Josh Kline, ‎Box

September 5, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

JoshKline, Box x300Josh Kline
Head of Media & Entertainment

Josh C. Kline Head of Media & Entertainment Box | Consulting Josh C. Kline is an Emmy® Award-winning technologist who has spent the last 14 years building new businesses in Digital Media, with a focus on content production and distribution. After a decade working in film and television production, Josh co-founded and led Sample Digital, Inc. as CEO, where he oversaw development of, patented and brought to market Digital Dailies®, introducing cloud services to the film and television production industry and revolutionizing the review and approval process of production media. Josh exited Sample Digital to run Secure Path Technology, an enterprise cloud-based metadata services company, followed by a role in Strategic Business Development at Deluxe Digital Distribution prior to his tenure as Chief Strategic Officer at Final Draft, Inc.

Josh is currently the Head of Media & Entertainment for the Consulting Group at Box, Inc. (, driving product strategy and customer solutions for Box’s Media & Entertainment vertical. Josh is an alumnus of USC’s School of Planning & Development.

Patrick Griffis, Dolby Laboratories

September 5, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

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Executive Director, Technology Strategy
Dolby Laboratories

As Executive Director, Technology Strategy at Dolby Laboratories, Patrick Griffis is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company which includes identifying and tracking key technical trends, performing technical due diligence, and supporting advanced technology initiatives for the company.

Before joining Dolby, Pat spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global digital media standards strategy, including adoption of the Digital Living Network Alliance as a baseline media sharing standard in Windows 7 and standardization of Windows Media Video technology as an international SMPTE standard.

Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions, including Vice President of Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast, where he helped launch DVCPRO and drive US strategy for HDTV. Pat started his career at RCA, earning eight patents in TV product design.

Pat has been an ATSC board member and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Digital Living Network Alliance. He served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Pat is currently a member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group, and of the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. A SMPTE Fellow, he serves on the SMPTE Executive Committee as Vice President, Education. Pat holds a BSEE degree from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.

Rob Salter, BVA

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Retail Strategy Consultant

Robin Boldon, BBC Worldwide

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Robin Boldon, BBC WWRobin Boldon
Director of Digital Distribution
BBC Worldwide Global Operations

Robin has been at the forefront of innovation in Content Distribution for over 15 years. Industry firsts include; first to market B2B video on-line catalogue, on-site VOD for content markets and the first scalable Digital Video Supply Chain in Europe. In his most recent achievement, Robin managed the content logistics teams across all platforms (on-line, TV, Cinema, social) for the worldwide simultaneous release of the 50th Anniversary episode for the Doctor Who brand. Declared as a new Guinness World Record.

At BBC Worldwide, Robin is responsible for the global supply chain strategy to bring scalable content distribution to all areas of the company.
His accountability encompasses defining workflow, strategy, content modelling and technical standards for all managed content within the Digital Supply Chain. Innovation in new distribution technology forms an integral part of the remit. Robin participates with a number of industry forums and standards bodies including DPP, Event Cinema Association and the Journal for Digital Media Management.

He is a credible advocate for the Digital Supply Chain, Content Management Systems (CMS), Rights Management, e-commerce, Metadata Management, Taxonomy, Content Modelling, Iterative Agile development, Video On-Demand (VOD), Electronic Sell Through (EST)/Download To Own (DTO), A/V Transcoding, Asset QC, Digital Cinema and Content Delivery Networks (CDN).

Pierre Olivier, TF1

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Director Marketing & Communications

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 

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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

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Chief Distribution & Strategy Officer

Thomas Stilling, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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

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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.

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