology help make decisions in real time as well as the importance of personalisation

Raising Awareness Take 1: Let’s talk about mental health

In the UK, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. Suicide, a wholly preventable death, is the leading cause of death among men under 45. While opening day 2, Poorna Bell will help us deconstruct the myth around mental health and teach us how brands and media agencies can help modernising the role of men and women in society and loosening up gender roles.

Raising Awareness Take 2: Bolstering Disability Inclusion

How is the disability panorama in the workplace looking like for the media and ad industry? Following last year presentation, an updated version of what companies, brands and agencies are doing and not doing will be discussed. During this session, our motivational speakers will work on removing misconceptions surrounding disability in a fun, interactive and entertaining way. Are you part of the change?        

Introducing the brand driven leader

Henry Gordon- Smith, a famous New Yorker –vertical farming- blogger, successfully transformed his hobby into a successful purposeful brand. Let’s hear from Henry what really matters when it comes to building a loyal audience and the importance of having a well-defined purpose for the consolidation of your brand.

Purpose, privacy and apps

How does a business create a successful consumer app, which protects privacy, delivers what its users want and understands the culture of privacy across all of its innovations? This session, led by Peter Sellis, Director of Product Management at Snap Inc, will explore the challenges of privacy, attracting advertisers and curating a successful business.


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Two day multi-stream conference agenda focusing on industry hot topics
Hear from the world’s most prominent brand CMOs, most powerful media executives and most pioneering innovators
Gain invaluable knowledge and best practice tips from the world’s leading industry experts


The perfect platform to connect and do business with clients old & new
Experience our popular Welcome Drinks Reception, Happy Hour Drinks Reception and Award Winners Presentation Gala Dinner
Network with high profile representatives from global brands, media owners and agencies


FOM Global Awards celebrate the best in creativity & media innovation globally
Great for networking and client entertainment as well as a chance to reward and motivate your own team for their hard work
Categories span media, content, brand marketing & communication, mobile, digital and adtech


Network and connect with the worlds biggest brands from a wide cross section of industry sectors
All brand attendees will have their own intimate educational initiative curated in conjunction with our brand delegates’ needs.
Pre-arrange your brand client meetings before you arrive with ‘FOM Connect’


Conference + Awards Ticket

Price TBC

Ticket includes:

Access to 2 day conference agenda
Access to Welcome Drinks Reception
Access to Happy Hour drinks reception
Complimentary delegate lunch on both days
Access to the Awards evening
Evening dinner and drinks

Conference Only Ticket


Ticket includes:

Festival of Media Global entry for two days at the stunning Rome Cavalieri Hotel
Access to ALL conference sessions on the Main Stage, Innovation Zone and Content Zone
Networking drinks
Unique opportunity to meet, do business and make new connections with the world’s leading brands including the likes of P&G, Coty, Toyota, Adidas, Mars and Marriott
Regular ‘Festival Intelligence’ straight to your inbox with industry/ event news and updates
Buffet lunch on both days of the festival
Preferential room rates at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Discounted oneworld flight tickets

Awards Individual Ticket

Price TBC

Ticket includes:

Single ticket access to the Awards evening
Evening dinner and drinks
Incredible evening of networking & entertainment
Does not include access to the conference agenda

FLIGHT DISCOUNTS oneworld® is the official airline alliance of the Festival of Media Global.

As a registered attendee, you can access discounted flights to travel to this event.

Attendee benefits:

  • Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion.
  • Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event.
  • Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates.
  • Enjoy a user-friendly booking tool showing the most convenient flight options.
  • 24-hour support via email or phone.
  • Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights.
  • Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance.
  • Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines.
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VENUE / Elevate your senses in aristocratic suites and a private art collection, bathe like a Roman emperor and dine in Rome's only 3-Michelin star restaurant.

Exclusive discounted rates for the Rome Cavalieri are only available to registered delegates.

Please contact us via email if you have any booking queries.

Venue Location

Rome Cavalieri
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, 00136 Roma, Italy

Tel: +39 06 35091

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EVENT FAQS /find your answers

All you need to bring is your confirmation email to register and don’t forget your business cards for networking!
When arriving for the event, head to the registration desk to collect your delegate badge, you will need your confirmation email and a business card to receive your badge.
You will not receive a physical ticket for the Festival. Upon arriving at the event you will need to visit our registration desk to collect your delegate badge.
Please ensure you have completed your registration through to the confirmation page. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check your spam filter or contact to request a new one.
You do not need to sign up to any of the conference sessions over the two days. Please refer to the agenda for session details.
Your delegate ticket includes the Welcome Reception drinks, access to the two day conference, Happy Hour drinks and complimentary delegate lunch - See our different ticket options for more details
If you have purchased a Conference + Awards ticket or an Awards only ticket, you will have full access to attend the Awards winners presentation. If you have purchased a Conference Only ticket or a 1 Day ticket, then you will need to purchase a separate awards ticket in order to gain access to the Awards winners presentation. Buy Awards tickets here
Dress code for the Festival is Smart/Business wear.
Tickets may be cancelled by notice in writing to C Squared Networks Ltd. subject to the following cancellation charges:
  • 100% Refund - if notified on or before the 18 February 2017
  • 75% Refund - if notified between the 19 February 2017 - 19 March 2017
  • No Refund will be given if tickets are cancelled on or after 20 March 2017
Please contact Michelle Graves for available partnership opportunities.
Please contact Liza Koromila for available speaking opportunities.
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The Rome Cavalieri Hotel is approximately a 40 minute taxi ride from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and approximately 50 minutes from Ciampino Airport. Get directions from where you are.
We accept the following payment methods:
  • Credit Card
  • Purchase Order
  • Wire Transfer

Payment & Access: All conference ticket fees must be paid within [14] days of receipt of our invoice. Bookings made on or after 19 March 2017 must be paid on receipt of invoice. Payment of the Festival ticket will entitle the ticket holder to attend all official conference sessions, all official scheduled networking sessions and any other official networking events scheduled to take place throughout the Festival, including the Welcome Drinks Reception. Ticket holders are also provided with refreshments during the conference sessions and full conference documentation. C Squared Networks Ltd, the organizers of The Festival of Media, reserves the right to deny Festival access if the delegate fails to provide relevant proof of registration and payment. For wire transfers please use the following details:


Bank Name: Royal Bank of Scotland Account Name: C Squared Networks Ltd Sort Code: 16-00-38 Account Number: 11330611 IBAN Number: GB91RBOS16003811330611 BIC Number: RBOSGB2L

Festival of Media Global 2017 Delegate Booking Terms & Conditions

The below cancellation policy applies to all individual and group delegate ticket sales.

Payment & Access: All conference and dinner ticket fees must be paid within [14] days of receipt of our invoice. Bookings made on or after 19 March 2017 must be paid on receipt of invoice. Payment of the Festival ticket will entitle the ticket holder to attend all official conference sessions, all official scheduled networking sessions and any other official networking events scheduled to take place throughout the Festival, including the Welcome Drinks Reception. Ticket holders are also provided with refreshments during the conference sessions and full conference documentation. C Squared Networks Ltd, the organizers of The Festival of Media, reserves the right to deny Festival access if the delegate fails to provide relevant proof of registration and payment.

Cancellation Policy The client may cancel a ticket by notice in writing to C Squared Networks Ltd. subject to the following cancellation charges:

  • 100% Refund - if notified on or before the 18 February 2017
  • 75% Refund - if notified between the 19 February 2017 - 19 March 2017
  • No Refund will be given if tickets are cancelled on or after 20 March 2017

In the case of group bookings, any reduction in the number of places booked may result in a reduction on the discount offered per delegate ticket. Any cancelled delegate tickets will therefore not be refunded at the booked group rate.

Non Attendance: If a delegate fails to attend the conference for whatever reason, no refund will be given. However, a substitute delegate may attend the conference in the client's place at no extra cost given the request has been made in writing and the client & C Squared Networks Ltd. have received and acknowledged relevant proof of the requested changes.

Group Discounts: Delegates booked as part of a negotiated group booking will not benefit from any other discounts available at the point in time of booking or thereafter.

Re-selling: In the case of group bookings, it is not permissible to re-sell any individual delegate tickets. C Squared Networks reserves the right to refuse admission to any delegates suspected of purchasing delegate tickets on resale.

C Squared Networks Ltd, as organizers and owners of The Festival of Media, reserves the right to make alterations to the Festival programme content. Please note: where circumstances force C Squared Networks Ltd to cancel the conference, the entire liability of C Squared Networks Ltd shall be limited to a refund of conference and gala dinner ticket fees only. Your only remedy is for a refund as set out above, and to the extent permissible by law, C Squared Networks Ltd excludes all other liability to you, whether in contract, tort or otherwise.

Subject to change.