Head of User Experience
Esther leads the user experience team for YouTube TV, a subscription streaming service with 85+ channels. She oversees user experience strategy, product design, content writing and design research across TV, web and mobile. Prior to this role, she led the redesign and launch of YouTube Music. Esther has over 15 years of experience in UX and product design roles working for various design & innovation consultancies including frog Design, Smart Design and IDEO.
Director, The Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions
Randy Ahn heads The Roku Channel Premium Subscription business, and focuses on overall SVOD partner growth on the platform. Before joining Roku, Randy served as SVP of Product Strategy at Fullscreen Media, overseeing the product and program management teams across the company’s SVOD, Digital Creator, and Branded Content units. Randy also held digital product and strategy leadership roles at Microsoft, Vibe Media, and CBS. He’s a Los Angeles native and his work has earned both Sports and Interactivity Emmy awards.
Mahmoud J. Al-Daccak
EVP Product Development and CTO
Mahmoud J. Al-Daccak is Haivision’s EVP Product Development and CTO. He has over 25 years of product development and executive technology management experience, with an emphasis on team building and strategic growth. Mahmoud is a graduate of Montreal’s McGill University, with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.
Verizon Digital Media Services
David Andrews holds a doctorate in computer security from a small university in Australia. He has worked for startups in the Los Angeles area, building security products in the virtualization and content delivery network (CDN) spaces. After bringing to market several web security products at Verizon Media, he now heads up CDN architecture and technical evangelism. He enjoys low-level security exploitation techniques, and has an appreciation for the nuances and resulting surprised faces that accompany discovering failure modes in globally distributed systems.
Director of Ad Strategu and Revenue at Sling
Dave Antonelli manages SLING TV direct and programmatic sales, client services, operations and technology within DISH Media. He is the former chief revenue officer of Cognitiv, leading revenue functions for the platform which utilizes advanced machine learning to build custom programmatic buying algorithms.
Prior to Cognitiv, Antonelli was the senior vice president of national sales at SessionM where he managed the national sales team and media strategy. He has also held roles at Viacom and Live Nation.
Chief Product Officer
Shampa Banerjee is the Chief Product Officer at Pluto TV. She oversees products and user experience for Pluto TV's 26 million and growing users each month. This includes products and platforms for Advertising, Content and Distribution partners. Banerjee previously served as Chief Product Officer of Eros International (NYSE:EROS), the Netflix for Bollywood and grew their audience from inception to 150M subscribers. Some of her prior leadership roles were at Socialtext, Ziff Davis Media and AOL/Netscape.
Head of Advertising
Reed Barker is Philo’s Head of Advertising, leading the team's efforts to build and grow a cutting-edge, dynamic ad platform. Reed is an innovative advertising product professional, with a strong track record of success in developing and implementing revenue generating technology solutions.
Prior to joining Philo, Reed was vice president, cable ad products for The Weather Channel and before that led production development for the first national Video on Demand (VOD) platform.
Head of US OTT and Audio Advertising
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Head of Global Partnerships and Content Strategy
Alden Mitchell Budill is the Head of Global Partnerships and Content Strategy for Crunchyroll, WarnerMedia’s global anime brand with over 2M subscribers and 65M registered users, building DTC partnerships and exploring new business opportunities with traditional and digital content creators. Most recently, she served as the SVP and Head of Distribution for Pac-12 Networks. With more than 20 years in the industry, Budill has worked at major media companies including Discovery Communications / OWN, Viacom, Time Warner, and Disney.
Senior Vice President, Advanced Advertising Products & Strategy, Advertising Sales
Denise Colella is SVP, Advanced Advertising Products & Strategy, NBCUniversal. Colella is responsible for driving the strategic roadmap of new advanced advertising products and portfolio offerings that comprise NBCUniversal’s AdSmart: data capabilities, programmatic capabilities across all platforms, OpenAP and addressable advertising.
Colella has 20 years of global experience in the advertising technology marketplace. Colella earned her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Finance and International Management from Villanova University and a Masters of Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland.
Andrew Crowe is a lead video architect at Limelight Networks focusing on scale, performance, and stability for delivering the highest quality live and on demand video for the company’s global customers. He has broad level of experience centered around video streaming technology encompassing internet content delivery, product development, systems engineering, and DoD projects (UAV video/telemetry, and flight simulation).
Vice President of Engineering
Michael Dale is VP of Engineering at Crunchyroll, WarnerMedia’s global anime brand, and VRV, a fan-focused video platform. Crunchyroll serves a community of more than 2M subscribers and 65M registered users. Dale is a long time video technologist and a pioneer in early HTML5 video. While at Wikipedia, he worked with W3C, Mozilla, Open Video Alliance on early web video standardization efforts. At Kaltura, he lead HTML5 video adoption for media customers around advertising, content protection and accessibility.
Founder and Chief Analyst
Mr. Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to multi-screen delivery. He has 20+ years’ experience working in the Digital TV, Over-the-Top, and IPTV spaces. Previously, he was an analyst and partner with The Diffusion Group and has held senior executive positions at Microsoft/WebTV and Oracle. He is the author of many reports and opinion pieces and is a frequent speaker at NAB, IBC, and other industry events.
Head of Growth
Devin Emery oversees all growth functions for CuriosityStream. Previously Vice President of Growth at Cheddar, Devin architected the network into a leading post-cable digital & linear publisher reaching hundreds of millions of people monthly across platforms, resulting in a $200M acquisition by Altice USA. Prior to Cheddar he was on the launch team of the OTT video networks group at Endeavor leading strategy & audience development. Devin was recognized as one of Forbes' "30 under 30" in media in 2019.
David Gandler is co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, the live TV streaming platform that is transforming how people watch sports, news and entertainment. Under David’s leadership, fuboTV has quickly evolved into a leading virtual MVPD with a focus on innovation.
Kevin Gray is the publisher of Fierce Markets’ Telecom group publications, and in this role oversees the editorial, operations, and sales functions of the group. He has been with the organization since 2010, previously serving as an associate publisher, managing the sales team for Fierce Telecom, Fierce Wireless, and Fierce Video. Kevin has a B.A. in Business Administration from Methodist University, and lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife, son and daughter.
Kirby Grines is an entrepreneur, advisor, and the founder of 43Twenty, a strategic advisory and marketing firm that accelerates growth for companies in technology, media, and entertainment. He’s also the creator of “The Streaming Wars,” which is a free, weekly newsletter that curates the latest developments in the OTT video industry. Previously, Kirby was a co-founder of Float Left, an application development company, where he designed and built some of the first apps on Connected TV.
IBM Global M&E Industry Solutions
IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of IBM’s Industry Academy, Peter Guglielmino leads worldwide responsibility for M&E. In this role, he develops the architectures that serve as the basis for media offerings relating to media enabled micro-services infrastructures, digital media archives, secure content distribution networks, and blockchain technology.
Chris Hall is the senior vice president of product at XUMO, the premium, free ad-supported television service (FAST). In his role, Chris leads the product strategy and development of XUMO’s core streaming media technologies as the services are integrated into a suite of connected devices (such as smart TVs and set-top-boxes) and free-to-download, consumer-facing applications (for platforms including Android, iOS and Roku).
New York Business Editor
Dade Hayes is New York Business Editor at Deadline, covering a range of financial news along with film, television and technology. He is co-author, with Dawn Chmielewski, of the forthcoming William Morrow/HarperCollins book BINGE TIMES, a first-hand account of the streaming boom. He has written two previous books, OPEN WIDE and ANYTIME PLAYDATE, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly. Dade has also written original scripts for the popular Wondery podcast, Business Wars.
Liesel Kipp is SVP, Product & Design for Discovery, Inc’s digital direct-to consumer division. In her role, she uses her 20 years of experience to lead product and design teams to develop direct-to-consumer and digital products for a number of lifestyle brands including Food Network and HGTV. Most recently, she led the product and design teams to launch the first-ever live, interactive cooking product Food Network Kitchen, which launched in the US in October 2019 and is available across all Amazon devices, iOS, and Android.
VP, Product & Strategy
Ed Knudson is the VP of product and strategy at Canoe Ventures, a joint venture between Comcast, Charter and Cox. The company is today focused on delivering dynamically inserted advertising into VOD programming across the combined 38 million U.S. cable households and is managing the roll out of the On Addressability Initiative.
Ed’s career in cable television spans over 26 years, including executive positions at DigiForge, OpenTV and TV Guide Interactive and he is a named inventor on 87 U.S. patents.
Senior Sales Engineer
Tom Kuppinen is seasoned technologist with a passion for streaming video. He has a strong professional history of working with many of the top content providers and streaming platform providers in North America to help make data informed decisions on platform architecture and application optimizations focused on optimal device performance. Tom recently joined the Bitmovin team and is excited about the potential of AI driven video performance optimization.
VP of Product
As VP of Product for Hallmark Labs, Harry leads product strategy & innovation for multiple direct to consumer products including Hallmark Movies Now - the SVOD service from The Hallmark Channel. Over the 6 years Harry has been leading product the SVOD service has undergone a significant technological transformation and scaling 35x growth in subscribers. Throughout his career, Harry has launched digital products with some of the biggest brands, technology giants and studios in the Media & Entertainment industry.
Head of Product Management
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.
VP Business Development
Xavier is Vice President of Business Development at Broadpeak. In his role he drives business development strategy to further consolidate the company’s position as a leading provider of video delivery technologies.Prior to joining Broadpeak, Xavier was a Director of IP video at Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, where he led teams in consulting and business development for six years. Overall, he has more than 15 years of international experience in the IP video industry, with expertise in consulting and selling technology to content owners and network operators across the globe.
Bob Leighton is SVP Programming Liberty Global since 2005. From 1998-2005, Leighton headed Programming at Starz, leading billion dollar studio output deals for tv+online rights and Starz’s first forays into Original programming. Bob spent 18 years at HBO, in the 1990’s launching pay and basic channels across Eastern Europe, in the 1980s heading Cinemax programming and Audience Research. Leighton began at Y&R in 1979, negotiating ad buys on early basic cable channels. Mr. Leighton earned an AB from Harvard College and a MBA from Columbia University.
In 2014, Andrew McCollum became CEO at Philo, an entertainment-focused OTT streaming service that launched nationwide in November 2017. Before assuming the role of CEO, Andrew served on Philo’s board, mentored Philo’s co-founders, and was one of the company’s first investors. Prior to Philo, Andrew was on the founding team of Facebook, and the social design of products has been a persistent interest. After Facebook, Andrew was an Entrepreneur in Residence at two of Philo’s investors, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Flybridge Partners. He continues to be an active early-stage angel investor and advisor.
Senior Vice President, Distribution
Meyers is responsible for Starz’s digital distribution business, utilizing her in-depth understanding of the media industry and competitive television landscape to build a strategic vision to maximize subscriber and revenue growth. She negotiates and executes Starz's digital distribution and app deals and oversees digital distribution partner marketing. She also supports Starz’s business development initiatives.
Meyers previously served as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs – responsible for negotiating and drafting Starz’s video distribution, technology integration, marketing, and content acquisition agreements.
Ben Munson is the Editor of Fierce Video. Ben has covered the cable and wireless industries as a journalist for more than seven years.
Head of Advertising Sales, Performance Marketing
Tim Natividad is the Head of Performance Advertising at Roku. He is responsible for growing performance advertising solutions across Roku and its owned and operated properties. Natividad joined Roku in 2019.The entirety of his career has been spent in digital media and prior to his time at Roku he worked at Amazon to develop search and performance marketing solutions, as well as Google where he developed analytics tools and a consultative sales practice with marketers.
Principal Industry Analyst
Jim O’Neill is principal analyst at Brightcove, where he follows and analyzes trends in the media, enterprise, and retail/marketing video verticals. He’s the author of the quarterly Brightcove Video Index and the industry blog Videomind. He previously was principal analyst at Ooyala, an analyst at Parks Associates and had been a newspaper reporter, editor and publisher for the previous two decades. He lives in Boone, N.C.
Executive Vice President, Cross Platform Group
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Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Product Officer
Devra Prywes is the Chief Product Officer at Applicaster. She has spent her decades-long career in media helping major and upstart brands use content to nurture viewer connections across direct-to-consumer mobile, OTT and connected TV apps, gaming platforms, home entertainment, and online video for brands such as A+E Networks, Major League Baseball, BBC, Monty Python, P&G, Unilever and Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas
Greg is a sales executive veteran with a record of increasing revenues and expanding sales in the TV and media industry. At Metrological, he is responsible for leading and managing sales in The Americas. Previously, he was SVP of Sales, Cloud Video Solutions at ARRIS, which he joined as part of ARRIS’ and Charter’s acquisition of ActiveVideo, where he was SVP, Worldwide Sales. Previously, Greg was SVP, Worldwide Sales at Synacor. Earlier, he led sales and business development at ARRIS and C-COR.
Ring Digital LLC
Brian Ring is principal analyst at Ring Digital llc, a revenue growth agency that uses consumer surveys to understand viewing behaviors, inform product strategies and execute go-to-market thought leadership for video tech vendors serving TV operators, networks, studios and broadcasters globally.
Mr. Ring is deeply technical and also provides prototyping, product marketing and writing services for companies like Minerva, Singular.live, ATEME, Cisco (now Synamedia,) Ericsson (now MediaKind,) Brightcove, Pac-12 Networks and others.
CEO & Co-Founder
Being a technology entrepreneur & driven by success, Marty leads his team to advance the media industry through data-driven, actionable insights.
Prior to founding Wicket Labs, he served as co-CEO of thePlatform, a subsidiary of Comcast, & a leading video management company for major media & 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 & product leadership roles at Giftcertificates.com & RealNetworks.
President, Engagement Planning & Investments
Duryea Ruffins is Co-President of Quigley-Simpson, an independent agency in LA and NYC that bridges both brand and performance marketing. Duryea has been instrumental in growing Quigley-Simpson from a 12-person independent shop, into a forward-thinking, data-driven, digital marketing powerhouse with over 200 employees and over $500MM in total billings.
Under Duryea’s leadership, Quigley-Simpson has become a critical digital partner to Fortune 500 companies including P&G and JP Morgan Chase as well as technology start-ups and growth companies.
Aman Sareen is Co-founder and CEO of ZypMedia. He co-founded ZypMedia to bridge the gap between traditional and digital worlds for local advertisers. He has led the Company’s operations, business intelligence, marketing and development. Before ZypMedia, Aman served as co-founder and CEO of Rocket RTB. Prior, he was director of product operations and client success at Apsalar, where he managed advertiser performance, client relationships and the decision science team. Here, Aman built the first optimization infrastructure and algorithms for Apsalar.
SVP, Digital Distribution
Gabriel Sauerhoff, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution is a nine-year Discovery, Inc. veteran. In his role, Sauerhoff oversees strategy, development and execution of Discovery’s digital media distribution business. Working in tandem with pay TV operators and digital content distributors, Sauerhoff is charged with expanding Discovery’s offerings on mobile, online and emerging platforms with content from Discovery’s portfolio of 19 U.S. networks.
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Float Left Interactive
Co-Founder, and CEO of Float Left Interactive, Tom is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in computer science and software engineering. With over 10 years of experience in the streaming media and OTT space, Tom leads Float Left in helping media brands transition into OTT. Tom is a musician; licensed pilot and resides in South Florida with his wife and three children. Tom is a Philadelphia native and is a graduate of Drexel University.
GB Monday, LLC - Media, Tech & Telecom Advisors
Gary Schanman is the Founder of GB Monday, a Denver-based Media, Telecom & Tech strategy firm. Gary has built innovative ad and subscription-based video, broadband services and products for numerous firms and was most recently the SVP, Video and Ads for Charter Communications. Previously, he held multiple sr. roles managing Video Broadband, Phone and Advertising at Cablevision and Comcast.
Mr. Schanman recently served on the board of InDemand and as CTAM Advanced TV Council Chair. Gary holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Syracuse University – and currently sits on the SU Newhouse School Advisory Board.
Former EVP and President
Warren Schlichting joined DISH in 2011 to head Media Sales and ultimately took on oversight of marketing and content acquisition. In 2017 he was named President of Sling TV, the nation’s largest live linear OTT service. Schlichting brought transformational change and modernization to each of these roles. Prior to DISH Schlichting led Comcast’s advanced advertising efforts across multiple media platforms. He has received numerous industry awards and has been an annual selection to the Cable Top 100 Heavyhitters.
VP Advanced Advertising
Steve Silvestri currently serves as Vice President of Advanced Advertising, Discovery’s data-driven and advanced advertising sales group. In this role, he oversees the sales and execution of data driven campaigns across Discovery’s premium portfolio of 17 networks.
Prior to Discovery, Silvestri held roles at Oath, Collective and DIRECTV, where he was responsible for the development and monetization of advanced television products, including household addressable. Silvestri joined Discovery in 2016 and is based out of their company’s global headquarters in New York.
President and Founder
Frank Sinton founded Beachfront in 2007 and bootstrapped the company from the ground up ever since — building a leading independent video ad management platform for media and advertisers. He sold a majority stake of Beachfront to PSP Capital in 2017, and continues to serve as President through a hyper-growth period at the company. A student of technology and engineering by trade, Frank has spent the past several years building innovative solutions that solve pressing monetization challenges in advanced TV.
Senior Writer, Tech and Media
Joan E. Solsman is CNET's senior writer focused on the intersection of media and technology. Previously, she reported for the Wall Street Journal. Joan reported about technology from around the world from places ranging from Serbian refugee camps to Disneyland.
Global Head of Business Development
Jeremy has driven the launch and growth of Tastemade’s streaming and OTT network, an offering that more than 90 million people now have access to globally. He has also led the company’s focus on licensing its award-winning library of original content to providers and services all over the world.
Prior to Tastemade, Jeremy led the charge in developing and executing non-gaming content strategy at Oculus. Previously, he was the VP of global digital distribution for HBO.
SVP Media Strategy Director and TV Investment
Currently an SVP Media Planning at Klick Health, Sonya has more than 25 years of media planning experience. Sonya has built and led media teams across all channels, including national and local television, digital display and video (including programmatic), print, SEM, OOH and radio. Sonya has a passion for analytics, and strongly believes analytics is the foundation for data-driven, strategic media plans. Sonya has also led innovative solutions that drove results, including activating both addressable and connected TV.
Sonya has also earned advertising degrees from the University of Kansas (Bachelor) and Northwestern (Master).
Head of Business Development
Jeremy Teres is Director of Business Development for PBS Digital, recently spearheading the PBS and YouTube TV partnership. He is responsible for distribution and licensing PBS content across new platforms, including cable video on demand, OTT providers, smart TV, and social media. Previously, Teres worked for USA TODAY and AOL’s media group. Teres began his career as an entrepreneur and continues to advise start-ups. He holds a BA from Tufts University and MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Streaming Video Alliance
Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience and increasing adoption. Prior to this role, Jason spent eight years at Limelight Networks, a leading CDN, where he held several roles including product manager and marketing strategist. Jason is an inventor on multiple technical patents in the streaming industry and a proven entrepreneur. He is also a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Andrew has more than 15 years of senior sales experience, focused on scaling SaaS-based B2B businesses. He joined Symphony MediaAI in March of 2020 and is responsible for the execution of the company’s global sales strategy. Prior to Symphony MediaAI, Andrew served as senior director of sales at Limelight Networks [NASDAQ: LLNW], where he led new business strategy and field operations for Limelight’s Americas group. Andrew earned his bachelors degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
Senior Editorial Advisor
Jon Watts is an experienced consultant and advisor to the media, advertising and technology industries, with 25 years of experience advising and working with leading companies in the USA and internationally. He co-founded and is now Senior Advisor to award-winning research and strategy consultancy MTM, and also works as an independent advisor to various industry initiatives, helping the media industry to solve challenging business problems. He is Senior Editorial Advisor to Beet.TV.
Tom Williams is Chief Technology Officer with Schurz Broadband Group. Tom began his career in the cable industry as an R&D engineer at Scientific-Atlanta developing and deploying the first digital set-top boxes. He moved into consulting with KPMG and later joined Comcast as the Regional Director of Engineering where he was first to deploy new technologies for the company including the VOD, HD-DVR, CHSI, HDTV and more. In 2006 Tom joined ARRIS as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, where he won 2 AMY awards and implemented a company-wide brand transformation and management strategy.
"If you know anything about television, you probably know Alan Wolk.” That’s how Adweek describes the best-selling author of Over The Top. How The Internet Is (Slowly But Surely) Changing The Television Industry. As co-founder and lead analyst of consulting firm TV[R]EV, Wolk has become one of the media industry's go-to sources for understanding the changes coming from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and beyond.
Vice President, Video Technology Group
Chris Xiques is the VP of Digital Video Infrastructure for ViacomCBS. He leads a team of 30+ engineers providing video products and services to digital brands within the company, including All-Access, Showtime, CBSSports and CBSNews. He oversees the architecture and implementation of all aspects of the digital video infrastructure stack including Live and VOD encoding workflows, CDN delivery and Operational Visibility as well as a custom player stack that supports monetization and video analytics/QOS measurement across 20+ application platforms.