Blake White is the founder of the Strategic Technology Institute, a network of independent consultants that focuses on the policy implications of new technologies. He is an experienced Hollywood and Silicon Valley executive, who is active at a major technology consulting firm; and therefore serves as Principal Emeritas at STI.
As a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers Entertainment, Media & Communications Advisory practice based in San Jose, he led the practice’s national Digital Transformation consulting services. In this role he advised Media industry clients on the business implications of emerging technologies and Technology industry clients on their strategies as participants in the content value chain. Blake previously led PwC’s national initiative in Digital Media Risk Management.
Representative projects include: Media Asset Management systems and metadata audit for a major Hollywood studio; Cloud-based Entertainment & Media product line strategy for a major US communications company; M&A due diligence support for a private equity firm seeking to invest in the broadcast equipment industry; Rights Management specification and vendor selection for a Canadian cable company. His team also advises account teams, globally, on client issues and propositions, such as: Over-the-Top (OTT) business and system assessments; secure motion picture distribution and field audits of distribution partners; cross channel/platform content monetization; D2C consumer engagement; targeted advertising; digital media supply chain management; and advanced analytics.
Prior to PwC, Blake held VP positions in media industry engineering consulting firms -- Ascent Media Systems & Technology Services and National TeleConsultants (NTC), advising clients on: digital content management, content security & piracy prevention, metadata integrity, transition to HD, and IT integration -- and at leading computer companies such as SGI, Apple, HP, and innovative start-ups. He led teams responsible for: the first commercially available Digital Asset Management (DAM) developer product, used for the remake of a major motion picture and the development of a digital feature animation release; broadcast newsroom video asset server; Digital Rights Management (DRM) IP licensing; DRM-enabled online e-book service bureau; file-based digital media transport service; and SOA-based integration architectures for broadcast applications. He has led solution development and integration projects in computing platforms for: real-time broadcast graphics; animation and film industry visual effects; and interactive TV.
At Apple, Blake was a director in Corporate Development, supporting the Office of the Chairman & CEO. He began his career in Procter & Gamble's Management Systems Division.
Blake is the author of: The Technology Assessment Process: A Strategic Framework for Managing Technical Innovation, published by Greenwood Press; the PwC publication -- A New Era for Content: Protection, Potential, and Profit in the Digital World -- and the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal article by the same name; co-authored Digital Asset Management: Process Over Product, published in Broadcast Engineering magazine; co-authored the MESA M&E Journal article, The Use of Dynamic Analytics in the Entertainment Industry; the Henry Stewart article Advancing Media Asset Value: From storage to operational strategies; and the Cognizant Broadcasting Perspectives article Broadcast Engineering and IT: Bridging the Cultural Divide.
He has been quoted in: USA Today (Dec 13, 2010) - Push to Limit Tracking of Web Users Threatens Ads; Baseline (Dec 1, 2010) - Seeing the Big Picture; and Oracle OpenWorld’s In Position (Oct 2011) -- Engaging the Digital Consumer: Leveraging Data for Greater Product Relevance and Personalization. He has also published scholarly articles on The Requirements of Justice Arising from the ‘Digital Divide’ for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs’ (AGLSP) journal, Confluence (2008), and Stanford University's journal, Tangents (2008); as well as several articles for the Journal of the National Technical Association and public speaking engagements that ranged from technical literacy, to space industrialization, energy alternatives, social implications of new technologies, information privacy, the history of science and technology, and engineering ethics.
Professional memberships have included: The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He leads PwC’s industry participation in SMPTE, DEG, MESA, Ultraviolet (DECE), and HITS (Hollywood IT Society).
Sample speaking engagements include: NAB, IBC, SMPTE, Digital Hollywood, Cannes Film Festival, Broadcast South Africa, HITS (Hollywood IT Society), PBS TechCon, Apple and DEC developer conferences, GSAM, SIIA, Showbiz Expo, EnterTech, UC DiMI, and presented the feasibility of military base conversion to studio facilities to the late-Honorable Ron Brown, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and to former Vice President Al Gore's staff.
Blake holds BSIE, MBA, and MLA degrees from North Carolina State, Xavier, and Stanford universities, respectively.