Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Track III: Admiralty Room

3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Content Rights and Technology Solutions in Media and Entertainment: Implementation of Technology Strategies - Protecting the Product

Tom Carroux, Business Development & Sales Executive, Media Technology, Cryptography Research, Inc.

Ryan Born, founder and CEO, AdRev

Barry Snyder, founder/CEO, MediaMine

Sam Gilchrist, CEO, PluraVida

Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, NAGRA

Graham M Oakes, CEO, Media Science International, Chairman - Digital Watermarking Alliance

George Hood, VP North America Sales and Business Development, Arxan Technologies

Rajan Samtani, SVP Sales and Marketing, Peer Media Technologies, Moderator

high-end technology integration company specializing in commercial  and residential audio, video, computer/IT, security, surveillance, automation and theater  systems.  With a deep understanding of how technology and business feed creative potential and  brand power, Snyder has taught entertainment business and post production classes for  Indiana University, UCLA Extension and USC film school.  Prior to the launch of MediaMine in 2010, Snyder led high-profile content migration  projects, which he managed, and enabled the full potential of valuable assets for a  number of key content holders. He is adept at taking iconic, legacy collections and  devising new ways to access, revitalize, and repurpose the content by utilizing today’s  digitization methods and new media platforms.  Barry’s clients include Carson Entertainment Group, Tomlin-Wagner Theatricalz,  Norman Seeff Productions, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, among others.  “The potential for digital asset management solutions and content monetization in  today’s new transmedia environments is practically limitless,” he says. “What’s old is  new again, and content owners, brands, corporations, museums, universities, retail  product companies, sports teams or almost any institution with valuable collections have  opportunities to reach new audiences and engage in exciting, inventive ways.”


Tom Carroux, Director of Business Development, Cryptography Research: is focused on protecting 4K UHD and early release content and preventing signal theft with the use of hardware security cores that are integrated within set-top box, smart TV and mobile chipsets. Cryptography Research’s hardware security cores reinforce any DRM or conditional access system and provide ‘smart card in the chipset’ security across devices, platforms and networks. Prior to Cryptography Research, Tom licensed content protection technology at Irdeto and Macrovision (now Rovi) to content owners, operators and consumer electronics manufacturers in North America, Asia and Europe. Tom has also held senior level business development and sales roles at such pioneering media technology companies as Dilithium, BitTorrent and PanAmSat. Tom is a graduate of Columbia University with a MBA in Finance and Marketing and lives in Silicon Valley.


Sam Gilchrist, CEO, PluraVida: Sam founded PluraVida to help digital media companies realize their full potential in reaching their audiences, managing their partners, and effectively monetizing content and engagement. He has over 20 years of media and telecoms technology and business experience. At PluraVida, he leads a team of product specialists, engineers and market experts, to develop and deliver scalable solutions to meet the challenges of digital content distribution and resulting settlement needs. Previously he served as President of Tradescape, where he managed all facets of the daily operations, while delivering $30MM in new business and a pipeline of $50MM in sales. Prior to joining Tradescape, he was Chief Information Officer at The Harry Fox Agency, and held leadership positions at SoundExchange and British Telecom.  Mr. Gilchrist holds a BS degree in Computer Information Science from the University of Maryland/University College.


Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, NAGRA:  As VP of Business Development at NAGRA, Robin Wilson’s responsibilities include ensuring that the company’s current and future solutions are developed and applied whenever new opportunities or markets arise. Robin has over 25 years of international broadcast technology experience in companies that include BBC, NBC, RCA, DiviCom, Grass Valley and Modulus Video where he has held various marketing, engineering, management and founding positions.  Robin has participated in and presented at many industry organizations including SMPTE, EBU, IBC, ATIS, IEEE and NATAS. He graduated with a BSc. degree in Applied Physics (EE) from Dundee University, Scotland, and holds a watermarking patent.


Graham Oakes, CEO, Media Science International, Ezee Studios, Chairman, Digital Watermarking Alliance: Graham heads strategy and business development at Media Science International and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Digital Watermarking Alliance. Under his leadership, MSI has become the leading supplier of watermark and copy protection to the recording industry and was named the exclusive watermark registration agent for the Recording Industry Association of America. MSI tracks over 44 million unique assets, providing unprecedented distribution control and business intelligence. Graham has over 30 years experience in media. Capitalizing on his experience and successes, Graham and MSI are now leading the way for comprehensive video identification and tracking—including watermarking tools for Blu-ray publishing, high-definition streaming, and digital delivery.


George Hood, VP, Strategic Sales and Business Development, Arxan Technologies:  George Hood’s sales and business development acumen has provided leading digital media providers with strategic consulting on DRM challenges that range from multiple platform architectures to diverse content media distribution strategies.  George is a long term veteran of the content protection solution landscape spearheading the adoption of innovative solutions that incorporate both hardware and software based solutions for OTT providers, network manufacturers, consumer electronics companies, conditional access services, and more.  George has also hosted and moderated a number industry events on anti-piracy and content protection solutions in N. America and Asia-Pacific regions.  George graduated with a BS in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach, CA.


Rajan Samtani, SVP, Sales & Bus Development, Peer Media Technologies: a leading anti-piracy services firm serving the filmed entertainment, music, and digital content publishing markets. Raj has more than 16 years of senior business development and strategic marketing experience in DRM, security, digital content identification, and intellectual property (IP) licensing. Prior to joining Peer Media, he was a senior Business Development consultant at Huawei. Prior to that, Raj was Senior Director, Business Development at Digimarc, where he was responsible for IP licensing, market development and building strategic partnerships in the audio/visual industries. Before Digimarc, Raj was at ContentGuard orchestrating the adoption of DRM and rights language technologies and standards for content owners, operators and device manufacturers. Raj holds several patents related to the fields of DRM and Digital Watermarking.

Barry Snyder, Founder/CEO, MediaMine  Barry Snyder is a respected and recognized entertainment technology thought leader  whose executive track record spans more than 25 years. Barry has led innovation at a  number of important companies and studios during one of the most dynamic times in  the industry. As vice president of post production at Warner Bros. Studios Facilities, he  conceptualized, designed and oversaw the building of the studio’s multi-million dollar  post facility at a time when new digital technologies were transforming the post industry  and facilities had to have the foresight to plan for a high-tech future. It was during his  time as president and CEO of Post Logic Studios that he launched and oversaw the  company’s digital cinema transition, providing the vision to launch end-to-end digital  intermediate services. His entrepreneurial aptitude led to the successful formation of  Gadget Alliance, a