Avid Connect 2017


Mohammed Abuagla, Aljazeera Media Network

CIO/CTO and Executive Director for Technology & Operations

Mohamed Abuagla is the CIO/CTO and Executive Director for Technology & Operations for Aljazeera Media Network. He oversees Aljazeera’s largest division with responsibilities including IT, Broadcast Engineering & Operations, Information Security and Digital Products development. Mr. Abuagla guides the technology & operational strategies and support services for the network globally; covering 10 channels and over 70 locations worldwide. Mr. Abuagla is leading a team of more than 1200 members that provides a complete end-to-end lifecycle of integrated services across various domains. Spanning the gamut from Field Newsgathering Operations, MCR, Ingesting, Editing, Studio Operations, Transmission, Teleport, Maintenance, IT, Digital Platforms, InfoSec to Broadcast IT. Mr. Abuagla’s focus is on the complete transformation of Aljazeera to truly run as a world class organization with emphasis on cloud based technologies, efficiency, global support models, effective process and developing the best talent pool. Prior to joining Aljazeera, Mr. Abuagla had 20 years of global technical consultancy and executive management experience serving both public and private organizations.

Kabir Akhtar, ACE (Arrested Development, Crazy Ex Girlfriend)


Kabir Akhtar, ACE is an Emmy-winning director/editor whose work includes 'The Academy Awards', 'Arrested Development', 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', 'New Girl', 'Speechless', and 'Unsolved Mysteries'.

A three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award in 2016 for editing the pilot of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', becoming the first person of color to win for single-camera comedy editing. The pilot is one of nine he has edited that have gone to series; Kabir now directs the show as well. He was also nominated for his work as supervising editor on 'Arrested Development', and for editing Billy Crystal's opening film for the 2012 Oscars.

Kabir recently served a four-year term on the Television Academy's Editors' Peer Group Executive Committee, and a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee at the DGA.

Luc Amiot, Avid

Sr Principal Product Designer for Media Composer

Involved in the postproduction industry for more than twenty years, Luc Amiot is a Senior Product Designer at Avid. While his primary focus is the Media Composer product line, his areas of focus are improving the workflow and functionality of 4K, color management, HDR and effects across the breadth of the Avid Platform.

Régis André, Avid

Senior Director Product Management, Platform and MediaSuite

Régis has and continues to be a driver in the creation of major products in the industry around Production asset management for sports, studio, news, as well as workflow automation systems, news studio automation with a strong interest and focus on user experience design. 

Régis started his career at Avid as a workflow specialist and eventually head the design of what is now Interplay Production among other products. After that Régis moved to Grass valley, a Belden brand to head the product management and UI/UX teams for the software products and is now back at AVID looking after the future of our production and asset management platforms as well as news systems.

Guillaume Aubochon, Digital Film Tree


Guillaume Aubuchon has spent the past decade melding the latest in technological innovation with the century old tradition of filmmaking. He has kept DigitalFilm Tree at the forefront of innovation in Hollywood, as highlighted by DigitalFilm Tree’s recognition in 2014 by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the innovative implementation of OpenStack software in cloud-based workflows on recent hit television shows UnREAL and long-running series like NCIS: Los Angeles.

Guillaume has been involved with many firsts including the development of camera systems, editing software, and storage solutions. Now as CIO and managing partner of DigitalFilm Tree, Guillaume finds himself focused on bringing seamless cloud workflow into mainstream productions. Working on UnREAL, American Housewife, and many others, he has sought to bring a practical use of cloud technologies into active television and film productions. Guillaume speaks to thousands each year on the emergence of cloud technologies in the entertainment industry and continues to bridge the gap between classic Hollywood workflows and modern Technical progressions.

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Andy Beale, BT Sport

Chief Engineer

Andy is an experienced and accomplished Broadcast Engineering Professional with a wide range of skills and specialism's. He has designed and delivered complex turnkey projects from large facilities to smaller single suites and projects.

Recent projects include the design and delivery of the BT Tower Production Centre. This landmark facility achieved some industry firsts.

He also played a pivotal role in the development and launch of Europe's first commercial Ultra HD channel, BT Sport Ultra HD, and the successful launch of exclusive UEFA Champions League.

His areas of expertise include Live Production (particularly sports focused), fast turnaround post production, Avid & EVS systems and integration, 5.1 audio environments, digital media processing and IPTV.

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Joe Beirne, PostWorks New York


Joe Beirne is a producer and moving image technologist. An early advocate of digital nonlinear editing, Joe has been involved in beta-testing for Avid since 1992. In his current role as CTO of Technicolor|PostWorks, he is responsible for 4K+ and HDR pipeline architecture for feature film and television.

Gerry Belec, Global News, Corus Entertainment

Director, Operations and Technology News, Radio and Station Operations

Gerry Belec is a live broadcast professional specializing in digital media workflows and multi-platform content delivery. He is focused on disruptive and integrated production workflows to meet the challenge of today’s audience and talents of today’s content creators. He is a member of the Global News Senior Executive team responsible for integration of Television, Radio and Digital assets into current and future platforms.

Ofir Benovici, Avid

Senior Director of Broadcast Products

As Senior Director of Broadcast products at Avid, Ofir Benovici is responsible for shaping and managing the Broadcast portfolio of the company.

Mr. Benovici has more than 20 years of experience working in international high tech companies with a particular focus in the media industry. Benovici joined Avid during 2015 as part of the acquisition of Orad by Avid. At Orad, Benovici served as Vice President of Marketing and Products development where he oversaw the overall Marketing strategy, Commercialization and the different aspects of Product Management. Prior to Orad Benovici severed in different leadership roles in different startup companies.

Mr. Benovici holds a Master in Business Administration with honors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Debbie Berman


Originally from South Africa, Debbie started her career there working on music videos and reality TV, including 'Big Brother Africa'. That's right, they had that there too. She thereafter moved to Vancouver where she started working on local Indie films (she'd list them but honestly, you've never heard of them), finally working her way up to Barry Sonnenfeld's animated 'Space Chimps', as well as the VFX Editor on 'Invictus'. Growing weary of rain 9 months a year, Debbie then relocated to Los Angeles. There have been a few TV series along the way (Syfy's 'Haven', Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' and the pilot for Shawn Ryan's 'Timeless'), but mostly her focus continued to be on features. A bunch of films that you've never heard of, but highlights include the SXSW breakout cult hit 'The Final Girls'. I guess that's the only highlight. Oh, and 'Spider-man: Homecoming', which she is currently working on with Dan Lebental, which is pretty much the greatest thing in the entire world to her. She likes long walks on the beach but never has time for them because she is always holed up in a dark little room, sometimes watching other people on the screen taking long walks on the beach.

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Paddy Bird, Inside the Edit


As one of television’s most prolific and accomplished editors, Paddy Bird has edited dozens of primetime documentary, entertainment and reality TV shows for British and American television. He has even worked in war zones, spending time editing news stories on location in Iraq. Bird has worked for broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, The Smithsonian Channel, ABC, and more. His most recent project is Inside The Edit, a highly specialized training program that has been developed over three years by a primetime editing team working at the highest level of television. Through the program, Bird has taught advanced editing concepts and techniques to hundreds of producers, directors, cameramen, video engineers, and professional editors from production companies and broadcasters around the world.

Doug Blush, ACE (20 Feet from Stardom, The Music of Strangers, Jim: The James Foley Story)

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 80 feature and television projects, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE). His recent credits include, as Supervising Editor, the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing, and the current doc hit THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE, both from director Morgan Neville. He was Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Kirby Dick’s THE HUNTING GROUND in 2014 and the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning THE INVISIBLE WAR in 2012. He also supervised the 2016 Sundance Audience Award and Emmy winning JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, now playing on HBO. New films for 2017 as consulting or supervising editor include the Sundance documentaries THE MARS GENERATION, CHASING CORAL and ICARUS, and earlier editorial and producing work includes the popular documentaries WORDPLAY, FREAKONOMICS, OUTRAGE, THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, and SUPERHEROES.

His film OF TWO MINDS, co-directed with his wife Lisa Klein, is an intimate look at three people living with bipolar disorder, and is winner of both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues. The film is distributed by Cinedigm and was a popular documentary on Netflix and at national festivals. He’s producing and supervising a new film on suicide survivors turned activists, THE S WORD, directed by Lisa, due out in 2017. Doug co-owns MadPix Inc, a production and post production company in Los Angeles dedicated to documentary and independent films. He is also a longtime film educator with classes and seminars at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, as well as exchanges and panels in Indonesia, Brazil, Armenia, Malaysia, China, the Netherlands and more.

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Arturo Brena

Independent Graphics Consultant

Arturo Brena is an entrepreneur and graphics innovation leader with over 18 years of experience in the TV industry. Specializing in advanced graphics workflow creation and consulting, he has worked with many industry leaders such as NBC, CBS, TNT, CCTV China, Televisa, and Orad (acquired by AVID) among others. His wide range of experience includes elections, Olympics, World Cups and innumerable rebranding projects. He has won an EMMY® for innovation and has been nominated for 2 more in the field of 3D/Real-time art direction. He has also been awarded with several PromaxBDAs for 3D art direction.

During his recent time with NBCUniversal (6 years) as 3D and real-time managing director, he founded and grew their internal 3D and real-time graphics departments to implement daily in-show graphics, virtual/augmented reality solutions, on-set interactive applications and more.

He recently founded KeeX Frame (pronounced “Kesh”), a graphic services company specializing in 3D real-time graphics for broadcast and new media.

His career has consistently thrived most at the intersection of creativity and technology.

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Ogi Brkic, Radeon Technology Group, AMD

General Manager of Radeon Pro Business

Ogi Brkic is General Manager of the Radeon Pro Business Unit within AMD’s Radeon Technology Group (RTG) responsible for driving growth in AMD’s professional graphics business, as well as building a strong go-to-market engine for our fast-growing GPU virtualization and GPU compute opportunities. Prior to rejoining AMD in 2015, Ogi was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Elliptic Technologies in Ottawa, Canada. A veteran within the semiconductor industry, Ogi has more than 20 years of experience, of which 13 years is within the graphics business at ATI Technologies/Advanced Micro Devices. Having worked within large multinational companies and fast paced startup firms, Ogi has utilized his combined talents of technology acumen and strong business skills to become an accomplished executive and leader. Ogi holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Ed Caracappa, Avid

Sr. Director of Business Development

I am Sr. Director of Business Development at Avid Technology, responsible for optimal execution and growth of Avid's partner programs.Prior to Avid, I was Director of Global Sales & Business Development for Professional Graphics at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) where I was responsible for the Professional Graphics business and delivered 5 consecutive record quarters of growth. When not working, I’m an avid reader, a novice piano player and a certified Krav Maga instructor.

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Tony Cariddi, Avid

Product and Solutions Marketing Director

Since joining Digidesign (now Avid) in 1996, Tony Cariddi has held various roles in sales and marketing, and today is the product and solutions marketing director at Avid. As an audio engineer and artist, he’s recorded, mixed, prepped, and cued sound for live broadcasts; produced music and audio for infomercials, radio shows, and books on tape; and has done audio postproduction and written scores for various movie projects. He’s also had the privilege of working with such notable artists as Jennifer Lopez, Lisa Shaw, Keith Richards, Ivan Neville, Joan Jett, and many others.

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Greg Chin, Avid
Manager Audio Presales Americas

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Stryke began his music career at an early age.  He started playing classical piano at the age of four.  Moving to Miami, Florida (where he still resides) at age ten, Stryke became heavily involved in early electronic alternative scene.  He's considered to be one of the top DJs around today.  His globetrotting schedule and growing legions of fans is proof positive of his ability to command dancefloors worldwide.  His dexterity is proven time and time again. 

Alongside DJs such as Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink, and others, Stryke is a forward-thinking Technologist, using customized software and hardware when he DJs.  It’s been said that his DJ sets are more akin to a live show.  He's had Billboard chart success with his Ad Finem project and as a remixer.  His guest vocal on the track "Time" with Murk, went #1 in the US in 2004.  He's collaborated with artists such as Murk, Christian Smith, John Beltran, Oscar G, Santos, & Alex Flatner, to name a few.  

He has remixed some of today’s top underground and commercial music artists including Depeche Mode, Pink, Danny Howells, Nic Fanciulli and many, many more.  To put a cherry on top of the ice cream, Stryke has added the role of Pro Audio Team Member at Avid, maker of Pro Tools and many other industry leading products.  In addition to his tour dates, Stryke spends time throughout the globe, giving clinics and seminars about his use of Avid’s products and their use in his creative work.  In 2013, he signed on with internet radio station Klangbox.fm to host his own weekly show.  His show, Techsture can now be heard globally every Friday from 8 – 10 PM (EST).

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Tim Claman, Avid

VP of Platform & Solutions

Tim is a media technology innovator with a track record of designing and developing award-winning tools and technologies for the media and entertainment industry. Before joining Avid, Tim was CTO at Snell Advanced Media and Quantel. Previously, as CTO of Avid, Tim helped shape the company's technology and product strategies over a period of 14 years. Tim began his initial tenure at Avid as Senior Product Manager for Pro Tools, designing many of the features that led to the 2004 Academy Award for Pro Tools.

Tim’s unique perspective on media technology stems from his career as an accomplished editor, sound designer and mixer. Tim worked at leading US post production facilities, working on many high-profile film and TV productions. Before working in Film and Television, Tim was a professional recording engineer and musician in Los Angeles.

Tim holds a BA from Dartmouth College, where he graduated with High Honors in Music Composition, and is a member of SMPTE.

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Joe Conyers, Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing

VP and General Manager, VP of Technology

Joe Conyers III is the vice president and General Manager of Songtrust as well as the vice president of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Conyers was named the youngest ever Digital Power Player by Billboard Magazine in 2016. At Downtown Conyers oversees digital/new media licensing, product management, and other technology focused initiatives. In addition to his role at Downtown Conyers leads its Songtrust rights management platform, an online service that helps music makers and rights holders collect their music publishing royalties. Since joining Songtrust just after the launch of its prototype, Conyers has led its growth from under 1,000 to over 100,000 writers with works recorded by Beyoncé, Brandy Clark, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Frank Ocean, and other GRAMMY nominated artists.

Brandon Costa, Sports Video Group

Director of Digital

Costa is senior editor for the Sports Video Group and oversees the company’s digital and collegiate athletics initiatives. He covers various production trends, including streaming, social, 4K/UHD, and virtual reality. He serves as director of both the SVG College Sports Summit and the SVG Digital Summit.

Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul)


Kelley Dixon grew up with a single mom who taught school on Chicago’s south side. After an embarrassingly long stint as an assistant editor, her first editing job was on “Breaking Bad”. She’s also edited on HBO's "LUCK", Showtime's "Shameless", AMC's "The Walking Dead", "Halt and Catch Fire" and "Preacher". She's currently working on Season 3 of the Breaking Bad Spinoff "Better Call Saul". Kelley has been nominated for 6 ACE awards and 8 Emmys - winning 1 Emmy in 2013 - for her work on "Breaking Bad".

Maureen Droney
Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing

Managing Director

A former recording engineer who worked with artists including George Benson, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John Hiatt, Tower of Power and Carlos Santana, including on Santana’s GRAMMY-winning album Blues for Salvador, Maureen Droney is currently Managing Director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. She is also the former longtime Los Angeles Editor of Mix magazine, the author of MixMasters: Platinum Engineers Share Their Secrets for Success, and co-author of The Pensado Papers, the recently-released Hal Leonard book on the Pensado’s Place web phenomenon.

Richard Duke, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Publishing Services Department

Chief Systems Architect

Richard has worked in the Motion Picture Industry for over 20 years. His current assignment deals with architecting and managing the vast digital media assets of the LDS Church. Retention and Preservation is a key component in the world of digital media, but so is the immediacy of access and use. Richard has pioneered the church's position in this space and built an infrastructure to support both long-term preservation, as well as quick access to millions of media assets.

Richard began his career as a sound designer, and has worked on hundreds of films, television programs, and audio recordings. He is an award-winning sound designer, and continues to record and mix great music and film projects as time permits. He was asked to design and architect the asset management and archive systems of the church in 2007, to make available the large collection of media assets to the various production teams creating great media products and experiences for the church. His role later expanded to include the vast distribution of media assets available in over 96 languages on the various distribution channels the church uses for distributing its media, including its web properties, mobile apps, and television and satellite broadcast systems.  

Today, the church uses various public clouds to help accomplish these tasks, which has dramatically sped up the workflows and allows
the church to distribute its content significantly faster than ever before.  Richard continues to move more and more workflows to the cloud, and has some major initiatives underway to increase collaboration between various church offices around the world, as well as “any artist, anywhere.”

Josh Earl, ACE (Deadliest Catch)

Emmy Award Winning Editor

Josh Earl,ACE is a Tv and Film editor in Burbank California. He's won five primetime Emmys for his work on the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch. His work spans many different genres and formats for studios such as Disney, Discovery, Fox, AMC, History, A&E, Epix and is currently working on a project for Lionsgate called Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest.

It's also worth saying he's never been seen in the same room as Batman...coincidence?

Matt Feury, Avid

Director of Product and Segment Marketing for Pro Video

Since joining Avid in 1994, Matt Feury has helped post production professionals world-wide navigate the ongoing transitions taking place in content creation for both film and television. Among the various duties Matt performs in his current role of Director of Product and Segment Marketing for Pro Video, his most rewarding activities involve shining a spotlight on the work being done every day by Avid’s preeminent customers; including such notable productions as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Prior to joining Avid, Matt worked in sports television and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University for Film and Video.

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Koji Gardiner, Jaunt

VP of Hardware Engineering

Koji leads the engineering team responsible for the design and manufacture of Jaunt’s cinematic VR cameras. His expertise spans electrical, optical, and mechanical design, with a focus on developing high-performance imaging systems.

Prior to joining Jaunt, Koji was a camera engineering manager at Apple, where he led the development of over a dozen iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac cameras from concept to mass production. He holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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David Gould, Dolby

Director, Audio Content Solutions

In his role at Dolby, David is responsible for creating products and solutions that will enable and inspire the audio post production community to create content in the Dolby Atmos format. He is responsible for the feature definition and prioritization for the content creation ecosystem, and represents the needs and desires of the end user to the development teams. He works closely with content creators worldwide to ensure Dolby’s products and workflows exceed their expectations.

Prior to joining Dolby in early 2012, David was a Senior Product Manager at Avid Technology, where he was responsible for Pro Tools software – the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).  David started his career in London as a recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios, specializing in orchestral film scoring; he joined Avid in 2005 where he held various positions in technical sales before moving into product management.

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Noah Gusdorff, Creative Mobile Solutions, Inc.


Noah Gusdorff is the Emmy-winning founder and CEO of Creative Mobile Solutions Inc., a production solutions company specializing in tapeless workflows for live events, studio-based shows, and at-home productions. A graduate of Emerson College, Noah’s skills bridge the gap between production and IT, providing reliable, tightly integrated systems and cost-saving solutions to sports, award shows, concerts, episodic, and features. Past successful projects for Creative Mobile Solutions include FIFA Women’s World Cup, NBA Finals, USGA U.S. Open, Little League World Series, and the Super Bowl.

Catherine Haight, ACE (Transparent, Girls, New Girl)


Catherine Haight, ACE is best known for her work on the Amazon Original Series Transparent. She recently cut The Polka King, with Jack Black and Jenny Slate, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Other credits include Afternoon Delight, Mozart in the Jungle, Girls, and New Girl. Her work on the pilot episode of Transparent earned her a nomination for both an Emmy and ACE Eddie Award. She also received an ACE Eddie nomination for the pilot of Girls.

Kathy Haley, NewsCheck Media


Kathy Haley has covered the TV business since 1979 for a variety of business publications and as owner of Kathy Haley & Associates, a company that provided custom publishing services to magazines, newspapers and other media outlets. KHA projects appeared regularly in the New York Times, Advertising Age, Adweek, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable.

In 2006, Kathy co-founded NewsCheckMedia LLC, which operates TVNewsCheck.com, the leading source of business news for the broadcast television industry. NewsCheckMedia also produces and presents NewsTECHForum, a December conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to talk about the intersection of technology and news storytelling. TV 2020, another NewsCheckMedia conference, examines emerging monetization and business strategies for TV broadcasters.

A third event, the Women in Technology Awards, presented each year at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, recognize women engineers who have contributed significantly to advancing their industry – or who show promise for doing so. The awards program supports the NAB Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which places graduating engineers who are women or people of color in industry internships.

Louis Hernandez, Jr., Avid

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid

Louis Hernandez, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid, the leading provider of audio and video technology used to help creative and media professionals make, distribute and monetize the most listened to, most watched and most loved digital media in the world. Headquartered in Burlington, MA with over 1,500 employees worldwide, Avid’s proven and trusted solutions have won hundreds of industry and technology awards, including two Oscars® a Grammy®, and 14 Emmys®. Built upon a 25-year heritage of innovation, and holding over 200 patents, Avid provides open, flexible, and scalable products and solutions to the world’s preeminent community of media enterprises and content creators.

Mr. Hernandez is a proven growth-oriented technology executive with expertise in operational execution and results-driven performance in a variety of complex technical fields including content management, e-commerce, workflow management and financial services. His focus and passion is to advance technology initiatives that specifically enable the active collaboration and connection between individuals, teams, and businesses. Before becoming CEO, he served for five years on Avid’s Board of Directors, including a period as lead Director. Appointed CEO in February 2013, Mr. Hernandez is now leading the company into its next phase of growth and market leadership. To that end, Mr. Hernandez oversees Avid’s strategic investments in product innovation, solutions, and services that help content creators and media organizations better connect with and inspire their audiences, both now and in the future.

Prior to joining Avid, Mr. Hernandez was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Open Solutions Inc., a technology provider to financial institutions worldwide, which was sold in January 2013 to Fiserv, Inc for over $1 billion. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for HSBC North America Holdings, Inc., HSBC USA Inc., and ScoreBig, Inc., and is an award winning entrepreneur who has founded and advised technology organizations ranging from start-ups to large publicly traded companies. 

Mr. Hernandez is the author of two books, Saving the American Dream—Main Street’s Last Stand, and Too Small to Fail, numerous articles, and has received many professional distinctions for his expertise in business and technology. He has also been a featured guest on Fox Business, CNBC, ABC News, and Bloomberg TV, where he discusses technology, economics, strategic planning and globalization.

Through his private foundation, Mr. Hernandez actively supports children’s issues and advances in healthcare and education. Additionally, he is involved in a diverse range of community issues, including advancing the physical and emotional health of children, and promoting education in science. In particular, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named Mr. Hernandez a Community Leader of the Year in honor of his many contributions to the community.

Paul Hodges, San Francisco Giants

Vice President of SFG Productions

Paul Hodges III serves as the San Francisco Giants as Vice President of SFG Productions. SFG Productions is responsible for all video content created for AT&T Park and distributed externally by the organization. With 17+ years Sports Entertainment experience, Paul received his degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Arts from San Francisco State and began a 14 year career with the San Francisco Giants in 2000. In July 2014 he joined the Golden State Warriors as the Senior Executive Producer, before returning to the San Francisco Giants in 2016. He has won 8 Northern California Emmy’s in the last 5 years, in addition to the 4 Championship Rings between the SF Giants and the GS Warriors respectively.

Alan Hoff, Avid

Vice President, Market Solutions

Alan Hoff has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. Before returning to Avid at the end of 2015, his prior roles included vice president, strategic marketing at Seachange International and CEO of Cinedeck. He previously worked at Avid in senior product management and product marketing positions.

Norman Hollyn


Norman Hollyn has been described as a “media expert,” a reference to his experience in both the old and new media worlds. He is a long-time film, television and music editor (the cult classic Heathers, Francis Coppola’s The Cotton Club, and Oliver Stone’s Wild Palms) who is a Full Professor and the Inaugural Holder of theMichael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked extensively in entertainment and media Internet development for large entertainment companies and schools. He is a member of AMPAS (the Motion Picture Academy),the American Cinema Editors, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, and is Past President of the largest association of production based cinema university professors, the UFVA. He is presently the President of the University Film and Video Foundation.

He is a frequently published author, having published over 100 articles in magazines and peer-reviewed journals, and has written the standard editing room textbook, “The Film Editing Room Handbook” (now in its fourth edition). His second book – “The Lean Forward Moment,” a book about shaping stories across all filmmaking crafts (Peachpit Press/Pearson) has been adopted in schools and companies across the world. In the New Media realm, he is the co-writer, co-host and co-producer of 2 REEL GUYS with Larry Jordan, a series of video podcasts about telling stories. He has created the first aesthetics-based course for Lynda.com, a premier online learning resource and is a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions worldwide, having recently spoken about Editing and Acting at the annual CILECT conference in Munich, Germany, as well as in, Finland, , Estonia, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan.

He has taught both nationally and internationally, including workshops for the Royal Film Commission in Jordan, the Sundance Institute, Dreamworks Pictures, Globo TV (in Brazil) and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has worked as an expert witness in legal cases involving the aesthetics and history of editing. He is recently finished editing a feature film, SHOT, starring Noah Wyle. His lastedited documentary, Rivers, a worldwide cooperative venture about people's relationship to the rivers in their countries, was shown for the first time at an international conference in Beijing, China.

He has worked as a consultant for New Media programs at schools in Malaysia and Nebraska.

George Howard, OMI

George Howard is the co-founder of Music Audience Exchange, which is comprised of a team of digital marketers, engineers, and music lovers, using technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. George is the former president of Rykodisc (the world’s largest independent record label), and co-founder of TuneCore (the world’s largest independent digital music distributor). Via his consulting firm, George advises a wide-range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase brand awareness and revenue through innovation, social media, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships. A partial list of clients includes: Intel, National Public Radio, CVS/pharmacy, Alticor/Amway, Brown University, Paste Magazine, SpokenLayer, SingFit, bigchainDB, Wolfgang’s Vault, and The Townsend Group. George is a columnist for Forbes, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and numerous other publications. He is a steering member of the Open Music Initiative. He is an Associate Professor of Management at Berklee College of Music and Brown University, and a JD/MBA.

John Ive, IABM

Director - Technology & Strategic Insight

John Ive has a career in the television industry spanning 40 years including periods with the BBC, the former IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority) and Sony Professional. His experience covers; senior management, technology, operations, marketing, training, research and development. He currently holds the position of Director of Strategic Insight at the IABM.

In recent years he has consulted and given presentations worldwide on industry business trends, television operations, new technology including IT and file-based workflows, content distribution, professional audio, High Definition and Ultra High Definition.

As a research engineer at the IBA and Head of Research at Sony Professional Europe he led teams that pioneered digital technology in broadcast production including the digital video tape recorder and digital effects. As a Director he subsequently went on to manage Sony’s broadcast product and business strategy in the Europe.

John Ive is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a fellow and silver medal holder of the Royal Television Society, a chartered engineer and member of the IET. He is also a member of the IBC Council and several advisory groups.

Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports & Olympics

VP, Post Operations & Digital Workflows

Darryl Jefferson was named VP, Digital Workflows, NBC Sports Group in January 2013. In this role, he oversees the Post Production and Asset Management teams, which focus on development and execution of automated file-based ingest, production transcode, long-term archive, and remote delivery. In addition, Jefferson is responsible for transitioning the NBC Sports film/tape archive to a wholly file-based system. He reports to Dave Mazza, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NBC Sports Group. Previously, Jefferson served as Director of Post Production Operations. Most notably, he oversaw the Highlights Factory/Asset Management System from conception through implementation at the 2014 Sochi, 2010 Vancouver Olympic and the London Olympic Games in 2012. Jefferson was also involved in the construction and systems integration process for NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art production facility in Stamford, Conn. He formerly oversaw technical operations at the NBC Olympics Landmark Plaza facility. Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Jefferson was Director, Post Production at Lifetime Networks. He oversaw Post Production scheduling, duplication, media management, and digital media coordination. Jefferson was a key member of the Operations/IT task force responsible for the transition to a tapeless environment, and was a primary architect of the tapeless digital workflow. Jefferson is a Eleven-time Emmy Award Winner for New Approaches in Broadcasting, Short Form 2008,, 2010, 2012, 2014, New Approaches in Event Coverage 2014, Technical Emmy Award (Set Top Box Delivery), Tech Team, Studio 2010, 2012, 2014 and a 2012 & 2014 George Wensel Technical Achievement Award Recipient.

Eric Johnson, Trailblazer Studios

VP | Sound & Engagement

Over the past 30 plus years, Eric has experienced many aspects of music and sound as a performer, composer, sound designer, mixer, and has been a Pro Tools user since Version 1. In his current role as VP of Sound + Engagement, Eric’s responsibilities include overseeing a multi-room music and audio-post operation, helping to build community and culture inside the walls of Trailblazer Studios, as well as developing industry and client relationships. Eric currently serves on the board of directors of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, the Southern Documentary Fund, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Trailblazer Studios has provided music and/or audio post services for clients delivering to PBS, HBO, Discovery, National Geographic, and DIY/HGTV as well as numerous film festivals including Sundance, Full Frame,Tribeca, Shefflied, and Berlin.

Clive Jones, BBCNI

Media Technologies Manager

In this Role I am responsible for the line management of over 60 staff across several departments within BBCNI Technical and Operational departments. The focus of the role is the seamless integration of technology workflows to ensure the timely delivery of BBC NI workflows.

Within the position i provide technical representation for the BBC Nations around the procurement of the next generation Broadcast playout systems and locally head a technology development team looking at a variety of technologies focused on IP within a next generation broadcast facility. Additional focuses of the role is the development of tools for access, enrichment and delivery of BBCNI's vast unique archive, work that will have an impact throughout the BBC.

The management of the Technology innovation group is a key passion. The team focus on delivery of bespoke solutions for broadcast problems. Solutions as diverse as technical graphics delivery of Game show solutions, Bespoke Stores management systems and systems for moderation of live Web video contributions.

Departments Managed are:

  • Technology Development team
  • Technology Innovation Group
  • Post Production
  • Graphics
  • Media Central
  • Information and Archives
Eric Keunl, Foothill College

Assistant Director - Music Technology Program

Eric Kuehnl is a composer, sound designer, and educator. Previously, Eric was an Audio Training Strategist in the Avid Education Department, and a Senior House Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. He holds a Master's degree from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and studied composition at the Centre Iannis Xenakis in Paris.

Dan Lebental


Dan has been a film editor since the beginning of the 1990s, and has cut over 25 feature films in a variety of genres, as well as TV dramas, documentaries and shorts. His enthusiasm for good stories is matched only by his total dedication to the craft of cutting, his world-class technical expertise and his undisputed love for driving motorcycles. Dan is know for his work on Iron Man (2008), Ant Man(2015), Cowboys and Aliens (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) working with Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and renowned director, Jon Favreau.

His collaboration with Jon Favreau also brought audiences movies like Elf (2003) and Zathura (2005). Besides editing the majority of Favreau’s movies, he also helped him create his TV shows “Dinner for Five” by cutting the first season and “In Case of Emergency” by cutting the pilot.

Dan is an ACE Member and has mentored film students, as well as lectured on film production for different international conferences. Dan takes pleasure in growing a new generation of editors and supporting his crew to become successful. Avid was able to bring him to the Savannah Film Festival at SCAD in 2015 where he spoke on our panel and helped assist us at our Master Class.

Being an active member of the Editor Advisory Committee, formed by ACE editors and editing professionals, he has provided input and insight into developing version of Media Composer and other Avid Products. Dan has recently finished production on the new feature film, CHiPs, based on the popular television series and is working on editing the new Spider-Man: Homecoming feature film for Marvel.

Darren Long, Sky Production Services

After graduating from Brunel University, Darren spent seven years working at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) teaching students in television production and helping to run the NFTS TV department, working with many talented students including Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), David Tattersall (Die Another Day, Star Wars (Episodes I, II and III)) and Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, This Boy’s Life).

After leaving NFTS, Darren spent a year working in the TV industry as a vision engineer before joining BSkyB at the birth of the company back in 1989. He was one of the pioneers of changing the way the world watches sport, overseeing the technical operational developments and innovations across Sky Sports – from simple ultra-motion replay, HD and 3D, through to today’s interactive and digital developments that now appear in most sports broadcasts. Darren was a key player in the conception and development of the UK’s first sustainable broadcast facility, Sky Studios, that has eight production studios, over 70 post production suites and one of the biggest integrated tapeless systems in the world which runs all of Sky’s linear, online and OTT playout.

In November 2012, Darren took over the leadership role for Sky Production Services (SPS). SPS is a team of over 760 full-time employees and a further 200-300 non-permanent colleagues split across four groups that deliver key production services to all of Sky’s content creation teams - Production Studios, Post Production, Content Services and Account Management and Bookings Services. The department encompasses a vast range of skills including cameras, sound, lighting, media management, graphics, and video and audio post production, who work alongside each other aiming to make SPS the best place in the industry to create and deliver content that people love. Darren is responsible for setting a clear vision for the department and providing leadership to everyone in SPS - ensuring that the department really does ‘Believe in Better’.

Fabrice Lorenceau, LiveLike

Co-Founder & Head of Production

Fabrice Lorenceau studied at USC cinema, television and new media and earned a student Emmy Award for his thesis film. He has worked at major production companies in the USA and France such as Cruise Wagner Production at Paramount (Mission Impossible 2, Minority Report) and Les Films Christian Fechner. With the emergence of the internet, Fabrice started YouFoot to empower everyone to create content for football. YouFoot specialises in big data, artificial intelligence, and user engagement (especially on social and mobile). In late 2014, with his brother André Lorenceau, he launched LiveLike which uses Virtual Reality to bring you and your friends together in a sports viewing experience that’s as easy as turning on your TV, as thrilling as going to the stadium and as interactive as second screen.

Paul Machliss, ACE (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The World's End, The IT Crowd, Fleabag)


Editor Paul Machliss, ACE, has collaborated many times with director Edgar Wright on UK television shows such as Spaced, and the feature films Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The World’s End. For their work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Paul Machliss and co-editor Jonathan Amos were nominated for an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award as well as an Online Film Critics Society award, and won the San Diego Film Critics Society award for Best Editing. He has just completed work on Edgar's latest film Baby Driver which opens in August.

Originally from Melbourne in Australia, Paul is a huge fan of British comedy and has been living and working in the United Kingdom for many years now, having edited some of the most popular sitcoms such as Black Books, Peep Show, and The IT Crowd and more recently Fleabag. His documentary credits include coverage of music festivals and live concert performances from Led Zeppelin, Diana Krall, and the Pet Shop Boys.

James Mather (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, Me Before You, Wonder Woman)

Sound Editor

Born in Bristol, UK, James started as an apprentice picture editor in 1982 working on early Aardman Animation projects and numerous Natural History documentaries.

In 1984, while travelling in Australia, James assisted on the soundtrack of ‘Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome’. This experience led him to divert his energies from picture assisting to post production sound.

James went on to become Supervising Sound Editor on ‘Chicken Run’ and the films success enabled him to continue to supervise sound from then on.

In 2005 David Yates and Warner Bros. called on James to Supervise the sound for ‘Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix’. This major break created the opportunity to work on a string of blockbuster 'tent pole' films, including the remaining 3 'Harry Potter' instalments, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’, Ken Brannagh's ‘Cinderella’ and currently DC’s ‘Wonder Woman’.

Alongside collaborations with Massive Attack, The Startled Insects, Portishead and Hans Zimmer James has been credited in Sound Design, ADR supervision and as the Effects Re-Recording Engineer on ‘Me Before You’, ‘A United Kingdom’ and ‘Anthropoid’.

In 2016, as a result of 'Outstanding Achievements in Film' James was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jon Mauldin, Fotokem

Vice President

Jon Mauldin is a life long technologist and an Emmy award winning Tech Manager. He started his career as an editor in Denver in the early 90's. After moving to Los Angeles he began to focus on engineering and workflows for post production.

He serves as a Technical Manager on many live productions implementing workflow solutions in production environments to make post production quicker and more efficient. His credits include a wide variety of feature, documentary and television projects.

For the last 5 years he has been focused on enhancing remote workflows using cloud technologies to enable real time collaboration, remote editing and archival.

Jon attended Colorado State University and holds a BFA in Film with an emphasis in post production from The University of Colorado at Denver.

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Tim Murphy, Avid

Director of Product Management

As Director of Product Management, Murphy serves as a champion for Avid products throughout each product's lifecycle. In this role, Tim represents the customer's needs in the realm of speech analytics and search technologies, as well as providing guidance on Avid’s overall strategic cloud strategies. Together with executive management, product management and product development, Murphy continues to help develop a products and services that delivers highly innovative and operationally useful toolsets to the end users.

Tim has served in similar product and program management roles at Nexidia, Evertz Microsystems, Deluxe Entertainment, and traces his media roots back to the first HDTV station in the nation at WRAL-HD. Tim enjoys his off hours spending time with his family, and is often found with his children working with with one (or many!) foster & rescue dogs.

Rich Nevens, Avid

Director of strategic audio sales solution

Rich has been at Avid 13 years and is currently Director of strategic audio sales solutions. Has a degree in Electrical engineering and was signed recording artist with Colombia Records and MCA records prior to joining Euphonix, leaving after 12 years as VP sales.

Marcos Obadia, Univision Communications, Inc.

SVP Engineering

Experienced, visionary creative technologist with over 20 years of proven success in engineering, content production and operations management across all aspects of media and supporting technologies. Strengths lie in strategic planning and tactical implementation of key business solutions and technology strategies designed to decrease costs and accelerate profitability, increase revenue and add asset value. Solid reputation for integrating creativity, technology and client needs to create practical solutions and enhance business opportunities. Expert knowledge with content production and distribution strategies designed to expand brand reach. Nimble, flexible and imaginative, a human alchemist able to see the invisible solution in any organization.

Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer

Del Parks Delbert R. Parks, III is the Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Del has been serving Sinclair since 1972 and has held various operations and engineering positions with Sinclair over the last 44 years, moving up through the ranks since he began in the engineering department of Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore. In addition, he is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, who has held various commands during his 26-year reserve career. In his current executive position at Sinclair’s Corporate Headquarters, Del is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to television operations, internet activity, information management systems, and infrastructure. He is a SMPTE Fellow, as well as a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program with his sons.

Jonathan Perelman

Perelman believes that “content is king but distribution is queen – and she wears the pants.” Pulling from his extensive experience at some of the world’s most successful and influential brands, he shows audiences how to tell their story in a genuine, authentic, and meaningful way that generates word of mouth marketing at internet scale. With great energy and stage presence, he breaks down the tactics and mindset that propelled Buzzfeed from a small blog to a cultural phenomenon read by millions of people the world over (including the President of the United States). Perelman not only addresses how to create shareable, social content but also offers insights into how to maximize its reach and impact. By respecting the platform you’re using (Twitter is about timelines, Facebook is about feelings) and creating content that appeals to emotion, he offers eight tips for creating content that people want to consume and share. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, his presentations are visual, entertaining, and memorable.

Josh Peterson, HP Workstations

Vice President Worldwide Product Marketing

Josh Peterson is currently VP, Head of Product Management for HP’s Workstation and Immersive Computing business. He has worldwide product portfolio and vertical segment marketing responsibility for desktop workstations, mobile workstations, commercial immersive computing, and all related accessories.

Josh has spent over 16 years at HP and has led product management, strategic alliances, and has fostered dedicated innovation efforts across multiple product categories including workstations, mobile workstations, consumer storage, and optical disk standards/technologies. Prior to working at HP, Josh spent 6 years at General Electric as a control systems engineer.

Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Josh is also a die-hard Denver Broncos fan, an avid wake surfer, and snow skier… but he cannot sing or dance.

Jimm Popowytsch, AMC Networks

VP Engineering

James has been with AMC Networks since 2002. He brings with him the ability to bridge the needs of the broadcast environment and conventional IT. Under James’ leadership he has transitioned AMC Networks from conventional tape based workflows to an automated digital file delivery workflow. He was instrumental in the transition of AMC Networks from SD to HD as well as implementation of a large scale production asset management system. Prior to joining AMC Networks, James was Director of Engineering for National Video Center. James holds a BS in MIS from S.U.N.Y Empire State and is an MCSA / MCSE.

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Benji Rogers, dotBlockchain Music

CEO and co-founder

Benji Rogers is a British-born, New York-based entrepreneur, technologist, musician, and the CEO and co-founder of the dotBlockchain Music Project. A pioneer of the direct artist-to-fan model of music distribution, Rogers founded PledgeMusic in 2009, which is now one of leading artist-to-fan platforms online with more than 4 million users and over 50,000 artists. In his current role heading dotBlockchain, 

Rogers is working to revolutionize the commercialization and movement of music in the digital economy. The project aims to create a decentralized global registry of music rights through a new music format by leveraging blockchain technology and to forge meaningful industry partnerships to overhaul how artists get paid. Straddling the worlds of technology and music, Rogers advises a range of tech and music companies on how to bridge the divide between their industries and is also an instructor at Berklee College of Music on digital trends in the industry. A dedicated patron of arts and creativity in all its forms, Rogers’ work is rooted in a belief in the democratizing power of the internet; he will always be “loving your work.”

Scott Roy, Trailblazer Studios

VP | Post

A 20 year veteran of the post industry, Scott Roy draws on his past experiences working as an editor/finishing artist for ad agencies, production companies, independent producers and documentary film makers to oversee and manage all aspects of post production at Trailblazer Studios. In the trenches, as well as leading the post team, Scott has been involved in delivering over 850 shows to various networks including Discovery, TLC, PBS, HGTV, DIY and PBS while at Trailblazer Studios over the past 13 years.

Blake Russel, Nexstar Media Group

Senior VP, Station Operations and Content Development

Mr. Russell was appointed the company’s Senior Vice President of Station Operations and Content Development in November 2008. Prior to that, he served as Vice-President of Marketing & Operations since October 2007. In 2004, he was Vice President & General Manager of Nexstar’s KNWA (NBC) and KFTA (FOX) television stations in the Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, AR market. Working with Nexstar’s General Managers and Senior Corporate Staff, he is responsible for the conception, execution and implementation of the company’s strategic and content initiatives, special projects and capital budget. Mr. Russell’s Operational oversight includes the areas of Marketing, News, Engineering, Production, Promotion, Building Services and Construction as well as Nexstar’s Master Control hubs and the Nashville Design Center responsible for the graphic package development for Nexstar’s 100 markets. During Mr. Russell’s nineteen years with Nexstar, he has been instrumental in building, re-launching and re-positioning stations throughout the company . He plays a key leadership role in the continuing evolution of the company to a multi-platform, local content and service provider as well as Nexstar’s regional hub strategies. Altogether, Mr. Russell has 28 years of experience in the television industry.

Evan Sanders, a cappella group Accent

Evan Sanders graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. After years of performing in instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, he eventually secured a faculty appointment at BU and spent 6 years directing jazz groups. In his native Cleveland, Evan has composed, arranged, and directed music for children's theatre and performed in various community ensembles. He is a member of the a cappella sextet Accent, which includes singer-arrangers from five different countries working collaboratively on close-harmony arrangements and performances. Evan is also an accomplished voice-over artist, working with various commercial and industrial clients.

Mark Sanger


Mark Sanger, Academy Award winning editor and BAFTA nominated for his work on ‘Gravity’, most recently edited ‘Jungle Book’ for Warner Bros and the upcoming ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ for Michael Bay. Prior to becoming an editor, Mark had twenty years experience assisting on films such as ‘Children of Men’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘Troy’, ’Alice in Wonderland’ and three James Bond films.

Matthew Schneider, PostWorks New York

Director of Technology

Matthew Schneider leads the research and workflow development effort at Technicolor PostWorks through the Test Lab. He assists clients in workflow design and implementation, and other issues related to digital camera systems and formats. He also serves as liaison to Avid and other technology manufacturers to assist in product development and client support.

Prior to joining Technicolor PostWorks New York in 2003, Schneider worked as a support engineer for Avid, where he assisted with large-scale broadcast network deployments, and workflow design for feature film and television clients.

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Connor Sexton, Avid

Principal Product Designer: Pro Tools

As a designer on the Pro Tools product team I work to make sure our software becomes and remains your DAW of choice. I have an extensive professional background using and supporting pro audio tools from the backpack studio to the dub stage and a passion for sound art and technology.

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Ross Shain, Boris FX / Imagineer Systems

Chief Marketing Officer

Ross Shain is an accomplished visual effects specialist and the chief marketing officer of Boris FX and Imagineer Systems. In 2013, Ross was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures with a Science and Engineering Academy Award for his work on the development and design of Mochaplanar motion tracking software. Most recently, Ross has focused on developing 360/VR tools with the recent launch of Mocha VR, a 360° optimized plug-in for Avid, Adobe and OFX

Roy Taylor, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD

Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances

Roy Taylor is Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances at Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. He is responsible for a global team managing all aspects of the AMD ecosystem and external relations. In his current role, Taylor manages AMD relations with Microsoft, Google, major games publishers and developers. In VR he heads up partnerships with film, broadcast, gaming, academia, industry as well with Oculus, HTC/Valve and others. Taylor joined AMD in 2013. A 25-year veteran, Taylor has had a multi-faceted career as a technology evangelist, content strategist and entrepreneur in both start-ups and established companies. Taylor was also the founder of NVidia in Europe. An avid gamer and IT enthusiast, Taylor started his career in the component distribution business.

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Rahul Tikoo, Dell Precision Workstations

Vice President & GM

Rahul Tikoo currently leads the Precision Workstation Business Unit at Dell. As a part of this role, Rahul is responsible for Product Planning, Business Strategy and Leadership of workstation products. He was hired, as the engineering leader for Precision products, from AMD in January, 2013. At AMD, Rahul held several diverse leadership roles including the head of Server Engineering, Global Customer Support and Corporate Quality. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Rahul is a product geek at heart and enjoys bringing innovative technology solutions to market. Rahul lives in Austin with his wife and 2 girls. In his free time, he loves to spend time with the family hiking, biking or vacationing through new parts of the world. Rahul is also a self-proclaimed “***” movie and music buff and tries to keep up with the latest in his free time.

Jan Umansky, Twizted Design

CEO & Founder

Jan Umansky has over 10 years of graphic production experience in the broadcasting industry, working at Orad Hi Tech Systems (acquired by Avid in 2015) and with multiple broadcasters all around the world. Over the course of his career, Umansky has led numerous strategic projects that involve on‐site installations, data integration, and graphics delivery. Some of his projects include the 2008 Olympics for CCTV China, 2012 elections for MSNBC, 2015 MTV Movie Awards, The Daily Show, 2016 Rio Olympic games, 2016 CBS NFL Today, 2017 Super Bowl and many others. In 2012, due to lack of existing business solutions, Umansky developed two products and established Twizted Design to tackle known issues in the graphic production process and to develop new solutions for the industry. By establishing a strategic partnership with Avid, Twizted Design's products like Flowgic & Video Flow are successfully sold and are being used by brand name customers. New products are also being developed today.

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Jonathan Wales, Wildfire Sonic Magic


After producing records in his native London, Jonathan moved to LA to work as a re-recording mixer on movies. Having worked at Universal Studios, Jonathan’s passion for sound and technology led to the creation of Sonic Magic—a leading independent facility. In 2014, Sonic Magic joined forced with Wildfire studios expanding and creating Wildfire Sonic Magic. Jonathan combines his re-recording mixing with a deep desire to push forward the boundaries of innovation in the world of post production.

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Ryan Wardell, Avid

Director of Audio Workstations & Consoles

John Wastcoat, Aspera, an IBM company

VP Business Development

John Wastcoat, who joined Aspera in 2010, is a 20-year broadcast, media and telecom veteran with an extensive background running successful global field sales and business development organizations. At Aspera John is responsible for the company's OEM, technology alliance and strategic partnership initiatives and has created over 100-integrations and go to market strategies that drive innovation for end customers across the world. Market leading vendors including Akamai, Amazon, AVID, Dalet, Elemental, EVS, Google, Isilon, Microsoft, Telestream and Vizrt. have partnered with Aspera to allow joint customers to transfer their mission critical assets quickly and securely with guaranteed delivery.

John received his degree from the University of Montana after attending on a tennis scholarship. He speaks fluent Japanese and served on the staff of Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale before returning to the US and assuming multiple leadership positions at Brooktrout Technology/Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Aspera, John was the VP of Business Development for Dexrex, leading the company out of stealth mode and to its first 100 customers.

Peter White, IABM


Since his appointment as Chief Executive of IABM in 2009, Peter has overseen the transformation of the association into the truly international, authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry it is today. IABM facilitates the crucial networking and interaction between suppliers—and their customers—that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the industry. It does this by supporting its 500+ members with a comprehensive range of services across market intelligence, training, technology, exhibitions and best practices—all designed to help them do better business.

Originally qualified as an accountant, Peter has tapped a vast range of experience in driving the success of IABM. He has enjoyed a long career as CFO, and then CEO, of many complex organizations in a number of sectors including: printing and graphics; direct response and direct marketing; high tech capital equipment manufacturing; and nursery products design, manufacturing and retail. He has also been a tutor at the Leadership Trust, a consultant in lean manufacturing, best practice and Kaizen and Chair of PE backed businesses.

Blake Wilberding, Golden State Warriors

Director of Production

Blake Wilberding is a member of the Golden State Warriors in-house Studio team and serves as the Director of Production. Warriors Studio creates content that is distributed through broadcast, digital, and in game experience. After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Blake has accumulated 10+ years of experience working in the sport entertainment industry, including 7 years with the San Francisco Giants. In November of 2016, he joined the Warriors and now currently holds the role of Director of Production.