Innovation has been the hallmark of 2020.
With unforeseen disturbances, the sports broadcasting market has been forced to reconsider and adapt on the fly. This has caused a rapid adoption of remote broadcast technology, a reconsidering of live right’s value, revisiting archival footage, as well as rebuilding commercial and marketing strategies amongst many other changes.
The OTT Summit took place on 2 & 3 December 2020 and was built around three main themes – Strategy, Content & Technology. Catch up on-demand to hear how industry leaders overcame challenges in these areas and how they see the state of the industry moving forward.
2020 headliners include
VP, Global Sports Video
Marie Donoghue is Vice President of Global Sports Video at Amazon, overseeing Amazon’s global sports content business. In her role, Marie leads Amazon’s worldwide sports strategy, identifying and evaluating new opportunities, and enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in over 240 countries and territories.
Prime members from around the world can now watch live sporting events like Thursday Night Football, the Premier League, US Open (tennis), and Next Gen ATP Finals, and can subscribe to streaming services such as MLB.TV, NBA League Pass, and PGA TOUR LIVE through Prime Video Channels. Rights and availability vary by country.
Over the course of her career, Donoghue has received numerous recognitions, including “Most Influential People in Sports” (Sports Business Journal), “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” (The Hollywood Reporter), “New York Impact List” (Variety), “The Most Powerful Women in Cable”(CableFax: The Magazine), “Women to Watch” (Advertising Age and Advertising Women of New York) and “Game Changers” (Sports Business Journal).
Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue was at ESPN for more than 18 years, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President, Global Business and Content Strategy, leading the ongoing development and implementation of ESPN’s enterprise-wide business and content strategy. She also headed ESPN’s Business Affairs, Business Development and Partnership groups (including gaming partnerships).
Donoghue earned a J.D. degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from Columbia College.
Former Managing Director, Sky Sports
Former CEO Future Sports at Comcast/Sky and Managing Director of Sky Sports from 2009-2019.
Transformed Sky Sports from 4 channels to 11, adding such premium rights as F1, The Open, The Masters and NBA to the portfolio as well as securing 3 x Premier League renewals, 3 x EFL renewals and 3 x ECB renewals in the face of increased competition. Also restructured Boxing alongside Matchroom with a strategy that led to the reintroduction of PPV, creating £250m+ in additional revenue.
Developed the Sky Sports digital and social platforms to be industry-leading, as well as the Sports streaming services on Sky Go and Now TV. Also ensured Sky Sports used its investment and presence to become a force for good with schemes such as Living for Sport in State schools and support for Sky’s wider Ocean Rescue project, eliminating plastics from sports venues and Production facilities.
In 10 years Sky Sports won 3 BAFTAs, 6 RTS Awards, 2 Broadcast Awards and 2 Global F1 Broadcaster Awards.
Following Comcast’s purchase of Sky, Barney was promoted to the role of CEO, Future Sports, to look at growth areas for the Comcast sports businesses on both sides of the Atlantic before choosing to take a career break in January. Currently advising a couple of Boards, one large charity and a family ebike start-up with two younger brothers.
Co-Founder & President
Zack Weiner is the Co-Founder and President of Overtime, the sports network for the next generation, with over 40 million social media followers and 1.5 billion video views per month.
Weiner is a recipient of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Sports Business Journal’s “New Voices Under 30.”
Prior to founding Overtime, Weiner was the CEO and Founder of The Sports Quotient which he started at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a 3x Ivy League Chess Champion and still tries to play when he can!
Weiner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.
Co-Founder & General Manager
Esmeralda Negron has made a name for herself – on and off the pitch – at every stage of her career.
Negron is one of Princeton University’s all-time most decorated female athletes where she led the Tigers soccer team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and was twice named Ivy League Player of the Year. A 2004 first-team All-American selection, she was a member of the U21 US Women’s National Team before playing professionally in Division 1 Féminine (France) and Bundesliga (Germany).
Following her playing career, Negron held D1 coaching positions for the women’s soccer programs at Seton Hall and Princeton University. She then applied her soccer savvy and business acumen as part of a prominent role at Relevent Sports Group, one of the leading soccer events and media companies. At Relevent, she served as Senior Director of Global Soccer Properties where she helped launch and direct the Women’s International Champions Cup, a women’s professional club tournament featuring the best clubs in the world including the North Carolina Courage of the NWSL, along with England’s Manchester City, France’s Lyon and Spain’s Atlético de Madrid.
Negron’s experience led her to team with co-founder and former Relevent colleague Hannah Brown to conceptualize and launch Atalanta Media. Having experienced life as a professional soccer player from all angles, Negron understood that the journey can only go so far without an increase in awareness, exposure and further commercialization. For Negron, a company like Atalanta Media, that was focused on bringing the best in international women’s club soccer into more homes and onto broader platforms, addressed a gaping hole. Negron’s deep network and connections across the global soccer community has been instrumental in laying the foundation for unprecedented access to the very best women’s football for fans, broadcasters, sponsors, publishers and influencers.
Chief Sports Officer
beIN Media Group
Richard Verow is beIN MEDIA GROUP’s Chief Sports Officer. He joined the global media group in February 2020 from Sky Sports, where Mr Verow held the position of Commercial Director since 2012 – overseeing major negotiations with the Premier League, the International Cricket Council, Formula 1, UEFA, England Cricket, England Rugby, the NFL, the NBA and more. Richard Verow is now responsible for beIN’s unrivalled global sports acquisitions and distribution portfolio.
Prior to his work for major broadcasters, Richard Verow was a senior commercial lawyer for the International Cricket Council; Senior Counsel for UEFA; and has played a major role in other leading organisations in entertainment, media and sport over the past two decades.
VP, Research & Insights
Renata Policicio leads the Research and Insights group for ESPN’s Global Markets. Based at the company’s New York offices, she leads the research and analytics international team, providing guidance to advance ESPN’s brand, understanding of the sports landscape, and drive growth and innovation in more than 30 different countries.
She is a multi-cultural professional with over 20 years of experience at major Fortune 500 companies such as Disney ESPN, Warner Media, Microsoft and advertising agencies, holding an MBA in Business and Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Communications, and a speaker at key conferences around the globe.
EVP & Chief Technology Officer
Rajan Mehta is Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at WWE. He is responsible for WWE’s Digital Products, which include the WWE Network & WWE.com. In addition, he provides oversight for their enterprise technology strategy & operations, including Cybersecurity, Big Data, & Information Technology.
Mehta joined WWE in 2013 as Vice President, Digital Technology and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Media Technology in 2015. Prior to joining WWE, Mehta was with NBC Universal where he held leadership roles with NBC Sports and served as the Chief Technology Officer for Dyle Mobile TV. Mehta has also held technology positions for General Electric, and Sitetrends, an east coast based internet company.
Mehta has been recognized with numerous industry awards including a 2008 Emmy Award for “Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Broadcasting,” for his work with NBC Olympics and a 2016 Webby Award for “Online Sports Channel,” for his work with the WWE Network.
Mehta resides in Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Marketing & Growth Officer
Portuguese Football Federation
Global Head of Marketing | A modern CMO specialized in digital who builds brands, drives revenue and catalyzes growth.
Nuno is currently the Chief Marketing & Growth Officer at Portugal´s Football Federation. His role involves managing teams across marketing, brand, sponsorship, merchandising & licensing, esports, ticketing, digital transformation and fan engagement.
Nuno is also a member of UEFA´s Marketing Advisory Committee.
Formerly Global Digital Director at Nike, Nuno is a modern CMO specialized in digital who builds brands, drives revenue and catalyzes growth. He has led breakthrough brand campaigns and digital innovation projects, including those around tournaments such as the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, Olympics and more.
Nuno is an innovator and native storyteller who inspires communities, everyday athletes and sports lovers to fulfil their passion through passion and hard work.
Nuno Moura was awarded “Leader under 40” in 2016 and 2019 by the prestigious Aspire Academy and Leaders in Sport organizations.
With over 16 years industry experience Nuno has led successful global brand and business growth for top global enterprises, including developing e-commerce, driving media and CRM. Leading and setting strategic direction for all geographies and markets globally. Overseeing all of Nike´s digital portfolio (Nike.com, Social Media, Mobile, Apps, Content & Digital Services).
Agency-side (Fullsix & TAG) managed large teams, delivering web & mobile products, innovation and digital brand strategy for clients such as: P&G – Coke – Fiat – Alfa Romeo – Aussie – Olay – Vicks – Pantene – Head n´ Shoulders – Maxfactor – T-Mobile – Orange – Hertz – Sky – L’Oreal Professional – Reckitt Benckiser – Betclic – Whirlpool – Thomson Reuters – Ballantines – Chivas Regal – Malibu – Absolut – Nestlé – Eurostar – Veet – DHL – Clearasil.
SportsPro OTT Awards
Despite the challenges of 2020, it was a year that has pushed the industry forward and delivered amazing innovations.
Guests from across the sports broadcast ecosystem were brought together for a virtual ceremony to celebrate the pioneers in the industry. Honouring the most exceptional and creative uses of technology and new thinking across 14 categories.
Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all the excellent submissions we received this year. With a record-breaking amount of entries, the judges did a brilliant job in awarding the winners of each category.
Evaluating commercial and marketing approaches for driving revenue in the current OTT landscape.
Understanding viewing habits and providing entertainment relevant for when and where fans are consuming sports.
Enabling continued enjoyment of sports content amidst new challenges and empowering the future of broadcast experience.