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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Digital Drivers 2014

Man Jit Singh, president, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Singh is responsible for overseeing every digital initiative undertaken by SPHE, including early electronic sellthrough, bridging physical and digital home entertainment, and the push for wider consumer adoption of UltraViolet.

Previously the CEO of Multi Screen Media (MSM), the company charged with operating Sony Pictures Television’s TV networks in India, Singh brings to the home entertainment division 20-plus years of work in technology, entertainment and consumer products. During his time heading up MSM, Singh built Sony’s Indian TV channels into high-performance, high-margin businesses, anticipating and adapting to changing technologies and consumer behaviors.

He brings a true global perspective that reflects the burgeoning importance of a strategic global distribution plan.

Singh has been the founder and CEO of more than one Internet start-up company, including Futurestep.com and Compete Inc., and got his career started in general management consulting, holding senior positions at several firms, including The Cast Group and Cresap in Los Angeles.

An L.A. resident, Singh holds degrees from UCLA, St. Stephens College in Delhi, India, and The Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.

Lexine Wong, senior EVP, worldwide marketing
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has been at the forefront in adapting consumers to digital sellthrough. And it’s Wong the studio looks to for marketing digital content, tracking consumers’ digital preferences, and persuading and inspiring consumers to keep purchasing physical goods.
SPHE has Wong to thank for the successful deployment of different windowing strategies for digital purchases (including early electronic sellthrough) and the marketing efforts behind the studio’s push for everything from UltraViolet to VOD.

Wong leads a team that enhances the studio’s digital products by keeping an eye on every digital advancement, including social media, the second screen and mobile.

Jason Spivak, EVP, worldwide digital distribution
Spivak is responsible for driving SPHE’s global transactional digital business. In his role he leads the team that manages relationships with all transactional digital customers, including Internet-based services, MVPDs and retailers. Additionally, he oversees SPHE’s Digital Strategy group, leading SPHE’s efforts related to UltraViolet and other emerging models.   

Prior to his current position, Spivak was SVP of strategic development, before which he was VP of digital distribution. He joined Sony after eight years with MGM Home Entertainment, where he led early digital distribution efforts.

Richard Berger, SVP, global digital strategy and operations
One of the architects behind the formation of UltraViolet, as well as the cross-industry consortium behind the endeavor, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, Berger is a key strategist for SPHE.

SPHE looks to Berger to drive the studio’s worldwide digital strategy and new business initiatives, focusing on emerging digital distribution platforms. Beyond UltraViolet, he is also responsible for leading the studio’s 4K, enhanced digital extras and disc-to-digital offerings. Berger also oversees SPHE’s direct-to-consumer digital platform and digital supply chain services.

Prior to joining SPHE, Berger was SVP of new media and technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Rich Marty, VP, emerging platform development and marketing
Marty is at the forefront of marketing new home entertainment formats and digital initiatives for both Sony Pictures and the industry. He is a 16-year veteran of the home entertainment industry, first joining SPHE in 1999 to help roll out DVD in international territories. Today he serves as chairman of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s cross-company industry marketing committee. He also represents SPHE in multi-company marketing and promotions initiatives.

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