Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track I: Salon II, Live Webcast from this Room

Hybrid TV - Delivering the Ultimate TV Experience: Broadcast, Cable, Premium & OTT Content

Todd Viegut, CEO, Kannuu

Freyr Thor, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Alchemy

Priya Rajagopalan, VP of Product Management, Rovi

Jim Monroe, Founder, OTT Age Industries

Mark Vena, Worldwide VP Marketing, Sling Media

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

Mark Donnigan, Vice President Sales & Strategy, Beamr, Moderator

Freyr Thor, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Alchemy: Freyr Thor joined Alchemy in May of 2015 as the company’s Senior Vice President of Product Management. Thor joined Alchemy after co-founding and serving as Managing Partner of the leading digital content rights holder Anderson Digital, LLC having grown the company to $10 million in annual revenue within three years. Prior to Anderson Digital, Thor co-founded SoPeachi Entertainment where he held the title of Managing Director at the children’s content acquisition company. The company’s library included the Garfield & Friends franchise, directly licensed from creator Jim Davis’ company, Paws, Inc. In 1994, Thor founded the independent US based film distributor Vanguard Cinema, Inc. where he served as CEO until 2012. During his tenure, the company released over 1,000 independent films. Vanguard was also one of first to license digital content to Netflix and one of the earliest adaptors of digital distribution with a content licensing agreement with Sight Sound Technologies in 1998.


Todd Viegut is a well-known leader in the technology of online video content business, focusing on content discovery and user experience. As the CEO of Kannuu, Viegut is responsible for charting the company's product development initiatives and orchestrating Kannuu's aggressive growth strategy. A seasoned veteran and successful serial entrepreneur with a strong focus on disruptive technologies in emerging, high-growth markets, Viegut has a proven track record for growing small to midsize technology companies and leading numerous, successful acquisitions. Todd Viegut is a distinguished speaker with experience presenting at TV Connect in London, Digital Entertainment World in L.A. and Parks & Associates: Connection Conference in Dallas, all in 2014. Viegut also presented on a panel at the 2015 Digital Hollywood Spring Conference.


Mark Vena, Worldwide VP Marketing, Sling Media; 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


Jim Monroe, Founder, OTT Age Industries: has spent the last 25 years of his career collaboratively driving the evolution of television through innovations in audience research, programming, operations, marketing and technology. Monroe joined the launch team at Net2TV in early 2012, after 14 years with NBC Universal at the network in Burbank and at the company’s San Francisco Bay Area television station. While at the NBC Network, he played a critical role in a groundbreaking project to understand cultural differences across the U.S. and created a regional marketing strategy to account for those differences. As vice president of programming and creative services for NBC’s Local Media Division, Monroe developed programming and led marketing and new business development in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also oversaw marketing for the NBC stations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego and developed the video programming strategy and technical infrastructure for “NBC Everywhere,” the company’s digital out-of-home programming and advertising business. Between stints with NBC, Monroe was the executive producer at TiVo. He joined the company during its start-up phase, developing original programming, interactive TV advertising products and promotional features. He founded the company’s research business and developed the DVR industry’s !rst interactive TV program, ”TiVo Takes.” He began his career as a producer of government training !lms, a musician and a local-market public radio newscaster. Monroe has won many professional awards (including several for marketing and advertising) and regional Emmy awards. He studied television and !lm at the University of Utah.


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.


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.

Priya Rajagopalan, Vice President of Product Management, Rovi Corporation: Priya Rajagopalan is vice president of product management at Rovi Corporation with responsibility for its metadata, and search and recommendations product lines. Prior to her current role at Rovi Corporation, Priya worked at Flexera Software where she led product management for the award-winning FlexNet Producer suite of licensing and entitlement management products, and launched a new product line aimed at device manufacturers. In her prior career in consulting, she advised leadership teams at technology firms such as Hewlett Packard, Emerson, 3M and ADP. Priya has an MBA with a specialization in finance, marketing, and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Madras in India.