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Mitch Singer is Chief Digital Strategy Officer at Sony Pictures Technologies. In this capacity, Mr. Singer collaborates with Sony Pictures’ various business units on studio-wide strategies to address the ongoing digital transformation of the entertainment industry – helping to identify digital business opportunities, exploring new products, formats, and services, representing SPE in industry forums, and working to mitigate digital theft. He focuses on emerging and disruptive technologies and evaluates and develops adaptive business models to stay ahead of the technological curve. In addition to developing new consumer usage models, Mr. Singer plays a central role in Sony Pictures’ worldwide anti-digital theft and digital rights management efforts. Singer has been the lead negotiator for Sony Pictures in content protection technology licensing issues.

In addition to developing new consumer uses, Mr. Singer is responsible for coordinating Sony Pictures worldwide anti-piracy activities and for the company's involvement in worldwide standard-setting activities, including CableLabs, Coral, AACS, DVD CCA and others. He has been involved in digital rights management from the launch of DVD and has been the lead negotiator for Sony Pictures in content protection technology licensing.

Mr. Singer Regularly participates in anti-piracy forums and industry discussions, including forums held by Variety and the Content Protection Summit 2012

Mr. Singer represents the studio in numerous standards setting activities. He currently serves as President of DECE, the 75-member, cross-industry consortium behind UltraViolet (http://www.uvvu.com), the effort to create open standards for digital entertainment distribution enabling consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services and devices.

Mr. Singer sits on the boards of Motion Picture Laboratories, DVD CCA, Entertainment Technology Center USC, the HDBaseT Alliance as well as the HQME (“High Quality Mobile Experience”) Steering Committee. He also was appointed to the copyright committee for The National Academies’ Board of Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP). In 2012, Mr. Singer was inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Mr. Singer joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1990 as Counsel in the Litigation Group. In 1991, he became Counsel to the Television Legal Group, and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 1992. He was named Assistant General Counsel in 1994 and became Vice President in the Television Legal Group in 1996. That same year, he was named head of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment Legal Affairs. In 1997, Mr. Singer became Senior Vice President and transferred to the Intellectual Property Department for SPE. In this capacity he was responsible for traditional intellectual property issues such as copyright and trademark, new technology licensing and content protection.

Mr. Singer received both his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego.

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Generation Next and the Era of New Creativity

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