The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, October 12th, 2017

3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Track I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304, Live Webcast

Video Everywhere - Technologies & Platforms - From Over-the-Top TV to 360 Video and Virtual Reality

Nathan McGowan, Vice President, Product, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard

Paul Canetti, founder and CEO, MAZ

Thomas K. Arnold, publisher and editorial director, Home Media Magazine

Jeffrey Stansfield, President and CEO, Advantage Video Systems

Steven Harnsberger, President, ‎OTT Digital Services, Inc.

Peter Dawidzik, Vice President of Media and Service Providers, Qello

Phoenix Gonzalez, co-founder and President of Sales, dotstudioPRO

Lauren Cole, President, Cole Media, Moderator


Paul Canetti is the founder and CEO of MAZ, which was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” in 2016. MAZ is a New York based technology company whose CMS and app creation tools power over one thousand mobile and OTT apps for companies like Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Health, Fast Company, and Pearson. Having previously worked at Apple, Paul's continued focus is at the intersection of technology and media. He also is a professor at Columbia Business School and regularly teaches at General Assembly on topics ranging from user experience and product

management to mobile advertising. He also has advised executives at Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, Unilever, and American Express on mobile strategy and entrepreneurial thinking. Paul is frequently featured as an industry expert on Bloomberg News, and he writes and podcasts about tech and startups on his site, Wizardest. Paul was named one of Inc.'s 30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.


Nathan McGowan: Vice President, Product, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard, currently No. 5 among the top 10 Entertainment/News sites (Comscore).  He also worked as Director of Product for Participant Media, overseeing,, as well as the social action campaign websites for films such as The Help, Waiting for Superman, and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He started his Product career as Product Manager for


Peter Dawidzik is the Vice President of Media and Service Providers at Qello. His charter is to identify revenue opportunities within the digital media space from which he has been a leader for over 17 years. Peter has developed product, successfully managed sales teams, and understands how to generate revenue from nothing more than a creative concept. Peter had initiated master service agreements with some of the largest broadcast companies in the world. As Managing Director of Media and Telco at Kaltura; he turned around the Media division at Kaltura which was only at 40% of their quota to the top performing vertical in the company achieving over 165% of its annual target. He is a consistent overachiever being in the top 5% of revenue attainment with each company he has worked with. Some of his projects include: Building a Digital EScreeners system for the MPAA, launching an international OTT for Nickelodeon, and converting Ellen Degeneres from Youtube to her own destination site called Peter got started in the Streaming industry in late 1999 by managing the live feeds for college tour. This experience quickly expanded into streaming the Grammy’s, ASP world surf tour, and festivals like Miami’s Winter Music Festival. In 2006, he helped grow Nine Systems from zero revenues to a successful exit to Akamai worth $170M. He holds a strong Rolodex with many of the major studios. Peter is also an active musician playing Drums for over 25 years. His hobbies are Boating, Boxing, Snowboarding, Surfing, Golf and Lacrosse which he was captain of a Division 1 program.


Thomas K. Arnold is one of the leading home entertainment journalists in the country. He is publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine, the home entertainment industry’s only trade publication. He also contributes home entertainment analysis news features and weekly home entertainment sales and rental updates to Variety. He has talked about home entertainment issues on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” and “Entertainment Tonight,” and was a frequent guest on the G4 network’s “Attack of the Show.” Arnold is a frequent speaker, moderator and keynoter at entertainment and technology industry conferences, summits and other events, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Digital Hollywood, and the EMA’s Digital Pipeline. He has been quoted in numerous publications, from Advertising Age and Billboard to USA Today and the New York Post.


Phoenix Gonzalez is the co-founder and President of Sales at dotstudioPRO a white-label OTT SaaS Platform. With over 15 years of experience in entertainment media, her passion and profession lie at the intersection of media and technology. With a proven track record of leadership and success, Phoenix has delivered a video technology solutions that help to transform the way we consume media digitally, across platforms and devices today clients including Minnesota Vikings, American Beauty Stars - Lifetime and Nosey TV - NBC/Marathon Ventures to name a few. She continues to defy all odds in her career and has been recognized by her peers in multiple industries.


Jeffrey Stansfield is the President and CEO of Advantage Video Systems, a leading technology provider to the broadcast, motion picture, television and motion graphics industries. Stansfield launched AVS in 2001 and has steadily built its clientele by focusing on one customer at a time. His slogan, “How can we make your day perfect?” drives him and his team to empower clients with the latest information and technology solutions. His company’s work encompasses workflow consultation, design, installation and integration. Stansfield has served as a general board member, treasurer and secretary of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). He supports many other industry organizations including the Creative Pro User Group Network, the Digital Cinema Society, the Hollywood Post Alliance, the Society of Television Engineers and the National Association of Broadcasters. His more than 25 years of experience includes the construction of broadcast facilities as well as technology services for production and post-production facilities, special effects businesses and motion graphics businesses.  Stansfield is a certified editor in Final Cut, Avid and Adobe Premiere, and a beta tester for Adobe After Effects and Premiere. He holds certifications in cabling systems, including fiber, and offers expertise in cameras, lighting, shared storage and asset management solutions.


Lauren Cole is President of Cole Media (, a boutique consulting group that helps clients launch, evaluate, and grow media-related businesses, including a range of digital media (SVOD, iVOD, AVOD, YouTube channels), cable and satellite television networks, film distribution, broadcast and multicast television, connected TV devices, and mobile, in the U.S. and internationally. Typical projects include business strategy and plans. The company was established in 2002 and has worked with over 140 clients to date.  Past and present clients of Cole Media include Netflix, Gracenote, Yahoo!, Electus, Tribune Digital, Anonymous Content, M-Go, Technicolor, SK Telecom, Nike, Verizon Wireless, Ovation TV, TV One, Hasbro, NBCU, BBC Worldwide, and Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions (Broadway theater). Lauren was previously Chief Operating Officer of PacketVideo Corporation, an early mobile video company, and SVP, International Networks in Sony Pictures’ International Television division where she launched, made investments in, and supervised cable channel investments in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. She also has worked in Warner Bros.’ Strategic Planning Department and at Bain and Company. Lauren has an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lauren frequently moderates panels at conferences such as Digital Hollywood, and often serves as an expert witness on entertainment-related litigation.