Chief Operating Officer, Zazoom
Steve Bradbury is the Chief Operating Officer for Zazoom, responsible for all facets of business development, strategy, content development, partner relations, marketing and social media. Zazoom produces and distributes daily, viral, demand-informed, short-form video content for the Internet, mobile and connected TV platforms under its flagship brand Buzz60 as well as the recently launched Parenticity. The co-founder’s extensive broadcast journalism experience has resulted in a combined 32 Emmys, among many other industry honors.
Prior to Zazoom, Steve ran the boutique consultancy Vlocity Digital, which provided multi-platform digital strategy & advisory services to revenue-driven, high-growth entrepreneurial companies in media, entertainment and consumer products. Earlier, he was the VP, Content Strategy & Business Affairs for GoTV Networks, at the time the premiere U.S. mobile media network. Steve has also developed business strategies and monetized assets for companies such as Sony Interactive, The Improvisation and Engage Games Online. His corporate experience includes tenures at MGM Worldwide Television and Universal TV.
Steve moderates panels at many major conferences, is a board member of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University and led the Hollywood & Digital program at UCLA Extension for seven years.
GM, AOL On Original Video
Karen Cahn is responsible for the business strategy of AOL Original Video which includes strategic partnerships, product strategy, marketing, and partner/talent management.
Previously, Karen spent ten years at Google, where she held various leadership roles in video, search, and display advertising. Most recently, she ran Branded Entertainment for YouTube. Karen bridged the gap between brands and original content creators by developing and selling integrated marketing programs with the Google display sales team. Prior to joining Google, Karen was a regional sales manager at Salon.com, where she developed strategic client and agency relationships in the New York and Boston markets. Previous to this, Karen was Northeast account executive for EPI Merchant Services, a division of Cendant.
Karen holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin. When she’s not working, she can be found in the kitchen with her kids covered in cookie batter or doing something sporty like playing golf, yoga, tennis, or really any sport involving a ball and sometimes a bat.
VP, Music and Media Partnerships, Shazam
David Cohn is a creative media executive with over 25 years of experience. As Shazam’s VP, Media Partnerships, he has developed relationships with major TV and Music events, including the 2012 London Olympics, Major League Baseball post season, 2012 Super Bowl, Grammy Awards, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards, and many others.
Previously, David was General Manager of Current TV’s Creation Studios, a multiplatform initiative that produced the world’s first community-developed television series Bar Karma, in collaboration with Will Wright (creator of the Sims video game franchise). He was responsible for all creative and business aspects for the weekly show, its website, mobile applications, and social media extensions. Bar Karma was honored with a prestigious Leadership in Interactive & Multiplatform Television award.
David also served as Vice-President of Operations at Vice Media, managing day-to-day operations for the emerging media company. His primary responsibilities included coordination of programming, marketing & sponsorship for VBS.tv, the online video network, and global syndication of video content to television and other media platforms. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at ConcertTV, the first on-demand and broadband network dedicated to live music.
David played a key role at MTV for over two decades, including Executive Vice-President/General Manager, MTV2, MTV Hits & MTV Jams. Appointed to this position in 2000, David was in charge of all aspects of the 24-hour networks, setting the course for revenue growth, distribution, development of enhanced programming and marketing. MTV2 grew to more than 70 million homes during his tenure, and featured an adventurous mix of music programming with an emphasis on showcasing new artists, and unique, groundbreaking lifestyle shows, establishing itself as a leader in music television. Prior to MTV2, David was Senior Vice President, Marketing, MTV, where he was named “Cable Marketer of the Year” by Ad Age in 1999. He was responsible for all consumer marketing, including creating, implementing and overseeing strategies for advertising, promotion, and radio syndication.
David received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and is based in New York.
Vice President of Entertainment and Women’s Lifestyles, Yahoo!
Richard Cusick is the Vice President of Entertainment and Women’s Lifestyles. Cusick will drive the vision and lead execution globally for Yahoo! Shine, Health, and Entertainment properties (omg!, Movies, TV and Music).
Leading Yahoo!’s Entertainment and Lifestyle verticals, he conceived and launched OMGinsider – a web / TV collaboration between CBS and Yahoo! – resulting in ratings and video view increases of 20+% and 100% respectively.
With more than 20 years of digital media experience, Rich most recently served as Interim GM of Chemistry.com (a division of Match.com), GM of Swirl by Daily Candy, and SVP of Digital Media at Gemstar TV Guide. Rich founded and grew Swirl into a multi-million dollar business in its first year of operation. At Gemstar, Rich transformed TV Guide.com into a leading entertainment destination and created TV Guide’s mobile division. Richard started his career in investment banking in the media practices of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns.
Kelly Day joined Blip as CEO in April 2012 to lead the digital television network as it builds and expands its deep library of original content, multiple distribution platforms and creative
advertising solutions to position Blip as an online video destination and a collaborative partner for producers, advertisers and content partners.
For the past twenty years, Day has worked at the intersection of content and commerce, building numerous multi-platform franchises. With the rapidly changing digital media landscape
and the explosion of online video, Day is uniquely positioned to leverage Blip’s original content, brand and technology to take the company to the next level.
Day’s expertise in the digital world makes her a sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of television and digital distribution platforms, multi-platform viewing and video
monetization. She has spoken at numerous industry events, including CES and Digital Hollywood, and been quoted in a variety of media articles such as the Wall Street Journal,
Advertising Age and Variety. Day serves on the Blip board of directors of Blip and is a member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Board.
Prior to joining Blip, Day oversaw the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, which included the company’s U.S. websites, E-Commerce operations, Licensing, and Home Entertainment. Day was responsible for the development and execution of long-term strategies to drive the growth of these businesses through innovative offerings that leveraged the company’s television and digital assets to grow digital traffic and user engagement, and increase product sales. While running this business, Day was credited with
achieving record-breaking growth and bottom-line value for the division.
Prior to joining Discovery, Day served as vice president of E-Commerce at The Knot, the leading wedding media company, where she ran their e-commerce business and developed
partnerships with major retailers, such as Target and Macy’s. Prior to that, she held a variety of E-Commerce positions at AOL, the most recent as executive director of AOL Shopping, with responsibility for developing new products for AOL’s Shopping portal site at a time when online shopping was gaining major marketplace traction.
Day’s home base is in the Washington, DC area where she lives with her husband and two daughters, when she is not traveling like a mad woman between New York and Los Angeles. To maintain her sanity, she is an avid fan of spinning (especially at Soul Cycle) and Ashtanga Yoga….and any web series she can find about cycling and yoga!
VP, Marketing and Publisher Relations, CiiNOW
Chris has nearly 25 years of experience in the video game, hardware and software, Internet, and Cloud Gaming industries, and is a seasoned veteran in leading start-‐ups, growing small to mid-‐size technology firms, as well as managing successful programs at Fortune 500 companies.
As Vice President of Marketing and Publisher Relations at CiiNOW, Chris is responsible for designing and driving all consumer marketing and strategic content acquisition initiatives.
Prior to joining the CiiNOW team, Chris was Director of Games and Media at OnLive, Inc. where he secured and managed game publisher and game developer relationships. Previous to OnLive, Chris was President of the SparkWorkz online division at inXile Entertainment, and prior to that, was SVP of Marketing and Business Development at Live Gamer, Inc. Chris held the position of Director and Group Manager of Games and Graphics for Windows at Microsoft Corporation, where he played the primary role in defining and developing the Windows game platform strategy and program. Chris has also held leadership roles in Developer Relations at NVIDIA Corporation and ATI Research, Inc., and was Executive Producer at The ImagiNation Network and Sierra On–Line.
Chris holds a BA in Business Management from Western Illinois University. He is a member of the DMW Games Advisory Board, and a regular speaker at industry conferences such as, E3, the Game Developers Conference, Global Gaming Expo, CES, and Asian Computer Animation Festival.
Vice President Television and Cross-Media Solutions, comScore, Inc.
Joan FitzGerald is Vice President of Television and Cross-Media Solutions at comScore where she is responsible for television and digital client and data provider relationships. Joan oversees expansion of comScore’s cross-media initiatives, which now includes television measurement in the comScore suite of digital measurement products. With more than two decades of industry experience, Ms. FitzGerald fosters strong relationships with major media companies and data providers to ensure comScore meets their needs for “multi-screen” television, Internet and mobile measurement solutions.
EVP & GM, zeebox
Media veteran with an obsession for all things cross platform, Jason led the strategy, new products and marketing teams at Time Warner Cable Media and before then headed the US Media consulting practice at Capgemini in engagements across the US and Europe.
Director of Marketing & Sales Strategy, PayPal Media Network
In addition to overseeing all marketing programs for the PayPal Media Network, Sarah plays a key role in developing the go-to-market strategy and evangelizing multi-channel media solutions across the broader PayPal organization. Prior to the acquisition of WHERE by PayPal, Sarah managed strategic partnerships, working with Constant Contact, AT&T and RIM. Sarah has over 15 years of senior marketing and sales management experience, primarily within the media industry. Prior to relocating to the US in 2002, Sarah held positions in London, England at United Business Media and IPC Media. She graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Honors in 1996, and later that year, qualified for MENSA membership. Sarah serves as a committee member for both the Boston chapter of WNet (Women Networking in Electronic Transactions) and the Boston chapter of StartOut (for LGBT entrepreneurs), is a mentor in the eBay Women in Technology program and sponsor of the start-up, The Welcoming Committee, currently incubated at the PayPal Boston office. In her spare time she enjoys travel, chess and swimming. Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahjhodkinson
Founder and CEO, GetGlue
Alex Iskold is the founder and CEO of GetGlue, a social TV leader that offers a personalized guide for TV, movies and sports, to help users discover what to watch. GetGlue users check-in and share what they are watching with friends, discover content around their favorite shows and unlock rewards from partners. Iskold has established GetGlue as the fast-growing leader in the space through partnerships with top networks, movie studios and other entertainment brands. He is an expert in social entertainment, social networking, semantic web and cloud computing and has contributed hundreds of influential technology articles to ReadWriteWeb. Previously he worked as Chief Architect for Data Synapse and for IBM, which acquired his first start-up, Information Laboratory, in 2003. Iskold holds an M.S. from New York University
Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Digital, The Weather Channel
Neil Katz serves as vice president/editor-in-chief of The Weather Channel digital properties, which include weather.com and its category leading lineup of smartphone and tablet applications. Neil owns editorial direction of the properties overseeing digital video content, news, lifestyle and sponsored advertising content, supervising all content staff as well as content acquisition and analytics. Neil is based in New York and reports to Cameron Clayton, president of The Weather Company’s Digital division.
Neil joined TWC in November 2012 from The Huffington Post, where as executive news editor he was a part of the senior team that oversees editorial for The Huffington Post. He led the AOL.com editorial team and oversaw The Huffington Post business, tech and crime verticals and the production of several new video series. Previously, Neil spent several years at CBSnews.com as an executive editor and was the founding editor of the CBS News Crimesider site. In addition, he was a field producer for “48 Hours” and a freelance video journalist for The New York Times, PBS, and others.
Prior to his journalism career, Neil was an interactive media art director, producer and entrepreneur. He has art directed online campaigns for clients including Intel, Cuervo, Johnson & Johnson and the American Lung Association. In addition, he founded Merging Media, a digital design firm that produced sites for Nickelodeon, Hasbro, NYU, and others.
A native of New Jersey, Neil has a bachelor’s degree in interactive media from New York University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Senior Vice President, Digital Media, Hearst Television
Roger Keating runs the digital media effort for Hearst Television. His scope includes Hearst Television’s station web sites and mobile apps, mobile television and interactive TV. He is on the boards of: Pearl, a venture formed by 9 of the largest local TV groups in the country to pursue new digital businesses together; of ConnecTV, a companion app with social interactions and content synchronized with live TV; of Internet Broadcasting, the leading digital publishing platform serving the media sector; and of Mobile Content Ventures, a partnership between Pearl, NBCU, Fox and Ion that has launched the “Dyle” mobile television service, with broadcasters using a portion of the spectrum they currently use to transmit their TV signal over the air directly to tablets and smartphones outfitted with a receiver chip.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Keating ran large cable TV operations, first at Comcast and then at Time Warner where he presided over the integration of the Adelphia acquisition in the Los Angeles Region. He previously ran the voice services business at AOL, as well as the AOL Health and AOL Travel verticals. He led the formation of Comcast’s Internet division in the mid 90′s and oversaw the development of their high speed data business. And he was founder/CEO of a dot com in 1998 named “Zatso” that worked with local TV broadcasters to offer streaming video-based “personalized newscasts.”
Co-Founder & CEO, Flingo
Ashwin Navin is the chairman, co-founder and CEO of Flingo. He is also the co-founder of I/O Ventures, an investor and accelerator for early-stage technology companies. Ashwin was previously the Co-Founder and President of BitTorrent, the largest file-sharing network in the world. By the end of his time with the company, Ashwin’s BitTorrent software was being used to deliver one million movies to viewers per day between over 110 million people world-wide, every month.
Before BitTorrent, Ashwin worked at Yahoo! in its Corporate Development group which handled corporate strategy and acquisitions. Before Yahoo!, Ashwin worked on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch both as an investment banker and equity research analyst. In 2000, he helped start a technology-based financial services company called Epoch Partners. Epoch was essentially the investment banking arm of several online stock brokerages including Charles Schwab, Ameritrade, and TD Waterhouse. Epoch Partners was eventually acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2001.
SVP & Director of Social Media, Hill Holliday and Co-Author, Social TV
Mike Proulx has spent the last 17 years working at various digital media and high-tech companies on the agency-side, client-side, and as an entrepreneur.
At Hill Holliday, a renowned advertising agency based in Boston, Mike is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Digital Strategy where he leads a team with a focus on media integration leveraging emerging and social media for the agency’s roster of clients.
Mike’s client experience spans an extremely diverse set of vertical industries, including brands such as VH1, Warner Brothers, Columbia Tri-Star, AMC, IBM, Chili’s, CVS/pharmacy, Novartis, Cigna, Dunkin’ Donuts, Major League Baseball, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.
Mike’s passion for Web + TV convergence led him to conceive, produce, direct, and co-host the TVnext Summit which took place in early 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is the co-author of the book Social TV, published by Wiley in February of 2012 and hosted the social TV web series, The Pulse on Lost Remote.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 1995 and his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College in 2002. In 2012, Mike was named the AdClub’s Media All Star.
Senior Director, Xbox Advertising Sales, Microsoft
Greg Rivera is a Director in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Advertising Business Group. His team brings to market the various advertising offerings available across Xbox LIVE, Zune, and Microsoft Studios. Greg works with large Fortune 500 brands and their agencies to execute innovative marketing strategies that leverage the unique aspects of these platforms from an advertising perspective. Prior to this role, Greg was a Business Strategy Consultant for Microsoft helping Fortune 100 firms realize more value out of their Microsoft technology investments. Greg has held several strategic consulting and sales positions within the interactive advertising, direct marketing, and e-commerce industries for over 15 years.
EVP, Enterprises, A+E Networks
Steve Ronson is Executive Vice President, Enterprises for A+E Networks, overseeing the International, Consumer Products, and Home Entertainment teams. He drives the company’s business development, focused on distribution in the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Ronson leads A+E Networks’ emerging business units, as well as the distribution of content through download-to-own, DVD, short form syndication, e-commerce and mobile devices. He also drives A+E Networks’ multimedia education distribution efforts. Mr. Ronson reports to Nancy Dubuc, President, Entertainment and Media of A+E Networks.
In 2005, Mr. Ronson led the team that launched Crime & Investigation Network™ which debuted in Australia on the FOXTEL platform. He also oversaw the launch of the company’s first international HD service, HISTORY HD in the UK in October 2006. In June 2007, A+E Networks entered into a landmark joint venture in South East Asia with Astro All Asia Network, launching both HISTORY and Crime & Investigation Network in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand. In August 2010, the company created a joint venture with Network-18 in India, AETN-18 India, for the distribution of channels in that country.
In the US, Mr. Ronson led A+E Networks’ efforts in the formation of a long-term partnership with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) to revolutionize the way students learn and educators present social studies and history subjects. Using content from HISTORY™, HMH and A+E Networks will deliver both traditional and digital education materials and tools to create dynamic learning environments for students that weave compelling historical stories with innovative, experience-based assets and content.
Under Mr. Ronson, A+E Networks Home Entertainment continues to expand its portfolio of DVD and Blu-Ray disc releases, including notable A&E Network products featuring the hit series, Storage Wars and Duck Dynasty, and HISTORY releases, Pawn Stars and Swamp People. Off network products include releases from such acclaimed franchises as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Mr. Bean (Tiger Aspect), the Thames Library, which comprises 1,000 hours of programming including The Benny Hill Show (FremantleMedia), Kids in the Hall (Broadway Video), and many others. A+E Networks Home Entertainment expanded into sports and music which has led to partnerships with leading content suppliers including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and Paul McCartney.
Mr. Ronson joined A+E Networks in July 2000 as Vice President & General Manager of Consumer Products, and was appointed Senior Vice President of A+E Networks Enterprises in December 2003, and Executive Vice President, Enterprises in September 2006.
Previously, Mr. Ronson was the Senior Vice President, GM at Things Remembered (a division of Cole National Corp.), an 800 store national mall-based retailer. Prior to that, Mr. Ronson was C.O.O. of a children’s sports & lifestyle retailer 3 Sixty, Inc. He spent six years as Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, and five years at Calvin Klein Inc. He earned a B.S. in Management & Finance from Cornell University and an MBA in Marketing & Strategic Planning from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mr. Ronson resides in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife and two children.
SVP & Chief Digital Officer, NBC News
As Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at NBC News, Vivian Schiller leads NBC News Digital, the digital division of NBC News. Her responsibilities include strategic oversight of the network’s presence on the web, in mobile and devices, and on social media, including NBCNews.com, TODAY.com, theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com, iVillage.com, NBCPolitics.com, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Rock Center, Dateline, Newsvine, BreakingNews, and the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. She joined NBC in July of 2011.
She also represents NBC News on the board of The Weather Company.
Schiller was most recently President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR’s worldwide media operations, including the organization’s partnerships with a network of more than 900 public radio stations. During her tenure, NPR received the highest honors in excellence in journalism, grew its audience and revenue by double digits, and earned highest honors in the mobile and digital space.
Prior to joining NPR, Schiller served at The New York Times Company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com. Schiller led the day-to-day operations of NYTimes.com, the largest newspaper website on the Internet, overseeing product, technology, marketing, classifieds, strategic planning, and business development.
Previously, Schiller spent four years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Schiller launched the network, and under her leadership, Discovery Times Channel tripled its distribution while achieving critical acclaim for its award winning journalistic programming.
Schiller also served as the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN’s long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.
Schiller resides in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and two children.
CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
As CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor of Digital Media Wire, Inc., Ned Sherman works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry, where he brokers relationships and keeps a tab on the most important developments shaping the industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Publisher Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening.”
Ned has established Digital Media Wire as a leading digital age media company that owns and produces nine annual conferences and provides daily news, information and community to tens of thousands of executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world. The advertising, sponsorship, client, partner and subscriber relationships that Ned has brokered make Digital Media Wire one of the best known media and entertainment industry brands to emerge in the digital age.
Ned is responsible for establishing DMW’s partnerships with NYU’s Stern School of Business, the Consumer Electronics Association and numerous other industry publishers, associations and businesses. Future of Television Forum, which he co-chairs, with NYU’s Professor Al Lieberman, is widely considered to be the most prestigious event of its kind, bringing together industry leaders from around the globe twice annually in Los Angeles and New York to network, do deals and discuss the industry’s future. He also co-chairs and hosts Digital Music Forum, the industry standard among digital music industry events.
In 2004, Ned created the Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards, which was acquired from DMW by VNU (now Nielsen) in 2005. Ned continued to be active in the Awards, which he co-chaired with Billboard and Hollywood Reporter President and Publisher John Kilcullen. In 2006, Ned was instrumental in securing an investment from the Consumer Electronics Association, now a partner on two DMW events, Digital Music Forum East and Future of Television Forum. In 2007, Ned established a partnership with Canada’s leading media and entertainment event, Canadian Music Week, and chaired, produced and hosted the successful Millennials Canada Youth Marketing event in Toronto.
As Publisher and Executive Editor of DMW since 2000, Ned overseas all content for the site and newsletter, writes a weekly column Digital Media Week in Review and has published two books, Millennials & The Digital Entertainment Age: A Sourcebook for Consumer Marketers and The Digital Entertainment & Media Directory. From 2003 to 2004, he was Editor-in-Chief of Digital Media Law Report.
Before co-founding Digital Media Wire, Ned spent seven years as a corporate and entertainment attorney practicing at several of the leading law firms in the world. Ned is a graduate of Brown University (AB, with honors, 1990) and the University of Texas School of Law (JD, 1994) where he was Chief Articles & Notes Editor of the Texas International Law Journal.
Andrew brings more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial business-building, sales and marketing effectiveness, applied predictive analytics, and management consulting to SocialGuide. Prior to joining the Nielsen family in 2012, Andrew led Marketing and Business Development at Lattice Engines, a leader in Big Data software solutions for B2B sales. A founding member of the management team, Andrew helped build Lattice Engines from a start-up into one of the fastest-growing and innovative technology companies. Responsible for brand strategy, demand generation, partnerships and communication, Andrew advanced Lattice Engines’ vision for defining how customers can harness the power of data and predictive analytics to boost sales productivity.
Prior to Lattice Engines, Andrew was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, advising global clients in Media, Financial Services and Private Equity on significant strategic, transactional and operational issues. He gained a global perspective working in McKinsey’s New York, Paris, and Prague offices, where he developed a strong track record of creative problem-solving, multi-project management and people leadership. In addition to his management consulting experience, Andrew developed e-commerce and ad-driven businesses at LexisNexis.
Andrew has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Alex Terpstra led the creation of Civolution as a spin-out from Philips in 2008 and subsequently executed two acquisitions for Civolution: Teletrax in 2008 and Thomson STS in 2009.
After initially working in the television content production industry, Alex built his professional career further at Philips. From the early 1990s Alex was involved in the digitalization of television broadcasting and held various managerial positions in project and product management, sales, marketing and business development. In 2003 Alex was appointed General Manager of Philips’ conditional access business CryptoWorks. In January 2007 Alex was appointed CEO of the Philips Content Identification with the assignment to accelerate its growth, which led to the spin-out as a standalone company, Civolution, in 2008. In his role as an industry thought-leader, Alex is a frequent speaker at key global events.
President, Magid Advisors
Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors founded the Magid Internet and New Media research and consultation practice in 1995, with AOL and Excite as his first two clients. Mike’s team has completed over 2,500 engagements with over 100 Internet clients. Mike began the Magid Gaming Practice in 2001 with EA and Sony Online as his first two clients. The Magid Game Practice now works with most of the major game publishers.
Mike provides research and consulting services to a number of major traditional media companies in regard to their new media initiatives, as well as consulting a number of leading Internet and gaming companies. He has also provided advice to venture capital and private equity firms in regard to investments in the media space. Mike has been involved in strategic and tactical consulting, including the launch of new services and programming, as well as development and implementation of online and offline marketing programs. Mike has also been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a number of our companies, as well as the development of game concepts. Mike has consulted on a number of film projects such as You’ve Got Mail and The Matrix.
He holds a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University and has worked as a fundraiser and transfer of technology officer at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. Mike also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two Administrations in the White House.
Rising through the ranks at Gracenote, Stephen has played a critical role in shaping the company into a digital entertainment leader. He spearheaded the development of Gracenote technologies for top entertainment platforms and brands, including Apple, Ford and Sony. Today, he oversees all company strategy and operations, and is responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business and vision.