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Monday, November 9

10:00am EST

Open for Networking
Monday November 9, 2020 10:00am - 10:25am EST

10:25am EST

Opening Remarks
Monday November 9, 2020 10:25am - 10:30am EST

10:30am EST

Keynote Interview
avatar for Dade Hayes

Dade Hayes

New York Business Editor, Deadline Hollywood
Dade Hayes is New York Business Editor at Deadline, covering a range of financial news along with film, television and technology. He is co-author, with Dawn Chmielewski, of the forthcoming William Morrow/HarperCollins book BINGE TIMES, a first-hand account of the streaming boom... Read More →
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Rebecca Heap

SVP Video and Entertainment, Comcast Cable
Rebecca Heap leads Video & Entertainment for Xfinity. With a strategic focus on innovation and seamless access to the best entertainment experiences across platforms, Comcast has introduced next generation video products and services under the Xfinity brand that transcend traditional... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

avatar for Craig Moffett

Craig Moffett

Partner and Senior Analyst, MoffettNathanson LLC
Craig Moffett has been elected to Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-American Research Team in the U.S. Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite sectors on eighteen separate occasions, including nine separate appearances as the #1 analyst in America in either U.S. Telecom and/or Cable... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST

11:30am EST

Keynote Interview
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Adam Lewinson

Chief Content Officer, Tubi
As Chief Content Officer, Lewinson is responsible for content strategy and acquisitions for Tubi. Lewinson heads up Tubi’s Los Angeles office where he manages one of the largest libraries in streaming (larger than Netflix). He oversees more than 200 content partners including Lionsgate... Read More →
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Jessica Toonkel

Reporter, The Information
Jessica Toonkel covers media and telecom for The Information. Before that, she spent seven years at Reuters covering a range of topics including media, advertising, mergers and acquisitions and financial services. At Reuters, she consistently broke news on major deals, executive... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Devices, Operating Systems, and The New Era of Aggregation
As the world transitions to streaming, the battle to own the consumer experience is fierce. Leading operators are reinventing their video offerings, vMVPD’s are carving out a role in supplying sports, news, and various entertainment packages that aren’t easily available elsewhere online…and FASTs are reimagining what the linear experience looks like in OTT. However, it’s the device manufacturers that have the upper hand in this new era of aggregation, as Streaming STB’s and Smart TV platforms are the first point of engagement for streaming consumers. So how are these organizations working with content providers to create value for users? How are they helping services get discovered…including niche services that don’t have an enormous marketing budget? And what does the future hold for a “Great Rebundling” in OTT?

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Gary Schanman

Founder, GB Monday

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Rob Caruso

Vice President of Device Partnerships, Netflix
Vice President of Device Partnerships at Netflix, responsible for enabling the Netflix service onvarious consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and set top boxes.Rob engages with global device and platform partners to ensure that Netflix is available on... Read More →
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Matthew Durgin

Senior Director of Content Innovation, LG Electronics
Matthew Durgin is Senior Director of Content Innovation for LG Electronics. Based in the LG offices within the New York City Metro Area, he is responsible for LG’s Business Development team covering the North American market and manages the primary responsibilities of contract... Read More →
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Anwar Haneef

Head of Product - Experience Integrations & Ecosystem, Google TV
Anwar heads Product Management for Experience Integrations and Ecosystem for Google TV. In his current role, Anwar is responsible for bringing the best of Google and the Google Play ecosystem to Google TV. Prior to Google TV, Anwar headed Strategy for Android, Chrome and Google Play... Read More →
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Mike O'Donnell

SVP, Platform Business, Vizio
Mike O’Donnell is the SVP, Platform Business for VIZIO where he is responsible for advertising, content partnerships and business development across one of the largest connected TV footprints in the U.S. With a focus on delivering new advertising possibilities and better consumer... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 12:00pm - 12:40pm EST

12:45pm EST

Fireside Chat
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Andrew Wallenstein

President and Chief Media Analyst, Variety
Andrew Wallenstein is President and Chief Media Analyst of Variety Intelligence Platform, a new extension of the Variety brand focused on market research. He has been with Variety since 2011, previously as Co-Editor-in-Chief. Wallenstein received the Luminary Award for Career Achievement... Read More →
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Andrew McCollum

CEO, Philo
In 2014, Andrew McCollum became CEO at Philo, an entertainment-focused OTT streaming service that launched nationwide in November 2017. Before assuming the role of CEO, Andrew served on Philo’s board, mentored Philo’s co-founders, and was one of the company’s first investors... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 12:45pm - 1:00pm EST

1:05pm EST

Operator Streaming Strategies
MVPD’s are constantly in search of next gen video models, and ways they can take advantage of the streaming video era. From streaming content partnerships, to streaming STB’s, this panel will look at all of the innovative ways operators are transforming their business to meet subscribers needs.

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Gary Schanman

Founder, GB Monday

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Jonathan Bond

Director of Video Product Strategy, Cincinnati Bell
Jonathan Bond is a 15-year veteran in the telecommunications industry and is currently the Director of Video Product Strategy for Cincinnati Bell & Hawaiian Telcom. Mr. Bond has responsibility for the long term strategy and profitability for video which includes programming negotiations... Read More →
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Mark Gathen

Vice President of Content Acquisition, Cox Communications
Mark Gathen is Vice President of Content Acquisition at Cox Communications. With 25 years of experience in the cable television and advanced video product industries, he has seen first-hand how consumer demand for video products has evolved. In his current role, Mark leads content... Read More →
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Roger Seiken

SVP Video Programming, WOW!
Roger joined WOW! in March 2017 and is based in WOW!’s Denver headquarters.Roger is responsible for WOW!’s video programming strategy, manages relationships with WOW!’s programming partners, and oversees all negotiations with cable networks and broadcasters. In addition, Roger... Read More →
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Chris Thun

VP Product, TiVo
Chris Thun is VP of Product at TiVo where he is responsible for consumer experience across TV, mobile, and web.  His team drives the product strategy across TiVo’s client portfolio, including Linux set-top boxes, Android TV, and Streamers. As an Internet and media entrepreneur... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 1:05pm - 1:45pm EST

1:50pm EST

Research Keynote
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Seth Shafer

Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Seth Shafer is a Research Analyst at Media & Communication (Kagan) who primarily covers online video, digital advertising, e-commerce, and social media.  Mr. Shafer began working at Kagan in November 2012 and previously worked as an analyst at bwin AG and at Hoover’s, Inc., a... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 1:50pm - 2:20pm EST

2:20pm EST

Fireside Chat
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David Bloom

Senior Contributor, Forbes
David Bloom of Words & Deeds Media is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based writ-er, podcaster, and consultant focused on the transformative collision of tech-nology, media and entertainment.Bloom is a senior contributor to Forbes, columnist for Tubefilter, and writes regularly for NextTV... Read More →
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Jeff Shultz

EVP and Chief Business Officer, Pluto TV, ViacomCBS
In his role as Chief Business Officer, Jeff Shultz is responsible for growing and managing Pluto TV's portfolio of partnerships, strategically positioning the company to achieve its audience and revenue objectives and identifying and executing key growth initiatives. Shultz has spent... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 2:20pm - 2:40pm EST

2:45pm EST

Ad Supported Streaming: The Rising Tide
Ad supported streaming is experiencing a surge in popularity as consumers increasingly shift to OTT but household subscription budgets get stretched thin. As ad dollars trickle over from traditional TV and other digital platforms, AVOD leaders are exploring ways to set apart their services in a constantly expanding market. Where do these services find the perfect balance between VOD and linear channels? How can these flexible digital platforms use their advantages to create experiences that drive OTT advertising acceptance among consumers?

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Alan Wolk

Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TV[R]EV

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Philippe Guelton

President, Crackle Plus
As President of Crackle Plus, a joint venture between Sony and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Philippe oversees the content, distribution and monetization of Crackle and Popcornflix, two leading AVOD platforms offering free movies and TV shows to millions of streamers each... Read More →
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Ashley Hovey

Director of AVOD Growth, Roku
Ashley Hovey is the Director of AVOD Growth at Roku, where she is responsible for the Kids&Family business, the Linear business, and driving overall partner strategy, monetization and audience engagement with AVOD partners on Roku.Ashley comes from Comcast, where she was a senior... Read More →
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Adrian Perry

Partner, Covington
Adrian Perry advises television programmers, content platforms, sports leagues and teams, record companies, and other entertainment companies on transactions involving the development, exploitation and distribution of technology, content and data, including audience monetization... Read More →
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Eric Ratchman

Global Head of Business, Amazon IMDb TV
Eric joined Amazon to help create the future of free streaming TV, as the Head of Business for IMDb TV, Amazon's ad supported video service. With the launch of IMDb TV, Amazon has made it easier than ever for customers to access an always entertaining, always free selection of hit... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 2:45pm - 3:25pm EST

3:30pm EST

Fireside Chat
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Charel MacIntosh

SVP, Platform Sales & Partnerships, ZypTV
Charel is a media sales and ad tech executive with 20+ years of industry experience. In 2018, Charel joined ZypTV, a demand-side platform (DSP) purpose-built to address the unique requirements and complexities of local, programmatic advertising. As SVP, she spearheads the Company’s... Read More →
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Brian Hunt

Head of OTT/CTV Advertising Sales, Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Oversees:CompulseOTT - one of the leading CTV platforms in the U.S.NewsOn – The #2 News App on Roku representing 16 broadcast station groups and 300 ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stationsStirr – One of the fastest growing CTV Apps with over 4 Million downloads

Monday November 9, 2020 3:30pm - 3:45pm EST

3:50pm EST

Scaling Addressable - Separating Fact from Fiction
Addressable advertising holds the promise of delivering the influence of TV ads on the big screen combined with the targeted reach of digital. But to truly match the impact of traditional TV advertising, addressable needs to scale. What roles do distributors and programmers need to play to grow the available inventory for addressable ads? What resources are available to advertisers looking to piece together the scale they’re looking for with addressable? What data is needed to ensure that as addressable reach expands, targeting remains precise?

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Alan Wolk

Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TV[R]EV

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Lisa Herdman

SVP, Executive Director Strategic Investments, RPA ADVERTISING
Lisa oversees all National Video Investments at independent, full-service ad agency RPA, which include linear TV, streaming, OTT, online video, addressable TV and branded content. A 27-year veteran in the video investment business, Lisa currently works on national accounts such... Read More →
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Ed Knudson

Chief Revenue Officer, Canoe Ventures
Ed Knudson is the Chief Revenue Officer at Canoe Ventures, a joint venture between Comcast, Charter and Cox. The company is today focused on delivering dynamically inserted advertising into VOD programming across the combined 38 million U.S. cable households and is managing the roll... Read More →
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Chris Maccaro

CEO, Beachfront Media
Chris Maccaro is a media and ad tech veteran with more than 20 years of experience leading, transforming and restoring growth to both large and small organizations. Shortly after PSP Capital purchased a majority stake in Beachfront in 2017, Maccaro was named CEO, and he has... Read More →
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Tim Myers

General Manager, Addressable Operations & Strategic Partnerships, DISH Media
Tim heads up addressable advertising operations and strategic partnerships for DISH Media. In this role, he drives the evolution and scalability of DISH's addressable advertising platform and oversees relationships with the organization's external business and development partners... Read More →

Monday November 9, 2020 3:50pm - 4:30pm EST

4:30pm EST

Open for Networking
Monday November 9, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Tuesday, November 10

10:00am EST

Open for Networking
Tuesday November 10, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am EST

10:30am EST

Keynote Interview
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Lisa Bernhard

Reporter-Producer, Reuters
Lisa Bernhard is a video journalist at Reuters covering all aspects of the news, from politics and business to the arts. She also has anchored live election-night coverage, markets-related shows and a thought leader interview series for the global news service... Read More →
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Michael Schwimmer

EVP and Group President, Sling TV
As Group President of SLING TV, Michael oversees all aspects of the SLING TV business, including strategy and performance. Prior to his role leading SLING TV, Michael served as Executive Vice President of International, Business Development and Strategy, with responsibility for the... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

Keynote Interview
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Michael Wright

President, EPIX
Michael is responsible for overseeing all facets of EPIX including original programming, distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts. Under his leadership, the network has expanded distribution, tripled the amount of original programming, and more than doubled subscribers... Read More →
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Jon Giegengack

Principal and Founder, Hub Entertainment Research
Jon Giegengack founded Hub in 2013 as the convergence of technology and entertainment was exploding. Giegengack’s aim was to provide real-time, customized insights about thechanging world of television and digital entertainment, from connectivity and consumption to future usage... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST

11:30am EST

Keynote Interview
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Tim Peterson

Senior Reporter, Digiday
Tim Peterson is a senior reporter at Digiday, where he focuses on the TV and streaming video industry. He has been covering the media and advertising industries since 2011 and has also written about digital publishing, social media and ad tech. Prior to joining Digiday, he worked... Read More →
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Alison Hoffman

President of Domestic Networks, Starz
Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, Alison Hoffman is President, Domestic Networks for Starz. She oversees domestic network operations including all aspects of marketing and promotion, product development, distribution, analytics and program operations.Hoffman previously... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Streaming Product Roundtable: Debating OTT’s Most Controversial Questions
Build or Buy? Ad Supported or Subscription? Binge release or Weekly Release? Password Sharing- problem, or not? Hear from business and product leaders how their organizations are tackling some of the most divisive questions in streaming.

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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia LLC
 Mr. Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multi-screen delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the Digital TV, Over-the-Top and IPTV spaces from his 20 years working in those industries. Before... Read More →

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Larry Fitzgibbon

Co-Founder and CEO, Tastemade
Larry Fitzgibbon is the co-founder and CEO of Tastemade, responsible for leading the effort in propelling the brand into an immensely popular global video platform — reaching an audience of over 300 million users and streaming more than 2.5 billion monthly views. Tastemade has built... Read More →
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Matt Given

Former CEO and Current Chairman, Intelivideo
Matt Given is Chairman of Intelivideo and has a 25-year track record in entrepreneurship as an operator, a founder, and an investor in technology companies. He is also an endurance-sports junkie, having competed in Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Matt regularly speaks to startups, seasoned industry vetera... Read More →
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Heather Killen

Executive Chairman, H&C TV
Heather Killen is CEO of H&C TV, an international multi-screen network focused on equestrian sports and lifestyle. Heather’s experience spans both internet and TV worlds, thanks to roles including non-executive director at ITV plc, the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, and... Read More →
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Erick Opeka

President, Cinedigm
Erick Opeka is the President of Cinedigm Networks, where he oversees the company’s multi-million user base of OTT entertainment services. Previously, Erick was SVP of Global Digital for Cinedigm, where he managed multi-platform content strategy & distribution. Prior to Cinedigm... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 12:00pm - 12:40pm EST

12:45pm EST

Fireside Chat
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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia LLC
 Mr. Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multi-screen delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the Digital TV, Over-the-Top and IPTV spaces from his 20 years working in those industries. Before... Read More →
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Jeremy Toeman

Chief Product Officer - Innovation Lab, WarnerMedia
Jeremy is the VP of Product & Technology for WarnerMedia Innovation, where’s he’s steering development and creation of new OTT, Web, and mobile experiences. Jeremy has 25+ years experience building products in the media and streaming industries, including CBS, Sling Media, Joyn... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 12:45pm - 1:00pm EST

1:05pm EST

Beyond the Content: Driving Engagement Through Your UX
Content is king and it’s the primary gravitational pull that attracts users to a video platform. But once consumers are in orbit, it’s crucial that the user experience keeps them there by making it as simple and painless to find the content they want (or just don’t know that they want yet). How can search and discovery be more intuitive without sacrificing functionality? What’s needed to make recommendations more relevant? How close is the industry to giving consumers seamless cross-platform, multi-screen navigation?

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Colin Dixon

Founder and Chief Analyst, nScreenMedia LLC
 Mr. Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multi-screen delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the Digital TV, Over-the-Top and IPTV spaces from his 20 years working in those industries. Before... Read More →

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Jon Lin

Vice President of Product, Sling TV
Jon Lin serves as the Vice President of Product for SLING TV, where he oversees the company’s product management and design functions.Prior to joining SLING TV in 2020, Jon held various digital product leadership roles delivering innovation and growth for consumer-facing products... Read More →
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Greg Riker

Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas, Metrological
Greg Riker has more than 20 years of sales executive experience, with a track record of increasing revenues and expanding sales channels in the digital TV and media industry. In his current role, he is responsible for leading and managing sales for Metrological in The Americas. Prior... Read More →
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Thomas Schaeffer

CEO, Float Left Interactive
Co-Founder, and CEO of Float Left Interactive, Tom is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in computer science and software engineering. With over 10 years of experience in the streaming media and OTT space, Tom leads Float Left in helping media brands transition into OTT... Read More →
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Drew Weaver

SVP Product, Lionsgate/Starz
Drew is SVP and Head of Product for Pantaya, the premium Spanish-language streaming service from Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media, and supports product and international business operations at Starz, the premium cable network and OTT streaming service acquired by Lionsgate in 2016... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:05pm - 1:45pm EST

1:50pm EST

Fireside Chat
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Kirby Grines

Founder, 43Twenty

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Emily Powers

Chief Revenue Officer, BritBox
Emily Powers is a seasoned corporate strategist and business executive with over 15 years of experience in media. She currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of BritBox, leading on all commercial relationships, distribution partnerships, performance marketing, and customer retention... Read More →
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Vijay Sajja

CEO, Evergent Technologies, Inc.
Vijay Sajja is the CEO of Evergent Technologies, Inc. A serial entrepreneur, Vijay specializes in building global teams that address the complexities of subscription lifecycle management. Evergent’s market-leading Integrated Revenue and Customer Management platform helps the world’s... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:50pm - 2:10pm EST

2:10pm EST

Maximizing OTT Growth Part 1: Partnerships, Direct Customer Acquisition Strategies, and Free Trials
OTT services are laying it all on the line in the name of growth.  But to what extent should profits, data, and long standing MVPD partnerships be sacrificed?  What are some of the creative ways that content providers are working with aggregators to market and distribute their services? How are apps incentivizing users to sign up directly? And just how effective are free trials in acquiring new business?

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Kirby Grines

Founder, 43Twenty

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Jon Goodstadt

Director, Ad Sales, Media & Entertainment, Roku
Jon oversees Roku's national tune-in and home entertainment business. Since joining Roku in 2015, Jon has been instrumental in building the west coast business and cultivating relationships with top-tier agencies and marketers. Jon is an experienced media sales professional across... Read More →
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Jerry Fan

Director of Product Growth & Retention, Crunchyroll
Jerry Fan is the Head of Growth, Retention, and Monetization at Crunchyroll, WarnerMedia’s global anime brand with 70M registered users and 3M subscribers. In this role, Jerry drives user/revenue growth via web and mobile funnel optimizations, alongside new business initiatives... Read More →
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Lexie Knauer

Product Marketing Manager, Brightcove
Lexie Knauer is a product marketing manager at Brightcove, the leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for managing, delivering, and monetizing video experiences on every screen. Lexie is responsible for all go to market activities for Brightcove’s media products, including... Read More →
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Ian Zeifman

Product Marketing Lead, Amdocs Media
Ian Zeifman is a product marketing leader at Amdocs Media, a division of Amdocs, a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies. He is responsible for developing and integrating go-to-market solutions, marketing tools and materials to drive awareness... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:10pm - 2:55pm EST

2:55pm EST

Keynote: AI in Action: Understanding and Infusing AI to unlock the value of audience data
AI is often portrayed as a mystical thing - a magic black box capable of doing incredible things. In reality, AI is not magic, it's math.

We all know data is the foundation for business to drive smarter decisions. Data is what fuels digital transformation and is essential to growing audiences & enabling hyper-personalized consumer experiences. But, it is AI that unlocks the full value of data, which is why AI is poised to transform businesses with the potential to add almost 16 trillion dollars to the global economy by 2030. This session aims to demystify AI and provide a prescriptive approach to help media and entertainment organizations unlock the value of their data and accelerate their journey to deploying AI.

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Perry McDonald

Global Industry CTO, Data Analytics & AI, Communications Sector, IBM
Perry McDonald is IBM’s Communications Industry CTO for Data & AI. In his current role, Perry leads a worldwide team of industry experts & data scientists helping clients to realize the full potential of big data, advanced analytics and cognitive platforms. Perry is a seasoned technology... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:55pm - 3:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

Maximizing OTT Growth Part 2: Retention, Seasonal Subscriber Strategies, and Winbacks
It’s no secret that with all of the competition, churn rates are rising, as users are “cycling” through various services throughout the year.  How can disengaged subscribers be lured back to your service with the right targeted message?  How can you best treat subscribers that tune in for seasonal viewing cycles?  How effective is giving users an option to “pause” instead of cancel? And what types of engagement and pricing strategies exist to get lost subscribers to reengage?

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Kirby Grines

Founder, 43Twenty

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Fern Feistel

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Content Operations, Xumo
Fern Feistel serves as XUMO’s SVP of marketing and content operations. In her role, Feistel is focused on achieving overall business objectives, including building new and return audiences across owned and operated, enterprise and extended distribution end-points.Feistel joined... Read More →
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Devin Emery

Chief Product Officer and EVP of Content Strategy, CuriosityStream
As Chief Product Officer and EVP of Content Strategy, Devin Emery oversees innovation, development and design across all CuriosityStream platforms as well as leads the strategic planning and execution of content creation for the brand. Emery was elevated to this role in 2020 from... Read More →
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Mark Moeder

CEO, Symphony MediaAI
Mark is a growth and transformational oriented executive with an extensive knowledge of general technology and the media space. He carries 20 years of industry experience in the media industry centering around technology, revenue management, and optimization. Mark joins SymphonyMediaAI... Read More →
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Yon Nuta

Chief Product Officer, Gaia
Yon Nuta is the CPO at Gaia, a streaming media company focused on conscious media, meditation, and yoga. Yon is a seasoned executive leader and public speaker with a proven track record for innovation and execution in the consumer electronics, online social media, and software space... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST

4:00pm EST

Research Keynote: Investigating OTT Growth: A Look at the Data Behind The Scenes
The 2020s were poised to be the decade of streaming video. Consumption behaviors since the onset of the pandemic accelerated these trends, ensuring that change is now the new norm. But, the core tenants of success still hold true, growing, and retaining, a streaming video audience is the priority. We’ll explore what captures consumer’s attention in an environment with seemingly endless viewing options, taking a look at what fosters sign-up, maximizes viewer engagement and minimizes churn.

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John Buffone

Executive Director, Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
John Buffone is an Executive Director, Industry Analyst, for The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence practice. With over 20 years of experience in the consumer research and entertainment industries, John has advised many of the largest media and consumer technology brands in the... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST

4:30pm EST

Open for Networking
Tuesday November 10, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Wednesday, November 11

9:00am EST

Open for Networking
Wednesday November 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EST

11:00am EST

Fireside Chat: Reimagining Innovative Audience Experiences
A strong data platform strategy is at the heart of creating engaging viewer experiences that keep audiences coming back for more. Join this fireside chat to learn how Google Cloud and MLB are partnering on the hit video platform MLB FILM ROOM, to enable new ways for fans to find, watch, create and share content with Google Cloud’s data and hybrid infrastructure solutions.

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Brian Ring

Principal Analyst, Ring Digital LLC

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Josh Frost

VP Product Development, Major League Baseball
Josh Frost is the Vice President of Product for Baseball Data at Major League Baseball, leading a team that builds digital consumer products. Frost’s team is responsible for the creation and ongoing management of such products as MLB Film Room Powered by Google Cloud, MLB Rally... Read More →
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Caleb Weinstein

Director, Google Cloud, Sport, Media & Entertainment, Google
Caleb Weinstein is the Director for Sport Media & Entertainment at Google Cloud, working with leading global sports and media entertainment companies to develop and implement solutions enabled by Google Cloud. Caleb focuses on driving innovation + transformation across the sports... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am EST

11:20am EST

The Streaming Sports Revolution: How Tech is Changing the Game
Sports has always been seen as the linchpin for the pay tv bundle, and has led to some incredibly successful business models over the past few decades. Yet the advent of streaming television is enabling broadcasters, networks, distributors, and leagues to serve clients in new, exciting ways that were previously unimaginable.  How is streaming technology enabling new types of experiences for fans? How challenging is it deliver personalization and various forms of interactivity at scale? And how is data and AI being used to increase audience engagement?

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Brian Ring

Principal Analyst, Ring Digital LLC

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Brian Herbst

SVP Media and Productions, NASCAR
Brian Herbst is Senior Vice President, Media and Productions for NASCAR. Herbst leads the sport’s global media business, including NASCAR’s partnerships with FOX and NBC. He also oversees the award-winning NASCAR Productions group, radio broadcaster Motor Racing Network, and the... Read More →
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Geir Magnusson

Chief Technology Officer, fuboTV
Geir Magnusson Jr. is chief technology officer of fuboTV, the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform in the U.S.As CTO, Magnusson sets the company’s technical strategy and focus on scaling out systems and infrastructure that ensure the platform continues to be ready for... Read More →
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Greg Pizzuti

Executive and Global Director of the Media & Entertainment (M&E) Industry, IBM
Greg Pizzuti is an IBM executive and Global Director of the Media & Entertainment (M&E) Industry. Greg is responsible for leading M&E growth & strategy associated with all IBM divisions including IBM Services, Cloud & Cognitive and Systems group. The top IBM M&E industry imperatives... Read More →
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Blake Stuchin

VP Digital Media, NFL
Blake Stuchin is Vice President of Digital Media Business Development at the National Football League, where he leads the league’s digital and social media licensing and distribution strategy. Since joining the league in 2012, Blake has overseen the League’s relationships with... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:20am - 12:00pm EST

12:05pm EST

Fireside Chat: A New Approach to Content Sharing and Distribution
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Alyson Stewart

Principal WW Media & Entertainment Solutions, Amazon Web Services
Alyson is the Global Principal Solutions, Media & Entertainment for AWS where she leads development of Solutions that solve common media challenges. Previously, she led the global strategy and operations teams for Gravitas Ventures, a global Independent Film licensor and distributor... Read More →
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Renee McGinnis

Executive Vice President of Solutions, Lionsgate Entertainment
Renee McGinnis is the Executive Vice President of Solutions at Lionsgate Entertainment. She has driven innovative solutions to enable business growth over her past 13 years at Lionsgate. Renee graduated from Elon College in North Carolina and started her career with Ernst & Young’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:05pm - 12:20pm EST

12:25pm EST

Maximizing Streaming QoE
In a direct-to-consumer streaming world free of service contracts, consumers cancel or renew platforms with just a few clicks. Maintaining the quality of experience is paramount to keeping subscribers. How do providers best determine the frequency of video quality measurements to ensure accurate assessments of QoE? How do providers balance display and transport metrics in measuring overall QoE? What are the most pressing issues impacting QoE across the industry?

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Jason Thibeault

Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance

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Niels Brunsgaard

Product Manager & Video Solutions Architect, FloSports
As Product Manager and Video Solutions Architect, Niels is responsible for FloSports live streaming technology stack. This includes overall architecture, vendor selection, and product management of in house software development. The goal is to provide FloSports subscribers with the... Read More →
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Steve Miller-Jones

VP of Edge Strategy and Solution Architecture, Limelight
As VP of Edge Strategy and Solution Architecture, Steve is responsible for Limelight’s Edge strategy. This includes providing the best platform for delivering digital content and the highest quality user experience through a network edge that positions content and applications next... Read More →
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Dr. Abdul Rehman

Dr. Abdul Rehman is SSIMWAVE’s CEO. The company’s solutions are used to measure and optimize the Viewer Experience across tens of millions of viewers everyday. His team was also awarded a PrimeTime Engineering Emmy award for significantly impacting television technology. The Television... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:25pm - 1:10pm EST

1:10pm EST

Keynote: Ad Delivery challenges (and tech standards) in the world of SSAI and CTV
With the steep grown in CTV and OTT viewership, the profile of Server Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) has increased in recent times. In this session we will get into the technical challenges around SSAI (like scale, quality, ad-fraud, etc.) and also go over some of the tech standards the Working Groups at the IAB Tech Lab have been developing to address these challenges.

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Amit Shetty

Senior Director, Product, IAB Tech Lab
Amit Shetty leads the programmatic, anti-fraud and brand safety initiatives at the IAB Tech Lab. He joined the Tech Lab with a history of building cloud, mobile and video products in a wide variety of markets ranging from Telcos to Enterprise to Consumer apps. He has worked in Product... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:10pm - 1:30pm EST

1:30pm EST

Engineering Live OTT- Scaling for the Future
Consumer appetites for livestreaming content is growing fast as more people shift from traditional video services to OTT. As livestreaming audiences get bigger, tech stacks will need to scale up to meet the increasing demand. What will it take to reduce latency levels to a point where they don’t hinder experiences like live sports? How can content providers ensure livestreams provide the same consistent quality as broadcast? What will be the key codecs and formats necessary to build livestreaming platforms for the future?

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Jason Thibeault

Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance

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Dave Andrews

Chief Architect, Verizon Media
David Andrews holds a doctorate in computer security from a small university in Australia. He has worked for startups in the Los Angeles area, building security products in the virtualization and content delivery network (CDN) spaces. After bringing to market several web security... Read More →
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Lance Geng

Sr. Director, Applications Engineering, Pac-12 Networks
Lance Geng is the Sr. Director, Applications Engineering at Pac-12 Networks, where he runs the team accountable for delivery and support of web, mobile, cloud, and connected TV applications. Lance began his journey as a self-taught developer in the 90s and has grown his career through... Read More →
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Steven (Claw) Jalicy

Global Head of Streaming, ESL Gaming
Steven "Claw" Jalicy is the Global Head of Streaming for ESL Gaming, the world's largest esports company. With over 10 years of experience in broadcast and live sports in over 15 different countries, and with hundreds of events in a senior technical leadership role, Claw has become... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

Open for Networking
Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:15pm - 6:00pm EST
Thursday, November 12

9:00am EST

Open for Networking
Thursday November 12, 2020 9:00am - 6:30pm EST