40 Under 40 in Home Entertainment, Class of 2021

Welcome to Media Play News’ fourth annual 40 Under 40 — our yearly list of rising stars and powerful young executives involved in home entertainment.

With the proliferation of streaming and the transformation of premium video-on-demand (PVOD) from Hollywood dream to COVID-induced reality, home entertainment has never been more popular — or more significant. The home has truly become the hub for entertainment, and the teams that are driving the ongoing evolution of the business are filled with smart, savvy and strategic up-and-comers as well as young leaders who are already in positions of authority and influence.

This year’s 40 Under 40 also reflects the growing diversity in the workplace, as we recognize that a wide range of viewpoints, knowledge and experiences makes for better business. These individualizing characteristics and perspectives can help a business maximize creativity and innovation.
Our honorees this year are listed alphabetically by last name.

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Aimee Abando, 27

Market Research and Insights Analyst, Fandango/Vudu

Aimee Abando

Abando spearheads quantitative research projects for Vudu, including attitudes and usage surveys, awareness trackers and messaging tests. She also helps on larger strategic projects. She oversees the entire research process of these important projects, from questionnaire development to the analysis and presentation of insights. She also leads syndicated research, oversees the company’s different customer feedback channels across movie/ticketing and streaming properties, and manages Fandango’s online community of film fans, the Movie Inner Circle. Prior to joining Fandango, Abando worked at Variety Media, researching digital premieres and helping compile TrackVision OTT and TV reports.

Susan Agliata, 39

Director, Business Development, Samsung

Susan Agliata

Agliata is responsible for finding and implanting new strategic partnerships in order to drive revenue, enable the development of new products and services, and improve on the user experience while continuing to nurture and grow existing partnerships. Since joining the team in 2020, she’s closed key deals with the largest global streaming services. Agliata’s resumé boasts a litany of industry powerhouses, including Google, The New York Times and Vice Media. While at Google, she worked to ensure YouTube was central to major marketing strategies, and directed the EMEA Branded Content Solutions team.

Jennifer Ajuria, 37

Director, Data and Planning, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Jennifer Ajuria

Ajuria manages Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s North America SKU master data, supporting the physical supply chain end-to-end process. Over the past several years Ajuria has streamlined the master data set-up to automate the process without compromising quality. Recently, she successfully led the title and SKU ingestion of Lionsgate’s physical distribution onboarding. Ajuria also has oversight of aligning various home entertainment departments in meeting critical path milestones for the delivery of marketing components to successfully hit physical street dates. Ajuria is a graduate of UCLA and holds an MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. She is currently in her ninth year on the Sony Pictures team.

Jared Beck, 35

Manager, Sales Planning, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Jared Beck

Beck leads the formulation and execution of national product and promotional planning strategies for the physical home entertainment business. He supports the business with analysis of key performance indicators and predictive variables, and evaluates and optimizes his models to drive performance results. Through his analytical expertise and understanding of market trends, he delivers comprehensive plans and recommendations on product, pricing and promotional strategies. He started at Sony Pictures in 2017, supporting the digital and rental accounts in a planning role, and was promoted to his current position in 2019. Beck is a graduate of Miami University and holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Ilan Behar, 34

Director, Brand Marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment

Ilan Behar

Behar leads home entertainment marketing strategy and brand campaigns for Paramount Pictures productions and acquired films. With a passion for content strategy and creative marketing, Behar is charged with maximizing each film’s potential and scaling campaigns for national or global reach. Behar started his career at Paramount working on ViacomCBS television content. He additionally led marketing initiatives for 20th Century Fox, managing global TV brands such as FX Original Series, Showtime’s “Homeland,” and franchise film releases including Deadpool 2 and The Predator. Since 2019 he has overseen marketing for Paramount’s new releases including Sonic the Hedgehog, Rocketman and A Quiet Place Part II.

Jeni Hatfield Benhain, 38

Director, Data Solutions, Whip Media

Jeni Hatfield Benhain

Benhain applies her extensive knowledge of consumer audience analytics to develop data-driven growth strategies for the world’s largest entertainment organizations, including major SVOD services, networks and studios. Whip Media’s enterprise software and data platform enables media companies to efficiently distribute, control and monetize their TV and movie content to drive revenue and direct-to-consumer growth. Benhain helped shape the launch of Whip Media’s B2B consumer insights product, CVM Insights, and has a strong history in developing marketing strategy and events for major trade and professional organizations, including NATPE. Prior to joining Whip, Benhain spent 15 years working in the B2B marketing space.

John Bennet, 38

Executive Director, Sales, Paramount Home Entertainment

John Bennet

Bennet leads a high-performing sales team on the physical home entertainment business, focused on driving Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray sales through e-commerce, distribution and key brick-and-mortar retailers. Prior to his promotion to executive director, Bennet helped run the Walmart business for Paramount Home Entertainment, where his insights-based approach to selling and strong customer relationships led to several big wins. Collaboration and teamwork define his leadership style, and in a category that has faced just about every imaginable challenge, Bennet and his team have continued to drive sales and deliver results.

Shilpa Bisaria, 34

VP, Strategy, WarnerMedia Sales & Distribution

Shilpa Basaria

Bisaria leads macro-strategy for the revenue group at WarnerMedia, which includes distribution, content sales, advertising and the Otter Media portfolio. She focuses on reimagining existing linear and theatrical businesses, and fueling the growth of new DTC initiatives (including HBO Max and CNN+). To achieve these dual goals, Bisaria leads a team of 10 in conducting financial analyses, assessing unmet consumer needs, identifying and evaluating new business models, and collaborating with the business units to launch game changing strategies in market. Prior to joining WarnerMedia in 2017, Shilpa was an engagement manager at Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm.

Lauren Bixby, 39

VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Lionsgate

Lauren Bixby

Bixby builds a slate of more than 12 feature films each year, curating a pipeline of programming across a wide range of genres for a variety of distribution strategies and platforms. She handles both the business side, making offers and negotiating deals, and the creative side, often pre-buying projects before production. Building relationships with producers, she champions high-concept thrillers, action, comedy, romance and horror films, and shepherds projects through to release. A 16-year veteran of Lionsgate, Bixby assumed her present position in March 2018 after serving for two years as director of acquisitions.

Jeanifer Clarke, 36

Director, Retail Marketing, Lionsgate

Jeanifer Clarke

Clarke works with sales, creative and marketing to create unique items, promotions and line looks. She also uses sales planning data to pull together items to drive promotions at retail. Clarke joined Lionsgate in May 2021. She previously served in similar capacities at Pebblekick Inc., where she led the strategy for the platform as well as its content catalog of movies, TV shows, games and music, and at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, where she developed multi-channel retail strategies as well as retail-specific programs for key partners including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and specialty accounts. Earlier in her career she was a reporter for E! Entertainment.

Bryce Copeland, 38

Director, Digital Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Bryce Copeland

Copeland is a strategic business leader who has increased profitability across multiple lines of business for Sony Pictures Distribution. Copeland currently manages key retail partners Apple and Redbox, but over his 13 years he has managed multiple accounts such as Amazon, Walmart and Target. Copeland also serves on the Sony Pictures Action subcommittee, dedicated to increasing minority-owned partnerships/vendors, as the professional development chair of Employee Business Resource Groups, and participates in Sony’s mentorship program. Copeland majored in International Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Pete Corona, 38

Director, Original Series, Netflix

Pete Corona

Promoted into his present position in December 2020, Corona is known for identifying and cultivating genre-bending shows that entertain, are thought-provoking and push the boundaries of imagination. He is a member of LALIFF’s Latino Film Institute (LFI) Industry Advisory Board and a frequent speaker on industry panels, giving back to and raising the profile of the Latino creative community. Prior to joining Netflix in 2018 as manager of scripted original series, Corona was executive director of development for Marvel Television Studios at The Walt Disney Co. and, before that, director of development at All3Media.

Julie Dansker, 35

Head of New Content Sales, Shout! Factory

Julie Dansker

Dansker oversees new content sales and strategy for Shout! Factory and its distribution and production arm, Shout! Studios. She spearheads streamer and broadcast sales for Shout’s tentpole movies and has helped propel many films to industry and press acclaim, most recently the box office success Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, which won a Critic’s Choice Award. Prior to joining Shout! in November 2020, Dansker was VP of sales of marketing at The Orchard, and in 2019 was promoted to chief revenue officer when the company was rebranded 1091. Earlier, Dansker managed global digital sales at MGM Studios and worked in development and production at Spyglass Entertainment and New Line Cinema.

Laura Delahaye, 34

Director, UCAN Scripted Series, Netflix

Laura Delahaye

Delahaye is a senior leader on the Overall Deals team. She came to Netflix four years ago from Fox21Studios and made an immediate impact by overseeing the Marvel live-action slate. She’s also been an essential partner to the producing team on “Ozark” and played a critical role in the success of The Queen’s Gambit. Early in her tenure, Delahaye identified horror as a programming white space and aggressively built a slate of projects to help fill that gap. Most notably, she became a trusted partner for Mike Flanagan on Haunting of Hill House and Haunting of Bly Manor. She’s also behind the new horror series “Archive 81,” which launches in early 2022.

Dianna DiPrimio, 37

Manager, Global Creative Content, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Dianna DiPrimio

DiPrimio has been a standout performer in content development and production during her years at Sony Pictures, supporting properties across all studio lines of business such as Little Women (2019), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as shows such as “Better Call Saul,” “Outlander,” “The Good Doctor,” “Seinfeld,” “The Blacklist,” “Underground” and more. She has played a critical role in navigating innovative and engaging content during the pandemic by leaning into new technologies to create cast reunions and table reads with shows such as “Happy Endings,” “King of Queens,” “Underground,” “Stripes,” Norman Lear’s collection of shows and more.

Lindsey Emerson, 37

VP, Product Management, HBO Max

Lindsey Emerson

Emerson oversees the team that manages the kids and family and accessibility experience. She has more than a decade of experience in product management, building streaming platforms across educational and entertainment spaces. She joined WarnerMedia in May 2019 and was promoted into her present position in June 2020. Previously, Emerson served as director of product management for The Bouqs Company and managed the growth of the marketplace at DogVacay, which was acquired by Rover in March 2016. Emerson started her career working with several EdTech startups in Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., where she facilitated growth for video streaming and instructional content platforms, and at Pluto TV, where she served as a founding product leader.

James Frank, 39

Director of Systems and Support, PBS Distribution

James Frank

Frank leads the oversight and support services of the PBS Distribution’s technical infrastructure. He is charged with ensuring that all systems are up and running, and optimized and scalable for the company’s future growth. Since joining the systems and support team in 2017, he has led technology advances that prepared the company to thrive in the new digital landscape, including ERP and royalties system transitions, moving into a cloud infrastructure, implementing DevOps principles, moving to infrastructure as code, and optimizing large data sets from digital. Prior to joining PBS Distribution, Frank was a consultant with Eagle Hill Consulting and a developer with Sapient.

Robbie Giles, 32

Director of Performance Marketing, Fandango/Vudu

Robbie Giles

Giles oversees paid media and studio solutions for Fandango and Vudu. As the first member of Fandango’s Performance Marketing team in 2018, he has worked diligently to make data-driven marketing a focus for both Fandango’s ticketing and Vudu’s TVOD businesses. His team of eight manages all advertising campaigns and supports a variety of data-driven solutions that Fandango extends to its studio and home entertainment partners, with the goal of boosting the performance of their advertising campaigns. Before joining Fandango in 2018, Giles spent the first eight years of his career managing campaigns for Disney’s digital media, licensing and retail businesses.

David Graber, 36

SVP, Cable, SVOD and Emerging Platforms, WarnerMedia

David Graber

Graber manages U.S. strategy for SVOD/AVOD distribution. He manages deals for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Roku and more than 100 SVOD and AVOD buyers, executing new business for shows including “Lucifer,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Friends” and “Animal Kingdom.” Prior to joining Warner Bros. in September 2013, Graber served in the Office of the Chairman for NBC Entertainment, managing key relationships and working with producers on shows including “The Voice,” the Super Bowl and the London Olympics. He began his career in the entertainment industry as an agent trainee at WME and as an agent at The Stellar Group in London, where he managed professional athletes.

Maura Gray, 39

Senior Director, Content Partnerships and Programming, Redbox

Maura Gray

An eight-year Redbox veteran, Gray plays an integral role on the marketing team. She helped launch the company’s digital businesses including TVOD, FAST channels and AVOD, and led marketing efforts that included working with content partners and device/CE manufacturers. In addition, she launched the company’s media network sales business while developing custom partner opportunities. Currently, she is developing an enterprise strategy positioning Redbox as an entertainment destination through acquisition and customer paths. Prior to joining Redbox, Gray was at the National Geographic Channels, where she helped launch Nat Geo Wild.

Emily Guenther, 30

Senior Manager, Brand Marketing, ViacomCBS

Emily Guenther

Guenther manages brand marketing for the domestic TV electronic sellthrough business across nine diverse ViacomCBS brands, including the Paramount Network, home to “Yellowstone,” one of the largest home entertainment franchises in the industry. Her responsibilities include developing strategy and business plans for the TV electronic sellthrough business, providing thought leadership on windowing, delivering forecasting guidance, planning paid marketing campaigns and communicating brand priorities to key internal stakeholders. Guenther joined ViacomCBS in 2017 and managed the relationships between ViacomCBS brands and 12 digital sellthrough partners. She assumed her current position in July 2021.

Alissa Gury, 35

VP and Global Controller, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Alissa Gury

A key member of the UPHE finance leadership team, Gury has controller responsibilities for both physical and digital distribution. She leads a central team that provides domestic and international technical accounting support and policy. Gury joined UPHE in November 2016 as director, and two years later was promoted into her present position. Most recently she was instrumental in helping establish the global strategic partnership with WarnerMedia, including the formation of Studio Distribution Services (SDS), a domestic joint venture to distribute physical media. Prior to joining UPHE, Gury spent more than three years as a corporate finance manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment. She began her career in 2008 in the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jeff Jopa, 38

Senior Director, Sales Operations, Redbox

Jeff Jopa

Jopa leads the team at Redbox that drives the strategy of the company’s retailer relationships for the kiosk network. The team enables account management success through best-in-class store-level field support, data analysis, kiosk network planning and long-term partnership alignment. Jopa assumed his present position with Redbox in August 2015. He previously served as business development manager for Outerwall, Redbox’s former parent company, and regional business manager for Coinstar, Outerwall’s predecessor company. Earlier, Jopa was client business manager at Redbox from 2006 to 2010.

Ana Kehrberg, 37

VP, Partnership Management, WarnerMedia Sales & Distribution

Ana Kehrberg

Kehrberg oversees a portfolio of global platform partnerships and drives revenue and engagement for all of WarnerMedia’s content offerings, including HBO Max, Warner Bros. and Turner networks. Prior to assuming her present position in April 2021, Kehrberg was director of partnership management. In that position, she and her team were instrumental in building high-impact go-to-market strategies for the launch of HBO Max with global platform partners. Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Kehrberg was associate director of global digital accounts at 20th Century Fox. She began her career in consumer marketing and brand management at Hasbro.

Caroline Kelly, 32

Director, Product and Market Development, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Caroline Kelly

Kelly oversees market development for UPHE’s alternative distribution business, seeking out new monetization opportunities for the studio’s film and TV content and advising on innovative technology solutions to support new growth channels. Key accomplishments include securing strategic partnerships to help expand Universal’s distribution network, including a landmark agreement with 1-800-Flowers to bring digital movies into the company’s suite of add-on gifting options. She also designed and launched a consumer-facing e-commerce platform for digital movie code sales to enable brand partnerships, innovation opportunities and exploration of emerging digital currencies. Kelly assumed her present position in July 2021, three years after she joined the company.

Maggie Leyden, 36

Director, SVOD Channels, PBS Distribution

Maggie Leyden

Leyden leads content distribution and programming strategies for a portfolio of six SVOD channels, including PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids and PBS Documentaries. She drives initiatives across content, marketing, production and distribution partners to drive subscriber acquisition and engagement. Leyden has been instrumental to the launch and growth of the SVOD Channels business for PBS Distribution since she joined the company in 2018. She is an astute content strategist who drives results and excels at making business recommendations. Prior to joining PBS Distribution, Leyden held roles in sales and distribution at Sesame Workshop and producer relationship management in the film and TV division at The Orchard (now 1091 Pictures).

Dave Lindsay, 39

Senior Director, Product Management, Disney Streaming

Dave Lindsay

Lindsay leads a team responsible for the live and VOD digital media supply chains that power Disney+, Hulu, Star+ and ESPN+. An expert in media supply chains, Lindsay has collaborated with peers at competing studios and streaming platforms to tackle industry-wide problems through working groups within the Digital Supply Chain Alliance, the DEG’s Technology Operations Committee and the Streaming Video Alliance. Throughout previous roles in Disney’s studio division, Lindsay oversaw implementations of standards-based initiatives including component-based packaging, title and version management, descriptive content metadata, and standardized content availability notices.

Kenesha Luney, 35

Director, Digital Operations, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Kenesha Luney

Luney oversees systems development and workflows across multiple teams to ensure film and TV content gets to consumers through digital platforms. She was promoted into her present position in February 2021, five years after she joined the company as digital operations manager. A key player in the division’s digital supply chain, Luney was instrumental in helping UPHE operationalize PVOD under intense time pressure last year and has continued to refine the process to make it more sustainable to get to market in time as the studio’s windowing approach evolves. Prior to joining UPHE, Luney worked as a chemist and spent some time volunteering overseas.

Natalie Martin, 33

VP, Growth and Development, Premiere Digital

Natalie Martin

Martin assumed her present position in January 2020 and is charged with driving revenue by nurturing key industry relationships, ensuring client success through smooth onboarding and skilled cross-functional supply chain support, and building new revenue streams, including the company’s rapidly expanding aggregation business that increases scale and efficiency between digital platforms and content owners. Martin joined Premiere in 2010 in the Mastering QC department and quickly rose in the company by serving in a series of senior leadership positions of increased responsibility in sales, business development and client services, establishing herself as an expert in how the company’s capabilities and solutions anticipate the needs of a fast-growing industry.

Carrie Moore, 33

SVP, Product Development, Premiere Digital

Carrie Moore

Moore oversees all software-as-a-service innovation and advancement on Storefront and PDX, expanding the products’ presence in the market and driving a more streamlined digital supply chain experience. Moore joined Premiere in 2009 as the company’s seventh employee, working in quality control on video assets. Since then, she has served in virtually every department and has helped expand Premiere Digital’s global footprint by helping launch the office in Bangalore. She also developed a product support infrastructure for all software used at Premiere Digital. In 2014, Moore began working in software development, eventually taking ownership of the company’s flagship SaaS solutions, Storefront and PDX.

Molly O’Connor, 30

VP, Business Planning and Strategy, WarnerMedia Distribution

Molly O’Connor

O’Connor is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to deliver subscription volume and revenue for WarnerMedia’s Distribution business across HBO Max, Cinemax, the upcoming CNN+ service and Basic Networks. As part of the team launching HBO Max in 2020, she built the strategy to transition HBO/HBO Now subscribers to HBO Max across all key subscription channels. She has deep expertise in subscription math, acquisition and retention strategies, streaming platforms and ecosystems, distribution deal economics, content valuation and engagement, and subscription budgeting and forecasting. Prior to joining HBO in 2018, O’Connor worked in strategy and business development at film and television studio A24. Earlier in her career, she was a management consultant in the TMT sector.

Jenny Payne, 33

Senior Marketing Manager, PBS Distribution

Jenny Payne

Payne develops strategy for, and directs, multiple digital marketing channels including social media, YouTube and SEM, as well as press and communications focused on growing PBS Distribution’s SVOD Channels in the United States and Canada. She has significantly grown the SVOD Channels digital brand footprint and developed new and strategic ways to connect with untapped consumers in a way that generates buzz and engagement while simultaneously driving SVOD channel subscriptions. Prior to joining PBS Distribution in 2018, Payne spent nearly a decade with advertising agencies, focused on growing direct-to-consumer brands and managing multi-million-dollar advertising budgets.

Mandy Rodgers, 35

VP, Client Services, Think Jam

Mandy Rodgers

Rodgers has spent more than a decade leading publicity and digital marketing campaign strategy and execution across the home entertainment spectrum, in partnership with all the major studios as well as indie film distributors such as Gravitas and Cinedigm. She has led more than 500 VOD, digital and DVD/Blu-ray Disc release campaigns, from top blockbusters to independent films, TV shows and catalog-title anniversaries. In 2020, she worked with Universal on its entry into PVOD, quickly pivoting plans for The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma. to promote the premium rental concept to consumers. Since then, she has worked with partners and clients to pivot existing strategies, rethinking and differentiating marketing campaigns across all release windows.

Xenia Shevnina, 39

Executive Director, Digital Distribution, Paramount Home Entertainment International

Xenia Shevnina

Shevnina oversees digital distribution of all film and television content handled by Paramount to digital transactional partners in territories including Russia, Israel, Turkey and Poland. She played an instrumental role in championing premium windows in Russia, including a recent premium digital release of Snake Eyes 28 days after its theatrical bow. Before joining Paramount in 2015, Shevnina pursued a diverse career in media and entertainment companies, including several start-ups, where she held executive positions in media analysis, marketing and sales.

Ed Silla, 30

Producer, Rotten Tomatoes OTT

Ed Silla

Silla played a key role in the launch of Fandango’s popular new OTT channel for Rotten Tomatoes and continues to help expand the company’s 24/7 linear programming across The Roku Channel, Peacock, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo TV and other virtual multichannel programming distributors. Clips from The Rotten Tomatoes Channel recently started airing on Reach TV, a live streaming network available in airport lounges, departure gates and concourses across the U.S. and Canada. Silla joined the company as senior video editor and within a year was elevated to producer, orchestrating every stage of production for multiple shows. His portfolio of video content has included “Scene Breakdown” and “Oral Histories,” collectively garnering more than 10 million views.

Valerie Torres, 35

Director, Theatrical Sales and Exhibitor Relations, Shout! Factory

Valerie Torres

Torres heads theatrical sales and exhibitor relations at Shout! Factory and Shout! Studios. She also manages non-theatrical sales, including festivals, airlines, nonprofit, corporate and educational screenings. In addition, Torres serves as the Shout! lead on awards qualifications and submissions and directs grassroots outreach on behalf of the studio. She joined Shout! in June 2021 with a wealth of experience and knowledge, having previously worked in theatrical and exhibitor relations at A24, Greenwich Entertainment and Kino Lorber. During her time at Greenwich Entertainment, she executed meaningful grassroots marketing efforts that contributed to the success of music docs Echo in the Canyon and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.

Katie Ullrich, 38

Executive Director, Global Brand Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Global Distribution & Networks

Katie Ullrich

Ullrich is charged with developing high-impact, innovative marketing campaigns for the studio’s tentpole franchises — focusing on the home entertainment transactional space, which delivers significant revenue to the studio. She has a well-rounded background in home entertainment, retail and TV distribution marketing. Ullrich joined Sony Pictures in July 2014 after seven years at Paramount Pictures and has since been instrumental in campaigns behind films such as Jumanji: The Next Level, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the “Ghostbusters” franchise. She was promoted to her current position in June 2019 and is a graduate of C.S.U. Long Beach.

Benedikt Weber, 34

Head of Marketing for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Paramount Home Entertainment

Benedikt Webe

Based in Munich, Weber heads up Paramount’s Home Entertainment marketing team for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, working on digital and physical campaigns for new releases, catalog and television titles. Weber has been with Paramount since 2016 and assumed his present position in September 2019. Before joining Paramount, he worked for German movie and television production companies and on Apple’s European iTunes team. He holds a degree in production and media economics from the University for Television and Film (HFF) in Munich.

Christy Willingham, 36

Senior Director, Head of Product Marketing, DTS

Christy Willingham

Willingham oversees product marketing strategy across DTS parent Xperi’s consumer electronics businesses, including mobile and gaming, connected car, pay-TV and content (including cinema and streaming). Her team oversees the DTS Freshman Class of Twitch streamers and gamers, and she also participates with the DTS Craft Masters program that works with current and future content creators. Willingham has spent 15 years championing the importance of audio in home entertainment. After four years at Warner Music Group she joined the DTS content team, driving DTS Audio to become a standard on Blu-ray Disc. In 2020, she worked with the DEG to transform its gala into a successful virtual event.

Michelle Woo, 30

Encoding Specialist, Vudu Content Operations, Fandango

Michelle Woo

Woo oversees the digital asset management workflow for the Vudu content operations team, managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of content from delivery status, ingestion, approval, and release to production. A queer woman of color, Woo also serves as a board member for Palette, Fandango’s diversity, equity and inclusion business council, supporting parent company NBCUniversal’s ongoing pledge to address social justice, gender equality and inclusive leadership. Woo enjoys engaging with her community by taking part in ecological clean-ups throughout the Bay Area, and hopes to make the workspace more inclusive where everyone can bring their authentic selves to the office.

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