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Digital Hollywood
Wednesday, October 31st
10:45 AM - Noon
Track IV:
The NexGen Entertainment Home Experience - From the Smart & Connected TV to the PVR, Set-Top & PC Experience
The home entertainment experience is about one basic idea - to deliver more and varied media-rich content to the consumer - giving consumers what they want, when they want it. But the battle for this consumer sector is about to assert itself as a competition of technologies, more complicated than the older battle of the home PC vs. the TV. This is a world containing a new generation of TV sets, HD and games devices, wirelessly connected homes with connected PCs as well as a host of set-top box and DVR options. The next generation of home entertainment hardware, software and services will come into battle delivering HDTV, Internet, music, games, movies, plus innovative two-way communication and telephony services. This battle for the home will be a tremendous victory for both the consumer, the technology industries as well as for the entertainment industry. It presents the simple proposition that offering the consumer more and richer services in a competitive environment is the perfect formula for success.
Jim Strothmann, Director, Product Strategy & Management, Home Entertainment Initiatives, Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Michael Wood, Consumer Solutions and Platform Manager, Digital Media Group, AMD
Ellis Lindsay, Director, North American Strategy, Alcatel-Lucent
Mike Spilo, VP of Engineering, Multimedia Products, NETGEAR
Brian Hofstetter, Director Connected Products, Zoran
Roger Gregory, Marketing Director of the Telco and Operator group, NXP Semiconductors
Rick Doherty, co-founder and Director, The Envisioneering Group, Moderator

Jim Strothmann, Director, Product Strategy & Management, Home Entertainment Initiatives, Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company: Jim Strothmann is Director, Product Strategy & Management, for Home Entertainment Initiatives at Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company. In his role, Jim is responsible for managing and charting the future course of the digital video delivery platforms which include the Explorer 8000 and 8000HD Home Entertainment Servers and the MCP-100 DVR with DVD player and recorder. Prior to coming to Scientific Atlanta in 2004, Jim held various engineering and marketing positions at Thomson Consumer Electronics (RCA, GE, and ProScan brands), including Hardware Design Manager for RCA DVD Players and system engineer for DirecTV video decoders. He later managed worldwide connectivity for Thomson digital televisions. Jim began his career working for IBM as a design engineer in Lexington, KY.He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1990, and an MBA from Indiana University in 1999.

Michael Wood, Manager, Consumer Solutions and Platform, AMD: Michael Wood is the Consumer Solutions and Platform Manager for AMD’s Digital Media Group. Prior to joining AMD in 2006, Mr. Wood was Chief Operating Officer and Principal Consultant for Cogentic, where he led the company in developing its consumer electronics, media, and entertainment technology platforms. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wood held a variety of senior-level positions in consumer electronics product management with such companies as the Zoran Corporation, C-Cube Microsystems, and Intel. Michael Wood holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University.

Ellis Lindsay, Director, North American Strategy, Alcatel-Lucent: Ellis Lindsay leads the Connected Home activities for Alcatel-Lucent's North American Strategy Group and is based in Canada at Alcatel-Lucent's Ottawa, Ontario Campus. As the Connected Home lead, Mr. Lindsay is Alcatel-Lucent's primary liaison to the consumer electronics and home control communities. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. Lindsay was Associate Director, Consumer Services Development at Bell Canada where he was instrumental in the development of Bell Canada's Voice over IP services capabilities. His contributions to Bell Canada's communications technology and application strategies bring a wealth of integrated services knowledge and experience to the organization. Prior to Bell Canada, Mr. Lindsay was Director of Strategic Alliances for Ubiquity Software, a SIP infrastructure company, where he built key business relationships with service providers and solution partners. Joining Ubiquity in 2001, he was an early participant in the evolution of SIP products and implementations within the service provider community. Mr. Lindsay has also worked as a consultant to communications product companies, and early in his career, Mr. Lindsay gained extensive experience in the Consumer and Enterprise software markets at Corel Corporation and Cognos Inc. where he held Product Management roles. Mr. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Brian Hofstetter, Director Connected Entertainment, Zoran Corporation: Brian Hofstetter, with over 20 years experience in the electronic creation and delivery systems industries, currently directs the Connected Entertainment strategic initiative for Zoran Corporation. Since joining Zoran in 2000, he has served in multiple management and product marketing roles, defining new video and audio products for global consumer electronics markets. Prior to moving to the semiconductor industry, he worked in the motion picture and recording product industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Roger Gregory, Marketing Director of the Telco and Operator group, NXP Semiconductors: Roger Gregory is the marketing director of the Telco and Operator group within the Home business unit at NXP Semiconductors. In this role he is responsible for the global marketing and business development for IP STB, satellite pay system STB solutions and wireless audio products. Roger Gregory begin his career at Philips Semiconductors in 1994, as an engineer, becoming a systems architect for Philips' optical drive solutions based in Southampton, U.K. In 2000 he became the international marketing manager DVD Recoding systems. Following a year in corporate strategy Roger moved to the U.S. in 2005 to assume his current position. Roger holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Salford, England

Richard Doherty is a co-founder and Director of The Envisioneering Group - a two-decade old Seaford, NY Technology Assessment and Market Research Corporation. Before that, for thirteen years, Doherty was the Senior Technology Writer for Electronic Engineering Times, where he remains a guest columnist. Doherty is an electro-physicist who has garnered more than a dozen U.S. patents in computing, communications, medical electronics, high performance tooling and consumer electronics industry sectors along with dozens of international patents. During Doherty's 32 year career he has been Director of the Urban Vehicle Design Group at Pratt Institute, an engineer for Data General Corp., Chief Engineer of Lourdes Industries, Inc., founder and President of Optronic Labs and since 1983, co-founder and Director of The Envisioneering Group. There, he directs laboratory testing of technologies, products and services, oversees publication of the Envisioneering Newsletter, market research reports and provides senior executive counsel on market development and intellectual property protection, portfolio management and licensing opportunities. Doherty's prime focus is on researching and articulating the impact of advanced digital technologies, services, products, industry initiatives and standards efforts on consumers, industry and society. Doherty is a 31 year member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is active with its Biomedical Engineering, Solid State Circuits Society , Consumer Electronics Society, Broadcast Engineering, Magnetic Technology Society, Technology & Social Policy and other I.E.E.E. societies. This is his eleventh year as a planning director for the International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Doherty is also a member of the Society for Information Display, Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and many other technology & professional business industry associations. In addition, Doherty has been a co-chair of, and presently sits on several cross industry standards associations and technical working groups, spanning consumer digital electronics, communications, digital media and computing architecture definition groups. He is called upon by the industry to organize and chair panels at trade conferences and technical symposia more than a dozen times each year. Amongst his many industry awards, Doherty has been cited by the International Television Association for his many years of technology coverage of digital video design and engineering trends, and is the writer most cited by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment for detailed features on the evolution of America's Digital TV system. Doherty also assisted Dr. Richard Feynman, NASA and Congressional researchers in the Shuttle Challenger accident investigation at the Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center and many NASA contractor sites. In 2003, Doherty was nominated to and accepted a multi-year position on the Presidential Medal of Technology Award Selection Committee, reporting to the White House and Department of Commerce. Acting as an independent resource on the impact of digital and internet technologies on the consumer, society and business, Doherty is quoted frequently for his opinions on new technologies by CNN, CNBC, Fox News and by numerous American and international industry trade and daily business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Newsday and the San Jose Mercury News. Doherty is married and resides in Seaford, NY with his wife and two daughters.