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Britt Technology Impact Series

An Overview of Content Distribution
and Monetization
April 22, 2009

Three top media executives wrapped up this year’s Speaker Series with a provocative discussion about the monetization of video content. Carrie Ferman, T'04, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NBC Universal, Melody Tan, SVP, Strategy and Business Operations for Content Distribution and Marketing, MTV and BET Networks and Jeff Bartlett, president and general manager of Hearst-Argyle owned WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H. participated in a lively discussion. As a director at NBC Universal, Carrie Ferman leads strategic and operational projects. Her focus is on revenue growth across the company's business units including broadcast/cable TV, digital media, and local media. Prior to joining NBC Universal, Carrie worked at Time Warner in various positions where she concentrated on financial and strategic initiatives, which included: business development, new media strategic formulation, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, project management, and investor road shows. Carrie has an MBA from Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.

Melody Tan, SVP, Strategy and Business Operations, Content Distribution and Marketing, MTV and BET Networks, is responsible for developing strategic recommendations for MTV and BET Networks sales and distribution initiatives. She received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeff Bartlett has been President and General Manager of Hearst-Argyle owned WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H. since 2001. Bartlett has served as president and general manager of several other stations, including KHBS/KHOG in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas. He also served as news director at WBBM-TV in Chicago and WBZ-TV in Boston. Under his leadership, his stations have won numerous industry awards, including several Emmys.

Joel Hyatt

Joel Hyatt, CEO, Current Media

Fireside Chat with Joel Hyatt, CEO
Current Media
April 22, 2009

Joel Hyatt, co-founder and chief executive officer of Current Media, has guided the network’s development since its inception, achieving recognition for the company’s innovative approach to producing and programming content by and for young adults. Under Hyatt’s leadership, Current has grown to over 60 million subscriber households, expanded internationally, and received an Emmy® Award, the youngest network ever to win such an honor. Hyatt served on the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where his courses on entrepreneurship were among the most popular at the school. He also served as National Finance Chair for the Democratic Party in 2000. Business Week recognized Hyatt as one of the top 50 business leaders in the United States.

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Lars Albright, T'05
VP Business Development
Quattro Wireless

The Monetization of Mobile Content
April 15, 2009

Lars Albright, T'05, VP, Business Development and a founding partner of Quattro Wireless, and Justin Denison, VP, Strategy and Market Intelligence, Samsung Telecommunications America, conducted an enlightening discussion about the challenges related to delivering mobile content. They discussed trends and the most promising business models for providing dynamic content to consumers on the go.

Bob Zitter
EVP, Technology and CTO Home Box Office

Video and the Value Chain
February 18, 2009

Bob Zitter, EVP, Technology and CTO, Home Box Office and Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilarie & Co., visited Tuck to discuss video and the value chain.

Watch an interview with Bob Zitter.


Suranga Chandratillake

Suranga Chandratillake

Entrepreneurship & Video: The Future
of Search
February 4, 2009

Suranga Chandratillake, CEO of blinkx, an international expert on video search and the convergence of Web and TV visited Tuck. He founded blinkx, which is considered a leader in video search, in 2004. The company went public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007. Chandratillake has been recognized as one of the top 10 leaders in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list.

Keval Desai

Keval Desai
Dir. of Product Mgmt.
Google Inc.

Google TV Ads
January 14, 2009

Keval Desai, Director of Product Management at Google, presented an inside view of Google's new TV ad business on January 14, 2009. He walked students through a demonstration of how easy it is for anyone to place an ad on television using Google's new service. Since joining the company in 2003, Keval has managed products in Google's Ads and Syndication businesses. Currently, Keval leads Google's efforts in TV Ads.

Robert Quicksilver D'77 Robert Quicksilver D'77
Chief Content Officer
Tidal TV

Broadband TV: Emerging Markets
December 10, 2008

Professor Eric Johnson hosted a discussion with two leaders in Broadband TV, Jed Simmons and Robert Quicksilver. They discussed business strategy in this emerging market as well the impact of their businesses on the traditional media and entertainment industry. Robert Quicksilver D'77 is Chief Content Officer, Tidal TV. Tidal develops and markets internet based TV programming applications and offers a broadband TV platform that provides videos with digital controls at user end. He has over 15 years of senior executive level experience in local TV and network TV. Jed L. Simmons T'87 is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Next New Networks, overseeing day to day operations, administration and business developments. Jed has more than 20 years of experience in media, entertainment and consumer product businesses. His broad experience includes launching and managing start-ups, international expansion of US based businesses, acquisitions, and operating established businesses and turnarounds.

Yvette Kanouff Yvette Kanouff
Chief Strategy Officer
SeaChange Intl.

Video on Demand: Personalization of TV
December 3, 2008

Yvette Kanouff, chief strategy officer at SeaChange Intl., spoke to a full house at Tuck. SeaChange is a leading provider of digital video systems for on-demand digital television. Kanouff, recently named one of the most powerful women in the cable industry by CableFAX Magazine, holds several patents on digital technologies. She visited Tuck as part of the 2008-2009 Britt Technology Impact Series.

James McQuivey
James McQuivey
VP of Forrester Research

Industry Overview
November 12, 2008

James McQuivey, VP of Forrester Research, spoke at Tuck. He kicked off the 2008-2009 Britt Technology Impact Series, sponsored by Glenn Britt (T'72), CEO of Time Warner Cable. The BTIS has additional funding from IBM.

2008 Beyond Web 2.0
April 23, 2008

An off-the-record look at emerging technologies, venture capitalism, and entrepreneurship. How are companies looking to invest in emerging technologies identifying and evaluating new prospects? How are entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-turned-investors working together?
Speakers: Borealis Ventures, Hangout.net, Highland Capital Partners, Spark Capital
Web 2.0 and Career Management
April 10, 2008

How is Web 2.0 changing the way individuals manage their professional identities? How will it impact the way companies recruit and identify potential talent?
Speaker: LinkedIn

* IBM is also sponsoring a student competition on "The Future of Recruiting," open to graduate students from the Tuck School, the Thayer School, and Dartmouth's CS department. Judges: IBM, LinkedIn, Electric Sheep Company, and Bullhorn.

Web 2.0 and Customer Collaboration and Marketing
March 26, 2008

How is Web 2.0 changing the way companies engage and collaborate with customers? Speaker: Pepsi

TECK@TUCK: Web 2.0
January 16, 2008

In addition to the Tech@Tuck hands-on expo and panel discussion on January 16, the center will host a series of speakers throughout the year to discuss different aspects of Web 2.0. This new series is sponsored by IBM.

Web 2.0 and Discovery and Sharing
December 3, 2007

How is Web 2.0 changing consumers' relationship to content? How do they find it, share it, contribute to it?
Speaker: Joost

Web 2.0 and Innovation
October 9, 2007
How are companies applying Web 2.0 strategies to innovate with partners and customers? Speaker: IBM
[ Radio Tuck interview with Chris Perrien and Ted Hoff, VP Learning, IBM ]

"Web 2.0: Shifting Business Boundaries" - a Tech@Tuck event
"Web 2.0 and the Corporation" - a Thought Leadership Roundtable on Digital Strategies
"Getting Personal with Facebook" - a Radio Tuck Interview
"Yahoo! and You" - a Radio Tuck Interview