Tracy Swedlow is the CEO, publisher, and editor-in-chief of InteractiveTV Today (ITVT), which she founded in 1998, and is also the executive producer and director of the TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) conferences.
Her writing has appeared in many leading newspapers and trade publications, including the New York Times, the San Francisco Examiner, PC World, Multimedia World and VR World. Topics she has covered in the past include virtual reality, email communities, privacy and technology, online gravesite memorials, and, of course, interactive television.
Prior to founding ITVT, she was chief evangelist at eGroups.com (now Yahoo! Groups); new media editor at PC World; a producer and director for Telemorphix, a pioneering interactive TV company, and a video producer at Steve Michelson Productions in San Francisco.
A regular presenter at ITV industry conferences and panels, and a frequent guest on television and radio shows, she actively communicates her understanding of the history of interactive TV; its current trends, technologies, content innovations and applications; the complexities of executive leadership and industrial dynamics; and where she thinks the medium and the ITV industry will and must go in the future to audiences around the world. She has served as the founding chairperson and judge of the “Television” and the “Broadband” categories respectively for The Webby Awards since its inception and regularly produce editorial events and awards programs benefiting the ITV industry (e.g. The annual TV of Tomorrow Show).
Other experiences include voiceovers on many feature films while at Sound One in New York City (e.g. “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “9 1/2 Weeks”); participation in the Director/Playwright Workshop at Playwright’s Horizons in New York City with founder, Bob Moss; participation on various experimental technology multimedia theater showcases directed by the visionary George Coates in San Francisco; conceiving, producing, directing the first 3 fashion shows (as interactive theater) on the Black Rock Desert in the early years of the Burning Man project, and directing an episode of the Twlight Zone called “The Obsolete Man” at the Dark Room in San Francisco. In August 2005, she created and directed a politically-charged multimedia “blogtheater” (my word) piece that focused on post-election America called “Fuck That!: The Political Science Show.” In her non-spare time, she produces and edits the occasional book such as “Desert to Dream” (a photography book) and “Train of Thought” (a children’s book), trains as a traditional boxer, and paints http://tracyswedlow.work. She also recently published her first collection of poems in “No Visiting ‘Till My Show Is Over” published on Amazon. She is also a mother to a wonderful little girl named Hannah and wife to Richard Washbourne, the co-owner and co-producer of ITVT/TVOT.
Her education includes a Ph.D fellowship in directing at the University of California, Berkeley; a Masters degree in Dramatic Criticism from Northwestern University; a certificate in French and French Literature from the Université de Cannes; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater History from Tulane University; studies in Drama at the Royal Holloway College at the University of London; as well as a high school degree from Culver Military Academy in Indiana.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she witnessed the birth of QUBE, the first commercially deployed interactive television platform, and CompuServe, the first commercial online service. She is also the proud creator of an artcar.
Founder, CEO & Chairmanhttps://syncbak.com
Jack Perry is a pioneer in the media technology industry, creating a number of ground-breaking solutions for broadcasters and electronics manufacturers over the course of his 30-year career. In 2009, Perry founded Syncbak, Inc., whose products and services power more than 14 million hours of live streaming annually for OTT destinations like Paramount+, Hulu, fubo TV, Apple TV, Amazon, NFL and more. Syncbak’s technology reaches 99 percent of the US population across 209 markets, representing 99 station groups and all major networks, including CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC and the CW.
In September 2020, Syncbak expanded its platform with the launch of VUit, a direct-to-consumer OTT app aimed at becoming the Netflix of live, local, and free. VUit leverages Syncbak’s industry-leading live stream platform and its proprietary live DAI technology called adSync to deliver free, hyper-local content to viewers anytime, anywhere.
Prior to Syncbak, Perry was President and CEO of TitanTV (formerly Decisionmark Corp.), a 2004 Inc. 500 fastest growing company. During Perry’s thirteen-year tenure with this company, he developed the technology used by satellite companies and broadcasters to manage the delivery of network programming over satellite. He also created titan.com, the first-web based EPG/DVR utility, AntennaWeb.org and MediaStar.
Perry holds twenty-four patents related to delivery of entertainment content over-the-air, over-satellite and over-the-Internet. He is a respected figure inside the beltway on issues related to digital entertainment, copyright and communications law and has testified before US Congress twice. In 2005 he joined representatives of Microsoft, Verizon and Comcast to brief Congress on the impact of internet protocol-enabled services in the communications industry.
Head of Advertising Platforms, Disney Media, Entertainment & Distributionhttps://disney.com
Uniquely among conferences and tradeshows, TVOT events feature an agenda that is developed through ongoing dialog with the industry.
To discuss your editorial, “thought leadership” goals, please contact Tracy Swedlow, at email@example.com or 415-608-4766. Also, please note that ITVT is not a pay-for-play organization and that speakers do not have to pay any fee to participate in our TVOT events.
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