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7 MAY | HOSTED AT FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA, LA

SEPTEMBER 12TH - 14TH
The O2, LONDON

7 MAY | HOSTED AT FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA, LA

Simon Walker

Founder & CEO - The Maidthorn Group

Simon Walker is a founder, investor and advisor working where the creative industries meet digital technology.

Simon’s vehicle, The Maidthorn Group, is the specialist incubator for global passion niches, building digital-first brands in content-led niches. Examples include Marquee TV, the world’s leading performing arts streamer, and CountryLine, the global fan club app for country music.

Simon also supports strategy and development for a diverse portfolio of clients, from the most successful global media groups to the most disruptive digital challengers.

Simon has 25 years’ experience in the digital and creative industries. As leader of the global strategy & business development functions at the BBC, EMI Music and EMAP plc, Simon was at the heart of media’s transformation to digital in the 90s and 00s. At the BBC he was the first head of on demand media, leading the team that developed iPlayer. At EMI Music he championed a consumer-centric approach to music, pioneering the embrace of subscription services. At EMAP, he oversaw the successful sale of its rich portfolio of mainstream and niche brands to Bauer Media in 2008.

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