OTT Executive Summit Overview
T hank you for your interest in the 5th annual OTT (Over the Top Video) Executive Summit. The OTT Executive Summit brings together the top minds in video content, distribution, and technology to discuss how OTT is enabling new business models for both traditional Pay TV providers and new innovators, and the challenges to making that vision possible. We are planning another fantastic gathering of industry executives representing the “who’s who” of the industry— including service providers, broadcasters, programmers, content producers, advertisers, and enabling technologies. More than 90% of past attendees were CXOs or VPs and all were key thought leaders and decision makers.
The OTT Executive Summit is like no other conference you have attended. The format guarantees a highly strategic, educational, and even fun experience. The conference mingles industry executives and experts with a “Trender Panel”— a focus group of normal, everyday people representing various demographics. In addition to discussions of key industry topics, the OTT Executive Summit is gamified, with the winner being awarded the "OTT Genius” trophy. In addition, “Best of Show” and other trophies are awarded based on ballots cast by the audience during the Product Speedcase, in which sponsors conduct demos or presentations for attendees. This conference is sure to be a thought-provoking and fun way to exchange ideas.
The Summit has been hailed by FierceOnlineVideo as an innovative event "that had the perfect size and format for the topics being discussed, and was very insightful". A senior executive from Verizon called it an "excellent chance to share ideas and insights with an extremely bright, gregarious group... a truly worthwhile, enjoyable, experience. Great job putting this together!" Last year’s OTT Executive Summit drew over 200 experts and executives to the media hub of the world for highly informed and interactive discussions. Feedback for last year’s Summit was very positive. In fact, 94% of past attendees rated the Summit 8 “exceeded expectations”, 9 “loved it”, or 10 “amazing!”
There is limited space available so please sign up soon to take advantage of the great content and networking during the day. Please direct any questions to OTT Executive Summit President Brian Mahony: bmahony@OTTexec.com.
Representative Past Attendees
Winner of the "OTT Genius" trophy
More than 90% of past Summit attendees were CXOs or VPs-- all key decision makers
It was a great event! It had the perfect size and format for the topics being discussed, and was very insightful. Great meeting everyone at the event!
94% of attendees rated past Summits 8 ("Exceeded expectations"), 9 ("Loved it"), or 10 ("Amazing!")
CEO and Co-Founder, STARZ PLAY
Maaz Sheikh brings more than 20 years’ experience in media and telecom sectors, spanning technical, operational, sales & marketing functions at Fortune 100, as well as early stage technology companies operating in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Maaz started his professional career with Sprint Corporation, where he developed a passion for cutting edge technologies to improve consumer experience. After Sprint Corp, Maaz held consulting positions with Ernst & Young’s San Francisco office where he provided technology and marketing consulting services to media and telecom companies. Maaz also held various positions in US-based technology and communications corporations including Product Manager at Concentric Network (now XO Communications), Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Virtela Communications (an NTT Communications Company) and Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing at StorePerform Technologies (now JDA Software). Maaz spent a part of his childhood growing up in Dubai and returned to the region in 2006 to join Showtime Arabia (now OSN). As Chief Sales & Operations Officer at OSN, he was responsible for regional growth, customer service and spearheading overall customer operations across the Middle East. As CEO of STARZ PLAY, Maaz is inspiring his team to deliver a new and highly anticipated digital media platform. With its internet–savvy population, the region is a leader in adopting innovative technologies and under Maaz’s leadership, STARZ PLAY is ushering in a bold new world of entertainment options. Maaz holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A from The University of Kansas. He currently lives in Dubai with his wife and two sons.
Where global OTT platforms see problems and challenges, we see opportunities and hopes. Localizing not only content, but overall customer experience from sign-up to payment options is how we outperform global platforms.
"The iTV Doctor"
Trender, "All American Boy"
Trender, "Dutiful Dad"
Trender, "New Vision for Univision"
Trender, "Man of the World"
Trender, "Perennial Millennial"
Trender, "Teen on the Scene"
Your conference... gamefied.
O ne of the innovations that makes the OTT Executive Summit unique is the use of gamification to keep the dialogue interactive and fun. How often have we been to conferences where someone stands at a podium and drones on and on, making sure to include every possible buzzword and bit of technical jargon in the presentation. Not here. Though we will have expert speakers and industry executives dispensing wisdom, we'll "keep them honest" by awarding points for good presentations, comments, or predicting how the expert or Trender panels may respond to key questions posed to them. And we'll do it in real-time during the conference. The winner will be awarded the "OTT Genius" trophy at the end of the day. Just a small token of the audience's appreciation for being interesting and insightful.
To do this, each attendee must remember to bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to the event. We'll make sure you get a good WiFi connection or you can use your mobile service provider. Click this link to join the "OTT Video Executive Summit" LinkedIn group to access content and receive instructions for onsite interaction and "The Game". The rest of the game system will be explained onsite.