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Digital Hollywood Events at CES
January 7 - 9, 2013
Wednesday, January 9th
Noon - 1:00 PM
Track I - CC2 - Cable Conference
Location: North Hall N260
The NexGen Entertainment Home Experience - From the Smart & Connected TV to the Tablet, PVR, SmartPhone & PC Experience

The next generation of home entertainment hardware, software and services is more complex than ever. HDTV, Internet, games, music, movies, innovative two-way communication and telephony are vying for consumers' loyalty. Competitive companies that offer consumers more and richer content across various platforms hold the perfect formula for success.
Ben Huang, Director of Worldwide Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corporation
Winston Chen, Vice President of the Smart Home Business Unit, Marvell Semiconductor
Brian Miller, Director of Business Development, Western Digital
Randall Hounsell, Vice President, Mobility Solutions, Comcast
Sam Vasisht, Chief Marketing Officer, Veveo
Geir Skaaden, Vice President of Strategic Sales and Business Planning, DTS
Rick Doherty, co-founder and Director, The Envisioneering Group, Moderator

Ben Huang, Director of Worldwide Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corporation: Ben Huang is a Director of Worldwide Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he oversees all product and outbound marketing activities for Microsoft® Mediaroom ® and Microsoft® PlayReady. Since joining Microsoft in 2003, he has led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, emerging markets, product management, and product planning. Ben has been focused on the intersection of media and technology for more than 15 years. Prior to Microsoft, he served as director of business development at PacketVideo, one of the pioneers in the mobile video space. While there, he led partnerships with major media companies and application developers to create mobile video services across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Earlier in his career, Ben also worked in finance, strategic consulting, and venture capital covering the media, telecommunications, and technology industries. He is a frequent speaker at many top-tier industry events including the International Consumer Electronics Show, National Association of Broadcasters, and Digital Hollywood among others. Ben holds MBA and JD degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Law School and a bachelor's degree from UCLA.

Randall Hounsell, VP, Mobility Solutions at Comcast Cable Communications: Management: Randall has spent more than a decade building digital productsand digital businesses in emerging spaces, and he has deep expertise inmobile, video, and search spaces. He's currently leading product strategy and development for the Comcast's mobile video initiatives, with oversight over related efforts for the innovation joint venture with Verizon Wireless, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Prior to this, he headed up StreamSage, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast that powers Comcast's video search and recommendations across set-tops, mobile, and web. He built StreamSage from a tiny start-up to a large organization and built the platforms that now power navigation on over 30 million devices. Earlier in Randall's career, he was Manager, Strategic Planning at Circuit City Stores, leading the strategy behind many of their new market and product initiatives.

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.

Geir Skaaden joined DTS in 2009 as vice president of business development, and currently serves as vice president of strategic sales and business planning for the company. Before joining DTS, Skaaden was CEO of Neural Audio, a firm that developed music playback equipment and creation technology, which was acquired by DTS in 2009. Prior to Neural Audio he was vice president at STS AS - Dynasty, with a focus on international trade and development. Skaaden received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Oregon, a business degree from the Norwegian School of Management and an MBA from the University of Washington. He is an active member and acknowledged public speaker at industry forums such as the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Game Developer's Conference) GDC, and the Society of Motion Pictures (SMPTE).

Brian Miller, Director of Business Development, Western Digital: Brian
runs business development for Western Digital’s consumer business unit and leads partnership and content relationship activities for the WD TV product family as well as the market leading My Passport and My Book storage products. Brian came to Western Digital through the acquisition of Senvid and its MioNet remote access and sharing software where he was VP Marketing. Brian’s software as a service and cloud expertise comes from his role as Vice President for Product Marketing and Professional Services at Noosh, a market leading software as a service solution. Additional senior management experience was gained at Ipsilon Networks as the GM for Asia Pacific and at Nokia which acquired Ipsilon for over $100M. Brian was also a marketing leader in the early days of videoconferencing and has a significant strategic background developed at Bain and Company. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.

Winston Chen, Vice President of the Smart Home Business Unit, Marvell Semiconductor: Winston Chen currently serves as the vice president for the Smart Home Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Mr. Chen is an accomplished global leader with a proven track record of success in the electronics industry who has delivered billions in revenue selling high-volumes of technically complex semiconductor solutions worldwide including mobile, embedded, PC, Digital TV and set-top box products. Mr. Chen has more than 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry, serving in high-level sales and marketing positions at several well-established companies including Masterimage3D, ATI Technologies, Trident Microsystems and AMD. Mr. Chen holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He also holds a MBA from the Santa Clara University.

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.