The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Location: LVCC, North Hall, Room N262

1 - 2 PM
Track I - DH16 - Digital Hollywood

Video Everywhere - Next Generation of OTT

Consumers are accessing video on TV, Mobile and PC. Call it "Everywhere Video" or "Over-the-Top Video.”  By any name it means that content is accessible virtually everywhere.  The proliferation of TV technologies are pushing video to an even wider audience.

Jim O’Neill, Principal Analyst, Ooyala

Brendan Sullivan, EVP, Global Operations and Technology, Vubiquity

Mark Donnigan, Vice President Sales & Strategy, Beamr

Dan Sweeney, Western Division Vice President, The Allant Group

Josette Bonte, Chief Strategy Officer, CTM: Institute for Communication Technology Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Xavier Kochhar, President and CEO, The Video Genome Project

Derek I. Smith, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations Strategy, 20th Century Fox Film, Moderator



Derek I. Smith, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations Strategy at 20th Century Fox Film, has led Operations Strategy at the Studio since 2007. His responsibilities include implementing cost effective and innovative solutions, resulting in business performance improvements across the enterprise. Initially in 2006, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Information Technology, and was responsible for the ever-changing technology demands for the 20th Century Fox Studio Lot. His unique vision for business and technological efficiency lead to the Studio’s desire for Mr. Smith to examine their business on a wider scale. Prior to joining 20th Century Fox, Mr. Smith served as a management consultant with Accenture for over 13 years, where he focused on the Media and Entertainment Industry. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from University Of Illinois and an M.B.A from Tulane University.


Jim O’Neill is Principal Industry Analyst for Ooyala and the editor of the industry news site Videomind. He’s been covering the digital media industry for almost a decade, first as editor of FierceOnlineVideo and FierceIPTV and later as an industry analyst. Prior to that, he was a financial journalist, newsroom executive and owned and operated an award-winning alternative news weekly. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn


Mark Donnigan, Vice President Sales & Strategy, Beamr: Mark Donnigan is a leader in the digital entertainment and distribution arenas, driving industry transformation and disruption in the areas of streaming delivery technologies, Internet of Things, and consumer service business models.  Mark's experience includes key executive roles with TVOD pioneer VUDU, media server leader Kaleidescape, and MOD Systems, the digital kiosk innovator backed by Toshiba and NCR.  As a member of the executive team at Beamr, a venture backed start-up by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other leading VC's, Mark is driving development of a new industry category called media optimization, which enables high quality video and photos to be delivered in the smallest files sizes possible.  With a formal education in computer science and music composition, Mark's passion for business, technology, movies and music drives him to build next generation technology, digital entertainment and product companies.  Recognized as an industry and ecosystem authority, you will appreciate Mark's insights and perspective on the current and future state of OTT, digital content distribution business models, and associated opportunities.


Brendan Sullivan, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY, VUBIQUITY: As EVP, Global Operations and Technology, Brendan drives the evolution of VUBIQUITY’s service delivery infrastructure and technology offerings. Previously, Brendan was responsible for IT, Engineering, and the distribution network for DG, managing a 150-person team dedicated to developing digital content prep and distribution solutions for Brand, Agency, Publisher and Broadcaster clients in both the traditional and online-media space. Prior to joining DG, Brendan spent nearly 10 years at Level 3 Communications, Inc., where he focused on content application development, broadcast and advertising distribution and various other network deployment solutions. Brendan’s teams have been awarded multiple honors such as Sullivan and Frost Innovation in Industry, Forbes Magazine Best of the Web, and a Technical Emmy. Prior to his tenure at Level 3, he was at Andersen Consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 IT Outsourcing clients. Brendan has a BA with Honors from Brown University.


Dan Sweeney, Western Division Vice President, the Allant Group, an advertising and marketing data integration analytics company focused in media and other verticals.  Dan is responsible for business development reaching into the Cable MSO, studio, network, OTT, consumer electronics, and broadcast industries.  Allant customers include Comcast, NBCU, Charter, and Suddenlink among others.  Previously Dan was Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Solekai Systems, working for customers including Ultraviolet, Time Warner, DirecTV and TiVo.  Dan was also sales and marketing chief at meta data and entitlement software company Cauldron Solutions (now Grab Media), and ITV multiplayer gaming company Buzztime.   A telecommunications veteran, Dan also held senior level positions at Gemstar-TV Guide International (now Rovi), Cooke Cablevision and Showtime Networks, Inc.  Dan is currently the Co-Chair, Digital Media Group for CommNexus in San Diego. During his career in the digital video industry he has held several committee and chair positions within CTAM, NATPE and the ITA.


Josette Bonte, the Chief Strategy Officer, USC CTM: where she is in charge of industry relations and overseeing the Institute's research programs. Bonte, an industry veteran and expert in digital media and filmed entertainment, spent the first 11 years of her career as a film and television industry executive in Hollywood, and the past 17 years in the fields of telecom, interactive television, broadband content, and online games. Bonte joins the CTM from Cisco where she served as Executive Digital Media Strategist for the Internet Business Solutions Group's Global Media & Entertainment Practice. Prior to Cisco, Bonte was the Vice President of Digital Media at Cookie Jar Entertainment-producers of acclaimed children's TV series, including Arthur, Caillou, Zaboomafoo, The Doodlebops and Johnny Test. She also served as Vice President of Content and IPTV for Ovum, working on IPTV content deployment strategies with service provider clients including AT&T, Verizon, France Telecom, and BT. A telco TV pioneer, in 1994 Bonte joined then US West (now CenturyLink) as Head of Strategic Marketing, Entertainment, and Interactive services, where she participated in the company's early interactive media and video-on-demand trials, soon becoming the company's liaison to the Hollywood entertainment industry for content strategy. In the late 1980s, Josette served as Executive Director of Unifrance Film, where she represented the French motion picture and television industries in Hollywood. She subsequently founded EuroScreen Partners, a film production and distribution company where she served as CEO. Bonte has an M.F.A from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and a Ph.D. in telecommunications and new media from the Sorbonne. She is the author of the best-seller book La Television a la Carte aux Etat-Unis.


Xavier Kochhar is the CEO of Structured Data Intelligence (SDI), a company whose mission is deeply rooted in the belief that the world's data should be accessible for all to use. The company is behind the Video Genome Project (VGP), which has successfully mapped (catalogued, categorized, analyzed) the hundreds and hundreds of elements (metadata) within 7.5 million+ records of professionally produced video content-film, television shows, and series, and online video. The VGP is the largest, broadest and most granular structured database of video content in the industry. The VGP and the underlying SDI structuring technology have had massive implications not only for video content curation tools (such as search, recommendation, and personalization), but also for developers, publishers, content providers, marketers, and users all over the world who utilize any form of video content. Additionally, SDI's Insights division provides analytical lens tools which it layers on top of its structured databases so that its customers can glean actionable insights relating to video content that are used to drive business decisions. Prior to SDI, Mr. Kochhar was Managing Partner of MediaLink, a strategic advisory firm operating at the intersection of the media, advertising, and technology communities. In this role, he managed and executed upon the strategic planning and business science advisory services for the company and guided clients across of number of practice areas including digital strategy, strategic partnerships, marketing communications, media reviews, organizational management and restructuring, and revenue development. As one of the early executives and part of the original leadership team at MediaLink, Mr. Kochhar helped to build the firm into the media and advertising industry's preeminent strategy and implementation firm. His clients included many top Fortune 100 advertisers, digital media and entertainment companies and publishers, as well as dozens of the fastest growing VC-backed start-ups in both Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, including many of today's top online video studios and distribution platforms. Mr. Kochhar also worked closely with premium venture capital and private equity firms as they sourced and analyzed deals in the media, ad-tech, and content sectors. Mr. Kochhar joined MediaLink from The Walt Disney Company, where he served as one of three corporate executives within Disney©'s Corporate Alliances group dedicated solely to the procuring and developing of new, mutually value-creating strategic relationships between outside corporations and the myriad assets across all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. By sitting in Corporate atop Disney, his role had an ability to and necessitated the pulling of resources from the respective divisions within the company Studios, Theme Parks, Consumer Products, and Media Networks (ABC, ESPN, and the various Disney cable assets) in order to work with third-party B-to-B and consumer brand companies in various aspects of strategic and/or tactical relationships. These relationships included marketing, media buys, sponsorships, promotional activity, purchasing, corporate development, joint or integrated content opportunities, or co-branded JVs. Before Disney, Mr. Kochhar was a corporate packaging agent at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, the largest and most prestigious talent agency representing the entertainment industry's top creatives and content producers; and a partner for an entertainment marketing company, which extends the brands of top consumer and retail companies into the world of media by identifying and/or generating integrated marketing opportunities based on or around top entertainment properties and franchises. Mr. Kochhar was also a strategy consultant in the Media and Entertainment group for London-based L.E.K. Consulting. He began his professional career in corporate finance, after graduating from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, working as investment banker for Tucker Anthony Sutro, where his focus was mergers, acquisitions, and private placements of emerging growth and middle market companies.