|Seattle University, BA||1990|
A recognized veteran in mobile platforms, digital media, broadcasting and advertising, Anthony Bontrager is currently President and CEO of Soda Media, Inc., a digital media investment and advisory firm with a primary focus on content development, management and distribution platforms/services that span the mobile, web and iTV sectors.
Soda’s unique approach brings together significant thought leadership, hands-on operational guidance, unparalleled connections and investment capital in order to help companies succeed in today’s ever-changing media environment.
Prior to founding Soda Media, Anthony was President Onecast, Inc. (“1Cast”), where he was responsible for setting overall strategy and establishing key technology and content partnerships. The goal of 1Cast was to make traditional television news programming readily available online and just minutes after the original broadcast in a personalized newscast format.
Before joining 1Cast, Anthony was President and CEO of Broadstream Communications, Inc., a company he co-founded, which became the telecommunications industry’s first virtual head-end and middleware platform for IPTV delivery. Under Anthony’s leadership, Broadstream was the first company to secure the largest library of IP-content rights from companies such as NBC-Universal, Disney/ABC, ESPN, Starz, Discovery, Fox, Turner Networks and others. Additionally, Anthony spearheaded the companyâ€™s equity and debt financing rounds, which included a $30M strategic partnership with Intelsat, Ltd, the world’s largest satellite owner and operator. Previously, Anthony was General Manager at Fisher Pathways, Inc. (a division of Fisher Communications, Inc.), where he oversaw programming origination and satellite and fiber re-distribution of television and video content for companies such as ESPN, The Portland Trail Blazers, CNN and others.
Anthony’s telecom career began during the early days of PCS systems deployments and continued with Advanced Radio Telecom Corp. (ARTT) where, as Vice President of Real Estate, he oversaw the acquisition of over 800 million square feet of telecommunications facilities in the United States, London and Scandinavia. Anthony is also the Managing Partner with Axis Partners, LLC, and sits on the advisory board of iQ Technologies. Anthony is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Interactive Media Peer Group and Film Group, and is a past member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), SATCON and the World Teleport Association (WTA).
Anthony is a sought after speaker on mobile platforms, digital media and IPTV and has authored various articles on telecommunications and digital media, which includes being a co-author of Washington State’s wireless siting policy.
Anthony holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Seattle University.
Anthony Bontrager 2009 Monaco Media ForumAdded: 2/27/13