“The Future of In-Home Video Entertainment” – Speaker Bios
Alex Grimwade joined Twentieth Century Fox Television as head of Technology in 2005, overseeing corporate technology for television production and operations, Consumer Products, and Fox Mobile Entertainment. Prior to joining TCFTV, Alex worked for Fox Filmed Entertainment, Fox Entertainment Group, and consulted for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. She has focused on Media and Entertainment business systems strategy and development since 1993, including work at Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros. She specializes in the development of television production, distribution and intellectual property management systems. Alex graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed the Information Systems program at UCLA, as well as the Executive Program in Technology Governance at MIT Sloan.
Ben Fritz is an experienced journalist who oversees US News coverage in the West for one of the nation’s largest and most respected newspapers. Previously, he covered the entertainment industry for more than a decade. Among these were Walt Disney Co, the nation’s largest entertainment company, and the film industry, including major and independent Hollywood studios.
He is the author of Los Angeles Times best-seller “The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies,” which is about the dramatic shake-up of Hollywood this century that has made super-heroes, sequels and toy franchises inescapable and original movies for adults an endangered species.
Tejaswini Ganti, an associate professor in the anthropology department and its program in culture and media at New York University, is a visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia.
She has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and has also written Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004). This book examines the social and institutional transformations of the Hindi film industry from 1994 to 2010.
She produced the documentary, Gimme Somethin’ to Dance to! (1995) which explored the significance of bhangra music for South Asians in the United States.
Ganti is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.
David Grant, a UC Davis School of Law alumnus, currently advises and helps startups and emerging companies in various areas such as online strategy, marketing, partnerships under the company Grant Group Media Inc.
He led PopSugar Studios, which develops, produces, and distributes PopSugar-branded digital video content, television, and film for a monthly U.S. audience of 40 million people. He conceived of and launched Fox TV Studios from scratch, growing the studio to a major global television supplier which has produced thousands of hours of scripted, reality, and documentary television in over 25 countries. During Grant’s time as president, the studio produced numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody-winning series.