19 - 20 February 2020, 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.

Key Themes

Piracy

Beyond linear

Social disruption

Market growth

Rights holders

Latency

Esports

Trends

Advisory Board

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Hania Poole

SVP, Digital

Hania Poole is SVP of Digital at Turner Sports. Poole’s responsibilities also include oversight of the day-to-day relationship with league partners at the NCAA. With her diverse industry experience and digital expertise, Poole has overseen the delivery of best-in-class sports content across multiple screens, including Turner’s award-winning NCAA March Madness Live (MML).

Poole reports directly to Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Digital, Turner Sports.

As SVP of NCAA Digital, Poole and her leadership team are responsible for content, operations and product development for the business including NCAA.com, the NCAA Sports App, live digital coverage for all NCAA Championships and the management of MML. Under her leadership, MML received the 2018 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Trans-Media Coverage of the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.  MML most recently set all-time records during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament including most live streams for an individual game and the most concurrent streams for an overall game window.  The 20 million hours of live consumption across MML during the 2018 men’s basketball tournament was its second most all time.

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Joe Markowski

EVP, North America

Joseph Markowski serves as Executive Vice President at DAZN, overseeing Partnerships, Rightsholder Activation, Marketing, Communications and Strategy for the North American business.

In 2018, Markowski orchestrated the commercial and operational launch of DAZN in the United States. Under his guidance, DAZN became an immediate player in the media landscape by challenging the combat sports pay-per-view model and offering fights from Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Anthony Joshua, Bellator MMA and others at a low subscription price. In March 2018, DAZN expanded into the big four sports American leagues by launching ChangeUp, a nightly MLB whiparound show featuring live look-ins from all 30 teams.

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Eric Black

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Black was named Chief Technology Officer of NBC Sports Group Digital in 2015. Black manages all IP-delivered platforms for NBC Sports Digital, including its numerous websites, applications and connected devices. He also oversees NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, a separate business which provides end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

Under Black’s leadership, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media have streamed some of the most prestigious properties in sports, including five Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, Sunday Night Football – primetime television’s No. 1 show — the National Hockey League, Premier League, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, the Triple Crown, Notre Dame Football, and the Open Championship, among many others. The systems built by Black have focused on both high concurrent traffic and scale, and now operate on more than 20,000 events per year, resulting in billions of consumed minutes.

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Peter Hutton

Director, Global Live Sports Partnerships

Peter Hutton is director of sport partnerships at Facebook, running sports activities worldwide for the organization. Previously, he was CEO at the biggest Asian, European, and Indian sports broadcasters in ESPN/Star, Eurosport, and Ten Sports. Hutton started his career as a journalist and commentator in the UK but has worked worldwide on some of the biggest sports events.

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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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Andrew Barge

Director, Content Business Development

Andrew leads partnerships with sports broadcast networks in the United States for Twitter, including ESPN, Turner Sports, FOX, and NBC, as well as emerging digital media publishers. He’s responsible for facilitating premium content partnerships that drive reach and revenue for Twitter’s portfolio of US-based sports publishers. Before joining Twitter in 2014, Andrew spent six years in the consumer marketing group at ESPN, where he specialized in marketing ESPN Films and original entertainment (“30 for 30”; the ESPYs), mobile product launches, league programming (NFL, NASCAR), and action sports events. Follow him on Twitter at @abarge.

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Luis Goicouria

SVP, Media

Luis Goicouria is Senior Vice President, Digital Platforms and Media Strategy for the PGA TOUR. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects for PGA TOUR Digital and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies which position the TOUR to take advantage of emerging technologies, markets, and content distribution. He joined the TOUR in October of 2011 as Vice President Business Development, New Media and was instrumental in bringing all of the TOUR’s digital assets and capabilities in-house in 2013. Luis directed the launch of SkratchTV.com (a millennial focused content play), and the conception of PGA TOUR Live (a new OTT subscription service) in 2015. He also supervised the deal-making and strategic support efforts for the PGA TOUR’s new media platforms, including PGATOUR.COM and mobile applications.

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Mark Parkman

General Manager

As General Manager of the Olympic Channel, Mark Parkman is responsible for overseeing the content creation, technical delivery and digital platform development, as well as integrating partnerships with Olympic Rights Holding Broadcasters, sponsors, International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and organizing committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs).­­  In its first year of operation, the Olympic Channel was named the Best Sport Thematic Channel by the TV Sports Awards.

Following its launch in 2016, the Olympic Channel has amassed nearly nine million followers on social media and has generated more than 2.5 billion video views across its platforms from the 19,500 pieces of video that have been created.  Original productions include more than 65 series from companies representing 25 different countries, with many of the content winning awards, including the prestigious Webby and Telly Awards. Parkman also created the critically acclaimed documentary series Five Rings Filmsand selected legendary Hollywood producer Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media to co-produce the films. Agreements have been reached with 91 international sports federations, which have resulted in the Olympic Channel live streaming more than 3500 events. A traditional television version of the Olympic Channel made its debut in 35 million homes in cable systems across the USA on July 2017 in partnership with NBC and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.  In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), beIN HD 10 Olympic Channel was created in November 2017 and is distributed across 23 countries.  The Olympic Channel extended its distribution to connected TV devices in late-2018 and early-2019 with the launch on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.  Continuing in 2020, Olympic Channel will launch a television channel and a localized website and apps in China in partnership with CCTV.

Before joining the Olympic Channel, Mark served as the Operations Executive for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Vice-President of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), where he oversaw the operations of the host broadcaster for the Olympic Games. He was awarded an Emmy for his work on the host broadcaster team for the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002.Mark previously worked in marketing, public relations and international television coordination with Turner Broadcasting System and Cohn & Wolfe, where he led media efforts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCARand PGA Golf.

"Many thanks for a very good conference – very impressive, and best of all also very useful, high quality networking."
Head of Security and Compliance, TV, Sports & Broadband, BT
"Congratulations on an excellent and well organised and thought-off event! A must attend for anyone working in OTT!"
Director Business Development, Intel Sports
"Excellent event, everything was top notch."
Chief Operating Officer, Turner Sports