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OTT movers and shakers: Latin America

S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a six-part overview of the movers and shakers within the global online video space, split up per region. Today part 5: Over-the-top professionals making waves in Latin America. Previous listings can be found here: Asia-Pacific, western Europe, eastern Europe and Africa and the Middle East.

This listing is based on independent research, recommendations and suggestions from S&P Global Market Intelligence analysts, as well as recent news coverage and press mentions. This list is by no means exhaustive. It represents our best, educated guesses based on market activities and our experience covering the industry.

1. Carlos Slim — América Móvil chairman

SNL ImageCarlos Slim, América Móvil chairman
Source: Carlosslim.com

The richest man in Mexico and formerly the richest person in the world, Slim and his family control telco giant América Móvil SAB de CV, which operates in various Latin American markets through the Claro brand. Clarovideo's streaming platform is rapidly gaining market share in Mexico and has pushed out a range of original content productions.

2. Carlos Sandoval — Blim general director

Sandoval, who also managed Grupo Televisa SAB's over-the-top platform VEO, was appointed general director of subscription video-on-demand service Blim in 2016. Blim focused more on original Spanish-language productions than English-language series. Blim has since overtaken América Móvil's Clarovideo as the second-largest OTT service in Mexico.

3. Luiz Eduardo Baptista — SKY Brasil CEO

SKY Brasil is the largest DTH operator in Brazil and the third-largest pay TV operator in Latin America. In 2012, SKY was the first DIRECTV Inc. operation to launch a VOD platform; a DIRECTV Now-like service is planned for 2018. Baptista was instrumental in the merger of AT&T Inc. unit DIRECTV and SKY, and was named CEO of the year by Grupo Padrão in 2011.

4. Gonzalo Hita — Cablevisión Argentina COO

SNL ImageGonzalo Hita, Cablevisión Argentina COO
Source: Clarin

Hita joined Cablevisión Argentina in 1998 and was instrumental in the launch of Flow, the company's TV Everywhere platform. Flow, the Argentine company's first convergent product, has more than 300,000 active users and is adding 30,000 monthly.

5. Luiz Guimaraes — Looke business unit director

Guimaraes helped to launch Looke, which is Netflix Inc.'s main rival in Brazil, after acquiring Netmovies in 2015. Looke aims to grow its subscriber base to 1.5 million by 2017-end.

6. Gonzalo Córdoba Mallarino — Caracol Televisión chairman

Caracol is the largest broadcaster in Colombia and launched Caracol Play in 2013, which became Netflix's main rival in the country. Under Mallarino the company also partnered with JCDecaux, among others.

7. André Nava — Globosat manager of digital platforms

Under Nava's watch, Globosat Play, the live and on-demand service of Grupo Globo's Globosat, reported 2.6 million registered users in June and 4.5 million downloads of its iOS and Android apps. The Play platforms reached more than 7.5 million hours of viewership in May, according to Nava.

8. Mariano Primavera — Qubit.TV founder

SNL ImageMariano Primavera, Qubit.TV founder
Source: Qubit.TV

Primavera, an electrical engineer, formed the curated Argentine streaming platform Qubit.TV in 2010. Qubit.TV has more than 100,000 users in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay, with a catalog of more than 3,000 films.

9. Jose Rivera-Font — Crackle vice president and general manager

Rivera-Font was key to the success of Crackle, a streaming service from Sony Corp. unit Sony Pictures Television, which began on an ad-supported model and later became an authenticated service offered by pay TV operators. Under his watch, Crackle signed partnerships with 26 pay TV operators in Latin America.

10. Enrique Yamuni — Megacable CEO

Under Yamuni's leadership, Megacable relaunched its TV Everywhere platform, rebranded as XView, featuring VOD and access to live channels. Megacable is Mexico's third-largest pay TV operator.

11. Liliana Chacón González — RTVC technology director

González led the launch of RTVC Play, a free audio- and video-on-demand platform by Colombian public broadcaster RTVC, in 2016. RTVC Play features popular films such as Japanese anime drama "When Marnie Was There," TV shows such as "Big Cities," public affairs programs and podcasts.

12. Krishna Mahon — A+E Networks Latin America original content director for Brazil

Outside of her duties for A+E, Mahon has a YouTube channel called Imprensa Mahon, where she interviews personalities in the TV sector.

13. Miguel Mier — Cinépolis global director of operations

SNL ImageMiguel Mier, Cinépolis global director of operations
Source: Twitter

Mier has been with Cinépolis for 23 years; under his supervision, the company launched OTT platform Cinépolis Klic. The platform offers movies and live soccer.

14. Alessandro Maluf — América Móvil video products director

Maluf is in charge of NET NOW, the VOD platform of América Móvil unit NET. NET was the first Brazilian operator to launch a VOD service in 2011.

15. Jack Feldman — WhereverTV director of Latin America

Under Feldman, WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp. will launch its WhereverTV Latino streaming platform and has partnered with The QYOU for multiplatform content.