Vice President, Broadcast & Media Rights
President and General Manager, Discovery
Head of Business Development and Broadcast Partnering
Senior Vice President, Production Operations
Chief Operating Officer
General Manager, International
Global Head of Digital
Head of Marketing, EMEA
Chief Media Officer
Head of International & New Business
Head of Anti-Piracy
Head of Sponsorships and Business Development
Group Director, Piracy and Content Protection
Director, Business Development, Europe Region
Chief Product Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Head of Digital Products
Chief Technology Officer
NBC Sports Group
Cloud Media Lead
Sports Partnerships Manager
Digital Strategy Director
Director, Sports Partnerships
EVP and Head of Product, Design, and Engineering
Head of Product
SVP & GM Europe, Africa and Emerging Markets
Head of Sports, Canal OTT
Sr Director of Partnerships, EMEA
Consulting Architect at Discovery
Head of Digital
Senior Vice President, Sports Rights & Commercialisation
Vice President, Products
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Strategic Initiative Engineer, Streaming
Editor in Chief
Senior Consultant, Digital Strategy
Digital Product Director
Head of Digital
Director of Sports
Chief Marketing Officer
Head of Content and Platform Security, BT TV & Broadband
Marketing and Commercial Director
Chief Product and Marketing Officer
Vice President, Product Strategy
Research director, Channels and Programming
GINX Esports TV
Vice President, Video Strategy
Vice President, CDNs and Content Partnerships
VP, Business Development, Sports Performance
Founder & CEO
Global Vice President, Product & Sales Engineering
Managing Director, OTT & Digital Services
Director, OTT Strategy, EMEA
SVP, Client Services
CEO & Founder
Senior Director, Product Marketing
Founder and Co-Owner
Infinite Esports & Entertainment
Head of Global Sales
Eurovision Media Services
Co-Founder & COO
Director of Content Protection for Europe and Africa
21st Century Fox
Strategy Director, Digital Media
Exec Dir, Media, Service Providers & Platforms
Global Director, Sports
Former Chief Digital Officer
Global Head of Digital Sales
Managing Director, International
VP, Cybersecurity Services
Alex Kaplan is President and General Manager of the Discovery Golf Group which includes the PGA TOUR alliance, established following the unprecedented long-term agreement to create a new ‘Home of Golf’ platform. He leads the division with full P&L responsibility including exploitation of the global multi-platform live rights, outside the United States, to all PGA TOUR media properties and creating a new OTT streaming service to engage international golf fans across every mobile screen in up to 220 markets and territories. Alex brings years of experience in sports, media, and direct-to-consumer businesses. On joining Discovery in January 2017, he held the role of EVP Commercial, Eurosport Digital, managing subscriber acquisition, retention, global pricing and packaging, and digital content and acquisition. He also led all digital marketing, distribution and partnership functions. During this time, Alex and his team have helped grow the Eurosport direct-to-consumer business to over 1 million subscribers. He joined Discovery after holding senior leadership positions at the NBA and DIRECTV/AT&T. Previously, Alex served as Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution for the NBA where he was responsible for the global direct-to-consumer strategy and business operations, including the NBA’s League Pass OTT platform. Alex had formerly spent 10 years at DIRECTV/AT&T where he led the organization responsible for DIRECTV Sports and oversaw Revenue and Entertainment products and services, driving more than $4.5B in annual revenue.
Louisa has worked at BT (Consumer) since the evolution of BT TV and was heavily involved in the launch of BTSport after BT secured its first set of key rights for the Premier League. Working in Business Development across the BT business, but with a core focus on Sport and TV, Louisa has negotiated commercial agreements with all sizes of partners critical in delivering amazing customer experiences across devices and channels. Building long-term partnerships with rightsholders, broadcast infrastructure suppliers and social media partners with a view to developing new ways to deliver content (Subscription, Free-to-Air, Pay-per-view), whilst bringing value to consumers and the BT TV and BT Sport businesses. Born and raised in the north-east of England but living with her two children in Hertfordshire who keep her on her toes and in touch with what today’s younger consumers demand from content and the viewing experience.
Matt Hong is Chief Operating Officer of Turner Sports, a division of Turner and Time Warner. In this role, he oversees teams responsible for long-term business strategy, rights acquisitions, league partnerships, programming, marketing, revenue & sales inventory planning, and day-to-day operations for the division.Turner Sports presents premium sporting events including NBA regular season, All-Star and Playoffs coverage, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, MLB regular season and Postseason, the PGA Championship, ELEAGUE professional eSports, and the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League across TNT, TBS and truTV. In addition to his division-wide responsibilities, Hong oversees the management of various sports businesses and properties including Bleacher Report, NBA TV, NBA Digital, NCAA Digital and March Madness Live, PGA.com and PGA Championship Live, and the new B/R Live OTT offering.
Based in London, Thomas leads Comcast Technology Solutions and FreeWheel’s European sales and marketing strategy, driving the company’s continued expansion across Europe. Prior to joining the company, Thomas was Vice President, EMEA at DG, provider of distribution solutions for television advertising, which was acquired by Extreme Reach in 2014. There, Thomas was in charge of DG’s European expansion. Prior to his role at DG, Thomas co-founded and served as COO for SmartJog; a company spun-off from France Telecom and subsequently acquired by TDF, Europe’s largest Broadcast infrastructure company. During his tenure at SmartJog, Thomas led the company’s North American expansion and SmartJog became the leader in the electronic distribution of US content for the international market. At TDF, Thomas led the firm’s International Multimedia expansion across Europe and was head of Innovation.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing from McGill University.
Eleven Sports is a global sports provider delivering world-class international and domestic sports and lifestyle entertainment to dedicated fans across the globe. Eleven Sports delivers more than 30,000 LIVE hours of top-class sporting action per year to over 17 million paying customers across eleven markets in Europe, Asia and North America. As Global Head of Digital Tom is responsible for the strategy and development of Eleven’s digital platforms across all markets and has been an integral part of their recent launches in UK, Ireland and Portugal.
Brianne leads the EME marketing team, which manages NBA brand marketing, social media channels, and CRM initiatives. The primary focus is to drive fan growth and increase following and engagement amongst core fans in the region. As part of this, she oversees the NBA’s European primetime game campaign, “NBA Sundays,” to drive viewership in the region. The goal of the NBA’s country-specific social channels is to engage fans authentically through locally relevant content. Our following is industry leading and continues to grow in both engagement and reach.
Barney Francis was appointed Managing Director, Sky Sports in 2009. He is responsible for Sky Sports output across six sports channels including Sky Sports News HD, as well as online and mobile content. He joined Sky in 1999, and has since produced a range of live coverage, support programming and sports news content. As Sky’s executive producer for cricket for six years, Barney was responsible for Sky’s first exclusively live coverage of England’s domestic Tests, before moving on to Premier League and UEFA Champions League production.
Guy-Laurent Epstein is the Marketing Director of UEFA Events S.A. set up in 2009 as a wholly owned UEFA subsidiary company; it manages the marketing and commercial interests of UEFA.
In 2002, Guy-Laurent joined UEFA as TV & Sponsorship Manager and soon became Head of Marketing Activities. In 2005, he created the Media Rights unit which is responsible for the overall sales of broadcast rights for UEFA competitions. Thereafter in 2010, he was appointed Marketing Director, responsible for the on-going development of all marketing and commercial activities, including brand, media and sponsorship, across all UEFA competitions.
Emilio Fernandez is the Head of Anti-Piracy at LaLiga Spanish Professional Football League, based in Madrid, Spain. Before LaLiga, Emilio spent eight years as a marketing specialist at large multinational telecommunications companies specializing in retail marketing, customer retention and business intelligence. With a Masters in Information Systems & Market Research and an MBA. Master in Business Administration, Emilio brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Alban Dechelotte has recently joined Riot Games in 2018 as Head of Sponsorships and Business Development for Esports in Europe. Previously, he has been leading the Gaming and Esports agenda at the Coca-Cola Company including the rule breaking global partnership with Riot Games since 2014. During his 5 years tenure at the Atlanta based company he also led some award winning campaigns such as the 2013 Coca-Cola Zero partnership with PlayStation Europe, the 2014 partnership with Ubisoft Just Dance to promote active healthy living and in 2017 he has signed the Coca-Cola first virtual athlete Alex Hunter endorsement from the EA Sports FIFA franchise.
Andrew has worked for Sky for 20 years, firstly in the UK Legal team across all aspects of the business including Sky Sports, Technology and Business Development. More latterly he has worked in the Group Strategy function and for the Group COO. He leads the Group’s anti-piracy and content protection efforts, setting the overall strategy and working with operational units in the UK, Germany and Italy as well as liaising with rightsholders, government and industry bodies.
Ohad Gross is Intel Sports’ Business Development Director, Europe Region.Primarily based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ohad manages, plans and executes collaborations, partnerships and business growth for Intel Sports, a worldwide leading developer and provider of advanced media immersive technologies and services to the Sports industry. In his nearly 20 years of experience in the global high tech business, Ohad has held numerous executive financials, investments, strategy and business development positions across multi million dollars business units entities.
Tim is the Chief Product Officer at FloSports and has been with the company since January 2015. Leading the product management, engineering and design teams, Tim creates the best user experiences across all platforms for FloSports viewers. Prior to joining FloSports, Tim founded MarketZero Inc. while attending the University of Illinois. He sold the company to Zynga in 2011. As the Lead Product Manager of Zynga, his team designed and built the HTML5 version of Zynga Poker. As a result of his work, Tim and his team received the company-wide “Innovation Award” for the most innovative project in Zynga that year. While the VP of Product at Boxer, Tim managed the user experience and grew the user base from a few hundred users to more than 150,000 monthly active users in under one year.
Part of the COPA90 founding team, Ross has run its business functions in both the US and UK - having founded and built out the North American business and brand in New York City as President through 2015 and 2016 and as COO of COPA90 in London since 2016. His remit includes content, business and brand strategy, marketing and leading all key growth initiatives.
Tim has just joined F1 as Head of Products where he leads a small team with ambitious plans for their OTT service moving into the 2018 season. Prior to that he spent nearly 10 years at Sky in various digital product roles across Sports and News, working extensively across their range of mobile applications. In his early career he worked for Setanta Sports, Southampton Football Club and the Southern Daily Echo.
Eric Black was named Chief Technology Officer of NBC Sports Group Digital in 2015. Black manages all IP-delivered platforms for NBC Sports Digital, including its numerous websites, applications and connected devices. He also oversees NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, a separate business which provides end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
Under Black’s leadership, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media have streamed some of the most prestigious properties in sports, including five Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, Sunday Night Football – primetime television’s No. 1 show -- the National Hockey League, Premier League, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, the Triple Crown, Notre Dame Football, and the Open Championship, among many others. The systems built by Black have focused on both high concurrent traffic and scale, and now operate on more than 20,000 events per year, resulting in billions of consumed minutes.
Anshul is a media and entertainment executive and spends his time helping media companies launch differentiated video services in the market. Google Cloud offers solutions tailored for broadcasters and media companies, encompassing content creation, video processing and distribution, monetization and audience engagement. Previously, Anshul had various leadership roles in Ericsson, including head of product for Online Video and Media Management. Anshul is an expert in building SaaS video products and delivering sustainable sales growth.
Born in Madrid, Alfredo is an executive with more 10+ years of experience in the Sports Industry, always working in international companies. Alfredo recently joined LaLiga as Head of Digital Strategy after spending 3 years leading Facebook Media Partnerships Team in Spain and Portugal, where he worked closely with the main sports and news publishers in both regions to help them achieve their business objectives and build broader audiences. Before that he spent 7 years as Head of International Clients within the Sponsorship Team of Real Madrid.
Theo started his career as a truly terrible reporter for BBC local radio but had the good fortune of being let go by the Beeb just as a small Californian outfit called Google launched its UK office. At Google, Theo worked at YouTube managing the Major record labels, bringing Channel 4 onto the platform and launched the Queen's YouTube channel. Seven years and several stone heavier he left the company to head up Digital at Simon Cowell's production company Syco before leaving Cowell for the bright lights of Twitter where he heads up the sport partnerships team focussed on video monetization. He has no idea how to verify anyone on Twitter (before anyone asks) but will happily speak to you about video opportunities on the platform.
Varun Narang is the EVP and Head of Product, Design, and Engineering at Hotstar. He is passionate about inventing the future of TV on behalf of millions of Hotstar users around the world. Under his leadership, Hotstar has grown to become the largest OTT platform in India and continues to cross ~100Mn users each month, on the back of building an experience transcending video. Varun has championed the development of immersive experiences like Gaming & Social and the ability to manage world record breaking scale, making Hotstar one of the foremost tech companies of the country. Prior to joining Hotstar, Varun led product teams at Hulu in Los Angles, and Amazon in Seattle. He earned an MBA and bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from the University of Rochester in New York
Neil is a senior product leader with over 15 years’ experience creating and managing digital content services for the multi-award winning BBC Sport and BBC News propositions. In his current role as Head of Product for BBC Sport, he leads the digital product development of the UK’s biggest and best sport offering. Based at MediaCityUK in Salford, they shape, deliver and run all of BBC Sport’s digital products from the responsive web to the portfolio of mobile and Connected TV apps and the off-site social media offering. This includes the international and commercial versions of their services. In addition to this, they lead on digital live event coverage for the BBC – known as ‘BBC Live’. The products regularly reach millions of users in multiple languages during major news, sports, TV and cultural events from the General Election, to Glastonbury and the Olympics.
Stefan Kastenmüller is Senior Vice President & General Manager Europe, Africa and Emerging Markets at WWE Inc., worldwide market leader in the sports entertainment industry. He manages the office since 2013, when the international office decided to open up its European office in Munich, Germany. Stefan Kastenmüller has been working for over 25 years in executive positions in traditional and digital media, with brands and premium content companies. Prior to his remit at WWE, he held positions in companies such as Ringier, UFA/FrementleMedia, Disney, Philip Morris and MTV Europe.
Head of Sports at Canal OTT, the digital division of Canal+. After 15+ years in (linear) broadcasting as a host, announcer and editor in chief I joined in 2015 the digital division as the head the Sports department. In this role I handle all digital content output on social medias and on our proprietary platform MyCanal. Last year I’ve launched the first dedicated social talk show (#LePetitDebrief) reviewing the football week live exclusively on FB, TW and Dailymotion. Since then we launched a second show called #LesPetitsPronos about Football betting. We also have web documentary series called “La Bande à bauer” focusing on a small 3rd division football team that is doing very well on Facebook with over 800K views per episode and we are lauching a web documentary about a ligue 1 club in the coming weeks.
A multi-platform video technology architect and evangelist with over 15 years experience in the online media industry, building content distribution platforms, syndication solutions and consumption products for broadcasters, service providers and telco's. Now CTO and VP of Engineering for Spicy Mango, I work with clients to not only build niche products and solutions, but through consulting, define and build scalable and highly performant enterprise architectures.
Russell Byrne is Head of Digital at The EFL (English Football League), which represents the 72 Clubs that comprise the second, third and fourth tier of professional football in England. His department provide a collective digital publishing platform for 60 Clubs across the League. Part of this service is an OTT platform (iFollow) that delivers a Live Stream of Club games (that have not been selected for Broadcast) to fans that live outside of the UK. This service will expand in the coming season to include select matches in the UK. This service is provided by Neulion.
Hans Gabbe has served as Senior Vice President Sports Rights & Commercialization at Sky Deutschland since February 2016. In this position, he oversees the acquisition of sports rights as well as the Sports Commercialization division, which focuses on the development of alternative revenue models in sports and the strategic utilization and alignment of sports rights. The 44-year-old lawyer played a major role in acquiring the broadcasting rights to the German Bundesliga until 2021, the UEFA Champions League and the German Handball Bundesliga. Gabbe has been with the company since 2004, when he joined Premiere - as it was known at the time - as Junior Manager after completing his studies.
Michael was appointed CTO for the PGA European Tour in Nov2017, with responsibility for Digital, Scoring, Infrastructure and Data Management including Official World Golf Rankings. Formerly, Michael was the London 2012 Marketing and Communications Director for BT Global Services, and responsible for activating BT Global Services’ highly successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games marketing campaign worldwide, as well as being responsible for operational and crisis communications across BT’s highly acclaimed London 2012 Delivery programme. Michael then went on to form TrueGold Communications, a sports marketing agency specialising in technology-based global sport sponsorship.
Chris Osika heads Corporate and Product Marketing across Telestream worldwide. Chris is an expert at helping organizations develop and adopt new business models that respond to emergent technologies. As both traditional media & entertainment companies and service providers are looking for strategically sound ways to exploit the increasing dominance of IP video, Chris sees tremendous opportunity for organizations and companies to find new spaces for growth.
Jonathan Solomon, Strategic Initiatives Engineer - Streaming, joined Aspera, an IBM Company, in 2014 bringing more than 25 years system design, administration, and project management experience in Media and Entertainment. His vast experience in broadcast and IP allows him to routinely bridge the two worlds. Career highlights include the architecting the WWE OTT Network, dark fiber network design, and project design and management for several multi-million dollar broadcast facilities. Over his twenty five years of Broadcast Engineering experience, Jonathan has held a variety of roles with industry leaders. Prior to his role at Aspera, he was a Senior Engineering Project Manager at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Inc, Director of Engineering for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and spent more than a decade as an Engineer-In-Charge, supporting OB television broadcasts. His travels as an EIC covered 45 of the 50 United States.
Mary Byrne is the Editor in Chief for the Olympic Channel. She is responsible for leading the global platform’s overall editorial strategy including the content planning and implementation for the platform’s digital, social media and news divisions. Byrne brings more than 25 years of journalistic experience to the Olympic Channel. Most recently, she served as senior deputy editor for ESPN Digital & Print Media where she was responsible for the editorial operations for their Digital & Print’s daily coverage in addition to overseeing cross-platform collaboration and integration.
Alex is Senior Digital consultant at TEAM, UEFA’s exclusive commercial partner for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa Leagueand UEFA Super Cup. Previously he was Chief Digital Officer of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, Chief Digital Officer of the Engine Group, Head of New Media for London 2012 where he built a team from scratch that delivered 77 digital channels to 150m consumers, and a co-founder and Chairman of CricInfo, since sold to ESPN. Alex is also a Commissioner of Historic England, a Trustee of English Heritage, and an assessor for Innovate UK.
Johannes Franken is Head of Digital at Host Broadcast Services (HBS). In this role, he is responsible for the development and management of the multimedia services offered by HBS to its partners and clients. On behalf of FIFA, he designed and implemented the multimedia offers provided by HBS for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Justin Paul is the Chief Marketing Officer at Friend MTS an Emmy Award-winning global content-protection company based in the UK. Justin is a marketing leader with a track record of bringing new innovative solutions to market and creating awareness within the industry. He is a passionate conference speaker and regular panellist at international conferences. Prior to joining Friend MTS he was leading marketing for the UK 5G trial programme. He was previously involved in IPTV and Mobile TV at Alcatel-Lucent and wrote a very popular white paper called “How to get ahead in IPTV” that focused on the importance of high-value content, especially sport, in creating a successful service.
André is currently responsible for content and platform security for the BT Sport channels and BT’s TV service, in addition to BT’s media & broadcast, broadband and Wi-Fi platforms. He has a long history in the area of video security and anti-piracy, having previously been head of the Security Practice at renowned video consultancy Farncombe/Cartesian, where he was responsible for security audits of many of the world’s main content protection systems. Prior to Farncombe, André was head of platform security at YouView. In his spare time, he is a Scout Leader.
I’ve worked in the digital landscape for more than 14 years and have built a deep understanding of the right strategies and plans using IP-based geolocation and circumvention-based data that can help companies around the world improve their online endeavors. I’ve worked directly with a large number of companies across many different industry verticals on how to harness IP data for their own unique business needs―including Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms, Video on Demand (VOD), advertising technology, cyber security, ecommerce, and financial institutions. Named as one of the “Top-50 Women in Ad Tech” and as a thought leader in location-based services, I regularly speak at industry conferences around the world and am a regular contributor to trade press on the role of geolocation data.
Ignacio is Marketing and Commercial Director at Mediapro with products such as Gol Televisión, beIN SPORTS and beIN CONNECT. He joined the company nine years ago and he have worked with all big sports right holders: LaLiga, Premier League, UEFA, FIFA, Formula One… and distributors around the world including the traditional ones like Telefonica, SKY, Canal+,… and the new ones Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, YouTube,…
In his beginnings, he worked in the advertising agencies Young & Rubicam and Ruiz Nicoli, managing accounts for fast moving consumer goods industry. Later he moved to the marketing and commercial environment to take charge of the Commercial Communication and the Advertising of the pay TV operator Vía Digital. Before Mediapro he was Director of Sports Rights and New Media Developments at Audiovisual Sport and Sogecable (Canal+).
Cristian Livadiotti is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wildmoka, a leading live clipping, editing and publishing platform for broadcasters. Prior to Wildmoka, Cristian has held a number of senior management positions in various software companies, from mobile platforms to telco infrastructures. He has a proven track record in successfully setting up ventures, projects, and teams, and building a cohesive, self-motivated attitude that binds people in their activity. Wildmoka is not the first time the two Co-Founders, Thomas Menguy and Cristian Livadiotti, joined forces in an entrepreneurial endeavor. “We have been working together for more than 15 years”, said Livadiotti. Their previous start-up (a mobile OS company) was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent and it was not long before the duo got the urge to start again.
Carlo De Marchis is the Chief Product and Marketing Officer at deltatre and has joined the company in 1988; for 26 years now, he has experienced the highest levels of sport all around the world and participated to every step of deltatre’s impressive growth. Today, Carlo De Marchis leads the Company’s Product Strategy with an exclusive drive on Social Media, Multi-platform digital solutions and their interaction with the TV.
As Vice President of Product Strategy at Limelight Networks, Steve focuses on driving the long term product roadmap for the company with a focus on delivering the highest quality online experiences. This includes live and on-demand online video streaming, edge services, downloadable software and updates, online video games, as well as web application acceleration, cloud storage and security services. Steve has extensive experience designing and delivering solutions to help companies manage and optimize their online presence. His expertise ranges from defining, planning, implementing and managing complex streaming, content distribution and workflow solutions across Broadcast, Media & Entertainment and Enterprise verticals. Prior to joining Limelight in 2010 he served as Chief Operating Officer for Global MIX and SetTopSolutions before that. Steve holds an MBA from Henley Management College and resides in Brighton, England.
Mark is responsible for the overall content creation, technical delivery and digital platform development of the Olympic Channel as well as integrating partnerships with Rights Holding Broadcasters, sponsors, International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Before joining OCS, Parkman served as the Operations Executive for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBC) and Vice President of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), where he oversaw the operations of the host broadcaster for the Olympic Games. Mark was awarded an Emmy for his work on the host broadcaster team for the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, and he recently managed operations for 1,800 hours of televised competition for the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, overseeing production, engineering, logistics, planning, crewing and broadcaster relations. Mark previously worked in marketing, public relations and international television coordination with Turner Broadcasting System and Cohn & Wolfe, where he led media efforts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR and PGA Golf.
Tim Westcott is Research and Analysis Director of the Channels and Programming team at IHS Markit. Tim joined the company in September 2004 and specialises in TV programme production and distribution, sports rights and public broadcasting. He is also editor of the monthly Media and Technology Digest. He previously worked for two years at the European Audiovisual Observatory in Strasbourg as an analyst specializing public film and audiovisual funding, and before that worked as a journalist at the Financial Times Group and Emap, including a stint as editor of Television Business International.
Michiel Bakker comes from a 20 year background in building thematic TV Channels; being a member of the founding team of MTV Networks Europe in his role as CEO of Viacom Entertainment Networks UK & Nordic. As Chairman of Paramount Comedy and Nickelodeon, he represented Viacom on the boards of both channels.
As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving the execution of the long term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Fautier is the current President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. His previous experience at Harmonic includes leadership positions in Solutions Marketing, where his area of responsibility covered Harmonic’s major markets, including broadcast, cable, telco, DTH and OTT, as well as multiscreen initiatives. Prior to joining Harmonic, he was Vice President of Marketing for Vsofts and held various positions at Philips in Research, Engineering and Marketing. Fautier was one of the primary drivers at Philips in the creation of MPEG technology and in the development of the first MPEG-2 STB system on chip solutions. An experienced speaker, he has presented at leading industry conferences throughout the world.
Kieron joined FACT in November 2006, following a distinguished 30 year career with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, including a four year secondment to Interpol as Head of the Economic Crime Department, and culminating in the position of Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Specialist Crime Operations in the City. FACT is the UK’s leading intellectual property protection organisation specialising in safeguarding both digital content and physical products for piracy and counterfeiting. Kieron has overseen the development and strengthening of its investigative, intelligence and analytical capabilities, along with enhanced engagement with national, regional and international law enforcement agencies. Kieron is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Ed brings over 25 years of digital media and consumer electronics experience to his role at Qwilt, where he is responsible for cultivating relationships with CDN operators and content providers around the globe. His extensive knowledge of the streaming media ecosystem, coupled with his strong relationships with major content brands, are helping to further Qwilt’s vision of the Open Edge Cloud for the delivery of a new generation of content and applications. Prior to joining Qwilt, Ed was Vice President of Content Acquisition at Roku, where he led a worldwide content acquisition team responsible for working with key content partners, establishing product strategy and fostering developer relations across all territories.
Michael D’Auria is Vice President of Business Development and Sports Performance at Second Spectrum, a technology company that leverages data, machine learning and computer vision to transform the way people play, coach, and experience sports. Michael joined the company in 2015 as an experienced public and private sector leader, and former outstanding collegiate athlete.
At Maestro, Ari guides the company’s vision enabling enterprise live streamers own, engage, and monetize their audiences. He is leading the industry to create new gold standards in engaging live broadcasts and developing metrics to help customers build stronger relationships with their audiences. Ari led Maestro’s win in the 2017 Manatt Digital eSports Startup Launchpad and finalist recognition at the 2017 Digital Entertainment World, 2016 SXSW Accelerator, and 2016 TechCrunch Disrupt hosted by the NFL. Prior to Maestro, Ari was a product manager at Zynga where he designed features, managed revenue, and integrated Fortune 100 brands like Coca-Cola and McDonalds into CityVille, the most popular game on Facebook. Before Zynga, he was an analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he developed strategies for improved controls and management of global market data spend. Ari holds an M.S. in Management Science from Stanford and a B.S. in Information Science from Cornell.
As Managing Director OTT & Digital Services, Rainer Geier is responsible for Sportradar’s entire digital platform & applications business. Starting his career as ‘Head of Sponsoring’ of the sports betting operator BWIN, Rainer was part of the founding team of ‘Sportsman Media’ & LAOLA1 which were acquired in 2016 by the Sportradar Group. With more than 20 years of experience in the sports industry, Rainer is leading a team of digital experts serving the likes of Borussia Dortmund, German Football Association, EHF Marketing or World Rally Championship.
Bill Gash is the director for OTT strategy in EMEA for CSG’s Ascendon digital commerce solution, now used by more than twenty leading media, content owner and service provider businesses. Ascendon has been designed to enable businesses to better engage today’s digital consumers, drive loyalty and build revenue with premium content and services. At CSG Bill has signed new accounts and widened the industry’s appreciation for what can be achieved with CSG Ascendon. Prior to joining CSG in 2012 Bill worked at early stage online video tech start-ups (Ooyala, Videoplaza), having run his own strategic consulting company catering for technology businesses entering the EMEA media, broadcasting and payTV markets.
Peter Bellamy brings 15 years’ experience of working in commercially focused roles within the digital sports, entertainment and technology sectors. As the Senior Vice President of Client Services at NeuLion, Peter manages the company’s portfolio of clients across EMEA, working with them to define and deliver their go-to-market strategy, as well as in-life management and professional services. Clients include Sky, BT, Eleven Sports and EFL. Peter joined NeuLion as part of the acquisition of Saffron Digital in Summer 2016. At Saffron Digital, Peter was part of the management team and headed up all commercial activities. Previously to Saffron Digital and NeuLion, Peter worked on the Commercial Team at Sky UK, focused on commercialising Sky’s portfolio of news, sports and entertainment services.
When he’s able to untether from work and technology Rebel Ventures’ CEO and Founder Craig Howe can be found biking, snowboarding, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two daughters. When in the office, using his two decades of experience helping iconic sports brands such as Real Madrid, the NBA, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Boston Red Sox, Wimbledon, and Juventus Craig leverages his knowledge of digital strategy and revenue generation to help sports organizations optimize their performance and revenue potential at the intersection of digital, content, marketing, and technology. Craig has led Rebel Ventures to become the preeminent global sports digital strategy firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Madrid servicing over 35 leading sports organizations, media companies, and brands around the globe. Rebel Ventures is fiercely dedicated to helping their clients transform digital from a cost center to a revenue center, establishing digital as a strong business unit within any sports organization.
Simon drives various market development and product marketing activities for NAGRA, the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions designed to connect people to the content they love. His areas of focus include next generation cloud, IP, data and analytics driven TV solutions.
In addition, Simon spearheads the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a global industry research program developed by NAGRA for senior pay-TV executives which explores the innovations and strategies that will drive the next phases of growth for pay-TV service providers.
Simon has more than 20 years of international software industry experience in strategic and corporate marketing, product management, consulting and new product launches. He holds an MBA in Marketing from McGill University and is a Canadian professional engineer. A seasoned industry speaker, Simon has spent most of his career in Europe, working for international large organizations as well as startups.
Michele assumed his current role with Eurovision Media Services (EMS) in September 2017 where he oversees the global strategy for sales. Being in the media industry for more than a decade, Michele has a clear understanding of the market and a proven track record maximising revenues. Michele spent 16 years in executive positions at Globecast where he successfully developed new revenue streams and put in place global sales strategies that helped grow the company's core business. In 2013, he became Globecast America's CEO where he raised the company's profile in the US market and positioned Globecast in the digital arena. In 2015, he became Executive Vice President of the newly created Occasional Use and Media Services Division of Globecast before taking his current role with EMS.Michele's international experience includes working in Europe, Asia and North America, including: Paris, Rome, Singapore, and New York. He completed his B.A. in Economics and Finance at Science Po in Strasbourg, France
mycujoo was founded in 2014 by João and his brother Pedro to give an answer to the millions of clubs and players worldwide without access to the digital solutions provided to the professional level. João is now the COO and supervises the operations and growth of what started as a 2-man startup and has now turned into a 70-people global company operating out of four different countries and with partners in more than 80 countries. With a Master Degree in Engineering, his career evolved from Project Engineering in leading International Engineering Oil Services Companies, to Engineering Management. Right before founding mycujoo, João was also managing strategic relationships with key business partners as well as managing the interaction between his company and global state-owned oil entities.
Pascal Hetzscholdt is the Director of Content Protection for Europe and Africa and part of the Global Content Protection team of 21st Century Fox. Pascal provides anti-piracy advice and support to the Fox Networks Group TV broadcasting operations throughout Europe and Africa. Pascal is no stranger to the entertainment industry, having previously worked at Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, MarkMonitor and the Motion Picture Association of America. Most recently he served as a Principal Consultant at Cartesian, a consulting firm focused on global telecom, media, and technology industries, where he worked on a variety of topics related to anti-piracy strategies, online investigations, and enforcement. Pascal evangelizes a holistic approach to the piracy problem with remedies borrowed from the areas of Content Protection, Cyber Security and GDPR while recognizing that businesses and governments worldwide have a shared responsibility towards creating and securing safe and legal online environments.
Richard Craig-McFeely is Strategy Director, Digital Media at Interxion and leads its strategy, business development and marketing activities in this segment. Richard has worked in the media business for over 20 years and is focused on enabling content owners, broadcasters and service providers to maximise their opportunities in the fast moving/changing media sector. Importantly Richard brings specific domain expertise around live events based on experience with several large sport properties such as F1, WTA, FIFA and IPL. Prior to joining Interxion, Richard has held senior sales and marketing positions with Softimage (as part of Microsoft), Avid, NaturalMotion, Quantel, KIT digital and Tata Communications. These roles have given Richard extensive experience in content production and distribution technologies across sports, general entertainment and news. Richard follows trends in media convergence across all video enabled segments. Richard holds an MSc from UCL and a BSc from Southampton University.
Maria leads the strategic development and manages the day-to-day operations of a team of analysts tracking the evolution of global service providers and operators. She created the team while at Screen Digest, now part of IHS Markit, following that acquisition in 2010. Their research on service providers leverages long-standing relationships with operators in all 70+ markets covered by IHS Markit, resulting in the most comprehensive source of television and operator market intelligence in the world.
Simon Miller is Global Director of Sports at Gracenote responsible for helping customers fully leverage the company’s industry-leading data and technology offerings to create highly engaging sports viewing experiences. Prior to joining Gracenote, Simon was an Executive Producer at Bloomberg Sports where he successfully launched a weekly TV show titled “Football Dynamics” which provided fans a unique combination of data-driven insights and expert opinions on the game. Earlier, Simon served as CEO of Betfair TV where he oversaw development of the world’s first gaming app to sit alongside live sports broadcasts on Samsung Connected TV. During his time at Betfair, he won two industry awards recognizing innovation. Throughout a more than 20 year career in the media, advertising and sports industries, Simon has also held roles at BskyB’s Sky Bet, J. Walter Thompson and Publicis.
Simon was Head of Content ar eir, Ireland’s largest telco, where he was responsible for content acquisition and channel partnerships for eir’s IPTV service. Most recently Simon led eir’s acquisition of Setanta Sports and the subsequent roll out of the eir Sport app featuring premium eir Sport and BT Sport channels to eir’s broadband base. Prior to eir, Simon held senior TV product and content roles at Virgin Media Ireland. Simon was a member of an industry working group formed to combat digital piracy in Ireland, working in partnership with rightsholders, studios and the independent production sector.
Unmish is highly experienced at strategically combining content with commerce, across diverse cultures, ethnicities, behaviors, languages, devices, time and locations, using digital media technologies. He is currently the Global Head of Digital Sales for the International Cricket Council as well as a Founding Partner of Picture Board Pte Ltd. With over 15 years of digital experience, Unmish has a deep understanding of the production, distribution and licensing of sport and news content genres, having worked for large organizations such as News Corp, Fox Sports Asia and ESPN STAR Sports to name a few. Unmish is active in the startup & incubation space in Singapore & India via Picture Board, his private vehicle that advises & invests founders and principal investors in early stage businesses. A thought leader in his space, Unmish also regularly presents and speaks at conferences on a wide variety of topics.
Jeff Nathenson is Managing Director, International for Whistle Sports, the global sports media network and community for today’s generation. Based in London, he is building the international operations by working with brands and federations to create the next generation of sports content through social platforms. He previously spent eight years at YouTube working on the transition from the platform’s early phase to bringing some of the biggest media properties and brand advertisers onto the platform. Jeff has also worked at CNN, IMG and Dow Jones in a number of different roles. Before and during his career, he studied at both New York University and London Business School.
Mark leads the strategic direction for the growing Live segment. He is responsible for the global delivery and management of a suite of Piracy Control, Cybercrime Prevention Services including watermarking solutions to sports rights owners, broadcasters/operators and other verticals. He manages a global team of analysts, investigators and product management experts. He is currently Vice President for the leading pan European industry association – AAPA. (http://www.aapa.eu/). Mark was previously the Fraud & Operational Security Manager at Foxtel. Prior to that he served 16 years in New South Wales Police Service including special assignments in the Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Crime Authority and 3 years as a Prosecutor. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2004.
David Garrido has just completed his 20th year in UK sports broadcasting, having started at student radio station Oxygen FM while at university. David won the BBC Talent competition in 2000, earning him a contract with BBC Sport – his main role over a decade with the corporation was as sports reporter/presenter at Radio 1 Newsbeat, where he covered World Cups, a European Championship, Champions League finals, tennis Grand Slams, Ashes series and also interviewed some of the biggest names in sport – he also reported on Final Score, Football Focus and Match of the Day. David moved to Sky in 2011 to join Sky Sports News where he has hosted their Deadline Day coverage and was the last presenter of live LaLiga football in the UK. He also made his own documentary in 2014 on the Gibraltar national football team, and is a long-suffering Sheffield Wednesday fan.
With a background in sports and entertainment, having worked across a range of major events including: Olympics, Football and Rugby World Cups, David is a commercially savvy and experienced sports marketing professional, operating in all aspects of the commercial side of sport. In addition to sports, David has been a pioneer in e-sports, leading the way in commercial sponsorships for non-endemic brands in this emerging sector. David’s expertise includes: sponsorship, broadcast and streaming, e-sports, social and digital media and athlete management. David is widely known and respected in the international sports market, maintaining a strong network of clients and contacts globally.