19 - 20 February 2020, Turner Studios, Atlanta

Leading the sports broadcast disruption

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Leading the sports broadcast disruption

SportsPro has expanded the OTT Summit series with the launch of the OTT Summit USA, hosted by Turner Sports.

Bringing together the brightest minds in the industry for two days of discussions and debate, unpicking the major changes the sports industry is facing from innovative tech and changing consumer behaviour, to outlining new strategies and leveraging data.

Join the conversations redefining the future sports industry at the inaugural OTT Summit USA between 19 – 20 February in Atlanta.

2019 Speakers

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Lenny Daniels

President

Lenny Daniels is President of Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Turner Sports’ day-to-day management including production, programming, scheduling, league relations, business development, ad sales, marketing, digital, talent, events and operations. Appointed to the position in 2014, Daniels also leads the development of Turner’s data infrastructure and business capabilities to grow revenue and consumer insights across all of the brands within the sports portfolio.

Additionally, Daniels leads the overall strategy for the division including acquisitions, programming and expansion of the company’s sports media rights.  Turner Sports’ expansive portfolio of premium sports content includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, ELEAGUE and professional golf; a digital portfolio including Bleacher Report and B/R Live – Turner Sports’ new premium live streaming service – along with NCAA.com and PGA.com and an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps.  Daniels also guides Turner Sports’ partnership with the NBA to jointly manage NBA Digital and its vast portfolio – NBA TV, the NBA App, NBA League Pass and NBA.com.

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Jeff Gerttula

EVP & GM

Jeffrey Gerttula is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Sports Digital. In this role, he leads the media business for CBS Interactive’s sports properties, which include CBS Sports HQ, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Fantasy, SportsLine, 247Sports, MaxPreps, and Scout Media. Gerttula oversees all aspects of these properties including editorial content, live and on-demand video programming, product, technology and design across all digital platforms.

Under Gerttula’s direction, CBS Sports Digital has grown to be the second largest sports property in the U.S., reaching more than 60 million sports fans per month. Gerttula also managed CBS Sports’ record-setting live streams of Super Bowl LIII, Super Bowl 50 and Super Bowl XLVII on CBS Sports Digital platforms. Before joining CBS Interactive, Gerttula served as Vice President and General Manager for Sporting News.

Gerttula holds a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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Hannah Brown

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer at fuboTV, Hannah oversees strategic development and execution of the sports-centric internet subscription pay-TV service.

Before joining fuboTV Hannah was SVP of corporate development at Relevent Sports, a US soccer business that brings the major European clubs to the US and Asia, where she was responsible for executing and delivering development opportunities either via mergers and acquisitions or organic development.

Prior to joining Relevent Sports she spent almost 10 years at Sky, most recently heading sports business development where she led investments and partnerships with start-ups including fuboTV. Prior to that she was head of rights acquisitions for Sky Sports. Hannah began her career at KPMG as an associate chartered accountant.

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Russell Wolff

EVP & GM

As executive vice president and general manager of ESPN+, Russell Wolff is responsible for leadership, management and oversight of all aspects of ESPN+, the industry-leading multi-sport, direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.

In the role, Wolff works with the leadership teams at DTCI and ESPN to drive the ESPN+ business and grow its subscriber base. Wolff drives the collaboration across programming, product development, technology, content, finance and marketing teams in both business segments. He also works closely with teams in both DTCI and ESPN on the overall management and commercialization of ESPN-branded digital products globally.

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Bruno Rocha

EVP, Brazil

Bruno Rocha is the Executive Vice President of DAZN in Brazil. In this leadership role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of the revolutionary sport streaming service in the market, building the brand with fans, partners and rights holders. During his career Rocha served as Chief Commercial Officer for Perform Content, based out of London, where he has led partnerships with some of the largest rights holders in global sport, including the WTA, FIBA and the NFL. He also led the company’s joint-venture with IMG to commercialize media and marketing rights to CONMEBOL’s club competitions. Prior to Perform, Rocha worked at the NBA in New York where he contributed to a number of business development initiatives across Latin American markets. Rocha holds an MBA from Yale University.
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Frank Smith

CEO

Smith first worked within Matchroom as a 14-year-old on work experience, and started full time in September 2008 after he left school.

Having worked across many of the sports that Matchroom promote, Smith joined the Boxing department full-time in 2011 and worked his way through the ranks to assume the post of CEO in April 2018.

Smith was appointed to the main board of the group’s parent company, Matchroom Sport, in December 2018.

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Arnon de Mello

SVP & MD, LATAM

As Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NBA Latin America, Arnon de Mello oversees the development and expansion of the NBA’s business and basketball initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  He directs all of the league’s efforts in the region across marketing partnerships, events, television, digital media and licensed merchandise through a dedicated Latin America team with headquarters in New York City and two local offices in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City.

Since joining the NBA in 2012 as Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Brazil, de Mello launched the NBA’s regional office in Rio de Janeiro and oversaw the continued growth of the business in Brazil.  As part of his efforts to grow the game, he directed key strategic partnerships, including with Globo, Televisa, and Liga Nacional de Basquete (LNB), grew the league’s local sponsorship business, successfully launched the NBA’s e-commerce presence in Brazil, and brought the game closer to fans through programs such as NBA Global Games, Basketball without Borders, and Jr. NBA.

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Blake Stuchin

VP, Digital Media Business Development

Blake Stuchin is Vice President of Digital Media Business Development at the National Football League, where he leads the league’s digital and social media licensing and distribution strategy.

Prior to the NFL, Blake was a member of the Media Investment Banking group at Jefferies, and an Analyst at Access Capital, a financial partner to entrepreneurially-run growing businesses. He started his career as a marketer at Digitas.

Outside of the NFL, Blake is a member of Advisory Board of NYVC Sports, a leading alliance of sports, technology, and investment professionals. He is also a partner in Pine Brook Fitness, home to The Rock Club, New York’s largest indoor rock climbing gym.

Blake holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Blake lives in New York City with his wife Stephanie and their two children.

 

Key Themes

Piracy

Beyond linear

Social disruption

Market growth

Rights holders

Latency

Esports

Trends

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Head of Security and Compliance, TV, Sports & Broadband, BT
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Director Business Development, Intel Sports
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Chief Operating Officer, Turner Sports