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The New Tastemakers: Viceland and Cultural Criticism


The New Tastemakers: Viceland and Cultural Criticism

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

When it debuted in February, Viceland pledged to buck the conventional wisdom that millennials will continue to flee TV. In their initial slate of programming, Viceland has introduced programs with unique voices who shed light on aspects of our culture (food, music, travel, fashion, film), making these subjects personal and helping viewers understand the world that we live in. See how they do it. RSVP

Nomi Ernst Leidner, SVP, Development, Viceland  

A multiple Emmy nominee for her work on VICELAND, Nomi Ernst Leidner been with VICELAND since the channel’s launch as an executive producer and development executive. Ernst Leidner was named SVP, Development in June 2016.

In her current role, she helps steer unscripted development for VICELAND, working with the internal development team as well as with outside talent and producers to create new and exciting programs for VICELAND’S growing young audience. In her previous post as Executive Producer, Ernst Leidner oversaw the production and launch of VICELAND’s “States of Undress,” and the network’s first Emmy nominated programming -- “Gaycation” with Ellen Page, and “WOMAN” with Gloria Steinem. 

Before coming to VICELAND, Ernst Leidner was the VP of Development for MTV’s news and documentary division, where she launched the successful series, “Catfish: The TV Show,” among other signature programs for that network. She began her television career as a producer for CBS's 48 Hours with Dan Rather. 

A native of Mt. Kisco, NY and graduate of Vassar College, Ernst Leider lives in New York City with her husband.

Nick Weidenfeld, President, Programming, Viceland

Nick Weidenfeld is an Emmy Award-winning producer who joined VICELAND after seven years as Head of Development for Adult Swim, where he oversaw such acclaimed shows as the Peabody Award winning animated series “The Boondocks,” as well as “Children’s Hospital” “Robot Chicken” and “Loiter Squad.” He serves as President of Programming for the youth oriented network, overseeing developing and current programming.
After his stint at Adult Swim, Weidenfeld was tapped by then FOX President, Kevin Reilly to create ADHD Studios, which produced content for both FOX and FX.
A native of Washington DC, Weidenfeld attended Columbia University and splits his time between L.A. and New York with his wife and son.

Moderator: Steven Rosenbaum, CEO,

Steven Rosenbaum is an Author, Entrepreneur and Curator. He’s founded five companies in the content space,  with a drive to connect consumers, storytellers, and brands. Rosenbaum is known as the father of UGC (user-generated content) as the creator of the groundbreaking series MTV News Unfiltered.

Rosenbaum is the CEO of a video curation and channel aggregation web site that was founded by Senator Cory Booker. Rosenbaum’s purchased Waywire in October 2013, and brought together the two technologies and operations. Together and power 100 enterprise video curation sites, and aggregate and curate another 500 sites. Techcrunch reported the purchase saying was buying Waywire to create a "Consumer Curation Powerhouse.” 

A sought after speaker, Rosenbaum’s passion for the emerging content ecosystem has had him presenting to audiences across the US and Abroad. Talks include SXSW, TED,  BBC,  IEEE Globecom,  DLD, IAB,  Pivot, Digital Now, DevLearn, Tools Of Change and the Monaco Media Forum. His weekly writing includes a column for and Huffington Post Technology.  As well as regular contributions to Fast Company,  Columbia Journalism Review,  Business Insider, Mashable and The Atlantic.