2019 Sports Content Management Forum


Vince Auletta, SwiftStack, Director of Media Solutions

Vince Auletta is the director of media solutions at SwiftStack and a lifelong fan of visual storytelling, technology, and the many ways they intersect. Based in Los Angeles, Auletta focuses on helping SwiftStack’s media clients get the most out of their solutions through a combination of on-site consultations and meticulous testing in SwiftStack’s high performance Media Solutions Lab.

Prior to joining SwiftStack, he was the director of technology and security at Premiere Digital, where he helped introduce the use of scale-out ‘cloud’ techniques and technologies on-premises for extremely high volume workflows. Auletta holds a B.A. in film and media studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he honed his skills as a cinematographer and colorist during the transition from celluloid film to digital cinema cameras.

Tony Barbagallo, Caringo, CEO

Throughout his 30-year career, Tony Barbagallo has leveraged his extensive experience to establish and grow hardware, software, and service organizations. He has held a mix of leadership roles at small and large companies, including VP of marketing and product management at Skyera, WildPackets (now Savvius), and EVault; VP of marketing and sales at Dantz (acquired by EMC); and senior management positions at Microsoft, Mentor Graphics, Sun, and GE. Barbagallo holds a B.S. in computer science from Syracuse University and has also completed the Stanford University Executive Program.

Eric Bassier, Quantum, Senior Director of Products

Eric Bassier is senior director of products at Quantum and has over 15 years of experience designing, managing, and marketing enterprise storage products. Bassier’s writing has appeared in WiredBusiness SolutionsData Center PostData Center Knowledge, and more. Follow him at @ericbassier.

Mike Palmer, Masstech, Chief Technology Officer

Mike Palmer is Masstech’s CTO, responsible for defining and overseeing the company’s technical strategies for developing new technologies that allow it to grow its position in existing and new markets. In his prior roles as VP of business strategy and VP and GM of the company’s News business unit, Palmer played a key role in driving the development of the first media asset management (MAM) system to deliver drag-and-drop inter-site sharing of news media between differing vendors’ production and newsroom systems, directly within the desktop interface of leading newsroom computer systems. This multiple award-winning change gives journalists rapid, easy non-disruptive access to content stored locally or at any bureau in their group.

Palmer is an active contributor to SMPTE standards and is also spokesperson emeritus of the MOS Protocol Group, an organization which he led for nearly 15 years and which was awarded a 2017 Technology and Engineering Emmy. Palmer is also a recipient of Broadcasting and Cable’s Technology Leadership Award. Both awards recognize the impact of technical standards and highly integrated systems on the work done every day by thousands of journalists around the world.

Palmer joined Masstech from the Associated Press, where he was director of ENPS design and integration strategy. Earlier, Palmer held both editorial and technical management positions at the local, group, and national levels in the U.S.

Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic, SVP, Business Development and Strategic Alliances

Hossein ZiaShakeri is Spectra Logic’s senior vice president of business development and strategic alliances. ZiaShakeri is an executive on the company’s technology team tasked with maintaining the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success. He has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering, and management of storage subsystems, with a special focus on the M&E industry.