Baghdassarian - RVP, MagRack/IFC
John Baghdassarian is an industry veteran on the program content side with over
15 years experience. John started out as the Marketing and Promotions Manager
with Showtime Networks Inc. working on Showtime, TMC, and Viewer’s Choice
PPV service. From there he moved on as the first sales manager for the TV Food
Network on the West Coast.
Following a stint as the sales director for
the Western Region at Comedy Central, John joined Rainbow Media as the Vice President
of distribution, Western Division for muchmusic usa, Rainbow Media’s fully
interactive digital music service. In 2002 he transitioned to the position of
Vice President Affiliate sales and marketing for IFC and MagRack, overseeing the
rollout of IFC and MagRack the Rainbow Media VOD service.
from UCLA with a degree in Sociology and obtained a MBA in Management Sciences
from Pepperdine University.
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Bertino - Director of Marketing, Hickory Tech
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Mike Curran, Director of Sales,
Western U.S. & Canada, Myrio
Mike Curran has been in the
Telecommunication industry for 12 years, and with Myrio for the over 3. In his
role as Director of Sales with Myrio, Mike brings experience in sales, operations
and business development. Prior to Myrio, Mike worked for Advanced Radio Telecom
(ART) building and selling wireless broadband IP networks. Mike was born and raised
in Seattle, attended Washington State University and continues to make Seattle
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L. Dawson – Senior Vice President, Scripps Networks New Ventures
L. Dawson is senior vice president of Scripps Networks New Ventures. He is responsible
for developing programming, distribution and marketing strategies for video on
demand, broadband, dvd and interactive television.
Part of the founding
team of Home & Garden Television (HGTV) and Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Dawson launched
the HGTV call center, HGTV Ideas magazine, Home & Garden Village and the HGTV
Store. He developed and launched HGTV.COM and DIYnet.com, and was actively involved
in the strategic planning for the Fine Living network and web site.
he’s leading Scripps Networks’ efforts in VOD and Subscription Video
on Demand (SVOD). Scripps Networks launched its On Demand business in Time Warner
Cable and Comcast Cable markets and is aggressively pushing VOD throughout the
Prior to joining Scripps, he served as director of communications
for The New York Times Company’s American HomeStyle Group, editorial director
of HOME Magazine, editor-in-chief of The Practical Homeowner, and assistant editor
of Sunset Magazine.
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Distefano - Vice President of Operations AllWest Communications
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Eisen - Executive Vice President CinemaNow
David Eisen is executive vice president of CinemaNow, Inc., an interactive on-line
film distribution company (www.cinemanow.com). Eisen parlayed his law degree from
the University of Southern California into a 10-year career in the Hollywood entertainment
industry. His expertise spans a diversity of business and creative enterprises,
ranging from heading up the Legal/ Business Affairs Department for Trimark Pictures
to writing and producing films.
Eisen most recently served as senior vice
president of Trimark’s Production/ Business Affairs Department. In that
capacity Mr. Eisen negotiated actor, director, producer and other talent agreements
and negotiated with all of the Hollywood labor guilds. In his previous position
as vice president of Trimark’s Legal/ Business Affairs Department, Eisen
was instrumental in negotiating film acquisition, music, financing and distribution
agreements as well as Trimark’s $25 million line of credit from Bank of
Eisen’s experience in the legal arena of the entertainment
industry is matched by his creative endeavors. His producing credits include cult
genre favorites “Warlock: The End of Innocence,” starring Bruce Payne,
“The Dentist 2,” starring Corbin Bernsen “Leprechaun in the
Hood,” starring Warwick Davis and Ice-T as well as two films based on Stephen
King properties, “Trucks,” and “Sometimes They Come Back For
More.” In addition, he shares a writing credit on “Warlock: The End
of Innocence,” the third installment in the popular series.
professional involvements reflect his orientation and understanding of the world
of independent film; financially, legally, and creatively. In addition to his
numerous bar memberships, Eisen is a board member of the Independent Producer’s
Alliance, a pro-active independent filmmakers coalition which negotiates with
Hollywood labor guilds on the behalf of independent studios. Eisen received his
J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1991, and his B.A. cum laude
with high honors in Philosophy from Clark University in 1984.
Eisen is often
sought after to share his expertise in independent film financing, motion picture
deal negotiations, home entertainment rights and the emerging field of digital
film distribution. He was the instructor of the Entertainment Law Class in the
Paralegal Program of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 1995
and 1996. In addition Eisen has been a guest lecturer for the American Film Institute,
U.C.L.A. Extension, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County
Bar Association, Showbiz Expo, Streaming Media East and Streaming Media West,
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Ernst -V.P. Research, Initiative Media
Biography to be provided
Tom Gove - Starz-Encore Group
Gove is Senior Director, New Media, for Starz Encore Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary
for Liberty Media Corporation. Tom's sales and marketing group focuses on selling
the Starz Encore pay TV movie channels, collectively bundled as the Starz Super
Pak, to a variety of alternative distribution platforms including Competitive
Broadband Providers, Telcos, C-Band, SMATV and Hotel/Motel distributors.
to Starz Encore, Tom was the Southwest Regional Director for The Walt Disney Company,
responsible for distribution of the Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Prior to that,
Tom was on the cable operator side of the business, working for Media General
Cable based in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Hughes - Director of Business Affairs for ASCAP
Laurie Hughes is
Director of Business Affairs for ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors
and Publishers. A graduate of Smith College and Memphis State University Law School,
Laurie was General Counsel and then Vice President Legal & International Affairs
at SESAC. She joined ASCAP in 1995. Laurie’s primary responsibilities include
devising and negotiating ASCAP’s licenses for the dozens of types of businesses
which use music. Ms. Hughes has been a featured speaker for the Copyright Society
of the South, Memphis State, Franklin Pierce Law School, Belmont College, Chicago
Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association. She is a trustee of the Copyright
Society of the USA, and a member of the Copyright Society of the South, Tennessee
Bar Association, and Leadership Music Alumnae Association.
David Irwin - Managing Partner,
Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, PC
A. IRWIN, has over 30 years of experience in regulatory and business matters.
He is the Managing Partner of Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C.
Irwin is a graduate of the Washington College of Law of American University. He
formerly held key positions at the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau including: Deputy
Chief-Policy, Acting Chief of the Policy and Rules Division, Chief of the Program
Evaluation Staff and Special Counsel to the Chief of the Bureau. In addition to
having held corporate legal positions at Western Union and American Satellite
Corporation, Mr. Irwin served as law clerk to two federal district court judges.
He has been an adjunct Professor of Law at The Catholic University of
America Columbus School of Law since 1985, where he teaches Telecommunications
Carrier Regulation. He has also taught Telecommunications Law at Florida State
University Law School via a live, interactive video link and at Howard University
Mr. Irwin's practice encompasses emerging technologies, long-distance
and satellite companies, manufacturers, independent and competitive telephone
companies, cable television systems, radio common carriers and wireless companies.
Garry Kitchen - President/CEO,
Garry Kitchen is one of the world's leading experts on
branded online entertainment. Since founding Skyworks in 1995, he has orchestrated
the creation of over 125 branded games for Abbott Labs, ESPN, Ford, Fox Sports,
GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, Mattel, Microsoft, MTV, Nabisco, Pepsi, Post Cereal,
Toyota, and many others.
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Lowten - Principle Consultant, Pixel Consulting
Peter Lowten has
over twenty five years of experience in management and senior operational roles
in an extensive range of technology, communications and media companies. Prior
to returning to consulting he held a number of senior positions with Ericsson
Telecoms AB in the USA and Sweden. Some of his accomplishments there include project
and program management of a number of leading edge video on demand and streamed
video projects - combining the talents of a variety of partners; directing sales
support for broadband products; finally building and driving a worldwide three
year initiative in the marketing of high speed wireless data services, for GPRS
and third generation infrastructures.
He has previously served as Vice President
of Marketing and Engineering for Quanta Corporation, as Manager of Product Management
for Sony Broadcast, Operations Manager for Compression Labs Inc during their IPO,
and as Senior Consultant with Pixel Consulting. HDTV has intruded into almost
all these endeavours.
His experience in varied telecoms and video industries,
and with a broad array of players from manufacturers to service providers, gives
him a wide-ranging perspective of the opportunities and challenges that face the
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M. McKee - Director of Marketing, Horizon Chillicothe Telephone
a career Chillicothe Telephone employee, has had positions with the Company in
customer service, business equipment sales and Separations & Access. She was
promoted to Product Manager in the Marketing Department in 1996; Horizon Marketing
Manager in 1999 and in February 2000 was elevated to Director of Marketing for
Horizon Chillicothe Telephone.
Karen is responsible for the marketing and
sales plans for all ILEC products and services including the VDSL service offering,
Member of the
Marketing Committee for OPASTCO (Organization for the Protection and Advancement
of Small Telephone Companies)
Member of Next Level User Group’s Marketing
Board Member and
Past President of Altrusa International of Chillicothe, Ohio
of The First Capital District in Chillicothe, Ohio
Board Member of the Building
Industry Association of Chillicothe, Ohio
Board Member of the Chillicothe-Ross
Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Budget and Allocations Committee for the
Ross County United Way
one son and two grandchildren, Karen enjoys reading, collecting antiques, playing
golf and traveling.
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Mellett - Vice President, Video-on-Demand and Pay Per View
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Mielke - Director of Innovation for Technicolor Creative Services
Media Asset Management Group
Doug Mielke joined Technicolor as a founding
member of the Media Asset Management group in January 2002. He, along with the
other members of the team, have translated a content management concept into an
operating, resolution independent system and service. Many of the features of
this model have direct and positive implications for compression in general and
VOD encoding specifically.
Doug is suitably prepared for this challenge
with over 25 years of experience spanning the production, postproduction and advanced
technology industries. His diverse background of progressive technological experience
has established him as an industry authority on emerging trends.
in Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Rome and now New York City, Technicolor Creative
Services represents a diverse and integrated set of production and postproduction-based
services for the feature, broadcast, cable, commercial advertising, audio, DVD,
studio and independent filmmaking communities. Working closely with parent company,
Thomson, as well as Technicolor's worldwide release-printing and home entertainment
replication businesses, Technicolor Creative Services has brought together world-renown
talent and "best of breed" technology to serve our customers, including
all the major motion picture studios, broadcast and cable entities.
David Milloh - Vice President,
David has more than 20 years of management experience in marketing,
sales and project management for Internet, IT, communications, imaging,
and other technologies. He joined BitBand in 2000 from Net2Wireless,
a technology provider for content delivery over cellular networks,
where he was VP International Operations. Previously, David held
marketing and sales management positions with IBM Corporation and
major Sun Microsystems distribution channels. David was involved
in large scale technology-based projects for the Telco, government
and defense sectors. David served eight years in the Israel Defense
Forces, where he managed the infrastructure and systems of the main
IT center. David holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer sciences
from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
David is a keen photographer, listens to Jazz and Classics, and
when not traveling (rare), takes off again in his Flight Simulator.
A cognac and a good cigar top it off.
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Neilsen - Director of Sales, Seachange International
For over a decade, SeaChange has focused exclusively on high-bit-rate
video streaming, providing the prevailing video-on-demand, insertion
and broadcast platforms for thousands of customers worldwide. Paul
Nielsen has been a director of sales for SeaChange since 1998. In
that time, the company's systems have been deployed by hundreds
of customers throughout Nielsen's territories in The Americas.
Working with media and telecommunications customers and partners
for 10 years, Nielsen garnered unique experience on the widely varied
requirements for launching analog and advanced digital services.
Early on, the was responsible for establishing SeaChange's 24x7
live customer support operation, which is now a worldwide force
behind SeaChange-based video services. He was also responsible for
developing SeaChange's network of television and telecommunications
systems distributors and integrators to serve Latin America, Asia
and Canada. Nielsen earned his bachelor's degree in computer science
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Pete Pifer - President, ETI, Inc
Pifer is President and CEO of Enhanced Telecommunications, Inc. (ETI), a seasoned
provider of cable TV OSS solutions for telephone companies and utilities. Mr.
Pifer holds a BSEE from Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Harvard
Business School. He has over 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry.
to founding ETI in 1992, Mr. Pifer was President of Microwave Associates Communications,
a manufacturer of microwave and satellite equipment for the broadcast and cable
TV industries. At Microwave Associates, Mr. Pifer led the company into the field
of satellite and data communications, which dramatically increased the revenues
for the company through diversification.
Mr. Pifer was also CEO of EASICOM,
whose business was software for long distance call processing, automated operator,
and smart pay phone equipment for the telephone industry. At this company, Mr.
Pifer became familiar with many of the operating systems in place with telephone
Mr. Pifer held various engineering and management positions with
Scientific-Atlanta, a leading manufacturer of cable TV equipment. Under his direction,
as Division Manager, the company developed the INMARSAT standard shipboard satellite
communications as well as the television satellite equipment used by most of the
cable TV networks for distribution and reception of cable programming.
Ken Pyle - Vice President, Viodi,
Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and has been intimately involved with all of
Viodi’s clients. He created Digital Rights Management Reports that were
approved by studios for several clients. He created processes for clients to use
for their PPV and VOD operations. He has long standing relationships with service
vendors such as Technicolor and Microspace, as well as many telecommunication
Additionally, he produced the Video Solutions for Independence
interactive CD-ROM, edited and produced interactive CD-ROMs for
NTCA and USTA, is the producer of the Telco
Video Content Conference in conjunction with USTA, the
Local Content Workshop
and publishes the Viodi View
newsletter, which is sent to over 2,700 recipients.
to Viodi, LLC, Pyle was Director of Technical Sales for Demand Video, a Video
On Demand application service provider which targeted cable television overbuilders.
His independent telco experience dates to 1991 with product, project and sales
management roles at Raynet and E/O Networks. His experience in the cable industry
dates to 1979 with manufacturing, engineering and field service roles at companies
such as Catel and C-Cor.
A graduate of San Jose State University, he is the volunteer web
master for his sons’ preschool, http://www.cppp.com
and is an active member of the Prince
of Peace Lutheran Church in Saratoga, CA, serving on the Church
Council and on the Evangelizing team. Click
here for Pyle's complete Resume.
John Reagan - Digital Media
Between 1980 and 1999, John Reagan, the principal of Digital
Media Consulting, worked as a lawyer and business affairs executive
for four major Hollywood studios. Between 1980 and 1984, he was
Vice-President of Legal and Business Affairs for the television
syndication, pay television and home video divisions of Paramount
Pictures Corporation. From 1985 through 1995, he was Senior Vice-President
for Legal and Business Affairs for network and syndicated television,
international theatrical and television, and worldwide pay television
and home video for Walt Disney Pictures and Television.
In 1995 he left Disney to join DreamWorks SKG, the studio created
by David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. At DreamWorks,
John worked in all areas of television and video distribution, as
well as in merchandising and licensing, and digital game development,
production and distribution for GamesWorks, a joint venture between
DreamWorks and Microsoft.
In 1997, John joined MGM Home Entertainment as Executive Vice-President.
The MGM Home Entertainment group contained MGM’s worldwide
home video and merchandising and licensing divisions.
In 2000, John was appointed General Counsel of Netflix, the leading
renter of movies on DVD to consumers by subscription via online
rental. When John joined the company they had less than a 500,000
subscribers. John secured long term revenue sharing licensing agreements
with six of the eight Hollywood majors, helping the company go public
in 2002. In February, 2003, the company reached a million subscribers.
In 2002, John launched Digital Media Consulting, and spent almost
the entire year working exclusively for TVN Entertainment, in Burbank,
California. TVN is the only company providing a complete end to
end solution of encryption, encoding and satellite delivery of pay-per-view
and video-on-demand programming to the American pay television industry.
There is virtually no aspect of content acquisition and licensing
with which John Reagan is not fully conversant and experienced.
This includes all of the related areas of distribution, including
music licensing, dubbing and subtitling matters, piracy protection,
and digital rights management.
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Shapiro - Bennet & Bennet, PLLC
Shapiro has over twenty years experience in wireline video distribution, both
as a consultant and as an attorney. In both capacities, he has had occasion to
represent cable television companies, competing multichannel video programming
providers and local franchising authorities as to both regulatory and transactional
matters. Mr. Shapiro has been involved in numerous proceedings implementing the
1984 and 1992 Cable Acts, as well as the 1996 Telecommunications Act, including
such diverse matters as: must carry and retransmission consent; syndicated exclusivity,
network non-duplication, and sports blackout; rate regulation; home wiring; access
to premises; over-the-air reception devices; equal employment opportunity; equipment
compatibility and navigation devices; closed captioning; emergency alert; provision
of advanced services over cable systems; and the licensing and regulation of Open
Video Systems. He has lectured and authored articles concerning the regulatory
issues involved in offering video services over copper and content acquisition.
Shapiro is also an expert on matters involving the compulsory copyright licensing
scheme for television and radio broadcast retransmissions established by the 1976
Copyright Act, as well as matters involving local video franchise regulation.
He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Cable Television
and Online Practice Committees.
Bar Admissions: District of Columbia; Virginia;
Education: Florida State University: J.D., with High Honors, 1980;
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1977.
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Summers, Director of Marketing, Pioneer Communications
Summers is Director of Marketing and Media for Pioneer Communications, an independent
telephone, cable television, Internet, and GSM wireless network provider in Kansas.
Following undergraduate studies and a background in communications and mass
media as Special Programs Producer at KJHK at the University of Kansas, Mr. Summers
joined Pioneer in 1996. In addition to overseeing the core market development
objectives for Pioneer's full array of telecommunications services, his responsibilities
include management of the company's award-winning media services division, launched
in 1998. A certified Avid editor, Taylor engineered the rollout of a suite of
non-linear digital editing systems for local content production and an MPEG-based
digital ad insertion system that delivers 2000 daily commercial avails to more
than twenty western Kansas communities via a singular, fiber-distributed regional
headend. Mr. Summers also directs programming decisions and content provider affiliate
relations for the organization's multichannel video and new media operations.
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Vice President, Market Development, NDS Americas
Ian Tapp graduated
in Electronic Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK in 1982
and in 1995 obtained a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
has spent 15 years in the field of digital communications systems in R&D,
Product Marketing and Business Development.
In 1992 he joined NDS, a software
company specializing in content protection solutions for digital media. His current
position is Vice President of Market Development for NDS Americas with a primary
focus on the telcoTV market.
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