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The Debate Theatre

Monday 24th April 2017

12.00

Cisco Daily Keynote

Architecting SDI to IP for video production and broadcast workflows.
By Sunil Gudurvalmiki, Senior Product Manager for Nexus 9000 product family at Cisco.

Synopsis:

As the broadcast industry is going through transformation towards IP infrastructure from the traditional SDI infrastructure, it opens up plenty of opportunities for broadcast engineers to innovate. At the same time, this transformation requires the broadcast engineers to get familiar with IP technology and different architectures that can be deployed for broadcast workflows. This session will focus on basic building blocks and best practices for building IP networks as part of broadcast infrastructure to enable live production and file based workflows. This session also covers different deployment architectures such as spine-leaf or a single chassis system, pros and cons of each model, non-blocking design, Precision Timing Clock distribution, security, visibility, and analytics.

Biography:

Sunil Gudurvalmiki is a Senior Product Manager for Nexus 9000 product family at Cisco. In his current role, Sunil is responsible for driving Ethernet switching solutions for media and broadcast segment. He specialises in DevOps tools, SDN architectures, network APIs, and automation technologies. Prior to his current role, Sunil was a technical leader and a programmer in Cisco IOS Operating System group.


13.00

Panel Debate 1: Connected Media|IP Panel Debate 1: How do we build a compelling user experience?

Participants:

Dominic De Lorenzo, VP Product, Massive.

For over 13 years, Dominic De Lorenzo has been combining innovative design with the latest technologies. His work at Massive has resulted in many of the industry’s best multiscreen entertainment services. He has been recognised with a nomination for a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award and is behind the interaction model developed for the Qantas A380 IFE. He is responsible for Massive AXIS, a platform that powers the world’s smartest telco and broadcaster video services. Dominic draws on an encyclopedic understanding of the global online video market when architecting the features and technology that drive continuous innovation in Massive's software and customer solutions.  

Fredrik Andersson, SVP Business Development, and Co-founder, Accedo.

Fredrik Andersson has extensive experience in the converging telecom and media industries and jointly founded Accedo in 2004. Since founding the company, he has been heavily involved with the roll-out of innovative content offerings for IPTV service providers and connected TV manufacturers. Prior to setting up Accedo, Fredrik was a Senior Management Consultant at Nordic consultancy company, Digiscope, which he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Digiscope, Fredrik worked for Ericsson, developing future services and applications for the networked home. 

Marc Beckwitt, Director of Business Development, Opera TV.

Marc Beckwitt has nearly 30 years of experience within the consumer electronics and service provider industries. He manages key relationships in North America for Opera TV among operators, manufacturers and system integrators.

Ramon Duivenvoorden, CEO, Vigour.

Following university, Ramon was given the opportunity to bring Vigour to Germany after he and his cofounders were invited to participate in Startupbootcamp Berlin, the largest and best known European accelerator programme for tech companies. As CEO of Vigour, Ramon has led the company through multiple successful funding rounds, while bringing on industry leaders as early adopters for Vigour's multiscreen technology and products. 


13.45

Revolutionising live video transport globally.

By Robert Mendes, Vice-President of Operations, DCL.

Synopsis:

The Digicaster platform is a fully managed public Internet-based video transport platform offering clientele cost effective solutions for transporting broadcast quality video over the Internet in ultra-low latency. The company’s appliance hardware design is versatile and supports a variety of interface types from traditional connections, such as SDI and ASI, to the more modern HDMI interface. Its equipment is able to facilitate the industry progression to full IP based video transmission. 

Biography:

Robert Mendes began his professional career with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida where he served as Senior Software Developer responsible for all software development in the tri-county area of South Florida.  In 1997, he formed an IT consulting firm that he owned and operated successfully from 1997 through 2009.  In 2009, Robert joined Digital Comm Link.  As Vice President of Operations, Robert is responsible for DCL’s product development, infrastructure design and maintenance, and Network Operations Center.


14.15

End-to-end test automation for Smart TV apps.

By Milos Lokajicek, CDO, Suitest Inc.

Synopsis:

Ensuring your app works on the target devices is usually not an easy task, especially when it comes to Smart TV apps. Device and software fragmentation have been tormenting the Smart TV world since the beginning and, furthermore, the overall perceived slowness of an average Smart TV device makes the classic manual QA process more laborious and error-prone than ever. For instance, when building a complex VOD app for either IPTV or Smart TV, total manual testing efforts can easily reach thousands of hours, just to achieve high quality and remain 100% compatible with all target devices without sacrificing time-to-market.

Biography:

Milos Lokajicek has worked as a project/delivery manager more than eight years. He is passionate about new technologies, basic research and the startup scene. Milos is also a member of the advisory board at the Prague Startup Centre. Milos joined Suitest in November 2016 and he is responsible for business development and strategic partnerships


14.45

Panel Debate 2: Are you ready for the mobile video revolution?

Participants:

Bruce Hume, Broadcast Director, Switch Media.

Bruce Hume has over 18 years’ experience in the IT, telco, and broadcast industries, having worked in technical, marketing, and product development roles with organisations including IBM, Accenture and Optus, in addition to several start-ups. As Broadcast Director at Switch Media, Bruce leads a range of technical and commercial activities. With extensive experience in C level presentation and negotiation, he is passionate about delivering first class customer experiences.

William Milne, Head of Software Development, The Video Call Center.

William Milne has been working with The Video Call Center for more than three years.  At the VCC he oversees the technical development team and was instrumental in the creation of the HAT, an automation control program used by hosts to produce and direct video caller television. 

Deepak Das, VP of Marketing, VisualOn, Inc.

Deepak Das is responsible for corporate and product strategy, partnerships and alliances, and marketing programmes at VisualOn. Deepak brings over 20 years of diverse industry experience in leadership roles and is a speaker on technology and business aspects of media trends at industry events. Prior to VisualOn, he was at AT&T in the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group. A startup veteran, he has also acted as a strategic advisor for mobile and technology startups in the collaboration, decision engines, and healthcare/EMR areas.

Maarten Tielemans, founder and CPO, THEOplayer.

As CPO of THEOplayer responsible for product conception and product management, Maarten Tielemans' mission is to commoditise the perfect video experience on any platform, at any time and everywhere. With 10 years of experience in development, deep knowledge of video encoding and HTML5 video expertise, his ambition is to empower video publishers, telcos and broadcasters to monetise their content and deliver cutting edge video experiences to their audiences.

Ralph Wagner, CEO, Axinom Group.

After successfully serving as Axinom’s COO since 2001, Ralph took over the role of CEO in February 2017. Ralph is responsible for leading the development and execution of Axinom’s long term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value and expanding the business by leading, managing, and executing decisions as well as defining and representing Axinom targets, policy and strategy inside and outside of the company. Ralph oversees the building of partnerships and broader business relationships, and is responsible for bringing the capabilities of Axinom’s expert team to bear on customer business needs, providing reliable, efficient solutions to real-world challenges.


15.30

Enhancing the customer experience through network innovation.

By Patrick Scully, Director, Product Line Management, and Abel Tong, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Blue Planet, at Ciena.

Synopsis:

Today’s media networks are growing in size and complexity, threatening to impair customer experience and tarnish service provider reputations.  By virtualising media applications, orchestrating across domains and applying network analytics, it is now possible for providers to optimise network resources and satisfy the most demanding expectations of customers. In this session, Ciena will discuss the rapidly evolving media landscape and elaborate on how software orchestration and analytics, combined with virtualised media functions, enable more dynamic media production, distribution and networking services. It will also describe a content delivery platform designed to enable the ‘new Internet’ – optimised for OTT subscribers and quality of experience.

Biographies:

Patrick Scully currently serves as Director of Product Line Management in the Networking Platforms Division at Ciena. In Patrick’s current role, he is focused on the architecture of packet optical networks and the development of network security and media solutions to address the needs of enterprises and service providers. Patrick has been involved in the research and development of optical network solutions for 20 years.

Abel Tong is Senior Director of Solutions Marketing for Ciena’s Blue Planet software solutions.  He is responsible for helping to transform networks through the application of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV), to deliver value and create new services, and to simplify network operations for Ciena’s customers. Abel has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience and has been an active blogger, speaker, and thought leader in the industry. Abel joined Ciena through the acquisition of Cyan. Prior to Cyan, Abel ran marketing for Omnitron and led the launch of several carrier ethernet products. Abel has also held positions at Aktino, Calix, ADC, and Pairgain.


16.00

Netflix: An OTT TV operator’s best frenemy.

By Mihai Crasneanu, CEO, Grey Juice Lab.

Synopsis:

For years, we as an industry have talked about the best ways to compete with Netflix and strategies to stand out against Amazon. Forget it. The big global players have made their mark and they’re here to stay. But, that doesn’t mean that operators should give up on their own plans for OTT TV. On the contrary, they should give their subscribers an engaging service that complements, rather than competes with Netflix.

Biography:

Mihai Crasneanu is an expert in all things content. Before launching Grey Juice Lab (a leading provider of content services for multiscreen TV and VOD services across the globe) in 2007, Mihai set up online DVD rental company Glowria, and transformed into the largest independent VOD white label operator in Europe and France’s largest online DVD rental company before it was sold to Netgem in 2008. Prior to that Mihai was VP International for UOL.


16.30

Panel Debate 3: From the camera to the consumer – understanding how we can secure content in the world of OTT.

Participants:

 

Michael Stattmann, CEO, castLabs.

As the CEO and CTO of castLabs, a company specialising in digital video solutions, Michael Stattmann helps pioneer software and cloud services for businesses to deliver protected premium content to customers online with player technology, DRM licensing, and encoding/packaging services.

Paul Hastings, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Friend MTS.

Paul Hastings is an experienced pay-TV and multi-platform commercial executive with more than 20 years’ experience in developing and selling complex products and solutions to broadcasters, gained from a range of roles along the pay-TV value chain. Paul leads the global sales and marketing team at Friend MTS, delivering the company’s full range of content and platform protection and services.

Grenville ‘G’ Gooder, SVP, Global Sales, Media and Telecom, Kaltura.

Grenville ‘G’ Gooder has spent his 20 year career working in broadcast. The first five were spent in network news for traditional media companies (ABC, Fox, CBS) but since the rise of the Internet, the last 15 years have been spent focused entirely on online and mobile video. G has overseen the successful launch of dozens of enterprise and consumer video deployments throughout his career.  These have ranged from major media properties like NY Times, enterprise customers like General Motors and General Electric, government organisations like the US Department of State, and academic institutions such as Harvard, NYU and Stanford. More recently his focus is on sales management and go to market strategies.

Mathew Gilliat-Smith, co-founder and CEO of Fortium Technologies.

Mathew Gilliat-Smith has 25 years’ experience of working in the media industry. He co-founded Fortium in 1999 and has been responsible for establishing it as a respected provider of anti-piracy software solutions to blue chip film and entertainment businesses. He works closely with studio anti-piracy teams to develop customised solutions that secure disc and file based content during production and after release.

Mihai Crasneanu, CEO, Grey Juice Lab.

Mihai Crasneanu is an expert in all things content. Before launching Grey Juice Lab (a leading provider of content services for multiscreen TV and VOD services across the globe) in 2007, Mihai set up online DVD rental company Glowria, and transformed into the largest independent VOD white label operator in Europe and France’s largest online DVD rental company before it was sold to Netgem in 2008. Prior to that Mihai was VP International for UOL.


17.15

Beyond the next generation of OTT TV.

By Francesco Moretti, Deputy CEO, Fincons Group.

Synopsis:

It’s no secret that traditional broadcasting models are struggling and that they are turning to innovation for a lifeline. Consumers are ever more attracted to OTT TV providers that offer them a wide range of shows, flexible pricing and, most of all, multichannel viewing options. Yet, while viewer preferences are increasingly departing from tradition, the quest to seek out innovative approaches rarely veers off the beaten track. As commentators continue to look to the English-speaking world for innovation, Francesco Moretti reveals how continental Europe is actually rapidly becoming a trail-blazer in the OTT TV arena, offering some truly innovative paradigms for the next generation of OTT TV and competitive IT services in Smart-shore.

Biography:

Francesco Moretti started out in 2007 with an international internship at Essroc (Italcementi Group) in Pennsylvania, USA. Even prior to university, Francesco lived and breathed Fincons Group’s business culture alongside his father Michele Moretti – the company’s CEO, and after working in the USA he naturally resolved to apply his skills to the family business. Working his way through the company, Francesco became Deputy CEO in 2013. In this role, together with the CEO, he is defining the company's strategic direction and is driving the group’s internationalisation, managing the opening in the UK of Fincons Consulting Ltd in 2016 and the recent USA office openings.


Tuesday 25th April 2017

 

10.30

Can security be frictionless in your post production workflows?

Panel chaired by Mathew Gilliat-Smith, co-founder and CEO of Fortium Technologies.

Cyber-security for post-production workflows on networks and for individuals is crucial to safeguarding any company’s digital assets, revenues and reputation. So why are the solutions for protecting media files considered so complex - is it perception or reality? 88% of general businesses say they are worried about security vulnerabilities and hacks but as we know the media and entertainment sector has even more to lose. Are security measures seen as infringing on productivity or artistic talent? How do you introduce enhanced security measures that are both frictionless and effective to reduce the present risks of today? Fortium has put together a panel of experts to ask how content owners and the supply chain can keep media assets protected without disrupting workflows.

Biography:

Mathew Gilliat-Smith has 25 years’ experience of working in the media industry. He co-founded Fortium in 1999 and has been responsible for establishing it as a respected provider of anti-piracy software solutions to blue chip film and entertainment businesses. He works closely with studio anti-piracy teams to develop customised solutions that secure disc and file based content during production and after release.


11.00

Cisco Daily Keynote

Breaking distribution silos by leveraging IP and traditional broadcast.

By Jack Vickers, SPVSS product management organisation at Cisco.

Synopsis:

As content providers look to ways of reducing the cost of satellite based delivery, the global telecommunications industry is starting to offer high quality terrestrial links that are becoming more affordable, both as direct connect and/or delivery via CDN networks to the edge. Requirements such as targeting specific affiliate sites, securing content, switching to alternate content based on live events, and reliable delivery are all starting to become available thanks in part due to evolution of standards and technologies. This presentation will highlight how powerful network receivers can address this market transition with flexible inputs that provide a path for a hybrid environment, advanced switching and routing capabilities, allowing customers to migrate their current workflows while continuing to evolve and deliver new capabilities to their multi-screen clients.

Biography:

Jack Vickers is in the SPVSS product management organisation at Cisco in charge of the PVu primary distribution solution, which content providers rely on to deliver their product across the globe. He launched the D9800 network transport receiver, a versatile and secure platform that customers are leveraging for a variety of applications including the ability to migrate from satellite to terrestrial IP delivery. Prior to Cisco he held strategy and product management positions at Concurrent and Sencore. 


12.00

Panel Debate 4: Can software defined networking technology improve media workflows? And what are the practical first steps?

Participants:

Miguel Silva, COO, Vimond Media Solutions.

Miguel Silva plays a central role in matching ambitious goals from brands like Comcast and Thomson Reuters, with Vimond’s unique expertise. Prior to joining Vimond, Miguel’s experience includes co-founding ventures in mobile entertainment and video streaming, a responsibility for commercial growth in unique technology ventures such as Opera Software and Schibsted, and senior leadership positions at France Telecom, Ericsson, and Marconi.

Jason Sherwood, Senior Manager, Equinix Global Solutions Architects.

Jason Sherwood is a leader in developing networking and cloud solutions at Equinix, leading a team of architects building solutions for their customers.  Jason has worked with enterprise customers and cloud providers to deliver effective hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, and network transformation.  Jason has 25+ years’ experience in the industry having led teams at BT and Verizon before joining Equinix.

Patrick Scully, Director, Product Line Management, Ciena.

Patrick Scully currently serves as Director of Product Line Management in the Networking Platforms Division at Ciena. In Patrick’s current role, he is focused on the architecture of packet optical networks and the development of network security and media solutions to address the needs of enterprises and service providers. Patrick has been involved in the research and development of optical network solutions for 20 years.

Stavros Hilaris, VP Media and Technology Development, PCCW Global.

Stavros Hilaris heads Media and Technology for the Mobility, Security and Digital Solutions Group at PCCW Global. He has an extensive background in broadcast and media, global network communications, software development, and content distribution.  His current focus is the convergence of network and broadcast technologies to facilitate disruptive business models. He has held senior management positions including CTO at the National Geographic Society, Senior VP of Technology at Ascent Media, and senior engineering positions at global telecommunications companies.

Benoit Robert, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Kontron, Communications Business.

Benoit Robert leads both marketing and product management for the Symkloud product portfolio, carrier grade rackmount servers, and OEM custom projects.


12.45

The new frontier for advertising in the entertainment industry.

By John Thompson, President, FLX Systems.

Synopsis:

Today’s consumers are quite different from just five years ago and, more importantly, their tolerance for advertising is at an all time low. We’ve seen the research and read the articles from the top marketing minds describing a new generation of consumers who absorb content differently from previous generations. We hear this and immediately think of the Millennials and the upcoming Generation Z. But, is it really a new generation of consumers or are we experiencing a true change in the culture of media and advertising that crosses all generations? The entertainment industry must learn to adapt to this new culture of advertising just as they have had to adjust to the new culture of on-demand and streaming content.   

Biography:

An entrepreneur at heart, John Thompson has accumulated over 20 years of experience in brand development, business strategy, and brainstorming technology solutions. He cut his teeth in the corporate world working with Pitney Bowes, GTE/Verizon, and Network Associates before deciding to step out and start KMT Creative Group with his wife. With a reputation for developing brand strategies supported by great creative for nearly 15 years, his firm grabbed the attention of a much larger agency, which purchased KMT.  In 2015 John used his background in consumer behaviour and brand development to launch FLX Systems, a technology company focused on providing brands new ways to have an interactive experience with their targeted consumer.


13.15

Mobile video E2E QoE assurance.

By Wei Wei, Hybrid Video Open System Architect, Huawei.

Synopsis:

It is very challenging to deliver videos with good QoE to end users, both via wifi and cellular networks. The challenges include poor wireless signal, radio congestion, limited wireless spectrum, time- and location-dependent wireless link characteristics, and potential handoff issues. This presentation will primarily talk about how to assess a user’s visual QoE. Then it will discuss a few key techniques, such as adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming and transport protocols for mobile networks, to improve a user’s QoE. The presentation will also discuss how the collaboration between mobile devices and cellular infrastructures can help improve the performance of mobile video streaming.

Biography:

Wei is a Senior Software Architect for Huawei’s Hybrid Video System. He is leading a group of architects and engineers to design and build the next generation of Huawei's Hybrid Video solution, which facilitates a video ecosystem of devices, services and applications, and provides a high quality end-to-end user experience. Prior to Huawei, Wei was one of the earliest engineers building Netflix’s streaming system. He has been a tech lead for the Netflix device SDK, which powers tens of millions of devices.


13.45

Panel Debate 5: How do we monetize the connected subscriber?

Participants:

Bhavesh Vaghela, Chief Marketing Officer, Paywizard.

As CMO, Bhavesh Vaghela is responsible for implementing marketing and positioning for Paywizard, including the company’s Agile subscriber management platform. Bhavesh has over 17 years’ experience in the IT, software and data analytics industries. He has previously held a number of senior roles at fast-growing technology companies, including ResponseTap, IntraLinks and Oracle, marketing both SaaS and on-premise software throughout EMEA, APAC and North America.

John Thompson, President, FLX Systems.

An entrepreneur at heart, John Thompson has accumulated over 20 years of experience in brand development, business strategy, and brainstorming technology solutions. He cut his teeth in the corporate world working with Pitney Bowes, GTE/Verizon, and Network Associates before deciding to step out and start KMT Creative Group with his wife. With a reputation for developing brand strategies supported by great creative for nearly 15 years, his firm grabbed the attention of a much larger agency, which purchased KMT.  In 2015 John used his background in consumer behaviour and brand development to launch FLX Systems, a technology company focused on providing brands new ways to have an interactive experience with their targeted consumer.

KA Srinivasan, Co-Founder and Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, Amagi.

KA Srinivasan is a technology entrepreneur with two decades of experience in building new technologies and taking them to market. Srini led Amagi to be a pioneer and one of the most innovative companies in the area of cloud-based broadcast and targeted advertising. Srini is a regular on the speaking circuit delivering thought-leadership content on cloud technologies, OTT personalisation, and automated managed services.

Dora Voicu, Senior Product Manager, Alpha Networks.

Dora Voicu manages the product portfolio for Alpha Networks, a Belgian software company specialising in subscription management solutions for Pay-TV services. She leads marketing communications inside the company covering marcom planning, execution and optimisation. She has over 15 years experience in the IT and telecom industries, working for several big players. Before joining Alpha Networks, she worked for Microsoft Belgium in after sales for the Benelux area and before that she held several management positions at Nokia Corporation.

Vance Ikezoye, President and CEO, Audible Magic.

Vance Ikezoye co-founded Audible Magic in 1999, recognising the growing need for digital copyright tracking, monetisation and management. Vance began his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various sales, marketing and technical positions within the computer systems and medical products businesses over a 13-year period. From there, he joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Inc., a venture capital funded start-up, where for over five years he held the titles of vice president sales, marketing and international business development.


14.30

The improving economics of international OTT distribution.

By Dan Finch, Commercial Director, Simplestream.

Synopsis:

There is an accelerating move away from linear, scheduled TV towards subscription video on demand (SVOD) as a primary output of video consumption. Services like Netflix and Amazon are poised to see substantial returns on their international expansion with revenues expected to double to nearly $35 billion by 2021, according to Juniper Research – but what does this mean for all the other providers hungry to enter the market, capitalise on this trend, reach their intended audiences with meaningful, relevant content and profit? In this case study-led seminar, Dan Finch will discuss how providers can effectively evaluate the opportunity to expand their content footprint internationally, and use virtualised cloud tools to deliver a profitable service with as few as 2000 subscribers.

Biography:

Dan Finch has nearly 20 years experience working in the broadcast space, starting in the early days at Carlton Digital and ITV, before moving to A+E Networks in the UK gaining valuable experience working across multiple disciplines including marketing, ad sales, sponsorship, and channel distribution in Scandinavia and Benelux. Dan has led the commercial development for Simplestream from a start up, as well as co-founding the UK online TV service, TVPlayer, and negotiating the channel carriage deals and forming key third party partnerships. Dan’s extensive knowledge of broadcasting, marketing, ad sales and channel distribution has enabled both Simplestream and TVPlayer to accelerate their success in the broadcast and media sectors.


15.00

Moving your media processing to the cloud.

By David Trescot, CEO, Hybrik Inc.

Synopsis:

More and more media processing is moving to the cloud in order to take advantage of the flexibilities in scale and cost that the cloud can provide. But this transition is not without risks. Potential users need to understand the different requirements that cloud operations have in terms of security, data management, and cost control. In this presentation, you will learn how to cost-effectively move your media transcoding into the cloud, including how to manage your quality control process. Find out how to maximise your throughput while minimising your costs. Hybrik provides cloud services to some of the largest media operations in the world, including Sony DADC, Vevo, and Dolby - and is vastly more cost-effective than any competing solution.

Biography:

David Trescot is the CEO of Hybrik, Inc., provider of cloud-based media processing. He is an executive with a proven track record of success at companies ranging from startups to public entities. David has an extensive background in digital video post-production and distribution. Prior to Hybrik, David was the CEO of Rhozet Corporation, makers of the Carbon Coder transcoding software. When he isn’t working on solving the world’s media problems, David can generally be found underwater trying to film large ocean creatures.


15.30

2.5 billion TV contributors and counting.

By Larry Thaler, CEO, The Video Call Center.

Synopsis:

Smartphones have changed content distribution and consumption, enabling two billion-plus consumers to request content when and where they want it.  Why then has traditional media production, squeezed between falling viewership, aging demographics, rising production costs, burdensome satellite and cellular bonding techniques, and increasing cord-cutting, been slow to adopt these tools? This session will consider the programming and fiscal implications of smartphone contribution on news, sports and entertainment before looking in depth at the technical logistics, advantages and barriers to turning the smartphone into both the broadcast remote solution for and driver of innovation across live programming genres.

Biography:

Larry Thaler joined the VCC team in 2015 after guiding business strategy and technical development as the company’s senior advisor for more than two years. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the media business and has been honoured with four Emmy awards for technical innovations. As Vice President of Technology at NBC Universal he led key efforts at the junction of traditional broadcasting and new media. Later, Thaler was Chairman of Positive Flux, a media consulting firm that helps companies implement strategic technical changes.


16.00

Panel Debate 6: Understanding big dataand the role of analytics in TV.

Participants:

Bhavesh Vaghela, Chief Marketing Officer, Paywizard.

As CMO, Bhavesh Vaghela is responsible for implementing marketing and positioning for Paywizard, including the company’s Agile subscriber management platform. Bhavesh has over 17 years’ experience in the IT, software and data analytics industries. He has previously held a number of senior roles at fast-growing technology companies, including ResponseTap, IntraLinks and Oracle, marketing both SaaS and on-premise software throughout EMEA, APAC and North America.

Pancrazio Auteri, CTO, ContentWise.

Pancrazio Auteri is CTO at ContentWise, focusing on personalsation and analytics. Before joining the company, Pancrazio was at TiVo as director of product management for VOD, metadata, TV Everywhere, and third-party content apps. With a background of intranet design, digital television and analytics, he spent the last decade at the intersection of Internet and TV, leading the Italian team that in 2007 introduced the first digital terrestrial Internet-DVR featuring HTML apps. In 2011 Pancrazio moved to California to drive the multi-screen and big data evolution of a leading IPTV platform.

Owen Best, SVP VAS Business Development, PCCW Global.

Owen Best is based in Hong Kong and heads a VAS sales overlay group with responsibility for generating revenue growth from the company’s portfolio of global data services broadly categorised under content, cloud, and managed network services. Owen was formerly President Asia for Reliance Globalcom based in Hong Kong. He has vast experience in global telecommunications infrastructure and the global data services business, particularly in Asia having held Asia regional head positions with FLAG Telecom and Reliance Globalcom since 1998. Prior to that he held country head positions with Telstra located in Tokyo, Japan for four years, and in Seoul, Korea for two years.  He is a former chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Oliver Botti, Head of International Business Development and Innovation, Fincons Group.

Oliver Botti started his career as a researcher at ENEL. In the same period, he acted as consultant and reviewer for the European Commission in ICT Research and Innovation programmes. Has was then BU Manager of Energy and Utilities and Fashion and Retail for seven years, before spending 10 years in the media space, driving sales for leading international vendors of digital video solutions. Oliver joined the Fincons Group in 2013, and as Head of International Business Development and Innovation he drives the international business growth of the group and the portfolio innovation through R&D initiatives.

 

16.45

CM|IP/202 Communications Research Presentation.


Wednesday 26th April 2017

10.00

Next generation video UX - How will VR affect video entertainment?

Moderated by Fredrik Andersson, SVP Business Development, Accedo.

Panelists: 

Ralf Jacobs, President, Verizon Digital Media Services.

Tarif Syed, Head of VR Technologies, Nokia.

Biographies:

Fredrik Andersson jointly founded Accedo in 2004. He has extensive experience in the converging telecom and media industries. Since founding Accedo, Fredrik has been heavily involved with the roll-out of innovative content offerings for IPTV service providers and connected TV manufacturers. Prior to setting up the company, Fredrik was a Senior Management Consultant at Nordic consultancy company, Digiscope, which he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Digiscope, Fredrik worked for Ericsson, developing future services and applications for the networked home.  

Tarif Sayed, Nokia’s Head of VR Technologies, is a noted broadcast and digital media executive, and a leading expert in VR technologies, business development and go-to-market commercial strategies for Nokia TECH. Prior to Nokia, Tarif was the Director of Broadcast Services for Dolby, and is known as an expert in the field of the mobile device ecosystem.

Ralf Jacob is the President for Verizon Digital Media Services, bringing more than 20 years of technical and executive management experience to the organisation. Prior to his current role, Ralf served as the chief revenue officer for the company. He initially joined through Verizon’s acquisition of upLynk, an online video platform specialising in the simplification of a broadcaster’s workflow, where he was the CEO and co-founder. 
Prior to launching upLynk, Jacob served as vice president of digital media for Deluxe Digital Studios, guiding the development of new product ideas for OTT streaming initiatives, building and conceptualising second screen apps for major Hollywood studios, and rolling out token-based digital/e-copy online portals for companies such as HBO, Universal Studios and others. 


11.00

Cisco Daily Keynote

New choices for media storage.

By Joe Arnold, Founder of SwiftStack.

Synopsis:

With increased demand for storage from higher resolution formats and more cameras than ever before, a petabyte is the new terabyte when measuring media storage capacity. Modern workflows generate petabytes of data that need to be ingested, processed, curated, distributed, and durably stored for decades while remaining online and accessible. Many MAM software vendors today already support cloud storage alongside classic file access interfaces. This presentation will share how media storage can solve the most demanding challenges in media asset management with multi-site production, active archive on-premises and in the cloud and distributed transcoding and rendering.

Biography:

Joe Arnold founded SwiftStack to build a massively scalable cloud storage system for the most demanding data-centric applications. Joe leads the SwiftStack product organisation, and collaborates with IT experts in media companies and other demanding sectors to build SwiftStacks. Joe is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has been directly involved in the transformation of media creation workflows where SwiftStack software is in use today.


12.00

Panel Debate 7: CDNs, cloud playout, edge caching – how can we innovate and improve content distribution strategies?

Participants:

Jaron Viëtor, CTO, MistServer.

Jaron Viëtor has over 23 years of programming experience and is a specialist in web programming, optimising and multi-threading. Since 2009 he has been active in the streaming media world and knows many of the streaming media protocols by heart. As lead engineer at DDVTech he manages the research and development team. His current focus lies with the optimisation and load balancing of streaming media servers.

Johan Bolin, VP of Products, Edgeware.

Johan Bolin has 15 years of experience in IT, telecom, TV distribution, and on-line media. Prior to joining Edgeware, he held various senior positions in product and strategy management at Tele2 and Ericsson. Johan has promoted significant research in media technologies at Ericson, as well as being the co-founder of Appear Networks AB.

Jacques Le Mancq, President and CEO, Broadpeak.

Jacques Le Mancq is driving the strategy and execution of Broadpeak to develop and realise the full potential of the company, one of the prominent European providers of IP video delivery solutions to telcos. Prior to co-founding Broadpeak, Jacques Le Mancq was with the Technicolor Connect Division where he assumed the role of Product Line Manager for the SmartVision video distribution servers product family. He led a spin-off project with five other co-founders to create Broadpeak.

Haihong Zhu, Hybrid CDN Chief Architect, Huawei.

Haihong Zhu brings 25 years of video and networking industry experience to his position as Hybrid CDN Chief Architect at Huawei. In this role, Haihong leads a group of architects and engineers to design and build the next generation of Huawei's Hybrid CDN products covering content origination, processing and distribution. Hybrid Video Solutions from Huawei include entertainment video, communication video, video AI, and user generated live video and video sharing.

Yoann Hinard, Chief Operations Officer, Witbe.

Holder of a PhD in Computer Networks, majored in multicast and security, Yoann Hinard has acquired more than 10 years of experience in IP video delivery networks. Before arriving at Witbe, among other things, Yoann worked as a project manager for Bouygues Telecom, where he contributed to developing the first catch-up TV portal in France.


12.45

How to embrace new trends in TV consumption and find new revenue streams.

By José Luis Vázquez, founder and CEO, Mirada.

Synopsis: 

In a world where technology providers including Apple and Netflix are thriving within a territory once solely occupied by operators and broadcasters, pay TV players are being forced into unexplored territories of their own for survival. However, diversifying towards the OTT model of content delivery is no longer enough to guarantee their future. It is now fundamental that operators recognise and embrace change within the industry rather than fearing it. With an ever-changing landscape of technological innovation, notably the new era of TV advertisements, what steps must pay TV players take to survive and thrive for years to come?

Biography:

José Luis Vázquez, founder and CEO of Mirada plc and Chairman of the Spanish Association of Interactive Television Companies (AEDETI), has almost 20 years of experience in the telecommunication and interactivity sectors. He is a key figure in the Spanish digital TV industry and a frequent conference speaker.


13.15

OTT: Breaking traditional paradigms, while bringing new opportunities.

By Yoann Hinard, Chief Operations Officer, Witbe.

Synopsis:

High quality video used to be under control, over managed networks. Today, OTT allows these boundaries to be broken by distributing video through unmanaged networks, with multi CDN, on or off net, with local caching and even peer to peer distribution for ‘hybrid’ or innovative technologies. And as such ‘is it working for my customers?’ is not a simple or trivial question anymore. When it is so easy to switch from one provider to another, it becomes critical to stop being blind.

Biography:

Holder of a PhD in Computer Networks, majored in multicast and security, Yoann Hinard has acquired more than 10 years of experience in IP video delivery networks. Before arriving at Witbe, among other things, Yoann worked as a project manager for Bouygues Telecom, where he contributed to developing the first catch-up TV portal in France.


13.45

Panel Debate 8: Can cloud based services reduce CAPEX/OPEX for TV and content providers?

Participants:

David Trescot, CEO, Hybrik Inc.

David Trescot is the CEO of Hybrik, Inc., provider of cloud-based media processing. He is an executive with a proven track record of success at companies ranging from startups to public entities. David has an extensive background in digital video post-production and distribution. Prior to Hybrik, David was the CEO of Rhozet Corporation, makers of the Carbon Coder transcoding software. When he isn’t working on solving the world’s media problems, David can generally be found underwater trying to film large ocean creatures.

Sam Orton-Jay, Sales and Marketing Director, Simplestream.

Sam Orton-Jay has 14 years of experience working in video technology. After product managing the Blu-ray Disc production tools at Sonic Solutions, he has also held business development, strategy and sales positions at DivX and NeuLion, helping to define and deliver solutions to major operators, sports federations and broadcasters across Europe. He now leads the sales and marketing team for Simplestream’s range of cloud-based solutions for Live and VOD OTT delivery and is based in central London.

Tim Jackson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, the Americas, Globecast.

Tim Jackson is a 30-year industry veteran and has worked for a variety of companies in the television and media distribution industries including IDB Communications, Discovery Communications, PanAmSat, Intelsat, and Ateme in a variety of areas ranging from television operations and engineering to sales and marketing and business unit management.

Stefan Lederer, CEO, Bitmovin.

Stefan Lederer is CEO and co-founder of Bitmovin. Stefan's experience includes positions with a variety of international companies including Dolby, McKinsey and IBM. Stefan contributed to the MPEG-DASH standardisation, created different MPEG-DASH open source tools, and is author of more than 25 articles and patents in this field. Bitmovin provides a full stack video infrastructure with encoding, storage, CDN, player, and analytics.

Laszlo Gaspar, Global Industry Sales Head Media, Siemens Convergence Creators.

In Laszlo’s role as Head of Global Sales and Strategy for Siemens Convergence Creators OTT/Media group, he continues delivering deep insight and expertise in the new media/mobile media/social media, OTT/TVE space. From production, to PR/marketing and print/news digital, social, OTT and TVE, Laz’s exposure to and impact on the market is compelling. Be it studios, broadcasters, publishers or any video-centric organisation, his broad exposure delivers a deep understanding of the ongoing evolution of today’s video consuming audience and he has helped organisations like Verizon Digital Media Services, NeuLion, JW Player, and Siemens Convergence Creators understand and navigate the next generation and rapidly evolving audience demand. Laz also helps organisations better understand various ways to structure complex monetisation and profitability models for the OTT/TVE market. 

14.30

Panel Debate: End to end delivery of OTT products and the business opportunities.

Panellists:

Ben Miller, VP digital products, Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Joseph Hopkins, CRO, Verizon Digital Media Services.

Martijn Van Horssen, CEO, 24i Media.

Synopsis:

The way consumers enjoy media is constantly evolving, creating opportunities and challenges for both new entrants and established players. In 2017, the rate of change only seems to be accelerating and morphing to match modern tastes. To succeed, TV networks and broadcasters are re-imagining their businesses to meet viewers' modern expectations. This panel will provide attendees with actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms.


15.00

Achieving ‘always on’ mission critical HD-UHD ‘open’ video services.

By Benoit Robert, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Kontron, Communications Business.

Synopsis:

Cable operators and other video delivery service providers who seek a more reliable infrastructure solution are turning to ultra-high-density Intel CPU-GPU converged platforms. Available to be integrated with any 3rd party ISV video workflow vendor, service providers can deploy more reliable services with instantaneous fail-over to additional GPU resources with minimal impact to end users. Likewise, OpenStack has become a more viable option to provision live IP video encoding workflows across private cloud deployments. This presentation will discuss the full spectrum of cloud infrastructure advancements and untapped converged HA video and broadcast deployment models.

Biography:

Benoit Robert leads both marketing and product management for the Symkloud product portfolio, carrier grade rackmount servers, and OEM custom projects.


 

15.30

Making the switch: 4K and the future of KVM over IP.

By Alan Sarutanond, Product Manager, ATEN Technology.

Synopsis:

Media professionals require the power to access content remotely via stable, secure, and fast multimedia data channels. As the demand for higher video quality increases, many organisations are making the switch from the standard 1080p to 4K and looking for fast ways to deliver content. In this presentation, Alan will cover the latest innovations in desktop KVM switching technology and the benefits of delivering content in 4K.

Biography:

Alan Sarutanond began his computer networking career in 1999, earning his MCSE 2K certification along with A+ in the year 2000. That same year, he joined D-Link, launching the first wireless G network camera on the market. In addition, he managed D-Link’s consumer and SMB video solutions, expanding the network camera line from 2 to 17 different models. Alan then moved on to Cisco Systems, where he started the video surveillance product line, managing it from conception to end-of-life. Currently, Alan serves as Product Manager for ATEN Technology, where he is responsible for the Enterprise and SMB KVM product lines.


16.00

Panel Debate 9: TV innovation and future trends – a 2020 vision.

Participants:

Martijn van Horsen, CEO, 24i.

Together with his friend and companion Hans Disch, Martijn van Horssen founded 24i Media in 2009 and since then has led the company as CEO. Rewarded with Deloitte's Fast 50 Rising Star as an innovative and disruptive media technology startup, 24i has grown into a thought and market leader in engineering TV apps on all devices, screens and platforms: from set top boxes and Smart TVs to gaming consoles and mobile devices. 24i creates and maintains state-of-the-art TV apps for leading TV channels and operators such as RTL, FOX and KPN, in Europe and abroad. A frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences, Martijn is a recognised thought-leader and innovator who is credited with numerous technological breakthroughs in OTT, including development of the first 4K on-demand and live streaming apps for Smart TVs for RTL Videoland and Televisa.

George Mikeladze, Founder and CEO, Qarva.

George Mikeladze was, by the age of 15, a software developer at the Institute of Cybernetics, Academy of Sciences of Georgia. He was then Head of Software Development of Abacus Financial at Omega, Moscow. He has spent years in the telecommunications industry including top management roles at Magticom, United Telecom of Georgia, and HSC. George founded Qarva in 2012.

José Luis Vázquez, founder and CEO, Mirada.

José Luis Vázquez, founder and CEO of Mirada plc and Chairman of the Spanish Association of Interactive Television Companies (AEDETI), has almost 20 years of experience in the telecommunication and interactivity sectors. He is a key figure in the Spanish digital TV industry and a frequent conference speaker.

Douglas Lee, SVP of Content Programming, Ownzones.

Douglas Lee is a media strategist and seasoned executive with an extensive background and demonstrated success in the global entertainment business. Having served in senior roles at both major film studios and networks, his experience and expertise encompass virtually all business aspects of television, film and emerging media. His career highlights include creating the next generation pay service, Epix, and heading its initial programming efforts. He also spearheaded News Corp’s acquisition of Star-TV, the leading satellite platform in Asia. He was based in Hong Kong for a year while completing the News Corp deal.  Douglas also helped create Noggin, the first educational children’s network and a joint venture between Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon.  He conceived and launched MGM HD and served as Executive Producer of Roger Corman’s first 3D movie, ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader’.

Mirko Nedeljkovic, CSO, Suitest.

Mirko Nedeljkovic is CSO at Suitest, a spinoff of mineus, and has been working in the interactive television industry for more than 17 years. Prior to founding mineus and Suitest, Mirko worked at razorfish in Hamburg and New York as a producer, client partner and head of broadband/future TV. Mirko has been working on cross platform software projects for broadcasters, cable network operators and content providers for many years, and at mineus he was overseeing implementations of HbbTV/teletext CMSs, HbbTV apps for ProsiebenSAT.1 Germany/Austria, swisstxt (SRG SSR), a comprehensive advertising SDK for HbbTV, and various SmartTV platforms and numerous second screen apps.

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CM|IP Seminar Theatre

The CM|IP Seminar Theatre offers a fantastic opportunity to listen and network with industry experts and key opinion leaders from across the industry.

Guest speakers are invited to deliver thought provoking and insightful presentations
 on how to connect with the consumer. CM|IP exhibitors receive a 30 minute speaking opportunity within the CM|IP Seminar Theatre (due to high demand this is based on a first come, first served basis).

Industry panel debates and key notes take place daily throughout the show.

Nearer the event, a seminar programme will be available on this page. NB: Speaking opportunities are available to NAB Show exhibitors based outside CM|IP, however this is only available to Associate Sponsors.

The Presentation Theatre

Monday 24th April 2017

11.30

Pay-TV providers neglect ‘customer experience’ at their peril.

By Bhavesh Vaghela, Chief Marketing Officer, Paywizard.

Synopsis:

Recent global research conducted by Paywizard shows that pay-TV operators can no longer rely solely on their content offering to maintain subscriber loyalty, with 84% of consumers surveyed saying they would terminate a relationship with a TV provider if service and support were lacking. Operators must therefore improve their customer relationship management practices to gain ground in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Bhavesh Vaghela will present the findings of the report and discuss how, by successfully addressing key decision moments in the customer journey, pay-TV operators can cultivate subscriber loyalty and build long-term relationships.

Biography:

As CMO, Bhavesh Vaghela is responsible for implementing marketing and positioning for Paywizard, including the company’s Agile subscriber management platform. Bhavesh has over 17 years’ experience in the IT, software and data analytics industries. He has previously held a number of senior roles at fast-growing technology companies, including ResponseTap, IntraLinks and Oracle, marketing both SaaS and on-premise software throughout EMEA, APAC and North America.

 

12.00

Satellite is back ! Delivering live http TV via satellite.

By Jacques Le Mancq, President and CEO, Broadpeak.

Synopsis:

Satellites provide a great infrastructure for broadcasting live content to large geographical areas. Since next-generation devices (eg tablets, smartphones, connected TVs, and OTT STBs) mainly receive adaptive bitrate unicast streams, one would think that using satellites to address them is impossible and that it is only relevant to use satellite for the main screen. During this presentation, Jacques Le Mancq will explain how satellite is perfectly suitable for http delivery to any screen, especially when a massive amount of bandwidth is at stake, which is increasingly the case with the rise of UHD, HDR or VR360 content. 

Biography:
Jacques Le Mancq is driving the strategy and execution of Broadpeak to develop and realise the full potential of the company, one of the prominent European providers of IP video delivery solutions to telcos. Prior to co-founding Broadpeak, Jacques Le Mancq was with the Technicolor Connect Division where he assumed the role of Product Line Manager for the SmartVision video distribution servers product family. He led a spin-off project with five other co-founders to create Broadpeak.

 

12.30

TV CDNs: When, why and how to build your own.

By Richard Brandon, CMO, Edgeware.

Synopsis:

On-line TV services are generating more and more traffic - with more viewers, more content and with 4K still to come. In the past, operators delivered this content by buying capacity on general-purpose CDN services. But content owners are increasingly building their own CDNs, optimised for TV, so they can reduce costs and control their viewing quality. This presentation looks at when, why and how you should build your own TV CDN to deliver a higher quality viewing experience with a rich set of services, cost-effective ways to deal with huge traffic growth, and greater insight into your viewer’s experience.

Biography:

Richard Brandon has more than 30 years’ experience in the networking and TV technology industries, working with both operators and equipment vendors, and specialising in bringing new technology solutions to market. Richard is currently CMO at Edgeware, and has also held positions such as VP of Worldwide Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he helped to grow the business to over $4 billion. He also served as CMO at Intune Networks and at MLL Telecom, a UK operator, and worked at Cisco Systems as Head of Service Provider Solutions Marketing in EMEA. Richard spent much of his earlier career in British Telecom, working on new service development and product management of network services. He has spoken at forums such as NAB, IBC, the Broadband World Forum and at the European  Parliament, and is a jury member at the UK Film Festival.

 

14.00

The driverless UX: Machine learning for storefront automation and assisted curation.

By Pancrazio Auteri, CTO, ContentWise.

Synopsis:

The driverless UX, the vision of a smart, autonomous and uniquely personalised entertainment user interface is upon us. To deliver it, TV and media brands need three fundamental capabilities: a central brain capable of automating UI behavior, smart assisted curation tools, and architectures capable of ingesting and analysing terabytes of data. As the amount of content available to viewers has expanded, human-based curation has helped make content offerings manageable. However, as these offerings expand even further, manual curation reaches its limits. Storefront automation augments editorial curation with real time adaptation of UI elements and content ranking.

Biography:

Pancrazio Auteri is CTO at ContentWise, focusing on personalsation and analytics. Before joining the company, Pancrazio was at TiVo as director of product management for VOD, metadata, TV Everywhere, and third-party content apps. With a background of intranet design, digital television and analytics, he spent the last decade at the intersection of Internet and TV, leading the Italian team that in 2007 introduced the first digital terrestrial Internet-DVR featuring HTML apps. In 2011 Pancrazio moved to California to drive the multi-screen and big data evolution of a leading IPTV platform.

 

14.30

Workflow automation and content monetisation with Axinom CMS.

By Stefanie Schuster, Business Development, Axinom Products.

Synopsis:

Axinom CMS is a fully extensible content management system with highly automated media workflows for SVOD, TVOD, AVOD, and live video streaming scenarios. Axinom CMS helps customers to manage, convert, distribute and monetise digital assets, services, and metadata for the next generation of OTT and IPTV services. Axinom CMS capabilities span media ingest and encoding, asset and metadata management, catalogue and product management, e-commerce, advertising, customer management, and secure multi-channel delivery to all types of client devices. Axinom CMS can be easily tailored and adapted to specific project needs and integrated with third party services and legacy systems. The product is leveraged worldwide by major clients in media and entertainment, aerospace, and railway industries, and is also available for partners and service providers.

Biography:

Stefanie Schuster owns the strategy for Axinom’s product portfolio in content management (Axinom CMS) and delivery (Axinom CDS). She collaborates closely with international key customers translating their business needs into product capabilities and defining ‘go to market’ strategies for Axinom’s products. Stefanie is a results-oriented business development professional with over 10 years of broad-based project experience and a proven track record of successfully supporting major global brands in the media and entertainment industry.

 

15.00

High speed encoding within the cloud and on-premise.

By Gerald Zankl, Director of Business Development, Bitmovin.

Synopsis:

Bitmovin enables a smooth hybrid cloud workflow where solution providers, broadcasters and content providers can encode their daily workloads on their own heterogenous hardware (private cloud) and shift processing into the public cloud (AWS, Google) in peak periods. Bitmovin’s on premise encoders are identical to the cloud encoders and follow the same distributed encoding approach, which allows users to reach similar speeds (100x real time) on their own hardware as in the cloud. In addition this presentation will provide an overview of the Bitmovin Video Infrastructure, including encoding, HTML5, Android, and iOS players, analytics, as well as CDN and storage.

Biography:

Gerald Zankl’s experience includes positions with a variety of international companies including Atos and Infineon. He joined Bitmovin as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2014 and focuses now on enterprise sales with direct selling efforts to media companies, system integrators and broadcasters. Bitmovin provides a full stack video infrastructure with encoding, storage, CDN, player, and analytics.

 

15.30

OTT personalisation: A custom channel for every human on planet Earth.

By KA Srinivasan, Co-Founder and Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, Amagi.

Synopsis:

Every individual is unique. So are their preferences. Then, for how long should audiences tune into a common broadcast? With rapid adoption of OTT platforms, TV networks and content owners can now get realistic with personalised feeds. In this informative session, you will learn how personalised OTT feeds can be configured and delivered through contextual personalisation. By identifying unique viewers, building relevant inference libraries of preferences, and understanding variations along the time-device axes, learn how next-gen playout systems can dynamically fetch relevant content, manipulate primary HLS streams on the fly, and deliver a personalised OTT feed to each viewer. 

Biography:

KA Srinivasan is a technology entrepreneur with two decades of experience in building new technologies and taking them to market. Srini led Amagi to be a pioneer and one of the most innovative companies in the area of cloud-based broadcast and targeted advertising. Srini is a regular on the speaking circuit delivering thought-leadership content on cloud technologies, OTT personalisation, and automated managed services.

 

16.00

From Madrid to Mexico City: how aviation can help us to do incredible things in the broadcast space.

By: Mike Beattie, CEO, Mediamano.

Synopsis:

Although we remember the delays and hassle, most air travel runs incredibly smoothly.  It’s even more surprising when you think about how many different factors and variables they need to take into account. Can we make the world of professional video work equally smoothly? In this presentation, Mike Beattie will showcase the new ‘Picaso’ system to show how multiple sites and technologies can all be integrated with multiple processes and workflows into one single control system.

Biography:

Mike Beattie is the CEO of Mediamano SL, a Madrid-based software company specialising in highly complex process management. Mike has been a technology entrepreneur for over 15 years, and combines his passion for flying with experience in process management and software development to bring complex processes under control across different sectors in the audio visual space.

 

16.30

Spilling beyond the edges of your screen.

By Pavel Jacko, Principal Architect, Vigour.

Synopsis:

Good storytelling should never be constrained by technical boundaries. Interaction shouldn’t stop where your screen ends. Unrestrained by the edges of your device, the Vigour platform allows customers to effortlessly engage with your content using the device that will play to its strengths. As resident Principal Architect at Vigour, Pavel Jacko will walk you through some of the key challenges Vigour has overcome in order to scale to new platforms, deploy rapid fire updates and synchronise user journeys across a fragmented digital ecosystem.

 

17.00
Re-imagining the virtual reality use case.
By Fredrik Andersson, SVP Business Development, Accedo.

Synopsis:

Up until now, virtual reality (VR) innovation has been focused on delivering immersive video. Sports will quickly become the most popular use case for VR. However, the real game changer will be in giving users control over the viewing experience. This could, for example, take the form of an interactive timeline, whereby the user can pick specific events within a game and interact with them at their leisure. This session will explore the potential for interactive VR experiences and the technology that will enable that.

Biography:

Fredrik Andersson jointly founded Accedo in 2004. He has extensive experience in the converging telecom and media industries. Since founding Accedo, Fredrik has been heavily involved with the roll-out of innovative content offerings for IPTV service providers and connected TV manufacturers. Prior to setting up the company, Fredrik was a Senior Management Consultant at Nordic consultancy company, Digiscope, which he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Digiscope, Fredrik worked for Ericsson, developing future services and applications for the networked home.  

 

 

Tuesday 25th April 2017

10.00

Unifying the future of TV.

By Giuseppe Pascale, Product Manager, Opera TV.

Synopsis:

ATSC 3.0 sets the stage for major changes in the way we can deliver content to our consumers – and the ways they can choose to consume it. OTT and Pay TV will be transforming in the coming years to dramatically change the way consumers access content, enabling content interactivity, 4K Ultra HD programming, advanced emergency alerts, increased channel choice, mobile viewing capabilities and more. In this paper, Aneesh will explore ATSC 3.0 and how it enables the unification of broadcasters and OTT providers to deliver a next-generation content experience.

Biography:

Giuseppe Pascale is Product Manager at Opera TV, with a background in computer engineering. He is currently responsible for Opera TV Snap, a technology for transforming online video channels into ready-to-run Smart TV apps, used by more than 500 global publishers. He also oversees video advertising and billing integration across the various Opera TV products.

 

10.30

A presentation by Frankly

 

11.00

The evolution of OTT.

By Christopher Stenhouse, Chief Executive Officer, Switch Media.

Synopsis:

Christopher Stenhouse will look at the evolution of OTT. With over a decade’s experience as an OTT provider, Christopher is seen as a thought leader in the industry. He will reflect on previous technology, passing fads, and industry transformations. He will provide an overview of emerging trends and technology advancements that have created the need to keep up with and rapidly respond to ever changing consumer and market demands. Combining personal experience with his in-depth knowledge of the industry he will provide insight around the future of OTT, including the rise of live streaming, advancing monetisation technology and virtual reality.

Biography:

Christopher Stenhouse held leadership roles in Telstra, BigPond, AWA, and Atlas Copco before co-founding Switch Media with business partner Luke Durham nearly 10 years ago. Christopher has driven Switch Media’s extensive body of work including Foxtel GO and PLAY, Presto, Freeview AU and NZ, and online streaming and broadcast for the London 2012 Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2015 Australian Open, and 2015 Formula 1 series.

 

12.00

Discovery Communications writes new IT script.

By Dave Duvall, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Services, Discovery Communications, and Lou Najdzin, Senior Director, Vertical Marketing, Equinix.

Synopsis:

Learn how Discovery Communications is transforming its digital production and distribution using an interconnection-first strategy from leading data centre and interconnection provider Equinix. Learn how this approach to IT architecture brings value to Discovery’s business and the workflows of the media and entertainment industry as siloed production and distribution workflow processes are replaced by more collaborative cloud-based solutions.

Biographies:
As Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Support Services at Discovery Communications, Dave Duvall leads global end-to-end infrastructure and customer support service spanning the company’s information technology needs. In this role, he provides strategic direction to ensure alignment and collaboration with businesses while driving efficiency in a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

Lou Najdzin is an IT services veteran with a broad industry background that ranges from leading hosting and network lines of business to business development in specific vertical markets such as finance and healthcare. He is currently responsible for driving vertical growth of the Americas region at Equinix. Prior to joining Equinix, Lou was an account executive in Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Services Business Unit focused on outsourcing opportunities within the capital markets industry.  Before joining HP, he led product management, product marketing, business solutions, and offer development as Vice President of Marketing at Savvis. 

 

12.30

A presentation by RiverSilica.

 

14.00

A presentation by Infomir.

 

14.30

A presentation by Setplex.

 

15.00

Enabling long range 4K live TV streaming.

By Irakly Nakashidze, VP Global Sales, Qarva.

Synopsis:

As 4K UHD becomes more popular and, therefore, more in demand by subscribers of all OTT providers – including for live streaming – Qarva created an accurate, record-breaking solution: MultiPipe Streaming Technology. This is an enabler of long range live TV streaming through open Internet without any external CDN.

Biography:

In 2000 Irakly Nakashidze started working in the media entertainment industry at Irdeto Access, a DVB conditional access company. At Verimatrix from 2005, he was a Director of Pre-Sales EMEA, and then Regional Sales Director. In 2011 Irakly has joined NDS as a Regional Director before, in 2014, moving to a Russian systems integrator as New Business Development Director. In 2016 Irakly has joined Qarva as VP Global Sales.

 

15.30

Future Internet streaming technologies.

By George Bokuchava, Co-Founder, CEO, President, Tulix Systems.

Biography:

Under George Bokuchava's guidance, Tulix has become globally known for expertise in live streaming to any screen, and has created the TulixCDN, a CDN highly optimised for video. Prior to founding Tulix, George was CTO of HomeCom Communications, one of the first web development companies. George has a number of web technology firsts under his belt, including the first online e-commerce technology, first stock trading website, and first super scalable web hosting system.

 

16.00

E2E solution to monetise content in a hybrid market.

By Guillaume Devezeaux, CMO, Alpha Networks.

Synopsis:

The pay-TV market has changed dramatically in the last few years, with new players such as Netflix threatening the hold of traditional solutions. In this complex environment where there is still a need to deal with the legacy infrastructure, network operators are looking for new business models and flexible solutions based on proven and deployed products from the best players in their sectors with a short-time-to-market. This presentation will be based on case studies, looking at how the company’s e2e solution helps to offer the best platform to users. Featuring a video headend integration with a state of the art service platform, this solution aims to offer an innovative user experience, where subscribers will discover and enjoy the content they want at any time, on any device type.

Biography:

Guillaume Devezeaux has been the CMO of Alpha Networks since late of 2016. He is one of Alpha Networks founders. In his role, Guillaume is focusing his efforts on marketing and communications, product business development and product strategy. Guillaume is an experienced strategist, having founded several start-ups in Europe. He also has a very strong technical and business background in the telecom and broadcast domains. He has over 15 years experience in team management and sales development, working for several start-ups and major Belgian telecom operators.

 

16.30

Applications of ACR technology for broadcast.

By Vance Ikezoye, President and CEO, Audible Magic.

Synopsis:

Audible Magic will present an overview of Automated Content Recognition (ACR) technologies and applications for the broadcast industry. The presentation will highlight ACR solutions for TV and radio applications, including fingerprinting vs. watermarking, second screen applications, ACR for ad recognition and replacement, compliance applications, and broadcast monitoring for radio and TV.

Biography:

Vance Ikezoye co-founded Audible Magic in 1999, recognising the growing need for digital copyright tracking, monetisation and management. Vance began his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various sales, marketing and technical positions within the computer systems and medical products businesses over a 13-year period. From there, he joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Inc., a venture capital funded start-up, where for over five years he held the titles of vice president sales, marketing and international business development.

 

Wednesday 26 April 2017

 

9.30

A presentation by Telelynx.

10.00

Generation I and the future of TV.

By Shay David, President and General Manager, Kaltura.

Synopsis:

TV is increasingly becoming a personal, on-the-go, and individually tailored experience where each user controls the programming, the location, the device, and - to a large extent - the economic factors of their TV experience. Together with the growing demand for new business models, the younger generation continues to challenge the traditional TV paradigm. If content is king, then experience is his queen – the winners in today’s TV world are those that understand that the keys to multi-screen viewing are consistency, smooth delivery, and a deep understanding that every platform impacts the type of content we consume and the way we consume it.  Join this session to learn more about today’s digital TV transformation.

Biography:

Dr. Shay David is a scholar and serial entrepreneur, specialising in collaborative and open-source information and communication systems. Shay is the co-founder of Kaltura, where as the General Manager of the Media and Telecom division he oversees all aspects of strategy, product development, marketing, sales, and partnerships. Shay is also a founding member of the Open Video Alliance, an organisation dedicated to open standards for video. Prior to Kaltura, Shay was a co-founder of Destinator Technologies, a leader in mobile-GPS-navigation software, and consulted on open systems to Fortune 500 companies like Toyota.

 

10.30

The OTT/TVE revenue game – ‘attract, engage, refine, grow’.

By Laszlo Gaspar, Global Industry Sales Head Media, Siemens Convergence Creators.

Synopsis:

Constantly evolving customer expectations in OTT services are a significant challenge for small to mid-size organisations with tight budgets and limited initial audience sizes. The pressure to deliver compelling user experiences and fast ROI has never been more critical. In this presentation Laszlo will explore: how to use flexible user interfaces and dynamic audience refinement to create unique user experiences at both group and individual levels; leveraging cross-branding and organisational communities to build and retain your OTT customers; how to embed agility in your service offering; insights on maximising revenue across user groups.

Biography:

In Laszlo’s role as Head of Global Sales and Strategy for Siemens Convergence Creators OTT/Media group, he continues delivering deep insight and expertise in the new media/mobile media/social media, OTT/TVE space. From production, to PR/marketing and print/news digital, social, OTT and TVE, Laz’s exposure to and impact on the market is compelling. Be it studios, broadcasters, publishers or any video-centric organisation, his broad exposure delivers a deep understanding of the ongoing evolution of today’s video consuming audience and he has helped organisations like Verizon Digital Media Services, NeuLion, JW Player, and Siemens Convergence Creators understand and navigate the next generation and rapidly evolving audience demand. Laz also helps organisations better understand various ways to structure complex monetisation and profitability models for the OTT/TVE market. 

 

11.00

The importance of data harmonisation for OTT services.

By Deepak Das, VP of Marketing, VisualOn, Inc.

 

Synopsis:

OTT data harmonisation is not simple. New devices, new service providers, and new ways of consuming content have changed everything. DTV research claims that global OTT revenues will reach US$64.78 billion in 2021. All trends point to a direct to consumer relationship between content producers and consumers. Currently this path is laden with service and device fragmentation challenges. Existing infrastructure, tools, disparate protocols and standards, DRM walled gardens, browser/DRM inflexibilities, HTML5 limitations, and the limited features of native media stacks, are all factors that hinder the ability of data access and collection across the device spectrum. This talk will cover these important issues.

Biography: 

Deepak Das is responsible for corporate and product strategy, partnerships and alliances, and marketing programmes at VisualOn. Deepak brings over 20 years of diverse industry experience in leadership roles and is a speaker on technology and business aspects of media trends at industry events. Prior to VisualOn, he was at AT&T in the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group. A startup veteran, he has also acted as a strategic advisor for mobile and technology startups in the collaboration, decision engines, and healthcare/EMR areas.

 

11.30

A network and cloud-based approach to playout and media services for global broadcasters.

By Tim Jackson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, the Americas, Globecast.

Synopsis:

Most international channels need some form of localisation outside their home market including channel branding, promos, subtitles, multiple audio tracks, compliance editing, VOD profiles for local affiliates, and OTT feeds for local digital platforms. Each market has its own nuances, and one size doesn't fit all. A network and cloud playout approach results in faster time to market and better project execution for international broadcasters launching channels simultaneously in multiple regions. A service provider's deep knowledge of and presence in local markets, backed up by globally interconnected playout facilities and a real time video delivery network, allow broadcasters to execute projects on time and run their channels successfully in target markets.

Biography:

Tim Jackson is a 30-year industry veteran and has worked for a variety of companies in the television and media distribution industries including IDB Communications, Discovery Communications, PanAmSat, Intelsat, and Ateme in a variety of areas ranging from television operations and engineering to sales and marketing and business unit management.

 

12.30

Video editing in the Cloud.

By Miguel Silva, CCO, Vimond Media Solutions.

Synopsis:

Digital photographers first saw the advantage of cloud-based editing - once uploaded, pictures could be manipulated anywhere you have a browser. Now companies from Google to GoPro are encouraging end users to edit their video files in the cloud too. The advantages also apply to broadcasters. Once the asset is in the cloud, the user does not need to worry about file formats and transcoding profiles. The right cloud-based system enables quick drag-and-drop editing, online collaboration, quick creation of different versions, and fast encoding and re-encoding. This talk will focus particularly on browser-based editing of transcoded video.

Biography:

Miguel Silva is the CCO of Vimond Media Solutions. He plays a central role in matching ambitious goals from brands like Comcast and Thomson Reuters with Vimond’s unique expertise. Prior to joining Vimond, Miguel’s experience included co-founding ventures in mobile entertainment and video streaming, responsibility for commercial growth in unique technology ventures such as Opera Software and Schibsted, and senior leadership positions at France Telecom, Ericsson and Marconi.

 

14.00

Can OTT be a substitute for traditional broadcast TV? Preserving QoS and UX: the encoder perspective.

By Jerome Blanc, COO, Keepixo.

Synopsis:

As OTT TV technologies are becoming mainstream, the common feeling is that broadcasters could use them not only as an addition to their broadcast service, but in the near future as a complete replacement. In traditional broadcast TV, however, whether through satellite, terrestrial or cable, operators and subscribers enjoy a rich feature-set and a high quality of experience: high video quality itself, but also short zap times, acceptable latency, EPG, parental control, ad insertion, loudness management… To achieve the same user experience with OTT TV protocols, several technical challenges need to be solved. This seminar exposes solutions, from the OTT encoder point of view, to address those points.

Biography:

Jerome Blanc is COO for Keepixo, an Allegro DVT spin-off recognised for its video technology expertise. Jerome joined the company in 2004 and oversees all engineering and commercial activities. With a strong technical background and deep knowledge of video compression, he has co-developed Allegro DVT’s first H.264 video transcoder. His former positions include industrial and military software development for an IT services company, and real-time 3D video software for the digital TV industry.

 

14.30

Whose responsibility is it to protect the world's most valuable content?

By Paul Hastings, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Friend MTS.

Synopsis:

Pirated content has never been more accessible, with unauthorised streams of entire live channel feeds now making their way into living rooms and onto mobile devices around the world via illegal streaming of pay-TV content. This valuable broadcast content, whether it is live sports or the latest Hollywood blockbuster, can however be fully protected and the pirates wiped out. But whose responsibility is it to tackle the problem of content theft and illegal streaming? Paul Hastings will investigate the steps that both the rights holder and the broadcaster can take.

Biography:

Paul Hastings is an experienced pay-TV and multi-platform commercial executive with more than 20 years’ experience in developing and selling complex products and solutions to broadcasters, gained from a range of roles along the pay-TV value chain. Paul leads the global sales and marketing team at Friend MTS, delivering the company’s full range of content and platform protection and services.

 

15.00

Buy vs build your video player: Maximise your investment.

By Maarten Tielemans, founder and CPO, THEOplayer.

Synopsis:

Should you buy or build the video player of your video service? It's a key question every video service should answer when planning for a future full of video content, interaction and consumer engagement. As the video player is a critical part of the viewer experience, it is often seen as a key asset of the video service, resulting in a decision to build it in-house. But what is the true cost of building an in-house video player solution? And why do some video publishers, telcos and broadcasters opt for buying a video solution in the interests of development and maintenance cost, scalability and quality of experience? During this session Maarten Tielemans will explore the pros and cons of both options and will discuss how you can maximise your strategic investment.

Biography:

As CPO of THEOplayer responsible for product conception and product management, Maarten Tielemans' mission is to commoditise the perfect video experience on any platform, at any time and everywhere. With 10 years of experience in development, deep knowledge of video encoding and HTML5 video expertise, his ambition is to empower video publishers, telcos and broadcasters to monetise their content and deliver cutting edge video experiences to their audiences.

 

15.30

Multi-operator business model: scalable solution to earn more with your OTT service.

By Vladislav Marchenko, COO, Telebreeze.

Synopsis:

Every business tries to be closer to its customers and target audiences in order to make better marketing offers, build more affordable pricing policies, and provide better responsiveness to customer requests. On the one hand, it’s a challenge for nationwide companies to adapt their TV service to specific requests from the customers living in a certain area in order to meet their expectations and needs. On the other hand, local TV service providers may have difficulties in getting most interesting premium content for their audience. This presentation will show how to use a multi-operator model to solve these questions in a beneficial manner for all parties: end-users, global and local IPTV/OTT service providers.

Biography:

Vladislav Marchenko works in the field of digital multimedia data processing for more than 10 years. He started his career at Elecard as a technical support engineer, soon growing to the head of technical support department, and then expanding his duties to projects management. For two years he worked as the company’s representative and technical consultant at the USA and American region. For the last two years Vladislav serves as the chief operating officer in Telebreeze Corporation.

 

16.00

A streaming media-specific load balancing algorithm.

By Jaron Viëtor, CTO, MistServer.

Synopsis:

Load balancing has already been solved in a wide variety of specific use cases. There are also generic methods that tend to work well in most situations. Streaming media delivery is, however, a special case. It places a relatively high requirement on bandwidth and available server RAM, while not requiring all that much CPU power. In most existing algorithms CPU is the main deciding factor. An effective new method to load balance multiple servers specifically geared towards streaming media delivery will be discussed, treating the effect of new incoming load on bandwidth as well as being cache-friendly.

Biography: 

Jaron Viëtor has over 23 years of programming experience and is a specialist in web programming, optimising and multi-threading. Since 2009 he has been active in the streaming media world and knows many of the streaming media protocols by heart. As lead engineer at DDVTech he manages the research and development team. His current focus lies with the optimisation and load balancing of streaming media servers.

 

17.00

Trends in TV advertising and measurement.

By Chris Ingram, National Digital Media Account Director, Kantar Media. 

Synopsis:

The media landscape is in a time of transformation, with both consumers and marketers facing a huge array of confusing choices. Based on a survey of 5000 consumers and conversations with 40 industry leaders, Kantar Media’s Dimension Report identifies key trends in this new world. This powerful study determines the important role that TV advertising continues to play for multimedia consumers, and discusses how the right kinds of data can help marketers leverage its strengths.

Biography:

Chris Ingram has over 20 years of experience in global audience measurement and consumer insights at leading companies, and connects the dots within the digital landscape - creating an authentic narrative around advertisers, agencies, media companies and the research and technologies that bind them.

 

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