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Cihan Fuat Atkin Cihan Fuat Atkin, Founder & CEO, XCINEX Corporation
Twitter ID: @XCINEXtm

Cihan (G-Han) Fuat, Atkin: Cihan began his career in project management, providing expertise to the infrastructure, energy and security sectors. After achieving success as VP of Operations, he left project management to pursue his passion for technology, media and entertainment. Cihan is founder of XCINEX (scene-x), a digital media company that has developed patented technology using AI and machine vision to replicate the ticketed exhibition business in the home on a pay-per-viewer basis. XCINEX's upcoming VENUE streaming platform will expand the premium window audience, maintain the value of premium content, and provide advanced audience engagement data. Cihan lives in the Bay area with his wife and two children.


Sebastian Braun Sebastian Braun, Director, Product Management, Verimatrix

Sebastian Braun is a business and technology leader with extensive experience in digital video delivery, customer journey development, technology partnerships and new business development. Prior to Verimatrix, he held product management positions at Rovi and Divx where he conceived and launched entertainment platforms at scale, created great cross-platform consumer video apps, and executed large integrated go-to-market campaigns for the companies’ advertising and product analytics solutions. Sebastian earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the California State University San Marcos and his MBS in Technology Management from National University. He is fluent in German.


John Calkins John Calkins, CEO, ROW8
Twitter ID: @calkins99

John Calkins is CEO of ROW8, a digital distribution business focused on early, IP delivered in-home availability of movies during the theatrical release via exhibitor and other partnerships. Prior to that he served as President of Programming at AMC Entertainment, Inc., leading the studio partnership team, responsible for the studio film rental negotiations and development of strategic initiatives in both theaters and home. He has held senior positions at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and McKinsey & Co. At Sony he was Executive Vice President, Global Digital and Commercial Innovation for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) responsible for the digital exploitation of SPE's film and television properties around the world.


Shane Cannon Shane Cannon, President & Co-Founder, Vidgo
Twitter ID: @vidgoworld

Shane has helped company secure Content Rights, Technology stack, Sales & Marketing Agreements for VIDGO from strategic partners. Raised $10M from Angel Investors. Founded 3 startup companies that acquired over 200,000 customers and generate $2.5 million in annual revenue for consumer brands via a direct to consumer model.


Pierre Donath Pierre Donath, Chief Product Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, 3 Screen Solutions (3SS)

Pierre has overall responsibility for product development, as well as marketing strategy and communications at 3SS. Leading teams across multiple projects, and working closely with Google, he advises 3SS’ platform customers on product integration and Android TV service strategies. Pierre spearheaded the creation of the multi-award-winning 3READY solution in collaboration with 3SS’ technical leadership. He devises 3SS’ ongoing product framework, leveraging his deep knowledge of Android TV and multiscreen platforms. which began when he was 3SS’ internal product manager for Swisscom TV, meanwhile delivering numerous international multiscreen projects. He joined 3SS in April 2011 as a consultant specialising in UI/UX design, and ever since has conceptualised new TV experiences, helping operators to realise their visions for next-generation entertainment. He holds a  Master’s Degree in Media and Communications Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg (Germany) and is a SAFe certified Product Owner / Product Manager.


Mathieu Fivaz Mathieu Fivaz, SVP - Chief, Data Science, NAGRA
Twitter ID: @mathieufivaz

Mathieu Fivaz oversees NAGRA's data science initiatives that aim at improving our customers' business performance. He is a founding team member of NAGRA Insight, a digital twin platform for multi-play telcos. He focuses on leveraging technical and subscriber behavioral data to generate actions, such as price changes, that influence subscribers' behavior and directly impact revenue and churn. Mathieu is a tech entrepreneur and innovation coach. He has founded several B2C and B2B tech startups, raising 15M USD for a social media venture. He has coached 15+ startups with Innosuisse, Swizerland's leading Innovation Agency and has also taken leading roles in various corporate innovation initiatives. He owns a PhD in computational plasma physics. In his free time, Mathieu likes experimenting with novel approaches that aim at increasing health span.


Michael McClain Michael McClain, Co-Founder and CFO, Frndly TV

Michael McClain is the Co-Founder and CFO of Frndly TV.  Michael and the Frndly TV team saw a gap in the current Pay TV universe for family-friendly content at an affordable price point and developed a service that really resonated with consumers.  Having over 70 years experience in Pay TV amongst the founders, the team was able to appropriately navigate a challenging ecosystem and launch a profitable service that serves over 440k subscribers in just 15 months as of the end of December 2020.  Michael has over 15 years experience in strategic and operational finance roles.  He holds an M.B.A and M.S.F. from the University of Denver.


Michael Ribero Michael Ribero, VP Global Marketing, Paramount+

Michael Ribero is Vice President of Global Marketing for Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS.  He supported the launch and is responsible for helping drive company growth by building the Paramount+ brand around the world.
 
Previously, Michael was General Manager of Brand and Media at Sling TV, a live TV streaming service from Dish Network.  He was an early team member and helped grow the subscriber bases to its peak of approximately 2.5 million subscribers.  At Sling, Michael oversaw many of the company’s defining moments including new product and feature launches as well as key advertising campaigns.
 
Michael started his marketing career at Visa, working with key sponsorship properties like the NFL and supporting Visa’s push into the digital world with Visa Checkout.  Prior to his marketing, Michael was a technology investment banker, advising emerging technology companies on key growth initiatives.  He also interned with Google in their Business Operations group.
 
Michael is an advisor to Brand Innovators Labs and Reach, a next-generation customer data and loyalty platform.  He is an Adweek Executive Mentee.  Michael graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Engineering modified by Economics and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.


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.


Speakers


Randy Ahn Randy Ahn, Head of SVOD, The Roku Channel, Roku

As an integral leader on the Programming team at Roku, Randy Ahn heads The Roku Channel Premium Subscription business, as well as focuses on the overall growth of SVOD partners on the platform.
 
Before joining Roku, Randy served as SVP of Product Strategy at Fullscreen Media, where he ran the product and program management teams across the company’s SVOD, Digital Creator, and Branded Content business units.  
 
Prior to Fullscreen Media, Randy held digital product and strategy leadership roles at Microsoft, Vibe Media, and CBS. His responsibilities included launching video entertainment experiences globally across digital platforms and content verticals. 
 
Randy is a Los Angeles native and has earned both a Sports and Interactivity Emmy for his work.


Judd Bagley Judd Bagley, Vice President of Marketing, Everise

Judd Bagley is the Vice President of Marketing at the outsourced customer support firm Everise. He started his career in journalism, mainly covering Florida politics and the many natural disasters that seem to befall that state. Judd moved on to public relations and marketing, always approaching his work with a journalists' eye to find compelling stories within the enterprise and tell them in compelling ways.
 
Judd lives on a mountainside in Salt Lake City, Utah, and spends his free time exploring nature with his wife and any of his four kids if they're not feeling too cool to hang out with him that day.


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


Melissa de la Rama Melissa de la Rama, VP, Sales & Distribution, 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. De la Rama reports to Mike Takac, Account Lead, Global Platforms & Retail. 
 
Prior to WarnerMedia, de la Rama was at 20th Century Fox where she managed all 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. Melissa is on the Advisory Board of The Liberty Hill Foundation, a funder of Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations focused on social, environmental, racial, and economic justice.


Jason Elliott Jason Elliott, Head of Portfolio and Partnership Marketing, Nokia

At Nokia, Jason works with multi-disciplined teams and industry partners to promote our vision and technology leadership. Inspired by the power of people and technology he strives to ensure that all types of audiences from consumers to technology professionals to board members have the knowledge they need to be successful.
 
With two decades of I.T and wireless communications expertise he has made several notable contributions, delivering many industry firsts. He works to educate and collaborate on how technology can be used to realize new business opportunities, and address sustainability goals towards a better future for all. 
Prior to joining Nokia, Jason held several lead roles in the CIO organization at Lucent technologies/Alcatel Lucent, overseeing large I.T infrastructure deployments and then moving into the wireless division developing 3G and 4G proof of concept systems.
 
Enjoys traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. When he is at home you’ll find him in the Boston, MA area either trying out a new restaurant or running to offset his latest dining experience! 


Carolyn	 Ferreira Carolyn Ferreira, Head of Customer Acquisition, Philo

Carolyn Ferreira is the Head of Customer Acquisition at Philo. Ms. Ferreira continues to drive 300% year over year growth at Philo. Under
Ferreira’s stewardship, Philo is now the “fastest-growing live television streaming service” in the first half of 2020, and has surpassed AT&T Now to become the fourth overall largest.  Her team manages marketing strategies and budgets across digital, direct mail and connected TV.
 
After graduating with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Ferreira led product and marketing teams to a successful acquisition exit by Centro. She also spent years working for social media giants Facebook and LinkedIn. At LinkedIn, she consulted more than 60 marketing teams on B2B marketing strategies and was awarded LinkedIn's Data Driven Storyteller award for North and South America. At Facebook, she led a full-funnel marketing team to improve performance by more than 400%, scaled annual marketing budgets from $17M to $50 million, and delivered performance 8x Facebook benchmarks. Prior to joining Philo, she served as Head of Growth Marketing at Aura, where she was the first marketing hire and grew the company to be the #6 overall app in the Health and Fitness space.


Gideon Gilboa Gideon Gilboa, EVP Product and Marketing, Kaltura

Gideon Gilboa is the EVP Product and Marketing 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.


Bruno Giner Bruno Giner, Customer Success Director, Jump Data-Driven Intelligence

Bruno Giner is responsible for understanding his Customer's needs and current way to work, presenting the value proposition of solutions and creating a plan to go from where they are to where they want to be, with the help of flexible products and our skilled team of Data Scientists, Cloud Specialists and Data Engineers. He is also responsible for Customer Success, following-up satisfaction, time-to-value and working closely with them for continuous improvement. Behind the scenes, he uses all the knowledge gathered to improve product strategies with an eye on where our solutions will be tomorrow.
 
His past experience is on helping enterprises to Transform their business strategies to Data-Driven and to improve their processes using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence digital products. Shaping digital products and creating product strategies to drive business growth. Seasoned business developer, digital product strategist and solution seller. Passionate about data technology, creativity, communication and problem solving (as much as in his personal life he is passionate about science and arts). He believes that this apparently ambiguous characteristic has guided his career from the beginning, when even while playing logical and analytical roles amongst engineers, he used his creativity to build, apply or sell creative and efficient solutions and products (focused on results and real benefits). In terms of communication, he speaks the language of computers, code lines and db queries, but his main fluency is empathy, which allows him to understand the language of his partners (and our business plans) and of his customers (and their needs). He seeks to read people, market trends and competitive landscape, to shape product strategy and sell technological solutions that will bring real value to the business in which they are implemented.
 
The skills he uses the most in his daily life are:
The ability to quickly learn complex things to turn them into simple explanations.
The ability to quickly understand difficult problems to find easy solutions that can be turned into digital products.
The ability to read processes and identify flaws, opportunities and business insights.
The ability to read different people, both to work as a team and to close deals.


Scott Hancock Scott Hancock, VP of Marketing, Plex
Twitter ID: @plex

Scott Hancock has more than 20 years of experience building global brands in media and technology. As the vice president of marketing at Plex, the popular streaming media platform for all your favorite free movies, TV, and entertainment, Scott is passionate about making it easy for consumers to access and enjoy all the media that matters to them. Prior to Plex, Scott held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard and Palm, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki serves as Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product groups across home entertainment and IoT markets served including residential, hospitality and light commercial; as well as SaaS offerings such as nevo.ai virtual assistant platform, and QuickSet Cloud powering more than half a billion smart devices globally. Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of premium home control products across connectivity frameworks. In 2008, he became Director of Advanced Technology, responsible for innovation in advanced communication and technologies. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and involved in industry alliances shaping the future of smart home, and serves on the advisory board of Firedome cybersecurity designed for IoT. Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms.


Jon Heim Jon Heim, Sr. Director of Product Management, TiVo

Jon Heim, Senior Director of Product Management for TiVo's content discovery solutions, leads a team responsible for creating outstanding, intelligent user experiences for entertainment that drive engagement and reduce churn. 
 
After starting his career as a Research and Development Engineer he made the shift to Product Management, spending the next 19 years focused on delighting customers with a variety of products including Desktop PCs, Workstations, Accessories, and Software. 
 
His interests lie in enabling devices and services to behave more intelligently, giving them the contextual awareness they need to tailor their behavior to the individual end user and current state. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Duke University.


Jason Keiles Jason Keiles, VP, Global Content Strategy, Vubiquity, an AMDOCS company
Twitter ID: @VUBIQUITY

Jason Keiles is a content-strategy expert, both in terms of the different content genres available and the commercial models to support a successful Content Strategy, and has worked for some of the biggest brands includingTwentieth Century Fox and Universal. He launched Universal Television's International production business, taking US formats and localizing them for markets across Europe and Asia. He has worked in multiple territories and before joining Vubiquity he headed up International Business Development at ITV Studios and then Getty Images, followed by a sting serving as CEO of itcher, an AI platform powering entertainment discovery across content categories and platforms.


Lexie Knauer Lexie Knauer, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Brightcove
Twitter ID: @Brightcove

Lexie Knauer is a senior product marketing manager at Brightcove. She is responsible for all go-to-market activities for Brightcove's media products, including Brightcove Beacon, SSAI, and Live. Prior to Brightcove, Lexie developed her strong background in the ad tech industry at SpotX, a programmatic SSP based in Denver, Colorado, where she discovered a passion for solving the challenges of today's media companies as well as exploring the outdoors. She has been active in the industry speaking circuit, promoting advanced OTT monetization strategies at events like NAB, IBC, Streaming Media West, and the IAB Tech Lab Video Summit.


Karsin Kron Karsin Kron, Sales Director Northern America, NPAW
Twitter ID: @NPAW_VideoBI

Karsin works with broadcasters, telcos, OTT and media companies to operationalize their data and analytics strategies to drive growth, boost engagement and ultimately maximize revenue. Karsin began her career in digital media at RealNetworks, spending her most formative years at thePlatform (Comcast Technology Solutions) and Wicket Labs. She loves working with her team and customers in this ever-evolving digital media world where data-informed decisions are smart decisions.


Nic Lamb Nic Lamb, Vice President Business Development & Strategy, ViacomCBS Streaming

Nic Lamb serves as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for ViacomCBS Streaming, looking after its portfolio of services including Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Prior to ViacomCBS Streaming, Nic was responsible for content acquisition and strategic planning at AT&T including for some of the largest content and media transactions in the industry for over 5 years. Nick previously served in critical business development roles at major independent television production companies and studios. Originally from Oregon, Nic began his career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency.
 
Nic has a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Nic lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.


Igor Oreper Igor Oreper, VP of Solutions, Bitmovin
Twitter ID: @bitmovin

Igor served in a number of customer-facing technology and product roles for the Media and Entertainment industry over the last 18 years. Igor is currently working for Bitmovin where he's responsible for the Solutions team focused on pre-sales, post-sales, customer integration, and product support. Prior to Bitmovin, Igor managed the P&L and full product lifecycle of the Video Platform portfolio at Comcast Technology Solutions (CTS).


Paul Pastor Paul Pastor, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder , STRUUM
Twitter ID: @NotUrPastor

Paul Pastor, an earlier leader in Direct-To-Consumer services, is Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Struum, an aggregation service that allows consumers to seamlessly discover and consume content from nearly 60 SVOD providers via a credit-based exchange model.
 
Paul is also Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer Firstlight Media, a leading OTT platform provider. 
 
Prior to his two current ventures, Paul co-founded Unite Broadcast Ventures, a branded SaaS OTT platform to support European local market streaming joint ventures. 
 
Before his more recent entrepreneurial path, Paul powered brand, channel and show success at Discovery Communications and The Walt Disney Company as EVP Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for the Discovery, Science, Animal Planet and Velocity channels and SVP Strategy and Consumer Analytics, respectively.  At Disney, Paul was also part of the original Hulu investment team and served as the company’s Hulu operations lead across distribution, ad-sales, programming and marketing. 
 
Paul holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University 


Greg Riker Greg Riker, Head of Sales and Business Development for the Americas, Metrological
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.


Chelsey Rushworth Chelsey Rushworth, CRO, InPlayer
Twitter ID: @inplayer

With 10+ years of experience at top digital networks, driving revenue across online video, mobile and connected TVs, Chelsey is leading teams of brilliant people at InPlayer, building strategic relationships with partners while delivering exceptional customer success experience and aligning company-wide customer success mind-set in the SaaS world.


David Sanderson David Sanderson, CEO, Reelgood


Amruta Shankar Amruta Shankar, Director of Data and Analytics, Synamedia
Twitter ID: @SynamediaVideo

Amruta joined Synamedia in April 2020 to lead the company's data and analytics initiatives, bringing data-driven insights to customers. Amruta has 15 years' experience in delivering video solutions, most recently as head of data and analytics at YouView. Prior to this she was product manager at Voxbone where she was responsible for all customer-facing solutions and APIs. Amruta started her career as a software developer at NDS and then spent five years at Cisco where she worked for the office of the Chief Strategy Officer defining the next-generation video strategy. At that time, Amruta was responsible for its big data and analytics offering. Then, as business lead for Cisco's API task force for its video business unit, she handled all aspects of API offerings - from building a nascent developer community with content-centric app developers to working with the technical teams to deploy a robust TV API platform. Amruta holds an MBA from London Business School.


Kevin Shepela Kevin Shepela, Chief Commercial Officer, Fandango (Vudu & FandangoNOW)

Kevin Shepela leads all commerce initiatives and business operations for Fandango, the nation’s leading digital network for all things movies.  Shepela is responsible for developing and managing strategic exhibitor and studio partnerships as well as  overseeing the transactional operations for the company’s global suite of ticketing and home entertainment properties, including Fandango, Vudu, FandangoNOW, MovieTickets.com, and Flixster in the U.S., and Ingresso.com in Brazil.
 
In recent years, Shepela has been instrumental in extending Fandango’s home entertainment business by way of acquiring Vudu and the ticketing business by adding hundreds of new exhibitors and expanding the company’s global screen count to more than 40,000.  He also directs the services groups that manage the day-to-day support for both customers and exhibitors.  
 
During his tenure at Fandango, Shepela also led business development and helped expand the company’s commerce distribution, powering online movie ticketing for partners including Yahoo! Movies, AOL, Moviefone, IMDB, and MSN Entertainment. He also oversaw and matured Fandango’s gift card business, selling gift cards online and at more than 77,000 retail outlets nationwide.  
 
Before joining Fandango, Shepela led business development initiatives across a number of the former Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) properties; most notably, Comcast Digital Entertainment and DailyCandy.  Prior to CIM, he was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at retail digital ad network RippleTV, focusing on retail distribution and strategic partnerships.  Shepela has also held business development roles at Yahoo! Entertainment, Movielink and Loudeye.
 
Kevin holds an MBA from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Management and a BA in Economics from UCLA.


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

Matt is VP of business development at Symphony MediaAI, where he serves as industry liaison and evangelist for the company's AI-powered churn mitigation solutions. He most recently served as vice president and principal media evangelist for Brightcove's media business unit, and has held a variety of technical and business roles at organizations including Anvato, Envivo, Cisco, and NBC.


Jeremy Strauss Jeremy Strauss, Global Head of Business Development, Tastemade Inc.
Twitter ID: @jstrauss44

Jeremy Strauss has had a storied career driving the intersection of content and technology.  As the current Global Head of Business Development for Tastemade, he is responsible for developing and growing new distribution offerings and revenue streams for the company’s original programming all around the world; including spearheading the launch of Tastemade’s 24-7 linear TV and OTT offerings.  Prior to Tastemade, he helped the management team at Oculus develop and execute its non-gaming content strategy, and at HBO where as the Vice President of Global Digital Distribution for HBO he launched HBO’s first foray in monetizing its award-winning original programming through digital channels; though he never got a call back for his numerous Game of Thrones auditions.
 
He has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Duke University and he currently resides in Culver City, CA; though he steadfastly refuses to change his allegiance to west coast sports teams.


Daniel Strickland Daniel Strickland, Co-Founder & CEO, Scener
Twitter ID: @DanielStricklnd

Daniel Strickland is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Scener, the virtual movie theater where you can interact over live video chat while watching the best in streaming entertainment. With nearly two decades of experience in founding, developing, scaling and building products in the TV, video and personal media spaces, Strickland leads product development and vision behind Scener’s platform. Prior to co-founding Scener, Strickland worked at RealNetworks in multiple capacities such as Music Innovation, Growth and Director of Product. 
 
Most recently, he served as the Senior Director for the Consumer Media Division with a focus on social and consumer video. Earlier, Strickland co-founded TidySongs, an app that organized music collections and cleaned up iPods. His first entrepreneurial venture was FileFreedom, the largest P2P media sharing plugin, where he helped build the largest legitimate digital music and file metadata service at the time.


Stefan Van Engen Stefan Van Engen, Senior Vice President, Content Programming & Acquisitions, 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.


Nic Wilson Nic Wilson, Head of Customer Success, TiVo, an Xperi brand
Twitter ID: @xperi_

Nic Wilson, TiVo's head of customer success, is responsible for technical sales and deployment for new products with operators, including TiVo IPTV, TiVo+, and the new TiVo Stream 4K. His global team includes sales engineering and solutions architecture, setting pricing across product lines and delivery management. In previous progressive roles for TiVo, he ran technical sales for the Americas, and was responsible for the company's next-generation IPTV platform, which enables key features for operators including unified content discovery, voice search and other advanced functionalities.


Moderators


Paul Erickson Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

With more than 20 years of technology industry experience and over 15 as an analyst, Paul Erickson’s coverage has spanned connected consumer electronics, pay & broadcast TV, digital & physical media, streaming devices and services, home and pro AV, smart home, user interface technologies, and digital rights management.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Paul was an analyst for Omdia, IHS Markit, and NPD DisplaySearch. He has regularly attended, spoken, and/or moderated at industry events and tradeshows across the consumer, service provider, and pro AV technology landscape, such as CES, IFA, IBC, MWC, NAB, InfoComm, NAMM, and Integrated Systems Europe. Paul is also a several-time AVIXA Emerging Trends Fellow honoree.

Paul holds a BS in International Business from Georgetown University, an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.


Liam Gaughan Liam Gaughan, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @LiamAtParks

Liam Gaughan is a researcher at Parks Associates, specializing in entertainment content and services. He is a published writer and journalist with over seven years’ experience covering entertainment content, media, and streaming distribution. Liam earned a bachelor’s degree in digital and print journalism from the University of North Texas with a minor in political science.


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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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.

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Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, 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.