DEG Announces Board of Directors

As it begins its 22nd year as a home entertainment trade organization, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has announced its incoming board of directors.

The officers of the DEG board are elected to a two-year term. They are former vice chair Matt Strauss of Comcast Cable, who will now serve as chair; former CFO Sofia Chang of HBO, who will now serve as vice chair; Bob Buchi of Paramount, who will serve as CFO; and Jim Wuthrich of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment & Games, who will serve as secretary. In recognition of his tenure and significant contribution as former chair, the board has appointed Mike Dunn of 20th Century Fox to serve as ex-officio.

Matt Strauss

The officers are responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the DEG’s agenda.

“We welcome all of our new DEG board directors,” said Amy Jo Smith, CEO and president, DEG, in a statement. “The board of directors represents the diversity of the entertainment industry and strives to produce deliverables that meet the needs of the industry at this time of rapid change in technology and consumer behavior. DEG is grateful for all of the directors’ commitment, and for the robust participation of our members in their election.”

Board members include Todd Mathers, SVP content and programming group, AT&T; Sergei Kuharsky, EVP, franchise and digital enterprise, BBC Studios — Americas; Bill Sondheim, president, Cinedigm Entertainment Group; Gerald Hensley, UDN media sales, Ericsson; a member to be determined from Fandango; Jonathan Zepp, head of media and entertainment, Android and Google Play, Google; Rick Hack, head of media and entertainment partnerships, Intel; Tim Alessi, director, new product

Sofia Chang

development, LG Electronics USA; Ron Schwartz, president, home entertainment, Lionsgate; Dametra Johnson-Marletti, GM, digital stores, category, MG, Microsoft; Andrea Downing, co-president, PBS Distribution; Marty Gordon, VP, strategic partnerships and alliances, Philips; Chad Bautista, director, CE product planning, Samsung Electronics; Mike Fasulo, president and COO, Sony Electronics; Darren Stupak, EVP, U.S. sales and distribution, Sony Music Entertainment; and Eddie Cunningham, president, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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