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Virtualisation - What is it good for?

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 5 July 2017

To be held at Turner Broadcasting (Nearest Tube Oxford Circus)
Turner House
16 Great Marlborough Street


Keynote (followed by Q&A)

James Crossland, Vice president for technology and operations EMEA & APAC, Turner Broadcasting

  • What they have chosen virtualisation for
  • How well is that working?
  • Pitfalls/lessons learned?
  • Any plans to extend virtualisation into other areas?

Keynote presentation - "The future of Media processing, today. Serverless Content processing" 

Glyn Smith, Senior Business Development Manager – Amazon Web Services - Edge Media Solutions

Presentation - "The global end-user view – a presentation regarding the views on Virtualisation from the end-user survey conducted at NAB Show 2017"

Darren Whitehead, IABM Director of Business Development

Panel Session with suppliers of virtualisation systems including:

  • James Gilbert, CEO, Pixel Power
  • Ian Cockett CTO and co-founder, Pebble Beach Systems
  • KA Srinivasan, Co-founder, Amagi
  • John Nemeth, VP EMEA, Elemental Technologies

Speakers and Panelists 

James Crossland 

James Crossland is vice president for technology and operations EMEA & APAC, responsible for leading the media supply chain operations and the strategic direction on investments, applications and solutions to enable Turner's channels, platforms, partnerships and business models across the EMEA and APAC regions. He joined Turner in January 2016 from PwC where he was director for broadcast media transformation. 

James has been in the media industry since 2004 leading the building and running of broadcast services for television and digital platforms across the UK public service sector and internationally. He has led initiatives across the media industry, delivering transformation of broadcast and production services at ITV and BBC, re-platforming international playout, distribution and VOD services at Encompass Digital Media and working with global media clients developing strategic operational transformation with PwC. 

James started his career at IBM laboratories in Winchester, UK, then spent several years consulting across a wide range of industry sectors focusing on strategic deployment of technology to enable business growth and operational agility before moving into the media industry. 

Glyn Smith 

  An established technologist with wide ranging experience in CDN, SaaS, Cloud Services whether public, private or hybrid. Glyn has been working with Media customers for almost 15 years. 

In his current Business Development role for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Glyn Smith is tasked with understanding the trends and developments in the Media & Entertainment industry, seeing where AWS are most relevant and building a business plan to respond. A key aspect is to continue to be obsessed with our customer’s business challenges to ensure AWS is able to support these. Whether customers wish to archive, manage, process or deliver their Media, Glyn wishes to show how AWS services allow customers to build solutions. 

Since the acquisition of AWS Elemental these options for our customers have broadened further still, Glyn is enthused to see how these will evolve in the near and longer term. 

When not indulging his passion for all things digital, Glyn enjoys spending his free time with his wife, two children and black Labrador in Oxfordshire, UK.

KA Srinivasan 

KA Srinivasan (Srini) is a technology entrepreneur with two decades of experience in building innovative products and solutions, and taking them to global markets. Srini has led Amagi to be one of the fastest growing cloud-broadcast company in the world. Before Amagi, Srini co-founded Impulsesoft, which went on to become a market leader in wireless audio, and was later acquired by semi-conductor major SiRF. 

At Amagi, Srini leads the media technology business division, and has been instrumental in conceptualizing cloud-based broadcast model, simplifying TV and OTT channel operations. Under Srini’s leadership Amagi has reached significant milestones, such as becoming the largest TV ad network in India, and successfully deploying cloud-based feeds in more than 40 countries.  

As an established OTT and cloud technology evangelist, Srini regularly speaks in marquee broadcast events about how machine learning and cloud can reinvent video entertainment and advertising. 

Ian Cockett

Ian is one of the founder directors of Pebble Beach Systems, having worked on software projects in the broadcast industry for over 10 years prior to the company's launch in 2000.

He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the company’s range of automation and channel in a box products for broadcasters and service providers all around the world, and was previously European Technical Manager for Louth Automation. Prior to that he worked for Logica UK on projects in the broadcast and media sector, and has also worked as a consultant for companies such as Reuters, NTL and The Walt Disney Company.

With almost 30 years of experience in providing software solutions for broadcasters, and almost 25 of those dealing specifically with broadcast automation for television, Ian brings an unrivalled expertise in broadcast automation. He is well known for his extensive practical knowledge, detailed technical insight, and unique problem solving capabilities.

In his spare time, Ian is an occasional musician and can frequently be found cycling or skiing at great speed down mountains in the French Alps.

John Nemeth

35 years experience with leading video and audio equipment manufacturers for broadcast, post production, music and film applications. Now assisting content programmers, service providers and broadcasters perfect the media experience using Elemental's powerful and cost-effective video processing solutions to provide instantaneous and ubiquitous access to professional video content on any screen, any time - all at once.

James Gilbert

A Cambridge Engineering Graduate, James is Founder and CEO of Pixel Power Ltd, which has been delivering Broadcast Graphics Solutions for 25 years. His current role encompasses world-wide commercial responsibility and acting as the interface between customers and technical aspects of product development.





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