2020 Sports OTT Forum


Eric Bolten, Zixi, VP, Business Development

Eric Bolten is a leading expert in the digital video space, advising the world’s largest, most complex, and most demanding customers from media and sports entities to Fortune 1000 corporations. His career spans executive, sales, marketing, and business development roles in markets around the globe-including Australia, Asia, South America, Europe, and the United States. Prior to Zixi, Bolten worked for Com Tech, PictureTel, Vela Research, Venaca, and Signiant. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a dual major in finance and international management.

Scott Blomquist, Sony New Media Solutions, VP

Scott Blomquist is a vice president at Sony New Media Solutions. He leads the engineering program for Ven.ue, the end-to-end white label OTT suite that serves up content ranging from TV and movies to live sporting events to their partners’ die-hard fans. Prior to Sony, Blomquist helped build and run engineering teams at Microsoft and multiple startups.

Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital

Brandon Costa covers the sports video production industry with a focus on live streaming, over-the-top (OTT), social media, and other digital distribution technologies and platforms. He also directs SVG’s internal digital strategies launching the company’s video outfit, ‘SVG On Demand,’ designing and overseeing its mobile application, ‘SVG Mobile,’ and serving as executive producer and host of The SVG Podcast. Costa serves as program director of networking events serving the SVG College and SVG Digital communities. Prior to his time at SVG, Costa spent five years producing digital content for MLB Advanced Media.

Ethan Dreilinger, IBM Watson Media and Weather, Global Client Solutions Engineer

Ethan Dreilinger is a leader in applying AI to media workflows to enable unique customer experiences. His background was built from the ground up, as he started out in radio/television and learned the content creation side of the business. For more than 15 years, Dreilinger has worked with some of the largest media brands around the world to bring content to customers – no matter what platform they are using.

Peter Gallagher, Verizon Digital Media Services, COO

Peter Gallagher leads customer operations for the Verizon Media Platform. He is also responsible for professional services, customer service, engineering, and digital media operations in the over-the-top (OTT) and TV Everywhere space. Gallagher oversees the professional services organization that designs workflow solutions to address customers’ digital media delivery needs. His team supports the integration of the customers’ content management and storefront platforms with a media platform environment. Gallagher has more than 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry implementing operations that manage the rights and availability of content, solutions, and delivery technologies.

William Mao, Octagon, VP, Global Media Rights Consulting Division

William Mao is VP of Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting division. Leveraging IPG and Octagon proprietary data, research, and technology, Mao advises rightsholders, broadcast platforms, technology companies, and the investment community within the sports media space.

A recognized expert on the intersection of sports and digital media, Mao was named “30 Under 30” in sports by Forbes in 2015, and is a recipient of both the SportsPro Media “10 NEXT in Sport” and Cynopsis Media Rising Star awards. He has been a featured panelist at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, SXSW, and Sportel, and has guest-lectured at Columbia University and the London Business School. Mao is also a member of Sports Video Group’s Digital Advisory Committee.

Mao was previously VP of digital at MP & Silva, where he brokered foundational media distribution deals for MPS client properties, and advised on event development and brand expansion opportunities for the agency. He has also worked in Content Partnerships for YouTube, where he oversaw the college sports business. At YouTube, Mao developed high-impact digital content partnerships with major rightsholders, broadcasters, leagues, athletes, and multi-channel creator networks on the world’s largest video platform. He originally joined YouTube in Google’s London office, where he reported directly to YouTube’s head of football.

A graduate of the London Business School, where his M.B.A. studies focused on strategy, Mao was president of the London Business School Student Association and led an executive team that managed an annual operating budget in excess of £1 million. Prior to his M.B.A., Mao spent 4 years as a management consultant with Novantas, and held positions with IMG and Masterplan Group International.

Mao completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, earning a B.A. in psychology with honors. Originally from Los Angeles, he speaks both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Michelle Munson, Eluvio, Co-Founder and CEO

Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio (www.eluv.io), based in Berkeley, CA. The company recently launched the Eluvio Content Fabric, a global software overlay network enabling content owners to manage and distribute ultra-low latency, high quality video (live and on-demand) to consumers and business partners without CDNs – and reduce their reliance on transcoding services, cloud storage providers, and aggregators. Munson previously founded Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through its acquisition by IBM in 2014. She created the Aspera FASP transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used in the digital media supply chain for high-speed low-cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape-based delivery technologies.

Munson holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content networking, machine learning, block chain, and cloud infrastructure. She was recently awarded the 2019 David Sarnoff Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMTPE) for inventing FASP. Munson also received the Charles S. Swartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA); was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM); serves as an SMTPE Fellow; and is on the board of directors at Avid. She was the 2019 Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Speaker and the 2006 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Engineering.

Munson holds dual B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Kansas State University, was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in science and mathematics, and was later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate diploma in computer science.

David Shapiro, Pixellot, President, North America

David Shapiro is currently Pixellot’s president of North America. He is the former CEO of Steel Sports and brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in management, coaching, and corporate development in the youth sports arena. In addition to his time at Steel Sports, Shapiro spent 13 years helping build Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit with the mission of developing ”Better Athletes, Better People” and is currently a member of its National Board of Directors.

Chris Wagner, OTT Advisors, Managing Partner

Chris Wagner is a technology expert who partners with investors, executives, and entrepreneurs to grow their professional brands, revenues, and customers. After spending more than a decade in the video internet streaming industry, Wagner has developed an uncanny ability to start-up new technology businesses and enhance existing enterprises through digitally enabled services. He co-founded internet start-up NeuLion and helped grow the business to $100 million dollars, which sold to Endeavor for $250 million in cash.

Wagner’s ability to creatively apply technology to business opportunities has given him a front row seat with management teams, boards, and the internet industry. His passion for technology and how to apply it to enable business success, has created a network of followers interested in his views and how he might add value to their teams.