Conference 2015 Speakers


List of confirmed speakers with bios

Kiveda Group
Global Media Forum
Grey Juice Lab
Magine TV
TV App Market
SES Platform Services
ERA Europe
Studio Moderna
Focus TV
Mec Global
Morrison Foerster
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Ina Bauer, ATV

Ina Bauer

Director of Sales, Marketing & New Media, ATV

Ina Bauer of ATV, has been working for Austria’s largest private TV station since 2004. She started her career as a journalist in California, where she lived and worked for 7 years. After returning home to Vienna she started her initial job at ATV as an editor. She then worked as the assistant to the former head of the news department and later as the assistant to the former CMO. By 2009 she was in charge of all matters related to „Alternative Income“. 2010 she was appointed head of „ Online & Diversification“, responsible for driving digital strategic change and innovation. 2011 the Special Ads department was integrated into her area of responsibilities. 2013 Ina took over the newly set up division „ Sales & New Media“, including all sales tasks. 2015 marketing was added and Ina became director of Sales, Marketing & New Media.

Ina holds a master’s degree from the University of Vienna.

Ross Biggam, ACT

Ross Biggam

Director General, ACT

After studying at Exeter and Saarbrücken, Ross worked as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee before joining ITV, the leading commercial broadcaster in the UK, where he ended up as Head of European Affairs.

In April 2000, he moved to Brussels to become Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) which represents the business interests of the commercial television sector at the EU institutions. Priority issues for the ACT include competition, intellectual property and digital TV issues, as well as the EU Television Without Frontiers directive. The growing membership of the Association now covers 25 member companies, active in twenty-one European countries and encompassing several business models, from free-to-air television broadcasters to multimedia groups and digital TV platform operator

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Michael Börnicke, Kiveda Group

Michael Börnicke

CEO, Kiveda Group

Michael Börnicke was born on the 28th of October 1960 in Mülheim Ruhr near Düsseldorf. After his studies in Business Administration at the universities Bayreuth and Paris, he started his career as a Banker at the HypoVereinsbank (Unicredit) in Munich with focus on structered finance. After that he became a specialized consultant for Media and project financing.

In January 1992 Michael Börnicke joined the commercial TV channel ProSieben Television GmbH as Head of Finance & Controlling. In 1995 he became Finance Director and managed the growth path from one channel to a diversified, profitable media group. In July 1997 he was the responsible manager for the IPO of ProSieben SAT 1 AG.

In January 1998, Michael Börnicke took over the position as CFO of Premiere Medien GmbH & Co KG, the German Pay-TV channel (today Sky). In 2002 he managed a MBO in combination with Permira PE. In March 2005, the Premiere AG went public (IPO) with Michael Börnicke as responsible CFO. In June 2006, he became the Deputy CEO and in 2007 he took over the position as CEO of Premiere AG.

From 2009 to 2012, Michael Börnicke joined the women’s apparel company Escada AG as CRO. Later the became CFO and COO.

From 2012 onwards, Michael Börnicke shifted his focus to e-commerce and was founder of Tirendo GmbH (Tyres) and Kiveda GmbH (Kitchens).

Today Michael Börnicke is CEO of the Kiveda Group with two kitchen Brands, Kiveda and Küchen Quelle. The company is after 2 years of operation one of the key players in the kitchen industry.

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Dieter Brockmeyer, Global Media Forum

Dieter Brockmeyer

Chairman of Diplomatic Council’s Global Media Forum

Dieter Brockmeyer is Chairman of Diplomatic Council’s Global Media Forum and a senior media industry consultant and journalist. His industry insight especially compasses on the German and European entertainment and telecommunications markets. Among others he wrote hundreds of articles in renowned international industry periodicals such as The Hollywood Reporter, Varity, C21 Media and World Screen News and could be seen as media expert on TV channels including CNBC, DAF and tectime tv.

He also is author of books - including, in English, “From Connected TV to Coherent Media” published in 2012. He consults to film and TV industry players and is initiator, organiser and chairman of the euro§reg conference series, bringing together TV executives and regulators from all across Europe to discuss the future legal framework and business model of a converged TV industry!

Projects in 2015 include establishing with the European Electronic Retailing Association, ERA Europe, the mcms – multichannel money streams conference. He also consults Finnish partner establish a creative industry think tank series in Lapland.

Ronald Brohm, REACT

Ronald Brohm

Managing Director, REACT

Ronald Brohm, a Dutch national, is the Managing Director and founder of business association REACT (European Anti-Counterfeiting Network) with offices in Amsterdam, Aachen, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, HoChiMinh City, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Panama, Prague, Skopje and Vilnius.

In 1985, Ronald completed the Final diploma of Dutch law in the field of Social Economical Law at the Rijks Universiteit of Utrecht (R.U.U.). The same year he completed his Post-doctorate of European Business Law at the University of Utrecht and the following year his Post-doctorate in International Commercial Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Ronald started his carrier in 1987 at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam. Since 1991 he has held the position of Director and founder of REACT, The European Anti Counterfeiting Network (April 1991), which he developed into a world wide anti counterfeiting network for more than 180 multinationals, owners of world’s most famous brands. The network manages almost 30.000 anti counterfeiting cases annually.

Ronald is a speaker and short term expert for various international bodies like WIPO, EU, OHIM, WCO on IPR enforcement issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific Region and Latin America.

Over the years Ronald has been the author or editor, of a number of articles and papers namely, Ars Aequi: Intellectual Property Rights and GATT (1988), Company Law Review: Dutch Anti Counterfeiting Act (1991), IUST: Fighting Counterfeiting (1992), Benelux Trademark Review: Border measures against counterfeiting (1999) and Dossier: Review of the anti counterfeiting measures (2001), World Commerce Review (2014): Brand enforcement strategy; public and private enforcement considerations.

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Mihai Crasneanu, Grey Juice Lab

Mihai Crasneanu

CEO, Grey Juice Lab

Mihai Crasneanu is the CEO of Grey Juice Lab and has extensive experience in the digital entertainment ecosystem. He sets the global strategy for the company and with his management team has launched and managed more than 30 OTT and IPTV services in the last 10 years. He advises customers on content strategy, negotiating premium content rights and monetizing on demand services.

Mihai is an innovative and results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. He specializes in launching and leading companies in the Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment (TIME) sector to accelerate international growth.

Previously, Mihai was the CEO and Founder of glowria (now on the Paris Stock Exchange under the name Video Futur), the largest independent VoD white label operator in Europe and France’s largest online DVD rental service, with more than 30,000 titles negotiated with major Hollywood studios, international content providers and local content providers.

Prior to creating glowria in 2002, Mihai was VP International for UOL (Brazil), where he launched the international branch of the leading ISP and portal. He launched UOL in seven countries (five Latin American countries, the USA and Spain), and achieved fast paced growth to become the market leading ISP and portal in Latin America within one and half years of international launch. Before joining UOL, Mihai launched Latin America’s first webmail white label platform for clients including Telefónica.

Cosmin Ene, LaterPay

Cosmin Ene

CEO & Founder, LaterPay

Cosmin Ene is CEO and founder of LaterPay. In 2010, Ene and IT expert Jonas Maurus started LaterPay, a micropayment enabler. LaterPay is a self-service oriented platform which enables content providers to sell digital content without advance registration, personal data or advance payment. Content providers build their own business models ranging from pay per use over freemium to subscription models. LaterPay facilitates impulse purchases of paid content (e.g. in-game items, articles, videos) starting at as little as 5 cents and without advance payment. Therefore, it lowers resistance to paying for digital goods.

Before LaterPay Ene was co-founder and managing director of DELUXE Television and an analyst and associate at Munich-based TecVenture Partners.

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Jean-François Furnémont, Wagner-Hatfield

Jean-François Furnémont


Jean-François Furnémont has an M.A. in Journalism and Communication Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), a B.A. in International Relations and European policy at the Université de Liège (ULG) and a B.A. in Public Finances at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Former freelance journalist specialized in politics and former spokesman of a political party, he is the author of several political biographies.

He has been the Deputy DG (1999-2003) and the DG (2003-1014) of the media regulatory authority (CSA) of the French speaking Community in Belgium. He has also been involved in the Board of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) as vice-Chairman (2008-2011) and as Chairman (2011-2014). He is frequently requested as an expert by the European Union, the Council of Europe, the International Organization of la Francophonie and the OSCE.

Since June 2014, he is the Founding Partner of Wagner-Hatfield, a consultancy specializing in public affairs, policy, regulation & strategy.

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Mattias Hjelmstedt, Magine TV

Mattias Hjelmstedt

CEO Magine TV

Mattias Hjelmstedt is the CEO and Founder of Magine TV ( Created in 2010, Magine TV is the pioneering cloud-based service for watching live and catch-up TV in the same place and across all devices. In place of complicated set-ups and costly subscriptions, Magine has created TV as it should be.

As featured in Bloomberg, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and Wired, serial entrepreneur, Hjelmstedt has successfully created companies since the early 1990s in the areas of content distribution; streaming; online gaming; social media; and computer technologies.

An unparalleled innovator, Hjelmstedt’s commitment to online user experience, and turning online TV into a global reality, sees him partnering with the leading figures in TV, electronics, and digital industries, as well as discerning consumers.

Hjelmstedt has developed a number of high profile tech companies throughout his professional career. He was Co-Founder and VP Operation and Production of Voddler Sweden (2008 –2010).

Between 2005-2009, Hjelmstedt was CEO of Professional Entertainment AB, after founding the company. Professional Entertainment AB owned, which was one of Scandinavia’s premier retailers for advanced home entertainment equipment.

Hjelmstedt founded Scandinavian Cyber Events (2005–2007) and presided over the company as CEO. They were responsible for bringing the World Cyber Games to Scandinavia, and created events with clients including: Samsung, Intel, AMD, Coca-Cola, and Shuttle.

In 2001 Hjelmstedt founded the Electronic Sports Network: a company that works with the development of social gaming platforms. The platform transformed into a framework for creating real time social platforms, and was used for Battlefield 3 and 4. ESN was acquired by EA in 2012, due to its success.

He also created the Swedish E-Sport League, a gaming competition, which was first of its kind, with thousands of press articles written about it globally. Hjelmstedt additionally devised and launched, which was one of the first social media sites with a global reach. By 2001 they had already 500,000 users, with many comparable functions to the prevailing social media platforms extant today.

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Richard Kastelein

TV App Market

Publisher of TV App Market, founder of The Hackfest (both acquired in 2013) and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher & entrepreneur. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, Oxford University, & the University of Koln - sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, ABC, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy (Social TV, OTT, VOD, DLNA & 2nd Screen).

Kastelein has judged hundreds of startups for the European Commission Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK funding programs. He's a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

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Ben Keen, IHS

Ben Keen

Chief Analyst & Vice President, Consumer, Media, Telecoms, & Displays, IHS

Ben is responsible for directing all research on consumer technology, media, telecommunications and displays within the Technology division of IHS. He leads a team of over 130 expert analysts around the world.

Prior to joining IHS, Ben was instrumental in building Screen Digest into one of the world’s premiere research companies focusing on the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) space.

In late 2010, Screen Digest was acquired by IHS, along with leading technology analyst firm iSuppli Corporation. Screen Digest and iSuppli formed a new business unit within IHS responsible for tracking and analysing the entire TMT value-chain. This was bolstered in March 2012 by the acquisitions of IMS Research and Displaybank, and further strengthened by the 2014 acquisitions of DisplaySearch and Infonetics.

IHS is a NYSE-listed research firm with $2.2bn annual revenue which employs 2,600 industry analysts, experts and researchers in 140 offices around the world.

Christoph Mühleib, SES Platform Services

Christoph Mühleib

VP Sales Europe, SES

After studying law at the University of Trier, Christoph founded his own company which offered data distribution via DVB networks. He sold the company successfully and started to work for a software company as Vice President Business Development and Sales.

In 2003 he joined Astra Deutschland, the german facility of SES as Business Development Manager Broadcast and 2005 Astra Platform Services, today known as SES Platform Services.

Today he serves SES PS as Vice President Sales, responsible for Central Western Europe. SES PS offers a wide range of services for broadcasters including satellite capacity, playout, encryption, content management and distribution via the internet.

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Dr. Julian Oberndörfer, ERA Europe

Dr. Julian Oberndörfer

ERA Europe

Since 2013 represents the Teleshopping Industry in Europe and the Middle East as Executive Director of ERA Europe.

Prior to ERA, Julian Oberndörfer worked for 12 years at the German life shopping channel HSE24, where he held several management positions, his last being HEAD of Country Management Austria & Switzerland - which represented more than 10% of the company´s turnover. He was responsible for the day to day operations, the classic and digital marketing, as well as the PR-activities within these countries.

At the same time he acted as VICE President of Media Law, Media Politics and Distribution (MMD), in charge of the multichannel distribution of Home Shopping Europe’s three channels, “HSE24”, “HSE24Extra” and “HSE24Trend”, in analogue, digital and HD technology to approximately 100 million homes. Multichannel projects such as interactive TV, HbbTV or TV-Apps were a major asset of the HSE24 multichannel strategy, devised and steered by the MMD department. To safeguard the distribution, MMD was in charge of all the lobbying activities comprising legislation, regulation, frequency allocation, as well as all legal issues regarding these activities.

From 2005 to 2013 he presided as Chairman of the Working Committee for Independent Special Interest and Teleshopping Channels within the German TV Association "VPRT". 2007 he joined the board of directors of the Electronic Retailing Association Europe (ERA Europe). 2009 he was elected as Chairman of ERA Europe´s Government Affairs Committee, 2012 to 2013 he served as Chairman of ERA Europe’s Board of Directors. Currently he is serving on the Advisory Committee of the European Audiovisual Observatory - Council of Europe.

Prior to working in the teleshopping industry, he practiced at the law firm Kraske Härtel and worked for the Deutsche Bank HQ in Frankfurt.He is a graduate of LMU Munich and holds a Ph.D from TU Chemnitz on Internet payment systems and their legal monetary functions. He is also the author of the Commentary of European Media Law regarding Teleshopping.

Dr. Oberndörfer is the owner of a law firm in the south of Munich, specializing in media and telecommunication law.

Tina Osojnik, Studio Moderna

Tina Osojnik

Studio Moderna, LL.M., MBA, Head of Intellectual Property & Brand protection department

Born in Ljubljana, Tina has a Master's degree in law and real estate management. Her business and economics knowledge is enhanced by an Executive MBA in Intellectual Property Rights from the Cotrugli Business School. While working at the Office for Intellectual Property, she provided corporate and individual advice on how to protect, defend and exploit intellectual property rights. Tina now works in the private sector at Studio Moderna where she leads the Intellectual property & Brand protection department.

Studio Moderna is a leading multi-channel e-commerce and direct to consumer platform in Central & Eastern Europe, with a vertically-integrated network reaching more than 400m consumers across 21 countries. Tina works primarily in the area of strategic advise and effective protection and enforcement of Intellectual property rights, including contractual relationships and due-diligence matters. She also lectures and is mentor to start-ups on intellectual property strategies for trademarks, designs, copyright, patents and trade secrets.

Matthias Pfeffer, Focus TV

Matthias Pfeffer

MD & Editor Focus TV

Matthias Pfeffer is managing director and editor in chief of Focus TV in Munich, owned by German publishing house Hubert Burda Media. Pfeffer is with this company since end of 1995 when he started as production editor and became editor in chief in August of the following year and also MD five years later.

He started his career as trainee at “Multimedia/Cinecentrum/Deutsche Wochenschau” in Hamburg in 1988 and then became editor of “Deutschlandspiegel”. He then moved to “Spiegel TV” and the commercial network Sat.1 where he held various editorial positions for different formats.

He was awarded with a number of prestigious awards including a silver and bronze medal for the New York Festivals and a “Bundesfilmpreis für Wirtschaft” (Federal Film Award for Economics).

Jide Sobo, MEC UK

Jide Sobo

Head of Mobile, MEC UK

Jide is responsible for driving the growth of the mobile channel at MEC. He brings rich experience in mobile with over twelve years of direct industry experience.

In his role as head of Mobile at MEC, Jide is responsible for increasing spend in mobile media, as well as integrating mobile into the wider communications activity within the agency.

Jide started working for mobile operators in 1999 and developed the mobile advertising proposition for 3 UK in 2005. Since that time, he has worked for mobile ad network AdMob and IPG’s full service mobile agency Ansible. He has worked with Webber Shandwick on their Cannes Lions winning work for GSK, as well as with Microsoft, Burberry, Tiffany, MasterCard, Paramount and many others.

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Christoph Wagner, Morrison Foerster

Dr. Christoph Wagner

Partner/Notary, Morrison Foerster

Christoph Wagner is partner of Morrison & Foerster in Berlin and co-chair of the firm’s global media group. He focuses on transactions and on strategic regulatory advice in the media, technology and communications industries.

Christoph advised on visible technology, telecoms and cable transactions, including the 3G and 4G license auctions and the sale of Unitymedia. He handled prominent media transactions, such as 21st Century Fox’s sale of Sky Deutschland to BSkyB, Axel Springer’s acquisition of N24, Haim Saban’s acquisition and sale of ProSiebenSat.1 Media, and the acquisition of Champion’s League and Bundesliga soccer rights packages.

Prior to practicing as an attorney, he worked for the Berlin Media Authority, the European Commission and the European Parliament. From 2003 to 2007, he was alternate member of the German Media Ownership Commission (KEK). Since 2009, he has lectured European Media Law at the University of Potsdam. He has authored numerous essays and articles on topics relevant to the industries, such as net neutrality, digitization and cable consolidation.

Christoph Wagner is a leading TMT, M&A and regulatory lawyer who is consistently recognized by Chambers, Legal 500 and JUVE as a Leading Individual. Best Lawyers named him 2014-2015 Media Lawyer of the Year, 2013 Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year, and 2012 M&A Lawyer of the Year. Chambers has referred to Christoph Wagner as "the person who first comes to mind if one thinks about media deals in Germany."

Krzysztof Zalewski, KRRiT

Krzysztof Zalewski


Krzysztof Zalewski is Head of Regulation Department of the National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT), responsible for procedure of licensing radio & television channels. Member of Audiovisual Regulator’s Working Group on Connected TV.