Justin Smith, Warner Music Group

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Director of Engineering
WEA Studios Los Angeles

Seth Hallen, Sony DADC New Media Solutions

May 15, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Seth Hallen, Sony DADC New Media Solutions 

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Senior Vice President, Creative Services
Sony DADC New Media Solutions

Anupam Gupta, Vubiquity

May 13, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Anupam Gupta, Vubiquity 

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Executive Vice President, Product & Cloud Services

As Executive Vice President of Cloud Services, Anupam leads all aspects of Vubiquity’s cloud-based business. He brings over 15 years of product leadership and general management experience, having launched and grown successful cloud-based services in the Consumer Internet, Digital Media and Digital Marketing ecosystems.

Prior to joining Vubiquity, Anupam was part of the founding team of Mixpo and directed the vision, strategy and execution as CEO from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership, Mixpo built the industry’s most comprehensive platform to enable interactive video advertising across multiple screens, and grew to become a profitable growth-stage company with a world-class team. Mixpo was recognized as one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes in 2013 and 2014, and was also recognized on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list for 2013.

Before Mixpo, Anupam spent eight years at Microsoft in product management and product marketing teams for global online services: instant messaging, mobile, premium services, blogging/social networking, voice-over-IP and broadband/dialup internet access. He helped scale customer bases and revenue to hundreds of millions worldwide.

Anupam is a regular contributor on the speaking circuit and trade publications for the digital advertising industry. He is also a mentor to early stage startups via 9Mile Labs, a high tech accelerator in Seattle focused on B2B software and cloud technologies.

Anupam holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology & Science in India and a MBA from Cornell University.

Albert Lai, Brightcove

May 13, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Albert Lai, Brightcove 

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Chief Technology Officer, Media

Albert Lai is CTO, Media, at Brightcove. In this role, Albert provides technical leadership for Brightcove’s Media Group, working with customers worldwide to address their multi-platform content delivery, workflow, monetization and distribution requirements, with a focus on mobile, second screen, and TV Everywhere solutions. Albert holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Jeff Caldwell, HP

May 12, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jeff Caldwell, HP 

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Managing Director, Industry Consulting Communication, Media & Entertainment,
HP Enterprise Services

Jeff Caldwell is the Managing Directory for the North America’s Communication, Media and Entertainment industry consulting practice within HP. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in business and technology leadership positions and has held Partner and CIO level executive positions for worldwide consulting firms, IT advisory organizations, and Global Fortune 100 companies.

Jeff’s current consulting practice within HP focuses on the synergy between Digital Content Management to Social Engagement to Mobile Enablement tied to Advanced Industry Analytics. These cornerstones of media and entertainment technology capabilities allows HP to mobilize over 300,000 worldwide professionals to solve business problems facing today’s media and entertainment organizations.

Jeff is a frequent speaker on technology innovation and improvement topics including: the Internet of things, business acceleration, consumer/fan/guest and social engagement, advanced analytics, and enterprise efficiency. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and resides in the Southern California region.

Kip Welch, Entertainment ID Registry Association

May 12, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Kip Welch, Entertainment ID Registry Association 

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President & Chairman
Entertainment ID Registry Association

Kip Welch leads business development and outreach for MovieLabs, a non-profit technology lab founded by the Hollywood motion picture industry. His work includes investigating new companies and technologies on behalf of the industry, analyzing technology trends in digital media distribution, and conducting outreach to labs, universities, entrepreneurs, and venture investors. He has been a key driver of the EIDR unique ID initiative on behalf of MovieLabs, and he currently serves as President of the EIDR organization. EIDR is a member-driven, non-profit industry organization formed by content creators, distributors, and service providers to drive adoption of a common global B2B identifier for commercial products in the movie and TV digital supply chain. Previously, Kip served as Director of Legal Affairs for Intel’s Digital Home Group, and as Vice President and General Counsel for MicroProse, an entertainment software company.

Ellen Goodridge, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Vice President, Global Digital Operations & Product Development
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Ellen Goodridge is VP, Global Digital Operations and Product Development for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In her current role Ellen oversees the digital supply chain for transactional digital content (EST & VOD) from on-boarding, deal intake, through avails and delivery as part of SPHE’s business line. Ellen also oversees key initiatives to enhance the core digital product through adopting new usage models (UltraViolet), adding more features (iTunes Extras, other interactive features) and other new models aimed at creating immersive digital experiences. Throughout her history at Sony, Ellen has pioneered development of products and processes driving digital distribution across ad-supported, digital copy, movie embeds and transactional models.

Jason Kassin, FilmTrack

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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jason Kassin is co-Founder and CEO of FilmTrack, the leading cloud-based, SaaS, IP Management platform for the Media and Entertainment industry. FilmTrack, backed by Insight Venture Partners, currently enables over 150 clients worldwide to manage, monetize and measure their content and related assets. An industry expert in the development of rights and content management solutions, Jason launched FilmTrack in the 1990s and has been instrumental in establishing FilmTrack as the largest content and right management platform globally. Jason, an accomplished screenwriter, actor and software engineer, navigates seamlessly between the technical and creative worlds from artistic inception through commercial exploitation.

FilmTrack (www.filmtrack.com) is transforming the way the Media and Entertainment industry monetizes, measures and delivers its content and related assets across every point in the IP value chain. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, FilmTrack serves as both a front and back office to more than 150 clients worldwide. A cloud-based SaaS company, FilmTrack provides a holistic view into critical data supporting rights, availability, contracts, invoicing and physical and digital asset management.

John King, Aspera

May 9, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on John King, Aspera 

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Senior Sales Engineer

As senior sales engineer, John leads technical sales, design, and implementation for Aspera in the West Coast region, working closely with organizations to operate and collaborate more effectively with big data on a global scale. John has over 10 years experience designing and delivering systems for use in video streaming, broadcast and post production.

Kevin Westcott, Deloitte

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National Media & Entertainment Industry Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kevin Westcott is a Partner and US National Sector Lead for the Media & Entertainment Practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has more than 25 years of experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. His industry experience spans Film, TV, Home Entertainment, Broadcasting, Publishing, Licensing, Games and Production.

Kevin leads industry programs for his clients across the international Media & Entertainment industry including digital product strategy, distribution and supply chain for entertainment companies. He also has led industry programs including rights licensing and management and marketing effectiveness.

Kevin is a co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model and speaks regularly on media and entertainment consumption trends.

Kevin is on the Board of Directors for City Year Los Angeles, a national organization focused on increasing the graduation rate for at-risk students.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of California, Santa Cruz.

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