Ralph Rivera is the Director of BBC Digital. Reporting directly to the BBC's Director-General Tony Hall, Ralph is responsible for the development of the BBC's interactive services BBC Online and BBC Red Button. Catering to audiences who want to access and interact with BBC programmes and services through the internet, the Future Media division brings technology and design teams together to work in partnership with the BBC's editorial teams to create products such as BBC News Online and BBC iPlayer.
An executive with extensive experience in global digital media, Ralph was appointed as BBC's Director of Digital Media in November 2010 before being promoted to Director of Future Media in March 2011. Ralph joined the BBC from Major League Gaming in New York, where he was responsible for product development for the largest professional video game league in the world. Prior to that, he ran AOL's Games and Latino businesses, oversaw the expansion of AOL's international web presence and launched the social gaming platform games.com. Before his time at AOL, Rivera worked for publishing company Pearson Education, Simon & Schuster, Deloitte & Touche, IBM and earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Humans do not experience life as a linear narrative, but storytellers from journalists to script writers typically tell us stories that way. 3D virtual reality is an opportunity to live stories the way we live life.