LOS ALTOS, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 27, 2012) - yap.TV, the leader in social television, is proud to announce that Todd F. Brown, PMP, has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development, effective immediately. Brown recently left his position as Vice President at NBC Universal, Comcast.
"We are thrilled to add Todd Brown to our executive team," said Trevor Stout, yap.TV CEO. "The TV industry is at a crossroads, where the broadcast model is moving from a one-way to a two-way relationship with the consumer, and Todd has an intimate understanding of how to capitalize on this trend while building value for the industry and consumers."
At yap.TV, Brown will drive the company's worldwide growth and revenue strategies. He has an extensive background in technology and entertainment, spanning more than 20 years with some of the biggest names in the television industry.
Most recently, Brown held the position of Vice President with NBC/Universal. Prior to his position at NBC, Brown was a Division Vice President with Comcast, providing overall strategic sales and marketing leadership for networks such as E! Entertainment, Golf, Style, G4, Sprout, and Comcast Regional Sports Nets.
"Over the past few years it has become clear that the industry is going through major disruption, and that the collision of social, TV, and mobile are changing the game and creating new opportunities worldwide," Brown said. "I joined yap.TV to be a part of an amazing team with fantastic technology, and a vision for the future that aligns with the global trends reshaping the market."
In addition to NBC and Comcast, Brown has served as Vice President of Content Distribution at Viacom, working with MTV, BET, and Nickelodeon.
"Todd's expertise in understanding the complexities of the changing industry landscape, and his proven ability in building strong revenues in the IT and TV industries have been evident throughout his long career," Stout said.
His background includes years of experience at the executive level for companies such as HP, GE Capital, and Dell Computer. Brown began his career at IBM as a project manager after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in accounting. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), recognized by Project Management Institute. Brown has also completed executive leadership programs at UCLA's Anderson Business School and Harvard Business School.
yap.TV is the ultimate companion to TV viewing around the world. The free iPhone and iPad application lets users to interact online with their friends and other television fans while watching programs together. Integration with Facebook and Twitter make yap.TV a social experience that includes program-specific content feeds, real-time private group chat and user-generated polls.
yap.TV also powers social TV solutions for partners worldwide to deliver the best social consumer front-end for traditional TV distributors, OTT, IPTV and TV content related applications designed to drive and manage audience engagement.
Available in five languages and in 20 countries, yap.TV has a potential reach of more than 1 billion viewers.
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Los Altos, CA, yap.TV, Inc. is backed by Javelin Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital. Corporate advisors include Steve Wozniak, Andrew Stone and Kevin Surace.