Women in Home Entertainment 2020: The Teams

The “captains” profiled in the third annual Media Play News Women in Home Entertainment issue need smart, savvy and strategic teams who work with them. And then there are other women providing valuable leadership in the home entertainment space at independent content distributors, digital retailers, streaming services and other companies helping the industry continue to evolve.

SEE ALSO ‘WOMEN IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT 2020: THE 12 CAPTAINS’

Here’s a look at the rest of the Women in Home Entertainment, class of 2020 …

 

Amazon

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD OF AMAZON STUDIOS
Salke is in charge of all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with launching upcoming series and films, as well as ongoing support of current series. High-profile projects include “Lord of the Rings” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem, and the Emmy-winning comedy series “Fleabag.”

MARIE DONOGHUE
VP, GLOBAL SPORTS VIDEO
Donoghue oversees Amazon’s global sports content business, as well as its sports strategy, enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 200 countries and territories. Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as EVP of global business and content strategy at ESPN, leading the ongoing development and implementation of its enterprise-wide business and content strategy. Donoghue oversaw all digital dealmaking for ESPN, including ESPN’s relationship with Disney-owned BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

 

AMC/RLJ Entertainment

SYLVIA GEORGE
EVP AND GM, URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL

George oversees the management and operation of the UMC subscription streaming service across all platforms and available markets. Under her leadership, the service has seen a 200% increase to its subscriber base in the past 12 months and has developed an impressive slate of original programming that includes popular series “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy,” “A House Divided,” and the latest breakout, “Double Cross.” Prior to that she was the company’s first chief marketing officer after serving as president, U.S., managing North American distribution and spearheading integration of Acorn Media and Image Entertainment, which were acquired by RLJ Entertainment in 2012. During this time, George helped to build Acorn’s brand profile as the “chief curator of the best Brit TV,” according to Time Magazine.

CATHERINE MACKIN
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ACORN MEDIA ENTERPRISES
Mackin previously worked at the BBC to run UKTV Gold, TV3 in Ireland as deputy director of programming, and again at the BBC in 2009 as UKTV’s director of programming acquisitions for nearly nine years. Since 2018, she has led Acorn Media Enterprises, British content SVOD service Acorn TV’s co-production and commissioning arm. She has overseen the commissioning or co-producing of dramas and mysteries including British mystery “Queens of Mystery,” Irish period drama “Dead Still,” British crime drama “London Kills,” New Zealand thriller “The Sounds,” British mystery “Agatha Raisin,” Australian drama “Mystery Road,” BBC drama “Keeping Faith,” Irish drama “Blood,” and Irish comedy “Finding Joy,” among several others, which have exclusively premiered on Acorn TV.

 

CBS All Access

JULIE MCNAMARA
EVP, HEAD OF PROGRAMMING
McNamara in February was promoted to head of programming for CBS All Access, reporting to ViacomCBS chief digital officer and CBS Interactive CEO Marc DeBevoise and chief creative officer David Nevins. McNamara’s expanded duties include spearheading programming strategy for the streaming platform, including current and future original series, acquisitions and bringing in content from other ViacomCBS properties, including BET, Comedy Central, Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, TV Land, VH1 and Smithsonian.

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Disney+/Disney Streaming Services

LINDA BAGLEY
DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL, DISNEY DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Bagley leads a global team of lawyers responsible for matters relating to company priorities such as Disney’s subscription streaming services and international media businesses.

ALISA BOWEN
SVP, OPERATIONS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Bowen is responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+ and ESPN+. As part of her oversight, Alisa is responsible for overall program management, including the rollout of Disney+ across international markets, identification and implementation of Disney+ internal synergy opportunities, and leading global customer support for ESPN+ and Disney+.

LAURA EVANS
SVP, DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Evans is responsible for overseeing analytics, data science and insight capabilities for the company’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer services, including ESPN+ and the Disney+ streaming service.

KAREN HOBSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Hobson oversees global communications and public affairs strategies across the Disney Direct-to-Consumer segment, including the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming businesses: Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. She also oversees communications strategies for Disney’s international media operations stretching from Europe to Asia to Latin America.

TEHMINA JAFFER
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, DISNEY+
Jaffer leads all aspects of business affairs strategy, policy and procedure for the Disney+ content and marketing team. She oversees the coordination and negotiation of development, production and talent deals and contracts, as well as rights, acquisitions, clearances and content agreements. She also collaborates with content groups across the Walt Disney Company that are developing and producing original content exclusively for the service — including the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm — as well as external third-party production entities.

ROBYN ARONSON, VP, business affairs, unscripted content, Disney+
MOLLY BRADY, VP, customer acquisition, Disney Streaming Services
JESSICA CASANO-ANTONELLIS, VP, communications, Disney Streaming Services
JENNIFER JONES, VP, business affairs, Disney+
PAULA MCMAHON, VP, integrated marketing, Disney+
SARAH SHEPARD, VP, originals — scripted content, Disney+

 

Disney Media Distribution

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS
Carretta leads communications for Disney Media Distribution, which includes domestic channel distribution, global platform distribution, content licensing in the U.S. and Canada, and global in-home transactional sales. DMD licenses content to a wide range of high-profile platforms and third-party distribution channels, including linear (broadcast and cable), MVPDs, PVOD, SVOD, AVOD, digital and physical retailers, hotels and airlines. Carretta and her team manage content licensing announcements, consumer-facing campaigns and talent relations for the company’s portfolio of theatrical and television content. She also spearheads all corporate and executive communications on behalf of the division and its senior leaders.

CHRISTEN HARRIS, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
LAUREN MORRISSEY, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
LINDSEY GREEN, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
Green, Harris and Morrissey negotiate key licensing agreements on behalf of the company across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including domestic multichannel subscription distribution and global direct-to-consumer platforms. Among these substantial high-profile agreements managed by their teams are in-home VOD and transactional sales for theatrical and television content from The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Media Networks across digital aggregators, MVPDs, devices and social media applications. Between the three of them they oversee a roster of well over 100 accounts, which also includes global airlines and hotels. In addition, they are heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere with its digital retail partners.

CHERYLYN CARR, assistant general counsel
LORI COHEN-ELIAS, VP, marketing strategy
CYNDI CRUZ, VP, sales planning and administration
ELIZABETH DUKE, assistant chief counsel
JAIME GORMAN, VP, creative development
CHRISTINE HUPALO, VP, marketing
SUMMER IMAI, VP, content management
SUZANNE KAMENIR, VP, global creative marketing
JANE KIM, VP, business development and strategic partnerships
MICHELLE LEVISOHN, VP, creative development
JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, product management
KIMBERLY WILSON, VP, affiliate marketing account management

 

Dolby Labs

GRAEF ALLEN
MANAGER, TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
Allen manages Dolby’s Burbank-based technical operations department. She is one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable resources for Dolby Vision mastering/delivery and has become a key technical driver in the growth of Dolby Vision since its 2015 launch. Allen works closely with both Dolby software as well as third-party products and partners. She has also spoken at several Dolby-supported events encouraging girls and young women to participate in STEM fields.

TINA ECKMAN
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT RELATIONS
Eckman leads the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos account management effort for streaming content from Netflix, Apple, Showtime and several others. Passionate about inspiring the creative community for more than 25 years, she has been working on a global level with storytellers and their use of technology. Motivated to bring new women into entertainment technology, Eckman co-leads the Women in Post annual event at NAB, which has led to post-production job opportunities for women, by women.

 

Fandango

LORI PANTEL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Pantel directs all brand and marketing strategies across the company’s e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com, Fandango Movieclips and TVOD service FandangoNow. Throughout her career, Pantel has effectively redefined and executed strategies for global consumer brands, with a focus on ensuring a cohesive global brand DNA that resonates with consumers, retailers and partners. Before joining Fandango, Pantel served as SVPD and global GM for Mattel’s girls’ brands. In this role, Pantel oversaw global teams responsible for worldwide brand and marketing strategy, creative execution and product development for Mattel’s “Monster High” and “Ever After High” brands, as well as the company’s “DC Super Hero Girls” line. Prior to that, Pantel served as VP of marketing for Mattel’s North America division, VP of global brand marketing, and associate brand manager on the Barbie brand.

DANA BENSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson directs all corporate communications and public relations functions across the company’s ticketing, e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com and TVOD service FandangoNow. She also oversees public relations for subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, STRATEGY AND CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads cross-channel, journey-based retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and Rotten Tomatoes. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats throughout the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue across brands and franchises, and develops personalized contact strategies across email, push notifications and inbox that support business goals at brand, segment and genre levels.

REMA MORGAN-ALUKO
DIRECTOR, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
With more than 15 years of experience in technology, engineering leadership and software development, Morgan-Aluko leads the technology group for FandangoNow. She oversees the development of Web, mobile apps, OTT applications and services, as well as application program interfaces (APIs) for the service. In pursuit of her goal to improve diversity and inclusion across the technology industry, Morgan-Aluko co-founded Fandango’s TECHWomen chapter, which aims to advance opportunities for female technologists within the company and beyond. Previously, Morgan-Aluko led the development and implementation of several initiatives across Fandango’s verticals, including trailers (Movieclips), video and editorial content, movie and entertainment metadata, commerce, user profiles, CRM, marketing campaigns, and programs, as well as advertising and monetization.

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Hulu

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney manages Hulu’s strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators. Previously, she was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscription packages, regional sports networks and on-demand sports content.

BRITTANY HVEEM
HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Hveem leads negotiations of development and licensing deals related to Hulu’s slate of original series, documentaries, international co-productions and specials. She oversees the business and production relationships with studio suppliers such as Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony and Lionsgate, approving production budgets and negotiations with talent. Prior to joining Hulu in 2016, Hveem was most recently VP of business affairs for Warner Horizon Television and was previously counsel at ABC Studios.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Kang has led numerous deals that have built out Hulu’s content library. She led efforts to lock in the first official content provider for Hulu’s online TV service. Kang negotiated a multiyear deal with AMC Networks for “Fear the Walking Dead.” She closed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedies, dramas and miniseries. She led all of Hulu’s legal efforts on an output agreement to new shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS, among others.

JAYA KOLHATKAR
CHIEF DATA OFFICER
Kolhatkar oversees customer intelligence and all data- and analytics-related efforts at Hulu. She is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence. Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as the SVP of global data and analytics platforms at Walmart Labs, where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions.

ANNIE LUO
SVP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
Luo is responsible for driving expansion efforts and relationships with partners and connecting business operations across the organization. Prior to joining Hulu, Annie worked at McKinsey & Company, where she was a founding member for their consumer tech and media practice, leading operations and strategic alliances globally. She spent six years as the head of media, entertainment and information practice at the World Economic Forum and held various roles across the top media brands including BBC Worldwide (Asia), CNBC and Bloomberg Media Group.

GAUDE LYDIA PAEZ
SVP, HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Paez oversees the team responsible for all communications efforts in support of Hulu’s brand, subscriber growth and engagement, product and technology, content strategy, monetization, and overall market position. She joined Hulu in April 2016 from Fox Broadcasting Co., where she served as SVP of corporate communications and digital publicity for the network.

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Springborn, who joined Hulu in 2014, has played an integral role in developing and greenlighting straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s slate of originals, including the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “The Looming Tower,” “Future Man,” “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22” from George Clooney, and the limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

 

Google/YouTube TV

CHRISTINA AVITABILE
HEAD OF CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AND LICENSING (TVOD/SVOD/AVOD), YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE PLAY
Avitabile oversees business development and partnerships for Google’s transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, at Amazon.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Merryman is a veteran in the streaming entertainment space. Prior to joining YouTube, she served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

 

Lionsgate

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
A nine-year veteran of Lionsgate, Kapouranis spearheads international distribution, acquisitions, sales and marketing for Lionsgate’s television and catalog feature slate. She oversees a sales and distribution team responsible for a broad range of global and regional licensing deals encompassing the company’s films, television series and Starz original programming with nearly all leading digital and linear platforms around the world.

DANIELLE COHEN
EVP, WORLDWIDE TECHNICAL OPERATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
With the help of her teams, Cohen oversees technical operations and quality assurance for all incoming worldwide theatrical titles, home entertainment, TV series, outgoing deliveries to Lionsgate’s international distributors, and the company’s digital and physical asset management. In addition, she oversees the remastering of library titles to 4K, asset migration, and screening room activities.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and striving for continuous improvements and efficiencies, as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to home entertainment and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of retail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson is continually looking for new retail opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s new-release and catalog content in stores as well as online for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD titles. She is the consummate team player who is dedicated to finding win-win solutions. Anderson is committed to Lionsgate’s passion for original, daring and groundbreaking entertainment and driving her team to support that vision.

CHASE BRISBIN
SVP, GLOBAL SVOD SALES
Brisbin overseas Lionsgate’s global SVOD licensing across both TV and film, including partnerships with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well as emerging platforms. She and her team also work closely alongside Starz to support their impressive international expansion strategy. Since joining Lionsgate in 2012, she has touched all areas of TV distribution, from digital home entertainment to traditional linear sales, and now keeps her focus on the evolving streaming landscape.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
Carter focuses on partnerships, catalog marketing, research and retail marketing. In this role, she leads the lifecycle planning for content from Lionsgate and its distribution partners, along with driving retail marketing efforts. Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all its independent film and theatrical releases.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the super user/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additional functions include cost analysis and business acquisition onboarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager, covering a wide variety of retailers.

KATE NEXON
SVP, NORTH AMERICAN TV AND DIGITAL SALES
Nexon is responsible for licensing Lionsgate’s current and library television and film properties across U.S. linear and digital platforms. She leads the strategic planning, release, and analysis of multi-platform domestic sales initiatives driving to market-leading sales. Nexon joined Lionsgate in 2009 shortly before completing her MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. She also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees overall marketing strategy, publicity, social media, research and paid media initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. She leads her teams to develop a full 360-degree marketing strategy for the entire limited theatrical and multiplatform release slate; traditional 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming; as well as the company’s third-party distribution companies.

KATHY ARENDAIN, VP, creative marketing, digital and social
MELISSA CLARKE, VP, retail operations
TIFFANY OLIVARES GIRARDI, VP, publicity and digital engagement
LINDSAY LEFRANCOIS, VP, procurement
SHANNON PARKER, VP, AV creative services
HALLIE PRINCE, VP, integrated marketing
HELEN REICH, VP, sales administration

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Movies Anywhere

KARIN GILFORD
GM
Gilford leads an independent, dedicated, cross-functional team that includes product, technology and marketing professionals. She oversees product development, business strategy and long-term growth of all aspects of the Movies Anywhere brand, and serves as key liaison, working with participating studios and retailers.

BETH K. BAIER
ASSISTANT CHIEF COUNSEL
Baier heads up all day-to-day legal and business affairs matters and serves as the senior legal advisor to the company’s business teams. She actively participates in legal analysis, modeling, negotiations and drafting of new strategic business models and high-profile deals involving emerging digital distribution technologies, distribution platforms, technical operations and marketing strategies.

ELISSA BROWN
VP, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Brown supervises day-to-day operations, developing and executing key business and platform strategies to drive growth and deliver operational efficiencies across all facets of Movies Anywhere. This organization includes finance, strategy, business development, partner management, business intelligence/analytics, customer care and program management.

 

MVD Entertainment Group

RACHEL NORDMARK
VP, SALES
Nordmark oversees MVD’s U.S. physical and digital home entertainment business, including sales, account management and customer marketing. She also helps establish and maintain positive relations with vendors and customers, and assists in product acquisitions and social media. She assumed her present position in 2014, after serving as sales and marketing representative, account manager and vendor manager. Nordmark began her career in film and music distribution with MVD in 1999 as a sales representative.

 

NBCUniversal/Peacock

MAGGIE MCLEAN SUNIEWICK
PRESIDENT, DIGITAL ENTERPRISES, NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, AND
PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS, PEACOCK
Suniewick leads NBC Universal’s digital business strategy and partnerships with new-media and technology companies to deliver premium content to emerging platforms. Suniewick previously served as SVP of strategic integration, where she was charged with identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities between Comcast Corp. and NBCUniversal. She led Symphony, the companywide marketing initiative that promotes upcoming NBCUniversal programming, movies and events, including the Olympics, and Comcast’s products and services across the entire portfolio to drive awareness and help connect with consumers.

 

Netflix

BELA BAJARIA
VP, LOCAL-LANGUAGE ORIGINALS
Bajaria, who joined Netflix in November 2016 as VP of content, oversees all non-English original series around the world. In her previous role, Bajaria oversaw Netflix’s push into unscripted programming, including “Queer Eye” and “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” as well as talk series with David Letterman and Hasan Minhaj. Bajaria also oversaw scripted originals “You,” “Locke and Key” and “Daybreak,” among others.

MELISSA COBB
VP, ORIGINAL ANIMATION
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing animated series and feature films to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy and production strategy for animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation.

CHANNING DUNGEY
VP, ORIGINAL SERIES
In her role, Dungey partners with VP of original content Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with high-profile, prolific producers.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 14-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream. She has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company has grown. She oversees HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience. Neal also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Talent Development.

AMY REINHARD
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Reinhardt has held this role since joining the company in 2016. She oversees global studio licensing for films and television series as well as local-language acquisitions from Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and India. In addition to global licensing, Reinhard negotiates international distribution rights on major studio films.

BOZOMA SAINT JOHN
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Saint John took her position at Netflix in June 2020. She previously held the same role at Endeavor after serving as the first-ever chief brand officer at Uber. Her 20-year marketing career also includes tenures as head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, and head of the music and entertainment marketing group at Pepsi-Cola North America. She has been recognized for her breakthrough work by both the industry and her peers, having been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2014.

JANE WISEMAN
VP, COMEDY SERIES
Wiseman joined the Netflix original programming team in 2014 and over the past six years has built out Netflix’s scripted comedy department. Today, Wiseman oversees a curated, diverse lineup of content, from dark comedies and multi-cam sitcoms to Netflix’s growing slate of adult-animated comedies.

 

Paramount Pictures

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Bell is in charge of all of the division’s creative advertising materials including all packaging, menu design, and print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. She previously was VP of home entertainment creative services for Universal Studios. There, she oversaw and managed creative advertising objectives for the feature, catalog, TV and specialty brand groups. Bell also oversaw the development of creative marketing concepts for all consumer and trade materials.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TV LICENSING
Ciccone supervises all publicity and corporate communications for the home entertainment and TV licensing divisions on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone also manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, ATF, NATPE and more.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Froelich is responsible for international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all post-theatrical transactional windows. She also supervises global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at The Walt Disney Co. for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hildebrandt oversees customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. She is responsible for executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, electronic sellthrough and VOD. Hildebrandt previously served as VP of retail marketing at Fox and also held sales director positions at Fox and Polygram Filmed Entertainment in Canada.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
With more than 20 years of advertising experience, Marovich is responsible for overseeing all media planning and buying for the home entertainment division. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment. She previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC, where she was responsible for all advertising on behalf of the division. Prior to that, she was assistant media director for Starcom Worldwide, where she managed the media planning for all Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases and worked as a media planning supervisor for Buena Vista Theatrical.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home entertainment, theatrical marketing and TV licensing divisions. Early in her career she worked for AT&T as both an operations manager and HR professional. Upon earning her master’s degree in industrial psychology, she left AT&T and joined Nestle USA, where she became the director of training and development. In 1999 Pope joined EMI Music North America as VP of human resources, and in 2007 she joined Paramount Pictures.

ALANNA POWERS
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Powers heads up Paramount’s film catalog business globally across digital and physical distribution channels where she develops marketing and distribution strategies that align with cross-divisional partners to maximize the studio’s full portfolio of titles. Prior to joining Paramount, Powers held senior marketing positions at Redbox and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment after starting her career at FCB.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason primarily focuses on acquisitions for distribution through home entertainment channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions and domestic video sublicensing matters. Before joining Paramount, she was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (2000-05), where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the division’s marketing strategies across the new-release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG, VP, digital marketing, PHE
JACQUELINE GUSTAFSON, VP, home media content, PHE
ANNE MASUDA, VP, digital distribution (U.K.), PHE
MICHELE RUMAIN, VP, advertising (media), PHE
JULIA SALTER, VP, digital distribution (AU), PHE
PAMELA SIVULA, VP, financial planning, PHE
MICHELLE VEN DANGE, VP, international marketing, PHE

 

PBS Distribution

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP, STRATEGY AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Since joining WGBH in 2000, Letourneau has worked in various organizations across public media, including stints focused on public television system media strategies at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and as a production manager on “Antiques Roadshow.” Since joining PBS Distribution in 2010, she has significantly expanded the home entertainment content pipeline across genres including such programs as “The Great British Baking Show,” the PBS Kids hit “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” Masterpiece’s “Victoria,” and the recent Academy Award nominated For Sama, in partnership with PBS’s “Frontline.”

REBECCA CARR
VP, OPERATIONS, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Carr has worked in operations for PBS Distribution since its inception and heads operations, production and technology for all the unit’s business divisions. She oversees all aspects of the digital supply chain for direct-to-consumer and SVOD channels, SVOD and TVOD, as well as operations and production for hardcopy distribution. Combining her strategic and tactical strengths, Carr is responsible for asset and data management, evolving systems and processes, product execution and vendor management.

LIZ LIEBMAN
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION — DTC
Liebman’s experience across all digital distribution areas of the business allows her to successfully lead complex strategic initiatives. Never satisfied with the status quo, Liz sets high standards for her team and leads by example. She welcomes new challenges and opportunities, most recently stepping up to lead the newly created Direct-to-Consumer Subscription Video-on-Demand (DTC-SVOD) business to manage a growing portfolio of channels, including PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids, PBS Living and PBS Documentaries.

 

Premiere Digital

MICHELE EDELMAN
HEAD OF GROWTH
With more than 20 years of executive experience, an unmatched business acumen and extensive knowledge of home entertainment, Edelman has been a driving force behind innovation and growth at the forefront of an evolving OTT landscape. From launching TVOD/EST programs at Warner Bros, to spearheading VOD strategies at Vubiquity, to redefining distribution at media services company Premiere Digital, Edelman has been instrumental in implementing intentional market plans across media services, distribution and SaaS disciplines.

 

Quibi

MEG WHITMAN
CO-FOUNDER/CEO
In 2018, Whitman became the first employee and CEO of new video streaming platform Quibi with co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. The app-based service, which launched in April for $4.99 monthly with ads, $7.99 without, features original, short-form content designed specifically for smartphones. The start-up is backed by $1.7 billion in funding from investors Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony, Viacom, and WarnerMedia. Whitman previously served as CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her tenure, Whitman oversaw its expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue, to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. In 2014, Whitman was named No. 20 on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

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Redbox

KAVITA SUTHAR
CFO
Suthar oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, implementing strategies to drive revenue growth and profitability, and deal support. She previously held long-term strategy and analytics roles at U.S. Cellular.

MAURA GRAY
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONSUMER, BRAND AND PARTNERSHIP MARKETING
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the Redbox On Demand and Free Live TV launches. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

LAURA FLORENCE
DIRECTOR, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Florence leads the company’s digital content relationships with studios and independent partners and is responsible for the growing lineup of channels available on Redbox’s Free Live TV service. She has more than 14 years of experience in both the physical and digital categories of content distribution, including a tenure at Gravitas Ventures, where she ran North American sales and marketing for theatrical, TVOD/cable/satellite and home entertainment and AVOD sales.

LORI FLYNN
VP, CONTENT
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

NICOLE ZINNO
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Zinno leads human resources, overseeing all functions of HR, payroll, benefits, recruitment and internal communications that attract, retain and engage Redbox’s employee base of corporate and nationwide field team members.

 

Shout! Factory

MELISSA BOAG
SVP, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
As head of the family entertainment division — the biggest portion of the company’s business — Boag creates marketing and distribution strategy and oversees partnerships with GKIDS, Anime Limited, Eleven Arts, Hasbro and Sesame Street. She has led the strategy, marketing and acquisition work to grow this business to more than $30 million annually. She steers implementation on key lines, including “My Little Pony,” “Transformers,” “Power Rangers,” “Digimon Adventure” and GKIDS’s wide range of critically acclaimed animated movies and Studio Ghibli classics. She also collaborates on acquisitions and the production of new animated films.

LAUREN BLUM
ASSOCIATE VP OF PUBLICITY
Blum is a smart and well-respected PR strategist and has delivered many outstanding campaigns over the years. Recent home entertainment campaign highlights include “Sesame Street,” Studio Ghibli classics, “When Calls the Heart,” “The Carol Burnett Show” on ShoutFactoryTV, and cult movie releases from Scream Factory.

KATHY CALLAHAN
VP, SPECIAL MARKET SALES AND E-COMMERCE
Callahan is a more than 30-year veteran of entertainment media sales and marketing. She joined Shout! Factory in 2006. Since 2012, she has served as the GM of the company’s e-commerce businesses, which include shoutfactory.com, the MST3Kstore.com, and its Amazon Marketplace business. Kathy also handles specialty sales and non-traditional sales in general.

KARRIE STOUFFER
VP, CREATIVE SERVICES
Stouffer is a creative director and designer specializing in entertainment properties. In this role, she oversees key art and packaging development for a slew of music, film, television, digital and home entertainment projects. Her expertise spans numerous functions, including leading and managing creative campaigns, art direction and design, key art/logo/brand/title treatment development, and project management.

 

Sling TV

LEAH ASHLEY
VP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Ashley leads a team of 30 marketers across all digital tactics for Sling TV and Dish. Prior to joining Dish in 2019, she worked at Condé Nast as the executive director of consumer revenue for Allure and GQ. Ashley’s previous media experience includes positions at Birchbox, Castanea Partners and Bain & Co.

MELISA BODDIE
VP, PROGRAMMING
Boddie manages the local broadcasting, public interest and pay-for-carriage business units for Dish and Sling TV. Her responsibilities include local, core and paid-programming acquisitions.

DANA MCLEOD
VP, PROGRAMMING, PROMOTION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
McLeod oversees content acquisition, strategy, curation and promotion for Sling TV. She also manages programmer relationships and business development. Previously, she served as director of finance for Sling TV, where she was responsible for its finances, in addition to programming and media sales for both Dish and Sling TV.

LIZ RIEMERSMA
VP, SLING AND DISH INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Riemersma oversees programming, marketing and operations for both Dish International and Sling International. She is responsible for acquiring and marketing international content and driving subscriber growth across 27 languages at Dish and Sling TV.

 

Sony Pictures

JILL ALLEN
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Allen leads U.S. digital distribution across all new-media and MVPD platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango and Comcast. She oversees sales and sales planning teams to drive business across the studio’s new-release and catalog properties. Allen began her career at Disney and LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) before joining the Sony team 14 years ago. During her time at Sony, she has held both sales and business development roles, always with a focus on the intersection of content and new technologies.

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson leads the strategic development and execution of brand marketing, promotions and creative for all SPHE new-release and catalog business, establishing key consumer messaging, aligning marketing tactics to core brand strategy and ensuring that product marketing efforts are in line with studio business goals. She oversees a cross-functional team that includes brand and product marketing, promotions and creative advertising.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES AND OPERATIONS
Bluerock heads up the sales and operations organization for the domestic physical business. The scope of her responsibilities includes sales, supply chain, planning, reporting and administration. She has led the evolution of the sales team to integrate data-driven insights addressing retailer and consumer opportunities. Her experience at Sony, MGM and Target includes leadership positions in sales, sales planning and analysis, retail operations, category management, vendor managed inventory, demand planning and retail buying.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is responsible for identifying and developing Sony Pictures’ capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team sources, connects and manages consumer and audience level data universes, understands and builds consumer segments for activation, designs activation solutions, and delivers insights. Her team utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to develop models and apps to enable SPE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer appetite for film and television content across the theatrical, home entertainment and television release windows.

JACQUI MARSHALL
EVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall heads up the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has managed SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for more than a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon is responsible for data-driven consumer strategy, overseeing digital and social media marketing, traditional and digital media planning, and buying as well as publicity. Utilizing social and digital insights as well as traditional research to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set paid, owned and earned media strategies for SPHE releases. A champion of an analytics-led strategy, Mohon leverages consumer lifecycle data to drive multi-channel paid media strategies to drive transactions.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
For more than 20 years Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing, closely collaborating with all departments throughout the division. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing, and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT, VP, digital distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON, VP, legal
JUDY GUEVARA, VP, international marketing
HELENA KU, VP, business affairs
JANET SCHACKMAN, VP, customer operations
JANA SIMMONS, VP, TV and customer marketing
JOAN VILLAROS, VP, production services, North America

 

Universal Pictures

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES CONTENT GROUP
Parker is responsible for spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBCUniversal, spanning documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live-comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sport and fitness, and children and family, among others. Since assuming her position in 2007, Parker has successfully launched and developed this business for Universal and successfully positioned the company as an industry leader within the sector.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Blum manages creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. Her responsibilities also extend to include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

SANDY CHOI
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Choi oversees UPHE’s North American third-party partner relationships. She handles the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for partner releases across both physical and digital platforms, as well as leads the cross-functional team responsible for the overall business.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. She produced the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George,” garnering her two Daytime Emmys. Additionally, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, The Little Engine That Could, and more than 300 television episodes.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle is responsible for the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution across various media platforms worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues on all of the group’s development and production slate, including rights and talent acquisition, negative pick-up distribution agreements, foreign co-productions, intellectual property matters, and litigation management. She also handles the group’s soundtrack partnerships and is responsible for selling certain ancillary rights.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND STRATEGY, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Haro oversees business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, window, messaging and innovation founded in business and consumer insights. Throughout her tenure, she has been influential in shaping company strategy.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Iwata manages business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is responsible for licensing Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Porteneuve manages business, technology and executive communications for UPHE. She additionally spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s digital and physical home entertainment offerings. She also actively serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Turk oversees technical operations, customer operations, master data, release and production planning, distribution, logistics, retail inventory management, and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD releases in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Entertainment One, Funimation, Shout! Factory, STX, Bleecker Street and Neon, among others.

JENNIFER ADOLPH, VP, sales strategy, Canada
STACY BARGER, VP, global creative services
STEPHANIE BAYER, VP, global creative services
JENNIFER BLACK, VP, global publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS, VP, finance
ERICA MARIE DIONNE, VP, product development and strategy
LEIGH DUNLEAVY, VP, digital platforms
LISA GOODING, VP, live-action production
ALISSA GURY, VP, global controller
NADIA HANEY, VP, global marketing, emerging technology
KELLY HARRINGTON, VP, global brand marketing
TRACY KIM, VP, digital distribution and digital platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN, VP, global projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON, VP, business and legal affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS, VP, global brand marketing
MARIAN MANSI, VP, global creative content
LINDA MARTINEZ, VP, legal rights and clearances
LISA MELBYE, VP, animation production
SHARE STALLINGS, VP, development
MARY TREZIA, VP, operations
EVE WALDMAN, VP, human resources
JENNA WEBB, VP, global tech operations

 

Vudu

JENNI READIO
SENIOR DIRECTOR, MERCHANDISING AND LICENSING
Readio is a 16-year entertainment industry veteran. For the past nine years she has led merchandising, licensing and content acquisition strategy at Vudu (acquired from Walmart by Fandango in April), where her team continues to successfully grow revenue and content partnerships annually. Under her ideation and leadership, Vudu launched the exclusive merchandising functionality Mix & Match. Prior to joining Vudu, Readio managed the Walmart music business, including its brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce and digital downloads storefronts, and original music content platform Walmart Soundcheck.

GIGI SHANG
DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Shang leads Vudu’s technical program management office, overseeing large-scale technology and development programs for the past six years. During her tenure, she has driven strategic company initiatives by leading alignment on program vision, scope, resource allocation and release management, managing the full lifecycle from ideation to product delivery. Her mandate also includes the operations strategy of the business. Prior to joining Vudu, Shang led technical program management and software development at Sony Electronics for 13 years.

 

WarnerMedia Entertainment/HBO Max

JORI ARANCIO
EVP, COMMUNICATIONS, HBO MAX, TNT, TBS AND TRUTV
Named to her current position in December 2019, Arancio is responsible for overseeing all communications for the three networks and streaming platform. Prior to joining WarnerMedia, she worked for the Walt Disney Company for 21 years, most recently as SVP of communications for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, where she was responsible for all strategic corporate communication efforts, consumer press campaigns, awards outreach and talent relations for the two business units.

MEREDITH GERTLER
EVP, CONTENT STRATEGY AND PLANNING, HBO AND HBO MAX
Gertler is responsible for shaping the HBO Max portfolio and developing overall content and programming strategies for HBO Max and all HBO streaming and on-demand platforms, as well as the HBO and Cinemax linear networks. In addition, she oversees program and promotion scheduling for HBO Max and all HBO platforms. Gertler joined HBO in 2004 on HBO Video’s marketing team, where she developed and executed strategic business and marketing plans for original programming on DVD. In January 2009, she was named VP of product management, operations and production for HBO Home Entertainment, responsible for the short- and long-term planning and profitability for all the company’s home entertainment product lines in North America. In 2012, she made the move to program strategy and planning and helped craft the content planning and scheduling framework in support of the launch of HBO Now in 2015.

LINDA LOWY
EVP, CASTING, HBO MAX, TBS, TNT AND TRUTV
Named to her current position in July 2019, Lowy is responsible for overseeing casting for scripted series, feature films, docudramas, animation and unscripted. Lowy’s projects for HBO Max include “The Flight Attendant,” “Love Life,” “Americanah,” “Julia Child,” “Raised by Wolves,” “Tokyo Vice,” “Made For Love,” “Station Eleven” and “Generation.” Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Lowy consulted on TNT dramas including “Snowpiercer,” “Claws,” “The Alienist” and “Animal Kingdom.” Lowy also collaborated with Shonda Rhimes in a partnership spanning nearly 17 years on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Private Practice,” “For the People” and “Station 19.”

PIA CHAOZON BARLOW
SVP, PROGRAM MARKETING, HBO MAX
Barlow is responsible for guiding the overall marketing strategy, including creative, media, events, partnerships and social media, for HBO Max Originals alongside Peter Sherman. She was named to this position in January. She began her career at HBO, where she worked for nine years launching consumer marketing campaigns for award-winning series, films and documentaries. In 2014, Barlow joined Netflix as director of originals marketing, building and growing that team and overseeing global marketing campaigns across all programming genres and titles. From 2015 to 2017, she expanded her role and was appointed as the key marketing executive on the team focused on the expansion of international originals for Netflix.

KATIE SOO
SVP, GROWTH MARKETING, HBO MAX
Soo was the first member of a core HBO Max team tasked with building key disciplines from the ground up. She currently oversees growth marketing for the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer platform. Her areas of focus include subscriber acquisitions, consumer engagement, digital campaigns, social media and audience development, and retention strategies. Soo’s direct-to-consumer portfolio includes DC Universe, Ellen Digital Ventures, Stage 13 and Uninterrupted. Soo previously served as head of marketing at Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

SOFIA CHANG
PRESIDENT, WARNERMEDIA DISTRIBUTION, THE DOMESTIC
DISTRIBUTION/MARKETING ARM OF WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Chang oversees distribution efforts for WarnerMedia’s domestic linear TV networks, premium channels, digital brands and direct-to-consumer services, including CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, TCM, Adult Swim, truTV, HLN, Boomerang, HBO, Cinemax and HBO Max. She is responsible for oversight of the revenue, marketing and distribution strategy of WarnerMedia’s business across cable, satellite, telco and digital affiliate partners. She is based in New York and reports to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer of WarnerMedia, and president of WarnerMedia International Networks. Most recently, Chang served as EVP of global digital distribution and content licensing at HBO, where she oversaw $2 billion in annual global revenue for HBO and Cinemax.

SANDRA DEWEY
PRESIDENT, PRODUCTIONS AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Dewey oversees the business affairs and production teams for DTC Originals, for which she also leads the day-to-day operational responsibilities in partnership with DTC head of content Sarah Aubrey. Dewey and her team have been establishing policy and process for the DTC Originals and the new areas of business, including features and documentaries, as well as entering into strategic partnerships with new content partners. Additionally, Dewey oversees the business side of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s linear networks, TBS, TNT and truTV. At TBS and TNT, Dewey has played a key role in the networks’ ongoing transition from linear television to omni-platform media brands with numerous revenue streams, including the WarnerMedia joint venture with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.

RONNI COBERN-BASIS
EVP, TALENT RELATIONS, EVENTS AND AWARDS, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT AND DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER
Named to this role in October 2019, Cobern-Basis is responsible for all talent relations, events and awards efforts on behalf of the entire portfolio, spanning HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV. Cobern-Basis has not only set the gold standard for excellence within the industry, but she has also led the charge in producing promotional events during the coronavirus pandemic. Under her leadership, her team has been credited with reinventing virtual events with interactive experiences.

JESSICA L. HOLSCOTT
EVP/CFO, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Holscott is responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance and supporting the CEO with all strategic decisions. Her responsibilities include HBO, HBO Max, TBS, TNT, truTV and Otter. Prior to taking this role, Holscott served as EVP and CFO for HBO. Before that, she spent more than two years as SVP of investor relations for Time Warner. In this role, she worked to develop and execute the company’s investor relations initiatives and served as one of the primary day-to-day contacts for the investment community. Holscott also led Time Warner’s cross-company merger planning efforts with AT&T.

JACQUELINE JOURDAIN HAYES
EVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Named to this role in August 2019, Hayes is responsible for all of WarnerMedia’s legal affairs, including the linear businesses, Otter Media and HBO Max. Hayes joined Warner Home Video in 1998, providing legal support for the then nascent DVD business. She went on to become a primary legal steward of Warner Bros.’ transactional and subscription digital businesses — leading the first content clearance, digital licensing and content protection initiatives for the online distribution of WB titles — and was eventually named SVP and general counsel of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2015.

LUCINDA MARTINEZ
EVP, MULTICULTURAL MARKETING, BRAND AND INCLUSION STRATEGY, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Martinez is responsible for developing a distinct and inclusive brand narrative across WarnerMedia Entertainment’s marketing campaigns, including HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, and truTV, among others. In addition, Martinez leads the development and expansion of talent development and emerging artist programs across all company brands. Martinez joined HBO more than 17 years ago and most recently served as EVP of brand marketing where she was responsible for all HBO, HBO Latino, Cinemax and Cinemáx branded targeted marketing efforts to the African-American, Latino, Asian and LGBTQ+ audiences.

SARAH LYONS
SVP, PRODUCT EXPERIENCE, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Lyons helps shape the app experience across all major platforms, defining how users discover content, as well as paving the way for innovation on how content is viewed and experienced in the future. She also plays a key role in overall product strategy. Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Lyons held various positions within DirecTV, including VP of OTT media products, responsible for the DirecTV Now product, and the launch of their next-generation video platform. She oversaw the launch of DirecTV’s TV Everywhere product suite, which under her leadership became a streaming experience available on more than 250 million mobile devices. She also was responsible for the product roadmap for the NFL Sunday Ticket streaming service and NFLST.tv OTT product.

 

Warner Bros.

LOUISE BAGNALL
SVP AND CHIEF COUNSEL
Bagnall leads the legal and business affairs team for the studio’s physical, digital and interactive entertainment businesses on a worldwide basis. In this role, she and her team provide legal counsel in respect to licensing, acquisitions, production, marketing, sales and supply chain, as well as advising on key strategic and growth initiatives. She previously worked in the London office of Warner Bros. and relocated to Burbank in 2017, significantly expanding her role and helping to cultivate a global approach.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho oversees and advises on legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. She also manages legal matters for the studio’s Japan-based anime production and distribution business.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING, RETAIL PLANNING AND THEATRICAL CATALOG
Coleman is responsible for the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate manages all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. brand marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s also responsible for developing long-term strategies, resulting in strong performances for franchises including the Wizarding World and DC properties, 4K UHD and emerging platforms.

LAURA A. GROSS
SVP, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT GLOBAL CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND RESEARCH
Gross joined Warner Bros. in 2003 to establish the WBHE international research and media team. In 2011, she was promoted to handling global responsibilities, adding the United States and Canada. In her position, she has built a global consumer insights and research team that manages groundbreaking and innovative consumer research, analytics, and modeling across digital and packaged movies and TV products. Her team partners with all aspects of the business — theatrical, games, TV, marketing, sales, finance, strategic planning and executive management along with all other WarnerMedia divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson handles global marketing for all Warner Bros. and HBO TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She manages marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also responsible for managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

ISABELLE RENAUD
SVP, CREATIVE PRODUCTION SERVICES
Renaud oversees the worldwide physical and digital product production and localization for the film, television, and originals as well as animation and family businesses, including motion picture new-release and catalog, WBTV, MGM, HBO, Turner, DC and other WarnerMedia partner properties. Her team focuses on the production of global digital assets and distribution, menu and user interface initiatives, print and custom packaging/manufacturing, and retail merchandising. As part of both the Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment teams, Renaud also oversees marketing process initiatives leading the review and implementation of combined organizational workflows and continuous improvement opportunities.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat” and “The Hobbit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business, in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Boston and TT Games.

MARY ELLEN THOMAS
SVP, ORIGINALS, ANIMATION AND FAMILY
Thomas leads global marketing efforts for originals, animation and family content, as well as all content from Turner Networks (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, truTV, CNN) across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She is responsible for driving the overall strategy, product development, marketing, and lifecycle management for originals (MFV) and episodic product lines. In addition, she oversees the relationships with WBHE’s portfolio brand partners, including Rooster Teeth, Crunchy Roll, Peanuts, Dr. Seuss, WWE and Viz Media.

EMILY ZALENSKI
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY
Zalenski handles worldwide publicity and corporate communications for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. She heads up the strategic execution of digital and physical publicity campaigns for all new-release and catalog film releases, including media and talent relations, special events, and experiential marketing. She also leads communications efforts for emerging technology initiatives, including 4K UHD and emerging digital release technologies. She serves as the WBHE representative for communications strategy on many cross-studio committees.

ALICE CALAMAR, VP, creative production management
TRACI CARROLL, VP, creative advertising
MARIANA CASAS, VP, financial planning and analysis, digital
AMY-BETH CHAMBERLIN, VP, sales services
KRISTIE L. COLLEY, VP, retail planning and trade fund management
TINA DEPASS LUJAN, VP, TV marketing, TV series
GIULIA ERICKSON, VP, marketing analytics and channel strategy
CASEY ESTEVEZ, VP, creative production management
MICHELLE FOWLER, VP, legal and business affairs
FEIFEI HU, VP, business development and licensing
SUCHITRA INJATI, VP, strategic supply chain planning and forecasting
CHERILYNN KEHRLI, VP, legal and business affairs
JULIE V. KELLEY, VP and associate general counsel, legal and business affairs
SANDRA KIM, VP, global product planning
JUNGSUN (MONICA) KIM, VP, legal and business affairs
OLIVIA LLAMAS, VP, retail and user experience
LAURA LUPINETTI, VP, trade marketing
ANGIE LAI MAKHOUL, VP, film marketing
MELISSA HUFJAY MCALEVEY, VP, publicity
KATY MOFFAT, VP, operations
DEBBIE NEVEU, VP, accounting, financial reporting and contract administration
ZANDRA PALMER, VP, trade marketing
NATHALIE SAWYER, VP, sales
YVONNE SPENCE, VP, creative services content
MARYAM TASHROUDIAN, VP and associate general counsel, legal and business affairs
BETH WETZEL, VP, creative advertising
MARISA ZWEBEN, VP, legal and business affairs

Women in Home Entertainment 2020: The 12 Captains Talk Career Paths, Highlights and Tough Calls

Media Play News asked the 12 “captains” in our third annual Women in Home Entertainment issue to participate in a detailed Q&A about their careers and the challenges of COVID-19, which truly has made 2020 a year like no other. We also asked some fun questions to liven, and lighten, things up. An abridged Q&A appears in the August 2020 print and digital edition of Media Play News. The full Q&A has been broken down into three sections, running here on consecutive days. This is the first part, on their career paths and highlights.

SEE A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE TOP 12 WOMEN IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

THE CAPTAINS OF HOME ENTERTAINMENT: WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY, PART ONE

Tell us about your career path. 

Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max: I began my career as an entertainment lawyer, later transitioning to production starting with Bad Santa and then joining forces with Peter Berg at our production company Film 44. During this time, I produced series and features such as “Friday Night Lights” and Lone Survivor. I then joined Kevin Reilly, who I had worked with on “Friday Night Lights,” at TNT as EVP of original programming for the network. We created programming that evolved the network into a place for premium tentpole dramas with series such as “Claws,” “Animal Kingdom” and the Emmy Award-winning drama “The Alienist.” I worked hard in this position to champion diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera. During this time we were able to more than double the number of women holding jobs at the highest levels on the average TNT scripted project, and TNT jumped an impressive 320% on the annual GLAAD TV report rankings for LGBTQ representation. Kevin then presented me with a once-in-a-career opportunity, to be on the ground floor of HBO Max, a brand-new platform that brings together an incredibly special portfolio and group of creators in one place. [Reilly recently left WarnerMedia in a management shakeup.] In this role, I oversee our Originals slate from drama, comedy, unscripted, documentary, animation, and feature films, with something for everyone in the household. My team and I are empowered to go after unique, distinctive stories from creative voices that make a cultural impact, stories that we feel passionate about and that deserve to be seen by a wide audience. We are proud to have launched with the 2020 Sundance Documentary feature On the Record as well as the fan-favorites “Love Life” and “Legendary,” and to continue bringing incredible stories to our platform such as “Expecting Amy,” “On the Trail,” the “Friends” reunion special, and, of course in 2021, the long-awaited Snyder Cut (director Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 superhero film Justice League).

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Andrea Downing, Co-President, PBS Distribution: I started my career in manufacturing after I graduated from college in the Midwest, in a picture frame factory. I have always said yes when asked to take on new projects or tasks, and the more that I successfully managed, the more senior my position became. At some point, I realized that I wanted to be in a region where there were more of my peers, and I moved to Washington, D.C. Clearly there’s not a lot of manufacturing on the East Coast, so I started over in an entry-level position, but soon moved into a management position. A friend recommended me to someone at the Discovery Channel, a startup at the time, and while it meant taking what looked like a step backwards in terms of my role, I wanted to be in a larger, more entrepreneurial organization. I started taking on what needed to be done, and quickly became the go-to person. The decision to join Discovery led me to where I am today.

Kathleen Gallagher, EVP and Managing Director — North America, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: I have been with Universal for almost 20 years. I have been so fortunate to have found amazing mentors and advocates in this organization who have given me opportunity and exposure. I started in this industry as a sales analyst for Kmart and Walmart. I have held many different roles in the sales and trade marketing functions that taught me the importance of being customer- and consumer-centric in everything we do. That sensibility has been incredibly helpful to me in this role as I strive to find the right balance between sales, operations and finance.

Hilary Hoffman, EVP, Global Marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: I appreciate this question, as it comes at a critical moment in time when we all should be reflecting on our own career journeys as well as those of our team members and colleagues across the industry. I believe that my path has been greatly influenced and supported by my mentors and leaders. Going forward, my goal is to heighten my focus on others in our organization, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to grow, thrive and always feel supported professionally.

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Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content, Netflix: I grew up in Nebraska, where the nearest arthouse cinema was about 30 miles away. I loved what I saw, though, and couldn’t wait to work in film. I moved to L.A. and worked at the Mutual Film Company and Baltimore-Spring Creek Productions, where I had a wonderful mentor in Paula Weinstein. Before Netflix, I worked at an e-commerce startup you may remember called Kozmo.com. Through that, I met Ted Sarandos, and then I joined Netflix in 2002 when we were a DVD-by-mail subscription service. From the very beginning we had the ambition to be a global entertainment company, and it’s been incredible to see that now realized all around the world.

Lexine Wong, Senior EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: My entire career in entertainment has been at Sony, so I’ve basically grown along with the industry from disc to digital. Prior to entertainment I had a short stint in advertising in New York. That fast-paced account management position gave me a taste of marketing brands and led me to the ever-changing world of home entertainment. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey — from rolling out new formats and platforms around the world, to reimagining marketing tactics, to developing and leading a team of smart, driven, creative and enthusiastic individuals. In my 20-plus years at Sony I have been continually confronted with new and different business challenges and am constantly learning. For example, when I was given the opportunity to begin supporting the television distribution business last year, I found that it was primarily a B2B marketing model. By taking a chapter from our home entertainment consumer-first marketing approach and using audience data and insights from our strategy team, we have been able to more effectively drive awareness and ratings and support our commercial teams and distribution partners.

 

If you had to pick one career highlight, what would it be?

Aubrey: The launch of HBO Max and the opportunity to build a streaming platform from scratch within a company that has a tremendous legacy.

Kelly Campbell, President, Hulu:  Joining the team at Hulu — and now Disney — has been the biggest highlight of my career.  Having the opportunity to work with so many brilliant, creative people who are genuinely passionate about having a positive impact on our viewers and communities has been life-changing, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. I firmly believe that this is the most exciting place to be in this industry right now.

Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, Disney+: In my 13 years at Disney, I’ve been incredibly blessed to have had two epic professional adventures with teams that have transformed our company in significant ways. During my time as [former CEO] Bob Iger’s chief of staff, the company was building Shanghai Disney Resort.  My grandparents are from Shanghai, so it was especially meaningful to be part of planning its grand opening. It was such a gift to have watched Imagineers transform farm land into a truly fantastical and breathtaking park with thousands of fans lining up on opening day. And, of course, the launch of Disney+. This team really knows no bounds in terms of their creativity, inventiveness and tirelessness. So many talented people from across the Walt Disney Company collaborated to make the launch a success. It’s awe-inspiring and gratifying to wake up every day and get to work with some of the most gifted storytellers in the world.

Downing: Being recruited and hired to work at PBS as a vice president, particularly when I did not have a lot of experience in what I was being tasked to do. But the woman who recruited me had been my boss at Discovery and knew my track record. The trust that she placed in me to get the job done set me on the path to my current role at PBSd.

Holland: Sharing “Orange Is the New Black” with the world over its seven seasons was an unforgettable experience.

Dametra Johnson-Marletti, GM, Digital Store Category Management, Microsoft Corp.: I consider myself to have been extremely blessed in my career. I have had many great experiences over the years. As I look back over my entire career, I have to say landing at the company where I have spent two-thirds of my career to date, has not only been a huge highlight, but being at Microsoft has positioned me to realize many great benefits, highlights and unique experiences several times over. Whether landing in my current role focused on digital entertainment and content, or working with our partners across the industry or traveling the different parts of the world to help drive impact for the company, the decision to come to Microsoft has been the foundational highlight that has led to so many others.

Amy Jo Smith, President and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group: My most memorable career stop was my brief tenure at the White House. One of my duties was to take VIP guests of the Oval Office around the White House. I had the great opportunity to meet the children and grandchildren of Presidents Eisenhower, Ford and Carter.  One of my most interesting walks around the White House was with Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, who had many fantastic stories to share during both her stints as ambassador.

 

What was the toughest decision you’ve ever made?

Aubrey: To leave the security of being a practicing attorney to start my career as a producer.

Chu: This job is full of tough decisions.  My advice on this is to confront them with heart and strength of conviction, and be open-minded and fair.

Downing: The first time I was faced with the challenge of having to let go of team members, some of whom were more senior than me. It was the right decision for the business, and a learning curve in terms of making the decision and implementing the plan. It is never easy to do, but I think the first time is by far the hardest.

Johnson-Marletti: I think issues and decisions related to people are by far some of the most difficult decisions that leaders must contend with at work. Decisions that have involved removing people from their positions are always challenging. As a leader you balance being a steward of the company, a coach for your team, and an attractor and developer of talent — yet for any number of reasons, sometimes a change is required. As a leader you own that, implement it with empathy and grace, with the understanding that you are dealing with a person’s life and livelihood. All of these factors make such decisions extremely challenging.

 

Women in Home Entertainment: Navigating the Channels of Change

The gender equality gap continues to make headlines, and with good reason: Nearly a century after the original Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress, there is still a great divide in both pay and leadership positions between men and women.

In a study released last month by Equal Measures 2030, a U.K.-based NGO that collects data on gender equality with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private-sector organizations, the United States comes in at No. 28 on their gender index, which purports to take into account such factors as equal representation in powerful positions and gender pay gaps. And a World Economic Forum report concludes that even the best countries for working women don’t pay them fairly.

Hollywood continues to get its fair share of knocks. A recent Forbes report notes that the 10 highest-paid actresses in 2018 earned less than 30 cents for every dollar brought in by the top 10 male actors.

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For the second year, Media Play News is saluting the top women in home entertainment, with a special focus on the 10 “captains” who are driving the business — as selected by a panel of studio executives, key retailers, journalists and other industry leaders.

Our “captains” span a broad range of the home entertainment spectrum. We have several executives who focused on all forms of transactional VOD, a couple who are just involved with the physical disc, and one whose sole focus is streaming. And then there’s Andrea Downing, from PBS Distribution, who oversees the company’s entire home entertainment slate, from streaming to TVOD and disc.

Here’s what they have to say …

ANDREA DOWNING

CO-PRESIDENT, PBS DISTRIBUTION
Downing co-leads all facets of distribution worldwide. Her purview includes OTT channels, SVOD, transactional and physical goods, theatrical, international sales, and three direct-to-consumer premium services — PBS Masterpiece, PBS KIDS and PBS Living. Downing joined PBS in 2001. Education: B.A., Business, Michigan State University.

What do you do? I co-lead PBS Distribution, the leading for-profit media distributor for the public television community. We have a broad portfolio of businesses including three premium OTT channels, SVOD, transactional and physical goods, theatrical and international.

What satisfies you the most about your job? The people that I get to work with every day. They are smart, passionate about our mission, and instrumental to the success of our business.

What challenges you? Growing the business in a continuously changing media environment in the context of the larger public media system and its mission.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job after college was on a shipping dock at a picture frame factory. I learned that hard work gets recognized and new opportunities will present themselves if you’re open and leaning into your work.

How did you get where you are? It’s been a winding path from Chicago to Washington, D.C., but hard work and over-delivering have led me to where I am today.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? I’ve had some fantastic bosses and colleagues who I have learned from, and I’m currently participating in DEG’s Canon Club’s 4 Cups of Coffee program as a mentor. The most beneficial things I learned from others is to lead in a way that helps others excel and demonstrate that I’m willing to work as hard as I’m asking others to.

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? Jan. 1, 2009, when we officially formed PBS Distribution as a separate LLC with the goal of increasing revenue for video distribution for public television. It was such an exciting moment to put a stake in the ground and go after our vision.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? We have a deliberate and considered approach to recruiting a diverse talent pool when we’re hiring for a new position. And we provide development and promotion opportunities to ensure that we have a broad range of voices across the organization and at our leadership level.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? There are many career paths in entertainment and all of them will require you to embrace change. No matter what path you’re on, work hard and deliver results!

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? I would have lunch with Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. The first in her family to be born free, she was orphaned at age 7, widowed by 20, and overcame incredible sexism and racism to build an empire and become a generous philanthropist.

How do you spend your free time? Outside of spending time with my family, I enjoy pretty much anything physical! I like a variety of activities from biking and running to boot camp and paddle boarding, to my current favorite, solid core.

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER

EVP AND MANAGING DIRECTOR — NORTH AMERICA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Gallagher leads UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships across the United States and Canada. She assumed her present position in March 2018, after serving as SVP of sales, customer marketing and category management for UPHE’s U.S. physical sellthrough and rental businesses. She started at Universal in 2000 as assistant category manager and served in various sales, category management and customer marketing positions. Gallagher began her career in 1999 at Sony Pictures Entertainment (at the time, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment).

What do you do? I lead UPHE’s North American physical home entertainment business, which encompasses a team of highly talented, passionate and inspiring specialists across sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships.

What challenges you? Our industry as we know it continues to evolve markedly along with our consumers. To keep our category dynamic and thriving, we must keep pace with this evolution and continually identify ways to innovate in step with our retail and distribution partners and vendors.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? Working for such a highly inclusive company as Universal puts me in an exceptional position to contribute to an extraordinary workplace culture based solely on talent and merit as well as to serve effectively as a steward of diversity and inclusion across the ranks of UPHE.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? While the entertainment industry is a unique business, I believe that being successful in any career emanates from within each of us. Aspire to be an expert in your field — be passionate, innovative and collaborative, and conquer your missteps. Know your industry, your business, your products and your competition — challenge yourself every day and, more importantly, have fun.

KARIN GILFORD

GM, MOVIES ANYWHERE
Gilford oversees all day-to-day operations of Movies Anywhere, the cloud-based entertainment service that brings the film libraries of five studios together in a virtual one-stop movie-watching shop. Gilford and her team brought the website and apps to market in October 2017. She manages product design, product development, engineering and strategic planning. Education: M.B.A., University of Southern California; B.S., Business Administration, California State University at Northridge

What do you do? I run Movies Anywhere, an app that makes owning, collecting and watching movies easier.

What satisfies you the most about your job? Working with my team. I love solving problems, developing ideas, and launching product features together.

What challenges you? The innovator’s dilemma. It always comes into play in digital media at a traditional media company. Everyone can see the disruption happening but it is scary to be the one to get ahead of it by risking a current business model. That is why I admire Bob Iger and the big moves he has made to modernize Disney.

How did you get where you are? By leading with nice, doing what I say I will do, and getting stuff done. Also by being true to myself and what makes me happy.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? I always look at my most recent leadership as potential mentors — they see you at your current career stage and you can learn so much by watching them in relatable situations. I have been very lucky in that regard, especially at Disney, where I have had leaders including Anne Sweeney, Paul Lee and Janice Marinelli as mentors. I don’t have a mentee assigned to me at the moment, but I always try to nurture talent when I see it, especially women who are really starting to come into their power in the workplace. I always look for ways to share what I have learned.

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? When I landed my first job out of business school. I was determined to work in entertainment, in the emerging digital space (it was 2000!), on the west side of L.A., and I had to be able to wear jeans to work. At that time, everyone thought I was crazy. But I landed my dream job at a music start-up in Santa Monica and never looked back. I have built my career over the past 19 years from that moment.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? By making sure there are more women at the top, right now. I believe that things are changing and will fundamentally change with Gen Z. They don’t seem to have the same hangups about race, gender or sexuality that were passed down to us. They just seem comfortable with themselves and each other. In the meantime, women at the top is the only solution right now. I believe women don’t have time to overthink who we want to “be around” at work beyond who is going to meet us at our level, and efficiently kick ass to accomplish our goals.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? Work hard, and be nice to people. This is a relationship-driven business and a town where people work very hard to get their vision realized. It is a work-hard, play-hard culture where no one has time for slackers. You should absolutely crush it at work, but always treat people with respect and find balance between your work, outside passions and family.

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? My old boss/mentor, Dave Goldberg. He passed away unexpectedly and much too soon. I always knew how much I relied on him. Even if we didn’t talk all the time, I knew he was there. I would do anything to have one more lunch with him, especially to tell him my son was going to NYU this fall. I had both of my kids while I worked for him and credit my success as a working mom to his guidance. I remember telling him that when my son got into college, I would feel like I made it.

How do you spend your free time? I exercise almost every day. I never pass up a chance to travel. And I am constantly plotting and planning ways to spend more time with my amazing group of girlfriends.

HILARY HOFFMAN

EVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hoffman oversees strategic marketing and business strategy for UPHE and its distributed lines worldwide across new-release, catalog and TV properties for both physical and digital, focusing on the complete product lifecycle. Her responsibilities encompass defining go-to-market strategies and overall approach for consumer engagement, including developing and leveraging new platforms and technologies, as well as direct-to-consumer initiatives to drive profitable growth across all formats. Education: B.A., Media Arts and Business, University of Arizona.

What do you do? I work with an amazing group of talented people who are committed to finding creative ways to drive consumer engagement around the world.

What satisfies you the most about your job? I am inspired by the people I work with every day. I work in an amazing business with an incredible group of people who are passionate, inspiring and creative.

What challenges you? The challenges are obvious; the fun comes from finding creative solutions to those challenges — solutions that excite consumers and drive an emotional connection to the movies they love.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? I consider myself very fortunate to work for a company like Universal where an executive’s measure of talent, success and accomplishment is never viewed through a gender-specific lens.

CINDY HOLLAND

VP, ORIGINAL CONTENT, NETFLIX
Holland is a 16-year Netflix veteran responsible for acquiring and launching original series. She was named to the 2018 Time 100 list of the most influential people, and according to the magazine, “in less than a decade, Cindy has helped orchestrate one of the biggest entertainment revolutions since the invention of the television.” Education: B.A., Political Science with Honors, Stanford University.

What do you do? I oversee English-language scripted series, and nonfiction content of all languages, for Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service with more than 151 million memberships in over 190 countries.

What satisfies you the most about your job? It has been very satisfying to see our membership grow from less than 1 million DVD-by-mail members to more than 151 million streaming members globally, and I truly enjoy supporting artists as they create memorable programming that our members love.

What challenges you? I am challenged every day with how to scale our teams and the work they do as our business grows, while still maintaining an intimate, creative, and supportive environment for both our employees and artists.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job in entertainment was reading pre-publication book manuscripts and evaluating them for purposes of movie adaptation. I learned how to determine what stories can translate well from page to screen.

How did you get where you are? By following my interests, and having healthy doses of discipline and focus.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? I had several mentors, but the producer Paula Weinstein helped me realize that I had the skills to succeed, and she instilled in me confidence in my own ideas. I hope that I am a mentor for those I work closely with; in addition, I have a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles Women in Entertainment mentee, a program I highly recommend.

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? I hope it hasn’t happened yet! But the most recent was our final sendoff of “Orange Is the New Black,” which included cast from all seasons, and hundreds of true #OrangeForever fans at an event in New York City.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? We have to dedicate ourselves to constant improvement — in hiring inclusively across all aspects of what we do and supporting their success, in commissioning stories which give voice to the historically underrepresented, and in celebrating their achievements.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? Follow what interests you and pursue it relentlessly (while knowing it is OK if those interests evolve), have confidence in yourself and your ideas, and don’t give up.

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? Eleanor Roosevelt — such a fascinating and underestimated historical figure.

How do you spend your free time? I usually spend the little free time I have either riding my bicycle up a hill, spending time with my family and pets, and/or watching sports.

JULIA HOWE

HEAD OF MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT, DISNEY DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Howe is responsible for the go-to-market and consumer engagement strategies for 20th Century Fox’s new-release, catalog and TV businesses. Howe previously was co-head of marketing for Fox prior to its acquisition by Disney; before that, she worked for Fox in the United Kingdom and France, and for Universal Pictures in the United Kingdom. She also held positions at The Associated Press and Branded, a London brand and communications consultancy. Education: B.S. (Honors), International Business and Modern Languages, Aston University, U.K.

What do you do? I oversee global marketing for home entertainment. I am responsible for our go-to-market strategy, P&L and campaign execution for all new-release movies, TV shows and our library business.

What challenges you? Managing a team through industry disruption and the uncertainty of the Disney/Fox merger. The deal was announced in December 2017 and so for the past 18 months, the focus has been on keeping our team spirit and ensuring that we build an environment where people still want to turn up and do their best work every day for our production and distribution partners.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was working for a company called Sundancer, which managed the rights for “Tintin.” The business had a small network of shops throughout the world, produced merchandise and licensed the IP to third parties. I learned the importance of brand values and brand integrity and an ability to turn my hand to everything from marketing to accounting to installing a new point-of-sale system in all our retail stores.

How did you get where you are? By not taking a fully traditional career path and being prepared to mix things up and put myself out of my comfort zone. I have switched from client side to agency, from B2C to B2B and back and enjoyed every experience.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? Mary Daily (president of marketing and distribution at Paramount) recruited me into 20th Century Fox in London in 1996 and got me started in this amazing business. Since then I have been lucky enough to work for Mary another two times, most recently here in L.A. at Fox. She has been an amazing mentor and advocate. I have been lucky enough to mentor some really bright executives as part of Fox’s mentoring scheme, which is really rewarding.

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? The day we released the #deadpole TV spot for the first Deadpool movie. The Internet and fans went wild. It was a unique spot, directed by Tim Miller, starring Ryan Reynolds that truly made the Blu-ray Disc the star of the spot like we’d never seen before in a home entertainment campaign.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? Although every individual recruiting at every level in an organization can make diversity and inclusion a priority, in big corporations it is absolutely critical that diversity and inclusion starts at the top and is properly embedded in the values of the organization. True commitment from the CEO/chairman down has to be in place.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? Be prepared to work hard and go the extra mile. It is very competitive and employers can afford to take only the best. Stay on top of industry changes and keep your skills relevant. Keep working your network as it is a small world.

How do you spend your free time? I dabble in a lot of sports in an amateur fashion! I am a member of the Fox triathlon team and so we have a fun group that is always up for a bike ride or run and sometimes a sea swim! I try to play tennis a couple of times a week. In winter I am obsessed by skiing and finding powder snow!

KIM OVERALL

EVP, CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Overall is responsible for identifying and developing the studio’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her group utilizes data analytics and consumer insights, enabling SPHE and SPTD to make better-informed decisions to satisfy consumer demand for content. Prior to her current position, Overall was SVP of SPHE’s United Kingdom, Northern Europe and EMEA partnerships. She joined SPHE in 2008 as the managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

What do you do? I seek to understand consumer, audience and viewer content behavior, to enable us to map content to where audiences are, based on what is relevant to them.

What satisfies you the most about your job? There are so many new and different ways to deeply understand what drives consumer and audience engagement with content. Exploring and discovering how they enable us to target the right person at the right time with the right offer is my current obsession, and I love it!

What challenges you? Finding new ways to solve for the ever-changing landscape we operate in.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I worked in a gas station, pumping gas in New Zealand when I was 13, and it opened my eyes to how many different people from different walks of life are all around you!

How did you get where you are? Curiosity and a desire to learn, wherever it took me in the world!

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? There are so many moments that were in equal parts scary and rewarding — every time I packed up and moved to a new job in a new country I never quite knew what to expect, but each adventure opened my eyes to things that I needed to learn and understand.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? Genuinely understand who is sitting at the table and how their perspective will challenge what we think we know, and actively seek out their opinion. No one person can solve for the big challenges around us, but embracing our different perspectives will get us closer to figuring it out.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? Go for it! Figure out how your talents and super powers connect with, and enhance, the industry.

JESSICA SCHELL

EVP AND GM, FILM, WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Schell has global responsibility for all operations related to the physical and digital sales, marketing, distribution, finance and administrative functions of the studio’s home entertainment releases, including new theatrical titles and catalog films. She also identifies and engages new technology marketing opportunities and platforms. Prior to joining Warner, Schell spent nine years at NBC Universal, most recently as EVP of worldwide new media and digital entertainment for Universal Pictures. Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School; B.A., American History and Literature, Harvard College.

What do you do? I work with a fantastic team of experts in consumer and trade marketing, promotions, publicity, sales, distribution, manufacturing, pricing, analytics, data, media and content creation. My job as GM is to leverage all of their skills to maximize WB films’ success in home markets while navigating a rapidly shifting competitive and technical environment.

What satisfies you the most about your job? The balance of business analytics and creative. I also love managing a team and having the opportunity to contribute to building a positive culture.

What challenges you? The distribution landscape has undergone a dramatic change, which requires not only continuous strategic calibration in how we manage our content in terms of windows, pricing, deals and how we use our marketing dollars, but also that we fundamentally up our game in serving consumers. That means how we think about fulfilling the needs of fan communities, creating extensions and ancillary products with our IP, tailoring marketing messages and content experiences to make them more meaningful to audiences.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? After college I joined Disney’s Strategic Planning group, which meant that as a 21-year-old I entered a three-year analyst program in an advisory group to the CEO of Disney. I worked with many different business units and operational functions to assess major strategic decisions, like starting new digital cable networks. It was intense and stressful and I both loved it and was glad when it was time to go back to school! I had the opportunity as a very junior employee to work with incredible senior executives who had powerful visions of where they wanted to take the businesses they ran, and my job was to gather facts and comps and run analysis and try to quantify those visions into business plans and hard numbers. Which of course isn’t always feasible, but it grounded me in a philosophy of truth seeking: building up a point of view based on discovery and analysis. And I saw the power of being able to articulately defend a viewpoint by explaining how you came to your conclusions.

How did you get where you are? It certainly hasn’t been a linear path, but there have been underlying common themes throughout. I’ve always been interested in how changes in technology open up opportunities for new types of content and creative business models.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? Mentorship is critical. Adam Grant articulates it so well in his book Give and Take. It’s in all of our best interest to be and to foster a workplace of “Givers”— people who actively try to help others succeed without directly thinking about what’s in it for themselves. Equally critical, he says, is to be smart and efficient about it. It’s not the quantity of the time you put in but the impact of your actions. Making a critical introduction can take five minutes but be life changing for someone. There have been so many people who have mentored me, in big ways and small. They’ve developed organically, and they have fallen into two categories. First, the people I have worked for or with who have gone the extra mile to bring out potential they saw in me or just given me good advice. That’s more of a one-way mentorship that I try to give back through being there as a sounding board for and supporter of my current and former teams or younger people I’ve been impressed with when our paths have crossed professionally. And then there is what I’d call mutual mentorship — the friends who have grown up beside me in their careers. From my first officemate at Disney to business school classmates to fellow VPs at Allen & Co … we’ve been there for each other over the years as our careers go through ups and downs, providing emotional or practical advice and referring headhunter calls!

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? Pushing to always make sure we are considering diverse candidates for every role. Scrutinizing existing teams to find diverse candidates who can take on stretch roles and providing them with support and coaching to make the leap to the next level.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? There is such a diversity of roles, so try to get some clarity around what function appeals to you and fits your skills and go after it. If you want to be a creative, don’t take a job in film finance. The business and creative sides converge more the more senior you get, but you have to have some passion for the journey along the way. And then this may seem contradictory, but you have to get your foot in the door however you can and take it from there. It’s a tough industry to switch into later in your career, because who doesn’t want to be in the entertainment industry?

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? What I’d give for an hour over a sandwich with my 20-year-old self, knowing what I know now. I could give that young woman some pretty great advice.

How do you spend your free time? Focusing on family, health and friendships. Or whatever my very opinionated 3-year-old daughter tells me we’re doing.

AMY JO SMITH

PRESIDENT AND CEO, DEG: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Smith heads the leading trade group for the home entertainment industry. The DEG promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels that support the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries. A former White House communications advisor, Smith since 1997 has led the industry-funded organization through the industry’s wholesale evolution from videocassettes to DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and today’s digital age. Education: B.A., Communications, University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communications.

What do you do? The DEG serves as the industry’s leading advocate to grow the digital media marketplace focusing on bringing movies and television programming to consumers at home and on the go. We provide forums for our members to get valuable information to help them make informed business decisions. We are also committed to supporting products in market with an aim of increasing consumer awareness and adoption as well as improving the consumer experience by creating efficiencies in the digital supply chain.

What satisfies you the most about your job? Working with smart people and being part of market transitions that affect how we all enjoy content.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I worked on political campaigns and quickly learned that everyone must jump in to do any task. You can learn just from being in the room and absorbing what is going on.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? Many of the DEG board members have mentored me. I’m particularly grateful for Bob Chapek, Mike Dunn, Steve Einhorn and Ron Sanders, who were always generous with their time and honest with me about how I could make the DEG more meaningful for the industry. That’s why we launched the Canon Club — because we recognize the importance of mentorship and would like to broaden the opportunities for our members.

What’s the most memorable moment of your career? Working in the White House and being in the center of the free world.

How do we further the workplace goal of diversity and inclusion? While we need to hire the right, qualified people for the job, we also should be sensitive about building a balanced team.

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? I’d love the chance to sit with Jack Welch and discuss his management style and career highlights.

How do you spend your free time? I enjoy playing board games, betting on football games, reading biographies, playing pickleball and listening to podcasts on crime.

LEXINE WONG

SENIOR EVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Wong leads Sony Pictures Television’s global home entertainment marketing team, charged with delivering marketing campaigns across a wide range of product from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s studio labels, spurring consumer engagement and driving transactions throughout the product lifecycle. Specific areas of oversight include consumer and brand strategy, creative advertising, media and digital, PR and strategic partnerships, content development for digital/physical product, and new product development.

What do you do? I focus on finding innovative ways to use data-driven strategies to create targeted, shareable content that will help consumers engage with our films and television properties in meaningful ways.

What satisfies you the most about your job? The fact that nothing stays the same! A constantly changing, dynamic marketplace provides challenges as well as opportunities.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first career was in advertising, and getting things done quickly was what scored brownie points. The Group Director didn’t know my name, but she used to say, “Give it to the fast one,” which caused my account supervisor to give me the nickname “Cheetah.” It gave me a chance to work on a lot of interesting, high-profile projects.

How did you get where you are? By being curious and jumping in wherever I could. Back in the day, you didn’t have to “stay in a lane.” Being multi-faceted in all areas of the business allows you to better connect the dots and equips you with skills to be nimble in the face of challenges and changes.

Did you have a mentor along the way? Are you mentoring anyone? I have been fortunate to have many mentors over the course my career, working hard to foster a positive relationship with them and learn as much as I could. Because of those experiences, I’ve made it a priority to mentor as many others along the way. It’s always incredibly rewarding to see people grow in their careers and become effective leaders.

What advice do you have for anyone seeking a career in entertainment? When you are first starting out, try to meet as many people who will give you the time of day. Informational meetings often lead to job interviews. Do your homework and always be prepared to ask questions. Everyone loves to give advice!

If you could go back in time, who would you most like to have lunch with — and why? My grandmother on my mother’s side, who I never had the chance to meet. She was from Hiroshima, Japan, came to the U.S. and had seven children, was put into an internment camp during World War II and then took her whole family back to Hiroshima, where she stayed until she passed away at a relatively young age. Hearing the stories of her perseverance has always been an inspiration to me, so I’d love the chance to hear all her stories.

How do you spend your free time? Aside from my family and my kid’s crazy sports schedules, I recently made a resolution to do something fun and new as often as possible, whether it’s learning the cha cha cha, finding a new place to hike, going to a play or listening to live music. It’s all about experiences!

Click here for the 2019 list of Women in Home Entertainment

Women in Home Entertainment 2019

Click Here for profiles and a Q&A with the 2019 Captains of the Industry:

ANDREA DOWNING — Co-President, PBS Distribution
KATHLEEN GALLAGHER — EVP and Managing Director, North America, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
KARIN GILFORD — GM, Movies Anywhere
HILARY HOFFMAN — EVP, Global Marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
CINDY HOLLAND — VP, Original Content, Netflix
JULIA HOWE — Head of Marketing, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International
KIM OVERALL — EVP, Consumer Insights and Innovation, Sony Pictures Entertainment
JESSICA SCHELL — EVP and GM, Film, Warner Bros. Entertainment Group
AMY JO SMITH — President and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
LEXINE WONG — Senior EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The captains can’t do it alone.

They need smart, savvy and strategic teams who work with them. And then there are other women leaders in the home entertainment space at independent content distributors, digital retailers, streaming services and other companies who also are leaving their mark on this industry — and helping further its continuous evolution.

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Here’s a look at the rest of the Women in Home Entertainment, Class of 2019 …

The Walt Disney Co.

ALISA BOWEN
SVP, OPERATIONS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Bowen is responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness for The Walt Disney Co.’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+ and ESPN+. As part of her oversight responsibilities, Bowen is responsible for overall program management, including the rollout of Disney+ across international markets, identification and implementation of Disney+ internal synergy opportunities, and leading global customer support for ESPN+ and Disney+.

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS, WORLDWIDE, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Carretta is a senior leader on Fox’s integrated marketing communications team, helping to drive global communications and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer facing initiatives for all 20th Century Fox title releases and next-generation technologies. She is responsible for the strategic execution of more than 200 title campaigns a year from Fox’s television and film portfolio. She also leads corporate communications and her team is charged with raising awareness of Fox’s leadership, innovation and next-generation technology initiatives.

JENNIFER CHAI
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Chai leads worldwide brand marketing strategy for the entire Fox new-release theatrical slate and third-party titles. She is responsible for the go-to-market and consumer engagement strategy for both the physical and digital business. She is involved with the cross-studio Movies Anywhere app from a Fox studio perspective, as well as other digital strategic initiatives.

AGNES CHU
SVP, CONTENT, DISNEY+
Chu is responsible for identifying and developing series, feature films, short-form content and other high-quality entertainment formats for the service. Reporting to Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing for the service, Chu leads the Disney+ Originals teams for scripted, unscripted and content operations, partnering closely with Disney-owned internal content creators, including The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

LAURA EVANS
SVP, DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Evans is responsible for overseeing analytics, data science and insight capabilities for the company’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer services, including ESPN+ and the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

LINDSEY GREEN
SVP AND GSM, PAY-TV AND DIGITAL SALES, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Green negotiates in-home distribution agreements across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including electronic home video, video-on-demand, pay-television and subscription video-on-demand. She pursues key licensing agreements for the studio’s films with North American MVPDs and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast XFinity, AT&T, Vudu and Google Play. Green and her team also secure digital licensing opportunities for the company’s television assets, with deals currently in place with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and PlayStation, among many others. In addition, Green oversees the company’s global airline distribution business, and she is heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere among its digital retail partners.

KAREN HOBSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Hobson oversees global communications and public affairs strategies across the Disney Direct-to-Consumer segment, including the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming businesses: ESPN+ and the upcoming Disney+ service; content sales operations — including global distribution of film and TV content on DVD, digital, Disney+, Hulu and other third-party platforms; and Movies Anywhere. She also oversees communications strategies for Disney’s international media operations stretching from Europe to Asia to Latin America, as well as the company’s ad sales and ad technology segments.

TEHMINA JAFFER
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, DISNEY+
Jaffer leads all aspects of business affairs strategy, policy and procedure for the Disney+ content and marketing team. She oversees negotiation of development, production and talent deals, as well as rights and acquisitions deals. She also collaborates with content groups across the Walt Disney Co. that are developing and producing original content exclusively for the service — including the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm — as well as external third-party production entities.

LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS — VP, Product, Planning And Cross Brand Strategy
CHERYLYN CARR — Assistant General Counsel
CYNDI CRUZ — VP, Sales Planning
LORI COHEN-ELIAS — VP, Marketing Strategy
ELIZABETH DUKE — Assistant Chief Counsel
ANNA FROST — VP, Digital Marketing
JAIME GORMAN — VP, Creative Development
DEBBIE HAAG — VP, Worldwide Brand Marketing, 20th Century Fox
CHRISTINE HUPALO — VP, Marketing, 20th Century Fox
SUMMER IMAI — VP, Deal Management
SUZANNE KAMENIR — VP, Global Creative Marketing, 20th Century Fox
SUSAN KIGAWA — Assistant Chief Counsel
JANE KIM — VP, Business Development
MICHELLE LEVISOHN — VP, Creative Development, 20th Century Fox
JENNIFER LOURIE — VP, Product Management
MOLLY MADDEN — VP, Worldwide Sales, 20th Century Fox
HEATHER OLSON — VP, Digital Global Accounts, 20th Century Fox
MARLEINE PACILIO — VP, Global Communications, 20th Century Fox
JENNIFER QUAN — VP, Planning and Retail Strategy, 20th Century Fox
KAVITA SMITH — VP, Worldwide Marketing Communications, 20th Century Fox

Paramount Pictures

SYRINTHIA STUDER
EVP, WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Studer is in charge of acquiring films for theatrical release as well as for worldwide distribution across multiple platforms. Among her acquisitions are Book Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen. Studer previously held the position of SVP of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Pictures’ worldwide home media and TV licensing divisions, where she launched and managed the studio’s efforts focused on ancillary-driven acquisitions, overseeing the negotiation and acquisition of domestic and international films. She was responsible for a multi-picture relationship with IFC Films.

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Bell is responsible for all of the division’s creative advertising materials, including all packaging, menu design and print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. She previously served as VP of creative services home entertainment for Universal Studios, overseeing and managing creative advertising objectives for the feature, catalog, TV and specialty brand groups.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TV LICENSING
Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the home entertainment and TV licensing divisions on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone additionally manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, ATF and NATPE.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Froelich handles international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all transactional windows post theatrical. She also oversees global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at The Walt Disney Co. for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hildebrandt manages customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. Her responsibilities include executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, VOD and electronic sellthrough.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Marovich oversees all media planning and buying for the division. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment. She previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC, where she was responsible for all advertising on behalf of the division.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home entertainment, theatrical marketing and TV licensing divisions. Early in her career she worked for AT&T as both an operations manager and HR professional. Upon earning her master’s in industrial psychology, Pope left AT&T and joined Nestle USA, where she became the director of training and development. In 1999 she joined EMI Music North America to become the VP of human resources. She joined Paramount in 2007.

ALANNA POWERS
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Powers leads Paramount’s film catalog business globally across digital and physical distribution channels, developing marketing and distribution strategies that align with cross-divisional partners to maximize the studio’s full portfolio of titles. Prior to joining Paramount, Powers held senior marketing positions at Redbox and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment after starting her career at FCB.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason primarily focuses on acquisitions for distribution through home entertainment channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions, and domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the home entertainment division’s marketing strategies across the new release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG — VP, Interactive Marketing and Public Relations, PHE
JACQUELINE GUSTAFSON — VP, Home Media Content, PHE
ANNE MASUDA — VP, Digital Distribution (U.K.), PHE
MICHELE RUMAIN — VP, Advertising (Media), PHE
JULIA SALTER — VP, Digital Distribution (AU), PHE
PAMELA SIVULA — VP, Financial Planning, PHE
MICHELLE VEN DANGE — VP, International Marketing, PHE

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson is responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of brand marketing, promotions and creative for all of SPHE’s new-release and catalog business, establishing key consumer messaging, aligning marketing tactics to core brand strategy and ensuring that product marketing efforts are in line with studio business goals. She helms a cross-functional team that includes brand and product marketing, promotions and creative advertising.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES
Bluerock leads the U.S. sales organization, which includes all physical and digital hybrid accounts, such as Amazon/AIV and Walmart/Vudu. She has led the evolution of the sales team to an insights-based organization integrating data-driven insights to address retailer and consumer opportunities. Previously, Bluerock led the division’s sales development team, including go-to-market strategy, retail analytics, and sales planning and reporting. Her 20-plus years of experience spans leadership positions in sales, sales planning and analysis, retail operations, category management, vendor-managed inventory, demand planning, and retail buying at MGM Home Entertainment and Target Corp.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is in charge of identifying and developing Sony Pictures’ capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team builds and connects consumer and audience data universes, understands and builds consumer segments for activation, delivers reports and insights, and utilizes advanced data analytics to enable SPHE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer demand for film and television content across key release windows.

TRACEY GARVIN
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Garvin oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations for physical product for North America, which includes master data, manufacturing, distribution, inventory management, sustainability and business insights. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

JACQUI MARSHALL
EVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall leads the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has looked after SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for more than a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon manages data-driven consumer strategy and activation within SPHE, overseeing digital marketing, publicity and paid media. Utilizing social and digital insights as well as traditional research to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set marketing, digital and social strategies for SPHE releases. A champion of an analytics-led strategy, Mohon leverages consumer lifecycle data to drive multi-channel paid media strategies to drive transactions.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing for more than 20 years, closely collaborating with all departments throughout SPHE. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

JILL ALLEN — VP, Sales and Digital Distribution
ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT — VP, Digital Distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON — VP, Legal
JUDY GUEVARA — VP, Product Strategy
HELENA KU — VP, Business Affairs
JANET SHACKMAN — VP, Customer Operations
JANA SIMMONS — VP, TV and Customer Marketing
JOAN VILLAROS — VP, Production Services, North America

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT GROUP
Parker is in charge of spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBC Universal, spanning documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sport and fitness, and children and family, among others. Since assuming her role in 2007, Parker has successfully launched and developed this business for Universal and successfully positioned the company as an industry leader within the sector.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL CREATIVE AND MARKETING SERVICES
Blum manages creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. Her responsibilities also extend to include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

SANDY CHOI
SVP, BRAND MARKETING
Choi manages UPHE’s North American third-party partner relationships. She oversees the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for the partner releases across both physical and digital platforms as well as leads the cross-functional team responsible for the overall business.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. The industry veteran executive produced the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George,” garnering her two Daytime Emmys. Additionally, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions, including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, The Little Engine That Could, and more than 250 television episodes.

SEJIN CRONINGER
SVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Croninger leads the North American arm of UPHE Content Group’s acquisitions and productions business, encompassing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms. UPHE Content Group is a repertoire center of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle manages the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution across various media platforms worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues on all of the group’s development and production slate, including rights and talent acquisition, negative pick-up distribution agreements, foreign co-productions, intellectual property matters, and litigation management. She also spearheads the group’s soundtrack partnerships and is responsible for selling certain ancillary rights.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND STRATEGY
Haro manages business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, window, messaging, and innovation founded in business and consumer insights.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Iwata oversees business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is in charge of licensing Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications for UPHE. She additionally spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s physical and digital home entertainment offerings. She also actively serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN
Turk manages technical operations, customer operations, master data, release and production planning, distribution, logistics, retail inventory management, and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD discs in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Entertainment One, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, STX, Bleecker Street, Neon and Mattel.

STACY BARGER — VP, Global Creative Services
JENNIFER BLACK — VP, Global Publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS — VP, Finance
J.J. CARUTH — VP, Content Strategy and Marketing
ERICA MARIE DIONNE — VP, Product Development and Strategy
LEIGH ANN DUNLEAVY — VP, Digital Platforms
LISA GOODING — VP, Live-Action Production
NADIA HANEY — VP, Global Marketing, Emerging Technology
KELLY HARRINGTON — VP, Global Brand Marketing
MARY KHACHIKYAN — VP, Operations
TRACY KIM — VP, Digital Distribution and Digital Platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN — VP, Global Projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON — VP, Business and Legal Affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS — VP, Global Brand Marketing
MARIAN MANSI — VP, Global Creative Content
LINDA MARTINEZ — VP, Legal Rights and Clearances
LISA MELBYE — VP, Animation Production
STEPHANIE SIGEL — VP, Global Creative Services
SHARE STALLINGS — VP, Development
EVE WALDMAN — VP, Human Resources
JENNA WEBB — VP, Global Tech Operations
RUBY WONG — VP, Digital Supply Chain and Content Ops

Warner Bros.

LOUISE BAGNALL
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS, EUROPE
Bagnall oversees and advises on legal matters involving the studio’s digital, physical and games businesses in the EMEA region, including content licensing, distribution, acquisitions and other commercial initiatives. She also has responsibility for some key digital deals in the United States. She joined Warner Bros. in 2002 in London and then moved to its Burbank headquarters in 2017, significantly expanding her role and helping cultivate a global approach. She has been instrumental in facilitating the implementation of key growth initiatives in Europe.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho oversees and advises on legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING, RETAIL PLANNING AND THEATRICAL CATALOG
Coleman oversees the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate is responsible for all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. brand-marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s also charged with developing long-term strategies, resulting in strong performances for franchises including the Wizarding World and DC properties, 4K UHD and emerging platforms.

JACQUELINE HAYES
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Hayes leads the legal and business affairs team that handles licensing, production, clearances, marketing, sales, supply chain, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters for the distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.

DANA LIRA
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Lira manages legal clearances for all enhanced content and virtual reality experiences created by the home entertainment division, along with legal review of the marketing and promotion of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She also handles all legal matters for the studio’s Australia and New Zealand home entertainment divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson manages global marketing for all Warner Bros. and HBO TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She handles marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also in charge of managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat” and “The Hobbit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Boston and TT Games.

EMILY ZALENSKI
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY
Zalenski oversees worldwide publicity and corporate communications for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. She leads the strategic execution of digital and physical publicity campaigns for all new-release and catalog film releases, including media and talent relations, special events and experiential marketing. She also leads communications efforts for emerging technology initiatives, including 4K UHD and emerging digital release technologies. She serves as the WBHE representative for communications strategy on many cross-studio committees.

TRACI CARROLL — VP, Creative Advertising
MARIANA CASAS — VP, Financial Planning and Analysis, Digital
KRISTIE L. COLLEY — VP, Retail Planning and Trade Fund Management
GIULIA ERICKSON — VP, Marketing Analytics and Channel Strategy
MICHELLE FOWLER — VP, Legal and Business Affairs
LAURA GROSS — VP, Consumer Insights and Research
FEIFEI HU — VP, Business Development and Licensing
SUCHITRA INJATI — VP, Strategic Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting
CHERILYNN KEHRLI — VP, Legal and Business Affairs
JULIE V. KELLEY — VP and Associate General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs
LAURA LUPINETTI — VP, Trade Marketing
ANGIE LAI MAKHOUL — VP, Film Marketing
MELISSA HUFJAY MCALEVEY — VP, Publicity
KATY MOFFAT — VP, Operations
DEBBIE NEVEU — VP, Accounting and Financial Reporting
ZANDRA PALMER — VP, Trade Marketing
ISABELLE F. RENAUD — VP, Production/Creative Services
NATHALIE SAWYER — VP, Sales
MARYAM TASHROUDIAN — VP and Associate General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs
MARY ELLEN THOMAS — VP, TV Marketing
MARISA ZWEBEN — VP, Legal and Business Affairs

Lionsgate

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
A seven-year veteran of Lionsgate, Kapouranis spearheads international distribution, acquisitions, sales and marketing for Lionsgate’s television and catalog feature slate. She oversees a sales and distribution team responsible for a broad range of global and regional licensing deals encompassing the company’s films, television series and Starz original programming with nearly all leading digital and linear platforms around the world.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and striving for continuous improvements and efficiencies, as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to home entertainment and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of retail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson is continually looking for new retail opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s new-release and catalog content in stores as well as online for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD titles. She is the consummate team player who is dedicated to finding win-win solutions within her organization and with all of her retail partners. Anderson is committed to Lionsgate’s passion for original, daring and groundbreaking entertainment and driving the home entertainment sales team to support that vision.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, INTEGRATED MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Carter oversees strategic partnerships, marketing operations and distribution for new-release and catalog film and television content across digital and packaged media. In this role she leads the lifecycle planning for content from Lionsgate and its distribution partners, along with driving retail marketing efforts.  Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all its independent film and theatrical releases.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the super user/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additional functions include cost analysis and business acquisition on-boarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager, covering a wide variety of retailers.

AMANDA KOZLOWSKI
EVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION MARKETING
Kozlowski oversees marketing for Lionsgate’s home entertainment and digital distribution division, leading the marketing of Lionsgate’s largest film properties in their post-theatrical windows, along with all marketing of the studio’s multi-platform release slate, third-party content distribution deals and 17,000-title library. Kozlowski also plays a lead role in the Lionsgate Data Center, the studio’s marketing technology and consumer data center of excellence. She is the executive sponsor for the company’s Multicultural Employee Resource Group and a partner with the HR division on multiple Diversity & Inclusion pilots.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, INTEGRATED MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees marketing initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. In this role, she guides the marketing campaigns for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming, as well as content from distribution partners including A24, Roadside, CBS Films, Studio Canal, Entertainment Studios and others. She also leads the marketing campaigns for Lionsgate’s multiplatform limited theatrical releases.

CHASE BRISBIN — VP, Global SVOD
MELISSA CLARKE — VP, Retail Operations
WHITNEY DICKINSON — VP, Media and Data
LINDSAY LEFRANCOIS — VP, Procurement
TIFFANY OLIVARES — VP, Publicity and Community
SHANNON PARKER — VP, AV Creative Services
HELEN REICH — VP, Sales Administration

Cinedigm

YOLANDA MACIAS
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS
Leveraging more than 25 years of industry experience, Macias leads the content acquisitions team, acquiring, renewing and developing content for all distribution platforms worldwide. Also, she oversees business strategy, development and relationships with digital and television platforms globally.

JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
Working closely with chairman and CEO Chris McGurk, Newhouse Calcaterra manages all external communications for Cinedigm with both investors and the entertainment industry. Given the recent investment by Chinese company Bison Capital, she is putting an additional focus on international outreach efforts, particularly in Asia, and is focused on the company’s OTT efforts both domestically and abroad.

MELODY FOWLER
VP, ACQUISITIONS
Fowler identifies, curates and negotiates the acquisition of content for all distribution platforms. She is also responsible for developing, maintaining and managing co-production partnerships with third-party producers to ensure a consistent supply of commercial titles for Cinedigm.

PBS Distribution

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP
Letourneau oversees acquisitions, business intelligence and strategy. She leads the company’s content sourcing, evaluation, and negotiation across all distribution platforms for scripted, factual, lifestyle and children’s programs. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the drama and children’s catalogs while continuing to build on a strong foundation of engaging factual programming. She founded and launched the PBS-branded theatrical releasing unit, which has handled such high-profile documentaries as Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation and Dark Money. With more than 15 years of experience in commercial and public media, Letourneau’s portfolio includes numerous award-winning films and television programs.

REBECCA CARR
VP, OPERATIONS, PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
Carr has worked for PBS Distribution since its inception in 2009 and heads operations for all PBS Distribution business streams. She oversees all aspects of the digital supply chain for DTC-SVOD channels, TVOD and SVOD, as well as operations and production for hard copy distribution. Her responsibilities include asset and data management, evolving systems and processes, product execution, and vendor management.

JEN O’CONNELL-ROBERTSON
VP, MARKETING
O’Connell-Robertson leads the marketing, communications and creative strategy across multiple brands and businesses. Her primary focus is driving growth of the company’s direct-to-consumer subscription businesses — PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids and PBS Living — in addition to support for retail, e-commerce, transactional and SVOD, and PBS International. Prior to joining PBS Distribution, she was GM of the Walter Presents SVOD service, and was a 15-year AMC Networks veteran, culminating in the role of SVP, digital media and business development, for AMC’s WE tv channel.

LIZ LIEBMAN
DIRECTOR, DTC-SVOD
Liebman leads the DTC-SVOD business for PBS Distribution, including the PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids and PBS Living subscription channels. In this role she oversees the strategic planning, consumer acquisition, engagement strategies and partnerships across these businesses. Prior to taking this role, Liebman held several positions managing both physical and digital releases at PBS Distribution, National Geographic and Turner.

Amazon

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD, AMAZON STUDIOS
Salke is responsible for all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with launching upcoming series and films along with ongoing support of current series. High profile projects include “Lord of the Rings” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem, as well as Emmy-nominated comedy series “Fleabag.” “In a world of peak TV, there’s so many choices,” Salke said at last month’s Summer Television Critics Association press tour. “It takes time for some of these shows to find their path.”

MARIE DONOGHUE
VP, GLOBAL SPORTS VIDEO
Donoghue is responsible for Amazon’s global sports content business, as well as its sports strategy, enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 200 countries and territories. Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as EVP of global business and content strategy at ESPN, leading the ongoing development and implementation of its enterprise-wide business and content strategy. Donoghue oversaw all digital dealmaking for ESPN, including ESPN’s relationship with BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

AMC/RLJ Entertainment

SYLVIA GEORGE
EVP AND GM, URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL
George was appointed to her current position in March 2018. Prior to that she was the company’s first chief marketing officer after serving as president, U.S., managing North American distribution and spearheading integration of Acorn Media and Image Entertainment, which were acquired by RLJ Entertainment in 2012. During this time, George helped to build Acorn’s brand profile as the “chief curator of the best Brit TV,” according to Time Magazine, and grew the brand’s footprint across retail while developing the digital home video market.

KERENSA SAMANIDIS
GM, ACORN TV INTERNATIONAL
Samanidis is responsible for the overall development, management and operation of the Acorn TV subscription streaming service for all markets outside of North America. Samanidis brings a wealth of expertise in OTT strategy and management having previously devised and launched services for Sony PlayStation, BFI and Turner (WarnerMedia). Acorn TV last year expanded into dozens of territories including Mexico, Spain, Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Hulu

KELLY CAMPBELL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Campbell leads Hulu’s overall marketing efforts across the SVOD and live-TV businesses, drives the strategic vision and voice behind the Hulu brand, and oversees the entire subscriber journey including acquisition, engagement, retention, viewer experience, partnerships and research. She also works closely with the company’s technology, advertising and content leaders to ensure that Hulu’s consumer proposition and brand is reflected in every aspect of the Hulu experience.

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney is responsible for managing Hulu’s strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators. Previously, Feeney was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscription packages, regional sports networks and on-demand sports content.

BRITTANY HVEEM
HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Hveem is responsible for leading negotiations of development and licensing deals related to Hulu’s slate of original series, documentaries, international co-productions and specials. She oversees the business and production relationships with studio suppliers such as Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony and Lionsgate, approving production budgets and negotiations with talent. Prior to joining Hulu in 2016, Hveem was most recently VP of business affairs for Warner Horizon Television and was previously counsel at ABC Studios.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Promoted to her current position last year, Kang has led numerous deals that have built out Hulu’s content library. She led efforts to lock in the first official content provider for Hulu’s online TV service. Kang negotiated a multiyear deal with AMC Networks for “Fear the Walking Dead.” She closed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedies, dramas and miniseries. She led all of Hulu’s legal efforts to obtain the exclusive SVOD rights to all episodes of “Seinfeld,” as well as an output agreement to new shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS, among others.

HEATHER MOOSNICK
SVP AND HEAD OF CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Moosnick drives Hulu’s content partnership and acquisition strategy across its live and on-demand subscription streaming services. She recently joined Hulu from Google, where she served as head of global business development, strategy and content partner management for YouTube TV and Google Fiber, including all TV networks and affiliates. In that role, she led the teams that structured, negotiated and closed all content deals for the launch of the company’s digital MVPD service.

GAUDE LYDIA PAEZ
SVP AND HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Paez leads the team responsible for all external communications in support of Hulu’s corporate brand, business strategy, products, technology, advertising sales and content acquisition. She joined Hulu in 2016 from Fox Broadcasting Co., where she served as SVP of corporate communications and digital publicity.

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Since joining the Hulu team in 2014, Springborn has played an integral role in developing and greenlighting straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s slate of originals, including the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “The Looming Tower,” “Future Man,” “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22” from George Clooney, and the upcoming limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Google Play/YouTube

CHRISTINA AVITABILE
HEAD OF CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AND LICENSING (TVOD/SVOD/AVOD), YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE PLAY
Avitabile is responsible for business development and partnerships for Google’s transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, at Amazon.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Prior to joining YouTube, Merryman served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

FandangoNow

DANA BENSON
VP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson directs all corporate communications and public relations functions across the company’s ticketing, e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com and transactional on-demand video service FandangoNow. She also oversees public relations for subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads acquisition and retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and FanShop. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats throughout the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue opportunities across brands and franchises. Prior to joining Fandango, Benson was director of public relations at Disney Interactive.

REMA MORGAN-ALUKO
DIRECTOR, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Morgan-Aluko leads the technology group for TVOD service FandangoNow. She oversees the development of Web, mobile apps, over-the-top applications and services, as well as application program interfaces. Previously, she led the development and implementation of several initiatives across Fandango’s verticals, including trailers (Movieclips), video and editorial content, movie and entertainment metadata, commerce, user profiles, CRM, marketing campaigns and programs, and advertising and monetization. She co-founded Fandango’s TECHWomen chapter, which aims to advance opportunities for female technologists within the company and beyond.

Movies Anywhere

BETH K. BAIER
ASSISTANT CHIEF COUNSEL
Baier leads all day-to-day legal and business affairs matters and serves as the senior legal advisor to the company’s business teams. She actively participates in legal analysis, modeling, negotiations and drafting of new strategic business models and high-profile deals involving emerging digital distribution technologies, distribution platforms, technical operations and marketing strategies.

ELISSA BROWN
VP, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Brown leads day-to-day operations, developing and executing key business and platform strategies to drive growth and deliver operational efficiencies across all facets of Movies Anywhere. This organization includes finance, strategy, business development, partner management, business intelligence/analytics, customer care and program management.

Sling TV

DANA McLEOD
VP, PROGRAMMING
McLeod oversees content acquisition, strategy, curation and promotion for Sling TV. She also manages programmer relationships and business development. Previously, she served as director of finance for Sling TV, where she was responsible for its finances, in addition to programming and media sales for both Dish and Sling TV.

Netflix

BELA BAJARIA
VP, INTERNATIONAL ORIGINALS
Bajaria, who joined Netflix in 2016 as VP of content, was recently named to oversee all non-English original series around the world. In her previous role, Bajaria oversaw Netflix’s push into unscripted programming, including “Queer Eye,” “Nailed It!” and “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” as well as talk series with David Letterman and Hasan Minhaj. Bajaria also oversaw scripted originals “You” and the upcoming “Locke and Key” and “Daybreak,” among others, and led the team responsible for working with studios to co-produce and co-license series internationally with Netflix, including “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS), “Bodyguard” (BBC), “Riverdale,” “Nightflyers” and “Good Girls” (Universal Television).

MELISSA COBB
VP, ORIGINAL ANIMATION
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing animated series and feature films to Netflix. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated “Kung Fu Panda” trilogy.

CHANNING DUNGEY
VP, ORIGINAL SERIES
Dungey partners with fellow Netflix exec Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with high-profile, prolific producers. Prior to joining Netflix, Dungey served as president of ABC Entertainment, overseeing all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late-night. During her tenure at ABC, Dungey created a collaborative environment that supported visionary storytelling, and became a hub for talented and provocative producers to realize their vision.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 13-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream, and has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company grew. In 2013, she left to become head of human resources at Coursera, and, later, chief people officer at Scopely, a mobile gaming company. She returned to Netflix in 2017 overseeing HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience.

LISA NISHIMURA
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND INDEPENDENT FEATURES Nishimura is an 11-year Netflix veteran. She currently oversees the company’s original documentary slate, including features, shorts and limited series, as well as independent films. Her team strives to provide storytellers of all backgrounds with a global platform where they can share their unique narratives around the world — across geographies, languages, genders, cultures, experiences and perspectives.

AMY REINHARD
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Reinhard oversees global studio licensing for films and television series as well as local language acquisitions from Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. In addition to global licensing, Reinhard negotiates international distribution rights on major studio films including Annihilation and Isn’t it Romantic. Prior to Netflix, she was the president of worldwide TV licensing and distribution for Paramount Pictures, where she held various roles for more than 10 years. She started her career at Revolution Studios.

Redbox

KATE BRENNAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Brennan is responsible for all public relations and social media efforts for the company’s movie and video game business, including B2C and B2B efforts. She also leads the company’s “Back to the Movies” initiative aimed at building nostalgia, conversations and connections around Movie Night occasions.

NAIVASHA DEAN
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL STRATEGY, REDBOX ON DEMAND
Dean is focused on title merchandising and content discovery for Redbox’s digital On Demand service. Prior to joining Redbox, she oversaw editorial and content operations at Fullscreen’s streaming service, and specialized in editorial advertiser solutions at Hulu.

LAURA FLORENCE
DIRECTOR, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Florence recently joined Redbox to lead the company’s digital content relationships with studios and independent partners. She has more than 13 years’ experience in both the physical and digital categories of content distribution, including her tenure at Gravitas Ventures, where she ran North American sales and marketing for theatrical, TVOD/cable/satellite, home entertainment and AVOD Sales.

LORI FLYNN
VP, CONTENT
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

MAURA GRAY
DIRECTOR, ON DEMAND & PARTNERSHIPS
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the Redbox On Demand launch. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

SONIA JAIN
CFO
Jain oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, implementing strategies to drive revenue-growth and profitability, and deal support. Prior to joining Redbox, Jain was an investment banker in the consumer retail group at Morgan Stanley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

KAVITA SUTHAR
VP, FINANCE, STRATEGY & ANALYTICS
Suthar is responsible for Redbox’s financial strategy and analysis, budgeting and deal support. She previously held long-term strategy and analytics roles at U.S. Cellular.

NICOLE ZINNO
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Zinno leads human resources, overseeing all functions of HR, payroll, benefits, recruitment and internal communications that attract, retain and engage Redbox’s employee base of corporate and nationwide field team members.

BASE — British Association for Screen Entertainment

LIZ BALES
CEO
Bales has headed the BASE trade group since 2014. A commercial lawyer by trade in the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, Bales previously headed The Digital Entertainment Group Europe.

The BASE mission statement seeks to champion the growth of screen entertainment across a £2.34 billion U.K. disc and digital video market, while maintaining a business environment with few regulatory burdens.

U.S. studio members include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate U.K., Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures International Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Home Entertainment.

Read a Q&A with Bales here.

Women in Home Entertainment 2019: A Q&A With BASE CEO Liz Bales

The British Association for Screen Entertainment’s mission statement seeks to champion the growth of screen entertainment across a £2.34 billion U.K. disc and digital video market, while maintaining a business environment with few regulatory burdens.

U.S. studio members include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate U.K., Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures International Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co., and Warner Home Entertainment.

As CEO of BASE and Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Liz Bales has headed the trade group since 2014. A commercial lawyer by trade in the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, Bales also leads The Digital Entertainment Group Europe.

Bales is recognized for leadership and creation of partnerships and executing targeted initiatives to grow audience engagement, deliver industrywide behavior change and incubate innovation in established trading environments.

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With a successful track record supporting diverse stakeholders on complex challenges with a focus on measurable results and sustainable solutions as well as delivering efficiencies, Media Play News asked Bales about ongoing cyclical change across the world’s No. 2 home video market.

MPN: At the end of 2018, you cited ongoing “high street retail” challenges in packaged media while attempting to accommodate a “broad variety” of home entertainment content and format options. How have those challenges been met through the first half of 2019?

Bales: The home entertainment category has been effectively managing change for over a decade, and in 2019 we are meeting ongoing challenges head on. BASE is driving physical retail innovation in collaboration with a leading U.K. grocer and alongside industry experts, leading ground-breaking trials with exceptional indicative results at an early stage. Focusing on digital formats, the cross-platform ‘Mega Movie Week’ campaign resulted in the U.K.’s largest week of sales for digital ownership on record, topping 1 millionm units with the highest reported incredibly strong new user activation from a host of the participating platforms.

MPN: The U.S. home entertainment market is now 60% subscription streaming video, led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Yet, consumption of packaged media continues (albeit slowly) while increasingly dwarfed by digital. The trend appears similar in the United Kingdom. How are BASE members adjusting their marketing approaches?

Bales: The rapid evolution of technology is a dominant force, and home entertainment is just one of a plethora of categories taking advantage of the benefits. Ultimately this evolution is about the consumer, whose love of and engagement with content in all forms is enduring and still showing huge growth; the home entertainment category value is up 10% in the last year. An established U.K. production base sees the welcome addition of bold new players, which is a huge positive for both our creative industry and U.K. audiences and while format fragmentation is obviously not without its challenges, the industry is proactive in its response, as witnessed by the remodeling being seen across the distribution landscape.

MPN: How does BASE convince consumers to purchase rather than subscribe to media? Can both distribution models co-exist?

Bales: BASE runs a variety of initiatives that focus on informing the consumer on the benefits of the various formats including ownership, rental and subscription. There is a broad range of different needs and spaces in which consumers consume entertainment content, and clear areas where transactional purchase has natural advantages over subscription and vice versa. As long as consumers are made aware of the myriad benefits of ownership across all formats, then both distribution models can continue to co-exist and meet the differing needs of a range of audience types.

MPN: With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, complete ownership of Hulu and pending launch of a branded subscription streaming service — the latter two likely earmarked for the U.K. — how does traditional home entertainment retail compete?

Bales: Traditional home entertainment retail has already been competing with subscription streaming services for over a decade and Disney is one of a number of entities that will launch direct-to-consumer services in the coming months and years. The response from traditional home entertainment is of course insight led; gaining an understanding of audience behavioral trends and consequent engagement is a high priority. We know that consumers view content from multiple formats, and fans of film and TV have a range of choices; to visit the cinema, buy the latest content digitally or on disc as well as streaming exclusive content from subscription services.

Customers love choice and across the category content owners provide just that. With all of the current and future developments in the home entertainment business, it is imperative that we consider any possible impact on copyright infringement; the category as a whole must work together to ensure that the customer experience comes first, and ensure clarity and simplicity when it comes to accessing content easily and legally even as habits evolve.

The consumer will ultimately vote with their wallet and define the success of new services, but all evidence points to transaction and ownership continuing to be a desired option for many.

MPN: With studios and media companies increasingly focusing on subscription and ad-supported VOD, it would appear BASE has to wear multiple hats to satisfy industry members. Is that true? If so, how has that changed the internal focus at BASE?

Bales: Navigating change has been a constant for many years, the pace of which only escalates. Members have always looked to the organization for a comprehensive category level understanding of current market performance, but now increasingly look to us for a view on future challenges and opportunities.

Ultimately, home entertainment is one part of an expansive and interconnected value chain, and to genuinely add value for members our expertise in home entertainment has to be complemented with a thorough knowledge of surrounding sectors, not only subscription and ad–supported VOD, but extending to theatrical distribution and broadcast.

This is quite a task, but it is one that makes for dynamic and exciting roles within the team and is a challenge the organization has risen to with a passion.

Click here for the 2019 list of Women in Home Entertainment

Amazon Studios Unscripted Content Boss Heather Schuster Departs

Heather Schuster, head of unscripted content at Amazon Studios, reportedly has left the company after less than 12 months on the job.

Media reports suggest the longtime TV executive’s exit followed an internal probe into her corporate behavior.

It’s the first executive departure since Jennifer Salke became head of Amazon Studios.

Schuster, recently cited in Media Play News’ annual “Women in Home Entertainment” issue, worked with President Donald Trump (then a real estate businessman) during five seasons of “The Apprentice.”

During that period, Schuster worked with “Apprentice” executive producer Mark Burnett and his producing partner Conrad Riggs.

Notably, Schuster replaced Riggs last October at Amazon Studios after the latter, along with Joe Lewis, left the studio following the exit of former head Roy Price, who was forced out following allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

 

Women in Home Entertainment: Charting the Future Course

While Hollywood may be in the throes of a gender gap on the creative side, on the business side there’s a much more equitable representation of women at the decision-maker level. This is particularly true in the home entertainment sector. And while we believe it is still prudent to give a nod to the dozens of significant women executives in our industry — as our predecessor, Home Media Magazine, did for 10 years — the inaugural Women in Home Entertainment feature in Media Play News shines the spotlight on a dozen “captains” of the industry, as selected by a panel of studio executives, entertainment business journalists and others.

These are the women who are not just driving our business, but also charting its course — and plotting its future direction. Home entertainment has expanded from its rental-cassette beginnings to encompass DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales and rentals, digital copy sales, and of course both transactional and subscription streaming. Accordingly, our 12 ‘captains’ reflect this expanded home entertainment universe, from Jennifer Salke of No. 2 streamer Amazon to Universal’s Kathleen Gallagher, whose focus is exclusively on physical media. And then there are leaders such as HBO’s Sofia Chang, who is involved in every aspect of the at-home sector: disc, digital, transactional VOD and SVOD.

Here’s what they have to say.

Q: What do you do?

Sofia Chang, EVP, worldwide digital distribution and home entertainment, HBO: I oversee HBO’s transactional physical and digital business worldwide. I also oversee distribution of our domestic subscription product — i.e. HBO Now, HBO Channels — across digital platforms such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Hulu, Roku, Sony and more.

Andrea Downing, co-president, PBS Distribution: I co-lead all facets of distribution worldwide across OTT Channels, SVOD, transactional and physical goods, including two premium services through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels — PBS Masterpiece and PBS Kids.

Vicky Free, SVP, global marketing, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Co.: I manage the team that strategizes and executes global multiplatform marketing campaigns for Disney’s film and television content in the in-home space, including oversight of creative advertising and bonus content.

Kathleen Gallagher, EVP and managing director, North America, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: I lead UPHE’s North American physical home entertainment business, spanning a team of highly experienced, talented, and passionate experts across sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships.

Karin Gilford, GM, Movies Anywhere: I oversee all day-to-day operations of Movies Anywhere, the U.S. cloud-based entertainment service that brings the film libraries of five studios together in a virtual one-stop movie-watching shop.

Hilary Hoffman, EVP, global marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: I have global responsibility for multiplatform, go-to-market strategies and budgets and am especially focused on driving consumer engagement via new platforms and technologies.

Julie Howe, EVP, co-head of worldwide marketing, 20th Century Fox home Entertainment: I oversee Fox’s global marketing for home entertainment. I am responsible for our go-to-market strategy, P&L and campaign execution for all new-release films, TV shows and our library business. Our division handles physical and digital distribution worldwide.

Kim Overall, EVP, consumer insights and innovation, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television Distribution: I seek to intimately understand how content is consumed, not only to find out where and how but more importantly the need-states and occasions the content satisfies. This knowledge and insight allows us to find, engage and convert audiences to consume more of our movies and TV shows.

Jessica Schell, EVP and GM, film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: I have global responsibility for the sales, marketing, distribution, finance, creative and administrative functions of new-release and of the home entertainment catalog. I leverage my digital/technology background to drive innovation.

Amy Jo Smith, president and CEO, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group: As the head of the industry’s leading trade association, I’m tasked with a variety of objectives to help member companies grow the category ranging from adoption in best practices in the digital supply chain to marketing support for products at retail. The DEG is fortunate to have many different views for the best path forward, but this also requires finding fair consensus.

Lexine Wong, senior EVP, worldwide marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: I drive product development and marketing strategy informed by insights, leveraging innovation and emerging consumer behaviors to break through and drive retail transactions.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing the home entertainment business?

Wong: The never-ending abundance of quality content available for consumers continues to be the challenge that is redefining the home entertainment business. For consumers, this means a lot of great content (scripted or unscripted) to enjoy on any type of device wherever and whenever they want, free and paid. From a studio/content owner perspective, we need to determine how to best monetize our content as the traditional windows and releasing patterns will need to continue to shift to match consumer demand.

Smith: The home entertainment business is no longer defined as “home entertainment.” It is not a one-skew business with clearly defined “swim lanes.” There are numerous ways for making content available to consumers, various delivery platforms and products. Consumers are confused, and the marketplace is filled with disruptive but equally good products. Finding the right path forward that makes business sense, excites the consumer and is a good experience is hard to nail.

Schell: There are so many more options now. We have the newest premium content that people want to watch, but there’s confusion in the marketplace with the huge volume of streaming services. We need to help people figure out where they can find the content they are going to be excited to watch, so they can treat themselves to a night at home with easily accessed, high-quality content!

Overall: Understanding who consumes our content and meeting them where and when they consume is the biggest challenge.

Gilford: Providing transparency to consumers about when, where and how to watch a movie.

Downing: Changing consumer habits and business models.

Gallagher: The business as we know it continues to evolve swiftly, along with our consumers. In addition to clearly underscoring the unique advantages of ownership, now more than ever we must work to truly understand our multi-faceted consumers, their habits and preferences, ensuring that their voices inform our every decision.

Chang: Physical media continues to decline; retail distribution of this media is shrinking. SVOD growth has been exponential; TVOD growth is not.

Free: With more and more in-home viewing options than ever, one of the biggest challenges is penetrating today’s crowded landscape. It’s crucial to always be one step ahead while utilizing fresh and comprehensive marketing strategies to convey the value of ownership across both digital and physical.

Howe: The biggest challenge has to be that consumers have so many options for watching great content at home, and as a result the bar is very high to get them to pay on a transactional basis for a movie or TV show — digital or physical. You have to have a movie and a campaign that really connects with an audience.

Hoffman: Everybody loves movies. It is critical that we keep consumers transacting and engaged in our category. We are hyper-focused on identifying new opportunities to communicate the utmost value and urgency for our products.

Q: What are the biggest opportunities?

Smith: The upside for opportunities is huge. Identifying what the consumer wants is the trick.

Gallagher: We have seen that when we find ways to drive excitement at retail, we see growth. Whether in store or online, the opportunity to improve the ways in which we engage with consumers remains lightly exploited at best. We are fortunate to have such great retail partners to innovate and collaborate with.

Wong: I’m excited about the opportunities that the recent integration between our TV and home entertainment divisions will bring as our businesses continue to converge. More collaboration across our lines of business should drive the at-home experience, satisfying consumers and providing growth for our studio.

Gilford: The biggest opportunities are yet to come. Content is better than ever but after the initial window, it is hard for consumers to reliably know where they can watch and the cost of watching in different windows. I am excited for filmed entertainment to become as easy for consumers as music — or get as close as possible. That will unlock tons of opportunities.

Chang: New physical formats (4K/HDR) provide another opportunity for physical media.

Hoffman: Transforming data and analytics into actionable strategies that improve marketing decisions and provide better targeting opportunities remains a top priority as we work to maximize our marketing dollars.

Howe: The biggest opportunities are to truly understand our consumers’ changing behaviors and attitudes and refine our business models accordingly. There is a future for the physical and digital transactional business, but only if we continue to evolve. I can see an opportunity for digital transactions to sit within a portfolio of subscription apps. As consumers cut cords and go for slim bundles, there could be opportunities to offer ‘a-la-carte’ options for must-see TV shows and movies. All future trend reports say that physical retail will be as much about the experience itself as the transaction. Movies are arguably one of the best products that can create engaging events and experiences for retail, and it is something we should continue to focus on for the theatrical and home entertainment windows.

Overall: The better and deeper our understanding of our audiences, the more opportunities we have to serve them content and offers to satisfy their needs.

Schell: Increases in bandwidth, 5G, new devices and new technology that improves content quality like 4K and HDR. Together all these innovations enable a higher-quality home and mobile viewing experience as well as new forms of immersive content, including VR and AR. There are myriad new platforms and technologies that consumers are now embracing to watch entertainment at home and on the go.

Q: What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

Smith: Whatever it is, my mother will still not know how to explain it.

Gilford: Crying … I will be sending my youngest to college. Seriously, I hope I have embarked on a new challenge in my career. I would like to continue to find ways to leverage technology to enhance people’s lives.

Gallagher: Consumers love content. While the way that content is ultimately enjoyed may evolve across formats or platforms, in five years I hope to still be identifying for consumers ways to engage in our movies in their homes, on their holidays, wherever they choose.

Chang: Hopefully, continuing to drive growth, leading a great team, and having fun while we’re doing it — and getting back into golf again.

Howe: Five years ago, I moved from London to L.A. to re-join Fox. I like change — it keeps things interesting and keeps me on my toes. The next five years in our industry will be interesting, starting with the sale of Fox! The CMO role itself is evolving and is becoming more data driven, and I find that fascinating. I’m lucky to have spent about half my career in the film business and half working on the agency side in brand strategy and consulting, so I am well positioned to deal with these disruptive times.

Schell: Continuing to innovate and be at the forefront of the convergence of technology and content. AT&T’s acquisition of Warner Bros. makes this company a fascinating place to be, with lots of opportunity. But it’s a more complicated question than it would have been when I was starting out my career because the landscape is changing so rapidly. It’s not just about saying I want to keep expanding what I’m doing with more responsibility and bigger teams and titles, because the roles that exist now aren’t necessarily the roles that are going to exist five years from now.

Q: What excites you most about this business?

Chang: The ever-changing landscape.

Downing: The dynamic landscape, as it requires being nimble and staying in front of new business models.

Wong: Knowing that there will be more disruption because consumers are in control.

Smith: Working with smart people who are willing to make risky decisions that bring filmed entertainment to consumers in new and exciting ways.

Free: The content and the synergy. From Lucasfilm to Marvel to Pixar, Disney has the most compelling and entertaining brands in the industry, and I’m inspired each and every day by the creative and collaborative minds that I have the privilege to work with.

Gallagher: Having served Universal in home entertainment for 18 years and having witnessed firsthand the evolution of both the theatrical and home entertainment sides of our business, I am encouraged by how much room there still is to innovate. We are all fortunate to have dedicated retail partners that are committed to our category and to working with us to invigorate our business in a way consumers find exciting and meaningful.

Gilford: The people! I love working in a results-driven environment powered by creativity. I have met lifelong friends through my job — I feel so lucky.

Howe: I love it when a movie connects with an audience and the campaign becomes a real two-way conversation with passionate fans. We just released Love, Simon in June, a movie that has the potential to change attitudes and inspire teenagers to be themselves. Deadpool 2 releases this summer and there is nothing more fun than pushing the bar on that one and seeing fans react — reading the comments on social media is like running a live focus group!

Hoffman: Our business is currently at its most transformative stage in recent memory. As marketers, there is significant untapped potential in creatively influencing buying decisions and in ensuring that we keep in lock step with evolving consumer tastes and behaviors.

Schell: The landscape shifts on a daily basis, and as a leader at one of the world’s largest content and distribution companies I get to be a part of shaping the playing field. Operating at the intersection of content, technology and distribution in a constantly changing industry is an exciting place to be.

Q: How do you watch entertainment at home?

Downing: I’m a cord cutter, so I have a subscription to a skinny bundle with a different OTT device on each TV in the household, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire and a Roku streaming stick.

Chang: With more devices and in more ways than your average household of three.

Free: It depends on which room I am in. I am intentional to test various devices and platforms to ensure I am aware of how consumers access our content. In my living room, I utilize Amazon Fire TV Stick and in my bedroom I use Apple TV. In all rooms and on the go, I depend on Movies Anywhere to access all my favorite feature films. In my role, it is crucial that I think with the consumer mindset and stay abreast of all new technology available to ensure our marketing is not only timely but future-leaning.

Smith: I’m a big believer in being a consumer of our industry’s products and services. I subscribe

to a handful of services including HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix and watch their shows on my Sony or Samsung or LG HDTV using Roku or AppleTV … when I’m not using my DirecTV satellite dish.

Howe: I watch movies on the main TV — mainly via Apple TV, TV shows on the TV, my iPad and even my iPhone in bed (something I never thought I would do!).

Gallagher: Like most of us, I watch in many different ways depending on the movie and my reason for watching. At the moment, I’m building up my digital collection of animated movies for my family. Re-watching all of the movies I grew up with has been so much fun.

Hoffman: I watch movies in a variety of ways, but my new favorite way to access my movies is through the Movies Anywhere app. I love that it links all my accounts together into one place with only one password to remember.

Gilford: I mainly use my AppleTV to stream favorite shows on the various streaming services, watch baseball on the MLB app, and watch purchased movies on Movies Anywhere.

Wong: In my house, we watch a LOT of sports — this is usually on the big family room TV. Otherwise, you can find me watching movies or TV shows on my iPad or bedroom TV. It’s a typical night when all four members of the family are watching things on four different screens throughout the one house.

Schell: In our screening room with a 4K projector if it’s a movie I want to immerse myself in, especially when my husband or stepdaughters are watching with me. If it’s just me while multitasking, it’s usually with my tablet. I own every new-release movie as soon as it comes out, authenticate all the cable channels through my AT&T U-verse subscription and subscribe to every streaming service.

Q: What do you do for fun, or to relax?

Downing: Physical activity — I just completed running a Ragnar Relay and biked the entire C&O Canal Towpath. Now planning my next adventure.

Smith: Most anything that involves my family as long as it’s not in the kitchen.

Gilford: I love to eat, travel and workout in all the stereotypical L.A. ways — power yoga, Soul Cycle, hiking, etc. I love sharing travel and restaurant tips and recommendations. My extensive travel notes are infamous!

Chang: I like watching TV shows late at night. Since assigned seating was introduced in NYC theaters, I also enjoy going to the movies to relax. We go on about four family trips per year. My husband and I would like to take our daughter to all the national parks in the U.S. We have about 58 left to visit.

Howe: I make the most of the great California outdoors! You will find me cycling up Mullholland or on Chair 23 in Mammoth on winter weekends. I’m also learning to play the piano.

Wong: I like to try new recipes and host dinners for friends and family, attend my kids’ sporting events and go on long hikes or swims with my golden retriever.

Schell: Relaxation?! I’m an executive in a highly dynamic, challenging industry with a 2-year-old, two stepdaughters and a husband vying for my time. Fortunately, I do have fun, both at my job with my wonderful colleagues and at home with family and friends. At WBHE we have a great culture of camaraderie and celebrate every birthday, baby shower, title over-performance or other excuse for a party. And my husband and I love entertaining at home with whichever friends don’t mind hanging out with a 2-year-old. I like to ride my Peloton or take a quick hike when I can in the morning and read fiction to wind down at night.

Free: It’s already been quite a year since I moved to Los Angeles. With such an exciting career, I make it a point to find balance by taking in all the beautiful sights in L.A., taking my dog for long walks along the beach or on one of the awesome hiking trails, and treating myself to the balmy nights at the Hollywood Bowl listening to great live music.

Q: Who inspires you?

Downing: In keeping with my sports theme: Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run (and complete) the Boston Marathon in 1967 before women were officially allowed to run in 1972, for not accepting the status quo and for pushing boundaries accomplishing something that men didn’t think women could do.

Smith: Remarkable athletes like Serena Williams, Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm.

Howe: Our Fox home entertainment marketing team. I couldn’t ask for a more committed team. Despite the impending sale of the business, the team continues to bring creative ideas to the table every day.

Hoffman: I am inspired by the people I work with every day. I work in an amazing business with an incredible group of people who are passionate, inspiring and creative.

Gallagher: I have a really passionate team. Their desire to win and their passion and positivity are incredibly inspiring.

Schell: My 2-year-old Cate Rose, who approaches the world with energy, wonder and unfettered optimism. 

Wong: Aside from my parents, who provide unconditional support, and my kids, who inspire me daily, there are so many people who are inspiring, from those who have overcome extreme adversity to those giving back to make the world a better place — Nick Vujicic, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, Cory Booker … the list goes on.

Chang: Different people throughout my life — none of whom are famous.

Q: What is the biggest challenge being a woman in the entertainment industry?

Smith: Any woman — or man — should walk in a meeting prepared, respectful and productive. There should be no difference in gender.

Gallagher: I have been fortunate to work for an organization that has been at the forefront of supporting diversity. I have been encouraged to grow and succeed in my career here because of that. As leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that our organizations understand the critical importance of embracing diverse perspectives and that we collectively uphold this standard.

Hoffman: I consider myself very fortunate to work for a company like Universal where an executive’s measure of talent, success and accomplishment is never viewed through a gender-specific lens.

Gilford: It’s still the same old same old — how to balance career and being a great mom. Somehow I think I have done it, but it still feels like a fight, it still feels like you are never doing anything 100% and it can be very lonely. I hope that changes — the only way is to have women in senior executive positions and people who are really working to keep them in those ranks.

Chang: I would love to see more Asian-American women in leadership roles in this industry and many others. I think they exist but the media doesn’t tend to cover it.

Wong: Unconscious bias training in the workplace can help prevent some of the challenges women face in our business, such as feeling they don’t have an equal voice or seat at the table. As senior female role models, we should continue to mentor and advance high-potential females in our organizations.

Schell: We’ve seen incredible progress this past year, and now it’s really a matter of keeping the momentum going. I think historically people have been less willing to take risks on women by promoting them to leadership positions that they’re not the most obvious choice for — we’re still not always naturally viewed as prospective leaders and given chances to step up out of our comfort zones in the same way men are. Women often have to prove themselves over and over to be given more responsibility, whether that’s creative or management. It’s obviously possible to advance, but you may have to be twice as credentialed. The more we have women in leadership positions the more that will improve.

Click here for the 2018 list of Women in Home Entertainment

Women in Home Entertainment 2018

Home entertainment has expanded from its humble rental-cassette beginnings to encompass DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales and rentals, digital copy sales, and of course subscription streaming, or SVOD. And behind virtually every innovation or advance is a woman in the executive suite, calling the shots. These are the women who are not just driving our business forward, but also charting its course — and plotting its future direction.

2018 Captains of the Industry (Click Here for a Q&A)

SOFIA CHANG
EVP, WORLDWIDE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT, HBO
In addition to overseeing the global home entertainment business, Chang is responsible for HBO’s digital content distribution on platforms such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Sony Vue and others. Since joining HBO in 2000, Chang has held numerous executive positions, including marketing, consumer products licensing and program planning. She serves as CFO on the board of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Professional Women’s Alliance.

ANDREA DOWNING
CO-PRESIDENT, PBS DISTRIBUTION
Downing co-leads all facets of distribution worldwide across OTT Channels, SVOD, transactional and physical goods, including oversight of two premium services through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels — PBS Masterpiece and PBS Kids. Under her leadership, she looks to maximize the availability of content to consumers, driving innovation across platforms, products, windowing and pricing. Her vision embraces the dynamic media landscape, allowing consumers to enjoy content on a variety of mediums and platforms while maximizing the value of that content. Downing joined PBS in 2001.

VICKY FREE
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER AND INTERNATIONAL, THE WALT DISNEY CO.
Free has in-home marketing responsibilities for both studio and TV content distributed by The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group. She oversees global in-home creative strategy, digital marketing and linear customer relationship management to drive sales, ownership and consumption of the company’s content. This includes the creation and implementation of all creative advertising and bonus materials. Free serves as a member of the Movies Anywhere marketing council, working in partnership with executives from the other four studios on the platform. She also leads the overall marketing strategy and execution for the company’s first-run and off-network syndicated TV content in the United States and Canada. Most recently, Free and her team spearheaded in-home marketing release plans for Black Panther and the Walt Disney Signature Collection’s Peter Pan.

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER
EVP AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Gallagher leads UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships across the United States and Canada. She previously was SVP of sales, customer marketing and category management for UPHE’s U.S. physical sellthrough and rental businesses. She began her career at Universal in 2000 as assistant category manager and quickly advanced up the ranks, serving in various sales, category management and customer market¬ng positions. Gallagher began her career in 1999 at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she held sales planning positions within what was then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

KARIN GILFORD
GM, MOVIES ANYWHERE
Gilford oversees all day-to-day operations of Movies Anywhere, the U.S. cloud-based entertainment service that brings the film libraries of five studios together in a virtual one-stop movie-watching shop. Movies Anywhere currently features access to a library of more than 7,500 digital movies, along with fresh previews and film extras. Gilford and her team brought the website and apps to market in October 2017. She manages product design, product development, engineering and strategic planning. In the service’s initial three months, consumers streamed more than 3 million hours of content and used Movies Anywhere to store close to 80 million movies. Gilford is also charged with overseeing all consumer-facing marketing for Movies Anywhere.

HILARY HOFFMAN
EVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hoffman oversees strategic marketing and business strategy for Universal and its distributed lines worldwide across new release, catalog and TV properties for both physical and digital. Her responsibilities encompass defining go-to-market strategies and overall approach for consumer engagement, including the leveraging of new platforms and technologies to drive profitable growth across all formats. During her tenure at Universal, Hoffman has overseen the campaigns of some of the studio’s biggest revenue-generating releases and has been a driving force behind Universal’s leading footprint in new industry initiatives.

JULIA HOWE
EVP, CO-HEAD OF WORLDWIDE MARKETING, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Howe runs marketing for Fox’s home entertainment business globally. She is responsible for the go-to-market and consumer engagement strategies for Fox’s new-release, catalog and TV business. With an eye toward the future and a keen understanding of consumer behavior and the digital space, she is the driving force behind Fox’s innovative and award-winning marketing campaigns for the physical and digital transactional business. Howe previously worked for Fox in the United Kingdom and France and for Universal Pictures in the United Kingdom. She also held positions at The Associated Press and Branded, a London brand and communications consultancy. She re-joined Fox in 2013 as the SVP for new-release marketing.

KIM OVERALL
EVP, CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
Overall is responsible for identifying and developing the studio’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her group utilizes data analytics and consumer insights, enabling SPHE and SPTD to make better-informed decisions to satisfy consumer demand for content. Formerly, Overall was SVP of SPHE’s United Kingdom, Northern Europe and EMEA partnerships. In this role, she was responsible for defining the commercial strategies for the region and supporting the EMEA territories. She joined SPHE in 2008 as the managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD, AMAZON STUDIOS
Hired away from NBC Universal in February 2018, Salke is responsible for all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with overseeing the short-term goals of launching upcoming series and films along with ongoing support of current series. Additionally, Salke will be responsible for executing high profile projects such as “Lord of the Rings,” “The Culture” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem.

JESSICA SCHELL
EVP AND GM, FILM, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Schell has global responsibility for all operations related to the physical and digital sales, marketing, distribution, finance and administrative functions of the studio’s home entertainment releases for new-release and catalog titles. She also identifies and engages new technology partnerships and marketing opportunities. Prior to joining Warner, Schell spent nine years at NBC Universal, most recently serving as EVP of worldwide new media and digital entertainment for Universal Pictures since late 2011. She also served as SVP of digital media strategy and business development at NBC Universal and held positions at Allen & Company and Walt Disney Corporate Strategic Planning.

AMY JO SMITH
PRESIDENT AND CEO, DEG: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Smith directs the leading trade group for the home entertainment industry representing the interests of the world’s largest media, technology and entertainment companies. In her role, she advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels supporting the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries. The DEG is tasked with helping find solutions and grow the category amid the disruptive digital marketplace. Currently, the DEG is promoting digital collection of movies — encompassing the creation of digital supply chain standards, as well as 4K Ultra HD and High Resolution Audio.

LEXINE WONG
SENIOR EVP, WORLDWIDE MARKETING, SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Wong oversees SPHE’s global marketing strategy across the studio’s broad film and television slate, which includes worldwide acquisitions, catalog and new technologies. Wong is focused on delivering targeted marketing campaigns to customized audience segments to spur consumer engagement and drive transactions across both digital and physical windows. Wong’s insights-driven marketing strategy provides a strong foundation for product development and continued marketing innovation around new platforms critical for growth in the industry, such as Movies Anywhere, virtual reality, augmented reality and other direct-to-consumer digital offerings.

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER AND INTERNATIONAL, THE WALT DISNEY CO.

LINDSEY GREEN
SVP AND GSM, PAY-TELEVISION AND DIGITAL SALES
Green negotiates in-home distribution agreements across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including electronic home video, video-on-demand, pay-television and subscription video-on-demand. She pursues key licensing agreements for the studio’s films with North American MVPDs and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast XFinity, AT&T, Vudu and Google Play. Green and her team also secure digital licensing opportunities for the company’s television assets, with deals currently in place with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and PlayStation, among many others. In addition, Green oversees the company’s global airline distribution business and she is heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere among its digital retail partners.

LISA AYALA-WILLIAMS — VP, Product Planning and Cross Brand Strategy
BETH BAIER — ssistant Chief Counsel, Movies Anywhere
ELISSA BROWN — VP, Finance, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Movies Anywhere
CHERYLYN CARR — Assistant General Counsel
CYNDI CRUZ — VP, Sales Planning and Contract Administration
ELIZABETH DUKE — Assistant Chief Counsel
LORI ELIAS — VP, Marketing Strategy
ANNA FROST — VP, Digital Marketing
KIM HARBIN — VP, Communications
SUSAN KIGAWA — Assistant Chief Counsel
JANE KIM — VP, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
JENNIFER LOURIE — VP, Product Management
YULIA POLTORAK — VP, International Sales and Product Strategy
TINA RUBIN — VP, Marketing, Movies Anywhere

20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

MARY MCLAREN
EVP/COO, INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT OPERATIONS
A career-long Fox veteran, McLaren provides strategic leadership to both studio divisions and oversees Fox’s international post-production team, home entertainment emerging market territories and third-party distribution and acquisition businesses. McLaren is the senior executive liaison with all of the studio’s long-term distribution partners, including Lucasfilm, MGM, Lionsgate, Annapurna, Pathe and eOne.

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
Carretta helps to drive global communications and secure critical partnerships with major brands across corporate and consumer-facing initiatives for all Fox title releases and next-generation technologies. She is responsible for the strategic execution of more than 200 title campaigns a year from Fox’s TV and film portfolio. Her team is also charged with raising awareness of the Fox Innovation Lab and communication strategies for the studio’s augmented and virtual reality initiatives.

JENNIFER CHAI
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING
Chai leads worldwide brand marketing and strategy for the entire Fox new- release theatrical slate and third-party titles for both the physical and digital business. She is involved with the cross-studio Movies Anywhere service as well as other digital strategic initiatives.

COOPER JACKSON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, WORLDWIDE
Jackson is responsible for evaluating, structuring and negotiating digital agreements worldwide, including content licenses, strategic partnerships and growth initiatives. She manages all major deals related to Fox’s digital business, distribution strategies and new technology development.

SHARMILA AROSKAR — VP, global technology and business development, Fox Innovation Lab
KATE CORSEMEIER — VP, legal affairs
CAMERON DILLAVOU — VP, worldwide brand marketing
JAIME GORMAN — VP, creative development
DEBBIE HAAG — VP, worldwide brand marketing
CHRISTINE HUPALO — VP, marketing
SUZANNE KAMENIR — VP, global creative marketing
MICHELLE LEVISOHN — VP, creative development
MOLLY MADDEN — VP, sales, worldwide
HEATHER OLSON — VP, digital global accounts
MARLEINE PACILIO — VP, global communications
JENNIFER QUAN — VP, communications planning and strategy
KAVITA SMITH — VP, worldwide marketing communications

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

DEBORAH FEINERMAN
EVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION
Feinerman manages legal matters for the domestic theatrical, international theatrical and worldwide home media distribution business units. Under her purview are licensing, sales, distribution, operations and acquisitions relating to the studio’s products across theatrical and home entertainment. Previously, Feinerman served as SVP and deputy general counsel.

SYRINTHIA STUDER
EVP, WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Studer is responsible for acquiring films for theatrical release as well as for worldwide distribution across multiple platforms. Among her recent acquisitions are the breakout comedy Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen, and the action-packed caper Overdrive, starring Scott Eastwood. Studer previously held the position of SVP of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Pictures’ worldwide home media and TV licensing divisions.

LIZ WEST
EVP, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNATIONAL THEATRICAL AND WORLDWIDE HOME ENTERTAINMENT, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
West helps drive worldwide marketing initiatives, including digital and publicity campaigns for international territories. She is tasked with developing integrated, consumer-facing communications strategies with a lifecycle approach across plat- forms. Prior to joining Paramount, West served as VP of global publicity at Disney.

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Bell is responsible for all of the division’s creative advertising materials including physical packaging, digital art, print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. A home entertainment industry veteran, Bell previously served as VP of creative services home entertainment for Universal Studios.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Ciccone oversees all publicity and corporate communications for the home media division on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone additionally manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets, including MIPCOM, ATF and NATPE.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Froelich is responsible for international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all post-theatrical transactional windows. She also oversees global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at Disney for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Hildebrandt oversees customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. Her responsibilities include executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, EST and VOD.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
Marovich is responsible for overseeing all media planning and buying for the division. She has more than 20 years of advertising experience. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment and previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home media distribution, theatrical marketing and Paramount television divisions. For the past several years Nancy has been an active member of Paramount Pictures’ Mentoring Program that works with local high school students to help them prepare for college.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason’s primary focuses are acquisitions for distribution through home media channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions, and domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Para- mount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the division’s marketing strategies across the new-release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG — VP, interactive marketing and public relations, PHMD
ANNE MASUDA — VP, international digital distribution, PHMD
ALANNA POWERS — VP, brand marketing, PHMD
MICHELE RUMAIN — VP, media, PHMD
SUSANE SEIDMAN — VP, worldwide creative services, PHMD
PAMELA SIVULA — VP, financial planning, PHMD
MICHELLE VEN DANGE — VP, international marketing, PHMD

UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Parker is responsible for spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBC Universal.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING SERVICES
Blum oversees creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. She also maximizes opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. A two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, “The Little Engine That Could,” and more than 200 TV episodes.

SEJIN CRONINGER
SVP, UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Croninger leads the North American arm of UPHE Content Group’s acquisitions and productions business, encompassing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital platforms.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle oversees the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution in all media worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues for all of the group’s development and production slate.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS INSIGHTS AND CONSUMER STRATEGY
Haro oversees business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Iwata oversees business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is responsible for licensing Universal’s film and TV content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

PATTI JACKSON
SVP, LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Jackson spearheads the development and production of live-action films under the Universal 1440 Entertainment banner for distribution in all media worldwide. In her 25 years at Universal, she has overseen approximately 200 productions including the studio’s live-action, comedy and drama franchises “Chucky,” “Death Race,” “Tremors,” “Bring It On” and “Scorpion King.”

LINDA LEIGHTON
SVP, CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
Leighton oversees the coordination of the division’s customer operations, business communications and merchandising across North America. She also plays an active role in managing relationships with distribution partners, including Par- amount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, Global Road Entertainment, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel.

DEE PATEL
SVP AND CFO, NORTH AMERICA
Patel provides overall financial leadership and strategic financial direction for UPHE’s domestic business. She is responsible for financial planning, controllership, reporting and risk management as well as leading strategy discussions across NBC Universal’s finance cycles.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Porteneuve oversees business, technology and executive communications for the home entertainment division. She also spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s physical and digital home entertainment offerings. She also serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio, industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN
Turk manages master data, release and production planning, distribution, lo- gistics, retail inventory management and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD discs in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, HIT Entertainment, Funimation, Shout! Factory, Global Road Entertainment, STX, Bleecker Street and Mattel.

NADIA BALAMASH-HANEY — VP, global marketing, emerging technology
STACY BARGER — VP, global creative services
JENNIFER BLACK — VP, global publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS — VP, finance
JJ CARUTH — VP, content strategy and marketing
SANDY CHOI — VP, marketing
ERICA MARIE DIONNE — VP, product development and strategy
LEIGH DUNLEAVY — VP, digital platforms
LISA GOODING — VP, live- action production
KELLY HARRINGTON — VP, global brand marketing
MARY KHACHIKYAN — VP, operations
TRACY KIM — VP, digital distribution and digital platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN — VP, global projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON — VP, business and legal affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS — VP, global brand marketing
MARIAN MANSI — VP, global creative content
LINDA MARTINEZ — VP, legal rights and clearances
LISA MELBYE — VP, animation production
STEPHANIE SIGEL — VP, global creative services
SHARE STALLINGS — VP, development
EVE WALDMAN — VP, human resources
JENNA WEBB — VP, global tech operations
RUBY WONG — VP, digital supply chain and content ops

WARNER BROS.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho advises on and oversees legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING AND SALES INTEGRATION
Coleman oversees the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate handles all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s in charge of developing strategies resulting in strong performances of franchises; and 4K UHD and virtual reality titles.

JACQUELINE HAYES
SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Hayes heads up the legal and business affairs team that handles licensing, production, clearances, marketing, sales, supply chain, acquisitions and daily operational legal matters for the distribution of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.

DANA LIRA
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Lira manages legal clearances for all enhanced content and virtual reality experiences created by the home entertainment division, along with legal review of the marketing and promotion of the studio’s movies, TV shows and video games in physical and digital formats on a worldwide basis. She also handles all legal matters for the studio’s Australia and New Zealand home entertainment divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson oversees global marketing for all Warner TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She handles marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also in charge of managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

ARDIS H. RUBENSTEIN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING
Rubenstein is responsible for the design and production of Blu-ray and DVD packaging, digital art, in-store visual merchandising, and consumer advertising including trailers, broadcast and digital.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat,” and “The Hob- bit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, Turbine and TT Games.

SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson heads up SPHE’s domestic brand strategy and product marketing for all Sony Pictures and third-party feature film content, while also overseeing publicity and national product promotions. She drives key consumer messaging, aligning all functional marketing elements to the core brand strategy.

ALISON BIGGERS
SVP, STRATEGIC MARKETING
Biggers leads strategic retail marketing and national partnership programs, overseeing collaborations with leading domestic brands while driving retail programs with key customers. She delivers a seamless experience for the consumer by connecting theatrical and home entertainment through these retail partnerships.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES
Bluerock leads the U.S. sales organization, which includes all physical and digital hybrid accounts such as Amazon Prime Video and Walmart/Vudu. She has led the evolution of the sales team to integrate data-driven insights to address retailer and consumer opportunities. Previously, Bluerock led the division’s sales development team, which included go-to-market strategy, retail analytics, and sales planning and reporting.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is responsible for identifying and developing SPHE’s capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team builds and connects data universes, delivers reports and business insights, and utilizes advanced data analytics to enable SPHE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer demand for transactional content.

TRACEY GARVIN
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Garvin oversees international creative services, disc authoring and the end-to- end home entertainment operations for physical product for North America. Prior to joining Sony, Garvin worked at New World Entertainment and MCA Records.

ELLEN GOODRIDGE
SVP, DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Goodridge focuses on delivering a superior, immersive consumer experience with the studio’s digital products through advancement in new features and technologies, including digital extras, 4K and virtual reality. She also oversees SPHE’s global digital supply chain for the studio’s film and TV content.

JACQUI MARSHALL
SVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall heads up the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for SPHE, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has looked after SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon is responsible for data-driven consumer strategy and activation, overseeing consumer insights, digital marketing and paid media. Utilizing consumer research, social and digital insights to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set marketing, digital and social strategies for SPHE releases.

KELLY NIELSEN
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE ADVERTISING
Nielsen leads the division’s worldwide creative advertising group, covering design and production of DVD and Blu-ray Disc packaging, digital/online creative, as well as in-store POP. She also heads up SPHE’s trade and consumer-advertising campaigns, covering print, broadcast, digital, outdoor and trailers.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing for over 20 years, closely collaborating with all departments throughout SPHE. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing, and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

JILL ALLEN — VP, sales and digital distribution
ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT — VP, digital distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON — VP, legal
STACI GRIESBACH — VP, worldwide publicity
HELENA KU — VP, business affairs
JANA SIMMONS — VP, TV and customer marketing
JOAN VILLAROS — VP, production services North America

LIONSGATE

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
EVP, WORLDWIDE SVOD
Kapouranis spearheads the licensing of content to subscription video-on- demand platforms throughout the international marketplace, evaluating the relative merits of global SVOD and market-by-market sales strategies. As part of an international distribution team of experienced, digitally fluent and forward-thinking executives, she is instrumental in leading the company in the SVOD and digital space around the world.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and looking for continuous improvements and efficiencies as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to worldwide digital operations and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, SELLTHROUGH SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of re- tail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson focuses on continually looking for new opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s content, which directly contributes to that content’s strong box-office-to-DVD revenue conversion rates and its early industry growth in 4K UHD market share.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, MARKETING
Carter oversees strategic marketing and brand management for new-release film and television content across digital and packaged media. In this role she leads the marketing campaigns for content from Lionsgate, Entertainment Studios, CBS Films, Europa and A&E, among others, as well as Lionsgate’s fast-growing Studio L. Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all their independent film and theatrical releases including Paddington, The Imitation Game, The Woman in Gold, Big Eyes and St. Vincent.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the SAP Super User/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Her additional duties include cost analysis and business acquisition onboarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES

Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manag- er, covering a wide variety of retailers.

AMANDA KOZLOWSKI
SVP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Kozlowski heads up digital marketing and media for the studio’s home entertainment division. She manages marketing technology platforms, marketing intelligence, data partnerships and emerging distribution windows and channels — in addition to steering the division’s online and offline media buying efforts. Before joining Lionsgate, she oversaw grassroots promotions for a non-traditional marketing agency and worked at the nonprofit Film Independent, home of the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, PUBLIC RELATIONS HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees global publicity initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. She leads the publicity campaigns for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming, as well as for content from distribution partners including A24, Roadside, Miramax, Entertainment Studios and others. Rogers is also responsible for publicizing Lionsgate’s digital studio initiatives.

MELISSA CLARKE — VP, retail operations
CHELA JOHNSON — VP, home entertainment marketing
LINDSAY LeFRANCOIS — VP, procurement
KATE NAYBERG — VP, home entertainment production
HELEN REICH — VP, sales administration
JEAN WONG-COLLURA — VP, marketing

EMA — THE ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

JENNIFER LANE BURNELL
VP, MARKETING AND EVENTS
Burnell has worked in a variety of areas in the home entertainment industry for nearly two decades, having been a store manager for Stop & Shop Video in New England and the marketing and production coordinator at Video Store Magazine prior to joining the Entertainment Merchants Association (then known as the Video Software Dealers Association) in 2002 to work on events. In her current post, she is responsible for planning, promoting, and managing the EMA’s events as well as continuing her duties in brand and event marketing and creative services.

CINEDIGM

YOLANDA MACIAS
EVP, ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL SALES AND STUDIO RELATIONS

Leveraging more than 25 years of industry experience, Macias leads the content acquisitions team, acquiring, renewing and developing content for all distribution platforms worldwide. Also, she oversees business strategy, development and relationships with digital and television platforms globally.

JILL NEWHOUSE CALCATERRA
EVP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
Working closely with chairman and CEO Chris McGurk, Newhouse Calcaterra manages all external communications for Cinedigm with both investors and the entertainment industry. Given the recent investment by Chinese company Bison Capital, she is putting an additional focus on international outreach efforts, particularly in Asia, and is focused on the company’s OTT efforts both domestically and abroad.

FAYE WALKER
SVP, MARKETING AND CUSTOMER ACQUISITIONS, DIGITAL NETWORKS
Walker is responsible for the marketing and branding of Cinedigm’s growing lineup of digital-first channels — devising their look and feel, as well as campaigns specific to each network’s unique subjects and demographics. She also plays a vital role in the company’s distribution deals, including the live-video streaming service Twitch. Among the channels she oversees are the Dove Channel, CONtv and Docurama.

BOBBI LEVINE
SVP, PRODUCTION
Levine oversees production for all Cinedigm business streams. She supervises intake of all materials, manages the company’s in-house studio and relationships with outsourcing partners. She works closely with digital and OTT platforms from the onboarding stage through delivery of content.

HBO

CONNIE SARVANANDAN
SVP, INTERNATIONAL
Sarvanandan oversees the digital and physical transactional business for HBO. Major territories include the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. Sarvanandan joined HBO in 2011 and, prior to that, worked at Warner Home Video Canada.

MELISSA DE LA RAMA
VP, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION
Responsible for developing strategic account plans and establishing sales targets, de la Rama manages the U.S. physical distribution partnership with Warner Bros., as well as a sales team focused on HBO’s digital transactional business with Vudu and Google. In addition to these responsibilities, de la Rama oversees the management of the digital subscription business with Hulu and Google.

RIVKA GOLOMB
VP, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING AND ANALYSIS
Golomb joined HBO in 2002 in the international distribution team. She now oversees the physical and digital transactional business in the Americas and helps to drive revenue for the digital domestic subscription business.

SANDRA KIM
VP, WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS
Kim began her career at HBO Home Entertainment focusing on international DVD and Blu-ray production, managing the planning, localization, and compression/authoring process. She helped increase HBO’s product distribution internationally, and as the business grew, her responsibilities expanded to cover both physical and electronic sellthrough products in the United States and across the globe. She now oversees production and operations worldwide for all DVD, Blu-ray, and EST releases for HBO/Cinemax titles.

SHOUT! FACTORY

MELISSA BOAG
SVP, KIDS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Boag spearheads Shout’s move into the arthouse animation, kids and family business, which has been pivotal in the growth of the company. She successfully manages the relationship with Hasbro Studios, GKIDS, Toei Animation, Saban Brands and major family entertainment content partners.

KARRIE STOUFFER
VP, CREATIVE SERVICES
Stouffer leads and manages creative campaigns — specifically key art and packaging development. In nearly 11 years with the company, Stouffer’s primary focus has been on the print realm — including art direction, design, production and project management.

SARAH J. DE BRUIN
SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLICITY
De Bruin’s area of expertise includes brand communications, cross-platform releases (theatrical/VOD, home entertainment), awards campaigns, film festivals/ conventions and new series launches. She serves as a brand communications executive for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

LAUREN BLUM
VP, PUBLICITY
Blum’s notable campaigns include Carrie: Collector’s Edition, Shout’s 4K UHD titles, the “My Little Pony” home entertainment product lines, The Decline of Western Civilization, The T.A.M.I. Show, “WKRP in Cincinnati,” and projects with Mel Brooks and Los Lobos.

KATHY CALLAHAN
VP, SPECIAL MARKET SALES AND E-COMMERCE
Callahan joined the company in 2005 and oversees e-commerce, special markets, non-traditional accounts, artist sales and revenue-generating affiliates.

PBS

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP, PBS DISTRIBUTION
Letourneau oversees PBS Distribution’s acquisitions, marketing and strategy. She leads the company’s content sourcing, evaluation and negotiation across all distribution platforms, as well as marketing, publicity and social media. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the drama and children’s catalogs. She also founded and launched the PBS-branded theatrical releasing unit, which has handled such documentaries as Dolores and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.

APPLE

LISA DUBBE-HERBERT
SENIOR MANAGER, ITUNES MOVIES
Dubbe-Herbert handles iTunes’ relationships with all the major studios. She was the impetus behind the phenomenally successful decade of iTunes movie bundle promotion and digital launch of Fox’s Deadpool. She also partnered with Universal to integrate Siri into a Secret Life of Pets promotion.

ALEXIS ZIMBALIST
MOVIES MARKETING
Zimbalist works closely with all studio home entertainment marketing groups in developing marketing strategies for iTunes releases across media, social and partnerships — all while leveraging the Apple ecosystem and bringing Apple Music, Siri, App Store, retail and iBooks into her campaigns.

CRACKLE

REBECCA AGBE-DAVIES
VP, PROGRAMMING
Agbe-Davies oversees program planning, current series, licensing partnerships and content performance analytics for the Sony Pictures Entertainment-owned, ad-supported subscription streaming service. Her expertise includes video, technology and business.

IN DEMAND

DALE HOPKINS
CEO

Cable executive Hopkins joined In Demand last October from Game Show Network, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment. At GSN, Hopkins held myriad roles, including EVP of distribution and chief marketing officer.

AMAZON

SHARON TAL YGUADO
HEAD OF GENRE ORIGINAL SERIES
Tal Yguado joined Amazon in February 2017. In this role, Tal Yguado oversees development and production of hour-long science-fiction, action, fantasy and horror series. She is spearheading high-profile projects, including “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Peripheral,” “Wheel of Time” and “The Culture.”

KATHY PAYNE
HEAD, CONTENT ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AMAZON CHANNELS
Payne joined Amazon in March 2017 to lead the content acquisition team focused on live television channels for Amazon Channels. Over the course of her career, Kathy has been at the forefront of transforming the consumer television experience for more than 25 years, negotiating video programming rights from virtually every major media company.

HEATHER SCHUSTER
HEAD OF UNSCRIPTED TV
Schuster oversees all original unscripted series and specials, as well as alternative comedy for the United States, and local territories worldwide. Schuster joined Amazon Studios about a year ago after working five years as a producer on “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump. Before that, she was an executive at Ryan Seacrest Productions working on “American Idol.”

GINA KWON
CO-HEAD OF COMEDY
Kwon was promoted to co-head of comedy last summer. A former indie film producer, Kwon has worked on Mike White indie hits Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl, co-starring Jennifer Aniston. Before that, Kwon produced award-winning Me and You and Everyone We Know, among other projects.

FANDANGONOW

DANA BENSON
VP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson is the head communications officer for Fandango, the nation’s leading online and mobile moviegoer destination. She develops and executes marketing communications strategies that drive user traffic and e-commerce among diverse moviegoer audiences in addition to implementing pro- grams that support key partners.

NANTALIE SONG
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Song directs marketing efforts for the premium on-demand video service. FandangoNow offers more than 50,000 new-release and catalog movies, next-day TV shows, and an extensive library of 4K and HDR titles, to buy or rent — no subscription required.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads acquisition and retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and FanShop. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats through out the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue opportunities across brands and franchises.

GOOGLE/YOUTUBE

AUBREY FREEBORN
HEAD OF MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS, GOOGLE ASSISTANT & GOOGLE PLAY
Freeborn recently took a new post as head of marketing partnerships for Google Assistant and Google Play. In this new global role, she leads a growing team in developing strategic relationships and building creative campaigns with the largest OEMs and content providers in the world. Prior to this, Freeborn led the con- tent partnerships team for Google Play Movies.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Prior to joining YouTube, Merryman served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

HULU

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Since joining Hulu, Springborn has played an integral role in approving a slate of originals, in- cluding “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Chance,” “Shut Eye,” “The Mindy Project,” “Casual,” “Difficult People,” “11.22.63” and “The Path.”

LISA HOLME
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Holme is responsible for content strategy, licensing and business development. Since joining Hulu, she has been instrumental in bringing exclusive programming to Hulu from studios and networks, including FX, Viacom, CW, MGM, CBS, Sony and Lionsgate.

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney is responsible for managing strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators as the company expanded into online TV. Previously, Feeney was VP of content at DirecTV, where she was responsible for negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, CONTENT
Kang has led numerous deals that have built Hulu’s content library to include some of the most premium content in the market. She locked in the first official content provider for Hulu’s live-streaming service. She also led negotiations with War- ner Bros. to guarantee the studio’s content will be available live and on-demand.

KELLY CAMPBELL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Campbell heads marketing across the SVOD and online TV businesses, spearheading a team responsible for creating and executing initiatives across Hulu’s brand, creative, performance and content marketing, as well as entertainment publicity and consumer research. Campbell also works closely with the company’s technology, distribution, content and product leaders to ensure that Hulu’s consumer proposition and brand is reflected in every aspect of the Hulu experience.

NETFLIX

MELISSA COBB
VP, KIDS AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family animated feature films, as well as series including both live-action and animated, to Netflix subscribers in 190 countries globally. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated “Kung Fu Panda” trilogy.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 12-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream, and has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company grew. In 2013, she left to become head of human resources at Coursera, and, later, chief people officer at Scopely, a mobile gaming company. She returned to Netflix in 2017 overseeing HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience. Neal also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Talent Development.

BELA BAJARIA
VP, CONTENT
Bajaria spearheads a team focused on TV and film licensing from U.S. studios, as well co-productions with domestic networks. She also oversees a new team developing original unscripted programs for Netflix.

BRYONY GAGAN
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Gagan negotiates licensing and related arrangements with studios, networks and producers, as well as in-house original productions. She also oversees Netflix’s labor, music and IP groups.

CINDY HOLLAND
VP, ORIGINAL CONTENT
Holland, a 16-year veteran, is responsible for acquiring and launching original series globally. Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy, kids’ series, documentaries, stand-up specials and docu-series. Previously, Holland oversaw domestic licensing for Netflix.

ANNA LEE
HEAD OF GLOBAL CONTENT SERVICES
Lee oversees worldwide content services and is responsible for the usage and clearance of licensed and original content for global mar- keting and partner marketing endeavors. Addi- tionally, Lee oversees DVD acquisitions.

LISA NISHIMURA
VP, ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND COMEDY PROGRAMMING
A 10-year veteran of Netflix’s original documentary and comedy initiatives, Nishimura helped produce the Oscar-winning doc short The White Helmets, and launched global stand-up comedy specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and Amy Schumer.

REDBOX

KATE BRENNAN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Brennan is responsible for all PR efforts for the company’s movie and video game businesses, including business and executive visibility, as well as publicity-driven integrated marketing and brand programs.

LORI FLYNN
VP, PURCHASING
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

SONIA JAIN
CFO
Jain oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, developing strategies to drive profitability and deal support. Prior to joining Redbox, Jain was an investment banker in the consumer retail group at Morgan Stanley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

NAIVASHA DEAN
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL STRATEGY, REDBOX ON DEMAND
Dean is focused on title merchandising and content discovery for Redbox’s new digital On Demand service. Prior to joining Redbox, she oversaw editorial and content operations at Fullscreen’s streaming service, and specialized in editorial advertiser solutions at Hulu.

MAURA GRAY
DIRECTOR OF BRAND AND PRODUCT MARKETING
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the recent Redbox On Demand launch. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

SLING TV

IZABELA SLOWIKOWSKA
VP, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Slowikowska oversees international programming and marketing for both Dish and Sling TV, where she secures multiplatform distribution rights and manages strategic development initiatives for the brands’ international offerings. From a marketing perspective, Slowikowska leads efforts for both international brands, including recent grassroots efforts in specific communities that best support and utilize local and international retailers.

COLLEEN SUGARMAN
HEAD OF MARKETING
Sugarman leads overall marketing strategy for Sling TV, including brand, creative, digital, social media and retention. She oversaw the development and execution of Sling TV’s most recent marketing campaign, “We Are Slingers.”