Carol Owens, Deluxe 142

September 12, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Carol Owens, Deluxe 142 

Carol Owens
Director, Strategic Engagements
Deluxe 142

Carol Owens is Director, Strategic Engagements at Deluxe 142. In a previous role at the BBC she led development of the corporation’s enterprise metadata model, and the European Broadcasting Union’s P_META exchange standard. She has published and presented many papers on the subject of metadata, and is currently liaising with EIDR for Deluxe EMEA.

Jonathan Newth, Tenshi Ventures

September 8, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jonathan Newth, Tenshi Ventures 

Jonathan Newth
Founding Partner
Tenshi Ventures

Jonathan is a founding partner at Tenshi Ventures. Jonathan has over 20 years commercial, technical and corporate development experience as a Director of private and public companies in the new media and technology sectors. Since founding his first business in 1989 Jonathan has lead both private and public fund raising activities, business acquisitions and disposals.

Originally a programmer Jonathan co-founded Kuju Entertainment, which he lead to become one of the largest independent game development groups in the world employing more than 250 staff in seven studios over three continents. As CEO Jonathan oversaw Kuju’s public floatation on the London AIM market in 2002 and sale in 2007.

Jonathan graduated from York University with Honours in Physics and Computer Science.

Patrick Gruter, The Walt Disney Company

September 8, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Patrick Gruter, The Walt Disney Company 

Patrick Gruter
Vice President of Global Policy
The Walt Disney Company

Patrick Gruter is VP Global Policy for The Walt Disney Company and has represented Disney at EU level for a decade from Brussels.

Patrick’s EU policy work has included the major intellectual property issues of the digital age as well as media regulation, privacy, and consumer protection, again in particular for the online environment. He has also been involved with a number of media competition cases at EU level.

Prior to joining Disney, Patrick worked for the international recording industry association IFPI on major Internet legislation and he has also managed law approximation projects during EU Accession.

Dr. Richard Wilson, The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA)

September 8, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Dr. Richard Wilson, The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) 

Dr. Richard Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
The Independent Game Developers Association

Dr. Richard Wilson is CEO of TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry. Established in 2001, TIGA’s membership includes independent games developers, in-house publisher owned developers, video game publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses, FE colleges, universities and training providers. TIGA’s vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. TIGA focuses on three sets of activities: political representation, raising the sector’s media profile and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of TIGA members.

Richard was previously Director of Communications at the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006-2008). Prior to this, Richard was Head of Business Policy at the Institute of Directors (1998 – 2006), one of the UK’s leading business representative bodies.

Richard has held a diverse range of non-executive positions: in the food and drink industry (Improve, 2004-2007); adult training (the Adult Learning Inspectorate, 2005-2007); small business (Chair of the Better Payment Practice Group, 2004-2006). He has also served as a member of Edexcel’s Qualifications Committee (2006-07).

Richard taught politics at Reading University and was awarded a PhD for his thesis in political theory.

David Nortier, Signiant

September 1, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on David Nortier, Signiant 

David Nortier
Managing Director, EMEA

David Nortier heads Signiant’s European, Middle Eastern and African operations.

Nortier has more than 20 years of experience delivering industry-leading IT solutions to customers.

Prior to joining Signiant, Nortier was General Manager for Storage Essentials EMEA at Hewlett Packard. He was Vice President and General Manager of EMEA for AppIQ, Inc., a storage management software innovator acquired by HP in 2005. Prior to that, he was Vice President of European Operations for TrelliSoft, Inc., a leading provider of storage resource management solutions acquired by IBM in 2002. David was also European sales manager for HighGround Systems, where he contributed over 50 percent of the company’s worldwide revenues leading up to the company’s acquisition by Sun Microsystems.

Elizabeth Toppin, Digital2Disc

August 31, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Elizabeth Toppin, Digital2Disc 

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

August 31, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

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

August 30, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jud Cary, CableLabs 

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

August 30, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on John Fitzgerald, Entertainment Distribution Company 

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

August 30, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Alison Casey, Futuresource Consulting 

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.

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