Elizabeth Toppin, Digital2Disc

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Elizabeth Toppin
Founder and Editor
Digital2Disc Magazine

Elizabeth Toppin is a  founder and the editor of Digital2Disc magazine, a global business to business magazine serving the content delivery market. She has been involved in the content industry since 1994, first as a staff writer for One to One magazine, and then as its editor. She has also been the moderator at industry conferences of various panels, from test equipment to studios and the supply chain. Elizabeth was born in the US and grew up in Barbados; she returned to the US to receive a high school diploma at Phillips Exeter Academy and a BA magna cum laude in English and Philosophy at Boston University. She has lived in the UK for many years.

David Sidebottom, Futuresource Consulting

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David Sidebottom
Senior Consultant, Digital Media
Futuresource Consulting

David has nearly 15 years’ experience in a research and consultancy environment, joining Futuresource Consulting in 1997, when it was Understanding & Solutions.

During this time, David has been closely involved in researching, analysing and consulting on key content industry developments worldwide, with a particular focus on new opportunities in the digital distribution of entertainment content. Much of this work has involved providing strategic direction for companies planning for their future in the business, drawing on David’s in-depth understanding of a wide range of knowledge within the content industry.

He currently heads up a team of analysts and consultants, who are focused on tracking global developments within the home entertainment, digital distribution and mobile sectors. A particular focus has been the development of mobile content markets and the emergence of other digital content services across multiple platforms.

David has worked extensively with many major blue chip clients and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Business Management from Lancaster University.

Jud Cary, CableLabs

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Jud Cary
Vice President, and Deputy General Counsel

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cary worked as an engineer in the R&D labs of U S WEST (now Qwest) in the knowledge-based systems group. After law school (Santa Clara University, cum laude), he worked as a patent attorney for the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West. Mr. Cary returned to Colorado and followed the legal chain of title from U S WEST, to MediaOne, to AT&T Broadband, now Comcast!

After a short stint at a “.bomb” company, Mr. Cary returned to the cable industry at CableLabs. His main focus at CableLabs is on legal, policy, and business issues related to advanced video platforms, content protection, content distribution technologies, and interactive programming. He also provides general advice on cable industry technology strategy, IPR licensing, standards setting, antitrust, and patents.

Mr. Cary also serves on the Board of Directors of the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR).

John Fitzgerald, Entertainment Distribution Company

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John Fitzgerald
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
Entertainment Distribution Company

John joined EDC in 2010 and has over 30 years of international experience. Most recently, from 2003 – 2009, he served as Managing Director of Cinram GmbH. From 1989 – 2002, John served in various financial and executive positions within Warner Music Manufacturing Europe. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies from the University of Central Queensland.

Alison Casey, Futuresource Consulting

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Alison Casey
Head of Global Content

Alison has over 20 years’ research and consulting experience and leads much of Futuresource Consulting’s analysis in the video, games and music sectors.

Alison joined Futuresource Consulting in 1998 and heads up the Entertainment Content division, working closely with many of the Hollywood studios and major music companies. In addition to reviewing market developments for physical media and assessing supply chain issues, Alison also has a particular focus on electronic delivery of content, including areas such as the roll-out of electronic sell-through and VoD.

Alison is a regular speaker at international conferences and holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of London, Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Member of the Market Research Society.

Tom Moran, Savvis

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Tom Moran
Senior Director, Media and Entertainment

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.

Guy Finley, MESA

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Guy Finley
Executive Director
Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA)

Guy started his career in the entertainment industry as a successful performer and producer, making music with industry giants such as Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, and Dave Grusin. He joined the home entertainment industry as president of LFA, Inc., providing home video brand and business consulting services for a worldwide clientele. His firm represented JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.) in North America licensing the loading and duplication of VHS videocassettes bearing the VHS Logo Trademark. He became the director of operations for CDSA (then IRMA, International Recording Media Association) in 2005 where he pioneered the Daily News Portal, co-chaired the accountability sub-committee of EPCglobal Item Level Tagging Public Policy Steering Committee and helped form the Plastic DVD Packaging Standards Committee (authoring the standard used to certify packaging plants around the world).

In 2008 he helped found MESA with Martin Porter and Devendra Mishra. MESA supports service providers in building efficiencies in the creation, production and distribution of physical and digital media and entertainment. As co-producer of many conferences and meetings, including the acclaimed Entertainment Supply Chain Academy (ESCA) series, Burbank Think Tank, GameSupply, Hollywood IT Summit, Entertainment Content Protection Summit and Blu-Con, its mission is to foster end-to-end collaboration among entertainment service providers, their customers and trading partners.  MESA also manages other trade organizations including the Content Delivery & Storage Association, DiscMail Direct Coalition and Hollywood IT Society.

For more information visit: www.MESAlliance.org

Lindsay Brown, Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Lindsay Brown
Managing Director Operations, International
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Lindsay and his team are responsible for the world wide sales and marketing through our offices in New York,Hamburg and Paris as well as the International affiliates of all Eagle Rock DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs as well as the global release schedule, promotion, artwork and manufacture. He joined Eagle in June 1997, having been International Director of Polydor UK since 1994, looking after such acts as Van Morrison, Bjork, Boyzone, The Cure and the Bee Gees. Before joining Polydor in 1993, he had spent over 20 years in the music business, mainly in artist management, managing amongst others Barclay James Harvest, Van Halen and The Sweet.

Jim Buckle, Lovefilm

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Jim Buckle
Chief Operations Officer

Jim Wuthrich, Warner Home Video

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Jim Wuthrich
President, International
Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Jim Wuthrich is President, International, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, where he is responsible for implementing the Company’s current international growth strategies while working closely with international territories to identify strategic opportunities for the Home Entertainment Group’s home video, digital distribution and games businesses abroad.

Jim has played a key leadership role in Warner Bros.’ digital effort since the Studio first began integrating its digital and packaged goods businesses with the successful launch of Digital Copy, which is now being offered by nearly all the major studios. He has also been on the forefront of the Company’s efforts to evaluate emerging technologies like manufacturing on demand and SD card kiosk devices.

Prior to his current role, Jim served as Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution and before that, Senior Vice President, Electronic Sell-Through and Interactive Marketing, where he was responsible for developing the market for digitally distributed entertainment product on a worldwide basis. He joined Warner Home Video in 1998 as Director, Marketing and was promoted to Vice President, Marketing Theatrical New Release, Warner Home Video in 2003, managing the release of over 100 titles from film to DVD, including such favorites as “Batman Begins,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “March of the Penguins” and “The Polar Express.”

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