MovieLabs Taps Cable Guy as CEO

Former Comcast, CableLabs tech exec takes helm at Hollywood R&D group

Studio-owned R&D group Motion Picture Laboratories hired John Carney, who’s spent the last 14 years in the cable industry, as new president and CEO.

Former MovieLabs topper Steve Weinstein left at the end of December 2012 to join Deluxe Entertainment Services Group as chief technology officer.

Most recently, Carney was senior veep of engineering at Comcast and also established the West Coast office of CableLabs, the cable industry’s research and development consortium. Earlier in his 25-year career, Carney was prexy of TVWorks, an interactive TV joint venture between Comcast and Cox Communications and also was co-founder and CTO of MetaTV, an interactive TV software company.

As MovieLabs topper, Carney will oversee research and development aimed at “continuing to expand and diversify the ways audiences can watch the movies and TV shows they love,” group said.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based MovieLabs was founded in 2005 by Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros.

Carney “brings deep technical and business expertise that is critical to this role, particularly during this time of rapid technological development,” Darcy Antonellis, MovieLabs board member and prexy of Warner Bros. Technical Operations, said in a statement.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer, also on the MovieLabs board, added: “Today, there are more ways to enjoy content than ever before. John will play an important role in our industry as we continue to enhance and improve the ways that audiences can access and experience entertainment.”

MovieLabs focuses on antipiracy, digital distribution and connected devices. Group maintains project engineering, technology market analysis and standards promotion functions, partnering with universities, corporations, tech startups, service providers and standards bodies on digital media initiatives.

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