SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today announced that Kathy Weidman has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager, metadata. Effective immediately, Ms. Weidman will lead the metadata business group, overseeing product management, engineering and data operations. She will also continue to formulate and drive key strategies for growing Rovi’s metadata business. Reporting directly to Rovi’s Executive Vice President and COO John Burke, Ms. Weidman will be based out of the corporate offices in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
“Kathy’s industry background coupled with her leadership roles are a powerful combination as we continue rapid expansion of our metadata business,” said Mr. Burke. “Kathy’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of the media industry and its technologies will help further drive our innovation in products and solutions for our customers.”
Ms. Weidman joins Rovi with extensive global experience with media technologies and applications, broadcasting and second screen products. She has a track record of leadership, stakeholder management, strategy formulation and implementation across diverse products and services companies. She also has deep expertise in building business development and sales programs, operational improvement strategies and sustainable change management programs.
Previously, Ms. Weidman was at MoonBeam Partners Limited, where she served as executive consultant for several media services, media and entertainment and digital media companies. Prior to MoonBeam, Ms. Weidman was the managing director of content discovery and metadata operations for Red Bee Media Limited, now a subsidiary of Ericsson. At Red Bee, Ms. Weidman was responsible for customer service, operations, strategy development, engineering and research development. Some of her key customers at Red Bee included BBC, Canal Plus, Discovery, Google, ITV, Liberty Global, Microsoft, Samsung, UKTV, TV4 and Virgin. Ms. Weidman has also held leadership roles at Technicolor and Avid Technology. She earned her MBA from Babson College and her bachelor’s degree in both economics and business administration from Eastern Connecticut State University.
“Rovi is renowned for extensive metadata that enhances users’ ability to search and discover their favorite TV shows, movies, music, celebrities, books and games across platforms and devices quickly,” said Ms. Weidman. “I’m delighted to be joining an industry leader and help deliver advanced technologies to service providers, media companies and consumer electronics manufacturers for their discovery and guide applications.”
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi is leading the way to a more personalized entertainment experience. The company’s pioneering guides, data, and recommendations continue to drive program search and navigation on millions of devices on a global basis. With a new generation of cloud-based discovery capabilities and emerging solutions for interactive advertising and audience analytics, Rovi is enabling premier brands worldwide to increase their reach, drive consumer satisfaction and create a better entertainment experience across multiple screens. The company holds over 5,000 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Discover more about Rovi at rovicorp.com.
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