John Morgan (Moderator) - Senior Producer, Melcher Media
John Morgan is a senior producer at Melcher Media. He works on print and digital projects for major brands and companies, including NBCUniversal (usanetwork.com/mrrobot/book), Microsoft (microsoft.com/FutureVisions), Ubisoft (NewYorkCollapse.com), Accenture, Autodesk, PepsiCo, and more. He was previously the director of digital publishing for Penguin Group (USA), a creative director at DC Comics/Warner Bros., and a book editor for Penguin.
Molly Barton - Co-Founder, Serial Box
Molly Barton is a cofounder of Serial Box Publishing. Previously she was Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House where she lead the global ebook business, and digital product innovation and content strategy, in addition to building the community-curated publishing platform Book Country. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she has also recently served as a faculty member of the Writing Program.
Hugh Howey - Author, Wayfinder
Hugh Howey is the New York Times best-selling author of the books Wool, Sand, and Beacon 23. As a self-published artist, Howey has developed authentic, direct, and lasting dialogue with his fans that has changed the course of his work. He believes that fan fiction and the malleability of stories are the purest form of storytelling, as traditional oral storytelling relied heavily on audience participation. He holds that social media has allowed an audience of millions to become a small village again.
Prior to his career as a writer, Howey spent a decade captaining yachts. He now combines his love of sailing with his love of writing by penning novels from the deck of his catamaran, which he is sailing around the world.
Liisa McCloy-Kelley - VP & Director eBook Development and Innovation, Random House
Liisa McCloy-Kelley is the VP, director of ebook development & innovation at Penguin Random House.
Liisa McCloy-Kelley is responsible for leading the charge as Penguin Random House works to create innovative new ebook products and drive new functionality for the ebook marketplace. She has been with the company for more than 25 years and co-leads a corporate team of more than 50 developers, designers and producers dedicated to advancing ebook production and innovation in support of our authors and their stories. Since 2000, she has worked on a variety of ebook standards with numerous organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the IDPF. She has spoken at many industry conferences and has taught at Wellesley and at the New York University Publishing Center.
Charles Melcher - Founder & Director, Melcher Media
Charles Melcher is the founder and director of the Future of StoryTelling (FoST), which gathers a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is changing in the digital age. FoST produces the annual invitation-only FoST Summit in New York—now entering its fifth year—as well as exhibitions, an annual series of short films, regular influencer salons, tech tastings, workshops, a blog, and other social media content aimed at its network of over half a million followers. He was the curator of the recent exhibition Sensory Stories, which showcased an array of new narrative experiences and attracted more than 45,000 visitors to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and Montreal’s Phi Centre.
Melcher is also the founder and CEO of Melcher Media, Inc., an award-winning book producer, app developer, video maker, and branded content company whose clients include major international brands such as Microsoft, PepsiCo, Lexus, Adobe, and Ubisoft. Melcher Media has won numerous design awards and has produced 25 New York Times best sellers, including the recent #1 best seller Hamilton: The Revolution, the official companion to the smash-hit Broadway musical. Melcher was also a founding partner of Push Pop Press, a software company that collaborated with Melcher Media on the iOS app Al Gore—Our Choice and went on to be acquired by Facebook. Two of Melcher Media’s apps, Our Choice and Facebook Paper, were the recipients of prestigious Apple Design Awards.