Broadband software company Ucentric Systems said it has named interactive television veteran Michael Collette as its new CEO.
Before joining Maynard, Mass.-based Ucentric, Collette most recently served as senior vice president of marketing and business development for middleware vendor OpenTV Corp. Before that, he was senior vice president of marketing at ICTV Inc., a developer of iTV platforms and applications for "thin-client" digital set-tops.
Collette is also the founder of The Bandies, an award show that recognizes achievements in new media entertainment and technologies. The third installment of The Bandies was originally slated for this year's BroadbandPlus-The New Western Show, but is on hiatus for a year due to poor market conditions.
At Ucentric, Collette will likely push the company's strategy involving software for whole-home entertainment systems that leverage home networking technologies. Most recently, Ucentric and set-top marker Pace Micro Technologies teamed on a networked multiple-TV/multiple-DVR product, and demonstrated the combination at the 2002 National Cable Show in New Orleans. Ucentric also has participated in a number of MSO home networking trials, including pilots with Canada's Rogers Cable Inc. in the Toronto area and with AT&T Broadband in Boston, Mass. Comcast Corp. also has tested Ucentric's technology in a lab setting.