Women in Home Entertainment 2019

Click Here for profiles and a Q&A with the 2019 Captains of the Industry:

ANDREA DOWNING — Co-President, PBS Distribution
KATHLEEN GALLAGHER — EVP and Managing Director, North America, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
KARIN GILFORD — GM, Movies Anywhere
HILARY HOFFMAN — EVP, Global Marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
CINDY HOLLAND — VP, Original Content, Netflix
JULIA HOWE — Head of Marketing, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International
KIM OVERALL — EVP, Consumer Insights and Innovation, Sony Pictures Entertainment
JESSICA SCHELL — EVP and GM, Film, Warner Bros. Entertainment Group
AMY JO SMITH — President and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
LEXINE WONG — Senior EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The captains can’t do it alone.

They need smart, savvy and strategic teams who work with them. And then there are other women leaders in the home entertainment space at independent content distributors, digital retailers, streaming services and other companies who also are leaving their mark on this industry — and helping further its continuous evolution.

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Here’s a look at the rest of the Women in Home Entertainment, Class of 2019 …

The Walt Disney Co.

ALISA BOWEN
SVP, OPERATIONS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Bowen is responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness for The Walt Disney Co.’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+ and ESPN+. As part of her oversight responsibilities, Bowen is responsible for overall program management, including the rollout of Disney+ across international markets, identification and implementation of Disney+ internal synergy opportunities, and leading global customer support for ESPN+ and Disney+.

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS, WORLDWIDE, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Carretta is a senior leader on Fox’s integrated marketing communications team, helping to drive global communications and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer facing initiatives for all 20th Century Fox title releases and next-generation technologies. She is responsible for the strategic execution of more than 200 title campaigns a year from Fox’s television and film portfolio. She also leads corporate communications and her team is charged with raising awareness of Fox’s leadership, innovation and next-generation technology initiatives.

JENNIFER CHAI
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Chai leads worldwide brand marketing strategy for the entire Fox new-release theatrical slate and third-party titles. She is responsible for the go-to-market and consumer engagement strategy for both the physical and digital business. She is involved with the cross-studio Movies Anywhere app from a Fox studio perspective, as well as other digital strategic initiatives.

AGNES CHU
SVP, CONTENT, DISNEY+
Chu is responsible for identifying and developing series, feature films, short-form content and other high-quality entertainment formats for the service. Reporting to Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing for the service, Chu leads the Disney+ Originals teams for scripted, unscripted and content operations, partnering closely with Disney-owned internal content creators, including The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

LAURA EVANS
SVP, DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Evans is responsible for overseeing analytics, data science and insight capabilities for the company’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer services, including ESPN+ and the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

LINDSEY GREEN
SVP AND GSM, PAY-TV AND DIGITAL SALES, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Green negotiates in-home distribution agreements across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including electronic home video, video-on-demand, pay-television and subscription video-on-demand. She pursues key licensing agreements for the studio’s films with North American MVPDs and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast XFinity, AT&T, Vudu and Google Play. Green and her team also secure digital licensing opportunities for the company’s television assets, with deals currently in place with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and PlayStation, among many others. In addition, Green oversees the company’s global airline distribution business, and she is heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere among its digital retail partners.

KAREN HOBSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Hobson oversees global communications and public affairs strategies across the Disney Direct-to-Consumer segment, including the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming businesses: ESPN+ and the upcoming Disney+ service; content sales operations — including global distribution of film and TV content on DVD, digital, Disney+, Hulu and other third-party platforms; and Movies Anywhere. She also oversees communications strategies for Disney’s international media operations stretching from Europe to Asia to Latin America, as well as the company’s ad sales and ad technology segments.

TEHMINA JAFFER
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, DISNEY+
Jaffer leads all aspects of business affairs strategy, policy and procedure for the Disney+ content and marketing team. She oversees negotiation of development, production and talent deals, as well as rights and acquisitions deals. She also collaborates with content groups across the Walt Disney Co. that are developing and producing original content exclusively for the service — including the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm — as well as external third-party production entities.

LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS — VP, Product, Planning And Cross Brand Strategy
CHERYLYN CARR — Assistant General Counsel
CYNDI CRUZ — VP, Sales Planning
LORI COHEN-ELIAS — VP, Marketing Strategy
ELIZABETH DUKE — Assistant Chief Counsel
ANNA FROST — VP, Digital Marketing
JAIME GORMAN — VP, Creative Development
DEBBIE HAAG — VP, Worldwide Brand Marketing, 20th Century Fox
CHRISTINE HUPALO — VP, Marketing, 20th Century Fox
SUMMER IMAI — VP, Deal Management
SUZANNE KAMENIR — VP, Global Creative Marketing, 20th Century Fox
SUSAN KIGAWA — Assistant Chief Counsel
JANE KIM — VP, Business Development
MICHELLE LEVISOHN — VP, Creative Development, 20th Century Fox
JENNIFER LOURIE — VP, Product Management
MOLLY MADDEN — VP, Worldwide Sales, 20th Century Fox
HEATHER OLSON — VP, Digital Global Accounts, 20th Century Fox
MARLEINE PACILIO — VP, Global Communications, 20th Century Fox
JENNIFER QUAN — VP, Planning and Retail Strategy, 20th Century Fox
KAVITA SMITH — VP, Worldwide Marketing Communications, 20th Century Fox

Paramount Pictures

SYRINTHIA STUDER
EVP, WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Studer is in charge of acquiring films for theatrical release as well as for worldwide distribution across multiple platforms. Among her acquisitions are Book Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen. Studer previously held the position of SVP of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Pictures’ worldwide home media and TV licensing divisions, where she launched and managed the studio’s efforts focused on ancillary-driven acquisitions, overseeing the negotiation and acquisition of domestic and international films. She was responsible for a multi-picture relationship with IFC Films.

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Bell is responsible for all of the division’s creative advertising materials, including all packaging, menu design and print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. She previously served as VP of creative services home entertainment for Universal Studios, overseeing and managing creative advertising objectives for the feature, catalog, TV and specialty brand groups.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TV LICENSING
Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the home entertainment and TV licensing divisions on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone additionally manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, ATF and NATPE.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Froelich handles international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all transactional windows post theatrical. She also oversees global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at The Walt Disney Co. for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hildebrandt manages customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. Her responsibilities include executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, VOD and electronic sellthrough.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Marovich oversees all media planning and buying for the division. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment. She previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC, where she was responsible for all advertising on behalf of the division.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home entertainment, theatrical marketing and TV licensing divisions. Early in her career she worked for AT&T as both an operations manager and HR professional. Upon earning her master’s in industrial psychology, Pope left AT&T and joined Nestle USA, where she became the director of training and development. In 1999 she joined EMI Music North America to become the VP of human resources. She joined Paramount in 2007.

ALANNA POWERS
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Powers leads Paramount’s film catalog business globally across digital and physical distribution channels, developing marketing and distribution strategies that align with cross-divisional partners to maximize the studio’s full portfolio of titles. Prior to joining Paramount, Powers held senior marketing positions at Redbox and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment after starting her career at FCB.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason primarily focuses on acquisitions for distribution through home entertainment channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions, and domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the home entertainment division’s marketing strategies across the new release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG — VP, Interactive Marketing and Public Relations, PHE
JACQUELINE GUSTAFSON — VP, Home Media Content, PHE
ANNE MASUDA — VP, Digital Distribution (U.K.), PHE
MICHELE RUMAIN — VP, Advertising (Media), PHE
JULIA SALTER — VP, Digital Distribution (AU), PHE
PAMELA SIVULA — VP, Financial Planning, PHE
MICHELLE VEN DANGE — VP, International Marketing, PHE

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson is responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of brand marketing, promotions and creative for all of SPHE’s new-release and catalog business, establishing key consumer messaging, aligning marketing tactics to core brand strategy and ensuring that product marketing efforts are in line with studio business goals. She helms a cross-functional team that includes brand and product marketing, promotions and creative advertising.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES
Bluerock leads the U.S. sales organization, which includes all physical and digital hybrid accounts, such as Amazon/AIV and Walmart/Vudu. She has led the evolution of the sales team to an insights-based organization integrating data-driven insights to address retailer and consumer opportunities. Previously, Bluerock led the division’s sales development team, including go-to-market strategy, retail analytics, and sales planning and reporting. Her 20-plus years of experience spans leadership positions in sales, sales planning and analysis, retail operations, category management, vendor-managed inventory, demand planning, and retail buying at MGM Home Entertainment and Target Corp.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is in charge of identifying and developing Sony Pictures’ capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team builds and connects consumer and audience data universes, understands and builds consumer segments for activation, delivers reports and insights, and utilizes advanced data analytics to enable SPHE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer demand for film and television content across key release windows.

TRACEY GARVIN
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Garvin oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations for physical product for North America, which includes master data, manufacturing, distribution, inventory management, sustainability and business insights. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

JACQUI MARSHALL
EVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall leads the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has looked after SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for more than a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon manages data-driven consumer strategy and activation within SPHE, overseeing digital marketing, publicity and paid media. Utilizing social and digital insights as well as traditional research to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set marketing, digital and social strategies for SPHE releases. A champion of an analytics-led strategy, Mohon leverages consumer lifecycle data to drive multi-channel paid media strategies to drive transactions.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing for more than 20 years, closely collaborating with all departments throughout SPHE. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

JILL ALLEN — VP, Sales and Digital Distribution
ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT — VP, Digital Distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON — VP, Legal
JUDY GUEVARA — VP, Product Strategy
HELENA KU — VP, Business Affairs
JANET SHACKMAN — VP, Customer Operations
JANA SIMMONS — VP, TV and Customer Marketing
JOAN VILLAROS — VP, Production Services, North America

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT GROUP
Parker is in charge of spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBC Universal, spanning documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sport and fitness, and children and family, among others. Since assuming her role in 2007, Parker has successfully launched and developed this business for Universal and successfully positioned the company as an industry leader within the sector.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL CREATIVE AND MARKETING SERVICES
Blum manages creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. Her responsibilities also extend to include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

SANDY CHOI
SVP, BRAND MARKETING
Choi manages UPHE’s North American third-party partner relationships. She oversees the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for the partner releases across both physical and digital platforms as well as leads the cross-functional team responsible for the overall business.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. The industry veteran executive produced the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George,” garnering her two Daytime Emmys. Additionally, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions, including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, The Little Engine That Could, and more than 250 television episodes.

SEJIN CRONINGER
SVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Croninger leads the North American arm of UPHE Content Group’s acquisitions and productions business, encompassing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms. UPHE Content Group is a repertoire center of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle manages the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution across various media platforms worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues on all of the group’s development and production slate, including rights and talent acquisition, negative pick-up distribution agreements, foreign co-productions, intellectual property matters, and litigation management. She also spearheads the group’s soundtrack partnerships and is responsible for selling certain ancillary rights.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND STRATEGY
Haro manages business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, window, messaging, and innovation founded in business and consumer insights.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Iwata oversees business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is in charge of licensing Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications for UPHE. She additionally spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s physical and digital home entertainment offerings. She also actively serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN
Turk manages technical operations, customer operations, master data, release and production planning, distribution, logistics, retail inventory management, and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD discs in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Entertainment One, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, STX, Bleecker Street, Neon and Mattel.

STACY BARGER — VP, Global Creative Services
JENNIFER BLACK — VP, Global Publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS — VP, Finance
J.J. CARUTH — VP, Content Strategy and Marketing
ERICA MARIE DIONNE — VP, Product Development and Strategy
LEIGH ANN DUNLEAVY — VP, Digital Platforms
LISA GOODING — VP, Live-Action Production
NADIA HANEY — VP, Global Marketing, Emerging Technology
KELLY HARRINGTON — VP, Global Brand Marketing
MARY KHACHIKYAN — VP, Operations
TRACY KIM — VP, Digital Distribution and Digital Platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN — VP, Global Projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON — VP, Business and Legal Affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS — VP, Global Brand Marketing
MARIAN MANSI — VP, Global Creative Content
LINDA MARTINEZ — VP, Legal Rights and Clearances
LISA MELBYE — VP, Animation Production
STEPHANIE SIGEL — VP, Global Creative Services
SHARE STALLINGS — VP, Development
EVE WALDMAN — VP, Human Resources
JENNA WEBB — VP, Global Tech Operations
RUBY WONG — VP, Digital Supply Chain and Content Ops

Warner Bros.

LOUISE BAGNALL
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS, EUROPE
Bagnall oversees and advises on legal matters involving the studio’s digital, physical and games businesses in the EMEA region, including content licensing, distribution, acquisitions and other commercial initiatives. She also has responsibility for some key digital deals in the United States. She joined Warner Bros. in 2002 in London and then moved to its Burbank headquarters in 2017, significantly expanding her role and helping cultivate a global approach. She has been instrumental in facilitating the implementation of key growth initiatives in Europe.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho oversees and advises on legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING, RETAIL PLANNING AND THEATRICAL CATALOG
Coleman oversees the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate is responsible for all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. brand-marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s also charged with developing long-term strategies, resulting in strong performances for franchises including the Wizarding World and DC properties, 4K UHD and emerging platforms.

JACQUELINE HAYES
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Hayes leads the legal and business affairs team that handles licensing, production, clearances, marketing, sales, supply chain, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters for the distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.

DANA LIRA
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Lira manages legal clearances for all enhanced content and virtual reality experiences created by the home entertainment division, along with legal review of the marketing and promotion of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She also handles all legal matters for the studio’s Australia and New Zealand home entertainment divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson manages global marketing for all Warner Bros. and HBO TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She handles marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also in charge of managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat” and “The Hobbit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Boston and TT Games.

EMILY ZALENSKI
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY
Zalenski oversees worldwide publicity and corporate communications for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. She leads the strategic execution of digital and physical publicity campaigns for all new-release and catalog film releases, including media and talent relations, special events and experiential marketing. She also leads communications efforts for emerging technology initiatives, including 4K UHD and emerging digital release technologies. She serves as the WBHE representative for communications strategy on many cross-studio committees.

TRACI CARROLL — VP, Creative Advertising
MARIANA CASAS — VP, Financial Planning and Analysis, Digital
KRISTIE L. COLLEY — VP, Retail Planning and Trade Fund Management
GIULIA ERICKSON — VP, Marketing Analytics and Channel Strategy
MICHELLE FOWLER — VP, Legal and Business Affairs
LAURA GROSS — VP, Consumer Insights and Research
FEIFEI HU — VP, Business Development and Licensing
SUCHITRA INJATI — VP, Strategic Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting
CHERILYNN KEHRLI — VP, Legal and Business Affairs
JULIE V. KELLEY — VP and Associate General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs
LAURA LUPINETTI — VP, Trade Marketing
ANGIE LAI MAKHOUL — VP, Film Marketing
MELISSA HUFJAY MCALEVEY — VP, Publicity
KATY MOFFAT — VP, Operations
DEBBIE NEVEU — VP, Accounting and Financial Reporting
ZANDRA PALMER — VP, Trade Marketing
ISABELLE F. RENAUD — VP, Production/Creative Services
NATHALIE SAWYER — VP, Sales
MARYAM TASHROUDIAN — VP and Associate General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs
MARY ELLEN THOMAS — VP, TV Marketing
MARISA ZWEBEN — VP, Legal and Business Affairs

Lionsgate

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
A seven-year veteran of Lionsgate, Kapouranis spearheads international distribution, acquisitions, sales and marketing for Lionsgate’s television and catalog feature slate. She oversees a sales and distribution team responsible for a broad range of global and regional licensing deals encompassing the company’s films, television series and Starz original programming with nearly all leading digital and linear platforms around the world.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and striving for continuous improvements and efficiencies, as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to home entertainment and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of retail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson is continually looking for new retail opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s new-release and catalog content in stores as well as online for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD titles. She is the consummate team player who is dedicated to finding win-win solutions within her organization and with all of her retail partners. Anderson is committed to Lionsgate’s passion for original, daring and groundbreaking entertainment and driving the home entertainment sales team to support that vision.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, INTEGRATED MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Carter oversees strategic partnerships, marketing operations and distribution for new-release and catalog film and television content across digital and packaged media. In this role she leads the lifecycle planning for content from Lionsgate and its distribution partners, along with driving retail marketing efforts.  Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all its independent film and theatrical releases.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the super user/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additional functions include cost analysis and business acquisition on-boarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager, covering a wide variety of retailers.

AMANDA KOZLOWSKI
EVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION MARKETING
Kozlowski oversees marketing for Lionsgate’s home entertainment and digital distribution division, leading the marketing of Lionsgate’s largest film properties in their post-theatrical windows, along with all marketing of the studio’s multi-platform release slate, third-party content distribution deals and 17,000-title library. Kozlowski also plays a lead role in the Lionsgate Data Center, the studio’s marketing technology and consumer data center of excellence. She is the executive sponsor for the company’s Multicultural Employee Resource Group and a partner with the HR division on multiple Diversity & Inclusion pilots.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, INTEGRATED MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees marketing initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. In this role, she guides the marketing campaigns for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming, as well as content from distribution partners including A24, Roadside, CBS Films, Studio Canal, Entertainment Studios and others. She also leads the marketing campaigns for Lionsgate’s multiplatform limited theatrical releases.

CHASE BRISBIN — VP, Global SVOD
MELISSA CLARKE — VP, Retail Operations
WHITNEY DICKINSON — VP, Media and Data
LINDSAY LEFRANCOIS — VP, Procurement
TIFFANY OLIVARES — VP, Publicity and Community
SHANNON PARKER — VP, AV Creative Services
HELEN REICH — VP, Sales Administration

Cinedigm

YOLANDA MACIAS
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS
Leveraging more than 25 years of industry experience, Macias leads the content acquisitions team, acquiring, renewing and developing content for all distribution platforms worldwide. Also, she oversees business strategy, development and relationships with digital and television platforms globally.

JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
Working closely with chairman and CEO Chris McGurk, Newhouse Calcaterra manages all external communications for Cinedigm with both investors and the entertainment industry. Given the recent investment by Chinese company Bison Capital, she is putting an additional focus on international outreach efforts, particularly in Asia, and is focused on the company’s OTT efforts both domestically and abroad.

MELODY FOWLER
VP, ACQUISITIONS
Fowler identifies, curates and negotiates the acquisition of content for all distribution platforms. She is also responsible for developing, maintaining and managing co-production partnerships with third-party producers to ensure a consistent supply of commercial titles for Cinedigm.

PBS Distribution

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP
Letourneau oversees acquisitions, business intelligence and strategy. She leads the company’s content sourcing, evaluation, and negotiation across all distribution platforms for scripted, factual, lifestyle and children’s programs. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the drama and children’s catalogs while continuing to build on a strong foundation of engaging factual programming. She founded and launched the PBS-branded theatrical releasing unit, which has handled such high-profile documentaries as Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation and Dark Money. With more than 15 years of experience in commercial and public media, Letourneau’s portfolio includes numerous award-winning films and television programs.

REBECCA CARR
VP, OPERATIONS, PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
Carr has worked for PBS Distribution since its inception in 2009 and heads operations for all PBS Distribution business streams. She oversees all aspects of the digital supply chain for DTC-SVOD channels, TVOD and SVOD, as well as operations and production for hard copy distribution. Her responsibilities include asset and data management, evolving systems and processes, product execution, and vendor management.

JEN O’CONNELL-ROBERTSON
VP, MARKETING
O’Connell-Robertson leads the marketing, communications and creative strategy across multiple brands and businesses. Her primary focus is driving growth of the company’s direct-to-consumer subscription businesses — PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids and PBS Living — in addition to support for retail, e-commerce, transactional and SVOD, and PBS International. Prior to joining PBS Distribution, she was GM of the Walter Presents SVOD service, and was a 15-year AMC Networks veteran, culminating in the role of SVP, digital media and business development, for AMC’s WE tv channel.

LIZ LIEBMAN
DIRECTOR, DTC-SVOD
Liebman leads the DTC-SVOD business for PBS Distribution, including the PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids and PBS Living subscription channels. In this role she oversees the strategic planning, consumer acquisition, engagement strategies and partnerships across these businesses. Prior to taking this role, Liebman held several positions managing both physical and digital releases at PBS Distribution, National Geographic and Turner.

Amazon

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD, AMAZON STUDIOS
Salke is responsible for all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with launching upcoming series and films along with ongoing support of current series. High profile projects include “Lord of the Rings” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem, as well as Emmy-nominated comedy series “Fleabag.” “In a world of peak TV, there’s so many choices,” Salke said at last month’s Summer Television Critics Association press tour. “It takes time for some of these shows to find their path.”

MARIE DONOGHUE
VP, GLOBAL SPORTS VIDEO
Donoghue is responsible for Amazon’s global sports content business, as well as its sports strategy, enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 200 countries and territories. Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as EVP of global business and content strategy at ESPN, leading the ongoing development and implementation of its enterprise-wide business and content strategy. Donoghue oversaw all digital dealmaking for ESPN, including ESPN’s relationship with BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

AMC/RLJ Entertainment

SYLVIA GEORGE
EVP AND GM, URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL
George was appointed to her current position in March 2018. Prior to that she was the company’s first chief marketing officer after serving as president, U.S., managing North American distribution and spearheading integration of Acorn Media and Image Entertainment, which were acquired by RLJ Entertainment in 2012. During this time, George helped to build Acorn’s brand profile as the “chief curator of the best Brit TV,” according to Time Magazine, and grew the brand’s footprint across retail while developing the digital home video market.

KERENSA SAMANIDIS
GM, ACORN TV INTERNATIONAL
Samanidis is responsible for the overall development, management and operation of the Acorn TV subscription streaming service for all markets outside of North America. Samanidis brings a wealth of expertise in OTT strategy and management having previously devised and launched services for Sony PlayStation, BFI and Turner (WarnerMedia). Acorn TV last year expanded into dozens of territories including Mexico, Spain, Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Hulu

KELLY CAMPBELL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Campbell leads Hulu’s overall marketing efforts across the SVOD and live-TV businesses, drives the strategic vision and voice behind the Hulu brand, and oversees the entire subscriber journey including acquisition, engagement, retention, viewer experience, partnerships and research. She also works closely with the company’s technology, advertising and content leaders to ensure that Hulu’s consumer proposition and brand is reflected in every aspect of the Hulu experience.

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney is responsible for managing Hulu’s strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators. Previously, Feeney was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscription packages, regional sports networks and on-demand sports content.

BRITTANY HVEEM
HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Hveem is responsible for leading negotiations of development and licensing deals related to Hulu’s slate of original series, documentaries, international co-productions and specials. She oversees the business and production relationships with studio suppliers such as Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony and Lionsgate, approving production budgets and negotiations with talent. Prior to joining Hulu in 2016, Hveem was most recently VP of business affairs for Warner Horizon Television and was previously counsel at ABC Studios.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Promoted to her current position last year, Kang has led numerous deals that have built out Hulu’s content library. She led efforts to lock in the first official content provider for Hulu’s online TV service. Kang negotiated a multiyear deal with AMC Networks for “Fear the Walking Dead.” She closed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedies, dramas and miniseries. She led all of Hulu’s legal efforts to obtain the exclusive SVOD rights to all episodes of “Seinfeld,” as well as an output agreement to new shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS, among others.

HEATHER MOOSNICK
SVP AND HEAD OF CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Moosnick drives Hulu’s content partnership and acquisition strategy across its live and on-demand subscription streaming services. She recently joined Hulu from Google, where she served as head of global business development, strategy and content partner management for YouTube TV and Google Fiber, including all TV networks and affiliates. In that role, she led the teams that structured, negotiated and closed all content deals for the launch of the company’s digital MVPD service.

GAUDE LYDIA PAEZ
SVP AND HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Paez leads the team responsible for all external communications in support of Hulu’s corporate brand, business strategy, products, technology, advertising sales and content acquisition. She joined Hulu in 2016 from Fox Broadcasting Co., where she served as SVP of corporate communications and digital publicity.

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Since joining the Hulu team in 2014, Springborn has played an integral role in developing and greenlighting straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s slate of originals, including the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “The Looming Tower,” “Future Man,” “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22” from George Clooney, and the upcoming limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Google Play/YouTube

CHRISTINA AVITABILE
HEAD OF CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AND LICENSING (TVOD/SVOD/AVOD), YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE PLAY
Avitabile is responsible for business development and partnerships for Google’s transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, at Amazon.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Prior to joining YouTube, Merryman served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

FandangoNow

DANA BENSON
VP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson directs all corporate communications and public relations functions across the company’s ticketing, e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com and transactional on-demand video service FandangoNow. She also oversees public relations for subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads acquisition and retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and FanShop. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats throughout the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue opportunities across brands and franchises. Prior to joining Fandango, Benson was director of public relations at Disney Interactive.

REMA MORGAN-ALUKO
DIRECTOR, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Morgan-Aluko leads the technology group for TVOD service FandangoNow. She oversees the development of Web, mobile apps, over-the-top applications and services, as well as application program interfaces. Previously, she led the development and implementation of several initiatives across Fandango’s verticals, including trailers (Movieclips), video and editorial content, movie and entertainment metadata, commerce, user profiles, CRM, marketing campaigns and programs, and advertising and monetization. She co-founded Fandango’s TECHWomen chapter, which aims to advance opportunities for female technologists within the company and beyond.

Movies Anywhere

BETH K. BAIER
ASSISTANT CHIEF COUNSEL
Baier leads all day-to-day legal and business affairs matters and serves as the senior legal advisor to the company’s business teams. She actively participates in legal analysis, modeling, negotiations and drafting of new strategic business models and high-profile deals involving emerging digital distribution technologies, distribution platforms, technical operations and marketing strategies.

ELISSA BROWN
VP, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Brown leads day-to-day operations, developing and executing key business and platform strategies to drive growth and deliver operational efficiencies across all facets of Movies Anywhere. This organization includes finance, strategy, business development, partner management, business intelligence/analytics, customer care and program management.

Sling TV

DANA McLEOD
VP, PROGRAMMING
McLeod oversees content acquisition, strategy, curation and promotion for Sling TV. She also manages programmer relationships and business development. Previously, she served as director of finance for Sling TV, where she was responsible for its finances, in addition to programming and media sales for both Dish and Sling TV.

Netflix

BELA BAJARIA
VP, INTERNATIONAL ORIGINALS
Bajaria, who joined Netflix in 2016 as VP of content, was recently named to oversee all non-English original series around the world. In her previous role, Bajaria oversaw Netflix’s push into unscripted programming, including “Queer Eye,” “Nailed It!” and “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” as well as talk series with David Letterman and Hasan Minhaj. Bajaria also oversaw scripted originals “You” and the upcoming “Locke and Key” and “Daybreak,” among others, and led the team responsible for working with studios to co-produce and co-license series internationally with Netflix, including “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS), “Bodyguard” (BBC), “Riverdale,” “Nightflyers” and “Good Girls” (Universal Television).

MELISSA COBB
VP, ORIGINAL ANIMATION
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing animated series and feature films to Netflix. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated “Kung Fu Panda” trilogy.

CHANNING DUNGEY
VP, ORIGINAL SERIES
Dungey partners with fellow Netflix exec Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with high-profile, prolific producers. Prior to joining Netflix, Dungey served as president of ABC Entertainment, overseeing all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late-night. During her tenure at ABC, Dungey created a collaborative environment that supported visionary storytelling, and became a hub for talented and provocative producers to realize their vision.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 13-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream, and has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company grew. In 2013, she left to become head of human resources at Coursera, and, later, chief people officer at Scopely, a mobile gaming company. She returned to Netflix in 2017 overseeing HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience.

LISA NISHIMURA
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND INDEPENDENT FEATURES Nishimura is an 11-year Netflix veteran. She currently oversees the company’s original documentary slate, including features, shorts and limited series, as well as independent films. Her team strives to provide storytellers of all backgrounds with a global platform where they can share their unique narratives around the world — across geographies, languages, genders, cultures, experiences and perspectives.

AMY REINHARD
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Reinhard oversees global studio licensing for films and television series as well as local language acquisitions from Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. In addition to global licensing, Reinhard negotiates international distribution rights on major studio films including Annihilation and Isn’t it Romantic. Prior to Netflix, she was the president of worldwide TV licensing and distribution for Paramount Pictures, where she held various roles for more than 10 years. She started her career at Revolution Studios.

Redbox

KATE BRENNAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Brennan is responsible for all public relations and social media efforts for the company’s movie and video game business, including B2C and B2B efforts. She also leads the company’s “Back to the Movies” initiative aimed at building nostalgia, conversations and connections around Movie Night occasions.

NAIVASHA DEAN
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL STRATEGY, REDBOX ON DEMAND
Dean is focused on title merchandising and content discovery for Redbox’s digital On Demand service. Prior to joining Redbox, she oversaw editorial and content operations at Fullscreen’s streaming service, and specialized in editorial advertiser solutions at Hulu.

LAURA FLORENCE
DIRECTOR, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Florence recently joined Redbox to lead the company’s digital content relationships with studios and independent partners. She has more than 13 years’ experience in both the physical and digital categories of content distribution, including her tenure at Gravitas Ventures, where she ran North American sales and marketing for theatrical, TVOD/cable/satellite, home entertainment and AVOD Sales.

LORI FLYNN
VP, CONTENT
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

MAURA GRAY
DIRECTOR, ON DEMAND & PARTNERSHIPS
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the Redbox On Demand launch. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

SONIA JAIN
CFO
Jain oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, implementing strategies to drive revenue-growth and profitability, and deal support. Prior to joining Redbox, Jain was an investment banker in the consumer retail group at Morgan Stanley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

KAVITA SUTHAR
VP, FINANCE, STRATEGY & ANALYTICS
Suthar is responsible for Redbox’s financial strategy and analysis, budgeting and deal support. She previously held long-term strategy and analytics roles at U.S. Cellular.

NICOLE ZINNO
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Zinno leads human resources, overseeing all functions of HR, payroll, benefits, recruitment and internal communications that attract, retain and engage Redbox’s employee base of corporate and nationwide field team members.

BASE — British Association for Screen Entertainment

LIZ BALES
CEO
Bales has headed the BASE trade group since 2014. A commercial lawyer by trade in the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, Bales previously headed The Digital Entertainment Group Europe.

The BASE mission statement seeks to champion the growth of screen entertainment across a £2.34 billion U.K. disc and digital video market, while maintaining a business environment with few regulatory burdens.

U.S. studio members include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate U.K., Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures International Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Home Entertainment.

Read a Q&A with Bales here.

A Complete List of the 2019 Oscar Winners

The following is a complete list of the films and talent who were honored at the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony, held Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center complex in the heart of Hollywood, along with those who were nominated. The list comes courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER
RAMI MALEK
Bohemian Rhapsody

NOMINEES
CHRISTIAN BALE
Vice

BRADLEY COOPER
A Star Is Born

WILLEM DAFOE
At Eternity’s Gate

VIGGO MORTENSEN
Green Book

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER
MAHERSHALA ALI
Green Book

NOMINEES
ADAM DRIVER
BlacKkKlansman

SAM ELLIOTT
A Star Is Born

RICHARD E. GRANT
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

SAM ROCKWELL
Vice

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER
OLIVIA COLMAN
The Favourite

NOMINEES
YALITZA APARICIO
Roma

GLENN CLOSE
The Wife

LADY GAGA
A Star Is Born

MELISSA MCCARTHY
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER
REGINA KING
If Beale Street Could Talk

NOMINEES
AMY ADAMS
Vice

MARINA DE TAVIRA
Roma

EMMA STONE
The Favourite

RACHEL WEISZ
The Favourite

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

WINNER
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

NOMINEES
INCREDIBLES 2
Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle

ISLE OF DOGS
Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

MIRAI
Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER
ROMA
Alfonso Cuarón

NOMINEES
COLD WAR
Łukasz Żal

THE FAVOURITE
Robbie Ryan

NEVER LOOK AWAY
Caleb Deschanel

A STAR IS BORN
Matthew Libatique

 

COSTUME DESIGN

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Ruth Carter

NOMINEES
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Mary Zophres

THE FAVOURITE
Sandy Powell

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Sandy Powell

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Alexandra Byrne

 

DIRECTING

WINNER
ROMA
Alfonso Cuarón

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Spike Lee

COLD WAR
Paweł Pawlikowski

THE FAVOURITE
Yorgos Lanthimos

VICE
Adam McKay

 

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

WINNER
FREE SOLO
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill

NOMINEES
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim

MINDING THE GAP
Bing Liu and Diane Quon

OF FATHERS AND SONS
Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert

RBG
Betsy West and Julie Cohen

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

WINNER
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.
Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

NOMINEES
BLACK SHEEP
Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn

END GAME
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

LIFEBOAT
Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN
Marshall Curry

 

FILM EDITING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
John Ottman

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Barry Alexander Brown

THE FAVOURITE
Yorgos Mavropsaridis

GREEN BOOK
Patrick J. Don Vito

VICE
Hank Corwin

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WINNER
ROMA
Mexico

NOMINEES
CAPERNAUM
Lebanon

COLD WAR
Poland

NEVER LOOK AWAY
Germany

SHOPLIFTERS
Japan

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

WINNER
VICE
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

NOMINEES
BORDER
Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Ludwig Goransson

NOMINEES
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Terence Blanchard

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Nicholas Britell

ISLE OF DOGS
Alexandre Desplat

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Marc Shaiman

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

WINNER
“SHALLOW”
from A Star Is Born; Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

NOMINEES
“ALL THE STARS”
from Black Panther; Music by Kendrick Lamar, Mark “Sounwave” Spears and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith

“I’LL FIGHT”
from RBG; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO”
from Mary Poppins Returns; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

“WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS”
from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

 

BEST PICTURE

WINNER
GREEN BOOK
Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Kevin Feige, Producer

BLACKKKLANSMAN
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Graham King, Producer

THE FAVOURITE
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers

ROMA
Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers

A STAR IS BORN
Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers

VICE
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

WINNER
BLACK PANTHER
Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart

NOMINEES
THE FAVOURITE
Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton

FIRST MAN
Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

ROMA
Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

 

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

WINNER
BAO
Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb

NOMINEES
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Alison Snowden and David Fine

LATE AFTERNOON
Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco

ONE SMALL STEP
Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

WEEKENDS
Trevor Jimenez

 

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

WINNER
SKIN
Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

NOMINEES
DETAINMENT
Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon

FAUVE
Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon

MARGUERITE
Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset

MOTHER
Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado

 

SOUND EDITING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker

FIRST MAN
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

A QUIET PLACE
Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

ROMA
Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

 

SOUND MIXING

WINNER
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali

NOMINEES
BLACK PANTHER
Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin

FIRST MAN
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis

ROMA
Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García

A STAR IS BORN
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

WINNER
FIRST MAN
Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm

NOMINEES
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould

READY PLAYER ONE
Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

 

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

NOMINEES
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins

A STAR IS BORN
Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER
GREEN BOOK
Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

NOMINEES
THE FAVOURITE
Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

FIRST REFORMED
Written by Paul Schrader

ROMA
Written by Alfonso Cuarón

VICE
Written by Adam McKay

Heroes in Home Entertainment 2018

With this special section Media Play News is honoring the home entertainment industry’s givers, a select number of home entertainment industry members who are known for their charitable work. From an assistant who gathers the team to help families during the holidays, to executives who have transformed their personal struggles into charity involvement, these heroes are making a difference.

 

Geri Bluerock

SVP, U.S. Sales, Planning and Reporting, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

(L-R): Geri Bluerock and son Jack with friends at the Autism Speaks Walk.

In 2011, Geri Bluerock’s son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism, shortly before his second birthday. “So much has happened over the past seven years, but it still feels like yesterday,” says Bluerock. “I recall feeling numb, then sad and scared, but I also remember immediately researching online and coming across the Autism Speaks website and accessing the 100 Day Kit. Having a guidebook as we embarked on this journey gave us direction and hope during a very difficult period in our lives. The journey has been filled with trials and tribulations, hard work and dedication, but most of all joy, pride and wonder.”

To help others with their journeys, Bluerock and her family are actively involved with Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public. “Autism Speaks helped us navigate a critical part of this experience,” Bluerock says. “And, as such, we’ve been committed to doing our part to raise funds and awareness by supporting their annual walk and fundraisers — with an ongoing commitment to supporting the families and improving the lives of those on the spectrum.

“Jack is an example of what amazing progress can be made with early intervention and consistent therapy from school to home. Many lack the resources and wherewithal to advocate for and support their child.  Autism Speaks strives to provide tools and resources to enable everyone impacted by Autism to reach their maximum potential.

“I want every child and parent to feel as blessed as we do as we look back at Jack’s progress and the optimism we feel for his future.”

 

Evan Fitzgerald

Finance Team, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Back home in Indiana, Evan Fitzgerald — for the past three years a member of the finance team at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment — was a cheerful volunteer at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. It started when he was an undergraduate at Indiana University, and through a student philanthropic group was invited to participate in a 36-hour dance marathon fundraiser. “What really made it special was the families and children coming to the event and telling everyone their stories,” he says. Many of the children were coming in for surgery, or suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments, he says, “and what they strive for most is a sense of normalcy, a sense of just being a child.”

Evan Fitzgerald (left) with a fellow volunteer.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Fitzgerald says, he was looking for similar volunteer opportunities and soon joined a program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit, pediatric academic medical center in East Hollywood. There, he routinely pops in to visit the hospital’s young patients, just to bring them a stack of coloring books and crayons — “or maybe some pizza and music for a makeshift dance party, or face-painting; anything to take them away from the idea of being in a hospital,” he says.

Fitzgerald remembers one young girl, about 5, “the same age as my niece,” who was about to undergo surgery for a tumor. She was shy and withdrawn — “you could tell being in the hospital was really weighing on her mind,” he says — but gradually she began to open up. “I still remember sitting with her while she was drawing in her coloring book, just holding my hand,” he says. “It was just a super-special moment. It’s important to remember that despite what they may be going through, at the end of the day these are children, and all they want to do is play and laugh and be silly and explore and do all the things every child wants to do. And to walk out of there and know you’ve provided them with a bright spot, it’s just an incredibly rewarding experience.”

 

Tyler Halstead

Senior Manager of Global Business Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Tyler Halstead with his grandmother, who was one of the people who inspired him to launch the Melanoma Angel Network.

Tyler Halstead launched a global nonprofit called “The Melanoma Angel Network,” a group focused on supporting the friends, families, caregivers and loved ones of cancer patients.

Halstead’s inspiration for the nonprofit stems from the loss of his mother as well as the desire to create a community of support for the next generation of teenagers going through the loss of a loved one or parent with cancer.

“I spent most of my childhood and teenage life trying to live normally, all while knowing my mom was dying of cancer,” Halstead says. “Rather than deny the inevitable, my family chose to rally together to battle her cancer collectively.”

In creating his foundation, Halstead quickly learned that cancer is more than just a “patient” struggle, with family members, friends, caregivers and loved ones drawn together to help and seek comfort in simply being together.

While his mother was dying of cancer, Halstead says he didn’t want to be viewed as a victim or different. Instead, his close-knit community of well-wishers intervened in daily life with a warm plate, a hug, and most importantly, an understanding ear.

“We understood each other, we trusted one another, and collectively we were strong in the face of cancer,” Halstead says. “For me, this group would come to be known as the ‘Angel network,’ and the goal of my charity is to reimagine and recreate this sense of community — on a global scale, so that everyone can feel as blessed and supported as I was.”

 

Mark Horak

Founder, Los Angeles Entertainment Summit

In 2011, while an executive at Warner Home Video, Mark Horak had an idea to develop an event that would have a meaningful business purpose while raising funds for charity. He took that idea to the Entertainment Merchants Association, and the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit was born in July 2011, with business meetings, a golf tournament and a Warner lot party. That annual event continues, benefiting the Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which Horak serves as chairman of the advisory board. In addition to providing the leading forum for the industry, under Horak’s leadership the LAES has raised, directly and indirectly, almost $2 million for the Southern California chapter of the CFF (cff.org/LosAngeles). The proceeds fund drug development and treatments, as well as other assistance to those with the disease.

“It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart,” says Horak.

(L-R): Melissa, Michelle and Mark Horak speak at the 2017 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit.

Two of his three daughters have CF, and, in part thanks to new advances expanding life expectancy, Melissa, 31, and Michelle, 29, are thriving. But they, like many others, face new challenges. In the late 1980s those with CF were only expected to live into their teen years. With new drugs that reduce the severity of colds, which can turn into pneumonia, and that improve lung and digestive functions, life expectancy has expanded into the mid-40s, opening up a new set of problems for those with CF.

“Our emphasis has shifted somewhat from raising money for drug development to providing advocacy for people with the disease who are living longer,” Horak says. “Now they face new challenges, like jobs, health care expenses and family counseling.”

Horak is working on encouraging more in the industry to join the cause — and join events such as a golf tournament.

“We’re trying to attract a new group of young professionals in the entertainment business who can bring their talents in helping us with these issues of advocacy and fundraising,” he says.

The benefits go not only to the charity, but to those who give as well, he notes.

“Everyone has someone that they know who has a cause or needs help, and to contribute your time and talent can be very rewarding emotionally, spiritually and intellectually,” Horak says.

 

Omaira Jesus

Coordinator, Sales Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment

With the evolution of life-saving drugs and greater public awareness, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) have disappeared from the headlines.

At the 2016 AIDS Walk in Los Angeles, (L-R) friend Milly Bigay, Omaira Jesus, sister Candy Jesus and nephew Marley Jesus.

But to Omaira Jesus, the disease is personal. Her cousin Elvira “Bibi” Cuevas lost her battle with AIDS 15 years ago — at the age of 19. Cuevas was infected through a blood transfusion when she was just an infant in the early ’80s.

“One of my most important accomplishments is being co-captain of AIDS Walk team ‘Bibi Juice,’” Jesus says. “Our team, made up of family and friends, was founded back in 2003 and continues to be about promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education.”

In 2013, the 10th anniversary of Cuevas’ passing, Jesus and extended family participated in all three AIDS walks that year — New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising about $5,200.

“I had promised my Godparents (Bibi’s parents) that her journey would never be forgotten, and on Dec. 1, 2013, (World AIDS Day) that promise came true when Bibi’s name was added to The Wall La Memorias AIDS Monument in Lincoln Heights,” Jesus says. “This journey has taught me the true meaning of being a team player, making great allies, giving back and giving a voice to those who need it the most.”

Indeed, speaking for the voiceless has become an ongoing passion for Jesus. As current president of VOZ, an employment business resource group at Sony Pictures, Jesus has represented the under-served Latino community in Hollywood.

“As the VOZ president, I’ve had the pleasure to speak to students from local schools, participate in toy drives for local organizations and DVD drives for our troops. I have truly enjoyed helping and giving back,” she says.

 

Jason Kassin

CEO, FilmTrack

Several years ago, Jason Kassin’s 8-year-old son Conrad seemed to be wasting away, but finally he and his wife, Sasha, had an answer: Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder associated with inflammation of the digestive tract.

“We knew so little about it,” he says. “We were lost, really lost, so we got involved.”

(L-R): Conrad, Sasha, Thea and Jason Kassin.

Kassin and his wife, whose son is now going on 17, hooked up with the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in 2011. Since then, Kassin and his family have been active volunteers for the foundation, raising more than $150,000. Kassin joined the foundation’s Los Angeles Board in 2016.

In addition to offering education and funding for research, the foundation supports Camp Oasis, a summer camp that helps kids deal with their medical issues — which may involve colostomy bags and other difficulties — while enjoying the usual camp experience.

“It’s a disease that a lot of people don’t want to talk about,” Kassin says. His son has had to have part of his colon removed. Sufferers “know what it feels like to be in real pain,” he says.

Funding provides full-time medical staff to assist the campers should they have an issue. In addition to considerations such as colostomy bags, many have special dietary needs.

“It’s a space that understands the particulars of what they’re dealing with,” he says.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation underwrites more than 60% of expenses to send each child to camp. Families who are able to do so pay a fee of either $400 to $200 to defray the cost of the camp experience.

For those who cannot afford the camp, the foundation offers a scholarship program. It is the policy of the foundation that no child ever be turned away because they cannot afford the fee.

Kassin, whose family ran a camp in the Catskills in New York when he was growing up, is happy his son has been able to enjoy that camp experience.

“He’s made lifelong friends there,” Kassin says.

Kassin recently was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease himself, cardiac sarcoidosis. His experience with his son has helped him be more “emotionally mature” about his own problems, he says.

“They always say the best way to be helped is to help others,” he says. “I’m actually magically helping myself.”

 

Joy Moh

Director of Worldwide Publicity, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Joy Moh gives something more valuable than money to charity: her time.

Moh (left) and a fellow volunteer at the annual Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes at the L.A. Coliseum.

Moh has extensive volunteer experience with local community outreach, including leading the Los Angeles Chapter of Philanthro Productions, a national organization focusing on young professional giving. She was on the board of the former Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce before starting business school at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Moh has been a wish granter and Mandarin translator with Make-a-Wish Foundation Los Angeles for the past eight years. She also volunteers with CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, to help champion Asian-Americans in entertainment.

“As a Gold Award Girl Scout, volunteer leadership has always been in my blood,” Moh says. “When I graduated from college, I was just starting in the entertainment industry and didn’t have many funds to donate, but I did have a lot of time.”

Moh quickly noticed a lack of general awareness about which nonprofits are efficient, transparent, sustainable and worthy of the donation of time and effort.

“Philanthro was my first endeavor in volunteer leadership, as the organization focused on throwing events partnering incredible nonprofits, such as 826LA, Fisher House and Chrysalis L.A., with young professionals,” she says.

Regardless, talk is cheap to Moh, who considers the impact a charity has on its mission goal a priority to her giving — which is why Make-a-Wish makes the grade.

“The immediate and tangible results are you can see a child’s life change with every wish granted,” she says. “At Make-a-Wish, I have been able to witness the life-changing work the organization does for each family. I have been told many times that a child has gone through treatment knowing they would see their wish granters later that day. Although it may not seem like a big deal, each wish has the ability to impact a family forever.”

 

Socorro Oseguera

Senior Analyst, Sales, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Socorro Oseguera has worked with nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities for nearly three decades.

She has spent the past 17 years working with the Burbank Coordinating Council on their annual Holiday Basket Project, the latest incarnation of an all-volunteer program that has served the Burbank community for more than 80 years.

Since 1996, the Holiday Basket Project has provided food and gifts to low-income, at-risk and homeless families. More than 2,500 volunteers provide assistance to more than 2,400 recipients, making it the largest service project in the city of Burbank.

Oseguera has served on the project’s steering committee and is in charge of storing, sorting and bagging food collected from three citywide food drives each year. She helped implement a computer program to match donors with recipients throughout the city.

She also works year-round to sort and label all clothing and toy donations. On delivery day in December she coordinates with drivers to deliver the food and gifts directly to their intended families.

In addition to her efforts with the Holiday Basket Project, Oseguera handles logistics and coordination for the annual luncheon fundraiser that raises money for the Burbank Coordinating Council and their “Coins for Camp” program that allows underprivileged children to attend summer camp every year.

Previously, Oseguera spent 12 years volunteering for charitable endeavors while also serving in the Navy. As a Navy veteran, she works with Fundraising for Veterans to organize their silent auction.

She also works with Family Promise, organizing community relations with daycare centers, churches and the YMCA for families in need.

In her spare time, Oseguera volunteers as a consultant for her son’s Boy Scout troop, advising on fundraising strategies.

 

Sue Procko

President, The Procko Group Inc.

Veteran publicist Sue Procko has been involved with industry charities for more than two decades. From 1992 through 2017, Procko worked in various capacities with the Video Industry AIDS Action Committee (later called the Entertainment AIDS Alliance and this year renamed the Entertainment Aid Alliance), serving on the board and as president. She was inspired to join the AIDS charity when a friend passed away, she says.

“We had to take up a collection to bury him because his parents wouldn’t have anything to do with him,” she recalls.

The charity has helped countless people with hospice, living expenses and other assistance. Procko’s brother contracted the disease in 1995 and is alive today thanks to new drugs.

Sue Procko (left) with Tina Grimmie, mother of Christina Grimmie.

Her latest mission is as secretary and board member of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, named after “The Voice” star tragically shot and killed at age 22 while signing autographs in 2016. Procko got to know “and fell in love with” the Grimmie family, who founded the charity, having worked on Stadium Media’s romantic comedy The Matchmaker, starring the singer.

The organization has a dual mission, to provide aid to families of gun violence victims and to support breast cancer patients and their families. Grimmie’s mother died of the disease this past September.

In addition to helping victims of the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting in 2017, the foundation assisted six of the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last month, offering help with travel and funeral expenses within the first 10 days. Government and other grants to shooting victims are often restricted and slow in coming, but the foundation’s funds are unrestricted, allowing for a quick response all the more remarkable as a massive wildfire plagued the area shortly afterward.

“We literally can cut a check in 48 hours,” Procko says.

The foundation (christinagrimmiefoundation.org) raises funds in part through two annual events: an annual gala in Hollywood in September and an East Coast event, taking place next year on March 9 in New Jersey.

Procko encourages others to give of their time and money.

“It doesn’t have to be with a large organization,” she says. “Everybody needs a little help now and again, to know that somebody else is there.”

 

Galen Smith

CEO, Redbox

When top executives get involved in charities, their involvement generally consists of sitting on the board of one or two nonprofits. They attend fundraising dinners, shake a lot of hands and pose for pictures.

That description most certainly does not fit Galen Smith, the CEO of Redbox, the No. 1 disc-rental company and one of the Big Eight digital retailers. Based in Seattle, Smith — and his family — are actively involved in more than half a dozen charities, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington, which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses; Operation Nightwatch, which fights poverty and homelessness; WACAP, one of the largest international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies; and The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that specializes in staging rescues from alleged human trafficking.

“For Make-a-Wish and WACAP we purchase tables to their gala auctions and we invite our friends to expose them to the great work that these organizations are doing and hopefully help them catch a vision for how they might have an impact through being involved themselves,” Smith says. “We set up a number of endowed scholarships at several of the schools we went to. And each year we volunteer at Northwest Harvest to package food that will be given away during the holidays.” (Northwest Harvest distributes food to a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools throughout Washington state.)

For the CEO of one of the home entertainment industry’s top companies, that’s a lot on the proverbial plate. But Smith, a native of Olympia, Wash., insists it’s just what he does — and who he is.

“I spent the first nine years of my professional career working as a fundraiser for two organizations: the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Wheaton College,” Smith says. “It really helped shape my view of the world and the opportunity to give back and help those in need.”

Giving back is a responsibility his family takes very seriously “in light of all we have been given,” he says. “We center our giving and support where we feel we can make the most impact — at our church and through nonprofits that support women, children, education and the homeless.”

 

Nantalie Song

Senior Director of Marketing, FandangoNow

(L-R): Nantalie, Emi, Young and Micah Song at the October 2018 Together is Better Walkathon.

Nantalie Song and her husband, Young, director of business development and digital distribution at NBCUniversal, were vacationing in Hawaii when they got the news that their 1-year-old daughter Emi — who had been genetically tested after experiencing some developmental delays — has Down syndrome, a chromosomal condition occurring once in every 691 babies born.

“We were in disbelief,” Nan Song says.

Emi, now 4, has the rare mosaic form, affecting only 2% of people with Down syndrome. While people with Down syndrome have an extra copy (three) of chromosome 21 in all their cells, people with mosaic Down syndrome have a mixture of cells, some with two copies of chromosome 21, and some with three.

“The news rocked our world,” she recalls. “We didn’t know what it meant, and only imagined the scary possibilities of what would be our new normal.”

Luckily, they found Club 21 (clubtwentyone.org) and were welcomed by the open arms of its “amazing” executive director Nancy Litteken, she says. Club 21 is a learning and resources center for individuals with Down syndrome and their families that coincidentally is located in Pasadena, Calif., where the Songs live, but draws families from all over Southern California. From first diagnosis onward, Club 21 empowers families to identify the needs of their child with Down syndrome and teaches them how to navigate the terrain of the medical, educational, and Regional Center systems to maximize their child’s potential. Through its educational pathway, Club 21 is changing the narrative of Down syndrome and opening doors so that individuals with Down syndrome can be fully included and live healthy, self-determined and fulfilling lives.

“It’s not a death sentence nor a disease,” Song says. “It doesn’t mean a poor quality of life. Emi will achieve typical milestones at her own pace, and in her unique way. She’s 4, and she still needs some assistance walking, but the point is, she’ll get there.”

In fact, this year in October Emi showed off her walking skills at Club 21’s biggest fundraiser: the annual Together is Better Walkathon. She was able to the walk the circuit herself, with the force of “Team Emi” fans around her, walking in solidarity to raise awareness of Down syndrome. Team Emi has helped raise more than $35,000 to keep Club 21 programs running for families in need.

“The desire to give back and to be inclusive is the essence of our community,” Song says. “I feel grateful to Club 21 because a lot of people go through it feeling alone.”

Of their daughter Emi, the Songs say, “She teaches us patience; she’s a game changer. We live our life more appreciative of the little everyday things.”

 

Brittany Williams

Senior Manager, Trade Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Brittany Williams (right) volunteering at a recent community outreach event.

Brittany Williams has spent seven years working with Treasures, an organization that seeks to reach, restore and equip women and girls in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking to live healthy, flourishing lives, and to train others across the globe to do the same in their communities.

She became invested in fighting human trafficking after discovering 70% of female sex workers have been trafficked into the commercial sex industry. According to statistics posted on the Treasures website, 89% of women in the sex industry want out but see no other means of survival. Treasures offers a way out, plus aftercare in the Los Angeles area.

Williams serves on Treasures’ leadership team, and offers her skills and resources to provide oversight on marketing, branding, communications and event planning. She leads the annual fundraising gala and charity auction, obtaining corporate and celebrity endorsements, while managing a team of more than 50 volunteers.

 

Teresa Woodberry

Administrative Assistant, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Teresa Woodberry has been an administrative assistant at what is now called Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for 33 years. She joined when the division was run by Louis Feola and Andrew Kairey, remained on board during the Craig Kornblau years and now assists three executives in the team headed by Eddie Cunningham.

Teresa Woodberry organizes charitable activities at Universal.

But as committed as she is to her daily responsibilities at UPHE, Woodberry has also long been committed to the notion of “giving back.” For more than 15 years, she’s inspired and motivated her teammates to adopt needy families through A Place Called Home, which on its website describes itself as “a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where under-served youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being.” Woodberry and crew make sure the family is well taken-care of; one year, she recalls, they even provided a family of seven with bunk beds, “because while they had a home, they had no place to sleep.”

This year, A Place Called Home had no family for Woodberry and her team to adopt, so “Momma Tess” — that’s what her colleagues call her — reached out to Children’s Hospital and is mounting a toy drive. Woodberry also volunteers her time each week as an usher at the Harmony Mission Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles, despite the long drive from her home in Santa Clarita.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping the less fortunate,” says Woodberry, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles after moving out west from Michigan when she was 6. “I’m just drawn to helping people, I think because I was raised in a single-parent home. I lost my dad when I was 8, so it was just my mom, who had to raise three kids herself — so I know how tough life can be sometimes and want to do what I can to help.”

 

Yolanda Wu

Executive Assistant, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Yolanda Wu helps fundraising activities at St. Robert Church, where her son serves as an altar boy. She also helps out in fundraising at her son’s school, where she’s a booster member.

Outside of church, she works with Family Promise to spearhead efforts to plan, coordinate and distribute meals to homeless families.

Wu galvanized the support of Warner Bros. Consumer Products during the holidays, using donations to assemble gift packages for needy families.

She is also involved in the Burbank recycling community, where she finds ways to recycle, reduce and cut costs. Wu has become a “master recycler,” earning the right to select specific community projects.

This year, she is responsible for implementing a food share program that allows children to “recycle” any food that they have not consumed during their lunch or breakfast hour. The idea is to gather the clean, unopened food and reduce food waste in schools. The program launched at various Burbank-area elementary schools and will expand to middle schools next year.

40 Under 40 In Home Entertainment 2018

Welcome to Media Play News’ inaugural 40 Under 40 — what we anticipate will be an annual list of talented young executives worth keeping an eye on.

The home entertainment industry is bigger than ever. With subscription VOD by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others joining the traditional transactional model, consumers have never had as many choices as they do now when it comes to watching movies and other content where, when and how they want to.

With the at-home sector expanding, a new generation of leaders is emerging to chart the industry’s future course. Our inaugural 40 Under 40 is a diverse list rich in both talent and promise. Some honorees are already influential business leaders; others are up-and-comers with a fresh perspective and a toolbox of skills that have yet to be fully deployed.

And we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that back in 1977, when the late Andre Blay effectively birthed the home entertainment business by licensing 50 movie titles from 20th Century Fox and releasing them on cassette under the Magnetic Video label, none of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 was even born!

Our honorees are listed alphabetically by last name.

Lyndsey Adams, 30

Customer Marketing Manager, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Adams develops, secures and executes creative promotions for Universal at Walmart, one of the top home entertainment retailers in the country. For the recent release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, she coordinated 1,000 Brand Ambassadors in 500 Walmart stores interacting with customers to sample UPHE’s innovative Augmented Reality-enabled corrugate. Additionally, Adams oversaw parking lot events in 120 Walmart stores that allowed customers to interact with the “Jurassic World” brand through Virtual Reality, Lego displays, photo ops and more. Earlier, Adams — who began her UPHE career as an intern — secured Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again integration into Walmart’s national radio broadcast network, highlighting UPHE’s exclusive movie and soundtrack offer.

Christina Avitabile, 34

Head, Content Distribution & Licensing (TVOD/SVOD/AVOD), YouTube & Google Play

Avitabile leads the content distribution and licensing business across YouTube and Google Play. She is responsible for business development and partnerships for Google’s transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in January 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, for Amazon. Before that she was involved in content and acquisition strategy at Sony Network Entertainment International. A UC Berkeley graduate, Avitabile began her career as an investment banker at Citi and then spent three years in corporate development at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Nick Bell, 34

VP of Content, Snapchat

Bell launched his first dotcom venture, Teenfront.com, at 16 in the United Kingdom before joining News Corp. as SVP in his 20s. He joined Snap in 2014 and works with co-founder Evan Spiegel as the social media app moves into original content, including video, via Snapchat Discover. Notable deals include a partnership with NBC Sports Group for “Premier League: Extra Time” and the reality dating shows “Phone Swap” and “Second Chance.” In March, Snap bowed an augmented reality marketing deal with Sony Pictures for the home release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, incorporating a special code on packaging and marketing materials that filtered through Snap.

Joe Burg, 35

Executive Director, Virtual Reality and Content Development, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Burg is one of Sony Pictures’ young futurists, charged with harnessing new technologies to enhance the customer experience. Known for his skills in writing and producing award-winning creative and interactive content, he leads a team of content producers in creating next-generation home entertainment experiences. He is the lead producer on all of Sony Pictures’ virtual reality (VR) initiatives, including The Walk mobile, Goosebumps mobile, Ghostbusters VR Playstation and Spider-Man: Homecoming VR experiences. A 2005 University of Arizona graduate, Burg joined Sony in 2012 after nearly five years at 20th Century Fox in global content development for television.

April Carretta, 39

SVP, Global Communications & Partnerships, Worldwide, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Carretta serves as a senior leader on Fox’s integrated marketing communications team, helping to drive global communications and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer-facing initiatives for all 20th Century Fox title releases and next-generation technologies. This year she led one of the most successful home entertainment communications campaigns of the year for Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut as well as the 25th anniversary of the baseball classic The Sandlot, which included a partnership with Major League Baseball and a “Today” show segment and culminated with a 20-city tour that brought the film and its cast to stadiums around the country.

Leda Chang, 37

VP, Interactive Marketing, Paramount Home Media Distribution

Chang joined Paramount in August 2017 to oversee the home media division’s global interactive marketing. Recent successes include digital and social campaigns for A Quiet Place and Daddy’s Home 2, driven by consumer insight strategies that provided the foundation for standout creative and new partnership development. Chang additionally oversees tiered catalog campaigns to deliver incremental results using seasonal triggers, milestones and targeted social tactics. Chang joined Paramount from Universal Music Group, where she started and developed the digital marketing team for UMe. Prior to that, she had roles within Edelman Digital, Republic and Motown Records.

Emi Chau, 32

Manager, Site Merchandising, Vudu

Chau is a merchandising manager at Vudu, Walmart’s digital video service. She joined Vudu in 2009 — the same year she graduated from San Jose State University, and a year before it was acquired by Walmart — and began contributing as a member of the merchandising department in 2014. It was during that time that her numerous successes in promotional strategy and building studio partnerships led to her promotion into her current role in 2017. Over the past nine years, she has helped Vudu grow to the point where it now delivers more than 180,000 movies and TV shows, many in industry-leading 4K HDR quality, to countless households and users. Chau currently manages more than 40 studio and television network partners, driving weekly merchandising strategies and promotions across the Vudu service.

Rachel Derrico, 31

Senior Manager, Content Programming, Vudu

Derrico joined Vudu in January 2017 with eight years of experience in the entertainment industry and a master’s degree in the field from Fairleigh Dickinson University. An avid fan of television, film, music and pop culture, she spent nearly four years at Showtime Networks, most recently as a manager in program planning and scheduling. In addition to developing and executing the monthly linear/non-linear program plans for all channels, she was responsible for analyzing content performance and evaluating and altering programming strategy. Content continues to be key at Vudu, which two years ago launched an ad-supported “Movies on Us” service, with a catalog of more than 7,000 catalog TV shows and movies free to stream with commercials.

Erica Marie Dionne, 35

VP, Product Development and Strategy, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Dionne oversees UPHE’s digital product strategy and management, including pricing and windowing across film new-release, catalog and television content. She also guides the Movies Anywhere product roadmap via the cross-studio Product Council. Dionne combines strategic thinking with product expertise to champion best practices across retailers. Accomplishments include launching and managing the Digital Movie Card pilot, as well as securing a trial partner (BJ’s), and launching the first-ever Enhanced Extras experience with Comcast on the X1 platform. She subsequently facilitated the launch of Enhanced Extras experiences on the Vudu and FandangoNow mobile platforms.

Michael Epperly, 34

Senior Business Planner, Microsoft Movies & TV

Epperly is charged with managing the movies and TV relationships with Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, HBO, Funimation and others, as well as driving creative programs that combine movie and television content with Xbox offerings. He works across numerous stakeholder groups to drive insights and sales initiation planning. Epperly joined Microsoft Movies & TV in 2016 as global business planner for television, joining the digital store with a background in digital advertising and games monetization. He’s known for his strong analytical skills and ability to convert data into actionable insight.

Barrett Evans, 35

VP, Marketing and Product Development, Mill Creek Entertainment

Executives at indies typically wear many hats, but Evans is a veritable milliner. Over the last decade he’s helped guide Mill Creek — the industry’s leading provider of value DVD compilations — to bigger releases such as the complete series of “The Shield,” “Rescue Me,” “Masters of Sex,” “Community” and others. He oversaw the release of the first-run Flora, a first for Mill Creek, and is currently working on the development of a new streaming service, BINGEflix, that Mill Creek is launching this fall.

Blair Fetter, 37

Director, Original Series, Netflix

Digital originals — fueled by binge-watching — are Netflix’s growth engine, and Fetter is one of the executives charged with keeping that engine purring. Fetter came aboard in April 2012, shortly after Netflix began acquiring original content. The first series, “House of Cards,” went on the air the following February, and the rest, as they say, is history. Fetter’s first contribution was “Bojack Horseman,” Netflix’s first adult animated series. He’s also had a hand in “The Ranch,” with Ashton Kutcher, and the animated adult sitcom “Big Mouth” (season two bowed on Oct. 5). Before Netflix, Fetter — a 2004 USC film school graduate — spent five years on the crew of HBO’s “Big Love.”

Adam Frank, 31

SVP, Worldwide Digital Sales & Distribution, Lionsgate

Frank manages worldwide transactional digital sales and distribution for Lionsgate’s film and television content across a wide spectrum of digital and MVPD platforms. Frank joined Lionsgate as an analyst in May 2011, a year after he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. He moved into digital sales and distribution and has since been instrumental in developing Lionsgate’s new windowing strategies, including the company’s industry-leading day-and-date theatrical and VOD business. He oversaw the digital release strategies of La La Land, Wonder and “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” “Now You See Me” and “John Wick” franchises and has a constant focus on monetizing the studio’s 17,000-title library.

Maura Gray, 35

Director, Brand and Product Marketing, Redbox

Elevated to director of brand and product marketing earlier this year, Gray is a five-year Redbox veteran who has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives for the entertainment brand, known for its ubiquitous red disc-rental kiosks as well as its fast-growing digital Redbox On Demand offering. Her credits include the Redbox On Demand launch, the 4K Ultra HD market test and the company’s rebranding that includes Redbox’s first-ever major ad campaigns. A Penn State graduate, Gray previously focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

Christopher Greavu, 38

VP, Sales, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Greavu is charged with developing and executing innovative sales programs and manages Fox’s No. 1 retail account, Walmart. He coordinated the first theatrical draft photobomb promotion for the home release of Deadpool 2, with Blu-ray Disc covers of other well-known movies doctored to include Deadpool 2 at point of purchase, sparking massive social conversation and media coverage. He also developed and executed Fox’s first Digital Redemption Cards at Walmart, and played a key role in overseeing the industry-first expansion of physical sellthrough product on the Vudu platform. Prior responsibilities include strategic account management and driving go-to-market strategies for partnerships with Vudu, Target and Best Buy.

Paul Haddon, 38

Director, Global Sales, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Haddon manages Warner Bros.’ relationship with Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox to drive WB’s extensive new-release slate and catalog of movies, TV shows and video games. He creates partnership opportunities between WB games and video content to maximize core IP, with a focus on the DC franchise and other recent console-friendly hits such as Ready Player One. He has a wealth of international experience and collaborates closely with WB teams around the world to develop global initiatives. Haddon started his home entertainment career at WB in 2003 as a Marketing Assistant for EMEA based in London, and spent 10 years working with licensed markets during the division’s fastest period of disc and digital sales growth. Warner Bros. moved him to Los Angeles in 2015. Haddon is a 2001 graduate of the University of Birmingham.

Brandt Haynes, 39

SVP, Product Management and Partner Marketing, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, HBO

Haynes leads a team responsible for the strategic business planning and partner marketing/operations for HBO’s global home entertainment and domestic digital distribution businesses, including HBO NOW and the HBO and Cinemax offerings on Sony Vue, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. He joined HBO in 2007 after earning his MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Initially, he oversaw marketing for HBO’s documentary DVD releases. Since then, his team has managed the worldwide phenomenon “Game of Thrones” within the home entertainment category for the past seven seasons. Each season was among the top home entertainment TV titles in its year of release.

David Heimerl, 39

Senior Director, Creative Services, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

A valued leader in UPHE’s creative department, Heimerl is known for balancing creative solutions with business acumen to come up with winning formulas that work for all parties involved. Most recently, he played a key role in the development of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in-store and in-home Augmented Reality experience. It was the largest retail effort of its kind for both UPHE and Facebook, spanning 18 countries, and also was the first integrated AR experience across the Facebook family of apps. A nearly 15-year UPHE veteran, Heimerl holds an MBA from USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business.

Laura Lupinetti Hofmeister, 33

VP, Film Trade Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Hofmeister serves in a leadership position in WBHE’s film business, driving national go-to-market strategy across new-release, theatrical catalog and cinematic VR. She and her team are responsible for curation of content and price variability to maximize sales and placement across various windows in an ever-changing landscape. Hofmeister has both domestic and international experience at Warner Bros. within multiple functional areas. She joined the studio in 2010 from consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently completed stints in the WB Amsterdam, Paris, and New York (DC Comics) offices in various finance roles before moving to home entertainment in 2013.

Lisa Holme, 35

VP, Content Acquisition, Hulu

Holme oversees content strategy, licensing and business development at Hulu, the No. 3 SVOD service — and home to such hit digital originals as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Castle Rock.” Named by Fast Company to its “The Most Creative People in Business” list, Holme joined Hulu in November 2010 from Illumination Entertainment. She has since played a key role in bringing content to Hulu from major broadcast and cable networks, movie studios and other rights holders, including FX, Disney, NBCUniversal, CBS, WB, Viacom, Sony, Lionsgate, Turner, AMC, A+E, Discovery, Epix, Magnolia and IFC Films. Holme is a 2005 graduate of Yale University and began her career at McKinsey & Co.

Sonia Jain, 39

CFO, Redbox

Jain is responsible for the financial health of Redbox, with its fleet of disc-rental kiosks and fast-growing online TVOD and electronic sellthrough store. She’s charged with setting financial direction, developing strategies to drive profitability and deal support. A former Morgan Stanley investment banker and McKinsey & Company consultant, Jain has been with the Redbox organization since 2010, when she joined then-parent Outerwall. It was under her watch that the company was acquired by Apollo Global Management and launched its Redbox On Demand online video store. A Harvard MBA, Jain also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

Rebecca Johnson, 34

Senior Brand Manager, Theatrical New Releases, Paramount Home Media Distribution

Johnson is responsible for the creation and execution of fresh, innovative and creative marketing campaigns for the studio’s theatrical titles on home media. Over the past three years she has collaborated on strategic planning for tentpole franchises such as “Mission: Impossible” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” spearheaded campaign delivery for the multi-award-winning film Fences, and established partnership programs for hits such as the Oscar-winner The Big Short. Johnson has 10 years’ experience in home media marketing, having joined Paramount from an independent studio in London where she developed marketing campaigns for more than 50 arthouse, indie and genre releases per year. She holds a master of arts degree in contemporary cinema cultures from King’s College London.

Angie Kang, 36

VP, Business and Legal Affairs, Hulu

Kang joined Hulu in late 2011 and has been the point person on numerous content acquisition deals that have built out Hulu’s library. Kang also has led all major deals for Hulu’s original series, including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Casual,” and locked in the first official content provider for Hulu’s live-streaming service. She also led negotiations with Warner Bros. to guarantee the studio’s content will be available live and on-demand. After earning her law degree at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Kang began her legal career in 2008 in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins, where she represented numerous start-ups and technology companies.

Mary Khachikyan, 36

VP, Production Release Planning, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Khachikyan oversees the 25-member production and release planning team at UPHE, managing master data, procurement and production planning for the distribution of all physical product in the United States and Canada. This includes releases for NBCUniversal as well as for partners such as Paramount Pictures, Cinedigm, Shout! Factory, Funimation, PBS, Well Go, STX, Pureflix, Neon, Bleecker Street and others. She has been instrumental in producing efficiencies within the operations team, working to create a nimble, lean organization poised to successfully manage the requirements of a rapidly changing industry. Khachikyan also spearheads sustainability efforts to reduce the industry’s environmental impact through the development and implementation of eco-friendly initiatives.

Amanda Kozlowski, 39

EVP, Home Entertainment and Digital Distribution Marketing, Lionsgate

A 10-year veteran of Lionsgate, Kozlowski was promoted into her present position in October 2018. She oversees Lionsgate’s marketing efforts across traditional and emerging platforms and technologies for the entire home entertainment and digital distribution division. This includes Lionsgate feature films and TV titles, original Starz programming, a 17,000-title library, and third-party titles from such content companies as StudioCanal, Amazon Studios and CBS Films. Kozlowski previously served as SVP of digital marketing. Prior to joining Lionsgate, Kozlowski oversaw campaigns for marketing agency A.D.D. Marketing + Advertising as well for the nonprofit organization Film Independent. Kozlowski holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Sera Leggett, 36

Manager, Content Operations, Google Play Movies & TV

Leggett heads the New York team for Google Play Movies & TV business and content operations. She partners with product and engineering teams to develop solutions that delight consumers and deliver value to the Google global ecosystem. Prior to joining Google in New York in December 2017, Leggett spent over a decade in digital media distribution working at Kaplan, RR Donnelley, Microsoft, O’Reilly and Google. A Western Michigan University alum, she has supported end-to-end digital ecosystems and managed the day-to-day services pipeline of digital entertainment and software products for movies and TV, books and magazines, e-learning, video games, content, apps, avatars, currency and tokens, as well as operating systems.

Adriana Monsalve, 33

Director, Digital Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Monsalve joined Warner Bros. in November 2015, leading digital owned/earned/paid strategies for a high volume of titles across various home entertainment business units, including theatrical new release, catalog TV, and family and animation. Her efforts resulted in six industry awards (Clio, Telly and IAC) over two years. In early 2018, Monsalve’s role transitioned to fully oversee digital paid media strategies to advance WBHE’s position in an increasingly dynamic, data-driven landscape. Prior to WB, Monsalve was an agency-side digital media strategist, having spent eight years working with studio and TV entertainment clients including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Disney Channel, and Paramount Pictures.

Alejandro Otero, 39

SVP, Digital Distribution and Mastering, Pixelogic Media

Otero has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a focus on post-production servicing. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Otero joined Sony’s DVD Center. In 2004 he joined Radius60 Studios and worked to create the company’s digital and creative servicing division. Otero came to Pixelogic through its 2016 acquisition of Radius60 and now manages the digital distribution and mastering pipelines in addition to leading the company’s product development vision. He has played a lead role in building the company’s end-to-end localization and distribution platform, pHelix, which employs AI and ML to automate many post-production processes that previously were manual.

Jason Peterson, 36

CEO, GoDigital Media Group

Peterson is an entrepreneur, attorney and producer who has worked in the entire media value chain, from production and post through marketing and distribution. His GoDigital Media Group and its subsidiaries Cinq Music, ContentBridge, AdShare, VidaPrimo, and Distribber build and collect revenue from a media market transforming from ownership to access rights. ContentBridge recently encoded and delivered Studio 100 TV’s entire catalog to leading Belgian telecom Proximus, with specific versions optimized for television as well as the new Studio 100 Go mobile application. In January, VidaPrimo partnered with the live and on-demand OTT service XUMO to launch the first Latin music video channel available on the platform.

Melinda Petrow, 35

Senior Director, Brand Strategy, FandangoNow

Petrow is the senior director of brand strategy for Fandango and FandangoNow, the movie-ticket leader’s premium video-on-demand streaming service. She drives brand strategy for Fandango, FandangoNow, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster and Fandango Movieclips to deliver an integrated consumer experience across all platforms. Petrow develops and leads strategic marketing plans, messaging, and national and local advertising campaigns for each business unit’s original video series, live events, seasonal content, product initiatives and launches to drive brand awareness, engagement and sales. Previously, she oversaw public relations for Movies.com, and as a Fandango spokesperson, Petrow has appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” the Fox Business channel and CBS’s “The Insider.”

Julie Rapaport, 34

Co-Head, Movies, Amazon Studios

Rapaport was thrust into the spotlight in September 2018 when she was tapped to co-head the movie production team at Amazon Studios, joining Ted Hope and Matt Newman and reporting to studio boss Jennifer Salke. Rapaport joined the streaming giant in 2015 as senior manager of development, production and acquisitions, at Amazon Studios. She oversaw the Plan B festival title Beautiful Boy as well as Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying and Mike White’s Brad’s Status. In her new role, Rapaport is charged with developing bigger-budget movies that appeal to wider audiences. Prior to Amazon, Rapaport — a Tufts University alum — was part of the Weinstein Co. production and development team.

Michael Roberts, 28

Senior Manager, Customer Marketing, Paramount Home Media Distribution

Roberts manages digital campaigns for Paramount Home Media Distribution’s new-release and catalog titles. Over the past three years he has put his social media and digital marketing skills to work on a wide range of titles while developing strong relationships with digital customers. Roberts began his career at Paramount in the page program and subsequently was offered a position as an assistant in the marketing department. From there he steadily advanced up the ranks to become senior manager this past July. Roberts holds a degree from Cal State Fullerton.

Ben Schwaid, 35

VP, Business and Analytics, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

As head of the analytics team for UPHE’s digital sales group, Schwaid has put his degree in computer science from New York University and MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to good use. His insights have influenced key windowing, pricing and product innovation decisions. He’s built and managed strategic planning, revenue forecasting and performance analysis processes from the ground up as the group’s revenue more than doubled. He leads the annual long-range planning process, building market projections based on sales trends, analyst reports and consumer research. He also created an industry-leading statistical model to forecast film VOD and EST revenue by title, improving accuracy by a multiple of four.

Dan Slepak, 33

Executive Director, Digital Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Slepak is charged with managing Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s content distribution relationships with key digital retailers Apple iTunes, Google, Microsoft (Xbox) and PlayStation. His focus is on growing the transactional VOD business. Appointed to his present position in August 2017, Slepak began his career at Sony five years ago as a digital strategist, analyzing and informing commercial decisions, optimizing the studio’s approach to business planning, pricing, greenlighting and consumer research, and developing best practices for tactics such as bundling and rent-to-own. Prior to joining Sony, Slepak worked at Mercer Investment Consulting and United Talent Agency. He holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School and an undergraduate degree in business administration from USC.

Nantalie Song, 35

Senior Director of Marketing, FandangoNow

Song directs marketing efforts for FandangoNow. She leads efforts that accelerate new growth and customer retention through digital marketing, advertising and partnerships. Prior to joining Fandango, she held several brand marketing roles at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, overseeing DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital launches for the studio’s slate of theatrical new-release and family titles. Her love of movies and TV began at a young age, and led her to a career in entertainment that also includes marketing and finance roles at Fox Television and Sony Pictures.

Kim Staruk, 36

Executive Director, Marketing, Cinedigm

Staruk joined mega-indie film distributor Cinedigm in March 2014 and currently manages distribution partners such as Hallmark, Status Media, Studio City Pictures and the NHL. She is responsible for overseeing the general partner relationships, along with the overall business strategy and marketing plans for these key content partners and their films. And talk about results: For the Hallmark brand, digital movie sales rose 20% in 2017 over 2016, while DVD and Blu-ray Disc revenues were up 22%. Staruk, a 2004 graduate of the University of Florida, previously spent four years as a marketing brand manager at Universal Music and two years at Sony in SPT International Production.

Anjali Sud, 35

CEO, Vimeo

Sud made headlines in 2017 after being named CEO of video streaming platform Vimeo at the age of 34 — three years after joining the company as VP of marketing. The daughter of an immigrant household growing up in Flint, Mich., Sud told Yahoo Finance her father “raised me with this idea that businesses can help create jobs and have a positive force of influence on your local community.” Prior to joining Vimeo, Sud spent four years at Amazon working in business development. She is attempting to transition Vimeo into a B2B video platform after previous CEO Kerry Trainor’s abandoned attempt to morph the service into a Netflix-style SVOD catering to indie content.

Katie Ullrich, 35

Director, Digital Retail Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Ullrich oversees retail marketing of movies and other Sony Pictures content for digital retailers such as Apple iTunes, FandangoNow, Google, Microsoft (Xbox) and PlayStation. A brand expert with a passion for entertainment, she has created customized high-impact retail campaigns on event titles such as Baby Driver, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Ullrich joined SPHE as Brand Marketing Manager in July 2014, leading innovative marketing campaigns for major studio releases, and was promoted into her present position in April 2017. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, she came to Sony after seven years at Paramount, where she served as Brand Marketing Manager, International.

Seth Van Sickel, 36

Director of Operations, Sling TV

As director of operations since January 2016, Van Sickel has been a key contributor to the launch and continued success of Sling TV, the streaming TV service launched exactly one year earlier by Dish Network. Van Sickel, a 2004 graduate of Iowa State University, oversees more than 60 people and is responsible for managing all teams that focus on Sling TV’s customer experience, including the Command Center, the operational analytics team and the user acceptance testing (UAT) team. He has overseen the launch of more than 650 channels since the service’s launch, including more than 80,000 on-demand assets. In 2018, he won Sling TV’s “Best in Class” award.

Gabrielle Waary, 34

Director, Digital Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment

A Penn State graduate, Waary manages SPHE’s content distribution relationships with residential video-on-demand retailers such as Comcast, AT&T Entertainment Group and Spectrum. A key player within SPHE’s digital distribution team, Waary is focused on building the studio’s transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) business. An expert in driving revenue and account management, she has created dynamic TVOD campaigns in partnership with MPVDs reaching more than 60 million households, for top releases such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hotel Transylvania and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Waary has more than 10 years of experience in digital distribution. Prior to joining SPHE in 2013, she worked for 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Capitol Records.

Women in Home Entertainment 2018

Home entertainment has expanded from its humble rental-cassette beginnings to encompass DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales and rentals, digital copy sales, and of course subscription streaming, or SVOD. And behind virtually every innovation or advance is a woman in the executive suite, calling the shots. These are the women who are not just driving our business forward, but also charting its course — and plotting its future direction.

2018 Captains of the Industry (Click Here for a Q&A)

SOFIA CHANG
EVP, WORLDWIDE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT, HBO
In addition to overseeing the global home entertainment business, Chang is responsible for HBO’s digital content distribution on platforms such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Sony Vue and others. Since joining HBO in 2000, Chang has held numerous executive positions, including marketing, consumer products licensing and program planning. She serves as CFO on the board of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Professional Women’s Alliance.

ANDREA DOWNING
CO-PRESIDENT, PBS DISTRIBUTION
Downing co-leads all facets of distribution worldwide across OTT Channels, SVOD, transactional and physical goods, including oversight of two premium services through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels — PBS Masterpiece and PBS Kids. Under her leadership, she looks to maximize the availability of content to consumers, driving innovation across platforms, products, windowing and pricing. Her vision embraces the dynamic media landscape, allowing consumers to enjoy content on a variety of mediums and platforms while maximizing the value of that content. Downing joined PBS in 2001.

VICKY FREE
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER AND INTERNATIONAL, THE WALT DISNEY CO.
Free has in-home marketing responsibilities for both studio and TV content distributed by The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group. She oversees global in-home creative strategy, digital marketing and linear customer relationship management to drive sales, ownership and consumption of the company’s content. This includes the creation and implementation of all creative advertising and bonus materials. Free serves as a member of the Movies Anywhere marketing council, working in partnership with executives from the other four studios on the platform. She also leads the overall marketing strategy and execution for the company’s first-run and off-network syndicated TV content in the United States and Canada. Most recently, Free and her team spearheaded in-home marketing release plans for Black Panther and the Walt Disney Signature Collection’s Peter Pan.

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER
EVP AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Gallagher leads UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships across the United States and Canada. She previously was SVP of sales, customer marketing and category management for UPHE’s U.S. physical sellthrough and rental businesses. She began her career at Universal in 2000 as assistant category manager and quickly advanced up the ranks, serving in various sales, category management and customer market¬ng positions. Gallagher began her career in 1999 at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she held sales planning positions within what was then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

KARIN GILFORD
GM, MOVIES ANYWHERE
Gilford oversees all day-to-day operations of Movies Anywhere, the U.S. cloud-based entertainment service that brings the film libraries of five studios together in a virtual one-stop movie-watching shop. Movies Anywhere currently features access to a library of more than 7,500 digital movies, along with fresh previews and film extras. Gilford and her team brought the website and apps to market in October 2017. She manages product design, product development, engineering and strategic planning. In the service’s initial three months, consumers streamed more than 3 million hours of content and used Movies Anywhere to store close to 80 million movies. Gilford is also charged with overseeing all consumer-facing marketing for Movies Anywhere.

HILARY HOFFMAN
EVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hoffman oversees strategic marketing and business strategy for Universal and its distributed lines worldwide across new release, catalog and TV properties for both physical and digital. Her responsibilities encompass defining go-to-market strategies and overall approach for consumer engagement, including the leveraging of new platforms and technologies to drive profitable growth across all formats. During her tenure at Universal, Hoffman has overseen the campaigns of some of the studio’s biggest revenue-generating releases and has been a driving force behind Universal’s leading footprint in new industry initiatives.

JULIA HOWE
EVP, CO-HEAD OF WORLDWIDE MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Howe runs marketing for Fox’s home entertainment business globally. She is responsible for the go-to-market and consumer engagement strategies for Fox’s new-release, catalog and TV business. With an eye toward the future and a keen understanding of consumer behavior and the digital space, she is the driving force behind Fox’s innovative and award-winning marketing campaigns for the physical and digital transactional business. Howe previously worked for Fox in the United Kingdom and France and for Universal Pictures in the United Kingdom. She also held positions at The Associated Press and Branded, a London brand and communications consultancy. She re-joined Fox in 2013 as the SVP for new-release marketing.

KIM OVERALL
EVP, CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
Overall is responsible for identifying and developing the studio’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her group utilizes data analytics and consumer insights, enabling SPHE and SPTD to make better-informed decisions to satisfy consumer demand for content. Formerly, Overall was SVP of SPHE’s United Kingdom, Northern Europe and EMEA partnerships. In this role, she was responsible for defining the commercial strategies for the region and supporting the EMEA territories. She joined SPHE in 2008 as the managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD, AMAZON STUDIOS
Hired away from NBC Universal in February 2018, Salke is responsible for all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with overseeing the short-term goals of launching upcoming series and films along with ongoing support of current series. Additionally, Salke will be responsible for executing high profile projects such as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Culture” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem.

JESSICA SCHELL
EVP AND GM, FILM, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Schell has global responsibility for all operations related to the physical and digital sales, marketing, distribution, finance and administrative functions of the studio’s home entertainment releases for new-release and catalog titles. She also identifies and engages new technology partnerships and marketing opportunities. Prior to joining Warner, Schell spent nine years at NBC Universal, most recently serving as EVP of worldwide new media and digital entertainment for Universal Pictures since late 2011. She also served as SVP of digital media strategy and business development at NBC Universal and held positions at Allen & Company and Walt Disney Corporate Strategic Planning.

AMY JO SMITH
PRESIDENT AND CEO, DEG: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Smith directs the leading trade group for the home entertainment industry representing the interests of the world’s largest media, technology and entertainment companies. In her role, she advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels supporting the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries. The DEG is tasked with helping find solutions and grow the category amid the disruptive digital marketplace. Currently, the DEG is promoting digital collection of movies — encompassing the creation of digital supply chain standards, as well as 4K Ultra HD and High Resolution Audio.

LEXINE WONG
SENIOR EVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Wong oversees SPHE’s global marketing strategy across the studio’s broad film and television slate, which includes worldwide acquisitions, catalog and new technologies. Wong is focused on delivering targeted marketing campaigns to customized audience segments to spur consumer engagement and drive transactions across both digital and physical windows. Wong’s insights-driven marketing strategy provides a strong foundation for product development and continued marketing innovation around new platforms critical for growth in the industry, such as Movies Anywhere, virtual reality, augmented reality and other direct-to-consumer digital offerings.

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER AND INTERNATIONAL, THE WALT DISNEY CO.

LINDSEY GREEN
SVP AND GSM, PAY-TELEVISION AND DIGITAL SALES
Green negotiates in-home distribution agreements across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including electronic home video, video-on-demand, pay-television and subscription video-on-demand. She pursues key licensing agreements for the studio’s films with North American MVPDs and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast XFinity, AT&T, Vudu and Google Play. Green and her team also secure digital licensing opportunities for the company’s television assets, with deals currently in place with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and PlayStation, among many others. In addition, Green oversees the company’s global airline distribution business and she is heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere among its digital retail partners.

LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS — VP, Product Planning and Cross Brand Strategy
BETH BAIER — ssistant Chief Counsel, Movies Anywhere
ELISSA BROWN — VP, Finance, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Movies Anywhere
CHERYLYN CARR — Assistant General Counsel
CYNDI CRUZ — VP, Sales Planning and Contract Administration
ELIZABETH DUKE — Assistant Chief Counsel
LORI ELIAS — VP, Marketing Strategy
ANNA FROST — VP, Digital Marketing
KIM HARBIN — VP, Communications
SUSAN KIGAWA — Assistant Chief Counsel
JANE KIM — VP, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
JENNIFER LOURIE — VP, Product Management
YULIA POLTORAK — VP, International Sales and Product Strategy
TINA RUBIN — VP, Marketing, Movies Anywhere

20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

MARY MCLAREN
EVP/COO, INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT OPERATIONS
A career-long Fox veteran, McLaren provides strategic leadership to both studio divisions and oversees Fox’s international post-production team, home entertainment emerging market territories and third-party distribution and acquisition businesses. McLaren is the senior executive liaison with all of the studio’s long-term distribution partners, including Lucasfilm, MGM, Lionsgate, Annapurna, Pathe and eOne.

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
Carretta helps to drive global communications and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer-facing initiatives for all Fox title releases and next-generation technologies. She is responsible for the strategic execution of more than 200 title campaigns a year from Fox’s TV and film portfolio. Her team is also charged with raising awareness of the Fox Innovation Lab and communication strategies for the studio’s augmented and virtual reality initiatives.

JENNIFER CHAI
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING
Chai leads worldwide brand marketing and strategy for the entire Fox new- release theatrical slate and third-party titles for both the physical and digital business. She is involved with the cross-studio Movies Anywhere service as well as other digital strategic initiatives.

COOPER JACKSON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, WORLDWIDE
Jackson is responsible for evaluating, structuring and negotiating digital agreements worldwide, including content licenses, strategic partnerships and growth initiatives. She manages all major deals related to Fox’s digital business, distribution strategies and new technology development.

SHARMILA AROSKAR — VP, global technology and business development, Fox Innovation Lab
KATE CORSEMEIER — VP, legal affairs
CAMERON DILLAVOU — VP, worldwide brand marketing
JAIME GORMAN — VP, creative development
DEBBIE HAAG — VP, worldwide brand marketing
CHRISTINE HUPALO — VP, marketing
SUZANNE KAMENIR — VP, global creative marketing
MICHELLE LEVISOHN — VP, creative development
MOLLY MADDEN — VP, sales, worldwide
HEATHER OLSON — VP, digital global accounts
MARLEINE PACILIO — VP, global communications
JENNIFER QUAN — VP, communications planning and strategy
KAVITA SMITH — VP, worldwide marketing communications

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

DEBORAH FEINERMAN
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION
Feinerman manages legal matters for the domestic theatrical, international theatrical and worldwide home media distribution business units. Under her purview are licensing, sales, distribution, operations and acquisitions relating to the studio’s products across theatrical and home entertainment. Previously, Feinerman served as SVP and deputy general counsel.

SYRINTHIA STUDER
EVP, WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Studer is responsible for acquiring films for theatrical release as well as for worldwide distribution across multiple platforms. Among her recent acquisitions are the breakout comedy Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen, and the action-packed caper Overdrive, starring Scott Eastwood. Studer previously held the position of SVP of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Pictures’ worldwide home media and TV licensing divisions.

LIZ WEST
EVP, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL AND WORLDWIDE HOME ENTERTAINMENT, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
West helps drive worldwide marketing initiatives, including digital and publicity campaigns for international territories. She is tasked with developing integrated, consumer-facing communications strategies with a lifecycle approach across plat- forms. Prior to joining Paramount, West served as VP of global publicity at Disney.

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Bell is responsible for all of the division’s creative advertising materials including physical packaging, digital art, print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. A home entertainment industry veteran, Bell previously served as VP of creative services home entertainment for Universal Studios.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the home media division on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone additionally manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets, including MIPCOM, ATF and NATPE.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Froelich is responsible for international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all post-theatrical transactional windows. She also oversees global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at Disney for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Hildebrandt oversees customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. Her responsibilities include executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, EST and VOD.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Marovich is responsible for overseeing all media planning and buying for the division. She has more than 20 years of advertising experience. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment and previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home media distribution, theatrical marketing and Paramount television divisions. For the past several years Nancy has been an active member of Paramount Pictures’ Mentoring Program that works with local high school students to help them prepare for college.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason’s primary focuses are acquisitions for distribution through home media channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions, and domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Para- mount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the division’s marketing strategies across the new-release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG — VP, interactive marketing and public relations, PHMD
ANNE MASUDA — VP, international digital distribution, PHMD
ALANNA POWERS — VP, brand marketing, PHMD
MICHELE RUMAIN — VP, media, PHMD
SUSANE SEIDMAN — VP, worldwide creative services, PHMD
PAMELA SIVULA — VP, financial planning, PHMD
MICHELLE VEN DANGE — VP, international marketing, PHMD

UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Parker is responsible for spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBC Universal.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING SERVICES
Blum oversees creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. She also maximizes opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. A two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, “The Little Engine That Could,” and more than 200 TV episodes.

SEJIN CRONINGER
SVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Croninger leads the North American arm of UPHE Content Group’s acquisitions and productions business, encompassing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital platforms.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle oversees the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution in all media worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues for all of the group’s development and production slate.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS INSIGHTS AND CONSUMER STRATEGY
Haro oversees business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Iwata oversees business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is responsible for licensing Universal’s film and TV content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

PATTI JACKSON
SVP, LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Jackson spearheads the development and production of live-action films under the Universal 1440 Entertainment banner for distribution in all media worldwide. In her 25 years at Universal, she has overseen approximately 200 productions including the studio’s live-action, comedy and drama franchises “Chucky,” “Death Race,” “Tremors,” “Bring It On” and “Scorpion King.”

LINDA LEIGHTON
SVP, CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
Leighton oversees the coordination of the division’s customer operations, business communications and merchandising across North America. She also plays an active role in managing relationships with distribution partners, including Par- amount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, Global Road Entertainment, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel.

DEE PATEL
SVP AND CFO, NORTH AMERICA
Patel provides overall financial leadership and strategic financial direction for UPHE’s domestic business. She is responsible for financial planning, controllership, reporting and risk management as well as leading strategy discussions across NBC Universal’s finance cycles.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications for the home entertainment division. She also spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s physical and digital home entertainment offerings. She also serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN
Turk manages master data, release and production planning, distribution, lo- gistics, retail inventory management and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD discs in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, Global Road Entertainment, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel.

NADIA BALAMASH-HANEY — VP, global marketing, emerging technology
STACY BARGER — VP, global creative services
JENNIFER BLACK — VP, global publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS — VP, finance
JJ CARUTH — VP, content strategy and marketing
SANDY CHOI — VP, marketing
ERICA MARIE DIONNE — VP, product development and strategy
LEIGH DUNLEAVY — VP, digital platforms
LISA GOODING — VP, live- action production
KELLY HARRINGTON — VP, global brand marketing
MARY KHACHIKYAN — VP, operations
TRACY KIM — VP, digital distribution and digital platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN — VP, global projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON — VP, business and legal affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS — VP, global brand marketing
MARIAN MANSI — VP, global creative content
LINDA MARTINEZ — VP, legal rights and clearances
LISA MELBYE — VP, animation production
STEPHANIE SIGEL — VP, global creative services
SHARE STALLINGS — VP, development
EVE WALDMAN — VP, human resources
JENNA WEBB — VP, global tech operations
RUBY WONG — VP, digital supply chain and content ops

WARNER BROS.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho advises on and oversees legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING AND SALES INTEGRATION
Coleman oversees the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate handles all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s in charge of developing strategies resulting in strong performances of franchises; and 4K UHD and virtual reality titles.

JACQUELINE HAYES
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Hayes heads up the legal and business affairs team that handles licensing, production, clearances, marketing, sales, supply chain, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters for the distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.

DANA LIRA
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Lira manages legal clearances for all enhanced content and virtual reality experiences created by the home entertainment division, along with legal review of the marketing and promotion of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She also handles all legal matters for the studio’s Australia and New Zealand home entertainment divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson oversees global marketing for all Warner TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She handles marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also in charge of managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

ARDIS H. RUBENSTEIN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING
Rubenstein is responsible for the design and production of Blu-ray and DVD packaging, digital art, in-store visual merchandising, and consumer advertising including trailers, broadcast and digital.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat,” and “The Hob- bit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, Turbine and TT Games.

SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson heads up SPHE’s domestic brand strategy and product marketing for all Sony Pictures and third-party feature film content, while also overseeing publicity and national product promotions. She drives key consumer messaging, aligning all functional marketing elements to the core brand strategy.

ALISON BIGGERS
SVP, STRATEGIC MARKETING
Biggers leads strategic retail marketing and national partnership programs, overseeing collaborations with leading domestic brands while driving retail programs with key customers. She delivers a seamless experience for the consumer by connecting theatrical and home entertainment through these retail partnerships.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES
Bluerock leads the U.S. sales organization, which includes all physical and digital hybrid accounts such as Amazon Prime Video and Walmart/Vudu. She has led the evolution of the sales team to integrate data-driven insights to address retailer and consumer opportunities. Previously, Bluerock led the division’s sales development team, which included go-to-market strategy, retail analytics, and sales planning and reporting.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is responsible for identifying and developing SPHE’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team builds and connects data universes, delivers reports and business insights, and utilizes advanced data analytics to enable SPHE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer demand for transactional content.

TRACEY GARVIN
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Garvin oversees international creative services, disc authoring and the end-to- end home entertainment operations for physical product for North America. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

ELLEN GOODRIDGE
SVP, DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Goodridge focuses on delivering a superior, immersive consumer experience with the studio’s digital products through advancement in new features and technologies, including digital extras, 4K and virtual reality. She also oversees SPHE’s global digital supply chain for the studio’s film and TV content.

JACQUI MARSHALL
SVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall heads up the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has looked after SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon is responsible for data-driven consumer strategy and activation, overseeing consumer insights, digital marketing and paid media. Utilizing consumer research, social and digital insights to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set marketing, digital and social strategies for SPHE releases.

KELLY NIELSEN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING
Nielsen leads the division’s worldwide creative advertising group, covering design and production of DVD and Blu-ray Disc packaging, digital/online creative, as well as in-store POP. She also heads up SPHE’s trade and consumer-advertising campaigns, covering print, broadcast, digital, outdoor and trailers.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing for over 20 years, closely collaborating with all departments throughout SPHE. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing, and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

JILL ALLEN — VP, sales and digital distribution
ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT — VP, digital distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON — VP, legal
STACI GRIESBACH — VP, worldwide publicity
HELENA KU — VP, business affairs
JANA SIMMONS — VP, TV and customer marketing
JOAN VILLAROS — VP, production services North America

LIONSGATE

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
EVP, WORLDWIDE SVOD
Kapouranis spearheads the licensing of content to subscription video-on- demand platforms throughout the international marketplace, evaluating the relative merits of global SVOD and market-by-market sales strategies. As part of an international distribution team of experienced, digitally fluent and forward-thinking executives, she is instrumental in leading the company in the SVOD and digital space around the world.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and looking for continuous improvements and efficiencies as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to worldwide digital operations and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, SELLTHROUGH SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of re- tail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson focuses on continually looking for new opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s content, which directly contributes to that content’s strong box-office-to-DVD revenue conversion rates and its early industry growth in 4K UHD market share.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, MARKETING
Carter oversees strategic marketing and brand management for new-release film and television content across digital and packaged media. In this role she leads the marketing campaigns for content from Lionsgate, Entertainment Studios, CBS Films, Europa and A&E, among others, as well as Lionsgate’s fast-growing Studio L. Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all their independent film and theatrical releases including Paddington, The Imitation Game, The Woman in Gold, Big Eyes and St. Vincent.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the SAP Super User/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Her additional duties include cost analysis and business acquisition onboarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES

Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manag- er, covering a wide variety of retailers.

AMANDA KOZLOWSKI
SVP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Kozlowski heads up digital marketing and media for the studio’s home entertainment division. She manages marketing technology platforms, marketing intelligence, data partnerships and emerging distribution windows and channels — in addition to steering the division’s online and offline media buying efforts. Before joining Lionsgate, she oversaw grassroots promotions for a non-traditional marketing agency and worked at the nonprofit Film Independent, home of the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, PUBLIC RELATIONS HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees global publicity initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. She leads the publicity campaigns for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming, as well as for content from distribution partners including A24, Roadside, Miramax, Entertainment Studios and others. Rogers is also responsible for publicizing Lionsgate’s digital studio initiatives.

MELISSA CLARKE — VP, retail operations
CHELA JOHNSON — VP, home entertainment marketing
LINDSAY LeFRANCOIS — VP, procurement
KATE NAYBERG — VP, home entertainment production
HELEN REICH — VP, sales administration
JEAN WONG-COLLURA — VP, marketing

EMA — THE ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

JENNIFER LANE BURNELL
VP, MARKETING AND EVENTS
Burnell has worked in a variety of areas in the home entertainment industry for nearly two decades, having been a store manager for Stop & Shop Video in New England and the marketing and production coordinator at Video Store Magazine prior to joining the Entertainment Merchants Association (then known as the Video Software Dealers Association) in 2002 to work on events. In her current post, she is responsible for planning, promoting, and managing the EMA’s events as well as continuing her duties in brand and event marketing and creative services.

CINEDIGM

YOLANDA MACIAS
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS

Leveraging more than 25 years of industry experience, Macias leads the content acquisitions team, acquiring, renewing and developing content for all distribution platforms worldwide. Also, she oversees business strategy, development and relationships with digital and television platforms globally.

JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
Working closely with chairman and CEO Chris McGurk, Newhouse Calcaterra manages all external communications for Cinedigm with both investors and the entertainment industry. Given the recent investment by Chinese company Bison Capital, she is putting an additional focus on international outreach efforts, particularly in Asia, and is focused on the company’s OTT efforts both domestically and abroad.

FAYE WALKER
SVP, MARKETING AND CUSTOMER ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL NETWORKS
Walker is responsible for the marketing and branding of Cinedigm’s growing lineup of digital-first channels — devising their look and feel, as well as campaigns specific to each network’s unique subjects and demographics. She also plays a vital role in the company’s distribution deals, including the live-video streaming service Twitch. Among the channels she oversees are the Dove Channel, CONtv and Docurama.

BOBBI LEVINE
SVP, PRODUCTION
Levine oversees production for all Cinedigm business streams. She supervises intake of all materials, manages the company’s in-house studio and relationships with outsourcing partners. She works closely with digital and OTT platforms from the onboarding stage through delivery of content.

HBO

CONNIE SARVANANDAN
SVP, INTERNATIONAL
Sarvanandan oversees the digital and physical transactional business for HBO. Major territories include the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. Sarvanandan joined HBO in 2011 and, prior to that, worked at Warner Home Video Canada.

MELISSA DE LA RAMA
VP, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION
Responsible for developing strategic account plans and establishing sales targets, de la Rama manages the U.S. physical distribution partnership with Warner Bros., as well as a sales team focused on HBO’s digital transactional business with Vudu and Google. In addition to these responsibilities, de la Rama oversees the management of the digital subscription business with Hulu and Google.

RIVKA GOLOMB
VP, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING AND ANALYSIS
Golomb joined HBO in 2002 in the international distribution team. She now oversees the physical and digital transactional business in the Americas and helps to drive revenue for the digital domestic subscription business.

SANDRA KIM
VP, WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS
Kim began her career at HBO Home Entertainment focusing on international DVD and Blu-ray production, managing the planning, localization, and compression/authoring process. She helped increase HBO’s product distribution internationally, and as the business grew, her responsibilities expanded to cover both physical and electronic sellthrough products in the United States and across the globe. She now oversees production and operations worldwide for all DVD, Blu-ray, and EST releases for HBO/Cinemax titles.

SHOUT! FACTORY

MELISSA BOAG
SVP, KIDS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Boag spearheads Shout’s move into the arthouse animation, kids and family business, which has been pivotal in the growth of the company. She successfully manages the relationship with Hasbro Studios, GKIDS, Toei Animation, Saban Brands and major family entertainment content partners.

KARRIE STOUFFER
VP, CREATIVE SERVICES
Stouffer leads and manages creative campaigns — specifically key art and packaging development. In nearly 11 years with the company, Stouffer’s primary focus has been on the print realm — including art direction, design, production and project management.

SARAH J. DE BRUIN
SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLICITY
De Bruin’s area of expertise includes brand communications, cross-platform releases (theatrical/VOD, home entertainment), awards campaigns, film festivals/ conventions and new series launches. She serves as a brand communications executive for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

LAUREN BLUM
VP, PUBLICITY
Blum’s notable campaigns include Carrie: Collector’s Edition, Shout’s 4K UHD titles, the “My Little Pony” home entertainment product lines, The Decline of Western Civilization, The T.A.M.I. Show, “WKRP in Cincinnati,” and projects with Mel Brooks and Los Lobos.

KATHY CALLAHAN
VP, SPECIAL MARKET SALES AND E-COMMERCE
Callahan joined the company in 2005 and oversees e-commerce, special markets, non-traditional accounts, artist sales and revenue-generating affiliates.

PBS

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP, PBS DISTRIBUTION
Letourneau oversees PBS Distribution’s acquisitions, marketing and strategy. She leads the company’s content sourcing, evaluation and negotiation across all distribution platforms, as well as marketing, publicity and social media. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the drama and children’s catalogs. She also founded and launched the PBS-branded theatrical releasing unit, which has handled such documentaries as Dolores and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.

APPLE

LISA DUBBE-HERBERT
SENIOR MANAGER, ITUNES MOVIES
Dubbe-Herbert handles iTunes’ relationships with all the major studios. She was the impetus behind the phenomenally successful decade of iTunes movie bundle promotion and digital launch of Fox’s Deadpool. She also partnered with Universal to integrate Siri into a Secret Life of Pets promotion.

ALEXIS ZIMBALIST
MOVIES MARKETING
Zimbalist works closely with all studio home entertainment marketing groups in developing marketing strategies for iTunes releases across media, social and partnerships — all while leveraging the Apple ecosystem and bringing Apple Music, Siri, App Store, retail and iBooks into her campaigns.

CRACKLE

REBECCA AGBE-DAVIES
VP, PROGRAMMING
Agbe-Davies oversees program planning, current series, licensing partnerships and content performance analytics for the Sony Pictures Entertainment-owned, ad-supported subscription streaming service. Her expertise includes video, technology and business.

IN DEMAND

DALE HOPKINS
CEO

Cable executive Hopkins joined In Demand last October from Game Show Network, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment. At GSN, Hopkins held myriad roles, including EVP of distribution and chief marketing officer.

AMAZON

SHARON TAL YGUADO
HEAD OF GENRE ORIGINAL SERIES
Tal Yguado joined Amazon in February 2017. In this role, Tal Yguado oversees development and production of hour-long science-fiction, action, fantasy and horror series. She is spearheading high-profile projects, including “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Peripheral,” “Wheel of Time” and “The Culture.”

KATHY PAYNE
HEAD, CONTENT ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AMAZON CHANNELS
Payne joined Amazon in March 2017 to lead the content acquisition team focused on live television channels for Amazon Channels. Over the course of her career, Kathy has been at the forefront of transforming the consumer television experience for more than 25 years, negotiating video programming rights from virtually every major media company.

HEATHER SCHUSTER
HEAD OF UNSCRIPTED TV
Schuster oversees all original unscripted series and specials, as well as alternative comedy for the United States, and local territories worldwide. Schuster joined Amazon Studios about a year ago after working five years as a producer on “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump. Before that, she was an executive at Ryan Seacrest Productions working on “American Idol.”

GINA KWON
CO-HEAD OF COMEDY
Kwon was promoted to co-head of comedy last summer. A former indie film producer, Kwon has worked on Mike White indie hits Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl, co-starring Jennifer Aniston. Before that, Kwon produced award-winning Me and You and Everyone We Know, among other projects.

FANDANGONOW

DANA BENSON
VP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson is the head communications officer for Fandango, the nation’s leading online and mobile moviegoer destination. She develops and executes marketing communications strategies that drive user traffic and e-commerce among diverse moviegoer audiences in addition to implementing pro- grams that support key partners.

NANTALIE SONG
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Song directs marketing efforts for the premium on-demand video service. FandangoNow offers more than 50,000 new-release and catalog movies, next-day TV shows, and an extensive library of 4K and HDR titles, to buy or rent — no subscription required.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads acquisition and retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and FanShop. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats through out the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue opportunities across brands and franchises.

GOOGLE/YOUTUBE

AUBREY FREEBORN
HEAD OF MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS, GOOGLE ASSISTANT & GOOGLE PLAY
Freeborn recently took a new post as head of marketing partnerships for Google Assistant and Google Play. In this new global role, she leads a growing team in developing strategic relationships and building creative campaigns with the largest OEMs and content providers in the world. Prior to this, Freeborn led the con- tent partnerships team for Google Play Movies.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Prior to joining YouTube, Merryman served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

HULU

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Since joining Hulu, Springborn has played an integral role in approving a slate of originals, in- cluding “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Chance,” “Shut Eye,” “The Mindy Project,” “Casual,” “Difficult People,” “11.22.63” and “The Path.”

LISA HOLME
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Holme is responsible for content strategy, licensing and business development. Since joining Hulu, she has been instrumental in bringing exclusive programming to Hulu from studios and networks, including FX, Viacom, CW, MGM, CBS, Sony and Lionsgate.

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney is responsible for managing strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators as the company expanded into online TV. Previously, Feeney was VP of content at DirecTV, where she was responsible for negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, CONTENT
Kang has led numerous deals that have built Hulu’s content library to include some of the most premium content in the market. She locked in the first official content provider for Hulu’s live-streaming service. She also led negotiations with War- ner Bros. to guarantee the studio’s content will be available live and on-demand.

KELLY CAMPBELL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Campbell heads marketing across the SVOD and online TV businesses, spearheading a team responsible for creating and executing initiatives across Hulu’s brand, creative, performance and content marketing, as well as entertainment publicity and consumer research. Campbell also works closely with the company’s technology, distribution, content and product leaders to ensure that Hulu’s consumer proposition and brand is reflected in every aspect of the Hulu experience.

NETFLIX

MELISSA COBB
VP, KIDS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family animated feature films, as well as series including both live-action and animated, to Netflix subscribers in 190 countries globally. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated “Kung Fu Panda” trilogy.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 12-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream, and has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company grew. In 2013, she left to become head of human resources at Coursera, and, later, chief people officer at Scopely, a mobile gaming company. She returned to Netflix in 2017 overseeing HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience. Neal also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Talent Development.

BELA BAJARIA
VP, CONTENT
Bajaria spearheads a team focused on TV and film licensing from U.S. studios, as well co-productions with domestic networks. She also oversees a new team developing original unscripted programs for Netflix.

BRYONY GAGAN
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Gagan negotiates licensing and related arrangements with studios, networks and producers, as well as in-house original productions. She also oversees Netflix’s labor, music and IP groups.

CINDY HOLLAND
VP, ORIGINAL CONTENT
Holland, a 16-year veteran, is responsible for acquiring and launching original series globally. Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy, kids’ series, documentaries, stand-up specials and docu-series. Previously, Holland oversaw domestic licensing for Netflix.

ANNA LEE
HEAD OF GLOBAL CONTENT SERVICES
Lee oversees worldwide content services and is responsible for the usage and clearance of licensed and original content for global mar- keting and partner marketing endeavors. Addi- tionally, Lee oversees DVD acquisitions.

LISA NISHIMURA
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND COMEDY PROGRAMMING
A 10-year veteran of Netflix’s original documentary and comedy initiatives, Nishimura helped produce the Oscar-winning doc short The White Helmets, and launched global stand-up comedy specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and Amy Schumer.

REDBOX

KATE BRENNAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Brennan is responsible for all PR efforts for the company’s movie and video game businesses, including business and executive visibility, as well as publicity-driven integrated marketing and brand programs.

LORI FLYNN
VP, PURCHASING
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

SONIA JAIN
CFO
Jain oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, developing strategies to drive profitability and deal support. Prior to joining Redbox, Jain was an investment banker in the consumer retail group at Morgan Stanley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

NAIVASHA DEAN
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL STRATEGY, REDBOX ON DEMAND
Dean is focused on title merchandising and content discovery for Redbox’s new digital On Demand service. Prior to joining Redbox, she oversaw editorial and content operations at Fullscreen’s streaming service, and specialized in editorial advertiser solutions at Hulu.

MAURA GRAY
DIRECTOR OF BRAND AND PRODUCT MARKETING
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the recent Redbox On Demand launch. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

SLING TV

IZABELA SLOWIKOWSKA
VP, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Slowikowska oversees international programming and marketing for both Dish and Sling TV, where she secures multiplatform distribution rights and manages strategic development initiatives for the brands’ international offerings. From a marketing perspective, Slowikowska leads efforts for both international brands, including recent grassroots efforts in specific communities that best support and utilize local and international retailers.

COLLEEN SUGARMAN
HEAD OF MARKETING
Sugarman leads overall marketing strategy for Sling TV, including brand, creative, digital, social media and retention. She oversaw the development and execution of Sling TV’s most recent marketing campaign, “We Are Slingers.”

The Top Retailers in Home Entertainment 2018: Bubbling Under

In our June 2018 issue, we profile the top 12 retailers in home entertainment, which can be found here.

The following are eight other key retailers, as identified by studio and retail sources:

CBS All Access

Celebrating its second birthday in January 2018, CBS All Access is a subscription streaming service operated by the CBS Network. Its marquee title is “Star Trek: Discovery,” available only to subscribers, who also gain access to CBS broadcast content one day after it airs on the network.

CBS All Access is “doubling down” on its investment in original content, CBS COO Joseph Ianniello said at the Deutsche Bank Media & Telecom Conference in March 2018, promising six or seven new originals in the coming year.

In August 2017 CBS announced plans to expand All Access streaming service on an international basis, beginning this year in Canada before heading to other markets.

CBS All Access, which costs $5.99 monthly with limited ads and $9.99 without, will launch upwards of seven original series in 2018, including a new season of “Star Trek: Discovery” and pending reboot of “The Twilight Zone” from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) — in addition to select live TV, NFL game telecasts and catalog programming.

Charter/Spectrum On Demand

In addition to offering its own online TV subscription service — Spectrum TV Stream — to its broadband-only customers ($13 a month for a basic channel package), Charter Communications also is pushing toward more original content.

In January 2018 Charter said it has created a new SVP position to oversee original content and filled it with Katherine Pope, who will oversee all original programming initiatives, including the creation and launch of a planned lineup of new shows available first on Charter-carried channels. Her portfolio will include Charter’s original-content partnerships with AMC (struck in April 2017) and Viacom (November 2017). Pope joined Charter from Studio 8, where she was head of TV and helped launch the company’s independent TV unit.

Family Video

Family Video Movie Club Inc. is the last surviving national video rental chain. Based in Glenview, Ill., Family Video has more than 775 stores in the United States and Canada, concentrated in the Midwest. The chain also operates an e-commerce site where customers can buy video games as well as used DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Family Video was founded in 1978 by Charlie Hoogland and remains a privately held, family-owned business. The company owns the land on which its stores sit and also operates several sister companies, including Marco’s Pizza and Stay Fit 24 fitness centers.

“The world of entertainment is growing more and more complicated,” the chain says on its website. “Consumers have a lot of confusing choices and troublesome technology to overcome just to watch a movie. We see it very simply: rent a Blu-ray, purchase some popcorn, save some money, and enjoy your evening.”

Family Video won’t do revenue-sharing, preferring to buy movies outright and keep 100% of the rental proceeds. Total sales for 2016, according to Forbes, are estimated at $400 million. And if business falls, Family Video has been known to shrink its stores by putting up drywall and leasing out the extra space to such other companies as Subway or H&R Block.

FandangoNow

Owned by Fandango, one of the three big movie-ticket services, FandangoNow is a transactional VOD service that was known as M-GO prior to its acquisition by Fandango in 2016. FandangoNow made quite a bit of waves in 2017.

An early February distribution deal with HBO Home Entertainment gave the service  individual current and catalog episodes of the network’s original series, from $2.99 an episode in standard-definition, to as little as $38.99 for a full season. “Games of Thrones” and “Westworld” are among the more-recent HBO series included. Also in February, FandangoNow debuted its first original program, “Extreme Home Theaters,” a series of short-form videos looking at standout home theater set-ups.

In March 2018 digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere added FandangoNow as its fifth digital retail partner. Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu were partnered with the service at launch last year.

And in time for the May 8 home entertainment debut of Black Panther, FandangoNow launched 4K Ultra HD titles for all Android TVs, bringing the service’s catalog to Sony Bravia-connected TVs, NVIDIA Shield 4K HDR streaming media players and Hisense brand connected TVs. The new product rollout adds to FandangoNow’s support of 4K devices, including Roku, LG and VIZIO.

Microsoft Movies and TV

Microsoft Movies and TV is an online video service that offers movies and TV shows for rent as well as purchase. Purchased content can be viewed on any Windows 10 or Xbox device or downloaded for future offline viewing.

In October 2017, Microsoft updated its built-in app, Microsoft Movies and TV, with support for 360-degree video (via Aggiornamentilumia). This new feature is part of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality efforts in Windows 10, and will use a motion controller to be able to move around the 360-degree content.

Microsoft’s Movies & TV isn’t currently available on the Web, iOS or and Android, but in March 2018 a company spokesman said it may join Movies Anywhere, a digital movie service backed by five of the six major studios as well as Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Walmart/Vudu. “Microsoft is committed to delivering rich entertainment experiences to our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Thurrott.com. “And we’re in discussions with Movies Anywhere about bringing their service onboard.”

PlayStation Store

The Sony-owned PlayStation Store is a digital media store aimed at users of Sony’s PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable game consoles via the PlayStation Network. The store has five divisions.

The PlayStation Store (also known as PlayStation Games) offers a wide range of downloadable content both for purchase and for free. This content includes full games, add-on content, playable demos, themes and game/movie trailers.

PlayStation Video sells and rents digital movies and sells digital TV shows. The service in 2015 premiered its first original series, “Powers,” based on the Marvel comic book.

PlayStation Vue (PS Vue) is a streaming TV service owned by Sony. Launched in March 2015 as a  multichannel video programming distributor, PlayStation Vue combines live TV (various cable-originated television channels), on-demand video, and cloud-based DVR to stream movies, TV shows, and sporting events directly to a PlayStation console or other supported device — including smart TVs, digital media players and apps — without a subscription to a cable or satellite television provider. As of December 2017, the service had approximately 455,000 subscribers.

PlayStation Music is an on-demand music streaming service powered by Spotify. Subscribers get free and premium access to over 30 million tracks. The service is available in 41 markets via the PlayStation Network on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xperia tablet and mobile devices.

And PlayStation Now is a video game streaming service with more than 600 PS3 and PS4 games that are streamed directly to users’ PS4s or PCs.

Trans World Entertainment

The last of the big music chains, Trans World Entertainment sells CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and video games. In October 2016, Trans World acquired etailz Inc., an independently operated digital marketplace retailer across all product categories. etailz uses a data-driven approach and proprietary software to grow brands on Alibaba, Amazon, Jet, eBay, and Walmart in the U.S. and internationally.

In March 2018 the company reported that sales at its flagship F.Y.E. chain in its latest fiscal year declined 14.3% to $268 million from $313 million. Etailz.com revenue topped $174 million. Comparable-store sales at F.Y.E. were down 8.7%, and the company ended fiscal 2017 with 260 stores in operation, compared with 284 at the end of fiscal 2016.

Back in January, CEO Mike Feurer had said, “The F.Y.E. segment continues to be impacted by declining mall traffic, the general accelerated decline in the physical media business and the specific lack of strong franchises resulting from the lowest summer box office in 25 years.”

YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium (prior to May, YouTube Red) is a subscription streaming service launched by YouTube as a paid, premium alternative to its free service.  YouTube Premium provides advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by YouTube, offline play and background playback of videos on mobile devices, and access to original series and films — including “Cobra Kai,” the hot news series based on the 1984 movie The Karate Kid.

Cablefax in May reported that the YouTube Premium will include the new YouTube Music, an ad-free music streaming service with a mobile app and desktop player. YouTube Premium subscribers will continue to have access to all YouTube Originals as well as original series from around the globe. The service will roll out soon to existing markets in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, with new markets such as Canada and Germany being added. YouTube Premium costs $11.99/month.