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Mohamed Abuagla, Al Jazeera Media Network


As well as CIO, Mohamed is also CTO and executive director for technology and operations for the Al Jazeera Media Network. In these roles, he guides the global technology and operational strategies of the network, covering 10 channels and over 70 locations worldwide. His focus is on enabling the complete transformation of Al Jazeera into a world-class organization through the use of cloud-based technologies, global support models, effective processes, and the best talent pools. His responsibilities also include IT, broadcast engineering and operations, information security, and digital products development. He has over 20 years of global technical consultancy and executive management experience in both public and private organizations.

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Deb Adeogba, KIRO-TV

Director of News Technology

Deb joined Cox Media Group in 2014 as the News Technology Manager for KIRO 7 in Seattle and was promoted to her current role as Director of News Technology in August of 2017. She is responsible for providing the advancement, leadership, process optimization, and strategic direction of the technical operations for the newsroom and the CMG station group. She also was instrumental in launching KIRO 7 as the first TV station in the nation on Amazon’s Alexa platform for both audio and video and will be accepting the 2018 TVNewsCheck’s Technology Women to Watch award at NAB.

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Guillaume Aubuchon, Cast & Crew

VP Products

Guillaume has spent the past decade melding the latest in technological innovation with the century-old tradition of filmmaking. He has kept DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) at the forefront of innovation in Hollywood, as highlighted by DFT’s recognition in 2014 by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the innovative implementation of OpenStack software in cloud-based workflows on recent hit television shows UnREAL and long-running series like NCIS: Los Angeles.

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Steve Audette, ACE, Frontline


Steve has been making documentaries for over 20 years. With more than 75 film credits, his work has contributed to many Emmy Award-winning documentaries, as well as Peabody, Polk and DuPont Columbia Award-winning programs. Steve was nominated for an Eddie Award from American Cinema Editors for the Frontline documentary Bush's War, which also won a News and Documentary Emmy. United States of Secrets won overall Best Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmy's. The Choice was also nominated by ACE for Best Television Documentary Editor, and also went on to win a News and Documentary Emmy that year.

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Mike Avenaim

Producer & Composer

Mike Avenaim has quickly made a name for himself through his ability to perform in any musical situation. Whether it be in the studio or on stage, his experience as a Drummer, Producer, Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist have taken him all over the world. Artists he has worked with include: Scott Weiland, Jorge Blanco, Bea Miller, Boy Epic, Rachel Platten, Temecula Road, Emblem3, Alessia Cara, M-Phazes, Auli’i Cravalho, Troy Harley, Colby O' Donis, Rai Thistlethwayte, Reece Mastin (X-Factor Winner), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol) amongst many others.

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Raymundo Barros, Globo TV


As Chief Technical Officer at Globo TV, Raymundo is responsible for overseeing all IT, Engineering and Technology Operations. He led and spearheaded major initiatives such as the transition to digital TV and the creation and distribution of 4K, 4K HDR and IP infrastructure for live production systems. Raymundo is also on the board of directors of SET, the Brazilian Society of Broadcast Engineers.

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Curt Behlmer, Dolby

Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Industry Relations

Curt and his team advance the possibilities of cinema sight and sound, ensuring that Dolby® technologies, including Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision®, fit well into the industry’s content workflows.

Before joining Dolby, Curt was the chief technology officer for entertainment services at Technicolor, where he developed and sponsored technology initiatives across a range of production, postproduction, and distribution services. He also provided executive oversight for Technicolor’s postproduction facility on the Paramount Studio lot in Hollywood. A 30-year veteran of the motion picture industry, Curt has held senior executive positions with Warner Bros., Soundelux Entertainment Group, Digital Cinema Ventures, Ryder Sound Services, and Lionsgate Films.

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Michael Cacioppo Belantara, Columbia University

Professor & Post Production Supervisor

Michael is an audiovisual artist, sound designer, editor and technical specialist with a wide range of professional experience in cinema and the sonic and visual arts. He has worked with the European Broadcasting Union on 6 Olympic Games and 2 World Alpine Ski Championships. His sound design has featured in Universal Ear, the serial sci-fi adventure from L’Institute Zoom and in One Day Film’s award-winning release The Raven on the Jetty.

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Dr. Andreas Bereczky, ZDF

Executive Vice President of Production and Engineering

Dr. Bereczky joined ZDF in 2004 and in additional to his current role he is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Software AG and member of the Supervisory Board GFT Technologies AG. He is also a member of the Research Circle Münchner Kreis. Since 2004 Dr. Bereczky is a Board member of the Deutsche TV Plattform.

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Jake Bickerton, Broadcast & Broadcast TECH

Facilities & Technology Editor

Jake is the Facilities & Technology Editor on the UK’s leading TV trade publication, Broadcast magazine. He also edits the quarterly Broadcast TECH magazine, which covers the creative application of technology in television production and post-production. He has been a journalist in the TV industry for over a decade, having previously worked for Televisual magazine and TV production company Endemol, where he edited the websites of programmes including Big Brother. Outside of journalism, Bickerton is an experienced Media Composer editor with a long list of corporate films credits for clients such as Samsung and Sony. He also composes and produces music and has been played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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Eric Bolten, Zixi

VP of Strategic Account Development

Eric serves as Zixi’s Vice President of Strategic Account Development, focused on helping large media companies manage and deliver live, and live linear, video content via unmanaged IP networks at scale. Eric has worked with leading high technology companies with a focus on digital video on a global basis for the world’s most demanding customers. Eric has held executive, sales, marketing and business development roles in markets that range from Australia and Asia to South America, Europe and the United States, serving the biggest media and sports entities in the world and Fortune 1000 corporations.

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Chris Bové


Chris has been a craft editor since 16mm flatbeds and linear bays were a thing. He has edited hundreds of hours of programming, films and documentaries for delivery to theaters, broadcast, PBS, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video Direct. Recent projects include Lake of Betrayal, Mark Russell's America, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and The Songpoet. One of the industry's top experts on Media Composer, he volunteers as a moderator for the Avid Pro Video Community, a writer for AvidBlogs and a Leader of the Avid Customer Association.

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Paul Bristow, European Championships

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Paul’s international sports marketing and programming experience includes over 20 seasons of the UEFA Champions League, three FIFA World Cups, two Olympic Games and numerous World and European Championships in a variety of sports. He has experience across media rights packaging and sales, sports broadcast production especially live match graphics, digital media production and live streaming.

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Tad Brockway, Microsoft

General Manager, Microsoft Azure Storage and Microsoft Azure Stack

Tad Brockway is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft and is currently the General Manager for Microsoft Azure Storage and Microsoft Azure Stack. He has been a member of the Azure Leadership Team since 2011. Prior to joining Azure, Tad spent the earlier part of his career in Windows Server in various engineering leadership positions. Tad has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Washington. When not at work, Tad enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, along with mountain biking and running.

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Dwayne R. Brown, Rogers Media Inc.

Director, Creative Technology & Implementation

In his 30 years in the technology business, Dwayne Brown has learned one truth - it's not about the tech, it's about the people using the tech. From live events and concerts, to stadium and arena entertainment systems, to broadcast studios and on-air graphics, Dwayne has had the opportunity to work with some iconic brands over the years, including the NHL, NBA, Major League Soccer and many more.

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Shaun Carrigan, Intel

Experience Producer, True VR / Intel Sports

Shaun is a five-time National Emmy Award-winning sports producer. He recently returned from producing the first ever Winter Olympics in VR. Shaun has spent his career on the bleeding edge of production at the intersection of data, sports, and technology. Before Intel he was with Sportvision for over a decade focused on PITCHf/x, Next Gen Stats, and dozens of other game changing technologies. Shaun misses editing with control track on U-matic decks.

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Tom Casey, Meredith Local Media Group

Director of Engineering & Operations

Tom’s role as Director of Engineering & Operations for the Meredith Local Media Group has given him the opportunity to drive many of the group’s technical initiatives when it comes to the news evolution. Starting as Director of Engineering at CBS affiliate KCTV he managed the transition from tape to non-linear editing and playback in the Avid LANShare/Pluto era. In 2010 Tom was moved to Meredith’s Atlanta-based facility to manage centralized master control and playout operations. Tom is currently engaged in a project to virtualize existing Avid environments across Meredith’s Local Media Group.

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Bryan Castle, Jr., Avid

Manager, Avid Learning Partner Program

An editor by trade, Bryan Castle, Jr. has spent the last 10 years in Avid Education as an Avid Certified Master Instructor, and principal developer of Avid's official Media Composer courses. Bryan has worked closely with a broad range of media entities to provide workflow integration and certification training, including such notable companies as ABC News, Univision Entertainment, MTV, Televisa, The White House Communications, as well as numerous colleges and universities.

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Gordon Castle, Eurosport

Senior Vice President Technology

A vastly experienced technology professional, Gordon oversees Eurosport’s Global Technology and Operations teams based in Paris. Gordon is responsible for developing, defining and implementing the long-term technology strategy of Eurosport, Discovery’s leading sports brand.

Gordon has over 25 years of experience working in the media industry which has included roles such as Director of Entertainment Media and Communications at PricewaterhouseCoopers; SVP and Head of CNN Technology responsible for the News Group’s technology strategy, implementation and training; as well as serving as an SVP - Senior Technology Fellow, Turner Broadcasting.

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Rick Champagne, NVIDIA

Global Media & Entertainment Strategy and Marketing

Rick leads global industry strategy and marketing for Media & Entertainment at NVIDIA. Representing Film, Television, Advertising, and Broadcast, Rick maintains close ties with industry and is a member of the Visual Effects Society, a Board Member of the Advanced Imaging Society, a Governor of the VR Society, and a member of the Hollywood Professional Association (SMPTE). Rick has a long history of industry management for Media & Entertainment products and solutions, including the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, and Mudbox.

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Rich Chycki

Mixing Engineer

If you've been enjoying the recent releases of Dream Theater and Rush, a driving force behind the sound of those projects is one of the hottest engineers around today: Richard Chycki. Richard is a multi-platinum mixer and engineer whose clients include such rock royalty as Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Skillet, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper and many more.

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Lauren deLisa Coleman

Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst

A digi-cultural trend analyst, author, speaker, and consultant; Lauren deLisa Coleman is part of the new technorati-to-watch. She is an expert at deciphering and forecasting power trends and public sentiment within the intersection of popular culture & emerging tech its impact on business. Lauren specializes in the convergence of Gen X, Y with hip tech platforms; she helps businesses understand how to better interact with today’s tech-savvy, pop culture Millennials.

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Frank Cook, NextPoint Training

Educator & Author

Frank is a musician, author, educator, and entrepreneur. With over 20 years’ experience writing technical publications, Frank is the author of numerous books on pro audio, including several Pro Tools textbooks used in the Avid Learning Partner program. Frank is also an Avid Master Instructor and author of Lynda.com's Pro Tools 12 Essentials Training.

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Devon Copley, Imeve (Nokia)


Devon Copley is a technologist with an unusual combination of business acumen and technical expertise. 15 years in digital media spanning online video, SaaS platforms, and virtual reality. Strength in platform-based business development including joint go-to-market and product management, with a focus on revenue. Leadership experience across diverse teams including technical development, customer success and sales. Imeve is a new startup spun out of the Nokia OZO program, focusing on tools and solutions for professional live immersive production in virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

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Brandon Costa, Sports Video Group

Director of Digital

Brandon is Director of Digital for the Sports Video Group, where he covers the sports video production industry, with a focus on live streaming, over-the-top (OTT), social media, and other digital distribution technologies and platforms. He also directs SVG's internal digital strategies launching the company's video outfit, 'SVG On Demand,' designing and overseeing its mobile application, 'SVG Mobile,' and serving as executive producer and host of The SVG Podcast. Costa serves as program director of both the SVG College Sports Summit and the SVG Digital Summit. Prior to his time at SVG, Costa spent five years hosting programs, producing voiceovers, and writing editorial content for MLB Advanced Media in NYC.

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Monica Daniel

Assistant Editor

Monica is an editor based in Los Angeles and is a Picture Editor Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features, including Minority Report (Fox), Supergirl (Warner Bros Television), Preacher (AMC) and Colony (USA/Legendary). She most recently worked on the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi series Altered Carbon for Netflix.

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Brad Dick, The Broadcast Bridge


Brad is editor at The Broadcast Bridge, a web-based trade publication focused on the production and broadcast industries with writers located in Europe and North America. Previously he was editorial director for Broadcast Engineering magazine. Brad worked for more than 20 years in radio and television, serving as chief engineer, director of engineering and director of engineering & operations at multiple stations.

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Craig Dwyer, Avid

Senior Director, Strategic Solutions & Presales

Craig heads up the worldwide Strategic Solutions and Presales teams for Avid. Craig’s team have been involved in many large-scale transformation projects as they modernize media operations and establish the Avid MediaCentral platform. These projects focus on improving efficiency and supporting creativity in the rapidly-changing media and information management environment. As Avid enters its next phase of innovation powered by the Azure cloud, Craig will look at the evolving ecosystem and highlight innovations occurring across Journalism, Post Production and Media Management.

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Jorge de la Nuez Fernández, Olympic Channel Services

Head of Technical

Jorge is responsible for the overall technical buildout, operation and continuity of the Olympic Channel multi-platform delivery. Jorge joined Olympic Channel Services from the EBU/Eurovision Network, where he held Senior Engineering, Presales and Project Management positions. Prior to working for the EBU, he worked at OBS as part of the Broadcast Systems Engineering team (Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, Singapore 2010 and Guangzhou 2010).

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Henry Frecon, Source Digital, Inc.


A seasoned technology leader, entrepreneur, and inventor in the M&E sector for more than 18 years, Henry brings an in-depth understanding of the creation-to-consumer dynamics in content. As CEO and founder of Source, Frecon and his team are charged with re-inventing how consumer engagement and monetization will evolve in the future of content production and viewing.

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Jimmy Fusil, Netflix

Manager, Production Technologies - Imaging & Sound

Jimmy is responsible for the technical specifications and guidelines for original and branded programming at Netlfix. Jimmy and his team of subject matter experts provide workflow support to productions, evaluate new and emerging technologies, and advocate for practices that promote fidelity to creative intent, high quality consumer experiences and content longevity. Prior to joining NETFLIX, Jimmy was Vice President of Shared Services & Engineering at Technicolor, and Vice President of Operations at Sony Colorworks.

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Alexander Schwartz & Joe Khajadourian, The Futuristics

Producers & songwriters

While interning at Atlantic Records in 2005, LA-based Joe Khajadourian and Alex Schwartz, formed The Futuristics. Their recent work includes "Fetish" by Selena Gomez, G-Eazy Feat. Halsey "Him & I", G-Eazy Feat. Charlie Puth "Sober", and "Bad Things" by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello formally from Fifth Harmony.

The Futuristics have been recurring producers for the Fast and Furious franchise. The duo produced the theme song "We Own It" for the Universal Motion Picture, "Fast & Furious 6", featuring 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, selling 3x platinum worldwide, as well as the opening title song, "Payback" for Furious 7, featuring a rap collaboration with, Juicy J, Future, Sage the Gemini, and Kevin Gates.

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Scott Gershin, The Sound Lab at Technicolor

Executive Creative Director / Sound Supervision & Designer / Mixer

Scott is an award-winning sound designer who has been active in the film and gaming community for over two decades, with films such as Night Crawler, Book of Life, Pacific Rim, Hellboy 2, Chronicles of Riddick, Team America, Shrek, Star Trek and American Beauty as well as major games such as the Gears of War series, Epic Mickey, and the Resident Evil and Fable series. Scott has garnered an impressive number of awards and nominations: 12 MPSE Golden Reel awards, numerous GANG and TEC awards, and BAFTA nominations. Scott has also lent his talents to numerous projects that have won both DICE and Oscar awards.

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Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Fortium


Mathew is a digital media security specialist working with the leading TV and films studios. He is a co-founder of Fortium Technologies and as CEO has led the company to be market leader in creating unique security products that help protect TV and film studios in the sensitive and complex stages of pre-release. With 25 years’ experience in the media and entertainment sector he has built up strong relationships within the industry working closely with the Technical Operations, Anti-Piracy and Post-Production teams at NBC Universal, Disney, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, AMC Networks, Film Nation and Warner Brothers. As such he had developed wide experience in cyber security and piracy crises. He is a regular speaker at content protection seminars and conferences and a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance, the Media Entertainment Services Alliance and a strong advocate of encryption at-rest in the work place. He lives in the UK with his wife and three sons and spends several weeks each year in LA.

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Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

Journalist and author

Carolyn is tech editor at The Hollywood Reporter and writes the Behind the Screen blog. Her work as an editor, reporter and columnist has also appeared in titles including CinemaEditor, SHOOT, The IBC Daily and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. She’s co-author of Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2012).

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Benedict Green, ECCO VR


ECCO VR co-founder Benedict Green is a composer, sound designer & technical wizard. Originally from London, he has worked with a broad selection of clients including the BBC, SKY, Lacoste, Ted Baker, Ellesse and many others. Benedict brings a deep experience in VR audio from state-of-the-art location recording to cinematic and game orientated post-production.

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Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck


Kathy has covered the TV business for almost 30 years for a variety of publications and as owner of Kathy Haley & Associates, a company that provides custom publishing services. Kathy got her start at Broadcasting, where she was congressional correspondent and New York bureau chief. Kathy was also editor of View, the NATPE Programmer and Cablevision magazine.

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Tim Hoogenakker, Dolby

Re-Recording Mixer & Sound Editor

Formosa Group re-recording mixer and sound editor Tim has over 20 years of experience in audio post for music, features and documentaries, television and home entertainment formats. He had stints at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios and POP Sound before joining Formosa.

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Edie Ichioka, ACE


Edie has edited live action, documentary and animation. Her first animation project was as associate editor on The Nightmare Before Christmas before moving on to edit the stop motion ABC television series, Bump in the Night. Her editing on The Boxtrolls at Laika earned her an ACE Eddie nomination for best edited animated feature.

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Scott Jacobs

Assistant Editor

Upon graduating AFI with his MFA in Editing, Scott has had the pleasure of assisting and editing on a multitude of projects.  Some of his credits include NBC’s Parks and Recreation, FX’s The League, CBS’ Person of Interest, The Bourne Legacy, and Despicable Me 3. He’s also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild.  Scott hopes to one day be amongst the great film editors that have come before him and inspire others as they have inspired him.

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Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports & Olympics

Vice President, Post Operations & Digital Workflow

Darryl oversees the Post Production and Asset Management teams, which focus on development and execution of automated file-based ingest, production transcode, long-term archive, and remote delivery. In addition, Darryl is responsible for transitioning the NBC Sports film/tape archive to a wholly file-based system.

A fourteen-time Emmy Award winner, Darryl oversaw the Highlights Factory/Asset Management System from conception through implementation at all Olympic Games between the 2008 Beijing Games through the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. In addition to Olympics, his daily portfolio of production includes Sunday & Thursday Night Football, Triple Crown events (8 years of Kentucky Derby, Preakness, & Belmont Stakes), NASCAR, NHL, Premiere League, and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Lawrence Jordan, ACE


Lawrence is a veteran feature film and television editor who has worked with many of the world’s largest entertainment companies, including Time Warner, Sony, Fox, MGM, HBO, Netflix and Disney. He has supervised creative aspects of the post-production process on over 45 feature films and television shows with budgets ranging from 1 million to upwards of 80 million dollars. He recently completed his latest feature film, Naked, starring Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall, for Netflix.

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Jason Justman, SinclairDigital

Senior Principal Architect

As a Senior Principal Architect at SinclairDigital, Jason is focused on developing next-generation cloud-based solutions for converged OTT, Digital and Broadcast systems. Jason has helped deliver ground breaking innovative high quality, end-to-end software and hardware systems for Disney, Toyota, Lexus, Accenture, and Fiat. Jason is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Telecommunications.

Robert Klug, Streaming Media Hosting


Robert is the pioneer and creator of the world’s first Virtual and Augmented Reality Platform, supporting Live Immersive 3d Virtual Reality, Monetization, and Learning Management. He has developed business partnerships, certifications and vetted partner programs for global leaders including: Intel VOKE True VR, Jaunt VR, Nokia, Microsoft Mixed Reality, HTC Vive, Oculus, Facebook Live, Samsung VR, Google Day Dream, nVidia and AMD to name a few.

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Joel Krantz, CSU Northridge

Associate Professor

Joel is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Film Production at California State University, Northridge, with an expertise in post production sound and music. He is an Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert for both Post Production and Music, as well as an Avid Certified Master Instructor. Joel has written, taught, and published Avid Pro Tools training curriculum, and continues to work professionally on a variety of film, television, and music projects.

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Mukul Krishna, Frost & Sullivan

Global Head of Practice, Digital Media Practice

With over 20 years of management consulting and industry expertise, Mukul Krishna is Global Head of Digital Media Practice for Frost & Sullivan. Mukul covers a broad range of technology markets with a specific focus on digital media, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ senior executives and boards.

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Richard Kroon, Entertainment Identifier Registry

Director of Engineering

Richard is responsible for technical direction, design, and delivery for the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) System (www.eidr.org), a unique and persistent digital identifier for audiovisual works.

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Matt Lange


Matt Lange is a GRAMMY-nominated artist and producer. The past decade has seen him work in every avenue from being a producer on pop records, to composing for film and video games, as well as his own solo artist career which has resulted in releasing two full-length albums on Deadmau5’s label, mau5trap, and touring frequently as a DJ. He is currently midway through his third album, which will be released through his own label, isorhythm.

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Darren Long, Sky Production Services


Darren has been a key player in the conception and development of the UK’s first sustainable broadcast facility, Sky Studios. As Director of Sky Production Services (SPS) Darren oversees 10 production studios, over 77 post production suites and one of the biggest integrated tapeless systems in the world running all of Sky’s linear, online and OTT playout. Darren is responsible for setting a clear vision for the department and providing leadership to everyone in SPS - ensuring that the department really does ‘Believe in Better’.

After graduating from Brunel University, Darren spent seven years working at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) teaching students in television production and helping to run the NFTS TV department, working with many talented students including Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), David Tattersall (Die Another Day, Star Wars (Episodes I, II and III) and Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, This Boy’s Life).

After leaving NFTS, Darren spent a year working in the TV industry as a vision engineer before joining Sky Plc at the birth of the company back in 1989. He was one of the pioneers of changing the way the world watches sport, overseeing the technical operational developments and innovations across Sky Sports – from simple ultra-motion replay, HD and 3D, through to today’s interactive and digital developments that now appear in most sports broadcasts.

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Darcy Lorincz, AerNow

President & CEO

Mr Lorincz has a long and distinguished career in Technology, Communications, and Digital Media sectors. He has been continuously successful in identifying the inflection points of these industries and applying leadership to business transformation through application of innovation and technology. This thought leadership and forward thinking are assets in the continuing convergence and transformation of telecommunications, media & technology.

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Shailendra Mather, Avid

Vice President of Architecture

Shailendra Mathur is the Vice President or Architect of products and technology at Avid. His responsibilities include overseeing the architecture of Avid's MediaCentral platform and leveraging it to offer products and solutions on the cloud. With more than 20 years in engineering and management experience in the media industry, he has contributed more than 25 scientific papers and 10 patents on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to cloud technologies.

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Brinton Miller, Discovery Channel

SVP Technology Strategy & Architecture

As Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, Brinton is responsible for evaluating the dynamic technology landscape across both media and traditional corporate IT, identifying opportunities to engage emerging technologies and develop forward-thinking strategies. With a focus on cloud-based solutions and virtualized infrastructures, he oversees the company's Global Media Engineering and IT Development teams.

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Varun Nair, Facebook Audio

Engineering Manager

Varun's spent over a decade in the audio industry and has worked on hundreds of projects across television, film, games and interactivity. He co-founded Two Big Ears, where he led development of spatial audio technologies and tools. Two Big Ears was acquired by Facebook, where he is now the engineering manager of the audio team.

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Akshay Pulipaka, NFL

Senior Video Engineer

Akshay is a Video Technologist with 10 years of R&D and product management experience across video codecs/encoding/quality, Cloud Technologies, IP video delivery, content management (CMS), post-production and Quality Control in various multimedia and streaming applications.

Currently he is working on optimizing LIVE Sports video streaming & ad-tech applications, and API integration supporting Live and Video-on-Demand (VOD) CMS/Distribution workflows at the Digital Group of the National Football League (NFL).

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Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, Streaming Media

VP & Editor-in-Chief

Eric is VP and Editor-in-Chief of Streaming Media, overseeing the content of Streaming Media magazine, StreamingMedia.com, and three annual conferences in New York, Huntington Beach, and London. A technology and entertainment journalist for more than 25 years, Eric is also a regular speaker at industry events. In addition to the Streaming Media conferences, he has spoken at NAB, IBC, and the Nordic Media Summit.

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Benji Rogers, dotBlockChain Media


Benji is a British-born, New York-based entrepreneur, technologist, musician, and the CEO and co-founder of the dotBlockchain Media Project, working to revolutionize the commercialization and movement of music in the digital economy. A pioneer of the direct artist-to-fan model of music distribution, Rogers founded PledgeMusic in 2009, which is now one of leading artist-to-fan platforms online with more than 4 million users and over 50,000 artists.

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James Ryan, DreamWorks Animation


James was most recently the Lead Editor on DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby (2017). After graduating from the University of Southern California School of the Cinematic Arts, James first got his start at DreamWorks Animation in 1996 as an Apprentice Editor on The Prince of Egypt (1998). He has also worked as Lead Editor on Turbo (2013), Madly Madagascar (2013) and Merry Madagascar (2009).

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Regis Andre, Avid

Senior Director Product Management, Platform and MediaSuite

As Avid’s Senior Director of Product management, Régis André is highly focused on providing media professionals with tools that continue to evolve based on the day-to-day needs of the user. In this session he will discuss specific techniques that can help maximize media assets and supercharge production workflows of all type across different geos, deployments and systems. He will also share how user interface and complex back end systems can be harmonized and brought together in a simple manner for end users.

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Ryan Salazar, Broadcast Beat

Executive Producer of NAB Show LIVE

After thirty years in the animation, broadcast and post production industry, Ryan launched Broadcast Beat, a leading digital publication where he serves as Editor-In-Chief. Broadcast Beat is one of the industry’s leading digital publications, providing news-and-information to creatives and engineers in the animation, broadcast, motion picture and post production communities.

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Richard Sanchez


A graduate of UC Irvine Richard started out shooting and editing videos for GoTV, one of the earliest providers of mobile video. Unscripted proved a valuable training ground to work on his assistant editing skills before transitioning into scripted television and features. From UFO Hunters to The Good Place to Naked, Richard has worked on many different types of show, and has experience of many different types of workflow, and is excited to share this experience.

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Paul Sanni, WGBH

Post Production Editor

Paul Sanni is a Post Production Editor at WGBH in Boston for two Emmy Award winning PBS series: Masterpiece and American Experience. In the 25 years since he first began his career as a music recording engineer/mixer, he has always excelled at the audio portion of the equation and has been recognized for his work with multiple awards from Promax/BDA, New England EMMYs and New York Festivals.

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Joel Sloss, Microsoft Azure

Senior Program Manager

During his 20-year tenure at Microsoft, Joel has managed product lines ranging from BackOffice to ISA Server, mobile services, and—most recently—compliance initiatives in the Azure engineering team. Joel has written numerous whitepapers on security and compliance topics such as data protection, network security, secure management, architecture fundamentals, and policies and processes. His focus now is on the Digital Media & Entertainment industry.

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Jeremy Smith, Jellyfish Pictures


Jeremy Smith studied IT and VFX in Canada and is responsible for all technical management of Jellyfish Pictures (VFX) and Jellyfish Animation studios. Over the past ten years he has witnessed Jellyfish’s growth from an eight-man team to a facility that houses over 200 members of staff across 4 locations. He has overseen and managed several company expansions to different premises and has re-imagined the production pipeline using a hybrid of cloud-based and desktop-based technologies. He has become one of the most respected CTOs in the VFX industry always pushing technology to the absolute limit, helping to make Jellyfish one of the most advanced technical VFX facilities in the world. Through relationships built with leading players at companies such as Microsoft Azure, Teradici, Pixit Media, AMD and many others he has helped keep Jellyfish at the vanguard of what is possible, which always provides the company with a competitive edge.

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Patrick Smith

Assistant Editor

Patrick has been an Editor, VFX Editor and Assistant Editor for nearly 15 years, with projects ranging from non-fiction clip shows and DVD Special Features to narrative cable series, short films, and major motion pictures. Notable work includes: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hunger Games, Zero Dark Thirty, Monuments Men, The Revenant, Suburbicon, Ocean’s 8, Mad Men (AMC), Black Sails (STARZ) and Westworld (HBO).

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Jonathan Solomon, Aspera FASPStream

Strategic Initiative Engineer

Jonathan joined Aspera in late 2014 with more than 20 years' system design, administration, and project management experience in Media and Entertainment. Career highlights include the key architect of the WWE OTT Network, dark fiber network design and project design and management for several multi-million-dollar broadcast facilities. Prior to his role at Aspera, he was a Senior Engineering Project Manager at WWE, Inc, Director of Engineering for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and spent more than a decade as an Engineer-In-Charge, supporting remote television broadcasts. His travels as an EIC covered 45 of the 50 United States.

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Greg Staten, HP

Product Architect & Designer, DreamColor

Greg works directly with major visual effects houses, animation studios, photographers and design studios around the world to ensure that HP DreamColor displays include features and capabilities designed specifically to enhance their workflows and simplify their deployment and management. (Greg has noted that he can point to each special feature in the Z27x and Z31x and indicate which customer requested it). Prior to joining HP, Greg was the Principal Product Designer at Avid, Inc. where he drove the design of the Symphony and Media Composer digital video editing systems. He has consulted with major studios on post-production workflows and has worked as both a colorist and finishing editor.

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William Steele, WheresMyMedia


Founder of WheresMyMedia, William is a technologist on the forefront of developing VR applications that optimize VR/AR and 360 video production workflows. Recently a recipient of an NAB Pilot Challenge Innovation Award, he has founded several live and post production technology startups. William is using this experience to lead the way leveraging WebVR to enable, simplify and optimize VR/AR and 360 video workflows from anywhere, on any device.

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Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft Partners

Principal Analyst

Josh is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. Prior to joining Devoncroft, Josh was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, he executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements. Josh has also held various positions at EMC Corporation, including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC's acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare.

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Jan Theunis, Avid

Senior Project Manager, PS EMEA Delivery

Jan is a Project Manager based in Belgium, with over 15 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He started his career as a video editor, quickly moving to project delivery where he provided pre-delivery design, on-site system installation and now manages the delivery large of broadcast projects all over the world. Jan always had a passion for travel and enjoys working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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Rahul Tikoo, Dell Precision Workstations

Vice President & GM

Rahul currently leads the Precision Workstation Business Unit at Dell. As a part of this role, Rahul is responsible for Product Planning, Business Strategy and Leadership of workstation products. He was hired, as the engineering leader for Precision products, from AMD in January, 2013. At AMD, Rahul held several diverse leadership roles including the head of Server Engineering, Global Customer Support and Corporate Quality. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Rahul is a product geek at heart and enjoys bringing innovative technology solutions to market.

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Dave Tyler, Avid

Application Specialist

Dave is an Avid Application Specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the audio industry. He is passionate about the technology that enables talented, creative people to produce amazing music, films and TV shows.

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Martin Wahl, Microsoft Azure

Principal Program Manager

Martin Wahl is Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Azure Media Services product engineering group. Martin focuses on technical evangelism and global customer & partner engagement for driving live broadcast, premium on-demand video streaming and video AI solutions developed and running from the Azure cloud. He is a regular speaker at media industry conferences including NAB, SMPTE, MESA and IBC.

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John Wastcoat, Aspera FASPStream

VP of Business Development

John has more than 20 years’ experience in senior business development roles at information and communications technology companies. Before joining Aspera in 2010, he was VP Global Business Development at Dexrex and VP Sales at Cantata Technology, which was acquired by Dialogic.

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Peter White, IABM


Since his appointment as Chief Executive of IABM in 2009, Peter has overseen the transformation of the association into the truly international, authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry it is today. IABM facilitates the crucial networking and interaction between suppliers—and their customers—that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the industry. It does this by supporting its 500+ members with a comprehensive range of services across market intelligence, training, technology, exhibitions and best practices - all designed to help them do better business.

Originally qualified as an accountant, Peter has tapped a vast range of experience in driving the success of IABM. He has enjoyed a long career as CFO, and then CEO, of many complex organizations in a number of sectors including: printing and graphics; direct response and direct marketing; high tech capital equipment manufacturing; and nursery products design, manufacturing and retail. He has also been a tutor at the Leadership Trust, a consultant in lean manufacturing, best practice and Kaizen and Chair of PE backed businesses.

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Andy Wilson, DPP (Digital Production Partnership)

Head of Business Development

Andy leads the growth and delivery of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). He spent 17 years at the BBC working on interactive television services, broadcast innovation, product management and digital rights. Projects included: the migration of Engineering Teams to support new technologies and studios in MediaCity UK, the development of New Broadcasting House, UHD broadcasts and running the industry skills program for File Delivery.

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Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young

Producer, mixer & songwriter, Co-Founder & CIO of SKIO Music

Jordan Young, known to many as DJ Swivel, is a Toronto-born, GRAMMY-winning producer, mixer and songwriter. He began his musical career in 2005 in New York City, under the mentorship of Duro, a well-established mixer, producer and CEO of Desert Storm Records (Fabolous, DJ Clue). With Duro's tutelage, Swivel began working with a wide variety of artists including Jay-Z, Diddy, Pharrell, Britney Spears, and Fabolous, eventually recording and mixing the latters albums ‘From Nothin To Something’, and ‘Loso’s Way’.

In 2010, Swivel went on to work with Beyoncé, recording and mixing her album ‘4’, which won a GRAMMY in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song ‘Love On Top’, and worked on part of her follow-up self-titled album, Beyoncé. In 2014 he founded Headliner Magazine, a music-driven publication, and shortly thereafter SKIO Music, a marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of music content enabling legal remixing at scale by simplifying the licensing process and making deals more transparent.

In 2015 he began working with The Chainsmokers, first as a mixer on the Roses EP, followed by mixing and production work on their follow-up EP titled Collage. Collage spawned the hits ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ for which he won a Grammy for 2017’s Best Dance Recording, and Closer, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and broke countless records along the way.

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Joe Zaller, Devoncroft Partners


Joe is a digital media strategist with extensive international experience in broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV and OTT markets. Joe is the founder of Devoncroft Partners, a leading provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients. Devoncroft publishes a variety of syndicated market research reports, including the annual Big Broadcast Survey, the largest and most comprehensive study of the professional audio and video market.