Since I couldn’t resist doing so and already let the cat out of the bag, it seems like a good time to formally announce our second confirmed keynote speaker for the upcoming event. As hinted in the Advance Programme, we felt that this Streaming Media Europe conference just would not be complete without hearing from an executives of…
Europe’s biggest threat to YouTube to date
And as hinted (noted!) in my post from earlier in the week regarding the comScore UK report, we are extremely pleased to announce that Kate Burns, MD of Dailymotion, will be our second keynote speaker.
As all of us surely already know, Dailymotion is the phenomenon which came out of France but is now live in 12 different countries around the world — France, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, the US, Poland, Holland, Greece, Sweden, Denmark and India, and is one of the 60 most visited sites in the world (source: comScore World Metrix). In the month of April 2008 alone, the sites received more than 51.9 million unique visitors and registered 1.5 billion page views (source: Xiti). The company has received financing from premier investors Partech International, Atlas Ventures, Advent Venture Partners, and AGF Private Equity (a division of Allianz AG), and has content relationships with MTV Networks, Turner Broadcasting (CNN), Warner Music, CANAL+, SFR, whilst also promoting and harvesting user generated and independent film maker content abound. In February 2008, the site also started offering all of this content (where available) in high definition, raising the bar for online video globally.
We’re so fortunate to secure Kate’s commitment to speak because she has overall responsibility for all operations in the UK and reports directly to CEO Mark Zaleski. She’s played a leading role in developing the UK’s digital media industry for over a decade with experience in launching and leading several businesses to success including Google — where she was the company’s first employee outside of the US — and DoubleClick. She’s also held senior positions at AltaVista, Ziff-Davis and News International, and her experience and vision for the future of this sector will be invaluable.
As was the case when we announced our first keynote speaker, Claude London, let us know in comments if you have any questions for Kate, and we’ll definitely pass them along.