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The 2011 Streaming Media All-Stars

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Kristen LambrosKRISTEN LAMBROS

Senior Multimedia Engineer
Lockheed Martin 
www.lockheedmartin.com

PREVIOUS JOB TITLES

  • My multimedia career actually began with the position I currently have.

PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS

I recently led the first international streaming event within my organization. While Lockheed Martin is a global corporation, the IT infrastructure is highly centralized in the continental U.S. and firewalls become a much larger issue when security takes such a high precedence. Successfully streaming from our international network to our domestic locations was a huge accomplishment for our team and has opened many doors for future communications.

NEXT BIG THING

Completing the development of the high-availability webcasting infrastructure that could reach the 125,000-plus employees within Lockheed Martin.

BIGGEST TREND

Video conferencing, whether that be in the corporate world or for personal use—smartphones, webcams, etc. People are going to have to get used to being on video as this trend continues.

GREATEST CHALLENGE

Securing the content we deliver via video. Lockheed Martin is the largest system integrator in the world, and the topics discussed on some of our webcasts are extremely sensitive in nature. Adding a level of security to that video stream is something that’s on the forefront of my mind at all times.

Randy LevineRANDY LEVINE 

SVP, Digital Partnerships
iStreamPlanet 
www.istreamplanet.com

PREVIOUS JOB TITLES

  • Sr. Director, Strategic Partnerships, Webcast Solutions and StarMedia Broadband
  • EVP, ClickHear Productions 
  • Sr. Director, Business Development, NaviSite Streaming Media Group 
  • COO, Nine Systems

PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Working with my business partners to bring the CDN Industry pricing and usage formats in-line with customer needs at a time when it was essentially the Wild West and no one had any idea what they were paying for or how their content was being consumed.
  • I am proud to have been a part of the team that created and marketed streamOS.
  • Working with my partners to create Nine Systems, at a time when the economy and industry were both faltering.

NEXT BIG THING

Creating the next generation of video workflow capable of creating, managing, protecting, and monetizing live and on-demand content seamlessly over various IP connected devices.

BIGGEST TREND

The cloud is the most hyped and will continue to be the most widely marketed and publicized, because it has the promise to solve for scalability.

GREATEST CHALLENGE

We are going to see a lot more fragmentation before we see a unified and cohesive industrywide effort to establish standards. Additionally there is growing pressure to introduce regulation about how content is distributed, which could cause further delays and keep our industry from maturing fully.

Jeff MalkinJEFF MALKIN 

President
Encoding.com 
www.encoding.com

PREVIOUS JOB TITLES

  • CEO/Chairman, Razz (formerly Phonebites) 
  • 2nd Assistant Cameraman, many commercial and music video shoots

PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Encoding.com is my third tech startup. And for this one, it was my business partner, Gregg Heil, who initially dreamed and brought Encoding.com to life. We formed a perfect partnership where I could help realize his vision while he could continue building our market- disrupting services. Today, I’m proud that thousands of customers rely on our services to help resolve the biggest challenges facing our industry, video everywhere, and that Encoding.com has become an integral player in the online video ecosystem.

BIGGEST TREND

We are going to experience an explosion of mobile video applications (UGC, QR codes, lifestyle brands, music videos, etc.). And, with the availability of video capture in phones, video as communication will become ubiquitous.

GREATEST CHALLENGES

  • An obvious lack of standardization across video formats, devices, and DRM solutions.
  • Consumer confusion on how best to experience programming. Unless resolved, consumers will stay with the status quo.

Philip NelsonPHILIP NELSON 

SVP of Strategic Development
NewTek 
www.newtek.com

PREVIOUS JOB TITLES

Initially, I ventured into the tech-based business as a video production entrepreneur. I went on to start a couple of internet- based companies in the days of “dial up.” These companies were based in north Los Angeles. Both companies were eventually sold. In 1998, I joined NewTek.

PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Orchestrating the launch of TriCaster, which changed the landscape of broadcast quality live content creation.
  • TriCaster being nominated for a technical Emmy.

NEXT BIG THING

In the pipeline are MTV Video Music Awards, Miss Universe, and the ESPN X Games, all to be powered by NewTek TriCaster.

BIGGEST TREND

I foresee the blurring of lines between broadcast and online content as being more of a future standard than a trend.

GREATEST CHALLENGE

I think that many broadcast producers and directors may get caught up in the world of bit rates, encoders, and streaming technology that’s becoming more accessible every day, and they may begin to lose focus on delivering content where their viewers want to see it.

Chris OttenCHRIS OTTEN 

Strategic Account Manager, Video Content Management & Delivery
Polycom 
www.polycom.com

OTHER CURRENT TITLE

  • Founder, Manager and Moderator, LinkedIn Streaming Media Professionals Group & Videoconferencing Professionals Group

PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Besides my three kids and 25 years with the same wife, I’d have to say having the vision 3 years ago to start two of the largest LinkedIn groups in their respective industries (Streaming and Videoconferencing) and seeing those groups grow to thousands of members and be leveraged by hundreds of professionals to find jobs or new careers in the midst of these very trying times.

NEXT BIG THING

Helping Polycom capitalize on what the analysts say is a $500 million market (video content management).

BIGGEST TREND

Since my view is inside the corporate or institutional firewall, I’d have to say that there is a significant movement by my clients to understand and prepare for a flood of video content that will be coming across their networks one way or another.

GREATEST CHALLENGE

Mobility and interoperability.

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