Dimitri Villard, Peer Media Technologies

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Dimitri Villard
Chief Executive Officer
Peer Media Technologies

As Chairman of the Board and CEO of Peer Media Technologies, Inc. (formerly Media Defender and Media Sentry), Dimitri Villard oversees the day-to-day business operations of the company including the strategic direction and the development of key industry partnerships and marketing initiatives. Mr. Villard was elected to the Board of Directors as an independent director in 2005, and became CEO in 2009 following a reorganization of the company.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mr. Villard is an accomplished entertainment industry veteran with vast experience that spans music, film and television production and development. Among his film producing credits are: In Love and War, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell (New Line); Once Bitten, starring Jim Carrey and Lauren Hutton (Goldwyn); Death of an Angel (Twentieth Century-Fox), Flight of the Navigator (Disney) and Say Nothing starring Nastassja Kinski and William Baldwin (HBO).

Mr. Villard has also been active in entertainment and media investment banking, as a Director of Societe Generale Investment Banking and, prior to that, a Managing Director of Laidlaw. Most recently, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest private network of venture capital investors, where he has been investing in and mentoring early stage high technology ventures in Southern California including co-founding Pivotal BioSciences, Inc., a biotechnology spin-out from the University of Southern California Keck School Medicine.

At the beginning of his career, Mr. Villard founded Jet Set Records, one of the era’s memorable rhythm & blues labels that represented many talented bands, and which was subsequently sold to Bell Records.

Mr. Villard graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, where he was an Editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and has a M.S. from China International Medical University.

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