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Melissa de la Rama Melissa de la Rama, Vice President, Distribution, WarnerMedia
Twitter ID: @WarnerMedia

Melissa de la Rama is Vice President, Partnership Management for the Sales & Distribution team at WarnerMedia. She is responsible for growing HBO Max, HBO, Cinemax, Turner Networks', and Warner Bros. subscription and transactional content sales across digital distribution partners including Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung. Prior to WarnerMedia, de la Rama was at 20th Century Fox where she managed revenue generation activities of Fox movies and TV content through global digital accounts. Before Fox, de la Rama was at Warner Bros. where she developed and implemented retail strategy for New Release films. De la Rama received her MBA from NYU Stern and her bachelor's from Wellesley College. She lives in Southern California with her wife, Rabbi Heather Miller, and their two young sons. About WarnerMedia WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others, as well as Xandr's suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).


Domenic DiMeglio Domenic DiMeglio, Chief Marketing Officer, Paramount Streaming


Robert Gelick Robert Gelick, Chief Product Officer, Paramount
Twitter ID: @paramountco

Rob Gelick is the Chief Product Officer of Paramount Streaming, where he leads the majority of Paramounts' direct-to-consumer entertainment experiences and network-based sites, apps and SVOD services, including Paramount+. Previously, Gelick was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment Digital where he oversaw CBS All Access, the CBS apps, and CBS.com, as well as the CBS Television Distribution Digital businesses. Prior to CBS, Gelick was one of the founding executives at Helio where he envisioned, developed and managed an award-winning portfolio of mobile social networking and media services including the industry's first MySpace mobile service, the first complete YouTube Mobile offering. Gelick started his career as an Industrial Designer after receiving his BFA in Industrial Design at the University of Michigan.


Amit Nag Amit Nag, Vice President - Entertainment & Education, TELUS

Amit is a pioneer in streaming media and leads content development, content licensing and entertainment product development teams at TELUS. Amit created PlayStation Vue the first & highest rated streaming pay television service in the United States and was awarded an Emmy for pioneering streaming television. He has helped drive change in the entertainment sector by launching the first streaming pay per view service, negotiating the first OTT network licensing and a-la-carte deals and developing new technologies like Cloud DVR and Digital Ad Replacement. As a strategy consultant at Bain, Amit advised some of the world’s largest media and technology companies on industry defining strategic decisions.


Nandhu Nandhakumar Nandhu Nandhakumar, Senior Vice President, Office of the CTO, LG Electronics / LG Technology Center of America


Katherine Pond Katherine Pond, Group Vice President, Platform Content and Partnerships, VIZIO


		 Marty Roberts Marty Roberts, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Marketing, Brightcove
Twitter ID: @Marty_Roberts6

Marty Roberts is the SVP of Product Strategy and Marketing for Brightcove, the trusted leader in streaming technology. Roberts is responsible for defining a differentiated strategy to enhance Brightcove’s market-leading products and services and leading product marketing to ensure each innovation advances the impact of streaming media for our customers. Marty joined Brightcove upon the organization's acquisition of Wicket Labs, where he was CEO and co-founder.
 
Before founding Wicket Labs, he served as co-CEO of thePlatform, a subsidiary of Comcast and a leading video management company for major media and entertainment companies. Marty spent nine years at thePlatform, in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He also previously held marketing and product leadership roles at Giftcertificates.com and RealNetworks.


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Nii Addy Nii Addy, Chief Marketing Officer, Philo

Nii Mantse Addy is head of marketing for Philo. In this role he sets strategy around brand, customer acquisition, retention and marketing partnerships for the subscription service. Nii helped steward Philo to explosive growth since the end of 2017 as part of the launch team. Having tripled subscribers multiple years in a row, Philo leads all pay tv providers in growth going into 2021. As Philo increases focus on insights and innovation, marketing supports the business to drive personalized experiences, community-oriented features, and marketing channels that speak directly to specific cohorts of users. Before Philo, Nii built his career at Comcast, leading marketing for an advertising supported streaming video initiative, and with Deloitte Digital as a marketing strategy consultant. His marketing experience was preceded by a stint in the finance industry that nurtured a strong analytical acumen. Nii earned an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a degree in economics from Swarthmore College.


Susan Agliata Susan Agliata, Director, Business Development, OTT Ecosystem, Samsung Electronics
Twitter ID: @susanagliata

A Media Play News’ 2021 40 Under 40 Honoree, Susan Agliata’s resume boasts a litany of industry powerhouses including Google, The New York Times, Vice Media, and Samsung, where she’s currently serving as a Director of Business Development. Since joining the team in 2020 she’s closed key deals with the largest global streaming services, but Agliata is doing more than just driving revenue - she’s steering the future of entertainment. With an unparalleled ability to develop and cultivate strategic partnerships across platforms and across the globe, Agliata is passionate about bringing a diversity of content to a worldwide audience. Her professional experience spans from New York to San Francisco, and from London to Copenhagen; but, regardless of where she’s conducting business, Agliata’s focus remains at the intersection of tech and media.


Shikha Arora Shikha Arora, EVP Engineering and GM MAZ, Zype Inc.,

Shikha Arora is the EVP Engineering and GM MAZ at Zype Inc., the video infrastructure company that enables video publishes build awesome video products for their customers.

She was previously the Founder and CEO of MAZ Systems Inc that helped video publishers distribute content across apps stores and CTV platforms. She holds a B.E.(Hons.) degree from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and she was honored by PEC University of Technology as a “Distinguished Alumni”.


John Baker John Baker, Head of Communications Planning and Media, DiGo (DiMassimo Goldstein)
Twitter ID: @DiGoBrands

L John Baker is a marketing communications professional with 35 years of experience working with some of the largest marketers and brands in the world including Citigroup, Comcast, Vodafone, Colgate, P&G, Kraft, Nestle, AT&T, and IBM. His work includes experience across a wide range of disciplines, including brand strategy, advertising strategy and creative development, integrated communication planning, digital+data infrastructure development and design, media planning and buying, brand identity and design, marketing sciences and analytics, and global and pan-regional business. The agencies he has worked for include Publicis, Wavemaker, Red Fuse, Mindshare, Ogilvy, BBDO, EuroRSCG, Publicis and Y&R. John has been privileged to work on campaigns that have won numerous awards, including One Show (P&G), Cannes (P&G), Effie (P&G) and ARF David Ogilvy (Sprint). His passion is in driving omni-channel solutions and building integrated and collaborative teams across disciplines, where ideas and insights are the most valuable currency, people feel empowered to take risks, where contributions are valued and recognized, and where everyone learns from each other. John is currently Head of Communications Planning and Media at DiGo (DiMassimo Goldstein), the leading Positive Behavior Change marketing communications agency, based in New York City. John is the father of 3 boys and 2 stepchildren and resides in Los Angeles. His life passions include the NY Yankees, the NY Jets, skiing, golf and history.


Mike Baron Mike Baron, Senior Vice President, Sales and Strategy, Americas, Friend MTS

As Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategy, Americas, Mike oversees business development for Friend MTS’ full suite of managed anti-piracy services for new and current partnerships with operators, rights holders and broadcasters. With a regional focus on the U.S. and South America, he is responsible for sales and marketing strategies as well as strategic growth plans, policy and procedures. With 25 years of industry experience, Mike previously served as Senior Vice President of Partnerships for Super League Gaming / Virtualis Studios, Vice President of Global Business Development and Special projects for Deluxe Entertainment Services, and Head of FOX Sports Enterprises. Mike is based in Los Angeles, California. 


Scott Barton Scott Barton, Chief Product Officer, MyBundle.TV

Scott Barton is Chief Product Officer at MyBundle.TV, the premier online platform connecting broadband providers with tools to simplify streaming television products and services. In this executive role, Scott is responsible for MyBundle.TV's efforts to simplify and optimize the streaming video landscape by identifying and executing solutions that align the interests of consumers, streaming services and broadband providers. Prior to joining MyBundle.TV, Scott was SVP, Product at WOW! (WideOpenWest), where he oversaw product strategy, pricing, and packaging for Broadband, Wi-Fi, and Pay-TV product lines. Prior to that, Scott spent more than 16 years at Starz, where he rose to Senior Vice President, Digital Programming and Products. In that position, Barton oversaw product strategy, content programming, and strategic partnerships for the STARZ App, starz.com, and Starz On Demand products across platforms, devices and OTT distribution partners.


Simon Brydon Simon Brydon, Senior Director, Sports Rights Anti-Piracy, Synamedia

Simon Brydon has worked as a senior executive in the sports industry for 20 years. He joined Synamedia in 2020 from Pitch International, a leading global sports marketing agency.

From 2008 to 2014, Simon ran the media and digital business of Racing UK where he was responsible for managing and distributing the media rights for the UK’s top 34 racecourses. Simon led the way with several ground-breaking digital media innovations including the first launch of a live subscription service on iPhone.

In 2003 he created Cycling Television, the live OTT sports TV channel broadcasting the best professional cycling globally. With over 220 days of racing, Cycling TV was a pioneering business and became a world leader in this emerging sector. In 2007 Simon sold the business to a Canadian media company.
  


Tracey Cameron Tracey Cameron, SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, Pac-12 Networks

As senior vice president of content distribution and marketing at Pac-12 Networks, Tracy Cameron serves as the primary contact for all MVPD contract negotiations, content licensing, AVOD/FAST and plays a key role in the development and execution of tailored and integrated marketing campaigns across the country. Cameron is also part of the leadership team at the Pac-12, where she is an active member in discussions on the overall strategy of the Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Networks.

Before joining Pac-12 Networks, Cameron worked for Fox Networks Group for over 15 years, most recently as director of distribution & marketing, where she led key distribution efforts and contract negotiations for FOX O&Os, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Sports 1, FX, and other networks across the West Region. Notably, Cameron developed customized regional sports marketing initiatives while at Fox which contributed to enhancing subscriber growth and growing affiliate revenue.

Cameron is actively involved with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), having served on the board of directors of the Northern California chapter and a director at large/advisor to the WICT Southern California chapter. She was also awarded Cable Industry’s “Woman to Watch” at the WICT So Cal LEA Awards early in her career.

Cameron is a Los Angeles local and a Southern California native, having graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in business economics and a minor in sports management.
 


Beth Clearfield Beth Clearfield, SVP, Global New Business Development, BBC Studios

As Senior Vice President, Global New Business Development, Beth Clearfield is responsible for the development of new digital markets and new customers for BBC Studios' services and programs in the North America and Latin America region, as well as internationally. Clearfield currently has a central role in determining business partnerships with digital platforms for BBC Studios' emerging direct-to-consumer businesses, including BBC Select and BBC Podcasts. In previous roles at BBC Studios, Clearfield was responsible for all digital distribution in North America and LatAm, directed content strategy for the region, managed program supply for BBC AMERICA, and oversaw a department that served as the central program information resource for all BBC Studios sales teams in North America and LatAm. She also served as BBC Studios' Global Account Director for Amazon, guiding the company's strategy in relation to this key client, and leading global sales and commissioning activities. A 20+-year veteran of BBC Studios, Clearfield's accomplishments include the company's first deals with clients such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple, Google, Vudu, Pluto, Yahoo!, AOL, Fullscreen, and iN Demand. She was instrumental in the development of BritBox (BBC Studios' joint venture SVoD service with ITV Studios) and worked on the conception of BBC AMERICA as well as BBC Studios' joint venture channels in Canada and Latin America. Clearfield graduated magna cum laude from Yale with a degree in Economics and Political Science and also studied at the Yale School of Drama and at NYU. She lives in New York City. 


Jon Cohen Jon Cohen, SVP, Business Development and Distribution, Frequency


Nick Colsey Nick Colsey, VP Business Development, Sony
Twitter ID: @sony

Nick Colsey is vice president of Business Development at Sony Electronics. In this role, he works with multiple Sony product categories and divisions to bring the connected user experience to consumers worldwide. A Sony veteran for over 20 years, Colsey was an integral member of the team responsible for Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video, the world's first smart TV platform. A pioneer in bringing Internet Video service providers to the TV screen, he led the team that launched the world's first 4K video store. Colsey leads a team that negotiates and executes partnerships with 3rd party services for distribution on Sony smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Previously, Colsey was involved in Sony Electronics initiatives in the U.S. with digital cable TV and digital video recorders. Prior to that, he worked in product planning in Sony HQ in Tokyo. Colsey holds an Industrial Design degree from Central-St. Martins in London. 


Guido Cugi Guido Cugi, Global Solutions Architect, Intertrust


Tim Cutting Tim Cutting, General Manager of Commercial, Reelgood
Twitter ID: @reelgoodapp

Tim Cutting is the GM of Commercial for Reelgood. Having spent the past eight years working with Tier 1 clients across the media landscape as head of North America for Gracenote, a Nielsen company, Tim has a passion for the right digital media user experiences. At Gracenote, Tim led their broadcast TV expansion into several new markets, the same trajectory he is on with Reelgood to help global customers adapt to this next generation of streaming TV. Before Gracenote, Tim was the founder and CEO of Niveus Media Inc., a digital media company funded by Intel, and worked closely with Microsoft for over ten years.


Rob Dillon Rob Dillon, Head of Digital Product, Straight Arrow News
Twitter ID: @crobertdillon

Rob Dillon is the Head of Product for Straight Arrow News, a startup news organization. Rob is an expert streaming media strategist bringing a multitude of skills to the table. Laser focused on the user experience, Rob has spent over fifteen years working in local newsrooms and as a consultant to radio and television stations with a defined emphasis on utilizing live streaming and OTT to better connect with their target audiences in new and innovative methods.


Peter Docherty Peter Docherty, CTO & Founder, ThinkAnalytics
Twitter ID: @thinkanalytics

One of the TV technology industry's top visionaries, Peter is a pioneer in video content discovery and personalized user experiences. Today ThinkAnalytics is the dominant player in its sector with the world's most deployed TV and video content discovery solution. Peter is not just a technologist but actively pursues advances in technology to aid business, particularly around customer marketing and personalization Prior to founding ThinkAnalytics more than 20 years ago, Peter worked at Hewlett-Packard on telecommunications signaling monitoring software. Before that he held various lead engineering positions at BT. Peter graduated in Computer Science and Microprocessor Systems from the University of Strathclyde, has an MBA with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School, and is a Chartered Engineer.


Serhad Doken Serhad Doken, Chief Technology Officer, Adeia
Twitter ID: @adeia_inc

Serhad Doken is responsible for the technology roadmap, research strategy and advanced R&D projects. Mr. Doken previously was the Executive, Director of Innovation & Product Realization at Verizon where he drove new 5G and Mobile Edge Computing powered services for Consumer and Enterprise Businesses. Prior to Verizon, Mr. Doken was VP, Innovation Partners at InterDigital focused on technology strategy and external R&D projects and partnerships. Prior to InterDigital, Mr. Doken worked on emerging mobile technology incubation at Qualcomm. Prior to this, Mr. Doken held positions at Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and PSI AG. Mr. Doken is an inventor on 30 issued worldwide patents over 90 worldwide applications. Mr. Doken has a Computer Engineering degree from Bosphorus University and has completed the M&A Executive Education Program at The Wharton School and the New Ventures Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.


Ira Dworkin Ira Dworkin, Managing Director - Communications, Media, & Entertainment, FPT Software

Ira Dworkin has lived at the intersection of media, entertainment, and technology for over two decades, building and driving both engineering and product organizations to deliver compelling B2B and B2C entertainment offerings. As an accomplished senior executive, he has been at the forefront of the evolution of streaming technologies and services. Ira has driven the creation and launch of cutting-edge consumer services for start-ups and well-established organizations, enhancing their agility and delivering sustainable competitive advantage. As managing director of FPT Software's CM&E practice in the US, Ira is responsible for partnering with CM&E leaders to strategize, architect, and execute on their key initiatives. Prior to joining FPT, Ira served in Chief Technology & Product roles for leading organizations including INTELITY, VUBIQUITY, DIRECTV, Blockbuster, Disney, and more.


Scott Ehrlich Scott Ehrlich, Chief Innovation Officer, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Twitter ID: @sehrlich

Scott Ehrlich has a track record of successfully creating new ventures in television, technology and new media. Currently he serves as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Corporate Strategy for Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) where he has created the company’s first dedicated cross functional research, development and strategy group to coordinate and accelerate efforts across content, technology, audience development and distribution.

In addition, Ehrlich oversees Sinclair’s Start-up business group, which includes Over the Air (OTA) Networks (Comet, Charge, and TBD) and Over The Top (OTT) Platforms (Stirr, NewsOn). Previously, Ehrlich was SVP, Growth Networks & Content for the company.

Earlier in his career, Ehrlich also served as Founder and CEO of Agility Studios, where he led the development of Agility’s award-winning franchise; The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, created by Jon M. Chu, into a multi-faceted business with three installments of the filmed entertainment property, distributed worldwide by Paramount. The production/show has been complimented by performances on television (including: So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The 82nd Academy Awards, Conan, and more), tours (Glee Live), corporate (including: Mini Live: Beijing and Google Zeitgeist Europe) and social media (Coke Zero: Make it Possible). The LXD received an International Emmy among many other accolades and awards.

Before Agility, Ehrlich founded and served as the Managing Partner at Impulse Media, a Seattle-based digital business consulting company, serving as an advisor to senior management at Sony Pictures Digital Networks, Rivals.com (sold to Yahoo), Infospace, Disney/ABC Digital Media Group, Navio Systems, DivX, iFilm (sold to MTV Networks), Lightningcast (sold to AOL), Rhythm Networks (sold to Blinkx), BBC, Weather Channel and Microsoft.

Prior to forming Impulse Media, Ehrlich served as Vice President of Media Acquisition and Distribution for RealNetworks, where he developed key strategies, negotiated, implemented and managed product deals and relationships for the site’s GoldPass and SuperPass services, and drove growth of its services to more than 1 million subscribers, creating one of the earliest Over the Top (OTT) video services in the industry. Previously, Ehrlich was Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Rival Networks, where he oversaw all aspects of the business including advertising sales, e-commerce, content, business development, marketing, public relations and creative services.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ehrlich was the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of News America Digital Publishing at News Corporation and Director of Audience Development at NBC Cable.

In addition, Ehrlich is a partner in the Los Angeles based production company Substance Over Hype, and just recently served as Executive Producer on Two Bellmen, Two Bellmen Two, Two Bellmen Three and Business Unusual for Marriott Content Studios.

Ehrlich received his master’s degree from The Graduate School of Political Management and his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two sons. He can be found on Twitter @sehrlich or on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/scottehrlich.
 


Steve Epstein Steve Epstein, Head of Innovation and Distinguished Engineer , Synamedia

Steve has worked for the past 23 Years at NDS, Cisco and Synamedia as distinguished engineer and VP of technology in the roles of Solution Architect, Technical Evangelist and Product manager. Steve owns over 40 patents in fields of video, cybersecurity, machine learning and analytics and is an expert in cybersecurity , DRM, Big Data, Conditional Access, machine learning, cloud computing, IP and broadcast television and Internet technologies. Steve has been the lead architect for some of the largest digital television systems including FOXTEL, Sky New Zealand, Astro and Sky Life in Korea and has worked on Satellite, Cable, terrestrial and OTT systems. Steve has lectured around the world on a multitude of technologies including at IBC, NAB, Broadcast Asia, European Data Science Summit and European Cybersecurity Conference. Steve has a MSEE from Columbia University and a BSEE Summa Cum Laude from Boston University.


Matthew Fite Matthew Fite, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix

Matthew Fite serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Verimatrix, a leading innovator in protecting digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered security. Having joined Verimatrix in 2008, he previously served in various engineering and development leadership roles, including senior vice president of engineering.


Andrew Fleming Andrew Fleming, COO, StreamLayer
Twitter ID: @streamlayer

Andrew Fleming is StreamLayer's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing a number of key functions for the sports technology start-up. With a unique and well-rounded set of skills honed across various sports and media roles, Andrew is focused on growing StreamLayer and helping sports media companies transform the way their fans experience live video.

Andrew is an entrepreneurial strategist and deal-maker with a vision for developing and implementing successful long-term organizational visions. Prior to joining StreamLayer, Andrew served as Chief Administrative Officer at EZLinks, a PGA-TOUR-affiliated technology company. In 2019 Andrew oversaw the sale of EZLinks to Comcast/NBC Sports, in a trailblazing deal yielding a significant return for EZLinks investors.

Prior to joining EZLinks, Andrew held senior leadership positions at KemperSports, hospitality management firm, and KemperLesnik, a sports-focused PR and events agency. Andrew got his start in the sports/media business with the NBC Sports Group as Golf Channel's VP of Business Development and Senior Counsel. While with NBC Sports, Andrew led over ten acquisitions and the business strategy that resulted in the growth of GolfNow.com from an upstart commerce platform to one of the most successful digital businesses in all of sports. Andrew also played a key role in establishing Golf Channel as one of TV's fastest-growing cable networks by negotiating talent agreements and rights deals.

Prior to his roles in the sports, media and technology space, Andrew was a litigator with Sidley Austin - working on cases as varied as artwork ownership disputes to serving as appellate counsel for an inmate on Alabama's Death Row. Before law school, Andrew worked at The Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Washington, D.C., and for Alternatives - a leading community organization serving Chicago youth.

Andrew is a graduate of The University of Chicago Law School where he earned an "A" from Barack Obama, and Northwestern University where he earned degrees in Political Science and International Studies. He is an avid reader and golfer, and lives with his wife and three kids in Evanston, IL. 


Lior Friedman Lior Friedman, SVP, Business Development, Amagi Corporation


Field Garthwaite Field Garthwaite, Co-Founder and CEO, IRIS.TV
Twitter ID: @iris_tv

Field Garthwaite is the Co-Founder and CEO of IRIS.TV, a video data platform that enables better viewing experiences and advertising outcomes. Since inventing the core technology behind IRIS.TV, Field has led the company to engineer the most open video data ecosystem in the world, enabling its partners to build scalable solutions on top of its platform, including video-level contextual and brand-safe ad targeting, planning, verification, and measurement solutions. Today the company works with thousands of media companies, data, streaming, and ad tech partners around the world to power meaningful connections between brands and consumers. Prior to IRIS.TV, Field worked in digital distribution, data architecture, and video for companies including HBO, Universal Pictures, Rubicon Project and Jukebox TV.


Ken Gerstein Ken Gerstein, VP Sales, NAGRA

After working in advertising/eCommerce for AOL/Time Warner in New York, Ken moved to Los Angeles to work on primetime TV and film productions at ABC/Disney/Fox/Paramount/Warner Bros.  He later joined Thomson/Grass Valley to expand team developing DMAM software products for migration to file-based media workflows. 
 
Ken transitioned to a sales role by leveraging experience at Hollywood studios, production companies, post-production facilities, and pay-TV operators. This includes his role at Ateme selling video compression products into M&E market, then at Civolution as VP of Sales managing the NexGuard suite of forensic watermarking products for the West Coast. After the acquisition of NexGuard by NAGRA in 2016 expanded role to head global sales of  NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking.


Fred Godfrey Fred Godfrey, Co-Founder CEO, Origin

With an unshakeable belief that lateral thinking is the key to innovation, Fred has spent the last 15 years building companies that break the mold and disrupt the status quo.
 
In 2008, he bootstrapped an e-commerce company in London led to him being listed in the Courvoisier Future 500 'Top 100 most aspiring individuals'. In 2012 that company was acquired and he emigrated to California where he co-founded a data-focused search engine which in 2013 was acquired by a private venture group. In 2015 he relocated to New York City to work for Telaria and later that year went across to E.W.Scripps where he helped leaded Newsy's pivot to Connected TV. By 2019, he saw significantly more potential with CTV so made the decision with a colleague of his to leave E.W. and start Origin.


Tom Goedde Tom Goedde, Chief Marketing Officer, SimWin Sports
Twitter ID: @simwinsports

Architect of legendary brands, EA SPORTS, DraftKings, Humongous Entertainment. Investor, advisor, mentor, driving convergence of sports, real money gaming and video gaming. Tom's latest endeavor, SimWin Sports, is the virtual sports metaverse that fuels 24/7 fantasy sports and sports trading action with NFT players and Hall of Fame and celebrity owners like Jerry Rice, Tracy McGrady and LaMelo Ball. NFT player agents acquire, train, trade and sell NFT digital players hoping to make it to the bigs, where they earn real money for their NFT holders. Fans can win too, drafting digital stars onto season-long, daily, and in-play fantasy rosters to compete for cash. Come get in on the action in the world's only sports league that is NEVER out of season!


Gabe Goodwin Gabe Goodwin, President & Executive Producer, Blue Duck Media


Ben Grad Ben Grad, Head of Content Strategy & Acquisition, fuboTV
Twitter ID: @fubotv

Ben Grad is senior vice president, head of content strategy and acquisition of fuboTV, the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform. He is responsible for content acquisition strategy, content analytics, packaging, affiliate relations and contract negotiations with fuboTV’s content partners. 
 
Grad joined fuboTV in August 2017 after a decade at Verizon, most recently as its executive director, content strategy and acquisition.  He successfully led the content strategy and acquisition efforts for Verizon with major content providers and sports rights holders, managed financial and strategic analysis for key content-related initiatives at the company, and helped drive the development of Verizon’s multiplatform video offerings.  
 
Prior to joining Verizon in 2007, Grad was head of strategy at Fuse, where he assessed programming and new business opportunities, as well as a member of Time Warner’s Corporate Strategic Planning Group, where he developed and analyzed new digital distribution opportunities for multiple divisions.  He previously negotiated partnership agreements and developed strategy with eLabs, Universal Music Group’s digital group. 
 
Grad began his career at Marakon Associates, a strategy consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA in finance and marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Philippe Guelton Philippe Guelton, President, Crackle Plus
Twitter ID: @Crackle_TV

As President of Crackle Plus, a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Philippe oversees the content, distribution and monetization of Crackle and Popcornflix, two leading AVOD platforms offering free movies and TV shows to millions of streamers each month.
 
Prior to joining Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Philippe served as CEO of SheKnows Media, a mission-driven media company with 70 million+ monthly unique visitors and over 300+ million social media fans. The company was acquired by Penske Media Corporation in 2018 and rebranded SHE Media. Before SheKnows, Philippe served as President of Thrillist Media Group (now part of GroupNine), a leading men’s lifestyle digital brand.
 
Previously, Philippe served as COO of HFMUS (now part of Hearst), where he oversaw media properties such as Elle, Woman’s Day and Car and Driver and led the acquisition of digital automotive ad network Jumpstart. Philippe also spent six years in Tokyo, Japan, where he led the acquisition and growth of Japanese media company Fujingaho.


John Hamilton John Hamilton, Founder and CEO, TVDataNow
Twitter ID: @jhamilton2005

John Hamilton is the CEO and Founder of TVDataNow. Launched in January 2021, the best attribution platform for Connected TV (CTV) advertising. The TVDN cross device attribution graph is a CTV driven graph that enables advertisers to understand the ROI of their CTV campaigns. A graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an alumnus of McKinsey, John is an operating executive with over 20 years of experience in setting business strategy, identifying and communicating direction, and building strong relationships with clients. Over the course of his career he has worked with companies of all sizes, leading a $175M business, managing revenue and margin for an early-stage startup, and launching a new business unit within a large mar tech company. For several years, John held leadership positions at QuinStreet, a leader in performance marketing. There he managed strategic accounts, growth and profitability initiatives, and lead account and client management of the company's largest vertical. In his role at Triggit, John was responsible for account and campaign management, sales operations, media analytics, and client services. In his role at LiveRamp (RAMP), John was the GM for IdenittyLink for Publishers, one of LiveRamp's initial IdentityLink products. He led ideation, go to market planning, initial sales, business development, contract negotiation, and launch of the business. He is currently an advisor and consultant to startups and high growth companies focused on helping his clients get the most of out their own marketing data. He enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, and attending concerts and music festivals.


Blair Harrison Blair Harrison, Frequency, CEO

Blair Harrison is the founder and CEO of Frequency, a company based in Los Angeles that builds and operates the world's leading SaaS platform powering linear video channels. He is a software engineer and entrepreneur who has built multiple companies in the online video and computer graphics industries, including IFILM and Second Nature, which were acquired by Viacom and AutoDesk. Blair spends his time at Frequency working on product design, numerical systems, and supply chain optimization. He has a degree in computer systems engineering from the University of Bristol in England.


Steve Hawley Steve Hawley, Contributing Analyst, Parks Associates

Steve Hawley is a contributing analyst for Parks Associates and the managing director of Piracy Monitor, which provides news and insights about video and audiovisual content piracy, and its effects on video providers, creative professionals and on consumers.


Kristen Huntley Kristen Huntley, Senior Director of Product, Disney Streaming


Joey Janisheck Joey Janisheck, Chief Technology Officer, Darkblock


Brett Jensen Brett Jensen, Director, Solutions, iSpot.tv
Twitter ID: @iSpottv

Brett Jensen is the Director, Solutions at iSpot.tv and a veteran in the advanced TV space. He has seen all sides of the TV and video ads business from his experience at agencies, MVPDs, SaaS, and as an advertising data consultant. He founded the Solutions department at iSpot in 2017, helping brands and agencies leverage viewership data into their marketing strategies. Brett is a Colorado native, and a Brooklynite of 15 years.


Anthony Jiwa Anthony Jiwa, Chief Marketing Officer, OUTtv


Charita Johnson Charita Johnson, Vice President, Content & Creative Strategy, Peloton Interactive
Twitter ID: @onepeloton

Charita Johnson is the Vice President of Content and Creative Strategy at Peloton. There she is responsible for setting the global content and creative direction for digital fitness streaming platforms. When she first joined Peloton in 2020, as Vice President of Production, Engineering and Technology she led the production operations, broadcast, and streaming engineering teams. Under her leadership the department was responsible for building, maintaining and the daily operations of seven control rooms and studios. The creative arm of her team also designed the studio sets.
 
In 2017, She founded Johnson Bridge Media; a boutique agency focused on identifying and developing broadcast talent in news and sports. Before JBM, Charita spent over 25 years at ESPN, where she held leadership roles in Production. There she honed the competencies of innovation and business acumen.
She was responsible for multi-platform content development, revenue integration, and talent development.
 
In her role of Vice President within Production, she led units in Radio Platforms and Content (radio streaming and podcasting), Emerging Platforms (ESPN Local.com), Production Performance and Development (established to drive improved performance, career agility, and skill development for more than two thousand associates across ESPN Production). She is a collaborative think partner who has created complex strategies for matrixed organizations.
 
Her experience as the champion for the employee resource group (ERG), Asian Business Leaders (ABLE) highlighted her ability to lead diverse groups and coach them in executing critical business strategies. Her previous experience as an executive at The Walt Disney Corporation qualifies her to lead production strategies, operational execution, ad sales integration, business priorities, and KPIs.


Zak Kadison Zak Kadison, Co-Founder and CEO, Qewd


Alexander Kann Alexander Kann, Chief Executive, Together TV

Alex Kann is the Chief Executive of Together TV. 
 
We run a national TV channel, streaming service and engagement platform that encourages people to take up new interests and actions, and in doing so our viewers improve their mental health, feel alone, more connected to their community and participate more fully in local groups. 
 
Our model combines media messaging and motivation theory with behavioural science, and we engage millions of people each month across our channels. We broadcast on all the major UK TV platforms (Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat) and our streamer is available on Apple and Android app stores on mobile and TV platforms and other connected TV platforms. 
 
Our themed Challenges engage tens of thousands of people in multi-week behaviour change journeys that help embed new habits and shared accomplishments.  
 
Together TV is the world’s only cooperatively-owned charitable national broadcaster, and we are powered by support from 20 leading media companies including the Public Service Broadcasters, platform operators, digital giants and newspaper groups.  
 
Alex has been with Together TV and its previous incarnation Community Channel since 2010, and prior to this Alex was at the BBC and BBC Worldwide for eight years, working on BBC iPlayer’s launch team, global VOD projects, digital commissioning, continuing dramas and corporate M&A. 
 
Alex is also the proud father of three girls and alongside family life he is also the Chair of the dementia charity My Life Films, Chair of the TV On Demand Industry Forum, a council member of the British Screen Forum and a BAFTA member. Alex was also a director of the VOD regulator ATVOD.


Brian Kline Brian Kline, President, Penthera

Brian Kline is President at Penthera Partners. Penthera provides a suite of software products to leading OTTs and video streaming companies to increase the value of their ad inventory and improve their viewers' video quality of experience. Brian leads teams responsible for Penthera's business operations, marketing, sales and product development. Prior to joining Penthera, Brian held executive roles at AT&T, Charter (formerly Time Warner Cable), and Minim, a WiFi management software company. His responsibilities have included product development, partnerships, operational improvement, M&A and strategy. At Charter, Brian developed products to stream video to Smart TVs and game consoles with leading companies including Samsung and Microsoft. He has also held multiple roles overseeing wireless products giving him a deep understanding of in-home Wi-Fi and mobile/5G. Brian received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an active angel investor and Mobile/IoT Technology sector lead for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY. Brian's volunteer work centers on education, skills gap initiatives and the evolution of education to meet the needs of the future tech workforce.


Paul Kontonis Paul Kontonis, CMO, Revry
Twitter ID: @revrytv

Paul Kontonis is the Chief Marketing Officer at Revry, the global LGBTQ-first streaming media company. Prior to joining Revry, Paul was the CMO of the influencer marketing firm WHOSAY at ViacomCBS. Paul is a strategic marketing executive and brand builder that navigates businesses through the ever changing marketing landscape to reach revenue and company M&A targets with 25 years experience. As a CMO, he is a trusted advisor and recognized industry leader who combines his multi-industry experiences in digital media and marketing with proven marketing methodologies that can be transferred to new battles across any industry. Paul is an energetic and creative leader who builds confident and nimble world-class marketing teams that consistently over-perform. Paul is a member of the ANA CMO Growth Council, has served as the President of the Global Online Video Association and as Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from New York University. 


Olga Kornienko Olga Kornienko, Co-Founder and COO, EZDRM

Olga Kornienko is the COO and Co-Founder of EZDRM, a hosted, managed DRM-as-a-Service company. EZDRM’s innovative services innovative services provide a full spectrum of video security offerings in in an API-first cloud solution. Since 2001, Olga has driven the growth of EZDRM's international business footprint and cemented its position as a leader in both business and technology.


Sebastian Kramer Sebastian Kramer, SVP, Product Management, NAGRA

Sebastian Kramer is the SVP, Product Line Management & Business Development at NAGRA, the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen solutions. Sebastian has leadership responsibility for several key solution areas that include OTT/ Hybrid streaming, direct-to-TV, streaming security, and forensic watermarking.

An industry pioneer with over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications and payTV, Sebastian regularly works with NAGRA customers across the globe to help them realize complex business strategies through the deployment of innovative solutions designed to respond to a highly dynamic marketplace.

Prior to NAGRA, Sebastian was the founding CEO of Quative Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kudelski Group. In 2000, he was instrumental, as a co-founder of Thirdspace in the transition process of merging with iMagic to create Alcatel’s ICE business. Sebastian started his career in telecommunications in 1994 at Newbridge Networks where he held various positions in services, channel, marketing and sales.

Sebastian studied mechanical engineering at the Fachhochschule (Polytechnic) in Aachen Germany as well as International Marketing at the Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg with an MBA.


Ed Laczynski Ed Laczynski, Founder & CEO, Zype


Dallas Lawrence Dallas Lawrence, SVP Brand Marketing and Communications, Samba TV
Twitter ID: @sambatv

Dallas is the Senior Vice President and Head of Communications and Brand at Samba TV, where he drives the overarching brand, communications and consumer insights strategies for the global leader in television technology. Prior to joining Samba TV, Dal-las led communications for the Roku platform business, where he spearheaded the launch campaign for Roku's Original Productions, The Roku Brand Studio, Roku Advertising and led Roku's global public affairs and policy communications as well as all PR for distribution agreements and for The Roku Channel. Prior to Roku, he served as the CCO and CMO for OpenX and CCO for Rubicon Project and as the Digi-tal Practice Chair for WPP's largest global PR agency, where he elevated market positioning with his award-winning communication, crisis, brand, and digital media ex-pertise. During more than a decade in Washington, DC, Dallas previously served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill before joining President Bush's communications team leading outreach efforts for the President's signature domestic policy initiative No Child Left Behind. He would later deploy to Baghdad, Iraq on behalf of the White House to serve as a spokesperson for the Coalition. Upon returning from Baghdad, Dallas joined the communication team of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld where he served as the Pentagon's Director of Public Liaison for both Rumsfeld and his successor Secretary Gates. Dallas has been named both the "Crisis Manager of the Year" by PR News and the "Social Media Professional of the Year". In 2013 PR Week named him one of the 40 most influential leaders in PR and in 2022 PR Daily Named him Corporate Communicator of the Year. Dallas was previously a commissioned of-ficer in the United States Navy and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a MA in Government from The Johns Hopkins University. 


Jim Long Jim Long, CEO, Didja, Inc

Jim Long is CEO of Didja, Inc. a streaming TV platform & consumer apps company focused on the virtual antenna TV market (LocalBTV). Jim is currently is on the Boards of Rev Genomics (Genetic engineering of high value crops); CrowdSpots (Big Data Crowd Sourcing) and Pops Worldwide (Vietnam based Youtube MCN). Just prior to Didja, Jim was a Partner with Gabriel Ventures. Jim has many years of experience and success in building businesses in the high technology industry, as well as in developing new technologies and patents for the Internet and PC environments. He has been a co-founder or CEO in such companies as Veritas (IPO: VRTS), Ruckus Wireless (IPO: RKUS), Starlight Networks (invented "Streaming" and sold to Picturetel), Linkware (sold to Ungermann-Bass) and RioPort (Digital Music pioneer merged with Ecast). Jim has been an angel investor or adviser or part-time exec to others such as Chegg (IPO: CHGG), TiMetra (sold to Alcatel), Applied Microcircuits (IPO:AMCC) and Jibe Networks (sold to Citrix). Previously Jim worked for Adler Ventures, Hewlett Packard (invented world’s first presentation graphics program) and BCG and received a BS:EECS from UC-Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard.


Kamran Lotfi Kamran Lotfi, VP Product, Gracenote
Twitter ID: @Gracenotetweets

Kamran Lotfi is VP, Product Management at Gracenote focusing on the company’s Advanced Discovery suite of video metadata offerings which empower streaming services, CE device manufacturers and MVPDs to connect their users to compelling content in innovative ways. In this role, he has successfully conceived, developed and launched break-through products including Video Descriptors which captures foundational aspects of programming and Personalized Imagery which optimizes visual content merchandising to increase consumption and viewer engagement. 
 
Prior to joining Gracenote, Kamran was Product Management Director at Bazaarvoice, a technology company that helps to connect brands and retailers to the voices of their customers. There, he spearheaded development of the BV Local solution which successfully scaled the company’s existing ratings and reviews platform enabling it to cover thousands of locations per customer.
 
Earlier in his career, Kamran served in a Project Manager role at Intuit and before that, as Team Lead and Architect at Hewlett Packard, both in the San Francisco Bay area.


Garrett MacDonald Garrett MacDonald, Chief Commercial Officer, IRIS.TV
Twitter ID: @garrettmacd

Garrett MacDonald has more than two decades of experience in B2B sales leadership, providing a respected industry voice on the convergence of mobile, retail, technology and finance. Before joining IRIS.TV, MacDonald served as executive vice president of strategic sales at mobile measurement leader Kochava, where he was instrumental in creating and deploying some of the industry's most transformational technology solutions. Prior to Kochava, MacDonald held sales management positions at Airpush, StrikeAd, and American Express.


William Marks William Marks, SVP of Business Development and Digital, Ovation TV
Twitter ID: @ovationtv

William Marks is SVP, Business Development & Digital, Ovation, where he leads all new business development, strategy, and partnership opportunities for the network. He has been responsible for the development and launch of Ovation's OTT app Ovation NOW, and its travel AVOD service JOURNY. Before Ovation, Marks was with OnCue, a Verizon company, where he was Head of Accounts. In this role, he led the company's relationships with TV, film, music and digital partners and oversaw West Coast programming, production and live event partnerships. Previously, Marks was General Manager of Monkey Wrangler Productions, where he initiated, led and closed all negotiations with Microsoft Xbox, Toyota Motor Co. and Saatchi LA to produce and air Your Dungeon, My Dragon, the first-ever fully integrated episodic show and game production on Microsoft's Xbox Live platform. Prior to Monkey Wrangler, he was Vice President, Business Development for Comcast Entertainment Group where he had P&L responsibility for non-linear video distribution businesses, including digital download/electronic sell-through, DVD, VOD/PPV, broadband/online video, and out-of-home networks.


Juan Martin Juan Martin, CTO and Co-Founder, Quickplay


Curt Marvis Curt Marvis, CEO & Co-Founder, QYOU Media
Twitter ID: @@QYOUMedia

Curt Marvis is recognized globally for his vast and successful experience in both traditional and digital media and for his pioneering efforts in digital distribution.

Mr. Marvis is currently CEO & Co-Founder of QYOU Media Inc., (http://qyoumedia.com) a publicly held company (TSXV: QYOU OTCQB: QYOUF) which operates in India and the United States producing and distributing content created by social media stars and digital content creators. In India, the company's flagship brand, The Q, curates, produces and distributes premium content including television networks and VOD for cable and satellite television, OTT and mobile platforms. QYOU Media’s India based influencer marketing division, Chtrbox, is among the leading influencer marketing platforms in India for connecting brands and social media influencers. In the United States, the company creates and manages influencer marketing campaigns for major film studios, game publishers and brands. Founded and created by industry veterans from Lionsgate, MTV, Disney and Sony, QYOU Media’s millennial and Gen Z-focused content reaches more than one billion consumers around the world every month.

Mr. Marvis previously served as Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) President of Digital Media, where he helped pioneer the company's broad spectrum of digital distribution agreements. In addition, while at Lionsgate Mr. Marvis successfully launched original content channels, series and games in partnership with YouTube, Hulu and Machinima, many of which formed the basis of the digitally distributed series that are being developed by major studios today.

Prior to joining Lionsgate, Mr. Marvis was Co-Founder and CEO of CinemaNow, a globally recognized innovator in digital entertainment technology and distribution. CinemaNow was launched in June 1999 and created many of the AVOD, SVOD, TVOD and EST models that are now used by companies from Netflix and HBO to YouTube and Amazon.

Mr. Marvis also served as President of publicly held CD-Rom game developer 7th Level (NASDAQ: SEVL) and helped lead their successful restructuring into delivery of web based technology applications with partners from Microsoft to Bandai.

From 1983 to 1994 Mr. Marvis was Co-Founder and CEO of The Company, an award winning and highly regarded production house for music videos and concerts. He and his partner, legendary director Wayne Isham, were awarded MTV's prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award honoring lifetime achievement in their work in 1991.

Mr. Marvis began his career as a documentary producer and includes 105 half hour episodes of New! Animal World for the Disney Channel among his numerous credits.

Mr. Marvis is a frequent speaker at industry events as an expert in the merging of traditional and digital media and has served on numerous boards including CinemaNow, JumpTV (now Neulion), 7th Level and QYOU Media. He is a graduate with honors from UCLA with a BFA in Motion Picture and Television Production.


Michael McClain Michael McClain, Co-Founder and CFO, FrndlyTV


Stuart McClean Stuart McClean, CEO, FAST Studios


Jeremiah McMillan Jeremiah McMillan, Executive Producer, Ambush 8
Twitter ID: @jeremymcmillan

Jeremiah is a senior content development executive and producer in leading original and licensed “high-concept” scripted TV and Genre series, licensed IP and foreign formats, from development through broadcast, with specialties in international markets. Jeremiah’s focus lies in the creation of content as a brand, with stories and franchise elements that engage audiences across multiple global platforms. With a concentration in customized content ideation, multi-platform content strategy, development and execution, and expertise in foreign markets and localized partnerships, Jeremiah is highly effective in packaging and positioning for the U.S. and global markets, with select clients and projects that include Netflix, 20th Century Fox, iQiyi, KBS, SBS, CJ E&M, Apple, Fox TV Studios, 3 Arts Entertainment, amongst others.


Nick Meacham Nick Meacham, CEO, SportsPro Media
Twitter ID: @sportspronick

Nick is the CEO of SportsPro Media, the leading publisher and conference business covering the business of sports. Nick joined SportsPro in 2010, and helped develop it into a diversified media company producing more than 13 million views across it's media channels, and delivering events in 5 countries annually. Nick is also the host of the Streamtime Podcast, the weekly show interviewing the worlds leading figures in streaming and digital in sports. Nick also serves as the Senior Independent Director for British Volleyball, the governing body responsible for the development of elite pathways for all disciplines of the sport.


Naveen Narayanan Naveen Narayanan, Head of Sports and Data Products, Quickplay
Twitter ID: @quickplayott

Naveen is the Head of Sports and Data Products at Quickplay. He is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of products for the Sports OTT vertical and Quickplay's Data Science & Analytics offering. He is focused on building a flexible and modular video platform that relies on experimentation to capture deep insights which is used to maximize user growth and engagement while unlocking multiple monetization opportunities for Quickplay's customers. 
 
Before joining Quickplay, he was leading Go-To-Market and Sales Enablement for a high-growth AI startup in Toronto that specialized in specific solutions for Tier 1 Retail and CPG organizations.
 
Prior to that, Naveen was one of the founding members of Quickplay’s Product Management team and successfully managed a cross-functional team that helped scale the technology and business model for the world’s first cloud-based global enterprise video platform. Quickplay was acquired by AT&T in 2016 to help accelerate its Next Generation video strategy. At Quickplay, he was responsible for product strategy, roadmap, and delivery to support the launch of various Tier 1 video services across the world - including DirecTV Now, FoxPlay, Hooq, Telus Optik TV, and AT&T U-verse.
 
Naveen holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology, India, and an MBA from Smith (Queens) School of Business, Canada.


Ashwin Navin Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Samba TV
Twitter ID: @ashwinnavin

Ashwin Navin is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Samba TV. He possesses over 20 years of co-founder and chief executive leadership with deep expertise in starting and scaling successful startups in the media technology space. Prior to co-founding Samba TV, Ashwin was the Co-founder and President at BitTorrent, Inc., which he started in 2004 before leaving to launch Samba TV in 2008.


Nick Oppenneer Nick Oppenneer, Head of Product Growth, Sling TV

With a diverse product background, Nick has worked across multiple product and marketing disciplines in large consumer product and technology companies as well as an early career in B2B sales. With customer obsession at the foundation of all his work, Nick remains focused on solving customer problems with every product he takes to market. At Sling TV, Nick and his team will help customers seamlessly discover, consider, purchase and enjoy the Sling TV experience. 


Paul Pastor Paul Pastor, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder , Quickplay
Twitter ID: @quickplayott

Paul Pastor, an earlier leader in Direct-To-Consumer services, is a Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Quickplay. Paul is responsible for key disciplines that are underpinning Quickplay’s rapid global growth: Sales, Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Development.
 
Highly regarded as a D2C thought leader, Paul is Co-Founder of Struum, an innovative SVOD aggregation platform and also co-founded Unite Broadcast Ventures, a branded SaaS OTT platform to support European local market streaming joint ventures.
 
Prior to his more recent entrepreneurial path, Paul powered brand, channel and show success as EVP Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for Discovery Communications' Discovery, Science, Animal Planet and Velocity channels and was SVP Strategy and Consumer Analytics for the Walt Disney Company's ABC Television Group. He was part of Disney's original Hulu team, playing a key role in investment and operational management.  Paul holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.


Arash Pendari Arash Pendari, Founder, Creative Director, Vionlabs
Twitter ID: @Vionlabs

Arash Pendari: Founder @Vionlabs, Serial Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker With a unique background in both media and game production, focusing on specialised effects powered by technology, Arash Pendari is a talented serial entrepreneur in running technology-based businesses. He founded Vionlabs, the first AI solution to enhance the viewing experience for TV and movie lovers across the globe. Over the last decade, Vionlabs has delivered unique solutions in generating rich data from the movies and TV shows automatically (e.g. mood data, keywords, previews...), helping streaming services to present the content in the very best way to increase the viewer engagement - maximising the entertainment and minimising the frustration.


Arash Pendari Arash Pendari, Founder, Creative Director, Vionlabs
Twitter ID: @Vionlabs

Arash Pendari: Founder @Vionlabs, Serial Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker With a unique background in both media and game production, focusing on specialised effects powered by technology, Arash Pendari is a talented serial entrepreneur in running technology-based businesses. He founded Vionlabs, the first AI solution to enhance the viewing experience for TV and movie lovers across the globe. Over the last decade, Vionlabs has delivered unique solutions in generating rich data from the movies and TV shows automatically (e.g. mood data, keywords, previews...), helping streaming services to present the content in the very best way to increase the viewer engagement - maximising the entertainment and minimising the frustration.


Michelle Perkins Michelle Perkins, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Fade Technology Solutions, Inc.
Twitter ID: @michelleperkins


Erik Ramberg Erik Ramberg, VP, Head of Streaming Business, Head of Global Business Development, MediaKind
Twitter ID: @ErikRamberg_MK

Erik is a seasoned product management and business development executive with over 15 years of experience in the media and technology industry. He is the VP, Head of Global Business Development for MediaKind. In this role, he oversees the product and business strategy of Ericsson’s new cloud TV technology product, working with Tier-1 global operators as they deploy their next-generation cloud-based TV services. He has spoken at shows including TV of Tomorrow and Digital Entertainment World. 
 
Erik joined Ericsson as part of the Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft. During his 10-year tenure at Microsoft, Erik led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, product management, and product planning of the TV and Media (TVM) organization, including Xbox and Windows Media Center. At Microsoft, Erik managed key operator and consumer electronic partnerships, including Sony, Best Buy, Samsung, Toshiba and Panasonic.
 
Prior to Microsoft, Erik presided as General Manager and Vice President of MovieBeam, a video-on-demand service started with major investment from the Disney Corporation, specifically its subsidiary Buena Vista Datacasting. Erik’s entertainment and wireless communications industry experience also includes working at Dotcast and Cellnet Data Systems. 
 
Erik received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.


Daniel Rausch Daniel Rausch, Vice President, Entertainment Devices & Services, Amazon
Twitter ID: @amazonfiretv

Daniel Rausch leads Amazon's Entertainment Devices and Services organization. As Vice President, Rausch oversees the company's global Fire TV business, which is responsible for selling more than 150 million devices globally. In this role, Rausch also oversees the new Amazon Luna cloud gaming service and the global team behind Amazon Appstore including Amazon's app and game experiences and developer services for Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Android phones and tablets. Prior to his current role, Rausch led Amazon's work to continually add new smart home capabilities and features to the Alexa voice service, build Amazon-branded smart home products that provide new utility around customers' homes, and deliver programs like Dash Replenishment that offer convenience for consumers and businesses. Additionally, Rausch oversaw the Alexa mobile experience and a range of programs designed to help developers and devices makers create and market compelling services and products that work great with Alexa. Daniel joined Amazon in 2009 as director of the higher-education segment business for Amazon Devices, where he focused on enabling students and educators to use Amazon devices and apps for reading and studying. Before joining Amazon, Rausch was COO of visiblebody.com, an award-winning medical and scientific education company located in the Boston area. 


Geoff Reiss Geoff Reiss, Head of Fantasy & Gaming , Yahoo Sports


Greg Riker Greg Riker, Chief Revenue Officer, ThinkAnalytics
Twitter ID: @thinknalytics.com

Riker leads US business development, sales, and customer success teams for the Think360 viewer engagement platform and ThinkAdvertising for hyper-targeted advertising. Riker has a proven 20-year track record in senior sales leadership roles and C-level customer relationship management in the media and entertainment space. Most recently he led business development and sales, Americas, at Comcast for the Metrological business. Prior to this, until Metrological's acquisition by Comcast, Riker was Senior Vice President at Metrological responsible for all commercial activity including content acquisition for the Americas. His experience also encompasses 10 years at ARRIS in the U.S. and the Netherlands, culminating in leading the global team responsible for selling the ARRIS cloud distribution platform.


Brian Ring Brian Ring, Sr Director, Product Marketing, Amagi
Twitter ID: @brianlring

Brian Ring is Senior Director Product Marketing for News at Amagi, where he co-leads the company's effort to super-serve its fastest-growing vertical. Mr. Ring has a twenty-year track record of driving growth in the video & TV technology market through coordinated product strategy, technical content and sales development programs. Previously, Mr. Ring has served in consulting and full-time roles for companies including Verizon Media, Minerva Networks, ATEME, Pac-12 Networks, Univision, Cisco (now Synamedia,) Ericsson (now MediaKind,) Brightcove, Haivision, Singular.live, Tedial and others. Mr. Ring also maintains a long-standing media research practice tracking changing TV viewing behaviors with consumer surveys.


		 Marty Roberts Marty Roberts, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Marketing, Brightcove
Twitter ID: @Marty_Roberts6

Marty Roberts is the SVP of Product Strategy and Marketing for Brightcove, the trusted leader in streaming technology. Roberts is responsible for defining a differentiated strategy to enhance Brightcove’s market-leading products and services and leading product marketing to ensure each innovation advances the impact of streaming media for our customers. Marty joined Brightcove upon the organization's acquisition of Wicket Labs, where he was CEO and co-founder.
 
Before founding Wicket Labs, he served as co-CEO of thePlatform, a subsidiary of Comcast and a leading video management company for major media and entertainment companies. Marty spent nine years at thePlatform, in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He also previously held marketing and product leadership roles at Giftcertificates.com and RealNetworks.


Sourik Samaddar Sourik Samaddar, Service Line Manager, Akamai Technologies
Twitter ID: @sourikS

Sourik is a Service Line Manager in the Global Sales and Services organization in Akamai. He manages the Direct to Consumer Media territory that comprises of customers related to OTT and gaming console business.


René Santaella René Santaella, Chief Digital & Streaming Officer, Estrella Media

René Santaella serves as Chief Digital & Streaming Officer for Estrella Media and is credited with launching the company's successful streaming and AVOD platforms and leading the digital transformation of Estrella Media's content and distribution strategy, operations and new revenue initiatives. Under his guidance, Estrella Media has quickly become a leader in multi-platform, Spanish-language, ad-supported content distribution, streaming over one billion minutes per month across FAST, AVOD, social and audio platforms. Prior to joining Estrella Media, Santaella was the Senior Vice President, Head of Ad Sales & Business Operations, at Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks, and built Crackle into a leading free ad-supported streaming network with the Emmy nominated hit, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Before Sony, he was Director, Ad Sales Marketing for Disney Interactive, leading digital and cross-platform advertising and integrated marketing solutions across the company with corporate alliance partners. Santaella holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and a Bachelor's degree from UCLA. 


Pete Scott Pete Scott, VP of Emerging Media and Innovation, Warner Media

Pete Scott is currently Vice President of Emerging Media and Innovation for Warner Media Discovery

In this role, Scott advises internal teams on new tech, trends and helping the company remain relevant in the new media world. Additionally, he is helping lead the strategy and operationalization of LIVE Virtual Productions, Sportsbetting, Ecommerce, Name Image and Likeness ( NIL), and Next Generation viewing experiences across the Turner Sports portfolio; NHL, NBA, MLB, USA Soccer and March Madness. He also manages a portfolio of existing partnerships including but not limited to companies building next generation experiences including computer vision, AI, metaverse, NFT’s, Fan Tokens, etc.

As an Emmy award winning digital strategist and operator Pete has helped the company evolve and embrace a digital and direct to consumer mindset.

Prior to his current role, Scott served as the Vice-President of Emerging Media for Turner Studios. While in this role, Scott was responsible for working with colleagues at TNT, TBS, and Adult Swim to onboard and operationalize new technology across production, post-production, visual effects, and content generation.

His unique hybrid background of TV and digital helped Studios digitally transform itself into viable resource for production on Twitter, FB, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.

In 2014, Pete partnered with Coca Cola, and Mercedes to established a technology incubator in Tel Avi, named the Bridge/Builder program. The program that finds the best Israel technology companies in Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR, Machine Learning and Blockchain. The program has been a great pipeline for Warner Media and AT&T while providing validation for the Bridge/Builder companies and the Israel start-up ecosystem.

Scott began his Turner career as a sound tech and editor for CNN, covering such major events as the war in Bosnia and the U.S. invasion of Haiti while working with international correspondents Christiane Amanpor and Nic Robertson. In 2001, he transitioned to Turner Sports’ new media team where he laid the foundation for the development of Turner’s unique digital portfolio. He served as executive director of partnerships managing digital and mobile rights for NASCAR.com, PGA.com, NBA.com, and PGATour.com as well as of March Madness Live. Scott also guided the day-to-day programming of interactive content on each of the sites, which included live streaming, interactive TV and mobile platforms.

Additionally, he helped to create a digital media team with diverse expertise that attracted attention from other professional leagues and their peers throughout the digital media industry. In 2010, he helped launch NCAA March Madness Live, the successful live streaming video experience that is now available across twenty three platforms for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Before Turner, Scott served as a senior video producer for FoxSports.com where he produced and directed the first live college football game streamed online. Before Fox, he served as a senior production manager of remote operations for Turner Sports, coordinating logistics for the production of NBA, NFL and MLB telecasts

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in film and television, with a minor in business, from Boston University.
 


Michael Senzon Michael Senzon, President of Digital, Allen Media Group

Michael Senzon serves as President of Digital for Allen Media Group (AMG) and is responsible for developing and leading the AMG worldwide direct-to-consumer and streaming portfolio with a focus on providing greater content and product experiences for its users. His previous title was Senior Vice President, Digital and General Manager of Local Now -- the AMG free-streaming digital platform. Michael joined The Weather Channel/Weather Group just as Byron Allen completed its purchase in March 2018. Local Now has become a formidable competitor in the streaming arena, as the free-streaming platform has seen explosive growth in the past year.

Michael is a digital executive with a successful track record of leading and evolving digital and social teams at major media organizations. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Michael served as the Head of Video for CNBC, where he developed the strategy and built CNBC's digital and social video platforms. Michael led the team to becoming number one in business video. Prior to CNBC, Michael built and led CNN’s first digital video team. He and his team received numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination, for their successful re-imagination of traditional video.

Michael spent his early years rising through the ranks of CNN, starting first as an international desk assistant in 2002, producing for CNN TV and then taking the leap to digital in 2005 where he helped launch CNN Pipeline, CNN’s live streaming network. He spent years creating original segments for CNN's Digital platforms and has also dabbled as a web developer. Before joining CNN, Michael worked at ABC’s “The View” and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree from Valdosta State University.


Tejas Shah Tejas Shah, SVP, Commercial Strategy & Analytics, FilmRise
Twitter ID: @wearefilmrise

Based in New York, Tejas Shah is SVP of Commercial Strategy & Analytics for FilmRise. In this role, he manages FilmRise's Direct-To-Consumer offering. Tejas also manages their Analytics infrastructure; driving FilmRise's data-driven approach to content acquisition, go-to-market strategy, curation, and programming. Prior to joining FilmRise in 2019, Tejas held various Strategy & Finance positions at J.P. Morgan, PepsiCo & Bloomberg and is a graduate of Indiana University.


Jeremy Simon Jeremy Simon, Vice President, Head of Global Streaming Partnerships, Amdocs Media

Jeremy joined Amdocs Media in 2021, where he oversees business development and strategic partnerships for the MarketONE platform. His extensive background includes over 20 years’ experience in digital media and entertainment, with a focus on facilitating partnerships among digital service providers, distributors, and content providers. Previously, he held business development positions at Virgin Media and TELUS. Jeremy is graduate of Cambridge University, with a law degree and an MBA.


Geir Skaaden Geir Skaaden, Chief Products and Services Officer, Xperi

Geir Skaaden is Chief Products and Services officer for Xperi, leading the portfolio of imaging, audio, user experience and discovery solutions. He previously served as executive vice president, Products, Platforms and Solutions at DTS.


Throughout his career, Geir has held a number of leadership roles overseeing product management, business development, global licensing and marketing.


Before joining DTS in 2008, Geir served as Chief Executive Officer at Neural Audio Corporation.


Geir holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon, a business degree from the Norwegian School of Management and an MBA from the University of Washington.


Matt Smith Matt Smith, VP, Business Development, Symphony MediaAI
Twitter ID: @mattsmith0

Matt Smith is a recognized digital media industry evangelist and thought leader, having spoken at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, IBC, TVNext, Streaming Media East & West, NewTeeVee and Digital Hollywood among others. Matt has held a variety of key roles in video technology in his career. He's presently charged with business development for Symphony MediaAI, with award-winning AI technology and over 30 years of client success to help manage, analyze, and capture the value of your data across multiple revenue streams and stakeholders. Previously, Matt served in Strategy and Business Development for Comcast Technology Solutions, helping to solve the most complex problems facing video providers today, leveraging the massive scale and expertise of the Comcast platform. Earlier, Matt was part of the leadership team at Brightcove, one of the largest online video platforms on the market. He also served as senior staff and Chief Evangelist for Anvato - a turnkey video platform solution that was acquired by Google in 2016. Prior to Anvato, Matt was Vice President, Technology for Chideo - a next generation network for charitable giving, connecting fans with the personalities they follow and providing exclusive media experiences on any screen. Chideo is founded by Internet pioneer and billionaire philanthropist Todd Wagner. Previously, Matt was Vice President, Internet Television at Envivio, Smith worked closely with premier customers and technology partners like Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, to ensure that key digital media strategies are carefully planned and brought to market quickly & successfully. In addition to his architectural duties, Matt has deep expertise in the adaptive bitrate technologies that are revolutionizing the streaming and digital media spaces. Prior to joining Envivio, Smith was an Architect at Cisco Systems and Vice President and Chief Systems Architect at Inlet Technologies. Prior to Inlet, Smith served as a key video architect and evangelist for Yahoo!, where he worked for 9 years, designing, delivering and managing leading-edge video compression technologies and workflows to execute live events and create other digital media offerings. Prior to Yahoo!, Smith spent several years at NBC, first at the affiliate level and later with the network.


DeShuna Spencer DeShuna Spencer, Founder/CEO, kweliTV, Inc.
Twitter ID: @deshuna

DeShuna Spencer is the Founder & CEO of kweliTV, a digital platform that celebrates global Black stories and amplifies Black storytellers. She's a former radio host and producer of emPower Hour, a show that examined social justice issues affecting people of color, on DC's 89.3 FM WPFW. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Spencer served as Director of Communications for EdMarket where she ran the communications department and all media properties. A former AmeriCorps VISTA, Spencer graduated from Jackson State University where she studied communications and journalism. She has written for The Clarion-Ledger, The Oakland Tribune and the Crisis Magazine. She is a Halcyon Incubator Fellow, a Voqal Fellow and a Google NexGen Policy Leader. Spencer was first place winner of the 2017 Harvard Business School African Business Conference Pitch Competition. She is featured in the book, How We Fight White Supremacy as one of the more than 60+ Black leading organizers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, etc., combating white supremacy through their work. In 2019, the Digital Diversity Network named Spencer the Innovation & Inclusion Social Entrepreneur of the Year.. Spencer and her company have been featured in Fast Company, CNN Business, TechCrunch, Shondaland, Emmy Magazine, The Root, Blavity, Bloomberg Quicktake, TIME and more.


Lisa Spencer Lisa Spencer, Global Head of Marketing, Irdeto

Lisa Spencer is the Vice President of Marketing at Irdeto. She is a seasoned marketing communications executive with more than 20 years of experience in creating awareness, and cultivating interest, engagement, and preference for a variety of companies in the technology, healthcare and transportation industries. She is an experienced storyteller with a track record of creating demand generation and customer retention programs that contribute to the bottom line. Lisa is also the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Irdeto, developing an actionable strategy with data-driven programs that are furthering a more diverse and inclusive Irdeto. Based in the Netherlands, Lisa holds a double major in Journalism and French from Carleton University (Canada). 


Bart Spriester Bart Spriester, Vice President and General Manager of Content and Streaming Providers Suite, Comcast Technology Solutions

Bart Spriester is the Vice President and General Manager of Content and Streaming Provider Solutions for Comcast Technology Solutions. In this role, Bart oversees sales, service, and product management for the business, delivering solutions to hundreds of media and technology companies worldwide. 
 
An industry veteran, Bart served as Senior Vice President, Video Products and Solutions for Harmonic, Inc. prior to joining the Comcast Technology Solutions leadership team in 2018. Previously, Bart was the Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America, and CTO for Encompass Digital Media where he improved its market competitiveness and customer support through centralized and standardized business systems. He came to Encompass from Cisco Systems where he was the Vice President and General Manager for the Digital Media Networks business unit. He also served as managing director of Cisco’s EMEA Video Division and was named to the company’s European Operating Committee.
 
Bart earned his MBA at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Bart is a Six Sigma yellow belt and a graduate of the Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School.


Matt Starker Matt Starker, SVP, Head of Direct-to-Consumer Services Business & Corporate Strategy, Endeavor Streaming

Matthew Starker serves as SVP, Head of Corporate Strategy and Growth Services at Endeavor Streaming, where he is responsible for business and corporate development, overarching strategy, and the advisory and growth marketing services business line. Before joining Endeavor Streaming, Matthew was President of Media and Original Content at Spring Studios. Prior to Spring Studios, he was part of the founding team of Cond Nast Entertainment's digital arm, where he later became General Manager of Digital. He has also held roles at VEVO, AIG SunAmerica, and Agilis Equity Partners throughout his career. Matthew is graduate of Villanova University and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University School of Business.


James Varndell James Varndell, Director of Product Management, Bitmovin
Twitter ID: @Bitmovin

James Varndell has built his career around video, helping media companies and video publishers to create great content and reach every viewer. In 2021 James joined Bitmovin as Senior Product Manager for Bitmovin’s Player. He ensures the Player reaches every device, in outstanding quality and delivers value to Bitmovin’s partners. Prior to joining Bitmovin, James held positions in product management and software engineering, playing an instrumental role in building software for media management and video editing.
 
James holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Technology and specialises in video software.


Martin Webb Martin Webb, Senior Product Manager, Cloud TV, Comcast Technology Solutions

Martin is responsible for the Cloud TV Suite within Comcast Technology Solutions. Martin’s experience spans the industry, from consumer devices and components for video consumption to video compression and managed services for video distribution, including ten years managing products and solutions for online and cloud-based TV.


Chris White Chris White, Operations Director, Friend MTS


Fariba Zamaniyan Fariba Zamaniyan, Vice President, Data and Advertising, TiVo
Twitter ID: @FaribaZ

Fariba Zamaniyan is a specialist in the development and scale of products that monetize data and technology for advertising. Currently at Xperi Corp by way of TiVo and TRA, Ms. Zamaniyan is Vice President of Data and Monetization leading a team responsible for the development and execution of the product plan that monetizes TiVo's TV viewership sourced from set-top box data assets for direct license and connected TV ad sales. Prior to joining TiVo, she was the Senior Vice President at Nielsen which acquired IAG research where she was hired to create and monetize its data assets for day after recall and program engagement measurement for leading industry verticals including Consumer Packaged Goods and Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Nielsen, Ms. Zamaniyan was at Ipsos and the NPD Group where she was responsible for developing, and monetizing data driven products that catered to ad copy testing, brand tracking and sales impact measurement within the retail, pharmaceutical, apparel, athletic footwear and music industries. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business from Ithaca College.


Lau Zuydervelt Lau Zuydervelt, Product Director for Cybersecurity and Antipiracy, Irdeto


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John Barrett John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ParksData
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

John Barrett currently analyzes digital media and international trends for Parks Associates and also heads the company’s consumer research team. He regularly advises companies from both the content and hardware industries on their digital media strategies and has authored dozens of industry reports.

He holds an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University: School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BS in international affairs from Georgetown University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Research, Digital Media, Mobile TV, Social Media, User-generated Content, Web 2.0


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


Sarah Lee Sarah Lee, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @sarahaleephd

 Sarah joined Parks Associates as a Research Analyst on the Entertainment side and covers topics such as OTT and consumer electronics.

Sarah earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington. She also earned an MS in General Experimental Psychology from Murray State University and a BS in Psychology from Xavier University.


Jason Paris Jason Paris, VP, Business Development, Parks Associates

Jason Paris joined Parks Associates as an analyst studying international telephone, cable, and satellite providers and is now a member of the business development team.

Jason graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology and government. After working for the Texas House of Representatives, Jason spent the previous seven years in New York City working with portable and enterprise healthcare technologies.


Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President & CMO, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.


Ross Rubin Ross Rubin, Founder/Principal Analyst , Reticle Research

Ross Rubin is a contributing analyst at Parks Associates and the founder and principal analyst at Reticle Research Ross has focused on innovation in the technology, media and telecom markets for over 20 years. Prior to founding Reticle Research, he was executive director and principal analyst at The NPD Group. Prior to NPD, he founded and managed the consumer access and technology service at Jupiter Research (acquired by Forrester Research), where he served as vice president and chief research fellow. He has contributed to and been quoted by leading publications and media outlets hundreds of times. Ross is a graduate of Cornell University.


Eric Sorensen Eric Sorensen, Sr. Contributing Analyst, Parks Associates

Eric Sorensen is an accomplished sports and news media executive with extensive knowledge in developing live streaming and Digital Media strategies. Diverse background includes; business management, product development, digital ad sales, videogame development, social content strategies, sponsorship development, and TV production. Eric spent over 15 years at ESPN helping pioneer the launch of WatchESPN, The Longhorn Network, and SEC digital network. Prior to joining Parks Associates Eric served as Director of Advertising and Digital and Social Content for the Houston Astros.
 
Eric graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, TV and Film.