Eric Iverson, Sony Pictures Television

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Vice President & Divisional Chief Information Officer
Sony Pictures Television

Guy Finley, MESA

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Executive Director
Media & Entertainment Services Alliance

Guy Finley started his career in the entertainment industry as a successful performer and producer, making music with industry giants such as Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, and Dave Grusin, among others. His New York City based group was signed to Larry Rosen’s N2K Encoded Music, the first record company to distribute music via digital downloads. As acting manager, Guy personally negotiated their recording contract and concurrent publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the summit of his 10-year career in the music industry.

Guy joined the home entertainment industry in 2000 as President of LFA, Inc., providing home video brand and business consulting services for a worldwide clientele. His firm represented JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.) in North America licensing the loading and duplication of VHS videocassettes bearing the VHS Logo Trademark.

In 2005 he joined the CDSA, Content Delivery and Security Association (then IRMA, International Recording Media Association) where he pioneered the CDSA Daily News Portal, Plastic Packaging Standard and co-chaired the accountability sub-committee of the EPCglobal Item Level Tagging Public Policy Steering Committee. Guy now works directly with CDSA’s Board and Chairman on cross-segment efforts to allow operations executives to efficiently and effectively collaborate on securing their most important assets (their content!) throughout the entertainment supply chain.

In 2008 he founded the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) as a coalition of service providers to the Hollywood studios, independent content holders, video game publishers, software publishers and music labels. Through MESA’s media, events, special interest groups and trade association management (2nd Screen Society, Interactive Television Alliance, Hollywood IT Society and CDSA) MESA facilitates ongoing discussions about collaboration and innovation in the entertainment industry along four key verticals: physical and digital supply chain, content security, information technology and 2nd screen technologies. With over 100 member companies and branches in the U.S. and Europe, MESA is a leading voice in the global media & entertainment industry.

Steve Dahl, Walt Disney Studio Operations

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Senior Vice President Operations / Supply Chain
Walt Disney Studio Operations

Ken Williams, ETC@USC

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Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Scott Phelan, Warner Bros. Entertainment

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Group Information Officer
Warner Bros. Entertainment

John Herbert, Fox Filmed Entertainment

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Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Fox Filmed Entertainment

John Herbert is the Executive Vice President & CIO for Fox Filmed Entertainment. His responsibilities for this dual role are to drive operational efficiencies, while reducing costs, across all business units and for defining the information technology strategic direction at Fox. Herbert’s role includes working with the executive team to define business strategies, developing business process improvements, and identifying technology enablement opportunities.
Before assuming the CIO role, Herbert served as Vice President, IT Worldwide Home Entertainment, working with the executive team to shape the overall IT strategy within Fox. He has been involved in defining the strategy and infrastructure to service and distribute content through both traditional and emerging distribution channels.
Prior to joining 20th Century Fox ten years ago, Herbert worked in the automotive industry for eleven years managing a global IT team that supported all aspects of manufacturing and distribution.

Steve Andujar, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cory Ondrejka, Facebook

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Vice President, Engineering
Facebook

Cory Ondrejka is VP Engineering in the Core Experience group at Facebook, working to improve the Facebook experience for over a billion people. Before Facebook, Cory was the co-founder of Walletin, a stealth startup focused on high-performance JavaScript and hybrid web rendering acquired by Facebook in 2010.

He was the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Lab, where he co-created the award winning virtual world Second Life. He served as Executive Vice President for Global Digital Marketing at EMI Music, and was a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he taught on online communities.

Cory began his career in game development startups, shipping arcade and console video game titles. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Weapons and Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and was an officer in the US Navy. Cory also advises several early-state technology companies.

 

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HITS 2014 – Hollywood’s Digital Makeover


No other town does a makeover like Hollywood.

From concept to the camera to the corporate suites, studios are undergoing a major digital reinvention that are transforming all aspects of the enterprise. And, ultimately, the CIOs and their staffs are the specifiers who are making the tough technology choices and managing the budgets. These corporate agents of the new digital entertainment empowerment are all returning to the Hollywood IT Summit (HITS) to collectively address the issues of hardware and software platforms, network connectivity, big data and data analytics, vendor management, SaaS and BPO, development of resources and global navigations in a day-long, executive program that annually sets the stage for thought leadership among the industry’s information technology leaders.

Last year over 450 executives were in attendance at our sold-out, standing-room-only event at Pepperdine University. On April 22 of this year, the Hollywood IT Society’s annual meeting (HITS) is moving to even larger quarters at the Hyatt Regency in Century City to provide even more room for technology leaders to meet, mingle and share where they see the industry going and how to get there.

Preliminary program details include:

  • KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Five Billion Smartphones Spurring the Next Media Boom
  • The Entertainment Industry Makeover in the Digital World: Shaping the Future!
  • CIO PANEL: The New Paradigms of Digital Entertainment for Growth and Profitability
  • CTO PANEL: Business Transformation – Technologies Come to the Rescue!
  • Integrating Systems for Film and Home Entertainment for Digital Delivery: Innovations for Profitability
  • Fusing Data Enhanced Decisions in the Creative Environment of Hollywood
  • The Implications and Impact of Security on IT
  • The Studio Operating Model/Systems: From Film Maker to Consumer Across the Windows
  • Concept to Camera to Consumer: Building the Next generation Workflow for Film & TV

Who should attend? YOU, if you work in:

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