Our Team

A leading digital distribution platform combining brand-centric strategy with cutting edge technology

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As a leader in cultivating and adapting the newest cutting edge technologies, OTTera provides one of the most comprehensive suites of technology and services that are custom-designed for a wide variety of brands and content owners.

Beyond our aggressive technological developments, another ingredient in our secret formula is undoubtedly our team. By maintaining an all-star team of highly skilled engineers, experienced business strategists, top-performing content managers, and monetization specialists, our client partners can rest assured that their brand will be receiving 5-star support through each stage of the process.

At OTTera, we stand by our goal to provide brands with the most streamline, all-encompassing solution to meet all of their digital content distribution needs.

 

WELCOME TO THE ERA OF OTT.

Stephen Hodge – Co-CEO

Stephen Hodge – Co-CEO

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Stephen is a proven leader with a track record of success in: mobile application technology development, content acquisition and creation, and white label platform streaming technology.

With his technology background as a foundation, Stephen spearheaded the children’s content platform Toon Goggles from its 2011 launch as a beta website, to today’s global distribution across every major consumer electronic device. Stephen leads his team in the overall strategies for content licensing, business development, monetization, and ensuring Toon Goggles and OTTera stay ahead of their competition.

James Cahall – Co-CEO

James Cahall – Co-CEO

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James is a results-driven, entrepreneurial engineer with 10 years of executive-level experience and 15 years of professional engineering. He consistently delivers successful bleeding-edge products to support business goals. As Co-CEO of OTTera, with a focus in technology, he is an architect of innovative tech initiatives that add to and accelerate business revenue streams.

James has guided the OTTera team to power 24+ OTT services with 50 million users worldwide and double revenue every year since inception. James graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2005 with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and worked for Lockheed Martin Skunkworks for 6 years prior to launching Digital Media Interactive, Toon Goggles, and OTTera.

Steve Rifkin – COO

Steve Rifkin – COO

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Steve graduated from Northwestern University and accumulated a vast knowledge of Data and Application Architectures with 15 years of experience working as a technical consultant for large and small media companies focused on the monetization of content.

Steve wears multiple hats for OTTera working as an engineer on the development side of OTTera’s infrastructure and assisting in the overall business development and strategies for OTTera growth.

Craig McEldowney – CTO

Craig McEldowney – CTO

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Craig has 20 years of experience in developing and integrating digital publishing, content management and digital asset management systems. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Computer Science and spent the next 17 years doing development, software engineering and systems design, release management, and strategic consulting before collaborating to form OTTera.

Craig is accountable for OTTera’s strategic infrastructure, server-side integration and deployment architecture, API and syndication layers, and for identifying and facilitating key initiatives for driving revenue and improving system stability and throughput.

Brendan Alexander – VP of Client Success

Brendan Alexander – VP of Client Success

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Brendan earned his degree in Film & Digital Media Production and History at UC Santa Cruz giving him insight into the global future of digital media.

Brendan has worked in Hollywood producing TV series, feature films, animated series, commercials, and news telecasts. He gained valuable knowledge and experience when he was the protégé for Peter Keefe, the creator of billion-dollar licensing properties such as
Voltron.

Brendan brings a substantial understanding of content licensing, COPPA and CARU advertising, film and animation production/distribution to the team.

Andrew Baritz – VP Advertising Sales & Operations

Andrew Baritz – VP Advertising Sales & Operations

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Andrew graduated from Ithaca College and with a Degree in Documentary Film and Production. Post-graduation Andrew quickly moved into technical operations running content distribution operations for traditional media distribution.

At OTTera Andrew is leading the charge bringing the AdNet+ Product to Market helping Monetize OTT and FaAST channels worldwide through strong technology integrations and advertising management through the OTTera suite of OTT Technologies, Applications, Linear Channels, and distribution partners.

Jordan Warkol – Senior Director of Business Development

Jordan Warkol – Senior Director of Business Development

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With a background in the entertainment industry starting at the age of 5, Jordan has always been drawn to this space, both in front of and behind the scenes. Graduating from Cal State University Northridge, Jordan joined Toon Goggles in its early days, and has been able to increase its monetization through expanding its efforts in digital advertising, onboarding new partners from mid-sized companies to Fortune 500 companies, and helping to tailor experiences users love.

At OTTera, Jordan has expanded his role into a broader space beyond kids and is now focusing on large scale business development and advertising sales across their AdNet+ Network and general client base.

Daniel Barnathan – EVP – Head Of Global Ad Sales

Daniel Barnathan – EVP – Head Of Global Ad Sales

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Mr. Daniel Barnathan, also known as Dan, is currently working as President of Media Solution Worldwide. Dan functions as a leader in Multiplatform Media Sales, Marketing, and Program Distribution. He also acts a relationship builder with extensive C-level contacts in the CTV/OTT, Streaming Video, digital, Broadcast TV, social and mobile space while working with major national advertisers, agencies, and content/IP owners.

As Executive Vice President of OTTera/Toon Goggles, Inc. Dan oversees Direct Ad Sales worldwide for the company’s OTT, vMVPD, and linear networks.

Xiaosong Zhu – Strategic Advisor & Investor

Xiaosong Zhu – Strategic Advisor & Investor

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Xiaosong, with the English name Adam, has a proven track record in sales and start-up businesses in the telecommunications and Connected TV industries across Chinese and LATAM markets.

Adam worked in the companies of top telecom equipment suppliers & connected TV platform suppliers for more than 15 years; founding and running a telecom software company that saves millions of dollars for the local operators to maintain the daily telecom network; Adam has a lot of experience on global cross-culture business development and resources integrations, with the capabilities of speaking fluent English and Portuguese on commercial communications. From 2019, by investing in OTTera, his vision is to be part of the new era of global OTT business.

Joe Chellman – Director of Engineering

Joe Chellman – Director of Engineering

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Joe Chellman is a full-stack web developer, educator, and author. For 20 years prior to OTTera, Joe ran a small web development shop building high-quality, user-friendly websites for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses around the USA and elsewhere. A graduate of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon, he is a passionate advocate for user-centered design in technology. Joe also loves to teach, having authored many popular video courses for LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com), and co-authored a book on web design software for Pearson.

At OTTera, Joe is combining his many interests as lead engineer for the web platform, and head internal documentation writer.

Shujah Farooq – Manager EMEA

Shujah Farooq – Manager EMEA

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Shujah is an entertainment executive with extensive international experience in OTT, film, music & games distribution as well as in VOD editorial and content acquisition. 

He has been in the content industry for over 10 years; Shujah started and managed the content partnerships at Huawei for 5 years, launched EE TV in the UK, and built several VOD services in Europe. Prior to that, he worked for various tech companies servicing telcos all around the world.

Sumit Rastogi – Director Business Development, India

Sumit Rastogi – Director Business Development, India

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Sumit brings over 18 years of rich experience in media sales, content acquisition, content syndication, partnerships, and affiliate business.

Prior to OTTera, he handled more than 300 video content partners and publishers, acquiring a variety of video content including news, Bollywood, sports, sports leagues, lifestyle, entertainment, government, fitness, auto, tech, spiritual, TV networks, and more.

Sumit also made strategic alliances with some of the biggest sports leagues teams in India: Indian Premier League, Indian Super League, and Pro Kabaddi League. He has produced content for the ISSF World Cup, the India International Trade Fair, and the Jagran Film Festival.

He has an MBA from SIMS Pune with a major in marketing, and has worked with the adtech and media companies U2opia Mobile, Times of India, Locovida Digital Solutions (Times Internet Ltd), and Dainik Jagran.

Joel Murray – Manager, Process

Joel Murray – Manager, Process

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Joel graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in Business Administration and Philosophy. He has 10 years of software and web quality assurance experience, honing his eye for detail, critical thinking ability, communication skill, and automation expertise.

At OTTera, Joel defines and improves end-to-end business processes, writes automated tests, and applies his automation expertise to areas outside of Engineering to facilitate the company’s growth.

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