Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Bravo, Cablevision, Turner, Canoe Ventures

--Bravo Puts David Serwatka in Charge of Cross-Platform Productions
--Cablevision iO TV Subs Gain Access to Turner's TV Everywhere Service
--Canoe Puts Jonathan Bokor in Charge of ITV Solutions, Chris Pizzurro in Charge of VOD Advertising
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and...

thePlatform Names Jamie Miller CFO/COO, Promotes Marty Roberts to VP of Sales and Marketing

Comcast-owned broadband video platform provider, thePlatform , has appointed Jamie Miller as COO and CFO. The company has also promoted Marty Roberts , who has served as VP of marketing since 2007, to VP of sales and marketing.

According to thePlatform, Miller has 16 years of experience financing, building, managing and successfully exiting technology companies, and has managed nine private- and public-market M&A transactions on behalf of four companies. He was most...

News Round-Up (II)

--Canoe Promotes Dana Runnells to VP of Marketing and Communications
--Concurrent Releases Fiscal Q3 Results
--Cox Completes Deployment of Rovi's ShowRunner VOD App in its Motorola-Based Systems
--DISH Network and DirecTV Launch National Satellite Interactive TV Advertising Platform, "ASAP"
--Google Lets Users Search for Specific TV Episodes
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising (note: its backers are Comcast, Time...

Brightcove Launches "TV Everywhere" Solution Pack

--Taps Ping Identity for Authentication, Promotes Eric Elia to Head Up New Service Offering
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , today (Monday) launched the Brightcove TV Everywhere Solution Pack (TVE-SP), which it claims provides TV programmers with everything they need in order to operate rich, branded and authenticated TV Everywhere-compatible catch-up TV services. (Note: The "TV Everywhere" distribution model seeks to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available, via authentication technology, to those customers on multiple platforms, and thus...

Mobile Interactive Group Secures Two-Year Contract Extension with ITV

Receives Regulatory Permission to Offer Phone-Paid Interactive TV
Forms Client Services Unit, Opens New R&D Centers
Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a UK company which, as its name suggests, offers a range of mobile-based interactive services, has secured a two-year renewal of its contract with UK terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the latter's name is an acronym for "Independent Television Network"), under which it provides the latter with mobile interactive services across a range of its programming, as well as consultation on mobile strategy. The contract renewal followed a competitive industry pitch. In...

Canoe Ventures Continues to Staff Up

Canoe Ventures--the company that is implementing Project Canoe, the US cable industry's initiative to create a national unified platform for interactive and addressable advertising (it is backed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House)--continues to staff up. The company--which earlier this fall named Arthur Orduna CTO (see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1)--has named John Collins SVP of product development; Michael Davis general counsel; Bruce Dennler SVP and chief relationship officer, agency...

NDS Promotes Three Senior Executives

Conditional access and interactive TV technology provider, NDS, announced three senior management promotions last month: Jesper Knutsson has been named VP and general manager of sales for NDS Americas (note: he continues to serve as a member of the NDS executive committee), following the departure of NDS co-founder, Dov Rubin, who has been named CEO of Israel-based Itamar Medical. Knutsson will be responsible for overall sales strategy in the US and Canada, as well as...

Showtime Taps Oberon Media to Develop Interactive TV Promotion for TMC

Oberon Media, the multiplatform casual games company which last year acquired interactive TV games company, PixelPlay, and which recently secured a $20 million investment from the Infinity I-China fund (see article in this issue), has been tapped by premium programmer, Showtime, to develop an interactive TV game on the DISH Network satellite TV platform that promotes Showtime's The Movie Channel (TMC). Dubbed "The Movie Channel Trivia Game" and launched on December 11th, the new game...