Senior Research Analyst
Michelle Abraham has been researching digital video for more than 20 years. Prior to joining S&P Global, Ms. Abraham worked at In-Stat and then MRG as a market research analyst. She provides market research related to infrastructure equipment for the video and media ecosystems such as video compression technology, online video platforms, and advanced advertising technology. She has spoken at industry events including IBC, Streaming Media West, and Digital Hollywood.
Ms. Abraham holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University.
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder
Mariana Acuña Acosta is a technologist, connector, and entrepreneur. During her years at The Foundry, she focused primarily on virtual reality post-production workflows. Mariana founded the first VR and 360 video production and branding agency, JoltVR. Most recently Mariana co-founded Glassbox Technologies (previously known as Opaque Studios), where she leads new and existing technology for Virtual Production using VR, AR, and AI to transform the way filmmaking is done today. Mariana was one of the ten finalists of the Women Startup Challenge VR and AI, and she was also featured in Variety magazine as one of the top 10 VR innovators to watch out for.
Previously, Mariana worked as an on-set VFX supervisor and senior digital artist and has over 13 years of experience in the motion picture industry working at such studios as Sony Pictures Imageworks, CIS Hollywood, Digital Domain, HBO, Columbia Pictures and Fuse FX.
CEO and Co-founder
Paul Adrian is the CEO and Co-Founder of latakoo, which serves broadcasters and video professionals around the world. latakoo is the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to get video from anywhere to anywhere. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He understands the complexities of video and has led latakoo to develop solutions for the unique challenges faced by news and production professionals, including remote editing and transferring files from the field direct to Avid Interplay.
Paul has won numerous awards, including several Emmys for investigative journalism. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and completed a master’s degree at Harvard University.
Editor and Director
Kabir Akhtar, ACE is an Emmy-winning editor and director whose work includes the Academy Awards, Arrested Development, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, New Girl, and Unsolved Mysteries.
A three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award in 2016 for editing the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, becoming the first person of color to win in the category. He earned additional Emmy nominations for his work as supervising editor on Arrested Development, and for editing Billy Crystal's opening film for the 2012 Oscars. Kabir has been nominated twice at the ACE Eddie Awards and ten of the pilots Kabir edited have gone to series.
Kabir worked on all four seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, rising from editor to director/producer. He has directed comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as half-hour episodes of Grown-ish (Freeform) and Mumbai Calling (distributed internationally by HBO). Kabir also directed the pilot episodes of two series: 8th & Ocean for MTV, and the relaunched edition of Unsolved Mysteries.
Kabir has served as Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee at the DGA and is a member of the Television Academy's Editors Peer Group Executive Committee. He has been a featured speaker at many industry seminars, including SXSW 2018.
Amelia Allwarden's editing credits include Hulu's Pen15, BET's Boomerang, and TNT's Good Behavior. She started her career in Los Angeles in 2015 when she interned with the American Cinema Editors, in their one-of-a-kind program for aspiring Editors and Assistant Editors. After the ACE Internship, she worked as an Assistant Editor on shows and films including HBO’s Westworld, and Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, before transitioning to Editor. Amelia is currently an Editor on season 2 of Impulse.
VP of Creative
Tim Amick oversees post production and visual effects for NextVR, the leading broadcaster of live events and on-demand live action experiences in virtual reality. With an expanding list of partners, including the NBA, NHL, Live Nation, WWE, UCB Comedy, and others, NextVR uses the power of virtual reality to create unprecedented access to the best sports and entertainment events. Tim has over 4 years of experience creating live action 3D VR, ranging from short form documentaries, and immersive feature experiences to full 2+ hour live broadcasts. His goal is to make viewers feel they lived something rather than just watched it on a screen.
Prior to NextVR, Tim spent 10 years at leading IMAX documentary production company MacGillivray Freeman Films.
Senior Product Designer
Luc Amiot has been involved in the post-production industry for more than 20 years. He currently is Senior Product Designer at Avid where he works on improving the workflow and functionality of the Media Composer editing system. Luc’s main areas of focus are 4K, color management, HDR, and effects.
Senior Director, Product Management
Régis Andre continues to be a driver in the creation of major industry products around production asset management for sports, studio, and news, as well as workflow automation systems. With a strong interest and focus on the user experience, Régis is leading Avid’s effort in UI/UX design to offer best-in-class applications, deploying the latest available technologies. Régis started his career at Avid in the mid-90s as a workflow specialist and eventually headed up the design of what is now Interplay | Production, among other products. After that Régis moved to Grass Valley, a Belden brand, to take charge of product management and UI/UX teams for their software products. After 10 years, he rejoined Avid in 2016. In 2017, Régis successfully brought to market MediaCentral | Cloud UX, a major step forward in next generation user interface design, which marked a major milestone in Avid’s Cloud Strategy.
Currently Régis is overseeing development of the MediaCentral platform, which embraces production, news, and asset management systems.
Facilities and Technology Editor
Jake Bickerton is the technology and facilities editor on the UK’s leading TV trade publication, Broadcast magazine. He also edits the quarterly Broadcast TECH magazine, which covers the creative application of technology in television production and post-production. He has been a journalist in the TV industry for over a decade, having previously worked for Televisual magazine and TV production company Endemol, where he edited the websites of programs including Big Brother. His career also includes stints on consumer computing titles, the consumer campaign title Which? magazine and three years as an English teacher in Poland, China and Japan. Outside of journalism, Bickerton is an experienced Media Composer editor with a long list of corporate films credits for clients such as Samsung and Sony under his belt. He also composes and produces music when he gets the chance and has been played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6music.
Vice President of Strategic Account Development
Eric Bolten serves as Zixi’s Vice President of Strategic Account Development focused on helping large media companies manage and deliver live, and live linear, video content via unmanaged IP networks at scale. Eric has worked with leading high technology companies with a focus on digital video on a global basis for the world’s most demanding customers. Eric has held executive, sales, marketing and business development roles in markets that range from Australia and Asia to South America, Europe and the United States, serving the biggest media and sports entities in the world and Fortune 1000 corporations.
Senior Vice President of International Sales
Nick Castaneda has worked in television since he was 15-years-old living in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended the University of Southern California focusing on entertainment technology. In 2005 Nick started working at Pacific Television Center where he built international video networks and live studios in London and New York. Eventually he worked his way up to Vice President of Business Development and played a central role expanding PacTV’s fiber and broadcast capabilities throughout Asia and Australia.
During the past three years, Nick has served as senior vice president of international sales at The Switch. In this role, Nick has upgraded his cell phone plan five times in order to make sure that when a client calls—day or night, from Japan to Singapore, Germany to the New Zealand, he is on the line offering solutions and support to international broadcasters with all of their US content needs.
Global Media & Entertainment Strategy and Marketing
Rick Champagne leads global industry strategy and marketing for Media & Entertainment at NVIDIA. Representing Film, Television, Advertising, and Broadcast, Rick maintains close ties with industry and is a member of the Visual Effects Society, a Board Member of the Advanced Imaging Society, a Governor of the VR Society, and a member of the Hollywood Professional Association (SMPTE). Rick has a long history of industry management for Media & Entertainment products and solutions, including the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, and Mudbox. Rick earned his MBA degree at Queen’s University.
Vice President, Creative Technologies
Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. Previously, Annie was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, Annie shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files, and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression.
Annie is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, Annie became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2018, Annie was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.
Irene Chun is an assistant editor in Los Angeles. Irene got her start in 2017 as a Post PA on the final season of Scandal. After the show ended, Irene was an assistant editor on an indie feature called Be the Light. She moved on to her final Post PA job on How to Get Away with Murder, Season 5. in Fall 2018, Irene was chosen as one of the two interns for American Cinema Editors. After experiencing four incredible weeks of shadowing as part of the internship, Irene finished her season on HTGAWM and was an assistant editor on projects on the side to continue getting her union days. Irene is currently an assistant editor at a movie trailer house called Rogue Planet. She loves TV shows and comic books. Irene is a Hufflepuff.
As Chief Editor, Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG's North American editorial operations – including all news on Sportsvideo.org, the daily SVG Insider newsletter, and SVG’s annual print publications – and is one of the primary contributors to SVG's daily coverage of the sports-video-production industry. A member of the SVG team, Dachman also serves as Program Director for SVG's Esports Production Forum, RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT conference. Prior to joining SVG, he covered local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and served on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio's The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a BA in Media Communications and Cinema Studies.
Co-Founder, Avid Editor
Ben Delamont started his career editing network promos and commercials, and has since led teams on the biggest shows on television—including Little Big Shots, America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, The X Factor, Little Big Shots, and MasterChef. He has an extensive background as a self-producing editor in Australia, Europe, and America.
Founder and Chief Analyst
Colin Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multi-screen delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the Digital TV, Over-the-Top, Interactive TV, and IPTV spaces from his 20 years working in those industries. Before creating nScreenMedia, he was an analyst and partner with The Diffusion Group. He has held senior executive positions at Microsoft/WebTV, Liberate, and Oracle, delivering products and services to the Cable, Satellite, IPTV, and digital media industries.
Mr. Dixon is the author of many reports and opinion pieces including The Secret Life of Streamers II. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has post-graduate business education experience from Stanford. Mr. Dixon is a frequent speaker and moderator at events such as NAB, IBC, Copenhagen Future TV, and Connected TV. He is frequently quoted in the media.
Head of Local TV and Global Partnerships
Rebekah Dopp joined Google in 2016 as Head of Local TV Partnerships. She previously served as a Senior Vice President at CBS, and spent 14 years at HBO in leadership positions in technology and distribution. Rebekah has led global teams negotiating complex domestic and international agreements and was on the launch teams for the streaming TV services, HBO GO, CBS All Access, and YouTube TV.
Rebekah is also spearheading a gender equality incubator within Google.
Rebekah balances her professional endeavors with non-profit service, empowering and protecting women and children. She is a corporate board member of Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY), a trustee of The New York Foundling, Chairman of the Board for the Child Abuse Prevention Program, and a fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and Harvard Business School’s cable executive leadership program.
Corporate Director of Engineering and Technology
Brady Dreasler has been Corporate Director of Broadcast Engineering at Quincy Media, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, he served as Operations Manager, Local Television Sales Manager, and Account Representative. During that time, he gained experience in virtually every department of a television and radio station.
Dreasler currently serves on the NAB Technology Committee and other various Boards.
Cloud Solutions Architect and Manager of Cloud Enablement
As a cloud solutions architect and manager of cloud enablement at Avid, Richard Duke is responsible for helping customers cloudify their workflows and infrastructure using Avid’s industry leading tools, including the MediaCentral platform and Avid NEXIS storage solutions. Richard has been working in the film and broadcast industry for over 20 years, and as a senior architect for over 10 years, and has developed and deployed some of the most industry leading solutions in public and private clouds.
Sr. Director, Global Centre of Excellence
Craig Dwyer heads up the worldwide Strategic Solutions and Presales teams for Avid. Craig and his team are focused on helping clients benefit from the open, world-class set of tools and infrastructure developed by Avid and their partners. These solutions focus on enhancing the creativity and efficiency in the rapidly changing media and information management environment.
With more than 25 years in the industry, Craig’s background includes a mix of creative, operational, technical and senior leadership experience in the media and entertainment industry.
Angus Emmerson developed his skills in Australia and New Zealand, where he directed and edited specialty content for international formats such as The X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent. Angus is a trendsetter and is excited by pushing boundaries and coming up with new ways to tell stories. Angus has progressed to editing specialty content for Americas biggest reality shows such as The Masked Singer, The Four, American Idol, America's Got Talent and started directing music videos, most recently Meghan Trainor's Hey DJ that just eclipsed 50 million views on YouTube.
Technical Product Manager
Dan Epstein brings over 20 years of experience in designing and deploying networking and media delivery solutions at broadcast/post facilities, research institutions, and enterprise environments. During his 9 years at Haivision, Dan ran the field and sales engineering teams, before moving into product management to guide the development of Haivision's cloud-based content routing platform and media streaming appliances.
Prior to Haivision, Dan held various roles at the intersection of media production and information technology with Rootlike Technologies, Tribeca Flashpoint College, onShore Networks, and the University of Chicago. Dan graduated with honors with a B.A. of Audio Production and Design from Columbia College Chicago.
Senior Software and Security Engineer
Omer Farooq is a security analyst and software engineer at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE)) in Baltimore, MD. Omer’s primary areas of interest include secure cloud architecture, DevOpSec, embedded and mobile software development, and system engineering. Omer holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Stony Brook University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer and Electrical Engineering department at University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), where he is researching non-obstructive network traffic routing in wireless sensor networks using signal processing and machine learning techniques for data analytics.
Senior Director of Artist Relations
As Avid’s Senior Director of Artist Relations, Matt Feury works to bring attention to the incredible work being done by the top talent in the film, tv, and music industries, as well as up-and-coming voices who are poised to be the next generation of media and entertainment influencers.
Sound Supervisor, Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer
Will Files is a self-professed sound nerd, who is always looking for better ways to work creatively to bring a filmmaker’s sonic vision to the screen. As a Sound Supervisor, Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer, he has contributed sound design to 90+ films, including numerous Hollywood blockbuster films such as Venom, Halloween, War for the Planet of the Apes, Passengers, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Thor: The Dark World, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Cloverfield; animated films like The Incredibles, Bee Movie, Madagascar 2 & 3, Pixar’s Brave; and also many highly regarded independent films such as Midnight Special, Mud, and Take Shelter. The Hollywood Reporter named Will one of "the brightest and most talented 35-and-under artisans" in the industry and he is the recipient of three prestigious Golden Reel awards for Sound Editing.
Michael Franz is an Emmy Award winning executive producer, entrepreneur, creative strategist, and technologist. Michael has worked with The Space Needle, Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball, CBS, The Olympics, Microsoft, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and several other large media companies. In March 2014, Michael’s collaborative image from the top of the One World Trade Center was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, the first image in TIME’s 91-year history to ever expand the Red Border to three pages. In May of 2018, his work on Capturing Everest received a Sports Emmy for Digital Innovation along with a Webby for Best, Most Innovative 360 Video. Michael is also an FAA certified drone pilot and professional photographer with over 20 years of experience.
Founder & CEO
A seasoned technology leader, entrepreneur, and inventor in the M&E sector for more than 18 years, Frecon brings an in-depth understanding of the creation-to-consumer dynamics in content. As CEO and founder of Source, Frecon and his team are charged with re-inventing how consumer engagement and monetization will evolve in the future of content production and viewing. Prior to Source, and up until it’s acquisition, Frecon was the co-founder and managing director of RadiantGrid, Inc.
President and Founding Partner
Erick Geisler is a two-time Emmy winner and prominent authority on post-production. Erik is president and founding partner of G2 Immersive Studios, a full-service production, post-production, and design studio with facilities in Los Angeles, California, and Atlanta, Georgia. With over 25 years in the film, music, and television industry Erik has cemented himself as not only a noted serial entrepreneur but an award-winning creative director and producer.
Creative Director/Director of Editorial
Scott Gershin is the Creative Director/Director of Editorial for The Sound Lab at Technicolor. An award-winning sound designer, Scott has been active in the film and gaming community for over two decades. His credits include Night Crawler, Book of Life, Pacific Rim, Hellboy 2, Chronicles of Riddick, Team America, Shrek, Star Trek, and American Beauty as well as major games such as the Gears of War series, Epic Mickey, and the Resident Evil and Fable series. Scott has garnered an impressive number of awards and nominations: 12 MPSE Golden Reel awards, numerous GANG and TEC awards, and BAFTA nominations.
Scott made a name for himself as one of the pioneers of audio technology in film and games. He was one of the first to utilize computers to edit and design sound against picture. Scott has embraced technology to help tell stories through audio, taking audiences on an immersive journey. Scott considers himself an audio photographer who captures the sounds of life and manipulates those sounds in new and exciting ways.
Marco Gonzalez is a senior at Boston University, getting ready to graduate in May 2019 with a B.S. in Film and Television. The creative arts have always been a part of Marco’s life, ranging from on-stage performance, to filmmaking. Marco’s primary focus and passion in the industry is film editing. He recently won the 2019 ACE Student Editing Competition. He is excited to enter the professional world of post-production and to learn from the masters.
Director, Audio Content Solutions
In his role at Dolby, David Gould is responsible for creating products and solutions that will enable and inspire the audio post production community to create content in the Dolby Atmos format. Prior to joining Dolby in early 2012, David was a Senior Product Manager at Avid Technology, where he was responsible for Pro Tools software, the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). David started his career in London as a recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios, specializing in orchestral film scoring; he joined Avid in 2005 where he held various positions in technical sales before moving into product management.
Sr. Principal Product Manager, Cloud Solutions
As a Product Manager on the Cloud Solutions team at Avid, Jonathan Gryckiewicz works to bringing new SaaS offerings and cloud-ready product solutions to market. In his 11 years with Avid, Jonathan has served in many roles with the Global Services and Product Management teams working with Media Composer and MediaCentral and everything in between. Jonathan holds a BM in Sound Recording Technology and an MS in Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Senior VP and Head of Broadcast Technology, Central Media Operations and Post Production
Rajasekharan Harikrishnan had been with Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd, India for more than 6 years managing broadcast technology and media operations for 32 television channels and 19 international feeds. Rajasekharan has almost three decades of experience in the field of broadcast media and technology with expertise in the three main genres; news, sports, and general entertainment. Rajasekharan is an ACA leader and member of the future technology strategy advisory committee. His greatest strengths are creating and optimizing efficiencies through automated media workflows that provide better solutions to business users.
Mark Harrison spent many years as a director, producer and executive producer. He has won numerous awards for his filmmaking, including an International Emmy and a BAFTA nomination. He has held senior roles within the independent production sector and the BBC, including as Managing Director of Soul Purpose Productions, and BBC Head of Arts. Mark’s interest in production innovation and business change led to his appointment as Controller of Production for BBC North in 2010, and later Director of Transformation in the BBC’s Design and Engineering group.
In 2015 Mark became Managing Director of the DPP, the media industry’s international business network, which he founded. Today the DPP has over 400 member companies from across the media supply chain, from global tech giants to start ups. It brings customers and suppliers together to solve problems and create business opportunities.
Supervising Sound Editor
Nina Hartstone is an Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor working in feature films, specializing in Dialog and ADR. She has worked in the industry for 25 years. Her credits include Evita, The Hours, and Gravity. This past year, she was Supervising Dialog/ADR Editor on Bohemian Rhapsody and won both a BAFTA award and an Oscar for her work on the film.
Craig Henighan started his career in Toronto, Canada, where he earned a Bachelor of Media Arts from Sheridan College. Early on he began working with a famed group of editors known as “Sound Dogs,” and then journeyed to Los Angeles in 2001. Now, with over 100 credits to his name, Craig works on some of today’s most notable movies and television shows as a sound designer, supervising sound editor, and re-recording mixer. His credits include Deadpool, Tropic Thunder, Black Swan, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Mother!, Requiem for a Dream, and Alita Battle Angel. Craig has won 2 Emmy’s for his work on Stranger Things and has been nominated for a Best Sound Mixing Oscar for his work on ROMA.
Head of Technology
Chris Hurte oversees the planning and implementation of Burnish Creative’s technical infrastructure. Chris started in live sports production before moving to the world of network television as an Assistant Editor. Working as Lead Assist on American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Little Big Shots he has overseen the implementation of complex workflows, remote location editing, high volume tapeless media, and large format finishing across multiple platforms.
Ian Kaufman has been editing television for over 14 years. He is currently working on his 7th season of America’s Got Talent for Fremantle North America and NBC. After starting his career in on-air promotions, Ian worked as an editor on a wide variety of shows. Some of his credits include: The Final Table and Ultimate Beastmaster for Netflix, Little Big Shots and Hollywood Game Night for NBC, Masterchef for Fox, and The Jim Jefferies Show for Comedy Central. Ian has also directed a number of series, including Catch A Contractor with Adam Corrolla for Spike, Food Fortunes for Food Network, and Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne for A&E.
Director of Product Management
Kate Ketcham has been with Avid since 2004, starting as an intern and working her way up through Customer Support from phone rep to subject matter expert and technical account manager. She joined Product Management in 2012 as a Product Manager for Media Composer and recently became a Director of Product Management. Kate has been an ACI and ACSR across multiple Avid product lines and serves on the ACA Video Editing Subcommittee. Kate was recently named one of the Exceptional Women in Production and Post 2018 by StudioDaily.
Azure Architect Evangelist
Lutful Khandker works for Microsoft’s Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team. Lutful has been working on the cloud technology platform for almost 10 years with a focus on the Media industry for the past five years. Lutful works with Microsoft’s global partners to enrich the media eco system on Azure cloud.
Head of Production Daytime
Helen Killeen began her production management career in 1995 working on ITV's World in Action program and The Tonight Show in 1999. In 2001 Helen moved to ITV's flagship Daytime show This Morning as production manager running its daily live output and overseeing a multi-million pound budget and 100 strong production team. She then moved to ITV entertainment label in 2007 working across productions such as The Chase and Four Weddings, and documentaries such as Jean Claude Behind Closed Doors.
In 2011 Helen joined ITV Breakfast running its news production operations for both Daybreak and Lorraine shows and went on to head up the launch of Good Morning Britain in 2014. In September 2014 Helen was appointed to Head of Production Daytime overseeing Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women, running daytime operations covering all budget, production management, studio crew, graphics, post production, promos and the central technology broadcast and traffic teams.
Over the past four years, Robert had been rapidly emerging as a pioneer and leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions by optimizing and creating a voice activate capture and distribution digital workflow suitable for any enterprise training or surgical environment. Robert was also the creator of the world first Virtual and Augmented Reality Platform and world's first dual 3D real time live stitching and 4k rendering camera control unit.
Robert has also been one of the world's streaming media industry's pioneers and introduced one of the world's first Flash Content Delivery Networks alongside Vital Stream/Internap and Akamai over 15 years ago.
SVP, Digital Media Systems
Michael Koetter plays a principle technology leadership role at Turner, with enterprise-wide responsibility for file-based production and journalism systems. To this end, Michael oversees Turner’s Media Enabled Technology and Architecture group (META). Additionally, Michael leads Turner’s technology strategy and execution for news and sports production, post-production, and the hybrid cloud technology behind it all. Prior to this role, Michael played a key role in the transition to file-based high-definition workflows at CNN and the creation of a best-in-class fully integrated global content environment. With media and metadata interoperability from cameras to production to archive, this environment is evolving to provide true location independent production.
Michael and his team have been recognized for contributions to Turner and the media industry through Broadcasting and Cable’s Technology Leadership Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Engineering Excellence Award, multiple IBC Innovation Awards, and a Technical Emmy. Michael is an active member of the North American Broadcasters Association and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Motion Picture Executive
Adam Krentzman has been involved with packaging, producing, and arranging the financing on over 50 feature films. For 20-years Adam served as a motion picture agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) representing Hollywood’s top directors, producers, and writers. His clients included, Michael Bay, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Antoine Fuqua, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Adam’s consulting firm works with CreativeFuture and Fortium Technologies on behalf of Hollywood’s anti-piracy efforts. He is the Vice President, North America for Fortium’s product MediaSeal®, file encryption at-rest software designed to encrypt all types of media files during the editing and review stages of post-production
Adam has taught and or lectured both graduate and undergraduate courses on Hollywood business practices and film financing at: Beijing Film Academy, USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, University of Hawaii, University of Arizona, American Film Institute, Academy of Art University, National Film School of Florence, Boston University, Chapman, and Columbia College.
Sr. Global Director, Digital Media
Mukul Krishna is Sr. Global Director for the Digital Media practice in Frost & Sullivan. He has over 15 years of management consulting and industry expertise, which include engaging executive teams within the information and communication technologies industry to design, manage, and execute on growth strategies. Mukul is recognized as an expert and thought leader in the digital media industry and is a trusted advisor to C-Level executives with deep domain knowledge and functional skill sets to tackle complex business challenges. His digital media domain expertise spans the entire value chain including content creation and acquisition, content workflows, management and repurposing, and content delivery.
Mukul is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at key industry events. He is widely quoted in the press with upwards of 2000 quotes in major publications. He is also on the executive board of editors of the International Journal of Digital Asset Management.
Vice President of Sales
Jon Landman serves as Vice President of Sales for Teradek, managing worldwide sales, consulting, and broadcast systems integration. Jon has over 25 years of experience in the industry, with expertise in AVC, HEVC and cellular bonding technologies, as well as many other forms of IP video deployment.
Chief Solution Architect
With 29 years of experiences in the television industry, Miljenko Logozar has over ten years of experience as Technical and Operation Director. In his successful career, he has built and led successful teams to run TV stations. Recently Miljenko was responsible for complete delivery of Al Jazeera Balkans and technical part of Al Jazeera America projects. Currently, Miljenko holds a position as Chief Solution Architect for Al Jazeera Media Network in Doha, Qatar. Last years he is actively involved in digital transformation projects transforming traditional TV infrastructure and production into Cloud-based business models ready for fast deployment and rapid expansions with help of DevOps approach.
Director, Group Content Processing
Throughout Darren Long’s career, he has been a pioneer in changing the way the world watches TV. Darren oversaw the technical and operational innovation across Sky Sports for more than 16 years; including, developing the first ultra-motion high-speed camera systems, the induction of the first UK interactive TV services, and the introduction of the first live HD and 3D Premier League and Champion League production world delivery. Following seven years as Director of Sky Production Services, Darren is now leading the Content Processing workstream within Sky’s Group Content Supply Chain Program. He is responsible for the creation and performance of Sky’s next-generation content processing factory to optimize shared and local content delivery, utilizing the very latest cloud-based processing and delivery innovation.
eSports & Sports Lead
Executive and Senior Level roles, building digital media businesses from the ground up, contributing on target to annual growth, revenue and technology goals at SAVVIS, BBC Technology, Global Crossing, Accenture, AerNow and most recently Source Digital. Successfully led execution of technology strategies, business development & transformation as well as growth initiatives in digital services for Digital and New Media markets.
Darcy has pioneered many first and been constantly active in Live Events, Sports and Streaming across his career. This profile demonstrates the diversity of the businesses, projects and experience delivered across an award-winning career.
Barbara Marshall has spent 25 years in the media & entertainment industry with organizations such as the BBC, Autodesk, Epic Games and now HP. Barbara has led marketing and PR teams both in-house and on the agency-side, consulted for several start-ups, and was technology editor with Broadcast Magazine in the UK. She has a strong commercial and analytical background, having started her career as a commodity analyst/trader and holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from University of London.
Paul Massey is a Re-Recording Mixer with one Oscar win, four Bafta wins, three CAS wins, two Amps wins, and numerous other nominations. Originally from England, Paul lived in in Toronto, Canada for 13 years before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 where he is currently based. He began as a Music Recording Engineer, recording all genres from orchestras to commercials, to rock groups. While recording in live stadium venues with bands such as Yes and Supertramp he became involved in sound post production for video and then for film. He has mixed over 200 films and enjoys working on music-based films such as Bohemian Rhapsody, The Greatest Showman, and Walk the Line.
Vice President and Chief Architect
In the role of Vice President and Chief Architect at Avid, Shailendra Mathur is responsible for the technology and architecture of Avid’s products and the MediaCentral platform. His early research career focused on computer vision and artificial intelligence topics. With more than 20 years of engineering and management experience in the media industry and products, Shailendra has contributed more than 25 scientific papers, 10 patents, and multiple conference presentations on topics ranging from high performance computing, 4K, HDR, IP, security, and cloud technologies.
Director Strategic Alliances
John McVay is Director of Strategic Alliances at Teradici, and leads partnerships with leading cloud providers and ISVs, including the Avid-Teradici partnership. Prior to joining Teradici, John was Director of Alliances for the Hybrid Cloud & HPC Solutions group at Dell, with prior roles leading Microsoft enterprise strategy and solutions product marketing across his career at Dell and HP.
Accomplished media and sports executive with a passion for helping clients build innovative growth and revenue strategies. Todd has more than 20 years of integrated executive leadership experience in the launch and growth of regional sports networks, digital media businesses, and sports team franchises in major markets. He is creative in developing large-scale overarching ideas that are balanced with critical thinking and strong financial and operational acumen. Through his digital prowess and innate ability to decipher distribution platforms, Todd is able to connect audiences through emerging and traditional media with creative compelling content. He offers a unique, holistic perspective to bring together individual ideas and executions into comprehensive strategic roadmaps that build audiences and dramatically increase engagement.
Todd founded Merkow Media with a primary strategy to develop/aggregate content, realize distribution, connect to vusers (viewers+users) and build monetization opportunities. The company focuses on the variety of ways to reach audiences and the numerous platforms used to consume content. Areas of interest include; over-the-top (OTT) platforms, mobile, social channels, and content development/production.
Director, Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Producer, and Cinematographer
Sean Merriam is a Director, Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Producer, Cinematographer and a former fully certified Avid Instructor! With 19 years of experience running his own company, and collaborating with others, Sean has developed the ability to guarantee stand-out work for projects of any scope, from worldwide product launches to daily, engaging social media, documentaries and features, traditional sports and e-sports. He brings a wide variety of perspectives to every project and tools for every issue. Sean has lead teams with an intricate knowledge of the creative process, ensuring they accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively while delivering high-quality productions.
Colorist, Finishing Editor
Mike Nuget is a freelance colorist and finishing editor in New York City, offering expertise in color grading, editorial finishing, and visual effects. Over his 16-year career, Mike has worked in virtually every picture genre—from commercials and promos, to reality and network television, to narrative and documentary films—and has honed a diverse skill set across multiple platforms, including DaVinci’s Resolve, Filmlight’s Baselight, AVID & some Autodesk Flame work. Mike’s versatility has secured him strong relationships with vendors around the globe, particularly AVID and Filmlight, for whom he has spearheaded several presentations, at both NAB and IBC, demonstrating workflows he helped create alongside these two industry leaders.
Director Architecture and Business Partnership, Technology Division
Carlos Octávio is responsible for technology initiatives related to Advertising, Digital Media and Enterprise Management at Globo TV. Carlos also is responsible for the Analytics Program at Globo TV, including Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Governance. An executive with more than 20 years of experience in the Media and Entertainment industry, Carlos has solid experience in Information Technology, acquired in large size companies in executive positions. Carlos has a Master Degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Enterprise Management.
Author, The Making of a Motion Picture Editor
Tom Ohanian is a recognized business and technology expert in the Media and Entertainment industry. He has been at the forefront of three major industry transformations. At Avid, Tom was the 8th employee and a co-inventor of the Media Composer, Film Composer, and Multicamera system which he championed as a skunkworks project. At Signiant, Tom led the transition from satellite to terrestrial IP-based aggregation and distribution systems. At Cisco, Tom developed the concept of a media-centric datacenter optimized for media workloads. Tom is the author of multiple textbooks and his most recent book is The Making of a Motion Picture Editor. He is an Academy Award and three-time Emmy recipient for Scientific and Technical Invention, a multiple patent holder and is currently leading efforts in AI at IBM Watson Media and Weather.
Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer
Senior Mixer and founder of Ott House Audio, Cheryl Ottenritter has over twenty years of audio experience. Bit by the music bug at a young age, Cheryl played clarinet in the Auburn University Marching Band. She has since graced the doors of some of the most prestigious mixing studios on both coasts. In 2006 Cheryl and her husband and business partner John Ottenritter, launched Ott House Audio, one of the premiere audio studios in the mid-Atlantic. Cheryl has worked on projects for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, TV One, and Discovery Channel, and has mixed for Dolby Atmos theatrical delivery. Recent credits include the Laws of The Lizard, The River and The Wall, and Mississippi Inferno.
Cheryl specializes in installing immersive sound experiences in museums around the country and considers innovation and creative collaboration as the cornerstone of her craft.
Film Composer and Film Director
John Ottman is one of the most unique creatives in the film industry, holding dual distinctions as a leading film composer and a BAFTA and Oscar winning film editor. John has often performed both monumental tasks on the same films, including for The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Killer, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. John has also held producer roles on several of these films, as well as directing, editing and scoring Urban Legends 2.
John has scored numerous films with the intent of keeping thematic film scoring alive. He made a brief foray into television for which he received an Emmy nomination (Fantasy Island), and most recently, completed his Oscar-worthy monumental task of editing Bohemian Rhapsody. Asked what he considers himself to be, John has said, “I don’t know, but everything I do is through a film-maker’s prism.”
Managing Director for Communications, Media and Technology
Mark’s role focuses on helping clients worldwide achieve high performance through accelerated innovation, organizational agility and operational excellence. Mr. Peters has over 20 years of consulting experience across media and technology focusing on journey to the cloud, digital product strategy, contribution video network design, workflow optimization, and digital operations. Mr. Peters has led numerous transformation engagements throughout the media industry that include solution architecture, technology strategy, product development and organization change. He holds a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Chris Peters is an Assistant Editor with extensive experience creating and managing post-production workflows for a variety of unscripted programs, from small documentaries to the biggest multi-camera stage shows. As Lead Assistant Editor on America’s Got Talent, he oversees the ingest, organization, and archive of all digital media including thousands of hours of tapeless footage. Chris works closely with vendors and a team of assistant editors to maintain a network of more than 60 Avid systems in multiple locations and to establish improved methods of media management, remote editing, and digital delivery.
Kyla Plewes is a Los Angeles based editor, recently nominated for an ACE Eddie Award for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Kyla is an editor and associate producer on CW's upcoming show I Ship It airing April 19th. Her work can also be seen on the award-winning streaming series Liza on Demand which is returning for its second season. Kyla began her career cutting online coverage for the Oscars and short films that screened in festivals across the country, including the Sundance Film Festival. Kyla continues to work with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom cutting music videos for Vanity Fair as well as a segment for the Creative Arts Emmys. Kyla has also assisted on the pilots, Speechless and Alex Inc., both of which were picked up as series on ABC.
Senior Director of Television Systems
Don Roberts is currently the Senior Director of Television Systems for the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Hunt Valley, Maryland. In this position, Don is responsible for planning, development, and deployment of the company’s ongoing master control and production control initiatives as well as future news and sports technology upgrades and workflows.
Don began his career in 1978 with UA Columbia Cablevision of Westchester, and has held technical positions with USA Networks, multiple post-production facilities, as well as engineering management positions at Viacom and Sinclair television stations. Throughout his 20+ year career at Sinclair, Don has held various engineering positions including regional engineering manager and director of engineering and operations at WUHF.
He is a member of SBE and SMPTE and sits on various manufacturer’s advisory boards.
Director of Technology
Robert Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in the Post Production industry. Robert currently holds the position of Director of Technology at Technicolor, one of the most established post-production facilities, in the heart of Hollywood, California. Robert is responsible for managing episodic and theatrical workflow and technology. He also manages a highly sought-after team of editors, who are responsible for delivering some of prime time's and streaming services’ most successful shows.
Edwin Rogers is the founder of VRVideo, a New York based VR / AR production company and consultancy which provides mixed reality solutions for businesses. He also serves as an Immersive Media Director at NBC News. Edwin has over 20 years of industry experience in both television and web development. For the past 8 years, his focus has been on creating 360° VR video content.
Alexandre Roriz has 20 years of experience in the media and computer graphics market providing real-time graphics, virtual and augmented reality, tracking, motion tracking and robotics systems for live news, entertainment, and sports productions.
He has held positions in sales and project management in the computer graphics, media, industrial, and academic markets and served in software development at a national bank institution. He has worked on projects for customers around the world.
Alexandre Roriz holds a Master of Science (M. Sc.), MCC—Mathematics and Computer Science, from Minho University, Braga, Portugal.
President & Chief Revenue Officer
Rich oversees all commercial activities and partnerships companywide, including sales and business development, content marketing, commercial audience development, content and technology syndication, rights acquisition, data and demand facilitation and the company’s marketing and PR efforts. The constant theme throughout Rich’s entire career path has been to challenge the standard business models in sports media and strive to do things better, more efficiently and further reaching. His approach of taking risks and not playing it safe has positioned Rich to be on the bleeding-edge of sports media as the industry has evolved over the past 15 years. Most recently, Rich served as Chief Revenue Officer at Perform Media, global sports content and media group and owner of Sporting News. Prior to that, Rich launched the distribution and monetization business for Silver Chalice Ventures and has previous experience at both early stage start-ups and large organizations such as the NFL. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida.
Ryan Salazar is the Executive Producer of NAB Show LIVE, the Official Broadcast of NAB Show. After nearly twenty-five years in the animation, broadcast, and post production industries Ryan launched Broadcast Beat, a leading digital media property. Broadcast Beat provides news-and-information to creatives and engineers in the production community. Visit Broadcast Beat at www.broadcastbeat.com.
Video Workflow Product Designer
Matthew Schneider has over 20 years of experience in the post production and media and entertainment technology industries. Recently he returned to Avid as a product designer, with a focus on Avid’s MediaCentral | Editorial Management platform. Previously, Matthew worked for 16 years at PostWorks New York as a workflow engineer, assisting clients in workflow design and implementation, and supporting the editors, colorists, and artists at PostWorks with technology and workflow challenges.
Prior to joining PostWorks, Matthew worked as a support engineer for Avid, assisting with large-scale broadcast network deployments and working across a broad spectrum of Avid’s film and television customer base.
VP and Editor-in-Chief
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen is VP and Editor-in-Chief of Streaming Media, overseeing the content of Streaming Media magazine, StreamingMedia.com, and three annual conferences in New York, Huntington Beach, and London. A technology and entertainment journalist for more than 25 years, Eric is also a regular speaker at industry events. In addition to the Streaming Media conferences, he has spoken at NAB, IBC, and the Nordic Media Summit.
Co-Founder, Avid Editor
Ed Servaites excels at leading big creative projects—he sets the style and pace, and his team follows suit. Ed started his television career producing commercials, and later found his passion in post including such shows as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle, Insomnia, and the iHeartRADIO Awards as well as voice-over on Forever Young. He has experience in every genre, from powerful documentaries, to scripted and reality television.
Senior Program Manager
Joel Sloss has been on the razor’s edge of enterprise IT and security for more than 20 years. He joined Microsoft in 1997 after having served as a Technical Editor for Windows NT Magazine, where he authored more than 100 articles and product reviews and contributed to several books. Joel has managed numerous product lines including compliance/governance in Azure engineering, and most recently managing security strategy in the Microsoft M&E Industry Team.
Joel has written numerous whitepapers on security and compliance topics such as data protection, network security, secure management, architecture fundamentals, and policies and processes. His current focus is on content production workflows, their compliance objectives, such as security guidelines including the MPAA Best Practices, and privacy needs in the public cloud. Joel holds a position on the CDSA Board of Directors.
Greg Staten is the DreamColor Architect in HP’s Displays Engineering Group and is the product architect and designer for the HP DreamColor color-critical display line. Greg works directly with major visual effects houses, animation studios, photographers and design studios around the world to ensure that HP DreamColor displays include features and capabilities designed specifically to enhance their workflows and simplify their deployment and management. Greg notes that he can point to each special feature in the Z27x and Z31x and indicate which customer requested it.
Prior to joining HP, Greg was the Principal Product Designer at Avid where he drove the design of the Symphony and Media Composer digital video editing systems. He has consulted with major studios on post-production workflows and has worked as both a colorist and finishing editor.
Greg is a graduate of Rice University.
William Steele is CEO of WheresMyMedia and a founder of OmniReplay, a technology company focusing on VR/360 instant replays for live sports. After redesigning the WheresMyMedia asset management and collaboration platform to support AR, VR and 360 video production William received an NAB Pilot Innovation Award in 2017 for a low latency real-time ATSC 3.0 enabled 360 video and VR communications project known as LiveWorks. This served as the foundation for OmniReplay which William founded with an Emmy-Award winning technical team. OmniReplay's software solution uses open technologies like NDI™ by Newtek and other third-party integrations to automate and optimize much of the live instant replay and subsequent post production workflows for VR & 360 video.
Director Broadcast and Media Solutions Marketing
Ray Thompson has 25 Years of business development, sales, and product management/marketing experience focused on sports, media (broadcast and film), and e-Sports. Ray led the development of an IP live streaming platform strategy for sending SD, HD, and 4K video over a standard IP connection from anywhere to anywhere at broadcast quality and at low latency to mobile and web. He has been a key driver in the transformation of a start-up software company from video editing for sports to content licensing and management/distribution of college sports assets via the web to college sports fans. Ray executed release of high-performance graphics chip, landing a large-scale bid as the primary provider of the graphics processor for Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
Director, Azure Media and Entertainment—Content Creation
Gerald Tiu is Microsoft Azure’s Principal Lead for Content Creation. Gerald has spent most of his career working in the Visual Effects and Animation industry building production tools for companies such as Pixar, ILM and Disney’s ImageMovers Digital. Gerald’s cloud journey began at Amazon Web Services as a professional services consultant working in large Fortune 500 companies to build out fully functioning application clusters with minimal code. Gerald has spent the last 4 years at Microsoft following his passion in working to enable the best content creation platform for media and entertainment companies.
Chief Executive / Re-Recording Mixer
After producing records in his native London, Jonathan Wales moved to Los Angeles to work as a re-recording mixer on movies. Having worked at Universal Studios and many other facilities, Jonathan’s passion for sound and technology led to the creation of Sonic Magic, a leading independent facility. After running Sonic Magic and subsequently Wildfire Sonic Magic for over 18 years, Jonathan made the decision to return to work as an independent mixer on client-driven projects. With over 250 credits, he is most recently known for his work on the award-winning shows Get Out, The Haunting of Hill House, and Quincy. Jonathan devotes a lot of time to working with the ACA because he passionately believes that creative individuals should be intrinsically involved with the development of the products and tools they depend on for their work.
Supervising Sound and Music Editor
John Warhurst is an Oscar-winning supervising sound and music editor who has worked in the film and music industry for 25 years specializing in musical films. John started out playing in bands and studying orchestral/electro acoustic composition, gaining an MA and BMus (Hons) from Huddersfield University in the north of England. His film credits include Les Misérables, One Direction: This Is Us, Sweeney Todd and most recently Bohemian Rhapsody. John is currently working on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.
Managing Partner and Co-founder
Jon Watts is a Managing Partner and co-founder of MTM, an international research and strategy consultancy specializing in media and technology. MTM helps clients around the world understand and respond to digitally-driven change, providing market and consumer research, strategic advice, support for service and business planning, and organizational change. Recent clients include Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Adobe, Comcast, Bauer, Time Inc, The Guardian, DMGT, Sky, Disney, Discovery, and many others. Jon has over 20 years of consulting experience, working with senior executives and leadership teams around the world.
Global Director, M&E Market Development
As Global Director, Media & Entertainment Strategy & Market Development at Western Digital, Erik Weaver is focused on the intersection of cloud and the media and entertainment industry.
He brings deep insights into every stage of the workflow—from object storage and all-Flash arrays to hybrid cloud storage solutions and archive. Previously, Erik worked on “Production in the Cloud” for the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California. This global project unites senior leaders from major studios to develop next-generation cloud standards with major cloud vendors to produce proof of concepts for the delivery of more efficient and productive workflows. The group encompasses many aspects of the cloud, including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and formation of an agnostic framework.
Erik also was the chairman of the SMPTE C4 MR30 Standards group, which oversees and helps educate the M&E industry on using Message digests, C4, Semantics for managing motion picture data. He is a frequent speaker at M&E conferences and trade shows.”
Scott Weber has worked in the sound business for over 30 years in a variety of recording studio and post production facilities. His work has included re-recording mixing, sound editorial, Foley and ADR mixing, music production as well as live sound. Scott has worked on numerous film and television shows and won 2 Emmy awards for sound mixing on Lost and Westworld. Scott has collaborated with Avid for product demonstrations at various trade shows and educational events as well as for training videos.
Scott is an adjunct professor, teaching sound engineering at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. Currently, Scott works at Smart Post Sound in Burbank, California where they have a combination of ICON and S6 rooms). He mostly works on one-hour dramas for television in 5.1 surround sound. His work has been seen ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and HBO.
Head of Insight & Analysis
A graduate of Pisa, Durham and Swansea Universities, Lorenzo Zanni holds a BSc in Economics and Management and an MSc in Business Economics.
Lorenzo found a perfect fit for his passion for economic and financial analysis and the underlying forces that shape markets when he joined IABM in 2015; the broadcast and industry was just beginning to embrace data to drive its technology and business development strategies. Over the last three years, Lorenzo has been responsible for growing IABM’s Business Intelligence portfolio into the authoritative, widely referenced, member resource it is today. Most recently, he has overseen the restructuring of the full range of reports to deliver more focused, highly actionable business intelligence.
Lorenzo’s research is widely quoted in international industry publications and conferences, including IBC365. He has also presented at shows and conferences around the world, including IBC, NAB Show, the IABM Annual International Business Conference, Cabsat, the FKTG Summit and BCE.
Sr. Vice President of Business Development and Alliances
Hossein ZiaShakeri is Sr. Vice President of Business Development and Alliances at Spectra Logic. As a member of the company’s technology team, Hossein is tasked with maintaining the company's leadership position in product innovation and business success. Hossein has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering and management of storage subsystems, with a special focus on the Media & Entertainment industry.