Tech Mahindra’s In The Future Summit has concluded. See highlights from the event below!
In The Future- Tech Mahindra Annual CME Summit 2017 is a unique experience for our ecosystem of customers, partners and industry thought leaders. We at Tech Mahindra are bringing together business leaders, innovators, thought leaders together on a platform that highlights the future of the Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment industries. An initiative that highlights disruption and transformation that these industries are undergoing and insights on how to transform businesses in a connected world, to better prepare for what is coming in the future.
The event will also showcase the most innovative solutions from Tech Mahindra and our partners. Solutions that are not just restricted to laboratories, but those that will help the industry digitally transform.
Who Is Speaking?
- Jeff HughesFOX Networks Group
President of Technology and Innovation
Fox Networks Digital Consumer Group
Fox Networks Group
Jeff Hughes is an experienced media executive who has focused his career on technology and its impact on consumer consumption of all digital products. He is currently President of Technology and Innovation for Fox Networks Digital Consumer Group. In this role, Hughes is responsible for developing and running the consumer-facing digital platform technology and operations for Fox Networks Group, which includes Fox Broadcasting Company, FX Networks, FOX Sports and National Geographic. Hughes and his team developed the new streaming platform and user interface that underpin Fox Networks Group’s TV Everywhere apps, including FOX NOW, FX NOW, NatGeo TV, FOXSports.com and FOXSportsGo.
Before joining Fox, Hughes served for five years as CEO and then Chairman of the Board for Omnifone, a UK-based digital music streaming company that provided technology, operations, and licensing services for some of the world’s largest companies. Prior to that, he was the Director of IT and Strategy (CIO) for BSkyB, where he oversaw a team of 1500 people charged with building and operating all of the company’s technology systems, including broadcast, commerce, CRM, back office and playout. Hughes began his career in consulting rising to senior positions in PwC and IBM.
Hughes is a graduate of TCU and received an MBA from Clemson University.
- Angie BarrickGoogle
Angie Barrick oversees global entertainment partnerships for Google and YouTube. Prior to working in digital, she spent ten years in affiliate distribution at Bravo, where she managed a team of sales, marketing & advertising professionals as Regional Vice President, Western Region.
How did she go from television affiliate sales to digital marketing for entertainment firms? By way of taking a five year break to live on a farm with her family in the San Juan Islands.
Angie is an alumna of the graduate program at USC Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism and the Honors College at Arizona State University with degrees in Broadcast Management & German.
- Thomas HughesLionsgate
Thomas Hughes oversees sales and distribution for all of Lionsgate’s businesses in the on–demand, digital and non-theatrical arenas, including multi-channel video providers and digital retailers. He also manages business development opportunities surrounding the rapid emergence of digital platforms worldwide, including mobile, as well as other new and emerging technologies.
He has played an instrumental role in Lionsgate’s launch on several new platforms. He also led the negotiation and subsequent launch with Valve’s STEAM platform entry into global VOD and EST. Mr. Hughes has negotiated expanded global content licensing deals with digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon and Xbox as they enter new territories around the world.
Additionally, Mr. Hughes shepherded the Company’s exploration of new windowing strategies, including the day-and-date theatrical/VOD releases. He is a key member of the executive team which has guided Lionsgate to industry leadership in VOD-to-box office and digital-to-box office conversion rates. In addition to his distribution and sales responsibilities, Mr. Hughes leads business development efforts for the television and digital division globally.
Mr. Hughes joined Lionsgate in March 2011 after serving as Vice President of Worldwide Digital at MGM for three years and prior to that he was at Scripps leading a digital sales team. Mr. Hughes has years of diversified media experience including distribution, sales, marketing, production and operations, with a major focus on innovating new business models for content creation and distribution in the digital marketplace.
Early in his career, Mr. Hughes served as personal and production assistant for Emmy award-winning producer, director, and choreographer Kenny Ortega on projects like Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour and Dirty Dancing (TV). He began his media career in local broadcast TV news at WIS TV (NBC) while studying Media Arts the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
- Ira RubensteinPBS
As Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Ira Rubenstein leads digital consumer experiences and marketing for PBS. In this role, Mr. Rubenstein focuses on continuing PBS’ digital evolution through the development, implementation and scaling of world-class digital services and marketing content strategies. He also oversees the business intelligence group and leads comprehensive marketing programs to acquire, retain and engage audiences across platforms for the benefit of member stations.
Mr. Rubenstein joined PBS in 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital, and led the expansion of PBS’ general audience and children’s content to mobile devices, over-the-top (OTT) services and other digital platforms. His accomplishments include an updated PBS.org, which yielded dramatic growth in traffic to station websites and online station donations. He spearheaded the development of Passport, a video offering available through member stations that provides donors on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. He also led the expansion of PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ network of online-original content.
Mr. Rubenstein has more than 20 years of experience leading digital entertainment businesses. Prior to PBS, he was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for mobile media company MeeMee Media. Mr. Rubenstein also served as Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox where he established the Digital Marketing organization and led the team behind ground breaking social and mobile campaigns for Prometheus, Chronicle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, and other major motion pictures.
Before joining Fox in 2011, Mr. Rubenstein was Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment’s Global Digital Media Group. During his tenure, he led strategic global digital initiatives related to websites, digital comics, games, digital video distribution, and launched the award-winning Marvel Digital Comics iPad app.
Mr. Rubenstein joined Marvel after more than 12 years at Sony, most recently as Executive Vice President, Content Strategy and Acquisitions. In that position, Mr. Rubenstein led the organization’s acquisition of content for all Sony devices and negotiated global content deals with major networks, movie studios, game companies and music labels. While at Sony, he also developed worldwide digital marketing, product and distribution strategy for Sony Pictures, and oversaw the rapid growth of sonypictures.com, which ultimately became a top 10 entertainment site. In addition, he led the establishment of Movielink, a first-of-its-kind online, video on-demand service, and managed the digital growth of the studio’s most important brands, including Wheel of Fortune, JEOPARDY! and Seinfeld.
Mr. Rubenstein holds a B.A. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and has an M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. In addition to awards for his work from Clio, Promax, Key Art, the Webby Awards, and others, Mr. Rubenstein has twice appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” list and has also been featured on the PGA’s “Digital 50” list, which recognizes new media innovators.
- Andrew WallensteinVariety
Andrew Wallenstein is Co-Editor-in-Chief, of Variety.com and Variety magazine. He has been with Variety since 2011, where he oversees daily and weekly coverage of the entertainment industry, with a focus on technology. He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” and TV Guide Channel’s “Square Off,” a weekly primetime series about the TV industry. Wallenstein has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Business Week. He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.
- Janko RoettgersVariety
Janko Roettgers has been covering tech and the Silicon Valley for Variety for over 2 years. His beat includes the big tech companies in the Valley as well as emerging media consumption trends, including music streaming, connected entertainment devices and virtual reality. Before joining Variety in 2015, Roettgers worked for 7 years for the influential tech blog Gigaom. He has been covering tech for over 20 years, and produced stories for radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and online. He also wrote three books on subjects like cord cutting, the music industry and internet subcultures. Roettgers lives with wife and two kids in the San Francisco Bay Area.