<p>Dr. Iman Foroutan is the Chairman and CEO of Opus One Corporation, the parent company of <A href="http://www.contestfactory.com/">www.ContestFactory.com</A>. Iman is the visionary behind the patented "Make a Star" UGC Contest platform which is the engine used in one of the early online music contest sites <A href="http://www.makeastar.com/">www.MakeaStar.com. </A> After the success in the music category and foreseeing the popularity of UGM portals, Iman founded Contest Factory, a universal and affordable Bracketed Contest Engine to compliment UGC websites and a great tool for Brand Marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2008 the MakeAStar patented online contest system was used to develop what may have been the first ever web-to-TV talent broadcast show. 13 episodes of the MakeAStar &quot;Best unsigned music video contest&quot; successfully ran on the FUSE network as a template of what may be the future of TV programmming. The show which was fully sponsored by a national brand allowed contestants to uplaod their music videos via the web. MakeAStar's celebrity judges and the public would then vote for their favorites online, and the professinally produced weekly program would be ready to air on national TV within 24 hours after each round of the contest. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Prior to founding Opus One Corporation, Dr. Foroutan was a Principal Consultant in the areas of Information Systems for Northrop Grumman, Hughes Aircraft, IBM and other multi-national companies.

Iman received his Bachelor (Cum Laude), Masters, and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Irvine in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an emphasis on Pattern Recognition and Image Processing.   Iman also owns and operates a music record label and has produced and released 6 music CDs and many music videos.

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iMedia Agency Summit

Forging Partnerships that Matter

iMedia Brand Summit

The New Influencers: How Digital Teams are Shaping Brand Marketing

iMedia Other Summit

Integrate '06 LA

iMedia Breakthrough Summit

Breakthrough '06: Connect with the Digital Consumer

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