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

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


Sarah Lyons Sarah Lyons, VP of OTT Media Products, AT&T

Sarah Lyons is vice president of OTT Media Products within AT&T’s Mobility and Entertainment group, leading the product vision and product management for the next generation video platform & entertainment products — the future of AT&T’s OTT video strategy.
 
Previously, Sarah was vice president of DIRECTV’s Digital Entertainment Products Group (DEPG) and was part of DEPG’s founding leadership team. Lyons was responsible for setting strategy and defining the product roadmap for mobile – and broadband – delivered video products across web, apps, and third-party connected devices. She oversaw the award-winning TV Everywhere product suite, which under her leadership became a robust streaming experience available on more than 250M mobile devices. She also was responsible for the product roadmap for the NFL SUNDAY TICKET streaming service and NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV OTT product, growing unique streamers 70 percent year-over-year.
 
Since joining DIRECTV in 2002, Sarah has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. Previously she was vice president of Revenue Marketing where she was responsible for generating $4B in revenue across the portfolio of incremental services including NFL SUNDAY TICKET, paid premium networks, pay-per-view movies and events. She was selected to turn around the then-declining Premium Channel business, driving continued year-over-year growth and increasing annual revenue by over $300M despite industry-wide declines of 6 to 7 percent.  She also launched DIRECTV’s first digital distribution service for streaming events online. 
   
As senior director of Direct Marketing, she was responsible for generating 2 million new subscribers annually. She overhauled the strategy and improved cost per sale by 25 percent. In her role as senior director of Acquisition Marketing, she drove new customer growth through local and national dealers and consumer electronics retailers. She also led advertising, on-premise marketing, and direct marketing for DIRECTV for Business.  
    
Prior to DIRECTV, Lyons managed marketing campaigns for a variety of clients at Bender/Helper Impact, a leading independent marketing communications and public relations firm, working with brands including LG Mobile Phones, British Telecom, Dolby and the Game Developers Conference. She began her career in public relations for AMC Networks. 
    
Lyons holds a master’s degree in Communications Management with an emphasis in Entertainment Business from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Communications with magna cum laude honors from the University of Arizona.


John Penney John Penney, EVP, Consumer Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, 20th Century Fox

As Executive Vice President, Consumer Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, John Penney is responsible for identifying new business initiatives for the studio with an emphasis on accelerating the development and delivery of Fox’s intellectual property across content, distribution, new technology and consumer channels. Penney also leads expansion efforts in international markets.
 
A seasoned executive with proven experience in global business development, technology and strategic partnering, Penney will further evolve Fox’s strategy by focusing on new business models and compelling consumer experiences that capitalize on the rapidly changing global entertainment and technology landscapes.
 
Previously, Penney served as Chief Strategy Officer for Starz and EVP, Global Business Development for Lionsgate, where he was responsible for building and evaluating business strategies and partnerships across the companies. He was also Chairman of the Board of STARZ Play Arabia, a successful start-up premium SVOD service he helped launch in the Middle East and North Africa.
 
An early and ongoing proponent of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry, Penney was with HBO for five years, where he served as Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives, responsible for the strategic planning, delivery, and operational management of digital businesses.
 
In addition, Penney has also held senior executive positions with IMG, Scient, and Viacom. He started his career in global media and entertainment finance having spent nearly a decade as a banker and equity research analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein and The Chase Manhattan Bank.
 
Penney was elected to the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA)® in 2014, and serves as Chairman of the Associations’ Content and Entertainment Council, is a member of its Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and a Trustee of the CTA Foundation. He is a Founding Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Vision Council and is also an Executive Committee member of the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group.
 
Penney holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration, concentrating on Science & Technology, from Columbia University. Penney also is credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. He lives in LA with his wife and daughter.


Speakers


Oded Ben Zur Oded Ben Zur, Senior Director of Product and Technical Marketing , Kaltura


Gregory Berkin Gregory Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
Twitter ID: @GregoryBerkin

Gregory Berkin is the Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel capital group focused on Social/Smart/Mobile/Cloud/3D applications for TV, Tablet, Internet, PC and Mobile markets. Greg is serial entrepreneur who founded several successful start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Berkin has been an Apple software developer for over 30 years founding one of the first educational software development and publishing firms for the Apple Macintosh Computer in 1984. Greg Berkin joined Intel Corporation as Intel's video technology evangelist in 1995, leading the efforts of hundreds of independent software developers (ISVs), consumer electronics (CE) companies and Hollywood studios in the development and introduction of the DVD and Blu-ray formats around the world. Greg was recognized as "1 of the Top 21 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide" in the year 2000. Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, director & producer who has produced documentaries, feature films and digital media for over 30 years. Mr. Berkin's work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Las Vegas, San Jose, Carmel, etc. Greg is also Director of Film Angels on Linkedin.com and a member of AngelList & Family Angels. With a computer science degree from Potsdam and an MBA from Duke University, Greg mentors, consults and advises over a dozen Silicon Valley start-ups in early-stage growth, strategy, investment, IP, and development in all areas of high technology. Mr. Berkin is developing a next-generation ADSB data box for private planes and autos. Greg collects and preserves classic Italian vintage automobiles in San Jose, CA.


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Kristen Finney Kristen Finney, EVP, EMEA TVD, Fox

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


Anil Jain Anil Jain, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Business Development , Brightcove

As Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Business Development at Brightcove, Anil is responsible for expanding opportunities for partnerships and alliances. He also oversees the building and execution of Brightcove’s corporate and business development initiatives. Prior to this role, Anil was the EVP & GM for Media at Brightcove, where he led the overall go-to-market strategy, encompassing global marketing, product innovations, and delivery of customer solutions. A technology industry veteran of 20 years, Anil was previously the SVP of Corporate and Business Development for Unicorn Media, and led the company's sale to Brightcove in January 2014. Anil has spent his career as an entrepreneur in software and technology, having started and worked with a number of innovative startups across the globe. Anil holds two M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and a B.S. from Alfred University.


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

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


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


Belsasar Lepe Belsasar Lepe, Founder & CTO, Ooyala
Twitter ID: @ooyala

As the founder and CTO of Ooyala, Belsasar Lepe oversees the company's technology and product strategy. Lepe is also responsible for technology partnerships around the world, with a focus on building close and collaborative relationships with partners critical to Ooyala's customers' success. Lepe was born in Oxnard, CA, the son of migrant farm workers, and spent his childhood following the growing seasons along the West Coast. With an eagle eye for trends and a drive to succeed, Lepe studied computer science at an early age, worked his way into Stanford University, and eventually earned an engineering role at Google. He and the two other Ooyala co-founders realized the major potential of delivering premium video content online and left the tech giant in 2007 to found Ooyala. They saw the need for technology that allowed major broadcasters, publishers and media companies to own their video experience, understand audiences via analytics and to deliver content to the host of devices available on the market. Lepe pushed the company into its global expansion throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, specifically building its office in Guadalajara to encourage tech innovation in the region. Lepe continues to drive innovation at Ooyala, integrating multiple video technology solutions to give customers more sophisticated solutions to solve today’s increasingly complex challenges in video.


Michael McCluskey Michael McCluskey, VP, Product Management, Espial


Liz Moothart Liz Moothart, Senior Director of Marketing, Ellation

Liz Moothart is the senior director of marketing at Ellation. In this role, Moothart drives strategy around customer acquisition, engagement, retention, and subscription growth for Ellation’s SVOD services Crunchyroll, the world's largest destination for anime and manga, and VRV, the fandom-focused video platform featuring premium streaming channels including Crunchyroll, NickSplat, Rooster Teeth, Shudder, HIDIVE and more. Ellation’s platforms boast over 40 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers.
 
During her time at Ellation, Moothart built the Crunchyroll user acquisition and retention strategy to grow the platform to over one million subscribers in less than four years, as well as creating and driving all launch marketing for VRV in 2016. 
 
Before Ellation, Moothart cut her teeth at Hulu and eHarmony where she focused on growth marketing for the B2C subscription services. 
 
Moothart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Marketing and a Master of Arts degree in International Business from the University of Florida.


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


Erick Opeka Erick Opeka, President, Cinedigm Networks, Cinedigm


Colin Petrie-Norris Colin Petrie-Norris, Chief Executive Officer, XUMO
Twitter ID: @cpetrien

As CEO of XUMO, the leading, free OTT TV service, Colin has successfully pioneered partnerships with the world's largest television manufacturers to spearhead initiatives that combine over-the-air (OTA) channels with over-the-top (OTT) channels delivering a premium lean-back viewing experience that puts both content and the viewer first—unlike traditional cable TV. XUMO currently boasts over 150 free channels including content from over five movie providers, PGA TOUR, Above Average, Refinery29, NBC Universal, CBSN, A+E Networks and Jukin Media. Prior to XUMO, Petrie-Norris served as International Managing Director of Specific Media, a people-based advertising solution powered by Viant. There, he was responsible for managing all facets of the company's international portfolio including expansion and growth into new territories. To learn more about XUMO and Colin's plans for the company, visit corp.xumo.com.


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


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


		 Marty Roberts Marty Roberts, CEO, Wicket Labs
Twitter ID: @Marty_Roberts6
Website: http://theplatform.com/

Marty Roberts is the CEO of Wicket Labs. He most recently 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.


Jonathan Ruff Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director of Technical & Product Marketing , ARRIS

In his role as Senior Director of Product and Technical Marketing, Jonathan is responsible for positioning future technologies and innovations at ARRIS. He previously held a similar role in the Motorola Home business before it was acquired by ARRIS in 2013.  Jonathan has participated in the evolution of the mobile and wireless data and communications industry and led internal start up efforts in new data and multimedia communications services, most recently in next generation TV experiences across multiple screens and devices.  He has been at the forefront of the evolution in mobile networking. He helped double the size of the first analog cellular network in the United Kingdom and led product marketing and business development for Motorola’s early forays into WLANs, wireless corporate e-mail, camera phones and synchronization technologies.  Jonathan has a Bachelor’s of Science Honors Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Brunel University in London England.


Andrew Runyon Andrew Runyon, Vice President, Client Partner, Merkle

With over 14+ years of industry experience, Andrew has been a leader in data-driven and technology-enabled performance marketing for major international media and entertainment brands including Merkle (overseeing Facebook, Warner Bros, Fox Networks, Airbnb, and Cirque du Soliel), Hulu, STX Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and The Walt Disney Company. Andrew has lead digital numerous large-scale, consumer marketing campaigns including paid media planning, analytics, digital creative, social, and buzz marketing/PR.


Gary Schanman Gary Schanman, SVP, Video Products, Charter


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

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


Clint Stinchcomb Clint Stinchcomb, President and CEO, CuriosityStream
Twitter ID: @CuriosityStream

Clint Stinchcomb is the President and CEO of CuriosityStream, the award-winning SVOD destination for world-class documentary features and series exploring science, space, technology, history, nature, health and more.  He leads all strategy and operations for the global streaming service.
 
Stinchcomb joined CuriosityStream in 2017 as Chief Distribution Officer.  In that role, he was responsible for the strategic oversight and distribution of CuriosityStream across all global platforms, executing prominent deals with MVPDs, Smart TV manufacturers and streaming media service providers.
 
Stinchcomb is an entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of traditional and digital media experience. Leveraging a broad range of global roles in television and digital programming, production, content development, strategic planning, consumer marketing, operations, advertising sales, network distribution, and communications, he has played a critical role in the launches and successful growth of several television networks, content franchises and enthusiast brands.
 
Before CuriosityStream, as the CEO and co-founder of Poker Central, Stinchcomb created and built the world’s first 24/7 global, multi-platform, multimedia network dedicated to “all things poker.” Prior to Poker Central, he led all film distribution and media advisory initiatives as the Managing Director of Worldwide Media Group. Under Stinchcomb’s leadership, WMG became the leading distributor of advocacy films. Simultaneously WMG provided advisory services to the world’s largest private equity companies, advocacy organizations, TV network groups and digital media distributors.
 
Stinchcomb was previously EVP and GM of Discovery Communications’ Emerging Television Networks, with responsibility for Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Times Channel, Military Channel, Turbo Media and Discovery Home. Prior to that as SVP of New Media Operations and HDTV, Stinchcomb was responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of global new media businesses 
 
Stinchcomb holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Dartmouth College.


Stephen Strong Stephen Strong, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Newsy


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


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


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

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


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

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


Viviana Zarragoitia Viviana Zarragoitia, Vice President, Three Point Capital


Moderators


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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