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Team

Danny Skarka

General Manager | Director of Production

Danny is our General Manager and Director of Production, joining the team in the fall of 2011 as Director of Operations. In 2005, Danny helped launch Al Gore’s Current TV in San Francisco. As Current grew and went international, Danny designed the production facilities and file-based workflows of Current UK, and Current, Italy. Danny was Lead Technical Director at KRON-TV (NBC) in San Francisco, managing the studio crews, creating branding EFX and taking Operator Design Lead in new facilities. He has also seen time with MLB, the NFL, Earthquakes Soccer, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, HP and Cisco, to name a few. He’s also been a teacher; developing and teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in Television Production as well as Social Media at The Academy of Art University. Danny lives in Marin with his wife and much smarter daughter and is still awaiting the call from NASA to take a Tricaster to the ISS.

Kris Koch

Director, Engineering and Operations

Kris Koch joined MediaOne Studios in August of 2014 as Director of Engineering and Operations. For the last 15+ years Kris has been working with studios around the world helping them adapt to emerging and changing technologies. “My whole career has been spent helping media professionals and companies achieve their goals and make smart technology investments. I am very excited to use that experience to help make MediaOne and our customers projects successful.” This experience will help Kris manage MediaOne Studios broad range of technology day to day as well as develop a technology roadmap that meets MediaOne’s goals. Kris loves the outdoors, sports and volunteers as a Special Olympics coach in Marin where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Karen Richer

Director, Finance

Karen began her career working in operations, finance and human resources in the travel industry. After working at the leisure agency, Ambassador Tours, Karen moved into the corporate travel business where she spent six years growing the corporate travel agency, Travel Fair. Karen joined the international experiential marketing team at R/A Performance Group in 2003 where she managed the finances and human resources for this event management company. In July 2009 Karen joined MediaOne as Finance Director. Karen graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in Business Administration. While in college Karen was the finance director of the Student World International Travel Association.

Michael Ciabattari

Director, Venue Operations

Ever since his early days at KCSM (PBS), Michael has been involved in live television. While there he directed & produced shows, and occasionally operated a camera or two. He was heavily involved with the launch of LinkTV and managed their master control operations. Michael has freelanced with some major networks including: ESPN, FOX, MLB, NBC, Comcast. Michael also spent a few years with Onstream as a Video Production Manager. After freelancing with MediaOne for a number of years, Michael joined us full time as Director of Venue Operations in 2014. Michael currently manages all broadcast services at AT&T Park. This is perfect because he can combine his technical savvy and his love of sports. You can see him at the ballpark for every Giants’ home baseball game!

In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, going to museums, and creating art. He currently resides in Burlingame, California.

Hawaiian Shirt

Director, Friday Attire

The Aloha shirt, commonly referred to as a Hawaiian shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. It is currently the premier textile export of the Hawaii manufacturing industry. The dress shirts are printed, mostly short-sleeved, and collared. They usually have buttons, sometimes for the entire length of the dress shirt, and sometimes just down to the chest (pullover). Aloha dress shirts usually have a left chest pocket sewn in, often with attention to ensure the printed pattern remains continuous. Aloha shirts may be worn by men or women; women’s aloha shirts usually have a lower-cut, v-neck style. The lower hem is straight, as the shirts are not meant to be tucked in.

Drew Norris

Studio Operations

Drew began his foray in Broadcast as a Live Studio Cam Op at Sony Television in Los Angeles. He also developed experience in Master Control Operations, Broadcast Engineering and Live Audio Mixing. He then moved to London where he worked as a freelance Studio Technician, Associate Producer, and Camera Operator for various companies including Current UK. He eventually found himself managing a live webcasting studio with The Streaming Company. He has recently settled in the Bay Area with his wife and son and now enjoys working on day to day Broadcast Operations, post production and various other  projects here at MediaOne.

Fabian Magaloni

Studio Operations

Fabian has been part of MediaOne since 2007. Along with operating Master Control for LinkTV Network, he has assisted hundreds of guests on network television live shots originating from MediaOne studios, contributed in technical areas, Operations procedures, and in image processing. Fabian is the artist behind the pictures you see behind guests on MediaOne live shots.

He has combined his interests in electronics and photography, always updating his professional development. He earned an Electronics Technician certificate in 1984. Since then he has been in television stations and networks. He earned a BFA in Photography in 1999. In 2011 he earned a Masters Degree in Multimedia Art.

Stephen Seligman

Interim CEO

Since September 2009, Stephen Seligman has been the Chief Executive Officer of Generocity Partners, Inc., a social venture enterprise/platform that invites individuals, companies, and organizations to gather, learn, and collaborate on how best to contribute and invest their time, talent, and resources to recognize healthy profits while creating true benefit for the greater good. Companies included in this platform are: Mayacamas Ranch, a 50 bed retreat center in the Mayacamas Mountains above the town of Calistoga. Cascade Settlement Services, a class action finance business that generates ongoing proceeds for public good.

Generocity, a for-profit social enterprise that supports results oriented companies, cause-related organizations, and and campaigns that significantly improve the condition of humankind and the planet. Generocity provides a a host of services to educate, aggregate, and inspire philanthropy

Prior to his involvement with Generocity, Seligman was the co-owner and CEO of The Learning Annex, America’s largest alternative live education company in the United States