11 Jan 2021
How streaming services became brand gatekeepers

Streaming services boomed during COVID-19 as people sought at-home entertainment to stave off boredom. Disney+ emerged as one of the biggest winners of 2020, but what does its success reveal about the future of viewing? And how do people want to engage with film and TV moving forward?

Alex Sherman covers technology, media, and telecommunications for CNBC. He frequently appears on TV and was the host of Bloomberg’s Deal of the Week podcast. He graduated from Harvard in 2004 and has two master’s degrees – an MS in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill in 2007 and an MBA from NYU Stern in 2014.

Hamza Mudassir has 15 years of leadership experience in tech in Asia and Europe. As the co-founder of tech consulting firm, he advises on strategy, digital transformation, and organisational psychology. He is an accomplished consultant and advisor specialising in strategy, product, and technology interventions for start ups, PE, and VC boards. With a track record of successful engagements with high-profile clients such as PlayStation Europe, Amadeus Capital, Endava, and TAB Holdings, Hamza has demonstrated his ability to deliver transformative solutions that drive business growth and innovation in both start-ups and established firms. Hamza's experience also includes serving as chief product and technology officer and advisor to the board at Adstream, and chief strategy officer at Jagex, where he achieved record revenues and net income, and led a cross-border team to close sell-side for $400M+. In 2019, Hamza was made an Honorary Fellow in Strategy from University of Cambridge in recognition of his achievements in the areas of digital disruption and innovation.

Zach Wortzman is from Toronto.His background is in history and politics and his since been writing in and about the movies.