Tom Moran, Savvis

August 30, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Tom Moran, Savvis 

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.

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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.”

Aodan Coburn, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Aodan Coburn
Executive Vice President Worldwide, Operations & Licensing
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aodán Coburn is Executive Vice President Worldwide, Operations and Licensing for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE), a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Coburn has over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry and supervises all SPHE global operations activity in support of the sales and marketing of packaged media. In addition, he has commercial (physical and digital) responsibility for all non operating territories for SPHE Worldwide. This encompasses 58 territories, inclusive of Asia, Latin America and EMEA.

His previous roles have included Senior Vice President, International Operations where Coburn developed and implemented an international supply chain strategy for SPHE, and VP Business Development where he headed the launch of DVD in all of SPHE’s international markets.

He currently spends a lot of his time on major customer interaction, negotiating joint ventures in key markets and brokering high profile licensing deals.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment) in 1988, Mr. Coburn worked at Rank Video Services in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Coburn holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Studies and an M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland.

John Crosier, Cinram

September 23, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on John Crosier, Cinram 

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.

Richard Atkinson, Anti-Piracy Worldwide

September 23, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Richard Atkinson, Anti-Piracy Worldwide 

Richard Atkinson
Chief Piracy Specialist
Anti-Piracy Worldwide

A recognized expert and consultant in the areas of media piracy, business and technology strategy and consumer experience, Richard created and ran Disney’s Anti-Piracy Operations team for six years, and was also a technology innovator for famed Walt Disney Imaginnering.  Prior to Disney, he was Chief Communications Technologist for Northrop Grumman, leading advanced technology applications on highly classified government programs including the B2 stealth bomber.

Seth Hallen, Testronic Laboratories

September 8, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Seth Hallen, Testronic Laboratories 

Seth Hallen
Testronic Laboratories

As Chief Executive Officer of Testronic Labs, Hallen oversees global operations and brings his 20 years of leadership experience to the execution of Testronic Lab’s strategy in emerging markets. Prior to joining Testronic, he was VP of North American Operations at Lightworks, the developer and supplier of high-end editing solutions for film and television, and oversaw the business development of Digital Media Services and DVD Authoring for Lightning Media in Hollywood, CA. Hallen’s production expertise was recognized when he won an Emmy Award in 2005 as Producer of TalkShow.TV, honored as Best Magazine Format Broadcast.

Mr. Hallen currently serves as a board member of the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) as well as an Advisory Board Member of Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA).

Jonathan Beardsworth, Technicolor Europe

August 31, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jonathan Beardsworth, Technicolor Europe 

Jonathan Beardsworth
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, Europe

Jonathan Beardsworth serves as vice president of sales and marketing for Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, Europe. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s capabilities related to replication and distribution of Blu-ray, DVDs and Xbox products. Jonathan also oversees the pan-European supply chain management for content owners, games publishers and software companies.

Prior to joining the company, Jonathan was European managing director of Zoo Digital and held senior management positions at Virgin-EMI Music and with THE, a UK distributor.

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