2018 is likely to be remembered as the year of private equity. The video industry’s capital structure has changed dramatically, and with it, the composition of the competitive vendor landscape.
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Senior Research Manager
David is a leading expert on the global film and cinema market and played a fundamental role in the conversion of cinemas to digital projection and distribution technology over the past decade. Leading Omdia’s cinema team, he has set up the cinema intelligence service and the premium cinema service, most recently.
David has authored reports on the cinema market and participated in consultancy projects. He specializes in new business models, market sizing and valuation, competitor analysis and benchmarking, strategic roadmaps, due diligence, and market analyses.
Since 2015, David is the President of the European Digital Cinema Forum and often contributes to media regarding the film industry. Prior to joining Omdia (formerly IHS Markit), David was as a research consultant at IDATE DigiWorld and a senior executive with Eurimages.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in business studies and French from Leeds Beckett University in the UK and studied at the Brest Business School in France.
Maria Rua Aguete
Senior Research Director
Maria Rua Aguete leads the strategic development of the media team and manages its day-to-day operations, tracking the continuing evolution of global service providers and operators. Maria first created the team while at Screen Digest, which became part of IHS Markit.
The team’s research on service providers is deep and extensive, leveraging long-standing relationships with operators in all of the 70+ markets covered by the group, resulting in the most comprehensive source of television and operator market intelligence in the world.
Maria is also a regular contributor to various reports, including the European Cable Yearbook, and she has led or has been a significant contributor to many consulting projects for high-profile media and technology companies, including the market-launch and purchase plans of an emerging television group, a Latin America DTT platform for a major channel group, and a satellite pay-TV provider for a private equity group.
She has also performed commercial due diligence on a cable TV components business for a major international bank; a competitive review and strategic analysis for a major international channel operator; a comprehensive review of investment opportunities in the European cable market for a venture capital group; and a market report and due diligence on a localization services (dubbing/subtitling) company for an investment bank.
Maria has collected many accolades throughout a storied career, and she is one of only 11 Technology Fellows named by IHS Markit during her time at the company, an honor that recognizes her deep expertise and exceptional standing within the analyst community.
Maria holds a first class degree in economics and business studies from Vigo University in Spain, and an MBA from Cardiff Business School in Wales. She is a regular speaker at events like IBC and Mobile World Congress.
Merrick Kingston engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research, focusing on subjects ranging from back-end network infrastructure to front-end digital video software. His expertise spans IP video distribution, digital media business models, audience measurement and analytics, and the complex technology value-chain that stretches from video backend to end-user device.
As part of the Omdia consulting business, Merrick has undertaken a wide complement of work with companies from across the value chain; his experience spans product and market-entry strategy, due diligence, competitive review and landscaping, customer profiling, and the assessment of anti-competitive practice. Merrick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. He speaks fluent Danish, French, and Italian.
Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology
Mr. Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit, drives connected device research and a range of topics for the broadband intelligence service.
With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Paul’s topical experience has included consumer electronics, pay and broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies and digital rights management.
Paul’s current coverage areas include connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving connected device research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paul worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as served as a consultant on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. He was also the director of DVD and HD market research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as an expert panelist speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference.
Paul has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, NPR, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, both in the US. Paul can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
Senior Research Manager
Paul Gray leads the home devices research, spanning television sets, smart home, consumer electronics, and domestic appliances. His main research area is TV sets, focusing on the European region, broadcast technology, smart TV, and new TV features. Paul is also heavily engaged in researching the development of the Ultra HD ecosystem.
He joined Omdia, formerly IHS Markit, more than 10 years ago. With more than 30 years’ experience in the TV set supply chain working for NXP and Philips in semiconductors and displays, Paul continues to research the TV set business. He has also worked on wearable and media devices and has tracked and forecast the smart TV business from its very beginning. Paul has been cited by, among others, the Financial Times, Korea Times, Korea Daily, Nikkei, and Le Monde. He has also offered expert viewpoints in online, radio, and television programming. Paul holds a degree in electrical engineering and a diploma in industrial studies.
Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology
Samuel McLaughlin covers the global set-top box ecosystem. In his role on the service provider technology team, he closely follows and advises on service provider technology, focusing on set-top boxes, monitoring and analyzing technology developments in satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT, and terrestrial networks
Previously, he worked as a research analyst in the strategic technologies team at ABI Research, where he published a variety of insight and strategy reports covering location-based services and low-power wide area networks. Samuel holds a master’s degree in mechatronic systems from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and a master’s degree in electronic engineering, from Ulster University, United Kingdom.
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