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Adam Helfgott is CEO of MadHive, an enterprise software platform that powers modern media. Customers include advertisers that leverage MadHive’s next-generation cryptography and AI to prevent fraud and increase margins, as well as broadcast giants that rely on the platform to power their linear reach extension offerings.
Under Adam’s leadership, MadHive has grown to power local reach extension efforts for the biggest broadcasters in the US – including Tegna, Scripps, Hearst, and Fox – as well as digital advertising efforts for DTC brands and agencies aiming to target more precise audiences beyond social media. MadHive’s product suite includes tools for audience forecasting, precision targeting and activation, and cross-screen attribution against its proprietary OTT-first device graph.
Shortly after founding MadHive, Helfgott quickly recognized the need for new industry standards across the advertising ecosystem and established the non-profit consortium AdLedger with IBM and TEGNA. AdLedger’s mission is to define and implement technical standards and solutions for digital media and next-generation technologies, and now includes more than 90 members across the advertising landscape including Publicis, Omnicom, IPG, WPP, Hershey, Meredith and Hearst.
Prior to MadHive, Helfgott built and sold marketing technology companies eCamp.net (http://ecamp.net/) and Lookbooks.com (http://lookbooks.com/), and has advised leading companies including IMG/WME, and Gem, an enterprise blockchain company.
EVP/Managing Director, Local Video and Audio Investmenthttps://www.dentsu.com/
Chief Revenue Officerhttps://gamut.media/
Adam Gaynor is Gamut’s Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for driving revenue through customer and partner acquisition growth and expansion. He oversees Gamut’s direct, channel partnerships and political sales teams along with Gamut’s marketing team. A noted industry expert, Gaynor has a strong reputation for seizing strategy opportunities to develop client-centric product solutions that connect brands to audiences. With 25 years of experience, Gaynor is a decisive sales executive with leadership experience driving business transformation. Prior to joining Gamut, Gaynor held various sales leadership roles working for companies including AMC Networks, CBS, Comcast, DISH Network, and VIZIO.
Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations. Steve brings more than 25 years of technology leadership in the cable industry to Imagine Communications. At Comcast, he served as Senior Vice President of Premises Technology, overseeing the strategy, roadmap and development of all technologies employed in service delivery to the customer premises. Prior to Comcast, Steve was Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV Incorporated, a world leader in digital and interactive television technology. His cable industry experience also includes executive positions at ACTV Incorporated and Intellocity USA. Steve was a member of the technical team at TV Guide, leading development of the industry’s first interactive program guide for digital cable set-tops. Steve earned a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Widener University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Chester University. Steve is a member of the SCTE and has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. He holds over two dozen patents relating to digital video, interactive television and digital devices.
Shawn Makhijani is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for NBCUniversal Television & Streaming and NBC Spot On – an advanced video advertising business launched by the NBCUniversal Local division that is designed for local/regional CTV and OTT advertisers.
In this role, Makhijani is responsible for business development and strategy across NBCUniversal with a focus on the broadcast businesses including NBCUniversal Local, NBC Affiliate Relations. He works with TV, digital and sales leaders to create strategies and identify opportunities for growth through strategic alliances, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and organic business creation.
Makhijani also runs NBCUniversal Local’s NBC Spot On business and manages sales strategy for NBCUniversal Local’s local and regional sales businesses. NBCUniversal Local includes 42 NBC/Telemundo owned stations and their associated digital platforms, 7 regional sports networks, regional news network NECN, a robust digital out-of-home group, national multicast networks NBCLX, COZI TV and TeleXitos, and the division’s in-house production, marketing and promotions companies.
Makhijani joined NBCUniversal in 2007, initially charged with growing the digital businesses of the NBC Owned Television Stations group. With the formation of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division, which combined the NBC Owned Television Stations group with the Telemundo Station Group and NECN, his role expanded and was charged with overseeing business development and strategy across all local businesses. The NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division was rebranded to NBCUniversal Local in 2021.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Makhijani held business development positions at AOL, TellMe Networks, Excite@Home, Twentieth Century Fox and Indo American Enterprises. In addition, he worked in M&A and Equity Capital Markets for JP Morgan. He started his first broadcast television venture at the age of 15, when he co-founded the popular U.S. based television network, Namaste America, where he produced and hosted several shows.
Makhijani earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Former GVP of Global Product and Design, Discovery+https://discovery.com
Shawn Johnson is the Group Vice President Design & Product for Discovery Communications. He is an Emmy® Award winning Executive, Speaker, Innovator, Entrepreneur & Futurist.
Shawn is responsible for Product, Design, User Experience and Brand Creative. He sets the Product Vision and Go-to-Market Strategies through Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design strategies for all TV and Direct to Consumer products, platforms, services and experiences.
He combines an award-winning product portfolio with strategy, technology and business acumen. Shawn is a proven global leader who builds synergies between cross functional teams through Design Leadership. His teams deliver engaging user journeys that create positive, memorable & lasting consumer relationships within evolving product and technology ecosystems.
Over the past two decades, Shawn has remained at the forefront of innovation – building, leading and cultivating teams globally. An entrepreneur and founder of several successful west coast agencies, Shawn has had the pleasure to with a broad range of clients including, Nike, Unilever, Sony, Budweiser, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Coca-Cola, Nissan, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Chief Measurability Officerhttps://videoamp.com
As Chief Measurability Officer, Josh boasts over 30 years of market research and audience measurement experience. Josh brings his expertise in audience measurement to the role with a focus on cross-screen measurability and its influence on advertising’s ever-evolving landscape. Josh serves as President of the Media Research Council and was the recipient of the esteemed Erwin Ephron Award in 2020.
When not focusing on advertising, Josh is a gold and platinum record holder with his liner notes for the Allman Brothers Band’s 2004 DVD, “Live From the Beacon Theater,” earning him the honor with the Recording Industry Association of America.
EVP of TV Strategyhttps://videoamp.com
As EVP of TV Strategy & Currency at VideoAmp, Jonathan is tasked with driving the strategy behind the company’s further development of a currency-grade transaction-ready TV dataset for the entire advertising ecosystem, including buyers, sellers, delivery providers and other adjacent vendors, to transact upon. Jonathan has been actively involved in emerging media for over 25 years as an innovator in media research and audience-based media planning.
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.
Bill Hague serves as Executive Vice President in the Media Strategy Group at Magid. As Executive Vice President, Bill has oversight of Magid’s local media and publishing practices that works with local media properties, such as TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers.
Tom Keaveney is President at 605. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in working with
fast-growing, entrepreneurial firms initially as an M&A banker, then within the venture capital
industry and finally as a principal in several start-up businesses.
At 605, Tom is responsible for defining and driving the company’s efforts to secure targeted
revenue, client relationships and marketplace presence. He has direct oversight of the Sales,
Marketing, and Strategy groups and is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to meet
budgeted revenue goals.
Tom began his career in general management in industrial manufacturing in Ireland, the US and
Asia before joining Goldman Sachs Inc. as an investment banker based in London and New York
working on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets issuance and corporate finance transactions
across multiple industry sectors. Tom then worked on the investment-side in venture capital with
Lion Capital in London and the US before co-founding a series of technology businesses in the
data, analytics and advanced advertising space.
Tom received a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Studies from the University
College Dublin Graduate School of Business.
Chris Pfaff is a leading new media and technology producer and strategist. He is renowned for integrating leading-edge technology into the media and entertainment community. He was the first to use IRC for an interactive corporate webcast; produced one of the first DVDs, in March, 1997; produced the first HD animated logo; produced numerous multipoint broadband events in the late-1990s; produced some of the first mobile short films in 2002-2003, and produced the first Twitter Wall in 2011.
His company, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC, provides strategy and marketing services for leading technology service providers, technology firms, and new media companies worldwide. Since founding Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC in 2002, Chris has represented a wide range of clients, including strategic ventures from Eastman Kodak, PRIMEDIA, Cantor Telecom, and ASCAP, and firms ranging from mobile content distributor Thumbplay, video encoding firm On2 Technologies (sold to Google), and 3D face and body animation production studio face2face animation. He leads a global team that works with a large, and growing, number of North American and European ventures.
Chris was one of the founders of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) New Media Council East, and served as chairman of the group from 2007-2013. He served as the vice chairman of the national PGA New Media Council from 2011-2013, for which he served as a delegate from 2006-2013, and also served as a delegate on the PGA Board of Directors from 2008-2013.
Prior to launching Chris Pfaff Tech/Media, Chris was involved with the early-stage ventures GeoVideo Networks and MobileQ, and previously had helped launch more than 16 ventures with the Lucent New Ventures Group and Bell Labs, including Lucent Digital Radio (now iBiquity Digital), SyChip (sold to Murata), e-Ink, Flarion (sold to Qualcomm), and savaJe (sold to Sun Microsystems), among many others. While at AT&T Corp., he helped launch AT&T WorldNet Service and the AT&T NetWare Connect Service, and also helped launch the AT&T Personal Online Services division. Prior to this, he represented such clients as Sony Electronics; Viacom New Media, Sharp Electronics, and Kyocera, among others. He began his career in the music industry, representing clients including Yamaha Corporation; Hal Leonard Publishing, and working with a wide range of musical artists and producers, including such notable figures as Walter Becker, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, and Phil Ramone.
Mr. Dixon created nScreenMedia on January 1st, 2013, as a resource to the
Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multi-screen
delivery. The site receives 10,000+ unique visitors each month. He brings a wealth
of knowledge on the Over-the-Top TV market, including detailed analysis of
SVOD, AVOD, FAST, vMVPD, and TVOD markets and the technologies and
services upon which they rely. He also covers mobile video, Digital TV, and IPTV
Before creating nScreenMedia, Mr. Dixon was an analyst and partner with The
Diffusion Group. It was there where he first began to focus on the emerging
video streaming economy in 2005.
He is the author of many reports and white papers, including:
• “Getting FAST: The explosive vLinear market and why content providers
need to jump in” – market analysis and forecast of the FAST market.
• “Making Screen Time Family Time: How kids today influence co-viewing
and purchase intent in the household” – survey and analysis of the
behavior of children and their parents when streaming
• “D2C is Not Enough: How Pay TV Can Help Drive SVOD/AVOD Success” –
analysis of why pay TV providers need to become SVOD aggregators.
Mr. Dixon is an accomplished speaker and frequently presents at industry
conferences, including NAB, IBC, Connected TV, TV of Tomorrow Show,
Videoscape, and many others. He often presents to private companies and
leads strategic discussions about OTT market dynamics. He partners with Will
Richmond of VideoNuze on the successful industry podcast Inside the Stream.
nScreenMedia has been sponsored by many companies core to the new media
economy, including Comcast TS, TiVo, Akamai, Brightcove, Nagra-Kudelski,
Seachange, Plex, You.I, and many others.
Mr. Dixon has extensive experience in the rich media, communications,
networking, and network management industries. He has a proven record of
developing and delivering top-quality products and services on time to meet
market needs. He has successfully built strong customer-focused organizations,
guided companies in major product introductions, and established successful
third-party relationships to align with business goals for both large (Microsoft,
Oracle) and small companies.
Mr. Dixon has assisted many companies. He has completed many projects for
well-known media companies, including:
• Children’s streaming market survey and analysis for Wildbrain Spark
• The technology of video distribution tracking project for Verizon Digital
• OTT payment survey and report for Vindicia
• Helped German cable giant KDG in planning their VoD rollout
• Building out the STB client solution for Raysat in preparation for their
nationwide launch of a mobile TV service in the US.
Before his time at TDG, Mr. Dixon was a senior executive at companies such as
Microsoft/WebTV, Liberate, Oracle, and Kassenna, building products for the
digital and interactive television industries. ,
Mr. Dixon graduated from the University of Reading in England with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a master’s in engineering from
the University of Florida and has post-graduate business education experience
from Stanford. He is a published author.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nscreenmedia/
EVP of Researchhttps://www.publicisgroupe.com/
In her current role, Helen Katz leads the global research unit within Publicis Media’s data sciences practice. She is a trusted industry expert on research, with a particular focus on data quality and reliable measurement. Her interest in innovation inspired her to play an instrumental role in developing best practices in the measurement of addressable TV and advanced video campaigns in the U.S. A 19-year Publicis Groupe veteran, Katz has served in various strategic research capacities for Publicis Media, Starcom, Zenith and GM Planworks – the holding company’s former division devoted to the General Motors business. In 2009, she was integral to the Publicis Groupe team that launched The Pool – a unique research consortium that aimed to identify the next new ad formats across various channels such as online video, mobile/tablets and more. Prior to joining Publicis Groupe, she was Vice President, Media Research Manager at DDB Needham. She began her career as an advertising professor at Michigan State University, and is currently an adjunct professor at DePaul University. She has published numerous articles in industry and academic journals, as well as three textbooks on advertising and media, the most recent of which is The Media Handbook (7th edition, 2019). She is the ex-officio Chair of the Executive Committee of the Media Rating Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Advertising Research Foundation. Katz is also the recipient of the Advertising Research Foundation’s “Great Minds” award for research innovation, Jay Chiat’s Strategic Excellence Silver Award for innovation, and Stars of Attribution leadership award. Katz has a master’s degree in advertising and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Illinois, and was an undergraduate English major at the University of London.
Kenneth “Shark” Kinney is a keynote speaker, accomplished marketer, lead generation driver, and business growth consultant. He is passionate about leveraging data in omni-channel strategies and known for driving growth in Digital Marketing and Advanced and Addressable TV. He’s led national campaigns working with brands including Acxiom, Citi, Chase, Target, GM, American Express, FedEx, Honda, Toyota, TD Ameritrade, Panera, TruGreen, and over 50 colleges and universities. He has also been an on air host and producer of TV and Radio programs. He is the VP of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Ai Media Group as well as the ‘Chief Shark Officer’ and host of “A Shark’s Perspective” podcast.
Kevin Arrix, Senior Vice President of DISH Media Sales, is responsible for DISH TV’s and Sling TV’s advertising sales, analytics and operations. He leads the team spearheading the company’s advanced advertising initiatives which include cross-platform addressable, programmatic sales and dynamic ad insertion. Kevin is a seasoned revenue executive with 20+ years of experience leading Sales, Operations, Client Services and Strategy teams. He is a recognized thought-leader fluent in the various disciplines of digital and mobile advertising and marketing. Prior to joining DISH in 2018, Kevin served as Chief Revenue Officer of Verve, leading the mobile marketing platform’s Direct and Enterprise sales, customer success and advertising operations teams. Prior to Verve, Kevin served as Chief Revenue Officer at mobile rewards entertainment platform Viggle, where he arrived prior to product launch to build out the sales team, the operational infrastructure and revenue foundation. During his career, Kevin built, scaled and led successful sales organizations at Viacom, CBS SportsLine, and Turner Broadcasting. During his 9-year tenure at Viacom, Kevin held a variety of roles including Executive Vice President of Digital Advertising in charge of advertising sales, operations, marketing and strategy for all MTV Networks brands including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Duke University where he also played varsity lacrosse. He currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and their three kids. In his spare time Kevin can be found coaching, gardening/landscaping and skiing any mountain with snow.
Chair, ATSC 3.0 Ad-Hoc Group on Interactive Contenthttps://trivienidigital.com
Mark Corl is the SVP of Emergent Technology Development at Triveni Digital focusing on strategies to address the disruptive changes in TV technology caused by the continuing exponential advances in computing and networking. His recent focus has been directed toward media distribution innovation primarily leveraging the new capabilities offered by ATSC 3.0.
Mark is an ATSC board member and contributes extensively to the ATSC efforts as the chair of the S38 Specialist Group on Interactive Environment, the chair of the India Implementation Team and the vice-chair of the TG3-9 Ad-hoc group on Interlayer Communications in the ATSC 3.0 Ecosystem. Mark is also a contributing author to multiple other standards within ATSC.
During his 23-year tenure at Triveni Digital, Mark has led both product development efforts as well as custom projects. Prior to Triveni Digital, Mark had software engineering positions at Texas Instruments and Xerox Corporation. Mark holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bucknell University.
For 23 years, Triveni Digital has been developing systems that enable television service providers and broadcasters to deploy enhanced programs and services to their viewers. Triveni Digital’s products for program guides and metadata management, data broadcasting, and service quality assurance are renowned for their ease of use and innovative features. Working with leading industry partners, Triveni Digital employs an open and standards-compliant approach to the digital television market.
EVP of Global Media and Entertainmenthttps://magid.com
Mike Bloxham has worked in media and tech research and consulting for over 25 years, advising multi-national corporations, media owners and government agencies on strategic marketing and communications issues on an international basis. A recognized innovator and thought leader in the media space, he has extensive experience in attitudinal and behavioural research across all media and marketing channels with an emphasis on the integration of emerging and traditional media among all audiences from children to seniors.
At Magid, Bloxham works with colleagues to provide research and consulting solutions to clients across the ecosystem seeking to make the right decisions regarding all aspects of video across all platforms; from programming, marketing, advertising and distribution, through strategy, product development and pricing to consumer insights, user experience and more. He is also one of the lead executives on Magid’s EmotionalDNA, a unique data product which quantifies and maps the emotional tonality of video content across all networks and platforms. He was also the founding Co-Chair of Magid’s VR/AR Consumer Insights Consortium.
Prior to joining Magid, he led the Insight & Research team at Ball State University’s Center for Media Design where he and his colleagues became known for their large-scale observational research studies including the Middletown Media Studies and the Video Consumer Mapping Study for the Council for Research Excellence.
Specialties: Market analysis and forecasting, executive strategy guidance, evangelism, discussion moderation, contract negotiation, team management, public speaking and panel moderation.
Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS/Presidenthttps://cbs.com
Radha Subramanyam serves as Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS and President, CBS Vision. She joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Chief Research and Analytics Officer of the CBS Television Network in November 2017. She reports to George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Entertainment Group, while also working closely with David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS.
Rick leads BIA/Kelsey’s strategy consulting practice and serves as an advisor to an affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media, adtech and martech companies to see and evaluate opportunities and strategies in the market to achieve corporate goals. He helps client with strategic planning, developing partnership strategies, product planning, and achieving revenue growth and diversification. He helps marketers including brands and agencies with effective planning and use of digital media platforms. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients.
Rick Howe is a cable and television veteran, elected as a Cable Pioneer in 2011. He leads the ITVT/TVOT “Televisionation: Friday Fireside” video series as The iTV Doctor, and provides consulting services to distributors, content providers and app developers in the enhanced television space.
Global Chief Commercial Officerhttps://www.enginegroup.com/
Scott Schiller is Global Chief Commercial Officer at Engine Group, a worldwide digital media services company, based in New York City.
He brings many years of perspective and experience on the intersection of content and technology.
Schiller has worked at some great companies over his career, including MTV Networks, Disney, AOL, and most recently 10 years at Comcast/NBCUniversal where he created its digital video business which today drives billions in revenue.
Schiller is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Entertainment, Media & Technology (EMT) program at the Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University, where he teaches undergraduates on “Technology’s Influence on Entertainment and Media”.
President and CEOhttps://thevab.com/
Sean Cunningham leads VAB, marketers’ foremost industry source for insights-driven video research, intelligence and thought leadership in the U.S. With deep ad agency experience as a senior-level strategic advisor to marketers on all media formats, Sean is passionate about championing marketers in their quest to maximize outcomes, solve business challenges, build high-value brands and drive overall sales and profitability growth. The continual evolution of VAB reflects his belief in the perpetual drive to reinvent a successful company as a pillar advantage for all marketers.
Tim Hanlon is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential pioneers and thought leaders in the concentric fields of emerging media, advertising and digital technology. He is the Founder/CEO of the Chicago-based Vertere Group, LLC – a boutique strategic consulting and advisory firm focused on helping today’s most forward-leaning media companies, brands, entrepreneurs, and investors benefit from rapidly changing technological advances in marketing, media and consumer communications.
In a prior life, Tim created and led corporate ventures practices at marketing agency holding companies Publicis Groupe and Interpublic Group, overseeing 70+ early-stage investments and partnerships – including dozens of successful M&A and IPO exits with notable firms such as Sling Media (acquired by Echostar/Dish Network), Navic Networks (Microsoft), Brightcove (IPO), YuMe (IPO), and Visible World (Comcast), among many others.
Previously, Tim was Senior Vice President/Director, Emerging Contacts for Publicis’ iconic media agency Starcom MediaVest Group, where he was chiefly responsible for pioneering all US client activity and agency initiatives in the field of emerging media technologies – including the establishment of the firm’s ground-breaking “TV 2.0 Practice,” centered around evolutionary television platforms.
Tim has over 25 years of extensive executive experience in traditional, digital and “emerging” media and marketing – as well as a deep understanding of both modern-day media economics and the disruptive challenges roiling today’s ad/media industries. His strategic and operational expertise is especially sought after in the increasingly convoluted “TV-meets-digital-video” space – including areas such as connected TV (CTV) & over-the-top (OTT) video; subscription & ad-supported video on demand (SVOD/AVOD); “virtual” pay TV (vMVPDs); addressable/DAI (dynamic ad insertion) ad targeting; next-gen TV/video measurement & analytics (ACR, watermarking, cross-screen, etc.); and programmatic ad technology.
Among numerous industry honors, Tim is most proud of being an inaugural recipient of Interactive Television Today’s Leadership in Interactive Television Award – way back in 2004. His insights into the future of media, advertising and marketing are regularly seen in major electronic, print and trade press outlets.
Tim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a BA from Georgetown University.
Anne Schelle is Managing Director of Pearl TV, a business organization of 9 broadcast TV companies investing in forward-looking opportunities including NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0). Anne has more than two decades of wireless and media industry experience.
Anne was founder and President of APS Connext LLC, providing senior-level advisory to some of the nation’s largest public media companies. She served previously as senior advisor to the NAB and as Executive Director of the Open Mobile Video Coalition. Anne was also a founding management team member for several companies, including the nation’s first commercial digital cellular network American Personal Communications, dba Sprint Spectrum and xDSL Networks. She is a past venture partner and CEO of Acta Wireless.
Anne serves currently as board chair of the ATSC 3.0 Security Alliance (A3SA), as well as a board member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), WYPR, Maryland’s Public Radio Station and the Wise Giving Alliance, Give.org. She formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association’s North American Board and founding Chair of its video committee and as a founding member of the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals.
VP of Audience Development and Innovationhttps://comcast.com
Zane is Vice President of Entertainment Product within Comcast’s Technology & Product division. His focus is interactivity and advertising, especially products that combine voice, video and data to drive audience engagement and commerce. Zane joined Comcast upon acquisition of Watchwith in 2016, the interactive video data platform he originally founded in 2006 as the Related Content Database. Since joining Comcast, he and his team have launched many innovative projects including “X1 Voting” for NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, DVR Smart Resume, Game of Thrones “For the Throne” audience polling, Fandango and Ticketmaster ticketing, and VoicePlus Ads, traditional commercials that combine voice commands and interactivity. Zane is a member of the Television Academy, holds a Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Jon Giegengack founded Hub in 2013 as the convergence of technology and entertainment was exploding.
Giegengack’s aim was to provide real-time, customized insights about the changing world of television and digital entertainment, from connectivity and consumption to future usage and trend patterns.
Giegengack and the Hub team work with leading media and entertainment brands, including HBO, Comcast, Netflix, Time Warner, Sony, AMC and AT&T. He worked in entertainment market research for fifteen years prior to starting Hub, including ten years at CMB in Boston.
Based in NH but frequently on the road, Giegengack is a regular speaker at industry events on the topics of content consumption and technology influences and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Wrap, TVREV, MediaPost, Adweek, Multichannel News and eMarketer.
Chief Business Development Officerhttps://lgads.tv
With over 30 years of executive-level experience at companies such as OpenTV/Nagra, TiVo, Navic, Microsoft and Sorenson Media, John Gee is an award-winning leader, innovator and recognized authority on advanced advertising media and technology. John led the development of interactive and addressable advertising TV technology and campaigns for multiple national brands including General Motors, Ford, Kraft, P&G, AT&T and Pfizer. He created and marketed the first TV Viewer Engagement studies based on large scale second-by-second set top box audience data. As Chief Business Development Officer for LG Ads Solutions, John is responsible for hardware, software, data and content provider partnerships and leads efforts to expand the LG Ads footprint across TV and digital platforms
EVP and General Managerhttps://www.whipmedia.com/
Sherry Brennan is an industry luminary who has shaped distribution innovation and fueled content growth strategies for some of the world’s largest entertainment organizations for more than 20 years.
As EVP and General Manager of the Whip Media Exchange, she oversees the company’s data and AI-powered content marketplace that makes global film and TV content licensing faster and more efficient.
Brennan spent nearly 15 years at Fox negotiating hundreds of content licensing deals. Prior to joining Fox, Brennan spent seven years at Cablevision focused on then-emerging VOD and digital TV, including content licensing, marketing and UI/UX. She began her career at Falcon Cable TV and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sherry speaks frequently at conferences on the evolving video industry and serves as an Advisor to several media startups. She is co-founder of a social platform for women over 40 (The Woolfer), as well as a Board Member for the Food Resource Action Center (FRAC), a DC-based lobbying organization. She is based in Los Angeles.
Co-Founder and CTOhttps://innovid.com
Tal Chalozin is co-founder and CTO of Innovid, the leading video marketing platform for advertisers to engage consumers across all screens and channels. Tal leads Innovid’s long-term technology vision, global product creation and implementation, and business development efforts, as well as identifying and developing emerging trends and opportunities for product innovation and digital TV/OTT collaborations. He has forged partnerships with Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Samsung, Roku and Hulu, amongst others, to help advertisers bring interactive video to viewers everywhere.Tal is a serial entrepreneur and tireless global leader in video technology. In addition to serving as Innovid’s CTO, Tal is a board member for the IAB’s Digital Video Center of Excellence and for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum, one of the “Best Young European Entrepreneurs” by Businessweek, a member of Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” Class of 2016, and to Cynopsis Digital’s 2016 “It List.” Prior to Innovid, Tal co-founded GarageGeeks – a non-profit organization and one of Israel’s largest hacker spaces and innovation hubs boasting more than 8,000 members. Tal also served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force for over eight years where he led the development of several military products with high algorithmic complexity.Tal owns several global patents in digital video technology, and he is a regular speaker at global events, including Cannes Lion, CES, The Drum’s Programmatic Punch, IAB, MWC, NAB, TVOT, AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O, Broadcasting & Cable’s Advanced TV, Wired Magazine’s NEXTFEST, Le Web’s Digital Innovation Conference, Ars Electronica, and eConsultancy’s Creative Programmatic.