OTT.X to Present Diversity Summit and Industry Review and Analysis Dec. 14

Industry trade group OTT.X. will present its second annual Diversity Summit as well as its second annual Industry Review and Analysis Dec. 14 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.

The Diversity Summit, taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be a gathering of “visionary leaders, content creators, and advocates dedicated to fostering inclusivity and representation in the digital entertainment landscape,” according to OTT.X. It “serves as a dynamic platform for stakeholders to engage in thought-provoking discussions, share innovative strategies, and champion the critical importance of diverse narratives and voices in shaping the future of streaming media,” according to the group. The event features presentations, panels, and discussion sessions with diverse executives and entrepreneurs from across the OTT industry.

Among the topics:

  • “Keynote Fireside Chat” with Roxanne Avent Taylor, CEO and producer, Hidden Empire Film Group
  • “Delivering Content for Underrepresented Audiences”
  • “OTT Inclusion Analytics”
  • “Thriving as One of the Few Becomes One of the Many”
  • “Diversity Success Stories and Case Studies”

 

Speakers include:

  • Roxanne Avent Taylor, co-CEO and producer, Hidden Empire Film Group
  • Kacy Boccumini, executive director, systems and workflow, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Paul Colichman, CEO, Here Media
  • Dennis Dortch, co-founder and CEO, Black & Sexy TV
  • Michele Edelman, head of growth, Premiere Digital Services
  • Margo Lang, VP, people and organization (HR) strategy, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Yolanda Macias, chief content officer, Cineverse
  • Quincy Newell, CEO, TwentyOne14 Media

 

OTT.X is presenting the Diversity Summit as a free benefit to all.

Starting in the afternoon is the 2023 Industry Review and Analysis, taking place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Industry Review and Analysis is a half-day event that will serve as a follow-up to the release of OTT.X’s annual industry report. It offers “an expansive deep dive into the current and future state of OTT by joining leading research institutions as they provide critical analysis touching all sectors of the streaming industry,” according to OTT.X.

Topics include:

  • “The OTT Platform Landscape and Business Models”
  • “The AVOD and FAST Advertising Landscape”
  • “The Future of Devices”
  • “Consumer Demographics and Behavior”
  • “Content – What Works Best on What Platforms/Business Models”
  • “Global Trends Outside of the United States”
  • “Analyst Q&A”
  • “Investment Advice & Opportunities”

 

Speakers include:

  • David Bloom, senior contributor, Forbes
  • Tom Gennari, CEO, BB Media
  • Kirby Grines, founder and CEO, 43Twenty
  • Vince Muscarella, VP, sales, Whip Media
  • Mark Orne, EVP, cross platform group, Screen Engine/ASI
  • Jaime Otero, VP, partnerships, Parrot Analytics
  • Eric Sorensen, director, Streaming Video Tracker, Parks Associates
  • Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors

 

All attendees will receive a digital copy of the 2023/2024 OTT.X Industry Report upon its release. The Industry Strategic Review and Analysis is free for all OTT.X members and $150 for non-members.

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Industry Association OTT.X Adds New Members

OTT.X has announced the addition of several new members: Added TV, Axinom, Bitcentral, Bright SDK, Column6, Deluxe, FilmRise, FPT, Frequency, Golden Media Group, GumGum, JW Player, Navio Networks, Proreal, Shout! Factory TV, SymphonyAI Media and Wurl. 

  • Added is a technology company that specializes in providing a cutting-edge ad serving solution for CTV and In-App advertising. 
  • Axinom provides the building blocks for developing video streaming platforms.
  • Bitcentral helps companies simplify the production, asset management, distribution, and monetization of content.
  • Bright SDK powers many large e-commerce and travel websites by indexing publicly available web data such as product prices and reviews. It uses the user device to anonymously download a few web pages from well known Internet sites.
  • Column6 provides a suite of technology, tools, and talent for complete inventory management to maximize publisher ad revenue.
  • Deluxe helps clients with everything from global cinema, content distribution, localization, and mastering to end-to-end innovation and scale across streaming, theatrical, broadcast and mobile landscapes.
  • FilmRise is a Brooklyn-based film and television studio and operator of the FilmRise Streaming Network, the world’s largest independently owned portfolio of ad-supported streaming apps and FAST channels.
  • FPT is a global technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam.
  • Frequency is a Los Angeles-based software company that builds and operates Frequency Studio, a cloud-based video SaaS platform for the creation, distribution, and monetization of linear channels.
  • Golden Media Group distributes and sells film rights.
  • GumGum is a contextual-first global digital advertising platform that aims to capture consumers’ attention, without the use of personal data. 
  • JWP offers a SaaS video platform.
  • NAVIO Networks is a multi-channel distributor of 24/7 CTV linear streaming FAST channels.
  • Proreal is a boutique streaming platform, catering to niche audiences, with a strong presence in the Indian Subcontinent and worldwide, including America, Australia, Asia (esp. South Korea) and MENA.
  • Shout! Factory TV is a digital entertainment streaming service that brings cult favorites to pop culture fans.
  • SymphonyAI Media, the media and entertainment business unit of SymphonyAI, is a provider of AI-powered cloud solutions that deliver content, distributor, and customer insights to global media and entertainment organizations.
  • Wurl helps content companies, streamers, and advertisers reach consumers worldwide, enabling them to maximize revenues, expand into global markets, and grow audiences.

 

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Industry Vet Mike Fidler Named Executive Director of 8K Association

The 8K Association has retained consumer entertainment veteran Mike Fidler as its new executive director.

Mike Fidler

Fidler will be responsible for furthering the adoption and implementation of 8K and its entire ecosystem — including the growing number and variety of compatible products — in a strategic manner, while conveying the 8K message effectively to all industry stakeholders, including content creators, delivery platforms and the production community, according to an association release.

Previously, Fidler served as senior executive for a number of major CE companies and organizations, where he was responsible for driving the launch of technologies such as DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K UHD, Digital Cinema and Filmmaker Mode.

“Given his extensive experience and strong relationships with manufacturers, retailers and buying groups, Fidler will be charged with enlisting their support of 8K as well,” according to the release.

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“Throughout his distinguished career, Mike Fidler has demonstrated a special ability to engage with leading executives from across the home entertainment landscape,” Bill Mandel, president of the 8K Association, said in a statement. “As a result, he is uniquely qualified and poised to take 8K to the next level, for both our current communication and certification programs and expanding our consumer education efforts via conferences, webinars and trade events.

“Mike will also be responsible for increasing 8K Association membership, establishing new promotion initiatives and generating greater awareness about the benefits of 8K as a whole.”

NAB Show to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The NAB Show scheduled for Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas and associated co-located events will require attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of global connections and events for the National Association of Broadcasters, wrote in an email to the community.

“While the enthusiasm is building, we are keenly aware of health and safety concerns tied to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and want to assure you that we are putting in place a comprehensive, data-driven plan that prioritizes safety and creates a productive environment at these events,” he wrote. “We have worked for the past several weeks to finalize protocols that will maximize the experience and safety of all members of the NAB Show community. This process has involved extensive consultation with health and safety experts, gathering feedback from a range of exhibitors and attendees, and review of the safety measures recommended by national and local health authorities, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s important announcement this week regarding large events.”

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The show floor will feature major brands such as Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, Verizon and more, he wrote.

Major industry events, such as the Radio Show, Sales and Management Television Exchange and AES Show, will co-locate in Las Vegas.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Attend CES 2022

The Consumer Technology Association has announced that CES 2022  will require in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

CES 2022 will take place in Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, with media days Jan. 3-4.

CTA will again create a digital event that will run in parallel with the in-person program.

“Based on today’s science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CTA, said in a statement. “We all play a part in ending the pandemic through encouraging vaccinations and implementing the right safety protocols. We are taking on our responsibility by requiring proof of vaccination to attend CES 2022 in Las Vegas.”

The CTA is also assessing the acceptance of proof of a positive antibody test as an alternative requirement and will share more details on this later, according to a CTA press release.

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“Safety, security and health are always a priority at CES, and we will follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC,” read the press release. “CTA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will announce additional protocols closer to the show.”

Some 2,000 companies including major brands and start-ups will be in Las Vegas, according to the CTA. CES 2022 will feature new categories showcasing how the industry is evolving, including space tech, food tech and NFTs. The show will highlight advancements in AI, AR/VR, gaming and computing, digital health, automotive and transportation, home entertainment, smart home, and more, according to the CTA. Audiences will hear from industry leaders during live keynotes, including General Motors chair and CEO Mary Barra and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

Visit CES.tech for CES 2022 updates.

OTT.X Announces 2020 Heroes

OTT.X (formerly the Entertainment Merchants Association) is honoring industry “heroes.”

Heroes are team members at digital platforms, channels and retailers; at content companies; and at service and technology companies that facilitate the flow of content to the consumer, “playing an important role in providing the needed entertainment to keep everyone sane during these stay-at-home months,” according to OTT.X.

The individuals are being recognized based on their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their contributions are being honored at the OTT.X Online Live conference July 22.

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Honorees are:

  • Abel Franklin, director of digital media, Maverick Entertainment
  • Aimee Rogers, manager, FP&A and sales analyst, Cinedigm
  • Alexandra Vigilione, director, product marketing, Cinedigm
  • Brenda Garcia-Ortiz, SVP, worldwide sales, Maverick Entertainment
  • Chris Pak, SVP, FP&A and business development, Cinedigm
  • Dan Sulzer, director, financial operations and royalties, Cinedigm
  • Danny Arroyo, content prep and asset management manager, BLU
  • David Johnson, packaging manager, BLU
  • David Millbern, VP, development and research, Here Media
  • Dylan Canfield, manager, content operations, Cinedigm
  • Erick Varillas, head of production, mitú
  • Evan Liss, digital media specialist, Maverick Entertainment
  • Ian Donnelly, manager, ad operations, Cinedigm
  • Jessica Ruvalcaba, director of content, mitú
  • Katherine Pond, VP, business development, Vizio
  • Kelcie Schwab, linear channel programming and digital coordinator, Maverick Entertainment
  • Lonni Silverman, director, client services, Sony Pictures
  • Michael Thexton, executive director, technology, BLU
  • Natalie Martin, VP, client services, Premiere Digital
  • Sarah Dixon, VP, client services, BLU
  • Tony Huidor, SVP, products and technology, and GM, networks, Cinedigm
  • Zack Coffman, CEO and founder, One World Digital

 

“We are proud to have individuals like this year’s heroes working within our industry,” said OTT.X president and CEO Mark Fisher in a statement. “Their contributions to their companies parlayed into contributions to every stay-at-home’s ability to cope through good quality entertainment delivered into their homes through the Internet.”

UHD Alliance Introduces ‘Filmmaker Mode’

The UHD Alliance, along with leaders in consumer electronics, the Hollywood studios and members of the filmmaking community, Aug. 27 announced collaboration on a new viewing mode for watching movies and episodic TV called “Filmmaker Mode,” designed to reproduce the content in the way the creator intended. (L-R): Panasonic’s Ron Martin, Vizio’s Kenneth Lowe, Warner’s Michael Zink and director Rian Johnson were on hand to announce the launch. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for UHD Alliance)