Pierre Olivier, TF1

August 26, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Pierre Olivier, TF1 

OlivierPierre Olivier
Director Marketing & Communications
TF1

Pierre Olivier is Marketing Director of TF1 VIDEO since 2004. He joined the leading European broadcaster TF1 group end of 2004, and since then his responsibilities extended from physical Home Entertainment to digital activities (VoD) and theatrical releases (through partnerships).

Under Pierre’s marketing management, TF1 Vidéo has been the first French company to offer digital copy with physical goods and MYTF1VOD has become one of the leading VoD offer in France, gaining market share and consumers awareness through disruptive initiatives – like Premium VOD for TV series – but also aggressive advertising and marketing campaigns.

Previously, Pierre was C.O.O. of Hachette Filipacchi Films, Lagardère Home Entertainment division.

Jason Keane, Saffron Digital

August 22, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jason Keane, Saffron Digital 

Jason_Keane x300Jason Keane
Chief Executive Officer
Saffron Digital

Jason Keane is CEO of Saffron Digital, the global leading, multi-DRM, online video platform for the digital entertainment industry. Since joining the company in August 2011, Saffron revenues have grown 110% on the back of new product launches for HTC Watch and KDDI Video Pass in Japan. In this time Jason has spearheaded the launch Saffron’s next generation online video platform, complete with Ultraviolet (UV) integration and a proprietary CFF DRM Secure Player.

Prior to Saffron Jason was the Vice President of Universal Networks Interactive, the digital arm of NBC Universal Networks International (UNI). At NBC he led the development of NBC UNI’s 360° digital media strategy by deploying a global web-video platform that powers interactive experiences for its five core channel brands online, namely, Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, Studio Universal, Universal Channel and 13th Street Universal.

Before NBC, Jason came from Yahoo! where he worked as Global Head of Product for Yahoo! Answers, its leading social 2.0 play with 135m unique visitors on a monthly basis and before this role he was the European Marketing Director for Yahoo! Communications, where he headed the strategic marketing and brand planning for their communications product portfolio.

Prior to Yahoo! Jason worked at MSN where he managed and grew the UK Hotmail business, taking the unit P&L from $12m to $26m in advertising revenues in 2005 and launched the first international Live brand (Outlook Live).

Filmon Zerai, Maxdome

August 22, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Filmon Zerai, Maxdome 

Filmon Zerai, MaxdomeFilmon Zerai
Chief Distribution & Strategy Officer
Maxdome

Thomas Stilling, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Stilling_Tom-150Thomas Stilling Vice President, Product & Promotion Management Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Simon Gauntlett, Digital TV Group

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DSimon Gauntlett
Chief Technology Officer
Digital TV Group (DTG)

He is responsible for the organisations technical strategy through directing the Groups’ technical programme, technology team and supporting the DTG Council. He currently supports the development and evolution of services on the cutting edge of TV technologies including — connected TV, the delivery of video to mobile devices and the introduction of ultra high definition / 4k, through management of the industry-led UK Ultra HD Forum.

Simon has published four updates to the technical specification for digital terrestrial television in the UK (‘D-Book’) since joining the DTG in 2006. In 2008 he supported the launch of the UK’s free to air satellite platform, Freesat, through a successful test and conformance project before working with DTG members to introduce Freeview HD using the new DVB-T2 standard.

Simon joined the DTG after spending seven years with the BBC’s Research and Development department where he specialised in compression technologies for High Definition video — working on the BBC’s HD trials across satellite, cable and terrestrial television.

Kent Steffen, CSGi Media

August 21, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Kent Steffen, CSGi Media 

Kent Steffen, CSGi (1)Kent Steffen
President and General Manager
CSG International

Kent Steffen is the President and General Manager of CSG International’s Content Direct™ solution, a digital content monetization, marketing, and management solution for media, entertainment, and communications providers. Kent is among the world’s foremost experts in digital content delivery and revenue management technologies and an authority on UltraViolet™.

Prior to his role with CSG, Kent was the co-founder and CEO of Telution, a software company serving leading communication and cable service providers. CSG acquired Telution in 2006. Kent began his career with Andersen Consulting where he spearheaded enterprise-level programs in the communications, health care, and financial services industries. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Kip Welch, Entertainment ID Registry Association

August 7, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Kip Welch, Entertainment ID Registry Association 

Kip Welch, EIDRKip Welch
President & Chairman
Entertainment ID Registry Association

Kip Welch leads business development and outreach for MovieLabs, a non-profit technology lab founded by the Hollywood motion picture industry. His work includes investigating new companies and technologies on behalf of the industry, analyzing technology trends in digital media distribution, and conducting outreach to labs, universities, entrepreneurs, and venture investors. He has been a key driver of the EIDR unique ID initiative on behalf of MovieLabs, and he currently serves as President of the EIDR organization. EIDR is a member-driven, non-profit industry organization formed by content creators, distributors, and service providers to drive adoption of a common global B2B identifier for commercial products in the movie and TV digital supply chain. Previously, Kip served as Director of Legal Affairs for Intel’s Digital Home Group, and as Vice President and General Counsel for MicroProse, an entertainment software company.

David Millar, MESA Europe

August 4, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

David Millar, MESA EuropeDavid Millar
Director of Communications
MESA Europe

David joined MESA Europe as Director of Communications in June 2013, following a near 30 year career in research and consulting within the technology sector.

David was previously with Futuresource Consulting where he steered much of the group’s work across the storage media, electronics and entertainment content sectors. Prior to that he was with the technology consulting group BIS.

David has spoken at numerous events around the world and has been a regular contributor to the activities of a number of industry associations in the technology space.

His role within MESA Europe is to expand the membership services and support that the association can offer across Europe, at regional and national level. David has language skills in French, German and Italian.

Albert Lai, Brightcove

August 4, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

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Chief Technology Officer, Media
Brightcove

Albert Lai is CTO, Media, at Brightcove. In this role, Albert provides technical leadership for Brightcove’s Media Group, working with customers worldwide to address their multi-platform content delivery, workflow, monetization and distribution requirements, with a focus on mobile, second screen, and TV Everywhere solutions. Albert holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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