Advisory Board

SportsPro has developed a comprehensive Advisory Board balancing international rights holders, broadcasters and technology leaders to shape the format and strategic direction of the event. The support and participation of these industry innovators ensures that we create the content, environment and ultimate value for each and every attendee.

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.

Brian Verne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive

Brian Verne is Co-founder and CEO of WAVE, the third largest sports media publishing company. Brian has spent the past 8 years building products at the intersection of young athletes, fans, and emerging media. Prior to WAVE, he was the CEO and co-founder of Phenom, a venture backed community for young athletes to tell their story and talk about their favorite products and brands.

WAVE owns and operates a number of the most popular sports brands targeting Gen Z and Millennial fans. Our brands live across core and emerging digital platforms, enabling consumers to consume the content they crave, on the platforms they love.

In just 2 years, WAVE has become one of the largest digital publishers in the world, generating over 2.5B video views and 90M+ engagements per month. WAVE has over 40M followers/subscribers, and reaches over 300M sports fans each month.

Brian is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate of Oberlin College where he earned four letters as a member of the baseball team, while serving as team Captain for two years.

Hania Poole

Senior Vice President, 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, 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.

Joe Markowski

Executive Vice President, 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.

Luis Goicouria

Senior Vice President, 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 (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.

Dan Porter

Chief Executive

Dan Porter is CEO and co-founder of Overtime, building the biggest sports network in the world by focusing on the Gen Z audience. Overtime generates billions of video views and has 15 million followers across collective platforms. Previously Porter was the head of digital at William Morris Endeavor, CEO of game company OMGPOP (sold for $200mm), ticketing company TicketWeb (sold for $40mm), head of digital for Richard Branson’s Virgin company, President of Teach for America and public school teacher. He is also a professor at New York University and a graduate of Princeton University.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Barge

Director, Content Business Development

At Twitter, Andrew leads business development for content partnerships across Sports, News, & Entertainment in the US. He is responsible for driving new deals, from the company’s announcements at CES & IAB Newfronts to the World Cup & Olympics, in close collaboration with Twitter’s most innovative media partners.

Prior to his current role, Andrew oversaw Twitter’s corporate relationship with sports broadcast networks, including ESPN, Turner Sports, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports, as well as emerging digital media publishers. He was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for Sports in 2017. Before joining Twitter in 2014, Andrew spent six years in brand marketing at ESPN.

Andrew graduated from Vanderbilt University, majoring in English and History. He proudly represents Twitter in Atlanta along with some very mediocre sports allegiances. Follow him on Twitter: @abarge.

Max Boigon

General Manager, Subscription Products

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Elsa Memmi

Vice President, Global Media Distribution

Elsa Memmi was appointed NBA Vice President Global Media Distribution, EMEA in 2013 and currently oversees the NBA’s media content distribution business across EMEA, licensing all media assets to TV and digital. She joined the NBA in January 2008, and was tasked with creating the International Media team following the NBA’s European headquarters’ move from Paris to London that year. The team of nine she assembled, boasting seven languages combined, looks after 70 broadcast and digital partners spanning over 134 countries who feature content in over 40 languages. Elsa plays a crucial role in maximizing the ways content is made available, maintaining a strategic focus on the development of digital offerings to partners, as well as direct-to-consumer, providing fans with myriad ways to experience the NBA.  Under Elsa’s leadership, the NBA launched the primetime “NBA Sundays” initiative allowing fans in EMEA access to live games being played at a consistent timeslot of 9.30pm every Sunday and creating a regular appointment to experience a live game, inclusive of coverage of in-arena entertainment’s best moments.

Jeff Volk

Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Revenue

Jeff Volk is Deltatre’s Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Revenue, Americas. In his current role, he oversees all of Deltatre’s commercial endeavors in the region. He joined Deltatre from BAMTech Media, the streaming services spinoff of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2017, where he was Senior Vice President, Business Development. Jeff spent more than seven years at BAMTech and MLBAM, where he drove significant new revenues through social gaming partnerships, original content ventures, licensing initiatives, and streaming and technology partnerships, including WWE Network, PGA TOUR LIVE, Discovery and Eurosport, among others.

Bhavesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer

Bhavesh Patel is currently the Chief Digital Officer at beIN Media Group based in Paris. He is working on building their next generation global OTT platform and driving innovation across the group. Prior, Bhavesh was an OTT strategy advisor for CBS Studios International and Verizon Go90, headed up Betfair’s US horserace wagering business, and led the launch of FOX Soccer 2 Go and NBA International League Pass.

Dustin Myers

Senior Vice President, Production Operations

A California native, Dustin Myers has been with Fox Sport Media Group since 2003, working across multiple channels and sports groups. He has been an integral part of redefining the entire content ecosytem and related workflows to better leverage digital and cloud-based technologies. A graduate of American Film Institute, and multiple Emmy winner, Myers has worked across feature films, documentaries, and digital media. His role within sports has expanded to oversee all post production and media management, including highlights and the Sports Assignment Desk, leading teams for all network jewel events including the Super Bowl, World Series, and FIFA World Cups.