Adam Svoboda joins as EVP, North America, and Christopher Gu named Vice President of Content Partnerships, China
New York, NY, July 26, 2018 — Video technology company Mirriad today announced the strategic hiring of Adam Svoboda as Executive Vice President of North American Operations, and Christopher Gu as VP Content Partnerships, China. Svoboda, a former Sales Operations Executive at NBCUniversal, and Gu, an established media executive in the APAC region, both possess diverse experience in the TV advertising business and a high-level understanding of media organizations around the globe.
Svoboda as EVP for North America will focus on growing Mirriad’s US revenue while developing new strategies to enhance the In-Video ad experience for its customers. His media savviness and understanding of linear and digital operations will help grow company partnerships and streamline workflow for Broadcaster, Studio and Agency partners to incorporate Mirriad’s In-Video ad solution. Previously, Svoboda was at NBCU where he managed advertising sales operations across NBC, USA and Syfy TV Networks and digital platforms. Prior to that Adam held a series of management positions leading ESPN ad operations and client services teams.
Gu will help drive Mirriad’s content initiatives in China and negotiate new business dealings with main clients such as the broadcasters, media groups, and film and drama companies to clear content and increase overall inventory. Previously, he was General Manager of Pan-Entertainment in Ergeng Group, producing the first psychodrama program in media and internet industry in China. Chris was the first appointed CIO (Chief Intellectual Properties Officer) of Huace Group, the biggest drama company and the first listed company in content production and distribution in China. Chris put forward the Super IP Strategy that has been used as the group business strategy by Huace and has greatly impacted the Chinese media industry.
Says Mirriad CEO Mark Popkiewicz, “Adam and Chris are fantastic examples of the kind of executive talent demanded from us by our customers, who are some of the largest and most influential media businesses on the planet’. We are pleased to have Adam and Chris join our growing global team. With Adam’s extensive background leading operations teams at premier media companies, and Chris’ strong background in licensing and distribution, these two will be integral in helping us solve the challenges advertisers face today.”
Says Adam Svoboda “I have spent years analyzing TV advertising trends and am eager to bring my insights to the team to help Mirriad reach its full potential. The challenge to improve linear user experience has never been greater and Mirriad’s scalable in-video ad unit is vital to content partners as a natural solution to complement traditional forms of advertising. Looking forward to working with our partners to evolve the TV ad experience bringing brands closer to contextually relevant storylines and characters they love to watch.”
Says Chris Gu, “China is one of the most rapidly developing media markets in the world, and Mirriad has already demonstrated impressive results stemming from previous ad campaigns in the region. This in-video technology is one of the most innovative solutions for brands and other business partners to engage their target audiences, and I look forward to bringing this unique advertising experience to new clients and distribution partners. The grand landscape of Chinese content industry gives Mirriad a marvelous opportunity that could not be missed.”
Recently, Mirriad unveiled a new 10-second in-video ad unit designed to provide advertisers with quality brand exposure within mainstream entertainment content.
Mirriad is a video technology company delivering in-video advertising by naturally blending brand advertising into popular entertainment content.
Mirriad creates advertising opportunities within existing video content across multiple shows. Advertisers can reach target audiences in a contextually relevant way without interrupting the viewing experience. The new ad format can be used alone or combined with other media and is aligned with existing media trading.
Mirriad is headquartered in London, with offices in the leading advertising markets in the world: New York, Mumbai, Shanghai and São Paulo.