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  • Gillian Flynn
    Author
    GONE GIRL
    Gillian Flynn Info Events
    Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.

    In high-school, she worked strange jobs that required her to do things like wrap and unwrap hams, or dress up as a giant yoghurt cone. A yoghurt cone who wore a tuxedo. Why the tuxedo? It was a question that would haunt her for years.

    For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

    After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California, Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

    On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).

    Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. Movie rights have been sold.

    Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. Movie rights have been sold, with Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) to direct.

    Flynn’s third novel, GONE GIRL, is out June 2012 and you should stop reading this now and buy it immediately.

    Flynn’s work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.
  • Sir Martin Sorrell
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  • Andy Cohen
    Host
    "WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE"
    Andy Cohen Info Events
    Andy Cohen is the host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens Live," Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Jane Fonda, Anderson Cooper, Ellen Barkin, Kelly Ripa, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mike Tyson, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and many many Real Housewives. He also serves as Executive Producer of “The Real Housewives” franchsie and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. Cohen has an active following on social media, where he commands over two million followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

    In May 2013, Cohen became a New York Times best-selling author for the second time with the release of the paperback version of his book, “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture” published by St Martins. The hardcover, published by Henry Holt, also achieved similar success back in June 2012, spending 13 weeks on the list.

    Most recently, Cohen served as Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent from November 2011 to present. He was responsible for creating original content, developing innovative formats and identifying new talent. He also served as Executive Producer on Emmy and James Beard award-winning "Top Chef.” Cohen started at Bravo in 2004 as Vice President, Original Programming and in 2005 he was elevated to Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Development. He upped to Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development in December, 2010. Since then he has overseen an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as the Peabody Award winning "Project Runway," Emmy winning “Top Chef,” "Queer Eye," "Work Out," “Being Bobby Brown,” “Top Design,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out,” “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The A List Awards” "The Millionaire Matchmaker," "Million Dollar Listing," “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Flipping Out,” and “The Real Housewives” franchises.

    Previously, Cohen was Vice President of Original Programming for TRIO (pop, culture, TV), beginning in July 2000. He was responsible for developing and supervising all of TRIO's original productions including the critically acclaimed original documentaries "Gay Republicans," "Easy Riders/Raging Bulls," "Brilliant, But Cancelled," and the original series "Pilot Season,” "24w/" and "Parking Lot."

    Cohen received an Emmy award when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime Emmy awards and has been nominated for 17 additional Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of "Project Greenlight," "Project Runway," "Top Chef" and "Queer Eye." In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary "The N Word" and another in 2008 as an Executive Producer of "Project Runway."

    Cohen is a regular on the “Today Show” and “Morning Joe” and has cohosted “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” “The View,” “Anderson Live” and the 10:00am hour of “Today.” He has also been a guest on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

    Most recently, Cohen interviewed Lady Gaga for the December cover story of Glamour Magazine. In June of 2013 he was named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business List. Cohen has also hosted the CFDA Fashion Awards, interviewed Rihanna live on Facebook, Jerry Seinfeld on AOL.com, and Martha Stewart at the 92nd St YMCA. In December of 2012 GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year. In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants live on NBC. Cohen has appeared on the covers of several magazines including Parade, Entertainment Weekly, Hamptons, and The Advocate and has been profiled by The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Vanity Fair, People and Fortune magazine. In 2012 he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “Digital All-Stars” and in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide’s “25 Most Influential People in Television.”

    Prior to working at TRIO, Cohen spent 10 years at CBS News as Senior Producer of "The Early Show," overseeing the production of entertainment segments. Cohen also served as a producer for CBS News' "48 Hours" and for "CBS This Morning," where he produced live segments, celebrity profiles and covered breaking news including the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Andrew, the California wildfires, and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

    Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism. Cohen is currently on the board of directors for charity Friends In Deed and currently resides in New York City. Follow Andy on Twitter (@andy), Instagram (@bravoandy) and Tumblr (therealandycohen.tumblr.com).
  • The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand
    Senator
    STATE OF NEW YORK
    The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand Info Events
    Born and raised in upstate New York, Kirsten got her start watching her grandmother, Polly Noonan, organize Albany women to make a difference. Those early experiences taught Kirsten the values that guide her public service to this day: hard work, idealism, honesty and bold action.

    Kirsten Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. After winning a special election in 2010 to serve out the remainder of Secretary Clinton’s term in the Senate, Gillibrand was elected to her first full six-year term in 2012 with a New York statewide record 72 percent of the vote. Gillibrand won 60 of New York’s 62 counties in the 2012 general election.

    Prior to joining the Senate, Kirsten pulled off a stunning upset in her first Congressional race, unseating an entrenched Republican incumbent in 2006 by building the biggest grassroots campaign in the 20th Congressional district's history. She served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to early 2009 in her upstate New York district spanning 10 counties.

    As congresswoman, Kirsten pledged to be honest, open and upfront with the public and always stay accessible and accountable. That's why she became the very first member of Congress to put her official daily schedule, personal financial disclosure and federal earmark requests online. The New York Times called her commitment to transparency a "quiet touch of revolution" in Washington.

    In only a short time, Kirsten Gillibrand has made her presence felt in the Senate. In 2010, she helped lead the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and overcame fierce partisan opposition to provide health care and compensation for the 9/11 first responders who are sick and dying from breathing the toxins at Ground Zero. In 2012, she was an architect in the passing of the STOCK Act that finally made it illegal for members of Congress to profit from non-public information, which was hailed by the Washington Post as the “most substantial debate on congressional ethics in nearly five years.”

    In 2013 and 2014, she earned national recognition for fighting the Pentagon over how sexual assaults are handled by our military, creating a unique bipartisan coalition in the process. She is now helping to lead a bipartisan coalition taking on the issue of sexual assaults on our college campuses – all while continuing her successful Off the Sidelines project that supports women candidates across the country. Her work led TIME Magazine to name her as one of 2014’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and the Daily News to place her number four on its list of “50 Most Powerful Women in New York.” Kirsten has also been recognized as one of Newsweek and The Daily Beast ‘s “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

    Senator Gillibrand's home is in Brunswick, New York, with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, and their two young sons, ten-year-old Theodore and five-year-old Henry. Her family is a major inspiration behind her public service career. She does not want any mother to have to worry that there will not be enough food on the table or health care for their sick child.

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Advertising Week Blog A New Golden Age of Direct Mail

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Advertising Week Blog Are These Three Disruptive Trends Converging on a Screen Near You?

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