DMED technology adds executives to product and design teams

BURBANK, California—Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) has strengthened its technology leadership team, with the addition of two new vice presidents, Catherine Ray (vice president, design services, DMED Technology) and Brian Marshall (vice president of sports products and strategy, DMED Technology).

Ray and Marshall join a team of technologists, engineers, designers and developers under the direction of CTO Aaron LaBerge who is responsible for inventing, building and managing technology, systems, products and platforms that bring Disney brands and content to consumers around the world, the company said. .

As vice president of sports products and strategy, DMED Technology, Marshall is responsible for leading the sports products team and helping shape the development strategy for the industry-leading ESPN digital product portfolio.

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Brian Marshall, Vice President of Sports Products and Strategy, DMED Technology. (Image credit: DMED technology)

He and his team will partner with the leadership of ESPN and DMED, and work with DMED’s engineering and design teams to enhance the digital experience for sports fans and drive growth for ESPN App, ESPN + ,, Fantasy Games, and other digital sports products. .

The ESPN digital platform is the number one digital sports platform in the United States and around the world, reaching nearly 155 million people worldwide each month. Marshall will report to Mike White, senior vice president of consumer experiences and platforms, DMED Technology, the company said.

“Brian’s addition to our team comes at an incredibly exciting time and brings together a number of top product leaders from the two most successful digital sports platforms in the world,” said White. “He has a well-deserved reputation as an immensely talented technologist and a trusted and respected leader, with a passion for creating great products and experience building great teams and growing and developing great talent. “

Marshall joins DMED Technology from Yahoo / Verizon Media Group, where he was most recently Vice President of Product Management, leading the product development and strategy teams for Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Finance. For 20 years, he was both an admirer and a competitor of the ESPN digital platform, playing a key role in building Yahoo! Sports in the second platform of sports and fantasy games, while creating Yahoo! Finance into a global leader in business and finance information, the company said.

As Vice President of Design Services at DMED Technology, Catherine Ray will lead a team that will develop the design and user experience elements and ideas that help activate the identity, purpose and expression of a Mark. Under his leadership, a team of designers apply their creative talents – graphic, animated and visual design, as well as copywriting, engineering and UX research – to elevate craftsmanship and design quality and enable top-notch product experiences at through a portfolio for brands such as ABC, ABC News, Disney, ESPN, FX, Freeform, Marvel, National Geographic and more. She will report to Tagu Kato, vice president of design for DMED Technology.

“Catherine brings an unprecedented creative vision that she has refined by working with global technology brands,” Kato explained. “His team will deliver thoughtful, cohesive and innovative designs and ideas that will deliver inspired experiences across a portfolio of Disney brands and corporate products that are truly unique and loved.”

Ray joins DMED from Facebook, where she was most recently Creative Director, Design and spent four years as a leader in the design and implementation of brand identity systems. Previously, she worked at Uber where she played a key role in building design systems for the brand and its sub-brands, while working with the Creative, Strategy, Communications and Product teams to ship the work through the canals.

The DMED Technology team is responsible for the design, development and deployment of a portfolio of dozens of digital products for consumers around the world; advertising technology and products; software and media engineering across a wide range of products and business activities; the development and operation of the Company’s next-generation content supply chain; global network, studio and production operations for The Walt Disney Company television networks; creation and development of new generation video and audio platforms; and the continued development and operation of many of the world’s most sophisticated media production and distribution facilities.

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