Linda Tadic, Audiovisual Archive Network

March 10, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Linda Tadic, Audiovisual Archive Network 

LindaTadic_headshot3Linda Tadic
Executive Director
Audiovisual Archive Network

Linda Tadic is Executive Director of Audiovisual Archive Network (, an independent non-profit digital preservation service for historical sound and moving image collections. She consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, and metadata, with clients as diverse as WNET/Thirteen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SBS (Australia), Dunhuang Academy (China), and the Missouri History Museum. She is an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies program (teaching courses in Access and Digital Asset Management), and previously was an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (courses in collection management and cataloging and metadata). She is co-author of the book Descriptive Metadata for Television: an End-to-End Introduction (Focal Press, 2006). Ms. Tadic’s almost 30 years’ experience includes holding the positions of Manager of the Digital Library at Home Box Office (HBO), Director of the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, and Director of Operations for ARTstor. She is a past President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

Susan Cheng, Warner Bros.

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Susan ChengSusan Cheng
Senior Vice President, Content Management & Distribution
Warner Bros

Susan Cheng leads Product Master Data Governance for physical and digital distribution at Warner Bros. She has key supplier relationship management responsibilities and directly oversees master data management, including intellectual property designations and data quality.

Prior to her master data role, Susan led Category Sourcing teams for marketing and supply chain across the studio. Before joining Warner Bros. in 2006, Susan was the Director of Strategic Procurement for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products and Neutrogena, heading up a bi-coastal direct materials sourcing organization. Prior to that, she spent several years with The Walt Disney Company and Procter & Gamble, all in supply chain and sourcing optimization functions.

Susan holds an MBA from Yale University in Corporate Strategy & Non-profit Management, and a Bachelor of Business in Finance from the University of Michigan.

Todd Burke, Adobe

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Todd Burke - Adobe Todd Burke
Principal Solutions Engineer

Steve Cronan, 5th Kind

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Steve Cronan 5th KindSteve Cronan
Chief Executive Officer
5th Kind

Steve Cronan, Founder and CEO of 5th Kind, is the creator of CORE, the digital asset management and collaborative workflow solution developed to meet the challenges faced by feature film production in the digital age. Beginning with a concept in 2001 on the Matrix sequels, and steadily advancing the product over the last decade, Steve has pioneered the field of real-time production and studio workflow management.

Steve has grown 5th Kind’s platform to serve clients throughout the motion picture industry, including Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Aardman Animation, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Legendary Pictures, and has provided asset management solutions for over 40 blockbuster features. 5th Kind’s cutting edge approach to collaborative workflow has allowed the company to expand its servicesto other industries with installations at Nissan and Toyota.
In 2012, Steve Cronan was honored with the prestigious DAMMY OF THE YEAR, recognizing his pioneering efforts within the field of digital asset management. Steve enjoys discovering new ways to automate workflows through ongoing industry initiatives and in collaboration with production and studio clients.

Jason Lambert, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Jason Lambert, SonyJason Lambert
Executive Director, Content Licensing & Metadata
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ken Nevarez, Google/YouTube

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ken_nevarez-GoogleKen Nevarez
Manager, Television Operations

Ken Nevarez manages Television Operations for Google Play. For the past four years Ken has been a vital part of Google’s video operations team, helping to grow the product offering and expand internationally. He is a technologist at heart and a problem solver by nature. Prior to Google, Ken was a software engineer at Accenture in their Media and Entertainment practice having worked with clients such as Electronic Arts, Disney and McGraw-Hill. He holds a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBAs from Haas School of Business at Berkeley and Columbia Business School.

Jim Taylor, UltraViolet/DECE

March 6, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jim Taylor, UltraViolet/DECE 

Taylor_Jim-150Jim Taylor
Chief Technology Officer and Head Product Development

Jim Taylor is the author of DVD Demystified and Blu-ray Disc Demystified, the best-selling book series published by McGraw-Hill. Jim is currently Head of Technology and Product Development at DECE, the cross-industry group working on UltraViolet, the electronic equivalent to DVD and Blu-ray. Called a “minor tech legend” by E! Online, Jim created the acclaimed Internet DVD FAQ and the UltraViolet FAQ, speaks and writes about digital video and audio technology, holds several patents, and serves as Chairman of the International Digital Media Alliance. Jim has worked with interactive media for over 30 years, developing computer software, laserdiscs, CD-ROMs, Web sites, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, along with teaching workshops, seminars, and university courses. Jim was previously Chief Technologist and GM of the Advanced Technology division of Sonic Solutions. Prior to joining Sonic in 2001, Jim was DVD Evangelist at Microsoft.

Danny Gold, Levels Beyond

March 5, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Danny Gold, Levels Beyond 

Danny Gold levelsbeyond webgrabDanny Gold
Chief Technology Officer
Levels Beyond

Architecting large multi-system enterprise applications, Danny Gold views systems as a whole and visualizes all of the moving parts and how they need to fit together. With insight into the way end users think and interact with software and systems, Danny brings focus and direction to solving the multitude of challenges faced by content owners and producers. As one of the company’s original founders, Danny focuses on developing disruptive software applications in the Media & Entertainment space. Managing millions of digital assets and moving content around the globe, he leads the Strategy team that applies the Reach Engine platform to streamline video creation, management, publishing, distribution and analytics.

Nina Smith, Warner Bros

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Nina_Smith-Warner BrosNina Smith
Digital Asset Management and Archival Strategy
Warner Bros

Nina joined Warner Bros. in 2000 working on one of the company’s largest DAM initiatives, the Media Asset Retrieval System, for the Pictures International Group. Working for several different divisions, Nina has enjoyed success at transitioning groups from traditional mediums to digital mediums, data management, inventory process improvements and setting up logical hierarchical models for increased productivity in workflows. Prior to Warner Bros., Nina enjoyed creative careers in Advertising, Art Direction and physical asset archiving which now helps to bridge the gap between the needs of Marketing and Technical Operations.

Chad Chatfield, Avalon Consulting, LLC

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Chad Chatfield-Avalon LLCChad Chatfield
National Practice Manager and Senior Architect
Avalon Consulting, LLC

Chad is a Managing Director for Avalon’s Dallas/National Consulting Practice. He has over 15 years of experience in Software Development and IT and is responsible for consulting on open source and alternative technologies for Fortune 1000 companies and startups. During his tenure, Chad has been responsible for full lifecycle development and delivery of large-scale projects across Microsoft and open source technologies. His career spans the financial, regulatory, wagering, government and media industries. Prior to joining Avalon, Chad was Vice President of Technology at He previously served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Springbok Services, Inc and as Director of Engineering at TVG (Wagering).

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