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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.


Mark Young Mark Young, SVP Global Strategy, Business & Corp Dev, Fandango/Vudu; GM, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango / Vudu / Rotten Tomatoes
Twitter ID: @Fandango

Mark Young leads Global Strategy, Business and Corporate Development for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies and a unit of Comcast’s NBCUniversal. In addition, Mark is responsible for Growth Strategy for the overall Direct-to-Consumer business at NBCU.
 
Mark is focused on providing insights into consumer and technology trends and capitalizing on them to grow all lines of Fandango's business, domestically and internationally, including Vudu, the company's fast-growing on-demand video service, and Rotten Tomatoes, the ultimate resource to help fans with their entertainment viewing decisions. 
 
Mark also oversees distribution and co-marketing of mobile services, commerce and video with third-party partners such as mobile network providers, handset manufacturers, connected devices, social media and digital video platforms, app stores and retailers. 
 
Mark joined NBCUniversal from Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) where he led mobile strategy and business development across a portfolio of digital properties, as well as co-led the strategy and go-to-market launch of Xfinity's initial video service on iOS (iPad & iPhone) and Android devices. 
 
Prior to Comcast, Young was at The Walt Disney Company for seven years, of which the last three years he served as the vice president of strategy and business development for The Walt Disney Internet and Mobile Group. Prior to Disney, he was the vice president of business development and partner management for mobile data services pioneer Moviso/Infospace, and an executive at IBM's Innovation Center where he advised studios and media companies on digital asset distribution and management. 
 
He is a member of the Center of Technology Management at USC, and a member (and prior Board member) of the home entertainment industry trade association, Digital Entertainment Group (DEG).  Young is also a Mentor for Comcast’s LIFT Labs/TechStars and at USC’s Marshall School of Business Mentor for MBAs.


Speakers


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.


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.


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. 


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

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.


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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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, Firstlight Media
Twitter ID: @FirstlightAI

Naveen is the Head of Sports and Data Products at Firstlight. He is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of products for the Sports OTT vertical and Firstlight'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 Firstlight's customers. 
 
Before joining Firstlight, 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.


Paul Pastor Paul Pastor, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder , Firstlight Media
Twitter ID: @firstlightai

Paul Pastor, an earlier leader in Direct-To-Consumer services, is a Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Firstlight Media. Paul is responsible for key disciplines that are underpinning Firstlight’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.


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.


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


Greg Riker Greg Riker, Head of Sales and Business Development for the Americas, Comcast
Twitter ID: @Metrological

Greg Riker has more than 20 years of sales executive experience, with a track record of increasing revenues and expanding sales channels in the digital TV and media industry. In his current role, he is responsible for leading and managing sales for Metrological in The Americas. Prior to joining Metrological, Greg was Senior Vice President of Sales, Cloud Video Solutions at ARRIS, which he joined as part of the ActiveVideo joint acquisition by ARRIS and Charter. At ActiveVideo, Greg was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales responsible for expanding global sales channels for the company’s Cloud TV platform to video service providers and CE manufacturers worldwide. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Synacor, where he developed the commercial strategy for U.S.-based content providers and grew international revenues during the transition from a privately owned to publicly traded company. Earlier in his career, Greg led sales and business development activities, driving revenue growth for on-demand and advertising solutions at ARRIS and C-COR.


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.


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.
 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.