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DECE UltraViolet: Digital Content Game Changer for 2012

April 3, 2012

The Digital Media SIG Presents…

DECE UltraViolet: Digital Content Game Changer for 2012 from CommNexus on Vimeo.
CommNexus has invited key members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) open consortium to talk about their role for the launch of a new consumer media service.  Each panel member will review their role in the initiative and discuss the benefits to consumers and insight into the long term opportunities.  DECE is an open consortium including Most Major Movie Studio’s, Consumer Electronics Manufacturers, Retailers, and Streaming Media companies.  The initiative, dubbed “UltraViolet” allows consumers to purchase a movie, store it in a digital ”cloud” and retrieve it in a variety of options to various devices without purchasing a DVD/BluRay disc.  The excitement is mounting as members of the consortium prepare for the launch in 2012.Among DECE’s more than 80 members are such cable-industry players as Comcast, Cox Communications and CableLabs, as well as five of the six major Hollywood studios — Fox Entertainment Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Others DECE members include,  Motorola, Cisco Systems, SeaChange, Blockbuster (now owned by Dish Network), Best Buy, IBM, Microsoft, Panasonic, Toshiba and Wal-Mart’s Vudu.PANELISTS:

Mitch Singer
Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Mitch Singer is Chief Digital Strategy Officer at Sony Pictures Technologies. In this capacity, Singer collaborates with Sony Pictures’ various business units on studio-wide strategies to address the ongoing digital transformation of the entertainment industry – helping to identify digital business opportunities, exploring new products, formats, and services, representing SPE in industry forums, and working to mitigate digital theft.  Singer joined SPE in 1990 and has served as a staff attorney handling litigation and intellectual property. He most recently held the role of Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President of New Media. In addition to his duties at Sony Pictures, Singer is President of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, the 75-company consortium that developed standards for the cloud-based UltraViolet format. He received both his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego.Steve Christian
Vice President Marketing, Verimatrix

Steve has a wealth of experience in the digital media and Internet technology space and is a speaker on media technology and business trends at industry events around the globe. At Verimatrix he is responsible for product strategy, marketing programs and management of brand equity. Prior to joining Verimatrix Mr. Christian was VP Marketing at streaming media specialist Nine Systems and has also run his own “virtual VP” technology marketing consultancy, helping the growth of a variety of software, wireless and Internet security ventures. His background includes product and services management at Wind River, ST Microelectronics and Raytheon. Mr. Christian has a 1st class degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.Albert Koval
Director, Ultraviolet Services, Solekai Systems

Albert Koval, Director of UltraViolet Services Solekai Systems: With over 20 years experience in  the technology, project management and product development, Albert Koval joined Solekai Systems at the start of 2010 where he now heads the UltraViolet division as Director of UltraViolet Services. As Solekai’s primary liaison to DECE, Albert manages all UltraViolet-related business, including Project Management and Business Development. Prior to joining Solekai, Albert was Director of Engineering then Advanced Tech Ops at Verari Systems, where he took a “Voice of the Customer” approach and oversaw all products before reaching the end customer, and Director of Worldwide Education at Legato Systems, responsible for worldwide training and professional certification for information protection, availability and content management products. A consummate technologist for over two decades, Albert has explored a broad range in fields in the technology realm, such as software development, marketing, corporate training and human resources. He has a B.U.S. in Computer Science and Music Education from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Carlsbad, CA.MODERATOR:
Vinay Sathe
Patent Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP
Vinay Sathe is a fourth year patent attorney specializing in patent prosecution and litigation in the areas of wireless communications, digital video, software products and biomedical instruments. Prior to his legal career, Vinay was a system architect, designing products that incorporated technologies such as MPEG/DVB, OpenCable, MoCA home networking, and numerous wireless standards. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and Ph.D. (EE) from the California Institute of Technology.  Vinay is a co-chair of the CommNexus Digital Media SIG.

Vinay Sathe, Patent Attorney, Perkins Coie, LLP
Marc Tayer, President, Media Tech Insights
Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Naresh Soni, CTO, InterDigital Communications, LLC

April 3, 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

Solekai Systems
3398 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 4/2/12)
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At the Door:
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$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
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Students, Military & Press: FREE

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