The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Thursday, May 25th, 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

Blair Harrison, CEO, Frequency

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

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

Jonathan Anastas, CMO, TEN: The Enthusiast Network

Jeffrey Stansfield, President and CEO, Advantage Video Systems

Peter Dawidzik, VP of Media and Service Providers, Qello Media Solutions

Fredrik Anderson, co-founder and SVP, Accedo

Lauren Cole, President, Cole Media, Moderator


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


Blair Harrison is a British computer programmer and entrepreneur. He has built and run companies in the internet video field for more than 20 years and has won numerous awards and accolades for his work. He is currently the founder and CEO of Frequency, based in Los Angeles.  In 1998, Harrison co-founded FasTV, one of the web's first video search engines. He then went on to run IFILM, the internet’s first user-generated video site, also credited as the creator of the “viral video” category. Originally developed as a place for independent filmmakers to host and show their films online, IFILM became one of the ten largest video sites. Blair was awarded Wired Magazine's "Rave Award" for his contributions to online video in 2004, and served as IFILM’s CEO until its sale to Viacom in 2005. Harrison founded Frequency in 2010 to make the process of discovering and watching online video as simple and personalized as possible. Frequency is now the leading internet video service for television, mobile and over-the-top operators in the world, providing end-to-end service to over 100 million mobile and pay TV subscribers around the world. Frequency also provides distribution services for over 100 premium content providers, including the world’s leading Multi-Channel, TV and digital video networks. Blair currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.


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.


Jonathan Anastas is the Chief Marketing Officer for TEN: The Enthusiast Network, the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, where he leads all consumer marketing strategies, campaigns, and programs. Anastas brings more than 20 years of marketing, digital, and data-driven expertise to TEN. His experience has included both significant brand marketing and agency roles, across video gaming, technology, content marketing, and automotive as well as other categories. Anastas joined TEN from Roku, where he was Global Head of User Acquisition, Media, Web & CRM. Anastas helped the company exceed nine million monthly active streamers for the first time in December of 2015, and led marketing efforts for the successful launch of Roku 4. For five years prior, Anastas was VP, Global Head of Digital at Activison, where he led social and digital marketing across the company’s brand portfolio.  He helped Call of Duty reach total franchise sale of more than $10 billion dollars. Anastas also contributed to Skylander’s launch and its more than $2 billion in sales. During his tenure, the Activision marketing team earned four Effie awards in three years, including the Grand Effie. Anastas also served as VP, Head of Global Marketing for Atari, the legendary video game publisher. At Atari, Anastas led the evolution from traditional launch and awareness-based advertising to an approach of customer acquisition-based marketing, retention, and CRM. Before moving into a brand marketing career, Anastas spent many years in the advertising agency business, most recently as President of Tribal Worldwide’s Red Urban division, where he oversaw U.S. launch offices in New York and Dallas. Before joining Tribal, Anastas held a number of management and account service roles at agencies including MullenLowe, Saatchi & Saatchi (cofounding its West Coast digital team) and early Omnicom digital agency THINK New Ideas, rising to the level of Executive Vice President and Managing Director. His clients included categories as varied as automotive (Toyota, Bentley & Rolls-Royce, BMW), QSR (Arby’s), technology (Oracle, Network Associates, Time Warner Cable, AT&T), and e-commerce.


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.


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.


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.