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Chris Lennon, President and CEO, MediAnswers
Chris Lennon is President and CEO of MediAnswers, specialists in advertising and media workflow. He has over 30 years of experience in the media business, leading large projects on every continent except for Antarctica.
He currently serves as Standards Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation. Starting his career by building custom software applications for a major Canadian broadcaster, he then moved to the States to join a then-small Enterprise Systems Group, which during his tenure, merged to become Encoda, and was later acquired by Harris Corporation. While at Harris, Chris served in a variety of capacities, acting as CTO Group
Lead until Harris exited the broadcast business. He has since grown MediAnswers to the industry’s leading team of experts in the area of media software systems, counting among its clients the top media organizations and vendors around the world.
A recipient of numerous awards, he is a sought-after speaker and technology evangelist at industry events, and prolific author on topics touching on media workflow.
Steve Sharman, Vice President, Technology and Platforms at Global Eagle
Steve Sharman is Vice President, Technology and Platforms at Global Eagle Entertainment, responsible for the global team defining the company’s media technology architecture, and delivering our digital supply chain platform, Open™. Steve has previously worked with companies such as UKTV, Sky, the BBC and Foxtel to solve challenges around planning, producing and distributing compelling content to deliver rich audience experiences.
He is a computer scientist by training and inclination, started his career as an AI practitioner at ICL, and was previously CTO of Mediasmiths, and Chief Architect, Media and Entertainment at IBM.
Sarah Wells, Technical Director for Operations & Reliability, Financial Times
Sarah Wells is a Technical Director at the Financial Times. She has been a software developer for 20 years, leading work across consultancy, financial services and media. Over the last few years she has developed a deep interest in how we build and operate reliable software, and at the beginning of 2018 this led to her taking over responsibility for Operations and Reliability at the Financial Times.
Before that, Sarah led work at the FT on building a publishing platform, making it easy to discover and access all the FT’s published content via APIs in a common and flexible format. That project was one of the earliest at the FT to use a microservices architecture, with around 150 small services combining to form the platform.
Sarah speaks at conferences around the world on topics including microservices, devops, observability, building and operating cloud native applications and migrating from legacy systems.
Gerry Field, Vice President Technology and Distribution Services, American Public Television
Gerry Field is Vice President of Technology and Distribution Services for American Public Television, the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-performing programming to US public television stations. He manages APT’s technology strategy and digital media initiatives, including the transition to on-demand file-based workflows using cloud technologies.
Gerry has more than 25 years of production and engineering project management experience in broadcast, cable television, and online media. For many years, he was Operations Manager for WGBH Boston’s Descriptive Video Service (DVS) and Project Director with WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) including the development team that brought closed-captioning and video description services to movie theatres worldwide. Field has broad experience developing streaming media systems, including high-definition and IP multicast technologies, and has served as a consultant for famed-oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration.
Field is a Society of Broadcast Engineers Certified Broadcast Television Engineer™ (CBTE®) and Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE®), is a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); and is an elected Section Manager of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) New England.