DEG Elects New Board of Directors For Its 25th Year

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is entering its 25th year as the home entertainment industry’s leading trade association with a new board of directors the group says reflects the growing diversity of its membership.

DEG’s voting member companies elected the new board to serve for the 2021-22 fiscal year (Aug. 1 – July 31, 2022). Azure and Verizon Business Group are new DEG member companies and are newly represented on the DEG board, with MGM Studios returning. Azure is represented on the board by former Fox Home Entertainment executive Hanno Basse, MGM is represented by Andres Alvarez, and Verizon Business Group is represented by Steve Walter.

The board also includes two seats representing DEG’s two Alliances, the D2C Alliance (D2CA) and the new Advanced Content Delivery Alliance (ACDA), both of which are involved in focusing DEG membership for the future and broadening the organization’s membership. The board D2CA director is Alison Hoffman of Starz, another new DEG member company. The ACDA board director is Jeremy Settle of AT&T.

DEG officers were elected to two-year terms in 2020 and will continue to serve through July 2022. Officers include chair Jim Wuthrich of WarnerMedia; vice chair Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group; CFO Andrea Downing of PBS Distribution; secretary Rick Hack of Intel; and chair emeritus Matt Strauss of Peacock.

“This is a highly engaged group focused on growing their own businesses and the industry as a whole through improving consumer choice, experience and value,” Wuthrich, president of home entertainment and content licensing at WarnerMedia, said in a statement.

DEG also has made two key staff appointments. Marcy Magiera has been promoted to executive director, from director, of communication and events, and Jean Levicki has joined DEG as director of community and member programs.

“We welcome all of our new DEG board directors and are thrilled about the expanding participation of advanced content delivery and direct-to-consumer companies,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO.

DEG BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers of the Board (Fiscal Years 2020-22)

Chair
Jim Wuthrich
President, Home Entertainment and Content Licensing
WarnerMedia

Vice Chair
Dan Cohen
President
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

Chief Financial Officer
Andrea Downing
President
PBS Distribution

Secretary
Rick Hack
Head of Media & Entertainment Partnerships
Intel

Chair Emeritus
Matt Strauss
Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International
NBCUniversal and Peacock

Board Directors (Fiscal Year 2021-22)

Erol Kalafat
Senior Technical Product Manager
Amazon Prime

Jeremy Settle
Head of Service & Content Partnerships
AT&T

Hanno Basse
CTO, Media & Entertainment
Azure

Rebecca Heap
SVP Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services
Comcast

Alisa Bowen
SVP Operations
Disney + / Disney Streaming Services

Jonathan Zepp
Media & Entertainment, Global Partnerships
Google

Tim Alessi
Senior Director, Product Marketing
LG Electronics

Ron Schwartz
President Global Distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Lionsgate

Andres Alvarez
SVP Digital Distribution – Partner Engagement & Strategy
MGM

Pedro E. Gutierrez, Jr.
Director, Entertainment, Consumer Applications, & Advertising
Microsoft Corporation

Michael Bonner
President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
NBCUniversal

Bob Buchi
President
Paramount Home Entertainment

Grace Dolan
VP Integrated Marketing, Samsung Consumer Business
Samsung Electronics

Alison Hoffman
President, Domestic Networks
Starz

Steve Walter
Global Practice Lead, Media, Entertainment & Technology
Verizon Business Group

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