July 25-26, 2007
1050 Techwood Drive NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Executive Vice President,
Operations and Strategy
Jim McCaffrey is executive vice president of operations & strategy for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, he leads a team of senior executives responsible for managing Turner Strategic Planning, New Products, Research & Development, Network Operations, Turner Studios and Technology Development, and the CNN Systems, Technology and Engineering units. As lead strategist for Turner, he is charged with the assessment of long-term risks and opportunities, and the development of all strategic initiatives across the company’s domestic and international entertainment, news and sports portfolio. McCaffrey works closely with parent company Time Warner Inc. on matters involving Turner Broadcasting. He is based in Atlanta and reports to Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of TBS, Inc.
McCaffrey joined TBS, Inc. in 1995 from the O&W Group, a worldwide consulting and systems development company specializing in providing technological and operations solutions to large corporate clients. Earlier in his career, he held positions in new product and business development at Beatrice Companies, and in brand management at Cadbury-Schweppes.
McCaffrey earned an undergraduate degree at Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration at the Stern School of Business. He serves on the board of trustees of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and on the board of directors of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and New Products
David Rudolph is senior vice president of strategy and new products for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, he directs the internal teams charged with providing consultation and analysis of potential acquisitions, including programming and technology, and domestic and international corporate strategy initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for working across TBS, Inc. divisions to identify and analyze market concepts and develop internal ideas leading to products of scale outside the company’s traditional network businesses. Rudolph is based in Atlanta and reports to Jim McCaffrey, executive vice president of operations and strategy for TBS, Inc.
Most recently senior vice president of new products development for TBS, Inc., Rudolph was tapped by Turner Broadcasting Chairman and CEO Phil Kent to charter, staff and lead the company’s New Products Group. Earlier, he served as vice president and general manager of Turner South, responsible for all day-to-day operations of TBS, Inc.’s regional entertainment network, the first regional entertainment basic cable service in television history, including programming, budget and staffing matters.
Rudolph joined TBS, Inc. in July 1996 as an analyst in Turner Entertainment Group’s strategic planning unit. Through successive promotions to manager and director, he assisted in the investigation and analysis of new business ventures for TBS, Inc., including leading extensive research, developing business plans, delivering internal and external presentations and preparing strategic briefs.
Rudolph earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of directors of Atlanta’s True Colors Theater Company.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
Senior Vice President, Platform Research and Development
Alastair Hamilton is corporate senior vice president of platform research & development and worldwide distribution technology for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, he leads an organization responsible for the enterprise-wide research and development activities of TBS, Inc. in the areas of wireless, broadband, video, gaming and related technologies; provides strategic direction to senior management and directs the resources of internal and external research projects to provide simulation and testing of new products; and represents TBS, Inc.’s interests on appropriate standards. In addition, Hamilton oversees the domestic and international network distribution infrastructure; day-to-day operations of the satellite transponder inventory; transponder and distribution hardware contract negotiations; and strategic development of network infrastructure. He is based in Atlanta and reports to Scott Teissler, executive vice president of technology operations and chief information officer/chief technology officer for TBS, Inc.
Hamilton joined the company in 1992 as director of satellite systems for Turner International. In 1995, he was promoted to vice president and, in 1997, to senior vice president. As senior vice president, he oversaw daily operations of the company’s network of transponders and earth stations for international distribution of CNNI, TNT and Cartoon Network.
Prior to Turner, Hamilton served in a management role at INTELSAT in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw technical aspects of video transmission through the company’s satellite network, including the planning and implementation of transmission paths for special events. Earlier, Hamilton was responsible for the acquisition, development and deployment of SNG terminals at NBC News.
Hamilton received a first-class honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the television industry.
M&E Global Industry Manager, TV / Film / Broadcast
Jake Winnett is M&E Global Industry Manager - Film/TV/Broadcast at Microsoft. He has had 14 years professional experience in technology and new media, working for such companies as Autodesk, Adobe and Launch Media.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Jake spent 6 years as Director of Operations with Media.net Communications, a media service and systems integration company based in Los Angeles, where he led a dedicated team of network, systems and software engineers focused on providing high-end real-time and non-real-time collaborative applications for studios, postproduction facilities as well as TV and film productions. Solutions ranged from store-and-forward media delivery applications to high-quality real-time streaming video for visual effects review and approval between directors and visual effects studios. In this capacity, he worked closely with customers such as Jim Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, M. Night Shyamalan, Ascent Media, Technicolor, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks and Industrial Light & Magic.
Jake received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude from California State University Long Beach in Film & Electronic Arts with emphasis in Film Production and Editing.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Turner Broadcasting Greg Foster currently serves as Vice-President of Corporate Development for Turner Broadcasting. In this capacity, he is responsible for all strategic investments and acquisitions for the company. He has over a decade of experience working with high growth and emerging businesses. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Greg joined Deloitte Consulting, focusing his efforts in building internet strategies for several large clients including Prudential Insurance, Sonoco Products, and the New York City Transit Authority. He has been a member of the management team of three successful start-ups, serving as SVP of Corporate Development at iXL (internet media consultancy), VP of Business and Corporate Development at Silverpop Systems (direct-to-consumer platform provider), and most currently as CEO/Founder of Southern Direct, a business focused on building branded e-commerce extensions to linear cable channels. Greg arrived at Turner after the assets of Southern Direct were acquired by Turner Broadcasting. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He resides in Atlanta with his wife, Christine, and their two dogs.
Veritas Venture Partners
Laurie Olivier is a partner of Veritas Venture Partners, a veteran VC firm in Israel, and manages its Atlanta office. In his capacity as a general partner of Veritas' latest fund, VVP II, he serves on the boards of an enterprise software company, ClickFox Inc., and a medical device company, CytoDome Inc. He is a member of various technology related industry forums, and currently serves as Chairman-Elect of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region, and chairman of its Telecommunications Committee.
Laurie has been involved in venture capital since 1990. As Senior Business Development Manager and SVP Private Equity at Anglo American (AA), a leading global mining concern, he represented AA's interests in a number of venture funds, including the AAV fund managed by Veritas. He served on the boards various AAV portfolio companies. He was also a board member of MCPEPA (an East Asian private equity fund) and MCA (a South African VC fund - Chairman of the Investment Committee). At AA, he pioneered the establishment of new technology-driven businesses, and served on the boards of a variety of publicly traded and privately held businesses, including Anglo American Industrial Corporation Ltd and some of its joint venture companies with major East Asian corporations. He currently serves as a technology commercialization advisor to a major government controlled research organization in South Africa and to the University of Pretoria.Laurie was born and raised in South Africa, and holds a B.Engineering (Electronics) from the University of Pretoria, and a B.Com (Hons) and Dip. Datametrics from the University of South Africa.
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