MBA MEC

MBA Media & Entertainment Conference: The premiere event for MBA students exploring careers in media, entertainment, and technology.

keynote speakers

Pascal desroches

Pascal Desroches is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Turner, a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries. Pascal is responsible for all of Turner’s financial operations as well as working closely with the Turner parent company Time Warner Inc. on various financial matters, including mergers & acquisitions, forecasting and reporting.  Pascal is also responsible for Turner’s global technology, security and facilities organizations.

Prior to joining Turner, Pascal was the senior vice president and controller of Time Warner Inc.  He was responsible for overseeing internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, procurement services, shared services program management office, as well as working as a key member of the management team on mergers & acquisitions and other transactions. 

Prior to joining Time Warner, Pascal was a partner in KPMG LLP’s Department of Professional Practice – Assurance & Advisory Services in New York.  Prior to being admitted into KPMG LLP’s partnership, Pascal was a professional accounting fellow with the Office of the Chief Accountant at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Pascal is an honors graduate of St. John’s University where he received a BS in accounting.  He received an MBA, with a concentration in corporate finance and management of organization, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Pascal is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  He was also a member of AICPA’s Accounting Standards Executive Committee from September 2004 through September 2007.  Pascal is on the board of directors of New Alternatives for Children and Prep for Prep, a member of the board of advisors at St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business, and a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Institute for Tele-Information.  Pascal is also on the board of directors of Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation.  

Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 

Kathleen Grace

Kathleen Grace is the chief executive officer of New Form. She guides the company’s mission to become the next generation studio by driving all aspects of creating, distributing and marketing high-quality, scripted programming for today’s millennial audiences. As an experienced creator herself, Grace is uniquely qualified to deeply understand all aspects of the business.

Since launching New Form in March 2014, Grace and the New Form team have developed and produced 43 pilots, with 22 projects being sold into series to a variety of distribution partners, including TBS, go90, Freeform, CW The Seed and Refinery29. One of the seven scripted series sold to go90 is RePlay, written and produced by Grace. As both a studio head and creator, Grace is an industry leader that offers a distinct point of view on the future of entertainment. She currently serves on the advisory boards for VidCon, the Austin Film Festival and Women in Animation. Additionally, Grace was recently selected for Broadcasting & Cable's 2017 “Digital All-Stars” list and Variety’s 2017 “Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch.”

Before assuming her current leadership role at New Form in 2014, Grace served as head of creative development for YouTube Space LA, a studio dedicated to YouTube content creators and collaboration. While at YouTube, Grace was the driving force behind the concept, build out and development of the company's YouTube Space initiative, establishing studios in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.

Prior to joining YouTube, she was vice president of production and programming at Next New Networks, which was acquired by YouTube in 2011. In this capacity, she oversaw the production of original series and spearheaded projects with emerging online talent. Grace has also created several notable web series as an independent producer, including the critically acclaimed The Burg and Vuguru’s mockumentary, The All for Nots.

Grace attended McGill University and is based in Los Angeles, California.