33 episodes

Strategic advice and interviews with the 50,000+ member OTT Executive Community. Learn from the leaders of the media & entertainment industry.

OTT Executive Podcast with Brian Mahony Brian Mahony

    • TV & Film

Strategic advice and interviews with the 50,000+ member OTT Executive Community. Learn from the leaders of the media & entertainment industry.

    OTT Executive Podcast S5 E1: Michael Senzon, President of Digital, Allen Media Group

    OTT Executive Podcast S5 E1: Michael Senzon, President of Digital, Allen Media Group

    1) Interning for "Late Night with David Letterman" -- can people still start their M&E careers that way? 2) CNN Digital role; 3) Launching first live news streaming service; 4) The "Great Big Story" story; 5) CNBC and NBC News OTT products; 6) Partnership with Pluto; 7) What was the inflection point where streaming became "real"? 8) Current Allen Media Group role as President of Digital; 9) What is the future of "local" in streaming? 10) Current state and future of streaming UX; 11) Role ...

    • 40 min
    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E8 -- Paul Pastor, QuickPlay CBO

    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E8 -- Paul Pastor, QuickPlay CBO

    1) Paul's career background-- Technicolor, Disney, Discovery, Struum; 2) Paul's mentor and move into strategy; 3) Getting the call from Disney; 4) The "moment when my career trajectory changed"; 5) How to use viewer data to be cool at cocktail parties ; 6) QuickPlay's focus on Tier 1 customers; 7) QuickPlay's USP: architecture and culture; 8) QuickPlay's new AI programmer tool; 9) Paul's passion for tennis and his beef with the Tennis Channel bundle; 10) Meet Paul's puppies Betsey and So...

    • 40 min
    OTT Exec Podcast S4 E7: Kevin Kurtz, CEO of Bold Baking Network

    OTT Exec Podcast S4 E7: Kevin Kurtz, CEO of Bold Baking Network

    1) Kevin's background at Lucasfilm, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney Pictures, and Zynga; 2) Learning about merchandising, gaming, and communities when launching the Pokémon franchise to the USA; 3) Why EA (Sims franchise) and Zynga (Words with Friends) highlighted the powerful combination of content, gaming, and communities; 4) Genesis of Bold Baking Network; 5) How "baking" is different from "cooking"-- it's about joy and love; 6) 500 million video views and 8 million monthly unique viewers; 7)...

    • 41 min
    OTT Exec Podcast S4 E6: Scott Apgar, SVP Advertising, SeaChange International

    OTT Exec Podcast S4 E6: Scott Apgar, SVP Advertising, SeaChange International

    1) Scott's career background starting with device drivers at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); 2) Current role leading SeaChange's advertising team; 3) SeaChange's end-to-end streaming platform; 4) Advertising solutions including pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll and creating custom FAST channels on the fly; 5) Innovations such as side-by-side advertising, clickable events, and QR codes; 6) Trade-offs of server side vs. client side advertising solutions (or both); 7) Role of big data to match ...

    • 31 min
    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E5: Steve Harnsberger, CEO, Universal Search & Discovery

    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E5: Steve Harnsberger, CEO, Universal Search & Discovery

    1) Steve's career background- "Silicon Valley meets Hollywood"; 2) The problem to solve-- universal search within the OTT operating system; 3) How is it possible your title doesn't show up in search even if it's in your library? 4) Why/how the search algorithm optimizes the platform's monetization-- not the apps; 5) Search vs. CTV/platform marketing- what has better ROI? 6) How Steve's team works to index/optimize your content library; 7) In an ideal world, who's job is it to optimize search ...

    • 50 min
    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E4- Evan Shapiro

    OTT Executive Podcast S4 E4- Evan Shapiro

    1) Evan's 2023 wrap up; 2) The media universe "death stars" getting bigger; 3) Consolidation of advertising market under Google, Meta, and Amazon (60%); 4) Why are the media giants getting into sports in a huge way? 5) "We left the last era of media four years ago when Disney went to DTC.... chasing Netflix towards a business model that doesn't work."; 6) Good churn vs. bad churn; 7) The paradox of consumers wanting choice-- AND bundles; 8) 2024 M&A predictions-- Paramount, Warner Bros. D...

    • 43 min

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