|Thursday, March 30
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
IP Video, Broadband Connectivity, Broadband Wireless, Datacasting and other Technologies Enabling the Transformation of Entertainment
Broadband video to the home is the next major phase of development in the evolution of the digital entertainment industries. Creating the infrastructure and identifying the technologies for the next broadband video pipe is a challenge that could reinvent the content industry and enable thousands of content providers with direct access to the consumer. How the technology industries manage this step forward is still an open question. There are a number of completing options. While this is not a zero-sum game, in this session we will hear from a number of the providers of solutions, from the IP Video, Wireless, DSMCC to Datacasting enablers.
David Yates, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, Arroyo
Sam Pemberton, president and CEO of Softel-USA
Seth Kenvin, VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate Development, BigBand Networks
Scott Dougall, Director of Content Delivery Software, SkyStream
Jeff Porter, Vice President, Product Marketing, Netopia
Joseph Dellinger, Vice President, Sales, IMAKE
Donald A. Jasko, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Economics, Moderator
Seth Kenvin is vice president of strategic marketing and corporate development for BigBand Networks. He manages the companys corporate and product communications, as well as strategic transactions such as financings and acquisitions. Kenvin joined BigBand Networks from the venture capital firm Cedar Fund, and was involved in the founding of both organizations. Previously, he was a venture capitalist for Venrock Associates, an editor for The Red Herring magazine, and an investment banker for Bear, Stearns & Co. Kenvin holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Stanford University. He serves as treasurer and a board member for the Silicon Valley / Pacific Northwest chapter of the Cable & Telecommunications Association of Marketing (CTAM).
Sam Pemberton is President & CEO of California company Softel-USA, and as such is responsible for creating the vision and strategic direction for the company. Having worked for the UK-based Softel Group, in a number of pivotal strategic roles, Sam span off Softel-USA in 2001 to dedicate his energy to the Americas. Since start-up Softel-USAs XDS division has become the de facto supplier of caption and XDS preparation technology for North America, as well as a leading supplier of transmission equipment to that sector. Meanwhile, Softel-USAs iTV division has established a reputation for offering robust, reliable and yet visionary systems to the interactive television market. Sam holds Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and in Economics from Manchester (England) and an MBA from Reading (England). Having opened Softel-USA's Atlantic office in 2003, he lives in Darien, CT with his wife and son.
David Yates, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, Arroyo: David has spent almost 20 years in technology, the last 5 years in the Cable area. Prior to joining Arroyo, David was a Founder and VP Marketing at Atrica Inc., where he led this Metro Ethernet Company to gaining deployment at several major MSOs. He joined Atrica from 3Com where he was Vice President and General Manager of a $50 million division. Earlier in his career, David was Vice President at OnStream, which was sold to 3Com for $250 million and Director of Product Management at Wellfleet Communications, one of the early leaders in the routing market. David has written and spoken widely about networking technology and was one of the authors of the widely implemented ATM Data Exchange Interface specification. David received his BA with First Class Honours from Oxford University and MBA and MA degrees from Harvard
Jeff Porter, Vice President, Product Marketing, joined Netopia in July 1991 as Inside Sales Representative. Mr. Porter was appointed Vice President, Timbuktu Marketing in November 1999, and he became Vice President, Web Platform Marketing in November 2000. He was appointed to his current position in October 2001. He previously held various sales positions at Logitech Corp. Mr. Porter received a bachelors degree in management science from the University of California at San Diego in 1986.
Joseph Dellinger, Vice President of Sales, IMAKE: Joseph Dellinger is responsible for overseeing IMAKE's sales team and growing sales of the IMAKE product line which provides Video On Demand and interactive media solutions for the cable television, telecommunications and entertainment industries. Before joining IMAKE, Dellinger held senior engineering and sales positions at AT&T and QStar and served in senior executive positions with Schumann Security Software, Fortel, iTempus and CDEX Inc. in operations, sales and marketing. Dellinger holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Scott Dougall is the Director of Content Delivery Software for SkyStream, where he is responsible for all of the design, development and marketing of the zBand suite of software. Scott joined the company in 1999, bringing a lifelong experience in the broadcast industry, and years of experience in Software Development. Prior to joining SkyStream, Scott was the President and founder of Varuna Software, a Canadian based company that he founded to explore the future of broadcast. This research resulted in the development of the Jetstream Data Broadcast System, a System for managing the aggregation and broadcast of computer based media. SkyStream acquired Varuna in September 1999 and all of the employees and products were integrated. Scott now runs the Northern Campus for SkyStream, located in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Scott has an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a joint degree in Computer Science and Economics from Queens University in Canada. Scott also sits on the board of directors of his familys television and radio broadcast companies.
Donald A. Jasko, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Economics, is an attorney by training. He has, for the past twenty years, focused his energies on the economic, technological and legal issues involved in the licensing of creative content. From 1981 through 1997 Don served in various management positions at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), in which he was instrumental in transforming the process by which performance rights in musical compositions are licensed for television broadcast. He was a key participant in the complex music industry negotiations that culminated in the new "per program" license, as well as the development of the process by which music performance and pricing data are exchanged electronically between television broadcasters and performing rights organizations. In 1997 Don resigned from ASCAP to found Digital Economics. In 1998 Don became a major catalyst in the merger of Solana Technology Development Corporation with Aris Technologies, thereby creating Verance Corporation. He joined Verance in 2000 with key product development, marketing, business affairs, and sales responsibilities for Verances digital audio watermark technology in the music and entertainment sectors. He also played a key role in forging international joint ventures. Don returned to the leadership of Digital Economics in October 2001. As Chief Executive Officer, he provides business affairs, publishing administration, license administration and product development services to Digital Economics clients. He also serves as an expert witness in litigation involving the licensing and valuation of creative content. His clients and collaborators include composers and recording artists, publishers, programmers, advertisers, content aggregators, software companies and performance verification services. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and educational programs. Prior to earning his JurisDoctor degree at Seton Hall University School of Law, Don received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude (with a major in Government) from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Program on Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Don has run numerous long-distance races, including two New York Marathons. He is a member of the Soaring Society of America and serves as President of the Association for Psychological Type/Los Angeles.