The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Monday, January 8th, 2018

Session I - DH8

LVCC, North Hall, Room N260

1 - 2 PM

The Next Generation of OTT

Consumers are accessing video on TV, mobile and PC. Call it "everywhere video" or "over-the-top TV.”  By any name it means that content is accessible virtually everywhere.  The proliferation of TV technologies are pushing video to an unlimited audience.

Simon Adams, General Manager, Video and Sports, Gracenote

Gulliver Smithers, ‎SVP Product & Technology, Sony Networks - ‎Sony Pictures Entertainment

Richard Steiner, SVP of Digital Products & Services, Turner

Fabian Birgfeld, founder and partner, W12 Studios

Chris Carey, Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Business Development and Strategy, Verizon Digital Media Services

Moderator - Kevin Westcott, US Media and Entertainment Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP


Kevin Westcott, US Media and Entertainment Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP: Kevin is a principal and leads the US Media and Entertainment practice. He

has over 25 years of experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as implementing global business change and technology projects for major media organizations. His industry experience spans Film, TV, Home Entertainment, Broadcasting, Publishing, Licensing, Games and Production. During past client engagements, Kevin has worked on transforming and implementing new business models, helping clients to monitize their assets and assisting start ups to effectively enter the marketplace and be successful. Additionally, Kevin leads industry programs for his clients across the international Media & Entertainment industry, both domestically and globally, including digital product strategy, distribution and supply chain for entertainment companies. He also has led industry programs including rights licensing and management and marketing effectiveness. Kevin is an author of Deloitte’s Digital Democracy Survey and co-author of Deloitte’s Digital Media Maturity Model and speaks regularly on media and entertainment consumption trends. He is also a frequent speaker at The Deloitte Academy and Roybal Learning Center. Kevin places a high importance on community involvement and works to support many civic and philanthropic organizations. Kevin is on the Board of Directors for City Year Los Angeles, a national organization focused on increasing the graduation rate for at-risk students and he also serves The United Way, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Share our Shelves and many more. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of California, Santa Cruz.


Gulliver Smithers is the Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Crackle & Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks where he is responsible for product and technology development. During his career Gulliver has designed, built, and run many innovative products and VOD services for both disruptive startups and some of the world’s largest media organizations. After graduating with a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, Gulliver’s technology career started at the BBC in London. Later as Director On-Demand at ITV, Gulliver oversaw the build and multi-platform rollout of ITV Player, the UK’s flagship AVOD product.  This was followed by a CTO role at a successful startup and then VP of Product, BBC Worldwide where he developed and rolled out the BBC’s global portfolio of digital products. Recently relocated with his family from London to Los Angeles, Gulliver is currently obsessive about digital user experiences. He maintains an active interest in all things Artificial Intelligence related, and is an avid follower of developments in neuroscience and behavioral economics.


Chris Carey is currently Head of Sales, Strategy and Business Development at Verizon Digital Media Services and will lead our global sales organization, including Solution Engineering and Sales Operations. Prior to re-joining the Verizon Digital Media Services team, Chris held the role of Vice President, Technology and Business Development for Verizon where he helped launch the Go90 Mobile Video Service, Verizon’s IPTV technology platform and the VR/AR Services platform “Envrnmnt”. Chris was an instrumental player in growing Verizon Digital Media Services during the company’s early development. As Chief Product Officer, he was responsible for product, profit and loss, definition, strategy, delivery and market rollout. With over 30 years of executive and strategic operations experience in the media and entertainment industries, Chris has held multiple roles that span industry wide. From Executive Vice President Worldwide, Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures to Chief Technology and Marketing Officer at Technicolor, in addition to 17 years spent at Walt Disney Studios in leadership roles, including Senior Vice President for Studio New Technology, Chris has been a key leader in the strategic and technology drivers of Hollywood’s digital revolution. Currently, Chris is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for: DVD Copy Control Association, DVD Forum, Blu-ray Disc Association, Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC, AACS (Advanced Access Content System), DECE/Ultraviolet (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem). Chris is also a contributing author to “Understanding Digital Cinema A Professional Handbook” by Charles S. Swartz, as well as a named inventor for numerous U.S. patents (granted and applied for) in the digital media content formats and distribution systems field.


Simon Adams is General Manager of Gracenote Video and Sports where he is responsible for delivering next generation entertainment solutions for the world’s leading pay-TV and OTT providers, CE and media companies, and sports organizations. Simon has more than 20 years of digital media experience across licensing, product, marketing and sales. Prior to Gracenote, Simon held a number of leadership positions at Rovi Corp. including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Licensing and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales. Earlier in his career, Simon worked in general management, product and marketing roles for U.K. based subsidiaries of Thomson and Philips and Celestion. He also co-founded a mobile and fixed line communications start-up, Pathfinder Telecom. Simon graduated with Honors from the City University, London with a BS degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He also served on the Board of Directors for a joint venture between Rovi and Dentsu, the third largest advertising agency in the world based in Japan.


Fabian Birgfeld, founder and partner, W12 Studios: Fabian Birgfeld is founder and partner of W12 Studios. The agency was founded in 2012 in London with a strong focus on media and technology. W12 Studios has developed comprehensive design systems for the big screen, delivering content across the device ecosystem and has helped shape entirely new digital content formats for markets across the globe. W12 Studios' clients include Intel, Microsoft, NOS, Red Bull, Vodafone, BBC, Samsung, WatchWith, Beamly, Shazam, Verizon, and Okko among others.  Beforehand Fabian worked at frog design, Method and the BBC where he led the design teams for iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport and 2012 Olympics. Fabian has taught design and theory at Princeton University, Syracuse University and NJIT. His art and designs have been frequently exhibited in the US and Europe and won numerous awards. Born and raised in Germany, Fabian holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and a graduate degree in Architecture from Princeton University.


Richard Steiner is senior vice president of digital products and services for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and FilmStruck. In this role, he is responsible for all facets of digital development and strategy for both brands, including managing key digital marketing platforms, overseeing the digital components for TCM brand and event initiatives, creating and developing products for the OTT space. Additionally, Steiner oversees the operations for the TCM website, as well as the network's multiplatform initiatives including the Watch TCM App. He is based in Atlanta and reports to Jennifer Dorian, general manager of Turner Classic Movies.  Prior to joining TCM, Steiner served as manager of acquisitions for Starz Encore Group, LLC, and was director of new media development for Lumivision Corp. He graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder. FilmStruck is a new subscription on-demand service that offers film aficionados a comprehensive library of films including an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck is the exclusive streaming home for the critically acclaimed and award-winning Criterion Collection, including the Criterion Channel, a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team.  FilmStruck is Turner’s first domestic direct-to-consumer offering launched in November 2016. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz and Saturday daytime host Tiffany Vazquez, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 23rd year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app.