Women in Home Entertainment 2022: The Teams

Women in Home Entertainment 2022: The Teams
Women in Home Entertainment 2022: The Teams

Media Play News Staff Report
October 24, 2022

The residence leisure {industry} is crammed with sensible, strategic groups that assist the captains of the large studios and streamers.
Additionally, there are lots of different gifted girls leaders at unbiased content material distributors; digital retailers who promote and lease motion pictures, TV reveals and different filmed content material; streaming companies; know-how firms; and ancillary service suppliers.
Here are among the standouts.
Lauren AndersonHead of AVOD Original Content and Programming, Amazon StudiosAnderson oversees all programming, together with artistic growth, manufacturing, licensing, scheduling, analysis, and technique for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video’s ad-supported FAST linear channels. Additionally, Anderson not too long ago assumed duty for the unscripted programming technique throughout all of Amazon Studios, together with SVOD and AVOD programming. She joined Amazon Studios in 2019 as the pinnacle of strategic content material, managing such collection because the “Savage X Fenty Show” for Prime Video. In 2020 she grew to become co-head of content material and programming for IMDb TV (now Freevee). Early accomplishments for Freevee included bringing the enduring Judge Judy Sheindlin to a streaming viewers, shepherding Amazon’s first partnership with prolific creator Dick Wolf — his solely half-hour crime procedural — and creating the AVOD spinoff of Prime Video’s longest-running collection, “Bosch.” Before becoming a member of Amazon, Anderson was the chief content material officer for Indigo Development and Entertainment Arts, the three way partnership studio between NBCUniversal and Snapchat.
Julie RapaportHead of Movies, Amazon StudiosRapaport leads the studio’s division centered on producing and buying all kinds of high-quality, culturally related movies for Prime Video’s international viewers. She and the unique motion pictures staff not too long ago launched and celebrated the vital and business success of movies such because the Oscar-nominated Lucille Ball biopic Being the Ricardos, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, George Clooney’s coming-of-age drama The Tender Bar, the Chris Pratt-led motion function The Tomorrow War, and Coming 2 America starring Eddie Murphy. Some upcoming releases for Rapaport and her staff embody My Policeman, starring Harry Styles, the function documentary Good Night Oppy, and The People We Hate on the Wedding. Prior to becoming a member of Amazon Studios in 2015, Rapaport labored at The Weinstein Company, the place she rose to SVP of manufacturing and growth.
Kelly DayVP, International, Prime VideoDay serves because the chief for Prime Video’s SVOD, TVOD, and Channels companies in all locales outdoors the United States. Overseeing a staff of regional and nation managers all over the world, Day drives the content material methods, greenlights, and launches of Amazon Original motion pictures and collection throughout worldwide. Prior to becoming a member of Amazon in 2022, Day served as president of streaming for ViacomCBS Networks International (now Paramount Global), the place she was accountable for the worldwide rollout and development of Paramount+ and Pluto.
Marie DonoghueVP, Global Sports VideoDonoghue oversees Prime Video’s international sports activities content material enterprise. She leads its international sports activities technique, figuring out and evaluating new alternatives, overseeing acquisitions, programming and manufacturing, and enabling clients to entry unique and dwell sports activities content material on a whole bunch of units in greater than 240 nations and territories. This content material contains Premier League in the United Kingdom, UEFA Champions League in Germany and Italy (U.Okay. beginning in 2024), ONE Championship (United States and Canada), and the WNBA. Donoghue led the groundbreaking acquisition and manufacturing of “Thursday Night Football,” marking the primary time a streaming service aired an unique nationwide broadcast bundle from the NFL. Prior to becoming a member of Amazon, Donoghue was at ESPN for greater than 18 years.
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Blu Digital Group
Paulette PantojaCEOPantoja based Blu Digital Group in 2007, specializing in high quality management for movie and TV content material distributed on bodily media. The firm has since created proprietary workflows and patented functions as an answer for content material house owners and platforms to ship streaming content material. Pantoja’s enlargement of the localization division inside Blu in 2021 additional broadened the corporate’s capability to ship worldwide content material to audiences all over the world. She is an Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 finalist and this yr is being honored with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment.
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BritBox International
Reemah SakaanCEOSakaan heads up the BBC and ITV backed streaming service and is accountable for the general technique and operations of BritBox globally, main a world-class staff over a number of areas. In her quick tenure as CEO to date, Sakaan has already carried out a number of international initiatives centered on a cohesive technique throughout all territories. Having labored on rising the partnership between ITV and BBC for the reason that starting, Sakaan was accountable for the creation of the BritBox model and international idea. Before turning into CEO, she served as chief artistic officer for BritBox Global in addition to the group director of SVOD for ITV, launching BritBox in the United Kingdom in November of 2019 and serving as a pivotal a part of the management staff behind BritBox Australia. Prior to this, she spent 18 months dwelling in New York the place she oversaw the expansion of BritBox U.S. subscribers and labored on the enlargement of BritBox into Canada in February 2018. Throughout her profession at BritBox, Sakaan has greenlighted a formidable and ever-growing listing of unique commissions, together with “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco,” the revival of “Spitting Image” and “The Beast Must Die,” in addition to the upcoming “Magpie Murders,” “Crime” and “A Spy Among Friends.”
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Amanda EdwardsSVP and Chief of StaffEdwards is instrumental in the fluid operations, technique and communications for the fast-growing firm. She is the right-hand to the CEO and has been with the corporate for greater than 10 years. Edwards supported the corporate by means of its IPO in 2017 and has been integral in each merger and acquisition transaction together with the corporate’s acquisitions of Redbox, Crackle and Screen Media. Prior to her position as SVP and chief of workers, she labored for the corporate in quite a lot of roles in advertising, gross sales and social media. Prior to becoming a member of Chicken Soup, Edwards labored as a request-for-proposal author for Clearbrook Investment Consulting and as a coordinator of sponsor administration for dLife, a diabetes way of life and media firm. Skilled in communications, technique, operations and advertising, Edwards has additionally been printed in 5 Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.
Elana SofkoChief Strategy OfficerSofko joined Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment in 2016 because the SVP of enterprise growth and distribution, and was named chief working officer in 2017. She brings greater than twenty years of media and leisure expertise, all the time on the forefront of innovation. Prior to becoming a member of Chicken Soup, Sofko centered on a spread of digital enterprise development initiatives for World Wrestling Entertainment, together with worldwide enlargement and localization of WWE’s digital properties, in addition to supporting the launch and worldwide enlargement of WWE Network, a subscription-based OTT service. Sofko labored on the launch of satellite tv for pc radio as a part of the start-up staff on the firm now referred to as SiriusXM, and has overseen strategic development initiatives at ESPN, Nokia, News Corp. and A&E Television Networks.
Dara CohenVP, Scripted Entertainment, Chicken Soup for the Soul Television GroupCohen is a producer and govt with greater than 20 years of expertise in growth, manufacturing and programming. She has labored in growth at The Mark Gordon Company, Red Hour Films, Revolution Studios, USA Network, CourtTV, Island/Def Jam Records, Maker Studios and A+E Studios. She has collaborated with writers, administrators, actors, producers, prime recording artists and social media influencers to create partaking content material throughout all platforms. She has in depth expertise in sourcing materials and IP, negotiating rights, and overseeing growth by means of manufacturing and supply of initiatives. While at CourtTV she developed, secured deficit financing, staffed writers and administrators, and produced the community’s first scripted collection, “Til Death Do Us Part.” She has produced 13 motion pictures with the USA Network and Syfy channel, and govt produced Ring of Fire for Lifetime (nominated for 4 Emmys), “House of Joy” for NuvoTV, and the digital collection “The Temp Agency” for Vuguru.
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Kim StarukSVP, MarketingStaruk oversees the overall associate relationships together with the general enterprise technique for Cinedigm’s movies. She can be accountable for managing and executing advertising and media throughout a number of channels to raise the profile of every launch. This additionally contains creating strategic partnerships and applications throughout all of Cinedigm’s distributing platforms, together with digital, streaming, bodily media and Cinedigm’s owned-and-operated digital networks. Prior to becoming a member of Cinedigm, Staruk spent six years at Universal Music Group Distribution/Vivendi Entertainment, and two years at Sony in SPT International Production.
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Michele FinoHead of Branded Entertainment, Crackle PlusA artistic storyteller, Fino combines private narratives with enterprise aims to create branded tales. She companions with like-minded organizations who embrace each action-driven content material and modern media distribution. Her profession journey contains branded leisure at a worldwide productions firm, content material technique at a nationwide retailer, and advertising at numerous extremely regarded nonprofits, together with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her superpower is mixing the detailed intricacies of content material manufacturing with the advanced KPIs of a model and sprinkling in the ability of proper time and proper viewers with the precise platform associate.
Jennifer GaleVP, Advanced Video Ad Sales and Brand Partnerships, Crackle PlusGale helps firms attain their clients in new and modern methods inside the AVOD house. She is accountable for media gross sales for Crackle Plus’s main owned-and-operated ad-supported OTT networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, together with gross sales rights for a rising portfolio of premium streaming companies together with Redbox, Crunchyroll and Plex, combining to create one of many largest at-scale stock sources for long-form OTT video. Additionally, Gale is accountable for driving customized branded leisure sponsorships and integrating main manufacturers into unique collection, distributed at scale inside the firm’s streaming TV companies.
Beth GalliRegional Director Sales, East, Crackle PlusGalli has 15-plus years of expertise in the promoting enterprise with sturdy company and shopper relationships, creating a confirmed observe document for rising income and producing new enterprise. Galli has been at Crackle Plus for greater than three years. Prior to becoming a member of Crackle Plus, she spent 16 years at Scripps Networks, working as an account govt at HGTV and the DIY Network.
Kelly Burke HopkinsVP, Sales Development and Advertising, Crackle PlusHopkins has greater than 20 years of expertise with advertising, media, model content material technique, partnerships, programmatic, company collaboration and shopper service. She is accountable for all advert options, centered on go-to-market, in addition to customized options throughout Crackle Plus’s huge array of originals and premium video partnership gross sales technique. For the previous eight years she has specialised in OTT and video gross sales, with tenures at Yume (now Tremor), BuzzFeed, and at the moment Crackle Plus. Her profession started on the company aspect in a digital-media shopping for capability.
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Liz BalesChief Executive, DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International/The British Association for Screen EntertainmentBales has been a key a part of the house leisure {industry} for greater than a decade. She is a driving drive for digital and transactional residence leisure throughout the globe. In her position as chief govt of The British Association for Screen Entertainment, she champions the transactional residence leisure class in the United Kingdom, each bodily and digital, enjoying a key position in maximizing development and alternatives for the class and confronting the components which will impede it. She additionally transmits the message of the DEGI — sister group to the U.S. DEG — taking the best-practice initiatives and learnings into a number of territories worldwide, together with managing campaigns throughout The Nordics, Germany and France in the previous yr. She leans into and helps present in-territory our bodies or manages processes the place there will not be. From cross-industry occasions and collaboration to development campaigns that then journey the world by way of the DEGI, Bales is the main voice of those two best-in-class commerce our bodies that empower each the United Kingdom and worldwide markets.
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Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Platform Distribution
Lori B. LeBasEVP, Platform Distribution OperationsAs head of the enterprise operations staff for Platform Distribution, LeBas helps the event and distribution of services that create significant worth for the corporate, its companions and its customers. The enterprise unit manages all third-party media gross sales efforts for distribution, affiliate marketing online and affiliate-related enterprise operations for all the firm’s direct-to-consumer companies and linear media networks; content material gross sales agreements for General Entertainment, Studios and Sports, in addition to international theatrical movie distribution; and administration of Disney’s iconic El Capitan Theatre and the Disney Music Group. LeBas is concentrated on the design and implementation of enterprise processes for environment friendly administration and operation of all media distribution, together with linear networks, SVOD, AVOD, transactional, syndication, audio and direct-to-consumer merchandise. LeBas additionally leads the creation of cross-functional enterprise necessities for brand spanking new merchandise, in addition to oversight of all post-sales processes for content material distribution throughout all platforms.
Lindsey GreenSVP, Content SalesGreen is accountable for licensing function movies and tv content material from Disney Studios Content and Disney General Entertainment. The traces of enterprise that fall underneath her purview embody home and international SVOD and AVOD platforms, West Coast-based cable networks and choose pay-TV networks. She and her staff additionally handle the corporate’s distribution of content material to its direct-to-consumer streaming companies — Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu — and its linear networks. Her shopper roster contains Amazon, YouTube, Starz, Roku and Tubi, to call just a few.
Christen HarrisSVP, Platform Distribution SalesLauren Morrissey SVP, Platform Distribution SalesHarris and Morrissey negotiate key licensing agreements on behalf of the corporate throughout a big selection of media platforms and companies, together with home multichannel subscription distribution and international direct-to-consumer platforms. Among these substantial, high-profile agreements managed by their groups are in-home TVOD and direct-to-consumer app penetration amongst digital aggregators, MVPDs, units, wi-fi suppliers and social media functions. They additionally pursue and negotiate wholesale advertising partnerships for the corporate’s direct-to-consumer streaming companies. Between the 2 of them, they oversee greater than 100 key accounts, akin to Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku and Verizon.
Rebecca Black, VP, Business AffairsSummer time Imai, VP, Rights and Content ManagementBrooke A. Johnson, VP, Platform Distribution SalesJane Kim, VP, Distribution Planning Analysis and Commercial AffairsAnn Lee, VP, Distribution Planning and AnalysisJennifer Lourie, VP, Product Management
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Disney Streaming Services/Disney+
Alisa BowenPresident, Disney+Promoted to her present place in September, Bowen has led international enterprise operations for Disney’s streaming platforms, together with Disney+ since its launch in 2019. In this new place, Bowen will work carefully with key leaders throughout The Walt Disney Co. for the forthcoming launch of the advertising-supported subscription-streaming tier, in addition to multi-channel promotional assist for Disney+ and its content material slate. She most not too long ago served as EVP of world enterprise operations for Disney Streaming, overseeing the content material and enterprise operations, enterprise growth and planning, program administration, and viewer expertise features for The Walt Disney Co.’s direct-to-consumer video streaming companies, together with Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+. Bowen joined Disney in 2017 as SVP, CTO and digital media lead for The Walt Disney Co.’s worldwide operations, the place she led a metamorphosis of the Disney channel’s broadcast know-how, content material operations, and digital publishing throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Jaya KolhatkarEVP of Data, Disney Streaming ServicesKolhatkar oversees buyer intelligence and all data- and analytics-related efforts at Disney Streaming. In her position, she is accountable for elevating buyer intelligence, implementing sturdy information governance, and driving a tradition of goal, data-driven decision-making. Kolhatkar beforehand served because the SVP of world information and analytics platforms at WalmartLabs, the place she constructed information and analytic platforms that offered information and instruments for making enterprise selections at Walmart. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as a part of the acquisition of predictive analytics agency Inkiru, the place she was the chief analytics officer and co-founder. Kolhatkar has additionally labored in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Molly BradySVP, Growth Marketing, Disney Streaming ServicesBrady, who beforehand served as VP of buyer acquisition, is accountable for rising the corporate’s streaming subscriber base. Prior to becoming a member of Disney, she labored at American Express, IBM and Bloomingdale’s. During her profession, Brady has partnered with prime manufacturers, together with Facebook, Instagram, Google, Credit Karma, Nerdwallet, Delta, Starwood and JetBlue to ship distinctive merchandise and advertising applications. She has experience in show media, social media, paid search, search engine optimisation, affiliate, web site advertising, e-mail, offline channels, new buyer acquisition, product administration and consulting.
April CarrettaHead of Communications, Direct to ConsumerCarretta leads communications globally for Disney’s direct-to-consumer video streaming companies. She oversees proactive and built-in communications, together with client, content material publicity, worldwide, disaster communications, and incident administration, in addition to inner worker communications. Carretta joined Disney in 2019 by means of its acquisition of twentieth Century Fox. She initially led communications for Disney’s Platform Distribution group, enjoying a key position in shaping communications throughout all third-party media gross sales efforts for distribution, content material gross sales agreements, affiliate marketing online for direct-to-consumer companies and linear media networks, international theatrical movie distribution, and different Disney properties together with Disney Music Group and the El Capitan Theatre.
Andrea RoxasVP, Content Planning and Scheduling, Disney+Roxas is accountable for figuring out the premiere and launch technique for content material on Disney+ in partnership with programming and advertising groups all over the world. Roxas joined The Walt Disney Co. in 2011 as an editor for the Disney Digital Network. Prior to engaged on Disney+, Roxas led content material technique and programming for Disney’s digital portfolio of manufacturers focusing on millennial and household audiences, together with Oh My Disney, Disney Style Guide, Disney Family and Babble.
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Ayisha EmersonBusiness Manager, ContentEmerson is a enterprise growth skilled at Dolby, the place she is a content material {industry} strategist serving to to steer Dolby’s roadmap throughout conventional and rising content material classes. Having began with a deal with tv manufacturing and streaming, Emerson now additionally leads the worldwide enterprise technique for podcast content material creation to encourage and develop the artistic palette with Dolby Atmos. Previously, Emerson began her profession in movie at studios akin to twentieth Century Fox, Disney and DreamWorks Animation, and most not too long ago labored at Quibi. Emerson is repeatedly pushing the convergence of leisure and know-how to higher the patron expertise.
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Eileen RiveraSenior Director of Production and Development, Rotten TomatoesRivera heads up all video growth and manufacturing for Rotten Tomatoes, a part of NBCUniversal’s Fandango portfolio. Her staff is accountable for the artistic execution of all unique video content material throughout OTT, on-line, YouTube and social channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Rivera efficiently spearheaded the launch of the Rotten Tomatoes OTT/FAST channels, that includes 24/7 linear programming obtainable on Peacock, Roku, Samsung TV and Xumo TV. The manufacturing staff continues to additional the businesses’ content material attain by serving to produce and program greater than a dozen initially produced reveals and almost 600 hours of premium long- and short-form video content material.
Alejandra BrizuelaVP of Product Management, User Experience and User InterfaceBrizuela directs all product administration and person expertise, person interface features throughout Fandango’s residence leisure, ticketing, e-commerce, and publishing portfolios, together with Vudu, Fandango, Flixster, and Rotten Tomatoes. She oversees merchandise that attain greater than 60 million month-to-month customers in the United States and overseas. Throughout her profession, Brizuela has efficiently formed and launched best-in-class experiences throughout iOS, Android, Web and TV functions. A local of Argentina, Brizuela has held roles at prime e-commerce subscription companies akin to Disney Mobile, eHarmony and eSalon.
Kristine LopesDirector of Integrated Marketing, VuduWith greater than 20 years of expertise in advertising, gross sales, strategic planning and execution, Lopes leads built-in advertising for Vudu, Fandango’s main on-demand streaming service. Lopes has been a advertising guru and instrumental a part of the Vudu household since 2014, previous to its acquisition by Fandango. As a resourceful veteran of the house leisure enterprise, Lopes develops complete enterprise plans and works cross-functionally to drive advertising campaigns, go-to-market capabilities and partnership alternatives. Prior to her work at Vudu, Lopes was the senior supervisor of buyer engagement for Advanced Auto Parts, on-line advertising supervisor for Symantec, and product advertising supervisor for Bank of the West.
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Giant Interactive
Meri HassouniEVP, Global Business DevelopmentHassouni is an leisure govt with 20-plus years of {industry} expertise and has pivoted with the {industry} because it developed from bodily media to digital media, to the expansion of streaming platforms, AVOD and FAST channels. Hassouni has performed an instrumental position in the numerous development of Giant (not too long ago acquired by Testronic Labs) on the studio aspect in addition to on the servicing aspect, working with unbiased distributors to ship content material and execute channel launches in the TVOD, SVOD and AVOD areas. She was accountable for negotiating the popular vendor relationship with Pluto, ensuing in Giant’s collaboration with 50-plus Pluto companions and supply of 1,000-plus hours of content material month-to-month for shoppers, together with BBC, AMC, Toei Animation and PBS. Hassouni has been a member of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group since 1999, and when the Canon Club expanded in 2019, she grew to become the vice chair of that DEG group.
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Christina KimHead of AVOD Licensing/FAST and TVOD, YouTube and Google TVKim oversees enterprise growth and partnerships for AVOD licensing/FAST for YouTube in addition to Google’s transactional motion pictures and TV (on YouTube and Google TV). Before becoming a member of Google in 2014, Kim labored in content material acquisition at Amazon and PlayStation Video.
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Barrie GrunerEVP, Marketing and Publicity, Hulu OriginalsGruner oversees advertising technique, artistic, occasions, media, social and communications for all Hulu unique collection (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Nine Perfect Strangers,” “The Kardashians,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and so forth.). Since becoming a member of Hulu in 2013, she has helped information the corporate from plucky challenger to established participant. She drove each communications and the awards technique that helped launch “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which went on to dominate the 2017 Emmy Awards, together with the award for Outstanding Drama Series that cemented Hulu in historical past as the primary streaming platform to take residence the celebrated honor. Over the previous yr, Gruner led advertising campaigns for a number of marquee titles, together with “Only Murders in the Building,” main it to turn into the most-watched comedy in Hulu historical past, and “The Kardashians,” main it to turn into the most-watched unscripted collection and premiere in Hulu historical past.
Reagan FeeneySVP, Live-TV Content Programming and PartnershipsFeeney is accountable for setting the imaginative and prescient and strategic path for live-TV distribution, together with managing partnerships with nationwide channels, regional sports activities networks and native broadcast associates. Her staff additionally leads the technique and execution of dwell information, sports activities, occasions and programming made obtainable for Hulu on-demand subscribers, together with premium add-ons, ESPN+ on Hulu, and ABC News Live specials. Previously, Feeney was VP of content material at AT&T’s DirecTV, the place she was accountable for figuring out and negotiating normal leisure and sports activities programming acquisitions, in addition to sustaining exterior enterprise relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports activities subscription packages, regional sports activities networks and on-demand sports activities content material.
Lauren TempestSVP, Content Partnerships, Acquisitions, SchedulingTempest leads the division that manages Hulu’s sturdy content material portfolio throughout TV, movie, youngsters and household, anime, and currents, by means of third-party acquisitions and in shut partnership with The Walt Disney Co.’s content material studio, after which strategically schedules title launches to showcase the breadth, depth and exclusivity that Hulu uniquely provides. She beforehand served as VP of content material partnerships, and led Hulu’s licensed-television acquisitions group. She first joined Hulu in 2015, after working for six years at NBCUniversal’s USA Network.
Angie Kang ParkDeputy Chief CounselPark oversees authorized issues for all areas throughout the corporate, together with content material, content material acquisition, Hulu + Live TV, product and advertising. Since beginning at Hulu a couple of decade in the past, Park has led quite a few high-profile offers and initiatives which have grown Hulu’s content material library to incorporate among the most in-demand premium content material in the market. Over the previous two years Park has performed an instrumental position in Hulu’s efforts to deliver distinctive content material, pricing and promotional choices to the Hulu service. She oversaw the launch of the NFL Network on the service and led offers for on-demand content material akin to Nomadland and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, which received six Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award, respectively.
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Level 33 Entertainment
Alisa BuntingSVP, Marketing and Product ManagementBunting manages all content material onboarding, platform advertising and product administration. She has overseen the releases of greater than 100 unbiased function movies throughout all home windows from bodily product to the ever-evolving world of video on demand. Bunting excels at every thing from interacting with unbiased filmmakers and gross sales brokers to managing exterior distributors and platform companions. She maintains a constructive perspective and rises to the event with any problem introduced throughout a various slate of content material delivered to a rising international client base. Bunting’s eager sense of {the marketplace} helps drive the visibility of Level 33 content material over the multitude of leisure retailers, platforms and channels that make up the fashionable distribution panorama. Prior to becoming a member of Level 33 in 2012, Bunting served as director of promoting and operations at Playboy Entertainment Group. She started her profession at The Walt Disney Co. in the Buena Vista Home Video division engaged on model advertising for Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures product.
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Chase BrisbinEVP, International Television and Digital DistributionBrisbin leads the worldwide SVOD and AVOD distribution staff at Lionsgate, centered on technique and gross sales throughout all content material varieties, together with TV and movie, each library and first run. Her focus is to navigate and form the corporate’s strategy to an increasing worldwide market as heavyweights and newcomer companies compete. Recently, Brisbin negotiated new artistic deal constructions on Pay 1 and Pay 2 outputs and packages in response to the pandemic. She joined Lionsgate in 2012 and has negotiated a few of its most modern offers.
Kate NexonEVP, Domestic Television and Digital DistributionA 13-year Lionsgate veteran, Nexon is accountable for licensing the studio’s TV and movie properties throughout AVOD, SVOD and linear platforms. She leads home gross sales, overseeing strategic planning and execution of multi-platform initiatives. In the previous yr she negotiated the sale of the Emmy-award profitable collection “Schitt’s Creek” to Hulu and performed an integral position in the gross sales of “The Continental” to Peacock, hit comedy “Ghosts” to Paramount+, and Lionsgate’s Pay 2 theatrical output offers with NBCUniversal and Roku, in addition to a multiyear movie take care of Tubi.
Susan PosnerEVP, International Sales Strategy and PlanningPosner was promoted to EVP in April. She oversees a hub of gross sales and operations planners who assist the staff handle stock, together with the rising variety of output offers and go-to-market on broad strategic initiatives. A consummate staff participant, she works carefully with advertising, analysis, authorized, rights and different groups to strategize and talk the plans for Lionsgate’s wholesome movie and TV slates. Since becoming a member of in 2019 after 11 years at MGM, she has helped negotiate some key title reversions for the staff to promote, resulting in further gross sales.
Jill AndersonSVP, Home Entertainment SalesAnderson leads Lionsgate’s residence leisure packaged-media enterprise for retail’s largest accounts. She regularly challenges herself and her staff to drive increased attain and scale for Lionsgate’s 17,000-title movie and TV library in addition to for its world-class movie enterprise. Anderson is a consummate staff participant who’s pushed by continuous studying and development, main by instance, mentoring others inside her community, and giving again to the neighborhood. She’s extraordinarily proud to be a 19-year veteran of Lionsgate’s entrepreneurial tradition, its dedication to innovation, and its ardour for daring, unique, relatable leisure.
Jennifer CaprowSVP, Domestic Sales Strategy and PlanningBorn and raised in California, Caprow graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earlier than becoming a member of Lionsgate in 2011. Starting as a gross sales planning coordinator in the TV Distribution Group, she is now an integral member of the manager staff and was not too long ago promoted into her current place after serving for 2 years as VP of gross sales planning and TV distribution, and, earlier than that, govt director. She collaborates with groups throughout Lionsgate and is consistently engaged with how the ever-changing TV/streaming panorama evolves.
Erin CarterSVP, MarketingCarter is a 14-year veteran of Lionsgate and predecessor firm Anchor Bay, a part of the studio’s acquisition of Starz. She oversees the advertising and distribution technique for Lionsgate’s 17,000-title movie and tv library, one of many largest in the world. She continues to be on the forefront of content material licensing initiatives to an increasing array of recent and conventional patrons all over the world. Carter additionally spearheads content material lifecycle planning for Lionsgate’s distribution companions, together with Roadside Attractions, Grindstone Entertainment and A&E Television. She joined Lionsgate in 2017 from Anchor Bay, the place she spent a decade main the firm’s technique for its unbiased theatrical releases.
Kenya HartSVP, Procurement and Inventory OperationsHart oversees the day by day operations of the supplies administration, stock reconciliation and procurement/demand planning groups to make sure well timed completed good product supply in assist of new-release, catalog and promotion deadlines for U.S. and Canadian distribution. As the SAP tremendous person/departmental programs supervisor, she works carefully with IT to check, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additionally, she handles price evaluation and enterprise acquisition onboarding.
Amelia McPartlon RogersSVP, Marketing, Global Content StrategyRogers oversees total advertising technique in the restricted theatrical and digital distribution house. She leads her groups to develop a full 360-degree advertising technique for Lionsgate’s total restricted theatrical and multi-platform launch slate, in addition to for the corporate’s huge library and third-party distribution firms.
Kathy Arendain, VP, Digital Strategy and EngagementLauren Bixby, VP, AcquisitionsMaria Chung, VP, Digital CreativeTiffany Olivares Girardi, VP, Global Earned and Media CommunicationsLindsay Lefrancois, VP, ProcurementKara McKinney, VP, Global AVOD
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Movies Anywhere
Elissa BrownVP, Business OperationsBrown leads day-to-day operations, creating and executing key enterprise and platform methods to drive development and ship operational efficiencies throughout all aspects of Movies Anywhere. This contains finance, technique, enterprise growth, associate administration, enterprise intelligence/analytics, buyer care and program administration.
Beth Okay. BaierAssistant Chief CounselBaier leads all day-to-day authorized and enterprise affairs issues and serves because the senior authorized advisor to the corporate’s enterprise groups. She actively participates in authorized evaluation, modeling, negotiations and drafting of recent strategic enterprise fashions and high-profile offers involving rising digital-distribution applied sciences, distribution platforms, technical operations and advertising methods. She was instrumental in creating the product’s Screen Pass and co-viewing options that had been launched throughout the pandemic, together with advising on compliant functionalities, enterprise guidelines, branding and client messaging. Baier additionally offers authorized assist for brand spanking new enterprise methods for the Disney Digital Media staff, together with FAST channels, e-commerce initiatives and search engine marketing.
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Paramount Pictures
Melinda FroelichSVP, International Marketing, Paramount Home EntertainmentFroelich is accountable for worldwide advertising, promoting, public relations, promotions and the discharge technique for all transactional home windows publish theatrical. She additionally oversees international advertising for all worldwide tv companions. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having beforehand labored at The Walt Disney Co. for eight years.
Hilarie HildebrandtSVP, Digital Customer Marketing, Paramount Home EntertainmentHildebrandt oversees buyer advertising for international digital accounts with a deal with aligning strategic initiatives throughout new-release, catalog and tv product, optimizing the retailer execution of joint residence leisure transactional and Paramount+ streaming efforts. Hildebrandt and her staff’s tasks embody executing multinational consumer-focused applications with every retail shopper to maximise gross sales and leverage the regularly evolving digital retail surroundings to make sure Paramount and its companions attain their core aims. Hildebrandt beforehand served as VP of retail advertising at twentieth Century Fox and in addition held gross sales director positions at Fox and Polygram Filmed Entertainment in Canada.
Alanna PowersSVP, Brand Marketing, Paramount Home EntertainmentPowers leads the division’s international advertising methods, product growth, and administration of recent releases, acquisitions and library titles. She and her groups develop campaigns for bodily and digital distribution channels that align with cross-divisional companions to maximise the studio’s full portfolio of titles. Prior to becoming a member of Paramount, Powers held senior advertising positions at Redbox and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment after beginning her profession at FCB.
Aubrey ThomasonSVP, Business Affairs and Legal, Paramount PicturesThomason’s main focuses are acquisitions for distribution primarily by means of tv and residential leisure channels, associated safety agreements, interparty agreements and theatrical companies agreements, in addition to home video sublicensing issues. Prior to becoming a member of Paramount, Thomason from 2000 to 2005 was an affiliate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, the place she primarily labored on company finance and actual property transactions, but additionally served as outdoors counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.
Nancy PopeSVP, Human Resources, Paramount PicturesPope is accountable for supporting the house leisure, theatrical advertising and TV licensing divisions. Early in her profession she labored for AT&T as each an operations supervisor and HR skilled. Upon incomes her grasp’s diploma in industrial psychology, Pope left AT&T and joined Nestle USA, the place she grew to become the director of coaching and growth. In 1999 she joined EMI Music North America to turn into the VP of human assets, and in 2007 she joined Paramount Pictures. For the previous a number of years Pope has been concerned in numerous nonprofit organizations and most not too long ago has turn into a member of the Jewish Family Service’s Board of Los Angeles, which is a multi-service company with the objective of strengthening and preserving particular person, household and neighborhood life by offering a variety of wanted human companies to individuals in the neighborhood.
Erin Carey, VP, Digital Distribution, Paramount Home EntertainmentBoh Clancy, VP, Digital Distribution, Asia Pacific, Paramount Home EntertainmentRachel Crang, VP, Worldwide Production Management, Paramount Home EntertainmentMicol Green, VP, Legal Affairs, Paramount Home EntertainmentSandra Hiestand, VP, Sales Planning and Reporting, Paramount Home EntertainmentMichele Rumain, VP, Advertising (Media), Paramount PicturesPamela Sivula, VP, Financial Planning, Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Streaming/Paramount+ /Pluto TV
Nicole ClemensPresident of Paramount Television Studios and Paramount+ Original Scripted SeriesClemens joined PTVS in 2018 and added the Paramount+ place to her portfolio in 2021. Her main duty at Paramount+ is to shepherd unique collection and formulate programming technique for the streaming platform. Paramount+ initiatives embody the worldwide hit collection “Halo,” “The Offer” and the “Star Trek” franchise — “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” “Star Trek: Picard” and “Star Trek: Discovery” — in addition to “SEAL Team,” “Evil,” “The Good Fight” and “The Game.” Upcoming collection embody “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Rabbit Hole” and “Criminal Minds.” In addition, as president of PTVS, Clemens oversees a sturdy slate of reveals for patrons throughout a number of platforms, together with Emmy Nominated “Station Eleven” for HBO Max; “Reacher” and “Jack Ryan” for Amazon Prime; “American Gigolo” for Showtime; “Defending Jacob,” “Shantaram” and “Time Bandits” for Apple TV+; and “The Haunting” anthology collection for Netflix.
Tanya GilesChief Programming Officer, Paramount StreamingGiles oversees and executes a holistic programming technique for the worldwide content material providing throughout the corporate’s streaming companies Paramount+ and Pluto TV, maximizing combine, prioritization, timing and impression of Paramount assets, franchises and types to drive sustained viewers acquisition and engagement. With greater than 20 years of expertise, Giles is broadly revered throughout the leisure {industry} and has a confirmed observe document of making use of research-driven insights to make high-impact programming selections. Prior to becoming a member of Paramount Streaming, Giles served as GM for the MTV Entertainment Group, the place she led content material technique, programming, and analysis and insights for main leisure manufacturers akin to MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land and others.
Catherine HouserEVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Paramount Pictures and Paramount StreamingA trusted chief in the Paramount Global household for 25 years with deep HR expertise in movie and tv, Houser has managed human assets groups in the leisure {industry} for 30 years. Prior to overseeing Paramount Pictures HR, she served as EVP of human assets for Viacom Media Networks. the place she led the corporate’s HR methods and practices. In that position, she was accountable for all of MTV Networks’ HR initiatives globally. Before becoming a member of MTV Networks, Houser was SVP of human assets and operations for Orion Pictures.
Elizabeth WrightEVP and CFO, Direct to Consumer Segment, Paramount GlobalWright steers the worldwide monetary technique for each Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Prior to turning into CFO of the direct-to-consumer phase, Wright served as SVP of finance for CBS Interactive. In that position, she oversaw your entire finance group, ran annual price range processes, managed month-to-month key efficiency indicators, and drove initiatives for brand spanking new enterprise partnerships for the CBS digital division. Prior to becoming a member of CBS in 2007, Wright labored at PricewaterhouseCoopers and began her profession in public accounting.
Amy KuessnerSVP, Content Strategy and Global Partnerships, Paramount GlobalKuessner is accountable for development methods, partnerships, content material licensing and worldwide enlargement for Pluto TV and centered areas of Paramount+. In this position, Kuessner brings her experience, artistic imaginative and prescient and technique to determine, bridge and scale symbiotic content material partnerships throughout the a number of streaming platforms. Since its onset, Kuessner has been instrumental in the event and oversight of Pluto TV’s content material acquisitions staff, accountable for establishing almost 400 international content material offers with main Hollywood studios, TV networks, distributors, main sports activities leagues, information organizations and publishing outfits. Prior to becoming a member of Pluto TV, Kuessner spent over twenty years in leisure, specializing in rising digital applied sciences, together with AVOD, linear, MVPDs and digital cinema. She has a long time of expertise in advertising and enterprise growth, with prior roles at NBCUniversal, Liberty Media, Sony Corp. and DirecTV, in addition to startups together with National CineMedia/Fathom Entertainment and ByExperience.
Susan LundgrenSVP, Communications, Paramount StreamingLundgren oversees all exterior and inner communications and occasions efforts for the division, in addition to its streaming companies Paramount+, Pluto TV and Noggin. She has greater than 20 years of communications expertise working with among the prime manufacturers inside tech and media. Prior to becoming a member of Paramount Streaming, Lundgren was with Apple, the place she was accountable for managing international strategic communications for authorized, authorities affairs and industrial design. Before that, Lundgren led company communications efforts for key know-how shoppers of Porter Novelli, a worldwide communications company.
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PBS Distribution
Andrea BurtonSenior Director, Business DevelopmentWith greater than 20 years of expertise in the media and communications {industry}, Burton leads PBS Distribution’s international enterprise growth efforts and manages key associate relationships with Amazon, YouTube and others. She has launched partnerships with Pluto, Tubi, Roku, Freevee, Xumo and Peacock, and launched two FAST channels in the United States with a 3rd on its manner and two in the United Kingdom, in addition to 4 YouTube channels. Prior to becoming a member of PBS Distribution, Burton was the director of gross sales at HBO.
Lori GalkowskiDirector, National SalesA house leisure veteran with 30-plus years of expertise, Galkowski has in depth data in a number of channels of enterprise supporting Blu-ray and DVD gross sales. Responsible for bodily content material gross sales and advertising in the mass and specialty channels in the United States and Canada, in addition to the corporate’s distribution partnership, her experience and efforts to create new, unique content material have resulted in persistently sturdy retail placements. Prior to becoming a member of PBS Distribution in 2015, Galkowski held positions at Warner Bros. and Sight & Sound Distributors.
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Premiere Digital
Michele EdelmanHead of GrowthWith greater than 20 years of govt expertise, an unmatched enterprise acumen and in depth data of residence leisure, Edelman has been a driving drive behind innovation and development on the forefront of an evolving OTT panorama. From launching TVOD applications at Warner Bros., to spearheading VOD methods at Vubiquity, to redefining distribution at media companies firm Premiere Digital, Edelman has been instrumental in implementing worldwide market plans throughout media companies, distribution and software-as-a-service disciplines.
Pamela NgCFONg joined Premiere Digital in December 2020 to supervise all monetary operations and collaborate with administration on the corporate’s most essential initiatives, together with natural development methods, acquisitions, KPI efficiency and threat avoidance by means of data-driven decision-making. Prior to becoming a member of the corporate, she served as CFO at Irwin Naturals, a supplier of premium vitamin and dietary supplements. Before that, she served as VP of technique at Beachbody, a number one health streaming and vitamin firm, and as GM of Teleflora’s SaaS e-commerce platform.
Evelyn ArteagaExecutive Director of OperationsArteaga has turn into a key affect in creating digital workflows at Premiere Digital since she joined the corporate close to its inception. Evolving by means of her roles as a digital media technician to a supervisor and to her present place, she has improved and developed processes that effectively adapt with the corporate’s development. In supporting vital features of the corporate, she has curated instrumental {industry} data that has positioned the corporate as a main technological resolution for media servicing and distribution.
Beth ArcherDirector of MasteringSince becoming a member of Premiere Digital, Archer has risen from an entry degree place in ingest and mastering to director of mastering. She is accountable for establishing the corporate’s roots on the East Coast, launching the Stamford, Conn., facility and consolidating workflows and applied sciences to assist the Los Angeles headquarters. In creating environment friendly processes and leveraging a honed data of recent applied sciences, she has been a key contributor to the corporate’s development alongside the rise of digital media in leisure.
Natalie MartinVP, Growth and DevelopmentMartin has been a top-performing digital distribution govt for greater than a decade, utilizing her deep gross sales and operations experience to assist international manufacturers monetize content material with modern methods and options that maximize profitability. In her present position, she is accountable for driving income by nurturing key {industry} relationships and constructing new income streams, together with the corporate’s quickly increasing aggregation enterprise that will increase scale and effectivity between digital platforms and content material house owners.
Carrie MooreVP, Product DevelopmentMoore is the quintessential Premiere Digital success story. Since becoming a member of the corporate because the seventh worker, she has turn into a dependable professional in digital distribution with expertise in mastering, success and SaaS know-how. She helped develop the corporate’s international footprint, launching the Bangalore amenities, workflow and groups to allow international operations. She additionally developed a product assist infrastructure for all software program used at Premiere Digital, persevering with to develop the corporate’s flagship media administration merchandise, Storefront and PDX.
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Christina ChuChief Technology OfficerChu oversees all of know-how throughout Redbox, together with software program engineering, know-how operations, infrastructure, and company system groups accountable for TVOD, FLTV and AVOD streaming companies, in addition to the bodily kiosk {hardware} and software program. She’s accountable for creating next-generation applied sciences and technique for the corporate’s rising streaming platform that features apps on smart-TVs, the Web, Android and iOS units, recreation consoles, and OTT units, in addition to its established kiosk enterprise. Chu has labored carefully with enterprise, operations and product leaders to make sure that Redbox’s know-how platforms can scale and shortly evolve in assist of the ever-evolving streaming house. Prior to becoming a member of Redbox, Chu was the SVP of know-how at Fullscreen the place she led engineering technique and execution for the corporate’s B2C and B2B traces of enterprise. Chu spent greater than a decade at NBCUniversal.
Durriya GunjaSenior Director, Creative ServicesGunja is accountable for artistic management, strategic oversight, and model administration guaranteeing a constant expertise throughout all channels and platforms at Redbox. She leads the administration staff overseeing model promotions, artistic and content material growth, video manufacturing, and operations supporting enterprise degree merchandise (kiosk, TVOD, AVOD, R+ and Perks) throughout a number of channels and platforms. The group additionally helps content material creation, promos and advertising for Redbox Originals and Exclusives underneath Redbox Entertainment. Under her management, the staff helped model and launch the Redbox digital platform together with its TVOD and AVOD choices. Durriya led the Redbox rebrand efforts in 2017, refreshing the 36,000-plus kiosks, print and digital property, Redbox web site, and cellular and CE apps. Most not too long ago, she led the artistic efforts to launch the brand new Redbox Value Menu.
Tiffany CruzDirector of Media OperationsCruz is accountable for managing rights, operations and publishing of Redbox’s AVOD, linear, and owned-and-operated Redbox channels, in addition to its transactional VOD libraries. With 20 years of movie distribution and digital operations expertise, she makes use of her technical background to streamline processes, rising throughput. Cruz additionally oversees Redbox Entertainment unique movies supply, having managed distribution of 4,000-plus movies in her profession. She beforehand led content material ops at Roku, managing 400-plus companions and a 400,000-plus title library internationally and domestically.
Anuradha Kali KadimcherlaDirector of Data Engineering and Business IntelligenceKadimcherla leads the information engineering, information operations and the DBA groups at Redbox. She is accountable for the information staff’s product roadmap, back-end manufacturing databases, third-party integrations, KPI stories and dashboards. She liaises with product administration, enterprise and management to ship information workloads primarily based on the enterprise necessities. She strives to create an open information platform for everybody to democratize the information and construct merchandise which might be performant and scalable. For Redbox’s on-demand platform, she led the efforts to combine with its suggestion engine supplier, helped construct the studio income share stories, led the loyalty program implementation, and assisted in constructing out on-demand govt dashboards and integrating with studios and content material suppliers for on-demand content material ingestion.
Katherine KilleenDirector of Product ManagementKilleen leads product administration features at Redbox and has been concerned in launching many new merchandise and options by means of partnership since becoming a member of the corporate greater than 10 years in the past. She contributed to the launch and development of the Redbox Perks loyalty program, which now contains greater than 40 million customers. She drives product roadmaps for buyer incentives and perks, kiosk enhancements, in addition to inner instruments used for content material administration, merchandising, advertising and buyer assist, and communications.
Jeanette SockeDirector of Marketing, RedboxSocke leads client advertising and social media at Redbox. She manages strategic month-to-month planning and executes model, seasonal and promotional campaigns. Some of the high-profile campaigns she has managed embody “Value Menu,” “Dinner & a Movie” and “12 Days of Deals.” She additionally manages connected-TV paid media to develop consciousness and conversions of Redbox digital merchandise akin to transactional, AVOD, FAST and Redbox Entertainment originals. She collaborates with studios and gross sales groups to construct built-in partnerships that drive client engagement, incremental rents and new buyer acquisition.
Laura FlorenceVP, Merchandising and ProgrammingFlorence joined Redbox in 2019 to guide the corporate’s digital content material acquisitions and helped to launch the Redbox FAST channel service and the ad-supported on-demand platform. In 2021 she was promoted to her present place, the place she handles all content material technique and merchandising for kiosk, transactional, FAST, ad-supported and Redbox Original content material, in addition to the programming of Redbox linear Channels. She has greater than 15 years of expertise in each the bodily and digital classes of content material distribution, together with a tenure at Gravitas Ventures, the place she was the VP of North American gross sales and advertising.
Maura GraySenior Director, Consumer, Brand and Partner MarketingGrey leads client advertising for all Redbox traces of enterprise, together with bodily and digital transactional and free ad-supported (FAST/Free On Demand). She and her groups drive acquisition, retention and engagement throughout all touchpoints with off-channel media (paid and partnerships), in addition to Redbox’s owned channels, together with social. She manages new product launches, large-scale model initiatives and strategic planning. Prior to becoming a member of Redbox, the 17-year veteran of the leisure {industry} managed advert gross sales and partnership advertising on the National Geographic Channels.
Kristin BowserVP of operationsBowser is accountable for all the operations of the legacy kiosk enterprise. She efficiently led the sphere staff by means of a pandemic, civil unrest and document inflation. She was in a position to maintain the enterprise working throughout a really difficult time in the leisure enterprise.
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Screen Media
Tamara BirkemoeEVP, International Sales and DistributionBirkemoe oversees all worldwide distribution for Screen Media and can be a part of the worldwide acquisition and co-production staff. In addition, she leads Screen Media’s worldwide theatrical gross sales division, Foresight Unlimited. Birkemoe brings greater than 21 years of intensive hands-on expertise and data of the leisure {industry}. Throughout her profession she has shepherded quite a few initiatives from acquisition and growth by means of worldwide gross sales and distribution. She is at the moment govt producing Fast Charlie, starring Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin and James Caan, and Saint Clare, starring Bella Thorne. She most not too long ago govt produced Nine Bullets, starring Lena Headey and Sam Worthington. She has additionally govt produced And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and directed by Rob Reiner; 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg.
Lisa BurguenoSVP, Digital DistributionBurgueno has been in digital distribution for greater than a decade with roles at Lionsgate, Starz Digital, Cinedigm and Microsoft Movies & TV earlier than becoming a member of Screen Media to move up transactional partnerships and growth. Burgueno started her profession in day by day TV information manufacturing and spent a number of years as a pageant supervisor and programmer for National Geographic, supporting first-hand storytelling by native and indigenous filmmakers.
Amanda SherwinSVP, MarketingSherwin has been working in the unbiased movie enviornment for greater than twenty years. In February 2020 Sherwin began as a advisor for Screen Media Films overseeing theatrical advertising starting with John Turturro’s The Jesus Rolls. She then got here on full time as VP of promoting, after which SVP of promoting, overseeing the advertising and distribution campaigns for the corporate on such movies as Rod Lurie’s critically acclaimed The Outpost, starring Scott Eastwood and Caleb Landry Jones and primarily based on Jake Tapper’s best-selling ebook; the celebrated documentaries Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street and Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road; comedic titles, together with Best Sellers, starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, and Family Squares, starring Henry Winkler, Margo Martindale and Judy Greer; dramas, akin to Black Bird, starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet; in addition to thrillers, together with Gold starring Zac Efron, Till Death starring Megan Fox, and Monstrous starring Christina Ricci. Prior to becoming a member of Screen Media, Sherwin labored as a advertising advisor for PBS Distribution and ran the discharge and Academy campaigns on the Oscar-nominated documentary For Sama.
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Shout! Factory
Melissa BoagEVP, Family EntertainmentBoag heads the household leisure division, a major a part of Shout! Factory’s multi-platform enterprise. She offers management throughout the corporate and big-picture technique that helps Shout’s long-term development. She creates advertising and distribution methods for a big slate of recent releases and catalog titles. Boag oversees distribution on key anime traces, together with the partnerships with GKIDS on motion pictures from GKIDS and Studio Ghibli titles, together with perennial favorites akin to Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, and with Eleven Arts on titles akin to A Silent Voice and Poupelle of Chimney Town. In household animation and live-action leisure, Boag directs the house leisure technique with Sesame Workshop on “Sesame Street”; with Laika on movies together with Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings; with Hasbro/eOne on “My Little Pony,” “Transformers” and “Power Rangers”; with Toei on “Digimon Adventure tri.”; and with MPCA on “When Calls the Heart.” She additionally collaborates on acquisitions and manufacturing of animated motion pictures and the advertising technique on Shout! Factory and Shout! Kids film releases, together with the thirtieth anniversary version of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, The Magic Flute, Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon and Dreambuilders.
Lauren BlumAssociate VP, PublicityBlum is an completed PR strategist, with a fantastic ardour for communication, journalism, enterprise and management. She has delivered excellent movie, digital and residential leisure campaigns over time. Recent marketing campaign highlights embody Belle, FernGully: The Last Rainforest thirtieth anniversary, Child’s Play collector’s editions, Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, Old Henry and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and residential leisure releases from GKIDS, Studio Ghibli and Laika Studios.
Kathy CallahanVP, Special Market Sales and E-CommerceCallahan is a 30-plus yr veteran of leisure media gross sales and advertising. She joined Shout! Factory in 2006. Since 2012 she has served as VP, overseeing Shout Factory’s e-commerce companies, which embody ShoutFactory.com and the corporate’s Marketplace companies. Callahan additionally handles Shout! Factory specialty gross sales and non-traditional gross sales in normal.
Julie DanskerSVP, Streaming and Content StrategyA seasoned leisure govt with long-standing relationships with esteemed content material creators, content material patrons, digital and streaming platforms, studios, and networks, Dansker oversees the licensing and streaming gross sales staff, main the streaming and content material distribution technique for Shout! Factory. She drives the monetization for all movie and collection content material throughout international SVOD and AVOD channel companions and broadcasters, executing licensing offers, managing a portfolio of AVOD channel companions, and pitching and launching FAST channels. Utilizing data-driven analytics, her staff screens efficiency and optimizes engagement throughout companions. Dansker additionally collaborates with the acquisitions staff to determine and purchase elevated new releases and is on the Shout! Studios’ originals staff creating unique content material throughout tv, function movies and podcasts, actively pitching and organising unique productions. Most notable latest movies embody the award-winning Shout! Studios’ unique Old Henry, which premiered on the Venice Film Festival, in addition to latest SXSW pick-up Linoleum, starring Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn.
Lexie HerediaVP, Financial Planning and AnalysisHeredia manages all new deal evaluations inside Shout’s content material acquisition course of. She additionally manages total budgets yearly in addition to the long-range plan, continuously centered on aligning Shout’s strategic targets with total forecasting into the longer term. Additionally, she is a member of Shout’s DEI taskforce, a committee that leads the corporate’s inner efforts on the subject of variety, fairness and inclusion in the office, in addition to serves to seek out outreach alternatives inside the neighborhood additionally centered on these efforts, akin to internship/mentorship partnerships with Academy Gold Rising and continued sponsorship of the City of Angels Women’s Film Festival. Through her 10 years at Shout, she has remained passionate in regards to the firm’s development and success as each a distributor of movie and tv content material, in addition to its tradition and core values.
Karrie StoufferVP, Creative ServicesStouffer is the pinnacle of artistic, specializing in leisure properties. Her experience spans quite a few features together with main and managing artistic campaigns, artwork path, design, key artwork/emblem/model/title remedy growth, and mission administration. Most not too long ago, Stouffer has helped spearhead the branding/merchandising of the relaunch of the beloved collection “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” in step with Shout! Factory’s leap into unique content material.
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Jill AllenSVP, Digital DistributionAllen leads Sony Pictures Entertainment’s transactional digital distribution enterprise (TVOD) for North America. In her position she maximizes revenues for SPE’s iconic slate of movie and TV content material in collaboration with all North American digital retailers. Most not too long ago, she led SPE’s digital residence leisure launch of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the top-performing digital launch of all time. Allen has been at SPE for 16 years in gross sales and enterprise growth roles, with an ongoing deal with the intersection of content material and new applied sciences. Allen additionally serves as govt sponsor for Voz, SPE’s Latino Employee Resource Business Group, and is a board member of Sony Pictures Action, SPE’s international racial fairness and Inclusion initiative. Prior to becoming a member of SPE, Allen labored at The Walt Disney Co. and LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton).
Jennifer AndersonSVP, Global Brand MarketingAnderson leads the worldwide model advertising staff that oversees and manages lifecycle campaigns throughout the Sony Pictures slate, establishing key client messaging, aligning advertising techniques to core model technique and guaranteeing that product advertising efforts are in line with studio enterprise targets. Some priorities in this quickly altering panorama have included optimizing launch home windows, bringing high-end productions direct-to-home, and delighting content-hungry customers with a variety of catalog titles that proceed to shine.
Geri BluerockSVP, Sales and Operations, North AmericaBluerock leads the gross sales and operations group for the home bodily enterprise. Her scope contains gross sales, provide chain, planning, reporting and administration. She has led the evolution of the gross sales staff to combine data-driven insights addressing retailer and client alternatives. Her expertise at Sony, MGM and Target contains management positions in gross sales, gross sales planning and evaluation, retail operations, class administration, vendor managed stock, demand planning, and retail shopping for.
Anja DangSVP, Global Audience Analytics, Data Science and Business InsightsDang leads the staff that develops Sony Pictures’ capabilities to turn into a extra consumer-centric and data-driven group. Her staff builds, sources, connects and manages client and audience-level information property and capabilities to create client segments for activation and design viewers activation options and to ship business insights. The staff accomplishes this by means of superior information analytics and machine studying to develop fashions and apps to allow Sony Pictures to make knowledgeable selections that drive and fulfill the patron urge for food for movie and tv content material throughout the theatrical, residence leisure and tv launch home windows.
Cathy GoldmanSVP, Global TV Distribution and International Production MarketingGoldman has been overseeing advertising for Sony Pictures Television International Distribution for the previous eight years, and only recently expanded her purview to incorporate the U.S. tv distribution enterprise in addition to the worldwide transactional enterprise for tv product. Alignment of the transactional TV enterprise with distribution permits for a holistic advertising strategy throughout the lifecycle. Core tasks embody main model technique, promotions, and partnerships and collaborating carefully with cross-functional groups throughout digital/social, artistic, artistic content material, media and publicity for premiere tv properties akin to “Outlander,” “The Crown,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Blacklist,” in addition to key franchises akin to “Seinfeld” and Norman Lear favorites.
Jane MohonSVP, Media and Home Entertainment/TV Distribution Marketing ServicesMohon is accountable for client media technique, overseeing strategic linear and digital media planning and shopping for. A champion of an analytics-led technique, Mohon leverages client lifecycle information to drive multi-channel paid media methods to drive transactions. In addition, she is accountable for consumer-data-driven advertising operations features, akin to Movies Anywhere and the patron loyalty program inside the residence leisure line of enterprise.
Dina WigginsSVP, LegalWiggins has been overseeing authorized affairs for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Television Distribution advertising globally for greater than 25 years, carefully collaborating with associated departments all through the Sony group. Her work additionally encompasses authorized evaluation and recommendation throughout the licensing, distribution, gross sales, manufacturing, and different exploitation of films and tv collection in all new and established areas of residence leisure for Sony Pictures.
Lindsey Beams, VP, People and Organization Business PartnersKelly Bouchey, VP, TVOD Client ServicesChristine Galloway, VP, Global Digital MarketingSachiyo Hirano, VP, Sales PlanningKatie Ullrich, VP, Global Brand MarketingMichelle Vendange, VP, Global Customer ExperienceJane Webster, VP, New Digital Distribution
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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Pamela BlumSVP, Global MarketingBlum oversees artistic advertising companies and the event of value-added content material for the studio’s digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases on a worldwide foundation. Her tasks additionally lengthen to incorporate maximizing alternatives cross-divisionally inside NBC Universal.
Sandy ChoiSVP, Brand MarketingChoi manages all international advertising and product growth for Focus Features’ new-release choices in addition to UPHE’s North American third-party associate relationships. She oversees the event and execution of all advertising campaigns for the associate releases throughout each digital and bodily platforms, in addition to leads the cross-functional staff accountable for the general enterprise.
Erica Marie DionneSVP, Release Planning and Business OpsDionne oversees the studio’s movie and tv releasing planning course of and enterprise operations technique throughout digital platforms. Her tasks embody establishing go-to-market finest practices, managing cross-company digital initiatives and figuring out alternatives to maximise the worth of content material on rising platforms. She serves as a member of Universal Pictures’ Inclusion Committee, main initiatives that improve the studio’s dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion in the workforce and represents NBCUniversal because the Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board Chair for a associate nonprofit, America On Tech.
Denise HaroSVP, Worldwide Consumer Insights and StrategyHaro oversees enterprise analytics, specializing in exterior market analytics, development evaluation and long-term outlook. She additionally manages UPHE’s client insights and analysis. She is concentrated on aligning international business technique round product, window, messaging, and innovation based in enterprise and client insights. Throughout her tenure, she has been influential in shaping firm technique.
Jerrlyn IwataSVP, Digital DistributionIwata oversees enterprise growth and distribution for Universal’s home digital residence leisure arm. She is accountable for licensing Universal’s movie and tv content material on a transactional foundation to cable, satellite tv for pc, web and rising digital platform companions throughout the United States and Canada.
Stephanie LutjensSVP, Global Brand MarketingLutjens spearheads international strategic advertising, product growth and administration of all new-release titles from Universal Pictures, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation, in addition to the studio’s in depth catalog and tv library. She additionally manages worldwide residence leisure promotions.
Lea PorteneuveSVP, Global Publicity and CommunicationsPorteneuve oversees enterprise, know-how and govt communications for UPHE. She moreover spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives for Universal and its distributed traces, together with media and expertise relations, occasions, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in assist of the studio’s digital and bodily residence leisure choices. She additionally actively serves as the corporate’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.
Stacy Barger, VP, Creative ServicesStephanie Bayer, VP, Creative ServicesJennifer Black, VP, Global PublicityEng Chua, VP, Finance and OperationsLeigh Dunleavy, VP, Digital PlatformsAlissa Gury, VP, Global ControllerNadia Haney, VP, Emerging Partnerships and FormatsTracy Kim, VP, Digital Distribution and Digital PlatformsSandy Le Bihan, VP, Global ProjectsMarian Mansi, VP, Global Creative ContentJenna Webb, VP, Global Tech OperationsShavonne Wieder, VP, Global Brand Marketing
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Nicole ColemanSVP, Content Planning and AnalysisColeman leads analytics, enterprise planning and operations in assist of monetizing content material and maximizing income for the studio. This contains the analysis of content material windowing trade-offs, worth optimization and aggressive evaluation. Additionally, she leads product planning and availability for movie and TV content material throughout Warner Bros. Discovery’s huge content material portfolio.
Kristina FugateSVP, Film MarketingFugate handles all theatrical new-release and catalog model lifecycle advertising efforts throughout disc and digital platforms, which additionally contains artistic promoting, franchise administration and international technique. Her staff executes methods ensuing in sturdy performances of all Warner Bros. Discovery manufacturers and franchises, together with DC and “Harry Potter,” and up to date titles together with The Batman and Elvis. Additionally, Fugate oversees the 4K Ultra HD slate, together with remastering classics akin to The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Singin’ in the Rain and The Shawshank Redemption, and he or she manages immersive leisure together with Harry Potter VR on the New York City Harry Potter flagship retailer.
Mary Ellen ThomasSVP, Television and Originals Product and Brand MarketingThomas leads residence leisure international advertising and inventive for all non-theatrical content material from Warner Bros., Tnets (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, TNT, truTV, CNN) and HBO. She is accountable for driving the general technique, product growth, artistic, advertising and lifecycle administration for originals and episodic product traces. In addition, Thomas manages expertise and studio relationships and is accountable for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s portfolio model companions, together with Rooster Teeth, Peanuts, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, WWE and Viz Media.
Robyn SklarenSVP, Sales PlanningSklaren is the manager in cost of home gross sales planning and library administration for Warner Bros. Discovery’s huge library of movies and tv reveals. She oversees rights, availability, windowing, pricing and strategic content material curation throughout SVOD, AVOD, fundamental cable, pay cable and different linear networks for home content material licensing. She leads the music clearance and remastering efforts on a whole bunch of traditional TV collection and movies akin to “Babylon 5,” “Dallas,” “The Flintstones,” Pump Up the Volume, Now & Then and The Outsiders: The Complete Novel.
Kristin Anderson, VP, Television and OriginalsTraci Carroll, VP, Creative AdvertisingAmy-Beth Chamberlin, VP, Sales ServicesLindsay Feng, VP, Trade MarketingSandra S. Kim, VP, Global Product PlanningTina Depass Lujan, VP, Television and OriginalsAngie Lai Makhoul, VP, Film MarketingZandra Palmer, VP, Trade MarketingBeth Wetzel, VP, Creative Advertising Television and Originals
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