Our newest cloud? Google Cloud

We’re expanding our cloud ecosystem and will team with Google to help customers scale new market opportunities… [Press Release]

Kaboom! It’s Struum

OTT’s newest service is making noise by using our Gen 5 platform to add clout to aspiring Tier 1 networks. Here’s the scoop

YOUBORA? You betcha!

NPAW’s flagship suite will help our customers optimize CDN switching, so they can reduce costs and increase viewer satisfaction.

‘A scalable platform in weeks’

Hear how Struum worked with Firstlight Media to build a transformative platform in record time [video].

Our CMS makes you a winner

See how Firstlight Media’s cloud-based CMS can help your service score big with viewers [video].

Products & Services

Our brand new modular OTT platform is a turnkey solution that allows you to create premium experiences for your customers and go to market in record time.
Our platform is SDK-ready, containerized, microservices-based, and server-less for flexibility and scale.

Modular end-to-end: OTT video platform

Onboarding
VODA set of modules that handle the end-to-end media processing of VOD assets including acquisition and preparation for streaming
LiveA set of modules that handle linear signal acquisition from multiple sources, i.e., satellite, IP, cable or fiber, and preparation for streaming
V-MP6An intelligent workflow orchestration layer for handling acquisition, transcoding, packaging, encryption and publishing of VOD assets
L-MP6An intelligent workflow orchestration layer for handling acquisition, transcoding, packaging, encryption and publishing of Live Streams
V-EncodeReal-time VOD encoding, i.e., converting standard A/V inputs to SD, HD, and 4K video file outputs, optimized for OTT streaming to multiple screens
L-EncodeLow-latency live content processing, optimized for OTT streaming to multiple screens
V-OriginVOD origin service optimized for just-in-time media packaging with secure DRM protection
L-OriginLive origin service optimized for just-in-time stream packaging an multi-screen distribution with secure DRM protection
Management
CMSA multi-tenant Content Management System that enables user engagement and monetization opportunities
UserA set of modules that handle user or subscriber specific use cases
DatastoreMulti-tenant system for content metadata aggregation, editing, and enrichment
AuthA group of services handling authentication, authorization and accounting of users
StorefrontAI-assisted platform for content curation, personalization, scheduling, and publishing
ProfilesServices handling multiple profiles under a master profile including personalization at a profile level
PersonalizerA set of services that enable personalization capabilities within the CMS. Personalization can be at an individual user or a cohort level
BillingServices handling integration into a 1st party or 3rd party billing system
Distribution
EdgeA set of modules that enable essential services at the network edge during media distribution
UXA set of modules that define the User Experience including the user interface and media player
DRMServices that provide secure Digital Rights Management capabilities for VOD / Live streams
PlayerFeature-rich native media player for the device that enables high-quality playback of secure media
PolicyServices that enforce business rules associated with the media service as well as content policies attached to the content consumed
AppA white-label reference application for the device platform that allows customers to quickly re-brand and launch services into the market
AdsFlexible services that enable SSAI or CSAI through integration with a video ad-decision service
AnalyticsA group of services that enable collection of a variety of events from the application layer including media playback, user-interaction, exceptions, performance and external events
Score big with viewers
Our CMS makes the right call every time
We speak your language
No buzzwords; just the facts
Stay ahead of the OTT Pack
Our platform makes your service top dog

About Us

We are technologists at heart and love what we do. We build functional systems with a sense of beauty.
We strive to succeed as a team and work hard to be the best.

CEO
André Christensen
CTO
Juan Martin
COO
Goutham Vinjamuri
CFO
Tim Alavathil
CBO
Paul Pastor
CRO
Katie Back

Executive Team

Our Executive Team brings unparalleled track record to the entertainment industry, having operated 25+ premium OTT video services around the world.

The team is spearheading an industry shift to cloud-based services and industry tools that increase consumer engagement and business success.

André Christensen

CEO

André leads Firstlight Media. He is an expert in the Digital Media space with experience across North America, Europe and Asia. He is Chairman of the board of Otello Corp, AdColony, and Bemobi. He also sits on the board of Intermedia. He was formerly Head of Product Development for AT&T's Entertainment Services including properties such as DirecTV, U-Verse, NFL Sunday Ticket, WatchTV, AT&T NOW, AT&T TV, and others.

Before, André was COO and co-owner at Quickplay Media where he managed OTT services for Tier 1 PayTV and Content Providers across 50+ markets until it was acquired by AT&T, was a member of Yahoo’s executive team as SVP Business Operations based in Sunnyvale, and spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company as a partner building their Digital practice in Scandinavia and in Canada. He has a Dipl. Kfm/ MSc in Business and Computer Science from U. Mannheim, Germany.

Juan Martin

CTO

Juan is Firstlight’s Chief Technology Officer and one of the company founders. He leads Product for Firstlight and is responsible for the technology roadmap, including applications of Artificial Intelligence to drive user engagement and monetization. He was formerly at AT&T Entertainment, where he built the technology roadmap for next generation video platforms, in the context of the merger with Warner Media.

Juan joined AT&T via the Quickplay acquisition, after developing a video streaming service for Fox in Latin America. Before, he founded an advanced analytics company and was an Associate Principal at McKinsey and Company’s digital technology practice in Toronto, Santiago, and New York. Juan has a Masters in Technology from MIT, and Masters in Engineering from PUC, Chile.

Goutham Vinjamuri

COO

Goutham is responsible for customer success, platform engineering, service operations, and professional services at Firstlight Media. He most recently was AVP Software Engineering with AT&T Entertainment, where he led OTT & video solution engineering teams in the U.S., Canada, and India.

Before, Goutham headed Professional Services for Quickplay, until it was acquired by AT&T. He was SVP of Engineering with Polaris Financial Technologies, and a Practice Head in North America with TATA Consultancy Services, where he worked across industry verticals. He has an MSc in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology and BS in Electronics from ANU, India.

Tim Alavathil

CFO

As CFO of Firstlight Media, Tim is responsible for building financial efficiencies to support growth, maintaining financial discipline, budgeting, managing financial risks and accounting processes. Previously, Tim was CFO of Endeavor Streaming, a video streaming platform with over 650 employees and 14 offices worldwide, where he oversaw their global finance operations.

Previously, Tim was CFO of NeuLion, Inc. where he oversaw the sale in 2018 to Endeavor Streaming. Tim is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Paul Pastor

Chief Business Officer

Paul Pastor, an earlier leader in Direct-To-Consumer services, is a Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer here at Firstlight Media. Paul is responsible for key disciplines that will underpin Firstlight’s global growth: Sales, Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Development.

Paul is also Co-Founder of TVPASS, a soon to be launched SVOD aggregation platform.

Prior to joining Firstlight, Paul co-founded Unite Broadcast Ventures, a branded SaaS OTT platform to support European local market streaming joint ventures.

Prior to his more recent entrepreneurial path, Paul powered brand, channel and show success at Discovery Communications and The Walt Disney Company. Paul holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Katie Back

Chief Revenue Officer

As CRO of Firstlight Media, Katie is responsible for the company’s revenue growth through Sales, Customer Success, and Sales Marketing. She was formerly at FreeWheel, a Comcast Company where, most recently, she built and operationalized the Global Strategic Partnerships and Business Development team.

Previously Katie held a number of roles within the FreeWheel organization and was a key member of the team that took the company from start-up to acquisition. Throughout her career at FreeWheel Katie helped the organization solidify its place as the predominant TV ad management technology in market. She ran Enterprise Sales and Global Commercial Development where she managed the deal team responsible for securing new business, renewing existing business and the product marketing and sales specialist functions in support of Global customers. Prior to joining FreeWheel Katie held roles in both sales and business strategy.

Katie holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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Blog & Interviews

Press

Walking the walk of OTT transformation

January 19, 2021

Whether it’s having all the right moves in a hockey game, cycling when the wind always seems to be at your back, or captivating a roomful of guests, it’s easy to tell when you’ve got game. Your backhand is just a split second faster than the goalie’s glove, the mileposts glide by effortlessly, and the […]
Firstlight Media Teams with Google Cloud to Deliver Next-Gen OTT

January 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media Teams with Google Cloud to Deliver Next-Gen OTT Unlocks Service Agility, Scalability, Extensibility Across Partner Ecosystems Toronto, ON, Canada, Jan. 19, 2021 – Firstlight Media today announced that it has partnered with Google Cloud to support rapid deployment and expansion of OTT video streaming services.  Firstlight Media’s microservices-based architecture takes […]
Going deep to connect with sports fans

October 20, 2020

In the digital era, connecting with sports fans has become much more complex than pennants and peanuts. Fandom comes in all shapes and sizes and the types of engagement – from casual to committed, game-day or 24/7, big screen or mobile ­– create countless opportunities for teams, leagues and rights holders to personalize experiences, build […]
Firstlight Media – NPAW Partnership to Tackle CDN Switching for OTTs [Press Release]

January 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media – NPAW Partnership to Tackle CDN Switching for OTTs YOUBORA enables visibility into, execution on CDN options to deliver premium quality data analysis for top Streaming VOD and live providers. Toronto, ON, Canada and Barcelona, Spain Jan. 14, 2021 – Firstlight Media and NPAW (Nice People At Work) are partnering […]
Illustrators, Drag Queens and Bartenders – Oh my!

September 29, 2020

Our Amsterdam virtual social was an example of what we do best at Firstlight Media. We stretch the bounds of experimentation, innovation and creativity to create connections that matter.
Firstlight Media and Evergent Team Up to Deepen OTT Subscriber Relationships [Press Release]

January 13, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media and Evergent Team Up to Deepen OTT Subscriber Relationships Partnership boosts management and flexible monetization to build long-term value Toronto, ON, Canada and Sunnyvale, CA, Jan. 13, 2021 – Firstlight Media and Evergent Technologies are integrating their cloud-based capabilities to help OTT and pay-TV providers  deliver end-to-end solutions that optimize […]

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Blog & Interviews

Walking the walk of OTT transformation

January 19, 2021

Whether it’s having all the right moves in a hockey game, cycling when the wind always seems to be at your back, or captivating a roomful of guests, it’s easy to tell when you’ve got game. Your backhand is just a split second faster than the goalie’s glove, the mileposts glide by effortlessly, and the […]
Going deep to connect with sports fans

October 20, 2020

In the digital era, connecting with sports fans has become much more complex than pennants and peanuts. Fandom comes in all shapes and sizes and the types of engagement – from casual to committed, game-day or 24/7, big screen or mobile ­– create countless opportunities for teams, leagues and rights holders to personalize experiences, build […]
Illustrators, Drag Queens and Bartenders – Oh my!

September 29, 2020

Our Amsterdam virtual social was an example of what we do best at Firstlight Media. We stretch the bounds of experimentation, innovation and creativity to create connections that matter.

More Blog & Interviews...

Press

Firstlight Media Teams with Google Cloud to Deliver Next-Gen OTT

January 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media Teams with Google Cloud to Deliver Next-Gen OTT Unlocks Service Agility, Scalability, Extensibility Across Partner Ecosystems Toronto, ON, Canada, Jan. 19, 2021 – Firstlight Media today announced that it has partnered with Google Cloud to support rapid deployment and expansion of OTT video streaming services.  Firstlight Media’s microservices-based architecture takes […]
Firstlight Media – NPAW Partnership to Tackle CDN Switching for OTTs [Press Release]

January 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media – NPAW Partnership to Tackle CDN Switching for OTTs YOUBORA enables visibility into, execution on CDN options to deliver premium quality data analysis for top Streaming VOD and live providers. Toronto, ON, Canada and Barcelona, Spain Jan. 14, 2021 – Firstlight Media and NPAW (Nice People At Work) are partnering […]
Firstlight Media and Evergent Team Up to Deepen OTT Subscriber Relationships [Press Release]

January 13, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firstlight Media and Evergent Team Up to Deepen OTT Subscriber Relationships Partnership boosts management and flexible monetization to build long-term value Toronto, ON, Canada and Sunnyvale, CA, Jan. 13, 2021 – Firstlight Media and Evergent Technologies are integrating their cloud-based capabilities to help OTT and pay-TV providers  deliver end-to-end solutions that optimize […]

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Events

TVOT: OTT Technology Panel
01-27-2021
10AM PT / 1PM ET
TVOT: OTT Business Panel
01-28-2021
10AM PT / 1PM ET
IBC Showcase
09-10-2020
7AM PDT / 3PM BST
VARIETY: TV Summit
06-23-2020