The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Monday, January 8th, 2018

Session I - DH12

LVCC, North Hall, Room N260

3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Disruption of Internet TV: Programming Everywhere

Netflix, Amazon and YouTube have officially altered the television experience. HDMI and the internet have forever broken the barrier of the cable bundle.  In this panel we will explore the options ranging from a la carte viewing to premium bundles.

Sherry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Fox Networks (FN)

Saul J Berman, Chief Strategist. Vice President & Partner, IBM Global Business Service

Soumya Sriraman, President, North America, BritBox, a Joint Venture of BBC Worldwide and ITV

Andrew McCollum, CEO, Philo

Mitch Weinraub, Director - Advanced Video Products, DISH Networks

Moderator - David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac

Sherry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Fox Networks (FN): As Senior Vice President, Distribution, Sherry Brennan specializes in network & content deals for emerging distribution partners such as Hulu and YouTubeTV.  She is also responsible for evaluating new business models and new entrants wishing to license FN’s TV content, strategic research related to video distribution, special markets deals (hotels, military bases, airlines, etc.), and manages the company’s content protection evaluations for new entrants.  She has also provided expert testimony in several copyright protection lawsuits including the high profile Aereo case which was heard at the US Supreme Court. Before joining FN in 2005, Sherry spent seven years with Cablevision in New York, serving as Vice President, PPV & Enhanced Video Products, and nearly two years as Programming Consultant for the cable provider’s high-definition satellite service, VOOM. Prior to Cablevision, she served as Director of Operations for Los Angeles’ Falcon Cable TV.  She began her career as a macro-economic forecaster at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Iowa State University. Sherry has served as WICT Chapter president in both NYC and SoCal and is a member of class IV of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She has been recognized for leadership and business acumen by the following organizations: 2016 – Multichannel News – “Top 6 Women in Technology” • 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media – “Genii Award” • 2015 – Southern California Chapter of WICT – “LEA Award” • 2014 – Broadcasting & Cable – “Digital All-Star” • 2012 – Multichannel News & the New York Chapter of WICT – “Wonder Woman Award” • 2010 to Present – CableFAX “100 Most Powerful Women in Cable”; Sherry also devotes time to lobbying Congress in support of nutrition assistance programs, and was recognized for Distinguished Service in this capacity by the Food Action Resource Center in June 2017.  She lives in LA with her son.


Soumya Sriraman, President, North America, BritBox, a Joint Venture of BBC Worldwide and ITV: In February of 2017, Soumya Srirman was appointed President, North America for BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster. Sriraman is responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, with a focus on bringing the best British content to the service through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and key partnerships, with an emphasis on reach, engagement, and retention. Prior to her current role, Sriraman served as Executive Vice President of Franchise and Digital Enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America. In her role, she has expanded brand platforms, maximized distribution outlets, developed new product and grew the home entertainment and licensing businesses to record breaking heights; adding a new distribution line up of theatrical events for the key BBC brands including Doctor Who, and BBC Earth. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide North America, Soumya was President and Chief Executive Officer for Palisades Tartan US and UK where, she spearheaded the releasing of independent and arthouse films, relaunched the Tartan brand, and increased sales against a declining market. Soumya was named among Home Media Magazine’s 40 Under 40 executives and held positions at Warner Home Video and Universal Home Entertainment. Soumya was also the Senior Vice President of theatrical marketing at Universal Music and Video’s filmed entertainment arm, Vivendi Entertainment. She is a member of the British American Business Association and is delighted to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bentonville Film Festival.


Andrew McCollum, CEO, Philo: Andrew joined Philo as the company’s CEO in 2014. Before assuming the role of CEO, Andrew served on Philo’s board, mentored Philo’s co-founders, and was one of the company’s first investors. He draws on his expertise in consumer technology to create a next-generation TV platform that delivers entertainment-focused content to all devices at an affordable price, based on leading-edge technology with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and intuitive save and watch features. Prior to Philo, Andrew was on the founding team of Facebook, and the social design of products has been a persistent interest. After Facebook, Andrew was an Entrepreneur in Residence at two of Philo’s investors, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Flybridge Partners. He continues to be an active early-stage angel investor and advisor. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.


Saul J. Berman, Ph.D. is Partner & Vice President, Global Service Area Leader for Strategy & Transformation within IBM Global Business Services (GBS). In this role he works closely with major corporations around the globe on strategic business issues. He leads a worldwide team of IBM consultants focused on delivering business value through business, technology and operations strategy engagements as well as organizational change initiatives. Prior to this role, Dr. Berman was the Lead Strategy Partner for the Media and Entertainment Practice as well as a Global Strategy & Change Services Leader at IBM GBS. Before joining IBM, Saul was the Global Strategic Change Leader at PwC Consulting. He was also previously with The Boston Consulting Group, a divisional Vice President with Broadway Department Stores and an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Southern California. Dr. Berman has more than 25 years of consulting experience advising senior management of large corporate and start-up organizations. He has directed engagements addressing issues of strategy, organization, and operations. He has worked extensively on issues of competitive positioning, differentiation, new business plans & strategies, new business models, growth, operational & cost improvement, operations/ manufacturing strategy, organizational design and enterprise transformation. His clients have included most of the major media companies as well as internet companies, telecommunication companies, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and automotive companies in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. Dr. Berman holds a Ph.D. in Management and Information Systems and a MBA in Production Systems and Operations Research from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania,. A frequent speaker to industry and strategic planning organizations such as the World Economic Forum, MIPCOM, Consumer Electronics Association, McGraw Hill Media Summit, the National Association of Broadcasters, Online Publishers Association and Digital Hollywood. Dr. Berman was named as one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2005 by Consulting Magazine & Top 50 Marketing executives over 50 by Global CMO Magazine. He is also an editorial advisory board member for Strategy & Leadership Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Berman served as a board member of the USC Film School Entertainment Technology Center, and of the Southern California chapter of the Strategic Leadership Forum. He has also authored numerous books and publications including Not For Free: Revenue Strategies for a New World, published by Harvard Business Review Press, and the recent IBM studies: “Beyond Digital - Connecting media and entertainment to the future,” IBM Institute for Business Value, 2012 and “The Power of Cloud - Driving business model innovation,” IBM Institute for Business Value, 2012.


Mitch Weinraub, Director - Advanced Video Products, Dish Network: In his 20+ years with Comcast, Primestar (purchased by DirecTV in 1999), Insight Communications (purchased by TWC in 2012) and DISH Network he has held roles in product development, business development, new media and operations management. Regardless of title, Mitch usually focuses on the invention, business case development, construction and launch of new technology products or new lines of business. Most recently, Mitch lead the team that developed and launched (at CES 2017) the revolutionary AirTV Player that combines OTT and OTA services in a single simple device. Mitch speaks regularly at national and international industry conferences and has had papers published by the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable Television association and the Society of Cable Television engineers.


David E. Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH POTOMAC, working at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology and focused on bringing new innovative ways for people to enjoy and experience content.  David brings many years of experience in business, law and policy issues facing the entertainment, new media, CE and IT industries.  Among other activities, David is a Senior Advisor to Gibson Brands (parent company of such iconic brands as Gibson Guitar, Baldwin, Onkyo, Philips Home Entertainment and TEAC); Co-founder and Chairman of Sir Groovy (an award-winning solution for creating enhanced search metadata for musical recordings); Co-Chairman of Golden Shores Enterprises (a marketing and advertising technology firm that utilizes point of sale consumer data to deliver hyper-local digital advertising and lifestyle content across multiple digital platforms); and Chairman of Moonrider (an interactive advertising and content generation company whose platform is used to create engaging “magnetic” HTML5 and iOS experiences for tablets, smartphones, and other interactive devices).  David also serves as a member of the CEO Advisory Board of The Silverfern Group (a merchant bank specializing in buy-side M&A opportunities) and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of FIGHTER Interactive (a transmedia strategy and marketing services company for celebrities and brands).  In recent years, David has served as an Advisor to The SingTel Group (Asia’s leading provider of telecom, data and media services in 25 countries); as a Senior Advisor to Motorola Mobility; as Chairman of EZMO (one of the early cloud-based music social network and storage locker services operating in Europe); as Executive Vice President of Gotuit Media (a leading provider of premium metadata based video tools – since acquired by TiVO via Digitalsmiths); and as an Advisor to others in the content and technology industries.  Earlier in his career, David co-founded and served as Chairman and Co-CEO of Verance (the preeminent audio watermark technology provider used by the motion picture, music, CE and IT industries to protect, manage, and monitor the use of audio and audiovisual content); was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America; was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wiley & Rein; served as Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office; and as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami Law School, and at the Communications Law Institute of the Columbus School of Law (Catholic University).