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Based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and London, Telescope develops real-time participation experiences that enable media companies, brands and agencies to harness the passion of their audiences and deliver the most relevant content and social engagement solutions to any screen. Entrusted by the world’s largest media brands, social platforms, and leading Fortune 500 companies, Telescope’s technology powers the most demanding and highest-profile audience participation initiatives, with record-breaking results.Our proprietary technology platform – CONNECT LIVE – helps clients to deploy engagement mechanics that power 24/7 applications, play-along interactivity and live events, while aggregating and filtering rich user generated content to maximize social sharing and amplify marketing messages.A recognized industry leader, Telescope has long-standing relationships with some of the biggest entertainment and consumer brands in the world, including Facebook, Twitter, American Idol/FOX, The Voice/NBC, Miss Universe, NBA, NASCAR, Sprint and Sprite.

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Management

Jason George

Chief Executive

Jason George

A veteran of the social and engagement television spaces, Jason has worked at the forefront of audience interactivity and technology for more than two decades. As CEO of Telescope, Jason pivoted the Los Angeles-based company from a services-focused company into a technology platform that is the de-facto standard for social media-meets-television activations.

Over the past seven years, Jason inked relationships with all the major Hollywood broadcast networks while also forging technology partnerships with Silicon Valley heavyweights Facebook and Twitter, resulting in Telescope becoming the authority on audience engagement for the highest profile programming in entertainment, sports and event television.

Jason has not only brought the worlds of media and technology closer together, but also brought television fans closer to their favorite series, including NBC’s “The Voice,” and “America’s Got Talent”, and “American Idol” on FOX, as well as major hits on CBS, ABC, Food Network, HGTV, SyFy, Bravo, and Telemundo.

Telescope has also pioneered social interactivity in the sports-media industry, with their platform Connect Live powering viewer engagement experiences for NASCAR, Turner’s Sport NBA coverage, Major League Soccer, and the NHL. Beyond sports and television networks, Jason has inked partnerships with major brands to underpin their social engagement efforts – such as Sprint, Cricket Wireless, Viggle, and NBCUniversal group.

Prior to leading Telescope, Jason spent a year at UK cable network Virgin Media TV as president of digital content, where he led the company’s move into digital distribution, user generated content, and interactive platforms. Jason was responsible for the launch of participation-TV programming such as “Quiz Night Live,” and two made-for-mobile TV channels alongside an online pay-per-view service.

Before Virgin Media, Jason oversaw Victoria Real as creative director and later chief executive, where he spearheaded the creation of digital content for advertisers such as British Telecom and Pepsi, and grew the company into the foremost digital production shingle in the United Kingdom. His tenure culminated with the company being acquired by Endemol Group, where he served on the creative board until 2004.

Theresa Huston

Chief Operating Officer

Theresa Huston

Theresa Huston joined Telescope in 2005 with over 20 years of mobile and management experience. Her role as COO has helped solidify Telescope’s role not only in the SMS and toll-free worlds but expand into the interactive and digital markets with great success with clients such as Sprint, NASCAR, NBA, McDonalds, FOX, NBC, ABC and many more. Her role in overseeing the operations and technical teams has played a major role in the transformative development of the company’s digital division and ensured the place Telescope currently holds in the world of user engagement and social platforms. She has also played a pivotal role in the ever-growing social partnerships with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Since joining Telescope, she has been awarded the ‘2008 Ad:tech Mobile Campaign of the Year’ award and in 2010 was nominated for Noteworthy Woman in Mobile.

Her earlier career kicked off in TV production but led into a role as a key player in the world of mobile while with AT&T and Mobliss. Her experiences in mobile eventually contributed for advances in such tent pole campaigns as American Idol’s mobile voting and the the first ever cross-carrier messaging program. Theresa is a native of Southern California and mother of two.

Ori Nakar

Chief Product Officer

Ori Nakar

Andrew Pease

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Pease

As CFO, Andrew manages all financial controls, reporting, and future planning and supports the company's customer pricing and vendor negotiations.

Andrew came to Telescope after 9 years at Disney Interactive, where he managed global finance functions across all interactive properties including websites, all aspects of mobile, console gaming, virtual worlds, and the company's Facebook presence. He also built new finance operations in London and Munich for Interactive's European division and ran it for 2 years before coming back to the States.

His last finance role at Disney was Vice President, Segment Planner. During that role, he oversaw the acquisition of multiple large companies into Disney Interactive, built a strategic sourcing organization, and created/taught an 8 hour training course for managers and above titled "Pathway to Profitability: Building Business Savvy"

Prior to working for Disney, Andrew worked in both external and internal audit functions for Fortune 500 companies.

Israel Niezen

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Israel Niezen

As Telescope’s senior vice president of strategy, Israel leads corporate strategy, business development, and product marketing teams responsible for evaluating, developing, and expanding new business opportunities in strategic market verticals.

With a rich history that spans both the interactive media and mobile domains, Israel develops and brings to market innovative solutions and business models that enable leading TV entities, such as FOX, NBC, and ABC, and major brands, such as Sprite, the NBA, and NASCAR, enhance sponsorship opportunities, amplify consumer passion, and engage directly with their audiences via interactive participation and social content marketing channels. Israel also leads Telescope's relationships with key strategic partners like Facebook, Twitter, and others to continuously improve Telescope's solutions and value proposition.

Prior to his current position at Telescope, Israel was responsible for spearheading strategic partnerships and new business development as senior vice president of strategic business development at Mobile Messenger. Prior to Mobile Messenger, he held leadership positions at Motricity, Hilton Hotels, and Toshiba America.

Israel received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Israel’s motto… “Coffee is for closers…”

Michael Porter

Vice President, Business Development

Michael Porter

With more than nine years of experience in the mobile & digital interactive space, Michael has grown with the industry, holding multiple roles in client relations and business development.
At Telescope, he leads the Account Management team, focused on developing new business from both new and existing clients like NBC, Turner, Syfy, NBA Digital, Sprint, etc. A technophile at heart, Michael leverages his understanding of technology to work closely with account management and product teams to develop solutions that best utilize Telescope's Connect Live Platform to achieve clients goals. Before Telescope, he worked at startups Gold Pocket and Motricity in both creative and account management roles to offer broadcasters early technology to power mobile and digital Interactive TV experiences.
A New Jersey native and big Philadelphia sports fan, he also offers an East Coast passion to the team, especially on game nights...

Sandy Bennett

General Manager, Operations

Sandy Bennett

With 16 years of experience, Sandy Bennett is an industry pioneer and expert in the field of Interactive Television and Vote Management. Sandy was the first Telescope Inc employee when she relocated from the UK to the US in 2002 to evaluate, set up and manage the voting systems for American Idol.

Sandy has managed the voting across American Idol since launch and is recognized as ‘the authority’ on all types of participation TV and voting solutions. She has managed some of the largest cross platform, cross territory, interactive campaigns in the world. As media evolves, Sandy has been at the forefront of this change working with newer platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google creating innovative and industry leading mechanics.

The team at Telescope benefits from Sandy’s crazy schedule, when major campaigns are about to launch, Sandy’s ‘stress baking’ comes to the fore and our kitchen is full of amazing cakes and her world famous sausage rolls!

Cambron McKeever

Vice President, Digital

Cambron McKeever

In her role as Telescope’s Vice President of Digital, Cambron McKeever oversees key creatives, developers and producers responsible for some of the entertainment industry's most visible work, including "American Idol", "The Voice” and the Sprint Cup Experience for NASCAR. Cambron brings a wealth of knowledge of the digital world with a key strength and background in branding and entertainment.

Cambron’s earlier career involved positions with well-respected entertainment companies such as MTV, Interscope Records and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. In 2007 she joined Gracie Films and ‘The Simpsons’, where her role as Director of Worldwide Branding & Production introduced her to a vast variety of new media and the rapidly growing world of digital media. While with Gracie, she oversaw a number of successful projects such as the console video game, ‘The Simpsons Game’ (EA), 3 mobile games including the show’s first iPhone app and the first appearance of Homer on Twitter.

In 2011, Cambron made the move to vendor side of digital marketing by joining the entertainment-advertising agency, Trailer Park. Over the next two years, her role in key digital campaigns with both Trailer Park and BLT lead to a number of well respected and talked about campaigns such as the much hyped website for Borderlands 2 (2K), the digital campaigns for USH’s Transformer’s The Ride and Halloween Horror Nights and the complete redesign of the South Park Studios website. Cambron resides in Los Angeles, is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of USC’s Cinema-Television School.

Jonathan Wilzig

Vice President, Technical Operations

Jonathan Wilzig

With over fifteen years of web and mobile experience, Jonathan has held a number of roles focused on delivering technology. At Telscope, Jonathan manages teams which support cross-technology, high profile voting shows, such as American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice. During his time at SinglePoint, Jonathan built and led an operations team responsible for Tier 1, 2 and 3 mobile operator infrastructure. He moved into a the sole sales engineer role and became the technical point of contact for customers. Jonathan’s experience runs the gamut from deploying and managing intercarrier SMS platforms, deploying and managing CDMA, TDMA and GSM messaging and data networks to delivering mobile technology solutions to the nation’s largest broadcasters for their highest profile programming. Prior to SinglePoint, Jonathan was the principal in a startup that built a robust, feature rich and scalable unified messaging platform.

John Weatherford

Vice President, Engineering

John Weatherford

Board of Directors

Nik Shah

Nik Shah

Nik Shah focuses on growth equity investments and is involved in all stages of the investment process. He currently serves on the boards of Escalate Media, SpotXchange and Telescope and formerly served on the board of Triad Retail Media.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Nik was with Landmark Growth Capital Partners in Boston, a private equity firm focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in business services, manufacturing and consumer companies. At Landmark, he was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and assisting management as a board director and observer of several portfolio companies.

Previously, Nik was at AH Ventures, a mid-stage technology venture capital firm in Boston. He joined AH Ventures at the firm’s inception and participated in the firm’s creation and fundraising and also participated in all aspects of the investment process, including deal sourcing, diligence and management. Nik began his career as an Investment Banker at Adams, Harkness & Hill, where he executed high tech IPOs and M&A transactions. Additionally, Nik was a consultant to several startup companies, assisting management on growth, operational and financial initiatives.

Nik received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

John White

John White

Prior to founding Moorgate Partners in 2010, Mr. White spent 20 years advising and financing companies both domestically and internationally in the media, communications, and technology space. Mr. White ran the Media and Communications Group at JP Morgan Chase Securities in the U.S. and Chase Manhattan's Media and Communications group in London. Mr. White also ran Wachovia Securities' TMT Group where he sat on the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Management Committee. Mr. White has done work for such companies as AMI, Lamar Advertising, CBS/Viacom, Block Communications, Comcast/NBC, and Time Warner. 

Mr. White is a graduate of Middlebury College in 1985 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Prior to founding Moorgate Partners in 2010, Mr. White spent 20 years advising and financing companies both domestically and internationally in the media, communications, and technology space. Mr. White ran the Media and Communications Group at JP Morgan Chase Securities in the U.S. and Chase Manhattan's Media and Communications group in London. Mr. White also ran Wachovia Securities' TMT Group where he sat on the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Management Committee. Mr. White has done work for such companies as AMI, Lamar Advertising, CBS/Viacom, Block Communications, Comcast/NBC, and Time Warner. 

Mr. White is a graduate of Middlebury College in 1985 with a B.A. in Political Science.

John Black

John Black

John is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Growth Partners. Since joining in 1996, John has led or had a significant role in more than forty H.I.G. investments in technology, media, healthcare, consumer oriented, and business service companies. His investments have supported management in the development and implementation of their growth strategies in a wide range of transaction dynamics including owner-operated/family business recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, take-private transactions, consolidations and minority growth equity investments. John is responsible for H.I.G.'s U.S. Growth Equity business.

Prior to H.I.G., John was a senior professional with several leading firms working with lower middle market businesses to identify and implement operational initiatives to enable the businesses to realize their full growth potential. John has held several executive level management positions including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. John began his career in the Corporate Finance Group at Ernst & Young.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics - Economics from Harvard University.

Jason George

Jason George

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Boyle

Chris Boyle

Prior to joining Moorgate Partners in 2010, Mr. Boyle worked in investment banking at JP Morgan Securities and Wachovia Securities in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications groups. Mr. Boyle advised on M&A transactions as well as debt and equity financings across a number of sectors, including U.S. pay TV, cable networks, digital media and emerging telecommunications. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Boyle was the head of Corporate Development for MTM Technologies, a publicly traded and venture sponsored company, where he led all aspects of M&A, capital raising and bank financing. Prior to graduate studies, Mr. Boyle served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 1998.

Mr. Boyle received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and B.A. in Economics from Boston College.

H.I.G. Growth Partners is the dedicated growth capital investment affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. We seek to make both majority and minority investments in strong, growth oriented businesses located throughout North America, South America and Europe. We will invest $5 million to $30 million in equity in a given company and target investments in profitable growth oriented businesses with between $10 million and $100 million in revenues. We consider investments across all industries, but focus on certain high-growth sectors where H.I.G. has extensive in-house expertise such as technology, internet and media, healthcare, consumer products and technology-enabled financial and business services.

For more information, visit: www.higgrowth.com

Moorgate Partners is an independent investment banking and advisory firm, founded in 2010 by a group of veteran bankers dedicated to spending more time with clients on their critical M&A and corporate finance situations and opportunities. Based in Rockefeller Center in New York City, Moorgate advises companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital solutions across the media, technology, and communications landscape in the U.S. Moorgate is deeply committed to the long term success of its clients and aims to deliver independent, thoughtful, and comprehensive solutions as a trusted advisor to management teams and boards of directors. Additionally, Moorgate works closely with their extensive network of industry experts and professional service providers to help initiate and support growth in their strategic investments.

For more information, visit: http://www.moorgatepartners.com

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