Mathew Giliat-Smith, Fortium Technologies

November 20, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

mathew gilliat-smith, fortiumMathew Gilliat-Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Fortium Technologies

Mathew is the chief executive officer of Fortium Technologies. He has 25 years experience of working in the media industry. He co-founded Fortium in 1999 and has been responsible for establishing it as a respected provider of anti piracy software solutions to blue chip film and entertainment businesses. He works closely with studio anti piracy teams to develop customized solutions that secure disc and file based content during production and after release.

Before joining Fortium Mathew held senior management positions in leading publishing, print, logistics and new media companies including Haymarket Publishing and St Ives. He led two VC backed MBOs before forming Fortium. With his management team he has specialized in taking compelling new concepts to launch and building critical market share. He was responsible for the sale of Fortium ICA in 1998, its image analysis subsidiary, which is now owned by Symantec Corporation. Having built up Patronus as a brand for protecting Academy award screeners he is currently focusing on a range of file based security publishing solutions that protect content while enhancing accessibility.

Wynn Rees, Twentieth Century Fox

November 19, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Rees_Wynn-150Wynn Rees
Vice President, Content Security
Twentieth Century Fox

Wynn Rees is the Vice President of Content Security at Twentieth Century Fox in LA. He is an attorney and, until starting his current role at Fox, specialized in cross-border intellectual property litigation in Australia and Europe. He is now responsible for pre-release security at Fox, which involves preventing leaks of Fox’s films and TV shows prior to their scheduled release dates.

Janice Pearson, Warner Bros. Entertainment

November 19, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

PearsonJanice Pearson, CISA
Manager, Content Protection 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.

Jim Bottoms, MESA Europe

November 19, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Jim_BottomsJim Bottoms
Executive Director
MESA Europe

Gerre Versteegh, Rights Alliance

November 19, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

gerre_versteegh_webGerre Versteegh
Chairman
Human Rights Alliance

Shafeeq Banthanavasi, PwC

November 19, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Shafeeq_PwCShafeeq Banthanavasi
Managing Director Cybersecurity
PwC

Shafeeq Banthanavasi is a Managing Director in PwC’s Cybersecurity advisory practice and has been deeply involved in this area for more than 15 years. He is dedicated to assisting clients improve their security posture within and beyond their enterprise. Specifically, he has worked with several technology, media & entertainment, financial services and retail clients in a variety of information security areas including security strategy and programs, data protection technologies, identity and access management, product security, payments security, incident management and security operations.

Ruth Vitale, Creative Future

November 14, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

RuthVitaleRuth Vitale
Executive Director
Creative Future

Ruth Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features.

During her tenure at these companies, she launched the careers of many successful filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass, Sofia Coppola, Scott Hicks, John Hillcoat, and Craig Brewer. She has also worked with established talent such as Sam Raimi, Roger Michell, Jonathan Demme, Paul W.S. Anderson, Patrice Leconte, and Barbet Schroeder. Her films have won three Oscars and received 16 nominations as well as 18 Golden Globe nominations and two wins.

At Paramount Classics, she released such award-winning films as The Virgin Suicides, Sunshine, You Can Count on Me, Sidewalks of New York, Bloody Sunday, Mostly Martha, The Singing Detective, Enduring Love, The Machinist, Mad Hot Ballroom, and Hustle & Flow.

Fine Line produced and distributed such highlights of independent film as the Academy Award-winning Shine; The Sweet Hereafter; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Twelfth Night; Gummo; and The Winter Guest.

Ruth also served as President of UBU Productions’ feature film division from 1988 to 1991. Among other positions, she was Senior Vice President of Production for United Artists, where she oversaw production on Child’s Play, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and Roadhouse. As President of Production for Vestron Pictures, she broke ground with the highest-grossing independent film of the time, Dirty Dancing. She was also Director of Acquisitions for The Movie Channel. Most recently, Ruth was President of First Look Pictures and the owner of The Film Collective, a consultancy business that helps financiers and companies with the strategic planning for their films in the worldwide marketplace from development and production through distribution.

Ruth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Darren Ehlers, Ease

November 14, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

DarrenDarren Ehlers
Senior Vice President, Products
Ease

Darren Ehlers joined Ease Scenechronize via Ease’s acquisition of Scenechronize, where he was the CEO and co-founder, in November 2012 and brings more than 17 years of experience developing and launching successful software products. Prior to Scenechronize, Darren held Executive level Product Management and Marketing positions at prominent software companies including SunGard SCT and Vignette. Earlier, Darren held various technology consulting positions with Global 2000 customers in San Francisco, New York, London and Sydney where he was responsible for all aspects of account management and customer success.

Richard Atkinson, Adobe

November 14, 2014 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off 

Atkinson_Richard-3Richard Atkinson
Corporate Director, Global Piracy Conversion, Adobe
Chairman of the Board, CDSA

Broadly recognized as one of the industry experts in the field of Anti-Piracy, Richard Atkinson, Corporate Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy, is responsible for Adobe’s overall strategic response to piracy and ability to compete against piracy. This involves leading broad strategic integration of anti-piracy aspects directly into the business decision process, including contribution to policy, legislation, enforcement, and product elements, as well.
Mr. Atkinson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been at Disney for 12 years and built their worldwide anti-piracy program, as well as CIO and CTO roles, including being a Disney “Imagineer,” responsible for infusing emerging technologies into Disney’s world-renowned theme parks and cruise ships.

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