The OTT.X Leadership Development Foundation
2020 (online) Summit
August 12, 2020

To create an inclusive and diverse community of participants, women and minorities are especially encouraged to register and attend! 

The half-day online conference will provide opportunities for a diverse population of junior professionals in business and technical roles in the OTT video industry to meet and learn from experienced leaders and develop career and leadership skills. 


Career and leadership development presentations delivered by successful executives, leaders and subject matter experts


Discussion Groups

Informal sessions between conference attendees and industry executives 


Happy Hour

End-of-day networking opportunity



Conference Program

       (All Times Pacific)


Session kickoff and introduction – Mark Fisher


Keynote: Become the Leader you Seek

Media & Entertainment executive and U.S. Army veteran, Teresa Phillips, shares principle-centered leadership skills and lessons to become the leader you seek. Management is often taught and learned, yet few companies invest in developing talented leaders. Learn how the Army’s leadership framework – BE, KNOW and DO – can help you build the character and confidence necessary to advance your career.


OTT industry dynamics and its impact on careers, leaders and organizations. Stephen Nickerson, President, Global Road Recruiters of South Bay

The Entertainment Industry has been constantly evolving for the past 25 years, as advancements in technology and changes in business models have affected consumer use and behaviors. How will future industry changes affect organizations, the people that lead them, and the career paths of those involved.  Stephen Nickerson has been working within the entertainment industry for 25 years at both large studios and successful independents. He has helped individual organizations and industry groups through times of monumental change.


Panel discussion – Becoming a Leader – This discussion among executives from across our industry will provide a unique look into their career experiences and guidance about growing as leaders, career advancement, organizational structure, fostering diversity and inclusion. Moderated by Michele Edelman, Head of Growth at Premiere Digital, with Paulette Pantoja, CEO at Blu, Jason Peterson, Chairman at GoDigital Group, and Narendra Reddy, EVP & GM at The Africa Channel.


Lunch Break

Interactive Program

A conversation with

An interactive opportunity to hear from and have a discussion with two leaders from the same organization about their perspectives, observations and experiences pertaining leadership, professional growth and organizational dynamics. 


Round 1: A conversation with Beth Anderson, AVP, Digital Strategy & Business Development and Allison Martin, Sr Manager, Content Planning - BBC Studios


Round 2: A conversation with Jill Allen, SVP Digital Distribution and Lonni Silverman, Director, Client Services - Sony Pictures


Round 3: A conversation with Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution and Kristen Bedno, Director of Domestic Distribution and Marketing – Vision Films


Session Wrap-Up


Networking Happy Hour

Our Speakers

Jill Allen

SVP Digital Distribution
Sony Pictures

Beth Anderson

AVP, Digital Strategy & Business Development
BBC Studios

Kristen Bedno

Director of Domestic Distribution and Marketing
Vision Films

Michele Edelman

Head of Growth
Premiere Digital

Mark Fisher

President & CEO

Eric Hanson

VP, Industry Leadership

Allison Martin

Sr Manager, Content Planning
BBC Studios

Steve Nickerson

Global Recruiters of South Bay

Paulette Pantoja


Jason Peterson

GoDigital Media Group

Teresa Phillips


Narendra Reddy

EVP and General Manager
The Africa Channel

Lise Romanoff

Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution
Vision Films

Lonni Silverman

Director, Client Services
Sony Pictures

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