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Women in Home Entertainment 2016

29 Aug, 2016



For the ninth consecutive Women in Home Entertainment issue, Home Media Magazine highlights the leading female executives in the industry, beginning with three top major studio executives, then EVPs, SVPs and others at the major studios and other content companies. Also, we profile top executives at retailers, digital providers and important home entertainment organizations.

MARY DAILY
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, WORLDWIDE, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Daily drives Fox’s award-winning global marketing unit and is responsible for the division’s go-to-market strategies for all products distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Daily is credited with orchestrating some of the most successful campaigns in the division’s history for such products as Avatar, one of the biggest Blu-ray Disc releases of all time; the successful TV miniseries The Bible; and some of the biggest-selling library titles of all time, including the “Star Wars” saga. She also oversees all marketing activities for Fox partners, including AwesomenessTV, MGM, EuropaCorp and DreamWorks Animation.
Daily’s team was responsible for boosting consumer interest in digital ownership with the introduction of Digital HD. She was most recently responsible for the marketing campaign for Deadpool, the industry’s fastest-selling superhero title on Digital HD in its first week of release and the best-performing Digital HD title to date based on a Marvel comic.
Daily leverages new technologies to engage consumers with extras and filmmaker-driven story extensions. Her team most recently was responsible for releasing The Martian in 4K Ultra HD and the upcoming The Martian VR Experience, Fox’s award-winning, first commercial virtual reality endeavor.
Whether it’s digital delivery, 4K Blu-ray or virtual reality, Daily’s mission is to present content to the consumer however they want to experience it.
Biggest opportunity: Fox has always been consumer-first, and that includes providing them with the best in picture and sound quality, whenever possible. Today, 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range delivers the most true-to-life technology available and represents a massive leap forward for the consumer’s home entertainment experience. This is why we are committed to making all our new movies available in Ultra HD with high dynamic range.
Biggest challenge: One of the biggest challenges is keeping pace with technology and shifting consumer behavior. Today’s consumers have less time, less money and a plethora of choices, so they demand value, quality and simplicity. They are active in home entertainment, but they are more selective. Every experience we bring to market has to be rooted in a deep understanding of today’s consumer, their preferences and unique interests.
Home entertainment use (device and services): Multiple HDTVs, Blu-ray players, Apple and Roku boxes, and Google Chromecast.
If I wasn’t in my present position, I’d be ...: In music — singer/producer.
Five favorite movies or TV shows: This is a tough one, because I’m truly a pop culture junkie to my core. I’m a huge entertainment consumer, and a fan of so many great films and TV shows. Some I’ve had the pleasure of working on, such as Deadpool, Gladiator, Alien and Avatar, and some I just enjoy as a fan, such as “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander.”

JANICE MARINELLI
PRESIDENT, DISNEY/ABC HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
Marinelli oversees in-home post-theatrical distribution of all titles from The Walt Disney Studios. She continues to guide the division into unsurpassed areas of growth, delivering a strong slate of collectible films and coveted brands and franchises from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Disneynature. Under Marinelli’s leadership this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become one of the top-selling Blu-ray Discs of all time and one of the best-selling digital titles of the year. Over the past 12 months, Disney has had five best-selling physical titles and three best-selling digital titles in the top 10: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Out, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Zootopia and The Good Dinosaur.
The division licenses both motion pictures and TV programming to a wide spectrum of platforms in North America and in partnership with the company’s international territories, including physical (Bluray Disc and DVD), electronic home video license, video-on-demand (residential and hotel), subscription video-on-demand, pay-TV, basic cable, broadcast TV and digital licensing. Disney’s groundbreaking output deal with Netflix, spearheaded by Marinelli, takes effect this year. Most recently, she oversaw negotiations of the sale of more than 500 episodes of kids programming from The Disney-ABC TV Group to Hulu.
Next up under Marinelli’s purview are the in-home releases of the live-action reimagined hit The Jungle Book, the superhero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War and the animated adventure Finding Dory.
Biggest challenge/Biggest opportunity: Actually, our biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity. By staying nimble, embracing the latest technologies and trends and evolving our businesses, we are encouraging ownership through greater flexibility, utility and value to consumers. We live in an on-demand world where consumers want immediate access to their content on their preferred platform of choice. By expanding our client base and advantaging the ownership of digital product, we are striving to be even more consumer friendly while driving the growth of our digital businesses.
Home entertainment use (device and services): EHVL, pay-TV, SVOD services.
If I wasn’t in my present position I’d be ...: Spending more time traveling with my family.

Five favorite movies or TV shows: “Billions,” Jaws, Beauty and the Beast, Jurassic Park and Frozen.

LEXINE WONG
SENIOR EVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Wong oversees global marketing efforts for SPHE, including brand marketing, strategic partnerships, creative advertising, digital media and publicity. 
Wong’s purview is all-encompassing for the division’s wide range of product, including Sony Pictures Entertainment theatrical labels, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Television, catalog and titles from third-party distribution partners worldwide.
Wong is focused on the consumer and uncovering every opportunity for growth with extensive experience launching new consumer products and services. Utilizing data to drive high-impact strategies around digital and social media has been the core of recent campaigns such as the electronic sellthrough release of The Angry Birds Movie, for which SPHE focused on the Olympics with a breakthrough mobile activation as the exclusive entertainment partner for Snapchat’s Olympic Story.
Sony was one of the first studios to market the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format in February 2016, and Wong played a key role across the industry in the development and execution of the new format launch. A market leader in the 4K UHD space, SPHE picked up good reviews for its initial series of releases, including 
The Smurfs 2, Ghostbusters and Concussion. Wong also oversees marketing innovations in the new technology space and this year supported the launch of ULTRA, SPHE’s 4K Ultra HD movie streaming service on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs, in collaboration with Sony Electronics. Featuring a wide variety of feature films, the service offers consumers a premium viewing experience in 4K with HDR. The service also includes extra features.
Also under Wong, SPHE took virtual reality to a mobile platform with the app launches for The Walk (“Can You Walk the Walk”) and Goosebumps (“Ride Along With R. L. Stein”) to support the home entertainment releases.
Biggest Opportunity: Social relevance, category disruption and data-driven insights.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping transactional home entertainment at the top of the consumer’s mental queue.
Home entertainment use (device and services): The list would be too long.
If I wasn’t in my present position I’d be ...: Launching a new product/business.

Five favorite movies or TV shows: Goodfellas, District 9, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, “Breaking Bad.”

 


 

SOFIA CHANG
EVP, WORLDWIDE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT, HBO

Chang oversees the digital and physical transactional businesses globally. This includes the development, distribution and marketing of an extensive slate of HBO and Cinemax releases, including worldwide record-breaking titles such as “Game of Thrones” and Band of Brothers. With offices in New York, London and Toronto, the company’s titles are distributed in more than 60 countries around the globe, making HBO one of the top-performing studios in television. In June 2015, Chang was charged with overseeing digital distribution, including HBO Now, which launched in 2015 and is distributed across multiple platforms including Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku, Xbox and more. Chang also serves as chief financial officer on the board of directors of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.
Chang holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

SUZANNE COLE
EVP, MEDIA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Cole oversees all strategic activities in broadcast, print and outdoor media for more than 20 theatrical features and 30 home entertainment releases each year. During her 17-year tenure at Universal, Cole has managed media campaigns for such successful films as Jason Bourne, The Secret Life of Pets, Straight Outta Compton, Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey and Trainwreck, as well as for the company’s blockbuster franchises including the “Despicable Me,” “Fast and Furious,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Ride Along” and “Neighbors” movies.

DEBORAH FEINERMAN
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL

Feinerman co-heads the division’s business affairs and legal team and overseas international legal matters for the business unit. Her responsibilities involve licensing, sales, distribution, operations, acquisitions and marketing of Paramount product across home entertainment, TV and digital media. Previously SVP and deputy general counsel, Feinerman joined the general counsel’s office after working at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
She has a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. in economics from UCLA. She is the past chair of the Corporate Law Departments Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and continues to serve on its executive committee.

HILARY HOFFMAN
EVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Hoffman oversees strategic marketing and business strategy for Universal and its distributed lines worldwide across new-release, catalog and TV properties for both physical and digital markets. Her responsibilities encompass defining go-to-market strategies and the overall approach for consumer engagement, including the leveraging of new platforms and technologies to drive profitable growth across all platforms and formats. During her tenure at Universal, Hoffman has overseen the campaigns of some of the studio’s biggest revenue-generating releases and has been a driving force behind Universal’s leading footprint in the Blu-ray Disc and digital markets.

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
EVP, GLOBAL SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON DEMAND, LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Kapouranis spearheads the licensing of content to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) platforms throughout the international marketplace, evaluating the relative merits of global SVOD and market-by-market sales strategies. Her role reflects the increasing importance of SVOD platforms in the global licensing landscape. As part of an international distribution team of experienced, digitally fluent and forward-thinking executives, she is instrumental in leading the company in the SVOD and digital space around the world. Additionally, Kapouranis has overseen licensing of Lionsgate’s content in Canada and played an integral role in identifying windowing opportunities and new business models while managing the North American subscription streaming market.

MARY McLAREN
EVP AND COO, 20TH CENTURY FOX INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL & HOME ENTERTAINMENT

A career-long Fox veteran, McLaren provides strategic leadership to both the International Theatrical and Home Entertainment studio divisions and oversees Fox’s international post-production team and home entertainment acquisition and international licensee businesses. McLaren plays a key role identifying and implementing strategic partnerships around the globe, and is the senior executive liaison for all of the studio’s long-term distribution relationships, including those with Lucasfilm, MGM, DreamWorks Animation, EuropaCorp. and, most recently, Entertainment One.

KIM OVERALL
EVP, CONSUMER STRATEGY GROUP, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Overall is the EVP of consumer strategy for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, responsible for identifying and developing SPHE’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her group utilizes data analytics and consumer insights, enabling SPHE to make better-informed decisions to satisfy consumer demand for home entertainment content.
Formerly, Overall was SVP of SPHE’s United Kingdom, Northern Europe and EMEA partnerships. In this role, she was responsible for defining the commercial strategies for the region and supporting the EMEA territories. She joined SPHE in 2008 as the managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

MARGIE PACACHA
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

Pacacha manages business affairs and legal for Paramount’s domestic business, covering home entertainment, digital and television distribution. She oversees sales and distribution, operations, acquisitions, marketing and promotions, litigation, licensing, antitrust, and administration for DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms. Pacacha has negotiated deals including Paramount’s revenue-sharing agreement with Redbox, the catalog licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and numerous supply chain agreements. She has also been involved in the launch of new technologies and business models, including the launch of Blu-ray and UltraViolet.
Prior to joining Paramount in 2000, Pacacha held executive positions at Spelling Entertainment Group, Republic Pictures, and Best Film and Video Corp.
She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT GROUP

Parker is responsible for spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBC Universal, spanning documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live-comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sports and fitness, and children’s and family genres, among other content. Since assuming her role in 2007, Parker has successfully launched and developed this business for Universal and has positioned the company as an industry leader within the sector.

JESSICA SCHELL
EVP AND GM, FILM, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Schell has global responsibility for all operations related to the physical and digital sales, marketing, distribution, finance, and administrative functions of the studio’s home entertainment releases, including new theatrical titles and catalog films. In addition, she identifies and engages new technology marketing opportunities and platforms for the studio’s home entertainment offerings.
Prior to joining Warner, Schell spent nine years at NBC universal, most recently serving as EVP of worldwide new media and digital entertainment for Universal Pictures. Before that, she was Universal’s EVP of business development and strategic planning. She also served as SVP of digital media strategy and business development at NBC Universal.
 


 

DISNEY/ABC HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

SUSAN McLAIN

SVP, PRODUCT MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION

McLain leads in-home product marketing and marketing strategy across all physical and digital distribution platforms. She also manages in-home release plans, overall product lifecycles, windowing and cross-brand strategies. In addition, McLain spearheads all marketing campaigns in collaboration with the division’s digital retail partners, and she directs consumer-marketing efforts for Disney Movies Anywhere. McLain and her team contributed to the in-home success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the fastest-selling digital and Blu-ray titles of all-time. Most recently, she oversaw global product management and in-home marketing for Zootopia, the No. 1 animated title of the year to date.

LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS, VP, worldwide creative services
SANDRA BREWER, VP, marketing

CHERYLYN CARR, assistant general counsel
MARLO CARRUTH, assistant chief counsel
CYNTHIA CRUZ, VP, contract administration
MICHELLE DAVIS, VP, customer marketing and catalog

■ ELIZABETH DUKE, assistant chief counsel
LORI ELIAS, VP, product marketing and distribution
ANNA FROST, VP, digital marketing

LINDSEY GREEN, VP, pay-TV and digital sales
KIM HARBIN, VP, communications

SUSAN KIGAWA, assistant chief counsel

JANE KIM, VP, business development and distribution strategy

JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, production marketing and distribution

YULIA POLTORAK, VP, international TV and digital distribution
LIZ WEST, VP, publicity
 

PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES

Bell is responsible for the division’s advertising creative services, including Blu-ray and DVD packaging and menu design, as well as print, broadcast, VOD and Internet advertising. Bell has more than 15 years of home entertainment marketing experience, having previously worked at both Universal and New Line Cinema.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS

With more than 20 years of experience in entertainment public relations, Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the division globally. She leads home entertainment public relations campaigns for all of the studio’s labels and distribution partners and manages trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, CES and NATPE.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

Froelich oversees international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all transactional windows post-theatrical. She joined Paramount in 2005 after eight years at the Walt Disney Co.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING

Marovich is responsible for overseeing all media planning and buying for the division. She has more than 20 years of advertising experience and joined Paramount in 2006 after managing advertising for the studio at MEC. Prior to that, she worked at Starcom Worldwide, where she managed media planning for Buena Vista.

SYRINTHIA STUDER
SVP, MARKETING AND ACQUISITIONS

Studer oversees the division’s content acquisitions, including film projects and licensed properties for worldwide distribution across platforms. She also oversees home entertainment marketing for Viacom’s network and cable brand properties.

ALANNA POWERS, VP, international marketing
NI KAL PRICE, VP, domestic brand marketing
MICHELE RUMAIN, VP, advertising (media)
SUSANE SEIDMAN, VP, worldwide creative services
ROZITA TOLOUEY, VP, domestic brand marketing
MICHELLE VENDANGE, VP, international marketing

 

SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING

Anderson heads up SPHE’s domestic brand strategy and product marketing for all Sony Pictures and third-party feature film content, while also overseeing publicity and national product promotions. She drives key consumer messaging, aligning all functional marketing elements to the core brand strategy. Working closely with national commercial and consumer insights teams, she ensures product-marketing goals align with the overall SPHE business.

ALISON BIGGERS
SVP, STRATEGIC MARKETING

Biggers leads SPHE’s strategic retail marketing and national partnership programs, overseeing collaborations with leading domestic brands while driving retail programs with key customers. Leveraging SPHE’s brand marketing strategy, Biggers creates the connection between theatrical and home entertainment through these retail partnerships, delivering a seamless experience for the consumer. She joined Sony in 1999 and began her career in home entertainment with MGM Home Entertainment.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES, NORTH AMERICA

Bluerock oversees the North American sales organization, which includes physical and hybrid accounts such as Amazon/AIV and Walmart/Vudu. Previously, she oversaw the division’s sales development team, which included commercial planning, reporting and sales support. Bluerock has also held positions at MGM Home Entertainment and Target Corp.

NATASHA CURRIE
SVP, EMEA SUPPORT AND COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS

Currie is responsible for commercial strategy and performance across digital and physical platforms for licensee and partnership territories in the EMEA region. In addition, she manages a team that delivers marketing and insights support, supply chain and digital client services. Currie has worked in a number of international positions with Sony and Walt Disney Television.

TRACEY GARVIN
SVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING

Garvin oversees development and production of all value-added content for worldwide disc and digital releases, including special features, interactive content, menus and virtual reality. In addition, she oversees marketing operations ensuring on-time delivery of global marketing assets. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

ELLEN GOODRIDGE
SVP,DIGITALSUPPLYCHAINANDPRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Goodridge focuses on delivering a superior, immersive consumer experience with the studio’s digital products through advancement in new features and technologies, including digital extras, 4K and virtual reality. She also oversees SPHE’s global digital supply chain for the studio’s film and TV content, as well
as content from third-party distribution partners. Goodridge has pioneered development of innovative products, processes and services, driving digital distribution across all consumption models.

SHEELA JAIRAJ
SVP, SALES DEVELOPMENT, NORTH AMERICA

Jairaj leads the sales development team, including sales planning, support and communication, and reporting teams for physical, new-media and RVOD channels. Jairaj joined the company in 2005 and most recently held the position of VP of U.S. sales, leading the team for all U.S.-based rental and retail accounts. With more than 15 years 
of entertainment experience, Jairaj has worked in finance and legal business affairs, and has held leadership positions in sales research and analysis, and vendor-managed inventory and merchandising.

JACQUI MARSHALL
SVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS

Marshall heads up the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital licensing and distribution, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall began her home entertainment career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES

Mohon has roles in two distinct but synergistic functional groups within the organization. For the consumer strategy group, Mohon leads consumer insights to support SPHE’s commercial decisions and marketing strategies and 
to influence key customer relationships. For the marketing group, she leads media operations to set media strategies and budgets as well as digital marketing, setting social, mobile, online and CRM strategies.

KELLY NIELSEN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING

Nielsen leads the division’s worldwide creative advertising group, covering design and production of DVD and Blu-ray Disc packaging, digital/ online creative, as well as in-store POP. She also heads up 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.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL

Wiggins oversees legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing as well as global distribution (excluding the EMEA). Nearing her 20th anniversary with SPHE, Wiggins closely collaborates with all departments throughout SPHE’s marketing campaigns.

JILL ALLEN, VP, sales
SUZANNE EMERSON, VP, legal

■ STACI GRIESBACH, VP, worldwide publicity
SUSAN JOHNSTON, VP, Canada

HELENA KU, VP, business affairs

■ JOAN VILLAROS, VP, production services

 

20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS, WORLDWIDE

Carretta is a senior leader on Fox’s integrated marketing communications team, helping to drive global communications across corporate and consumer facing initiatives for all 20th Century Fox’s title releases and next-generation technologies — including the strategic execution of more than 200 title campaigns a year from Fox’s TV and film portfolio. Her team is also charged with raising awareness of Fox’s leadership and innovation, including its research and development center, the Fox Innovation Lab.

JENNIFER CHAI
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, WORLDWIDE

Chai oversees worldwide brand marketing and strategy for the Fox Family and Animation team for the physical and digital business. Chai is responsible for both the new-release and TV family business. She also takes point on the studio’s DreamWorks Animation business. Additionally, Chai is involved with shaping Fox’s new digital movies initiatives. Chai is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

RIO CYRUS
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, WORLDWIDE

Cyrus is responsible for global brand marketing for Fox’s feature films and TV content across digital platforms as well as satellite, cable and IPTV companies. She focuses strategies that enhance the product experience across the consumer’s media journey to drive ownership and rental transactions. She has contributed to the success of various titles, including Deadpool, The Revenant, The Martian and TV’s “Homeland.” Her role also includes strategic marketing for Fox’s studio partners and independent TV production.

JULIA HOWE
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, WORLDWIDE

Howe oversees North America and international brand marketing for all Fox home entertainment new live-action film and franchise releases. With a global outlook and keen understanding of the digital space, she’s been a driving force behind some of the most innovative marketing initiatives for releases such as Deadpool, The Martian and The Revenant, as well as the adoption of Digital HD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Previously, Howe held senior marketing roles at Universal Pictures International in London and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in London and Paris.

COOPER JACKSON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, WORLDWIDE

Jackson is responsible for evaluating, structuring and negotiating home entertainment agreements worldwide, including content licenses, strategic partnerships and growth initiatives across digital and physical media. She plays a key role in shaping complex deals related to Fox’s transactional digital business, distribution strategies and new technology development. Prior to joining Fox in 2015, Jackson held similar positions at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.

KATE CORSMEIER, VP, legal affairs

CAMERON DILLAVOU, VP, international marketing
DEBBIE HAAG, VP, brand marketing

■ MOLLY MADDEN, VP, sales

JULIE RYAN, VP, digital marketing

■ KAVITA SMITH, VP, marketing communications
 

UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

PAM BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING SERVICES

Blum heads up creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis, in addition to all home entertainment promotions across North America. Her responsibilities also include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT

Cockrill oversees development and production of animated non-theatrical movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment. The 19-year veteran executive currently produces the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George” and has won two Daytime Emmys. Additionally, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, The Little Engine That Could, and more than 200 television episodes.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT

Eagle oversees business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, which develops and produces live-action and animated projects for non-theatrical distribution. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues for all of 1440’s development and production slate, including rights and talent acquisition, negative pick-up distribution agreements, foreign co-productions, product integration, intellectual property matters, and litigation management. She also spearheads the group’s soundtrack partnerships.

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER
SVP, RETAIL STRATEGY AND CATEGORY MANAGEMENT

Gallagher leads all aspects of Universal’s catalog marketing and retail strategy initiatives across its North American physical business. Her catalog marketing responsibilities cover both brand and trade marketing, where she drives the development and implementation of the company’s lifecycle management plan. Retail strategy spans the disciplines of account planning, trade fund management, category management, shopper insights and business communications.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS INSIGHTS AND CONSUMER STRATEGY

Haro oversees business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, window, messaging and innovation founded in business and consumer insights. Throughout her tenure, she has been influential in shaping company strategy.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

Iwata oversees business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is responsible for licensing Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners.

PATTI JACKSON
SVP, LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT

Jackson spearheads the development and production of live-action films for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s non-theatrical productions line under the Universal 1440 Entertainment banner. She has overseen nearly 150 productions, including multiple films in the “Death Race,” “Bring It On,” “Tremors” and “Chucky” franchises.

LINDA LEIGHTON
SVP, CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGEMENT

Leighton oversees the coordination of the division’s customer operations and merchandising across North America. Additionally, Leighton plays an active role in managing the relationships with Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Broad Green Pictures, Open Road Films, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel, among others.

PAIGE LEWIS
SVP, MARKETING

Lewis spearheads North American marketing and strategy for Universal’s home entertainment new-release offerings. Her role includes the management of brand marketing, digital marketing and customer marketing disciplines for Universal Pictures and key family-targeted content distribution partners including Mattel, American Girl and HIT Entertainment, among others.

DEE PATEL
SVP AND CFO, NORTH AMERICA

Patel provides overall financial leadership and strategic financial direction for UPHE’s domestic business. She is responsible for managing all internal finance processes, leading strategy discussions around core NBC Universal finance cycles and identifying and implementing operational and financial best practices across the business.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS

Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications for the home entertainment division. She also spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships, and social media activations in support of the studio’s physical and digital home entertainment offerings. She also serves as the company’s principal public relations strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN

Turk manages master data, release and production planning, distribution, logistics, retail inventory management, and business insights 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 Paramount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Broad Green Pictures, Open Road Films, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel, among others.

KAREN ABE, VP, international marketing

■ STACY BARGER, VP, global creative services

■ ELIZABETH BISHOP-TINDALL, VP, global creative services
JENNIFER BLACK, VP, global publicity

■ CANDICE CHEN, VP, media
SANDY CHOI, VP, marketing

■ DENISE CRAYNE, VP, global controller

■ ERICA DIONNE, VP, product development and strategy

■ LISA GOODING, VP, live-action production

■ NADIA HANEY, VP, global marketing, emerging technology
KRISTIN JOHNSON, VP, media

■ MARY KHACHIKYAN, VP, production and release planning
TRACY KIM, VP, digital distribution and digital platforms

■ SANDY LE BIHAN, VP, global projects

■ BRIGITTE LIFSON, VP, business and legal affairs

■ MARIAN MANSI, VP, global creative content
LINDA MARTINEZ, VP, legal rights and clearances

LISA MELBYE, VP, animation production

■ STACY MELLE, VP, digital distribution/film marketing
VICTORIA PREMINGER, VP, business and legal affairs
STEPHANIE SIGEL, VP, global creative services

■ SHARE STALLINGS, VP, development

EVE WALDMAN, VP, human resources

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

RUSSELL ARONS
SVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Arons leads the worldwide marketing for all of the company’s video game franchises, including “Batman Arkham,” “Lego,” “DC,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “Mortal Kombat,” across all platforms. She leads a global team across brand marketing, public relations and social media as well as consumer data, research and insights.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Cho oversees and advises on legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. She has worked on joint ventures in China and has been instrumental in the development of the anime and mobile games businesses in Japan. Prior to joining Warner in 1997, Cho was an associate at the law firm of Graham & James.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING AND SALES INTEGRATION

Coleman manages trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content. Her teams work in support of both sales and marketing, and are focused on developing and executing commercial plans to deliver the division’s financial budget. Prior to joining Warner in 2008, she held leadership roles in the consumer products, toy and home entertainment industries. Coleman holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING

Fugate oversees all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s responsible for developing strategies resulting in strong performances of franchises including “DC,” “Harry Potter” and the “Lego” films, and 2016 titles including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, plus the recently launched 4K UHD slate.

JACQUELINE HAYES
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Hayes leads licensing, sales, production, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters, including marketing and distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She has participated in the development of the studio’s business models and licensing for the digital distribution of content across all platforms, and is involved in new technology and copy-protection strategies.

DANA LIRA
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Lira manages legal clearance for all enhanced content created by the home entertainment division, along with legal review of the marketing and promotion of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She also handles all legal matters
for the studio’s Australia and New Zealand home entertainment divisions. She joined Warner Home Video in 1999 and was previously an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING

Markson oversees global marketing for all Warner TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. Her responsibilities include marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also responsible for managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced. She joined Warner in 1998.

ARDIS H. RUBENSTEIN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING

Rubenstein oversees the Worldwide Creative Advertising Group. She is responsible for the design and production of Blu-ray and DVD disc packaging, digital art, in-store visual merchandising, and consumer advertising including trailers, broadcast and digital.

LINDA WANG
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES

Wang oversees worldwide recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, performance management and organizational development for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Marketing and Strategy, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and DC Entertainment. Wang’s team ensures that the company is well positioned to attract and retain the best talent in order to manage the growth of the studio’s physical and digital businesses.
 

LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, SELLTHROUGH SALES

Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy — the latter where she started her entertainment career. Leveraging almost two decades of entertainment experience, Anderson’s success in managing some of retail’s biggest accounts directly contributes to Lionsgate’s strong box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rates and first-to-market collaborative digital offers.

TRACY AMES
VP, MARKETING

Ames co-leads the home entertainment brand and marketing teams. Working with a diverse slate of film and television properties across all delivery platforms, she has long produced one of the best theatrical-to-home-entertainment conversions in the industry.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES

Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager, covering a wide variety of retailers.

AMANDA KOZLOWSKI
SVP, DIGITAL MARKETING

Kozlowski oversees digital marketing efforts for the home entertainment division, as well as retail marketing and promotions for the domestic digital and on-demand business. Additionally, Kozlowski is an integral part of the team leading a new Lionsgate initiative — spearheading the marketing and distribution strategy for features with a primarily digital platform release.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
SVP, RETAIL AND DIGITAL OPERATIONS

Naiksatam oversees customer service and retail operations, including merchandising activities. Her role includes managing and developing systems to support the back-end operations for the domestic digital group.

KAJSA VIKMAN
GM, BEFIT, AND SVP, MARKETING

Vikman oversees the studio’s fitness and wellness initiatives, including acquisitions, production, marketing and creative on digital platforms. She led the launch of the BeFit channel, which has become a standalone brand across multiple products and platforms, including a successful SVOD channel.

CHELA JOHNSON, VP, marketing
KATE NAYBERG, VP, production
HELEN REICH, VP, sales administration
AMELIA ROGERS, VP, publicity
JENNA SONENSHEIN, VP, marketing
JEAN WONG-COLLURA, VP, marketing
WENDY WONG, VP, marketing

 

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

JULIE CARTWRIGHT
EVP, MARKETING

As the top marketing executive at Anchor Bay, Cartwright drives the distributor’s most-innovative marketing initiatives. She is responsible for creative development, PR, promotions, brand marketing and digital consumer marketing. Cartwright leads strategic activities for all Anchor Bay releases, including Starz Original series, films from The Weinstein Co. and Entertainment Studios, content from IFC and Sundance Channel, and AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead” and companion series “Fear the Walking Dead.” She launched the company’s TV DVD category and has grown its fitness business to be the category leader. Cartwright has also been very active with the Bentonville Film Festival. Cartwright works with president Bill Clark and EVP of sales Ray Zinar to invest in new partners and drive the business in emerging technology.

ERIN McGREGOR

SVP, OPERATIONS

With responsibility for all North American operations, McGregor is responsible for the replication and shipment of more than 25 million disc units annually for the various labels that Anchor Bay Entertainment distributes, including The Weinstein Co., AMC, Entertainment Studios and Anchor Bay. She negotiates major contracts with the company’s outsourcing partners and works with various divisions to help drive efficiency and cost savings. Recently, she took on the management role of business analysis, including reporting for new-release launch, reforecasts and market share.

SALLY SERAPHIM
SVP, SALES

Seraphim oversees sales and manages the entire Walmart business. She has also been very active with Bentonville Film Festival, where the company has a major presence every year. Seraphim looks for new and innovative ways to bring entertainment properties to consumers through retailer omni-channel platforms as well as cross-promotional TV and consumer product goods programs. This past year she created a huge and highly successful campaign for The Hateful Eight with corrugate, signage and pre-awareness campaigns at Walmart, making it one of the top-selling titles of the year. Additionally, she has put a major focus on Starz Originals series such as “Power,” creating consumer awareness and purchases with eye-catching signage. For hit AMC properties “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” she has also developed innovative programs at Walmart, with corrugates, signage and more to make them top-selling TV titles.

JIEHAN ALONZO, director, retail marketing
EDIE BARTLETT, VP, sales

■ ERIN CARTER, VP, brand marketing
ROXANNE GIORDANO, executive director, worldwide business support, sales
JULIANNE GORMAN, director, brand marketing

JENNIFER JOHNSON, executive director, retail marketing

TANYA JONES, director, brand marketing

■ JANE MCCOWAN, VP, retail marketing

 

BROAD GREEN PICTURES

EMLYN BARRIOS
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES

An industry veteran, Barrios is responsible for managing TV Sales and certain transactional accounts, including AT&T/DirecTV, Charter/Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Verizon. She began her career at The Walt Disney Company, managing the hotel and residential pay-per-view businesses. From there she went to DreamWorks SKG to help jumpstart the TV distribution business, overseeing all aspects of the transactional businesses worldwide. After the Viacom acquisition of DreamWorks SKG, Barrios became a part of the Paramount Pictures Worldwide TV Distribution division. There she took on various roles, including managing the digital sales team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and overseeing key global digital accounts and new business development internationally.

JO DEE FRECK
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT OPERATIONS

Freck is responsible for the mastering, creation and management of product master files and distribution of materials required by partner platforms. With more than 25 years of experience in post-production and media delivery, she has supervised the deliveries of titles including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, Divergent, Insurgent and the “Twilight” franchise. Since joining Broad Green, she has been responsible for setting up procedures for everything after theatrical release. In the future, she will also oversee mastering of all titles for network broadcast.

JENN SHERIDAN
VP, CREATIVE SERVICE — HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Sheridan directs campaigns for all of Broad Green’s home entertainment titles. She has picked up several Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards and best-in-show honors. Prior to joining the Broad Green Pictures team in August 2015, Sheridan held positions at Trailer Park and The Cimarron Group. Throughout her career she has managed some of the most successful and award-winning home entertainment campaigns in history, including the worldwide release of Titanic, two “Star Wars Trilogy” re-releases, the “Twilight” franchise and numerous collector’s editions.

 

CINEDIGM

YOLANDA MACIAS
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS

Macias sources, evaluates, negotiates and acquires content for all distribution platforms, leveraging more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She also oversees strategy, growth and relationships with distribution partners.

JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

Calcaterra oversees many of the company’s business development initiatives, including partnerships with BitTorrent, Vuze, Spondo and others. She’s worked with CEO Chris McGurk since he joined Cinedigm in 2011.

BOBBI LEVINE
SVP, PRODUCTION

Levine is responsible for production and delivery worldwide for all divisions: theatrical, digital, TV, OTT and physical. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience, she oversees preparation and delivery to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Vudu, Xbox and PlayStation by the in-house studio and outsourcing partners. She also supervises DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring.

FAYE WALKER
SVP, CUSTOMER ACQUISITIONS

Walker leads marketing, branding and customer acquisition for all of the company’s digital streaming services, including CONtv, Docurama and the Dove Channel. She previously worked at Lionsgate and MGM.

APRIL BENAVIDES, VP, brand marketing

■ GEM BENEDICT, VP, digital sales

■ MICHELLE NUNES, VP, operations

■ ANGELA PALMIERI, VP, marketing and brand management

 

HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT

CONNIE SARVANANDAN
SVP, INTERNATIONAL

Sarvanandan oversees digital and physical HBO Home Entertainment businesses outside the United States. Major territories include Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany andAustralia. SarvanandanjoinedHBOin2011and prior to that, worked at Warner Home Video Canada.

 

MAGNOLIA HOME ENTERTAINMENT

SUZANNE SUDMAN
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT OPERATIONS

Sudman is responsible for digital promotions and sales support for Magnolia titles. She is the primary liaison with digital platforms. She also plays a critical role in developing unique promotional opportunities for product launches.

BETTY FRYMIRE
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Frymire has been in the home entertainment industry for more than 16 years. At Magnolia, she is responsible for all North American physical operations, managing manufacturing, distribution and logistics for DVD and Blu-ray titles.

MICHELLE NOMURA, digital media production manager
HEIDI HOLICKER, operations manager

 

PBS DISTRIBUTION

ANDREA DOWNING
CO-PRESIDENT

Downing oversees the leading distributor of public-media programs worldwide. She has developed a sophisticated and targeted multichannel, multi-format distribution unit, while strategically maximizing revenues across the evolving physical goods and digital landscapes. By spearheading numerous initiatives in drama, factual, educational and children’s programming, she is advancing and expanding the public-media footprint.
Prior to joining PBS in June 2001, Downing spent six years at Discovery Communications.

AMY LETOURNEAU
VP, STRATEGY AND ACQUISITIONS

Letourneau is responsible for acquisitions, marketing and strategy. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the drama and children’s catalogs while continuing to build on a strong foundation of engaging factual programming. With over 15 years of experience in commercial and public media, her portfolio includes numerous award-winning television series, including “Wolf Hall” and Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts.

GILLIAN ROSE
MANAGING DIRECTOR, DRAMA

Rose joined PBS Distribution in 2013 after eight years with New York’s PBS station, WNET. Her focus is primarily on drama programming, with an emphasis on making strategic investments in home entertainment rights for dramas that broadcast on “Masterpiece” and PBS, as well as acquiring distribution rights to dramatic series that air on other U.S. networks, including Showtime, Starz, Syfy, Esquire Channel and Pivot TV.
 


 

THE ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

CARRIE DIETERICH
SVP, STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

A more-than 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Dieterich heads up the association’s research efforts and marketing initiatives, as well as logistics for trade events, including the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES), Independent Product Market and Digital Media Pipeline.

JENNIFER LANE BURNELL
DIRECTOR, BRAND IMAGE

Burnell creates marketing and sales materials for events, including the LAES, Independent Product Market and Digital Media Pipeline; digital initiatives; and membership sales. She also helps manage the EMA’s digital supply chain activities.

CARLA IMMORDINO
VP, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Immordino has overseen all the accounting, human resource and office administration functions for the EMA and the EMA Scholarship Foundation since 2002. She handles the financial aspects of the LAES, Independent Product Market, Digital Media Pipeline and other industry events.

 

DEG: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

AMY JO SMITH
PRESIDENT, DEG: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Since DEG’s inception in 1997, Smith has spearheaded its industry-funded efforts to enhance and promote home entertainment as it has evolved from videocassettes to DVDs to Blu-ray Discs to digital delivery. The DEG’s agenda includes driving initiatives such as 4K Ultra HD and high-resolution audio, advancing the collection of digital content and improving the digital ecosystem. Smith was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2007 received the Visionary Award presented by Home Media Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter.

 


 

COMCAST NBC UNIVERSAL

MAGGIE McLEAN SUNIEWICK
SVP, STRATEGIC INTEGRATION

Suniewick is charged with identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities between Comcast and NBC Universal’s expansive portfolio, which includes two broadcast networks — Spanish and English language — 17 cable networks, more than 50 digital properties, Universal Studios, TV production and theme parks.
Suniewick also oversaw the company’s TV Everywhere implementation.

 

COMSCORE

CATHY HETZEL
EVP, COMMERCIAL

Formerly Rentrak’s corporate president, Hetzel spends her time determining how research leader comScore can adapt its products and services and employ its massive, passive measurement approach to audience measurement to meet the needs of the future. She has experience in both the cable operator and network sides of the business, as well as in TV technology, previously serving as SVP of business development at Concero and SVP at Digital Cable Radio Associates.

 

GOOGLE/YOUTUBE

AUBREY FREEBORN
HEAD OF TRANSACTIONAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, GOOGLE PLAY AND YOUTUBE

Aubrey Freeborn heads up the global VOD/EST content team for YouTube/Google Play. Based in Los Angeles, Freeborn spends the bulk of her time developing strategic opportunities both internally and externally to grow YouTube and Play’s transactional movie and TV business. Her global team works with film studios and TV networks around the world to secure the best and broadest content for the YouTube and Play stores. Prior to joining Google, Aubrey worked at 20th Century Fox in digital distribution. Aubrey received her MBA from Harvard after working at Accenture and Amazon.com.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE

Merryman leads YouTube’s global partnership strategy and management for content creators across the world.
Prior to joining YouTube, Kelly served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She has also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.
Merryman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Business School.

 

HULU

ELAINE PAUL
CFO, STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Paul leverages data to inform decisions about content, marketing and sales. She has played an integral role in Hulu’s biggest moves in 2016, including the pending launch
of a live-streaming TV service next year, to the addition of an ad-free subscription tier. Prior to joining Hulu, Paul served as SVP of corporate strategy at Walt Disney, where she led various acquisitions, new business initiatives and strategic investments, including Disney’s original investment in Hulu in 2009.

JENNY WALL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Wall oversees all acquisition and retention initiatives, as well as PR, events, content, research and creative. Since joining Hulu in 2014, Wall launched the marketing efforts for the service’s new slate of original programming, including “The Path,” “11.22.63,” “The Mindy Project,” “Difficult People” and Golden Globe-nominated series “Casual.” She also spearheaded marketing campaigns for the streaming debut of “Seinfeld,” and brand awareness and subscriber growth through the “In the Know” campaign.

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
HEAD OF ORIGINALS

Since joining the Hulu team earlier this year, Springborn has played an integral role 
in greenlighting straight-to-series orders for a slate of originals, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Chance” (premiering Oct. 19), “Shut Eye” (premiering Dec. 7), “The Mindy Project,” “Casual,” season two of “Difficult People,” “11.22.63” and “The Path.”

LISA HOLME
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION

Holme is responsible for content strategy, licensing and business development. Since joining Hulu, she has been instrumental in bringing exclusive programming to Hulu from studios and networks including FX, Viacom, CW, MGM, CBS, Sony, Lionsgate and others. Holme worked on Hulu’s new output deals with IFC Documentaries and Epix.

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS

Feeney joined Hulu this year and plays a critical role securing and maintaining network partnerships. She is responsible for managing strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators as the company expands into live streaming. Previously, Feeney was VP of content at DirecTV, where she was responsible for negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions.

 

NETFLIX

ELIZABETH BRADLEY
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT ACQUISITION

Bradley joined Netflix in 2006 on the by-mail packaged-media side, before moving into licensing TV series globally. Bradley is now focused on co-productions, greenlighting episodic content in conjunction with a partner network.

PAULINE FISCHER
VP, ORIGINAL FILMS

Fischer manages Netflix’s original movie initiative. She has secured high-profile film deals with renowned producers and production companies, including Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Previously, Fischer and her team negotiated the landmark pay-TV deal with Disney, in addition to deals with DreamWorks Animation and The Weinstein Co.

BRYONY GAGAN
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

Gagan oversees all business and legal affairs efforts related to content production, acquisition and distribution. In that role, she manages the negotiation of licensing and other arrangements with the major studios, networks and producers that provide movies and television shows for Netflix’s subscription service globally, as well as those for Netflix’s in-house original productions.

CINDY HOLLAND
VP, ORIGINAL CONTENT

Holland, a 14-year Netflix veteran, is responsible for acquiring and launching original series globally. Under her purview, Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy and kids series, documentaries, stand-up specials, and docu-series. Previously, Holland oversaw domestic licensing for Netflix after starting her career in DVD acquisition.

ANNA LEE
HEAD OF GLOBAL CONTENT SERVICES; VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION

Lee oversees worldwide content services and is responsible for the usage and clearance of licensed and original content for Netflix’s global marketing and partner marketing endeavors. Additionally, Lee oversees DVD acquisitions. Prior to Netflix, Lee worked in business development roles at Bertelsmann AG and Time Warner.

LISA NISHIMURA
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND COMEDY PROGRAMMING

A nine-year veteran of Netflix, Nishimura manages the company’s original documentary and comedy initiatives. Under her leadership, the company has launched multiple Oscar-nominated feature docs, including What Happened, Miss Simone? and Virunga, alongside Emmy-nominated “Making a Murderer” and “Chef’s Table.” She has launched global stand-up comedy specials from the likes of Aziz Ansari, Chris Tucker, John Mulaney and Bill Burr, and oversees “Chelsea,” the company’s first late-night talk show.

 

REDBOX

KATE BRENNAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Brennan oversees all PR efforts for the company’s movie and video game businesses, including business and executive visibility, as well as publicity-driven integrated marketing and brand programs.

KIMBERLIE CHRISTEN
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL MARKETING

Christen focuses on subscriber acquisition, engagement and retention through digital channels: SMS, mobile apps, email and social. Prior to Redbox, Christen worked at Disney Interactive, where she was part of the inaugural Disney mobile team.

LORI FLYNN
VP, PURCHASING

Flynn helps drive revenue growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, Flynn spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster, where she was responsible for managing the rental-merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

KAVITA SUTHAR
SENIOR DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ANALYSIS

Suthar is responsible for the company’s financial strategy and analysis, budgeting and deal support. She previously held strategy and analytics roles at U.S. Cellular.

GAIA MELIKIAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING

Melikian is a senior member of the brand and title marketing team. She has more than 15 years of home entertainment experience, having spent her time before Redbox in marketing roles at Warner Bros.

JENNIFER BENTLEY
DIRECTOR, CREATIVE SERVICES

Bentley oversees movie and games creative development for digital marketing that supports Web, email, mobile, social, retail and kiosk. She has held similar positions at Warner Bros., Paramount and Disney.

 

VUBIQUITY

DARCY ANTONELLIS
CEO

Antonellis directs the leading global provider of technology services connecting content owners and video providers to deliver entertainment to viewers on any screen. The company works with more than 630 leading film studios, television networks, independent producers and MCNs to bring premium content to more than 1,075 global video distributors. Vubiquity can manage every phase of the digital distribution process, including licensing, processing and provisioning, metadata management, marketing, distribution, and analytics, in 121 countries and 80 languages.
Prior to joining Vubiquity, Antonellis spent 15 years at Warner Bros., most recently serving as president of technical operations and CTO at Warner Bros. Entertainment.

MICHELE H. EDELMAN
EVP, MARKETING

Edelman oversees the global execution of Vubiquity’s cross-departmental marketing, corporate communications and creative vision, and is responsible for the management, strategy and merchandising of the company’s premium content. Previous to joining Vubiquity, Edelman worked at Warner Bros. Studios.
 


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