J.A. Adande, ESPN.com

March 25, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on J.A. Adande, ESPN.com 

JA AdandeJ.A. Adande
On-Air Personality and Senior Writer

Ron Geller, Dolby

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Ron Geller, Dolby 

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Vice President, Worldwide Content Relations

Matt Kennedy, Cinram/1K Studios

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Matt Kennedy, Cinram/1K Studios 

Matt_KennedyMatt Kennedy
Chief Creative Officer
Cinram/1K Studios

Seth Hallen, Testronic

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Seth Hallen, Testronic 

Hallen_Seth NEWSeth Hallen
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of Testronic Labs, Hallen oversees global operations and brings his 20 years of leadership experience to the execution of Testronic Lab’s strategy in emerging markets. Prior to joining Testronic, he was VP of North American Operations at Lightworks, the developer and supplier of high-end editing solutions for film and television, and oversaw the business development of Digital Media Services and DVD Authoring for Lightning Media in Hollywood, CA. Hallen’s production expertise was recognized when he won an Emmy Award in 2005 as Producer of TalkShow.TV, honored as Best Magazine Format Broadcast.

Mr. Hallen currently serves as a board member of the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) as well as an Advisory Board Member of Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA).

Kevin Wyatt, Rovi

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Kevin Wyatt, Rovi 

kevin_wyattKevin Wyatt
Business Development Director

In his role as business development director Kevin forges and oversees metadata, content and technology partnerships that support Rovi’s strategic plans for its guidance, discovery and data solutions. Prior to joining Rovi in 2012 Kevin led sales and business development initiatives for Baseline, a boutique entertainment information and metadata provider. Raised in Boston, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from Bates College.

Valeri Shah, Intel

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Valeri Shah, Intel 

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Director of Marketing
Intel Media Services

Valeri Shah is the Director of Marketing of Intel Media Services within the software division of Intel. She acts as the main voice of studio driven initiatives such as Ultraviolet into the largest chip manufacturer. During her seven years at Intel she has had roles within pricing, sales, and marketing. Valeri brings a wealth of experience in emerging markets, specifically in Latin America where she managed all of the processor negotiations for the local OEMs and channel distributors. Her work in sales included managing all the aspects of go to market for product launches and key Intel initiatives with Asus and Oracle which included the 2nd generation Core family processors for notebooks and desktops as well as the E5 family of server technologies that are in market today. Valeri has a BA from UC Berkeley and a MBA from UC Davis.

Amit Balan, VUDU

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Amit Balan, VUDU 

Amit_BalanAmit Balan,
Head of Marketing

Amit Balan is the Head of Marketing at VUDU, where he drives the Partner, Retail and Direct Marketing Strategy. In 2012 Consumer Reports ranked VUDU as the #1 streaming service for Customer Satisfaction in North America.

At VUDU, Amit has been building the brand into a category leader. Under his guidance in the past year, the company has experienced significant growth and customer engagement. VUDU is currently known for its high definition picture quality, unmatched user experience and inexhaustible selection of movies. For over a decade Amit has been building and guiding world-class marketing teams, successfully creating new markets for subscription services in different consumer and business sectors.

Previously, Amit was at McAfee for 6 years and guided the company to transition from primarily a Retail to an Online Subscription Business. During his tenure, Intel purchased McAfee for $7.8 billion. While there, as part of the executive team, he worked with global brands such as Adobe, Facebook, Terra, UOL, BSkyB, Lenovo, Dell, Sony, and HP among others.

Amit is a member of the VUDU executive team responsible for driving corporate and service strategy for the category within Wal-Mart. He holds a degree in Engineering from Cornell University and a M.B.A in Marketing Strategy & Management from Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Gary Shapiro, CEA

March 20, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Gary Shapiro, CEA 

Gary Shapiro
President and Chief Executive Officer
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a ‘mastermind’ for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a “top lobbyist” in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington, D.C. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort).

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

March 20, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC 

Erik Weaver
Production in the Cloud, Project Lead
ETC – Entertainment Technology Center, USC

Mr. Weaver’s background started in Beowulf based clusters in 2001, which transitioned into Grid computing and on to the origins of cloud.  As CEO of digitalribbon he helped pioneer early rendering in the cloud for animation and special effects.   Other projects included, leading the largest online gaming simulation for the “Rock Band” video game and working with CERN to developed HPC clouds used in Biomedical research.

Bryan Barber, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

March 19, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Bryan Barber, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 

Bryan Barber
Vice President, Global Business and Technology Strategy
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Bryan Barber is Vice President of Global Business & Technology Strategy at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, where he focuses on digital distribution of entertainment content and other strategic initiatives. Prior to his role at Fox, Bryan served as Chief Executive Officer of Jettlink, Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Soundbreak, Inc., and Vice President at Universal Studios. He holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.

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