Women in Home Entertainment 201212 Nov, 2012 By: HM Editorial Staff
Welcome to Home Media Magazine’s fifth annual salute to the women of home entertainment. Once again, we have singled out the top executives as well as some of the up-and-comers among the rosters. We begin with the top executives, EVPs and up. Then we list SVPs and other executives according to studio, with sections on the top female executives on the independent supplier and retail sides of the business. The result, we hope, shows the important role women play in the home entertainment industry. — Compiled by HM Staff
• MARY DAILY, President and Chief Marketing Officer, worldwide marketing, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Daily oversees creative development, brand and digital marketing, content production, promotions, public relations and media for all products distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Consumer engagement, leveraging new platforms and technologies worldwide, and getting the most out of every physical release all rest on her shoulders. Since assuming her current role in February 2012, Daily has played a major role in expanding the company’s product portfolio to include Digital HD, the new Fox initiative that lets consumers download or stream their movies on a variety of connected devices. The launch of Digital HD with Prometheus made it the highest-grossing digital movie release of all time. During her tenure at Fox, Daily led the record-breaking Blu-ray Disc effort of Avatar, among numerous innovative marketing campaigns. A native of Scotland, Daily serves as an independent assessor for Scottish Screen, a division of the U.K. Film Council, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. She holds a double master’s degree cum laude from the University of Glasgow, and a post graduate degree in international business studies from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
• LORI MacPHERSON, EVP, global product management, The Walt Disney Studios
MacPherson is responsible for the product lifecycle of all studio content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks across all windows, formats (physical and digital) and business models. Leveraging her knowledge of consumer behavior and entertainment consumption, MacPherson drives new product development and business models. She is also focused on expanding the studios’ portfolio of brands, franchises and characters on new platforms and devices with an emphasis on mobile technology opportunities and a direct-to-consumer distribution strategy. Among her recent accomplishments are the release strategy for the 3D bow of The Lion King and the launch of second-screen applications on key titles. She also drove the studio’s first high-definition in-home window in support of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which offered multiple Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D configurations a full month prior to the DVD release. MacPherson has also played a key role in the introduction and growth of Blu-ray Disc, the Disney Combo Pack, Disney Digital Copy and Disney Video Premiere entities. She is a graduate of Pomona College and was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright award.
• LEXINE WONG, Senior EVP, worldwide marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Wong oversees digital and marketing strategies for SPHE’s global commercial initiatives. Her mandate is to raise consumer awareness and drive transactions among all platforms in more than 50 countries worldwide for the studio’s more than 100 film, acquisition and TV titles released annually, as well as the new digital products being created for the home entertainment market. Wong oversees SPHE’s global marketing team responsible for advertising, creative, digital marketing and customer insights, promotions, programming, publicity, and bonus materials. Wong was instrumental in the launch of the early electronic sellthrough business model with SPHE’s release of Bad Teacher, the first in the industry to bow early with digital retailers in 2011. Wong continues to drive marketing for the studio’s digital initiatives, such as the launch of second-screen applications for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Smurfs, as well as industry-first tablet initiatives expected to launch with the highly anticipated Q4 titles Men in Black 3 and Total Recall. Wong has also played an integral part in Sony’s leadership role in launching UltraViolet as well as the greenlighting process for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Wong earned her M.B.A. from New York University.
• Darcy Antonellis, President, technical operations, and CTO, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Antonellis oversees the studio’s technical operations and the engineering and development of talent. She orchestrated the creation of DETE (digital end-to-end), the first studio digital supply chain that cleared the way for sales and distribution to expand digital distribution partnerships and revenue in film and TV. Antonellis also helped create Syndistro, a digital syndication distribution system that enables HD content distribution to broadcast to cable partners across North America. She also helped develop Javelin, a joint venture with Deluxe Digital to provide spot delivery for advertisers. Antonellis also positioned Warner as a founding member of Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition to distribute digital cinema to exhibitors directly. Antonellis helped implement OutMyWindow, the first private photo-sharing application created by a studio. She and her team also created WBHive, a studio-wide platform to allow any employee at any level to submit ideas and for executives to post challenges seeking creative solutions. A veteran of both hard news and network sports, Antonellis’ diverse experience includes stints in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War for CBS News as well as three Olympics for CBS Sports, earning her two Emmy Awards for technical production. A U.S. Patents holder, she has received a number of industry honors, most recently the 2011 NAB TVNewsCheck Women in Technology Leadership Award and India’s 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Award.
• Thanda Belker, EVP, U.S. pay-TV, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
Belker is charged with handling the division’s licensing and marketing for transactional businesses, including residential VOD and PPV, electronic sellthrough to MVPDs, hotel VOD, pay-TV and subscription VOD. Belker, who has been with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for four years, first joining Sony Pictures Television in 2000, has helped identify new windows and products worth licensing, including TV Everywhere and multiplatform opportunities. She also leads industry promotional efforts in the VOD category with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. As part of these responsibilities, Belker represents film content under the Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics, Stage 6, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and other studio labels, along with Sony’s TV properties. Before joining Sony, she licensed domestic residential and hotel PPV and VOD at Buena Vista Television. Prior to that, she served as director of programming for TeleTV Media.
• ANNETTE BOUSO, EVP, worldwide distribution services, Warner Bros. Technical Operations
Bouso is responsible for the physical and digital delivery of more than 6,600 feature films, 40,000 television titles and 14,000 animated titles dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages in 175 countries, including such shows as “TMZ,” “Ellen” and “Extra.” This library is delivered to free broadcasters, cable, satellite, premium TV, video-on-demand, electronic sellthrough and emerging new technologies, including wireless and Internet. Working closely with Warner Bros. Television and the home entertainment group, Bouso has been instrumental in evaluating and implementing new distribution procedures and digital supply chain technologies, including subscription VOD. She has played a critical role in the studio’s transition to digital. Buoso is also active in several youth mentoring organizations.
• SUZANNE COLE, EVP, media, Universal Pictures
Cole oversees all strategic activities in print, broadcast, online and outdoor media for more than 20 theatrical features and more than 30 Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases each year. During her 13-year tenure at Universal, Cole has managed media campaigns for such successful films as Hop, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Bridesmaids, Despicable Me, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat, Public Enemies, American Gangster, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and United 93, as well as blockbuster franchises such as the “Bourne,” “American Pie” and “The Fast and the Furious” movies. Cole is a graduate of UCLA.
• WENDY FERREN, EVP AND GM, Paramount International Home Media Distribution
Ferren is responsible for the distribution of studio product across home entertainment, TV and digital media, covering DVD, electronic sellthrough, transactional VOD, pay-TV, subscription VOD, and cable and satellite across international territories. Ferren sits on the boards of Paramount’s equity ownership channels Telecine (Brazil), LAP-TV (pan-regional LatAm), HBO Asia and Showtime (Australia). She joined Paramount Pictures in 2006, and prior to the creation of her current division, Ferren was EVP of Paramount Television and Digital Distribution, where she oversaw sales and distribution of Paramount Pictures product to TV and digital media outlets globally. Before joining Paramount, Ferren worked at DreamWorks SKG.
She holds a B.A. in public relations from USC.
• HILARY HOFFMAN, EVP, marketing, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Hoffman is responsible for the marketing strategy for Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s product and its distributed lines across new-release, catalog and TV properties for both physical and digital. She oversees strategic direction and ensures that plans, tactics and materials align to maximize revenue. During her 18-year tenure at Universal, Hoffman has overseen the campaigns for some of the studio’s biggest revenue-generating releases and has been a driving force behind Universal’s entree into Blu-ray and UltraViolet.
• MARY KINCAID, EVP, worldwide marketing services, Paramount Home Media Distribution
Kincaid oversees all ad and publicity campaigns, media coverage, creative efforts, promotions, research and retail marketing for the studio’s domestic and international home entertainment efforts. A nearly 30-year veteran of the industry, Kincaid previously was head of domestic marketing for DreamWorks Home Entertainment, where she oversaw brand strategy, research, advertising, promotions and online efforts for all physical product. She joined that studio in 2001, presiding over the marketing efforts for the release of Shrek. Kincaid began her career with Buena Vista Home Entertainment, helping usher in the era of sellthrough and pushing the studio to a market leader position for more than a decade. During her 18 years at Buena Vista, she served in a variety of positions, including VP of media and research, where she developed early purchase intent models and launched the first sellthrough TV ad campaign. For international, she oversaw media planning and execution and consumer analysis. Kincaid also served as SVP of marketing communications, where she was charged with publicity, promotions, event marketing and online initiatives. Kincaid holds a B.A. in English from Barat College and an M.B.A. from Dominican University.
• JANICE MARINELLI, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Marinelli heads the content distribution arm for The Walt Disney Co. within the United States and Canada, disseminating the company’s top movies and TV programs across electronic home video license, VOD (residential and hotel), SVOD, pay-TV, basic cable, broadcast TV, online and other digital technologies. The unit distributes properties from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and Disney Channel. Marinelli also helps negotiate key movie output deals with cable, satellite TV, telcos, Apple’s iTunes, Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s PlayStation, and Google’s YouTube and Google Play. Marinelli’s team recently closed a groundbreaking promotion with T-Mobile to virtually preload Marvel’s The Avengers on all Samsung Galaxy S III phones. On the SVOD front, her team manages the studio’s entertainment service, Disney Family Movies, which is distributed nationally by content providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Verizon/FiOS. Her team also licenses television programming to iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and Netflix.
• MARY McLAREN, EVP AND COO, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and International Theatrical
A 28-year Fox veteran, McLaren is the strategic leader for both 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox’s international theatrical efforts. She oversees Fox’s international post-production team and Fox’s 36 distribution offices worldwide. McLaren is the studio’s go-to person for international growth initiatives, including expansion into local film production and building the studio’s presence in emerging markets. She is the senior executive liaison with all long-term and new third-party acquisition relationships, covering everyone from MGM to Relativity Media to the recent DreamWorks Animation distribution partnership. Before her current role, McLaren was EVP for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, where she was responsible for all commercial operations of the studio’s international division, covering everything from planning and finance to information technology and technical operations. Prior to that, she was director of finance for the international home entertainment group, where she partnered with five divisional presidents. McLaren started her entertainment industry career with CBS/Fox Video in 1984, after graduating from the University of Michigan.
• MARGUERITE PACACHA, EVP, business affairs and legal, Paramount Home Media Distribution
Pacacha manages business and legal affairs covering sales and distribution, operations, co-productions, marketing and acquisitions. She first joined Paramount in 2000 as VP of business development and business affairs for pay-TV and home entertainment. She was elevated to SVP of business affairs and legal for the domestic home entertainment division, and she was named to her current EVP position in late 2008. Before joining Paramount, Pacacha held executive positions with Republic Entertainment Inc. and Spelling Entertainment Group, and also served as general counsel and director of business for Best Film and Video Corp. A member of the bar association in both California and New York, Pacacha earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from St. John’s University.
• ANNE PARDUCCI, EVP, marketing and family entertainment, Lionsgate
Parducci oversees strategic marketing, brand management, social media and creative direction for packaged and digital media. She piloted the marketing campaign for the global hit The Hunger Games and oversees the marketing direction for brand partners that include A&E, Miramax, Roadside Attractions, Tyler Perry Studios and StudioCanal. She was instrumental in the development of the Lionsgate/YouTube BeFit channel, which launched in January 2012 and is fast approaching 20 million views to date. Parducci is also responsible for directing digital initiatives across multiple social platforms that include the management of more than 180 million fans on more than 100 Facebook movie property pages. In addition, she is responsible for the family entertainment division, including production, content acquisition and management of brand partners such as HIT, LeapFrog and Saban. Parducci earned an M.B.A. from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.
• AMY REINHARD, EVP AND GM, domestic home media distribution, Paramount Home Media Distribution
Reinhard is charged with plotting business strategies and a course of action for getting studio products to the consumer. She oversees every aspect of manufacturing and production of studio product, covering supply chain activity, sales support and account planning. She has been with the studio for more than six years, most recently serving as SVP of strategic planning and business development for Paramount Pictures, where she oversaw the green-light process. Prior to joining the studio, Reinhard worked in strategic planning and business development at Revolution Studios.
• CAROLYN SCOTT, EVP, international operations and distribution strategy, Paramount Home Media Distribution
Scott oversees international operations and distribution strategy, supporting the GM in all aspects of distribution of studio content to home video, TV and digital media outlets. She has been with the studio for 20 years, joining in 1992 as executive director. Scott was promoted to VP, motion picture controller, in 1993 and again to VP, motion picture planning, in 2004. Named SVP of finance for worldwide television in 2006, she became a member of the executive team charged with building a worldwide TV and digital distribution organization in the wake of the CBS/Paramount split and DreamWorks merger. In 2008 she was promoted to EVP of finance, sales administration and operations for TV and digital distribution. Before joining Paramount, Scott worked as a senior manager for KPMG. She holds a B.A. in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.
• JULIE SNEDDON, EVP, integrated retail, The Walt Disney Co.
Sneddon works across Disney’s physical packaged-goods businesses to deliver integrated solutions for retail customers in North America, maximizing Disney and Marvel retail statements and building long-term relationships with key accounts. She is responsible for developing strategic and annual operating growth plans and retail industry insight, and for driving visibility with shoppers through cross-category promotions and retail marketing. A 19-year veteran with Disney, Sneddon most recently was GM of Disney consumer products and retail, Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for all merchandise licensing functions, the Disney Stores in the region and the publishing business. Prior to that, Sneddon was SVP of worldwide sales and distribution for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. In this role, she spearheaded ongoing sales growth and success for the company’s worldwide DVD, Blu-ray and digital distribution.
• CLARISSA WEIRICK, EVP and General Counsel, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Weirick oversees all legal matters for Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She is responsible for all licensing, sales, production, acquisitions, marketing and daily operational legal matters relating to the physical and digital distribution of the studio’s film and television products and the development and publishing of interactive video games, all on a worldwide basis. Previously, Weirick served as SVP and general counsel of digital distribution, overseeing the licensing of the studio’s film, television and original short-form product in VOD and electronic sellthrough across all digital platforms on a worldwide basis. Weirick earned a J.D. from UCLA and a B.A. in English literature from Stanford University.
LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
• JILL ANDERSON, SVP, sellthrough sales
Anderson oversees the strategic direction and management for Lionsgate’s sellthrough business at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy. She is a major reason Lionsgate has consistently increased its market share and is a leader in box office to disc revenue conversion. Under her stewardship, Lionsgate has experienced catalog growth with brands such as Tyler Perry, Miramax, Studio Canal and HIT Entertainment. She is a leader in driving sales and market shares to all-time highs through aggressive promotions.
• ANGELA CRUZ, SVP, home entertainment sales
Cruz joined Lionsgate when the studio merged with Summit earlier this year. She is part of a team that manages day-to-day home entertainment sales, with particular focus on the Walmart business segment. Cruz helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007. Prior to Summit, she started her entertainment career with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager covering a wide variety of retailers.
• KAJSA VIKMAN, SVP, marketing, and GM, fitness
Vikman oversees the fitness initiatives for the company, including acquisitions, productions, marketing, branding and creative on both DVD and digital platforms. She played an integral role in developing the partnership between Lionsgate and YouTube, resulting in this year’s launch of the BeFit channel, the premier destination for high-quality fitness content from the top fitness brands, personalities and trends. The channel premiered January 2012 with catalog content and the new, original program “BeFit in 90.” Vikman’s plans for the 2012 slate includes 25 additional hours of original programming for the channel as well as new brands on the DVD platform. Prior to joining Lionsgate, Vikman was with 20th Century Fox.
• TRACY AMES, VP, marketing
• DAWN ARNONE, VP, operations
• ELLEN ATKINSON-ERBY, director, sales, Southeast
• TAHNDI CAMPBELL, digital brand manager
• MELISSA CLARKE, director, VMI operations
• PEGGY DELBROCCO, director, sales — Midwest
• MARIKO GUERINGER, VP, creative services
• KENYA HART, director, business systems and inventory operations
• CHELA JOHNSON, VP, marketing
• ROXANNE JOHNSON, manager, digital and on-demand sales and planning
• COURTNEY KEGLEVIC, senior marketing manager
• AMANDA KOZLOWSKI, VP, digital/on-demand team
• SANJANA NAIKSATAM, VP, retail operations, home entertainment
• KATE NAYBERG, VP, DVD production
• HELEN REICH, executive director, home entertainment sales administration
• JENNIFER SANDLER, VP, publicity
• JENNA SONENSHEIN, VP, marketing
• LISA STEPHENSON, manager
• TANYA WOLKOFF, manager
• WENDY WONG, executive director, marketing
PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
• JOY ABBOTT, SVP, distribution services
Abbott oversees sales administration and sales support for worldwide digital and TV licensing. She began her career in labor relations and human resources at MGM and became director of MGM’s TV sales administration department. Abbott later worked as VP and then SVP of worldwide distribution services for MGM. She came to Paramount in 2008 as SVP of sales administration for worldwide TV and was upped to SVP of distribution services in 2010.
• MICHELE BELL, SVP, worldwide creative services
Bell is responsible for creative campaigns for major titles, including major franchises such as “Transformers” and “Shrek.” A two-time Key Art winner, Bell has been honored for her domestic creative campaigns. Prior to joining Paramount, Bell was VP of creative services for Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
• BRENDA CICCONE, SVP, worldwide publicity and communications
Paramount looks to Ciccone to manage publicity for titles from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and DreamWorks Animation. She joined Paramount in 2005 and has more than 17 years of experience in entertainment public relations.
• MELINDA FROELICH, SVP, international marketing
Froelich handles global marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release dates for international titles. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, and before joining Paramount she worked at Buena Vista Home Entertainment for about seven years.
• MADELINE HERDRICH, SVP, digital distribution — The Americas
Herdrich is responsible for growing and managing all digital, IPTV, cable, satellite and mobile video distribution services for the studio. She was recognized in Variety’s annual Women’s Impact Report in 2009 and was named one of the top 50 Women in Mobile by Mobile Entertainment in both 2009 and 2010.
• DINA MAROVICH, SVP, media and interactive marketing
Marovich is charged with all media planning for home entertainment titles, specifically covering interactive marketing campaigns. She joined Paramount in 2006 and was promoted to her current position in 2011. Her 15-plus years of experience includes positions at Media-edge/CIA, Starcom Worldwide, Carsey-Werner Productions, and Rubin Postaer and Associates.
• DINA VANGELISTI, SVP, TV distribution, U.S. and Canada
Vangelisti creates sales strategies and handles negotiations for TV license agreements for Paramount theatrical films and DreamWorks films and TV series. She is responsible for licensing a library of more than 3,000 titles. Vangelisti came to Paramount from First Look Studios, where she was SVP of TV sales and co-head of First Look International. Vangelisti also served at ABC Family Channel/Fox Family Channel and CBC International Sales.
• ERICA ADLER, SVP, TV licensing, Latin America
• EMLYN BARRIOS, VP, international digital distribution, EMEA
• INES CHO, VP, business affairs and legal
• SUSAN CHUN, VP, business affairs and legal
• SHERI CONN, VP, brand marketing
• DEBORAH FEINERMAN, EVP, business affairs and legal
• JULIE JENKINS, SVP, TV licensing-APAC, Middle East and Africa
• LAUREL JOE, VP, brand marketing
• KATHERINE KAUFMAN, VP, sales, U.S. and Canada
• LISA KRAMER, SVP, international TV licensing
• INGE MUELLER, VP, worldwide marketing intelligence and POS tracking
• MICHELE PRIGENT, VP, sales administration
• KATHRYN RISCH, VP, market research
• JYOTI SARDA, VP, international marketing
• SUSANE SEIDMAN, VP, creative services worldwide
• PAMELA SIVULA, VP, financial planning
• CARLA STOCK, VP, business affairs and legal
• SYRINTHIA STUDER, VP, brand marketing
• AUBREY THOMASON, SVP, business affairs and legal
• ROZITA TOLOUEY, VP, brand marketing
• MICHELLE VENDANGE, VP, international marketing
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
• ALISON BIGGERS, SVP, strategic marketing
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment looks to Biggers for its strategic marketing programs. She joined SPHE when it was Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in 1999. She was promoted to VP of worldwide DVD marketing in 2002, and she most recently served as SVP of worldwide marketing for the home entertainment division. A graduate of UCLA, Biggers began her career with MGM Home Entertainment.
• GERI BLUEROCK, SVP, sales development
Bluerock manages the division’s global sales development group, which is charged with developing and standardizing business tools to deliver account-level sales plans. Bluerock joined SPHE in 2005, coming over from MGM Home Entertainment. Her home entertainment and retail experience covers 20-plus years, and she’s held leadership positions in sales, sales research and analysis, retail operations, category management, vendor managed inventory, demand planning and retail buying. Bluerock is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a B.B.A. in organizational behavioral management.
• CLAUDE BORNA, SVP, global customer strategy
As SVP of global customer strategy, a newly created role, Borna is responsible for driving long-term planning, innovative strategic initiatives and new distribution models with key customers across multiple countries. Borna most recently managed the London-based European Business Planning and Innovation Group, and prior to joining Sony, the UCLA M.B.A. graduate held a number of positions with Amazon and Deloitte Consulting in the United Kingdom, France and United States.
• NATASHA CURRIE, SVP, international operations
Currie is responsible for operations strategy for the division outside of the United States. She’s charged with the implementation and expansion of a global supply chain network for the studio, along with keeping the studio responding to changes in market dynamics. Prior to her current role, Currie was VP of European operations for Sony, and held a number of positions with Walt Disney Television International and CIC Video International. She graduated from London University with a B.A.
• TRACEY GARVIN, SVP, worldwide marketing
SPHE has for years looked to Garvin for overseeing, developing and producing special features, interactive content and menus for all worldwide disc releases from the studio. Before her promotion in 2006, Garvin was VP of marketing for SPHE, and before joining the company in 1990 she held several entertainment positions at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.
• COOPER JACKSON, SVP, business affairs
Jackson is responsible for evaluating potential distribution partnerships, licensing deals and other initiatives. She oversees global business affairs, negotiating the terms and structure of home entertainment deals worldwide. Prior to joining Sony in 2008, Jackson was SVP of business affairs and associate general counsel at Genius Products and VP of business and legal affairs at Warner Home Video. Jackson is a graduate of Williams College and Georgetown Law and a former intellectual property and antitrust litigator.
• JANE MOHON, SVP, marketing services
Mohon oversees all aspects of consumer media campaigns, including setting strategies and budgets, and managing overall media operations across both traditional and digital media channels. She’s also responsible for helping to inform commercial decisions and influence key customer relationships, by guiding global consumer and shopper insights and strategies. The division’s digital marketing team also looks to Mohon for help in setting digital marketing strategies worldwide, executing them across various platforms such as the Web, mobile and social networks.
• KELLY NIELSEN, SVP, worldwide creative advertising
Nielsen is the lead for the division’s worldwide creative advertising group, covering design and production of DVD and Blu-ray Disc packaging and in-store displays. She also shepherds SPHE’s trade and consumer advertising campaigns, covering print, broadcast, digital, outdoor and trailers.
Before joining Sony in 1997, she held positions at J. Walter Thompson and Prism Pictures.
• KIM OVERALL, SVP, Northern Europe and worldwide commercial
Overall leads commercial strategies and program development throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Europe. It’s Overall who ensures strategic alignment among all new release, catalog and TV releases for the company, and establishes a global approach to engage consumers at every stage of a title’s lifecycle. She joined SPHE in 2008 as the managing director for Australia and New Zealand, and prior to SPHE was European VP of international sales and marketing at Paramount Home Entertainment, as well as VP of international marketing for DreamWorks Home Entertainment, both based in London.
• JILL ALLEN, VP, digital accounts
• JENNIFER ANDERSON, VP, worldwide marketing
• MARCELA BAILEY, VP and divisional CIO, worldwide home entertainment
• LORI BARKER, VP, finance
• CAROLINE DEAN, VP, European marketing
• LISSA FREED, SVP, people and organization
• ELLEN GOODRIDGE, VP, digital operations and product development
• STACI GRIESBACH, VP, worldwide publicity
• AMY HELLER, VP, HE international
• SHEELA JAIRAJ, VP, sales
• SUSAN JOHNSTON, VP, business development, Canada
• JACQUI MARSHALL, VP, legal affairs
• OLGA NECHAYEVA, VP, EMEA emerging markets
• CARA TAYLOR, VP, finance
• DINA WIGGINS, VP, legal affairs HE
• AMY JO SMITH, Executive Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Smith has been with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group since its inception in 1997. She acts as executive director of the industry-supported trade coalition dedicated to advancing physical and digital home entertainment products. Smith manages the trade association as it helps market Blu-ray Disc, digital entertainment, home 3D and UltraViolet on behalf of the Hollywood studios, music companies and leading consumer electronics manufacturers. She also oversees the DEG’s administration, as well as the marketing and public relations. Under Smith’s guidance, the DEG, now celebrating its 16th anniversary, has seen its membership base expand to include 60 leading companies in the home entertainment space. Smith was honored in 2007 with the Visionary Award, presented by Home Media Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter. Smith earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
• JENNIFER CHAI, SVP, brand marketing, strategy
Chai oversees North America brand marketing and strategy for all Fox Home Entertainment film, franchise releases and DreamWorks Animation. Her responsibilities include developing the overall business strategy and driving strategic alignments and marketing innovations across multiple departments, including media, publicity, content, creative, digital, promotions and retail. Chai also is involved in shaping Fox’s digital initiatives, including Digital HD. She has successfully overseen more than 350 releases, including Avatar and the “X-Men,” “Ice Age” and “Star Wars” franchises.
• RIO CYRUS, SVP, brand marketing, worldwide TV and North American acquisitions
Cyrus oversees all initiatives across physical and digital platforms on TV properties across Fox television studios on a worldwide basis, covering direct-to-video, MGM theatrical new releases and third-party acquisitions for North America. She has led the strategic direction to some of the division’s most successful releases, including the record-setting launches of “Glee,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “American Horror Story,” “Homeland” and the year-long campaign for Bond 50, the 22-film James Bond Blu-ray collection. She has also served at Walt Disney Pictures and Television.
• AUBREY FREEBORN, SVP, worldwide marketing, VOD and Digital HD
For the marketing of every film and TV title, from physical to digital, Fox leans on Freeborn. She is responsible for marketing efforts in the cable VOD business, as well as digital high-def efforts with clients such as Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes and Xbox Live. She’s credited with leading the digital launch of Avatar and its groundbreaking interactive bonuses, as well as the premiere of “New Girl” on iTunes, the first broadcast program made available pre-air as a digital offering. Freeborn also holds positions with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem.
• JULIE MARKELL, SVP, creative development
Markell is in charge of creating unique campaigns for every title and has already succeeded with Avatar, “X-Men,” “Ice Age” and “Star Wars” on the new-release film side, as well as “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Family Guy” on the TV side. For Blu-ray Disc, Fox has exhibited her work on everything from Fight Club to The Sound of Music. Prior to joining Fox, Markell served as a creative director at Los Angeles advertising agencies BBDO and J Walter Thompson.
• KATHRYN TRALLI, SVP, retail planning and analysis
When it comes to planning retail forecasts for titles and eyeing how titles will perform digitally, Fox calls on Tralli. In 15 years at the studio, she’s built the retail planning group from two people to its current 26, a team that supports sales, marketing and senior management within the division. Tralli previously held positions with The Walt Disney Co. in corporate IT, Walt Disney Imagineering business planning and finance, and sales planning and analysis at Buena Vista Home Entertainment. She began her career at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.
• JOANIE WALLACE, SVP, account services and distribution
Wallace has been with the studio since 1992 and has worked for account services and distribution for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment since 2000. Wallace came over to Fox from Orion, where she worked in accounting.
• CINDY BALLARD, VP, human resources, worldwide
• JACQUELINE GUSTAFSON, VP, content development
• DEBBIE HAAG, VP, marketing
• HILARIE HILDEBRANDT, VP, retail marketing
• MOLLY MADDEN, VP, sales
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
• PAM BLUM, SVP, marketing services
Blum oversees creative services, national promotions, and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray and DVD releases. Her responsibilities include maximizing opportunities between studio departments, in addition to coordinating efforts between the company’s domestic and international home entertainment operations.
• ELLEN COCKRILL, SVP, animation
Cockrill oversees development and production of TV and universal DVD originals animated fare under Universal 1440 Entertainment, which develops and produces original DVD and TV programming based on Universal Pictures’ franchise properties. The 16-year veteran executive produced the PBS series “Curious George” and has won two Daytime Emmys.
• NANCY EAGLE, SVP, business and legal affairs
Eagle oversees rights and talent acquisition, contract negotiations, product integration, intellectual property matters and litigation management for live-action and animation projects for Universal 1440 Entertainment. Recently, she handled legal matters for Bring It On: The Musical, which first toured the country and thereafter opened on Broadway. She also spearheads legal matters for the group’s foreign co-productions and soundtrack partnerships.
• PATTI JACKSON, SVP, live-action production
Jackson oversees the development and production of live-action family fare for Universal’s DVD Originals line under the Universal 1440 Entertainment banner. She has overseen nearly 60 productions, including Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior and Bring It On: All or Nothing. Currently, Jackson is shepherding Death Race 3: Inferno, starring Luke Goss, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo, and Dead in Tombstone, featuring Mickey Rourke, Trejo and Anthony Michael Hall, which are both set to debut in 2013.
• LINDA LEIGHTON, SVP, customer service, retail inventory team and systems administration
Leighton oversees the coordination of the division’s customer service activities, retail inventory team and merchandising across North America. She is also responsible for planning and aligning Universal’s IT systems development activity. Additionally, Leighton plays an active role in managing the relationships with Universal’s distribution partners, including Summit Entertainment.
• LEA PORTENEUVE, SVP, communications and publicity
Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications. She also spearheads strategic publicity initiatives, including events, promotions and select promotional partnerships for the studio’s home entertainment releases. She has supervised campaigns for some of Universal’s most high-profile releases and handles communications regarding the studio’s foray into Blu-ray Disc and UltraViolet.
• HEIDI TURK, SVP, supply chain
Turk manages master data, procurement, physical production, distribution and logistics for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD discs in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to Universal’s distribution partners, including Summit Entertainment.
THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
• GABRIELLE CHAMBERLIN, SVP, global product management
Chamberlin oversees the lifecycle planning across all windows worldwide for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Marvel and DreamWorks Studios, as well as the consumer marketing strategy for all home entertainment releases. With more than 17 years of experience, Chamberlin has helped drive the growth and positioning of Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray as the next-generation home entertainment platform with Disney consumers, as well as promote Disney Digital Copy, Disney Combo Pack and Disney Upgrade opportunities.
• JEANNE HOBSON, SVP, retail strategy and solutions
Hobson, who was appointed to her position in March, leads Disney Consumer Products’ long-term business planning and sales operations, including oversight of retail planning and analytics, retail marketing, retail creative, catalog management, assortment planning, in-store merchandising and retail services. Most recently SVP of sales for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Hobson was responsible for all sales aspects for the company’s film and television properties at retail.
• KRISTIN McQUEEN, Assistant Chief Counsel, legal affairs, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
McQueen oversees legal affairs pertaining to key business initiatives for global product management. She serves as primary counsel for the studio’s DVD and Blu-ray initiatives and advises on Disney Movies Anywhere and other content rights management initiatives in the United States and Canada. Her accomplishments include providing legal guidance on multi-territory distribution deals, electronic distribution, settlement of a class-action lawsuit and government investigations into antitrust implications of next-generation media.
• MARLO CARRUTH, VP, legal affairs, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• MICHELLE DAVIS, VP, global product management, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• ELIZABETH DUKE, VP, legal affairs, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• SUSAN MCLAIN, VP, global product management, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• YULIA POLTORAK, VP, international in-home sales, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, global product management, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• SHAYNA SMITH, VP, international in-home sales, Walt Disney Studios Distribution
• LIZ WEST, VP, global publicity, Walt Disney Studios
• RUSSELL ARONS, SVP, worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Arons leads global marketing for packaged and digital video game franchises such as “Batman,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Lego” and “Harry Potter.” Her responsibilities include the launch of video game content across all platforms, including the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, PC, Apple, Android and Facebook. She leads a team of more than 40 people across U.S. marketing, international marketing, PR and consumer research.
• WENDY L. AYLSWORTH, SVP, technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations
Aylsworth oversees the establishment of new technologies for Warner Bros.’ production divisions and assesses the impact of emerging technologies on content creation and distribution. Her department participates in technical standards and trade organizations to promote commonality. Aylsworth is the engineering VP of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and will become president of the organization in 2013.
• DEBRA BAKER, SVP, global business development, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Baker focuses on driving new business partnerships, models, channels and products across Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She develops, evaluates and negotiates opportunities for acquisitions and partnerships and represents the divisions’ interests in Warner Bros. and Time Warner corporate activities, such as public policy, financial investments, antipiracy and compliance.
• NICOLE COLEMAN, SVP, sales integration, Warner Home Video
Coleman directs all internal functions related to sustaining and facilitating the North American physical and digital commercial activity. She is responsible for all elements and personnel related to customer business planning, trade funds management, sales reporting and systems, retail trade policy and terms, and sales goals and incentives. Prior to joining Warner, Coleman held a variety of senior positions within the consumer packaged goods and home entertainment industries.
• VICTORIA COLF, SVP, digital solutions and services, Warner Bros. Technical Operations
Colf oversees the daily operations of Warner Bros.’ digital solutions and services, supporting the studio’s expanding efforts in distributing content through new-media outlets. She also helps oversee the implementation of the studio’s digital end-to-end (DETE) project, which eventually will migrate all aspects of the studio’s film production and distribution to a digital process. Colf joined Warner Bros. Entertainment in 2004.
• KRISTINA FUGATE, SVP, marketing new-release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Fugate manages theatrical new-release U.S. marketing efforts for Warner titles and franchises — including “Harry Potter,” The Dark Knight, The Hangover and “Happy Feet” — across disc and digital platforms. Previously, as VP of theatrical new-release, she was responsible for developing strategies
resulting in strong performance for Warner’s theatrical new-release business unit, including Sex and the City, Inception and The Blind Side. She joined Warner in 2004.
• JACQUELINE HAYES, SVP, business and legal affairs, and Associate General Counsel, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Hayes provides legal counsel on matters concerning the acquisition, distribution and copy protection of film and TV content in both packaged and digital media. She has been instrumental in the development of Warner Bros.’ new business models and licenses for the digital distribution of content across new-media platforms. She has become increasingly involved in new technology and copy protection issues associated with such distribution.
• ROSEMARY MARKSON, SVP, TV and special interest marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Markson oversees the management of all Warner TV properties for home entertainment, including business strategy, product development, consumer marketing and retail programs. She also is responsible for managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced. Markson’s responsibilities recently expanded to include digital profit and loss management, in addition to packaged content.
• DORINDA MARTICORENA, SVP, worldwide marketing and new technology, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Marticorena is responsible for global product development and marketing strategies and campaigns for more than 300 annual title releases, including the “Harry Potter” films, Inception, The Dark Knight, The Matrix, “Friends,” “ER,” “Gossip Girl” and “Looney Tunes.” Recently, she assumed responsibility of marketing efforts for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution International, where she works with platform partners such as Sony, Apple and Microsoft.
• ARDIS H. RUBENSTEIN, SVP,
worldwide creative advertising,
Warner Home Video
Rubenstein has presided over the growth of home entertainment at Warner Home Video for 22 years — from its infancy as a VHS rental business to today’s complex mix of sellthrough high-definition packaged goods and digital formats. Rubenstein has continued to redefine home video through innovative packaging and category-defining advertising. She also helped establish the creative and technical integration that has paved the way for DVD, Blu-ray Disc and now digital distribution.
• SAMANTHA RYAN, SVP, development and production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Ryan oversees the development and production teams responsible for all of the company’s video games, including those based on original properties, studio franchises and outside licenses, from inception through release. Current and upcoming studio titles include Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, Lego: The Lord of the Rings, Mortal Kombat and Batman: Arkham City. Previously, Ryan was CEO of Warner’s game developer, Monolith, where she continues to serve in that capacity.
• LINDA WANG, SVP, human resources, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Wang leads and directs worldwide recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, performance management and organizational development for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which includes Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Technical Operations. Wang’s team has adeptly managed the growth of the studio’s digital and games businesses by ensuring the company is well positioned to attract and retain the best talent.
• JULIE CARTWRIGHT, SVP, brand marketing, Anchor Bay Entertainment
For every fitness, family, children’s, TV and special interest title, Anchor Bay looks to Cartwright for success. The “Thomas & Friends” DVD brand grew by double digits under her stewardship, and she’s responsible for launching the TV DVD business for the company. Today she manages the team releasing “Spartacus” and “The Walking Dead.”
• ERIN MCGREGOR, SVP, operations, Anchor Bay Entertainment
McGregor is responsible for all North American operations. She oversees the replication and shipment of more than 25 million DVD units annually, for both the Overture Films and Anchor Bay home entertainment operations. She works with IT, finance, legal, sales and marketing to help drive major efficiency and cost savings within the organization.
• JENNIFER ROBERTS, SVP, brand marketing, Anchor Bay Entertainment
For all marketing and creative strategies for home entertainment titles for both Anchor Bay Films and The Weinstein Co., Anchor Bay Entertainment turns to Roberts. Since joining the company in 2007, Roberts has helped drive Anchor Bay to gain market share with double-digit growth year-over-year.
• SALLY SERAPHIM, SVP, sales, Anchor Bay Entertainment
Seraphim helps drive home entertainment sales and manage its biggest retail accounts, including Walmart and Best Buy. Her forward-looking ideas include placing fitness lines into sporting goods sections, and family and children’s properties in toy departments. The studio now leans on her for the sales and advertising push on “The Walking Dead” and “Spartacus” franchises.
• SUSAN HANEY, SVP, marketing, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
As SVP of marketing, Haney is responsible for entertainment brands and content partners such as Discovery Communication, Travel Channel, ABC Family and Sonar. Haney also leads marketing and development for all trade fitness initiatives representing brands such as Gaiam, Reebok, SPRI, Golds Gym, Danskin Now and C9 Champion.
• YOLANDA MACIAS, Head of business development and digital distribution, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Macias is responsible for sourcing and acquiring content, such as recent acquisitions from the National Football League, The Jim Henson Co., Crown Media Networks, Indomina Releasing and National Geographic. She also helms the company’s digital and television distribution divisions.
• MICHELLE NUNES, VP, operations, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Nunes oversees manufacturing, inventory control and digital operations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry and previously served at NBC Universal. Nunes earned a B.S. from Cal Poly Pomona.
• LYNN POWERS, CEO, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Powers co-founded Gaiam Inc. and has been a key leader in multiple acquisitions of companies, media and DVD distribution assets — most recently acquiring Vivendi Entertainment. She has also overseen expansions, as well as e-commerce, digital subscription business and online community enhancements. Under Powers’ leadership, Gaiam’s fitness media brand reaped a 44% market share this year, according to Nielsen data.
• CHRISTY CANNON, VP, marketing, Grindstone Home Entertainment
Cannon oversees the marketing and creative strategies for DVD and Blu-ray Disc. She has also been key in developing marketing strategy, creative design, promotions, publicity, distribution and sales for Sterling Home Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Imperial Entertainment.
• JILL BAIRD, VP and Managing Director, international, HBO Home Entertainment
Baird handles HBO’s DVD and digital business in all markets outside the United States and Canada. She has brought in revenue growth and expanded the business internationally. She remains focused on building the HBO brand and its key franchises, and managing the partnership with Warner Bros.
• ANH-VAN NGUYEN, Director, supply chain operations and worldwide production, HBO Home Entertainment
Nguyen manages North American operations, including packaging print production, disc manufacturing, physical distribution and retail operations, in addition to worldwide DVD and Blu-ray Disc production. She is a member of the DEG’s media and content operations committee.
• CONNIE SARVANANDAN, VP and Managing Director, Canada, HBO Home Entertainment
Sarvanandan directs all aspects of HBO’s business in Canada, such as sales, marketing and managing distribution partners. She also serves on the global executive team in New York. She belongs to the Women’s Executive Network and The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.
• MEREDITH KETCHUM VINCENT, VP, consumer marketing, HBO Home Entertainment
Vincent handles the development of physical and digital media, including package design, content development, promotions and ad campaigns. Her expertise has garnered HBO a variety of awards for its innovative DVD campaigns and products. Vincent belongs to the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, Women in Cable Telecommunications and Time Warner Women’s Network.
• DEBBIE RIES, President and GM, NCircle Entertainment
Ries has led NCircle to consistent year-over-year growth during the past six years. NCircle has become the top independent distributor of children’s nontheatrical DVDs within the past year under her leadership. Thanks to Ries’ know-how, NCircle now markets several key DVD brands, including The Wiggles, Dino Dan, Yo Gabba Gabba Live! and LazyTown. Ries also serves as vice chairwoman for K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations) and features K.I.D.S. messaging and donations into NCircle programs.
• ANA KONO, SVP, marketing, RLJ Entertainment
Kono manages and creates marketing campaigns for Image’s releases in the home entertainment, digital, broadcast and theatrical arenas. She currently is focused on the release of director Spike Lee’s latest project, Red Hook Summer; The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman; and Day of the Falcon, with Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto. Kono has nearly 10 years of experience at studios such as Fox, Warner and Disney.
• DARCY DARLING, SVP, fitness acquisitions, RLJ Entertainment
Darling handles all acquisitions and shapes the content of the fitness line for RLJ Entertainment, and has more than 15 years of experience in consumer goods, focusing on fitness products, programming and marketing. Her core responsibilities include maximizing the existing portfolio and procuring new talent, brands and innovative programming to be leveraged across all media platforms within RLJ Entertainment.
• SYLVIA GEORGE, SVP, marketing, RLJ Entertainment
George has played an integral role in the continued growth of the Acorn division in North America by boosting placements, promotions and sales for all distribution outlets (broadcast, digital and physical). She has a firm grasp on evolving media markets and distribution channels gained from more than 13 years of experience in bringing to North American audiences Acorn’s high-quality content, including “Agatha Christie’s Poirot,” “Foyle’s War” and “Upstairs Downstairs.”
• SYLVIE YANG, SVP, controller, RLJ Entertainment
Yang’s career with Image Entertainment began in 1990, when she held the position of assistant controller. She has been on the team during its acquisitions of US Laser, Ken Crane’s Laserdisc, Home Vision Entertainment and Madacy. A graduate of Boston University, Yang previously served at KPMG Peat Marwick.
• DORIS PFARDRESCHER, President and Head of acquisitions, Well Go USA Inc.
Since joining the company in 1994, Pfardrescher has used her expertise for international film to make Well Go known as the top importer of Asian film to North America. Popular titles include the “Ip Man” franchise, Legend of the Fist, The Man From Nowhere and War of the Arrows. With a spirit of partnership among studios, directors, producers and distributors, Pfardrescher has a reputation of being a valued resource in North American theatrical and home media.
• MARIA LYNN, President, Wolfe Video
Lynn is a prominent representative for the acquisition and distribution of LGBT feature films around the world. In its 27th year, Wolfe Video has become known as the leader in mainstreaming films with gay content. A creative and savvy businesswoman, Lynn has boosted the Wolfe label and WolfeVideo.com with promotional work for other studios and distributors. Under Lynn’s direction, Wolfe has become a worldwide force for entertaining and educating both within and outside the LGBT community.
• PAULINE FISCHER, VP, content acquisition, Netflix
Fischer manages film content acquisition from major studios and mini-major partners. She previously held positions in worldwide acquisitions and strategy, planning and business development at Paramount Pictures and spent time as a High Tech Fellow for Harvard Business School.
• BRYONY GAGAN, VP, business and legal affairs, Netflix
Gagan oversees business and legal affairs related to Netflix’s content acquisition efforts, its original production initiative and its DVD-by-mail service. Netflix will spend about $2 billion on digital content licensing in 2012. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Georgetown University.
• CINDY HOLLAND, VP, original series, Netflix
Holland manages Netflix’s original series initiative, which includes “Lilyhammer,” “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development” and “Orange Is the New Black.” She previously oversaw the acquisition of TV series for the streaming service and co-managed the DVD business.
• ANNA LEE, VP, content acquisition, and Head of global content services, Netflix
Lee oversees packaged-media acquisitions as well as digital content services for Netflix’s worldwide territories, which include Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and Scandinavia. She previously served at Bertelsmann AG and Time Warner.
• KELLY MERRYMAN, VP, content acquisition, Netflix
Merryman manages content acquisition for Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Previously, she held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures, and spent time at both Bain & Co. and Audax Group, a private equity firm in Boston. Merryman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Business School.
• LISA NISHIMURA-SEESE, VP, global independent studio content acquisition, Netflix
Nishimura-Seese manages global acquisition of independent studio content for all Netflix territories worldwide. Her notable acquisitions include anime — a first for subscription VOD platforms. Prior to joining Netflix, she was GM of Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures, based in New York.
• JESSICA RODRIGUEZ, VP, content acquisition, Netflix
Rodriguez manages content acquisitions for Latin America. She previously held business development and GM positions at Discovery Channel, Landmark Communications, National Geographic Channels, Universal and BBC Worldwide for Latin America, the U.S. Hispanic market and other international markets.
• DIANE PEARSE, SVP, operations and merchandising, Redbox
Pearse is responsible for heading Redbox’s field operations, inventory and logistics, technical support center, and strategy and analytics teams. She offers an emphasis on delivering operational efficiency throughout Redbox’s supply chain and leads the expansion into Canada.
• ANNE SAUNDERS, President, Redbox
Saunders brings to Redbox executive experience across a variety of industries, with senior leadership roles at Bank of America, Starbucks and AT&T. She is responsible for keeping Redbox a DVD rental leader in the United States, overseeing international expansion and the upcoming launch of the Verizon-Redbox joint digital streaming venture.
• LORI FLYNN, VP, purchasing, Redbox
• CAROLE McCLUSKEY, chief technology officer, Coinstar
• MARIA STIPP, chief customer officer, Coinstar
• SEONG OHM, SVP, General Merchandise Manager, entertainment, Walmart
From consumer electronics and media to wireless, Walmart looks to Ohm to lead its home media business. She has 25 years of electronics experience in retail and brands, with previous leadership positions at Sam’s Club, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, General Electric and Thomson Consumer Electronics.