The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

Indie TV – OTT and Streaming - The Gateway to the New Hollywood of Content to Phones, Tablets, TV and PC

Albhy Galuten, VP of Media Technology Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment

Michael Alexander, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry

Jennifer Cooper, Director of Industry Strategy in Media and Entertainment, Adobe

Nick Soares, Chief Executive Officer, GoDigital

Dan Goman, Founder & CEO, OWNZONES

David Fannon, EVP, Screen Media

Bruce Eisen, founder and president, The Law Offices of Bruce David Eisen, Moderator

Dan Goman, Founder & CEO, OWNZONES: Dan Goman, Founder and CEO of OWNZONES, is a recognized technology innovator with a strong background in strategic leadership at Fortune 100 companies including Microsoft, AT&T Wireless, and Lucent Technologies. While a program manager in the Windows Media division of Microsoft, Goman coordinated with content and hardware partners to develop and enhance digital rights management functionality for the company’s device-independent PlayReady DRM product. Goman’s expertise

with DRM combined with his realization that a paid content solution will succeed only if it favors all parties involved, led him to found OWNZONES in 2010. Offering media companies a personalized digital content platform through which they can access new revenue opportunities for their original content, OWNZONES serves the consumer the content they want, anywhere, anytime, across any device via an elegant and easy to use website. Prior to creating OWNZONES, Goman spent 15 years in the computer sciences industry as a technical engineer and consultant, directing large cross- disciplinary teams.president of advertising.

 

Jennifer Cooper, Global Head, M&E and Broadcast Industry Strategy & Marketing, Adobe: Jennifer Cooper brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, business development and strategy management in technology, publishing and digital media industries. Her work with C-level digital media executives provides her with extensive knowledge of publishing, media and entertainment industries as well as best business practices and solutions. Prior to joining Adobe, Jennifer was Founder and CEO of Mixercast, a social applications company. Before that, she served as Executive Director of Business Development for Yahoo! Inc., where she designed and launched Yahoo!’s first video subscription service and managed large media industry relationships including Hearst, Scripps, ABC/Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, Fox and NBC Universal. In addition, she was responsible for crafting and implementing broadband video content strategy, sourcing and acquisitions for co-branded portals such as ATT Yahoo! DSL, Verizon Yahoo! DSL, Rogers Yahoo! and BT Yahoo!. Jennifer began her career managing sales at enterprise technology companies such as Oracle, Xerox and IBM before advancing into strategic business development positions at VXtreme Inc. (now the Microsoft Windows media platform) and Microsoft. As founder and executive vice president of nCommand, Inc, Jennifer served on the board of directors and was responsible for securing initial rounds of Venture financing, as well as creating initial client relationships for nCommand’s products. Jennifer holds a dual B.S. degree in computer science and marketing from San Francisco State University. She also participated in the MBA program at UC Davis and studied law at Golden Gate University.

 

Albhy Galuten, Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy, Sony Corporation of America (SCA): In addition to his technological achievements, Mr. Galuten is a Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and arranger. Mr. Galuten joined SCA in March 2005, and is responsible for the Media Technology Group. The Media Technology Group assists with technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards. Before coming to Sony, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group. Under Mr. Galuten, eLabs and Universal’s Advanced Technology group provided: strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, invented technology and filed patents. Under Mr. Galuten, the group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations. Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION where he created and developed the Enhanced CD. Prior to working in technology Mr. Galuten was a musician and record producer. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations for Film, Theatre and on record have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.

 

Michael Alexander, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry: Michael Alexander has more than 30 years of systems development experience in all aspects of the information technology business. Currently, Alexander is global solutions architect for SPST (service provider strategic transformation) in IBM's global telecom solutions. He consults with clients globally as an NGN telco subject matter expert  (SME) and as a technical leader in VoIP solutions. In addition, Alexander is responsible for the development of telco technical NGN and specifically for VoIP solutions developed by IBM for U.S. clients AT&T, BellSouth, Qwest, SBC & Verizon. He was previously  the IT architect profession executive and enterprise architecture practice lead for business innovation services, Australia/New Zealand. Before joining IBM, Alexander was technical partner & chief architect in the solutions integration practice at AT&T Solutions. He was responsible for the development of solution architectures that ensured successful engagements with all clients. Previously, Alexander worked at Unisys for 22 years and was the chief architect for Unisys' global systems integration practice. He has previously spoken on digital media topics at TM Forum Americas and TM Forum Nice.

 

Nick Soares, Chief Executive Officer, GoDigital: Nick started out producing feature films and receiving worldwide distribution for Ghost Game, CULT, and A Brush with Death. However, receiving no returns on the investment due to the loop holes in tradition distribution contracts Nick set out to change the industry. After many attempts Nick created a successful distribution company called DiGi Distribution which was offering a 70% gross deals, however Nick wanted to do more for he industry. After finding out about Distribber, a IndieGoGo company that allows filmmakers to retain 100% of revenue, he successfully negotiated a deal to acquire Distribber from IndieGoGo.com Nick Soares is currently the CEO of Distribber and Founder of CineVolt.com a online VOD website that allows filmmakers to sell their films to fans while keeping 100% of revenue. It is the first platform to offer 100% of revenue to filmmakers and for the first time in history filmmakers receive engagement data allowing them to improve on their next film by seeing the exact moments where viewers loose interest in their film. In 2014 Nick led his team at Distribber to deploy the worlds most advanced sales stats for iTunes revenue. Many iTunes Approved aggregators followed Nick's footsteps with development in visual sales reports, however Distribber has continued to lead the way. Nick also played a pivotal role in convincing Netflix Inc to start working with fee based aggregators in order to democratize film distribution. In 2015 the assets of Distribber were acquired by GoDigital, Inc. which also owns Amplify Releasing. Sept 10th of 2015 Nick released for the first time in history a tool that can help filmmakers view their films on platforms before they go live. The emulators provide a visual element that can help filmmaker re-organize their metadata to offer a better user experience for the platform audience. Nick became CEO of GoDigital, Inc. Jan 2016

 

Bruce David Eisen is a veteran entertainment attorney and media executive.  Eisen’s legal practice focuses on the intersection of new and traditional media whose clients include Shout! Factory, Brainstorm Media, Rubicon Entertainment, Random Media and Hollywood Media Bridge, among others. Recent services include providing production legal services for an upcoming Chiller network movie, providing out-sourced legal and business affairs services that includes drafting and negotiating distribution agreements with various entities including Hulu, Redbox, iN DEMAND,  Amazon, PlayStation Network and Vimeo; structuring and drafting development and writer agreements as well as  drafting and negotiating content acquisition agreements.  Other recent activities include M&A legal work representing the seller of an entertainment company as well as the seller of a music library, each of which sold for seven figures. From 2009 through 2012 Eisen was the Vice President Online Content Development & Strategy for DISH Network where he negotiated agreements with most of the major television networks on behalf of DISH, licensing over 20,000 television shows for distribution and acquiring on-demand rights from the major Hollywood studios including VOD/EST/SVOD rights for distribution of their content across multiple platforms including set-top boxes, DishOnline.com, iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Eisen was one of the principals who started CinemaNow in 1999 and, as the company’s general counsel, negotiated financing for the company in excess of $40 million, negotiated CinemaNow’s agreements with over 200 content licensors including all of the major Hollywood studios as well as agreements with local ISPs, portals and film distributors to bring CinemaNow to the U.K., the Netherlands, Taiwan, Philippines, Latin America, and Singapore.  In addition, Eisen was instrumental in creating CinemaNow Japan, Inc., an affiliated entity that raised over $15 million in funding. Eisen structured the strategy and business aspects of CinemaNow’s technology requirements to enable the efficient, cost-effective distribution of content on a worldwide, video-on-demand basis and, in that regard, licensed all required technology including agreements for content delivery network services, data services, data hosting, geo-targeting, recommendation engines, web analytics, network storage  and customer relation management with companies such as Akamai, Limelight, Savvis, Intel, Qwest, RightNow Technologies and WebSideStory. Eisen started his career as the head of Legal and Business Affairs for Trimark Pictures where his responsibilities included negotiating the company’s distribution agreements with companies including the Walt Disney Company, Miramax, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Columbia Pictures, HBO and others.   Eisen also negotiated and drafted Trimark’s development agreements as well as its production legal agreements including those with such talent as Samuel L. Jackson, Renee Zelweger, Peter Jackson and Jim Belushi.  In addition, Eisen structured the company’s relationships with the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America and was instrumental in negotiating Trimark’s $25 million line of credit with Bank of America and Trimark’s $75 million line of credit with The Chase Manhattan Bank as well as numerous production financing agreements with various lenders and bond companies. 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.