The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Location: LVCC, North Hall, Room N262

11:30 - 12:30 PM
Track II - DH9 - Digital Hollywood

Video Anytime Anywhere: Understanding the Value Proposition

At its core the TV industry has always been about video delivery.  But now it has added InternetTV and mobile to the package.  In this session we will explore the comprehensive video and commerce strategy being developed for the consumer.

Chris McCown, Vice President of Video Product Management, Scripps Networks Interactive

Amit Ziv, ‎Vice President, Business Operations, Development, and Strategy, EPIX

Beth Clearfield, SVP, Digital Distribution & Business Development BBC Worldwide North America

David Baldwin, EVP, Program Planning, Starz

John Harran, SVP of Business & Product Development, Turner Broadcasting

Shahid Khan, Chairman and Chief Strategist, MediaMorph, Inc., Moderator


Amit Ziv – Vice President, Business Operations, Development and Strategy, EPIX: Amit serves as the VP of Business Operations, Development and Strategy for EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom, Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. In his role, Amit is responsible for long-range strategic business planning and special projects for the CEO and GM/EVP of EPIX, as well as structuring multi-platform content distribution deals for EPIX’s suite of premium movie channels with major MVPDs (e.g., Dish Network, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox and more) and leading OTT distributors (SVOD, VMVPD). Launched in October 2009, EPIX is now available in over 50 million multichannel video households. In addition, Amit spearheads digital business development efforts for EPIX (linear, VOD) with key TV Everywhere platforms including PlayStation, XBOX, Google (Android, Chromecast), iOS, Roku, Windows, and more.  Prior to EPIX, Amit was a Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young’s Strategy & Operations Consulting Practice working with a broad range of media and entertainment companies in the areas of strategic planning, profitability improvement, organizational and process design, and rights management. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Amit was the Manager of Business Development for Madwood Media/Flutie Entertainment, a Talent Management and TV Production company specializing in endorsements and unscripted programming.  Amit holds an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Strategy from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Michigan State University.


John Harran is senior vice president, business and product development for Turner Content Distribution (TCD), the domestic distribution and marketing arm of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, Harran oversees the multi-platform distribution of Turner’s content and drives the distribution strategy for Turner’s TV Everywhere initiative. Harran is based in Atlanta and reports to Jennifer Mirgorod, executive vice president of brand distribution.  Within his role, Harran is responsible for securing partnerships and revenue opportunities across IP delivery platforms and device manufactures such as Google, You Tube, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Connected TVs, and social media, expanding distribution models with partners in the EST, SVOD, and OTT spaces, as well as exploring advanced product opportunities, like March Madness Live and CNN GO, across Turner’s portfolio of networks and brands. Harran also oversees Turner Private Networks where he is responsible for creating additional revenue-generating opportunities for Turner's out-of-home content business. Previously, Harran was vice president of business development & multi-platform distribution, where he focused on the development of TV Everywhere, VOD, and multi-platform distribution strategies with cable, satellite and telco providers, negotiated content deals with pay-TV providers and crafted digital partnerships with consumer electronic manufactures and emerging media companies. A seasoned TV distribution and digital media veteran, Harran worked at Starz Encore as division vice president and led the start up of their Los Angeles new media division; at The Weather Channel, where he launched the distribution efforts across Telco and satellite platforms; at N2 Broadband, where he focused on the development of VOD software platforms; and at Amplified Holdings during the start up and acquisition phase of a business-to-business ecommerce and digital music distribution provider. Harran earned a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Skidmore College.


Beth Clearfield, SVP, Digital Distribution & Business Development, BBC Worldwide North America: Beth Clearfield is responsible for the development of digital media markets for BBC programs - including EST, VOD, broadband, mobile phones, and high definition. In addition, she has a central role in determining business development activities for BBC Worldwide in the U.S. including strategic/commercial partnerships, joint ventures, acquisitions, and new service launches. Beth was previously responsible for program supply for BBC AMERICA, and oversaw a department that serves as the central program information resource for all BBCWA sales teams in North and Latin America. A 16-year veteran of BBC Worldwide, Americas, Beth's accomplishments include the company's first deals with clients such as iTunes, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon, Yahoo!, AOL, Real Networks, Here!, iN Demand, Azureus, and Akimbo. She worked on the conception of BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide's joint venture channels with Discovery Communications Inc. in Latin America. Before joining BBC Worldwide, America, Beth was Manager of the Story Department at CBS/Fox Video. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale with a degree in Economics and Political Science.


Dave Baldwin, EVP, Program Planning, Starz: Baldwin is based in the company's New York City office where he is responsible for all programming planning and research responsibilities in support of the company's 17 linear channels and associated on-demand and online services. Baldwin came to Starz Entertainment after serving 31 years in research and scheduling at Home Box Office, most recently as Executive Vice President of Program Planning. Baldwin was responsible for creating strategies and producing the program schedules for the 15 HBO and Cinemax multichannel networks, inventory management of all video assets and creation of monthly menus for HBO and Cinemax On Demand, and the HBO mobile wireless platform internationally. Baldwin graduated from Penn State with a B.S. degree in Education, and holds a Masters in Library Science from Queens College.


Shahid Khan, Co-Founder and Chairman, Mediamorph:  Shahid Khan is an acclaimed thought leader in Media and Cable industries, with tremendous track-record of working with leading TV Networks, Publishers, Cable MSOs and Device companies to identify opportunities based on emerging platforms and launch cross-platform media plays across Over-the-top Video, Digital Music, eBooks and emerging TV Networks. Prior to co-founding Mediamorph, Shahid held senior executive positions as leading consulting firms, including Senior Partner at IBB Consulting Group, Managing Director and Head of Entertainment/Information Services Industries at BearingPoint/KPMG Consulting and Partner at IBM Global Services. Some of his clients are: Disney, Sony, Showtime, A&E, Univision, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and Motorola. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and is a Fellow at U. Penn’s Wharton School of Business. Shahid is well-renowned in the industry for his points of views, is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences, appears on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.