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Guy founded Playcast Media Systems. During his 16 years in the digital media communications industry, he led the successful development and commercialization of dozens of digital media communications products and services. Prior to founding Playcast, Guy managed Harmonic's (NASDAQ: HLIT) Broadcast and VoD edge product lines. Before joining Harmonic, he held several product marketing and business development management positions with the MRV group (NASDAQ: MRVC). Guy holds a BA in Media from the University of Bar-Ilan in Israel and an MA in Philosophy of Digital Culture from the University of Tel Aviv.
Previously VP Engineering @HOT (Israel’s cable operator), in charge of product & deployments. Elad has an outstanding operational track record with launching and operating national scale digital entertainment services, including one of the world’s first and most successful VoD services.
Experienced research and development executive in the video and image processing space, previously with HP, Kodak, Intel and IBM Research labs. Yuval holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. His M.Sc. research was on streaming 3D graphics using video.
Nicky brings with him over 18 years of financial leadership experience. Nicky spent 6 years @ Microsoft as Microsoft IPTV’s Group Finance Manager, and CFO for Microsoft Israel R&D. Before MS, Nicky was CFO @ superDimension (acquired by Covidien), Corporate Controller for Interwise (acquired by AT&T) and a Divisional Finance manager for Amdocs (DOX). Nicky holds a B.Bus. degree from the College of Management in Tel Aviv, a L.L.M. degree from the Bar Ilan University, and is a CPA.
Having spent 10 years in the entertainment space, first in international sales and later as a Business Development Executive at Warner Brothers France, Abigail brings in-depth industry experience and network to Playcast. Abigail started her career at McKinsey and Co as an Engagement Manager. She holds a MA from ESCP in France and a MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Russell Barash joined Playcast in early 2009, after almost 20 years in the Pay-TV space in Europe, where his work ranged from launching a Japanese TV channel to Universal's Sci-Fi channel, more recently holding senior positions at Liberty Global/UPC. He now leverages his experience in content deals and building relations with Pay-TV platforms at Playcast, rolling out the Company's cloud gaming solution with those same platforms.
Playcast board membersare seasoned, world class
Yair is a partner with MK Capital based in the Firm's Los Angeles offices. He brings deep management and operating expertise in the digital media, digital production and gaming spaces. Prior to joining MK Capital, Landau served as Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Sony Pictures Digital, which he formed in 1999 and consisted of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Online Entertainment. As head of corporate development for Sony Pictures, Landau was responsible for securing the underlying rights to the SPIDERMAN franchise, as well as launching Movielink, the 5-studio movie download service. Under Landau's direction, Sony Pictures Imageworks developed into a leading digital animation and visual effects company. Yair also formed and managed Sony Pictures Animation, a full-scale animation unit producing full-length CG animated feature films. As well, Landau guided Sony Online Entertainment into a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games before it was transitioned under Sony Playstation following his departure. Yair is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Gadi is a Partner with JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners), and brings with him a track record in the digital media and service provider industries. Prior to JVP, Gadi was Corporate VP of Product Marketing and member of the executive committee for NDS (Acquired by Cisco for $5B), a leader in digital pay-TV systems, supporting some of the largest digital broadcast platforms such as DIRECTV, BSkyB, Canal Digital and more. At NDS, Gadi established the business of digital interactive TV in the late 90s, catering to the likes of Sky Sports, MTV, Discovery, QVC and other leading TV channels. Prior to NDS, Gadi held a variety of positions in software and Internet-based R&D organizations, including Director of Product Marketing at ServiceSoft Corp. Gadi holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as an Executive MBA from the Hebrew University.
Agnes is an accomplished media executive with expertise in publishing and interactive media. Currently, Agnes is a founding partner with the management consulting firm Act III Consultants. Prior to Act III, Agnes was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing. With 4 billion Euros in revenues, Vivendi Universal Publishing is the world's third largest producer of educational publications and video games including World of Warcraft and Starcraft. Agnes had originally joined the Vivendi group as Chairman and CEO of one of their subsidiaries, Liris Interactive, one of France's first multimedia start-ups which ultimately became Havas Interactive. Prior to that, Agnes was head of Lagardere/Hachette's Consumer Publishing division and spent four years with McKinsey. Agnes holds a degree in Law and graduated from the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is currently also serves on the Board of ITV (UK), Neopost (France) and Fondation de France.
Mr. Mer is the founder and CEO of C. Mer Industries (TASE), a leading communications infrastructure provider. The Mer Group ranks among the world's leading independent, vertically integrated providers of turnkey solutions for Telecommunications, Security, Defense and other sectors. Since founding the company, Mr. Mer has lead the group to become a multinational organization with dozens of companies, with operations in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Among C. Mer's clients and partners are some of the world's major technology and service companies, including Alcatel, American Towers, Ericsson, Motorola, Nextel, Nortel, Siemens and Telefonica.