OZY Media Announces Business and Thought Leaders – Including Four “Sharks” – for OZY Fest


OZY Media Announces Business and Thought Leaders – Including Four “Sharks” – for OZY Fest

Fourth Annual Festival Taking Place On Central Park’s Iconic Great Lawn Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21

This year’s OZY Fest attendees can expect to be challenged intellectually by trailblazers from a sundry of industries. 

Lineup now includes business leaders Robert Herjavec, Marc Lasry, Mike Moe, Vivek Ranadivé, Kirsten Green, and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s, in addition to thought leaders Jameela Jamil, tennis player James Blake, Natalie Wynn, Vicky DeVille, Mecca Verdell, and more to come.

Tickets available now at www.ozyfest.com

Mountain View, CA — May 28, 2019 — OZY Media, the media company renowned for delivering “the new and the next” to the Change Generation, today reveals the business and thought leaders that will be joining the fourth annual OZY Fest, which will take place on the iconic Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, July 20th, and Sunday, July 21st. The unprecedented two-day event has been embraced by the City of New York as “New York City’s answer to SXSW.” A limited number of early-bird tickets are available now at www.ozyfest.com.

Trailblazers from politics, business, technology, the arts and more are part of this year’s OZY Fest lineup. Attendees can expect to engage in thought-provoking conversations and to get inspired by professionals, entrepreneurs, actors, and more. Joining the list of talent are ahead-of-the-curve business leaders, including Robert Herjavec, Marc Lasry, Mike Moe, Vivek Ranadivé, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s and Kirsten Green, and thought leaders Jameela Jamil, tennis player James Blake, Natalie Wynn, Vicky DeVille and Mecca Verdell. The OZY Fest program will now include a chance for audience members to hear from, interact with, and even pitch for, stars of the primetime TV show Shark Tank — Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec and Alex Rodriguez.

In addition to bringing business and thought leaders, OZY Fest will have music, comedy, food and more. OZY Fest brings together today’s hottest musical artists, laugh-out-loud comedians, and some of the world’s most esteemed leaders and innovators like never before. It’s a new kind of festival that defies categorization; The New York Times called OZY Fest “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair” and Thrillist proclaimed it “the only NYC summer festival you need to attend.”

Offering intellectual provocation and edgy comedy alongside peak-summer sets from some of music’s hottest acts, this year’s headliners include musicians John Legend, Miguel and ARIZONA, politicians Stacey Abrams and Gov. John Kasich; comedians Trevor Noah, Dulce Sloan, and Ronny Chieng; thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz, and Spike Lee; chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Padma Lakshmi and Rachel Ray, and many more to be announced. The Festival will be co-hosted by OZY co-founder Carlos Watson and MLB all star Alex Rodriguez.

Watch a preview of OZY Fest 2019 HERE.

OZY Fest 2018 attracted over 20,000 guests who danced to the music of Common, Passion Pit, Young the Giant and Grouplove, laughed with Michele Wolf, Chelsea Handler and Hasan Minhaj, ate with Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi, and had their minds blown with thought provoking ideas from  Malcolm Gladwell, Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove and many more. Previous OZY Fests included Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Samantha Bee, Issa Rae, Jason Derulo, Katie Couric, Sen. Cory Booker, Jeb Bush, Eddie Huang and many more.

About OZY Media

With 50 million monthly unique users and five million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering original content with an eye toward the future via its digital, podcast and TV platforms, as well as events. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners, including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, Huffington Post and many more. Guest editors have included Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Kamala Harris and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Founded in 2013 by Emmy Award–winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, OZY is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors such as Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Marc Lasry and Tom Franco, and a significant investment from German publishing giant Axel Springer.