The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

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

Ultimate TV: The OTT, Cross Platform, Multiscreen Experience - Navigated by Set-top, Mobile Device or Console

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

Colin Zhao, VP Product Management & Market Development, NAGRA

Alex Drosin, President - North America, Massive Interactive

Sean Doherty, founder, Wurl TV

Dan Sweeney, VP, Sales & Marketing, Nevelex Corp.

Steve Harnsberger, EVP Business Development and OTT Market Specialist, ColorTV Inc.

Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company, Moderator


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.


Sean Doherty, Founder/CEO, Wurl TV: Prior to Wurl TV, Sean Doherty was the founder of Odyssey Management Capital. He founded Odyssey in 2002 with the goal of acquiring technology and telecom businesses that, at that time, most investors viewed as "out of favor." During 2003-2005, Odyssey completed the acquisition and consolidation of a group of fiber and wireless telecom companies. In 2006, Odyssey sold this wholesale broadband fiber business, Progress Telecom, to Level3 Communications. Sean is best known for his role as founding COO of @Home, the giant broadband services company. Later, Sean became president of the company's business services division @Work.In 1984 Sean was the Founder and CEO of Tradenet, where he developed one of the world's first instant-messaging products and built an installed base of trading and brokerage customers that ultimately spanned 20 countries. In 1992 he founded Team Software where he developed the first IM product for private corporate networks and the Internet. Sean was the Chairman of Progress Telecom before its sale to Level3. He is currently the Chairman of


Alexander Drosin is President of Massive Interactive, a company with over 20 years of experience in delivering and building industry-leading tools to manage, productize and sell media assets on next-generation connected devices. The company delivers cost efficient, fully customizable and scalable media playback and commerce systems. Many of the world’s largest telcos, broadcasters and cable TV operators rely on Massive to architect, develop and design their next generation IP Video entertainment platforms. Clients include Sony Pictures Television, Bell Media, Lionsgate, Quebecor, BBC, Perform Group, Viacom and many more. Prior to joining Massive, Alex spent several years successfully establishing The Filter, a bespoke B2B recommendation solution, in the North American marketplace. The Filter is backed by Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures. Alex has held several senior corporate positions in the entertainment and digital space in the past 25+ years and  has served as a strategic advisor to a multitude of companies. Alex became enamored with the digital arena after spending 10+ years working for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video where he helped establish Saturday Night Live’s presence around the world. Alex left Broadway Video to launch his own company, Glowcast Ventures, with Ken Seiff, the founder of Alex began his career as a journalist/copy editor at The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels.


Dan Sweeney is currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nevelex Corp, a digital video and IoT embedded systems Software Engineering Services Company.  Dan is responsible for business development reaching into the Cable MSO, studio, networks, OTT, consumer electronics, and broadcast industries. Nevelex long time key customers include AT&T’s DirecTV division among others.  Previously, Dan was Western Division Vice President for the Allant Group, an advertising data integration analytics company focused in media (sold to Axciom).  Allant customers included Comcast, NBCU, Charter, and Suddenlink.  Dan was also Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Solekai, working for customers including Ultraviolet, Time Warner, DirecTV and TiVo.  Dan’s career also included stints as sales and marketing chief for meta data and entitlement software company Cauldron Solutions (now Blinkx), and ITV multiplayer gaming company Buzztime. A telecommunications veteran, Dan also held senior level positions at Gemstar-TV Guide International (now Rovi), Cooke Cablevision and Showtime Networks, Inc.  Dan is currently the Co-Chair, Digital Media Group for CommNexus in San Diego. During his career in the digital video industry he has held several committee and chair positions within CTAM, NATPE and the ITA.


Colin Zhao is the Vice President of Product Management, Design and Market Development at NAGRA. In this role, Colin delivers solutions that maximize each user’s perceived value of an operator’s content portfolio and drive operational efficiencies for an operator’s technology office. He oversees the definition of the OpenTV Suite, which comprises headend servers, open device apps, managed set top boxes as well as the end user experience. For over a decade, Colin has passionately dedicated himself to rethinking and launching products across mobile, tablet, TV and desktop. Before joining NAGRA, he served as Head of Product at LG’s Silicon Valley Lab where he launched the first webOS Smart TV which sold more than 10 million units in its first year on the market. Prior to that, Colin launched the HP TouchPad as Director of OS Product Management, multiple mobile and web discovery experiences as Senior Product Manager at Yahoo!, and an open source intelligence gathering system at the Singapore Armed Forces.  Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Colin holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Information Science from Cornell University.


Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company: Jonathan Hurd joined Altman Vilandrie & Company in 2006. He has more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience in communications, media and related technology sectors. Jonathan's primary areas of expertise include business and marketing strategy, new business creation and launch, integrated consumer and business services, and customer and sales channel segmentation and targeting. Jonathan's experience in the IPTV realm includes customer targeting, partner evaluation, demand modeling, and business case development. With unique insight into competitive trends and consumer perceptions about content and communications services, Jonathan works with clients to develop differentiated video strategies. Jonathan's extensive marketing background enables him to recommend product and marketing strategies that resonate with target audiences as IP-delivered video moves towards broad adoption. Prior to joining Altman Vilandrie & Company, Jonathan was a Vice President with ADVENTIS. Before that, he was a Partner in the Communication, Information and Entertainment practice of Mercer Management Consulting. Jonathan has also served as Vice President of Marketing for a computer peripherals manufacturer, and has held marketing and strategic planning positions at Lotus Development Corporation. In addition, he has served as a software development product manager in industries including financial services, computer peripherals, video game development and management consulting. Jonathan earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from M.I.T., and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.