September 24, 2017 12:20 AM ET

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Company Overview of OwnZones Media Network, Inc.

Company Overview

OwnZones Media Network, Inc. aggregates and distributes bundled subscription-based digital content. It offers OwnZones, a personalized online environment for digital content, such as streaming video, newspapers, magazines, image galleries, audio clips, arts and dance, cars, and finance. The company's OwnZones enables customers to find and purchase content to create their own Zone tailored to their individual needs and interests. It also provides Zypline, a media asset management and distribution platform for the OTT market. OwnZones Media Network, Inc. was formerly known as MiiCast Network, Inc. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

20860 North Tatum Boulevard

Suite 200

Phoenix, AZ 85050

United States

Founded in 2013



Key Executives for OwnZones Media Network, Inc.

CEO, President & Director
Executive Director
Head of Product Innovation
Head of Programming
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

OwnZones Media Network, Inc. Key Developments

Ownzones Media Network Hires Rob Hopps as First Chief Security Officer

OWNZONES Media Network named Rob Hopps as Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President, Platform Operations. In this newly created position, Hopps takes on the responsibility of overseeing all information security, infrastructure and technology operations at OWNZONES. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA. Hopps is a technology veteran with over 20 years leading technology operations and strategic initiatives. Most recently, Hopps served as Vice President, Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. During his tenure, Hopps developed an Information Security team and program to address deficiencies in the areas of cyber security and compliance for the $100 billion wholesale lender.

OWNZONES Media Network to Release OWNZONES Connect

OWNZONES Media Network will release OWNZONES Connect, its fully Interoperable Master Format (IMF) technology and platform, at IBC 2017. Essentially creating a 'Post House in the Cloud', OWNZONES Connect positions the OTT EntTech company as a leader for ushering in the next generation of the IMF format with upgraded functionality focused on increased speed and scale. As the industry's only company operating in the cloud with IMF technology, OWNZONES Connect features an automated process that doesn't require specialized software, thus producing significant cost savings for IMF distribution. Over the past year, OWNZONES has substantially invested in developing its own proprietary cloud-based platform for managing OTT media logistics, including end-to-end live streaming solutions, strategic video encoding and transcoding systems as well as enterprise services. IMF is an SMPTE standard for providing entertainment companies with a master format that allows them to create and distribute multiple tailored versions of the same piece of content for different audiences. The delivery is targeted to service providers or distributors and multiple final destinations to broadcasters, OTT services (e.g. Netflix), DVD authors, Airlines and more. OWNZONES Connect ingests, categorizes and stores multiple media files in one easy-to-access location stored in the cloud, optimizing file quality for a larger reach. It also includes a dynamic creation of video jobs based on templates, and the introduction of smart agents for proactive metadata optimization. OWNZONES will also attend IBC 2017 to provide updates on other technology solutions in its offering, including offline downloading. OWNZONES has improved the security of its DRM capabilities. This new feature includes streaming with DRM and support for downloaded video with offline playback support across major device types. OWNZONES is a fully approved Microsoft Managed Partner and will be showcasing some of its security solution technology in Azure (the Cloud computing platform) at the Microsoft stand at IBC 2017. OWNZONES Connect has enhanced its AVOD capabilities in this release. This feature is the dynamic ad insertion for the company's white-label customers. It offers various programmatic ad networks to OWNZONES platforms for ad revenue optimization. There's also an integrated ad marker insertion for custom ad breaks and cue points on OTT set top box and digital platforms.

Ownzones Media Network Appoints Serge Vaguine as Senior Vice President, Business Development

Ownzones Media Network appointed Serge Vaguine as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Vaguine will be based in London. In this newly created post, Vaguine takes on the responsibility of increasing the company's worldwide distribution platform services and technology offerings. This includes Ownzones' OTT video delivery platform, which provides end-to-end solutions for delivering world-class viewing experiences. On the content front, Vaguine will handle the distribution for 420TV, a new VOD "all things cannabis" channel featuring 4K original, multi-episodic series', long and short form news, informational and entertainment content, as well as Ownzones Passport, a localized app that gives consumers access to original video programs with top international and local influencers and Hollywood movies. Previously, Vaguine served as Vice President Sales at Paywizard Group, a provider of subscriber management and billing solutions for pay TV operators. Vaguine undertook the task of boosting subscriber acquisition and retention as well as providing predictive churn analytics and rich data insight to the firm's clients, including BT Sports, BoxNation, NBCU and ITV. From 2006 to 2014, Vaguine served as Director of Business Development, EMEA at Amino Communications, the leading provider of innovative hybrid TV, IPTV and cloud TV solutions and was based in Cambridge during his nine-year tenure with the company.

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