Derek Broes formerly served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Business Development at Paramount Pictures, A Viacom Company. At Paramount Broes has been responsible for establishing digital strategy and helping to drive the companies most public partnerships such as the Apple Itunes, Amazon, and Walmart partnerships. Prior to joining Paramount in 2006 Derek lead the global wireless strategy and business development team for Windows Media® at Microsoft Corp., pushing entertainment convergence within the wireless space. Broes has been at the forefront of media and technology for more than a decade and is nationally recognized as an influential leader in the film and high-tech industries.
Before joining Microsoft, Broes was an entrepreneur of successful media and technology companies, including the post-production feature film industry’s first all-digital post-production sound design and editing facility, located in Burbank, Calif.
He was appointed as executive vice president for the world’s largest streaming media aggregator and later as chairman and chief executive officer of a digital media security company. Broes also helped pioneer the development of key technologies used by copyright owners in preventing piracy of music and films over the Internet’s peer-to-peer community.
Broes started his career in Los Angeles, where he spearheaded a production company called Goodbro Pictures with Hollywood star and partner Cuba Gooding Jr. Broes was Gooding’s personal manager and later executive producer through several critically acclaimed and successful films, including the popular “Jerry Maguire,” for which Gooding earned an Academy Award.
In addition, in May 2002, Broes founded the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) www.dcia.info , a nonprofit organization working toward a viable framework for the Internet peer-to-peer community agreeable to copyright owners, consumers and consumer electronic industries.
Broes spends his time speaking, consulting and writing. In addition, he lectures to law students at the University of Southern California on the wide diversity of issues surrounding copyright owners and the digital age. He also teaches at the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance (LARTA) University and serves as a consultant and on the boards of emerging and fast-growth technology companies. Broes is also a contributing editor to LA VOX, Los Angeles’ leading voice in technology.