Matthew C. Blank
Chief Executive Officer
Showtime Networks Inc.
MATTHEW C. BLANK has made a significant and indelible mark on the cable television industry in a career spanning over three decades. Blank has been with Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI) since 1988, assuming the position of President and Chief Operating Officer in 1991, followed by President and CEO, and then Chairman and CEO in 1995. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Marketing, where he oversaw all of the networks’ consumer marketing, creative services and public relations functions. Before joining Showtime Networks, Blank worked for Home Box Office Inc. for 12 years, departing as Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.
Under Blank’s leadership, Showtime Networks has grown from three premium networks, SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX, to include 27 digital channels. SNI has also been a champion for and early adopter of the latest technologies, such as High Definition and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD), providing subscribers with an enhanced viewing experience, along with more choice, convenience and value. During his tenure, Blank has helped transform SHOWTIME into one of the most successful networks in the TV industry. SHOWTIME is the only premium network to have grown subscribers every year for the past nine years, currently with 23 million subscribers.
Blank is active in numerous industry organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and The Cable Center. Last year, he was honored by the Center for Communication with the Dr. Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communications. He was inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Cable Center Hall of Fame in 2009. He has garnered numerous industry awards, including the NCTA’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Leadership in 2008. From CTAM (the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) in 2003, Blank received the Grand TAM Award, that organization’s highest honor. In March 2004, he was honored by Cable Positive with the Joel A. Berger Award for his contribution to the fight against AIDS.
Blank has also been honored by a number of other non-profit organizations. In 2001, he was the recipient of People for the American Way Foundation’s prestigious “Spirit of Liberty” award at its 17th annual gala. In 2003, he was honored with the UJA-Federation of NY’s Entertainment Media & Communications Division Award, and in 2004 he was presented with the Lifetime Visionary Award by the Israel Film Festival. In 2006, The T. Howard Foundation honored him for his and Showtime Networks’ efforts in support of diversity. In 2007, Blank was honored by The Innocence Project for the SHOWTIME production of the award-winning documentary AFTER INNOCENCE, which made a significant contribution to advancing an understanding of the plight of the wrongfully convicted.
Blank has been a Trustee of the Harlem Children’s Zone for almost 20 years. He also serves as a Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Blank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College. He resides in New York City with his wife, Susan McGuirk, and their children, Meredith and Gordon.
Jessica Reif Cohen
Senior Media and Entertainment Analyst
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
Jessica Reif Cohen is senior media and entertainment analyst at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She joined the firm in 1994 as Managing Director and her primary coverage includes the cable/satellite, filmed entertainment, broadcasting and cable programming industries.
Previous affiliations include Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. where she was a Managing Director, First Boston Corporation, Credit Lyonnais (CL Global Partners) and Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder. Cohen is frequently quoted in trade and business media and is widely recognized as a leading media and entertainment analyst in Greenwich Research. She has been recognized in Institutional Investor polls for cable, entertainment and broadcasting for over fifteen years, and has been number one in at least one category fourteen times and is now in the Institutional Investor Hall of Fame.
Cohen is a member of NYSSA splinter group, Media and Entertainment Analysts of New York (MEANY), the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), the Museum of Television and Radio (MT&R) (now known as the Paley Center), and The National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE).
She majored in marketing and received her BS from New York University where she was awarded Beta Gamma Sigma. She also received her MBA from New York University majoring in finance and international business.
Italia Commisso Weinand
Executive Vice President, Programming & Human Resources
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Italia Commisso Weinand is one the most prominent female executives in the cable industry. Since joining Mediacom Communications as its third employee, Italia has worked alongside her brother and fellow Hall of Famer, Rocco B. Commisso, to build Mediacom into the nation’s eigth-largest MSO with nearly 1.3 million subscribers across 22 states and more than $1.6 billion in annual revenue.
As the company embarked on a series of major acquisitions, Italia’s insight and experience proved to be invaluable. She established the company’s early operations, human resources, marketing and programming policies. Understanding Mediacom needed to attract and retain an employee workforce of dedicated and proficient individuals, she developed a family-oriented corporate culture based on fairness, diversity and career growth. It is a policy that has paid off, as Mediacom has grown from less than 20 employees in 1996 to more than 4,700 today.
Her reputation as a groundbreaker and risk-taker is an inspiration to those who work with her. Likewise, her business acumen has contributed to Mediacom delivering on its promise to close the digital divide by providing broadband-based video, data and voice services to America’s smaller cities and towns. As a leader on programming issues and a former board member of NCTC, she has fought for economic fairness while building a Mediacom video brand comparable to the largest MSOs.
Italia began her 37-year cable career at Time Warner, and worked for Comcast immediately prior to becoming a founding member of Mediacom. Throughout her professional life, she has committed herself to numerous charitable causes including Habitat for Humanity, Hope Through Care, Lake Drive School of the Deaf and the Knights of Columbus. A Cable TV Pioneer and Wonder Woman, she serves on the board of the Cable Center, the Emma Bowen Foundation and Mediacom Communications Corp., and is a past member of Cable Positive and WICT. Italia attended Elizabeth Seton College and Fordham University.
She has been married to George Weinand for 24 years and is the mother of a teenage son, John, two stepsons and three step-grandchildren.
SVP, Sponsorship Integration and Business Development
Turner Sports Ad Sales
Will Funk is senior vice president of Sponsorship Integration and Business Development for Turner Sports Ad Sales, overseeing multi-screen sponsorship activation for Turner Sports’ properties and league partners. Based in New York, he reports to Jon Diament, executive vice president, Turner Sports Ad Sales.
Funk leads a team of innovative specialists who work with advertisers and their agencies to develop marketing activations and long-term advertising partnerships. With multi-platform coverage spanning NBA All Star Weekend, NBA Playoffs, MLB Playoffs, NASCAR Summer Series, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, PGA Championship and more, the team also executes against 89 NCAA Championships, while co-managing the NCAA Corporate Champion and Partner program, alongside CBS.
Previously, Funk was senior vice president of NCAA Partnerships and Branded Programming, a group which he continues to oversee in his current role. Within this role, Funk manages Turner/CBS NCAA sales and services teams who develop integrated marketing solutions for clients around all 89 NCAA Championships, including March Madness, College World Series, Frozen Four, Lacrosse and 19 other NCAA sports. In addition, Funk manages NCAA media sales across March Madness coverage on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, March Madness Live on Broadband and Mobile, NCAA.com, BleacherReport.com and CBSSports.com. Under Funk’s leadership over the last several years, the NCAA marketing program has added new partners, secured high profile renewals and substantially increased rights and media revenue. Funk is also responsible for the development of branded sports content on TNT and TBS, and as part of the partnership, the production and sales of five hours of programming on CBS each year.
Funk was previously senior vice president of Turner Sports Sponsorships and Sales, leading the sales, marketing and promotions efforts for Turner Sports, which included the NBA on TNT and NBA.com, MLB on TBS, NASCAR on TNT and NASCAR.COM, PGA Championship on TNT, PGATour.com and PGA.com. Prior to joining Turner, Funk was Senior Director of Global Media Programs at the NBA where he was responsible for all domestic media sales as well as marketing partner business development. While at the NBA, he pioneered new revenue generating promotional partnerships with advertisers and the league’s television partners. He also worked at Madison Square Garden as an account manager where he was responsible for ad sales and marketing partnerships across MSG, Fox Sports New York, Knicks, Rangers and Radio City Music Hall.
Funk was recently elected to the Board of the Atlanta Tip-Off Club, which is responsible for awarding the Naismith Trophy annually to the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Players of the Year. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
SVP, Group Director, Video
VP of Advertising Market Development
John Boland is VP of Advertising Market Development for ARRIS – headquartered in Suwanee, GA. John has been in the Broadcast & Cable video market for almost 30 years the last 20 years in the cable advertising business
Having held a variety of senior positions at Texscan, SkyConnect, nCUBE and C-COR, John has been at the forefront of cable advertising technology and has helped usher in several new developments including digital ad insertion in the mid-nineties, Video on Demand, VOD advertising, Switched Digital Broadcast and, more recently interactive and addressable advertising and campaign management. He has overseen several large advertising projects including the multi-MSO rollout of ARRIS’ GigE DPI transition in 2005-06, a number of international OnDemand systems in Europe and ARRIS’ zone-based linear consolidation of the largest MSO’s over the past 4 years.
John holds a business degree from Concordia University in Montreal where he majored in Marketing and Finance.
Chief Technology Officer
John Vartanian is Chief Technology Officer for iN DEMAND. Mr. Vartanian manages technology, IT, broadcast operations, post production and distribution for the industry’s top transactional content distributor. Its product portfolio includes SD, HD and 3D Video On Demand (VOD), live Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, linear PPV channels, major league sports packages, subscription VOD content and multiplatform products. The company serves most of the top providers in North America and beyond.
Mr. Vartanian’s tenure in cable television includes 11 years at HBO and five years with Warner Amex Cable. He was elected to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Board of Directors from 1994-2000 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1995-1997. Mr. Vartanian holds an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Chief Revenue Officer
Pete Moran, eMediaTRADE’s Chief Revenue Officer brings a wealth of experience to the company most recently as CEO of a leading Social Media Analytics firm, General Sentiment. He is a proven innovative sales and marketing executive with 30+ years of experience at large and small media and technology companies. As an industry specialist, he has exhibited successful leadership in advertising sales for three cable MVPDs, a cable network and a variety of advanced advertising, direct marketing and Internet-based businesses, especially those focused on social media. His entrepreneurial nature has led to a strong track record in sales, marketing and organizational development. A focus on business integrity and a unique ability to place companies’ many moving parts in their proper places by forging partnerships, building consensus and leading by example helped build his solid reputation in the media and advertising industries.
After spending 12 years with Cablevision, building up a variety of ad sales businesses and driving record revenues in local, regional and national spots, Pete turned to his entrepreneurial side to lead SkyConnect’s entrance into the digital ad insertion business. While there, he pioneered the nation’s first online TV ad buy/sell system: AdVergence. He then developed a highly successful advanced advertising platform for MediaOne, bringing Addressable and iTV advertising to the forefront. That experience gave him the opportunity to found an advanced advertising company, Darcy Interactive Media, which served such clients as Encoda Systems, Across Media Networks, Visible World and Modern Solution. He then joined Collective Intellect, a social media analytics firm where he built a foundational sales platform from the ground up. Before coming to General Sentiment, Pete managed ad sales for WealthTV. He will be based in NY on expanding the company’s presence among Programmers, Stations and Ad Agencies.
A proud father of four, Pete lives in Long Beach, NY and graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University.
Barbara Bellafiore is a media and entertainment consultant and President of Bell Communications. Her work focuses on bringing together key media industry players through high-level strategic negotiations and content-licensing; on developing new content and digital products in sports, entertainment, and news; and in driving traffic and audiences for publishers and advertisers.
Her background spans traditional media, including HBO and Showtime; big data including D&B; and a range of digital startups including CEO of The Executive Channel, an early online video company; CMO of Sandbox Sports, the first online fantasy sports venture; and serving on the Advisory Board of match.com.
Barbara ran the industry’s first-ever online newsroom at Prodigy, where she won that company’s highest award. She has been instrumental in introducing online media to the television industry and in the rollout of broadband connectivity. Barbara is well-known in the cable industry, where she and her teams have won a range of top awards in Program Excellence, Marketing and PR. Barbara served on the Executive Board of Women in Cable and Telecommunications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
She holds a Masters in Communications Policy from McGill University; has completed Executive Programs in Finance and Marketing at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School; and graduated from the University of Buffalo’s English and Theater program, where she also won the university’s top writing award. Based in Greenwich, CT, she has served on School Boards there, the Executive Board of the League of Women voters, and is an active sailor chairing a women’s sailing program in CT. Sports? Ask her about the Miracle on Ice game.
Barbara.email@example.com Tel 203-981-3559
Vice President Adverting Operations
Todd Barkes possesses over 20 years of deep broadcast workflow expertise and operational acumen. Having managed broadcast operations and staff, Barkes learned quickly that technology can drive media company innovation—or drive people crazy. It’s all about the workflows! As Vice President, Advertising Operations for YANGAROO, Barkes works with both the company’s agency/production clients and its broadcast destinations to maximize technology implementation and integration. In addition, his team is responsible for client services and support.
Prior to joining YANGAROO, Barkes has extensive product management, client support, and project management experience from both VCI Solutions (a Traffic, Billing, and Automation Software provider since acquired by Wide Orbit) and Harris Broadcast Communications. Barkes started his career in broadcast operations and production as the Operations Manager for Northwest Cable News and KHQ-TV. Barkes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television from Eastern Washington University.
Executive Vice President and General Manager – Entertainment, News & Sports
Marc DeBevoise is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive’s Entertainment, News and Sports division. In this role, he oversees CBSi’s leading sites including CBS.com, CBSNews.com and CBSSports.com. DeBevoise is also responsible for CBSi’s digital content distribution strategies, and the development of both original and show-based digital video content, applications and games.
DeBevoise joined CBSi from premium subscription service Starz, where he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Business Development and Strategy. At Starz DeBevoise was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. He also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.
Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.
DeBevoise has been recognized as one of Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People” for 2013, AlwaysOn’s “Power Players in Digital Media” for 2013, Home Media magazine’s “Digital Drivers” for 2011, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” for 2010, and Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” for 2009.
He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, on the Executive Council for Internet Week New York, and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.
He received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. He lives in New York City along with his wife and their two children.
Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Business Development
Dan Suratt is Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Business Development, A+E Networks, a position he held at Lifetime Networks beginning in June 2006 until its acquisition by A+E Networks in 2009. Based in New York, he reports to Nancy Dubuc, President & CEO, A+E Networks.
Suratt, who has won six Emmy® Awards, is responsible for all strategic, operational and editorial functions, business development efforts and digital distribution negotiations for A+E Networks, as well as the broadband and mobile elements of A&E, History, H2, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and BIO. Suratt leads many of A+E Networks’ digital partnerships with content aggregators and other digital delivery services, including Hulu and YouTube.
Suratt has led the charge of the TV Everywhere movement for A+E Networks on digital platforms including launches of the HISTORY, Lifetime and A&E apps on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, Roku, Xbox 360, and Apple TV in the past year. To date, the apps have been downloaded over 13 million times. Under Suratt’s leadership, A+E Networks tripled site traffic to more than 58 million monthly video views, emerged as a leader in social games with properties like Pawn Stars: The Game – played more than 450 million times on Facebook, established the Lifetime Moms blog network, executed numerous industry-leading social TV campaigns and garnered several Webby Award nominations and an induction into the Apple iPad Hall of Fame. Suratt was named to Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40 list in 2011, CableFAX’s Digital Hot List in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Broadcasting & Cable’s 2013 Digital All-Star list.
Prior to joining Lifetime, Suratt was Vice President, Business and New Media Development at NBC Olympics, a position he held through the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, and the 2006 Winter Olympics Games in Torino, Italy. In this role, Suratt was responsible for all of NBC Olympics’ business and new media development opportunities, strategy and operations, including developing partnerships and new media initiatives across media ranging from ESPN.com, Google and About.com to DirecTV, Echostar and TV Guide Channel. He also created both sponsored and non-sponsored programming and branding concepts for on-air execution for NBC Olympics’ ad sales team.
Suratt joined NBC in 1995 as the lead Production Associate for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He also held positions as Director of Business Development and as Producer for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, and 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Winter Games, he managed and booked the Olympic Medals Plaza musical acts, featuring marquee performances from the Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow and ‘N Sync, and dubbed “the hottest ticket” around by USA Today and Access Hollywood.
After the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, Suratt worked on the 1997 and 1998 NBA on NBC regular and post-season productions – earning an Emmy for the 1997 NBA on NBC Finals coverage – and the 1997 National League Championship Series and World Series broadcasts. He also developed and executed programming for special events, including the 2001 NBA Finals U2 Live performance and The Weakest Link special episode during halftime. Suratt began his career with the NBA in 1993.
Suratt graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He serves on the board of the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and acts as an advisor to a number of early stage startups, including Flingo, Broadcastr and Collector’s Quest. He currently lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, with his wife and two sons.
James J. Ackerman
James Ackerman is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience worldwide in leading advanced media companies. He was named Executive Chairman of Broadway Systems, a leading provider of software technology for cable television and IPTV networks, in September 2013. Broadway’s clients include Scripps Networks (Food, HGTV, etc.), Fox News, BBC America and dozens of others.
Prior to joining Broadway Systems, Mr. Ackerman served as the President and CEO of Documentary Channel. During his tenure (May 2009 to October 2012), Mr. Ackerman led the company to sustainable profitability that resulted in its sale to Participant Media.
In February 2005, Mr. Ackerman founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment and digital media companies. In September 2008, Mr. Ackerman launched Spinnaker Media Fund I, a Delaware LP, for which he serves as General Partner.
From April 2001 to May 2004, Mr. Ackerman served as Chief Executive Officer of OpenTV Corp (NASDAQ), having previously served as the company’s President and COO. During Ackerman’s career with OpenTV (August 2000 to December 2004), he led the company through a change in control ownership and the acquisition and integration of two publicly traded competitors and managed the company through a transition from a pure software vendor to one of the world’s leading providers of advanced interactive television technologies, applications, and services.
Prior to OpenTV, from October 1995 to August 2000, Ackerman was with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB). He served in various capacities including Chief Executive Officer of British Interactive Broadcasting (a venture between BSkyB and BT) where he was responsible for the launch of the world’s first comprehensive interactive television service as part of Sky Digital. Mr. Ackerman also served as Managing Director of Sky Ventures, responsible for managing Sky’s portfolio of joint venture owned channels, including the British versions of Nickelodeon, Paramount Comedy Channel, History Channel, The National Geographic Channel and QVC.
Prior to this, he was Vice President of International Business Development at A&E Television Networks, resulting in the launch of the History Channel in the UK and Latin America. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Program Development for Hearst Entertainment, following his positions as Director of Original Programming for The Family Channel and an Account Supervisor at Grey Advertising.
Today, Ackerman and his family live in Los Angeles, CA. Ackerman is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
SVP, TV Product Development and Strategy
NBCUniversal Digital Distribution
Chip Canter, SVP, TV Product Development and Strategy, NBCUniversal Digital Distribution is responsible for managing the TV Product Development and Strategy for NBCU’s cable network portfolio, the network-owned NBC and Telemundo stations, and Olympic content on cable and broadband. Canter has been instrumental in the design and development of NBCU’s TV Everywhere product line across VOD and linear simulcast for both distribution to MVPD partners as well as NBCU’s websites and applications.
DJ Cavanaugh has over 25 years of extensive experience with national media companies and is a recognized industry leader in the area of strategic sales management, advertising sales growth, and media CRM. He currently serves as the CEO of Matrix Solutions, a CRM & Sales Intelligence Software provider. DJ joined the company in 2000, after being an early user and advocate of their product. Before joining Matrix DJ held roles in both Radio and TV as Director of Sales for CBS Radio, Sales Manager for KDKA-TV, and Account Executive for WTAE-TV. In these roles DJ was responsible for managing special NTR projects like the nationally renowned For Kids Sake campaign and negotiated pre-season NFL broadcast rights all while developing sales strategies, directing the sales team and experiencing significant revenue growth. His experience working within multiple media platforms coupled with his passion for sales and vision for the future are helping to innovate the way media companies monetize revenue across platforms. DJ holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chief Digital Officer
Kelly Day is the Chief Digital Officer of AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global teen/tween audience, which is responsible for one of the most subscribed to teen destinations on YouTube. AwesomenessTV was acquired by DreamWorks Animation in May 2013 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary that continues to operate independently. Day joined in February 2014.
Prior to her current position, Day served as CEO of venture-backed Blip Networks, leading the company’s evolution from an online video platform for independent producers to a multi-platform media company. At Blip, she forged numerous strategic partnerships with top Hollywood and independent studios, and digital distributors such as YouTube, AOL and Yahoo. She led the development of a new suite of mobile, tablet and OTT apps for iOS, Android, Kindle, Xbox and Roku, establishing Blip as the go-to digital network for quality creators. In 2013, she sold Blip to Maker Studios, one of the top YouTube Multichannel Networks.
Day’s expertise in digital media and commerce makes her a sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of television, the evolution of online business models, and the disruption of traditional businesses through emerging technology. She has spoken at numerous industry events, including CES and Digital Hollywood, and is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Ad Age and Variety.
Before Blip, Day led the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, including the company’s sixteen U.S. websites, E-Commerce Operations, Licensing, and Home Entertainment. Day was responsible for developing and executing long-term strategies to drive the growth of these businesses through innovative offerings that leveraged the company’s television and digital assets to grow digital audience and user engagement, and increase product sales. While leading this business, Day was credited with delivering record-breaking growth and bottom-line value for the division.
Prior to joining Discovery, Day served as Vice President of E-Commerce at The Knot, the leading wedding media company, where she spearheaded their e-commerce business and developed partnerships with major retailers, such as Target and Macy’s. Prior to that, she held a variety of E-Commerce positions at AOL, most recently as Executive Director of AOL Shopping, with responsibility for developing new products and platforms at a time when online shopping was becoming a powerful disruptive force in the retail industry.
In addition to her professional life, Day is married and has two daughters.
Chairman and CEO
Bill Dodd serves as chairman and CEO of DIRECPATH, one of the nation’s leading multifamily triple play providers. He led DIRECPATH to become the nation’s number one Internet provider in the MDU private cable operator industry. He is currently leading DIRECPATH toward the development of integrated IPTV and OTT video offerings in specialized market segments.
Prior, Dodd served as president and COO of Biltmore Communications, where he led the company’s strategy to launch the nation’s first IPTV offering in a multifamily community. As a pioneer in IPTV, Dodd’s efforts led the nation in MDU IPTV deployments until he sold the company to DIRECPATH in 2007. Before joining Biltmore Communications, Dodd cofounded and served as president and COO of Open Point Networks to address the critical need for regional “roaming” among high-speed wireless data networks and served as its president and COO until its sale in 2003 to Biltmore Communications. Prior, he cofounded and served as chairman and CEO of Blue Rock, which was later sold to Israeli-based RichFX, which specialized in algorithms for streaming computer generated video.
Dodd has served on numerous boards and associations throughout his career. He received his Bachelor of Engineering summa cum laude from The Georgia Institute of Technology and his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Vice President Business Development
Gianluca Ferremi is currently VP Business Development at Motive Television since January 2014. He began working for Motive Television in January 2011 as VP of Sales and Marketing and held the post until December 2013. Before that he held the position of VP of Sales and Marketing at Adecq Digital S.A., owner of the brand Bestv ®, since he joined the company in October 2009. Adecq Digital was acquired by Motive Television in October 2010. Since January 2008, Mr. Ferremi is also an independent strategic consultant at WaterJug, the company he founded with the objective to provide strategic sales and marketing services to companies active in the media, entertainment, and technology space. Before 2008, Mr Ferremi was responsible for developing the worldwide media and entertainment markets for Sun Microsystems, a hardware and technology company based in the United States now part of Oracle. His career at Sun started in 1998 covering a numbers of management positions in the sales and marketing organizations until 2004 when he became Head of Video and Media Business Wordwide. Mr. Ferremi received a Bachelor Degree from the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino and a Master Degree from the Politecnico di Torino. A member of the Society of Industry Leaders, and of Gerson Lehrman Group.
Glen L. Friedman
President and Founder
Ideas & Solutions! Inc.
Ideas & Solutions! works with established and emerging companies developing a proactive business approach and an aggressive marketing strategy to reach client goals. Ideas and Solutions! balances strategy, plans and programs to meet objectives in acquisition, retention, competitive strategy, sales, and operations.
As Principal of Ideas & Solutions! for the past 15+ years, Friedman has thought outside the box on a vast number of assignments. From start-ups to huge conglomerates – including long-running, multiyear engagements with such companies as DIRECTV, Mediacom, Fox, Discovery, Rentrak Corporation and the Saban Capital Group – his insights into marketing and business strategies, as well as the rapidly evolving trends in technology, have been crucial to business success.
For over three decades, Friedman has been on the forefront of major media change with his key involvement in the launch of DIRECTV, XM Satellite Radio, High Speed Internet, television for mobile devices, mobile content measurement and other important technological advances. Most recently Mr. Friedman’s been involved in content distribution and monetization for Internet and mobile platforms.
As an entrepreneur, Friedman recognizes the potential in groundbreaking ideas. When others were denying cord-cutting was a significant issue, Ideas & Solutions! conducted a study that predicted the cord-cutting and OTT trends among 18-29 year-olds that are currently playing out. I&S! also identified and validated the significant demand of Google Fiber prior to its launch in Kansas City and predicted its market success and market pressure for super high-speed Internet through in-market studies. Mr. Friedman’s vision and keen insights accentuate his ability to quickly assess a roadmap for growth for both start-ups and established companies.
Prior to founding Ideas & Solutions!, he served as a communications and entertainment industry executive, developing exceptional strategic thinking with hands-on management skills. When he served as Vice-President of Marketing at DIRECTV, he was responsible for defining the pricing, packaging and marketing for the release of the most successful consumer product ever, the 18” satellite dish.
Earlier in his career, Friedman served as General Manager of Century Cable where he directed technical operations, customer service, IT, marketing, employee/labor relations and government affairs. As the Vice President of Marketing for Manhattan Cable (now Time Warner Cable) he led all marketing, promotions, sales, advertising and programming acquisition, accelerating the growth of one of the largest, most complex cable operations in the country.
Friedman has a B.S., Management and Organizational Behavior from Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He completed the Executive Financial Management Program, University of Denver. He serves as a board member of the Westside YMCA of Los Angeles. He is a member of CTAM, former president CTAM, NYC Chapter, and former vice president Mid-Atlantic CTAM. He also has been recognized as a Cable Pioneer.
Director, Product Line Management, Converged Video Platforms
Moore Macauley is the Director, Product Line Management, Converged Video Platforms, at Harmonic Inc., where he is responsible for directing worldwide product management activities for Harmonic’s multiscreen product portfolio. He has over 15 years of experience in digital video infrastructure. Prior to Harmonic, Moore held various positions at SkyStream Networks focusing on video encoding and IP over DVB solutions. Prior to that, Moore held a Senior Systems Engineering position at British Telecommunications PLC., where he designed the DTTV network in the UK and the delivery of MPEG 2 video services over satellite. Moore obtained a M. Eng and B. Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Chief Executive Officer
Barry Lee Myers has been an integral part and leading force of AccuWeather executive management team for several decades. Since becoming CEO in September 2007 the company has posted the highest grossing years and the largest web and mobile audience growth in the history of the company. He has been responsible for directing the strategic initiatives of the organization and developing many of the company’s acquisitions, major business relationships, and ground-breaking opportunities. Before becoming CEO, Myers was Executive Vice president and General Counsel. He served on the Graduate School faculty at The Pennsylvania State University for 18 years as a member of its nationally recognized Smeal College of Business. Myers has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association, the weather industry’s trade association, since 1990, serving as the industry’s chief government-relations officer. He also has served as advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Weather Service at the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization Meetings in Geneva on several occasions and services as advisor to NOAA. He is recognized as an expert in public/private relationships in the weather and weather media industry worldwide. Myers received his B.S. in business administration and economics from the Smeal School of Business at The Pennsylvania State University and his master’s in business (ABD) there also. His J.D. is from the Boston University School of Law.
Barry Tishgart is Vice President of Comcast Wholesale, a division of Comcast Cable, offering services and technologies to Video Providers, Advertisers, Internet Service Providers and Programmers. In this role, Tishgart oversees all commercial functions of the business including Sales, Service and Product Management.
Comcast Wholesale is a team of content delivery experts. Our people and products deliver thousands of video programs and commercials, dozens of television stations and multiple Terabits of peak Internet Traffic to US audiences every day.
Tishgart has over 20 years’ experience in Wireless, Cable, Internet and Telecommunications sectors in sales, marketing and operations roles. Prior to his Comcast Wholesale appointment, he was Vice President of Internet Product Management for Comcast. Before joining the Comcast in 2007, Tishgart was Vice President of Managed Services at Sprint. While at Sprint, he also led product and marketing for Global Data Services and Wireless Data, and also served as Director of Network Engineering.
Tishgart holds a BBA in Information Systems and Master’s in Business degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
More information about Comcast Wholesale and the wide range of services it offers to third-party customers may be found at www.comcastwholesale.com
Chief Investment Officer
Catherine Warburton is Chief Investment Officer at Assembly, a media agency providing scaled media solutions powered by unique planning and buying technologies. In her role at Assembly, Warburton leads media buying across television, radio, digital video and print. Warburton most recently served as vice president of business development at FOX Sports Media Group. Prior, she held several roles at Universal McCann, most recently as executive vice president, managing partner of U.S. integrated investment, where she managed more than $2 billion multimedia investments for clients such as Sony, L’Oreal, Chrysler and Charles Schwab. Before Universal McCann, Warburton served as senior vice president, associate director of national broadcast at Carat. While there she directly supervised broadcast and network radio teams for clients such as RadioShack, Hyundai and Kia. Warburton started her career at Media Buying Services.
Chief of Staff
Nora Ryan is Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff at EPIX, directing creative, communications and planning for the multi-platform premium network, a joint venture of Viacom and Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM Studios. A member of the team which launched the network in October 2009, she has helped build the brand on television and across all emerging platforms, as EPIX has pioneered the development of TV Everywhere with thousands of movies and original programs available on tablets, game consoles and other connected devices.
She brings deep experience launching television channels and building brands across digital platforms. As Founding President and CEO of Sundance Channel, she negotiated the joint venture, wrote the business plan and launched the network. She was also GM of Much Music USA/Fuse and GM of VOOM HD Networks. She has run business development for both AMC Networks and Showtime Networks and was head of marketing at Showtime, where she expanded the subscriber base 65%, doubling share in the maturing pay TV market. Nora has an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University. She is a board member of A Blue Egg Corporation and a member of CTAM, where she has served on the board and co-chaired its New Revenue Committee.
Richard is a seasoned senior media executive having worked in the industry for more than 25 years. He has held a variety of senior management positions at companies including Yahoo!, Quantcast, The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, Fortune, and Forbes. His achievements range from launching new divisions at Yahoo! to creating customer-driven solutions to drive substantial revenue growth for digital companies. Richard is a results-driven leader with experience in expanding businesses both in the US and across the world.
Acknowledged by The New York Times as a business leader, Richard has been published and quoted in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal and Ad Age, has spoken at dozens of online industry conferences. He’s lobbied on Capitol Hill regarding online advertising and privacy legislation, and lectured on Internet communications at several universities including Harvard.
Most recently, Richard was senior vice president of sales for Quantcast, a leader in the application of big data to real-time media targeting. In this role, he built the direct sales organization. Prior to this,
Richard was chief digital officer for Westwood One, the world’s largest independent radio company. He established and ran the company’s digital monetization strategy and developed more than a dozen online & mobile products for news and entertainment. He also led and managed the acquisition of Sigalert.com.
Previously, he spent five years at Yahoo!, where, as VP of Political Advertising, he led the ad division to become the single largest online display media partner for the 2008 election, and also established Yahoo!’s first category development team for the Business & Finance sector— the company’s single largest category at the time. From 1989 to 1999, Richard held several international sales roles across print, television and digital media at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He was a member of the start-up team of WSJ.com and co-led its expansion into Asia. Richard began his career with the Procter & Gamble company.
Richard has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona, and completed a management education program in product development at the Harvard Business School.