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Actress and Comedian Franchesca Ramsey to Host IAB Podcast Upfront 2020

Ramsey Will be Joined by “Host of Talk is Jericho”, Chris Jericho, Host of “Our America” Julián Castro, and Host and Reporter of NPR’s “Planet Money”, Sarah Gonzalez; IAB Unveils Final Schedule for Three Day Event

NEW YORK, NY (September 1, 2020) – IAB today announced actress and comedian Franchesca Ramsey will host this year’s virtual IAB Podcast Upfront 2020 from September 9 to September 11. With more than 2,500 registered to attend next week’s event, the Podcast Upfront 2020 will shatter all previous audience records—highlighting the growing prominence of podcasts in the U.S.

Ramsey is a writer, actress and video blogger based out of New York City. A former writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, most recently she wrote for the 2020 Oscars and is currently the host of the MTV News web series Decoded.

“Franchesca is the perfect host for this year’s record-breaking event,” said David Cohen, President, IAB. “She is someone who’s helped redefine the possibilities of digital entertainment and we’re looking forward to having her lead us through three days of incredible presentations and insights on the power of podcasts.”

“I’m honored to host podcasting’s biggest event with such an incredible roster of trailblazing presenters,” said Franchesca Ramsey. “I’m also excited to be joined by three amazing co-hosts, but mostly I’m hyped to be part of an event that won’t be filmed in my living room.”

Ramsey will be teamed with co-hosts:

  • Wednesday (9/9): Sarah Gonzalez, Host and Reporter, NPR’s Planet Money
  • Thursday (9/10): Chris Jericho, Host of Talk is Jericho, Westwood One Podcast Network
  • Friday (9/11): Julián Castro, Host, “Our America,” Lemonada Media
IAB Podcast Upfront Schedule (September 9 – 11)
All times are in EST; Timing is not exact and subject to change as there will be a mixture of pre-recorded and live events throughout the day.
Wednesday, September 9
Thursday, September 10
Friday, September 11
12:00 PM – Opening Keynote:
Tom Webster
12:00 PM – ESPN
12:00 PM – Westwood One
12:15 PM – NPR
12:25 PM – Barstool Sports
12:30 PM – PMM
12:40 PM – IAB Welcome with
David Cohen
12:45 PM – ViacomCBS
12:50 PM – Live Recording of the
Monthly Report Podcast
12:45 PM – Cadence13 and Pineapple
Street Studios,both part of
Entercom’s podcast network
1:05 PM – Vox Media Podcast Network
1:25 PM – ART19
1:10 PM – Forever Dog Productions
1:25 PM – LAist
1:45 PM – Authentic
1:25 PM – AdsWizz*
2:00 PM – American Public Media
2:10 PM – Meredith Corporation
1:55 PM – Stitcher
2:20 PM – Acast featuring BBC
2:30 PM – Digiday Podcast Upfront
Wrap Party
2:20 PM – Wondery
2:45 PM – Podsights*
2:40 PM – WarnerMedia Podcast Network
2:55 PM – Pushkin Industries
2:55 PM – iHeartRadio
3:10 PM – The New York Times
3:20 PM – Sony Music Entertainment
* Indicates insights presentation

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About IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is comprised of more than 650 leading media companies, brands, and the technology firms responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital ad marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, IAB develops technical standards and solutions. IAB is committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., the trade association advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, IAB is headquartered in New York City.

IAB Media Contacts
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