August 9, 2021
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)
President, Home Entertainment and Content Licensing
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Chief Financial Officer
Head of Media & Entertainment Partnerships
Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International
NBCUniversal and Peacock
Board Directors (Fiscal Year 2021-22)
Senior Technical Product Manager
Head of Service & Content Partnerships
CTO, Media & Entertainment
SVP Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services
Disney + / Disney Streaming Services
Media & Entertainment, Global Partnerships
Senior Director, Product Marketing
President Global Distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
SVP Digital Distribution – Partner Engagement & Strategy
Pedro E. Gutierrez, Jr.
Director, Entertainment, Consumer Applications, & Advertising
President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment
VP Integrated Marketing, Samsung Consumer Business
President, Domestic Networks
Global Practice Lead, Media, Entertainment & Technology
Verizon Business Group