An expert in workflow design and “an energetic, passionate devotee of continuous improvement”, Kilian Schalk founded PurpleGray in New York City in 2014 to create an alternative to the fear-based stagnation that can be so prevalent in publishing. He firmly believes (and plans to share evidence) that secure employment and employee-centered collaboration can work miracles in a multi-channel environment… not least for the business strategy it supports.
Most recently he was the architect and leader of the 2015-17 ‘Moonshot’ effort to transform America Magazine into America Media, successfully positioning one of the oldest periodicals in the United States to ‘lead the conversation about faith and culture’. He also guided as well as created the blueprint for the 2018 overhaul of Vanity Fair’s workflow.
In helping clients large and small re-think and re-invent how they produce (multi-channel) content, Kilian makes a point of training trainers to keep the change process going.
Before PurpleGray, as Managing Editor for Editorial Development at Condé Nast, he helped define and implement cultural change across eighteen titles. Prior to that he spent eleven years as Technical Director of Digital Projects for the New Yorker, where he was integral to the launch of the magazine’s website, digital archive, and kindle, nook, audible.com and iPad editions. Kilian was also the youngest Production Manager in Rolling Stone history, began his publishing career in Prague, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vassar College. He is a citizen of the United States and France.Back
What our attendees say…
For me, it’s vital that I attend the FIPP World Media Congress. It’s the one place to learn about the international industry developments and to meet key contacts in person, so it’s the best use of my time and money.
Yolanda Ausin Castaneda, General Manager
Asociación de Revistas de Informacion (ARI), Spain
The FIPP World Media Congress is a place for us to do business and meet publishers from around the world, both existing partners that we have relationships with and new ones that can help us expand our brands globally.
Kevin LaBonge, Vice President, Global Licensing
Penske Media, USA
I’ve been to every FIPP World Media Congress since 2015. It’s a great opportunity to sit down with potential customers and show them what we do. It’s a great event.
Jonny Kaldor, Co-Founder & CEO
If I were a doctor, and you were my patient and a media company, my prescription would be ‘go to the FIPP World Media Congress’.
John Wilpers, Senior Director, US
Innovation Media Group, USA
It’s the place to feel the pulse of the industry, to see what’s changed and what the new trends are. As well as the big-name speaker presentations, the networking opportunities are invaluable for us.
Dragana Trivanovic, Client Relations & Event Manager
Content Insights, Serbia
The FIPP World Media Congress is one of the biggest, most established and most important events in the industry. It combines great networking with great presentations – real-world, practical insights that you can take back to the office and put into practice straight away.
Chris Kerwin, Managing Director, Food Group
Immediate Media Co., UK