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Ciaran Bossom - Saatchi Ciaran Bossom
Managing Director, Digital & Social Media Strategy
Saatchi & Saatchi LA

 

 

 

 

John Canning, NBCUniversal John Canning
Vice President of Interactive Experiences,
NBCUniversal

John currently works for NBC.com where he translates the prime time TV experience to the second screen and interactive experiences working on such shows as The Voice, Million Second Quiz, Blacklist and more. Before NBC, Canning was a founding member of WeVideo.com, a collaborative, cloud based video story telling platform and served as the VP of Product Experience. On the technology and media consulting side, John has spent the past 20+ years leveraging his electrical engineering and information design background working for Disney, Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco, Popbox and others focused on technology and methodology of creating and delivering digital media, games and interactive experiences from concept to consumer devices. On the production side, John Canning has filmed and produced in some of the most beautiful and remote locations in over 6 continents covering stories, companies and causes in more than 60 countries for on-line, broadcast, film and print media outlets including MSNBC, MSN, Slate, Expedia Radio, Yahoo Studios, Away.com, Around The World Productions, Digital Artists, Green Living Project for such clients as African Wildlife Foundation, CARE, EarthWatch, Children Mending Hearts, USAID, UNDP and a host of others.

Ben Malbon - Google Ben Malbon
Marketing Director, Creative Partnerships
Google

 

 

 

 

Dave Perry VH-1Dave Perry
Vice President, Future TV + Cross-Platform Innovation
VH1

Dave Perry is an Emmy Award winning Television Executive who’s spent his career developing creative, social, and technical engagements that connect Television, Online, Mobile, and Social Media. His multi-platform perspective was influenced by his diverse experiences in the industry; including Film Production, TV Branding, a global Internet company, and now in VH1’s Creative Department.

While at VH1, Dave re-imagined Pop Up Video for the social-generation, developed real-time Interstitials to Air, re-invented how viewers watch Music Videos by merging OnAir and Digital content, and leveraged Instagram as a real-time second screen. Currently, he just completed a “DVR Proof” experience that engages users wherever and whenever they watch VH1’s Mob Wives. Dave is Vice President, Future TV + Cross-Platform Innovation at VH1.

Keyvan Peymani, ICMKeyvan Peymani
Managing Director, Digital Strategy Division
ICM

Keyvan Peymani is the managing director of the digital strategy division at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.

As head of digital strategy, Mr. Peymani’s focus is the expansion of the agency’s efforts across all aspects of the technology and digital sectors, bringing innovative opportunities to the agency and its clients, including the creation of new business and investments with long-term benefits.
Prior to joining ICM Partners, Mr. Peymani served as Vice President of Direct-to-Consumer Business Planning and Operations at Warner Bros., where he led strategy, operations, planning and development for the DTC division within digital distribution. In addition, he oversaw the Media Manufacture on Demand, Mobile Applications and Out My Window business lines and worked on industry leading forays into the first fully digital movie application, the first screenings of movies through Facebook and the acquisition of Flixster. Previously, he served as the head of content acquisitions for catalog content and led the wholesales efforts at Netflix; he led alternative business development for Disney’s music group; and he was the Chief Operating Officer at Nettwerk Music Group.

Mr. Peymani began his career leading his own new media company and has advised Fortune 100 companies around the world. He currently serves on the faculty of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, covering entertainment and emerging business models.

David Preisman - Showtime David Preisman
Vice President, Emerging Technology & Digital Services
Showtime Networks

David has spearheaded Showtime’s development on emerging television platforms since 1999, launching over 35 projects to date. This groundbreaking work has been recognized with over 30 industry awards including three Emmys®.

David has a passion for the evolution of television and the development of rich viewer experiences. Early on, he developed a synchronized 24/7 enhanced TV service for Showtime that made it easy to instantly access trivia, including cast information for on-air programming. Working with TiVo, he launched the industry’s first ads that allowed the viewer to set their DVR to record directly from a Showtime commercial. He also created addressable interactive ads on Dish that identified a viewer and allowed Showtime subscribers to link to a video portal while offering non-subscribers the ability to order Showtime via the remote.

Much of this early success has evolved over the years into what David’s team now calls the Showtime Preview Application. This TV-based video portal app allows viewers who don’t have Showtime to find out what they’re missing by offering free sample episodes and the ability to upgrade with a few clicks of the remote. This app has launched a wide variety of technology platforms with satellite, cable and telco MVPDs with more rollouts on the horizon.

In addition to driving functional innovation, David has also leveraged technology to create a more robust entertainment offering. His team has developed and launched Showtime Sports® Interactive, an Emmy® Awarding winning app for the cable standard EBIF that gives fight fans instant access to fighter profiles, calendars, trivia and live social media.

Earlier this year, David and his team launched the very first in-program interactivity on Smart TV’s. SHO Sync for LG Smart TV’s allows viewers to get deeply immersed in their favorite Showtime series including Dexter, Homeland and Ray Donovan. This Emmy nominated experience lets fans play along with TV shows using the TV remote control.

In recent years, David also helped manage the digital development team that created Showtime’s authenticated service, Showtime Anytime, and he developed the in-house system for managing images, editorial content and online video feeds.

David has been an active participant in CableLabs’ committees, helping draft the CableLabs ETV user interface specifications. He has also been an active in CTAM, the AFI’s Digital Content Lab, The Television Academy and other industry associations as a committee member, mentor and frequent speaker.

Before taking on interactive technologies at Showtime, David was part of the team that brought digital video editing in-house. Beginning as an editor, he also created several content management systems for everything form tracking projects to management of video assets, many of which are till used today.

Prior to his work at Showtime, David worked as an animator, web developer, video editor, TV producer and graphic designer. He also taught video production and animation to junior high school students on Long Island. David graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in broadcast communications and art.

Ian Schafer - Deep FocusIan Schafer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Deep Focus

Ian Schafer, CEO and Founder of Deep Focus (a part of Engine USA), is one of advertising’s most influential voices in interactive marketing and social media. Prior to founding Deep Focus in 2002, Ian was Vice President of the New Media division of Miramax Films. Deep Focus is the digital agency for the social age, boasting a client roster that includes brands such as Pepsi,Microsoft, WellPoint, Pernod Ricard, and NestléPurina.

Under Ian’s guidance, Deep Focus has been lauded for its expertise and excellence at using digital media, technology, creative, and communications strategies to create engaging, value-driven experiences that get people talking. The Emmy® Award-winning firm has been responsible for many memorable,award-winning efforts over the years including AMC’s Mad Men Yourself and has been the recipient of numerous distinctions, including several IAB&Webby Awards and a Cannes Gold Lion. In 2011, Deep Focus also launched the Moment Studio, a creative newsroom for branded content.

Named a ‘Media Maven’ by Advertising Age and one of Adweek’s“Young Ones”, and “Best CEO Social Media Presence” by the Shorty Awards, Ianhas been featured in Wired, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Adweek, Advertising Age, USA Today, New York

Magazine, Variety, CNN, Fortune and The Hollywood Reporter. Ian also sits on the executive board of the Social Media Advertising Consortium, the Global Advisory Board of Global Social Media Week,and is a co-founder of the Technology, Advertising & Startup Council.

Seth-Shapiro-150x150 Seth Shapiro
Governor, Interactive Media,
Television Academy

Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in media and technology. His clients include Disney, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, Slamdance, Goldman Sachs and a range of new ventures. He is a frequent speaker on business innovation and culture, and has been quoted in The Economist, The LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Associated Press, PBS, The Daily Mail and elsewhere.
Shapiro is a Governor of the Television Academy, an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Chairman of Village Green Network. As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, he launched over 25 services, including TiVo by DIRECTV, the world’s first DVR platform. He was previously Partner at Media Valuation Partners, has served as an expert before the FCC, and is completing a book on the history of television.
Shapiro sits on the TV Academy’s Executive Committee, the Annenberg Research Council and the Producer Guild’s New Media Council. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve.

Joe Shields-iHeartMediaJoe Shields
Vice President, Connections
iHeartMedia

 

 

 

 

Evan Silverman-A+E-2014 Evan Silverman
‎Senior Vice President, Digital Media,
A+E Networks

Evan Silverman is Senior Vice President, Digital Media, A+E Networks®, and oversees digital products and content for A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYI™ and H2®. He helps set strategic direction for the properties, and manages those networks’ websites, mobile and emerging platforms, broadband video and TV Everywhere initiatives.

During his tenure which began in December, 2009, A+E Networks has taken a leadership role in TV Everywhere with more than 25 million TVE app downloads across mobile and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV and Xbox. Overall, web site traffic more than doubled to 32 million unique visitors per month and A+E Networks products have been recognized with multiple Webby Awards and an induction into the Apple iPad Hall of Fame.

Silverman served in a similar role at Lifetime Networks beginning in September 2006 and until its acquisition by A+E Networks in 2009. Prior to that, he served as executive producer of NBCOlympics.com for the 2006 Torino Games and the 2004 Athens Games. Earlier, he served as Director, Internet Services, at NBA.com, and worked in Media Relations for the NBA and the Utah Jazz.

Silverman graduated from Bates College in Maine. He currently lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @EvanMSilverman.

Philippe Steinmetz-Orange Group Marketing Philippe Steinmetz
Director, Home & Content
Orange Group Marketing North America

Philippe Steinmetz is Head of Home and Content for Orange offices in New York, part of France Telecom Group Marketing. He focuses on identifying consumer trends, disruptive business models, innovative services and actors in the content and fixed multiplay ecosystems in North America. Prior to coming to the United States in 2010, Philippe held several positions in France Telecom Group in Europe. He was a product manager for Orange Business Solutions on 800-numbers services, and later on Internet connectivity offers for media companies and smaller telcos. He moved to the Content Line of Business in 2005 to take charge of music offers and value propositions on PC, TV and mobile across the Orange footprint, including 8 countries in Europe. Philippe Steinmetz graduated in marketing at ICN (Institut Commercial de Nancy, France) and studied at Carnegie Mellon University’s GSIA (Graduate School of Industrial Administration).

Tankersley-Hardie-150x150 Hardie Tankersley
Vice President Digital Product, Platforms & Innovation
Fox Broadcasting

As the VP of Platforms and Innovation Hardie finds new ways to apply technology to TV. His team develops new apps and experiences for fox.com, social media, and connected devices in support of all the primetime entertainment shows on the FOX broadcast network.
He started creating online and interactive entertainment by building a local BBS on a 300 baud modem on an Apple II back in the 70s. In the intervening years he has managed the development of many online entertainment products including the first internet connections for Apple’s eWorld, the official backstage webcast of the Grammy Awards, the Moxi cable media center DVR, the online video portal for Real Networks, and Yahoo!’s TV and Movies properties.
He thinks that conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.

David_Williams, EndemolDavid Williams
‎Chief Content and Technology Strategist,
Endemol Beyond USA

For over 20 years, David B. Williams has been building companies and producing innovative products and content at the frontiers of digital media. In his current role as Chief Content and Technology Strategist for Endemol Beyond USA, he is leveraging the global assets of the world’s largest independent television production company to develop a portfolio digital-first brands. Prior to Beyond, he developed and deployed advanced mobile apps to help Maker Studios, Alloy Digital and other leading digital networks own their audiences. In 2008, a company he co-founded was acquired by Disney. At Disney, he was instrumental in creating Take180, an award-winning digital studio and network that blazed a trail on YouTube for today’s multi-channel networks. He also created and produced original programming, and built and ran MyDcast, Disney’s kid-safe user-generated video platform which powered events for Toy Story, Phineas and Ferb and many other top franchises. Before Disney, Williams developed and patented a technology for “massively social storytelling” to produce a succession of online properties – from In the Motherhood, a series that migrated from the web to ABC primetime, to a Star Trek series starring George Takei and Wil Wheaton, and a series of “fanisodes” based on Showtime’s The L Word which earned an Interactive Emmy nomination. In the late nineties, Williams created and launched the web’s first regularly scheduled animated series, WhirlGirl, which was picked up by Showtime, attracted capital from Viacom, and ran for over 100 episodes. Born and raised in Manhattan, Williams was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Travis Winkler-HuluTravis Winkler
Manager, Distribution Partnerships & Business Development
Hulu

Travis Winkler is responsible for the distribution of Hulu’s paid subscription and free services. He leads all of Hulu’s relationships with its device partners, including Apple, Google, Roku, Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and numerous others, along with its web and mobile content distribution partners including AOL, Time, Comcast, ATT, and Flipboard. Travis oversees business development, subscriber/user acquisition, engagement, and retention, technology and product cooperation, and various co-marketing initiatives for these partnerships.

While at Hulu, Travis has been instrumental in helping grow Hulu Plus from 1 million subscribers to over 6 million subscribers in three and a half years, and has worked to expand its distribution footprint to over 400 million connected devices in the US.

Travis is a NJ native and a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He lives in LA and is forced to watch his Yankees at 4 PM Pacific Time. Follow him on Twitter @thatwastravis.

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