Distinguished Speaker Series

Robert Kyncl ’95 is the chief business officer at YouTube where he oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy. Previously, Robert was vice president of content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company’s content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet. Robert has been listed in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report as one of their "disruptors," Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, Billboard’s Power 100 List, Billboard’s International Power Players List, Billboard’s Digital Power Players List, and AdWeek’s 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing. Robert was also the keynote speaker at the 2016 Consumer Technology Association Conference. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. He is married to fellow alumna Luz Avila Kyncl '96. They reside with their two daughters in Los Angeles, California.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Television has changed more and more in the last 10 years than in the previous 50, with firms like YouTube and Netflix reimagining the traditional viewing experience. Where content was once scarce — a few channels, a few hit shows, a few films in theaters — now it is abundant. Where media once had to have the broadest appeal possible, now narrow content focused and marketed to a particular niche can succeed. Robert Kyncl '95 will discuss the rapid changes taking place in the media marketplace and what those changes mean for media and entertainment.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

7:30 p.m. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 100

Reserved seating. Dessert reception to follow event. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.


Tickets also available through:

McKenna Theatre Box Office:
March 28- April 28, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Will call and box office tables will also be open one hour prior to the event in the Lecture Center lobby.


For ticket information, please call 845-257-3880.
For information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and sponsorship recognition opportunities, please call 845-257-3972 or development@newpaltz.edu.