President and General Manager, Discovery Golf
Chief Media Officer
Chief Technology Officer
NBC Sports Group
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Content Protection for Europe and Africa
21st Century Fox
Head of Digital Products
Sports Partnerships Manager
Head of Marketing, EMEA
Director, Sports Partnerships
Vice President, Media Rights
Global Head of Digital Sales
VP, Business Development, Sports Performance
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Director, Sports and News’
Managing Director, Europe
Executive Chairman & Group CEO
Executive Vice President
VP, International Media & Business Development
NFL Game Pass
EVP & General Manager, Digital Media
NBC Sports Group
Olympic Broadcasting Services
SVP, Digital Platforms & Media Strategy
Vice President, Global Media Distribution
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ajit Mohan is the CEO of Hotstar. Ajit launched and built India's leading streaming platform, Hotstar, which still remains one of the few video services in the world that bring together TV shows, movies and live sports. Under his leadership, the platform has achieved dramatic scale – with more than 350 million downloads to date, and nearly 100 million users a month. It is the first local service and one of the few entertainment apps anywhere in the world, to cross 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store. Ajit is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an alumni of McKinsey and Company's New York office and a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute. He is an India board member of the Mobile Marketing Association and the Chairman of IAMAI’s Entertainment Sub Committee.
Harvey was appointed CEO of Leeds United, where he remained for nine years before joining the EFL in 2013. As Chief Executive, he now oversees the day to day administration and management of the largest single body of professional clubs in European football and he has implemented a number of innovative changes to the League and its competitions. In the summer of 2016, The Football League was retitled the ‘English Football League’ as part of a comprehensive re-branding to give the League’s competitions a new and distinct identity, while simultaneously retaining its unique heritage. More recent changes have seen a revamped format of the Checkatrade Trophy competition in a bid to strengthen the future of English football, as well as an enhancement of the EFL’s profile abroad, through the Carabao Cup sponsorship and record overseas broadcasting agreements. Harvey oversees a commercial programme that generates more than £140m of revenue every season from broadcasting and sponsorship. This includes the iFollow service – an innovative digital streaming OTT platform that allows fans of EFL Clubs at home and abroad to watch their team play live – which is a first for football and a pioneering service in sports broadcasting. More recently, Harvey successfully concluded negotiations with Sky Sports to secure a live domestic broadcasting rights deal worth £600million running until 2024, the biggest in the League’s history
COPA90 is a football company with over 115 million views per month and with 35 minutes per fan per week average watch time, now regarded as the definitive youth media brand for football. The brand's influence is far-reaching. Recent COPA90 hits and highlights include ‘Corbyn and Chill' – Jeremy Corbyn’s pre-election appearance on COPA90 which was widely cited as helping mobilise the youth vote in the run up to General Election 2017. Mundial magazine called COPA90 "The voice of a generation." COPA90's FIFA and Chill interview format has also attracted Beckham, Stormzy, Pogba, Lil Yachty, Lethal Bizzle. COPA90 has consolidated its position as a disrupter of the sports media landscape with a number of innovations. In 2016, it was the first football brand to build a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the UEFA European Championship and in July 2017 announced its new COPA90 LIVE series which is re-defining how a live football match should look and feel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Torsten was appointed VP Global Media Rights and EsportsTV in August 2016. His new established role is to create and package ESL esports products for TV broadcasters, Multi Service Operators and Online platforms around the globe to bring esports to a new audience with an entertaining and educating content portfolio. Before joining ESL, Torsten worked eight years at German Sports TV Channel Sport1, where he was leading the program department and the related content sales divsion as Program Director. In 2012 he started his own media consulting company and created TV and Branded Content formats for national and international clients. Recently he worked at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, where he build up an editorial department to run multiple sports and entertainment live shows for their TV and Online Channels. He started his career as TV reporter at German News Magazine „FOCUSTV“ in 2000, where he learned the handcraft of Storytelling.
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.
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.