2018 Sports Content Management & Storage Forum


Brent Angle, CineSys-Oceana, CTO

Current CTO Brent Angle helped form CineSys-Oceana with the goal of focusing on strong engineering services and consulting to support broadcast, post-production, VFX, animation, and film customers. That has remained the focus of the company to this day.

Angle currently manages a team that includes engineering support staff and data system integrators, as well as custom engineering design and software development. He realized early on that the ever-changing standards and formats of manufacturers would create a demand for a higher level of expertise in the implementation of infrastructure to support the networking, workflow, storage, and archiving of massive digital files. He knew it would be an important part of the industry’s future and thus began a focused effort to build relationships and partnerships with the key partners and vendors that influence this business sector.

Jeff Blakeman, Dell EMC, Senior Systems Engineer

Jeff Blakeman is a senior systems engineer for Dell EMC’s Unstructured Data Solutions Division, which includes the Isilon (Scale-Out-NAS) and ECS (Private Exascale Object storage). In his three and 1/2 years at Dell EMC, he has maintained a strategic focus on large enterprise and global sports, communications, media, entertainment, and telco customer accounts. Blakeman combines his brilliance and expertise with technology with his passion for media and entertainment to find smart and creative technology solutions for customers. He also maintains a second role as a consulting subject matter expert for Dell EMC’s content creation, broadcast, and delivery workflow projects across the country.

Prior to his time at Dell EMC, Blakeman spent seven years as a strategic account manager and solution architect at Tekserve, an M&E strategic value-added reseller and provider of full-stack hardware, software, and network solutions leveraging dozens of technology partners. While at Tekserve, he worked with facilities from small four-person video post-production houses to global broadcasters to develop, enhance, and reinvent content workflows from acquisition and backhaul through post production, delivery, and content lifecycle management.

Bob Blythe, WWE, VP, Information Security and Technology Risk Management

Robert Blythe has been involved in information technology for the past thirty years with the last five years in cyber and information security. Blythe is currently employed by World Wrestling Entertainment as the VP of information security and technology risk. Prior to WWE, Blythe worked for several infrastructure and system integration companies supporting Pfizer, Cigna, Bio-GEN, ESPN, and Time Warner.

Brad Boim, NFL Media, Director, Post Production, Asset Management, and Media Services

Brad Boim currently oversees the daily operations of the Post Production, Asset Management, and Media Services Groups at the NFL Media Broadcast Center in Culver City, CA. This includes media management, editing, sound mixing, transcoding, file-based delivery, and archive workflows of physical and digital media assets across the media group’s linear and digital channels. He has been with the network since they launched back in 2003.

Scott Bounds, Microsoft, Media Industry Lead

Scott Bounds is Microsoft’s U.S. industry lead for media, engaging with enterprise customers in the media and entertainment sector. In this role, Bounds is responsible for identifying trends and opportunities in the industry and working with customers on solutions using Microsoft technologies. Bounds is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft, spending over 10 years in the media industry in a variety of management and technical roles.

Padraic Boyle, MLB Advanced Media, Senior Director, Enterprise Media

Padraic Boyle joined Major League Baseball in February of 2008 as part of its information-technology transformation. In his role as business relationship manager, he provided technical direction to the business verticals of the Office of the Commissioner and also served as a technical liaison to MLB Productions and MLB Network.

Reaching into his rich media background, Boyle took on the role of technical lead for MLB and architected the league’s digital-asset-management system, the DIAMOND Platform, which was nominated for the 2012 Sports Emmy George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. The DIAMOND Platform is hosted in MLB’s Secaucus facility where it serves MLB Productions and MLB Network. DIAMOND also has a cloud-based presence to facilitate video services for internal departments within the Commissioner’s Office, Clubs, and MLB.com.

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Boyle was the VP of technology for Venaca. Venaca was a systems integrator with a unique set of applications which primarily addressed digital asset management/media asset management (DAM/MAM) solutions for the broadcast industry. Clientele included Lifetime Television, MTV, Scripps, Turner Broadcasting, and the Paley Center for Media.

Before Venaca, Boyle worked for Lifetime Television and was heavily involved in the architecting, development, and implementation of Lifetime Television’s digital asset management system from the ground up. This involved ingest and archive to tracking and repurposing content owned and/or purchased for distribution on Lifetime’s networks. Boyle was also the co-principal and VP of technology for DataVision, a systems integration and consulting company in the magazine publishing, financial, and television broadcast industries.

Tab Butler, MLB Network, Senior Director, Media Management and Post Production

Tab Butler joined the MLB Network in June of 2008 as part of the Engineering and IT Department, chartered with the facility build-out and the January 1, 2009 MLB Network launch.  Currently, Butler manages the media-management team, editor manpower, software development, and postproduction engineering and operations for the MLB Network and the NHL Network. In September of 2015, Butler’s department designed, built, and launched the NHL Network from the MLB Network broadcast facility, utilizing the network’s production-core infrastructure, which deploys the latest IT technologies.

Butler has a unique background in problem solving and convergence within the broadcast media space, with over 28 years of experience in network TV broadcast operations and 11 years of sales and marketing management with IT and broadcast manufacturers. He specialized in sales to broadcast networks, station groups, government, and global 2000 clients.

Butler spent 18 years at the NBC Network. He worked for NBC News, NBC Sports, and NBC Operations and Technical Services. Butler received two Emmy Awards while at NBC, in addition to seven Emmy Awards and one Edison Award while at MLB Network. In June of 2012, the DIAMOND System, which is an in-house developed and enterprise-wide media asset management system, led by Butler, was nominated for a Sports Technology Emmy.

While in manufacturing, Butler has worked in various capacities for Tektronix (Grass Valley), EMC, VideoBank, SeaChange International, and IBRIX.

Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor

Jason Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations, including the thrice-weekly SVG Insider newsletter and SVG’s annual print publications. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as program director for SVG’s RSN Summit, Sports Content Management & Storage (SCMS) Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT event. Prior to joining SVG, he spent three years covering local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and two years on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information Department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also earned a B.A. in media communications and cinema studies.

Terry Dhanraj, Akamai, Solutions Engineer

Terry Dhanraj is a solutions engineer at Akamai working with many of the major broadcast and OTT companies supported by Akamai. Prior to joining Akamai, Dhanraj spent 14 years at ESPN as associate director where he led the encoding, distribution, and technical operations teams across brands like ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. He was one of four technical leads who developed the WatchESPN experience. While at ESPN, Dhanraj was instrumental in developing the monetization of ESPN’s live streaming content, one of the first services to do so.

Hector Diaz, Google Cloud, Customer Engineer

Hector Diaz is a Google Cloud customer engineer that partners with enterprise clients in multiple industries to drive digital transformation and IT modernization by leveraging Google Cloud solutions.

Prior to Google, Diaz worked for managed Cloud service provider Datapipe (now Rackspace) and Verizon Terremark, enabling organizations in a variety of IT models including IaaS, PaaS, and managed hosting.

Stephanie Ellis-Meehan, Vox Media, Media Operations Manager

Stephanie Ellis-Meehan has been with Vox Media since 2015. She leads media operations, overseeing a team of media managers and coordinating ingest, storage, and archival for video company-wide. Ellis-Meehan also sets retention policies, best practices, and workflow standards. Prior to joining Vox Media, she worked at National Geographic Television as an assistant editor and media manager for The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild.

Justin Fier, DarkTrace, Director of Cyber Intelligence and Analytics

Justin Fier is the director for cyber intelligence and analytics at Darktrace, based in Washington D.C. Fier is one of the U.S.’s leading cyber intelligence experts and his insights have been widely reported in leading media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, and VICELAND. With over 10 years of experience in cyber defense, Fier has supported various elements in the U.S. intelligence community, holding mission-critical security roles with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and Abraxas. He is also a highly-skilled technical specialist and works with Darktrace’s strategic global customers on threat analysis, defensive cyber operations, protecting IoT, and machine learning.

Mike Flathers, Aspera (an IBM Company), CTO

Currently CTO of Aspera, an IBM Company, Mike Flathers has more than 20 years of software development experience. He has a passion for pushing the technology envelope and has been a primary contributor and visionary for Aspera FASPStream.

Throughout his career, Flathers has focused on enabling third-party technology integrations by creating software solutions and APIs. He has deep video experience having been CTO at Sorenson Media prior to joining Aspera. At Sorenson Media, Flathers led the development of Sorenson VCast, one of the industry’s first online video delivery platforms, and Sorenson VRS, a video relay service empowering communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Flathers also spent 14 years at Novell after the company acquired Excelan. He was a lead developer for the LANWorkplace product, the first suite of TCP/IP utilities for DOS and Windows.

Dave Franza, TIPLynx, Founder and President

As founder and president of TIPLynx, Dave Franza directly consults with media, sports, and technology companies to integrate technologies, ideas, and people in all phases of strategic planning and operations in the areas of digital asset management, content production and delivery, and information technology. Within these spaces, Franza has extensive experience in the analysis, planning, budget, development, and project management processes necessary to ensure successful system implementations.

Prior to founding TIPLynx in February, 2018, Franza served as CIO of NFL Films, and VP of production application development and support for NFL Films and NFL Network. He oversaw the development and support of systems and applications used in production and operations for Films and the Network for over thirty years. He led the development of SABER, the NFL Films Digital Content Management System, and then migrated it to the web-based portal, SABERNet. It is a DCMS that operates on and is integrated with over 100 in-house non-linear editing systems on both coasts and also provides research access to all NFL game content for several hundred non-editing personnel at the NFL. Franza led the physical deployment of the NFL’s Venue Transmission Network circuits and gear in all NFL stadiums, for secure transmission of Films’ game footage to NFL production facilities. He also led the Digital Content Library project at NFL Films and was part of the management team that developed the Club Game Exchange system, delivering All22 footage to all NFL clubs.

Franza also served as CIO for NFL Films, creating their IT organization and environment. He was Films’ primary technical liaison with clubs for Hard Knocks projects from the initial program in 2001, through 2017. He was awarded a Sports Emmy for the 2009 Bengals series.

Prior to joining NFL Films in 1986, Franza worked for Xerox Computer Services in the positions of programmer/analyst, project leader, and senior business systems consultant.

Franza served on several NFL committees influencing the technological advancement of the League, including committees on technology leadership, IT governance, and media asset development. Franza was the recipient of CIO Magazine’s “Bold 100” award in 2005, honoring the top 100 CIOs and technology managers in the country, as nominated by Steve Bornstein and Howard Katz. He is actively involved in organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics.

Nick Gold, Chesapeake Systems, Lead Technologist

Nick Gold is the lead technologist for Chesapeake Systems, an IT-centric media systems integrator and managed services provider. Chesapeake Systems specializes in working with large media entities to design, install, and support video post-production, archive, media asset management, storage, ingest, workflow automation, and delivery systems.

Gold brings to his consultant role an extensive technical knowledge base and his intense curiosity drives him to stay current with the latest developments in the media and IT fields. He is recognized as a leading expert within the realm of media asset management (MAM) and related archive and storage workflows.

Gold has presented and moderated panels at events around the United States on MAM, archive, and related technologies, held by SMPTE, SVG, and other organizations. He is currently the conference chair of the annual New York City-based Digital Asset Symposium, presented by The Association of Moving Image Archivists.

Gold is also a co-host of the popular audio podcast series, The Workflow Show. The episodes address overarching trends and specific tech topics to help guide listeners through these challenging yet exciting times of unprecedented change within the realm of digital media workflows.

Anne Graham, Turner Sports Library, Assistant Manager of Media Management

Anne Graham is the assistant manager of media management at Turner Sports, joining the company in January 2017. She was previously at the archives at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she served as the digital collections archivist from 2008 to 2016. While at KSU, Graham specialized in audio-visual formats, as well as digitized and born-digital materials.

Graham has a master’s degree in library and information studies from Florida State University and a master’s degree in information systems from Kennesaw State University.

Peter Guglielmino, IBM, CTO, Global Media and Entertainment Industry

Peter Guglielmino is an IBM distinguished engineer and has worldwide responsibility as CTO for IBM’s Media & Entertainment Industry. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing the architectures that will serve as the basis for the IBM media offerings relating to media-enabled micro-services infrastructures, digital media archives, secure content distribution networks, and blockchain technology for media buying.

Guglielmino has chosen to focus on the media and entertainment industry which has allowed him to cultivate his passion for working with recording media. He gives back to the community by running a recording studio in his spare time and working with emerging artists. That passion became his area of expertise as he has worked to develop solutions for key industry players, represented IBM on standard bodies, and been at the nexus as “video” has become a new data type.

Guglielmino works with IBM customers across the globe to drive business value from the application of technology to business issues. He also works with IBM Research, the IBM Academy, and standards groups inside and outside of IBM to better understand how these technologies can be applied to solve customer business challenges and drive innovation across all industries.

Mark Haden, MLB Network, VP, Engineering and IT

Mark Haden is the vice president of engineering and IT for MLB Network. He ensures that the facility meets the technical needs of MLB Network, as well as MLB Productions. With a staff of over 40 professional technicians, Haden oversees day-to-day technical operations, as well as broadcast and office computer networks for this “lens to satellite” facility. He is also responsible for refreshing technologies while keeping a close eye on the future, investigating new and promising innovations and techniques.

Haden brings over 35 years of varied technical expertise to MLB Network. He previously worked at ABC News, served as director of East Coast production at HBO, and also held positions with USA Network and Lifetime Television.

Adam Hall, Fox NE&O, Executive Director, Broadcast Data Network Infrastructure

Adam Hall joined Fox NE&O as executive director of broadcast data network infrastructure in February 2018. At Fox NE&O, his teams design and deploy the compute, storage, network, and content transfer platforms needed to support the Fox Networks Group channels both on-premise and in the cloud. Before joining Fox, Hall held leadership roles in both Amazon Web Services and Walt Disney Studios and engineering roles at The Walt Disney Company and DirecTV.

Chris Halton, NBA, VP, Media Technology and Operations

Chris Halton serves as VP of media technology and operations at the NBA, where he is responsible for leading technical strategies for the league’s content creation, media acquisition, distribution, and archiving platforms.

Since joining the NBA in April 2014, Halton has implemented new digital and broadcast technologies for NBA courtside stats capture and League Pass linear video and VOD distribution. These include NBA’s Game Distribution Center, creating continuous multi-angle live game feed production for digital and broadcast licensees, and NBA Content Network, which is a cloud based B2B portal for NBA licensees to search and download finished product, directly from the NBA via self-service API’s.

Halton played a key role in the creation of the NBA Replay Center, which debuted in the 2014-15 season, overseeing all software development for the application. Lastly, he was instrumental in the introduction of NBA’s co-located IP multicast linear distribution facilities now distributing NBA League Pass live games, globally.

Before joining the NBA, Halton spent eight years as VP and CTO for CNBC. He oversaw software development, infrastructure, and technical operations for CNBC.com, as well as mobile and on-air platforms, including CNBC’s global market data ticker plant, real-time on-air graphic systems, and supporting self-service Newsroom Publishing Tools.

Halton began his professional career in 1995 as a design engineer with Sandvik Coromant in Fair Lawn, NJ. He was promoted to technical lead in 1998, responsible for the build-out and management of the company’s e-commerce web offerings.

Halton graduated from Kean University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and design.

Drew Hilles, Veritone Media, SVP and GM

Drew Hilles has over 20 years of experience in the media industry, with demonstrated expertise in advertising sales, technology operations, and partnership development. He has founded two companies in the e-commerce and online advertising space, in addition to being a senior founding member of dMarc Broadcasting.

Prior to joining Veritone, Hilles served as a SVP for CBS Broadcasting, regional VP of sales for Clear Channel Radio, and senior director of sales for Google, managing content partnerships and advertising sales valued at $25 billion.

Emily Hopson-Hill, Ooyala, VP, Services

Emily HopsonHill is VP of services for Ooyala and has worked in technology for 14 years. HopsonHill has spent the last 4 years applying her experience to the media industry, helping studios, content owners, and distributors drive up their profits by taking advantage of innovation and getting content to market more quickly and efficiently.

Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports and Olympics, VP, Post Operations and Digital Workflow

Darryl Jefferson was named VP of digital workflows at NBC Sports Group in January, 2013. In this role, he oversees the post production and asset management teams, which focus on the development and execution of automated file-based ingest, production transcode, long-term archive, and remote delivery. In addition, Jefferson is responsible for transitioning the NBC Sports film/tape archive to a wholly file-based system. He reports to Dave Mazza, SVP and CTO, at NBC Sports Group.

Previously, Jefferson served as director of post production operations. Most notably, he oversaw the Highlights Factory/Asset Management System from conception through implementation at all Olympic Games between the 2008 Beijing Games through the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. In addition to Olympics, his daily portfolio of production includes Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football, Triple Crown events (8 years of Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes), NASCAR, NHL, Premiere League, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Jefferson was also involved in the construction and systems integration process for NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art production facility in Stamford, CT. He formerly oversaw technical operations at the NBC Olympics Landmark Plaza facility.

Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Jefferson was director of post production at Lifetime Networks. He oversaw post production scheduling, duplication, media management, and digital media coordination. Jefferson was a key member of the Operations/IT task force responsible for the transition to a tapeless environment, and was a primary architect of the tapeless digital workflow.

Jefferson is a fourteen-time Emmy Award Winner for New Approaches in Broadcasting, Short Form 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014; New Approaches in Event Coverage 2014; Technical Emmy Award (Set Top Box Delivery); Tech Team, Studio 2010, 2012, 2014; Tech Team, Remote 2014, 2016; Transmedia 2016; and a 2012 & 2014 George Wensel Technical Achievement Award Recipient.

Reed Kaufman, Fox Sports, Executive Director, Post Production

Reed Kaufman has been with Fox Sports since 2005, working with all sports studio show production and live-event edited content support. Primarily, he has been an integral part of transforming all postproduction related workflows to leverage digital and cloud-based technology.

Recently, Kaufman’s role has expanded to oversee the entire postproduction ecosystem for all network remote events, in addition to the LA studio, with a focus on jewel events like Super Bowl LI and the 2018 World Cup.

Kaufman is a member of the AWS Global Accounts Technical Community Group and the Adobe Executive Roundtable group.

Dan Keene, WWE, VP, Systems Architecture

Dan Keene is VP of systems architecture at WWE and oversees the design and implementation of large scale systems that support day to day content production.

Keene’s principle is to pursue cost effective technical solutions that balance innovations in technology with business needs. Utilizing his “tell the story” philosophy, Keene strives to ensure that both technical and non-technical participants understand the rationale and implications of any project he’s involved in.

Prior WWE accomplishments include overseeing the build out of their new Virtual Reality Studio, the design and integration of talent training systems at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, and the development of systems to complete a mass ingest of their massive video tape library.

Keene previously served as a systems engineer for Grass Valley designing and implementing tapeless productions systems for clients such as MLB Network, NBC, and CBS. He was also the digital assets manager for KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

Ken Kerschbaumer is co-executive director of editorial services for the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He was a co-founder of SVG along with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter in 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991. Kerschbaumer began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was founding editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he joined Broadcasting & Cable magazine as senior editor of technology where he covered all aspects of broadcasting, cable, and Internet content creation and distribution.

Arun Krishnaswamy, Vizrt, Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions Architecture

Arun Krishnaswamy is currently the senior director of enterprise solutions architecture at Vizrt. Previously, he worked with Vizrt’s MAM division as a system engineer and solution architect, as well a director of technology with the internal R&D group. Krishnaswamy earned a Ph.D. in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Scott McBurney, ACC, Associate Commissioner, Advanced Media

Scott McBurney is entering his 22nd year with the Atlantic Coast Conference overseeing video production and distribution in the league office. Hired to impact ACC awareness in local and national sports programming, McBurney has been involved in developing distribution methods to meet the ever expanding role that video can have in spreading the message of the conference and its 15 member institutions.

The Advanced Media department is responsible for disseminating daily content received from the league institutions through its Aspera Faspex platform, known as the ACC Video Clip Service. The platform (AVCS) has over 300 subscribers made up of digital, local, and national sports outlets. Additionally, McBurney has been heavily involved in the league’s live streaming efforts over the past 12 years, producing many of the conference’s championship events not covered by the ACC’s television partners. McBurney has implemented 3 Avid Media Composer edit bays and uses Avid Interplay and Telestream Vantage within the postproduction workflow. Archiving and asset management workflows, Oracle Diva and Spectra Logic LTO-8, are also in place to handle the league office’s video archives.

Dustin Myers, Fox Sports, SVP, Production Operations

A California native, Dustin Myers has been with Fox Sport Media Group since 2003, working across multiple channels and sports groups. He has been an integral part of redefining the entire content ecosytem and related workflows to better leverage digital and cloud-based technologies.

A graduate of American Film Institute, and multiple Emmy winner, Myers has worked across feature films, documentaries, and digital media. His role within sports has expanded to oversee all postproduction and media management, including highlights and the Sports Assignment Desk, leading teams for all network jewel events including the Super Bowl, World Series, and FIFA World Cups.

Tom McGowan, IMT Global, VP of Business Development

Thomas F. McGowan is the VP of business development / principal consultant at Integrated Media Technologies.

McGowan is a professional with 48 years of successful engineering, sales, and sales management experience. His experience is in selling and promoting hardware/software enterprise solutions and services focused on broadcast television, sports networks, leagues, teams, and M&E facilities.

McGowan has chaired numerous sub-committees for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Technical Emmy Committee and served on the David Sarnoff Medal Selection Committee. He is active in the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Sports Video Group (SVG), and similar organizations.

McGowan is a veteran of the U.S. Army (’69 – ’75) and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He has a love for coaching, mentoring, and motivating individuals.

Roger Noble, Zegami, Co-Founder and CTO

Roger Noble is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Zegami. With a background in software development and data visualisation, he is passionate about building new technologies to help people see the world in a new way.

Having graduated in 2002 with an Honours Degree in computer science and multimedia, Noble has focused on making sense of data. He has published articles on data visualisation techniques within diverse areas such as the European Architectural History Network and The Journal of Bioinformatics. Noble has won various data science competitions, including GovHack and start-up Weekend which resulted in co-founding the data visualisation start-up Datamunch, part of the ANZ Innovyz incubator. Seeing the need for managing very large collections of images and data, Noble went on to found Zegami, a spin out company from the University of Oxford, UK.

Noble is actively involved with local and international technical communities having run meet-up groups, as well as presenting on data and data visualisation at conferences and events around the world including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the U.S., and the Vatican.

Grant Nodine, NHL, SVP, Technology

Grant Nodine started his career working as a systems librarian at Editel. He moved on to working as a web developer on sites like Rodale Press’s MensHealth.com. He later co-founded a web development firm called Mercury Seven where he worked as the firm’s chief technologist. Eighteen-plus years ago, Nodine arrived at the NHL where he has been involved in building a technology infrastructure that supports NHL.com and all 30 of the team’s websites, numerous systems to produce and deliver streaming media, and many other large technology implementations.

Greg Notch, NHL, SVP, IT and Security

Greg Notch has been architecting and implementing large-scale infrastructure and enterprise systems since 1995. For the past 10 years, he has worked on defining top-level technology, asset management, and security strategy for the NHL. Currently, he is implementing a comprehensive league-wide information security program including policies, technology selection, auditing, and incident response capabilities. Notch is also responsible for the implementation and management of the large-scale asset archive which serves media and broadcast partners.

Prior to joining the NHL, he worked on infrastructure and software systems for Apple, Yahoo Search, eMusic, The FeedRoom, and several NYC-based startups. Notch also advises several venture capital firms and startups in the enterprise and security space.

Keith O’Brien, Cisco, Distinguished Engineer

Keith O’Brien is a subject matter expert in cloud computing security, network security, and SDN security applications with over 25 years of experience in network security and information technologies. He possesses a strong background in innovation with many of Cisco’s largest customers and market insight. As a distinguished engineer, O’Brien is recognized as one of the top security leaders at Cisco. He leads research for development in the area of security for microservices application environments and CI/CD processes.

Ray Panahon, Riot Games, Technical Lead, Esports

Ray Panahon currently leads technical operations for esports at Riot Games. He has led the expansion of operations into Latin America and the build out of esports broadcast facilities in various Riot regions globally.

Bruce Potter, Expel, CISO

Bruce Potter is chief information security officer (CISO) at Expel where he’s responsible for cyber risk management and ensuring the secure operations of Expel’s services.

Potter has worked in a number of CISO and cybersecurity research roles working with hedge funds, intelligence agencies, and private sector organizations over his career. He also founded the Shmoo Group and helps run the yearly hacker conference, ShmooCon, in Washington, D.C.

Potter has co-authored several books and written numerous articles on security (or the lack thereof). He is a regular speaker at conferences including DefCon, Blackhat, and O’Reilly Security, as well as private events at the United States Military Academy, the Library of Congress, and other government agencies.

Molly Presley, Quantum, VP, Product Management and Global Marketing

Molly Presley joined Quantum as VP of global marketing in September 2016. She has more than 15 years of rich media workflow and enterprise storage experience, including 12 years as a chief marketing officer (CMO).

From January 2014 to September 2016, Presley served as CMO and EVP of global marketing and product management at DataDirect Networks, a high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive enterprise storage provider. Prior to that, she spent ten years as CMO and EVP of worldwide marketing and product management at Spectra Logic, an archive storage vendor. Presley also founded the Active Archive Alliance, an industry coalition formed to educate end-users on the evolving new technologies that enable reliable, online, and efficient access to archived data.

Michael Raimondo, PGA TOUR Entertainment, Director, Media Asset Management

Michael Raimondo is the director of media asset management for PGA TOUR Entertainment. Raimondo oversees the PGA TOUR’s Media Asset Management system including the day-to-day operations of the ingest operators, loggers, and library personnel, as well as the media-fulfillment division. Raimondo has over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. Prior to joining PGA TOUR Entertainment, he worked in New York City at MTI – The Image Group (now NEP Studios) as a systems engineer wiring and building studios and edit suites. The company went from one studio in NYC in 1993 to seven studios by 1998. Following MTI, Raimondo was a staff engineer for rental companies (Bexel, Charter, and Duke City Video) working events for various television networks including ESPN, ABC, CBS, Channel 9 Australia, and Discovery Channel.

Todd Reedy, Google Cloud, Customer Engineer

Todd Reedy is a customer engineer focused on Google Cloud Platform data, analytics, and machine learning tools. His mission is to enable customers and create excitement about Google technologies. Reedy has worked at Google for ten years assisting customers with a wide variety of products.

Prior to Google, Reedy was a software engineer and storage consultant at HP. He has a passion for developing tools and applications that make others more productive.

Reedy earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast Technology

Scott Rinehart is the director of broadcast technology for the University of Notre Dame, responsible for providing technical direction and oversight of Notre Dame Studios’ production infrastructure.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Rinehart worked in a variety of roles at NASCAR Media Group and PGA Tour Productions.

In 2013, Notre Dame won the inaugural SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award.

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Rinehart is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. While in school, he served as a student trainer under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Sarah Semlear, Vox Media, Director of Post Production and Video Operations

At Vox Media, Sarah Semlear oversees processes and procedures for production, production management, post production, and technical operations. Prior to Vox, she was senior digital operations manager at Comedy Central, responsible for the day and night operations of the Digital Entertainment Group, as well as product development and implementation. Semlear also spent four years as an editor for Comedy Central, working on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Semlear holds a B.F.A. in film, cinematography, and film/video production from SUNY Purchase.

David Sobel, Fox Sports, Senior Director, Media Management

David Sobel joined Fox Sports in September 2016, where he currently oversees media management. He focuses on creating efficient workflows for day-to-day operations, as well as bridging the media gap between remote events and the broadcast center. This summer, Sobel also spearheaded media management for the FIFA World Cup, supporting both IBC and Los Angeles based productions.

Previously, Sobel worked as a producer and AD at Fox Sports West, before taking over media management in 2009.

Bryan Staffaroni, WWE, VP, Media Asset Management

Bryan Staffaroni has been with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for the past 13 years and is currently the VP of media asset management. The groups he oversees include Media Management, Central Ingest, and Media Library Services. He and his team built, manage, and continue to expand the WWE’s 150,000 hour digital archive. They also play an integral role supporting WWE’s elite production team which creates hundreds of hours of content each and every week for the WWE Network, USA Network, web, social media, and broadcasts in 170+ countries.

Starting out as the sole member of the WWE Media Management Department in 2006, Staffaroni found no shortage of opportunities to adapt and expand his department to meet the demands of production. He played a major role in WWE’s transition to HD in 2008 including establishing workflows for WWE’s first digital archive within their new Grass Valley editing environment. He also took the role of process manager on the WWE Digital Archive Project in 2010 where more than 28,000 WWE show masters were ingested, archived, and fully logged within a year’s time. Today, Staffaroni’s teams support and maintain WWE’s digital archive and are responsible for all naming conventions, taxonomy, metadata entry, asset tracking, and disaster recovery strategies.

Prior to joining WWE, Staffaroni co-owned and operated Grey Sky Films.

Jeremy Strootman, CatDV, VP, Business Development North America

Jeremy Strootman has been a media workflow consultant for over 15 years with the sole mission to increase efficiency and productivity. From ingest to archive, his understanding of the challenges that content creators face has provided value to hundreds of media professionals across North America. Getting his start in storage and archiving, Strootman quickly understood that asset management, media processing, and automation are as important as the story his customers are telling. His belief is that the power of video is only matched by the understanding of where the media is and what the media contains.

Mark Thames, Juniper Networks, Americas Security Partner Leader

As Juniper Networks’ Americas security partner leader, Mark Thames is responsible for the strategy and programs to enable, support, and reward partners in the U.S., Canada, and CALA for selling Juniper’s security solutions. Thames is a 20+ year veteran in the information security and networking industry with multiple Silicon Valley based companies. His background includes being a large Juniper customer and decision maker, selling Juniper solutions at an Elite Juniper Partner, and working for Juniper for the Partner Organization for the last 2 ½ years.

Prior to Juniper, Thames was senior director of networks and security for Polycom for over 8 years. He has also held roles such as SVP of client development for Toopher, a security software company which was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2015, and other various security and networking leadership roles in Cloud IAAS and financial companies.

Thames is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, where he focused on networking and security. He has a Bachelor of Arts in business from Concordia University Texas.

Aaron Tunnell, Amazon Web Services, Business Development Manager, Media and Entertainment

Aaron Tunnell recently joined the Industry Business Development Team at AWS focusing on media and entertainment customers. At AWS, Tunnell is working to help media and entertainment customers transform and accelerate their business as part of their journey to the cloud. He has been with AWS for two years, and has spent time on the media and entertainment partners team as part of their support organization working with customers like Gannett and Discovery Communications.

Previous to AWS, Tunnell was CTO of Digital Video Group, a systems integrator in the mid-Atlantic. He worked with customers such as PBS, Liberty University, and Capital One where he lead a team responsible for the design, integration, and support of live and post production systems.

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