[PROFILE] Harry Lin - VP of Content for ABC.Com/Oscars.Com
- Harry Lin
Vice President of Content, ABC.com
Harry Lin serves as the vice president for ABC.com. He is
responsible for overseeing all editorial, production, design, and
technology for ABC.com, Oscar.com, and ABCStagePass.com, a trade
site supporting the Television Network's Sales Marketing division.
Harry Lin is a leader in Internet operations and Web development and
has a background in journalism. Prior to joining the Walt Disney
Internet Group, Lin served as a senior producer for ChannelA.com,
where he managed the site's content production. Lin began his career
in broadcast journalism, working as a news anchor and reporter for
KQED-FM in San Francisco, CA.
Lin holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison and a B.A. in Communications from Cornell
Los Angeles, CA
P r o f e s s i o n a l E x p e r i e n c e
ABC.com and Oscar.com, The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, Calif. June
· Oversee all day-to-day operations for ABC.com, the official Web
site of the ABC Television network, as well as the annual Oscar.com
· Responsibilities: P/L; management and personnel oversight;
strategic decision-making; liaison to corporate executives.
The Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, Wash. January-May 2001.
· General management: Mr. Showbiz, Wall of Sound, Movies.com
· Responsibilities: management and personnel issues; strategic
decision-making; liaison to corporate executives.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
The Walt Disney Internet Group (formerly Infoseek.com), Seattle,
Wash. April 1998-January 2001.
· Oversee: Producer team, Design/Art staff, Business Development
· Specific product responsibilities: Movies.com , MrShowbiz.com,
· Metrics: traffic growth, site excellence, branding efforts,
· Director-level position within Disney corporate hierarchy.
The CHANNEL A Web Site (an angel-backed start-up), Belmont,
California. July 1996-April 1998.
· ChannelA.com (now defunct): An online retailer + magazine focused
on "Modern Asian Living".
· Managed: Web site production, some content production, some
business development, some ad sales
· Additionally: Joined as Employee #7 when company was run out of
founders' living room.
NEWS ANCHOR and REPORTER
KQED-FM (a National Public Radio affiliate station), San Francisco,
California. June 1990-July 1996.
· Anchor: live local morning newscasts, assigned daily stories to
· Reporter: Covered, wrote, and voiced news stories. Contributed to
NPR, Marketplace and other national programs.
· Won several local/regional journalism awards,
including "Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year" from the
Society of Professional Journalists.
THE ISTHMUS NEWSPAPER (a local weekly newspaper), Madison,
· Enterprised, researched, reported and wrote feature and
University of Wisconsin at Madison. 1988-1990.
· Developed syllabus for and taught classes in Journalism
School's "Introduction to Radio News".
E d u c a t i o n
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, Madison, Wisconsin. 1990.
M.A. in Journalism.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, New York. 1988.
B.S. in Communication. Minors in Women's Studies and Social
T e c h n i c a l S k i l l s
· HTML, HomeSite
· Windows NT/9x, Mac OS
· Project, Outlook, PPT, Excel, Word, Eudora
· Live radio newscasting; on-location standups
· Field recording; analog audio editing
· Audio studio mixing
· on-camera, TelePrompter
P r o f e s s i o n a l R e f e r e n c e s
Former President, KQED Television, Radio, and Publishing. San
Contact information upon request.
Former VP of Business Development, eCal. San Francisco, Calif.
Contact information upon request.
Former VP of Commerce, The WeddingChannel.com. Pasadena, Calif.
Contact information upon request.
OTHERS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
A f f i l i a t i o n s
ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (AAJA)
Member and former co-chair, Student Scholarship Committee
CORNELL UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION (NAATA)
President of the Board of Directors
h a r r y l i n
I was born in Oklahoma in 1966 to Taiwanese immigrant parents. I
spent my childhood and adolescence in suburban Chicago, competing in
school speech tournaments and listening to AOR radio stations. After
high school, I attended Cornell University, graduating with a
bachelor's in communication and concentrations in women's studies
and social psychology. While at Cornell, I worked in the news
department of WVBR-FM, a local radio station.
I went on to earn a master's in journalism from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison. While at Madison, I wrote for a local
newspaper, The Isthmus, and taught one of the j-school's radio news
labs. Each semester, I seemed to make at least one student cry from
the pressure of the coursework - I hope you know it was all for your
own good :-)
Between 1990-1996, I worked as a reporter and anchor at KQED-FM,
northern California's premier public broadcaster based in San
Francisco, a city [rightfully] compared to Heaven in the play,
Angels in America.
For KQED and National Public Radio, I've covered hundreds of stories
and events, including visits from presidents and world leaders,
dozens of conventions and conferences, classroom stories, Silicon
Valley industries, riots and demonstrations, elections and weird
stuff that happens in Berkeley. My favorite reporting included
enterprising sound-rich stories on education, multi-culturalism, new
media, and pop culture. I've also done voiceover work. Oddly enough,
Bay area residents can still hear my voice reading the underwriting
credits on certain KQED programs. And if you've ever visited the
Phoenix Museum of Art in Arizona and rented those audio-tour CD
players, it was my voice guiding you through some of the exhibitions.
A particular accomplishment of which I'm proud: The Northern
California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
awarded me its "Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year" honor in
the mid-'90s. Specifically, the judges liked my half-hour radio
documentary on the new-media revolution that I did for KQED. It's
titled "Virtual World" and I conceived, reported, wrote, and
My interest in new media and the excitement of the Internet
revolution happening in Silicon Valley drove me to look beyond radio
news and move to a career on the Web.
In July 1996, I joined Channel A, an Internet start-up in Silicon
Valley devoted to bringing the "modern Asian lifestyle" to a Western
consumer audience. We had a great idea and lost a lot of money and
folded shop. In the spring of 1998, I left to join Infoseek as a
content producer. I was part of the core team that helped bring the
search engine into the "portal wars" <gack>. All of work life at
Infoseek was like driving a sports car fast at night with only the
illumination of your xenon headlights to guide you (that and the
latest industry trend trumpeted by Upside, Red Herring, or Fast
Company). Every day was exhilirating and exhausting. To a person,
my colleagues were fascinating, driven people.
Then in early '99, The Walt Disney Company acquired Infoseek and
also Starwave, a Paul Allen-backed startup in Seattle. The next year
and a half was merger hell, as Disney combined Infoseek and Starwave
and re-branded infoseek.com to go.com. Lots of resignations, re-
orgs, and retreats followed. Hilarity did not ensue.
Fast-forward to early 2001, and I was promoted to Vice President of
Entertainment at The Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG).
Specifically, I oversaw day-to-day operations at Mr. Showbiz,
Movies.com, and Wall of Sound, which were sites owned and operated
by WDIG out of the company's Seattle offices. Coincidentally (or
karmically), I first started reading Mr. Showbiz in 1996.
Unfortunately, business models didn't shake out, and in the summer
of 2001, we had to shut down Wall of Sound and Mr. Showbiz.
I've since moved on to the role of Vice President of Content at
ABC.com and have moved to ABC's headquarters in Burbank, California.
At the start of 2002, ABC.com was folded back into the ABC
Television Network, and I moved along with it. (The Walt Disney
Company has owned ABC since 1996.) So I left broadcast media for the
Internet ... and ended up coming back into broadcast media.
When I'm not working, I enjoy watching films (cinema and DVDs),
browsing bookstores (brick-and-mortar ones), listening to CDs and
MP3s, and talking with our friends (in person, over food
preferably). On the more physical side, I enjoy hiking, weight-
lifting and bicycling and wished I did more alpine skiing and yoga.
Finally, I sit on the Board of Directors of the National Asian
American Telecommunications Association, which funds and distributes
independent films and television programs with an Asian-American
I live in Los Angeles with my wife, Cynthia Liu.
Cynthia W. Liu is a novelist-screenwriter of Chinese descent who
originally trained to be a professor of American literature at UC
Berkeley. She likens the experience to the difficulty and
unpleasantness a kung fu apprentice undergoes -- minus the boiling
pots of rice gruel and agility exercises on sharpened stakes. Her
dissertation was on Asian American literature.
She's also written five screenplays to date, and been a writer-
researcher for a PBS series on Asians in the Americas. SPLENDID
CHINA, USA the novel was shortlisted for the James Jones First Novel
Contest and The Loft Prizes in Fiction. The screenplay adaptation of
the novel was a finalist in the 2001 Sundance Screenwriting Lab
Other awards include the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in
Entertainment New Screenwriter Award, the Elizabeth Mills Crothers
First Prize for Fiction, grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation
and Artist Trust, semi-finalist or finalist status in the
Chesterfield Writer's Film Project and Great Britain's David T.K.
Wong Fellowship; and residencies at the artists' colonies Hedgebrook
and the Vermont Studio Center.
In 2001 she was part of the Seattle Writers in the Schools Program,
where she be taught creative writing to ninth graders. You can read
her book reviews and essays in Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, the
Pacific Reader, The International Examiner, Amerasia Journal, Korean
Culture, Hedgebrook Journal, and others. Her most recent essay
explored the ongoing importance to American audiences of Anna May
Wong, a pioneering Asian American film actress. It's published in
Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism, Temple University
On October 19, 2002, Cynthia will be speaking on a panel at NYU
about Flower Drum Song.
Cynthia also owns and runs Verbivore Writing Services.
Disney to 'push' ABC over the Net
(Harry Lin Project)
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
June 12, 2003, 1:18 PM PT
Walt Disney's ABC.com is set to begin testing a new Internet
application that downloads television clips to people's desktops
daily, a move that takes a page from sister site ESPN.com.
The TV network Web site, a veritable commercial for ABC shows such
as "NYPD Blue," will let 10,000 people download the TV viewer
application starting Tuesday, said Harry Lin, vice president of
content for ABC.com.
The technology, which mirrors that built by ABC.com's parent unit
Walt Disney Internet Group for ESPN, will funnel preview clips and
behind-the-scenes footage of programs several times daily to the
computers of testers. If all goes well, ABC.com hopes to widely
launch the application, for free, to the public in July, Lin said.
"We want people to watch and watch and watch," he said. "It's the
old TV model: We attract so many people and then sell advertising
against that audience."
So far, it's working wonders for ESPN. In February, the sports
channel made the debute of "ESPN Motion," a free downloadable Web
viewer for daily sports highlights and video commentary that comes
with embedded commercials. Already 1.6 million people have installed
it, and about half of that audience watches daily, according to ESPN
spokeswoman Ashley Swadell.
The ESPN viewer is doing so well that the channel has started
selling it regularly to its TV advertisers, in what's known as "TV
upfronts." Brand names such as Gatorade and Lexus have signed on.
ESPN charges up to $25 per thousand people who see its Web
ABC.com's move is indicative of a wider trend among Internet
entertainment and news publishers. Sites, including the official
home page of "Entertainment Tonight" and Businessweek.com, have
introduced desktop software to "push" their content at visitors in
new ways and drive loyalty for their sites and programming. In
another example, Forbes.com on Thursday launched a downloadable Web
viewer called "Executive Connection" that comes complete with
personalized news and that is free to members.
The ABC.com application and ESPN Motion were both developed by Walt
Disney Internet Group. Disney-owned Movies.com also started testing
a similar application for its audiences several weeks back. Lin said
that Disney plans to eventually propagate the Web viewer among all
of its Net properties.
Similar in use to other technologies, the application makes it
economical for a company to stream video and data to a subscriber's
desktop during off-peak hours. Video and other data is streamed in
bits, downloaded, then played automotically whenever the application
is opened. The data is replaced when the content is refreshed.
ABC.com plans to download previews of shows or archives of "best of"
material, such as "Alias" star Jennifer Garner in a red slip, Lin
said. It will upload content several times a day, he said.
Lin said that the viewer service is an ideal application for the ABC
site because people want to know beforehand what's going to happen
on their favorite shows. The site attracts about 5 million people a
"We're a TV Web site; people want to see TV," he said. "There's just
an affinity for that among our visitors."
Akamai Selected as Exclusive Streaming Provider for the 75th Annual
(Harry Lin Project)
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
jyoung@... --or-- Alexis F. Rapo
Oscar.com will rely on Akamai to provide millions of visitors with
live streaming from the most anticipated film awards ceremony
CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 10, 2003 - Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:
AKAM), a provider of products and services that enable the world's
leading enterprises and government agencies to extend and control
their e-business infrastructure, today announced that it has been
selected as the exclusive streaming provider for Oscar.com, the
official Web site of the 75th Annual Academy Awards. Akamai's
globally distributed computing platform will be used to deliver live
and on-demand streaming video on Oscar.com.
Taking place on Sunday, March 23rd at 5:30 PST/8:30 EST, Oscar
Night® will be broadcast live on ABC. To complement the Academy
Awards broadcast, www.Oscar.com, which is managed by ABC.com, will
feature live streaming footage of red carpet arrivals and interviews
with Oscar winners from the press room. Interviews will also be
available on-demand after the broadcast. Leading up to the event,
streamed trailers from the nominated films and performances will be
available. Oscar.com will rely on Akamai's services for the delivery
of all streaming media on the Oscar.com site.
"Akamai is synonymous with supporting today's most successful
Internet events," said Harry Lin, vice president of ABC.com, also an
Akamai customer. "The popularity of the Oscars is experienced on a
global scale. Akamai offers us a unique extensibility to our site
infrastructure. By scaling to meet demand for content, we are able
to ensure a high-quality streaming presentation."
Utilizing Akamai's global network of over 13,000 servers, Oscar.com
will have the scalability on demand to support any number of
concurrent streams to a worldwide audience. Akamai has partnered
with BT Broadcast Services, the Americas Inc., for encoding and
signal acquisition services for the live, global webcast.
Akamai's integrated reporting tools will provide Oscar.com managers
with real-time control over their site infrastructure to effectively
measure the success of their programming and better understand
visitors and their interests. This business insight allows companies
to refine their value proposition and enhance their customers'
The 75th Annual Academy Awards will be presented at the Kodak
Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® and televised live by ABC beginning
at 5:30 PST. Live streaming of the red carpet arrivals will begin at
3:30 PST. For more about the 75th Annual Academy Awards, log onto
Oscar.com is a co-production of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences and ABC.com.
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