40 Under 40 in Home Entertainment, Class of 2022

40 Under 40 in Home Entertainment, Class of 2022

Welcome to Media Play News’ fifth annual 40 Under 40 — our annual salute to the rising stars and high-ranking young executives involved in home entertainment.

In an era of broken windows and four video-on-demand variants — PVOD, TVOD, SVOD and AVOD — dominating home entertainment, our young executives in the Class of 2022 certainly have their hands full. They need to balance existing business needs with preparations for the future, whatever that might bring. Not surprisingly, data — and data analysis — figure prominently into many roles, since the home entertainment landscape is no longer the straight line, from the theater into the home, that it once was.

See photos from our 40 Under 40 party presented by DEG

Our honorees this year are listed alphabetically by last name.

Sarah Bills, 37

VP, Partnership Marketing, Warner Bros. Discovery

Sarah Bills

Bills leads partnership marketing strategy for HBO Max at Warner Bros. Discovery. She focuses on developing data-driven marketing campaigns driving subscription, revenue and engagement growth across distribution partners. She leads a team of more than 12 marketers to build high-impact campaigns, including the customized distribution go-to-market strategy for HBO Max in 2020. Bills began her career at The Walt Disney Co., overseeing sales strategy for The Lion King on Broadway. She joined HBO in 2013, launching high-visibility growth campaigns for shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “True Blood” and “Insecure.”

Jennifer Caprow, 32

SVP, Domestic Sales Strategy & Planning, Lionsgate

Jennifer Caprow

Born and raised in California, Caprow graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining Lionsgate in 2011. Starting as a sales planning coordinator in the TV Distribution Group, she is now an integral member of the distribution’s executive team and was recently promoted into her present position after serving for two years as VP, sales planning and TV distribution and, before that, executive director. She collaborates with teams across Lionsgate and is constantly engaged with how the ever-changing TV/streaming landscape evolves.

Paul Charron, 39

Operations Program Manager, Google

Paul Charron

Charron oversees ongoing transactional VOD operations at Google TV. He began his career at Sony Pictures Television and spent nearly 15 years in a series of progressively more responsible supply chain functions at NBCUniversal, Fox and Paramount. Charron has provided invaluable leadership, bringing media supply chain technologists together to develop and adopt revolutionary practices to streamline distribution and reduce cost. Since 2012, he has contributed to the DEG’s TechOps committee. He currently co-chairs the DEG’s Supply Chain Efficiency and Security Committee. Charron received his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Brandie Chernow, 37

Director of Marketing, Kids & Family Entertainment, Shout! Factory

Brandie Chernow

Chernow is charged with ensuring that every release under the expanding umbrella of family entertainment titles is fully supported by marketing efforts. She works closely with partners to understand the unique requirements of each title and strategizes how best to market them across theatrical, digital, and physical landscapes. Chernow has worked with notable partners in family entertainment, including Sesame Street, Hasbro, Disney and MPCA, as well as prestigious partners in the animation and anime world, including GKIDS and Studio Ghibli, Eleven Arts, Toei, and Laika Studios. Chernow joined Shout! in 2013 and is also the author of Gold Spun, a fantasy novel for young readers, and its sequel, coming in October.

Carla Cozzi, 37

Director, Human Resources, Redbox

Carla Cozzi

Cozzi leads a team of HR business partners, recruiters and specialists to support Redbox’s operations team of more than 1,000 employees and key corporate clients such as the marketing and digital divisions. She is a specialist in employee relations and has been pivotal in the development of policies to launch engagement and performance programs as well as meet compliance initiatives. She has been with Redbox for more than seven years. Previously, Cozzi gained experience in distribution and logistics at The Home Depot, and global supply chain services and logistics company UTi Worldwide Inc. (now part of the DSV Group).

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Justin Dickerson, 38

Assistant General Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Roku

Justin Dickerson

Dickerson is a key member of Roku’s content legal team, working on the international expansion of Roku’s platform for streaming services as well as international growth of Roku’s free AVOD service The Roku Channel, which includes Roku Originals and on-demand feature films, series and FAST linear channels. Prior to joining Roku in October 2020, Dickerson was part of Corporate Legal — Media Distribution at The Walt Disney Co., where he worked on global streaming deals as well as novel initiatives such as the studio’s Premier Access strategy and early release initiatives during the pandemic. Dickerson joined Disney through its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, where he handled digital entertainment deals.

Max Einhorn,32

SVP, Acquisitions & Co-Productions (Head of Content), FilmRise

Max Einhorn

Einhorn oversees all content acquisition, licensing and production for FilmRise’s distribution footprint and also for the FilmRise Streaming Network of AVOD apps and FAST channels. Since joining the company in 2014 he has contributed to the development of FilmRise’s analytics methodology, which identified key FilmRise brands/libraries, such as “Forensic Files,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and the Carsey Werner and Stephen J. Cannell libraries. Einhorn also oversees originals and is an executive producer of “Bloodline Detectives Hosted by Nancy Grace,” “Meet, Marry, Murder with Michelle Trachtenberg,” a wide slate of romance movies of the week, plus digital native content from Rooster Teeth and creators Preston Arsement and Brianna Arsement.

Geneva Farias, 38

Director, International Digital Distribution, Universal Television Distribution, NBCUniversal

Geneva Farias

Farias is responsible for account management of the transactional film business across all distribution platforms in Latin America (15+ territories). She has played an instrumental role in launching accelerated windows across international markets, most recently expanding PVOD in Brazil and Mexico. She is a key player in managing international business operations, including overseeing new territory launches, onboarding and supporting new distribution partners, and mitigating title launch issues. Farias started her career in digital distribution as an executive assistant at Paramount Pictures in 2007. In 2011 she moved over to Rovi Entertainment as a partner specialist. She joined the International Digital team at NBCUniversal in 2012.

Field Garthwaite, 36

Co-founder and CEO, Iris.TV

Field Garthwaite

Garthwaite co-founded a video data platform that enables better viewing experiences and advertising outcomes. Since inventing the core technology behind Iris.TV, Garthwaite has led the company to engineer an open video data ecosystem, enabling its partners to build scalable solutions on top of its platform, including video-level contextual and brand-safe ad targeting, planning, verification and measurement solutions. The company works with thousands of media companies, as well as data, streaming and ad tech partners globally to power meaningful connections between brands and consumers. Prior to co-founding Iris.TV, Garthwaite worked in digital distribution, data architecture, and video for companies including HBO, Universal Pictures, Rubicon Project and Jukebox TV.

Cole Gonzalez, 31

Director of Product Support, Storefront, Premiere Digital

Cole Gonzalez

Gonzalez was promoted into his present position in January 2022, a year after he joined Premiere as an onboarding manager for the Storefront product. He helped streamline the process between product and sales, and worked as a catalyst to attract new customers to the product. He rapidly climbed the ladder to take over the entire client rep team. He quickly built relationships and established trust with all existing and new customers, as well as his colleagues at Premiere. Prior to joining Premiere, Gonzalez was assistant director of external relations at Claremont McKenna College. Earlier, he spent nearly five years at IT consultancy TEKsystems, where he rose to account manager of media and entertainment.

Sarah Graber, 36

Specialist, Marketing Strategy, Apple TV+

Sarah Graber

Graber has been a series marketing specialist at Apple TV+ since the streaming service launched in November 2019. She’s worked on the service’s growing slate of original programs, including the global launch campaigns for “Tehran,” “Shining Girls” and “Severance.” Graber is an experienced brand strategist who for more than 12 years has worked in television marketing across broadcast, cable and streaming. Working on tentpole campaigns for NBC (“The Voice,” “This Is Us”) taught her the fundamentals of entertainment marketing, and her pursuit of best-in-class content took her to FX Networks to learn the cable business. There, she developed multi-platform promotions for groundbreaking series such as “Pose,” “Atlanta” and “American Horror Story.”

Natalia Guzman, 36 

VP, Partnership Management, Warner Bros. Discovery Sales & Distribution

Natalia Guzman

Guzman leads account strategy for multi-billion-dollar partnerships with the nation’s largest telecom and pay-TV providers. She is responsible for driving revenue and subscriber growth for Warner Bros. Discovery’s content offering, including HBO Max, Warner Bros. and Turner networks. Guzman has over 15 years of experience in P&L, business strategy, and client management. She has a proven track record of developing high-impact teams, specializing in growth strategy. In her time at WBD she’s secured groundbreaking distribution deals for HBO Max, driving millions of new subscribers year over year.

Harris Hoffberg, 31

Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Discovery Distribution

Harris Hoffberg

Hoffberg negotiates with partners to secure distribution of Warner Bros. Discovery’s portfolio of content, including HBO Max and the Turner basic networks (such as TNT, TBS and CNN) across digital and traditional access points, spanning MVPDs, OTT, CTV, OEM and FAST platforms. He works closely with colleagues to align each partnership with the company’s financial, ad sales, data/privacy, content strategy, technology and product initiatives. Hoffberg joined Warner in 2019 after two years as counsel, business and legal affairs, at Turner Broadcasting. He began his career as an associate with the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. He earned his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Brett Holmberg, 33

Director, Digital Distribution, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Brett Holmberg

Holmberg manages UPHE’s go-to-market strategy with digital retail partners, including Amazon, Apple, YouTube and Microsoft. He uses data to tell the story of what is happening in the retail marketplace, generating insights and recommendations for UPHE’s executive team. He also oversees communication between the group’s cross-functional teams and digital retail partners, and develops analytically driven sales strategies to maximize revenue. Holmberg recently took on forecasting the impact of changing home entertainment windows and business models on transactional retailer margins. While pursuing his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, he completed internships with Disney and NBCUniversal, which he joined in 2018.

Phillip Hong, 34

Senior Manager, Market Intelligence, Paramount Pictures

Phillip Hong

Hong manages industry and competitive analysis for Paramount Pictures, helping develop and refine distribution strategies across home media channels. He supports the organization by monitoring industry trends and analyzing title performance throughout the lifecycle to provide insights and strategic recommendations. Leveraging his knowledge of the home media space, he has also created pricing tests to measure and optimize the impact of promotions in the digital sellthrough business. Hong joined Paramount Pictures in February 2016 and was promoted into his present position four years later. Previously, Hong for more than three years worked at DirecTV, researching pay-TV products across traditional and emerging video providers.

Erol Kalafat, 38

Senior Technical Product Manager, Amazon Prime Video

Erol Kalafat

Kalafat was promoted into his present position in April 2019 and is charged with designing, implementing and maintaining a new generation of studio technology. He also provides technical leadership to internal teams on emerging technologies. In his prior role as Amazon’s senior Technical integration manager, Kalafat was a key driver of the EMA’s Digital Supply Chain Committee and the DSCA. Prior to joining Amazon in October 2016, Kalafat held various positions at AOL, Verizon, Sony New Media Solutions, Sony DADC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Co. He began his career in June 2007 as program manager at Technicolor.

Courtney Kawata, 38

Senior Art Director, Creative & Video Production, Rotten Tomatoes

Courtney Kawata

Kawata oversees all design and branding directives for Rotten Tomatoes’ home entertainment initiatives. Leading creative company-wide across sales, marketing, live events, social media, editorial, content operations and video production, she played an instrumental role in the branding strategy of graphic design packages on more than 20 original shows for the Rotten Tomatoes 24/7 OTT channel on Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Peacock, Xumo TV and Reach TV. Upon joining the company in 2017, Kawata led the successful rebrand of the beloved RT logo and Tomatometer iconography. Prior to working at Rotten Tomatoes, Kawata honed her multidisciplinary creative and design skills in film and television at Disney, Fox Broadcasting, NBCUniversal and Fandango. 

Emika Kiyoizumi, 35

VP, Business Development and Content Partnerships, Redbox

Emika Kiyoizumi

Kiyoizumi leads business development and content partnerships across Redbox’s digital video businesses, which include TVOD, FAST channels and AVOD. She drives all distribution for Redbox’s streaming app and the syndication footprint for Redbox-branded FAST channels, as well as content acquisition agreements with studio and FAST partners. Kiyoizumi joined Redbox earlier this year from Amazon, where she negotiated distribution agreements for Freevee, the company’s free streaming service. Before joining Amazon, she was senior director of content partnerships, distribution and business development for ViacomCBS, leading a team responsible for the company’s affiliate portfolio across MVPD, TVOD, SVOD and OTT partners.

David Landau, 40

VP, Digital Sales, Shout! Factory

David Landau

Landau oversees Shout’s EST/VOD business across all platforms. His understanding of industry trends and consumer demand has enabled the company to maximize promotions and sales on all platforms. Landau has played a key role in launching major releases in the digital sellthrough space, including several Studio Ghibli classics, many of GKIDS’s critically acclaimed anime films, and Shout! Studios’ star-driven theatrical films, including Old Henry and Language Lessons. Landau has been with Shout! since 2007, transitioning from physical sales to digital sales in 2017. A veteran of entertainment media sales and marketing for more than 20 years, Landau previously served as a sales representative at Caroline Distribution, the independent arm of EMI Music.

Michael Markese, 32

Senior Director, Strategy, Warner Bros. Discovery

Michael Markese

Markese and his team develop company-wide commercial strategies that drive growth and monetization across WBD’s content and distribution footprint, including HBO Max, Warner Bros. and more. He’s responsible for helping establish innovative content windowing models, supporting the launches of new DTC products, and, most recently, crafting an enterprise-wide framework for measuring and optimizing returns on the company’s content investments. In addition, he supports the Otter Media portfolio of businesses including Rooster Teeth and Gunpowder & Sky. Prior to joining Warner, Markese led business operations and strategy for the Fullscreen creator network. He began his career as an investment banker at Moelis & Company and later worked as a private equity investor at GIC. 

Despina O’Connor, 30

Manager, Digital Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Despina O’Connor

O’Connor manages Sony Pictures Distribution’s TVOD business and key relationships with Amazon, Google, and AMC on Demand. Appointed to the position in September 2021, she drives account strategies to maximize profitability and growth across all film and TV product. She started at Sony Pictures in 2016 and spent her first five years in the physical home entertainment business, supporting multiple accounts such as Walmart, Amazon, Target and Best Buy. She also played a key role in developing and implementing an internal trade spend management system for cross-functional teams to manage and track promotional performance and supply chain metrics. O’Connor majored in communications and media studies at Emmanuel College in Boston.

Jaime Otero, 39

VP, Business Development and Content Strategy, Whip Media

Jaime Otero

Otero leads the global expansion of the Whip Media Exchange and has brought on some of the world’s largest entertainment companies to the platform. He is a senior executive and entrepreneur with more than two decades of international experience developing, financing, producing, licensing and distributing content with a broad network of international partners. He is recognized for leading the adoption of online licensing platforms in a traditionally manual industry. Prior to joining Whip in June 2021, Otero served as managing director at RightsTrade, where he designed and implemented the growth strategy of their online marketplace for film and television rights licensing.

Jay Jinhyung Park, 39

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer,

Jay Jinhyung Park

Park oversees’s engineering activities. His leadership and vision resulted in the first M&E-trained machine translation/AI engine and MediaCAT platform, which streamlines subtitling and dubbing workflows through Web-based asset management, editing and automation. His passion for removing language barriers drives his continual pursuit to refine and champion the use of AI so more people can enjoy localized content around the globe. Prior to joining, he was a senior software engineer at Apple and helped build the network framework used for connecting all Apple devices, including Group FaceTime. Park received his master of science degree in computer science from Columbia University.

Lin Park, 39

Executive Director, Digital Marketing, Paramount Pictures

Lin Park

Park is a strategic marketing executive with a track record of launching award-winning digital campaigns. She currently leads the home entertainment digital marketing team for Paramount Pictures, overseeing digital and social for new-release, catalog, acquisition and TV releases. She is passionate about creative storytelling and leveraging technology, data and key partnerships to develop innovative marketing strategies. Prior to joining Paramount in 2019, Park led digital campaigns for 20th Century Fox movies such as Deadpool and Home Alone. She has a master’s degree in communications management, and is fluent in Portuguese and Mandarin.

Katherine Pond, 38

Group VP, Vizio

Katherine Pond

Pond leads digital distribution, content acquisition, platform partnerships and enterprise programs. Since joining Vizio in 2012 she’s initiated, negotiated and closed deals across content distribution and acquisition, IP, advertising, and data verticals. Pond has a history of building, growing and monetizing new lines of business, including Vizio’s WatchFree+. She leads the team responsible for closing deals with Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery and more. Pond serves as a mentor at her alma mater and co-founded Vizio’s Ascend Women’s Network.

Justin Poulsen, 31

Director, Content Operations & Strategy, Lionsgate

Justin Poulsen

Poulsen has ascended quickly during his eight-year tenure at Lionsgate, making his mark in strategic platform management, evolving metadata requirements, and championing operational efficiencies in Lionsgate’s digital supply chain. Promoted into his present role in April 2020, Poulsen has exhibited leadership in this space that has shortened the time required for content to consumer through master data enhancements, metadata enrichment and worldwide content avail acceleration. For the latter accomplishment, Poulsen was recognized by the DEG at its inaugural TechOps Awards in 2020 for innovation in content availing. Next up for Poulsen and his team: International metadata cleansing and hierarchy AI/ML, and cloud-based distribution.

George Rausch, 39

Chief Product Officer, Blu Digital Group

George Rausch

Rausch oversees Blu’s expanding suite of video distribution, qualification and operational solutions for the entertainment industry. Earlier in his career, Rausch was part of the launch team at Pluto TV as its founding director of content (2013-17). Most recently, Rausch was head of product marketing for Frequency Networks, leading the company’s transition from short-form distribution to a premier provider of cloud-based linear scheduling and playout solutions for FAST/OTT-TV. Rausch has years of experience in product design, marketing and development, and growing M&E companies to be leaders in their respective industries (e.g., streaming video, broadcast, media operations).

Erin Everly Razov, 37

Director, Business Development & Strategy, Fandango

Erin Razov

Razov is a strategic business leader who is responsible for business development, strategy and partnerships with Fandango ticketing and video. Razov also leads the content licensing and strategy behind Fandango’s massive Movieclips business on YouTube, a channel of almost 90 million subscribers where she’s been instrumental to the launch of TV clips as well as the overall growth of the channel. Prior to joining Fandango in 2018, Razov held roles in business development and partnerships at Zulily, a $1.5 billion e-commerce company, and business analysis and strategic support for the home entertainment finance group at 20th Century Fox (now Disney).

Meagan Roberts, 31

Executive Director, Sales, Paramount Home Entertainment

Meagan Roberts

Roberts leads the Walmart North American sales team, working closely with the customer to build sustainable performance for the business, while also being an advocate for innovation. Roberts’ challenge to herself and her team is to be creative and curious thinkers, and ultimately strive to make a lasting impact on the consumer and the business. Roberts is a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in business and minors in finance and pre-medicine. Since joining Paramount in 2018, she has held multiple sales roles with P&L accountability across theatrical, catalog and partner categories. She was promoted into her present position in February 2021.

Noah Rooney, 36

Director, Ad Operations, Redbox

Noah Rooney

Rooney leads all ad operations and monetization across Redbox’s AVOD and FAST services. He also oversees all monetization for the Redbox Media Network, which includes display ads across app, Web, e-mail and digital-out-of-home (DOOH) via the kiosk. He has been instrumental in the buildout and growth of Redbox’s ad-supported video services. Rooney began his career in advertising, working at agencies Ogilvy & Mather and Matrix Consultants, and across brands such as Cisco, Suzuki and Hi-Chew. Pivoting into the adtech sector in 2012, Rooney was involved in the growth of the adtech space, holding leadership positions at a variety of startups focusing on streaming monetization in the early days of CTV advertising. 

Justin Rutsky, 38

Director, Nonfiction Series & Co-Productions, Netflix

Justin Rutsky

Rutsky joined Netflix from Hulu four years ago and currently manages one of the most unique businesses at Netflix, the streamer’s nonfiction co-production strategy, where he collaborates with networks and producers around the globe. He has reinvented the co-production business and formed it into a hybrid operation that combines business savvy, great relationships with producers globally along with strong creative involvement. In shaping and guiding the creative aspects of his projects he has been able to achieve great wins for nonfiction across a broad range of categories, including global hits like “Down to Earth With Zac Efron,” “Selling Sunset,” “Rise of Empires: Ottoman” and “The Last Dance,” one of the biggest nonfiction series on Netflix ever. 

David Sanderson, 35

CEO, Reelgood

David Sanderson

Sanderson is the founder and CEO of Reelgood, a streaming service aggregator and “TV guide” for streaming. The company has developed the algorithms and proprietary IP that matches all the streaming availability data, which is constantly changing. This technology gathers, parses and matches billions of pieces of content from hundreds of different catalogs of streaming services. Reelgood’s ad product can target people based on their viewership across all their streaming subscriptions. Reelgood already has partnerships with many primary streaming services for this ad product. Prior to launching Reelgood in 2015, Sanderson spent three years at Facebook, most recently as product manager.

Alex Serdiuk, 33

CEO, Respeecher

Alex Serdiuk

Serdiuk founded Respeecher with Dmytro Bielievtsov and Grant Reaber in 2018 and now leads business development and strategy for the Kyiv, Ukraine-based company. Since Respeecher’s start, the team has been focused on high-fidelity voice cloning. The company’s technology was the first synthetic speech adopted by big Hollywood productions, starting in 2019. Respeecher has provided Mark Hamill’s de-aged vocal performance in both “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.” Its AI-powered voice cloning platform is also featured in Disney+’s new “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Respeecher launched an initiative, Speak Ukrainian, in which it applied state-of-the art voice cloning tech to enable famous people to speak with their words of support to Ukrainians in the Ukrainian language.

Justin Shumny, 39

Director, Brand Marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment

Justin Shumny

Based in Los Angeles, Shumny leads home entertainment marketing strategy for the global transactional television business, managing a diverse portfolio of product from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Television. Shumny started his career with Paramount in 2006 with the new-release team, contributing to international marketing campaigns for Transformers and Iron Man. After transitioning to television in 2012, he has taken the lead on driving successful marketing initiatives for major television franchises such as “Star Trek” and more recently has expanded his role to include brand marketing responsibilities for the international TV electronic sellthrough business.

Nathan Suh, 39

VP, Platform Distribution Strategy, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

Nathan Suh

Suh leads a distribution strategy team for Disney’s media networks and direct-to-consumer businesses. He and his team are responsible for deal analysis, strategic planning and developing growth strategies. He works closely with sales on platform negotiations in the United States and globally and plays a pivotal role in bringing the company’s DTC streaming services — Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu and Star+ — to a wide range of platforms and partners. Suh joined the company in 2015 as a director of business development for ESPN, before transitioning to ESPN’s corporate strategy team as a senior director in 2018. He previously worked in business development at NBC Sports, and as an investor at Comcast Ventures.

Robert Suh, 35

Director, Global Finance, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Robert Suh

Suh is a key leader on the UPHE global finance team. He provides global financial analyses, budgeting and strategic decision support to senior executives for the transactional home entertainment business. Suh assisted with a major finance transformation initiative to implement a new global forecasting software. He also created an assumption-driven forecasting model that quickly and accurately estimates catalog performance across hundreds of Universal titles. In addition, Suh played a key role in establishing the Universal/Warner domestic distribution joint venture Studio Distribution Services (SDS). Suh began his career at Deloitte and went on to work in Ernst & Young’s mergers and acquisitions practice before joining Universal in 2017 as a manager.

Matt Thunell, 37

VP, Original Series, Netflix

Matt Thunell

Thunell is responsible for leading original series focused on spectacle and event programming, consisting of prestige dramas and limited series, and elevated science-fiction, fantasy and genre entertainment. Thunell and his team are responsible for such groundbreaking series as “Stranger Things” and “The Umbrella Academy.” He previously led Netflix’s overall deals team and, before that, the Young Adult team, working on series such as “Thirteen Reasons Why” and “Outer Banks.” Before joining Netflix in 2015, he served as a creative executive at The CW, guiding development of the DC Comics universe as well as series such as “Jane the Virgin.” Thunell, a Yale graduate, also spent time at Sony Pictures Television, Disney and UBS.

Shital Kamdar Vora, 39
Brianna Walker, 32

Senior UX Manager
Senior UX Designer, Vudu

Shital Vora and Brianna Walker

Vora and Walker are responsible for user experience efforts for Fandango’s video-on-demand streaming service Vudu, from mobile to desktop to television. After Fandango acquired Vudu in 2020, the two helped spearhead the smooth migration of consumers from FandangoNow, Fandango’s previous streaming service, over to Vudu. Most recently, Vora and Walker worked on the Vudu redesign project to update and streamline the user experience of the Vudu application on Roku. Vora, Walker and their colleagues collaborated with various teams from product, development, research, marketing and merchandising. Vora and Walker have years of experience in delivering design solutions for Vudu’s and Fandango’s connected-TV, mobile and Web applications, providing creative ways to solve UX problems from inception to launch. Prior to joining Vudu, Vora worked in UX Design at RingCentral, designing for the cloud communication space. Walker previously worked at Dogtown Media, where she designed mobile applications for VC-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Brian Weiss, 35

Director, Digital Advertising, PBS Distribution

Brian Weiss

Weiss leads digital advertising strategy for the PBS Prime Video Channels in the United States and Canada. By managing ad dollars efficiently, fine-tuning audience segmentation, fostering the relationship with Amazon and partnering closely with colleagues to create more-holistic media plans, PBS Distribution has improved marketing campaign effectiveness by more than 25% and doubled marketing-driven subscriber sign-ups. Prior to joining PBS in 2021, Weiss held multiple digital positions at Discovery Inc. for nearly a decade as well as led a large team at Street Sense, an advertising agency. He holds an executive MBA and bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University.

Madison Wojciechowski, 33

Executive Director, Sales, Warner Bros. Discovery

Madison Wojciechowski

Wojciechowski is responsible for second-window licensing opportunities across more than 100 SVOD and AVOD clients including Tubi, Roku, Pluto, Meta and Netflix. She has been integral in driving third-party revenue growth year-over-year and generating new business opportunities. Prior to joining WBD in 2017, Wojciechowski led digital and social media strategy for United Entertainment Group, a global entertainment, sports and lifestyle agency. She later served as a global branded entertainment and digital strategy agent at ICM Partners, where she began her career in 2011 as an agent trainee.

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