OTT Leadership Summit

OTT is the future of television, and this summit is a deep dive into how broadcasters, cable & satellite operators, MVPDs, vMPVDs, and content rightsholders can unlock the value of OTT and TV Everywhere. Because business and technology factors work hand-in-hand to create a successful OTT service, we’ll look at the entire OTT ecosystem to provide a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. We’ll also unveil fresh OTT research to give you actionable data and help you thrive in this increasingly competitive market. Join us for OTT Leadership Summit at Streaming Media West 2019!


OTT Leadership Summit may be registered for separately OR is included when you register for an All Access or Streaming Media West Full 2-Day Conference Pass. For more information on registration please click here.


Tuesday, Nov 19

Track OTT: OTT Leadership Summit


OTT101. Fireside Chat: Innovation in the Time of Streaming TV

10:30 AM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

With the introduction of myriad screens and technologies like time-shifting, DVR, and on-demand programming, the days of families gathering around the television to watch linear TV are gone. Consumers expect to bend “TV time” to work around their schedules, and they demand an ever-evolving set of intuitive yet cutting-edge features to constantly improve the experience. Philo CTO Ben Chambers walks us through how the team at the nation’s first entertainment-focused OTT service is approaching and exceeding consumer expectations.


, CTO, Philo

, CMO, Norsk


OTT102. Fireside Chats: Finding New Audiences

11:30 AM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Reaching Generation Z
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Consumers’ video consumption habits are changing dramatically. Generation Z watches video in a completely different way than older generations, and it’s imperative that we reach them on their terms, with the type of content they want, in the formats that speak to them, on the devices they prefer. In this fireside chat, we talk with executives from Awesomeness about what works— and what doesn’t—with the next generation of consumers.


, Co-Head, Awesomeness

, Co-Head, Awesomeness

, CMO, Norsk

Ad-Supported VOD as an Alternative to Broadcast & SVOD
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Many consumers are looking for alternatives to traditional cable and SVOD services, as well as skinny bundles that aren’t so skinny after all. Enter free, ad-supported services that offer premium content without the premium price tag. We talk about the challenges and opportunities facing AVOD services in today’s market.


, Chief Content Officer, Tubi

, CMO, Norsk


OTT103. Understanding the DRM Lifecycle

01:30 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

As DRM becomes a global standard for content creators and consumers, the DRM lifecycle becomes more and more important. Implementing DRM into a complex video workflow can be a daunting task. That combined with the mandatory use of DRM for premium content leaves an OTT Operator with a lot of questions. In this session, we explore the “DRM Lifecycle” from content creation to editing to digital dailies to post to screeners and, ultimately, to consumer distribution.


, CEO and Founder, BuyDRM


, SVP Product & Technology, Sony Pictures Entertainment

, Director Live Operations, Global Broadcast, Blizzard

, CEO, 5th Kind


OTT104. Fireside Chat: Connecting with Generation Alpha

02:45 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Born with the iPad, Generation Alpha consumes video in ways that are even more radically different than Generation Z. So how do you create content and deliver it in a way that connects with viewers 9 and younger, while being respectful of the fact that these are just kids? is the studio behind Ryan ToysReview, HobbyKidsTV, and EvanTubeHD, and this discussion with GM/SVP for Channels David B. Williams will shed light on the opportunities and challenges that come with creating content for the next generation.


, SVP/GM, Channels,

, CMO, Norsk


OTT105. Who Cares About Sports & News?

04:30 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

As video offers proliferate, many have purely on-demand content while others include live programming. Understanding the nuances of consumer interest in live video, especially sports and news, is critical to securing content rights, designing offers, and targeting subscribers. For many consumers, interest in a favorite team or athlete is the primary driver for their live video subscription, while other consumers have virtually no interest in sports or traditional news and often find little value in live TV. This session explores findings from a new consumer survey from Altman Vilandrie & Co., including a deep dive into reasons for consumer adoption of live TV offers, and a panel discussion featuring top executives from the TV industry.


, Partner, Altman Solon


, Vice President, Business Operations and Insights, Disney DTCI / ABC News

, Head, Digital Product and Business Operations, Scripps Networks

, Principal Strategist, Dillon Media Ventures


Wednesday, Nov 20

Track OTT: OTT Leadership Summit


OTT201. How Niche Video Services Can Find Success

10:30 AM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and other entertainment giants get most of the attention, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a place for niche services to not only survive, but thrive. It’s all about knowing your audience—not just creating a great video offering but building communities that deliver content of all kinds and invite user interaction and participation in curating the channels they’ve always wanted.


, Co-CEO, Best Ever Channels


, Senior Vice President, Digital Enterprises, Shout! Factory

, Founder & CEO, TV4 Entertainment, Inc.

, President, Cinedigm Networks

, SVP of Business Development & Digital, Ovation

, Head of DUST, Gunpowder & Sky


OTT202. 2019—The Year of Direct-to- Consumer Video Services?

11:30 AM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As Disney, WarnerMedia, Apple, and NBCUniversal prepare to launch direct-to-consumer (DTC) services—joining existing ventures like ESPN+, CBS All Access, and DC Universe—will existing SVOD and live-linear services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime be able to compete? Or will the DTC offerings falter against the incumbents? This session examines the pros and cons of DTC services and evaluates the likelihood of success in the crowded OTT landscape.


, Principal Strategist, Dillon Media Ventures


, Managing Director, Digital Media Strategies and USC

, CEO,

, Communications & Media Industry Leader, Zendesk

, VP Strategic Development & Alliances, Brightcove


OTT203. Harness SSAI's Superpowers

01:30 PM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Server-side ad insertion (SSIA) claims to have superpowers: the ability to replace broadcast ads with or without SCTE markers, avoidance of viewer ad blockers, more standardized integration into each platform and better targeting and personalization are the superpowers SSAI brings to the streaming environment. The evil lurking in the wings is ad server ability to dynamically scale, mistaking true scale for fraud and getting standardized measurements to your partners. We also touch on reach, frequency and wholistic ad strategy to arm you with information for talking to business colleagues.


, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media


, Former Technical Director, Warner Bros Discovery/WarnerMedia/Turner Broadcasting

, Director of Ad Technology Systems, Disney

, VP Engineering, Crunchyroll


OTT204. Addressable TV: How Close Are We to Finding the Holy Grail?

03:00 PM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

From the beginning of the online video revolution, personalized video has been one of our loftiest and hardest-to-achieve goals. This session examines the state of addressable television for both content distributors and advertisers today, as well as what we can expect in the near future and what sort of privacy and data collection issues pose challenges to truly personalized video delivery.


, Advanced TV Business Lead, Verizon Media


, Senior Vice President, Product, Inscape

, General Manager, Data & Analytics, DISH Media

, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Comscore

, Senior Vice President of Operations, Co-Founder, Wurl

, Head of Product Marketing, Synamedia

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