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IBC Content Steering Group

IBC Content Steering Group

Amanda Weaver, Director of Professional Publishing, Institution of Engineering & Technology

Amanda Weaver

Amanda Weaver is the Director of Professional Publishing at the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) a position she has held since 2008. Amanda’s portfolio includes the IET’s member magazine E&T both in print and digitally; the IET standards programme which includes BS 7671 the IET Wiring Regulations which was first published in 1882 and is used in all low voltage electrical installations in the UK; the IET’s library and archive services; and the IET Academy – our newly launched e-learning product for engineers.

Prior to joining the IET Amanda worked in the scientific, technical and medical journals and books business and in business-to-business magazine publishing.

Ben Keen, Analyst & Advisor - Technology, Media & Telecoms

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 Senior Advisor to start-up accelerator Match-Maker Ventures, Senior Associate at digital sports consultancy Seven League, 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.

Bill Scott, Chief Operating & Commercial Officer, Easel TV

Bill Scott

Bill Scott is one of the founders of Easel TV – the multi-screen video software company – with a vision to enable broadcasters, content owners and brands to build high quality televisual experiences using low-cost web components, fast; helping to shape the future of television. Easel TV's clients include NBCUniversal, Virgin Media, All3Media, Curzon Cinemas and TiVo.

Prior to starting Easel TV, Bill created and led the IBM Digital Media Consulting & Systems Integration practice, which delivered a variety of interactive TV, IPTV and Digital Media projects over 9 years. Bill has 25 years' experience of managing IT projects to deliver business value, working at end-user organisations delivering internal applications, for software houses delivering commercial products and for professional services firms delivering client projects.

Chris Swires, Founder & Managing Director, Swires Research

Chris Swires

Chris Swires is the Founder and Managing Director of Swires Research as well as Chairman of Broadband Training Ltd. Chris trained as a student apprentice with Thorn Electrical Industries and became engineer in charge of the wired television development laboratory in 1965, specialising in transistor repeater amplifiers.

He joined Teleng Ltd in 1970, where he was appointed Laboratory Manager and subsequently left to form Swires Research in 1976. Chris has lectured regularly on cable TV subjects and is the author of many technical papers. He is also a member of the IBC Papers’ Selection Committee.

Claire Tavernier, Chief Operating Officer, Girl Effect

Claire Tavernier

Claire Tavernier is the Chief Operating Officer of Girl Effect, a creative non-profit which builds youth brands and mobile platforms to empower girls to change their lives.

Prior to Girl Effect, Claire spent 20 years in senior roles in the digital media sector, working with both large media conglomerates and digital start-ups.

From 2001 to 2012, Claire was the global head of digital for international television producer FremantleMedia, where she oversaw worldwide digital activations of Idol, Got Talent, X Factor, Price is Right and Family Feud. Until 2015, she was Managing Director of ChannelFlip, one of the original UK-based YouTube multi-channel networks, steering it to high revenue growth, diversification and profitability. She also ran her own consultancy, StoryTechLife, working with clients such as Sky, Turner Broadcasting, Channel 4 and Spotify.

Claire sits on the board of online music talent discovery network Instrumental. She proudly lays claim to a German music gold record (as a producer, not a singer) and two Banff Rockie awards. She was born in Paris, lived in South America and Asia and is now settled in North London with her husband, four children and Maggie the cat.

Faz Aftab, Online Commercial Director, ITV

Faz Aftab

Faz Aftab is a one of UK's leading Video on Demand streaming experts.  She has shaped and delivered IPTV services over the last 15 years and is a VoD native. Faz joined ITV in 2011 to spearhead the distribution of the award-winning ITV Hub.  During that time the service has grown from 1 to 33 platforms with 20m registered users, resulting in soaring profits and viewing numbers.  Faz manages all the complex relationships with partners such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft. 

She is also ITV's commercial lead on Freeview Play.  Before joining ITV Faz was the Commercial Director at Move Networks delivering web video streaming for ABC, Fox and the Discovery Channel which streamed 180 million hours of premium video. She sits on The Women's Network steering committee at ITV and is a working mother of 3 young girls.

George Bevir, Editor, IBC365

George Bevir

George Bevir is Editor of IBC365, an online platform that provides analysis, insight and opinion on the issues and topics affecting the broadcast, media and technology industry. Prior to joining IBC George Bevir was facilities and technology editor at weekly UK magazine Broadcast where he launched Broadcast Tech, a bi-monthly magazine about the technology used to create and deliver TV. Before joining Broadcast he lived in Dubai where he wrote about the telecoms, media and technology sectors in the Middle East and Africa. George previously worked for Red Bee Media as a transmission scheduler.

Jodie Morris, Director of Content, Beano Studios

Jodie Morris

Jodie has led the digital content team at since launch in 2016, overseeing the production and commissioning of a wide range of 'boredom busting' entertainment formats for kids, and leading the content strategy across the studio's evolving digital network. Prior to her time at Beano Studios, Jodie was Managing Editor, Online at Channel 4.

Jon Watts, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, MTM

Jon Watts

Jon Watts is a Managing Partner and co-founder of MTM, one of Europe’s leading research and strategy consultancies. Focused on media, technology, advertising and communications, MTM helps clients understand and respond to digitally-driven change, providing consumer research, industry analysis, strategic advice, and support on product and service development and organisational change. Recent clients include Sky, BT, Ericsson, Arqiva, NAGRA, Adobe, Discovery, Comcast, Google, Facebook, Viacom, the BBC, ITV, Time Warner, and many others. MTM won an MRS 2015 Award for Best Agency, the Mediatel 2016 award for Research Agency Team of the Year and MRG Awards 2016 Winner Best Research Team Research Supplier. Jon leads MTM strategic consulting practice, working with senior executives in the UK and internationally. He has 20 years of experience as a strategy consultant, working with leading media, pay-TV and technology businesses.

Kate Bulkley, Media Commentator and Presenter, KGBulkley

Kate Bulkey

An award-winning business journalist both on camera, on stage and in print, Kate Bulkley writes regularly for specialist publications, including DTVE and Broadcast Magazine in the UK, provides commentary on media issues and is a sought-after chair and interviewer.

An American, Kate has lived and worked in London since 1990, first as International Editor for pay TV title Cable World magazine; then as Media Editor for European Business News, a 24-hour, pan-European channel, owned by Dow Jones & Co., where she created and co-presented the award-winning, daily half-hour media show called Media Report. From 1998 to 2001, Kate was on-screen Media and Telecommunications Editor at CNBC Europe, a co-venture between NBC and Dow Jones & Co.

Kate began her journalism career at CNN in Washington, DC and subsequently worked in radio and in print in Colorado where she was senior reporter at The Denver Business Journal.

Kate has a master's degree in international economics and politics from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (part of Johns Hopkins University in Maryland), and an undergraduate degree in Modern European Studies from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Follow her on Twitter @KateComments

Keith Underwood, Director of Strategy and Technology, Channel 4

Keith Underwood

Keith is the member of Channel 4’s Executive Committee responsible for strategy and corporate development, broadcast operations, content management, corporate systems, and the development of C4’s digital products.

Recruited to Channel 4 with a brief to formulate commercial strategy – with a principal focus on digital business transmission, Keith subsequently led the project to launch All 4; Channel 4’s award-winning video on demand service which replaced 4oD in 2015.

Keith is Board Director of Digital UK and Parable VR, having previously served as Chairman of Freeview and a Board Director of YouView.

Before joining Channel 4, Keith was employed by Discovery Networks International. He was Vice President of Strategy and Digital Media for all territories outside the US, having previously served as a member of the UK Executive Management Team responsible for strategy and business/commercial development.

Keith joined Discovery from the Corporate Strategy Department of BSkyB, having started his career as a Strategy Consultant with PwC.

Lorenzo Zanni, Lead Research Analyst, IABM

Lorenzo Zanni

A graduate of Pisa, Durham and Swansea Universities, Lorenzo Zanni holds a BSc in Economics and Management and an MSc in Business Economics. He will be studying for a further MSc in Data Analytics in 2018.

Lorenzo found a perfect fit for his passion for economic and financial analysis and the underlying forces that shape markets when he joined IABM in 2015; the broadcast and industry was just beginning to embrace data to drive its technology and business development strategies. Over the last three years, Lorenzo has been responsible for growing IABM’s Business Intelligence portfolio into the authoritative, widely referenced, member resource it is today. Most recently, he has overseen the restructuring of the full range of reports to deliver more focused, highly actionable business intelligence.

Lorenzo’s research is widely quoted in international industry publications and conferences, including IBC365. He has also presented at shows and conferences around the world, including IBC, NAB Show, the IABM Annual International Business Conference, Cabsat, the FKTG Summit and BCE.

Outside of his day job, Lorenzo has a deep interest in politics and economics, loves music and cinema and is a keen sports player and fan.

Lorenzo can be contacted at

Mark Smith, Independent Marketing Consultant, Mark Smith Associates Ltd

Mark Smith

Mark has been at the forefront of the mobile communications revolution since the early 1990s, playing an integral role in the foundation of the GSMA (the mobile industry’s principle global association) and the acquisition and growth of the Mobile World Congress over more than two decades. The GSMA today has more than 800 mobile network members, across more than 200 countries, serving 5 Billion users. As Communications and Marketing Director, he led communications globally to support the roll-out of digital mobile networks across the world.

Over the last decade, with a vision for the future of mobile as the primary screen for entertainment, he created a series of cross-industry engagement platforms, bringing together thousands of global entertainment, creative agency and consumer brand marketers and artists at MWC to secure content partnerships and develop innovative projects with the world’s biggest mobile networks. Prior to the GSMA, Mark worked in the music, publishing and PR industries. Mark currently has his own consultancy MSA Ltd, focused on the intersection of media, entertainment and technology and is a partner in ATC Advising, a music-technology consultancy. He is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the Henley Festival, a music & arts festival that attracts an annual audience of 30,000.

Michael Lumley, Executive Producer, IBC2018

Michael Lumley

Michael Lumley spent most of his career with the BBC.  As a producer, director and executive producer he specialised in large-scale ceremonial and political events: he was in charge of the outside broadcast coverage of the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Michael became a director of BBC Resources with responsibility for its UK-wide production facilities. His major interest today is in the use of technology to enable new creative and business opportunities for programme makers. He is a fellow of the Royal Television Society. He has extensive experience in judging creative and technology awards, and chairs the IBC Innovation Awards panel.

Muki Kulhan, Managing Director, Muki-International Ltd

Muki Kulhan

Muki is an award-winning Executive Digital Producer with over two decades creating interactive, groundbreaking content for music, broadcasting, entertainment and tech innovation. After 10 years growing MTV’s digital platforms in the 00s, she now runs Muki-International, Ltd. creating digital content for social, immersive VR/MR, live and x-platform biz-dev strategies for broadcasters, A-List artists and R&D teams. As BBC’s Digital Exec for The Voice UK Series 4 & 5, she produced the ‘Virtual Voice’, the first-ever ‘series’ of 360°VR experiences for a flagship show and continues to Exec bespoke 360VR projects. Muki regularly hosts, chairs and speaks at conferences such as BAFTA, IBC, VR World Congress, BBC Connected, Zurich Film Festival, ImmerseUK/Sky, Cambridge Wireless, IABM, Dublin Tech Summit, ComicCon and more. She’s also an active member of BSAC, RTS, Women in Immersive Tech and has mentored our next gen of producers at Media Trust, Ravensbourne, ELAM and AR meetups at UCL.

@MukiApproved (Twitter, Instagram)

Nick Lodge, Editorial Consultant, IBC2018

Nick Lodge

Dr Nick Lodge has spent his professional career leading the research, development and commercial exploitation of cutting-edge of television and advanced media technologies.  In this time he has initiated very many award-winning European broadcast technologies and international standards, and has also championed technologies for sensory-impaired media users.  Throughout the 1990's he was head of strategic R&D and international standards at the ITC, working for the all the UK's commercial television sector. 

Throughout most of the next decade he was Chief Executive of ProVision Communications, a high tech wireless media company based in Bristol.  Currently, Nick runs his own successful technology consultancy, Lodgical Media.  He is a Fellow of the IET and the Royal Television Society.

Richard Friedel, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Fox Networks Engineering & Operations

Richard M. Friedel

Richard Friedel oversees FOX Networks Engineering & Operations, the 21st Century Fox unit responsible for engineering, operations and technology supporting FOX’s national and regional television businesses.  He manages the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, which provides facilities and technical services for FOX Broadcasting Co., FOX Sports, FOX Cable Networks Group, Fox International Channels including MundoFox and the television syndication division.  In addition, Mr. Friedel is in charge of the Fox Network Center in The Woodlands, Texas, home of FOX Sports’ regional networks and provides technical support for their regional production centers.

Prior to FOX Networks Engineering & Operations, Mr. Friedel was a member of the team that launched FOX News Channel.

Before joining FOX, Mr. Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and several television and radio stations.

A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Mr. Friedel is a fellow of the SMPTE and a member of AES, SBE & SCTE.  He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, is the FOX representative on the NABA Board of Directors and is a Board member of the ATSC.

Richard Welsh, Co-Founder & CEO, Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd

Richard Welsh

Richard Welsh is co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd. Based in the UK, Richard has worked in the cinema industry since 1999.  He has been involved in various technology development work during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D.  He set up Sundog in 2013 and along with colleague Christian Ralph created the Sundog cloud platform, a scalable virtual post-production system used for high end broadcast and Hollywood movie productions.  To date Sundog has worked with several major studios on major feature films, as well as broadcast series, documentaries and student films from universities around the world.

Richard has previously held positions as Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, Director of Digital Cinema at Dolby Laboratories and sits on the board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as Vice President of Education. He also chairs the Hollywood Post Alliance UK Conference.

Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Southampton Solent University.

Stephen Gaynor, Senior Commercial Development Manager, Sky

Stephen Gaynor

Stephen works in Sky’s Business Development and Strategic Partnerships team, part of the company’s Strategy Group.  The team identifies and nurtures key strategic partnerships, ranging from start-ups through to major international technology and content brands. The role includes identifying and implementing commercial partnerships, particularly in relation to ‘over-the-top’ content services and devices.  Prior to this, Stephen was Head of Corporate Communications, leading PR activity across a wide variety of areas, including strategy, M&A, financial PR, and policy and regulation. Before joining Sky, Stephen was a communications consultant, advising clients across the technology, media and telecoms sector.  Stephen graduated from the University of Nottingham, holds a post-graduate qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a member of the Royal Television Society events committee.

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    CTO - Albrecht Electronic
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    CEO, Vevo
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    Marketing Manager - TSL
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    Director of Marketing - Primestream
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    Technical Support Engineer - BW Broadcast


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