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Richard Griffiths, Vice President Consultant Office, Huawei Technologies
Richard Griffiths has worked in online video for nearly 20 years and in broadcasting for nearly 30. After a career in cable and terrestrial TV production he moved into online video at one of Europe’s first streaming media services companies, Virtue Broadcasting, during the dotcom boom around 2000.
From there, he joined BT in 2004 and launched the UK telco’s first DTT/IP hybrid IPTV pay TV product called BT Vision followed by three years managing the launch of IPTV at Irish telco eir in Ireland. After this, he moved to the leading Asian DTH satellite broadcaster, Astro, in Malaysia as Vice President and launched its fibre broadband and IPTV bundle Astro B.yond IPTV.
He is now Vice President in the Consultant Office at Huawei Technologies advising telcos the world over on media convergence.
Wendy Bernfeld, Managing Director, Rights Stuff
Wendy Bernfeld (@wbernfeld) specialises in content acquisition, distribution, and related strategy, curation and rights advice for and to traditional and digital platforms including telecoms, cable, and OTT, to help rightsholders achieve fuller exploitation of the overseas digital distribution marketplace beyond just the “Big5.”
She curates and negotiates for platforms, operators and channels competing with and complementing the Big5, both pre- and post-launch, including as they move into new genres/regions. She’s further active on the biz and brokering side of SVOD “Originals” deals as well as web and VR content acquisition and distribution via alternative buyers or funders (such as SVOD/pay/telecom networks).
Rights Stuff also reps linear and nonlinear channels /OTT services crossing over in biz dev, content and distribution and most recently is also active in pre-launch of blockchain VOD.
Originally from Montréal, Wendy Bernfeld has over 25 years’ experience in Europe and North America in film, pay TV, and program acquisition, as well as production, distribution, and program channel (linear and nonlinear) start-up.
David Owens, 5G Ecosystem Liaison Technology Strategy, O2 (Telefonica UK)
David has 39 years experience in the telecommunications industry, with 31 years in mobile communication and 18 years with O2UK.
His time within the telecommunications industry has led towide experience spanning an array of disciplines - from managing large operational teams, coverage planning, optimisation, network deployment strategy most recently responsible for network performance for O2 - continuously building on technical ability to manage, lead and deliver key projects.
During his time with O2, David has been responsible for some of the best network quality results delivered of all operators across both 2G & 3G networks whilst driving in a sustainable way. David has represented O2 with key government & technical bodies such as OFCOM, ETSI (TG27) & BERR (Digital Britain).
Tony Maroulis, Research Manager, Ampere Analysis
Tony (@TonyMaroulis) has close to a decade of experience as a media and telco analyst and currently heads Ampere Analysis’s Markets team focusing on financial analysis of the communications, TV and media market.
His research includes looking at new media and telco trends such as SVoD stacking, zero-rating, and telco-SVoD partnerships. Prior to joining Ampere Analysis, he spent four years analysing all aspects of the mobile industry.
Robert Ambrose, Managing Consultant, High Green Media
Rob Ambrose (@rambrose) is a consultant, industry analyst, writer and technologist providing strategic advice and content creation to media companies and their technology vendors.
As Founder and Managing Consultant at High Green Media, Rob has expert knowledge of media business systems and the content supply chain - ranging from scheduling and rights management through to content operations, media asset management and workflow. He’s focused on the transformative impact of cloud and data analytics on the media technology landscape.
He’s an active speaker and presenter on media and entertainment industry trends and has extensive international experience, working directly with media companies and vendors in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Rob holds an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College, London.