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OTT Days in London brings together some of the brightest minds in the industry, providing attendees with unparalleled insights into the technology and business opportunities of the OTT ecosystem. 

Senior Project Manager

RTÉ Online

Ronan Walsh

Ronan Walsh was the programme delivery manager for the newly imagined RTÉ Player. He has vast experience in the media industry and has delivered strategic programmes at ITV Studios, BBC Worldwide, Shine Group and RTÉ.

 

The new RTÉ Player was developed with RTÉs strategic partners at Comcast Technology Solutions, 24i & Fincons Media.

 

RTÉ is Ireland's national public-service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive free-to-air media services to the public in Ireland and audiences internationally.

RTÉ Online are responsible for leading RTÉ’s digital strategy, as well as developing products, apps and platforms such as, RTÉ PlayerRTÉ.ie, RTÉ News Now, Apps and the RTÉ Archive.

General Manager

AcornTV International

Kerensa Samanidis

Kerensa Samanidis is General Manager at AcornTV International. Samanidis is responsible for the overall development, management and operations of the service for all markets outside North America.  

 

Samanidis has 20 years’ experience conceiving, developing and delivering a range of award-winning digital initiatives in the consumer electronics, entertainment and publishing sectors. She was previously Head of Digital Products and Distribution at the British Film Institute (BFI) where she oversaw its digital strategy in both the B2B and D2C space. Prior to the BFI she held a range of new business and digital business development roles at Hearst Magazines, HMV and Sony.

Acorn Media Enterprises manages and licenses the rights of eminent crime, mystery, and drama brands, including the hit TV series Foyle’s War. We produce and co-produce TV series and films based on the brands that we own, and license the rights to publishing houses, theatrical producers, TV producers, games developers, and digital businesses throughout the world.

CEO and Co-founder

24i Media

Martijn van Horssen

Martijn Van Horssen is the CEO and founder of 24i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps. Together with his friend and companion Hans Disch, Martijn founded 24i Media in 2009 and since then has led the company as CEO. Rewarded with Deloitte's Fast 50 Rising Star as an innovative and disruptive media technology startup, 24i has grown into a thought and market leader in engineering TV apps on all devices, screens and platforms: from set top boxes and SmartTV’s to gaming consoles and mobile devices. 24i creates and maintains state-of-the-art TV apps for leading TV channels and operators, like RTL, FOX and KPN, in Europe and abroad.

 

A frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences, Martijn is a recognized thought-leader and innovator who is credited with numerous technological breakthroughs in OTT, including development of the first 4K on-demand and live streaming apps for Smart TVs for RTL Videoland and Televisa. 

 

Aside from Martijn’s B.S. in Engineering he also participated in MIT’s entrepreneur program. Martijn began a Masters in Psychology, which may account for his reputation for being a highly social tech guy. Martijn lives in Alkmaar, with his wife and two sons. He has practiced judo in the National League and is passionate about sports, but lately enjoys his free time sailing the lakes in Vinkeveen.

Advisor & Analyst

Technology, Media & Telecom

Ben Keen

Ben is an independent analyst and board-level advisor to companies in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) space. He has 30 years of experience helping companies and investors make better-informed decisions based on data-driven understanding of the future. 

 

His current interests include serving as Strategic Advisor to immersive entertainment research firm Greenlight Insights, Non-Executive Chairman of TV drama consultancy MediaXchange, Senior Advisor to start-up accelerator Match-Maker Ventures, Senior Associate at digital sports consultancy Seven League, International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Content Steering Board Member, advisor to 3 media-tech start-ups, and expert advisor to the high-level government-industry liaison organisation British Screen Advisory Council.

Until February 2017, Ben was Chief Analyst & Vice President for TMT at IHS Markit. Responsible for directing all research on consumer technology, media, telecommunications and displays, he led a team of over 100 expert analysts around the world. 

 

Prior to joining IHS, Ben was instrumental in building Screen Digest into one of the world’s premiere research firms, pioneering empirical analysis and robust forecasting of global media and technology markets. In late 2010, Screen Digest was acquired by IHS, along with leading technology analyst firm iSuppli. Ben subsequently helped IHS acquire and integrate another five research and analysis firms (IMS Research, Displaybank, DisplaySearch, Infonetics, and Rootmetrics). 

 

Ben has delivered over 1,000 presentations and lectures, including keynote addresses at many international conventions and guest lectures at leading University business schools. Additionally, he has contributed articles to more than 20 different books, magazines and newspapers.

CCO and Co-Founder

Spideo

Thibault d'Orso

Thibault d’Orso is COO & co-founder of Spideo. Before founding Spideo in 2010, when acting as Marketing & Digital Communication manager for the Hoffmann-La Roche group, Thibault created a new form of open media in the Pharmaceutical industry allowing patients to speak their mind on an online portal.

But as a passionate cinephile his mind was elsewhere, so he built on the expertise he created as Research Master student in the field of language analysis, and his passion for movies, by laying the ground for the next generation of recommendation technologies on the OTT market. Together with his co-founders and expanding team, Thibault recreated the recommendation experience he once had, when being addicted to his local video club.

 

Thibault Studied Law & Economics at King’s College London and Social Sciences in the Paris Institute of Political Studies

Managing Editor

Vod Professionals 

Kauser Kanji

Online video expert specialising in business strategy, technical consulting and project and product management. My clients include Netflix, the BBC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and HBO as well other broadcasters, film studios, media companies, service-providers and technology suppliers across Europe, North America and APAC.

I've written over 100 articles about the finances, vendor solutions and UI/UX of future TV as well related whitepapers and proprietary reports for customers. Some of these include:

- The Business Case for Launching a D2C OTT Service;
- Technology Infrastructure, Products & Suppliers Review;
- The Business of Future TV: Analysing Performance, Revenues, Opportunities & Challenges in the Next Business Cycle;
- Feasibility Study: Transitioning from AVOD to SVOD;
- How Audiences are Using Voice Control Devices for TV.

I’ve also built (and still maintain) an online resource called the VUIX Library which tracks over 500 online video products from all over the world. It contains the results of thousands of benchmarking tests, 30,000+ screenshots, video walkthroughs and more than 3 million end-user reviews of VOD services from the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

And for the past five years I've run an associated annual conference, also called VUIX, which brings together C-level speakers and guests to explore and discuss industry developments.

Digital Transformation & Customer Experience Evangelist

Microsoft

Tim Jones

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers

General Manager, The Video Platform International, Comcast Technology Solutions

Brad Levin

Brad oversees the international commercial and services operations and strategy for Comcast Technology Solutions.  Bringing with him nearly three decades of online video technology and IT infrastructure experience, Brad leads the efforts to drive Comcast Technology Solutions’ continued expansion across EMEA, APAC and ANZ, with a focus on driving greater efficiencies and effectiveness for broadcasters, operators and rights holders.

 

Prior to joining Comcast Technology Solutions, Brad served as Programme Director at ioko, provider of technology and integration solutions for online video.  While at ioko, he led ioko’s portfolio of infrastructure and delivery for a number of key online-video engagements across the world.  Prior to this, Brad served eight years as Managing Director for Directory Enabled Solutions (DES), driving the company’s growth and significant revenue trajectory.  Under Brad’s management, DES became a recognized leader in the design and deployment of Novell’s NDS and Microsoft’s ADS. Brad co-founded DES after three years as the Head of Technical Services at Workflow and Lotus Notes specialist Corporate Network Services.

Co-founder and CCO

XroadMedia

Tom Dvorak

Tom is one of the founders and the Chief Commercial Officer of XroadMedia - a company specialising in advanced and cloud-based content discovery and recommendation services for video service providers.

 

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and media industries where he held various roles in marketing, sales and business development for Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola. Prior to founding XroadMedia, he was Chief Marketing Officer at APRICO Solutions, a venture of Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands. As CCO, Tom is responsible for the marketing and sales agenda of the company.