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    Vision – Towards a Connected Life

    Monday, 28th January 2013 from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Sponsored Session Auditorium A (Level 3) Midem Talks

    The entertainment industries are trying to cope with new technologies, which are driving the pace of a never-ending reinvention. In order to make content, especially music, more accessible and profitable, they search for new partners, such as high-tech electronics or car manufacturers. Discover how connectedness is reshaping the way we live, commute and communicate, and how it impacts the music business.


    Kang TJ Kang TJ

    Samsung Electronics (USA/South Korea)

    | SVP Service Planning

    Offered by Samsung, Music Hub is the first mobile music service that gives you all your music in one place. Stream songs from an extensive catalog; upload your personal music collection to the cloud; listen to radio stations, and purchase music – all in one app.
    TJ Kang leads Samsung’s content services business, a strategic new direction for Samsung, now the world’s leading smartphone provider and largest IT company.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Kang co-founded ThinkFree, which was selected by ComputerWorld as the best, free online office software over Google Docs. Previously, he developed the Hangul Processor 3, the first Korean word processing software; and later, was instrumental in including full Korean language support for Unicode; of which he received commendations from the Prime Minister of Korea. Mr. Kang went on to serve as the head of the Service Incubation Office at Korea Telecom before joining Samsung in 2010.

    Mascarenas Paul Mascarenas Paul

    Ford (USA)

    | CTO

    Paul Mascarenas is chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation.
    He leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.
    Prior to his current role, Mascarenas served as vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development, with responsibility for engineering the car, truck, SUV and crossover vehicles for Ford Motor Company brands. He also was instrumental in the development and implementation of the global Ford brand 'DNA'.
    Since joining Ford in 1982, Mascarenas has amassed extensive experience in product development, having held various positions in product planning, program management, body engineering and powertrain while on assignments in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    He was appointed a company vice president in January 2005 and has held his current position since January 2011.
    Mascarenas holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King's College in England. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an SAE International Fellow and serves as a member of the FISITA Honorary Committee.


    Solon Olivia Solon Olivia

    Wired (UK)

    | Associate Editor

    Olivia Solon is a writer and editor specialising in technology, science startups and digital culture. Currently Associate Editor of<>, she has also had work published in The Telegraph, Marketing Week, GQ, Music Week, and Frukt Source. Prior to working at Wired, she spent five years as a business journalist focusing on the media and marketing industries, with roles at Media Week, Media & Marketing and Cream.