Tom Sherak, L.A. Film Czar, Actor/Producer

December 7, 2013 · Posted in Keynote Speaker, Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Tom Sherak Tom Sherak
Actor/Producer and L.A. Film Czar

Thomas Sherak, whose remarkable career has seen him at the pinnacle of motion picture marketing, distribution and production, is the former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is also consulting for Marvel Studios and Relativity Media.

Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios. In its seven years of operation, Revolution Studios released more than thirty films, including “America’s Sweethearts,” “Black Hawk Down,” “XXX,” “Anger Management,” “Daddy Day Care,” “Hellboy,” “13 Going On 30,” “White Chicks,” “The Forgotten,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” “Are We There Yet?,” “Rent,” “The Benchwarmers,” “Click,” “Rocky Balboa” and “Across the Universe.”

Prior to joining Revolution Studios, Sherak was Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Domestic Film Group. In addition, Sherak served as Senior Executive Vice President of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he was Senior Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox.

At Twentieth Century Fox, Sherak oversaw the distribution and post-production of such films as “Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “True Lies,” “Speed,” “Independence Day,” “Broken Arrow,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “The X-Files,” and “Star Wars: Episode 1–The Phantom Menace.”

In 1990 Sherak was named Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox. Previously, he was President of Domestic Distribution and Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox from May 1983 to September 1984, and again from June 1986 to July 1990. In that position, he supervised the company’s domestic distribution, advertising/publicity/promotion operations and the non-theatrical film division. He has overseen the marketing and distribution of such films as “Romancing the Stone,” “Commando,” “Aliens,” “The Fly,” “Broadcast News,” “Predator,” “Wall Street,” “Die Hard,” “Working Girl,” “The War of the Roses,” “Die Hard 2,” “Home Alone,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Die Hard: With a Vengeance.” Sherak joined Fox from General Cinema, where he was Vice President and head film buyer.

Sherak began his career in the film industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970 where he worked in the New York, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis distribution offices.

He is an active board member of the Southern California Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Fulfillment Fund of Southern California. Serving as Chair for the MS Dinner of Champions gala event for the past 18 years, Sherak has helped raise just under 40 million dollars for multiple sclerosis research and programs. He is a former Chairman of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and formerly on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture and Television Fund as well as the Southern California Variety – the Children’s Charity. Sherak has also previously served as Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Sherak received an honorary doctorate in the arts from the Academy of Art University in May 2010 and holds a degree in Marketing from New York City Community College. He is also on the faculty of the UCLA Producers Program.

Andrew Glasspool, Farncombe

December 6, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Andrew Glasspool - Farncombe x300Andrew Glasspool
Farncombe Technology

Andrew Glasspool is an industry thought leader with broad and deep technical skills in security, development, and management of large projects, with particular skills in turning around major development projects and detailed security audits.

Key Skills and Career Highlights

  • Managing Partner at Farncombe, now in position 42 of Sunday Times Tech 100.
  • Developed farncombe into one of the world’s leading content security and delivery specialists.
  • Launch of OpenView HD an innovative free to view DTH platform in South Africa.
  • Responsibility for the management of the development of the Youview set top box software and development test.
  • Shadow CTO for Premiere, now SkyD, implementing new Conditional Access Systems and Middleware and IT outsourcing.
  • CTO for Bid-TV from concept to launch and operational stability.
  • Shadow CTO for ONdigital.
  • DVB simulcrypt group chairman.

Audit and Monitoring
Andrew has undertaken many system and architecture audits from SoC firmware, to set top box implementations and billing system integrations. He is best known for security audits. The key skills Andrew brings to an audit are the ability to identify issues and find solutions to apparently intractable problems, using a combination of technical skills and running investigations. At farncombe Andrew has built a new monitoring service to detect piracy and fraudulent content distribution

Set top Boxes and Digital TV standards
Andrew has run many set top box implementation projects for Operators, including managing the development and introduction of the first DVB STBs, the first DTT STBs in the world. Audits have included work on detailed RF design to performance and reliability of set top boxes.

Andrew gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science at the Queen’s College Oxford, is a member of the Council of Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Janice Pearson, Warner Bros. Entertainment

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

PearsonJanice Pearson
Manager, Anti-Piracy Strategy & Operations
Warner Bros. Entertainment

Janice Pearson currently serves as Manager, Content Protection Strategy & Operations within Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.’s Worldwide Content Protection Department (“Warner Bros.”), having come to the studio in 2008. In her current role, she is responsible for creating and implementing supply chain security procedures from production through distribution for the Company’s motion picture and television content. In this capacity, Janice also works closely with third party vendors used by Warner Bros. which handle Warner Bros. content.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Janice worked on various film, commercial and music video productions during principal photography as both a cinematographer and gaffer.

Justin Somaini, Box

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Justin Somaini - BoxJustin Somaini
Chief Trust Officer

Mr. Justin Somaini is the Chief Trust Officer at Box, Inc. since April 2013. With more than 15 years of information security experience, Somaini is seen as a leader in the industry who promotes an evolution of the security and risk management models. Through his public speaking and industry involvement he has given extensive talks and interviews on the threat landscape, public policy, security management and risk management. Prior to Box, Mr. Somaini created and held the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Yahoo!, driving security planning and operations for the company, which serves more than 700 million consumers worldwide. Prior to Yahoo!, he was CISO of Symantec. He developed the company’s Information Security Enterprise Risk Management process, worked cross-functionally to manage critical incidents to resolution and drove implementation of controls for both a significant threat environment and regulatory needs. In addition to his roles at Yahoo! and Symantec, Mr. Somaini was Director of Information Security at Verisign and an advisor to Qualys, Palo Alto Networks, Sentinel Labs, SourceClear, Solve Media and others. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Drexel University.

Stan Stahl, Citadel Information Group

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

stan stahl - citadelStan Stahl
Citadel Information Group

Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. He began his career securing teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal. As President of Citadel Information Group, he brings this experience to business, government, and the not-for-profit community.

Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. This unusual management capability was developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. Dr. Stahl has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences as (i) COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer, (iv) a research scientist and even (v) a mathematics professor.

Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics. Once an active researcher, Dr. Stahl has published more than a dozen papers in advanced mathematics and computer science. He has taught courses in information security, software engineering, project management and computer programming at several universities and colleges. He recently served on the faculty at the University of Southern California in the School of Engineering’s Information Technology Program.

A few highlights from Dr. Stahl’s information security portfolio:

  • Co-founder of Citadel Information Group, providing information security management services to business, government, and the not-for-profit community so they might more effectively secure their critical information assets
  • President, Los Angeles Chapter, Information Systems Security Association
  • Invited-Member of White House Presidential Task Force, recommending government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems
  • Invited-Member of National Information Security Study Group, supporting National Security Agency and Department of Commerce in determining national information security needs
  • Led design teams prototyping first provably-secure firewall and first provable multilevel secure database management system
  • Developed first formal general-purpose mathematically-sound information security model; co-developed Fundamental Equation of Information Security
  • Information security author, including Information Security Management Handbook, 5th and 6th Editions
  • Speaks regularly on information security management, conferences, seminars and workshops, both in the US and internationally
  • Past-Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Continuity Insights and author of TechTalk column

Joel Bigley, Deluxe Digital Studios

December 3, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

bigley_joel - DeluxeJoel Bigley
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Business Execution
Deluxe Digital Studios

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