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.

Dimitri Villard, Peer Media Technologies

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

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.

Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Fortium Technologies

November 17, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Mathew 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 cofounded 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 customised 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 specialised 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 focussing on a range of file based security publishing solutions that protect content while enhancing accessibility.

Brad Hunt, Digital Media Directions

November 16, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Brad Hunt
Digital Media Directions

Brad Hunt is President of Digital Media Directions and a digital media consultant working with clients in the consumer electronics, computer, television, and motion picture industries. His consulting has involved work in digital rights management, online content distribution, content fingerprinting & watermarking, high-definition DVD managed copying, PCTV, home media servers, digital mobile TV broadcasting, and 3-D home video.

Previous to Digital media Directions, Brad was the EVP & Chief Technology Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America. At the MPAA, he worked closely with the six major studios on content protection and anti-piracy initiatives and policymaking. Prior to the MPAA, he held the position of President & CEO of Cintel Inc., a manufacturer of digital film post-production hardware and software. Prior to Cintel, he was the SVP of Technology for All Post Inc., a Los Angeles based video post house where he established one of the first DVD authoring and MPEG compression facilities in the U.S. He also had a long career at the Eastman Kodak Company where he held jobs in research & development, marketing, international sales, and strategic planning and was responsible for launching Kodak’s Digital Motion Imaging Division.

Mr. Hunt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. degree from the William E. Simon Graduate Business School at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Andrew Grant, Akamai

November 12, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Andrew Grant
Industry Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Andrew Grant is the Industry Marketing Manager for Akamai’s Digital Media group. In this role, he leads the development and execution of Akamai’s marketing efforts in the areas of Film and Interactive Entertainment. As part of the Film team at Akamai, Andrew is working to deepen the industry-leading cloud service provider’s strategic relationships with the major studios and their distribution partners. Andrew also leads Akamai’s efforts within the DECE consortium.

Since 2004, Andrew has focused his attention on the technology and policy questions that underlay the emerging mass market for digitally delivered Hollywood content. At Macrovision, Andrew was part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the development of a $240M business in anti-piracy technologies. Splitting his time between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Andrew managed sales and product development relationships within the major Hollywood studios. After Macrovision (now Rovi), Andrew ran worldwide marketing and business development as part of the senior team at Blackwave, an innovative distributed computing software startup designing applications for large-scale, high-performance storage and delivery of IP video.

Yangbin Wang, Vobile

November 12, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Yangbin Wang
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding Vobile, Yangbin was the CTO of Onewave Technologies following the acquisition of the IPTV business of YZTECH by Onewave in 2004. He was the founder and CEO of YZTECH, a leading IPTV technology provider in China famous for the landmark deployment of its IPTV platform by Hangzhou Netcom/WASU. It was the first and largest commercial IPTV service offering in China. Previously, Yangbin was the founder and CEO of EnjoyWeb, which pioneered the time-shift delivery of video contents via broadband Internet. In addition, Yangbin was director of software architecture at Oak Technology’s Broadband Consumer Group. He also participated in several startups. At the outset of his career, he was a research engineer at Compression Labs (CLI) and General Instrument (GI). Yangbin earned a BS degree from Zhejiang University in China and an MSEE degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He also completed the executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alex Terpstra, Civolution

November 12, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Alex Terpstra
Chief Executive Officer

Alex Terpstra led the creation of Civolution as a spin out from Philips in 2008 and subsequently executed two acquisitions for Civolution – Teletrax in 2008 and Thomson STS in 2009.
After initially working in the television content production industry, Alex built his professional career further at Philips. From the early 1990s Alex was involved in the digitalization of television broadcasting and held various managerial positions in project and product management, sales, marketing and business development. In 2003 Alex was appointed General Manager of Philips’ conditional access business CryptoWorks. In January 2007 Alex was appointed CEO of the Philips Content Identification with the assignment to accelerate its growth, which led to the spin-out as a standalone company Civolution 2008. He is a frequent speaker in his role as an industry thought-leader at key global events.

Von Johnson, VJA Consulting

November 11, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Von Johnson
Founder and Principal
VJA Consulting

Von Johnson has over twenty-five years experience in the entertainment industry including electronic distribution, global post-production, technical services, project management, systems development and implementation, business and systems integration. Mr. Johnson is founder and principal of VJA Consulting, an independent consulting firm focused on the media and entertainment industry, based in Hollywood. You can learn more about VJA at www.vjaconsulting.com.

Mr. Johnson has held senior management positions with the Walt Disney Company, Universal Television Distribution, Turner Broadcasting, ITC Entertainment and DIVA Systems (a video-on-demand technology pioneer in Menlo Park, CA). Mr. Johnson is also co-founder of White Ash Broadcasting, Inc., licensee for central California’s NPR affiliate, KVPR-FM Valley Public Radio.

Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Governors for the Hollywood chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and is co-inventor of “Method and apparatus for transmission of full frequency digital audio.” (U.S. patent 5,544,228).

Mr. Johnson is a native of Southern California and holds a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communications from California State University, Fresno and an M.B.A. from Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Johnson lectures at UCLA Extension and Woodbury University on THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT, a program devoted to studying issues and evolutionary business models in entertainment financing, distribution and technology.

Tom Patterson, Magtek

November 9, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comment 

Tom Patterson
Chief Security Officer
MagTek, Inc.

Tom Patterson is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for MagTek, Inc., the leading secure transaction technology provider to the payment industry around the world. In his role as CSO, Tom helps to protect the users of over five billion credit and debit cards world-wide, by helping to leverage the best security countermeasures while serving as an industry advocate for secure best practices. As CSO, Tom founded and leads the www.NoCardFraud.com industry group to wipe out counterfeit card fraud worldwide.

Tom has a long career in security, having worked on security for a space shuttle flight (STS-37), the maiden launch of a nuclear aircraft carrier (CVN-73), built industry leading security products (Net/Assure, CyberGuard firewall, TradeWave PKI), worked with the White House in the Middle East, run Deloitte’s security business in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, was CSO at America’s largest R&D consortium (MCC), built a startup internet company (Command) to $50 million in revenue, and served as IBM’s Chief Strategist for Electronic Commerce. In 2010, Tom has advised the U.S Secret Service, FBI, NCIX, Congress, and the DoD, and was recently named to be an advisor to the Pentagon’s newest round of cyberwar games.

As the author of Mapping Security, the corporate security sourcebook for today’s global economy (Addison-Wesley), Tom is a regular guest expert on NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNBC-Europe and Fox News, and a frequent public speaker on a range of security issues. Tom’s financial security blog can be found on http://security.Magtek.com, and on http://twitter.com/tomtalks .

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