The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Location: LVCC, North Hall, Room N262

2:15 - 3:15 PM
Track II - DH17 - Digital Hollywood

Hybrid TV: Delivering the Ultimate TV Experience

Hybrid TV presents a new reorganized option in video viewing. It represents TV on all platforms - TV - Mobile - PC - packaged in new bundles and packages.  What does the consumer want and what bundles will be offered?

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion

Paul Stathacopoulos, Vice President of Strategy and Execution, Rovi Corporation

Steve McKay, President, Americas, Amino Communications

Mark Vena, Worldwide VP Marketing, EchoStar

Ben Huang, Vice President of Marketing, Ericsson TV Platforms

Campbell Foster, Director of Product Marketing, Video Solutions, Adobe

Steve Wong, Director Telco & Media Sales Americas, Siemens, Moderator


Ben Huang has been focused on the intersection of media and technology for more than 15 years. He is the Vice President of Marketing for Ericsson TV Platforms. In this capacity, he oversees

marketing programs for the entire product portfolio, including Ericsson Mediaroom, MediaFirst, Mediaroom Reach, Multiscreen TV and Content Management System product lines.  Ben joined Ericsson as part of the Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft. During his 10 year tenure at Microsoft, Ben led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, emerging markets, product management, and product planning. Prior to Microsoft, he served as director of business development at PacketVideo, one of the pioneers in the mobile video space. While there, he led partnerships with major media companies and application developers to create mobile video services across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Earlier in his career, Ben also worked in finance, strategic consulting, and venture capital covering the media, telecommunications, and technology industries. He is a frequent speaker at many top-tier industry events including the International Consumer Electronics Show, National Association of Broadcasters, and Digital Hollywood among others. Ben holds MBA and JD degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Law School and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.


Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion: Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion: Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses. His current position as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge. Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, Rainbow Media, Dish Network and many others. He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies. Chris has worked with some of the top names in technology. At Forstmann Little he worked with Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton; while at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he worked with Ray Lane, Managing Partner; and for 20 years has worked with Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates. Chris' relationship with Charles Wang, and Computer Associates' former Chief Technology Officer, Nancy Li, created an opportunity to form NeuLion, where he is responsible for the strategy and execution of the company's marketplace efforts. The world is changing as it relates to digital media. Content owners have more leverage than ever as they move to IP based distribution. NeuLion has become a leader in creating new experiences for consumers with a fantastic array of interactive services delivered over the internet. Chris has been a frequent speaker at conferences, tradeshows, and industry events. Specialties include: sales and marketing, competitive analysis, financing, franchising, mergers and acquisition.


Paul Stathacopoulos, Vice President of Strategy and Execution, Rovi Corporation: Paul joined Rovi Corporation in 2009, and in his current role as vice president of strategy and execution is responsible for leading the definition and execution of the company’s product strategy across Rovi's global product portfolio of guidance, video and advertising products. Prior to working at Rovi, Paul held the position of vice president of product marketing for Planetweb, Inc. While there, he was responsible for the product vision and strategic direction of all Planetweb products including Planetweb's embedded web browser and the lightweight SpectraWorks user interface technology. Together, these two product lines helped pioneer connected and interactive experiences on game consoles, DVD players, set-tops, digital cameras and mobile devices.  Paul has also held positions at Sega of America, where he was responsible for launching the first online capable video game platform. During his five years at Sega, Paul led the delivery of some of the very first Internet-connected interactive television experiences, setting the stage for the evolution of many of today’s interactive connected consumer devices. Paul also held positions at Third Voice, Inc. and Space Systems Loral. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.


Campbell Foster, Director of Product Marketing for Video Solutions, Adobe:  Campbell Foster is director of product marketing for Video Solutions at Adobe, leading global efforts to drive adoption of video engagement, data, optimization, and monetization technologies with Adobe Primetime. He is a published author and researcher, and frequently speaks at industry events on TV Everywhere, video monetization, and IPTV trends and topics.  Prior to Adobe, Campbell led global product marketing for Google DoubleClick, managing ad serving, video, RTB, programmatic, and rich media products. He also served as a founding member of the DoubleClick Ad Exchange management team.  Campbell earned an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and received a BA in English from Cornell University.


Mark Vena, Worldwide VP Marketing, EchoStar; Previously, Mark was chief marketing officer at Segway Inc., where he led the launch of the company’s latest models of the company’s popular line of innovative self-balancing personal transportation devices and Segway’s SE Patroller, the company’s first three-wheeler device designed exclusively for the private security and public safety markets. As senior vice president/general manager of Synaptics' Human Interface Systems Division, Mark managed the company’s highly profitable and market-share leading line of notebook TouchPad solutions. Mark is a seasoned industry veteran and has a unique consumer and business technology vision that focuses on growth and innovation-oriented usage models. Before joining Synaptics in April 2007 as Vice President of Synaptics’ PC Business Unit, Mark was vice president of worldwide marketing at Alienware. Previously, he held senior business and product marketing management positions at industry leaders Dell, Compaq, Epson and IBM. Mark is a graduate of Boston College and enjoys the theater and watching professional sports (with Sling, of course) during his leisure time


Steve McKay, President, Americas, Amino Communications: Steve’s career has been focused on Internet Media for nearly 20 years. Prior to its sale to Amino in 2015, Steve led Entone, Inc. to become a leading provider of IPTV and connected home solutions, supporting 100’s of communications service providers with sales of Entone products in more than 30 countries. Entone initially started as a VOD software company, with that business being sold to Harmonic, Inc. in 2007. Prior to Entone, Steve was CEO of Ion Global, a pan-Asian systems integrator. Under his direction, Ion Global grew from 50 employees located in one country to over 1,000 employees across 10 countries. Steve began his career with Accenture where he worked with some of the world’s leading media and communications service providers on their Internet media strategies and deployments. Steve received his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


Steve Wong, Director Telco & Media Sales Americas, Siemens: Steve Heads the Media & Entertainment Division for Siemens in the Americas and is serial start-up media and entertainment internet infrastructure person who enjoys putting first-ever disruptive technology in the hands of billions.  Steve was recognized with a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Teranex Video Computer. Steve is a Member of the Interactive Media Peer Group of The National Academy of Television Arts& Sciences (The Emmy Awards). He is an Executive Academy Member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (The Webby Awards). In addition, Steve is a Hollywood Section Manager of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). For fun, Steve is a marathon runner, crossfit competitor and writes and produces independent feature films. Currently, Steve is in pre-production for his independent film “Checkmate”  Steve was a co- lecturer with former US Ambassador Gary Locke & former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa at “The Global Leadership Program” sponsored by USAChina Investments Group hosted at University of Southern California. Steve also is a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  Steve began his career in broadcasting working for Belo Broadcasting and then moved to ABC Capital Cities (purchased by Disney) as Director of Research and Development. In this role, Steve experimented with broadcasting live news on the internet with Cu-Seeme back in 1995.  During the times of broadcast conversion from Analog to Digital, Steve used his knowledge of broadcasting to advice stations on broadcast equipment while at Leitch technologies (purchased by Harris then purchased by Imagine)  During the times of broadcast and post production conversion from Standard Definition to High Definition, Steve joined a Department of Defense Military technology spin-off start up (Teranex) that used Parallel computing for video conversion and pre-compression processing. In his role, Steve advised a number of broadcasters, postproduction studios, and movie studios on conversion, noise reduction, and 3:2 pull down.  As content moved on-line, Steve moved into video transmission, storage, and distribution joining Level 3. Steve advised client on the best practices for online live broadcast and Video on Demand distribution, storage, and monetization. Currently Steve heads the media and entertainment group of Siemens helping clients develop profitable turnkey businesses to deliver live and VOD content to consumers via mobile devices.  Over the years, Steve has advised a number of start-up companies.