Jim Taylor is the author of DVD Demystified and Blu-ray Disc Demystified, the best-selling book series published by McGraw-Hill. Jim is currently Head of Technology and Product Development at DECE, the cross-industry group working on UltraViolet, the electronic equivalent to DVD and Blu-ray.
Called a "minor tech legend" by E! Online, Jim created the acclaimed Internet DVD FAQ and the UltraViolet FAQ, speaks and writes about digital video and audio technology, and holds several patents. Jim was named one of the ten 2007 Content Agenda Setters, one of the 21 most influential DVD executives by DVD Report, and one of the Pioneers of DVD by One to One magazine.
Jim has worked with interactive media for over 30 years, developing computer software, laserdiscs, CD-ROMs, websites, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, along with teaching workshops, seminars, and university courses.
Jim was previously Chief Technologist and General Manager of the Advanced Technology division of Sonic Solutions, which was acquired by Rovi in 2011. Prior to joining Sonic in 2001, Jim was DVD Evangelist at Microsoft.
Steve Dann is the CEO of Berwick Post, an integrated, high-end, boutique post-production company which he founded, and is jointly responsible for the strategic and commercial activity of the company. He spear-headed Berwick Post's drive into 3D, digital media and Augmented Reality.
Steve initially trained as a Film Editor, before starting his own post-production facility. He is an entrepreneur who likes nothing better than to start new businesses and make them successful. By the time he was 20 he had already setup a film equipment rental business. Soon afterwards, Steve began a film editing company and a cutting room hire business.
The variety of businesses he has owned include Steve Dann Associates, a commercials film editing company, and VTR plc (now Prime Focus), which became one of the most successful full service facility companies in London. Steve has now over 35 years experience in the film and television field, particularly working in post-production for all the top UK television and advertising companies.
Steve is also the creator of the Toggle and iTags apps. Toggle is designed to open up all the possibilities offered by second screen viewing. iTags is an Augmented Reality app that uses a unique blend of mobile technologies to revolutionise and enhance the retail shopping experience.
Andy Evans is co-founder and Managing Director of The Pavement, a company that became one of London's premier media and motion graphic production company and one of Europe's most creative DVD facilities, mastering a wide variety of discs for the music, TV, feature film and corporate sectors.
Fresh from a Masters degree in 1994, Andy began his career in multimedia solutions and Virtual Reality simulations at the BT Research Laboratories, prior to joining London-based post-production facility TVI two years later. There, he focused on MPEG applications, including VideoCD and CD-ROM projects in the corporate sector before relaunching the division as a DVD production studio called Stream.
Andy left Stream in 2000 to form The Pavement. In 2005, the company was approached by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to become part of their beta development of UMD-Video tools and Andy pioneered this new technology at The Pavement, producing some 50 UMD titles.
In 2008, the company opened its Blu-ray division. One of the largest independent film production and post-production companies in the US and UK - Goldcrest Group - invested in The Pavement at the beginning of 2009, in a bid to develop the companyâs much sought-after service offering, including 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, online, mobile and production.
Lesley Johnson is Head of Production for BBC Worldwide Consumer Products (formerly 2entertain). She has held the role since 2006 when she oversaw a release slate of 450 titles a year, including the BBC's landmark series Planet Earth, and brands such as Doctor Who and Top Gear.
Today, Lesley's role also encompasses digital operations and the implementation of new consumer technologies.
In a wide ranging broadcast career, Lesley has held senior editorial and operational roles across the television industry. She stated life as a print journalist and on camera as a reporter at Sky News. She founded the Westminster news facility Millbank Studios, which in its first year won the contract to provide live pictures from the House of Commons Committees. In the late Nineties, Lesley moved on to become Head of Production for Lifestyle at LWT and then Granada Television where she looked after This Morning, Loose Women, Better Homes and launched channels MUTV and Shop!.
Lesley has worked with some of the industry's top presenting talent including Sacha Baron Cohen, Natasha Kaplinsky and Richard Hammond in their very first TV roles. Whilst commissioning content at Granada Sky Broadcasting she won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for a quirky documentary on the bike racing habits of middle aged Sotheby's auctioneer.
Today, Lesley manages a team of multi-skilled producers whose day job ranges from interviewing Louis Theroux for his iTunes room, to project managing releases in the both physical and digital space.
Edward Hall is Operations Manager at Channel 4, responsible for the production, distribution and replication of all DVD and BD releases as well as digital copy and some aspects of DTO. Edward joined C4 to bring in-house a separate DVD label (Lace International) and run it.
Edward has overseen over 400 releases and more than 20 million replicated discs over the past 6 years, with such commercial successes as Deal or No Deal interactive, Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr stand-up titles, establishing a back catalogue from VCI with titles such as Phoenix Nights, Spaced and Black Books, as well as recent successes such as Sarah Millican and Micky Flanagan stand-ups, and The Inbetweeners TV series and movie, from which he also oversaw 4DVDâs first foray into Digital Copy.
Prior to this, Edward worked at Time Life, a branch of Time Warner, looking after all acquisitions and production for their direct marketing and smaller retail releases across the UK & European territories. He started is media career at HIT Entertainment in 1997 and worked there for 5 years in the video/DVD division, overseeing the birth and success of such childrenâs brands as Bob the Builder, Kipper, Barney and Pingu.
Fabien Remblier is co-founder and MD of BeeFree Production, a French company specialising in stereoscopic 3D production. He directed the first French feature-length 3D film Une Nuit au Cirque 3D, a recording of the 18th International Circus Festival of Massy, Europe's biggest festival.
Shown at festivals on both side of the Atlantic, the 2010 3D-native film received the Award for the Best European S3D capture at 3D STEREO MEDIA in Liège as well as the Award for the Best Use of 3D Technology at the 3D Korean International Film Festival.
Fabien is currently working on a series of S3D shows around the world as well as S3D recordings of classical concerts at the prestigious Salle Pleyel in Paris.
He is the author of the book Tourner en 3D-relief (Filming in S3D), published by Eyrolles, out late last year.
Prior to setting up his own company, Fabien directed commercials, DVD bonus, corporate video, and live recordings at authoring and post-production company Barejo.
Andrew Elia, Founder and MD of Arishi Media Technologies, is the UK's leading expert in marker-less Augmented Reality technology. He is responsible for developing some of the earliest, ground-breaking web-based projects for Volkswagen UK, Umbro and the football website, Football 365.
Andrew developed software for server, desktop, mobile and embedded environments for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, British Telecom, Vodafone, GCHQ, Thomas Cook and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Prior to setting up his own company, Andrew had started Crossplatform together with Nick Brown, a senior executive from BSkyB and John Emerson, an ex-board director of Saatchi & Saatchi. As CTO, he led the company's implementation of complex augmented reality promotions for Paramount UK, IPC, Future Publishing, Hugo Boss, Nokia, JC Decaux and Ubisoft.
A member of both BAFTA and Mensa, Andrew is a veteran of the new media and interactive industry.
Bob Auger, founder of consultancy Newmérique, has worked in most sectors of sound and video production. After the BBC and Granada, he joined Manchester film company Greendow in late 1970s, where he worked on early experiments with stereoscopic 16 mm film production.
This pioneering work - both for anaglyph and with polarised glasses - was not a success and instead Bob concentrated on his main passion as an audio engineer, including the 'lost' RCA sessions from Joy Division.
He later joined the board of Molinare, the leading London post house, before co-founding Electric Switch in 1993, creating Videodisc, CD-i and VideoCD titles. In 1997, the company became the first independent DVD authoring house in the UK and delivered the first-ever DVD with anaglyph 3D content.
Following a year in Hawaii producing 400 educational DVDs for North America and China, Bob returned to the UK in 2002. Since then he has concentrated on unscrambling the technology of the digital world in print, at conferences and in his role as consultant.
Miles Lewis joined Shazam Entertainment in February 2012 as Vice President, Advertising Sales to spearhead the growth of Shazam for TV advertising sales efforts in the UK and Europe as well as the Pacific Rim. He will demonstrate the Shazamable Glee-the Concert Movie BD disc and other apps.
Prior to joining Shazam, Miles was with last.fm for five years as its SVP of EU Advertising Sales. There, he build the award-winning London team following the acquisition by CBS and build numerous partnerships across Europe, South America and Australasia to represent last.fm locally.
Miles has also headed up agency sales for other global brands Yahoo! and AOL. For Yahoo!, he successfully merged two agency teams, a structure that launched Vodafone media sales in the UK. Before that, he joined AOL UK in August 2001 to build their UK agency team from scratch and took their revenues from zero to multi-millions.
Miles also has an understanding of traditional media having gotten his start at companies such as Haymarket Publishing, IPC Media and Hearst/National magazines.
Today, Shazam has more than 180 million users with more than 1.5 million new users joining the service every week and it is available in 30 languages in over 200 countries.
Laurent Villaume is CEO of QOL, France's largest replicator, which he set up in 2000. In 2007, it became Europe's first independent Blu-ray manufacturer. Three years in development, QOL pioneered last year a new service called microédition (micro-publishing), which will be presented.
Close to the manufacturing-on-demand (MOD) concept, microédition enables video publishers and distributors to sell directly to their consumers titles no longer available in shops.
Laurent started his career as a banker. In 1988, he financed a film Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté avec Jean-Paul Belmondo. He then became CFO of VHS duplicator Video Pouce. Two years later, Laurent was elected president of the professional association of replicators, part of the Fédération des Industries du Cinéma (FICA). In 1995, he met Cinram founder and CEO Isidore Philosophe who asked him to expand the Canadian replicatorâs operations to Europe.
During a trip to Los Angeles in 1999, Laurent came to the realisation that, while the DVD titles of Hollywood studios would be produced by the large replicators like Cinram, Technicolor and Sony DADC, in Europe and in France in particular, independent replicators could service the rich indigenous cinema - 400 titles annually Europewide - as a different approach to publishers was called for. So, in 2000, Laurent set up QOL with the sole objective to service the French cinema.
Vicki Betihavas is the co-founder of Nineteen Fifteen, a leading 3D production company in London, specialising in music, arts, entertainment and live events, that has pioneered 3D broadcast across all platforms. The company produced Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance 3D.
Vicki is a music and television producer for over 20 years. Together with multi-award winning entertainment producer Kit Hawkins, Nineteen Fifteen is behind a number of 'first' in 3D, including the world's first live 3D television broadcast. Her credits also include Keane - Live From Abbey Road in 3D, a 3D Promo Live performance of Kylie Minogue from Toronto, and recently, Lee Evans Road Runner Tour 3D.
Last year, Vicki headed the taping of MTV's first 3D concert of the band Vampire Weekend in Turin. In another world first, she produced London Fashion Week Show Live in 3D to five global sites. Vicki is also a 3D production consultant on other programmes.
Previously, Vicky worked for Two Four Broadcast, NEP Vision, BBC Resources, Telecine Cell and Sony Music Entertainment.
Co-founder and MD of ACE GmbH and Protect Software GmbH, both headquartered in Germany, Volkmar is an acknowledged expert in the Digital Copy field. He has worked with interactive content for about 25 years and holds multiple patents in the fields of optical media and online distribution.
Protect Software provides a variety of products and services for optical media such as digital copy and copy protection while ACE focuses on online distribution, web platforms and mobile app creation. Hundreds of content owners, authoring houses, replicators and solution providers rely on ACE and Protect solutions for the secure distribution of their content to virtually all platforms from Blu-ray/DVD players, PCs and Macs to smart phones and connected TVs.
Previously, in 1994, Volkmar co-founded VOB GmbH, a company developing solutions for CD and DVD authoring and recording which was sold to Pinnacle Systems, now AVID, in 2002. After overseeing Pinnacles authoring and recording activities as General Manager until 2004, he co-founded Protect Software in 2004.
Hiroshi Uchikoga is Founder and CEO of Tokyo-based Visionare Corp and Co-founder of Veam Inc in Silicon Valley. Hiroshi's career spans from leading the investment division of one of Japan's largest telecom companies to founding a distribution service for independent content.
Visionare is a software development company that brought to market a DVD/BD rental system where disc content is unlocked via smartphone. Veam focuses on building a revolutionary internet-based video distribution platform using mobile apps. Two patents are pending.
Launched this year, Veam empowers independent filmmakers and musicians to easily put their content into the hands (and pockets) of their intended audiences - and monetizing it doing it.
Prior to establishing these companies, Hiroshi has been a senior executive at Softbank Corp in charge of investment with Internet companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, he as General Manager of GeoCities Japan, growing the website into the second largest traffic website in the country. For eight years, Hiroshi worked at Toshiba in various capacities, from product planning to strategy and Internet projects.
Olivier is Co-founder and Director of Pogo Films, a BAFTA and RTS award-winning boutique post-production facility in London. Since 2009, Pogo has been pushing boundaries into 3D and develops, produces, post and deliver its own content as well as projects for others.
Pogo has been involved in multipart 3D and 2D TV series, feature films to corporate 3D films. Some of Pogoâs award-winning works include Fonejacker and Bryony makes a Zombie movie. They are just finishing their latest 3D Blu-ray title, A 3D Guide to Belly Dancing and are delivering over 9 hours of 3D broadcast content to the international market which Time Traveller Guides 3D is part of, a six-part series that uses original Victoria Stereographs.
After studying at the Art Centre College of Design in Montreux, Swiss-born, well-traveled Olivier met Pogo co-founder Phil Richardson at the London Film School. Previously, he was Music Video Director at Klipp films, Art Director at Freelance and at Scotti.
Olivier had been directing music videos and commercials across Europe, but is now immersed in the world of post-production and, especially deeply involved in 3D and the digital revolution that impacts on the distribution of films.
Ari Jacobs, President of Hyperscopic, is an independent digital media developer who has been working with autostereoscopic technology since the late 90's. He will demonstrate cutting-edge stereoscopic video content as well as a kinect-enabled real-time 3D engine that outputs to Multiview systems.
Ari has over 17 years experience in interactive media including development, strategy and research and is constantly looking to exploit new technologies in order to create a better user experience. In 1999 Ari started the New York-based SPALAB, an award-winning innovation studio specializing in online and mobile applications.
Ari's projects have won several One Show Golden Pencil's, 4 Macromedia 'Site of the Day,' 3 AIMIA Awards and a Cannes Cyberlion - most recently nominated for a Webby. His speaking engagements include WebDU, the launch of Silverlight, the launch of AIR, Re-MIX 2011, TechEd and numerous user group presentations. He is currently an Ambassador for Flash Media Server.
Maria Ingold is the CEO of mireality, a technical consultancy in video-on-demand delivery. Prior to mireality, Maria was Head of Technology for FilmFlex Movies, jointly owned by Sony and Disney and one of the most successful on-demand movie services in Europe. She is an advocate for UltraViolet.
Named one of VOD Professional's Top 50 most influential people in UK New Television, Maria has created complete end-to-end VOD solutions for cable and broadband, pushed through changes to the DTG D-Book 7 to accommodate the secure delivery of premium pay content to other services and devices.
Maria set FilmFlex's technical strategy and architected its technical solutions. At a fraction of the cost and resource of other major VOD services, Maria designed and implemented FilmFlex's full infrastructure - to encode/transcode, manage and distribute content from over 30 suppliers (including all the studios and large UK independents) to multiple platforms. This includes the FilmFlex service on Virgin Media cable and the broadband VOD film service which she delivered for Virgin Media Online Movies and Film4oD and which now also powers hmv-on demand. She also launched 3D films onto Virgin Media cable, enabling Virgin to beat BSkyB to the punch.
Mixing a background in Computer Science and Fine Art, Maria has 21 years of experience across interactive multimedia, games, TV and film. She is also a TV and film judge for BAFTA, a coach in transformational growth, an artist and is publishing a novel.
Mazin Al-Jumaili is Managing Director of Deluxe Digital Studios London, Deluxe's European DVD/BD and Localisation services. He has spent 20 years in the post-production service sector. Lately, Mazin has been utilizing second-screen technologies and developing mobile apps production.
Before joining Deluxe, Mazin's principal roles included working for CIC Video during their final years of International VHS master preparation then helping to bridge their Paramount and Universal product into DVD distribution.
Mazin then worked for Universal Pictures where he produced their first International DVD titles. He then moved into a Head of Operations role with Visiontext, Ascent Media's subtitling division where he spent 4 years working as a movie studio and independent DVD and BD subtitling supplier.
Moving to Deluxe in 2008, Mazin has since been building its authoring profile in Europe utilising Blu-ray 3D authoring and subtitling and second-screen technologies developed by its Burbank parent company whilst also developing a local mobile apps production and branding service.