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.

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