Janet Balis is an accomplished media executive with extensive experience in cross-platform media. She is a partner in EY’s Advisory Services leading the global consulting business for the media and entertainment industry. The practice works across a broad range of clients including agencies, broadcast and cable networks, cable and satellite providers, and publishers.
Immediately prior to joining EY, she was a Partner and led the Innovation Lab at Betaworks, a highly innovative studio of digital startups and investments including new media formats, social content and data science companies. Before Betaworks, Balis was Publisher of The Huffington Post, leading the business organization for this highly innovative, cross-platform global brand. She also led Sales Strategy and Partnerships at AOL, post-spin-off, including leading the AOL’s participation in the first-ever Digital Content Newfronts.
Prior to AOL, Janet was EVP, Media Sales and Marketing for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), overseeing ad sales and marketing across broadcast, digital and print media. Janet also worked for Time Warner eight years at both AOL and Time Inc. She advised premier media companies through her own consultancy Digital Media Strategies, including Discovery, About.com, Turner Broadcasting, The Weather Channel and Warner Bros. Television.
Janet has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Columbia University. She is on the board of PRX, the International Academy of Arts and Sciences, and She Runs It (formerly Advertising Women of NY). She also serves as an advisor to the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. You can follow her on Twitter: @digitalstrategy.