Women in Home Entertainment 201731 Jul, 2017
For the 10th 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.
PRESIDENT, DISNEY/ABC HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
Marinelli has one of the most unique and multifaceted roles within the industry. She is responsible for distributing both theatrical releases and television programming from global entertainment giant Disney/ABC across a variety of linear and digital platforms including physical (Blu-ray/DVD), electronic home video license, VOD, SVOD, pay-TV, basic cable, broadcast TV and syndication. Last year, Marinelli strategically led the in-home division into unsurpassed areas of growth, capitalizing on the studio’s immense box office success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Delivering the strongest slate of collectible films and coveted brands and franchises, the in-home division is already setting records in 2017 under Marinelli’s leadership. The Walt Disney Studios has three bestselling in-home digital titles in the top five this year to date with tentpoles Moana, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Physical sales also are topping the charts this year with Moana, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Beauty and the Beast and Marvel’s Doctor Strange holding strong in the top 10. Recently, Marinelli oversaw two unprecedented SVOD agreements with Hulu for all 180 episodes of classic sitcom “The Golden Girls,” as well as ABC’s hit comedy series “black-ish.”
What is your major focus for the coming year?: Disney has the strongest and most compelling slate in the industry, and we’re always looking for effective and convenient ways for consumers to enjoy our acclaimed home entertainment titles. We are committed to creating a superior in-home viewing experience for our customers and leveraging new technologies and platforms as they’re introduced into the marketplace. At present,
we are expanding into the 4K Ultra HD premium format, beginning with the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Going forward we also will continue to take the most innovative and comprehensive approach to in-home marketing to drive ownership across both physical and digital. These strategic initiatives include emphasizing pre-sale promotions during theatrical windows, implementing more dynamic and interactive bonus features, expanding our customer relationship management programs and creating promotional partnerships.
SENIOR EVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Wong leads SPHE’s global marketing team responsible for navigating the changing consumer and customer home entertainment landscape covering a wide range of product from the studio’s various divisions, including Sony Pictures Entertainment’s theatrical labels, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Television, as well as titles from third-party distribution partners worldwide. Specific areas of oversight are consumer and brand marketing, retail marketing, creative advertising, media and digital, PR and strategic partnerships, content development for digital and physical product, and new product development, including 4K Ultra HD and virtual reality. Wong’s focus is on providing value and measurable impact for end consumers based on insights, analytics and segmentation.
Under her direction, Wong’s team was responsible for buzzworthy publicity and media campaigns on key catalog anniversary releases, including
Jerry Maguire, A League of Their Own and The Fifth Element.
Wong’s eye continues to be focused on new technologies while expanding current technologies involving SPE franchises. Wong’s team was instrumental in bringing VR experiences for Ghostbusters and Passengers to market on multiple VR platforms, leveraging key influencers to immerse themselves in alternate universes to extend the film experience. A leader in 4K Ultra HD content, SPHE has also released nearly 40 titles since the launch of the format last year, making SPHE one of the top industry drivers of the category.
What is your major focus for the coming year?: The consumer, growth and innovation. With the continuing shifts in our industry driven by devices/technology, content options and other entertainment diversions, we need to create value and an element of surprise and delight to keep
our home entertainment consumer engaged.
Advice to a younger self?: If you think you have a good idea, it’s probably a good idea — chase it, don’t just dream it.
What’s the last film or TV show you’ve watched on disc?: The original Flatliners and the original Blade Runner.
What’s the last film or TV show you’ve watched digitally?: I just binge-watched “Jane the Virgin.”
Guilty viewing pleasure?: “Shark Tank”
Favorite binge watch?: “Outlander”
What would your superpower be?: Either cloning myself so I can be in three places at once or transporter qualities so I can get places faster and avoid L.A. traffic.
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. 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 of HBO and MAX subscription products. Chang also serves as CFO on the board of directors of DEG: The Digi- tal Entertainment Group and is on the board of the Time Warner Foundation.
EVP, MEDIA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Cole manages all strategic activities in broadcast, print and out- door media for more than 20 theatrical features and 30 home entertainment releases each year. During her 18-year tenure at Universal, Cole has designed media campaigns for such successful films as Get Out, Sing, Jason Bourne, The Secret Life of Pets, Straight Outta Compton, Jurassic World and Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as for franchises including the “Despicable Me,” “Fast & Furious,” “Pitch Perfect” and “Ride Along” movies.
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS & LEGAL, PARAMOUNT WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION
Feinerman oversees Paramount’s worldwide distribution business affairs and legal teams and manages worldwide legal matters for the domestic theatrical, international theatrical, worldwide television licensing, and worldwide home media distribution business units. Her responsibilities involve licensing, sales, distribution, operations, and acquisitions relating to the studio’s product across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital media.
EVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hoffman manages 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. She plans Universal’s 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 releases.
EVP, CO-HEAD OF WORLDWIDE MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Howe is responsible for driving Fox’s innovative and award-winning marketing campaigns across new-release, catalog and TV, globally. With over 20 years of consumer and brand marketing experience and a keen eye on the future, she is responsible for orchestrating go-to market and consumer engagement strategies that drive awareness and purchase intent for enhanced formats including Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Virtual Reality. She is focused on keeping ahead of the dynamic changes in the market.
EVP AND COO, 20TH CENTURY FOX INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT
A career-long Fox veteran, McLaren provides strategic leadership to both studio divisions and oversees Fox’s international post-production team, home entertainment emerging markets and third-party distribu-tion businesses. McLaren plays a key role identifying and implementing strategic partnerships around the globe, and overseeing Fox’s relationships with key partners. This year, McLaren is focused on leading strategic efforts to optimize the home entertainment supply chain and information systems.
EVP, CONSUMER STRATEGY GROUP, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Overall is responsible for identifying and developing SPHE’s capabili-ties 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.
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Pacacha handles business affairs and legal for Paramount’s transactional business, covering home media and digital distribution inclusive of physical sales and distribution, supply chain/operations, acquisitions and sublicensing, litigation, antitrust and administration across Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K UHD and digital platforms. During her nearly 20-year tenure at Paramount, Pacacha has negotiated deals including Paramount’s supply chain agreements with Technicolor, its initial revenue-sharing deal with Redbox, a catalog licensing deal with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and numerous licensing and distribution agreements. She has also been involved in the launch of new technologies and business models, including Blu-ray and UltraViolet.
A member of bar association in both California and New York, Pacacha earned a B.A. from George- town University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
EVP, CONTENT GROUP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Parker is in charge of spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media. She also manages a roster of international and U.S. talent, as well as content distributed by NBC Universal, including such genres as documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live-comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sport and fitness, and children’s and family. 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.
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 for new-release and catalog titles. Additionally, Schell identifies and engages new technology partnerships and marketing opportunities, including developing a new transactional business around cinematic virtual reality launching this fall.
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 since late 2011. She also served as SVP of digital media strategy and business development at NBC Universal and held positions at Allen & Company and Walt Disney Corporate Strategic Planning.
EVP, WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Studer acquires films for theatrical release as well as for worldwide distribution across multiple platforms. She previously held the position of SVP of marketing and acquisitions, overseeing the negotiation and acquisition of groundbreaking domestic and international films. She was responsible for a multi-picture relationship with IFC Films that included the home media release of the award-winning feature film Boyhood; film festival favorites The Intervention, Goat, A.C.O.D, Ashby and Love, Rosie; and numerous internationally distributed features, including Oscar-winner Spotlight, for select territories. She also oversaw home entertainment marketing efforts on behalf of Paramount’s network and cable brand partners.
DISNEY/ABC HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
Free has marketing responsibilities for both studio and television content distributed by The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group. She oversees in-home creative strategy, digital marketing and customer relationship management to drive sales, ownership and consumption of the company’s theatrical releases. This includes the creation and implementation of all creative advertising and bonus materials, as well as oversight of the Disney Movie Rewards program. In addition, Free leads the overall marketing strategy and execution for the company’s first-run and off-network syndicated television content in the United States and Canada, which includes all trade and consumer campaigns, creative assets, digital marketing, affiliate relations and communications. Next up for Free and her team are the highly anticipated in-home releases of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Lion King and Cars 3.
SVP AND GENERAL SALES MANAGER, PAY-TELEVISION AND DIGITAL SALES
Green negotiates in-home distribution agreements across a wide array of media platforms and businesses, including electronic home video, VOD, pay-television, SVOD and other emerging digital platforms. She pursues key agreements for the studio’s films with North American MVPDs and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, AT&T, Comcast XFinity, Vudu and Google Play. Green and her team also secure digital licensing opportunities for the company’s television as- sets, with deals currently in place with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, and PlayStation, among many others. In addition, Green manages SVOD sales for the company’s films with clients including Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in North America. Green has also played an instrumental role in the tremendous growth of cloud-based digital movie service Disney Movies Anywhere since its launch in 2014.
SVP, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY
McLain leads product management and distribution strategy across all in-home platforms, which includes oversight of in-home release
plans, overall product lifecycle windowing and cross-brand strategies for Disney/ABC’s portfolio of theatrical titles and television programming. She and her team determine release dates, pricing and product SKUs. She also manages the division’s new-release and catalog plans among its physical and digital partners. In addition, McLain oversees the membership service Disney Movie Club and she directs consumer marketing for Disney Movies Anywhere. Recently McLain and her team led product management and distribution strategy for top releases Moana and Beauty and the Beast. She has played a pivotal role in developing the 4K UHD launch plans for inaugural title Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will be followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. McLain is also spearheading release plans for the Walt Disney Signature Collection’s The Lion King.
■ LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS, VP, product planning and cross brand strategy
■ CHERYLYN CARR, assistant general counsel
■ MARLO CARRUTH, assistant chief counsel
■ CYNTHIA CRUZ, VP, contract administration
■ MICHELLE DAVIS, VP, digital customer marketing, retail and catalog strategy
■ ELIZABETH DUKE, assistant chief counsel
■ LORI ELIAS, VP, marketing strategy
■ ANNA FROST, VP, digital marketing
■ KIM HARBIN, VP, communications
■ SUSAN KIGAWA, assistant chief counsel
■ JANE KIM, VP, business development and strategic partnerships
■ JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, production management
■ YULIA POLTORAK, VP, international television and digital distribution
■ LIZ WEST, VP, publicity
PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES
Bell handles all of the division’s creative advertising materials, including disc packaging and menu design, and print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. She previously worked at Universal Studios, overseeing and managing creative advertising objectives for the feature, catalog, TV and specialty brand groups, as well as developing creative marketing concepts for all consumer and trade materials. Prior to that, she worked at New Line Cinema, supervising and providing creative direction in the development of key art, collateral, print advertising, DVD menus, online advertising, television spots and sales trailers for all home video releases.
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the home media division on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone also manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, CES and NATPE.
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
Froelich is responsible for international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all transactional windows post theatrical. Before joining Paramount in 2005, she worked at The Walt Disney Company for eight years.
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING
Marovich oversees all media planning and buying for the division and draws from more than 20 years of advertising experience. Prior to joining Paramount in 2006, Marovich was responsible for all advertising for the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC. Prior to this, she worked at Starcom Worldwide, where she managed media planning for all Buena Vista and Disney releases.
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the Home Media Distribution, Theatrical Marketing and Paramount Television divisions. Prior to joining Paramount, she worked for AT&T, Nestle USA and EMI Music North America. Pope has been an active member of Paramount Pictures’ Mentoring Program that works with local high school students to help them pre- pare for college.
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason’s primary focuses are acquisitions for distribution through home media channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions, and domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.
SVP, DOMESTIC BRAND MARKETING
A 20-year entertainment industry marketing veteran, Tolouey is responsible for driving the division’s marketing strategies across the new-release and catalog business for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, she held marketing positions with video game developer Kona- mi and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
■ HILARIE HILDEBRANDT, VP, retail marketing
■ ALANNA POWERS, VP, international marketing
■ MICHELE RUMAIN, VP, advertising (media)
■ SUSANE SEIDMAN, VP, worldwide creative services
■ PAMELA SIVULA, VP, financial planning
■ MICHELLE VENDANGE, VP, international marketing
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Anderson leads 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 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.
SVP, STRATEGIC MARKETING
Biggers heads up strategic retail marketing and national partnership programs, overseeing collaborations with leading domestic brands while driving retail programs with key customers. She creates new opportunities for retail expansion through innovative product offerings and partnerships. Leveraging the studio’s brand-marketing strategy, Biggers delivers a seamless experience for the consumer by connecting theatrical and home entertainment through these retail partnerships.
Bluerock leads the U.S. sales organization, which includes all physical and digital hybrid accounts such as Amazon/AIV and Walmart/Vudu. She has led the evolution of the sales team to an insights-based selling organization integrating data-driven insights to address retailer and consumer opportunities. Previously, Bluerock led the division’s sales development team. She has also held leadership positions at MGM Home Entertainment and Target Corp.
SVP, EMEA SUPPORT AND COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS
Currie oversees 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 consumer and market insights, business development and third-party content distribution. Currie has worked in a number of international positions with Sony and Walt Disney Television.
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is responsible for identifying and developing SPHE’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team builds and connects data universes, delivers reports and business insights, and utilizes advanced data analytics to enable SPHE to make informed decisions targeting consumer demand for transactional content. Formerly, Dang was VP of planning and analytics for Sony Pictures Television — International Sales Distribution, responsible for analytics across SVOD, pay-TV and basic cable.
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Garvin oversees international creative services and the end-to-end supply chain for physical product. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.
SVP, DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Goodridge focuses on delivering a supe- rior, 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.
SVP, SALES DEVELOPMENT, NORTH AMERICA
Jairaj leads the sales development team, including sales planning and reporting, sales operations, and trade spend 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 20 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.
SVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall leads the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has looked after SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for almost a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.
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.
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING
Nielsen heads up 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 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.
Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing for more than 20 years, closely collaborating with all departments throughout SPHE.
■ JILL ALLEN, VP, sales and digital distribution
■ ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT, VP, digital distribution
■ SUZANNE EMERSON, VP, legal
■ STACI GRIESBACH, VP, worldwide publicity
■ SUSAN JOHNSTON, VP, Canada
■ HELENA KU, VP, business affairs
■ JANA SIMMONS, VP, TV and customer marketing
■ JOAN VILLAROS, VP, production services, North America
20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
SVP, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
Carretta is a senior leader on Fox’s integrated marketing communications team, helping to drive global communications, drive ownership for enhanced formats including Digital HD and 4K Ultra HD, and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer-facing initiatives for all 20th Century Fox title releases and next-generation technologies.
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, STRATEGY
Chai oversees worldwide brand marketing and strategy for the entire Fox new-release theatrical slate and third-party titles, managing both the physical and digital business. She is involved with shaping Fox’s new strategic digital initiatives.
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, WORLDWIDE
Cyrus oversees the global brand marketing for Fox TV content across all of Fox studios, including FX, 20th Television, NatGeo and Fox 21. She focuses on strategies that enhance the product experience across the consumer’s media journey.
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, WORLDWIDE
Jackson is charged with evaluating, struc- turing and negotiating home entertainment agreements worldwide, including content licenses, strategic partnerships, and growth initiatives across digital and physical media.
■ KATE CORSEMEIER, VP, legal
■ CAMERON DILLAVOU, VP, international marketing
■ DEBBIE HAAG, VP, brand marketing, worldwide
■ MOLLY MADDEN, VP, sales, worldwide
■ HEATHER OLSON, VP, digital global accounts
■ KAVITA SMITH, VP, marketing communications, worldwide
■ JENNIFER QUAN, VP, communications planning and strategy
UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING SERVICES
Blum oversees 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 extend to include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.
SVP, ANIMATION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated non-theatrical movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment. As executive producer of the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George,” the 20-year veteran earned 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.
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle supervises business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment. Her duties include overseeing 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, intellectual property mat- ters and litigation management.
SVP, DOMESTIC SALES
Gallagher oversees sales for Universal’s U.S. physical sellthrough and rental businesses. In this role, she also has responsibility for customer marketing and retail strategy, including account planning, pricing programs, trade fund management, category management and shopper insights.
SVP, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS INSIGHTS AND CONSUMER STRATEGY
Haro is responsible for business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. Her focus is 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.
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Iwata is responsible for business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She oversees licensing of Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners.
SVP, LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Jackson oversees 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 supervised approximately 150 productions, including multiple films in the “Death Race,” “Bring It On,” “Tremors” and “Chucky” franchises.
SVP, CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGEMENT
Leighton is responsible for the coordination of the division’s customer operations and merchandising across North America. She also helps manage relationships with Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Broad Green Pictures, Open Road Films, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel, among others.
SVP AND CFO, NORTH AMERICA
Patel is in charge of overall financial leadership and strategic financial direction for UPHE’s domestic business. She manages all internal finance processes and financial reporting, as well as leading strategy discussions on core NBC Universal finance cycles and on identifying and implementing operational and financial best practices across the business.
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Porteneuve is responsible for business, technology and executive communications. She additionally 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.
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN
Turk oversees 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.
■ SHERINE ANDERSON, VP, marketing
■ NADIA BALAMASH-HANEY, VP, global marketing, emerging technology
■ STACY BARGER, VP, global creative services
■ JENNIFER BLACK, VP, global publicity
■ HEATHER BRIGGS, VP, finance
■ 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
■ KRISTIN JOHNSON, VP, media
■ GOHAR KHACHIKYAN, VP
■ 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
■ VICTORIA PREMINGER, VP, business and legal affairs
■ STEPHANIE SIGEL, VP, global creative services
■ SHARE STALLINGS, VP, development
■ EVE WALDMAN, VP, human resources
■ RUBY WONG, VP, digital solutions and content ops
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho advises on and oversees 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.
SVP, TRADE MARKETING AND SALES INTEGRATION
Coleman manages the theatrical catalog P&L for the Home Entertainment Group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content. Coleman’s 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. She joined Warner in 2008.
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate manages 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 the “DC,” “Harry Potter” and “Lego” films, with 2017 titles including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Lego Batman Movie; and 4K UHD and virtual reality titles.
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Hayes oversees the Legal & Business Affairs team that handles licensing, production, clearances, marketing, sales, supply chain, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters for the distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. She participates in the development of the studio’s home entertainment business models for distribution of content across all platforms.
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Lira oversees legal clearances for all enhanced content and virtual reality experiences 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 in 1999.
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson is responsible for global marketing for all Warner TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She handles marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also in charge of 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 packaging, digital art, in-store visual merchandising, and consumer advertising including trailers, broadcast and digital.
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business in addition to sup- porting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, Turbine and TT Games. Prior to joining WBIE, Jennifer practiced law at a boutique law firm in Los Angeles representing clients in the interactive entertainment and digital media industries.
LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Cartwright was a driving force behind Anchor Bay’s most innovative marketing initiatives. She led creative development, public relations, promotions, brand marketing and digital consumer marketing at Anchor Bay and now brings that expertise to Lionsgate. Cartwright works closely with the home entertainment and digital distribution teams to find new ways of driving the business in emerging technology.
EVP, WORLDWIDE SVOD
Kapouranis spearheads the licensing of content to subscription video-on-demand platforms throughout the international marketplace, evaluating the relative merits of global SVOD and market-by-market sales strategies. She is instrumental in leading the company in the SVOD and digital space around the world.
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and striving for continuous improvements and efficiencies, as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to worldwide digital operations.
SVP, SELLTHROUGH SALES
Anderson is in charge of Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of retail’s largest accounts — Walmart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy — the latter where she first started her career. Anderson focuses on continually looking for new opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s content, which directly contributes to strong box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rates and early industry growth in 4K UHD market share.
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Henry manages 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.
SVP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Kozlowski spearheads digital marketing efforts for the home entertainment division, as well as retail marketing and promotions for the domestic digital and on-demand business. Additionally, she is helping steer the studio’s marketing technology transformation, including the adoption of new cloud-based platforms that deliver optimized messaging and campaign targeting.
SVP, PUBLIC RELATIONS, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees global publicity across all Lionsgate home entertainment platforms, including digital distribution. She heads up the publicity campaigns for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD releases of Lionsgate and Starz film and TV programming as well as for content from distribution partners, including A24, Roadside, Miramax, The Weinstein Company. She also spear- heads digital releases across the iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu platforms. In addition, Rogers oversees the high-level PR strategy of streaming services. Rogers is responsible for publicizing Lionsgate’s fast-growing digital studio initiatives with a focus on social media influencers.
■ TRACY AMES, VP, home entertainment marketing
■ ERIN CARTER, VP, brand marketing
■ KIM HAVENS, VP, creative services
■ CHELA JOHNSON, VP, home entertainment marketing
■ KATE NAYBERG, VP, home entertainment production
■ HELEN REICH, VP, sales administration
■ JEAN WONG-COLLURA, VP, marketing
■ WENDY WONG, VP, marketing
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS
Leveraging more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Macias sources, evaluates, negotiates and acquires content for all distribution platforms. She also oversees strategy, growth and relationships with distribution partners.
JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
Having worked with CEO Chris McGurk since he joined Cinedigm in 2011, Calcaterra oversees many of the company’s business development initiatives, including partnerships with BitTorrent, Vuze, Spondo and others.
With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Levine is responsible for production and delivery worldwide for all divisions: theatrical, digital, TV, OTT and physical. She oversees preparation and delivery to digital platforms by the in-house studio and outsourcing partners. She also supervises DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring.
SVP, CUSTOMER ACQUISITIONS
Walker heads up marketing, branding and customer acquisition for all of the company’s digital streaming servic- es, including CONtv, Docurama and the Dove Channel. She previously worked at Lionsgate and MGM.
■ APRIL BENAVIDES, VP, brand marketing
■ MICHELLE NUNES, VP, operations
■ ANGELA PALMIERI, VP, marketing and brand management
HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT
VP, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING AND ANALYSIS, HBO
Golomb joined HBO in 2002 in the international distribution team. She now oversees the physical and digital transactional business in the Americas and helps to drive revenue for the digital domestic subscription business.
Sarvanandan oversees digital and physical transactional business for HBO. Major territories include the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. Sarvanandan joined HBO in 2011 and, prior to that, worked at Warner Home Video Canada.
MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Logging nearly 20 years at MVD, Normark is a huge reason why one of the industry’s last independent home entertainment distributors had its most-profitable year ever in 2016. Nordmark not only manages a sales staff, she effectively manages 30,000 of titles per month on Amazon.
Downing heads up 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. She joined PBS in June 2001.
Letourneau oversees 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. In 2017, she led the launch of a PBS-branded theatrical releasing unit and acquired rights for several high profile documentaries, including Dolores, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Bill Nye: Science Guy.
VP, CREATIVE SERVICES
Stouffer leads and manages creative campaigns — specifically key art and packaging art development for Shout’s release schedule. In nearly 10 years with the company, Stouffer’s primary focus has been on the print realm — including art direction, design, production and project management.
SARAH J. DE BRUIN
SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLICITY
De Bruin’s area of expertise includes brand communications, cross-platform releases (theatrical/VOD, home entertainment), awards campaigns, film festivals/conventions and new series launches. She serves as a brand communications executive for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
ASSOCIATE VP, PUBLICITY
Blum has played an integral role on the PR team, taking on new challenges. Notable campaigns she has worked on include Carrie: Collector’s Edition, Shout’s 4K UHD titles, “My Little Pony” home entertainment product lines, The Decline of Western Civilization, The T.A.M.I. Show, “WKRP In Cincinnati” and projects with Mel Brooks and Los Lobos.
VP, SPECIAL MARKET SALES & E-COMMERCE
Callahan joined the company in 2005 and has been overseeing Shout’s e-commerce, special markets, non-traditional accounts, artist sales and revenue-generating affiliates.
SVP OF KIDS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Boag has spearheaded Shout’s move into the kids and family business, which has been pivotal in the growth of the company. She successfully manages the relationship with Hasbro Studios, Toei Animation, and major kids/family entertainment content partners.
THE ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
SVP, STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
Dieterich leverages more than 25 years in the industry to lead 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 is responsible for 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.
VP, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Immordino has handled all the accounting, human resource and office administration functions for the EMA and the EMA Scholarship Foundation since 2002. She takes care of 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
Smith has spearheaded the DEG’s industry-funded efforts to enhance and promote home entertainment since the organization’s inception in 1997. The DEG advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels supporting the movie, TV, music, consumer electronics and IT industries.
The DEG’s current agenda includes supporting products such as Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and high-resolution audio.
GLOBAL HEAD OF MARKETING, AMAZON FIRE TV
Over the past three years, Prenner has successfully launched and expanded the Fire TV product family, and partnered with entertainment providers to give Fire TV customers access to over 300,000 streaming TV episodes and movies.
CONTENT ACQUISITION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AMAZON CHANNELS
Grace spearheaded the launch of Amazon’s first curated on-demand subscriptions, Anime Strike and Heera, and plays a key role in identifying and implementing strategic content partnerships for the channels’ business.
HEAD, CONTENT ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AMAZON CHANNELS
Payne has been at the forefront of transforming the consumer television experience, negotiating video programming rights from virtually every major media company.
HEAD OF KIDS PROGRAMMING, AMAZON STUDIOS
Sorensen oversees development and production of original kids series. Earlier this year, Sorensen helped launch a platform soliciting third-party proposals for kids programming for distribution on Amazon Instant Video and Prime Video.
SENIOR MANAGER, ITUNES MOVIES
Dubbe-Herbert handles iTunes’ relationships with all the major studios. She was the impetus behind the phenom- enally successful 10 Years of iTunes movie bundle promotion and digital launch of Fox’s Deadpool. She also partnered with Universal to integrate Siri into a Secret Life of Pets promotion.
Zimbalist works closely with all studio home entertainment marketing groups in developing marketing strategies for iTunes releases across media, social and partnerships — all while leveraging the Apple ecosystem and bringing Apple Music, Siri, App Store, Retail and iBooks into her campaigns.
Agbe-Davies oversees program planning, current series, licensing partnerships and content performance analytics. Having grown and engaged audiences, Agbe-Davies’ expertise now sits squarely at the intersection of video, technology and business.
Benson is the head communications officer for the nation’s leading online and mobile moviegoer destina- tion. She develops and executes marketing communications strategies that drive user traffic and e-commerce among diverse moviegoer audiences. Also, she implements programs that support key partners.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, FANDANGONOW
Song leads marketing efforts for Fandango’s premium on-demand video service, FandangoNow. The service offers more than 50,000 new-
release and catalog movies, next-day TV shows, and an extensive library of 4K and HDR titles, to buy or rent — no subscription required.
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads acquisition and retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and FanShop. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats throughout the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue opportunities across brands and franchises.
HEAD OF TRANSACTIONAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIP, GOOGLE PLAY AND YOUTUBE
Freeborn spends the bulk of her time developing strategic opportunities both internally and externally to grow YouTube and Google Play’s transactional movie and TV business. Prior to joining Google, Freeborn worked at 20th Century Fox in digital distribution.
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Prior to joining YouTube, Kelly served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She has also held positions in digital dis-
tribution and business development at Sony Pictures.
CFO, STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Paul leverages data to inform decisions about content, marketing and sales. She has worked on Hulu’s launch of a live-streaming TV service and an ad-free sub- scription tier. Prior to joining Hulu, Paul served as SVP of corporate strategy at Walt Disney.
HEAD OF ORIGINALS
Since joining Hulu, Springborn has played an integral role in approving a slate of originals, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Chance,” “Shut Eye,” “The Mindy Project,” “Casual,” “Dif- ficult People,” “11.22.63” and “The Path.”
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 and Lionsgate.
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney 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 entertain- ment and sports programming acquisitions.
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, CONTENT
Angie has led numerous deals that have built Hulu’s content library to include some of the most in-demand, premium content in the market. She locked in the first official content provider for Hulu’s live-streaming service. In particular, she led negotiations with Warner Bros. to negotiate rights and guarantee the studio’s content will be available live and on-demand.
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Gray plays a pivotal role in supporting the $1 billion digital sales/rental on-demand business for corporate owners Comcast, Charter and Cox, plus hundreds of affiliates across North America. Gray leads a marketing and creative team that supplies thousands of hours of promotional content and innovative integrated campaigns designed to drive buys of video-on- demand movies on cable.
Bradley works in a variety of roles, including international launch teams, assembling broad and diverse movie and TV offerings globally. In her current role, Bradley leads the team focused on English-language co-productions with partner networks around the world.
Bajaria spearheads a team focused on TV and film licensing from U.S. studios, as well co-productions with domestic networks. She also oversees a new team developing original unscripted pro- grams for Netflix, including “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “Chelsea.”
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Gagan manages negotiating licensing and other arrangements with studios, networks and producers, as well as in-house original productions. She also oversees Netflix’s labor, music and IP groups.
VP, ORIGINAL CONTENT
Holland, a 15-year veteran, is responsible for acquiring and launching original series globally. Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy, kids series, documentaries, stand-up specials and docu-series. Previously, Holland oversaw domestic licensing for Netflix.
HEAD OF GLOBAL CONTENT SERVICES
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.
DIRECTOR, GLOBAL CONTENT
Rothenberg is one of the key players in establishing and continuing to develop Netflix’s greatly admired global kids programming for both acquisitions and original content.
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND COMEDY PROGRAMMING
A nine-year veteran of Netflix’s original documentary and comedy initiatives, Nishimura helped produce the Oscar-winning doc short The White Helmets, and launched global stand-up comedy specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and Amy Schumer.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Moore specializes in ways to enhance the digital media workflow, advising many of the biggest names in digital delivery. She manages software enabling clients to manage, promote and monetize movie content on a global scale. Over an eight-year career, Moore has held multiple positions, including assisting with IT, creating internal workflows for new platform specifications, and providing examples and feedback for metadata and technical specifications.
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.
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.
Jain is responsible for the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, developing strategies to drive profitability and deal support. Prior to joining Redbox, Jain was an investment banker in the consumer retail group at Morgan Stanley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
Vootukuru helped escort a new era in pay-TV with the rollout of Sling TV in 2015. As the lead for customer service, programming, partner relationships and product initiatives, Vootukuru paved the way for innovative partnership, technologies and operations practices within the online TV platform.
Antonellis heads up this leading global provider of technology services connecting content owners and video providers to deliver entertainment to viewers on any screen. Vubiquity can manage every phase of the digital distribution process, including licensing, processing and provisioning, metadata management, marketing, distribution and analytics. 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
Edelman handles 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. Prior to joining Vubiquity, Edelman worked at Warner Bros. Studios.