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Paul Mitchell

Microsoft TV Division
Senior Director, Chief of Staff
Mitchell assumed his current role with Microsoft® TV in July 2004. He is responsible for divisional business infrastructure, strategic projects, policy initiatives, product and business planning, and organization management for the Microsoft TV division. Mitchell also oversees the division's industry standards efforts, ensuring that Microsoft TV products support open standards and meet customers' specifications. Prior to his current role at Microsoft TV, Mitchell managed the Tools and Applications Product Unit within the division, delivering authoring and development products supporting Microsoft TV as well as a suite of .NET-based interactive TV applications. He has been with the group since 1998, when it merged with the Digital TV Content Team he developed. Working with networks and studios to develop enhanced TV based on Internet technologies, Mitchell and his team produced more than 2,000 hours of enhanced television, including futuristic HDTV content prototypes and content for MSNBC. In 1993, as a member of the Advanced Consumer Technology Division, Mitchell was involved in the early trials of the Microsoft Interactive TV System in Redmond, Wash., and Japan. He joined Microsoft as a product manager in the Developer Tools Division, where he helped secure developer adoption of the Microsoft professional C and C++® products. He was responsible for launching Microsoft C7, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual C++ for Windows NT®. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, Mitchell was a senior marketing manager at Raima Corporation, a developer of database products. There he launched the company’s first object-oriented toolkit, created an international distribution strategy and developed a distribution and consultant network. An early advocate of combining Internet technologies with TV, Mitchell was one of the catalysts behind the 1998 creation of the Advanced TV Enhancement Forum. He is a frequent speaker at software and broadcast industry conferences on the subject of interactive programming and development, including Digital Hollywood, Interactive TV Launches, Internet World, Kagan Digital Household Summit, Myers Forum, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Technical Conference. He serves on the board of Vision TV. Mitchell studied music and business at the University of British Columbia and Western Washington University, with post-graduate work at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Washington.