20 February, 16:20-17:00

‘Distribution of the future - Arts in the FAST channels’

Ulrike Köstinger from Opera Base moderates this stimulating panel, joined by industry experts Marc Krischner, a KKA Advisor and Robert Rutten from Stingray as they explore how performing arts thrive in the FAST environment, their profitability in digital channels, and the latest developments in audience engagement, market trends, and technological advancements. Gain valuable insights from seasoned professionals, discover emerging opportunities, and understand the challenges associated with presenting performing arts in the dynamic realm of FAST channels.

This talk is held as part of Innovation Day.


Andrew White

Founder and CEO, A440

Andrew founded A440, a system that helps institutions grow their audience with digital content while streamlining rights management with artists, unions, and publishers. A passionate early music fan, he is also on the Board of Houston Early Music.

Marc Kirschner

Partner, KKA Advisors

Marc Kirschner, recognized as a trailblazer in the digital performing arts realm, co-founded and served as the Head of Product and Innovation at Marquee TV, a premier on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. With a focus on expanding Marquee's digital audience and revenue, he leveraged new technologies for partners like the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Opera House. Previously founding TenduTV, distributing performing arts programs globally, Kirschner's innovative projects gained support from foundations like the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. An influential contributor to industry discourse, he shares insights with major outlets and is currently an independent professional, exploring the impact of emerging technologies and regulatory changes on the future of performing arts. Kirschner holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Mass Media and Economics from Northwestern University.

Robert Rutten

Managing Director, EMEA

Founded tv channels Brava, DJAZZ and Festival4K out of The Netherlands, acquired by Stingray 8 years ago, rolling out across the world portfolio of several music services, transforming pay tv into FAST and SVOD, responsible for European organization of Stingray.

Ulrike Köstinger

CEO, Operabase

Ulrike Köstinger has recently been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Arts Consolidated, the home of Operabase and CueTV. This comes after spending 2 years in the management team as their Chief Content and Partnership Officer where she was instrumental in expanding Operabase clients around the world.


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