Monday, October 19th, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Track II: Poolside Tent I

Indie TV – OTT and Streaming - The Gateway to the New Hollywood of Content to Phones, Tablets, TV and PC

Todd Jackson, Senior Vice President, Screen Media Ventures

Albhy Galuten, VP of Media Technology Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment

Michael Alexander, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry

Brandon Eatros, CEO/Co-Founder, Yidio

Rob Gill, VP of Media, Entertainment and Publishing, Acquia

Jonas Jonsson, Founder and CEO, Ripple Networks

Bruce Eisen, founder and president, Digital Advisors, Moderator

 

 

Brandon Eatros – CEO/Co-Founder: Brandon oversees all aspects of the business, with a focus on strategy, product & engineering. For over seven years, Brandon has led Yidio from a bootstrapped idea to product launch, and today Yidio has more than 10 million monthly unique users. He has consistently shipped iterative cross-platform search & discovery products that reach millions of people with a high performing, agile, and effective organization. A long time entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience in technology & digital marketing, Brandon was previously CEO & Co-founder of 2Ten Media, which launched the leading sports news, video search & discovery platform SportSnipe.com. He began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 16, as CEO & Founder of Telaweb Inc., a web hosting company which he sold in 2003. For his role in founding and growing Telaweb, he was named a Junior Achievement Entrepreneur of the Year. Subsequently, he was CEO & Founder of BE Ideas Group, a start-up incubator, and a consultant at EMC Corporation. Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology & Computer Science from Purdue University.

 

Jonas Jonsson is Founder and CEO of Ripple Networks.  Ripple Networks fundamentally changes how video is distributed over the Internet using advanced internet protocols and predictive forward routing, it’s the first platform to finally bring OTT video delivery to the high standards and revenue requirements of broadcast television. Prior to Ripple, Jonas was Founder of AST, an end to end IPTV platform delivering HD Over-the-Top video to any country around the world through a proprietary content management platform, channel programming engines, and full support for multilingual metadata and video-on-demand. He was also co-founder of TaskUS.com proving customer care and back-office support for Fortune 500 Companies. Earlier he was a business analyst ByggVesta and Stellar Holdings. As a series entrepreneur, Jonas builds companies that provides scalable solutions to large problem sets, and combines his business acumen with access to the  best software development teams in the world. Jonas also has been granted 2 patents in artificial intelligence and video distribution.

 

Albhy Galuten, Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy, Sony Corporation of America (SCA): In addition to his technological achievements, Mr. Galuten is a Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and arranger. Mr. Galuten joined SCA in March 2005, and is responsible for the Media Technology Group. The Media Technology Group assists with technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards. Before coming to Sony, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group. Under Mr. Galuten, eLabs and Universal’s Advanced Technology group provided: strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, invented technology and filed patents. Under Mr. Galuten, the group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations. Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION where he created and developed the Enhanced CD. Prior to working in technology Mr. Galuten was a musician and record producer. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations for Film, Theatre and on record have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.

 

Michael Alexander, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry: Michael Alexander has more than 30 years of systems development experience in all aspects of the information technology business. Currently, Alexander is global solutions architect for SPST (service provider strategic transformation) in IBM's global telecom solutions. He consults with clients globally as an NGN telco subject matter expert  (SME) and as a technical leader in VoIP solutions. In addition, Alexander is responsible for the development of telco technical NGN and specifically for VoIP solutions developed by IBM for U.S. clients AT&T, BellSouth, Qwest, SBC & Verizon. He was previously  the IT architect profession executive and enterprise architecture practice lead for business innovation services, Australia/New Zealand. Before joining IBM, Alexander was technical partner & chief architect in the solutions integration practice at AT&T Solutions. He was responsible for the development of solution architectures that ensured successful engagements with all clients. Previously, Alexander worked at Unisys for 22 years and was the chief architect for Unisys' global systems integration practice. He has previously spoken on digital media topics at TM Forum Americas and TM Forum Nice.

 

Bruce David Eisen is the founder and president of Digital Advisors, a digital distribution consulting firm advising a broad range of clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies whose clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Zoran Corp. and Juniper Networks.  Most recently Eisen was the Vice President Online Content Development & Strategy for DISH Network where he was responsible for the strategy and implementation of the company’s on-demand, online and Internet based initiatives.  To that end, Eisen launched DISH’s TV Everywhere offering, making television content available to its subscribers on a variety of devices including computers, tablets and SmartPhones.  Eisen successfully negotiated license agreements with most of the major broadcast and cable television networks, licensing over 20,000 television shows for on-demand distribution on DishOnline.com and related iPad, iPhone and Android apps.  Eisen devised and implemented the company’s SVOD strategy to compete with Netflix, launching DISH's  Kids/Family SVOD offering which includes over 3,000 pieces of content including Thomas the Train, Barney, Heathcliff, Strawberry Shortcake, VeggieTales and Jim Henson property content.  Eisen was a key member of the executive team to develop and implement the company's movie SVOD offering, Blockbuster@Home which includes early window content from Sony, Disney and Paramount.  Eisen negotiated affiliation agreements with Starz, Showtime, Sony Movie Channel and other broadcast and cable networks for carriage of those linear and on-demand offerings on the DISH satellite system.  In addition, Eisen acquired on-demand rights from the major Hollywood studios including VOD/EST/SVOD rights for distribution across multiple platforms including set-top boxes, DishOnline.com, iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

 

 

 

Rob Gill, VP of Media, Entertainment and Publishing, Acquia: Rob Gill leads the media vertical for Acquia, a digital platform company powering many of the largest media sites in the world including NBC, Fox, BBC, NFL and the Weather Channel. He recently joined from NBCUniversal where he was Vice President of Media Products. Rob managed digital consumer product development across NBCUniversal’s diverse portfolio of broadcast, cable and film brands. He built a team that developed central content management systems, search and identity services, and created video and social experiences.  Rob also serves on the Board of Directors for the Drupal Association.