Brian O’Leary, Principal, Magellan Media Consulting, USA

Brian O’Leary is Principal of Magellan Media Consulting, which works with publishers seeking support in content workflows, benchmarking and financial analysis. He writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he has edited “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that was published in 2012 by O’Reilly Media.

He is also the author of research reports on: the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain; territorial rights in the digital age; and best practices in digital exports. O’Leary has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing, two reports published by O’Reilly Media in 2009.

Before he became a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., where he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm’s prior technology investments. O’Leary came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.’s weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. He joined Time Inc. after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.

“Outlook: Perspectives on the Road Ahead”

Our closing panel considers the conference themes – strategy and goals, IT’s role, customer focus and new business models – from the standpoints of a publishing startup, an independent author and a publishing innovation lab. We’ll explore what works, and what doesn’t work, for those laboring at the leading edges of our industry.

(with Zoë Beck, Jörg Rheinboldt and Benjamin Wüstenhagen)