SXSW Announces More Featured Speakers, Including Keynote From Spotify, Gimlet & Anchor Execs

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Filmmaker PJ Raval will deliver another keynote, with other guests including author Safi Bahcall, journalist Katie Couric and entrepreneur/model Ashley Graham.

South by Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW) announced the final round of keynote and featured speakers on Wednesday (Feb. 27).

Among the keynotes for the March 8–17 event are filmmaker PJ Raval and a conversation between Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, Gimlet co-founder Matt Lieber and Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano.

According to a press release, "the conversation will range from content creation and episodic production to how creator tools will evolve from a product standpoint. Join Ostroff, Lieber, and Mignano for their first collective interview since Spotify acquired podcasting companies Gimlet and Anchor. Together they’ll discuss the enormous opportunity in audio and why they believe the next phase of growth starts."

Included in the featured speaker lineup are author Safi Bahcall, journalist Katie Couric, actress Kaitlyn Dever, actress Beanie Feldstein, actress/director Jodie Foster, MasterClass CEO/cofounder David Rogier, entrepreneur/model Ashley Graham, journalist/author Malcolm Gladwell, writer/director Noah Hawley, actress Billie Lourd and NBC News president Noah Oppenheim.

“SXSW continues to be a unique destination for innovation and discovery,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW's chief programming officer. “The addition of groundbreaking filmmakers like PJ Raval and influential voices like Ashley Graham and Malcolm Gladwell expresses the depth of the event, and we’re so pleased about how the whole of Conference programming has come together.”

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