Awful Announcing/The Comeback
Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media at Awful Announcing since 2012, and currently works as the news editor there. Notable projects he’s been involved with include oral histories of AOL FanHouse and media coverage of The Masters. He’s also previously covered the CFL, soccer, and the Olympics for Yahoo Canada Sports and local news and sports for the Black Press newspaper chain.
CEO and Founder
André leads Firstlight Media. He is an expert in the Digital Media space with experience across North America, Europe and Asia. He is Chairman of the board of Otello Corp, AdColony, and Bemobi. He also sits on the board of Intermedia. He was formerly Head of Product Development for AT&T's Entertainment Services including properties such as DirecTV, U-Verse, NFL Sunday Ticket, WatchTV, AT&T NOW, AT&T TV, and others.
Before, André was COO and co-owner at Quickplay Media where he managed OTT services for Tier 1 PayTV and Content Providers across 50+ markets until it was acquired by AT&T, was a member of Yahoo’s executive team as SVP Business Operations based in Sunnyvale, and spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company as a partner building their Digital practice in Scandinavia and in Canada. He has a Dipl. Kfm/ MSc in Business and Computer Science from U. Mannheim, Germany.
Crakes Media Consulting
Patrick Crakes has served in various senior executive media roles during the course of his career including several at FOX Sports. During the last six years of his 23-year tenure there he was SVP, Programming, Research and Content Strategy responsible for strategic programming decisions across multiple sports networks and platforms including FOX, FS1, FS2, and FOX Deportes. In that role he managed relationships with numerous content partners among them the NFL, NASCAR, MLB, USSF, PBC, MLS, UFC, Big Ten, Pac-12, UEFA, NHRA, and CONCACAF. Currently, he is Principle of Crakes Media, a strategic advisory focused on thought leadership, distribution strategy, programming rights negotiations, content creation and business operations across the media landscape.
C. Robert Dillon
Founder & Principal Strategist
Dillon Media Ventures
Rob Dillon is an expert streaming media strategist and thought leader bringing a multitude of skills to the table; from the initial formation of the concept, to the technical implementation, to deployment and training. Laser focused on the user experience, Rob has spent over fifteen years working in local newsrooms and as a consultant to radio and television stations with a defined focus on live streaming and OTT to better connect with their target audiences in new and innovative methods.
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 industry events.
Vice President, Video Strategy
Thierry Fautier is Vice President of Video strategy at Harmonic where he is he is responsible for innovation, standards, and strategic partnerships through active participation in industry groups such as Streaming Video Alliance (co-chair of VR group), Ultra HD Forum (Founder & past President), VR Industry Forum (co-founder and past board member), IABM and 8K Association. He was in 2020 awarded an Emmy Award on his work on Live AI based compression and was in TV Broadcast Europe top 25 “People to Watch.”
Big Data Sports Argentina
Marcelo Gantman is an Argentinian journalist specialized in sports issues related to innovation, technology and fan engagement. He is director of Big Data Sports, an ecosystem for research and generation of sports content in Latin America. He has more than 30 years of career in sports media in Argentina. He also teaches on the use of Big Data in sports at the Universidad de Palermo (UP) in Buenos Aires and UCAM in Spain.
Executive Vice President & General Manager
CBS Sports Digital
Jeffrey Gerttula is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Sports Digital. In this role, he leads the media business for all of CBS Sports’ digital properties, which include CBS Sports HQ, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Fantasy, SportsLine, 247Sports, and MaxPreps. Gerttula oversees all aspects of these properties including live and on-demand video programming, editorial content, product, technology and design across all digital platforms. Gerttula also leads the strategy and acquisition for exclusive live sports rights in the Paramount+ streaming service.
Director of Product Management
Scott Goldman has been with Verizon Media since November 2014. He oversees a product management team responsible for developing, commercializing and supporting streaming video services used by the world’s largest media companies.
Scott's career started in television production and as streaming started to challenge the TV industry he pivoted to technology. Since then he has helped design broadcast integrations as a consultant at Cognizant, led efforts to launch Watch ABC at Disney and developed Verizon Media Platform's Live Event Streaming capabilities.
Director, Media & Entertainment
Jon oversees Roku's national tune-in and home entertainment business. Since joining Roku in 2015, Jon has been instrumental in building the west coast business and cultivating relationships with top-tier agencies and marketers. Jon is an experienced media sales professional across TV, digital and OTT and has worked at early-stage venture-backed startups and well-established media companies like CBS, Fox and Turner. Jon holds a B.A. in International Business from Lehigh University.
SVP, Head of Content Strategy & Acquisition
Ben Grad is senior vice president, head of content strategy and acquisition of fuboTV, the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform. He is responsible for content acquisition strategy, content analytics, packaging, affiliate relations and contract negotiations with fuboTV’s content partners.
Grad joined fuboTV in August 2017 after a decade at Verizon, most recently as its executive director, content strategy and acquisition. He successfully led the content strategy and acquisition efforts for Verizon with major content providers and sports rights holders, managed financial and strategic analysis for key content-related initiatives at the company, and helped drive the development of Verizon’s multiplatform video offerings.
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.
Markus Hafellner is a Product Manager on the Encoding team at Bitmovin. He works closely with customers to identify gaps in existing workflows and bring new innovative solutions to market. His focus is on the EMEA market and working on the next generation of encoding technologies like per-title, shot-based encoding and AV1/VVC in the real world.
Product Director - Apps
Justin Hoyman is the Product Director for FloSports where he leads development and innovation strategies for the Apps team. His work focuses on creating engaging user experiences across the company's iOS and Android apps but also native applications on other devices including Roku, Fire TV, smart TVs and more. Justin has a long-spanning career in technology and sports having constructed immersive app experiences while working with CBS Sports. While there, he managed a suite of core products including the flagship app and other OTT platforms that streamed Super Bowl 50.
Justin is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. He also played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians. While studying at the University of Florida, he was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, an All-American and 2nd round MLB draft pick in 2004.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kim Hurwitz is CMO of FITE, the premier global sports and entertainment platform specializing in live PPV events ranging from combat sports, soccer, music, and more.
Ms. Hurwitz was previously CMO at Karate Combat, responsible for launching the brand which amassed more than 10 million views for its first 5 events. Prior to that she was CCO for FilmOn/FOTV networks, a ground breaking vMVPD; & Director of PPV at DIRECTV from 2000-2005 managing a $500M P&L, returning there 2009-2010.
Jean-Luc Jezouin is SVP at NAGRA Sports, in charge of new opportunities. Jean-Luc joined the Kudelski Group in September 2007 as Senior Vice President in charge of developing the Mobile TV business. In 2009 he became Senior Vice President Product Line Management responsible for the Digital TV portfolio for conditional access systems and end-to-end solutions. From 2011 to 2017, he was Senior Vice President in charge of Sales and Services for the Asia Pacific region.
Director of Business Intelligence
Las Vegas Golden Knights
Kris Knief is currently the Director of Business Intelligence for the Black Knight Sports & Entertainment LLC. His primary areas of focus are data, analytics, emerging technology and strategic ventures. He is a former Specialist, Strategic Business Ventures for the New York Yankees and Brand Strategist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with stops at NBC Sports, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment and The Office of the Commissioner, Major League Baseball (MLB). He holds his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Syracuse University. o
Vice President, Global Media Rights Consulting
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Chief Operations and Strategy Officer
Chris Marinak is the Chief Operations and Strategy Officer for Major League Baseball, where he manages its technology organization, leads departments focused on digital content and fan engagement including Marketing and Social Media, Web Content, Special Events and Design Services, and supervises a Strategy and Analytics group. Marinak is responsible for all on-field and strategic baseball initiatives, works with the game’s Competition Committee and reports directly to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.
The product teams under Marinak’s purview build all fan-facing digital technology, including MLB.com, the MLB and Ballpark apps, MLB.TV and Statcast, while also supplying their content. His department also oversees relationships with the world’s leading technology companies, including Apple, Google, Mitel and Sony’s Hawk-Eye, for functions including ball and player tracking for Statcast, data, analytics, and MLB’s Replay Review system.
Tony joined Ampere Analysis in July 2016, and has since led the company’s financial analysis (Markets) product family spanning the telecommunications, TV, and media industries, and tracking 1000+ globally across nearly 100 countries. He has close to a decade of experience as an industry analyst, with a background in mobile technologies and mobile media, with previous roles in analyzing all aspects of the mobile industry and value chain, including operators, media, devices, and infrastructure.
Chief Business Officer, D2C/Gamification, Bally Sports RSNs
Sinclair Broadcast Group
J.R. McCabe is proving the tremendous growth potential of the convergence of media, sports, and gaming. He was appointed Chief Business Officer of D2C/Gamification for Sinclair Broadcast Group in late Sep 2020. Prior to Sinclair, he and his partners built a competitive gameplay and esports portfolio that included Poker Central and Estars Studios. Throughout his career, J.R. has excelled at being ahead of consumer trends and bringing highly skilled innovators together to create engaging digital and live experiences for passion-based communities.
Iris Cordoba Mondejar
GSIC powered by Microsoft, Madrid Spain
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Kagan (a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence)
Deana Myers is Research Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence within Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector (Kagan). She is a primary contributor to various newsletters covering the television programming and Internet video industries, including Economics of Networks, Economics of TV & Film, and Economics of Internet Media. She also maintains coverage of the multichannel and Internet video-on-demand industries and is the lead analyst for Media Trends. In addition, Ms. Myers leads the TV Networks, Internet, and Broadcast research teams.
Head of LATAM Content Distribution
Head de Distribuição de Conteúdo para América Latina na Roku, a profissional Adriana Naves possui mais de 25 anos de experiência no segmento de entretenimento de grandes empresas como Editora Abril, IG, Trip, Fox e Disney, onde liderou importantes estratégias comerciais de implantação e distribuição de canais. Parte do time da Roku desde o início de 2020, Adriana é responsável pelo desenvolvimento e expansão do portfólio de conteúdo disponibilizado na plataforma Roku na América Latina.
Head of Sports Partnerships
Amazon Prime Video
As Head of Sports Partnerships at Amazon Prime Video, Charlie Neiman is responsible for bringing live and on-demand sports content to Prime Video customers around the world. His team works to identify and evaluate new opportunities, negotiate content deals, and improve the customer experience for sports fans on Prime Video. Neiman has played a crucial role in driving Amazon’s early sports efforts, and leads many sports content deals with leagues including the NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA Tour.
Chief of Staff, Strategy and Operations & Deputy Counsel
Big Ten Conference
Adam Neuman serves as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Operations & Deputy General Counsel of the Big Ten Conference. He assists Commissioner Kevin Warren in creating a movement of leadership in sports, academics and social responsibility to meet the challenges of our times. Neuman serves as a strategic advisor and aide to the Commissioner, implementing Commissioner Warren’s ideas and vision into practice, ensuring student-athletes are at the epicenter of all decisions.
Senior Director of Analytics
Turner Sports/Bleacher Report
Katie is the Senior Director of Analytics at Bleacher Report. Since joining B/R three years ago she has developed an agile analytics team that supports the full organization, from uncovering patterns for the content and product operations to surfacing key insights to support the revenue business. Before Bleacher Report, Katie led research and analytics for Wenner Media [Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Men’s Journal]. She holds a Master’s Degree in Data Science from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Georgetown University.
Brazilian journalist with extensive experience in people management, leadership and broadcast. Palomino has started his sports journalism career from a very young age in a local newspaper in Brazil. He had worked as a reporter in Brazil's leading media channels, such as TV Metrópole, Rede Manchete, TV Cultura and SBT, covering political and economic affairs. From 1995 to 2002, had taken part in ESPN Brazil's sports team of presenters and narrators. He was also manager of Estadão Radio ESPN, one of the most trustworthy communication chains in Brazil.
In 2002, the journalist became the vice president of journalism and production at ESPN Brazil. He has covered many Olympics Games and five World Cups. Besides, he won the Embratel Prize for Investigative Reporting and the 'Comunique-se Award' for "Communication Executive of the Year" in 2013. In September 2020, along with LINEUP's CEO, created LiveSports, a live-streaming platform focused on sports, assuming the CEO's position.
Rob Pegoraro writes about computers, gadgets, telecom, social media, apps, and other things that beep or blink. A contributor to Fierce Video since 2016, he also answers consumer questions at USA Today, offers telecom guidance at Wirecutter, contributes to other outlets including Fast Company and Ars Technica, and holds forth about tech topics on radio, TV, podcasts and the occasional conference. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.
Senior Media Editor
Tim Peterson is the senior media editor at Digiday. In addition to co-hosting the weekly Digiday Podcast, he leads the publication's coverage of the TV, streaming and digital video industry as well as oversees its weekly Future of TV Briefing and Media Briefing newsletters. Prior to joining Digiday, he worked at Advertising Age, Adweek, Marketing Land and Direct Marketing News. He is based in Carlsbad, California.
Marcelo Campos Pinto
Attorney graduated from the University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil (1977), with a Master in Comparative Law from the College of Law of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - USA (1982). Senior Officer of Banco Boavista S.A. from 1984 up to 1994, responsible for the Legal, Human Resources and International areas. From June 1994 up to December 1999, Senior Legal Counsel of TV Globo Ltda. From January 2000 to December 2015 head of Globo Esportes, the division responsible for the management of business matters related to the acquisition of sports broadcasting rights, organization of sports events and the relationship of the company with the sports entities. CEO at Sportsmaster Marketing Esportivo and Managing Partner of SportsView Marketing Esportivo e Digital.
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.
As Vice President, Brett Sappington leads Interpret’ video and esports entertainment research practice, including Interpret’s VideoWatch syndicated research, the Esports Replay trend report series, and custom research. Brett has spent over 15 years analyzing consumer, market, and technology trends in the entertainment industry. Brett is a recognized thought leader in OTT and pay-TV market trends and consumer insights and works with leading content producers, service providers, technology innovators and device makers around the world.
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.
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Head of Content
Brazilian journalist with extensive experience in sports and content planning for OTT. Masters in Sports Management at London Metropolitan University in 2005. Head of Content at LiveSports. Having started his career at Folha de S.Paulo, the main daily newspaper in Brazil, spent 18 years working in sports coverage: more than 120 Formula One Grand Prix, 4 Olympic Games, 2 FIFA World Cups and NBA finals. In 2010 planned an award-winning series of reports for the South Africa World Cup, travelling to the 31 countries that took part of the competition in 31 days. From 2013 to 2020, head of Sports Production at SporTV and Globo, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America. From December 2019 to December 2020, Head of Publishing & Programming at DAZN in Brazil.
Services to clubs, sponsors, startups, agencies, and investors. Experience in sport marketing projects, sponsorship, branding, clubs´ globalization projects, sports trends, financial viability, and business planning.
Responsible for the publication of hundreds of surveys, research, and articles about Sports Business. 26 years' experience with marketing and + 20 years' experience at Sports Industry. Deep knowledge about the Football Industry in Europe, and US Professional Leagues and the applicability for the Brazilian market.
Tom St. John
Head of Partnerships
Tom St. John is a media and advertising veteran with more than 15 years of experience driving key partnership and innovation initiatives at leading technology companies — all focused on monetization. In his current role with Beachfront, Tom serves as the Head of Partnerships, where he manages the Client Services team and collaborates with key ecosystem partners to deliver innovative monetization solutions to TV programmers and distributors. Before joining Beachfront, Tom spent a number of years with Criteo and Eyeview (Acquired by Aki), and in various leadership, operational, and business development roles.
Vice President, Digital Media Business Development
Blake Stuchin is Vice President of Digital Media Business Development at the National Football League, where he leads the league’s digital and social media licensing and distribution strategy. Since joining the league in 2012, Blake has overseen the League’s relationships with Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok, Reddit, and Giphy with a focus on innovation and broadening access of NFL content to fans.
SVP of Strategy, Data, and Products
Rogers Sports & Media
Alfredo Tan is the Senior Vice-President of Strategy, Data and Products at Rogers Sports & Media, responsible for leading acceleration of the industry’s digital transformation. Alfredo and his team are focused on building world class consumer experiences through integrated digital strategies, putting culture at the center of the transformation, creating a culture of experimentation and using data to influence strategy, product development and partnerships.
Fan of technology and creative environments, Tega has conducted several consulting projects with Clubs, Regional and National Associations, Governments and has been dedicating his time to innovation in the sports industry. Co-Founder of the Universidade do Futebol, one of the most important Think Tanks dedicated to the study and development of football in Brazil, today he is the founder of Sportheca, the Sports Innovation Campus in Brazil, whose mission is to stimulate the transformation of the sports industry through the production of innovation and technology at scale. In addition, Eduardo Tega holds a Masters degree with distinction in Sports Governance from UEFA (MESGO) and the University of Limoges (CDES) and he is also graduated in Physical Education and hold a Bachelor's in Business in Brazil. Tega truly believes that one day Brazil can become a centre of excellence in innovation and technology in the sports industry. He also dreams of seeing Brazil as a first-world nation, where education and citizenship can have the value and the prestige that they deserve.
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.
Chief Business Officer
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Vice President and General Manager, National Networks and Platforms
Sinclair Broadcast Group
As Vice President and General Manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s National Networks and Platforms, Ware oversees many of the company’s latest programming initiatives including Tennis Channel Plus. Launched in 2014 the service was the first Pay TV network subscription DTC offering in the US. The service features over 4000 live matches from the ATP and WTA tours as well as Roland Garros. Ware also developed Tennis Channel’s international business plan, launched in 2020 featuring a subscription DTC app and stand-alone FAST channels in Germany and the United Kingdom.
Partner Growth Manager
Jason Weber is a Partner Growth Manager at Roku. In his role, Jason is focused on helping content partners scale audiences, setting partnership strategies and creating monetization opportunities for both publishers and Roku. His experience covers a wide range of business models within the sports industry including AVOD, MVPD, PPV, and SVOD. Jason previously worked at Stadium, a Sinclair Broadcasting property, focused on content distribution and product across owned and operated & third-party platforms. Jason is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a degree in Sports Management.
Executive Director, Live Video Platform
Ben Ziskind is Executive Director, Live Video Platform for Fox Corporation, where he is responsible for audience facing video solutions and operations across the company’s portfolio of sports, news, and entertainment apps/website. Since joining Fox, Ziskind has led product management and operations for Fox’s OTT live video platform focusing on quality of service and delivering a “better than TV” customer experience. He is a live streaming veteran of major events including the NFL, MLB World Series, Pay-Per-View, and FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cups.
Product Marketing Specialist, Cyber Security Services
Lau Zuydervelt is the Product Marketing Specialist for Cyber Security Services at Irdeto, where Lau spends most of his time crafting innovative strategic marketing plans. With nearly 20 years of experience as a strong engineering professional, Lau has a wealth of international experience in encryption, data security and consulting which he successfully brings to the brand protection and cyber intelligence fields.