Buzz Hays

April 28, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Buzz Hays 

Buzz Hays,
Senior Vice President of the 3D Technology Center,
Sony Corporation

Hays is responsible for overseeing the production and post-production of all 3D content and 3D technology consulting for Sony Corporation. He is one of the leading experts in the field of modern stereoscopic production.

Recently, Hays produced the 3D version of the family adventure G-FORCE, a Jerry Bruckheimer Production for Walt Disney Pictures.

Hays’ work also includes producing the 3D versions of MONSTER HOUSE, OPEN SEASON, and Robert Zemeckis’ BEOWULF.

Between 1987 and 1993, Hays served as director of engineering at Lucasfilm THX where he was responsible for all research and development efforts including the THX Sound System and Home THX.

Hays holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine.

Jake Winett

April 22, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jake Winett 

Worldwide Director of Industry, Media & Entertainment

Jake leads Microsoft’s strategy for cloud computing platforms for the media and telecommunications industries as well as manages the end-to-end business for the enterprise broadcast, film and postproduction business worldwide for Microsoft. His focus is on helping content creators and distributors leverage IT to maximize throughput and monetization of digital content to multiple channels while driving new levels of efficiency and visibility within their operations.

Jake has over 17 years in management, operations and sales in the media and technology industries, working for such companies as Microsoft, Accom, Autodesk, Adobe and Yahoo. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jake spent 6 years with Communications as a Director of Operations and then CEO, delivering high-end hosted and private cloud-based collaborative media workflow solutions over IP networks for production and postproduction companies around the world.

Jake has a BA degree from California State University Long Beach in Film & Electronic Arts and a MBA degree from the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.

John Crosier

April 21, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on John Crosier 

John Crosier, Senior Vice President of Digital Architecture and Delivery

John Crosier, a 16-year veteran of supply side home entertainment experience, the past seven focused intensely on digital delivery and operations on the studio side, is expanding the design of Cinram’s Digital Media Group – its services, capabilities and delivery solutions.  Based on his breadth of operational experience at Warner Bros., Studio411, among other posts, and his ambassador role for the Digital Entertainment Group where he helped develop universal standards and reporting methods, Crosier seizes on market opportunities to incorporate the company’s extensive expertise in the media, entertainment and digital fields.  Additionally, he oversees the actual mechanics and operations for the Cinram Digital Media Group.

Mike McGuire

April 21, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Mike McGuire 

Vice President of Research, Media

Mike McGuire is a research vice president for Gartner, Inc.’s Media Industry Advisory Services team. Mr. McGuire covers the online content business focusing on how music, movie and TV/video are extending their distribution strategies to the Internet. He has a particular interest in understanding the value of social media and social networks on existing media companies. He also looks after Gartner’s coverage of legal and regulatory issues that affect media companies. Topics include licensing issues, content-protection/DRM issues and changing patterns of media consumption among consumers. Prior to re-joining Gartner in 2000, Mr. McGuire worked with mobile computing start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. He was at Dataquest from 1994 through 1997 as senior and principal analyst for the mobile computing program. Prior to that he covered Apple for PC Week after stints in PR and marketing positions at companies such as Octel, GRID and Geoworks. He has a B.A. in journalism from San Jose State University.

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