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Monday, June 14

3:30pm EDT

Distribution and Partnership Meetup
This Meetup is meant for attendees in distribution and partnerships to meet other leaders from across the ecosystem in a virtual forum. The focus for attendees is primarily to grow your network, but also to discuss ideas and common challenges (to the extent you’re interested in discussing!).

  • 3:30PM-3:35PM ET - Intro
  • 3:35PM-4:00PM ET - Small group breakouts
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM ET - One-to-one meetings of six minutes each with a chance to meet up to 10 other distribution and partnership leaders
  • This event will be capped at 40 distribution and partnership leaders from other streaming services, and will have one sponsor participant that will cohost.
If you're interested in participating, please indicate your interest by signing up here. 

Monday June 14, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Tuesday, June 15

1:00pm EDT

Keynote: Life During Wartime: How We Think the Streaming Market Will Develop
After years of predicting that structural changes in media were just a year away, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated consumer behavior forever.  Distribution, technology and content companies are quickly shifting strategies to either monetize these movement or try to just catch up.  Our presentation will focus on who will win the streaming distribution and aggregation battle taking place between streaming devices, AVOD/SVOD owners, virtual MVPDs and traditional video gatekeepers.

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Michael Nathanson

Analyst, MoffettNathanson LLC
Michael Nathanson is a Senior Research Analyst at MoffettNathanson, covering the Media industry and leading Digital Advertising companies. Nathanson has been consistently named one of the leading Media analysts by Institutional Investor Magazine. Prior to co-founding MoffettNathanson... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:25pm EDT

1:25pm EDT

Keynote Interview
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Carolina Milanesi

Analyst, Creative Strategies
Carolina has over 15 years of experience in the consumer technology industry, most recently as President and Principal Analyst at Creative Strategies. Carolina focuses on a broad range of consumer technologies and services. Her passion for user engagement and user experience drove... Read More →

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Daniel Rausch

Vice President, Amazon Fire TV
Daniel Rausch leads Amazon’s Entertainment Devices and Services organization. As Vice President, Rausch oversees the company’s global Fire TV business, which is responsible for selling more than 100 million devices globally. In this role, Rausch also oversees the new Amazon Luna... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 1:25pm - 1:50pm EDT

1:50pm EDT

Keynote Interview
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Tim Peterson

Senior Reporter, Digiday
Tim Peterson is a senior reporter at Digiday, where he focuses on the TV and streaming video industry. He has been covering the media and advertising industries since 2011 and has also written about digital publishing, social media and ad tech. Prior to joining Digiday, he worked... Read More →

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Michael Schwimmer

Executive Vice President & Group President, Sling TV
As Group President of SLING TV, Michael oversees all aspects of the SLING TV business, including strategy and performance. Prior to his role leading SLING TV, Michael served as Executive Vice President of International, Business Development and Strategy, with responsibility for the... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 1:50pm - 2:15pm EDT

2:20pm EDT

Panel: The Rise of Smart TV Ecosystems
Smart TVs now account for more than half of all TVs in U.S. households, according to Hub Entertainment Research, and they are playing a bigger role in streaming video aggregation. As the smart TV market expands, it puts pressure on connected TV devices, and reimagines how future revenue from streaming, interactive shopping and addressable advertising is split. What opportunities are out there for smart TV platforms to bundle apps and services? How do they prioritize their own ad-supported offerings amid growing competition? What advantages do OEMs with their own OS have over manufactures who license from Roku, Google and Amazon?

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Alan Wolk

Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TV[R]EV
“If you know anything about television, you probably know Alan Wolk.” That’s how Adweek describes the co-founder of leading media industry consulting firm TV[R]EV and best-selling author of Over The Top. How The Internet Is (Slowly But Surely) Changing The Television... Read More →

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Susan Agliata

Director of Business Development, OTT Partnerships, Samsung Electronics
Susan Agliata is a strategic partnership builder and intentional dealmaker passionate about shaping the future of entertainment. As an expert in the global streaming video ecosystem she collaborates with high-profile media and tech industry partners to bring a diversity of content... Read More →
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Nick Colsey

Vice President, Business Development, Sony Electronics Inc.
Nick Colsey is vice president of Business Development at Sony Electronics. In this role, he works with multiple Sony product categories and divisions to bring the connected user experience to consumers worldwide.A Sony veteran for over 30 years, Colsey was an integral member of the... Read More →
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Matthew Durgin

Senior Director of Content Innovation, LG Electronics
 Matthew Durgin is Senior Director of Content Innovation for LG Electronics. Based in the LG offices within the New York City Metro Area, he is responsible for LG’s Business Development team covering the North American market and manages the primary responsibilities of contract... Read More →
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Katherine Pond

Vice President, Business Development, Vizio
Katherine Pond is the Vice President of Business Development at VIZIO, leading OTT distribution, content acquisition, and strategic partnerships. Since joining VIZIO in 2012, she has initiated, negotiated, and closed distribution, ad tech, and licensing deals across content, technology... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:20pm - 2:55pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Keynote Interview
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Rich Greenfield

General Partner, LightShed Partners
Rich Greenfield, @RichLightShed is a Partner and Media and Technology Analyst at LightShed Partners and a General Partner at LightShed Ventures. Prior to LightShed, Rich was a Managing Director and TMT Analyst at BTIG and the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog. Prior to joining... Read More →

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Shalini Govil-Pai

Vice President & GM of TV Platforms, Google
Shalini GovilPai is the VP and GM of TV Platforms at Google overseeing product, design and engineering teams for Android TV OS and Google TV. Previously, she served as a Senior Director at YouTube and Technical Director at Pixar Animation. Shalini is an international keynote speaker and published... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

3:20pm EDT

Panel: The New World of Distribution and Partnerships
The growth path for subscription and ad-supported streaming services now passes through several aggregation platforms that help with discovery, marketing and even bundling. Connected TV devices, smart TVs, channel stores, virtual MVPDs, traditional MVPDs and FASTs all play a role. In space ready for distribution experimentation, what’s working and what’s not? What will streaming channel stores look like in the future as direct customer relationships become increasingly important? Which new and emerging digital platforms will have the most impact for content providers? How do media companies keep it all straight and structure these agreements to maximize engagement and monetization?

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David Bloom

Senior Contributor, Forbes
David Bloom of Words & Deeds Media is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based writer, podcaster, and consultant focused on the transformative collision of technology, media and entertainment.   Bloom is a senior contributor to Forbes, columnist for Tubefilter, and writes regularly for... Read More →

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Regina Breslin

Head of Content Distribution, Domestic, Roku
Regina Breslin is Head of Content Distribution, Domestic, at Roku. Breslin leads the domestic distribution and business development team that negotiates Roku’s third-party content distribution deals, sources content and advertising inventory for Roku’s first-party video and audio... Read More →
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Michele Edelman

Head of Growth, Premiere Digital
Throughout her career, Michele has served in leadership roles with top entertainment companies at the forefront of digital distribution & entertainment. Before joining Premiere Digital, she served as EVP of Marketing and Content Strategy at Vubiquity, where she oversaw global execution... Read More →
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Stefanie Meyers

Senior Vice President of Distribution, Starz
Stefanie Meyers is Senior Vice President of Distribution for STARZ.Based in the New York office, Meyers is responsible for STARZ’s OTT business, utilizing her in-depth understanding of the media industry and competitive television landscape to build a strategic vision to maximize... Read More →
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Gabriel Sauerhoff

Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution, Discovery
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... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:20pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Partner Keynote: Security that Enables Amazing
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Asaf Ashkenazi

Chief Operating Officer, Verimatrix
Appointed Chief Operating Officer of Verimatrix (Euronext Paris: VMX) in January 2020, Asaf previously served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. He leads the company’s global R&D, product management, product security and marketing initiatives. Offering a distinct mix of... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT

4:20pm EDT

Panel: The Future of Multichannel Video
The future of the multichannel video bundle gets more and more complex with the introduction of each new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Even still, there’s no denying that bundles may be in some consumers’ best interest, as stacks of D2C subscriptions are becoming increasingly expensive, and challenging to navigate. MVPDs, vMVPDs and device manufacturers are certain to all have different levels of success with channel bundles as consumer behaviors continue to change. Who is best positioned to keep benefitting from the bundle? How do content providers navigate the next five to 10 years and balance growing DTC services with maintaining legacy distribution models? Will the expanding streaming video ecosystem eventually be pulled back together into a new service bundles and if so, what will that look like?

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Gary Schanman

President & Founder, GBMonday
Gary Schanman is a senior media executive with over 20 years of experience helping traditional TV, video, interactive, OTT and advertising companies innovate. Throughout his career, Gary has built innovative ad and subscription-based video, applications, products and broadband services... Read More →

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Lori Conkling

Global Head of TV & Film Partnerships, YouTube
Lori Conkling is the Global Head of TV & Film Partnerships at YouTube. As such, she drivestransformation and growth for the TV & Film vertical across all of YouTube’s platforms,including AVOD, SVOD, TVOD and PayTV. Conkling is also a lead representative for YouTubeto industry organizations... Read More →
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Nick Febrizio

Vice President of Sales, Float Left Interactive
Nick Febrizio is Vice President of Sales for Float Left, where he is responsible for app sales of media partners and video brands looking to expand into the world of OTT.Nick began his career as a television content distribution executive at A&E Television Networks (AETN) where he oversaw distribution and was a member of the team respo... Read More →
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Mark Gathen

Vice President of Content Acquisition, Cox Communications
Mark Gathen is Vice President of Content Acquisition at Cox Communications. With over 25 years of experience in the cable television and advanced video industries, he has seen firsthand how consumer demand for video products has evolved. In his current role, Mark leads content negotiations... Read More →
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Jamie Grosz

Head of Business Development, Content Acquisition, Philo
In her role as Head of Business Development at Philo, Jamie is integral to the company's business development and content acquisition efforts, bringing the shows subscribers love to Philo’s entertainment-focused OTT platform. She takes a thoughtful approach in determining the content... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 4:20pm - 5:00pm EDT

5:05pm EDT

Partner Keynote: Retention, Revenue and Recommendations
What are the top UX factors that reduce churn for MVPDs and streaming services? What does that mean for viewer retention? What kind of revenue impact can you expect for a superior personalized content discovery experience?

Join Chris Ambrozic, head of content discovery for TiVo for:
•    Four case studies in reducing churn from TiVo's operator and OTT customers
•    The data behind how recommendations influence retention and revenue
•     Actionable takeaways for product teams and business leaders

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Chris Ambrozic

Vice President, TiVo Discovery Solutions
Chris Ambrozic is the VP of TiVo’s content discovery group, a portfolio of data-rich, AI-enabled tools for entertainment companies to build outstanding personalized user experiences.Chris is passionate about the application of machine learning to drive real-time decision making... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 5:05pm - 5:20pm EDT

5:20pm EDT

Panel: FAST(s) 2.0: The New Playbook
Free, ad-supported streaming TV services (FASTs) are a compelling way to monetize long-tail content, promote subscription services and capture ad dollars that are shifting away from traditional TV toward streaming. Many of the biggest media companies have either bought or built their own FASTs and fit them into their overall linear and streaming TV strategies. What are the best models for success with growing FASTs? What content works best in free, ad-supported streaming environments? How do content providers decide between sending their shows and movies to their own FASTs or someone else’s? And what is the best way to secure carriage on FASTs?

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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia
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... Read More →

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Stefan Van Engen

Senior Vice President, Content Programming and 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... Read More →
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Will Gurman

Vice President, Global Content Partnerships, Pluto TV
Will Gurman is VP of Global Content Partnerships at Pluto TV. He works cross functionally to optimize the growth and performance of Pluto TV’s content partnerships. He manages key partnerships and works to expand the global reach and monetization of acquired content.Prior to Pluto... Read More →
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Takashi Nakano

Senior Director of Business Development, Content Strategy and Acquisition, Samsung TV Plus
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Brad Samuels

VP, Distribution Partnerships & Strategy, Scripps Networks
Brad Samuels is an experienced and proven media executive recognized as one of the industry’s leaders in innovative business strategy and revenue generation with extensive expertise in content distribution and multi-platform, branded partnerships.  Among other recognized achievements... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 5:20pm - 6:00pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Tuesday June 15, 2021 6:00pm - 6:05pm EDT
Wednesday, June 16

10:30am EDT

Keynote Interview
An in-depth look at how AMC Networks is leveraging its partnerships and channels to drive growth and discovery for AMC+, its new premium streaming subscription bundle, with a unique place in the streaming ecosystem. The discussion will focus on AMC Networks’ strategy to launch AMC+ with active participation from MVPD partners and digital platforms like Amazon and Apple.

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Lillian Rizzo

Cable Media Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Lillian Rizzo is a media reporter at The Wall Street Journal. She's been at WSJ since 2014, and covered private-equity and bankruptcy before switching to the media beat in 2019. Prior to that she worked at Debtwire and the New York Daily News. She's based in New York.

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Josh Reader

President, Distribution & Development, AMC Networks
As President of Distribution and Development, Josh Reader is responsible for pursuing new partnerships, identifying business opportunities and growth initiatives, and working with senior management on corporate strategic planning to drive greater value from the company’s portfolio... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 10:30am - 10:55am EDT

10:55am EDT

Keynote: How Apple, Amazon, Facebook & YouTube/Alphabet Impact the Streaming Ecosystem
With de facto monopolies in their core businesses, enormous annual free cash flow, aggressive video aspirations, and strong bundling incentives, the FAANG's impact on the end state of the streaming ecosystem cannot be overstated. This talk will outline the best case and worst case impact of each of these giant companies on the "Future of StreamingTV".

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Laura Martin

Senior Internet & Media Analyst, Needham & Company
Laura Martin received her BA from Stanford and her MBA from Harvard Business School, and she holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Martin began her career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in media investment banking, followed by Capital... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 10:55am - 11:20am EDT

11:20am EDT

Keynote Interview
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Joan E. Solsman

Senior Writer, Tech and Media, CNET
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. 

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Lisa Holme

Group Senior Vice President, Content & Commercial Strategy, Discovery
Lisa Holme is Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery, Inc., leading programming and partnership for Discovery’s aggregated, direct-to-consumer streaming service. In this role, Holme oversees the editorial vision for Discovery’s direct-to-consumer offerings... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:20am - 11:45am EDT

11:50am EDT

Panel: What’s Next for Addressable Advertising?
Addressable advertising has progressed beyond the limited testing phase to become an increasingly crucial tool for ad buyers and brands looking to expand reach and target messages. What’s next for addressable advertising and how can the TV industry best unlock the technology’s potential? What’s the secret to untangling all the TV data out there? How can addressable advertising be simplified for ad buyers, content providers, distributors and technology partners? Can all parties involved ever agree on a single measurement standard?

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Jon Watts

Senior Editorial Advisor, Beet.TV.
Jon Watts is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Project X Institute (PXI), a new think tank and strategic advisory firm focused on the media and advertising industries. He is an experienced industry consultant, with 25 years of experience advising and working with leading companies... Read More →

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Reed Barker

Head of Advertising, Philo
Reed Barker is Philo’s Head of Advertising, leading the team's efforts to build and grow a cutting-edge, dynamic ad platform for the entertainment-focused streaming TV services’ ad business. Reed is known throughout the industry as an innovative advertising product professional... Read More →
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George Carens

Director of Insights, Samsung Ads
George Carens is Director of Insights at Samsung Ads, responsible for helping Samsung’s Agency, Brand and Media Clients navigate the shifts occurring in consumer’s TV viewership behavior. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the Industry and has led organizations through... Read More →
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Daniel Church

Head of Advanced TV Product, Beachfront
Daniel Church is a savvy and strategic product leader with more than a decade of experience driving advertising innovation across the TV industry.One part builder and one part strategist, Church currently serves as the Head of Advanced TV Product at Beachfront Media, where he leads... Read More →
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Matt McLeggon

Vice President, Advanced TV & Innovation, SpotX (now part of Magnite)
Matt McLeggon is Vice President, Advanced TV and Innovation at SpotX (now part of Magnite). In this role, Matt is focused on the continued growth of SpotX’s rapidly expanding over-the-top (OTT) business, as well as new initiatives in the addressable television and cross-platform... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:50am - 12:30pm EDT

12:35pm EDT

Partner Keynote: The Road to Achieving Linear TV and OTT Convergence
The journey toward achieving true linear TV and OTT convergence is a long and complex one, requiring movement across the advertising industry. Xandr’s VP of Product, Holly Rae, will be discussing the necessary industry collaboration, buyer and seller alignment, and agreement of business rules that are needed to enable converged buying and selling of linear and digital inventory, before diving into the technology developments that are underway from companies like Xandr in order to support these convergence-based initiatives.

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Holly Rae

Vice President, Product, Xandr
Holly Rae is VP, Product Management, TV Platform, at Xandr where she oversees the ongoing development and advancement of Xandr’s TV products, including Invest TV. Holly joined Xandr in 2019 upon the company’s acquisition of TV advertising platform clypd, where she was VP of Product.Holly... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 12:35pm - 12:50pm EDT

12:55pm EDT

Panel: Cross Platform Ad Strategies in a Fragmented World
As consumers increasingly turn to on-demand and linear streaming options, ad dollars are following. But traditional TV remains a key aspect within all video advertising budgets. So, what is the best way to design an ad buying strategy that maximizes the effective attributes of all video platforms? How will ad buys evolve as the money shifting over to streaming increasingly comes from both digital and traditional television budgets? What kind of progress is being made in cross-platform measurement that balances between traditional TV, OTT and mobile?

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Jon Watts

Senior Editorial Advisor, Beet.TV.
Jon Watts is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Project X Institute (PXI), a new think tank and strategic advisory firm focused on the media and advertising industries. He is an experienced industry consultant, with 25 years of experience advising and working with leading companies... Read More →

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Dave Antonelli

Director of Sling TV Ad Strategy & Revenue, DISH Media
Dave Antonelli leads advertising strategy and revenue for SLING TV. In his role, 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... Read More →
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Walt Horstman

SVP and General Manager, Monetization, TiVo
Mr. Horstman leads Xperi’s Monetization team that works to increase advertising targeting and effectiveness with advanced data and unique inventory across all devices and platforms, mostly recently as Xperi has entered the CTV and streaming space via TiVo. He oversees the business... Read More →
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Jim Keller

Executive Vice President, Digital Ad Sales and Advanced Advertising, Discovery
Jim Keller serves as Executive Vice President, Digital Ad Sales & Advanced Advertising at Discovery, Inc.. In his current role, Keller is responsible for leading strategic development of all U.S. Digital Ad Sales, driving digital revenue efforts for the company’s global streaming... Read More →
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Chris Pizzurro

SVP, Global Sales & Marketing, Canoe Ventures
Chris is responsible for all the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Chris has over 33 years of experience in national media strategy, marketing, and implementation, with a focus on traditional TV and digital media advertising. Prior to Canoe, he was a Principal at Leap Media... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 12:55pm - 1:35pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

Keynote: A Simpler and Smarter Streaming TV Ad Experience
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Chris Bodkin

US Head of Agency Development, OTT, Audio and Emerging Product Advertising, Amazon Advertising
Chris Bodkin is Head of US OTT and Audio at Amazon Advertising.  He and his team are responsible for launching and accelerating Amazon’s OTT and Audio sales efforts, partnering internally with our product teams and externally with clients and ad agencies.    Chris joined... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:40pm - 1:55pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Panel: Local OTT Advertising: Opportunities and Challenges
If BIA Advisory Services’ projections come true, OTT local ad spending will climb up from $1.18 billion this year to $2.37 billion by 2025. That forecasted rise likely stems from declining viewership for traditional linear TV and local advertisers who still want to reach crucial communities for their businesses. Local OTT provides opportunities to continue reaching consumers at scale while mixing in the targeting capabilities of digital. Broadcasters and pay TV providers are both operating on local levels with their OTT services, but how do brands know which platforms will give them the desired reach and frequency with consumers? How can ad buyers be sure they are not just paying for additional impressions?

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David Bloom

Senior Contributor, Forbes
David Bloom of Words & Deeds Media is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based writer, podcaster, and consultant focused on the transformative collision of technology, media and entertainment.   Bloom is a senior contributor to Forbes, columnist for Tubefilter, and writes regularly for... Read More →

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Brian Hunt

Head of OTT/CTV Advertising Sales, Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Oversees:CompulseOTT - one of the leading CTV platforms in the U.S.NewsOn – The #2 News App on Roku representing 16 broadcast station groups and 300 ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stationsStirr – One of the fastest growing CTV Apps with over 4 Million downloads
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Shawn Makhijani

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy and NBC Spot On, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
Shawn Makhijani is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, and NBC Spot On – the owned stations division’s new advanced video advertising business designed for local/regional CTV and OTT advertisers.In this role... Read More →
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Kristin Wnuk

Head of Local Advertising, Roku
Kristin Wnuk is Roku’s Head of Local Advertising. She is responsible for launching the companies local sales efforts. Kristin is focused on Roku’s local go-to-market strategy, creating internal processes, while creating key industry partnerships. Before joining Roku, Kristin launched... Read More →
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Jae Scarborough

Vice President of Enterprise & Channel Sales, Simpli.fi
Jae Scarborough is Vice President of Enterprise & Channel Sales for Simpli.fi, a leader in programmatic advertising and agency management software. Jae attributes his effective leadership to his implementation of strengths-based leadership, which means identifying and developing the... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 2:00pm - 2:40pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Keynote Interview
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Jessica Toonkel

Reporter, The Information
Jessica Toonkel covers media and telecom for The Information. Before that, she spent seven years at Reuters covering a range of topics including media, advertising, mergers and acquisitions and financial services. At Reuters, she consistently broke news on major deals, executive... Read More →

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Devin Emery

Chief Product Officer and EVP of Content Strategy, CuriosityStream
Devin Emery is Chief Product Officer and EVP of Content Strategy for CuriosityStream. In this role, he leads company-wide growth with unified oversight of marketing, innovation, development & design across all CuriosityStream platforms; as well as the strategic planning and execution... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 2:45pm - 3:05pm EDT

3:10pm EDT

Panel: Managing OTT Subscriber Lifecycles: What you need to know
Almost the entire universe of major media companies has gone direct-to-consumer, resulting in a streaming marketplace that is more crowded than ever. While streaming subscriber growth is not a zero-sum game, the abundance of choice means SVODs need to work hard to hook consumers and hang onto them. How can streaming services be sure they are doing enough to drive customer acquisition? What are the key strategies for creating and maintaining subscriber engagement? How much can realistically be done to mitigate churn amid shifting content cycles and expanding prices along with the specter of subscription fatigue?

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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia
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... Read More →

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Cassie Durkin Parham

Senior Director, Lifecycle Marketing, HBO Max
Cassie Parham is a performance-driven Growth leader with success scaling iconic legacy brands as well as scrappy start-ups. After spending several years in “Amazon bootcamp” leading Marketing for subsidiary Diapers.com (Quidsi Inc), she brought those business fundamentals and... Read More →
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Andy Karofsky

Co-Founder, Frndly TV
Andy is a Co-Founder of Frndly TV, a vMVPD focused on delivering affordable, family-friendly programming to a Middle America audience. His extensive pay TV background in product, technology, and programming, combined with his partners’ expansive industry experiences, led to the... Read More →
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Greg Riker

Head of Sales and Business Development for the Americas, 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... Read More →
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Ahmed Swidan

Director of Personalized TV, ATEME
Ahmed Swidan is Director of Personalized TV at ATEME. With over 15 years of experience in the IPTV and OTT industry, he has helped TV operators and TV channels around the world build, upgrade, and efficiently operate their TV platforms while working for Ericsson, Verimatrix, and Imagine... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:10pm - 3:50pm EDT

3:55pm EDT

Analyst Keynote: Getting Discovered: A Launch Marketing Case Study
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Emily Groch

Director of Insights, Telecom, Mintel
Emily Groch is a market researcher with more than a decade of experience working with marketing clients across technology and telecommunications verticals. Emily is currently Director of Insights, Telecom, at Comperemedia, an industry-leading competitive marketing intelligence agency... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:55pm - 4:10pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

Panel: Hybrid Monetization: Conquering the new world of Multi Tier Services
A new wave of streaming services including Peacock, Discovery+ and Paramount+ are embracing the age-old Hulu hybrid model combining ad-supported and subscription pricing. It’s a trick that helps increase total addressable markets and provide incentives for upsizing. But what are the best ways to convert ad-supported users into premium subscribers, and does that strategy necessarily make sense in the quickly growing world of streaming advertising? What’s the best way to use legacy media and FASTs to drive consumers toward subscription portals? How can companies ensure they are effectively stirring transactional and premium VOD into the mix?

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Kirby Grines

Founder, 43Twenty
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... Read More →

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Henry Embleton

Head of Ad Products and Revenue, Crunchyroll
Henry Embleton is the head of ad products and revenue at Crunchyroll, the global anime brand with more than 100 million registered users and more than four million subscribers. In this role, Embleton drives strategy around the ad products, experience, and monetization for the AVOD... Read More →
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Damien Pelliccione

CEO & Co-Founder, Revry
Damian Pelliccione is the CEO of Revry, the groundbreaking new LGBTQ digital content streaming service for Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV Amazon Fire, Samsung TV Plus, IOS, Android and the Web. Revry now reaches over 280+ million people in over 135 countries across the globe.Damian... Read More →
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Ronit Schwartz

Senior Director, Business Development & Partnerships, Kaltura
Ronit Schwartz is a digital video professional, with over 15 years of experience in Business Development, Strategy, Product, Marketing and Creative. As Senior Director at Kaltura, Ronit manages and grows North Americas’ Media & Telco business. Owning the relationship with tier 1... Read More →
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Guy Zisman

Co-Founder and CTO, Texel
Texel's co-founder and CTO, leading the company's R&D and product fronts with over 15y of engineering and managerial experience. Before Texel, held several engineering and leadership positions at Wochit, Groovideo (co-founder), and Seambi, serving Tier-1 publishers and broadcasters... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 4:15pm - 4:55pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

Analyst Keynote: Retaining Viewer Engagement in 2021 and Beyond
In this session we’ll explore ways to maximize SVOD sign-up’s, overcome customer acquisition barriers and optimize retention. It will include findings from The NPD Group’s new TV Switching Study that quantifies what’s driving viewer engagement, what services are best in class and the reasons for success.

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John Buffone

Executive Director, Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
John Buffone is an Executive Director, Industry Analyst, for The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence practice. With over 20 years of experience in the consumer research and entertainment industries, John has advised many of the largest media and consumer technology brands in the... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:00pm - 5:15pm EDT

5:15pm EDT

Panel: Leveraging the Power of Your Data to Grow Your Service
The accelerated growth of connected TV has triggered an avalanche of consumer data. By effectively capturing and analyzing data sets, content owners, distributors, marketers and more can develop game plans for increasing monetization, prioritizing content, targeting ads and perfecting user experiences. But where is the best place to start with forming a data strategy? How do data strategies change when dealing with subscription platforms as opposed to ad-supported services? Which KPIs deserve the most attention when addressing product development, tech stacks, marketing and other needs?

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Ben Munson

Editor, Fierce Video

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Nada Arnot

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Britbox
Nada Arnot is a high-impact marketing executive and trusted advisor to the C-Suite with 20 years of experience driving transformational growth, building memorable brands, and leading high-performing data-driven teams. She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for... Read More →
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Roma Kojima

Senior Director, Customer Success & Data Operations, CBC
Roma Kojima is Senior Director, Customer Success and Data Operations at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her mandate is to oversee the development and operations of the CBC membership strategy focused on building stronger relationships between the CBC and each Canadian, direct... Read More →
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Karsin Kron

Sales Director of North America, NPAW
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... Read More →
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Andrew Thompson

SVP Sales & Marketing, Symphony MediaAI
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... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:15pm - 5:55pm EDT

5:55pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:55pm - 6:00pm EDT
Thursday, June 17

9:30am EDT

Anti Piracy Research Presentation: Analysing Piracy Trends
As consumer viewing trends continue to shift towards an online delivery model, monetizing content has never been easier. However, some remain reluctant to shift and fall victim to piracy as a result. Join Ampere Analysis’ Tony Maroulis in this presentation where he delves into the latest piracy research, and how piracy may not online video’s the only problem.

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Tony Maroulis

Principal Analyst, Ampere Analysis
Tony leads Ampere Analysis’ 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... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 9:30am - 9:45am EDT

9:45am EDT

Partner Keynote: How pirates set up and run a successful video piracy business in no time (and how you can avoid becoming a victim)
Setting up and managing your own video piracy business has never been easier. Join us as Yael Fainaro, SVP Security and Head of Operations at Synamedia together with our cyber-intelligence expert will show you how it’s done and what you can do to prevent your business from becoming a victim.

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Yael Fainaro

SVP, Security, Synamedia
Yael Fainaro is SVP of Security. In her role Yael is responsible for Synamedia’s Security Group as well as heading the Business Operations Group and acting as Chief of Staff for the business. Yael has over 18 years’ experience in the security technology industry in the areas of... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 9:45am - 10:00am EDT

10:00am EDT

Panel: Assessing and Combatting Threats in the New World of Streaming
Despite differing definitions of what constitutes video piracy, there’s a consensus around the idea that piracy in all its forms takes potential revenue off the table for streaming providers and content owners. Piracy Monitor’s Steve Hawley breaks down video piracy down into four categories: theft of content, theft of services, theft of advertising and theft of you, or the exploitation of individuals through web browsers, streaming devices and other platforms. How can streaming media companies best address the forms of piracy that impact them the most? What’s the best mix of proactive and reactive measures? Can companies like Netflix crack down on habits like password sharing in ways that don’t alienate loyal subscribers?

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Ben Munson

Editor, Fierce Video

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Martin Bergenwall

SVP of Product, Verimatrix
Martin Bergenwall serves as Senior Vice President of products at Verimatrix. A noted expert in software, mobile and content security technologies, he leads the global product management team and plays an instrumental role in the ongoing growth of Verimatrix’s award-winning content... Read More →
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Elisha Lawrence

Assistant Vice President, General Counsel, Global Head of Anti-Piracy & Content Security, ABS-CBN
Elisha J. Lawrence has more than 15 years of global brand protection experience.  Elisha’s many years of in-house practice have focused on creating worldwide cost-efficient brand protection programs for software, apparel, entertainment and tool companies.As AVP, Global Anti-Piracy... Read More →
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Ilker Ürgenc

Senior Technical Solutions Specialist, Akamai
Ilker has +10 years of experience out of the Broadcast Industry where he began his career as an engineer in the TV industry – Be it on the content production side or the broadcast tech solution provider side. His curiosity out of the broadcast world then hit the Digital Media online... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:40am EDT

11:00am EDT

Keynote Interview
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Gavin Bridge

Senior Media Analyst, Variety
Gavin worked with media and streaming brands for 10 years on how to better reach their audiences before joining Variety VIP+. As the Senior Media Analyst at VIP+, Gavin covers FAST in detail, frequently writing analyses and an annual report on the rise of FAST. He also covers CTV... Read More →

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Adam Lewinson

Chief Content Officer, Tubi
As Chief Content Officer, Lewinson is responsible for content strategy and acquisitions for Tubi. Lewinson heads up Tubi’s Los Angeles office where he manages one of the largest libraries in streaming (larger than Netflix). He oversees more than 200 content partners including... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:20am EDT

11:25am EDT

Panel: The Live UX: Engaging Live Audiences
Live event viewing is increasingly shifting to digital platforms and enabling more opportunities to further engage audiences through features not typically found on traditional linear TV. The pandemic accelerated the need for live streaming experiences that introduce personalized, interactive and social elements as a means of better connecting with viewers. The world is returning to normal but live streaming expectations have likely changed for good. How can streaming platforms ensure they are continuing to innovate and elevate live event viewing without entirely disrupting the leanback experience? How will personalization, social, co-viewing, micro-viewing, content optionality, virtual crowds, fan participation and sports betting factor into the evolving live streaming market?

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Andrew Bucholtz

News Editor, Awful Announcing
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... Read More →

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Mike Berkley

Chief Product Officer, Fubo TV
Mike Berkley is chief product officer of fuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform that's redefining the way cord cutters view live sports, news and entertainment. As CPO, Berkeley leads product strategy and development for fuboTV across platforms, including connected and... Read More →
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Jon Lin

Vice President of Product, Sling TV
Jon Lin serves as the Vice President of Product for SLING TV, where he oversees the company’s product management and design functions.Prior to joining SLING TV in 2020, Jon held various digital product leadership roles delivering innovation and growth for consumer-facing products... Read More →
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Tariq Virani

Director of Product Management, Pac-12 Networks
Tariq Virani is the Director of Product Management at the Pac-12 Networks. He leads product development for Pac-12 Now, a video-centric app on mobile, web, and connected TV platforms. His team is also responsible for internal tooling and infrastructure that enables Pac-12 Conference... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 11:25am - 12:05pm EDT

12:05pm EDT

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Sara Fischer

Media Reporter, Axios
Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios. She joined the company in 2016 as a founding staff member. Fischer is considered one of the top reporters on her beat. Revue cited her weekly newsletter, Axios Media Trends, as the second-most popular media newsletter in the market and deemed... Read More →

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Sarah Lyons

Executive Vice President, DTC Global Product Management, WarnerMedia
Sarah Lyons leads the Product Experience Team for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s Direct-to-Consumer platform, defining the vision for the product’s features, user experience and product roadmap.  She is shaping the app experience across all major platforms, defining how users discover... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 12:05pm - 12:25pm EDT

12:25pm EDT

Panel: Redefining the Viewer Experience in a Multi Device World
The word “fragmented” perhaps defines the streaming ecosystem better than any other.  Streaming services face a significant challenge in delivering a seamless viewer experience across a variety of platforms. Device manufacturers are faced with the task of working with their content provider partners, and still providing unique and simplified experiences for their audiences. All the while, the whole ecosystem is tasked with solving the ever present challenge of helping users actually find the content they want, when they want it.  What do device manufacturers and streaming services need to consider looking towards the increasingly fragmented future?  What role does analytics have in measuring user preferences and delivering operational efficiencies? And what does a poor QoE mean to the bottom line?

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Brian Ring

Principal Analyst, Ring Digital LLC
Brian Ring is a streaming expert with more than twenty years of experience designing, marketing and selling video technology to operators, publishers, broadcasters, networks, and studios.In consulting and full-time roles, Brian has provided product strategy, content marketing and... Read More →

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Tom Kuppinen

Senior Sales Engineer, Bitmovin
Tom is a 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... Read More →
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Abhishek Neralla

Director of Media Services, A+E Networks
Abhishek Neralla is responsible for Video Content Management and Delivery across all of A+E Networks' sites and apps that serve more than 1 billion video views per year. He has architected and set up multiple AVOD (both SSDAI and CSAI), LIVE (including low latency streaming) and SVOD... Read More →
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Shobana Radhakrishnan

Senior Director of Engineering, Google TV
Shobana Radhakrishnan leads Android TV engineering at Google, focusing on experience, personalization and cloud systems. Prior to this, she led teams that built high scale publishing platforms enabling personalization at Roku. Her experience also includes engineering leadership roles... Read More →
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Mark Ramberg

Group Vice President of Products, MediaKind
Mark Ramberg is Group Vice President of Products at MediaKind and is a veteran of the media technology industry, having held various technical, business, and leadership roles at companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Prior to MediaKind he led Product Management at Hulu... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 12:25pm - 1:05pm EDT

1:05pm EDT

Partner Keynote
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Dave Polyard

Category Manager – Media & Entertainment and Gaming, AWS Marketplace
Dave Polyard is the world-wide AWS Marketplace category manager for Media and Entertainment and Gaming. Dave’s expertise includes broadcast automation systems, news production systems, content storage management (HSM) systems, and workflows related to content migration to the Cloud... Read More →
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Eric Elia

Head of Partnerships, Mux
Eric is Head of Partnerships at Mux where he helps connect the building blocks of the next generation of great video products. Mux is a developer video platform that enables innovators such as Equinox Media, Robinhood, Patreon, VSCO, Reddit, Discovery, Fox and ViacomCBS. Previously... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 1:05pm - 1:20pm EDT

1:25pm EDT

Panel: Next Gen Video Architectures: Cloud, Edge, and Beyond
Streaming video isn’t going anywhere and the traffic it generates across global networks will just keep growing. To meet the demand and improve the customer experience, service providers are embracing more flexible content delivery networks, virtualizing core functions and moving closer to the network edge. What expanded role will open source play as networks brace for more sustained video traffic and bigger spikes? How can CDNs use network and media functions virtualization to best optimize their operations? How can the network edge help ensure that resources are being allocated efficiently and new services are being deployed quickly?

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Jason Thibeault

Executive Director, 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... Read More →

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Dave Andrews

Chief Architect, Verizon Media
Dave Andrews is Chief Architect at Verizon Media Platform, overseeing the evolution of the Edgecast CDN and Uplynk video platform. He enjoys low-level security exploitation techniques and has an appreciation for the nuances and resulting surprised faces that accompany discovering... Read More →
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Corey Smith

Director of Live Operations, Global Broadcast Activision, Blizzard eSports
Corey has been transforming digital television and broadcast systems since 2011 while working at Microsoft on the Xbox Live team. Since then he has held a director position at Sinclair broadcasting managing the digital side of the news publishing operations across the Unites States... Read More →
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Rob Wilmoth

Chief Architect, Service Provider Team, Red Hat North America
Rob Wilmoth is Chief Architect for the Red Hat North America Service provider team. He works closely with customers and partners advising and assisting with challenges ranging from regulatory compliance and general IT, to changing the way that they view their business problems in... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 1:25pm - 2:05pm EDT

2:10pm EDT

Keynote: Setting Up for Success: Essential Infrastructure for the Future of Live Streaming
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the virtualization of streaming technology across the media industry. The past year has proven that adaptability of streaming infrastructure will be key to business success. This presentation from Zixi CEO Gordon Brooks will dive into three essential characteristics streaming architectures must incorporate to meet the needs of the future: inherent agility, broad connectivity, and quality delivery. This session will explain how software-defined workflows, 5G networks and AI and ML can each help media and entertainment organizations unlock value by leveraging the latest streaming technology to save time and effort while ensuring broadcast-quality video delivery.

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Gordon Brooks

Executive Chairman and CEO, Zixi
Gordon Brooks brings more than 30-years of software and services technology leadership to Zixi.  He has served as CEO for five different companies, founding, launching or turning around eight companies in total. Two of Gordon’s IPO’s and five private sales created over $13 billion... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 2:10pm - 2:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Analyst Roundtable: Speculating OTT's biggest Winners, Potential M&A and Beyond
Which platforms and and streaming services are in the best position to win the streaming wars? Which companies are most likely to be acquired? And what are the biggest emerging trends we should be looking at for 2022 and beyond? This fun session will feature "Lightning Round" style questioning that will get to the heart of some of the most controversial areas in streaming.

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Kevin Gray

Vice President, TMT, Fierce Video
Kevin Gray is the publisher of FierceMarkets’ 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... Read More →

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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia
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... Read More →
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Gary Schanman

President & Founder, GBMonday
Gary Schanman is a senior media executive with over 20 years of experience helping traditional TV, video, interactive, OTT and advertising companies innovate. Throughout his career, Gary has built innovative ad and subscription-based video, applications, products and broadband services... Read More →
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Alan Wolk

Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TV[R]EV
“If you know anything about television, you probably know Alan Wolk.” That’s how Adweek describes the co-founder of leading media industry consulting firm TV[R]EV and best-selling author of Over The Top. How The Internet Is (Slowly But Surely) Changing The Television... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

Emerging Leader Awards Ceremony
Join as we recognize the six Emerging Leader Award winners! These awards recognize the brightest young professionals rising up the ranks of the streaming TV industry. 

Thursday June 17, 2021 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Thursday June 17, 2021 4:00pm - 4:05pm EDT