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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 Product
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
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.