The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Friday, May 6th, 2016

11:05 AM - 12:20 PM

ThinkTank II: Haas Conference Center - Room 172-173

Video Innovation! Social Video, Personalized Video, Real-Time Video - Communication and Commerce

Joseph Hopkins, Vice President Global M&E Sales, Verizon Digital Media Services

Barry Stamos, CEO, Videoo

Nathan McGowan, Vice President, Product, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard

Bill Newell, President, North South Studios LLC, Moderator


Barry Stamos is the CEO & Co-Founder of Videoo (, a new video player that discovers and aggregates social videos from any network into a single playlist that the community curates in real-time. Videoo was created to move social storytelling from a passive (communicative) to interactive (collaborative) experience for the consumer while driving deeper engagement and monetization for brands and publishers. The company won the South Florida Technology Alliance’s 2015 Emerging Business & Technology Showcase. Prior to starting Videoo, Barry was the Global Practice Leader of Strategy & Innovation with Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM). Barry was a key change agent in building a business unit with $319MM annual revenues and AdAge recognition

as the #1 CRM Agency in the USA. Before Acxiom, Barry served as Chief Strategist at Responsys (NASDAQ: MKTG), where he coached the world’s leading brands on how to win using the leading SaaS based interaction marketing cloud software and services. Responsys was sold to Oracle in December 2013 for $1.6 Billion. Prior to Responsys, Barry was the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of INBOX Marketing, which was sold to Responsys pre-IPO in 2006. A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, advisory board member and digital media expert, Barry has spent the past 15 years consulting over 100 of the Fortune 500. During this time, Barry has developed a public and proven track record of helping top executives accelerate growth and profits using data, analytics and technology – mobile, social, video, web, email and what’s coming next. In 2015, Barry was recognized by Techweek as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Tech.  Barry has spoken at more than 60 industry conferences including keynote presentations and panelist contributions at ad:tech, Consumer Electronics Show, Data 2.0, Social Media Week, Direct Marketing Association, OMMA Global,, Internet Retailer, Gateway Analytics, America’s Venture Capital Conference, and many others. Barry is a former Executive Board Member of the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. Barry holds eBusiness Certifications from the University of Southern California and Marshall Graduate School, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Marketing from Ithaca College and was a Global Scholar of International Economics & Politics at Cambridge University.  Barry lives most of the year in Miami and is the proud father of his sons, Beau and Nico.


Joseph Hopkins is vice president of global media and entertainment sales at Verizon Digital Media Services. He brings more than 14 years of finance, mergers & acquisitions, executive management and technical experience to the organization. Prior to joining Verizon, Hopkins served as head of channel sales and strategic partnerships at iStreamPlanet where he developed and managed partnerships with companies such as Google, YouTube, AT&T and the United States Olympic Committee. His experience spans across all areas of the content lifecycle from production through distribution, and includes his current role in bringing innovative over-the-top (OTT) solutions to IP-connected devices for users around the world. Hopkins is a graduate of Michigan State University where he studied communications and economics. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters


Nathan McGowan: Vice President, Product, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard, currently No. 5 among the top 10 Entertainment/News sites (Comscore).  He also worked as Director of Product for Participant Media, overseeing,, as well as the social action campaign websites for films such as The Help, Waiting for Superman, and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He started his Product career as Product Manager for


Bill Newell, President, North South Studios, LLC: As a founding partner of North South Studios, Bill Newell brings more than 18 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to the company. Bill has been involved in production and multimedia from its early days and has had key roles in establishing many of the business processes that today are often taken for granted. Bill's areas of expertise include finance, technology, production, and operations. Bill's ability to increase productivity without sacrificing quality has been proven time and time again and is a key asset to the company. A longtime associate of his partner, Sarina Simon, Bill came to North South Studios from the Knowledge Kids Network where he served as Chief Operating Officer for five years. Bill co-founded the Knowledge Kids Network and was instrumental in defining its business objectives, operational processes, and company structure. His thorough planning and oversight launched the KidsEdge websites. This network of award-winning websites contained more than 250 games, thousands of articles, and had the capacity to support 3.5 million users. During his tenure at the Knowledge Kids Network, Bill also executive produced a 12 minute animated movie entitled, DotzWorld, which premiered on the AOL network and featured 25 original characters. Bill's insightful finance skills were invaluable to the company in its negotiations with AOL and other prominent partners. Prior to joining the Knowledge Kids Network, Bill was Vice President of Production for IXL Los Angeles, a NASDAQ listed Internet services company with more than $12 million in yearly revenue in the Los Angeles office alone. As VP of Production, Bill oversaw all aspects of production and provided sales support for IXL's west coast offices. Always prolific, he supervised and managed the design and implementation of over 100 projects including assignments for Polygram, Fox, Warner Brothers, NewsCorp, Baker and Taylor, Mazda, Kawasaki, Universal Studios, and Technicolor, among others. Making use of his extensive finance background, Bill brought financial discipline to his production team and productivity increased over 200% during his tenure at IXL. Before joining IXL, Bill was Vice President of Production for Digital Planet, an Internet services company that was later acquired by IXL. As VP of Production, Bill provided direct management of technical, production, and creative teams. He also oversaw all proposal submissions, bids, technical analyses, and creative treatments for media, technology, and consumer companies including Intel, Mattel, the US Postal Service, Disney Online and Allstate. Bill is also a veteran of the multimedia pioneering company, Philips Media, where he worked for four years as an Executive Producer, managing two in-house production groups. In this executive role, Bill directed a 35 member staff and produced six educational CD ROM products. He also directed the localization of numerous products for the Japanese, English, Swedish and American markets.