MARCH 1 2022 | 1PM ET

FAST predictions for 2022, what it takes to be a major player in the FAST space, and more!

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Join industry experts for the first episode in Zype’s OTT360 Series for discussions around the hottest topics in video streaming

The Free Ad-supported Streaming Television (FAST) space today is the hottest thing in streaming video. And so far, a few key players dominate the revenue through affiliations with major media companies. However, FAST is growing like wildfire as more organizations - of all sizes - are working to deliver content on as many FAST channels as possible. As you look at the future direction of FAST, you first need to understand where the space is heading.

Will revenue continue to be dominated by the major players, or will it become more niche? One thing is clear -- this will not be a hobbyist pursuit! The level of professionalism in these FAST channels will correlate directly to success, and your infrastructure matters more than ever. At the end of the day, you need to be able to market your platform and drive audiences.

Evan Shapiro is an Emmy and Peabody Award winner, having produced or created more than 150 television series, specials, documentaries and podcasts, including Portlandia, Comedy Bang Bang, Maron, National Lampoon Radio Hour Podcast, The Roast Of Your Teenage Self, and many more.

He is a Professor for TV and Media at NYU/Stern School Of Business and for Media Studies at Fordham University, a sought-after guest speaker for conferences and universities, as well as a frequent guest writer for publishers such as Huffington Post, Deadline and The Wrap, where he has made some rather bold predictions about the future of the media and entertainment industry, many of which have come to fruition. He is also an in-demand lecturer for companies and government agencies about Generation Y and Generation Z.

Producer, Professor, Media Universe Cartographer

“If you know anything about television, you probably know Alan Wolk.” That’s how Adweek describes the co-founder of leading media industry consulting firm TV[R]EV and best-selling author of Over The Top. How The Internet Is (Slowly But Surely) Changing The Television Industry.

It's safe to say that Wolk, a much sought-after writer, speaker and consultant, whose book is used as a textbook at a number of top business schools, has established himself as one of the industry's most influential thought leaders. He and his hand-picked analyst team have helped make TV[R]EV one of the media industry’s go-to resources as it attempts to process the changes coming from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and beyond.

A contributing writer at Forbes, NextTV, FierceCable and other industry news sites, Wolk has been interviewed and quoted by everyone from NPR to The New York Times and is a regular guest on Cheddar TV, offering expert opinion on breaking stories in the media industry.

Co-Founder/Lead Analyst at TV[R]EV

Ed Laczynski is CEO of Zype, the leading video content management and distribution API. At Zype, Laczynski is focused on corporate strategy, product vision, and evangelizing mission-critical cloud services for enterprise video teams. Laczynski brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience with companies like Datapipe (now Rackspace) and IPG/McCann-Erickson.

Laczynski is an advisor to numerous cloud computing companies as well as a Forbes Technology Council Member. Laczynski has been an active speaker in the video streaming and cloud computing ecosystems presenting at conferences like NAB, LUMA’s Digital Media Summit, TVOT, OTT Executive Summit, Streaming Media, Digital Hollywood, AWS Cloud Summit, AWS re:Invent, SXSW, and many more.

Laczynski is an East Coast native and graduated from New York University with honors.

CEO | Zype

Shikha Arora is the EVP Engineering and GM MAZ at Zype Inc., the video infrastructure company that enables video publishes build awesome video products for their customers.

She was previously the Founder and CEO of MAZ Systems Inc that helped video publishers distribute content across apps stores and CTV platforms. She holds a B.E.(Hons.) degree from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and she was honored by PEC University of Technology as a “Distinguished Alumni”.

EVP of Engineering | Zype

Stuart has built the team at FAST Studios to accelerate the next generation of streaming TV by creating new premium channel brands supported by programming, media, marketing and sales experts for a turn-key path to success. Prior to founding FAST Studios, McLean provided advisory services to blue-chip brands through his independent media and brand consultancy, McLean Futures. Clients including Focus Features, Fiat Chrysler America, Ford, Marriott, Endemol and Pepsico, tapped into McLean’s expertise in reaching desirable consumer audiences at scale, wherever they are, whether online, on mobile, on TV or on emerging platforms.

Over the course of his career, McLean has executed successful campaigns for elite brands such as hulu, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, TBS, AB InBev, Unilever, and Subway, among others. McLean currently sits on the board of Think LA, which was founded to promote Los Angeles as a network of creativity and innovation in media, marketing, and advertising.

CEO | FAST Studios

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