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.”

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