BBC Future Media
Ralph Rivera is Director of Future Media and a member of the BBC Executive Board. Reporting directly to the BBC's Director-General, Mark Thompson, Ralph is responsible for the development of the BBC's interactive services BBC Online, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
Catering to audiences who want to access and interact with BBC programmes and services through the internet, the Future Media division brings technology and design teams together to work in partnership with the BBC's editorial teams to create products such as BBC News Online and BBC iPlayer.
The BBC's portfolio of websites reached 19 million licence-fee payers in February this year, making it the most popular UK-owned website on the internet while BBC Red Button continues to make interactive TV services simple and accessible, used by 14 million licence-fee payers a week, many of whom are not online.
The Future Media division works in partnership with the wider technology industry to repurpose these services for use on mobiles, gaming consoles and internet-connected TVs; in addition to the website, innovations such as BBC iPlayer can now be accessed on more than 50 different internet-connected devices.
The division also includes the BBC's world-renowned R&D department, whose collaborative pan-industry work over the past 60 years has delivered innovations that have transformed the broadcast industry – such as colour TV, Ceefax, Nicam Stereo and Freeview HD.
An executive with extensive experience in global digital media, Ralph was appointed as BBC's Director of Digital Media in November 2010 before being promoted to Director of Future Media in March 2011.
Ralph joined the BBC from Major League Gaming in New York, where he was responsible for product development for the largest professional video game league in the world. Prior to that, he ran AOL's Games and Latino businesses, oversaw the expansion of AOL's international web presence and launched the social gaming platform games.com.
Before his time at AOL, Rivera worked for publishing company Pearson Education, Simon & Schuster, Deloitte & Touche, IBM and earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from New York University.
He is married, with one daughter, and lives in London.
Session(s) featuring Ralph Rivera
Tuesday, 9th October 2012 From 2:40 PM to 3:00 PM
Palais des Festivals, Esterel, Level 5
Hear about the new and innovative ways in which the 2012 London Olympics have been covered in the era of social media and conversation.