Zane Vella

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Zane Vella
Chief Executive Officer
RCDb (Related Content Database)

Zane is a proven innovator of entertainment and technology and an accomplished producer and director. Prior to founding RCDb, Zane was president and CEO of MX Entertainment from 2001 through 2006 and worked closely with MX’s technical and creative leads to create compelling interactive DVD and Blu-ray user experience. Zane has been an active participant in the Blu-ray Disc Association since 2004 and a recognized leader in advanced applications of Blu-ray technology.

Prior to MX, Zane was founder and creative director of SmashTV, a media technology and development company specializing in music and entertainment applications. SmashTV was known for its high-profile work with entertainment brands including Apple, EXPN, MTV Networks and Wired Ventures. The company produced one of the first live webcasts in history from the Lollapalooza Festival in 1994, developed the “Live@Exploratorium” webcast series for NASA and the NSF, and created CitySpace, the first user-generated real-time 3D virtual world on the Internet.

Tom Moran

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Tom Moran
Senior Director, Media and Entertainment
Savvis

Tom Moran joined Savvis Communications Inc. when they acquired the commercial business of Eagan, MN based WAM!NET Inc. in 2003. Having served as Director of the Media and Entertainment division of WAM!NET from 2001 through 2004, Moran was promoted to Senior Director of the Media Services division of Savvis in January 2005. He is responsible for corporate strategy, business development, as well as sales and market development for the WAM!NET Service Portfolio at Savvis (SVVS).
Moran helped lead the successful restructuring of Cybernet Systems Inc. of Minneapolis, MN from hardware sales into professional services and training for its media industry customers, ultimately leading to the acquisition of Cybernet by WAM!NET in 2001. While leading the Media and Entertainment business unit at WAM!NET Moran was responsible for establishing a unique domain expertise that led to the implementation of a number of ground-breaking content management and distribution projects, serving customers such as Universal Music Group, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, EMI and Technicolor, and many other marquee names in the Media Industry.
Moran is the primary architect of business-to-business systems that are now the industry standard practice for production and distribution of media content electronically as opposed to the more costly, risky and time-consuming processes associated with handling physical media. This success led to his appointment to the Executive Governing Board of Directors for the Global Society for Asset Management in 2003 as well as a number of other industry accolades. Tom serves on the Board of Directors for the Content Delivery and Storage Association (CDSA) and the Media and Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) as well as being the chairman of the Digital Supply Chain Committee of MESA.
WAM!NET’s Media and Entertainment business unit was the fastest growing and most profitable division of the Company under Moran’s management. By providing leadership for an industry-wide transformation of the way both packaged goods and on-line media products are produced and distributed, WAM!NET offers solutions that enable media companies to shave weeks off production schedules, get products to market faster and reduce the impact of content piracy.
Prior to entering the technology business, Moran was a successful artist, freelance photographer and media producer. He worked in Minneapolis, New York and London for major magazines, newspapers, film, and music production companies during his seven years as a freelancer. Moran studied Journalism and Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota from 1988 to 1992. He founded the highly regarded international artists collective “Otaku” in London in 1992.

Jeff Stevens

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Jeff Stevens
Vice President, Digital Archives
Warner Bros. Technical Operations


Jeff Stevens, Vice President, Digital Archives, Warner Bros. Technical Operations
Jeff Stevens serves as Vice President of Digital Archives, Warner Bros. Technical Operations. In this role, Stevens works closely with Warner Bros.’ theatrical, television, and home entertainment groups to determine metadata standards and best practices. He is also responsible for content for the Studio’s digital asset management system, MARS, and master data management tool, Metadata Service Bureau. Stevens began working in digital asset management in 2002 as Director of the Studio’s Corporate Image Archive and Corporate Archive, where he served dual roles overseeing the company’s digital and physical assets. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Retail Operations Manager for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Eric Iverson

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Eric Iverson
Vice President, Information Technology
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Eric Iverson, VP of IT at Sony Pictures, has been in Information Technology at SPE for over 11 years leading strategic technology change initiatives. Today, Eric is responsible for SPE’s intellectual property systems as well as television sales, marketing and distribution systems.
Some of the major initiatives Eric has led or played a key role in include: SPE’s Digital Media initiative, Intellectual Property Program (title management, enterprise rights and clearances and music), TV sales and availability, IT strategic plan, portal and content management strategies, SPE’s initial outsourcing transformation, and the Digital Backbone. Prior to working at SPE, Eric worked at Accenture on projects for strategy, software development and change management.

Bill Segil

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Bill Segil
Senior Vice President, Global Video
Arvato Digital Services

Peter Staddon

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Peter Staddon
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing
Deluxe Digital

Steve Brown

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Steve Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Cinram

Darcy Antonellis

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Darcy Antonellis
President
Warner Bros. Technical Operations

Thomas Gewecke

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Thomas Gewecke
President
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Todd Supplee

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Todd Supplee
CPA Advisory Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers


Todd is an experienced Director in PwC’s Media & Entertainment practice possessing 18 years of global management consulting and professional management experience. Todd has led a variety of global, complex strategy and transformational projects on behalf of companies in the USA, Europe, South Africa and Australia. He leads PwC’s consumer research program and is a contributing editor to PwC’s annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook publication. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Relevant experience:
Advised a broadcaster through the definition of key metrics and decisioning tools to enhance their management of the content commissioning process through rights exploitation across their global network. This included working with key executives to understand requirements, data availability and workflow. The benefits included proactive and effective management , and cross business collaboration. Including greater transparency of programming cost per hour, ratings, rate card management, subscriber revenue, secondary exploitation across their network and digital integration.
Advised numerous TV production companies and broadcasters on acquisition strategy, commercial/financial due diligence and integration planning.
As President of an independent production company, developed the strategy and executed the change management program to improve the processes and interactions between the production house and a major motion picture studio, leading to cost reductions, improved working practices and a collaborative relationship between the two organizations.
As the CFO of a global retailer, Todd led the finance transformation in the USA and Canada supporting 125 retail stores which included managing the activities to implement two separate ERP accounting systems, new technologies to increase the efficiency of reconciliations across the retail network and enhanced management reporting capabilities including data warehouses to improve the availability and speed of financial data.

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