Mary Yurkovic, MESA

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mary yurkcovicMary Yurkovic
Director, Smart Content Council
Media & Entertainment Services Alliance

Hardie Tankersley, Fox

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Tankersley_HardieHardie Tankersley
‎Senior Vice President, Innovation and Sponsored Solutions

As the SVP of Innovation and Sponsored Solutions, Hardie develops new technologies that improve the network TV experience. His team works with major consumer brands to integrate and enhance advertising and sponsorships on TV and in new forms of digital media including mobile apps, connected interactive TV, big data targeting, social media, virtual reality, and whatever else comes along. He developed the first TV network social media platforms and the FOX NOW streaming apps for mobile and connected devices. His work has been a finalist for the Emmy award in interactive media.

He started creating online and interactive entertainment by building a local BBS on a 300 baud modem on an Apple II back in the 70s. In the intervening years he has managed the development of many online entertainment products including the first internet connections for Apple’s eWorld, the official backstage webcast of the Grammy Awards, the Moxi cable media center DVR, the online video portal for Real Networks, and Yahoo!’s TV and Movies properties.

He thinks that conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.

Mike Trigg, Hightail

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Mike TriggMike Trigg
Chief Operating Officer

Mike manages the marketing, sales, customer success and business development organizations at Hightail.

His background includes a variety roles from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies across both enterprise and consumer segments. Prior to Hightail, Mike founded an online gaming company called Spitball Entertainment and was VP of marketing and business development at hi5 (sold to Tagged), one of the world’s largest social networking sites, where he helped launch the company’s games portal, virtual currency, and original social game titles.

Previously, Mike was VP of marketing and interim CEO of Spoke, a social networking site for sales professionals. He co-founded Truviso (sold to Cisco), a real-time web analytics provider. He also was VP of product management and corporate marketing at Epiphany, a leading provider of marketing analytics and web personalization (sold to Infor), and an early employee of Octane Software prior to the company’s acquisition by Epiphany. Earlier, Mike held communications, marketing and product management positions at 3Com and MCI, and was a press secretary in the U.S. Senate. He is also a board member and past president of the Palo Alto Community Fund.

Mike holds a BA from Northwestern University and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Matthew O’Connor, Google

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Matthew O'Connor_GoogleMatthew O’Connor
Product Manager
Google Cloud Platform Team

Matthew is a product manager on the Google Cloud Platform team. In this role, he is focused on Security, Compliance, and Anti-Abuse products. Previously, he was a product manager on the Google Enterprise team. Prior to Google, Matthew has held various product management and engineering roles building internet scale services at places like Postini, Tellme Networks, AOL, and Netscape. Matthew started his career building satellites as a US Air Force officer.

Matthew has an executive MBA from the University of California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Martin Pelham, LAIKA

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Martin-Pellham LaikaMartin Pelham
Manager of Media Services

Martin’s unique experience in technology, combined with his innate understanding of the end user, differentiates him from many in his industry. He began his career in the entertainment industry by lighting exhibitions, TVs and concerts, and then had the chance to work with Tim Burton, so he transitioned to film.

While working on Corpse Bride, Martin helped design and implement the digital workflow needed for shooting a stop frame movie. That work led him to LAIKA, where he has since refined that pipeline and broadened his role. Now as the Manager of Media Services, he supports and maintains the digital pipeline from the stage to post delivery; manages Production demands for developing cutting-edge tools and technologies for the wide range of artists at work on LAIKA’s feature film projects; handles all media requests from outside vendors during feature film production; and helps manage marketing requests and demands for LAIKA’s movies.

Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

May 5, 2015 · Posted in Speakers · Comments Off on Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center, USC 

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Project Manager, Production in the Cloud,
Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC)

Erik Weaver is a specialist focused on the intersection of Cloud and the Media and Entertainment Industry, currently running “Production in the Cloud” for ETC. The project unites senior leaders from the six major studios to develop next generation Cloud standards, support Hollywood organizations and major Cloud vendors, and produce proof of concepts. The group encompasses many aspects of the Cloud including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and formation of an agnostic framework that unites key vendors and studios.

Previously, Mr. Weaver was CEO of Digital Ribbon, Inc., a very early pioneer in the field of cloud-based computing. Mr. Weaver’s background started in Beowulf based clusters in 2001, which transitioned into Grid computing and on to the origins of cloud. As CEO of digitalribbon he helped pioneer early rendering in the cloud for animation and special effects. Other projects included, leading the largest online gaming simulation for the “Rock Band” video game and working with CERN to developed HPC clouds used in Biomedical research.

Matt Turner, MarkLogic

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Matt-Turner-MarkLogic-2015Matt Turner
Chief Technology Officer, Media and Publishing

Matt Turner is the CTO, Media and Publishing at MarkLogic where he develops strategy and solutions for the Media, Publishing and Information Provider markets and works with customers and prospects to create leading edge information and digital content applications with MarkLogic’s Enterprise NoSQL database. Matt works closely with MarkLogic’s customers McGraw-Hill, Warner Bros., Conde Nast and LexisNexis.

Before joining MarkLogic, Matt was at Sony Music and PC World developing innovative publishing and asset delivery applications.

Chris Johnson, Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA)

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Chris Johnson, CDSAChris Johnson
Territory Coordinator EMEA & Americas
Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA)

Chris has specialized in media security since 2001 performing various content risk management and supply chain security roles including EMI and Random House Group. As part of the CDSA management team he continues to provide ongoing consultancy support for a number of major film studios and record labels.

Chris’s subject matter expertise was utilized by CDSA when developing the Content Protection Security (CPS) standard. He continues to lead on program requirements, review and mapping to other relevant industry standards and best practice including ISO 27001, MPAA, Disney,and Microsoft.
An experienced information security and audit manager, he is a Sans trained network auditor and security systems project manager. Chris has assisted clients to manage change within both physical and digital supply chains.

Chris’s risk management experience is currently being utilized to secure workflows and protect critical assets across a diverse client base within Media and Infrastructure where he continues to develop his skills and competencies in a growing technology focused environment.

Chris is currently the CDSA territory coordinator for EMEA and Americas. Current responsibilities include project management for standards development and industry accreditation

Peter Johnston, Ease Entertainment Services

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Peter Johnston web grabPeter Johnston
Product Manager
Ease Entertainment Services

Bhavik Vyas, Amazon Web Services

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M&E Partner Ecosystem Manager
Amazon Web Service

Bhavik has worked in the IT and communications field for over 15 years, at leading technology companies like HP, Agilent, Reliance Communications and Aspera. Bhavik started his career in product management at HP in Scotland testing GSM & CDMA cellular networks, and has held a variety of sales engineering, business development and product marketing roles. Bhavik spent ~4 years at Aspera, as Director of Cloud Services & Partnerships, where he managed relationships with partners like AWS, EMC, HP, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe and worked with leading M&E companies like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Sony, WB, UFC, UEFA and Deluxe in deploying cloud solutions. He joined AWS in July 2012 where he is now responsible for the AWS M&E Partner Ecosystem. Bhavik has a B.Eng. (EE) degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh; and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

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