As evidenced this week by Google’s $1.65 billion purchase of viral video website YouTube, the internet is once again being seen as the future of content distribution. To help it stay ahead of that curve, The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS) has hired broadband entertainment specialist Arthur Hair to serve as chief technology officer and senior VP. Reporting to president Alan Bergman, Hair will working closely with the studio’s business units to leverage technology to take advantage of emerging media outlets such as the Internet and mobile platforms.
‘Arthur is a brilliant technologist and a pioneer in the area of delivering video via the internet,’ says Bergman. ‘We’re thrilled to have an innovator of his stature on our team at this critical juncture in the evolution of entertainment technology.’
Hair spent the last eleven years at broadband entertainment distribution company SightSound Technologies, where he served as chief technology officer and was the architect of the company’s proprietary Secure Media eCommerce System, which automated the electronic sale of movies and music from geographically distributed data centers around the U.S.
Since 1993, Hair has received patents in the U.S. and around the world in the fields of audio/video e-commerce, audio/video compression and applied encryption. He began his career at Texas Instruments in its Defense Electronics division as a manufacturing engineer working on Forward Looking Infrared night vision systems.