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The CTO’s Strategic Technology Roadmap

Bring together hugely important industry names such as Cisco, Discovery Communications, Sony Pictures, Ericsson and telco Voo, add in highly experienced CTO names, and IBC delegates have the perfect mix for a valuable debate on the road ahead for the broadcast industry in all its forms.

Moderated by Gerry O’Sullivan, himself a very experienced media player with experience at BSkyB, Fox, and O’Sullivan’s panel represents the best of the best.

Dave Ward, SVP/chief architect & CTO/engineering at Cisco Systems, is responsible for architectural governance, defining strategy, development of new technology and leading use-inspired research.

John Honeycutt is CTO at broadcasting giant Discovery Communications and looks after its consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. He is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term technology strategy to enable Discovery’s growing pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services.

A 12-year Discovery veteran, Honeycutt most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Discovery Networks International (DNI), where he led the operational structure of Discovery’s growing international business operations across more than 220 countries and territories.

Spencer Stephens is CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and leads the studio’s Technology Development group working on technology innovation and application.

The group’s role touches on every part of the path from the on-set technology including cameras and lenses, through post production and mastering. Stephens will talk about how HDR is fitting into Sony’s production workflows.

Ulf Ewaldsson is CTO at Ericsson and has been in post since 2012; he is also chairman of Ericsson’s Research Board and a member of the Lund University Board and the Ericsson-LG Board in Korea.

Finally, is Tamara Leemans, CTO at Belgian telco Voo. Leemans is responsible for the company’s technical department and it is her task to improve the overall customer experience of services by using innovation and technology as a leverage as well as increasing the operational efficiency of the business.

This expert panel will deliver sound advice as to how they are addressing the challenges of this new era in broadcast and media.