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Digital Hollywood New York City, November 15-16, 2012
McGraw-Hill Building, 49th Street and 6th Ave., New York City
Friday, November 16, 2012
10:45 AM - Noon
Session C:
Room 209
The NexGen Entertainment Home Experience - From the Smart & Connected TV to the PVR, Set-Top & PC Experience
Desiree Rodriguez, Vice President Business Development, MobiTV
Scott Campbell, Industry Principal, Media & Telecom, SAP America Inc.
Dan Simpkins, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Hillcrest Labs
Sam Vasisht, Chief Marketing Officer, Veveo
Chris Wagner, EVP, NeuLion
Rick Doherty, co-founder and Director, The Envisioneering Group, Moderator

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion: Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses. His current position as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge. Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, Rainbow Media, Dish Network and many others. He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies. Chris has worked with some of the top names in technology. At Forstmann Little he worked with Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton; while at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he worked with Ray Lane, Managing Partner; and for 20 years has worked with Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates. Chris' relationship with Charles Wang, and Computer Associates' former Chief Technology Officer, Nancy Li, created an opportunity to form NeuLion, where he is responsible for the strategy and execution of the company's marketplace efforts. The world is changing as it relates to digital media. Content owners have more leverage than ever as they move to IP based distribution. NeuLion has become a leader in creating new experiences for consumers with a fantastic array of interactive services delivered over the internet. Chris has been a frequent speaker at conferences, tradeshows, and industry events. Specialties include: sales and marketing, competitive analysis, financing, franchising, mergers and acquisition.

Desiree Rodriguez, Vice President Business Development, MobiTV: In her eight-year tenure with
the company, she has been instrumental in establishing and deepening the business relationships with key strategic partners. Throughout her career, Rodriguez has been an influential leader with development of new services and new markets based on emerging technologies. Prior to joining MobiTV, she managed business development efforts for Tellabs (formerly Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc), a leading provider of access technology and service solutions for telecom service providers in more than 100 countries.

Sam Vasisht, Chief Marketing Officer, Veveo: Sam is a hi-tech product and marketing executive, with more than 15 years of experience leading marketing and product management for businesses and organizations at Motorola, Bose, Real Networks, On2 Technologies (Google), and various startups. Sam has deep expertise in the digital media industry and brings broad background of cable, Internet and wireless media to Veveo. During the course of his career, Sam has developed and launched various industry-first products for emerging industry categories. At Motorola, Sam launched the industry's first DOCSIS certified residential gateway and wireless digital audio receiver. At Real Networks, Sam launched an early TV Everywhere platform and one of the industry's first OTT video platforms. Before joining Veveo, Sam was president of Boston based marketing advisory firm, 21TechMedia LLC, for venture backed digital media technology companies. During the five years with 21TechMedia, he helped numerous venture backed digital media technology startups with market entry, growth, turnarounds, and exits. Prior to 21TechMedia, Sam was VP of Marketing at On2 Technologies, where he built the marketing function and positioned the company for its subsequent acquisition by Google.

Scott Campbell is SAP's Industry Principal for Media and Telecom, focusing on driving Innovation with SAP's solutions across North America. He brings over 25 years of operational and business leadership experience to SAP's Industry Solutions practice, serving both new and traditional media. Consistently recognized as a direct contributor, strategic thinker, and top performer, Scott has been committed to driving growth by ensuring an exceptional customer experience, extending the company ecosystem and contributing to world-class execution. He has a unique perspective based on his extensive background in applying software solutions to complex real world problems with emerging and broadcast media solutions. Scott experience includes leadership roles with Associated Press (AP) and Lucent Technologies, where he has demonstrated his ability to create strategic plans, define goals and execute tactics to drive new and incremental revenues. At AP, he led the creation of a next generation content management and direct marketing platform (dubbed eBusiness) to enable AP business teams to perform updates to websites, direct marketing pages and email templates; making the company less reliant on technology development. Prior to joining SAP, Scott served as Director of Digital Video Operations with Scripps Networks, where he led the global non-linear video operations team for Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, DIY Channel, Cooking Channel, Food UK and Great American Country (GAC) digital properties. Scott provided oversight for digital production strategy and defined standards for content ingestion, cloud services, encoding, metadata, SEO, content licensing and delivery to syndication partner sites alongside Scripps Networks-owned web, mobile and tablet properties. Throughout his career, Scott has conducted several industry firsts including directing the world's first paid for download over the internet with Duran Duran at Abbey Road Studios and a Guinness Book of World Records entry for the first live concert performed to a mass audience over the internet by Queen Drummer Roger Taylor. In the early 1990's, Scott became one of Avid's first UK specialist resellers and has received several awards and recognitions including the Information Society Initiative 'Creative Concepts' Award in 1996 for a handheld audio device prototype he developed called the SoundPad (which predates the iPod). He was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Engineered Album in 1991 with Robbie Robertson, having also worked with Annie Lennox, George Michael and Simple Minds in his career.

Dan Simpkins, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Hillcrest Labs: Under its Freespace brand, Hillcrest is th
e leading provider of inertial motion sensing solutions. Hillcrest's award-winning products include the Loop pointer and the Kylo browser for TV. Prior to founding Hillcrest, Dan was vice president and general manager of the SALIX Switching Division of Tellabs, Inc. The division was established in 2000 when Dan sold VoIP leader SALIX Technologies, the company he founded in 1990, to Tellabs for $300 million. In 2010, Dan was recognized by The Gazette of Politics and Business as one of the top 25 CEOs in the Washington, D.C. area. Hillcrest was recognized in 2010 and 2011 as one of the “Exceptional 53” companies in the state of Maryland. Dan is a former executive in residence for New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the country's premiere venture capital firms, and is an advisor to LaunchBox Digital, an early stage investment firm. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, has authored papers on both technical and business subjects, and is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dan has ten issued U.S. patents in the fields of interactive television and telecommunications. Dan earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering with distinction, and a master's of engineering degree in electrical engineering, both from Cornell University. He currently serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council, an advisory group to Dean Lance Collins.

Rick Doherty, co-founder and Director, The Envisioneering Group: a two-decade old Seaford, NY
Technology Assessment and Market Research Corporation. Before that, for thirteen years, Doherty was the Senior Technology Writer for Electronic Engineering Times, where he remains a guest columnist. Doherty is an electro-physicist who has garnered more than a dozen U.S. patents in computing, communications, medical electronics, high performance tooling and consumer electronics industry sectors along with dozens of international patents. During Doherty's 32 year career he has been Director of the Urban Vehicle Design Group at Pratt Institute, an engineer for Data General Corp., Chief Engineer of Lourdes Industries, Inc., founder and President of Optronic Labs and since 1983, co-founder and Director of The Envisioneering Group. There, he directs laboratory testing of technologies, products and services, oversees publication of the Envisioneering Newsletter, market research reports and provides senior executive counsel on market development and intellectual property protection, portfolio management and licensing opportunities. Doherty's prime focus is on researching and articulating the impact of advanced digital technologies, services, products, industry initiatives and standards efforts on consumers, industry and society. Doherty is a 31 year member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is active with its Biomedical Engineering, Solid State Circuits Society , Consumer Electronics Society, Broadcast Engineering, Magnetic Technology Society, Technology & Social Policy and other I.E.E.E. societies. This is his eleventh year as a planning director for the International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Doherty is also a member of the Society for Information Display, Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and many other technology & professional business industry associations. In addition, Doherty has been a co-chair of, and presently sits on several cross industry standards associations and technical working groups, spanning consumer digital electronics, communications, digital media and computing architecture definition groups. He is called upon by the industry to organize and chair panels at trade conferences and technical symposia more than a dozen times each year. Amongst his many industry awards, Doherty has been cited by the International Television Association for his many years of technology coverage of digital video design and engineering trends, and is the writer most cited by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment for detailed features on the evolution of America's Digital TV system. Doherty also assisted Dr. Richard Feynman, NASA and Congressional researchers in the Shuttle Challenger accident investigation at the Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center and many NASA contractor sites. In 2003, Doherty was nominated to and accepted a multi-year position on the Presidential Medal of Technology Award Selection Committee, reporting to the White House and Department of Commerce. Acting as an independent resource on the impact of digital and internet technologies on the consumer, society and business, Doherty is quoted frequently for his opinions on new technologies by CNN, CNBC, Fox News and by numerous American and international industry trade and daily business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Newsday and the San Jose Mercury News. Doherty is married and resides in Seaford, NY with his wife and two daughters.