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Lisa Aussieker Lisa Aussieker, VP Marketing and Communications, MediaKind

Lisa Aussieker currently leads Americas Marketing and Thought Leadership at MediaKind. Over the last decade, Lisa has been part of the eight-time Emmy award-winning Ericsson TV and Media, holding responsibility for bringing several leading solutions to market in areas including VOD workflow, metadata management and enrichment, rights management, media delivery, traffic and video optimization, LTE Broadcast, and streaming video processing. Early in her career, Lisa was named in Multichannel News’ “40 under 40’” list of high performing executives from the TV engineering industry. She previously managed Tandberg Television’s OTT product portfolio before the company was acquired by Ericsson. Prior to that, Lisa was part of the two-time Emmy award-winning pioneers of interactive television at Zetools.


Marc Beckwitt Marc Beckwitt, EVP – Business Affairs & Development, Pure Flix
Twitter ID: @PureFlix

Marc Beckwitt has over thirty years of experience within the Consumer Electronics, Service Provider and Video Services industry. Beckwitt currently serves as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs & Development for Pure Flix.
 
PureFlix.com is the leading internet faith and family subscription video service in North America having served over 100M hours since its launch in 2015. Beckwitt not only supports the needs of the various Pure Flix departments, but also leads the business, legal and engagement with vendors, partners or others in order to provide a best of class solution. Additionally, Beckwitt continually evaluates opportunities to expand the Pure Flix audience via partnerships, strategic initiatives, or other activities.
 
Previously, Beckwitt has done tours with Vewd Software (formerly Opera Software), Prodea, Technicolor, Arris, Digeo and Sony where he had key roles towards developing and launching products and services such as the M-GO content delivery platform, Moxi for Retail and PayTV, SonyStyle.com, etc.
 
Beckwitt holds 9 U.S. patents in the network and interactive TV fields with others pending.
 
Beckwitt holds Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.


Gabriel Berger Gabriel Berger, CEO, ThinkAnalytics
Twitter ID: @thinkanalytics

Gabriel Berger is the CEO of ThinkAnalytics. For over 25 years, Gabriel has focused on developing and deploying solutions and platforms that foster the intersection of information and entertainment. Prior to joining ThinkAnalytics, Gabriel was EVP of Sales and Operations at Vubiquity, a worldwide managed services provider for owners and distributors of Premium Content, (recently acquired by AMDOCS). Prior to Vubiquity, Gabriel was SVP Sales at Digitalsmiths, a recognized world leader in Content Discovery, acquired by TiVo in 2014. Gabriel lives in Marina Del Rey, CA with his two annoying cats, Sammy and Teddy.


Lu Bolden Lu Bolden, Chief Revenue Officer, Verimatrix
Twitter ID: @LuBolden

Lu Bolden has more than 10 years of experience in executive management, as well as an extensive career as an active duty serviceman and government contractor. In 2006, he co-founded CSI Digital, a next-generation systems integration company and long-standing Verimatrix partner, and as President, led the company to a successful acquisition in 2014. Prior to CSI Digital, Lu was the EVP of Technical Sales for Sherpaq Mobile Products where he was responsible for the design and sale of mobile voice, video and data systems to various government agencies. He attended the Air Force Academy, flew on the E-3 AWACS out of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base.


Renato Bonomini Renato Bonomini, VP - Global Presales, ContentWise
Twitter ID: @renatobonomini

Renato is Vice President - Global PreSales at ContentWise, the AI-powered customer experience company that provides leading video operators, digital publishers, and online retailers with the software and expertise they need to create rich, personal, and smart CX at every digital touchpoint. His strong focus on transforming data into actionable information comes from an engineering background in Digital Signal Processing with a M.S. from Politecnico di Milano and his past R&D experience in Geophysics. Over the last 15 years he grew professional service practices, developed and brought to market new offerings, and nurtured strategic partnerships. His global industry experience spans media, telco, retail, leisure & travel, oil & gas, and finance.


Andrea Clarke-Hall Andrea Clarke-Hall, Vice President of Business Development, Tubi, Inc.

Andrea Clarke-Hall leads Business Development for Tubi, the world’s largest free movie and TV streaming service. Andrea is responsible for negotiating Tubi’s content acquisition deals, building a content library of over 12,000 titles, and most recently launching Tubi’s partnership with NBCUniversal. Andrea also leads Tubi’s app distribution deals, including their deal with Comcast Xfinity, where Tubi was the third streaming app available on the cable service after Netflix and YouTube. 
 
Prior to joining Tuib, Andrea managed Global Business Development for Sony Pictures’ Crackle. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York for six years where she litigated and tried major racketeering and economic fraud cases. 
 
Andrea is a JD/MBA. She received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, and her Bachelors from the New York University Stern School of
Business.


Jean Ellen Cowgill Jean Ellen Cowgill, GM of QuickTake and Global Head of Strategy and Business Development, Bloomberg Digital, Bloomberg
Twitter ID: @JEcowgill

Jean Ellen Cowgill is the General Manager of Bloomberg QuickTake, a global, premium video news network that connects the world of social and streaming. She is also the Global Head of Digital Strategy and Business Development, defining innovative initiatives and spearheading Bloomberg Media’s partnerships strategy.
 
Under Jean Ellen’s leadership, QuickTake is reimagining the way news is delivered for the next generation of business leaders who are social, mobile, and digital and who engage with content while on the move. QuickTake makes it easier for consumers to truly understand the biggest stories and trends shaping their world, and reinvents video news for a new generation of consumers.
 
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Jean Ellen was the president of Atlantic 57, the consulting and creative division of The Atlantic, where she helped clients transform and adapt for the modern world, using lessons from The Atlantic’s own transformation from print magazine to multi-platform pioneer. Previously, she led Atlantic Media’s corporate strategy efforts, crafting business models for new ventures and charting the company’s growth plans. Prior to joining The Atlantic, Jean Ellen was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she focused on organizational and investment strategy across the private, public and non-profit sectors.
 
Jean Ellen speaks frequently on today’s media landscape and trends in branding, content, and user experience at major industry forums. Jean Ellen graduated as valedictorian of Dartmouth College.


Christopher Dean Christopher Dean, VP and GM, Media & Entertainment, Salesforce Industries

Christopher S. Dean or "CD" is VP and GM of Salesforce Industries Media & Entertainment Industry Cloud efforts, setting strategy and managing operations for solutions that help media companies accelerate growth, agility and differentiation through industry-specific cloud and mobile software. CD has spent decades developing and launching products that help customers create new distribution channels and grow revenue. As CEO of Swrve, CD transformed a mobile gaming business into a world leader in enterprise mobile marketing automation for finance, entertainment, travel, telecommunications, and ecommerce verticals. CD holds a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vassar College. His overarching business and management philosophy: Look after the customer and everything else falls into place.


Megan Dover Megan Dover, Executive Director of Video and Entertainment Product Management and Development, Cox Communications
Twitter ID: @CoxComm


Alex Drosin Alex Drosin, Head of Worldwide Business Development, Deltatre
Twitter ID: @deltatre

Alex Drosin is Head of Worldwide Business Developmentof Deltatre’s OTT division in the Americas. The company, which is part of Bruin Sports Capital, is a global leader in providing digital and broadcast products and solutions for the largest sports leagues, events, federations, entertainment and brand partners in the world. The company’s client portfolio includes WWE, Network, MLB, NFL, DAZN, UEFA, FIFA, IAAF, Premier League, ATP Media, Discovery’s GOLFTV, European Athletics, Britbox, Bell Media, BT Sport and AT&T’s DirecTV.
 
Previously, Alex was Chief Commercial Officer of Massive Interactive which delivered and built industry-leading tools to manage, productize and sell media assets on next-generation connected devices. The company was acquired by Deltatre in 2018.
 
Prior to Massive, Alex established The Filter, a global leader in recommendation and relevance tools in the North American marketplace. The company is backed by Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures.
 
Alex has held multiple corporate positions in the entertainment and digital space in the past 30 years. He became enamored with the digital arena after spending 10+ years working for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Enterprises where he focused on establishing Saturday Night Live’s presence around the world and acquiring film and TV catalogs. Alex left Broadway Video to launch his own company, Glowcast Ventures LLC.
 
Alex began his career as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal/Europe in Brussels, Belgium.


Henry Embleton Henry Embleton, Head of Ad Products & Revenue, Crunchyroll
Twitter ID: @Crunchyroll

Henry Embleton, Head of Ad Products and Strategy, Crunchyroll Henry Embleton is the head of ad products and revenue at Crunchyroll, WarnerMedia's global anime brand with more than 70 million registered users and more than 3 million subscribers. In this role, Embleton drives strategy around the ad products, experience, and monetization for the AVOD side of the platforms Crunchyroll and VRV, the fandom-focused video platform featuring premium channels including Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Boomerang, and more. Embleton drives all strategic growth with a focus on converting AVOD fans into SVOD fans. Embleton's experience in media spans across content creation, distribution, and monetization. Prior to Crunchyroll, Embleton was the founder of Catch Talk TV, a video platform focused on aggregating and curating events, conferences, and keynote discussions, which brought him to Silicon Valley from the United Kingdom. Embleton got his start in media across the pond as a publisher in print media, creating business reports for newspapers in the United Kingdom, including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Week.


Rob Gelick Rob Gelick, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Streaming Services & Chief Product Officer, ViacomCBS Digital

Rob Gelick is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Streaming Services and Chief Product Officer for ViacomCBS Digital. In this role, Gelick leads the majority of ViacomCBS’ direct-to-consumer Entertainment experiences and network-based sites, apps and SVOD services, including the CBS All Access subscription service, and oversees the multi-platform experiences of the Viacom-branded networks and Smithsonian Channel’s digital properties. 
 
Gelick’s purview includes the product, engineering, video, design and development teams across ViacomCBS Digital’s broad portfolio of brands and services, both domestically and in partnership with the international ViacomCBS businesses.
 
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. This includes the product, technology and overall consumer experience across multiple platforms – the web, mobile, connected devices, social, video and gaming.  In addition, Gelick’s team leads the development and production of original digital content to support the CBS Television Network’s slate of shows and special events. 
 
Previously, Gelick was the SVP and GM of Digital Platforms for CBS Entertainment Digital and held the position of SVP and GM of CBS Mobile, where he led up all aspects of the CBS Mobile business across more than a dozen CBS Interactive properties including CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CNET, GameSpot, and TV.com; as well as mobile development for The CW and CBS Paramount Television. He also managed licensing of CBS brands on mobile platforms, and oversaw all mobile-related video, advertising, games, alerts and interactive TV initiatives. Gelick joined CBS Interactive in 2008 as Vice President of CBS Mobile, overseeing operations and new business development.
 
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. Before Helio, Gelick spent eight years at Motorola. There, he was instrumental in the company’s strategic alliance with Apple to bring iTunes to Motorola’s next generation mobile devices.


Peter Gibson Peter Gibson, Executive Director, Video Platform, Comcast Technology Solutions

Between his time as product leader for Comcast Technology Solutions and for thePlatform (which was acquired by Comcast in 2015), Peter brings well over a decade of experience in the design and execution of video management and delivery solutions for clients at every scale. As Executive Director for Comcast Technology Solutions’ C&SP, Peter and his team are solving for the increasing demands of multi-platform, ultra-high quality and live video delivery, and bringing the next generation of associated technologies to market. 
 
Prior to his time at Comcast Technology Solutions and thePlatform, Peter worked at several internet start-ups ranging from financial web-services to web auction platforms. He received his degree in Computer Science from the University College Dublin in 2001.  


Gideon Gilboa Gideon Gilboa, Executive Vice President, Kaltura Media & Telecom

Gideon Gilboa is the EVP of Product, Marketing, and Solutions for Media & Telecom at Kaltura. Throughout his career Gideon played a key role in bringing new video products to market including the first DVR, DRM, addressable advertising and some of the first OTT systems. Gideon has joined Kaltura from Cisco where he led the service provider video product marketing team driving GTM, marketing, innovation and sales enablement for a $1bn video portfolio. Gideon holds a BA from the Hebrew University and graduated from the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School.


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

Ben Grad is 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.


Sandeep Gupta Sandeep Gupta, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV , Amazon
Twitter ID: @amazonfiretv

As the Vice President of Amazon Fire TV, Sandeep is responsible for driving the global device strategy and vision for Fire TV, including all aspects of product design, technical development,  and customer engagement and experience. Sandeep leads the team in strategic planning as well as end-to-end delivery of all Fire TV devices and software experiences. He has led development of all Fire TV products since its initial launch in April 2014.
 
Sandeep’s team successfully launched Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube, the new Fire TV Edition line of smart TVs in partnership with Best Buy, the Fire TV Stick 4K with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote, the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Recast, and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, which is available in over 100 countries and territories around the world.
 
Prior to Fire TV, Sandeep led development for Fire tablets and was involved in the development of the Fire Phone. He previously held positions at Yahoo! where he led their mobile application strategy and Apple where he led the development of iPod application software. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Dan Hurwitz Dan Hurwitz, Chief Revenue Officer, Penthera
Twitter ID: @HurwitzDan

Dan Hurwitz brings over two decades of experience envisioning, building and scaling cutting-edge solutions for media/marketing technology companies. Prior to joining mobile video software leader Penthera in 2017, Dan established business operations at startups including Evergage (personalization software), GoNoodle (child health development), and MapMyFitness (connected health, acquired by Under Armour in 2015). Over the course of his career, he has also worked with some of the largest media enterprises in the world, including NBC, AOL, and Sirius XM, architecting and guiding game-changing solutions.


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

Virginia Juliano is the Founder of CobbleCord (www.CobbleCord.com), disruptive media tech startup that helps people cobble together personalized bundles of free and paid streaming services. Its free, patented recommendation process uses content, device, internet and price preferences to craft a custom list of services for each user, empowering them to get the most from streaming and navigate the cord-cutting experience. Virginia is currently evolving CobbleCord’s offering to include a comprehensive subscription management solution.
 
Prior to launching CobbleCord, Virginia worked at Showtime Networks as a marketing and distribution executive, leading many award-winning, multi-platform campaigns that helped double the company’s subscriber base. She also spearheaded the efforts to bring Showtime’s streaming service to market, which is when the idea for CobbleCord was born. She recognized that the rapidly moving dynamics of the streaming space would cause tremendous confusion for the average person and set out to build an unintimidating, user-friendly solution. Prior to Showtime, she worked in publishing, leading digital business initiatives and digital product development. 
 
Virginia also conducts streaming and cord-cutting seminars for both consumer and professional groups and is a vocal proponent of customer empowerment in entertainment. She is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on the evolving intersection between media and technology and has an MBA in Marketing and Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business.


Simon Leadlay Simon Leadlay, Head of Product Management, You.i TV

Simon Leadlay leads product strategy and market fit at You.i TV as Head of Product Market Development. A 15-year industry veteran, Leadlay served as director of Pay TV product management and business development for Accedo prior to joining You.i TV. During seven years with Latens Systems, Pace and ARRIS, he was integral to the companies’ productization, sales, and marketing efforts for next-generation user experiences for Pay TV operators. Previously, he held technical marketing and development positions with Espial, Nortel, and Ingenia Communications.


Bob Leighton Bob Leighton, SVP, Liberty Global Inc.


Darren Lepke Darren Lepke, Head of Video Product Management , Verizon Media

Darren Lepke is the Head of Video Product Management for Verizon Media. Their platform powers the next generation of OTT and TV Everywhere experiences for large broadcasters, digital publishers and video content owners, including Disney, ESPN, Fox, Sinclair, Discovery, and more. With over 15 years of technology leadership, Darren has built a proven track record in product management, marketing, and business development. He has deep technical knowledge in software development (large scale cloud SaaS, mobile apps, connected device applications), web services APIs, online advertising, streaming media formats and metadata management.


Sandra Lopez Sandra Lopez, VP & GM, Intel Sports
Twitter ID: @nycsf

Sandra E. Lopez Vice President, Intel Sports Sandra E. Lopez is VP for Intel Sports and is responsible for partnering with the sports and media industry to provide the future fans with the next generation of immersive media experiences. In her role, she leads a team that is focused on leading the business, marketing and market development efforts of Intel Sports and Studios. Lopez is also the co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on VR/AR/XR. Previously, she led and managed the fashion wearable business for Intel's New Technology Group. Earlier in her Intel career, Lopez held various roles within corporate marketing, including director of new business marketing and consumer marketing. Over the course of her career, Lopez has received numerous recognitions, including Most Powerful Women in Tech (National Diversity Council), Top Women in Media (Cynopsis), Top 10 Latina Executives (LatinaStyle), Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in Information Technology (HiTec) and Game Changer (Sports Business Journal). Prior to joining Intel in 2005, Lopez held various positions at Adobe Systems Inc., Macromedia, Computer Associates International Inc. and several other technology companies. Lopez earned a B.S. in Economics and Textiles and Clothing from the University of California at Davis. In addition, she attended the Stanford’s Executive Accelerator Program in 2016. As part of contributing to the community, she is focused on building the next generation of women leaders.


Stefanie Meyers Stefanie Meyers, Senior Vice President, Distribution, STARZ

Based in the New York office, Meyers is responsible for Starz’s digital/OTT distribution business, utilizing her in-depth understanding of the media industry and competitive television landscape to build a strategic vision to maximize Starz’s subscriber and revenue growth. She negotiates and executes Starz's digital distribution, platform, and device deals and oversees Starz’s digital distribution partner marketing. She also supports Starz’s business development initiatives.
Meyers joined Starz in 2015 as Senior Counsel and previously served as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisition & Affiliate Distribution where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting Starz’s video distribution, technology integration and marketing agreements. She also provided legal and strategic support to the executive, sales, business development, content acquisition and operations teams. This included supporting original programming and studio license agreements.
 
Prior to Starz, Meyers served as Associate Counsel of Programming for Spectrum, previously Time Warner Cable.
 
Meyers was named to Variety's 2019 New Leaders list and an Emerging Leader by Fierce Video in 2020.
 
Meyers earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Elon


Alain Nochimowski Alain Nochimowski, EVP Innovation, Viaccess-Orca
Twitter ID: @chaouli

Alain Nochimowski is the Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. Alain is responsible for leading VO’s innovative initiatives and on a broader scope, fostering an innovative mindset across the company. Prior to this position, Alain led business development activities, first at Orca Interactive, and following the merger with Viaccess, at the new entity Viaccess-Orca.
 
Alain was responsible for leading VO’s entry strategy into new markets and ventures, and for creating a supportive industrial ecosystem for VO’s new products and technologies.  Before joining Orca Interactive in 2009, Alain held various business development and technical strategy positions successively at Orange, Viaccess and SanDisk, in New York, Paris and Tel Aviv.
 
Throughout his career, Alain initiated and successfully lead multiple innovation projects that notably resulted in dozens of issued patents and strategic sales to large content service providers. Alain graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris.


Mike O'Donnell Mike O'Donnell, Chief Revenue Officer, VIZIO

Mike O'Donnell is the Chief Revenue Officer of Platform Business at VIZIO, the second largest smart TV company in America. In his first year at VIZIO, O'Donnell not only led the launch of VIZIO's exploding direct-to-device advertising business, but his team has transformed the streaming ecosystem on VIZIO's SmartCast platform by launching over 100 new free ad-supported linear channels, and striking new deals with Disney/ESPN/ABC, Peacock and NBCUniversal, Apple, Marvel, Amazon and dozens more. An advertising industry veteran, Mike helped pioneer the first generation of connected TV advertising solutions at YUME as SVP of North America where he helped grow the company from a start-up to its listing on the NYSE. Prior to joining VIZIO, O'Donnell served as Chief Revenue Officer of Connekt and led distribution and monetization efforts of their SmartTV technology platform.


Erick Opeka Erick Opeka, President, Digital Networks, Cinedigm
Twitter ID: @ErickOpeka

Erick Opeka serves as Cinedigm’s President of Digital Networks, overseeing the company’s nine digital-first networks.  Opeka is responsible for shaping the strategy, development, launch and operations of the company's OTT networks including documentary network Docurama, fandom network CONtv, family-centered Dove Channel, e-sports network WHAM, MMA channel COMBAT GO, K-Pop and Asian Pop Culture outlet HALLYPOP, and Chinese-content channel Bambu
 
Opeka previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Global Digital, where he oversaw the distribution of Cinedigm's 50,000+ hours of content. He also handled the multi-platform distribution deals, client management, content strategy, sales, development and operations for each channel. 
 
Before joining Cinedigm, Opeka co-founded and ran New Video Digital, where he successfully grew the company into the largest aggregator of independent video content for 650 partners. Prior to launching this venture, Opeka managed digital and home entertainment releases for A&E Networks, MLB, and Docurama Films. He began his career at Madstone Entertainment, a vertically-integrated exhibitor, distributor and digital cinema pioneer.
 
He is a frequent speaker at top industry events and serves as the Chair of the Entertainment Merchants Association’s OTT Growth Council; is on the Board of Advisors of Latin Music OTT Service VidaPrimo; provides mentoring to the entrepreneur support organization Techstars; acts as an advisor to Blue Fever; and is a member of the Producer's Guild of America.
 
Opeka received his BA from UT Austin and his MBA from Florida State University. He is a veteran who served as a lead technology trainer and combat medic in the U.S. Army Infantry.


Damian Pelliccione Damian Pelliccione, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Revry, Inc.

Named one of Business Insider’s “Power Player Execs”, Damian is the CEO of Revry, the groundbreaking new LGBTQ digital content streaming service for Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV Amazon Fire, Pluto TV, XUMO TV, Stirr, TiVo+, IOS, Android and the Web. Revry now reaches over 250+ million people in over 130 countries across the globe.

Previously Damian has worked for top-name brands like Chevrolet and Cadillac to develop new media opportunities for product promotion and marketing. Damian also worked as head of Business Development for Make.TV a German based live streaming technology and represented Make.TV in Dubai, Singapore and all over North America and Europe. Damian also served as adjunct professor for Columbia College Chicago and instructor at YouTube Space LA and NYC, with over 15 years’ experience in the digital and new media world.

Damian is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America New Media Council, TV Academy Of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the International Academy of Web TV. A proud member of StartOUT, Damian is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community in both authentic media representation and entrepreneurship.


Renata Paulino Policicio Renata Paulino Policicio, VP, Research and Insights, ESPN

Renata Policicio leads the Research and Insights group for ESPN's Global Markets. Based at the company's New York offices, she leads the research and analytics international team, providing guidance to advance ESPN's brand, understanding of the sports landscape, and drive growth and innovation in more than 30 different countries.

 

She is a multi-cultural professional with over 20 years of experience at major Fortune 500 companies such as Disney ESPN, Warner Media, Microsoft and advertising agencies, holding an MBA in Business and Marketing and a bachelor's degree in Communications, and a speaker at key conferences around the globe.


		 Marty Roberts Marty Roberts, CEO & Co-Founder, Wicket Labs
Twitter ID: @Marty_Roberts6
Website: http://www.wicketlabs.com

Marty Roberts is the CEO of Wicket Labs. Prior to 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. A Seattle native, Marty spends most of his free time outdoors. When he's not in the office, you'll find him either on his mountain bike, snowboard or fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest.


David Sanderson David Sanderson, CEO, Reelgood


Jason Schaeffer Jason Schaeffer, SVP Growth, Crackle Plus

Jason oversees Business Development, Marketing and Business Intelligence initiatives for Crackle Plus, a JV between C.S.S.E and Sony Pictures TV. Prior to Crackle Plus, Jason worked at The Walt Disney Company. He started his career in investment banking, at Merrill Lynch & Co., in the M&A department.  Jason holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Economics from Bucknell University. He resides in Los Angeles.


Kirstin Seitz Kirstin Seitz, Head of Marketing Strategy and Operations, Philo

In her role as Head of Marketing Strategy and Operations, Kirstin spearheads every facet of the go-to-market process -- from strategy and development to media and creative planning, activation and optimization. Kirstin‘s efforts on the team have led to exponential subscriber growth since the launch of Philo in 2017, due in no small part to her marketing acumen and deep understanding of the streaming television space.
 
Prior to Philo, Kirstin held various marketing positions at top media companies including CBS, Food Network and HBO.  Her accomplishments include leading the award-winning HBO brand campaign “Voyeur”, the launch of HBO’s subscription video-on-demand product, and spearheading Food Network’s marketing efforts that led to one of the networks highest-rated two-year broadcasting periods.
 
Kirstin holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Southern California.


Blake Stuchin Blake Stuchin, VP, Digital Media Business Development, NFL
Twitter ID: @nfl

Blake Stuchin is Vice President of Digital Media Business Development at the National Football League, where he leads the league's distribution and licensing strategy across social media and digital video syndication. He is a senior member of the League's Media Business Development group, which looks after the NFL's media rights including live game distribution across television, satellite, audio, and digital platforms. Prior to the NFL, Blake was a member of the Media Investment Banking group at Jefferies, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital. Prior to Jefferies, Blake was an Analyst at Access Capital, an institutional source of non-bank funding to entrepreneurially-run growing businesses throughout the country. He started his career at Digitas, one of the world's leading integrated marketing agencies, where he led campaigns for Turner Broadcasting and Pfizer. Outside of work, Blake enjoys rock climbing and is a partner in Pine Brook Fitness, home to The Rock Club, New York's largest indoor rock climbing gym. He holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Blake lives in New York City with his wife Stephanie and their two children.


Jen Taylor Jen Taylor, VP Digital Audience Development , A&E Networks

Jen is responsible for growing and retaining the audience across A+E Networks digital platforms, across all network brands. She has fueled over a billion video views and over 66 million app downloads across the Digital TV Everywhere products, surpassing goals for the last five years; lead customer acquisition across all platforms for the launch of Lifetime Movie Club and History Vault, exceeding expectations; and implemented retention tactics for TV Everywhere apps, increasing return engagement by 87%.


Chris Thun Chris Thun, Vice President of Product, TiVo
Twitter ID: @tivoforbusiness

Chris Thun is VP of Product at TiVo where he is responsible for consumer experience across TV, mobile, and web. His team drives the product strategy across TiVo’s client portfolio, including Linux set-top boxes, Android TV, and Streamers. As an Internet and media entrepreneur Chris was on the founding team of Fan TV, a start-up acquired by TiVo in 2014. Prior to TiVo and Fan TV, Chris built and managed some of the largest products and brands at Yahoo! and Apple. Chris holds a BA from Williams College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Stefan Van Engen Stefan Van Engen, Senior Vice President, Content Programming and Partnerships, XUMO

Stefan Van Engen is the senior vice president of content programming and partnerships at XUMO, the premium, free ad-supported television service (FAST). With over 15 years of experience in launching and leading the programming, production and creative execution of media properties for digital platforms and television, Van Engen currently develops, leads and executes XUMO’s content and partnership strategy. In this role, he has changed the OTT landscape by launching OTT channels on XUMO for providers such as PGA TOUR, A&E Networks, Refinery29 and Divorce Court from FOXTV—industry firsts. Prior to XUMO, Van Engen was the SVP of Programming and Production for the digital start up Sportsrocket (formerly Bedrocket Media Ventures), and prior to that was the Co-Executive Producer of The Gayle King Show for O.W.N. He lives just outside of New York City, an adjustment from living in the heart of Manhattan for 16 years.


Jennifer Vaux Jennifer Vaux, Director, Programming Acquisition, The Roku Channel, Roku, Inc.


Claire Weingarten Claire Weingarten, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Newsy, The E.W. Scripps Company

Claire Weingarten is Director, Strategic Partnerships at Newsy overseeing relationships with digital, cable, CTV, OEM and new tech partners. She also works in tandem with Newsy’s documentary team to distribute feature and short investigative documentaries. Prior to joining Newsy, Claire was the Director, New Media at the Indie Film Distributor Film Movement and produced award-winning documentary feature films in the U.S. and Africa. Originally hailing from Washington, D.C., she studied Film, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at Columbia University and earned a Master's Degree from New York University.


Mark Young Mark Young, SVP Global Strategy & Business Development, Fandango
Twitter ID: @Fandango

Mark Young leads global strategy, business and corporate development for Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for all things movies and a business unit of NBCUniversal. Mark is focused on providing insights into consumer and technology trends and capitalizing on them to grow all lines of Fandango’s businesses, including Fandango’s ticketing service, on-demand streaming services, FandangoNOW and Vudu, Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips. Mark also oversees a global team responsible for strategic long-range planning, as well as distribution and co-marketing of mobile services, commerce and video with third-party mobile, digital and social partners. In the past five years, Mark’s leadership in market opportunity analysis has resulted in eight strategic acquisitions at Fandango.
 
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 Board Member of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), a member of the Center of Technology Management (CTM) at USC, and a TECHStars Mentor.


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Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, 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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Keshav Jaiswal Keshav Jaiswal, Consumer Insights Analyst II, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Keshav studies market trends and consumer behaviors related to the use of smart home and entertainment technologies. Keshav’s work with the Consumer Analytics team includes primary and secondary research, where he focuses on finding data-driven solutions from syndicated and custom survey data.

Keshav Jaiswal graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics specializing in Marketing and Research. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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

As Senior Director, 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.

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Steve Nason Steve Nason, Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @SteveAtParks
Website: http://parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Entertainment content and services, consumer behavior on emerging technology markets

Steve is a director at Parks Associates, specializing in entertainment content and services. He brings nearly 20 years experience in a variety of market research and marketing strategy roles including several in the emerging technology and media space.

Steve earned both his BS in Telecommunication with a concentration in Business and his MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida.

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