Neil Land

Neil is the Head of Business in BBC Sport, responsible for editorial and business strategy, governance, compliance and communications. He supports all aspects of the management of the business including rights acquisition, major event planning and stakeholder engagement. Neil joined the BBC in 2003 having previously worked at PwC as a competition economist specialising in the media and sports sectors.

 

Rob France

As Product Marketing Manager for Dolby, Rob is responsible for working with Dolby’s customers to develop the market requirements to deliver new audio experiences.  His current focus is the development of next generation audio experiences for sports.

 

Prior to his current position at Dolby, Rob worked for Sony as a Product Marketing Manager.  He was responsible for developing the market for camcorder products for the broadcast and semi-professional markets.  Before his time at Sony, Rob had previously worked for Dolby in various roles covering product management and broadcast systems.

 

Rob worked alongside many broadcasters across Europe and beyond on the introduction and rollout of 5.1 surround sound with their launch of HD services.

 

He holds an MBA from Cranfield University, UK, and an MEng degree in electronic engineering with music technology, from the University of York, UK.

 

Peter Hutton

Peter Hutton is CEO of Eurosport, the leading sports entertainment destination reaching 243 million cumulative subscribers across 99 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

 

Part of Discovery Communications, Eurosport has a TV portfolio incorporating Eurosport 1, telling the greatest sports stories in 151 million homes in 54 countries, Eurosport 2, reaching 72 million homes in 51 countries, and Eurosportnews.

 

Based in Paris, Peter joined Eurosport in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand worldwide. Peter is delivering a strategy which will see large scale development of Eurosport to create more locally relevant content with homegrown talent and dedicated feeds in key markets encouraging a number of strong, local channels for future growth. Peter’s goal is to push hard to maintain stability within the network’s strong pillar sports in the coming years:  cycling, motorsport, football, tennis and Olympic sports.

 

Peter is also responsible for growing Eurosport Player, the premium live and on demand OTT service for the greatest events on the calendar, anytime and on any device. Peter is currently overseeing the expansion of this flagship product to improve the viewer experience further.

 

Building on the digital capabilities of Eurosport, Peter also oversees Eurosport.com, Europe’s most visited online sports destination available in 10 languages worldwide. With up to 33 million unique users per month worldwide (23 million in Europe), it provides over 60,000 stories per year (one every 90 seconds).

 

Prior to joining Eurosport in 2015, Peter worked in the sports industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles all over the world. Most recently, he was CEO at the MP and Silva sports rights agency, and previously he was part of Fox International Channels, driving the launch of their sports business outside the Americas, including the acquisition of Setanta Sports in Africa and ESPN/Star Sports in Asia. He became CEO of ESPN/Star Sports based out of Singapore and oversaw its change into Fox Sports in Asia and Star Sports in India.

 

Peter’s career began at the grassroots of sport; at 16 years old he was commentating on cricket, football and rugby for local radio stations in West Yorkshire whilst still at school. Graduating from Cambridge University, he became sports editor of Radio Aire in Leeds, then with BBC TV, where he covered the Hillsborough football disaster and subsequent inquiry, before joining the launch team at BSB’s sports channel in 1990 and going on to present and commentate on a variety of sporting events for Sky Sports.

Mark Parkman

Responsible for content creation, technical delivery and digital platform development, as well as integrating partnerships with Olympic rights-holding broadcasters, sponsors, International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

 

Before joining OCS, Mark served as the Operations Executive for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Vice-President of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), where he oversaw the operations of the host broadcaster for the Olympic Games. He was awarded an Emmy for his work on the host broadcaster team for the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, and he recently managed operations for 1,800 hours of televised competition for the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, overseeing production, engineering, logistics, planning, crewing and broadcaster relations. Mark previously worked in marketing, public relations and international television coordination with Turner Broadcasting System and Cohn & Wolfe, where he led media efforts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, PGA Golf.

Gary Zenkel

Gary Zenkel was named President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group, in 2011. He reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

Gary oversees all aspects of the NBC Olympics business unit. As President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group, Gary is responsible for overseeing the legal, business affairs, strategy and operations functions for NBC Sports Group.

Prior to being named to this role, he served as President, NBC Olympics, since 2005. The 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was Gary’s 11th Olympics.

Since the acquisition of NBCUniversal by Comcast in 2011, Gary has led two successful NBCU attempts to acquire U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games. The first, in June 2011, awarded NBCU the rights to the Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The second agreement was negotiated in June 2014 and granted NBCU the U.S. media rights to all Olympic and Paralympic Games through 2032, making it the longest U.S. media rights Olympic agreement in history.

Gary has also been instrumental in major soccer acquisitions for NBCU, including Telemundo’s exclusive Spanish-language U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup® Soccer from 2015 through 2022, and NBC Sports Group’s three-season English Premier League acquisition in 2013.

He has managed NBC’s Olympics business since the 2004 Olympics in Athens, working closely with the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee, and NBC’s distribution partners and affiliates to advance NBC’s Olympic coverage, distribution, and marketing while navigating the constantly changing media landscape.

Gary served as Executive Vice President of NBC Olympics from 2001 to 2005. From 1997 to 2001, Gary served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, of NBC Olympics. Previously, from 1994-1997, Gary was Vice President of NBC Sports and Executive Assistant to NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol. During that period he played a major role in NBC’s acquisition, contract negotiations, and renewals of the French Open, Olympics, Major League Baseball, Notre Dame Football, PGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association championships, and Ryder Cup. Gary joined NBC Sports in 1990 as Director of Sports Contract Negotiations.

Prior to joining NBC Sports, Gary was a corporate associate with Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, a New York City-based law firm.

Gary graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 and from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He was a two-year letterman on the Wolverines golf team.