Television’s Innovators Chart the New Entertainment Reality

I t’s day one of the emergent OTT reality. The early innovators among TV programmers and operators have set off amid fanfare and speculation, blazing their trail to new consumption models with all eyes upon them. From the major brands to niche players, the hunger’s rising among the next wave of OTT enactors to truly understand how to begin navigating this massive opportunity.

Giving a voice to these early movers, the Envisioning OTT Soirée is a relaxed, early evening gathering that follows the OTT Executive Summit’s broader daytime program. In a spotlight fireside chat and a lively market-leaders panel, OTT’s pacesetters will step forward to share the insights and benefit of their early exploration and experience in carving out a new dimension for entertainment.

The Envisioning OTT Soirée’s audience of industry peers will represent TV programmers and other content owners, service providers and technology vendors.


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About SeaChange

Enabling our customers to deliver billions of premium video streams across a matrix of pay-TV and OTT platforms, SeaChange (Nasdaq: SEAC) empowers service providers, broadcasters, content owners and brand advertisers to entertain audiences, engage consumers and expand business opportunities. As a three-time Emmy award-winning organization with over 20 years of experience, we give media businesses the content management, delivery, measurement and analytics capabilities they need to craft an individualized branded experience for every viewer that sets the pace for quality and value worldwide. Visit www.schange.com.

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Television Academy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 — just one month after network television was born. It is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunication arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunication industry. The Television Academy, the only major organization devoted to the television and broadband screen entertainment industry, is made up of over 19,000 members, representing 29 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various other artisans, technicians and executives. Visit www.emmys.com

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Cynopsis Media

Cynopsis Media, a division of Access Intelligence, is the publisher of five free trade publications for the television, media, digital, and sports TV industries. Its flagship edition, Cynopsis, launched by creator, Cynthia Turner, on April 2, 1997 as a simple internal memo created to keep a Sales Team updated and informed. It is published by 5:30am EST each weekday morning. Please note: the company name is a play on words. By merging the owner’s first name (Cynthia) and the conciseness of the product (Synopsis), Cynopsis was born! The three daily eNewsletters, Cynopsis, Cynopsis Digital, and Cynopsis Sports, are sent via email to a combined total subscriber base of more than 150,000 in over 58 countries.Visit www.cynopsis.com

Envisioning OTT Agenda

June 17th, New York City

  • 8:15 - 5:30OTT Video Executive Summit

  • 6:15 - 7:00Envisioning OTT Soirée Dinner

    Buffet dinner and open bar.
  • 7:00 - 7:30OTT Trailblazer Fireside Chat

    Moderator: Jay Samit, CEO, SeaChange
  • 7:30 - 8:00OTT Rainmakers Panel Session

    With audience Q&A
    Moderator: Seth Shapiro, Governor, Television Academy
  • 8:00 - 9:00OTT Soirée Networking Nightcap

    Open bar.
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Jay Samit

CEO, SeaChange

Jay Samit joined SeaChange as CEO in October 2014. He was most recently president at ooVoo, a social video chat service with more than 100 million users. He was previously CEO of SocialVibe, a digital advertising technology company powering engagement for some of the world's top brands. Samit held senior executive roles with Sony and EMI, where he spearheaded these companies' digital media efforts. At Universal Studios, he built the first million-member social network for college students. Samit is also a serial entrepreneur, helping to innovate some of the first video technology with Intel and Microsoft, as well as launch the first multi-party video communications platform on mobile.

The best time to launch an OTT service was a year ago, the second best time is now.

Evan Shapiro

Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal

Evan Shapiro is Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal. He works on the company-wide strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer distribution models. Previously he was President of Participant Media’s Pivot where he was responsible for original programming and all aspects of the network’s business affairs. Shapiro has served as President of IFC TV and Sundance Channel and has executive produced numerous acclaimed original documentaries and series. He is Chairman of the Board of The Ghetto Film School, on the Board of Arts Nova, and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he teaches TV Management.

Seth Shapiro

Governor, Television Academy

Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in business innovation, media and technology. An Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a Governor of the Televison Academy, his clients have included Disney, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, Universal, Slamdance, Goldman Sachs and a range of new ventures. He is a frequent speaker on business innovation and has been quoted in The Economist, The LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Associated Press, The Boston Globe, PBS and The Daily Mail. Shapiro has served as an Expert before the FCC and is currently completing two books on the evolution of media.

OTT will hit the Pay TV bundle the way cable hit broadcast.

Mike Bloxham

Vice President, National TV & Video, Frank N. Magid Associates

Mike Bloxham has worked in media research and consulting for over 25 years, advising multi-national corporations, media owners and government agencies on strategic marketing and communications issues on an international basis. A recognized innovator and thought leader in the media space, he has extensive experience in attitudinal and behavioral research across all media and marketing channels with a particular emphasis on the integration of emerging and traditional media among all audiences from children to seniors. Mike is a frequent and renowned conference speaker and writes regularly for Mediapost and others on a range of media and marketing issues. His research has been regularly referenced by journalists and industry executives.

Live TV is not going away. Thirty-second spots are not going away... But I do think there is going to be more creativity and inventive thinking in how brands engage with consumers.

Hans Toro

Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities

Hans joined Guggenheim Securities in June 2009 to help establish and build out the Firm’s Investment Banking platform. Prior to joining Guggenheim Securities, Hans was Managing Director of Media Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan and Senior Managing Director of Media & Entertainment Investment Banking at Bear Stearns, where he focused on strategic transactions for media and entertainment clients. Hans has represented clients such as Time Warner, Viacom, News Corp. and Cablevision in a variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, takeover defense assignments and financings. Prior to joining Bear Stearns’ Media & Entertainment Group, Hans was a member of Bear Stearns’ Emerging Markets Group where he was involved in a number of transactions in Latin America. Hans received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

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