Ian J. Valentine

Principal Consultant, TV Strategy & Product in London, United Kingdom

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Sponsored by BAe, Ian studied Electronic Engineering at Southampton Uni, Graduating with both a BSc (Hons) and post graduate Diploma of Engineering Management.

He currently works for Huawei as a global TV and Media expert.

In the 90s he specialised in business process transformation for large corporates. He designed and deployed large, distributed, Open Systems based multi-channel CRM systems in call centres worldwide.

His idea of a “Business Process Server” and it’s prestigious UK projects, won 3 major accolades in 1995, at the X/Open Software Industry awards.

Moving to specialise in Interactive TV, he founded and sold a technology company to BSkyB, and became known for inventing the technology behind the “Red Button” on Sky. His solution, a microbrowser and internet gateway enabled interactive, picture-in-picture shopping, betting and other services around TV channels for the first time on Sky.

As a founder board member of Sky’s R&D department, he pioneered the first open “App Store” for TV, and cultivated an Internet based developer community for TV applications. He published 2 ETSI standards and filed 9 Patents.

Ian earnt his pilots licence in 2002 and his Instrument rating in 2003. His love for Cirrus Aircraft led him to set up Freeflight Aviation Ltd. (cirrus147.com) a shared ownership scheme aimed at making these technically advanced aircraft more available. At its peak he operated 7 aircraft across 65 active pilots.

Ian has flown the North Atlantic twice (West to East) to ferry aircraft to the UK and was at one time amongst the top 10 most experienced Cirrus pilots in Europe.

His Connected TV venture “Miniweb”, was a spin-out from BSkyB, and raised £14m to develop the first online Video Marketplace for Connected TV devices, winning best of show at IBC in 2009, and by 2011 was deployed widely on major “A” brand Connected TVs.

Since then Ian has consulted and freelanced on TV projects of all types. and has delivered Strategy, Programme and Product management services to major TV Operators throughout Europe and Russia.

The most innovative project undertaken was a "youView" style project for Russia, a hybrid DTT/OTT TV platform, where Ian provided Strategy, Product and Programme Management services on a contract basis.

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  • Work
    • Huawei Technologies UK Ltd.
  • Education
    • Berkhamsted School
    • Southampton University