Viacom’s Bob Bakish to speak at IGNITION


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Business Insider is proud to announce that Robert Bakish will speak at IGNITION 2017: The Future of Media.

As the president and CEO of Viacom, Bakish is tasked with growing the conglomerate’s leading brands including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon along with the Paramount Pictures film and TV studio.

Before being promoted to this role, Bakish thrived as the president and CEO of VIMN, the international arm of Viacom. During this time, he succeeded in expanding Viacom’s international footprint by focusing on high-growth markets such as India, where he launched the entertainment channel Colours through the Viacom18 joint venture with Reliance Industries.

Bakish was also integral in bolstering Viacom’s digital presence. By launching multiplatform products like My Nick Jr., My MTV, and Viacom Play Pex, Viacom has eclipsed 16 million downloads and 500 million digital streams to date, according to the company.

Bakish joins 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and Verizon executive Marni Walden as speakers at this year’s IGNITION conference. We will continue to announce new speakers throughout the summer, so continue to check in to see who else will be attending.

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