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Julie DeTraglia Julie DeTraglia, VP, Head of Research , Hulu

Julie DeTraglia is the Vice President and Head of Research at Hulu where she oversees the company’s research teams in ad sales, consumer marketing, and user experience. DeTraglia leads the development, design and implementation of all research initiatives at Hulu, advising business leads on sales strategy, consumer insights, customer acquisition, and product design and experience. 
 
Prior to joining Hulu, DeTraglia spent nearly 15 years at NBCUniversal, where she was most recently the SVP of Digital Research, responsible for sales research, strategy and analytics across NBC’s digital properties, including sites and apps for NBC Entertainment, News, Sports, Olympics and cable entertainment properties.  She also spent several years in TV research and integrated marketing. 
 
DeTraglia is a member of the Samba TV Data Advisory Board and multiple industry councils.  In 2017, DeTraglia was recognized as one of the top forty digital executives to watch by Campaign Magazine.  In 2018, she was also recognized by She Runs It as a Working Mother of the Year.
 
DeTraglia is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is based in New York with her husband and three sons.


Speakers


Arun Bhikshesvaran Arun Bhikshesvaran, Chief Marketing Officer, MediaKind
Twitter ID: @media_kind


Chris Carey Chris Carey, Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Business Development & Strategy, Verizon Digital Media Services

Chris Carey is currently Head of Sales, Strategy and Business Development at Verizon Digital Media Services and will lead our global sales organization, including Solution Engineering and Sales Operations. Prior to re-joining the Verizon Digital Media Services team, Chris held the role of Vice President, Technology and Business Development for Verizon where he helped launch the Go90 Mobile Video Service, Verizon's IPTV technology platform and the VR/AR Services platform "Envrnmnt". Chris was an instrumental player in growing Verizon Digital Media Services during the company's early development. As Chief Product Officer, he was responsible for product, profit and loss, definition, strategy, delivery and market rollout. With over 30 years of executive and strategic operations experience in the media and entertainment industries, Chris has held multiple roles that span industry wide. From Executive Vice President Worldwide, Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures to Chief Technology and Marketing Officer at Technicolor, in addition to 17 years spent at Walt Disney Studios in leadership roles, including Senior Vice President for Studio New Technology, Chris has been a key leader in the strategic and technology drivers of Hollywood's digital revolution. Currently, Chris is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for: DVD Copy Control Association, DVD Forum, Blu-ray Disc Association, Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC, AACS (Advanced Access Content System), DECE/Ultraviolet (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem). Chris is also a contributing author to “Understanding Digital Cinema A Professional Handbook” by Charles S. Swartz, as well as a named inventor for numerous U.S. patents (granted and applied for) in the digital media content formats and distribution systems field.


Ryan Curry Ryan Curry, Head of Tech and Innovation, Combs Enterprises


Mrugesh Desai Mrugesh Desai, Head of Sales Engineering, Accedo
Twitter ID: @accedotv

Mrugesh Desai joined Accedo in 2013 and heads up the Solutions Engineering team. In this capacity, he works with customers to understand their video experiences needs and help define ways to scale their brand and content to the fragmented OTT device market while still delivering best in class video experiences. He is most excited about some of the new advents in video experiences specifically in AR, VR and mixed reality and sees Accedo playing an important role in this arena.


Alex Drosin Alex Drosin, Chief Commercial Officer, Massive
Twitter ID: @massive_voice

As Chief Commercial Officer at Massive, Alex Drosin is at the forefront of helping the world's leading telcos, broadcasters and studios build, deploy and market next-generation video applications. Clients include Sony Pictures Television, Britbox, DAZN, Globo, Bell Media, Viacom, Deutsche Telekom and many more. Massive has established itself as the leading supplier of award-winning video applications through its powerful user experience management console and platform, Massive AXIS, which allows clients to deliver real-time UI changes across all devices. Alex is currently focused on helping customers of Massive amplify their value proposition, through the launch of new initiatives and solutions that align to emerging industry trends, such as artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality and "cord-cutting." Previously, Alex served as EVP, Strategy and Business Development, for The Filter, a B2B focused recommendation solution backed by Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures. His remit included building relationships with top-tier clients, ranging from Comcast to Walmart. Alex has worked in digital entertainment for over 30 years, serving as a strategic advisor to a multitude of companies. He first became hooked on the industry after spending over a decade working for Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, where he helped establish and grow Saturday Night Live's presence around the world. Alex left Broadway Video to launch his own company, Glowcast Ventures. He began his career as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal / Europe in Brussels.


Joel Fineman Joel Fineman, Director, Publisher Development at Premion, Premion, a divsion of TEGNA
Twitter ID: @PremionMedia

Joel Fineman Director, Publisher Development, Premion (a division of TEGNA) Joel leads Premion's partnership strategy with a host of vMVPDs, traditional networks, and pure-OTT services. Through expanding partnerships and strategic inventory acquisitions, he is responsible for delivering Premion's advertisers with unprecedented reach on the local level. Joel has spent the majority of his career helping publishers navigate the digital ecosystem. He has a track record in developing strategies to monetize content through audience growth, marketing, distribution and advertising. Prior to joining Premion, Joel worked at Roku on its Audience Development and Content Acquisition teams. There, he partnered with traditional TV network partners, such as Disney, Fox, and NBC, to grow streaming time and revenue—both advertising and subscription. Prior to Roku, Joel worked at Quantcast, in business development for the company's analytics solution. Earlier in his career, he was a travel editor at U.S. News & World Report. Joel is a graduate of Davidson College and Georgetown University.


Kristen Finney Kristen Finney, EVP, EMEA TVD, Fox

As Executive Vice President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution (TCFTVD), Kristen Finney is responsible for overseeing all content licensing deals across Pay, Basic and Free TV and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) in the EMEA region.
 
Finney leads an international team of sales executives in strategically distributing all feature films and television series from Twentieth Century Fox Film, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation and other 21st Century Fox companies. Together, Finney and her team are responsible for licensing content to more than 250 clients in over 140 territories. 
 
In 2016, Finney was promoted to Executive Vice President, EMEA as part of a restructure of TCFTVD, which unified the licensing efforts throughout all television distribution media and platforms and aligned the sales organization around the three major regions: The Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. 
 
Before leading the EMEA sales team, Finney was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Pay TV and SVOD, where she significantly contributed to the company’s financial strategy and growth by negotiating multi-million dollar Pay TV and SVOD deals. Finney and her team were responsible for the company’s Pay TV and SVOD licensing for the following major territories: the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Central and Eastern European Countries, Turkey, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Southeast Asia. 
 
Previously based out of the London sales office, Finney led international licensing negotiations for half of the European region including the UK, France and the Nordics as Vice President, International Pay-Per-View, Video-On-Demand and Electronic Sell-Through.   
 
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Finney’s first role at Twentieth was as Senior Counsel, Transactional (Digital Technologies and Content Protection) in Los Angeles where she led negotiations on technology and security requirements in a wide variety of content distribution deals across both the studio and network group.
 
Prior to her fifteen year tenure at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Finney served as Director, Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel at Discovery Communications, Inc.  At Discovery, Finney negotiated content license agreements and was the lead deal lawyer for TLC’s, Travel Channel’s and Animal Planet’s online and domestic consumer products and airline distribution groups. She was also the lead deal lawyer for Discovery’s information technology division. 
 
Finney was an associate at both Squadron, Ellenoff & Sheinfeld, LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, NY. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Virginia Juliano Virginia Juliano, CEO & Founder, CobbleCord
Twitter ID: @vjuliano

Virginia Juliano is the Founder/CEO of disruptive startup, CobbleCord. CobbleCord is a free website & app that, through its fully patented process, helps users cobble together a personalized bundle of online streaming services based on what they like to watch, how they like to watch it and their price range.
 
CobbleCord’s first-of-its-kind offering and platform-agnostic approach aims to alleviate the very real problem of consumer confusion around streaming services. Prior to launching CobbleCord, Juliano was a marketing and distribution executive at Showtime Networks, where she led the efforts to bring their OTT product to market. 
 
Cynopsis Media named CobbleCord ‘Best Video Discovery Service’ in its 2018 Model-D Award competition, and Ms. Juliano a 2018 ‘Top Woman in Digital’ in the Game Changer Category. Her deep experience in subscription-based businesses and focus on consumer empowerment bring a unique perspective to the OTT debate.


Jennifer Koester Jennifer Koester, Director of Telco and Video Distribution Partnerships, Google


Colleen Moraghan Colleen Moraghan, Senior Vice President, Data Solutions, 605
Twitter ID: @605Data

Colleen Moraghan is Senior Vice President of Data Solutions at 605. She brings more than 30 years of advertising technology, compliance, data science and media sales experience to her position. She is responsible for the design, development and delivery of unique and effective technology-driven solutions that increase sales by using set-top box data for audience discovery, media planning and measurement. Most recently, Colleen served as Vice President of Audience Measurement at Cablevision Systems Corporation, where she oversaw the overall development, operations and strategy for Cablevision's audience measurement data and metrics standardization. She was also responsible for the planning and development for client measurement, analytic and planning products such as Total Audience Application. Colleen received an M.B.A in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a B.A in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology, and is also a long-time member of WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications).


Tom Munro Tom Munro, CEO, Verimatrix
Twitter ID: @VerimatrixInc

Tom Munro has served as CEO of Verimatrix since April 2005. Earlier, he was President of Wireless Facilities, Inc. (WFI) a global leader in the design, deployment, and management of wireless mobility and broadband wireless networks. He served WFI as CFO from 1997 to 2000, through the company's successful IPO, and as President from September of 2000 until his retirement in January, 2003. Prior to joining WFI, Tom was founder and CEO of @Market, an online sporting goods retailer. Earlier, he was CFO of Precision Digital Images, an image processing technology firm in Redmond, Washington, after leaving MetLife Capital Corporation, a leading commercial finance company. At MCC from 1981 to 1994, Tom held a series of analytical, financial, and sales responsibilities including CFO of the company. Tom holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Washington. Tom sits on the boards of Airgain Technologies, the Digital Watermarking Alliance and BandwidthX.


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


Barry Nolan Barry Nolan, CMO, SWRVE
Twitter ID: @barryno

Barry, who serves as CMO of Swrve, has spent much of the last eight years advising some of the worlds largest media companies on how to grow their digital business in the era of mobile-first, app-centric world. Swrve is Barry's fifth startup in Barry's career. Four of his previous startups IPO'd on NASDAQ and one was sold to Apple. Swrve offers a multi-channel customer engagement platform for enterprises across mobile, web and OTT streaming apps. Swrve enables enterprises to deliver exceptional customer experiences through intelligent messaging. Swrve has been deployed in over 3.5 billion devices, and the platform processes over 14 billion events daily.


Jen Prenner Jen Prenner, GM, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon


Dan Reich Dan Reich, Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Product Strategy & Development, Viacom International


Paul Stathacopoulos Paul Stathacopoulos, VP, Strategy & Execution, TiVo Corporation
Twitter ID: @tivoforbusiness

Paul Stathacopoulos Vice President, Strategy TiVo Paul Stathacopoulos is Vice President of Strategy at TiVo, responsible for helping define the company's global strategy and leading efforts to incubate and accelerate business growth in new media. Paul joined TiVo as part of the Rovi Corporation acquisition where he held leadership roles in both Strategy and Product. Prior to Rovi, Paul held the position of Vice President of Product and Marketing for Planetweb, Inc. While there, he was responsible for the strategic direction of all Planetweb products including their multiplatform embedded web browser and user experience platform, which helped forge the path for a multitude of connected interactive experiences on game consoles, DVD players, set-tops, digital cameras and mobile devices for top consumer brands including Samsung, Panasonic, Philips & Sharp. Paul has also held positions at Sega of America, where he was responsible for leading the product and engineering teams which developed the first two online gaming consoles and a collection of the first online console games. While at Sega Paul pioneered some of the very first web-connected interactive television experiences. Much of this early work helped to set the stage for the evolution of today's interactive connected consumer devices. Paul is also a named inventor on 12 granted US technology patents and 50 US patent applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business from San Jose State University.


Stephen Strong Stephen Strong, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Newsy


Benjamin Vallat Benjamin Vallat, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Twitch


Benjamin Vallat Benjamin Vallat, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Twitch


Mitch Weinraub Mitch Weinraub, Director of Product, AirTV
Twitter ID: @mitchweinraub

In his 20+ years with Comcast, Primestar (purchased by DirecTV in 1999), Insight Communications (purchased by TWC in 2012) and DISH Network Mitch has held roles in product development, business development, and operations management. Regardless of title, Mitch usually focuses on the invention, business case development, construction and launch of new technology products or new lines of business. Currently, Mitch leads the AirTV brand. The new brand has produced the AirTV local TV everywhere device as well as the AirTV Player which combines OTT and OTA content in one easy to use device. The AirTV Player received eight Best of CES 2017 awards including Engadget’s Best New Home Theater Product. 


Don Wilcox Don Wilcox, Vice President, Multiplatform Marketing & Content, PBS

As Vice President, Multiplatform Marketing & Content at PBS, Don Wilcox oversees PBS marketing strategy across broadcast, print, digital and social media platforms. Wilcox also leads digital content efforts across ?PBS.org, which reaches nearly 17 million users per month, the Webby-award winning PBS Digital Studios YouTube network, as well as social media and emerging platforms.  His team collaborates closely with their broadcast colleagues to create multiplatform strategies for a variety of PBS programming. 
 
Wilcox has more than 18 years of experience at the intersection of television and digital media. Prior to PBS, he served as Vice President & General Manager of Branded Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he oversaw the operations and strategy of ?FOX.com and ?AmericanIdol.com, including groundbreaking social media initiatives and integrated cross-platform sponsorships. Prior to FOX, Wilcox was Executive Director, Marketing and Client Services at Sony Pictures Interactive, where he spearheaded online and mobile marketing and promotions for the full slate of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s television shows. He has also held digital leadership positions at ABC, NBC and Microsoft.


Moderators


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

Kristen Hanich studies digital and connected health and mobile trends across the globe. Kristen is a trained anthropologist with skills in ethnography, development/programming, and geoanalytics. She has a background in the areas of health behavior and epidemiology.

Kristen is completing her Master's thesis for a duel anthropology and public health degree between the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her B.Sc. in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in GIS.


Craig Leslie Craig Leslie, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Craig joined Parks Associates in 2018 as part of the entertainment services research team. With over a decade spent in research and analysis roles, Craig brings experience from a variety of industries to Parks Associates, including IT services, telecommunications, retail & loyalty, and beauty & personal care.

Craig earned his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, with concentrations in Marketing and International Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA.


Billy Nayden Billy Nayden, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @NaydenBilly
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Billy joined Parks Associates in 2018 as part of the entertainment services research team. He brings experience from both the sports journalism and data analytics industries, making him uniquely positioned to study trends in television and the dynamic entertainment industry as a whole.

Billy earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Southern Methodist University, where he minored in Sport Management and Film and Media Arts.


Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

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Hunter Sappington Hunter Sappington, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ResearchHunter
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Hunter Sappington currently studies trends and innovation in connected consumer electronics including devices such as game consoles, smart TVs, virtual and augmented reality headsets, drones, and robotics as well as a variety of smart home devices.

Hunter earned his BA in New Media Journalism with a focus in advertising from Baylor University in Waco, TX.