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America's most respected entertainment and media industry executives visited Tuck on January 14, 2009 to discuss and debate: Video: Winning the Battle for People, Platforms & Profits. The panelists discussed how consumers are driving their companies to offer dynamic content on multiple platforms including mobile devices, conventional television and online. The panel was moderated by IBM's Steven Abraham.


Tony Bates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Group, Cisco Systems
Tony Bates is the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Cisco's Service Provider Group. He is a member of Chairman and CEO John Chambers' senior staff and therefore contributes to Cisco's overall strategy and direction. Additionally, he is the co-chair of a number of councils and initiatives, chief among them the Service Provider Business Council and the Cisco Development Council.

Glenn Britt


Glenn A. Britt, Chairman, President and CEO, Time Warner Cable
Britt was named President and CEO of Time Warner Cable in February 2006 and served as CEO since August 2001. He also serves as Chairman on the company's board of directors. Britt has been the driving force behind the Company's aggressive development of advanced video services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition television and digital video recorders.

Rich Ross


Rich Ross, President, Disney Channels Worldwide
Rich Ross, is President, Disney Channels Worldwide, which is part of the Disney ABC-Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. He was promoted to this role in April 2004. Ross manages the Company's successful and burgeoning global kids' TV business, a total of 67 channels and/or feeds around the world including 27 Disney Channels, nine Toon Disney channels, 10 Playhouse Disney channels and 19 Jetix channels, which in total reach more than 600 million viewers in over 100 countries in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America and South Africa.

Blair Westlake


Blair Westlake,Corporate Vice, President, Media and Entertainment Group, Microsoft Corporation
Blair Westlake serves as the liaison within Microsoft for the media and entertainment industries, including Hollywood, broadcasters, cable/satellite programmers and the music industry. He directs a cross-organizational group responsible for business development, policies and content licensing for services and products including Xbox Live Marketplace Video store, Windows Media Center Edition PCs and Zune. He joined Microsoft in August 2004 and is based at the Company's Redmond, WA headquarters.

Steve Abraham


Steven Abraham, Global Leader Media & Entertainment, IBM
Panel Moderator
Steven Abraham has worldwide responsibility for IBM's Global Business Services for the Media and Entertainment industry. GBS is the management consulting, systems integration and applications outsourcing arm of IBM. He is responsible for global sales nand profit. Under his leadership the M&E business has broadened to include filmed entertainment, television, media networks, games, music, publishing, information providers, advertising, consumer products, theme parks and sports - and online variants of all these businesses.

  • Top entertainment and media executives met with students and spoke about the future of video during Tech@Tuck on Jan. 14, 2009.

  • Steven Abraham, Global Leader for IBM's Media & Entertainment Group, served as moderator for the Tech@Tuck panel discussion. Executives from Cisco Systems, Time Warner Cable, Disney and Microsoft visited Tuck as guests of the Center for Digital Strategies, which sponsored the event.

  • Research fellows, Charles Cieutat, (l) and Sheldon Menezes (r), attended the panel discussion during Tech@Tuck in Tuck's new Georgiopoulos Classroom.

  • A standing room-only crowd of more than 150 students, faculty and community members attended a panel focused on Video: Winning the Battle for People, Platforms & Profits sponsored by the Center for Digital Strategies.

  • Executives from America's top media and entertainment companies shared their insights during Tech@Tuck, one of the Center for Digital Strategies' highest profile events. Tech@Tuck is part of the Britt Technology Impact Series, underwritten by Glenn A. Britt, president and CEO of Time Warner Cable. (Pictured second from left).

  • Students, faculty and guests attended a lively Tuck 'Tails reception following the 2009 Tech@Tuck event.

  • Dean Paul Danos and CDS executive director, Hans Brechbühl, attended the Tuck 'Tails reception following Tech@Tuck. CDS director, Prof. Eric Johnson, is behind Brechbühl.

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    Keval Desai, Director of Product Management at Google, spoke to students at noon on January 14, 2009. 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. More

  •   Top media and entertainment executives are visiting Tuck as part of this dynamic speaker series.

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