Otter Network was founded on a simple premise: Put content creators back at the center of their own content models. We believe there are two core components to achieving that goal: Build the tools that empower creators to easily produce their own high-quality content using devices already in their pockets, and deliver a platform that helps them distribute and monetize it at a fair price. Headquartered in one of the largest tech capitals in the country, Otter Network’s leadership team is composed of lifelong video production experts, successful content creators and experienced technology professionals working together to make premier end-to-end video production seamless, easy and cost effective.
Sandy Watkins has served as the Chairman of Open Lending, LLC since 1999. He has significant experience and expertise launching start-up companies in the areas of both finance and technology. Under his leadership, Open Lending has been named to the Austin Business Journal’s “FAST 50” list five times and to the “INC 5000” list of fastest growing private companies nationwide. Previously, Sandy co-founded Advanced Computer Systems, Inc.; was Chairman & CEO of Homeowners Mortgage and Equity; and worked with Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Harry Friedman has been in the entertainment industry since 1977. He has owned and managed production, post production, and equipment concerns in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas. These ventures have created programming for all major networks, including the television program “Rome” on HBO, and many other theatrical and made-for-TV features. Friedman has been involved in funding and developing many ventures.
Nick Tangborn is a 20-year veteran of digital media. He was Editor-in-Chief of Listen.com, which became Rhapsody. He founded the Jackpine Social Club record label, held management positions at BitTorrent and CNET, and consulted for the original Napster. In a multi-year diversion, he was COO of Batter Blaster, the aerosol pancake & waffle batter in a can. Tangborn and Batter Blaster hold the Guinness World Record for most pancakes made and served in eight hours (76,832)
Sherri Holland has served in CFO roles for over 20 years with experience in private equity, advertising, technology, real estate, and SAAS platforms. She specializes in early and rapid revenue growth businesses. Sherri has been part of executive teams that have raised over $150M in the past seven years, and has led acquisitions and mergers with large publicly traded entities. Sherri holds multiple board seats and advisory roles with technology and private equity companies.
Mark Tullos has been in the video production and post production industry for 13 years. He managed production and equipment rental services at NewCinema, Gear Rental, IMC, and 501 Post. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in the consumer electronics field and six years in network and server administration
Todd Bryant brings more than 30 years of hands-on experience in video, video streaming, information technologies, and cloud architecture to Otter Network. As Vice President of Otter Labs, Mr. Bryant oversees the architecture and implementation of software systems design, support, research and development and cloud deployment, as well as the design and development of unique video applications that will define Otter Network as a leader in the video platform solutions market.
Colette Sandstedt is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who has worked in entertainment and technology for 20+ years. As a marketing executive, she has helped define and explain brand-new industries such as online music and web-based payments. As a documentary filmmaker, her work has screened in festivals worldwide and can be seen on Discovery Network, History, National Geographic, Red Bull Media, and The New York Times.
Tim Regan is a music industry veteran and a partner at Nine Mile, which includes Nine Mile Records, Nine Mile Touring, and Nine Mile Publicity. For 20+ years, Tim has handled marketing, strategy, sales, management, and communications for some of the most respected artists and bands in the country. With a demonstrated history of entrepreneurship and unending curiosity, Tim combines his lifelong passion for creating with a proven ability to bring leading-edge ideas to life. As a musician, he has toured internationally and recorded over 40 albums.
Kurt embodies everything you want in an Product Design Director, seamlessly shifting between the end-to-end design process, overseeing and conducting design thinking research, user experience and interface design, and facilitating user testing and project/sprint planning. He has made a name for himself in the experience design world with an eye for aesthetics, the skills to bring his vision to life and the work ethic to see it through.
Will Watkins has 12 years of experience in business and technical development. He served as a Territory Account Manager and Business Development lead for Legacy Solutions, a telecommunications company based in Fort Worth, TX. While in Fort Worth, he received his MBA from Texas Christian University. Will was a lead technical advisor for the software integration team at Tarrant County Appraisal District.
Sam Haskins started his career working in video and photo production for a variety of designer fashion labels, before getting delving into feature films. He worked in the video space for 5 years before making a transition into technology. Sam initially started in operations, but transitioned into product development, helping make software for high-performance race cars.
Richard Yuricich is a three-time Academy Award-nominated special visual effects artist, a director, and a cinematographer. He is known for his work on BLADE RUNNER, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. He was visual effects consultant on James Cameron’s THE ABYSS for 20th Century Fox. Richard has also directed and photographed commercials and co-founded the Marina del Rey based Entertainment Effects Group.
Joe Gillespie is a top-performing CEO in media, mobile and marketing technology, and is founder of the consulting company Digital G. He formerly served as CEO & President of Zoove, Executive Vice President/GM of CBS Interactive, Executive Vice President of CNET Networks, and CEO & COO of TechTV.
Steve Katelman served as EVP of Global Strategic Partnerships for Omnicom Media Group, where he was responsible for ensuring the OMG agencies had unparalleled exposure and insight with their largest global digital vendors. Starting with Omnicom in 1996, Steve oversaw digital strategies and investments for many of Omnicom’s clients; launched OMG’s trading desk, Accuen, in 2008; and was instrumental in the 2010 launch of Annalect, Omnicom’s Data and Analytics practice. ADWEEK named him as one of the “Top 50 Execs Who Make the Wheels Turn” and included him in the “12 Stars of Adtech.” Steve currently advises adtech companies and works with the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau).
Matt Naylor and David Rice are co-founders of Flow Nonfiction, a Clio-winning multimedia content studio that creates curated brand-commissioned projects. Matt has directed series for Netflix, Hulu, MSNBC, and Prime, and his work has won awards at SXSW, Munich, and Cinequest. Matt also wrote the screenplay for ALONE, starring Donald Sutherland and released by Lionsgate. David is co-creator/Executive Producer of Netflix/MSNBC’s Wounded: The Battle Back Home and Hulu’s Small Business Revolution, as well as Creator of Clubhouse: Music up Close.