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Digital Hollywood, October 15th - October 18th
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey, California
Monday, October 15th
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Track I
- H2.0, ViDeo, TV-2012, Screening Tent I
Cable, TV and Broadband - New Content - New Networks - Streams, Platforms, Devices
Robert Leighton, SVP, Programming, Liberty Global
Bruce Eisen, Vice President, Online Content Development & Strategy, Dish Network
Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios & Management
David Anderson, Vice President and Head of Digital, Shine AMERICA
Jennifer Sharp, SVP of New Platforms, MGM Studios
Mark J. Kapczynski, Chief Operating Officer, Kontrol Media, Moderator

Robert Leighton, SVP, Programming, Liberty Global: a position he has held since July 2007. In his
current position, Mr. Leighton is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company’s Executive Management Committee. Mr. Leighton is a 30 year veteran of the television industry. Prior to joining Liberty Global, he was a consultant on programming issues to Liberty Global, as well as Comcast Cable. Prior to this, Mr. Leighton spent seven years with Starz Encore Group LLC (now known as Starz Entertainment) as Senior Vice President until 2004 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President.  At Starz, he was responsible for all programming functions for 13 channels, including film acquisition, original program development, production, on-air promotion, and technical operations.  Mr. Leighton earlier spent 17 years at HBO in a variety of roles. From 1991, he was based in Eastern Europe for HBO and oversaw the earliest development, launch and operation of various pay and basic cable channels throughout the region. Previous assignments at HBO in New York during the 1980s included Director of Programming, Cinemax and Director of Audience Research. Mr. Leighton began his television career at Young & Rubicam where he bought advertising time on both broadcast networks and ad-supported cable channels.  Mr. Leighton holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.

Jennifer Sharp, SVP of New Platforms, MGM Studios: Jennifer is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for building consumer-facing businesses within large and small companies. Jennifer manages tech partnerships and investments and overall digital strategy for MGM. She is focused on unlocking business opportunities through the combination of great technology and MGM's core assets, which include the largest library of modern films, the production and distribution of films and television programming, and ownership interests in TV channels. Previously, Jennifer spent over ten years at leading technology companies. Most recently, she was VP of New Business Development for Conduit Inc, where she was responsible for monetizing the company's web and mobile app platform globally across its massive network of 260,000 publishers and 250M end users. In that role, Jennifer increased revenue significantly through partnerships with top ecommerce, advertising, videogame and app companies. Prior to Conduit, Jennifer was CEO and Co-Founder of HDgreetings, developer of a video customization and distribution platform made available through, partners including and Disney Music, and a community of over 100 participating animators. Earlier, Jennifer was Group Product Manager at, where she launched new product categories including Textbooks, and led Strategic Planning and Business Development at Netscape. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles and London. Jennifer holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Bruce Eisen, Vice President, Online Content Development & Strategy, DISH Network: where he is
responsible for the strategy and implementation of the company’s online and Internet based initiatives. Eisen’s responsibilities encompass DISH’s online video portal, the delivery of on-demand video content to subscribers’ set-top boxes and the company’s TV Everywhere strategy of making television content available to its subscribers on a variety of devices including computers and SmartPhones. Prior to joining DISH Eisen was the founder and president of Digital Advisors, a digital distribution consulting firm advising a broad range of clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Zoran Corp. and Juniper Networks. Eisen was one of the principals who started CinemaNow in 1999 and grew the company from a three person operation to a fifty person company. In connection therewith, Eisen negotiated five rounds of venture financing totaling in excess of $40 million with companies including Microsoft, Blockbuster, EchoStar and Cisco. Eisen was responsible for day-to-day operations of the company and for all of CinemaNow’s business development and legal activities. In that capacity he successfully negotiated CinemaNow’s agreements with over 200 content licensors including such major Hollywood studios as Warner Brothers, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, and The Walt Disney Company. In addition, Eisen brought great success to the company, spearheading distribution and marketing partnerships with MSN, AT&T, Best Buy and other globally-recognized companies including HP, Creative, Archos, Sandisk and Linksys. Prior to joining CinemaNow, Eisen served as senior vice president of the Production/Business Affairs Department for Trimark Pictures, Inc. Eisen’s responsibilities included negotiating Trimark’s film production and distribution agreements. In that capacity, Eisen worked with the Walt Disney Company, Miramax, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Columbia Pictures, HBO and others. On the production front, Eisen structured Trimark’s relationships with the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America as well as such talent as Samuel L. Jackson, Renee Zellweger, Peter Jackson and Jim Belushi, amongst others. Eisen’s experience in the legal arena of the entertainment industry is matched by his creative endeavors. His producing credits include cult genre favorites “Warlock: The End of Innocence,” starring Bruce Payne, “The Dentist 2,” starring Corbin Bernsen “Leprechaun in the Hood,” starring Warwick Davis and Ice-T as well as two films based on Stephen King properties, “Trucks,” and “Sometimes They Come Back For More.” In addition, he shares a writing credit on “Warlock: The End of Innocence,” the third installment in the popular series. Eisen has lectured at U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. and has spoken at conferences organized by institutions including Digital Hollywood, iHollywood Forum, the California State Bar Association, NATPE, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the British Screen Advisory Council and the Bangkok Film Festival. Eisen received his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1991 and his B.A. cum laude with high honors in Philosophy from Clark University in 1984.

Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios (former executive ICM) Based in the Los
Angeles office of ICM, Michael leads and coordinates the company's digital and new media assets, including working with ICM's London and New York offices. With its recent acquisition of The Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency, ICM is the premier agency for creators of television and new media programming. Michael joined ICM in 2000, and has packaged numerous new media projects. He has been a leader in Internet deal making, in addition to developing content for the new media platform. Michael is a strategic advisor for technology and new media company clients on growth and financing. Prior to ICM, Michael practiced entertainment law at Lavely & Singer and Behr Abramson & Kaller, and consulted on patents and patent related issues at Gauntlet and Associates. Michael completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Illinois, and attended The University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he served as the Executive Associate Editor of "The Hastings Entertainment Law Review."

David Anderson, Vice President and Head of Digital, Shine AMERICA: Anderson leads the company
’s efforts in the development and production of original digital programming.  Hecollaborates with brand sponsors and partners and createscomprehensive social media strategy around content for Shine America’s network partners. Under Anderson’s leadership, Shine America has secured multiple renewals for some of the longest running original web programs on Yahoo! and MSN, developed Twitter’s first brand-sponsored original program in partnership with Pepsi, and has expanded Shine America’s distribution partnerships to include key industry leaders such as Hulu, Amazon, and Twitter. Anderson also spearheaded the launch of the proprietary companion viewing app for the hit show Master Chef, as well as creating more than one hundred pieces of original supplementary content to support the show’s digital efforts. Anderson arrived at Shine America with a proven ability to monetize both original and secondary content for the web and extensive knowledge of both traditional and emerging media.  With experience forged through senior executive positions on both East and West coasts, Anderson has proven that he can adapt in a rapidly changing new media world and remain at the forefront of innovation and collaboration. Prior to joining Shine America, Anderson held several leadershiproles at Fox Audience Network, the fifth largest display-advertising network in the U.S.  While at FAN, Anderson co-developed the monetization strategy, built a direct sales force, supervised agency and brand strategy, and developed and launched of one of the largest self-service display advertising platforms. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston College.

Mark J. Kapczynski, Chief Operating Officer, Kontrol Media: Mark Kapczynski has a successful trac
k record as a serial entrepreneur, chief executive and media industry expert. His current venture, Kontrol Media Corp., is an idea incubator for startups and senior professionals in the media and technology markets including Web 2.0, mobile, and television. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of MESoft, a media and entertainment software company, for which Kapczynski raised two rounds of seed and venture capital funding exceeding $8MM. Under his leadership, the company also grew its distribution to a global level and partnered with leading IT companies, such as IBM, Sun and AMD, and media companies that include Avid, Ascent Media and Sony. Additionally, he received a patent for a digital media workflow process. From 1995 to 2002, Kapczynski worked at Microsoft Corporation as their Director of Worldwide Media & Entertainment Solutions Group. During that time, he worked with numerous digital media and internet start-ups such as Homestore (now, Movielink, and MeTV. Mark Kapczynski got his first taste at being an entrepreneur in 1993 when he founded Digital Genesis-a pioneer in the internet/e-commerce space-which was sold to publicly-traded Netgateway, Inc. (NGWY, now IIG) three years later. Mr. Kapczynski graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile telecom, technology, and Internet Web 2.0. In his free time, Mr. Kapczynski enjoys car racing and playing the drums.