iStreamPlanet

About

iStreamPlanet is revolutionizing TV technology so our customers can deliver the very best experience to the fan. We complete the end-to-end digital video workflow with the Aventus Media Processing Suite and the Orbis Direct-to-Consumer Platform.

We are trusted to stream the most valuable live sporting events including the Olympics, Super Bowl, NCAA March Madness Live, and more. Our media and entertainment customers including Fox, FuboTV, Hulu, and Turner rely on us for their 24x7 live media workflows. We are obsessed with our customers, technical innovation, and high-quality video. We are committed to delivering the best experience to the fan whenever and wherever.

Founded in 2000 as a startup streaming weddings from A Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, iStreamPlanet is now a robust media company streaming for fans at mass scale. iStreamPlanet is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Leadership

founder, President and CEO - Mio Babic
Mio Babic
Founder, President, and CEO

Mio Babic founded iStreamPlanet in 2000 and has brought the company to the forefront of the industry, leading the team in architecting, designing, and implementing video workflow solutions to meet the needs of premium content customers. Mio is recognized as a pioneer in digital media and speaks frequently at industry events including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the International Broadcasting Association (IBC), Streaming Media East and West, and more.

Mio has driven many firsts for the industry including the first implementation of digital rights management (DRM), the first live, multi-camera webcast, the first delivery of over-the-top 60 Hz content, and the first live streaming of the Super Bowl.

Mio holds degrees in Finance and Economics from Montana State University.

Jim Newkirk - General Manager
Jim Newkirk
General Manager

As General Manager and Vice President of iStreamPlanet, Jim brings over 25 years of leadership experience and is responsible for the strategic and tactical execution of iStreamPlanet’s overall success. Jim believes people are iStreamPlanet’s most valuable asset and works tirelessly to reinforce that in iStreamPlanet’s culture. Jim’s leadership and engineering background is extensive, and he is a well-respected expert in both agile software development methodologies and test-driven development. The author of multiple technical books and the lead of open source development for NUnit V2, Jim is passionate about contributing to the larger technology community. He is known for transforming engineering practices into incremental delivery and continuous deployment powerhouses.

Prior to iStreamPlanet, Jim was the SVP of Engineering at Conga. Jim also served as the VP of Cloud Development at CenturyLink, after his company Tier 3 was acquired by the major telecom. He spent many years as a Director of Development at Microsoft.

Gavin McMurdo - General Manager, Streaming
Gavin McMurdo
General Manager, Streaming

As General Manager and Vice President of Engineering at iStreamPlanet, Gavin oversees the Engineering and Product organizations. Gavin’s experience includes over 25 years in organizational and people leadership in high-tech environments across multiple continents and cultures. Building on the lessons learned from these experiences he is careful to build an open and transparent culture that fosters employee safety, collaboration, inclusion and equality in the workplace. With this foundation in place, his teams can focus on meeting the needs of the business and delivering results. Gavin believes that a great employee experience results in delighting customers.

Prior to joining iStreamPlanet, Gavin spent time giving back via nonprofit work before serving as the SVP of Cloud Solutions for ForgeRock, a leading digital identity provider. Gavin also served as the VP of Service Engineering at CenturyLink, after his company Tier 3 was acquired by the major telecom. He also spent time leading the Xbox teams responsible for network and server infrastructure and server OS.

Gavin is passionate about giving back to others less fortunate than himself and is an active supporter with a number of Non-Profit organizations.

Head of Finance - Ron McQuate
Ron McQuate
Head of Finance

Ron McQuate is responsible for all financial aspects of our business including financial strategy and planning. Ron’s experience spans more than 20 years leading sports and entertainment organizations.

Prior to iStreamPlanet, Ron spent seven years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Pac-12. Ron’s extensive experience includes executive financial positions with organizations including the Sony Ericsson WTA tour, the Soccer, Europe, and Events Divisions of AEG, and the Cleveland Indians.

Ron earned his BSBA in Accounting from the University of Dayton.

Chris Colleran - Vice President, Professional Services & Business Development
Chris Colleran
Vice President, Professional Services & Business Development

As Vice President of Professional Services & Business Development at iStreamPlanet, Chris leads cross functional teams that includes engineers, solution architects, and client account managers. Chris has over 17 years of experience leading professional services organizations and strives to ensure our customers maximize the value of their iStreamplanet solutions. Chris is passionate about delighting our customers with great video streaming experiences and delivering high quality, reliable solutions.

Chris’ extensive professional services leadership experience includes delivering on strategic initiatives for premier companies in their sectors, representing manufacturing, grocery, retail, and technology.

Dana Bowlin - Senior Director, Core Services and Produc
Dana Bowlin
Senior Director, Core Services and Product

As the Senior Director of Core Services at iStreamplanet, Dana leads teams focused on Product, Networking, Infrastructure, Security, Customer Success, Employee Experience and Candidate Experience. Dana brings a vast array of experience from many different roles and organizations across multiple business lines. She is passionate about products, projects, programs and people that drive high tech innovations.

Prior to joining iStreamPlanet, Dana served as a Security and Compliance Program Manager for ForgeRock. She previously was a Portfolio Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory leading up Product and Application delivery for the National Labs Operational Support Organization. She has led Product and Program teams for CenturyLink and startups. She helped lead transformation in a Global Construction organization from on-prem Infrastructure and Application delivery to cloud and cloud native applications.

Dana spends her volunteer time focused on helping women and people who identify as women get involved in STEM.

Natasha Reid - Senior Director, Product Marketing
Natasha Reid
Senior Director, Product Marketing

As the Senior Director of Product Marketing at iStreamPlanet, Natasha is obsessed with translating iStreamPlanet’s deep technical expertise into customer value. Natasha brings a demonstrated track record of success in cross functional leadership roles specializing in product management and marketing disciplines as well as helping companies scale and establish operational excellence. She is passionate about creating a culture where people are excited to come to work everyday, and strive to constantly delight each other and our customers.

Prior to joining iStreamPlanet, Natasha worked at Conga and helped grow the business from 25MM ARR to 125MM ARR in under five years. She previously worked in the financial services industry for a Business Process Outsourcer and implemented numerous operational efficiencies across multiple lines of business. Natasha began her career on Wall Street as a Quantitative Analyst and attributes data and analytics as key to her success and methodologies. She also believes you should never stop learning and holds certifications from Salesforce, Pragmatic Marketing, and eCornell.

Josh Barnard - Technical Director
Josh Barnard
Technical Director

As the Technical Director at iStreamPlanet, Josh leverages nearly a decade of experience working on media encoding, packaging, delivery, and security to help make iStreamPlanet an industry-leader in live streaming technology. Josh loves solving hard, real-world video problems for customers.

Previous to iStreamPlanet, Josh managed the Media Platform engineering team at Twitter, where he led the development for backend services that let you watch live sports, news, and entertainment on Twitter, as well as infrastructure allowing the tweeting of GIF's, images, and videos. Before that, he managed video encoding for Amazon Video, where he launched features including scalable cloud transcode, caption and subtitle support, video for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire TV, adaptive bitrate streaming (with Smooth Streaming, MPEG-DASH, and HTTP Live Streaming), UHD streaming, and the industry's first HDR streaming offering.

Our Journey

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2000
  • iStreamPlanet founded on October 1, 2000.

2001
  • First live stream of a wedding at A Little White Chapel in Las Vegas.

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2003
  • First live stream of World Series of Poker PPV online.

NBC LogoMicrosoft Logo
2008
  • NBC & Microsoft become first iStreamPlanet enterprise clients.

Vancouver Olympics Logo
2010
  • First live stream of the Olympics for Vancouver 2010.

Superbowl XLVI
2012
  • First live stream of the Super Bowl XLVI.

  • Live stream of the London 2012 Olympics.

2013
  • iStreamPlanet launches Aventus.

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2014
  • Live stream of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. LogoSuperbowl XLIX
2015
  • Live stream of the Super Bowl XLIX.

  • Turner Broadcasting Company, Inc. acquires iStreamPlanet.

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2016
  • Live stream of the Rio 2016 Olympics is the largest online event in history.

March Madness Live LogoFubo TV Logo
2017
  • iStreamPlanet scaled Aventus for NCAA March Madness Live and delivered 98 million live video streams.

  • Launched Hulu with Live TV and hundreds of channels.

  • Launched FuboTV with hundreds of channels.

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2018
  • Live stream of the Super Bowl LII.

  • Live stream of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

  • Live stream of the NCAA March Madness.

  • Launched B/R Live on Orbis + Aventus.

  • Live stream of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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2019
  • Launched Spark Sport on Orbis + Aventus.