Ken Williams, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

March 23, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Ken Williams, Entertainment Technology Center, USC 

williams_kennethKen Williams
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC)

Ken is a longtime entertainment and media professional including an almost 20-year career at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures, where he founded the Digital Studios Division and co-founded Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award winning visual effects, animation and multimedia company. For the past two years, he has been a private investor and consultant in the entertainment and media space. Previously, Ken held C-level positions with Captive Media LLP, Ascent Media Group, and Technicolor Digital Cinema, LLC.

Eddie Drake, Walt Disney Studios

March 23, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Eddie Drake, Walt Disney Studios 

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Vice President, Technology
Walt Disney Studios

Eddie C. Drake has been a pioneer in the media and entertainment technology space for over 15 years. A proven innovator with over 20 media and entertainment technology-related patents and patents pending, he is currently Vice President, Technology Product Development for the Walt Disney Studios. In his role, Eddie oversees technology product management, business analysis, user experience and change management functions across each of the Studio businesses including Film, Music, and Theatrical. He was formerly Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Communications, Home Entertainment (now a part of Nokia Siemens Networks), where he led the team defining next-generation IPTV architecture, user experience, middleware and standards. Prior to his role as CTO, Eddie was Vice President, Software Engineering and Co-founder of Myrio, an IPTV startup acquired by Siemens in 2005. He spent his early career as an editor, animator and digital artist. Eddie graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Dean Hallett, Fox Filmed Entertainment

March 19, 2015 · Posted in Keynote · Comments Off on Dean Hallett, Fox Filmed Entertainment 

Dean Hallet Fox WebrabDean Hallett
Executive Vice President Operations & Strategy, Chief Financial Officer
Fox Filmed Entertainment

Dean Hallett is Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Fox Filmed Entertainment (FFE), where he is a key member of the executive team and is instrumental in shaping the overall strategy of the studio. In his current role, Hallett provides strategic direction and operational guidance to all FFE divisions including theatrical production, worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution, worldwide home entertainment, television distribution, digital exhibition and digital media. He aligns and optimizes resources while providing guidance to each of the studio divisions as they integrate digital product offerings into day-to-day operations.

Hallett also oversees strategic planning and business development, technology research and engineering, studio and post-production operations, information technology and finance.
Hallett has overseen several key studio initiatives including new digital sell-through home entertainment strategies, the company-wide content management strategy, the digital cinema strategy and rollout, and the business process/cost revolution effort that resulted in establishing the new Enterprise Operations unit.

Prior to joining Fox, Hallett was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS), a position he had held since January 2000. Prior to his CFO role, he was Senior Vice President, Planning and Control for TWDS, where he drove international theatrical and home entertainment integration initiatives, served as executive sponsor for shared services of The Walt Disney Company and helped spearhead strategic sourcing and ERP initiatives for the corporation.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Hallett received his degree in business administration from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1980. He is currently Vice-Chairman of Marshall Partners (the premiere academic support group for USC’s Marshall School of Business), and is a member of USC’s Board of Governors and USC Marshall’s Corporate Advisory Board. Hallett previously served on the Board of Directors of Partners Federal Credit Union, is a member of several Fox company boards of directors and he serves on the board of LA’s Promise.

Michael G. Rose, Ease Entertainment Services

March 12, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Michael G. Rose, Ease Entertainment Services 

Michael G. Rose, Ease Entertainment Services Michael G. Rose
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Ease Entertainment Services

Jason Kassin, FilmTrack

March 11, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Jason Kassin, FilmTrack 

Jason Kassin, Filmtrack May 2014Jason Kassin
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jason Kassin is Co-Founder and CEO of FilmTrack, a leading provider of content and rights management for the global film and television industry. A cloud-based, SaaS company, FilmTrack offers enterprise-class solutions for contract administration, rights management, physical materials tracking, and delivery and display of rich media and content. FilmTrack’s product suite and services, which are now in use by more than 100 film and television distributors including Lionsgate, Relativity Media, Miramax, Focus Features, Starz and Screen Australia, help companies drive sales productivity and growth by better managing and monetizing IP throughout its life cycle. A lifelong software engineer, Jason was hired while still in high school to develop an inventory management and control system for the NYC Board of Education. Graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Film And Theater, he launched FilmTrack in the 1990s after being asked to design contract administration software for a number of leading international film distributors. Today Jason oversees FilmTrack’s day-to-day operations, strategic direction and delivery of business solutions to many top companies in film and television. An accomplished screenwriter and actor, he also navigates seamlessly between the technical and creative worlds from artistic inception through commercial exploitation.

Darren Ehlers, Ease Scenechronize

March 11, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Darren Ehlers, Ease Scenechronize 

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Senior Vice President, Products
Ease Scenechronize

Darren Ehlers joined Ease Scenechronize via Ease’s acquisition of Scenechronize, where he was the CEO and co-founder, in November 2012 and brings more than 17 years of experience developing and launching successful software products. Prior to Scenechronize, Darren held Executive level Product Management and Marketing positions at prominent software companies including SunGard SCT and Vignette. Earlier, Darren held various technology consulting positions with Global 2000 customers in San Francisco, New York, London and Sydney where he was responsible for all aspects of account management and customer success.

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