Global Content Protection Tech Provider Expands Leadership Team


Friend MTS, a provider of content protection services to media companies across the globe, is welcoming a new EVP/Americas and General Counsel to its executive team.

The individual taking the executive VP role will be based in Santa Rosa, Calif.

That would be John Ward. 

The legal job goes to Andrew Shindler, who will be based in London.

Friend MTS provides end-to-end technology products to address piracy concerns at media companies

Ward joins Friend MTS with a deep background in broadcast media, and he’ll be responsible for creating and managing both the sales and operations across North and South America. He most recently served as Chief Technology Officer for iNDEMAND, a U.S. cable consortium.

Earlier in his career, Ward held a variety of positions with FOX Sports Productions, where he supervised all studio production for FOX NFL, MLB and NASCAR coverage, and set up the production and broadcast operations for Speed and Fuel TV. Ward also was the executive in charge of broadcast for NFL Europe in London.

Shindler was previously Partner for Locke Lord (UK) LLP, where he represented clients in technology. He was also Partner and Head of IT at the leading European law firm, SJ Berwin LLP, (latterly part of King & Wood Mallesons), for 20 years.

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