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Joost Finally Announces CTO Hiring

Internet TV startup Joost officially announced Wednesday that it has hired former CableLabs chief scientist Jason Gaedtke as its chief technology officer, more than seven months after he took the job.

As previously reported by Multichannel News, Gaedtke started with Joost on March 31.

"Jason has proved to be a tremendous asset to Joost in a very short time frame," Joost CEO Mike Volpi said, in a statement. "His technical expertise, coupled with deep experience in online video…has allowed Joost to accelerate development in a number of critical areas." 

As Joost's CTO, Gaedtke is responsible for the development of the company's technical strategy and overall systems architecture, as well as also manage the back-end service within the development organization.

Prior to CableLabs, Gaedtke worked as chief architect for Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), which developed and launched Fancast and maintains the portal.

Joost, whose financial backers include CBS and Viacom, currently offers some 46,000 video clips, which include content from more than 400 TV series and 1,200 movies and short films. Originally Joost required users to download and install a proprietary video player, but last month it launched a Flash-based, download-free Web video service.