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IBC Council

The IBC Council

IBC has a track record of thought leadership in the industry and strives to ensure that the conference and trade show reflect current and emerging themes for the industry, especially as it is in a period of rapid change. The quality of IBC’s vision and direction is significantly influenced by the IBC Council who are working across the industry at very senior levels.

The IBC Council is an advisory body composed of 15-20 senior executives from companies across the media and entertainment industry. In addition, the IBC CEO, IBC Board Members and Committee Chairs are permanent affiliated members of Council. Members are asked to attend two meetings a year for a discussion to gather the vision of senior industry players. This discussion is used to support the strategic direction of IBC and gain feedback on any IBC plans presented.

Naomi Climer, Chair - IBC Council

Naomi Climer

Naomi Climer is Past President and Trustee at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Chair of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Council, Chair of the UK Government (DCMS) Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) looking at the technology opportunities for the UK around 5G, Governor on the Board of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and Non-Executive at Sony UK Technology Centre

Until March 2015, Naomi was President of Sony’s Media Cloud Services, based in Los Angeles, USA. Previously, Naomi headed Sony’s B2B organisation across Europe (Sony Professional).

Naomi is listed in the Daily Telegraph and Women’s Engineering Society 50 Most Influential Women in UK Engineering in 2016. Naomi was listed on Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015 and 2016 and she won the IABM’s Broadcast Industry Woman of the Year Award in 2014.

Gavin Mann, Global Broadcast Industry Lead / EALA Media and Entertainment Lead - Accenture.

Gavin Mann

For 20 years Gavin has worked with leading Media and Entertainment clients around the world. He has a strong strategy and industry background. This expertise is complemented by his experience leading complex digital transformation programs involving the adoption of new technology, redefinition of business and operating models, and launch of new digital consumer services.

Gavin is committed to leading media industry clients to the “new” through ongoing digital transformation. This includes working with Warner Music when they started digitizing their business two decades ago—and continues through his recent work with The BBC to harness digital to transform their audience relationship.

Gavin works across the value chain in multiple industries including Broadcast, Music, Movies, Games and Publishing. He is currently the client account lead for The BBC, and recently assumed this role for Pearson, the world’s largest education company.  He has also held this position for clients including Universal Music, Warner Music, EMI, and 

In addition to digital transformation, Gavin is a specialist in Digital Consumer, New Product Development, Product Launch and Market Entry Strategies, Digital Advertising Strategies and Economics, and Competitive Analysis.

Gavin is a recognized public speaker and has authored multiple articles and point of views in the Media industry on topics including: Consumer and Industry Evolution and Trends, Media Convergence, Over the Top/Broadband Video, 4K TV, Rights Management, and Shareholder Value Analysis.

Mohamed Abuagla, CIO/CTO and Executive Director for Technology & Operations - Aljazeera Media Network.

Mohamed Abuagla

Mr. Abuagla is the CIO/CTO and Executive Director for Technology & Operations for Aljazeera Media Network.  He oversees Aljazeera’s largest division with responsibilities including IT, Broadcast Engineering & Operations, Information Security and Digital Products development.  Mr. Abuagla guides the technology & operational strategies and support services for the network globally; covering 10 channels and over 70 locations worldwide. 

Mr. Abuagla is leading a team of more than 1200 members that provides a complete end-to-end lifecycle of integrated services across various domains.  Spanning the gamut from Field Newsgathering Operations, MCR, Ingesting, Editing, Studio Operations, Transmission, Teleport, Maintenance, IT, Digital Platforms, InfoSec to Broadcast IT.  Mr. Abuagla’s focus is on the complete transformation of Aljazeera to truly run as a world class organization with emphasis on cloud based technologies, efficiency, global support models, effective process and developing the best talent pool.

Prior to joining Aljazeera, Mr. Abuagla had 20 years of global technical consultancy and executive management experience serving both public and private organizations.

Prof. Franz Kraus, Managing Director - ARRI AG München

Franz Kraus

Prof. Franz Kraus started his career as a design engineer for measurement instruments at Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, then as a scientific member of staff and project leader at the Heinrich Hertz Research Institute in Berlin. After a year as visiting scientist at Bell Lab´s in the United States, he joined Arnold & Richter Cine Technik in 1983, where he currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the ARRI Group and is responsible for research and development.

In 2003 he was appointed as the head of the technology department at Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich. Three years later in 2006 he received the Oskar Messter Medal for outstanding service as an initiator and promoter of digital film. In 2012 he was honored with the Academy Award of Merit for the design and development of the ARRILASER film recorder. He is member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and a trustee of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

Leah Holding, Managing Director

 - Babcock Media Services 

Leah Holding

Leah graduated in 2000 from the University of Calgary Canada, with a degree in Business Management. On completion of her studies, she emigrated to the UK where she began her career in IT and Operations Management working for a multinational Consumer Goods company, out of both the UK and Ireland. Leah then joined a large consultancy firm, where she specialised in strategy planning, restructuring and change management for a number of clients across both the public and private sectors. 

Leah moved to Babcock in 2009 taking up a senior strategy role working across a number of high profile projects including the acquisition and post-merger integration of the VT Group (including VT Communications) by Babcock in 2010. 

Leah became Managing Director of Babcock’s Media Services business in 2012. Subsequently in 2015, Leah led the acquisition of WRN Broadcast by Babcock. Recently, under Leah’s management, Babcock has developed an innovative managed support offering for streaming and multiplatform services, in addition to its well established linear television and radio services. 

Babcock Media Services provides broadcast solutions for over 20 broadcasters and content rights owners, both nationally and internationally and has a global team of over 300 broadcast specialists across six locations.

Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer - BBC

Matthew Postgate

Matthew is the BBC’s Chief Technology and Product Officer, leading a new division that brings together BBC Digital, Engineering and BBC Worldwide technology teams.

This new division will have a global remit, leading the BBC’s digital strategy and technology operations that keep the BBC on-air, online and operational.

Matthew leads the project to create the combined group, and is responsibility for the new division from April 2016.

As Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the corporation's Technology & Systems. 

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.

Michelle Munson, Co-Founder - Aspera Inc

Michelle Munson

Michelle is co-inventor of the Aspera FASP™ transport technology and co-founded Aspera in 2004 along with engineering colleague Serban Simu. She led the company's direction as CEO from 2004 through acquisition by IBM in 2014 until May 2017. 

Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content transport innovation including high speed file delivery, streaming, and cloud infrastructure. She was the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee and is a SMPTE Fellow.  Michelle has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.

In 2016 she was named the IABM Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and TV NewsCheck Woman of the Year, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the SF Business Times in 2017. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and is an active trustee for the National 4-H Council and 2017 4-H Luminary for her leadership with youth.

Ingrid Silver, Partner, Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group - Reed Smith

Ingrid Dentons

In the space where telecom, technology and media converge, Ingrid’s ability to understand the often conflicting cultures and expectations of all sides has enabled her to broker complex and innovative deals throughout her 20 years of practice as a digital media, broadcast and communications transaction and regulatory expert.

Drawn to Reed Smith’s broad international base and specifically its strength within her chosen industry and practice groups; keeping pace with the rapidly changing media landscape has been a key driver in her success to date.

Managing expectations, facilitating meaningful discussion and developing multiple strategic scenarios, Ingrid is a proven expert in helping clients succeed in a world where surprise and change lurk around every corner.

Consistently recognised by the industry’s leading bodies, she feels that much of her success stems from the benefits of having an early, inspirational mentor. As a consequence, she strongly believes in her role in supporting and empowering others, and is fiercely passionate about promoting women in the workplace.

A tenacious, creative and committed lawyer, her advice to others is simple.

Don’t run. Listen. And always be aware of your power to create change.

John Honeycutt, CTO/CIO - Discovery Communications

John Honeycutt

John has a proven track record of building, transforming and operating global organisations.  His leadership style focuses on delivering results in a sustainable and efficient manner through engagement and the development of strong teams. 

Having held roles as Chief Operating Officer as well as Chief Technology Officer, John possesses a unique blend of business acumen which includes direct P&L management and multi–billion dollar M&A / divestiture experience, and award winning technology strategy, implementation and leadership. This includes transformations using virtualisation and cloud infrastructure in a secure manner. 

Further, the experience of having lived and worked abroad has provided John with direct international context, be that from a regulatory, financial or cultural angle. 

As an accomplished presenter and speaker, John is consistently sought out to provide thought leadership at both industry conferences and in academic settings on a worldwide basis.

Patrick Griffis, Technology Vice President, CTO Communications Group - Dolby

Pat Griffis

Patrick is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company which includes identifying and tracking key technical trends, performing technical due diligence, and supporting advanced technology initiatives for the company. He has been an active company spokesperson on the topic of next generation imaging and in particular, “better pixels” - a term he coined for High Dynamic Range plus Wide Color Gamut.

Before joining Dolby, Pat spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global digital media standards strategy, including adoption of the Digital Living Network Alliance as a baseline media sharing standard in Windows 7 and standardization of Windows Media Video technology as an international SMPTE standard.

Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions, including Vice President of Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast where he drove Panasonic’s HDTV strategy for the US.

Pat started his career at RCA, earning eight patents in TV product design.

Pat has served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. A SMPTE Fellow, he serves as SMPTE Executive Vice President. He also serves on the Board of the Ultra-HD Forum as Vice President and is Dolby’s Board alternate in the UHD Alliance. Pat is member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group as well as the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Pat holds a BSEE degree from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.

Simon Fell, Director of Technology & Innovation - European Broadcasting Union

Simon Fell

Simon Fell leads the team spearheading developments in broadcast, media technologies and innovation at the EBU based in Geneva. Additionally, Simon is the Chairman of the World Broadcasting Union Technical Committee and of the ETSI Joint Technical Committee for Broadcast Standards. He is also a member of the IBC Council.

He has four decades of experience, formerly with ITV as Director of Future Technologies; previously he helped establish Carlton Television where he held several executive positions and helped launch digital broadcasting in the UK.

He has chaired the Technical Council at the UK’s Digital Television Group, and was Chairman of the HD Forum.

Additional roles include Director of Engineering for Rushes, Chief Engineer of 625 and establishing Channel Four. His early career included periods in the USA with Rank Cintel and at YTV in Leeds.

Richard M. Friedel, Executive Vice President & General Manager - FOX Networks Engineering & Operations

Richard Friedel

Richard is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for 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 and the Twentieth Television syndication division.  In addition, Mr. Friedel is in charge of the Fox Network Center-Houston, home of FOX Sports’ regional networks.

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. 

Richard is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.  He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, President of the North American Broadcasters Association, is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society Administrative Committee and is the Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee.

Shane Peros, Managing Director, Global Partnerships - Google

Shane Peros

Shane is a technology and media sales Executive with over 20 years of experience.

He currently serves as the Managing Director of Google's Global Broadcast Partner Business Solutions responsible for strategic Broadcast, Entertainment and Distributions Partners Globally. In his role, Shane leads complex cross-Google initiatives working with key Executives across the company to bring partners multi-service solutions that solve for the challenges presented by the convergence of Linear and Digital platforms in the Global TV business.

Prior to joining Google, Shane served as the Vice President of Americas Publisher Sales for DoubleClick.   While at DoubleClick Shane held several leadership positions including Team leads for Analytics and Marketing Automation.  Shane also held roles at International Data Corporation (IDC), Giga Information Group and @plan media solutions. Shane attended Northeastern University in Boston with a Major in Business Administration.

Chris Fetner, Director of Global Media Engineering and Partnerships - Netflix

Chris Fetner

Fetner, a SMPTE member, began his career as an operations manager at a local Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) affiliate in Washington, D.C., and went on to serve as a producer for television programs including the award-winning show "Frontiers of Medicine." He later served as a postproduction and operations executive at Discovery Communications, guiding the company's migration to an all-digital workflow, and as vice president of postproduction and technical services at the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) Worldwide in New York, where he oversaw all technical operations supporting both the cable network BBC America and its distribution to electronic sell-through (EST), video-on-demand (VOD), and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) customers. At Netflix, Fetner and his team deploy tools, processes, and knowledge that allow content owners and service vendors to deliver high-quality content to Netflix simply and with efficiency. 

Specialties: Post Production Workflow, Process Automation, Large Scale disc-based storage, VOD, TV Everywhere, Post Production Operations Management.

Akihiko Chigono, Executive Director, Chief of Engineering - NHK

Akihiko Chigono Council

Mr. Chigono joined NHK in 1977. After working for the Program Engineering Division, he became the Head of the Engineering Administration Department in 2006, followed by the position of Director of Engineering Administration Department in 2010. He played a key role in the immediate recovery of the broadcasting network after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In the same year, he led and managed the digitalisation of the terrestrial television network in Japan, and successfully supervised the completion of the analog switch-off in March 2012. He then transferred to NHK Media Technology and became the President/CEO in 2013. Since 25, April 2017, Mr Chigono has held the position of Executive Director/Chief of Engineering of NHK. He is currently responsible for engineering and information systems, and security including the development and implementation of next-generation television services.

Neil Maycock, EVP and General Manager Media Software Solutions - Snell Advanced Media (SAM)

Neil Maycock

Neil is currently EVP and General Manager Media Software Solutions at Snell Advanced Media (SAM), responsible for the company’s production, editing, media management, and playout product lines. He previously held the role of EVP Marketing and led the rebranding of Quantel & Snell to Snell Advanced Media.

Prior to SAM Neil held the positions of Chief Architect and Chief Marketing Officer at Snell following the 2009 merger of Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox.

Before the merger, he was a member of the Pro-Bel board and held positions including President of the Americas and Chief Technology Officer.

He is a Fellow of the IET, Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Liliana Nakonechnyj, President - SET

Liliana Nakonechnyj

Liliana Nakonechnyj is the current president of SET-Brazilian Society of Television Engineering, and serves as councilor on the National Council of Social Communication, a consultative body to the Brazilian Senate. 

Liliana graduated as telecommunications engineer from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.  She worked for TV Globo for over three decades, mostly leading introduction of new distribution technologies and their deployment throughout the network – from analog to digital – and was also responsible for engineering guidance to the affiliated TV stations.

From 1994, Liliana lead studies and tests for the introduction of terrestrial digital television in Brazil, and was highly involved in bodies which helped launch digital TV in the country, such as the SBTVD-Brazilian Forum of Digital Television and GIRED- Group for Deployment of Digital TV and Redistribution of TV Channels. Always interested in state-of-the-art technologies, from 2013 Liliana addressed UHDTV, through studies, demonstrations and tests of UHDTV in collaboration with NHK.

She was also technical advisor to broadcast associations such as ABERT- Brazilian Association of Broadcasters and AIB- Association of International Broadcasting and was a founding member of FoBTV.  

Elaine Bucknor, Group Director, Strategy, Security and Governance - Sky

Elaine Bucknor

Elaine Bucknor is a Group Director – Strategy, Security and Governance within Sky’s Technology division, and a member of its Executive Leadership Team. In her role, Elaine is responsible for the overall strategic direction and governance for Group Technology at Sky, ensuring the development and delivery of its large-scale international technology programmes across broadcast and digital platforms, network infrastructure and IT.  Elaine also has overall responsibility for Cyber Security at Sky, covering all aspects of security, governance, risk and compliance. 

With over 20 years in operational and strategic technology consultancy roles, Elaine brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to the company.  She has worked across numerous sectors from defence to financial services and, for the last few years, media and telecommunications. Beginning her career writing code and designing and architecting technology platforms and systems, Elaine moved onto consulting in business change and technology, directing and delivering major programmes of work before joining Sky’s senior leadership team.

Elaine is part of Sky’s ‘Women in Leadership’ group, an initiative to get more women into the most senior leadership positions at Sky. She is also a key sponsor in Sky’s drive to get more women into technology.

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