Scott Cronce, Electronic Arts

November 30, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Scott Cronce
VP Technology
Electronic Arts

Scott Cronce has been with Electronic Arts forever (October 24th 1988) and will probably die there.  In the past 22 years he has been a Technical Director, Manager of Tools & Technical Direction, Director of Technology, Vice President of Technology, Chief Technology Officer for the Redwood Shores Studio, and CTO for World Wide Studios, and now just Scott Cronce.

Not bad for a trained Gourmet Chef with no formal software engineering degree.

Mark Hollar, Rovi Corporation

November 30, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Mark Hollar, Rovi Corporation 

Mark Hollar
Vice President, Product Management
Rovi Corporation

Mark Hollar is Vice President, Product Management at Rovi Corporation.  In this role, Mark focuses on Rovi’s solutions for the motion picture industry, including content protection, security systems and electronic distribution.

His team manages the company’s BD+ and RipGuard products.  Mark also plays an active role in defining Rovi’s strategic direction with respect to the motion picture industry.  During his tenure at Rovi, Mark has served as director of engineering, where he led teams delivering video security products for the motion picture, cable TV and satellite industries.

Mark has more than fifteen years of experience in the media protection industry.  He is attributed on six patents related to video processing, watermarking technologies, DVD protection and digital distribution.

Prior to Rovi, Mark was a senior design engineer at Ampex Corporation developing digital video algorithms and systems, and a U.S. Navy Officer operating nuclear reactors on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.  He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

Taylor Hackford, Directors Guild of America

November 30, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Taylor Hackford, Directors Guild of America 

Taylor Hackford
President, Directors Guild of America, and
Academy Award-winning Director

Taylor Hackford is serving his first term as President of the Directors Guild of America, which protects and extends the creative, working and economic rights of its more than 14,000 members in the U.S. and abroad as the entertainment industry’s premier labor organization.

Both a feature film and documentary director for 35 years, Taylor Hackford joined the DGA in 1974, and was elected to the Western Directors Council in 1996 and the National Board in 2002. He serves as Chair of the Western Directors Council.  In 2007, he was awarded the DGA’s Robert Aldrich Award for Outstanding Service to the Guild.

In addition to helming the iconic feature hits An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds and the cult thriller Dolores Claiborne, Taylor Hackford has directed The Idolmaker, The Devil’s Advocate, White Nights, Everybody’s All-American, and Proof of Life. He developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history.

His documentary work is equally as acclaimed with Chuck Berry: Hail!, Hail! Rock n’ Roll and the Oscar winning documentary When We Were Kings. Taylor Hackford began his career at KCET, the Public Television station in Los Angeles, working as a political journalist and at the same time pioneering uninterrupted Rock n’ Roll performances on American television, so it is no surprise that one of his most recent projects – 15 years in the making – was Ray, a dramatic film portrait of Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx. Ray was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It also was nominated for DGA and Golden Globe Awards. The film garnered Jamie Foxx the Best Actor accolade for 2004.

Taylor’s film, Love Ranch, has just been released in theatres.  Currently, he is involved in pre-production on the feature film The Merchant of Shanghai, which he is set to direct in China.

Steve Weinstein, MovieLabs

November 29, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Steve Weinstein

With a background that spans technology, intellectual property and entertainment, Steve Weinstein serves as CEO of MovieLabs where he leads the film industry’s united effort to explore and invest in emerging technologies to advance the consumer experience in the new media environment.  Prior to joining MovieLabs, Steve served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Macrovision Corporation, where he led the post-reorganization effort to define that company’s strategic and technological direction. Steve previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Macrovision’s Entertainment Technologies Group, where he guided the transition from physical security technologies to secure online distribution, commerce and subscription services. Previous to Macrovision, Steve held the role of Chief Technology Officer at Vicinity, a mapping company acquired by Microsoft in 2002. Steve was a founding executive and Chief Strategist and Technologist at Liberate Technologies, an interactive television software company. Over his career, Steve has held executive-level positions at Microprose/Spectrum HoloByte, Electronics for Imaging, and Media Cybernetics.

Mitch Singer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

November 29, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Mitch Singer
Chief Technology Officer
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Singer is responsible for coordinating digital policy across all Sony Pictures’ businesses.  He focuses on emerging and disruptive technologies and evaluates and develops adaptive business models to stay ahead of the technological curve.  In addition to developing new consumer usage models, Singer plays a central role in Sony Pictures’ worldwide anti-piracy and digital rights management efforts.

Singer represents the studio in numerous standards setting activities, including serving as President of DECE (, which is a nearly 50-member, cross-industry consortium dedicated to creating open standards for digital entertainment distribution with a goal of enabling consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services and devices.

Singer also sits on the boards of MovieLab, DVD CCA, Entertainment Technology Center USC, and the HDBaseT Alliance.

Mr. Singer received both his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego.

Stuart McClure, Risk & Compliance, McAfee

November 29, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Stuart McClure
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Risk & Compliance

Jan Steenkamp, Irdeto

November 23, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Jan Steenkamp
VP Americas

Tom Carpenter, AFTRA

November 23, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Tom Carpenter
National General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs

Rajan Samtani, Consultant

November 19, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Rajan Samtani
Digital Media Technology Consultant

A recognized expert in digital media technology, DRM, content protection and content monetization, Raj is currently consulting to Huawei on business development and strategy for content related innovation in the US.  Before Huawei, Raj was Senior Director, Business Development, at Digimarc, responsible for Digimarc’s strategy, business development and licensing activities for Digital Watermarking applications in the Media & Entertainment market.  Raj spent 6 years at ContentGuard, Inc. where he was responsible for licensing DRM intellectual property to device manufacturers and service providers.  Before that, he led sales and marketing at REAL Software Systems, the leader in rights and royalties solutions. Raj has a BA in Economics from UCLA. He has been a frequent speaker and moderator at several industry events such as Digital Hollywood, Jupiter DRM, Jupiter PlugIn, IMS Research, Building Blocks and Music 2.0 among others.

Caterina Ligato, Sony Music Italy

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Caterina Ligato
Operations Planning Manager, Physical & Digital
Sony Music Italy

Caterina Ligato has spent close to 13 years with the Sony Music family. She is based in Milan with the role of Operations Planning Manager, Physical and Digital Products and in this position she coordinates all Italian New Releases – adding her creative contribution to designing packaging for Italian products.

She is responsible for the Italian Supply Chain, from Production Planning to Distribution.

Caterina Ligato joined Sony Music Italy in March 1998, as Assistant to the Operations Director. Three months later she started in the Planning Department as a Junior Planner and in 2001, after two years experience, she was promoted to Head of Planning.

In 2005 Sony merged with BMG and Caterina took on the additional role of Operations Manager for Sony BMG Music Italy.

Prior to her experience in the Music Industry, she worked for 3 years with a Trucking & Shipping Company where she was responsible for the Accounting Department (1995-1998) having started her career in 1994 as a Junior Accountant for a Company in the Mineral Industry.

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