Director, Accessible Media at Yahoo
Larry is Director of Accessible Media at Yahoo. In this role, he is responsible for assuring that Yahoo’s many media offerings are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities, starting with closed captioning of thousands of videos hosted on our mobile apps and web sites. Yahoo produces dozens of original programs – all of which are captioned – and provides captions for thousands of partner videos, including content from the New York Times, CNBC, Hollywood movie trailers, the Discovery networks and more.
Larry joined Yahoo in June of 2014 from WGBH Boston where he founded and directed its National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). NCAM focused on research and development, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global impact on inclusive media and technology. Larry was directly involved in such ground-breaking legislation as the TV Decoder Circuitry Act, The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. He led efforts to create standards adopted by media organizations and the FCC to implement legislated mandates for accessible technology.
Before starting NCAM, Larry directed WGBH’s Media Access Group and its Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service. He holds a patent for “”Rear Window,”” a theatrical movie captioning system, and developed the market for captioning in movie theaters.
Larry majored in Cinema Studies at SUNY Binghamton and received a BA with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.