Women in Home Entertainment 2021: The Teams

The home entertainment sector is filled with smart, strategic teams that support the captains of the big studios and streamers.

The industry also has many other talented women leaders at independent content distributors, digital retailers, streaming services and ancillary service providers.

Here are some of the standouts.

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Amazon

JENNIFER SALKE
Head of Amazon Studios
Salke leads all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with launching upcoming series and films, as well as ongoing support of current series. High-profile projects include the pending “The Lord of the Rings” series debuting in September 2022.

MARIE DONOGHUE
VP, Global Sports Video
Donoghue heads up 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. She was responsible for Amazon acquiring exclusive rights to “NFL Thursday Night Football,” in addition to expanded professional soccer league rights in Europe. Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as EVP of global business and content strategy at ESPN, leading the ongoing development and implementation of its enterprise-wide business and content strategy. Donoghue oversaw all digital dealmaking for ESPN, including ESPN’s relationship with Disney-owned BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

BritBox

EMILY POWERS
EVP and Head , BritBox North America
Powers launched the BritBox business in 2017 and spent the next four years overseeing the commercial side of the business, growing it to more than
2 million subscribers. Due to her success in this role, Powers was appointed head of BritBox North America last year with the task of continuing to drive growth domestically and also play an important role in expanding the business globally (Australia/South Africa). In her short tenure heading up BritBox North America, she has greenlighted two already buzzed about 2022 Emmy contenders — Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, which he is appearing in and directing, and The Long Call, an adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ “Two River” series.

Discovery+

LISA HOLME
Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy, Discovery

Holme leads programming and partnership for Discovery’s aggregated, direct-to-consumer streaming service, Discovery+. In this role, she oversees the editorial vision, working closely with the company’s content and programming teams to source original content and license third-party programming. She also collaborates with the affiliate and ad sales teams to prioritize, structure and negotiate distribution deals for direct-to-consumer products, with the goal of driving subscriber growth. Holme is based out of Discovery’s Los Angeles office and reports directly to CEO David Zaslav. Prior to joining Discovery, Holme led the investigation and strategy for Hulu’s international expansion, which followed several years of leading Hulu’s content acquisition team, where she was responsible for negotiating tens of billions of dollars’ worth of content deals, helping to expand the service from zero to roughly 30 million subscribers.

VIKKI NEIL
EVP, Global Brand, Originals Marketing & Creative
After leading the Lifestyle Digital Group for many years and most recently overseeing the launch of Food Network Kitchen in 2019 in partnership with Amazon, Neil pivoted in 2020 to lead the marketing efforts for Discovery’s largest initiative to date, the Discovery+ streaming service. Neil and her team were responsible for conceptualizing and executing a number of marketing campaigns across all mediums to drive subscription rates. Anchored by Discovery’s investments in content, beloved personalities and brands with huge consumer appeal, Neil has helped Discovery+ grow nationally in subscriber additions, customer engagement, and retention. In April 2021, Discovery announced that they have now surpassed 15 million total paying direct-to-consumer subscribers globally.

 

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

KRISTEN FINNEY
EVP, Content Distribution Strategy and Development, Disney Platform Distribution
Finney is responsible for overseeing key support functions for global content sales including content portfolio management, deal support and analysis, and formats and rights management for both the sales and direct-to-consumer teams. In this role, Finney advises on key strategic initiatives companywide, working in close collaboration with sales colleagues across all regions. In addition, her team acts as a liaison between the sales and direct-to-consumer acquisition teams and the company’s creative content organizations.

LINDSEY GREEN
SVP, Content Sales Disney Platform Distribution

Green is responsible for licensing of feature films and television content across domestic and global SVOD and AVOD platforms, West Coast-based cable networks and select pay-TV networks. She and her team also manage the company’s distribution of content to its direct-to-consumer streaming services — Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. Her client roster includes Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Facebook, to name a few.

CHRISTEN HARRIS
SVP, Platform Distribution, Disney Platform Distribution
LAUREN MORRISEY
SVP, Platform Distribution, Disney Platform Distribution
Harris and Morrissey negotiate key licensing agreements on behalf of the company across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including domestic multichannel subscription distribution and global direct-to-consumer platforms. Among these substantial high-profile agreements managed by their teams are in-home VOD and transactional sales, and DTC app penetration among digital aggregators, MVPDs, devices, wireless providers and social media applications. Between the two of them, they oversee more than 100 key accounts, such as Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku and Verizon.

LORI LeBAS
SVP, Business Operations, Disney Platform Distribution

As head of Disney Platform Distribution’s business operations team, LeBas supports the development and distribution of products and services that create meaningful value for the company, its partners and consumers. She is focused on the design and implementation of business processes for efficient management and operation of all media distribution, including linear networks, SVOD/AVOD/TVOD, transactional, syndication, audio and direct-to-consumer products. LeBas also leads the creation of cross-functional business requirements for new products, as well as oversight of all post-sales processes for content distribution across all platforms.

SUMMER IMAI, VP, Rights and Content Management, Platform Distribution
BROOKE JOHNSON, VP, Platform Distribution
JANE KIM, VP, Distribution Planning and Analysis, Platform Distribution
JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, Product Management, Platform Distribution
LORI COHEN-ELIAS, VP, Product Management, Networks
JAIME GORMAN, VP, Creative Development, Networks
SUZANNE KAMENIR, VP, Global Creative Marketing, Networks
MICHELLE LEVISOHN, VP, Creative Development, Networks
KIMBERLY WILSON, VP, Multi-Platform Marketing, Networks

Disney+/Disney Streaming Services

JAYA KOLHATKAR
EVP, Data, Disney Streaming Services
Kolhatkar oversees customer intelligence and all data- and analytics-related efforts at Disney Streaming. In her role, she is responsible for elevating customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision-making. Previously, Kolhatkar served as the SVP of global data and analytics platforms at Walmart Labs, where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions.

ALISA BOWEN
SVP, Business Operations, Disney Streaming Services

Bowen is in charge of ensuring operational effectiveness for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+ and ESPN+. As part of her oversight, 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+.

MOLLY BRADY
SVP, Growth Marketing, Disney Streaming Services

Brady oversees a team that is responsible for growing the subscriber base for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+, ESPN+ and the Disney Bundle. As part of her oversight, Brady is responsible for launching and rolling out customer acquisition initiatives and optimizing performance of media investments globally across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. In the three years since she started at Disney, ESPN+ has grown to more than 13 million paid subscribers and Disney+ has acquired more than 100 million subscribers in 59 countries in the 18 months since it launched.

LEAH ASHLEY, VP, Paid Media, Disney+
PAULA BECK, VP, Operations, Disney+
JESSICA CASANO-ANTONELLIS, VP, Communications, Disney+ and Hulu
BILLIE SUE CHAFFINS, VP, Software Development, Disney Streaming Services
CYNDI CRUZ, VP, Acquisitions & Licensing, Disney+
ANDREA CUTRIGHT, VP, Product Marketing, Disney+
JACQUELINE DONALDSON, VP, Product Strategy, Disney Streaming Services
NATALIE MARGULIES, VP, Deputy Chief Counsel, Disney Streaming Services
PAULA MCMAHON, VP, Integrated Marketing, Disney+
CLAISIAN PHILLIPS, VP, Marketing, ESPN+
JUDY SCHWAB, VP, HR, Disney Streaming Services

Dolby Labs

JACLYN PYTLARZ
Staff Researcher, Applied Vision Science

Pytlarz plays a key role at Dolby as a lead engineer keenly focused on Dolby Vision display technology and development. Her research includes vision science surrounding color mapping and display management algorithms for high dynamic range and wide color gamut displays. By integrating knowledge of human vision, her designs help ensure that a consumer, on any display in any environment, can experience the director’s creative intent. Pytlarz’s innovative work is one of the drivers of the technology behind the thousands of titles and millions of devices that define the Dolby Vision ecosystem for the home entertainment industry, now and in the future.

Fandango

DANA BENSON
SVP, Communications, Fandango

Benson spearheads 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 its leading TVOD service, Vudu. She also oversees public relations for subsidiary Ingresso.com in Brazil. Prior to joining Fandango, Benson was director of public relations at Disney Interactive. Benson has held senior positions at top family entertainment and technology companies, including Hasbro, Mattel and Broderbund Software, and public relations agencies Edelman, B/HI and The Lippin Group.

REMA MORGAN-ALUKO
Senior Director, Software Engineering, Fandango

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

LORI PANTEL
Chief Marketing Officer, Fandango

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

JENNI READIO
Senior Director, Merchandising and Licensing, Vudu

Readio is a 17-year entertainment industry veteran. For the past 10 years she has led merchandising, licensing and content acquisition strategy at Vudu (acquired from Walmart by Fandango in April 2020), where her team continues to successfully grow revenue and content partnerships annually. Under her ideation and leadership, Vudu launched the exclusive merchandising functionality “Mix & Match.” Prior to joining Vudu, Readio managed the Walmart music business, including its brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce and digital downloads storefronts, and original music content platform Walmart Soundcheck.

PRIYA SINGHEE
VP, Analytics and Data Science, Fandango

Singhee is a seasoned analytics leader with more than 15 years of experience across both enterprise and consumer tech startups. Her team drives optimizations in the customer lifecycle using data and machine learning. Prior to joining Fandango, she led customer analytics at Vudu, delivering deep insights into consumer behavior across the tens of millions of devices that stream premium home entertainment content on Vudu. Prior to joining Vudu, she held key analytics roles at various consumer tech startups, such as Smule, GoFundMe and Flipboard. Relevant areas of expertise include managing growth roadmaps, identifying growth KPIs, predictive modeling, A/B testing, data visualization, funnel optimization, UX research, customer segmentation and media mix modeling.

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Fox Weather

SHARRI BERG
President, Fox Weather
Chief Operating Officer, Fox Television Stations
Berg joined Fox News Channel at its inception in 1996, and currently serves as the president of Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s pending ad-supported streaming weather service launching in the third quarter. She is also the chief operating officer of news and operations for Fox television stations. A founding member of the Fox News Channel launch team, Berg has held several senior management positions throughout the past 24 years of its existence, including serving in a dual role spanning FNC and FTS since 2005. In 2016, she was named chief operating officer of news and operations at FTS, while maintaining her role as the EVP of news operations at FNC.

Google/YouTube TV

CHRISTINA AVITABILE
Head of Content Distribution and Licensing, YouTube/Google Play

Avitabile oversees business development and partnerships for Google’s
transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, at Amazon.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, Global Content Partnerships, YouTube

Merryman is a veteran in the streaming entertainment space. She oversees the platform’s largest partners across the creator and media ecosystems across televisions, movies, sports, news, gaming, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, food, learning, family and health. Merryman manages a team of 300 people across the Americas, with employees in five countries. 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.

Gravitas Ventures

SOPHIA FIELDS
Senior Director, Operations

On more than 300 releases per year, Fields oversees technical onboarding from filmmakers and delivery to Gravitas Ventures’ vast network of domestic and international distribution partners, including digital, linear (broadcast and cable), theatrical and home entertainment. With more than 20 years of content distribution experience, she leads the Gravitas operations team, maximizing internal efficiencies and streamlining workflow with outside labs that service the company’s content. She loves cultivating new talent at the company, always glad to share her experience and help develop their skill sets.

LINDSEY MOFFAT
Director, Business Affairs and Filmmaker Relations

Moffat oversees communication between Gravitas Ventures and its partners, overseeing and conveying distribution strategy in both domestic and international markets throughout each film’s lifecycle. Additionally, she serves as rights manager and maintains the database of Gravitas’ robust catalog of films. She has built up a wide variety of institutional knowledge across operations, marketing and global sales throughout her tenure with Gravitas and is passionate about her role as an educator for both her team internally as well as supporting the next generation of filmmakers.

HBO Max

SUSANNA FELLEMAN
EVP, Business Affairs, HBO, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and truTV

Felleman is responsible for overseeing business and legal negotiations for the networks’ programming, including talent deals, co-financing and licensing arrangements, and business strategy. Felleman joined HBO in April 2001 as associate counsel, legal, West Coast; was named senior counsel, legal, West Coast, in April 2003; was promoted to director of business affairs, West Coast, in August 2005; and was elevated to VP of business affairs in December 2006. She was promoted to her current position this year.

MEREDITH GERTLER
EVP, Content Strategy and Planning, HBO and HBO Max

Gertler is responsible for shaping the HBO Max portfolio and developing overall content and programming strategies for Max and all HBO and Cinemax streaming and on-demand platforms, and linear networks. In addition, she oversees content and promotion scheduling for Max and all HBO platforms. She joined HBO in 2004 on HBO Video’s marketing team, where she developed and executed strategic business and marketing plans for original programming on DVD. In 2012, she made the move to program strategy and planning and helped craft the content planning and scheduling framework in support of the launch of the HBO Now direct-to-consumer product in 2015.

JANET GRAHAM BORBA
EVP, Production, HBO and HBO Max
Borba is responsible for supervising production on all HBO and HBO Max programming. She shares production oversight of TBS, TNT and truTV with Brett Weitz, GM, TBS, TNT and truTV. Prior to this role, Borba was SVP of West Coast production, overseeing films and miniseries, where she worked on “Game of Thrones” from the pilot stage onward. She also worked on the multiple award-winning miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” “The Pacific,” “John Adams” and “Angels in America,” as well as films such as Paterno, Lackawanna Blues, Something the Lord Made, Iron Jawed Angels and Wit.

SARAH LYONS
EVP, DTC Global Product Management, HBO Max

Lyons helps define the vision for the HBO Max product’s features, user experience and product roadmap. She is shaping the app experience across all major platforms, defining how users discover content they care about, as well as paving the way for innovation on how content is viewed and experienced globally. Prior to this, Lyons held various positions within AT&T/DirecTV, including VP of OTT Media Products, responsible for the DirecTV Now product, and the launch of their next-generation video platform.

SU KELSAY
SVP, Marketing Technology and Operations, HBO Max
Kelsay is driving strategic growth, retention and engagement for the worldwide launch of HBO Max through innovative marketing strategies, technology and analytics. She has helped Max successfully increase engagement and decrease churn by establishing tools to measure and monitor customer lifecycle patterns. Under Kelsay’s leadership, her team was pivotal in growing HBO/Max domestic subscriber count from 33 million to 47 million since Max’s launch, surpassing AT&T’s projected figure for 2022. The 14 million is more growth in subscribers than HBO had in the United States in the past 10 years combined. Following the launch of Max in 39 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Kelsay’s team will play an instrumental role in onboarding colleagues in Europe later this year by serving to streamline data collection efforts and processes.

MELISSA WEINER
SVP, Product Management, HBO Max

Weiner leads a global team across various focus areas, including portfolio prioritization and roadmap, product innovation, budget and operational processes, app store go-to-market strategies, and measurement and experimentation. Seasoned at launching new products and revamping existing business models, Weiner is also responsible for managing the HBO Max international product roadmap starting with the platform’s rollout in Latin America and across Europe. Weiner’s team will help facilitate a uniform experience in new regions around the world, including localization with capabilities to accept new payment methods for each region, provide local language support and more. She previously oversaw product planning efforts for the platform’s May 2020 launch, including the app replacement strategy that helped facilitate the transition of HBO Now to HBO Max.

DUAN PENG
SVP, Data and Artificial Intelligence, WarnerMedia/HBO Max

Peng leads the global data and AI group including data science, data engineering, machine learning engineering, business intelligence and analytics, data product, and data governance to support the launch and growth of HBO Max across multiple countries. In her role, she powers strategy and decision-making across product, marketing, content, revenue management and operations. Her team analyzes consumer behavior and data to provide insight into audiences and in effect builds out personalized experiences for Max customers, which has helped grow the service to 41.5 million HBO/Max U.S. subscribers at the end of 2020, surpassing AT&T’s projected figure for 2022.

LINDSEY EMERSON
VP, Product Management, HBO Max, Kids and Family

Emerson has more than a decade of experience in product management building streaming platforms across educational and entertainment spaces. Since joining HBO Max as a founding team member, her team launched the Kids & Family experience, offering kids an autonomous and age-appropriate experience while giving parents transparent controls. Prior to joining WarnerMedia in 2017, Emerson served as director of product management for The Bouqs Company. There she drove e-commerce platform optimization and improved distribution effectiveness. Emerson also managed the growth of the marketplace while at DogVacay, which was acquired by Rover in March of 2016. As a part of the acquisition, she was tapped to help manage the integration of the DogVacay marketplace onto the Rover platform.

Hulu

REAGAN FEENEY
SVP, Live TV Content Programming and Partnerships
Feeney is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for Hulu’s live-TV distribution, including managing partnerships with national channels, regional sports networks and local broadcast affiliates. Her team also leads the strategy surrounding premium add-ons, ESPN+ on Hulu, and ABC News Live specials. Previously, she was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscribers.

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

ANGIE KANG
VP, Business and Legal Affairs and Deputy Chief Counsel
Kang oversees the company’s legal and business affairs matters. Since
starting at Hulu about a decade ago, she has led numerous high-profile deals and initiatives that have grown Hulu’s content library to include some of the most in-demand, premium content in the market. Before joining Hulu, Kang was an associate at Latham & Watkins, where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, public company representation and corporate finance transactions across a wide range of industries including technology, media and entertainment.

ANNIE LUO
SVP, Business Development and Operations

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

IMDb TV

LAUREN ANDERSON
Co-Head of Content and Programming
Anderson oversees all programming for IMDb TV, including creative development, production, licensing, scheduling, research and strategy. She joined Amazon Studios in 2019 as the head of strategic content, managing such series as “The Savage x Fenty Show” for Prime Video. Anderson was named to Next TV’s 2020 “The Watch List” as well as Business Insider’s “AVOD Industry Leaders.” Early accomplishments for IMDb TV include bringing the iconic Judge Judy Sheindlin to a streaming audience, shepherding Amazon’s first partnership with prolific creator Dick Wolf — his only half-hour crime procedural — and developing the AVOD spinoff of Prime Video’s longest-running series, “Bosch.”

Lionsgate

CHASE BRISBIN
EVP, International Television and Digital Distribution

Brisbin was promoted to EVP in May. A skilled strategist, she’s responsible for licensing Lionsgate’s TV and film content, both library and first run, to an expanding international SVOD marketplace. She helped negotiate the syndication of “Mad Men” and works closely with the Starz team to support their international expansion. She joined Lionsgate in 2012 and has negotiated some of its most innovative deals.

KATE NEXON
EVP, Domestic Television and Digital Distribution

Nexon was promoted to EVP in May and is an invaluable member of the domestic distribution team. A 12-year Lionsgate veteran, she’s responsible for licensing the studio’s TV and film properties across hundreds of SVOD, AVOD and linear platforms in the United States. She leads domestic sales, overseeing strategic planning and execution of multi-platform initiatives. She helped negotiate the syndication of “Mad Men,” and she also helped secure Lionsgate’s Pay 1 theatrical output deal with Starz.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, Home Entertainment Sales

Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for retail’s
largest accounts. She continually looks for new opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s 17,000-title library, driving her team to do the same. Anderson is a consummate team player who is dedicated to finding win-win solutions. She’s extremely proud to be an 18-year veteran of Lionsgate’s entrepreneurial culture, its commitment to innovation, and its passion for bold, original, relatable entertainment.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, Marketing
Carter is a 14-year veteran of Lionsgate and predecessor company Anchor Bay, part of the studio’s acquisition of Starz. She oversees the marketing and distribution strategy for Lionsgate’s 17,000-title film and television library, one of the largest in the world, which achieved a record $780 million in revenue during the past 12 months. She continues to be at the forefront of content licensing initiatives to an expanding array of new and traditional buyers around the world. Carter also spearheads content lifecycle planning for Lionsgate’s distribution partners, including Roadside Attractions, Grindstone Entertainment and A&E Television. She joined Lionsgate in 2017 from Anchor Bay, where she spent a decade leading the
company’s strategy for its independent theatrical releases.

KENYA HART
SVP, Procurement and Inventory Operations
Hart oversees the daily operations of the materials management, inventory
reconciliation and procurement/demand planning teams to ensure timely finished good product delivery in support of new release, catalog and promotion deadlines for U.S. and Canadian distribution. As the SAP super user/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additionally, she handles cost analysis and business acquisition onboarding.

AMELIA McPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, Marketing, Global Content Strategy

Rogers oversees overall marketing strategy in the limited theatrical and
digital distribution space. She leads her teams to develop a full 360-degree
marketing strategy for Lionsgate’s entire limited theatrical and multiplatform release slate, as well as for the company’s vast library and third-party distribution companies.

LAUREN BIXBY
VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions

Bixby builds a slate of 12-plus feature films per year, curating a pipeline of programming across a wide range of genres for a variety of distribution strategies and platforms. She handles both the business side, making offers and negotiating deals, and the creative side, often pre-buying projects before production. Building relationships with producers, she champions high-concept thriller, action, comedy, romance and horror films, and shepherds projects through to release.

KATHY ARENDAIN, VP, Creative Marketing, Digital and Social
MELISSA CLARKE, VP, Retail Operations
TIFFANY OLIVARES GIRARDI, VP, Publicity and Digital Engagement
LINDSAY LEFRANCOIS, VP, Procurement
SHANNON PARKER, VP, AV Creative Services
HELEN REICH, VP, Sales Administration

Movies Anywhere

KARIN GILFORD
SVP, Digital Media, The Walt Disney Co., and GM, Movies Anywhere
Gilford oversees a portfolio comprised of cloud-based digital library service Movies Anywhere, an independent, dedicated, cross-functional team that includes product, technology and marketing professionals, and Digital Media, a cross-functional team that drives engagement and monetization across The Walt Disney Co. portfolio. She oversees product development, business strategy and long-term growth of all aspects of Movies Anywhere and Digital Media, and serves as key liaison, working with various key stakeholders and participating studios and retailers.

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.

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. She was instrumental in developing Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass and co-viewing features that were launched during the pandemic, including advising on compliant functionalities, business rules, branding and consumer messaging.

NBCUniversal/Peacock

Maggie McLean Suniewick
President, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal Media
President, Business Development and Partnerships, Peacock
Suniewick leads NBC Universal’s digital business strategy and partnerships with new-media and technology companies to deliver premium content to emerging platforms. She previously served as SVP of strategic integration, where she was charged with identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities between Comcast Corp. and NBCUniversal. She led Symphony, the companywide marketing initiative that promotes NBCUniversal TV programming, movies and events, including the Olympics, and Comcast’s products and services across the entire portfolio to drive awareness and help connect with consumers.

Netflix

TRACEY PAKOSTA
VP, Comedy, Original Series
Pakosta was named head of comedy on the original series team at Netflix in November 2020. She oversees both development and current programming for Netflix’s slate of scripted comedy series, including adult animation and live-action family comedies, as well as the stand-up and comedy formats team. Prior to joining Netflix, Pakosta had served as co-president of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment since 2018. In this role, she was responsible for comedy development, drama development, current programming, casting and diversity programming initiatives for NBC. Previously, Pakosta served as EVP of comedy development at NBC Entertainment. While in a leadership role with the network, she developed a number of acclaimed series, including “The Good Place,” “Superstore” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

AMY REINHARD
VP, Studio Operations

Reinhard was named VP of studio operations in 2020. Since joining Netflix in 2016 as VP of content acquisition, she has led 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 oversees physical production, production facilities management, consumer products and creative services, including casting, literary scouting, IP management and music business development. Prior to joining Netflix, she was the president of worldwide TV licensing and distribution for Paramount Pictures, where she held various roles for over 10 years.

BOZOMA SAINT JOHN
Chief Marketing Officer
Saint John was named CMO of Netflix in June 2020. She previously held the same role at Endeavor after serving as the first-ever chief brand officer at Uber. Her 20-year marketing career also includes tenures as head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, and head of the music and entertainment marketing group at Pepsi-Cola North America. Saint John has been recognized for her breakthrough work by both the industry and her peers, having been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2014. Additionally, she serves on the boards of Girls Who Code and Vital Voices, and in March 2017, she was named as a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

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Paramount Pictures

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 Company for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, Global Accounts and Customer Marketing, Paramount Home
Entertainment
Hildebrandt oversees customer marketing and sales for global digital 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 Ultra HD, digital sellthrough and VOD. Hildebrandt and her team work to leverage the continually evolving digital retail environment to ensure Paramount and its partners reach their core objectives. Hildebrandt previously served as VP of retail marketing at 20th Century Fox, and also held sales director positions at Fox and Polygram Filmed Entertainment in Canada.

NANCY POPE
SVP, Human Resources, Paramount Pictures
Pope supports the home entertainment, theatrical marketing and TV licensing divisions. Early in her career she worked for AT&T as both an operations manager and HR professional. Upon earning her master’s degree in industrial psychology, 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 VP of human resources, and in 2007 she joined Paramount Pictures.

ALANNA POWERS
SVP, Brand Marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment
Powers leads the division’s global marketing strategies, product development, and management of new releases, acquisitions and library titles. She and her teams develop campaigns for physical and digital distribution channels 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 focuses on acquisitions for distribution primarily through television and home entertainment channels, related security agreements, interparty agreements and theatrical services agreements, as well as domestic video sublicensing matters. Prior to joining Paramount, Thomason was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (2000-05), where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

LEDA CHANG, VP, Digital Marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment
MICHELE RUMAIN, VP, Advertising (Media), Paramount Home Entertainment
PAMELA SIVULA, VP, Financial Planning, Paramount Home Entertainment

PBS Distribution

GERMAINE DEAGAN SWEET
Managing Director, Content Acquisitions
A TV industry veteran, Sweet has worked her way across the globe, from her homeland in Australia to London and the United States. As head of the acquisitions unit, she is responsible for ensuring a significant and consistent pipeline of quality drama for PBS Distribution and, with key internal partners, the larger PBS system. Additionally, she focuses on increasing and solidifying co-production partnerships and financing for a wide range of productions developed by PBS, WGBH, WETA and WNET, as well as programs from independent producers such as Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and well-known U.K. producers. Prior to joining PBS Distribution in 2017, Sweet held key executive positions at Fox Network Group, where she launched its international sales unit and merged the Fox International Channels and National Geographic content sales businesses. She also launched and led the National Geographic Channels global content sales business.

JILL GREENBLATT
Senior Director, Production Operations
Greenblatt directs the production operations department at PBS Distribution. Her department is responsible for the acquisition, creation and distribution of assets for streaming media, Blu-ray and DVD, and broadcast worldwide. She developed and implemented an end-to-end media supply chain and overhauled technical specifications and developed other day-to-day operational processes. Her efforts have increased production output for the company by more than 40%. Greenblatt previously worked at 21st Century Fox, Sony Pictures and numerous other companies in a variety of post-production, operations and
engineering positions.

Premiere Digital

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

EVELYN ARTEAGA
Executive Director of Operations
Arteaga has become a key influence in developing digital workflows at Premiere Digital since she joined the company near its inception. Evolving through her roles as a digital media technician to a manager and her current position, she has improved and developed processes that efficiently adapted with the company’s growth. In supporting significant functions of the company, she has curated instrumental industry knowledge that has positioned the company as a primary technological solution for media servicing and distribution.

BETH ARCHER
Director of Mastering
Since joining Premiere Digital, Archer has risen from an entry level position in ingest and mastering to director of mastering. She is responsible for establishing the company’s roots on the East Coast, launching the Stamford, Conn., facility and consolidating workflows and technologies to support the Los Angeles headquarters. In developing efficient processes and leveraging a honed knowledge of new technologies, she has been a key contributor to the company’s growth alongside the rise of digital media in entertainment.

ABIGAIL HUGHES
VP, Growth, EMEA
Hughes is a well-respected global supply chain and operations expert with significant experience at top entertainment companies, working with sales teams and customers to optimize end-to-end content distribution. Her career includes stints at BBC Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Endemol Shine where she led multiple efforts including digital supply chain transformation and global technical operations. At Premiere Digital, she leads global expansion in Europe, growing the company’s presence worldwide and establishing the company as a media and technology solution for global industry leaders.

NATALIE MARTIN
VP, Growth and Development
Martin has been a top-performing digital distribution executive for more than a decade, using her deep sales and operations expertise to help global brands monetize content with innovative strategies and solutions that maximize profitability. In her current role, she is responsible for driving revenue by nurturing key industry relationships and building new revenue streams, including the company’s rapidly expanding aggregation business that increases scale and efficiency between digital platforms and content owners.

CARRIE MOORE
VP, Product Development
Moore is the quintessential Premiere Digital success story. Since joining the company as the seventh employee, she has become a reliable expert in digital distribution with experience in mastering, fulfillment and SaaS technology. She helped expand the company’s global footprint, launching the Bangalore facilities, workflow and teams to enable global operations. She also developed a product support infrastructure for all software used at Premiere Digital, continuing to grow the company’s flagship media management products, Storefront and PDX.

Redbox

KAVITA SUTHAR
CFO
Suthar assumed her current role in 2020. From 2015 to 2020, she served in various finance positions at Redbox, including VP of finance, strategy and analytics and senior director of financial planning and analysis. Before joining Redbox, Suthar worked in positions in finance, strategy and audit at U.S. Cellular from 2004 to 2015. In addition, she worked as an auditor for Grant Thornton from 2002 to 2004. Suthar received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed CPA.

KRISTIN BOWSER
VP, Operations
Bowser leads the company’s field support group of 1,000 employees across the U.S. who service and stock Redbox kiosks. She and her team also provide service and support to third parties through Redbox’s service business including Amazon Lockers, ECO ATM and other kiosk businesses. During the pandemic, she played a pivotal role for Redbox and its third-party service business ensuring millions of customers were able to enjoy new-release movies, easily access purchases and recycle electronics safely. She joined Redbox in 2009 in the machine support department and quickly moved through the organization to her current role. Prior to joining Redbox, Kristin worked as district manager for Family Video.

LAURA FLORENCE
Senior Director, Content Partnerships and Programming
Florence leads Redbox’s digital partnerships and programming teams, handling content acquisitions and programming for TVOD/EST, AVOD and FAST Channels. A more than 14-year veteran of the entertainment industry, with extensive experience in both the physical and digital categories of content distribution, Florence has partnered with some of the largest digital distributors and retailers in the industry, including Walmart, Amazon, Vudu and iTunes. Most recently, she worked at Gravitas Ventures running 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, including exclusive and original 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
Senior Director, Consumer Marketing and Partnerships
Gray helps Redbox’s 40 million customers discover and enjoy entertainment across all the products the company offers, from transactional to ad-supported free content. She oversees multiple large-scale brand initiatives and was tasked with building awareness for the launch of Redbox’s most recent services, Free Live TV and Free On Demand. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

NICOLE HENRY
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis
Henry oversees the financial strategy and analytics team at Redbox, including budgeting, payments, content analytics and deal support. She has also handled financial planning and analytics for Redbox’s digital transactional business as well as its ad-supported free content platforms. Prior to joining Redbox, Henry served as manager, corporate financial planning and analysis for Outerwall. She began her career in the public and educational sectors.

Sling TV

MELISA ORDONEZ BODDIE
VP, Programming
Boddie heads up the local broadcast, public interest and pay-for-carriage business for Dish Network and Sling TV. Her responsibilities include local, core and paid-programming acquisitions, including contract negotiations.

LIZ RIEMERSMA
VP, Sling and Dish International Programming

Riemersma oversees programming, marketing and operations for both Dish International and Sling International. She is responsible for acquiring and marketing international content, and driving subscriber growth across 27 languages at Dish and Sling TV.

Shout! Factory

MELISSA BOAG
SVP, Family Entertainment
As head of the family entertainment division — a significant part of the company’s business — Boag develops North American marketing, distribution, acquisition and sales strategy in the physical and digital business. She oversees the company’s key partnerships with Sesame Street, Hasbro/eOne Entertainment, Gkids, Laika Studios, Anime Limited, Eleven Arts, ​and other notable filmmakers and producers. Under her management, the studio’s animated entertainment business has seen significant growth each year showcasing key lines, including Studio Ghibli classics with Gkids, Laika Studios specialty releases, the classic “Transformers” movies and series, Gkids’ wide range of acclaimed animated and anime films, “Digimon Adventure Tri.” movies, and other top anime properties and critically acclaimed family films.

LAUREN BLUM
Associate VP, Publicity
Blum is an accomplished PR strategist, with a great passion for communication, journalism, business and leadership. She has delivered outstanding film, digital and home entertainment campaigns over the years. Recent highlights include campaigns for the comedy drama Misbehaviour, documentary features A Crime on the Bayou and Linda and the Mockingbirds, and home entertainment releases from Gkids, Studio Ghibli and the upcoming Laika Studios editions.

JULIE DANSKER
Head of New Content Sales
A seasoned entertainment executive with long-standing relationships with esteemed content creators, content buyers, multichannel video programming distributors, digital and streaming platforms, studios and networks, Dansker oversees the new content sales and strategy for Shout! Factory. She leads the efforts to distribute premium theatrical new releases and sell content directly to key global partners, leveraging her strong relationships with the buyers at major streaming services and digital channels. She collaborates with the film acquisitions team to acquire and distribute new movies and series to streaming and broadcast partners. She also works closely with Shout! Studios’ original productions team to develop original content across television, feature films and podcast, actively pitching and setting up original productions as well.

KATHY CALLAHAN
VP, Special Market Sales and E-Commerce
Callahan is a 30-plus year veteran of entertainment media sales and marketing. She joined the company in 2006. Since 2012 she has served as the GM of Shout! Factory’s e-commerce businesses, which include ShoutFactory.com, the MST3Kstore.com, and Shout!’s Amazon Marketplace business. Callahan also handles Shout! Factory specialty sales and non-traditional sales in general.

KARRIE STOUFFER
VP, Creative Services
Stouffer is the head of creative, specializing in entertainment properties. Her expertise spans numerous functions, including leading and managing creative campaigns, art direction, design, key art/logo/brand/title treatment development, and project management. Most recently, Stouffer has helped spearhead the branding/merchandising of the reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in step with Shout! Factory’s leap into original content.

Sony Pictures

JILL ALLEN
SVP, Digital Distribution
Allen heads up U.S. digital distribution across all new-media and MVPD platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango and Comcast. She oversees sales and sales-planning teams to drive business across the studio’s new-release and catalog properties. Allen began her career at Disney and LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) before joining the Sony team 15 years ago. During her time at Sony, she has held both sales and business development roles, always with a focus on the intersection of content and new technologies.

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, Global Brand Marketing
Anderson leads the global brand management team that oversees and manages lifecycle campaigns across the Sony Pictures slate, establishing key consumer messaging, aligning marketing tactics to core brand strategy and ensuring that product marketing efforts are in line with studio business goals. Some priorities in this rapidly changing landscape have included optimizing release windows, bringing high-end productions direct-to-home, and delighting content-hungry consumers with a wide range of catalog titles that continue to shine.

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

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

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

JANE MOHON
SVP, Media
Mohon is responsible for consumer media strategy, overseeing strategic linear and digital media planning and buying. 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 nearly 25 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.

CATHY GOLDMAN
SVP, Global TV Distribution and International Production Marketing
Goldman has been overseeing marketing for Sony Pictures Television International Distribution for the past seven years, and just recently expanded her purview to include the U.S. television distribution business as well as the global transactional business for television product. Alignment of the transactional TV business with distribution allows for a holistic marketing approach across the lifecycle. Her core responsibilities include leading brand strategy, promotions and partnerships, and collaborating closely with cross-functional teams across digital/social, creative, creative content, media and publicity for premiere television properties such as “Outlander,” “The Crown,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Blacklist,” as well as key franchises such as “Seinfeld” and Norman Lear favorites.

ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT, VP, Digital Distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON, VP, Legal
JUDY GUEVARA, VP, Global Brand Marketing
HELENA KU, VP, Business Affairs
JANET SCHACKMAN, VP, Customer Operations
JANA SIMMONS, VP, Global Customer Experience
JOAN VILLAROS, VP, Production Services, North America

STXfilms

AMY ELKINS
President, Media and Marketing Innovation
Elkins has pioneered a results-driven direct-to-consumer ad model. She is the strategic media architect behind all STX releases, including such hits as the “Bad Moms” franchise, The Upside, Hustlers and Greenland. She created a comprehensive data-driven specialty unit to tackle effective business solutions via audience understanding and advanced analytics and insights, while also leading campaign innovation and inventive partnership success.

CHRISTINE MANNA
EVP, Digital Distribution
Over the past 15 months, Manna and her team created new strategies for STX films to reach the new stay-at-home audience, negotiating new terms with each of the top PVOD platforms. Manna and her team created bespoke release models for such STX films as Greenland (one of the top films in the PVOD category), Songbird, Horizon Line, The Mauritanian, The Secret Garden and Me, You, Madness.

KERI MOORE
President, Marketing
Moore oversees all marketing, branding and communication strategies for all STX films and is involved in marketing from the films’ inception through all lifecycles. With such recent releases as Greenland, The Gentlemen, Songbird, My Spy, The Mauritanian and Horizon Line, and the upcoming Queenpins, the company has maximized success and profitability through deal making and release strategies in the home entertainment corridor.

CAROLYN STEINMETZ
EVP and Head of Content Finance
Steinmetz’s team is critical to the company’s dealmaking, licensing and distribution of film entertainment on all platforms. She has driven the deals behind such hits as Bad Moms and I Feel Pretty, which became even bigger wins in home entertainment. More recently, she has arranged deals for Greenland, Songbird and My Spy. She is president of the nonprofit women’s industry organization FEME (Female Executives in Media and Entertainment).

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, Global Marketing
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. 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. She also leads the cross-functional team responsible for the overall business.

DENISE HARO
SVP, Worldwide Consumer Insights and 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. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, windows, messaging and innovation founded in business and consumer insights. Throughout her tenure, she has been influential in shaping company strategy.

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

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

STACY BARGER, VP, Global Creative Services
STEPHANIE BAYER, VP, Global Creative Services
JENNIFER BLACK, VP, Global Publicity
ERICA MARIE DIONNE, VP, Product Development and Strategy
LEIGH DUNLEAVY, VP, Digital Platforms
ALISSA GURY, VP, Global Controller
NADIA HANEY, VP, Emerging Partnerships and Formats
TRACY KIM, VP, Digital Distribution and Digital Platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN, VP, Global Projects
STEPHANIE LUTJENS, VP, Global Brand Marketing
MARIAN MANSI, VP, Global Creative Content
JENNA WEBB, VP, Global Tech Operations

ViacomCBS/Paramount+

TANYA GILES
Chief Programming Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming
Giles oversees and executes a holistic programming strategy for the global content offering across the company’s streaming services Paramount+ and Pluto TV, maximizing mix, prioritization, timing and impact of ViacomCBS resources, franchises and brands to drive sustained audience acquisition and engagement. With more than 20 years of experience, Giles is widely respected across the entertainment industry and has a proven track record of applying research-driven insights to make high-impact programming decisions. Prior to joining ViacomCBS Streaming, Giles served as GM for the ViacomCBS MTV Entertainment Group, where she led content strategy, programming, and research and insights for leading entertainment brands such as MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land and others.

NICOLE CLEMENS
President, Paramount Television Studios and Paramount+ Original Scripted Series
Clemens oversees a robust slate of shows including original scripted content for Paramount+. Upcoming projects include “The Offer” (Paramount+) starring Miles Teller, and “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” (Paramount+). Previously, Clemens was a producer at Anonymous Content, where she set up both film and television projects. Prior to joining Anonymous Content, Clemens was EVP and head of series development for FX Networks, where she guided a coveted roster of critically acclaimed original series including “Atlanta,” “Better Things,” “You’re the Worst,” “Baskets,” “Snowfall,” “Tyrant” and “Mayans MC.” Before that, Clemens was a partner and head of the motion picture literary department at ICM Partners for 16 years. Prior to her tenure at ICM Partners, Clemens ran Rod Holcomb Productions and was a television executive at Spelling Television.

CATHERINE HOUSER
EVP, Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Human Resources and ViacomCBS Streaming
Houser has managed human resources teams in the entertainment industry for 30 years. Prior to overseeing Paramount Pictures HR, Houser served as EVP of human resources for Viacom Media Networks where she led the company’s HR strategies and practices. In that role, she was responsible for all of MTV Networks’ HR initiatives globally.

ELIZABETH WRIGHT
EVP, Finance, ViacomCBS Streaming
Wright steers financial strategy for both Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Prior to joining ViacomCBS Streaming, Wright was at CBS for more than 10 years. As an SVP of financial planning and analysis, Wright ran annual budget processes, managed monthly KPIs, and drove initiatives for new business partnerships for CBS’s digital division.

AMY KUESSNER
SVP, Content Strategy and Global Partnerships, ViacomCBS Streaming
Kuessner is responsible for growth strategies, partnerships, content licensing and international expansion for Pluto TV and focused areas of Paramount+. In this role, Kuessner brings her expertise, creative vision and strategy to identify, bridge and scale symbiotic content partnerships across the multiple streaming platforms. Since its onset, Kuessner has been instrumental in the development and oversight of Pluto TV’s content acquisitions team, responsible for establishing nearly 400 global content deals with major Hollywood studios, TV Networks, distributors, major sports leagues, news organizations and publishing outfits.

SUSAN LUNDGREN
SVP, Communications, ViacomCBS Streaming
Lundgren oversees all external and internal communications and public relations efforts for the division as well as its streaming service Paramount+. She has more than 20 years of communications experience working with some of the top brands within tech and media. Prior to joining ViacomCBS Streaming, Lundgren was with Apple, where she was responsible for managing global strategic communications for legal, government affairs and industrial design as a part of the corporate communications team.

Warner Bros. Entertainment

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, Analytics, Planning and Marketing Operations
Coleman leads analytics, business planning, distribution marketing and operational teams in support of maximizing revenue for the sales and distribution organization.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, Marketing, Film
Fugate handles all theatrical new-release and catalog brand marketing efforts across disc and digital platforms, which also includes creative advertising, franchise lifecycle management and global strategy. She’s responsible for developing strategies resulting in strong performances of brands and franchises, including “DC,” “Harry Potter,” “Godzilla,” “Wonder Woman” and the “Lego” films and recent titles including Tenet, Scoob!, Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as the 4K UHD slate and virtual reality experiences.

LAURA LUPINETTI
SVP, Partner Marketing
Lupinetti is responsible for maximizing Warner Bros. content exposure across the distribution landscape (digital and physical) to drive revenue for the full transactional portfolio using price variability, content exclusives/creative differentiation and co-marketing opportunities.

MARY ELLEN THOMAS
SVP, TV and Originals Product and Brand Marketing
Thomas leads home entertainment global marketing and creative for all non-theatrical content from Warner Bros., TNets (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, TNT, truTV, CNN) and HBO. She is responsible for driving the overall strategy, product development, creative, marketing and lifecycle management for originals and episodic product lines. In addition, Thomas manages talent and studio relationships and is responsible for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s portfolio brand partners, including Rooster Teeth, Peanuts, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, WWE and Viz Media.

KRISTIN ANDERSON, VP, TV Marketing
TRACI CARROLL, VP, Creative Advertising
AMY-BETH CHAMBERLIN, VP, Sales Services
SANDRA S. KIM, VP, Global Product Planning
TINA DEPASS LUJAN, VP, TV Marketing, TV Series
ANGIE LAI MAKHOUL, VP, Film Marketing
ZANDRA PALMER, VP, Trade Marketing
BETH WETZEL, VP, Creative Advertising

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