Meet the independent judging panel SportsPro recruited to ensure a fair, impartial and independent process.
Balancing senior OTT stakeholders from international rights holders, broadcasters and technology leaders, our judges offer an unrivalled pool of expertise & knowledge to ensure judging criteria is met by only the most rigorous of standards.
Chief Operations Officer
Mr Hack is responsible for driving the European Tour’s media and digital strategy creating significant growth in fan engagement across its digital channels. In addition Mr Hack heads up the group strategy function driving strategic alliances with other global golfing organisations and introducing format innovation to the sport. He also sits on the Board of European Tour Productions, which is the world’s largest producer of live golf content.
Head of Sports Production
Chief Media Officer
With over 20 years in the sports industry, having working previously for the ICC, Ten Sports and IMG Media/TWI, Aarti has extensive experience in delivering strategies to drive sustainable growth, engage diverse fans and deliver value. As a strong believer in the power of sport to inspire and impact positive change in society, Aarti has joined forces with Formula E, in her current role as the all-electric racing series’ Chief Media Officer. Aarti leads on media partnerships and distribution, digital content and product development, broadcast coverage and fan engagement across channels, bringing to life Formula E’s vision to accelerate sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing.
SVP, Product Management
VP Head of Digital Product & Technology
ELEVEN Group COO and NEO Studios MD
Anouk oversees ELEVENS’ market & business operations globally. Anouk joined ELEVEN when the platform launched in 2015 to lead the Belgium division, before taking on the role of Group COO in 2019. She has previously held senior roles with cable platform Telenet and media company Sanoma in Belgium.
Anouk combines her ELEVEN duties with the role of Managing Director for ELEVEN’s sister company NEO Studios. NEO is a production studio dedicated to telling great sport and lifestyle stories.
Vice President, Sports Technology
CEO at DFL Digital Sports GmbH & EVP, Digital Innovations at DFL Group
Head of Sports Digital Content
Sébastien is Head of Sports at Canal OTT, the digital division of Canal+. After 15+ years in linear broadcasting as a host, announcer and editor in chief he joined in 2015 the digital division as the head of the sports department. In this role, he handles all digital content output on social media and on the proprietary platform MyCanal. Two years ago he launched Canal OTT’s first dedicated social talk show, #LePetitDebrief, reviewing the football week live exclusively on Facebook, Twitter and Dailymotion.
New Media Director
Panagiotis Aroniadis is the New Media Director of PAOK FC and PAOK TV Project Manager.
Over the past seven years he helped the club transforming its digital presence winning titles off the pitch, such as the prestigious “Digital Brand of the Year” award for two consecutive years 2019 and 2020.
PAOK FC is the only club in Greece having an OTT Platform managing its TV Rights for League home games.
PAOK TV won three Global prestigious awards on 2020 Sports OTT Awards as
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, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital. Prior to Jefferies, Blake was an Analyst at Access Capital, an institutional source of non-bank funding to entrepreneurially-run growing businesses throughout the country. He started his career at Digitas, one of the world’s leading integrated marketing agencies, where he led campaigns for Turner Broadcasting and Pfizer.
Outside of work, Blake enjoys rock climbing and is a partner in Pine Brook Fitness, home to The Rock Club, New York’s largest indoor rock-climbing gym. He 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.
Thierry Pascal has lead the PGA TOUR’s international media business since 2012. Based out of the PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Thierry manages a team based in the US, London, Beijing and Tokyo. He has overseen the growth of the media business that now worldwide sees PGA TOUR tournaments broadcast to more than 1.1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. Born in London, Thierry has worked in the sports media business for over 20 years, including postings in the UK, Middle East and Singapore with Sportsworld and Parallel Media Group. He joined the PGA TOUR in 2004.
Head of Business Development & Broadcast Partnering
Louisa has worked at BT (Consumer) since the evolution of BT TV and was heavily involved in the launch of BTSport after BT secured its first set of key rights for the Premier League. Working in Business Development across the BT business, but with a core focus on Sport and TV, Louisa has negotiated commercial agreements with all sizes of partners critical in delivering amazing customer experiences across devices and channels. Building long-term partnerships with rightsholders, broadcast infrastructure suppliers and social media partners with a view to developing new ways to deliver content (Subscription, Free-to-Air, Pay-per-view), whilst bringing value to consumers and the BT TV and BT Sport businesses. Born and raised in the north-east of England but living with her two children in Hertfordshire who keep her on her toes and in touch with what today’s younger consumers demand from content and the viewing experience.
SVP, Innovation and Broadcast
Director of Daily Content
Andrew Hall is Digital Product Director at ATP Media, responsible for the company’s award-winning subscription OTT product, Tennis TV, which offers consumers around the world live HD tennis across mobile, web and streaming devices. The latest incarnation of Tennis TV was launched in time for the 2017 season, and offers subscribers up to 2,000 live matches from 64 ATP tournaments every year as well as on-demand replays, highlights, features and classic matches.
Director of Mobile Strategy
|Matt has over 25 years’ experience in mobile media and entertainment and Sport. He has been voted in the top 50 most influential people in online TV for four years running and in 2017 he was awarded the TV Connect People’s Choice award for the ‘Person who made the biggest impact on the connected entertainment industry’Within BT Sport he is responsible for developing the broadcaster’s mobile capabilities and long-term mobile strategy recently leading the team that delivered the award-winning worlds 1st remotely produced live sporting over 5G. He is also currently developing the strategy and roadmap for Augmented and Mixed Reality|
As part of the wider BT Group Matt is also developing the technology strategy for the Broadcast, Media & Entertainment over 4/5G. This encompasses an end to end approach incorporating both contribution and distribution of media.
EVP, Production & Branded Content
Chief Business Officer
Leander has been working for the Belgian Pro League since 2014. Started as a lawyer specialised in Sports & Entertainment law, he evolved into his current role as CBO. He was closely involved in the preparation, guidance and negotiation of several of the League’s media rights deals, including the recently concluded record-breaking exclusive 5-year partnership with Eleven Sports. Leander is one of the drivers behind Pro League Forward, bundling innovation and business projects of the League, expressing the ambition of the Belgian league to become one of the most innovation-driven leagues in Europe.
Vice President & Editor in Chief
Executive Producer, Live Streaming
Victoria Cotton is BBC Sport’s Executive Editor for live streaming. She is responsible for the commissioning of content and for further developing the live digital strategy that delivered over 3000 extra hours of live sport to BBC platforms last year. She is also their BBC women’s sport lead and oversees Get Inspired, the BBC Sport’s participation strand.
Guy-Laurent Epstein is the Marketing Director of UEFA Events S.A. set up in 2009 as a wholly owned UEFA subsidiary company; it manages the marketing and commercial interests of UEFA.
In 2002, Guy-Laurent joined UEFA as TV & Sponsorship Manager and soon became Head of Marketing Activities. In 2005, he created the Media Rights unit which is responsible for the overall sales of broadcast rights for UEFA competitions. Thereafter in 2010, he was appointed Marketing Director, responsible for the on-going development of all marketing and commercial activities, including brand, media and sponsorship, across all UEFA competitions.
Chief Product Officer
Broadcast Product Manager
Media Rights Consultant
Director of News & Sports Partnerships, EMEA
Director of Digital Strategy & Content
SVP Sports Rights & Commercialisation
Hans Gabbe has served as Senior Vice President Sports Rights & Commercialization at Sky Deutschland since February 2016. In this position, he oversees the acquisition of sports rights as well as the Sports Commercialization division, which focuses on the development of alternative revenue models in sports and the strategic utilization and alignment of sports rights. The 44-year-old lawyer played a major role in acquiring the broadcasting rights to the German Bundesliga until 2021, the UEFA Champions League and the German Handball Bundesliga. Gabbe has been with the company since 2004, when he joined Premiere – as it was known at the time – as Junior Manager after completing his studies.
Head of Digital Content
VP, Field Operations & Engineering
Brad manages the technical and operational teams for FOX’s coverage of Major League Baseball and College Sports along with all transmission services and advanced-technology projects for Fox Sports. He is a leader in new technology approaches, including IP-based live and postproduction centers, IP over RF, UHD, HDR, and UAS systems. His work includes innovative production approaches and executions for in-ground audio, robotic cameras, and home run productions. Cheney is a six-time Emmy winner and previously worked for MLB Network, Late Show with David Letterman, Game Creek Video, COX Sports and Tribune Broadcasting.
Co-Founder & CXO
Jean Manuel Jimenez launched Pulse after 20 yrs. of experience in brand building and commercial development. He was integral to Inter Miami CF’s expansion journey, playing a key role in establishing its digital content identity and reputation for bold, digital, and broadcast ideations. Launching the first MLS’s club owned streaming service, Jimenez brings a wealth of industry success launching OTT immersive fan experiences. Led content and digital for Concacaf for 6 years prior where he significantly redefined their digital platforms to better connect with the game and fans across the region. He has worked in numerous global tournaments including Copa America, Concacaf Champions League, and Gold Cup.
The Dominican Republic native comes from a solid commercial and business development background, stemming from years servicing brands across the U.S. Hispanic market and Latin America with Mobile Messaging Solutions (MMS), a mobile marketing agency.
Jimenez also worked for OZ Sports leading the commercial department, a broadcast and production company that leverages robotics and artificial intelligence to deliver white label OTT solutions. He holds a degree from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and lives in Miami with his wife and three kids.
Head of Content & Programming
Partnerships - Acquisitions and Content Strategy
Director of Broadcast Operations & Executive Producer
Senior Research Director TV, Video, Advertising
Principal Analyst - Consumer Research Lead
Clark Pierce is an accomplished, Emmy Award-winning producer and technology industry thought leader who has spent his career in the media and entertainment industries blending business acumen with technical expertise to create innovative digital solutions for his clients and business units. Pierce spent the majority of his career at FOX Sports, most recently as the architect and general manager of FOX Sports GO. Pierce is the founder of Emerging Media Technologies, a consulting and service integration company focused on the intersection of live TV, innovation, and technology in the media. He is currently working with sports leagues, startup companies, and larger service providers to maximize the opportunities to help them better connect with their consumers through technology.
After a career spanning e-commerce start-ups and stints in both B2B and B2C publishing, Charlie joined Seven League in 2015, bringing a wealth of commercial digital experience to the sports sector. He has worked with some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment across a variety of projects including devising overall digital strategies; monetising digital channels; selling digital sponsorship; specifying, procuring and delivering digital products; evaluating and improving content performance; devising localisation strategies; planning esports market entry strategies and advising on organisational and team composition.
Product Director, Apps
Justin Hoyman is the Product Director for FloSports where he leads development and innovation strategies for the Apps team. His work focuses on creating engaging user experiences across the company’s iOS and Android apps but also native applications on other devices including Roku, Fire TV, smart TVs and more. Justin has a long-spanning career in technology and sports having constructed immersive app experiences while working with CBS Sports. While there, he managed a suite of core products including the flagship app and other OTT platforms that streamed Super Bowl 50.Justin is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. He also played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians. While studying at the University of Florida, he was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, an All-American and 2nd round MLB draft pick in 2004.
VP & GM
Global Digital Director
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.
Head of Programming, Digital, and Media Rights
International Board Member, Chairman and business executive with significant experience in strategy, growth and business development, especially in media and OTT. I’ve been involved in taking new technology into new markets, leading diverse teams to success, including in the very early days of OTT.
My core focus has been to grow businesses. I’ve started companies, sold companies (including my own), am involved in venture investing. I’m currently directing, advising and investing in technology companies plus pro bono mentoring of great people who want to make a difference.
Director - TV & Broadband
More than 30 years in industry focussed on internet distribution for some of the biggest media brands including the BBC, Financial Times and News International. Now working at BT where I’m accountable for its TV & Sport distribution as well as building the media network that underpins contribution and distribution for some of the worlds most recognisable media brands.
Director, Microsoft Sports
Technologist in the Sports Industry for over 5 years, previously in Financial Services for over 20 years. Lead all Data and AI efforts for our sports business at Microsoft.
Media Solution Specialist
Media Solution Specialist with long experience in small and large-scale technology solutions in the TV and Media area, as a leader and technical advisor in OTT and streaming media delivery. Magnus works for Eyevinn Technology, an independent consultant company specializing in video streaming, distribution and technology.
Magnus assignments includes streaming solution architecture, technical product management, business development and senior management advisory. Magnus is also involved in strategical assignments helping customers to navigate in the media industry, as well as conducting Technical Due Diligence projects.
Eyevinn are helping content owners, large broadcasters, TV operators, newspapers and technology vendors to solve challenges around streaming.
Mike is an accomplished digital & commercial leader with 20+ years general management experience across the sports media, data & digital landscape.
Mike is the OTT expert at CA, leading its OTT investigation, strategy development and subsequent trial in FY21. He brings a deep understanding of the dynamic OTT, digital & media rights landscape and how OTT fits into the bigger picture. He has a strong understanding of the broader organisational benefits that OTT can deliver, and what is needed for success from both a rights holder, vendor and fan perspective.
Content Marketing Director
With a background in political communication, I started my sports journey working for Public Content Partnerships at Facebook in 2011, helping shape the strategy for the top tier sports, media, politics and entertainment clients in the EMEA region across the company’s family of platforms – including Instagram and the Mentions app. Then, I moved to UEFA in 2015, leading social media and digital partnerships, with the scope to drive new business revenue and audience growth for European Football, followed by working for Google Search, leading strategic content partnerships and actions integrations for Media & Sports in EMEA. I joined DFL in 2020, being the first female director across the group. In my current role I am overseeing all B2C activities on the Bundesliga’s owned-and-operated digital channels and across various languages. DFL Digital Sports GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, responsible for the distribution of the Bundesliga’s digital content. I also serve as member of its executive board.
Paola Marinone is the Co-Founder and CEO of BuzzMyVideos, a next-generation tech media company that drives hyper-growth & new revenue from and on YouTube.
Paola is an ex Google/YouTube manager turned tech entrepreneur. She is currently based in London, with an international career in technology, and has lived all over the globe, counting 8 countries so far. Having worked for Google in its early days, and then founded BuzzMyVideos, she has lived first hand the transformation of entire industries and built a cutting edge knowledge on anything related to online video.
Chief Strategy Officer
Richard has 16+ years’ experience in sales, partnerships, commercial and senior leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region, including 8 years at Google and YouTube and 7 years helping to transform and commercialise global streaming/OTT and influencer marketing startups.
As one of the early team members at RugbyPass in Singapore, Richard established the content and audience network business and helped expand live streaming operations to nearly 100 countries, leading to an acquisition by Sky New Zealand.
Having relocated home to New Zealand, Richard continues to drive new business opportunities for RugbyPass in North America and APAC, whilst running media partnerships and helping to establish new digital revenue streams for Sky.
Outside of work, Richard is an Advisor to influencer marketplace FlashFomo and a Co-Founder of the New Zealand Podcast Awards, whilst working through governance training with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Chief Content Officer
Sharon Fuller is about to join eSC as Chief Content Officer, having previously been Global Head of Central Content Creation at Red Bull and a senior Executive at BBC Sport.
Managing Director, Ventures
Tom McJennett is a Managing Director in the Ventures team at Two Circles, leading the development and growth of rights holder DTC propositions, notably NFL Game Pass International, a two-time winner at the OTT awards.
Previously, Tom was the Head of Global Marketing for the International Olympic Committee, launching their OTT platform, the Olympic Channel in 2016.
I am the ex-CTO of fuboTV who led product development and operations until the end of 2020. During my tenure, we created in-house signal acquisition and trans-coding capabillities, stabilized SSAI, added 4K capabilities, expanded client availability on all major consumer devices, and added recommendations, search and many other major features.
SVP, Data Strategy and Insights
Scott is currently leading an effort to expand Turner Sports and Bleacher Report’s use of data and insights to enhance the division’s ability to deliver great fan experiences, strengthen the core business and support new revenue streams. Previously, Scott was SVP of Product Strategy for Turner, was head of Business Operations for NBA Digital and NASCAR.COM and managed several award-winning products. Scott graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sports Management and has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage children.
Technical Product Director
Head of Product, Sport
Head of International PR
Over a decade spent working at the forefront of China’s fast-developing sports digital industry, spanning roles across business development, PR, media rights, and brand. Currently, I head up the communications and brand department at China’s leading sports digital agency Mailman, which includes running the PR department P&L, maintaining media & industry relationsips, producing the company’s industry newsletter, and handling client relationships.
Regularly featured on podcasts and in media publications, I deliver a bridge between the often misunderstood Chinese sports market and the west.
Fluent in Mandarin, I gain greater insights and access into the Chinese market and integrate in high-level discussions with China’s leading sports industry decision-makers.
President, Video Experiences
Formerly of UEFA, I joined Deltatre in 2013. Since then, I have proven myself in various leadership roles including Managing Director, International Football, President Global Football, and LIVE Division, President.
In 2020, I became President, Video Experiences, where I am now responsible for delivering cutting-edge OTT products and services for many of the best-known names within the sport and entertainment industries.
A successful and respected sport and media leader, I have extensive experience in the field as well as substantial relationships with senior leaders and experts across OTT.
VP, Business Operations & Affairs
As VP, Business Operations and Affairs at Sportsnet, Imran Khan oversees all aspects of the Canadian sports media giant’s OTT portfolio. An accomplished business professional with more than 15 years of leadership experience across finance, marketing, strategy, and business operations, Imran has been instrumental in growing leading media and technology companies like IBM, Bell, and Rogers Communications. A Certified Management Accountant with a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, Imran is an analytical and strategic leader with a proven track record of results, not to mention a diehard sports fan.
CEO & Founder
Founder & CEO at StratNXT, Jerome is a strategically minded and transformative leader with over 20 years of proven track record building purpose-driven brands and driving bottom-line results for global brands operating in direct-to-consumers and experiential industries like live events, entertainment, media and sports
He has been a featured speaker and juror at numerous marketing conferences in North America and Europe including Advertising Week, Mobile World Congress, The Shorty Awards, Sport Technology Awards, Incite Summit, Millennial 20/20 and Forbes CMO Summit. He was also a founding Board Member of The Marketing Society Hub in New York, a Mentor to Adweek’s Executive Mentor Program and is a strategic advisor for high growth companies.
First female/attorney NFL agent, represented the US Women’s soccer, softball and extreme athletes, collectively, has been employed at the NFLPA, Autism Society of America, the Association. of Corporate Counsel, held the Commissioner title for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (NCAA), is a certified Arbitrator, Acting Director of the United Breakin Association, professional corporate speaker on leadership and negotiation skills while teaching sports law, Personal Branding-NIL, and entrepreneurship at George Washington University. Zavian serves as Trustee to SafeSport International, Advisory Board Member of Spry, an NIL Platform, USA Dance NGB Task Force, appointed to FIFA’s Player Counsel group, and teaches leadership/entrepreneurship for the US Embassy in Cyprus. Contributing writer for the Washington Post and Forbes and Editor-in-Chief for esportsandthelaw and mylegalbookie.
Founder, TMT Analyst
Paolo is a widely recognised thought leader having spent the past 20 years in telecoms, media and technology (TMT) research. Starting as a research analyst at Ovum in 1999, Paolo went on to join IDC as research manager in 2001. In 2007 he joined CCS Insight where he worked as Vice President, Multiplay and Media until June 2018. He specialises in connectivity, content and changing consumer behavioural patterns across cable, telecom and online video operators. Paolo is a frequent speaker at industry events as well as providing commentary on radio and TV broadcasts. He is regularly cited in numerous key financial and trade publications.
Senior VP, Strategy, Data, & Products
As Senior VP of Strategy, Data, & Products at Rogers Sports & Media, Alfredo Tan is accelerating the industry’s digital transformation.
Over the past two decades, Alfredo has led companies through changing digital landscapes, evolving consumer expectations and behaviours. Most recently, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and the first Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at WestJet Airlines, and previously was a founding executive at Facebook & Instagram in Canada.
Alfredo sits on the Advisory Board on Innovation at McMaster University, where he is also a professor in Strategic Management. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA with a specialization in Information Systems & Technology from McMaster University, and a Master of Laws with a concentration in Innovation & Technology from the University of Toronto.
Kim joined the Foxtel Group in 2019 after spending two seasons at Cricket Australia as Head of Big Bash Leagues (BBL), which included delivering the first ever standalone Women’s BBL final with a sold-out crowd. Prior to this, she spent 15 years with PepsiCo, most recently as Head of Sports Marketing based at their global HQ in New York, leading initiatives such as the Pepsi Superbowl Halftime Show. Kim was appointed Marketing Director of Kayo Sports in October 2020, leading brand management and go to market strategy for Australia’s leading sports streaming business.
SVP New Business & Rights Acquisition
During my time as MD of deltatre I was responsible for some major OTT product launches- Star Sports (the forerunner to HotStar), Tennis TV and the BT Sport Champions League launch and SKY Sports Event Centre. Post this I left deltatre to set up an OTT business unit at IMG which later became Endeavor Streaming- we launched 4 d2c OTT products to the market in the space of 18 months including the successful Strive football channel. I currently acquire streaming rights for commercialisation in the betting industry for Stats Perform. I am a passionate, optimistic business leader that enjoys finding creative solutions to business challenges in the sports industry.