Mark Turner, Microsoft Corporation

September 25, 2012 · Posted in Speakers, Uncategorized · Comments Off on Mark Turner, Microsoft Corporation 

Mark Turner
Director, Relationships & Strategy, Media & Entertainment
Microsoft Corporation

Craig German, Paramount Pictures

September 25, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Craig German, Paramount Pictures 

Craig German
Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Technical Operations
Paramount Pictures

Larry McCourt, Cinedigm

September 25, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Larry McCourt, Cinedigm 

Larry McCourt
Senior Vice President of Software and Sales Marketing

Larry McCourt joined Cinedigm in April 2012 and is focused on expanding and strengthening a worldwide client base for the company’s software products, including theatrical exhibitors and distributors, as well as intellectual property owners. McCourt’s years of experience in both exhibition and distribution include management positions at Sony Digital Cinema, Nielsen/EDI, AMC Entertainment and ten years in theatrical sales and distribution at Savoy Pictures, Gramercy Pictures, Live Entertainment and Artisan Entertainment.

Jay Migliaccio, Aspera

September 24, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Jay Migliaccio, Aspera 

Jay Migliaccio
Director of Cloud Solutions
Aspera, Inc.

Jay is responsible for Aspera’s On Demand product line, providing high-speed transport to, from and across cloud infrastructure and object storage to enable big data applications in the cloud. In his previous role as Director of Sales Engineering, Jay spearheaded the architecture and deployment for numerous Aspera installations in support of complex end-to-end file-based media workflows. Jay brings over 11 years of experience providing OEM Sales, Sales Engineering, and Business Development services to technology companies with a focus on Open Source platforms. Prior to joining Aspera, Jay held business development and partner management roles at Novell and SUSE Linux. Jay holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Massachussets.

Michele Edelman, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

September 21, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Michele Edelman, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution 

Michele Edelman
Vice President, Marketing
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Michele Edelman oversees marketing for Warner Bros. Direct To Consumer division, an exciting area of the studio due to the changing technological landscapes and direct relationships with customers. A 12-year officer at Warner Bros., Michele spent 10 of those as VP of WW Marketing, Programming and Acquisitions for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. In her role she oversaw all worldwide marketing efforts for Warner Bros.’ and content partner product distribution.
An industry executive with extensive marketing and sales experience, Ms. Edelman actually began her career with Warner Bros and then advanced to various positions for Disney, Request Television, ESPN Classic, and The Box Music Network, part of TCI Music, a Viacom Network. In between, Ms. Edelman developed and acquired financing for a start-up network, Websitelevision – the first network dedicated to showcasing of the Internet.
Ms. Edelman sits on a number of boards for education and non-profit organizations, is a member of numerous industry organizations and is the recipient of copious awards including CableFax’s Top 100 Powerlist of Executives. In her personal time, Michele is as an avid cyclist, runner, triathlete, skier and tennis player.

Theodore X. Garcia, XGAR Group

September 20, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Theodore X. Garcia, XGAR Group 

Theodore X. Garcia
XGAR Group

Robert Pietsch, Twitter

September 20, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Robert Pietsch, Twitter 

Robert J. Pietsch
Director of Sales, West

As Director of Sales, West for Twitter, Mr. Pietsch is responsible for all sales and marketing activities that drive advertising revenue for Twitter on the west coast.

Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, Mr. Pietsch served as Vice President of WW Sales at social video start up, Sharethrough and VP of Sales, West at Myspace where he was responsible for all revenue generating activities.

Before he jumped into social media, Mr. Pietsch spent over 10 years at where his most recent position was Chief Digital Advertising Officer for Forbes Media. He was responsible for all sales and marketing activities that drove advertising revenue from, Audience Network and the Business and Finance Blog Network, with revenues growing over 700% from 2000 – 2007.

Prior to joining, Mr. Pietsch was a regional sales manager for IDG, selling print and online advertising for Computerworld. Prior to that he was in the marketing departments of Ingram Micro and Dole Food Company.

Mr. Pietsch is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California. He sits on the Board of Directors of My New Red Shoes, a non-profit organization that helps Bay Area homeless children put their best foot forward at school.

Robert lives in San Carlos, CA with his wife, Heather, and their two young daughters.

Jeff Stevens, Warner Bros.

September 19, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Jeff Stevens, Warner Bros. 

Jeff Stevens
Vice President, Digital Archives
Warner Bros. Technical Operations

Jeff Stevens serves as Vice President of Digital Archives, Warner Bros. Technical Operations. In this role, Stevens works closely with Warner Bros.’ theatrical, television, and home entertainment groups to determine metadata standards and best practices.

He is also responsible for the three million digital assets within the Studio’s digital asset management system, MARS, and master data for over 100,000 production titles within the Studio’s master data management tool, the Metadata Service Bureau.

Stevens began working in digital asset management in 2002 as Director of the Studio’s Corporate Image Archive and Corporate Archive, where he served dual roles overseeing the company’s digital and physical assets. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Retail Operations Manager for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Dr. Amr Awadallah, Cloudera

September 18, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Dr. Amr Awadallah, Cloudera 

Dr. Amr Awadallah
Chief Technology Officer


Amr is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudera since it was formed in Oct 2008. Before that he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners for about 3-months. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

John Crosier, Cinram

September 18, 2012 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on John Crosier, Cinram 

John Crosier
Senior Vice President, Digital Architecture and Delivery

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