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Euro 50 > Leaders in broadband and pay-TV Digital TV Europe
November/December 2009
Tony Kelly
Co-founder and CEO, On Demand Group
Tony Kelly is a leading force in the world of on-demand television, Highlights from the last year Moving into our new state of the art
having guided On Demand Group (ODG) to become one of the world’s digital workflow facilities designed to deliver content in any format to
leading content acquisition and aggregation service providers. any type of platform at low costs
Age 48 Lessons learned from the downturn Stick to what you are good at
and stay focused. Not just relevant to us, but also to the major cable and
Education Xaverian College Grammar School (Manchester); telco platforms. There is no need to be a bad jack-of-all-trades.
Lancaster University (BA Hons in Accounting and finance); Outsourcing can be good.
Associate of the Chartered institute of Management Accountants.
Last year’s most surprising development The continued growth in
Career path Indicative of how my career has come together: film the use of on-demand content and its significantly growing share of
financing and production with Goldcrest Films and television Ltd overall TV viewing.
(Gandhi, The Mission etc) and Palace Group of Companies (Scandal and
The Crying Game); TV with music channel The Power Station and con- Goals for the next year To grow our business turnover by more than
tent acquisition with British Satellite Broadcasting; design and branding 50% and to ensure that our profits grow at a faster rate. To expand our
as non-executive director of Lambie Nairn (identity for BBC, Channel 4 business into Latin America. To deliver international premium entertain-
and others); new media with Video Networks (as founder director). ment content in more than eight languages to more than 20 major dis-
tribution platforms. Also, to launch the first three screen (PC, mobile and
Job description CEO with a brief to build a business that is a leading television) integrated service in Europe. To keep enjoying what I do, but
player in the European market for delivering on-demand television also look to develop those around me more in order to take over the
entertainment services on the TV, PC and mobile. business.
Manuel Kohnstamm
MD, public policy and corporate communications, Liberty Global International; President, Cable Europe
Manuel Kohnstam is the outgoing president of the pan-European lobby-
ing organisation Cable Europe
Age 47
Education Doctorate in Political Science and International Law,
University of Amsterdam; Post doctorate in International Relations,
Clingendael Institute, The Hague.
Career path Started the UPC office in Brussels ten years ago, and today
we are still the only MSO with its own EU representation.
Job description Public Policy and Communications for Liberty Global in
Europe, representing 17 million customers. The presidency for Cable
Europe is an additional ambassador role.
Highlights from the last year It took us a few decades, but 2009 was
the year cable really broke through as the only credible infrastructure
competitor to the incumbent telecom operators. The widespread launch
of DOCSIS-based 100Mbps-plus services has served as a loud wake-up
call for anyone in Europe who did not see the relevance of cable yet. This
summer, the EU Commission formally recognised cable networks as next-
generation networks. Cable has entered mainstream telecom competi-
tion.
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