Alan E. Bell
Alan Bell has many years of experience as a senior executive responsible for technology-based business development and the associated strategic standards and policy issues at both Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.
Most recently, Alan was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Paramount Pictures. In this role Alan’s activities encompassed a wide range of activities aimed at leveraging advances in digital technology across a broad range of business areas centered on the preparation, distribution and consumption of digital motion picture content and related derivatives.
Prior to joining Paramount Pictures, Alan was Executive Vice President of Technology at Warner Bros. Alan is widely recognized for his central role and leadership in the unification of the DVD format, one of the most successful consumer electronics products ever launched. He also led the complex cross-industry negotiations that led to the development of DVD copy protection, without which the major studios would not have released content to DVD.
Alan now provides management consulting, business development and litigation support services in the field of digital media and the related technologies. His areas of expertise include the development of next generation digital distribution methods and standards, high definition disc formats, digital home entertainment networks, digital fingerprinting and watermarking, stereoscopic display and the technologies and issues associated with digital content rights management.
Alan is one of the pioneers of optical data storage technology with 25 issued US patents and over 30 scientific papers based on his original research which was conducted at the IBM Almaden Corporate Research Center and the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center. In recognition of his contributions to the DVD format, and to original research in optical storage technology, Alan is an elected fellow of the both the IEEE and the Optical Society of America. He received his doctoral and bachelor degrees in physics from Imperial College, London.
Alan Bell’s industry experience and background will be of immeasurable value to the growth and future of WR Films.