Content Americas has announced the first speakers in its FAST FORWARD strand, which will feature a raft of major players who are developing FAST channels for and with the Latin American business discussing their content strategies for both original and existing content, together with new opportunities for partnership.
With the exponential growth in free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST), Content Americas will hear from Little Dot Studios, OTTera, Pluto TV and Samsung TV Plus about how the Lat Am market can evolve FAST business in partnership with their brands.
Business Development Google TV
Felipe has over 15 years of experience in the media and marketing industry throughout the Americas. After working in marketing agencies and managing online marketing for Latam Airlines in North America, Felipe has been linked to the entertainment and media industry for the past 8 years leading the digital transformation of Univision and Televisa, and more recently developing the Google TV business in Latin America.
VP international content partnerships
Arias is currently leading Pluto TV’s international content acquisitions team, having launched 1,400-plus channels with 300,000-plus hours from more than 450 content partners in 38 markets. As a content expert, Arias has a proven track record of developing, producing, acquiring and programming content for various platforms, including SVoD and FAST/AVoD services such as Paramount+, Pluto TV, Crackle and DLA (now Claro Video).
Arias is a lawyer with a masters in law from New York University, with further studies in negotiation from MIT Sloan School of Management. His background as a tech startup advisor and co-founder of Tokenzone, a digital collectibles pioneer, gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and entertainment.
Director of business development and content acquisitions, Lat Am
Samsung TV Plus
Jabbour is an executive with over 20 years of experience dedicated to the service industry, with a solid background in telco products and services launches and content acquisition/production, distribution and promotion.
She started her career at Claro, where she worked for 11 years and held several roles in the product area, including brand-creation and go-to-market positions. Jabbour entered the entertainment segment in 2009 when she started at Sky Brasilas as product manager. In this role, she was responsible for developing products such as Sky Livre and Sky Pré-Pago including their go-to-market and overall communication strategies. In June 2018, she joined the content acquisition area, where she remained until 2020, being responsible for content negotiations and handling all programming contracts for the company.
Jabbour joined Samsung Electronics in 2020, assuming the challenge of building and launching Samsung’s free streaming platform, Samsung TV Plus, in Latin America as director of business development and content acquisitions. In this role, Jabbour leads the content strategy, including all channel negotiations and the overall consumer experience.
Director of FAST and OTT platforms
Little Dot Studios
Young joined Little Dot Studios in 2020 to develop its FAST and OTT strategy, leading the launch of its first FAST channels. Prior to that, he worked for UK broadcaster Channel 4, was commercial director at BT, and worked with OTT startups Magine TV, Hopster and Eleven Sports.
Since Young arrived at Little Dot, his team has launched eight FAST channels on 14 platforms globally. This is complemented by the distribution of thousands of hours of AVoD content to OTT platforms. Adding FAST and AVoD to OTT platforms has meant Little Dot is uniquely placed to drive viewing and monetisation across different formats and platforms and leverage insights to refine content strategies. Little Dot’s own app, Veely, houses all its FAST/AVoD channels, creating a direct-to-consumer route and enabling distribution of the app to TV platforms.
As an early entrant into FAST, Little Dot prioritised North America, the UK, Europe, Australasia and Asia and is actively reviewing Spanish-language territories. To successfully grow in these markets, Little Dot built its own ad stack where 25-plus partners bid for advertising inventory across its channel portfolio.
Stephen L Hodge
A proven leader with a track record of success in mobile application technology development, content acquisition and creation, and white-label platform streaming technology, Hodge has spearheaded companies like Toon Goggles, Digital Media Interactive, Anywhere Artists and OTTera with his technology background.
Today, services managed by Hodge and his team reach more than 300 million monthly unique viewers across every major consumer electronic device worldwide. Hodge leads in overall strategies for content licensing, business development, monetisation and ensuring that OTTera and its related companies stay ahead of their competition.
OTTera is an affordable OTT solution with over a decade of industry experience. It has fuelled more than 600 live app launches and over 1,500 live FAST channel deliveries. OTTera’s extensive distribution network is fortified by strategic partnerships with top CE manufacturers like Samsung, Vizio, Sony and Hisense.
They join other previously announced speakers in a three-day conference programme that runs alongside the market, highlighting new opportunities in the content sector. To see a full list of announced speakers, click here.
Everyone’s coming to Content Americas: Hundreds of buyers, commissioners, financiers, and channels have already signed up, with a sell-out event expected in January
The most influential buyers from the Lat Am market are now confirmed for Content Americas 2024, with more international players joining the line-up for the three-day event every week.
With major exhibitors backing the event, and the Rose d’Or Latinos, North American Hitmakers, Turkish Programming Spotlight and CV100 Reception on the agenda, 2024 is shaping up to be a bounty year.
You can see the named registered delegates by CLICKING HERE.
Add your name to the list and be part of the Content Americas story by CLICKING HERE.
Majors back Content Americas as raft of exhibitors confirm for 2024 event
The world’s leading distributors have also confirmed their participation in Content Americas 2024, with programme suppliers, from major studios to progressive independents, out in force at the 2024 event. Exhibition space and suites are selling out fast.
Content Americas Copro Pitch 2024 opens for entries
The Content Americas Copro Pitch 2024 is open for entries, offering a US$20,000 marketing prize for the winner, with shortlisted projects showcased live to the international community at Content Americas.
The pitch is open for scripted series and documentaries from the Lat Am and Hispanic programming business looking for international coproduction deals to take their projects global.
You can find out more and enter your project online by CLICKING HERE.
North American programming community in focus at Content Americas 2024
Content Americas 2024 will host the inaugural North American Hitmakers HOT100, an initiative designed to bring key US and Canadian programmers into the Miami mix in January. A raft of sessions designed to examine how these key executives are programming the future will be part of the conference agenda.
Inaugural Rose d’Or Latinos awards take place alongside Content Americas celebrating the best television from across the Hispanic world.
Content America 2024 will also host the inaugural Rose d’Or Latinos, a celebration of the best programming from across the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, and an extension of the heritage Rose d’Or awards brand. Entries will open in the summer.
For more information – and to enter your shows – CLICK HERE.
Turkish Programming Spotlight at Content Americas builds international business
Content Americas will also host a Turkish Programming Spotlight, celebrating the best programming and partnerships from the region. There will be a series of cocktail parties and dinners that celebrate Turkish programming during the event, with all key programme suppliers exhibiting at Content Americas 2024.
The 100 leading players in the Hispanic market celebrated with the CV100 Reception at Content Americas 2024
The first CV100 Reception will take place during Content Americas, brining together 100 executives changing the face of Hispanic television at a reception during the event. This initiative has been running on Cveintiuno for a year and will conclude at Content Americas 2024.
Content Americas scored an 8.5/10 from the 1,600 delegates who attended the event in 2023, making it one of the highest-rated markets and conferences in the entertainment business.
In 2024 it is back, bigger and better than ever, supported by C21Media, the most progressive player in the event and information sector, and its associated publishing brands and services.
For more information on Content Americas, including EARLYBIRD discounted registration, please CLICK HERE.