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FAST30 2024: The Movers and Shakers in the Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV Arena

FAST30 2024: The Movers and Shakers in the Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV Arena

Welcome to the inaugural FAST30, in which we are spotlighting 30 key players in the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) segment of the home entertainment business.

It’s part of Media Play News’ ongoing initiative to bring attention to the people, and faces, behind the various components of the home entertainment industry, from content to technology. We consider it our mission to monitor not just where home entertainment is heading, but who’s driving it.

Nominees were submitted by our readers and then narrowed down into 30 finalists by Media Play News editors in partnership with Whip Media, an entertainment software content performance reporting platform and data provider.

Statistics underscore the growing prominence of FAST channels, and their soaring importance, in home entertainment.

According to Gavin Bridge, VP of media research for CPG Global and a FAST-focused analyst, there were more than 1,963 FAST channels in the U.S. alone as of March 2024.

A recent Whip Media study found that public awareness of FAST platforms such as Tubi, Pluto and Freevee has gone up 43% over the past two years, while nearly half of respondents said they watched FAST channels at least a few times a month.

A study by LG Ad Solutions found that nearly 70% of connected-TV users prefer FAST content to paid, ad-free streaming subscriptions.

And during the April NAB Show 2024, Parks Associates said its research found that half of U.S. video-viewing households now watch FAST channels on a regular basis.

With that, meet the FAST30 — profiled here in no particular order.

 

Greg Barnard

Senior Director, Content Acquisitions
Vizio

Greg Barnard

Barnard has elevated Vizio’s WatchFree+ streaming service into a major player in the FAST arena. With a portfolio of more than 300 channels and 15,000 on-
demand titles, he has led negotiations with numerous media partners. He has secured exclusive content deals for such acclaimed shows as “Home With Tori,” featuring Tori Spelling, and “The Pantry,” hosted by Tom Colicchio. With more than 17 years of industry experience, Barnard is also a founding board member for HRTS Associates NYC and an advisor to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. He also volunteers as a mentor with the T. Howard Foundation and Ghetto Film School. Barnard joined Vizio in September 2020 as director of content acquisition and was promoted into his current role three years later. Previously, he spent two years in content acquisitions and development at Roku.

Stuart McLean

CEO
FAST Studios

Stuart McLean

A serial entrepreneur, McLean in 2021 launched FAST Studios to create new premium channel brands supported by a team of programming, media, marketing and sales experts. FAST simultaneously serves streaming platforms that need quality content channels, brand marketers who must reach fragmented audiences at scale, and the growing population of streaming viewers who expect premium content experiences. Prior to founding FAST Studios, McLean provided advisory services to blue-chip brands through his independent brand consultancy, McLean Futures. Clients included Focus Features, Fiat Chrysler America, Ford, Marriott, Endemol and Pepsico. Earlier in his career, McLean founded Content & Co., a trailblazing player in the creative-led brand studio sector, staffed with showrunners, writers, artists, planners and strategic thinkers. McLean began his career at Young & Rubicam, the big global ad agency.

Richard Smith

VP, FAST Channels
Lionsgate

Richard Smith

Smith built eOne’s FAST channel business from the ground up, launching five channels with eOne and
Hasbro IP in 2023. Following Lionsgate’s December 2023 acquisition of eOne, Smith now oversees Lionsgate’s domestic FAST business of more than a dozen channels. He is responsible for content and channel strategy, partner relations, vendor management, programming, and monetization for the studio’s multi-content channels, including Movie-
Sphere and EBONY TV, in addition to single-series channels including Are We There Yet and Ghost Hunters. Smith has a proven track record in the FAST industry with a detailed knowledge of the platforms, service providers and ad networks. Prior to joining eOne in 2021, he held a series of progressively more responsible executive roles in TVOD and AVOD digital distribution at both Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Madison Wojciechowski

VP, Content Sales
Warner Bros. Discovery

Madison Wojciechowski

Wojciechowski plays an integral role in driving third-party revenue growth year-over-year and generating new business opportunities, including WBD’s foray into the FAST space. WBD now licenses more than 50 FAST channels programmed with content across the giant media company’s portfolio, including CNN, HBO, Warner Bros., Bleacher Report and Discovery Networks. Wojciechowski is also responsible for second-window licensing opportunities across more than 100 SVOD and AVOD clients, including such major players in the industry as Netflix, Hulu, Tubi, Roku and Pluto. Wojciechowski joined what was then Warner Bros. Entertainment in June 2017 as executive director of content sales and distribution. She was promoted into her present position in April 2023. Previously, she held a series of executive positions at United Entertainment Group and ICM Partners, most recently serving as UEG’s senior director of digital and social media.

Gene Pao

EVP, Strategy and Digital
Shout! Studios

Gene Pao

Pao oversees strategy, digital distribution, production, marketing, corporate development, and the digital channels business for Shout! Studios and heads Shout! TV, the company’s digital entertainment streaming service. Popular FAST channels available on Shout! TV include Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Carol Burnett Show, Farscape and ALF. Shout! TV currently maintains 11 FAST channels. Recent additions include Non-Stop ’90s and Wild West TV. The latter initially launched on Roku and is now being picked up by Sling and Plex. Pao joined Shout in 2012 and led the independent film and TV distribution company’s expansion into digital content by brokering key relationships with Tubi, Pluto TV, Amazon, Peacock, Samsung, Roku and others. He also oversaw the launch of Shout! TV. Prior to joining Shout, Pao spent 12 years at Disney/ESPN, Fox Interactive Media and FUEL TV, and NBC Universal.

Erick Opeka

President and Chief Strategy Officer
Cineverse

Erick Opeka

A trailblazer in streaming entertainment and technology, Opeka oversees streaming, distribution and technology at Cineverse, a global technology and entertainment company that powers the distribution of 71,000 premium films, series and podcasts to more than 82 million unique viewers monthly. In addition to other duties, Opeka oversees the company’s portfolio of three dozen streaming services and FAST channels that reach more than 80 million connected-TV viewers each month. In addition to the company’s flagship Cineverse streaming service, he has championed channel favorites such as Fandor, Screambox, Dove Channel, RetroCrush and others. Opeka was named chief strategy officer of Cineverse in 2021 and was promoted to president in May 2023. Additionally, Opeka holds the position of vice chair at streaming trade organization OTT.X and is a board member at streaming producer Roundtable Entertainment.

Tony Huidor

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Digital Networks
Cineverse

Tony Huidor

Huidor is responsible for establishing the technology roadmap at Cineverse, overseeing all software development efforts pertaining to the Matchpoint platform, Cineverse’s proprietary technology platform, and managing the day-to-day operations of the overall business. In addition, he oversees the product strategy for all consumer-facing products within the company’s portfolio of services, including its subscription services and ad-supported FAST channels, as well as managing product development, digital content distribution, ad technology and data analytics. Cineverse credits Huidor with leading the company’s charge into the FAST arena, making the company a pioneer of channels and distribution within the digital technology space. Huidor joined what was then Cinedigm in January 2015 as VP of product and digital operations. Previously, he spent more than eight years at the Universal Music Group, most recently as VP of technical product development.

Craig Heiting

Head of Corporate Strategy
Wurl

Craig Heiting

Heiting leads corporate strategy at Wurl, a provider of data-driven solutions for the connected-TV industry that, in 2018, helped launch the first native FAST channel. Heiting leads Wurl’s global efforts in creating and driving growth for the industry’s top content publishers and streamers. He oversees marketing, programming and sales for major media companies. Last year Wurl launched ContentDiscovery, an AI-powered solution for CTV performance marketing, and, more recently, BrandDiscovery, a GenAI-
based targeting solution that aligns ads with content in real time to engage viewers. Heiting joined Wurl in 2020 as SVP of business development, and was promoted into his present position in March 2023. Before joining Wurl, he held a series of progressively more responsible business development roles at Vubiquity and Deluxe Entertainment Services. He also worked in sales and operations at Ericsson and Time Warner.

Mark Garner

EVP and Head of Global FAST Channels
A+E Networks

Mark Garner

Since assuming his newly created position last September, Garner has been charged with accelerating A+E Networks’ FAST business internationally and extending its reach in the U.S. market. A+E ventured into FAST in 2018 with the History Shorts channel and now has more than 20 FAST channels focused on lifestyle, competition, true crime and movies. Garner previously was EVP of global content sales and business development for A+E Networks, a role in which he led the charge to position A+E Networks as an essential partner for streamers. He guided the company’s early adoption of FAST while continuing to grow and monetize A+E’s footprint across AVOD and SVOD platforms. Before joining A+E Networks in 2007, Garner worked as an executive at several start-up ventures, including a satellite broadcast network based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Marcien Jenckes

President
Xumo

Marcien Jenckes

Jenckes oversees all aspects of the new Xumo, the joint venture between Comcast and Charter that was established to allow the cable giants to consolidate consumers’ access points to third-party streaming video platforms. His purview includes product direction, distribution and go-to-market plans, content strategy and monetization models. Late last year Xumo began rolling out the Xumo Stream Box device to Charter’s Spectrum and Comcast’s Xfinity households. The Xumo Stream Box is a 4K streaming device that aggregates search and discovery for content from live, on-demand, streaming, FAST and pre-loaded apps within one experience. Jenckes previously served as the president of Comcast Advertising. Before that, he was EVP of Comcast’s consumer services division, overseeing the company’s residential lines of business, including Xfinity Video, Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Home and Xfinity Voice.

Jeff Meier

Head of Programming
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

Jeff Meier

Meier oversees content for all the company’s AVOD and FAST channel services, including Redbox Free Live TV, with nearly 180 FAST channels, and a handful of company-owned FAST channels such as Redbox Movies, Redbox Romance, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Prior to joining Chicken Soup through its 2019 Crackle acquisition, Meier served as GM and SVP of programming at Sony Pictures, where he oversaw two specialty cable movie channels as well as the classic TV-focused getTV. Under his leadership Cine Sony grew to become the top-rated Spanish-language movie channel on TV. In 2020 Meier oversaw the programming strategy for three Sony-distributed FAST channels (under the Sony Canal brand), launched in the Spanish-language space during that summer. Before joining Sony in 2012, Meier served as SVP for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Beth Anderson

SVP/GM, FAST Channels
BBC

Beth Anderson

Anderson leads BBC Studios’ FAST and catalog VOD sales initiative, developing audience and platform relationships and serving a wide selection of channel brands and content packages across North America and Latin America, EMEA, and beyond. She oversees business development, programming, marketing and sales efforts aimed at developing library content distribution and ad-based revenue generation. Anderson was responsible for negotiating the company’s first FAST and AVOD deals with Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus and Amazon Freevee, among others. Anderson has more than 15 years of experience within BBC Studios. Before heading up FAST, she helped expand the company’s footprint in North America and Latin America by executing deals to increase the reach of content and products in the digital space. Prior to joining BBC Studios, Anderson was head of business development at Sony New Media Solutions.

Todd Hay

VP, Revenue and Engagement
Plex

Todd Hay

Hay oversees ad sales, ad ops, growth marketing, content ops, data science, analytics and product quality for Plex, the largest independent AVOD and streaming media platform, with ad-supported video-on-demand and live TV offerings in 183 countries. Plex has a total of 1,112 FAST channels, including 847 channels that are streamed in the United States, 76 of which are Spanish-language. Hay’s team drives data-driven business decisions leveraging machine learning, data analysis, and deep user understanding. Hay joined Plex in 2019 in shared operational services and was promoted into his present position in June 2023. Earlier in his career he spent more than six years at Yahoo, most recently as head of product: local, maps and small business. He also served for two years in platform marketing at Adobe Systems.

Matthew Durgin

VP, Content and Services
LG Electronics

Matthew Durgin

Durgin oversees LG’s smart-TV business team for the North American market. He and his team’s primary responsibilities include partner negotiations, partner engagement, LG Channels, webOS licensing, and TV innovation partnerships. Since joining LG in 2009, Durgin has led hundreds of new content partnerships with such clients as Netflix, Amazon, Max, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. LG Channels is a FAST service with more than 300 channels, including the exclusive NCAA Championships channel. Durgin also serves as a board director of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and chairs the trade group’s Connected Devices Committee. Additionally, he is a board member of the Consumer Technology Association’s Content and Entertainment Council and was named one of the Top Leaders in Technology by Parks Associates in 2023.

Pierluigi Gazzolo

CEO
TelevisaUnivision

Pierluigi Gazzolo

Gazzolo is focused on strategic growth and development at ViX, Spanish-language media giant Televisa-
Univision’s ad-supported streaming service, which launched in July 2022. Last February all 12 of ViX’s FAST channels launched on Amazon Freevee, including Noticias Univision 24/7, Zona TUDN, Aqui y Ahora, Las 3 Marias, Pequeños Gigantes, Como Dice El Dicho, Cine de Oro and Cine Retro. Gazzolo joined TelevisaUnivision in 2021 as president and chief transformation officer. He and his team subsequently launched the first global large-scale streaming services created specifically for the Spanish-speaking world, ViX (AVOD) and ViX+ (SVOD). He was named CEO of ViX in January 2023. Prior to joining Televisa, Gazzolo spent more than 20 years in leadership roles at ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global), most recently as president of streaming and studios for ViacomCBS International.

Evan Bregman

GM, Streaming
Tastemade

Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman is GM of streaming at Tastemade, which has programming centered on food, travel, home and design that appears on all major digital, mobile, streaming OTT and linear television platforms. Bregman is responsible for driving viewership and growth of Tastemade’s streaming channels via FAST and vMVPDs. Since joining the company in August 2022, he has championed Tastemade’s use of FAST as a premier window for original series rather than a destination for reruns. His strategy has resulted in a 58% viewership increase on Tastemade’s streaming channels, which have the largest distribution footprint of any lifestyle channel and are one of the only FAST channels to ever win an Emmy Award for an original series (“Struggle Meals”). Prior to joining Tastemade, Bregman spent six years at Rooster Teeth, a fan-driven, community-built entertainment company now owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Ryan Pirozzi

Head of U.S. Marketplace, Amazon Prime Video
Amazon

Ryan Pirozzi

Pirozzi’s promotion last March to his present position put him in charge of three distinct streaming businesses for Amazon: subscription-based Prime Video Channels, TVOD, and FAST Channels. FAST continues to be an important piece of the channels mix and, under Pirozzi, has grown to more than 450 channels across Prime Video, Amazon Freevee and Fire TV. The channels span 20 genres and include owned-and-operated channels as well as a diverse group of third-party channels that include NBCUniversal brands (Bravo, E!), CNN, ABC News, MrBeast, MLB, PGA and many others. Previously, Pirozzi was head of Amazon Freevee since 2022. Before that, he was head of worldwide television and film licensing for Amazon’s Prime Video. Before joining Amazon in 2011, Pirozzi spent seven years at Best Buy, where he led several store categories.

Dustin Moriarty

GM, FAST Channels
Amazon

Dustin Moriarty

Moriarty is responsible for the business of FAST Channels, alongside the teams that own content and marketing. He was promoted into his present position in March 2024, after more than three years as head of FAST channels acquisition for the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Moriarty has been focused mostly on growing the channel count to more than 450 across Amazon Freevee, Prime Video and Fire TV. He has overseen deals with all of Prime Video’s key FAST partners, including NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney/ABC, A&E, Lionsgate, XITE, and many others. He also launched Prime Video’s first owned-and-operated channels, beginning with a dedicated Judy Justice FAST channel in 2022. Prior to joining Amazon in 2020 as new business development lead, Moriarty was a distribution strategy leader at Disney and a consultant at Bain & Company.

Mike Pears

EVP, Distribution and Content Sales
AMC Networks

Mike Pears

Pears oversees all third-party digital distribution and content sales at AMC Networks. He is responsible for CTV/FAST and subscription channel deals, as well as content licensing. AMC Networks operates 20 curated CTV/FAST channels carried on 11 partner platforms, and more than 100 channel feeds. Channels include The Walking Dead Universe Channel, Stories by AMC, Reality by WE tv, BBC News, Anime by HIDIVE, and Scares by Shudder. AMC’s portfolio of ad-supported and ad-free subscription streaming platforms include AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, Shudder, and HIDIVE. A 25-year-plus digital media distribution veteran, Pears joined AMC in 2014 from Cinedigm (now Cine-verse), where he served as VP of digital sales after six years of building and running the digital distribution business at Vivendi Entertainment. Previously, Pears held various executive roles in the music business.

Srinivasan KA

Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer
Amagi

Srinivasan KA

Srini leads Amagi’s push to enable content owners and broadcasters to create, distribute and monetize live linear FAST channels. Under Srini’s leadership Amagi has built deep technical integration with more than 50 FAST platforms. Amagi supports more than 700 content brands with 3,800-plus channel deliveries. Its customers include NBCUniversal, ABS-CBN, Accuweather, Blue Ant Media, CNN, Gannett and the NFL. At April’s NAB Show 2024, Amagi showcased the new ad units, such as overlays, badges, and picture-in-picture squeezes, that it recently introduced to its one-stop modular SaaS platform for FAST. Srini is a veteran technology entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in establishing and successfully scaling businesses. Before launching Amagi in 2008, Srini co-founded wireless audio company ImpulseSoft, which he sold to SiRF Technology. He began his career at Texas Instruments as a software engineer.

Tom Ryan

President and CEO
Paramount Streaming

Tom Ryan

Ryan is the co-founder of Pluto TV, one of the first FAST platforms, which launched in 2014. Five years later, Pluto TV was sold to Paramount Pictures and Ryan stayed on to lead Pluto TV through the transition, and in 2020 was put in charge of all of Paramount’s streaming endeavors, including Paramount+. Pluto TV now boasts more than 80 million monthly active viewers. In an interview in March on the Paramount website, Ryan reflects, “It’s remarkable to think when we launched Pluto TV on April Fool’s Day in 2014 everyone thought we were just that: fools. Pluto TV was linear in the age of on-demand, free in the age of paid subscription, and ad-supported in an age when everyone thought ads would have no place in the future of streaming. No one thought it would last.”

Adam Lewinson

Chief Content Officer
Tubi

Adam Lewinson

Lewinson oversees content strategy and acquisitions as well as the development and production of originals at Tubi, Fox Entertainment’s free ad-supported streamer. Tubi, with a library of more than 50,000 titles, has been on a roll over the past year on both the FAST and AVOD fronts. Last October Tubi launched more than 40 FAST channels in Canada, including CrimeTime, Kartoon Channel, Midsomer Murders and MrBeast. Then, in December, Tubi teamed with Warner Bros. Discovery to stream DC films and shows, including The Batman, Aquaman and “Gotham.” Prior to joining Tubi in 2017, Lewinson was SVP of programming/marketing at Sony Pictures Television and AVOD platform Crackle. He was instrumental in the launch of Crackle’s original series and movies. Before joining Sony in 2015, Lewinson spent more than a decade at FX Networks.

Salek Brodsky

SVP and GM
Samsung TV Plus

Salek Brodsky

Brodsky drives the strategic vision of Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s FAST and AVOD service, overseeing such crucial aspects as content acquisition, product management, operations, revenue generation and analytics. Salek led the Samsung TV Plus expansion into mobile, which massively grew the platform’s audience. He has forged key partnerships for Samsung smart TVs and other devices, resulting in exclusive deals with leading brands such as Apple TV, Apple Music, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. Brodsky joined Samsung in 2013 and helped launch Samsung TV Plus two years later. Brodsky joined Samsung through its acquisition of Boxee, a startup that developed a set-top box that streams media to TVs. Previously he was COO of Daylife, a pioneering service that provided internet publishers with innovative tools for presenting articles, links and images.

Annie O’Brien

Director of Licensing
Samsung TV Plus

Annie O’Brien

O’Brien has pushed Samsung TV Plus in the FAST space through the company’s owned-and-operated channel strategy. Samsung TV Plus now boasts more than 10 branded channels, including the recently expanded Movie Hub franchise, the popular Fireplace 4K channel, and curated compilation channels across the crime, reality and action genres. She has led and structured strategic partnerships with such major studios as Paramount and Lionsgate, and struck creative deals with ITV, FilmRise, Blue Ant Media, GAC and others to bolster Samsung’s channel and VOD library with fan-favorite shows and feature films. Prior to joining Samsung in January 2021, O’Brien was a lead deal negotiator for Dish Network’s satellite and OTT (Sling TV) services, securing multi-billion-dollar deals and advancing the company’s premium content and product features.

Stephen L. Hodge

CEO
OTTera

Stephen Hodge

Hodge co-founded OTTera, a leading service provider specializing in content distribution and monetization across all platforms, in 2017. He not only sets the strategic direction for content licensing, business development and monetization, but also ensures that OTTera and its affiliated companies maintain a competitive edge in the ever-evolving digital landscape. Under Hodge’s guidance the distribution of services has skyrocketed, reaching nearly 100 million monthly unique viewers across every major consumer electronics device on a global scale. OTTera has delivered more than 2,000 FAST channels to major streaming platforms, as well as more than 600 OTT applications to devices and platforms worldwide. Hodge’s journey in technology leadership began with a series of progressively more responsible executive positions at companies such as Toon Goggles, Digital Media Interactive, and Anywhere Artists.

Natalie Gabathuler-Scully

EVP, Revenue, Distribution and Data Operations
Vevo

Natalie Gabathuler-Scully

Gabathuler-Scully is an integral contributor to Vevo’s evolution into one of the largest FAST networks in the world, with a portfolio of 20 curated music video channels catering to various genres, decades and themes. She helped oversee the launch and monetization of Vevo’s first FAST channel five years ago. Since then, her scope has grown, and in her present position she is charged with managing critical facets of Vevo’s FAST business, from advertising to partner management to launching channels across partner services such as Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus and The Roku Channel. Gabathuler-Scully joined Vevo in March 2010 as director of yield management. Before that she spent five years at ESPN, where she ultimately rose to associate director of digital media pricing and planning. She began her career in 1999 as a Business Analyst at JPMorgan.

John Suydam

SVP, Business Development and Technology
PBS Distribution

John Suydam

Suydam leads business development and global content licensing across the TVOD, SVOD, AVOD, FAST and education segments at PBS Distribution, which distributes public media content around the world. He assumed his present position in 2022 after eight years as VP of digital distribution. He has been instrumental in diversifying PBS Distribution’s global revenue portfolio, its entry into new markets, launching and expanding its FAST business, and maturing its data analytics capabilities. Additionally, Suydam led the effort to launch several FAST channels across multiple partners, including such viewer favorites as PBS Food, PBS Antiques Roadshow, PBS Nature, PBS Antiques Road Trip and, internationally, PBS History, Arthur, and World’s Greatest. Prior to joining PBS Distribution in 2005, he spent three years as senior manager of business development at National Geographic, and four years in affiliate sales and marketing at Discovery.

Charles Collier

President
Roku

Charles Collier

Collier is midway through his second year as president of Roku, which operates The Roku Channel through its branded streaming devices and smart TVs. Despite a stock slump and recent data breach, the company “is well positioned to benefit from the ongoing growth of streaming entertainment,” according to an April Motley Fool note. It lets advertisers target desired viewers, and lets viewers aggregate all their streaming services into one simple interface. Collier, who has 25 years of media experience, began his career in advertising sales before expanding into programming, strategy and digital. Prior to joining Roku in October 2022, Collier served as CEO of Fox Entertainment, where he was responsible for entertainment and business strategy. Prior to joining Fox, Collier was president and GM of AMC Networks, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.

Wil Rosser

SVP, Alternative Platforms and Digital Strategies
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Wil Rosser

Rosser oversees SPE’s Game Show Network alternative platforms and digital strategies, and for the past five years has been leading the company’s FAST business. He currently manages seven FAST channels from Game Show Network/Sony in the United States and Canada, including Game Show Central, CINEVAULT, CINEVAULT: Westerns, CINEVAULT: Classics, GET, and GET Comedy, with distribution responsibility for Crunchyroll. Last October Crunchyroll announced a new FAST channel dedicated to anime, which launched that month on LG Channels, the Roku Channel, Vizio WatchFree+, and Amazon’s Freevee. Game Show Network launched its first channel in March 2020 and has gradually brought more channels to the space, leaning heavily into its expertise as linear TV programmers. Rosser joined Game Show Network in 2011 after nearly eight years at Dish Network, where he most recently served as senior product marketing manager.

Daniel Gagliardi & Joey Dussault

VP, Digital Distribution and Business Development &
Director, FAST Digital Distribution
FilmRise

Joey Dussault
Daniel Gagliardi

Gagliardi spearheads and manages the growth and performance optimization of FilmRise’s AVOD and FAST channels in addition to creating opportunities and implementing new strategies for FilmRise’s AVOD and FAST partners around the world. Prior to joining FilmRise in January 2022, Gagliardi was head of content at Vudu (now Fandango at Home), where he was responsible for building and leading the content partnerships team. Prior to that he served as VP of worldwide television and digital distribution for Lionsgate, where he oversaw content licensing partnerships with an emphasis on AVOD. Dussault oversees the curation and syndication of more than 90 unique FAST channel properties at FilmRise. FilmRise’s FAST channels reach 18 major platforms, including Vizio, LG, The Roku Channel and Xumo, in more than 35 territories. Popular FAST channels include FilmRise True Crime, FilmRise Forensic Files, FilmRise Western and Unsolved Mysteries. Dussault was promoted into his present position in February 2022, four years after he joined FilmRise as a content editor.

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