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September 15-15, 2017 | New York, NY

The excitement of honorees and their families, friends, and co-workers was tangible at Manhattan’s Midtown Lofts last Friday at the 3rd annual Cynopsis 2017 Rising Star Awards, the ceremony saluting the best and brightest media industry professionals under 30.  The event recognized 77 young people for their drive and outstanding work in media so far. Prior to the ceremony’s start, attendees gathered for cocktails on the venue’s rooftop terrace, which featured breath-taking views of the Empire State Building. Everyone then made their way into the event space for the ceremony and the accolades began.

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During the acceptance remarks, many of which were received with applause and enthusiastic hoots of approval from the audience, one honoree joked that if she could be a TV character, she’d choose Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi. Megan Cotter of Discovery Communications remarked that she wished she could combine “Leslie [Knope]’s passion with Ron Swanson’s appreciation of a good scotch,” both characters from NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Joann Park of Turner said that in ten years she sees herself “leading content strategy and telling stories of people who’ve been overlooked, so no one feels invisible.” Samantha Fenimore of one2one Media hopes to be in “a position where I’m learning something new every day and feel excited about the industry – like I am today.” Diane Fabrizio of Zenith said she dreams of being CEO of a Fortune 500 tech company, and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

Before the awards began, guests were asked to share career advice that was posted at the party for all to read. One person offered, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward… so when life is dragging you back with challenges, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.” With observations like this, the Cynopsis 2017 Rising Stars will climb quickly, indeed.

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Awards Reception

September 15, 2017 | 3-5 PM

Midtown Lofts | NYC

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2017 Rising Star Honorees

  • Anja Adžić

    Global Accounts Manager
  • Kelly Andersen

    Manager, MTV, VH1 & LOGO Communications
  • Jenna Anthony

    Associate Director of Development, ESPN Films
  • Thomas Atkins

    Digital Media Supervisor
  • Allison Baker

    Publicity Coordinator
  • Susana Baker

    Associate Manager, Ad Sales Marketing
  • Selam Belay

    Account Coordinator
  • Whitney Bell

    Director, Communications
  • Ned Berger

    Director, Consumer Marketing
  • Paige Bonanno

    Associate Producer
  • Jackie Booth

    Director of Product and Ad Operations
  • Katrina Bucu

    Manager, Integrated Marketing
  • Ty Budde

    Director of Accounts
  • Rachel Burns

  • Dani Calogera

    Group Account Director
  • Suzanne Chalet

    Senior Manager, Digital Pricing and Yield
  • Louise Chapman

    Marketing Manager
  • Elizabeth Cieszko

    Sr. Manager, Strategic Marketing Initiatives - Corporate Symphony Division
  • Haley Clarke

    Digital/Social Media Associate
  • Andrew Cohn

    Director, Marketing Solutions
  • Megan Cotter

    Social Media Specialist
  • Matthew Crane

    Director of Digital Account Services
  • Kerrilyn Curtin

    Director of Market Research and Planning
  • Michael DeSimone

    Manager, Social Intelligence
  • Sara DeViney

    Marketing Manager
  • Zach Deckler

    Account Executive
  • Kassie Deng

    Director, Marketing & Partner Insights
  • Ashley DesChamps

    Business Affairs Associate
  • Adam Donaldson

  • Suzanne Eckl

    Manager of Development
  • Danielle Fabrizio

    Vice President, Data & Platform Solutions, Audience Solutions Group
  • Cara Feeney

    Senior Partnerships Manager
  • Samantha Fenimore

    Associate Director
  • Steven Giampiccolo

    Associate Director, SYFY for NBC Universal
  • Ashley Griffis

    Director of Children’s Entertainment
  • Lyndsey Grubbs

    Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Michelle Hinchey

    Director Corporate Communications
  • Ashley Insalaco

    Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Anthony Izzo

    Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Jacqueline Vinci

    Manager-Integrated Marketing
  • Brittany Kennedy

  • Lena Kravitz

    Director of Marketing / Head of Corporate Marketing
  • Vikram Kulkarni

    Director, Client Service - Digital
  • Lauren LaCorazza

    Supervisor, Media Planning & Strategy
  • Erin Lim

    Host, E! News Productions
  • Skyler Logsdon

    Media Buyer
  • Miguel Lorenzo

    Senior Manager of digital product development for Telemundo Deportes
  • Anita Mahadik

    Manger of Finance
  • Jelena Manevska

    Team Lead, Trading Ops
  • Édgar Martínez

    Vice President of Editorial and Content
  • Marisa Mazart

    Games Producer
  • Katla McGlynn

    Social Editor
  • Michael Rosen

    Associate Counsel
  • Liane Nadeau

    VP/Director, Programmatic Media
  • Sara Navaridas

    Operations Client Engineer
  • Meredith Nelson

    Supervisor, Strategy
  • Joann Park

    Manager of Audience Intelligence, Great Big Story
  • Alex Proujansky

    Supervisor, Social Marketplace
  • Anna Rogers

    Director of Experiential Marketing - NFL
  • Brittany Rollheiser

    Associate Director, Partner, Digital Investment, North America
  • Zach Rosen

    Vice President, Publisher Development
  • Jennifer Schuster

    Manager, Original Programming
  • Alex Shipper

    Director of Sports Sponsorships, Turner Sports
  • Peter Showalter

    Manager, Digital Media
  • Wright Sibbald

    Digital Distribution Associate
  • Kristina Stafford

    Director, Public Relations
  • Jennifer Sun

    Revenue Product Manager
  • Nikki Suseck

    Publicist, Velocity
  • Brielle Urssery

    Senior Manager, Program Planning & Scheduling
  • Maria VanBuskirk

    Media Supervisor
  • Scott Walker

    Associate Director, National Video
  • Maria Vera Whelan

    Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Nicole Winter

    Associate Planning Director
  • Alexandra-Rose Woog

    Manager, Marketing & Branded Content
  • Christina Yeotsas

    Senior Coordinator, Corporate Communications
  • Alyssa Zeleznik

    Account Executive
  • Ariel Zuckerman

    Art Director | Environmental Design


Midtown Lofts & Terrace

267 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016


Thanks to Our 2017 Wine Sponsor!



For questions related to awards registration or trophies,

Cathy Pearson

Cathy Pearson
Marketing Coordinator
Cynopsis Media


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Cynopsis Media


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