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Cora Spear | Foxtel Group - Director of Streaming Operations
Cora Spear is the Director of Streaming Operations at Foxtel Group (Kayo Sports, BINGE, WatchAFL & WatchNRL). For over 20 years she has been a pioneer in OTT, content distribution and the digital transformation of broadcasting. During her career Cora has led businesses blending strategy with design and a hunger for technical innovation. This has placed her as a disrupter at the forefront of the Media industry, leading change in senior roles both domestically and internationally. Starting her career in television production for Rushes London, Animal Logic Sydney and Beyond Productions, Cora’s natural transition into the digital space in 2000 saw her launch the first broadband Entertainment Channel, Red Karpet for Telstra. Subsequently, Cora held senior roles within Advertising Agency’s McCann Erickson and Ogilvy Sydney, leading digital innovation and strategy. In 2008 Cora founded Wanted Digital, a Digital and Video Specialist Agency that attained international recognition for ground-breaking work, subsequently being nominated for significant international Webby and United Nations Awards. Whilst Head of TV and Global Content for Yahoo7, Cora delivered audience growth of 33% YoY and was responsible for building and leading the team that grew TV product revenue to 20% of overall company revenue. Cora led the innovative product development agenda for PLUS7, which saw the service transform from a simple catch-up proposition to an on-demand streaming service that delivered exclusive content and live broadcasting. During this period, the company achieved #1 Commercial TV platform status for two consecutive years (Nielsen). The move to Fox Sports in 2016, saw Cora successfully lead the launch of the Watch NRL and Watch AFL global streaming platforms, first of its kind for NewsCorp globally. This integrated from scratch a new global eCommerce subscription service with integrated GTM campaigns, scalable technology platforms and customer support with Live TV integration. In 2018 Cora was asked to lead OTT Operations for Kayo Sports, a leading-edge global initiative for NewsCorp that launched in 2019 and is delivering over 50 live sports to over 1 million customers. In 2020, Cora led the development and operations of the latest streaming service, BINGE for Foxtel Group.