Danny Seitz, Avere Systems

January 30, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Danny Seitz, Avere Systems 

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Media and Entertainment Sales Specialist
Avere Systems

Daniel Gonzalez, Deluxe Media

January 29, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Daniel Gonzalez, Deluxe Media 

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Creative Director, Creative New Media Group
Deluxe Media

As Creative Director at Deluxe Media, Daniel Gonzalez brings both the Creative and the New Media groups together to provide creative solutions to the entertainment industry. For the last 4 years at Deluxe he has overseen everything from marketing of blockbuster films, industry-first interactive experiences, innovative content production and distribution. With a background in creative advertising and motion graphic design he has worked with some of the worlds largest ad agencies, broadcasters, film studios and graphic houses, always with a goal to produce great content that takes full advantage of the latest in technology and design.

Mike Bott, Qumulo

January 29, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Mike Bott, Qumulo 

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Principal Systems Engineer
Qumulo

Mike Bott, Principal Systems Engineer at Qumulo, has worked with high-performance large-scale storage in media- and HPC-focused environments since the mid-90s. He has worked with manufacturers and systems integrators including Isilon Systems, DataDirect Networks, and FusionStorm. Mike has also built and managed systems and software engineering organizations in data transport and gaming businesses. He enjoys developing hacks, people, tools, teams, software, and companies.

Denise Evans, Miramax

January 29, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Denise Evans, Miramax 

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Vice President, Information Technology
Miramax

Denise Evans is responsible for all IT operations and initiatives for the Studio. Previously, Denise was VP of IT for MGM for 8 years. She also was VP of Operations and IT for Mitsubishi and Bell Industries. Denise has been an IT profession in Southern California for 35 years.

Hartwig Adam, Google

January 28, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Hartwig Adam, Google 

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Department Member, Machine Intelligence
Google

Laura Rooney, Association of Moving Image Archivists

January 28, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Laura Rooney, Association of Moving Image Archivists 

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Managing Director
Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

Laura Rooney, managing director of AMIA, is responsible for oversight of the association’s strategic goals and programs. An international association of media professionals, AMIA offers online education, technical events such as DAS and The Reel Thing, workshops, an annual conference, and publications. Prior to AMIA, she served as director of NATO of California, developing programs serving exhibition and directing operations during the expansion of ShoWest – the precursor to CinemaCon. Laura was director of operations for AFM until moving to the Miami Film Festival, expanding the event from a single screen to a city wide festival, and co-publishing Movie City News, an online industry news site now in its fourteenth year.

Craig Seidel, MovieLabs

January 26, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Craig Seidel, MovieLabs 

Craig_SeidelCraig Seidel
Vice President Distribution Technology
MovieLabs

Craig Seidel joined MovieLabs with over 20 years of experience leading technology projects and bringing novel products and systems to market. Craig’s focus includes the Global Digital Cinema Trusted Device List (TDL), UltraViolet, and technologies applicable to digital distribution of video such as ecosystem architecture, metadata, fingerprinting, and content protection. As senior director of engineering at Macrovision’s Santa Clara headquarters, Craig led engineering and operations for peer-to-peer anti-piracy and software licensing. Craig previously served as director of engineering at TiVo where he led the development of some of TiVo’s best selling products. Prior to TiVo, Craig was responsible for the development and implementation of interactive televisions systems at Liberate Technologies. He has also led research and development activities at Electronics for Imaging, SRI International and Hughes Aircraft. Craig holds a B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Bill Wilson, Music Business Association

January 26, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Bill Wilson, Music Business Association 

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Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development
Music Business Association (Music Biz)

As Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association (Music Biz), including initiatives such as metadata. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association.

Wilson was recruited to join Music Biz in 2009 to oversee the Digital Think Tank, conceived by President James Donio to explore and resolve objectives related to enterprise-level digital music commerce. In 2011, this evolved into the entity digitalmusic.org, with four workgroups (Business Development, Digital Supply Chain & Operations, Digital Asset Management, and Music Subscription) that directly addressed current issues in digital commerce. The entity also produced user-friendly resources such as the Metadata Style Guide to facilitate the adoption of industry standards and the API Directory to connect music service providers with developers, brands, and other opportunities. It also made it a priority to help newcomers to the industry create healthy, sustainable music-based businesses, especially through its Music Startup Academy events that have been held around the U.S. and in collaboration with ERA in London. digitalmusic.org was folded together with NARM when the latter rebranded to Music Biz, and its initiatives have been carried on by the new organization.

As an active industry professional, Bill has had featured speaking roles at CMJ, SXSW, Bandwidth, New Music Seminar, DMW Music, Future of Music Policy Summit, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, and other industry events, including the popular “Bill and Ted Show” with TAG Strategic’s Ted Cohen, which provides a structured forum for the discussion of industry-level issues in the digital space.

For nearly 20 years, from 1989 to 2007, Bill ran Blackout Records, which began as a haven for NYC hardcore and evolved to include releases from such notable acts as Guided By Voices, H2O, and Kill Your Idols. While running Blackout, Bill gained experience at more established independent labels and distributors, including Relativity Records, Caroline Distribution, and Earache Records, ultimately serving as an A&R Consultant for MCA Records in the mid-1990s.

Bill made the jump to working with internet startups in 2001 as Director of Business Development for Roxbox Media, a market research company targeted to the music industry. He then managed online and real-world street team programs at HiFrequency Marketing. In 2005, he joined Haystack Media as VP of Business Development, co-developing an early music-oriented social networking website including an ad-based compensation model for artists and facilitating content relationships. In 2007, Bill became Director of Business Development for mobile content aggregator Cellfish and was responsible for catalog and content licensing for music, games, film, and other forms of mobile entertainment. Later that year, Bill took on the role of Senior Director, Mobile Sales and Business Development for Atlantic Records, with responsibility for sales of ringtones, ringbacks, images, and full track downloads.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Fordham University. When not dealing with the issues of 21st century distribution of music, Bill and his girlfriend advocate for the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Alexander LoVerde, Wymsee

January 26, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Alexander LoVerde, Wymsee 

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Chief Executive Officer
Wymsee (creator of SyncOnSet)

Alexander LoVerde is a technology entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Wymsee, a technology company he co-founded in 2012 to streamline TV and Film productions and create metadata to serve content creators, studios, brands and consumers.

Wymsee first revolutionized the entertainment industry with SyncOnSet, the industry’s leading software for managing the workflow of costume and production design departments on TV and film sets. As a hosted-solution for web and mobile, SyncOnSet enables productions of all sizes to manage assets, continuity and accounting for costumes, props, set decoration, makeup, hair and locations.

Under Mr. LoVerde’s leadership, SyncOnSet has become the industry standard; used on over 2,000 productions in 50 countries, and now implemented on nearly 50% of scripted television series in the US. At the enterprise level, SyncOnSet is trusted by major studios and independents to provide additional security to their film sets by offering industry leading data security features and enhanced content protection. By offering software to solve workflow challenges during content creation, SyncOnSet collects and indexes valuable production content and metadata that can be leveraged downstream for archives, marketing and advertising.

Prior to founding Wymsee, Mr. LoVerde worked in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting in New York, where he advised digital media and technology companies. Mr. LoVerde graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Matthew Wildrick, Rovi

January 26, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Matthew Wildrick, Rovi 

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Senior Manager, Product Management
Rovi

Sean Bersell, Entertinament Merchants Association

January 25, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Sean Bersell, Entertinament Merchants Association 

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Vice President, Public Affairs
Entertinament Merchants Association

Sean Bersell is Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). He is responsible for the association’s government affairs, public relations, member communications, and digital supply chain activities. Prior to joining EMA (then known as the Video Software Dealers Association) in 1999, he worked for U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, the National Park Service, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Bersell is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Theodore X. Garcia, FilmTrack

January 25, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Theodore X. Garcia, FilmTrack 

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Executive Vice President Customer Relations and Alliance Management
FilmTrack

Theodore X Garcia currently serves as Executive Vice President for FilmTrack, Inc. a world leader in intellectual property (IP) management for the media and entertainment industry. As such, he works with the major motion picture and television studios, game publishers and music labels in the operations surrounding digital and physical content creation, distribution, monetization and rights management. In his role as head of Strategy and Development, he manages FilmTrack’s extensive ecosystem of technology partners and alliances.

Mr. Garcia’s 20+ years of experience within media and entertainment runs the gamut from theatrical, home entertainment, gaming, publishing, hospitality and new media. He has worked with content owners to define strategies that have enabled efficient and cost effective production processes while maximising revenue across distribution channels, from theatrical to free TV. With a specialization in digital transformation, Mr. Garcia has led global initiatives that have streamlined processes, improved quality and created sustainable revenue.

As a consultant Mr. Garcia has led multiple projects across corporate finance, strategic planning, human capital management, supply and demand chain management, manufacturing/distribution and customer care.

Jason Kassin, FilmTrack

January 25, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jason Kassin, FilmTrack 

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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
FilmTrack

Jason Kassin is Co-Founder and CEO of FilmTrack, a leading provider of content and rights management for the global film and television industry. A cloud-based, SaaS company, FilmTrack offers enterprise-class solutions for contract administration, rights management, physical materials tracking, and delivery and display of rich media and content. FilmTrack’s product suite and services, which are now in use by more than 100 film and television distributors including Lionsgate, Relativity Media, Miramax, Focus Features, Starz and Screen Australia, help companies drive sales productivity and growth by better managing and monetizing IP throughout its life cycle. A lifelong software engineer, Jason was hired while still in high school to develop an inventory management and control system for the NYC Board of Education. Graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Film And Theater, he launched FilmTrack in the 1990s after being asked to design contract administration software for a number of leading international film distributors. Today Jason oversees FilmTrack’s day-to-day operations, strategic direction and delivery of business solutions to many top companies in film and television. An accomplished screenwriter and actor, he also navigates seamlessly between the technical and creative worlds from artistic inception through commercial exploitation.

Nancy Silver, MarkLogic

January 21, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Nancy Silver, MarkLogic 

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Principal Solutions Architect
MarkLogic

Nancy Silver is a Principal Solutions Architect for MarkLogic. Her work focuses on providing strategic and technical leadership to MarkLogic’s Media & Entertainment practice and customers. Prior to MarkLogic, Nancy served as a media and entertainment industry strategist for Pivotal, Verizon Digital Media Services, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and E! Entertainment Television where she led and implemented digital asset and content management solutions. She is the principal author of Long-Term Management and Storage of Digital Motion Picture Materials: A Digital Motion Picture Archive Framework Project Case Study for the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Nancy holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Joshua Kolden, Studio Pyxis

January 20, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Joshua Kolden, Studio Pyxis 

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C4 Framework Architect
Studio Pyxis



Joshua Kolden is a pioneer of entertainment technology in Hollywood. A Visual Effects professional for more than 20 years, Kolden has credits in some of the most successful films of all time. In 1999, Kolden led a team of artists at Digital Domain to produce the world’s first digital human face replacement–a technique later popularized with projects such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

In 2002, Kolden started Crack Creative to apply leading-edge real-time technologies to the filmmaking process. Crack Creative developed a number ground breaking technologies, and worked on many commercial and feature projects. The most well known of Crack Creative’s innovations is the “Virtual Production” process originally created for James Cameron’s “Avatar” in 2005. Four years ago, Kolden launched “Studio Pyxis,” a production studio specifically designed to employ the latest filmmaking technologies, including cloud-based rendering, automatic pixel accurate camera tracking, online services, and many other tools in addition to Virtual Production.

Currently, Kolden is a production technology consultant and the architect of the Cinema Content Creation Cloud, or C4, an open-source framework designed specifically for media production that harnesses distributed resources to provide scalable storage and computing, and remote collaboration.

Steve Poehlein, PwC

January 15, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Steve Poehlein, PwC 

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Director, Media & Entertainment
PwC


Steve is Director for PwC Advisory Services in Los Angeles. In this role he leads customer engagements and helps drives strategy and solutions for agile content creation, management and distribution for the media & entertainment industries.

After serving as MIS Director and CADD Coordinator in the design industry, Steve served as a software engineer at Metrolight Studios, where he worked on a wide range of TV, commercial and interactive CD-ROM projects.

He was President, CEO of Class6 Entertainment, producing animation for commercials and CD-ROM games. He was instrumental in the inception of planetLingo, Inc. as its Director of Production and was a key developer of their first Internet product for the Asian market.

Steve then moved to Walt Disney Feature Animation as Manager of Digital Animation Software. He managed development, supporting production in character modeling, animation and rendering for several of Disney’s animated films. He then moved to the role of Director of Mastering and Restoration for Walt Disney Pictures and Television where Steve managed a team responsible for the creation of digital cinema, video masters and dubbing material for all Disney released and distributed films. As head of restoration, Steve was instrumental in the development of a program for Disney’s classic animated films.

Steve transitioned to Deluxe as an account executive then to technology consulting, leading an industry team at HP in the successful delivery of key clients Disney, DreamWorks & NASCAR.

He has been actively involved in the many facets of the entertainment industry for over 16 years. His involvement in these companies has ranged from management and financial oversight, strategic direction to hands-on technical and creative development. Steve is a rare executive that can “see the big picture” yet understand low-level technical details of an issue. He is adept at cultivating and maintaining relationships and always strives for “win-win” results.

Thomas Stilling, 20th Century Fox

January 15, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Thomas Stilling, 20th Century Fox 

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Vice President Product and Promotion Management
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Christy King, MESA

January 14, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Christy King, MESA 

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Strategic Consultant
MESA

Christy spent 9 years as the in-house technology consultant and tech vendor manager for Zuffa, LLC sports entertainment brands, including the UFC® (Ultimate Fighting Championship®) and recently served as COO for a software company serving the production marketplace.

She is currently providing media technology consulting advice, sharing her years of media management expertise to help media-dependent companies make fiscally responsible decisions on technology. She also provides strategic marketing advice for companies who develop products and services for the media industry.

She actively researches, tests and implements new and emerging methods of sharing content and data among media partners in traditional television, live video streaming, mobile technologies, Over-the-Top/Set Top Boxes, internet transaction platforms, and other technologies.

She developed early expertise in “the web” in 1994 when she built a commercial website, one of only 500 commercial websites then existing. Even during the early days of the web, she understood and envisioned incredible opportunities emerging for niche content producers to distribute video content.

Yasmin Dessem, UCLA Library

January 14, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Yasmin Dessem, UCLA Library 

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Audiovisual Preservation Specialist
UCLA Library

Yasmin Dessem is the Audiovisual Preservation Specialist for UCLA Library where she serves as the technical lead as the library continues to develop its program of preservation, access and digitization of its moving image and sound holdings. She has implemented work-flows for in-house digitization and is currently serving on a working group aimed at developing a roadmap for digital preservation. Previously she managed archive deliverables of both born digital and film elements for new feature releases at Paramount Pictures. While at Paramount she oversaw digital migration projects and recommended new policies to reflect evolving technologies and long-term preservation needs. She has over 5 years of experience working with a wide variety of moving image and sound formats, as well as pre-film animation devices, silent-era cameras, costumes, and paper collections.

Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

January 14, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC 

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Project Manager, Production in the Cloud,
Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC)

Erik Weaver is a specialist focused on the intersection of Cloud and the Media and Entertainment Industry, currently running “Production in the Cloud” for ETC. The project unites senior leaders from the six major studios to develop next generation Cloud standards, support Hollywood organizations and major Cloud vendors, and produce proof of concepts. The group encompasses many aspects of the Cloud including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and formation of an agnostic framework that unites key vendors and studios.

Previously, Mr. Weaver was CEO of DigitalRibbon, Inc., a very early pioneer in the field of cloud-based computing. Mr. Weaver’s background started in Beowulf based clusters in 2001, which transitioned into Grid computing and on to the origins of cloud. As CEO of DigitalRibbon he helped pioneer early rendering in the cloud for animation and special effects. Other projects included leading the largest online gaming simulation for the “Rock Band” video game and working with CERN to developed HPC clouds used in Biomedical research.

Andrea Kalas, Paramount Pictures

January 13, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Andrea Kalas, Paramount Pictures 

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Vice President of Archives
Paramount Pictures

Matt Turner, MarkLogic

January 12, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Matt Turner, MarkLogic 

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Chief Technology Officer, Media and Publishing
MarkLogic

Matt Turner is the CTO, Media and Publishing at MarkLogic where he develops strategy and solutions for the Media, Publishing and Information Provider markets and works with customers and prospects to create leading edge information and digital content applications with MarkLogic’s Enterprise NoSQL database. Matt works closely with MarkLogic’s customers McGraw-Hill, Warner Bros., Conde Nast and LexisNexis.
Before joining MarkLogic, Matt was at Sony Music and PC World developing innovative publishing and asset delivery applications.

David Sugg, Warner Bros.

January 11, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on David Sugg, Warner Bros. 

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Executive Director, Technical Solutions Architecture
Warner Bros.

Aaron Edell, GrayMeta

January 11, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Aaron Edell, GrayMeta 

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Vice President, Operations and Professional Services
GrayMeta

Aaron grew up in the industry, his father being talent for ABC-TV and KGO radio, and his mother an executive producer. After college, Edell produced several award-winning documentaries and a show for PBS. In 2007, he joined a start-up called SAMMA systems where he helped design the Emmy award-winning product line that specialized in the migration of legacy video assets to file-based media. SAMMA was acquired by Front Porch Digital in 2008 where Aaron went on to become the senior solutions architect and primary subject matter expert for all the content storage management, broadcast/media workflow, and metadata management products, building solutions for some of the largest broadcasters and media companies worldwide. After Oracle acquired Front Porch Digital in 2014, Aaron joined GrayMeta as a wearer of many hats, primarily building and evangelizing on the core product; automated metadata harvesting, storing, indexing, and centralizing.

Gustavo A. Leone, Mattel, Inc.

January 6, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Gustavo A. Leone, Mattel, Inc. 

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Global Content Strategy & Activation
Mattel, Inc.

Jack Ludden, J Paul Getty Trust

January 6, 2016 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jack Ludden, J Paul Getty Trust 

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Assistant Director / Head of Web & New Media
J Paul Getty Trust

JR Yasgur, Universal Music Group

December 30, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on JR Yasgur, Universal Music Group 

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Vice President, Advanced Media Planning & Management
Universal Music Group

JR Yasgur is the Vice President, Advanced Media Planning & Management at Universal Music Group (UMG). Ms. Yasgur is responsible for intellectual property model, data, & rights strategy and operations for video content creation, discovery, and monetization. Prior to UMG, Ms. Yasgur oversaw Global Data Strategy & Operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Ms. Yasgur was responsible for intellectual property and operational data management throughout the content lifecycle. Ms. Yasgur led change management initiatives to optimize content exploitation, margin management, and digital workflows. Ms. Yasgur is involved with industry-wide initiatives to define future standards and is the co-inventor of two patents to codify constructs for metadata management.

Linda Tadic, Digital Bedrock

December 30, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Linda Tadic, Digital Bedrock 

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Chief Executive Officer
Digital Bedrock


Linda Tadic is a thought leader in media and digital preservation and metadata. She has over 25 years’ experience in leading preservation, metadata, and digital production operations at organizations such as ARTstor, HBO, and the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia. Currently an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies program teaching Digital Asset Management, she was previously an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (courses in collection management and cataloging and metadata). She consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, copyright, and metadata, with clients as diverse as WNET/Thirteen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SBS (Australia), Dunhuang Academy (China), ESPN, and the Missouri History Museum. She is co-author of the book Descriptive Metadata for Television: an End-to-End Introduction (Focal Press, 2006). She is a founding member and former President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

Nona Janssen Walls, Lionsgate

December 17, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Nona Janssen Walls, Lionsgate 

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Senior Vice President, Data Analytics
Lionsgate


Nona’s love for people, process, technology, and data began long before the phrase “Smart Content” was coined. For decades, she has helped management and executives make sense of seemingly disparate data in the retail, financial services, grocery, fashion, hi tech and telecom industries, but her heart lies in entertainment.

Nona currently leads a dynamic team of analysts, developers, and data scientists who provide Lionsgate and its related brands with agile solutions for all aspects of media production, marketing, sales, distribution, and direct to consumer SVOD delivery.

The age of monolithic, inflexible, legacy ERP systems is giving way to an era of constant deployment and an accelerated feedback cycle which insists on immediate satisfaction. We must embrace this environment of constant change and proactively disrupt our own landscapes or risk being leapfrogged by newer, more nimble companies. Anything and everything can be made smarter, more immediate, and more personalized. Our responsibility to our companies, industries and global economy is to identify the efficient, profitable ways to generate and distribute “Smart Content”to attract and retain the interest of our ever-changing audience.

Harold Geller, Ad-ID

December 17, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Harold Geller, Ad-ID 

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Chief Growth Officer
Advertising Digital Identification LLC (Ad-ID)

Harold S Geller is Chief Growth Officer of, Advertising Digital Identification LLC (Ad-ID) a US Based advertising-metadata system, the UPC code for Ads across all platforms, which is a joint venture of American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

Harold speaks and writes extensively regarding interoperability, digital workflow and metadata in advertising and is the co-author of four white papers on the subject.
Harold’s advertising career spans nearly 30 years, in the United States and Canada. He has worked in media buying/planning, account management, financial, and technology roles at MindShare, Ogilvy & Mather, and McCann Erickson, and the defunct Ted Bates and Foster Advertising.

Harold is a graduate of radio and television broadcasting from Seneca College (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Anthony Accardo, Disney | ABC Television Group

December 17, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Anthony Accardo, Disney | ABC Television Group 

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Director, Research and Development
Disney | ABC Television Group

Anthony Accardo is the Director, R&D for Disney ABC Television Group and also oversees the Metadata and Taxonomy group. He began his career at Disney in 2010 at Disney Research, the corporate R&D arm. In July 2012, he began an applied R&D group for Vince Roberts, CTO of Disney ABC Television Group, to help evaluate new technologies and execute proof of concepts. Prior to Disney, he worked in strategy and finance for American Airlines. Anthony has a BS in Philosophy and BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jason Lambert, Sony Pictures Entertainment

December 17, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jason Lambert, Sony Pictures Entertainment 

Jason Lambert, SonyJason Lambert
Executive Director, Content Licensing & Metadata
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Jason Lambert is Executive Director of Content Licensing and Metadata Services at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In his role, he is responsible for business development, content acquisition, and operations for the studio’s film clip, still image, and stock footage licensing business. In addition, he leads the in-house metadata services team charged with creating Sony Pictures’ time-based metadata repository. This repository of metadata and digital assets is utilized by stakeholders throughout the studio to identify licensable, memorable, and/or marketable moments from within SPE’s full length feature catalog. The repository also supports compliance activities related to film clip use and helps power enhanced consumer experiences for SPE’s home entertainment and digital streaming services.