We are pleased to announce the expansion of our growing executive team, with the addition of Jeff O'Connell as Executive Vice President of Technology and Dan Shearer as Senior Vice President of Product and User Experience.
Jeff will be responsible for leading the overall strategy, development and deployment of First Look Media's technology platforms across all screens. He will work to build media properties and services that support the commercial needs of our business while simultaneously holding true to our founding principles of social impact and transparency.
Dan will determine the strategy and execution of all of First Look Media's consumer-facing digital products across various platforms, from web to mobile to connected television. He and his team will work in collaboration with the head of content and programming, Adam Pincus, to build best-in-class user experiences for audiences, with special emphasis on innovation, accessibility and utility.
"Technology is an increasingly essential tool for creators to produce and distribute content, cultivate relationships with audiences and generate real impact," said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. "A thoughtfully designed user experience and infrastructure to support our work is critical to our vision of being the premier platform for independent voices. With Jeff and Dan at the helm of this effort, we will have capacity to build products that suit the needs of our company and of the creators with whom we team, and to produce great content together."
Jeff O'Connell has created and managed technology platforms across a variety of industries, including health, education and media. Prior to joining First Look Media, Jeff was SVP of Technology at Maker Studios, where he led the video platform team. Jeff joined Maker Studios after their acquisition of Blip.tv Networks, where he served as CTO and was instrumental in scaling the technology platform, integrating with industry-leading advertising and analytics systems and focusing the business on a curated content model. Previously, he co-founded a consumer healthcare start-up, Healogica, and held senior engineering roles at an e-learning company called Wimba and the newly-launched nytimes.com.
Dan Shearer has a long history of digital product and design experience. Most recently he was VP of Product & User Experience for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, where he and his team were responsible for the launch of a number of OTT (over-the-top) streaming video products on the web, mobile and connected TVs. Dan was instrumental in the recent high-profile launches of HBO Now, WWE Network and 120 Sports. Prior to his work at MLBAM, Dan served in senior product roles at MTV Networks and Wenner Media / Rolling Stone.