Verizon Digital Media Services Appoints Ariff Sidi as Chief Product Officer
Verizon Digital Media Services, part of Oath, announced that Ariff Sidi has joined as Chief Product Officer. He will oversee the division’s global product portfolio of industry-leading live and VOD delivery, monitoring, and content delivery network services for broadcasters and content providers. Based in Los Angeles, he reports directly to Oath’s Head of Digital Media Services, Ralf Jacob.
“With more than 15 years of digital media, streaming, and platform development experience, Ariff will provide a product vision that expands our services portfolio to anticipate and meet the digital media needs of the future,” says Jacob. “He will be an invaluable addition to our leadership team, as we continue to find innovative ways to better serve our customers.”
Sidi joins Verizon Digital Media Services from Fox Network Groups, where he served as the SVP of Digital Products and Platforms. He helped to conceptualize Fox’s aggregated TV Everywhere product that combines all Fox television networks into a single user experience and he managed the engineering and product team that built Fox Broadcasting’s industry-first national primetime live streaming product. Previously, he held executive roles with The Walt Disney Company EMEA, Disney ABC Television Group and Disney Interactive Media Group, among other leading technology companies and startups. Sidi has also authored several important patents and has received an Emmy Award for his engineering and product work on Disney ABC Television Group’s Full Episode Player platform.
“With my first-hand experience as a customer, I know that Verizon Digital Media Services has the most sophisticated IP video and content delivery platform available,” says Sidi. “We are perfectly positioned to be the unequivocal best choice for OTT and other new video products. I couldn’t be happier to be part of building that story.”