2021 Devoncroft Executive Summit

Speakers and Presenters

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Mike Berkley

Chief Product Officer

 

Mike Berkley is Chief Product Officer of fuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform that’s redefining the way cord cutters view live sports, news and entertainment. As CPO, Berkeley leads product strategy and development for fuboTV across platforms, including connected and smart TVs, mobile and web.

Berkley has been a technology leader for more than 20 years and has been at the forefront of streaming video and the evolution of TV for the last decade. He has developed new products and businesses for Spotify, Viacom, Comcast and, most recently, Axios, in addition to founding two tech startups.

Prior to joining fuboTV, Berkley spent nearly two years as CPO at Axios, where he led the digital media company’s product development spanning web, mobile, TV, podcasts, newsletters and live video events. Previously, Berkley led product management at Moviepass (2018), Viacom (2015-2017) and Comcast (2010-2012), where he helped launch the company’s flagship Xfinity X1 entertainment platform.

As VP, product management at Spotify (2012-2014), Berkley was tasked with creating a new video-based business. While at the company, Berkley led a cross-functional team that explored “moon-shot” product ideas around live TV streaming.

Also an entrepreneur, Berkley is the founder of several companies, including the tech start-ups SplashCast, which created social video apps for media brands, and QMIND, a SaaS e-learning company.

Tom Cotney

Chief Executive Officer

 

Tom Cotney is Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Tom has spent more than two decades of his 30-year career partnering with, selling to and competing in the telecommunications and mobile technology industries. His impressive resume includes serving as General Manager of the Communications Sector at IBM Global Services, where he was responsible for nearly 8,500 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. He has served twice as Chairman of the annual IBM Employee Charitable Campaign for the United Way, raising more than $3.5 million for their various causes.

Before joining Imagine, Tom was CEO at cloud-based mobile messaging provider Mblox. Through a series of M&A transactions and operational consolidations, Tom was instrumental in restoring the company’s brand and profitability, and by 2015, it was ranked number two in the world. Mblox was acquired the following year by the number one-ranked company in the space, Stockholm-based CLX Communications. Prior to his tenure with Mblox, Tom served as CEO and board member for a number of privately held companies, including Air2Web, a company founded in the Atlanta Technology Development Center by the Carlyle Group. There, Tom delivered a 100% return on equity invested by Carlyle after three years of operation in a sale to a buyer from the European Union in 2011.

Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and has completed executive programs in Strategic Execution and Negotiation at the Harvard Business and Law schools respectively.

Laura Dames

EVP and GM, WarnerMedia Studios

 

Laura Dames was elevated to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Turner Studios in November 2016.  This wide-ranging role includes oversight of all facets of Turner Studios, the next generation production division that supports the entire Turner portfolio – including its leading entertainment networks and multimedia properties – on a global scale. In 2018, Dames added to her responsibilities direct oversight of the Sports Data Strategy and Insights department, a division of Turner Sports set to redefine the way analytics are leveraged in order to be best represent brand performance across today’s ever-changing media landscape.

In her role as EVP and GM of Turner Studios, Dames – a 25-year Turner veteran – is responsible for shaping the infrastructure of Turner Studios to best meet the needs of a rapidly changing media environment.  Under her leadership, Turner Studios has become an innovative, central hub for the collaboration and coordination of media assets throughout all Turner divisions. Turner Studios encompasses a broad range of creative capabilities including production, post production, design, live events, emerging media and social media monitoring and content generation.

Through Dames’ direction, Turner Studios collaborates with more than 70 departments across all Turner divisions –  including TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, CNN and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) – along with Bleacher Report and Great Big Story.  Overall, more than 400,000 hours are devoted to content and creative production through Turner Studios each year covering nearly 2,000 projects.

The Turner Studios team includes hundreds of highly-skilled artists and craftspeople, most of whom are concentrated in a 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Atlanta.  Turner Studios is home to TNT’s Inside the NBA, NBA TV and ELEAGUE, the MLB on TBS and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage originating from Atlanta, as well as TCM and many other productions. 

Dames and her leadership team are also responsible for coordinating cross-brand communication and activities surrounding key tent pole events for the company, including the Turner Upfront and special Turner showcases at industry events such as Comic-Con.

In her expanded role overseeing the Sports Data Strategy and Insights department, Dames’ team is shaping a forward-thinking approach to the way analytics are utilized in order to reflect the cross-platform delivery of content that is essential in today’s media ecosystem. With cross-platform distribution and consumption patterns being the best measurement of success as the industry continuously evolves, this team will continue to expand its capabilities to share key learnings, trends and audience figures that will benefit both internal and external partners, including advertisers.

Dames reports directly to Lenny Daniels, President of Turner Sports.

Prior to her current role, Dames was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Studios in 2014, overseeing the overall production flow, processes, brand alignment and capabilities for the division, as well as the event marketing team.

Dames was previously SVP of Business Operations for Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) including TBS, TNT, TCM and truTV.  In the unique role, she led the vision and strategy for the formatting of all programming and on-air promotion asset management, as well as the creation of all sponsorships, marketing partnerships and promotions for national advertisers, from strategy to concept development through the final creative production.

Dames has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing Operations for TNT, TBS and TCM, where she was responsible for the development of all sponsorships, marketing partnerships and promotions for both national advertisers and distribution affiliates, as well as managing the programming and on air operations teams.

She previously was Vice President of Marketing Operations for TNT, charged with identifying and managing the use of Time Warner assets to strengthen the marketing and promotional efforts for TNT’s programming branding initiatives. Before being appointed to the Vice President position, Dames served as Director of Marketing for TNT, overseeing the development and implementation of marketing strategies and multi-platform consumer marketing and promotion campaigns for TNT’s award-winning original films and specials, as well as trade initiatives. 

Dames joined Turner in 1992 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor of arts in communications and a certificate in film studies. 

She currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the UMASS department of Communications and as the Co-Chair for Turner Women Today, a corporate resource group dedicated to the support and advancement of female executives at Turner.

Ken DeGennaro

SVP, Media Operations and Technology 

In his position as Vice President of Information Technology for the National Basketball Association, Ken DeGennaro oversees a team responsible for all aspects of software development for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League including online, data services, and enterprise software. In February 2013, DeGennaro was instrumental in the successful launch of NBA. com/Stats, the official NBA statistical destination powered by the SAP HANA real-time platform. The innovative site provides the league, teams, media, and fans with access to the NBA’s entire official history of statistics – more than 4. 5 quadrillion combinations of statistics – including every box score in history. DeGennaro joined the NBA in May 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall Law.

Mark Harrison

CEO

 

Mark Harrison is the CEO of the DPP. Mark spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer. He has won numerous awards including from the RTS and BFI, as well as gaining an International Emmy and BAFTA nomination. He has held senior roles within the independent sector and the BBC, including as Managing Director of Soul Purpose Productions, and BBC Head of Arts. He became Controller of Production for BBC North in 2010, and later Director of Transformation in the BBC’s Design and Engineering group. Mark has been Managing Director of the DPP since it became a not-for-profit company in 2015, and left the BBC early in 2017 to devote more time to leading the DPP.

John Honeycutt

Former CTO Discovery, Chair of the IBC Council

 

John Honeycutt is the chair of the International Broadcasting Convention Council. He has spent the past 30 years in senior positions in the television market and has significant international experience across all aspects of the media industry, holding C-suite roles with broadcasters and TV service providers such as Discovery Communications, Fox Cable Networks, Google and Liberty Media. 

Tonny Márquez

Corporate VP Technical Operations

 

Tonny Márquez is the Corporate VP Technical Operations at VC Medios. He has more than 30 years of experience in broadcast and is an industrial engineer. Tonny was born in Caracas, Venezuela and currently resides in Bogotá, Colombia.

VC Medios is a division at Ole Communications.

Del Parks

Chief Technology Officer

 

Delbert R. Parks, III has served as Executive Vice President / Chief Technology Officer since February 2020. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Television Group, Inc. from November 2014 to February 2020, as Senior Vice President / Operations and Engineering from December 2013 to November 2014, and as Vice President / Engineering and Operations from 1996 to December 2013. From 1985 to 1996, he was Director of Operations and Engineering for WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He has held various operations and engineering positions with us for the last 46 years. He is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to technical infrastructure, media operations, engineering, advertising technology, digital technology and facilities.

Mr. Parks is a SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Fellow and is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Parks is also a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who held various commands during his 26-year reserve career.

Alessandro Reitano

Senior Vice President Sports Production

 

Having joined Sky Germany in 2008, Alessandro Reitano is now responsible for the sports production division at the broadcaster as vice president. He looks after all live sports coverage and leads on the development and implementation of new technologies and innovations in the field of sports production.

During this time at Sky, he has been involved with the first stereo 3D work and then, in 2012, with the first UHD test recording. In 2015, he brought the innovative Free-D technology to Germany, which was used in the German Cup Final and UEFA Champions League Final. Alessandro was also responsible for Sky’s first VR live test, which was successfully implemented at the 2016 German Cup Final.

From idea to completion in July 2017, he played a decisive role in the development and implementation of the new Sky Sport HQ broadcast centre at Unterföhring in Munich, which has set new standards in studio technology and efficient and effective production workflows. Since then he has been involved in Sky Germany’s moves to HDR, its recent augmented fan audio breakthrough and a host of other notable introductions.

Alessandro is the chairman of the SVG Europe Advisory Board.

Josh Stinehour

Principal Analyst

 

Josh Stinehour is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and trade shows in the media technology sector.

Prior to joining Devoncroft, Mr. Stinehour was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements.

Before joining Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour worked in various positions at EMC Corporation including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC’s acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare.

Josh loves NBA basketball (especially LeBron James) and college football. 

He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in computer science from Union College. Mr. Stinehour is a CFA charterholder.

Joe Zaller

Founder

 

Joe is the founder of Devoncroft Partners, a leading provider of market intelligence in the media technology sector.

Devoncroft provides market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of clients in the media technology sector. The company publishes a variety of syndicated market research reports, including the annual Big Broadcast Survey, the largest and most comprehensive study of the professional audio and video market.  

In addition to syndicated research reports, Devoncroft is frequently retained for custom projects by some of the world’s leading brands including broadcasters and media companies. technology suppliers, large consulting firms, educational establishments, private equity firms, investment banks, and other financial institutions.

Devoncroft also produces a series of executive summits that bring together thought-leading speakers from across the media technology ecosystem.  Since the initial conference in 2012, Devoncroft Executive Summits have grown to be one of the must-attend events in the media technology calendar.

Joe has a BA in Philosophy and a BSc in Business Administration from Villanova University, where he developed a lifelong love of (watching) college basketball, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He also completed various executive courses at Stanford University and the Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Joe, his long-suffering wife, and their three daughters live in San Diego, CA.

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