Speaker Bios

Posted on May 9, 2014

 JacobRosenbergJacob Rosenberg
CTO, Bandito Brothers

Jacob Rosenberg was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley.  He is a digital technology expert, author and filmmaker. For over a decade, Rosenberg has worked extensively as a senior consultant to Adobe Systems Inc., on Adobe’s digital video software applications.  

In 1994, Jacob built his first non-linear editing system utilizing the latest Adobe products.  Within a year he was retained by Adobe to help it develop the forthcoming versions of its digital video products.  As Rosenberg’s relationship with Adobe solidified, he became part of the team that continually developed Adobe’s industry leading software.  His partnership with Adobe has given him access to “state of the art” digital tools and enabled him to become a foremost expert on using film and video in a digital environment.

Rosenberg connected with Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh when he served as the Online Editor and Digital Intermediate Supervisor for “Dust to Glory.”  “Dust to Glory” utilized an all digital workflow designed by him that used 1080p HD as its Digital Intermediate format, mixing nine different video formats seamlessly and printing the HD edit directly to film. Subsequent to “Dust to Glory,” Jacob has contributed his technical knowledge to a number of feature film projects, including “Superman Returns,” Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary “Shine a Light,” James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and the upcoming independent film, “LBS.”


Denise Evans
VP Information Technology, Miramax

Denise Evans is responsible for all IT operations and initiatives for the Studio. Previously, Denise was VP of IT for MGM for 8 years.  She also was VP of Operations and IT for Mitsubishi and Bell Industries. Denise has been an IT profession in Southern California for 35 years.

Tom Vice
Senior Vice President, Film Strategies, FotoKem

For 15 years, Tom Vice has worked closely with filmmakers to bring the power of the latest technology to storytelling. Beginning his path as post production assistant at CBS, he experienced firsthand the earliest steps in the transition to HD on Diagnosis Murder. After two seasons, he joined LaserPacific Media, where he worked on a number of high-profile features including Collateral and Miami Vice, and gained valuable knowledge while supporting television shows such as The Shield, Family Law and Angel. Vice developed an expertise in film, data, DI, and digital cinema at LaserPacific. He segued into the role of VP of Operations at PlasterCITY Digital Post, where he led an adept team dedicated to building the first independent facility offering viable, file-based solutions for feature films and television. Here, he developed expertise in file-based technologies and the expanding role these methodologies would play in the changing world of acquisition. He joined FotoKem  as VP of nextLAB in 2008, where he currently serves as FotoKem’s Senior Vice President of Film Strategies, charged with offering FotoKem clients unique solutions to complex, file-based workflow problems. The award-winning nextLAB system is an industry-defining, proprietary workflow solution that manages media, provides RAW format playback and quality control, metadata management and dailies functionality, color and archive. Vice has been instrumental in developing new software and technologies for FotoKem that include nextLAB, nextLAB Mobile, Frames, Live and Cineviewer. In a time when the domain of post production is constantly evolving, Vice has managed to keep an eye past the horizon



SchwartzEric J. Schwartz
Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp

Eric J. Schwartz is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp an entertainment law firm, in its Washington D.C. office.  Mr. Schwartz has over 25 years experience as a copyright attorney providing counseling on U.S. and foreign copyright laws – including rights, ownership and enforcement issues – for new and old media, and as a transactional attorney on music and film production.  He is an expert on film and music archival and preservation (i.e., “back catalog”) issues.  He is an original member of the National Film Preservation Board (1989 to present), and a Board member of the National Recording Preservation Board (2004 to present).  He is the founding director and a current Board member of the National Film Preservation Foundation (www.filmpreservation.org).  His film preservation work was profiled in The Washington Post – August 13, 2011, p. C1 (“The Past Picture Show”), and in The Moving Image (AMIA), 1 September 2009, Vol. 9, Iss. 2, pg. 104-148, by David Pierce, “Copyright, Preservation and Archives: An Interview with Eric Schwartz.”  Since 1998, he has been an adjunct professor of copyright law at Georgetown University Law Center.


Wim De WaeleWim De Waele
CEO, iMinds

Wim De Waele is Chief Executive Officer at iMinds, a digital technology research center and incubator based in Belgium.   He obtained his master degrees in Economic Sciences and Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent and started his career as scientific researcher at the university in the area of artificial intelligence in industrial applications. He continued this work at Siemens R&D in Belgium and München.  In 2001, he became Chief Technology Officer of the distressed Real Software Group. After the t sale of the company to a private equity group, he left Real Software for iMinds in 2004.


Seth AndersonSeth Anderson

Consultant for Digital Preservation, AVPreserve

Anderson specializes in the application of business and organizational analysis to develop digital preservation policies and practice for sustainable and scalable long-term preservation, management, and access. He has consulted on projects focused on planning and implementation of organizational and technical infrastructure for digital preservation and metadata creation and standardization with HBO, Carnegie Hall, and Yale University. Seth is the author of AVPreserve’s ongoing series of white papers and resources on cloud storage and computing, Feet on the Ground: A Practical Approach to the Cloud. He earned his MA in Moving Image Archiving & Preservation from NYU.




Elkanah Portrait Rabbi Elkanah Schmotkin
Founder and Chief Visionary, The Living Archive
Executive Director, Jewish Educational Media

Under Rabbi Shmotkin’s leadership, JEM has evolved into a dynamic, multi-faceted organization sitting at the crossroads of archival preservation, video production, and cutting edge web, social media, and mobile app projects.

In 2006, JEM launched The Living Archive, an initiative to gather, preserve, and restore the recorded legacy of the Rebbe and the Lubavitch movement. Rabbi Shmotkin’s vision has driven The Living Archive and its Media Access Management system, the subject of today’s case study.



Dekel HamatianDekel Hamatian
Director and Chief of Development, The Living Archive

Hamatian is a media development professional with over 10 years of experience in analysis, design, management and development of complex media solutions and tools. He joined The Living Archive in 2009 for the purpose of developing and managing the preservation project. This responsibility evolved from preserving the media to help strategize and lead the development of systems and tools for the digital archive.



Shlomo MorossowSchlomo Morosow
Senior Archivist and Metadata Specialist, The Living Archive

In 2009, as a graduate of the Lubavitch Yeshiva school system, and well versed in the history of the movement, Shlomo was hired as an archivist at the Living Archive.  Over the years Shlomo has grown to be the lead archivist. He has expanded the archive library with acquiring new materials. His hands-on experience as an archivist enabled him to create the archive’s metadata guidelines and workflows for applying metadata in the digital environment.




Tom CoughlinTom Coughlin
President, Coughlin Associates

Dr. Couglin is a widely respected storage analyst and consultant.  He has over 30 years in the data storage industry with multiple engineering and management positions at high profile companies.  Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which was published by Newnes Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, and other industry reports

Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE (he is Director Elect for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com), a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.  He is a Senior member of the IEEE, Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications. go to www.tomcoughlin.com.



Laura FutrellLaura C. Futrell
Forensic Coordinator, Santa Clara Police Department

With specialized training in Cold Case homicide DNA, latent prints, forensic photography and data acquisition Futrell assists the Santa Clara Police Department in running a team of Crime Scene Investigators, acts as a liaison between the Crime Laboratory and the Investigations Bureau, helps to interpret scientific results to investigators, and manages all digital evidence. She oversees in-house cold cases and missing persons cases as well as advises other agencies on submission and resubmission of evidence in their own cold case investigations. She also works as part of a county wide task force to help organize training and train Crime Scene Investigators from agencies throughout the County of Santa Clara in all things related to Crime Scene.




Adam GrantAdam Grant
Principal, Alpert, Barr & Grant

More than twenty years of litigation experience.  Grant consults on online privacy and mobile application law, in the development of policies to adapt to current and future legislation.







Jim Hoerricks Jim Hoerricks
Forensic Video/Image Analyst, Los Angeles Police Department,  Scientific Investigation Division

Hoerricks  established the LAPD’s Forensic Video Lab in 2001, has been the lead analyst on many of the LAPD’s high-profile cases, and helped set the standard by which video evidence is handled by the department. Jim has worked on loan to many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and has testified as an expert in Forensic Video Analysis in courtrooms throughout California.






Tyler LeshneyTyler Leshney
EVP Corporate Strategy & Development, LAC Group

Leshney is a pioneer in digital archiving for Hollywood studios. He has more than ten years of experience in the digital media, post production and content services industries.

Prior to joining LAC, he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Strategic Development, for Deluxe Entertainment Services’ Media Division where he led worldwide sales and strategic planning efforts.  Prior to  Deluxe,  Leshney served as a Senior VP for Ascent Media (acquired by Deluxe in 2010). In 2007, under the Deluxe umbrella, he founded and ran Deluxe Archive Solutions Group and was later named Senior Vice President of Media Operations. A graduate of Harvard University, he began his career in finance as an investment banker and then worked in the leveraged buyout community.