Arnaud Dudemaine

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dudemaine-arnaudArnaud Dudemaine, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Audionamix

As VP of Sales and Business Development of Audionamix Inc, a high tech laboratory and service provider in the cutting edge field of audio signal processing, Arnaud Dudemaine is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s branding and service strategy. He is dedicated to providing content owners with both the best possible source material with which to generate high definition sound to match today’s high definition picture, and with the means to communicate this added value to their consumers.

Previously, Arnaud was GM of Eagle-Rock Entertainment France, a leading independent Music DVD distributor, overseeing the production and release of numerous titles. From 1997 to 2004, he held several management positions in back-catalogue and compilations at EMI Music France, restoring Edith Piaf’s complete discography, and releasing EMI, Capitol and Virgin titles including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and the Rolling Stones to name a few.

Arnaud holds a BA in European Business Administration from Middlesex University (London), a diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures From Reims Business School (France) and an MBA in European Business from Reutlingen University (Germany).

Igor Vezmar

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vezmar-igorIgor Vezmar, Vice President, Program Management, Ascent Media Group

Igor Vezmar oversees product management and program management activities for the development of digital media services.

Previously, Igor served as the head of Program Management overseeing product management and service deployments for Broadband Sports, which was at the time a leading Internet provider of original content and commerce to sports communities. Igor has also served as a Consulting Manager and Technical Lead for Trilogy Software, a sales automation and supply chain enterprise software company, where he provided technical consulting and solution management for top-tier computer industry companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.

Eric Morris

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morris-ericEric Morris, Vice President of Sales, Ooyala

Eric serves as Vice President of Sales and is responsible for developing and managing Ooyala’s sales and strategic business development efforts. Eric brings to Ooyala over 17 years of success in building sales, channel, marketing and business development departments.

Brad Collar

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collar-bradBrad Collar, Subgroup Chair, SMPTE 3D Task Force and Vice President, Technology, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Brad Collar is Vice President, Technology, for Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he is deeply involved in the development of new media technology and strategy at the studio.

Prior to his current position Mr. Collar served as Director, Digital Distribution Technology from 2002 to 2007 where he focused on the development and launch of the Blu-ray Disc format. From 1996 to 2002 Mr. Collar held several positions within Warner’s in-house compression and authoring facility, GDMX, where he was instrumental in the launch of the DVD format.

Mr. Collar is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Screen Actors Guild. He has 8 patents pending in the United States. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Alex Castro

June 11, 2009 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Alex Castro 

castro-alexAlex Castro, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Delve Networks

Alex has deep product and management experience from Microsoft, Amazon.com, and Trilogy. At Microsoft, he was the group program manager for the MSN Entertainment business unit, which included the MSN Music, Video, Movies, and TV Web sites. He also drove the company’s device synchronization strategy for Windows Vista and was a key member of the CRM team. At Trilogy, Alex led the successful deployment of a complex CRM solution for Toyota. He was responsible for the marketing and program management of Amazon’s Web services and oversaw the launch of the Mechanical Turk online marketplace.

Alex holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from Cornell University, where he also completed coursework at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management. As an undergraduate, he was named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Scholar, which provided a full scholarship to the college of his choice and an opportunity to work on digital media, voice over IP, and speech recognition at Bell Labs. As a graduate student, Alex was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship from Microsoft Corporation.

David Cohen

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cohen-davidDavid Cohen, Associate Editor, Features, Variety

David S. Cohen covers 3-D, visual effects and post-production for Variety. Since 2003 he has spearheaded Variety’s expanded coverage of entertainment technology, including the new Tech page in Weekly Variety that debuted earlier this month. He has worked in or covered the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, including stints as a stage electrician, stage manager, Off-Off-Broadway director, television writer and documentary writer-producer. He is also the author of “Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You, For Better or Worse,” from HarperCollins, and is now working on a book on the art, science and business of 3-D.

Juan Reyes

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no-photoJuan Reyes, Technical Director, BluFocus

Juan has been a technical professional in the Home Entertainment Industry for over 6 years, with leadership experience as an Authoring Engineer working with DVD, UMD, and Blu-ray formats. As an Author for Deluxe with both the DVD and UMD formats, Juan interfaced with studios, creative vendors, and QA facilities in the early stages of the development of the format to help them understand the capabilities and limitations of the format in order to help them progress in their ability to create and test advanced titles.

At Panasonic Hollywood Labs (PHL), Juan oversaw the Authoring Team of 15 Java Engineers and Authors and helped lead the development of several breakthrough Blu-ray features including: the first Blu-ray disc with .AVC video, the first dual-layer Blu-ray disc, and the first PiP Blu-ray disc. Juan has also played a leadership role in the technical production of some of the most advanced BD-J titles in the marketplace today including: Pirates of the Caribbean; Independence Day; I, Robot; Sunshine; Ice Age; and Fantastic Four.

More recently while at BluFocus, Juan assisted in managing the production process for The Dark Knight. His responsibilities in the process included communicating with all groups involved to ensure that timelines were met and any issues were discovered earlier on in the production process. He collaborated with all groups at all levels. The result of his involvement was the on-time delivery of an issue-free image for replication.

Kevin Westcott

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westcott-kevinKevin Westcott, Principal, Media & Entertainment, Deloitte Consulting

Kevin is a Principal in the Media and Entertainment practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in strategic and operational planning and implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. Formerly, Kevin was the Managing Partner of a major consulting firm’s Media & Entertainment practice. Kevin’s industry experience spans film, TV, home video, broadcasting, publishing, licensing, games, and production.

Kevin has led a number of industry programs across the Media & Entertainment industry including:

  • Marketing Effectiveness
  • Digital Post Production
  • e-Commerce Strategy
  • Rights Licensing and Management
  • Supply Chain for Entertainment Companies
  • Tony Knight

    June 11, 2009 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Tony Knight 

    knight-tonyTony Knight, Senior Product Manager, Macrovision

    Tony is a 15-year veteran in the multimedia industry and has worked in diverse roles ranging from software engineer to product manager. Prior to Macrovision, Mr. Knight served as senior product manager for Macromedia’s Director MX 2004 product. Prior to Macromedia, Mr. Knight worked at Apple Computer as a product manager for DVD Studio Pro. In between this role and a role as QuickTime Evangelist at Apple, Mr. Knight founded SpinWare, a DVD technology company. Mr. Knight has a B.A in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.

    Blair Westlake

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    westlake-blairBlair Westlake, Corporate Vice President, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft

    As corporate vice president of the Media & Entertainment Group at Microsoft Corporation, Blair Westlake serves as the liaison within Microsoft for the media and entertainment industries, including Hollywood, broadcasters, cable/satellite programmers and the music industry. He directs a cross-organizational group responsible for business development, policies and content licensing for services and products including Xbox Live Marketplace Video store, Windows Media Center Edition PCs and Zune. He joined Microsoft in August 2004 and is based at the Company’s Redmond, WA headquarters.

    Westlake is a seasoned media and entertainment industry veteran, with more than 25 years of diverse experience encompassing home video, pay and free television distribution, video-on-demand and pay-per-view, non-theatrical content distribution (airlines, hotels, etc.), television production, physical studio operations, international thematic channels development and management, strategic planning for a global television business unit, magazine publishing and theme parks.

    Before joining Microsoft, Westlake consulted for various media companies including Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal and was corporate executive vice president of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. Westlake was also an executive of Universal Studios, Inc. (formerly known as MCA INC.) for nearly 20 years, where he was Chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group. He joined Universal as an attorney in the Law Department (1982 – 85), and subsequently held positions as Director of Business Affairs for Studio Operations (1985-87), Vice President and Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Home Entertainment Group (1987-93), Executive Vice President, Home Entertainment Group (1993-96), and President, Worldwide Pay Television and Television Business Development (1996-97). Following graduation from law school, he was an attorney with Great Western Financial Corporation, later acquired by Washington Mutual Bank.

    Under Westlake’s leadership, Universal Studios broke new ground in creating strategic alliances to build the Universal brand in the global television arena, including long-term, multibillion dollar channel carriage and content licensing agreements with Germany’s KirchGruppe, France’s Canal+, Stream in Italy and Sogecable in Spain. He was instrumental in the formation of various multi-party joint ventures, leading to the creation of a dozen international channels including HBO Asia, Telecine premium movie channel in Brazil, Cinecanal premium movie channel in Latin America, the Premium Movie Partnership (Showtime and Encore movie channels) in Australia, TV1 Channel in Australia, RTL7 channel partnership (with CLT/UFA and Bertelsmann) in Poland, and Star Channel in Japan.

    Westlake oversaw the global of the licensing of Universal’s motion pictures (output and library comprising 5,000+ titles) and television libraries (40,000+ episodes), through all forms and means of television. In 1993, Westlake negotiated a groundbreaking agreement with Tele-Communications Inc. and Encore Media for Universal Studio’s motion pictures, which led to the formation of what later became known as Starz, a premium movie channel which competes with HBO and Showtime. In 2000, he was responsible for crafting and negotiating the first-ever “split-slate” output deal with HBO and Starz.

    A recognized leader in the media and entertainment industries, Westlake was the first recipient of the Whittier College School of Law Alumni Award for Business Excellence in 2002, and in December 2007 received the Special Founders Award from the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), the leading trade association serving general counsel and business affairs attorneys at media and entertainment companies.

    He is a member of a number of industry organizations including The Paley Center for Media (The Museum of Television & Radio) Media Council, the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Academy Awards®), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy Awards®), the Executive Committee of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (iEmmy® Awards) and The Pacific Council on International Policy. Westlake is a member of Board of Directors of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG); ContentGuard, Inc.; and Digital Coast Roundtable; he is a former member of the Consumer Electronics Association Board of Directors and the Board Industry Leaders and board of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).

    Westlake is admitted and an active member of the California State Bar.

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