An Army Veteran, Emmy award winning, industry-leading media executive and technologist with experience as board member, CEO and CTO leading global media and internet companies in New York, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
Darren has spent his career driving “firsts” in digital media from the earliest days of the internet’s effect on the changing media landscape. After a GE honed pedigree and nearly a decade in “Big Media” (as the EVP, CTO for NBC Universal) where he successfully transitioned traditional broadcast television and film production to multi-platform digital delivery, Feher moved to Silicon Valley where he grew a high-tech venture backed start-up (Conviva) from raw science to a fully commercialized global business improving video streaming for iconic brands such as HBO, ESPN, Viacom, VEVO and many others reaching over 4 billion viewers a month.
Currently, Darren is the Co-founder and CEO of venture backed start-up, Vizbee located in New York City. Vizbee is the world’s first mobile and TV continuity platform which accelerates the growth of Over-the-Top (OTT) streaming businesses through a unique approach to universal casting and cross-device household targeting data. Vizbee’s patented technology allows publisher mobile apps to automatically detect nearby smart TVs and streaming devices, launch, control, and playback content instantly on them. The company recently completed a Series A led by Turner and is live on major brands such as CNN,TNT, TBS, EPIX, The NBA, and PGA.
Darren’s unique blend of experience spans TV production, technology development, big data, venture and strategic investment, leadership, advertising, new business models, emerging markets, acquisitions, and policy / standards work for companies of all stages giving him a unique perspective on the digital media marketplace. He has been a force behind many convention-breaking achievements including the creation of Hulu, the first “digital” Olympics coverage, TV Everywhere, early interactive TV applications, and the digital transition of TV.
Specifically, while at GE and NBCU, Feher held several executive posts including the longest tenure as Chief Technology Officer in the company’s history where he ran broadcast engineering as well as built the digital product teams that became NBCU’s digital businesses (cnbc.com, nbc.com, Hulu etc.). He has run large organizations (600+) globally, lead acquisitions and integrations teams (Universal Pictures, Bravo, Telemundo, iVillage etc.), built the first media focused R&D lab in GE, fought online piracy, dealt with union labor issues, helped establish the Peacock equity fund and executed numerous high profile television events including Olympics, Saturday Night Live, Superbowl, Presidential Elections, Tentpole film releases (such as King Kong) and countless others.
Before NBCU, Darren spent time in various leadership roles at GE Corporate leading 6 Sigma teams in process improvement activities across the divisions as well as some of GE’s first global outsourcing efforts. This base still influences his passion for measurement and analytical approach to operational efficiency. Among his many accolades, Mr. Feher was awarded three Emmys for work in both television and the Internet. In 2009, he was awarded the GE Edison Award and joined a group recognized as the most impactful technologists in the history of General Electric.
His professional foundation was built first as a West Point graduate and former military telecommunications officer, refined as one of the youngest senior GE executives and broadened with the first hand experience running fast growing start-ups in Silicon Valley and NYC. He has raised $40M in early stage VC funding as both CEO and board member including a successful exit of Cliptamatic to Lerer Ventures backed NowThisMedia.
Darren has also served in an advisory capacity for NYC based Central Park Financial specializing in sell-side special situation dispositions. Feher also spent five years as an Army Signal Officer leading multichannel satellite voice, data and systems units, and was an Aide de Camp to 2 General Officers before being honorably discharged. Darren currently resides in Connecticut, is a father to 3 and is an active lacrosse player, Yogi, skier and guitarist.