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Richard Berger has been named president and CEO of MovieLabs, a nonprofit research and development venture jointly run by Paramount, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Disney and Warner Bros.
In this new role, he’ll lead MovieLabs’ cross-industry initiatives focused on next-generation content platforms and products, automated digital workflows, content security and digital analytics.
Berger brings more than 20 years of experience in digital innovation, with more than a decade at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as senior vp worldwide digital strategy and advanced platforms.
“Rich brings that most unusual blend of — deep technical knowledge coupled with an instinctive commercial understanding of how technology can disrupt and swiftly transform our industry,” said Hanno Basse, MovieLabs board member and CTO at 20th Century Fox Film Corp. “His mix of business and technical savvy will provide strong direction to MovieLabs as it drives new technology solutions that will change how the industry delivers and protects its content.”
“I have been fortunate to collaborate with the technologists at MovieLabs on many key industry initiatives,” said Berger. “That includes the introduction of UltraViolet, the advancement of HDR and Ultra HD, enhanced content protection and standards for automated digital workflows such as delivery of next-generation extras to consumers…. I look forward to shaping more innovation initiatives in the coming years.”
Berger will report to the MovieLabs board of directors and will be based out of a new MovieLabs office in Los Angeles. He succeeds Steve Weinstein, who was serving as interim CEO and intends to spend more time on his entrepreneurship and teaching activities at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
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