Bio:Phil Wiser is in an industry leading digital media and technology executive. Wiser was a key pioneer in the creation of the online digital music industry and the emerging over-the-top TV market as a technologist and entrepreneur. He has also spearheaded the creation and growth of billion dollar digital media businesses at Sony as a corporate technology executive. He has been an angel investor, advisor and board member with multiple emerging and established digital media and technology companies.
Most recently, Wiser co-founded Sezmi Corporation. Under Mr. Wiser’s leadership, Sezmi created a next generation television technology platform that redefines the television experience with advanced personalization and cloud-based and hybrid video delivery technologies. Sezmi launched it’s service in major U.S. markets and has announced deployments in Asia and South America with major groups such as Televisa and TV Azteca.
Prior to founding Sezmi, Wiser served as chief technology officer of Sony Corporation of America (SCA). In this role, Wiser led SCA’s overall digital media business and technology strategy and was responsible for coordinating these efforts across Sony’s content and electronics companies. He created the Digital Business Group at Sony Music that then transformed the company from a physical CD business into a collection of large scale digital businesses. He strongly promoted the integration of content, services, software and hardware across the Sony organization to create uniquely accessible consumer experiences. He advanced the use of e-Ink based mobile readers and oversaw the creation of the first digital eBook store directly integrated with a reading device.
Before Sony Music, Wiser co-founded Liquid Audio, Inc. and served on its board of directors and as chief technology officer. At Liquid Audio, Wiser created the first commercial internet music distribution platform and led the creation of key technologies that now enable the digital music marketplace.
Mr. Wiser has also worked in key industry groups such as MPEG, SDMI, and AES to accelerate the adoption of networked technologies for media distribution.
Mr. Wiser holds a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a summa cum laude B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He spent time at the world-renowned Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) during his tenure at Stanford. He focused his research on digital audio signal processing algorithms and technologies. Mr. Wiser has several patents issued and has patents pending that cover digital rights management, online music distribution systems, online and broadcast video distribution technologies, content personalization and signal processing algorithms. He has also published several research articles in the area of auditory neural processing and other areas of neurophysiology.